Last Minute Labor Day Dining Plans

September 6, 2020


With all the stop and go on whether you can dine inside or outside, it’s hard to tell which restaurants are open for indoor dining. Here’s a guide on where to dine inside to avoid the Miami Heat (no pun intended, because they’re winning).

Barton G announced the resume of their indoor dining. There are temperature checks at the door, hand sanitation stations are available throughout the establishment, and you can make reservations for up to six. Even the valet will be sanitizing the driver seat and steering wheel of vehicles. See menu and reservations link here

Bulla Gastrobar has the best of both indoor and outdoor seating. Visit the Doral, Coral Gables, or The Falls locations for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch. Click here to make a Reservation

La Mesa Miami is back as of Thursday, the Coral Way spot is ready to seat you inside for brunch. A.K.A con aire frio. Here you can order tapas, salads, and Miami food such as Arroz con Huevo (Grilled churrasco over rice with fried eggs, spicy ketchup, scallion and grilled lemon). Make your reservation by calling (786) 703-3907. 

Take it slow on this next one, because Tap 42 is back with Bottomless Brunch. This Saturday, Sunday, and Monday all the locations will offer $25 bottomless Mimosas, Blood Marys, Funky Buddha Floridian and 42 Hazy Daze from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can make reservations for parties of up to six. You can also enter for a chance to win a Labor Day Bottomless Brunch here.

You can eat your Florida Alligator Strips, Frita, and drink your Guava Shake again at the LoKal. The servers are wearing masks and are following guidelines to keep the safe and community safe. You can view the menu before you visit here

The home of the Ruoto di Parmigiano (tableside experience of parmigiano-reggiano cheese), Divieto is also open for indoor service as of last Monday. The three locations (Doral, Aventura Mall, and Estero) are also offering takeout and delivery services.


Four new cereal flavors to add to your WFH routine

August 10, 2020


Aside from the tasty protein bars, KIND Snacks just gave us another reason to love the brand even more. It just launched its first ever cereal in four flavors exclusively at Walmart.

Think of the new cereal as a protein bar in a bowl. Each box is packed full of all the healthy goodness you’d expect from KIND, including your dose of protein. The four flavors, inspired by their most popular nut bars are gluten free and contain 5-6 grams of protein per serving. 

The flavors include Dark Chocolate Almond ($6.98) complete with almonds, dark chocolate, cocoa and super grain flakes. Apple Cinnamon ($6.98) with cinnamon apples, pumpkin seeds and super grain flakes. Honey Almond includes almonds, toasted coconut and super grain flakes. And Cranberry Almond with almonds, cranberries and super grain flakes.


Beauty Finds Under $50

July 27, 2020


Worried about what goes on our skin? Here are a few brands delivering stress-free options with their latest beauty launches. And they are all under $50.

Cover FX developed the first Adaptogenic and Pre + Probiotic infused Luminous Tinted Moisturizer in four shades ($39). It helps blur pores and fine lines while restoring the skin’s natural barrier. The innovation includes probiotics that help strengthen and balance your skin’s protective layer. The Anti-Stress Adaptors help protection your skin against pollution, free radicals, and age-accelerating environmental aggressors. The new moisturizers are also Vegan & cruelty-free. 

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Urban Decay released Lash Freak Volumizing Mascara ($25). The mascara comes quipped with an asymmetrical brush that lengthens, lifts, and curls lashes leaving the appearance of a dramatic and wide-eyed look.

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Becca Cosmetics launched an interesting take on highlighter, the zero™ no pigment glass for face + lip ($24). It provides polymers that catch and reflect light, giving a gloss appearance on high points of the face. Lips get a high gloss + shine look. The vegan friendly product provides sheen on all skin tones.

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Sigma Beauty has a new 14 eyeshadow palette inspired by their best selling  Aura Powder Blush. The Cor-de-Rosa Eyeshadow Palette ($49) brings a dual ended brush. One side is a E38 Diffused Crease™ that soften and blends harsh color lines, while the other end includes the E54 Medium Sweeper™ that packs and blends product onto the lid. The brush has patented waterproof technology. The palette is also cruelty free.

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Tarte™ Cosmetics launched a hydrocealer™ concealer ($24) that will not crease or settle into smile or laugh lines. The concealer adapts with the movement of your skin because of its hydroflex technology™. It’s oil-free, fragrance-free, sweat-proof and waterproof.

Arts & Entertainment

Painting A Path To A More Inclusive World

July 26, 2020


The thousands of refugees that arrive in South Florida every month find themselves in a new environment where they don’t speak or understand the language and culture. They are pulled between two worlds — the beloved homeland they left behind and their new home. Refugees today are often subject to political whims that can place them in precarious situations and threaten their future. 

The Refugee Assistance Alliance (RAA) was founded in 2017 by Kristen Bloom to support underserved refugee populations in South Florida by providing services such as in-home tutoring, cultural programming and special activities. The non-profit organization has gotten creative with raising the funds needed to operate. Their movie screenings and dining experiences are popular and in 2019, they began a partnership with Artist Adriana Jaramillo, who goes by Adriana Jay, for online art auctions.

“I was completely blown away.” Said Adriana Jay about attending the dinner hosted by RAA that prompted her to get more involved. Adriana Jay is known for her paintings of women traveling the world. The online auction kicked off June 24th 2020 and will run through August 24th 2020. 

Three paintings are up for auction. All original works of art, that come with Certificates of Authenticity signed by the artist. Adriana Jay has garnished attention from local media and her works are expected to increase in value over time. All profits from the sale of the paintings will be donated directly to the RAA to support refugee families and promote peace and understanding among the people of South Florida. 

“We all can relate to each other on some level, we’ve all had to start over, face our vulnerabilities, been challenged in different ways and when we bring people together it’s really special.” Said Bloom about the work the RAA does in an Instagram video conversation with Adriana Jay.


Five Cleansers to Try Right Now

April 19, 2020


Your new stay-at-home routine gives you more time to focus on skincare. One of the steps toward clearer skin is to wash your face daily. This important step will help you avoid acne breakouts by removing impurities that could clog your pores. Seek your dermatologist as a great source to help determine the ingredients you should look for or avoid when shopping cleansers. We’ve rounded up cleansers for all skin types to try right now. 

Kreyol Essence’s Haitian Moringa Oil Facial Cleanser ($20) is gentle on all skin types. The cleanser’s ingredients include healing properties that even out dark spots, eliminate blemishes and fight eczema. The formula also includes Haitian Moringa Oil that is loaded with protective Antioxidants and nutrients to help combat free radical damage that can lead to the formation of wrinkles. 

Moroccan Magic®’s Sleep Face Wash ($19) is formulated to help all skin types with calming Lavender Essential Oil and nourishing Argan Oil. Argan oil can help protect the skin from free radical damage caused by the sun and has anti-sebum effects that can promote a smoother complexion. The face wash is also made with Bamboo Stem Extract and Provitamin B5 to create radiant looking skin. 

Lab to Beauty™ provides luxury CBD beauty products using plants + CBD for your skin. The formulas are all-natural and vegan. The Balancing Face Wash ($40) effectively purifies the pores, without stripping skin of its natural moisture. It also clears and combats breakouts while reducing inflammation leaving the skin soothed and smooth.

Botanics is a UK established brand with a focus on plant based products. The All Bright Foaming Face Wash ($5.99) has a great lathering power that is gentle on the skin. It’s a soap-free formula with natural hibiscus seed pods. The hibiscus property breaks down dead skin cells to purify the pores. It also helps control acne. The brand also offers an All Bright Face Scrub ($6.99) that buffs away dull skin with a tri-blend of exfoliating agents leaving skin feeling soft and smooth.

SkinCeuticals Micro-exfoliating Scrub ($31) is for daily use to exfoliate skin while providing hydration to soften skin’s surface. The formula includes Hydrated silica which gently sweeps the skin’s surface to lift and remove dead skin cells, excess oil, and debris. 


Kona Poké to Launch a Delivery-Only Location in Miami

April 13, 2020


Kona Poké, Central Florida’s popular, fast-casual, fresh food concept is coming to South Florida.  Opening soon at 155 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 32130 in the Brickell neighborhood of Downtown Miami, Kona Poké Brickell is the brand’s first delivery-only store.  Famed chef and recent James Beard Foundation Award nominee for Rising Star Chef of the Year Henry Moso created Kona Poké’s delicious signature bowls and sauces, which will be available for delivery, in addition to Build Your Own Bowls, Soup, Salads and more.  Kona Poké’s customers will enjoy their healthy and delicious Hawaiian-style poké bowls made with fresh sushi-grade fish, house sauces and over 40 fresh toppings to choose from, plus vegan, gluten-free and cooked options are also available.  Delivery is provided directly by Kona Poké and third-party delivery services.  Kona Poké has a 100% no-contact food prep guarantee.  

“Even in these difficult times, we are opening new locations, focused on delivery-only,” says Kona Poké Owners Matthew Ting and Ernie Falco III.  “It’s our way to continue excelling.  We opened our first two locations in Central Florida in just one year, and we are excited to keep the momentum going while also adapting to the changing circumstances bringing our first delivery-only store to Brickell.  We can’t wait to feed the Miami community our insanely delicious bowls and continue making many more fans statewide.” 


Quarantine DIY Root Touch Up

April 7, 2020


dpHUE, founded in 2011 by entrepreneur Donna Pohlad who then partnered with celebrity hair colorist Justin Anderson, has always been an ally of salon professionals. “dpHUE is a brand for people who color their hair with a professional in the salon, and our products are designed with pro colorists in mind. We empower people to manage their pro color in-between salon visits, instilling confidence in them because they learn how to keep their hair color looking fresh, right up until their next appointment,” shares Pohlad. With products like Root Touch-Up Kit and Color Touch-Up SprayGloss+ (a pigmented deep conditioner), and color-protecting haircare products, including the best-selling Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse, dpHUE created and continues to lead a new hair category as the only brand dedicated solely to professional hair color maintenance.

In 2019, dpHUE launched its dpHUE Pro App (available for free download in the Apple Store) as a means to compensate pro colorists for recommending products. It signaled a disruption of traditional salon retail practices by offering a higher-than-normal commission and eliminating the need for colorists to invest in inventory and merchandise pre-sale. Any licensed cosmetologist can set up an account and order product for clients through their mobile devices. The product is delivered directly to the client, and the pros receive a commission on all sales.

The App has proven to be especially helpful since the COVID-19 outbreak, which has put many Colorists out of work with no date in sight for salons re-opening.

“When the quarantine mandates set in, I watched my entire community of hair colorists suddenly unable to earn money, while their clients started freaking out about root growth. I quickly recognized my App could be one source of revenue for colorists, and our Root Touch-Up Kit as the perfect product for them to recommend to their clients,” states Anderson, colorist for Hollywood’s A-list including Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Margot Robbie. “I spoke to Donna, and we immediately raised the commission from 35% to 50%, which is unprecedented.”

After announcing the commission increase through Anderson’s and dpHUE’s social media platforms on March 20th the response was immediate; the number of App users has skyrocketed and is continuing to grow. “Our daily sales increases via the App have been exponential since March 19th. We are encouraging all customers to place orders through their Colorists. Pricing is the same to them, but their Colorists earn 50% of the sale. We are paying out unprecedented Commissions to Colorists, and we hope to continue to see that increase,” noted Mark Ferdman, Chief Marketing Officer.

“It’s always been our mission at dpHUE to partner with professional hair colorists. We want to assure them that our color maintenance solutions will keep their clients happy, feeling confident, and keep their hair condition and color looking great until their next salon visit,” says Pohlad. “It’s been heartwarming to receive the testimonials that we have from the salon community and knowing that they trust us during this difficult period. We’re looking forward to the moment when they can get back behind their chairs!”


The Only Lighting Accessory You’ll Need for Your Phone

April 7, 2020


The new indoor-quarantined social media challenges call for new tech devices to perfect your next selfie, TikTok video, or Toosie Slide insta-story. An important step in your new video making hobby involves getting the lighting right. The new Moon® UltraLight is compact, portable, and lightweight device that slides onto your phone to help you create controlled lighting for your photos or video.

Image Courtesy of Moon Selfiie.
Image Courtesy of Moon Selfiie.

The device works as a manual adjustable clip to fit thinner or thicker devices including any phone, phone case, tablets and laptops. Think better lighting for your next virtual meeting. When you’re ready to snap a picture, you’ll able to customize the type of lighting you want, whether it daylight hue or a golden warm, the brightness levels can be attained with accuracy.

The Moon device lasts 2-3 days on intermittent usage with 2-3 hours of continuous use for video mode. It has fast-charge capability for to 60% charge in 30 minutes, brings built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and charges via a Micro USB.

The lighting specs:
Tungsten color tone 2700K
Daylight color tone 5000K
Lux: 400
Frosted diffusion lens.

To use it, place your index and middle fingers on the front of the device beside the metal and hold for 1.5 seconds. The light will come on, you can then gently tap on the right to increase the lighting or on the left to decrease it. When you place the two fingers on the moon again for 1 second, you’ll able to switch modes for brightness and color mode. Using the right to tap for warmer color mode and the left to tap for cooler mode.

The device comes in an Ultra nifty packaged box and includes the Moon UltraLight, Micro USB Cable, a small zipper black circle Carrying Case, and the User Manual. The Carrying Case makes it easy to store in your purse, attach to your keys, or a back pack. The device retails for $49.99 and comes in black or white.

To purchase click here.


Where all the Celebrities will be during Super Bowl LIV in Miami

January 16, 2020


Miami will turn into a Musical Paradise for Super Bowl LIV. Here is a list of events to attend during Super Bowl LIV 2020 Weekend. 

Chainsmokers & Lizzo

SiriusXM & Pandora Opening Drive Super Concert Series, two free exclusive concerts on back-to-back nights in Miami before the Big Game.  GRAMMY® Award-winning duo The Chainsmokers will perform Wednesday, January 29, and GRAMMY® Award-nominated breakout star Lizzo will perform Thursday, January 30, both at The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater. These exclusive events will be open to Pandora listeners and SiriusXM subscribers who are age 21 and over.  RSVP for The Chainsmokers show HERE.  RSVP for Lizzo’s performance HERE.

DJ Khaled, Meek Mills, DaBaby, and Megan the Stallion

Bud Light’s event partner EA Sports features DJ Khaled and Friends performing at the American Airlines Arena on Thursday, January 30 starting at 8 p.m. 

Post Malone

The h.wood Group will continue their long tradition of Pop-Up Bootsy Bellows during the biggest weekend in sports, partnering with In The Know Experiences and The Network Advisory with the support of Boom Cups and It’s Me Brands to create, ‘Bootsy On the Water’ in Miami on Friday, January 31 at 10 p.m. Multi-platinum recording artist Post Malone will headline ‘Bootsy On the Water,’ an over-the-top celebration in a specially constructed venue along the coast of Biscayne Bay with the biggest names in sports, entertainment and music in attendance. 

Guns N’ Roses and Snoop Dogg

As part of Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, these two acts will take the stage at the American Airlines Arena on Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets here

Lil Wayne

The “Delano Live Presented by TIDAL” concert series, a component of sbe and TIDAL’s new strategic partnership, will offer an immersive, ongoing live concert series for locals and hotel guests. Tickets are now on sale starting at $75 here  and closer to the event date, TIDAL members will have a chance to enter to win tickets. The event starts at 9 p.m. on January 31. 

Pitbull, Diddy, & Tiesto

Shaq’s Fun House Miami will feature Pitbull, Diddy, and Tiesto with superstars Diplo, DaBaby, and Carnage set to perform. There is a six hour premium open bar with unlimited bites from Pubbelly Sushi, STK Steakhouse, Coyo Taco, Papa John’s, Knaus Berry Farm, and Krispy Kreme included with every ticket. The event is Friday, January 31 at 9 p.m. 

The Chainsmokers will also be at Maxim’s Miami Nights in partnership with Columbia, where Rick Ross is also set to perform. The event will take place on Saturday, February 1 at 10 p.m. 

Maroon 5 and Dan + Shay

As part of Bud Light’s Super Bowl LIV Music Fest, Maroon 5 and Dan and Shay will perform at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets here

Diplo, Kaskade, Rick Ross, Flo Rida, DJ Carnage, and 3LAU

These acts will be present at Gronk Beach presented by Monster Energy on February 1 at the North Beach Bandshell and Beach located on 73rd and Collins in Miami Beach. Tickets here

Chris Brown, Cardi B, Migos, and Nicky Jam

Marlins Park hosts Vewtopia Music Festival will appearances by Chris Brown, Cardi B, Migos, Nicky Jam, Gunna, Megan Thee Stallion, Ty Dolla $ign, Dj Khaled, and Alex Sensation over two days. Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1. Tickets here.


Post Malone at Bootsy On The Water Miami Takeover 2020

January 16, 2020


The h.wood Group will continue their long tradition of Pop-Up Bootsy Bellows during the biggest weekend in sports, partnering with In The Know Experiences and The Network Advisory with the support of Boom Cups and It’s Me Brands to create, ‘Bootsy On the Water’ in Miami on Friday, January 31, 2020. Multi-platinum recording artist Post Malone will headline ‘Bootsy On the Water,’ an over-the-top celebration in a specially constructed venue along the coast of Biscayne Bay with the biggest names in sports, entertainment and music in attendance.

Bootsy Bellows pop-ups are an extension of L.A. hotspot Bootsy Bellows that brings luxury entertainment, invite-only, trendy experiences to exclusive locations. John Terzian and Brian Toll, co-owners of The h.wood Group said, “combining sports, entertainment and music only happens like this once a year, ‘Bootsy On the Water’ will be a one-of-a-kind experience.”

In the Know Experiences co-founder Seth Kaplan added, “we are elated to partner with The h.wood Group and The Network Advisory to produce ‘Bootsy On the Water,’ and bring the iconic Bootsy Bellows experience and vibe to Miami.”

‘Bootsy On the Water’ will kick off The Big Game weekend in a fully built out, 40,000 square foot venue with astonishing views of the Miami skyline, accessible by land, air or sea. VIP and celebrity guests will arrive by a yacht to a private marina.  Once inside, all guests will have the opportunity to indulge in decadent food and top shelf spirits including JAJA Tequila. The event will have additional music by DJ Zack Bia, DJ IRIE, and special surprises throughout the night. 

With previous activations at Art Basel, Coachella and past Big Game Weekends, Bootsy Bellows pop-ups are known to attract the best in entertainment and music with past attendees including Chris Evans, Kendall Jenner, Diddy, and Winnie Harlow and featuring performances from Gucci Mane, French Montana, Tiesto, Travis Scott, and more.

Justin Giangrande, CEO of The Network Advisory said, “The Network Advisory is excited to partner with these two leading hospitality brands to host the biggest pre-game experience in Miami. Post Malone has had a record-breaking year and I know he has something special in store for all who experience it.”