Between the palm trees and the perennial beach weather, there's a lot to love about Florida. The balmy air, the never-ending oceanfront fiestas...it's one of our favorite spots, and the perfect place to escape the harsh winter weather and just chill for a long weekend getaway. (Seriously, that Will Smith song wouldn't have held up this long if it wasn't so great!)
During the first weekend of December, though, we always find new, non-Disney World reasons to fall for The Sunshine State. That's because from December 6 to 9, emerging artists, partygoers, and big-time brokers descend upon Miami for the biggest party of the year: Art Basel. For those who might be unfamiliar, it's like Coachella, Fashion Week, and Saturday afternoon spent wandering through MoMA, all wrapped into one. In short: It's the hottest, wildest weekend of 2012 — and we're giving you full access!
Given our love for all things fashionable, up-and-coming, and style-savvy, we're absolutely psyched to announce that we'll be sending Bekka Palmer, one of our favorite Pinterest personalities, on special assignment to cover everything that goes down. You may have been inspired by her tightly curated mix of magpie outfit picks and ingenious recipes that have netted her over eight million followers on the photo-browsing site, but with updates, snaps, and fashion dispatches straight from Miami's art-filled party weekend, it'll be as close as you can get to the action without blowing your savings on a handcrafted painting from the hottest young thing.
Our Pinterest correspondent got her start over two years ago when the site was new, and made her mark with consistent, visually striking pics. "When I first started, there were maybe 100 users and everyone got to know one another through their pins," she told us. Not only have we gotten lost in her archive of homemade strawberry basil fruit leather and repinned edible glitter recipe, this girl's so good, she's even "made several real life friends after following each other on Pinterest for a long time." No promises if you re-pin all her palm tree pics that you two will be besties, but hey, worth a shot!
Take a look at the dreamy things Palmer will be bringing along for the big fest on her Packing For Art Basel pinboard, and start following Refinery29 now to get the motherload of art snaps, party pics, and jaw-dropping outfits that'll fill her Art Basel Board as she documents her experience as our special correspondent. When Miami Beach explodes with Basel's mix of emerging creatives and unbelievable parties, you can bet you'll get the full low-down of what's happening. Fingers crossed she nabs some kooky outfit shots!
Photo: Courtesy of Julia Robbs