A welcome new addition to the fashion boutique scene is Shirlanka in Wynwood, with a collection from 20 different, up and coming designers from New York, Los Angeles and Colombia. Names include A Modo Mio, Andrea Landa, Crisobela, Margarita Diaz del Castillo, and Miss Balanta.
Miami Swim Week 2018 closed last week and it was bigger and better than ever with runway shows, exhibits and parties galore. What may surprise you is that this is the most prominent swim week in the US. Not only were there bathing suits and beach wear for men and women, but beauty products , accessories (lots of hats), and even beverage (coconut waters). Designers from Bali and Crete to Brazil, France and the UK were represented. Here’s a photo gallery of some of my favorite pieces from designers well worth checking out online with links provided.
July in Miami is going to be a great one! From the first-ever PARAISO at FUNKSHION event for Miami Swim Week, a five-day festival honoring Ernest Hemingway and a Cuban music concert, to the 20th Annual Mango Brunch, Shakespeare by the Sea and more, there’s so much to do and see. On top of that, we’ve rounded up a bunch of year-round activities that we think would make an excellent addition to your summer to-do list.
A perfect gift for the person who can’t get enough coffee. Works too for those of us who like jewelry that’s sure to be a topic of conversation. It’s the two inch tall sterling silver ring that’s a “cafetera”. Yes, you got it right – it’s styled like a Cuban coffee machine, complete with a lid that you can raise.
Thanks to a new friend I met at my recent reader event – Chuky – I got plugged into exciting new fashion designers and came up with some great discoveries. Must admit, I also did some damage to the pocketbook, an “occupational hazard” of being a blogger. The finds – three Latin American designers — are in the emerging Little River area which is a growing hub for creatives and art galleries. You can find some neat gift items for Mother’s Day as well.
Miami is woefully lacking in European fashion boutiques or those with a European fashion sensibility. I’m not talking about the now ubiquitous global luxury brands. But the individually owned, upscale but not four figure pricey fashions you find in places like the St.Germain area of Paris, Barrio Salamanca in Madrid, and Brera in Milan. So it was with great pleasure I came across Antidote one of the newest of Wynwood shops, which features multiple designers with a point of view. Everything has to be eco conscious and ethically made, and the designers passionate about artisanal practices. She calls it slow fashion chic and I’d add with a serious element of cool.
I like falafel, fried balls of ground chick peas with spices, but it hasn’t been one of my favorite dishes. That’s until now, and my discovery of the Amsterdam Falafel Shop, a recent import that’s already in Washington D.C, Boston and Dallas. Highly reviewed, it has appeared everywhere from USA Today and Grub Street to Food and Wine and others. In their two Miami shops, on Washington Avenue in South Beach and Sunset Drive in South Miami, they focus on only two dishes — falafel and Frieten, french fries the Belgian way, as in twice fried.
Miami’s fashion scene continues to have exciting, fresh new talent thanks to the growing number of Latin American designers coming to the Magic City. The latest showcase for young Latin talent – no fewer than 40 designers for women and men – is Artbition. I found it from a tip from an always stylish friend who used to be a personal shopper for the rich and famous in town (even better, for her own fashion, she likes clothes and jewelry that don’t break the bank).