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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 ūüôā

*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

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 ūüôā

*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! ūüôā¬†

#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 ūüėČ

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)!

#SeaTweetup Itinerary

18 Aug

Why should you come aboard the @SeaTweetup? Because Norwegian Cruise Line, Kaufman, Rossin & Co., SocialBuzzTV, Soul of Miami, Social Esquire, Cruise Deals, Jeff Cohen, Rich Tucker and I have planned this kick ass itinerary!

$100 a day for your cabin, meals (there are 10 different dining options), entertainment, fitness center, bars & lounges, pools, shops, casino, the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private, renovated island) and parties! Where can you get all this on land for $100 a day? Put down that deposit to secure the current cruise rate, priority cabin preference, free WiFi minutes (first 30 to book get 30 free minutes; <30 free minutes to those who book thereafter), and the opportunity to speak at our roundtable presentation!

#SeaTweetup Itinerary (all activities listed below are optional)

Friday, November 18, 2011

  • 12:00-4:00pm – Boarding onto the NCL Sky
  • 12:00-2:00pm – Meet & Tweet (meet the planning committee and the tweeps who will be aboard for the next 3 days. Internet access in port)
  • 2:00-4:00pm –¬†Social Media Scavenger Hunt (friendly competition against the other #SeaTweetup participants. Can you solve our clues and complete our social media tasks while in port? Be sure your camera phone is charged ūüėČ )
  • 5:00-6:00pm –¬†Sail Away Tweetup & BBQ (enjoy networking and meeting the #SeaTweetup participants all around a delicious BBQ poolside and at Champs Bar)
  • 8:00-9:00pm – Group Dinner @¬†Garden Caf√©
  • 10:00-11:30pm –¬†Karaoke @¬†Outrigger Lounge
  • 11:30-12:15am –¬†70’s Groove Dance Party @¬†Dazzles Nightclub
  • 12:15am –¬†South Beach Rave Dance Party @¬†Dazzles Nightclub
Saturday, November 19, 2011
  • 8:00-4:30pm –¬†Free time + free BBQ @ Great Stirrup Cay (NCL’s private, renovated island)
  • 6:00-8:00pm –¬†How Can We Improve Twitter – 15 presenters in 45 minutes (roundtable presentation with cocktails @ Plantation Club. Book now to have the opportunity to present!)
  • 8:00-9:00pm – Group Dinner @¬†Crossings Main Dining Room
  • 9:00-11:00pm –¬†Stardust Showtime: Comedy and Magic of Rich Purpura @¬†Stardust Lounge
  • 11:00pm –¬†White Hot Dance Party – poolside
Sunday, November 20, 2011
  • 8:00-2:00pm –¬†Free time @ Nassau
  • 2:00-4:30pm –¬†Show & Tell Tweetup @ Senor Frogs (opportunity for #SeaTweetup participants to come together after 2 days of relationship-building to share what they’ve discussed and learned. We’ll be connecting to Senor Frogs’ free WiFi and projecting the #SeaTweetup hash tag to see what everyone’s been tweeting!)
  • 4:30pm –¬†All aboard the Sky
  • 6:00-8:00pm –¬†Cocktails @¬†Longboard Bar
  • 8:00-9:00pm – Group Dinner @¬†Palace Main Dining Room
  • 9:00-10:00pm –¬†Dancing in Dazzles @¬†Dazzles Nightclub
  • 10:15-11:00pm –¬†Game Show: Over in 60 Seconds @¬†Dazzles Nightclub
  • 11:00-11:30pm –¬†Country Hits @¬†Dazzles Nightclub
  • 11:45-12:00am – Farewell “Burlesque Party” @¬†Dazzles Nightclub
  • 12:00-1:00am –¬†Battle of the DJs Dance Party @¬†Dazzles Nightclub
  • 1:00am –¬†Late Night Party with DJ Watson @¬†Dazzles Nightclub
So… WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? ūüôā
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Cruise + Bahamas + Tweeps = #SeaTweetup

14 Aug

First thing’s first, I’d like to apologize for being a busy bum and not blogging since…um…end…of…May… (YIKES!) But my laziness worked out to my strategic advantage because now I can return with a BANG! *BANG*

Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to invite you to the FIRST ever #SeaTweetup!!!

#SeaTweetup = social media enthusiasts + networking + tweetups + cruising + boozing + Bahamas + social media presentations + social media scavenger hunt + special events + no work!

Organized by South Florida social media enthusiasts – Jeff Cohen @iamJeffCohen, James Echols @SoulOfMiami, Rochelle Gapere @roriffic, Annette Peikert @thepumagirl, Sebastian Rusk @sebrusk, Rich Tucker @RichTucker, and myself @Aubrey_Swanson – along with the support of Kaufman, Rossin & Co., Norwegian Cruise Line, SocialBuzzTV, Social Esquire and Soul of Miami, the world’s first ever tweetup at sea will bring together social media enthusiasts from across the globe for a one-of-a-kind 3-day/3-night networking event to build lasting relationships!

The back-story: The #SeaTweetup idea was sparked after Norwegian Cruise Line hosted their first tweetup on their largest cruise ship, The Epic. Attendees were given an amazing tour of the ship and treated to a delicious meal while tweeting #TwEpic. But then, we had to exit the Epic so that the real cruisers could board. It was kind of a bummer, especially for someone who’s never been on a cruise before! So we had a great idea – why not extend this #TwEpic idea and actually set sail?! #SeaTweetup was born ūüôā

#SeaTweetup logistics:

  • Date: November 18-21, 2011
  • Cost: $301.32 ($100 refundable deposit due by September 10th. Full payment or cancellation due by September 10th.)

Itinerary includes:

  • Meet & Tweet
  • Social Media Scavenger Hunt
  • Sail Away Tweetup & BBQ
  • Roundtable presentation – “How Can We Improve Twitter – 15 presenters in 45 minutes”
  • Show & Tell Tweetup
  • Private island excursions
  • Nassau adventures
  • Cocktail parties
  • Group dinners
  • Discussions
  • Parties
  • Anything and everything your hopes and dreams desire (as long as it’s legal)

I’m incredibly excited for this social media extravaganza at sea! I’ve never been on a cruise, and I’ve never to the Bahamas! I cannot wait to meet new people and have fun with those I already know. If you like social media/cruises/networking/partying, then I think this is the trip for you!

For more information and to join the discussion, visit the SeaTweetup Facebook Fan Page, check the #SeaTweetup hash tag and follow @SeaTweetup as well as the organizers mentioned above.

Can’t wait to jump on board with you ūüôā

The Best Month of the Year…May!

1 May

May has always been one of the best months of the year (excluding final exams)!¬† Spring is winding down… Summer is about to begin… And… It’s BIRTHDAY bananza month! Please join me at the following events, especially my birthday celebrations!

Bold = I’ve already RSVP’d!

As always, I will add/update events as needed ūüôā

To find more events in Miami and South Florida, please visit:

PM Pick-Me-Up from Dunkin’ Donuts

22 Apr

Sometimes I don’t blog in the most timely fashion… But hey, better late than never, right? Just nod your head and go with it… ūüôā

17 days ago (if you can’t do the math, that makes it April 5th, 2011), I was invited to be part of Dunkin’ Donuts South FL‘s special Afternoon Blogger Sampling Event. First of all, I got REALLY excited because this was the first time I was specially recognized and acknowledged as a South FL blogger (thank you Dunkin’ Donuts)! Plus, they DM’d me on Twitter so it made me feel extra “special” and “elite” (even though I know I am not… *sad face*). Secondly, if you know me at all, you know I love food + you know I have a lot of student loan debt (thank you UM) = I try to be cost-effective when encouraging my #fatkid status but that usually never works…!

So why was Dunkin’ Donuts South FL hosting this event? Turns out, they’re releasing a new line of PM (afternoon) snacks & beverages and they wanted a select few to be the first to taste-test their newest creations!

Upon arrival at the #PMsnack event, we were fed the following:

  • Cuban Flatbread Sandwiches (exclusive to S FL)
  • Munchkins (mini donut balls)
  • Cheeseburger and pepperoni-stuffed breadsticks
  • Warm apple pie (get your mind out of the gutter)
  • Cheddar bagel twists
  • Lemon-filled donuts + other flavors
  • Mountain Dew Coolatta
  • Cuban coffee
  • I hope I’m not missing anything…

I thought these PM snacks were all pretty tasty! I especially enjoyed the stuffed breadsticks, apple pie and lemon-filled donuts #nomnomnom. Sadly I’ve lived in Miami for the past 4 1/2 years and have yet to try a real Cuban sandwich so I can’t really compare Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Cuban Flatbread Sandwich to the real thing, but I’m sure they were pretty close yet far enough to have its own distinguishment (hence using flatbread and not whatever bread they use to make traditional Cuban sandwiches – Cuban bread?).

This was a really unique experience. Of course like all tweetups and events, there was great networking and meeting new people, as well as bonding with the old (hey Carlos Miller, aka The Social Media Puto)! I definitely have to give Dunkin’ Donuts their props for being such a huge chain yet being able to cater their menu items to different geographical locations and holding these one-of-a-kind events for their local consumers. That is, after all, what really matters these days and converts those consumers into #customers4life ūüôā

In case you’re hungry… Try licking your computer/mobile/tablet screen and seeing how these Dunkin’ Donuts food images taste.

PS – We also received these kick-ass DD swag bags with a tumbler, DD USB drive and pen!

Don’t forget to check out Carlos Miller’s Social Media Puto review and VIDEO!

A Second Wind for April

2 Apr

If you were able to survive March Madness, prepare a second wind for April because things in Miami are NOT slowing down…

Bold = I’ve already RSVP’d!

WAKA Kickball - Texas Theme

WAKA Kickball - Texas Theme!

For more events and information, please visit my friends’ websites: What Miami and Soul of Miami!

Love your life. Live your life.

What Kind of Irish Are You?

17 Mar

St. Patty's Day

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Whichever kind of Irish you are… Please think of this…

St. Patty's Day

Happy St. Patty’s Day!