My internal alarm clock always has me awake early, so I spent most mornings taking in the views of Collins Avenue before hitting the beach. Ali and I quickly got into a routine of eating breakfast in bed, throwing on bikinis, and heading upstairs to The Redbury’s rooftop. It was a nice escape from the bustling city and a quiet setting for a light read. I like to keep my outfits simple while on vacation, yet still reflective of my personal style. The majority of my bathing suits are not equipped for the rough ocean waters, but perfect for a dip in the pool. Despite the tan lines, I love the fit and ruffled detailing of this one. I packed a pair of crochet pants that turned out to be my go-to coverup all day long–warm enough for overcast mornings but still breathable in the Miami heat. Knotted at my waist, a chambray shirt easily topped off the look.
With graduation only a few months away (assuming that I pass my strategic marketing exam), I knew I had to abandon my textbooks for a week and enjoy my last spring break. The last official one, at least. My sister Ali and I were booked on the first flight out yesterday, but an unanticipated snowfall deterred our travel plans a bit. Last-minute wardrobe changes were necessary–I fully intended to wear flip-flops to the airport before I saw the snow on the ground–and shoveling out our car proved to be difficult in a groggy state. We missed our original flight, but luckily boarded the next plane and were on our way to Florida after a few delays.
What better way to kick off our week in Miami than with a bottle of wine? The Redbury surprised us with rosé and a sweet note to welcome us to South Beach after a hectic morning of traveling. It didn’t take long for us to slip into bikinis and head out into the sun once we were settled. We grabbed lunch by the pool at The Raleigh, then spent the rest of the afternoon dozing off on the beach.
Warm weather inspiration seemed necessary today after yet another snow storm came through Baltimore. But truth be told? I needed a day to recharge knowing that long work weeks are ahead. I’m fighting off a sickness, so I’ll take any excuse to lay on the sofa with freshly baked cinnamon rolls and the newest episode of Scandal. As much as I don’t mind lounging around the house in sweatpants, I’m also all for laying on the beach under the warm sun. Spring break can’t come soon enough now that a trip to Miami is officially two weeks away. My bags are packed (I ended up buying a few bathing suits…one, two, three, and four), and I’m counting down the days until I head south.
P.S. Any good South Beach recommendations?
||image via The Raleigh Hotel||