They Just Shine

There’s nothing like an escape from the cold weather to sandy shores and late nights with your besties.  In this day and age I often feel like every one is so caught up in the culture of being busy that it’s hard to find time to make memories the way we used to when every Friday and Saturday were designated “hang with your friends” days.  It was such a wonderful experience to get away from it all with close friends.  As Hemingway wisely said, “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” And boy do I love these women!

I wanted to commemorate having some of my best gals together on my Miami bachelorette so I reached out to Flytographer to find a local photographer to capture the trip.  I have to say my experience with Flytographer was *amazing* in every way.  They work with a community of photographers all over the world to enable you to plan a quick shoot where ever your travels take you.

I’m a stickler for styling shoots and I knew I wanted to have the girls coordinate without being overly matchy matchy. My friends are all such unique women and their style varies so much so I simply asked them to wear sequins and left the rest up to them. I was so excited to see it all come together and it was so fun to see how they made the looks their own – from rompers to minis – everyone looked incredible.  The best part?  Somehow we all ended up color coordinating in varying shades of nude, blush and oxblood! Must be that best friend ESP.

As always, I like to keep it real here so I will say that we were incredibly hungover (the struggle was very, very real) and after getting our hair done the wind decided to take matters into its own hands, so we ended up looking like the hot messes we felt like by the end.  It was worth it just for the laughter and absurdity that ensued during the shoot.  Also I have to mention that my MOH (the gorgeous redhead) was in her first trimester and stayed out at the club with us till 2AM the night before. I think she wins the best friend/MOH award for all time.

My friends totally indulged me in doing this and I’m so happy with the results!  Apparently Flytographer was, too, since they featured us here and here! I highly recommend getting professional photos on your next vacation – it takes so much pressure off trying to capture every moment because you know you’ll have some keepers.

I’m so grateful to these beautiful women (inside and out!) for being the shining, sparkling light in my life.  Aren’t girlfriends just the best?  I’m looking forward to more girls weekends in Denver, Austin and the Poconos in the upcoming months!

Our Trip Details

Stay

We stayed at the Nautilus and it was perfect for us!  The pool and beach were well-appointed with comfy beach beds and chairs, the (overpriced) outdoor menu was delish, the Mid-century Modern Miami decor was on point and the hotel bar was gorgeous.  We had adjoining rooms so everyone could hang together which I highly recommend! I’d love to stay the Delano someday (currently outside of my budget, but hey, a gal can dream!). We were looking for a boutique feel and we also considered the 1Hotel South Beach, the Como Metropolitan, and the Betsy Hotel. I would say must-haves for a bachelorette weekend are direct beach access, a pool, a good hotel bar (for pre- and post-dinner drinks!), good pool (hangover) food and a close proximity to shops and amenities (you never know if the bride will forget her toothbrush or if you’ll want to go grab a new dress!).

Eat

Cecconi’s located in the courtyard of the Soho Beach House is a must for brunch or dinner.  The food was wonderful (lots of small plates makes it perfect for a group) and the romantic string lights make it lovely spot to hang for a while.  Other notables include Sugar Cane Raw Bar, Bodega, MC Kitchen, Cipriani, Beachcraft, Mandolin Beach, and Juvia.

Do

If you’re looking to do more of a bar scene (and in South Beach, everything is a scene) there’s Radio Bar, the ultra-laid back cool Broken Shaker, and the chic-as-can-be Regent Cocktail Club. For daytime poolside imbibing there’s The Standard, the members-only Soho Beach House and the aforementioned Delano.

If you’re into the club scene (which I highly recommend, when in Miami…) there’s LIV and its little sister Story. Both of which have a Vegas feel and aesthetic and are definitely spots where you can dance the night away. We may have seen Cuba Gooding, Jr. do a striptease at Story. And by may, I mean, that happened. The Electric Pickle Company has more underground house and techno DJs while Libertine and Bardot have that classic, VIP club vibe going for them.

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