Monday, October 27, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Direct Flights - MIA to MSY

Last week, the #ThankYouMiami team was throwing some serious white noise your way. Instead of blogging, we were devouring beignets and bourbon. Instead of fostering your friendship, we were fraternizing with phantoms. But we were thinking of you the whole time, we swear! To prove it, in the coming weeks, we will be sharing our travel diaries, fashion insight, and recommendations from our recent New Orleans trip - all of which we're curating especially for you.

While we sort through 300+ photos and figure out how we're going to lose the 10 pounds we gained during our stay, we invite you to revel in the fact that our local airport offers non-stop flights to 144 different destinations around the world. It's a figure worth celebrating considering most US airports offer non-stop flights to less than 100 domestic and/or cities. Best of all, one of these destinations is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), the gateway to one of our new favorite cities.

Here's a sneak peek some of our NOLA memories to wet your appetite. For more photos, make sure to follow @ThankYouMiami on Instagram.

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Have you been to New Orleans? What were your favorite places to visit? What is your favorite travel destination? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Monday, October 20, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Staycations - Melbourne Beach

Miami can be tough location for travel aficionados like us. We are cornered at the bottom of the Florida peninsula like a child in time-out, a seven-hour road trip away from our closest neighboring state. Unlike our friends in other parts of the country, a cross-state trip requires careful planning and consideration. And, while we continue to dream about frivolously crossing state borders, we have learned to find enjoyment in crossing Florida county lines.

Most recently, we ventured to the Space Coast, former home of the John F. Kennedy Space Center. There, nestled in the middle of Brevard County, is a coastal town of just over 3,000 residents called Melbourne Beach. Melbourne Beach offers everything we're looking for in a staycation: peace and quiet, anonymity, and fun places to explore. Best of all, it is only three hours north - a distance far enough to feel like a vacation, but close enough to make the ride home bearable after a lazy Sunday in the sun.

We first discovered the area on one of our many surf trips upcoast. It drew our attention because of its proximity to good surf breaks and great beaches. It kept our attention because we've continuously been able to snag last-minute oceanfront hotel room reservations for around $100 per night on Priceline. Plus, at the end of the weekend when we tally our expenses, they're often substantially less than if we'd spent the weekend at home. That's what happens when you live right smack in the middle of a world-class tourism destination.

Friday, October 17, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Cultural Influences - A #MujerDove Mexican Halloween How-To

In Miami, we have learned to accept that the leaves will never change color and that the weather will remain in the 80s well into winter. One of the fall staples that makes it to us virtually unscathed despite our impermeable tropical vibes is Halloween. And yet, Halloween is our opportunity to choose, not be forced, to make a fall tradition "SO Miami".

This year we plan to stake Miami's claim on unique fall rituals by channeling the cultural melting pot that is our community with our costumes. Inspired by Mujer Dove, we plan to give a nod to our own Mexican heritage with a look that is un poquito Frida Khalo, un poquito Catrina. While the internet will suffice for make-up inspo, we were extremely grateful that the pros at Anton Acero Beauty Studio lent our hair styling-challenged selves a hand for the 'do.

Today we share with you their step-by-step instructions for subduing hair into a Mexican glam look.The best part about this hairdo is that it is a good look beyond Halloween. So, whether you will be joining us in celebrating Miami's cultural influences on October 31st or you're looking for a new style to compliment your Sunday brunch look, we've got you!

Step 1: Round up your favorite Dove haircare products, a handful of large and small bobby pins, a colorful silk scarf, and some fresh or artificial flowers.
Step 2: With a clean coiff and a face full of your internet-inspired Catrina make-up, find a comfortable spot in front of a mirror.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Fashionable Fall Staples - Miami Fashion Blogger How-To

The past couple of weeks we've been busy sharing our writing skills with Société Perrier. Most recently, we interviewed 5 of our Miami fashion blogger friends to learn how they're fashionably transitioning into fall. We chose them because of their fashion gravitas, their varied styles, their ridiculously good looks, and their infectious personalities. And no - they did not pay us to say that. Find out what Afroza of Chic Stylista, Annie of The Fashion Poet, Jana of OJ and Cigs, Lynnette of Lynnette Joselly, and Veronica of Fiercely Thriftin' think are the must-haves for surviving the upcoming "chilly" season in Miami. Click on the photo below for the full feature.

What is your must-have piece for fall? What is your secret to surviving Miami's temperamental weather? What is the one piece in your closet you cannot live without? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Monday, October 13, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Stellar Parties - #AbsolutNights Miami

Miami is known for its fantastic parties but, every once in a while, there is a fête that is a cut above the rest. Last week's #AbsolutNights Miami event at Cafeina Wynwood was one for the books - thanks to the free-flowing Absolut and the contagious Miami vibes of Otto Von Schirach's set. And, if you were one of the hundreds that was defeated by the velvet rope, nightlife staple Société Perrier's got you with a short and sweet recap and some photos. Click on the photo below for the full feature. Enjoy!

Were you at the Absolut Nights Miami event? What was your favorite part? Who was your favorite act? What has been your favorite Miami event this year? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!