At the beginning of June, myself and my friend Keeley from Phat Cupcake embarked on a mini adventure to Miami for a week. A spur of the moment decision, I booked Keeley onto my flight from Manchester to Miami as a buddy and we were ready for a good girly getaway. I’ve decided to split my Air Hostesses Guide to Miami into two parts; one for the sights and delights that Miami has to offer, and another for some of the new beauty products that I used whilst there. The post will be a little picture heavy, but I have managed to whittle the photos down from the 1000s that I took to the ones that I will be using. I wish I had managed to get this all written up earlier as I have been dying to tell you all, but it’s quite nice revisiting my trip and reminiscing about all we did.
Our flight left Manchester at 12:15, Sunday 31st May. Taking just under 9 hours, we arrived at Miami International Airport at around 5pm. Miami Airport is massive, and as we walked to get the car we had ordered, we were so surprised at just how big it was. We picked up a Ford Mustang in red, which we had hired for five days with Alamo. We got a really good price including a tank of fuel. Keeley was the designated driver for the week, having negotiated a USA road trip before. I was so surprised at just how huge and spaghetti-like the free ways and interstates were. Due to the length of our day, our first night was spent relaxing and eating. We drove to the Dolphin Mall to visit The Cheesecake Factory. I had lemon and garlic shrimp, which was just delicious. After falling into a food coma, we headed home for a good night sleep and to see what tomorrow brought.
Monday morning and the weather was beautiful. Blue skies, high temperatures and I was ready for a day of shopping and eating. Saw Grass Mills, Ft Lauderdale was our destination of choice, a shopping mall with a premium outlet and food court attached. There was also a Super Target, and to be honest, that was our whole reason for heading towards there. Target is a huge superstore, but without fresh food. Everything you could ever think of will be found in Target. A Super Target has fresh food, and twice as much stuff as a regular Target. Heaven. We lunched at Californian Pizza Kitchen, one of my favourite chains in the States. I had the Thai Chicken Pizza, again one of my favourites. We drove back in the beautiful weather and watched, with the roof down on the car, as the clouds blew over and it went really overcast and gloomy Typical Floridian weather for May/June. A few drinks at Catch of The Day next door to the hotel and an early night was calling.
Tuesday was one of the best days of the trip as we were going alligator spotting. The weather was still a bit gloomy but it was warm without being humid. We drove up to Buffalo Tiger Tours in the Everglades, approximately 40 minutes away from Miami Airport. For around $25, we had a good 45 minutes on the air boat, getting up close and personal with alligators and grasshoppers, and learning about the Miccosukee tribe, one of the original natives of Florida. We then took a drive right up to the Gulf of Mexico and visited Naples, a gorgeous area surrounded by beautiful beaches and filled with incredible mansions.
On Wednesday, we headed out in the glorious sunshine and drove over to the Bay of Biscayne. We had plans to go to Key West but the weather was so temperamental that we decided not to bother. Biscayne Bay was a short drive of around 20 minutes and it’s a very upmarket area. I googled some of the houses and they were for sale at $50 Million! Some had boating docks in their back gardens! The rain came along so we drove to Coral Gable and an area called the Miracle Mile. Quite possibly one of my favourite places, a street filled with little boutiques, restaurants, shops and coffee shops, with free car parking in a mini mall with an Ulta Beauty, Marshalls and Nordstrom Rack. Wednesday evening took us to a quaint little tapas bar called Madrid. Happy hour was 4pm til 7pm so we had to have a few Sangrias with our tapas. I had baked goats cheese with patatas bravas and homemade aioli.
Our final full day was Thursday and although there was so many things that we wanted to do, we couldn’t because of the weather. We decided to do what we do best; shopping. We drove to Aventura Mall, near Ft Lauderdale. It’s a premium mall so has high end designers as well as Macys, Sephora etc. A second trip of the week to The Cheesecake Factory for lunch, and a mini haul in Sephora, Macys and Henri Bendel was just what the Dr ordered. I’d heard about a vintage shop on Biscayne Blvd, North Miami so we stopped off at C.Madeleine’s to see why Vogue calls it ‘Miami’s best kept secret.’ A 10,000 square foot shop filled with vintage clothes spanning back to the Victorian ear to the 80’s and early 90’s, a whole lot of vintage Chanel and designer couture costing thousands of dollars. It was simply amazing.
On the way home, we passed through South Beach and down Collins Ave. South Beach was everything I thought it would be; vibrant, overpriced and pretentious. I’m sure if I had an evening out there, I may see a different side to it but spending $45 on a cocktail just because you are in a nice area is not for me! That being said, I loved the art deco hotels and designs, and there definitely was a buzz around the place.
I loved Miami, and I’m looking forward to going back to discover some more. I think I need to save some pennies for another trip to C.Madeleines for some vintage Chanel in my life! Have you ever been to Miami? Do you have any recommendations?
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