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by Mayi de la Vega

Moving to Miami

By | Art, Beauty, Culture, Dining, Events, Fashion, Florida Finds, Interior Design

Here are some of my local tips for new residents.

Being in real estate, I’m often the first person someone meets when moving to Miami. It’s only natural that they want to know everything about their exciting new town and ask for local tips. Since so many people are in the process of relocating here, I thought I’d put together a quick guide to some of my favorite places, services and events. I hope you enjoy discovering them, as well as cultivating your own gems over time.

Shopping

Miami is a shopper’s paradise. I can’t get over how many incredible stores keep opening here. For a local lifestyle boutique, I recommend the Showroom. The owner has been in retail for decades and knows the market. The South Miami location is geared more toward homewares including Tina Frey’s handmade resin pieces, while Coconut Grove carries more denim. For home, I also shop the extensive collections at Luminaire and Artefacto. Both have huge showrooms in Coral Gables, among many locations, if you’re pressed for time.

For fashion, you can’t go wrong with Neiman Marcus’s two stores here. They cater to the stylish side of Miami with more runway looks and interesting designers. I can always count on their personal shoppers, too. The Miami Design District has really taken off in the last few years. It’s become a major worldwide destination for designer brands like Dior and Hermès, as well as contemporary labels. Recent openings include Alexander McQueen and Stone Island, and there are rumors that Chanel’s coming.

Beauty

I can’t say enough good things about Gee Beauty. I wrote about this family-owned spa and boutique’s 15th anniversary in my blog last year. The Gee women constantly amaze me with their knowledge and service. Their facials are the ultimate luxury, and I love loading up on skin care, cosmetics and supplements on my way out.

If you’re from New York or Los Angeles, chances are you’re already familiar with IGK Hair. The partners behind the salon’s initials actually opened their first location here. They’re also known for their inhouse line of healthy hair products like Good Behavior Blowout Balm, the perfect protection for Miami elements.

Fitness

Miami has a serious wellness scene. There are many state-of-the-art gyms like Anatomy, but I trained one-on-one with Faheem Mujahid. Beyond being a master personal trainer, whose practices extend to yoga, meditation and breathwork, he’s a licensed life coach, mental conditioning expert and mindfulness speaker who’s helped moguls to corporate teams from major brands get on the right track. Check out his podcast and website for upcoming workshops. https://www.faheemmujahid.com/about

Dining

I like to eat light without missing out on flavorful ingredients and beautiful settings. Located on the bay in Brickell, Cipriani has one of the most gorgeous dining rooms in the city. It works on so many levels from power lunches to special occasions. Old World details and authentic cuisine instantly transport me to Italy. Milos in Miami Beach offers a similar vacation vibe. I feel like I’m in the Greek Isles with its airy décor and fresh Mediterranean seafood like whole, salt-encrusted fish and charred octopus. Its homey, private dining room is often booked, and the three-course, prix-fixe lunch is super popular.

Annual Events

Miami is as famous for its nonstop events as its moonrises. Many tourists time their holidays here around them, and locals never get any rest during season. Attending the Miami International Boat Show is a must. But of all of the events, December’s Art Basel fair is tops. Not only did it permanently transform Miami in remarkable ways, but the exchange of ideas and the people you meet during art week can’t be compared to anything else here. It feeds my soul, and I learn so much. I always come away with new inspirations and friends.

 

Miami, Mi Amor

By | Art, Culture, Events, Fashion, Florida Finds, Interior Design, Real Estate, Travel

An ode to our vibrant city’s many charms and its new chapter.

Miami is my home. It’s where I grew up, received my education, discovered my career, built my business, raised my family and invested my time and energy into the community. I’m not alone. People have been seduced by its charms going back to early settlers at the turn of the 20th century. They love to vacation here, too, and attend tony events like Art Basel, but many are just discovering our best-kept secret—that it’s also a great place to live and work. Florida has been one of the fastest-growing states for years, and the pandemic has compounded the trend, especially in South Florida.

Every day I hear about a new company, celebrity or mogul relocating to Miami, or at least strongly considering it. Mayor Francis Suarez has been very vocal about collaborating with big tech and startups to establish headquarters or open satellite offices here. He even exchanged words with Elon Musk, who’s already put down roots in the Sunshine State with his SpaceX program.

Goldman Sachs is also scouting South Florida to potentially relocate its asset management arm. The firm’s openness to leaving Manhattan makes sense with the shift to WFH, which should continue post-pandemic for reasons beyond saving significant costs in leasing office space. Other factors for saying, “Yes,” to Florida are our residents’ tremendous wealth; tax incentives including no state taxes, and gorgeous weather to cater to clients on the golf course. It’s really kind of a dream situation for Goldman Sachs.

As an entrepreneur, I can also vouch that Florida offers a favorable climate for businesses of all kinds. Miami attracts a lot of people who are company founders and work for themselves. I always enjoy hearing my clients’ stories about how they worked hard and would like to enjoy the good life now but still stay in the game. The city was built on this independent spirit from visionary developers to the large population of Cubans who came here to be free and flourish.

Besides Miami’s professional opportunities, people are pleasantly surprised about how family-friendly it has become. There are numerous private schools to nurture every child’s personal needs and interests, and several of our neighborhoods offer coveted, A-rated public schools that parents strive to enroll their children.

Local institutions foster our young minds, too. In addition to the new Frost Museum of Science, our plentiful art museums, botanical gardens and even shopping districts provide regular kids’ programming. Sports and an all-around active lifestyle are very accessible to all ages. Indoor and outdoor soccer fields, skating rinks, private and public clubs for sailing, swimming, rowing, tennis and golf, and abundant parks and nature preserves are available to our kids.

Healing nature is just one key element in our growing wellness scene. New residents soon learn that Miami shed its party stereotype a while ago. They partake in yoga and meditation classes and dine on plant-based cuisine at stunningly beautiful wellness centers like The Sacred Space in Wynwood; run and bike Miami Beach’s lengthy beach path, and grab paddle boards and kayaks for a day on the water. Being outdoors is rejuvenating, especially now, and Miami excels in this advantage.

These are only some of my brief initial thoughts on why we’re a hot spot now. And I didn’t even touch on all of our incredible culture. There’s so much to love.

 

Safe Sanctuary

By | Interior Design

Designing your dream home setting to fit the times.

Even before the pandemic forced most of us to WFH and think twice about leaving the house, I have enjoyed the simple art of nesting. Don’t get me wrong—I love to be out and about meeting clients and colleagues, supporting charities, dining at incredible restaurants and catching an art exhibit or performance—you name it. But I can also be quite the homebody and have always viewed my home as a sanctuary to unwind and spend quality time with loved ones. Our personal spaces have become more important than ever during these challenging circumstances. I’d like to share some design ideas to turn your home into a true oasis too.

Hammock Chair

Perfect for the balcony or backyard, the statement-making Hammock chair is a new collaboration by Miami architect Rene Gonzalez and Italian furniture line Paola Lenti. Its exclusive rope corda comes in several color options and is woven onto a contemporary tubular frame of lacquered stainless steel. Find it at Luminaire’s showrooms in Coral Gables and the Miami Design District.

https://www.luminaire.com/

 

Dale Chihuly for The Rug Company

American artist Dale Chihuly is reimagining his iconic glass sculptures for The Rug Company. The partnership marks the latter’s first time working with a glass artist. The limited-edition, handmade collection features several of his key motifs such as the Rosette (pictured here), Pheasant and Poplar, among others. A large selection of sizes is available, too, a bonus for his many fans and collectors.

https://www.therugcompany.com/us/designers/chihuly/?utm_source=Surface+Magazine&utm_campaign=60fd8bfcf3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_22_09_49&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_21320f497d-60fd8bfcf3-395803985

B&B Italia

For its Florida foray, a stunning, 10,000-square-foot flagship in the Miami Design District, B&B Italia decided to do something different. It’s the company’s first showroom that combines shopping in person with digital enhancements. It dubbed this “physical meets digital experience” as “phygital.” Customers are greeted by a massive videowall that displays collections before customizing pieces through smaller screens and swatch books.

https://www.bebitalia.com/en

Design Dose

You just never know what you’re going to find on Design Dose, Surface magazine’s new e-commerce platform for one-off pieces and other limited-edition items from fashion to home décor to artworks. One day it might be Peg Woodworking’s Satet Bench in ash wood and woven cotton cord by a woman-founded firm in Brooklyn or Issey Miyake’s origami-inspired Bao Bao Prism Frost tote.

https://www.surfacemag.com/design-dose/

 

Frette

I’m obsessed with Frette linens. Understanding that we could all use some extra tranquility this year, its fall collection favors calming colors like celadon green and powder pink. New items also include Luxury Lozenge throw pillows with a tone-on-tone argyle pattern in a cotton silk blend and Lotus Flower embroidered sheet sets in cotton sateen. Build your dream bed via the web site’s new virtual styling studio and sleep well.

https://www.frette.com/en_US/homepage