Summertime in Miami: Greetings from the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party

Now that Florida is once again my home base, I am rediscovering all the Sunshine State has to offer.

I love that from north to south and east to west, there’s such a wide variety of things to do from beaches to history and theme parks to scuba diving. I could live here the rest of my life and never exhaust all the possibilities for adventure. And I’m not saying that just because Visit Florida invited me to check out the iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party at the Fontainebleau last weekend, I’m saying it as a native Floridian!

Since I’ve reclaimed residency here, I’ve checked out Florida’s storied history in Amelia Island and St. Augustine, opened Transformers 3D: The Ride with Steven Spielberg at Universal Orlando and last weekend, I packed some heels, cute dresses, bikinis, sunglasses and my partner in crime / sister / best friend / intern RaeRae and flew south for the big event.

At the airport, ready to take off!

At the airport, ready to take off!

Now that baby sis is in college (studying advertising & public relations – what else?!), she never has time to travel with me. Luckily her summer classes ended last Thursday, so the next day, we hopped a 50-minute flight to Miami to celebrate A. the pool party and B. the fact that she never, ever has to take another math class. A monumental occasion!

Checked into our room at the Fontainebleau

Checked into our room at the Fontainebleau which includes a full-size Mac desktop and free WiFi. SCORE!

Do you think we have enough shoes for 2 nights? (And check out our yacht parked downstairs!)

Do you think we have enough shoes for 2 nights? (And check out our yacht parked downstairs!)

Starving upon arrival... you know what that means: room service!

Starving upon arrival… you know what that means: room service!

RaeRae and I stayed at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach – and I don’t use the term iconic lightly. Originally constructed by world famous architect Morris Lapidus in 1954, the property has recently been restored to its former glory, complete with Ai Wei Wei chandeliers and bowtie tile floors. Since the majority of our time in Miami was spent focusing on the pool party and the concert, I didn’t get my fill of hotel history – so I’ll be back for the behind-the-scenes tour in the very near future.

The Jet Sisters preparing to meet the rest of the group

The Jet Sisters preparing to meet up the rest of the group

Welcome to Miami!

Welcome to Miami!

When I tell folks I meet around the world that I’m from Florida, they automatically assume I mean Miami – which is extremely flattering. Miami is just so chic – the high rises, the art deco architecture, the yachts, the turquoise water, the skin-tight outfits and never-ending parade of good-looking, very tan people. Anyone from the Sunshine State can tell you, North Florida≠ South Florida, so I’m just floored anytime someone thinks I could hack it in a place with so much fashion sense and sex appeal.

After a swanky dinner at Bianca at the Delano on Friday night, where I caught up with Sara, a friend and former colleague from my PR days at Weber Shandwick NYC, RaeRae and I briefly checked out the kickoff party back at the Fontainebleau and then turned in for the night.

Saturday was destined to be a whopper of a day, and we needed our beauty sleep!

Lessons learned in Miami: meetings are better when held on gorgeous yachts

Lessons learned in Miami: breakfast meetings are better when held on gorgeous yachts

Thinking of changing our name from The Jet Sisters to The Yacht Sisters. Thoughts?

Thinking of changing our name from The Jet Sisters to The Yacht Sisters. Thoughts?

As if staying at the Fontainebleau and attending the weekend’s events weren’t reason enough to spend the weekend in Miami, I found out a few weeks before the trip that blog / work / IRL friends Kristin and Alex would be there, too. “SHUT UP. THIS.IS.BEYOND” text messages ensued and we were all thrilled to be united in one place once again. I hadn’t seen Alex since Kauai in October and Kristin since Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010.

And what better place for a group of beachy girls and their guests to reunite than Miami?

As you can tell, Kristin's husband Scott was miserable the entire weekend

As you can tell, Kristin’s husband Scott was miserable the entire weekend

A fleet of Fiats floats past... no idea how they pulled that one off but it left the entire boardwalk with their mouths wide open!

A fleet of Fiats floats past… no idea how they pulled that one off but it left the entire boardwalk with their mouths wide open!

After a good deal of wining, dining and yachting, it was finally time for the Ultimate Pool Party to begin in the bowtie pool at the Fontainebleau. Frankly, I didn’t know what to expect from the pool party or the official concert scheduled for later that evening — or if I’d even enjoy it.

I knew we were in store for performances from Icona Pop, Ke$ha, Jason Derulo and Pitbull – all artists I’ve heard of. But I wasn’t 100% clear on where Afrojack, Krewella and DJ Prostyle would factor in, and what Miley Cyrus and LL Cool J were going to be doing as official “hosts.” (Spoiler alert: we saw about 30 total seconds of Miley. There was no Party in the USA singalong, much to my disappointment!)

We're ready to pool party all day long!

We’re ready to pool party all day long!

A pair of shades for each pair of shoes... Luckily you can't overdo it in Miami!

A pair of shades for each pair of shoes… Luckily you can’t overdo it in Miami!

The Ultimate Pool Party begins!

The Ultimate Pool Party begins!

Most of the time, RaeRae and I cooled off in the Visit Florida cabana just to the right of the stage, but during the acts, we wiggled our way to the edge of the pool for a closer look.

Visit Florida's giant ice chair - genius, right?

Visit Florida’s giant ice chair – genius, right?

Remember my roommate from NYC? Ran into Kelly who was working production at the event. Small world!

Remember my roommate from NYC? Ran into Kelly who was working production at the event. Small world!

The crowd cools off

The crowd cools off

I don't care! I love it!

I don’t care! I love it!

Jason Derulo’s set was so much fun – who knew I knew SO many of his songs? – and his backup dancers were phenomenal. RaeRae has decided if PR doesn’t work out, she’s going to be a backup dancer. So yes, we learned a lot of important lessons this weekend!

Jason Derulo and his amazing dance crew sweat it out as the opening act

Jason Derulo and his amazing dance crew sweat it out as the opening act

When Jason Derulo hopped in the pool with his microphone and a few hundred people, my risk management alarm sounded... but no harm done, and everyone loved it!

When Jason Derulo hopped in the pool with his microphone and a few hundred people, my risk management alarm sounded… but no harm done, and everyone loved it!

The pool party was wild and crazy, and exponentially more intimate than I’d imagined. The whole crowd was excited and soaking wet and splashing and really getting into it – and the energy was contagious, especially during Krewella’s set. We LOVED them!

I was so busy rocking out, I didn't get any good pics of Krewella! So here's one from Albert Manduca

I was so busy rocking out, I didn’t get any good pics of Krewella! So here’s one from Albert Manduca.

Poolside with Kristin & RaeRae

Poolside with Kristin & RaeRae

Photo of photo by Kristin Luna

Photo of photo by Kristin Luna

In the pool for Iconapop's set - with hair to match!

In the pool for Icona Pop’s set – with hair to match! (Thanks for the photo, Kristin!)

Icona Pop performs - photo courtesy of Getty Images. (Helllooo, I was in the pool singing I DON'T CARE, I LOVE IT!)

Icona Pop performs – photo courtesy of Getty Images. (Helllooo, I was in the pool singing I DON’T CARE, I LOVE IT!)

The whole pool party experience just encompassed everything you want in a visit to Miami – sun, water and music on the beach. I couldn’t have had any more fun… and yet, I had only a few hours to shower, change, dine at Fontainbleau’s Gotham Steak (mmmm NY Strip!) and meet Ke$ha and Krewella for photos before starting the next round of concert insanity.

Meeting the Krewella sisters - should we be them for Halloween?

Meeting the Krewella sisters – should we be them for Halloween?

Meet & greet with Ke$ha before the show.

Meet & greet with Ke$ha before the show.

The crew prepares for Pitbull and Ke$ha

The crew prepares for Pitbull and Ke$ha to take the stage – L to R, Adam, Denise, Kristin, Scott, Angie, Rachel, Alex, Kristen

The day kept up its hectic pace and after meeting Krewella and Ke$ha, it was finally time for the headliners to perform. Yay, excitement!

Even my Dad can attest that Ke$ha’s songs are fun and catchy, so I was looking forward to singing along in the crowd. But oh, Ke$ha, Ke$ha, Ke$ha. I can’t imagine a person saying some of the things she said in a hushed whisper much less over a PA system in front of 5,000 or so people… and I think it says a lot about the music industry today. But I’ll save my commentary for another time.

Another shot from Getty. Have you been to a Ke$ha concert?

Another shot from Getty. Have you been to a Ke$ha concert?

Her set was pretty much the weirdest I’ve ever seen, which in and of itself is not a bad thing… from inflatable hippos to backup dancers in animal costumes to a lot of shrieking and thrusting. I will say her leotards were incredible, and for that I give her props.

Miley Cyrus and Enrique Iglesias (surprise special guest!) introduce Mr. Worldwide himself - Pitbull!

Miley Cyrus and Enrique Iglesias (surprise special guest!) introduce Mr. Worldwide himself – Pitbull!

Much to my relief, I didn’t have to cringe or hold my hands over RaeRae’s ears during Pitbull’s set, a fast-paced, bilingual dance party in which I realized that he is a participant in almost every song on the radio. The announcers weren’t wrong when they dubbed him the Mayor of Miami.

Mr. 305 was the perfect headliner for the whole iHeartRadio experience, and I was pleasantly surprised at just how much fun we had shaking it to all his hits.

Pitbull is the man! And it's so fun to make up Spanish words to sing along!

Pitbull is the man! And it’s so fun to make up Spanish words to sing along! (Image credit: Getty)

My tweet on the big screen. I think I'm famous.

My tweet on the big screen. I think I’m famous.
Shaking it to Pitbull with the Chateau Tower in the background

Shaking it to Pitbull with the Chateau Tower in the background

Bienvenidos a Miami!

Bienvenidos a Miami!

Lessons learned from the weekend? Miami is glorious. Sunscreen is necessary. Pitbull and Krewella are my new faves, and my previous thoughts on Ke$ha remain the same. Yachts are the best place for meetings. The Fontainebleau is everything it’s cracked up to be.

And my home state of Florida continues to impress me. Perhaps moving back home was a good idea after all!

The best way to end a weekend in Miami - on the beach!

The best way to end a weekend in Miami – on the beach!

Enormous thanks to Visit Florida for hosting us this weekend, and to The Fontainebleau, iHeartRadio and all the partners for putting on such a brilliant event. All opinions are my own, as always. 

COME AWAY WITH ME!
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  • July 03, 2013
    Kelly

    I made it into the post! YESSSSS! 🙂 Great seeing you AO, and FINALLY getting to meet Rae Rae! Come back soon!!! OLE! 🙂

  • July 04, 2013

    Some things:

    -I love that last photo! LOVE.

    -How had it been almost THREE years since I last saw you? I guess we talk so much online, it doesn’t seem that long (and because I see your lovely mug on your blog/FB/Twitter every day!).

    -The *only* thing that could have possibly made the weekend more perfect was Party in the USA. Way to let us down, Miley.

    -Can we go back next year? Pretty please???
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    • July 08, 2013

      I was extremely disappointed by the lack of Miley. Then again, she and Ke$ha are cut from the same cloth these days, so maybe we got all we could handle?

      YES! I am SOOO down to go back next year. It was much more fun than I even expected, and it was made even better by the super fun friends and company in attendance =)

  • July 04, 2013

    So sad we only got to see each other for 30 seconds, but at least we finally met! What a fun, fun, fun weekend you had!!! Hope our paths cross again soon.
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    • July 08, 2013

      I know! How ridiculous was that?! Next time we’ll schedule something in advance so we can actually chat!

  • July 04, 2013

    OMG, what a super fab weekend you had! And I’d totally think you were from Miami too!
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  • July 06, 2013

    Angie this is such a great recap of such a fun weekend! I love what an enthusiastic ambassador you are to your home state. Yay Florida!

    • July 08, 2013

      You do the same for NY-I always love your home posts!

  • July 12, 2013

    Such a fun weekend Angie – you look like a total rockstar in your photos. That smile!!!
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