<![CDATA[Soul in Stilettos - A Miami Fashion & Lifestyle Blog - Blog]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:34:05 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Live in the Vineyard with Southwest Airlines]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://emiliesobel.com/blog/live-in-the-vineyard-with-southwest-airlines
Travel has been a central focus of my life from my earliest memories. 
From a young age, my parents encouraged me to see as much of the world as I possibly could.  I remember going all over, from my first solo trip visiting grandparents in Atlanta to the first time I saw New York City, stayed at one of the world’s great hotels – which sent a cart full of ice cream to our room to make up for a minor snafu. In fact, I did not want to leave The Big Apple. At five years old, I declared to my parents: “The next time we come here, I’m gluing my butt to the seat so I can stay!". I loved it so much, I cried the entire flight home.
 
Then there were ski trips to Colorado and Utah where I fell in love with mountains – and the crisp winter air missing from my hometown. Trips to Europe (Italy, Spain, France) all spoiled me. As I grew, I travelled to visit my life-long girlfriends as well as college buddies, all over this wonderfully diverse country. All of my travel related memories have stuck with me. The love of travel, imbued in my being, led me to choose a career which would allow me to explore the world as often as I could.  ​I've been so lucky since the job I adore actually has me continuing to travel a fair amount. Last month, Salt Lake City and, most recently, what became one of my very favorite places on the planet: Napa Valley, California.

Southwest Airlines made this last trip possible. 
Actually, I've had a special relationship with Southwest Airlines for quite a while now.
It all started when I flew with them on my birthday about two years ago. No one particularly enjoys being on an airplane on their special day, but I chose to hop on a flight to Nashville with my Mom and Aunt the year I turned 24. We flew Southwest, and let me tell you, the flight was almost as much fun as our trip itself. The attendants had the whole plane sing happy birthday, they delivered us Bloody Mary’s and had me wear a crown the entire trip. I felt so special – it truly made my day. After that experience, I went ahead and shared the video on my Twitter, only to come home two weeks later to basically a lifetime supply of Southwest drink tickets and a cooler to match. Totally unnecessary from Southwest, since their friendly ticketing and baggage policies, new planes, friendly staff (on the phone, at the airport and on the planes) earned my loyalty without any need for those perks.

Nevertheless, that gesture sealed the deal for me. I did not feel like one of a million travelers. I felt like Southwest valued my business. They earned my loyalty. I fell in love with Southwest Airlines. From then on, for every single trip I've had to book, Southwest has been my go-to. From the free first checked bag to the customer service, this airline is truly the best. 

Fast-forward two years later. Let me tell you about my latest unforgettable experience with Southwest Airlines. Unsolicited, my friends at Southwest sent me to Napa Valley, California for the Live in the Vineyard Festival. A four day event held in wine country, I cannot even begin to tell you how incredible this trip was. 

Scroll down to read all about my weekend at Live in the Vineyard with Southwest Airlines!
Our trip began with us leaving Fort Lauderdale, flying non-stop to Oakland, California and driving the scenic route out to Napa. As soon as we dropped our things off in our hotel room, we made our way to Castillo di Amorosa for dinner with Southwest and a surprise performance by Fergie! How did I luck into this? The setting alone was a dream, surrounded by vineyards and a castle, I had no words to explain how warm this welcome was.
We woke up on Friday morning and made our way to the Peju Province Winery where we had a delicious lunch and enjoyed a live performance by the band AJR. With plenty of wine and photo opportunities, this was an ideal Friday lunchtime scenario in Napa.
Friday night found ourselves at Napa's Uptown Theater watching live, acoustic performances by Julia Michaels, HAIM, Sara Evans, the incredible ZZ Ward (my Dad told me I’d love her) and more. With the weekend flying by, we awoke on Saturday morning and made our way to the Sutter Homes Family Winery. Here we enjoyed wines, cheeses and a live performance by Leanne Rimes. From Sutter we headed to the Reynold's Family Winery for lunch. Ridiculous! After a private tour of the winery, we sat down and ate while Keelan Donovan sang for us in a private acoustic performance.
If you're a music lover like I am, this was definitely a "pinch me" experience. 
Saturday night was spent at the Uptown Theater once again for round 2 of the live acoustic performances. This time, we enjoyed music from nationally renowned bands including The Revivalists (Mom’s favorite) and the All American Rejects. There's just something about sitting in a small theater and listening to your favorite artists that changes the way you hear music. Truly a music event I will never, ever forget.

So, Southwest, I pledge my undying love for you treating me to this experience and being the best airline in the sky. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
All photos by Jordan Braun

A huge thank you to Southwest Airlines for making this trip possible!
Donate to the Napa Fire Relief fund HERE



Tights: Berkshire 
Sunglasses: Sunglass LA
Denim Jacket: BooHoo 
Floral Dress: ZARA

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<![CDATA[Lip Fillers at Arviv Aesthetics: My Honest Experience]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:42:41 GMThttp://emiliesobel.com/blog/lip-fillers-at-arviv-aesthetics-my-honest-experience
As we march toward the 2017 Holiday Season (Halloween is next week with Thanksgiving and Christmas close behind), it seems like almost every woman over the age of 18 is starting to experiment with fillers and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't one of those people.

As usual, I'm going to be 100% honest. When I was 15 years old, during Spring Break of my sophomore year of high school, I went under the knife for the first time and got a nose-job. I was one of the first girls in my grade to have plastic surgery. This was a procedure I had wanted for a long time and one which with I had long been familiar. As a young Jewish woman, the majority of ladies in my family also had rhinoplasty around the same age. Rightly or wrongly, the shape of my nose affected me and my self-confidence in those formative teenage years. So, as soon as I had the opportunity, I seized it. To this day, my nose-job was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I never kept it a secret and openly shared my experience with my friends and family after wards. It changed my perception of myself and my self-image and my self-esteem both blossomed. I learned from a young age that what people think of me is often inaccurate and should not overly-influence my decisions. However, since I was doing this for me and only me, then it was totally okay. 

Fast forward to the age of 25 and I've now had my lips done three times. This is the only other cosmetic procedure I've undergone so far, and let me tell you that it has also been one of the better decisions I've made when it comes to building my self-confidence. It’s subtle (even my Dad didn’t notice until my Mom gave up the secret), but makes a difference.

I am extremely public on social media, so for those of you who follow along, you already know that I had my lips done at  Arviv Aesthetics in Miami back in August. I made the choice to “get needled” when the fillers I had done in November dissolved. While I know that my lips were fine before I had them filled, couldn’t they be better? Fillers do not last forever, so I decided to just go for it.

Below, I'm sharing my open and honest experience of what it was like getting my lips done at Arviv. I've received an overwhelming amount of questions, so scroll down to take a behind the scenes look of before, after and even during my procedure!

For this particular procedure I decided to get Juvéderm in both my top and bottom lip.
Dr. Arviv used an entire syringe. The first time I had my lips done, I was a bit nervous, so I only did my top lip and used half of a syringe. Going into this session, though, I knew what to expect and exactly what I wanted.

I need to emphasize that Dr. Arviv is absolutely incredible.
She spent time with me asking me really important questions. What did I want? What filler did I want to use? How would I like to be numbed?  She made me seem as if I were her only patient that mattered and that she had all the time in the world. This alone was so comforting. I instantly knew that I could trust Dr. Arviv with my lips, and anything else for that matter.

Do Lip Fillers Hurt?
 Depending on your pain tolerance and whether or not you are comfortable with needles, lip fillers are really not that painful. The word I would use to describe the experience is: uncomfortable. I chose to get a dental block to numb my lips. Dr. Arviv went in with the numbing substance with a needle through my inner gums on the top left and right, bottom left and right corners of my mouth. Within seconds the entire bottom half of my face was numb and I could not feel a thing. That was the worst part, but it was quick. And again, it was mostly the discomfort of knowing where the needle was injecting. 

How Long Do Fillers Last?
Lip Fillers typically last about 4-6 months. Now in October, my lips are the perfect shape and size and feel completely normal, but look incredibly full. 

Swelling
I am the type of person that bruises worse than a peach. I always have bruises up and down my legs, so the swelling was pretty bad. My mom told me I looked like a duck for the first two weeks, however, I kind of liked it especially when I was going for a "no makeup look." After two weeks, the swelling was gone. 

Follow Up at Arviv
Two weeks after my procedure I want back to Arviv for a follow up. Dr. Arviv noticed that my fillers looked a bit uneven. To be honest, I did not even notice until she said something. We decided to go back in with the filler and even them out, this time without any numbing. It was a bit painful, but nothing too bad. My lips instantly felt different and I could tell that the filler was now breaking up where it had built up in my lips.

So Worth It
 Trepidation behind me, knowing what to expect, knowing how quickly I heal, I love Dr. Arviv and what she has done for me. I highly recommend visiting the Arviv offices if you are considering getting your lips done.
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Lips Now - October 2017
A huge thank you to Arviv Aesthetics
To learn more and/or book your appointment click HERE

All photos shot on an iPhone 7 Plus
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<![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
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<![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
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<![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.
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<![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.
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<![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.
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<![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.
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