Miami Recap!

- Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel, U.S.

I thought it would be good to do a quick recap of my family trip to Miami! I was very fortunate to be able to join my parents and two sisters for a week-long family vacation (we haven’t had one in years). I helped plan and book the trip, finding the best flight deals and suggestions for things to do on TripAdvisor. I unfortunately didn’t get any outfit photos or take very many photos aside from what you might have seen on Instagram, so here are a few of my photos and a bit more about my trip.

vintage floral swimsuit

Swimsuit (Size Up), Oasap // Sunglasses, Local Miami Boutique (Similar)

This is my all time favorite swimsuit. I am in love with bows and love the unique floral pattern and I also love the way it fits me. The bottoms are a bit cheeky, but not too cheeky if you know what I mean! I also picked up this pair of sunglasses for $15 on my trip and absolutely love them!

miami beach

The view from our hotel! We rented a condo in the Alexander Hotel – the only pinkish hotel you will see lined up on Miami Beach! Staying further north from South Beach is great for a family vacation – there isn’t quite as much chaos or craziness, but if I were going on a trip with friends I would definitely want to stay closer to the action. We had a lot of fun here and were able to book on HomeAway! I would highly recommend HomeAway for renting if you haven’t before. It gave us two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large family room, large dining area and very nice kitchen for the same price a small hotel room would have cost us.

miami drinks

 Dress, c/o Moddeals  (under $12!)

We arrived on Saturday night, so we decided to head straight to South Beach to see all the spring breakers. It was definitely a sight to see! We stopped at the Colony Hotel for dinner and drinks and ended up getting fancy fishbowl drinks – I like themes so I had to order the Miami Vice of course. Buyer beware, there are no prices on the menu and each drink was a whopping $45! At least we got a second drink in a to-go cup for “free” haha. Definitely worth it though, we had an amazing first night and our waiter was on a mission to get my family to head to the clubs a few doors down to dance the night away. His offer of peach schnapps shots were appreciated, but we ended up going home to watch TV instead of partying the night away (no worries – we took taxis the whole time we were there, so no one was driving).

Coffee with a view

This was the view from our condo rental’s balcony – it was big enough that you could see  the ocean when you walked down to the other side. I loved enjoying a cup of coffee here each morning and overlooking the palm trees and view of Miami’s buildings.

black swimsuit

Swimsuit, Oasap (Size Up) // Hat, Borrowed from My Sister!

Here is a photo from our first full day on the beach! I should have washed this swimsuit beforehand – but didn’t (the black straps left some marks on my back, but only until I showered). I love the style of the bow and edgy straps on the back. I actually paired it with different bottoms (not sure how I feel about the high-waisted vintage style on myself) but maybe I’ll wear them together this summer.

i love miami

This is pretty much how every day was spent – sun and drinks in hand. Very relaxing vacation – that’s for sure! My sisters and I purchased matching “corny” neon koozies!

maxi dress

Dress, c/o Moddeals // Lipgloss // Liner // Mascara // Curling Iron

One more selfie from the trip – seemed to be a theme on my Instagram whoops. Oh well! This is also from our first night – wearing the maxi dress from Moddeals and tried to create some beachy waves – this is easily accomplished using a clipless wand that goes from thick to a slim profile. Also, this is probably silly – but I always feel better with just a bit of a tan so I was excited to apply makeup!

I wish I had more photos to share – I wish I would have taken some images of the delicious food we ate – especially off of Espanola Way. We ate at a delicious Italian restaurant and the scenery down there is just gorgeous. But honestly, when I’m on vacation, I like to be on vacation so the memories are in my mind rather than in photos! But yes, that’s about it. It was wonderful and I really truly love Miaim – I hope to plan another trip back soon. It is the perfect mix of relaxing beach vacation and fun!

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    March 31, 2015 at 6:22 AM

    Yay! I’m glad you had fun in Miami. Yes you have to be very careful with those south beach restaurants or you’ll have to drink some more just to handle the bill. But Miami vices are soooo good!

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    March 31, 2015 at 6:32 AM

    glad you had fun on you vacay, cute selfies 🙂


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    Olivia - Baubles to Bubbles
    March 31, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Your swimsuits are ADORABLE!! It’s nice to escape the cold and get some sun and a tan!

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    March 31, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    Hello Rachel,

    this post made me super jealous to be honest 😀 I always wanted to go to Miami, or something similar. It looks like you really enjoyed your holidays. I love your hat and fish bowl drink looks super yummy 🙂

    Cannot wait to read more from you!

    Have a nice day,

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    Jess Zimlich
    March 31, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    That swimsuit it SO cute! The only way to spend a vacation is on the beach with a drink in hand, right? 😉 I have a friend that moved down to Miami a few years ago and I’ve yet to go visit. These snaps make me want to get on that, asap!

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    March 31, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    You look so cute!! And I’m glad you had such a good time! I’ve never been to Miami, but from everything I see it looks so fun and pretty.


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    March 31, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    I have loved Miami when I’ve been. Sounds like a fantastic vacation. Those 2 bikini tops are so cute and you look stunning in that last up-close photo wearing a pretty dress. Your hair – loveeee!!

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    two birds
    March 31, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    What a fun trip! So glad you had a good time. Such a fun way to spend time with family! I really love that first swimsuit and those cute sunglasses.

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    March 31, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Selfies are totally the best while on vaca! I love your swimsuits they are so cute!! That extra large cocktail you had looks AMAZING! I know you had such a fun time, thanks for the recap of photos, beautiful.

    Xo Chelsea

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    March 31, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Yay for beach getaways! You look gorgeous and so glad you had a fun trip!

    Le Stylo Rouge

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    March 31, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Looks like you had such an amazing time!! Loving all of your swimsuits!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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    March 31, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    So jealous! I loved following along on Instagram while I shivered in the cold 😉

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    March 31, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    your swimsuits are super cute. Glad you had a great time.

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    Elemetns Of Ellis
    March 31, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Family vacations are the best! My family goes on a couple every year but Cody and I haven’t been able to make it for the past two years. Can’t wait to get to this summer 🙂 Looks like your family had an amazing trip!

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    March 31, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Looks like you had such an awesome time and you look gorgeous in all of these pics!! That bow bikini is the cutest.

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    March 31, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Miami is the best!

    I need to get there soon it’s been a few years now and I miss it.

    Looks like you had a great time and love the bow bikini so cute.

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    March 31, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Your vaca looked so much fun! So jealous! I’m loving all your swimsuit tops!

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    Happiness at Mid-Life
    April 1, 2015 at 5:08 AM

    Miami is a great place! Looks like a nice relaxing vacation!


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    April 1, 2015 at 4:39 AM

    This looked perfect and I love the first swim suit :)) xx

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    April 1, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    loved the recap! you’re giving me wanderlust! i love the cheesy koozies–you have to get something cheesy at the beach like that!

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    April 1, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Lucky girl! Looks like the perfect trip -xx


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    April 2, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Gorgeous pictures! Looks like you had a great time!

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