<![CDATA[Soul in Stilettos - A Miami Fashion & Lifestyle Blog - Blog]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:37:21 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Shore Club Staycation]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://emiliesobel.com/blog/shore-club-staycation
I am a huge fan of the "stay-cation." 
In a city like Miami, there is a plethora of cool, new hotels with amazing architecture and amenities. Everywhere you turn, a chic new spot, offering imaginative services has popped up. I live in the heart of South Beach, so rarely do I spend the night any place other than my own apartment. 
However, when Shore Club opened it's doors to Rachael (Summer of Diane) and me, saying: “Yes, thank you” was a no-brainer!!

Sometimes, it's just nice to get away from your daily routine, without leaving your hometown. 
As a hard working twenty-five year old, I often have to remind myself to take a few deep breaths and just relax. Nothing promotes that relaxation than a hotel robe, a balcony and some chilled champagne, so I took the Shore Club up on its invitation to enjoy a piece of heaven on Earth – a mile from home. 

Rachael and I were quick to change out of our clothes, pop open a bottle of Moet Chandon and spend some quality time outside enjoying our ocean front view. With girlfriends like Rachael, it's easy to forget about the real world and just have some fun. The weekend of our staycation happened to fall during the very busy Miami Swim Week, so it surely was nice to have a luxurious and elegant crash-pad so close to the events and parties. 

If you're ever traveling to Miami or simply looking to spend some downtime outside of your home, I highly recommend checking out Shore Club! Not only is it clean and comfortable, but there are Instagram-worthy spots at every nook and cranny in the hotel and the service is impeccable. 
The Shore Club is the perfect spot for getting away without leaving!  
Photos by Christine Michele
Rachael's Blog: Summer of Diane

Tan: Vita Liberata , Sunglasses: Kate Spade, Champagne: Moet Chandon USA

Special thank you to Shore Club for hosting us during Swim Week 2017
<![CDATA[Swim Week 2017]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:05:53 GMThttp://emiliesobel.com/blog/swim-week-2017
For as long as I can remember, I've been attending Swim Week in Miami.
I've always loved that Miami gets to have its very own Fashion Week, dedicated to what the city knows best - swimwear. This is an event to which I look forward every year, blocking my calendar, making sure that my travel plans skip July and picking out my outfits weeks in advance. I've been around for the big changes in The Week, and I've enjoyed hundreds of shows, parties and pop-ups.   Based on years of experience, I can honestly tell you the secret behind a successful Swim Week. The key to success is not being front row, it's not being on every guest list and it's not being the "prettiest" or "skinniest" in the crowd. The secret? Having a solid group of friends with whom you can run around. 

Like any Fashion Week, Swim Week is a great mix of work and play. With fun comes the stress; constantly making sure your timing is right, the weather isn't too hot or rainy and that you're choosing the right event to attend - especially because so many inviting events overlap. I'm not going to lie, Major League FOMO drives me to be everywhere at all times. I tend to get frustrated easily when there are lines or issues with transportation, guest lists, or other glitches. This year's Swim Week definitely challenged my patience, but at the end of the day, because I was with a group of my faves every step of the way, I had an amazing time. 

In keeping with our Swim Week tradition,  once again Christine and Gant joined me. Our little squad was enhanced with Rachael, AKA Summer of Diane and Arden. It was the perfect mix of friends, all creative, passionate, ready for anything and, of course, constantly looking for the perfect picture for Instagram.
We took shelter from Miami’s version of global warming at the Shore Club, my favorite South Beach hotel, within walking distance from the shows and parties, and stuck together until Monday morning. It was a fun and exhausting week of activities.
While I'm so happy to be getting back to reality (and rest), I already can't wait until next year. 

Photos by Christine Michelle
Dress: BooHoo, Wrap Bracelet Turned Choker: Tiffany & Co., Tan: Vita Liberata, Hair: GLAMSQUAD

A special thank you to the Shore Club South Beach for hosting us during Swim Week 2017
<![CDATA[Tiffany HardWear Collection]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://emiliesobel.com/blog/tiffany-hardwear-collection
As most girls do, I have a great love for all things jewelry. 
From a young age, I remember fawning over my Mom's beautiful collection of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings. I felt just as excited as she was when my Dad would come home with a little Blue Box, knowing that one day, whatever was in that box, would be mine. Just one of the perks of having parents with really fabulous taste. As I got older, my personal collection began to grow. When I became a Bat Mitzvah at 13 years old, I received my very first piece from Tiffany and Co., an extravagant, although not uncommon gift for young Jewish girls growing up in the luxuries of Miami Beach. Don't worry, these gifts were never anything I took for granted. I'll never forget the chain lock bracelet I received from a loving relative, and it was years before I took it off and tucked it away into a jewelry box. 

My love for collecting jewelry has certainly not waned. I've always understood how lucky I was to get to wear Tiffany and Co. from such a young age. The presents and hand-me-downs I have been so fortunate to receive are special both for their beauty and the meaning behind each special gift from a loved one.

Now that I'm older, my love for fine jewelry has grown and I'm able to treat myself to my own little blue boxes, just in time for the latest collection from Tiffany and Co. -- the HardWear collection. The Collection is so to my taste that I would swear the fiercely feminine pieces from this collection were made specifically for me. Because of my edgier style, sometimes the classic look doesn't really work with what I wear. Wearing jewelry is, of course, very personal. However, the new Tiffany HardWear pieces carry wide appeal. They are elegantly understated, fitting me and my personality just right.

Next time you're looking to treat yourself, or a special someone is hoping to surprise you with a gift, be sure to check out the Tiffany HardWear collection. Don't be surprised if you end up falling in love with the Blue Box and what’s nestled inside 
Photos by Jordan Braun at the Shore Club Hotel in Miami Beach.
Special thank you to my friends at Tiffany and Co.
<![CDATA[The Fresh Market Comes to CityPlace Doral]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 15:36:49 GMThttp://emiliesobel.com/blog/the-fresh-market-comes-to-city-place-doral
I love that The Fresh Market is around the corner from where I live.
 Growing up, I was raised on a pretty healthy and organic diet.
My parents served salad as part of virtually every meal and always made sure we ate our vegetables (usually broccoli) before enjoying dessert. Now, a few weeks shy from my 25th birthday, my parents’ lessons are firmly engrained in my personality. I still eat in pretty much the same way. This habit of incorporating healthy and fresh fruits, vegetables and meats is something I never think twice about. That’s why I’m so glad that Fresh Market is right there. Every Monday afternoon, you can find me at my local Fresh Market sourcing my groceries for the week ahead.  

I was one of the very first people that got to enjoy The Fresh Market grand opening of their newest Florida location in CityPlace Doral. Even though there’s one down the street from my apartment, I loved the idea of being among the first in a sparkling, brand new, state-of-the-art store. 

We made our way into the beautiful store, big enough to get lost in, but so well organized so as not to be too overwhelming. The staff was welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly, passing out samples of famous Fresh Market items like their delicious banana bread and apple pie. Beyond the food, the space alone will have you coming back again and again. A modern take on the classic store, you can tell that the team behind The Fresh Market is up to date on what people not only want to eat, but how we want to shop. 

If you're in the Doral area this weekend, be sure to stop by to check out, sample and shop the new digs! The Fresh Market will also be hosting a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend sampling event May 27th and 28th, with fresh-off-the-grill bites and a special holiday weekend discount.  See you there!
Photos by Jordan Braun
This post was sponsored by The Fresh Market.
<![CDATA[GUYandGirl Spa Day]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 20:36:16 GMThttp://emiliesobel.com/blog/guyandgirl-spa-day
I was ecstatic recently, when I first heard the news that GUYandGIRL Spa was making itself at home at The Mondrian, one of my favorite Miami hotels. Then, when I was asked to host a happy hour with an intimate group of friends, I was even more excited. An invitation to relax with those I love most while surrounded by all things beauty, endless cocktails and fresh sushi seemed almost too good to be true. It is said that when you love what you do for a living, you never really work.  Well, the Mondrian happens to be right in my neighborhood, on Biscayne Bay, which made this "job" even more fun than usual. The spa itself is bright, welcoming and every bit as fabulous as you'd imagine. With a salon hidden right behind the mirrored mosaic desk, I happily consented to a blow out before hosting my guests. The hidden oasis, located on the third floor of the Mondrian has become my go-to for hair, skin and nails. Aside from the fact that I can walk over, the space is totally zen - comforting, sensual and detail-oriented. Even better, the staff also seem to love their work. They are each incredibly warm and exceptionally capable in the delivery of their out-of-this-world pampering.
We sipped, we laughed and we spa-ed. It surely made for a spectacular evening. 

You can book your appointments at GUYandGIRL spa, here!
A HUGE thank you to my friends at Carma Connected!

To book your appointment at GUYandGIRL Spa, click HERE.
<![CDATA[Cruising the Venetian]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://emiliesobel.com/blog/cruising-the-venetianSoutheast Toyota Distributors, LLC (“Toyota”) provided me with compensation and use of a vehicle for a short period of time. The opinions I have shared about this vehicle are my own.
The Venetian Causeway, the throw-back to old Miami, connects Miami to Miami Beach.
It is one of my all-time favorite roads to drive. After being under construction for what seemed like forever (first the west bridge and then the east bridge), the causeway finally opened up recently, with smooth roads traversing the Venetian Islands. The Causeway offers its gorgeous views to South Beach locals and visitors once again. With the picturesque water surrounding the classic white bridges and incredibly charming homes aligning the entire causeway and each of the four islands, the Venetian is a true Miami marvel for everyone to appreciate.

After a long day of work, I find myself hopping into my 2017 Toyota Corolla to make my way back home to the beach. I made it a point to move to SoBe for many reasons, but the drive to and from work was definitely a big factor in my decision making. We all experience daily stresses and we all relieve them in different types of ways. For me, as I've said before, taking a nice, long drive is at the top of my relaxation list. However, there is a big difference between driving up a boring old dirt road and driving through the Venetian. The water which separates work on the mainland from home on the beach provides just the therapeutic work-life transition I love.  I've learned to appreciate where I live for its true beauty. How lucky am I that I get to see the ocean and bay every single day? The traffic may be a bummer, but being stuck watching breath-taking sunset scenes over the water is not the worst thing in the world.
<![CDATA[´╗┐Street Style]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://emiliesobel.com/blog/street-styleSoutheast Toyota Distributors, LLC (“Toyota”) provided me with compensation and use of a vehicle for a short period of time.
The opinions I have shared about this vehicle are my own

When you live on South Beach, it's a sin not to take advantage of the year-round beautiful weather we are so fortunate to have. On a “Chamber of Commerce Day”, when the sun is out, the sky is blue and the temperature drops below 80°, the entire city can be found outside. The weather invites optimism and adventure. This is one of the many things I love about my city.
On one of these perfect weekends, I like to center my plans around the weather. Whatever I'm doing, wherever I am going, you can bet that the windows are rolled down and the sun roof is wide open for my “every-day-is-Sunday-drive”. There is truly nothing like the feeling you get when you're cruising down the street, jamming out to a great playlist, seemingly without a care in the world. I am lucky enough that I get to experience this euphoria regularly. When you drive a new 2017 Toyota Corolla around the heart of Miami Beach, it’s hard not to feel that way! On every corner there is something new to discover. Be it a coffee shop, an art-deco building or a festival happening on the sidewalks, Miami Beach is full of surprises and I love driving around to encounter these discoveries. 

One of the coolest things about the South Beach area are the hidden gems you will find on these mini-journeys. Looking for a great photo-op? Jump in your car with a friend or two and just explore. Last week, on our way to lunch, we stumbled upon a quiet little alley that, to my great amusement complimented my outfit and my car perfectly. With the palm trees in the background and a beautiful white canvas of buildings, we knew we had to capture this spot. If you don't happen to live in Miami, take some time to discover the hide-aways wherever you live. Allow yourself the pleasure of finding something new.  No matter where you wander, there is always the potential for adventure!
<![CDATA[On The Run]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://emiliesobel.com/blog/on-the-runSoutheast Toyota Distributors, LLC (“Toyota”) provided me with compensation and use of a vehicle for a short period of time.
The opinions I have shared about this vehicle are my own

I'm always on the go, which is why it's so important to have a dependable and economical means of transportation that gets me quickly and safely from Point A to Point B.  When I was 16 years old, my parents gave me my first car - a black on black Toyota Corolla. From that moment, with that gift of freedom, driving became a huge part of my life. Beyond the freedom it provided, it also gave me my first taste of independence - and responsibility.  When I went away to college, my first Toyota took me to school, back home and, the occasional road trips. Today, my work schedule requires me having a vehicle that I can trust to keep me safe and on which I can depend to function without unwelcome surprises.  It must also withstand the Miami traffic and my non-stop schedule. I don't sit still for very long, always finding myself jumping in the car to go grab lunch, a coffee, work out, head to a meeting or appear at an event. The point? I spend a lot of time inside my car, which is why it is absolutely vital that I love what I am driving, inside and out.

The new 2017 Toyota Corolla has everything I need - and more. Not only is it cute, sleek and modern, it is super-comfy and comes fully equipped with Standard Toyota Safety Sense, a 7inch touch-screen display with a rockin' audio and navigation system, a gorgeous sporty interior and so much more. Through the years, every Toyota Corolla I drive keeps getting better and better.  The engineering is remarkable, details so well executed and the fun so there!  I am always impressed that so much car can be so affordable. As you've probably learned by now, style is essential to my daily routine, and it doesn't stop at my wardrobe. What I drive goes hand in hand with my fashion sense, so my go-to vehicle is and always will be the Toyota Corolla.