Friday, April 24, 2015

#ThankYouMiami Rounds Up This Week in Miami

On Monday we told you to expect a new blog post every day this week. And, probably because we made that promise, the week turned out to be a hectic one. This week in Miami was characterized by a new slew of grand openings, unique events, and other important Miami news but, worry not, because we kept track of the most note-worthy happenings in the midst of our calendar chaos. Here's what you need to know:

1. On Monday, the new kid to Miami's "Brewers' Row", Concrete Beach Brewery, announced that they have begun brewing operations at their NW 24th Street HQ. On-going production includes two of its year-round draft beers, the wheat ale Rica IPA and the Miami-style pilsner Stiltsville Pilsner. We're excited to have another Miami ambassador spreading the word about our beautiful city through quality beer and can't wait for the brewery's indoor/outdoor bar, Social Hall, to open so we can add another hangout to our roster. "The energy and culture of this city drives everything we do, and we look forward to sharing our love of craft beer with the rest of Miami," shares Jesse Morris, Concrete Beach Social Hall Manager.

2. STK Miami, the modern steakhouse and lounge, is back in business after a very South Beach grand re-opening party. On Tuesday, we joined approximately 500 VIPs, ladies in bandage dresses, and dapper men in suits at their new home at the 1 Hotel to mingle and sample their reincarnated menu. The event engaged the who's who of Miami with signature cocktails, bites (the lil' BRGs with truffle were bomb), a pop-up tattoo parlor, a photo booth, and a flask engraving station because...South Beach. For us, STK Miami was about good vibes and good food so we're happy to see that they have successfully brought both back to Miami.

3. On Tuesday, the Arts and Entertainment District and Miami's Independent Thinkers launched the "A+E Performance Pavilion", a series of one part circus and two parts burlesque performances from the cast of Vaudeville and other surprise acts. The event, which is free and open to the public, also gives you a chance to perform with the cast, if you're so inclined. While most of the performances took place this week, you can still catch this unique show next Friday, May 1 if you RSVP.

4. Blue Harmony Spa at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand announced special prices on their popular Citrus Quench mani and pedi for this weekend in celebration of National Manicure and Pedicure Day. From April 24 through April 26, you can schedule the manicure for $25 and the pedicure for $40 by calling (305) 341-1366. You can also get 20% off all additional services scheduled during this time. We tried out Blue Harmony Spa's massages during Wednesday's Legging Lounge event and you need it. Trust. On our end, we're excited to have another excuse to pamper ourselves.

5. Seaspice Restaurant and Moët & Chandon rolled out a sunset cocktail hour that starts today. If you have been saving your visits to Seaspice for special occasions, this sunset cocktail hour is your excuse to go back more regularly. Every Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Seaspice offers special prices on raw bar items, bar bites, cocktails, wines and, of course, Moët & Chandon. We're talking $7 Pata Negra croquettes so you know it's good.

What did you do this last week in Miami? Do you have any news we did not cover? Is there an announcement that we missed? What can we do to make our weekly roundups more helpful? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Monday, April 20, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion - A Reflection On Our Personal Style

Today's post for our #ThankYouMiami for Fashion column is a personal one as it discusses our recent reflective state, looks back out our mom's influence on our personal style, and shares a rare childhood photo. We'll leave it at that since we worked hard to make sure the post says it all. Read the excerpt and click on the photo for the full feature.

P.S. Join us and our mom at The Falls INDULGE: Fashion and Fun for Mom event next Thursday, April 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. We will be celebrating Mother's Day early by strutting our stuff on the catwalk with fellow Miami fashion bloggers Kelly Saks of Kelly's Kloset, Lauren Ashley Patao of The Fashionista's Diary and Stephanie Pernas of A Sparkle Factor. See you there!

Has your mom influenced your style? How? Who else has influenced your style? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

#ThankYouMiami for Laid-Back Hangouts

We apologize for the radio silence we left you with last week. We discovered a new TV show on Netflix and, as Netflix goes, we spent the entire week binge watching instead of writing. Nevertheless, we have finished the show and have returned like the prodigal son to our laptop keyboard so we will have a full week of new posts on Miami life for you this week.

Since today is Monday, we are kicking off the week with social calendar inspiration to help you hold on to last weekend's memories and get your planning started for next weekend. Specifically, #ThankYouMiami contributor Brad Wells is sharing with you his favorite four laid-back hangouts. Did you visit any of these over the weekend? Will any of them make it into next weekend's itinerary? Read the excerpt below and click on the photo for the full feature.

Have you been to any of these spots? Which is your favorite? Why? Which of these spots will you be visiting next weekend? Where else do you go grab drinks that is un-Miami? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Monday, April 13, 2015

#ThankYouMiami How-To: Where To Stay In Miami For A Relaxing Vacation

So you're planning a trip to Miami. Congratulations, bro, you made the right choice! Now, if you could only decide where to stay...

Miami is like a choose your own adventure book so picking the right hotel for your vacation is critical to setting you off on the right foot. Lucky for you, we're your Cruise Port Advisor Miami insider and we're here to help. Today we're sharing our favorite five laidback boutique hotels because, if you have a relaxing vacation in mind, we want you to spend your Miami stay looking for your zen, not a pair of earplugs. Read the excerpt below and click on the photo for the full list. Bon voyage!

Which hotel sounds most appealing for a relaxing Miami stay? What other laidback boutique hotels do you recommend to travelers looking to unwind in Miami? Is there anything else you would like to see is cover for Cruise Port Advisor? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

#ThankYouMiami for "So Miami" Experiences - 1930s House

As Miami locals, we are very careful to avoid places that promise a typical Miami experience. These types of places are generally expensive and unauthentic tourist traps. However, every once in a while, we come across a spot that offers a genuine "So Miami" experience. A place that, on its own accord, makes the perfect local hangout - like the Thompson Miami Beach's newly opened 1930s House.