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The Hit List // MIAMI

by chicisnatural
The Hit List // MIAMI

 

I plan to do quite a bit of traveling this year, and last week I kicked it off with South Florida. It’s been years since I’ve been to Miami, so I was really excited to go and find new gems. January is the perfect time to visit as well- while a large part of the country is riddled with frigid temps and dreadful weather, Miami is an inviting oasis where one can soak up the sun and stroll along the beach in cut-off shorts with a margarita in hand.

Here are a few places I visited this time around that I would definitely recommend:

// B R U N C H //

 

If you are looking for the perfect weekend brunch, then you have to visit Peacock Garden Cafe. Located in Coconut Grove, it’s very unassuming from the street, but once inside it’s like walking into a magical garden party. The setting is absolutely charming and the ambiance is very relaxing. I’m big on presentation, so I was immediately pleased. Service was great and my apple compote topped pecan waffle and spiked basil lemonade were delicious. Whenever I return to Miami, I will be going back for sure!

// S H O P P I N G //

 

If you’re feeling fancy, check out Bal Harbour Shops. It’s a one stop shop for all things luxe, featuring stores like Balenciaga, Chanel, Miu Miu, Jimmy Choo and the like, anchored by department stores Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. The open-air space is gorgeous with tropical touches all over- lush landscape, waterfalls, and ponds filled with brightly colored fish all throughout. I almost felt like I was in a designer rain forest! The customer service was also good -the sales associates of every store I walked into seemed helpful and friendly. It’s a great place to window shop, people watch and have lunch or to treat yourself to something nice!

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// N I G H T L I F E //

 

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The News Lounge is the perfect place to meet up with friends, throw back a few drinks and vibe to some good tunes. I went on a Friday night and the crowd was diverse and laid back. The DJ spun a wide range of music- some throwback hits, some house music, a little current. I wasn’t mad at it at all. The vibrant outside patio area is super cute with pool tables, cozy couches, swing chairs and table seating. The vibe is hip and trendy, but not stuffy. Drinks are tasty, reasonably priced, and pack a punch! Order some tapas or appetizers if you feel like snacking. Good place for a casual night out.

 

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Want a change from the Miami Beach club scene, but still want to partake in some hard party action? In comes Seminole Hard Rock. A half hour drive to Hollywood is all it takes to get in on all the fun. The party never stops here, and there is so much to do that you will stay entertained. The Seminole Paradise area houses several night clubs and bars so you can easily bar hop, dance and drink the night away. Come here for a lively Vegas-esque experience!

 

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Ashley Gazaway February 26, 2015 - 10:13 pm

I agree Miami is such a beautiful city to visit..my first time there was with my current bf, three years ago!

I commend you on your detailed post! Very insightful for those who have never been!

Also, For your recent giveaway I would love to receive the Chi Air Flatiron. I’m testing my luck on this one.

My YouTube name is Ashley Gazaway. Congrats on 600K! You are loved 🙂

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Natasha February 26, 2015 - 3:22 am

I agree, Miami is such an AMAZING place to be! The entire vibe of Florida is something to die for! 🙂
I read this and you just made me want to go back to Florida and just have a ball!

Congratulations on your 600k, again.. I feel like i’ve said this a lot lol it’s okay though, can never say congratulations enough!
Youtube: Natasha Cartwright
If chosen, I would love those adorable handbags 🙂

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Amari MerChant February 26, 2015 - 2:42 pm

I wouldn’t mind taking a trip to Florida now! Congrats on your over 600k followers and I wish you many more! For the giveaway I’d really like to have the Ralph Lauren and Aldo Handbags. My YT name is Amari MerChant.

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mariama February 26, 2015 - 2:09 am

Hey Kim.
I love love love your youtube videos and have been following your hair and fashion tutorials and also love the website. I will love to get the Ralph Lauren and the Aldo bags or the entwine hair products. thank you

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Lauren February 25, 2015 - 11:51 pm

What is your dream vacation? Or have you already realized your dream? So far, where is the best place that you have visited? I love Bath,England (beautiful), Savannah GA, and nighttime winter in Paris. My dream Vacation is Thailand and Italy. I would love the handbags and my youtube name is @gurl_educated.

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dee February 25, 2015 - 7:57 pm

I will love Ralph Lauren and Aldo Handbags…youtube:Deborah Ajewole..

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Taylor J. February 25, 2015 - 10:17 am

It seems as though you had a wonderful trip 🙂 again I’m happy for your 600K!
YT: TJordan
I would be grateful to have 2 pair of shoes from justfab. Please& thankyou!

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Adoniyah Clarke February 25, 2015 - 3:54 am

I love the outfit and the trip seemed wonderful I’m glad you enjoyed your time. I would like to enter the give away to win the chi air flat iron.

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Ashley Oaks February 25, 2015 - 1:01 am

I recently went to Miami for New Years had a friend DJ at the News Lounge. They had great drinks and a very “Miami” look. I would love to enter the GIVEAWAY and win prize #4.

Youtube UR: CelebrityVA1

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Kamari W February 24, 2015 - 5:43 pm

I want to travel myself. Is it considered traveling if you go to where you were raised? Lol

Yt: kamarijanai I’m interested in the flat irons

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dee February 23, 2015 - 7:54 pm

I will love Ralph Lauren and Aldo Handbags…youtube:Deborah Ajewole

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CestPrincess / Princess February 23, 2015 - 4:17 am

That dress is so unbelievably gorgeous it doesnt even make sense anymore!!! where do you find all these beautiful things?!?!!? I hope I get to live, travel and enjoy the finer things in life as well soon one day. I’d love the full lace wig the most, I have been praying and saving for a long time to have one, being a student has not been kind to my wallet or my aesthetics at all 🙁 I would also really love the Ralph Lauren bag, its too beautiful for words!!!! my youtube name is Cestprincess 🙂

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roseinweeds February 23, 2015 - 2:34 am

i am traveling to miami for a mini getaway over the Easter holiday, and i am def taking some of these recommendations! im staying right off the beach and i think im not too far from coconut grove. thanks for sharing! youtube: _bkay

i’d love prize #4.

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Kara Mitchell February 23, 2015 - 1:17 am

Hey! Great insight.. Actually planning a trip to Miami in 2 weeks so decided to read these post. I will definitely try the lounge you spoke of. Kara Mitchell and would like the wig. Thanks!

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Ashley February 22, 2015 - 8:41 pm

I’m glad you had a blast in Miami, I was in South beach in October and I want to go back so badly! My YT name is Ashley K and I would love to win the Chi flat iron. Thanks! 🙂

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Ashley February 22, 2015 - 8:42 pm

**YT name is Ashley K or leele3

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Deborah February 22, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Your videos have truly been inspiring to me. Before I decided to go natural I studied your videos for like months, i admired your different hairstyles and different hair techniques that left your hair healthy and gorgeous. I am now about to reach my 3 year mark for being all natural and still to this day I gain inspiration on what i should do with my hair through your hair tutorials. So with that said I congratulate you and wish your success with all your endeavors, im sure
i’ll gain more hair inspiration through your youtube videos and even your website! I might even gain some cooking inspiration(lol I’m not much of a cooker) I’d like the flat iron:) My Youtube name: Deborah Floyd

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Melanee February 22, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Hey Kim this website is amazing! I’m so happy I found this post. I’m planning a trip to Miami this summer. I will definitely have to check out these spots <3
Btw my YouTube name is Rajivay and I would like prize #6, the $100 visa gift card.

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Ally Davis February 22, 2015 - 4:17 pm

I love that you have continued with your success with this site.. love everything so far …cant wait to see lots more from you..keep keeping it real and classy…luv from Trinidad

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Kendra February 22, 2015 - 2:49 pm

Good job on the website!

YT: KRod Rod
Lace wig or Entwine Products

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Morgan Marie February 22, 2015 - 1:06 pm

Hi Kim! I was suppose to go to Miami for my Senior year Spring Break but my friends broke up and I didn’t have the funds smh…one day! But you’re awesome! If I win I would like the gift cards. They would be great for my birthday Tuesday. Thanks love!

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Jasmine Hall February 22, 2015 - 3:51 am

Yesss… I love Miami! Nice website!
Youtube username: Jasmine Hall
I’d like prize 6

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Tracsean February 22, 2015 - 3:15 am

I have never been to Miami before but the more I hear about it the more I want to go. Also, your website looks AMAZING! It is very chic and clean. Nice work!

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Celia February 22, 2015 - 1:36 am

I definitely plan to do more travel this year as well! Just back from Puerto Rico and headed to Miami for the fist time next month! Just put myself on a spending freeze because I want to get to Thailand early 2016. I’m adding these recommendations to my list for my Miami trip, so thanks for the suggestions! Blog looks beautiful too! I’m loving the food posts! I’m Celia Williamson on YouTube and I’d love the wig or the Entwine products. I’ve added you to my Bloglovin Roll so I’m excited for new posts! Keep up the good work!

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realtrice32 February 21, 2015 - 11:30 pm

Nice website #6

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Ajene Robinson February 21, 2015 - 11:25 pm

PLEASE CHOOSE ME! Struggling college girl trying to get her life together lol. Youtube username: Ajene Robinson; I would like prize 1, 2, 4, or 6!

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SarahRaven2892 February 21, 2015 - 10:41 pm

OMG I wish you did a Miami meetup or something!! I would have loved to meet you in person. I really hope next time you are down here you consider a meet up. To think you were so close, me and my sister would have died

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Ashley Monroe February 21, 2015 - 9:48 pm

Congratz on your 600k subscribers, I love your channel! Especially all the cute hairstyles you have! I also love the maxi dress in this post, where did you get it from?! I’m so happy for your new website! I love fashion/food/etc blogs. I’m just commenting like you said.. my YouTuube name is amonroe221, and I would love to win the handbags or the entwine collection. Thank you!

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chicisnatural February 22, 2015 - 2:09 pm

Thanks! The dress was a recent thrift find!

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Teann February 21, 2015 - 7:56 pm

Ohh I forgot to say that id love the full lace ombré wig. My YouTube name is Teann Johnson and my email is teannjohnson@gmail.com.

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Teann February 21, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Omggggggg if they think your YouTube is hot, everybody should check out here, love love love these, you go hun!!!!!!!

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Joan February 21, 2015 - 7:42 pm

Hi I love your youtube channel. keep it up.
Can you please do the Paris highlight. I saw it briefly on youtube. By the time I got to get a pen and paper to take a note of the places you went. Ah the video is now private. I really loved the places you went to in Europe especially Paris.

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The9jagurl February 21, 2015 - 7:32 pm

I was in South Beach a few years back….Next stop is PCB and then Amsterdam. I would like to be entered for the $100 gift card, handbags or full lace wig (in that order)… Youtube name is The9jagurl

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Qiana Butler February 21, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Love this review! I live about two hours from the city and next time I visit, I will be hitting up these spots. My YouTube username is QiQiBlue22 (I made it so long ago!) and my favorite prize would be the Full Lace Wig. I was watching your 25 Questions video like the heart eyes emoji, and then you were giving it away. Fingers crossed!

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Bladehh1 February 21, 2015 - 4:33 pm

2 Pairs of shoes from Justfab please! ☺
My YouTube name is Bladehh1

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Jonisha Loyd February 21, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Congrats on your new website!! It looks amazing!!! I’ve been following you for a while on YouTube…you got me with your thrift store finds and how it looked Ike something straight off the runway!! Anyways I would like to win the brown RL bag:) Thank you!!

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Monique White February 21, 2015 - 2:45 pm

I love love LOVE to travel!!!
Love yur website
Day 3.. (Yt): Monique White.
(Prizes): 1.2.4 & 6

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Nkiruka Okeke February 21, 2015 - 1:36 pm

The website is amazing! I love the purses.

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rachel ray February 21, 2015 - 8:54 am

Great pictures! I love the website I would the chi flat iron 🙂 many blessings to you and happy traveling!

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Mary C February 21, 2015 - 7:37 am

This is great. I plan on going to New Orleans next month and spending my bday in Cali. I really want to go to Miami as well. Have to research if I can find kid friendly stuff. Just not ready to leave him overnight yet. As I shipped for the snow storm I picked up two heads if cauliflower and some green apples to make apple chips. Easy recipe apples sugar I’m using splenda and cinnamon bake in the oven. Will see how they turn out and let ya know. I’m already addicted to the site. It inspires me to do more. I don’t sit and go man it must be nice. I can’t stand that phrase lol. Instead I go now what do I want to do and how can I get it done. Thanks for being you. Wig please for the contest. Man after all these post I’ll probably end up writing weekly. Like Wendy Williams says you are my friend in my head lol. Just meaning friends who haven’t officially met.

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chicisnatural February 21, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Thank you so much and have fun in New Orleans and a great birthday in Cali!

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Ashli February 21, 2015 - 6:55 am

Love the.look. I.would like prize 5 or 6. My yt name is.alwayzfantastic. thanks love

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Shannon Sattlerfield February 21, 2015 - 6:50 am

YOUTUBE USERNAME : FABDENISE
Congratulation on the success of your channel!!! I’ve been interested in your videos for a minute now, and to see that you’re giving back out of great kindness is just amazing!! Whether I win or not, I love the fact that you have a great heart and is doing such a good deed, beneficial or not. Thank You &. Good luck to everyone, and God Bless! I wouldn’t be specific in a prize because they are all great, and because it is a gift. 
-LOVE YOUR STYLE ! BEAUTIFUL SCENERY AND GREAT VACATION SPOT ! #AMBITION

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NettyB February 21, 2015 - 6:30 am

I want to go to Miami now 🙂 Youtube-catrachita87 prize#4 or #1

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Remy Enab February 21, 2015 - 5:06 am

Hey congrats to you, I hope to win the Wig 🙂

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casanailj February 21, 2015 - 5:00 am

I love your blog wow! Congratulations on your YouTube subscribers yaya I am going to be putting up my blog soon still working on it. I would love to win 4 are 6 thanks for being such a blessing.

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mariah valdivieso February 21, 2015 - 3:26 am

hi my username is just my name and i would like the frist one

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Cierria Davis February 21, 2015 - 12:48 am

YT:Cierria1908

I have never traveled but look forward to it ! True blessings. Prize #4

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Santhia Pierre February 20, 2015 - 7:17 pm

I’m from South Florida, so I had to check this out ! I haven’t been to Miami in a while but that Peacock Garden Café sounds amazing. Just might have to go visit! YouTube: Cynni16 and I’d like prize #1

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Lauren Crockett February 20, 2015 - 5:12 pm

Hi, my name is LoLoNikkiRennie C. on Youtube, and I would love prizes 3, 4 or 5 in your giveaway. Thanks!!

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Nini February 20, 2015 - 2:33 pm

You look so wonderful! For the giveaway I would like to win prize number 3: the bags. my youtube username is Nini Karibou. Thank you so much

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Joezet February 20, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Congrats on your YouTube greatness! It looks like you enjoyed my home town. Love watching your videos. I will like to win prize number 3, my YouTube name is Bahamianbeauty

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Simi February 20, 2015 - 1:06 pm

I’ve been subscribed to you for a while now and I’ve watched as your subscribers increased!! You’re so amazing and I enjoy watching your videos! 🙂 My youtube username is: SimiBee_

I would like the CHI flat iron!!

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bidyole February 20, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Hi! Congratulations for your 600k subscribers – and i am discovering your fabulous new website! So’good

Sorry for my bad english – i’m a french speaker

i’m from GUADELOUPE a lil island near Miami and Puerto Rio –

My YouTube name is : BIDYOLE – and i would like to win prize 1# ( Entwine couture pack)

Thank you so much –

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DEE February 20, 2015 - 11:22 am

WOW Its freezin cold where I am right now and MIAMI looks gorgeous!!! would definitely love to visit and your recommendations sounds great! I would love to win prize # 5 my youtube username is msdeekay2012

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Rolove123 February 20, 2015 - 7:18 am

I went to Miami Dec. 2013. loved it. You look beautiful. I would like to be considered for your contest. I am interested in prizes #6 and #5. Thank you

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ezinne February 20, 2015 - 7:04 am

Girl! thanks for this post, i’m a college junior and me a couple friends were thinking of doing Miami either for spring break or beginning of summer, thanks for all the tips, i just turned 21 so I will def be hiting those bars! haha. and i also plan to travel more too, so much to explore. I love how you word your posts, very posh.
stay gorgeous and ur site is beautiful
youtube: Marychristina
prize, 3 or 4 or 6

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jeanette February 20, 2015 - 6:17 am

Ahhh..miss my home….I agree with all your comments…if you ever get back there, you must hit the Keys, Fort Lauderdale and a few hidden spots in between! Following you for a while now and it just keeps on getting better. All the luck to you! YouTube name: jeanettecefre , would love the gift card.

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Lic February 20, 2015 - 5:45 am

May I just say that I loveeeee the blog. I know you put a lot of effort in it and it definitely shows girl! This particular blog really spoke to me because one of my goals is to travel and explore the world and you really inspire me to do that. I can’t wait for you to keep us posted on your travels 🙂 because I think we get so caught up in life and forget to LIVE.

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Daniele E February 20, 2015 - 5:38 am

This vacation looked like Paradise Youtube name Dmoneip3 and the 100 visa gift card

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Kayann Duansingh February 20, 2015 - 5:17 am

That place is a beauty…..girl…you are every thing..

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Stephanie Sendler February 20, 2015 - 5:02 am

Hi!! My YouTube user name is Stephanie S. I would like to win prize number 2 which is the CHI Flat Iron. I’ve always wanted to try their products but they can be quite expensive! Plus I love pink lol 😉 Congratulations on your new site and 600k!!
(NOW that YouTube changed there site i’m honestly not sure how you can get to your inbox on YouTUbe I did enter on YouTUbe so the best way to contact me is through there or my email if by some miracle I won) Thanks again for doing this contest!!

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Shalonda B February 20, 2015 - 4:35 am

Congrats on your new website and hitting 600K!!! I would love prize #6 the $100 visa gift card. YouTube name: Sm Brown

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Tars February 20, 2015 - 4:24 am

I have never visited Miami before! I graduate this May, so I’m thinking about planning a trip there to celebrate! WhoooHooo!

YouTube: TaraElis3: Also, I would like to win prize number 4.

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Shanae February 20, 2015 - 3:28 am

I am in love with your YouTube channel. I love everything you do on it when it come to your weave, your natural hair and the food you cook. I would honestly take prize if I do get to win. Because I love everything that you have give away. My YouTube username is Nae Nae3. But if I had to pick one I think it would be the $100 dollar visa gift card.

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Juanetta February 20, 2015 - 2:14 am

Hey Kim,
I love the website, it so you, full of all vibrate energy. I can’t wait to see what you will come up with next. It’s good to see a young lady such as yourself doing so well. In addition, I would love to enter your giveaway, I would love to have the lace wig. Keep up the great work.

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kaleshia February 20, 2015 - 2:12 am

I will try and take this trip. Its beautiful there I have family in Florida as well.

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Grace Fayiah February 20, 2015 - 2:04 am

Oh My God, you wrote this blog a day after my birthday. I love your style and personality. You seem like a really chill-lay back person. I have been watching your YouTube channel for a while now. I love your hair and make-up tutorials as well as the cookbook. Congradulation on 600k subscribers and you website. My YouTube name is Grace Fayiah or grace.fayiah1@gmail.com and I will love to win 2 shoes from justfab. Thanks and can’t wait to see where your dreams takes you.

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Kiara February 20, 2015 - 1:58 am

Wanting to go to Miami now @kiarawilliams #4 handbags ily….

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Luvenia Cheeks February 20, 2015 - 1:56 am

Hi, my name is Luvenia and I’ve watched your videos on YouTube for a while now. I remember the first one I seen, it was about 4 years ago my junior year in high school, you were doing hairstyles for short natural hair. Since that day I’ve watched you grow, Although your videos weren’t personal I got a since of your character and have been looking up to you since. I see you as a big sister and I’m so happy you made a website. I aspire to travel too and because of you I see proof that you can live the life you want to, Thank you for giving young girls like me proof that success is tangible and possible. I also have a question: how did go about making a website? I’d also like to enter your giveaway, for prize number 2 the Chi flat iron.

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Christine harden February 23, 2015 - 4:03 am

That cool I want to travel more hopefully I’ll b planning a trip to pr for my bday in May but what is it That u do for a living if u don’t mind me asking

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RainaN February 20, 2015 - 1:44 am

My username on YouTube is queenraina80 and I would like to win the shoes from Justfab!

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oluchi_oscar February 20, 2015 - 1:43 am

i love your dress on this post and also congrats on your accomplishment girl you deserve it 🙂 .I would love to win the 2 pairs of shoes from justfab.

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chicisnatural February 21, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Thank you! It’s a thrift find!

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Enid Hoff February 20, 2015 - 1:36 am

First of all, this post is awesome. Im going to Miami this summer so this was needed. Also, congrats on 600K subscribers! I would like the enter the giveaway and I will be happy with anyone of the prizes. My youtube name is ENNNNIID.

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Brenda February 20, 2015 - 1:19 am

I’m from Miami and you actually got a good list here! Usually people stay in South Beach and think it’s Miami. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself!

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N. Morillo February 20, 2015 - 1:07 am

I’m also trying to travel and do more things this year. Reaching the milestone 30th…sigh!!

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Carlon Newson February 20, 2015 - 1:03 am

Hi Kim, You had me at “it’s like walking into a magical garden party”. I love a good garden party. Now I want to visit Miami just to eat at a magical garden party. I bet it won’t be anything like the one “Alice” visited in wonder land. Smile!

#YouTube name Ciecie Newson – Give away #4 Handbags.

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Latoya Evans February 20, 2015 - 1:01 am

I’m planning on doing a lot of traveling this year myself as a nuse and I look forward to the experience. Hopefully I can travel outside of the states within the next few years I live for an awesome skyline view it’s so refreshing to me.
My YouTube name is Latoya Evans and I’m interested in winning prize #4. Once again congratulations

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Ireneta Jackson February 20, 2015 - 12:57 am

Congrats girly! I am so loving the website!

YT: naturallychicmoments
Enter for handbags prize

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Emmanuella February 20, 2015 - 12:39 am

Great reviews! You inspire me so much to start traveling!! YouTube name:emandeni Prize #4

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Cynthia February 20, 2015 - 8:26 am

congrats on 600k followers! !!! My utube name C Bester i would love to win the ombre wig

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Omolade February 22, 2015 - 12:21 am

I have officially deemed this year the year I travel more. I would like to travel to two of my most wanted countries and a few other places…Paris and Brazil.
Youtube name: BloomingFlow3r
I would really like Prize #3 or #4

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