Gift of the Day: Fun Pieces from Mia Jewels
The local shop goes online for the holidays.
December 12, 2011
Exotic Swarovski Decor earrings ($148)
Mia Jewels is making shopping much easier this year. As much as we love both South Beach and Aventura locations, we are never fans of traffic and parking struggles. To help save us from going into Grinch mode, Mia Jewels has opened an online shop. Sort through all the goods by style, collection and price. We love the evil eye necklaces and chandelier earrings, and, now through December 25, use the code “grandopening” at checkout and receive 15 percent off.
Pop-Up Shop: Honey Child Bath and Body
Tracy Wilson Mourning launches the Honey Child Bath and Body pop-up shop.
December 09, 2011
Tracy Wilson Mourning
Tracy Wilson Mourning’s Honey Child Bath and Body pop-up shop is yet another reason to visit Aventura Mall this holiday season. Located in front of the Apple store, the outpost offers the philanthropist’s get-gorgeous line of skincare. “I truly believe women should take time out for themselves each and every day and these products are meant to nourish the soul as well as the body,” says Mourning. A portion of sales will benefit The Honey Shine Mentoring Program. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
Weekend Watch: December 9–11
A plethora of events and experiences to plan for this weekend.
December 09, 2011
A look by Erin Fetherson
Erin Fetherson Collection Presentation
WHY: The embodiment of an It Girl debuts her latest collection.
WHEN: December 9 (2–5 PM)
WHERE: Neiman Marcus (390 San Lorenzo Ave., Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables 786-999-1000)
HOW: Dress like a muse and show up early. Inspiration is available on Fetherson’s Tumblr page
Absolut Glimmer Music Series
WHY: A free concert and an open Absolut bar with Au Revoir Simone + Blow + Class Actress + DJ List Christie (Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal)
WHEN: December 10
WHERE: Grand Central (697 N. Miami Ave.)
HOW: Free admission with RSVP
Blo Me, Midtown
WHY: A day of $21 blowouts, cocktails and sweets
WHEN: December 10 (11 AM–7 PM)
WHERE: Blo Midtown (3301 NE 1st Ave., Suite 102)
HOW: Call 786-373-5256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sudden Youth Pop-Up Shop
WHY: Real Miami Housewife Lea Black hosts the kick-off fete and treats lucky guests to complimentary mini-facials
WHEN: December 8–11
WHERE: Gee Beauty (9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-868-3533)
HOW: Show up with a freshly cleaned face and be prepared to be wowed
Denim Donation Drive
WHY: Old jeans will be donated to the International Child Art Foundation for use in children’s art projects.
WHEN: Through December 31
WHERE: Madewell (714 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-8079)
HOW: Anyone who brings in an old pair of jeans will receive a bounce-back card for 20 percent off a new pair of jeans in January 2012.
Seasonal Dresses: Fitted and Full
Madewell gives us two festive cocktail dress options.
December 08, 2011
FROM LEFT: Twilight Twirl dress ($178) and Printed Storybook dress ($198)
One of this season’s most popular silhouettes is a fitted bodice and a full skirt. Two great choices come from Madewell on Lincoln Road. The Twilight Twirl ($178) in poppy looks great with a jacket and booties for a more casual look. Printed Storybook ($198) is a great way to dress up a pattern, and although it’s pictured with flats, we suggest adding a splash of glittering glam with heels and shimmery accessories. Madewell, 714 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-8079
Gift of the day: Montblanc Gaius Maecenas
Montblanc proves that the pen is still mightier than the sword.
December 08, 2011
FROM LEFT: 4810 Edition Fountain Pen ($2,775); 888 Edition Fountain Pen ($10,400)
The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Conceived in 1992 as an homage to the world’s greatest patrons of the arts and culture, Montblanc creates a very limited edition of fountain pens annually. The Gaius Maecenas Limited Edition 4810—whose quantity corresponds to the height of the mountain Mont Blanc in meters—and the Gaius Maecenas Limited Edition 888 embody the fascination with the consummate master craftsmanship and artistry unique to the house of Montblanc.
This year 12 honorees from around the world were selected to receive the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. The US awards ceremony was held on December 1 in Miami Beach and honored Miami’s Craig Robins, the US winner of the award. Robbins, CEO of Dacra, co-founder of Design Miami and a life-long patron and supporter of the arts, joined other honorees including Charles His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Her Majesty Queen Sophia of Spain. To celebrate further, Montblanc also created a digital exhibit called “The Art of Writing.” Montblanc, 7481 SW 88th St., Unit 1940, 305-669-5152
Gift of the Day: A Marco Bicego Necklace
This colorful accessory speaks volumes.
December 07, 2011
Jaipur mother of pearl and mixed gemstone necklace ($1,460), Marco Bicego
A colorful twist on a classic almost always makes for a stellar holiday gift, and this Marco Becego 18k yellow gold necklace—set with round-cut white mother of pearl, pink tourmaline, orange citrine and blue topaz—is no exception. King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-4900
Philippe Returns to South Beach
Philippe by Philippe Chow is back in a lofty new space.
December 07, 2011
Philippe by Philippe Chow has returned to Miami Beach. The restaurant has found a new home in the tony South of Fifth neighborhood, and the 6,000-square-foot location dazzles not only with its food: A retractable roof adds to the drama of the space. The intimate wine room can hold up to 35 guests, and the U-shape bar offers cocktails like the Black Dragon, Midnight Mojito and Espresso Martini. If you are in the mood for some of the restaurant’s pork soup dumplings in the comfort of your home, you can also opt for take-out or delivery. Lunch will begin service on December 12. 36–40 Ocean Dr., 305-674-0250
Weekend Must-Do: The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival
Go in a culinary direction this weekend with a trip to Palm Beach's own food fest.
December 06, 2011
The Four Seasons Palm Beach
The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is still months away and some events have already sold out. To get in the food-festival spirit early, visit the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival this Friday at the Four Seasons Palm Beach for Beach Bash ($75–$250) with Miami’s own chef Michael Schwartz. Bon appétit! Visit here for tickets.
Gift Idea: Maybach Sunglasses
Give someone a piece of history.
December 06, 2011
Monarch sunglasses ($1,950), Maybach
Maybach was founded in 1909, and in the early 2000s, after decades of dormancy, Mercedes-Benz brought the luxury label back. Last month Daimler announced that by 2013 the brand would cease to exist. Soon all things Maybach will become collector's items—and with good reason. Maybach is known as a hallmark of quality. Take for example these Monarch sunglasses ($1,950) handmade in a German workshop out of napa leather, horn and wood with Carl Zeiss polarized sunlenses, titanium and solid 18k gold. Perfect for a sunset. Oberle Opticians, 9552 Harding Ave., Miami Beach, 305-861-1010
Perfect Holiday Gifts
'Tis the season for giving and giving well.
December 06, 2011
1. Allow the ladies at Gee Beauty to teach you and one of your friends how to apply your own make-up using classic palettes or the season's freshest colors at their Secrets from the Chair makeup lessons. Gee Beauty, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour
2. What better time to pick up a chic clutch or other item from the Liam Gillick for Pringle capsule collection? The Pringle of Scotland pop-up store will be in Miami until the end of the month, and it is certainly worth a visit. Mosaic Building, 161 NE 40th St.
3. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach has created a romantic picnic ($150) in the park perfect for the nearby, outdoor Soundscape movies projected on the New World Center's wall every Wednesday night. The Ritz backpack comes filled with an assortment of gourmet goodies and can be ordered 24 hours in advance from the concierge, who will arrange delivery and a personal escort to walk to the park two blocks away. One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 786-276-4000
4. On February 25, 1964, a 22-year-old Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) knocked out Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, and history was changed. Four decades later in 2004, Taschen published Goat, weighing in at 50 pounds and selling for $15,000. This year Taschen introduces Greatest of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali, a 15-pound publication ($150) featuring hundreds of photographs and innumerable championship moments.Taschen, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-538-6185
5. An icon of effortless and classic style, Persol's Steve McQueen sunglasses ($185-$360) will be much appreciated by your fashion-obsessed friends. Splash Boutique, Loews Miami Beach, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach