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Riis Park Beach Bazaar

Cynthia Simpson

This weekend I went out to Riis Park Beach Bazaar to get away from the city and feel some sand between my toes. Even though this beach was far ( you have to take the A train to the end of the line to Rockaway Park Beach, then take a Shuttle, then you take a short bus ride) it was definitely worth the trip! At Riis Park Beach Bazaar,  there is a ton of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. 

THE BEACH 
You can enjoy the beach sun and be safe from all the rays. At Riis, you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas for a small fee. You  have the option to reserve them in advance or get them when you arrive. The beach was not too crowded and there are life guards surfing the waves.  

Protect your skin

Protect your skin

MUSIC 
On the boardwalk it's a party with Dj's mixing and live performances from up and coming artists. 

DJ Tekitizi   mixing on the turn tables 

DJ Tekitizi mixing on the turn tables 

This band got everyone up and dancing!

This band got everyone up and dancing!

ACTIVITIES
There is so much to do on the board walk. You can rent bikes, three wheelers, relax in some banana hammocks and even do a little shopping. 

FOOD AND DRINK 
If you get hungry there are plenty of delicious foods you can choose from. There is also a pretty stocked bar with frozen drinks and beer. Everything is cash only but don't worry there are ATMs close by for your convenience.  

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Never get dehydrated with coconut water!

Never get dehydrated with coconut water!

Terry and I drinking a frozen delight

Terry and I drinking a frozen delight

Fried Chicken in a cone! What more can you ask for?   @thebrooklynstar

Fried Chicken in a cone! What more can you ask for? @thebrooklynstar

My fist time trying fried soft shell crab! It was so tasty! 

My fist time trying fried soft shell crab! It was so tasty! 

Soft shell crab sandwich

Soft shell crab sandwich

Mexican Corn

Mexican Corn

On a half shell 

On a half shell 

 Chef Valentino from   Wild Feast Foods

 Chef Valentino from Wild Feast Foods

Elina wearing a dress from Ethiopia

Elina wearing a dress from Ethiopia

Love this bag! 

Love this bag! 

Swim Suite: Madewell, Kimono: Anthropologie, Pants: Urban Outfitters (old),
Bag: Ralph Lauren (vintage)  

WELCOME TO MIAMI

Cynthia Simpson

The count down begins! Before I jump the broom, I wanted to spend some much needed time with my girls. Miami was just the place to get away and soak in the sun. 
 

HOTEL
We stayed at The Jetset Franklin right in the heart of South Beach on Collins Ave. The hotel has loft style apartments that are fully furnished with a kitchen, perfect for large groups or families. They provide fresh bath and beach towels everyday and the people that work there are extremely helpful and accommodating. The hotel is a short walk from the beach and nightlife. 

When you walk into the lobby they have a cool café called The Hub, which serves gourmet coffee, delicious pastries and sandwiches. This was a bonus, especially after a long night out and about. 

Texas toast with honey and latte. 

Texas toast with honey and latte. 

                  Some cool artwork on a building off Collins Ave.

                  Some cool artwork on a building off Collins Ave.

Different shades of skin.

Different shades of skin.

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BEACH FUN
The beaches in Miami are beautiful and the water is so clear! If you are like me and love laying out in the sun, don't slack on the sunscreen even if you have darker skin. The sun can and will burn you regardless of this crazy idea that having more melanin means you are protected from the sun.  I really love CVS Sheer Mist Spray. It's oil free and doesn't leave a white film that some sunscreens leave behind. It's also really easy to put on and has a pleasant scent. 

Beach essentials. 

Beach essentials. 

Right to left. Terry, Pollyanna, Andrea, Erin Day, TiffB, Elina, and Amanda 

Right to left. Terry, Pollyanna, Andrea, Erin Day, TiffB, Elina, and Amanda 

My twin sister and I. 

My twin sister and I. 

Since I have been planning my wedding, I recently discovered the power of meditation. It has opened my mind and has given me a new way to focus on the things that are important in life. I am telling you, meditation is an amazing tool that will change your life and help you see things in a new light. The beach was a perfect place to get centered and in touch with myself. I will write a full blog post about what I have learned and how you can get into meditating. 

GREAT EATS
There are alot of great spots to eat in Miami; Havana 1957 on Española Way is one you have to try out! They have great food and tasty mojitos served in cute mason jars. 

El Pub, in Little Havana, is a Cuban restaurant with a diner type feel. They have large portions and the best Cuban coffee I have ever tasted. The sweet plantains and cuban sandwiches hit the spot after a relaxing afternoon on the beach.  

COOL SPOTS
Wynwood Walls is one of the coolest places in Miami where you can see large scale graffiti art work all in one place. The murals go beyond the walls and into the neighborhood displaying expressive creativity from local artist. This area gave me a Williamsburg feel with the outdoor seating areas and young hipster crowd.        

Wynwood

Wynwood

Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern

We stopped into the Wood Tavern for drinks at a really great price. The outdoor seating area, tasty tacos and life size jenga made this bar a place to remember. They even had portable cell chargers that you could carry around with you!  

Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern

Miami was a great place to have my bachelorette weekend and I really appreciate my ladies for taking the time to make me feel so special. Love you!