Designed for a Cure

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 19 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Designed For A Cure 2014 Benefiting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer CenterBy:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

The cavernous Ice Palace Studios, dramatically aglow in white light, served as the perfect setting for Designed for a Cure, on Thursday, February 13, wherein nearly 800 stylish guests gathered to support the partnership between the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and international fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.  The elegant event raised more than $850,000 to fund cancer research at Sylvester. De la Renta himself spontaneously donated $100,000 at the event.  Read the rest here »

Mystery Dates, Wine, Women, Shoes and Celebs

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 17 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Dinner_at_Marcella_and_Dan_NovelaBy:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

MOCA Mystery Dates 

MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami) kicked off the month of February in style with its highly anticipated, seventh annual Mystery Dates fundraiser during which guests enjoyed a dazzling evening at the homes of ten private collectors who graciously held dinner parties in support of the museum.  Read the rest here »

Celebrity Sightings at Market America | SHOP.COM

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 17 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

marketSaturday night, Market America | SHOP.COM hosted a star-studded after party in honor of their World Conference and in celebration of the launch of Joseph “Fat Joe’ Cartagena’s Market America UnFranchise Business at the home of Market America Founders JR and Loren Ridinger in Miami Beach.  Celebrities in attendance included Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Diddy, French Montana, Maxwell, Timbaland, Daymond John, Cliff Floyd, and Ramona Rizzo.


Last Tuesday, Ben Swartz (from House of Lies), Jaime Foxx and Michael Bay were spotted at WALL at W South Beach.


Prince Pierre d’Arenberg and his wife, Princess Sylvie d’Arenberg of the Netherlands dined at Lippi on February 5. The royals enjoyed a quiet and intimate evening and shared light bites.

By: Maryanne Salvat


designed_for_a_cure_sylvester_best_cancer_centerDesigned For A Cure Collaborates with Oscar de la Renta

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center announces their collaboration with internationally acclaimed designer Oscar de la Renta for their signature fundraising event, Designed for a Cure, scheduled for February 13 in Miami. The event will focus on bringing awareness and the importance of cancer research through community partnerships and an inspiring runway show featuring designs by de la Renta. The designer will be participating in Designed for a Cure in support of his doctor and close friend, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester. The VIP reception provides first access to the highly anticipated silent auction and tasting tables, featuring more than 30 of Miami’s finest restaurants and bars. The highlight of the evening will combine a powerful runway show featuring patient/ survivors escorted by their Sylvester physicians in de la Renta designs and models dressed in de la Renta’s spring 2014 collection. The fundraising event will conclude with a festive after-party including dessert tastings, music and dancing. During the evening, Jennifer Stearns Buttrick, former event chair for Designed for a Cure, will be honored with the first Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Philanthropist of the Year Award in recognition of her hard work and dedication to Sylvester.   Designed for a Cure will take place at the Ice Palace, located at 1400 North Miami Avenue in Miami. VIP cocktail reception tickets are $400 each and include exclusive, first access to the event at 6:00 p.m. along with seating at the fashion show. General admission tickets are $200 each, and the doors will open for general admission at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 305.243.9088 or visit



2014 Be A Voice, Empower Brilliant Futures Galavoices_gala2014_invite_email_sold-out1

On February 15, Voices For Children Foundation and the Mandarin Oriental Miami will host the 2014 Be A Voice, Empower Brilliant Futures Gala with presenting sponsor, The House of Harry Winston, along with Honorary Gala Co-Chairs and Voices board members Christian and Brittany Slater, and Jim Ferraro and Alena Gavrikova, to show support and raise funds for the foster care youth of Miami-Dade County. This event will welcome 500 of Miami’s most philanthropic and influential community leaders and dedicated business professionals. Individual ticket starts at $500; premier seating $1,000. To RSVP and attend the event visit: or contact Tania Rodriguez,, 305.324.5678.    





 Geoffrey_Bradfield_and_Mario_Buatta_newly_released_publicationsJ NELSON Presents Mario Buatta and Geoffrey Bradfield

On February 20, at 2:00 p.m. design legends Mario Buatta and Geoffrey Bradfield will discuss their careers with Lloyd Princeton.  Buatta, aptly named “The Prince of Chintz” has designed interiors for S.I. Newhouse, Malcolm Forbes, Nelson Doubleday, Henry Ford II, Barbara Walters, Mariah Carey, among others.  Bradfield has decorated residences for Oliver Stone, the late King Hussein of Jordan, the estate of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and many “Silent Celebrities”, fervently guarding their privacy.  Both have appeared in Architectural Digest numerous times, and have had long-runs in the AD 100, the most prestigious list of designers the world over. Lloyd Princeton, who will moderate the lecture, is an author,  renowned design business consultant and motivational speaker.Mr. Buatta and Mr. Bradfield will give a lecture and a visual presentation showing their opulent flair and artfulness of interior decoration. They will also sign and remark copies of their recent publications Mario Buatta: Fifty years of Interior Designand Geoffrey Bradfield: Artistic License; RSVP to 212.939.6431.

Iran Issa-Khan: Natural Beauty Personified

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 12 - 2014ADD COMMENTS


Photo Courtesy of Iran Issa-Khan Studios

Photo Courtesy of Iran Issa-Khan Studios

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Photos courtesy of Iran Issa-Khan Studios.


 “The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,

Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit

Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,

Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.”

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Edward FitzGerald

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Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 6 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

RalphNotaro31012014Jerry_Seinfeld114Jerry Seinfeld had a sold-out crowd in stitches during his back-to-back shows last Friday and Saturday nights at the Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live concert venue.  Seinfeld covered the gamut with his “show about nothing” including, marriage, fatherhood, and how life in general “sucks.” “Everybody’s life sucks. Your life sucks, my life sucks…perhaps significantly less than yours.” He even joked about the car fire just outside of the Hard Rock which caused a delay in the show. 

At Zuma, Pharrell Williams was spotted at brunch, wearing his now infamous Grammy hat (think Smoky Bear). Venus Williams was also at Zuma with friends at dinner.  

At Scarpetta on Monday night, David Beckham dined with Simon Fuller.   

On Tuesday night, Simon Fuller and David Beckham held a private event at the Arsht Center tobeckham announce information about the MLS soccer team and their official commitment to Miami under Beckham’s part ownership.  Celebrities in attendance included Tracy and Alonso Mourning, artist Carlos Betancourt and Pepe Carmona, of Tuna Productions.  Beckham gave a very informal speech to the exclusive crowd of about 75, discussing his excitement in bringing an MLS team to Miami.  



Recently St. Louis Cardinals, Jon Jay, hosted a celebrity bowling tournament for the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade and raised more than $42,000 for the nonprofit that holds special place in his heart.

At Wall, Jamie Foxx, director Michael Bay, and House of Lies and Community actor Ben Schwartz were spotted having a good time dancing and drinking. Jamie especially made a mark as he was reported as being very friendly as he talked to the door staff and took photographs with fans and beautiful ladies.


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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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