Troy Simmons at Context Art Fair

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I couldn’t be more excited for Troy Simmons and his solo show at the Context Art Fair. I met Troy some years back through his wife who is also in the TV biz and since then I’ve become more familiar with his art, and it’s just so impressive how far he has been able to take his craft through his hard work and dedication. And – early December in Miami is kind of a big deal in the art world when Art Basel sets up shop and the world’s focus on art shift to the spotlight on South Florida. Congratulations to Troy and I wish him continued success!!


See the official press release below.

Local artist Troy Simmons has immersed himself in his latest artwork, exploring the evolution of urbanism and nature’s persistence to coexist. A consistent theme, which echoes true to his intense fascination with nature and modern Brutalist Architecture.

Under the direction of JanKossen Contemporary Art Gallery in Basel, Switzerland, Simmons will showcase his new concrete work during a solo show at CONTEXT Miami Art Fair December 2nd-7th at booth #E75. He will also have several pieces on display at SCOPE Art Show Miami Beach.

His massive, large-scale concrete canvases are a mix of acrylic paints and raw materials. At first glance, the magnitude of his work is clearly realized. Most of his pieces weigh more than 100 pounds. A rough and raw relationship often described as a cataclysmic illustration of urbanism.

Simmons calls his work a “re-incarnation of the Arte Povera genre” where the inclusion of simple natural elements, such as wood and soil takes an integral part in the creation of the art. His intended goal is to create a playful mix of the hard and soft, expressing the ideological perceptions of binary relationships.

Rochi Llaneza, Former Executive Director of Hardcore Contemporary Art, curated his first show in Miami in 2009. She says, “Creating an algorithm of inspired imagery, Simmons’ connection to his ecological charged pieces is clearly reflected in his use of re-purposed materials.”

The inspiration behind his latest collection evolved after a recent trip to Germany. He spent time with his wife’s family exploring Baden-Wurttemberg in the southern part of the country. The postwar architecture is a fragmentation of Germany’s traditional heritage mixed with simple modern construction.

Simmons currently works as a full-time artist, but his educational background is in Architecture and Environmental Science. He studied at Sam Houston State University and worked as an Environmental Lab Technician in Houston, Texas. He later went on to Oklahoma State University and earned a degree in Architectural Design.

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Simmons is a Resident Artist at the Bakehouse Artist Complex in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. Sample of his current work at

Flashback: American Idol “Connects”

So with the 2012 American Idol finale airing tonight…I got to thinking, do I have any connections to Idol?? People often ask me what are the coolest interviews I’ve done and who’ve been the most interesting (celebs) I’ve met…and honestly, most of the time I don’t have a great answer. Anyway, I do believe when I spent a week freelancing for E! News, Ryan Seacrest may’ve tossed to my segment…and I was a former pro NBA dancer, so that connects me to Paula Abdul (I know, reaching). However, when it comes to the current judges, I’m bringing it back to the 2007 archives!! I have nothing to tie me into JLo, except that I live in Miami and she had/has a place here too?? LOL But when it comes to the 2 dudes on the panel I found legit connects!! Like, this LIVE interview I did on Deco Drive with Steven Tyler and Richie Supa at the Seminole Hard Rock >> press play!

That was long before Steven’s AI judge days… Then, I found some pictures, also from 2007 when I celebrated my birthday at Cameo nightclub on Miami Beach! Sitting in the VIP booth adjacent to ours was none other than Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. I can’t quite recall I if actually took pictures with them, but I did find these photos from the night…

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Me with a couple of my Deco Drivers … Simon hanging out “next door,” and this one with Randy in the booth with DJ Irie. It was cool…but after a while we wanted Randy to stop DJ-ing because he was playing a bunch of Paula’s songs (if I remember clearly) and it was killing the vibe! haha Ah, the memories!!

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Nonetheless, kinda fun to do this flashback and take a trip down memory lane!! Tonight me and my sis, bologna, are pulling for Jessica Sanchez to be our Idol…represent girl!! #TeamJay

An “Irie” Christmas

The one and only DJ Irie hosted a FANTASTIC holiday party on Miami Beach last night with Ludus, to support his Irie Foundation. I am proud to say that Irie was one of my first “Miami friends” before moving to Florida, and since that time his star has grown exponentially..and very well deserved! He is one of the hardest working people I know, but always stays humble, gracious and grounded…I can’t say enough.

All that being said, anytime I can support and attend one of his events, I do my best to be there! Well, last night he definitely outdid himself. He hosted the most lavish, decadent, holiday party on Miami Beach at a private residence and he pulled out all the stops with theme, decor and true MIA fashion! From elf-fitted servers to nutcrackers, Santa and a crew of “Ho, Ho, Ho’s”…there was snow, elaborate lighting, exotic cars, Stoli drinks flowing and of course the music to put you in the Holiday spirit..or just party mode!

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Check out more pics below…it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!



MAVS LIV it up in MIA

A BIG Congratulations go out to the Dallas Mavericks for winning the NBA Finals, by closing out last night during Game 6 in Miami. I must admit, I’m feeling an extra Miami withdrawal after seeing the celebratory photos from last night at LIV…. I’m gonna have to LIV it up myself next time I’m in the area. At any rate, the twitter photos this morning are GREAT, and it’s such a well-deserved win for them, the team’s first-ever!! Even Dirk let his hair down, him and Mark Cuban partying it up with YMCMB – Ace of Spades flowing!! I hear the MAVS spent half a milli…yes, that’s $500k, in the club last night!! WOW!! See the pics below…and P.S. Let’s not be so hard on LeBron, people are getting vicious and it’s not that serious..let them man be!!

Sustainatopia Honors 2011

Last weekend I had the distinct honor of being the emcee for the first ever Sustainatopia Honors 2011, held in Miami Beach at the brand new, state of the art, extremely gorgeous Frank Gehry/New World Symphony Building! Here’s a brief description of what the event was celebrating…

SUSTAINATOPIA HONORS 2011, presented by PLUM TV is the world’s premier awards ceremony honoring those doing GOOD through impact investing, philanthropy, and sustainable business practice. Hundreds of global leaders in investment, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy will gather to celebrate those committed to doing GOOD and changing our world forever.

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My friend Amaris, who is a director at PLUM, introduced me to the founder of Sustainatopia (John Rosser), and they asked me to play hostess for the fabulous evening! I had the pleasure of presenting the awards to a wonderful group of honorees that included designer Donna Karan, model Selita Ebanks, artist Romero Britto, actress Maria Bello, Michael Capponi and so many other wonderful do-gooders! Others in the star-studded crowd included Venus Williams, DJ Irie and Lea Black.

Pictured Above – DJ Irie with Selita Ebanks; Below – Donna Karan and Maria Bello

For detailed info about the event, click here — > Sustainatopia Honors 2011

NYE 2010

I stepped out for NYE 2010 in South Beach…nothing super special..but creating more memories with good friends! Cat made the trip down from Jacksonville again and Dana decided to hang out too!

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First stop was Club Play where we did the countdown and rang in 2011.

Then we made the rounds in Sobe, stopping through Prime 112.


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But our first meal of the year belonged to FIVE GUYS….

HAPPY 2011!!



I attended a press event at the Delano on Miami Beach this evening.  Jay-Z and BING have teamed up with a fun, very creative way to promote his forthcoming book DECODED with an interactive game on BING. The book will be released on November 16. BTW…my friend Luxury Mindz has a page (photo he took) in that book too, so look out for it!!


Basically, we all gathered in the pool area of the Delano Hotel and Jay-Z, along with the CEO of BING  made an announcement about his book and showed a video that pretty much showcased the billboards and different marketing of how this Decode Jay-Z stuff works. Now, this is pretty cool..the first person to “decode” a particular page wins that page autographed and there will only be one…and the first guy/fan who successfully decoded, was present…and they presented him with his page! He came all the way from London and he explained how he was able to do the decode. Then, they asked us to all go over to the pool…

Well, when they turned the lights on..this is what we got… the next page to decode! Pretty amazing… it’s the lyrics to Big Pimpin’ if I’m not mistaken. *Sidenote – as I attempted to take the above photo with my blackberry, I sort of had to get up to the very edge of the pool and you know when you try to hold the camera over someone’s head to take a picture…uhm, well I was pretty much doing that over Beyonce’s head (well to the side)…except I didn’t realize it was her until my girl pointed it out to me (after the fact)!! LOL I can be a little oblivious at times… I mean, it’s not like she was wearing a red dress or anything!?!? YES, she was in RED….Ha! Anyhoo, no harm done, but I felt bad…I’m not one to be all pushy, but I was so taken by the pool, I had to snap a photo…and since I was on paparazzi status…I decided to take one of Jigga too!


Here’s the official DECODED + BING description from the press release:

Today Bing, the decision engine from Microsoft, launched a multi-platform search experience and interactive game to help fans decode JAY-Z’s life and lyrics found in his debut book, DECODED. Through an unprecedented partnership with Bing, JAY-Z’s words will be taken off the page allowing readers to find the very locations that inspired them.

Online, fans will find a one of a kind search experience built on Bing technologies using Bing Maps and Bing Entertainment to walk the streets JAY-Z walked, searching and deciding how to decode his life and lyrics at every turn.  Over the course of one month, five to ten pages will be unveiled each day, allowing fans to come together as a community to compile DECODED online before it hits bookshelves.  200 winners and one grand prize winner will be selected from the people who help uncover the 300-plus pages, located in 15 locations around the world and in Bing Maps.

You know, maybe I should get in on this puzzle solving stuff, I really like exercising my mind, and one of my friends was telling me (not too long ago) how popular this scavenger hunt stuff is getting. So, go ahead…it’s your chance to Decode Jay -Z with BING!

It’s in the BAG

I’m so excited to travel with my all-NEW Samsonite luggage!! 🙂 My old set got replaced and now I’ve got a new set of “spinners.” I do travel a lot and my bags do get pretty beat up, so I’m happy to be stylin’ again with new bags. Thanks to Body Mind Travel in South Beach.


Check out this segment I did with them a couple years ago about “Travel Style.” Ya gotta be chic when you hit the road!