Shopping Parties

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 5 - 2012

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Fashionably Conscious Fundraising Sale

Hundreds of shoppers, including:  VIPs, socialites, and philanthropists raided the donated designer goods of Miami’s most elite crowd last week at the annual Fashionably Conscious fundraiser, raising almost $85,000 for Coconut Grove Cares, The Barnyard, a locally beloved and cherished community center which provides after school and community care services to families of the West Grove Community.  From Valentino and Giorgio Armani suits to Chanel dresses and Prada and Jimmy Choo shoes, Fashionably Conscious brought the best of the best to the generously donated space provided by Village of Merrick Park. The weekend began with a VIP sale where more than a hundred devoted shoppers lined up outside the space waiting for doors to open. By Sunday the fully stocked space was nearly cleared and little to nothing remained to be purchased. The fashionably conscious crowd sipped on champagne, shopped for a cause and mingled with Miami’s biggest trendsetters. Read the rest of this entry »

Miami Heat Nation: We are the Champions

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 28 - 2012

Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James photo courtesy Manny Hernandez

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

When our beloved Miami Heat finally won the NBA Championship, a victory more than two years in the making, Miami as a whole experienced the cathartic joy- as we are now all, on some level, champions. Nowhere was this more evident than at LIV at the Fontainebleau, just a few hours before dawn, on Friday morning, and on the streets during the championship parade and at the American Airlines Arena (AAA) for the championship celebration on Monday.

“We are the Champions” blared through the speakers at LIV nightclub at just before 3 a.m. on Friday morning, as the newly crowned, World Champions, Miami HEAT, fresh from winning the NBA championship entered the massive nightclub for their official victory party, to the ecstatic chants of thrilled fans, who shouted, “Let’s go Heat!”  The chanting changed to “MVP” shortly thereafter, as LeBron James made his way to the stage at the back of the club, wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the “vampire image” of his face.   The music stopped for a bit as Heat owner Micky Arison and coach Eric Spoelstra were cheered on as they took to the stage to address the fans and thank them for their support. Read the rest of this entry »

Hotel Noir, Rock of Ages, and R-Life

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 14 - 2012

Gabrielle Union hosts Hotel Noir presented by Grey Goose

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Grey Goose Brings Hotel Noir to FDR

On Wednesday night, our favorite basement club, FDR at the Delano was transformed into “Hotel Noir,” for the launch of Grey Goose vodka’s latest flavor, Cherry Noir. To parallel the national television advertising campaign entitled “Hotel Noir,” the club was transformed into a seductive sanctuary draped in deep red hues and dim lights.  The best part was the library wall- complete with shelves lined with old hard-cover books-which was really a trap door leading to the clandestine back room.  The secret space took us back a decade to Liquid’s “Situation Room” where we spent many a night welcoming the sunrise- dancing to Old School Michael Jackson and Earth Wind and Fire.  We enjoyed the same type of music in the back room of FDR- which some partygoers dubbed- the “Harry Potter room.”     Read the rest of this entry »

House Parties, Promises and Celebs Ring in 2012

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 5 - 2012

 

Nereyda Gonzalez, Lawrence Binder, Peter Maxymych, Hadley Henriette, Marcella Novela, Mary Jo and Michael Shore, and Matthew Almeida

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

It’s like we always say:  “Wherever you go, there YOU are.” So it makes perfect sense that on the biggest party night of the year, while out-of-towners flocked to the big clubs and the hottest hotels on South Beach, many seasoned partygoers opted for more intimate private affairs rather than the high-priced, big-ticket parties (not that there’s anything wrong with those), choosing to check out hotspots like the revamped, sizzling, Shelborne; party palace, LIV; and our “home away from home” Soho Beach House on any night BUT New Year’s Eve. This is not to say that we didn’t make a pit-stop at the above on our NYE Party Patrol escapade- to bring you the inside info. But we were fortunate to ring in 2012 among two of our favorite ladies, Iran Issa-Khan and Marcella Novela, who hosted concurrent, exclusive, NYE soirees, filled with guests and surprises as special as the hostesses themselves. Regardless of how you chose to celebrate, one thing’s for sure, we hope you have a terrific year wherever and whoever you are.  It has definitely gotten off to a great start.  Here’s the lowdown on what went down.  Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 20 - 2011

Goran Visnjic,  Stephanie Trump, Sase GjorsovskiAmerican Idol Season 8 contestant Matt Giraud and Lindsey Sky performed at the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Miami Annual Gala at the Fontainebleau last Tuesday night, hosted by Stephanie, Jules, and Eddie Trump, owners of Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach. Pan Am’s Goran Visnjic and Magic City’s Dominik Garcia-Lorido joined over 500 guests for the celebration.

Known for being the youngest and most popular winner of Bravo’s Project Runway, Christian Siriano was on-hand for an intimate gathering at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour last Thursday afternoon, where he presented his Fall 2011 Collection, and gave the fashionable guests a sneak peek into his Spring 2012 Collection.

Last Thursday night at Club 50 at the Viceroy Hotel, Dwyane Wade hosted an event to celebrate his collaboration with Hublot, for which he designed a limited edition watch. “The elements reflect my personal style and love for basketball” he said of the watch which features his jersey’s #3 and a basketball net design on the strap.  Sporting his own creation, Wade attended the Hublot Bal Harbour Boutique opening event with girlfriend Gabrielle Union.  Proceeds from the Hublot King Power Dwyane Wade watch will go to support the Wade World Foundation in its efforts to promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations. 

Spanish-Mexican tenor and conductor, Placido Domingo is in town.  He headlined the gala kick-off for the Florida Grand Opera’s 2011-2012 Season on Tuesday night and dined at DB Bistro two nights in a row. 

Mayor of Pinecrest, Cindy Lerner and official artist of the Latin Grammy Awards, Miguel Paredes attended the unveiling ceremony for the custom dog sculpture that Paredes created for the “smARTy Dogs for Smart Schools” program at Pinecrest Elementary. 

More of a “celebrity news” item than a sighting:  local designer, Robert Brown, CEO of Brown Davis Interiors will be one of the judges at the Miss New Hampshire pageant which is a part of Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Organization.  The Trump Organization stated in a press release that it expects to take the New Hampshire pageant to a higher level, introducing a chic and contemporary production – in music, program and fashion.

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