Amy Rosenberg’s High Heeled Mom
Years ago, I spent my free time at museum openings and galas. Cut to today. I have two toddlers and a lacrosse-obsessed teenage stepson. My morning beauty routine now takes place in my car after school drop-off. I admit to whitening my teeth and shaving my legs southbound on I-95, though not in front of my husband. He’s a lawyer.
That said, I believe in Fellini's observation " You have to live spherically - in many directions" and I do. I am still exploring Miami's cultural scene, when possible, with my little ones in tow. I also try to occasionally fit in some (non-car related) me time.
A few nights ago, I kissed my babies goodbye and dashed out the door to Ximena Caminos' glorious pink residence for the unveiling of the The Underline's art preview. The Underline, now under construction, will be a 10-mile park situated under Miami's Metrorail that features butterfly gardens, a soundstage and so much more. Ximena, the luminous co-founder of Faena, is the Public Art Vision Planner for The Underline. She presented an extraordinary line - up of international, local, emerging and established artists with her co-presenter, Galia Solomonoff of Dia:Beacon. Local favorites Carlos Betancourt and Vicky Pierre made it into the plan. Attendees included Kinga Lampert, Nick D'Annunzio and Tara Solomon, Marcella Novella, Monica Kalpakian and Don and Mera Rubell.
I returned to my old stomping ground, YoungArts (YA), for an open house showcasing the gorgeous campus of what was once the old Bacardi building. The gallery show, can we be as brave, featured the work of 13 YA alumni and is curated by former hip hop director and YA Vice President, Lisa Leone. I saw old friends Florencia Jimenez Marcos, Stacey Glassman-Mizener, Dejha Carrington, Melinda Marcuse and Alyssa Krop-Brandfon.
My bout of mommy guilt weighed on me from missing bedtime and the next day, my husband and I loaded the family into the car to try the restaurant Chotto Mate, a London import serving authentic Nikkei cuisine on Miami Beach. The restaurant is a stunner with hanging gardens by Raymond Jungles and walls by graffiti artist Aholsniffsglue. My two year old's attraction to the flames on all the tables forced Mommy to order a glass of Holy Water for my nerves- sunflower sake and pisco. The food was a revelation - particularly the incredibly fresh Chotto ceviche.
After eating a gout-inducing amount of food, I decided to gather my courage and try Trusculptid in the office of model - gorgeous dermatologist Roberta Del Campo. The doctor and I decided to try the non-surgical fat reducing procedure on my underarms because all of my maternal ancestors are cursed with bat wings. After 15 minutes of being bandaged and heated, I was released and felt lighter and less wobbly.
A girl has to keep up appearances...