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Questions With: Kelly Rowland

From being the face of Diddy’s new fragrance to gearing up for a new tour, Kelly Rowland lets us in on her current plans.

August 04, 2011

While Kelly Rowland was with Destiny’s Child she had four No. 1 singles in the US and sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. As a solo artist she has teamed up with hip-hop heavyweights (Lil Wayne, Nelly), international producer-DJs (David Guetta, Alex Gaudino) and sought-after songwriters (Rico Love, Ne-Yo). Her latest album, Here I Am, debuted recently. We sat down with the Miami resident to chat.

Tell us a little about your new album.
KELLY ROWLAND: This album is about expressing myself exactly how I want. It’s a chance to show different sides and what inspires me all on one album.

You are a judge on the next season of Britain’s X-Factor. What is that like?
KR: We just finished auditions and now it’s on to bootcamp. I’m excited to see who will step up to the challenge and thrive.

Things are busy for you: You are also the face of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ new fragrance Empress.
KR: Yes, absolutely, I’m so excited and it smells amazing.

How long have you lived in Miami?
KR: I’ve lived her for five years. I grew tired of staying in hotels and touring for years and I wanted to settle down somewhere. I loved Miami—the water, the energy.

Where do you shop and eat in town?
KR: I shop at Bal Harbour, Collins Avenue, Aventura Mall. As for as dining it’s Prime 112, Eden and Fifi’s. I love Fifi’s. I’m there almost every day. [For] play, I’m usually at my house or Mynt.

You go on tour in the fall. What will you miss most about Miami?
KR: Late-night runs to Cheeseburger Baby.

photograph by Randall Slavin


Louis Vuitton Sneakers

Louis Vuitton takes on athletic footwear—and the changing landscape of men's style.

August 04, 2011

Louis Vuitton moves into the lead of the trainer race—and into many a gentleman’s closet—with its latest entry into the athletic market. This camoflage sneaker ($690) is an excellent example. “The codes have changed,” says Paul Helbers, Louis Vuitton men’s studio director. “There’s an eclecticism in the way men dress today, from Scandinavia to China and Brazil. It’s a culture clash.” Louis Vuitton, 19595 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-931-3887


Fall Accessories: Burberry Bags

Our favorite handbags for the new season to come.

August 03, 2011

Looking forward to autumn, we checked in with Burberry at Village of Merrick Park and chose the best bets for the season. Burberry, Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-446-1550


A New Home Décor Store

Violetas opens in Coral Gables.

August 03, 2011


Brightening up your home or purchasing the perfect gift just got easier thanks to mother-daughter duo Patricia Anton Himmel and Patricia Kronfle and their recently opened upscale home décor shop Violetas in Coral Gables. “Violetas [offers] an eclectic repertoire of hand-selected, exclusive pieces from around the world," says Kronfl. "It was our goal to bring one-of-a-kind items to Miami that give interiors personality and radiance through artfully selected accessories and décor.” One can find antiques, rugs, pillows, Baccarat chandeliers and brands such as Christofle, Hermès, Lalique, Le Jacquard Francais and L'Objet. International artwork and one-of-a-kind jewelry from the United States, Asia and Europe are also in abundance. Let the decorating begin. 233A Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-381-0711


Bar Find: Two Drinking Destinations

High Bar and Jeronimo's liven things up.

August 03, 2011

High Bar

Pool plus bar plus sky would seem the perfect recipe for a stellar day, and High Bar is here to deliver. Located on the fourth floor of the Dream Hotel, the venue is the ideal setting for drinks during the day and lounging or smart sunset cocktails and conversations. Although the bar itself is on the small side, there is an ample, airy lounge seating. Check the weather before going as the near-ocean location picks up breezes.) High Bar is wonderful for groups, so consider bringing your entourage here for a quiet Friday night. High Bar, 1111 Collins Ave. at 11th St., Miami Beach, 305-351-0820

With classic spirits and mixology all the rage, a place like Jeronimo’s is a pleasure. Drinkers can enjoy a bevy of specialty cocktails including Jeronimo’s Punch (Zu Bison Grass Vodka, St-Germain, fresh squeezed lemon, mint, ginger ale), Octopus’ Garden (Death Door Gin, cucumbers, lime slices, sugar, mint), the Azucar Morena (Johnny Walker Black, cream soda, brown sugar, lime) and the Platino Fizz (Jose Cuervo Platino tequila, crème de cassis, ginger beer). Jeronimo’s joins Haven in targeting locals via a solid concept. Become a regular early—this place is sure to become popular fast. Jeronimo's, 814 First St., Miami Beach, 305-397-8382


Spice Up Your Life

Miami Spice puts world of eclectic eateries front and center all month long.

August 03, 2011

Scarpetta's spaghetti

For the past 10 years diners have been spoiled by Miami Spice, an unparalleled two-month-long, county-wide restaurant promotion providing three-course-meals for lunch ($22) and dinner ($35). This year 35 new venues debut on an all-star line-up including lauded Michael’s Genuine, as well as newcomers Kane, Dining Room and Tudor House. (Familiar favorites like Azul, The Forge and Scarpetta are also participating.) Navigation tip: Each eatery sets its own guidelines, so review menus before making reservations. Miami Spice runs August 1-September 30


Marvelous Hair

Blo Blow Dry Bar deals in gorgeous hair.

August 03, 2011


North America’s Blo Blow Dry Bar makes its way to Miami just in time for late summer’s heat waves with not one but two locations: Blo Brickell and Blo Midtown. Simply choose a style from the Bar’s hair menu and “wash, blow, go” your way to fabulous hair. Whether you’re going for “Red Carpet” tresses or “Holly Would” hair, you may never blow-dry at home again. Planning a night on the town? Check out the Blo In-Bar for up-do options and clip-in extension ideas. For those looking to tame their mane on a regular basis, there’s even a Blo Tab. Oh, the possibilities. Blo Midtown, 3301 NE First Ave., 786-373-5256; Blo Brickell, 901 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-2565


Packing List: 12 Favorite Things

Style editor John Lin tells us what he can’t do without while away.

August 01, 2011

It is August and we have vacations on our minds, so we sat down with some of our favorite locals to find out what travels with them when they go away. First up is Ocean Drive style editor John Lin.

The 12 things I don’t leave home without:

1. My sixth BlackBerry Bold. I have a knack for losing them.

2. Membership cards to Soho Beach House and The Standard Spa

3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve to keep my lips from chapping and my cuticles soft

4. My old-school black MacBook

5. My custom Corto Moltedo Cassette Clutch to hold my MacBook. Not only is it stylish, but mine is lined in satin to avoid any scratches.

6. My PRPS black painted jeans

7. My Ray-Ban red trim aviator sunglasses during the day, and if I’m in the mood my Tom Ford circle sunglasses in the evening.

8. My Dries Van Noten printed scarf with tassles turns a day outfit into night.

9. My striped Mochila with tassels is the perfect daytime bag that holds enough for an overnight getaway.

10. My Havaianas by Issa have the perfect thong strap. Who else besides a fellow Brazilian could make a sexier sandal?

11. My GO BIG OR GO HOME pin that I received at one of Ambra Medda’s fabulous dinners in Basel during Art Basel.

12. My boyfriend Junior. Who else would keep me laughing?


New Yoga: The Cottage

Practice your downward dog at a brand-new studio on Biscayne Boulevard.

August 01, 2011

From the minds and bodies behind personal training center Hiperfit, The Cottage—housed in a small home for ultra-intimate sessions—offers an array of classes including Morning Vinyasa Stretch, Yoga Flow, Vinyasa, Power Yoga and Gentle Yoga. To celebrate its grand opening The Cottage will host a house-warming event on August 10 (6:30–8:30 PM) complete with a Vita Coco bar, appetizers by local vegetarian café Mi Vida and a Lululemon trunk show. (As an introductory offer, experience unlimited yoga for the month of August for $59.) 7120a Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-762-6694; RSVP to info@thecottageyoga.com or call 480-707-2332


New Restaurant: Vic & Angelo’s

Vic & Angelo’s opens an outpost on South Beach.

July 29, 2011

Asparagus al forno at Vic & Angelo's

Following the success of its locations in Palm Beach and Delray Beach, Italian favorite Vic & Angelo’s opened an outpost in Miami Beach this week. The eatery offers more than 15 different pasta dishes, most made daily in-house. Try signatures like the 11-ounce Kobe meatball as well as local favorites like a selection of the finest caviar and colossal jumbo shrimp. Lunch offers a choice of 10 specialty paninis, signature coal oven pizzas, pastas, chicken and fish. For dessert try cannoli or vanilla Venetian cake (sponge cake, vanilla custard, toasted meringue). 150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-531-0911

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