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Mandarin Oriental Miami Staycation

  By Karen Huggins @glamandbrains   When it comes to where to stay in Miami, we are never out of options; whether it is a magnificent suite, an ocean view, a charming boutique hotel or an affordable romantic room. After weeks traveling for work, we decided to enjoy a staycation in Miami. We live in paradise and there are amazing hotel options to disconnect for the weekend. Ideally situated in Brickell Key, the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel is an iconic beauty. The ocean and skyscraper-filled downtown adds to the scenic location of this legendary hotel.   A dream come true by choosing a stay in the magnificent suites at Mandarin Oriental Miami. Offering a selection of suites with all the extravagant hotel services in privacy and intimacy, this is what ideal staycations are made of. A dinner at La Mar by Gaston Acurio was the best way to start the weekend. The Peruvian cuisine and the ocean view dining alfresco is the best plan in Brickell area. After a great dinner and pisco sours at La Mar, we did a stop at the bar. Ending the night indulging in an exquisite glass of something bubbly was a great idea. The bartender did a couple of amazing drinks for us, the ultimate luxurious cosmopolitan experience. Waking up in the comfort of the king bed at the Junior suite is the perfect way to start the day. Heading to La Mar for a big brunch was the icing on the cake. The quality of the ingredients and the menu is impressive. Superb brunch! Time to relax under the palm trees sipping a cocktail and enjoying Brickell views! Love the Mandarin Oriental sand area, best place to enjoy a “Dolce far niente” moment. The cherry at the top, the Spa treatments. The Spa is an oriental oasis where you can get the best views to the ocean while you enjoy a magnificent massage at one of the spa suites.

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A 7 Million Dollar Bag To Save The Oceans

The Italian brand Boarini Milanesi is launching a 6 million euro bag (approximately 7 million US Dollars), the most expensive ever in the world. It has been created to raise awareness on the need to protect our seas, which are becoming even more threatened than usual by non-biodegradable plastics due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 800 thousand euros (approximately 950 thousand US Dollars) of the proceeds will be donated to cleaning the seas. The brand has decided to create this bag for a very precise reason, linked to the personal story of one of the brand’s two founders and designers, Matteo Rodolfo Milanesi. Matteo Rodolfo, who lost his father when he was just a teenager, has lots of memories of him linked to the sea. “We used to spend every summer at sea, between Greece and Turkey, and I was happiest when we would go on boat trips between the islands” says Matteo Rodolfo. “Even though mass tourism was still a long way off, we would often see plastic bags floating on the water or patches of tar leaked by oil tankers”. “Recently, I have seen even more plastic in the sea than when I was a child, due to the pandemic and all the gloves and face masks that are being carelessly thrown away. This reminded me of my father, who used to dive into the water to collect the plastic bags and bottles floating in the sea and help me wipe the patches of tar that I found on the beach when I was building sand castles off my hands”. This is why, together with Carolina Boarini, co-founder and designer of the brand, he decided to do something to help raise people’s awareness of the need to respect the environment, dedicating this particular bag to his father, who cared so much about the crystal clear waters of the seas and oceans. The project also includes a practical initiative for cleaning the seas: Boarini Milanesi undertakes to donate 800 thousand euros of the proceeds (approximately 950 thousand US Dollars) to cleaning and operations in defense of the marine environment. There are only three of these bags in the world. It is a Parva Mea model, made of semi-shiny alligator, adorned with a diamond pavé accessory and 10 white gold butterflies with sapphires, diamonds and Paraiba tourmalines, for a total of over 130 carats, over 1000 hours of work and a price of 6 million euros (approximately 7 million US Dollars). The choice of the stones is linked to seawater: Carolina Boarini tells us “Blue sapphires represent the depths of the oceans, Paraiba tourmaline reminds us of the uncontaminated Caribbean seas and diamonds refer to the transparency of water when it falls in the form of rain”.   —-  

Fashion, Luxury, MSM Online

René Caovilla Opens New Boutique at Bal Harbour Shops

Photo Credit: Courtesy of René Caovilla René Caovilla is proud to announce the opening of its new boutique at Bal Harbour Shops in Florida. The new opening represents a further step in René Caovilla international growth. Designed by the Italian architect duo Bonelli Radovic of m2atelier – popular for their distinctive approach to style and interiors – the new boutique encompasses over 1,200 square feet and blends modern elegance with sophisticated creativity. Integrating the brands heritage, elegance, and innovation, the boutique reflects the concept of new Caovilla spaces with additional novelty elements such as an external and internal golden wall finish, characterized by a refined hand-crafted layout. Additional store elements include a grey carpet floor with silk effect, golden galvanic details, fabric with reflections and pink velvet. The main stylistic innovation is found in the desire to create a golden envelope to evoke the Venetian origins of the brand. The space wants to be seductive, modern, and young. The large oval pink velvet sofa with a soft shape is part of the desire to create an enveloping and feminine space. The Caovilla logo is the main focal point of those looking at the boutique from the outside and is the first contact of the customer entering the boutique. The new boutique houses the latest René Caovilla Spring/Summer 2021 Collection in addition exclusive colorways of iconic Caovilla styles that were specially designed for this boutique. The René Caovilla boutique at Bal Harbour Shops will officially open its doors on Monday, November 9th and is located at 9700 Collins Avenue; Bal Harbour, FL 33154 and will be open from 11:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Saturday, and from 12:00pm to 6:00pm Sunday. About René Caovilla Synonymous with handcrafted elegance at its finest, the Maison René Caovilla has been making “works of art otherwise known as Shoes” for over eight decades. Founded in Venice in 1934 by Edoardo Caovilla, the brand is regarded as having set the benchmark for excellence in the luxury footwear industry. By melding artisan skills with innovative techniques, tradition with research, Caovilla has been working on quality and details since the very beginning. Each René Caovilla shoe is bound to become a timeless piece that won’t fail to keep its allure intact.

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The 61st Annual World-Renowned Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show October 28th – November 1st

Cover Photo Credit: Joel Erikkson The 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), the largest in-water boat show on the seven seas owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa Markets, will showcase its 61st annual premier exhibition of the industry’s latest and greatest boats, yachts and superyachts, worldwide debuts, marine products and accessories from Oct. 28 – Nov. 1st in the “Yachting Capital of the World.”Recognized as the pinnacle of all nautical exhibitions, FLIBS features over 1,300 boats on display and nearly 900 exhibitors spanning over three million square-feet of exhibition space and more than 90 acres. With seven waterfront locations now accessible by 14 show entrances, FLIBS is increasing its six miles of floating docks to widths up to 30 feet. The five-day, outdoor show also showcases more world and U.S. debuts than any other boat show in the country. With its successful debut last year, FLIBS will feature the return of its esteemed and popular Superyacht Village, which will showcase a notable display of some of the world’s most spectacular superyachts and exhibits. Located at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina’s “Pier South” property, the 3.5 acre site includes a dedicated marina as well as an on-land exhibition space. Superyacht Village will feature show-stopping vessels nearly 300 feet as well as exhibits by renowned shipyards and yacht toys, including exotic and collectible automotive, and other luxury items to showcase the superyacht lifestyle. An annual highlight of the show is the Windward VIP Club located on the main dock at Bahia Mar. The Windward VIP Club will take over the Captain’s Lounge and Tower Building with outdoor terraces for shore and water views, extended show hours starting at 8:00am as well as a luxury premium open bar, gourmet food offerings and concierge for booking appointments with manufacturers and yacht brokers. New this year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, FLIBS will be organized in accordance with Informa Market’s newly enhanced AllSecure health and safety standards, as well as all official government and local authority guidance and regulations. With the new AllSecure standards in place, FLIBS will follow the GBAC (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) standards for enhanced cleaning, including undergoing deep cleaning before, during, and after each day’s events to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness. Additional measures on cleaning and hygiene, physical distancing, protect and detect, and communication will also be implemented and required. For full details, or to download a complete guide of Informa’s AllSecure health and safety guidelines, visit https://www.flibs.com/en/attend/COVID-19.html. FLIBS is a major economic driver benefitting the marine industry, the city of Fort Lauderdale, and the state of Florida with a total statewide economic impact of $1.3 billion as a result of last year’s show and over $714 million in product sold over the five-day show. As such, organizers have been focused on a plan that prioritizes safety and an exceptional visitor experience.   TICKETING: A one-day general admissions ticket is available for $35 and is valid for anyone show day from Thursday – Sunday, Oct. 29 – Nov. 1. A two-day general admissions ticket is available for $61 and is valid for any two days of the show from Thursday – Sunday, Oct. 29 – Nov. 1. Prime Time Preview tickets grant guests early access to the show and are available for $55, valid Wednesday, Oct. 28. Tickets for children (ages 6-15) are available for $15 and valid for any one day of the show. Windward VIP Experience: For a more enhanced boat show experience, guests can purchase tickets to the Windward VIP Club. Each ticket is available for $300 and includes early show entry, access to the Windward VIP Club, food and premium beverages, as well as a Water Taxi. Each VIP package is valid for one person and is good for one show day from Wednesday – Sunday, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1.

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Azimut Yachts With Gabriele Muccino To Tell The Story Of The New Magellano 25 Metri

An outstanding film director for a totally unconventional yacht: Gabriele Muccino will direct a short film to celebrate the launch of the new model in the Magellano Collection, with interiors by architect and designer Vincenzo De Cotiis. On the one hand a brand that symbolizes international excellence in yachting, on the other a multiple award-winning film director whose fame has spread as far afield as Hollywood: Azimut Yachts chooses Gabriele Muccino to tell the story of the yard’s new Magellano 25 Metri yacht, which will make its world debut next September 2020. To speak about such an out of the ordinary yacht, that presents exterior lines by the well known designer Ken Freivokh, the brand has identified a new language, the short movie, which is an unprecedented choice for the yachting industry. The shipyard, for which ‘Made in Italy’ style and elegance are central to its business culture, has commissioned Gabriele Muccino to make a short film for the launch of its latest original project, recognizing a ‘like spirit’ in this director renowned the world over for his talent (which has won him a remarkable four David di Donatello awards and is renown for his Hollywood movies starring Will Smith). The short will be shown for the first time next September in the grounds of the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence in Provence, at a gala evening organized by Azimut Yachts for the exclusive premiere of Magellano 25 Metri. With great poetry, the short film will describe the infinite nuances that unite art and emotion, engaging in an almost magical way with the Magellano, which in the narrative becomes a perfect synthesis of rigor and inspiration, discipline and creativity, reason and sentiment.

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A Look Back At Miami Fashion Week

  By Karen Huggins Miami has become the capital of Latin America and  Miami Fashion Week has shown us why. Five days full of fashion, Latin American designers and colorful collections. The first day we started with the press conference at the Kimpton EPIC Miami and a Kick Off party at Saks Fifth Avenue Brickell where fashionistas, fashion lovers, celebrities and influencers, gathered to preview beautiful pieces of different designers. Guests enjoyed music, cocktails and bites from Casa Tua. The second day, the show begins! We started early in the morning with the MIAFW summit “Sustainability & Technology”. This is one of my favorite topics in fashion, all the trends and new projects of different brands to make the fashion industry a sustainable industry. In the afternoon, Rene Ruiz opened the fashion week shows at Ice Palace Film Studios with the launch of his new brand: Rene by RR, a younger line that goes from day to evening. The following show, Agatha Ruiz de La Prada; a funny, colorful and playful collection. First row with Spanish celebrities such as Amaia Salamanca, Nieves Alvarez, and Antonio Banderas…. Third day of Miami Fashion Week, beautiful shows from Daniella Batlle, Herminas Reea and Vero Diaz. I loved the top designer of Haute Couture dresses, Herminas Reea collection; the dresses with sumptuous fabric choices and accessories for their hair were gorgeous.  After the runways, The MIAFW Benefit Gala was celebrated at Faena Forum in South Beach. Antonio Banderas hosted the event and the Colombian singer Juanes had the crowd dancing. On Saturday, the Influencers brunch took place at Seaspice Restaurant. A morning full of Mimosas and fashion. At 3:00 PM the shows started with Dash, then Miami Fashion Institute, Glory ANG and Fernando Alberto. Miami Fashion Week closed the last day with Jenny Polanco, Arcadio Diaz, Jacqueline Then and Gianinna Azar runway. Gianinna’s collection was amazing with chic looks for day and night. After the shows, the closing party began at Ice Palace Film Studios. A beautiful week that highlighted the importance Miami is gaining every year in Fashion.

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Louis Vuitton presents from its Objets Nomades collection at Design Miami

Imagery Courtesy of Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton presents from its Objets Nomades collection in the pavilion of Design Miami/ 2017 from December 6th to 10th, an exclusive turquoise-colored edition of the Bomboca Sofa, a new piece by Fernando and Humberto Campana. Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades is an ever-expanding collection of limited-edition, collectable furniture, which is inspired by the House’s historic Art of Travel, while reinterpreting its essential spirit. Driven by creativity, functionality and innovation for more than 160 years, Louis Vuitton has constantly anticipated fashion and kept pace with evolving lifestyles. This combination of the House’s savoir-faire and the talents of renowned designers has created inventive shapes, materials   and products – a tradition that continues with the Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades. The Bomboca Sofa, named after sweets served at weddings and children’s parties in Brazil and meaning “very good”, is a modular piece that was originally inspired by cloud shapes and colourful round sea apples. The result is like a puzzle in which eight removable cushions are arranged in a rigid, leather-covered shell. The sofa features the same leather that is used by Louis Vuitton for its bags along with cushions made of textured fabrics and velvet in five different shades of blue and turquoise. Other Objets Nomades making their Design Miami/ 2017 debut include the pieces created by Atelier Oï such as the Swing Boat, the Belt Chair and the Spiral Lamp with its twisted straps of leather. Also presented are Patricia Urquiola’s Palaver Chair in a mix of wood and woven sheets of perforated leather, India Mahdavi’s Talisman Table in leather marquetry, and Marcel Wanders’ rocking Lune Chair and leather Diamond Screen. A selection of Objets Nomades will also be visible at the Louis Vuitton Miami Design District Store. With their shared sense of intuitiveness, desire and pleasure, the Objets Nomades continue Louis Vuitton’s tradition of offering inspiring and surprising designs anchored in evolving visions of travel.             Design Miami Public Showtimes: Wednesday, December 6/ 12pm – 8pm Thursday, December 7/ 10am – 8pm Friday, December 8/ 11am – 8pm Saturday, December 9/ 12pm – 8pm Sunday, December 10/ 12pm – 6pm Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades Exhibition at Design Miami/ Address: Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach FL 33139 Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades Exhibition at the Miami Design District store: 140 NE 39th Street, Miami FL 33137

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Miami Real Estyle – The Auberge Residences & Spa Miami Reveals Design Sales Center with Sneak Peek of Cirkopolis

By Gisel Habibnejad Photography by World Red Eye Renderings Courtesy of Auberge Residences & Spa Miami The Related Group proudly unveiled the Auberge Residences & Spa Miami’s new sales center designed by Piero with an intimate celebration. The commencement included a sneak peek of Cirque Éloise’s Cirkopolis presented by Adrienne Arsht Center, which included introductions by the development team. The short discussion involved Jon Paul Pérez, who shared his first experience as a lead developer of a luxury condominium project through Auberge Miami, and President of the Related Group’s Condo Division Carlos Rosso discussed his excitement for the project being located in the always-growing Art & Entertainment district. Among the attendees were Raimundo Onetto, Rodrigo Gana, and Henry Pino of Alta Developers. Auberge Miami will include a collection of 290 luxury condominiums of 11-ft ceiling heights with private elevator access, 90 designer suites, four duplex penthouses, and a limited collection of sky penthouses. The property will be comprised of resort-style amenities, such as a golf simulator, cigar lounge, private yoga and Pilates studio, wine room, one-year membership to the Key Biscayne Beach Club, sky pool with an observatory on the 60th-floor rooftop, and much more. Several artistic designs are housed throughout starting with the lobby designed by Piero Lissoni, outdoor spaces by Enzo Enea, a 40-foot tall ‘Awilda’ by artist Jaume Plensa, ‘Sphere in Rouge’ by Julio Le Parc, and features created by Arquitectonica. In addition, residents will be able to indulge in the Auberge Resorts Collection–their acclaimed culinary and hospitality brand. The Auberge Miami will be the first residential location to host this exclusive staple. Located nearby is the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), AmericanAirlines Arena, and the Miami Design District. For more information, please visit www.aubergemiamiresidences.com

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Keeping Up with Alonzo Mourning

By Zachary Devita Photography by Claudio Beier Alonzo Mourning will always be remembered as the NBA player who put himself on the map for his passion and hard work on the hardwood. During his career, he was a seven-time NBA All-Star, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and won an NBA Championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat. When he retired in 2009 at the age of 38, his number, 33, became the only retired number in Heat history. One of the most influential figures during his time in the NBA is former Heat coach and current Team President Pat Riley. “I’m a little biased, but it has to be Pat Riley. While he’s known for his strategic coaching tactics, to his players he was a motivator but not only that, he got the best out of his players. And I think that’s a key to being a great coach, not just drawing up a great play. I think it’s about you getting your players to believe in the plan you’ve set out,” shared Alonzo. Retirement hasn’t stopped Alonzo from being involved with the NBA and the Miami Heat. “I’m the Vice President of Player Programs and Development for the Miami Heat, which consumes a lot of my time.” Beyond being involved with the Miami Heat, Alonzo has been working tirelessly with the Mourning Family Foundation, which he established in 1997. The mission of the charity is to help the development of children and families living in at-risk situations and providing support and services that will enhance their lives. “There’s a hole that needs to be filled as it pertains to all the obstacles that young people are trying to overcome. We just have to accept responsibility and understand that what it really comes down to is helping young people accomplish their goals.” Alonzo has also partnered with the Warren Henry Auto Group to benefit his non-profit organizations. Some of these special events included sponsoring a donation drive to assist in collecting toys, gifts, and donations that were gifted to students of the Toys for Tots program, in which Warren Henry Auto Group has participated in for several years. They also assisted in the Back to School Drive, which involved being a location point that collected school supplies for children in need. Although retirement keeps him busy, Alonzo still misses some nuances and parts of the game. “I miss the comradery more than anything. The playoffs were something that I used to look forward to and I loved to compete at that level. But the long and short of it, I miss the competitiveness and being around my teammates.” For now, Alonzo continues to build his strong relationship with the community around him and push the young players on the Miami Heat for a bright future for not only themselves, but for the team as well. For more information, please visit www.mourningfamilyfoundation.org & www.warrenhenryauto.com

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Ride2Revive

By Zachary Devita The Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach hosted a day of thrills, smiles and a lot of luxury cars. Established by Brett and Brooke David, owners of Prestige Imports, the third annual Ride2Revive event gave terminally ill children and their parents a fantastic day of top speeds in such vehicles as A7 Audi’s, Lamborghinis and Maserati’s. For Brooke, it’s more than just driving a child in a luxury car, “Seeing these kids light up for the cars and to let them feel the wind in their hair, it shows how important it is to give back.” Prestige Imports partnered with such organizations as the Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital, Chai Lifeline and the MYWISH4U Foundation which brought kids all the way from Israel to experience this wonderful event. With looks of sheer joy and the ability to make these kids’ dreams come true, Ride2Revive is more than just a day out for them, but one that will stay in their memories forever. For more information, please visit www.ride2revive.org

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Preview of the 2016 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show

By Zachary Devita Photography Courtesy of Miami Boat Show Known as one of the top boat shows in the world, the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show hosts its 75th anniversary on February 11-15, 2016. Not only is this the optimal winter location to find the best in boating, but the show has moved to the renowned Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. This new location is just minutes from downtown Miami and allows visitors to see thousands of new boats, accessories and enjoy the full experience of life on the water. The guests can board and view more than 1,200 boats, from luxury yachts to high-speed performance boats and also take a free water taxi or shuttle bus to a second location. The second location, at Miamarina at Bayside and sailor’s paradise, features the newest sailing gear of 2015, dozens of daily seminars and more than 100 sailboats. Some of the highlights and improvements to the show include enhanced entertainment activities, which will hold state of the art air-conditioned tents for the boats and the latest boating technology, as well as boat demonstrations and sea trials for the real shoppers. Guests can also be a part of on-the-water power boating and sailing workshops along with kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, all while viewing the beautiful downtown Miami skyline. Lastly, the show will provide a full wine and dine experience, including a Beer Garden and even a place for kids to enjoy food as well. With the 75th anniversary, the boat show will feature three famous South Florida boats including the Pilar, a replica of Ernest Hemingway’s famous boat which influenced several of his books, like The Old Man and the Sea. The second boat is the original speedboat from the Miami Vice TV show. The last boat is the Carol Suzanne, one of the most prominent racing boats of the Miami Marine Stadium. To find out more information about the boat show including hours, transportation, admission and accommodations, visit www.miamiboatshow.com Click here to view this post in the MSM January/February 2016 digital issue

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40 Years of Bulgari

By Gisel Habibnejad Since 1975, Bulgari has continuously been reinventing itself by remaining contemporary and modern in its styles. To celebrate the classic watchmaking brand has released three new models in 2016: Bulgari Roma Finissimo, Bulgari Roma Tourbillon Finissimo, Bulgari Solotempo, and Bulgari Roma Tubogas. 1. Bulgari Roma Finissimo 2. Bulgari Roma Tourbillon Finissimo 3. Bulgari Solotempo 4. Bulgari Roma Tubogas   For more information, please visit www.bulgari.com

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