Sweet Sips at Serendipity 3
Frozen hot chocolate isn’t the only beverage at this new ice cream shop.
February 17, 2012
Size 0 cocktail
Post-Valentine’s Day chocolates and sweets sales are hard to resist. Equally irresistible is South Beach’s new ice cream and dessert shop, New York’s famed Serendipity 3. While the frozen hot chocolate has earned raves (and movie cameos), don’t miss the shop’s whimsical cocktails, which can be as indulgent as a dessert or virtually guilt-free. Calorie-counting diners might try the Size 0 cocktail made with vodka, muddled strawberry and cucumber, and light lemonade. And for something sweeter, there’s the Caketini, which is topped with actual cake.
Theodora & Callum Play with Dayglow
Make your outfit pop with one of the brand's vibrant spring scarfs.
February 16, 2012
Scarfs by Theodora and Callum
Rather than hop a plane to faraway places like Bora Bora, Morocco, Turkey, and India, opt instead to channel the sultry locales through fashion with exotic scarfs, jewelry, shoes, and handbags by Theodora & Callum. Helmed by fashion trailblazer Stefani Greenfield, of Scoop NYC stores and Bravo’s Launch My Linefame, and entertainment producer Desirée Gruber (wife of Sex and the City’s Kyle MacLachlan), the bon vivant-inspired line is named after Greenfield’s daughter and Gruber’s son, Theodora and Callum. While whimsical printed scarves are at the heart of the collection, Stuart Weitzman manufactures the shoes and handbags. “We think of Theodora & Callum as a creative factory. It’s not about chasing trends,” says Greenfield. The dayglow designs in Theodora & Callum’s spring collection are sure to be seen around South Beach. Capretto Shoes, 5822 Sunset Dr., South Miami; 305-661-7767
Trunk Show: Pick Your Ippolita Pleasure
Meet Italian jewelry designer Ippolita at Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour.
February 15, 2012
When it comes to creating timeless, handmade gold pieces, Italian jewelry designer Ippolita has got it in the bag. Touted for her sculpted designs in gold, silver, and rose-colored metals, Ippolita’s bold necklaces, chunky rings, and stacked bangles have become a fan favorite of celebrities like Brooke Shields, Sofia Vergara, Mila Kunis, and Zoë Saldana. Meet the designer behind the brand at Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour on Saturday (February, 18; 11:30) during an exclusive spring/summer 2012 trunk show promising bites and bubbly. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; RSVP to 305-993-4612 or RSVPBalHarbour@NeimanMarcus.com.
Gorgeous Green Nail Polishes
Pistachio, mint and emerald hued lacquers are trending for Spring.
February 15, 2012
Fall’s teal-colored nail polishes will take on a decidedly pistachio hue this spring. We love Priti NYC's Dusty Miller ($13), Dior's Waterlily ($23), and RGB's Dew ($16). Try out the look at your favorite salon—a green manicure might be the cure for the February blues.
Accessory Find: Diamond Ear Cuffs
The edgy ’90s ear cuff trend makes a luxurious return, thanks to Diane Kruger.
February 14, 2012
Kruger, wearing Repossi ear cuffs
At the premiere of her new film, Farewell, My Queen, in which she plays Marie Antoinette, actress Diane Kruger sported these chic ear cuffs. Upon further research, fashion website Refinery29 revealed that the cuffs are by Italian jewelry brand Repossi, and are made of white gold and diamonds. Similar styles are available in the Colette e-shop and start at a cool $12,468.
Style News: TOMS Launches a Line of Ballet Flats
The charitable footwear brand pops the top off of its classic slip-on.
February 10, 2012
TOMS ballet flats
The exceedingly comfortable TOMS slip-ons have been morphed into a collection of ballet flats ($74–$84) for spring. Available in 13 colors and styles, materials include suede animal print, black leather, canvas, burlap, linen, and a woven variety. For fans of the classic TOMS shoe, there is also a limited-edition Valentine’s Day print (gray canvas, pink hearts) available only online. And, as always, for every TOMS shoe purchased, the brand will donate a pair of shoes to a person in need. Nordstrom, 7239 S.W. 88th St., 786-709-4100
A Salon Package for Dapper Miami Men
Salon Vaso offers a Mad Men package for well-kept men.
February 08, 2012
In an age of metrosexual-soaked pop culture, ladies aren’t the only ones who need come-hither looks to get by. Thanks to the talented staff at Salon Vaso, men can stay maintained with a manicure, pedicure, haircut, and a stiff glass of Scotch—a.k.a the Mad Men package ($80). Bring a buddy who also purchases the television-inspired package and you’ll receive $30 off of your salon tab. 1500 Alton Road, 2nd Floor, Miami Beach; 305-674-7470
5 Sweet Valentine’s Day Gifts
Heartfelt finds for friends and family.
February 02, 2012
News flash: Valentine’s Day is about more than just nauseating romance, prix fixes and drugstore teddy bears. Valentine's Day is simply about expressing love and happiness. And, though some dismiss it as a Hallmark holiday, we're not going to frown on a day that focuses on l'amour. This year, go outside the heart-shaped box and gift family and friends with these thoughtful tokens of affection from local online retailer Gretel. Through Valentine's Day, Gretel is offering 20-percent off of anything pink, red or heart-stamped.
Drink This: Valentine’s Day Elixirs
Three festive cocktail recipes for the single and the attached.
February 02, 2012
Candy Heart cocktail
Ah, Valentine’s Day. Whether you will be wooing the one you love or celebrating solo, cocktails are definitely in order. Here are three no-fail love potions from the mixologists at Whiskey Blue at the W Fort Lauderdale to get you through.
Love Potion #9
1 ounce Stoli Vanilla
1/2 ounce watermelon liqueur
1 ounce cranberry juice
1 ounce pineapple juice
Add first four ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a Champagne flute, top with Champagne, and garnish with a strawberry half.
1 1/2 ounces Stoli Vanil
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 bar spoon of strawberry jam
Add first four ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice, top with Champagne, and garnish with a lemon twist.
1 1/2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
1 1/2 ounces White Creme de Cacao
5 ounces Finlandia Vodka
5 ounces half & half
1 1/2 ounces strawberry purée
3/4 ounce fresh sour mix
2 1/2 ounces whipped cream
Add first four ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and set aside. Add remaining ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain atop martini glass mixture and garnish with a strawberry half.
Whiskey Blue at the W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-8200.
Miami Made: Our Prince of Peace
A bold new clothing line from the mind behind Gold Saturn debuts in Miami.
January 31, 2012
A look by Our Prince of Peace
From Miami-based designer David Jon Acosta—the creator of Gold Saturn—comes a novel line of clothing called Our Prince of Peace. “This collection is more about fabrics and prints, while Gold Saturn is all about graphics,” says Acosta. Our Prince of Peace is also inherently South Florida. “The line embodies the carefree and colorful lifestyle of my hometown, Miami Beach,” adds Acosta. Standout pieces include disco shredded pants, stars-and-stripes mini biker shorts and safari scarves. You know, the usual beachwear. The Closet Boutique, 6354 SW 40th St., Miami, 305-668-6472