Photographs by Bob Quesada of The 13th Annual Rotary Key Biscayne Wine and Food Fest

The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation recently completed its XIII Annual Wine and Food fund raiser on Friday, January 26th. The event sold out quickly and turned into another resounding success with the help and support from the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne, The Nobis Foundation, The ARC of South Florida, our long standing partner Manos del Sur and community members at large.

Thirteen participating restaurants from our community prepared food delicacies to match the wines. Twenty four wineries competed for the recognition of Best in Show White and Red.

According to five independent judges, the winning white wine was B de Chanzy, a Rose from Provence, France, a delightful blend of Grenache and Syrah.

The winning red wine was a Merlot from Deerfield Ranch in Sonoma Valley, CA.

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2nd Annual Earth Day & Holistic Lifestyle Festival 4/15/17

Second Annual Earth Day and Holistic Lifestyle Festival
April 15, 2017- from 11:00AM- 3:00 PM
Griffing Park/ Griffing Center
12220 Griffing Blvd.
North Miami, FL 33161
Free Admission and Free Parking

Environmental Education, Environmental Music, Children’s Activities
Art, Craft, Vegan and Vegetarian Food, Sustainable Services, Environmental Agencies, Holistic Products, Demonstrations, Plants and Free Raffle

Entertainment Featuring: Lanny Smith –The Earthman, Drumming Circle,
Grant Livingston-on Guitar, Daniela Toro, Maryann Payne (MAP Dance)
and other special guests
For further information please call: (305)-416-6868, sustainavillage@aol.com

Miami Art Week 2016 Map by Miami International University

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Photographs of Xtreme Scare Park Sneak Preview 10/19/16

Victims will walk through three bloodcurdling haunted attractions, Asylum of the Dead, Nightmares-The Awakening and The Catacombs-Ancient Evil Unleashed!
Enter all three if you dare!

Xtreme Action Park presents “Xtreme Scare Park,” THREE haunted theme park attractions that will take place Thursday-Sunday and one Monday from Oct. 13, 2016 – Oct. 31, 2016 from 7:30 pm till Midnight.

Xtreme Scare Parks attractions are designed by experienced scare master, Brandon Von Kittendorf, the creator of Festival of Souls (Demon Mansion), voted Florida’s Scariest Haunted House by Hauntworld.com & Terror in the Jungle at Jungle Island. This Halloweens XTREME production will feature THREE gut-wrenching haunted attractions totaling over 20,000 SQFT of FEAR.
Attractions include: Asylum of the Damned – Deranged and Psychotic patients have taken over the Asylum and no one knows what happened to the staff. Nightmares – The Awakening – What if your nightmares awakened and became real life. Could you survive your worst nightmares? Catacombs – Ancient Evil Unleashed – Our ancestors buried Evil secrets, but someone dug up an Ancient artifact unleashing its wrath!
Xtreme Scare Park@ Xtreme Action Park
5300 Powerline Road
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33309
www.XtremeScarePark.com & www.XtremeActionPark.com

Photographs of SWIMMIAMI Official Opening Night Party by Bob Quesada

Hundreds of people gathered under the palm trees at the W South Beach’s Wet Deck to enjoy the official opening night party of SWIMMIAMI, kicking the Miami Swim Week into overdrive.

The show featured swimwear by Kay & Elle, OMG Miami and a special presentation by Roberto Cavalli.

Musical entertainment was provided by reggaeton singer Vikina Lopez and a special performance by Kent Jones who brought down the house with his #1 hit “Don’t Mind”.

The show was presented by Planet Fashion TV along with sponsors: SWIMMIAMI, W South Beach, Bobble and LaCroix.

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Prohibition Style Dining Destination Trust & Co. Debuts in the Gables

For VIXI owner Melissa Stam, gelato is in her roots. Stam’s great grandfather, Giovanni Rattazzi, opened a gelato parlor in his home city of Genoa in 1865 and her shared passion for gelato inspired her to open Coral Gables’ gelateria VIXI more than a century later.

VIXI proudly boasts a large selection of authentic and healthy Italian gelato made without any artificial flavorings, colorings or additives, using only fresh natural ingredients. Flavors run the gamut from traditional varieties like chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut, to the more funky like parmesan cheese and pesto with basil sauce flavored gelato. Lactose-free sorbets are also available.

Curious to know what the difference is between gelato and ice cream? And how exactly it gets its intense smooth flavor? Check out the video above to find out that and more.

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Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar Announces Opening and Charity Program

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Date: April 29, 2015

Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar Announces Opening and Charity Program

primeCasa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar, is about to open in one of Miami’s most dynamic neighborhoods, where commerce and nightlife combine seamlessly. The 4,700 square foot location at the new Millicento tower, 1106 S Miami Ave Suite 202, is soon going to show the public what “sophisticated relaxation” really means. The term coined by owner-operators Jason Reznik and Ryan Leeds is actually a culture they developed at the first Boca Raton location. Very soon, Miami cigar enthusiasts, and active movers and shakers, will experience the Prime- lifestyle.

Prime Cigar’s first location set them apart as the premier cigar bar in South Florida. This second location will be in partnership with Altadis USA, one of the world’s top premium cigar manufacturers. In just two weeks, this one of kind cigar and whiskey lounge will officially open its doors to local VIPS, city officials, and special celebrity guests.

Knowing they were setting up shop in Miami’s business district, at Brickell’s newly built 1100 Millecento residential tower; Reznik and Leeds have upped the ante. Upon entering the very chic bar and lounge, to their walk-in humidor, lounge, private board room, private members lounge, custom furniture and elegant design elements, this location will speak to the individual wanting much, much more.

Prime Cigar is commitment to providing only the best for true cigar aficionados and power players, via a multitude of elements including: rare whiskeys, craft cocktails, premium and vintage cigars. Not stopping there, Ryan Leeds and Jason Reznik have committed to the community they are now in. The duo is proud to announce their community partnership program which will launch with their multi-day grand opening this May.

Commencing with the grand opening, Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar and Lifestyle Lounge will partner up with, and support twelve local charitable organizations as a way to give back to the South Florida community that has helped them since they began the Prime Cigar brand. They carefully selected organizations that need support, local awareness and strong local partners.

Some of the amazing foundations include: Neat Stuff for Kids, Easter Seals of South Florida, United Way, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade, Zoological Foundation, Miami Children’s Health Foundation, Children’s Home Society, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, Latin Builder’s Association’s LBA Children and Families Foundation, St. Jude and Ronald McDonald House Charities’ of South Florida. The community partnership program will consist of awareness, driven directly via the marketing, promotional and publicity efforts by Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar, and its partners. This will include and not limited to fundraisers at the venue and product donations. They hope to inspire other neighboring locations, to embrace this program and launch similar efforts.

Ryan Leeds stated: “We are coming into a new [community], we want to support the needs of local organizations. We understand we must do our part in supporting those around us as well. Our hope is to create amazing relationships that will make a difference.”
For more information on Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar, please contact Creativas Group at: info@creativasgroup.com. Photographs and interviews are available by request. Follow on social via @ Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar.
ABOUT PRIME CIGAR & WINE BARFounded in 2010, Prime Cigar & Wine Bar is a cigar bar and lounge featuring premium cigars, top-shelf spirits, and fine wines. Prime Cigar delivers a “sophisticated relaxation” experience to all its guests and boasts a state-of-the-art air control system, ensuring a comfortable smoke-friendly environment.

About Altadis U.S.A.
Founded in 1918, Altadis U.S.A. is one of the largest cigar manufacturers in the world, and is responsible for many noteworthy and celebrated premium cigar brands including Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann, Trinidad, and VegaFina among others.. Altadis U.S.A operates premium cigar production facilities in the Dominican Republic and Honduras with production affiliations in Mexico and Nicaragua. For more information about Altadis U.S.A., please visit their website at www.altadisusa.com

Photographs of AT&T Latino Night With Becky G at the Versace Mansion

In their passion of connecting fans with their favorite artists AT&T Latino hosted a night with Becky G, including meet & greet, and an intimate aquatic performance, at the exclusive Versace Mansion in South Beach. The night culminated with Wisin‘s live performance at Bâoli Miami.

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion: Exploring L.A. in a Miracle Dress

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We all have big dreams and seemingly insignificant pero important dreams. One of the latter for us was to one day find a dress like the pink velour one Hallie wore in “My Date with the President’s Daughter”—the one dramatically revealed at minute 7 of this YouTube clip from the movie. After years of passively searching, we finally found it (albeit a more hipster tunic version but perfect nonetheless)! The long-awaited dress was waiting for us inside of the Hyden Yoo Boutique on Abbot Kinney where we came across it last Saturday while shopping with our friend Sarah. Finding this dress was one small part of a five day-long marathon of amazing juju that carried us through our recent Los Angeles trip (of which you will hear more about on ThankYouMiami.com next week) because it turns out it is impossible to find Hyden Yoo’s women collection anywhere on the internets.

Because this outfit was a miracle a long time in the making, we naturally bumped all other OOTDs planned for Sunday Brunch to make room for this fabulous dress. So, on Sunday, armed with our new dress, our favorite sunnies, and our favorite ASKA Collection booties (you may remember them from our last #ThankYouMiami for Fashion post because we love them so much we wear them everyday) we headed to The Rockefeller in Manhattan Beach with our sister Lucy and her friends. The tunic cut was perfect for brunching—ergo, extremely applicable to Miami life—because it allowed our bellies to expand for unlimited mimosas, a massive plate of chilaquiles, zucchini fries, and donut holes and still looked flattering. And, afterward when we went on a post-brunch buzz drive down the California coast blasting Mariah Carey’s “Emotions” with the windows down, it turned out to be the prettiest, most comfortable outfit for that too. #winning.

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Dress – Standard Issue NYC by Hyden Yoo
Booties - 
ASKA Collection Trooper Booties in B&W Snake
Sunnies - Razön (similar)

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Feminine Floridays

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Miami has been suffering from multiple weather disorder the past few days. One minute it’s hurricane-ing, another it’s freezing, and the next it’s a beautiful, warm day. To cope we’ve had to do a daily weather check before heading out of the house and still had to pack in anticipation of all weather conditions. Our obsession with sweaters—we love to buy them, we love to wear them, we love to think about them—has turned out to be super clutch in these confusing times. Sweaters are the perfect foundation upon which to build a cold weather outfit, but they also work well with warmer weather clothes like shorts. The past few weeks we’ve been wearing them with everything from A-line skirts to silk patterned pants and, on colder days like today, over dresses and leggings.

Who would have thought the sweater a key staple to Miami life? Well, it is and you need to know how to use it strategically. In today’s post we inspire you to give the sweater a feminine, Florida twist for those days that build from warm and sunny to dark and chilly. What’s your favorite way to style a sweater?

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Cable Knit Sweater – Coquette on Seventh (similar here and here)
Jean Shorts - Victoria’s Secret (similar here and here)
Gold Iggy Flamingo Sandals - Kate Spade (similar here and here)
Straw Hat - Vintage (similar here and here)
Photography - 
Brad Wells

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Dressing for Thanksgiving in the Tropics

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Last year we established that celebrating the holidays “Miami style” is as much about eating lechón and plátanos as it is about rocking an outfit that screams “I’m from Miami” —one that adheres to the pillars of Miami’s unique and enviable style. Since the first holiday on the roster, Thanksgiving, does not come with a limiting color palette, we have free reign to let our creativity flow. That said, we figured you could use a little inspiration from your favorite Miami fashion obsessed blog to get you going so we’re bringing out photos from last year’s Thanksgiving archive. These photos were shot at Hotel Playa Cambutal in Panama where the TYM team will be spending the long holiday weekend again this year (and where we will likely be wearing similar outfits). A word to the wise, regardless of what outfit you select or where in the tropics you end up, don’t forget to bring mosquito repellent or you will feel their wrath come sun down. After all, we’re talking tropics here…

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Cable Knit Sweater Vest (similar here and here)
Maxi Flower Print Skirt from Emporium Boutique (similar here and here)
Stretch Belt (similar here and here)

Photography by Brad Wells

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Fall in the Outer Banks

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A huge perk of living in a city with consistent weather year-round is not having to think about the functionality of our clothes. That is, we rarely have to worry about dressing to face different metereological conditions (wind chill, rain, snow, etc.) so we have come to perceive clothes as more of an accessory, less a survival necessity. Then we travel and this mentality—groomed by years of not having to worry about whether our outfit will help or hinder us in an apocalypse—gets us in trouble. It’s the reason we found ourselves this week in the Outer Banks facing 64-degrees and 13mph winds in nothing but ripped jeans and a thin, long-sleeve t-shirt. (Apparently what we call “Fall clothes” in Miami is severely inadequate for dealing with actual Fall weather.) Although frozen solid and absolutely miserable, we decided to grin and bear it for a long overdue Miami style post because nothing is prettier with Fall clothing photo shoots than actual signs of Fall in the background. Plus, if the clothes are useless at keeping us warm, they damn well better make us look cute. What do you think? Continue reading “#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Fall in the Outer Banks”

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Sushi Maki Menu Tasting on 10/1/15

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Contact: Patricia Maldonado
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Sushi Maki to unveil a sushi menu rich with South Florida’s bounty of seafood, produce and local brews

Austin Chef Philip Speer and Sushi Maki continue their culinary collaboration

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Sushi Maki (sushimaki.com) commemorates 15 years as one of the leading home grown brands Thursday by celebrating the produce and seafood synonymous with South Florida.

Under the leadership of founder and CEO Abe Ng, and in collaboration with guest Chef Philip Speer, Sushi Maki will unveil a series of menu changes that reflect a deeper commitment to sustainable seafood and a focus on in-season, fresh-farm produce.

“Our featured menu items will be lighter and brighter in flavors with more use of vegetables and fruits paired with our best-in-class seafood,” says Ng. “Our customers will see simple plate presentations accented with clean and crisp sauces and garnishes.”

Sushi Maki expanded its partnership with South Florida fishermen, brewers and farmers, culling only the best for its menu of freshly prepared and artfully plated Japanese fare. The new menu will feature fresh yellowtail snapper, Florida lobster, Florida avocados along with in-season fruits and vegetables from Homestead farms and brews from Daughters Brewing Co., Islamorada Beer Company and Gravity Brew Labs.

“We’ve added yellowtail snapper and cobia, which you won’t find on many sushi bar menus,” says Ng.  “Plus, we’ve been serving avocados grown in farms in Homestead about eight months out of the year. We believe strongly in taking full advantage of the rich bounty we have here in Florida.” 

Sushi Maki’s refined menu evolved out of an emerging friendship and collaboration with Chef Speer, widely known in culinary circles for his work at Uchi in Austin, Texas. Chef Speer teamed up with the Sushi Maki culinary team to develop a summer menu pairing local seafood and citrus. Creations such as Japanese Street Corn, Lychee Grape Tiradito and Cobia Chirashi were customer favorites that are now part of the Sushi Maki menu.

“Chef Speer’s individual journey of renewal, health and wellness aligns perfectly with the positive vibes/ healthier lives we celebrate here at Sushi Maki,” Ng said.

Sushi Maki will introduce its new menu at its five full-service restaurants starting Oct. 5. The Coral Gables-based-chain plans to release the new items at its locations in Whole Foods Markets, sports arenas and other locations by spring 2016. 

“We’re so fortunate to have a variety of places in town to share the goodness of sushi. We’re excited to be able to imagine and creative incredible recipes, and share them with so many people through new and unexpected places,” says Ng.

Despite the menu changes, Sushi Maki will keep many of the favorites customers have grown to love like the ceviche bowls introduced earlier this year, traditional rolls and sashimi.

“And if customers don’t see a favorite on the new menu, all they have to do is ask for it,” says Ng.

About Sushi Maki

Founded in 2000, Sushi Maki is South Florida’s award-winning leader in Japanese cuisine, offering premium-quality fare and relaxed dining atmospheres in South Miami, Coral Gables, Palmetto Bay, Brickell, Kendall and Miami International Airport, as well as delivery, online ordering and diverse catering options. Sushi stations, kiosks and storefronts can be found in Whole Foods Markets, the University of Miami and Florida International University.  Passionate about providing the freshest and finest-quality sushi, Sushi Maki maintains uncompromising standards while putting a modern spin on the traditional sushi experience.  Always environmentally aware, Sushi Maki was the first sushi chain in the United States to earn Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, sourcing seafood from sustainable fisheries and promoting responsible ecological harvesting habits.

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#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Design and Film Superstars in the Magic City

In Miami we have a stellar pool of locals from which to be inspired and learn but one of the other perks of living in the Magic City is its access to top notch talent from abroad. Whether its the influx of world renown artists during Art Basel, DJs during Miami Music Week, or designers during Miami Swim Week, we have an inordinate amount of access to superstars and, thereby, inspiration. For a “normal week”—that is, a non-themed week—last week saw a heavy influx of celebrity talent. We were particularly excited that three of these individuals, known for their accomplishments in design or film, shook up the style conversation while in our sunny shores.

Gia Coppola is recognized for her filmmaking genius. Last week she sent a sliver of that genius down to Miami on her behalf in the form of Boccaccio ’70, the last film of a personally-curated series of classic Italian pictures that also traveled to New York and LA this summer. For the final installment of the Gia Coppola x Peroni Nastro Azzurro Grazie Cinema Series, Miami tastemakers gathered at the Miami Beach Edition to munch on hors d’oeuvres, sip on Peroni, and relish in Italian creativity. The breezy evening spent under the Miami stars became as much a muse for those gathered as the film itself.

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Meanwhile, at Jade Brickell, Mexican designer Kris Goyri made his Miami debut with a private sale organized by fellow Mexican and marketing guru, Polina Panopoulos. At the event, Goyri presented his Spring/Summer and Fall Winter 2015 collections, as well as introduced exclusive pieces from his 2016 collection. “I love to make women feel beautiful, sexy, and unique,” said Goyri. “Coming to Miami made me discover a cosmopolitan woman that is looking to stand out.” Now, with his elegant, fresh, and beautiful designs at our reach (he is hoping to be back in November), we can.

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The star-studded week concluded at the Fontainebleau, where celebrity designer Diann Valentine hosted a meet and greet at Modern Luxury Bride South Florida and The Caribbean‘s Afternoon of Bridal Luxury event. During a gourmet sit-down luncheon, local brides were treated to a keynote speech in which Valentine highlighted bridal trends and talked about celebrating the uniqueness of each love story. Valentine also gave the brides a sneak peek of the new collection of her signature “Valentine cuff“. Rest assured, the upcoming wedding season will be one worth watching.

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#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Standout Style Moments of Summer

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It is with great sadness that we remind you Summer 2015 ended yesterday. And, while meteorologically this means little in the Sunshine State, there’s something about the official start of Fall that messes with Miami’s carefree summer vibe. Save for the last few weeks, this summer was a fantastic one for us. In June, we explored Miami, refining our itineraries of free things to do around Miami and for discovering Miami in under 24 hours to arm ourselves for visitors during the busy season. In July, we bonded with bloggers in Miami and beyond while covering Miami Swim Week and got to interview Sharleen Ernster during the release of her debut collection. August brought us to a triumphant close of the season as we moved into our new office at WeWork.

We are grateful for all these memorable milestones but we would be remiss to overlook the standout style moments that accompanied them. Check out our top 3 (all of which happened during Miami Swim Week because…le duh!), then share with us your favorite in the comments below or by sending us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

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One of our favorite fashion bloggers, Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea, previewed her debut swimwear line at the Miami Beach Edition’s Sandbox this summer. Inspired by the return of the 90s, we stepped out for the occasion in a Ramones bodycon dress from Boohoo, a denim jacket from American Eagle, and a sparkly choker and super high lug sole platform sandals from Forever 21. The outfit as a whole was a huge win…until we arrived to the Sandbox and struggled to stand in our heels. Note to self: if a Miami invitation says an event will be held in a sandbox, it’s in an actual sandbox.

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2. Mermaid Vibes at Miami Swim Week: Lolli Swim.
As true Miami girls, we are obsessed with everything ocean, palm trees, and summer – you know, the mermaid essentials. Based on their 2016 BESTIES collection, which previewed at a summer soirée at the Miami Beach Edition, Lolli gets us. The collection tells a story about besties who drift through long summer days of sunshine making magical memories together. Okay, so we haven’t worn any of the pieces from this collection yet but we are OBSESSED with this palm tree one-piece and bet you’ll be seeing us in it soon. What better way to keep the summer alive in the coming months?

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3. Old Florida Flare at Miami Swim Week: Akai, Alexibella, and Siempre Golden Brunch.
This trip down standout summer style memory lane would not be complete without a “So Miami” look, the best of which we sported to brunch with our friends of Akai, Alexibella, and Siempre Golden at Seagrape in the Thompson Miami. Inpsired by Seagrape’s old Florida vibes, we donned Free People’s 100 degree dress (A/K/A the dress of the summer), a fedora from Forever 21 (similar here), and Aldo Gimello sneakers. It was one of the best outfits we put together and fit the setting seamlessly.

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#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Capretto Sparks Shoe Talks in Miami

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As summer wraps up, the days of 24-hour bare feet are also coming to an end and the local fashion spotlight has turned to shoes. It all started last month when Teen Vogue‘s Fashion and Accessories director, Marina Larroudé, joined Chelsea Paris footwear designer and founder, Theresa Ebagua, in hosting Fashion for Breakfast at Cecconi’s Miami Beach (see photos below). Their discussion, which was moderated by Miami’s own Jason Salstein, Head Buyer for Capretto Shoes in South Miami, centered around Fall shoe trends including the two styles from the Chelsea Paris Fall 2015 collection exclusive to Capretto which were unveiled during an in-store event the following day.

“Capretto is unlike any boutique in the country, if not the world,” says Jason. “As an accessory store, we have the ability to curate collections and custom shoes, be it a color, fabric, or heel height, differentiating ourselves from any other boutique.”

This month, Jason continues his mission of bringing A-list designers to Miami and introducing them to the local market. On the agenda? Luxury shoe designer and owner of his eponymous label, Jerome Rousseau. Jerome will be at Capretto on Tuesday, September 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. previewing pieces from his Pre-Fall 2015 collection and signing any pairs purchased during the in-store event. On Wednesday, September 2, he will join Miami model, blogger, and “It” girl Jenny Lopez in hosting Fashion for Breakfast at Cecconi’s Miami Beach from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Their panel will be moderated by Haute Living Magazine Contributing Editor and RAC owner, Regina Arriola Cauff.

We asked Jason how he lures top notch designers to our beautiful city and his response was on point. “Who wouldn’t want an excuse to come to Miami? It gives designers a chance to truly see the Miami market, which is not only a huge market in itself but also acts as a window to South America.” For the locals, these events present a unique opportunity to interact with designers of young brands and share with them our deepest, darkest shoe desires. Plus, the in-store events are the perfect pretense to admire (and shop) Capretto’s drool-worthy shoe inventory in person. See you there? RSVP to fashionforbreakfastmia [at] gmail [dot] com.

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#ThankYouMiami For Fashion – How To Pack For The Beach

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We’re die-hard Miami beach bunnies. Not only do we live on the beach, but we also spend 99% of our vacations at other beach destinations. At this point in our lives, you can say we’re expert level beach goers. As such, we feel the responsibility to impart upon you the years of beach going knowledge we’ve acquired – the most important of which (after sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen) is how to pack for the beach. Continue reading “#ThankYouMiami For Fashion – How To Pack For The Beach”

Toscana Divino’s Mauro Bortignon Receives Keys To The City

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Toscana Divino’s General Manager Mauro Bortignon was honored Friday evening July 24, 2015 in Brickell.  Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado presented Bortignon with a “Key to the City” in a lively celebration attended by friends, patrons, and other distinguished members of the community. The Mayor thanked Mr. Bortignon for his contributions to the culinary ecosystem of the city and for being an important part of the renaissance of Brickell and Downtown.

“I am sincerely honored to receive a Key to the City on behalf of Toscana Divino and the Italian-American community here in Miami,” said Mr. Bortignon, “This is really a recognition to the rich culinary and viticultural contribution that Italian-Americans have made since the mid 1700’s when the first Italian vintners arrived in Florida. The opportunity to promote the unique culinary traditions of Italy in the midst of the spectacular transformation of Miami’s Brickell-Downtown area is both humbling and exciting for me, my partners Stefano and Tommaso, and the entire Toscana Divino team,” continued Mr. Bortignon.

Demonstratively touched, Mr. Bortignon highlighted that he was specially moved by the attendance to the event of our longtime patrons and friends Chelin and Alfredo Duran. “Their presence is not only a celebration of our friendship but it is also symbolic of the strong community bond Toscana Divino has forged since opening its doors in 2012,” he added.

Toscana Divino was built in partnership with the Consortium of Italian Business, Wine and Fashion in Florence, Italy, with the intention of promoting Tuscan cuisine and products in Miami. The restaurant is owned and managed by native Italians and restaurant industry veterans Stefano Cavinato, Tommaso Morelato, and Mr. Bortignon. When asked to comment on what it meant for a member of the Toscana Divino team to receive a Key to the City, Mr. Cavinato said: “Mauro really embodies the passion of Italian cuisine and culture and he brings it alive in the restaurant. The city’s acknowledgment is really an honor to all of us.”

In the same spirit, his partner, Mr. Morelato underscored that Mr. Bortignon was the perfect cultural ambassador for everything Italian. “Before joining our team,” he said, “Mauro spent several years in New York working for famous Italian chef Mario Batali. Here in Miami, he spent 6 years working for the iconic and world-renown Casa Tua. We are really proud to have him as part of our team.”

When describing the Toscana Divino experience, Mr. Bortignon states that: “We want our patrons to feel they are entering a world that is thoroughly Tuscan, but also thoroughly contemporary. We are creating a link between the Tuscan region and the Miami area, thereby building a bridge between our two cultures.”

About Toscana Divino

Since opening its doors in 2012, Toscana Divino, recently voted the best restaurant in Brickell by the Miami New Times, is known for presenting both the most contemporary and traditional Tuscan and Italian cuisine, including the world-famous Fiorentina steak. Toscana Divino’s menu, draws its inspiration from classic dishes found throughout Tuscany featuring pastas made fresh in house, fresh seasonal ingredients from local markets or directly imported from Italy.  Toscana Divino continues to inspire unprecedented praise and rave reviews from such publications as the Miami Herald, Thrillist, Zagat, Miami. Toscana Divino is located 900 S. Miami Ave, Miami, FL in Mary Brickell Village.   For additional information, visit www.toscanadivino.com.