Water & Light

 

 

indoor plants

 

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.

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Bests: Miami Swim Week 2019

In the past few years Miami Swim Week has exploded by any measure — number of trade shows, runway shows, lifestyle related events in wellness, beauty, and accessories.  There are also more events open to the consumer, like a Paraiso Bungalow, a two story pavilion with sophisticated popup shops on the first floor and a Brad Kilgore eatery upstairs. Plus, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden was taken over for a series of happenings. If you haven’t gone this year, if you like fashion — men and women — it’d be well worth putting a visit on your list.  Here’s a photo gallery of some of my favorite finds. Many of the brands you can find online.
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Miami Swim Week ’19 Standout

The swim and resort wear show from the Miami International University of Art and Design was a homerun. To see the talent, tremendous creativity and passion of the student designers was exhilarating and uplifting. It was a big dose of feel good medicine. The runway show, part of Miami Swim Week 2019, featured the work of over 50 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design students. Students hail from everywhere ranging from Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Vietnam and Ethiopia, to Latin America, Europe, Haiti and the USA. A photo gallery of some of my favorite fashions.
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Fabulous Friday: Iznik Ceramics

On a recent trip to Turkey thanks to our exceptional tour guide, Gamze Arteman,  I came across Iznik ceramics which are considered among the finest works of art from the Ottoman Empire. The art form was established and patronized by the sultans.. As any great art works or art form, they withstand the judgment of time, able to compete among the finest contemporary works in their genre.
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For a Summer “Redo”: Danny Jelaca

Summer is a great time to check out the latest beauty treatments and start a new routine to get in shape for “the season”. My hairdresser, the super talented Steven Schmidt who has coiffed the super models at Fashion Weeks from Milan to New York and Paris Couture, moved to a new salon and medspa, Danny Jelaca. He told me about the cutting edge skin treatments for men and women and uber mani pedis, and said it is one of the best hair salons in Miami,  so off I went to South Beach to check them out.
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Flower Happy Hour!

You know the “happy hour” part – in this case there’s unlimited wine and another beverage to mesh with the evening’s theme (e.g. saki, sangria) and appetizers. It’s 6:30 pm. to 8 p.m. but you can linger. Differences are it’s in a flower shop in Miami, it’s on set days, and lucky you, the next one is this Wednesday, June 26. What about the rest of the “flower”part?
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A Best Day in Homestead

With so many neighborhoods in South Florida, it’s hard to know where to go when you have a free day… and of course, what to do when you get there. That’s why we’ve started a new series!  Join us as we discover “How to Have the Best Day in…” some of our favorite neighborhoods in the Greater Miami area. First up was a Day in Overtown. And now, our picks of the best things to do in Homestead.
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