Winning in Wynwood

On my last day in magical Miami, I packed up my camera and made sure I was wearing an incredible outfit because my friend’s and I were going to Wynwood. Wynwood is an art district in Miami. Known for it’s street art and walls, Wynwood is a great place to express your artistic and creative side. 

In the morning, we made sure we got there early so we could grab donuts at Salty Donut before they were gone. Salty Donut may have one of the best donuts around. With so many delicious and interesting flavors, it was hard to just buy one. After spending a long time analyzing the menu, I ended up getting the cookies and cream donut and the strawberry shortcake donut. The cookies and cream donut was very rich and satisfied my chocolate lover self, but I have to say my favorite was the strawberry shortcake flavor. Not only was it pretty on the outside, but it was also even more yummy on the inside. Real strawberries and cream was oozing from it. Not only was I stuffed, but I was very much a happy customer.

Once we cleaned up frosting from our fingers and mouths, it was time to explore the famous Wynwood Walls. Not only were the walls spectacular, but they made a great aesthetic for some pretty Instagram pictures. We spent almost 3 hours taking pictures and walking down streets. Even the sidewalks had art on them! With cute quotes and funny sayings sprayed on the concrete, you could even take spunky pictures of your feet with them. 

Lunch at Wynwood was a great ending to my Wynwood day. We got tacos from Coyo Taco. Coyo Taco looked like any other restaurant in Wynwood, with the walls painted and decorated, but what made this place different was the secret door that lead to a club at night. Not everyday do I see a taco place by day and a cool club at night. Only in Miami.

Sadly, our time in Miami came to an end and we had to embark on our trip back to Naples before rush hour. It was bittersweet. I would miss the energy and uniqueness of Miami, but I was ready to get back to my own little paradise. Until next time Miami!

South Beach Shopping and UM Touring

On my second day in Miami, my friend and I decided we wanted to go shopping around Miami. We started at Lincoln Road browsing through Forever 21 and Steve Madden. Lincoln Road is a strip with a bunch of famous stores to shop at and the atmosphere was fun and fresh. After shopping for two hours, we made our way down to South Beach to go find a restaurant. 

We ended up going to a Cuban restaurant called Havana 1957. I totally recommend going to a restaurant that sells authentic Cuban cuisine for anyone who is planning on taking a trip to Miami. The Cuban food in Miami is amazing. And the restaurant we went to was beautiful and right on South Beach. I ordered the original Cubano Sandwich and delicious is an understatement. I’ve never had such a great sandwich in my life. It filled my belly and gave me more energy for shopping. We then proceeded down South Beach for sightseeing and browsing some well known places like Sugar Factory and Dash. South Beach is a must go for a tourist because of it’s food and excitement.

After spending the whole morning and early afternoon there, my friend and I got an Uber to take us to Merrick Park Mall in Coral Gables for even more shopping. This mall was very beautiful with a mix of stores. What is even better about the mall was it’s close proximity to the University of Miami. We got to go explore the campus after we finished shopping and the school was as gorgeous as a private school could be. Moss trees surrounded the campus and the modern style of the campus is every student’s dream. Not to mention it was close to a poke bowl restaurant which, not going to lie, made me so happy! After getting a full tour of the school from my friend’s sister, we picked up some poke bowls and had a girl’s night in.

Brickell is Beckoning

After a few weeks of planning and creating the perfect itinerary, my friend and I finally set out for Miami on a Thursday. I live on the west coast of Florida and it’s a 2 hour drive to get to the “Magic City”. To make the drive go by faster my friend and I were jamming out to the Burlesque soundtrack and DJ Khaled’s new album. Creating deep conversation and sharing a bunch of laughs made the trip not feel as excruciating and it gave my friend and I a chance to bond. 

Finally, we got to her sister’s house in Coral Gables to unpack and get ready for our night’s endeavors. My close friend from college is living in Brickell for the summer and we decided to meet up at Brickell City Centre and then go get dinner. Brickell City Centre is a new and upcoming designer shopping mall. The architecture, like almost all of Brickell, was very modern and intricate. The stores vary from upscale like Saks Fifth Avenue to fan favorites like Zara. We shopped our way to an appetite and got food at Suviche. 

You can find Suviche almost anywhere in Miami and the cuisine is a mix of Peruvian and Japanese dishes. My two favorite meals on the menu was the original Suviche bowl with shrimp and the perfection sushi roll. Both kept me wanting more and the minimal prices didn’t make it any easier for me to contain myself. 

Later that night, we all went to my friend’s apartment at Brickell on the River. Not only was the apartment the definition of luxury, but the views of Brickell that you got from her living room made me not ever want to leave. On the seventh floor is two pools that had amazing views of the Brickell river. The living at Brickell on the River is everything you want to get out of living in Miami which is the high life. Swimming under a sky lit up by the lights illuminating from high rises on both sides of you is the most dreamlike experience ever. My first day in Miami was a complete success. 

Hi, Everyone!

In my blog, I want to incorporate fun things to do when hanging out with friends and traveling. In my most recent trip, I was exploring Miami. Miami is one of my favorite cities in America. Not only is it glamorous with a tropical twist, but it’s also exciting and full of energy! Celebrities go for the relaxation, tourists go for the beaches, and the young go for the night life. I went for spending time with my best friends in a city full of activities including art, fashion, and good food. So, here’s your go-to guide for a girl’s weekend in paradise.