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When Pucci met Polo at Icon La Piaggia– a private St. Tropez-style beach club

The Related Group, known for their pioneering efforts in Palm Beach County, partnered with Altima to come up with some of the coolest, ‘out of the box’ concepts for their various projects.  What was slated to become ‘Icon Palm Beach’ and then for a short while ‘Trump Icon’ may not have come to fruition due to the economic crisis at the time, but they did secure over 40% sales with deposits on hand due to their (and ours (Altima)) out of the box thinking.  We were selling a lifestyle– We recreated Club 55 on North Flagler Drive with the help of Robert Pascale, brainchild behind La Piaggia and formerly of La Voile Rouge in St. Tropez… Then we brought in the sexiness of the Polo players, threw in the glam of Emilio Pucci.. and VOILA!   We hosted over 30 events, supported over 20 charities and catered to potential buyers in a way never experienced on this side of the Atlantic…

Our parties attracted the who’s who of the Polo community, (Nacho and Delfina Figueras, the Gracida brothers one of whom we miss dearly and was OUR ICONIC GUESTCarlos Gracida)  visiting celebrities such as John James better known as Mr. Big from Sex and the City and movie producer/founder of Evan Piccone Charles Evans)  and of course luxury brands such asEmilio Pucci, Hamilton Jewelers (who hosted an event for Tiger 21) as well as so many local charities we don’t have enough space to mention.

Deposits rolled in, everyone reserved their condo.. and then we only thanked God it was the Related group when the economy turned…..Related Group and their team honored their clients….   Good news:  Everyone was returned their monies, (Can’t say that about other projects in the neighborhood…) 

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Click here to view some of our memories

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Streetfies takes your ‘Selfies’ to the next level

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Our friends at Digidust have just launched (today, September 15th) a fun mobile application for iPhone and Android called Streetfies. Streetfies lets you take a selfie anywhere in the world, with the background you desire…  Can’t travel  right now but wish you were? you can now make pretend or let others believe you are….

So if you’re experiencing the Florida heat and dreaming you were in Gstaad, or Saint-Tropez, you can share your fantasy with your friends and plug in the Gstaad Palace or the Voile Rouge and make pretend… (I love making pretend I’m somewhere else.. so this is going to be something I’ll be sending out daily making me look I traveled the globe in a week!)

You can download it for iPhone here

You can download it for Android here
The Mobile Application for iPhone and Android received a warm welcome today in Europe, generating traction in the US and Latin America. Congratulations to the Digidust team! We’re so happy to have you as a friend and partner!

 

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Colors make the world a better place– meet Sonia Velasquez

Meet someone who I feel especially proud to call a friend and a member of the Altima team:  Sonia Velasquez lost an eye at the age of six to family violence, yet overcame adversity becoming a model, renowned journalist, producer and recently, a ‘celebrity in the design world,” determined to introduce colors and light to our world.  Sonia is all about  making the world a happier place.  Every Friday, Sonia offers her readers a new décor tip, as she draws inspiration from her visits to art museums around the world, finding unique pieces such as the one from master artist Fernando Botero .

Like her Facebook page to make sure you receive your weekly dosage of color and joy!

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For more colorful news, be on the lookout for new videos of ‘How to”—a project Sonia and Sherwin-Williams are presently working on.  In this new series, first of its kind, Sonia explains step by step how to choose the perfect DIY  (aka do it yourself) color, as well as the complementary shine and finish, and demonstrates how the use of the brush alone can make the difference. The “How to series which was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio, recreated the possible obstacles encountered by first-time ‘do-it-yourself’ decorators.  To view the series, subscribe to www.youtube.com/soniavelasquez.

Like Sonia on Facebook www.facebook.com/sonia.velasquez

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$74 Million Dollar Cake… This one is hard to top!

I recently came across an article which blew my mind… Someone spent $74 million dollars on his daughter’s engagement party cake… British dress designer turned cake-maker, Debbie Wingham stumbled across the opportunity when a client picking up a dress order stumbled across her ‘hobby’.   The 6 foot long cake which replicated a detailed cat walk, with edible models, designer accessories and photographer, included a 5.2 carat pink diamond, a 6.4 carat yellow diamond and a total of 15 individual 5 carat white diamonds.  Took over 1000 hours to make and weighed over 900 lbs. Now that’s a cake that’s hard to top!

To view entire cake click on one of the links below

Read more about who was behind the cake at Daily Mail or view on Good Morning America or Komonews

 

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Meat Market Signature Steak Sundays ending soon

Meat lovers have until the last Sunday of September to enjoy half price off Meat Market’s  succulent signature steaks.  Known for its prime-grade cuts of beef, and Chef Sean Brasel’s exquisite touches, the swank Palm Beach steakhouse has enjoyed huge success this summer, quickly becoming a local favorite.   Though extended happy hours, Wall Street Wednesdays, backgammon nights, and late night Thursdays with DJ  Ilya Tatarov will continue during the season, if you want to get your ‘steak fix’, get twice as much for your money before its too late!  Last Sunday is September 27th!

To reserve:  Call Meat Market at 561 354 9800  or Email Andy

Click Here to view more Meat Market Happy Hour, Tastings and Dinner pictures

 

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Racial murders happening in our own backyard…… Thank you One Jupiter for raising awareness through exhibit of Guatemalan Art and local history

I’m always asked to click the right box.. Am I Hispanic/Latino  or Caucasian?  It was an added plus when applying to Ivy League colleges, as there was a quota to be filled, but for some reason,years later, I’ve continued to click the ‘Latino’ box… It’s just something I’ve always done in an effort to champion opportunities for fellow Hispanics who will go way beyond what is required to prove themselves.   Recent vocalizations by running officials and hate crimes this past month have made me more passionate…I’ve witnessed first-hand employees who have crossed the Rio Grande, lost a spouse during their treacherous trip at the hands of greedy smugglers, only because they were eager to work hard, pay taxes/social security (which they do) .  In my case, the surviving spouse continued to pay taxes hoping to become legalized, and sent whatever was left to her children in Guatemala… (like her there are so many…) 

Then we hear about 18 year old Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos...who came to this country to support his family in Guatemala.  An aspiring young chef, murdered because the color of his skin.  Funds needed to be raised to ship his body back to Guatemala.. Ironic, as he was trying to bring his family here legally, and he is sent back in a body bag ONLY after monies were raised to ship him back….A tragedy which never would have happened without the HATE involved, and triggered by some of our influential community leaders.

So here’s the good news:

One Jupiter Community event is a Jupiter community initiative, created with the collaboration  of El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center,  Jupiter Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta and the Town of Jupiter Community Center all of whom decided to make a difference with an extensive exhibition of Guatemalan art and local history on display at the Jupiter Community Center beginning on September 10th.    We are All one and we need to remember that!

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In addition, please join the Jupiter Lighthouse ArtCenter as they celebrate Guatemalan Legacy and remember Onesimo on September 18th.  Event is free for all ages and will begin at 5:30 pm at Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail.  At 6pm, there will be showing of the documentary film, “Brother Towns.” The film is the story of two towns linked by immigration, family and work: Jacaltenango, a highland Maya town in Guatemala; and Jupiter, our coastal town where many Jacaltecos have settled. Following the film will be a discussion led by Jamie Stuve (President and CEO of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society), Dr. Timothy Steigenga (Professor of Political Sciences and Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Florida Atlantic University) and Jeronimo Camposeco (advocate and expert in social and anthropological research including consulting on farm worker labor practices and Maya culture for various universities).

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To help Onesimo’s family with expenses, please visit www.youcaring.com/inmemoryofonesimo  they have raised $1,150, but they’re not at the finish line yet…

For more information on how to get involved, contact Cynthia Trone, Director of Education at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, cynthia@lighthousearts.org,

(561) 748-8737.