This improvised resort outfit was my favorite look on a recent trip to South Beach in Miami. I was so excited when Mark sprung on me an opportunity to go to a tropical paradise – albeit during hurricane season!

South beach scene
One of the charms of this place is the art deco district. Loved this four-wheeled ornament!

I ended up packing mostly black and white garments. Interestingly, as you may have read in Liliya’s last post, that is also what she primarily packed on her recent Hawaiian adventure. Mixing and matching is so easy with those two colors, especially in a warm climate. I mean, you can go with any combination, including white on white.

Improvised resort look
High winds make a messy bun a good hair solution!

Despite the beautiful resort setting, we didn’t come here for vacation. That’s because Mark was here for work, and I also worked from the hotel room. But fortunately, I got wifi on our balcony. What a gorgeous respite it was from the Seattle rain!

South Beach, MiamiWaves at South Beach

Dinner at South Beach

Going out to dinner was one of my favorite parts! That’s because food in South Beach is a-mazing! I asked our taxi driver what was recommended in these parts, and he answered that you can get anything. But, he seemed particularly fond of the seafood and Italian. We soon found out why!

Improvised resort outfit on our balcony

Joe’s Stone Crab had the best seafood – ahhhh, the branzino! – and cocktails while Pappa & Ciccia served amazing Italian – I couldn’t get enough melon and prosciutto! Our waitress was from Milan; she and the food made us feel like we were back in Italy. With such wonderful Mediterranean fare, I can see how the South Beach Diet originated here!

We were lucky; no hurricanes came through. But the winds seemed to have kept down the crowds. Restaurants along popular Ocean Drive were all quite full, but we could go just about anywhere without a reservation (mid-week).

My improvised resort style

I didn’t originally plan on wearing the pieces of this look together. But I think that they worked out perfectly. The windy-yet-warm evenings made me want to tie my sleeveless button-down shirt in a knot to give it a more resort, cropped feeling. I tucked in the ends of the knot to make it look neater.

details of the improvised resort style outfit
My jewelry was an olive-colored Murano glass pendant and ring Mark got me during our honeymoon in Venice last year.

And I was so excited to get my first wear out of a skirt I picked up end-of-season at a huge discount. I absolutely love lace, and the A-line is not only a classic cut but flattering on a pear shape.

I was also hoping to wear it with a black sweater and boots this fall. But, it is really so thin and made of a very cool lacy cotton, and so, it didn’t work out as planned.

Improvised #ootn at South Beach
Theory sleeveless blouse – similar / Cupcakes and Cashmere skirt – similar / Stuart Weitzman sandals
A Word of Caution

As for the sandals…now I have to admit that I do not recommend these for hot and humid places where you’ll do a lot of walking. I love the ankle strap, and a block heel is very comfortable.

But with much of your weight resting on a thin strap in front, you can literally rub the skin raw in a line across the tops of your toes if your skin is at all moist. Mark and I had to take a taxi 3 blocks back to our hotel after dinner this night!

Although temperatures were between the 70s and 80s, I brought my white and black cardigans along to restaurants. That’s because you never know if they’ll be blasting the air-conditioning. I chose a white one this night just because I could. After all, we were in tropical paradise!

I hope you’ll let me know what you think of this outfit. Do you like to pack black and white for vacation, or do you prefer bright colors for a beach resort?

XO, Janea

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24 Comments on #OOTN – Improvised Resort Style in Miami

    • Janea
      November 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm (5 months ago)

      Thank you, Portia! xo

  1. David
    November 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm (5 months ago)

    Excellent shots of Miami Beach!

    • Janea
      November 14, 2016 at 3:09 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks, David!

  2. Gellie
    November 14, 2016 at 10:19 pm (5 months ago)

    My husband also takes me to his business trips, and I tell him that as long as the hotel has got good wifi, I’m cool. Our last was near a beach too, and I still had fun. You look gorgeous, btw. 🙂


    • Janea
      November 15, 2016 at 7:37 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks, Gellie! Yes, a beach and wifi are a great combination! xo

    • Janea
      November 15, 2016 at 7:35 am (5 months ago)

      Thank you, Dominique! xo

  3. Ashley
    November 15, 2016 at 7:21 am (5 months ago)

    What a cute look for Miami, lady! I love those sandals- major bummer they ended up hurting your feet! They look super cute, at least. 😉

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Janea
      November 15, 2016 at 7:34 am (5 months ago)

      Thank you, Ashley! I do love those shoes when they’re not maiming me! xo

  4. Stella Asteria
    November 15, 2016 at 9:56 am (5 months ago)

    Amazing resort style, my dear Janea! So so elegant, you look really beautiful my dear! It’s a huge bummer when you are such a wonderful place for work – haha. I live in Mykonos 7 months a year and go to the beach no more than 2 times! But I am so thankful I am there anyway! I also think you picked up the best necklace and ring for this look; they match perfectly!
    Thanks so much for sharing, hope you’re having a great week so far!

    • Janea
      November 15, 2016 at 10:21 am (5 months ago)

      Thank you, beautiful Stella! Wow! You are so fortunate to spend that time in Mykonos! I also lived near a beach in Santa Cruz for years and hardly went to the beach. Have a great week! xo

  5. Gabrielle
    November 16, 2016 at 3:55 am (5 months ago)

    How exciting to have been surprised with a tropical holiday! I love how you’ve opted for a monochrome look, the skirt in particular looks lovely on you 🙂

    • Janea
      November 16, 2016 at 7:39 am (5 months ago)

      Thank you, Gabrielle! Yes, it is always nice to be taken to a tropical destination. xo

    • Janea
      November 16, 2016 at 7:37 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks, Paola! xo

    • Janea
      November 16, 2016 at 7:47 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks, Mónica! xx

    • Janea
      November 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm (5 months ago)

      Thank you, Charo! I look forward to taking a look! xo

    • Janea
      November 17, 2016 at 1:40 pm (5 months ago)

      Great way to put it, Natassia! Thank you. xo

    • Janea
      November 18, 2016 at 5:27 pm (5 months ago)

      Thank you, Maky! XO


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