January’s gone, hi February…wow that was fast! School is fully back in session (as I write this blog during one of my courses, which I am still confused as to what the course is actually about), and I’ve been back from Miami for a lil bit now. If you keep up with me on Instagram (@sassandleather) or Snapchat, then you would have had a behind-the-scenes look at my trip. It was nice to get away after a busy holiday season, although the weather in Miami was totally gross while I was there, and I only scored 1.5 days of prime tan-time 😦 However, I definitely kept myself busy while not sitting by the pool, or on the beach. Take a look at the best moments of my trip, featuring the food, the shopping, and the memories!

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Day 1

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Arrival at the Mondrian South Beach (the hotel I stayed), relaxing by the canal, having a mojito, and enjoying the sunset.

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Had to repost this from my snap-story. Couldn’t afford it, but had to save the memory. YEEZY is my type of digs!!!

Day 2

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It was a cloudy morning on this first full day on the trip. Close-by to the hotel was Lincoln Road, a really cute outdoor mall promenade, which was mainly filled with tourists… I can’t really complain because I am technically a tourist, but it definitely has some really cool shops (like The Alchemist) that I wanted to check out. Afterward, I went up the Lincoln Garage to take some outfit shots, with a view of SoBe, and the amazing architecture of the whole structure itself.

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Later that afternoon, the sun decided to peek out, so I rushed back to the hotel for some chill time. Unfortunately, this was [like] the only day that the sun decided to peak through until Saturday 😥 (and it was Monday) … #SIGH.

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Miniature Model with Micro Fendi Peekaboo, lol

In the evening, I dropped by one of my favourite luxury spots in the city, Bal Harbour. Not only do you feel luxe walking through, it’s as if you’re in an enclosed version of Rodeo Drive. I looked at some printed and studded backpacks, as I realized I did not have one in my collection and felt the need to add one.

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Oysters! My fave…
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Plate above: grilled loup de mer; Plate below: duck confit

To end off the evening, I dined at Le Zoo Bal Harbour, which replaced an older, not so good French brasserie previously occupying the space at Bal Harbour Shops. I would highly recommend anyone who drops by to eat there. The food, the scenery, and the vibe made me feel like I was back in Paris!

Day 3

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Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples West Cabrillo (50% off here!), Flannel: Urban Renewal

This day started out cloudy, and unfortunately ended up being rainy and gross, so I started out with brunch at Social Club at The Surf Comber hotel. This sandwich was WAY better than it looks… fried egg, avocado, heirloom tomato, and maple bourbon bacon jam… mmmmmm…… Afterwards, I decided to do some shopping at Sawgrass. They honestly have some of the best luxury designer discounted fashion, ever.

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Camubutterfly Valentino backpack, at 30% off retail 😮

After a loooooong day off shopping, which I was too busy to take photos along the way, I met with a cousin for dinner at Beachcraft at the 1 Hotel. It was a dream…a California loft conceptual warehouse-space, white curtains, cool wooden elements, leather buckled banquettes, flora, and AMAZING food. Please check it out, and stay at the gorgeous hotel!!! I’m dying to go back.

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Veal and riccotta meatballs, charred escarole with porchetta, yellowfin tuna crudo, octopus with avocado & black chili
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Wakgyu skirt steak, bb chicken with braised leeks, corn with garlic & parmesan, coal-roasted mushrooms
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Donuts ❤

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Et voila, the backpack I decided to purchase (on pretty much total impulse). It’s by Dries Van Noten, a brand I admire and vibe with, and was purchased at The Webster. The embossed python in this intense yet wearable true green, with contrasting smooth lamb & canvas straps, it had me at hello. Oh, and did I mentioned it was 50% Percent Off?! 😀

Day 4

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Top: COS, Shorts: AA, Sandals: Marc Jacobs – totally got them for 70% in Paris this past summer

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Gloomy again, lol. Got dressed for the pool, but ended up going for a walk down South Ocean Drive and Collins. Here I am in my dream backyard of that moment, at the Shore Club SoBe.

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Chanel for the taking, at The Webster 
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Chilling in the haze
Processed with VSCOcam with f3 preset
Opted for the cucumber mint cocktail, complementing the mood

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Top: SANDRO Paris, Jeans: Rag & Bone, Shoes: YEEZY Boost 350

Off to dinner that evening, Cecconi’s at SOHO Beach House. The food was TO DIE FOR!!!

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Mortadella & provolone fried olives, burrata with roasted beet & hazelnut, subtle & sage
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Beef Carpaccio
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Plin agnolotti with butter & sage, osso buco, cauliflower with salsa verde
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Profiteroles

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Day 5

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Brunch at Versailles in Little Havana; Cuban sandwich, tostones, fried plantains, basque omelette

And off to the Design District..

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Sunglasses: Dior Technologic, Top: Baja East, Jeans: Rag & Bone, Shoes: Saint Laurent Paris, Backpack: Dries Van Noten, Jewelry: Hermès

Tryed on some goodies at Céline.

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And later, I ended up in Wynwood, a district filled with art and graffiti.

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Can you guess who this is?

As per recommendation, I went to dinner that night at Cleo South Beach, which was an eclectic and delicious mix of Mediterranean tapas dishes. The waitress was also super sweet and spunky, and made the whole experience so fun; and she brought us a dessert for free! SO GOOD.

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Lebaneh dip with feta, charred brussel sprouts with hazelnuts (UNREAL)
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Merguez sausage, lamb kefta, mushrooms
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Grilled branzino with couscous (best fish ever)
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Flourless chocolate cake… to die

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In the Delano SoBe lobby

Day 6

Today was literally a hurricane outside. So to start off the day, I went to Joe’s Stone Crab (broke my stone-crab virginity) and somehow put away all the food below. Yummy!!!

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BEFORE
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Can I have you?

I don’t have many pictures from this day as it was mainly spent inside. I went to a museum, and then shopped at bit (again) at Bal Harbour. So skipping that, here’s dinner below, which was at Red Ginger… fantastic sushi and fish!

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Hamachi Tiradito (aji, avocado cream, serrano chili)
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Totally forgot, lol
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Salmon Taquitos (pickled jicama, ikura, spicy mayo, nori)
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Bao Buns (short rib, aioli, kataifi)
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Hamachi Crispy Rice (aioli, tobiko, serrano chili)
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Skirt Steak (ginger soy, wakame salad)
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Spicy Tuna Roll

Day 7

FINALLY A DAY OF SUN!!!

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Me and my coco
Enjoying it

Don’t mind my nasty appearance, admire the flower !

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The last dinner of the trip, at BLT Steak. I literally couldn’t even finish, we ordered so much food.

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California Cab & Chanel
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Caesar chop salad & oysters
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Porterhouse ❤
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Top: SANDRO Paris, Jeans: Rag & Bone, Shoes: YEEZY Boost 350, Bag: Chanel

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So there we have it! My trip to Miami, which was overall fantastic (aside from the bad weather). I hope you enjoyed looking through my photo diary, and reminiscing this trip with me 🙂 Definitely take down the restaurants and places I went, so that you can go on your next trip there!

Stay tuned to more fun things coming soon on Sass & Leather!

S&L

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