Happy Birthday to Me

Can. Not. Wait. Nope, it’s not actually my birthday. But it will be … the same week “Hunger Games” hits theatres. Ironic, isn’t it, that the first movie from the tween trilogy is coming out on my 34th birthday, and there is a large chance me and all my pre-mid-30s friends will be the first people in line to see it. (How is this series even tween-approved, anyway? It’s so demented.) So, happy birthday to me. If you haven’t read “Hunger Games,” just stop what you are doing now and order all three books on whatever e-reader you have. You’ll be done with them in less than two weeks and then you can re-read my post and leave comments about how I changed your life. (For two whole weeks, anyway). If you have devoured the books, watch this trailer and then tell me you don’t have goose bumps. Amazing. Personally,…Read More

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Weekly Beauty Musings

Me in scorpion, wishing my feet would just touch my head already, grateful they are off the floor. So many things happen this week that it’s dizzying. First, there’s the whole eat, bonding, giving thanks thing on Thursday, followed by Black Friday (prepare thyself for my post. I’m thinking of going mobile with the posts for this one. A play-by-play, if you will.). But before all that happens, get the scoop on the health/ beauty offerings in Miami surrounding the two holidays (yes, I consider Black Friday a holiday. It’s my Superbowl, in fact, and I am the MVP) here. I think the workout classes from DavidBartonGym and Green Monkey, who in addition to offering Black Friday deals is also having classes Thursday morning, are brilliant. You know you are going to eat more calories than any one — or two people, for that matter — should consume in one…Read More

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New Digs for Fly Boutique

As in today. Fly Boutique has long been Miami Beach’s funky vintage closet. (Read: An extension of my own funky vintage collection.) It’s the first of two places I mad-panic drive to when I’m freaking out about “not having anything to wear,” as well as the first place I take my “yup, I’m over this era” threads. It’s seen the likes of designers Betsy Johnson and Jill Stuart shopping its racks. And it’s been written up in every Miami Beach guide for more than a decade now. So, a month or so back, when I happened by the quirkly little shabby chic spot on Lincoln Road, I was shocked to find a sign saying the store was closed “due to fire.” Immediately, my head conjured up images of beautiful vintage frocks and shoes no one can afford retail ablaze. Was little Jimmy OK? How in the world did Fly Boutique…Read More

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How to Not Get Fat Over the Holidays

Just do what Terry says and you won’t have to resolve to not eat like a banshee come Jan. 1. Terry Walters is heavily into clean living, which is code for no, you may not have Taco Bell at 2 a.m. after you’ve been out all night. I mean you just shouldn’t do that anyway. And you most likely know that. This is just justification for why. Check out my interview with the healthy cook guru here, where she sheds some light on how to keep things light this Thanksgiving. She’ll also be at the Miami International Book Fair this weekend, teaching you how to eat things you wouldn’t be ashamed to mention in the light of day.

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Yes, Another Sample Sale

I’m smiling here in this pic, but what I’m really thinking is, “Are these for sale, too? How much? And how do I get them off the mannequin?” Hi, my name is Ginger, and I am addicted to samples sales. I’m less than a week into my blog and I’ve already written up two of these little festivities. I take solace, however, in the fact that I am not alone in this addiction. Art maven Marcella Novela and The Wordy Girl Maria Tettamanti were also part of the conspiracy. This time at Alexis. And then, then, there’s my most favorite publicist, Lauren Gnazzo, who actually called me at 10 p.m. last night to share her conquests at Alexis’ warehouse of wonder. I chalk all this up to Old World hunter/gatherer survival techniques and modern day luxuries. Food comes from Publix and Whole Foods. So, the only thing left for us…Read More

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Dita Von Teese Doesn't Sun When She's in Miami

I mean, really, she’s perfect. I’m having a moment here. Right here in this pic. Because that’s me standing next to Dita Von Teese. My laundry list of why I think she’s the greatest thing since Marilyn and Jane has no bounds: blonde-turned-brunette, red lips, matching red nails, vintage pin-up hair, the importance of being pale and brains. Luckily, I was able to bind and gag my giddy, inner wannabe pin-up, vintage queen long enough to get the deets on Dita’s trip to Miami and our shared obsession with a rouge lips. Why she’s in Miami: “I’m here at the Mondrian launching my Cointreau bar set that they are going to be selling in the luxury vending machine, as well as a hotel package with cocktails and a travel bar.” Her glamour inspirations: “Women who dare to be different, successful women. Isabella Blow is someone I admire a lot, she…Read More

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How to be Classy

Not just “Classy,” “Very Classy.” Two major accomplishments happened tonight. 1) I met Derek Blasberg. And 2) I came home with my House of Harlow snakeskin shoes completely still in tact. I’ve been following Blasberg on Twitter for a long, long time (pretending Twitter has actually been around a long, long time). So, when the opportunity to crash his “Very Classy” book soiree arrived, I jumped on that. Jumped may not be the right word, actually. It was more like hobble, wobble, tippy toe. The party, which took place at the stunning casa de Loren Ridinger, started with a cobblestone path, followed by a rock mosaic sidewalk, coral steps, heel-sinking grass and some serious downhill action. Now rewind to get back to my car afterward. It was a stiletto shoe maze of hell (but so pretty—if you were in flats). After teetering and tottering, I made my way to the…Read More

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University of Wynwood Gets Real

I so do not want Andy Cohen’s job. Seven years ago, the casting crew for a show called “The Cut” rolled into town. I, against my better judgement, let someone talk me into auditioning for the wannabe “Project Runway”-esque show. And then I made it past the first round. And the second round. And the third round. Yikes. The next step was a trip to L.A. to meet the producers. And that’s where I pulled the plug. I’m wasn’t sure the whole world was ready for me. Not just yet, anyway. But that was seven years ago. And since then, a ton of new reality shows have washed up on the tube. Some good: “Work of Art.” Some bad: Anything on E! Love them or hate them, reality TV programs are here to stay. So, why not mock the hell out of them? That’s exactly what University of Wynwood has…Read More

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Weekly Beauty Musings

I’m a sucker for a vintage-inspired pic. This week’s “The Beauty Beat” (found here)mentions M.A.C.’s new permanent StyleDriven collection. I’ll admit, I’m in love with the extended-wear lip offerings. And this pic. There’s something about old-school Barbie hair and makeup that makes me swoon. I mean, obviously. I’d also be hard-pressed not to miss the yoga class coming up at Green Monkey. Take my word and reserve a space for yourself now.

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