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Recap: Grey Goose Cherry Noir Launch

Get an inside look at the celebrity-fueled launch party.

June 11, 2012

Last Wednesday, the Delano Hotel's FDR Lounge transformed into “Hotel Noir” to host the official launch of Grey Goose Vodka's new Cherry Noir black cherry-flavored vodka. A star-powered rolodex of guests, including Gabrielle Union, Neon Hitch, Travie McCoy, and Kenny Burns, showed up to fête the sultry new vodka flavor and groove to beats by DJ Kiss and DJ M.O.S. Local tastemakers DJ Irie, Belkys Nerey, and Tracy Mourning were also spotted taking in Hotel Noir's elegant ambiance and sipping cherry-imbued cocktails.

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Mina Boutique Launches Home Shopping Parties

The Mina sisters are now bringing fashionable fêtes to a living room near you.

June 11, 2012

 


Mina Boutique

This summer, Miami Beach’s Mina Boutique will bring its coveted inventory straight to your doorstep for a super-luxe home shopping party. Assemble a guest list of your most fashionable friends, book a date, and one of the three Mina sisters will customize a mini shop-on-wheels according to each guest’s particular style. As the Champagne flows, racks and stacks of fashionable finds will fill the party space. Mina also has connections with makeup artists, nail experts, and cupcake vendors, if you want to up the party's ante. Participants will only be charged for the items they purchase, as well as additional outside beauty or food services. Reservations must be booked at least one week in advance. 960 Normandy Dr., Miami Beach, 305-397-8650

—LIANA LOZADA

 

First Look: Flywheel Fitness

The NYC import rides into South Beach, offering cyclers the ultimate indoor spinning experience.

June 11, 2012


Flywheel weighted bar course

Landing in South Beach on June 16, Flywheel spinning studio brings New York’s hottest workout beachside. The stadium-style indoor cycling facility is a favorite of celebs like Sofia Vergara, Jeremy Piven, and Ivanka Trump.

With high-energy music (thanks to an in-house DJ) and expert instructors, Flywheel offers classes in a state-of-the-art amphitheater appointed with 45 bikes. Spinners can customize and monitor individual resistance, speed, power, and calorie kill via each bike’s tech pack. Performance and workout goals can also be tracked online, and competitive spinners can have their metrics displayed on the Torqboard, which tracks the highest performing cyclers in the class.

Aside from its unique technology, Flywheel offers participants a complimentary towel and cycling shoes for each class, as well as use of showers and spa-like amenities. Spinners can also opt for a 45 or 60 minute weighted bar course to work arms and upper body muscles. Individual spin classes can be purchased for $25, with full memberships beginning at $395 for six months. 1919 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach

—LIANA LOZADA

 

SLS Hotel South Beach Springs Up

Sbe Entertainment Group welcomes the official opening of its Miami Beach hotel outpost.

June 08, 2012

After months of anticipation, the SLS Hotel South Beach officially opened its doors to the public on Thursday, June 8. The sprawling retreat features 140 guest rooms, 10 villas, a world-class salon, two hot new restaurants (The Bazaar and Katsuya), and an ultra-exclusive Hyde Beach poolside lounge.

Much of the locale's buzz can be credited to the all-star team behind the scenes: visionary icon Philippe Starck spearheaded the design, acclaimed culinary mastermind José Andrés and master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi crafted the cuisine, and Lenny Kravitz put his stamp on the main tower and villa penthouses.

The SLS maintains Miami Beach's famed Art Deco architecture, while pulling off a sleek, modern design with equal parts French country elegance and rock and roll edge. A special, introductory "Start Living Sexy" package will allow first-time guests to get a tantalizing taste of what the SLS has to offer. Available now through October 31, 2012, the package drops 15 percent from the best available room rate and also promises a complimentary room upgrade and food and beverage sampling at Hyde Beach. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 888-606-1595

—LIANA LOZADA

 

DJ Superstars Align at LIV

LIV welcomes Calvin Harris, Tiësto, and more for a jam-packed weekend lineup.

June 07, 2012

Worthy of being dubbed a mini Ultra Music Festival, LIV at Fontainebleau’s weekend lineup is stacked with four über-illustrious DJs: Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Fedde le Grand, and Jermaine Dupri. Check out the beat-breaking roster. 

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4680

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Weekend Recommender: June 7-11

An art sale, New Orleans jazz show, and Design District pop-up make this weekend a culture vulture’s playground.

June 07, 2012

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Thursday, June 7, 8 PM
Straight from the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, Preservation Hall Jazz Band will touch down in Coral Gables for a rare jam session. The appearance is part of the Coral Gables Congregation Church's Community Arts Summer Concert Series. Preservation Hall's dedicated artists have been traveling the world and working to preserve the cultural foundations of New Orleans jazz since 1961. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables; preservationhall.com

Avicii at the AmericanAirlines Arena
Friday, June 8, 8 PM
This week's ultimate Friday night pre-party comes courtesy of Swedish superstar DJ Avicii, as his 2012 Levels Tour pit stops on Biscayne Bay. Add to that the fact that a couple of other big name DJs are in town (Calvin Harris, Tiësto), and it’s not a stretch to say that surprise guest appearances are likely. Tickets begin at $16.50, plus taxes and fees. ticketmaster.com

Friends With You Moving Sale
Saturday, June 9, 9 AM
The bad news: locally-grown, quirky artists Friends With You are moving to Los Angeles. The good news: they're having a garage sale to make their relocation a bit lighter. "The Super Friendship" sale will last as long as the supplies do. 419 NE 19 St., Miami; friendswithyou.com

Second Saturdays Art and Gallery Walks
Saturday, June 9
June's edition of our beloved Art Walks has arrived, bringing with it fresh twists on community favorites and newly added exhibitions. The Design District will feature the next installment of the District Factory, a one-stop pop-up shop for fashion, art, and food (7-10 PM.) Over in Wynwwod, Atelier 1022 will welcome "Asphalt," an expressionist collection of photographs by resident artist Ellie Peria (6-11PM). wynwoodartwalk.com

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Q&A: Ranjana Khan Muses on Miami

Khan debuts her new Miami-inspired collection with not one, but three Miami trunk shows.

June 06, 2012


Ranjana Khan

Ranjana Khan is known as much for her big, bold, and stunningly beautiful jewelry, as she is for her marriage to couture designer Naeem Khan. Her modern, Indian-inspired collection—favored by the likes of Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, and first lady Michelle Obama—became an overnight success when it debuted in fall 2008. In addition to red-carpet appearances, Khan’s designs have also been seen in a capsule collection for The Limited and on models in husband Naeem’s runway shows. This week, Khan will be in town for not one, but three Neiman Marcus trunk shows to celebrate her latest collection, which was inspired by Miami.

 
  A necklace from Khan's new collection

Your spring collection is very vibrant and textural. What inspired those designs?
RANJANA KHAN: The spirit of the Miami. I wanted to design a collection inspired by and tailored for us women to wear in Miami—vibrant colors, playful silhouettes, and statement pieces that embody this amazing city. Since Miami was the inspiration for the season, it was a goal of mine to bring a strong presentation of the pieces to the women I made it for. What better way than to partner with Neiman Marcus and have several days of fun in the store with the jewelry?

You have so many celebrity fans. Is there one in particular that resonates with you?
RK: I’m thankful to have the following I do, but I’d have to say Michelle Obama, hands down. When she wore one of my necklaces in India for the first time, I was there as well. For me to be in my home country having the first lady of the United States wearing my jewelry, it was such a validating moment in my career.

When it comes to designing, what’s the synergy like between you and Naeem?
RK: We are completely separate from one another when it comes to our design careers. I do my collection and creative accessories for my woman and he does the same for his. Although we do separate collections, sometimes it works out organically that he uses my jewelry to style his runway shows, which is always a wonderful collaboration.

Are any new creative projects on the horizon?
RK: Right now I’m really focused on my jewelry. In fact, we’re bringing back some of my standout bestsellers to present a truly classic Ranjana Khan collection.  

What are your Miami haunts?
RK: The Standard for yoga. Soho Beach House for a beach day. Juvia is a fab new restaurant. And I consider The Webster the best store in Miami.

Stop by Khan’s trunk shows at Neiman Marcus in Bal Harbour (Thursday, June 7), Boca Raton (Friday, June 8), and Coral Gables (Saturday, June 9)

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Interactive Dining at the Biltmore

The Rusty Pelican's Michael Gilligan hosts a culinary how-to luncheon on June 16.

June 05, 2012


Chef Michael Gilligan

The Rusty Pelican's executive chef Michael Gilligan will take up residence at the Biltmore Hotel on June 16 as guest chef for the hotel’s Interactive Luncheon. The afternoon event (NOON–2 PM) allows guests to prepare prime meals under the instruction of the well-known local chef.

Greeted with aprons and a glass of Champagne Mumm, participants will receive step-by-step guidance on making perfect salmon sashimi, complete with sesame oil, scorched jicama, and Asian pear and avocado salad. Also on the menu is a soy-honeyed duck breast wth three bean salad and teardrop tomatoes followed by a sweet surprise prepared by the Biltmore pastry team.

The Biltmore’s members-only Cellar Club produces the hands-on event to give fine dining fans a behind-the-lines look at local top chef techniques. Tickets are $52 for Cellar Club members and $65 for non-members. Reservations are required. 200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-913-3203

—LIANA LOZADA
photograph by michael pisarri

 

Father’s Day Gift: A Manly Spa Day

There’s more to a spa day than rose petals and Enya. Sign dad up for a sports massage, salon haircut, and more.

June 05, 2012


Salon Vaso

Though they may not know it, all dads can use a little “me” time, and Miami spas and salons are lining up to provide the setting. This Father’s Day, surprise dad (reallysurprise him) with one of these manly spa and grooming packages.

Lapis Spa
The Fontainebleau's sensory retreat has a warrior-themed menu perfect for hardworking fathers. The Weekend Warrior's Rehab and Buff Manicure ($171) digs deep into sore muscles with a sports massage and complimentary Lapis Soak. Dads who visit on June 17 will receive an extra 20 percent off any 50- or 80-minute spa service. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4772

The Spa at Equinox
Choose from three distinct packages to help dad relax on his big day. The MANdatory ($330) includes an 80-minute Swedish massage, the Knot an Issue ($345) soothes with an 80-minute deep tissue massage, and the Best Man ($330) packs a conditioning facial with complimentary special upgrades. Packages can be purchased through June 17 at the Aventura, Coral Gables, and South Beach locations. equinox.com

Salon Vaso
Miami Beach's Salon Vaso is perking up its already top-notch men's services for Father's Day. Purchase a $100 gift card towards and get a gift box with up to $25 worth of products. When dad swings by to redeem his gift, he'll be treated to a complimentary Scotch, whiskey, or wine. 1500 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, 305-674-7470

—LIANA LOZADA

 

June's Best Independent Films

From an Alcoholics Anonymous documentary to a Russian thriller, this month’s indie films are worth a look.

June 04, 2012

—LIANA LOZADA

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