5 Favorite Gift Shops


Looking for a holiday present or hostess gift? Here are five of my favorite gift shops with well curated selections at varied price points: Read Full Post & Comments »

Louboutin Nail Polish

Christian Louboutin Limited Edition Polish

Holiday season is the time when retail extravagance reigns supreme. Global luxury brands are accommodating the  top one hundredth of the one percent US population (assets over $100 million) looking for gifts for the person who has everything. Read Full Post & Comments »

Stilettos and Art Basel 2014


Stilettos spotters, indeed fashion spotters in general, were challenged this year at Art Basel 2014 except for the very fancy after parties.  Fair goers and even the gallerists who do their part in fashionista-dom, opted for “sensible” high heels or,more likely, flats or the trendy couture sneakers.Male gallerists seemed to prefer the black leather sneakers that blended in with their dark urban suits, often a pinstripe jacket or pants. Why wear stilettos in the first place? Check out this provocative research. Read Full Post & Comments »

Siena Tavern Miami

Top Chef Alum Fabio Viviani and DineAmic Group’s David Rehkson and Luke Stoioff have brought the concept and menu from their very successful Chicago restaurant, Siena Tavern, to their newly opened Miami outpost at 404 Washington Avenue (T.305-534-5577). Read Full Post & Comments »

Smoking Slippers

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Stubbs & Wooten were the first on this side of the  Atlantic to put  smoking slippers for day as well as evening on the style map. In the beginning they were seen as preppy attire for men, best worn with khakis and a blue blazer.  Then they started to make them for women in  bolder colors, with appliques,  and soon the style was claimed by large fashion brands and ever bolder and more of a fashion statement. Read Full Post & Comments »

How to Take Care of Leather Shoes

As designer shoes command prices in the mid-hundreds to low thousands (even flats), it pays to know how to take care of leather shoes  (and stay tuned as well for my pick for best shoe repair in Miami). Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday- Retro Minis

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In the late 80’s and 90’s, one of the handbags to have in the fanciest watering holes from New York City’s Upper East Side and the Hampton’s to Beverly Hills was an Ann Turk.  They were also handbags of choice for a “who’s who” in the celebrity world, from Madonna, Sharon Stone, and Elizabeth Taylor, to fashionistas, Anna Sui and Sonya Rykiel, said to embody elegance, glamour and distinction.  Read Full Post & Comments »

For the Art Aficionado Who Has Everything

Every generation produces a genius photographer.  Annie Leibovitz is ours. Over the last 40 years, she has photographed royalty, celebrities, presidents and documented American history in a way few could. That work has now been compiled into one massive (and massively expensive) book that is for the person who has everything. Read Full Post & Comments »

Tamarina Restaurant

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When I went to Lippi shortly after it opened I thought that the room itself with its soaring 23 foot ceilings, oversize windows looking out onto a tree lined plaza and just the right size space had great potential. Now with its transformation by the talented design team at Sagrada as Tamarina ,600 Brickell Avenue (T.305-579-1888),  the design promise has been realized. Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami Restaurants + Art Basel 2014

Cara Mia Trattoria

Looking for Miami restaurants near Art Basel fairs in Midtown, Design District, and Miami Beach? There are a lot of good places, but I had strict criteria – to be able to eat well, regain some tranquility as they’re off the radar screen (and less likely to have long waits), most are casual eateries, they don’t bust the budget (higher priced dining spots are starred), and, very importantly,  you can walk there from the fairs or, in the case of Pulse, take public transport. Here’s my selection of places I’ve vetted. Read Full Post & Comments »


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