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Behind-the-scenes shots of Selita Ebanks from the shoot for the March issue of Ocean Drive

July 04, 2010


Titillating Tableaux

Photographer David Drebin’s provocative work tickles Palm Beach.

July 03, 2010


Lovers of the louche and glamorous have only a few more weeks to soak up photographer David Drebin’s voyeuristic visions at his pop-up store on Palm Beach. The acclaimed artist, whose work has appeared in such magazines as Vanity Fair and Travel + Leisure—and whose clients include American Express and MTV—here discusses his fertile and fevered imagination.

Why Palm Beach? “Underneath the glossy exterior of my photographs there’s something psychologically in disarray, and that’s what Palm Beach is. It looks like one thing and it’s really another. I wanted my store to mirror the population of this small island.”

Point of view: “Every day is a midlife crisis. What drives my work is a mixture of fear and confidence. At 9:30 I’m the coolest guy in the world, at 10:30 I’m the biggest loser, at 11 I’m in great shape, at noon I’m fat. I’m the most secure insecure person I’ve ever met.”

Nothing succeeds like success: “Critics all love it when you’re really talented and broke, but I like to eat lobster and châteaubriand. Happily, people love and buy my work. I’ve got love and sex in all my pictures, including the bling landscapes. But I don’t take my work seriously—for me it’s always about the next picture, not the last one.”



The Perfect Look

Dior works its magic.

July 02, 2010

Leave it to Dior to come up with a superchic—and quite unique—event. Visit Saks Fifth Avenue in Bal Harbour April 17 for the Dior Private Beauty Fitting event, and receive an exclusive consultation to create a perfect spring makeup look and have the opportunity to meet Dior’s artist in residence, Bil Donovan, who will be sketching portraits (à la Dior, of course) in watercolor. Whether you want the full runway look with luscious fuchsia lips or a classic Dior fragrance like Diorissimo, Diorella or Dioressence (all exclusive to Saks), the store will also have its expert beauty and fragrance experts on hand. Bonus? Get Donovan postcards when you make your appointment. Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-1100



The Big Lift

Core Fusion at Exhale spa takes over.

July 01, 2010

It was only a matter of time: Now that New York-based Exhale has opened at the Epic Hotel, Miami has its own legion of fans—of both the spa and its Core Fusion. When it comes to Exhale, Annbeth Eschbach, founder and CEO, talks of features like 14 therapy rooms, a yoga studio overlooking the pool deck, the Wellbar for signature treatments and a co-ed hammam detox chamber. “The hammam chamber is a very unique experience,” says Eschbach. “The warm temperature of a hammam inspires detoxification superior to a steam room because it slowly warms the body to a temperature that allows it to perspire without dehydration.

Core Fusion is an indisputable part of the draw. The daily roster of classes combines Lotte Berk Method, core conditioning, Pilates and yoga, which washboard abs and a perky behind. (We’ll find no arguments there.) We asked Fred DeVito, cofounder of Core Fusion, for a few more details.

OCEAN DRIVE: Are there any classes that have been added to the regular group of Core Fusion classes? 
FRED DEVITO: Exhale at the Epic Hotel currently offers Core Fusion, Core Fusion Yoga, Core Fusion Sport and Music Yoga Flow on their class schedule. All classes are completely proprietary to Exhale, and are based off of the Core Fusion model, developed by [myself] and Elisabeth Halfpapp. Exhale at the Epic Hotel has just added Core Fusion Exhale, a Core Fusion class with an extra 15 minutes of restorative stretches and savasana at the end.

Anything else new? 
The opening of the Miami flagship will also see the launch of Exhale’s new Core Personal Training program. The one-on-one methodology will include training and guidance in a gym environment incorporating Core Fusion and other mind-body modalities into a program designed around traditional cardiovascular and weight machines and equipment.

What about Core Fusion is so appealing to people? 
Core Fusion, completely proprietary to Exhale, is a one-hour class which fuses the disciplines of core conditioning, Pilates, yoga and orthopedic stretching to produce long, lean muscles, a flexible, youthful body and a sense of peace and relaxation. Named by New York and Boston magazines as one of the best fitness classes, this highly publicized mind-body class is known as a transformational fitness experience. The most appealing aspect of the Core Fusion program at Exhale is the fact that when people are diligent about going to class three to four times a week, they receive fast results.

What should those who have never tried it before know going in? 
Those who are not familiar with the Core Fusion program should know that they will be challenged throughout the one-hour class, as each class focuses on toning, balance, flexibility, cardio and strengthening. However, the fusing of all these disciplines makes the hour well worth the effort. Core Fusion training relies heavily on a proper, thoroughly researched technique as a foundation for the most effective workout in the journey to achieve optimal physical fitness.


New Year's Eve Hot Spots

Where to be when the clock strikes twelve.

January 30, 2010

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The countdown to New Year’s Eve has begun and we imagine many of you, in traditional Miami mode, are still sans solid plans. Here, we run down the five most exclusive bashes to sip (or chug) your last drink of 2010.

What: Meet Me In Miami hosted by Jamie Foxx with music by DJ M.O.S.
When: 9 pm to 7 am
Where: LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave.
Why: Miami’s LCD-domed super club always goes all out
How: Purchase tickets here
Price: $425 to $40,000

What: Bloody Mary New Year's Eve
When: Doors open at 9 pm
Where: Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Ave.
How: Email nye.delano@morganshotelgroup.com
Why: Swan Lake in the Pool and Disco Dungeon at the Florida Room? We’re sold
Price: $325

What: New Year's Eve 2011 hosted by Chloë Sevigny
When: Doors open at 9 pm
Where: The Mondrian, 1100 West Ave.
Why: NYC hip meets Miami cool with music by DJ Paul Sevigny and The Misshappes, plus a live performance from Andrew Wyatt of Mike Snow
How: Purchase tickets here
Price: $300

What: The Spam All-Stars New Year hosted by Sasha Grey
When: 8 pm to 7 am
Where: The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, 1732 Collins Ave.
How: Purchase tickets here
Why: The low-key Catalina goes glam with Sasha Grey (aka Vinnie Chase's latest squeeze on Entourage) playing host/guest DJ and The Spam All-Stars jamming until midnight.
Price: $95 - $900

What: Cafeina's New Year's Eve countdown
When: 9 pm to 5 am
Where: Cafeina, 297 NW 23rd St, Miami
Why: Two-for-one drinks if you RSVP via Yelp, plus $250 gets you two bottles of Ketel One and two bottles of bubbly
Price: No cover


Weekend Watch: Cocktail Clinics

Learn about cocktails from the best at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

February 24, 2007

The Tennessee Highball, courtesy of The Modern Mixologist

The tenth anniversary South Beach Wine & Food Festival commences this week and although it might be too late to snag tickets to the more well-known events like Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ and Amstel Light’s Burger Bash, you can still attend a lesser-known component of the festival: its cocktail clinics. Here are four great events hosted by Tony Abou-Ganim (author of The Modern Mixologist) and Zane Lamprey, where you can learn all about designing the perfect drink. All clinics take place at the W South Beach (2201 Collins Ave.).

Making Great Cocktails at Home Hosted by Tony Abou-Ganim

WHEN: Saturday, February 26 (1–2 PM)

From the Garden to the Glass: Cocktail Clinic with Zane Lamprey
Saturday, February 26 (2–3 PM)

Chasing Ernest Hemingway with Tony Abou-Ganim
Sunday, February 27 (1–2 PM)

Prohibition Cocktails Clinic with Zane Lamprey
WHEN: Sunday, February 27 (2–3 PM)

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