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Omega lands at Aventura Mall.

June 21, 2011

The 162-year-old Swiss watchmaker Omega opened its latest boutique in Aventura Mall this month. Modeled after the New York flagship, the 888-square-foot boutique brings to life the themes of sun, water, earth and time. The shop offers the brand’s complete product line of watches, as well as fine jewelry and leather collections. Boasting a strong ambassador line-up that includes a supermodel, an Academy Award winner, Olympic athletes, an astronaut and even James Bond, Omega epitomizes classic versatility and quality. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., #621, Aventura, 305-931-8788


Miami Food Trucks Go Hard Rock

This summer, dinner and a movie just got sweeter.

June 21, 2011

Food from the Mr. Good Stuff food truck

Each Thursday night through summer’s end, Miami’s beloved food trucks will rally a county away at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Up to 20 trucks will serve their gourmet meals on wheels, including some of our favorites like Dim Ssäm á GoGo, The Fish Box and Sugar Rush. Bonus? Come with a beach chair and settle in for a free double feature under the stars. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-327-7625

—vanessa martin


Spa Arrival: ELLE Spa

Relax in style at ELLE Spa, a partnership between the Eden Roc and ELLE.

June 20, 2011


Spa goers have a new pampering oasis thanks to the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach hotel and ELLE magazine. The new 22,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style ELLE Spa is a can't-miss, complete with treatment rooms, a hair salon, a gym and a boutique. “The ELLE team had been talking about doing a spa for awhile,” says Emily Dougherty, ELLE beauty and fitness director. “We love the Eden Roc. We love their philosophy. They’re not cookie-cutter, and it’s such a Miami landmark.” Dougherty reports that an ELLE editor curated every element of the spa. “We took all the feedback from our editors’ and contributors’ spa experiences around the world: What they liked and didn’t like in a spa and what made them feel relaxed,” she says. High-coved ceilings, white-washed walls, natural stone, fountains, wood tables, dangling epiphytes and an oversize statue of a  unicorn make up the décor and design. Treatments range from typical Swedish massages to services inspired by the glossy’s editorial columns such as “Doctor’s Orders” and “Forever 25.” Don't miss the orange and coral Eden & Roc nail polishes ($9 each), which were created by Essie and are exclusive to the spa. “The editors are obsessed with nail colors and we thought, wouldn’t it be cool to have our own,” said Dougherty. “The colors we chose are office friendly and you can wear them to the beach.” We feel more relaxed already. ELLE Spa, 4525 Collins Ave.; 305-674-5585

—Annie Vazquez


Burger Time

The new 5 Napkin Burger is deliciously satisfying.

June 20, 2011

FROM LEFT: The original 5 Napkin burger; the Italian turkey burger

With executive chef Andy D’ Amico steering the creative menu at the new 5 Napkin Burger on Lincoln Road, you might find yourself dining there more than regularly. The location serves up the same classic menu items that its New York City and Boston outposts are known for, including its signature dish: the Original 5 Napkin Burger. Inside this culinary gem, find drizzling Gruyère cheese, caramelized onions and rosemary aioli layered over 10 ounces of ground beef. Although the American bar and grill specializes in burgers, sushi lovers and vegetarians alike will be pleased with the selection of seafood and meatless platters. And the dark wood bar houses a satisfying selection of 80 beers, 10 cocktails and 40 bourbons. Milkshakes (cookies and cream, salted caramel and strawberry) are also on the menu. 455 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-538-2277


Father’s Day Gift Ideas

A selection of presents that will show dad you care.

June 17, 2011


Waterproof up to 100 meters and designed to make a statement, the Time Teller P watch from Nixon ($60) is an excellent addition to any timepiece collection. The sleek contours and various neon colors are ultra eye catching. The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899


















For practicality matched with style, try these reversible plaid shorts ($98) from Scoop. The chambray, denim or seersucker shorts are comfortable, cool and range from yellow-orange to blue-green. Doesn’t every father deserve more than one look? Scoop NYC, The Shore Club Hotel, 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-5929

















For an item that suits an adventurer, pick up a Peasants & Travelers bag at Koto Aspen. Lining its bags with waxed cotton, leather or natural cork, the line offer a variety of duffle, weekend and overnight styles ($125–$240). Throw in a pair of Waiting for the Sun bamboo sunglasses ($250), and dad will be set. Koto Aspen, 811 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-532-5686






















—Jonathan Borge


Questions With: Giuliana Rancic

We chat with Giuliana Rancic, who showed her support for Breakfast with Santa of Florida as host of Catwalk for Charity.

June 17, 2011

Giuliana Rancic and friends

E! News personality and Fashion Police staff member Giuliana Rancic hosted the first annual Catwalk for Charity last Sunday at The JW Marriott on Brickell Avenue. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefited the nonprofit Breakfast with Santa of Florida, which is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged children in Miami’s Little Haiti and Haiti itself. We caught up with Rancic backstage about the event, her fashion sense and why she’s thinking of buying a home in the Magic City.

Why did you decide to co-host Catwalk for Charity?
GIULIANA RANCIC: About a week or so after the 2010 earthquake. My husband really inspired me. Having no connections to Haiti, he got people together—like a guy with an airplane, a guy who worked at Sara Lee who could donate a lot of food—and they went to Haiti to help. He really proved to me that a lot people don’t know how they can help. Granted not everyone has a friend with an airplane, but everyone can play a role. Now I really do try to go out of my way to help.

You’re one of the best-dressed journalists on TV. Have you always been into fashion?
GR: Yes. As a little girl I’d always wear things to school that the other kids would make fun of me for wearing. I remember I was the first kid to get sparkly Superga shoes. I got them in pink and baby blue and people thought I was crazy, but then the next year everybody started wearing them. I love fashion. I’m working on my own fashion line right now. I think my father definitely inspired me. He’s been an Italian tailor since he was 10 years old and he’s 70 now. So I think I got it from him.

Who are your favorite designers?
GR: There are so many. I wore Zac Posen recently and I think his stuff is beautiful. I think Carolina Herrera is so gorgeous, and Oscar de la Renta is breathtaking. As far as newer designers, I really love Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row and Elizabeth and James.

What do you love about Miami?
GR: I feel like I’m in another country. I love the weather and I love heat. What I love more than anything is that at 1 o’clock in the morning the streets are full and there’s energy and people just want to have fun. In Miami, people work to live and in the rest of this country people live to work. My husband and I were even thinking of getting a second home here.

—Annie Vazquez


A Perfect Summer Outfit

Look effortlessly chic in a piece by Poupette St-Barth.

June 14, 2011

Cleo Combi shorts romper ($230)

St. Barths and Miami have plenty in common, including postcard-worthy beaches, balmy tropical weather and a need for clothing that works as well on the sand as it does at cocktail hour. Poupette St-Barth opened an outpost in Coral Gables late last year, providing locals with pieces that are light, a bit whimsical and perfect for humid summers. Wear the look here (the romper is available in seven color combinations) at the pool or on a beach day. Poupette St-Barth, 330 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, The Village of Merrick Park, 305-648-3333


The Better to SEE You With

SEE Eyewear pops up in South Miami.

June 13, 2011

SEE Eyewear is the latest boutique to pop up in South Miami. After 10 years on Lincoln Road, owners Richard and Shelley Golden have expanded with a second outpost that sits on busy Sunset Drive. Richard, a Michigan native and son of an optometrist, says his store’s slogan is “hip without the rip.” “We don’t carry any brands—SEE is our brand,” he explains. “We sell glasses between $200 to $350 that are like designer glasses except you’re not paying $800 for them.” When it comes to choosing the best frames for your face, he says there are rules. “You actually wear the opposite of what the shape of your face is, but you can always break the rules,” he says. “If it looks good on you, we tell people to run with it.”

—Annie Vazquez


Lunch L’Express at db Bistro Moderne

Have lunch at the bar at db Bistro Moderne.

June 10, 2011

The new sandwich menu at the bar at db Bistro Moderne is an excellent reason to take a quick proper lunch. Enjoy a cup of homemade soup d’jour and a handcrafted sandwich along with a side dish like Bavarian potato salad and pommes gaufrettes (waffle-cut French fries) for under $20. Among the sandwich options find the lobster-shrimp roll with crudités and tarragon dressing; the DB smoked salmon club; and the Croque Señor—a delicious local twist on a French classic and a Cuban medianoche sandwich with mojo roasted pork, French ham and Gruyère. The menu is offered weekdays in the bar and lounge. 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, 305-421-8800

—Vanessa Martin


Weekend Watch

Where to be and what to do this weekend.

June 10, 2011

The courtyard at The Setai

What: Buddha Bar XIII Launch
Where: The Setai (2001 Collins Ave., 305-520-6000)
Why: XIII is your lucky number, plus good music in a beautiful courtyard.
When: Friday, June 10 (8 PM–1 AM; complimentary cocktails from 8–9 PM)
RSVP: To RSVP (required), call 305-520-6400 or e-mail setaidining@ghmamericas.com.

What: The After Party          
Where: Grand Central Lofts (697 N. Miami Ave.)
Why: The afterparty is always better. Add a three-hour open 42Below bar, and you’re golden.
When: Saturday, June 11 (10:30 PM–1 AM; complimentary vodka cocktails all night)
Note: Enter the event on NW Seventh Street.

What: Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Where: O Cinema (90 NW 29th St., Miami, 305-571-9970)
Why: The cinephile in you will love learning about legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff.
When: Sunday, June 12 (1 PM, 3:15 PM and 5:30 PM)

What: Redland Summer Fruit Festival
Where: Fruit & Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead)
Why: Find fresh and rare summer fruits, plus wines and specialty foods
When: Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 (10 AM–5 PM)



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