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Inspired By: Bright Star

Inspired by the movie “Bright Star” about 19th century poet John Keats and his great love Fanny Brawne. Love sonnets to be read in a field flowers. Nice.

Photograph: Abbie Cornish as Fanny in Bright Star

Bright Star

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art –

Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night

And watching, with eternal lids apart,

Like Nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,

The moving waters at their priestlike task

Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,

Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask

Of snow upon the mountains and the moors –

No – yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,

Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,

To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,

Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,

Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,

And so live ever – or else swoon to death.

John Keats – 1819


The Overtown Music Project: “This is Miami” at AE District

I’m still smiling as I recap Overtown Music Project’s first event held at AE District this past Saturday. It was nothing short of amazing and I am thrilled to be a part of this movement. Amy Rosenberg, founder of the project, envisioned an event that would celebrate the music, history and spirit of Overtown in its heyday. Check mark.

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charles Austin wowed the crowed with his searing renditions of some classic tunes. Legendary nightlife impresario and owner of the Vagabond, Carmel Ophir, tore up the turntables and had us moving like we thought we were on Soul Train. And Vivian Dunn made everybody real happy with the best soul food sweets you’ve ever tasted. Normally, I give away leftovers to deserving causes, however, my greedy butt brought some tinfoil and stuck it in the back of Max Pierre’s office. Max is the really cool guy who owns the AE gallery space and who kept rubbing it in my face about how hot his b-day party was featuring Talib Kweli. I missed it a few weeks earlier when I opted to throw on my snuggie instead of my skinny jeans that night. Bad decision. Anyway, I thought I’d wrap up some red velvet cake to go at the end of the event. Too bad everything was gone even though Vivian prepared food for hundreds. It really tasted that good, especially alongside Cîroq.

The goal of Amy’s project is to bring back some of Overtown’s historic luster with a series of multisensory concerts in historic area landmarks as well as in venues all over the City. There was an exhibit on Overtown curated by The Black Archives, original photographs of jazz musicians from the exclusive collection of the Barbara Gillman Gallery, and words of wisdom and poignant stories by Dr. Dorothy Fields, Dr. Philip Wright, Charles Austin and Commissioner Richard Dunn.

The most beautiful thing about the event was to witness music transcend boundaries. On Saturday night, residents of Overtown were dancing with residents of Fisher Island. The young danced with the old. And me and my hubby danced to “My Baby Just Cares For Me,” by Nina Simone like it was nobody’s business.

P.S. Thanks to Carmel Ophir for hosting us at the Vagabond afterwards – an unforgettable night (and morning) of partying! See you again very soon. And on another note, thanks to John Kozyak, my beloved mentor, for teaching me the importance of giving back to one’s community.

Nathalie Cadet-James of Luxe Fête and legendary jazz saxophonist Charles Austin

[Click here] to see more pictures from gallery featured on NBC6.

More great pics from Gesi Schilling, that’s the fabulous Amy Rosenberg below:

More great pics from Laura Coppelman [here]. There are many wonderful events lined up, so be sure to check the Overtown Music Project website for updates.

October 18, 2010 - 8:44 AM

Ocean Drive Magazine! » Miami Wedding Planner Blog - […] Ocean Drive Magazine. Not a bad way to kick start the week. Thanks for the coverage on the Overtown Music Project Dirk […]

July 31, 2010 - 2:01 PM

John W. Kozyak - loved this website, this event and everything Nathalie does

July 24, 2010 - 8:35 AM

Farah - Awesome night!!!

Inspired By: Haiti Engagement Session Featured on Style Me Pretty

KT Merry Photography has stolen my heart with the amazing Haiti engagement session recently featured on Style Me Pretty: (a) Not only does it perfectly capture the love between Coraline and Sebastien, but it also poignantly shares a beautiful Haiti many are not use to seeing; (b) I coincidentally meet Coraline about one month ago and she is just as beautiful on the inside; and (c) How could you not love every single outfit Coraline is wearing – especially that off shoulder number? Style Me Pretty, your blog reigns because of features like these. KT you have a new BFF.

 

July 20, 2010 - 11:56 PM

Tenielle (Feather + Stone) - Positively stunning couple…. what a beautiful insight….thanks for sharing! 🙂

July 20, 2010 - 1:01 PM

Deirdre Dunham - Gorgeous x a million! Love everything about these photos, Nat. Inspirational, indeed!

Crowning Glory – Headpieces

If a woman’s hair is her crowning glory, then what do you call the crown she wears atop her head? I call it anything made by Maria Elena Headpieces and I don’t even have hair. I simply love the art that Maria and her team produce. Her creations are beautiful and timeless. I’d rock any of her pieces not only with a wedding dress, but also with an evening number and even with some frilly jean shorts and a t-shirt. Have you seen their recent collection? Be ready to swoon. My favorite piece reminds me of something that either Coco Channel or Josephine Baker would have worn. Guess which one?

July 23, 2010 - 7:36 AM

Lovely Cintas » Miami Wedding Planner Blog - […] Crowning Glory – Headpieces […]

Urban Prettiness: The Lounge

Lounges at weddings are cool. It creates a very comfortable vibe because it encourages, well, lounging. And when people lounge and drink, the next thing that follows is to dance and party. Isn’t that what you want people doing at your wedding?

P.S. Be warned, I have seen guests channel their inner Prince and Apollonia because of happening lounges.

Design and Styling: Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio, Florals: Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio; Photography: Ambrosio Photography, Location: The Nuage Studio, Couture Linens and Furniture: Nuage Designs, Lighting and Mirrors: Modani Furniture; Styling Assistant: Sarah Cherres.

July 22, 2010 - 12:14 PM

Fly on the wall - Me too Dee, me too:)

July 16, 2010 - 7:18 PM

Deirdre Dunham - Apollonia, huh? Woulda loved to witness that one, Nat.