Don’t Miss: Some of Our Favorite Gifts for the Season

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 18 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

It’s still  the most wonderful time of the year for shopping yourself or someone who truly loves to look and feel great, these are a few of our favorite picks to kick off the year on the right foot.


Clarins Double Serum With Turmeric

Clarins is known around the world as one of the purest forms of skin care hailing from France. With an endless source of natural resources, Clarins creates beautiful products with positive results. Clarins Double Serum with Turmeric is definitely the stand out this season. Clarins’ innovative dual technology successfully combines [20+1] potent anti-aging plant extracts—both water- and oil-soluble—to ensure a perfect affinity with your skin. It is enriched with anti-aging turmeric to effectively target lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, and boost radiance in as little as seven days. Your skin will literally soak up this delicious essence. To purchase visit:


Comfy Cold Weather Boots From TOMS

TOMS provides the perfect boots for all winter occasions. The styles are as stylish as they are comfortable- great for all temperatures and occasions.  Check out these  pieces that perfectly mix cozy and stylish.




Get in Shape in Style with G-Shock

G-SHOCK recently announced the debut of the brand’s first-ever Ani-Digi Step Tracker watch for the women’s S Series line. The model boasts a brand new look and capabilities to track each daily step, available in four fresh matte colors, including mint, pink, black and white. Retailing for $130, each watch is perfect for a versatile look at the gym, office and around town. For more information, visit:


MagmaReady makes dressing up a Snap

The white dress shirt is a staple in many people’s wardrobes because it is so versatile. Except for that friend who thinks a t-shirt and jeans is appropriate for everyday wear, parties, work meetings and formal events. You won’t find a white dress shirt in his or her closet, but you might be able to intervene with a techie style upgrade. MagnaReady has created a dress shirt that you don’t need to iron, dry clean or even button. The company has done away with the annoying little white buttons and replaced them with a secure magnetic closure system. They look like buttons but zero dressing effort is required. Find more information here:


It’s A 10 Miracle Defrizzing Everything

 As temperatures go down and adorable winter gear is a must, tresses tend to dry out. Don’t fret It’s A 10 is the perfect solution to that dreaded hat hair. The complete line balances and defrizzes while conditioning and strengthening hair; For the complete list of products that cater to your hair needs visit:






The Code Red Revolution: How Thousands of People Are Losing Weight Without Shakes, Pills, Diet Foods or Exercise

Cristy Code Red Nickel is an author, speaker, and celebrity nutritionist. Since 1994, she has helped thousands lose weight by eating real food. In 2003, Cristy was ranked #2 in the world as a professional boxer. She was named one of the Top 3 Most Dangerous Females on the Planet by The Ring magazine, which landed her a coaching role on MTV s hit series MADE.  In 2008, Cristy was awarded New York s Best Trainer by Allure magazine. In her latest book The Code Red Revolution,Cristy discusses:  

  • 7 strategies to save your waistline this Thanksgiving
  • The tips and tricks of how to handle holiday parties—12 healthy appetizers that won’t bust your gut
  • The 5 holiday danger foods to avoid this holiday season
  • How to navigate real life—including birthdays, vacations, holidays, travel, and stressful work situations—and still lose weight every week.
  • And so much more!

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KAYO Body Care Program

kayo is an innovative complete body care program that believes in protecting, enhancing and rejuvenating 100% of your skin, not just the 5% on your face. Your skin is your largest organ and nurturing it is vital for your overall beauty. Kayo’s Face Grade© Body Care Collection is a combination of result driven ingredients and precious plant extracts and oils – pure and effective enough for your face, yet specifically formulated for your body. Recent studies of the brand have shown that people find their skin is smoother, firmer, softer and healthier after using the products for only four weeks.

Kayo is great for Stocking Stuffers, gifts for friends or loved ones as well as something to indulge in for yourself.  The line has gotten raves from W, Elle, Shape, Self, InStyle, Byrdie, Well + Good, Forbes, NY Times and many more… To purchase visit:




Dancing Deer Baking Company

Holiday Gifts from Dancing Deer Baking Co. are now available to order and they have a wide variety of gourmet cookie and brownie gifts for all occasions from under $20 to upwards of $130 and everything in between. They even have NEW Gluten Free gift baskets and for their New Christmas Bakery Gift Plus they have taken all their best-selling Christmas Bakery Gift Assortments including their award-winning Molasses cookies and brownie and added one of their delicious pound cakes. And the new hamper-style gift box can come filled with lots of delicious treats. For more information:

Check out the amazing SOLAR power charger for your phone, iPad, Kindle, etc. from! Whether you are on an outdoor adventure or stuck at a soccer tournament, this charger refuels with sunlight – no power needed! Water resistant, equipped with a flashlight and ready to keep you connected. Keep your devices charged on all your adventures with this solar power bank. Plug it in at home to get it to full charging capacity and then rely on the sun to keep it fueled. The 10000 mAH will provide more charging power than similar models! Great when you want to stay in touch but are away from an outlet and also can come in handy in case of emergency. also presents  the  ALL NEW portable hand warmer phone charger.  This 3 in 1 charger is a portable battery for USB enabled devices including phones, iPad, etc! It also acts as a hand warmer – fully heats up to cozy temperatures! And a flashlight, too! Amazing for cold weather adventures and more, this back up battery is handy for keeping devices charged when away from an outlet!

(Code)word Hats

This holiday season, reach out a helping hand to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma with the help of (code)word — The Hat that Gives Back. For a limited time they’re offering two lines of specially designed Hurricane Relief Hats to help bring people across America together in support of the victims of these deadly natural disasters. Each hat that’s purchased will supply 21 meals to men, women and children.
“Our brand focus is on giving back to the local community, but when we saw the devastation left behind we knew we needed to get involved on a bigger level,” said (code)word founder Nate Montgomery. “There are thousands of people trying to pick up the pieces. Our goal is to help them not worry where their next meal is coming from.”
The humanitarian brand normally raises funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals through the sale of their specialty hats. The trendy ball caps are emblazoned with a specific area code, and the proceeds support hospitals that serve that area.
For this new campaign, they’re focused on a statewide scale with proceeds going to help local food banks in Florida and Texas.

Irma and Harvey Relief Hats

Available in two styles: Grey or Camo
Harvey Hats feature “TEX” on the front and “Lonestar” on the back
Irma Hats feature “FLA” on the front and “Sunshine” on the back
Proceeds go to support the South Florida Food Bank, Corpus Christi Food Bank, or Houston Food Bank
Retail value is $35

Wander Wet Bags 

Designed for the life adventurer, Wander Wet Bags are the super cute, water-resistant and eco-friendly option for all your travels. Created for the style conscious explorer, choose from gorgeous, 100% cotton prints that are Made in USA. Sneak in that last minute dip in the hotel pool before jumping on your flight home. Go to Pilates before giving that keynote presentation. Your Wander Wet Bag will keep your wet bikini or post workout gear separate from clean and dry items in your tote.


Midtown Village shines a bit more this season with the addition of TINSEL a Christmas themed pop-up bar presented by Teddy Sourias and Craft Concepts Group. This wonderland of Christmas crazy comes complete with a Krampus Room as well as a stocked-up bar of delicious seasonal cocktails and drafts. Tinsel will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 2:00 p.m. to Midnight, and Sunday Noon to 5:00 p.m. Tinsel will offer happy hour specials Tuesday through Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.



Puyero Venezuelan Flavor Holiday Menu

Puyero Venezuelan Flavor has debuted their new holiday menu offerings and they are delicious. If you are in the mood for some real comfort food let Puyero Venezuelan spoil you. The tequeños are to die for as well as the yuca frita. As a traditional holiday treat the team has put together a menu of hallacas, pan de jamon, ponche de crema, and soul warming hot chocolate.This adorable place is a neighborhood gem great for families and friends. For more information visit:

Don’t Miss: Kosher Food & Wine Festival Miami

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 10 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

Kosher Food & Wine Festival Miami 

The Women’s International Zionist Organization will be hosting its 5th annual WIZO Florida Kosher Food and Wine groundbreaking, sold out event at Turnberry Isle. All attendees will experience world renowned local and international wines as well as delectable kosher cuisine. Proud sponsors of the event,  co-hosted by the Israeli Wine Producers Association, include Duty Free America, Psagot Wines, Atlantic Broadband, Wells Fargo Bank and EL AL Airlines among others.

Guests are invited to sample wines from more than 30 upscale wineries, featuring over 300 different wines and partake in the delicious and innovative fare of South Florida’s leading kosher establishments. Tickets are open to the public and cost $150 per person. VIP tickets are available for $200 which includes an exclusive VIP reception from 6:00-7:00 pm. Kosher Food and Wine Miami 2017 tickets are available and can be purchased online at All proceeds from Kosher Food & Wine Miami will benefit WIZO Florida projects in Israel.

Don’t Miss: Common Threads and Maya’s Grill Brunch

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 29 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

Common Threads

Common Threads, the non-profit organization dedicated to bringing health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education, is headed to Miami to conclude its five cities, one-night-only, pop-up dinner. The Miami take-over will take place on Wednesday, November 29 at The Mondrian South Beach, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Each dinner in the series features a line-up of celebrated chefs from across the country and tasks them with creating dishes that reflect the evening’s theme. Kristi Krueger, Michelle Bernstein, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and Chef Art Smith will play host to the Miami dinner bringing together an impressive list of chefs to create courses inspired by their favorite artist or work of art.

Additionally, the evening will include an opening reception with small bites prepared by Common Threads students, a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and a special musical guest performance. All funds raised will benefit Common Threads programs, teaching children in underserved communities how to lead healthier lives. The Common Threads Chef Takeover Fueled by Circuit of The Americas will help fund the organization’s growth goal of getting one million children cooking for life by 2020. General tickets cost $175 per person and Chef’s Table tickets (which include a welcome gift, elevated wine pairing and celebrity chef dish presentations) cost $250 per person. For additional information and to purchase tickets visit



Maya’s Grill Celebrates 10 Years

Maya’s Grill, formerly named Maya Tapas & Grill, has been serving locals, artists and travelers international Argentinean-fusion dining for nearly a decade. Owned and operated by the Maya family who moved to Miami from Argentina and made the Magic City their new home, guests will regularly find Rolando Maya, his wife Marsha and three children Alejandro, Martin and Sara, greeting customers, making sure everything is running smoothly and offering guests personal service and attention. Maya’s Grill is getting ready for its 10 year anniversary and launching a new champagne brunch on Sundays to kick-off a series of mini-celebrations. The outdoor eatery is debuting several new champagne cocktails, as well as brunch dishes and offering unrivaled champagne bottle specials every Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

 Maya’s Grill is located at 809 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL.  For more information, visit Stay updated on Maya’s Grill with  Instagram and Facebook

Whimsy and Wishes at the Make-a-Wish Ball

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 16 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

It was a night of magic, music, mysticism and wish granting as the Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida and InterContinental® Miami celebrated the 23rd Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish® Ball on Saturday, November 4, 2017. More than 900 guests attended the “Mystical Music Box” themed gala, which presented a night of enchantment, fantasy and music. The magical celebration was headlined by four time Grammy-award winning, multi-platinum-selling artist Lenny Kravitz, and presented by the Makarov Foundation and the Finker-Frenkel Legacy Foundation, with opening act by Alisan Porter, winner of NBC’s The Voice 2016who returned for the second year. 

Actress and filmmaker Gabrielle Anwar, who costars on the ABC drama “Once Upon a Time,” returned as celebrity emcee for the seventh consecutive year, helping the event to raise in excess of $2.3 million for Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. Hosted by the InterContinental® Miami, Ball founder and in-kind donor for the past 23 years, the event was chaired by philanthropist Shareef Malnik, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, who has served as Ball Chairman for the past 13 years. The annual Ball, which is regarded as one of Miami charity season’s leading events, is the highest grossing fundraising event for the Southern Florida Chapter of Make-A-Wish® Foundation.  Read the rest here »

Wolverine Supports Veterans

Wolverine, the maker of quality boots since 1883, is celebrating and supporting veterans with the launch of the Wolverine 1000 Mile Limited Edition Coyote Boot. Wolverine will donate 100% of the limited edition boot sales from November 7-14 to Operation FINALLY HOME, a non-profit organization that builds mortgage free homes for veterans. The boot will be available exclusively on starting November 7. Wolverine will also launch Troop ID by offering veterans a discount on all future purchases. The limited edition 1000 Mile Coyote boot is available exclusively on starting on November 7. 100% of sales from this boot from November 7 to 14, 2017 will be donated to Operation FINALLY HOME. For more details visit





This year MISO CHIC will be a night to remember. Music, Fashion and Arts, will be combined in one spectacular event.  Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), Fernando Duprat as Executive Producer and Eduardo Marturet Music Director & Conductor, present MISO CHIC. The event will be held at the Knight Concert Hall, Sunday November 12, 6:00 pm,  Featuring ANGEL SANCHEZ as guest artist. Receive a 25% discount using promo code: CHIC17 Tickets at

Sound Oasis Bluetooth Sleep Sound Therapy System

Regardless of what’s going on around you, you can obtain peace and quiet, thanks to Sound Oasis, the world’s only customized sound machine with your preferred built in sleep sounds plus Bluetooth audio. Build your own custom sound machine by selecting 10 or 20 sounds from the Sound Oasis sound library. Create the best sleep sound machine with your favorite sound tracks. The BST-100 also streams music via Bluetooth from your mobile device or computer so you can enjoy your own music or Sound Oasis sound Apps. Be sure to order the tiny, portable machine that fits in your pocket yet blocks out every sound imaginable. It’s perfect for planes, crowded spaces and noisy hotel rooms, where a good night’s sleep and quiet reading time are hard to come by. Learn more abilities this ground-breaking system here:

Smokey Bones Bar + Fire Grill’s Southern Brunch in Florida

Smokey Bones Bar + Fire Grill’s Southern Brunch is offered every Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM; Smokey Bones’ brunch is guaranteed to entice the taste buds and warm the heart with savory dishes that are hard to pass up. This is not the place to come for a quaint brunch, its garnish is a pile of high quality, slow-smoked meats, with real portions of southern favorite that’ll have you eating till the cows come home. The five-course brunch begins with Southern Buttermilk Biscuits with Honey Butter, moving onto guests’ choice of 1/3 rack of St. Louis-Style or award-winning Baby Back Ribs, which can also be substituted for house-smoked Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken or Chicken Fingers. Then – the Southern Eggs Meaty Skillet, a fresh-cooked egg soufflé with biscuit crumbles, cheddar-jack cheese, fresh parsley, a fried egg and guests choice of house-smoked pulled pork, Texas-style beef brisket, house-smoked sausage or grilled chicken breast. Still hungry? Enjoy your choice of a Large BelgianWaffle or a Full Skillet of Cornbread. And, of course, we couldn’t forget dessert. Top your meal off with a Waffle Sundae or Smokey Bones’ signature Hot Bag O’ Donuts. Five courses at just$20 per guest.


Guests also have the option of adding bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys – which is basically required when brunching – for an additional $15. While the adults are munchin’ and brunchin’, kids can enjoy waffles and biscuits at $6 per child 10 and under.