Boys will be chic and Sun, Surf, and Sand ready with bright tees, loud sunnies, and printed trunks.

Boys will be chic and Sun, Surf, and Sand ready with bright tees, loud sunnies, and printed trunks.

Help your kids put their most fashionable foot forward for their next visit to the Sunshine State with this Chic Kids Travel Gear for Spring Break in Florida.

Bright Florida Tees

Florida inspired tees (think flamingos & sun, surf, sand) will get kids even more excited about Spring Break in the Sunshine State. Choose bright colors to keep kids cool and to achieve a picture-perfect look on the white sand, sailing the turquoise water, or relaxing beneath the palms.

Kid-Tough Digital Camera

Inspire their artistic side (and free up your smart phone) by encouraging kids take their own vaca photos with the Fisher-Price Kid-Tough digital camera. It has a playback screen, practically bounces off the ground after a drop, and, storing over 2,000 pictures, will take as many selfies as they like.

Fun Sunnies

Florida fashion has sometimes been described as bright and loud. Some wear it well and some, well, miss the fashion mark. The chicest way for your kids embrace this FL style (because you might not dare) is with fun sunnies in loud prints like stripes and polka dots or in electric colors like neon pink and sunshine yellow.

Slip-on Color Me Asher Vans are adorable and a great activity for kids.

Slip-on Color Me Asher Vans are adorable and a great activity for kids.

Color Me Asher Vans

With so many theme parks and attractions in Florida, kiddos need to be ready in a flash and, sorry to say, will sometimes have to take off those flips. Slip-on Color Me Asher Vans make for a quick change and a great kid activity as each pair, butterflies or sharks, is colorable.

Rash Guards & Printed Trunks

Rash guards are on trend for girls in 2015. Hallelujah! It saves sunscreen application time and prevents kiddo complaints. Choose this neon orange suit which also covers the floral & ruffle trends seen at Swim Week. For little surfer dudes, bright, printed trunks are in style like the orange lobster pair with contrasting blue drawstring from Carter’s.

Statement Goggles

Splashing in the saltwater and chlorine is on every kid’s itinerary, so goggles are a must. Have them make a statement with these uber-chic kids swim goggles – Bling2O’s heart-shaped rhinestone pairs or reflective spiked pairs.

Think flamingos, sparkles, and rash guards for Chic Travel Gear for Girls.

Think flamingos, sparkles, and rash guards for Chic Travel Gear for Girls.

Silly Pool Floats

Whether you choose the sprinkled donut or the ice cream sandwich, your kids will be the talk of the deep end and make fast friends with silly pool floats by Big Mouth Toys, seen in endless Instagram shots and at trendy hotel pools everywhere.

Kidz Gear White Headphones

Kidz Gear Headphones are a kid (and parent) favorite as they’re comfy, lightweight, volume-limiting, and adjustable. The limited edition white pair look fresh and are a necessity for Spring Break in Florida…especially if it will save you from listening to “Uptown Funk” again.

Havaianas

Hip Florida kids are all about Havaianas. This flip flop brand won’t disappoint with a classic fit and ever-changing prints from the coolest geometrics to the irresistible Frozen & Cars pairs.

Zinka Colored Sunblock

This blast from the past, Zinka Colored Sunblock, may be new to your kid but is just as much fun as it used to be. And with a merciless Florida sun, you’ll want to double coat the spots that tend to burn (foreheads, noses, ears and cheeks). Choose a color that compliments their swimwear and then get creative with hearts, arrows, and mustaches.

Snapper Rock Fedora Hats

For a little extra sun protection on their face, and a lot more style, add a Snapper Rock Fedora Hat with UPF 50+ protection and striped trim to their beach look. In the evening, have your beach boy throw it on with a button down, bright shorts, and Sperry Topsiders and he’ll easily be the best dressed kid in town.

Pack gauzy dresses, fedoras, and guayaberas and your kids will look Florida chic.

Pack gauzy dresses, fedoras, and guayaberas and your kids will look Florida chic.

Gauzy Dresses and Guayaberas

Florida is hot year round so keep clothing lightweight. Choose gauzy dresses for girls and short sleeve Guayaberas with twill shorts for boys. They’ll look like locals and be appropriately dressed for almost any restaurant since “casual” is the most popular dress code in Florida.

Diggin Skootcase

These adorable Italian scooter Diggin Skootcases are the perfect Florida travel accessory where Vespas are a popular method of transportation. These ride-on suitcases help kids get some energy out while you’re waiting for luggage and help scoot along all that chic kid travel gear you just packed for their vacation.

Still need the perfect Spring Break Florida hotel for you and your jet set junior? Take your pick:

The Fabulous Crowd: They will definitely appreciate your kid’s chic travel gear at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa. This luxurious oceanfront hotel offers one & two bedroom condos with fully equipped kitchens, fantastic dining nearby, and Rapids Waterpark & Loggerhead Marinelife Center minutes away for the kids.

Coasters & Characters: For theme parks galore, rest your head at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, the Kissimmee hotel that’s less than 2 miles from Disney World and has a water park with four slides, a multi-level tree house playground, and active lagoon on property.

Laid Back Island Vibe: Check into the Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort, just an hour away from Miami, to relax at the waterfront resort’s private beach or tiki bar, swim with the dolphins, or sail on a glass bottom boat in the Gulf of Mexico.

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I’ve stashed away the suitcase and have stayed put for the last month. And, of course, it’s making me itch. But all that will change next week when I head to the west coast of FL for a little Spring Break escape. In the meantime, I’ve been hanging with the kiddos, working on a “Chic Kids Travel Gear” piece for Marriott (more to come soon), celebrating my husband’s work at the Miami Film Festival, and just enjoying the South Florida “winter” weather in these Miami day & night looks.

Casual Fridays in denim and navy with luggage & gold colored accessories.

Casual Fridays in denim and navy with luggage & gold colored accessories.

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Dolled up in Black & Gold to see my husband's work in The Record Man, a film shown at the Miami Film Festival.

Dolled up in Black & Gold to see my husband’s work in The Record Man, a film shown at the Miami Film Festival.

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Shopping for my next travel style post for Marriott!

Shopping for my next travel style post for Marriott!

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Hope you’re enjoying Miami Day & Night too…or that you’re headed somewhere warm very soon! Happy Spring Break!

This easy, breezy tie-dye dress is perfect for bright & sunny Miami days.

This easy, breezy tie-dye dress is perfect for bright & sunny Miami days.

Tie-Dye Dress by Soybu | Tote & Gladiator Sandals: Old Navy | Sunnies: Target Style

I recently headed to Pinecrest Gardens, a top Miami attraction, to…honestly, entertain the out-of-town in-laws and my kiddos at the same time. Lucky me, I happened upon the latest sculpture exhibit by Philip Haas, The Four Seasons, part of the Pinecrest Gardens Art In The Gardens series. The four fifteen-foot-tall fiberglass painted sculptures stopped me in my tracks. The size, the detail, the originality, the irony of showing this exhibit in a city that has ONE season. It’s breath-taking and unique art that shouldn’t be missed. Did it inspire me to create my own veggie, twig, and leaf sculptures for dinner? Well, no. I’m best at making reservations. But, it did bring out my artistic side and inspire me to capture the beautiful grounds and art through photography and maybe even pose for one shot in the Miami sun. My own Art In The Gardens. Take advantage of the unbelievable “winter” weather we’re having now and The Four Seasons exhibit by Philip Haas before it’s gone from Pinecrest Gardens in April.

Oh, and about entertaining the fam? 100%. How could the kids not be happy with a petting zoo, playground, and splash pad all in one park. And the in-laws? They were in awe not only of the art, but also of the lush garden property with never-ending palms, tropical plants, and orchids practically in our backyard. Oh yeah, and stunning banyan trees like this.

One of the fifteen-foot-tall painted fiberglass sculptures by Philip Haas.

One of the fifteen-foot-tall painted fiberglass sculptures by Philip Haas among the stunning banyans.

My favorite of the Philip Haas art installation at Pinecrest Gardens.

My favorite sculpture of the Philip Haas art installation at Pinecrest Gardens.

Even my boys sat still for a moment to take in this gorgeous view at Pinecrest Gardens.

Even my boys sat still for a moment to take in this gorgeous view at Pinecrest Gardens.

Lush Lilypads for days at Pinecrest Gardens.

Lush lily pads for days at Pinecrest Gardens.

Keep preschoolers entertained and yourself sane and you'll survive flights with the little ones.

Keep preschoolers entertained (see train) and yourself sane and you’ll survive flights with the little ones.

Okay, so the key to surviving flights with preschoolers is keeping them entertained and you sane. I make no guarantees that these inflight essentials will keep your little angelic sweetheart from transforming into a demon after take-off or that you won’t try and open the emergency exit door for an escape. But, these things should help keep you all happy for long enough to consider traveling with the munchkins ever again.

1. Bag Of Snacks

A bag of snacks is the ultimate travel essential for flights with preschoolers. Hunger is guaranteed to strike at some point. Snacks will ward off crankiness and serve as a brief activity. Pack a gallon size zipper bag for each kid with their name on it and load it up with their favorites. Be sure to pack the same items for each kid so Pre-K Ultimate Fighter doesn’t ensue. They’ll get so excited when you pull out the bag and let them make their own choices on what to eat throughout the flight. Some of our favorites are Gogo Squeeze fruit pouches, yogurt raisins, Pirates Booty, Pringles individuals, rainbow goldfish, and m&ms.

2. Wipes

If your kids are anything like mine, even one crumb left on their hands won’t do. Avoid meltdown and be sure to stash travel size wipes so you can clean fingers and mouths after they plow through those snacks and definitely after the flight attendant hands them a warm chocolate chip cookie. Thanks, American Airlines! For your own sanity (and their health), you’ll want to plow through the wipes package too to de-germ those funky arm rests, seatbelt buckles, sticky seat back trays, stuck windows, and their hands which have now touched everything from the security line to the gate.

3. Disposable Placemats

Even if you won’t dare open that germ filled seat back tray, they will…and will spread out their snacks all over it. Hurl. For extra sanity (really, wipes can only do so much) stick a disposable placemat on the tray. I like these from Neat Solutions which cover the entire tray and are fun for the kids too!

SkipHop Toddler Backpacks in Dino & Monkey.

SkipHop Toddler Backpacks in Dino & Monkey.

4. Toddler Backpacks

Lighten your load by giving the kids stuff to hold in toddler backpacks. They can carry their own snacks, headphones, and in flight activities and they will love being a “helper.” I love these Skip*Hop Zoo Packs toddler backpacks. Two fit easily under one seat in front of you leaving more space for your carry-on and handbag. Plus, they’re pretty damn cute.

5. Electronics & Activities

I panicked when my husband, who was holding all of our electronics, almost missed our last flight we were taking with the kids. Electronics really are travel lifesavers for families. I like to start their trip on LeapPads that are more educational and hold off on tablets loaded with movies and video games as long as possible. Our latest trick is using old iPhones for the kids so there’s no chance our new phones will fall and shatter (again). Though we’re lenient about screen time when traveling, we try and take breaks with other activities we’ve packed in the kids backpacks such as Magic Paint Posters, Grab-n-Go Play Packs, trains, cars, puzzle books, and a few Target Dollar Spot surprises I sneak into their backpacks.

Entertain preschoolers inflight with Magic Paint Posters.

Entertain preschoolers inflight with Magic Paint Posters.

6. Surprise Gummies

You might think giving your kids pure sugar at the beginning of a flight is the craziest idea ever (and depending on the kid you might be right). But, if your kids aren’t so sensitive to sugar, give kids gummies during take off and landing so their ears (which are prob congested from that never ending cold) don’t hurt them from the pressure. They also help distract little ones from being scared. I like to go all out and get the gummy bears and gummy worms because we normally avoid them and they will be a super special treat. It’s vacation for them too! Prefer to go healthy (and avoid potential inflight seat jumping)? Give the kids yogurt raisins or craisins which work just as well.

7. Trash Bag

I’m a big believer of disposing of things as you travel so bring a trash bag so dirty wipes and empty snack bags don’t end up all over your seats. This helps dispose of your trash quickly and easily when you get off the plane or when you hand it to a flight attendant.

Bring kid headphones…because you might lose it if you hear Nemo or Cars again.

Bring kid headphones…because you might lose it if you hear Nemo or Cars again. Ick, I forgot the disposable placemats!

8. Headphones

Don’t forget to pack toddler headphones so when the person in front of you asks you to turn the sound OFF on your son’s barely audible LeapPad, you have a quick solution to the problem, your kid is still happy, and you don’t go postal on the self-consumed adult who should just be happy the kids aren’t screaming. Sigh. Besides, you may scream if you listen to Nemo or Cars for the umpteenth time. These Kidz Gear padded headphones are volume-limiting and have passed our kid test. Little ones usually can’t figure out and don’t like the feeling of your ear buds (we’ve tried). Plus, they have the Beats by Dre look to them which this style mama loves.

9. Lovies
Okay, maybe you don’t call them “Lovies” but that’s really what they are…a special blanket or stuffed animal your kid loves to keep happy, feel safe, and (if you’re lucky) feel sleepy. Roll it up as a pillow of sorts if they do sleep on that uncomfortable armrest. Just be sure to take inventory when getting off the plane so their favorite thing isn’t left behind.

10. Hoodies
Although most flights are hot boxes, you do get the occasional freezer flight so bring a cozy hoodie for the kids. Cuddling to keep warm on your lap is cute for a while but gets uncomfortable come hour two. I like solid Ralph Lauren zip up hoodies and contrast zipper American Apparel hoodies because they go with most outfits, are soft, and adorable in itty-bitty sizes.

11. Cups with Lids
Because kids + turbulence = spills, pack a cup with a lid to avoid a soggy situation. Save yourself some frustration by packing empty cups and filling them once you’ve cleared security. Though most times the TSA will let you bring the kids’ drinks through security, they sometimes have to pull you aside while they test the liquid. Toddlers don’t understand “waiting.” Plus, after the TSA agents have had their hands all over it, you won’t want your kid drinking from it anyway. I like these Take & Toss Cups because they have interchangeable lids, are BPA free, lightweight, and can go in the dishwasher and be reused.

12. Wine
Finally, when you’ve tried everything and you’re about to lose it, hit the flight attendant button and order yourself a glass of wine. You’ve never deserved it more…and did you really think you were getting through the flight without it?

Sense Beach House Rooftop Oasis, Miami Beach

Sense Beach House Rooftop Oasis, Miami Beach

Is your motivation to stick to your healthy lifestyle resolutions fading fast at the end of January, like mine (one asiago bagel with butter, please)? Not to worry, Sense Beach House, the chic boutique hotel across from Miami’s beaches, is here to save the not-so-nutritious day. Locals & guests are invited to a Plant-Theory Living Cuisine Workshop this Saturday, Jan. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn tips & tricks to a healthier lifestyle including how to detoxify your body, kitchen, and home, simple daily recipes, and benefits of organic living cuisine, enzyme nutrition, raw foods, super foods, and juicing. This intensive seminar is guaranteed to boost you back into focus for a healthier 2015 all while you relax on Sense Beach House‘s Rooftop Oasis (above). And if that’s not inviting enough, here’s your official invitation…

What: Plant-Theory Living Cuisine Workshop

When: Saturday, January 31st from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Sense Beach House Hotel, 400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

RSVP: via email alegenta93@gmail.com or call 305-987-3624

Snag your plush seat on that relaxing rooftop today and get back on the nutritious track before you can say “Holy holistic lifestyle!”

About this time, mid-winter, all you fashionistas are probably freezing your leather leggings off and dreaming of beach days in your ruffled bikinis. The perfect solution? An escape to Curaçao for International Swim Fashion Week! This February 19-22, 2015, the first ever International Swim Fashion Week is premiering in the Dutch-Caribbean island of Curaçao at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. Is there a better way to escape the frozen tundra and defrost in style? I think not. Especially when the International Swim Week Fashion shows will feature designs from Curacao’s own Aquavita, Lybethras Swimwear from Brazil, Sirénes de Soleil Swim from the U.S., and Island State from Australia…and the venue looks like this…

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curaçao…just try and resist it this winter when it looks this good.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curaçao…just try and resist it this winter when it looks this good.

The elegant lobby at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curaçao

The elegant lobby at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curaçao

Jun's Sushi Bar, one of the four restaurants at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curaçao.

Jun’s Sushi Bar, one of the four restaurants at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curaçao.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is Curaçao’s premier luxury resort on a 27 acre property with 3 resort pools, a full service Spa, a 24-hour fitness center, 4 restaurants, and a dive & water sport facility. Still haven’t started packing yet? Here’s another reason to head to Curaçao for International Swim Fashion Week this February. Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is offering a “Swim Fashion Week Package” for $1,299 which includes four nights at their elegant resort, a VIP invite to the kick-off party (benefitting a local charity), access to all ISFW runway shows, and a VIP invite to the after parties.

So grab your man (there’s a 18-hole Pete Dye designed championship golf course too), your best sunnies, and a ticket to the Caribbean to get your tush in a bikini, your toes in the sand, and your fashion show tickets before you’re frozen solid. You can thank me later.

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