Mar05

Shopping Local

{Dress: Style Mafia Turpin Dress. Bracelets: Forever 21. Shoes: Steve Madden. Photographed by me.}

The other day I got to film my first segment for the new jobby job, VisitFlorida.com, where I serve as the shopping insider. For my first piece, we toured Sunset Harbour and all of its shopping aspects. I stopped in at Peace Love World and chatted up creator Alina, who has some amazing stuff coming up. She is a force to be reckoned with. Then, I headed to Eberjey to check out the latest. Next, it was Metta, which offers eco-friendly products, as well as goods that give back to the community and support worldwide charities. Then, it was over to Cottage Miami to see what guys are shopping for these days and, finally, a stop at Blush, where 90 percent of my closet hails from. The segment takes a good four to six weeks to edit, but I’ll be blasting it out just as soon as I can. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to see how it turned out. It’s kind of amazing how in just a year’s time Sunset Harbour has become the new Lincoln Road, as the places to shop local on Lincoln have, for the most part, become extinct. I also discovered that on Wednesdays, if you happen between the breezeway between Panther Coffee and Icebox, there’s a farmer’s market. And after shopping that farmer’s market, I discovered there’s another one, also on Wednesdays, at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Doing a segment on shopping local really propelled me to shop local that day—in every aspect. It felt right for a piece about Miami to wear something from Miami, so I was happy to sport this stunning dress from Style Mafia. Simo has good stuff going on. Be sure to check it, and the other local options, out. It’s all about getting behind local business and giving back to our own community.