The “It” Gala, Year Two

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(l. to r.) Ariel Penzer, Vice President, and Sarah Akiba, Founder of AWOM

Last year, having had such a great time, I looked forward to the second annual gala, for AWOM, my favorite in town . And better yet, the theme — Kings and Queens of the Jungle — was sure to make a creative bunch even more creative.  Created and designed by millennials, it wasn’t your usual gala. Check out the fashion spotting at this photo gallery.

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French Caribbean Lifestyle PopUp

A unique French Caribbean lifestyle pop-up boutique has come to Wynwood, and it’s well worth a visit.But note it’s only here until this Sunday. Find some of the leading and most creative fashion, beauty and cosmetic brands of Martinique and Guadalupe. I ended up buying an eye catching long white dress with a fitted bodice and flaired skirt and matching bandeau bathing suit that could be from Balenciaga or Prada at a fifth of the price. Then there’s handsome resort footwear, a natural cosmetics line, and perfume and scents label. Loved the sunglasses and straw beach bags, too. Have a look: 
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Thanksgiving Dinner Miami

It’s time to give thanks! And lucky for South Florida diners, there are plenty of restaurants hosting Thanksgiving dinner in Miami  to commemorate the occasion. From traditional Thanksgiving dinners and a day full of games to Mexican, brunch or even plant-based versions of the holiday, these dining experiences will surely add to your list of things to be thankful for. And if you’re still looking for more options, click here for last year’s post.
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New Fashion (and Dog) Finds

Every month or two I go to Brickell City Center to see what new shops or services have opened, something that never disappoints. They’re often “firsts” for Miami and even for the US, well curated selections. A recent visit uncovered a Brazilian designer that’s perfect for Miami’s special fashion esthetic, stylish and well priced shoe store from Madrid with the season’s top looks, and a shop that specializes in custom dog leashes that tick off all the right things.
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Things to Do in November

The season continues to heat up with so many things to do in Miami in November. Check out the best —  from WOW light and balloon festivals and a celebrity-led series of food events, to a major film festival in Fort Lauderdale , a celebration of all things French and more. Looking for something new to do in the Magic City? Try one of the events listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
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Fabulous Friday: Lavender Museum

Lovers of all things lavender will be in heaven at the exceptional Musee de la Lavande in Luberon, Lavender Museum Coustellet, near Gordes, Provence. It’s the labor of love of  Le Chateau de Bois, which has the largest  growing estate of fine lavender designated PDO (mark of quality, Protected Designation of Origin) in the world. We’re talking everything from a museum with antique copper tills showing the process of extracting the oils from the flowers and a VIP tasting room with all things lavender, to a sensory painting workshop and very large shop. Plus, you can learn about how to ensure you have the real lavender rather than a prolific hybrid called lavandin which is more commonly used.
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