Miami Travel Guide

Miami Travel Guide

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Hey babes! I can’t believe it’s already been a full week since we were in Miami for the first time! It was a quick short two night stay in South Beach but it was an absolute blast and I can not wait to plan another trip back! I wanted to do a quick recap of all of our favorite spots while we were there! First and foremost you have to stay at the Cardozo Hotel in South Beach! The Cardozo Hotel originally opened in 1939 and was once a housing facility for the U.S. army during WWII. It was recently purchased by Emilio & Gloria Estefan and has been under a complete renovation down to the studs for the past 3 and a half years. The hotel is considered a historic Art Deco building and is protected by the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Broad and has been included in major Hollywood films such as “There’s Something About Mary” & “Marley & Me.” We were lucky enough to stay in a corner suite with a massive King bed and bath. I am so excited because The Cardozo Hotel has granted me a discount code for you all to book your very own stay! Use code: BEARY – THIS OFFER INCLUDES 25% OFF BEST AVAILABLE RATES – ALSO INCLUDED WITH YOUR STAY: WIFI, TWO BEACH CHAIRS, MORNING COFFEE IN THE HOTEL LOBBY, TWO DRINK VOUCHERS PER ROOM, DAILY NEWSPAPER.

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Up next we have to talk about FOOD – duhh! Probably my favorite topic of every vacation and Miami definitely did not disappoint! For our first night in Miami Robert & I were able to meet up with one of my blogger friends, Kristin Coffey, and we had dinner at Larios On The Beach. Larios is a delicious cuban restaurant located on Ocean Drive just a few blocks away from the Cardozo Hotel. I had the fresh catch which was Mahi Mahi and a coconut margarita and it was delicious!

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The second day we had lunch at Bice Cucina, an Italian restaurant located inside the Cardozo Hotel on Ocean Drive. They were hosting the ribbon cutting ceremony for the relaunch of the hotel after it had been fully renovated and boy did they have a spread! They had caesar and greek salads, fresh mozzarella, cheese trays, pasta, salmon and so much more. The mini tiramisu deserts were probably my favorite.

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I have to say I think my favorite meal in Miami was our dinner at Ember on the second night. Located inside Paradise Plaza, Ember is a wood-fired American bistro by highly acclaimed Chef Brad Kilgore, focusing on classic and modern fare, wood-fired dishes, smoke laden meats, pastas and shareable sides. Robert and I enjoyed a long overdue date night here and we were blessed with an amazing server named Olivia. We went with all of her recommendations and I can not express how amazing the food was! I have to say the appetizer was problem my absolute favorite! If you like cornbread you have to try the roasted cornbread custard (AHHMAZING). We also split the smoked fried chicken, the 12 oz. ribeye and the yukon mash (potatoes) as a side. After all of that yummy food we were so full but we had to try the creme brulee that is brought out by the chef and caramelized on top right in front of you. It was the perfect temperature and so delicious!

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The next day before we left Miami we grabbed breakfast donuts and coffee at The Salty Donut  and it made me a VERY happy girl. The Salty is a family-owned, artisan donut shop that focuses on chef-made, small-batch, craft donuts that rotate based on seasonality located in Wynwood. They are a 100% scratch bakery, so they use nothing but the highest quality ingredients and making everything in house! They also don’t use any artificial ingredients in anything they make. We wanted to try an assortment so we grabbed half a dozen different donuts and they were all so delicious.

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Lastly, let’s discuss some fun things to do while staying in South Beach, Miami!

First and foremost you are in the sunshine state so you have to checkout the beach and relax in the sun for a bit! They have super cute insta worthy lifeguard stands posted at each street mark on the beach so you can easily pinpoint where you’re at.

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When it gets too hot on the beach and you’ve had enough sun you can walk off of the beach right back on the strip. The first row (Ocean Drive is mostly all restaurants and hotels with some souvenir shops. The next block down (Collins Ave. & 8th St.) had some really good stores that we walked down and went shopping at such as H&M, Victoria Secret, Beach Bunny, Ugg and many more.

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Another really fun area in South Beach that we unfortunately didn’t have time to visit is Lincoln Road. Lincoln Road is the perfect venue for a fun day or night out in South Beach! Whether it’s a date night or doing the city with friends, everyone will enjoy South Florida’s most popular shopping and dining promenade. No matter where you’re staying in South Beach, you are never more than a few minutes away from the bars, restaurants, and action of Lincoln Road. We’ve put together a short list of tips to get you started.

Before leaving Miami we had to go check out the Wynwood Art Walls. We planned to grab donuts and coffee at The Salty Donut in Wynwood and then walk and drive around to check out the art walls and it was the best ending to an amazing little two day vacation! There were blocks and blocks of art on every corner and wall in Wynwood and they were so colorful and mesmerizing. We could see some of them off of the interstate on the way into Miami and we knew we had to check them out before leaving!

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I hope you all enjoyed this quick recap of our two day Miami getaway and it helps you plan your trip there to get some sun and fun!

XOXO

-Ashley

The Perfect Little Black Heel

The Perfect Little Black Heel


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 Black Pointed Toe J.Renee Heels

I’ve partnered with Zappos again to bring you all the perfect little black heel to go with every outfit! From day time in jeans and a tee, to a silky night out dress, the Maressa pump from J.Renee via Zappos is the my go to! With a variety of 17 different colors I snagged the black pair because you can never go wrong with black patent leather pointed toe heels. They are the perfect mix of classy yet sassy.

I ordered the size 7.5 and they fit very true to size. The heel height is the perfect 3.5 inches, not too tall and not too short! I feel like I could walk miles in these comfortable heels thanks to the lightly cushioned memory foam footbed. However, my favorite part of this shoe is the snake print embossed metal stiletto heel detail.

Now let’s get to my outfit choices! I paired these heels with two different outfits in this blog post to show you how you can dress them up for a night out and down for a more casual look. A good pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and a crop top graphic tee are my go to for an everyday look. Later on, slip into a silky snake print number grab a blazer and a cute bag and hit the town with your girls. Either way you can’t go wrong with the perfect little black heels to match. They have so many colors ranging from pink to white to even denim.

I’ve mentioned this before, but I absolutely love Zappos shipping policy! This arrived to me in 1 business day and the shipping was free! Perfect for last minute shoppers like myself. If you’re unsure of your size you can order multiple options to try them on knowing you can return the unused size for up to one year. I hope you all found this blog post helpful and I hope you guys have a great day!

XOXO

-Ashley

Hair & Makeup Tutorial

Hair & Makeup Tutorial

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Makeup Routine:

FoundationIt Cosmetics CC cream in Medium Tan, Dior Forever Matte foundation (for combination/oily skin) color 2,5NSame foundation & color but for dry skin – glowy finish

Concealer – Tarte Under Eye Concelear in color Fair/Neutral, Beauty Blender Sponge (always use damp), Behold Translucent Powder

Contour – Maybelline Fit Me Contour Stick – 330 Toffee/CaramelHoola Cream Contour StickHoola Bronzer in Original (medium)Hourglass Lightening Bronzer in color Radiant Bronze Light

Blush – Maybelline Fit Me Blush, Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

Eye Liner – Covergirl Katy Perry Eyeliner in Midnight MatteTarteist Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Eyebrow Pencil – Loreal Eyebrow Stylist in color Dark BrunetteAnastasia Brow Definer in color Dark Brown

Highlighter – Too Faced Candlelight Glow Powder in Warm GlowBecca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face PaletteIconic London Illuminator Drops in OriginalIconic London Spray in Glow – MUST HAVE for summer!

Eyeshadow Palettes – Naked Petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette, My naked Palette is Sold Out – but I also love this one!, Too Faced Natural Eyes (Favorite!) Too Faced White Peach – just recently purchased, Tarte Matte Eyeshadow Palette – Perfect matte color eyeshadows.

Mascara – Nars Climax MascaraBenefit Roller Lash MascaraBenefit They’re Real Mascara

Eyelashes – Ardell 113 PackEyelash Glue

Lips – Rimmel Mauve Shimmer Lip LinerRimmel Stay Satin Liquid Lips in color Sike, Fenty Beauty Lipgloss in shade Fenty Glow

Sprays – Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Prep SprayUrban Decay All Nighter Setting SprayToo Faced Hangover 3 in 1 Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray, Current Rosewater I’m Using (spray on beauty blender to dampen)

Brushes – Liquid Foundation BrushBlending Eyeshadow BrushHighlighter Fan Brush

Hair Routine:

Scottsdale Arizona Travel Guide

Scottsdale Arizona Travel Guide

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My first trip to Scottsdale, AZ was an absolute dream come true! First and foremost I want to give a huge thank you to Visit Phoenix and their partners for hosting Portia, Jaime, Aneliia and myself on our girls weekend getaway. I traded in the humid tropical palm trees for a weekend with the dry dessert cactuses and loved every minute of it. If you’ve never been to Scottsdale you have got to book a flight right now! The Sky Harbor Airport is a major hub for American Airlines and is one of the more affordable and accessible airports in the country. I snagged a direct flight from Orlando, FL and it was just under four hours. After your flight is booked, here is what you need to know:

Where to stay in Scottsdale, AZ

THE WESTIN KIERLAND RESORT & SPA

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Located in the heart of “new” Scottsdale the  Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is the perfect retreat for any vacation. From girls weekend, to family vacations to business meetings, weddings or just a relaxing getaway. One of the Resort’s biggest attractions is the Adventure Water Park which includes a lazy river ride and 110-foot-long waterslide. There’s also the Kierland FlowRider and children’s splash pad with zero depth entry. If you’re traveling kid free (like we were for girls weekend) they also have an adults-only pool which we thoroughly enjoyed! You can also rent private cabanas by the pool. It doesn’t get much better than drinking Piña coladas, eating frozen grapes, and basking in the warm Arizona sun.

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Now to the best part, the Agave Spa! During our stay we were treated with the Agave Master Massage and it was beyond relaxing! I had a male masseuse who applied medium pressure and I added a cannabidiol (CBD) remedy enhancement along with their exclusive essential oils. After our massage we drank plenty of water and then relaxed in the steam room and hot tub.

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Best Restaurants in Scottsdale, AZ

DESEO

(Located in the Westin Kierland Resort)

Deseo (meaning desire in Spanish) features traditional Latin cuisine such as multiple delicious ceviche plates, grilled and roasted fish and shellfish, and my all time favorite Peruvian fried chicken. The restaurant had a very bold and bright environment and the staff were all so pleasant and professional. We enjoyed our first dinner here and it was a hard one top. Be sure to checkout their menu here.

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POSTINO WINE CAFE

Postino (meaning postman in Italian) features the best wine menu, an incredible array of bruschetta boards, and cheese boards! They have several locations all over Phoenix but we had dinner at the one located in Kierland Commons which was across the street from the Westin Kierland Resort. I wish I would’ve ordered a panini to try but my favorite had to be the “pick 4 bruschetta boards for $15” (pictured below – second photo left board).  Feel free to check out their menu here and side note: they also offer gluten free bread.

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THE CHURCHILL

Located in downtown Phoenix, a quick 20 minute drive from Scottsdale, you will find the coolest little spot to eat, drink and hang out, The Churchill. Made up of ten small local businesses in a collaborative 9,000 square foot courtyard. They have it all from, pizza to sandwiches to tacos and acai bowls. As well as a large assortment of  beverages like  wine, beer, cocktails and smoothies. Whether you’re with your family, girlfriends or even just a fun date, The Churchill is the perfect spot to get together.

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GERTRUDES

Gertrudes is located inside the Desert Botanical Garden, and offers a farm and pasture to the plate experience. I recommend a dinner reservation followed by the Electric Desert exhibit in the garden which runs October through May after dark. I enjoyed the crab dip appetizer, braised beef for dinner and the donuts and sauces for dessert and they were all impeccable.

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Favorite things to do in Scottsdale, AZ

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE

I was able to check off a box on my bucket list during my trip to Scottsdale and it was to ride in a hot air balloon. The weather and experience were absolutely perfect the morning we went up with Rainbow Ryders. They are the #1 Hot Air Balloon Ride Company in Phoenix/Scottsdale offering a one-of-a-kind experience above Deer Valley and the Sonoran Desert, followed by breakfast and mimosas. Flight time is about 45 minutes to an hour and they start at $179 for adults, $99 for kids.

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PHOENIX ART MUSEUM

Located in Downtown Phoenix, about 20 minutes from Scottsdale, is the Phoenix Art Museum. The largest art museum in the Southwest. In addition to the featured exhibits, the permanent collection galleries include over 19,000 works of art from modern and contemporary, to fashion, Latin and Western American. In an effort to reduce economic barriers and increase access to the arts, Phoenix Art Museum offers Pay-What-You-Wish admission every Wednesday from 3 to 9 pm.

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ROOSEVELT ROW ARTISTS’ DISTRICT

Another fun activity in downtown Phoenix is the Roosevelt Row Artists’ District, which includes dozens of art venues, murals, public art and hundreds of local businesses who support the arts, bringing in over 100,000 visitors each year. We did an Arizona Pedal Cab Tour to learn about the area and I highly recommend it! I will also recommend to do it in the morning time before noon for weather purposes. It can take around 2 hours and the sun in the midday can be a little unbearable.

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THE GRAND CANYON

I’d be remiss not to mention the Grand Canyon during your visit to Scottsdale. Unfortunately, this is the second time I’ve been close to the Grand Canyon but have yet to experience it. It’s about a 4 hour drive from Scottsdale and another open box on my bucket list for my next trip out there. If you have the time, I would definitely try and make a day of it.

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN

If you flew to Scottsdale for the desert sand and tall cactuses – this is your place! Located just 15 minutes outside of Scottsdale you’ll find 140 acres of garden trails, gorgeous wildflowers and blooming cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden. Open daily from 8am-5pm. Tickets start out at $24.95 for adults, and are free for kids 3 and under and active military.

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THE HEARD MUSEUM

Also located in Downtown Phoenix is the Heard Museum, a dedication to the advancement in American Indian Art, sharing stories from a first-person perspective. The museum offers free general admission each first Friday of the month from 6 to 10 p.m. except March (specially ticketed exhibitions/events are extra).

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HIKING

One outdoor activity I love doing is hiking! Which is why I’m really sad we didn’t have time to do any on my first trip to Scottsdale. I will definitely be hiking the next time I come back and the first climb I will be doing is Camelback Mountain, with an elevation of 2,704 feet. Camelback Mountain is a hiking destination for both locals and tourists in the Valley and is located in the Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area between Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Another fun area to hike is the Phoenix Mountain Preserve which has 50 moderate trails ranging from 1 to 16.7 miles, up to 2600 feet above sea level.

HORSE BACK RIDE

Located in North Scottsdale, Cave Creek Outfitters offers guided horseback rides, cowboy cookouts, authentic cowboy games and old west entertainment. They’re also the only Scottsdale ranch that offers rides in both the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the Tonto National Forest.

I hope you all enjoyed this travel guide and found it helpful in planning your trip to Scottsdale, Arizona.

All Photos by: Aneliia Miller Photography 

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Zappos X Polo Ralph Lauren Swim

Zappos X Polo Ralph Lauren Swim


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Polo Ralph Lauren Seersucker Stripe Bikini Top // Polo Ralph Lauren Seersucker Stripe Tie Side Bottoms

First off, I just want to give a huge thank you to Zappos for sponsoring todays post!

You all have been asking me so many questions about my recent trip to Arizona, so I decided to do multiple blog posts for this girl’s getaway weekend. First and foremost I had to share with you all my go to bikini while in Scottsdale and it is this adorable Polo Ralph Lauren seersucker striped top and bottom set. This fun and flirty bikini has all of the details that I love in a swimsuit. From the adjustable straps to the tie side bottoms and can we talk about this super cute ruffle hem line!? I am wearing a size XS top (I’m a size 32B for reference) and a Small bottom and they both fit so comfortably. The design is a white and orange seersucker material with a lavender purple embroidered Polo logo. This swimsuit may seem on the higher end of price point for you all, but I can guarantee you the quality is worth it!

I wore this bikini on the second day of our stay at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, we spent the entire day lounging by the pool. We were treated to some refreshing drinks and snacks and we also took a fun little dip in the lazy river. While walking to the pool I saw this super cool cactus on the side of the resort that I just had to snap a picture in front of! I am so used to the beautiful beach breezes and palm trees in Florida, but I fell in love with the dry desert and cactus views in Arizona!

I purchase a ton of clothes and shoes from Zappos on a regular basis because I am a part of their rewards program which offers free expedited shipping, and a one-year return policy! They always have the items I’m looking for fully in stock with all sizes and the shipping is super quick and easy. If you haven’t checked out their website yet, then hurry over and start shopping!

Photography by Aneliia Miller Photography

XO

-Ashley

Vici Try On Haul

Vici Try On Haul

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