Shireen’s Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Bagatelle Miami

What:

Bagatelle, 2000 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Why:

If you yearn for yumminess on every level, lean close and let me tell you a secret: Bagatelle Miami is THE place to be. It’s one of the hottest spots in the Magic City right now. What’s more, it’s mastered the perfect going-out-to-eat-and-having-an-amazing-time recipe. On any given night of the week, the fabulous new French Mediterranean restaurant not only serves up fantastic food in a killer club-like atmosphere, it also hosts some of the most beautiful people in the city.

I went on a Friday night and the place was off the chain with captivating energy and eye candy (both men and women.) The staff was amazing and boy, do they love to feed a journalist! Everyone who works there (at least, the people I came in contact with) really believes in the food and as you know, that can go a long way. Plus, they’re incredibly accommodating and the service is immaculate. That’s not always the case on South Beach.

I started dinner with several fun cocktails. Although the “Sangria Bagatelle Rose” was my favorite, I also fell in cheeky love with the “Girl From Lima,” “Berry Lust” and the quirky, but surprisingly refreshing “Bootie Call” (made with Belvedere Vodka, rosemary, fresh watermelon, elderflower and lemon juice.)

Next up; some mind-blowingly fresh appetizers: “Salade de Crabe aux Agrumes” (crab salad,) “Tartare de Thon Bagatelle” (tuna tartare) and my all-time favorite, “Tatin de Tomate” (tomato fondue tart, goat cheese, olives, onions, pine nuts and basil oil.) I was impressed by how everything was plated, but perhaps more awe-inspiring was the freshness/lightness of it all. All three plates were succulent and satisfying. It was by far my favorite part of the meal.

For the main course, I dined on Snapper de Floride en Papillote (cedar-wrapped Florida red snapper filet, quinoa tabouleh, avocado and a tropical sauce.) It came with a side of Pommes Frites, Wild Mixed Mushrooms and Spicy Charred Broccolini. The fries were sinful, the mushrooms totally divine and the broccolini was charred to perfection.

If you’re a regular blog reader, you know how I feel about dessert: I can take it or leave it, but at Bagatelle Miami, they don’t let you leave anything behind, especially the sweet stuff. I caved when I saw the three divine dishes they encouraged me to eat: Panna Cotta Ricotta, Cheesecake Napoleon and Banana Cream Tart. The cheesecake was amaze-balls! Come to think of it, everything I dined on was amaze-balls. Bagatelle Miami is definitely one of my favorite things.

Where:

The lively restaurant is on the corner of 21st and Collins on South Beach. It’s just a block south of the W Hotel (one of my all-time favorite properties on the beach) which, by the way, has a big public parking lot right in front of it. You can try to score a parking space there (it’s metered) or settle for Bagatelle’s valet.

When:

Mon-Thurs 6pm-12am, Fri-Sat 6pm-1am, Sunday Brunch 6pm-11pm, Sunday Dinner 12pm-6pm.

www.bistrobagatelle.com
Reservations: 305-704-3900
Executive Chef: Matthieu Godard
IG: @BagatelleMiamiBeach
FB: Bagatelle Miami Beach

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like.Mark Twain

Black Jumper: Hollen & Jen Vintage Showroom
Butterfly Earrings: Magenta Couture
Purse: Tory Burch by Koko & Palenki
Shoes: BCBG Aventura Mall

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Producer: Jessie Rosario
Writer: Shireen Sandoval
Photographer: James Woodley

Reinvention: The Rusted Jalopy

Reinvention: The Rusted Jalopy

Reinvention: The Rusted Jalopy

Reinvention: The Rusted Jalopy

Reinvention: The Rusted Jalopy

Reinvention: The Rusted Jalopy

Reinvention: The Rusted Jalopy

Reinvention: The Rusted Jalopy

Reinvention: The Rusted Jalopy

Reinvention: The Rusted Jalopy

When the doctor told me I had a mass in my left breast, I wasn’t surprised. Matter of fact, I knew it and not because I could feel it, either. It was just my sixth sense: for whatever reason, my inner voice had been gnawing at me for weeks to get a mammogram. I was just a few months past my yearly exam when I got the news.

I stared at the doctor blankly and asked her to repeat what she had just said. She was so young, I was convinced she had made a mistake and asked to see the name on the medical chart. She showed me without hesitation and there it was, printed out clearly and neatly at the top of the file: Shireen Cheney-Sandoval.

I swallowed hard and looked away as she repeated the news. I had always been incredibly religious about my yearly exam (despite being what many doctors had deemed too young for a yearly mammogram and sonogram.) I didn’t care, though; I did it because of my family history: both my grandmother and great grandmother on my mother’s side had died of breast cancer.

Prompting me to do extra due diligence: the memory of watching my grandmother suffer beyond comprehension. Cancer completely ravaged her, robbing her of her beauty, wreaking havoc on her brain and destroying her body. She died in my mother’s arms like a weak, helpless child. My eyes water and my chest tightens at the memory. Her death became my catalyst in the fight against cancer, which for me has always been a healthy dose of prevention.

Earlier that morning before getting my exam, anything and everything that could go wrong did. Traffic was horrible, I was tired and wasn’t in the mood to be squeezed and felt up. On top of my late arrival, my mammogram prescription wasn’t received by Mount Siani, despite my Primary Care physician faxing it several times the week prior. For whatever reason, when the hospital and doctor’s office tried reconnecting again, the prescription wouldn’t go through. They faxed it TWELVE times.

For the most part, I sat patiently and waited, but after about two hours I finally got up to walk out. I couldn’t believe how quickly the day was passing: I still had to pick up some television wardrobe, get my hair done and get to work to prepare for Deco Drive. Just as my feet were about to hit the automatic door, though, I paused and reconsidered. I took a deep breath, backed away from the door and decided to buy a coffee instead. Then, I went back into the waiting room…

A painstaking thirty minutes later, I was cleared to have both exams. If I hadn’t waited, if I had indeed walked out and ignored my inner voice, I never would have heard the shocking news. I tried asking the doctor clearheaded, information-extracting questions when she told me abut the mass, but I was so freaked out and overwhelmed, having a proper thought was almost impossible. Making matters worse, I was alone.

Read the rest of the story at www.WSVN.com or to shop the looks, check-out the blog credits listed below.

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Photographer: James Woodley
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Styling & Assist: Jackie Kay
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Editor: Matthew Auerbach
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Happy Easter

Happy Easter Shot on Location at Bonnet House

Happy Easter Shot on Location at Bonnet House

Happy Easter Shot on Location at Bonnet House

Happy Easter Shot on Location at Bonnet House

Recreate your life, always, always. Remove the stones, plant rose bushes and make sweets. Begin again.Cora Coralina

Happy Easter & Passover…
Shireen, Matty, James, Jackie, Odett, Jessie R & Jessie N. xo

Shot on location at The Bonnet House – open Easter Day from 9am-4pm
www.bonnethouse.org
Twitter: @bonnethouse
Instagram: @bonnethouse
Facebook: The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Address: 900 N. Birch Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

White dress & sunhat: Kore Boutique, Miami
Shoes: L.A.M.B by Koko & Palenki
Flowers: by BN

The Beautiful Bonnet House

The Beautiful Bonnet House

The Beautiful Bonnet House

The Beautiful Bonnet House

The Beautiful Bonnet House

The Beautiful Bonnet House

The Beautiful Bonnet House

The Beautiful Bonnet House

The first time I saw the Bonnet House, I was in complete awe of its beauty. The bright yellow, sprawling, open-air Spanish-style house, snuggled into 35 acres of lush South Florida greenery in Fort Lauderdale, isn’t just unique, it’s incredibly captivating. Perhaps it has something to do with its history and the people who once lived there.

Although its grounds date back thousands of years, as far back as one of the first sites of Spanish contact with the New World, it was a man by the name of Hugh Taylor Birch responsible for making it what it is today. Mr. Birch, who was a successful lawyer, purchased the beachside property back in 1895 and then as fate would have it, gifted it to his daughter, Helen, as a wedding present.

Helen was a talented writer and an accomplished composer, who adored penning poetry and making music; so it only made sense that she would marry a fellow artist. Her new husband, Frederic Clay Bartlett, was a well-studied and well-skilled Chicago painter. He also had an affinity for design and architecture.

Together and very much in love, the couple officially broke ground on “The Beautiful Bonnet House,” in 1920. It was meant to be a summer seaside retreat where they both could practice and celebrate what they loved most: art. Unfortunately, their happiness was short-lived, when Helen died of breast cancer. Needless to say, Frederic was devastated and stopped frequenting the Bonnet House.

Matter of fact, he wouldn’t fully return to the villa until love came back into his life and luckily for us – it did. When Fredric finally remarried, his new wife, Evelyn Fortune Lilly, encouraged him to return to his beloved Florida beach house and cultivate it. During that time, the house and property went through a renaissance of sorts.

The couple breathed new life into “The Beautiful Bonnet House,” filling it with amazing art, unique furnishings and spirited music. They were also known for their hospitality, hosting many guests, serving delicious food, all while using their extensive China collections. Rumor has it, if you were lucky enough to dine at the Bonnet House, you’d never eat off the same plate twice.

Read the rest of my feature on the Bonnet House at www.wsvn.com.

The museum is open Easter Day from 9am-4pm
www.bonnethouse.org
Twitter: @bonnethouse
Instagram: @bonnethouse
Facebook: The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Address: 900 N. Birch Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

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Twitter: @ShireenSandoval
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www.shireensandoval.com

Photographer: James Woodley
Twitter: @BritFloridian
IG: @BritFloridian
www.James-Woodley.com

Hair & Make-up: Odette Hernandez
Twitter: @Odettehernandz
IG: @O.D.E.T.T

Styling & Assist: Jackie Kay
Blog ideas: jackie211@yahoo.com

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
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Top 3: Fashionable SPF Sun Hats

 

Shireen Sandoval, James Woodley Photography, Hat, Beauty
There are three things I must have to survive a South Florida summer: a constant bottle of water in hand, a really strong sunscreen and a stylish, protective sun hat. After all, keeping my skin as young as possible is an absolute must in the television business, which considers on-air television personalities old at the tender age of 29.

That being said, I owe a lot of my skin health to the plethora of “SPF Fashionable Sun Hats” I’ve worn over the years. That’s why this week’s Top 3 is dedicated to my favorite protective hats of the moment. For me, a great hat must be stylish, durable, packable, and breathable.

 

 

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Casual Traveler by Wallaroo Hat Company/$40.00

The “Casual Traveler” by Wallaroo is my absolute go-to sun hat: it can be worn anytime, anyplace, anywhere. I love the colors they come in, too, which are pretty much anything your heart desires, especially pastels: sea green, lemon and pink are my favorites. Not only is the “Casual Traveler” soft, flexible and fun, it gets the job done. It boasts a 50 plus UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor.) Not only that, it’s made with microfiber and has a 4″ adjustable wide brim. Its hidden drawstring makes it “one size fits all” and helps the hat stay put on really windy boating or beach days. It’s easy, peasy and incredibly comfortable.

www.wallaroohats.com

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SmartStraw Riviera Sun Hat by Coolibar/$69.50

Every South Florida fashionista needs a gigantic floppy hat that says “look at me” and that’s exactly what the “SmartStraw Riviera” Sun Hat does. It’s great for the beach, brunch or just lounging around by the pool. It’s not just bold and beautiful, its massive, 7″ wide brim has 50 plus UPF coverage and shades your face, neck and chest. I also like its comfortable moisture wick elastic sweatband and cotton crown lining. Last but not least, I adore its stylish coconut shell buckle with a wraparound ribbon. The only downside: you’llĀ  have to spot clean the hat to keep it looking terrific, but it turns so many heads, it’s totally worth it.

www.coolibar.com

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Catalina Cotton Sun Hat by Solumbra/$64.95

The “Catalina Cotton” Sun Hat by Solumbra totally gives me good vibrations every time I wear it. It’s fashionably laid back, but at the same time has just enough pizazz to keep you looking pretty on hot summer days. Especially when it comes to covering unruly weekend hair. I love tucking my messy mane up into its roomy, bucket-like crown. The company calls the hat “fun and flirty.” I wholeheartedly agree, but would add “fetching and fabulous” to the list of complimentary adjectives. It’s the strongest of the lot, with 100 percent SPF (Sunscreen Protective Factor) and a sturdy 4″ wide brim. I love the fact that you can dress it up or down. Hats off to its versatility.

www.sunprecautions.com

“Saying you don’t look good in hats is like saying you don’t look good in shoes.” -Marilyn Monroe

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Writer: Shireen Sandoval
Photographer: James Woodley