Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blue? Try these on...

From NBC Miami

Lisa Blue Explodes With Color

Bikinis start at $180 and the average price for a onepiece is $200-$250

By Lisa Orkin Emmanuel
|  Thursday, Jul 14, 2011  |  Updated 3:32 PM EDT
It’s going to be an explosion of color at the Lisa Blue swimsuit show in South Beach. 
Australia-based designer Lisa Burke is showing her new swimsuit collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in South Beach.
Burke says she used her imagination to create prints that range from a galactic theme to a peacock feather photo, which was turned into painting and used as a print. 
“It’s like an explosion of color,” she said.
Burke also created prints inspired by an Australian Aboriginal painting, which was made by an artist who is a member of the Whale Tribe.
“I do my best to honor and respect the Aboriginal people and to be generous to make sure they are taken care of,” she said.
For the galactic theme, she has put metallic panels of gold and silver on the suits as well as metallic studs. There are even some Sci-Fi cutouts. There is also a print by artist Jean Luc Bozzoli.
She created a lot of bodysuits, which she says can even be worn with jeans. Another hip design are bikinis with high-waisted bottoms.
Bikinis start at $180 and the average price for a onepiece is $200-$250.
For colors, think blues, purples and black.
“We’re trendy. We’re fresh. We’re cool,” she said. “Interesting, unique, very feminine.
Some bathing suits are glamorous, some are beachy.”
And she also has an answer to competition from lower priced mass retailers.
"There are some nights where you want to go have pizza and some nights you want to go to a nice restaurant. And Lisa Blue is the nice restaurant," she said.

Friday, July 8, 2011

USA Today Asks If LeBron Did Right??

By Reid Cherner, USA TODAY

One year ago today was the traffic accident known as "The Decision."

We wanted to look away as LeBron James sat across from Jim Gray and said he was taking his talents to South Beach to join Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. But we could not help rubber-necking.

We found out about his biting his fingernails and a lot of other things that paled next to his announcement.

The Boys & Girls Clubs benefited $3 million worth from the announcement but did we? Although that isn't really the question that is being begged.

After 365 days, after an NBA title series appearance and a variety of brickbats thrown his way, did James make the right decision?

He's still persona non grata in Cleveland and he and the town isn't big enough for him and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. However, his hometown Akron continues to host his summer charity and basketball camp.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

South Beach's Newest Dining Extravagance

Tudor House on South Beach

The goods: Miami welcomes another restaurant fronted by a celebrity chef: the Dream South Beach hotel’s Tudor House by Geoffrey Zakarian (The Food Network’s Chopped, Manhattan’s The Lambs Club and The National), with Jamie Derosa (Atlantic Ocean Club) as executive chef.

Ambience: The Deco hotel lobby’s swagger has been retained in shiny travertine floors, chrome chairs and Danish wood paneling. A spacious, date-friendly patio is outfitted with teak benches and a stone fountain.

The grub: Modern American cuisine. Expect classics like fried chicken, meatballs and brussels sprouts with a gourmet twist. Portions are delicate, but you won’t go home hungry. Prices are on par for South Beach hotels: starters are $9-$15, mains $12-$29 and sides $8.

Dinner begins with salted pretzel bites and red wine ketchup. Move on to platters of cured Iberico ham, small plates of plump white anchovies on toasted bread, marinated olives, steak tartare with chanterelle mushrooms or a hiramasa (yellowtail amberjack) sashimi with ají amarillo foam and yuzu sorbet.
Mains include grouper cheeks with romesco sauce, lamb belly with baby carrots, a Cuban-style pressed sandwich with pork belly and pickled cucumbers and an “Ugly Burger” smothered in bread-and-butter pickles.

Pastry chef Natalia Arevalo (Nobu) brings a playful edge to childhood sweets with a popcorn milkshake accompanied by homemade Kit Kat bars, house-made Oreos with coffee hazelnut milk and rocky road ice cream.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

South Beach Weather for the Independence Day Weekend

As the Mountain West enjoys a rare weekend of Fourth of July skiing we will have scattered showers and it will be mostly cloudy. Tonight low will go down to 78. That is the same as last night with a light ocean breeze that will be coming from the south. Chance of rain will be low at 30 percent.

"An east wind will bring the smoke back over us to add to the glory of the exploding fireworks."
Saturday will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. We have entered the rainy season so this is normal to have happen every day. The secret is that it never lasts. Go back to the hotel room, and do what lovers do, and enjoy a nap before heading out to dinner. Overall the day will be partly sunny, with a high near 88. A slight sea breeze will be possible but will be very light, so take water with you to the beach. (The beach vendors are getting almost $3 a bottle) Chance of rain overall is a 50/50 shot. Just remember it is almost always gone within an hour. Saturday night?, a low of 79 and minimal chance of rain. Is a stray thunderstorm possible? ALWAYS!
Sunday will bring more of the same with showers and thunderstorms possible. It will be mostly sunny, with a high approaching 89. Sea breeze will be stronger gusting to 15 but the chance of precipitation is only 20%. Sunday night as you come back to the hotel, after the clubs close, it will be 79 with little chance of rain.
Independence Day:Isolated showers and thunderstorms. It will be mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Sea breeze will be like Saturday with a sparse 20% chance of rain. The all important nighttime will hopefully go as follows. It will be partly cloudy, with a low around 81 with maybe a stray isolated and lonely thunderstorm. An east wind will bring the smoke back over us to add to the glory of the exploding fireworks. Chance of precipitation is only 20%.I looked up the fireworks info and here it is from the excellent source,"

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