You know you have some amazing girlfriends when they, without even blinking, hop in a packed car for a five-hour road trip to Miami to drink champagne. And that’s exactly what two of my girls did for an early birthday celebration. Needless to say, the weekend of February 20th was one for the record books.
Amanda and I hit the road Friday afternoon and made our way to Orlando to pick up Sasha. After a quick car swap and packing the car to the brim (literally … there wasn’t even a tiny space for little Zoe, Sasha’s pup, except Amanda’s lap), we were finally Miami-bound. After what felt like the longest 3.5 hour ride ever, we made it to our home for the weekend: the aLoft Brickell hotel. (Excellent place to stay, FYI. Great location, fabulous staff, and trendy atmosphere. It didn’t hurt that we got upgraded to a suite, either.) We were too exhausted to go out, so we had a few cocktails in the room, ordered pizza, and the girls set up an adorable birthday spread for me. How cute??!!
We hopped out of bed bright and early Saturday morning to get the day started. After a quick walk to Starbucks, we started getting ready. Let’s be honest … we knew this was going to be a process. Cheese and crackers, mimosas and birthday bubbles, Cake Oreos, Blakeley makeovers, Amanda hair teases, six wardrobe changes, and several hours later … we were finally ready. We headed out and Uber’d our way to Museum Park for the event of the weekend: The Veuve Clicquot Caranaval.
This was only Veuve’s second #VCCarnaval in Miami, so we didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into, what to expect, or what to wear. We just knew there would be champagne. Were heels a good idea? The event was being held in a park, after all. Do we were fancy dresses or casual sundresses? Do we take an umbrella? The sky looked a little cloudy and it was all outdoors. Turns out we could have gone either way, as there were a variety of styles and wardrobe choices. I opted for a bright pink and red floral maxi and strappy nude heels; Sasha went with a bright tropical flare mini and black strappy heels; and Amanda continued the bright streak with a neon yellow romper and sexy nude heels.
The park was decked out in orange and vibrant colors, feathers and flashy carnival-ish decor. Interactive games, dancers, entertainment, food trucks, photo stations, and a live DJ made the park come alive. Three bars were spread throughout the space, bright orange umbrellas provided subtle shade from the Miami sun (and occasional rain sprinkles), and hundreds of well-dressed people mingled and sipped on champagne.
The style was insane. SO MANY good-looking and well-dress ladies and gentlemen, people! So many. I just loved all the bright colors. *I would have taken more style and detail pics but my memory card decided to play me about an hour in. RUDE.* (Search #ClicquotStyle for more style inspo.)
The brand was launching its newest champagne, Clicquot Rich, which was the focus of the event. Only Clicquot Brut was included in our ticket package, so once we killed three bottles of that we tried the Rich … and it was delicious! It’s a sweeter champagne and is suggested to be served with fresh-sliced cucumber, grapefruit, orange, or red pepper. I opted for cucumber and was not disappointed. Can’t wait to sip on it poolside this summer!
What a day. Four hours of sipping bubbly, making new friends, and being surrounded by beautiful people in a beautiful city: what’s not to love? Our only complaints: We wish there had been more cocktail tables and seating available. It was extremely difficult to hold your bottle of champagne, your full glass and your purse while trying to take pictures and mingle, all while trying not to sink into the grass. Take our word for it.
Want to see more of the event and our weekend in Miami? Check out my vlog!