Real Miami Beauties: 6 Women We Admire
By Juliet Izon
Photography by jana cruder
BEAUTY: Dermagenetics DNA Ultracustom Optimized Day Crème ($140). Caruna Spa & Wellness Center, 1800 SW First Ave., Ste. 103, Miami, 305-456-9336. Aerin Fresh Skin Compact Makeup in Level 2 ($48). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-1100. Dior Iridescent Eyeshadow in Petal Shine ($60). Saks Fifth Avenue, see above. Moroccanoil Treatment Light ($43). Warren-Tricomi, W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-9190. FASHION: Linen sweater, Eileen Fisher ($158). Saks Fifth Avenue, see above.
Hori may be the most recognizable face of all of Ocean Drive’s Real Beauties this year: She’s the evening news anchor for the local CBS affiliate, WFOR. But when she’s not in front of a camera, this Miami transplant is a full-time mother to twin 4-year-old boys, Colt and Cade. Ever since Colt underwent open-heart surgery when he was just two days old, Hori has been committed to aiding organizations that help children. In fact, she recently cochaired an event for the Miami Children’s Hospital (where she’s a board member) that raised a whopping $450,000.
Neighborhood: Coral Gables.
Miami guilty pleasure: I love Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. They have the most insane fried chicken.
Go-to beauty brand: I use Dermagenetics for skincare. They take a swab of your mouth and get your exact DNA and then custom-make it for you.
You strive to be: Kind to everyone, including animals.
Cause closest to your heart: Anything that helps children and their health.
Most reread book: I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life by Joel Osteen. You read a little bit each day, and I love that.
Biggest obstacle: Women in my age group were raised being told that you can do it all; the biggest obstacle is trying to juggle everything.
When no one is looking, you: Sleep. I don’t get a lot of it!
How you get the job done: I’m a very task-oriented person. I make lists, and I’m happiest when I have order in my life.
Beauty black book: My hairdresser is the best: Joseph Herrera at Avant Garde Salon.
Quality you most like in a person: Being genuine.
Happiness is: Sitting someplace nice and quiet with my husband and my boys.
No one would guess that: I love karaoke!
Secret to your success: Hard work and a lot of sacrifice.
Miami inspiration: I’m always inspired when we go to the beach. It’s so nice to relax, put your toes in the sand, and enjoy the beautiful view.
Your most valuable skill is: My ability to speak to any type of person.
You never leave home without: Sunscreen.
BEAUTY: Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Annapurna ($42). Sephora, 721 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-0904. Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition ($24). Sephora, see above. Bumble and Bumble Bb. Texture Hair (Un) Dressing Crème ($28). The Mansion Beauty Salon, 702 W. 51st St., Miami Beach, 305-397-8391. Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil ($38). Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach, 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-7000. FASHION: Silk column dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim ($650). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-1100.
Turchin is a third-generation Miami Beach native and is already continuing the tradition of making the city a better place (her grandfather and father have both been instrumental in building hotels, restaurants, and homes in the area). While her day job is working as an art consultant for The Peter Tunney Experiment, she’s also been active in many charities ranging from the Children’s Home Society of Florida to the Chapman Partnership.
Neighborhood: Miami Beach.
Miami inspiration: The water and the sunsets.
Beauty secret: Coconut or baby oil on your skin as a moisturizer.
You are most proud of: Staying humble and real, especially living in Miami.
How you stay in shape: Pilates, paddleboarding, tennis, and lots of biking.
You never leave home without: My camera and my Chihuahua.
Your most valuable talent: My people skills—my ability to talk to anyone and make friends with everyone.
Happiness is: Being surrounded by the people you love.
When you look in the mirror, you see: Someone who’s definitely not perfect, but I’m really happy with what I have.
Best advice: My mother says, “In a world full of copycats, be an original.”
When no one is looking, you: Attempt to cook.
You strive to be: More organized and ambitious.
Accomplishment of which you’re most proud: I had a pretty stellar Art Basel.
How important is it for you to be engaged in your community: Very important. My grandfather was the vice mayor of Miami Beach, so there’s a lot of pressure to make a mark and give back.
Cause closest to your heart: I can’t choose one. Everything from the Chapman Partnership to the Children’s Home Society of Florida.
Philosophy on aging: Do it gracefully. There are things you can do to preserve your youthfulness, but I’m not interested in being a plastic Barbie.
Go-to beauty brand: Bobbi Brown and Bliss.
Quality you most like in a person: A sense of humor and sensitivity.
Beauty philosophy: Eating healthy and lots of veggies. My mom used to make us wheatgrass, carrot, and beet juices. Now, every day I have a green juice or smoothie.
BEAUTY: Clinique Even Better Makeup in Toffee ($27). Macy’s, 1675 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-6300. Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in 06 Graphites ($42). Macy’s, see above. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Radiance Blush in Sunblush ($26). Macy’s, see above. Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Plush Lip Gloss ($16). Sephora, 721 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-0904. FASHION: Donelle caftan dress, Calypso St. Barth ($495). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-866-8202. Unified stud earrings ($750), Temple bracelets ($22 each), and necklace ($1,500), Danoucha Jewelry Design.
Music makes the world go ’round for Cadet-James. She’s the director of Friends of the New World Symphony, the young patrons group that promotes classical music to new generations, as well as chair of the board of the Overtown Music Project, which helps return song to the neighborhood that was once considered the “Harlem of the South” for its vibrant jazz scene. As if that didn’t keep her busy enough, the former lawyer also founded her own event planning company, Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio, which specializes in spectacular weddings.
Neighborhood: Belle Meade.
Miami guilty pleasure: Misha’s Cupcakes. The chocolate and red velvet are my favorites.
Favorite feature: What’s the feature that got me my husband? My long legs!
Biggest obstacle: Balancing my family, work, and “me time.”
Accomplishment of which you’re most proud: Taking the risk of leaving my career as an attorney and finding another world in which I could flourish and be content.
What makes you smile: Watching my husband and my two girls together.
Cause closest to your heart: Friends of the New World Symphony.
How important is it for you to be engaged in your community: I think when you’re successful, it’s not so much a reward but a responsibility to give back, especially through teaching. I know how important education is: My grandmother didn’t even know how to read or write, my father was a doctor, and here I am.
How you stay in shape: Running after my two kids. They’re my life.
Miami is your home because: It’s a wonderful cultural destination and perfect for me and my family. Personal manifesto: I work hard, I live honestly, and I do everything with passion. I give and I love, but I also take what I want. I am who I am without making apologies for it.
What you do when no one is looking: Things that are no one’s business! I’ll keep it at that.
Your philosophy on aging: Don’t be afraid of it and embrace it with grace. That’s when you’re really sexy.
What you see when you look in the mirror: Someone that is beautiful, smart, proud, Haitian, and a woman.
BEAUTY: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup ($36). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-6161. Chanel Le Crayon Yeux in Noir ($29). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-1100. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in CB96 ($15). 1107 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-538-1088. Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong ($20). Warren-Tricomi, W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673- 9190. FASHION: Vintage silk diva dress, Peter Rockwell Kent, Oka Doner’s own. Diamond hoop earrings, Tiffany & Co. (price on request). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-864-1801.
Michele Oka Doner
One of the most influential artists living in Miami today, with pieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, Oka Doner may be best recognized for designing the crustacean-strewn floor of the Miami International Airport. The artist, who creates everything from sculptures to chandeliers (for Tiffany & Co., in fact), is a life-long Miami resident and has even cowritten a book about her hometown called Miami Beach: Blueprint of an Eden.
Neighborhood: Miami Beach.
Miami inspiration: The voice of air, light, water, and foliage combine to create a siren song for me. Cause closest to your heart: There are so many hungry children in this country; it’s unnecessary. So it’s a way of life for me not to waste any food.
Favorite feature: The projection of my energy.
Miami guilty pleasure: Chocolate ice cream in a waffle cone at The Frieze.
Most reread book: The Palm at the End of the Mind by Wallace Stevens. Life is really captured in a drop of dew, a spray of water, or a gust of wind.
You’re grateful that: I’ve had the opportunity to expand the beautiful life that was given to me.
Biggest obstacle: Being female and wanting to be in the profession for which I was trained at a time when women were still asked to stand behind men and not express their skills in an open way.
You would like to have dinner with: Michelle Obama.
Beauty secret: Every morning, I drink hot water with fresh ginger.
Motto: “Only connect.” (E.M. Forster)
Philosophy on aging: It happens every day.
Your most valuable skill: My ability to love others unconditionally.
Your tombstone would read: “Transform stamen on stamen, fill your interior rose.” (Rainer Maria Rilke) Go-to beauty brand: I love Aquaphor. I use that to keep everything from getting dry in the winter or from the wind on the beach. It’s a simple drugstore product, but I love it.
Quality you like most in a person: Generosity.
Greatest love of your life: The notion of un-selfing.
BEAUTY: Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in Golden Sand ($36). Sephora, 721 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532- 0904. Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Sable ($21). Macy’s, 1675 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-6300. Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Gloss in Rose ($55). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-6161. Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream ($34). Warren-Tricomi, W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673- 9190. FASHION: White blouse, Bacchi’s own
Whether you’re decorating your home or your body, Bacchi can help make both more beautiful. She, along with her husband, Paulo, owns and runs Artefacto, the sleek contemporary furnishing store, and also has her own line of dazzling jewelry, LB Design. Committed to helping her community, Bacchi donates part of the proceeds from every trunk show to a different charity.
Neighborhood: Coral Gables and Fisher Island.
What inspires you: Colors and the lifestyle of Florida.
How you stay in shape: I’m a very energetic person, but I also spin, work out with a personal trainer, and I try to eat only organic food.
You’re most proud of: My children.
Beauty or brains: I like both. My goal is the perfect combination.
Biggest obstacle: Leaving my family behind in Brazil to come to Miami 11 years ago.
Best advice: I treat people the same way that I would like to be treated.
What makes you smile: Everything; I’m a happy person. Thank you, God!
When you look in the mirror, you see: A person who is complete. I have my family, my kids, and my job.
Secret to your success: I’m happy and easygoing, and those qualities attract people to me.
Greatest love of your life: My husband; he supports my endeavors and work. And he gave me my children.
No one would guess that: I had my first job when I was 14. I worked in a boutique in Brazil. I have a lot of experience!
Cause closest to your heart: Anything related to children.
Philosophy on aging: It’s a part of life. You don’t need to be afraid of it.
Go-to beauty brands: I love MAC and Chanel.
You would most like to have dinner with: My family. It’s hard to get everyone in one place.
Miami is your home because: I like the people, weather, and places. I’m happy I can live here.
BEAUTY: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($9.99). Walgreens, 4049 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach, 305-535-9737. Dior Diorskin Nude Compact Foundation ($50). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-1100. Tom Ford Lip Color in Flamingo ($48). Saks Fifth Avenue, see above. Oribe Côte d’Azur Hair Refresher ($22). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-6161. FASHION: Coral dress, BCBG Max Azria ($338). Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-792-1000. Turquoise and coral mala necklace, Danoucha Jewelry Design ($350).
Next time you sip a cocktail, you may want to toast to Jenna Ingraham. As the director of public relations of Premier Beverage Company, one of the leading wine and spirits distributors in Florida, one of her duties is to manage the company’s investments in the community. Ingraham helms the many special events and community partnerships in which the company engages and is also on the board of the American Lung Association.
Neighborhood: Fort Lauderdale.
Cause closest to your heart: Ensuring our future generations are receiving the best education and support possible to make us a better community.
Miami guilty pleasure: The amazing culinary cocktails from places like The Broken Shaker.
Signature beauty look: I always wear a bright lipstick.
You’re most proud of: Setting high goals and working hard to achieve them.
Best piece of advice: My friend shared this with me: “I’m in charge of how I feel, and today I choose happiness.”
Beauty black book: Hair with Audra Billingsley at Sean Donaldson Hair.
No one would guess that: I’m from a small, rural town in Missouri.
The greatest love of your life: Ice cream. And my family and friends, of course.
Go-to beauty brand: I’ve been using Cetaphil since I was 12 years old.
Living person you most admire: My parents. I’m adopted; I have a great life, and it’s very much attributed to them. It’s a really cool decision they made.
Personal manifesto: Health, happiness, and success.
Your tombstone would read: A great friend who lived her life to the fullest.
You would most like to have dinner with: My grandma. She’s not with me any longer, and if I could have dinner with her again, that would be awesome.
Secret to your success: Taking advantage of opportunities that are presented to me, and unfettered determination.
Miami inspiration: I love Wynwood and the whole Design District area. I think it’s great to see how both areas have transformed and are flourishing in their own unique ways.
Beauty or brains: Brains are beauty.
You strive to be: Better. In whatever I’m doing, I want to continue to grow and learn.