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Your Miami Book Fair ’16 Guide Photo courtesy of Miami Book Fair

Your Miami Book Fair ’16 Guide

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!

Photo courtesy of Miami Book Fair

Photo courtesy of Miami Book Fair

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Fool’s Gold – Day Off: South Florida

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There are few things better than a dope line-up at a concert. This past weekend there was nothing better than Fool’s Gold- Day Off as it did not disappoint. Fools Gold Records rolled into South Florida and showed us a good time! Bringing acts such as Lil Yachty, PlayBoi Carti, Joey Bada$$, Hudson Mohawke, Noreaga, and plenty more, they rocked the stage at Revolution this past Saturday.

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Alongside these talented acts we also had some dope DJ’s who kept the party going: A-Trak, Speakerfoxxxx, Danaged Goods, and Ape Drums to name a few.

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With that being said, South Florida came out and did what South Florida does best: Have a blast! S/O to Fool’s Gold Record for ending Summer ’16 with a bang.

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FIU’s Annual Summer Fest with Norma Now

Thursday, July 14th and it’s a beautiful day, the weather is clear, birds are chirping, the sun is out and there is a calm serenity around the FIU campus. At 7PM that peacefulness was interrupted by 3,000 students covered in foam, carrying glow sticks, raging to an amazing DJ set by Mummy, Dzeko & Torres, and G.T.A all while being hosted by our girl, Norma Now! The occasion was FIU’s annual Summer Fest and this year they reached out to Miami Native and yours truly Norma to host and keep the energy high all night.

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Team Now arrived ready for an epic night of work and partying. During the calm before the storm you could find the team setting up the booth with banners supplied by Miami Sign Shop, and also collaboration Finessing/ #NOWORNEVER hats (S/O to Aldhair)! The students were flocking to the booth all night to get their Norma Now towels, glow sticks, and hats. And you cant party hard on an empty stomach so we even had Pizza on deck to keep the kids fed. Team Now had all the bases covered, so that everyone in attendance will remember the name! With Norma blessing the microphone (which we’ll be seeing more of in the future) the merch helped set the scene for an amazing night of raging. As the sun went down, and the music went up the #NOWORNEVER glow sticks were illuminating across the crowd. In other words Team Now had the campus LIT… Literally. Special shout out to Trippy Thick, Drea, Juniill, Rawkce, Linden, Tasheema and everyone else who helped make this day special!

All Photos By Apsi Photography

Watch the recap below by Sight Before Sound!

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 Also, lets not forget the dancing robots Norma had by her side that helped entertain the crowd. If you missed the event you sure did miss out on some serious fun just ask the 3k that came and left with memories that’ll last forever! Don’t worry though because there will be plenty more to come!

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Recap: Sundaze @ Sidebar; Post Rolling Loud Party 5.8.16

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.

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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.

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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!

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1 AM VIBES: WYNWOOD LIFE EDITION WITH NORMANOW & YESJULZ

 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!

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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.

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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!

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RECAP: ONE NIGHT ONLY 4/9

RECAP: ONE NIGHT ONLY 4/9

“I lowkey wanna do a pop up party tonight… Just for fun.” 4/9/16 6:04PM.

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With 1 tweet and a few collaborators we were able to turn a boring Saturday night into a popping pop up party for the 18+ up crowd. From the time DJ Jun_iLL tweeted the idea it took less than 4 hours to secure a Venue, DJ’s, bartenders/drinks and a few hundred party goers to bring the idea to fruition.

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Norma and crew took to Twitter to let the people know what they had on their mind, and reached out for any help getting things in place for an amazing night. We’ve all experienced the “bored on a Saturday night” feeling, and Norma being the hospitable queen that she is made a fun night out of nothing. “One Night Only” was fun, comfortable and most importantly L I T. The Wynwood Warehouse Project (s/o to Danny) opened its arms and doors for us even though it was extremely short notice. Jun-iLL and LTENGHT supplied the music for the night, bouncing between trap and dance music. Also, this was a rare 18+ event in Miami for the youth to come and join the turn up. The end result was “One Night Only” having something for everybody, whether you were coming from Art Walk, wanting to chill/drink or turn up and dance the night away – we had you covered.

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Hopefully this won’t be the last of these spontaneous events; “One Night Only” showed how we can pull strings together in a small amount of time to give the 305 a night to remember. Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this night special and flow just right. It’s only going to get better from here on out!

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Recap: Majid Jordan Afterparty 3/22 @ Sidebar

Recap: Majid Jordan Afterparty 3/22 @ Sidebar

After the show it’s the after party and after the party it’s the…. Y’all know the rest. Well this time it was no different. We had OVO’s very own Majid Jordan in the building at Sidebar. The talented duo performed at Bardot as part of their 2016 tour and later hit the streets of Miami to make their way to Sidebar hosted by NormaNow Tuesday night.

Photo Credits: Cristian Rivera on behalf of Bluntiq Magazine.

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Thanks to the awesome people at Sidebar there was no cover to come see Majid Jordan at the afterparty. The OVO duo gave Sidebar one for the books as they had it packed and going up on a Tuesday. Jordan even blessed the Downtown crowd with a special DJ set alongside Miami’s very own DZA3000.

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Norma and her crowd continue to show the fun that can be had outside of South Beach. Girls were on stage dancing, and we even had it lit on the dancefloor as well. Sidebar gave the city an event where you can be yourself, have genuine fun, and also rub shoulders with dope entertainers.

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listen: NOW RADIO FT. LOUIE ARSON

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I’m excited to announce episode 2 of NOW RADIO  - This platform is an opportunity for you to get an idea of the musical tastes of Norma and #TeamNow affiliates!  You all know about the amazing parties but we also want to highlight an appreciation for music in general and the influence of DJ’s.  DJ’s play a special role daily by building up a vibe and energy for your night, car rides, workouts or just a chill night at home. NOW Radio will be used to show followers what Norma’s really dope DJ and producer friends do best. Which is of course playing amazing music but also giving insight into different genres and in a sense taking you on a journey through sound!  Also at the end of each episode I have a simple laid back, interview style conversation to get an idea of what inspires them and to just talk about the music.

This week we have DJ/Producer Louie Arson, from Miami. He really takes his time to work on his craft and put personal touches to perfect and deliver originality in his sets. This one was no different and you will be very impressed at how much work he put into the production of this mix. Plus the closing interview was hilarious and fun to record!

Im really proud of this episode and HUGE shout out to Pancho from Hometeam productions for being a dope ass producer and engineer as well as a sort of second host haha. Sit back and Enjoy!

Feedback in the comments section would definitely be appreciated! Also if theres any DJ’s you’d like featured on NOW Radio just leave a comment below and I’ll try to work some magic!

TapToBook Just Got Me Fly ;)

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

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EVENT RECAP: Peachfuzz is back w/ DJ Craze! 1/29

Memories <3 Each and every Friday we would get together at Grand Central at The Garret and get sweaty. Now since our lovely Grand Central is no more we celebrate at Thompson Hotel on South Beach once a month on the last Friday of the month. Today actually, we are doing out first LA edition of Peachfuzz alongside 143 at the Echoplex! Super exciting, plus New York is coming next! But for now, Miami Peachfuzz is back this Friday! Last month we had the pleasure of DJ Craze bringing in our first party at our new home on the Beach! It was tons of dun and the space is amazing and big so we can all have fun with ease and I mean its beautiful so why not! This Friday in Miami we welcome ROOFEO to come bring his NY energy to Miami!  Check out the photos from last PEACHFUZZ below and if you’re in Miami make sure you come early 11PM so you don’t get left outside!

ALL PICTURES BY KATHERINE ROSARIO <3

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