Today I wanted to share our image diary from our stay at The Standard Spa Miami Beach. As mentioned in my previous post we got upgraded to a room with a patio and outside tub. We ordered the sugar scrub from the spa and enjoyed the rejuvenation after long days in the sun.
Last week we flew out to Miami to catch the end of Miami Swim Week and to enjoy one of our favorite vacation spots. Although I’m now an American Citizen, I was born to two Russian natives living in Cuba (my father worked as a Spanish translator in Havana for 3 years). I’m not sure if spending the first 3 years of my life on a tropical island has something to do with it, but I truly love Miami and the Florida Keys. I love the humidity, the hot weather, the bright colors and the general beach-life vibe. It’s no wonder Sam and I make it a point to come to Miami and the Keys at least once a year. It’s also why we ended up eloping in Key West.
This trip we decided to do something different. We usually rent a beautiful apartment in South Beach and spend most of our time at the Miami Soho House (my favorite Soho House property in the States). However after a rather unpleasant experience with an AirBnb host in Paris and the companies’ less than thrilling customer service we decided to stay in a hotel instead. After doing some research we settled on The Standard Spa in Miami Beach. I have to say we were not disappointed. The hotel is well appointed, the grounds are lovely, and the infinity pool was beautiful (it’s an adults only hotel so that was a rather nice change of pace). The best part was the incredible staff who were extremely attentive and even gave us an amazing upgrade simply because we treaded them with kindness and respect (I never pull the “influencer” card). The only small downside was that it’s not on a beach but it does have docks where you can jump into the warm ocean any time you want. I’ll have a few more photos of the hotel in later posts, for now here’s a glimpse into our first morning there.
I wore this look last night while out in Miami. Sam surprised me with an exquisite dinner at The Bazaar and we spent the rest of our night gleefully running around South Beach (and totally not playing Pokémon Go). If you’re curious to see more of our adventure hop over to my Snapchat – LateAfternoon12. I documented our insanely delicious dinner along with the rest of our silliness.
I have recently acquired a new appreciation for lounging around in beautiful pajamas. I’ve amassed a bit of collection ranging from tiny silky shorts with matching camisoles to the more traditional sets like the one I’m wearing above.
One of the most amazing experiences from our trip to France was the day we spent with Chantelle, a family owned French lingerie company founded in 1876. We drove two hours through the breathtaking French countryside only to arrive at the most charming town I’ve only seen in postcards. On our excursion we got to tour the factory where sweet French ladies were hand sewing the delicate bras and panties the company expertly designs and executes. There’s something incredibly moving seeing how much love and effort a company puts into developing their product. After our factory tour a fleet of vintage cars drove us to Canard-Duchene, a champagne house that has existed since 1868. We got a tour of their 5 story underground cellar (holds 11 million bottles), followed by beautiful lunch where each dish was expertly paired with an exquisite glass of champagne. The entire experience was beyond anything words can describe. My biggest takeaway was a renewed love for beautiful “grown-up” lingerie. There is something understated yet utterly sexy knowing you’re wearing a beautiful set of undergarments. It’s not about who sees it. It’s about wearing something beautiful just for yourself, and if they’re lucky that special someone might just get a glimpse as well. You can see their entire range of collections online and find select pieces at stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.