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Art Basel Frazzle!

4 Dec

Piano

Art Basel Miami Beach has become one of the most prominent and well-attended cultural affairs to ever hit Miami where anything goes. During this week-long (officially only 4 days but that doesn’t stop Miami from celebrating well-beyond that time frame) frazzle, expect the unexpected. Everything from art to “art,” street fashion that pairs orange camouflage pants with a multi-colored Hawaiian shirt (yes, I saw this last night), creative food, and alcohol galore – all will happen THIS week.

There are a thousand different Basel articles and schedules out there – all very read-worthy. I will now construct my own to serve a few purposes: 1) to organize my own life and schedule 2) to coordinate with my friends 3) to let you all know of some of the best Basel events in town, and 4) because Kristine McGlinchey told me I should 🙂

*Note – some of these events are open to public, invite only, and/or RSVP-only

Tuesday, December 4th

Wednesday, December 5th

Thursday, December 6th

Friday, December 7th

  • Art of Fashion – The Raleigh | 12:30-3:30pm
  • Art of Basketball Heat Wave with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh – Midtown | 8-11pm
  • NQB8R & Spin Magazine – Gramps Bar | 4pm-4am
  • Moving the Still GIF Festival Party – Wynwood | 8pm-12am
  • Pulse After-Party – Shore Club | 9pm-12am
  • Modus Miami Store Opening – Design District | 5pm
  • United Colors of Benetton Present Tutti Frutti – South Beach | 6-9pm
  • Tastemakers at Red Dot | 6-8pm
  • Heineken Mural Project Pop-Up Party – 171 NW 23 Street | 5-8pm

Saturday

Other cool stuff to check out –

Additional guides –

Norwegian Cruise Line Getaway Design

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SeaTweetup II = Success!

25 Oct

It’s been almost two weeks since we set foot on board Norwegian Sky for a weekend cruise full of networking, learning, engaging, events, and parties. I have to admit, I will play favors and state that SeaTweetup II > SeaTweetup I. Maybe it was the awesome attendees, amazing sponsors, or perhaps the strengthened relationships from the first SeaTweetup, but regardless, this year’s cruise was a complete success!

Our schedule of SeaTweetup events was jam-packed from the get-go. When we boarded Norwegian Sky, we were welcomed by MillerCoors with a tasty food and beer pairing as we all introduced ourselves to each other. I feel like the first day was more so jam-packed with FOOD. After the beer and food pairing, the Sky has a poolside BBQ. Then, we enjoyed a cocktail party sponsored by CruiseDeals where we received our SeaTweetup t-shirts which everyone got to sign with their Twitter handles 🙂 Yeah, that’s how we roll! Err… Sail? THEN, that party was followed by dinner (of course, all-you-can-order). I think I gained 10lbs in the first day 😦

Saturday promised to be an amazing day full of excursions on Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas. Little did we know, we were surrounded by huge waves all day and night which prohibited us from taking the tenders to the island. If anyone remembers last year’s SeaTweetup, we had a massive storm which also prohibited us from visiting the island. Crazy ironic. This little agenda detour gave us the day to just relax poolside and enjoy everything the ship had to offer. The SeaTweetup clan claimed ownership to the ship’s top deck, and we got to learn more about our fellow SeaTweetup-ers and soak in some warm rays.

Saturday evening marked our first Social Media Roundtable Presentations. We had a slew of talented social media speakers who all gave insightful speeches and presentations on fine-tuning our trade. Our SeaTweetup group was a mix of beginners and advanced professionals, but I think everyone ended up with tons of new tips and tricks! Of course following the presentations, we had another cocktail networker sponsored by Bacardi (you all know how much I love my rum)! Then, like clock-work, it was time for another all-you-can-order group dinner. Later on, we dressed in white and broke it down Gangnam Style at the White Hot Party (oh, we also got drenched as a mini-hurricane hit us – what fun would life be without these wild unplanned adventures?). I have to say I love the mix of presentations + networking mixers + group dinners + parties. This is how you really get to know new people 🙂

We made it to Nassau’s port of call on Sunday morning. Unlike last year’s cruise where we had most of the day to do as we please, we were honored to be welcomed by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and treated to a traditional BAHAMIAN breakfast. Yes, I typed BAHAMIAN in all caps because I idiotically kept instagramming and tweeting photos referencing them as “Bohemian.” *oopsies* I cannot begin to describe how delicious this breakfast was. Although I don’t eat seafood, I know everyone enjoyed their traditional fish breakfast dishes. Meanwhile, I indulged in (4 helpings of) yellow grits and corned beef hash *yummmmmm* We also enjoyed fresh coconut water and BAHAMIAN pastries. Seriously, one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Oh, and I almost forgot, they served us the most flavorful, sweet, plump fruit jams we’ve ever had in our lives (Bahamas – if you’re reading this and want to mail us some of those jams, please contact me for my mailing address) 🙂 After breakfast, we got to learn a lot more about the different islands the Bahamas has to offer. I eagerly await the day I can explore the other islands and go scuba diving and cliff diving!

To finish up our day in the Bahamas, we were given the unique opportunity to explore three BAHAMIAN art galleries on the island. If you ever visit the Bahamas, I highly encourage you to go off the beaten path and experience the real Bahamas culture.

And we obviously couldn’t leave Nassau without enjoying a little beach R&R…

Upon re-boarding Sky, we re-grouped for another Roundtable session where we had an intriguing Q&A sessions with @FashionWeekNYC, individual presentations, and a very informed discussion among the group. Of course, followed by another deliciously fattening dinner, some strip tease challenges (?), and partying (extra Washington Apple shots, please)!

I really want to thank all the amazing SeaTweetup committee members for pulling together an outstanding SeaTweetup II! Moreover, I want to thank all the SeaTweetup attendees who made this the best cruise evahhhh! Another thanks to our terrific sponsors for providing us with awesome entertainment and for making this cruise a real possibility. I can only cross my fingers for a future SeaTweetup III 🙂

Click to check out all my SeaTweetup II photos

Don’t Miss the Boat! #SeaTweetup Sails Friday.

8 Oct

I’m proud to say the second annual #SeaTweetup aboard Norwegian Cruise Line Sky is setting sail THIS Friday, and we’re almost completely sold out! This 3-day weekend cruise to the Bahamas will be jam-packed of amazing events and even more amazing people. I don’t want to bore you with a lengthy blog post about why you should be on board this year because I’ve already done that as well as included tons of pictures inside NCL Sky (the ship we’ll be cruising and boozing on). I’ll just let you take a look at the below agenda, pictures, and list of amazing sponsors!

For those of you who can’t join us this weekend, we still hope you’ll join us for our Bon Voyage Tweetup hosted by Epic Hotel in downtown Miami this Thursday from 6-9pm. It’s OPEN TO EVERYONE. Did I mention open bar? Seriously.

To find out the current rates and book, I highly recommend you call Stacy at CruiseDeals at  800.668.6414. x 123 as she’ll be able to give you the best and most current price. You can find more information about the cruise by visiting http://bit.ly/SeaTweetup2012.

#SeaTweetup Meet & Tweet at Beach Lounge Bar

11 Sep

What are you doing on Wednesday, September 19th? I’ll tell you what you’re doing… You’re going to be drinking, eating, networking, tweeting, and learning about the second annual #SeaTweetup which is setting sail on October 12th on Norwegian Sky!

Last year’s #SeaTweetup exceeded my expectations as 45 social media enthusiasts climbed aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship en route to the Bahamas. Our attendees flew from out-of-state; even from out-of-the-country! We all got to network and form friendships and business partnerships for 3 days over sponsored adult beverage parties, creating human sand castles, all-you-can-eat dinners, social media seminars, karaoke, tweeting in the middle of the ocean, gambling, and even strip shows 😉

And guess what…

This year is going to be even better! We have the same amazing planning committee PLUS outrageous new sponsors. You’re paying the normal price for a weekend cruise to the Bahamas, but you’re getting nearly all the alcohol you can drink, private island excursions, and one-of-a-kind experiences thanks to our new partners!

But don’t take my word for it…

If you’re hesitant, unsure, doubtful, or even if you’ve already bought your ticket or know you’re not available that weekend, we want you to join us at our #SeaTweetup Meet & Tweet on Wednesday, September 19th from 6:30pm to [whenever we want to go home] at Beach Lounge Bar in Sunny Isles Beach! Come meet the planning committee and partners, ask your questions and receive your answers, hear about our crazy stories from last year, and meet new social media South Floridians over delicious cocktails and Brazilian-inspired food! Plus, your first drink is FREE! Oh, and there’s free parking. You really can’t beat that. Check out event details and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/347300252023070/.

Miami’s September 2012 Events

6 Sep

It’s now the beginning of fall… Wait, where the hell did summer go? Better yet, where the hell has 2012 gone?! Craziness. Anyways, finally the weather in Miami is somewhat cooling off, the torrential downpours are hopefully over, and season is finally beginning! Let’s welcome all the tourists who flock to our city to escape their brutal winters (meh). September is always exciting because events start revving up. Here’s what’s on my agenda (subject to change – a lot):

I’m sure I’m missing some events, and I’m sure I will be adding more as we dive into September… Let me know if I’ll be running into you at any of the same events 🙂

Sailing the High Seas (literally) in the Pro-Am Volvo Ocean Race

23 May

What’s that one dream, goal, wish, or aspiration in your life?  Think hard… What’s tops your bucket list?

How about traveling the world?

That’s exactly what six teams are trying to accomplish in one of the most riveting, physically demanding, thrilling, and dangerous races in the world – the Volvo Ocean Race – and I was fortunate enough to get a first-hand experience at what they’re living and breathing for nine months!

This one-of-a-kind competition stops at only 10 ports worldwide, and Miami was lucky enough to host the only North American stopover for a two-week duration. What’s even luckier is the fact that I won a Facebook contest held by the Greater Miami Conventions and Visitors Bureau which landed me a spot to sail with French team Groupama in the Pro-Am race on May 18, 2012.

This incredible experience is hard to describe in words so I’d like to use a couple analogies… This is like swimming laps with Michael Phelps, or shooting hoops with Lebron James, or singing karaoke with Rihanna.  These guys (yes, male-only teams) are facing extreme weather conditions, crossing the equator four times, and living on a boat for nearly 40,000 miles in the deep ocean waters. Only the great survive. And only the best are crowned champions.

I had the pleasure of competing on French team Groupama with about ten other male guests (I was the only female) in Pro-Am Race 3 against Abu Dhabi, Puma, Camper/Emirates NZ, Telefonica, and Sanya. The race course was set up just off the coast of South Beach, and the race lasted for about 30 minutes. Weaving around each other, and jibing back and forth, these gentle giants powered through the pristine Caribbean waters in hopes of  earning points for their team. Remember that scene in Titanic where Jack and Rose stand on the ledge of the bow with their arms in the air as if they’re flying – that’s what sailing with Groupama felt like.  But the actual sailing wasn’t the only “wow” factor. It was also getting to meet these superstar sailors and learning the ins and outs of operating a sail boat (remember – this is the equivalent of getting free throw pointers from Lebron James)! I was also fortunate enough to get a personal tour underneath the deck from media crew member Yann Riou. He showed me where they “sleep,” eat, produce videos, and even the mechanical parts of the boat. Mind blown (and lost). Only about six guys can sleep at one time in their tiny little cots. The loud rumblings are sure to put a permanent ringing in their ears. And they have zero privacy. If you’re looking for heroes or idols to look up to – these are your guys!

I won’t bore you with any additional attempts to try to get you to understand and feel what it was like racing with these superstars. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves… You can also view all my photos on Facebook. There’s also a short, candid interview with Yann at the bottom of this post – be sure to check it out! Questions? Comments? Leave ’em at the bottom 🙂

Social Media Week Miami – Taking the Talk Offline

22 Feb

For all you social media nerds in South Florida, last week’s Social Media Week Miami (#SMWmiami) served as a local social media geek haven. With six panels each day spanning over five days, sessions covered a wide, but focused, range of topics including personal branding, event planning, fashion, real estate, music, food, social good, mommy bloggers, and much more – all centered around social media, of course!

While each panel left me reminiscing about a helpful tip, idea, or just confirmed my own social media strategy and implementation, being part of #SMWmiami was most memorable due to all the new and old faces I was fortunate enough to meet and see. Before stepping foot into the Adrienne Arsht Center, the major host of SMWmiami, I assumed the room would be filled with familiar faces from Social Media Club South Florida, Chevy crawls, tweetups, and the like. Boy was I wrong (and pleasantly surprised)! The 150 capacity room was packed full of social media enthusiasts – mostly new faces. This week-long event brought together PR and marketing specialists, curious minds, and lots of newbies. Each night there was a different networking event where, believe it or not, we could socialize in person. These in-person events are always the best part of social media!

Say what?

Yes! In-person networkers give us social media addicts the chance to meet the person behind the Twitter handle or brand name. I can go months of tweeting someone without ever physically meeting him/her, and then when the opportunity of meeting in person presents itself, we can skip the whole “Hi, my name is Aubrey. I’m the social media coordinator at Kaufman, Rossin, an accounting firm, and Lit Software, the developer of iPad apps for attorneys” elevator speech because we’ve already engaged in [online] conversation. That’s when the real relationship building begins, and I’ve met some of the most amazing people because of our online/offline interactions.

SMWmiami introduced me to very fun, intelligent, like-minded people, and I can’t wait to stay in touch (online and off). For those of you who just came out of the woodwork, are still curious about the South Florida social media community, or just want to meet new people, I definitely encourage you to join the local groups and attend events. Contact me if you’d like to learn about them!

SMWmiami was just a preview to what’s to come. Next up – South by Southwest (SXSW)-Interactive in Austin from March 9-13. Let me know if you’re coming! I’ll be launching a fun social media campaign for Kaufman, Rossin 🙂

Big thanks to The brpr Group for organizing SMWmiami! All the sessions were free and available to anyone. Also, thank you to all the wonderful panelists who volunteered their time, tricks, and tips as well as AT NIGHT for taking the below photo at the Mandarin Oriental reception.

Let’s Go Art Basel -ing!

1 Dec

December 1st. To most, that marks the first day of the 25 days ’til Christmas countdown, but to Miamians, it means the first of four days of ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH!

Here’s your guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 – a list of events that I’m attempting to make appearances at:

Thursday, December 1:

  • 5th Annual Art Under the Stars Event – 6-9pm, Coconut Grove Bank, 2701 South Bayshore Drive, 2nd Floor | RSVP: 305.808.3701
  • FriendsWithYou Opening reception – 7-10pm, 3930 NE 2nd Ave, Ste 202 | RSVP: RSVP@friendswithyou.com
  • Locust Projects’ Art Basel Reception – 7-9pm, 155 NE 38 Street
  • Scope Miami Official Pre-Party – 7-10pm, Spinello Gallery, 150 NE 42 Street
  • Reloaded Party – 7-12am, Internum, 3841 NE 2nd Ave, Ste. 101 | RSVP: eric@ddmadvertising.com
  • Contemporary Asian Art, 7:30pm, Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Drive | RSVP: aspang@mohg.com
  • Duncan Quinn Anarchy in Miami – 8-11pm, 4040 NE 2nd Ave, The Moore Building #102 | RSVP: grady@duncanquinn.com
  • Absolut Vodka Cocktails Perfected – 8-11pm, 27th Street and 2nd Ave | RSVP: thursdayrsvp@epoplife.com
  • Launch of Refinery29 Miami Edition – 9-12am, 297 NW 23 Street | RSVP: refinery29@taraink.com

Friday, December 2:

  • Vogue Lounge – 12-7pm, Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave
  • MIAMI Magazine Arts & Power Issue Release & Art Basel Soiree – 6-9pm, 3925 N. Miami Ave | RSVP: Miami@baltususa.com (subject line: Miami magazine event)
  • Macallan Scotch Soiree – 9-12am, The Raleigh, 1775 Collins Ave | RSVP: Macallan@bmfmedia.com

Saturday, December 3:

  • Essex House “Natives” Exhibition Cocktail Reception – 7-9pm, 1001 Collins Ave | RSVP: marketing@clevelander.com
  • Javier Martin – 7-10pm, Artecity, 435 21st Street | RSVP: miami@baltususa.com
  • Fete a la Plage Soiree – 8-11pm, Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins Ave | RSVP: stbarth@oceandrive.com
  • Fisker Automotive Reception – 8-10pm, Raleigh Hotel – AD Oasis, 1775 Collins Ave | RSVP: fisker@archdigest.com

Sunday, December 4:

Ongoing Exhibits:

I foresee a lot of art, alcohol, hipsters and sleep deprivation. That’s definitely my idea of a fun weekend! Enjoy 🙂

*Note* – Many deadlines to RSVP have passed

#SeaTweetup Social Media Scavenger Hunt Today – Here’s Your Tasks!

18 Nov

The committee members of the first ever #SeaTweetup on the Norwegian Sky have created an awesome, fun, and entertaining Social Media Scavenger Hunt for our passengers! It will take place today from 2:00-4:00pm all around the Norwegian Sky ship. You can meet the organizers and receive a printed task list at our home-base which is on the Pool Deck in front of Breakers Bar.

Text version:

Rules:

  • Hashtag: #SeaTweetup
  • List of scavenger hunt items will be made available through links tweeted by all organizers as well as @SeaTweetup and Facebook.com/SeaTweetup. Hard copies will be available upon arrival at Norwegian Sky on Pool Deck.
  • All items must be photographed and tweeted with #SeaTweetup.
  • When finished, each contestant must come to the pool deck to show the organizers.
  • To confirm, organizers will check contestant’s Twitter stream to make sure each item is properly documented.
  • If all items are not properly documented, the contestant may continue to try until time is up.
  • Winner(s) will be randomly chosen from all correct entries.
  • Winners and prizes will be announced during Sail Away Tweetup & BBQ on pool deck at 5:00pm.

Scavenger Items:

  • Bubbling Water
  • Piano
  • Flotation device other than life-preserver
  • MillerCoors Logo
  • View from Outrigger Lounge
  • Dolphin
  • Old man with books
  • Photo with a Norwegian Sky crew member
  • Frozen drink
  • Norwegian Cruise Line sign

GOOD LUCK TO ALL PARTICIPANTS! 🙂 

#SeaTweetup Itinerary – Sailing out Friday!

16 Nov

Here’s the final #SeaTweetup aboard the Norwegian Sky itinerary! Some of the activities include 2 sponsored cocktail parties as well as a beer and food pairing by MillerCoors (prior to departure), a Social Media Scavenger Hunt (prior to departure), tweetups, Social Media Roundtable Presentations, group dinners, dancing, networking, free food and WIFI cards, and… THE BAHAMAS! Oh, and you’ll be part of the first ever tweetup at sea! You’ll also be leaving with a bag FULL of SWAG 😉

There’s still time to reserve your spot! You have 24 hours to book prior to departure. Prices went down to $225 per person (including food)!