Before all the museum curators, photographers and artists of the world flock down south for the winter to celebrate Art Basel, Miami welcomes hundreds of authors, journalists and other literary idols for the 33rd edition of the Miami Book Fair!
The Miami Book Fair is a literary and cultural celebration full of entertaining and educational activities spanning over eight days (Sunday, November 13th – Sunday, November 20th) at MDC’s Wolfson Campus. From readings to signings, the amount of events taking place makes it impossible to hit them all, so I put together this guide to highlight some of the main events you must attend!
Today I read an article from Highsnobiety titled “Why Do Women’s Sneaker Options Suck so Much?” I too ask myself that on the daily; as well as other questions raised by the author such as: “how many women collectors can you name? How many women’s signature lines?” It’s a small number, but they’re definitely out there. While I agree that having to sometimes order sneakers in the smallest men’s size or the largest kids’ size isn’t exactly ideal, I couldn’t help but think that we are currently in the middle of a big change within the sneaker industry. Instead of complaining about the lack of selection of women’s sneakers, I wanted to shed some light on how much the market catering to female sneakerheads has actually grown.
Six years ago, news broke out about the first ever female Jordan collaboration. In 2010, Vashtie Kola announced that she reimagined the classic Air Jordan 2 with a new colorway- making her the first female to design a Jordan. Vashtie, as well as illustrator Sophia Chang, have also recently collaborated on collections with Puma, as it is one of the few mainstream athletic brands that really encourages female empowerment. In 2014, Puma named Rihanna the brand’s new women’s creative director and since then has released Creepers and Trainers for women in more than 10 colorways combined. Even on a smaller scale, we have Caroll Lynn, the current women’s footwear designer for Filling Pieces.
Again, these are only a few examples and it’s obviously not going to happen over night, but thankfully we have women like Vashtie and Caroll Lynn breaking into the boy’s club to provide us with a broader sneaker assortment that doesn’t include the dreaded sneaker wedge.
Our favorite party is back, this time at The Edition Hotel. It was Norma’s birthday this past week so what better time than to host Peachfuzz? The night started off cool and calm as Norma and her crew had dinner at the Market located inside the Edition Hotel. S/O to the Edition and Basement for hooking us up with their plethora of delicious goodies.
After we finished our dinner we made our way to Basement. Walking into Basement you could literally feel the sweat bullets forming because of how hot and packed it was (but what do you expect, it’s peachfuzz!) This edition of Peachfuzz was special not only because of Norma’s birthday but because we also had the glorious Mya perform. Mya rocked the club with all of her hit singles and definitely provided the nostalgic vibes of the early 2000’s.
Along with Mya we had other celebrities celebrate Norma’s birthday with us such as Trina (aka The Baddest Bitch) and Giancarlo Stanton.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to wish Norma a happy birthday, came and partied with her at Peachfuzz and anyone who showed love and support! This edition of Peachfuzz was definitely one for the books. See you next month!
So, I’m not big into merch but I made these cute shirts last minute to go on INCEPTION AT SEA and rep my set. So I had a few left over and decided to see if anyone wants to grab some! Paid to make these out of my own pocket so all purchases are very welcomed I think they are super cute and I’m kind of digging the whole “Live in the Moment” saying that I am trying to encourage others for.
IT’S NOW OR NEVER! I mean if not now, then when?
Shout out to the boys over at 8&9 Clothing plus Smitty for coming through with the clutch photos!
Enjoy! PURCHASE HERE!
Photo Credz: Katherine Rosario
This past weekend was one for the books in Miami. Rolling Loud set the stage for crazy performances and after parties that had the whole city lit non-stop. Rolling Loud brought artists including Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Future and many more to the city. And after the last performance of the weekend, Norma threw her weekly SUNDAZE party.
This one was special, this edition of SUNDAZE featured beer pong, free swishers, $4 dollar drinks and a new artist’s special performance! We had Original Fani, ASAP Bari, Reese, Robb Banks, and the whole 070 crew in the building. Big thanks to 070 Shake and crew for giving an amazing show for their first performance in the 305. The energy was high all night and at one point we may or may not have broken the stage.
Everyone also loved the special customized Sundaze cups as much as the drinks they put inside (well almost as much). Between the DJ sets, performances and the amazing Sundaze crowd, we were able to put the proper exclamation point on Rolling Loud!
If you missed out on this edition of 1AM Vibes, you missed out on an epic night. Norma and Julz successfully turned Wynwood life from an everyday festival to an unforgettable rager. Thank you to the peeps at the festival that accommodated us on such short notice!
DJ Laz started the vibes off with his flare mix of hip-hop/latin sounds. Unfortunately, we did encounter some technical difficulties and some of our DJs could not perform their set. Luckily for us, DJ Jun-iLL (Norma’s partner-in-crime; hashtag Team Now) came in clutch with the vibes for the rest of the night. Also, we had Miami’s very own Zoey Dollaz surprise us with his guest appearance.
By the end of the night, Norma was piping it up with crowd and Julz was crowd surfing. Norma’s signature #NOWORNEVER towels were being thrown to the partiers who loved them! All in all it was a good night and we took Wynwood Life out with a bang. We even saw a heartfelt moment between Norma and Julz at the end! If you want to see actual footage of 1AM Vibes just click the link below shot by @3iVisions!
So for those who don’t know, Drake dropped two new bangers on iTunes today officially bringing us one step closer to Views from the 6. It is no secret that we are all anxiously awaiting on this arrival. Earlier, drake showcased his dancehall vibes with his song Controlla ft. Popcaan and today he continued those vibes with One Dance ft. WizKid & Kyla available on iTunes. Not to mention he brought in The Throne (Ye & Jay) for a feature on Popstyle.
Views from the 6 is rumored to come out sometime this month. Judging by early tracks this album is going to continue to show Drake’s versatility. Also, just like the #TeamNOW crew Drake is sure to dominate All Summer ’16.
So, whats better than last minute spontaneous adventures? Not a lot in my book, I’m horrible when it comes to managing my time so when TapToBook came to Miami and offered last minute appointments for tons of crazy services I was super excited to give it a try.
I had been waiting for the right moment to set aside some time to enjoy myself and do something to pamper myself. Whats crazy is this easy-to-use app offered same day booking for tons of activities ranging from jet skiing and bike rides to manicures and waxes. With me, I’m always running around, so I’m always unsure of when I’ll have a second to myself to do something relaxing. So to have the power to make same day reservations for dozens of services was super exciting. SO! When I had some free time I found something on the app that I had been dying to do for months. Eyelash extensions!
I’m super low maintenance - so I rarely do anything too girly that takes effort, lol for real. I’ve been meaning to get a facial lately and my nails are horrific – but with my horrible case of NO EYELASHES – it thought it might be a good idea to add some Kylie Jenner to my eyelashes.
I was in the Brickell area after running some errands and saw that RIK RAK had some appointments available that same day. I opened the app, selected my appointment time, and VOILA! – that was it! Easy enough, huh?
I arrived to the salon which was something I’ve never seen before – a all-in-one alone/cafe/boutique/make-up store! Wow, okay! So I sat down, waited for my eyelash specialist while munching on a Chicken Curry Slider – and then Tay arrived to make me all glamorous!
It was painless and lasted about an hour but I didn’t even notice the time fly because Tay and me had such great chemistry and by the time I knew it – I was looking like Kylie Jenner in no time.
I’m super happy with my lashes and most importantly, it was all super easy with the Tap To Book app! If your always on the run like me, I 100% recommend you trying out the app for on the go last minute ideas for those perfect Sundays we get in Miami where you know there’s something you could be doing but need some great recommendations.
Norma Now approved!
ART BASEL SZN IS AMONG US!
With Basel week creeping up on us, our magical city of Miami will be jam-packed with tons of exhibitions, artist lectures, and of course, PARTIES. This year, I have filtered out the best events once again to curate a guide for the crazy week we have ahead and the events leading up to it. From a documentary screening to a concert series and even a couple parties hosted by yours truly, the events from the guide below are ones you wont want to miss! TRUST ME. So start RSVPing and group chat the homies to finalize your schedule, but keep checking back here for updates as I will be adding more to the Norma Now Art Basel 2015 Guide as we go!!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
GG’S OCEAN IN THE OCEAN: Stay woke on the effects of climate change and attend the first night of Miami artist GG‘s micro-art exhibition “Ocean In the Ocean” at the adidas SoBe location with tunes by DJ Murkem and NALA | 226 8th ST Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 6PM – 10PM | Exhibition runs Nov. 28th – Dec. 5th
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1
LOVE BELOW : Get down with Miami’s best underground party – where dancing is key and its all about the music. This edition, we welcome Miami’s newest record label REAR VIEW for their label launch. Good vibes & good music, promise you will not stop dancing! | Live Performance by: Kodiak Fur | DJ Sets by DZA, Jun-ill, Pazmal, LENGTH, Louie Arson, The Gamma Bot, Tha Yellow R Kel, Telescope Thieves | FREE | Free drinks for girls before 12AM | 10PM | The Electric Pickle 2826 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
STYLE MAFIA x Oxydo Basel Lab: Get down with DJ Coco Hara, sip on complimentary cocktails and ‘become one’ with fashion and art at Basel Lab’s opening night where Style Mafia and Italian eyewear brand Oxydo will present an interactive experience with a series of camouflaging pods | 7PM – 10PM | 2324 NW 5th AVE Miami, FL 33127 | Special Guest TBA | Basel Lab runs Dec. 1 – Dec. 6 | RSVP@STYLEMAFIA.US
BASEL BASE CAMP: Art Basel Base Camp, allows our guests to regroup with their friends, refresh at our cooling stations, and recollect themselves at our facilities. Complete with charging stations, information booths, and tons of free giveaways, Art Basel Base Camp provides a captivating home base while bouncing between Basel events | 4PM – 12PM EVERY DAY of The Week | FAME Studios 46 NW 36th St | FREE
RUM & BASS: Walshy Fire presents Rum & Bass at Coyo Taco with Corey Chase and Silent Addy! | 2300 NW 2nd AVE Miami, FL 33127
BASEMENT’S 1 YR ANNIV: Basement celebrates their first birthday with a party hosted by Silencio, Paper Magazine, A Hotel Life & One Management | Sounds provided by Seth Troxler, Nicolas Matar, Orazio Rispo, and more DJs! | 11PM | Edition Hotel 2901 Collins AVE | RSVP: email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2
SNEAKERHEADZ: Join McDonald’s, Complex and the Peachfuzz fam at D-Koncept for some complimentary cocktails, the screening of the documentary SNEAKERHEADZ and music by Pase Rock | 7PM – 10PM | 2085 NW 2nd AVE Miami, FL 33127 | 21+ RSVP: http://agenda.complex.com/sneakerheadzmia
BUILDING REALITY: WeWork presents Building Reality, an evening of conversations moderated by Eric Shriner (Director of The Andy Warhol Museum) with artists such as Miami’s own Jen Stark, FriendsWithYou Art Collective, BHQFU’s President Seth Cameron, and other magic makers of the industry | 5:30PM – 7PM | 350 Lincoln Road TONE TO TRANSFER: wetransfer and G-Star Raw presents Tone to Transfer Art Basel featuring Greg Lamarche and Jasmine Solano for some awesome art and music vibes | 7PM – 10PM | Brisky Gallery 130 NW 24 ST Miami, FL 33127 | RSVP: tonetotransfer.splashthat.com
UPTOWN UNCORCKED: Lexus is hooking you up with free food and wine tasting featuring some of Miami’s hottest chefs: Chef Amari Jones & Chef Irie. And in the spirit of Art Basel, you can enjoy some art by: King Saladeen, Aaron Maybin, & Desmond Mason. | 7PM – 10PM | Hype Studios 255 NW 25 ST Miami, FL 33127
DUBWISE: Vibe at Coyo Taco with Yaadcore (Jamaica) and Trippy-I (Virgin Island) | 2300 NW 2nd AVE Miami, FL 33127
THE 12 EXPERIENCE: Presented by oddblueroses with music and art exhibition by The 12 | 2401 NW 5 AVE Miami, FL
WE LIT WEDNESDAYS: UNO from Umbrella hosts We Lit Wednesdays with special sets from 40 Oz Van, DJ Entice, DJ Junior, Ham Made, and Sean Bang! Including a special appearance by Relax Rekords and a meet & greet with Damaris Lopez | FREE | 60 NE 11 ST Miami, FL 33132 | RSVP: lyfeartmusic.splashthat.com
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3
NIGHT SHOW: Norma Now x AO! x CA$HAVELI bring you Night Show with performances and sets by Post Malone, Mannie Fresh, Just Dimy, Kitty Cash, LTENGHT, Jun-iLL, and some other very special guests! | 11PM – 5AM | Libertine 34 NE 11 ST Miami, FL 33132 | TIX: WantTickets.com/TheNightshow
NATUREL IN THE PAINT: Naturel x GreenLabel present Naturel In The Paint with performance by GoldLink, Austin Millz, and special guests! | 10PM – 1AM | 21+ Only | Private Key 567 NW 27 ST, Wynwood | RSVP: http://agenda.complex.com/greenlabelartbasel
LIFE AND DEATH: III Points and Plot present Life and Death for Day 1 of III Points’ 3rd annual Art Basel Concert Series at Mana Wynwood. House and tehcno vibes will be provided by DJs and producers such as Thugfucker, Tale of Us, and special guest Richie Hawtin | 318 NW 23rd ST Miami, FL 33127 | TIX: bit.ly/1S6LOP6
WE FOR REAL: WeWork presents We For Real, a house party to honor the panelists from Building Reality and to celebrate FriendsWithYou’s “Light Spirit,” a virtual reality experience made in collaboration with New Tropics. Dance to tunes provided by DZA and Arthur Baker while you enjoy some complimentary cocktails and beer provided by Absolute Elyx and Peroni | 8PM – 1AM | 350 Lincoln Road | RSVP: http://weareallfriendshouseparty.splashthat.com/
OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE: Come check out “Other Side of the Bridge: A Collection of Miami Street Photography” at the 8&9 Showroom with music by DJ Jimbo Slice. Photography by: Darryl Omar, Derick G, Esdras PhotoTea Thelusma, Jon J, Jonny Walker, Misstakes, and Smith D! | 7PM – 10PM | 7814 NE 4 CT Miami, FL 33138
DJ MUSTARD: The award winning landmark destination E11EVEN MIAMI will play host once again to some of Art Basel’s best after parties and afterhours events | 11PM | E11EVEN MIAM 9 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33130
#WELLCURATED: Your Friday afternoon hang is at the Shaker with our West Coast pals Nick Monaco and more. Art will adorn the backyard + pop-up’s by Kri Marino and Modern Vice | 12-6PM | FREEHAND Miami 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140 | FREE
DFM X MAMA: The dFm and MAMA Gallery present installation works by Nick Thomm, performative works from Nana Ghana, Lisa Solberg, and Double Diamond Sun Body. Tunes provided by Sophie and Heron Preston | 8PM – 1AM | The Surf Lodge 1500 Collins AVE Miami, FL
#BAEGOALS: Spend your night with baes Blake Newton, Hanna Ali, Natalie Chin, Erika Money, enjoy some art and live painting by Kaylin Garcia, and nail art by Krocaine. Tunes provided by SydneyLove and FWAYG | 7PM – 11PM | 2401 NW 5 AVE Miami, FL 33127 | RSVP: baegoals.splashthat.com
DOPE BASEL: Dope Entertainent presents Father and more TBA for Day 1 of dope basel | The Hangar 305 | http://www.dopebasel.com/tickets
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
PEACH FUZZ PRESENTS: Official Miami Launch Party for “Rap Tees: A Collection of Hip-Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999″ | BOWL: DJ Brett Sylvia | 11PM | The Basement at The Edition Hotel 2901 Collins Ave | FREE | RSVP: Reservations@BasementMIAMI.com
DIEM POP-UP: Come party with your girl as I host a Diem pop-up with Sean Bang and DJ Smokey on the boards at Opera Gallery Miami | 2PM – 9PM | 30 NE 39 ST Miami, FL 33137
JAMIE XX: On the back of his critically acclaimed debut album In Colour, Jamie xx comes back to Miami for his first show here on the In Colour to co-headline Friday of Basel with the genius producer Four Tet | 10PM | Mana Wynwood 318 NW 23rd St. Miami, FL 33127 | TIX: bit.ly/1S6QCUA
NAKID MAGAZINE: Nakid Magazine invades Art Basel 2015 in Miami! Come celebrate the ISSUE III: FALL 2015 release starring cover artist JEN STARK and our Special Edition Dual-Cover Designs! | 10PM | Libertine Miami 34 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33132 | RSVP:Supermarketcreative.com/NAKID
NYC’s No.8 BASEL TAKE OVER: DJs: Formerly ERock + Mike Deuce | 11PM | Rec Room 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | FREE
BASEL BURGER: Witness “the art of hamburger making” at Basel Burger where there will be live murals by Rob Regis, Paper Frank and Marlon Preuss, as well as live music by Sel. 6 and Gvintvge | 1PM – 5PM | Cheeseburger Baby 1505 Washington AVE Miami Beach, FL 33139
THE GO:OD AM TOUR: Mac Miller makes a stop in Miami while on tour with EarthGang, Michael Christmas, and Choo Jackson! | Fillmore 1700 Washington AVE, Miami Beach, FL 33139
FOUND IN THE RIVER: Found In The River is a collective of artists, musicians, fashioners, and MADE members representing different components of The Miami River. From budding high school students to internationally acclaimed muralists, Found In The River is a platform for all creative communites to explore, exhibit, learn, and create on new levels | 7 PM | MADE at The Citadel 8325 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138 | ENTRY base on donation.
DOPE BASEL: Dope Entertainent presents SpaceGhostPurrp and more TBA for Day 2 of dope basel | The Hangar 305 | http://www.dopebasel.com/tickets
SOULECTION TAKEOVER: Get down with Joey Kay, Sosupersam, and The Whooligan at Coyo Taco | 2300 NW 2nd AVE Miami, FL 33127
K-PAX: Join Metro Boomin and special guests out on the rooftoop at Gale South Beach for the launch event to showcase the collaboration between PAX + K-HOLE! | 5PM – 8PM | 1690 Collins AVE Miami Beach, FL 33139 | RSVP: thedfm.com/k-pax
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
A$AP ROCKY x KAYTRANADA x STWO: The III Points Festival alum has been on the rise with his incredible production and live sets that bridge the gap between the dance world and hip hop. Join us as we rage the night with one of Art Basel’s most exciting line-ups for this III Points x Tidal Wave event | 10PM | Mana Wynwood 318 NW 23rd St. Miami, FL 33127 | TIX: bit.ly/1O6kf9s
CORONA’S ELECTRIC BEACH: Corona’s Electric Beach is going to be hitting the Miami Art Week with special DJ performances and better yet, a live Art installation. While Corona brings in the ambient colors of music & art, this epic pool party will be one to remember! | Featuring Music By: Craze, Ape Drums, Astronomar, & TJ Mizell | LIVE Art Installtion By: DASIC | 3PM | 1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | FREE w/ RSVP(21+) firstname.lastname@example.org
DOPE BASEL: Dope Entertainent presents Robb Bank$ with IndigoChildRick, wifisfuneral, and more TBA for Day 3 of dope basel | The Hangar 305 | http://www.dopebasel.com/tickets
H<3RT B453L: Hit up Sneak Attack for a night full of art by some of the dopest out there like Claw Money and Distorted to name a couple, plus live sets by Brian Breach, FTLiens, 2DOPEBOYZ, and other DJs | 2519 NE 2nd AVE Miami, FL 33137 | RSVP: HEARTB453L@GMAIL.COM
SLICK RICK: Join us for some Art Basel craziness! Slick Rick will be gracing us with a performance | 10PM | BlackBird Ordinary 729 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130 | FREE
PEANUT BUTTER WOLF & FRIENDS: DJ’s PB Wolf, Ynot, & Viviana Hosted by Soarse | 5PM | Wood Tavern 2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 | FREE
MISTER LEE’S SHANGRI-LA: LA-based artist Lisa Solberg will debut her latest concept, Mister Lee’s Shangri-La, an exotic dance club sheltered inside an exotic greenhouse. The instillation will take place during the Art Basel Miami Closing Party at the Soho Beach House | 10PM – 4AM | 4385 Collins AVE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
LAZY SUNDAY: The Standards Annual Art Basel Sunday BBQ. This year, music will be provided by Brendan Fallin | 12PM | The Standard 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | RSVP required to LazySunday@StandardHotels.com
WHO’S WHO & UNKNWN: Basement Basel DANCE with: Flat White (Virgil Abloh) BOWL with: DJ Legato DJ Papo | 11PM | The Basement at The Edition Hotel 2901 Collins Ave | FREE | RSVP: Reservations@BasementMIAMI.com
HARD2LEAVE: Blocks from Wynwood in the heart of downtown, Team No Sleep takes the party to an entirely new level with a whirlwind of DJs, live performances and five-star hospitality | 11PM | E11EVEN MIAM 9 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33130
COYO BASEL: The north meets the south as Nickodemus (NYC), DJ Moma (NYC), and Erick Paredes (Toronto) fill up Coyo Taco with good vibes and sounds | 2300 NW 2nd AVE Miami, FL 33127
DOPE BASEL: Dope Entertainent presents Denzel Curry and more TBA for the last day of dope basel | The Hangar 305 | http://www.dopebasel.com/tickets
40OZ BOUNCE MIA: Sundaze x 40oz Bounce present Bounce Miami | 6PM – 12AM | FREE | Sidebar 337 SW 8 ST Miami, FL 33130 | RSVP: https://40ozbouncemia.splashthat.com/
*all photos by Katherine Rosario
So, I planned a trip with all my closest friends to Orlando, Florida for the yearly Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Studios (so overdue!) and I needed a car. I put all my contacts together and thought, how can I get a free whip to the O? Oh well, there is an upside to this whole “social media” thing. Luckily my friends over at Team Epiphany were able to put me in contact with Chevrolet and the rest was magic! A car service company arrived in the morning before we departed on the 4 hour (or 3 depending on who’s driving haha) trip to Orlando. Immediately I was intimidated by how big this thing was! Little me in this huge car!? But we did it, and boy was the car ride an interesting one to say the least. Put 8 BIG personalities in a big car and you’ve got a family vacation car ride to remember. I saw it had a DVD player so I grabbed my favorite movies Pineapple Express and Knocked Up from my house and that kept everyone quiet for a while but man, was this car like a dream! It came filled with gas and when we got to Orlando it was just about half full still! The touch screen in the middle console was BOMB, with satellite radio available, and GPS it was just too easy to keep me busy and play around with for a hour on the road.
The ride was super sooth especially for a road trip, it felt like we were on a couch on wheels. It has tons of crazy features I’ve never even seen before like it alerts you via a small shake on your butt when another car gets too close or if your about to skim a wall. It also has wireless charging pad for your cellphone which is AWESOME (new technology rules)! It has two screens in the back so everyone watching the DVD can see per row plus wireless headphones. It had a power outlet charger so my friends were working on their computers while charging up and USB plugs too! Oh man, it also had separate A/C controls for passenger side, driver side, and the back rows?! I mean, I’ve been driving a 2003 Ford Focus so this thing was like new technology to me haha.
The sound was amazing because it was a BOSE sound system, of course. As we rode back we heard the whole The Carter II and Urban Legend albums and that thang was BUMPIN’.
Honestly, I didn’t want to give it back! But all good things eventually come to an end. But not before I took a few pictures to remember the good times!
Definitely super impressed by Chevrolet and now they’ve got me wanting to buy an Impala. Not even joking. Definitely would recommend renting one of these bad boys if your going on a road trip or have a big family, it’s perfect!
BIG thanks to Team Epiphany and Chevy for the ride!