Category Archive: Shopping

Karen’s Kudos August

 

 

Yours truly wearing the Mua Mua doll inspired by Coco Chanel. Note the strand of pearls and Chanel type jacket.

 

You’ll love a special find from Miami Swim Week, designed in Italy and made in Bali (not swimwear). Then there’s money saving wine news, and sure fire beauty products that are tested and proven by yours truly, a beauty product skeptic, in this month’s Karen’s Kudos. Read Full Post & Comments »

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New Latin American Boutiques – Part 2

Agua Bendita

 

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. Last week  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 and find out at the end about great deals at a leading Coral Gables boutique that’s going out of business. Read Full Post & Comments »

New Latin American Boutiques

Seta Apparel shines with their military jackets, shades of Michael and Janet Jackson and the 80’s

 

I don’t find much exciting these days in fashion and Miami fashion boutiques, except maybe in workout clothes, beachwear and accessories. And then there are 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. Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami Museum Shops

 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center Gift Shop

 

 

By Jennifer Agress

 

Everyone knows Miami has good shopping. But did you know there are good museum shops? For eclectic gifts designed to inspire, turn your shopping day into a museum one—and head to one of these six carefully curated gift shops below. Read Full Post & Comments »

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Things to Do Miami This Summer – Part 2

Waterbiking

 

By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly

 

Part 2 of things to do Miami this summer.  We gave you a list of cultural  activities (Part 1) to do—but we know that, for some of you, that may not be your cup of tea. If you’re looking for something more hands on, look no further than the activities we have listed below. Try one ,you’re in for a treat. Read Full Post & Comments »

Karen’s Kudos May

Modobag photo courtesy of www.travelandleisure.com

 

A carry on suitcase you ride on , a welcome new New York style deli Miami  Beach, shop with bikes to travel the city and impress, Italian high end stationery and gift store, hidden finds in the Design District, and more in Karen’s Kudos for May. Read Full Post & Comments »

You’ll Want to be a Bride (Again)

Odylyne The Ceremony

 

In the market for a wedding dress? The first branch of Lovely Bride in Florida is in Wynwood,  at 175 NW 25th street. Having a look through almost made me want to be a bride again. Whatever your style, sensibility, taste, budget,  you’ll find something here, many non traditional styles.

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Wynwood Shopping Discoveries

BASE for men

 

Wynwood continues to move upscale. Happily, that doesn’t mean yet another area for global luxury brands or even other brands you see everywhere. Instead, I’m witnessing what happened with New York City’s SoHo area as it moved from bohemian to quality, unique offerings. But back to Wynwood, first came Alter, then Montreal fashion designer Marie Saint-Pierre, Ilesteva and some other shops I wrote about last year.  A recent “recon” (as in reconnaissance) mission to the neighborhood uncovered new Wynwood shopping finds including an Argentine home store that would be at home in the Hamptons, a men’s store that would do fashion forward guru Tyler Brule of Monocle magazine proud, and a perfumery with unusual niche offerings. Plus, a permanent home for Salty Donut. Read Full Post & Comments »

Handbag Pick for Resort Wear

Clemence Goudard, owner and designer of Good People

 

Looking for a handbag that’s perfect for resort wear and travel – something that is light, chic, and won’t break the bank so you can buy it in more than one color? Not surprisingly I found it at a PopUp shop at a stylish Mykonos themed party at Villa Azur restaurant. Read Full Post & Comments »

Karen’s Kudos March

Ermanno Scervino

 

Karen’s Kudos this month brings the first Miami meditation center, a to die for high fashion boutique from Florence for men and women , place to shop where designer discounts are 70 to 90%,  exhibit of 21 Israeli artists on the subject of “Wonder Woman”, and a rare visit to South Florida by Doctors without Borders. You won’t want to miss these hot tickets: Read Full Post & Comments »

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