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.
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.
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.
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.
The co-founders and artistic directors of Nu Deco Ensemble are changing the way Miami experiences classical music.
In an era when the musical greats of classical music seem to be on the cusp of being irrelevant or forgotten, Nu Deco Ensemble is dedicated to a revival.
At the helm of the Wynwood-based Nu Deco are co-founders and artistic directors Sam Hyken, 35, and Jacomo Bairos, 40. Friends for more than a decade, they thrive off the sounds of vivacious violins and booming bass. As Bairos, the conductor, leads the orchestra in a recent rehearsal, his body moves in time with the music arranged by Hyken.
They are preparing for a trio of April concerts at The Light Box in Wynwood, followed by a collaboration with a Brooklyn hip-hop dance company on Miami’s biggest stage: The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
“We try to bring relevancy to classical music, bring more connections to the popular world,” Bairos said.
The owner of Art Lexing Gallery in Miami describes her personal style and art preferences as “experimental and bold.” She believes that the more unique and irreplaceable, the better.
The detail-oriented founder and CEO of Miami Beach investment company Mast Capital is a real-estate virtuoso with an impeccably curated look.
THE WATCH “I wear my Vacheron watch the most. I just think it’s a very elegant watch. It’s a little different, and not everybody wears rose-gold watches. My wedding ring is rose gold, too.” Vacheron Constantin, Tourneau at Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Avenue, Suite 1225, Coral Gables; 305-448-6878; tourneau.com.
THE RESTAURANT “Milos is one of my favorite restaurants. I’ve never had a bad meal there. They have this dish called the Greek ceviche, and it has a little bite to it becuase it’s a little spicy. It’s one of my favorite things to eat there.” Estiatorio Milos, 730 First Street, Miami Beach; 305-604-6800; milos.ca.
THE TIE “I like the design and the silk they use to make the ties — they have so many variations, I always find something I like.” $230, Brioni at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour; 305-868-9399; brioni.com.
The fiercely philanthropic chair of the Zoo Miami Foundation won’t rest until her community provides education, healthcare and culture for all.
There are not enough hours in the day for one person to save the world, but Ana VeigaMilton perhaps has come closest — the philanthropist and wife and mother of three has sat on the boards of more organizations that we can fit in print.
“I’m very into community and into family,” she said. “I’m not at peace if anything’s not right in the community.”
Born in Cuba, VeigaMilton remembers growing up in an immigrant family in the United States, one determined to be successful and get an education, that “no matter what happens in this country, we’re going to make it.”
She graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in engineering and followed in her father’s footsteps to work at BellSouth. Then, she returned to school for a degree in law — all the while balancing a wedding to her husband, Cecil Milton, and the subsequent birth of their first child — and practiced family law, pro bono.
The founder and CEO of Miami-based Bikini Luxe has taken the swimwear world by storm. Her fashion and lifestyle brand is a global leader in luxury swimsuits and accessories, and Galek’s social media prowess keeps Bikini Luxe on top of what’s trending.
THE JEWELRY “Tess + Tricia is great because they employ local women who are rebuilding their lives. Not only that, their pieces are stunning, and they look great with any outfit.” $75, Tess + Tricia labradorite mix antler necklace, tessandtricia.com.
THE GLOW “During Swim Week I got this in one of the gift bags. It’s a mixture of gardenia and coconut, and it has a golden shimmer to it. It makes your skin super smooth — I’ve been recommending it to all my friends. ” $42. Kopari coconut body glow, koparibeauty.com.
THE BIKINI “Kendall Jenner recently wore this olive bikini set while soaking up the sun on a yacht, and it’s been flying off the shelves ever since. Montce bikinis fit like a dream.” $61 (top) and $55 (bottom). Monte Euro Bikini, bikiniluxue.com.
The one-time Bollywood actress and model stepped away from the bright lights to be a beacon of hope for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.
This October, in addition to a sea of people wearing pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, some — like Somy Ali — will be donning purple. She’s doing so during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to make that affliction part of the national conversation.
Ali is the founder of No More Tears, a Miami- and Plantation-based nonprofit that has saved more than 2,600 children, women, and men from physical and sexual abuse since its inception in 2007. Her goal is to set them on paths toward independent, fulfilling lives.
“Give them a bed is not enough,” Ali said. “No More Tears’ model is we give them the tools. We’re going to teach you how to fish.”
Ali was born and raised in Pakistan. She moved with her mother and younger brother to the United States when she was 12, but the stubborn girl had a crush on a Bollywood actor. Determined to meet him, Ali moved to India. She became an actress and a model, and she was even engaged to the actor for a time.