TEA & THE TEQUESTA
Oceanfront luxury hotels along the coast are switching up their culinary scene. St. Regis Bal Harbour opened La Gourmandise in its newly expanded, glass-enclosed lobby lounge. Stop by for afternoon tea with 30 blends to complement French-themed savory and sweet bites. Celebrating a special occasion? Call the resident cake designer and pop the champagne. Named for the island’s iconic lighthouse, Lightkeepers at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne serves local Floridian fare including a full raw bar. Order grilled octopus and the house biscuits with Keez Beez honey butter. Eat your greens, too, with a heaping bowl of fresh veggies of Brussels sprouts, snap peas and avocado. With water views, it’s the perfect place to sip the Tequesta of mezcal, grapefruit juice and spicy syrup.
Reformation, designer Yael Aflalo’s celebrity-endorsed, sustainable fashion brand manufactured in Los Angeles, pops up in Wynwood today through the end of May. The former model got her start by upcycling vintage dresses found at flea markets. After learning that fashion production is the third biggest pollutant and second consumer of water, she launched new women’s clothes in sustainable fabrics. (Hence, her collection’s motto, “We make killer clothes that don’t kill the environment.”) For her Miami debut, she brought a selection of girly dresses and other best sellers in her signature denim, linen and every spring fabric in between. The store hosts its grand opening party on March 9. With permanent locations in New York and California, fans hope Aflalo considers Miami next.
MOTHER EARTH’S MARKET
Wynwood is apparently the place to be this week for eco shoppers. MKT by bazbaz officially launches its 30-vendor retail concept with a massive portrait installation titled “Humanae” (pictured) by Brazilian artist Angelica Dass. Local artisans specialize in socially conscious, small-batch wares and food. Local farmers and musicians such as Wizzmer are also joining the fun. They share their stories about making jewelry to floral arts during talks in the amphitheater. Dass mounted photographs of 794 faces representing all races, ages, sizes and sexes as a mosaic statement for unity; she left blank spaces in the grid for viewers to interact with the work. And yet another good reason to visit on weekends through May: The venue partnered with Slow Food Miami and the Education Fund.
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Two charities are reaching out to Miamians for support on Saturday. Women of Tomorrow, a mentor and scholarship program for at-risk teenagers, celebrates its 20th anniversary at its annual gala. Some 400 attendees are expected at Mandarin Oriental Miami for an auction with donations from Saks Fifth Avenue and Gucci, among the luxury items and experiences, followed by dinner and dancing. The nonprofit’s network of professional women has helped 15,000 girls finish high school and receive college scholarships. Work out for a cause when Cycle for Survival comes to Equinox Coral Gables on March 4. Since launching a decade ago, the annual indoor cycling fundraiser has raised more than $130 million for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. All proceeds from the two-month, multi-city tour go directly to rare cancer research.