Attention Patti Smith Fans

Yes, that Patti Smith. You may get as excited as Michael Stipe when I share this little bit. On Sunday, Jan. 8, Patti Smith is going to be at Book & Books in Coral Gables to talk about and sign copies of her latest memoir, “Woolgathering.” The book is a collection of her childhood musings combined with her life story. It’s a re-release with a hefty dose of new material, like omitted writings, illustrations and pics. And you get to meet Smith in person. Yes, the “Godmother of Punk” will be there in the flesh. Bring a pen and your best bra. The signings start at 4 p.m.

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Reference Point: Christmas Tree Takedown

Curb alert. While we were out galavanting on NYE, we ran into fellow blogger Hadley Henriette. Total side note: girl has style like none other. She mentioned she publicly disagreed with our when-to-take-down-the-tree post. So we took a little trip over to her blog, “Field Day” and took a look-see for ourselves. Now that’s a lovely tree, Hadley. But she plans to leave it up until at least Valentine’s Day. This also spawned a conversation with the other New Year’s Eve-bies I was hanging with, and it turns out Erin’s mom was infamous for keeping her tree up well into April. Yes, April. When I was a kid, that thing hit the curb the day after Christmas and the ornaments were packed up and put away just as quickly. Mine actually took a trip back to the big bag in the garage today—remember, it’s eco-chic. Since this seems to be…Read More

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There's No Place Like Home

That’s me, ringing it in with my better half. In Miami Beach, on New Year’s Eve, the locals know better than to park their midnight kiss at a club. That scene is for all the New Yorkers who sucked up every last beach chair at SoHo House Friday afternoon. Instead, the permanent fixtures opt for a good, raging house party hosted by someone bold enough to subject their dwelling to the carnage of merriment. FYI, that’s not me. I have off-white carpets, thank you very much. But I was lucky enough to get invited to two posh house soirees hosted by two of Miami’s most lovely ladies. The first of which is my gal pal Marcella. And here’s what I learned at her fete: If you have art that looks like food, label it so it doesn’t get eaten by some drunkard with a hankering for cake. Kind of like…Read More

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In 2011 …

What were you doing when you were ringing in ‘11? There goes another 365. And here’s what I found along the way that made my year: Todd at Van Michael When I found out Siobhan was leaving Van Michael Miami Salon in the middle of my hair grow out, I considered moving to wherever it was she was going. Seriously. This girl was my hair lifeline. And a good friend. And while I miss Siobhan and our girl chats dearly, I can’t thank her enough for recommending Todd. Yes, I know I’ve tweeted off and on recently about my hair love affair with Todd, and it’s true, I love him. Not only is he adorable, I mean seriously, seriously adorable, he can tame my mane. And his massages are phenom. There’s three reasons why I visit the salon at least once a week right there. I am so glad I…Read More

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Dress Code

The last night of 2011 is just two days away. And we know, we know, you still don’t have anything to wear. Been there. Done that. I can’t lock down a pair of gold platform pumps without glitter to save my soul, which means that dress I’ve been carrying around for two years now is not going to make a NYE debut again this year. The perfect dress for ringing in 2012 is out there. You just have to find it. Try these destinations for fail-safe options, like the ones I highlighted in today’s DailyCandy post. I’m seriously crushing on the shorts from Jessie and the sequin numbers at Isa. And if you see my shoes on your shopping search, tell them to wait right there. I’m a’ comin’.

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

This is not fake, it’s eco-chic. There are two types of people in this world: Those who take their tree down the minute Christmas is over and those who leave it up well into Valentine’s Day. Wait, there’s actually three: Those who don’t celebrate Christmas at all and, therefore, have no issues with dried up pine needles shedding all over their house. Oh man, I just thought of a fourth: Those with “eco-friendly” (because fake is such harsh word) trees. Before I come up with any more, let me get to the meat of my post. Sure, they smell nice and they are, essentially, a giant nightlight for your living room, but after Saint Nick does his thing, it’s time to take the tree down. But then what do you do with this dried up, sugar-water drinking, pine needle dropper? Especially if you went all out this year and opted…Read More

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Shoe Carnage at Saks

It’s 8:15 on Boxing Day. And this is the scene at Saks in Bal Harbour Shops. Upon walking into the store, a man at the door asks your preference: Shoes or handbags. Once you choose, he sends you in the direction of your vice. And the rest is chaos. For me, the madness began when he asked me shoes or handbags. I’ve never been asked this question before. Can’t I be both? I mean, really, how do you choose? Turns out, when the heat is on, I’m a shoe girl. After encountering this (pictured above), I encountered this (pictured below): Shoe-pocalypse. This is what it looks like when $750 shoes marked down to $500 are an additional 50 percent off. With prices like these, the ability for the brain to process cute and ugly becomes blurred, and you just start grabbing for your size, or, more realistically, any size. And…Read More



Magic in a Little Blue Bottle

Good hair happens here. Salon Vaso is keeping it real for those of us who consider ourselves hippie dippie yet still have a thing for grooming. What does that mean, exactly? It means we want to be pretty, but the onslaught of chemicals hiding in our FDA-approved salon treatments freaks us out. All hail the Ewg. With offerings like Zerran RealLisse Vegan Hair-Smoothing System, Salon Vaso becomes an enclave for mother nature-types. As the first salon in Florida to offer the formaldehyde-free, 100-percent vegan treatment, it’s an ideal alternative to those other chemically laden Keratin treatments, hinging on being banned in Cali. Also on the menu, Organic Hair Color. It’s ammonia-free, certified vegan and cruelty-free. I gave the color a go and was really impressed with the vibrance of my hue. You may tend to think an “organic” color would be quick to wash out, but I’m happy to report…Read More

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Attention Slackers

Tada! Gift idea. You can thank me later. Today’s post title applies to me, too, so don’t get all huffy about me calling you out on the fact you still have gifts to purchase, wrap and mail. Tick tock. Just be thankful I’m regurgitating this DailyCandy post from last week. Score other ideas here. Ground Up Collective is a really cool gift shop inside GAB. It’s parked over in Wynwood. You can also squeeze in a tour of the art at the gallery, if you shop like the stealth, last-minute ninja I know you are. Being the perfect destination for all your hippie dippie and hipster friends who love art and the environment, you’ll find cool piece like the necklace by JoMama pictured above. It’s made from recycled wood and magazine pages. And it’s cool as hell. Plus, it’s $20. Go and pick up five. Make that six. I’ll take…Read More

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