Internationally renowned for their beautiful interior design work, Yabu Pushelberg has been creating timeless, artistic designs for 30 years, including the W Hotel in Times Square, Trump Hollywood, the St. Regis Bal Harbour…and now BrickellHouse. “BrickellHouse reflects the evolving sophistication that Miamians have come to appreciate,” says Glenn Pushelberg. “The design is forward-thinking and sophisticated, timeless and somewhat unexpected.”; 305.938.5707; BrickellHouse.com; YabuPushelberg.com.
Bring Inspiration Home
Isa Zapata, known for her cheerful and often whimsical creations, has just announced a new inspirational art line and a licensing deal with Deny Designs that allows us to bring her upbeat inspiration home with colorful bedding, sheets, shower curtains, wall clocks, and much more. IsaZapata.com; DenyDesigns.com.
Bikini Beach Wow
Miami is all about bathing suits and never more so than when Mercedes-Benz Swim Miami takes over July 19-23 to preview the 2013 looks from top international designers and upcoming talent in a succession of ultra-glamorous parties, runway shows and other special events; MBFashionWeek.com.
As you probably know by now, July 1-Aug. 31 is Miami Spa Month and The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne’s spa celebrates it in grand style with a menu of treatments to beautify, de-stress and replenish the body. Spa Month specials include their Signature Facial & Massage, both of which come with a posh gift; 305.365.4157; RitzCarlton.com/KeyBiscayne.
A Real Page-Turner
Summer is a great time to catch up on reading. Those looking for something other than the latest pulp bestseller will want to check out Pearls: Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore, a paranormal/historic/romance novel set at Florida’s presently endangered Belleview Biltmore Resort. It’s the first in a series of 4 novels; SpiritsOfTheBelleviewBiltmore.com.
Let’s Get The Party Started
Vibrant, culturally significant and downright fun, the Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival is a celebration like no other with dancing in the streets to drums, whistles and cowbells. Grand Avenue is the place to be for bountiful island food, extraordinary entertainment and colorful costumes; Aug. 2-5; 305.448.9501; GoombayFestivalCoconutGrove.com.
Savory, Tropical Treat
Film Festivals and Renaissance Fairs…sure, you can find those many places. But a celebration of mangoes? Now that’s truly South Florida! The 20th Anniversary Mango Festival covers all things mango including the new superior, more flavorful versions of this vibrant fruit. Bring your tastebuds July 14-15; 305.667.1651; FairchildGarden.org.
Celebrating Brazilian Cinema
The Brazilian Film Festival Miami honors 16 impressive years with a free admission opening night screening of The Clown by Selton Mello at New World Symphony. Other intriguing special showings and competitive screenings follow at Colony Theater and Miami Beach Cinematheque; Aug. 18-25; 305.600.3347; BrazilianFilmFestival.com
Putting Dania On The Design Map
With design industry leaders flocking to the Dania Beach Design District (DBDD), it’s no wonder the area is being touted as South Florida’s next “Capital of Design.” Modern Line Furniture is the latest to open a showroom. Recently, DBDD sponsored a free “Military Room Makeover” for several lucky veterans; DaniaBeachDesignDistrict.com.
Take A Bite Out Of The Tropics
How can anyone resist something called the “Burger, Beer & Balls Bash”? We can’t. The Aug. 4 inaugural event is presented by the Miami Taste Of Brickell Food & Wine Festival, so you know it will be fun as top chefs interpret burgers and meatballs. There will be a great beer selection, too; 305.200.8892; TasteOfBrickell.com.
World-Class Luxurious Fun
Just north of us in Aventura is a 300-acre Mediterranean-style oasis: Turnberry Isle Miami. This Forbes Four-Star resort offers a couple of championship golf courses, Chef Michael Mina’s award-winning Bourbon Steak restaurant, elite Cañas Tennis, a beach club, kids camps, meeting facilities and even a winding lazy river and waterslide for the entire family to enjoy; 866.612.7739; TurnberryIsleMiami.com.
Each performance of live theater is a unique and personal experience. The 27th International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami brings us a wealth of fine offerings July 12-29. The U.S. Latino Theatre will be honored in recognition of our country’s preservation and contribution to Hispanic culture; 305.445.8877; TeatroAvante.com.