Made in Miami

Annie Vazquez

As the creative mind behind Miami抯 most popular fashion blog, The Fashion Poet, Annie Vazquez knows a lot about Miami style. She has dedicated her blog not only to showcasing her own amazing sense of fashion, but to exposing her readers to all the great local designers and shopping destinations Miami has to offer. We chatted with the blogger about a few of her favorite spots, her personal style and where she finds inspiration for her blog.

What do you love about Miami?
I love the sunshine, the beach, the fusion of cultures and the laid back vibe the city projects.

How would you describe Miami fashion?
Colorful and growing.

You are known for scouting and promoting emerging Miami designers on your blog, who are a few of your favorites?
There are a few local brands I love such as Prince of Peace, Bianca Coletti, 13 Daisies, T'Audrey & Alexis.

Where could we shop in Miami to buy their designs?
Local boutiques are usually the best places to score indie designers. Shops like Jessie's on Alton, Wynwood Art Walk's fashion market and The Closet Boutique down South.

What are a few of your favorite locations to shoot blog posts?
I tend to change the backdrop for my weekly posts unless I'm working with a particular theme, but it's all about showcasing different parts of Miami. People often assume the city is just "South Beach," so I like to feature different businesses or areas to introduce people to what really makes up our city. Most recently, we did the Dade County Youth Fair. It's been a fixture for 22 years here. I've shot in the Everglades, Wynwood, Downtown, a Homestead farm, inside a metro rail in Kendall, Little Haiti, Calle Ocho and the list goes on.

Where do you go to find inspiration for your blog?
Music is my main inspiration for many of my blog posts. I'm always planning the next shoot a month in advance. I look through glossies, Pinterest and Instagram.

What is your favorite Miami neighborhood and why? If you were to spend a whole day there, what would you do?
Wynwood. I love the murals and the art. The whole energy of the district is great. I'd get pizza at Joey's, shop at Style Ctzn for a cool indie outfit, check out Keni Valenti fashion museum which features couture vintage, walk around and check out the new murals, grab a coffee at Lester's and meet friends after for drinks and live music at Wood Tavern or Gramps.

What抯 a new or recently opened restaurant/bar that you are currently frequenting?
A new bar I love is The Corner in Downtown. It's very low key and really beautiful inside. It has 150-year-old gilded mirrors and over 50 beers available. It also serves Japanese whiskey, which is absolutely amazing. They also have lunch and dinner, but I come here to relax or start or end my evening.

Miami has so many wonderful beaches to enjoy. What is the perfect outfit and accessories needed for a beach day?
A great local bikini from brands like Maya Swimwear or La Belle Rebelle, an army of Miami-made bracelets from Shop CRE or Charmdeliers, a cute mochilla from Dannili Designs and some espadrilles.

How do you like to enjoy Miami at night?
I tend to gravitate towards spots that play indie music or feature live bands from Miami and across the nation. I love Vagabond, Gramps, The Garret, Wood Tavern and Bardot. I usually stay in the Wynwood/Downtown and Midtown area.

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