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Shoe Trend: Saddle Shoes

Men’s footwear is having a ’50s moment with the return of saddle shoes.

January 18, 2012

Saddle shoes might seem like a thing of the past, but come spring more men will be slipping into the iconic ’50s footwear. You can blame it on hit TV shows like Mad Men or the runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but the retro look is back with a modern twist. Instead of the classic black and white oxfords, try Nordstrom’s 1901 Saddle Up collection ($99 each) which features cotton candy hues like baby blue and bubble-gum pink as well as eggplant and toffee tones. Available at Nordstrom

—Annie Vazquez


Eyewear Obsession: Lindberg at Edward Beiner

Face it—four eyes have never been chicer.

January 17, 2012

Frames designed by the internationally renowned luxury Danish eyewear firm Lindberg are a sure way to look smart. Lindberg fans include architecture gurus, design enthusiasts and Danish royalty, and on Saturday, January 21 (11 AM–4 PM), South Florida’s Edward Beiner will host a trunk show at its South Miami flagship store spotlighting Lindberg. The event will highlight the latest Lindberg offerings including the award-winning Horn collection. 5817 Sunset Dr., South Miami; RSVP to 305-661-1205 or southmiami@edwardbeiner.com

—maria argüello


Limited-Edition Dior Nail Polish

Dior unveils scented nail lacquer for spring.

January 17, 2012

FROM LEFT: DIor Vernis polishes in Waterlily and Forget Me Not

Flowers have been a favorite theme in the House of Dior dating as far back as 1947 with the couture brand’s Corolle line. This Spring, ladies will lacquer with the label’s limited-edition scented nail polishes, which, once dried, release a rose fragrance. The Dior Vernis polishes called Forget Me Not and Waterlily ($23 each) are part of the brand’s Garden Party collection, which also includes makeup. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue 

—annie vazquez


Shop Globally: Bringing Buenos Aires Closer

Shop the treasures of Argentina online at UnderOurSky.com.

January 16, 2012

Latin America’s influence on Miami’s style is undeniable, so it's no wonder that we love UnderOurSky.com, a website focusing on Argentine designs of everything from décor to jewelry. Founder Sofía Sanchez Barrenechea partnered with her sisters, Lucia and Catalina, to bring Argentina’s endearing and edgy aesthetic to all. Here are five pieces we love. 

—maria argüello


Absolut Miami Debuts

Celebrate Absolut Miami with three days of festivities.

January 16, 2012

What do you get when you combine passion fruit, orange blossoms and vodka? A taste of Miami. Absolut is paying homage to the Magic City with the new Absolut Miami, a passion fruit and orange blossom flavored vodka. To celebrate the latest sunshine-inspired liquor, Absolut is hosting a trio of celebrations:

Tuesday, January 17: The “Art of the Party” Panel explores how Miami’s nightlife has evolved over the past three decades. Panelists include Ingrid Casares, Biz Martinez, Conrad Gomez, Freddy Diaz and Seth Browarnik. Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben—the duo behind Cocaine Cowboys, The U, Limelight and Rakonturs [http://www.rakontur.com/]—will moderate the panel.

Wednesday, January 18: Absolut shows its love for the 305 by visiting the mayor’s office and writing a $50,000 check to the Miami Arts & Entertainment Council.

Thursday, January 19: The official launch party for Absolut Miami at the iconic Fontainebleau Hotel with a performance by singer/songwriter Santigold.

Just in case you’ll miss the festivities, you can still partake in a celebratory cocktail or three with Absolut Miami signature recipes created by local Miami bartenders.

Absolut Miami Heat

1 ½ parts Absolut Miami
1 jalapeño slice
3–4 basil leaves, muddled
3/4 parts passion fruit puree
3/4 parts simple syrup
1/2 part lime juice

In a mixing glass, muddle basil, add jalapeño slice and lightly pound. Add the rest of ingredients. Shake with ice and double strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a basil leaf and a jalapeño slice.

Absolut Miamera

2 parts Absolut Miami 
1 part lemon juice
1 part honey
Dash of Aperol

Mix ingredients in a rocks glass. Garnish with a rosemary stalk.

Absolut Coco Miami

1 ½ parts Absolut Miami
3/4 parts fresh lemon juice
3/4 parts homemade Demerara thyme syrup

Shake all ingredients and strain into a Collins glass. Top with homemade carbonated Vita Coco coconut water.

—maria argüello


Jewelry: Varelli Designs

Good things come in threes.

January 13, 2012

We love these three pieces from local line Varelli.

—maria argüello


Fitness Find: Hit the Barres

Take advantage of free barre and yoga classes at Nomi Pilates + Beyond.

January 13, 2012

Nomi Pilates + Beyond
wants you to try something new. The studio’s latest promotion is for newbies who want to take any of the ballet barre, “Coreography” dance and yoga classes offered on the schedule. Guests will be able to attend free classes for two weeks from now through February 29. (Participants must register and start by January 21.) Does it get any better? Yes: Keep an eye on the schedule for upcoming reformer group Pilates classes. 2104 NE 123 St., #203, North Miami, 305-895-0950

—maria argüello


Mixology Master: Dale DeGroff

A cocktail pioneer talks alcohol, neighborhood bars and life lessons.

January 12, 2012

Dale DeGroff

On Sunday, January 15, meet a legend. Dale DeGroff—one of the founding fathers of today’s mixology movement—will present “On The Town: A Salute to Saloons, Neighborhood Bars, and Legendary Cocktail Palaces” at  Clarke’s (6–7:30 PM). DeGroff first began changing the way we think about libations with his groundbreaking cocktail menu at The Rainbow Room. Since, he has pioneered the philosophy of applying culinary thinking to mixology, and has helped craft a monumental change in what—and how—we drink.

What is your latest favorite cocktail?
DALE DEGROFF: Strong, stirred drinks instead of shaking—Manhattan, Rob Roy, Negroni. Two-, three-, four-ingredient drinks driven by strong and bitter, vermouth and bitters, and moving away from juicy into stronger drinks. Negroni is the darling of the moment.

Mixologists are like chefs—fresh ingredients are crucial. What is the one ingredient you are really into at the moment?
DD: More and more are infused spirits and infused syrups—like lavender pepper, star anise—to create new layers of flavors.

What spirit will be big this year?
DD: Cognac is growing significantly. Irish whiskey is so popular and approachable—not a smoky note, not sweet, but a rounder flavor.

We’ve noticed pisco, tequila and cachaça garnering more attention. Do you think Latin spirits will continue to grow in the US?
DD: Absolutely. It’s because of the food. Sherry too! Spanish Sherry. [There are] so many varieties and styles of sherries. So great. 

Fill in the blank: Never trust a bartender who…
DD: Who’s not friendly. This is a business driven by hospitality. Without hospitality there’s nothing. Do I want to be around him? Do I want to sit at his bar with other people? If he’s grumpy or you’re afraid of them, it’s time to go.

What is your favorite bar in the world?
DD: PJ Clarke’s in NYC. I’ve been going since I was 18. It’s a great old-fashioned New York saloon. Also a downtown beer bar, McSorley’s. It’s about the communities that grow up in cocktail bars or cocktail palaces, neighborhood bars, the relationship between the bartender and the customer. Post-Prohibition it was about seeing the communities grow around these bars. This subject is a huge part of my series “On The Town”: Saying to young bartenders, what’s important about your life is the connections and friends you make; the human relations that you develop. Nobody cares that you’re a physicist. What's important is that you’re my pal. Don’t develop the attitude that you’re better than other people. I was constantly humbled by the people sitting in front of me and happy to be a part of it.

Bartenders are known for giving advice. What is the best piece of life advice you can dole out?
DD: Life is so short. Don’t waste any time being unhappy. Don’t do things that make you unhappy. You get one shot and you don’t want to do that to yourself. Don’t be miserable. Find something you like. Find your passion and that should be your job. It's not about money. The only thing that makes you happy is to follow your passion if you're lucky enough to recognize it.

Clarke's, 840 First St., Miami Beach

—maria argüello


Lucky Charm

Miami-based Lola James Jewelry’s elephant necklace is sure to bring a little luck to its wearer.

January 12, 2012


Ornamental elephants with their trunks held high are said to symbolize luck, fortune and optimism. So this Miami-based Lola James Jewelry petite pachyderm in 16K gold-plated brass on a gold-filled chain ($45) is certain to bring good karma to its keeper. “This particular necklace is both delicate and whimsical—plus, who couldn’t use a little good fortune now and then?” says co-owner Allyson Papunen. Recently spotted on Kelly Ripa, the Luck necklace is quite the conversation piece for any accessories lover. Lola James Jewelry is available at GuyandGirl at The Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-341-1392 



Weekend Watch: January 13–15

Open up your calendar—we’ve got plans.

January 12, 2012



WHY: This classic romance story has been lighting up the silver screen for six decades, and now you can watch it at the beach.
WHEN: Saturday, January 14 (8 PM)
WHERE: Bal Harbour Beach, behind ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa (10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour)
BONUS: The movie and popcorn are complimentary

Pop-Up Record Store 
WHY: DJs Manuevers, Benton, Induce and more spin and share their collections, and Talking Dogs perform. Free cocktails. 
WHEN: Saturday, January 14 (6–11 PM)
WHERE: Workshop Collective (171 NW 23rd St., Miami)
HOW: Find parking, bring cash and come prepared to jam.

35th Annual Art Deco Weekend
WHY: Take a cocktail tour, watch a movie or learn some history from notable locals.
WHEN: January 13–15
WHERE: Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Miami International Art Fair 
A winning combination of locals galleries and international artists all on a mega-yacht.
WHEN: January 13–14 (NOON–10 PM), January 15–16 (NOON–7 PM)
WHERE: Intercontinental Hotel Dock (100 Chopin Plaza, Miami)
HOW: Purchase tickets at mia-artfair.com

Brunch in Paradise
It doesn't get more farm-to-table than this, and you can enjoy a tour of the farm.
WHEN: Sunday, January 15 (11 AM)
WHERE: Paradise Farms (19801 Southwest 320th St., Homestead, 305-248-4181)
HOW: Purchase tickets ($53) online


—maria argüello

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