Welcome to Miami

Jun 25, 2018 4:06:10 PM

Miami Travels
 



Welcome to Miami



Known for its gorgeous white sand beaches, active nightlife and extravagant pool parties, Miami showed us a lot of other fun things it has to offer. Miami is close to most Caribbean islands that are known for crystal clear water and gorgeous beaches. Being so geographically close gives you all of those traits without having to leave the US.

A couple girlfriends and I snuck away to this Art Deco capital for a quick weekend trip and it was exactly what the doctor ordered. We stayed on South Beach which is just a short car ride over the bridge from Downtown Miami. The ride over the bridge is really breathtaking, especially at night. It is also a port for cruise ships heading to much more tropical destinations, sigh.

 
 

FUN FACT

" It is actually called the Cruise Capital of the World and serves nearly 5 million people a year."

 








 



Nonetheless we had the best time staying on South Beach. Our hotel was a bit more funky and modern that some of the other more Art Deco spots on the strip, but boy was it beautiful. I think the more appropriate word would be “swanky”. It was so interesting to walk down the strip and see all the unique hotels and restaurants that visitors have been enjoying for so many years. There's something about all those bright pastels and fun architecture that lets you escape your daily routine and truly enjoy your vacation. Not only that, but you can get swept away in a day dream picturing yourself driving all the fancy cars the reside in Miami. They sure know how to show off!


 




 


The Shelbourne had it all. The pool, the lounge, the bar, but most importantly is was right on the beach. I mean, what else did we go for right? Although we had close access to the beach outside the hotel, one of my favorite parts was visiting Nikki Beach. Here you can rent a cabana with VIP service and soak up the sun all day long. How dreamy are these lounge beds? Sticking to the tradition of all white, I grabbed my LSpace Parker Top (available in 3 additional colors) and Monique bottoms (available in 2 additional colors) to go for a dip. My friends and I weren’t the only ones staying close to shore. SHARKK!! Just kidding, well sort of. The water was so crystal clear that we saw a few nursing sharks swimming right next to us! It’s hard not get sqeemish in that situation, but we kept it together enough to get a pretty cool video.

 







 

Left Image Featuring: Agolde Parker Swapmeet, Saylor Top and Valia Gabriel Sandals

Next to check off on the Miami bucket list was the Museum of Ice Cream. This museum gives you a serious escape from reality. Can you believe that you can swim in a pool of sprinkles? Okay, they’re plastic, but nothing will make you feel like a child more than sampling ice cream (in liquid form, mochi balls, milkshake and a classic cone) all day while truly embracing the vibrant colors and silly activities. There were 4, yes 4, levels to this modern day fun house. All rooms filled with different photo ops and more colored walls than you’ve seen in a lifetime. Popsicles hanging from the ceiling, ice cream trucks made of pink sparkly sand, and giant ice cream cone fans were just some of the fun details! My favorite part was how clever each piece of the museum was, from the ice cream inspired nicknames and banana split caution signs, it was all so thoughtful. This swing was just the cherry on top of the whole tour!

 



 

Our trip would not have been complete without visiting the urban art graffiti at Wynwood Walls. The urban art and intricate murals are not only stunning, but they have a really great story being them. “The Wynwood Walls was conceived by the renowned community revitalizer and placemaker, the late Tony Goldman in 2009. He was looking for something big to transform the warehouse district of Wynwood, and he arrived at a simple idea: “Wynwood’s large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring to them the greatest street art ever seen in one place.” Starting with the 25th–26th Street complex of six separate buildings, his goal was to create a center where people could gravitate to and explore, and to develop the area’s pedestrian potential.” It was some of the most interesting graffiti any of us had ever seen!

We ended the weekend at a fabulous pool party at the SLS hotel. It was beautiful! Picture private cabanas, giant swan floats, and delicious cocktails. We had a blast and it was the best way to end the weekend.


Posted in Womens By Fred Rodriguez

Packing and Traveling Tips For Mexico

Apr 27, 2018 10:35:42 AM

Womens Summer Dresses Under $150
 



Well Packed



WITH ROD & GOULD

First of all, let’s just say we’re not ones to hit the overly touristy locations. This time around was an exception, as we were attending a sisters wedding in Riviera Maya, Cancun.
We decided to make an adventure out of it, AND visit the not-so touristy locations in the area all while inviting some friends along.
We arrived at Cancun International early in the morning, rented a jeep and drove straight to Tulum, with a stop in Playa del Carmen for some lunch. The drive is only about an hour and half from the Cancun airport, and totally worth it to get out of the major city.

 


Important First Stop for Tacos & Margaritas at La Eufemia

Riding around Tulum with SALT Sunglasses and Hari Mari Sandals

 

TULUM


DAY 1 & 2

In Tulum, we stayed in a newer development around the city center at a place called Naay Boutique Hotel. Its so new, you could still smell the fresh paint. We were only visiting for 2 days before our next location, so we wanted a central area but still easy access to the ocean. Beautiful hotel, the area was quite and affordable compared to the beach strip.
Our favorite time was renting some bicycles and cruising the downtown area, for some exploring and margaritas! The town is still very poor in some areas so it was nice to visit the people, and see the real Tulum.

 

 

TACOS AT LA EUFEMIA


" We highly suggest finding this legit low-key taco bar on Tulum’s beach strip, wether you stay on the strip or not, its a must visit with great drinks, tacos, music, and lounging. "

 


No Cars on the Island so We Loaded Our Herschel Bags into the Golf Cart!

Holbox Street Wall Art

 

ISLA HOLBOX


DAY 3, 4 & 5

Our next stop was Isla Holbox, (pronounced Hole-Bosh), this long and narrow island lies north of the Yucatan peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo.
We had our eyes on this little slice of heaven since last year, and it finally came into fruition. We scooped up our friends and took on the 2 hour drive to Chiiquila (the city port to grab a ferry to Holbox). Upon arrival we parked our jeep in a secured lot, and loaded the ferry. Within 25 min we were on the beautiful isla known as Holbox! There are no cars on the island, everyone rides in golf carts, in order to keep the authentic character of the village where the streets are still sand and earth…
We grabbed a golf cart and loaded up our Herschel packs and took off to our new abode. For now, the main industry on the island is fishing but you can tell that the secret of Holbox has been revealed and the number of tourists coming to see what all the hype is about will only grow over the next few years. Eze likes to instantly chill in the hammocks upon arrival. Her Patagonia tee is our favorite go-to tee. Matches everything and its easy to get on and off. Plus she’s adorable in it.


 

Image: Marysia Newport Bikini Top & Bikini Bottom

 


" Moms rocking her new Marysia Swim and SALT sunnies, that red really pops against the bluish-green water! "

 
 

In several ways, the island still has that idyllic sense of paradise that was probably enjoyed in places like Tulum and even Playa del Carmen once upon a time.
Laid back with its sandy streets, golf carts galore, colorful Caribbean buildings, shells for days, and sand so fine it's texture is nearly clay. The greenish waters are a unique color making them unmistakably different from the rest in the area, filled with plankton, and pinkish-white sand. On land there's a mixing of locals, and tourists. Great Island vibes for sure!


PUNTA MOSQUITO

We chilled out at Punta Mosquito during the day for some R&R. Punta Mosquito (to the east) and Punta Coco (to the west) are both fantastic beaches to spend a day or even night at in complete seclusion. We played with our new Sunnylife float, and drank coco locos all day. Heres Eze in her new Pily Q Baby Swim, which screamed IM IN MEXICO!
The downtown area was amazing, full of color, interesting shops, bars, restaurants, and it came to life at night with music, dancing, and churros! For the ladies, Holbox is where the only makeup you need is a layer of sunscreen and your footwear options ought to be limited to either sandals or bare feet. The island is very carefree and no one is going to notice if you're wearing the same shorts and bathing suit all week. Isla Holbox is where you come to escape the crowds and commercialism of Cancun and enjoy the simple life in a unique part of Mexico. Our go-to sandals are Hari Maris! They are made so well, and you can wear them with just about anything! Dad loves his Vineyard Vines shorts, because they double as swim and active shorts. From beach to dinner, no problems!
Its custom to watch the sunset in Holbox. Its some kind of magic. If you find the time, we highly suggest going in August to swim with the whale sharks, see the flamingos, and the bioluminescent at night. April seemed to be the off month for those. Oh well, were already planning our next visit during that time!

 


Pao Blocking Those Rays in Her Quay Sunglasses

Eze rocking her Pily-Q Swim Suit & Downing Some Coconut Water

Eze Getting That Perfect Shot With Her Sunnylife Camera

Holbox at Punta Mosquito

Bonobos Swim Trunks for the Perfect Fit!

I Brought 3 Pairs of these Vineyard Vines Breaker Shorts



Image: Sunnylife Floats, Marysia Newport Bikini Top & Bikini Bottom


 


ISLA MUJERES


DAY 6

Our next and final stop on our adventure was to Isla Mujeres. Its just a ferry away from Cancuns port. Translated as ‘Island of Women’. Its a very rocky island for the most part and there is a really beautiful beach on the northern side, which is called Playa Norte. It is a very touristic island, with its traditional souvenir shops and small restaurants. We chose to hit Playa Norte and then golf cart cruise the island. We discovered some great scenes.

 

Posted in Behind the Scenes By Fred Rodriguez

Dresses Under $150

Mar 26, 2018 9:06:36 AM

PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP WITH THESE FIVE DRESSES UNDER $150
Womens Summer Dresses Under $150
DRESSES UNDER $150

With spring in full bloom, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite dresses that won’t break the bank. Time to kiss winter goodbye and say hello to the season of crisp whites, whimsical florals and playful patterns. Here is a list of our top five must-haves this season...

Put a little spring in your step in this colorful BB Dakota Cadence Dress. Featuring a high neckline, flowing top and zipper in the back, this 100% polyester dress is a fun, flirty option for date night. Pair with this Taylor and Tessier Caiman cuff (hand made cuff featured here in grey with a 14k gold-filled wire) and grab this Rebecca Minkoff champagne-colored clutch.

Look white hot this season in this Vineyard Vines Eyelet Flutter Sleeve Dress. This white cotton dress features short flutter sleeves and a round neckline. It is also machine washable, so it’s super easy to take care of. Throw on these Valia Gabriel Rami sandals (available in Cumin & Khaki/Beige) and grab this Soeur Du Maroc straw tote to add a little spice. Don’t forget your shades! These pink RayBan Ja-Jo sunglasses will have you beach or brunch ready.

Cupcakes and Cashmere Dezzi Dress is a perfect option for wedding-shower wear. Featuring a classic wrap front that ties at the waist, this LBD can be dressed up with these Tai half moon post earrings and this Kelly Wynne Risky Biz Wristlet. Go for a more casual approach by pairing this dress with these Erica Kleiman metallic silver bracelets and these Valia Gabriel Dale sandals.

Check this piece of clothing off your list of must-haves, as this Everly Check and Floral Dress is an effortlessly chic closet staple. This knee length v-neck dress features adjustable straps…AND side pockets…need we say more? Wear on the go with these Philippe Model Family Mer Veau lace-up sneakers (featured in buerre…aka…a creamy white color). Need an added layer? Reach for this AGolde Reputation Denim jacket.

Who wouldn’t feel pretty in pink when wearing this English Factory Sleeveless Ruffled Dress? As we all know, ruffles are at the forefront of spring trends. This dress features a drop waist and ruffles on the sleeves as well as the bottom hem. Pair with these Sam Edelman Odila pumps and grab these Tai Love CZ post studs to complete the look.

Womens Summer Dresses Under $150
Posted in Womens By Fred Rodriguez

VALENTINES DAY GIFT GUIDE

Feb 13, 2018 4:02:16 PM


VALENTINES DAY GIFT GUIDE

With love in the air this week, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite essentials for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re off to a Valentine’s party, have date night plans with your special someone, or you are desperately searching for that last minute gift, here is a list of our top five picks to purchase for Wednesday.

 

Monrow Valentines Clothing Hearts


SHOP MONROW


Monrow Striped Relaxed Crew Shirt
Who says you can’t be chic and comfy at the same time? Certainly not LA-based brand, Monrow. Case in point, this Monrow striped relaxed crew shirt. This closet staple is a super soft option for everyday wear, and what better day to wear this shirt than on Valentine’s Day. Why? Because, this grey and white striped top features an embroidered bright red heart on the sleeve. Show a little love by (literally) wearing your heart on your sleeve…

Style with these Citizens of Humanity high rise hi-lo hem skinny jeans and throw on these Vince Warren Sneakers for an effortless gal on the go look or, for a cozy night in, pair with these Monrow jogger style pants and this Monrow zip-up hoody.


 

Monrow Valentines Clothing Hearts


SHOP JACK BLACK


For the Dapper Darling: Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit
Keep your man looking (and smelling) his best with a Jack Black signature kit. This beard grooming package features an all-over face wash, shave conditioner containing jojoba and eucalyptus, a face oil specially formulated to provide natural shine and sooth irritation, and a travel-friendly beard comb specially handcrafted to keep your guy on top of his game.


 

Big O Venture Key Ring


SHOP O-VENTURE


To Mom, Love Ruthie: O Venture Big O Key Ring
Show your mom some love this Valentine’s Day by getting her the Big O-Ring. Making the list on Oprah’s Favorite Things, this little key ring is a must-have for anyone that tends to have their hands full. Choose from an assortment of colors including tangerine, pink, peacock blue, gold and red, as well as an array of styles including croc print, leather, ostrich print, and water-repellant silicone. Perfect for a hands-free experience, these key rings have been spotted on wrists, hooked to belts and resting on gearshifts at the valet stand. We’ve even seen these used as a chew toy…


 

Smather & Branson Needlepoint Blets, Key Chains, Hats, Flasks


SHOP SMATHERS & BRANSON


Smathers and Branson
Just in time for March Madness, pick up a Smathers & Branson needlepoint belt, featuring your guy’s favorite college basketball team. Whether you chant Hook ‘em, Sic ‘em, Beak ‘em or Pony Up, Smathers & Branson will get you geared up with their signature hand stitched belt finished with full grain, chestnut colored leather. If you’re feeling really generous, maybe you’ll throw in some tickets …


 

MIlly Womens Apparel, shirts, dresses, tops, swim suits


SHOP MILLY


For the Fashion Savvy: Milly
In search of the perfect date night outfit? Whether it’s with your longtime sweetheart or perhaps a Bumble blind date, it’s important to feel your absolute best, which starts with the perfect outfit. Cue in this ruffled Milly blouse. The hot pink color is synonymous with the day’s festivities and the silk material contributes to the relaxed, flowy feel. Pair with these Agolde Sophie Crop white jeans and add an extra pop with these Tai Love stud earrings.


Posted in Mens Womens By Fred Rodriguez

Scottish Rite Hospital’s Amputee Ski Trip Is A Learning Experience for Teen Amputees—And for the Hospital’s Staff

01/21/2018 | by Glenn Hunter – Dallas - D CEO Healthcare Writer

Inside the Saint Bernard ski, snowboard, and apparel store in Dallas’ Inwood Village, more than a dozen teenagers were excitedly picking out new gear Sunday morning for an upcoming ski-and-snowboarding trip to Winter Park, Colorado.



Visit us at SaintBernard.com, which offers free, three-day shipping and returns.

About Saint Bernard:
Saint Bernard is a family owned ski, snowboard and apparel retail shop and online store based in Dallas, Texas. Saint Bernard has two retail locations (and is headquartered) in the Dallas, Texas area and has a third retail location in Austin, TX.The company currently focuses on carrying men's, women's and children's skis and snowboarding equipment as well as high end and preppy clothing, including fashion accessories such as sunglasses, watches and bags. The company also features ski shop services including tuning and ski waxing at 2 of its locations.
Posted in PRESS RELEASES By Fred Rodriguez

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