Fabulous Friday: Selfie Toaster


The perfect gift for the person who has everything and/or a big narcissist, the latest in designer toasters,  a selfie toaster. Read Full Post & Comments »

Where to Find the Beautiful People



A good friend recently told me young, rich, sophisticated relatives of hers were coming to town and asked what places I’d recommend for beautiful people watching and dinner. To come up with the best possible list I got some additional curating input from stylish man about town and  Principal of Tara, Ink , Nick d’Annunzio and Suzy Buckley Woodward, former editor-in-chief of Ocean Drive ( now founder of chic online hat site, Shapoh — see my earlier writeup). Here’s the list of the top 12 restaurants in no special order:

1) Bagatelle – The international hot spot with locals in London, St. Tropez, St Barth’s, NYC, Sao Paulo, and now Miami. This restaurant not only has delicious food, but as the night goes on the party becomes livelier. Superman and Wonder Woman deliver magnum bottles of champagne to tables as the music gets louder while pretty women start dancing on their chairs. Real Housewives of NY Countess Luann DuEpps is fan.

2) Seaspice – On the Miami River, it offers a change of pace from the Beach and is undoubtedly a hot spot. You can come by car or better yet, by yacht. Leave your dingy at home. Sexy celebs like Beyonce, Ryan Philippe, Paris and Nicky Hilton Nadal, Sophia Vergara, and David Beckham frequent the restaurant.

3) Cecconi’s – International jet setters, especially a global fashion/media/music/art crowd, love Cecconi’s and its garden courtyard setting. Being located in the super chic Soho Beach House with three locations Miami, LA, and London makes this place a true hot spot. Expect to see celebs like Cameron Diaz and Rhianna, with people dining al fresco under the twinkle lights in the trees.

4)  Coya – Has become a true power restaurant, not only for dinner but for lunch. The super chic hotspot with locations in London and Dubai opened on Brickell this spring. Power lunches by day, sexy crowd at night. It offers a seductive ceviche menu and a  clandestine members’ only room. Always fun to watch who is going in and who’s leaving with whom.

5) Prime One Twelve--Still one of the hardest reservations in town and expect to wait even with a reservation. Spot everyone from pop stars to Miami Heat players on any given night.

6)  27 at the Broken Shaker – 27 is right in the mix of the hipster hustle and bustle. With the hip Freehand Miami hostel upstairs you will always find like minded people traveling from all over the world. Enjoy a signature cocktail from one of their mixologists and have a seat in the nostalgic 1930’s home style restaurant. All the fish is locally caught and ingredients brought in from local farmers, making this a foodie hot spot.

7)  Carpaccio and Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops – The reigning number 1 dining spot in Bal Harbour shops is Carpaccio and number two, Makoto for Japanese cuisine. It’s where the rich go to eat after spending tons of cash in Chloe, The Webster, de Grisogono, Nieman’s. Best place to people watch for high fashion and big jewels. At Makoto try to snag a table outside as inside it can be noisy.

8) Casa Tua– You will feel at home in this Mediterranean style villa, whether you are sitting inside or in the cozy library or the lantern lit garden. Make sure to make your reservations in advance because this place is always drawing a crowd with its ambiance and food. You can become part of the 250 member social club and make sure to never have to wait and enjoy the secluded upstairs bar. Filled with pretty women and wealthy men.

9) The Dutch at the W – Best place for a pre-party dinner. Find yourself surrounded by models and bottles before the night begins. Enjoy the terrace outside and celeb sightings all year around. Then find yourself following the parade of people hoping to be chosen to enter their night club Wall.

10) Scarpetta or Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau, especially late night on the weekends because people en route to LIV nightclub eat there before.

11) Zuma– This downtown Miami restaurant is always on everyone’s must-go-to list. Zuma is an international sensation with hot spots in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, and even Istanbul. Japanese fusion at its best with a Zen dining experience. A favorite among Miami Heat players, Christian Slater and Jennifer Aniston.

12) Cipriani – The Italians always know how to make a lady feel glamorous. The sexy décor that makes you feel like you are in a beautiful old luxury streamliner is designed to make the guest the centerpiece. And everyone has a view of who is coming in the front door. Owner is an international playboy, so always the best looking super models.

Others in the running included Juvia on the Beach, Il Gabbiano for the downtown power lunch crowd, Quattro on Lincoln Road, and Prime Italian.

Which are your favorites? Remember, today starts our contest for the month of July with a prize for the person who makes the most number of comments. Read more here in case you missed the details. And note that commenting on past posts counts as well.


11 Picks for Miami Spa Months

Caviar Facial


It’s that time of year for Miami spa month in July and August,  a wide offering of beauty and wellness treatments at spas all around town, many for $99. Almost all have massage and facial options for that magic price or, with add ons, for $129. Some feature use of extensive spa, beach and pool facilities included in the price. Here’s a sampling of the more out-of-the-ordinary treatments for men and women:


1. COMO Shambhala at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach

  •  Guinot Aromatic Facial with Hydradermie Lift for Eyes – $129

Using pure aromatherapy preparations, this 75-minute Cleansing treatment promotes deep relaxation and revitalization.  The prescriptive treatment addresses various skin conditions and the eye contour treatment uses a mild muscle-stimulating electric current making for long-lasting firming results.

*Spa guests can also use a steam room, fitness center and a rooftop Hydrotherapy pool with Atlantic Ocean views.

2445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

(305) 695-3600

2. Agua Spa at Delano

  • Thai Fusion Massage – $99

60-minute massage combining eastern and western techniques and Thai yoga stretching to relieve muscle tension.

1685 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 672-2000

Agua Spa at Mondrian South Beach

3. Agua Spa at Mondrian South Beach

  • Head in the Clouds – $99

A 45-minute refresh facial and scalp treatment to cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate with a targeted facial mask. The treatment is finished with an organic hair and scalp treatment using Moroccan Argan Oil that will restore, hydrate and condition the hair and scalp.

*Post-treatment spa guests are invited to make a day of it by relaxing at the beautiful bayside pool or in the sauna.

1100 West Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 514-1950


4. Caruna Spa and Wellness Center

  • $99 Set of eyelash extensions (40 lashes per eye)
  • $9.99 Regular manicure
  • $19.99 Regular pedicure
  • $999 Botox treatment and dermal filler (*Call for specifics)

1800 Sw 1st Ave Ste 103, Miami, FL 33129

(305) 456-9336

The Spa at Shore Club

The Spa at Shore Club

5. The Spa at Shore Club

  •  Do-it-Yourself Scrubs – $99

Choice of wild berry or chardonnay sugar scrubs; or peppermint or rosemary salt scrubs. Applied and enjoyed in a private spa room with ocean views.

  • Sunburn Relief – $99

A soothing aloe vera treatment for sun-parched skin designed to re-hydrate, re-balance and heal.

1901 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 695-3292


6. Anatomy at 1220

  •  VitaSquad Treatment – $99

An IV Treatment and a B12 Shot administered by professionals to fight fatigue, anxiety or even a hangover and maintain optimal wellness.

  • Endermologie – $99

A 60-minute full body endermologie treatment; a massage with a specialized device to get rid of pesky cellulite and leave skin looking young and fresh.

  • Oligoscan Heavy Metal Screening – $99

A city full of sushi and hot temps could mean mercury overload from the combination of spicy tuna and deodorant. An Oligoscan at FITTLab, Anatomy at 1220’s partnership with the Miami Institute for Age Management and Intervention monitors mercury levels in the body and recommends treatments if yours are too high.

1220 20th St. Miami Beach, FL 33139

(786) 213-1220

Acqualina Spa

7. Acqualina Spa

  • Men’s Facial, Shoulder and Scalp Massage – $99

Specifically designed for men, this relaxing facial works on a deep level to purify, balance and hydrate the skin. Triple cleansing and steamy hot towels are used to soothe and soften the skin and facial hair. A massage of the face, shoulder and scalp leave you feeling relaxed and de-stressed. (50-minutes total)

17875 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

(305) 918-8000


8. The Spa at The Setai

  • Back Massage by Themae – $129

This 60 minute treatment combines deep muscular techniques (sustained pressure, kneading) and Thai stretching (light movement to relief the pressure on the joints). It targets the back and legs to release tension, leaving you feeling calm and serene. Ideal for people seeking invigoration or those suffering from persistent back tension.

2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 520-6400

Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

9. Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

  • Mommy’s Bliss Massage – $99

Recommended for women in their second and third trimester of pregnancy, this custom massage is excellent for alleviating back pain, reducing inflammation and diminishing anxiety.

*Amenities available to guests at the spa include an immersion mineral water jet bath, Energy Deluge Shower, the trademark Bleau Rain Room, an eucalyptus infusion steam bath, essence mineral co-ed pool, elements rain tunnel and more. Spa guests also enjoy access to the resort’s gym and the entire Fontainebleau poolscape, featuring 10 pools and beach.

4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

(305) 674-4772


10. The Spa at the Trump National Doral Miami

  • Trump Luxury Caviar Facial – $129

The ultimate anti-aging treatment for the face, hands, feet and décolleté. This luxurious facial uses caviar and powerful antioxidants to hydrate, lift and tone the skin that includes light extractions, a décolleté massage with our signature Citrus Mango aromatherapy massage oil and is concluded with an invigorating scalp massage. (50-minutes total)

*Your spa experience will include your signature spa service(s), locker rooms with steam rooms, sauna, hot & cold plunges, relaxation area access as well as access to the foot fitness center and use of any of the resorts pools (the Royal Palm with a beach entry and water slide and indoor salt water spa pool). Please note Royal Palm pool access is may be limited on Saturdays and holiday weekends. Also included is a 20% discount on regularly priced Hair Services, 20% discount on regularly priced Spa Services and Complimentary Self-Parking.

8755 Nw 36th St, Miami, FL 33178

(800) 331-7768


11. The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour

  • Prenatal Massage And Yoga Class – $99

Massaging for two? Designed specifically for women in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, this deeply soothing therapy works to improve circulation, reduce swelling in hands and feet, and release tension in the lower back, neck, and shoulders. (note: not recommended for first trimester pregnancies). (60-minutes total)

  •  Fusion Massage And One Mindbody Class– $99

A Swedish-based therapy combining the best-known therapeutic massage practices to provide an unparalleled hour of relaxation. Rhythmic massage movements are coupled with the use of powerful aromatherapy oils. Customize your massage with your choice of an uplifting, detoxifying, or relaxing herbal blend. Available as a couples massage in select locations. (60-minutes total)

10295 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154

(305) 455-5400

Luggage Free Valet Service and Virtual Closet

Image Courtesy of Garde Robe


By Kayla Louttit

How would you like to have your clothes for a trip arrive at your hotel room or second residence without the hassle of packing, unpacking wrinkled clothing and waiting in baggage claim? Or an inventory with images of all your clothes with type, size, color, fabric, season and a detailed description called Cyber Closet? Read Full Post & Comments »

New Readers’ Contest Kicks Off July 1


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How to Preserve Cut Flowers


I’m sure we’ve all heard varying advice on how to preserve cut flowers — from adding Sprite and bleach in the water to cleaning out the leaves from the water, cutting stems and more. On a recent trip to Tuscany, I took a floral arranging class at the Relais Borgo Santo Pietro with the serendipitously named florist, Rose (Wren), in a lovely cottage surrounded by antique roses and took advantage of the class to find out about prolonging the life of cut flowers. Here are the tips she shared: Read Full Post & Comments »

5 Top Miami Caterers

Joy Wallace Catering


By Irene Moore

An anniversary, wedding, corporate event or a child’s milestone birthday coming up and need a caterer? Here are my top 5 picks for Miami caterers and estimated price range: Read Full Post & Comments »

8 Lifesaving Travel Tips



So many years traveling, and I’m still learning (sometimes the hard way) how to travel smartly and  more comfortably from start to finish, as well as save money. Here are 8 lifesaving travel tips that have worked wonders recently and love to hear yours as well: Read Full Post & Comments »

Wordless Wednesday: Igor Mitoraj


One of the most breathtaking art exhibits I’ve seen in the past year is the display of bronze sculptures by Polish born artist Igor Mitoraj in the main piazza of the artists’ village of  Pietrasanta in Tuscany. Read Full Post & Comments »

Eating News June 2015

Buon Pane Italiano


Restaurants and food and wine purveyors are pulling out all the stops to encourage residents to go out and drink and dine with nifty promotions this month, ranging from a “Wine Bar War” and Barcelona beer and Pulpo Pairing to Coral Gables Restaurant Month. News about new bakeries, too, to put on your list. Read Full Post & Comments »