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MARCH 2021

FEATURES 42 / IN LIVING COLOR This Coral Ridge Country Club home is a hole in one By Michelle Havich

48 / LOFTY GOALS Michelle DiMarco brings her sense of style to her clothing store and her personal abode By Linda Marx

54 / FULL CIRCLE

Modern minimalism defines the fashion of tomorrow Photography by Gabor Jurina

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DEPARTMENTS 10 / FROM THE EDITOR 12 / LOG ON

By Paul Rubio

24/SEVEN 15 / ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

38 / HIGH ROAD

Laurie Duncan transitions from fashion illustrations to botanical art and portraiture

By Howard Walker

Tips for incorporating the Pantone colors of the year into your home

18 / CULTURE Events at Bonnet House, plus the Broward Center’s new experiential “Art Heist”

20 / Q&A Catching up with Kim Ng, the Miami Marlins trailblazing general manager

ASHLEY MEYER

22 / THE GOODS

ON THE COVER: PHOTOGRAPHER: GABOR JURINA MODEL: NIKKI REYNEN LOCATION: EVENT SPACE AT 1111 LINCOLN ROAD, MIAMI BEACH CLOTHING: CHANEL FASHION EDITOR: KATHERINE LANDE MAKEUP: DANIELA GOZLAN USING DIOR BEAUTY HAIR: GIANLUCA MANDELLI USING KERASTASE. FOR BUYING INFORMATION, TURN TO PAGE 69.

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ESCAPE 33 / WANDERLUST

A car that puts private jets to shame

40 / HIGH SEAS A red-hot speedster that thrills By Howard Walker

EAT + DRINK 65 / DINING Takato at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach excels at an array of Japanese delicacies

66 / LOCAL BITES Three spots to satisfy vegan cravings, a delivery service with divine sushi, and a springtime sip with the essence of cherry blossoms

Practical insight into building a sustainable home

SEEN 70 / SOCIAL SNAPSHOTS

STYLE 25 / THE LOOK

The Broward Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame Awards, plus the Humane Society of Broward County’s Mardi Paws Celebration

Artsy decor, accessories, and more

28 / JEWEL BOX For versatile jewelry, just bead it

30 / BEAUTY Delight your inner sea siren with coral-colored makeup

PARTING SHOT 72 / PROTECTING OUR PLANET Fort Lauderdale’s Chris Bal shares amazing conservation images on his Instagram account

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Lighting Up Downtown Fort Lauderdale For locations and details visit ArtsCalendar.com/LighttheNight Free and open to the public with social distancing maintained Light The Night is presented by Broward Cultural Division #LightTheNightBroward @BrowardArts

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FROM THE EDITOR

HOME Run

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In the year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed lives around the globe, one aspect of our lives has emerged as all-important: home. Prior to that, so many of us, myself included, lived life largely away from home—at offices, gathering places, and destinations near and far. Thanks to quarantines and health concerns, our lives have become more home-centric and we’ve come to appreciate the comfort and safety of a sanctuary. This is why many have endeavored to improve their surroundings, whether by renovating, upsizing (or downsizing), or simply rearranging the furniture. This month, we celebrate the homelife by taking you inside two local houses. The first is Shawn Smith-Myers’ golf course–facing abode at Coral Ridge Country Club. The casual, fun, and livable family home is the epitome of Florida living, from the many shades of blue nodding to water and sky, to resort-like outdoor living areas, to wide open spaces for friends to gather. We invite you to tour the Myers residence by turning to “In Living Color” on page 42. The second is the stylish casa of fashionista Michelle DiMarco, who has brought the same chic sensibility of her Lilac and Lilies Loft, as well as the global aesthetic she’s developed through travel, to her beautifully appointed home. For “Lofty Goals,” Michelle has styled herself in complement to the different rooms in her house, displaying her taste both on a personal and lifestyle level. Turn to page 48 for the full story. I’d also like to draw your attention to a new lifestyle column I believe you’ll enjoy: “The Mindful Mixologist” by Jules Aron. In her column for us, Jules shares recipes for creative cocktails you likely haven’t seen on any bar menu. Why not mix up a batch this weekend and impress your friends? Turn to page 68 to learn how. Cheers to a healthy, joy-filled March.

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LIVE SMARTER You don’t have to change your life to live more sustainably at home. Even small steps can make a difference. Page 22.

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RETURN TO AFRICA I feel the lure of my favorite continent, intensified by Paul Rubio’s excellent article on the best of the Serengeti. Page 33.

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ArtServe will debut “Changing Landscapes,” an environmentally themed, multimedia exhibition in its gallery and virtually beginning March 4. A month-long call to artists will culminate in a creative celebration of environmental protection and the symbiosis between humans and the natural world.

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CHEF’S KISS Fort Lauderdale–based chef Lenore Nolan Ryan will expand her culinary repertoire with Grapes Wine Café and Market, tucked away on Galt Ocean Mile. Ryan’s menu will feature vino-based plates complemented by a curated wine list for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.

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A CELEBRATION OF BLACK ARTISTS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

Karibu (pronounced kah-ree-boo) means “welcome, come in” in Swahili. This celebratory concept of Black culture, not unlike the Southern tradition of Sunday dinner after church, invites everyone to embrace the journey of life and learn through the eyes and creativity of local Black artists. This Harlem Renaissance-style exhibition is intended to build cultural bridges (not walls) between different communities. Proceeds from artwork sales directly benefit local artists and support the Council’s mission to grow arts and culture in Palm Beach County.

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

All in the Details Laurie Duncan has been painting and drawing for as long as she can remember, but it didn’t become her full-time gig until several years ago. She was working as a fashion designer when she noticed “corporate America” was starting to take the fun out of her creative process, so she began painting outside of work. “As I started to share my artwork more and get commissioned projects from friends and family, I realized that art was making me truly happy,” says the England native who now calls Hollywood Beach home. While she has a natural talent for fashion illustrations, Duncan has evolved her portfolio to include

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large-scale works in multiple mediums. She’s best known for her watercolor botanical paintings on canvas, noting that her palettes are “heavily influenced by the pastels and happy colors that I discover around Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and the Art Deco District in Miami.” In addition to a selection of art prints and original paintings, Duncan offers custom pet and human portraits. “They are always such a pleasure to work on, as it’s such a special keepsake or gift to give loved ones,” she says. Duncan also enjoys creating bespoke, hand-painted items like basketballs, footballs, and surfboards, and recently launched a series of sports legend portrait paintings. “They’re a great alternative to traditional framed paintings and make a beautiful statement when styled in a home.” (laurieduncanart.com)

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24/SEVEN DESIGN INSPO

LIVING GREEN

CREATE RESORT-INSPIRED SPACES AT HOME WITH FERNANDO WONG

l Play with texture. Use various colors, shapes, and textures to create a dynamic landscape that feels elegant and luxurious, like your own private resort. Be mindful of sunlight. Some plants enjoy full sun more than others, so make sure you choose ones that can handle the Florida heat. Consider seasonality. Choosing plantings that bloom in different seasons will make sure your space stays green and vibrant all year long. Embrace the beach. For beachfront properties, be sure to select plants that can withstand salt air and ocean winds.

COLOR WHEEL

CASA CHIC When Pantone released its trend forecast for 2021, the color-focused institute decided that two is better than one, selecting Ultimate Gray and Illuminating as its colors of the year. “Not only are they a great color pairing for home decor and beyond, but they also represent a sense of calmness and harmony,” says Alena Capra of Alena Capra Design in Fort Lauderdale. “Since 2020 was such a challenging year, this color pairing reminds me of the sunshine after a storm. There is something powerful and beautiful about them together.” With unending ways to mix and match the colors, we turned to Capra for advice on how to incorporate this duo into the home. (alenacapradesigns.com) 16

Fernando Wong is making urban green living a reality. The renowned landscape architect’s local portfolio includes Soho Beach House, the Institute of Contemporary Art Museum’s sculpture garden, and the Residences at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club in Miami. He’s also helping buyers of the Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale transform their rooftop decks, terraces, and balconies into green lounges. With a bit of imagination, you can convert a corner of your home into a place of relaxation and connect with nature. Here, Wong shares a few tips on how to execute a resortinspired retreat. (fernandowongold.com) —Juliana Accioli.

Outdoors Capra says Ultimate Gray works well as a neutral upholstery for exterior furnishings. Smaller accent pieces can bring in a pop of yellow. Think: garden stools, pillows, chairs, or as part of a pattern in an outdoor carpet. Take it one step further with pool towels in Illuminating. Bedrooms Work gray into bedding, upholstery, and area rugs. A nice way to bring in Illuminating, she says, is through small pillows, accent upholstery, and wall art. “I also think this color combo is perfect for kids’ rooms,” says Capra, who recently designed a room for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. “I paired a bold yellow accent wall with three lighter gray walls and brought in two-toned carpet tiles similar to Ultimate Gray.” Kitchen/Bath Capra recommends incorporating gray into floor tile, cabinetry on an accent island, or as the tone of a backsplash when paired with white cabinets. She also notes that gray is great for countertops, with quartz and natural stone options available in solid gray or with gray veining. Introduce some yellow to kitchen countertops with a stand mixer or through plates, mugs, or trays. Bath and hand towels in Illuminating can be a beautiful accent in the bathroom. For more color and pattern, Capra suggests adding removable wallpaper.

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24/SEVEN CULTURE

Estate WONDERS

Discover what life was like on a beachfront estate in the 1930s and ’40s with a visit to the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. This season’s programming is filled with art, music, watercolors, and more. To start, make plans for either a self-guided tour of the 25-acre property using a mobile app featuring recorded information about each room (available Tuesday through Sunday), or opt for a guided tour with a docent who can share insightful details (available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays). Groups of nine will be allowed on each docent-led tour and tickets must be purchased in advance. In addition, be sure to check out a variety of events, workshops, and more. Below, we break down two highlights. (bonnethouse.org)

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WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP From March 3 through April 7, join fine artist and watercolorist Karen Eskesen to learn about the traditional techniques of realism in watercolor and line drawing. Participants will also get free time to paint in the courtyard and gardens to cull even more inspiration.

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ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP Beginning March 4, Bonnie Opie will host an acrylic painting workshop covering the basic principles of acrylic painting. The six-week session concludes April 8 and will also include time to paint in the courtyard and gardens.

ART AFOOT

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Right Angle Productions have created an interactive outdoor experience based on one of the biggest art crimes in history. Hosted Tuesday through Sunday from March 16 to April 4, “Art Heist” invites locals to act as detectives in a socially distanced true crime show. Groups move through five walkable and wheelchair accessible locations downtown to gather clues from actors portraying a slew of roles. The show culminates with a memorable ending featuring a social media component and the unmasking of “The Greatest Art Thief of All Time.” (browardcenter.org) 18

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24/SEVEN Q&A

HISTORY MAKER

Kim Ng is more than ready to begin her new job as general manager of the Miami Marlins By Linda Marx Last fall, the Miami Marlins’ CEO and part-owner Derek Jeter announced that the team would be hiring Kim Ng as general manager of the Magic City’s Major League Baseball (MLB) team. The move was an historic breakthrough, and Ng, 52 (and the second GM of Asian descent), has proved she is well-qualified for the role. She brings 30 years’ experience as a baseball executive with MLB teams like the Chicago White Sox (1990-1996), the New York Yankees (1998-2001), and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-2011). The University of Chicago alumna, who played college softball for four years, was formerly MLB’s senior vice president of operations. In her new position, Ng will be the Marlins’ head decision-maker responsible for negotiating contracts, making trades, running the team’s draft, and staying on top of everything necessary to run a successful team.

FLI: How did your experience working in the MLB central office help you better understand how teams operate? NG: This was my second stint in the central office interestingly enough, having served as director of waivers and records for the American League Office in 1997. When clubs call the central office, they are generally seeking help. Through those conversations and observing their decision-making process, I was able to gain a broad understanding of some of their inner workings and how the club/personnel think and operate, which served as a great learning opportunity. What gave you the confidence to continue looking for a GM job over the years? I’m not sure it was about confidence, as much as it was about persistence. The only thing I did know was that I wouldn’t get the job if I didn’t try. What part of your upbringing made you march to your own drum, and how has empowerment made you stronger? I think the time I grew up in was incredibly impact-

ful: It was the 1970s, and many women at that time, including my mother, were finding themselves and finding their voices, and that meant not necessarily being limited to traditional gender roles of the time. I remember thinking from the time I was 4 or 5 years old that if something didn’t make sense, as long as it wasn’t hurtful, it should be questioned, and that applied to many social norms. I was not going to let others’ opinions of me, or what they thought I should do, define me. How have your parents played an important role in your life? My parents and their parents were the very typical immigrant story: They came to this country looking for a better existence and took nothing

From above: Kim Ng is Major League Baseball’s first female GM, and the fifth person to lead the Marlins’ baseball operations; Marlins Park.

for granted. That mindset was instilled in me as a kid and I have carried it with me my entire life. They always wanted more for me than what they had, and to achieve more than they had. I’ve tried not to disappoint them Have you always loved playing sports? Always. I was the kid that was perpetually dirty with scabs on my knees from either playing some kind of sport or having some type of competition (with others or myself). Even if there was no one around, I would throw a ball against the stoop or play handball against the chimney, trying to perfect my shots. I was that kid. And, even as an adult, it’s hard for me to walk into a room that has a ball and not pick it up and start playing with it.

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3 Ways to Build a SUSTAINABLE Home

From fending off floods to tapping into environmentally friendly energy sources, creating a home that’s in sync with its South Florida surroundings is easy as 1-2-3 By Skye Sherman Building a “future-ready” home isn’t just about smart appliances and high-tech features; prioritizing sustainability is a key piece of the puzzle. “Greening homes in Fort Lauderdale and across the globe is essential to lessen the climate-change impacts our city is already experiencing,” says Glen Hadwen, sustainability manager at the City of Fort Lauderdale. “Changes small and large, from installing LED light bulbs to solar panels, all play a part.” Achieving sustainability in South Florida—with its low elevation, porous geology, humid climate, endangered species, and air rich with sunshine and salt—comes with challenges but is especially important to our delicate environment. Here are some steps you can take to construct a greener home.

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WORK WITH NATURE Use biomimicry—designing the way nature designs—as your guide. Aim for minimal site disturbance and maximum green space; work with what you’ve got to create a space that complements or even regenerates (rather than depletes) the environment. “Check local zoning and figure out first what you’re

allowed to do, then look at sustainable strategies and figure out what’s best to do,” recommends Griffin Morris, president of AIA Fort Lauderdale and senior project manager at Strang—an integrated architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm. Account for the threat of climate change, he advises, especially in coastal communities—new builds can employ techniques like elevating the first floor to mitigate potential flooding. “On a new home build, zoning in South Florida typically requires us to use a base flood elevation (how high the ground can be) and a design flood elevation (how high the first floor of the home must be),” he explains. “Sometimes there’s an option for an understory, a covered area below the design flood elevation, usually limited to a garage or enclosed stair. Other zoning areas may require that you add retaining walls and raise the grade on your property.” With Florida’s sea level rising as much as an inch every three years, according to NOAA tidal station data, factoring nature’s upcoming shifts into construction plans is crucial. Victor Caban-Diaz, owner/principal of Building Ingenuity, adds that when designing a home, minimizing floor-to-ceiling windows on southern facades allows for indirect rather than direct sunlight to penetrate your home. “This helps keep the house cool,” he says. “The sun in South Florida rises and falls to the south of all buildings, which means all walls

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is inhospitable to sea creatures, “living” seawalls provide crannies and crevices in which fish and filter-feeders can take up residence, cleaning and nourishing the ecosystem of local waterways as they go. Where possible, it’s best to cultivate a selfsustaining natural shoreline.

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OLD HOME, NEW TRICKS If you’re looking to green up the home you have, you’ve got options

• Join a Broward County solar co-op to draw power from sunshine at a lower price. • Fort Lauderdale residents can participate in the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which incentivizes energy-efficient and hurricane-resilient improvements such as impactresistant windows, HVAC replacements, and solar panel installations, providing as much as 100 percent of the upfront funding. • Pocketbook perk: The Broward Water Partnership’s Conservation Pays program offers free low-flow aerators and showerheads as well as $100 rebates for eligible replacements of older, water-inefficient toilets. • Contact a local plumber to install a heat-pump water heater, which draws ambient heat from our ever-warm air instead of generating heat, lowering operating costs and energy consumption.

facing south get direct beams of sunlight, which are the hottest.” To further lessen your impact, utilize native plants and permeable pavement, and plant trees: Contributing to the tree canopy not only helps the planet, but the added shade keeps your home cooler naturally, resulting in energy savings. Other examples of biomimicry in action take a page from self-cleaning plants like the hydrophobic lotus to develop a glass that “self-cleans” every time it rains, conserving energy (and window-washing costs); a recently built LEED Platinum-certified home in Texas is outfitted with a roof that relies on “thermosyphon ventilated” technology similar to the way temperature is regulated inside termite mounds. Homes can even be designed to manage 100 percent of stormwater runoff, repurposing the “gray water” to irrigate landscaping.

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Achieving home sustainability requires an exacting look at the very materials you’re using to construct your abode. Seek out non-toxic and ecologically responsible building materials, such as natural finishes that are sustainably harvested, renewable, or even recycled; rammed-earth walls and wool insulation are also solid options that are light on both the earth and your home. Moreover, ensure your materials are not harmful to your family nor your surroundings. Recent developments include plywood that can be manufactured with an amino acid produced by the blue mussel mollusk, thus free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are noxious chemicals emitted from many materials commonly used for interiors. Beachfront homes can use specially tinted “turtle glass” to protect against harmful light pollution that draws sea turtles inland, away from the ocean.

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And instead of relying on the carbon-heavy global supply chain, “wherever possible, install finishes sourced from local manufacturers to lessen energy consumption from transporting materials from far locations,” says Caban-Diaz. Plus, locally grown materials are naturally suited to quirks of the local climate. As you build, shoot for Green Home Standard certification by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC).

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CHOOSE THE RIGHT ROOF Choosing a roofing option that can lower the amount of heat your home absorbs and maximize the green potential of your space depends on your roof’s angle, the structure supporting it, local code, and your budget. “Don’t neglect the view from above,” advises Max Strang, founder of Strang. “Beauty can come in the form of solar photovoltaic, planted roofs, and robust tree canopies,” he says. Planted roofs are either intensive, using a deep layer of soil to support plant life that can make your roof look like a planted yard, or extensive, which uses a tray system with a thinner layer of soil. Plant options for the latter are smaller, but they weigh less and are easier to install and repair. “Both systems help reduce heat gain from the sun (radiation) and the outside air (convection),” adds Morris. Strang sometimes sets the second floor of a home back farther than the first floor, installing a green roof in the resulting space to give residents privacy and a connection to nature. Also popular are solar roofs—covered in photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight directly into electricity. Tesla solar tiles can pay for themselves through the energy they harvest; you can monitor your real-time energy production and control your system remotely through the Tesla app. Pair it with a Powerwall, Tesla’s home battery that stores the energy your tiles produce, for backup protection in case of outages. Alternatives include blue roofs, which store rainfall and then gradually release it, and cool roofs, which reflect sunlight to reduce the transfer of heat to the building. Caban-Diaz also advises using light-colored tiles on sloping roofs. “Dark colors absorb heat that transfers into the home and causes more work for your air conditioning units,” he says. « FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | MARCH 2021

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1. Multicolor shape screens (custom order/price upon request), Hayley Sheldon, hayleysheldon.com | 2. The Haas that Jess Built enamel snake wrap ring in lilac (price upon request), Jessica McCormack & The Haas Brothers, jessicamccormack.com | 3. Large Marianne necklace from The Reflections collection inspired by artist Frank Stella, featuring diamonds, stone, pink opal, carnelian, amethyst, blue and yellow chalcedony, rainbow moonstone, and 18-karat gold (price upon request), Brent Neale, brentneale.com | 4. California Dream fragrance in a bottle designed by Los Angeles artist Alex Israel ($265), Louis Vuitton, louisvuitton.com | 5. Custom acrylic tray (custom order/price upon request), Edie Parker, edie-parker.com | 6. Flutterflies signature capsule collection for Spring/Summer 2021 designed in collaboration with American illustrator and pop artist Donald Robertson (individual pieces price upon request), Weekend Max Mara, weekendmaxmara.com

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FASHION-FORWARD PIECES INSPIRED BY OR DESIGNED WITH ARTISTS By Katherine Lande

AKRIS SPRING/ SUMMER 2021 This collection, a collaboration with Imi Knoebel, showcases the German artist’s geometric shapes.

AVANTE GARDE Blue angel Anouk handbag with detachable strap ($1,290), Akris, Miami, akris.com

STYLE NOTES GALLERIST: Artist creations become fashionable collector’s items. EXPRESSIONISM: Abstract prints and structural shapes make bold statements. COLOR 101: Opt for accessories in vivid hues or graphic black and white.

ANIMAL KINGDOM Lion and Bird drop earrings ($1,635), Grainne Morton, grainnemorton.co.uk

COMIC COUTURE Dessus Dessous Wow bangle ($780), Hermès, Aventura, hermes.com

FANCY FLORALS Ken Scott print Gucci 1955 Horsebit top-handle bag ($2,500), Gucci, Aventura, gucci.com NEON LIGHTS Printed fabric handbag ($1,975), Chanel, Aventura, chanel.com

SKY HIGH Structural sandals ($2,990), Bottega Veneta, Miami, bottegaveneta.com

FIT TO PRINT Dior Zodiac Mitzah black and white silk twill scarf ($230), Dior, Miami, dior.com

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1. FLY AWAY HOME Girl Up Collection Flight necklace with blue sapphire doves set in sterling silver and sapphire beads, $420, a portion of proceeds benefits the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up initiative. (girlupcollection.com) 2. GREEN DREAM Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti mesh bib necklace in 18-karat gold with a tumbled bead emerald, $35,000. Tiffany & Co. locations (tiffany.com) 3. COMING UP ROSES Sydney Evan bracelet with morganite beads and a carved rose quartz stone point charm with diamonds set in 14-karat rose gold, $805. Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour (neimanmarcus.com) 4. BABY BLUE Chantecler Bon Bon earrings with turquoise and diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold, $11,305. (hamiltonjewelers.com) 5. FRINGE BENEFITS Lagos Caviar Gold tassel ring on a Caviar band with diamonds set in 18-karat gold, $1,950. Bloomingdale’s, Aventura (bloomingdales.com) 6. NAME CHECK Tateossian Quadro ID bracelet with diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold, $11,925. Saks Fifth Avenue locations (saksfifthavenue.com) 7. FLORAL TAPESTRY Silvia Furmanovich beaded bracelet with rubies, diamonds, porcelain beads, and 18-karat gold, price upon request. (silviafurmanovich.com) 8. GLITZY GRAPES Provident Jewelry earrings with ruby briolettes and diamonds set in 18-karat white gold, $11,995. Provident Jewelry locations (providentjewelry.com) 9. ORGANIC ELEGANCE Tamara Comolli Coconut small bracelet with ocean jasper beads set in 18-karat gold, $8,270. Carrazza Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale (carrazzajewelers.com)

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Welcome warmer spring days with a fresh face featuring shimmering corals and terra cottas: Flower Beauty Watercolor Eye Tint in Sunset Wash ($10, flowerbeauty.com); Chanel Fleurs de Printemps Blush and Highlighter Duo ($70, Chanel); Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Terracotta ($32, Nordstrom); Lancôme Lash Idôle Mascara ($26, Sephora); Deborah Koepper Molten Powders for Eyes and Cheeks in Rosy Apricot ($40), Vibrant Lipstick in After Party ($30), and Baked Blush in Rose Gold ($35, Deborah Koepper Beauty, Palm Beach). —Abigail Duffy

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In a time when bucket-list trips feel out of reach, start planning an experiential Tanzania safari for the future, exploring all corners of the Serengeti and heeding our most current insider tips

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LOOK FORWARD TO ALL THAT’S NEW ON THE SERENGETI SAFARI CIRCUIT. Remarkably, 2020 blessed us with some of the Serengeti’s most stunning accommodations to date. Of note, the much-loved Singita Sabora Tented Camp (singita.com), a crown jewel of Singita Grumeti Reserve in the western Serengeti, re-debuted in November 2020 after a year-long closure, showing off a brand-new facility built from the ground up. Sabora Tented Camp 2.0 is a masterpiece of light-on-Earth, transitional indoor-outdoor space, with profound wellness elements woven into a minimalist, African-indebted aesthetic. Each of the nine canvas-topped tents reveals expansive open floor plans, framed by alternating glass and mesh screens, allowing the sights, sounds, and breezes of the savanna to remain present at all times. Rooms are strewn with custom leather furnishings, from nightstands to folding tables to hanging bathroom mirrors fastened to thick, handsome belts. A private meditation deck, outdoor shower, alfresco living area, and comfy daybed facilitate restorative days of yoga, reading, contemplation, and unapologetic relaxation in the heart of the Tanzanian bush.

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Clockwise from above: The refreshed lounge at Sayari Camp; an epic daytime leopard sighting at Sayari camp; overlooking the Tanzanian bush with Serengeti Balloon Safaris; safari from the pool at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.

Up in the northern Serengeti, Asilia Africa’s Sayari Camp (asiliaafrica.com) reopened following a comprehensive refurbishment. The pioneering property, best known for its role in fostering a conservation economy in a former poaching hot spot, sports a new look courtesy of celebrated designer Caline Williams-Wynn. The 15-tent camp pays homage to its setting: Kuria people of the northern Serengeti are depicted in original artworks, the color palette is inspired by the surrounding topography, and beaded Maasai soft goods adorn rooms. Situated near the Mara River, the location here is also tops; wildebeest and zebra abound during annual migrations—and apex predators tend to follow. The Gran Meliá Arusha (melia.com) is another welcomed addition to the Serengeti safari circuit. Nestled between Kilimanjaro and Arusha airports, this comfort-rich, hypermodern hotel—rooftop bar included—gives safari-goers a world-class place to rest their heads in between their international arrival and next-day domestic departures.

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SAFARI IN THE WATER AND UP IN THE AIR. While on safari, FOMO (fear of missing out) is unavoidable: Every trip in that Land Rover could yield another blockbuster wildlife sighting, so it’s off to the vehicle you go! Yet oftentimes there’s plenty of action right at the lodge, where it’s entirely possible to safari from, say, the comfort of the swimming pool. At the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti (fourseasons.com/serengeti), for example, the infinity pool overlooks a sprawling watering hole frequented by elephants, giraffes, zebra, baboon, buffalo, and more. Enjoy surreal days watching Planet Earth unfold while half-submerged, cocktail in hand. Take things up a notch by selecting a “Terrace Suite Water Hole View” as your preferred accommodations and admire a similar view from the privacy of your own en-suite pool. Don’t miss the vantage point from up in the air, either, with Serengeti Balloon Safaris (balloonsafaris.com). The classic experience delivers incomparable dronelike panoramas of the East African bush and the wildlife that thrives therein. With four locations throughout the Serengeti—northern, western, central, and southern— the skies are always within reach from your lodge, and each locale promises its own magical sights.

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MEET THE CATS OF THE UNTOUCHED EASTERN SERENGETI. From 1994 to 2014, much of the eastern Serengeti—and its iconic short-grass plains—remained off limits to tourism as part of a concerted effort to protect dwindling numbers of big cats (namely cheetah) and provide a safe haven for repopulation efforts. Once the region was reintegrated into the National Park circuit, eco-conscious operator Asilia Africa (asiliaafrica.com) planted roots in this prime predator real estate. Fast-forward to present day, and Asilia’s tented camp, Namiri Plains, stands as the superlative place within the Serengeti to see African cats, big and small. A recent visit to Namiri Plains lived up to the hype. I counted a minimum of six cheetah encounters daily, with one jumping right into our vehicle. I marveled at interactions among lion cubs, including the progeny of famed lions Bob and Ziggy, known for their size, strength, and massive black and blond manes, respectively. I witnessed rare daylight sightings of caracals and servals, even catching a glimpse of two melanistic serval kittens. The camp itself also impressed as one of the Serengeti’s best. Transformed in 2019 from its humbler origins, Namiri Plains is now a collection of 10 solar-powered tents and tricked-out common areas, all crafted from ancient sedimentary rock, resulting in a fabulous, fossil-chic vibe. With outdoor salas in each tent and prolific design-forward spaces along the Ngare Nanyuki riverbed, there are ample swoonworthy spots for reflecting on the day’s adrenalinefilled, feline-forward adventures.

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Below from left: Hominid skulls on display and a culture-filled dinner at Boma Grill at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.

SEEK OUT THE ARTS AND CULTURE IN THE BUSH. While wildlife will always be the main draw of a Serengeti safari, many properties are going the extra mile to showcase the region’s artistic and cultural assets. Case in point: the aforementioned Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, home to the likes of an artist-in-residence program, an inspiring Discovery Center, and Boma Grill, a restaurant that celebrates Maasai culture through performance and Tanzanian culture through cuisine. During the year, eight up-and-coming artists complete residencies between two weeks and two months long, painting new works and interacting with guests daily in a studio near the main bar. The Discovery Center is part museum, part lecture theater, with artifacts from across Tanzania, including hominid fossils from Olduvai Gorge, and documentaries screened twice nightly. At Boma Grill, immerse in the authentic song and dance of the Maasai while sampling typical Tanzanian mainland dishes such as savory banana soup and seafood-centric cuisine from Zanzibar like coconut prawn curry. FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | MARCH 2021

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From left: The elusive serval at Namiri Plains; the luxurious yet understated accommodations at Singita Sabora Tented Camp.

WEIGH THE RISKS VERSUS THE REWARDS OF TRAVELING NOW. Tanzania and its safari lodges are currently open to international visitors and have been since May 2020. With tourism at recent lows, a lack of human presence (and those pesky vehicles that accompany it) have permitted an unparalleled regeneration within Serengeti National Park and its peripheral reserves. Now, the animal sightings rank arguably the best in recent decades. As one who has ventured on 23 safaris in as many years, my expedition last Novem-

ber topped them all. Coveted action sequences typically reserved for television specials, such as leopards mating in daylight, back-to-back cheetah kills, and face-offs between giraffes and lions, are currently happening in real time, all the time. Suffice to say, those who feel comfortable traveling to the Serengeti now will witness what few get to see: Nature completely ruling Africa’s heartland. Nevertheless, if late 2021or 2022 feels more logical and responsible, an epic safari still awaits—the Serengeti never disappoints. «

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Recline and relax in the business-jet luxury of the new Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 By Howard Walker

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What does the sweet smell of success actually smell like? When it permeates the interior of Mercedes’ stunning new $160,000 flagship SUV—the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4Matic—it’s the flowery, light aroma of white osmanthus blossom, rounded off by a gentle leather note, with a hint of spicy tea. The olfactory-minded team at Mercedes-Benz created this unique fragrance to spritz the cabin of the hedonistic GLS 600. Here is a super-luxe business jet on wheels to challenge the likes of Bentley’s Bentayga, Range Rover’s SV Autobiography, and BMW’s Alpina XB7. And while it was developed from the Alabama-built, full-size Mercedes GLS 4x4 (prices from $76,000) it’s a different animal altogether. Just look at the thing: It has more bling than Liberace at his most flamboyant, Vegas best. It oozes opulence, from its flashy chrome grille to its shimmery-mesh air intake, from those towering polished rims to that gorgeous two-tone paint. While the exterior will rotate heads from Worth Avenue to Rodeo Drive, the interior is the exclamation point. Climb into the back—helped by self-lowering suspension—and settle into rear thrones that recline aircraft-style, with elevating footrests, built-in calf and back massagers, heaters, coolers, and pillows as headrests. A compartment between the seats can chill a bottle of Champagne and there are even a couple of flutes—for drinking, not playing—at your disposal. To serenade you while you imbibe, the state-of-theart Burmester 3D surround-sound system boasts 27 speakers and 1,590 watts of auditory bliss. Arguably the biggest thrill of this mighty Maybach is the way it drives. Its power comes courtesy of a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that

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PRICE: FROM $160,500 ENGINE: 4.0-LITER TWINTURBO V-8 POWER: 550 HP TORQUE: 538 LB-FT TRANSMISSION: 9-SPEED AUTOMATIC 0-60: 4.8 SECONDS TOP SPEED: 150 MPH LENGTH/WIDTH: 204/80 INCHES WEIGHT: 6,085 POUNDS WHY WE LOVE IT: BECAUSE IT FOCUSES ON COMFORT AND REFINEMENT WITHOUT SACRIFICING DRIVING ENJOYMENT

packs a robust 550 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. Add to this Mercedes’ EQ Boost 48-volt mild-hybrid system, which can rustle up 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of additional thrust. Pedal to the metal, you’ll hit 60 mph from standstill in a mere 4.8 seconds. Perhaps even more impressive is the way this 6,000-pound beauty seemingly defies physics and behaves like a sports sedan through the curves. The key here is the Maybach’s E-Active Body Control, which allows it to lean into a curve, much like a motorcycle, to reduce any top-heavy sensation for those inside. Couple this with air suspension that delivers a magic carpet ride, front cameras

that prep the suspension to absorb lumps and bumps, and truly impressive tire grip to arrive at a vehicle that is an absolute delight to drive. Okay, not all is perfect. With the rear seats now positioned 4.7 inches farther back to increase legroom (the third row has been jettisoned entirely) plus their inability to fold, luggage space is minuscule at best. Picking up friends from the airport? Better book an Uber for their bags. Here’s the dilemma: Do you go with the Mercedes-Maybach 600 GLS or the newly refreshed 2021 Bentley Bentayga? Tough call. Both have a comparable base price, similar V-8 power, and the same single-minded focus on luxury—though the Maybach definitely has the cooler rear seats. But with its interior aroma of white osmanthus blossom, the Maybach just might win by a nose. «

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Seven Seas Yachts’ stunning HERMES SPEEDSTER is a Porsche for the seas By Howard Walker For aficionados of classic automobiles, the 1954 Porsche Speedster stands out as an icon. “King of Cool” Steve McQueen used to race one. So did James Dean. It’s the reason you can now expect to pay upward of a quarter of a million dollars to put one in your garage. It’s no wonder then that UK-based Seven Seas Yachts used the Porsche’s quirky yet instantly recognizable lines as the inspiration for its achingly gorgeous Hermes Speedster runabout. The Porsche Speedster design cues are hard to miss—from that curvy windshield to the chrome-ringed retro gauges and twin meshed air intakes set in the rear sun pad. As for that

Hermes name, it comes from the ancient Greek god rather than the fancy fashion brand. That being said, the quality is certainly up there with that of the French couturier. Seven Seas, which maintains a U.S. headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, has been building this rakish 22-footer since 2017. Until recently, the main power source was a 155-horsepower Rotax airplane engine utilizing a Waverunnerlike water jet. It’s a combo that can skim the Speedster across the water at a zippy 45 mph. These days, however, the builder is aiming to appeal to more environmentally conscious boaters with its zero-emission, all-electric

version, the Speedster E. It comes with a 100kW electric motor juiced by a 30-kW-hour battery pack to deliver a top speed of 36 mph. Throttle back and, at 6 mph, it’ll run in stealthy silence for up to nine hours on a single charge. Regardless of whether you select gas or electric, the level of craftsmanship is just astonishing. Every piece of trim, every switch, every fitting is handmade. I love the Art Deco–style stereo, with its wave-patterned stainless-steel facing plate that hinges downward from the dash at the touch of a button. That, and the beautiful Italian Moto-Lita wood-rimmed helm with its polished spokes and shiny rivets.

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The teak-soled cockpit boasts seating for five, including two hip-hugging buckets and a rear seat that’s extra deep for lounging. And just so you don’t forget the runabout’s roots, there’s a gold-plated “Speedster” badge on the dash and cockpit sides in the same typeface used for the classic Porsche. For a little protection from the sun, or when an afternoon shower rolls through, just flip forward the folding canvas top which, again, is Porsche-inspired. As for the design of the glass hull, there’s hardly a straight line. And never forgetting the Porsche connection, the rear looks oh so similar to that of the four-wheeled Speedster. There’s no shortage of substance to balance all this style either. Seven Seas’ patented “Amfihull” design is said to do away with the typical speedboat characteristic of the bow pointing skyward as the boat leaps onto the plane. Instead, the Hermes maintains a near-horizontal attitude as speed increases. Its low center of gravity also gives it excep-

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tional stability when making tight turns. It’s not a big boat—just 22 feet bow to swimplatformed stern, and a slender 5 feet, 9 inches in the beam. But tipping the scales at 1,500 pounds makes it a breeze to tow behind your road-going Porsche. That water jet sprouting from the transom also keeps the boat’s draught in check. It’ll run in seas less than a foot deep, meaning it’s ideal for Florida’s shallow waters.

Of course, all this craftsmanship and quality doesn’t come cheap. A Rotax-powered Hermes Speedster will set you back around $188,000, while the electric-powered Speedster E stickers at $269,000. Both come lavishly equipped with no options to add. As for pulling up outside the yacht club or your favorite dockside eatery in a red Hermes Speedster? That’s priceless. «

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Shawn Smith-Myers’ Fort Lauderdale home incorporates the beauty of the outdoors into a home that is perfect for entertaining family and friends By Michelle Havich You can find a lot of things on a golf course—random balls, perhaps a club or two, a variety of South Florida reptiles. If you’re lucky, you can find your dream home. That is what happened to Shawn Smith-Myers nine years ago. Her father, Phil Smith, was golfing at Fort Lauderdale’s Coral Ridge Country Club, which he had purchased in 2005, when he noticed the house for sale on the course and called Shawn. “We were the first people to see it. We made an offer and got it,” 42

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The family’s home weaves in a neutral palette and natural materials to create an open environment that brings the outdoors in.

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Clockwise from top: The remodeled living room opens up into the updated kitchen; an abstract piece of art hangs above the fireplace; the formal dining room offers a seating area overlooking the pool and golf course.

projects for several years. The result is a casual, fun, and livable space, perfect for Shawn, Charlie, their daughter Cali, 11, and their dogs Piper and Woody. Shawn also has a son, John, 24, and a daughter, Kaelin, 20. Using a neutral palette and natural materials with pops of blues and greens, they achieved an open environment that brings the outdoors in. The house is coastal without being overly beachy. All of the furniture is comfortable, yet durable enough to stand up to kids, dogs, family, and friends.

“The woven texture of the window shades, the rough texture of the floor, and the more natural blues and greens I wanted to work into the space, so that the golf course view kind of became part of the house and the house became part of the golf course view,” says Dawn. One room where the golf course view blends in is the master bedroom. “It’s architecturally just filled with light,” says Dawn. “Two walls are floor-to-ceiling glass and [with] these older ranches in Coral Ridge, you don’t get that.” Sheer green floral drapes flutter behind

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Clockwise from above: The bar is a popular hangout for adults; blue hues and lighthouse artwork complement the breakfast nook; natural materials and colors add earthiness to the home office.

blue leather chairs, creating a cozy seating area by the windows. Color is introduced throughout the house with accent walls in shades of blue and green, throw pillows, area rugs, and art. An original abstract piece over the fireplace was created by local artist Jennifer Haley, who coincidentally graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School with Shawn. “She came and looked at my house and made [the painting] specifically for the colors in the house,” says Shawn. The layout of the main area of the house was opened up, so living spaces blend together. That required a bit of construction, with a steel beam installed in the ceiling in order to remove two columns that were in the dining area, so it could be opened up into the living room. The bar area is open to the formal dining room, and is a popular place for adults to hang out, with a seating area that overlooks the pool and golf course. “We’re not that formal, so it’s just a good space for entertaining,” says Shawn. “There are areas where the kids can go, and the living room/bar area where the adults can hang out. The kids can be in the TV room, or back in my daughter’s room, or outside. There are just so many different areas, so you’re not on top of one another.” Cali’s room has an adjacent TV room accented with a beautiful wave mural, and is the one room that breaks away from the neutral palette of the rest of the house. The walls are a pale dove gray,

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Clockwise from above: the master bedroom is bright and airy; Cali’s workspace; her bedroom is painted a dove gray with a leaf-patterned accent wall.

but the accent wall in the bedroom is covered in an oversized black-and-white, leafy wallpaper, while the curtains, rug, and bedding are bold shades of green and turquoise. Fun “tween” touches in the suite include a round, suspended chair in the TV room and a furry bench at the foot of the bed. “Thankfully, Dawn had redone my daughter’s room pre-COVID, and there was a good workspace in there for her,” says Shawn. “We didn’t have to scramble and find a desk or find a place to do her work.” The workspace is highlighted with mini chandeliers and a sequined backing on Cali’s chair. Shawn’s favorite space is the kitchen, which was the first room they remodeled along with the family room. “I love the look of the kitchen,” she says. “I like to cook, and with the seating around the island, people can be sitting there while I am cooking and it’s open into the family room, so you can talk to everyone.” During COVID, Shawn has been cooking more than usual. “I have watched a lot of cooking blogs and have tried to recreate

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a healthier version of some of our favorite meals.” While the family doesn’t really go many places right now, Shawn is involved with the family’s business, the Phil Smith Automotive Group, where Charlie is a senior partner. Shawn also is on the board of the Phil & Susan Smith Family Foundation with her mother, Susan, and assists in fundraising for her daughter’s school and the Humane Society of Broward County. She has chaired the annual Angel PAWS luncheon with Susan for nine years. “Our family has been involved with the Humane Society for as long as I can remember,” says Shawn, “and we have also adopted several of our pets from there.” Plans for the 2021 Angel PAWS event are still being finalized, and the show will, in a way, go on. “We ob

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viously won’t be able to do the luncheon like we do every year,” she says. Plans include an online auction of gently used handbags, along with a possible virtual fashion show. “It’s not going to be the same, so we’re not going to even try to make it the same.” While the whole world is not the same for now, family remains the constant for Shawn. “It has been nice because we are able to spend more time with the kids,” she says. “We try to go for night time bike rides, or boating a little more as a family.” Also a constant: home renovations. “We have the master bath left, and then I think we’re done,” Shawn says, laughing. “I’ll never be done, especially according to my husband.” «

The 4,500-squarefoot home overlooks Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale.

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Lofty Goals Michelle DiMarco transforms Fort Lauderdale’s Lilac and Lilies Loft—and her home—to reflect a sense of substance and style By Linda Marx Photography by Ian Jacob Michelle DiMarco, 40, fell in love with fashion at an early age by exploring her mother’s closet. Today, she owns Lilac and Lilies Boutique in Fort Lauderdale. Recently rebranded as an interactive warehouse space called The Lilac and Lilies Loft, the boutique offers unique designer apparel, accessories, and beauty products geared to the cosmopolitan customer. Raised in New Port Richey and Boca Raton by a single mother from Cuba, DiMarco says she enjoyed a healthy independence, especially in recognizing her roots and culture, and in the changing world of fashion. As a young girl, she remembers playing dress-up. “I would invite my friends over after school, and we hosted our own fashion shows,” she recalls. “Mom dressed me in kooky skirts, cute jeans, and put my hair in pigtails. I knew then that I wanted a fashion career of some sort, and I have always loved street style.” In 2009, DiMarco launched Lilac and Lilies, a brick-andmortar fashion boutique specializing in fashion-forward trends and styles for the chic contemporary woman. Her first location was in Lauderdale-by-the Sea. “I have been shopping at Lilac and Lilies since Michelle opened the store,” says customer Kym Klein. “I hate shopping but love going there because everyone is so helpful. They put together outfits for me because they know the inventory and what I need to look my best. It is a special

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place where I can buy clothing and accessories to wear all over Fort Lauderdale.” The store’s unique inventory plays off of DiMarco’s world view and travel experiences. “I visited wherever I could, including Ghana, Thailand, and Shanghai. Travel has helped me grow my business and select merchandise that is appropriate for the needs of my customers,” says DiMarco. “I love how visiting new places awakens me to the world and changes my thinking after seeing how others live.”

Her thought process is what guides her as she hand-selects brands to include in her inventory—like L*Space resortwear (bathing suits, loungewear), Blank NYC (apparel, including denim), ASTR The Label (dresses, bodysuits, tops, bottoms, jumpsuits), itGirl (young and trendy), and Veronica M (maxi dresses, jumpsuits). “I look for great quality, on trend, and affordable price points,” says DiMarco, who took Lilac and Lilies to the next level in 2011 when she opened a larger boutique on Sunrise Boulevard across from The Galleria

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I love how visiting new places awakens me to the world and changes my thinking after seeing how others live.”

at Fort Lauderdale. Customer Dr. Barbie Fiallo says DiMarco goes out of her way to carry well-made brands that are on trend. “Last year, I bought a dress for New Year’s Eve that was filled with glitter and exactly what I was looking for,” she says. “Even better, you can look up Lilac and Lilies on Instagram, find something you like, call, and they will find the size and get it right away.” Tracy Reierson loves shopping at Lilac and Lilies because

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The Florida native’s sense of style carries over into her home’s decor, which she describes as “eclectic” and “whimsical.”

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My home design style is eclectic. I like whimsical, which fits my personality, not too modern or too traditional.”

DiMarco has helped her to evolve her style. “Michelle and her team pull different things together and offer more trendy styles than I would have ever created for myself,” she says. “They got me into leather leggings, a cool faux leather jacket, and trendy heels, and I love it.” Local media personality Kavita Channe agrees: “Whether I have a red carpet event, a TV appearance, or a special evening out, Michelle’s team members are simply amazing and on point when they find what looks good on me.” DiMarco loves offering her clients these kinds of personal touches but admits that providing such great service comes with a few caveats. “I worked so hard, seven days a week, all the time,” she says of her retail career. “I went on buying trips to Atlanta and Las Vegas because I like the West Coast designers. I attended two trade shows a year, always running and busy. I loved it but really pushed myself to the max.” When the coronavirus hit, she retreated to the Fort Lauderdale townhome she designed four years ago—a safe haven from the threat of the pandemic. Not surprisingly, DiMarco’s fashion aesthetics carry over into her home decor. “My home design style is eclectic. I like whimsical, which fits my personality, not too modern or too traditional,” she says. “I

Locals can book an appointment with DiMarco at Lilac and Lilies Loft for a personal styling session; she also hosts intimate gatherings, fundraisers, photo shoots, and more.

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wanted a feminine look with lots of tranquility.” The cozy casa gave DiMarco the time and space to reevaluate her life—to truly consider what she wanted to do personally and professionally. She researched everything she could about e-commerce and decided to close the Sunrise store and to launch the new Lilac and Lilies Loft on North West 1st Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to the clothing she’s become known for, she has expanded her business to include beauty products and has begun hosting live events, as well.

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“We have photo shoots, host wine and Champagne parties, intimate events, fundraisers for charity, styling sessions, and encourage high-tech activity thanks to the success of Instagram stories,” DiMarco says. “Plus, the Loft is super cute!” DiMarco’s new endeavor also affords her more personal time to do things outside of work—and enjoy the warmth and comfort of her stylish home. “I have a healthy mix of mind, body, and spirit now,” she says. “I like to come back to my house at the end of the day. Once I get there, I am so happy to be home. I enjoy it all.” « FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | MARCH 2021

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Savor shareable small plates like salmon tataki (right); Takato’s chic dining room (below).

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Asian FUSION Celebrated chef Taek “Taka” Lee, who’s helmed some of the nation’s leading restaurants including Zuma and Monkitail at The Diplomat Resort, is showcasing his Asian heritage with the debut of Takato inside the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. The oceanfront oasis invites diners to embark on a culinary journey that fuses upscale riffs on Japanese and Korean dishes through shareable small plates and entrees. Meaning “in a state of extreme happiness” in Japanese, Takato spotlights Eastern cultures in various ways, such as an

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on-site traditional dumpling expert who creates mouthwatering vegetable and Wagyu gyoza. Many highlights emerge across the sushi and dinner menus, including the spicy yellowtail roll, duck bao buns, kimchi fried rice, and the tender Kobe strip served with asparagus and lotus root chip. All pair well with curated sake or a handcrafted cocktail. There’s no leaving without ordering the innovative—and super fun— sushi ice cream roll: vanilla ice cream nestled within Rice Krispies and dusted with matcha. (conradfortlauderdale.com) FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | MARCH 2021

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PS GREEN VEGAN EXPRESS Newer to town is PS Green Vegan Express in Oakland Park, led by CEO, chef, and owner José Pablo Luque, who’s helped open restaurants including El Cielo and Holy Vegan Kitchen. The airy eatery is outfitted with potted plants and a clean aesthetic, allowing the veganfocused food to take center stage. The barbecue jackfruit sandwich (topped with coleslaw, pickled onions, avocado, and chipotle mayo) or the mole tacos (chick’n served in a chocolate-chili sauce) make for good lunch options. Classic brunch staples like brioche French toast finished with agave, strawberries, and bananas, and the Breakfast SW Burrito (scrambled tofu with onions, peppers, black beans, and vegan cheese) are also excellent choices. (psgreenvegan.com)

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GHOST KITCHEN

ROLL ALONG Enjoying a bento box packed with your favorite Japanese bites in the comfort of your home is now possible thanks to the recent launch of Krispy Rice in Fort Lauderdale. The delivery-centric virtual kitchen (a concept from C3 and SBE Entertainment Group) has partnered with Reef Kitchens to deliver signature bites to your door. The menu centers around the namesake Krispy Rice dish served at the famed Katsuya restaurants (grilled sushi rice and spicy tuna tartare garnished with serrano), but the original toppers can be swapped out with more inventive options. Think: truffle avocado, king salmon and yuzu, and spicy hamachi and wasabi. Additional bites include nigiri, handrolls, cut maki rolls, and Krispy fried shrimp. Lunch boxes are available daily from noon to 4 p.m. (krispyricebysbe.com)

A selective guide to Broward County restaurants THE LISTINGS The Broward County dining scene has something for everyone, from funky Fort Lauderdale gastropubs to iconic waterfront restaurants dotting the county coastline. Here, find a listing of area standouts, organized by cuisine type, with descriptions, contact information, and price details for each. What the icons mean: $ $$ $$$

Dinner entree under $10 Most entrees $10-$25 Most entrees $25 or more

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AMERICAN AMERICAN SOCIAL A cool atmosphere and elevated comfort food classics are the hallmarks of this hotspot at the heart of Las Olas. 721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (americansocialbar.com) $$ COOPER’S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANT The dishes on the menu are all crafted to pair perfectly with one of the 60 wines bottled for the restaurant. The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2568 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (chwinery.com) $$ THE FOXY BROWN Offering nouveau American cuisine at its finest, Foxy Brown has a neighborhood-like feel with a big city taste. 723 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (myfoxybrown.com) $$ ROSIE’S BAR & GRILL This al fresco eatery captures patrons’ hearts with adventurous menu items (and names!), festive décor, and a warm staff. 2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors (rosiesbng.com) $$ S3 Nouveau American cuisine is prepared with care in this inventive dining room that embraces the three pillars of Florida life: sun, surf, and sand. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (s3restaurant.com) $$$ TAP 42 Rotating daily drink specials, live music, and a diverse menu with everything from burgers to grilled salmon make this taproom-restaurant an ideal place for a gastronomical rendezvous. 1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (tap42.com) $$ TOP ROUND SoCal flavor finds its home between two

buns at this sandwich shop, where the meats are slow roasted for 10 hours and the custard is made fresh. 35 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (eattopround.com) $

ASIAN CASA SENSEI Sushi meets Asian-Latin fusion at this canal-side eatery in signature dishes like the lobster guacamole, Korean Steak Chimichurri, and the Fish Burnt Roll. 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd. #101, Fort Lauderdale (casasensei.com) $$ KURO A nouveau-Japanese darling serves up inventive dishes with ingredients imported from The Land of the Rising Sun. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood (seminolehardrockhollywood.com) $$$ MAMA ASIAN BISTRO Patrons can satisfy their sushi, ramen, and Thai noodle cravings at this modern PanAsian niche eatery. 4437 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek. $$ THAI SPICE No tour of South Florida’s culinary triumphs would be complete without a meal from this delightful Pan-Asian destination. 1514 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (thaispicefla.com) $$

CAFÉ / COFFEE THE ALCHEMIST Sit amongst lush foliage and enjoy a brunch of an open face Avocado Slicer and The Alchemist Iced Coffee, a heavenly concoction made with condensed milk and coffee ice cubes. 2430 NE 13th Ave., Wilton Manors (thealchemist.cafe) $$ FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | MARCH 2021

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Ingredients (serves 1) 1/2 oz. Sakura Syrup 1 oz. lime juice 2 oz. shochu 4 oz. ginger beer Combine the ingredients and serve over ice in a copper mug.

Ingredients (makes 2 cups) 1/4 cup cherry blossom tea 1 cup boiling water 1 cup coconut sugar

BOULEVARD KITCHEN & JUICE BAR This rustic-chic café’s organic kitchen prepares delicious, nutrient-rich breakfast and lunch, while the juice bar pours wellness shots and blends up colorful concoctions. 701 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (blvd-kitchen.com) $$ LA BONNE CRÊPE Modeled after the crêperies of Brittany, this charming alcove serves the heavenly dish in savory and sweet renditions – perfect for any time of day. 815 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (labonnecrepe.us) $$ STORK’S CAFÉ & BAKERY This Wilton Manors coffeehouse satiates patrons’ espresso, homemade pastry, and sandwich kicks until late. 2505 NE 15th Ave., Wilton Manors (storksbakery.com) $$

ITALIAN ANGELO ELIA PIZZA, BAR & TAPAS Chef Angelo Elia’s eponymous eatery extends the Casa D’Angelo family, featuring small plates and Italian-style pizza that celebrate old-world technique. 4215 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (angeloeliapizza.com) $$ CAFÉ VICO Owner Marco Vico Rodrigues knows how to welcome his guests, and there’s no better way than with his kind smile and to-die-for pasta. 1125 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (cafevicorestaurant.com) $$ 68

TAYLOR AMOS FOR LOW-PROOF HAPPY HOUR

Spring has arrived in Fort Lauderdale. Time to say goodbye to the cozy elegance of winter libations and let the spirit of vernal cocktails bloom. One magnificent springtime celebration is the Sakura Hanami, the Japanese practice of viewing the blossoming cherry trees. To welcome the season and honor the tradition, this month’s cocktail comes directly from the pages of my newly published book, Low-Proof Happy Hour, your guide to low-alcohol cocktails for times when you’d prefer to keep things light while still enjoying a proper drink. Enter: The Sakura Mule. Featuring a sweet, fragrant syrup of sakura blossoms, this elegant libation adds a soft, intoxicating zing to a mule. It is made low proof by substituting the vodka with shochu, a Japanese spirit distilled on a base of sweet potato, barley, rice, buckwheat, and/or sugar cane, and clocking in at half the alcohol of most high-proof spirits. You can mix the syrup directly into the drink or freeze it into ice cubes and let it melt for a subtle burst of flavor. —Jules Aron

Steep the tea in the boiling water for 15 minutes to make a strong infusion. Combine the infusion and sugar in a pan and heat until boiled, stirring to allow the sugar to dissolve evenly.

CAFFÉ EUROPA A go-to spot for lunch or dinner on Las Olas, the Calabrian-inspired fare is perfect for sharing with friends and family. 910 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (caffeeuropalasolas.com) $$ CASA D’ANGELO Owner-chef Angelo Elia’s meticulous care for ingredients is evident down to the spices in the marinara and flour in the house-made bread served at this Italian fine-dining institution. 1201 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (casa-d-angelo.com) $$$ IL MULINO CUCINA Luscious homemade saffron-infused pasta is a standout on this menu of classic Italian favorites. 1800 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (ilmulinofl.com) $$ PIZZA CRAFT The pizzeria’s “00” flour, imported charcuterie, and house-made mozzarella, and sizeable bar selection are the stars of the wood-fired show. 330 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale (pizzacraftpizzeria.com) $$ SCOLAPASTA BISTRO Family is at the heart of this modern farm-to-table Italian bistro that puts a contemporary twist on its Old World heritage. 3358 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale (scolapastabistro.com) $$ SETTE BELLO RISTORANTE Settle into a seat at Chef Franco’s fine dining locale, where delectable Italian fare makes patrons feel right at home. 6241 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (settebellofla.com) $$

Strain into a sealable glass container. The syrup can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. This delicate and delicious sweetener tastes as good on pancakes as it does in drinks.

LATIN AND MEXICAN BAR RITA This eclectic Mexican and Latin spot is known for tasty tacos and tequila tasting set against a splashy facade. 1401 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (barritaftl.com) $$ CARLOS & PEPE’S Colorful motifs and authentic Mexican-American fare have earned this laidback eatery a personality of its own. South Harbor Plaza, 1302 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (carlosandpepesfl.com) $$ EL CAMINO Margaritas and Mexican soul food are a sure bet at this resto, where patrons can choose between two Happy Hours. 817 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (elcaminoftlauderdale.com) $$ LA BAMBA Sampling the best from cuisines across Latin America, this multi-faceted eatery’s savory and filling dishes are a hit across South Florida. 4245 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 17 St. 1901 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale; 5452 W Sample Rd., Margate; 10169 W Sunrise Blvd., Plantation (labamba123.com) $$ ROCCO’S TACOS & TEQUILA BAR If the 400 tequila varieties aren’t enough to hook patrons, the delicious tacos de casa and fresh guacamole (mashed tableside) make this expansive cantina-style resto irresistible. 1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (roccostacos.com) $$

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MEDITERRANEAN CASABLANCA CAFÉ A cozy dining room with an Arabian Nights feel, Casablanca serves a variety of cuisines ranging from Moroccan to Japanese to Cuban that will please any palate. 3049 Alhambra St., Fort Lauderdale (casablancacafeonline.com) $$ FERDOS GRILL Authentic Mediterranean fare meets local Florida ingredients at this neighborhood favorite, featuring staples like gyros, shish kabob, and “everyone’s favorite” hummus. 4300 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (ferdos-grill. jimdosite.com) $$ GREEK ISLANDS TAVERNA The spirit of the Aegean alive and well at this gem that serves traditional Greek dishes rooted in bright flavors and savory spice. 3300 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (greekislandstaverna.com) $$ THE HUMMUS HOUSE This Middle Eastern-Israeli counter doles out amazing vegan- and vegetarian-friendly fare to eager Winter Park patrons. 900 NE 20 Ave., Fort Lauderdale (hummushouse.com) $$ ILIOS Panoramic ocean views and seasonally inspired Mediterranean dishes are on the menu at this sixth-floor dining room. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (Hilton.com) $$

SEAFOOD 15TH STREET FISHERIES & DOCKSIDE CAFE Old-Florida charm is alive and well at this Lauderdale Marina favorite that features spiny lobster tail, seared diver scallops, and a host of delicious desserts. 1900 SE 15th St., Fort Lauderdale (15streetfisheries.com) $$$ BLUE MOON FISH CO. Chef-owners Baron Skorish and Bryce Statham dream up Louisiana-inspired interpretations of locally caught seafood at their upscale dining room along the Intracoastal. 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-bythe-Sea (bluemoonfishco.com) $$$ BOATYARD Come for the “Hook to Table” seafood, locally sourced ingredients, and vegan-friendly selections, and stay for the photo-worthy lofted ceilings, oar chandelier, and boundless natural light. 1555 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (boatyard.restaurant) $$$ MAESTRO’S OCEAN CLUB Finery comes naturally to this Intracoastal-hugging dining room, where guests can enjoy sea spoils among luxurious interiors or al fresco. 3000 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale (maestrosrestaurants.com) $$$ RIVERTAIL James Beard-nominated chef, José Mendín, demonstrates his renowned culinary prowess with the Rivertail raw platter, a perfectly spiced Brazilian seafood stews, and the day’s fresh catch. 305 S. Andrews Ave., Ste. 123, Fort Lauderdale (rivertailftl.com) $$$

STEAK HOUSE THE CAPITAL GRILLE Renowned for dry-aged cuts, elevated steak house trimmings, superb wines, and attentive staff, the high-end chain’s dining rooms offer a luxurious experience. 2430 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (thecapitalgrille. com) $$$ CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Brazilian rodízio finds its nook on Las Olas, with fountains and flame-bearing lamps welcoming diners to this stylish place. 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (chimasteakhouse.com) $$$ COUNCIL OAK STEAKS & SEAFOOD A signature raw bar, a wine room boasting over 400 labels, and an open kitchen complement the Hard Rock favorite’s infamous USDA-certified cuts. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood (seminolehardrockhollywood.com) $$$ NYY STEAK Located in Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, NYY Steak presents five-star seafood and steak offerings in an atmosphere that honors one of baseball’s finest teams, the New York Yankees. 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek (nyysteak.com) $$$

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HALL OF FAME AWARDS WHO: Broward Education Foundation WHERE: William T. McFatter Technical College and High School, Davie. TO BENEFIT: Distinguished Broward County high school alumni who were honored.

SASHA MOON, KEVIN MARCUS SYLVESTER

MARTY KIAR, MONROE KIAR

MONROE KIAR, SHEA CIRIAGO, MARTY KIAR

RIC GREEN, SUE COLTON TIM CURTIN, ISAAC BRUCE

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AMY DECELLE, ROBERT RUNCIE

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MICHELLE HOWLAND, ALICE JACKSON, PAMELA BAYNES, LISA KITEI

MARDI PAWS CELEBRATION

TAMMY CALABRIA, CHRISTOPHER AGOSTINO

WHO: Humane Society of Broward County WHERE: Grande Oaks Golf Club, Davie TO BENEFIT: Presented by PAWS, the tournament raised $85,000 for the animals.

CONNIE CHANEY, SHARIN GUSTAFSON, RAQUEL CASE, CARMEN HOTCHKISS

MICHELLE HOWLAND, MONICA CORRELL, PAMELA BAYNES

NINA FIGUR, MICHELLE BERNARDO, KELLY KOENIG

©2021 Palm Beach Media Group North LLC. All rights reserved. Fort Lauderdale Illustrated is published monthly except August by Palm Beach Media Group North LLC, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL 33480. Known office of the publication 1000 N. Dixie Hwy., Suite C, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Periodical postage paid at West Palm Beach, FL, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Fort Lauderdale Illustrated c/o Palm Beach Media Group North LLC, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL 33480. Subscription price: $54.45 per year. Outside U.S. add $35 per year for postage and handling. Send subscription orders to: Subscription Department, Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL, 33480, or e-mail circulation@palmbeach media.com. Vol. 2, No. 3, March 2021. Visit our website at fortlauderdaleillustrated.com Fort Lauderdale Illustrated magazine and Palm Beach Media Group North, LLC. retain exclusive rights to all editorial and photographic materials used, which cannot be reproduced in any manner without written consent.

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COURTESY OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF BROWARD COUNTY

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While Fort Lauderdale­–based Chris Bal dedicates much of his time working with businesses, brands, and destinations as the CEO of the video production company DNC Media, he says his true passion is ocean conservation. One look at his Instagram page (@ceebz_ gerard) details this, such as a striking eagle ray (left) he captured with a drone during the early morning hours at Fort Lauderdale beach. Another (above) showcases millions of migrating baitfish: “I happened to be at the beach one afternoon flying my drone and found this massive bait ball of fish right off the shore,” shares Bal. “This lone surfer had no idea what was lurking in the water around him, including sharks, large tarpon, and other predatory fish that were there to feed on the baitfish.” After realizing how conservation groups do not have appropriate funding for content creation that benefits their causes, Bal started selling prints of his work online. He uses 100 percent of the profits to support area conservation groups to better Florida’s waterways and the planet. To view more of Bal’s work and to learn how you can make a difference, visit ceebzgerard.com. —Melissa Puppo

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Lesley’s endowed charitable Funds provide the critical support Broward needs, during times of crisis and beyond: LESLEY MITCHELL JONES FUND FOR THE AGING AND ELDERLY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of BROWARD

LESLEY MITCHELL JONES CHARITABLE FUND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of BROWARD

LESLEY MITCHELL JONES COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of BROWARD

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“I locked in my legacy” “I needed a partner to help me make the most of my charitable giving – both today and through my will, so I can continue making a difference after I’m gone. The Community Foundation’s expert team helped me do it by creating three endowed charitable Funds, in my name. Now I can have an impact on my community right away. And when I’m gone, my remaining assets will pour into my endowed Funds to change lives in this community I love. Now I have peace of mind knowing that the Community Foundation will ‘mind the store’ on my behalf to ensure the organizations and issues I care about are supported forever. I can’t imagine a smarter, more impactful way to create a brighter future for Broward. It feels good to BE BOLD!” Read more about Lesley’s Legacy at cfbroward.link/LesleysLegacy

To lock in your legacy today, contact Jennifer Powers, Philanthropic Services Manager, at 954-761-9503 x113 or email jpowers@cfbroward.org

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