Issue - April 2015

Habitat Rising

A strong team, unique projects and an innovative approach has helped Habitat Group fulfill its goal of providing exceptional real estate management services that seek to provide solid returns and a positive investment experience for their clients, resulting in satisfied customers confident that their objectives will be fulfilled.

Couture Closets

Though they started and continue to be leaders in the luxury custom closet market, California Closets has the ability to customize their product to outfit many different areas of a home to an owner’s exact specifications.

Urban bohÈme

A colorful wardrobe, denim and accessories combine to yield looks with bold character.

Chic DEBONAIR

Capturing femme elegance through precious jewelry pieces.

20 OFF-THE-BEATEN PATH ADVENTURES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE

From Florida’s lush landscapes and iconic landmarks to adrenaline-packed activities around every corner, get ready to experience our state like never before with these adventures that are guaranteed to push your boundaries and test your limits.

Skirts & Suits

Dress For Success Miami looks to continue to help individuals transition toward self-sufficiency while shining a light on their men’s Suited For Success initiative with Jennifer Heegaard as the new Board President.

Air King

Aviation veteran and Miami native Justin Firestone is helping change the way we travel as part of private aviation enterprise Wheels Up.

Cashmere Canines

Elegant lines. Fine materials. Cutting-edge style. No, we’re not talking about a runway show. But we are talking about how Canine Royalty sets out to dress the furry members of our families with a fashion-forward wardobe collection.

Building Miami

The Melo Family’s company, The Melo Group, is run by a pair of brothers, Carlos & Martin Melo, and their father, Jose Luis Melo, who’s been in the business for 50+ years.

SMART MONEY

How to survive and thrive in tough economic times is on everyone’s mind. Which is why GOBankingRates went to the top financial gurus for their advice.

City Flight

Imagine that you buy an airplane ticket to Dallas — but you have no interest in going there. Chicago is your final destination.

Community Cooking

VeritageMiami is turning the big 2-0 and celebrating without a fake ID in a food, fun and philanthropy-friendly atmosphere.

Special Delivery

The Heineken TransAtlantic Festival in cooperation with the Rhythm Foundation have bundled a couple of days of live World Music and are planning to drop it right on your doorstep.

Elevator Commute

Millennials are trading white picket fences for condos in the sky. Green Street Advisors report Americans under 35 have a higher propensity to rent, are getting married and having children later in life, and desire a more flexible urban lifestyle.

Bold Gold

The Key has a hidden gem — oh, yes, pun intended — when it comes to Diamonds On The Key, owned by Jewelry Designer & Entrepreneur Christina Termine. This gal is lauded for having the ability to unearth a rare diamond, design a piece that defines exquisite, and transform an heirloom into a contemporary bauble. This by-appointment jeweler is all about high-quality, unique jewels sans the high retail cost.

Lunar Lure

Does the moon get you in the mood? Perhaps more than you know. If the culmination of the lunar cycle makes you want to bom chika wah wah, don’t fret, you have company.

Clear Title

A widower needed to sell his house and a buyer wanted to seize the moment and didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime. The seller and the buyer quickly came to an agreement and a handshake sealed the deal. Just after settling in, he learned that the seller’s wife was alive.

Saving Time

Watch aficionados may have one favorite timepiece, but they also probably have many others that evoke deep pleasure. Keeping them wound is not as critical as keeping them secure.

GENEROUS OPTIONS

What’s the best way to contribute to your favorite cause? Consider one of these options with various levels of commitment and control, just don’t forget to consult your attorney and financial advisor first.

Commercial Success

Alaire Harris can swap careers like a wardrobe change and go from model to metalsmith at the drop of a hat. Like lightning, inspiration may strike at any moment drawing on themes of contrasting aesthetics, inner strength and nature.

The Eyes Have It

Protect those baby blue, jade green or chocolate brown peepers from the ravaging sun with shades that speak to aesthetic beauty and a social cause. Launched in San Francisco in 2012, Westward Leaning leads the way with purposeful protection.

Spumante Psychosis

Sparkling Italian wines aren’t just fantastic when enjoyed with food, they’re also fantastic in food: Here are a few of the craziest culinary concepts enhanced by Foss-Marai Spumante.

Love Throttle

The first thing most people think about when the topic of motorcycles comes up is either a tattooed, hairy biker or those crazed kids on neon-colored bikes screaming past traffic on I-95 at 200 mph. However, bikes are actually very romantic. How so? We’re glad you asked.

WILD SYNERGY

They say being one with our surroundings is one of the best things we can do for our overall sanity. And no relationship says peace and tranquility like man’s bond with nature — and his sweet tooth.

“…But It’s My First Time!”

Everyone has to start somewhere — isn’t that what they say? We’ll, I clearly remember my first yoga class ever. I wasn’t sure how or why I ended up there, but if Jennifer Aniston could rock a yoga body, why couldn’t I? So I laid my mat at the back of the class, hoping I could go unnoticed and the hamster inside of my mind kicked into high-gear. Warning: The following thoughts were a product of dehydration. I take no responsibility for any of it.

Designer Nurturing

The Cradle from Richard Clarkson Studio is much more than just the coolest-looking rocking chair ever. The company did significant research into Rhythmic Movement Disorder and the results are incorporated into this head-turning design.

Sunshine Wishes

A few weeks ago, I finally got around to completing my very first bucketlist. It was one of my proudest moments.

Sensory Rejuvenation

Now you can have your own personal cocoon in which to escape and recharge. “Color is a property of light, which is made up of many different waves of energy,” say Lanzavecchia + Wai and Marine Meyre, the designers of the Mycoocoon Immersion Pod.

The 411

Spotlighting news, launches, announcements, happenings, products & places in and around South Florida.

Presidential Pours

W. Nathan Rogers has an authoritative name that doesn’t quite match his approachable demeanor. He directs bar operations by the light of an exquisite chandelier, under which he blends a Library Of Congress-sized compilation of premium spirits.

Tequila Takeover

Regardless of what your first, second or latest impression may have been, tequila is much more than a shot to avoid after midnight.

Smokin’ Sections

Used to prevent the bloom of bacteria, preserve swiftly-spoiling meats and make tough ones more palatable, smoking techniques are used in every country from Norway to Namibia and for good reason: It’s our undiscovered 6th taste.

CARNIVAL OF DREAMS

Ziplining along Biscayne Bay. A waterskiing squirrel. A giant picnic blanket created by a world-renowned artist. A charity rocket blast-off. And more than 100+ ways to get involved in the community. Oh my! PhilanthroFest, the nation’s largest civic engagement festival, has plenty in store for this year’s “Carnival Of Dreams” on Apr. 11 at Museum Park in Downtown Miami. And you’re invited to take part in the action.

ALL ABOARD

If you travel regularly, it becomes increasingly clear that there are a few basic types of travelers we should all watch out for — especially when flying. Regardless of how familiar you may be with these globetrotting personalities, read on to find out a few ways you can try to make it to your final destination in one piece.

An Ode To Revelations, Realizations & Revving Up

Entering the murky waters of self-discovery isn’t usually something anyone wants to dive into, but once you come out on the other side, you break free of a superficial cocoon — to finally claim your life’s calling.

Soothing Respite

For many, the bathroom is a home away from home. Check out these bath essentials sure to have you spending more time showering, grooming and primping.

Rising Up

The Related Group, Dezer Development and sbe hosted a cocktail party at SLS South Beach in honor of their latest luxury residential collaboration, Hyde Midtown Suites & Residences.

Power Learning

Perland Title & Escrow sponsored a FREC-approved Continuing Education Seminar entitled “A Day With Title” where participants earned 3 FREC credit hours as they learned how to be at the top of their game.

Fashionable Forte

Loewe, the Spanish luxury leather house, celebrated the debut of its first North American store with an in-store cocktail and a special dinner at Rubell Family Collection.

Musical Musings

Musimelange presented Paris Is Always A Good Idea at M Building featuring Pianist Yu Chi Tai, Violinist Anne Chicheportiche & Cellist Ashley Garritson, who took the audience on a musical journey.

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