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The Ultimate Guide to NYE 2017

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On December - 29 - 2016

 

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2016 has had its fair share of highs and lows. One thing we can all agree on is that it’s time to bid adieu to the old and herald in the new with the over-the-top enthusiasm for which Miami is well known. While many locals opt to stay in, as every night in Miami is a “New Year’s Eve of sorts” with an abundance of decadent parties to attend- lots of us insist on celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another surrounded by revelers, confetti and champagne. If you are part of the latter group- check out some of our recommendations for terrific celebrations, listed in no particular order.

An Extravagant Bash at Five Star New Year’s Eve

Welcome 2017 in style with Miami’s most luxurious celebration – Five Star New Year’s Eve!  Featuring private yacht rides by YatchLife, the all-white-and-gold themed party is located in a private island inside a palatial glass venue, featuring endless food and libations all night long, outdoor amenities and a dock for guests wishing to bring their own boats. Guests can avoid traffic and Uber surges with YatchLife rides, with seats priced at $150 for one-way trip and $300 for round trip.

Guests who purchase tickets to Five Star New Year’s Eve will begin celebrations early with a week-long lineup of VIP events in Miami Beach starting on Sunday, December 25 through December 31. Any ticket purchase will grant guests access to the Sunset Party, Luxury Yacht Cruise, Surreal Party, Rooftop Pool Party, Miami Beach VIP Club Experience, all leading up to Five Star New Year’s Eve.
This sought after event has been attended and hosted in the past by actor Ryan Phillippe, DJ Robin Schulz, Brazilian singer Michel Telo, soccer star Ronaldo “The Phenomenon” Nazario de Lima and renowned Brazilian actress Isabeli Fontana, to name a very few.

Enchanting New Year’s Eve at Villa Azur

Fairy tale creatures will welcome guests at Villa Azur’s Enchanted Villa-themed celebration, which will feature two seated dinner options, live entertainment and bubbly.

The first seating from 7pm to 9:30pm offers a 3-course meal with options including Lobster Tart, Mediterranean Sea Bass with Winter Black Truffle, A5 Kobe Beef Wellington, and Grand Cru Chocolate & Tayberry Jam, to name a very few, and a glass of champagne for $250 per person. A second seating at 9:45 PM offers a 4-course menu with some holiday dishes including Homemade Foie Gras “Mi Cuit”, Langostino Carpaccio on Crispy Shell, A5 Kobe Beef Wellington, and Financier Cocoa Caraibe Chocolat, paired with Dom Perignon Rose, starting at $500 per person. Children will be accommodated with a $99 menu.

Brasserie Azur

At Brasserie Azur, guests will enjoy a dazzling celebration featuring a 4-course $75++ pre-fixe menu with offerings of Smoked Salmon Taco, Shrimp Lobster Salad, Veal Loin Chops and pastries from The Pastry Corner, accompanied with live music and a 2016 countdown. Children will be accommodated with a $35++ menu.
Brasserie Azur opens for brunch at 11am on New Year’s Day serving signature dishes and magicians will be on hand to help the hangover disappear!

Riverside Glamour at Seaspice

Seaspice will feature exquisite New Year’s Eve offerings all day and night including Kaluga Caviar and Kusshi Oysters, Beef Wellington, Black Truffle Florida Lobster, and Seaspice Mignardise. The Saturday Night Fever themed bash will feature live music performance by Grammy Award-winner Motiff and Friends and dance shows. Stay and enjoy live entertainment as you count down to 2017!

A Parisian Fete at Paris 6

Paris 6 offers a 24 hour Parisian style celebration with a four-course pre-fixe dinner offering grandiose options of Canapes de Steak Tartare, Salade de Jambon et Figues, Tournedos Rossini, Poulpes Sautees au Fettuccine, Gateau Rosé and Oreo Grand Gateau, to name a very few, as guests enjoy live music into the new year!

A Family Affair at El Churrasco

El Churrasco features a five-course $180 pre-fixe menu paired with signature wines and a bottle of champagne for tables of four. Guests can expect live shows, live music and other surprises all night long, leading up to a display of fireworks overlooking the Biscayne Bay and Miami skyline as they ring in the New Year.

Copa Room, WALL and WET
Copa Room, South Beach’s first all-inclusive nightclub, opens its doors for the first time on the most anticipated weekend of the year. Aerialists, acrobats and Las Vegas-style shows will entertain as guests from all walks of life enjoy premium open bar all night long with surprise confetti and balloon drops at intervals throughout the night. Tickets are priced at $100 and are available at coparoommiami.com. WALL transports guests into its outlandish festival Be Crazy! Ibiza. Revelers will dance to mixes by Jean Claude Ades as they order libations from the premium open bar, available from 10pm – 1 AM.
WET Pool at W South Beach will feature world-renowned German DJ Robin Schulz as the headliner of the unforgettable start of a new year! Featuring top of the line visuals and entertainment, on Saturday, December 31st at 9pm, Robin Schulz will electrify celebrating attendees with his #1 hits including “Sugar” and “Show Me Love”. Details of the evening include premium open bar from 9pm to midnight with VIP table service packages inclusive of top shelf spirits ranging from $1k – $12k.
With past unparalleled performances delivered by Drake, Afro Jack, Alesso, Klingande and others year after year, WET Pool at W South Beach will be once again a truly unique experience!
A Fish Called Avalon
An Ocean Drive legend and one of South Beach’s longest standing restaurants is serving up superb cuisine, a dynamic buzzy setting and impeccable service with a five-course New Year’s Eve menus for adults and three-course special for kids. At A Fish Called Avalon, Guests can indulge in a welcome delight of caviar pie, smoked salmon flatbread and succulent grilled octopus, followed by their signature “Pear-fect Salad” of crispy goat cheese and pear salad. For dinner a choice of either Chilean sea bass, 21-day dry-aged Black Angus filet or a baked whole Maine lobster topped with a champagne sauce (for an additional $30). The final touch includes a bottle of Duval Leroy champagne and caramelized apple and almond rum cake a la mode. The outdoor tables are perfect for a front row view of the oceanfront fireworks show while enjoying sea breezes and live music. Kids ages 3-12 choose from shrimp cocktail or mixed greens and apple salad for an appetizer, grilled chicken with pasta or 5 oz. filet mignon with mashed potatoes for an entrée and a choice of ice cream or Chef Kai’s signature vanilla cheesecake for dessert. Reservations begin at $210 per person for adults and $90 for children.
Zuma Miami 

To ring in 2017, Zuma Miami brings you the golden age of japan – the edo era — remembered as a time of peace, growth and enjoyment of culture. The celebratory menu will include Signature Zuma dishes with festive additions perfect for sharing with friends and family. Prepared by the culinary team to tantalize the senses, the 2017 New Year’s Eve tasting menu will embrace decadent and seasonal ingredients, from freshly shaved white truffle, o-toro tuna and robata grilled wagyu. Guests will enjoy specially created dishes such as beef tartar with black truffle and caviar, squid ink seafood hotpot and lobster tempura in addition to beautiful sushi & sashimi platters and specialty maki rolls all accompanied by Krug champagne and Nanbubijin Daiginjo sake. Entertainment throughout the evening will be driven by the sounds a live DJ accompanied by a visual showcase of Japanese culture. As midnight approaches guests will count down to the new year, as Zuma breaks the sake barrel and encourages harmony and good fortune for a new year. Cheers the beginning of the New Year whilst watching fireworks outside on their riverfront terrace, where the party continues well into 2017! Four select packages will be offered, all packages include after party admission. Pricing available upon request.

The Dutch at W South Beach
Andrew Carmellini’s South Beach outpost of the American restaurant, bar and oyster room is offering two special seatings and a five-course prix fixe dinner to ring in the New Year. The Dutch menu includes “snacks” like Sturgeon Caviar and a Butternut Squash Tart followed by an appetizer choice of either Foie Gras and Duck Terrin or Florida Stone Crab Claws. A mid-course Robiola Tortellini with Alba white truffle will be served to all guests followed by a choice of John Dory with lobster curry, spot prawns and coriander flowers or Manhattan Steak with red wine short rib. For dessert, it’s either the Strawberry Vacherin or an the indulgent Manjari Chocolate Crema. The early seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a half bottle of Veuve Cliquot at $185 per person, while the second seating starts at 8:30 p.m. and includes a half bottle of Dom Perignon at $300 per person. In addition, access to W South Beach New Year’s Eve pool party, with special guest Robin Schulz, is also available at special pricing ($150 [reg. $200]) with a confirmed dinner reservation.

Mexican Fiesta- Cantina la Veinte
Cantina La Veinte celebrates New Year’s Eve with a $250 pre-fixe menu, which includes table and bottle service. Guests will celebrate with live music and performances all night long as they watch the last minutes of 2016 count down on the big screens and the ball drop. Guests can recover the next day with signature bites as the restaurant resumes regular business hours.

Asian Soiree at DÔA
Centrally located on South Beach, DÔA allows guests two seating choices to fit into their pre- or post- New Year’s Eve celebration plans. Celebrants are welcome to choose between two seatings offering unique options of a four course pre-fixe New Year’s Eve menu. After midnight, guests at DÔA can continue their celebration with live entertainment and bottle service until 5am. Party Hack: Order the highly acclaimed Pork Belly Buns.

Head EAST
When in doubt, go EAST – to Brickell hotspot and flagship Hotel, EAST, Miami that is. Start the night with dinner at Quinto La Huella, the first-ever outpost of the award-winning beachfront concept Parador La Huella. First seating begins at 6 – 9 PM. Enjoy a three-course pre fixe dinner and champagne. While second seating features a four course dinner priced at $200 and begins at 9:30 PM.
Reservations required at +1 786 805 4646 or dine@quintolahuella.com for booking information.
After dinner take a magical elevator ride up to the 40th floor to experience Questlove at 10:30 PM.
Priced at $500 tickets includes open bar and light bites. Dance the night away until 4 AM to additional sounds by New York based DJ Elle Dee.
Tables and bottle service available upon request.
To purchase a ticket or inquire about a table, contact NYE@Sugar-Miami.com

Bagatelle Miami Beach
On Saturday, December 31, chef Matthieu Godard will host a three course menu at 7 PM and a champagne toast at midnight. Second seating will feature a more decadent five course menu at 10 PM as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Sounds will be curated by Vincent Daubas.
For reservations contact miamireservations@bistrobagatelle.com or call 305 – 704 – 3900.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach: A Night in Havana

Dinner Package
Say goodbye to 2016 and ring in the New Year at Faena Hotel Miami Beach. The oceanfront celebration begins at 8 PM with well-appointed accommodations and a festive welcome glass of champagne. From there, the evening includes dinner at your choice of Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann or Pao by Paul Qui. After the midnight countdown, dance the night away to our lively entertainment underneath the stars while ocean breezes blow through the palm trees. (Service charge and tax not included)

Party Package
Come celebrate the New Year at Faena. The Party Package starts from 11 PM and includes house open bar at The Living Room or Tree of Life with access to the Faena Theater party. (Service charge and tax not included)

Hotel Package
Ring in the New Year with our New Year’s Eve Hotel Package, with includes luxurious VIP accommodations, a special prix fixe four-course dinner at Los Fuegos or Pao, and complimentary access to A Night in Havana New Year’s Eve party in Faena Theater. Recover in style on New Year’s Day with a live-fire Asado Brunch at Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann and complimentary Wet Spa passes from Tierra Santa Healing House.
Price per person starts at $200.

Subject to availability & restrictions may apply. Contact Reservations at +1 305 535 4697 or reservations-miamibeach@faena.com for booking information.

New York Fashion Week Brought the Heat

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 22 - 2016

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By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

To say that New York Fashion Week (NYFW) was HOT- would be an understatement. With temps reaching “center-of-the-earth” record breaking highs, attendees were ready to buy the cool looks right off the runways. Once again, various designers offered a runway to retail format this season—Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Siriano, Thakoon, Rebecca Minkoff, and Ralph Lauren among them, wherein the looks in the shows were available for purchase immediately, rather than six months from now. Some of the trends that dominated NYFW were off-the-shoulder and one shoulder styles, statement jackets, hoodies, bra tops, and athleisure, which was especially prevalent at DKNY, Lacoste, and Alexander Wang.

Common across the runways were florals, stripes, flowy/ethereal looks, pastels and bold colors; ruffles, and models with bare faces. Designers had guests traipsing across town, bringing the whimsy courtesy of unique venues and presentations. Tommy Hilfiger threw a carnival at the South Street Seaport, to launch his collaboration with model, Gigi Hadid, who opened the show. The carnival included rides, fair food and lots of VIPs who couldn’t get enough of the relaxed and fun atmosphere, despite the sweltering heat. Taylor Swift sat in the front row, singing along to ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris’ blockbuster, (which she wrote), “This is What You Came For.” Alexander Wang’s show and afterparty were at Pier 94, with a sweaty/campy vibe- complete with a McDonald’s McRig and 7-11 pop up, serving Slurpees to guests including Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes Leon. Rebecca Minkoff’s show in front of her Soho boutique had models strutting down the runway down the actual street, followed by a shopping event at her store, where guests could immediately purchase the runway looks. Donna Karan’s show was at the Highline and Club Monaco presented in the middle of Grand Central Station.

Fortunately, Lexus, Official Automotive Partner of NYFW: The Shows and MADE New Yorkscreen-shot-2016-09-12-at-5_56_08-pm presenting sponsor, provided luxury transportation to editors and VIPs in their gorgeous and comfortable, luxury vehicles, 21 of which were custom- wrapped in prints by MADE designers Adam Selman, The Blonds, Brock Collection and 69, (previewing the runway prints), as part of its #HowFashionTravels campaign. Designers and their guests also took respite in the Lexus luxury lounge, which returned for the 8th season, providing refreshments and a chance to rub elbows with celebrities. September 2016 marked Lexus’ third consecutive season as the Official Automotive Partner of NYFW: The Shows and the 11th consecutive season with MADE New York. Lexus aims to “ensure that designers and their guests arrive in style while traversing the official New York Fashion Week venues at Skylight Moynihan Station, Skylight Clarkson Square and Milk Studios.” Below are just a few of the top shows and events of NYFW.

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Rebecca Minkoff showed her FW16 Collection at the first ever outdoor seated fashion show on the streets of Soho, (on Greene Street between Prince and Spring), in front of her New York flagship store, with a star studded front row and a live musical performance by Beau. Minkoff drew inspiration from her “love affair with New York City, her consumer, technology, and bringing awareness to a cause.” Minkoff’s #RunwayToRetail show featured folk rock girl duo, Beau, who gave a live performance as models walked down the cobblestone street that served as a runway at noon on September 10th. “After the success of last season’s See Buy Wear show, we decided to continue evolving the ways we can give our customer access to our product with immediacy. We elevated the experience for her and literally took our show to the streets with Runway to Retail,” said Rebecca Minkoff. Along with models, powerful influencers such as Arielle Charnas of Something Navy, Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor, Gala Gonzalez of Amlul, Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea and Caroline Vreeland walked the runway. After the show, the store’s doors were opened, and guests and consumers were given the chance to shop the collection and meet Minkoff and the influencers. In order to bring awareness to an important cause, Minkoff partnered with Ann Lewis, the celebrated street artist gilf!, to paint inspirational words on the back of her signature leather jacket for the finale walk. This and other gilf! customized pieces were auctioned off with proceeds going to NOT ON OUR WATCH, a charity that has accomplished admirable humanitarian work. Notable guests included: Victoria Justice, Camila Alves, Coco Rocha, Olivia Palermo, Aimee Song, Eva Chen and Louise Roe among others.

 

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Christian Siriano showcased his collection at the trendy Artbeam Studios. When asked about his inspiration, the Project Runway winner expressed, “My Spring 2017 collection is perfect for a getaway on the Isle of Capri. Vintage photos from the late 60s and 70s — particularly Settimio Garritano’s photos of Jackie Onassis’ vacations in Capri from 1969 to 1973 -inspired a cool, modern seaside collection fit for a world-traveled woman. Garritano captured Onassis’ effortless chic and elegant silhouettes. The turquoise waters and citrus orange-striped umbrella-lined beaches of the Tyrrhenian Sea inspired a bright and bold color palate. In the collection are soft cotton stripes, woven raffia, textured lace, and sheer organza overlays: casual elegance for day and evening.” Of note and perfectly complementing the colorful looks on the runway, were multiple, striped, brightly hued beach umbrellas, which hung upside down above the runway.

Four looks inspired by the various prints, textiles, and colors of Siriano’s Spring/Summer 17 collection were available immediately after the show, exclusively on Amazon.com. In addition to the see now, buy now runway collection, select shoe styles from Siriano’s signature fragrance, “Silhouette,” are also currently available for purchase. Several celebrities joined Siriano at his show, including actresses, Pamela Anderson, Neve Campbell, Jaimie Alexander, Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Furman, Ashley Graham; models, Leigh Lezark and Coco Rocha; television personality, Kelly Osbourne and writer, Janet Mock.

 

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Binzario Couture debuted its Spring/Summer 2017 collection, “Daydream” at the Affinia Hotel Manhattan’s Fitzgerald Ballroom, drawing a crowd nearly three times larger than expected. The room was filled with fashion enthusiasts, celebrity stylists, and celebrities, including: D. Smith and Mimi Faust – cast of Love and Hip-hop, Darnell Thibodeaux and Ashley Roberts, of WAGs Miami, Natalie Eva Marie, WWA Wrestler, Bianca Espada, of E!’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, and Marissa Jade, of Mob Wives.

Yabin and Nazario’s collection focused on the “Modern Woman, staying true to the essential feminine touch, which is the cornerstone of Binzario couture designs.

Of note were the extraordinary detail and beauty of each of the 20 pieces, which included light pastels, luscious embroidery and a mix of delicate and structured dressing. The wispy transparent fabrics, layered with a sea of pearls and stones were stunning. The brand introduced a number of rompers, jumpsuits and transparent dusters – all made with a high level of couture details.

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Official partner of the Miami Open for the past two seasons, and outfitter to the tournament staff, Lacoste presented a collection during NYFW that embraces comfort, elegance and sensuality. Designer Felipe Oliveira was inspired by a dream of a chic tennis match on a rooftop in Capri; showcasing a wide range of hooded or shawl-collared bathrobes, along with terrycloth bustier dresses that are belted high on the waist highlighting the effortless silhouette. A faux-denim jacket, as well as reversible terry Bermuda shorts, platform sneakers, sporty track suits, and long tank dresses were just a few of the looks. Lacoste’s animal mascot appeared on a new generation of tropical prints, giving the athleisure line a sophisticated feel. Lacoste ’s Spring-Summer 2017 collection “lays the foundations of a new state of mind, one that centers on the notion of natural seduction.”

The Social Scene

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Tao Group co-owner Noah Tepperberg and actress Katie Holmes attend the Avra Madison grand opening party on September 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Avra Madison)

Avra Madison

The Tao Group’s latest restaurant outpost, Avra Madison, (14 East 60th Street), opened with the fanfare and celebrity presence we’ve come to expect from the “kings of restaurants/nightlife,” Tao partners, Noah Tepperberg, Marc Packer, Richard Wolf, and Jason Strauss. Actresses Katie Holmes, Elena Kampouris; TV personality/fashion designer Jill Martin; Tiffany Trump, TV personalities Richie and Kathy Wakile and Jonathan Cheban; TONY Award nominee Constantine Maroulis; Olympic track and field athlete, Tori Bowie, and Celebrity chefs: Eric Ripert, Todd English and Josh Capon gathered to celebrate the debut of the upscale Greek eatery. Guests enjoyed copious amounts of lobster, oysters, shrimp and all sorts of Greek specialties and delicacies, along with free flowing top-shelf cocktails, Champagne and wines. The party went on until late in the evening, with music by DJ Cassidy, who kept the dance floor packed. The bi-level 207-seat restaurant, which once housed the storied Copacabana and appeared in such films such as Tootsie, Goodfellas, Carlito’s Way is yet another jewel in the crown of the Tao Group, serving traditional Greek cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood and outstanding service.

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A fashionable crowd gathered downtown at the trendy Café Henrie to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Tome, hosted by comedienne Sandra Bernhard. Guests indulged in an evening of flamboyant fashion and lavish amounts of Moët & Chandon Champagne.

CFDA Fashion Fund winners Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo welcomed friends and fashionables to dance the night away to beats by Kitty Cash and special guest DJ Lady Miss Kier (Dee-Lite). Additional notables in attendance included: Marisa Tomei, Lauren Hutton, Jessica Lowndes, and TK & Cipriana Quann (Urban Bush Babes). Moët & Chandon also debuted the newly-redesigned Moët Minis, which have quickly become one of the season’s chicest accessories. Guests enjoyed their Moët bubbly from golden flute-toppers.

NYC Bites

13173683_1066479153425791_407499421675687541_nBill’s Townhouse

Bill’s Townhouse, once known as the Bill’s Gay 90s, has reopened its doors with a speakeasy feel. The neighborhood gem is housed inside a 19th century landmark that has been around since the prohibition era; the townhouse evokes a “lived-in” feel complete with vintage art-lined walls and a piano bar. The restaurant offers an old-world elegance without felling stuffy and boasts one of the most eclectic menus we’ve tried. The extensive menu truly has something for everyone: from the classic New York strip steak to a variety of Bill’s house made buttered noodles (we recommend the lobster or the beef) to the most flavorful gazpacho with crab meat. Along with the extensive bar menu and private dining room, Bill’s Townhouse is the go-to venue for business lunches, romantic dinners, a wild happy hour and family gatherings. For more information, visit: http://www.billstownhouse.com/

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Alain Ducasse’s upscale Midtown French Bistro is a true delight. Just down the street from Fifth Avenue, modeled after the French original, Benoit channels the classic feel of a Parisian parlor right in Midtown New York. With exquisite French fare, diners can expect excellent service with flair. To start, the fabulous hors d’oeuvres are served in choices of three or five per plate, to get the party started. We enjoyed the roasted and smoked eggplant, sea bass, and the Chicken Ballotine. For our second course our server recommended the classic French onion soup- the ultimate comfort food, as well as the crispy lump crab corn volute. The traditional French onion soup was one of the best, and can serve as a meal on its own. The crispy lump crab corn volute stole the show with the creamiest corn chowder and most delicious corn/crab fritters, beautifully served in a plate decorated with edible flowers. For our entrees we had the mouthwatering 16-ounce sirloin with a béarnaise sauce and seared Maine sea scallops with a cauliflower mash. Needless to say, not a morsel was spared. The pièce de résistance was dessert: profiteroles with a chocolate ganache- to die for! In all, the reimagined Benoit is an exemplary French restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. Another success story for Alain Ducasse. For more information, visit: http://www.benoitny.com.

Swim Week 2017

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 26 - 2016

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By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Heavenly bodies graced the runways in South Beach for Swim Week Miami, the largest platform for the swim wear industry in the United States, during the second week of July. 2016. From the tents at FUNKSHION between 21st and 22 streets in Miami Beach to SWIM MIAMI at the W Hotel, to shows at the Setai and newcomer, Faena Miami Beach, next season’s hottest styles were presented with flair, despite the typical summer storms we’ve come to expect this time of year. Here are a few of our favorites. Read the rest of this entry »

Acqualina Resort & Spa Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Elegant Bash

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 2 - 2016
aqualina1With the grandeur we’ve come to expect from Acqualina over the past ten years, the exclusive welcomed its second decade with a decadent feast and splashy party on Thursday, May 19. The glamorous event began as the sun set, which made way for an enchanting evening of celebration. The center pool became aglow while the poolside cabanas served Il Mulino New York’s famed Italian fare- including endless lobster and caviar.
Guests were invited to settle in and watch the spectacular Fendi fashion show and a special musical performance by 15-year-old piano sensation Ethan Bortnick. After the beachfront entertainment concluded, guests were invited into the grand tent situated on the great lawn where they were greeted by the sounds of four modern and energetic violinists from Pop Violen Group, Bella Electric Strings. The atmospheric setting showcased the splendid lifestyle offered at The Estates at Acqualina, the brand’s latest real estate project.
Notables in attendance included: developers Eddie and Jules Trump, CEO and Partner of Acqualina Resort & Spa Deborah Yager aqualinaFleming, Trump Group’s President of Sales Michael Goldstein and Executive Chef Michael Mazza of Il Mulino New York, to discuss the esteemed 10-year history of the resort and their plans for the future of the brand.

Dreaming on the Beach with Phil and Orianne Collins

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 24 - 2016

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Co-founders of the Little Dreams Foundation, Phil and Orianne Collins, celebrated the foundation’s third annual Keep Dreaming: Brunch on the Beach at the hottest hotel of the moment, Faena Hotel Miami Beach, on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

The event began at 11 a.m. with a cocktail reception in the newly opened Faena Theater and featured a silent auction and special performances from the 2016 Little Dreamers and WYK featuring Phil and Orianne’s son, Nicholas Collins, on the drums. Afterwards, guests dined at PAO by Paul Qui, helmed by the James Beard foundation award-winning chef, for a decedent three-course meal. Read the rest of this entry »

Take a Break without Breaking the Bank

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 19 - 2016

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While many would argue that “family vacation” is an oxymoron, there are a few places that offer exciting, entertaining and relaxing activities for the whole family, without depleting the college funds. The Florida Keys and Club Med Sandpiper are excellent “island” getaways for Florida families that don’t require a plane ticket. Washington D.C., the premier family travel destination, is a short, inexpensive flight away, with loads of affordable hotel accommodations, and the history of the world and our nation at your fingertips. The best part? Most of D.C.’s world-famous museums and attractions are absolutely free. InWeston has hand-picked a few favorite recommendations for your next family adventure.

 

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