The new year called for a much needed escape from the cold to Miami at the Freehand Hotel.
Thanks to my gf Rebeca of Wishbone and Clover Media we jetted away for a stay at this beautiful oasis, off but not too far from the beaten path of Collins Ave. in South Beach Miami.
To sum up – it was a brilliant weekend (the weather was a dream) and it came at a time in my life where I definitely needed a little R&R escapism.
I left V early Friday morning (4 AM wake up calls are not fun) and arrived with a full day to enjoy the beautiful backyard at the Freehand Hotel (also home to the famous Broken Shaker).
We wasted no time shooting looks in the Instagram-friendly space, full of kitschy chairs and tables, lush greens and vintage artifacts.
As I mentioned on Instagram, I have not seen or used so much color on my feed in a long time.
At night we ventured over to the Miami River and hit up The Wharf with Loreana of The Daily Bella and her brilliant photographer partner, Rodrigo (he took a few of these photos and I highly suggest you check them both out).
The Wharf was f*cking u n r e a l. Seriously, this was my kind of spot.
Part outdoor bar, part food truck location and all fun, you could spend an afternoon into the evening there no problem.
It was the best vibes and we had such an amazing crew (shout out to YouTube babe Devo for leading the dance party) that I highly recommend you check it out if you get a chance because with something for literally everyone, you won’t be disappointment or bored.
Saturday the weather was perfection, so we posted up for an afternoon by the pool at Freehand and snacked on my new fave, artichoke fries (#tablefries) and the most spectacular cocktails whipped up by the Broken Shaker mixologist, Yoli.
Whatever she was pouring down, I was into and it was so nice to camp out in this luxurious hideaway to chat among old friends and make new ones along the way.
This was probably my favorite part of the trip: The Freehand is half hotel, half hostel, so many people that stay there are solo and from all over the world, so they’re eager to meet people and genuinely excited to learn your story and make friends.
As I said, the whole experience was so refreshing and came at such a great time for me that I am so grateful to have been a part of it all.
We ended our Saturday night with dinner at the new Coco Bambu, a Brazilian-style restaurant with enough food to feed all of Miami Beach.
There was no holding back when it came to the fresh seafood, perfectly seasoned appetizers and too many caipirinhas (Brazil’s national cocktail).
We were so stuffed that we could not bear to go out for another night on the town, so we headed back to our trusted Freehand for a nightcap.
It was all in all the perfect way to do a weekend in Miami. Sunday we woke up early, enjoyed the beach and got our toes in the sand.
I was so sad to leave, I debated staying for an extra evening but I had to get back to my monkey and real life.
If you have a chance to escape for the winter (even for just a weekend) then I highly recommend you hit up Miami, the Freehand Hotel and all this vibrant city has to offer.
Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for the next time I head to South Beach, x.