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Diamond in the Rough Hosts a Trunk Show

The Diamond in the Rough collection will dazzle Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour with an exclusive trunk show.

November 08, 2011

A ring by Diamond in the Rough

Demi Moore
, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Hillary Swank and Alicia Keys are all devotees of Diamond in the Rough, a collection of natural and uncut diamond baubles that has been a red carpet staple as of late. The line will make a rare appearance for a trunk show at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour on November 15 and November 16 (11 AM–5 PM), showing off its one-of-a-kind pieces in seven collections. From bridal to over-the-top glam, the brand is one of the most exceptional rough diamond jewelry collections in the world and not to be missed. Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-865-6161



New Pop-Up Shop: Wanderers

A new pop-up boutique in West Palm Beach is worth the trip.

November 04, 2011

You officially have a new reason to head north. One of J.R.R Tolkien’s most famous lines is, “Not all those who wander are lost,” and we couldn’t agree more when it comes to Wanderers—a fabulous new pop-up shop in West Palm Beach. Founded by Christina Coniglio of Rae Francis and Matthew Chevallard of Del Toro Shoes, Wanderers offers collections by Rae Francis and other local brands as well as Del Toro’s debut women’s collection. Wanderers is located in Via Testa on Royal Poinciana Way in Palm Beach. 561-644-2301

—maria argüello


Sit Outside at Zuma

The newly opened terrace at Zuma is grand.

November 03, 2011

Just when you thought Zuma couldn’t get any better, the contemporary Japanese restaurant opened its beautiful waterfront terrace. Now open for lunch, light bites (3–6 PM), and dinner reservations, Zuma's terrace overlooks the Miami River and allows you to enjoy the city's magnificent weather. With the holidays just around the corner, the terrace is the perfect place for a party (it accommodates up to 80 guests) or a more intimate dinner for two. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277

—maria argüello


Call to Cause: Amy Rosenberg

Amy Rosenberg changes Miami one organization at a time.

November 01, 2011

Amy Rosenberg, a passionate civic leader and well-respected community activist, dedicates most of her time to improving the city of Miami on numerous fronts. An attorney and arts and environmental advocate, she founded the Arsht Center's young patrons group (better known as the Green Room Society), co-founded Dream in Green (a nonprofit focused on promoting energy conservation and efficiency), and founded The Overtown Music Project. Most recently OMP celebrated the opening of Miami's cultural season with a fete at the historic Fontainebleau's LIV nightclub. The epic evening honored Overtown's musical history and shed light on its empowering legacy.

Now comes news that the launch of a local think tank is on the horizon. "The idea behind the think tank is to create a forum through which Miamians can actively engage and curate the future of Miami," she explains. "The idea is inspired by all the people I come across in daily life who have the intellectual horsepower to really drive this city forward."

—maria argüello


Foster the People Perform Live at LIV

Foster the People staged a festival-like show at LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

October 28, 2011

Upon arriving at LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach to see current indie darling (and Billboard chart topper) Foster the People last Friday, it was clear that it would be no ordinary performance. The masses combined a Miami nightlife aesthetic with the bustle of a music festival, and as Lil Jon hit the decks in anticipation of lead singer Mark Foster and company, the crowd shimmied and swayed to everything from new hip-hop classics (Tupac’s “California Love”) to indie pop favorites (“Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce).

Lil Jon, who seemed to forget that he was merely the opening act, knows how to get a crowd to dance.

Foster the People took to the stage at 1:30 AM, and frontman Mark Foster seemed as pleasantly surprised as the rest of us to see the rapper on the decks. “Never thought our first show in Miami would be introduced by Lil Jon,” he mused. “This is cool!”

Foster told us later that the last-minute show had been booked a few weeks ago, and that they had just finished their tour the night before in Vegas. “It’s good to be in Miami,” he said. “It’s a fun place.”

The band’s performance was both electrifying and sincere. Foster’s shoulder-shrug dance moves mixed seamlessly with his far-too-often instrument rotations. (The vocalist jumped from keyboard to guitar to drums.) The night was intended to feel like a party. (We spotted Miami Heat greats like Chris Bosh in the VIP area.) Confetti rained from the sky like it was New Year’s Eve, and as arms went up and show-goers nearly jumped up to greet the band, Foster did laps around the stage, singing with an energy we didn’t know he was capable of.

In true indie heavyweight fashion, the band waited till the very end of its six-song set to drop its hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” but the crowd wasn’t offended. We were treated to what Foster the People should really be known for: memorable keyboard- and percussion-heavy anthems. As the crowd waved LIV-imprinted strobe/glowstick hybrids and donned Foster the People-branded neon Wayfarers, a stream of lights shone through the venue and Lil Jon proclaimed, “It’s my motherfuckin’ turn now, bitch. Can we get fuckin’ wasted tonight?!”


—Christine Borges


Jaguar’s New Jamboree of Luxury

The 2012 Jaguar XFR, XKR and XJ are brilliant combinations of power and design.

October 27, 2011


The 2012 Jaguar XJ, XKR and XFR

When one puts the pedal to the metal in any of the 2012 Jaguars, a heightened state of being is reached. Driving the super-powered R versions, however, is an even more sensual experience. The vehicles purr, pounce, and slice through traffic with confident precision.

Beneath the bonnet of the Jaguar XFR hums a 5.0-liter direct-injection supercharged V8 engine that delivers 510 hp and 461 lb.-ft. of torque and can accelerate the car from zero to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The XKR accomplishes the same in 4.6 seconds with the same horsepower and torque.

The unique JaguarDrive Selector—a knob that rises up when the engine starts—the driver can choose the drive function by rotating the control with the fingertips. (This design drew its inspiration from the grip on a Leica camera lens.) For manual gearing, there are paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel—a common feature on today’s luxury autos.

A High-Design Ride
What truly separates the Jaguar XF from the herd are details that Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, calls “those small, intuitive touches that many people may not notice, but make a Jaguar a Jaguar.”

In describing the design of the XF sedan, Callum points out the two artfully shaped blades of chrome in the area where the fog lamps would normally reside. They were fashioned after a Philippe Starck knife.

He says that the Jaguar’s skins were “stretched to maximum efficiency” for a simple, seamless profile and feature special effects like ingots on the front haunches, the Jaguar growler on the front, and the leaper on the rear. “We did things to make people smile,” Callum notes. “It’s important to put stuff in that’s a bit of fun… the Brits have a sense of irony and wit.”  

Touches like a start/stop button that lights up like a heartbeat and beats red when the car powers up is a prime example. “We wanted to imply that the car is coming alive,” the designer says. The visual ballet continues with the air vents, which open (like eyes) when the car starts and close when it turns off. Mobile phones inspired the phosphorescent blue lighting that pools in soft halos around the switches. The dash, which combines clean lines with high-tech controls, is similar to a Bang & Olufsen stereo.

Every detail receives attention. To finish off the edges of the real wood surfaces, technicians used a finely tuned saw to avoid gaps. Even if one doesn’t notice these touches, Callum says that the overall effect is intuitive. “The driver comes away with a feeling of quality,” he says.

In the Driver's Seat
Buyers of the Jaguar XKR or XFR coupe receive a complimentary course at the Jaguar R Performance Academy located in cities including LA, New York, Las Vegas and Miami. The program, taught by world-class driving instructors, was developed to offer drivers the opportunity to explore the performance of the Jaguar line on some of the most technically challenging road courses in America. For those who have not purchased a car, a test drive ($1,850) includes a Jaguar for your use, a track facility and all-star instructors from Formula 1, Endurance Racing, IndyCars and more. Enjoy the ride.

by Holly Reich, with additional reporting by Erik Netcher


Top Halloween Parties

Four festive events worth getting dressed up for.

October 27, 2011


A partier at last year's Masquerade Motel


Back in Black
When: October 29, NOONMIDNIGHT
Where: Scope Art Arena, 3055 N. Miami Ave., Midtown Miami
Why: The event is being produced by Go Big Productions, which organized last year's stellar Masquerade Motel party. This year’s event promises to be even bigger with Erick Morillo, Bob Sinclair and Sebastian Ingrosso.
How: Tickets start at $99; alwaysgobig.com

Nightmare Above Lincoln
When: October 29, 9 PM – 2 AM
Where: 1111 Lincoln Road Garage, 7th floor, Miami Beach
Why: All proceeds will benefit the Little Lighthouse Foundation.
How: Tickets start at $100; nightmareabovelincoln.com/event-information

Oh Jack: A Night with Jack the Ripper
When: October 29, 9 PM
Where: Dream Hotel rooftop, 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Why: The evening will mark the Miami debut of Penguin Prison and the fifth year Supermarket Creative has thrown a Halloween theme party. 
How: Tickets begin at $25; ohjackhalloween.com

Playlist Party and Dead Rockstar Costume Party
When: October 30, 8 PM
Where: The Standard, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach  
Why: Margaret Lake, Jourdan Binder and DonnaMarie Baptiste will curate the playlist for this dead rockstar-themed costume party.
How: Free and open to the public; standardculture.com/events

—Maria Argüello


Whiskey Blue's Autumn Cocktail

The W Fort Lauderdale's Whiskey Blue makes us a drink for the season.

October 26, 2011

The Pumpkin Patch

Whiskey Blue, in the W Fort Lauderdale’s Living Room, turns out a perfectly autumnal libation called the Pumpkin Patch. Toast to fall with one in hand.   

Pumpkin Patch
1 tsp. light brown sugar
1 tsp. honey
3 dashes pumpkin spice seasoning
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
1¾ ounces apple cider
1½ ounces Avion Silver Tequila
1 egg white

In a shaker glass stir together the brown sugar, honey, pumpkin spice seasoning and lime juice until dissolved. Add the apple cider, tequila, egg white and ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Strain into a snifter. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

W Fort Lauderdale, N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-8308

—maria argüello


Sergio Rossi Blue Suede Shoes

A pair of electric blue pumps catches our eye.

October 26, 2011

Sergio Rossi’s Royal Uptown pumps ($690) in Dusk echo this season’s love affair with blue. Sergio Rossi, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-864-3643

—maria argüello


On the Fringe

Fringe, one of fall’s most-coveted fashion trends, looks fabulous on an Ela Stone clutch.

October 21, 2011

Fringe—and copious amounts of it—is all the rage this season. Whether embellishing dresses, tops, shoes or handbags, the flapper-inspired trend is everywhere. Score the look by scooping up this Ela Stone clutch in red (fall’s hottest hue) for a swinging accent. Violet & Grace at Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-1500


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