New Finds for All Tastes

 

Yours truly wearing my fashion purchase on instagram. Photographed at I’ve Been Framed

 

 

Lots of “finds” this month, everything from an important tip about conserving photos and art, indulgent new fragrances from popular singer and songwriter Thalia, and buying fashion on instagram to a top kids store in Miami and baby gifts. Also, Alexa comes to Miami’s pool party scene and a valuable travel tip.

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Miami Spice Pick: La Moderna Italian

Here’s a great pick for a Miami Spice Italian restaurant that Vegans and vegetarians will love, along with their fellow diners who like traditional (non-Vegan)  Italian cuisine. La Moderna takes the Italian classics like parmigiana, carpaccio, cannelloni and makes them Vegan with great success (gluten free as well) and has crowd pleasers too,  classic non-Vegan dishes. Then there are the generous “add ons” for Spice, and the super charming Italian manager Ugo.
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A Top Choice for Miami Spice

I’ve probably been to the Lobster Bar Sea Grille a half a dozen times and it’s always a top of the line dining experience by any measure. Plus, during Miami Spice Lobster Bar Sea Grille offers exceptional value with whole grilled fish, lobster and beef tenderloins on the special menu. These items alone are worth more than the entire cost of the Spice menu, considering what you pay for these dishes in other fine restaurants. Then there’s the professional and friendly service and ambiance that evokes the Oyster Bar in New York City’s Grand Central Station with its white subway tiles, arched ceilings, mahogany walls and art deco inspired chandeliers.
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Amare Miami, a New Fave

I’m in love with Amare restaurant, a new Italian entrant South of Fifth. It was several years in the making, its owners wanting to get it just right, as in a labor of love. But as we know, especially in Miami it takes more than passion – it takes serious experience and talent.  The restaurant is a collaboration between restaurateur Gino Iovino, owner of award-winning restaurant Girasole in Atlantic City, along with Franco Ricatti and Chef Cosimo Cassano of Bacco Osteria, the Michelin-starred concept in Puglia, Italy. Cassano oversees the kitchen. Their specialty is Southern Italian cuisine with a refined and elegant touch . Plus, it is offering Miami Spice for lunch and dinner and includes a number of the top dishes I like.
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Picks: Miami Spa Month 2019

It’s that time again, spa lovers! Miami Spa Month 2019 when spa treatments and services typically costing $200+ are reduced to set prices as low as $99 along with value added features ranging from a hair and scalp treatment and beach chair to water features, discounts on other beauty services, and tai chi and yoga classes.  We’ve narrowed down all the offerings and curated a list of 11 spas just for you, including one in Hollywood. Happy Spa Month this August (and one hotel offers September as well)! And if you’re reading this outside of spa month, these are  great spa picks anytime of year.
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Cool Things to Do August ’19

There’s lots of new, different things to do in August, from a celebration of Bauhaus and a twilight lantern festival, to National Rum Day, Bollywood and African dancing classes, a full moon beach meditation, motorcycle lessons, rose wine festival that will make you feel like Marie Antoinette and more. Looking for something new to do in the Magic City? Try one of the 7 things to do. We love them—and we think you will, too!
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Next Fab Reader Event August 21

You’re in for some eye catching, stylish fashion and earrings with my next reader event Wednesday, August 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. And, if you haven’t been to Little River, the hot new area of Miami, this can be your introduction. We’ll be hosted by artTECA, two Venezuelan sisters who fuse fashion and contemporary art to create original and stylish new Miami fashion styles together with Rock + Bone, one of my top finds from the recent swim week. They specialize in one of a kind handmade statement earrings that turn heads, made with colors that are perfect for Miami.
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Water & Light

There’s certainly no lack of  nurseries and places to buy plants in Miami, but indoor plants, that’s another matter. Enter Roy Paar and Milana Naumenko, owners of the New York based Water & Light, who decided Miami needed a shop specializing in indoor plants, from leafy green and succulents, to cacti and hanging plants. The successful co-owners could have just continued to build their business from the one location, with clients like Bed, Bath and Beyond and One Kings Lane. But they liked the idea living in a garden type city and with Homestead  nearby. And when you visit, check out The Plantisserie and Cindy Lou’s Cookies.
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