Gwyneth Paltrow is taking her goop wellness and lifestyle empire on the road. The actress turned entrepreneur is hosting a series of holiday pop ups around the U.S., and Miami happens to be on her list of locations. The brick-and-mortar version of her curated catalog, goop Gift, runs through December 24. (Manhattan and Newport Beach, Calif., also have concurrent pop ups.) Like “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the gift guide is broken down into a dozen categories including the traveler, the health nut and “ridiculous but awesome.” New categories are the guy and the animal lover. In addition to Pizzacraft ovens, Derek Rose men’s robes and Speaqua floating, waterproof speakers, there are satin baby shoes, pictured, from her exclusive capsule collection with Christian Louboutin.
NWS + EDM
New World Symphony’s Pulse series, which combines classical and electronic music with art videos in a lounge setting, returns with a world premiere on November 17. NWS commissioned Sam Hyken (pictured), a local composer, trumpeter and producer who cofounded Nu Deco Ensemble, for “Sky Walker.” The five-part work involves the orchestra and audio samples from electronic productions by Miami-based DJ duo Dude Skywalker. It touches on the house and techno genres, as well as the minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Hyken, who is regularly commissioned by orchestras throughout the U.S., has written music for a diverse range of talent from Ben Folds to Pitbull. Friday’s program also features music by Ravel, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, among other composers. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the theme, “Neon Nights.”
MICHELIN IN MIAMI
South Florida foodies may recall the name Angel Palacios, a Michelin two-starred chef in Madrid who once helmed Miami’s haute cuisine restaurant La Broche. He’s back as chef de cuisine at Habitat, an entirely different concept with simple fare favoring wood-grilled proteins and vegetables in South Beach. Palacios partners with former colleagues José Mendin and Sergio Navarro, who went on to found Pubbelly Group. The menu upgrades healthy cuisine through high-end ingredients and techniques; nearly half is dedicated to raw preparations like carpaccio and custom salads tossed tableside on carts. Due to his Spanish heritage, there are classic tapas too. The group imported Patricio Larrea, who learned from Spain’s premier pastry chef Oriol Balaguer, for desserts, and kicks off Mendin & Friends, a guest chef series, during Art Basel.
The Colony Hotel’s new owners, hip parents with young children, are revamping Palm Beach’s iconic pink property for the next generation. The changing of the guard also celebrates its 70th anniversary. Their family-friendly amenities add a guest relations department to oversee fitness activities including newly launched, complimentary, poolside yoga classes on mornings and bespoke beach cruisers to tour the island. The Beach Butler program sets up chairs, umbrellas and hampers, not to mention ferries guests to the sand for a hassle-free experience. Kids receive the royal treatment, too, through their own special welcome packages at check in. The goodie bag holds board games, coloring books and a stuffed animal inspired by local architect Addison Mizner’s pet monkey, Johnnie Brown, to take home. A Santa brunch also debuts.