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Mother’s Day Staycations

Three Mother’s Day spa and brunch outing ideas for an entire day with mom.

May 08, 2012

Can't decide between an afternoon brunch or a rejuvenating spa day for mom this year? Thanks to three of Miami's premier resorts, you don’t have to. These seaside retreats offer an entire day of rest, relaxation, and mimosas with mom.



The Ultimate Beach Cruiser

Make a street style statement with a bespoke bicycle by Villy Customs.

May 08, 2012

Whirring past the colorful Wynwood Walls and Miami Beach’s Art Deco landmarks on a bicycle is like being in the center of a revolving color wheel. Enhancing that experience even further are these one-of-a-kind cruisers by Villy Customs.  

Villy bikes are layered with options ideal for any stylistic preference, giving cruiser fanatics the opportunity to customize nearly every aspect of their bike's aesthetic, beginning with a retro-inspired frame. Also subject to the buyer’s creativity are the color of the rims and chain guard, optional baskets and cup-holders, and more.

Those looking to make a serious fashion statement can purchase Villy's Elite Edition Cruisers, offering high-end detailing like Swarovski crystals and hand-painted seat covers. Pricing begins at $600 and goes up depending on the intricacy of the bike’s design. The best part? You’ll have your Villy Customs cruiser delivered to your door about two weeks after ordering. 



Mother’s Day Brunch, Italian-Style

Make like a big, boisterous Italian family and treat mom, dad, and everyone else who tags along to a lively Italian buffet brunch.

May 08, 2012

Bianca at Delano

Italians believe that a table filled with good friends and family is the key to longevity. Inspired by that, we've chosen three Italian eateries for the perfect, family-friendly Mother's Day brunch. Buon appetito!

Bianca at Delano South Beach
Bianca will launch its new ongoing Sunday brunch on Mother's Day, offering traditional Italian dishes and an assortment of midday favorites. The afternoon feast will feature sushi, courtesy of Delano's Umi Sushi & Sake Bar, Bloody Mary oyster shooters, cured meats, and handmade pastas. Diners can also fill their plates with cuts of rosemary prime rib, Belgium waffles, and classic pastries. The $55 per person cost includes one complimentary Bellini or Bella cocktail and a reduced valet parking fee. Brunch is $25 for children. 10 AM–4 PM. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-5752; delano-hotel.com

Spartico Trattoria at Mayfair Hotel and Spa
Sunday brunch at this casual-chic, Roman-inspired restaurant spells artisan brick-oven pizzas alongside a full breakfast buffet. Moms will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of Champagne while enjoying the smooth sounds of saxophonist Diego Medina. Spartico's brunch is $21.95, but diners can also order lunch menu appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, or unlimited mimosas à la carte. 11:30 AM–2 PM. 3000 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, 305-441-0000; mayfairhotelandspa

Terrazza at Shore Club South Beach
Treat mom to brunch on the terrace at Terrazza, where there are seven savory stations to satisfy her every culinary whim. Highlights include aged bresaola and soppressata salami from the antipasto station, challah French toast or ricotta pancakes from the classic brunch buffet, and seafood risotto from the pasta station. The northern Italian-inspired eatery also dishes out wood-fired oven pizzas, a bountiful raw bar, a classic carving station, and an assortment of elegant desserts. The brunch buffet is $55 per person and includes one complimentary Bellini or mimosa. Upgrade to unlimited mimosas and Bellinis for an extra $20. Brunch is $25 for children. 11 AM–4 PM. 1901 Collines Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-3226; shoreclub.com



Jackie-O. Inspires a Jewelry Line

Shop limited-edition, timeless pieces inspired by Jackie-O.’s flawless style, available exclusively at HistoryMiami.

May 04, 2012

Miami stylesetters can now take home a piece of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' effortless elegance by shopping The Jacqueline Kennedy Collection at HistoryMiami. The museum's gift shop is the first and only South Florida location currently selling the Jackie O.-inspired accessories and custom jewelry pieces. Each piece is derived from an iconic style moment during the former first lady’s life, such as a replica of her 1970s Coco Chanel paperclip necklace, her stunning engagement bracelet, and her beloved sun-shaped brooch. Additional items like oversize sunnies and a wide-brim straw hat fit right into Miami's beach-chic style.

The line was created by jewelers Camrose & Kross, whose admiration for Mrs. Kennedy's groundbreaking ensembles led to the series' development. The collection can also be purchased online; orders for out of stock items are accepted as well. 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, 305-375-1492.

-liana lozada


Blo Midtown’s Mane Maven

One-half of the sister duo that runs Midtown’s Blo blow-dry bar, Sandirose Madger shares trade secrets for flawless hair.

May 03, 2012

Blo Midtown

Since opening in January, Blo Midtown has become synonymous with bouncy, frizz-free locks. Originally hailing from Canada, the salon specializes in dry styles, with a menu of chic styling options that includes Audrey Hepburn-inspired up-dos, Bohemian braids, and perfect pony tails. Running the show are sisters and franchise partners Sandirose and Kailey Madger, known by friends and clients as "The Mane Muchacha" and "The Count-tress," respectively. The two snowbirds-turned-Miamians opened Blo after spotting a void in Miami's haircare scene. "Kailey and I have a lot of hair and it’s difficult to manage, so we understand what a good blow-out can do and why other women would embrace the concept," said Sandirose. "Women who want to command attention know there is no better accessory than amazing hair.” For on-the-go Miami business women who need to look their best at all times—in all weather—those words ring especially true. Here, Sandirose shares styling secrets, favorite hair products, and her number one styling don’t.  

  Sandirose and Kailey Madger

What is the biggest hairstyling mistake that Miami women make?
SANDIROSE MADGER: A big mistake women make is not taking the time to completely dry their hair. Damp hair is a perfect storm for frizz. When going for a curly look, you won’t fall flat if you opt for tighter curls to start and then give them time to relax. This gives your curls longevity, and I promise you won’t look like Shirley Temple.

What other tips do you have for controlling frizz with minimal effort?
SM: Rinsing out conditioner with a shot of cold water to seal the cuticle will help keep frizz at bay. Using professional products designed for smoothing and controlling frizz, such as Moroccanoil and UNITE’s new U Luxury Argan Oil, are a must.

Are there any hair or beauty products you can't live without?
SM: UNITE’s Lazer Straight relaxing fluid and 7Seconds leave-in detangler, as well as an amazing flat iron.

What spring hair trends are on your radar?
SM: Braids, beach waves, and vintage curls!

Currently there are two Blo bars in Miami: your Midtown bar and another separately franchised outpost in Brickell. Are there more to come?
SM: Kailey and I are the development agents for Blo in Miami and we plan on opening up to five additional locations in key parts of Miami.

When you're not busy at Blo, where do the two of you go to eat, play, and shop?
SM: Kailey and I die for dinners at Zuma! We love Sunday brunches at restaurant row in Midtown—Sugarcane, Mercadito, and Sustain. We get our shop on in Bal Harbour or at our fave Midtown spot, Isa Boutique. When we need sister time to relax, we head over to Midtown's Nail Bar for a mani/pedi.

3301 N.E. 1st Ave., 786-373-5256



Grown-Up Cinco de Mayo Sips

Margaritas from a machine? No thank you. Here are three inspired yet festive cocktails and where to find them.

May 03, 2012

Margaritas, guacamole, sombreros—we’ve been there, done that. This Cinco de Mayo we crave something a little more sophisticated. After all, Miami is nothing if not awash with talented mixologists. This trio of Cinco sips brings just the right amount of south of the border flair, without falling into the celebratory stereotypes.



Weekend Recommender: May 3-6

A beachwear bash at Bliss, Dance Now! Miami at Bass Museum, and the Volvo Ocean Race.

May 03, 2012

Dance Now! Miami

Beachwear Bash
Thursday, May 3, 7 PM10 PM
Head to Bliss spa at the W Hotel for a night of pampering and shopping, with beachwear fashions from Kariza and Aquarius swimwear, as well as jewelry by Septimo. Guests will also be treated to gratis Grey Goose cocktails and mini-spa services, such as hand massages, rapid rubs, and oxygen spray facials. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; RSVP@shortcutstofabulous.com

The Ekphrasis Project
Sunday, May 6, 1:30 PM & 3:30 PM
Dance Now! Miami
has choreographed a show inspired by current exhibitions at the Bass Museum of Art. With two performances scheduled (1:30 PM; 3:30 PM), each show will feature three individual dance interpretations. The hour-long delight will not only highlight museum works, but will also interact with and reflect the space's unique architecture. Regular museum admission prices apply. 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7530; bassmuseum.org

Volvo Ocean Race
May 620
This weekend, Bicentennial Park will transform into a sailor’s paradise as the Volvo Ocean Race steers into town. This 37,000 nautical-mile international race's Miami pit-stop will be the only docking point in North America, bringing with it two weeks of interactive entertainment, music, and food. Those looking for a bird's eye view of the event can tune into the Marquis Residence's new Livestream camera; the penthouse camera streams 360-degree video of our gorgeous skyline. The Downtown Miami Race Village is free and open to the public. 1075 Biscayne Blvd.; volvooceanracemiami.org



Derby Day at Yardbird

Extravagant hats, Mint Juleps, and hot browns are just a few of the reasons to watch the Derby at Yardbird

May 02, 2012

Ladies, grab your best wide-brimmed hat. Gentleman, throw on your most dapper sportscoat. You’re now officially ready for Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Kentucky Derby Day celebration.

Taking place on Saturday, the eatery has a full day of festivities planned, along with a special bar menu of southern favorites like Carolina cheese grits, mini hot browns, and fried pickles. All the fanfare of the Churchill Downs will broadcast live and Yardbird will award prizes to Derby Day's best-dressed.

Sponsored by Maker’s Mark, the Derby party will also debut the new Maker’s Mark Mint Julep cocktail onto Yardbird's menu. The Mint Julep is considered a quintessential southern staple; its exclusive use of Kentucky-distilled, small batch bourbon whisky has made it the official Derby cocktail for over a century. The big race is set to begin at 6:24 PM. 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-5220

–Liana Lozada


Sundays with Mozart

The Mainly Mozart Festival returns with a Sunday concert series at the Coral Gables Museum.

May 02, 2012

The Miami Music Project has partnered with the Coral Gables Museum to present the 2012 Mainly Mozart Festival, taking place now through Wednesday, June 9. Now it its 19th season, the festival celebrates the brilliance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, while elevating Miamians’ awareness and appreciation of classical music.

Concerts featuring a local ensemble will be held at the museum every Sunday afternoon (4:30 PM). Each performance will pay tribute to at least one of Mozart's 600 works, as well as the work of composers, such as Ástor Pantaleón Piazzolla and Gustav Mahler, in cross genres. Special Mozart for Children events, including a “String Fling” quartet performance on May 12 and an “All You Need is Brass” quintet on June 9, are also on schedule. Tickets are $20. 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 786-468-2251



Style Chat: Koko & Palenki's Pamela Garcia

The owner of the chic Miami staple shares spring outfit inspiration and local designer lowdown.

May 01, 2012

A Koko & Palenki boutique

Koko & Palenki has been dressing sassy and sophisticated Miamians for nearly two decades. The local boutique chain began as a business outlet for owner Pamela Garcia's shoe obsession, but has evolved to carry designer duds and accessories. From the boutique’s cozy confines, shoppers can easily nab a pair of sky-high Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos, an açaí-hued Haltston Heritage romper, or a Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac clutch. And with five locations throughout Miami-Dade, Garcia keeps plenty busy. We caught up with the stylish boutique owner to talk pastel outfit inspiration, local designers, and the three things she can’t live without.

  Pamela Garcia

What are some of your favorite spring trends and how do you suggest wearing them?
PAMELA GARCIA: I love color. I especially love pale shades of mint, lavender, and peach; the colors are very complementary of one another. A great mint J. Brand jean and a peach Equipment Clothing top look so fresh together. 

What style staples should every Miami woman have in her closet?
PG: Every girl should always have a pair of dark jeans that she can dress up or dress down. A pair of great wedges, nude pumps, and Ray-Ban sunglasses are also must-haves.

Who are some of your favorite local designers?
PG: My favorite local designer is Karina Grimaldi. She really knows the Miami woman and her colors and fit are always right.

What sets Miami style apart from the rest of the country?
PG: Miami is so unique because we are a melting pot of so many cultures. We take little bits of fashion inspiration from each culture: A great Brazilian bikini, a scarf trend from the Middle East, and, of course, a lot of chispa from our Latin girls!           

Which three fashion and/or beauty items could you not live without?
PG: I cannot live without mascara, as it really opens up your eyes. A great bag and a mani/pedi are absolutely essential.


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