Top 3: Cle’ de Peau

 

If I were stranded on a desert island, there are two things that I absolutely could not live without: my Le Mer Eye Cream and my Cle’de Peau Concealer. Both are ungodly expensive and give me sweaty hands and heart palpitations when I buy them, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Believe you me, I go cheap in other areas, but sometimes you have to splurge on what’s important to you and my dark under eye circles need first class care.

After rationalizing my two aforementioned expensive habits for years, I was good until a few weeks ago, when karma or whatever that thing is in the universe that comes back to bite you in the behind viciously and ruthlessly attacked me. A few months ago, I introduced my Cle’ de Peau loving ways to my good friend and hair specialist, Jess and she immediately became an addict. She cursed me for introducing her to a product she couldn’t live without. I, in turn, laughed evilly and told her: “Welcome to the dark side of beauty pain.” I was referring to the price, naturally.

Well, Jess got me back, in a big way. She turned the tables on me, by introducing me to Cle de Peau’s amazing body products. One day during my hair appointment, she brought in a bag full of Cle’s signature bath and body products and loaded me up with testers. That was it, I was hooked. Is it wrong to take out a mortgage on your house to afford your bath products? This week’s top three is dedicated to my favorite Cle’ de Peau body products.

 

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Cle’ de Peau Smoothing Body Exfoliator/$75.00

If there is such a thing as heaven in a bottle, Cle’ de Peau’s Smoothing Body Exfoliator is it. Not only does it smell amazing, it’s perfect little petite granulars exfoliate the skin just enough to lock in the moisture and bolster up the beauty of the skin. Who needs a baby’s bottom, when you have an adult one soft enough to compete with. I indulge in this product in the shower every couple of days, just before I lather on a cream with Glycolic properties and it leaves my body feeling fresh and incredibly clean. Warning: you’ll hate me when you become totally addicted to this must-have yumminess.

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Cle’ de Peau Massage Cream/$125.00

I love treating myself to a relaxing massage after a long week at work and when I do, I always take along my Cle’ de Peau Massage Cream. It not only soothes me, it also firms and rehydrates my skin. It’s said to help sagging skin and other signs of aging, which I totally agree with when it comes to my décolletage area. I notice that the fine lines on my chest and on my hands become less pronounced and eventually soften. Sometimes, I even mix this amazing massage cream with my normal lotion, just to give it a zing of decadence.

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Cle’ de Peau Body Emulsion Pour Le Corps/$150.00

After I’ve exfoliated and massaged myself into an expensive coma with the aforementioned products, I pull out the big gun: Cle de Peau’s Emulsion Pour Le Corps. It’s pure silk in a bottle. Not only does it glide on effortlessly, it leaves every inch of my body feeling smooth and velvety. It smells like a dewy spring morning, just before sunrise: fresh and new. This product is all about inspiring new vitality and pumping moisture into areas of the body that feel dehydrated and fatigued. Technically, if I could only afford one Cle’ de Peau body product, this would definitely be it. One more thing: it contains Royal Jelly, a natural substance that’s been revered for its beauty benefits since ancient times. Nothing like a good beauty secret.

www.cledepeaubeaute.com

 

Now, go be fabulous!

Shireen’s Spotlight: Tamarina

 

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What: Tamarina 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami, Florida 33131

Why: Glamour and sophistication have never tasted so good. Tamarina doesn’t just specialize in Italian Coastal Cuisine, it’s perfected the art of pampering its diners to the “nth” degree. The beautiful, chic, inside/outside restaurant has a warm and rich atmosphere and its food is simple, delicious and clean. I adored the tiger prawn carpaccio. It was so tasty, I was ready for another round. Speaking of…

When you sit at the main bar (they also have a standalone oyster bar and a champagne bar) ask Magic (yes that’s his real name) to make you a dirty martini. It has to be one of the best drinks I’ve ever had in the “Magic” City. It was so smooth, I felt like Marlene Dietrich throwing one back with Gary Cooper in the 1936 movie, “Desire.” This place is regal, romantic and has really great raw fish.

Where: Tamarina is located in Brickell where Lippi used to be. Parking can be a challenge, but on the West and North side of the restaurant, there’s affordable valet.

When: Monday-Friday 12pm-11:30pm, Saturday 6pm-11:30pm/the bar is open until 1am, closed on Sunday.

Reservations:  305-579-1888
www.tamarinamiamirestaurants.com
Instagram: @tamarinamiami
Twitter: @TamarinaMiami
Facebook: Tamarina Miami

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
producer: Jessie Rosario
writer: Shireen Sandoval
photographer: t4two photography

“Champagne makes you feel like it’s Sunday and better days are just around the corner.” Marlene Dietrich

Now, go be fabulous!

 

Sweater Weather

 

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“She’s my person. If I murdered someone, she’s the person I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the floor.” I absolutely love that quote from the television show, “Grey’s Anatomy,” and it’s exactly how I feel about my stylist, Shari Bloch. 

She’s my person. The one I’d call if I got arrested in the middle of the night; she’d style my mug shot with ease and then bail me out of jail. She’s the one I’d depend on if I had to flee the country at a moment’s notice with nothing to wear. She’d insist on pulling looks for my life on the lam and remind me to always buy quality and classic as she kissed me goodbye. 

She’s the Thelma to my Louise and if I were ever to drive my car off a cliff (like they did in the movie,) she’s the one I would want in my passenger seat, holding my hand, screaming, laughing, crying and seeing me out of this world as well-dressed as possible. It wasn’t always that way, though. 

When I first came to Miami as a young entertainment reporter, I struggled to fashionably fit in and felt very self-conscious, even inadequate at times. Especially as I started to frequent Los Angeles and New York City for my job. My clothes were cute, but conservative and nothing special. My style was, well, to be totally honest, I’m not sure that I had one, but it wasn’t from lack of trying.

I spent a lot of time roaming around the Aventura Mall and local boutiques perplexed on how to harness the sex appeal of South Florida fashions, but at the same time, balance and blend them with the class and sophistication that the movers and shakers of Hollywood and Manhattan expected. That’s how I met Shari… 

I bumped into her at an upscale boutique where she was working at the time and I fell in love with her immediately. She was affable, fun-loving and full of light and love. What’s more, she knew her fashion and was incredibly astute. She noticed something about me that NO ONE ever notices. I’m related to someone incredibly famous and there’s a very subtle clue about me that gives it away. Shari caught on immediately, but had the class and decency enough not to mention it in a room full of people. 

Read the rest of “Sweater Weather” at www.wsvn.com or shop the look at www.kokopalenki.com. Remember, if it makes you happy, wear it!

Top 3: Bubble Bath Treats

 

There’s nothing more lovely and luxurious than taking a bath. It’s hard for me to fit something so decadent into my busy schedule, but when I do, man, I’m down for the count. I put my favorite candles around the tub, pour a nice glass of wine and infuse my bath water with the best bubbles this side of the Mississippi. Here are my top 3 Bubble Bath Treats…

 

 

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Johnson’s baby bedtime bath /$6.92  

If I’ve had a tough day at work, I head straight to Publix, buy a bottle of Little Penguin Merlot (don’t judge me,) a pack of Walkers Shortbread biscuits and some Johnson’s baby bedtime bath. When I settle in at mi casa, I pour a glass of vino, put some cookies on a plate and load up the tub with these pretty, purifying bubbles. It’s formulated with “a special blend of calming aromas” that immediately soothes me. This stuff always cures what ails me with its liquid goodness. It washes away my day, so, I’m left with “No More Tears.”

www.publix.com

 

 

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Avon Bubble Bath / $8.00

I don’t know what it is about Avon, but their products never disappoint and their bubble bath is no different. They have so many delicious scents, it’s hard to choose just one: Lavender Garden, Vanilla Cream, Cucumber Melon, Pomegranate & Peony, Soft Pink, Endless Ocean and for the holidays, there’s Peppermint Vanilla and Frosted Winterberry. The bubbles in this product are fabulously foamy and incredibly long lasting. Also, Avon has great sales and it’s easy to nab a bottle or two for half the price. I hate using tag lines, but when you relax and relish in this bubble bath “you never looked so good.”

www.avon.com

 

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Origins Ginger Float / $29.00

If any of my friends actually read my blog, I would LOVE this for Christmas (hint,  hint!) Ginger Float has a creamy mousse texture that makes my skin soft, supple and hydrated. Origins touts it as something that melts away the stress of the day and I wholeheartedly agree. When I soak in it, I feel as if I’ve died and gone to bath heaven. I love its soft and romantic ginger smell and its citrusy under-notes are crisp and refreshing. This bubble bath is best before bedtime. If I’m really going all out, I’ll use Origins Ginger Soufflé decadent whipped body cream. The combination always ensures sweet dreams.

www.origins.com 

 

Honorable mention: Mr. Bubble / $12.95

 

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Rub a dub, dub, just me in the tub!

Shireen’s Spotlight: Dolce Italian at the Gale South Beach

 

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What: Dolce Italian at the Gale South Beach, 1690 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139

Why: It’s the type of place where you wanna hang-out with your closest friends, enjoy a long, lackadaisical cocktail and get around to dinner when you feel like it. Not only that, Dolce has just launched a really cool new Happy Hour: every single day of the week, you can choose from 8 great signature cocktails, 8 specially priced appetizers, all priced at 8 dollars. I guess I know what my new favorite number is.

This place is incredibly yummy, but don’t take it from me, take it from the best in the food business: Dolce has been selected to participate in a new television series on Bravo called “Best New Restaurant,” starring Master Chef Gordon Ramsay. It’s slated to air January 2015.

Where: In the Heart of South Beach across the street from the famed Delano Hotel on Collins Avenue. It’s a crowded area with snowbirds, tourists and locals to boot. Not to worry, though, the hotel offers valet parking on James Avenue. It’s just a short walk to the front door of the gorgeous, warm and welcoming Art Deco hotel.

When: Dinner/Sunday-Thursday 6pm-10:45pm, Friday & Saturday 6pm-11:45pm

www.dolceitalianrestaurant.com 
Reservations: 786-975-2550
Instagram: @dolce_italian 
Twitter: @Dolce_Italian 
Facebook: Dolce Italian  

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
producer: Jessie Rosario
writer: Shireen Sandoval
photographer: t4two photography

 

Happy Friday! Don’t forget to be fabulous.