Wednesday, July 1, 2015

#ThankYouMiami Talks This Month In Miami - July 2015

Welcome to July, the business month of the year for Miami locals. In addition to higher temps and more manageable tourist crowds, this month brings a ton in fashion, food, and events you can't miss. Per usual, we have sorted through the subpar stuff (ain't nobody got time for that!) to bring the best of the best in July news. We'll hop to it because there's A LOT.

If you're staying in town for the holiday weekend, you have a suite of Fourth of July festivities at your disposal. For a South Beach-style soiree, there's no one better than Nikki Beach who will be hosting its 11th Annual IndepenDANCE Beach Party with DJs, private fireworks and a decadent BBQ with a foie gras burger and a burger served on a glazed donut. More of a grilling at home type? Midtown Oyster Bar is simplifying your meal prep with ready to grill burger kits. You have until tomorrow to e-mail your order of either four raw 10 oz. patties ($26) or an upgraded kit that also includes buns, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and homemade ketchup ($32) to info [at] In line with our perfect beach day plans, we'll be in Miami Beach hosting a potluck with friends.

This month also sees the revival of local bloggers, many of whom have been dormant during the months of scant content. On July 11, we'll all be flocking to Dadeland Mall for fashion, beauty, DIY, and music at the second Style Festival. The free event, which is a collaboration between Simon Malls and Refinery 29, is a great opportunity for you to come shop, mingle, and learn about current beauty and style trends with us. The following week Miami Swim Week makes its highly anticipated return and completely takes over our social calendar from July 16 through July 19 with runway shows and parties. Last but not least, South Florida Bloggers will host a free blogger meet up on July 25 for novice to experienced bloggers at Vixi Gelateria. If you've ever wanted to blog, this is a great opportunity to come meet the local blogging community and ask questions.

In the land of bon vivants, July also doubles as Miami Spa Month - with so much going on, we definitely need the break! We'll be doing a full round up of our favorite Miami spas soon. In the interim, may we suggest you begin with The Spa at Conrad Miami? The services are heavenly and are made all the better by the hotel's amazing views of Miami.

While we're on the subject, Conrad Miami's Atrio Restaurant and Wine Room recently launched a new dinner menu that is mouthwatering (stay tuned for full details in this Friday's post). In fact, the local food scene is the bearer of amazing news this month. Here's a few exciting buzz worthy restaurants that have opened or will soon open their doors: La Moderna, MesaMar Seafood, and Sugarloaf Gastrobar. Also, did you know that Juan Valdez Cafe opened an outpost at Miami International Mall and that Bourbon, Beer and 'Cue returns to The Dutch every Wednesday in July starting today? Aaaand, thanks to Munchkin Fun's Munchkin Eats restaurant promotion, all month long kids 12 and under can eat free at 30+ South Florida restaurants with a paid adult entrée.

We know this is a ton to process so we'll leave you to read, re-read and absorb what resonates most with you. Make sure to let us know in the comments or on Twitter which types of news you would like to see more in future monthly news round-ups and to share any events, news, or other fun facts for July that we may have missed. P.S. Don't miss our #OdeToMiami2015 for the month of June on our Instagram page!

Monday, June 29, 2015

#ThankYouMiami forThe Perfect Miami Beach Day - Photo Contest

Summer is in full swing and, if the rest of its days are anything like this weekend, we are going to have a full season of perfect beach days. For us, the perfect beach day involves sun, a cool breeze, a group of friends, a cold drink, and a delicious potluck (think fresh salads and slow-cooked meats). What about you?

Whether its our clear blue waters, the "So Miami" sights (we see you "agua fría" dude), or the amazing weather, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) wants to know what your perfect beach day is like and will reward you handsomely for it with prizes. To enter the contest, caption the photo above by describing your perfect beach day in 100 characters or less to the MBVCA Facebook contest page by 11:59 p.m. on July 5, 2015. This means you have a week to get to the beach or channel your favorite beach memory!

The top ten photos with the most likes will be chosen as semi-finalists and will be judged by the MBVCA judges for originality, relevance, and overall impression to win one of these great prizes:

  • First place: $500 Visa gift card
  • Second place: $250 Visa gift card
  • Third place: $100 Visa gift card

Only ten entries may be submitted per person. Open to legal U.S. residents 18 and older. For the full list of official contest rules, please visit the MBVCA contest page.

What is your favorite beach in Miami? What do you love most about that beach? What is your must-have for a perfect beach day? What do you bring with you to the beach? Do you have a beach routine? What is it? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for New Nightlife Arrivals - Libertine Miami

The Miami business circle of life can be brutal. Just a few weeks ago we were on twitter mourning the loss of some of our favorite local restaurants that closed, especially go-tos  La Gloutonnerie and Cafe Mistral. And, don't even get us started on last year's closure of our favorite neighborhood bar Public House (which we're still not over, by the way). But, when the Miami business gods take away, they open up opportunities for new kids on the block to fill the void left behind. One of the newest arrivals to the Miami scene is Libertine Miami, a new speakeasy-style bar in downtown that is giving new life to Space's Hip Hop rooms of days past.

Yesterday we re-emerged from the comfort of our apartment to welcome Libertine to the Miami scene and get a taste of the vibes they're bringing to downtown. Our two cents? Think Bardot, but with a focus on well-curated décor as well as the music. The space, which was designed by Thrilwall Design, features a gold lamé wall, an 18th century fire place lined with mirrored subway tile, and an eye-catching floor design made with thousands of real pennies (there are about $30 worth). The music programming will be under the creative direction of Supermarket Creative's Michelle Leshem and will include cult classics, new wave, indie (think Talking Heads, Groove Amanda) which will emanate from a Baby Grand piano that has been converted into a DJ booth. It is dope!

The low-key watering hole is bringing variety to the neighborhood so we're excited that it is officially opening this week! You can check it out Thursday through Sunday starting at 10 p.m. They had a soft opening last week and we hear the party went on until 8 a.m. the next morning so definitely expect the unexpected. Oh, and if you are having trouble finding it, use your GPS and look for the door next to the blue awning - trust.

What is your favorite speakeasy bar? Will you be visiting downtown more now that Libertine Miami is opening? After seeing the photos, what are you most excited for at Libertine - the cocktails, music, or the hangout itself? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Monday, June 22, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion - Perfume Perfection at Babalú

Today, in our latest #ThankYouMiami for Fashion column, we're talking about Babalú's newest addition to their Miami store: a new perfume bar replete with a Perfume Genie. We had a lot (of good things) to say about it so we're keeping this intro short. Read the excerpt below and click on the photo for the full feature.

Have you been to Babalú? What was your favorite find among their eclectic inventory? Have you tested their Perfume Genie? What did you think? What is your signature fragrance? Of what does your favorite fragrance remind you? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion Luminaries - Tiffany Zadi

Miami is a city known for its beauty, but what about our brains? Meet Tiffany Zadi, a musician, a lawyer barred in two states, and the designer of her own fashion brand, Heist. As the subject of our latest Miami Fashion Spotlight for The New Tropic, Tiffany reminds us that Miami-ans are smarter than people recognize and that, no matter the path to your dreams, you can get there. Plus, she makes all her products in Miami, which is the perfect excuse to support local by stocking up on her très chic salvaged leather handbags. Read the excerpt below and click on the photo for the full feature.

What inspires you most about Tiffany? What Miami fashion luminaries would you like to see in future iterations of The New Tropic's Miami Fashion Spotlight? What other topics would you like to see us cover for The New Tropic? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!