The Edit by Brett Graff
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On Real Housewives of Miami, the Larsa Marie Jewelry Line by Larsa Pippen got very social in Episode 9 in Montauk when I – Brett Graff, editor of SocialMiami.com – arrived on the scene. It was a major cameo seen by neither of my parents (just yet) but most everyone else in Miami, not to mention the Berkshire campers of bunk 10A who – after having me as their counselor decades ago – managed to this week find me on Instagram. Yes, it’s true. All grown up and thanks to mega producer Jennifer Diliz, I was invited to the jewelry launch, and it was spectacular and glamorous. All the ladies were in attendance except for Julia Lemigova – wife of Martina Navratilova — who was sick from a cause having absolutely nothing to do to with vodka or a hangover. Those at the table? Nicole Martin, Alexia Nepola, Lisa Hochstein, Guerdy Abraira, Adriana de Moura, Marysol Patton and Kiki Barth. And of course, me. So now I cannot walk my dog down the beach-lined streets of Key Biscayne without someone stopping me to ask: What’s the real deal with these ladies? Thankfully I have inside information. Hochstein — wife of plastic surgeon Lenny Hochstein who is as physically delicate as she is strikingly beautiful — ate her entire lunch. Every bite! I saw the whole thing go down so let’s remember, being healthy is the first step to being gorgeous. Pippen’s jewels were fabulous and if you can hear the voice in the episode asking about the price points, it’s me. They’re far from reasonable but in my estimation, totally worth every penny because each piece boasts a unique style and if you pair three or four chokers around your neck — Larsa was sporting each a gold, diamond and then rose-gold necklace — well, you’re stacked in very real style.
The teams at Paquin Entertainment Group and Normal Studios are ready for their next artistic venture, showcasing the works of the French master painter, Claude Monet. The “Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience,” will mirror it’s last venture of Van Gogh to be a multisensory experience showcasing 400 of Claude Monet’s most iconic works, including the beloved Water Lilies series, Impressionism: Sunrise and Poppies. Breaking free from their frames, these works are thrillingly brought to new life, swirling and dancing across the entire space, using cutting-edge projection technology (4 trillion content pixels) skillfully combined with music and sound effects to create a poetic and dreamlike display of Monet’s iconic career and legacy.
These Restaurants are Ready for Love
Valentine’s Day is here, almost, so we’ve got some ideas. Mehzcla at the Balfour Hotel (350 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) is offering guests a unified variety of romance and Latin American culinary influences at one of Miami’s art deco beauties. Couples can enjoy a specially curated six-course pre-fixe menu that includes a wine pairing ($85), personally selected by Le Cordon Bleu trained chef Steven Acosta. The intimate atmosphere with outdoor seating on a wrap-around terrace with scenic views of Ocean Drive or the indoor dining room that is centered around the historic building’s original marble fireplace, terrazzo flooring, and an inviting lobby bar featuring a well-crafted, classic cocktail program. At Orno, (1350 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables) there’s a wood-fired heat serving new American cuisine sourced from the chef’s farm, Rancho Patel. The Valentine’s menu will serve a three-course-pre-fixe offering for $90 that, with a specialty wine pairing, will run you an additional $45. Or, treat your plus one to a romantic Michelin Star dinner this Valentine’s Day at Kosushi Miami (801 S Pointe Dr in Miami Beach.) With a specially curated menu under the helm of Executive Chef Shoyo lida, lovebirds can enjoy their Valentine Gunkan Selection ($28) including fresh salmon with ikura, Miyazaki wagyu with Hokkaido uni, Hamachi with poached quail egg, truffle, and more.
Brett Graff is SocialMiami.com’s managing editor and has been a journalist covering money, people and power for over 20 years. Graff contributes to national media outlets including Reuters, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, and the PBS show, Nightly Business Report. A former U.S. government economist, her nationally syndicated column The Home Economist is first published in The Miami Herald and then on the Tribune Content Agency, where it’s available to over 400 publications nationwide. She is broadcast weekly on two iHeartRadio news shows and is the author of “Not Buying It: Stop Overspending & Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids,” a parenting guide for people who might be tempted to buy their children the very obstacles they’re trying to avoid.