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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



Get to Know: STK Miami’s New Chef

Aaron Taylor dishes on what to eat now at STK, his favorite food blogs, late night eats and more.

January 31, 2012

Chef Aaron Taylor

STK Miami is known as much for its menu as it is for its lively ambience. Responsible for the future success of the already popular menu is newly inducted executive chef Aaron Taylor, who most recently worked at Lincoln Road’s Meat Market. Here, we learn more about the new chef at the helm of one of our favorite restaurants.

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Education: Pennsylvania Culinary Institute
Current cooking obsessions: Using seasonal wild mushrooms. I love the different varieties textures and flavors. 
Guilty pleasure: Subway subs at 2 AM.
After-hours hangout: Finnegan’s on Lincoln Road.
What to eat at STK now: Try the sea bass with organic mushrooms, pickled onion and passion fruit or rack of lamb with maple sweet potato and roasted baby beets.
Food TV favoriteNo Reservations
Best food blogIdeasinfood.com
When I’m not cooking… I spend time with my kids—6-years-old and one and a half.
Most nostalgic dish: Sharp cheddar cheese grits with corned beef hash and poached eggs. It takes me back to my childhood.

—Maria Argüello


Beauty For Real's Lip Gloss for a Cause

Buy a chic lip gloss, help Miami kids in need.

January 31, 2012

RIGHT: Teri Cooper, of Yoga Gangsters. LEFT: Beauty For Real Illumniating Lip Gloss in Spark

Starting February 1, purchases of Beauty For Real Illuminating Lip Gloss in Spark ($22) will do more than just improve the pouts of Miami women, they will help local non-profit Yoga Gangsters further its mission to reach at-risk youth. Yogi and organization founder Teri Cooper teaches yoga to children between the ages of six and 18 living in areas such as Little Haiti and Overtown. Twenty-five percent of online sales of the lip gloss—Cooper’s favorite Beauty For Real product—will go straight to Yoga Gangsters.

—Maria Argüello


Celebrate Mansion’s New Look

The venerable nightclub debuts a remodeled interior with special guest Passion Pit.

January 31, 2012

In a town where the life expectancy of most nightclubs can be counted in months, Mansion has defied the odds to become a revelrous nightlife fixture. Like the people of the city it caters to, Mansion understands the importance of “maintenance” and recently gave itself a facelift. See the transformation (described as futuristic and spaceship-like) this Friday at Mansion’s new and ongoing Super Fridays, kicked off with a DJ set by Passion Pit. Here’s a sneak peek. 1235 Washington Ave., 305-531-5535       

—Maria Argüello


KeSARI Indian Beauty Glows for It

The exotic beauty brand brings Indian secrets to all with its key ingredient—saffron.

January 30, 2012

The miracle ingredient at the core of the newly launched Indian beauty line KeSARI is saffron, or “kesar.” To learn more about this exotic new hair and skincare line, we sat down with KeSARI band ambassador Renée Lucas.

What sets KeSARI apart from other beauty brands?
RENÉE LUCAS: Three things come to mind. First, the main ingredient is saffron, which has a long history in Indian beauty rituals. Secondly, the creators were married through a traditional Indian arrangement—she is the creator and he is the scientist behind the brand. Lastly, KeSARI takes key time-honored Indian ingredients and mixes them with modern-day science.

What is the hero product?
RL: If I had to choose just one, it would be the Pore Minimizing Indian Clay Mask. Not enough people use masks because we are in such a rush all of the time, but this one leaves the face so hydrated.=

A spate of celebrities—Stacy Keibler, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba—are fans of the Indian Oil Hair Serum. What makes it so special?
RL: Hands down, the scent. Every time I use it, it takes me away to an exotic garden!

The KeSARI line of products and facial ($170) are available at Agua Spa at the Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-672-2000



SAG Awards Trend: Black and White

Black and white dresses ruled the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium.

January 30, 2012

SAG Awards fashion marked a return to black and white glamour. The timeless colors set off a mix of designs ranging from sexy and sophisticated to fun and flirty.

Back to Black
Black was anything but basic for Angelina Jolie and Amber Heard. Jolie wore a slinky, backless Jenny Packham gown while Heard wore an edgy cut-out Zac Posen gown. Looking lovely in lace were Stacy Keibler in an off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown, Emma Stone in a flirty Alexander McQueen cocktail dress and Jayma Mays in a Reem Acra sequined number with a sheer back. 

Winning White
On the lighter side, a fashionable Zoe Saldana wore Givenchy couture straight from the Paris runway. Also a vision in white, Rose Byrne wore a heavily embellished Elie Saab jumpsuit. Judy Greer chose a feminine Collette Dinnigan dress while the newly engaged Katrina Bowden wore a glittering strapless design by Amsale. White was also a winning color for Viola Davis, who took home the best female actor in a leading role wearing a Grecian-inspired Marchesa gown.

—Michelle Ward


Weekend Watch

The year of the dragon gets off to a roaring start.

January 27, 2012

Mandarin Oriental

What: A performance of Why Patterns and RECESS
Why: Artist Daniel Arsham, choreographer Jonah Bokaer and 10,000 ping pongs all in one show.
When: Friday, January 27; 8 PM
Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
How: Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online

What: Al Fresco Chinese New Year Party
Why: Celebrate the year of the dragon with a roaring party at the Mandarin Oriental. Guests will enjoy a delicious array of Asian cuisine stations, open bar, an energizing dragon dance and more, with Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline as your backdrop.
When: Saturday, January 28; 7–10 PM
Where: Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami
How: Tickets are $95 in advance or $110 at the door, plus tax and gratuity

What: Sundays on the Green
Why: An organic market with local vendors, pop-up demonstrations and a skate ramp.
When: Sunday, January 29; 12–7 PM
Where: Wynwood Green, 572 NW 23rd St., Miami
How: Free and open to the public

What: We Can't Go Home Again and Don't Expect Too Much
Why: Nicholas Ray’s ’70s documentary will be shown along with his wife Susan’s documentary (Don’t Expect Too Much), which is on the making of Ray’s We Can’t Go Home Again.
When: Sunday, January 29; 8:15 PM
Where: Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
How: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online

What: ING Menu at Area 31
Why: Regardless of whether or not you're running the half, the fully or nothing at all you can enjoy a healthy menu this weekend.
When: January 27 to 29
Where: EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 16th floor, Miami,

—Maria Argüello


A Smart Bamboo Laptop Case

Tote your laptop to work in a sleek, eco-friendly bamboo case.

January 25, 2012

The Silva Limited MacBook Pro case

This Silva Limited MacBook Pro case ($325) is a sleek and eco-conscious alternative to typical tech cases. Made of one solid sheet of 100-percent bamboo, the case is lined with a wool-felt interior to keep your laptop snuggly secured and fully protected. The case also features a handcrafted leather top handle and has a smart look that’s perfect for the office. Atrium Miami, 1931 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-0757



An Exhibit for Wine Lovers

Pore over the history of wine advertisements at the Wolfsonian-FIU.

January 25, 2012

Tomorrow, the Wolfsonian-FIU will open a new installation featuring wine advertisements from its rare books and special collections library. The exhibit (through April 24) offers a unique display of advertisements touting a variety of vineyards and wines. Wine and art aficionados will be most enthused by the early nineteenth century pieces designed by French artists Paul Iribe and Jules Isnard Dransy. The exhibit is the perfect predecessor to the upcoming Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival (February 23–26). The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-1001



New Eatery: Blue Collar

Sophisticated comfort food arrives in the MiMo District.

January 24, 2012

Blue Collar dining room

The Upper East Side is abuzz over the opening of retro eatery Blue Collar. Located in the former American Noodle Bar spot inside the Biscayne Inn motel, Blue Collar whips up comfort food in a relaxed diner setting replete with vintage lunchboxes, an open kitchen and varnished wood tables. Owner and chef Daniel Serfer, formerly of Chef Allen’s in Aventura, serves up tasty plates such as vaca frita-topped tostones; shrimp and grits; crispy-skinned snapper with rock shrimp fried rice; and pasta piled with veal. 6370 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

photograph courtesy of Thrillist.com

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