Fabulous Friday: Cafetera Ring

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The Cafetera ring

 

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, created by Santayana Jewelry.

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Exciting New Fashion Designers

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.
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Roses et Pivoines

Roses et Pivoines is not your ordinary upscale florist. But then, wouldn’t you expect a special floral shop in the Miami Design District? Edi Soledad, the owner and creative director comes from a fashion background in London and it shows. I bought several white tinged with green hydrangeas which he wrapped in thick black paper, tied with a black ribbon, and attached a black card with the word “enjoy” in gold ink. As I walked around the District with my bouquet, an affordable luxury at $9, people stopped me to ask where I got them. Then there are his over the top floral arranging classes. Perfect for gifts – or for self gifting – for Valentine’s Day or anytime. And for another indulgence, while in the Design District, check out new ice cream and sweet shop, MadLab Creamery by Soraya Kilgore (yes, the wife of Alter chef Bradley).
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Antidote: Slow Fashion Chic

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.
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New Latin American Boutiques – Part 2

More Latin American designers are coming to Miami, especially from Colombia and Venezuela. The ones here are established in their home countries and are branching out to the USA with a first stop Miami. Yesterday I wrote about Seta Apparel in Part 1. Today there are two more worth putting on your list to have a look, and the good thing is they’re within a few minutes from one another in City Place, Doral. In other related news, there’s a terrific new website, www.cooperativashop.com that features designers from all over Latin America, with Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico most heavily represented. Finally, Filomena Fernandez in Coral Gables has launched a new program of trunk shows of Venezuelan designers, one per week, with part of the proceeds going to an in country charity. Check out the eye candy.
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New Latin American Boutiques

I don’t find much exciting these days in fashion, except maybe in workout clothes, beachwear and accessories. And then there’s the price points – either very pricey as in day dresses the price of an overseas vacation, or fast fashion that’s cheap and generally looks cheap (in my vocabulary fashion is “cheapie” as in looks cheap or looks expensive and isn’t, my ultimate accolade). Fortunately this is changing because of the young, new Latin American designers coming on the scene in Miami who are opening up boutiques (and selling online). Here are some great new finds to put on your list in a two part series.
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