The Great Oblication: From Miami to Moab, Utah and Arches National Park

How do you manage to go from this … to this … in the same trip? I guess, the same way your 9-year-old can cram all of this into her “what I did on my summer vacation” illustration below. It’s called the “oblication,” as in taking a trip you are obligated to take and turning some aspect of it into a vacation. And if this family is good at anything, it’s taking a trip and turning it into an adventure. One that I should get to telling, though it will take me the next few months to do. It seems like just yesterday, though, I was crammed in a car with my Brady Bunch family driving from the tip of Colorado to the desert, winding up in Las Vegas for my first time—well, all of our first times, sans Jorge—for a work trip. And the in between, well, that was the best…Read More

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Robe Life … Is the Best Life

{Wearing: Boca Terry Bathrobes Pink Kimono Satin Robe} This just in: Monday is officially cancelled. Staying in my silky delicious robe and drifting back off to dreamland. I wish! Mondays come and it’s like what else can the universe hurl at me before noon? Get a kid off to school, do a post, do social for the post, battle traffic, get to my workout, head back home and tackle my other job … So this pic, this is what I dream Mondays look like. I would love to live the robe life and stay in bed.  Unfortunately, that’s jus never going to happen. Speaking of robes, I first discovered Boca Terry back when I stayed at the Raleigh hotel in South Beach a thousand years ago. I loved how soft and comfy the robe in my room was. It was like wearing a cloud. Before I checked out, I hit…Read More

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Changing Seasons

{Wearing: Dress: Ramona LaRue. Shoes: Jimmy Choo. Photographed by Jorge Camaraza.} Today marks the first day of fall. And yet, here in Miami, it’s like June never left. Hotter even, now that Irma has ravaged all of our shady green trees. All of our leaves have lost their trees, but this, this is not fall. These pictures, however are my last trip to Colorado, where it did, in fact, feel like fall. So while our northern sisters plan which over-the-knee boots will go with what outfit, we’ll be down here taking our third shower of the day because we walked from our front door to our car before sunset. Or stood outside from more than 3 minutes. Or tried to wear jeans. While we won’t be able to don fall fashions for months to come now or even one at a time come those few months from now, I’m happy…Read More

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Getting Back to N-IRMA-L

{Wearing: Lucy Shorts and Calvin Top: Ramona LaRue.} It’s amazing how much can change in a week in a half. Here I am during the carefree pre-Irma days at my faithful lifeguard stand photo backdrop. Little did I know here that weeks later, this lifeguard stand, along with the rest of South Florida, would take a nasty beating. As news of hurricane Irma loomed, Miami being its direct target, I packed up my family, a few photos and mementos and headed as far north as the traffic would let me. I’m not one to stick around for hurricanes. Nine hours (instead of 3.5) to Orlando later, we sat back and wondered what would happen as Irma wobbled around threatening every single part of the state. This being the first real storm South Florida has had in the social media age, we watched as our neighborhoods, our favorite spots and even…Read More

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Irma Talk About Hurricanes Now …

{Wearing: One-piece: Gooseberry Seaside So Chic Long Island. Sunnies: Shopblush.com. Photographed by Jorge Camaraza} That’s me, riding alongside the black walls of  storms running me out of Bimini exactly 24 hours after I arrived. Those are the same storms created by Harvey. As in the Harvey that pillaged Texas. Back then it was just a tropical storm. A tropical storm that died and somehow came back to life … with a vengeance. A White Walker storm, if you will. Now here I am just weeks later looking at this thing called Irma headed straight for Florida. And here’s what I have to say about that … Well, we’ve pissed off Mother Nature. Oh, climate change isn’t real, they said. Global warming doesn’t exist, they said. And then they duct taped the mouths of organizations that monitor such things. As they say, hell hath no fury like a mother scorned. So, here…Read More

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Extreme Beauty: Laser Facials, the Befores and Afters

This is me after the team from Glamsquad descended upon my house with an arsenal of beauty and hair supplies to transform me from work-from-home-editor/mom life into someone willing to take a selfie. Add in good lighting, too (a girl’s best friend). It’s easy to feel camera-ready when you have a team of experts to slap on layers of paint, accentuate the good stuff and cover-up the bad stuff. Sadly, they aren’t on hand as much as I’d wish them to be (as in like all day every day). And no one has come up with an Instagram filter for real life yet. And … my DIY makeup skills are borderline pathetic. Is it any wonder I wear my professional makeup for as many humanly hours as I can keep it on. If I could sleep in it and make it work the next day, I would. And those reasons…Read More

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It’s Time To Go Back-To-School Shopping at Sawgrass Mills: A Guest Post By Milly Jane Harris

It’s almost time to go back to school. My favorite thing about back-to-school shopping is all the cool new stuff I get to pick out to wear for the year. And this year, when my mom said she was taking me and the boys (that’s Julien and Jorgie. They’re part of our big Brandy Bunch family), to Sawgrass Mills, I knew we would find really fun stuff. First, we stopped for lunch at Mojito Bar and Plates by Douglas Rodriguez because we knew it was going to be a long day and we needed to get all fueled up for all that shopping. We had arepas, mahi  mahi, croquetas, salads and Cuban sandwiches. It was really yummy, and the giant lemonades were me and mommy’s favorite part. Then it is was off to get all the things we needed to be cool for back to school. We got shoes, clothes…Read More

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Extreme Beauty: Laser Facials Part Six

{Glow by Vivid Face.} Oh the fun of living in Florida. It’s hard to escape the sun. It’s hard to hide from it’s never-ending rays. Don’t get me wrong. I love being in the Sunshine State, but my skin doesn’t always. Now that I’ve been doing laser facials, which you can read more about here, I’ve made a massive attempt to keep the sun off my face. But living in Florida, Miami, especially, that’s a tall order. Keeping sunscreen on in the dead of summer’s heat, well, that’s hard. And reapplying, well, that’s not always convenient. As a result, uh, sunspots. So after a series of laser facials at Vivid Face, with the help of the team, we decided to up the ante and take things to the next step to get to those dark spots that need a little extra help clearing up. So, this go round, I opted for a…Read More

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It’s August, But It’s Still Spa Month. Wait, What?

{All the glory of spa month c/o Lapis, the Spa at Fontainebleau} I’ll never truly understand why Miami Spa Month is called spa month when, in fact, it’s two months long, but I’m certainly not going to let that stop me from enjoying it until it actually ends—which isn’t happening for another 31 days. That’s 31 days to get to Lapis, the Spa at Fontainebleau and just let go. I have a little secret to divulge: Lapis is my favorite spa. The water journeys, the relaxation lounge, the treats—it all combines to turn whatever kind of day you were having before into the best day ever. And then they usher you off to your massage. Mine was the 50-minute Aromatic Swedish Massage for $109. As luck would have it, I had just pulled something in the wrong direction in my back while working out earlier that morning, so a session with…Read More

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