Aug03

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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Jul31

Summer Skin With Smith & Popov

{Top and Shorts: c/o Blush Boutique. Skincare: c/o Smith & Popov Photographed by Jorge Camaraza} There’s only so much healthy stuff you can eat and so much water you can drink (by the way, I’m the worst at that last one) to make your skin glow. Sometimes you have to call in the big guns. Especially, come summer when you cannot hide behind pounds of makeup. And considering how long summer lasts in Miami, well … For me, those big guns are Smith & Popov. As I teeter totter on the final days of my 30s, I’ve found the best way to deal with looking in the mirror and realizing things don’t stay where they once were (under eye baggage, wrinkles, smile lines) is to Botox and fill them with fillers back to where they should be. I’ve been working with Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner Danielle Smith for some time now to make…Read More

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Jul26

The Great Staycation: Mandarin Oriental

There are four essentials musts when it comes to a great staycation, which I’m going to share using my recent stay at the Mandarin Oriental.  Ready? Here we go … Eating In Bed Smack at the top of this list is eating in bed. Why? Because it’s something you would never ever do at home. But this isn’t your home. There’s a full-time maid here. And you can eat in bed because if you make crumbs someone else will deal with them. While I’ve long had breakfast in bed at hotels, my new thing is dessert. What’s better than having chocolate mousse in a robe in a big fluffy hotel bed? Very little. That’s what. The Amenities The pool, the bar, the spa—it’s your job to investigate during your stay. I checked into The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental because robe life is the best life. And now during Miami…Read More

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Jul19

This Retro Bathing Suit Means One Thing: It’s Swim Week in Miami

{Wearing: Bathing Suit: Hampton’s One Piece c/o Modcloth. Sunnies and Wedges: c/o T.J. Maxx. Headband: Vintage Lanvin. Photographed by Jorge Camaraza.} It’s heeeeeeerrrrrrrreeeeee. Swim Week is upon us. For the rest of the week, we’ll all be gawking at models in Lycra as sweat finds creative places to pool—a yearly tradition we Miamians are well versed in. Another is watching out-of-towners melt in our 1,000 percent humidity. Welcome to Miami. Seek AC wherever you can. But it’s all in good fun. In reality, we’re lucky to host the official week of swimwear in our city. I mean, it’s the one place that wears swimwear longer than any other city in the U.S. This should be the home of Swim Week. Last year, I got to walk in one of the kick off shows. And it was awesome. This year, however, I’m helping Krelwear host a kick off to the week…Read More

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Jul16

It’s Miami Spa Month: First Stop: Aqualina Spa by ESPA

{Miami Spa Month, courtesy of Aqualina Spa by ESPA.} Ah, robe life. Come summer in Miami, it’s a necessity. Like air drinking water and spending all your time in the a.c. Living in a city that, during the entire summer, fluctuates between blowing hair dryer hot humidity at you and dumping endless showers on you, you need something to help see you through. I mean aside from frose. That’s where Miami Spa Month comes in. From July 1-August 31, the best spas around town offer up deals that offer a refuge from Miami’s summer elements. I started off Miami spa month off at Aqualina Spa by ESPA. I’m a full-on fiend for ESPA products. I swear by their oils, using them nearly nightly.  A Swedish massage with only ESPA products, well, that’s next level. And that’s exactly what happened at Aqualina. I started off with a pot of tea. Then,…Read More

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Jul07

Colorado Here We Come: Back To Where It All Began

{Wearing: Bodysuit & Skirt: c/o Ramona LaRue. Necklace: c/o T.J. Maxx. Photographed by Jorge Camaraza} Here’s the amazing, yet peculiar thing about Colorado in spring: There are snow-covered mountains, ripe for swooshing down on boards and skis, but drive just a bit further—up the road even—and the scenery changes instantly. Green fields, blooming florals, warmer temps—it’s almost as if you’ve left one season and landed in the next. We noticed immediately as we crossed from our Hampton By Hilton in Silverthorne into Glenwood Springs. The same Glenwood Springs we’d been to on our first Hampton By Hilton Seekender outing. Back then it was just the two of us on the Indian motorcycle, the sky so blue it was as though a vat of thick robin egg paint had fallen over and spilled sky-wide. The charred orange rocks of the canyon reaching up to the sky, surrounding us, encasing us. Today, we…Read More

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Jun12

The Seekender’s Guide to Miami Beach

{Photographed by Jorge Camaraza}  Summer, the season of travel. A time to go see the world, do something new, scratch something off that bucket list you’ve been carrying around. This summer, while I’m running off to see corners of the world, others will make their way to this little plot of sand I call home. As much as I love helpful hints on where to go and what to see on my journeys, I feel its only fitting for me to do the same of my own city. That being said, welcome to Miami Beach. As a Seekender for Hampton by Hilton, I’ve traveled most of my adventures via motorcycle, seeing Colorado and the Pacific Coast Highway via Indian bike. If you’re on your own Hampton by Hilton Seekender journey, keep in mind Miami Beach is great via bike, too. But this terrain calls for bicycle instead of something with…Read More

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Jun11

Summer Staples from BlueMercury

{Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment,  M-61 PowerGlow Eye Cream, Acqua Di Parma Peonia Noble Eau De Parfum, Avene Thermal Spring Water, all available at BlueMercury.com. Photographed by Milly Jane Harris} Behold! My summer staples. And the best part: they are all available in one spot that will ship them all straight to me. It’s called BlueMercury, and if you aren’t familiar with it just yet, get so sooner than later. When the summer starts to dehydrate my skin, I put the moisture back in with Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment, which I wear as a mask during the day once a week. and I wear at night when I’m feeling extremely dried out. Never ever ever go to bed to bed without eye cream. More specifically, M-61 PowerGlow Eye Cream. It wards off the evils of aging and makes you look and feel daisy fresh come morning time. Floral summer scents are a must. Acqua Di…Read More

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Jun11

Win a Kate Spade Bag

{Clutch: Kate Spade New York Gia Talk the Talk I Need A Vacation c/o Sawgrass Mills. Crossbody: Kate Spade New York Under the Sea Millie Turtle c/o Sawgrass Mills. Sunnies: c/o Claire’s. Coverup: c/o Laundry by Shelli Segal. Bikini: c/o Ark Swimwear. Photographed by Milly Jane Harris} It’s unofficially summer, which means two things: It’s vacation time! You need a new bag. That second point is why you’re here today. As luck would have it, Sawgrass Mills asked me to partner with them for its Annual Bag Sale, which Milly and I had a blast shopping at last week. From May 26 until June 30, Sawgrass Mills is offering spectacular discounts on purses so you can find the perfect bag.  The team at Sawgrass put together a trend card, which you can score from the mall’s brand ambassadors so you can get the scoop on the latest “it” bags, and then…Read More

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