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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).

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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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!

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…

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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!

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Matthew Malin, Andrew Goetz and Mr. Greenberg.

Carner Barcelona: A family affair

A story about tradition, craftmanship, quality and passion.

Narrated by Sara and Joaquim Carner this short film takes us through the fascinating history of the Carner Barcelona brand and the magical world of perfume making.

Well-oiled Olie Biologique

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Summer is coming; it’s time to take extra care of your skin. After having fun under the hot Miami sun, it’s a must to hydrate and maintain skin looking healthy and glowing. What better way than an all organic safe way?

Olie Biologique is a 100% USDA Certified, pure and potent oil brand that promises nothing but the best ingredients. After 3 to 4 months of cold pressing, balance and testing, the oils are then bottled up in an organic certified wind-power lab. The oils are multi-tasking, which means, instead of buying 5 products, you just buy one healthy product.

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*Creator, Linda * says, “The market is flooded with ‘natural’ oils, but most of them are diluted with silicones, synthetics, other generic “carrier” or filler oils, sometimes with little efficacy or derived from the stages of the distillation process which are less potent (think cold pressed extra virgin olive oil – why do we prefer that on our salads versus basic olive oil).”

Good point.

So, which of the oils to choose from? Let’s start with the 100% Organic Argan oil for hair and body, nicknamed, the “White T-Shirt” of oils, whose simplicity, quality and versatility are a staple in any skincare wardrobe.

Or, the 005 Rejuvenating Oil? With some added sugar for quick morning exfoliation, you can also apply on the plane to prevent dehydration. Some even blend with a luminizer for a silky evening glow, and then use overnight to repair sun damage.

Lastly, the 004 Hydrating Oil that’s great for hyper-pigmentation, acne and keeping the skin hydrated after being in the sun. Also perfect in the morning and evenings after a shower to keep moisture locked into the skin.

For Linda, Olie Biologique is a personal passion and she loves seeing and hearing from her customers who have found simple solutions with the oils, from dry, brittle hair; dull, flaky skin; irritated sensitive skin; peeling nails or even acne. Yes, oil essentials can help with acne too! And at Babalu, we also love to hear our customers who have tried the oils and rave about them.

When are you starting to treat yourself with better oils?

Greg of Babalu Miami (left) with Linda Alixe Thompson Creator and Founder of Olie Biologique (centre) and Paolo of Babalu Miami Left)

Greg of Babalu Miami (left) with Linda Alixe Thompson Creator and Founder of Olie Biologique (centre) and Paolo of Babalu Miami Left)

Milliner Extraordinaire: Lisa Battaglia

Want that new or special look this summer? How about a hat that will turn heads anywhere you go! Lisa Battaglia’s hats are your best bet.

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Lisa’s one-of-a-kind freeform design adds sculptural twist to traditional the wood-blocking technique of hat making. Whimsy it up! Lisa’s style has a unique touch that fits the personality of most who don’t want to follow the typical mainstream. Lisa says, “I really don’t follow any trends. I may look at colors for the season but I have an innate sense of fashion and I get a ‘vibe’, if you will.” Well Lisa, you are the trend!

So, which hat to wear? Lisa’s advises, “The overall shape of the face is important but I also take into consideration the features of one’s face. For example, if you have big blue eyes and the coloring of your skin, what colors look good on you, if you are a tall person, etc. The customer should also take into consideration these things as well. A long narrow face is good for a fedora and a wide-brimmed hat typically suits a taller person with round, square or oval shaped faces.”

Consider sun protection when buying a hat, particularly in the heat of Babalu land! Panama straws often provide the perfect treatment. Luckily, Lisa regularly features panama straw in her Spring and Summer collections. The material is shapeable, durable and reliable for those of us who want those day strolls up and down Lincoln Road, brunch on Ocean Drive or lounging poolside to enjoy the Miami sun and summer breeze.

So, why not do all these in a unique, sun-shading, trendy and whimsical looking hat?

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Lisa Battaglia hats are available in-store at Babalu Miami.

Fashion Forward: Dan Ward

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Angel sports Dan Ward at the Standard Hotel, Miami Beach

Babalu recently met with fashion designer and creator, Dan Ward at The Standard Hotel to discuss his men’s swimwear collection. When introduced to Dan we met with an outgoing and humorous personality. We were fortunate enough to also have Angel model some Dan’s swimwear for us under the beautiful Miami Beach sun. After many laughs (and some great pictures with Angel) we found out how it all began for the fashion veteran over a delicious lunch by the bay, and why his line is one to keep an eye on.

After 25 years of working and traveling all over Europe and with all types of fashion houses including Calvin Klein, Alfred Dunhill and Hermès, he decided it was time to branch out and design a line to call his own. He wanted to design something of quality that he, himself, would buy.

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The birth of the Dan Ward Menswear comes from his point of view; to create something luxurious, elegant and pleasing for men because, “It’s men’s time in fashion.” And if Dan was going to do something, he wanted to do it right! The line is designed and fabricated right in his backyard in Florence, Italy, where he chose the manufacturers to produce his line. The designer is a very hands-on kind of guy and likes to make sure every detail meets his vision. Dan describes his new line as the opposite from what other fashion companies do; he created for himself, versus having to create for a specific clientele or what’s trending now. It’s a daring move, but luckily, it’s been launching off quite well for him and is now out to some exclusive locations in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

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Babalu Miami is proudly featuring the Dan Ward Spring/Summer 2013 premier collection.  Come see what beauties we carry, with various styles and colors for just about every kind of man. To go with your new swimwear, we also carry the Dan Ward unique sandals that really can capture the attention of others. The sleek, modern and male-chic style is one that can be viewed as subtle yet fashion forward. So if you’re looking to be unique and find yourself wanting quality swimwear, Dan Ward’s collection is one to come by and try.

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Behind the scenes. Left: Angel and Dan Ward (right). RIght: Lunch by the bay with Pedro and Greg (right)

Dan Ward swimwear is currently available at Babalu Miami store.

Photography by Paolo Ambu

The Ripple Effect: Dan Ward

Dan Ward Spring ’13 Men’s Collection now available in-store at Babalu Miami!

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Stay tuned for our close and up-front interview with designer Dan Ward at the Standard Hotel, Miami Beach this week.

Visit the website: Dan Ward

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