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South Florida’s waterways lend themselves to electric summer styles filled with bold patterns and colors. Ready to hop on board?

Lisa Marie swimsuit, available at Saks Fifth Avenue at Brickell City Centre,; Tambonita hipster bag,; Saint Laurent sunglasses, available at Saks Fifth Avenue at Brickell City Centre,­

Photography by Douglas Mott
Styling by Luiza Renuart

Herve Leger two-piece swimsuit, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall; Alexander Wang jacket, available at Saks Fifth Avenue at Brickell City Center; DSquared2 cap, available at Bal Harbour Shops,
Fernando Garcia dress, available at C. Madeleine’s,; Adriana Degreas swim top, available at the Miami boutique,; Celine sunglasses, available at the Miami Design District boutique,
Herve Leger swimsuit, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall,; Celine sunglasses, available at the Miami Design District boutique,
Fernando Garcia dress, available at Oxygene at Bal Harbour Shops,
Herve Leger swimsuit, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall,; Saint Laurent sunglasses, available at Saks Fifth Avenue at Brickell City Centre,
Herve Leger dress, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall,; Giuseppe Zanotti heels, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall,

Photographer: Douglas Mott/LVA Represents
Stylist: Luiza Renuart/Agency Gerard
Hair: Jude Andam using Oribe/Agency Gerard
Makeup: Ali Lee Weyrick/Agency Gerard
Photo assistant: Joaquin Rivas
Stylist’s assistant: Sasha Skolnick
Model: Carola Remer/Marilyn Model Management
Special thanks to Denison Yacht Sales for the Rockstar, a 161-foot tri-deck motor yacht.


Originally appeared in the Summer 2017 Issue.


Paris is always a good idea, especially in the summer.

The view from the penthouse suite of the Four Seasons Hotel George V.

By Elyssa Goodman

If the new Marcel Duchamp exhibition at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale leaves you with a taste for Paris in the 1920s, you’re in luck: Two legendary hotels are making Paris more relevant than ever.

Four Seasons Hotel George V
Built in 1928, the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris is renowned for its commitment to luxury, style and elegance. The hotel sits in the heart of Paris’ chic 8th arrondissement, footsteps from the Champs-Élysées, couture shopping on Avenue Montaigne and the Eiffel Tower. Throughout its lifetime, the property has hosted visitors such as Greta Garbo, Duke Ellington, the Beatles, Mariah Carey and models Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid.

The George V’s pristine white stone art deco exterior, a symbol of the hotel’s dedication to sophisticated simplicity, carries through to the interior, where a delicate color palette of beige, off-white and pale gray is accented with lush tapestries and classic preserved wood paneling from the Normandy region. For the last 16 years, it has also become known for its sumptuous floral displays designed by the hotel’s artistic director, Jeff Leatham, who has done floral design work for the Museum of Modern Art in New York; brands such as Tiffany & Co., Dom Perignon and Bulgari; and the weddings of Chelsea Clinton, Eva Longoria and Tina Turner. He also recently spoke to a sold-out crowd at the biennial Garden Club of America event in Palm Beach. Leatham creates a new floral theme for the hotel every three weeks, and arrangements are refreshed every day. Approximately 12,000 new stems are delivered every week.

Jeff Leatham’s floral designs at the Four Seasons Hotel George V.

Aside from its luxe interiors, the George V is also a top culinary destination. As of this year, it is the first palace hotel in Europe to house three Michelin-starred restaurants: Le Cinq, which draws on classic French cooking techniques; the Mediterranean-inspired Le George; and the lush, light, yet still contemporary French flavor palate of L’Orangerie.

José Silva, regional vice president and general manager of the hotel, says the key to maintaining such quality is always looking forward. He is constantly looking at trends in hospitality, technology and dining to keep the George V ahead of the pack. “The magic of great institutions lies in their ability to surprise and reinvent themselves,” he says.

Hôtel Plaza Athene
The Hôtel Plaza Athénée has been open for more than 100 years on the luxurious Avenue Montaigne, Paris’ answer to Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue. The hotel has played a significant part in French cultural history in its lifetime. It was known as one of silent film actor Rudolph Valentino’s favorite homes away from home, and its renowned restaurant, Le Relais Plaza, became a cafeteria for soldiers during World War II. It’s also said that famed fashion designer Christian Dior opened his first couture salon next to the hotel in 1947 just to be near its signature art nouveau balconies dotted with red geraniums and scarlet awnings and, of course, its high-profile clientele. With iconic views of the Eiffel Tower, the Plaza Athénée enjoyed the regular company of Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and more recently Anna Wintour, Natalie Portman and Jude Law. The hotel prides itself on being “the haute couture hotel in Paris,” says Aude Bourgouin Lebarbier, the property’s international spokesperson.

The view of the Eiffel Tower from the Hôtel Plaza Athénée.

In the last 20 years, Plaza Athénée, now a Dorchester Collection hotel, has also become known for its culinary program. The hotel’s five restaurants are overseen by star chef Alain Ducasse. His restaurant, Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, in particular procured three Michelin stars since 2001 and is today considered one of the world’s best restaurants. In the summer, Plaza Athénée stirs with energy as guests also flock to La Cour Jardin—the hotel’s tranquil outdoor restaurant that’s only open for lunch and dinner from May until September—to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris life.H5PE9_63703383_Suite_Superieure_218_(c)_Eric_Laignel_1

Inside, the hotel’s Carrara marble lobby smells of amber as clear, twinkling chandeliers welcome guests. Rooms are outfitted in taffeta, velvet and gold-embroidered details inspired by Louis XVI, but its famed seventh and eighth floors are also done in an art deco style. History is important to the hotel, Lebarbier says, but as with the George V the goal is to have guests experience tradition and progress at the same time. “The idea is really to keep our vision, which is ‘Once upon a time meets the palace of tomorrow,” she says. “We want to keep our historical side, but we will be more and more connected.’”

The world-famous Petrossian Caviar.


While in France, we had the opportunity to participate in an exclusive caviar tasting with Alexandre and Armen Petrossian of the world-famous Petrossian Caviar. Here, they share some of their grading processes for discovering the best-tasting caviar.

Caviar should be shiny in appearance. The whole surface of the caviar should be “shining like diamonds,” Armen Petrossian says. “Caviar is diamonds!” When air hits caviar, it loses its shine—so if it’s not shiny, it has been tampered with somehow, whether it has been pasteurized or left out for too long. You also want to be able to see clearly through the caviar, which should be small and tightly concentrated in the tin.

When you put your spoon (mother-of-pearl, preferably) into the caviar, it should have a simple texture—not hard, but hard enough that you get a nice tension in the spoon. Caviar should not make a lot of noise as the louder it is, the stickier it is. Caviar should never be dry or sticky, but rather “unforgettable, euphoric and timeless,” the Petrossians say.

“The nose is the most important tool we have,” Alexandre Petrossian says. There are a variety of smells caviar could have: Is it nutty, woody or earthy? Ideally, there should be a nice aroma, and you should smell the ocean in the caviar without smelling the fish—a scent the Petrossians call “sea embrun.”

The best caviar will have a deep flavor that’s long-lasting, the Petrossians say. The more you move your tongue over the caviar, the more the taste will develop. Each tin should be properly matured so the whole container will taste the same. There should be no fishiness; instead, the flavor should be round and not overpowering.

Originally appeared in the Summer 2017 Issue.

Give your allegiance to five not-to-miss art exhibits this Fourth of July.

William J. Glackens' "Cape Cod Pier," oil on canvas

Get into the spirit of Fourth of July by taking a visit to see five local art exhibits that celebrate the power of American art. The brilliant work of the artists featured will without a doubt remind you why you’re proud to be an American.

By Nina Tsiotsias

David Levinthal’s “Untitled” from the series Modern Romance, gelatin silver print

David Levinthal: Recent Acquisitions at NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, on display until October 15, 2017
Yale graduate David Levinthal doesn’t just play with dolls, he carefully molds and stages toy figures to create scenes in which he develops a sense of realism through the brilliant use of theatrical lighting and angles.  Levinthal uses small tools to make a big statement on American pop culture by using miniature sets—less than an inch tall—to tell his story. “The set itself is just the background. It is a scene. And it is within and from that scene that the images themselves are found,” Levinthal says.

Charley Friedman’s “I Like Moist Things,” vinyl, water and natural sponges

Charley Friedman: Moist Things – Selected Works 1995-2017 at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, on display until August 20, 2017
Feel before you think. That’s what Lincoln, Nebraska and Brooklyn-based artist Charley Friedman wants you to do when visiting Moist Things. His interactive, hardly serious survey of his 22-year interdisciplinary practice evokes the nostalgia of youth through his conceptualization of childhood objects. Feel like a kid again when viewing Science Project, which consists of 80 spinning beach balls presented as rotating planets in an innocent solar system, and I Like Moist Things, the reinvention of a kiddie pool and sponges to create an ironically staged, one-of-a-kind fountain. The feelings are so nostalgic that you’ll most likely want to stop for an ice cream cone after.

Jason Newsted’s “Equuss,” pastel graphite on paper

A Survey of Collective Works at Coral Springs Museum of Art on display until August 26, 2017
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Coral Springs Art Museum is showcasing its permanent collection, “A Survey of Collective Works.” American artists Keith Haring, Hunt Slonem and Pablo Cano grace the collection alongside American celebrity pieces, such as Equuss, by former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and City on Fire by Edwin Baker III, the son-in-law of football star Joe Namath. All of the pieces in the collection have been acquired by or donated to the museum over the last 20 years and are representative of the Coral Springs Art Museum’s years of success.

William J. Glackens’ “Untitled” from the Nymph series, oil on canvas

William J. Glackens: A Modernist in the Making at NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, on display until October 22, 2018
The NSU Art Museum’s collection of American Modern artist William J. Glackens (1870-1938) presents an extensive consideration of everyday life in the late 19th and early 20th century Paris and New York City. His dreamy canvases and sensational drawings are not to be overlooked. Glackens is remarkably brilliant in bringing his art to life. Vibrant colors and infallible brush strokes effortlessly exuberate the simple beauty Glackens is known for. Fall under his spell when viewing the newly on display Nymph Series, which is a seductive collection of more than 40 works of nymphs inspired by Greek mythology. The free-spirited, wild nature of this series is unique to Glackens’ other works and is an American modernist experience much out of the ordinary.

Adrian Doura’s “Landscapes,” oil on canvas

Form as Context at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, on display until July 30, 2017
The concepts of both form and context have been traditionally viewed as distinct…until now. Form as Context challenges the norm through exploration of the symbiotic relationship shared between form and context. The presentation of colors, lines, shapes, and materials by an international mix of artists create an indivisible, thought-provoking aesthetic that begs the question, “Is form context?”

Shake it Up at One Door East.


By Kristina Fernandez
Portrait by Gary James

Saigon Sunset
Silky and well-balanced, the Saigon Sunset at One Door East whisks guests to the Far East. The standout drink with bright citrus flavors, a lavender tint and an edible floral garnish complements chef and owner Giovanni Rocchio’s Asian-influenced menu—a noticeable change-up from his well-known Italian eatery Valentino Cucina Italiana, conveniently located one door west. Though One Door East has been open for less than a year, the Saigon Sunset has already proven to be a favorite: “It attracts all types of palates with its fresh taste and is a perfect summer cocktail,” says bartender Jessica Hoffman.


2 ounces Ketel One Oranje vodka
1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 ounce pamplemousse/grapefruit
Dash of butterfly pea syrup
Dash of egg white

One Door East, 620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale


Originally appeared in the Summer 2017 Issue.

Venice magazine recently celebrated its Spring Issue cover party by partnering with British Airways and the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale with a London-themed soiree. The party also announced British Airways' new nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to London. Venice welcomed more than 500 guests for a event complete with fare from Burlock Coast, and in partnership with Ed Morse Automotive Group, Whispering Angel rosé, Peroni, Casamigos Tequila, Tito’s Vodka, Laurent Perrier champagne, Oak & Cane rum, Constellation Brands, and Flora and More.

Luda Broich, Mike and Victoria Nunez, Adam Kreysar and Craig Schembri

Kathleena O’Connell and Paulina Powers

Vanessa Lagios, Kim Dorning and Nicole Holtzheuser

Rod and Ashlee Roydhouse

John Mooney, Jeana Kay and Jerry Gomez

Christy Pina and Kelly Saks

Greg Cook, Luisa Castillo and Michael Cook

Kathleen Smith and Adam Raybia 

Jeana Kay, Carlos Suarez and Ray OktavecMelissa Sweredoski, Whitney Tenor and Kelsey Lioi

John Czelusniak, Patricia Arredondo, Mindy Hardoon and Matt Collier

Rebecca Miller, Kathy Vold and Lory Moody

Maria Scarola and Lisa Ledder

Cheri Askew and Carlton Morris

Todd Smiler and Erin Keenan

Teresa Shum and Nila Do Simon

Terry Mori, Marijke White, Mario Argiro and Gail Feldman

Joshua Simon, Lori Warriner and Nila Do Simon

Rachel M. Weicz and Ken Perna

Will Waid and Daniel Heilman

Shannon and Daniel Grant

David Johnson and Toren Curtis

Kim Khan and Pat Solarino

Pär and Louise Sanda, Ina Lee and Simon Brooks

Anneliese Velazquez and Nada Yared

Carlos, Lori, Sofia and Coco Suarez

Monica Kunicz, Amanda McNeely, Lorena Somma and Ana Vento

It’s all about being edgy and effortless with these bold looks that are every bit mysterious as they are sexy.

ma.b.Hombre shorts, available at the Miami boutique,; Maison Marie Saint Pierre necklace,; Sam Edelman heels, available at Aventura Mall,

Photography by J.D. Forte
Styling by Nicole Caicedo

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BCBG harness,  available at Aventura Mall,; Maison Marie Saint Pierre skirt and necklace,
Maison Marie Saint Pierre dress,
a.b.Hombre tunic and shorts, available at the Miami boutique,; Maison Marie Saint Pierre necklace and tights,; Prada heels, available at Bal Harbour Shops,
DAMA top,; Maison Marie Saint Pierre pants,; Sam Edelman heels, available at Aventura Mall,


Photographer: J.D. Forte/
Stylist: Nicole Caicedo
Makeup: Erica Del Valle
Hair: Melrose Telles
Model: Chelsea Wichmann/Front Management
Photo assistant: Robert Lee
Studio: SouthEast Studios

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

The culturally rich cities of Amsterdam and Duesseldorf are experiencing a heightened sense of modern design and aesthetics. It’s time to see why.

CITY LIGHTS: Built in 2012, Amsterdam’s EYE Film Institute represents power and modernization.

By Nila Do Simon

Dutch and German language lesson No. 1: kunst. That means “art” in both languages, and today we’re seeing why it’s becoming a globally recognized term. The art scenes in the neighboring countries of the Netherlands and Germany have made huge strides on focusing on the future of art, thanks to the proliferation of their world-class academies.

My interest in German and Dutch design had been recently piqued thanks to the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale’s exhibition on German artist Anselm Kiefer and The Wolfsonian-FIU’s exhibition on “Modern Dutch Design.” It only seemed natural to take a trip to the motherlands to see what all the fuss is about.

The Allure of Amsterdam
Home to the likes of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, the Netherlands is the birthplace of some of history’s greatest artists, and that trend continues with today’s masters. One of those is Marcel Wanders, a designer whose name may sound familiar to South Floridians who’ve seen his interiors at the Mondrian South Beach. Considered a design savant, Wanders is known for his reverential design touches, and it’s no different at one particular property in his home country.

Next to one of Amsterdam’s famed canals, the Old World collides with the fashionable and hip—and it makes sense Wanders is the source of the latter. The Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht hotel showcases an explosion of his whimsical and carefully curated design, with Wanders even admitting that, “The Andaz is my little gift to Amsterdam.”

The 122-room hotel is many things, and I discovered subtle is not one of them. Expansive, bell-shaped chandeliers hang in the lobby, reminding guests of one of the first forms of communication that called a community together. The garden features a large mural depicting Alice from Alice in Wonderland in the scene where she shrinks after drinking from a mysterious small bottle, only to grow large again after grabbing a blue spoon.

The Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht’s Alice in Wonderland-inspired garden.

If the Andaz is anything, it’s decidedly Dutch. In the lobby sit bold, red, oversized chairs whose cushions feature a reimagined take on petals from the Netherlands’ celebrated flower, the tulip. Delft blue, the famous Dutch color found on the country’s porcelain pieces, is used in nearly every corner of the hotel, down to each guest room’s washbasin, which Wanders himself hand painted.

Marcel Wanders-designed red tulip chairs inside the Andaz Amsterdam’s lobby.

This brings us to language lesson No. 2: eten, Dutch for “food.” The Andaz’s Bluespoon Restaurant serves European fare with a Dutch twist. Containing a truly open kitchen—no walls or barriers exist between the cooking stations and the dining area—Bluespoon exemplifies an intimate dining experience in which guests can observe how their meal is assembled as chefs rhythmically work in the show kitchen.

If you think all the food-making is too distracting, not to worry; you’ll be too focused on the restaurant’s design to notice the cooking (at least I was). Wanders’ touches are found throughout the restaurant, from his Monster chairs, designed for furniture company Moooi, to his Venus chairs, designed for Poliform. The Delft blue color is prevalent, including in a mural on the kitchen’s back wall that features sweeping brushstrokes of the hue.

When in Dusseldorf 
A short train ride from Amsterdam, Duesseldorf has quietly gained strength as a metropolitan destination for jetsetters and those with a taste for finer things, something I discovered as I bounced from its old town to its newer district. This city on the Rhine River is famous for its fair share of high-end attractions, such as the Koenigsallee shopping boulevard, Germany’s equivalent of Worth Avenue.

Thanks to its numerous art academies, Duesseldorf is also flooded with those looking for cultural enlightenment. One of its most popular art museums is the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, home to 20th and 21st century works. The museum has so many distinguished pieces—including a permanent collection with works by Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kandinsky and Henri Matisse—that they must be housed in three different buildings, called K20, K21 and F3. One of my favorites couldn’t even be confined inside any of the buildings; instead, it’s part of one. Sarah Morris’ Hornet is an outdoor wall of brightly colored tiles constructed in complex geometric shapes that would make even the best Tetris player stare at it in awe.

For all the remarkable examples of architecture in Duesseldorf, it seems ironic that a North American designed perhaps the most famous grouping. Renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry created the Neuer Zollhof buildings, a series of memorable edifices that dot the Rhine. Featuring leaning facades with curved lines, each of the three structures was constructed using either red brick, white plaster or stainless steel.

Frank Gehry’s famous Neuer Zollhof building in Dusseldorf.

One of the standouts of art and architecture is the sophisticated Breidenbacher Hof hotel, whose current iteration is operated by Capella Hotels and Resorts, a company led by the former president of The Ritz-Carlton. Saudi royals have been known to book season-long stays at the property. Originally built more than two centuries ago, the Breidenbacher Hof’s history includes hosting guests such as Russian Czar Alexander II and Prince August of Prussia. Today, thanks to a modern take on sophisticated service—including personal assistants who do everything from accompany guests on shopping expeditions on the Koenigsallee to obtain tickets to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen museum, as was my case—it’s no surprise the Breidenbacher Hof received the prestigious Hotel of the Year Award in 2015 by publishing house Busche.

Duesseldorf’s Breidenbacher Hof hotel’s swanky bar.

This brings us to our last language lesson: Mooi in Dutch and schoen in German both mean “beautiful,” and that’s exactly how I would describe a trip to these countries.

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

How does Genesis Rodriguez break through the casting boundaries placed around Latin-American actresses to assume the role of an all-American girl? For starters, she has no fear.

Kule sweater,; Dylanlex earrings,

By Nila Do Simon
Photography by Mike Rosenthal
Styled by Lysa Cooper

In her new lead role in the ABC sci-fi series “Time After Time, ” South Florida’s Genesis Rodriguez plays a demure museum curator who falls for a time-traveling H.G. Wells. Sound pretty radical so far? It’s not to Rodriguez, whose career seems to be moving as fast as a spinning time machine.

For the 29-year-old, this breakthrough role on a major network is a long way from her beginnings as a telenovela star. As the daughter of famed Venezuelan singer Jose Luis Rodriguez, known as “El Puma,” she has fought to emerge from his legendary shadow, leaving her native Miami to carve her own path in Hollywood. After her telenovelas stint, Rodriguez added supporting roles in big-budget films “Big Hero 6,” “Man on a Ledge” and “Identity Thief” to her résumé, proving that she is more than just a Latin-American actress—she’s an actress.

Here, she discusses how she avoided the “the Latin-American actress” typecast and how you can take the girl out of South Florida, but you can’t take the South Florida out of the girl.

How excited are you for your new ABC show?
Honestly, I’m a sci-fi geek. It’s been a huge dream of mine to act in a project like this, and now I get to do it on a weekly basis. This is one of the best moments for me because of my love for sci-fi and everything it embodies, including its die-hard fans. I love the idea of time travel and especially the possibility that we are not alone in this universe. I think this love came from my mom and uncle, who trained me to love “Star Wars” from the time I was a baby. When “Episode I” came out, my mom even took me out of school to watch it. If that’s not evidence of how sci-fi was so much a part of my childhood, then I don’t know what is!

How would you describe your character’s role in the series?
I was completely taken by the script. It starts with H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper traveling to the future via a time machine that Wells created. I play a museum curator in modern-day New York City, and the time machine happens to be at a museum exhibit. All of a sudden, these two guys from the 1800s come popping out. I get involved from day one in the search for Jack the Ripper. Viewers get to experience the story through the eyes of a normal girl, Jane, who up until this moment probably had nothing too exciting going on in her life—and then she gets unexpectedly swept up in this chase.

When did you realize acting was something you wanted to pursue?
I was really shy as a kid because I was El Puma’s daughter. I remember watching telenovelas like “Marimar” and imitating the villains to my grandma and her friends. I loved that I could pretend to have another life and personality. I love losing myself while playing another character.

What advice did your father give you for how to handle your career and newfound fame?
I learned a lot from my dad, who is the most gracious person. He never said no to taking a picture with a fan. Ever. Even when he was in a restaurant or in the bathroom! He would just say, “We should probably move out of the bathroom for this picture.” I learned from him to be gracious. He also told me, “Don’t let the highs get you too high or the lows get you too low.” And I’ve lived by that. When I didn’t get a job for one solid year, I just had to keep my head up and realize if I keep grinding, this will be over soon.

Your roles cross many cultural boundaries. What does it mean to play such diverse characters instead of just Latin-American ones?
In “Time After Time,” my character is named Jane Walker. Jane. Walker. It doesn’t get much more American than that. I’ve been seeking roles that don’t limit me or box me in as a certain type of person. I am fighting for the roles anyone should get. I want people to see me as “American.” My parents are Cuban and Venezuelan, and I am so proud of that, but I was born in Miami and am just as American as anybody else. People see Latinos a certain way, but we can play anything. That is a fight I am putting on myself. I could be that “Latina bombshell,” but I’ve said no to a lot of those types of opportunities because my goal is to go outside that box people put us into, to take away that hyphen: We’re Latin-American, but we’re also American.

How do you feel today’s social and political climate contributes to your fight?
I think everything that’s happening in politics is actually bringing us together and getting us to speak up for people who don’t have a platform. Even if we can’t see it today or tomorrow, I know in the future there will be no boundaries. Our being so outspoken will make a difference, whether it’s in a month, a year or 10 years.

How have you stayed true to your Florida roots after nearly eight years away?
I am so Miami. I have a lot of Miami friends out here, and we are a special group of people. I think we keep it real, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. I feel like I am so Miami because I grew up with amazing food. You cannot compare our cortaditos at 4 p.m., loaded with sugar, to anything else. That is liquid gold. We live and breathe this hot pot of Latino and American cultures. South Florida is one of the most unique regions in America. I can’t let it go. I’ve been gone for almost eight years, but I’m here so often you would never know I left. In the summer, I want to be in Miami—where you wear little to nothing, and you have to take two showers a day. No matter where I am, I do a lot of things to stay connected; I still listen to Dan Le Batard, and I still cheer on the Miami Heat, no matter where I am. I still hope to make South Florida proud. That’s my home.

David Koma bodysuit, available at Neiman Marcus at Bal Harbour Shops,; Zoe Chicco earrings and earcuff, available at JR Dunn Jewelers,; Mara Carrizo Scalise bracelet, available at Splash boutique in Miami,; Jennifer Fisher ring, available at Limited Edition at The Edition Miami Beach,; Bonheur Jewelry ring, available at Calypso St. Barth at Merrick Park,
Wolford bodysuit, available at Bal Harbour Shops,; Stefere Jewelry choker, available at Saks Fifth Avenue at Brickell City Centre,; Bonheur Jewelry necklace, available at Calypso St. Barth at Merrick Park,; Jennifer Fisher earrings, available at Limited Edition at The Miami Beach Edition,; Mara Carrizo Scalise body chain, available at Splash boutique in Miami,
Gucci dress, available at Neiman Marcus at Bal Harbour Shops,; Mara Carrizo Scalise bracelet, available at Splash boutique in Miami,; Zoe Chicco earrings, available at JR Dunn Jewelers,
Tory Sport jacket, available at Neiman Marcus at Bal Harbour Shops,; bodysuit is stylist’s own; FAKBYFAK x Manish Arora sunglasses,; Mara Carrizo Scalise body chain and bracelet, available at Splash boutique in Miami,; Jennifer Fisher earrings and necklace, available at Limited Edition at The Miami Beach Edition,

Photographer: Mike Rosenthal
Stylist: Lysa Cooper
Makeup: Spencer Barnes
Hair: Gregory Russell
Photo assistant: Ryan Hackett
Stylist assistant: Anastasya Kolomytseva
Producer: Walter Yetman
Digital tech: David Angel

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

We make waves at The Confidante Miami Beach with retro-inspired looks that give poolside lounging a glamorous spin.

Montce Swim bathing suit, available at the Fort Lauderdale boutique,

Photography by George Kamper
Styling by Anthony Bermudez

Maje jacket, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall,
Maje top, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall,; Alexis skirt, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall,
BCBG blouse, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall,
Montce Swim bathing suit, available at the Fort Lauderdale boutique,; Giuseppe Zanotti heels, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall,

Photographer: George Kamper
Stylist: Anthony Bermudez
Makeup: Leslie Munsell for Beauty For Real
Hair: Stephanie Milner Giles for Beauty For Real/Atma Beauty
Model: Xenia Micsanschi/Next NY
Photo assistants: Steven Burton and Felipe “Flip” Patino
Stylist assistant: Daniela Florias
Digital/lighting tech: Zach Scheffer
Production assistant: Veronica Chugunkina
Retoucher/editor: Christine Craig
Location: The Confidante Miami Beach


Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

Here & Now: Prohibition parties, art exhibits and Lady Gaga—these are just some of the things that make spring so exciting.

The definition of art is confronted in “Some Aesthetic Decisions: Centenary Celebration of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain,” coming to the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale on May 14. The exhibit addresses the controversial differences between taste and aesthetics and features works from artists such as Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Judy Fiskin and John Baldessari.

By Jessica Organ

Intimate Modernity

Chanel illustrates the triumph of femininity in its spring-summer 2017 collection. Soft lingerie-inspired details join with delicate colors and tweed to create a vision of a woman who is graceful and in control.

Born This Way

Lady Gaga brings her creativity, passion and fearlessness to the launch of iconic jeweler Tiffany & Co.’s new HardWear collection, debuting in stores on April 28. The collection, featuring bold pieces crafted from 18-carat gold and sterling silver, celebrates the strength and authenticity of women—two traits epitomized by Gaga.

Party Like It’s 1933

Prohibition has officially been lifted, and it’s time to celebrate at Burlock Coast’s weekly Repeal Party. Every Thursday at 10 p.m., the restaurant at Fort Lauderdale’s The Ritz-Carlton invites guests to dance along with old-school beats and savor Prohibition-inspired cocktails and appetizers.

Casual Elegance

Seaside dining gets a soulful twist at the new Artisan Beach House, which recently opened inside The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami. Renowned chef Paula DaSilva and restaurateur Seth Greenberg collaborate on a globally inspired menu that focuses on bold flavors and the season’s freshest produce.

Timeless Tasks

Age is all but a number, and the recently opened BeWell MedSpa is here to help you maintain your youthful digits. The concierge age management center is led by master injector and functional medicine expert Michal Kitai, ARNP, who focuses on Botox and fillers, under-eye treatments, IPL Photofacials, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections and more.

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.