grey days: fall 101 in miami

In Miami, it’s no secret that fall is a state of mind, not a season. As the fashion world shifts from summer to fall, we have to find our own adaptation of FW collections and incorporate fall-ish styles into our daily look. For me, this is best done with a slightly darker color palette, some rich garnet hues, and of course my favorite thing to wear ever….a great pair of ankle boots. Side note: this hat has helped me realize that yes, I am most definitely a hat person. And this dress is one to scoop up in every color, it’s great for work or the weekend. I can’t say enough about the bag either (currently on sale for $20!)–I carry my MacBook in it during the week, and swap out work wares for sunscreen and beach essentials on the weekend. Gotta love wardrobe pieces that really go the distance!

I must admit–I get a little jealous when I see pictures in my Instagram feed where people are wearing adorable coats and cozy and strategic layers, tossing up a big pile of autumn leaves, and sipping hot cups of tea outdoors. Here, I’d be passed out from heat exhaustion in each of those scenarios. Plus there are no autumn leaves here, everything seems to be bright and green on South Beach.

Hello, fall. Good to see you again, or whatever.

Fall in Warm Climates 101:

1. Ankle boots are your friend. They are so easy to wear out with friends and also to work. Choose a pair with a chunky heel for added comfort and a casual yet put together look. You can pair with dresses, shorts, skinny jeans, skirts–you name it! A great style would be in these, these, or funky fringe ones like these.

2. An Aztec printed bag in trans-seasonal. Even more so in versatile black and white. An ideal bag can go from work the the weekend, and everywhere in between. I’ve already praised this one, but there are many options out there that can take you from Indian Summer through to the real thing next year. This bag is also great, and very affordable.

3. Change your color scheme. Bright summer hues like yellow and hot pink take a backseat to bolder hues like maroon, grey, black (or course), olive, and rust. Look for separates in these shades that are easy to mix and match. This tie neck blouse is a great piece, and you can’t go wrong with a lightweight olive sweater.

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the florida keys with toyota

A few weeks ago, I teamed up with Southeast Toyota to take a little end of summer road trip. Our destination? Key West! We hit the road Friday and drove along the Overseas Highway to the southernmost point. It’s funny, the Keys are so close, and yet we hadn’t been there together in almost four years! We had been missing Key West shrimp, lobster omelets, Key Lime pie, and of course, some margaritas! We were definitely overdue, and Toyota gave us a great excuse to take a little vacation. In the words of Toyota, “Let’s Go Places!” So off we went.

Our bright red Toyota Corolla was the perfect ride for our road trip. Equipped with fun extras like XM Radio, a sunroof, bluetooth capabilities, and a back-up cam (I’ve never had one!), our eco-friendly Toyota was fantastic. We programmed out bed & breakfast into the built in navigation system and also set some landmarks along the way. We stopped at an amazing farmer’s market, a fresh & delicious seafood restaurant, and stopped to admire the waterfront views from the highway. I also love the push to start feature, and I was impressed by the bluetooth enabled key fob (also known as their Smart Key System) that unlocks the car as you get closer. We got great gas mileage (round trip on one tank!), and I loved making calls on the hands free phone system along the way!

We stayed in an amazing little place right off of Duval Street called Douglas House. We walked everywhere, and it came with designated parking for our car–a must in Key West! It was the most relaxing trip, the only thing we had scheduled was to be sitting at Sunset Pier for sunset. Everything else was wherever the wind blew us…which is a metaphor of course because there was no wind and it was a good 5 degrees warmer than Miami. Toasty! Since returning from the trip, I have seen so many of these great little cars on the road! I never really thought about the Corolla before, but it really is a great car and very user friendly.

Anyhow, I’ve shared a few snapshots of our trip below. But of course, this only some of the fun.

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exploring little havana

Wanna know something wild? I have lived in South Florida for almost 8 years and until recently, I had never been to Little Havana. That’s what I love about having friends come to visit! A few weeks ago, I had some guests from California who were excited to get out and see what Miami is all about. They are also big fans of food & drink (like moi), so we decided to make a day of it. It POURED down rain beyond belief, but it just made us slow our pace, sit and enjoy mojitos, sample cigars and coffee, and just enjoy a relaxing day in a vibrant place. I can now say I LOVE Little Havana and I plan to go hang out there frequently. xo

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