The Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival's many events throughout the year serve culinary samples from popular Miami restaurants, endless fine wine and spirits, and international rhythms. Those chefs hail from a wide variety of acclaimed area eateries. Meanwhile, wine experts entice visitors to try new vintages by hosting tasting demos and dispensing samples. A portion of all event proceeds help fund local charities.
Where can future brides and grooms sample a piece of Sylvia Weinstock cake, admire the latest Vera Wang couture wedding gown, and get Bobbi Brown beauty tips, all under one roof? At venues from Los Angeles to New York, where Wedding Salon founder, Tatiana Byron, has organized a one-day luxury wedding showcase boasting some of the top vendors in the industry, introducing big-day ideas from top area vendors such as The Registry at Bloomingdale's, AMResorts, Lancome at Bergdorf Goodman, The Container Store, Magnolia Photo Booth, and celebrity wedding experts. Each event is designed to make attendees feel like guests at a sophisticated wedding, only the fellow partygoers might be celebrity wedding planners David Tutera or Colin Cowie, or dessert connoisseurs from Carlo?s Bakery ?the bakery behind TLC?s Cake Boss.
Byron has been cultivating her all-star connections for more than a decade. After working at Turner Broadcasting System and directing sales, marketing, and production for a trade-show company, she created her own planning company, 4pm Events. Byron began coordinating parties for famous faces including Joan Rivers, Mary J. Blige, and Lionel Richie?no easy task, given the limited number of vendors willing to build dance floors on the ceiling. Byron went on to create Wedding Salon expos to give future brides a taste of celebrity-caliber elegance. She also offers educational wedding boot camps that help duos avoid hidden costs and learn tips for planning their special day. Byron's services have been highlighted in numerous media, including features in the New York Times, the New York Post, and Fortune Small Business.
Led by Gabriel Salloum, MD, Miami Center for Plastic Surgery offers surgical and nonsurgical procedures designed to help patients meet their aesthetic goals. The Aesthetic Gallery serves as the center's surgery-free wing, where aestheticians beautify figures and faces in a swanky spa setting. Minimally and noninvasive services, such as Botox, laser hair removal, and chemical peels form the core of the aesthetic team's repertoire. The plastic-surgery wing, which includes six private treatment rooms, caters to those in search of more significant solutions, such as to lift eyes, shape noses, or banish unwanted bulk.
The center's 3,300-square-foot complex, envisioned by notable architect and designer Agustin Fernandez, steeps patrons in a sensory bath of postmodernism. Inside pristine white treatment rooms, leather lounge chairs present sleek vantage points to take in the surrealist artworks and plants that offset the building's stark architectural lines and corner-shaped corners.
Though 35,000 square feet is no match for a football field or a micronation, it does make for a sprawling fitness center. At Downtown Athletic Club, members can work out inside the large, airy space equipped with a rock wall that spans its two floors. The gym also boasts a boxing studio, spinning studio, indoor squash court, and free-weight center. In addition, trainers are on hand to lead group fitness classes or private sessions that help members reach their fitness goals, whether they want to increase their endurance or develop the muscles that allow them to open all the pickle jars in the grocery store.
Dr. Hugo Goldstraj helms Luna Medical Spa, a weight-loss and anti-aging emporium that buffs up bods using noninvasive technologies. Whether disrupting fat cells’ lazy lives with Zerona’s cold lasers or diminishing cellulite and signs of Father Time with eMatrix’s and Venus freeze’s radio frequencies, technicians keep clients comfortable while providing treatments that don’t require downtime. The spa also bolsters bodies from the inside out with lipotronic injections and natural supplements, which aid metabolism and ease glandular difficulties better than milk shakes made using chemistry sets.
College tuition can be expensive, but GradSave lifts some of the financial burden off of parents' shoulders by giving their friends and family the ability to help. On the company's webpage, parents can create a profile for their youngster at any time—as early as the day she's born. Parents then invite loved ones to follow the page, which sends out updates on landmarks in the kid's life such as birthdays, graduations, and the day they hit seven feet tall. At any point along the way, page visitors can make a donation straight to the child's college fund, which GradSave will ferry to a linked 529 account, or store in an FDIC-insured account at Bank of America.