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Snow? Slush? Ice? Never heard of it. Unless it comes in the form of a slushy, boozy drink. Welcome to Miami, where it's a sunny 75 degrees in the middle of winter and the arrival of The Season means that the town is full of the bold, the beautiful and the highly entertaining.
Here are five ways to get into the swing of things here on South Beach:
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Fashion designer/global mogul Diane von Furstenberg needs no introduction. There's so much we could say about her, from her international career path to her time as a member of the "jet set" when that term meant something, but it's the simplest thing we'll speak of now: her relationship with water.
DVF's mantra is a simple one: "Love is Life." Recognizing that one cannot live to love without the sustaining power of water, she's collaborated to design the 2013 limited-edition designer Evian bottle, wrapping it with that very mantra. To promote it, Diane jetted up to Art Basel Miami Beach from Brazil this past weekend, which is where we caught a moment with her, heels sunk into on the sand at Soho Beach House.
The water (as you can see from our photos) was ridiculously tempting that day. Little aqua waves broke on shore and so we asked the globe-hopping Diane for a few of her favorite places to go for a dip.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted in: Miami Beach's Art Deco District
This week's Travel Cat comes from yours truly! We're chillin' in Miami during Art Basel 2012 and, while walking down 14th Street towards Collins earlier this afternoon, we spotted both a black and white kitty cat also relaxing in the 79-degree weather. If you're familiar with the lolcat meme, just think of them as ceiling cat and basement cat.
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Ahoy! If you're hanging out in Florida and are anywhere near the coast from Miami on up to West Palm Beach, break out a pair of binoculars to spot us. Just look for a white sliver on the horizon, that'll actually be the ginormous white Celebrity Cruises ship Celebrity Reflection. We promise to wave back.
There's no ultimate destination other than a return to Miami for the start of the Art Basel festival of contemporary art. You see, this is a preview cruisethe ship's maiden US voyage. It's a bit like an airport practice run, when terminals invite people to come simulate operations so, on opening day, the kinks have been well worked out. We would say we're "kicking the tires" of the Reflection but, well, it's a boat with a massive hull...and a multi-million modern art collection with 6,059 original pieces from the likes of Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Christo, Marina Abramovic, Richard Prince and Robert Rauschenberg.
We have some news: roller skates still exist! Rollerblading did not totally vanquish the original form of getting around on two legs and a clunky set of wheels, after all!
The revelation comes courtesy of the folks at Evian, who are hosting an attempt this Saturday to set the world record for the longest roller-skating conga line. It's all happening in (where else?) South Beach, where we see few roller skates these days but plenty of roller blades and, sadly, Segways.
Yes, it's all a corporate PR stuntjumping off of those roller-skating babies in evian's commercialsbut if it involves free skate rental and use of a temporary rink, does it matter?
While this may be a familiar scene any day of the week in South Beach, this is not your regular beach volleyball tournament. Those people? Models. And if you're in Miami this weekend, you're in luck because The Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament takes place Saturday and Sunday--and it's free and open to the public.
So if you couldn't get tickets to the wine and food fest, or missed out on Madonna's surprise appearance at Ultra last weekend, console yourself with the fact that you still have time to hit South Beach and catch one of the prettiest events of the year.
The tournament--which pits modeling agency against modeling agency, men and women--is in its third installment, with this year's lineup including real-life women's pro team April Ross & Jennifer Kessy Champions and 2012 Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal.
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There’s no longer the need to walk from Fontainebleau all the way down to Shake Shack—trust us, it’s far—as car sharing is now making its way to South Beach. Sure there are plenty of two-wheeled options available in Miami, but sometimes you just need to put the pedal to the metal. After all, cruising down Collins isn’t quite the same with streamers coming out of the handlebars.
There’s no cutesy name or gimmick associated with the city’s new program, as they’re simply partnering with Hertz to bring the car share scheme to the masses. Thanks to Hertz on Demand, Miami Beach will now be the first city—at least by their math—to offer up a city-sponsored car sharing system in the Sunshine State. Things officially get underway starting today, and there’s even some kind of ribbon cutting ceremony at the Miami Beach City Hall Garage to celebrate.
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Apart from being a new architectural landmark for Miami Beach, the New World Center is a cool place we highly recommend checking out. The building was designed by Frank Gehry and is worth gawking at for that fact alone.
The venue's main role is to be the home of Miami's New World Symphony and its slate of live performances. But even if you don't dig on classical or orchestral music, don't start yawning just yet. You might just like one of other activities the New World Center has going on. For example, you could...
1. Walk Your Dog Through the Parkor Sit and Eat a Sandwich
We love walking our dog here because, unlike Lumus Park down by the beach, it's almost always quiet. The grass is landscaped with little hills and pathways, and there are curved concrete seats to sit on and take five. Sure, you may share the park with the occasional homeless person, but they're usually just catching some zzzs and not bothering anybody. Besides, there is a security guard who rides around on a bike to keep you nice and safe.
Miami may kick off the year as vice city for hordes of NYE revelers, but as January gets underway, the beach goes back to its pre-Cocaine Cowboys roots to celebrate all things Deco.
From January 13–15, the Miami Design Preservation League (the folks who keep South Beach looking so pretty) kick up their heels Charleston style with the annual Art Deco Weekend.
This year's three-day festival will include a fashion show, car show, musical performances, furniture fair and, as always, a lineup of walking tours to show off all the glorious buildings the MDPL has managed to save over the years.
Models steal children, tell story about 'uncle Gianni'.
It's easy to think that everyone knows the stories that make South Beach the glitzy, sleazy, underdressed spectacle it is, but luckily a brand new company, Discovery Miami Beach, has come along to educate the uninitiated with a new self-guided audio tourone that 'showcases 29 of the most important places in South Beach’s past and present.'
Of course, this includes a stop outside the Versace Mansion--now known as The Villa By Barton G. You can't go inside unless you want to have a very fancy meal or rest your head on a $1,000-a-night pillow, but you can take a peek at the photos our sister site HotelChatter snapped beyond the gate last fall.
As for the story about how Gianni was slain right there on the steps along Ocean Drive--how's that for education, kids?!
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Staying up all night in Miami is not novel, but this weekend's Sleepless Night Miami Beach means you can do more than just hit the clubs and eat dodgy pizza between midnight and 6 a.m.
The insomniac's dream cultural festival kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday November 5 and runs through the next morning, culminating in a beachfront sunrise breakfast from Whole Foods.
The event was held in 2007 and 2009 but this year Sleepless Night coincides with the weekend when we turn our clocks backmeaning you can party for one sneaky additional hour.
If nightclubs are your thing, South Beach is your place. But if you've been danced till dawn at Mansion and partied with the stars at LIV, you're probably on the prowl for a new spot. This weekend, the beach delivers, with the grand opening of Amnesia Miami.
While lots of new nightclubs have been focusing on the more intimate lounge end of things, Amnesia is unabashedly big, with over 26,000 square feet of all-white space over two levels. That's room enough for four bars, 70 VIP tables, two obligatory VIP sections, a large wall of LED screens, and a dance floor for 800. There's even a recording studio underneath the stage for visiting DJs and musos to tinker around in.