Valentine’s Date: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

The first two weeks of the 21 Day Fix have gone great and I’ve shed tons of unwanted weight—and by that I mean that I got a haircut last week. Goodbye unhealthy hair. You will no longer drag me down!

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Accurate.

For Valentine’s Day, Halston and I decided to drive down to Miami–because a three hour drive with a husband who just discovered an app that transforms your iPhone into a microphone doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all.

We’ve never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day because a) it is the most cliché holiday on this planet and b) have you tried going anywhere on that day? I was a waitress at an Italian restaurant on Valentine’s Day one year—it is the worst and literally impossible.

So every year, going all the way back to our second date (the first date should not be spoken of…), we’ve packed a picnic and gone to local parks, gardens and resorts. This year was no different, except I decided to wear a pink dress and fringe boots, rather than my usual black-on-black outfit so I ended up looking like I was going to a Taylor Swift concert, circa 2009.

We arrived at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens for a tour of the estate and gardens. The villa was built between 1914 and 1922 and it is a National Historic Landmark found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Like Bok Tower Gardens and the Pinewood Estate, the Vizcaya estate also belonged to a wealthy northerner, James Deering, looking to escape the cold in Florida.

The villa’s courtyard leads to a terrace that opens up to Biscayne Bay (currently under restoration) and it’s designers adapted traditional Mediterranean architectural elements, making it look like an 18th century Italian villa. The European-inspired gardens with its low hedges and labyrinths are adorned by architectural structures, sculptures and terraces.

I managed to avoid most of the security guards and was only yelled at once, in order to bring you pictures of what the interior of the home looks like. No pictures allowed? Challenge accepted (W.W.N.H.P. Do?).

We enjoyed a picnic at a nearby beach and even saw and overly-excited manatee with an identity crisis because it clearly thought it was a dolphin. Our next stop was to visit St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church but it was closed. I’m not Catholic, but their churches are some of the most beautiful and elaborate buildings I’ve ever seen and sometimes you just have to go sit in mass to take it all in. You’ll usually find me confused, staring at rosary beads and pretending I know the words to some repetitive prayer, trying to fit in. I’ll just have to check it out when I’m in Miami in April.

Hope your Valentine’s Day was lovely and enjoy the aftermath of Valentine’s Day (my favorite ever): people complaining about their Valentine’s Day deliveries. Off to Colombia! Besos. 

xx

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