Grand Opening Benefit Party of Quality Meats Miami Beach, the newest location of the acclaimed Manhattan eatery. 

Set to take place at Quality Meats Miami Beach, located at 1501 Collins Avenue, on Thursday, February 26, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m., this grand opening soiree will feature lavish food stations and free-flowing cocktails. Available for purchase, tickets to the event are priced at $150 per person, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Mission International Rescue Charities (MIR Charities). 

You can purchase tickets here or by clicking the hyperlinked invite below:  

During a live auction, guests will be able to bid on not-to-be-missed items, including the following: 
  • A week stay in a luxury four-bedroom villa in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. Including all meals, and full staff. 
  • A Super VIP Miami Heat package donated by Alonzo Mourning featuring two game tickets, half-time locker room tour, signed memorabilia and much more!
MIR Charities is an organization based in the Dominican Republic that has been providing educational programs to underserved children for the last 25 years. Currently, the organization has over 1,200 children enrolled at their schools (Kindergarten – 12th grade).  For more information and photos abut MIR Charities, please visit 

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The selfie is a smartphone-produced version of the self-portrait, which has been a staple of art and photography history since artists first began seeing examining their own images. The evolution of self-portraits through selfies has made it possible to for the masses to do what was only reserved for the elite group of artists and photographers that had the skills to create them.

Some people take selfies to receive validation. Some take them to share their lives with the world. Some take selfies because they lack self-esteem and others do it to encourage people. Some people take selfies just for fun. Whatever the reason, the selfie is here. It is more than just a fad, it  will forever be the self-portrait of our time.

In this exhibition we explore the blurred lines of the virtual and real world through the idea of taking selfies. We invite you to explore the duality of the selfie experience.
To fully interact with this collection, guests will be invited to scan the unique codes and join the conversation through social networks.

Please join us in the official SXSW Trade Show Gallery at the Meet-up Lounge.

#TheSelfie @COOLCreativeinc
Supoporting partners: @TheLabMiami @WeareUneeq

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Featured host Giuliana Rancic

DJ Irie poses with a few celeb buddies including Jamie Foxx (far left)

South Florida Native Jason Derulo was a featured performer at COTTON's 24 Hour runway show

Cotton Inc. officially set a new Guinness world record with their 24 Hour Runway show in partnership with PEOPLE magazine. The show was held on Miami Beach's Ocean Drive. The show's theme, " The Moments of Our Lives" had one look per minute for 24 consecutive hours. The star-studded event featured host celebrities Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Jason Kennedy and Micheal Yo, with performances by Jason Derulo, Trey Smith, Fantine and DJ Irie. Over 2 million viewers watched Cotton's 24 Hour Runway show, a record-breaking high for the brand's fashion show activation.

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with Miami Fashion Network Event
By: Joanne Joseph
Cool Contributor

The COOL dream team stopped by Miami Fashion Network’s kick-off party on The Betsy Hotel's roof deck. The ocean drive rooftop was filled with fashion enthusiasts, shop owners and socialites. Models stunned and stunted in their designer swim wear designed by 
Ellis Beach Wear. The #CertifiedCOOL pieces were a great predecessor of what was to come for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015.
Models wearing pieces from Ellis Beach wear
Models, swimsuits and COOL shots!
Mix & Mingle
Jessica Anderson MFN Founder and CEO with Travis Smith, partner and Vanessa Dadaglio

Stay tuned for more #Certified COOL coverage to come during
Mercedes Benz Fashion Swim Week!

16th Edition
By: Joanne Joseph 

From Thursday May 15th through Sunday May 18th, some of the hottest designers came together to  showcase the latest styles and trends from Latin America and the Caribbean.  Celebrating its 16th year Miami fashion week has given top designers the opportunity to display their talents to the South Florida community. The week also gives Miami designers the chance to introduce their work to the fashion world. 

The Anna Mora Collection

Designer Anna Mora was a representation of diversity with pieces that incorporated
textiles and natural silk.

Project Runway Season 3 winner Matìas Hernàn featured his COOL and futuristic pieces.  The Chilean designer's cutting-edge collection did a great job of incorporating femininity to a sharp, futuristic look. Hernàn has appeared in magazines such as Vogue Latin America and Cosmopolitan and continues to style and direct fashion photo shoots.

The Matìas Hernàn Collection

Bolivian-born designer Paulo Silva’s collection was nothing short of chic couture while Sheri Hill’s gowns exuded elegance and class. We of course cannot forget the vibrant colors and hand-painted designs of Agatha de la Prada whose collection was bold and represented the Spanish designers personality along with a Miami twist.

The Sherri Hill Collection

The Agatha de la Prada Collection

From the runway shows, to the pop-up boutiques and workshops, we can conclude that the 16th edition of Miami Fashion Week was a definite a success and a #COOL event.

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The Catalina Hotel in South Beach was the perfect setting for The Fashion Happy Hour's one year anniversary event. We were selected to be one of the guest bloggers and we were invited to style models from Damas School. The event was sponsored by Miami Fashion Network, a group that offers exposure for Miami designers and local trade suppliers so they can support each other with fashion-minded consumers.

Besides being unbelievably fashionably sweaty (as my fellow blogger OJ&Cigs said), 
we had a chance to parlay with #CertifiedCOOL designers, writers, models, fashion entrepreneurs and enthusiasts. There was great shopping (especially in the jewelry department), refreshing drinks and lots of selfie taking. 
Coolin' it with Jana Carreno of OJ & Cigs 
Adorned by Paleo 
Yes, I was feeling myself.
Some good people watching. Her Zara necklace was hot.

My gorgeous muse from Damas. We went for an effortless COOL look perfect for this time of year. The color was perfect on her, he jewelry was pop locking' and her look just worked for her.
She worked it.

We couldn't get enough of these pieces by Katherine Cordero.

I mean really.

Then there was a fashion show...

Ran into one of the sickest designers I know, Sharon of 2552. Remember this… Stay tuned.

Such a lovely host. Thank you Valentina Leon for having us. Chic by V also pictured here. 

Check out for more on upcoming events.

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GMCVB’s campaign, “It’s So Miami: People & Places” aims to promote the rich, cultural heritage of Miami’s neighborhoods to visitors while encouraging local tourism. The goal is to make Miamians the city experts. The campaign features a social media component that allows locals to vote on their favorite spots in Miami. This is a unique, organic and definitely #CertifiedCOOL campaign that promotes Miami and it's local flaire.

The It’s So Miami Insider Contest is on the Greater Miami & Beaches Facebook page You create an Insider Guide with at least three must-see or must-do tips for of your favorite neighborhoods, choosing from many Miami neighborhoods showcased in the new ISM campaign. 

A grand prize of a $1000 MasterCard will be awarded to the most unique local recommendation, and $50 MasterCard gift cards will be awarded for selected neighborhood Insiders tip. 


For details on recommendations on where to stay, dine, spa, discover, explore, celebrate, propose and so much more in Greater Miami and the Beaches, please visit

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To celebrate Miami Live Month, The Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau hosted a 'Rock the Bus Tour' every weekend in November. We were treated to complimentary transportation and admission and enjoyed food and drinks catered by The Daily Melt.

The bus tour took us to Little Haiti where we paid homage to attend the Big Night in Little Haiti on one of the nights. The show was incredible and included a few headliners such as  Tradisyon Lakou Lakay,  Rara Lakay and Legendary 'voudou rock and roots' group R.A.M, making a rare appearance to the US just to give a cool performance for the audience.

Scroll down to see the pics below from my experience at Big Night in Little Haiti.

Thanks to the GMCVB and Mastercard for such an unforgettable experience!
Look out for our Art Basel Feature next month!

About The Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an independent not-for- profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. For a vacation guide, visit our website at or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000.  Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit

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Clowns Caused Uproar at Spa Casa Moderna

MIAMI, FL August 7, 2013 – On their day off, clowns from the Adrienne Arsht Center’s SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW took advantage of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Miami Spa Month at Spa Casa Moderna; however, in typical clown fashion, spontaneity and exuberance took over, with snow – lots of snow. After taking full advantage of Spa Casa Moderna’s amenities and enjoying back massages, scalp massages, soothing baths and dipping their feet into the spa’s plunge pool, two green clowns and a yellow clown took over and caused great commotion.

After much deserved rest, SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW clowns are now ready to continue  performances through August 25, 2013. Miami Spa Month offers are available through August 31, 2013. For more information on Spa Casa Moderna’s services and reservations, please call (786) 369-1050.

Often described as a cross between Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group, SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW is an awe-inducing theatrical experience and a profoundly moving spectacle full of wondrous images, delightful comedy, haunting music and snow. Created by Slava, the original Cirque clown genius, SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW has “stage effects that are dazzling” (Daily Mail) and a “finale that blows you away!” (Mail on Sunday).

Tickets to SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW are now on sale. Tickets are $25, $40, $65 & $85*, and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at

SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW runs through August 25, 2013.

Available through August 31, 2013, Miami Spa Month is part of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s increasingly popular “Temptations” program, which takes a thematic focus on the best that Miami has to offer.  Miami Spa Month gives consumers the opportunity to pamper themselves at some of the area’s renowned spas with savings of up to 50 percent. Treatments normally valued at $199 or more are offered at $99. Costs do not include tax and gratuity; reservations are required.
More details regarding all participating spas and special treatments being offered can be found at Miami Spa Month’s dedicated website:

Follow @MiamiandBeaches and use the #MiamiSpa hashtag.

About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Made possible by Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, the Center is home to the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. In addition, numerous South Florida arts organizations perform in its theaters regularly. Since opening in 2006, the Center has emerged as a leader in offering and presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, as a catalyst for development in Miami, and as a host of impactful community outreach and education programs.

Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the venue is comprised of the 2,400-seat Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, the black box Carnival Studio Theater, a restored Carnival Tower, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Studio, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Education Center and the outdoor Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts. Events impresario and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss brought his signature style to the Center in 2009 with PRELUDE BY BARTON G, a full-service upscale restaurant.

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During Art Basel 2012 we attended the most fabulous events held at the
Gansevort in Sobe. Miami's cultural elite came out to celebrate Friends of the New World Symphony and the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra, Central Africa’s only symphony. At the event, Steinway & Sons Miami presented its public arts project POP UP Pianos which featured artist-customized pianos. The pianos were then donated to local charities. 

Get all the information about POP UP Pianos Project here

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