CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: On set with Creative Director Nicole Nadboy and the beautiful Eva Longoria for this month’s cover shoot; I was honored to spend the evening with January cover star Jenna Dewan Tatum and husband Channing Tatum for OD’s 21st-anniversary party at SL Miami. It was the new parents’ first time traveling away from baby Everly!; With The Related Group’s Carlos Rosso, designer and interior architect Karim Rashid, and Jorge Pérez at the opening of MyBrickell; With nightlife king Dave Grutman at Scarpetta for our wine dinner with Merrill Lynch
It’s a good thing we are so focused this month on golf, tennis, and techno beats. All three are good for your heart and require movement, something we desperately need after the amount of eating we’ve done in season and during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
March marks my one-year anniversary of arriving in South Beach. I still get jitters every time I drive over the causeways taking us to and from one paradise to another. It used to be that people would only talk that way about returning to the Beach; we’d drive over the Tuttle or the MacArthur and see the beautiful bay and the skylines and just think, Ahhhh, Miami Beach. Of course, now you can head in the other direction and feel the same bliss with the developments in the Wynwood, downtown, and Design District areas. In fact, it’s no secret that Wynwood has quickly become one of my favorite haunts. Where else can you dine and drink amid world-class art? Walk to your car surrounded by what amounts to miles of painted murals? Waltz into a shop or past a window teeming with up-and-coming design? It’s everywhere you look and turn in Wynwood, and that’s why we’ve featured the neighborhood this month, to tell the story of how it evolved, what it means, and what’s coming next for this truly one-of-a-kind creative town.
If you like tennis, we’re chatting with Chris Evert and focusing on the Sony Open. Golf? We have Mr. Trump himself waxing on the $150-million revamp of his Trump National Doral Miami, home to the Cadillac Championship. And of course let’s not forget Ultra Music Festival and the Winter Music Conference, whose beats and noises can probably be heard from space, let alone felt on the Beach. But we’ll let Ultra creators Adam Russakoff and Russell Faibisch tell you about that. Finally, to help us celebrate all that is Miami, we’ve tapped the gorgeous Eva Longoria, who, like so many, calls Miami her home away from home.
So now that winter is over (I still can’t get over our mini polar vortex, which saw temperatures in January plunge into the high 40s and low 50s), it’s time to get out and enjoy all this pulsating city has to offer. It’s probably one of the few times you could take a jog and leave your music at home. With all that’s going on, just listen to the world around you…. no headphones required.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY WORLDREDEYE.COM (DEWAN TATUM, GRUTMAN; ROSSO)(SALDANA, KRAVITZ)
Cover shoot: Behind the scenes with Pitbull for the October 2014 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.