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;





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




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;




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;


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THE MUSICIANS Sam Hyken & Jacomo Bairos

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.

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My 305 Style: Lexing Zhang

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 DANCE “Miami City Ballet is a real gem. They have dancers from Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, scholarship programs, freelance dancers from all over the country, and I think it’s a true reflection of how diverse Miami is.” Miami City Ballet, 2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-929-7010;





THE TOWEL “I use them every time I go to the beach, and people always ask me where I got them. They’re a round shape with beautiful tassels on the edge. This takes beach towels to another level.” $148, The Bazaar Project, 4308 Northesst Second Avenue, Miami; 786-703-6153;




THE ART “Typoe is one of my favorite local artists. Not only is this piece beautiful, it also has a very powerful social message.”





My305Style: Camilo Miguel, Jr.

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;

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;

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;


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The Advocate: Ana VeigaMilton

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.

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My305Style: Candice Galek

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,






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,







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,





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The Advocate: Somy Ali

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.

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My305Style: Nino Pernetti

For the past 27 years, Coral Gables’ venerable Caffe Abbracci has served as a home away from home for celebrities, politicians and regular folks. The restaurant’s dapper, Italian-born owner shows us how he compiles his look.

24-57THE SHADES “I look like James Dean when I wear these! Glasses you can’t fake. You have to look good,k you have to look smart. You have to look like you came out of GQ magazine.” $300 Persol sunglasses, Italian eyewear, 204 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables; 305-591-0770;

THE SWEATER “Loro Piana is made from the world’s softest cashmere. The sweater gives me a warm glow of happiness.” $1,150, Loro Piana, 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour; 305-867-1680;

THE DISH “Simple dishes are always the best. I love fish. We do a lot of branzino. We just put it in the oven, a little fresh rosemary, Italian parsley, a drizzle of lemon and olive oil It’s like a  gastronomical orgasm.” Caffe Abbracci, 318 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables; 305-441-0700;


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The Advocate: Vance Aloupis

A champion of children and education reform, Vance Aloupis left a career in law in 2010 to join the startup Children’s Movement of Florida. Six years later, the father of two girls has risen to lead the nonprofit as its new CEO. He talked with INDULGE about getting healthcare access for Florida kids and about getting his own kids to bed.

You’ve been with the foundation since its beginning. What led you there?

“It was really an aligning of interests — a passion for politics, public policy, and a real interest in education reform — that led me to the organization. We’ve been in existence now for six years, and we’ve built a solid base of almost 100,000 supporters across the state, and we’ve begun to make real progress.

Why are children’s causes important to you?

“My passion has always been education reform. When I was in law school, the vast majority of my time as teaching in a juvenile correction center in Miami-Dade. While I was doing my best to help these young men, so many of the issues that are dealing with were lack of investments far earlier in their life.”


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My 305 Style: Shannon Allen

Shannon AllenA basketball wife, mom, actor, and TV producer, this stylish Miamian has added restauranteur to her resume. Here’s a rundown of where the co-owner of new South Miami organic restaurant Grown likes to eat, shop, play and chill.

THE SEXY “For lingerie, bridal-shower gifts, a new swimsuit and beach wrap, or Tocca & Voluspa candles, my must-visit shop is Eberjey in South Miami.” Tocca Bianca body wash, $18. Eberjey, 7209 SW 57th Court, South Miami; 305-763-8455; eberjey.

THE SHIRT “My favorite Miami-based store for gifts, for an energetic pick-me-up, or to window-shop with our daughter, Tierra, is PeaceLoveWorld. I love their clothing so much that we decided to do a ‘Grown x PeaceLoveWorld’ collaboration with adorable, food-related apparel to sell at the restaurant!” $42. PeaceLoveWorld, 225 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-5120;

THE BITE “Besides Grown, of course, my favorite place to eat is Earls Kitchen & Bar. While we were buiding Grown, our ‘core four’ team ate at Earls every week. The general manager, Nes, and his team are extraordinary, and the food is delicious. I definitely recommend trying the crospy Cambodian shrimp or chicken tacos.” Earls Kitchen + Bar, 7535 N. Kendall Drive, Miami; 305-667-1786;

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