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October 21, 2014

An emotional and historic evening at the 2014 La Musa Awards‏

An emotional and historic evening at the 2014 La Musa Awards‏
Photo credits - Manny Hernandez & Alberto E. Tamargo
On October 12, 2014 an impressive celebration took place during the second annual induction gala of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame LA MUSA AWARDS® honored some of the greatest Latin music-makers of all time. From the posthumous homage to Argentinean composer Carlos Gardel by singer Diego Torres who performed Gardel's classic tune, "El Día Que Me Quieras" (The Day You Love Me), to the final performance of the evening when singers Jon Secada and Ednita Nazario came together on stage to perform inductee Gloria Estefan's epic anthem of hope and transcendence"Coming out of the Dark".

The evening was hosted by the actress, model and activist Eglantina Zingg, who returned to LA MUSA AWARD ® during an unforgettable event that brought together the biggest stars of Latin music in an emotional celebration honoring their music and its makers. (complete list of the honorees at the bottom).

Singers Luis Enrique, Angel Lopez and Beatriz Luengo performed a medley which included some of Omar Alfanno's biggest hits, "El Gran Varón,"Y Hubo Alguien", "Que Alguien Me Diga", "Asi Es La Vida", "A Puro Dolor". A special recognition to the national anthem of Panama was performed by singer, and songwriter Erika Ender. CNN En Español, author, anchor, and producer Ismael Cala, presented the Desi Arnaz Pioneer Award to the visionary and pioneer of Hispanic radio in the United States and founder of SBS, Raul Alarcon Sr.

R&B singer Miguel received the La Musa Victory Award and performed a medley which included the worldwide hit "Adorn" and the theme "Destined to Die." To honor Lolita de la Colina, one of the composers inducted this year in the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rafael Negrete performed a medley with two of the biggest hits of the Mexican composer, "Sin Caballero No Hay Dama", "Se Me Olvido Que Te Olvide."

Natalia Jimenez, recipient of last year's La Musa Elena Casals Award, was on hand to present the 'La Musa' trophy to Latin Grammy winner, Marlow Rosadowho performed "Cuando Marlow Suena El Piano" and "Kuli-Yuki" performed by the young Cuban-American singer De La Torre. Every year the La Musa Awards® shines the spot light on an upcoming new star. Last year, El Dasa was featured and now he is topping the Latin charts.

A stunning tribute to Rafael Perez Botija was performed by David Bisbal, who sang one of Botija's classics, "Desesperado.". Leila Cobo, entertainment journalist who is executive director of Latin content and programming for Billboard was presented the La Musa Conquistador Award to Jencarlos Canela who performed a medley with his biggest hits including "Amor Quédate" and "Tu Sombra".

Argentinean composer, musician and music producer, winner of several Oscars,Gustavo Santaolalla performed one of his classics and was responsible for introducing the Ralph S. Peer Publishers Award (Premio Editores Ralph S. Peer) to renowned music industry executive, Zach Horowitz. The Icon Award(Premio Icono) was presented to Spanish singer, songwriter and producer,Alejandro Sanz, one of the most influential artists of the past two decades, who performed his worldwide hit "No Me Compares."

The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees are: Gloria Estefan (Cuba),Omar Alfanno (Panama), Lolita De La Colina (Mexico), Rafael Pérez Botija(Spain).

The 2015 list of the 24 Nominees will be announced on Jan 28th in two categories (performing and non-performing) and the voting begins immediately after the press conference. The final 6 Inductees will be decided by it's members. Free membership is open to all at at LSHOF's official Website (www.LatinSongHall.org).

COMPLETE LIST OF AWARDS:

-La Musa Awards - Gloria Estefan (Cuba), Omar Alfanno (Panamá), Lolita De La Colina (México), Rafael Perez Botija (España), and a recognition was posthumously awarded to Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera (Argentina).

* Premio Pionero Desi Arnaz: Raúl Alarcón Sr.

* Premio La Musa Elena Casals: Marlow Rosado

* Premio Triunfador - Miguel

* Premio Conquistador - JenCarlos Canela

-Premio Editores - Zach Horowitz


MUSA14 List of Inductees, Honorees, Presenters & Performers:

Alejandro Sanz

Ángel Lopez

Beatriz Luengo

Claudia Brant

David Bisbal

De La Torre

Desmond Child

Diego Torres

Ednita Nazario

Emilio Estefan

Erika Ender

Gabriel Mores

Gloria Estefan

Gustavo Santaolalla

Ismael Cala

Jencarlos Canela

Jon Secada

Leila Cobo

Luis Enrique

Marlow Rosado

Mauricio Zeilic

Miguel

Natalia Jiménez

Rafael Negrete

Ralph Peer II

Raúl Alarcón Jr

Rudy Perez

X Alfonso

Zach Horowitz

October 20, 2014

My 305 Style: The Magic of Paris!


My 305 Style: The Magic of Paris!
Image by Frank E Diaz.

By Lissette Rondon.

As everybody knows, I recently got engaged (he proposed, I said “YES”). My fiancée gave me, along with my ring, an engagement vacation in a Mediterranean cruise with final destination in Paris.

The cruise was a great experience that I will write about it in another article, but Paris won my heart!

Last time I visited Paris was in 1999, but I only stayed 4 days because I was going to Italy and Spain and Italy was my major reason for my travel at that time, so I could not appreciate the magic that Paris has to offer, promising to myself to return someday.

This time was different. I took my time to meet the city and more. For fashion lovers like me, it was just hallucinating, visiting all the major houses of fashion such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, Christian Dior and the unforgettable house of Chanel, among others.

Shopping at the "Champs-Élysées" was a dream come true for a woman like me (who used to live in a small town in Venezuela) and watching the Parisian girls’ style during the summer was priceless. I loved their fashion sense and style and the spectacular way they accessorize their outfits with scarves; they are real glamazons. That made me run out and buy a few (when in Rome, do as the Romans do).

No matter where I go, I always manage myself to adapt my style and promote my Miami designers. So I went to lunch at the Alain Ducasse’s restaurant, "Le Jules Verne" at the Eiffel Tower and I decided to go with one dress by another Miami-based Venezuelan designer (Petit Pois by Viviana G) and seeing the pictures now, it was the right choice (check out my photo).

Lunching at "Le Jules Verne" has been one of the most rewarding experiences because Chef Alain Ducasse has been considered one of the best chefs in the world (Ducasse has three Michelin Stars, the highest rank in three of the restaurants he owns in three different cities).
My 305 Style: The Magic of Paris!

My 305 Style: The Magic of Paris!


When I went out to walk around the Eiffel Tower, a couple of vendors offered me as a souvenir of Paris, a red beret, which I bought gladly. They also asked me to wear it right there (it took me a few minutes to decipher this, since I'm very bad with the French language), I replied “bien sûr” (sure!).
My 305 Style: The Magic of Paris!

I think it was the perfect Parisian touch for my unforgettable photos that I will treasure forever. They also took our picture with the huge Eiffel Tower behind us, smiling at us with an expression that seemed admiration which made my day, as we continue holding hands, walking towards the Seine River.

As for Paris and its magic, I brought a little taste of this paradise that is Miami with my style, our Latin fashion, my 305 style!!!

My 305 Style: The Magic of Paris!


Images by Frank E. Diaz

October 16, 2014

Celebrate Halloween at Shops at Sunset Place during Mall-o-Ween‏

Celebrate Halloween at Shops at Sunset Place during Mall-o-Ween‏

Spiders, bats, black cats and more… Let’s see what Halloween has in store! Your favorite little ghosts and goblins are invited to The Shops at Sunset Place for a fun and safe night at Mall-O-Ween on Friday, October 31. Children of all ages may sport their Halloween best and come haunt the Simon Miami malls and their participating retailers in search of candy, all in a safe and climate-controlled environment! 

Presented by GameTime, Shops at Sunset Place will host their Halloween celebration from 4 – 7 p.m. on the 1st level near Sunset Drive with a spooky candy distribution station full of great prizes and entertainment. GameTime will offer chances to spin the wheel and win free game play. Additionally, Sonic the Hedgehog will make a special appearance to visit with children and pose for photos on the 3rd level of GameTime. Visit GameTime anytime during the day for a special Halloween Combo Pack offer.

Toy weapons and costumes should be worn only during event hours and masks are allowed only on children 12 years old and younger. Come join us in a safe, well-lit environment and grab some goodies from The Shops at Sunset Place!

Sunset Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 – 7 p.m. on October 31 so that Halloween revelers can trick-or-treat at downtown businesses. Safe streets is sponsored by the City of South Miami and the Red Sunset Merchants Association of South Miami.

COST: Free and open to the public.

WHEN: Friday October 31

4 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Shops at Sunset Place – first level near Sunset Drive

5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 350

South Miami, FL 33143

Roberto Cavalli Arriving in Miami to Host Jungle Themed Halloween Bash at Cavalli Miami

Roberto Cavalli Arriving in Miami to Host Jungle Themed Halloween Bash at Cavalli Miami
Image: Courtesy of Tara Ink.
Hotspot Cavalli Miami, owned and conceptualized by internationally celebrated couturier, Roberto Cavalli, has rapidly become the dining, entertainment and celebrity destination since its opening in January. Exuding a blend of Mr. Cavalli’s sense of elegance and distinctive aesthetic along with Miami’s unmistakable vibrancy, its no wonder it will be the perfect location and ambiance for his jungle themed Halloween fete on Friday October 31st.

Hosted by Roberto Cavalli, guests will be transported from the minute they arrive to a wonderful kingdom that will sprawl through the main dining room and the upstairs lounge. Attendees are encouraged to explore their “hunter” and “prey” instincts as they travel through this alternate universe that will feature ferocious lustful “beasts” handling exotic live serpents and body painted seductive beauties handing out Cavalli bags filled with sweet treats.

To satisfy the appetite of their carnivorous guests, Cavalli will offer a palatial feast downstairs as the open format soundtrack of the night is provided by the sexy DJ Michelle Pooch.

Royal Cavalli Feast of the most excellent Italian dishes from 9.00pm to 12.00am will be $125 pp and includes 1 glass of champagne while general admission excluding the feast will be $50 for gentlemen and $30 for ladies.

Table reservations in the memerizing and newly refurbished lounge will feature four types of tables:

· $750- 6ppl

o Inclusive of a bottle of Cavalli Vodka and Perrier Jouet Brut.

· $1500 Leopard Table- 6ppl

o Choice from menú

· $3000 Ghepard Table- 10ppl

o Choice from menú

· $10,000 Roberto Cavalli Table- 25ppl

o Inclusive of 12 bottles of Cristal and 2mg Cavalli Vodka

For info & reservations: info@cavallimiami.com or +1 305 695 4191

VIP Reservation: lugini@cavallimiami.com

When: 9pm Friday, October 31st

Where: 150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

October 15, 2014

Join the Google+ Hangout with Tiffany’s Design Director and Fashion Tastemakers

Join the Google+ Hangout with Tiffany’s Design Director and Fashion Tastemakers


On October 21st, Tiffany & Co. will host a lively discussion on What’s Modern Now, at a Google+ Hangout with Design Director Francesca Amfitheatrof, model Coco Rocha, Aimee Song of Song and Style and Elle fashion news director, Anne Slowey. These high-profile women will take the pulse of the moment, sharing their expertise in media, fashion and design and reflecting on the wider world of art, style and culture. Participants from around the world will have the opportunity to ask questions, which will be answered during the broadcast. 

Join the Google+ Hangout with Tiffany’s Design Director and Fashion Tastemakers
Model Coco Rocha.

Join the Google+ Hangout with Tiffany’s Design Director and Fashion Tastemakers
 Aimee Song of Song and Style.

Tiffany T, Amfitheatrof’s first collection for the company, will be on display during the conversation. This bold, sculptural jewelry pays tribute to the Tiffany name, as well as the energy and optimism of New York.

All Tiffany designs discussed, including the new Tiffany T collection, will be available for purchase during the Hangout.




WHO: Tiffany & Co. 

Francesca Amfitheatrof 

Coco Rocha 

Aimee Song 

Anne Slowey 


WHEN: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

9AM PST/12PM EST 



@TiffanyandCo #ShopTheHangout

October 14, 2014

Mercantil Commercebank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami


On October 12, 2014 Mercantil Commercebank celebrated its 35th year anniversary with the inaugural concert‏ of the Donald J. Trump Ballroom at the Trump National Doral Miami, featuring The Miami Symphony Orchestra with virtuoso pianist Lola Astanova.

The concert that was under the direction of our beloved music director and conductor, Eduardo Marturet, and sponsored by the Park Foundation hosted a fabulous red carpet affair that gathered the most important celebrities from show business and the fashion industry, along with the most influential people from our community.

Astanova who is considered the Lady Gaga of classical music impressed the audience again with her performance (Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43) along with her glamour on stage— the talented Russian-American pianist sees fashion as an extension of her creativity.

After the concert, Astanova received a special recognition award from the mayor and the city council along with our maestro Eduardo Marturet.
Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami


Red Carpet, Fashionistas & More…


Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra

The fashion statement was made by Mrs. Athina Klioumi Marturet, who hit the red carpet with an exclusive gown designed by Lisu Vega. The gorgeous dress had printed sheet music by maestro Eduardo Marturet.

Rumor has it that Mr. and Mrs. Marturet are planning a fashion collaboration with Lisu Vega to be launched at the next concert in honor of the BEATLES on November 16th, 2014.

We congratulate Miami Symphony Orchestra for its hard work in bringing amazing concerts to Miami--helping our city grow up in matter of classical music and fashion!

See you at the next concert!
Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami
Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam
 Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam


Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami


Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miam

Mercantil Commerce Bank celebrates 35th anniversary with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

 Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami


 Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

 Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

 Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

 Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

 Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

 Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

 Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

 Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami

 Miami Symphony Orchestra and Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami


Miami Symphony Orchestra & Lola Astanova at the Trump National Doral Miami



Photos Credit: Miguel Aya.