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.

 

Winter Vintage

 

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(based on true events) …

I didn’t hate Dr. Lee Scanlon per se, but I was incredibly scared of him. Our first encounter was beyond humiliating. What’s more, it was in front of a room full of people. I was so embarrassed, I nearly passed out (I’ll get to that in a minute.) Even though I despised him at that very moment and frankly, in a bunch of other ones, too, he is indeed the man responsible for my success in television.

Matter of fact, he single-handedly beat some sense into me, toughened me up and then, did what most college professors do: sent me out into the big ol’ world with a daring dream and an indelible sense of determination. His secret to helping me succeed was pretty simple. At least, it seems that way now; when I was a junior in college, not so much.

You see, Dr. Scanlon believed in me so I, in turn, believed in myself. That self-confidence was hard-won, though, and started the very first day of his Broadcast Journalism class, when I was sitting in the back of the room acting nonchalant. He must have smelled my fear from a mile away because he quickly called on me to come to the front of the class, introduce myself and tell everyone why I wanted to be on television.

My face turned beet red, as I shuffled front and center and introduced myself like he asked. “You didn’t say WHY you wanted to be on television,” he snapped in a disparaging tone. In response, my fellow classmates started laughing and heckling me, which made him bellow: “Shut up, people! Go on, Shireen.” I grew woozy and sweaty being in the spotlight. I took a deep breath and quickly blurted out: “I want to be a writer. Someone who tells stories and inspires others. If I can do that, then I want to be on TV.” The room fell silent.

Read the rest of “Winter Vintage” at wsvn.com or shop the look at www.hollenandjenshowroom.com.

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