Hot Getaway: Pack Up For A Chic Retreat To Miami

Miami isn't just about the Kardashians, Don Johnson, and The Birdcage.. In the past decade, the city's gone from cheese to cutting-edge cool, with tons of art festivals (Art Basel, Miami Design), insane fashion (Viktor & Rolf!), and nightlife that would give Kate Moss circa '99 the chills. The short, easy flight (less the four hours), makes it hard to come up with an excuse not to visit—plus, it's a killer place to amp up the bling factor—everything is a little sexier in Miami. So, pack up the requisite white blazer, throw in some shorter hem-limes, and add a couple of beachy pieces we're currently loving from LOFT: Just remember to fly home when the weekend's over.
Peep our handy Miami cheat-sheet to make sure you get the most out of your vacay :
Above, clockwise from left: Tarte Glam Gams Leg Bronzing Stick, $30, available at Sephora; LOFT Ikat Blouse, $59, available at LOFT LOFT; Loeffler Randall String Bikini, $190, available at Loeffler Randall; The Webster; AE Zig-Zag Fedora, $14.95, available at American Eagle; Kara Ross Clock Earrings, $245.18, available at ASOS.
SHOP: The Webster: 20,000 square-feet of pure on-trend luxury housed in a former Art-Deco hotel, this shop is the Colette of the south, with accessories, fashion, art, a restaurant (a famed outpost of Parisian hot-spot Caviar Kaspia), and a rooftop cocktail lounge. With all the hottest and newest goodies from Balenciaga, Olympia Le Tan, and Altuzarra, you better be prepared to spend some major loot (or just content yourself with serious people-watching).
1220 Collins Ave (at 12th Street); 305-674-7899
Above, clockwise from left: M.A.C. To The Beach Lipstick In Beachbound, $14, available at M.A.C.; LOFT Zebra Print Tote, $59.50, available at LOFT; LOFT Banjo Leopad Sandal, $59.50, available at LOFT; AllSaints Lolita Maxi Dress, $650, available at AllSaints; Raleigh Hotel.
STAY: The Raleigh: So, we may not be breaking any new ground here, but this tried-and-true spot will always have a place in our heart. With a vintage-glam feel that's so '40s decadent, you'll feel like you're the heroine of an Esther Williams film. We're not lying when we say the jewel-like pool is one of the chicest in the world; To get the full effect just lounge on a chaise with your cutest retro bikini, add a chilled martini, and be prepared to swoon. 1775 Collins Avenue (at 18th Street); 305-534-6300
DRINK: Bar: This new Brickell 'hood joint is already a local fave, with bargain drinks, impromptu BBQs, and pool tables plastered with band stickers. We especially love the leafy patio—there's always more hipsters than you can shake a stick at.
28 North East 14th Street (between North East Miami Court and North East Miami Place); 305-358-3600
Above, clockwise from left: H&M Against Aids Beach Chair, $12.95, available in select H&M stores; LOFT Brigitte Sunglasses, $24.50, available at LOFT; Current/Elliot Boyfriend Shorts, $145, available at Net-a-Porter; Casa Tua Restaurant; Alex Katz Towel, $95, available at Opening Ceremony.
EAT: Casa Tua: Everyone should go here at least once, there's a Cipriani's vibe, but much, much cooler. Sure, there's some fame-whores (and the really famous), but that doesn't keep it from feeling like you're visiting someone's uber-fabulous abode. Request a table in the garden, try not to choke at the bill, and peep the rad Helmut Newton prints. That's what a vacay is all about.
1700 James Avenue (between 18th Street and Collins Avenue); 305-673-0973

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