CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: This year’s Women of Tomorrow gala was fabulous. Gala chair Marisa Toccin (CENTER) and I wore Kaufman Franco, one of the night’s platinum sponsors. Joyce Chehebar (LEFT) wore Emanuel Ungaro; With (FROM LEFT) Barbara Becker, Criselda Breene, and Terry Zucker at a recent Musimelange chamber music concert at The M Building. They’re wonderful! Don’t miss the next one, on May 13 (the Sunday after MISO’s last performance of the season, May 11 at the Arsht Center); Iran Issa-Khan has been an esteemed Ocean Drive contributor for more than a decade. The Bal Harbour Shops’ Oscar de la Renta boutique recently threw her a party, where she signed copies of her gorgeous self-titled photography book (buy it at iranissakhan.com!); BrazilFoundation hosted its first gala at the W South Beach, and it was a huge success. Here I am with this year’s cochairs, Daniela Fonseca and Maria Carolina Tavares de Melo
I am a creature of habit. As much as I love to travel and try new things, I also relish in the comfort of routine. Maybe that’s why Charles Duhigg’s new book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, really struck a chord with me. I subscribe to the notion that we can reshape our behavior patterns to increase productivity, happiness, health, or anything else we want out of life. Although it sounds simplistic, much of what we do throughout the day is based on the loop of “cue, routine, reward.” Every one of my mornings begins with a BlackBerry alarm trigger (the very Miami Beach-esque “Evolving Seaside” ring, of course) so I get up in time for a Core Fusion class, after which comes the reward: I feel considerably less guilty about any indulgences that took place the night before…. or that I have planned for later that day. And of course, not all of my habits are good, so I’m currently working on replacing my brain’s daily cue for a dark, extra-sugary café con leche with one for a fresh, healthy green juice. I know, I know. But it’s finally more conceivable now that there are so many brand-new, bona-fide juice bars popping up everywhere. (Jugo Fresh debuted in March on West Avenue, and Carrot Express relocated to Alton Road.) I’m also motivated by thoughts of this coming July, when Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim—and its bevy of svelte beauties—rolls into town.
Whereas people in many cities consider spring their season of renewal, most Miamians will tell you that they take stock of their affairs—health, wardrobe, etc.—and resolve to reshape bad habits in the summertime. The onslaught of snowbird visitors lets up and the hurricane of social activity weakens into more of a tropical storm, so the time is ripe for a little relaxation and self-reflection. Throughout these pages, you’ll find plenty of inspiration—in the form of music, art, fashion, sports, food, wine, nightlife, and more. I’m hoping the rewards of reading it all will prompt you to covet our next issue, and the one after that, and the one after that….
PHOTOGRAPHS BY CLAUDE ZICK (WOMEN OF TOMORROW); NEIL RASMUS/BFANYC.COM (FONSECA); GIOVANNY GUTIERREZ (MUSIMELANGE); JULIO KAMARA (ISSA-KHAN)
Cover shoot: Behind the scenes with Pitbull for the October 2014 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.