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Eat, Drink and Be Charitable

The 16th annual United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival delivers.

April 06, 2011

Food lovers take note: Enjoy gourmet eats and renowned wines all in the name of charity at the 16th annual United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival April 14 through April 17. The festivities begin with Taste & Toast at the Village of Merrick Park, where guests will be able to sample dozens of wines and bites from 30 of South Florida’s top restaurants. (Thursday night also includes an after party called Music to Drink Whiskey By.) Friday and Saturday the good times—and good eats—continue at the Intercontinental Miami. Celebrity chef Dewey LoSasso of The Forge will help guests at the "Food, Friends, and Fun” Friday night interactive dinner. On Saturday it’s a “Cellar-bration” with a live auction, multi-course dinner and jazz concert. To close the weekend this year, the festival expanded to include a craft beer tasting (Brew & Bites) at Mary Brickell Village. The best part of all this indulging? All proceeds go to Miami’s United Way. United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival, 1-877-820-3378



New Pop-Up: Rebecca Minkoff

The beloved bag designer opens two pop-up shops, delves into shoes and talks about her Miami favorites.

April 06, 2011

Known best for her Morning After bag and a celebrity following who can’t get enough of her laid-back-cool apparel and accessories, designer Rebecca Minkoff is all about Miami these days. The designer is launching two pop-up shops from April 15 through May 15 at Koko & Palenki in Aventura and at Merrick Park. Why? Because she loves the energy of Miami and the fact that women here are a bit more adventurous with their accessories. Read on to see what else this San Diego native has to say about the 305, what she does when she’s not designing and where she likes to shop.

What will we find at the pop-up shop?
REBECCA MINKOFF: You will be able to get your hands on the black patent leather MAC clutch Shenea Grimes has been carrying. The pop-up shop will have an especially large selection so you can buy a special Rebecca Minkoff piece you won’t be able to find in Florida after it’s over.

Stars from Alexa Chung and Blake Lively to Brooke Shields and Halle Berry are fans of your brand. What do you think has made you a successful designer?
RM: I think my collection is very diverse and my bags are functional and fashionable. There’s a bag for every type of woman. Some pieces are very classic like the Nikki Hobo that Halle wears, and then there are pieces I design that mix that classic with a bit of rocker edge, like the blue MAC bag Blake Lively has worn.

For Spring 2011, you have your very first footwear line available. Why shoes?
RM: I felt there was a void in the market for great shoes that fit with my brand essence: classic with a twist.

What is your favorite Miami restaurant?
RM: Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink in the Design District. I love their food and their mission.

Where do you shop when you’re in town?
RM: Scarlett Boutique, Jenna White, Koko & Palenki and Jesse Boutique

How do you spend your time when you’re not designing?
RM: I love to cook. It’s really relaxing and after a jammed pack work schedule I love to just come home and cook a good meal for my husband.

What other designers do you love?
RM: Now that I have clothes, bags and shoes I mostly wear all my own pieces, but I did just buy a pair of vintage Vivienne Westwood pirate boots that I’m very excited about.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given?
RM: The best piece I ever received was from my mom, who told me to be persistent.

—Annie Vazquez


Happy Hour Heaven

Travel + Leisure puts two Miami restaurants on its list of top happy hour spots.

April 05, 2011

The Forge

Travel + Leisure magazine recently listed its picks for America’s Best Happy Hours, and two Miami restaurants made the cut. Michael’s Genuine ranked in the top three with their daily half-price drinks and five-dollar snacks. The Forge also placed in the top 10 thanks to its Thursday night, $6.50 offerings. With prices like that at two of Miami’s finest restaurants, who wouldn’t be happy?


Pool Parties at Mandarin Oriental

The Oasis Beach Club plays host to a weekly pool and beach bash.

April 04, 2011

The Oasis Beach Club at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

This past weekend, Mandarin Oriental, Miami debuted “Sizzlin Sundaze,” a new Sunday beach and pool party (12 to 6 PM) held weekly at the Oasis Beach Club. Amid the Biscayne Bay backdrop, Sundaze guests will be able to soak up the sun, sip mimosas, indulge in mini spa services and nosh on sushi, salads and, of course, hamburgers and hot dogs. Each week, a specialty cocktail ($8) will be on offer and a happy hour will run from noon to 2 PM with all drinks selling for $8. Cabana packages, such as the SoBe Cabana ($350), are also available and include perks like champagne, sushi platters, saki tastings and more. 500 Brickell Key Dr.


Make Way for Matthew Williamson

Preview the designer's new diffusion collection for Impulse at Macy's.

April 04, 2011

Reminiscent of his previous Miami-inspired line, Matthew Williamson’s new capsule collection for Impulse hits Macy’s on April 13. Flattering and easy-to-wear, the collection features everyday staples ($50 to $120), as well as specialty pieces (up to $300). Look for 70s leaning graphic print dresses, bohemian blouses and flirty rompers in pretty pinks and purples. Macy’s group vice president and fashion director Nicole Fischelis describes the line as “seductive and sophisticated, yet unconventional," and we'd have to agree.   


New Store: Brunello Cucinelli

Brunello Cucinelli opens in the Bal Harbour Shops with a private reception for a good cause.

March 31, 2011

The posh Bal Harbour Shops are receiving an extra dose of la dolce vita courtesy of Brunello Cucinelli. The elegant Italian label opens the doors of its store on April 1, and the night before a select few are invited to preview the premiere of the Spring/Summer 2011 line during a private reception hosted by Bruno Cucinelli, Leticia and Miky Grendene, Jennifer and Gary Nader and Carole and Oscar Seikaly. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Jackson Memorial Foundation Guardian Angels to benefit Holtz Children’s Hospital.

Brunello Cucinelli offers a mix of classic cuts done with a modern, lightweight twist—and that same attention to detail and desire to soothe the senses is apparent in the latest shop with its cool, calming feel. “Beauty is not always simple,” says Cucinelli, “and yet simplicity is always beautiful.” Brunello Cucinelli, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Second Floor, 305-864-4833


Sam Edelman: Rock These Shoes

A new collection from Sam Edelman is a winner.

March 31, 2011

Sam Edelman’s latest collection has made its South Florida debut. “It was about mixing and matching and playing on similarities and opposites,” says Edelman of the philosophy behind his offerings. Slip into his four-inch Lorissa ($200), a denim number studded with fierce spikes, and you’ll understand the pretty paradox. Available at Koko & Palenki, Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., 305-444-0626

—Annie Vazquez


New Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood

The designer pairs up with Rodarte for his newest collection—and Saks Fifth Avenue wants you to shop for a good cause.

March 30, 2011

On March 30, Saks Fifth Avenue launches the Nicholas Kirkwood spring/summer 2011 shoe collection. Nicolas Kirkwood shoes are 1007 hand-crafted shoes Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore, Mary-Kate Olsen and Sienna Miller have been spotted wearing numbers from the Young Sole Rebel line. And for this latest collection, Kirkwood collaborated with the designers from Rodarte.

The launch is part of a charity shoe shopping event (6-8 PM) hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The first 100 guests to donate $100 or more to Big Brothers Big Sisters will receive a $100 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card. The event will feature a Champagne reception and hors d’oeuvres while guests shop the latest shoe trends at 10022-SHOE, the Saks shoe boutique. Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland, 7687 N. Kendall Dr., Miami; 305-662-8655


Essie's New Blue

The nail brand joins forces with Toms Shoes for a limited edition lacquer.

March 29, 2011

Essie has teamed up with Toms Shoes for One Day Without Shoes, a global initiative taking place on April 5 to raise critical awareness about children in developing countries who lack proper footwear. To support the cause, Essie created One Day Without Blues, a dreamy blue lacquer with a hint of shimmer. The limited edition polish can be purchased at onedaywithoutshoes.com, where you’ll also find this cute video of bloggers and editors pledging to “show their toes so kids don’t have to.” At last check, the polish was sold out but here's hoping for a restock!

—Michaela Manning


BaselWorld 2011: Watches to WatchV

Three timepieces cap off BaselWorld 2011.

March 29, 2011

FROM LEFT: The Bulgari Octo Chronographe Quadri-Retro; Bedat watch; the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Evotec BigDate

This year Bulgari redefines time with the Octo Chronographe Quadri-Retro timepiece with Gerald Genta caliber. The octagonal case is remeniscent of the great Genta look but with a sporty appeal. It is made of ceramic and steel and offers a jumping hours indicator at 12:00, and retrograde minute hand that travels over the arc. A retrograde date and retrograde chronograph counters complete the look of this automatic column-wheel chronograph.

Inspired by the Art Deco movement, Bedat continues to offer elegance and distinctive beauty in its timepieces. This new Swiss made watch is the perfect marriage of craftsmanship and jeweled magic. It features 365 diamonds weighing 3.53 carats and a monther-of-pearl dial, and is set with a violet satin strap and 18kt gold case.

And from Carl F. Bucherer, this women's Patravi Evotec BigDate watch in 18kt gold houses an automtaic 33-jewel movement. It features a diamond dial and case and a sea-snake strap.

Timepiece editor Roberta Naas reports from BaselWorld and beyond.

—Roberta Naas

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