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Where all good parties begin

Where all good parties begin

Nutter Butters and wine. An amazingly delightful combination!


Raleigh Pool

Raleigh Pool

The Raleigh was built in 1940 and was recently renovated. The lines and design of the pool make you feel like you are back in glamorous 40s Miami. Inside the hotel there are pictures of all the old celebrities who stayed there ... my favorite was Liberace! I think he hung out in the wading pool.


Fresh towels

Fresh towels

All warm and fluffy. I only took three home! Just kidding.


Waterproof beds

Waterproof beds

Is that not the most genius thing ever invented? Even better ... eating breakfast in bed by the pool. I had Eggs Benedict with salmon.


Poolside view

Poolside view

Saturday and Sunday we got to the pool by 9 to get the best spot. No one was there for hours, so we had the pool to ourselves. I practiced my synchronized swimming.


A little too hot for my taste

A little too hot for my taste

Black beds + close proximity to the equator ... I'll pass!


Bottle of Kristal, please

Bottle of Kristal, please

We hung out here with P. Diddy, Mischa Barton and Jake Gyllenhall but they ran out before we could take their pictures. They're so crazy like that!


As seen in InStyle

As seen in InStyle

I'm not sure about that, but doesn't it look like it could be?


Comfy couch

Comfy couch

We had drinks with J. Lo and Marc Antony here. Then Gloria Estefan stopped by. A celebration of great Latino artists if you will.


Private beach

Private beach

This is a private little beach area between the Raleigh's pool/cabana set up and the beach outside.


Diving board turned fountain

Diving board turned fountain

The white thing used to be a diving board back in the day and is now a fountain/waterfall -- not for jumping. Of course some bozo kid decided he would try it. Then after doing it twice he and his parents got kicked out of the pool. Buh bye.


Cute showers

Cute showers

Out by the pool


A shady spot

A shady spot



A view from our favorite poolside bed

A view from our favorite poolside bed


The only thing better would be if the tubs had a cup holder

The only thing better would be if the tubs had a cup holder


Rockin the inner tubes

Rockin the inner tubes


Jenny has her first mojito

Jenny has her first mojito


Friday afternoon

Friday afternoon


South Beach Storm

South Beach Storm

This crazy storm approached from out of the blue. We were drenched in minutes.


Dodging the Saturday rainstorm

Dodging the Saturday rainstorm

We ducked into this Mexican dive to avoid the rainstorm and for chips and margaritas ... accompanied by chocolate covered Nutter Butters!


"How cute are we?"

"How cute are we?"

"No, seriously. Tell us some more."


Thanks for bringing the champagne!

Thanks for bringing the champagne!

Jenny carried the champagne all the way from DC! And cheeses with a cutting board, strawberries, chocolate, assorted dessert, cheeses and crackers. That's a prepared girl!


Get into The Groove

Get into The Groove

Pre-Madonna festivities in full force


This is the life

This is the life

I could get used to this kind of a Sunday morning ... Starbucks in the morning, mojitos in the afternoon.


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"Don't take my picture!"

"Don't take my picture!"

Ryan overcomes his lifelong fear of the camera. We're so proud!


"Tropical the island breeze ..."

"Tropical the island breeze ..."

"All that makes you wild and free/
this is where I long to be/
La Isla Bonita" -- Madonna


Nearby hotels

Nearby hotels

I love the architecture of the hotels on Collins, especially the examples of Art Deco that have been well preserved.


South Beach Colors

South Beach Colors


It's hard to be a male model

It's hard to be a male model

Ryan and Byron sport their supermodel looks


Getting ready to celebrate our 29th birthdays

Getting ready to celebrate our 29th birthdays

Again!


"Who has better highlights?"

"Who has better highlights?"

Wait, don't answer that.


We look good

We look good

Despite the package of Nutter Butters, bag of plantains, various imported cheeses, wines, sushi and pizza we ingested during the course of the weekend.


Two wild and crazy guys

Two wild and crazy guys

Ryan and Uncle Charlie


Part of the clan

Part of the clan


Shaws unite!

Shaws unite!


Me and Uncle Charlie

Me and Uncle Charlie

Hey, it's Uncle Charlie!


Ryan and Aunt Lily

Ryan and Aunt Lily

Say, "mojito!"


One last shot

One last shot

Before Ryan jets back to NYC to do some sun salutations. Namaste.


Getting ready for the DJ

Getting ready for the DJ

Pool boys move beds by the pool to make room for the DJ, who spins at the Raleigh each Sunday afternoon and evening. He played some good Madonna remixes!


Pop Art!

Pop Art!

This was taken at an artist cooperative off Lincoln Road. The featured artist, Lazaro Amaral, is a Miami resident who makes these great, huge pop portraits. Love him.