In addition to lounging by the pool and frolicking on the white sand beach of our gorgeous hotel, The Fontainebleu, my mom and I took in most of the sights in Miami: Little Havana, Ocean Drive, Coral Gables, Star Island, the Deco District. Fascinating to roam around a city where Spanish flavor is everywhere and where being Latin doesn't feel like it's a class distinction...it just is what it is: who you are. It felt like my childhood. It felt like being at home in my own skin - the most at home I've ever felt in a US city.
But my absolute favorite activity in Miami: pressing our noses and grimy paws up to the windows at the Bal Harbour shops. I've spent the last decade hearing about Latina divas shopping at Bal Harbour, the Rodeo Drive of Miami, and itching to see it for my self.
And let me tell you it did not disappoint this Latina diva. It is like a pristine shrine to fashion, to all things beautiful and right in the world. I felt like crying there was so much yum in one place.
There were all the usual suspects: Neiman's and Saks, Prada and Pucci.
But they also had gloriously unexpected treats like a Roger Vivier store and - SWOON!- a Lanvin store - which not even NYC or L.A. can boast. There was NO one there the Friday morning we went and thus the salespeole were, not surprisngly, attentive to a fault.
Alaia cage heels
A Giorgio Armani dress to match
This Theory tee
Dolce and Gabanna purse
Tom Ford Batwoman sunglasses
Diane Von Furstenberg prints
The entire Marni department
A Louis Vuitton beach bag
An Etro coat
Anything Marc Jacobs
Miu Miu kitties
Looking and not being able to buy beautiful things always makes me hungry so my mom and I popped into Zodiac, the cafe at Neiman Marcus, for a little nibble. We were so distracted by the model walking around in this exquisite gown that it took us a minute to realize that Julio Iglesias' wife and twin daughters were right next to us.
My mom (who remember is the ULTIMATE rabid Julio fan) spent most of the meal eavesdropping and drooling in disbelief.
Like star fucker mother, like star fucker daughter ;)