Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sofia Vergera at the 2010 Emmy Awards

Photo courtesy Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Sofia Vergera is a joy to watch on screen and just as charming on the red carpet. If you haven't been watching Modern Family you need to add it to your line up. Sofia look gorgeous last night, thanks in part to stylist Jenny Cho who gave her those beautiful waves. Here's how she did it:

1. Start off with a good foundation using Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner. This will deliver moisture to the hair before styling.

2. Before blow drying, apply a small amount of Suave Professionals Healthy Curls Mousse to towel dried hair. This will help shape the curls and hold them in place.

3. Next, spray Suave Freeze Hold Hairspray onto small sections of hair before wrapping the section around a 2 inch barrel curling iron. For loose, voluminous waves, don’t close the tongue of the curling iron!

4. Finish off the look with the Suave Professionals Volumizing Finishing Spray. The lightweight formula will keep your curls intact without weighing them down.

How to Avoid Vacation Breakouts

by Dr. Hilary Reich via Daily Makeover

There are a variety of reasons why we break out when traveling, but the major reason is stress. Stress affects our hormone levels, and hormonal imbalances cause acne.

Travel also disrupts our normal skin balance due to sudden changes in the temperature and humidity levels. A change in the mineral content of the water we use to cleanse our skin is another factor. Water with a higher mineral content ("hard water") means it harder to rinse off soaps and cleansers. Read on for more tips from dermatologist, Dr. Hilary Reich on avoiding vacation breakouts.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Christina Hendricks at the 2010 Emmy Awards

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Christina Hendricks was one of our favorite Emmy looks again this year. We love her coloring (that perfect red hair) and her amazing curves. Her smoky lilac Zac Posen dress complemented her perfectly. Lancôme celebrity makeup artist, Vanessa Scali, used Mia Farrow's character from "The Great Gatsby" as her inspiration. Here are the details on Christina's look:

Vanessa prepped the skin with Lancôme’s La Base Pro. To perfect Christina’s already luminous skin, Vanessa used Lancôme’s new Teint Miracle Lit-From-Within Makeup (pictured below). “It has an amazing transparent quality that leaves the skin looking flawless and luminous without being shiny,” said Vanessa. “I applied it with a brush and then blended with my fingers.” Blending with her fingers heated up the foundation a bit, allowing for a seamless finish. Vanessa followed with Effacernes Concealer under the eyes, her “all time favorite concealer.”

For a fresh pop of color I used Lancôme’s Blush Subtil Shimmer in Pink Pool on the apples of her cheeks. Dabs of Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Fluid Sheer #2 highlighted Christina’s cheekbones.

The eye shadow was mix of YSL’s Ombre Solo Eyeshadow in Cashmere Brown and Midnight Black. “I applied these all over her lid, under the bottom lashes and blended it out past her natural lash line to softly elongate the eye,” reported Vanessa.

Eye Liner:
To define and elongate the lash line, Vanessa lined the eyes with Lancôme’s Le Crayon Khôl in Black. “I used a touch of liner under her bottom lashes but smudged it for a softer look,” said Vanessa. For added depth, Vanessa used Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner in Noir at the very base of Christina’s lashes.

Several generous coats of Lancôme Définicils Waterproof Mascara in Black were used on the top and bottom lashes.

Christina’s lips were a mix of Lancôme lip colors for an effect that Vanessa described as “red with a little dash of pink.” A sheer coat of Color Design Matte Lipstick in Corset was topped by La Laque Fever Lipshine in Cyber Coral.

January Jones at the 2010 Emmy Awards

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

We weren't impressed with January's Versace dress and her hair was more frizzy than glamorous; but her beautiful makeup by Chanel artist, Rachel Goodwin, was a different story. Rachel spoke about her inspiration,"For January's make up I was inspired by Irving Penn's iconic photos of his wife/supermodel Lisa Fonssagrives, whose signature extended eyeliner symbolizes the epitome of elegance. I used ultra feminine colours with super sculptural liner for a cool update on that classic late 50's silhouette."

Here's how she created January's look:

"I used Chanel Liquid Eyeliner in Noir along the lash line for an exaggerated cat eye effect, adding extra lashes on just the very outer edges for added length. I then applied two coats of inimitable Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir on the top lashes and one coat of Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Purple on the bottom lashes. The rest of the face I kept understated using minimal foundation, pale pink cream cheek colour and Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Confidence on her lips. I finished the look by dusting her brow bone and lids with a loose iridescent pearl shadow with a hint of purple to play off the super reflective quality of her dress."

Booze-Infused Ice Cream

liquor ice cream

We love when our two of our favorite foods are combined into one tasty treat. The Silver Moon lines of adult-only ice creams pairs the icy, sweet treat with liquor for flavors like Pomegranate Martini sorbet and Orange Creamsicle ice cream with Cointreau. The Silver Moon ice cream is available at Whole Foods in northern California or for order online.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bachelorette Party Ideas #29: Party Dresses

If ever there's a time to pull out all the wardrobe stops, it's at a bachelorette party. Here are a few of our fave party dresses. Don't want to spend the money? Consider renting a dress!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bobbi Brown's New Black Velvet Collection

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Collection

“Yes, sooty lids and goth lips look great on the runway—but how do you make them work for real life? By infusing plum, cherry and maple tones with black and giving them a translucent texture, I created shades that are strong, powerful and a little shocking—but also wearable and sophisticated.” - Bobbi Brown

It's true that we saw a ton of dark vampy makeup at Fashion Week Fall 2010. Bobbi Brown's contribution is a beautiful set of lip and eye colors that will give you (like she said above) a wearable, dramatic look for fall. Available September 2010.

Read more on how to get the vampire look from Hope's post on Brilliant Color and Beauty Today.

Bachelorette Party Ideas #28: Philadelphia

Philly bachelorette

Next month, we'll be heading to the city of brotherly love for our friend Felissa's Bachelorette Party. The bridesmaids chose Philly as half the girls are in D.C. and the other half are in NYC so it's a nice in-between spot. Plus, Felis is a HUGE Mets fan, so we're heading to the Mets-Philly's game that Saturday. (That's Felissa, second from left, at our own bachelorette party.)

Even if your bride isn't a baseball fan, there are lots of reasons to head to Philly. It's affordable, manageable to get around and there's plenty to do both during the day or night. For starters, the Franklin Institute is hosting a Cleopatra exhibit now through January, 2011. Eleven hotels are offering a "Cleopatra Girlfriends Weekend Itinerary".

cleopatra image

As for our group, we're staying at the Sofitel. We're still figuring out where we're eating and partying, but Cuba Libre and Alma de Cuba are definitely in the running. We have a special Saturday afternoon surprise (more on that later) and are hoping to squeeze in a pole dancing class at Pole By Patricia.

We'll be sure to share all the dirty details, so check back in a month!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bachelorette Partys Ideas #27: Montauk Yacht Club

Montauk Bachelorette Party

While the Hamptons may have more flash, Montauk, at the far eastern end of Long Island, has traditionally been the laid back, surf spot. For your bachelorette party, you can rent a house, stay in one of the many upgraded shack hotels or do what we're doing this weekend and stay at the Montauk Yacht Club.

The 80-year old storied hotel, that has hosted guests including the Astors, Vanderbilts and Morgans, recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. The rooms have a nautical theme, along with modern touches like flat screen TVS and iPod docks.

The restaurants got an upgrade, too. We hear there's a great cover band on most weekend nights during the summer and that the servers are super-friendly, if not super fast--hey, it's a beach resort.
montauk bachelorette party bar

During the days, we plan to lie out by the pool. If you're more adventurous or motivated, the hotel can arrange a group surf class for you and your girlfriends. On Saturday, we're braving the traffic to head to the Ferrari Rally and Polo Match--we couldn't decide between Italians and Argentinians, so we're attempting to hit both events!

Follow our adventures via Twitter. We're on as JSGHope and JSGAnne.

Web Snob Roundup 8-27-10

Try this super duper lash plumping serum at Beauty Snob!
FabSugar shows you how Rebecca Minkoff Adds More Cool to Her Collection With Footwear.

Fashion Pulse Daily contemplates the intentions of Levi's in its latest ad campaign 'We are all Workers'

A toy that is as simple as it is mesmerizing and engaging for your tot at Tot Snob.

The Jet Set Girlsscoured the internet to find the sexiest leather shorts for fall.

When we see a great piece, we get it before it sells out - get yours at Couture Snob!

Second City Style is mad for camel...everything for fall. It's the new black!

Shopping and Info loves this dress straight off the runway from Milly that looks like Valentino.

Jewel Snob asks, can one ever have too many cuffs?

StyleBakery has the scoop on fall's ultimate transition piece: the military jacket.

Stylecaster shares an exclusive DIY from the new book by Erica Domesek of P.S. I Made This.

If ever there was a shoe that perfectly encapsulated this fall's return to a pure and minimal aesthetic, it would be this sandal at Shoe Snob.

eye4style takes you behind-the-scenes at the Fall 2010 London Fog ad campaign shoot, featuring Mad Men star.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bachelorette Party Ideas #26: Fun Cakes

What's a bachelorette party without a little frosting?

This Champagne Cake from NYC hotspot Abe + Arthur's combines two of our favorite loves: Cake + Bubbles. The restaurant makes cakes on request for special parties. This one was for  Sofia Vergara  to celebrate her boyfriend's birthday at Abe & Arthur's last month. Everything was edible from the bottle to the bucket).

If you're hosting a bachelorette in New Orleans, check out Hot Chocolate bakery. This plumber's butt crack cake is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out their website for the more X-rated cakes.

Those in San Fran can call the Cake Gallery for a selection of perverted desserts. Like Hot Chocolate, they get about as graphic as you want to go.

Bachelorette Party Ideas #25: The Andaz Hotel San Diego

Andaz San Diego
The Andaz San Diego is located in the Gaslamp Quarter, in the midst of the best shopping, dining, and nightlife in town. The Andaz itself is home to the Ivy Rooftop (pool) and lounge and the Ivy Nightclub (a multi-level dance club); meaning you don't have to go far to have a great time. If all those Ivy's didn't clue you in, the Andaz took over the former Ivy Hotel building.

Andaz San Diego
The Andaz even offers a private photographer to follow you around paparazzi-style or a photo shoot, if you're feeling particularly cheeky. We're not sure the whole night needs to be documented; but you be the judge. Rates start at $240.
Andaz San Diego

Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia Cologne

Jo Malone's latest scent, English Pear and Freesia, takes a graceful step towards autumn with light and fresh notes and contrasting earthy elements. Its keynotes are the King William pear and white freesia. The base note, patchouli, is usually too intense for us; but here it adds a simple woodsy undertone.

We love that Jo Malone creates her frangrances to be used in conjuction with one another, whether you're creating your own personalized scent or matching your scent to an occasion. Combination suggestions for English Pear and Freesia include Orange Blossom for a sparkling effervescent edge; Vetyver for spiciness, and Black Vetyver Cafe for masculine depth.

As for us, we'll wear it alone and enjoy the simple pear notes this fall.

Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia is available September 2010 on jomalone.com, Jo Malone stores, Bergdorf's, Neiman's, Saks, and select Nordstrom's and Bloomies.

This review was based on a sample.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bachelorette Party Ideas #24: The Parker Hotel Palm Springs

Parker Hotel Palm Springs

Palm Springs makes a perfect getaway, especially if you and your girlfriends are looking for a low key escape with pool time, cocktails and good food.

Parker Hotel Palm Springs

The Parker Hotel, decorated by Jonathan Adler, has a killer deal for $199 that includes a $200 spa credit to their Palm Springs Yacht Club spa (pictured above). You don't have to be a mathematician to figure out that's a bargain!

Parker Hotel Palm Springs

Stay in a patio room with a private lanai, have drinks at their Mini Bar, and enjoy a tasty dinner at Mister Parker's.

Leather Shorts for Fall

We've been curious about all the leather shorts popping up in the stores recently. They're perfect for a fall transition and look equally as good with bare legs or tights. Pair them with booties or peep toe clogs for a great weekend look. Here are a few pairs we find tempting:
Joie Denver Leather Shorts
Joie's Denver leather shorts at Neiman's for $378 styled with one of their irresistible silk tops.
Theory Leather Shorts
Theory has the softest leather. Their shorts above are at Net-a-Porter for $315.
Tibi Leather Shorts
Tibi leather shorts at Saks $585.
Blank Denim Leather Shorts
The most affordable option: Blank Denim leather shorts at Saks for $104.

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Peek Inside Eye 4 Style's Carry On Bag

The always glamorous Dina Fierro is one of our fave fellow bloggers. Her site, Eye4Style is exactly that--a short cut to finding the pieces that you'll crave so badly you'll decide it's worth brown bagging lunch for. Don't blame us when you become addicted to her Fashion Bucket List! We had to know what Dina travels with.

I'm the world's worst schlepper, so aim for minimalism when I travel. My go-to carry on luggage is by Alexander McQueen for Samsonite Black Label - it's modeled after a human rib cage and definitely gets some stares when I travel.

Though I'm almost ashamed to admit it, my favorite travel gadget is definitely the iPad. I load mine up with Mad Men episodes, a rented movie or two, games and books from the iBook app - time flies.

Planes are always so cold, so I like to tuck a colorful wrap into my purse - my favorite for summer travel is a lightweight cashmere version in purple ombre from Scoop.

Flying dries out my skin like crazy, so I pack the travel-friendly 2.7 oz Amorepacific Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System. You can mist it on over makeup for a nice little blast of hydration mid-flight.

Last but definitely not least, I always carry a nice, thick lip balm that can double as a cuticle cream.  Right now, Payot Hydrating Lip Balm is holding down the fort- it's a lot like Aquaphor, but more glamorous!

Benefit Speed Brow

Benefit Speed Brow

Whether you have unruly brows or just over plucked your eyebrows like we did, Benefit's Speed Brow may be the fix. This quick drying gel goes on easily with a few upward strokes. Somehow its natural shade works for all brow colors. We're ordering Speed Brow ourselves from Benefit.com ($16).

Bachelorette Party Ideas #23: Three Hot Bachelorette Party Themes

Today post comes from Alison Storm, a regular writer at The House of Bachelorette blog. We're instantly enamored with HB--the site has tons of fun and original ideas for your bachelorette parties--no matter where you have them. Add the site to your regular reading list. We already did!

Back in the day bachelorette parties all looked the same. Decorations were always hot pink and typically revolved around the male anatomy. But those days are gone. Lots of girls are planning out their parties with full-blown themes, decorations, outfits and more. Here are three hot themes:

Sex in the City
bachelorette party theme sex and the city

Style: What bachelorette wouldn’t want to spend her last night as a single girl channeling her inner Carrie Bradshaw? This party theme is all about glamour, fashion and, of course, fun.
Colors: Any color would work, but silver and black will set the mood well.
Decorations: Decorations are infused with Carrie’s favorite accessory—like these hot shoes napkins.
bachelorette party theme 80s

Fashion: For this party, pull out your fanciest, trendiest party dress. It’s more about “who” you’re wearing than “what” you’re wearing.
Drinks: The drink of choice is obviously the Cosmo.
Favors: Give each girl what she really wants—diamonds. These diamond keychains will be a fun reminder of your sexy night.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
bachelorette party theme girls wanna have fun

Style: The 80’s are back in a big way. Aggressive shoulder pads, big bangs and jelly sandals will make this bachelorette party truly unforgettable.
Colors: Neon all the way!
Decorations: Neon streamers, Molly Ringwald posters and fashion magazines from the 1980s will make this bash, like totally cool.
Fashion: Go wild with neon colors, shoulder pads and animal prints. You could even give each member of the bachelorette party crew an animal print hat to wear.

Drinks: Use Tab, Kool-Aid or Capri Sun as drink mixers for totally 80s cocktails.
Favors: Give each girl a pack of their own neon glow bracelets and their own pair of neon sunglasses.

Slumber Party
bachelorette party theme slumber party

Style: The spa meets seventh grade in this girly bachelorette bash. Have manicures, pedicures and facials either at home or in a spa.
Colors: Pink is a must for this party full of female fun.
Decorations: Think feathers, pillows and gossip magazines.
Fashion: Forget uncomfortable party dresses and high heels—sweat pants and pajamas are the proper dress code for this party.
Drinks: Drinks should be super sweet and fun. Focus on fruity daiquiris and pina coladas.
Favors: Give each girl a gift bag full of treats like glitter nail files, a sleeping beauty mask, and a super soft pink feather boa.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bachelorette Party Ideas #22: Viceroy Anguilla

Todays bachelorette party comes to us from our favorite stylist, Christina Joy.

We arrived at The Viceroy Anguilla after a long and arduous journey. It was one plagued by missed planes, stinky taxis and a last minute overnight stay in a less desirable hotel in an even lesser desirable city.

It was such a difficult trip that I thought The Viceroy was a mirage at first sight but fortunately, I was wrong. It was an oasis of chic set against a backdrop of blue sky, white sand and turquoise water.

To say The Viceroy is a vision is an understatement even for a perfectionist like me. As a stylist I edit and build wardrobe and interior collections. Not to mention I spent my former career life as an art director and designer. Needless to say, my discerning eye is all too quick to point out flaws.

But at The Viceroy I was pleasantly surprised and then thrilled. Upon entering the main building we were greeted with an iced cold refreshment. We proceeded to walk through the open breezeway of a lobby that was warm and welcoming although as sleek and sophisticated as the hotel interiors back in New York. Quite the opposite of what you typically expect from a Caribbean resort.

Designed by Kelly Wearstler, the property is adorned with curvaceous furniture in moody dark hues and rich creamy ivories glossed to perfection and accessorized with African wood, shagreen, rock crystal and bronze sculptures. A feast for the eyes, style and design reign supreme at The Viceroy Anguilla.

Exiting the breezeway we encountered lush green grass, tall palm trees and boxwood hedges in geometric patterns so inviting that you inch forward to explore the whole property. It’s alluring.

Walking further we found the beautiful and impressive Sunset Lounge encased in marble and travertine overlooking Barnes Bay and beach. It’s an outdoor living room with lounge beds and deep cushioned seating as elegant as it is comfortable and relaxed. One could spend all day camped there with a good read. Go to the edge and down two steps to enter the most serene infinity pool with an unmatched view of the stunning sunset each evening.

Off to the left and beneath the cliffs lies a path of majestic villas that leads to The Half Shell Beach on Barnes Bay. It’s a hideaway, home to a beautifully outfitted bar and grill perfect for spending a quiet afternoon by the water. It’s also the stretch of beach where we watched local fisherman casting their nets for the catch of the day.

The Viceroy opens to an expansive complex. Meander around a corner or two and there’s another pool dotted with palm trees surrounded by partially open, fanned cabanas that provide shelter from the unforgiving sun.

Climb down the rocky stairs to a cove so sublime it feels like your own personal blue lagoon. It’s actually an inlet of Meads Bay, arguably one of the most beautiful and peaceful beaches in the Caribbean.

For us, the pièce de résistance turned out to be The Viceroy’s beach club on Meads Bay. Located a mile or so away from the resort, the club is reachable via a 4-minute shuttle ride or long oceanside walk. The manager, Frankie, and his all-star team including Janice and Gayon, tended to our every need. The food here was the best on the property and perhaps on the island. Seasoned New York chef Keith Geter supervises the kitchen. On any given day either Chef Keith or Chef Prince cooked the
local specialties to perfection and bursting with flavor. Our favorites were the sand crab, the joya bread salad and the jerk chicken. We also enjoyed sampling the island cocktails especially the Rum Punch, the Painkiller or any of Janice’s secret potions.

Truly fine service is also in style at The Viceroy. Once you adjust to the Caribbean time delay (meaning everything moves a bit slower) you’ll find there isn’t a task too small or too large for The Viceroy staff to tend to with a smile. The resort has some of the most polite, cordial and helpful individuals I've ever encountered throughout my travels. I attribute that to the nature of the Anguillan people. The friendly vibe was property wide from the groundskeepers to the housekeepers. So while style and design reign supreme at The Viceroy, it’s clear that service is paramount as well.

The Rooms at the Viceroy Anguilla
Back to style. Simply said, our room was the type one would wish to live in forever. This is perhaps the greatest compliment one can pay any designer. It was chock full of beautiful fixtures, finishes and amenities including a canopied king bed, flat screen TVs, an ipod dock, a terrace with a large hot tub, a spacious living room, a kitchenette complete with a Nespresso machine, the most spacious double-sink marble bath with a tub for two and a shower for six. It was truly beautiful, comfortable and yet functional. All of the accoutrements were conducive to making our stay and routine pleasurable.

We woke in the morning and enjoyed Nespresso coffee in our room before making our way to breakfast. Two sinks, better yet, two bathrooms are always good for any group traveling together. The hot tub and ample shower upped the romance factor. Finally, the terrace was a great spot to wind
down after a day of play at the beach. Each thoughtful touch had a role in producing an amazing experience.

We didn’t want to leave. In fact, we extended our stay twice spending nearly 2 weeks at The Viceroy Anguilla. For these reasons and many more, I truly found joy at The Viceroy. I can’t wait to return!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bachelorette Party Ideas #21: Male Stereotypes Game

Male Stereotypes Game
We're laughing at the easy and fun premise behind the Male Stereotypes Game: each woman gets a card (one of sixty) that describes a common male stereotype like Couch Potato, Frat Boy, or Sports Fanatic.  Then you have to find that guy in the bar and complete a few tasks from easy to embarrassing. Whoever earns the most points wins.

Offer a prize so your bachelorette party really gets into it. Check out our bachelorette party gifts for ideas!

Web Snob Roundup 8-21-10

Stiletto Jungle features a video guide of what to wear to a wedding... and what not to wear.

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are launching a unisex fragrance. Allie is Wired has the details.

Little Treats on Bag Bliss: Designer Coin Purses!

Bag Snob has your bag if you're looking for simple and effortless, but slightly naughty with a heavy dose of style!

Beauty Snob is all about the bright bold nail colors this summer!

Coquette loves Rachel Zoe's "I Die" fashion spread in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar.

Fashion Pulse Daily's top picks from the new Isabel Toledo for Payless Collection (hint: you've got to see the rainboots!)

SHEfinds knows you're on the hunt for a chic pair of best leopard print shoes--we've got 9 awesome--and affordable pairs.

Second City Style is unhappy summer is almost over but we are dutifully putting our fall shopping lists together.

Shopping and Info thinks these Giuseppe Zanotti platform boots look like a piece of art. 

The Beauty Stop takes a hard look at the cult-favorite Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.

The Jet Set Girls are giving away a swank Smythson jewelry roll.

Over-the-knee boots are a must-have for fall, and The Shoe Goddess loves this pair from Report Signature!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bachelorette Party Ideas #20: Vacation Rental Homes

Bachelorette party Miami

Today's bachelorette party post is from reader Jaime Dito,  who planned a bachelorette party in Miami, staying at a vacation home rental.

When starting to plan the bachelorette party for my friend, Abby, the only thing we knew is that we wanted it to also be a girls-only vacation.  We are all in our mid-twenties and either in a serious relationship or already married, so we rarely get to take a trip with just the girls.

We first looked at international options, like Mexico and Puerto Rico, but decided it’d be much easier, and more affordable to stay in the States, especially since we were only going for the weekend (Friday to Sunday).  Our main priorities were to visit a beach destination that was also known for its nightlife, so Miami was a no-brainer.

Next, we got to work on booking our travel.  Since there were only six of us (the bride, her sister/maid of honor, and four bridesmaids), and four of us were coming from the same place (Austin, TX), flights weren’t hard to organize.  The more difficult decision was choosing where to stay.  We knew we wanted to stay in a vacation rental home since many of us had done it before and understood the benefits of booking a beach house or condo instead of a hotel, particularly when you’re with a group and want to spend as much time together as possible.  The bride’s sister immediately turned to the web and used sites like VRBO.com and HomeAway.com to research our options.  Based on space, budget and location, we eventually chose Property 148433 from HomeAway.com.  The condo had two bedrooms and a large L-shaped couch, so there was plenty of room for everyone to sleep.  We could’ve opted for a larger property with more rooms, but since it was all girls, we were fine with sleeping in the common areas to save money for our nights on the town! The condo was about a five minute walk from Ocean Drive and was about $360/night or $60/person/night.

While most of us flew to Miami, one girl drove and picked up groceries for us ahead of time—everything from breakfast options and sandwich materials to chips and late-night snacks.  Having a stocked kitchen in our vacation rental saved us a lot of money on daytime meals, although we ate at restaurants for dinner each night.

Our property manager was a Miami native and also lived in the condo building where we were staying.  His younger brother, who was a club promoter, knew we were there for a bachelorette party and pointed us to the best places to go each night, and in some cases, even helped us get past the long lines!  They were extremely helpful and were a quick call away to answer any questions we had.  For example, one afternoon we were really in the mood for a Cuban snack called an “arepa” and they told us about a local spot called “Los Perros” that quickly satisfied our mid-day craving! YUM!

bachelorette girls in Miami

We spent our days lounging poolside at the condo or on the beach chatting and drinking cervezas.  Then at night, we sampled the local fare at restaurants like Joe’s Stone Crab and my personal favorite, Taverna Opa (NOTE: This is the BEST place to go if you’re at a bachelorette party in Miami—the DELICIOUS Greek food is served family style, but the meal is definitely not the main focus.  At a certain point during dinner service, they turn the music up, throw hundreds of napkins in the air and encourage all the ladies to dance on the tables!  It was our luck, that a bachelor party of about 20 boys were seated next to us, so we all began dancing on the tables together—just make sure you don’t go there too hungry since you don’t eat much!)

bachelorette party girls at night miami

Being from Austin, TX, the biggest shocker for me was how late the bars stayed open.  In Miami, the party doesn’t stop until 5AM so we slept most of the morning in order to recuperate from the night before.  However, all in all, it was a great place to live it up and celebrate one of your best friend’s last few weeks as a single woman!
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