Splendor in the Garden

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

Neiman Marcus and Fairchild CommitteeBy:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

On a picture perfect, Miami “winter” day, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Visitor Center and Lakeside Marquee were transformed into a beautiful runway for a day of champagne, fashion and fun.  On January 23, Fairchild and Neiman Marcus Coral Gables paired up to host the third annual Splendor in the Garden fashion show and luncheon, which drew a crowd of more than 350 fashion-forward guests. The splendid day began promptly ​at10:30 a.m. with a champagne reception from Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne underneath the sunny Miami sky on the Mosaic of the Visitor Center, where guests could peruse beautiful jewelry on display from Piaget. The reception was so much fun that event organizers had a tough time getting them to move into the stunning tent at the Lakeside Marquee, where chairs and tables decorated with bright pink accoutrements were dotted around the elevated runway. Fairchild’s Director Carl Lewis made the opening remarks and spoke about how influential the chosen Philanthropy Honorees have been to the progress made in the Garden over the years and how many important contributions women have made since the Garden opened 75 years ago in 1938. He then introduced co-chairs Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, who thanked all of the guests and sponsors for their support. Read the rest here »

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Pinkberry Comes to South Beach 

Pinkberry, the global yogurt retailer, will open its fifth store located at 1523 Alton Road in South Florida on February 7. “We are excited to arrive at Alton Road,” said Ron Graves, CEO of Pinkberry. “We are happy to serve and become a local favorite of the community in South Florida with our one of a kind experience and light and refreshing taste”. Pinkberry has partnered with Miami Beach High School for the entire month of February and when anyone mentions Miami Beach High at the register, the school will receive 20 percent of the purchase.  The proceeds at the end of February will all go toward the Miami Beach High graduation fund.  


Restaurant Michael Schwartz Live Concert Series

The Raleigh Hotel, in partnership with Steinway & Sons, announces today the Restaurant Michael Schwartz Live Concert Series, a weekly live music program featuring performances by Grammy Award-winning musicians and some of the most in-demand artists in jazz. A Steinway & Sons Crown Jewel Edition Grand Piano will reside in the restaurant’s main dining room for the 8:00 p.m. Guests who RSVP in advance to rms@sbe.com will have access to an intimate meet-and-greet with the featured musicians in the hotel’s Martini Bar at 7:00 p.m., where complimentary signature snacks from Restaurant Michael Schwartz and Atlantico Rum cocktails will be served. Additionally, at every concert, a representative from Steinway & Sons will recognize an influential individual who has made an important cultural contribution to the community with a Steinway Cultural Achievement Award. Throughout the music series, the special piano will be available for sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charitable organization of the award recipients’ choosing.An official announcement regarding the remaining concerts and award recipients will be coming soon. For more information, visit www.RaleighHotel.com


3rd Annual Wine, Women & Shoeswine women and shoes

The 3rd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes (WW&S) presented by Roger Vivier Paris benefiting the children and families at Miami Children’s Hospital will be back to celebrate great fashion, and a noble cause.  Roger Vivier, the fashion house credited with the design of the first stiletto heel, presents the 2014 WW&S event. Guests will be treated to a sophisticated day of wine tasting, red carpet, a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind items, a delicious lunch as well as a fashion show presented by U by Kotex with fashions from Neiman Marcus Coral Gables and a creative shoe contest. The “Shoe Guys” will also be in attendance, literally showcasing the latest women’s fashions on silver platters; Thursday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. at Coral Gables Country Club. Created for women who enjoy fine wine, great style, and supporting a noble cause, Wine Women & Shoes is one of the fastest-growing charity event series in the country. The popular national fundraising event platform has been a big hit in South Florida. For more information about WW&S 2014 or MCH Foundation, contact Lisbet Fernandez-Vina at 786.268.1845 or visit mchf.org/winewomenandshoes



Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 30 - 2014ADD COMMENTS




Actor Carlos Ponce and girlfriend, actress Ximena Duque dined at Seasalt & Pepper on Friday night.  They sampled Octopus Plancha and Chef Alfredos Special Branzino al Forno. 

John Malkovich and long-term partner Nicoletta Peyran were spotted at Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh Hotel. The couple shared several cocktails, dinner and the bread pudding for dessert. John was happy to hello to a few fans. He and Nicoletta ended at The Martini Bar where they continued their night and were overheard saying how much they love how intimate and quaint it was. 

Original Super-Model Kim Alexis made a brief stop through Miami last week to visit friends and to be photographed by Miami based artist Carlos Betancourt for his latest project.  Betancourt called on his long-time friend Brandi Reddick not only for her artful sense of fashion and style, but for her personal wardrobe!  Reddick dressed the 80s cover girl and super star from head to toe in magnificent pieces of clothing and costume jewelry from her personal collection. Much to Reddicks surprise, her intern Elliot Leiva informed her that she had 326 pair of shoes in her closet.  Reddicks reply, I never keep count! 

After being defeated by the Miami Heat, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw of the San Antonio Spurs headed to Bâoli to reward themselves for a game well played.  The two Spurs were personable and enjoyed chatting with other Bâoli patrons about the game.

Community Rallies around South Beach Pioneer

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 30 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

markBy:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Whether you are a veteran of South Beach nightlife, or new to the scene, chances are you have danced to the amazing music of Mark Leventhal,  a legendary DJ who has been a pioneering force behind Miami nightlife for over 20 years:  spinning since the early 90s at some of our favorite stomping grounds, clubs such as The Spot, Warsaw, Groove Jet, Liquid, Lua, Snatch, Haven and Mynt (to name a few) and at parties for Ocean Drive  magazine and countless private and celebrity events.  Leventhal’s music leaves no room on the dance floor- because he plays the songs people love.  In addition to his music, what’s most appealing about the devoted father of three, is his kind-hearted, positive nature.   In short, Leventhal is an all-around great guy!  

Unfortunately, for the past week, Leventhal has been hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital in a coma, due to an infection that has permeated his body and his brain.  Friends and family have rallied around the well-known DJ in support (Mark has no health insurance).  On Tuesday, January 28, family, friends and fans piled into Haven Lounge, where Leventhal spins regularly, for a fund raiser to help offset his medical costs.  The party started at 7 pm and lasted into the morning.  More than 400 guests (most of them South Beach pioneers themselves) crowded into the stylish lounge to admire wall-to-wall (270 degree) projected photos of Leventhal throughout his 20 year tenure on South Beach.  More than 12 local DJs spun in his honor.  If love could somehow cure Mark- he’d be back on the turntables already. Read the rest here »

Ann Taylor Supports St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 30 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

ann taylorTo honor St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and its mission of finding cures and saving children, Ann Taylor has created a limited-edition jewelry collection of elephant charm jewelry.  Available exclusively at Ann Taylor stores nationwide and at www.anntaylor.com, prices range from $29.50 – $39.50 and 50 percent of the purchase price will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Cycle for Survival 2013 Miami 4By: Maryanne Salvat

Cycle for Survival Returns to Miami to Raise Funds for Rare Cancer Research

Close to 300 people will gather on Saturday at Equinox Coral Gables for Miami’s second annual Cycle for Survival, a high-energy indoor team cycling event that raises money for rare cancer research. Instructors from Cycle for Survival’s founding partner, Equinox, will lead participants in this family-friendly event that is committed to making more treatment options available to help patients and their families by helping fill the funding gap for rare cancer research. Everyone is invited to attend Cycle for Survival to cheer for riders, donate and join the fun. 100% of every donation goes to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and is allocated to pioneering rare cancer clinical trials and research studies within six months of the event. Doctors, rare cancer patients and caregivers will be at the event to share their personal stories. Cycle for Survival is one of the fastest-growing athletic fundraisers. Since 2007, the movement has raised over $37 million to fund 85 clinical trials and research studies. This year more than 16,000 riders will participate in events in 13 cities nationwide. Visit www.cycleforsurvival.org and follow   Cycle for Survival on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube


HighBoy at the 53rd Annual Original Miami Beach Antique Show

HighBoy is pleased to announce their sponsorship of the 53rd Annual Original Miami Beach Antique Show, January 30 through February 3. The HighBoy is a new, curated online marketplace for antiques, fine art and intriguing objects launching this month. As part of the partnership, The HighBoy will create a collector’s lounge for partnered dealers and invited guests, which will offer catered bites, wine, and espresso in an immersive and inspiring space. On Saturday, February 1 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., THB invites visitors to meet Mario Buatta and celebrate his latest book, Mario Buatta, Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration. Immediately following the book signing, stay and enjoy The HighBoy Happy Hour from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Details: Miami Beach Convention Center, Entrance Hall C; Go to rsvp@thehighboy.com for complimentary passes to the show.


Cache Presents 2014 Chinese New Year

On Friday January 31, join Club Fifty Viceroy roof top for an event hosted by Cache’s Senior District Sales Manager Connie Valdes, featuring newest Spring 2014 “Moonlight Bouquet” & “Belle of the Ball” collection. Fashion blooms bouquets this season with a special guest appearance by New Fashion Designer Haydee Callejas; Callejas designs transcend the beauty of exotic skins Python, boa and alligators, the night rings in the New Year of the Horse! For more information contact CValdes@cache.com.


Nothing But The Best in The Roads Neighborhoodnothing

Owner/ Chef Yann Rio opened Nothing But the Best restaurant in the heart of the exciting Roads neighborhood. The menu is French Fusion, with globally-minded cuisine, infused with non-traditional ingredients such as saffron and ginger, mint. Rio, whose previous restaurants include Sequoia in Montpellier, France, which was recognized in the famous Michelin Guide, is looking forward to bringing something different to the Miami culinary landscape. Despite the restaurant’s grown-up feel, well-behaved children are welcome and invited to try the Kid’s Menu that was created just for them. The bar-lounge, however, is for the adults and is open until 1:00 a.m. Nothing but the Best is at 2525 SW 3rd Avenue (Coral Way), Miami, FL 33129; valet available for $3. The restaurant is open for dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  The bar-lounge is open until 1:00 a.m.; For reservations call: 305.858.2525.


Big City Moms Present the Biggest Baby Shower Ever2014_BCM_Miami_promo_postcard_A

Big City Moms, the largest social group for moms is returning to Miami, with their highly anticipated, annual and original Biggest Baby Shower Ever on Tuesday, February 4 at The Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island from 6:00pm to 9:30pm. The Biggest Baby Shower, which has been attended by celebrity parents including Jessica Alba, Melissa Joan Hart, Soleil Moon Frye, Tiffani Thiessen, Giuliana Rancic, Tia Mowry, Kelly Rutherford, and more will roll out the red carpet treatment for Miami moms-to-be. From sweet treats and mocktails to refreshing bubbly flavored waters from LaCroix,guests can expect to mingle with foremost industry experts including Sage Spoonful’s Founder and CEO, Liza Huber, as well as attend educational seminars and mini-lectures on topics from how to create a nursery given by Project Nursery founders Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio, to topics like sleep (or how to get some) and general health and safety tips for baby. Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower will also feature Bellies For Bella in support of the Live Like Bella Foundation. Pregnant mommies attending the shower can make a donation of any domination and have professional photographer take a photograph of them and their bump. Big City Moms will donate the proceeds to the Live Like Bella Foundation. Tickets range from $35 for individuals to $150 for couples. The Super Pass ticket holders will not only receive early entrance to the event at 5:30pm, but also an Ergo Baby Carrier (retail vale of $120).  All ticket holders with the exception of the Basic Pass will receive the sought-after, overflowing gift bag. To purchase tickets, visit babyshowermiami.bigcitymoms.com.