once upon a rainy thursday…

We’ve been having such gorgeous weather (“hot,” according to my husband, but I LOVE it!) that I almost don’t mind the rain today. Plus, on the bright side, it’s washing away the yellow film of pollen that has absolutely covered EVERYTHING outdoors.

So, browsing the web it is!

Here are some of the things I can’t get enough of:

{From top to bottom, left to right, images found: Eden Roc (I just LOVE the lobby, it’s such a beautiful mix of vintage and contemporary); J. Crew ; Harbor Beach Resort (I’m going to be here in a week!); Peter Som (Spring-Summer ’09 Collection); BBB Craft Sisters (crafty blogging site)}

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lifestyle of the rich and famous…

The Eden Roc was alive with the sparkle of camera flashbulbs last night.

The Rally for Kids with Cancer brought out stars like Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), John Sally (b-ball player), Bai Ling (don’t really know what she’s famous for, she got stuck standing behind me at one point so that should tell you something…), Eva La Rue (CSI:Miami), Gilles Marini (Dancing with the Stars), Adam Gregory (90210), Jason Kennedy (E! News) and more. 

 

Gilles Marini

 

Eva Longoria

Eva La Rue

 

 

 

The hotel was amazing! If you’ve never been to the Eden Roc it’s worth the trip!

In case you don’t know the story, the Eden Roc and Fontainebleu are historically linked as two of Miami’s most luxurious see-and-be-seen places. But they are also known for one of the hospitality industries most heated rivalries throughout the years.

as close as a property line...the eden roc balcony in the foreground and the fontainebleu just beyond...

Designed by the same architect, Morris Lapidus, the hotels were in competition from the very start. They both attracted Hollywood’s brightest stars of the day for their graceful architecture and enviable addresses…not to mention the sun drenched ocean views. Then the Fontainbleu famously erected a “spite” wall between the two uber close buildings on Miami Beach. The wall evidently served its purposed and blocked out the sun on the Eden Roc side. Needless to say, it was ugly.

a rendering of some of the Eden Roc's mainstays back in the day...

Since then the Eden Roc has undergone extensive renovations and is just as gorgeous as it was back in the day…but with a more modern edge.

The atmosphere is expectedly Miami Beach chic. Modern art, sleek lines, exotic flower arrangements and lots of white pull you into the clean serenity of a shrine to the good life.

a peek into the bedroom from the shower and jet-bath room...

But regardless of all the updates, the Eden Roc has somehow still managed to hold onto its old-school glamour, recalling the days when women in one-piece swimsuits lounged by the pools and were considered sexy.

a larger than life mural adds atmosphere to the lobby bar area...

Here, vintage and contemporary have blended seamlessly, intertwining old and new, modern and antique. And, in my opinion, the Eden Roc is better for it.

the Eden Roc lobby is an experience in and of itself...