N. A WAY OF LIVING WITH ELEGANCE OR GRACE; IMPECCABLE TASTE
They're designers, artists, and the interiors-obsessed. Your home is where their hearts are.
Laura Launer Jaya Loves Tekeko
Born in Miami Beach, Launer didn't set out to make whimsical, ecofriendly pillows, but her daughter, Jaya, and son, Tekeko, asked her to. A portion of the proceeds from Jaya Loves Tekeko goes to Planting Peace, a local nonprofit that builds shelters and clinics worldwide. Read more
Jaya Loves Tekeko Pillows
If you like the man in your bed to be cuddly, environmentally conscious, and mute, have we got a guy for you.
Jaya Loves Tekeko, a new collection of pillows hand-printed with cuter-than-Pokémon characters.
Like bad boys? Eggboy is all cracked up — but mended with a Band-Aid. If you like ’em brainy, go for the mustard yellow Owlie. There’s also sensitive tear-shaped Raindrop and mischievous Hedgehog. Prefer the ladies? The demure Leafgirl wears a pretty pink dress.
The adorable pillows are earth friendly: The fabric is bamboo and organic cotton, the stuffing is hypoallergenic Kapok fiber (even lighter than down), and the paint is water based and PVC and phthalate free.
Also, a portion of the proceeds goes to Planting Peace, a local nonprofit dedicated to building shelters and clinics worldwide.
Aw, he’s a do-gooder.
Dinkinish O'Connor Purple Reign
Dinkinish O'Connor is a wine aficionado. She loves drinking it, smelling it, and writing about it. She pens the Miami Herald column Promiscuous Palate and Miami.com blog Wino Confidential. Her company Purple Reign throws Rock Star wine tastings in your living room. Read more
Tastes Like Teen Spirit
Rock Star Wine Tastings
Ever wonder what Justin Timberlake would taste like? (Vanilla beans, we guess.) Maybe you prefer Mick Jagger’s flavor? (Salty?)
Whomever you crave, get your fix with Purple Reign’s Rock Star wine tastings.
This is not your stuffy sister’s sip and spit. The tasting is a game wherein each bottle is put in a wine bag then given a suitable rock star or celeb name. A complex, refined Bordeaux might go by Aretha Franklin while a bold and fruity Napa red is christened Amy Winehouse. Vino not your forte? There are champers tastings as well.
Purple Reign brings the fun (and booze) to any soiree, from bridal shower to business meeting. They arrive with bottles, stemware, and certified aficionado Dinkinish O’Connor. All you need is your faux expertise.
And a hankering for Stevie Nicks.
Rock Star Wine Tastings (786-488-8502 or purplereignwine.com).
Anita Borghi HomeSlice
Baker Anita Borghi grew up in Key West in the late '60s, where she embraced the hippie culture. Now living in Hollywood, she started HomeSlice to get back in touch with her tropical roots. She channels her free-spiritedness and creativity in the made-to-order sweet breads. Read more
HomeSlice Sweet Breads
You wouldn’t dare imbibe alcohol in the a.m.
Unless it was a Bloody Mary.
For breakfast booze that won’t raise eyebrows, turn to HomeSlice, sweet bread made with a touch of liqueur. The treats taste like the love child of white bread and birthday cake (if birthday cake took a shot of amaretto first). Made from scratch by a local momma, the loaves contain ten to twelve slices.
The rock ’n’ roll-themed flavors include She Wore a Teeny Weeny Raisin Polka Dot Zucchini (carrots, cinnamon, zucchini, nutmeg, raisins, and honey liqueur), Smashing Pumpkin Bread (pumpkin spice, golden raisins, and dark rum butter drizzle), and Tally Me Banana (bananas, pecans, and amaretto).
The loaves are delivered door-to-door Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. As a gift, they arrive in a pretty hatbox.
Cheers to that.
Available online at homeslicebread.com.