Showing posts from September, 2010

Are you ready for Oktoberfest 2010?

Last week, Kim Kardashian was spotted in Germany wearing a traditional dirndl in celebration of Oktoberfest (she tweeted this photo of her costume). As a result, Kim has inspired this post on Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables. Join the festivities starting October 1st through the 10th to honor this 16 year tradition- Oktoberfest! This has become one of Miami's most anticipated festivals and it's known to attract up to 15,000 guests over a two weekend span. Stop by Fritz & Franz to enjoy an exciting line up of performances, traditional Austrian/ Bavarian food, a Jodel Contest and a Bratwurst Eating Contest. Did I mention there will be plenty of beer? Proceeds from Oktoberfest's $5 raffle to win a cruise for two will benefit local charity, CHARLEE Homes for Children. Admission to Oktoberfest is free. Festival hours are from 11 a.m. till midnight on weekdays and to 2 a.m. on weekends. Fritz & Franz Bierhaus is located at 60 Merrick Way in Coral Gables.


Business Buddies Miami hosts a "Networking for Friendship" event at the W South Beach

It has a been a wonderful week so far in Miami! Even though the weather is cooler, the events certainly seem to be getting hotter! On Thursday, September 16th,Business Buddies Miami presented a poolside event calledNetworking for Friendship at the W South Beach. Business Buddies is designed to raise awareness and funds for Best Buddies, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through friendships and jobs. Guests who attended the sizzling event enjoyed live entertainment featuring DJ Irie of the Miami HEAT, a silent auction and cocktails provided by Grey Goose Vodka. This was a great networking opportunity and all of the proceeds from the night benefitedBest Buddies and their programs.

Top: Dr. Jodi Stoner (Etiquette Expert and Psychotherapist) and DJ Irie (official DJ of the Miami Heat basketball team). Dr. Stoner is a sought after motivational speaker, workshop trainer and etiquette consultant. Based in Sout…

Bobbie Thomas visits Miami to support the LATISSE® Wishes Challenge Campaign

My favorite Style Guide, Bobbie Thomas, was in Miami on Monday, September 13th, to speak about LATISSE® at the Four Seasons Hotel in Brickell. LATISSE® solution is the first and only prescription treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grow lashes longer, fuller and darker for those with inadequate or not enough lashes (eyelash hypotrichosis). As an Ambassador for the LATISSE® Wishes Challenge campaign, Bobbie Thomas is currently leading a team of LATISSE® users who are challenged to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Bobbie is also the official Style Editor of NBC's "Today Show" and Author of In Touch Magazine's The Buzz Column. Did I mention she has a fabulous website?

Style Guide, Bobbie Thomas, Professional Ballroom Dancer, Chelsie Hightower (pictured above: lef…

Rally for Kids: Eva Longoria Parker returns as Honorary Chair for the 2010 Scavenger Cup

Eva Longoria Parker was in Miami today, September 12th, to formally announce that she will be returning for her second year as Rally's Honorary Chair. JR and Loren Ridinger, President/ CEO and Senior Vice President of Market America, will be joining Eva Longoria as Co-chairs for this annual event. The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup takes place November 12th and 13th, 2010 in Miami. Participants must each raise a minimum of $25,000 to enter their personal car and earn the chance to draft a Celebrity Navigator such as Eva Longoria Parker. The more funds you raise, the better draft position you earn during the Celebrity Navigator selection process. The event's goal is to raise much needed funds for children's cancer research, treatment and care. As Eva Longoria Parker stated, "Every child should have the chance to live a life free from pain and suffering, and enjoy a full and happy life." Eva's passion for kids with cancer was truly inspirational!


Fashion's Night Out...Miami Style!

What a night in Miami! There was no better way to celebrate Fashion's Night Out (FNO) than shopping around the luxurious Bal Harbour Shops. VOGUE Magazine, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company and the City of New York created this global event to help spread awareness for different charity organizations while also supporting the fashion industry. Miami did not disappoint sazoneros! I ran into my favorite Shoenistaand star of VH1's Basketball Wives, Evelyn Lozada, who hosted an event at the Trina Turk store (pictured above wearing a stunning Trina Turk cocktail dress). Miami socialites Dana Shear and Vivianne Kurzweil also hosted the event along with lifestyle editor Jacquelynn Powers. Guests enjoyed cupcakes and champagne while perusing the store for the latest fall trends. Throughout Bal Harbour, customers purchased the official FNO shirts to help support the NYC AIDS Fund.

The FNO event at Trina Turk Bal Harbour was amazing!

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Jon Secada raffles a 3 Million Dollar Mansion to raise funds for the Mission of Saint Francis

Two time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada is making dreams come true in Miami! Secada is officially headlining an incredible giveaway in town to support the Mission of Saint Francis, a non-profit charitable organization that helps people in need. Every cent that is generated from this raffle will directly go toward the charity itself! For a $30 raffle ticket (tax-deductible), you can enter to win a waterfront estate in South Florida. Get excited and purchase your ticket online through Jon Secada’s website. The drawing is set for October 10, 2010, and only 300,000 tickets will be sold for the $3 million home, or you can take $1.5 million in cash if you prefer. Regardless, this is a great opportunity to give back to the community. Who knows? You may end up walking away with a beautiful property in Miami. GOOD LUCK & spread the news!

Fashion Alert: debuts their 2010 Dress & Accessories Collection in Miami!

Whether you're attending Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York or celebrating Fashion's Night Out (FNO) in Miami- this week is all about fashion! In the spirit of creativity and style, I wanted to share an exciting new collection by local designer Christina Annmarie Gray. Christina recently launched her collection called "Leemari Live to Inspire" which aims to inspire women to follow their dreams.

Emerging Songstress: Miami's own Montserrat Franco debuts her new album "La Gatica"

Miami is known for its rich diversity. I love sharing the success of local artists who embrace this city and transform it into an art form. Montserrat Franco (pictured above; photo by Gary James) is a singer who I previously featured in my Betty Boop Cabaret Series post. Today, Montserrat's musical career is quickly flourishing with the release of her first album titled "La Gatica" which was produced in Miami by Kiki Sanchez. “La Gatica” definitely brings listeners a new tropical sazon. After collaborating with Trinidad and Tobago’s artist “Terra B,” this album will make you want to dance! Montserrat also joined forces with Gloria Estefan’s guitarist Marco Linares who adds his amazing touch to the album. If you're looking for an international integration of music, check out “Se Stasera Sono Qui.” This song blends the classic Italian song on an unexpected samba arrangement. Talk about eclectic! To purchase her CD, visit online retailers like Itunes, Napster, Amazon

Watch Movies at Mr. Deering's Courtyard: Vizcaya Museum hosts a Film Screening Series!

Forget going to the mall to watch a movie! Consider attending our city's most elegant historic landmark, Vizcaya Museum & Garden. Built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens features a main house, ten acres of formal gardens, and a vast area of native forest. Experience firsthand what it might have been like to be a guest of Mr. Deering’s and enjoy movie night in the house’s main Courtyard. This screening series features modern day films that have a cool connection to Vizcaya as well as historical silent films that Mr. Deering and his guests might have seen in their time. Guests can listen to live music (which will accompany the silent films) along with themed cocktails. Tickets cost $15, available on-site beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of the film (films start at 7 p.m.). Here's the line-up of upcoming films:

Thursday- September 16, 2010
Dostana (2008)
The first Bollywood movie to be shot entirely in Miami!