Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Days of Christmas

The holidays are coming! Looking for the perfect gift for those who’ve been naughty or nice? Well, luckily for you, we’ve got some inspired gift ideas from local retailers for everyone on your list.

Courtesy Perez Art Museum Miami

Courtesy Perez Art Museum Miami

YoLove305 Beach Tote

Whether for the beach, groceries, or an everyday bag, project your love for one of Miami’s first area codes, 305, with this canvas tote bag from Miami’s art museum on the bay. Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Guayabera

Ramon Puig has been touted as the “King of guayaberas,” the traditional Cuban, linen shirt. With four pockets, there’s plenty of space to hold cigars. Ramon Puig, 5840 SW Eighth St., Miami.

“The Everglades: River of Grass” by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Written in 1947, environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas made Floridians pay attention to the destruction they were inflicting on the Everglades, once seen as a desolate swamp with no value. Thanks to her, 2 million acres became a protected national park, still enjoyed by locals and visitors today.Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables.

Wynwood Brewing Pub Glass

The craft brew scene is growing in Miami, and in 2011 Wynwood Brewing opened in the heart of Miami’s art district. Guests can go on a tour of the brewery to see how the frothy stuff is made, drink a pint of beer and take home a pub glass for the memories. Wynwood Brewing Taproom, 565 NW 24 St., Miami.

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Sparkle and Shine Darling Opens to the Public

From left, Chris Bosh, Adrienne Bosh, Aurora Rodriguez, and I

After a year of fawning over teasers on Instagram and receiving press releases of products, Adrienne Bosh’s lifestyle store, Sparkle and Shine Darling, is finally open.

Bosh, wife of Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh and an entrepreneur in her own right, hosted a week of sneak-peek events at the store on Alton Road in Miami Beach. I had the opportunity to visit the Wednesday before the public opening, and she delivered what she promised fans. Continue reading

Deep in Miami’s Design District

Miami is a city of dichotomy: One where concrete and lush tropical landscape co-exist, where urban ghettos and ritzy high-rises stand together and where paint-splattered sneakers seamlessly walk the same sidewalk as sky-high pumps.

A burgeoning fashion spot in the Magic City that exemplifies this yin and yang is the Design District. Just a few blocks north from the hipster village of Wynwood, the 18-square-block neighborhood is an amalgamation of luxury and local flair. Brands known worldwide, such as Christian Louboutin, Celine, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Hermès, line the streets of the burgeoning neighborhood on the same blocks as local, one-of-a-kind eateries and thrift stores.

“The Miami Design District blends culture, creativity and commerce, offering experiences that can’t be duplicated,” said Craig Robins, president of Dacra, a partner in the district. “Visitors and residents of Miami come to the District to enjoy exhibitions of art and collectible design; unique, artistic presentations of luxury fashion and accessories; innovative cuisine; and the urban fabric of a pedestrian-centric environment with numerous public art projects.”

Read more at WhereTraveler online

Sexy’s Softer Side

When Mariela Rovito and Ali Mejia, former ad agency colleagues, first had the idea to go into the lingerie business together nearly two decades ago, there was one thing they knew for sure: “There was already enough sexy to go around,” Rovito said, “so we didn’t feel it was important, necessarily, to compete with that.” Their target customer, they insisted, would be a different kind of woman, the kind who understood that “if you feel good from the inside out, there’s nothing sexier than that.” Armed with this simple, subtle idea, they launched Eberjey, a lingerie brand that today is found in more than 500 stores around the world—and in a pair of namesake shops in Miami.

Read more at Indulge online.