Monthly Archives: February 2017
For Our Locals: Must-Try Spots
Posted on February 28, 2017.
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!
Posted on February 23, 2017.
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!
Posted on February 23, 2017.
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
Posted on February 16, 2017.
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!
Posted on February 14, 2017.
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
Posted on February 9, 2017.
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!
Posted on February 7, 2017.
Queen Bey has thrown a curve at the world yet again, and this time, it’s times two: Beyonce announced Wednesday that she is pregnant with twins! She made this news public via a series of very artsy pictures that feature her growing belly. They feature her surrounded by flowers and wearing just a bra and draped fabric over her bottom, to show off the main attraction: Beyonce’s twin-filled belly! One especially sweet photo features Bey accepting a flower from her daughter, Blue Ivy. She then released a series of underwater photos of newly-preggo Beyonce. Fun fact: one of her pregnancy photos is currently the most-liked photo in the history of Instagram, with a current total of 8.6 million likes!
Not to worry, Beyhive! At this point in time, Beyonce still plans to perform at both Coachella and the 2017 Grammies. We’re sure this will be a couple of her most inspired performances yet!
Recap: Miss Universe 2017!
Posted on February 2, 2017.
On Sunday night, Miss Universe 2017 was crowned, and she was none other than Iris Mittenaere of France. France hasn’t had a Miss Universe since 1953, so there is a lot to celebrate. Of course, it was a close contest, with Raquel Pelissier of Haiti, and Andrea Tovar of Colombia, also coming in as finalists (Miss Haiti was first runner up and Miss Colombia was second runner up). The best part about all of this? Steve Harvey announced the correct winner this year, sparing us all from the awkwardness of the wrong person receiving the crown and then having it taken off their head! Bravo Steve Harvey!
This year proved to be a particularly interesting year for the pageant, as questions on politics took on more weight as we have just witnessed an extremely controversial election. It did give us a bit more insight as to who the contestants were, and where they stood on issues that we all have on our minds these days.
All in all, the contestants were gorgeous, and it was amazing to watch Iris take the honor of Miss Universe on behalf of her country.