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The Low-Down on “Get Out”

Looking for a good flick for this dreary, cold March week? We suggest checking out “Get Out,” a psychological horror film like you’ve never seen before. Comedian Jordan Peele’s debut as a director has definitely been a success, as he is the first black writer-director to surpass $100 million at the box office. That’s amazing, especially considering the movie was made on a $4.5 million budget!

The premise of this movie is an interracial couple (Daniel Kaluuya as “Chris” and Allison Williams as “Rose”) going to visit Rose’s family for an annual get together. Chris, who is black, is a little overwhelmed by the idea of going to meet Rose’s family, as her family is white and not aware that Rose is in an interracial relationship. Rose reassures Chris that it will be fine, they head off to her parents’ house, and from there, let’s just say things get weird (no spoilers here, but this movie has definitely earned the niche of psychological thriller).

At times hilarious, at times horrific, and also lightly touching on issues affecting interracial relationships, this movie is a gem. Definitely check it out while it’s in theaters for a thriller that will keep you guessing!

Trend Report: Paris Fashion Week 2017

Paris Fashion Week is in full swing right now, and we couldn’t be more into what we’ve seen so far. Many of our favorite designers have showed us a preview of their fall offerings, and we’re starting to pick up on some trends. Here are a couple of our top picks:

-Long sleeved, high-neck dresses. At first read, this may sound boring, but the ones shown off in Paris were anything but boring. For example, Valentino showcased several designs that were very covered up, but popped with bright prints, and hugged the body perfectly at the waist. Pure elegance!

-Menswear, reimagined. Stella McCartney did a great job at this, as did Celine, who sent a perfectly tailored blazer tucked into a patterned skirt down the runway.

-Girly details – frills, sheer, and ruffles. Giambattista Valli definitely showcased a super feminine collection, including many dressed featuring delicate floral prints with major ruffling at the bottom. Dior also showed up in soft shades of navy blue, with just as soft ruffling and sheer detailing.

So far, this is definitely a fashion week to remember… Designers are pulling out all the stops for their Fall 2017 collections! Which are your favorites so far?

Oscars 2017: Fashion Standouts!

We’re in withdrawal from last weekend’s Oscars, which were filled with all kinds of surprises, and thankfully, this included fashion surprises! We were wowed with our favorite stars’ fashion choices. Here is our roundup of our favorite looks of the night:

-Emma Stone stole our hearts in a gold embellished Givenchy Haute Couture creation with major fringe towards the bottom – it suited her perfectly on her big night winning Best Actress in a Leading Role for La La Land. She accented her look with Tiffany jewels, which

we consider another win for the night.

-Kristen Dunst looked like classic Hollywood in a black Dior Haute Couture strapless ball gown with a high-low train – talk about drama! It fit her perfectly, and her diamonds and red lip were the perfect touches to her glam look.

-Halle Berry turned every head in the room with her gorgeous, asymmetrical, shimmery Versace gown. Her hair was wild and fierce, perfectly complementing the fierceness of her gown. Can Halle do any wrong?

Of course, there were many other fashion stars shining at the Oscars! Who were your favorites?

D&G Killed It At Milan Fashion Week!

With Milan Fashion Week coming to a close, there is much to discuss regarding designers’ visions for Fall 2017. There were also lots of statements made in light of the times we are living in (including Missoni’s models wearing pink cat cats similar to those worn at the recent Women’s March on Washington), but our favorite statement was made by none other than Dolce & Gabbana.

Dolce & Gabbana took a fresh outlook on their men’s runway by featuring influential millennials, many of who are simply well-known on social media, which, as we all know, is as essential as air to the millennial generation. D&G even saluted Justin Beiber by having a model walk down the runway in a shirt featuring his image.

So who was considered influential enough to rock D&G’s Fall 2017 runway? Think along the lines of Presley Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s irresistible son, who has 112k Instagram followers and counting), Luka Sabbat (high-profile friend of Kanye West and Jaden Smith, with 211k followers on Instagram), and Brandon Thomas Lee, super hot son of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, ex-bf to Bella Thorn, and followed by 33.7k on Instagram). If these guys aren’t the epitome of an influential millennial, we’re not sure what is, but we do know that their show pulled all the stops and have definitely given people something to talk about… which is, of course, the hallmark of a good Fashion Week show!

For Our Locals: Must-Try Spots

With the breakneck speed that new restaurants pop up in Miami (and the often just-as-fast closures of said restaurants), it can be truly hard to find the latest hotspots. Here are three relatively new spots that you simply have to try:

1)      Phuc Yea (7100 Biscayne Blvd) – This outpost of Vietnamese and Cajun food will definitely satisfy any craving for unique spices, aromas, and textures. From their Jambalaya to their Bao Buns, this place serves up the best from East and West, all with 90s hip hop in the background.

2)      Paradigm Kitchen (1834 Bay Road) – from the creators of JugoFresh come this delicious vegan/vegetarian spot that will hit the spot without compromising healthy ingredients. From sweet potato brownies to their famous avocado toast to their unique coffee/matcha tea drinks, Paradigm is full of guilt-free deliciousness.

3)      Upland (49 Collins Ave) – This new, California-inspired kitchen is undeniably serving up the goods in the form of pistachio pizza, their now-famous roasted short rib, and their extensive wine collection. The restaurant also has a sleek interior, complete with leather booths. We can’t wait to check it out and be Cali girls for a little while.

Of course, there are many places to try in Miami, but these are 3 great places to start! Happy eating!

Food and Wine Takeover!

If you love to eat, and you’re local to Miami, then this is your week. That’s right, the 2017 South Beach Food and Wine Festival kicks off on Thursday, and that means it’s time to go ham. If you are a die-hard for this culinary experience, then you know that the ONLY place to be is the Grand Tasting Village, where scores of restaurants are handing out free samples of gourmet food, and there are free samples of wines and spirits every direction you look. This is definitely our kind of party!

Even without tickets to the Tasting Village, there are tons of pop-up events going on all around Miami (like, from Coral Gables on up to Fort Lauderdale), so there’s definitely something for everyone. One that piques our interest? A Tiki Cocktail Showdown at the Surfcomber Hotel, where bartenders compete with their best take on an island drink, and light dishes from yummy restaurants like Sushi Samba.

And that’s just one event of the many taking place! Get in on the fun and see which events are happening near you, for an event local to South Florida that only comes once a year!

Go Darker

Just released in theaters is the erotic sequel “50 Shades Darker,” and it’s just as naughty as you thought it would be. Without giving anything away, Anastasia and Christian (Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan) rekindle their romance, this time without rules or “punishments.” However, women from Christian’s past keep popping up, and Anastasia’s boss shows a strong interest in her. Neither of these situations help the budding relationship of Ana and Christian. As the plot thickens and twist and turns, all types of surprises come to the surface. Expect this film to be just as steamy as the books.

Although the release of this film has been highly anticipated, reviewers are not being too kind to this film. It’s been called boring, predictable, and silly, among other not-so-nice things. However, die-hard fans are getting the shot of “50 Shades” that they’ve been waiting on, and we dare to say we’d like to see for ourselves how the chemistry between Ana and Christian plays out on the big screen, one more time.

Quick & Easy Beauty Routines

Makeup is one of the main reasons it rules to be a female. With the flick of a wand, you can recreate your whole look (guys are pretty much limited to getting their eyebrows in order). Here are some basic beauty routines to keep in your arsenal, and to keep your look on fleek at all times:

-If you have only 5 minutes to get yourself together, choose these three cosmetics to uplift your look: undereye concealer, mascara, and bronzer. Done!

-Make sure to remove your makeup every night to avoid buildup and acne; also, as makeup remover can be drying, so don’t forget to moisturize your skin after you remove your makeup! Full circle, ladies!

-Night time is an excellent time to apply rejuvenating creams to your face. Research a cream that will help you with whatever you’d like to improve on your skin, and splurge for it. Literally think about how little effort it takes. Apply cream of your choice to your face, sleep for 8 hours. Just do it!

-ALWAYS make sure you have red lipstick in your bag. This one item can literally take you from day to whatever type of night you want to have!

-Best beauty tip of all? Drink lots of water & stay hydrated! This keeps your skin cells refreshed in a way that no beauty cream can! Second best tip? Sunscreen every day (yes, even in winter!)! This is the best way to prevent sun damage and premature aging to your skin! After all, you need a good foundation to start off any makeup routine.

Lastly, don’t forget to smile — it’s your best accessory!

Recap: TommyLand

Tommy Hilfiger has been an iconic designer and brand for a few decades now. However, after last Wednesday’s “TommyLand” fashion show in Venice, California, it’s clear he isn’t going anywhere for a while.

TommyLand was part fashion show, part amusement park, with carnival rides, food trucks, and even fire throwers. The show set out to showcase TommyXGigi, Hilfiger’s collaboration line with model Gigi Hadid. Gigi, of course, rocked the runway, as did many other models of the moment, including Gigi’s sister, Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls, and Hailey Baldwin.

There were also many famous faces in the audience, including Lady Gaga, Kaia Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s look-alike daughter), and Kris Jenner. As if that weren’t enough, there was also a performance after the show by none other than Fergie. It was definitely a completely star-studded event.

 The best part? Hilfiger’s designs were instantly shoppable for the show’s guests at pop-up style stores within the amusement park. How fun! It definitely sounds like a night to remember. And you can join in on the fun, by watching the show via Tommy Hilfiger’s website!

Move Over, Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, is just around the corner. However, it can be a little lonely if you’re single. This is why on February 13th of each year is the best day for girls around the world, regardless of whether they’re single or taken. That’s right, ladies, it’s almost Galintine’s Day, a day to celebrate with your female friends in the girliest of ways!

Here are some ideas for the perfect Galintine’s Day party:

-A potluck brunch, complete with mimosas and sangria! Every gal can bring their specialty dish (don’t forget some sweet desserts)!

-As for activities, plan on anything from a dance-off to crafting it up. Choose anything from bedazzling picture frames, making sparkly finger-paint art, or even taking a stab at making jewelry – the possibilities are endless!

-Galintine’s Day is the perfect day for a clothing swap! Tell all your friends to bring clothes they no longer want, and everyone will likely go home with a couple new pieces of clothing that they’re in love with. One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure!

-Alternatively, you can plan a Secret Santa-like gift give. Pick names out of a hat, and get a surprise for the person you chose, so everyone goes home feeling the love! To make it extra special, include a card telling your friend something you love about them!

Happy Galintine’s Day!