Sunday, August 2, 2015

#ThankYouMiamiGoesToNewYork - Our Windham Summer As Memorialized by Music

Have you ever been listening to music and thought "this song is the perfect soundtrack for this moment"? We have and it gives us chills. Ever since we were teens, we've dreamt of curating the soundtrack to a movie - the way Zach Braff created magic in Garden State and Hans Zimmer did in the Gladiator (and all the other movies he's scored for that matter). We're suckers for accompanying an experience with a song that properly conveys or heightens our emotions and, during our summer trip to Windham, New York, jazz vocalist Kat Reinhert's album "Spark" did just that.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion - Miami Does Swim Week

Okay, so this post has been way overdue. Nevertheless, one cannot rush greatness and there is nothing greater than a recap of the best Miami highlights from this year's Swim Week. So, go forth and behold our latest #ThankYouMiami for Fashion column and make sure to check out our Instagram page throughout the weekend for snap shots from our featured events. There's a little bit of girl power, a little bit of do-gooding, a little bit of fun, and a whole lot of fashion talk. Miami fashion bunnies, this ones for us!

What was your favorite Miami moment of Miami Swim Week 2015? Who is your favorite Miami designer, brand or store of the season? What is your latest swimwear must-have? Beach accessory must-have? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for New Neighborhood Eats - Sugarloaf Gastrobar

As sign of our sincerest apologies for the brief blogging hiatus, today we're spilling a juicy secret that we've been keeping for over a month: Sugarloaf Gastrobar in Sunny Isles Beach. Way before our trip to New York, pre-Miami Swim Week, in the long, long ago, we heard rumors that the unknown land of Sunny Isles Beach had a new spot that promised great food, handcrafted cocktails, and an inviting gathering space. Sunny Isles is not particularly known for these things so we initially called "shenanigans" but we were also intrigued. Alas, a few days later we found ourselves driving out of Miami Beach, through Haulover, and into Sugarloaf.

Sugarloaf's décor alone, with its use of brick, succulents, and eye-catching art, was a sign that its creators Tatanka Guerrero and Luiz Fleury and their team gets us - in fact, we welcome them to come re-decorate our entire apartment in their restaurant's likeness. The second sign was their cocktail menu with its spicy tequila drink (because we LOVE spicy drinks) and its red pepper-infused rum offerings. Then, there's the fact that they leverage local talent in their inclusion of Miami micro-brews in their bar stock and their eagerness to allow a local resident to paint a dope mural on one of their walls. Last, but not least, the food options are varied, delicious, and impeccably plated (see below for our photographic proof).

We can personally vouch for the beet salad with its tender, sweet golden and red beets and just the right amount of goat cheese, as well as the crudo with its thin and crispy brioche crostini. We can't wait to try the fall-off-the-bone confit duck and the zesty fried chicken entrées when we come back with more friends. In fact, between the statement picnic table in the dining room and its "sharing is caring" philosophy, Sugarloaf is made for indulging with friends. Beyond that, it is as welcoming as it aims to be - not only in its ambiance, but also in its staff who is the perfect mix of friendly and helpful. As a whole package, Sugarloaf is definitely worth a visit and is just what Sunny Isles needs to get back on Miami's radar.

If you want to check it out for yourself, this week brings you the perfect opportunity (read, excuse). On Friday, July 31 at 6 p.m. Sugarloaf will be hosting their "Grand Social Gathering" debut party and you're invited for complimentary welcome cocktails sponsored by VeeV, small bites, live music and a ribbon cutting. This is your big chance to sneak a taste of Sugarloaf's twist on Poutine and Wagyu beef sliders. Just make sure to arrive before 7 p.m.!

What do you think of Sugarloaf Gastrobar? Which of their menu items sounds most enticing? What other restaurants or venues do you visit in Sunny Isles Beach? What other new neighborhood eats are you excited about? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Friday, July 24, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Being Hot-As-Hell - Miami Swim Week 2015

This summer in Miami has been inarguably hot but it hasn't all been about sweat and discomfort - it's also been about sassy babes and sexy bikinis. No one delivered that better this Miami Swim Week than Sharleen Ernster who launched her first swimsuit and lingerie collection Hot-As-Hell (HAH) this year. In the name of Société Perrier, we followed Sharleen's swim week journey starting from HAH's exclusive launch party at the Soho Beach House on Friday night, to the showroom at the Hammock Show, and ending at HAH's first runway show at SwimMiami on Sunday night. Each and every event was flawless and, more importantly, flawlessly conveyed the brand's wild child, bombshell vibes. Sharleen was kind enough to take a break from the madness to talk with us about HAH and the events leading to her successful debut at Miami Swim Week. Read the excerpt below and click on the photo for the full feature.

What did you think of Hot-As-Hell's debut collection? Which was your favorite piece? Which of their events was your favorite? What did you think about their premiere fashion film? Who was your favorite designer of this Miami Swim Week? What did you like about their collection? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Themed Weeks - Miami Spa Month 2015

Nothing cures one full week of 14 hour work days and one too many drinks (A/K/A Miami Swim Week) like the spa, which is why we are ever grateful for Miami Spa Month. This week we want nothing more than to relax and detox with a facial/massage combo to reboot our body after last week's swim insanity and, with specials at a $99 - $129 price tag, a trip to the spa is totally within our summer budget. Plus, we love that Miami Spa Month deals give us the most bang for our buck by granting us access to hotel pools, fitness areas, and other amenities at no additional cost. This year, our picks include some tried and true favorites of years past, as well as a couple new options. Here are the five spots where you will find us getting our zen on until August 31.

1. COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at Metropolitan by COMO
2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

The COMO Shambhala Spa is a new pick for us this year - mostly because we are dying to spend time by their gorgeous pool which has been making the rounds on Instagram. For Miami Spa Month they are offering five treatments: three at $99 and two at $129. Unfortunately they do not have the facial/massage combo that we're looking for, but we are intrigued by the targeted deep tissue and Indian head massage. It sounds like the perfect way to get rid of the kinks in our shoulder from the amount of time we spend on a computer.

2. Exhale Spa at The EPIC
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami

Even though we haven an Exhale Spa on Miami Beach, we prefer the one in Downtown Miami (GASP!) because we prefer their vibe and amenities. This year they are offering seven treatments and, in a testament to why they are so awesome, one of them includes a bottle of Prosecco. Okay, so it isn't the detoxing spa experience we are looking for but the MindBody classes and memberships included in most of their packages will counter the bubbles' toxins and keep our bikini body in line.

3. The Spa at Conrad Miami
1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami

The Spa at Conrad Miami is another spot worth a trip to the mainland. You've heard us talk about our love for the entire hotel and its staff before but this Miami Spa Month we're taking our love for the has reached another level because they have the massage/facial combo we're coveting! It's fate. The best part is that, if facials are not your thing, you have other options with which to combine the massage like a 25 minute body polish, manicure, or hydro therapy bath. Did we mention that your spa treatment gives you access to tennis courts? Sign us up.

4. Lapis Spa at The Fontainebleau
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

The Fontainebleau is a Miami Spa Month heavy-hitter for groups because it is such a cool place to spend the day with your girlfriends. Between the gym, the rain room, the rain tunnel, the steam room, and its many pools, there is a little something to please everyone. They offer six 50-minute treatments seven-days per week for just $99 and three $129 treatments that are only available Monday through Thursday. 

5. The Spa at The Miami Beach EDITION
2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

The Spa at The Miami Beach EDITION is new to Miami and the Miami Spa Month line-up this year. Why did it make the list? Because everything about the EDITION is flawless and we envision the spa fits that mold. They are offering four 50-minute treatments, the most intriguing of which are the Summer Melt hot stone massage for $99 and the Model Behavior pampering for $129. The down sides? Miami Spa Month treatments only include access to the steam room and relaxation lounge and they are not available on Saturdays. We're hoping by next year both those policies will improve.

Image courtesy of Conrad Miami

What is your favorite spa in Miami? What is your favorite spa participating in Miami Spa Month? Why do you love that spa? What treatment(s) do you recommend there? What amenities are musts during a spa visit? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!