Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Why I Love Miami

It's no secret to the folks I visit for work that I would LOVE to live in South Florida. I understand that this area is not for everyone. It's crowded, loud, sometimes dirty... but it's also vibrant, fun, WARM (usually), and a whole big mix of everything.

I'm up late working tonight, but had to share a few of my reasons on why I love Miami (or Ft. Lauderdale, where I'm actually staying).

You can pull off colors in your home like these and not look completely derranged or being the talk of the town in a negative way.

via Fast Real Estate

via real estate listing

via Miamism

Lifeguard stands are a testament to the hippness of the area...

Water, water, everywhere

Lush, green landscaping...

via Pink Shovel Landscapes

and bougainvilleas year-round!!

Art in many forms... architecture, statues, art in museums...

via Wandalust

Artist Boris Posavec via GalleryNOW


Stone Crabs (and other seafood)

Mojito (must have the sugarcane!)

Plantains (either sweet or crispy fried)

Cuatro Leches cake (I am a total sucker for this... had a larger piece than I should have this evening in fact!)

And one quick bit of business. I received an email from a well-informed Atlanta resident correcting one of my posts. The "Atlanta White House" is not in Druid Hills, as I had previously reported. Thank you for the information and I apologize for the error.

via Atlanta Fine Homes

Hope y'all are having a great week!



  1. Hard to beat south Florida in winter. The Miami airport alone is impossibly exotic. We had 3 memorable winter vacations in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Key West.

    The White House is on Briarcliff. It and the house next door are quite a surprise and in fact quite beautiful. It's on the way to our dentist.

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  3. Love the art deco architecture of South Florida and all the great colors (would LOVE to paint my house teal or pink and get away with it!). But generally it's just too dang hot for me...and I'm from Houston!

  4. Dont forget snakes and alligators.

    Just kidding. It would be a nice place to live right now about- it is COLD here in Boston!

  5. I LOVE Miami. I went once on a Spring Break trip years ago and had a blast. I need to go back!

  6. I so wish I was in Miami right now enjoying some sun. I'm so tired of the cold weather here in Atlanta. Hope you have fun and eat some great seafood. xo, Cristi

  7. I feel the same way! I've been everywhere in FL except there!!!

  8. Ahhh, Miami! I used to work there in the winters when I was working for an NYC family. It was great to leave freezing cold of New York for the great weather of Miami. My boss had a house on a private island in North Miami Beach. I loved to shop and dine at the Bal Harbour shops! The one thing I couldn't deal with was all of the old people (probably because I was used to the pace of NYC!)!

  9. The lifeguard stands are just so awesome. Too bad I had to cancel my trip! Well, the good thing..., it was actually pretty cold in Miami just when I would have been there.

  10. Miami looks like a fabulous place to visit - one day! Leigh

  11. What's not to love? I'm torn between South Florida and Southern California. Maybe one house in each place? Oh...a girl can dream!

  12. I am needing this now....a little warmth in my toes.

  13. Emmie!

    Those lifeguard stands are the CUTEST!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend ~~

    xoxo Laura

  14. I'm a native Floridian! OMG, it doesn't get any better than plantains and mojitos!!!

  15. Emmie,

    I owe you a huge apology! I have completely forgotten to do my Happy 101. I promise I will do it in the next couple of days. I've been out of town for work and had a busy weekend with my family. Please forgive me!

    BTW, I love Miami...was there last year around this time and had so much fun. I would love to go back right now! So cold here.

    Hope you are well.


  16. What a nice post for dreamining....as I look at 25 inches of snow outside my window....with 6+ more due for tomorrow night!

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