Though I missed the South Beach Wine and Food Festival due to a prior work commitment, I did get to make it over to one event hosted by Simply Sensible, the Biggest Loser’s new gourmet, refrigerated meals. Within the Sagamore hotel Simply Sensible offered a beauty lounge with a great view of the Atlantic and a comfortable ambiance. I definitely had a “I love Miami” moment while lounging on the couches.
The idea from the mind of Miami native Chef Calvin Harris is genius, who doesn’t want a place to escape and get pampered during an event like Food & Wine. The Beauty Escape offered manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions, hair, airbrush makeup, chair massages and henna tattoos by Rik Rak salon. Located in Brickell, Rik Rak is also a boutique and bar. I had a pedicure with a glow in the dark OPI nail color which looks oh so cool once the lights go out.
Calvin personally made sure I got to try one of the meals, while I was getting a pedicure and sipping on VOGA sparkling Pinot Grigio (which I’m now obsessed with). I tried the Mediterranean Chicken with Bowtie Pasta. I’m a picky eater so I was nervous about not liking the entrees but I really enjoyed it. I’ll definitely be stocking these in my fridge the next time I hit up my local grocer. P.S. – Sorry I look awful without makeup on but I knew I’d be getting eyelash extensions so I didn’t want to arrive all made up. Good thing too because I ended up having airbrush makeup done by Vanessa.
Hey hey, Nikki Novo I see you writing away. Nikki is the Daily Candy Miami editor. Now I have a face to associate with my email blasts. A quick cell phone shot I took after having my makeup done. Don’t worry I took proper photos later in the evening for an upcoming outfit post. All photos in this post are by photographer Manny Hernandez and I edited a few of them.
Some notable guests that stopped by to get pampered included: Gail Simmons (Top Chef), Carlos Gomez (actor, The Glades), Katrina Campins (The Apprentice, Miami Social), Belkys Nerey (WSVN-FOX anchor), Amara Sohn (WTVJ-NBC anchor), Christina Getty-Maercks, Jacey Birch (WPLG-ABC anchor), Susanne Birbragher, Maya Ezratti, Channing Norton, Megan Harris (Plum TV), Beth Landman (New York Magazine), Samantha Wells, Kate Krader (Food & Wine), Liz Vaccariello (Reader’s Digest), Kiri Tattenbaum (Delish Magazine), Katie Sweeney (YumSugar) and Criselda Breene to name a few.