Closet Cleanouts: Clothing Donations in Miami 2020

This n That Shop run by Plymouth Church
This n That Shop run by Plymouth Church

With many of us using our time at home to clean closets, the question becomes where to donate everything. Here’s a list of seven places that would welcome your clothing donations in Miami in 2020 along with many other items that are listed below, including furniture. Some are receiving donations now. Be sure to call before you go to double check opening, times, and what they’re looking for.

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Best Walks: Botanical Gardens in Miami

There was never a better time to surround ourselves with natural beauty, and what better places than the botanical gardens in Miami. And good news! They’re open to the public, and in one case at reduced rates. To really appreciate your visit, you can check out their sites, some of which offer video tours with history and highlights. Here’s the list of wonderful garden walks and an important note about Miami’s parks:
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Staying Safe at Beauty Salons: My Experience

Since lockdown I haven’t gone to a beauty salon, though some friends have gone to “rogue” salons.   Bottom line, my concern about the safety issue. With the opening of personal grooming services everywhere in the state, and our desperation with out of control hair, Mr. W and I decided to give it a try with our regular salon, Danny Jelaca salon in Miami Beach. Here’s a tale of our experience, and guidelines for staying safe at beauty salons and barber shops.
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5 Best Ethnic Restaurants in Miami

My friends and I have commented on how we crave different, super tasty food as in exotic, ethnic dishes other than the usual Latin American and Japanese fare. And it’d be dishes we wouldn’t usually cook because you need to have so many special ingredients you wouldn’t want to buy for a one or two time run. My takeout has included favorites of Persian, Indian, Vietnamese, and Ethiopian food. I’ve also added Thai, with the recent reopening of a Miami favorite, Nai Ya Ra. Note that all have delivery, but where possible try to pick up the food since it saves the restaurants the big cut for the delivery service. Happy to share the names of the best ethnic restaurants in Miami,  favorite dishes and other tips. Enjoy!
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More Workout Fashion: Shashi

And now to complete your workout fashion, head to toe! Who would think it’d make sense to apply the words “performance” and “pizzazz” to grip socks, something I didn’t think I’d get excited about? Well, I was a disbeliever, until I tried Shashi, the best grip socks for sure. For women, they can take your fitness wear outfit up a notch in style and comfort. And for men, the comfort should make you happy. They’re designed for barre, yoga and pilates, but also work for just walking around the house and for golf. And then there’s the credentials – they were just featured in VOGUE magazine.
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The Citadel Miami: 8 Eateries in 1 for Takeout

Just one trip and you can now have your choice of takeout (or delivery) from eight eateries in The Citadel Miami, as well as offerings from their rooftop bar and lounge. Easy, breezy, and an assortment of cuisines for all tastes. Plus, you can pick up a flower arrangement, orchids or succulents. Note though that the eateries are open Thursday through Sunday.
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Equilibrium Activewear: Workout Fashion

If you’re like me and find yourself spending time every day in workout clothes in this time of COVID-19, you’re probably tired of wearing the same clothes. Heaven knows I am. I checked out the “activewear” of the big chains and frankly found them boring as in neutral colors, few with patterns, and no long tops. No excitement. So, off I went to the website of the Brazilian mother and daughter team who designs fitness fashion under the name of Equilibrium Activewear and from whom I bought before. Now I’m sporting a jazzy outfit for my daily walk and zoom workouts.  Plus,  they’re offering a 30% discount for readers.
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Best Miami Restaurant Delivery: Top New Additions

Back in March with the onslaught of restaurants closing, I featured a list of the best Miami restaurant delivery and takeout available at the time.  Now, as the stay at home rules continue, and more restaurants get on board, here is Part 2. I’ve included a number of Miami’s finest restaurants (and some of my favorites) like La Petite Maison, Zuma,  Amare, Novikov, Stubborn Seed and Mandolin. And since many of us are watching our budget, here are new entries  with the best comfort food. If you missed Part 1, click here.
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Mother’s Day in Miami: The Splurge

You deserve it. So much cooking, cleaning the kitchen, scouring pans. So here’s Miami’s Mother’s Day splurge. It’s my favorite menu having seen others around town, and it’s from one of my favorite restaurants. It’s pricey, but there’s a lot of food. And maybe you can get a few people together to split the cost. A bonus — you get a bottle of Louis Roederer champagne included.
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Miami Food and Beverage News We Can Really Use – Part 3

In these times we have to party wherever and whenever we can, so happy day! Here’s how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Miami with party and drink packs that promise to be super tasty and delicious plus a DJ.  Plus, Miami restaurants as the new grocery stores, an inexpensive way to dress up your dinner table,  how to beautify your spice cabinet,  a recipe for DIY limoncello,  and important information about Ticketmaster refunds. For more food and beverage news we can really use, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.
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