the last three days were florida's tax free weekend, so naturally SHOPPING was the only plan i made for that time. my wardrobe? pretty complete. my boyfriend is much more particular about where he buys clothes, so i figured saturday would be a good day to drive down to miami. for the good stuff.
we've got a formula for going to miami to __________. (whatever the main reason we're there is.) our first stop is normally the wynwood neighborhood for coffee at panther and a cruise through the walls. this time we went out to panther coffee's new south beach location instead, which just opened and is a bit fancier; the michael was sitting on the leather couch next to us (foreshadow alert). next we head to lincoln road to ignore the gnarly tourist trap restaurants and focus on the retailers. there are a handful of great mens shops, i like to pay a visit to the madewell clearance rack, and books & books and taschen are both musts. there are other favorite boutiques dotted along south beach that we'll trek to if the mood strikes. somewhere in all this outdoor walking around we'll get hot and pop into frieze for a lemon sorbet to share. and typically about two hours into shopping the where-should-we-eat? cloud moves in. because here's what: that's why we really drive 45 minutes south to miami. we never go without trying a new restaurant or at least returning to one we fell in love with last time. saturday we opted to make wynwood our last stop, and went to harry's pizzeria for a couple michael's genuine home brews (yep, that michael), and what's become my favorite local pizza. aaaaaand so it goes that because we're right there in the art district, we'll visit a gallery or two or three.
so to recap: we went to miami "to go shopping", mark bought one pair of shorts, i bought nothing, we had coffee, then sorbet, some beer, some pizza, and looked at a bunch of art. and probably paid a bunch of tax? perfect day.