A Short List of Great Gifts

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On December - 21 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

Luxurious Affordable Art of Shaving

The Art of Shaving Mid-Size Kit: The Mid-Size Kit offers the 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave in a smaller size, perfect for gifting and travel as it meets TSA guidelines. Along with the right shaving implement, you are ready to Prepare, Lather up! Shave and Moisturize. The 4 Elements of The Perfect Shave® provides optimal shaving results while helping against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks & cuts. This holiday the kit will be available for $50 at The Art of Shaving Stores (theartofshaving.com)

Clarins’ Treats

Cover everything beauty on her list with Clarins 2016 Advent Calendar: Nothing says holiday more than a 25 day advent calendar and this year Clarins re-interpreted this holiday classic and created a gift set featuring an array of skincare, makeup, body products, and much more making it the perfect gift for the beauty guru in your life! The Clarins 2016 Advent Calendar is exclusively available on www.clarinsusa.com for $125.


Scents for the Season

Inspired by Clarins’ legendary Tonic Body Treatment Oil, this new and exclusive Tonic Scented Candle invigorates the senses for an ultimate feeling of well-being. Beautifully crafted in a golden design, Clarins Tonic Scented Candle burns up to 60 hours and slowly evaporates to leave any room easily perfumed in the most subtle and rare aromas making it the perfect and relaxing gift. This holiday candle kit is sold exclusively on www.clarinsusa.com.

MOVA Globes- Give the World

For the person who has or wants the world- a MOVA globe is a timeless collectible.
The award-winning MOVA Globe blends artistic design and innovative technology into an elegant, eco-friendly décor piece that inspires wonder. Expertly hand-crafted to simulate perpetual motion, the MOVA Globe rotates smoothly around on its own. Pick up the MOVA Globe and it keeps spinning inside its shell — it’s spellbinding to watch. The MOVA Globe is the first solar-powered product on the market where the solar cells are hidden from view. No wires to fiddle with and batteries are not needed. Choose from a collection of carefully designed scenes including vintage and modern world maps, highly detailed satellite renderings, popular sports, life’s special moments and specialty art. For more information, visit:


For Kids of all Ages

Searching for the right kid’s gift or hours of amusement and movement … priced under $25? This holiday, let your child unwrap a blast of fun with Stomp Rocket®, and watch their delight as they spend hours being active outdoors!

These 100% kid-powered toys are great entertainment for the entire family. Choose from a variety of Stomp Rockets that will get your kids off the couch and moving:

Stomp Rocket® Ultra LED lets the fun continue long after sunset, which is great now that we’ve turned our clocks back! Each rocket features a built-in LED light that really shines in a dark or gloomy sky as it soars up to 150 feet in the air. The Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow is great for kids as young as 3, and these all-foam rockets glow in the dark.
Kids can challenge each other to a contest with Dueling Stomp Rocket® — the special launch stand lets two kids launch their rockets at the same time, and they soar up to 20 stories high — that’s 200 feet in the air!

Stomp Rockets are:
100% kid-powered: Kids run, jump and STOMP to launch their rockets high up into the sky

Portable fun: Simple to pack and unpack, these rockets are on-the-go fun on at parties, on trips, or at local parks

Instant entertainment: Stomp Rockets are ready to launch in seconds with quick assembly and no batteries required
Fun at every age: Stomp Rockets are available for children as young as age 3 through adulthood!


misoBy: Maryanne Salvat

MISO Pop-Up Series

Save the date for the amazing Pop Up Series event with the Maestro Eduardo Marturet and the Miami Symphony Orchestra at the gorgeous Miami Design District, Palm Court, December 9th at 5:00 p.m.


There will be a special performance showcasing the beautiful voice of Lena Burke, the powerful performance by Athina Klioumi as Sche herazade, the innovated duo of Brev Sullivan at the electrical guitar and Shakyah as a singer, and Julia Bueno performing on a toy piano!Do not miss this amazing experience. We will combine music, open space and the luxury shops.




pastedgraphic-4Amigos For Kids 25th Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Amigos For Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, and Ford Motor Company Fund joined forces, once again, to share in the spirit of giving with the Amigos For Kids 25th Annual Holiday Toy Drive. As the organization’s first major event in 1992, Amigos For Kids annual Holiday Toy Drive has grown into a gift-giving program that fulfills thousands of holiday wishes for underprivileged children.  For 25 years, the effort has brought the community together to create awareness about child abuse and neglect, and to spread Holiday cheer by collecting and distributing toys for needy children. The toy drive kicks off on Sunday, December 11 for a daylong caravan featuring Santa Claus, local celebrities, community leaders and volunteers making stops in Florida City and Little Havana.  In 2015, Santa’s community leaders and celebrity helpers included: Ana Maria Canseco, Ximena Cordoba, Andrea Escalona, Boris Izaguirre, Carmen Jara and Felipe Viel to name a few.  These celebrities, along with over 200 Amigos volunteers, participate as the organization grants Christmas wishes such as a visit to a police station, a heartfelt momentum of a loved one who has passed, tickets to sporting events, Christmas trees and much more as published in their website. After distributing toys to over 300 children in Florida City’s Branches of Love, the caravan continues to Jose Martí Park where 200 more kids will receive gifts.  Toy distribution will then continue in Broward on December 12, and throughout the rest of December ensuring all children receive their specific gifts and special requests before Christmas. The Annual Holiday Toy Drive serves as a component of Ford Motor Company Fund’s community relations program, “Operation Better World.”  Ford’s nine-year partnership with Amigos For Kids highlights its commitment to enhance educational opportunities, automotive safety, human services, and quality of life to the South Florida area. For more information visit:  Amigos For Kids Holiday Toy Drive.


photo courtesy of Christmas Village

photo courtesy of Christmas Village

Philadelphia’s Christmas Village Returns

The highly anticipated Christmas season is upon us! Along with holiday festivities and delightful displays, Philadelphia’s Christmas Village returns this year to the City Hall Courtyard. All the warm mulled cider, spiced gingerbread, brats and delicious German fare will now be available. The city’s open-air German market – one of the largest in the country –brings Santa’s workshop, live music stages, decorations and lights, wooden shopping huts, food booths, mulled wine and more.


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Celebrate the season along America’s most historic square mile with Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, presented by VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and Old City District. Get all of your holiday shopping done in one place, and enjoy some seasonal dishes and sips in Old City! More than 45 participating boutiques, shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and cafes around the neighborhood will treat visitors to special sales, discounts, promotions and menu items every Thursday in December from 5:00pm to 8:00pm through December 22nd. From its historic past to its artful present to its tech future, Old City is the place to be! Look for vibrant and diverse offerings that make the neighborhood the historic gem of Philadelphia. For more information about Old City District and Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, visit oldcitydistrict.org, tweet @OldCityDistrict or call (215) 592-7929.


rittenhouseRittenhouse Row Fashion Crawl

Numerous Rittenhouse Row retailers will host simultaneous in store parties, with cocktails from some of the best mixologists in Rittenhouse.  In store parties include: Special discounts, trunk shows, gifts with purchase, DJs and much more. This year Rittenhouse Row has partnered with PAWS to, “Give a Home for the Holiday.” Adoptable dogs and PAWS representatives will be walking to select crawl locations throughout the day. Pick up your map at Capital One on the day of the crawl and receive free samples of hot chocolate from Peet’s Coffee and a chance to enter to win a fabulous gift basket with prizes from Rittenhouse Row’s health, beauty and fitness members.   Raffle package highlights include:  A five pack of classes from Flywheel, $55 gift certificate to Ursula’s About PHace, a five pack of classes to Ripped PHL, three Pure Barre classes, one month unlimited from Unite Fitness, a ten class gift card good for any class at Thrive Pilates and Philly Power Yoga and five pilates classes at Urbanfront Pilates and more.   The entire day is free and open to the public; event maps will be available at Capital One, 1636 Walnut Street, on Saturday, December 10th from 12:00PM to 3:00PM.   Maps can also be downloaded from rittenhouserow.org starting the week of the crawl.   *Must be 21 or older to enjoy the cocktails


FACUNDO Rum Collection

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 30 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

facundoThe FACUNDO™ Rum Collection is the first luxury collection of four of the most exquisite, extraordinary hand-blended sipping rums from Bacardi. Sipping rum is a Bacardi family tradition, passed down from generation to generation. Now connoisseurs everywhere can share in this revered tradition as rum is elevated to an art form.

The FACUNDO Rum Collection is a limited release of four rare blends of the finest aged sipping rums, sourced from the Bacardi family’s private rum reserves. The four-bottle Collection was designed to be sipped in a progression of occasions, each to suit various moments of celebration and reflection, making it the optimal choice for the holiday season.

FACUNDO NEO is a sheer blonde rum aged up to 8 years. Once blended the rum is filtered over activated carbon to remove any color.  FACUNDO EXIMO is a blend of medium to heavy bodied dark rums aged in fine oak barrels. EXIMO is the only marque of the FACUNDO Rum Collection to be blended before aging.  FACUNDO EXQUISITO marries younger rums aged seven years with matured rums aged 23 years aged in oak barrels and finished in sherry casks. After the aging process, the rums are blended, transferred and stored in sherry casks to rest for a minimum of one month, further enhancing the smoothness and silkiness. Lastly, FACUNDO PARAISO is a blend of dark rums aged up to 23 years that is filtered over activated carbon and then rested in French (XO) casks for a minimum of one month, creating the ultimate sipping experience.

Gift this impressive, high-end Collection to a loved one this holiday season, or break out the ice spheres, rocks glasses or snifters to unwind with the FAUNDO Rum Collection during the most heart-warming time of year. The perfect after-dinner or dessert companion, the Collection will not only enthuse your guests, but also your taste buds.

santasThe enchanting winter wonderland and carnival at the corner of Bird Road and the Palmetto Expressway runs from November 3rd-January 8, 2017. 

Three million strings of lights are sparkling throughout the park, dozens of animated displays are lit and the scent of pine cones is in the air; it’s time for Santa’s Enchanted Forest, a South Florida tradition for 34 years! The golden gates open daily at 5pm and there’s non-stop action for the entire family. 

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is the world’s largest holiday themed park that features over 100 rides, games, shows and animated children displays. This year new at Santa’s the RC blaster, the sixth roller coaster. The RC blaster is the biggest and fastest roller coaster in Florida, also new a freestyle motorcycle stunt show. Visitors will be amazed as the stunt driver performs daring flips, hands free and soars 90ft into the air! 

Also featuring ten new food kiosks, Asian delights, crepes and other delicacies join old-time favorites like roasted corn on the cob, apple candy and elephant ears. The admission price includes all rides and featured shows! Parking is free. 

Unwrap the holiday spirit and take in Santa’s Enchanted Forest for the best time with family and friends. 

Santa’s Enchanted Forest
7900 Bird Road, Miami, Florida 33155

Art Baseling 2016

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 30 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

art-basel-miami-beach-1068x775Miami Art Week 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for art collectors and enthusiasts; not to mention those who love a great party or ten- every night. What has become known as Miami Art Week, which runs from Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4, includes Art Basel, one of the world’s most important art fairs, and dozens of satellite fairs, street art displays, performances, and something to see and do in just about every corner of Miami Beach, Wynwood, and the Miami Design District. Thefairs take place from December 1-4, unless otherwise noted.

Art Basel Miami
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive

Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Art Week’s pièce de résistance, is the biggest event on the South Florida calendar. Currently in its fourteenth season, Art Basel will attract the most significant art collectors from around the world. Art Basel, features traditional, contemporary and modern art from every corner of the globe. Art Basel will take over the Miami Beach Convention Center and nearby Collins Park, where several large installations will remain through February.  For more information visit: https://www.artbasel.com/.

Design Miami
Meridian Avenue & 19th Street

Among the most stylish fairs, devoted entirely to interior design, Design Miami, showcases the decorative arts from furniture to rugs, sculptures and just about every type of creative home furnishing and decor imaginable. Global exhibitors aim to astound and delight with cutting-edge designs and displays. For more information visit:  http://miami2016.designmiami.com/.

Art Miami
3101 NE 1st Avenue

Art Miami is among the most elegant fairs of the week, with a stylish, gallery-like feel. Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from over a hundred international galleries. It is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami and continues to garner praise for its variety of unparalleled art.  For more information visit: http://www.artmiamifair.com/

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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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