Rachael Russell Shares Her Stylish Guide to Miami

Rachel Russell

In a world of Instagram influencers and fashion “it” girls, Rachael Russell is more than just a pretty face behind a social media screen. A Rhode Island native and current Miamian, this fashionista began her career in Conde Nast, in the styling department for Vogue and is now Miansai’s fashion director—handling the brand’s creative strategizing, styling and strategic initiatives. She is also the founder and president of Style Saves, a non-profit organization that aims to provide tools and supplies that empower a student’s journey in school. Haute Living caught up with Miami’s fashion “it” girl to get the inside scoop on some of her haute Miami secrets. 

Where were you born: Providence, Rhode Island

How long in Miami: 10 years

Neighborhood: Miami Beach

Occupation: Fashionable Philanthropist at Style Saves.

Favorite Restaurant: Lemoni in the Design District

Best Sushi: Myumi, the Omaske food truck

Best Italian: Macaluso’s

Best dessert: Key lime pie from Joe’s Stone Crab

Best place for a romantic date: Mandolin Aegan Bistro

Best Sunday brunch: Soho Beach House

Best place for a power business meeting: OTL in the Design District

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend: The Standard Hotel & Spa because it’s next to my house!

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: The Miami Design District for high end, Wynwood for specialty, specifically Style Saves Discounted Designer Shop, and Aventura Mall for the full range retail.

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Miansai, of course.

Best Spa: The Hammam at The Standard Hotel & Spa

Favorite Charity Event: The Style Saves Swim annual fashion show fundraiser

Favorite Cultural Event: Art Basel, specifically Design Miami

Favorite Cultural Institution: The Perez Art Museum

Best Steakhouse: Baires, the Argentinian spot on Lincoln Road

Best Pizza: I love everything about Ironside Pizza Kitchen

Best Lunch: Poke Che, down the street from Style Saves Warehouse.

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: I’m not one for a gym because I mostly workout outside, but I do like Jetset Pilates.

Best Massage: Soho Beach House

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber

Best Museum/Exhibit: The new Frost Science Museum

Describe your city in three words: Cultural, Sun-filled, and Philanthropic.

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Calle Ocho

All-around favorite spot in Miami: The ocean by south of 5th.

Best Aspect of Miami: The quality of life and ability to be outdoors all year round.