#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Coral Gables Fashion Week

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Miami’s sense of community is getting stronger by the day – most recently, as evidenced by Coral Gables Fashion Week (or #CGFW for the social media savvy). For the first time in Coral Gables history, fashion retailers in the neighborhood’s downtown have banded together to deliver three days of fashion events and shopping deals that will conclude with a fashion show at the Coral Gables Museum on Saturday night.

The first day was a whirlwind of sweets, drinks, beats, and bloggers. We spent the evening hopping from store to boutique with a mimosa in hand, snapping our favorite products, and taking note of the best deals. Welcome to the fashion spotlight Coral Gables – it looks great on you!

Our first stop was Jae’s Jewelers, a family-owned fine jewelry store that was founded in Miami in 1945. Their drool-worthy inventory offer a lot of variety in terms of prices, brands, and styles. Stop by during Coral Gables Fashion Week and for the remainder of the month to get stunning pieces like the Rebecca rose gold plated bracelet and the Honora pearl bracelet shown below at 50% off. Is this real life?!?!

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Our second stop was the Peace, Love, World boutique, which happened to be next door. Although we’ve heard a lot about this Miami-based brand, it was our first time in one of their stores. It’s probably for the best because we are obsessed with everything they sell. We walked out with an “i love sundays” iPhone case as a budget-conscious consolation prize. In a perfect world, our entire closet would be filled with the line’s comfy looking sweatsuits.

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Our last stop was My Best Friend’s Closet. You’ve heard us talk about how this cute boutique is full of great fashion finds – must be why this year they’re turning four year’s old. We’re happy to report that their inventory is as amazing as ever and that they can still throw a fantastic fiesta. Here’s to many more, guys!

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Talk About It Tuesday: American Dreams – Whose Dream?

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The article below was taken from Miami New Times. What we are requesting that you all consider are the questions of: how does the mall affect our local economy? How does this mall go to benefit our local communities?

American Dreams Miami Mall Will Include World’s Largest Ski Dome, Art Deco Village, Water Park, Coral Reef, and More

Announced yesterday as the largest mall in America, American Dreams Miami is being dubbed by developer Triple Five Group as the “largest entertainment attraction in the world.”

Yes, the mall will end up being much more than a mall.

Triple Five tells New Times plans are expected to include:

1. Planet’s largest ski dome, year-round “powder” in the heat of summer.2. 7-acre covered lake supplying cool water for the country’s largest water park.

3. A separate 7-acre submarine lake where self propelled subs built in the Atlantic explore a live Caribbean reef.

4. An Art Deco Village of gourmet restaurants, live theater, and a Tivoli garden.

5. A London size Ferris wheel with views at the top from the Everglades to the Ocean.

6. Ice stadium for ice ballet, figure skating, and hockey instruction for children and young adults.

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American Dreams Miami will feature a similar water park.

All of this is in addition to the Legoland theme park, minigolf, and sea lion show attraction that were reported yesterday.

Triple Five says the mall will “capture the very best elements” of its other properties. Those include the continent’s largest mall, the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada; the Mall of America in Minnesota; and the under-construction American Dreams Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, near the stadium where the New York Jets and Giants play.

The mall is planned to be built near the intersection of Florida’s Turnpike and I-75 in Northwest Miami-Dade. The project will be within the Urban Development Line, and no county money will be used to build the mall.


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#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – How To Rocksbox Miami Style

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Miami people are usually “bling” people – not us. Don’t get us wrong. We loooove shiny things, but our jewelry rights were revoked early in life after we lost every nice piece of jewelry we had before the age of 18. Since then, we’ve kept only a minimal collection of versatile jewelry, allowing us the flexibility to accessorize properly and making it easy to keep track of each and every piece.

When Rocksbox, a monthly jewelry subscription, first asked us to give them a try, we were initially hesitant. After all, our style in adulthood has been defined by the consistency of our accessories. Are we really ready to diversify and let a stylist take the reigns? And, as serial jewelry mislayers, can we handle the responsibility of designer jewelry on loan? [Read more…]

Project Marcelo: Fundraiser for Diego 3/8/15

Project Marcelo: Fundraiser for Diego
projectmarcelo2March 8, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Blackbird Ordinary
729 Southwest 1st Avenue
Miami, Florida 33130
Facebook

A little over three years ago family, friends, and friends of friends from all over the world came together to help Marcelo recover after his hemispherectomy. This procedure was performed to eradicate a rare and debilitating form of epilepsy known as Infantile Spasms.

Marcelo and his family are extremely grateful for everyone’s generosity. Since then, they all knew that when the time was right, they would find a way to give back to others with the same spirit that helped lift them up during their most difficult hour. That time is now.

Marcelo is extremely excited to introduce Project Marcelo, a charitable organization that focuses on helping children with neurological disorders.

On March 8, 2015 Project Marcelo will he holding its first event in the patio section of Blackbird Ordinairy. The event will consist of a three hour open bar with food, music and raffles.

All proceeds will be used to help Diego, a boy who much like Marcelo did prior surgery, experiences an average of ten to fifteen seizures daily. Like Marcelo, Diego deserves a better life and the first step is to fly him from his native Santo Domingo to Miami for a week of medial testing at Miami Children’s Hospital. For additional details about Diego’s story and the $35,000 goal please visit the Project Marcelo Facebook page.

We kindly ask that you share this invitation below with any and all of your Facebook friends to help make Marcelo’s event as successful as possible. Marcelo hopes to see you all there and knows that your support can and will change Diego’s life forever!

**Kids of all ages are welcome**

100% Of Proceeds Will Go Directly To The Diego Martinez Family

We would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors:

A+S Ideas
Blackbird Ordinary
@DJSatori
Miami Signs and Car Wraps
Pernod Ricard
Prestige Luxury Rentals

If you cannot attend the event and wish to donate, please click on the link below:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9GR6Y9R95LC8W

Where to Be: 2.20.15 to 2.26.15

Friday, February 20th

Misa E’ Gallo, Cubita Da Poet and 3CO @ Jazid 

10:00 pm – 5:00 am
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1342 Washington Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: $10

“IT’S ALL ABOUT LATIN ROCK RAP AND HIP-HOP MUSIC”
3CO @ 11pm
“On tour from Puerto Rico
Misa E’ Gallo @ 12am
Cubita Da Poet @ 1AM

RSVP Here!

 

Hip-Hop Flavor upstairs with DJ Fiyah Vibez til 5am.

21&up. $10.

 

Saturday, February 21st

Arts for Learning Lewis Arts Studio Pop-Up Family Arts Days 2/21/15

A4L LAS PopUp Flyer Virrick 5x7 5x7 FINALElizabeth Virrick Park
3255 Plaza Street,
MIAMI, Florida 33133
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

Join us for Arts for Learning’s Lewis Arts Studio Pop-Up Family Arts Days!
Free Dance classes for the whole family, featuring A4L Teaching Artist, dancer & choreographer Marisol Blanco!

Dance sessions will be held every Saturday from
January 31st – March 7th from 12:30 – 2:30 pm at
Elizabeth Virrick Park (3255 Plaza Street, Miami, FL 33133).

 

Elevate – A day of workshops and activities for being Nicer

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9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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831 Ninth Street,
Miami BEach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: $30 in advance.

A day of Lifting your mind, body, spirit and social well-being.
Being A Better Person – through what we eat, how we take care of ourselves, how we treat ourselves and how we treat others. Many of us find some, most or all of these topics difficult to follow in our daily lives. Add the pressures of family, peers, ageing, economy and surroundings, and it often becomes overwhelming.
Join Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, the first and only organization for the Latino|Hispanic|LGBTQ Community since 2002, for a Day Of Being Nicer.

Attendees may choose from a variety of 1 and 2 hour workshops and activities throughout the day, including:
Guest Speaker: John J. McNeill | Father John McNeill was expelled from the Jesuit order for being openly gay, was a prisoner of war during WWII, co-founder of SAGE and with partner for 49 years. Sharing excerpts of Taking a Chance on God (a documentary about his life).
Welcome breakfast and healthy lunch, courtesy of Whole Foods
– Yoga and Meditation in the Garden with Joseph Armstrong
– Health and Wellness Fair | Agencies, organizations and vendors will have tables in main room to promote their services.
– Nutrition and You, sponsored by Care Resource, with nutritionist Rogoberto Ng
– Choose Your Life Choices – Quantumly with and Gus Briand
– Tools For Being Happier and Less Toxic with life coach Thea Sommer
– Painting in the Garden with David Sexton
– Personal Growth Through Poetry with Caridad Moro
– Socializing and Dating 101 with David Kessler, LCSW
– Trans Understanding and Support with Aryah Lester and Arianna Lint
– Annie Appleseed Project | Healthy ways to reduce Cancer risk, reduce recurrences, toxicities of conventional therapies and to introduce alternative treatments
– Spirituality, Faith and being LGBT with Harold Sloan-Marrero (Miami Beach Community Church), Rabbi Tom Heyn (Temple Israel) Lazarus Miles (olorisha) ordained Lukumi priest, and other faith leaders discuss what different faiths say, and don’t say, about homosexuality.
– Reiki and Kigong with Tony Salvetti
– Urban Habitat | Learning and caring for native plants with Howard Tonkin
– Creating Cocktails from the Garden with Hiro
– Elevate Tea Dance with DJ Miik – 8o’s music – easy listening, socializing)

Monday, February 23rd

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2015 – AFRICAN HERITAGE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER: THE BLACK LIFE EXPERIENCE

JAN 23 2015 – FEB 27 2015
Art of Black

AFRICAN HERITAGE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER – AMADLOZI GALLERY
6161 NW 22ND AVE.
MIAMI, FL 33142
305/638-6771

www.ahcacmiami.org.

The Black Life Experience is part of “Sankofa: Looking Back, Going Forward,” a year-long series of events and performances that bring alumni back to the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center to inspire the next generation of talent, in celebration of the Center’s fortieth anniversary with funding support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

Call the phone number or visit the website for more information.

Over the past century, African American life, history and culture have become major forces in the United States and the world. African Americans have influenced music, art, literature and politics and continue to evolve. Miami-Dade County residents and visitors are invited to take part in the events planned throughout the destination.

The City of Miami Gardens 2nd Annual Heritage Bowl

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15800 NW 42nd Avenue,,
Miami Gardens, Florida 33056
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Miami-Dade senior high and middle school students demonstrate their
mastery of Black History facts in efforts to win monetary prizes and the coveted Carter G. Woodson Achievement Award. The structure of the Bowl is an academic quiz style tournament designed to increase and test student’s knowledge of Black History. Schools have the opportunity to form teams of 6 students who will compete in a round-robin tournament against neighboring schools.

Wednesday, February 25th

Pleasure & Intimacy

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5935 South University Drive,
Davie, Florida 33328
Eventbrite Link
Cost: 95

If surrender, and being fully present in your body during sex and intimacy, and being able to ask for what you want and receive a man, and being able to tune into and know a woman’s body like a magician is of supreme value to you, this is a unique and intimate experience that will cultivate your skills and richen your real-world experiences.

Thursday, February 26th

Alexis Caputo: “Afro-Diaries” 

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7200 Pines Boulevard,
Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024
Webpage Link
Cost: Free for students with valid ID; $10 for general public

“Afro-Diaries” identifies and embraces the stories of women, with excerpts from Caputo’s portfolio of solo and collaborative performances, which include “Spit Boxing,” “The Waiting Room,” “The Lynching Eye,” “Raw Footage,” “Souled-Out,” “Truths Carved from the Belly,” “Women of the Drum,” “The Proud Pilgrim”, and “Deconstruction & Deliverance.” The production is a powerful exploration of women, politics, issues of gender, race, equity and equality in society. Visit alexiscaputo.com.

Civic Engagement Thursday: Election & Voting Jump Start

Hey Everyone we thought we would start the conversation early about voting a early because in truth its never to early to register to vote. We pulled the information below from Rock the Vote’s website. Check them out and find out how you can be more involved.

FLORIDA ELECTION INFORMATION GET ALL THE ELECTION AND VOTER INFORMATION YOU NEED BELOW

Information below last updated in Fall 2014. Please check back soon for 2015 registration dates and election information.

Information provided by Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

PROBLEM AT THE POLLS?

CALL 866-OUR-VOTE

Pass along this information:

OR TEXT “ROCK” TO 788683
 Conducting a Voter Registration Drive in your state? Here are some resources.

– See more at: http://www.rockthevote.com/get-informed/elections/state/florida.html#sthash.hK4IPMFk.dpuf

Music Monday: Cuba’s Los Van Van on the go, coming to once-hostile Miami

This article was posted two weeks ago by the AP. 

In this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Samuel Formell, a musician with the Cuban band Los Van Van, poses for a photograph following an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. The group is returning to a less polarized Miami as part of its fifth U.S. tour, just as the Obama administration is easing a half-century of restrictions on Cuba, making travel to and from the Communist-governed island easier. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)In this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Samuel Formell, a musician with the Cuban band Los Van Van, poses for a photograph following an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. The group is returning to a less polarized Miami as part of its fifth U.S. tour, just as the Obama administration is easing a half-century of restrictions on Cuba, making travel to and from the Communist-governed island easier. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) — Los Van Van, one of Cuba’s greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands of enraged protesters to put on a concert in the heart of anti-Castro activism.

Now the group is returning to a different, less polarized Miami as part of its fifth U.S. tour, just as the Obama administration is easing a half-century of restrictions on Cuba, making travel to and from the island easier.

“Times have changed a lot,” said Samuel Formell, the group’s leader, during an interview with The Associated Press.

Formell’s father, Juan, created an exciting new style of Cuban dance music that has influenced generations of musicians, even as he was widely reviled among Cuban exiles who saw him as close to the Communist government and circulated videos showing him shouting “Viva Fidel!” Both Fidel and Raul Castro sent floral offerings to his funeral when he died last year at age 71.

Anti-Castro exiles and city officials battled to keep the group from performing in Miami in 1999.

Then-Mayor Joe Carollo referred to the group as “the official Communist band of Fidel Castro” and some 4,000 anti-Castro activists turned out to protest their appearance, hurling eggs, batteries and insults at concert-goers.

In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Samuel Formell, a musician with the Cuban band Los Van Van, responds to a question during an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. Los Van Van, one of Cuba’s greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands of enraged protesters to put on a concert in the heart of anti-Castro activism. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Samuel Formell, a musician with the Cuban band Los Van Van, responds to a question during an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. Los Van Van, one of Cuba’s greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands of enraged protesters to put on a concert in the heart of anti-Castro activism. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

That atmosphere has eased as the generation torn from Cuba for political reasons has gradually been joined by children and grandchildren curious about the island, and by new waves of Cuban immigrants who have come for economic rather than ideological reasons.

Things have changed for Los Van Van as well.

The group’s new leader said Cuba needs “an urgent change, an urgent change to save that country.”

The first change, he said, should be fully ending the U.S. embargo. And after that, he’d like to see changes that the Castros have vowed never to make: “that there could one day be another party, that there could finally be free elections and whoever wins the elections stays.

“That things open a little more, that there is freedom of the press too, and of communications in general … all those things that work normally in the world and are not normal in Cuba.”

Still, he said the band has never been about ideology.

“Juan Formell worked to make music. He never got into politics,” the son said.

“I don’t think we’ll make political lyrics, something that speaks of tensions … We’ll continue being the same: Van Van to enjoy.”

The 47-year-old percussionist said his father’s inspiration remains strong, nothing that he authored several of the songs on the group’s new album, “La Fantasia.”

“What we want,” he said, “is for the music of Los Van Van and of my father to reach places it’s never reached.”