THE BEST OF THE MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE

The Fly’s Eye Dome at the Miami Design District. (Photo by Ra Haus)

A creation of developer Craig Robins, the Miami Design District over the past decade has morphed into a go-to destination for locals and visitors. While the district began as and still is the “it” place for high-end designers and furniture stores, it has become so much more than that. Just three square blocks, the neighborhood features flagship stores from luxury fashion houses, mom-and-pop restaurants and independent boutiques. The Design District is the little Miami neighborhood that packs a big, artful punch.

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KELLY BLANCO IS A MIAMI TV REPORTER WITH ON-AIR STYLE AND OFF-AIR COOL

Photo by Zak Bennett

An intrepid traffic reporter at NBC 6 for nearly five years, Kelly Blanco knows how to hit the ground running while maintaining a flawless look. When she’s not working the camera, she forgoes her figure-hugging dresses for flowy, boho styles. We asked her to share her top Miami tips.

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Becoming Mommy: Lesbian couples share their journeys into motherhood

Jessica and Mandy Gerow during a maternity photo shoot. Photo by Stephanie Sonju.

It was two years ago that Kara Matus stepped into the NICU to visit her tiny twin daughters, little miracles named Reese and Cameron. The nurses asked her, “Where’s dad?”

She replied, “I’m dad.”

Matus’s wife, Jaclyn, gave birth to their daughters thanks to the growing field of reproductive medicine, and many other lesbian couples like them are able to have children together — and in a variety of ways (check out our infographic).

“There continues to be so many advancements that I noticed definitely there’s been an increase year after year in the LGBT patients that we’re getting,” said Dr. Lesley de la Torre, who practices at Associates in Advanced Maternal Fetal Medicine in Miami.

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The Boycott of Florida Orange Juice: How the breakfast juice turned toxic to the gay community

 

For a time in American history, public enemy No.1 was a seemingly innocuous item:

Orange juice.

But not just any orange juice: the juice that came from Florida. And thanks to the bigotry of Anita Bryant, her mission to “Save Our Children” turned the nation against the gay community.

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INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE TOP HALLANDALE BEACH RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, SALONS AND MORE

Renovation Room in Hallandale Beach

Once a tiny town that first incorporated 90 years ago, Hallandale Beach is still a growing, exciting South Florida community. The southeastern-most city in Broward County, hugged by Hollywood to the north and Aventura to the south, is perhaps best known for sprawling Gulfstream Park, with its modern horse track, casino, shops and restaurants. But Hallandale Beach’s attributes stretch far beyond that. Its local businesses, inspired architecture and passionate locals are just a few reasons to visit. Here, one of those locals gives us an insider’s look at her city.

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Trashing the Beach

Plastic bags tangled in the mangroves in Dania Beach, FL. (Photo courtesy Catherine Uden)

Beach and ocean pollution is a major issue, with plastic bags and polystyrene cited as two of the biggest culprits. Now though, cities and residents are finding ways to fight back.

It was mid-March when Lisa Miceli and her husband walked onto the beach to take sunrise photos. As they strolled behind the Ocean Sky Resort on Fort Lauderdale Beach and set up the tripod, Miceli noticed a big pile.

“Look what the Spring Breakers did!” she cried, pointing at tarps, beer cans, food containers, broken glass and plastic bags.

The owner of dive gear line Stoked on Salt and founder of SOS Ocean Clean Up spent the next six hours with three volunteers and collected almost 900 pounds of trash.

“The debris on the beach, it’s a problem for tourists, residents, sea life and corals,” Miceli says. “Something needs to be changed.”

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Hitched in South Florida: Davie Wedding

Jessica Dobbins & Kohler Nordlund

March 31, 2017

When it came time to pop the question, Kohler took Jessica to the top  of a lighthouse in Key Biscayne where he (and the views) nearly sweapt the blonde beauty off her feet. For their big day, the couple envisioned vintage Hollywood at the Signature Grand. “The venue was so beautiful and elegant,” says Jessica, opting for a peach, ivory and gold color scheme. Wearing Sottero and Midgley, the bride was reminiscent of a starlet from yesteryear, while the groom tapped into his inner James Bond with a sleek Calvin Klein tux. The bride’s best friend officiated their “I dos” and after the newlyweds kissed, they grooved back down the aisle to Stevie Wonder, kicking off a party to remember. For their honeymoon, they vacationed in Kauai and Maui.

Originally published in Modern Luxury Weddings.

My 305 Wedding: Kara Zeder

The newlywed president of Kristi House’s board of directors and member of award-winning family real estate company The Zeder Team tells INDULGE how she got ready for her big day.

 

 

THE SCENT “I’m not a big perfume person, but I love this nashi blossom and pink grapefruit blend from Kiehl’s. It’s light and refreshing, perfect for a beach wedding.” $42.50. Nordstrom at Dadeland Mall, 7233 North Kendall Drive, Miami; 786-709-4100; nordstrom.com

 

 

 

 

THE INVITATIONS “Brenda, the owner of House and Paper, is the best. She’s full-service, from my wedding website to the save-the-dates, invitations, linen napkins, cocktail napkin, menus, bar signs, custom map and guest itinerary. You name it, she does it.” House and Paper, 7221 SW 57th Court, South Miami; 305-6618545; houseand paper.com

 

 

 

THE SHOES “I wanted a flat heel and not be worried about tripping in the sand while walking down the aisle. Stuart Weitzman recently came out with a bridal collection, and it had the perfect shoe for my island wedding and my dress.” $395. Stuart Weitzman at Aventura Mall, 19575 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura; 305-932-0080; stuartweitzman.com.

 

 

 

THE DRESS “I knew the cut I wanted, I just had to find it. Camille from Ever After was amazing to work with. She completely customized by Naeem Khan dress. Because we got married in the Bahamas, on Harbour Island, she made my dress ‘convertible.'” Ever After, 2977 McFarlane Road, Suite 100B, Coconut Grove; 305-444-7300; everaftermiami.com.

 

Read the rest at Indulge magazine online.

Hitched: Davie Wedding

Jessica Dobbins and Kohler Nordlund

March 31, 2017

When it was time to pop the question, Kohler took Jessica to the top of a lighthouse in Key Biscayne where he (and the views) nearly swept the blonde beauty off her feet. For their big day, the couple envisioned vintage Hollywood at the Signature Grand. “The venue was so beautiful and elegant,” says Jessica, opting for a peach, ivory, and gold color scheme. Wearing Sottero and Midgley, the bride was reminiscent of a starlet from yesteryear, while the groom tapped into his inner James Bond with a sleek Calvin Klein tux. The bride’s best friend officiated their “I dos” and after the newlyweds kissed, they groove back down the aisle to Stevie Wonder, kicking of a party to remember. For their honeymoon, they vacationed in Kauai and Maui.

Originally published in Modern Luxury Weddings South Florida and the Caribbean

Caribbean Tourism is a Big Business; Billions Are Spent Each Year

This summer, Floridian ports will be jam packed with visitors from around the world eager to hit the seas and head to the Caribbean.

In this region, chock-full of beaches, outdoor adventures, luxury hotels, and bars, the LGBT community is rising up for equality.

“You can’t quantify the entire region with one brushstroke, and have to look at it country by country,” said John Tanzella, the president and CEO of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

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