Burlesque and Bubbly

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 12 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
Nick D'Annunzio's Birthday Party at La Fee Verte (13)

Nick D'Annunzio and Tara Solomon

One event to which we look forward every summer is TARA, Ink. Principal, Nick D’Annunzio’s birthday party. Some locals even plan their summer travels around the celebration, which promises a fabulous theme- and even better crowd, year after year.  This year’s party, which took place last Saturday night, was no exception, with a “vintage tease/burlesque” theme at Miami’s first and only exclusive tease burlesque absinthe club, La Fee Verte.

Miami’s who’s who, dressed in their haute-est couture, enjoyed V Georgio Vodka cocktails, hors d’oeuvres courtesy of French Bistro Lemon Twist and delectable treats courtesy of Sweet Street and Ana Paz Cakes, who created a cake in the shape of a corset, in keeping with the theme. The burlesque numbers were unmatched, including contortionist acts and a ballet performance-leading to comments by partygoers such as, “If I could do that, I’d be a very wealthy woman,” and “Who needs college, when you can do THAT!?” (from one of the younger attendees). Guests delighted in a surprise performance by temptress Nicole Soden of the club’s tantalizing Madames du Mischief and danced the night away to the beats of South Florida’s latest stylish DJ duo Ess & Emm (Sasha Lauzon and Michelle Leshem). But the highlight of the evening was the seductive birthday surprise, in which a dancer, clad in black feathers, serenaded Nick with Marilyn Monroe’s infamous, “Happy Birthday Mr. President.” Read the rest here »

Don’t Miss: Oil Spill Happy Hour, Art Opening, Gold-Diggers

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 12 - 20101 COMMENT

oil spill Help with the Oil Spill at JB

JB Kitchen & Bar (1250 South Miami Avenue) will host the Oil Spill Relief Happy Hour alongside the accredited National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and a team of young professionals, invites South Florida residents to a charitable happy hour event on Thursday, August 12 from to 9 p.m., featuring music by popular local fixture DJ Ethics. JB Kitchen & Bar will donate a percentage of the proceeds from drink sales and a select menu of appetizers towards funding the rehabilitation of wildlife and the environmental cleanup of the affected area. There will be additional donation opportunities at the venue, as well as information on how to further get involved with the NWF. For more information or to make reservations call 305.415.0071 or visit www.jbkitchenandbar.com .


cityoysterCelebs at City Oyster & Sushi Bar

On Thursday, August 12, head to City Oyster & Sushi Bar (213 Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach), where celebrities including Olympic Medalist Dara Torres, LPGA Golfer Kurt Bagwell and local philanthropists will tend bar and serve guests their favorite cocktails at a fundraiser for Palm Beach County JDRF Ride to Cure cyclists – who will cycle 72 miles around Lake Tahoe in September to raise money for Type I Diabetes research. Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres will be provided by City Oyster & Sushi Bar and all tips will be donated to JDRF. There will also be a raffle with great prizes. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 7:30.  Call 561.686.7701 or visit www.jdrf.org/greaterpalmbeach


The 4th Annual “CHAMPIONS OF BUSINESS” Luncheon

 Young and notable business professionals from around the community will join the  Emerging Leadership Council of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) to experience and learn from the best of the best at the 4th annual “Champions of Business” Luncheon on August 13.  Individuals will have an opportunity to not only enjoy the divine creations of the newly improved and most iconic restaurant in town, The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar, but interact with a discussion by a panel of champions in their field.   This year’s 2010 “Champions of Business” panelist discussion will begin at 11:30 am and will be moderated by Michelle Villalobos, principal of Mivista business skills training, and Willard Shepard, investigative reporter for NBC 6. Panelists include: Ricky Arriola,  President & CEO of Inktel Direct Corp, Misha Kuryla-Gomez, owner and creator of Misha’s cupcakes, and Shareef Malnik, owner of The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar.  The event is open to the public and tickets are available starting at $60 for Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce members and $75 for guests, with sponsorship opportunities starting at $700.  For more information or to RSVP, call Valerie Rasken at 305-695-6833 or valerie@miamibeachchamber.com.


Happy_Buddha Paredes Fine Arts Studio Opening and After Party

 Celebrated local pop and multi-media artist, sculptor and urban impressionist, Miguel Paredes, will continue making his mark in the Wynwood Arts District with the opening of his first solo gallery Paredes Fine Arts Studio on Saturday, August 14 during the district’s monthly “2nd Saturdays Art Walk.” Paredes is scheduled to be present on opening night and be part of the gallery’s cocktail reception at 8 p.m. which is open to the public. The artist will exhibit select pieces and sculptures from collections such as Boroughs, Digital Art, Pop Collages, Urban Dreams and Los Niños. Guests should confirm their attendance by emailing: RSVP@miguelparedes.com .   All guests are also invited to attend Paredes’ official after-party at Florida Room located inside South Beach’s Delano hotel.  After-party event begins at 11 p.m. and guests must RSVP to LoveCat at lovecatllc@gmail.com.


camelot Gold-Diggers Cut-A-Thon

Camelot Salon & Spa (2600 Galiano Street, Coral Gables) is sponsoring The Gold-Diggers, Inc.’s Third Annual Cut-A-Thon charity event on Sunday, August 15, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a salon experience like no other, all in the name of charity.  Guests at the salon can receive a haircut for $20, nail polish change for $5 and/or a relaxing chair massage for $10.  Gourmet “couture” will be served from Cupcakes Nouveau and Giardino Gourmet Salads; fitness tips from Gables Fitness. The Gold-Diggers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, now in its 33rd year, and has raised over one million dollars for its beneficiaries, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida and The Food for Life Network.  The Gold-Diggers, Inc. is made up of 40 women from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties who raise money for these charities through fall fundraisers and their annual spring musical revue.  Visit www.gold-diggers.org for more information or www.camelotspa.com.



Meet and Greet with Jodi Arnold

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 6 - 2010ADD COMMENTS


Ice-Watch® Falls Coolest Accessory

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 4 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

Paris-Hilton-Ice-Watches-Kari-Feinstein-Golden-Globes-2010Just in time for Fall, no pun intended, Ice-Watch® has created a whole new line of arm candy sure to brighten any wardrobe all year round.  The multicolored timepieces are water resistant, perfect for dreary rainy days, and feature luminous hands with a magnified calendar, for those early winter sunsets.  The best part, each Ice-Watch® is packaged in a collectable, reusable “becubic” case that doubles as a coin bank making it both fashionable AND environmentally conscious.  Ice-Watch® is sold in over 50 countries around the world and recently debuted in the United States in December 2009. Since it’s unveiling, Ice-Watch® has become a popular accessory among celebrities and fashion icons such as, Paris Hilton, Jennie Garth, Felicity Huffman, Gilles Marini, Ali Landry, Craig Robinson, Rex Lee, and Evan Handler.  With an array of colors from pastels to fluorescents, Ice-Watch® definitely has something for everyone.  For more information visit www.ice-watch.com  

We Love Miami Spice 2010

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 4 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

SignGothamSteak_PMC8655By:  Maryanne Salvat

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any hotter or spicier, South Florida gears up for the 9thannual Miami Spice Restaurant Month.   Joining the delectable venture is the highly revered Fontainebleau Resort.  Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan, as well as its modern American café Vida,are all offering $35 three-course prix-fixe dinner menus. In addition, Hakkasanis offering an impressive family-style Dim Sum lunch menu for only $22. The iconic resort is also providing discounted valet parking to restaurant patrons. The prix-fixe prices do not include tax and gratuity and reservations are highly recommended.  Here is a quick preview of the Miami Spice menu offered at these fine dining establishments from August 1 through September 30, 2010.  Warning: Mouth-watering may occur as you read through. Read the rest here »

Allison Bradycrop

Allison Weiss Brady, Chris Bosh, and Chip Brady

Burn Notice's Jeffrey Donovan at Mercedes Benz Star Lounge after Ed Hardy

Jeffrey Donovan

Jeffrey Donovan, our favorite Burn Notice front man, was seen dining solo at Macaluso’s last Tuesday night,   where he enjoyed the eatery’s famous homemade meatballs (yum!).

During the Webster Rooftop Happy Hour, which was very popular,  Pharrell  Williams  shopped throughout the boutique.

Rapper TI was seen dining at Philippe with a group of friends this past Sunday.

Last week, Miami’s finest headed up to the Hamptons where the Heat’s Chris joined Tracy Wilson Mourning, Donna Karan, a pregnant and just-married Alicia Keys with new husband Swizz Beatz, John LegendJason Binn, and host Anthony Anderson to celebrate South Florida’s Allison & Chip Brady who were being honored at  Russell SimmonsRushPhilanthropic.org annual “Art for Life” gala.  The event, with auction items by country singer Keith Urban, celebrity chef Todd English, and John Legend, was co-sponsored by LSN Partners, a business development firm in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Target, and Bounty. 

Donna Karan

Donna Karan


 While making his acceptance speech as co-honoree, Swizz Beatz’s handsome young son Prince Nasir stepped up to the podium to announce to the art-loving crowd that his favorite artists were “Swizz Beatz and Basquiat”.

The Bradys continue their charitable endeavors by co-hosting a September 10th shopping event at De Beers to benefit GeneSpotlight.org as part of Bal Harbour Shops’ “Fashion Night Out.”

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