Shireen’s Spotlight: Hollen & Jen’s Vintage Showroom

Hollen & Jen's Vintage Showroom

What: Hollen & Jen’s Vintage Showroom, 1177 Kane Concourse Suite 201, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida 33154

Why: Not only is it some of the best vintage in Miami (because the pieces they sell are always in mint condition,) but it’s run by two BFF’s whom I adore. Fashionistas by nature, Hollen Rosenberg and Jennifer Sazant combined their friendship and love of all things beautiful (clothing, jewelry, handbags and shoes) to create an amazing store called “Hollen & Jen’s Vintage Showroom.”

I’ve worn some of their uniquely gorgeous garments to red carpet events around the world and to interview some of the most famous people in Hollywood. The duo doesn’t sell ‘consigned’ items. Matter of fact, everything in their charming little boutique is something they themselves have purchased from estate sales, vintage shows or treasures they’ve unearthed from some of the most decadent and couture closets in South Florida.

When they sell something, they actually have a hard time parting with it and really, isn’t that the way it should be? Whether it’s a look of days gone by or something you’d see in Vogue magazine, this showroom has its pulse on the past, present, but more importantly, on all things pretty.

Where: The showroom is off of Kane Concourse, the main boulevard that runs through Bay Harbour Village. It’s housed on the second floor of a pretty office building with big, bold white shutters. I love the area. It’s one of the few parts of Miami left untouched by the bustling tourist beach life.

When: Tuesdays & Thursday 10am-3pm or by appointment. (website coming soon)
Twitter: @HollenandJen
Instagram: @HollenandJen
FB: Hollen & Jen Showroom

editor: Matthew Auerbach
producer/writer: Shireen Sandoval
photographer: Tod Phillip

Thursday, October 2, 2014 ,

Moroccan Dreams

Moroccan Dreams

Moroccan Dreams

Moroccan Dreams

Moroccan Dreams

Moroccan Dreams

I first met Asmaa Benkirane on the rooftop of the Betsy Hotel on South Beach. I remember it well: it was a ruthlessly hot day. I was there to shoot a Miami spa month story for Deco Drive and I was trying not to sweat bullets through my new, bright green Moroccan style sundress. Wishful thinking…

Within 30 seconds of stepping onto the ocean front, open-air spa veranda, sweat started beading onto my upper lip and traces of moisture trickled down my back. I’m not gonna lie; I was pretty miserable, but I adored the spirit of the people pitching and presenting the story, so I was in it; sweaty neck, back, dress and all.

By the way, sometimes not even that uber-thick, pancake-like television make-up can withstand the South Florida heat. So, you just melt and try to make the best of it. Just as I started dabbing the dampness from my face with the back of my hand, Asmaa walked out of the hotel and into the blistering heat like a cool summer breeze.

She was light, airy and incredibly good-natured. She complimented me on my dress immediately, which would win any woman over, but when she told me she owned a store that specialized in couture kaftans, it caught my attention. Coincidentally, I had just purchased the pretty aforementioned green dress a few weeks prior at Anthropology. I loved its delicate detailing, flowing fit and the way it reminded me of something a woman in Morocco would wear.

Read the rest of my “Moroccan Dreams” fashion article at or shop the look at and remember, if it makes you happy, wear it!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 ,

Top 3: Skin Fitness

I’m definitely on a skin maintenance roll lately. Matter of fact, I’ve been completely and utterly obsessed. Thankfully, it’s a little cheaper than shoe-shopping! Seriously, though, my bathroom has turned into a full-fledged drugstore, but secretly I love it and I hope you like all the tips, too.

So, last week it was affordable face washes. The week before, luxury products with pretty hefty price tags and this week, why not keep the skincare ball rolling by dedicating #ShireensTop3 to a local line called “Skin Fitness?” 
I first learned about the company, whose tag line is “pure and simple,” at one of my favorite places on earth, Zen Zen Organic Hair Salon in North Miami Beach. My colorist, Cindy, and my extension specialist, Jess, love em’ some good products. All three of us are always gabbing about what it takes to get good face. I’ve learned a lot of great beauty tips from the two over the last year, but this one is definitely one of my favorites…

Skin Fitness not only offers natural treatments that are scientifically advanced and green-friendly (which is really important to Zen Zen,) but their products contain healing ingredients, too. They’ve bottled up the likes of vitamins, fruit pulps and enzymes to treat things like rosacea, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation and pesky lines and wrinkles. Here’s my top 3/Skin Fitness Products…

skinfitness crystal dew drops for eyes and lips  

Crystal Dew Drops For Eyes & Lips/$88.00

Talk about some major TLC for the under-eye area! This pearlized-looking eye cream is slick, moisturizing and long-lasting. A little bit of this stuff goes a long way. It does two things that I love: help conceal my dark circles because of its iridescent-like glow and prevents my concealer from seeping into the fine lines around my eyes. The good news doesn’t stop there: you can use the Crystal Dew Drops on your kisser, too. It hydrates and protects your pretty pout and if that’s not worth a big kiss, I don’t know what is.

  Skin Fitness Pigment Lightener Gel

Pigment Lightener Gel/$28.00

For years, I’ve battled dark spots on my face. A few are from the sun, but the majority are from fighting a life-altering neurological disorder and the medicines that go along with treating it. Luckily, I’m beating my illness, but in the fight to fix my body, the meds wreaked havoc on my hair and face. Over the last year, Zen Zen has managed to whip my hair back into shape and this Pigment Lightener they recommended is also fixing my face. The gel is slowly, but surely, fading my hyper-pigmentation. Most skin lighters serve up a healthy dose of hydroquinone (a controversial skin lightener said to cause cancer in lab animals when used in large quantities for an extended period of time,) but Skin Fitness takes a more natural approach. They use acids like: Kojic, Azelaic, Glycolic and Salicylic. It’s the perfect healthy potion to get beautiful, even colored-skin.

skin fitness crushed grape seed scrub

Crushed Grape Seed Scrub/$44.00

Before I went on my face-cleanser binge last week, I was using the Crushed Grape Seed Scrub from Skin Fitness. It’s yummy, gentle and exfoliating. This product pulls double duty with granules and natural acids; schluffing away the old skin and readying the new. The result is a squeaky clean, healthy glow. The product has crushed grape seeds, jojoba beads and fruit enzymes. It even has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in it, too. For an extra beauty punch; I steam my face, smear on the scrub, circulate it for about three minutes and rinse. It tingles, tightens and tones.

Wanna get your face in shape? You can buy Skin Fitness products at or Here’s to not looking a day past 29!

Shireen’s Spotlight: Tongue & Cheek

Shireen's Spotlight: Tongue & Cheek

What: Tongue & Cheek, 431 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Why: Because its Owner & Chef extraordinaire, Jamie DeRosa, is a freakin’ genius, that’s why (I’ll get to that in a minute) and besides, who doesn’t love a good, smokin’ Molecular Margarita? (Pictured in the blog.) It’s made with 4 ounces of tequila, blackberry and lime. You can thank me later for the sexy introduction. It’s to die for…

Tongue & Cheek isn’t just one of the hippest and most happening places on South Beach to eat, it stacks up with the best of em’ because there’s something for everyone. Especially on its Miami Spice Menu: the Heirloom Tomato Salad with Whipped Ricotta is delicious for the dieter, the Carrot Cavatelli is the cure for the vivacious vegetarian and the Beef Cheek Burger is great for the gung-ho guy who can’t get enough meat. And…

Have you ever heard the saying that someone’s “in it to win it”? Well, that sums up Jamie to a T. Not only has he made Tongue & Cheek an amazing place to eat with quippy, pop culture-titled menu and drink items, but his infectious personality, social media prowess and personal love of all things art-related (food, fashion and film) make him one of the most relevant restaurant owners in the Magic City today.

Whether you’re drinking a Classic Whiskey Sour during Happy Hour or whiling away a weekend night with a long, lackadaisical dinner, dining at Tongue & Cheek is totally delicious.

Where: T&C is located off of Washington Avenue between 4th and 5th street. It’s a bustling part of South Beach, but don’t worry; they offer valet parking for $5.

When: Dinner – Sun 6pm-10pm/Tues-Thur 11:30am-3pm/Fri-Sat 6pm-12am
Happy Hour Tuesday – Sunday 5pm – 8pm
Twitter: @TandCMiami
Instagram: @TandCMiami
FB: Tongue & Cheek

editor: Matthew Auerbach
producer: Jessie Rosario
photographer: Tod Phillip

Thursday, September 25, 2014 ,

Gypsy Rose

Gypsy Rose

Gypsy Rose

Gypsy Rose

Gypsy Rose

The bohemian beauty of the Southwest is an indelible part of my existence. Partially because I was raised there, but also because of its unique energy, earthy spirit and rugged charm. When I close my eyes to daydream about the desert, this is what I see…

Breathtaking sunsets, sprinkled with soft pinks, blues and purples. The rich and unforgiving landscape that manages to be mysterious and miraculous at the same time and if I gaze just long enough, the sweeping, awe-inspiring, open spaces reveal hidden secrets. Like…

Rolling mesas rippling in and out of gorgeous red clay. Silky, brown sand snaking around dazzling, dark green cacti with beautiful, bright red blossoms and if i’m lucky, I’ll catch a glimpse of a gorgeous, fawn-colored coyote, lackadaisically sauntering its way through the wild flowers of the desert.

Just before I open my eyes, I feel the dry air, formidable wind and the sun shining relentlessly on my shoulders. Then, my daydream gives way to real life and the moment is only a memory. While I’m proud to call Miami my home, I’m still seduced by the trappings of the Southwest. Matter of fact, over the years, I’ve gravitated toward paintings, poetry and precious jewels that illuminate the very things that make my hometown so special.

Read the full article featuring “Eye Gotcha Covered” jewelry at or shop the look at – here’s to Mother Earth!