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BloggerBuzz: A Tel Aviv fashionista making the best of Miami

Fashionista Michal Harel’s travel diary about her first time experience in Miami. Dealing with the city vibes she compares Miami to her own home town of Tel Aviv. Michal reviews her adventures in Miami and fashionable spots that she recommends to other travelers who visit. Visiting Miami for the first time was an extraordinary experience. As a fashion blogger who lives in Israel and is passionate about travel and lifestyle, I find it interesting to discover new destinations, since traveling makes people grow in a way that it turns them mature. So how does it happen? Well I chose my flight spontaneously to Miami, picked up my bags and entered the other side of the world. Landing at the airport, I felt very curious to find out about the culture of this amazing city. When traveling to a new city, visitors struggle to find the right place to stay. It all depends on the budget and what type of experience each traveler wants. As for me, I wanted to be located in central Miami so that I would be able to walk everywhere within a distance. Finding a suitable place to stay is an important step as it has a significant impact on the overall quality of the trip.  There are two options to consider: 1. Airbnb – where visitors can stay with the locals which allow them to nourish deep into the culture. 2. Hotel – a more expensive option that provides personal services and facilities based on visitors needs. Epic Hotel Balcony View Lobby Roof Top Bay View   As a fashion blogger who travels a lot, it is important for me to choose a place that has the most of Miami’s views for capturing photos. I stayed at the Epic Hotel which is located in Downtown Miami. After receiving a warm welcome from their staff, I turned on my Ford Mustang and went on the road to absorb the city vibes. Watching the sea view on Ocean drive reminds me of my home town in Tel Aviv. That’s when I noticed that my culture was similar to Miami in a way that both cities have hot climate  which affects the way people dress and act. Just as Tel Aviv, I can say Miami is ‘the city that never sleeps’. “Miami feels like home, although I’m far away from Tel Aviv. I was amazed to discover the cities’ similarity.” Miami is all about fun and you can never get bored in this city. The streets are crowded with different cultures of people who value each other. Miamian’s shows a great sense of community. There are tons of roof bars, cafes and restaurants to visit such as Sugar Factory, Mango Tropical Cafe, the famous pizzeria Mister 01, and Full Bloom. These places are visited by many locals; therefore it’s great to experience Miami through their eyes. Sugar Factory Full Bloom Mango Tropical Cafe Mister 01 Fashion Walking the South beach area, I noticed that people were mostly wearing swim suits or dressed in a casual and laid back style. They believe – their priority is to feel comfortable with what they wear. Due to the favorable weather in Miami, people are able to lead a healthy lifestyle filled with fitness clubs and bike lanes – comparable to Rotchild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, which plays a big role in people’s appearance. That also reflects on Miami’s culture, where it is all about freedom of expression by accepting different cultures no matter what’s their race or gender – typical to Tel Aviv. Miami is one of the friendliest city’s that encourages mingling, connecting with other people, unlike other cities in the US such as New York or LA. Betsy Hotel South Beach Ocean Drive Art When traveling, I noticed that each city I have visited has their own form of art. One area in Miami called Wynwood is famous for its graffiti walls. The Wynwood Arts District is home to over 70 Art Galleries, Retail Stores, Antique Shops, Eclectic Bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world that is worth the visit. Graffiti –also an art form of expression has been popular over many years as a way to leave imprints on a wall or simply to communicate with others by signing a wall with their names. Graffiti art is very popular among local artists. In Tel Aviv, The Wynwood District reminds me of the Neve Tzedek neighborhood in my home town as they’re both filled with graffiti walls. Llia Torlin Neve Tzedek Experience If anyone is visiting Miami for a short period of time, which does not allow them to experience all of the neighborhoods – then a Helicopter flight would be a good choice as visitors can observe and view the city from the air. Seeing Miami from the sky will give each an unforgettable experience, especially for those who want to overcome their fear and challenge themselves. What to expect: The feeling of courage, a stunning and breathtaking view, the mix of the sky and sea color tones from Miami’s beach strip, and an entire city that looks like mosaic. Throughout my trip to Miami I have realized its similarity to my city – Tel Aviv, and I can definitely say I had the greatest time of my life for the first time as a traveler fashionista. Whether it’s enjoying the amazing sunset by relaxing at the beach, getting a tan and shopping on the Lincoln Road, taking a private cruise to Star Island, riding a jet ski (and overcoming my biggest fears while doing that), or going out to fashionable clubs and restaurants such as Zumma and E11EVEN, Miami is a unique experience! I will miss this amazing city and surely be back again soon. As I always say when a vacation comes to an end… Till the next time! See you soon Miami 🙂

Business, MSM Online, Tech

eMerge Yourself into the World of Technology

By Gisel Habibnejad Now in its third year, eMerge Americas is a two-day event hosting technological innovations through EXPO space experiences, networking interactions, and conferences. The EXPO floor included exhibitor booths, through which the latest innovations were displayed; a “Launchpad” of entrepreneurs who shared their experiences and inventions; a Hackathon where about 125 coders had 24 hours to decode complex challenges built by API sponsors for a chance to win more than $50,000 in cash and prizes; and a hiring fair. The summit talks incorporated various topics fit to inspire innovators of all journeys in technology. The Government Innovation Forum (eGOV) brought together leaders of government and business to discuss “how public-private partnerships leveraging disruptive technologies are transforming our communities” and to deliberate on transforming our communities into smart cities. Made up of over 100 startups from around the world, the eMerge Americas Startup Showcase provided a point for these companies to interact with hundreds of investors and partners. The Women, Innovation, and Technology Summit (WIT) is a one-day summit that united powerful women of the industry to inspire and motivate event goers by presenting leaders “who are bridging the gap between the creative and tech industries” and also featured a Technology and Innovation fashion show. Other conferences consisted of the Textpert Stage, which allowed visitors to engage with experts who discussed the latest innovations and trailblazing technologies. This year’s keynote speakers were comprised of General Colin L. Powell, Monica Lewinsky, Tony Hawk, Pitbull, Chairman of CNBC Mark Hoffman, Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Cesar Conde, Co-Founder of America Online Steve Case, CEO of AT&T Ralph de la Vega, Co-Founder of Netflix Marc Randolph, and many more. Of course, we can’t forget the VIP parties, live entertainment shows, and cocktail soirees. Each offered special ways to interact and network with peers who are involved and enjoy the same technological industry. These events were hosted at Lincoln Road, the Paris Theater in South Beach, and the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). eMerge Americas takes place in the growing tech community of Miami hosting industry leaders, government officials, and investors from North America, Latin America, and Europe. The year’s biggest B2B event of the Americas was aired nationwide courtesy of CNBC and Telemundo, and was also broadcasted live to other countries such as Europe, Africa, and Asia. For more information, please visit

Culinary, Culture, Fashion, MSM Online, Music

The Weekend Guide: 3/31-4/3

Eco Couture Recycling Fashion Show When: Thursday, March 31st at 7:00pm Where: FIU Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building Tickets: Free admission Click here for tickets Donuts! Festival When: Thursday, March 31st at 7:00pm Where: The Wynwood Yard For more information, please click here The Raleigh Miami Beach Hosts Martini Shake Off with Bayou Rum When: Friday, April 1st at 6:00-8:00pm Where: Martini Bar at The Raleigh Miami Beach Admission: Free; Complimentary cocktail samples; $10 for full-sized cocktails Duran Duran Concert When: Friday, April 1st at 7:00pm Where: Bayfront Park Tickets: Book Club: Against Nature When: Friday, April 1st at 7:00pm Where: FIU-Wolfsonian Tickets: Free Admission Giralda Under the Stars When: Friday, April 1st at 7:00pm Where: 100 Giralda Avenue Tickets: Free Admission JetSmarter Presents Buzz Art Auction When: Friday, April 1st at 7:00-10:30pm (Live auction 8:30pm) Where: Ritz-Carlton South Beach Tickets: $65 online; $85 at the door Bike 305 Bike The Underline: Free Community Festival When: Saturday, April 2nd at 9:00am-1:00pm Where: Meeting at the Brickell Metrorail Station Admission: Free; To register click here Sprung! Miami Beer Festival When: Saturday, April 2nd at 4:00pm Where: Mana Wynwood Tickets: General Admission $40 (4pm); Beer Socialites $70 (3pm); VIP $90 (2:30pm) Cochon 555 When: Sunday, April 3rd at 5:00pm Where: The Ritz-Carlton South Beach Tickets: General Admission $125; VIP $200

MSM Online, Real Estate, Sponsored

Art Deco Living & South Beach Urban Pedestrian Lifestyle Unite

Where else in the world can you find a single family home of contributing architectural significance in a quiet residential enclave yet right next to the fun of South Beach? The answer is nowhere! OPEN HOUSE Sunday, February, 28th 12-4pm Property Details: 1711 Michigan Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 MLS # A10013457 3 Bedrooms / 3.5 Baths 2,267 SF Offered at $1,895,000 For more information visit Take a step back in time in this authentic Mediterranean Art Deco home in the center of all that South Beach has to offer today. Located in the historic, tree lined Palm View residential neighborhood – an oasis just one block to Lincoln Road and within easy walking distance to the beach, New World symphony, movies and dynamic Sunset Harbour. This is a rare opportunity to lead an urban pedestrian lifestyle while enjoying the comforts and privacy of a single family home. The Palm View Historic District location is truly unique. The Palm View district is associated with the earliest pioneers of Miami Beach, Carl Fisher and John Collins. Fisher created the subdivision in 1920 and developed it with the intention of providing some of the finest private residences of the era. Collins was responsible for the oldest structure within this historic district, the Collins Canal, which enabled Collins to transport his produce from the groves to Biscayne Bay. Palm View is also associated with internationally recognized American artist, Henry Salem Hubbell, who resided in the area from 1926-1940. While Palm View is steeped in a wide array of historical significance, there is none more prominent than the rich display of architecture evident throughout the district. There are 10 architectural styles represented, ranging from Masonry Vernacular to Mediterranean Revival and Med/Deco Transitional to Streamline Moderne, then evolving into the Post WW II Modern styles. Mediterranean Revival is the style with the most significant concentration in the area as it was highly fashionable during the city’s booming land development period. Many master architects are represented including Schultze and Weaver, Pancoast, Hohauser, Schoeppl, Skinner and Robert E. Collins. Built in 1946, this meticulously preserved home embodies the optimism that was a profound part of the Art Deco period in Miami Beach. Enter the home through a charming rotunda foyer that flows into the ample living room with vaulted ceiling featuring original moldings and fireplace. The dining room showcases recessed lighting which was considered one of the most luxurious features available in a home at that time. Throughout the home are beautiful original Terrazzo floors and original wood flooring in the bedrooms. The bedrooms are very spacious with bay windows allowing for ample natural light and each includes a bathroom en suite. In the bathrooms are hand painted and signed original murals of native Florida wildlife creating a one-of-a-kind retreat within the home. The expansive kitchen with high ceilings has a pantry and closet for ample storage, and space for a breakfast table. The family room leads to a Florida room with access to a unique native garden with exotic fruit trees designed to attract birds and several varieties of butterflies. The garage has been converted to a studio with a bathroom, fashioning a private area for your guests. The property is zoned RM1 multi-family which permits an additional structure, if so desired.

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The Weekend Guide: 2/5-2/7

Super Bowl 50 watch parties, fashion fun, mind-blowing music, and food feasting all happening this weekend in Miami! The 5th Annual Wine, Women, & Shoes When: Friday, Feb. 5th at 10:30am-3:00pm Where: JW Marriott Marquis Additional Information: Benefitting Miami Children’s Health Foundation; Fashion show; Shoe shopping; Silent auction; Enter contest to win $19,770 Chopard white gold & diamond watch; MC by Maggie Rodriguez Barry Manilow Concert When: Friday, Feb. 5th at 7:30pm Where: BB&T Center Tickets: Afrojack When: Friday, Feb. 5th at 11:00pm Where: STORY Nightclub Tickets: Discovering Design: Wild Wallpapers When: Saturday, Feb. 6th at 1:00pm Where: Wolfsonian-FIU Tickets: Free for children under 15 & accompanying adults Whole Foods Market Miami Metro Kicking Off Super Bowl with Big Game Tasting When: Sunday, Feb. 7th at 12:00pm-2:00pm Where: Whole Foods Markets located in Aventura, Coral Gables, Downtown Miami, North Miami, Pinecrest, & South Beach Additional Information: Wing buckets for $3.99/lb; House-made guacamole; Local beer sampling; Tailgate favorites (potato salads, mac & cheese fritters, mini meatballs, sandwich platters, house-made burgers, sausages, & seafood burgers) Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Clippers When: Sunday, Feb. 7th at 2:00pm Where: AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets: Downton Abbey Inspired Valentine’s Tea When: Sunday, Feb. 7th at 2:00pm Where: Madi’s Tea Garden Tea Room Tickets: $35 per person Additional Information: Trivia game; Prize awarded to best-dressed; Full tea service Super Sunday Swim Party at Thompson Miami Beach When: Sunday, Feb. 7th at 4:00pm-until game is over Where: Thompson Miami Beach Tickets: Complimentary event; $10 valet validation; RSVP to Additional Information: Dinner & all you can eat $40; Cabana & bungalow specials starting at $300

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Welcome Home to this Private Mediterranean Estate in South Beach!

2484 Prairie Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 Offered at $3,750,000 MLS # A2211934 Madeleine Romanello Broker Associate One Sotheby’s International Realty Tel: 305-282-2133 Fully walled and gated, this home offers the chance to have your own personal oasis. 4,144 sf under air, the outdoor spaces are just incredible with 1,200 sf of wrap around, arched porches leading to a resort like pool, spa and patio surrounded by coconut palms, bamboo and mango trees. There is also a beach with a fire pit. The main home has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths including a cabana bath and a half bath. Gleaming marble floors throughout the 1st floor and bamboo floors in the upstairs bedrooms. The classic kitchen boasts Sub-Zero and Wolf gas appliances and dramatic granite countertops. The downstairs features one bedroom with cabana bath and open living spaces that lead out to the wrap around porch and pool area. The stairs lead to a stunning hallway with volume ceilings and 6 skylights. The master bedroom is just spectacular with 15’ plus ceilings, a massive walk-in closet and 2 additional closets plus two terraces, one with a Jacuzzi. The master bath has a seamless glass shower, Euro-style black and white tub, double sink vanity with great light and high ceilings. The other two bedrooms are spacious and inviting with gorgeous renovated en-suite bathrooms and large closets. The guest house is the perfect miniature home with a one-bedroom suite upstairs with its own separate access and a one-bedroom apartment with kitchen on the ground level. It also features two covered terraces with fold-away patio doors so you can bring the outside in! The lower level kitchen and living spaces make it perfect for hosting parties around the pool, while the huge circular brick driveway and spacious gated carport offer plenty of parking for your guests. If you love the convenience of living near shops, restaurants, and clubs but also covet being close to nature, this property offers both! This beautiful, one-family home is located just a mile from fine dining establishments, gourmet groceries, nightclubs and many other luxuries and conveniences. And coming soon across the street, a community park will be replacing the old 9-hole, par 3 golf course. Banyan Tree Park, named for the large trees on the northern edge of the park, will be a 19.4-acre park including a dog park, tennis courts, yoga, Zen, and butterfly gardens, and a boardwalk surrounding a small lake and wetlands along with 1.2 miles of trails and a 1.2 acre children’s area. This stunning home offers the best of both worlds – situated in close proximity to world-famous Miami Beach entertainment yet right in the middle of the calming, natural beauty you can only find in South Florida.

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My Miami: Nicole Williams

Photography by Ace Amir (NYC) Nicole Williams has been busy lately. The gorgeous Canadian-born top model–of both British and Native Indian descent–does not stop to bedazzle us in countless ad campaigns. An instant classic is the current TV commercial with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler for Old Navy. Meanwhile, Nicole shows tons of glamour and personality while starring on the E! hit reality TV show WAGS. The show gives a look inside the world of today’s hottest professional athletes from the perspective of the women inside the exclusive club of spouses and girlfriends. Williams is dating Larry English, a defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The show just got picked up for another season and as always there will be plenty of glamour, laughs and, of course, drama. Being a constant jet setter across the world, Williams has fallen in love with Miami where she has found the perfect combination of relaxation and fun. We were eager to learn a bit more about “her” Miami. When in Miami you can catch me… At Miami’s top annual events like Art Basel, Miami Swim Week, or Ultra, since I love art, fashion, and music. Or you can see me at one of those cool places in Wynwood, like Wood Tavern, where I relax while eating their delicious Bok Choy and sip on their famous white Sangria. The biggest misconception about Miami is… The biggest misconception about Miami is that it has no real culture. Miami has so much more to offer especially when one takes the time to get to know the midtown area and Wynwood! The last restaurant I enjoyed in Miami was… Prime 112! It’s the hottest restaurant in Miami–in my opinion. Not only is the food delicious but also a lot of eye candy, especially for the guys–beautiful girls everywhere! It’s definitely a scene! And I do enjoy some good people watching with my meal. What surprised me most about Miami was… That if you leave South Beach and explore Brickell, Midtown Miami and even North Miami, there is a lot of art and culture. Not to mention better shopping and a completely different crowd than on the beach. It’s a lot less touristy! Aside from the weather, the best reason to return to Miami is… There are several equally good reasons to come back again and again: beautiful scenery of the people, of course Art Basel, and the other events I mentioned before. Just the whole vibe, diversity, and the incredible party life that Miami has to offer. Where else can you have this much fun by night? The first time I became really curious about Miami was… When I signed with my first Miami agency, Elite! They asked me to come and spend a couple months here to get to know the city and to see if it’s a good fit for me, so I did! It was such a pleasant experience that I fell instantly in love with the city. What happens in Miami stays in Miami…and in MSM. Any secret or funny moment you’d like to share about you and this city? What happens in Miami stays in Miami it’s true! I’m afraid I can’t spill the beans on a few Miami adventures. But, I will say I spent one New Year’s Eve there and a certain friend of mine insisted on lying down behind the Fontainebleau sign in front of the hotel to take a nap in the bushes. That’s all I can say about it [laughs]. Use your imagination… Click here to view this post in the MSM January/February 2016 digital issue

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10 Celebrity Vacation Hotspots

By Gisel Habibnejad With their fame and fortune running on surplus, celebrities know exactly where and how to vacation. If you want to know the hotspots to travel to, simply follow the footsteps of all the biggest celebrities—after all, they keep coming back for a reason. Here’s a list of the most popular worldwide destinations infested with familiar faces. 1. Saint Tropez Who you’ll see: Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, Tom Cruise, Rihanna, P. Diddy, Jack Nicholson, Gigi Hadid, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sir Elton John, Beyonce, Jay-Z 2. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Who you’ll see: Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Seacrest, Julia Roberts, George & Amal Clooney, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith 3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia Who you’ll see: Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, Rob Lowe, Sharon Stone, Charlize Theron, Keith Urban 4. Maldives Who you’ll see: Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, Kate Moss, Jude Law, David & Victoria Beckham, Josh Duhamel, Fergie, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Katy Perry, Tom Cruise 5. South Beach, Florida Who you’ll see: Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Amber Heard, Drake, Lenny Kravitz, Ellie Goulding 6. Lake Como, Italy Who you’ll see: George & Amal Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Madonna, Sir Richard Branson, Alred Hitchcock, Mick Jagger, Kylie Minogue, Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock 7. Maui, Hawaii Who you’ll see: Paris Hilton, Megan Fox, Owen Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jason Statham, Jack Osbourne, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn 8. Dubai Who you’ll see: Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, David & Victoria Beckham, Rita Ora, Nicole Scherzinger, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Roger Federer, Selena Gomez, Paris Hilton 9. Aspen, Colorado Who you’ll see: Elle Macpherson, Jack Nicholson, Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Nicole Scherzinger, Lewis Hamilton 10. Barbados Who you’ll see: Rihanna, Cara Delevigne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Claudia Schiffer, Simon Cowell, Sting, Hugh Grant, Tiger Woods, Naomi Watts, Katy Perry    

Arts, Culture, MSM Online, The Issue

Craig Robins: A Not So Secret Love Affair with Art

November-December Issue 2015 By Angela Betancourt Before they were turned into charming boutique hotels, before they were restaurants, before they gained worldwide fame and recognition, the Art Deco District was merely a series of run-down buildings facing an uncertain future. If it wasn’t for the vision and determination of a few pioneering individuals, who saw this historic district for its potential, the Miami Beach we know today would not exist. One of these visionaries is Craig Robins, a real estate developer, philanthropist, and art enthusiast that has made a massive impact in Miami’s real estate, culture, and art landscape. Robins is also the Founder and CEO of Dacra, a real estate company that is constantly propelling Miami into the future. Robins’ vision for the Art Deco District was unprecedented. He began investing in South Beach real estate in the 1980s and steadily restored iconic properties to their original grandeur. As the neighborhood began to thrive and flourish, Robins set his eyes across the bridge. He is the man behind the Miami Design District (MDD) which has become a famed neighborhood in its own right. Less than 30 years ago the MDD was the neglected area of the city you wouldn’t want to get caught in walking around at night. Today, the MDD is a destination that’s home to numerous restaurants, galleries, artists, luxury retail brands, and innovative businesses. “When we set out to revitalize and reinvent the District, our goal was to cultivate an atmosphere where creativity could flourish, regardless of its specific label or medium. These artistic endeavors are all vital components of the fabric of the Design District – the value systems informing each are remarkably similar, with an emphasis on craft, quality, and a profound commitment to expressing a creative vision,” he shared. One of the first things Robins and his team did was to bring back the element of furniture design in order to compete with a nearby business. The move paid off and as new buildings were created; heavy hitters in the design world began setting up showrooms. Robins also fostered an environment of creativity and innovation by providing artists with studio space. “As the neighborhood became known as a laboratory for creativity, we hosted events like the annual Art Loves Design party to celebrate those flourishing creative disciplines. We created public art installations by Marc Newson, Jose Bedia and Zaha Hadid among others,” he said. It wasn’t long before leading fashion brands took notice of the neighborhood’s new personality. The MDD soon welcomed Marni, Christian Louboutin, Maison Martin Margiela, and others. There are currently more than 50 luxury fashion brands in the neighborhood with brands like Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Isabel Marant, Loro Piana, Tod’s and Van Cleef & Arpels expected in 2016. “While the revitalization of the neighborhood began with a cultivation of design showrooms and art collections of international significance, fashion was always part of my vision for the Design District,” said Robins. While two of Miami’s most important neighborhoods were being physically transformed, a creative metamorphosis was simultaneously taking shape: the emergence of Miami’s art scene. Robins’ passion for the arts transcends beyond his personal life and into his work. He even positioned Dacra to be a real estate development firm “that uses architecture, art, design and cultural programming to build creative international destinations.” He speaks of art not in the way of colors on a canvas or molded form; it comes from a much deeper place. “I am instinctive in choosing art, but my life is an interaction between intuitive impulses and a conscious mind, one checks the other. When I become interested in an artist, I tend to collect their work in depth. For more than a decade I have been working with Jack Tilton, who has been the single greatest influence on me as an art collector. Jack is one of the most insightful people working in the art world today, he gave me the confidence to work harder on building my collection”. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Robins is also the Principle of the leading international design show Design Miami and is also responsible for introducing Miami Art Basel to the city. Art Basel has now become one of the largest art fairs in the world; featuring more than 200 galleries and attracting thousands of visitors each year. Miami Art Basel takes place over one week in December. During this time, the amount of events being hosted around the city is almost maddening. Each year it gets even larger. The act of attending all of these events, also known as Art Baseling, is not for the weak of spirit. Robins’ take on it is pretty accurate: “Trying to get ready for Art Basel Miami Beach – it’s a kind of endurance event that you have to train for.” Though Miami Art Basel only comes once a year, Robins believes in creating events and programs that will keep the community more engaged in the arts year round. The MDD currently has a diverse arts and culture program that seeks to constantly engage the community across a variety of art platforms. Some of the initiatives include a lecture series, an art day for families, a six week live music series called District Sounds, and a Site-Specific Performance Series that takes the performance out of the traditional theater and into the neighborhood. “As our base of important cultural institutions grows here in the Miami Design District, so has our ability to connect the community with distinguished artists, curators, critics and cultural figures. The lecture series offered at the de la Cruz Collection, the ICA/Miami and Locust Projects (exhibition space) both engages and inspires conversations within the Miami arts community.” Each event is carefully curated to further an understanding of contemporary art and to allow the artist to engage with the audience in unexpected ways. By breaking from the traditional, the community has an opportunity to experience art in more unusual and interactive ways. The programs and events are designed to make art accessible to everyone. With

Entertainment, LIFESTYLE, Sports, The Issue

“Kicking Back” with Miami Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry

By Zachary Davita Photography by Nisso Studios Known on the field for his explosive kick returns, miraculous one handed catches and for setting the Dolphins’ rookie record for most receptions last year, the Dolphins’ wide receiver Jarvis Landry has emerged as a multitalented player for both his team and in the NFL. Never satisfied, Jarvis looks to build upon his first season success. “Individually, I just continue to be consistent, continue to try and make plays, and help use my energy on those plays to feed the guys around me,” explains Jarvis. He went on to talk about the Dolphins working hard each and every day at practice and, despite the tough spot the team is in, they are going to “kick it back into gear and turn it in the right direction.” Throughout Jarvis’ career, he credits his success to the mentoring his coaches provided along the way. “[They] allowed me to better myself and pick up habits that some guys wouldn’t have coming into the league.” This allowed Jarvis to have a “pro outburst” right out of the gate, which some other rookie receivers never discover. Just like his nickname, Juice, which he earned for his intense energy during practices as well as games, off the field Jarvis likes to wear his passion literally on his sleeve. “Fashion came from my brother. Just having him be in my life from a young age, he was always a big collector of shoes, clothes and when I was young I always wanted to be like him. But fashion is always something that I took to heart, you know, and it’s grown over the years.” Jarvis has worked with brands such as Destined for Greatness and Ethika, but for him fashion is an outlet, a unique way to express himself. Besides fashion, Jarvis likes to kick back, listen to some country/blues as well as strum the guitar himself. “I started at a young age, but when I got to the NFL, a guy on our team always played the guitar in the locker room. He inspired me to pick it up again.” His love for music comes from its historic past and he thoroughly enjoys putting a country spin on such modern artists as The Weeknd and Drake while playing his guitar. “My favorite Drake song to play has to be ‘Fall for Your Type.’” The continued hype around Jarvis Landry has built to a fever pitch in South Beach. In a recent article from the Miami New Times, Jarvis was mentioned as becoming the possible Dwyane Wade of the Miami Dolphins, something he considers to be a great honor. “You know I’ve been here for two years, Dwyane’s been here all his career, so just to be mentioned with a guy like that, it means a lot.” Jarvis again credited his coaches and all teams he’s been on that allowed him to further his success, but “we still have room to grow.” Recently he hosted the Jarvis Landry GiveBack Mentoring session, which gave him an opportunity to be a positive athletic role model, something he never had. “Being in the position that I’m in, being able to inspire young people and allow them not to make the same mistakes that I made… for me that’s the most important thing about giving back to the community.” Jarvis hopes to instill good advice on the young Miami community. Jarvis has looked up to such wide receivers as Larry Fitzgerald, Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens. “Having the opportunity to watch some of those guys live their legacy…on and off the field gave me the blueprint on what not to do and what to do.” With that blueprint, Jarvis was inspired to be the person and player that he is today. Jarvis Landry is young, creative, humble, driven and emulates his nickname Juice both on and off the field. His love and passion for the game could propel him to be mentioned with the very names that drove him to pursue a football life. Follow Jarvis Landry on Twitter: @God_Son80 & Instagram: @v.royalty.s Click here to view this post in MSM’s November/December 2015 digital issue

Entertainment, Film, The Issue

My Miami: Natalie Gal

November-December Issue 2015 Photographed by Catherine Asanov Natalie Gal is an American actress and model. She was born in 1989 to the family of an opera singer and a poet. Not surprisingly, she started studying ballet, gymnastics, arts, along with playing piano, singing, and performing in a theatre at the age of six. She is often compared to a young Angelina Jolie, considered to be a very promising young actress by media and magazines. She studied acting at NYU and speaks four languages fluently. Not only is Natalie represented by top model agencies around the world, but is also actively involved in various charities that are near to her heart, such as Artists for Peace and Justice and has done several campaigns for PETA. In September 2010, she was chosen to be the chairman of People Power Progress (PPP). She lives between NYC and LA, produces her TV show Fashion Destinations (airing on FashionTV), hosts a show on NEWTV, produces projects in Los Angeles and frequently travels to several cities around the world for work. She has starred in different movie productions and modeled for different brands such as Chanel, Cavalli, Alexander Wang, Prada, CoverGirl, Guess, Diesel, Alexander McQueen, and Revlon. She’s been on the covers of Grazia, Mademoiselle, Madam Figaro, and Modern Luxury to name a few. Currently she made a switch from modeling to acting, while still being an ambassador for many brands. She produces and stars in features with actors such as Samuel Jackson, Lindsay Lohan, Amber Heard and Kelan Lutz. Natalie recently hit the big screen in Jobs and Syrup. She is currently in the process of filming Enter The Fist with Danny Trejo. Since she is a self-proclaimed Miami lover, we couldn’t wait to hear the details… When in Miami you can catch me… Usually shopping! I enjoy all the Miami stores, little boutiques in all corners of the city, vintage shops in Wynwood Art District, or outside of SoBe. Of course, you also have to hit the big fancy ones, like Bal Harbour. After the shopping, I’m usually poolside at the Delano Hotel. I cannot tell you how many celebrities I spot during my visits there – so if you care for high-end people watching, then this is your place to stay. The biggest misconception about Miami is… That South Beach is the only place to be. I love Wynwood, Little Havana, Coral Gables, the Design District, and Coconut Grove. I am a big location junkie for my photo shoots and I typically ask a photographer or art director if we can shoot somewhere interesting, old, weird, or local. So I personally check out those locations on the mission to find interesting places to shoot, and Miami has so many! The last restaurant I enjoyed in Miami was… Juvia and Zuma all the way! I fell in love with Zuma when I first visited in London. It’s a hot spot for very attractive people (in case you want to meet a few wink-wink!). If you haven’t already, I dare you to order a few cocktails there, they are outstanding. Aside from the weather, the best reason to return to Miami is… There’s always something happening, music, art, fashion, and with new people. Of course, for me it’s Art Basel and Miami Fashion Week. Soho House is swarmed with people and hot outfits during MFW. I usually stay at SLS for MFW and get the most fantastic experience! For Art Basel, people come from all over the world to buy and celebrate art – its the best time to meet someone fun and interesting and get inspired by their talents. The first time I became really curious about Miami was… It was during my time as an up-and-coming, fresh-out-of-old-Europe model. I was instantly in love! I remember I went to the local coffee shop and everyone spoke Spanish there, which made the city appeal even worldlier to me. Then I was bedazzled by the Art Deco style, the atmosphere, the people, and then of course the hot nightlife. Miami felt instantly like the total package. Click here to view this post in MSM’s November/December 2015 digital issue

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The South Beach Food & Wine Festival is Back & Ready to Attack

By Justina Coronel It’s that time of year of food galore with so much more. Celebrating 15 years, the Food Network & Cooking Channel presents the Wine and Food Festival Presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF) on February 24-26, 2016. The signature white tents are perfectly nestled and stretched on the sands of South Beach and are there to provide the most glorious tastes for the ultimate foodies. February 24, 2015: On the first day of the festival, a new edition is added to the mix with the Festival’s new Taste For Lauderdale Series with Seaside Eats hosted by Robert Irvine at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. The series will have a selection of intimate dinner experiences that are being held in various Fort Lauderdale restaurants featuring renowned chefs with a variety of culinary personalities. February 25, 2015: Kicking off this day will commence with Barilla’s Italian Bites on the beach house by Emmy Award-Winning Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis. Thirty of the nation’s best chefs will be there to take attendees on a delicious tour of true and authentic Italian samples that are also accompanied by Folonari and Campari Italian spirits. February 26, 2015: The Amstel Light Burger Bash, a fan-favorite, is presented by Schweird & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray after 10 years. This event will bring the country’s leading burger experts to come together to construe scrumptious and burgerlicious combinations in order to compete for top honors. Also, new Festival Events in 2016 include: Grilled Cheese Happy Hour hosted by Laura Werlin & Ms. Cheezious Midnight Breakfast hosted by Chrissy Teigen & Fireman Derek Dessert Party hosted by Duff Goldman Croquetamania hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten Like Water for Chocolate Screening & Conversation with Screenwriter Laura Esquivel Not only are you enjoying a bite, but you are also helping the student of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management because all the proceeds from the festival benefit their program. To date, the festival has raised more than $22 million for the school. Make sure not to miss this event where you can devour mouth-watering samples of every type of food selection tied with a perfectly paired fine wine; there is no better way to enjoy your time to dine. For more details: The Festival’s exclusive MasterCard® presale period begins on Monday, October 5 at 9:00 AM EST online at or by calling 877.762.3933 (phone sales open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST). Public ticket sales for the 2016 Festival open at midnight on Monday, October 19.

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