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Wall Lounge Gets An App

The W South Beach’s Wall lounge adds an app.

August 17, 2011

Fancy a table and bottle service at the W South Beach’s Wall lounge? There is an app for that. Wall’s new iPhone app allows one to request table reservations and private parties, as well as peruse a calendar of upcoming happenings and a photo gallery of past events. Want more? Download W Hotels’ app for booking rooms, buying music or even purchasing from the W Store. W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3130

—maria argüello


A Year of Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

We have the first photo of the 2012 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders calendar.

August 17, 2011

Miami Dolphins cheerleader Amy in a bikini by Bikini Flavors

After a long lockout the NFL season starts officially next month, and loyal fans will get to cheer on their beloved Miami Dolphins. But until then they can get in the spirit with a fashion show and unveiling of the 2012 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders calendar (with the cheerleaders themselves) at LIV on August 24, which benefits the Miami Dolphins Foundation. Tickets are limited but can be obtained at MiamiDolphinsCheerleaders.net by making a $30 donation to the Miami Dolphins Foundation. Pre-order the calendar at Dolphins.com. LIV Nightclub, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4680

Bathing suit available at Four Seasons Miami

—maria argüello


Dior Eye Shadow for Fall

A new palette by Dior is the cat’s meow.

August 16, 2011

Dior’s new Mitzah collection is a limited-edition line inspired by longtime Christian Dior muse Mitzah Bricard. The panther-print eye shadow consists of three colors with multipurpose appeal. The camel shade can be used as eye shadow, the dark brown hue can double as eyeliner, the nude color can serve as illuminator and the entire palette can be a bronzer. (Two nail colors, Camel and Ebony, round out the collection.) “All the colors will work in symmetry with each other and add glamour and a chic appeal to any look,” says Ricky Wilson, Dior Beauty celebrity makeup artist. “Makeup is not permanent, take risks.” Bricard would have approved. Available September 15 at Sephora South Beach, 721 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-0904

—maria argüello


Looks We Love: L’Agence

LA-based L’Agence comes to Tomas Maier just in time for fall.

August 16, 2011

The sun is beginning to set earlier on those summer nights, but autumn is looking good at Tomas Maier in the Design District. One of the store’s most recent arrivals is L’Agence’s fall collection. The line delivers on its promise of “modern, yet classic silhouettes” and “fresh interpretation of classic styles” with pieces that have a strong but serious dose of sophistication featuring sheer black and white star print blouses, sleeveless ruffle tops, little black dresses and gray cardigans. The label is ideal for the woman who loves the timeless appeal of a black pencil skirt—and who doesn’t? Tomas Maier, 170 NE. 40th St., Miami, 305-576-8383

—maria argüello


Bimini or Bust

Getting to the Bahamas just got easier thanks to IBC Travel and Bimini Bay Resort & Marina.

August 15, 2011

Bimini—located in the Bahamas—is one of Miami’s closest Caribbean cousins and travel destinations, but until recently getting there was restricted to a handful of commercial flights and private planes and boats. That changes starting August 15 when IBC Travel will offer daily, non-stop, 30-minute flights from South Florida. The flights depart from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Miami International Airport (MIA) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sunday flights will leave from both airports. (Roundtrip, $289; one-way, $169) To celebrate the new flights, the Bimini Bay Resort & Marina is offering an air service special (25 percent off) on its standard rates. “For years Bimini Bay Resort & Marina was one of the Bahamas’ best kept secrets,” says general manager Bill Lee. “Through IBC, more South Florida residents and visitors will be able to discover this piece of paradise.” It’s been said that “It’s Better in the Bahamas”—and now you can test that theory more frequently. IBC Travel, 1-866-422-7000; Bimini Bay Resort, 1-888-891-2263. Follow Bimini Bay Resort on Twitter: @BiminiBayMarina or Facebook: facebook.com/BiminiBayResort

—maria argüello


Hello, Henri Bendel

The arrival of Henri Bendel at Dadeland Mall is a welcome sight.

August 15, 2011

Henri Bendel Serena satchel ($450)

New Yorkers can’t seem to resist Miami—and that includes Henri Bendel and its iconic brown and white stripes, which can now be found at Dadeland Mall. Along with bags and leather goods find the Henri Bendel home fragrance line and fine fragrance collections. The Serena satchel caught our eye. There is just something about Serena… Henri Bendel, 7535 N. Kendall Dr., Dadeland Mall, Miami, 305-667-3789

—maria argüello


New Barber: Sloane Square

Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe opens a second location in Coral Gables.

August 12, 2011

Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe

Starting next week gentlemen will be able to experience the second location of Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe—the classic barbershop with a British twist—at its new Coral Gables shop. Following in the footsteps of its original South Beach outpost, Sloane in Coral Gables offers traditional haircuts, English-style straight-razor shaves, beard trims and luxurious specialties like mini-facials and nail grooming. The 1,200-square-foot space also maintains the trademark indulgences members have come to expect and love: complimentary cocktails, hot towels and shoulder massages. No wonder the South Beach locale was named one of “America’s Five Best Barbershops” by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2010. Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe, 2518 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables

—maria argüello


Celebrating Michelle Obama’s Style

Kate Betts came through Miami on a leg of her book tour for Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.

August 12, 2011

Earlier this week Miami’s stylish set gathered at the classic waterfront hotel One Bal Harbour to celebrate Kate Betts’ Miami stop on the tour for her book Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. We had the chance to ask Betts a few questions.

Do you think Michelle Obama is defining culture?
KATE BETTS: Yes. Every first lady shapes their time and what’s happening. They’re icons due to their positions. Michelle is a post-feminist icon. Her generation is the first in the White House in decades where there isn’t that pressure to be in a suit or dress more formally. She can be more casual. Hillary [Clinton]'s generation broke through the glass ceiling.

On that note, who have been some of the most stylish First Ladies?
KB: Well, they’ve all had their own style. Grace Coolidge was very sporty. She was the first one to be seen in motion. Laura Bush dressed in more conservative, quiet colors and suits. Mrs. Kennedy wore simple a-line shifts and boxy suits.

What makes Michelle Obama such an icon?
KB: Washington DC is a serious place. It’s said it’s the only place where 25-year-olds strive to look like 45. And Michelle Obama goes totally against the grain of how a political wife is supposed to be dressed.

What can women learn from her?
KB: Be yourself, dress yourself. Be comfortable in your own skin and what you’re wearing. That’s the thing—Michelle Obama hasn’t changed her style. She wears accessible labels. Too often it’s thought that if you’re stylish you’re somehow shortchanging intellectuality or you’re frivolous—that’s not the case and Michelle understands that.

—maria argüello
photographs by Jipsy


Movie Magic City

Our recommendations for what to see at the cinema this month.

August 09, 2011

Essex's House

Film: Casablanca
Synopsis: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl. Boy meets girl again. Things still don't quite work.
Where: Essex’s Terrace (1001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-2700)
When: Thursday, August 11
Why: Because Casablanca is worth it every time.

Film: Passione
Synopsis: A documentary on Naples by John Turturro
Where: Miami Beach Cinematheque (1130 Washington Ave., South Side, Ground Floor, Miami Beach, 305-673-4567)
When: Friday, August 12­­­–Wednesday, August 17
Why: Who doesn’t love an explosive, sexy documentary set in Italy?

Film: Dressed
Synopsis: A documentary chronicling the journey of young fashion designer Nari Manivong from his teen years spent living on the streets to showing his work at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York.
Where: O Cinema (90 NW 29th St., Miami, 305-571-9970)
When: Thursday, August 25–Sunday, August 28
Why: The beautiful struggle is always inspiring.

Film: These Amazing Shadows
Synopsis: An exploration of the Registry, a canon of American film that solidifies why we love the movies.
Where: O Cinema (90 NW 29th St., Miami, 305-571-9970)
When: Thursday, August 18–Sunday, August 21
Why: Because we all can list films that have moved us to tears and cheers.

Film: Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop
Synopsis: Post-NBC, Conan O’Brien set out on tour to connect with his fans. This film follows that trip.
Where: Bill Cosford Cinema (School of Communication, 5100 Brunson Dr., Coral Gables, 305-284-4861)
When: Friday, August 26–Sunday, August 28
Why: It is a heartfelt look at O’Brien both on stage and behind the scenes.

Film: The Interrupters
Synopsis: As Chicago’s streets turn ever more violent, a group of “violence interrupters” puts everything on the line to break the cycle.
Where: Bill Cosford Cinema (School of Communication, 5100 Brunson Dr., Coral Gables, 305-284-4861)
When: Friday, August 26­–Sunday, August 28
Why: For the reminder that one small group of people who really care can make an enormous difference.

—maria argüello


It’s Greek to Us

The new Aegean eatery Egg & Dart adds some flavor to the Design District.

August 09, 2011

The lamb shank at Egg & Dart

“With the culinary diversity of Miami’s Design District, we are excited to bring Egg & Dart—a hip, modern slice of Greece—to the neighborhood,” says Costa Grillas, co-owner of new restaurant Egg & Dart. Grillas hails from Miami staple Maria’s, and partner Niko Theodorou’s family operates Sea Satin Market in Mykonos. Authenticity is a guarantee. Vagia Theodorou, Niko’s mother, manages a catering company in Athens and a restaurant on the island of Tzia and will ensure that the Egg & Dart menu showcases a strong collection of Greek recipes that represents a vast array of regional specialties.

Look for meze options like dako (Greek bruschetta topped with crumbled feta cheese and steamed mussels infused with white wine, dill, garlic and parsley); shrimp saganaki sautéed in tomato and feta; wood-grilled octopus, prawns and calamari; bacalao croquettes; and a variety of Greek dips and spreads. Move on to main options including wood-grilled, double-cut lamb chops marinated in Greek herbs and accompanied by oven-roasted lemon oregano potatoes; chicken chops grilled with a hint of mustard and served with a garlic potato puree and medley of seasonal vegetables; and psari—whole fresh fish for two, grilled to perfection with Cretan olive oil, lemon and oregano and dramatically presented on an elevated tray of glass. Pair it all with a Greek Salad cocktail made with Smooth Ambler gin, tomato water, muddled cucumbers, pepperoncini, kalamata olives and lime garnished with feta-stuffed kalamata olives. Egg & Dart, 4029 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-431-1022

photograph by michael pisarri

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