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The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

Pascal Depuhl is chief mind changer at Photography by Depuhl, a Miami-based visual content creation company. It’s common to find him in the mountains of Afghanistan or the jungles of South America and it’s just as common to walk away from the visual content he creates with your mind changed.

To get a glimpse of what’s going on in his mind check out his blog. 


If you want to be blown away by some young talent in Miami check out the Taste of Design at DASH - the Design and Architecture Senior High School in the Design district. Ranked the #2 high school in Florida (#20 in the nation according to US News) this school crafts young artists into unbelievable creative powerhouses in architecture, fashion design, film, graphic design, and industrial Design. 

The art these kids put out is nothing less than inspiring and the spirit of collaboration and cooperation is jaw dropping. It’s not the easiest magnet school to get into (you’ll need a killer portfolio) and the admissions process is made up out of a live drawing audition, a review of said portfolio and an interview of the student. 

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Ink Drawing by Raphaelle Depuhl

But what makes this school really great are the teachers and administrators, who help these kids grow and hone their art skill set. By the end of the four years, the students end up at the most prestigious art colleges and universities in the world. 

My favorite principal hands down is Stacey Mancuso - although she recently retired from being the head master at DASH, I’ll let her tell you more about the school that she has played such a great part in making an impact on the future  of the generations of many Miami creatives:

Video credit: Photography by Depuhl

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

Pascal Depuhl is chief mind changer at Photography by Depuhl, a Miami-based visual content creation company. It’s common to find him in the mountains of Afghanistan or the jungles of South America and it’s just as common to walk away from the visual content he creates with your mind changed.

To get a glimpse of what’s going on in his mind check out his blog.


History may not be the first thing that comes to your mind, when you think about Miami. There are surprisingly many places tucked between the gleaming skyscrapers of downtown, the waterfront mansions on the bay, the yachts and jet set everyone associates with he Magic City. 

Vizcaya is one of those places. Build on Biscayne Bay over 100 years ago you’ll drive right past it, if your not paying attention, as you drive down South Miami Avenue. The villa is unbelievable, only to be outdone by it’s formal gardens. 

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Photo credit: Photography by Depuhl

I was introduced to Vizcaya 20+ years ago as a photo assistant, working on photo productions in the beautiful gardens of the estate. Ever since then I don’t miss an opportunity to go and visit. 

If you’re lucky, you’ll meet Rebecca, Public Programs Manager for Vizcaya. She’s one of the friendliest people I know in Miami and will always have some kind of surprise up her sleeve, when it comes to amazing events that are held at the museum or gardens. 

Of course if you’re a regular CreativeMornings attendee, you’ve gotten to enjoy Vizcaya a few times already. 

Video credit: Photography by Depuhl

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

Pascal Depuhl is chief mind changer at Photography by Depuhl, a Miami-based visual content creation company. It’s common to find him in the mountains of Afghanistan or the jungles of South America and it’s just as common to walk away from the visual content he creates with your mind changed.

To get a glimpse of what’s going on in his mind check out his blog.

George is one of those guys you can’t help but love. He’s the graphic designer, who runs Collab Miami - a creative community of freelance friends, exchanging ideas and getting feedback while being inspired and encouraged to succeed.

Photo credit: Photography by Depuhl

Collab Miami is not your traditional networking meet up group. I’ve gotten to meet some great people and all of them are willing to help out, teach, learn, answer questions, critique and ask for help themselves. 

And if meeting new creative artists isn’t enough, you’ll also be introduced to the cool co-working spaces that are all over Miami, like MADE at the Citadel, Tambo Works, WeWork, Pipeline Doral, … 

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Photo credit: Photography by Depuhl

George has put together an awesome platform for the creative freelance community in Miami and when you meet him, you can tell he has a big heart for digital nomads, who come to the oasis he’s created. 

Sign up to get an email about the next Collab Miami meet up. It’ll be worth the trek.

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!


I’ve lived in South Florida for 20 years and yes I’m a native Floridian, if you overlook the 28 years I spend living in Europe, Chicago and New York. Over the next few days I will share some people I’ve been privileged to meet and some of my favorite places in South Florida. 


Where is the beach?” is probably the first question my friends ask, when they come to visit Miami. I think they picture us suntanning all day long. Honestly though, the only time you’ll find me on the beach is when I’m creating photographs for my clients. 

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Photo credit: Photography by Depuhl

Enter Jytte. Although I didn’t meet her on the beach, we did end up on one photographing for Armpocket. Jytte is not from Florida originally, but she now runs a small business in South Florida, which makes an armband, that protects your phone, keys, cash, … while you go about your active lifestyle. 

Like so many of my clients, Jytte had found me via a web search and in the course of producing a photo shoot for them I ended up finding a precious gem of a beach, that ended up being the location for our shoot. (You can check out how I scouted this beach on my blog.)

If you drive toward Key Biscayne and make a left directly across from the Miami Seaquarium, you’ll find Virgina Key Beach tucked away on your right. It ended up being the perfect place to shoot the running shots at sunrise. 

Jytte is one of the people that make Miami great in my eyes. I’m blessed to work with many of them: Chaz, Yves, Leo, Fannie, Rebecca, Maria, … They are a few of the small business owners, who live here. They are the kick butt entrepreneurs that make Miami one of my favorite places. 

Video credit: Photography by Depuhl

Pascal Depuhl is chief mind changer at Photography by Depuhl, a Miami-based visual content creation company. It’s common to find him in the mountains of Afghanistan or the jungles of South America and it’s just as common to walk away from one of the visual content he creates with your mind changed.

To get a glimpse of what’s going on in his mind check out his blog.

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it! 

One of the joys of living in Miami is all the free and cheap entertainment we have available, from free concerts to free movies to free festivals and more.

Here are four free and cheap things to do this weekend (Aug 12-14) in Miami. You can find free and cheap things to do every day at Miami on the Cheap

Free HistoryMiami Family Fun Day

HistoryMiami museum offers for free admission the second Saturday of every month and hosts Family Fun Day. The Aug. 13 theme is “Connecting with Nature,” and kids can participate in activities about summer and the great outdoors.  

(Photo courtesy of HistoryMiami)

Free day at PAMM

The second Saturday of the month also brings free admission at the Perez Art Museum Miami, with special family activities from 1 to 4 p.m. This weekend, visitors can explore the art of sketching through the notebooks of the artist Basquiat. Workshop participants will get a chance to create their own sketchbooks.

The Miami Science Barge is a floating urban ecological laboratory and public environmental education center in Biscayne Bay, powered by renewable energy, that will catalyze local efforts to build a sustainable Miami.

Free Miami Science Barge

The Miami Science Barge, at 1075 Biscayne Blvd. in the Museum Park Baywalk, is open to the public for tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for kids under 18, and a $5 donation is suggested for adults. 

Visitors can explore aquaponics (tilapia, greens, shrimp), hydroponics (strawberries, tomatoes, eggplant), aquaculture hatchery display (mahi, pompano, seahorses), and a constructed wetland for nutrient recycling (marsh grasses). 

Discount late-night movies

Night owls who love movies will want to get in on the discount late-night movie screenings at the Coral Gables Art Cinema at 11:45 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is $7 and includes a free popcorn. This Saturday’s offering is “City of God.”

You can  keep up deals, discounts and free events in South Florida if you sign up for the daily Miami on the Cheap newsletter or the daily Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap newsletter.  For more tips on what to do this weekend, read the weekend roundup of free and cheap events and the Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap weekend events and deals roundup.

About Teresa Mears: Teresa Mears is a longtime South Florida journalist. She worked previously as an editor at The Miami Herald, The Tampa Bay Times and The Los Angeles Times. She has also contributed to MSN Money, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and other publications. She has publishedMiami on the Cheap, Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap, Living on the Cheap and related sites since 2009. In addition to publishing websites, she writes about personal finance for U.S. News & World Report. When she’s not working on the website, she’s polishing her singing and learning to play the guitar. She is a member of Nova Singers, the South Florida Jubilee Chorus and the Broward Folk Club.

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!This article was adapted from a post at Miami on the Cheap by Katherine Lynch.

Who doesn’t love a good happy hour with good energy, and fantastic food and drink specials? We’ve done our research — by eating and drinking our way through Miami — and have come up with a list of our favorite happy hour spots.

Here are five Miami favorites:

Area 31, Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami 305.424.5234
Happy Hour: Mon-Thurs from 5-8 p.m.; Fri, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

If you are looking for a sexy vibe with a gorgeous view of the Brickell area, you must check out Area 31 at Epic. Located on the 16th floor, the setting lets you enjoy a light breeze while sipping on your favorite adult beverages. During Happy Hour, which takes place Monday to Thursday from 5-8 p.m. on the outdoor terrace bar, guests can enjoy premium well drinks, house wine, beer and bubbles for $7. To pair with the drinks, Area 31 offers a small $7 bar menu, featuring tempting items like St. Croix Conch Fritters; Meatballs with kefir lime and crispy shallots.

When Friday rolls around, Area 31 gets ready for a Chase-the-Clock promotion, where drinks are priced by the hour ($5 at 5 p.m., $6 at 6 p.m., etc. up until midnight) — and food specials are offered up until 10 p.m.

Dolce Italian, 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; (786) 975-2550
Happy Hour: Daily from 4-8 p.m.

Dolce Italian, named the Best New Restaurant in 2015, offers a stellar Eight for Eight Happy Hour. Located at the Gale South Beach, Dolce Italian offers happy hour daily from 4-8 p.m. During this time, guests can enjoy one of their eight signature cocktails or one of the eight featured appetizers like their Margherita Pizza or the Dolce Meatballs for just $8. In addition, select wines by the glass are $8, and Peroni drafts are just $4.

Morton’s The Steakhouse, locations in Coral Gables, Miami, Miami Beach and North Miami Beach

Happy Hour: Every day from 5 p.m. to closing in the bar (may vary by location, no Sunday happy hour in North Miami Beach). 

While a visit to Morton’s can put a huge dent in your last paycheck, a visit does not need to ruin your budget if you plan it right. Instead of indulging in a juicy steak in the main dining room, why not take part in the happy hour in the bar?  While both food and drink specials will have you smiling — $5.50 for beer (Sam Adams, Budweiser or Bud Light), $7.50 for select wine, and $8.50 for select martinis and cocktails. To coat your stomach, you’ll want to nibble on some bar bites. We highly suggest the Mini Crab Cake BLT’s, Tuna Tacos, the Spinach Crab & Artichoke Dip or the 3 Prime Cheeseburgers — all priced at $7.

The Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne; (305) 361-3818

Happy Hour: Weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

For a happy hour with a view, we recommend The Rusty Pelican, offering some of the best views in the city. This classic Miami restaurant offers a menu of fresh local seafood and Latin-inspired dishes in a chic, modern setting — and some happy hour specials that we can’t resist. From 4 to 7 p.m. in the lounge area, guests can enjoy 50% off select appetizers like a Smoked Salmon Roll or Crispy Tostones with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, $9 small plates like Corvina Ceviche and Seabass and Salmon Buñuelos and some great drink specials. Think — $3 bottled beer; $5 cocktails and select wines; and $7 signature cocktails.

SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill, 3250 NE 1st Ave, Miami 786.369.0353

Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday (in the bar area only)

For a hip happy hour during the week, visit Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill. SUGARCANE features a creative menu of internationally-inspired small plates, a raw bar and items from the robata grill. If the restaurants wasn’t hot enough by itself, imagine what a happy hour adds to the vibe — and, SUGARCANE’s is fabulous. From 4-7 pm, Monday through Friday, guests will enjoy snacks for bargain prices like Edamame ($3), American Wagyu Sliders ($5), Yellowtail Jalapeño Sushi Rolls ($6) and Chicken Tokyo from the robota grill with scallion & yakitori sauce ($7). The deals on your favorite liquid beverages are just as tempting — select wine, beer and specialty cocktails are just $7, pitchers of sangria are $25 and a mojito pitcher is $35.

Find more Miami happy hour favorites.

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The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

This article was adapted from a post at Miami on the Cheap by Donna Gehrke-White.

Miami-Dade can be pricey but there are still loads of things to do with your kids for free or low cost. Top on the list are South Florida’s pristine – and free – beaches. You can also find plenty of other free or low-cost things to do in Miami. How about a bat hike? Riding a pony? Enjoying a tropical forest? Taking in an art exhibit? They’re all offered in Miami-Dade County. Here are five free and cheap things to do with kids in Miami.

Ocean on Watch

Tourists spend thousands of dollars to come to the Magic City but you can enjoy one of the top destinations for free: the Miami Beach Boardwalk. It is two miles of people watching and breathtaking ocean views, starting at 21st Street. You can walk from the historic Art Deco District to the famed 1950s condo canyons where Frank Sinatra once crooned at hotel nightclubs. You and the kids can venture off the boardwalk to sun bathe and frolic in the ocean.

You can swim or rent equipment to surf, kayak, kite board or snorkel. The Travel Channel has listed the Miami Beach beaches as among the 10 best in the nation. They have restrooms, showers and are staffed with lifeguards during the day.

You can also get off the boardwalk to venture south into the heart of South Beach and all its glamour. Be sure to keep your child-friendly trips to SoBe during the day. For more information, call the Tourism Hotline at 305-673-7400.

The Slow Lane with a Free Farm

Further north and far, far from the urban crowd, your family can experience life in the slow lane: A pioneer farm with horses, ponies, cows, pigs, sheep, geese, chicken and even a donkey or two. Enjoy the pioneer Bill Graham’s Farm Village at Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65th St., Hialeah, which boasts a sugar cane press, an old general store, horseshoeing, cow milking and a fishing lake. The park also has one of South Florida’s top-ranked mountain biking trails and a dog park. It’s free during the week; parking is $7 on Saturdays and Sundays. The park is open from sunrise to sunset with its office open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 305-685-8389 for information.

Free Hiking Trails – Birds or Bats?

Miami has its wild side – of the flying kind. You have a variety of choices at Greynolds Park, 17530 W. Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach. You can take owl walks or bat hikes. Or maybe bird sojourns or butterfly walks amid nearly 250 acres of mangrove forests and hardwood hammocks. The park, once a rock quarry, is now restored to its natural past. It offers nature walks for everyone as well as a bird rookery, mangrove boardwalk, historic boathouse, observation mound and a lagoon. It’s on the historic Oleta River where the Tequesta Indians once lived. The park is free and open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week, but parking is $7 on weekends. Call 305-945-3425 during office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends.

Books, Stories, Crafts, and Everything is Free

The sprawling 54,000-square-foot West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, in Westchester is probably not listed as a must-see tourist site for families – but it should be. Parents sing its praises considering it has 200,000 books, an outdoor playground, an art gallery with ongoing exhibits, an auditorium and a huge upstairs children’s area with its own computers. The library touts that it “treats children special” and offers free story-telling and crafts programs. It’s all free. Call the library at 305-553-1134 for more information. There are more than 45 public libraries throughout Miami-Dade, with free programs for adults and kids, as well as computers, movies to check out free and more.

Picnic with Miami’s History

The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway in one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods, Coconut Grove, is a rare treat for kids. They get to stomp around one of Miami-Dade County’s oldest Biscayne Bay estates while daydreaming of water adventures. It’s right at their feet: vistas of blue bay. You can picnic on the grounds and enjoy rocking chairs on porches that overlook the bay. There are reasonably priced tours of the 1891 house, the city’s oldest home, still on its original foundation: $3 for ages 13 and up, $1 for ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger are free. Admission to the five-acre park grounds is $2 per person and you can drop that in the honors box. Call 305-442-6866 for more information.

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About Teresa Mears: Teresa Mears is a longtime South Florida journalist. She worked previously as an editor at The Miami Herald, The Tampa Bay Times and The Los Angeles Times. She has also contributed to MSN Money, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and other publications. She has publishedMiami on the Cheap, Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap, Living on the Cheap and related sites since 2009. In addition to publishing websites, she writes about personal finance for U.S. News & World Report. When she’s not working on the website, she’s polishing her singing and learning to play the guitar. She is a member of Nova Singers, the South Florida Jubilee Chorus and the Broward Folk Club.

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

My name is Teresa Mears  and I will be taking over the CreativeMornings/Miami Blog this week. I’ll be talking about free and cheap ways to enjoy life in Miami, which is important as our city gets more expensive. Luckily, we have many opportunities to free concerts, free movies, free things to do with kids and other free and cheap entertainment in Miami.

This article was adapted from a post at Miami on the Cheap.

People seem to think that dating needs to be expensive. We at Miami on the Cheap don’t agree. Dates (and date nights) can be romantic without being expensive. Here are 10 ideas for free and cheap dates in Miami:

Art

  • The Wolfsonian. The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum in Miami Beach has free entry every Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sometimes there are special programs, free films or musical guests.
  • Art Walks. Miami has art walks taking place all over the city. In fact, there’s a high chance you’ll find an art event every weekend. Popular art walks include those in Wynwood, Coral Gables and Bird Road Art District.
  • Perez Art Museum. PAMM offers free admission every first Thursday and second Saturday of the month. The museum is open late the first Thursday, and there are often special events. The second Saturday free day includes activities for children and families..

Music

  • Free jazz at MOCA. The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami has a free jazz concert every last Friday of the month. Admission to the museum during this event is by donation, and the galleries stay open late.
  • New World Symphony Free Concert Series. The New World Symphony offers free community concerts during its season, including Wallcast, where the symphony concert is broadcast live on the wall outside the concert hall. The Wallcast concerts are always free, and you can take a picnic or buy food on site. The 2015-2016 season begins Oct. 15. For a full schedule visit the NWS events calendar.
  • Viernes Culturales. This celebration of Latin culture is 7 to 11 p.m. the last Friday of every month in little festival. The event includes music on multiple stages, as well as art, culture and food.

Parks and Recreation

  • Bike Trails. For those who like to engage in physical fitness with friends, Miami-Dade has many free bike trails. You can find bike trails in Oleta State Park, Crandon Park, the Everglades and many more locations.
  • Fun with Fido. We’ve heard that dog parks are a great place to meet potential dates who share your love for furry companions. Miami-Dade has more than 25 dog-friendly parks you can visit free.
  • Romantic parks. Miami-Dade has many beautiful parks, but one in particular is great for dates: South Pointe Park on Miami Beach. It’s open as late as 2 a.m., has great views (including an observation deck and views of the bay by Fisher Island) and is wonderful for both daytime and nighttime dates.
  • Walks on the beach. There is a reason walking on the beach is part of every personal ad. Walking on the back with the right person can be very romantic, and walking and talking is a great way to get to know someone. Miami-Dade County has hundreds of miles of coastline, and all you have to pay for is parking.

(Photo by Teresa Mears, all rights reserved)

About Teresa Mears: Teresa Mears is a longtime South Florida journalist. She worked previously as an editor at The Miami Herald, The Tampa Bay Times and The Los Angeles Times. She has also contributed to MSN Money, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and other publications. She has published Miami on the Cheap, Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap, Living on the Cheap and related sites since 2009. In addition to publishing websites, she writes about personal finance for U.S. News & World Report. When she’s not working on the website, she’s polishing her singing and learning to play the guitar. She is a member of Nova Singers, the South Florida Jubilee Chorus and the Broward Folk Club.

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

 

Miami doesn’t exactly fall in the map as a fashion capital, there’s actually a specific “Miami style” that pervades in the minds of who comes to visits that is, so to speak, not so what I have been trying to convey in these past days.

Thinking at cities like Milan, Florence, Rome, London, New York and Paris where it’s always fashion, even after fashion month is over, how do we keep up with it?

First rule is “don’t follow trends, rather set them”, it’s an ambitious one, I know, and it entails a mix of creativity, curiosity and eye for the unknown, but that’s what ultimately will bring to one’s personal style instead of being prompted to buy from social media influencers.

Second, do it like the Italians (or the Parisians or New Yorkers) and get acquainted with the designers, get exposed to the collections when they are presented, few months before they are produced and shipped to the stores, that is learn how to live the life of a showroom. 

The showroom is like a gallery, where the collections are showcased for a short period of time to boutique buyers, who place their orders that get fulfilled a few months along the line.  

Miami is growing from the little young cousin of the big guys to a pied-a-terre for designers to launch their brands. Whether they are Italian and European brands willing to sell and expand in the Americas or Latin American designers using Miami as a platform to access the American market.

Just last week, during Miami’s chaotic swim week, I have visited three.

Visionnaires Miami is the traditional formula, a refined multibrand fashion operator. A bit over 40 of (mainly) Made in Italy collections of man and woman ready to wear, hats, furs, jewelry, shoes and handbags are on display for a month in Wynwood, buyers came, got acquainted to new brands, chose, ordered what they they deemed appropriate for their clientele and they will receive them in time for Thanksgiving.

POOL Lab in Coral Gables is a slightly different formula that includes retail and wholesale under the same roof. Beatriz, the founder, a dynamic and chic entrepreneur, combined her retail experience with the relationship with the designers to cover a double role as a retailer and distributor. There’s nothing more pleasing than walking in a store impeccably styled that welcomes you with telling you a story, dress by dress, shoe after shoe, and draws you in a dreamy world of chiffon and silks.

The third case was an event that Pro Colombia organized at District 900, a shared workspace with killer views of Biscayne Boulevard. This was a one-day kermesse of media, bloggers and buyers gathered for a short showcase and an engaging Q&A meant to promote craftsmanship and talents from Colombia. You can just imagine the pleasure of having Wayuu bags, sustainable brands and the famous Colombian swimwear all under the same roof. According to Andrea Lopez, Marketing Director of Pro Colombia, “events like these are the best formula to access the right channels and promote craftsmanship.”

Once again, Miami is a receptive basin where cultures, habits, creativity, arts meet and coexist to the delight of the many. Mingling of designers, their inspirations, the first sample sales have started timidly to bring the buzz alive from the magazines. Hopefully the rhythms will keep up. On this wave-length, stay tuned as Miami Dade College is about to inaugurate the Miami Fashion Institute, the first program to offer a degree in fashion design and merchandizing.  

About Francesca Belluomini

Francesca is a fashion writer, brand consultant and a style buff. Born and raised in Tuscany, Italy, she has been living in Miami long enough not to blink at peacocks crossing the street, yet, too Italian for an American, too American for any Italian.

Her book “The Cheat Sheet of Italian Style” (September 2016) spells the secrets of dressing the Italian way, the quintessential seal of being pulled together with insouciant elegance.  Because Italian style goes beyond frontiers and encompasses all facets of life, she believes anyone can achieve it regardless of age or location, and she’ll convince you too.

Meanwhile, you can head over to chicFB.com to read her cogitations on fashion and style.

In addition, Francesca is a contributor for Social Miami with a column called Style Encounter and a featured-to-be author at Trusted Clothes

Everything else happens on her Instagram profile.

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

 

Life in the sunny, stormy, humid and luscious Southern Riviera is beautiful, we have it easy in comparison with our friends that endure months of snow and temperatures below human reach.

I must say that two decades in Miami may have smoothened some of my Italian corners, but, as my friend puts it, “I am so Italian I don’t even know how much” yet for my family I am l’americana.  

People are drawn to the Italian lifestyle, la Dolce Vita, speaking with the hands and eating gelato, Florence, Venice and Portofino. 

Like in the late 50’s Renato Carosone, a music composer from Naples, was singing “Tu vuo’ fa’ l’americano” (You wanna be American), here I am going to tell you how to be Italian.

(breakfast at Cafe Florian, www.cafeflorian.com

1.   Il caffe’ is sacred and any time of the day is good for one, but il cappuccino is only for breakfast, it doesn’t come after a meal.

2.   The tailor and the cobbler are two essential members of your contacts folder, ideally on speed-dial, you would drive miles to reach them when they are good and you rarely share their number.

3.   Flip flops are for … never

4.   You have a favorite opera composer, you are either team Verdi or Puccini and you have your reasons, memory or anecdote to.

5.   Sit down, dress the table and even if you are alone set the mood and enjoy a plate of spaghetti alle vongole for lunch. Don’t feel guilty or think at how many minutes of treadmill you will have to endure later, which brings to n.

6.   Don’t work out

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7.  Set trends, don’t follow them, you know your style, don’t emulate

8.   Be 5 to 10 minutes late, always (yes, that includes a collection of trains and airplanes missed)

9.   Wear linen in the summer and indulge in porcini in the fall

10. Leave leggings for the gym

11. Lingerie is meant to make you feel naked 

12. Take suntanning meticulously, no lines allowed or white chalky 80 SPF 

13. Don’t take yourself too seriously: too long to explain here, my book has a whole chaper dedicated to it, meanwhile irony is your best friend.

 

 

About Francesca Belluomini

Francesca is a fashion writer, brand consultant and a style buff. Born and raised in Tuscany, Italy, she has been living in Miami long enough not to blink at peacocks crossing the street, yet, too Italian for an American, too American for any Italian.

Her book “The Cheat Sheet of Italian Style” (September 2016) spells the secrets of dressing the Italian way, the quintessential seal of being pulled together with insouciant elegance.  Because Italian style goes beyond frontiers and encompasses all facets of life, she believes anyone can achieve it regardless of age or location, and she’ll convince you too.

Meanwhile, you can head over to chicFB.com to read her cogitations on fashion and style.

In addition, Francesca is a contributor for Social Miami with a column called Style Encounter and a featured-to-be author at Trusted Clothes

Everything else happens on her Instagram 

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