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Amuse Swim Week: Miami City Guide

In the spirit of Amuse Swim Week and soaking up sun (and best Instagram pics and Snaps) in Miami, we’ve put together the ultimate city guide with our favorite, must go, must drink, must eat, and must shop places in Miami Beach. Consider this a cheat-sheet that everyone who will be in town for Miami Swim Week (and every local, for that matter!) should have. Read on, then get moving!

Miami

WHERE TO STAY

SLS South Beach

The rooms are black and white and super stylish (as is the rest of the hotel). The hotel has two pools: one is a bit quiter, the other is the party pool with DJ’s, fog machines – the whole nine.

The Raleigh

Iconic and best known for their pool, and it’s unique shape and design, the Raleigh is another favorite. Side note, the Raleigh doesn’t have a gym, but if you stay there, you’re able to use the gym at the SLS.

W South Beach

The W is always a solid choice (and the pink lounge chairs on the beach make for a cute Instagram picture :)

The Miami Beach EDITION

If you’re looking for a more upscale experience and you don’t care about the ease of walking to shops and restaurants bon Collins Ave., then The Miami Beach EDITION is 100% the way to go!

The Nautilus Hotel

The new-comer to South Beach, we'll be staying here during our trip and can't wait to see this beautiful hotel in person!

WHERE TO LAY OUT

Any of the hotels above have great pools to lay out by and if you're more of a beach person, there's always easy beach access along the South Beach strip.

WHERE TO EAT

MARKET AT EDITION at the Edition Hotel

You will want to order every thing off Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s menu, promise! Best part? It’s open 24 hours, so it can be your first stop in the day for coffee, or last stop at night for a gourmet pizza!

La Sandwicherie

Our go-to spot when we're looking for yummy and freshly made salads and sandwiches to eat on the go.

The Resturant at The Raleigh

The caesar salad at The Raliegh is the best caesar salad we've ever had, coast to coast. We guarantee you will love it. Pair it with a refreshing glass of rose and it tastes even better!

Casa Tua

Casa Tua is such a hidden. Not only is the food outstanding, but the ambiance is so unique. When you arrive ask if the Chef’s Table is available. If it’s not booked in advance for a private dinner or event, anyone can sit there. Candles and flowers run down the center of the table, giving it the warmest yet chicest vibe. If you need a meal reco, order the Truffle Risotto and you’ll be dreaming about it for months to come.

Nobu at Eden Roc

You'll always find us having dinner and drinks at Nobu at least one of the nights during our trip. We haven't visited their new location at Eden Roc Miami since they moved from the Shore Club, but we know it won't disappoint!

WHERE TO GET DRINKS

Juiva

Rooftop drinks here are a must – breathtaking views of all of Miami Beach!

WHERE TO SHOP

Atrium

This is the first place we'll be heading after landing in Miami. Hands-down our favorite shop! They have an amazing swimwear section, and also a great variety of well-known designers as well as up-and-comers.

Other shops to visit: The Webster, BASE, Alchemist, and Boheme Boutique.

For vintage shopping visit: Antique and Collectible Market and Fly Boutique.

The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast -- There's a reason this stretch of pristine beaches on the East coast of Australia is named as such. When my dear friend Anna rang from California, eager to hop on a plane, I was ecstatic at the chance to show her not only my backyard of Byron Bay, but all the killer breaks and adventures for 80+ km north.

A week later, I found myself hitting the road, sandwiched between the lovely Anna and our talented Aussie mate Nick Green, exploring autumn days of perfection. Camping in the van, waking up at dawn to watch the sunrise, chasing waves and hiking sacred rainforest kept us smiling for days. Exploring familiar territory with new eyes was enlightening and refreshing as I hosted Anna's first proper trip to Australialand.

xx Lex

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Photography by Nick Green

BottleRock 2016

Nothing beats the pulsing of live music in your veins, the warmth of the California sun on your skin and the smell of true, authentic, homegrown wine. Napa Valley, an oasis for wine lovers everywhere, is also home to BottleRock Music Festival, a widely known gathering of people looking for some good booze, good eats and some seriously good tunes.

Last weekend, we sent our social photographer and close friend of Amuse, Stefanie Vinsel, up north to experience the festival firsthand and hang backstage with some of our favorite bands. Backstage pass in hand and stuffed Amuse duffle in tow, Stefanie packed up her car in preparation for her road trip up the golden coast. It was the sweet smell of wine country that cued her in that she had finally arrived at the festival.

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Stefanie had the pleasure of photographing one of our favorite rock muses, Stevie Scott, and captured her performance with Machineheart (catch our previous feature on Stevie and Machineheart here). When she first arrived, Stefanie found Stevie backstage whisking around in her Stevie Nicks-esque, white, flowy top as the band was preparing for a sound check. Film loaded, Stefanie immediately jumped in and started shooting the ever-photogenic rocker chick. When Stevie stepped foot on stage, barefoot and beautiful, the crowd went wild--energy radiated from every direction.

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The goosebump-raising set list included their single “Circles” as well as a rendition of Britney Spear’s "Hit Me Baby One More Time”—a crowd favorite, for sure! Stevie’s silky-smooth voice and fireball, kinetic energy captured the hearts of her fans and kept the crowd wanting more. Stefanie split her time between the stage and the pit, photographing Jamie N Commons, Jamestown Revival, The Lumineers and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Check out the images she captured over the weekend!

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Photography by Stefanie Vinsel

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