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| April 22, 2010 | Lifestyle
Private jeweler. All in the family: Diamonds are more than this girl’s best friend—they are a part of her DNA. “Jewelry is in my blood. My entire family is in the business. We’re fifth generation,” says Simkins of her inherited career. “I expanded the retail part of our company and sell privately to customers.” Her keen eye for design attracts clients ranging from starlets to singers to socialites, such as Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Loren and J.R. Ridinger and Linda and Barry Gibb. Out with the old, in with the new: “When I design, it’s mainly updating people’s jewelry—they want a new, fresh idea. Say it’s an engagement ring. I’ll redesign it by upgrading the stone or redoing the mounting.” Balancing it all: Simkins may be a designer with a pedigree in gemology, but she’s quick to point out, “I’m a mom first, but I do this because it’s social and very fun.” Not to mention very glamorous. —Tish Johnson Cook
JUST THE FACTS:
What celebrity would you love to have wearing your jewels? Michelle Obama
What do you hope to accomplish in 2010? I would like to get more women to realize that jewelry is a much better investment than shoes and purses.
What is your personal definition of luxury? Going to Aspen in the summer with my family.
What designer most inspires you? Tom Ford for his timeless elegance and Roberto Cavalli for his innovative use of colors.
Where would you most like to live if you had the chance to pack up and go? Italy.
Student and aspiring human rights activist. At just 24 this vivacious grad student keeps it real with travel, cooking and a little family time. Crystal ball: “I am willing to try a lot of different things so, for now, the future is really up in the air,” says Dyer of her plans after completing her Juris Doctor degree at the St. Thomas University School of Law where she’s studying human trafficking, an issue she became passionate about while studying for her master’s degree at the University of Miami. The parental effect: “My mom and dad’s entire lives have been based on helping others reach their highest selves, so I have been raised on the idea of lifting up those around me. I have seen firsthand how my dad [author of best-selling self-help books The Power of Intention, Excuses Begone! and Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life] and his work have changed people’s lives and I find that really inspiring.” Extracurricular activities: Dyer is also pursuing her interests in acting and cooking, even developing a cooking show focusing on “real” food. — Meredith Mulligan
JUST THE FACTS:
What is your biggest vice? Going out to dinner.
Best off-the-radar spot in Miami?I’m not sure how off-the-radar it is, but Shoji for sushi is definitely my favorite in Miami. In the Design District, I love Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.
What’s on your nightstand? The Pillars of the Earth and every first-year law school book that exists!
Founder, BloqUV activewear. Surefire sunscreen: “The clothing industry may be in tune with our athletic needs, but not our health needs,” points out Biton, 44, whose line of activewear features an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50. (UPF is fabric’s answer to sunscreen’s SPF.) Boardroom to boardwalk: Biton, a Puerto Rico native who has lived in Miami since age six, spent much of her life in the corporate world, working for IBM, SunTrust and Neiman Marcus before going solo with her own public-relations business. Her newly free schedule allowed for daily runs on the Miami Beach boardwalk, but also came with a warning from her dermatologist: “She told me I needed to wear sunscreen under my clothes, since regular fabrics only offer a UPF of about 5. Since I couldn’t find fashionable, functional activewear, I created my own.” No tan is a healthy tan: A year after her “Aha!” moment, she’s selling at the Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau, FootWorks, several dermatologist’s offices and online at bloquv.com. —Suzy Buckley
JUST THE FACTS:
Favorite Miami hangout: Scotty’s Landing
Biggest turnoff: Hypocrisy Fragrance: Laura Mercier’s Crème Brûlée
No one knows: I volunteered in the Israeli army, which was a blast!
Next city you’d love to visit: London
Favorite Miami Beach eats: Bond Street’s spicy tuna roll
Favorite designer boutique: Dolce & Gabbana
Beauty secret: Silver eye shadow on the corners of my eyes
President, Ferrari Maserati of Fort Lauderdale. Hot wheels: Originally from Great Neck, Long Island, Hayim grew up surrounded by cars—his father is a Mercedes-Benz enthusiast who eventually acquired Mercedes-Benz of Massapequa. Speed freak: Previously employed as an attorney in Manhattan, Hayim has always had an affinity for all things fast. “I’m a sports-car enthusiast and often host track events and challenge races. Everything comes from racing—the fast-paced environment, the work ethic, the desire to win.” You are what you drive: His daily wheels of choice are domestic—as in a Chevy pickup. Seriously. “One of the beauties of this business is that I can take something home whenever I want to—the cars are beautiful works of art and a pleasure to drive. But I love my truck and can drive up and down 95 and don’t have to worry about door dings or scratches, stuff like that. It’s nice to be understated sometimes.” —Bobby Killgore
JUST THE FACTS
Favorite South Beach hangout: I love The Standard for dinner—you can arrive by boat.
Dream car: Probably the original Ferrari California, from 1960 to ’63
Guilty pleasure: Speed. Give me anything that goes fast and I’m happy.
Date-night wheels: The truck—for sure
photographers by kate benson, elliot and erick jimenez, and ben shaul