Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for a Global Connection - "Good Morning, Miami"

The world's eyes are on Miami. So, when London-based artist IMPREINT was looking to expand his global art project "Portraits", it is no surprise his sights landed on our sunny shores. This summer, IMPREINT tapped the #ThankYouMiami team to kick start the Miami segment of the exhibition called "Good Morning, Miami". Learn more about the project below and join us by submitting your own photo holding a balloon by December 16, 2014 to impreint [at] gmail [dot] com. If you post it on Instagram, make sure to tag @ThankYouMiami and #IMPREINT for your chance to be featured on the #ThankYouMiami Instagram page.

IMPREINT is an artist who believes "art has to have a social impact". In 2012, while he was working on painting a collection of 1,000 balloons, IMPREINT saw the painted balloons as people - each one different and imperfect, yet beautiful. Inspired by his balloon collection, he created the one-year project "Portraits" to visualize the human element behind his art and to unify an international audience through photographs with a single, plain-colored balloon. The balloons in the photographs are a reminder of the constants that transcend the geographical and cultural differences of its participants and that connect all humans as citizens of planet Earth.

We are honored to submit the first photo for "Good Morning, Miami", every detail of which is intended to show the world how amazing our city is. The white balloon adds a touch of Miami chic to an outfit showcasing pieces from local style purveyors Ohm Boutique, Razön, and Thrifter Miami. The background highlights Miami landmarks, including the Port of Miami and the killer downtown Miami skyline. Through these elements, Miami responds to IMPREINT's call by saying "Good Morning, World". And, the world looks back in amazement.

Good Morning, Miami! A gorgeous view of the Port of Miami & the Downtown Miami skyline from South Pointe Park in Miami Beach. Photo credit: Brad Wells.

Bamboo Sunnies - Razön
Coin Dangle Earrings - Thrifter Miami
Leah Knit Tank - Ohm Boutique
Overalls (Similar) - H&M
Sandals (Similar) - Steve Madden

Thursday, August 21, 2014

#ThankYouMiamiGoesToNicaragua - Chapter 1 Release!

In June 2014, the #ThankYouMiami team traveled to Rivas, Nicaragua to work on a special video project. The video, filmed around Rivas and at Nicaragua365's Fort Walker rental home, showcases Miami surfers in their element, as well as how Miami brands like B.O.A.T. Attire, Cameri Bead Studios, and Razön make travel comfortable and fashionable. Chapter 1 of the full video, which chronicles our arrival to Nicaragua and a typical day at Fort Walker, is available on our new YouTube channel and below. In case you missed it, here's where you can find the first trailer, the second trailer, and Chapter 2 (which was pre-released á la Star Wars)! Enjoy! 

El mes pasado el equipo de #ThankYouMiami viajó a Rivas, Nicaragua para trabajar en un proyecto especial. El video, que fue filmado alrededor de Rivas y en la propiedad de renta Fort Walker, muestra a varios surfeadores y marcas de Miami. El primer capítulo de la película, que documenta nuestra llegada y un día típica en Fort Walker, ya está disponible en nuestro nuevo canal de YouTube y debajo. Si te lo perdiste, aquí puedes el primer corto, el segundo corto, y el segundo capítulo (que se lanzó antes del primero al estilo Star Wars). ¡Disfrútalos!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion - 7 Tips to Step Up Your Summer Style

Thought this summer was endless? Think again. Tomorrow marks one month until the end of Summer 2014, which means we have approximately 30 days to seize the season. To help us go out in style, we curated a list of the top seven fashion lessons we've picked up on the runways. Read the excerpt from our latest #ThankYouMiami for Fashion column below and click on the photo to see the full feature.

¿Creiste que este verano nunca se iba a acabar? Desafortunadamente, estas equivocad@. Desde mañana ya falta solo un mes para que se acabe, lo cuál significa que tenemos aproximadamente 30 días para tomar ventaja de la temporada. Para ayudarnos a hacerlo con estilo, hemos resumido las siete lecciones de moda que recogimos en las pasarelas. Lee el extracto de nuestro inuevo artículo para #ThankYouMiami for Fashion y dale click a la foto para ver todo el artículo.

Which tip did you find most useful? Why? What other summer style tips would you have liked to see? What fashion show was your favorite to watch this summer? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for a Better Shopping Experience

The Miami M.O. is "go big or go home". Our beaches are prettier, our skyline is taller, and our parties are "funner". This logic also applies to our malls, which are beautifully designed and outfitted with only the best in stores and restos. We're not mall people so, when we're in need of some retail therapy, we venture to malls that do not give off a traditional mall vibe - think generously landscaped outdoor malls. Fortunately, Miami caters to our needs.

At the top of our list for stress-free shopping is The Falls, one of the largest open-air malls in the U.S. The Falls has over 100 stores, including our favorites Bloomies, BCBG, L'Occitane, Michael Kors, and PacSun. It also has the distinction of hosting one of four Apple Stores in the greater Miami area. To top it off, The Falls is outfitted with a gorgeous series of covered walkways, water features, and vegetation reminiscent of a Japanese garden. Because, if you're not shopping at Miami's most zen mall, then you're not doing it right.

Last month we participated in a blogger's brunch where we got a taste of The Falls experience. During the event, we sampled the decadent breakfast items from resident Italian resto, BRIO Tuscan Grille, and walked off the calories with some cardio (read, shopping). We also took advantage during our visit to pick up cute décor for our beach apartment from the Polaroid Foto Bar and to stock up on some summer essentials from PacSun. Check out the photos from The Falls Blogger's Brunch below to see why Miami even makes shopping better.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for (Swim Week) Fashion

Miami Swim Week was chock-full of #ThankYouMiami moments. We compiled our top 10 just for you. Read the excerpt from our latest #ThankYouMiami for Fashion column below and click on the photo to see the full feature. 

Miami Swim Week se lució con sus momentos #ThankYouMiami. Compilamos los 10 mejores solo para ti. Lee el extracto de nuestro nuevo artículo para #ThankYouMiami for Fashion y dale click a la foto para ver todo el artículo.

What were your favorite Miami Swim Week moments? Which swimwear and resortwear styles are you excited to wear? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!