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Cris Cab Red Road Album Release.

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Cris Cab has officially released his latest mixtape, Red Road & it’s gotta be my favorite thus far!

The newly released album features nine songs, one of them is probably the best cover of Monsters of Men’s ‘Little Talks’ that I’ve ever heard, and the rest are originals worth listening to -on repeat.

Once again, Cris collaborated with his mentor Wyclef Jean, this time on ‘Another Love’ which is one of my favorite songs on the album. But who am I kidding? I’m seriously obsessed with all nine songs. They’re that good. He also did a collab with Mike Posner on ‘Colors’, his second single off the mixtape. Check out the video below.

Cris just began the two-month Light It Up Tour with Collie Buddz & New Kingston today. They’re first show is in Washington, D.C. tonight.

To download Red Road  & see when he’s going to be playing a show in your city, go to criscab.com or visit iTunes.


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Miami <3's to Boom Boom.

The Canadians have invaded Miami, but this time it wasn’t old snowbirds taking up our beaches. I recently met an incredibly talented band from East Vancouver who were in town for a few weeks. During their time in So Flo, the boys hung out, rocked out, and made a new fan out of me and lots of other Miamians who got to catch them live.

The Boom Booms are an amazing six-piece band with a rock-pop, reggae, funky vibe that is guaranteed to get you up on your feet and dancing within the first two minutes of their set –trust me.

Since forming, they’ve toured all over the world including Brazil, Central America, Mexico, Europe, Canada and the US. They’ve played a sold out show in the heart of the Amazon, performed on mountaintops, and in front of large crowds at festivals. With their light-hearted personalities and high-energy performances, they’ve quickly won the hearts of fans everywhere.

While in Miami, the band wasted no time. They performed at venues all over South Florida including shows in Wynwood, Boca, Sunny Isles, Jupiter, Key West and Miami Beach. “People here don’t know us yet, so anytime you play for a new crowd it’s a little different. When people already know your songs, they’re already on board. You’re already dating them. Here it’s like, ‘Hey, nice to meet you. Maybe you wanna do some stuff with us?’ – and these crowds definitely wanted to do some stuff.

For six guys from Canada, Miami was the perfect escape from the Canadian winter and they loved the 305 so much in fact that they plan on making it their second home! “It feels like the music scene is growing down here. There’s a lot of good music. It’s not established in the way that like LA or NY is which makes it exciting to be part of something like that. I think that’s attractive for us.”

We think it’s attractive too.

The Boom Booms are currently hitting up the west coast and will soon get started on recording their second studio album, which they expect to get started on in May.

After that, they’re touring Canada for the summer, playing in festivals around the country before releasing their sophomore album in September and heading back to the states to tour some more and settle down in the lovely MIA.

Check out the documentary they shot while in Brazil as well as some of their songs on their YouTube page. Love their stuff?? Of course you do! Download it on iTunes!

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Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show Hits SOBE

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Inspired by America, Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show is just that, a runway show where models show off diverse cotton looks inspired by American culture.

The show begins TODAY at 8 p.m. and runs all the way through Saturday night (cause it’s 24-hours, duh!). Bill and Giuliana Rancic will be hosting the second annual shindig with the likes of Louise Roe, Michael Yo, Scott Evans and Nikki Novak. Actress Camilla Bell and fashion designer Lauren Conrad will also be making a special appearance.

Round-the-clock special DJ’s like DJ Irie, Jessica Who?, CC Sheffield, Aulden Brown, Ross One and DJ Cassidy will be providing the beats for the bevies of models that will be struttin’ their stuff down the catwalk.

Ocean Drive will be the place to be between 8th & 9th Street to catch the one-of-a-kind fashion event that will reveal 1,440 different looks ranging from nighttime chic to daytime glamour. That’s one look per minute people!

Join the fun at this year’s FREE event. Remember to get there early for a good spot near the runway. If you can’t make it, be sure to catch it streaming live online.

Stay tuned for my post-show updates. Also hashtag #COTTON24HOUR if you attend the show!

If you plan on making any purchases this weekend, lots of retailers are offering discounts on cotton purchases today & tomorrow only! Click here full the full list of stores: http://cotton24hours.thefabricofourlives.com/

Catch the show streaming live 24-hours here: http://www.people.com/people/cotton24Hours

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Free Art Fridays

Friday Funday has a whole new meaning now that I’ve discovered Free Art Fridays.

Last Friday I spent the day hunting for free art around the city with my friend Janin. Free art you wonder? Yes. Imagine a cross between serial stalker meets scavenger hunt for art.

Janin, who is a lover of the arts got me to join a group on Facebook where different local artists prep you for the weeks hidden pieces. They basically create a piece of art and give it up for free. They hide them at any given place in Miami, take a photo of it or give you a clue as to where to find it on the Facebook page and the hunt is on!

Janin & I were super excited for this and took the hunt extremely serious. Our game face was on -sort of. It was like we were on the Amazing Race. Like Khole Kardashian and her ‘cortadito’, we just HAD to find the stuff.

Luckily, our day was a success & we found two awesome pieces left by the Registered Artist in “el parque de los locos” appropriately named considering Janin & I are two locas whenever we’re together.

Check out our sweet pieces!

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DWNTWN MIAMI CONCERT SERIES

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Hello friends! It’s been a while, but after all of the Art Basel buzz I needed a break! Anyway, Last month I attended an incredible, FREE concert at Bayfront Park featuring DJ Irie & Cris Cab and I’m pleased to announce it’s happening again!

TONIGHT is the newest installment of the Heineken sponsored DWNTWN Miami Concert Series and it’s featuring Jacob Jeffries Band & Allen Stone!

Haven’t heard of these guys? You will. Let me brief you.

Allen Stone is the January VH1 You Oughta Know Artist of the Month, a spotlight lots of successful artists get their big break with. Don’t let his hipster style fool you, this guy definitely brings some soul to the table with his meaningful and calculated vocals.

He’s performed on late night shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly. He’s also received positive reviews from Esquire, CNN, BIllboard, and USA Today. Watch one of my favorites below..

Also performing with Stone is local Jacob Jeffries Band. They’ve been dubbed as Buzzworthy by MTV! Check them out below & head over to Bayfront Park tonight at 7pm for 2 amazing live shows!

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LOST IN WYNWOOD PROJECT.

As most of you know, it’s Art Basel time in Miami. But if you can’t afford to scoop up any high-priced pieces at these events, I’ve got something you might be interested in.

Local artists Wase One & Tony Diamond have created over 100 original cigarette boxes and are scattering them around the Wynwood area throughout Art Basel. If you spot one of these  uniquely painted boxes, it’s yours! You can take a little piece of Art Basel home with you for FREE! How cool is that?

These guys are also taking things a step further. If you happen to find one with a special label, you’ll win an original canvas! It’s sorta like Willy Wonka meets smoker-art scavenger hunt. If you find one of these, you MUST contact the guys within 24-hours of your finding to qualify for your free canvas. They can be reached through Instagram & Twitter at @ithinkyourenew & @tonydiamondMIA. Don’t forget to hashtag #lostinwynwood!

The cigarette boxes can be found on trees, fences, windowsills, and any surface at about eye level. They’re placing them in the area around the Wynwood Walls and are wandering through some of the side streets.

Good luck & Happy hunting!

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FUNDRAISING CONCERT FOR POP UP PIANO MIAMI.

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Last night Miami Beach was alive. Not to say that it usually isn’t, but if you were out & about on our beautiful streets, you know what I’m talking about. Art Basel is in full blast & I couldn’t be more excited!

I’m so honored & thrilled to have had the chance to attend the Pop Up Piano Miami Fundraising Concert last night. The entire Pop Up Piano committee put on an incredible event with a special concert put on by singer/songwriter Yuna, the unbelievable Elew, and a surprise performance by Miami’s own, Cris Cab.

If you haven’t had a chance to tickle the ivories, check out the pop-up performances happening Friday & Saturday in the Midtown/Wynwood area.

The gorgeous butterfly piano will be at Sugarcane for the next few days with a POPM guest performance by local musicians Locos Por Juana & Suenalo on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Ross Von Rosenberg’s colorful piano will be at the Wynwood Cigar Factory on Saturday, Dec. 8 with  performances by Juke, the Heavy Pets & Arboles Libres beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Check out my photos from last night below & be sure to check out these pianos around town!

The über talented artists responsible for the gorgeous pianos

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The very beautiful & talented Yuna (http://www.yunamusic.com/)

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Cris Cab stopped by for a surprise performance too! (http://www.criscab.com/)

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The man who blew everyone away, ELew! (http://elewrockjazz.com/)

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Isabella Acker & I. She’s one of the founders of The Black Key Group & Pop Up Piano Miami. She’s also amazing overall!

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Whitney Lykins & I. She’s another one responsible for pulling off this incredible event.

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The very cool piano painted by POPM’s own & urban artist, Arnaud Pages

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An Alex Mijares original

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The colorful piano that will be featured at the Wynwood Cigar Factory by Ross Von Rosenberg

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Wase One’s finished product! Catch & Release!

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Deco Drive’s own Louis Aguirre also enjoyed the night of art & music

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Two dates are better than one! I had a great time thanks to these two!

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 Don’t forget to visit www.popuppianomia.com for all the info on where to find the pianos!

Happy Baseling! xo

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Pop Up Piano Miami Debuts Art Basel Pianos.

As December approaches, most people are feeling anxious about Christmas. However, due to the lack of Christmas-like weather Miami is dealt each year, I’m anxious about Basel.

Pop Up Piano Miami combines the love of art, music and charity while enriching the community.

Last night I attended my first Art Basel event of the year, Pop Up Piano Miami’s Pre-Basel mixer where 8 different artists from around Miami displayed Steinway pianos with their own personal twists. Artists included Eric Estrada AKA Wase One, Ivan Roque, Desiree Kawass, Rodrigo Gaya, Federico Carosio III, Ruben Ubiera, Alexander Mijares and Ross Von Rosenberg.

The artists were chosen out of dozens of applicants by the Pop Up Piano Committee to customize Steinway-donated pianos, creating an original, one-of-a kind, functional pieces of art. The pianos are then put on public display throughout the community during Art Basel Miami Beach Week, making it one of the city’s most wide-spread music and public arts project during Basel Week.

The event was held at the Miami Ironside Warehouse, an absolute perfect venue in Wynwood. Crowds of art lovers gathered around to be the first to see the colorful pianos in person. Thanks to social media, I got to see bits and pieces of the pianos beforehand, but in person they were simply breathtaking.

KIND Snacks and Pattycake Bakery provided the snacks. Steep City Teas & Deep Eddy Vodka provided the drinks & DJ Scotty K provided the tunes.

A BIG shout out goes out to the incredible Pop Up Piano committee for creating such an amazing program and event.

Visit the Pop Up Miami official website  for more information on their gala taking place on Dec. 5 at the Perry Hotel South Beach.

Stay tuned for my upcoming Basel posts! Happy Baseling! xo

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H&M Grand Opening…Miami style

The new H&M (which I have been patiently awaiting for years) has finally arrived & it’s huge! The pop-up shop on Meridian could only hold me down for so long, but the new two-story venue has made it just in time for the holidays.

There was a red carpet, booze, celebrities, and lots of fashion at the Grand Opening of the new H&M on Lincoln Road Wednesday night and I was one of the lucky ones who got in before the doors officially open today at noon.

NYC DJ, Mia Moretti turned the store into a legit fashion par-tay & Flo Rida even performed later on in the night. Between the jams blaring throughout the store and the super hot male models donned in all white & red bow-ties passing around free drinks, I was one happy shopper.

So let’s get to it. Here’s my Suzie Says review:

Customer Service: The hospitality was out of this world. They might have had their entire staff on deck, but EVERYONE was there to assist and make your shopping experience an absolute pleasure. Big shout out to Cristina in the Menswear fitting room for being amaze & getting me everything I needed!

Sizes:  H&M is known to run a little small so don’t go into a manic depression when you can’t get your size 6 pants to zip up. I should’ve made a note to self prior stepping in to the fitting room, but with all of the excitement I was in a shopaholic daze! But now you guys know, if you’re normally a size 6 you’re most likely going to be a size 8.

Parking: Some people may think Lincoln Road can be tricky for parking, but I’m pleased to announce that there’s a parking garage DIRECTLY behind the store! $1 an hour, you can’t beat that ;)

Check out some photos below!

PARTY DRESSES WERE EVERYWHERE, JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

SO WERE THE WINTER ACCESSORIES

BLUE IS DEFINITELY THE COLOR OF THE SEASON

BUT NEON ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE!

ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS CLUTCH!

& THESE LEATHER SHORTS FOR OUR MIAMI WINTERS

BUT DON’T WORRY FELLAS, THERE’S PLENTY OF GOODS FOR YOU!

IF YOU HEAD OVER TO H&M THIS WEEKEND YOU’LL ALSO GET TO EXPERIENCE THE FASHION PARTY. THEY PLAN ON HAVING IN-HOUSE DJ’S EVERY WEEKEND!

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Miami Beach Cares Benefit TONIGHT!

In order to raise funds for our east coast neighbors in the New York & New Jersey areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, The W South Beach, along with Michael Capponi and the Capponi Group Corporation are co-hosting “Miami Beach Cares” with the American Red Cross.

The event takes place Thursday, Nov. 8th at 10 p.m. at Grove, the outdoor garden at the chic W South Beach.

Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower and Vice Mayor Michael Gongora will also be co-hosting the event, which will benefit the American Red Cross and its mission to help those impacted by the storm.

Suggested $20 donations will be accepted at the door, and 100 percent of gross bar sales at Grove will be donated to the American Red Cross courtesy of KNR Restaurant Group.

Let the weekend begin! Make your Thursday night outing one for a good cause. xo.

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