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A Clean Start at the Standard Spa

Miami’s coolest spa helps start off the year right.

January 04, 2012

There’s nothing better than starting the year with a clean slate, but after all of your holiday extravagances and indulgences a fresh start might mean a detoxification. Fortunately, five days might be all you need to feel healthy and revived. The Standard Spa has created a new nourishing five-day juice cleanse ($350; $50 deposit for recyclable, non-disposable bottles). The program includes a daily supply of juices and smoothies, life coaching, an astrology school session, a mediation class, daily holistic baths and a daily hamam experience bar. Pre-register by January 6 with the spa desk (located on the third floor), and prepare to feel very good. Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305-704-3945

—maria argüello
Photograph courtesy of The Standard Spa Miami Beach


New Lounge: Chalk

Ping-Pong (and much more) prevails at Miami Beach’s hottest new rec room.

January 04, 2012

Chalk lounge officially opens January 5, but during the last two weeks it has hosted a string of holiday parties, private gatherings and a fun New Year’s Eve bash. Tomorrow’s grand opening, however, signals the venue’s true coming out party. Guests can partake in a round or two of games thanks to seven Ping-Pong tables, five billiard tables and classic board games such as Connect 4 and checkers. Other notable details include private rooms and a revolving 300-square-foot gallery wall curated by SuperMarket Creative. The first installation showcases paddles covered in graffiti designed by local powerhouse Primary Flight. The hourly rate for use of the Ping-Pong and pool table is $15, but the $50 monthly membership includes perks like advance table reservations, reduced drink and table pricing and a complimentary bottle of Champagne on the member’s birthday. But during the grand opening festivities it’s all compliments of the house. (RSVP by emailing chalk@taraink.com or call 305-864-3434 ext. 200.) Chalk, 1234 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-8662 

—maria argüello
photograph by robin hill


Beauty Chat: Armani’s Tim Quinn

The celebrity makeup artist and brand ambassador talks Spring trends and local beauty blunders.

January 03, 2012

Rouge d'Armani Sheer lipsticks in Spring shades

  Tim Quinn

We recently had the pleasure of meeting Armani beauty director Tim Quinn at the brand’s Bal Harbour boutique. A glamorous nomad and celebrity makeup artist, Quinn trained under makeup legend Pat McGrath before joining Armani to launch its beauty offshoot in 2001. Here, the in-demand beauty pro (whose celebrity clients range from Glenn Close to Gwen Stefani) discusses Spring makeup trends, how to find your best shade of red lipstick and Miami-specific makeup faux pas.

What trends do you predict in Spring makeup palettes?
TIM QUINN: Spring makeup is definitely inspired by the hues of the ocean: Aqua's and jades complimented by the sheen and opal essence often found in seashells.  

How should women update their makeup regime for 2012?
TQ: By stepping away from the dark smoky and metallic eyes and breaking away from the overly glossed wet lip.  Sheer washes of color are more appropriate with the Spring/Summer fashions. And luminous glowing skin is definitely the way to go for complexion.

What does Armani beauty have in store for shoppers this Spring?
TQ: We have a collection of sheer lipsticks—12 shades from pinks to corals to reds, and even some purples—Spring palettes for the eyes with green, violet and soft gold and a new Designer Lift foundation, which adds to our portfolio of award-winning foundations.

Is there a trick to finding the perfect red lipstick for each woman?
TQ: For reds, Armani 401 is great on most anyone. Rihanna has worn this slightly orange tone red quite a bit. 400 is a gorgeous true red that is a favorite of Amber Heard. If one is wary of red, then a gloss or sheer version might be the best option. And don't overdo the rest of your look. Perhaps a glimmer on the eye...

Shimmer and glitter are all the rage in Miami. Does the trend have an age cap?
TQ: Most of the makeup now is so refined that sheen, shimmer and glimmer can look well on most any age—glitter, however, not so!

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see in Miami?
TQ: I think the Miami misstep I see most often is wearing too much foundation. Less is best and be sure that the color on your face matches the rest of your neckline.

—Maria Argüello


Outfit Inspiration: Madewell Spring Style

Look forward to bright new trends with looks from Madewell’s latest line.

January 03, 2012

It’s barely January but we’re already springing forward with looks from Madewell’s Spring line. Find your fair-weather wardrobe inspiration with these seven looks and standout trends.

—Maria Argüello


New Year's Eve Hot Spots

Where to be when the clock strikes twelve.

December 27, 2011

Fontainebleau's Chateau building

What: Double your fun with the EC Twins
When: 9 PM, open bar until midnight
Where: SET, 320 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Why: EC Twins will be spinning their signature style house music.
How: Purchase tickets here
Price: General Admission tickets start at $150

What: Turn the Tides at New Year's Eve Dinner 
When: First seating 8:30 PM
Where: King & Grove Tides South Beach, 1120 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Why: A festive dinner and perfect seats to enjoy the fireworks
How: Email lanier.taylor@kingandgrove.com or call 305-604-5067
Price: Dinner begins at $150 per person

What: NYE at Fontainebleau 
When: 7 PM
Where: Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Why: Sebastian Ingrosso and Busta Rhymes take over the hotel's club, LIV, while Axwell performs poolside 
How: Purchase tickets here

What: NYE Red Room Party by Diesel's Rosso Brothers
When: 8 PM
Where: The Pelican Hotel, 826 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Why: Andrea and Stefano Rosso, sons of Diesel brand owner Renzo Rosso, started the Red Room Party in Milano, and, throughout 2011, took it to Beijing, Moscow and NYC. But, for NYE, it's getting red hot in Miami! 
How: Email reservation@pelicanhotel.com or call 305-673-3373 
Price: $295, includes six-course dinner and a bottle of champagne per couple

What: Orange Drive Music Festival
When: Festival begins Friday, December 30th at 5:30 PM
Where: Different locations throughout the weekend
Why: It's a three day fiesta with Cee Lo Green, Ne-Yo, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Boys II Men, and more
How: Purchase tickets here
Price: Starting at $117 for a day pass

What: A Smooth NYE
When: 9 PM - 12 AM
Where: Delano, 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Why: Grammy Award-nominee Robin Thicke will perform live
How: Purchase tickets here, email Nye.delano@morganshotelgroup.com or call 305-674-6152
Price: Starting at $150


Accessory Find: A Hunting Season Hobo Handbag

Hunting Season’s scarlet purse in snakeskin slithers into must-have handbag territory.

December 20, 2011

Miami has been producing stellar fashion talents of late, and Coral Gables native Danielle Corona ranks high on the list with her Hunting Season line of expertly crafted handbags. Officially launched with Barneys New York in 2009, the impeccable accessories line created from exotic skins and luxurious leathers can be found on the arms of South Florida’s well-heeled set. The label’s greatest showstopper? A red python hobo ($1,750)—the perfect holiday gift for the woman who seemingly has it all. Hunting Season handbags are sold at Barneys and Intermix stores nationwide. For an appointment at the Miami showroom, call 305-431-6284 or email marilyn@hunting-season.com.



A Gift Guide for Technology Lovers

Eight technologically advanced items for giving.

December 19, 2011

1. DIA Parrot by NoDesign Digital Photo Frame: New for Holiday 2011, the DIA Parrot by NoDesign is a digital photo frame that operates on the Android system and features separated LCD panels and reflected light that creates an effect similar to a modern light box. The frame also offers numerous connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, email, an SD card slot and USB ports.

2. Parrot Zikmu Speakers by Philippe Starck ($3,400): Perfect for the home entertainer, the design aficionado or the serious audiophile, these Zikmu speakers—limited editions for holiday 2011—combine sophisticated wireless technology with the sleek artistry of renowned designer Philippe Starck. These wireless speakers feature a dedicated iPod/iPhone docking station and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies. They also communicate wirelessly with each other allowing them to be positioned anywhere in any room for intense, 360-degree sound with spectacular clarity. Available through Ron Robinson

3. Jambox by Jawbone ($199): One of the best-selling speakers at Apple, Jambox wirelessly connects to smartphones, tablets and laptops, so you can listen to music, watch movies, play games or make phone calls wherever you are.

4. OnLive Game System: OnLive’s stocking-size game system and amazingly powerful gaming service provides a console-quality experience without bulky consoles. Sign up for a free account and jump into playing on virtually any display: TV, PC, Mac, iOS or Android-based tablets. With more than 150 games, OnLive offers amazing options in every genre with a massive online spectator arena allowing gamers to share and watch others play.

5. Nokia J Headset ($100): The award-winning Nokia J headset is beautifully crafted in stainless steel and provides superior sound. Voice-guided Bluetooth allows it to connect to two devices simultaneously and superior battery life allows for five hours of continuous talk or three months on standby. The Nokia J automatically turns on once removed from its holder, and with its noise-isolating in-ear design, auto volume control for surrounding noise and built-in DSP noise cancellation, calls are always crystal clear.

6. Computer Apparel Original V-Neck computer sleeve ($49.99–$69.99): This sleeve by Computer Apparel protects Apple products without cramping style. The trendy T-shirt design is made of 100 percent cotton, reinforced with multilayer-padding for protection, and is machine washable. The Original V-Neck sleeve is equipped with convenient pockets to stow chargers, papers and even your iPhone. With five vibrant colors to choose from and four different sizes, your gadgets will be dressed to impress.

7. Striiv Pedometer ($99): Though half the size of a credit card, the Striiv pedometer is like no other. It is powerful enough to play motivational walking video games, and each step taken is a step for charity—whether that means clean drinking water for a child in South America or an opportunity to save a portion of the rain forests.

8. Sector Shark Master Chronograph Watch: Sector, a global watch brand for the active, fashion-conscious consumer, combines the performance of a sports watch with sleek Italian design. The Shark Master Chronograph features rubber straps and a stainless steel black case and is water resistant to 200 meters. It also has a charitable component: A portion of the sales benefits the Kris Humphries Foundation, which is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. “I have always been a watch enthusiast,” says Humphries, “and the Sector brand represents everything I’m about—an active lifestyle, competitive spirit and striving to be the best I can be.” 

Read more from Joshua Estrin at popmuncher.com.

—joshua estrin


New Men’s Department at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour

The Man’s Store gets a makeover.

December 16, 2011


The Man’s Store at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour has reopened with an extreme makeover. The men’s department moved up from the first floor to the third and gained some serious square footage. Shops by Isaia, Brioni and Stefano Ricci are currently open with Tom Ford and Gucci hot on their heels. Shoppers can also expect new floors, fixtures and wall treatments. Ladies, don’t be jealous: The entire Bal Harbour store is undergoing renovations with completion slated for July 2012. The Man’s Store at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-865-6161



Beauty Gifts to Give

Nordstrom beauty and fragrance director Cheri Botiz shares five pretty products that will make for a lovely holiday.

December 16, 2011

Nordstrom, 7239 SW 88th St., Dadeland Mall, 786-709-4100; 4310 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables, 786-999-1313

—maria argüello


Weekend Watch: December 15–18

Start planning your weekend.

December 15, 2011

Photograph by Peter Vahan

Beach House Boutique Opening
Stacia Zielinski of South Miami’s Scarlett opens Beach House boutique in Fort Lauderdale, which carries brands such as Alice + Olivia and Cynthia Vincent, plus Rebecca Minkoff bags and Missoni scarves. Gentlemen will find Original Penguin, Old Harbour Outfitters and Ray-Ban.
WHERE: The Atlantic Resort & Spa (601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale)
WHEN: The opening party is Thursday, December 15 (6–10 PM) with complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, gift bags and valet.

Happy Hour at Edge
2-for-1 specials on all wines by the glass, craft beers and cocktails
WHERE: Edge at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami (1435 Brickell Ave., Seventh Floor)
WHEN: Seven nights a week (3–7 PM)

What Women Want
Find cocktails, shopping and beauty treatments all in one place.
WHERE: Nikki Beach (One Ocean Dr., Miami Beach)
WHEN: Saturday, December 17 (2–5 PM)
HOW: RSVP here

Graffiti by Bike 
Take a tour of Wynwood’s street art that debuted during Art Basel 2011
WHERE: Allapattah Station (3501 NW 12th Ave., Miami)
WHEN: Sunday, December 18 (1–4 PM)
HOW: BYOB (bring your own bike)

Neiman Marcus Facial Event
Chanel, Dior and Sisley-Paris will offer facials
WHERE: Neiman Marcus (390 San Lorenzo, Coral Gables)
WHEN: Friday, December 16 (10 AM–8 PM)

—maria argüello

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