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: 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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MY 305 STYLE: Emilia Menocal

The creative mastermind behind new hot spot El Tucan, her impeccable taste is on full display both at work and in her own personal style.

THE SHADES “My go-to sunglasses are a pair of large, Jackie-O style by SEE. I’ve always liked that strong look.” $99, SEE Eyewear, 921 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305-672-6622;

THE COCKTAIL “My favorite drink at El Tucan is La Vieja Saldera, made with fresh guava, Florida citrus, sugarcane, Bacardi Superior and grapefruit soda. It’s an homage to Celia Cruz, one of my favorite artists of all time.” El Tucan, 111 SW First Avenue, Miami; 305-535-0065;

THE SCENT “I’ve worn Samsara by Guerlain since I was 15. It’s like Chanel N5, it’s a classic.” $114, Nordstrom at Dadeland Mall, 7239 N. Kendall Drive, Miami; 786-709-4100;

THE ART “I always enjoy the Rubell Family Collection. They always have interesting artists.” Rubell Family Collection, 95 NE 29th Street, Miami; 305-573-6090;


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House of Style

Walking into ThreadCount, in the heart of the Design District, customers are greeted with the sweet perfume of a scented candle, the gentle sound of lounge music billowing through the clean white and dark-wood store. Above all, they’re enveloped in sumptuousness, surrounded by what is one of South Florida’s finest collections of linens, from sheets to towels to tablecloths and everything in between.

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.

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Cuban Blogger Sanchez: Lifting Embargo Would Make No Difference

Yoani Sanchez speaks at the Freedom Tower (Photo by Christiana Lilly)

Yoani Sanchez speaks at the Freedom Tower (Photo by Christiana Lilly)

Raising the U.S. embargo on Cuba will make no difference, top dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez said during her trip to Miami, because the island “lives off of economic subsidies from Venezuela.”

Sanchez is a controversial blogger who runs the Generation Y blog through a server in Spain and also manages multiple Twitter accounts to get the word out about living in communist Cuba to the rest of the world. She is currently on a nearly three-month world tour after being barred from leaving the island for 10 years.The writer stopped Monday at downtown Miami’s iconic Freedom Tower, where many Cubans who came to Miami made their first stop after escaping Castro’s dictatorship. She spoke at a talk hosted by Miami Dade College.

The Rockin’ Coast

Packed tightly in the club, worshippers to the rock gods anxiously await the melodies they know by heart: The deep drone of the bass, screeching riffs emanating from electric guitar, the pounding on the snare drum, and, finally, the singer screaming the first notes into the microphone. It’s not a scene from New York, Los Angeles or Austin, but rather a nightly tribute to music in sunny South Florida. Most visitors to the region are drawn to the sandy beaches and slathering of sun block, but anyone who knows anything can feel the rumbling of rock ‘n’ roll.

Broward Supervisor Of Elections Finds 963 Uncounted Ballots Sunday

In what staff says is a “common occurrence,” the Broward Supervisor of Elections’ office found 963 misplaced ballots five days after the election.

“They weren’t lost. They were in our possession,” Mary Cooney, public services director, told HuffPost Miami. “They were just in a area where they weren’t supposed to be. They were creatively put somewhere else.”

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