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- 12/31/14--21:00: Where to See Elliot Miller’s Chainsaw-Carved Sculptures
- 12/31/14--21:00: The Story Behind Martin Margulies' Photography Collection
- 12/31/14--21:00: How Coconut Grove Returned to Its Roots
- 12/31/14--21:00: Why Tomas Maier Doesn't Believe in Overdressing
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A new year means plenty of new options in food. In this week's dining news, we give you a preview of what the rest of January has to offer your palate.
Lechón Asado at Pubbelly's pop-up lunch.
Puerto Rican Pop-Up Lunch at Pubbelly
Lunchtime just got even better at Pubbelly with the announcement of the La Lechonera lunch menu offered this month from noon-3 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday. Inspired by the Puerto Rican celebration of Las Octavitas, the eight-day holiday following Three Kings Day, the Chinchorros-like meal is similar to what you'd find at roadside stops in Puerto Rico and includes tostones, empanadillas, and papitas fritas. 1418 20th St., Miami Beach, 305-532-7555
KLIMA Restaurant and Bar to Open This Month
For the past six months, Executive Chef David Rustarazo has been working with the founders of KLIMA to develop a modern Mediterranean-meets-South Beach menu for this new restaurant, which is expected to have Western Mediterranean and Catalan influences as well and ingredients sourced from South Florida. Stop in for dishes like roasted chicken croquettes, king crab, and lobster-stuffed rigatoni when the eatery opens this month; stay tuned for more news on the second floor members-only club slated for spring. 210 23rd St., Miami Beach
Campania Ristorante Debuts in the Design District
After opening Italian eateries Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante and Moye, restaurateurs Tony Gallo and Chef Pietro Vardeu are adding a third spot to their roster with the just-opened Campania Ristorante & Pizza in the Miami Design District. Inspired by Naples and the Amalfi Coast, the Southern Italian restaurant serves up fresh pizza from a wood-burning oven using locally sourced ingredients. As if that isn’t enough to make your mouth water, the homemade buffalo mozzarella and burrata at the eatery's marketplace surely will. 4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-615-3301
Champagne Bar & French Fare at Bagatelle
With locations from St. Tropez to LA, the French-inspired Bagatelle opens its doors in Miami Beach this week. Expect the restaurant's trademark opulence in the details—like the stone-topped bar serving champagne and French wines, oversized chandeliers, and pop art all around you—with Chef Matthieu Godard's (formerly of db Bistro Moderne) contemporary French fare with dishes like jumbo prawns flambéed with Ricard pastis and whole truffle-roasted chicken. 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Luxury watchmaker Richard Mille releases three new timepieces in very limited quantities.
RM 011 Flyback Chronograph Storm watch in NTPT and bold yellow.
The quest to woo Americans to buy finer, more high-tech haute horological timepieces remains a race—especially among independent watch brands that recognize the savvy watch-collecting market as a strong frontier. As such, we are witnessing more “made exclusively for the Americas” watch releases than ever before.
Such is the case with Richard Mille. The brand is releasing three new masterpieces—each retailing for between $160,000 and $170,000—as part of a series exclusive to the Americas featuring the RM 011 Automatic Flyback Chronograph movement.
There are two versions of the RM 011 Storm—each reflecting its signature accent color. Each Storm flyback chronograph has a signature Richard Mille skeletonized movement, giving the owner a look into the internal organs and heartbeat of their very own masterpieces. Among the functions of the Storm are an annual calendar, oversized date and month, 12-hour totalizer, and a 60-minute countdown timer.
RM 011 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Storm in orange.
The tripartite case of the Storm watches is made of TZP ceramic and is blasted to reach a matte black finish. The scratch-resistant case goes hand in hand with the high-tech center case band made of North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) carbon, which is used broadly through aerospace advances and F1 car designs. This technology combines multiple layers of parallel filaments resulting from dividing carbon fibers. The layers are then injected with resin and specially and meticulously woven on a machine that creates an effect that resembles wood. This NTPT product is also used on the timepiece’s crown and pushers to give them an even more one-off design.
RM 011 Black Phantom features an all-black, modern look.
Richard Mille's third new release is the RM 011 Black Phantom, an all-black style that maintains a key presence much like a stealth bomber, created in limited edition of 50 pieces sold for $160,000 each.
The RM 011 Storm watches include the Orange Storm—built in a limited edition of 30 pieces at $160,000 each. This timepiece retains the stealthy case, but features strap and dial accents that jump out in your face in bright burnt orange. Its sibling, Yellow Storm, holds the same in-your-face attitude but in a bold yellow hue, which was created in limited edition of 50 pieces at $170,000 each.
These watches make their debut at Richard Mille boutiques in Las Vegas and Beverly Hills.
Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.
Charity blooms at the annual Splendor in the Garden benefiting Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
The visitors’ center at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is world renowned for its lush landscape filled with tropical flowers and plants that you can’t find anywhere else. But many people don’t know about the intensive research and learning opportunities it offers to students—from elementary school to master’s degree candidates—including field studies, graduate and teacher development programs, on-site classes, and the vast Fairchild library and archives.
That’s why philanthropist Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, CEO of Miami Operations at Itaú Private Bank International, began co-chairing Fairchild Garden’s luncheon and fashion show, Splendor in the Garden, in 2012. Both DiMare and Sevilla-Sacasa have worked on Fairchild’s annual Gala in the Garden, held every February for more than 20 years, but wanted to create a separate event that would specifically benefit education programs and support the science and research conducted at the botanic garden.
Cochairs Frances Sevilla-Sacasa and Swanee DiMare at the 2014 Splendor in the Garden event.
They have witnessed first hand how the proceeds raised from Splendor in the Garden impact Fairchild from one year to the next. “We had our scientist working a couple of miles down the road from the garden itself, and our goal was to bring this scientist right on site,” says DiMare. “This is what we accomplished when we opened the DiMare Science Village.” The Science Village was named in honor of Swanee and her husband in 2012. “It’s a beautiful building with huge windows, so when children are at Fairchild, they can see the scientists at work. I get goose bumps when I see a busload of kids running through the garden. It makes me feel good to expose them to something so special.”
Both DiMare and Sevilla-Sacasa have personal reasons for being so passionate about Fairchild Garden. Sevilla-Sacasa is a Miami native who lives just a bike ride away. “While Fairchild is one of the top botanical gardens in the world, it’s not as well known as it should be in our own community,” she says. “We need to understand what we have and preserve it, as a lot of the research that is done there helps the environment and helps the world.”
DiMare became involved right after Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc on Miami in 1992 and has been on the board of trustees since 2000. “It’s a place that’s very dear to my heart, and it’s nice, so to speak, to see your garden grow,” says DiMare. “Fairchild encompasses everything—education, science, the arts, music, and now, fashion.”
But besides the funds Splendor in the Garden raises toward the property’s science, research, and education programs, DiMare and Sevilla-Sacasa know the event is also a unique opportunity to show off the magnificent grounds that Fairchild Garden is famous for. They even encourage all Splendor in the Garden attendees to take a tour before they leave so they can see for themselves how their contributions help beautify the grounds. “We always have a basket of flip-flops so they can kick off their heels and experience things like the butterfly exhibit,” says DiMare.
A model at last year’s Splendor in the Garden event.
That’s why holding a fashion show overlooking Fairchild Garden’s Pandanus Lake makes Splendor in the Garden such a remarkable afternoon—it merges all kinds of aesthetic experiences for a plethora of good causes. The fourth annual Splendor in the Garden will be held on January 14, beginning with a Champagne reception followed by lunch and a spring fashion show curated by Neiman Marcus Senior Vice President and Fashion Director Ken Downing and emceed by Miami Herald columnist Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard. The event closes with the recognition of the 2015 Fairchild Philanthropy honorees (who also walk the runway during the fashion show).
The five outstanding women being recognized this year are former University of Miami President Donna Shalala; Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle; Fairchild Gala in the Garden committee member Raphael Bastian; Jennifer Valoppi, founder of the Women of Tomorrow mentor and scholarship program; and Yolanda Berkowitz of the Voices for Children Foundation.
“We honor women who make giving fashionable,” says DiMare. And choosing those philanthropic women is no easy task. It’s something both DiMare and Sevilla-Sacasa consider very carefully, looking for individuals who have been supportive of Fairchild in a variety of ways. “It’s easy to write a check,” explains DiMare. “But sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and go to work. It’s difficult to find people who do that, so we’re very fortunate.” Splendor in the Garden takes place January 14 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 305-667-1651
Untitled Abstract by Elliot Miller, 2002.
If you dropped by the studio of the late sculptor Elliot Miller, it was always a good idea to wear goggles. Wood was Miller’s chosen medium and a chainsaw his implement of choice. “He’d always worked with wood-carving tools, and as the work got larger, he had to use larger tools,” explains fellow artist Robert Thiele, who shared a studio space with Miller for nearly two decades, first in Opa-Locka and then in Brooklyn, until Miller’s death at age 60 in 2003 from complications during heart surgery. “There’s an innocence about his work that belies his traditional training,” Thiele adds. “There’s also a kind of adolescent recklessness, like a kid out in the woods just making models.”
That modeling became increasingly abstract. While he was already renowned in Miami for his figurative work, including six-foot-tall Amazonian women intricately sliced out of black walnut timbers, Miller’s move north saw him exploring geometric forms. The results were no less striking: Segments connect and diverge to a hypnotic effect. Thiele says those designs were often determined by the specific building material he spied and, as the art theorists might diplomatically put it, “appropriated” while cruising past construction sites late at night in his pickup truck.
In his final years, Miller had come full circle, returning to figuration and carving otherworldly animals he referred to as his “creatures.” For Thiele, now back in Miami and co-director of the Bridge Red Project Space, exhibiting this range of work is particularly satisfying. Since Miller’s death, “they’ve been locked up in storage and haven’t seen the light of day,” says Thiele. “I’m glad I have the opportunity to do something about that.” Elliot Miller’s sculptures are on view Jan. 25-March 15 at Bridge Red Project Space, 12425 NE 13th Ave., North Miami, 305-978-4856
The NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale highlights the world-class photography collection of Martin Margulies.
Martin Margulies at NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Behind him is a photo series called Untitled (Overpass) by Nathan Harger, 2007.
Martin Margulies has a simple criterion for adding a fresh purchase to his ever-growing body of photography—an archive approaching 4,000 works in size, stretching from Depression-era masters of the form such as Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange to today’s acclaimed tyros such as Barbara Probst and Alec Soth. “It’s got to hit me!” Margulies explains.
A fiscally conservative approach may be the style he’s brought to his successful career as a Miami developer, building an array of condo towers and shopping complexes across South Florida while carefully avoiding the boom-bust cycle that has rattled so many other real estate players. When it comes to art, however, Margulies says he needs a visceral visual shock, one that stops him in his tracks. Only then does the intellectualizing begin. “If I think the idea is good, then I look at the impact it would have on the wall, which is where composition comes in,” he says. “On the other hand, if it’s strictly retina-based”—mere eye candy—“and I don’t relate to it, it might be as beautiful as a Monet painting, and I can respect it. But it really doesn’t fit into the collection.”
One hundred and seventy-five photos that made Margulies’s aesthetic cut are currently on display as “American Scene Photography: Martin Z. Margulies Collection” at the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. The museum’s director and chief curator, Bonnie Clearwater, hand-picked each photo (“It killed me to get it down to that amount from 300,” she says of her efforts to fit her choices into the museum’s space), honing an exhibition that tells the tale of not only the evolution of American photography, straddling both documentary and artistic aspects, but also the sweep of American history itself. Not least, it shows the development of Margulies’s own collecting eye.
Walking through the exhibit, Margulies recalls the first photo he ever bought, at the 1992 Chicago Art Fair. He was floored by a nearly seven-foot-tall photographic portrait of a young woman taken by Germany’s Thomas Ruff. After 16 years of exclusively collecting paintings and sculptures, he instantly decided to diversify. “She was staring back at you like a driver’s license,” he chuckles of the Ruff piece. “She was looking at me and I was looking at her…. You don’t analyze it. You just think, That’s someone I’d like to get to know better.”
The installation of the “American Scene Photography” exhibit, showcasing Margulies’s collection.
Intrigued by the medium, as well as his own response to it, Margulies moved from Ruff and his German contemporaries to the titans of American pre-war photography. From there, he advanced chronologically through the street scenes of Helen Levitt and the noir-steeped crime tableaus of Weegee into the post-war prosperity (and those it left behind) as captured by Bruce Davidson and Robert Frank, as well as intriguing urban vistas shot by Miami’s own William Maguire and Peggy Nolan.
“The more I learned, the more I became interested,” Margulies says. The depressed state of the mid-’90s art market actually aided this kind of collecting education. “There was no money in photos then. People were doing it for the love of the game. And they had intricate knowledge of not just photos, but the inner technical workings of cameras.” In contrast, he continues, “The other dealers focusing on sculpture and paintings didn’t really delve into it all too deeply. Their job was just to sell. They knew about their products, they knew about the movements behind those products. But they looked at photos as their poor brother.”
Those days of bargain shopping are certainly over in our present post-Art Basel period. Yet while prices may have soared drastically, Margulies insists his own approach to the art of seeing remains unchanged. The advent of digital technology and the rise of the JPEG may nudge academics into spouting paroxysms of art world theory—but not Margulies. “It doesn’t really do much for me. Like Wade Guyton using a printer and getting $2 million for an inkjet painting…,” he trails off with a shrug. “I look at everything I can, without worrying about the derivation of where it came from. I’m not interested in methodology. A lot of the works you see here are vintage, but some are printed later. It doesn’t matter to me. I’m not doing this for investment. It’s all about the image.”
Two 1977 photos by Jim Dow: Brooks County Courthouse, Quitman, Georgia (LEFT) and Monroe County Courthouse, Rochester, New York.
He stops to correct himself: “In many cases, it’s not what the picture is, but what the picture is about. That’s an important distinction to make.” Best of all, he adds with a growing smile, there are no wrong interpretations. “You use your own imagination so every picture tells you a story, and that’s the fun of it!” “American Scene Photography: Martin Z. Margulies Collection” is on exhibit through March 22 at the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5500
Helping to build a new Miami as principal of PMG, Ryan Shear loves that his hometown of Coconut Grove is getting its groove back.
Ryan Shear at LoKal.
Happiness in Miami often means finding happy mediums, that space between raging on South Beach and resting in the suburbs, the place between sensory overload and a Corona commercial. For Ryan Shear, principal in the Florida office of Property Markets Group, a global real estate acquisition and development firm with luxury buildings in Florida, Chicago, and New York, happiness was growing up in Coconut Grove.
Now he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations for various PMG developments, including projects such as Echo Brickell, Echo Aventura, Sage Beach, and Muse in Sunny Isles Beach. But life wasn’t always that complicated, and before there was work to be done, there was growing up in the Grove. “The Grove was, in my opinion, the best part of Miami,” he says. “South Beach was always South Beach, but I actually felt like the Grove back then was what Wynwood and the Design District now provide. It was that hipster, pint of beer at the bar, not-so-fancy scene.”
On the baseball field at Peacock Park, where he played with his friends growing up.
As a kid, Shear took advantage of everything Coconut Grove had to offer. He played football outdoors with his friends at Peacock Park and basketball indoors at Just For Feet, a now-defunct sneaker shop that had an indoor basketball court perfect for Miami kids of the ’90s looking to beat the heat.
Coconut Grove was also a good place for Shear, a Ransom Everglades School alumnus, and his friends to be out and about on their own at a young age. The neighborhood was safe enough to walk almost anywhere, and CocoWalk, which opened in 1990, provided a hub for kids to congregate. “We’d sit around the CocoWalk fountain a lot, as weird as that sounds,” he says. “Johnny Rockets, which is now gone, was the corner piece near the fountain where a lot of people would meet. Our mothers used to drop us off with our beepers—that was my childhood.”
Exploring the Grove on foot was fun for a while, but after Shear inherited his brother’s Mustang at age 15, he wanted more. A number of his high school friends grew up on Key Biscayne—“Key Rats,” as he calls them—while others wanted to explore the South Beach scene. With the help of a 21-year-old au pair—an exchange student who stayed with his family to watch over the kids—Shear was able to drive on a learner’s permit and see the city. “He was a crazy dude,” Shear says of the au pair. “But I’d drive to the Keys, to South Beach, everywhere, and I was a 15-year-old kid.”
CocoWalk provided a hub for kids to congregate.
But home was always where his heart was. Friday nights meant dinner at home for the Jewish family, but the Shears opened their doors to everyone. “My house was the playhouse,” he says. “The best part about my parents was that they were always incredibly welcoming. In my late teens and early 20s, we used to have these massive parties, and they were great about it.”
As soon as Friday-night dinner ended, Shear would bolt for the door. There were bars like The Hungry Sailor, Barracuda Bar & Grill, and Tavern in the Grove, which offered cheap drinks, a young college scene, and a relaxed vibe. But, says Shear, for a brief stint, Coconut Grove lost its identity. “The Grove growing up was T-shirts-and-shorts bars,” he recalls. “There was a time when I used to come back from college and it was slammed with people dressed up like they were going out to South Beach, and there were lines to get in here and there. That’s not what it [used to be] like.”
As nightlife venues pop up all over town, Shear says Coconut Grove is returning to its roots. The neighborhood is growing, with developers changing the landscape but keeping the ambience that Shear loves. He notes that he “can’t go out somewhere without looking at the real estate,” and he likes what he sees. So do a number of his friends, who are now returning to the neighborhood to raise their own families. “I have a lot of friends who are moving into that pocket behind CocoWalk, near Coconut Grove Elementary School, in all those townhomes and little homes there,” he says. “They get priced out of living on the Beach, so they’re all moving here. They walk to GreenStreet cafe [lounge and restaurant], and they walk to LoKal. I think it’s going back to how it used to be. It’s a more young, relaxed vibe.”
These days, Coconut Grove is Shear’s happy place, where he can relish his past and also see a future. “The Grove has flavor; it has a lot of character to it,” he says. “I like to see life. I want to wake up and walk down the street to Peacock Garden café and read a newspaper. I don’t want to wake up, get in my car, and drive somewhere. It’s the only pedestrian area in Miami that has a great mix. It’s safe. There are good schools. It checks all the boxes.”
Tomas Maier’s eponymous brand expands for cruise 2015, just in time for the South Florida “winter.”
Tomas Maier at his Palm Beach boutique, which the designer likes for its “relaxing ambience, open windows, and ocean breeze.”
Restraint, purpose, and simplicity are all words that can be applied to Tomas Maier the man as well as Tomas Maier the brand. Serving as creative director of Bottega Veneta since 2001, Maier has also had his own namesake brand since 1997. Beginning with this season, Tomas Maier (the brand) has entered into a partnership with Bottega Veneta’s parent company, Kering, to help expand the weekend-focused, casual-living line.
Available now in his Palm Beach store, Maier’s Cruise 2015 collection is an exercise in simple, elegant living. “My concept was always about ‘time off,’” says Maier. “Easy styles that fold, as I don’t like hangers, and are versatile. I like to feel comfortable in what I’m wearing, and I don’t believe in overdressing.” This philosophy takes shape in utilitarian denim dresses, shirt dresses, leather skirts, and raw-edged peacoats, as well as his ever-popular knits and swimwear.
Light denim dress in dark navy ($495), light denim/grosgrain ballerinas in dark navy ($480), bracelets ($495 each), and Cuir Palms leather belt in black ($230).
Cruise was a natural starting point for this invigoration of the brand. “The beauty of cruise is that it arrives in November and is relevant until the spring,” says Maier. “The first collection I ever did for my brand was a cruise collection. It gives you the freedom to show things that work not only in warm climates, but are also wearable pretty much all the time, especially here in Florida. There is an ease of dressing in a cruise collection that corresponds perfectly with the Florida lifestyle.”
As for what’s new for 2015, Maier says, “We have also brought back our bags, which were short-lived before but developed a loyal following here in Palm Beach and in the Hamptons.” Maier has also introduced new categories such as wallets and key chains, men’s ready-to-wear, and men’s shoes and bags, all of which continue to exemplify the designer’s commitment to understated refinement and ease.
Tomas Maier’s canvas beach tote in toile-black/sky orange ($480).
Also available at Maier’s store in Palm Beach are his signature candles, made in collaboration with French parfumeur Diptyque, including the PB, which is “humid, tropical, breezy, and floral.” The boutique, which Maier likes for its “relaxing ambience in a courtyard with trees and flowers and for the open windows and the ocean breeze,” is an integral part of the highly cultivated brand. “I always like shops to be specific to a place and have a sense of belonging,” he says. “We like to be relevant to the clients’ lifestyles.” 38 Via Mizner, Palm Beach, 561-650-1221
Many people dream of being a spirits expert, but Jennifer Massolo of this month's Craft: Spirits & Beer event actually is.
Jennifer Massolo at her favorite haunt, The Broken Shaker at the Freehand.
It’s a rainy Friday night in Miami Beach, and Jennifer Massolo is setting up her home bar for about a dozen guests. She’s hosting a blind gin tasting, and bottles of gin, from basic to premium brands, are hidden in brown paper bags, concealing the labels from some of the most discerning palates in town. The group scrutinizes the unidentified spirits—smelling, tasting, and swirling—until members are ready to appraise each one.
“We all ended up loving the Beefeater and thinking that the Gordon’s was fantastic,” she says. For Massolo, it’s all in a day’s work as the founder of consulting company The Liquid Projects. She launched her dream job in 2012 after a couple of decades in the wine business, a career that started in her hometown of Vancouver, then shifted to Chile, and finally to Miami, where she produced the Miami International Wine Fair.
Massolo fell in love with spirits while driving through the Napa Valley in 2009, when her friend Nicolas Palazzi of PM Spirits, a well-known cognac bottler and rare spirits importer, called her. “He’s so passionate and protective of the traditional way to produce and bottle fine spirits,” she says of Palazzi. “It rubbed off on me during this conversation, as I was surrounded by vineyards, and that led to him helping me find a way to support independent distillers through his connections.”
She parlayed her passion for imbibing into two major initiatives, both under the umbrella of The Liquid Projects: Spirited Sirens and Craft: Spirits & Beer. Spirited Sirens is a consulting business that works with beverage producers to grow their craft spirits program, as well as being a blog focusing on travel and tasting experiences. Craft is an annual event that connects craft spirits and beer producers with the beverage trade and the public. Now in its second year, Craft will take over The Fillmore Miami Beach at the end of the month. “There’s no better way to connect with people than talking during a tasting,” says Massolo of the two-day event, which will have tasting tables for vendors and plenty of seminars. “You empower them with education to the point they feel comfortable enough to impress someone else with their knowledge.”
She’s thrilled to see Miami’s interest in cocktail culture and small-batch spirits grow in the many new bars around town. As a self-proclaimed promoter of the “underdog,” or the small, independent producer of spirits and beer, Massolo prefers to drink in this category when she finds time to relax at her favorite haunt, The Broken Shaker at the Freehand. There’s a sense of responsibility to generate awareness, she says, as she likens it to the food movement: “We’re all asking, ‘Where does our food come from?’ Why not, ‘Where does our booze come from?’” Craft: Spirits & Beer takes place January 30 (trade) and 31 (open to the public) at The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave.
On this Throwback Thursday, we remember Cassius Clay's Miami Beach birthday party which took place 51 years ago this month.
Cassius Clay celebrating his 22nd birthday in Miami Beach in 1964.
Before there was Muhammad Ali, there was Cassius Clay. In this jubilant 1964 snapshot, taken during his 22nd-birthday celebration in Miami Beach, the young Clay poses giddily with his cake, which featured a tiny, edible likeness of himself, arms raised overhead in victory. With his mouth joyously open in a yell, it would be easy to mistake Clay for simply an exuberant post-grad. But the boxer, as the world now knows, was a gifted pugilist who amassed an astounding 100 victories in the ring as an amateur boxer by the time he was 18. The summer after graduating high school, he even traveled to Rome for the 1960 Summer Olympics and returned to America with the light heavyweight gold medal.
A closer look at Clay’s cake (which pales in comparison to the mega-gluten sheets presented nowadays to celebrities at clubs like LIV and Story) reveals his prowess in miniature: Sonny Liston, his formidable opponent in the following month’s Heavyweight Championship, is prone and relegated to the corner. In fact, it was while training for this bout that Clay vowed to “float like a butterfly, sting a like a bee” against his competitor. The cake (or cake decorator) proved prophetic: Clay trounced Liston in the match on February 25, even as odds had him as the 7–1 underdog. After being declared the victor when Liston was too pummeled to continue at the start of round seven, the boxer proclaimed some of his most famed words. “I am the greatest!” he crowed to awed reporters and fans alike.
Today, world champion athletes still flock to Miami to celebrate milestones, although the cakes have become much more extravagant. Basketball star LeBron James fêted his 26th birthday at the Gansevoort Hotel with a six-foot-tall confection studded with 10,000 Swarovski crystals, 14k gold flakes, and five tiers of cake, including red velvet, vanilla rum, and guava… just try floating like a butterfly after eating that.
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You've been training for months, so all that's really left to do before the Miami Marathon is grab some new gear. From a sleek sports watch to glow-in-the-dark sneaks, we found the fitness accessories that'll get you pumped up and ready for race day.
Zoom Wildhorse, Nike ($110). Sports Authority at the Shop at Midtown, 3401 N Miami Ave., Miami, 305-573-1498
You deserve a new pair of shoes for game—or in this case, race day. These electric yet sleek Nikes will have you running well past the finish line.
Limited Edition NB Glow 980, New Balance ($100). The Falls, 8888 SW 136th St., Miami, 305-253-9002
There's nothing like an award-winning shoe to put some pep in your step. Radiate at all hours of the day with these limited-edition, glow-in-the-dark kicks.
Stealth Jumpsuit, Koral ($210). revolveclothing.com (Also available at Anatomy at 1220, 1220 20th St., Miami Beach, 786-213-1220)
Jumpsuits might be a fashion trend, but they're just as functional in a fitness setting. The benefits? You won't have to worry about your shirt and pants staying in place as you run for it.
The Ultimate Sports Watch
Polar M400, Polar ($250). Best Buy, 1131 Fifth St., Miami Beach, 305-535-8539
Think of the Polar M400 as your training sidekick—not only does it follow your activity 24/7, tracking the steps you’ve taken and calories you’ve burned, but it also records your speed and distance, pushing you to beat your personal best every time.
Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless, Jabra ($200). Best Buy, 1131 Fifth St., Miami Beach, 305-535-8539
There’s nothing like your favorite jam to get you going. With Jabra's wireless headphones, you’ll get immersive Dolby Digital sound and wind-noise reduction, plus in-ear coaching that’ll let you know if you’re running at your desired heart rate and if you’re overtraining.
Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve, Lululemon ($64). 846 Lincoln Road #1A, Miami Beach, 305-534-5582
Lululemon isn’t just for the ladies; guys can also reap the benefits of body-mapped ventilation with this seamless, short-sleeve tee equipped with anti-stink technology, so you can go about your day like you didn’t just run 26 miles.
Little Black Tank
Jackie Tank, Sugoi ($55). sugoi.com (Also available at Equinox, 1441 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-533-1199)
Rock this fitted black tank to run the marathon—and straight to a celebratory brunch afterward. Bonus: Store your credit card in the invisible back zip pocket.
Speakers Performance Capri Leggings, Zara Terez ($75). zaraterez.com (Also available at Pure Therapy at the W, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-9171)
Like dancing, running is a form of physical expression. Run to the beat of your own speakers with these fun capri leggings.
Inspire Tight II, Lululemon ($100). 846 Lincoln Road #1A, Miami Beach, 305-534-5582
These print running pants are made with Lululemon's trademarked Full-On Luxtreme fabric to keep your sweat under control. And the stylish mesh isn’t just a fashion statement—it provides ventilation while you breeze through the race.
Men's PhD Run Light Elite Micro Socks, SmartWool ($16). smartwool.com
A marathon requires a pair of socks that does more than just cover your feet. SmartWool's Light Elite running socks have mesh ventilation zones, a seamless toe, and an Achilles tab to help you get through those last few miles in comfort.
Getting dressed should never be boring. Update your wardrobe right now with bold jewelry in vibrant hues. Here's what we're wearing...
Ombre Beaded Tassel Earrings, Oscar de la Renta ($400). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-6161
A nod to bygone eras, these Oscar de la Renta beaded tassel earrings prove whimsical has never looked so chic.
Mixed Stones Necklace, Stella McCartney ($1,295). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-864-2218
Layer this geometrical statement necklace, featuring contrasting stones and gold hardware, over a chunky knit or an LBD for maximum effect.
Bangle, Valentino Garavani ($645). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-867-1215
This piece of plexiglass arm candy (featured in our recent fashion photo shoot) will brighten your mood at one glance.
Leitmotiv Hindi Necklace, Shourouk ($385). farfetch.com
Shourouk’s Swarovski crystal and faux pearl pendant deviates from the norm with neon accents.
Orra Bangle, Sarah Angold Studio ($840). farfetch.com
London-based designer Sarah Angold mixes brass and multicolored acrylic layers for an angular design that’s sure to turn heads.
Hotlips Ring, Solange Azagury-Partridge ($2,300). bergdorfgoodman.com
Get sassy with a glossy red pout on a gold ring.
From craft brews to stone-crab claws, here are a few ways to sample the best of what South Florida has to offer.
The Byblos Restaurant is set to open in The James Royal Palm.
Byblos to Open at The James Royal Palm
Toronto hot spot Byblos Restaurant and Lounge will bring its Eastern Mediterranean cuisine to South Beach next month when it opens inside the Shorecrest Building at The James Royal Palm. Spanning two floors, the lounge and bar will boast a diverse menu inspired by Lebanon, Israel, Spain, and Greece—serving everything from modern mezze to traditional Turkish stone oven-cooked Barbari bread. While keeping with the theme, Executive Chef Stuart Cameron will mix in hints of Miami by serving local brews and fresh fish. 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Fresh American Bistro Debuts on Sunny Isles Beach
Chef Philippe Ruiz (formerly of Palme d'Or) brings his French influences to the kitchen at the new Fresh American Bistro, opening its doors today at Solé on the Ocean in Sunny Isles. Think farm-to-table dishes featuring seasonal ingredients served up in classic French style. 17315 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 786-923-9300
Try All the Craft Beer You Want at The Fillmore
Craft: Spirits & Beer is back for part deux with its three-hour public tasting gallery on Saturday, January 31 (trade day is January 30) at The Fillmore Miami Beach. Local distillers, brewers, mixologists, and chefs will guide you through craft cocktail, spirit, and beer tastings from the likes of J. Wakefield Brewing, Alchemist Distillery, and Concrete Beach Brewery paired with light bites from nearby eateries. If you want an even better taste of the latest in craft brews, opt for the hour-long VIP experience where you'll sample special pours not available at the gallery. 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; Purchase tickets here
Slow Food Miami Benefit Dinner with Michael Schwartz
Chefs from The Genuine Hospitality Group's restaurants—Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, The Cypress Room, Harry's Pizzeria, and Restaurant Michael Schwartz—are joining the master himself for the sixth annual Ark of Taste Benefit Dinner on Tuesday, January 27 at Edgewater's Paraiso Bay. Benefitting Slow Food Miami, the evening will feature a variety of dishes made with Florida stone crab from George Stone Crab and other locally sourced ingredients. Diners will also have the chance to preview Schwartz's menu for his next venture, scheduled to debut in 2016 at Paraiso Bay. 600 N.E. 31st St., Miami; Purchase tickets here
We caught up with Jennifer Lopez at the launch of her lifestyle brand, BodyLab, to hear what the superstar had to say about work-life balance, canceling workouts, and why she thinks all women are athletes.
When J.Lo sits down to share her secrets for looking and feeling good, one takes copious notes. Such was the case earlier this month at a launch event for the actress/singer/fashion designer/American Idol judge's new lifestyle brand, BodyLab. During the session, Lopez shared her lifestyle tips, her own experiences with weight and nutrition, and how her supplement line will help women achieve their health and fitness goals.
All Women Struggle with Weight
“The single greatest health issue touching women is the struggle with their weight,” Lopez said. “Everyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about women’s issues. BodyLab, for me, is the latest manifestation of that passion.”
Everyone Has Their Own Challenges
Lopez grew up in a traditional Puerto Rican household, which amounted to flavorful dishes that weren't particularly healthy. She's also given birth to twins. Most recently, the actress filmed a love scene in her new movie, The Boy Next Door. "We all have challenges is what I’m trying to say,” Lopez said with a laugh.
Even J.Lo Wants to Cancel Her Workouts (But Doesn’t)
The busy mom of two schedules her workouts for 9 p.m. after her kids have gone to sleep. And like the rest of us, she thinks about canceling most days, but never does. “I am a work in progress, a woman in progress, and that is the dedication that it takes," she explained. "And having these supplements will only help your body work better for you.'
Always Invest in Me-Time
Finding a healthy work-life balance is never easy, but Lopez advises women to make me-time a priority. “You have to make time for the things that make you feel good and that are important to you, like good nutrition, good exercise, and good rest,” she said. “When you put the time into yourself, you can be great for others.”
Start Your Day Off with a Shake
Lopez swears by BodyLab’s chocolate shake for a quick morning boost. “It gives me good energy and it just starts my day off right,” she said of the beverage. “I start off feeling light so then I want to eat better during the day.”
It's Okay to Fail—Just Pick Yourself Back Up
Even if you get off track with your wellness plan, Lopez reminds us that every new choice is a chance to get back into your routine. “Like my son Max says [when he gets in trouble], ‘Tomorrow is a new day, I can start over in the morning,’” she shared with a laugh.
All Women Are Athletes
Even though some of us don't consider ourselves athletes, Lopez argues that all women have the inherent capabilities to be one. "We have to do for our men, our children, our families, and our careers," she said. "Yes, I'm an entertainer and I'm a dancer, but ladies, we're all athletes. We all have that in us."
Love Yourself First and Foremost
“When somebody says ‘She’s the girl of my dreams,' it means that they are totally in love with her, with who she is, how she looks, [they love] everything about her,” Lopez explained. “That is what we mean when we use the tag line ‘Be the Girl of Your Dreams’ because that is what you have to be for yourself first. You have to be in love with everything about yourself."
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BODYLAB/GETTY IMAGES
Last night's Screen Actors Guild Awards featured celebrity looks that were too good not to copy. Here’s how to translate the SAG Awards' top trends from red carpet to real life.
Sofia Vergara in a Fire-Engine Red Gown
Sofia Vergara heated up the red carpet in a figure-flattering red Donna Karan Atelier gown.
Sofia Vergara's Look in Real Life:
One shoulder ruffle back gown, Nicole Bakti ($425). Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall, 305-792-1000
Show off your curves but still keep it tasteful in this smoldering, one-shoulder red gown.
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Minimalist White and Cutouts
Maggie Gyllenhaal turned heads last night in a sleek winter white Thakoon gown. Gold drop earrings and a feminine red lip complemented her minimalist look.
Maggie Gyllenhaal's Look in Real Life:
Amindra cotton-blend dress, Altuzarra ($1,350). fwrd.com
This white Altuzarra frock boasts peekaboo cutouts.
Dascha Polanco in Curve-Hugging White Lace
Orange is the New Black star Dascha Polanco proves you don’t need to show a ton of skin to impress on the red carpet. Her curve-hugging white lace gown strikes the perfect balance between sultry and classy.
Dascha Polanco's Look in Real Life:
Long-sleeve lace gown, Carmen Marc Valvo ($1,190). bergdorfgoodman.com
With a high neckline and a floor-sweeping hemline, this white lace Carmen Marc Valvo gown makes it easy to mimic Polanco’s elegant look.
Julia Roberts in a Feminine Take on the Tuxedo
Julia Roberts showed the SAG Awards who’s boss by choosing a black Givenchy tuxedo jumpsuit.
Julia Roberts' Look in Real Life:
Wool and silk blend jacket, Alexander McQueen ($2, 345). Nordstrom, 4310 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-999-1313
Take Roberts’ business-apropos look into the office with this Alexander McQueen tuxedo jacket that is both powerful and feminine.
Joanne Froggatt in a Structured Black Dress
Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt’s black Honor NYC gown coupled with her luscious waves to put a fresh, modern twist to the classic Old Hollywood look.
Joanne Froggatt's Look in Real Life:
Core ‘v’ bustier draped dress, Shona Joy ($280). shonajoy.com
Incorporate the same amount of glam into your wardrobe with this draped black dress.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson in a Brown Tux
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson stood out from a sea of black-and-white tuxedos at last night’s SAG Awards thanks to his handsome brown Hickey Freeman tuxedo.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Look in Real Life:
Herringbone suit, Eidos ($1,695). Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall, 305-792-1000
For your next fancy fête, channel Ferguson’s modern look with this expertly tailored herringbone suit.
Matthew McConaughey in a Funky Blue Blazer
Matthew McConaughey is never one to follow the pack, and the sharp blue blazer he donned at last night’s awards show proves it.
Trim fit single button tuxedo jacket, The Kooples ($625). Nordstrom, 4310 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-999-1313
This polished blue tuxedo jacket is a more wearable take on McConaughey’s red carpet look.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF FRAZER HARRISON (FROGGATT, POLANCO); ETHAN MILLER (VERGARA, GYLLENHAAL, FERGUSON, MCCONAUGHEY); ALBERTO E. RODRIGUEZ (ROBERTS)
Where did the Miami Heat star brunch with teammates on his birthday weekend? This and more in this week's celebrity sightings.
Dwyane Wade Celebrates at Seaspice
The Miami Heat star celebrated his 33rd birthday with teammate Chris Bosh at Seaspice's Sunday brunch on January 18. The duo was joined by Miami Heat player Roger Mason Jr., retired Dallas Mavericks player Peja Stojaković, and retired Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo Nazário de Lima.
Sports Stars Party at E11even
The night before Wade's birthday brunch, Ronaldo was seen with a large group in the party pit at E11even. The soccer star had such a good time, he came back for round two the following night, partying until the sun came up.
Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook Jr. also made an appearance at E11even on Sunday, January 18; he partied with friends in the VIP pit before the team's match against the Miami Heat on January 20.
Former Charmed Stars Drink Sake at Zuma
Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs, dressed in all black, were spotted at Zuma on the evening of Saturday, January 17.
Dallas Mavericks Owner Dines at Bodega
Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban was spotted dining with friends at new Mexican street food spot Bodega Taqueria y Tequila on Tuesday, January 20.
Miami Heat Elite Feast at Meat Market
Heat owner Micky Arison, Heat president Pat Riley, and Academy Award-winning producer Jerry Bruckheimer dined together at Meat Market on Monday, January 19. The group of six tried dishes like the tuna tartare, bone-in ribeye, filet mignon, and New York steak with a few bottles of wine and dessert.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF JEFF SCHEAR/GETTY IMAGES FOR MICHIGAN AVENUE MAGAZINE
By now you're working out on the regular—or you're admittedly slacking on your New Year's resolution to hit the gym more in 2015. No matter where you're at in your quest to get fit, we found five workouts that are so fun, you'll look forward to the next time you break a sweat.
Spin It Like Beckham at SoulCycle
Drawing a cult following from Lady Gaga to the Beckhams, SoulCycle has made its way to Miami with a new studio at the Village of Merrick Park. Newbies will be hooked after the 45-minute signature spin course, a far-from-average class set in a soothing candlelit room with pump-it-up music, life coach-style instruction, and full-body toning with hand weights. 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-740-3600; Book a class here
Move Like Beyoncé at Vixen Workout
Vixen Workout classes feel more like a night out at the club—minus the booze—with strobe lights and beats from artists like Nicki Minaj, J. Lo, and Rick Ross. Dubbed "the workout that makes you feel like Beyoncé," these 60-minute cardio hip-hop sessions call for your favorite leggings and red lipstick because looking cute is encouraged. Multiple locations, 786-420-3073; Book a class here
HIIT with a Former NFL Player at Anatomy at 1220
The fitness world's favorite acronym, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)—a surefire way to burn fat fast thanks to short, intense cardio circuits—has extra star power at Anatomy at 1220 with former NFL player Marc Megna at the helm. Though it's challenging, the class on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. strengthens and tones in less than an hour and is the perfect midweek pick-me-up if you're feeling sluggish. 1220 20th St., Miami Beach, 786-213-1220; Apply for membership here
Yoga by the Pool at Mondrian South Beach
If you've resolved to cut back on carbs and alcohol this year—so far so good, right?—get up early on Sundays for yoga by the Mondrian pool with stunning views of Biscayne Bay. Burn calories with the Green Monkey-led class (bring your own mat); then indulge in a much-deserved pre-fixe power breakfast featuring a healthy mix of granola, fresh fruit, coconut oatmeal, and eggs at the hotel's new restaurant, La Savina. 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-1500; Class meets at 10 a.m.
Yoga in the Gardens at The Palms Hotel & Spa
Every second Wednesday of the month, The Palms Hotel hosts Flourish, an evening geared toward wellness starting with an hour of yoga in the private botanical gardens with Green Monkey instructors, followed by a farm-to-table dinner crafted by Chef Julie Frans at Essensia. After your workout, ease sore muscles with mini back and neck massages from The Palms Spa. 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-0505; Purchase tickets for the next Flourish event on February 11 here
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Watch our behind-the-scenes footage from Brazilian bombshell Alessandra Ambrosio's Ocean Drive photo shoot.
From runways to red carpets, Alessandra Ambrosio is always a standout. Now, the supermodel is looking to spread her angel wings with her eponymous line of fashion, swimwear, and accessories, inspired by her Brazilian bohemian spirit.
Bikini top, Ã*le by Alessandra ($124). Everything But Water, Dadeland Mall, 7535 N. Kendall Dr., Miami, 305-667-8593. 14k yellow-gold, .19-carat earrings, Jade Trau ($1,210). Hamilton Jewelers, 215 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, 561-659-6788. Stretched toggle ring ($105), open carabiner ring ($80), and herringbone etched ring ($105), JvdF. The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899. Himalaya Tibet blanket, Denis Colomb ($2,750). Curve, 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-6722
“The only thing I really plan is vacations,” says supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, who is at the moment scrambling to finish some last-minute shopping and packing before she and her family—fiancé Jamie Mazur and the couple’s two children, Anja, 6, and Noah, 2—leave for Brazil the following day.
While it may be hard to believe that one of the world’s most successful models, who travels the globe shooting for such high-profile clients as Victoria’s Secret, London Fog, Dolce & Gabbana, Guess, Christian Dior, and Rolex, could leave a single thing to chance, her self-proclaimed fly-by-the-seat-of-her-underpants way of living is apparently serving her well. Forbes magazine recently listed her as the sixth-highest-paid model, she’s appeared in People’s“100 Most Beautiful People in the World” list, she’s made guest appearances on such television shows as Entourage and How I Met Your Mother, and she’s a regular on red carpets from the Latin Grammy Awards to Fashion Rocks. “I just try to live the fullest each day of my life. I don’t think this is a career where you can plan too much. I try to always be prepared, so if stuff comes my way, I’m ready to do it. But I don’t say, ‘I want to do this and this and this,’ and then if I don’t do it, I get disappointed—I don’t think that way.”
In the past year, Ambrosio has added another title to her CV—crossover—as she moves beyond the runway to the design table with Ále by Alessandra, which launched in April 2014, with beach-chic ready-to-wear. “Ále by Alessandra is like my third child, as I have been working on it for quite [a while],” says Ambrosio, who models the line on the brand’s website. “Most of the pieces in the collection are inspired by my Brazil-bohemia-meets-Malibu-chic lifestyle and are very feminine, colorful, and effortless. I lean towards bohemian-chic style because I love flowy dresses, layered pieces, and you can never go wrong with a good fitted pair of jeans. That was my inspiration when I designed my collection.”
For the native of Erechim, Brazil, swimwear was a logical extension of her line. “Since I love spending my free time by the beach, it was natural for me to add swimwear to my brand, as I know how important it is to have comfortable, chic, and functional swimwear when you are hanging out by the water,” says Ambrosio. “I designed over 70 different styles in one-piece and two-piece separates as well as cover-ups, making sure that all of the pieces are comfortable and stylish with many jewelry-inspired trims and fun colors.”
Bikini, Mikoh ($194). Nic Del Mar, 475 Biltmore Way, #105, Coral Gables, 305-442-8080. Necklace ($100) and bracelet ($175), Aoko Su. Handcuff bracelet in 14k gold with black and white diamonds, Mirlo NYC ($2,050). Lotus Boutique, 1451 Main St., Sarasota, 941-906-7080. Open carabiner bracelet ($310), stretched toggle ring ($105), open carabiner ring ($80), and herringbone etched ring ($105), JvdF. The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899. Shoes, Aquazurra ($695). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 786-999-1000. Long fringe throw, Denis Colomb ($2,070). Curve, 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-6722
Her latest project is the third tier in Ále, a selection of hats that will be available this month. “After a perfect swimsuit, a hat is an accessory that every woman should have to keep cool during hot summer days,” says Ambrosio of the fedoras, cowboy hats, and floppy hats, made with natural materials, including raffia and hemp. “Since we just launched swimwear [in November], I thought it would be great to add a hat collection so that ladies can get all of their beach essentials in one place.”
Ambrosio’s bohemian designs are a far cry from the Victoria’s Secret styles that made the model a household name. The now-33-year-old started with the company as a fit model in her late teens and later became the first ambassador for VS Pink. Since then, she’s risen in the ranks from catalog model to cover girl to fashion show regular, then, essentially, to MVP, wearing Victoria’s Secret’s multimillion-dollar bejeweled Fantasy Bra in 2012 and again, alongside fellow Brazilian Adriana Lima, this past December. “Before the first time I did it, I was like, ‘When am I going to wear the Fantasy Bra, when is it going to be my turn?’” she says with a laugh. “I wasn’t expecting to wear the Fantasy Bra again, but when I got the news [about 2014], it was so unexpected and such a huge honor. It was new for Victoria’s Secret to have two girls modeling the bras on the runway, and me and Adriana had a great time. We’ve known each other for a long time; we started at the same time in Brazil, and we’ve done a lot of shoots together for Victoria’s Secret, so it was amazing they thought of us to be the first two girls to wear the double Fantasy Bra.”
Monokini, Â*le by Alessandra ($184). Everything But Water, Dadeland Mall, 7535 N. Kendall Dr., Miami, 305-667-8593. 14k yellow-gold, .19-carat earrings ($1,210), 14k yellow-gold, black diamonds, .84-carat Luna cuff ($3,025), 14k yellow-gold, .30-carat Prong cuff ($1,760), 18k rose-gold, .18-carat Forevermark Nameplate cuff ($2,500), and 14k yellow-gold, .08-carat Matchstick cuff ($1,980), Jade Trau. Hamilton Jewelers, 215 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, 561-659-6788. 18k diamond dome bangle ($4,725) and 18k gold dome bangle ($1,735), Jemma Wynne. Ida & Harry's, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4781. 18k rose-gold Strip bangle ($830) and 18k rose-gold Circle bangles ($250 each), Ginette NY. Eberjey, 1905 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-763-8839. Tate Baguette cuff in 14k gold with white sapphires ($1,050) and Andyheart white diamond cuff in 14k gold ($825), Mirlo. Lotus, 1451 Main St., Sarasota, 941-906-7080. Stretched toggle ring ($105), open carabiner ring ($80), and herringbone etched ring ($105), JvdF. The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899. Long fringe throw, Denis Colomb ($2,070). Curve, 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-6722
Sure, it would be much more salacious to read that the Angels are “frenemies” in gorgeous lingerie, but Ambrosio can say the behind-the-scenes relationships are much more camaraderie than catfight. “We get inspired by each other,” says Ambrosio of her fellow beauties. “They’re my coworkers, they’re gorgeous, and everyone there has their own spotlight. Maybe today it’s my turn to wear the Fantasy Bra, but next year, it’s going to be someone else. When you have kids at home, there are way more important things to worry about. I don’t focus on negative things; I try to focus on good things, and I’m [too] busy in my personal life to give my time to something stupid.”
While it may be through fashion that people best know Ambrosio, philanthropy is also a large part of her life—she has served as an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society since 2007. “There are hundreds of thousands of people, including my father, dealing with challenges of this disease, and I want to do everything in my power to raise awareness and help find a cure,” she says. “In addition to my work with Multiple Sclerosis Society, I work closely with Brazilian charity ABEM (Associação Brasileira de Esclerose Múltipla) that also helps people affected by MS.”
Bikini top, Eres ($275). The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899. Skirt, Baja East ($1,195). The Webster, SEE ABOVE. 14k yellow-gold, .19-carat earrings, Jade Trau ($1,210). Hamilton Jewelers, 215 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, 561-659-6788. Blossom choker, Aandra Neen ($535). Curve, 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-6722. Brass small arm band, Jennifer Fisher ($615). Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2010. Circle bangles in 18k rose gold, Ginette NY ($250 each). Eberjey, 1905 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-763-8839. Stretched toggle ring ($105), open carabiner ring ($80), and herringbone etched ring ($105), JvdF. The Webster, SEE ABOVE
With so much on her plate, it’s hard to imagine balancing motherhood as well, but Ambrosio’s voice noticeably brightens when she talks about Anja and Noah. “My daughter, she has a very strong personality; people say she’s exactly like me, that her temperament is exactly like mine. She’s very girly, and I’m like that too, and she has a lot of energy. I never stop, and she’s kind of the same, never gets tired,” says the proud mom. “[Noah] is so cuddly; all I want to do is kiss him all day long. Anja is my buddy, she’s my best friend, but he’s the love of my life.”
In fact, Ambrosio often turns the camera on her brood, posting pictures of the family on social media, where she herself is a very active participant. “I always liked social media,” she says. “I was one of the first models I think that had a website, and I had a camera with me all the time so my fans would see little parts of my life through my eyes, and I think social media is an extension of that. It’s important, but at the same time, it’s not an obligation. I’m having fun when I’m doing it. If I have to do it for an obligation, I don’t even like it because it’s losing its meaning.”
Suede bra (price on request) and suede skirt ($695), Max Mara. 106 NE 39th St., Miami, 305-964-8015. 14k yellow-gold, .32-carat earrings, Jade Trau ($3,685). Hamilton Jewelers, 215 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, 561-659-6788. Brass small armband, Jennifer Fisher ($615). Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2010. Stretched toggle ring ($105), open carabiner ring ($80), and herringbone etched ring ($105), JvdF. The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899. Blanket, photographer’s own
And while the Internet is a great place for Ambrosio to connect with her 1.2 million Twitter followers, it also is a place for bullies to hide behind a keyboard. “I don’t even take it personally anymore,” she says of negative comments that can often be found posted online. “There are so many different opinions. If I read and I don’t like it, I’m like, whatever... You can’t listen to what everybody says; you have to be yourself.”
“We’re just as human as everybody else, and nobody is perfect,” she says of models. “For me, it’s more about being healthy. When I was young, I didn’t care. Now, if I eat two days of junk food, I feel terrible, and then you have to do a cleanse to feel good. Sometimes I’ll splurge. I was at a music festival this whole weekend, and they didn’t have anything really healthy, so I was eating chicken tenders, but now I’m going to have sushi this week and nice, clean food, like salad. It’s all about balancing and trying to stay healthy.”
Bikini top, Ále by Alessandra ($124). Everything But Water, Dadeland Mall, 7535 N. Kendall Dr., Miami, 305-667-8593. 14k yellow-gold, .19-carat earrings, Jade Trau ($1,210). Hamilton Jewelers, 215 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, 561-659-6788. Inlay choker, Pamela Love ($228). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 786-999-1000. Open carabiner bracelet, JvdF ($310). The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899. Himalaya Tibet blanket, Denis Colomb ($2,750). Curve, 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-6722
Today, Ambrosio is enjoying some down-time before gearing up to further promote Ále by Alessandra; in Miami, her swimsuits are carried at Everything But Water and online at shopmiamistyle.com. “I try to come to Miami as much as possible, but with so much going on in my life, I am not there as much as I would like,” she says. “I love the energy of the city and its people, and every time I am there, I like to spend time with my friends at the beach by Fifth Street, paddleboard, and ride a bike on Ocean Drive. After spending a fun day outdoors, I usually like to stop by Joe’s Stone Crab.”
No matter where she is, Ambrosio will undoubtedly still be taking it one day at a time, enjoying each moment as it comes. “I love that every day is different,” she says. “One day, I am sketching new designs and approving fabrics, and the next day, I am on the set shooting a campaign, but the best part about my job is that I create my own schedule and am able to spend a lot of time with my children.”
In anticipation of this weekend's Miami edition of La Nuit en Rosé, the world's first all-rosé wine festival, we caught up with co-founder Pierrick Bouquet to talk about—what else?—his favorite bottles (and cans) of the pink stuff. Look for his selections as you sample wines from 45 producers around the world, or enjoy them at home with Bouquet's suggested pairings.
Rosé: The "legendary" Whispering Angel, Château d’Esclans, Provence, France
Pairing: Raw oysters
Rosé: The "exquisite" Champagne Pommery Apanage Rosé
Pairing: Gulf shrimp
Rosé: The "sweet" Rosé d'Anjou, Barton & Guestier, Loire Valley, France
Pairing: Spicy ceviche
Rosé: The "full bodied" Vivanco Rosado, Rioja, Spain
Pairing: European meats and cheeses
Rosé: The "refreshing" Pampelonne, a sparkling French wine cocktail
Pairing: Perfect for drinking all day long
La Nuit en Rosé takes over the Miami Beach Edition this Friday-Saturday; Purchase tickets here.
PHOTOGRAPHY VIA NUITROSE.COM
We've got your weekend all planned out, from a new Thursday-night prix fixe to the top Super Bowl soirées in town.
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila.
Super Bowl Viewing Party at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila
Celebrate the Super Bowl like you never have before at the 5,000-square-foot speakeasy hidden behind the brand-new Bodega Taqueria y Tequila. Enter through an industrial meat cooler door and settle in for exclusive prices on Peroni buckets and margarita pitchers in fruity flavors like pear and passion fruit starting at 4 p.m. And it wouldn't be football Sunday without snacks; expect tacos and a salsa bar just in time for kickoff. 1220 16th St., Miami Beach, 305-704-2145
All-Day Super Bowl Soirée at Shore Club
Start off game day at Shore Club's Shore Thing Sundays pool party at 1 p.m. before making your way to Redroom for the main attraction. Savor sports-bar specials like foot-long hotdogs, shrimp tacos, and buckets of beer from 5-11 p.m. while watching the game on the 150-inch HDTV or one of six other TVs located around the room for prime football viewing. Table reservations recommended. 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-3100
Thursday Prix Fixe at Touché
Now patrons of Touché Rooftop Lounge's Sessions, the Thursday-night acoustic performance series from 6 p.m.-midnight, can enjoy a three-course menu with options ranging from California rolls, to Margherita pizza, to chocolate mousse fondant tart for dessert. Wash it all down with something off the new cocktail menu like a Bellini made with Chef Carla Pellegrino's peach purée and prosecco. 15 NE 11th St., 786-574-2849
Miami's First Rosé Festival at the Edition
Rosé is the star of the show at Miami's first-ever La Nuit en Rosé festival this Friday-Sunday at the Miami Beach Edition. Kick off the wine-centric weekend on Friday evening with a pairing dinner at Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Matador Room before spending the next two days sampling over 60 different pink wines and champagne from around the world. 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-257-4500; Purchase tickets here