M.I.A. in MIA


Hello! I’ve been M.I.A. the past week spending some quality time with my daughter in Miami. I’m here for work and decided to make a summer out of it with my little girl — she gets to go to summer camp and learn how to swim while I get to work with an ocean view. Miami Beach reminds me so much of Honolulu — the humidity with the intermittent rains, the tropical plants and fruits, the warm crystal blue water, the newer highrises next to the older lowrises, and being beachside + canal side. I absolutely love it here! A few snapshots…


The view from our balcony


One of the things I’ve really loved is getting to eat tropical fruit again…can’t get enough


Every morning we get to wake up to the sunrise over the ocean


Morning light


An amazing experience thus far and I feel so fortunate that I am able to do this with her! An unforgettable summer.


Photos by Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).