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Arquiste Scentsation

Join us for a series of events to announce the pre-launch of Arquiste “The Architects Club” featuring renowned perfumier Carlos Huber.  RSVP@ilovebabalu.com. Space is limited.

 

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Stephen Webster: Rock Master

The Stephen Webster Collection for Men and Women is now available in both Babalu Miami and Babalu Palm Beach.

Just last month we were invited to host the launch of Stephen Webster Men’s Jewelry Collection at Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour. It was an honor to share the spotlight with one of the most talented designers of our times (see event images here).

#stephen-webster #nieman-marcus #babalu

From left: Paolo Ambu, Stephen Webster, Greg Melvin

Here below some highlights from Stepehen Webster outstanding collection now in store at Babalu Miami and Babalu Palm Beach.

Women’s Mother of Pearl Collection

#stephen-webster #babalu

Clockwise: Blue Crystal Haze Earrings, Mother of Pearl Fish-Scale Cuff, Blue Crystal Haze Ring, Mother of Pearl Fish-Scale Bib Necklace.

The Men’s Silver Collection

#stephen-webster-men #babalu

From top: “No Regrets” Bracelet with Black Onyx Beads and Sterling Silver Raven Clasp, Sterling Silver “Love Hate” Cufflinks, Sterling Silver “Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll” Ring, Sterling Silver Necklace with Rubie and Black Sapphires Cross.

Stain Tuned with Orlebar Brown!

Tattoo

Orlebar Brown has teamed up with one of the world’s most in demand tattoo artists, Saira Hunjan. Known for her intricate tribal chic creations, Saira has established herself as a one-of-a-kind in her field. Take a look at her in action – the collaboration may be in-store at Babalu by the time you read this.

Hampton Sun Event Highlights: Born Under the Sun

The Babalu Palm Beach event for Hampton Sun proved to be sizzling hot success! Many thanks to our gracious hosts Salvatore Piazzolla & Grant Wilfley for making it all possible. And a special nod to Steven who rocked his Hampton Sun tan and Orlebar Brown shorts like a surf star.

#hampton-sun #babalu-palm-beach

Hampton Sun and Beyond

Newly arrived and now available at all Babalu boutiques, Hampton Sun is the hottest, safest and most luxurious way to enjoy the sun.

#grantwilfley  #salvatorepiazzolla #hanptonsun

Grant Wilfley & Salvatore Piazzolla at the iconic Clock Tower in Palm Beach

We were able to catch up with Sal for a quick Q&A during his last winter escape in Palm Beach.

Fave Beaches: Copper Beach, Southampton for summer and the Palm Beach beaches in the winter

Beach Day Must-Haves: John Varvatos sunglasses and of course Hampton Sun SPF 15 Face Cream – I don’t leave home without it!

Fave Beach Reading: Wall Street Journal & Palm Beach Illustrated

What’s on Your Beach Playlist: Diana Krall

Here’s some background on this amazing line… Inspired by the beautiful beaches of the Hamptons, founders Grant Wilfley and Salvatore Piazzolla created Hampton Sun, a complete line of luxury sun care, skincare and fragrance products that erases the line between sun care and skincare.  A modern formulation with care to every detail of the line’s creation and execution.

This perfect  two-in-one combination makes it the must-have protection for your next dip in the sun, and it turns out that it will work just as well on your favorite beaches too!

Some Load the Gun, Others Shoot it. Meet the Guy who can do Both

For our Babalu team, friends and clients, 11 11 Lincoln Road provides both sanctuary and playground for all to enjoy. This heavenly setting has reset the bar for favorite frolic-choices nestled within our evolving Miami Beach landscape.

Jeff Weinstein

Jeff Weinstein

So, It’s high-time to introduce you to Mr. Chief Rompus-Around-Campus, Jeff Weinstein – always on-point to nurture and fortify the roost, Jeff exudes a wisdom beyond his years. Combined with relentless inspiration and energy, he is a young leader filled with clever ideas – backed-up by a No-Fear-Nancy approach to making big things happen. An integral success-driver both behind-the-scenes and also front-stage, he contributes daily to the ecosystem of 11 11 Lincoln Road while gearing up for new projects. It’s high-time to celebrate Jeff by throwing him up in the air with his recent induction into Curbed Miami’s 2013 Young Guns.

He’s just warming up – get ready to watch Jeff build the upcoming Miami Beach Convention Center with his bare hands.

He moves around a lot – best time to catch him is at Club Deuce… guarenever!

Federico Uribe’s Urban Oasis

FEDERICO URIBE, one of our favorite Miami-based artists since we first came across his work 6 years ago, turns New York into an urban jungle like nobody’s business with his current exhibition at the Hudson River Museum. See what the New York Times has to say…

Federico Uribe EATING CHICKEN

Eating Chicken, Federico Uribe Medium: Shoelaces Dimensions: 7′ x 7′

In the midst of a dizzying 3013 exhibition line-up starting with Miami and Peru, then on to his native home of Colombia and now New York, Uribe continues to redefine the art of “waste-not want-not”. The Master of manipulating ordinary materials into modern masterpieces, this prolific artist pulls out all the stops to utilize anything unexpected ranging from nuts-and-bolts to pencils, forks, shoe laces, yard rakes and even bullets. In other words, there are no limits to Uribe’s 3-D imagination. See what the New York Times has to say…

Target and Home Depot must be eating their hearts out about now.

Federico Uribe is represented by Now Contemporary Art in Wynood, Miami.

Who is Mr. Greenberg?

Mathew Malin and Andrew Goetz are the creative duo behind the eponymous modern, sustainable, no-nonsense approach to skincare line, Malin + Goetz.  We caught up with them to to discuss anything but business and discover the men behind this quintessentially New York brand.

Mr. Greenberg the polyglot pug.

Mr. Greenberg the polyglot pug.

What are you passionate about besides skincare? 

Our Pug , Mr. Greenberg. He is a polyglot, fluent in French, German and English.  He’s an incredibly skilled Frisbee player.  He has a bladder like a camel and is happiest when he’s sitting on your lap – which is a bit annoying when trying to peck-out this illustrious story.

Curious and inquisitive. What does he enjoy? 

He loves coming to the office – both the City and the Country suit him; so long as there is warm bed waiting for him.  He has not embraced car travel, but seems to like the subway.  He is ultimately a very happy young dog – and he makes us extremely happy too.

Tell us how Mr. Greenberg came into your life.

The last couple of years were not easy for us on the canine front.  Our English Bulldog, Bob and our French Bulldog, Junior had become very old and increasingly geriatric.  Matthew and I also officially graduated from eccentric New Yorkers to hovering on the cusp of crazy ones.  Bob’s Alzheimer’s disease manifested itself in him walking in circles – and in diapers – yes he was in diapers – he’d get caught on our conference room office chairs, causing them to go along for the ride with him.  While Junior’s mind was totally intact, he too had graduated to diapers and had lost use of his hind legs.  But both never suffered and were always happy to be plopped in our doggy stroller and spend the day at the office with us.

It must have been a very difficult time.

Pushing two dogs back and forth along Seventh Avenue in a stroller daily caused a bit of a scene. But we really wanted to be with Bob and Junior as their sun set.  Bob made it to 16 – which is virtually unheard of for an English Bull Dog.  Junior died of natural causes a year later at 15; a day before my 50th Birthday.  By the time they were both gone, we were both mentally and physically exhausted; giving new meaning to the expression “dog tired.”  We had become full time canine care givers and needed a break.  And a break we did take.  But as summer headed into fall, we began to really miss having a dog.

So, enter Mr. Greenberg?

We started at looking at some doggy-porn rescue sites.   Eventually we ended up at the Green Mountain Vermont Pug Rescue.  And that’s where we found Mr. Greenberg; née Moose.  He was 3 years old and had been abandoned 3 or 4 times.  His sponsor brought him down to our country house in upstate NY so they could meet us and evaluate his potential new home.

What’s with the name?

It was love at first sight; except for his given name.  Since he was from Vermont – French for Green Mountain, we decided to change his name after his Motherland, but with a New York twist.  While Vermont is French for Green Mountain, “Berg” is the German word for Mountain; ergo Mr. Greenberg – what could possibly be more New York!

Matthew Andrew Mr Greenberg

Matthew Malin, Andrew Goetz and Mr. Greenberg.

Carlos Huber, Perfume Wizard in Oz

Carlos Huber, creator behind one of our favorite perfume brands Arquiste and available at Babalu Miami, shares his experiences with us during a recent trip to Australia for launch of this growing brand that’s clearly going places.

Carlos – “I am delighted to share my wonderful experience in Australia. I recently visited Sydney for the launch of Arquiste, hosted by Becker Minty in Potts Point, one of Sydney’s very elegant neighborhoods. Arquiste has received amazing response in Australia and New Zealand that continues to grow, and this is a region we envision to become one of our strongest markets.

The natural beauty of the Sydney Harbour is absolutely captivating!

Sydney Opera House and Sydney Bridges seen from Potts Point

Sydney Opera House and Sydney Bridge seen from Potts Point

Sydney is an outdoor-lovers city with beautiful warm weather as the backdrop.

Grey, but nonetheless beautiful Bondi Beach

Grey, but nonetheless beautiful Bondi Beach

Photoshoot for Belle Magazine

Photoshoot for Belle Magazine at Becker Minty in Potts Point

at Fashion Week Sydney with friend Jason Minty

at Fashion Week Sydney with friend Jason Minty

Voluptuous frangipani and magnolia trees in voluminous bloom line the streets. Hmmm… Perhaps inspiration for a new fragrance!

Voluptuous frangipani and magnolia trees in voluminous bloom line the streets. Hmmm... Perhaps inspiration for a new fragrance! Taken where I stayed in Potts Point, Sydney.

Taken where I stayed in Potts Point, Sydney.

Incredible historic architecture – everything from Victorian terrace houses, elegant mansions from the late 1800’s, art deco apartment buildings that boast British Moderne detail.

Incredible historic architecture - everything from Victorian terrace houses, elegant mansions from the late 1800’s, art deco apartment buildings that boast British Moderne detail.

Potts Point, Sydney

Sydney enjoys some of world’s best produce, which translates to Australian cuisine, with every meal exceptional. The restaurant scene is modern, and full of outdoor cafes and tasteful shops everywhere. And the people are stunning too – thank you for the eye candy, Sydney!

At the Flower market

At the Flower market

Little did I know the withdrawal symptoms I’d be experiencing upon return to New York.

Taken on Bondi Beach, Sydney.

Taken on Bondi Beach, Sydney.

Only if you’re Man Enough…

Unisex, Move Over!  Some of today’s most popular men’s fragrances are unabashedly in-your-face floral. Bold, bright and blooming, and popping up all over. Just in time for your Spring fling, we hand-picked some of the best specimens available and yes, girls love them too.

HIGH LINE by BOND No.9

# babalumiami #bondsn9 #highline

Wildflowers & green grasses set the sparkling overture for this perfume’s floral heart of red-leaf rose, Lady Jane tulips, and grape hyacinth. Fresh and modern, High Line by Bond No. 9 is a great everyday choice for walking your side of the tracks.

Notes: Bergamot, Purple Love Grass, Indian Rhubarb, Red Leaf Rose, Tulips, Grape Hyacinth and Bur Oak.

GS01 by GEZA SCHOEN for BIEHL

# babalumiami #biehls #GS01

Minimalist and captivating this fragrance opens with a bouquet of aromatic and fresh elements with unusual clarity. A gentle heart of magnolia, freesia and water-lily paves the way for a subtle woody base. Avant-garde and discrete, this is a perfect every day all-year-round choice.

Notes: Orange flower, magnolia blossoms, basil, pink pepper,  freesia, water-lily, rose, jasmine, cedar wood, vetiver, sandalwood, musk, ambergris, moss.

FLEUR de LOUIS by ARQUISTE

# babalumiami #arquiste #fleurdelouis

Inspired by a King! This woody-floral bursts into life with all the magnificent glory of jasmine and orange blossom. Magnanimously it reveals a sultry heart wrapped in noble Florentine iris and rose that sits on a throne of Cedar wood, pine and resins. Majestic and powerful, Fleur de Louis is not for the faint of heart! Wear like royalty day or night.

Notes: Rose and Jasmine, Orange blossom, Florentine Iris, Cedar wood.

LIGHTSCAPE by ULRICH LANG NEW YORK

# babalumiami #ulrichlang #lightscape

Modern and sophisticated Lightscape explores the interplay between the bold freshness of Sicilian lemon against the delicate refinement of violet. With floral notes of iris, rose, cyclamen, it rests graciously on a bed of cashmere wood and musk. A smart, bright and elegant choice for day to night all seasons fragrance.

Notes: Sicilian lemon, violet, iris, rose, cyclamen, cedarwood, ambergis, cashmere wood, musk.

ODIN 04 PETRANA by ODIN NEW YORK

# babalumiami #odin #petrana

A dark and mysterious heart of Jordanian Black Iris and Violet Leaf Absolute floating above a luscious base of White Musk.  Notes of Purple Cassis, Rare Wild Orris Root and Heliotrope envelop and shroud for those who understand subtle nuances. An ideal evening fragrance that will captivate throughout the year.

Notes: Deep Purple Cassis, Pink Pepper,  Black Iris, Violet Leaf Absolute, Heliotrope, Vetiver, White Musk.

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