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Heaven Help

A dream comes true for makeup pros.

July 26, 2010

MAC makes its way onto Lincoln Road with a refurbished design, a new name “MAC Pro” and the ability to take professional makeup artists to the ultimate lengths of creativity. Professionals will be able to mix and match colors to their preference and conceptualize their own distinct makeup kits. (They can even swing by the MAC Pro photo studio for a session to see how well their kits photograph.) Makeup artists can utilize the research library, where the latest makeup trends are at their fingertips. And for those looking to further their education, master classes, as well as workshops and portfolio reviews, are also available. And what of us non-pros? MAC Pro also carries the original MAC lines. So with more than 250 different products to choose from, we’re sure you, too, will find what you’re looking for. 650 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-9040 



Vive Miss Viv’

Long starved for an It Bag, the fashion world now has one back: meet Miss Viv’.

July 26, 2010

Another sign of a recovering economy: The It Bag is back. Not since mutual funds started imploding in ’08 has there been any real frenzy over a status handbag, so to see a buzz develop over one is more reassuring than anything the Dow Jones could ever tell me. It also helps to have solid A-listers toting you around, and Roger Vivier has them in spades: Miss Viv’, the sleek bag that officially debuts for Spring 2010 in Vivier boutiques this month, is oft-glimpsed on the arm of French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (including during a quick visit to New York with her husband in late March), while Sarah Jessica Parker (second only to Michelle Obama in US style quotient these days) is also a fan. Roger Vivier creative director Bruno Frisoni designed Miss Viv’ for Bruni-Sarkozy, who debuted the bag during France’s Bastille Day celebrations last year. For Spring 2010, Miss Viv’ (available in two sizes) has been crafted in a giraffe-print pony with chocolate croc-embossed handle and fold ($18,500); black or pink patent and garnet washed leather ($1,995–$2,525); and lime croc-embossed leather ($13,100, small size). Then again, when it comes to an It Bag, the renewed idea of “price is no object” may indeed represent a turning point for us all. Roger Vivier, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-868-4344



The Medium is the Message

Red8World develops a watch that tells much more than just the time.

July 26, 2010


Red8World—the newest watch brand on the market—has something to say. Conceived of and developed by watch veteran Christian Bédat (who is behind the brand that bears his name), Red8World watches are designed to communicate philosophical concepts like interracial harmony, love and eco-consciousness—all depicted via interlinked words written on each watch’s bezel.

The six different messages come in different color combinations of case, bezel and dial. One watch features the words EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA and AMERICA; another shows BLACK, YELLOW, WHITE and RED8. Other bezels feature PEACE, LOVE, BOY, GIRL; OX, TIGER, HARE, DRAGON; BROWN, GREEN, PLANET, EARTH; and NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST. Hoping to create a cultlike following, Bédat priced the watches reasonably ($880). The caseback is engraved with the words DESIGNED ON EARTH, PRODUCED IN ASIA.

“Basically I’m saying, Who gives a damn where it is designed?” says Bédat. “The fact is it’s a global watch. The movement is Japanese, it’s produced in China, the website is designed in Korea and it’s shipped out of Switzerland, where I live.”

Details include 42mm round stainless steel or PVD (black, gray, brown) cases, interchangeable rubber straps and Japanese-made, self-winding, eco-auto-quartz “I-matic” movements, which require no replacement batteries.

To create a Red8world theme, take a virtual global tour and enter a design contest for a chance to win a watch, go to the brand’s animated, interactive website.



Best Boot Bet

Anna Lunna’s creative customization makes for some pretty great footwear.

July 26, 2010

Luxury bootmaker Ana Rita Gonzalez and her label Anna Lunna are carving out a nice niche in the world of boots. The Miami-based company has launched its bespoke, custom-couture boots that give shoe lovers the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind pair. Select from 16 different styles, five heel heights, 10 heel styles and 17 colors of leather. “Some things are best left free from the hands of progress,” says Gonzalez. “The art of bootmaking is one such thing.” For those who crave haute couture, Gonazalez herself will construct a pair made to the exact specifications requested—down to the last button detail or exotic material.




We’re hooked on Coola Suncare’s buttery Lotion Bars.

July 26, 2010

Here’s one to toss in the old beach bag: Coola Suncare’s new Natural Hand and Body Lotion Bars. How do they work? Coola’s bars are activated by body heat (not a problem for us Florida gals) and distribute just the right amount of lotion when rubbed between palms or over dry spots. Available in four scents—lavender chamomile, grapefruit peppermint (our favorite), orange patchouli and cucumber melon (as well as unscented)—each bar contains a healthy dose of soothing avocado oil and free-radical-fighting Vitamin A, making it the perfect après-sun salve. Best of all, Coola’s Lotion Bars are paraben-free, animal- and eco-friendly and 100 percent made in the USA. Foutainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-2000



Tie On

An ultrafriendly bracelet gives big.

July 26, 2010

Who says Valentine’s Day is the only day for love? The Links of Londonlimited-edition fuchsia Valentine’s Day Friendship bracelet ($180) is nearly perfect. And not only is the bracelet aesthetically pleasing, it’s also philanthropic: A portion of the proceeds from each one’s sale is donated to ONEXONE, which is dedicated to providing aid to, and preserving the lives of, the world’s children. Add an extra-personalized touch by having the sterling silver toggle engraved. Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-6161



Spring Fashion: Bold Pieces That Make a Statement

Neon hues, statement jewelry and animal prints are key to this season’s wardrobe

February 22, 2007

All of these spring fashion picks could be found at Neiman Marcus Village of Merrick Park (358 San Lorenzo Avenue, 786-999-1000)

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