On Patrol with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Force

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 19 - 20111 COMMENT

fashion forceMercedes-Benz Fashion Force, along with your favorite Miami Socialholics, patrolled the streets of Miami Beach during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim   searching for the hottest style-setters in the Magic City.  The  “fashion police” squad checked in at the Standard Hotel during its Sunday Barbeque and the Dream Hotel Highbar Rooftop for the Norma Kamali presentation, shooting a few of the fashion-savvy guests.  Those captured by the style authorities were rewarded with a pair of limited edition Havaiana flip-flops embellished with a special charm in the form of a badge- made for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012   and an exclusive invitation to the Fashion Force culmination event hosted by celebrity stylist, Danny Santiago in the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge at the Raleigh Hotel.

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Sharing Strength

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 16 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

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Taste of the Nation

TOTN_Miami_chefs_2011 The Fairmont Turnberry Isle resort was filled with the aromas and sounds of searing, sizzling, sautéing and grilling last Thursday as 40 of the hottest chefs from top Miami restaurants showcased popular menu samplings for the 24th annual Taste of the Nation, South Florida’s premier culinary benefit Share Our Strength, which seeks to end childhood hunger.

Over 500 supporters crowded the resort, breaking promises to personal trainers, cardiologists, nutritionists and then some, to delight in dishes such as steak and truffle mash from Gotham Steak, pork belly topped with chicharrón (hmmmm, a chicharron WITH a chicharron) from Bourbon Steak, Trio on the Bay’s delicious shrimp cake, shrimp & grits from The Forge, lobster tacos from Joe’s Stone Crab, pate from DB Bistro, Carpaccio from Steak 954, and a memorable popcorn milkshake by the Tudor House at the Dream Hotel (which will have its grand opening this Saturday). Read the rest here »

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 14 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

46965278 The 15th Annual American Black Film Festival Honors awards ceremony at the Fillmore Miami Beach was a big celebrity draw over the weekend.  NFL star and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens laughed it up with actor and ABFF Honors Awards Host Anthony Anderson in the VIP Grey Goose lounge before the ceremony began. Also spotted in the Grey Goose lounge were Regina King (the evening’s other ABFF Honors Award host) and actress, Naturi Naughton, who received the 2011 Grey Goose Rising Icons Award.  Damon and Marlon Wayans, arrived together to support brother Keenan Ivory Wayans, who received the night’s Entertainment Icon Award for his success in the entertainment industry.  Eric Benet stopped for interviews on the red carpet and Don King brought with him the usual fanfare. 

On Friday night at The Forge, the recently named Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis – dined with owner Shareef Malnik and his girlfriend/actress Gabrielle Anwar, as well as Chicago Bulls player Carlos Boozer who enjoyed a bone-in filet main course and company with a Dolphins Cheerleader calendar cover girl for dessert (insert meat joke here). 

This weekend Acqualina Spa by ESPA hosted NCIS star Cote de Pablo, Lynn Collins of X Men Wolverine and Steve Strait who is currently shooting the Starz show,  Magic City.

On Sunday night, Lenny Kravitz dined with 13 friends at Zuma Miami.

Haiti Means Business

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 14 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

photo credit: Seth Browarnik

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Haiti Means Business

 On June 25, the President of the Republic of Haiti, Michel Joseph Martelly attended a private reception at the exclusive Soho Beach House hosted by Michael Capponi and General Consulate of Haiti in Miami, Ralph Latortue to unveil the “Haiti Means Business” campaign. The handsome and charismatic Martelly, a former pop star and club promoter, made a grand entrance into the party in a procession led by the banging of a giant drum accompanied by live Haitian music, surrounded by close friends and family.  President Martelly then stood on the edge of Soho Beach House’s private 8th floor pool, to proclaim his vision for the future of Haiti, in a speech which echoed his inauguration speech this May. “This is a new Haiti, open for business now,” he told the cheering crowd of 300 at the party.  Martelly’s plan focuses on the urgent need for action, recovery, and renewal to improve the living conditions, well-being and prospects of the Haitian people, with new impetus given to job-creating sectors. Read the rest here »

A Haven For A Maven

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 13 - 2011ADD COMMENTS


Chef Todd Erickson and Tara Solomon

Chef Todd Erickson and Tara Solomon

Queen of the Night turned PR Maven, Tara Solomon held an “intimate” birthday cocktail party at the sleek, shiny-new Haven gastro-lounge on Saturday, July 2. The party was elegant, stylish and fabulous, (to sum it up in three words) much like the birthday girl herself, who hand-picked her exclusive A-list guest list (and their +1 or 10).  The 100 or so guests filled the high-tech South Beach hotspot to fete Solomon and enjoy bites by rising star and cutie pie, executive chef Todd Erickson, and molecular mixology (think delicious, drinkable chemistry experiment) by Haven’s friendly bar staff. Guests “oohed and ahhed” during the custom-designed photo retrospective – spanning over 30 years of Solomon’s reign– that was displayed on Haven’s digital wrap-around walls- kind of like an Imax slide show. An array of shots showcased Solomon’s past and present, alongside famed faces such as legendary Salsa singer, Celia Cruz, fashion prodigy Esteban Cortazar and many of the VIPs at the party.  Notables in attendance included TARA, Ink. co-principal, and fiancée extraordinaire, Nick D’Annunzio; owner of Haven South Beach Mike Boles; filmmaker Alfred Spellman; reality television personalities Ariel Stein and Michael Cohen; Jose Ortiz; photographer Iran Issa-Kahn; photographer Seth Browarnik and wife Melissa Katz; international Diva and personality, James Davis a.k.a. Elaine Lancaster; Read the rest here »

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Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 13 - 20112 COMMENTS

fashion week Mercedes-Benz Swim, Splash, and Play 2012 

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012 descends upon the South Beach sands this weekend with an action-packed schedule of over 20 shows and presentations, featuring designs from top swimwear brands including: Poko Pano, Mara Hoffman, Red Carter, Norma Kamali, Luli Fama, Trina Turk, and this year’s Mercedes-Benz featured swimwear line Luxe by Lisa Vogel. The annual fashion showcase, which takes over the Raleigh from July 14 through July 18, is the world’s leading swimwear designer platform-and it happens here, in our own backyard. For a complete line-up and schedule visit: http://miami.mbfashionweek.com/

While the shows at the Raleigh are private, the Setai sets the stage for top-tier designers presented by Funkshion, including: Marc Jacobs Resort Wear, Cosabella, Cosmopolitan Summer Splash, and Chloe. Visit www.fashionweekmiami.com , for more information on Funkshion shows. 



Mercedes-Benz-CLS63-Fashion-Force-3-625x416May the Fashion Force Be With You 

Style-setters prepare! As part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012, the German luxury car maker will be chauffeuring its own version of the “fashion police” all throughout Miami in a wrapped Mercedes-Benz, dubbed the “Fashion Force.” The select group of fashion-savvy specialists will be patrolling neighborhoods of their choice, scouting for the fashion forward.  If you are ‘pulled over’ by the style authorities for looking good, you will be shot (by a camera) and rewarded with a limited edition pair of Havaianas!  

Miami Socialholic™  founders/ SunPost 411 and Go! columnists,  will be on the Force on Sunday, July 17, from 4-6 p.m. all over South Beach.  So gear up Miami, and look out- we are coming for you!  

Fashion Force photos will be available in our Glam Cam next week. Be sure to log on.


SSinvitationStyle Saves, Inc. Launches at SOHO Beach House 

SOHO Beach House, in conjunction with Miami Swimwear, hosts the launch of Style Saves, Inc., a non-profit charity founded by fashion stylist Rachael Russell with The Miami Foundation, on Friday, July 15. The intimate fashion event will feature a trendsetting fashion show held on the ground level of SOHO Beach House in the Tiki Bar and is set to begin with cocktails at 8:00 p.m. The premiere fashion show will kick-off with men’s swimwear designer Papi Underwear, followed by Trina Turk Swimwear, with jewelry by B.Rawlings, and the grand finale will be presented by Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour, with styling by the host herself, Rachael Russell. A private reception will be held following the fashion show on the 8th floor club pool deck of SOHO Beach House where luxury goods and services will be silently auctioned. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Style Saves’ students. Tickets are selling for $50 in advance, and $75 at the door, this includes entry into the main fashion event, and the private reception afterwards. Tickets for the private reception are available for $30. The first 100 guests to arrive at the event will receive a complimentary Neiman Marcus gift bag.  For further information, contact Jeffrey Rodriguez at Press@stylerr.com


Hot_Nights_Cool_Jazz_-_Martin_BerejanoHot Nights, Cool Jazz at the Bass Museum 

Famed local jazz artists make noise for Friday night happy hour at the Bass Museum of Art will resume its celebrated “Hot Nights, Cool Jazz”  concert series on Friday, July 15 through August 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The six-week summer series will run every other Friday evening and will feature some of the best contemporary Jazz artists in South Florida. The ever-popular happy hour and jazz night kicks off with the Martin Bejerano Trio this Friday, July 15. “Hot Nights, Cool Jazz” is free for museum members and $10 for non-members. Jazz Happy Hour offers complimentary beverages courtesy of Rex-Goliath Wines. Seating is limited.


nyckedNycked Swimwear/Resort 2012 Presentation

Join Nycked Swimwear/Resort 2012, Nars Cosmetics, Cutler Hair, and Lycra for a Swim Week presentation at The Grove in W South Beach on Saturday, July 16, promptly at 8:00 p.m.  New York based designers,  Lorenzo Martone and Jules Kim interpret the usage of Lycra fabric to communicate the versatile mobility of swim materials. Guests will enjoy complimentary libations, champagne and canapés. Following the presentation, an after party will be held at WALL W South Beach, which will also celebrate its 2 year anniversary with beats by international DJ superstar Sharam at 11:00 p.m. To attend the event, visit rsvp@wallmiami.com.


piscineLa Piscine at the Mondrian Hotel

On Sunday, July 17, Beach, Muse Luxury Group and VIP Magazines will host “La Piscine”, a jam-packed day of full-scale fashion shows to complement Miami Swim Week. CEO and founder of VIP Magazines, Michael Martin is certain the event should not be missed. The fashion shows will begin at 3:00 p.m. and commence every hour on the hour, featuring high-end designers Fenster, PONKO, and By Misha. Complimentary gift bags will be provided for each designer’s show with reservation. To rsvp, contact info@museluxurygroup.com.



MEAT-MARKET-South-Beach-3 Meat Market’s Wine Dinner with Étude Winery 

Chef and co-owner Sean Brasel along with, savvy sommelier, Sarah Almand present Meat Market’s second wine dinner with Étude Winery of Carneros in Napa Valley.  The four-course dinner will take place on Wednesday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m. The event is priced at $95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations for the Étude Wine Dinner are limited and can be made by calling 305. 532.0088.

Miami Socialholic
Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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