Hi my loves! I am back! My quick little trip to Miami was fantastic! I can’t say enough about South Beach. There’s just something about that town. I know people are like “Oh God, bitches go to Miami and this is all they talk about for months!” Well for good reason I think!
Has it changed over the course of my years visiting? Absolutely! But, I still love it. I love that everything and anything goes in Miami. I was there for two nights and I have to say I made sure to enjoy every second of it.
I remember about 15 years ago, (Yes I am aging myself, but who gives a shit? Not I!!!), Miami was a lot more BOU-gee than today! 85% of the people down there were fit and beautiful and took lots of care in their appearance.
Many locals got to mingle with international tourists and if you didn’t go with some kind of bank you weren’t going to have the same experience! (of course, guys this was MY experience, but I would love to hear about yours)
People were so put together and beautiful that people watching was a sort of soft porn. Like really! From the bartenders to the servers to the hosts at the restaurants to the random guy riding on a bike down Ocean Drive – they were all fit!
Even the 77 year old I met like 15 years ago was dashing and debonair with his white hair and white suits! Oh! and let’s not forget the COPS! I think it must be a requirement that you’re fit and good looking to become a cop in South Beach.
Anyway, I am a people watcher so I loved watching all these beautiful people waking by – back and forth, back and forth. They reminded me of the stingrays swimming back and forth, back and forth in Belize. No lie!
Even though all the eye candy was fun back then, I love SOBE more now. Why? I love it because NOBODY!, I mean N O B O D Y seems to feel self conscious in Miami. Nobody seems to have any hangups about their bodies or clothing or who they are with or going solo.
It feels to me as if people of all genders, ages, races, and sizes go to SOBE and transform themselves.
Women and men strut around with such confidence in their wigs and heels, coverups and bright ass speedos, young and old as if they didn’t have a care in the world.
Even better is the fact that nobody seems to judge. I can sit in front of Mangos (MY FAVORITE PLACE!!!) www.mangos.com/miami/ and just watch as the crowds walk by for hours.
SOBE is the place to go if you want to get lost for a few days. If you want to disappear and just breathe. Pretend to be someone else or just be yourself. It doesn’t matter.
I stayed at the Whitelaw Hotel www.whitelawhotel.com/. It was my second time there. Located on Collins and 8th. A block from Wet Willies (not a fan but Hey! Call A CAB!) and the News Cafe – Gianni Versace’s breakfast spot and a couple blocks from Mangos (.
The hotel is cute and swanky. They belong to the South Beach Group https://www.southbeachgroup.com/en/home/ and sponsor a free happy hour from 6-7pm everyday in all their hotels. I would definitely stay there again.
But anyway, Ocean Drive is not the only place to people watch. You can do it all over SOBE, even on Collins Avenue where you can find any number of cute bars and restaurants with outdoor seating like the Bacon Bitch https://www.baconbitch.com/ which sponsors a fine menu of bacon inspired dishes and asks you if you’re the Main Bitch? Side Bitch? Naked Bitch? Extra Bitch? and several other bitches?
I’m Extraaaaaa…lol…Hey! Extra is what got us into the Fountainbleau pool party on Saturday. As I dressed my daughter asked, “Mom, You’re wearing that to a pool?”
I was like, “We are not going to a pool, we are going to the Fountainbleau!” and so I rolled up in there like the bou-gee chick I totally am NOT! but it got us a bed and some drinks and MORE importantly we met some pretty awesome guys who shared their bed and their bottles with us.
A smorgasbord of people from all walks of life intertwined with local SOBE-ers and Floridians just soaking up the sun, eating good food, and living their best life.
It’s a skip, hop and $250 (approx.) airplane ride away from the cold, dirty streets of NJ and it literally is like stepping into another world.
So if you haven’t been, please go check it out! And if you have let me know when you want to go back! I’m in there.
Because living your best life doesn’t require a lot. Only requires the thing that you love or moves you or gives you joy -anything from sleeping a weekend away watching Netflix and drinking wine, or doing having a self care day, or reading a favorite book for hours. Or visiting distant places.
Living your best life is one in which you get joy from the little and big things and you take care to not deprive others from living theirs. So tell me how are you living your best life?