Thoughts on living in Miami
South beach bringing the heat. Right? Kind of. Here is what I don’t get. Why do tourists believe Miami IS South beach? There is so much more to the city than this one small area. Blame the media. Blame Lebron for bringing his talents to “south beach” (the Miami Heat stadium isn’t even located in South Beach). Well if you don’t watch basketball Lebron took his talents back to Cleveland so I guess South Beach wasn’t really bringing the heat. Honestly, I rarely go to South Beach. Just not my scene. I promise there are much more beautiful areas if you come visit.
The good, the bad, and the ugly. Let’s break it down. Well, minus the ugly part. I must say that Miami is one of the most beautiful cities in the Country. I have been to almost every major city in Florida and none of them compare aesthetically to Miami. The only place in Florida more beautiful is Palm Beach (the island) and that’s another post for a different time. Miami is a bloggers paradise because I can capture so many beautiful photos. Is it bad that is the reason I am most excited about moving back? Let me take that back, I am most excited about the access to all of the glorious shopping!
What I love about Miami
Just some background. Have you met me yet? I just moved back to my hometown of Miami. A big portion of my family lives here, Bryan’s mom lives here and two of my best friends from high school live in Miami. So I love that I get to be closer to them! Besides my own personal agenda, there are a few things that make this city unique and unlike anywhere in the country.
Miami is the NYC of the South. We have all the hot restaurants, the best shopping, all the new nightclubs (if that’s what you are into) and unlike New York, we don’t have snow. Not even a little. During a “cold” day here we GO ALL OUT. If it drops to 60 we have the uggs, beanies, and North Face like it’s on and popping. I use to think this was hilarious when I would come home for the Holidays from college in Indiana. I was like “wow” you don’t even know. Now that I haven’t lived in the cold for many years I have adapted and I am SO that person who is wearing a faux fur jacket at any slight chill in the air.
The diversity in Miami is amazing. There are so many people of different races, cultures, religion and sexual orientation. You see everyone and everything here, which is fantastic. It also makes for amazing restaurants with so many different cuisines!
Fashion. Let me get an Amen. I have the ability to buy any Gucci handbag or Louis Vuitton scarf I want. I have my choice of WHICH Nordstrom I would like to go to today. There is access to Fendi, Hermes, Prada and everything in between. Miami is the fashion capital of the South. It’s so epic that I literally make youtube videos about what I am shopping for (and people care to watch lol).
What I loathe about Miami
Baby Jesus, PLEASE give me the strength to get through traffic without having a heart attack or purposely crashing my car into the idiots on the road. The traffic in Miami is a complete nightmare. On my days off I purposely have to plan my errands or appointments around quite times and THERE IS STILL TRAFFIC. Sorry, not sorry but it angers me. My Husband? Forget it. He’s from Texas and he’s about to lose his mind in the traffic down here. If I have to check him into a mental institution two words: Miami Traffic.
I know that I just gave all these amazing facts about it not snowing in Miami. Well, I forgot to mention the humidity. Forget having a good hair day. The humidity will suck the life out of your hair and your armpits. Pack a lot of deodorant if you are coming to Miami. Also, I would avoid Miami in the summer at ALL COSTS. It’s horrible. The best time to visit is November-April. Unless you enjoy taking a bath in your own sweat.. then, by all means, feel free to come in the summer.
Photography Credit: Christine Michelle