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Small Business Saturday: jugofresh

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Continuing on our tour of my small business suggestions for Miami, enter the coolest and healthiest local joint, Jugo Fresh.

Originally located on South Beach, the company has branched out with a few locations around the city and is quickly transforming from hot-spot to local institution. I can’t say enough how good the bowls and smoothies are and basically everything in-store! I will absolutely be stocking up on juices and little to-go shots (like the saca lo – lemon, lime, ginger, cayenne, turmeric, oregano oil, echinacea extract and raw honey) for Art Basel.

This is a place you go to feel good; for your health and for the support of locally produced small business.

jugofresh, 222 NW 26th Street Miami, FL 33127

Small Business Saturday is this weekend! November 29. Follow me on social media for more of my #SmallBizSat Miami picks and please share any suggestions you have!

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When you shop at small businesses in your neighborhood, hometown, or favorite city, you are supporting people’s passions, the jobs they create and the culture they instill in local communities.

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Interview with Simonett Pereria of Style Mafia

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One great aspect of shopping local is getting to know the owners and staff at these wonderfully unique businesses. As a Miami local and a small business owner myself, getting to know other like-minded people (especially women!) in my community is really significant.

I sat down with the founder of one of Miami’s newest fashion brands, Style Mafia, to talk about the process of starting her clothing line and her first year as a small business owner.

Amanda: When did you start Style Mafia?

Simonett: Style Mafia launched in October of 2013 with the opening of our Wynwood showroom. We released our site shopstylemafia.com two months later.

Amanda: A lot of people don’t know how young you are – only 23! How did you know how to start your business?

Simonett: I was 21 and working as a graphic designer / event producer for an entertainment company when I made the decision to start a fashion business. I remember sitting in a cafe drafting up a business plan on a journal and a few days later booking a flight to China to begin factory sourcing. I didn’t have a clear plan on how I was going to make this happen but I had faith in my vision and determination to make my project happen.

Amanda: Who do you look up to in the industry?

Simonett: Chiara Ferragni. The global impact she has been able to create starting off as a blogger and later launching a shoe brand (among many other successful endeavors) is very admirable to me.

Amanda: Style Mafia just celebrated it’s first year. What was your biggest challenge and your biggest accomplishment in this first year as a startup?

Simonett: As a Miami-based line, our biggest challenge to date has been balancing the relationship between what we want to produce for our line and what our consumer is buying. The good news is this issue is beginning to dissipate as the fashion community in Miami continues to grow and evolve. Our biggest accomplishment so far has been expanding to the international market with 10 stores in South America now carrying our line regularly!

Amanda: What is special to you about the Miami community?

Simonett: I like that we are a smaller and newer city in comparison to New York for example. It’s exciting to be in the forefront of the burgeoning art and culture scene here reflected by it’s inhabitants. There are so many talented individuals in Miami carving out their place in the creative community and we love to be able to collaborate with them through our brand.

Amanda: What advice do you have for anyone looking to start their own business?

Simonett: Trust yourself and your mission. Work until you have accomplished your goal. Consistency is crucial. Let your passion show in everything you do.

Amanda: What are your top three local spots when visiting Miami?

Simonett: The Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami, Soya e Pomodoro in Downtown and The Perez Art Museum Miami.

 Visit Simonett’s store in Wynwood, Miami
Style Mafia, 2324 NW 5th Ave, Miami, FL 33127

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Small Business Saturday: Plant the Future

By Amanda Del Duca

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Next up in my Small Business Saturday suggestions is the incomparable, Plant the Future.

This local spot is my absolute favorite place to pick up a unique gift. The entire space is awe inspiring and oh-so-beautiful. Colorful mini terrariums, large air plants protruding from minimalist figurines and huge pieces of art formed by bright green moss all transport you to the whimsical world created by owner, Paloma Teppa.

Step inside this Wynwood haven and you will not want to leave without something for someone special.

Plant the Future, 2511 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Small Business Saturday is this weekend! November 29th. Follow me on social media for more of my #SmallBizSat Miami picks and please share any suggestions you have!

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Fall in Miami

By Amanda Del Duca

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It can be tricky dressing for fall when it’s 82 and sunny. I like to play with light weight texture like mesh to add that feeling of wearing a knit without the warmth that goes with it. This Nightwalker Apocalypto Dress has been my jam the last couple weeks.

Shop it like it’s hot at SlasherGirl.

OH – and you should do it on Friday! SlasherGirl is doing a maj 30% off the ENTIRE SITE and FREE SHIPPING in the US for Black Friday AND Cyber Monday. xo!

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Shop Small, Impact Big

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It’s that time of year again – the holiday season!

This year I’ve partnered with American Express as a Small Business Saturday Ambassador. Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010 by American Express. Falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support local small businesses that help create jobs, boost the economy and keep our neighborhoods unique.

Since starting my own small business this year, I couldn’t feel more compelled to support my fellow small business owners and help reach dreams. When you shop at small businesses in your neighborhood, hometown, or favorite city, you are supporting people’s passions, the jobs they create and the culture they instill in local communities. Come back every day this week for my LOCAL MIAMI picks for Small Business Saturday and get your plan together for the 29th to go out and support our local community!

First up is the Alessandra Gold Concept store in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. Miami local, founder and owner of the Alessandra Gold Concept Store and the creative director or KruZin Footwear. Alessandra is a perfect example of small business owners having a big impact! This year, the designer has collaborated with featured artists on a Miami Art Series of sneakers dedicated to Art Basel. Look out for the KruZin x Yuri Tuma and KruZin x Malcolm Stuart pieces.

Alessandra Gold Concept Store, 3326 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

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#BTS with Slasher Girl

By Amanda Del Duca

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We’ve been going lookbook loco over at Slasher Girl. I’ve been trying to produce two or three mini lookbook-style series a month to show off how to wear our stock. Styling and creative direction are FO SHO my biggest passions and really the most fun part of my work at /girl. I also get to meet at the new face babes coming into Wilhelmenia Miami which is certainly another highlight.

I’m going to start sharing the original content from Slasher Girl we produce over here on CF, but def come check us out @shopslashergirl on twitter and instagram for instant updates.

Below are a couple of my favorite shots from the BREEZY LIVING series. Check out all the pics and links to shop the looks at Slasher Girl here.

Photographer: David Lundblad

Creative Direction and Styling: Amanda Del Duca

Model: Tanya Pylavets

 

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