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Miami City Ballet’s Nutcracker

A holiday tradition continues.

December 15, 2011

The Miami City Ballet’s annually ethereal performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker begins this weekend at the Adrienne Arsht Center and dances into Broward Center next week with the last performance staged on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. Flip through MCB’s online Nutcracker storybook here.

December 15­–18
Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 NE Biscayne Blvd.)

December 15 (7:30 PM)
December 16 (7:30 PM)
December 17 (2 PM & 7:30 PM)
December 18 (1 PM & 6:30 PM)

December 21–24
Broward Center (201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Ft. Lauderdale)

December 21 (7:30 PM)
December 22 (2 PM & 7:30 PM)
December 23 2 PM & 7:30 PM)
December 24 (1 PM)

—maria argüello


A Python Proenza Schouler PS 1 Bag

A new take on the classic PS 1.

December 14, 2011

We’ve loved the PS 1 for a long time, and now its latest incarnation in canvas and python is our new favorite to go with pre-fall looks. The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899

—maria argüello


The Elle Décor Showhouse Prepares to Pack Up

Don’t miss the final weekend of this 10,000-square-foot masterpiece.

December 14, 2011


You’ve got one more weekend to take in the regal Elle Décor Showhouse. Originally a satellite exhibit of Design Miami, the showhouse stayed open to the public with tours offered Thursdays through Sundays. Situated on the 43rd floor of Paramount Bay, the house is a breathtaking 10,000 square feet curated by a team of the world’s top interior designers and decorators. Tickets ($25) benefit Miami’s DASH (Design Architecture Senior High). (December 15–18, 11 AM–6 PM) Paramount Bay, 2020 N. Bayshore Dr.

—maria argüello


Gift of the Day: Fun Pieces from Mia Jewels

The local shop goes online for the holidays.

December 12, 2011

Exotic Swarovski Decor earrings ($148)

Mia Jewels is making shopping much easier this year. As much as we love both South Beach and Aventura locations, we are never fans of traffic and parking struggles. To help save us from going into Grinch mode, Mia Jewels has opened an online shop. Sort through all the goods by style, collection and price. We love the evil eye necklaces and chandelier earrings, and, now through December 25, use the code “grandopening” at checkout and receive 15 percent off. 

—maria argüello


Pop-Up Shop: Honey Child Bath and Body

Tracy Wilson Mourning launches the Honey Child Bath and Body pop-up shop.

December 09, 2011

Tracy Wilson Mourning

Tracy Wilson Mourning’s Honey Child Bath and Body pop-up shop is yet another reason to visit Aventura Mall this holiday season. Located in front of the Apple store, the outpost offers the philanthropist’s get-gorgeous line of skincare. “I truly believe women should take time out for themselves each and every day and these products are meant to nourish the soul as well as the body,” says Mourning. A portion of sales will benefit The Honey Shine Mentoring Program. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura



Weekend Watch: December 9–11

A plethora of events and experiences to plan for this weekend.

December 09, 2011


A look by Erin Fetherson

Erin Fetherson Collection Presentation
WHY: The embodiment of an It Girl debuts her latest collection.
WHEN: December 9 (2–5 PM)
WHERE: Neiman Marcus (390 San Lorenzo Ave., Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables 786-999-1000)
HOW: Dress like a muse and show up early. Inspiration is available on Fetherson’s Tumblr page

Absolut Glimmer Music Series
WHY: A free concert and an open Absolut bar with Au Revoir Simone + Blow + Class Actress + DJ List Christie (Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal)
WHEN: December 10
WHERE: Grand Central (697 N. Miami Ave.)
HOW: Free admission with RSVP

Blo Me, Midtown 
: A day of $21 blowouts, cocktails and sweets 
WHEN: December 10 (11 AM–7 PM)
WHERE: Blo Midtown (3301 NE 1st Ave., Suite 102)
HOW: Call 786-373-5256 or email blomidtown@blomedry.com

Sudden Youth Pop-Up Shop
WHY: Real Miami Housewife Lea Black hosts the kick-off fete and treats lucky guests to complimentary mini-facials 
WHEN: December 8–11
WHERE: Gee Beauty (9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-868-3533)
HOW: Show up with a freshly cleaned face and be prepared to be wowed

Denim Donation Drive
WHY: Old jeans will be donated to the International Child Art Foundation for use in children’s art projects.
WHEN: Through December 31
WHERE: Madewell (714 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-8079)
HOW: Anyone who brings in an old pair of jeans will receive a bounce-back card for 20 percent off a new pair of jeans in January 2012.

—maria argüello


Seasonal Dresses: Fitted and Full

Madewell gives us two festive cocktail dress options.

December 08, 2011

FROM LEFT: Twilight Twirl dress ($178) and Printed Storybook dress ($198)

One of this season’s most popular silhouettes is a fitted bodice and a full skirt. Two great choices come from Madewell on Lincoln Road. The Twilight Twirl ($178) in poppy looks great with a jacket and booties for a more casual look. Printed Storybook ($198) is a great way to dress up a pattern, and although it’s pictured with flats, we suggest adding a splash of glittering glam with heels and shimmery accessories. Madewell, 714 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-8079

—maria argüello


Gift of the day: Montblanc Gaius Maecenas

Montblanc proves that the pen is still mightier than the sword.

December 08, 2011


FROM LEFT: 4810 Edition Fountain Pen ($2,775); 888 Edition Fountain Pen ($10,400)

The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Conceived in 1992 as an homage to the world’s greatest patrons of the arts and culture, Montblanc creates a very limited edition of fountain pens annually. The Gaius Maecenas Limited Edition 4810—whose quantity corresponds to the height of the mountain Mont Blanc in meters—and the Gaius Maecenas Limited Edition 888 embody the fascination with the consummate master craftsmanship and artistry unique to the house of Montblanc.

This year 12 honorees from around the world were selected to receive the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. The US awards ceremony was held on December 1 in Miami Beach and honored Miami’s Craig Robins, the US winner of the award. Robbins, CEO of Dacra, co-founder of Design Miami and a life-long patron and supporter of the arts, joined other honorees including Charles His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Her Majesty Queen Sophia of Spain. To celebrate further, Montblanc also created a digital exhibit called “The Art of Writing.” Montblanc, 7481 SW 88th St., Unit 1940, 305-669-5152

—maria argüello


Gift of the Day: A Marco Bicego Necklace

This colorful accessory speaks volumes.

December 07, 2011

Jaipur mother of pearl and mixed gemstone necklace ($1,460), Marco Bicego

A colorful twist on a classic almost always makes for a stellar holiday gift, and this Marco Becego 18k yellow gold necklace—set with round-cut white mother of pearl, pink tourmaline, orange citrine and blue topaz—is no exception. King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-4900

—maria argüello


Philippe Returns to South Beach

Philippe by Philippe Chow is back in a lofty new space.

December 07, 2011

Philippe by Philippe Chow has returned to Miami Beach. The restaurant has found a new home in the tony South of Fifth neighborhood, and the 6,000-square-foot location dazzles not only with its food: A retractable roof adds to the drama of the space. The intimate wine room can hold up to 35 guests, and the U-shape bar offers cocktails like the Black Dragon, Midnight Mojito and Espresso Martini. If you are in the mood for some of the restaurant’s pork soup dumplings in the comfort of your home, you can also opt for take-out or delivery. Lunch will begin service on December 12. 36–40 Ocean Dr., 305-674-0250 

—maria argüello

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