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Weekend Recommender: June 28-July 1

A worldly brunch at SushiSamba, a pool party at Four Seasons, DJ Irie’s annual fundraiser, and more.

June 28, 2012

DJ Irie's annual weekend fundraiser for the Irie Foundation kicks off today

8th Annual Irie Weekend
Thursday to Saturday, June 28-30
Plenty busy as the official DJ of the Miami Heat, DJ Irie still found time to produce his yearly fundraising weekend. This year's schedule includes a celebrity golf tournament, party with Jamie Foxx at Mansion Nightclub, bowling tournament at Lucky Strike Lanes, and closing celebration at Arkadia. Proceeds from each event will benefit the Irie Foundation, which provides underfunded South Florida public schools with mentorship programs. irieweekend.org

RaMona LaRue Trunk Show
Saturday, June 30, 3–6 PM
Head over to Bella Beach at the Trump Towers for an afternoon of sun and shopping. Local fashion brand RaMona LaRue by Arianne will be slashing prices on her printed dresses, jumpsuits, and tops. Guests can also peruse a selection of swimwear and accessories from Isa Boutique and get their hair braided by Blo Blow Dry Bar. 18001 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; ramonalarue.com

Four Seasons Pool Party
Saturday, June 30, 11 AM–6 PM
The Four Seasons Hotel relaunches its Summer Saturday's pool party this weekend, complete with floating ping-pong tables, frozen goodies, and a henna artist. Bar bites and libations will be made to order. Entrance is $25 per person and guests must call the hotel to RSVP. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-358-3535; fourseasons.com/miami

Brunch at SushiSamba
Saturday to Sunday, June 30 to July 1, 11:30 AM–4 PM
Can't decide between traditional, Japanese, or Brazilian for brunch? No problem. SushiSamba's new midday menu draws flavor notes from all three. Highlights of the à la carte offerings include churrasco and eggs, a South American frittata, and quinoa waffles. Don’t forget to order a rum latte or sweet sake-gria. 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5337; sushisamba.com



The Ultimate Pool Party

Check into the Fontainebleau this weekend for a pool party and concert with Maroon 5, Enrique Iglesias, and more.

June 28, 2012

Maroon 5

Get ready for a Top 40 overload when Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party invades the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The two-day music mashup will commence Friday (June 29) with an exclusive evening welcome party. Superstar Calvin Harris will catalyze Saturday's festivities with a DJ set spanning the entire afternoon. Come dusk, the beat-bumping pool party will transform into a full-blown concert series, featuring performances by Maroon 5, Gym Class Heroes, Flo Rida, and Enrique Iglesias. However, you must be a guest of the hotel to see the shows. We suggest a three-night package (from $400) that includes access for two inside the Absolut-sponsored private lounge, welcoming soirée, and pool party. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-508-2000



Six Pop-Up Shops, One Night

Summer’s edition of Fashion Bloggers Do It Better brings a sextuplet of indie pop-ups and a fashion show.

June 27, 2012

This Thursday (June 28), local fashion mavens will flock to Midtown's chicest corner spot for a night of style, shopping, cocktails, and sketch art. The second edition of Fashion Bloggers Do It Better corrals six local pop-up shops inside Ricochet Bar and Lounge for a blogger-model fashion show. Runway looks will include items from Guy and Girl Boutique, Jewels by Dunn, Furor Moda, GG Boutique, iShine 365, and Collins Bridge, all of which will be represented in the pop-up shoppping area.

The night kicks off at 7 PM, with a cocktail hour courtesy of Rémy Martin V and Société Perrier. Local artist Erin Chainani will gift guests with sketches of the night’s best street style looks. Event organizaers Annie Vazquez, of The Fashion Poet, and Eugy & Simonett, of The Goodwill project, will also be on hand. 3250 Buena Vista Blvd., #124, Miami, 786-353-0846; RSVP fashionbloggersdoitbetter@gmail.com



A Day with Dwyane Wade’s Stylist

Stylist Calyann Barnett takes us shopping for Wade’s championship looks.

June 27, 2012

Barnett scrolls through Valentino's spring/summer 2013 collection at The Webster

As Miami Heat fans anxiously awaited Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Calyann Barnett was busy pulling post-game looks for Dwyane Wade. Standing barely five-feet tall with rouge pink locks, Barnett is Wade’s personal stylist, and she’s on a mission to topple his reputation as the best-dressed man in sports. "They call him the best-dressed athlete, but I would love to get to a point where he's just the best-dressed male, period. I want to drop the 'athlete' part altogether."

Wade's style choices have prompted the fashion world to take note. Anna Wintour tapped him to appear in the June issue of Vogue for a “Top Male Olympians” fashion feature—shot by Annie Leibovitz and featuring super runway model Karlie Kloss. (Afterward, Wade tweeted what an honor it was to shot by Leibovitz and thanked his “good friend Anna Wintour.”)

Still, Wade has his critics, mostly hard-core sports fans who see fashion as fluff. However, Barnett makes sure to note that critics are never a factor in Wade’s wardrobe, reiterating that fashion is supposed to be fun. "If he wants to go out in ripped jeans and boots one day and a sleek suit the next, who has the right to say he shouldn't?" There is one area of Wade’s closet that is off limits: his Michael Jordan sneaker collection. "That's all him," exclaims Barnett. "I don't touch those!"

And what of Wade’s four-eyed fashion statements? "The nerd specs are done. We're putting it to rest," she insists. "He started wearing them three years ago and this year everyone jumped on it and it blew up. The flip-ups were the grand finale."

After almost four years of working together (Wade was Barnett's first client), Barnett can rattle off Wade’s measurements, shoe size, and weight fluctuations without pause. Her expertise extends to Wade’s press conferences, photo shoots, and even court dates. At times the pair respectfully disagree, but Barnett has her methods. "If I really love something and he's on the fence about it, I'll try to slip it into his bag, just in case he warms up to it the second time he sees it. But normally we're pretty in-sync." 

So why style an athlete when Miami is chock-full of high-fashion editorial styling gigs? Barnett admits she occasionally itches to work more with womenswear, but hesitates at the risk of "ruining a good thing." She was trained by Rachel Thompson, who styles fellow Heat stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh. "There's definitely a playful competition there," she laughs, "but it's all love."

On Thursday, June 21, Barnett set out to style the look that Wade would wear to be crowned a two-time NBA champ. We tagged along to see how the most fashionable man in sports gets dressed for a big night.



Summer Cocktailing at La Côte

Sip cocktails on the French Riviera by way of the Fontainebleau.

June 25, 2012

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; fontainebleau.com



Recap: The American Black Film Festival

See which celebrities swooped into town for the annual film festival.

June 25, 2012

The 16th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) wrapped up four days of featured events and fabulous festivities on Saturday, June 23. The yearly gathering took residence inside The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, where ABFF sponsors HBO crowned Cherry Waves as this year's short film winner. And with scheduled appearances by CNN’s Don Lemon, Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, and television personality and actor Terrence J., there was plenty of star power at the annual festival. Spotted around afterparties and film fest soirées were actress Tracee Ellis Ross, Selita Ebanks, Mekhi Phifer, and Boris Kodjoe.

photography by Terrence Jennings for ABFF and Liana Lozada


Juice Cleanses at The Standard

Choose either a 5-day or weekend juice cleanse, with spa and wellness boosters.

June 22, 2012

Daiquiris, milkshakes, ice-cold beers; these are the drinks that make summertime sweet. They’re also loaded with calories. This summer, reach instead for a de rigueur, farm-fresh juice made by The Standard Spa’s chef. Part of the spa’s intensive juice cleanse program and packed with fruits, veggies, and spices, the juices will refresh and satisfy your palate while providing a host of holistic health benefits. The best part? The cleanses are offered with luxurious spa and Hamam boosters.

Mina Gough, spa director at The Standard Miami Beach, has curated two programs to meet the needs of spagoers. Gough’s five-day program ($375, July 23-27) includes a daily supply of juices, Haman Rub & Scrub Treatment, workshops, traditional baths, and Haman bar access. The weekend program ($325, July 13-15) includes 12 juices, a wellness life coaching course, 90-minute spa service, fitness or yoga class, and daily Haman bath and bar access. Here, Gough talks more about the programs and how they can benefit your body. 

What are the health benefits of cleansing?
MINA GOUGH: The benefit is nourishing your body inside out. Cell-rejuvenating, detoxifying, and alkalizing the body will help you will feel energized and see digestive benefits, clearer skin, and increased mental clarity.

How do the spa and wellness aspects of the programs complement the cleanse?
MG: We have developed The Standard Juice Cleanse to encourage healthier lifestyles and healthier nutrient options. We also encourage the communal, shared rituals of traditional bathhouses with our ‘Do-It-Yourself’ menu of hydrotherapy. The environment helps participants listen to their body and feel their best. Our cleanse is offering a life-inspiring community experience. Juice, explore wellness, be inspired, and have fun together.

Tell us what’s in the juices.
MG: The Standard Spa’s chef designed the spa menu to highlight living food, which contains enzymes that allows cells to expel toxins. Juices, kale smoothies, our living lasagna, and a selection of salads are detox and spa favorites. The juices are inspired naturally by these raw menu favorites.

Registration for the five-day program closes July 18 and registration for the weekend program closes July 11. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1717



Dinner Plans: db Bistro Moderne

A new Mediterranean chef kicks up db's summer menu.

June 22, 2012

Veteran chef Daniel Boulud is giving db Bistro Moderne's contemporary French cuisine a Mediterranean slant with the appointment of new executive chef Matthieu Godard. After stints in Spain, Greece, and The Bahamas, the French-born Godard headed North to New York City seeking an opportunity to refine his technique. He caught Boulud's eye in 2006, landing a job as a line cook at New York's db Bistro Moderne. After making his way through the ranks, Godard was selected to be Miami's new man in charge. Recently, Godard debuted a few of his new db dishes to a small group that included boss Boulud. With a wealth of seafood and classic European touches and techniques, the meal was paired with wine selections by sommelier Christopher Lindemann and ended with sweets by pastry chef Jerome Maure. Browse through the photographs above for a sneak peek at what’s new. 255 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-421-8800



Weekend Recommender: June 21-24

A historic Heat game, flamenco fusion at Adrienne Arsht, a soulful music festival, and more.

June 21, 2012

Between Worlds delivers a heart-pounding flamenco fusion performance this weekend

The NBA Finals
Thursday, June 21, 9 PM
The Miami Heat are just one win away from taking the NBA Championship. Your sole duty on Thursday is to watch our hometown team make history.   

“Positive Interventions”  
Friday, June 22, 7 PM.
The Wolfsonian-FIU and cultural organization PechaKucha Night will present an evening of reflective conversation. Dubbed "Positive Interventions," the night's panel will touch on the museum's "Intervention: 25 Years of AIDS Awareness Posters 1985-2010" exhibition, while exploring the current state of activism, medical advancements, and political challenges. $10, or free for museum members. 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-1001; wolfsonian.org

Between Worlds
Saturday and Sunday, June 23–24
Choreographer Siudy Garrido's timeless love story, Between Worlds, is set in post-apocalyptic world and fuses flamenco, urban dance, and percussionist rhythms. The storyline? A cast of 25 performers split into two tribes viciously battle for our planet's limited water supply. Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org

Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival
Saturday, June 23, 11 AM–8 PM
After a successful 2011 debut, the Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival returns with performances by R&B star Freddie Jackson, gospel singer Jonathan Butler, and local jazz diva Nicole Henry. Admission is free, with food and additional entertainment available for purchase on site. N.W. 3rd Ave., Between 9th and 11th St.; overtownfestival.com


What to Do on the Longest Day of Summer

It’s summer solstice! Here are four ways to spend the day.

June 20, 2012

Belly up the bar at Sushi Samba for caipirinha lessons

When it comes to summer, Miami has a jump on the rest of the nation. With the dog days upon us, today’s summer solstice—aka the longest day of the year—officially kicks off the season. Here’s how we recommend spending the day.

16th Annual American Black Film Festival
Now in its blossoming adolescence, the American Black Film Festival returns with groundbreaking films, intimate discussions, and exclusive afterparties. Today’s opening selection, Beasts of Southern Wild, has already garnered stellar reviews at film festivals across the globe. Flicks will screen through the weekend at the Colony Theater and Miami Beach Cinematheque. Through June 23. abff.com

Babalu Miami Garage Sale
This luxe lifestyle store is hosting an unprecedented super sale atop Lincoln Road's iconic parking garage. Missoni, SWIMS shoes, and Iittala glassware are just a few the brands Babalu is including in its must-go inventory. Through Thursday; NOON–7 PM. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-538-0777; babalumiami.com

International Surfing Day at First Surf Shop
F1rst Surf Shop is celebrating surfing's biggest day with two fun-in-the-sun events. Today, from 1 to 5 PM, F1rst will host free stand-up paddleboard lessons behind the Continuum building. At 8 PM, the party heads indoors for a screening of Taylor Steele's Here & Now, a surf culture documentary captured in timespan of a day. To sweeten the celebration F1rst will also serve up complimentary cocktails and cupcakes. 40 S. Pointe Dr., Suite 107, Miami Beach, 305-397-8103; f1rsthop.com

SambaHour at SushiSamba
Put a Brazilian twist on the traditional happy hour (5:30–7 PM) with Leblon Cachaça at SushiSamba. Purchase a drink and Samba’s talented mixologists will demonstrate a step-by-step guide to making a caipirinha. On-the-house light Brazilian bites will be available for nibbling. 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5337; sushisamba.com


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