Miami Beach has unveiled a new, multi-channel marketing campaign, “My Miami Beach, Your Escape,” featuring a selection of photos capturing the lure of Miami Beach shot by local photographers. Starting this month and running through November, “My Miami Beach, Your Escape” provides an insider’s look at Miami Beach through a collection of images shot by locals chosen through a call for submissions earlier this year.

“Miami Beach is home to a variety of talented artists and photographers and as we collectively work to welcome back our beloved visitors, it was important for us to showcase a selection of authentic work…


Photo by Luke Jones on Unsplash

From teachers going the extra mile to enhance distance learning, to doctors and nurses to community members sourcing masks for others, there are countless examples of people across the country going above and beyond to support others without expecting anything in return. The car company, Mazda, wants to learn more about these amazing acts of kindness.

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) recently launched its ‘Mazda Heroes: Honoring the Human Spirit’ (Mazda Heroes) program which aims to place a spotlight on people across the country who have selflessly uplifted those around them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Mazda Heroes, MNAO will…


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Not literally, of course. But what is more anathema to a pretty woman than to have to cover her face. In Walgreens a couple of weeks ago, I saw a girl in a mask who had her eyes all done up and they were beautiful — her eyes. Mascara, eyeliner and her eye shadow were on-point. And it worked. You couldn’t help noticing her, even if only her eyes were visible. Because all her effort had worked; they were stunning.

In a world where beauty is so valued, beautiful women are put on a pedestal, moved to the front of…


For Valentine’s Day, let’s think about parental love too and why it’s so important. Are you a good parent? Do you love your children the way you should?

Photo by Bess Hamiti from Pexels

The way our parents love us, raise us and treat us defines our whole lives. I can’t even begin to tell you how many nightmare childhood stories I’ve heard my whole life. It’s amazing to me that one of the few things humans share besides the obvious biological stuff, is that we were all children. We all understand what that felt like to be a child. …


It’s in the books. Another edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach — the 18th edition — closed on Sunday with reports of robust sales to private collections and institutions by galleries across all sectors of the market. Leading private collectors from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East attended this year, as well as representatives from around 200 museums and institutions. The Fair saw visitors from 70 countries with an overall attendance of 81,000.

All images courtesy of Art Basel

“The fair has been fantastic for [our] gallery both in terms of exposure and sales. We have sold to many new collectors and…


The Bell Hotel, Palm Springs (courtesy: Taco Bell)

Made to order for Taco Bell fans, The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort is now open in Palm Springs. When plans were announced for the Taco Takeover a few weeks ago, reservations sold out in just two minutes and now fans can finally check-in for a flavor-filled getaway. This “pop-up hotel” is taking over an existing hotel — the V Palm Springs — for a four-night experience.

Taco Bell has built a curated entertainment menu, with no two days being the same. DJs will rock the stage by day before kicking off sunset performances featuring Feed The Beat®…

Andrea Marie Thompson

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