For most of us, renting a limo isn't an everyday thing. If we take the plunge, it must mean something huge is going on, like a wedding or milestone birthday. Basically, you want to feel like a pop star on the way to the Grammys. VIP Miami Limo makes you feel just like Justin Bieber, minus all the paparazzi, of course. And it makes sure you can afford to ball-out for a day. Prices are competitive, options are abundant, and there are definite levels of splurging. Most of us live in Miami but don't get to experience the Dwayne Johnson Ballers South Beach lifestyle. VIP Miami Limo provides the opportunity to make the fantasy a reality for at least a night.

Gables Corset Shoppe
Photo by Peter Gonzalez

If you ask owners Peter Gonzalez and Richard Morey, they'll say Gables Corset Shoppe is bringing sexy back with a selection of imported luxury lingerie from Europe and expert custom bra fittings. The shop sells intimates, sleepwear, shapewear, hosiery, and corsets in satin, lace, embroidery, and cotton for any and all occasions. The alterations team will make sure each piece fits to perfection, especially if you've experienced any changes in breast shape after surgery or during pregnancy. They can also customize lingerie if you're between standard bra sizes. They carry brands such as Chantelle, Prima Donna, and Anita-Rosa Faia. Prices vary, from about $70 to $200 for bras and $20 to $100 for panties. A local lingerie shop that celebrates diversity and changes in women's bodies is always a winner. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Best Swimwear

In Miami, a good swimsuit is just as essential as a little black dress. If you live in a city with year-round beach weather, you need some go-to beachwear. Luckily for you, Miami is home to Eberjey. The chic lingerie and swimwear company was launched in 1996 by two Miamians, Ali Mejia and Mariela Rovito, who printed thousands of catalogues and mailed them to women all over South Florida. Eberjey is known for its high-quality material and effortlessly feminine designs. Its two local stores — in South Beach and Merrick Park — are airy and beautiful, all pastels and soft light. The swimwear, starting at $120, includes everything from patterned purple bikinis to sleek black one-pieces. Today, Eberjey ships worldwide and is carried by scores of department stores and boutiques — a true Miami success story.

Best Mall
Photo courtesy of Aventura Mall

While malls across America continue to wither and die, Aventura Mall seems to be experiencing the opposite trend. It continues to thrive and expand. In the '90s, the mall was home to stores such as Claire's, Spec's, J.C. Penney, Burdines, and Sears. But today's Aventura Mall would hardly recognize its former self. Louis Vuitton, Bally, Gucci, Chanel, Apple, Bloomingdale's, Prada, Nordstrom, Forever 21, H&M, and Longchamp are just some of the nearly 300 brands that call Aventura home. However, the most recent renovation saw the mall transform its food court offerings from bourbon chicken and baked potatoes to lobster rolls and poke bowls thanks to its new Treats Food Hall. A 315,000-square-foot expansion designed by architect Carlos Zapata includes Florida's only Topshop location and a new Zara, as well as food offerings from local favorites such as Cvi.che 105, Pubbelly Sushi, Genuine Pizza, and Tap 42.

The Gym at Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Want to watch the sun rise while you pump iron? How about doing so in an open-air setting with a 360-degree view of the ocean and Intracoastal? There's a spot for that. The Gym at Fort Lauderdale Beach offers a one-of-a-kind workout experience that both locals and tourists enjoy. The oceanfront business is open seven days a week (Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) to keep you feeling and looking good. In addition to boasting a picturesque rooftop, the Gym offers an expansive indoor setup, with machines, weights, mats, a smoothie bar, and a class space for yoga, zumba, Pilates, and other activities. Icing on the cake: The staff is nice and approachable. Now enough reading. Get moving.

Tanning in a booth is so 2008. Sure, you might end up looking like you just spent a week on a Caribbean island, but you could also end up with skin cancer. Is that really worth it? Thankfully, spray tanning exists, and there's nowhere better for it in Miami than Tanning by Ilona. Instead of self-tanning and ending up looking as orange as a certain U.S. president, Ilona will help you pick the perfect skin tone and use her spray-gun skills to apply it. Wait six to eight hours, take a shower, and — voilà! — perfection. No matter your special occasion, you'll glow with beautiful skin.

You're out for a night on the town and dressed to the nines. You're stumbling through the dank recesses of a South Beach club when, suddenly, a drink is spilled. Egads! Your precious (fake) Gucci sneakers are ruined, and your top has a big red stain! Enter Coconut Grove Laundry & Cleaners. In business since 1961, this family-owned store has weathered trends for decades and has the dry-cleaning know-how to rescue your favorite outfits from the trash bin. Plus, cleaning fees for most articles run less than $10, which means you'll be able to save up for a real pair of Gucci shoes.

Coral Way Lavanderia

Don't you hate laundry day? First, you have to lug your dirty, smelly unmentionables all the way to the laundromat because your overpriced condo doesn't have a washer and dryer. Then you must wait around for hours until the clothes are done, just in case someone tries to nick your knickers. All this is made more difficult if you have kids tagging along. Luckily, Coral Way Lavandería feels your pain, which is why it's stocked with amenities. Arcade machines and multiple TV sets help you pass the time, while free Wi-Fi and complimentary computers are provided. Vending machines offer snacks. Plus, the shop is clean, and the machines are kept in working order. Thanks to Coral Way Lavandería, laundry doesn't have to be a total chore.

Churchill's Barbershop
Courtesy of Churchill's Barbershop

This is no gimmicky hipster place, y'all. When it comes to a damn good barbershop, Churchill's Barbershop is a South Florida institution. Located in downtown Miami, this lovable joint has been offering cuts (starting at $28), shaves ($30), mustache trims ($5), manicures ($15), pedicures ($30), shoe shines ($5), facials (starting at $50), waxing (starting at $10), and other services since 2003. The shop also sells more than 5,000 products to keep you looking sharp. Part of its charm is that its owner, Jose, spends a good chunk of his time mixing and mingling with regulars. So after you leave Churchill's, you basically have no excuse to look like a bum.

Detlev Aveda Lifestyle Salon
Courtesy of Detlev Gessner

Living in Miami can be hazardous to your hair. Summer storms, chlorinated pools, and the oppressive midday sun can make even the perfectly coiffed among us turn into frizzy, fried messes. Leave the job to the professionals at Detlev, an Aveda Lifestyle salon across from CocoWalk. Stylists are good at listening to what you actually want and knowledgeable about products without being pushy. And unlike many salons, Detlev is happy to take walk-ins. If you're offered a cup of joe, be sure to accept — the salon brews local Panther Coffee and offers generous refills while you're waiting for your color to set.

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