miami beach

smitten travels: miami beach

miami beach, south beach // smitten studiosouth beach, art deco // smitten studiohill climb // smitten studiosunset over miami // smitten studioI’m back with more from our recent trip to Miami! Visiting South Beach was a big ole trip down memory lane. Rupe and I checked out our old apartments, stopped by the place where we first met and made sure to drop in at all of our favorite spots which I’ll be sharing below.

Some things have changed since the last time I was there, like the Wynwood Art District and the city skyline with how the buildings seemed to have multiplied (photo just above taken of Downtown from our room at the Mondrian). While, other things have remained the same, like sometime around 6pm being my favorite time to go to the beach (top photo taken then, from the 5th street lifeguard tower).

miami beach south beach // smitten studiosoho house, miami // smitten studioLincoln Road is still one of the best spots to do some serious people watching (and shopping and eating, but really the people watching is so good), and the Soho House is the perfect refuge from the usual South Beach chaos (image above).

the atlantic // smitten studioleaves-miamithe raleigh, miami // smitten studioThe Raleigh is one of my favorite hotels in South Beach with its’ post card perfect (or rather, instagram worthy) art deco style and small details that make the designer in me swoon (even their website is awesome). We also had Rupert’s 40th birthday “day after the celebration brunch” at their Restaurant Michael Schwartz (the bar pictured above).

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from the weekend: rupe’s 40th!

happy-birthdayThis weekend we celebrated Rupe’s BIG birthday in Miami Beach with a bunch of old friends, in the town where our love story started. His friends flew in from LA, London, Chicago, New York, Nicaragua (!), the Bahamas, and a few from just down the street in Miami Beach. You know the saying to know “so and so” is to love “so and so” well, in Rupert’s case it is to meet Rupert is to love him. He is the most likable, genuine, charming, and compassionate person I have ever met. He can find the good in, and make a friend out of, anyone.

You just can’t not like Rupert and that was extra evident this weekend as we all swapped Rupe stories, and honored him in true South Beach style with a beach day meet up, poolside cocktail party, dance club after party and a bleary eyed brunch the day after. 11:30am came a lot earlier then I anticipated with the time change and a 5 AM end to the previous night (WAYYY past my bedtime and making us all feel extra old).

It was a happy birthday to my much better half, Rupert Samuel (aka RupeDog, aka Rooty Toot).

Image from my instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

 

in my bag: miami beach

in my bag miami beach // smitten studioSpeaking of escaping the construction dust… Rupe and I are heading to Miami!

Once upon a time, more then a few years ago, we both lived there (me for just two years, Rupe for more like 12). It is where Rupe got his first internship in the States after leaving university in England and it is also where I got my first internship after leaving my university in Michigan. Of course that was 8 years apart, but luckily he stuck around long enough to meet me, before we both moved to LA, separately but at the exact same time, after knowing each other for 6 months. You follow? Ha, so that’s our story in a nutshell.

Anyway, back to Miami… we are heading there to celebrate Rupert’s big 40! SO OLD, I know. :) I’ve only been back once since we moved about 7 years ago, so I am really excited to celebrate with a bunch of old friends, hit up some of our favorite spots, spend time at the beach, and take in all the art deco goodness of South Beach.

Here’s what’s going with me:

Palm Leaf Shift Dress by Just Cavalli // Hot Pink Sandals by Michael Kors // Ampersand Tee by Madewell // Aviator Sunglass by Aerie // Chiffon Romper by Fleur du Mal // Sunhat by Scala // V Neck Crop Top by TopShop // Nude Sandals by Jeffrey Campbell // Distressed Denim Skity by Paige Denim // Black & White Bikini by Ted Baker // Gold Leather bag by Baggu // Fujifilm Instaxe Mini Camera // Blush Leather Clutch by American Apparel

To see more of my packing round-ups check here.