The most complete architecture, interior and landscaping design exhibition in North America will return this December for its second year. In partnership with Swire Properties and presented by COSENTINO, CASACOR Miami will take place at Brickell City Centre’s 700 Brickell Avenue building from November 30th to December 16th, 2018. Other CASACOR MIAMI main sponsors include KOHLER, FLORENSE, VONDOM, and THE LIGHTING STUDIO.
An international purveyor of innovative design and world-class craftsmanship in the home design category, CASACOR Miami will continue the tradition of the CASACOR brand, annually bringing together renowned architects, interior designers and landscapers from around the world and locally to present their distinct signature styles along with the latest interior furnishings, art, color trends, textiles, lighting, home accessories and global culture.
Lucio Grimaldi, Chief Executive Officer of CASACOR Miami stated, “We are thrilled about CASACOR MIAMI’s second year, and pleased to be partnering with Swire Properties once again. Miami has become an incredibly important epicenter for design and art and we are excited to continue to showcase the originality of the city by bringing together world-class design through collaboration with the most renowned and emerging design professionals.”
CASACOR Miami 2018 curator, Jessica Acosta-Rubio added, “Inspiration for the exhibition was derived from the urban infrastructure of Miami. The exhibition is thematically rooted in nature and the idea of bringing the energy of the natural environment to the bustling space of the city center. The show will incite moments of calm, balance and inspiration so guests will be encouraged to become one with the environment within a space of relief.”
Visitors can move between different micro-environments, from wild roots to technology, to modernism, to naturalism, with design firms like D’Apostrophe, Pininfarina, and Moniomi displaying tranquil spaces. Additional established emerging designers have been hand-selected for participation including, Adriana Mavignier, Alberto Salaberri, Allan Malouf, By Lemme, Carola Bravo, Edge Collection, Guardini-Stancati Interior Design, Inês Martins, Jesus Pacheco, Léo Shehtman, Mr.O, Roye, Sabrina MacLean & Desiree Casoni Garcia, Sandra Diaz-Velasco and Tatiana Moreira.
Participating artists include Carol Adrianza Ferdinand, Christian Feneck, Flora and Form, Karen StarostaGilinski, Kerry Philips, Lucinda Linderman, Juliana Aragao, and Flor Troconis, Nina Surel, Stone & Rose and Natalia Giannangeli.
Also showing at CASACOR Miami this year is In Good Company, an exhibition curated by designer Fernando Mastrangelo & Hannah Martin, senior design writer for Architectural Digest. A platform for young and emerging designers to spotlight their work, In Good Company, made its debut last year in New York City and will bring the exhibition to Miami for the first time.
While the idea of Urban Oasis sets the overall tone for CASACOR Miami, the show is expected to appeal to a wide range of tastes. CASACOR Miami will be featured across more than 20 spaces occupying over 25,000 feet at a prime Brickell location.
“Due to last year’s success of debuting CASACOR to the Miami market, Swire Properties will partner once again with the prominent design firm to further its stance on supporting the arts,” said Maile Aguila, senior vice president of residential sales for Swire Properties Inc. “We will have renowned artists, designers, and architects from across the globe deliver an innovate exhibition that converges art, design and real estate and speaks to Brickell City Centre’s international consumers, residents, visitors, and community.”
The 15-day experiential urban living exhibition will give guests the opportunity to meet participating design professionals and brands while engaging with innovative design ideas that may apply to their own living spaces. For more information visit http://www.casacormiami.com.
In recognition of their influential contributions in entrepreneurship, Endeavor Miami honored three world-class business leaders at its fifth annual gala. Marcelo Claure, COO of SoftBank Group, Jorge Mas, Co-Founder and Chairman of MasTec, and Jose Mas, CEO of MasTec, received Endeavor Miami’s Impact Award on November 10th, at the Faena Forum in South Beach.
Endeavor Miami’s fifth annual gala united more than 350 business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and international influencers to celebrate South Florida’s high-impact entrepreneurship movement.
Highlighting his wide-range of accomplishments in the tech, banking, and sports industry, Marcelo Claure, also CEO of SoftBank International and Executive Chairman of Sprint, was honored for his commitment to shining a light on the startup community in Miami through his inherent entrepreneurial spirit. His success began when he founded Brightstar Corp., a company that became one of the largest cell phone distributors worldwide. Claure’s story serves as an inspiration for Endeavor entrepreneurs and others in the startup community.
Jorge and Jose Mas, who currently operate one of the largest infrastructure services providers in the United States, received the Impact Award alongside Claure. Jorge, Chairman, and Co-Founder of MasTec, and Jose, CEO of MasTec, has led the company to reach $6.6 billion in revenue, obtaining recognition as a Fortune 500 company. The evolution and growth of MasTec is an indication of their impactful leadership skills and commitment to generating opportunities within the North American economy.
As partners of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, Claure and the Mas brother’s most recent venture, they aim to bring Major League Soccer to South Florida, to continue promoting the city’s expansion through sports and entertainment.
Miami Crowd had the chance to meet with D’USSE Cognac’s Cellar Master, Michel Casavecchia, while he was visiting Miami from Cognac, France. D’USSE Cognac is a byproduct of a partnership between Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Bacardi Limited and while Jay-Z leads global strategy for the brand, it is also Michel’s unrelenting commitment to creating D’USSE’s bold, unique flavor that has made the drink a universal sensation. So, we had the opportunity to sit down with Michel and find out exactly how we can “drink like Jay-Z and other VIPs.”
D’USSE is known for its large celebrity fan club that includes A-list names like Kevin Hart, Rihanna, Nick Jonas, Romeo Santos, and Meek Mill and was integrated into every stop of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s On the Run II tour.
Casavecchia was able to share how to prepare the perfect sidecar using Dusse Cognac.
D’USSE Sidecar Recipe:
2 oz- D’USSE Cognac
1 oz- Grand Marnier
1/2 oz- Fresh Lemon Juice
Garnish: Lemon Peel
Garnish: Sugar Rim
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Rim a chilled coup glass with sugar. Shake and strain. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Chris Noth has acquired majority ownership of Ambhar, an artisan spirit made in small batches from 100 percent blue agave. Noth took part in the launch event at The Setai Miami Beach on Wednesday, September 12. We sat down with Noth to ask him about the new venture. Here’s what he had to say.
How did the collaboration get started?
“It’s really simple. It’s a friend of mine. My friend, Jorge Garcia’s son goes to school with my son in Los Angeles. Jorge is in the industry, but he also has connections to Jaime. He brought it up to me that they may be looking for an ambassador partner and they liked the idea of me. I wasn’t looking for anything like that. They came over to my house and I got to know Jaime and I really really liked him. Then, I tasted the tequila and I really really liked the tequila because it was so heads and tails above most tequila. Most tequila you just put in a margarita, you know? It’s not like something that you would sip like a cognac. Which is what the añejo is like. And then after a long conversation, I said listen, I’m moving around a lot, working. He said I understand. I said I could probably help you out in the capacity that I can. And I trust you, and I love hearing about your passion. I understand that kind of passion. I think the product is amazing. It’s the Tiffany of tequilas. So I said why not, basically. And that’s it.”
Is this unveiling going around the nation, in the form of a tour?
“No, it’s like a sweet 16 party.”
You’ve been to Miami plenty of times?
“Yes, many times. I love Miami. It’s got a great vibe. Tequila, warm air, salt water, and Latin flavor. It just felt right, so that’s why we did it here.”
How do you like to drink Ambhar tequila, on the rocks?
“I don’t really like it on the rocks. I prefer añejo, neat. Maybe with just a slice of lemon from my lemon tree. Añejo is so rich, smoky and delicious, that you don’t want to cut it.”
What else is in your spice garden?
“Well, it’s all legal.”
What’s different about this tequila?
“I notice a lot of people when they take a shot of tequila, they’ll suck on a piece of lime to take the bitter taste out. That’s not what this is. This is like a good bourbon or a good wine, it opens up. It’s meant to be savored and sipped slowed. It’s meant to be sipped in conversation, and it’s a process. It’s not a guzzling drink. It’s a luxury. It has layers of flavor to it. That’s why I joined this, cause’ I love bourbons. There’s now a renaissance of bourbons. Really good bourbons.”
“When I was growing up, my father’s and grandfather’s generations drank Jim Beam, Cutty Sark and Jim Beam, and bourbons that were shit. That has all evolved into some really brilliant, local breweries and the same with beers. The same with this tequila, it’s one of those premier tequilas. It’s sort of a family business and a lot of care is put into it and I respect that. If I want to be involved in something. I don’t want to do it symbolically. I want to be drinking it and I want to like it. So, my basic premise is, I drink it. I like it. I’m on board.”
Chris then asked us. Did you like my poem? You weren’t here? You came late!
He was right. We were running on Miami time.
He explained, “this is when the crowd was there, so I ended it with a toast…with this old bard, which is meant to be sung by the way.”
And then proceeded to recite:
“So, here’s a health to the company and one to my lass
Let’s drink and be merry all out of one glass
Let’s drink and be merry, all grief to refrain
For we may or might never all meet here again
Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme
Come lift up your voices in chorus with mine
Let’s drink and be merry, all grief to refrain
For we may or might never all meet here again.” (Gunn, and Bard)
Ambhar tequila comes in Plata, a silver spirit, made from the purest form of agave with salty-sweet aromas and a refreshing, yet soft, taste, Reposado, which comes from premium oak barrels, and Añejo, also aged in premium oak barrels with notes of a smoky aroma. You can find Ambhar in select store across Florida.
Norwegian Cruise Lines has a new ship called the Norwegian Bliss and there are already more than 17,500 posts on Instagram. That’s because the ship has been on tour around the United States. Which states? New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. The ship was officially christened on May 30, 2018, at its summer home in Seattle, Washington. The 168,000-gross-ton ship with a capacity of 4,004 people houses programming that includes the Tony Award® -winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys, The Cavern Club where you can sing along to your favorite songs from The Beatles live with a talented cover band, and ¡Havana! an original musical theater show created and produced specifically for the ship.
The ship offers more than a dozen specialty dining options. Le Bistro’s decadent atmosphere is the perfect date night spot. The ambiance in the French bistro is a great option for the first night on the ship. Ask to be seated near the window and catch the views, while the ship sets sail. Highlights at Le Bistro include foie gras, tuna tartare, and scallops on a bed of warm hummus. For dessert, try Le Bistro’s Chocolate Fondue for two that brings an array of fruit pieces to dunk into hot chocolate. Le Bistro is located on Deck 17.
At the Q, you can find ribs, chicken or brisket on the menu. The Texas cuisine restaurant also offers live contemporary pop country music each night. A hot item on the dessert menu is the fresh banana pudding served in a mason jar.
For Dessert, visit Coco’s located on deck 6. At Coco’s, you can satisfy your sweet tooth by indulging in an array of crepes, ice cream sundaes, and milkshakes dressed with whipped cream sprinkles, and hard candy.
BARS & LOUNGES
Take a sip around the world without leaving the ship. There are more than eight bars on board. You can take your A game to the A-List bar. The bar is named after CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, Andy Stuart. Once there order the Piña Picasso cocktail made with tequila, Aperol, St. Germain, lemon juice, and garnished with a sliced of pineapple.
If you’re whiskey lover make sure to grab a seat at the Maltings Whiskey Bar. Here, you can choose from the cocktails on tap such as a Blackberry Bourbon Smash with Bulleit bourbon, cranberry, fresh lemon elixir, and blackberries or a Rye & Rum Sour with Jack Daniel’s Rye, Captain Morgan rum, blood orange puree, orange, lemon elixir, and whiskey barrel aged bitters.
The other bars include The District Brew House that offers craft beers, Mixx bar where you can listen to a live piano performance, Sugarcane Mojito Bar with freshly muddled cocktails, the Local offers a laid-back atmosphere with bowling alley action, The Cellars Wine Bar with daily wine seminars, the Cavern Club with a view to the ocean, and more.
ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES
The ship has plenty of options for entertainment and activities including a two-lane bowling alley, a large arcade room, and a room designed for younger ages. Three unique highlights on the ship are the Aqua Park, Laser Tag, and a two-level race track.
At the Aqua Park, you can race on 360 feet side-by-side inner tubes with a see-through section that showcases the striking ocean views. You can also use your racing skills to compete at the two-level electric-car racetrack. The track is the longest at sea with twists and turns at four-speed settings reaching up to 30 miles per hour. You can also test your agility at the open-air laser tag course. The laser tag space station can be visited during both day and night.
The ship returns to Miami this November to sail out for seven-day trips to the Eastern Caribbean. The ship visits St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands Tortola, British Virgin Islands Nassau, and Bahamas ports.
Today, Urban Decay announced the NAKED eyeshadow palette will be laid to rest after eight years. Wende Zomnir and Urban Decay conceived NAKED in 2010. The product made more than $1 billion since 2010.
“It was a big moment in our history. It’s a little painful to leave your past behind, but it’s also essential to always evolve. I will forever miss NAKED, but we plan to turn the grief into even more greatness. Urban Decay will continue to thrive in NAKED’s memory and honor — just wait and see,” says Zomnir, founding partner of Urban Decay.
The brand partnered with beauty influencers Kandee Johnson, Christen Dominique, Katy DeGroot, Shayla Mitchell, and Chrisspy to create a video homage to the palette. The video also features a eulogy by Nicole Richie. “We are gathered here today to honor our dear friend, lover, and confidante. I think we can all remember the first day we met you,” whispers Nicole in the eulogy.
It’s August and there is no better time to add new beauty products to your daily routine. Here’s a list of beauty must-haves to look out for.
Water Lip Stain
Clarin’s Water Lip Stain goes on as a liquid upon application and dries matte. It comes with a brush applicator under the twist off cap to easily maneuver the stain color onto lips. The stain is equipped with organic raspberry water to soothe and soften and aloe vera extract to protect lips from moisture loss.
Water Lip Stain – $28.00, Clarinsusa.com
Eight Hour® Cream All-Over Miracle Oil
To save space in your luggage when traveling this summer, Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil is a 3-in-1 solution. The miracle oil provides 8-12 hours of moisture that you can use for your face, body and hair.
Your Daily Skincare Routine
Implementing a daily skincare routine is important. When you wash your face, you’re removing dirt built up, oil, and impurities. Liz Earle recently launched in the US and provides an entire skincare routine complete with a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. The routing begins with Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser to instantly remove daily grime, pollutants and make up. Followed by the Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic to visibly brighten, smooth and tone. Then you add the Skin Repair™ Moisturizer and complete your routine with Eyebright™ Soothing Eye Lotion to wake up and refresh tired, puffy eyes. It’s like visiting a spa without leaving home.
Liz Earle – Your Daily Skincare Routine – $84.00
An Acne Fighter
Sometimes your skin needs to fight off acne. Addicted Beauty’s Charcoal Peel Off Mask helps do just that. This mask purifies the skin by binding to toxins, dirt and oil and lifting them out of the pores. The charcoal’s texture serves as a light exfoliant that helps achieve a flawless complexion while fighting off the unwanted acne. Peace out acne!
Addicted Beauty – Charcoal Peel Off Mask -$45.00
It’s always fun to add a fragrance to your beauty routine. Robin McGraw’s Georgia Eau de Parfum is just that…fun and sophisticated. It features a fresh and floral scent. The fragrance is inspired by the spirit, love, power, and strength of Robin’s mother. Georgia embodies what it means to be fabulous and fierce.
Image Courtesy of Robin McGraw – $65.00
Skin aging and prolonged sun exposure can sometimes lead to appearance of pigmented spots on your face and neck areas. That’s why it’s highly important to find a SPF that works for you. Most experts recommend reapplying sunscreen every couple hours. But what happens if you already applied SPF under your makeup and you don’t want to mess up your look? Here’s the solution: SUPERGOOP! has a product for that. The brand’s Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50 helps you reapply SPF over your makeup, while controlling natural oils, and evening skin complexion. You can find it at Sephora for $28.00. Whew!
SUPERGOOP! Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – $28.00
To achieve an awesome glow without exposing your skin to damaging sun rays, then fake it until you make it. Here’s how:
St. Tropez’s Self Tanning Purity Bronzing Water Mousse is a clear water-to-foam formula that you apply with an applicator mitt. The mousse develops into a natural looking, streak-free golden tan that lasts more than 4-8 hours. Best part is that it doesn’t transfer onto your clothing. Apply it, wait until it dries, and GO!
Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse – $42.00
Washing your hands helps you avoid getting sick and spreading germs, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Upgrade your hand wash to the Ritual of Hammam Hand Wash. The liquid soap-free hand soap is made with hydrating, protecting, and refreshing ingredients such as Eucalyptus and Rosemary. A Rituals Shop-in-Shop is opening at Macy’s in Aventura this Friday, August 10.
JOE & THE JUICE is a coffee concept with a cult following of urban trendsetters and creative thinkers. That’s why in January of this year, the brand’s team set out on a search for Miami’s Next Great Artist. The winning artist would have the opportunity to paint an original mural on the JOE & THE JUICE Wynwood storefront and receive a $5,000 cash prize. As part of the competition, entries were submitted on Instagram via the hashtag #artforjuice.
In February, JOE & THE JUICE announced the winner, Miami local artist Jorge-Miguel Rodriguez. Rodriguez won the opportunity to paint the mural design at the Wynwood location and cash in on the grand prize. Rodriguez is no newcomer to the art mural scene. He has completed countless pieces in Miami, Florida.
We caught up with Rodriguez in Wynwood, to ask him about his new collaboration with JOE & THE JUICE.
What made you enter the #artforjuice contest?
I entered the contest because I wanted to collaborate with JOE & THE JUICE. I wanted to create something really cool and exciting for Wynwood. And the new store that’s coming.
Why did you feel that it was important to get in on the action?
I wanted to create something different and unique. I felt that I had a couple ideas, that I thought would go perfectly with their brand and what they want to do. I took their logo and added my style to it. A little bit of My Rodri Flair. And then I created the JOE character, that’s on the wall right now. It was off one sketch and that was it. Once I created that JOE character, it was hook, line, and sinker. I created two. The second one is on the shirt. The other one is on the wall.
Did you want to incorporate some Miami inspiration into the mural?
In a couple of the original designs, yes, there was a lot of the Miami colors. I’m inspired by all the colors that are in Miami. All the bright and vibrant. Whether it’s the neon or Miami Vice kind of style. From there, I took their pink and then I created a gradient to the classic Miami Vice pink, bright magenta. And then I added my line work detailed into it.
What do you want people to take away from the mural you created?
I wanted to create something fun and unique for JOE & THE JUICE. They represent a trendy fun atmosphere. They have such a really cool brand and all the stores look really awesome. I wanted to create something that ties in together with that.
What is your favorite part of the process?
All of it, just seeing the end result from the sketch to the final piece. Seeing it all come together. Through the approval process, the back and forth of the concepts and then stepping back and seeing it in full. There it is.
How long did it take you to complete this mural?
So the mural. I’m a fast painter. I don’t know why. As soon as I touch cans to a wall, I just go in. It took me around two days. Two and a half days. So I started Friday night, just laid out the sketch and then Saturday I put in about twelve hours. Then Sunday, cleaned up the last touches whatever little line works it was missing. Only really stopped to eat obviously, of course, because we kind of need food and because it rained. But that’s really much it, it rained in the morning and then I knocked it all out.
Did you have any other challenges, aside from the rain?
No. It’s typical. It’s not really a challenge. It’s usual. Like it’s raining right now. You just roll with the punches. You know? Put all your stuff away, put it inside and let it pass.
How long have you been painting?
I’ve been painting for about forever ago. Ever since I can remember I was doodling something. Either a wall or crayon books. Yes. Painting. I’ve always been painting. Especially, since about 2010. That’s when I got fully developed into the process and creating it into a profession. But it has always been a passion. It never stops.
Anything and everything. Anyone that approaches me and says “Hey Rodri, I have a cool project.” Or “I think this will look cool here.” I’m always down for it. I never stray away from a project. Unless there are certain things that I feel are maybe a no.
Anything you want to say to Joe & the Juice?
Yes, for sure. I really want to thank JOE & THE JUICE for the amazing opportunity and for allowing me to collaborate with them. For allowing me to work with their brand and create something special and unique for this store.
The Wynwood JOE & THE JUICE located at 3215 NW 2nd Avenue is the fourth store in Miami and marks the 242nd store opening worldwide.
There is a new 6,000 square foot Sephora store in Miami Beach. It’s conveniently located at 818 Lincoln Road. This location offers a surplus of endless beauty options with more than 14,000 products from over 200 brands. One of the brands includes SEPHORA’s own collection of makeup, skincare, tools, and accessories.
Once inside here is what to look for:
NEW PERK Hydrating Facial
Find your way to the skin studio located toward the back of the store. There you’ll find the new 2-in-1 facial service that uses PERK technology to exfoliate, hydrate and nourish your skin instantly. A Sephora Cast Member will provide a personalized skincare service, having you leave with customized product recommendations. Cost? The 30-minute facial is complimentary with a $75 minimum skincare product purchase. You can schedule an appointment in advance or just walk in.
Sephora Virtual ARTIST
The new virtual in-store kiosk allows you to try different looks in 3-D live view. It’s a more enhanced version of the app where you try on thousands of eyeshadow shades, lip colors, and false eyelash styles. It even has a built-in photo booth, you can snap selfies and then send a copy straight to your email inbox or phone via text. Sephora Virtual ARTIST also showcases step-by-step tutorials such as Brows 3-Ways, Contouring, and Highlighting. Where is it located? You can find it mid-store pass the Beauty Studio.
If you think you know your skin, think again. Ask a cast member to measure your skin’s moisture with the Moisture Meter. The exclusive digital tool will accurately display the amount of moisture in your skin which will help you select the appropriate products.
You can also enjoy a complimentary Mini Makeover at the SEPHORA Beauty Studio where a beauty expert will guide you during a one-on-one session. The Mini Makeover includes Smoky Eye, Contour, Polished Brows, Everyday Eye, Essential Eyeliner, Flawless Foundation, Correct + Conceal, Blush + Bronze, Perfect Lips and False Lash Application. Here, you can find your precise foundation match, concealer match and lip colors to best fit your skin tone using the SEPHORA + PANTONE Color IQ.