Friday, October 31, 2014

Get Your Burgerliscious On Next Week in Coral Gables

Burger lovers, get your grub on at the 4th Annual Burgerliscious Festival taking place next Thursday, November 
6th, from 6pm - 10pm at the Hartnett Ponce Circle Park in Coral Gables. 

This year's event will feature live music and mouth-watering burger treats from more than 20 of Coral Gables'
top restaurants. Meat alternatives (fish and veggie options) for those with food restrictions will be available. 

General admission tickets are $60 and include 6 "slider burgers" and two Samuel Adams beers. 
VIP tickets are $125 and include unlimited "sliders", two Sam Adams beers, early admission and VIP tent access. 

Tickets are available online at

Don't miss out on this great event and don't forget to vote on your favorite burger! See you there!

c h e e r s,  k a r i n a

Friday, October 24, 2014

LoveJoy Vintage at the Lincoln Road Antique Market this Sunday

Looking for some sweet vintage pieces, or just some eye-candy? Come check out our LoveJoy Vintage 
booth this Sunday, October 26th at the Lincoln Road Antique Market on Miami Beach. We'll be hanging 
out from 9am to 4:30pm. We're going to stack up the booth with as many wonderful vintage pieces as we 
can, so don't miss out, especially those looking for some one-of-a-kind gems. 

We won't know our booth location until the morning of, so check out our Twitter or Instagram accounts 
on that day to find our where we'll be located.

So plan to be there on Sunday and spread the love by telling all your vintage-loving friends.

c h e e r s,  k a r i n a 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Killer Floor Tiles - 15 Spectacular Design Ideas for Your Home

Source: Beach House Tile Studio
I have a new appreciation for glass and ceramic floor tiles. They're just so gorgeous and unique! You see them
a lot in older Spanish and Moroccan style homes. But now you can find them in almost any type of dwelling.
People love the charm, character and personality that it brings to a space. 

Tiles come in an array of patterns, colors, sizes and materials. There's something to please the inner designer
in every one of us. Personally, I'm a fan of tiles with bright colors, unique patterns and bold contrast. I love
that they make such a statement and become a conversation piece of your home.

So if any of you are feeling creative enough to add some appeal and charm to a space within your
home, check out some of the great design inspirations I've included below. Let me know what you
guys think and feel free to share any ideas of your own. Enjoy!

c h e e r s,  k a r i n a 

Source: Beach House Tile Studio
Source: Beach House Tile Studio
Source: Cococozy
Source: Beach House Tile Studio
Source: Beach House Tile Studio
Source: Beach House Tile Studio
Source: Door Sixteen
Source: Door Sixteen
Source: Malgosia Migdal Interior Design
Source: Houzz
Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest
Source: Studio M Interior Design

Road Tripping - Going Off the Beaten Path in Key West

Mark and I on our way to Key West
Last week my boyfriend Mark and I decided to take a much needed 3-day mini vacation to Key West. Originally we 
had planned to visit my home country of Dominican Republic, but had to postpone those plans due to some recent life 
changes. So we figured why not take a fun road trip somewhere close and decided on Key West. Although we had both 
visited before, we had never been there together. We both agreed it was a perfect place for exactly what we needed - 
to unwind, have a good time and eat some good grub. 

The trip turned out better than we expected. From the moment we got in the car, we were in total vacation mode. 
We started our day off with a delicious power breakfast at Big Pink and drove off into the sunshine. One of the best 
parts of the trip was that we both got to experience the town from a totally different perspective. We went a little bit 
off the beaten path and couldn't have been more surprised as to what we came across. 

So I wanted to write this post to share with you some of these little treasures that we found along the way and 
that you should check out on your next visit to Key West
Sunset from hammocks at Southermost on the Beach Hotel
The first place to check out are the hammocks at the Southernmost on the Beach Hotel. We stayed at the Southernmost
Hotel which is the sister property, so we had access to both hotels. As we checked out the property, we came across
this quaint little garden with several hammocks, right next to the ocean. It was one of the most ideal settings with the
sound of the seagulls, the ocean waves crashing against the pier, the rustling of the palm trees and the perfect sunset.
The best part of all, there is no security. So even if you you're not staying at these properties, you could still walk in
and enjoy this little piece of paradise. Just don't spread the word - let's keep this little secret between you and me. Ssshhh!

The second little surprise, and my personal favorite, is Kojin Noodle Bar. Granted I have an obsession for Asian
food, but this place was just ridiculous, and I mean that in the best way possible! From the food to the service, the
place blew us away. If it were up to me, I'd give it a 12 out of 10. Is that possible? In any case, Mark had the Pho and
I had the BBQ Korean Beef Short Ribs, accompanied with some delicious Moonstone Coconut and Lemongrass sake
recommended by our host. I was sold! So if you're up for some ultimate Asian goodness, you need to check out this place.
But keep in mind, this place is pretty small and they don't take reservations. So try to go on the earlier side or late night.
It' ll be so worth your while. 

The third place we fell in love with was Santiago's Bodega. This little hidden gem was recommended by our hotel
concierge and let me tell you... it was one of the best meals I ever had. The place is kind of on the outskirts of a
sketchy area but nothing to be concerned with. We walked there around 9:30 p.m. and it was totally fine. One thing
to keep in mind is that this place is POPULAR! We walked in without reservations and got really lucky by snatching
up two spots at the bar, but the place gets booked up on a daily basis so call ahead if you can. The tapas plates
were beyond exceptional, the ambiance was simple yet sexy, and the service surpassed our expectations.
This place was a total ace in my book and certainly a place I'll return to. 

The last place worth mentioning is the Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa beach and pier. We stepped into this hotel as
we were walking around town, and found a small beach with these beautiful massive rocks. Next to the beach was
a  pier, and perfectly placed at the end of this pier was a two-person hammock facing the ocean. Mark and I sat
there in silence and just took it all in, appreciating the wonderful seclusion and serene setting. As we continued
exploring the grounds, we came across some beautiful turtles and even took a little time to play some Cornhole. 

We already know Key West is this beautiful, fun, and laid-back little piece of heaven. But next time you're there,
go beyond the main streets and take my word on these recommendations. I promise you won't regret it. 

C h e e r s,  k a r i n a

Relaxing on the hammocks at the Southernmost on the Beach Hotel
Power breakfast at Big Pink, on our way to Key West
Magnets at the Hammock Company
Two-person hammock at The Hammock Company
Mark testing out some hammocks
Hammock heaven - The Hammock Company, Key West
The Hammock Company Key West
The Hammock Company Key West

The Hammock Company
Kojin Noodle Bar
Korean BBQ Short Ribs at Kojin
Beef Pho at Kojin
Loving life on a hammock at Southernmost on the Beach Hotel
Key West Sunset off of Southernmost on the Beach Hotel
Yours and Mayan store
Yours and Mayan store
Yours and Mayan store
Yours and Mayan store
Yours and Mayan store
Yours and Mayan store
Magnets at candy store
Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa
Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa
Turtles at Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa

Santiago's Bodega
Goombay Street Fair in Key West

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