A Visit To Key Biscayne, Florida with Ariana Papademetropoulos and Jessica Tonder

I didn’t know exactly what to expect when visiting Jessica Tonder's mother Lucy in Key Biscayne, but I had a good feeling about it by the bedazzled chokers she made and sent me in the mail. We arrived to the Towers of Key Biscayne, and when I opened the door, it was heaven. Lucy, all in white, was lounging in her white living room, and I mistook her for a statue as she blended into the godly décor – she was perfection. All of a sudden my friend Jessica made sense to me. Of course, she is the way she is – growing up in a curated heaven draped in gold, white and roses. The first few days it stormed. Lucy art directed photographs of us in the apartment calling her dress up closet Lucy’s Boutique and told us to “hug the columns like Romans." We went to Vizcaya, embraced the rain and took a dip in its fountains. Once we were soaked we took refuge in the man made caves. We visited exotic animals, as I’ve been dreaming of holding a baby monkey for far too long. My dream came true, and Jessica took a panther for a walk in her cream suit and hat ensemble. What a vision she was. All in all, I left Miami feeling a bit freer. Spending time with Jessica, Lucy and no ‘sane’ person around to stop us, I got to see how fabulous life can become even in seemingly mundane moments. Text by Ariana Papademetropoulos. Photographs by Ariana Papademetropoulos and Jessica Tonder