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Jewelry trends article via 360 magazine

Top Jewelry Trends You Definitely Should Follow in 2022

For the last year or two, minimalism was dominating all areas of style and fashion. Minimalistic clothes, minimalistic hairstyles, minimalistic accessories, and even minimalistic interior design. However, the time of moderation and temperance seems to be over. In 2022, fashion goes wild. You are allowed to wear whatever you want and style it whatever way you like. 

No doubt, this rebel wave has its influence on jewelry too. The extensive layering, combination of gold and silver, bizarre and fancy shapes are only a part of it. The most recent spring/summer runway shows prove that jewelry is now becoming not just a cute accessory but a full-fledged way to express yourself. Here are the most popular trends for 2022 that the world of fashion can offer for now.

Trend #1: Bulky gold chains

They say “the more the better” and in 2022 this phrase can definitely be applied to gold chains. For example, the Hermès and Off-white runways had beautiful examples of large (and we mean it) golden chains, both as a single item and layered with other even larger pieces of jewelry. It looks like it came right from the 90s, so fashion is indeed cyclical.

If you don’t like the designs offered by brands, you can opt for a custom gold chain that you can make even from your own gold. To make it happen, you don’t even need to buy a whole bullion since the gold shot will be just fine. It’s cheaper than normal gold bullion and most jewelers use exactly this form of gold for their work.

Trend #2: Playful colors and shapes

Speaking about going back to the 90s. Nostalgia is a powerful tool that can be used in many ways including setting up fashion trends. In 2022, nostalgia brought us back to our childhood and allowed us to be as cheerful and lively as ever. Somehow, we are now back in 2000 with its vibrant and bright colors, chunky shapes, fancy designs, and enamel. Yes, the enamel is back and we love it. Besides, with the recent pandemic and constant restrictions, it’s obvious that everyday life could lack a spark of joy. Playful jewelry is a nice way to add colors to your days and get more positive emotions.

Trend #3: Silver is the new gold

Yes, chunky gold chains are trendy, but silver continues to win the minds of people. There are some good reasons for it. First of all, silver has the same rich shining as gold but creates a more lightweight look. Secondly, it’s a perfect metal to wear every day with casual clothes. Eventually, silver is way more affordable than gold. So if you are team silver, it’s your showtime. If you are team gold, you can try mixing metals and adding layers to your usual jewelry.

Trend #4: Eye-catching earrings

Chains and rings are not the only pieces of jewelry that got chunkier in 2022. You can also add a colorful accent to your ears. It’s a nice homage to the style of the 70s with its bright colors and vintage inspiration. Since every designer is experimenting, you can find all kinds of shapes and sizes, from large metal hoops to extra-large chains with dozens of precious stones on them. Everything is good in 2022 until it’s big and shiny enough to be seen from afar.

Trend #5: Body chains

If you think that we are done with chains, we are not. Necklaces are not the only option to decorate yourself. Body chains can be an impressive way to manifest your style and message. You can put a nice waist chain to highlight a beautiful crop top or put an Agent Provocateur-like chain dress and barely anything else—the choice is yours. Just be sure that you are comfortable with this type of jewelry.

To sum it all up

In 2022, the fashion becomes wilder and jewelry follows suit. It’s hard to surprise anyone with bulky bracelets or neon-green chokers. And something tells us that it’s not even close to the limit. We mentioned only five ways you can keep up with the trend, but to be honest, it barely matters. As we already said, fashion rules are not as strict as they used to be, so go with your heart and wear whatever resonates with your soul the most.

Women's Month illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Regaining Vaginal Balance with Flower Power

As women, we are always trying to find balance in our lives. We look to balance our time, money, and responsibilities as well as balance our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although, what about finding balance down there? Vaginal health is an important part of a woman’s overall health. When vaginal problems arise, they can affect self-confidence, fertility, sex drive, and put stress on a relationship. There are many factors that can impact vaginal health such as sex, infections or illness, hygiene, hormone levels, or vaginitis (vaginal inflammation). Typical symptoms that warrant a doctor visit include vaginal redness or itching; a change in odor, color, or amount of discharge; vaginal bleeding between periods, after sex, or after menopause; a mass or bulge in your vagina; or pain during intercourse.

To help maintain a healthy vagina, there are some helpful tips: do not scratch if it itches, wear cotton underwear, avoid thongs, use unscented tampons, do not leave tampons in for more than eight hours, practice safe sex, wipe from front to back after using the toilet, avoid products with a lot of fragrance like detergents and soaps, and avoid talc and powders. If you are concerned about symptoms of vaginal irritation or odor, there are over-the-counter products you can take including creams, gels, and vaginal suppositories.

About 30 percent of women struggle with vaginal odor, but that does not necessarily mean it is due to being unclean or unhygienic; it is just an imbalance. The vagina is an extraordinary self-cleaning organ but must be acidic to maintain its cleanliness and fight infection. When a woman’s pH levels are imbalanced, this can lead to vaginal issues like odor. What is pH, and why is it so important? The pH is the number that measures how alkaline (the opposite of acidic) something is. When the pH number is seven and under a substance is more acidic, and when the pH number is seven or more it is more alkaline. A healthy vagina has a pH of about four and a half or lower. A particular balance of healthy microbes in the vagina helps keep it acidic to protect against infection. Some of these healthy microbes, bacteria called Lactobacilli, keep the vagina acidic by producing lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide. If the vagina becomes less acidic, then most likely there are not enough healthy microbes to protect it from infection. As estrogen and progesterone levels change, so do the levels of healthy bacteria and the pH of the vagina. Douching can also affect vaginal pH levels, but there are some over-the-counter products that can help bring your vaginal pH back to healthy levels.

Flower Power is a vegan vaginal suppository specially designed to help naturally restore a vagina’s self-cleansing powers. It contains boric acid, an oceanic mineral that has been used for hundreds of years for its acidic, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Boric acid has been recommended by gynecologists for over 100 years, and until now, it was only available with a prescription at a compounding pharmacy. At Flower Power, they believe a natural product like their suppositories should be available to all women from the comfort of home. Flower Power’s capsules are free of fillers, dyes, and flow agents and are cruelty-free and made in the USA. Flower Power co-founder Naomi Moore says, “Unfortunately, many things such as douching, sex, fabrics, exercise, sugar, even detergent can throw off the pH. And, once the vagina’s pH is off, the bad stuff thrives, and it’s difficult for it to rebalance things again.” She adds, “Flower Power helps rapidly bring the vagina’s pH back to its natural levels, so it can continue to be the remarkable germ-fighting machine that it’s designed to be!”

Flower Power vaginal suppositories are easy to use, incredibly fast-acting, and many women see a decrease in odor after one use. They can easily be used overnight by simply inserting the suppository capsule into the vagina before bedtime, and as it dissolves, it starts to work its magic in four to twelve hours. OB-GYN Dr. R. Mabborang says, “Boric acid suppositories, like Flower Power, help restore the vaginal mucosa to more acidic levels. This allows the vagina to help fight microorganisms that can cause itch and odor. Flower Power does it better—their products are made in the USA and utilize vegan capsules – something that is likely far safer for the vaginal flora.” Pharmacist Dr. Amy Asghar says, “We’ve compounded boric acid for patients for years. It’s proven to be safe and incredibly effective with vaginal burning, odor, and itch. Flower Power uses the highest quality ingredients in a vegan capsule, bringing pharmacy quality products to the comfort of home.”

Not only does Flower Power help numerous women balance their vaginal health, but they also take their business to the next step. With every Flower Power purchase, a portion of the profits will be donated to a women’s charity of your choice. Also, if you are not happy with your results, Flower Power offers an easy refund policy. Flower Power’s mission is to help women regain confidence with safe, natural solutions. They are incredibly confident in the remarkable products they make and believe that all women should be open and honest about their vaginas. Flower Power’s vaginal suppositories are incredibly potent and quickly eliminate embarrassing vaginal odor (and excess discharge) leaving you feeling clean and confident. The precise dose of pure boric acid works as a potent antifungal and targets the nasty Candida albicans and the more resistant Candida glabrata yeast strains. Their boric acid is also the finest, most comfortable powder around with absolutely no irritating granular fillers.

Women are raving about this amazing product. Flower Power is giving women the opportunity to take control of their vaginal health from home naturally and effectively. With so many women struggling with vaginal odor and other similar issues, it is reassuring to have a product that truly works and puts women first.

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Presents Ralph’s Club

At Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles

Ralph Lauren Fragrances hosted an exclusive evening of cocktails and entertainment at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles to celebrate Ralph’s Club Eau de Parfum, a new masculine fragrance designed to inspire people to come together.

Guests enjoyed cocktails inspired by the notes of the fragrance, as well as a performance by Prince Charlez.

Representing the best night of your life captured in a fragrance, Ralph’s Club Eau de Parfum is a long-lasting, woody scent that was thoughtfully designed for mavericks of style who inspire others to enjoy the fullness of life around them.

Attendees included faces of Ralph’s Club Fai Khadra and Luka Sabbat, musical guest Prince Charlez, DJ Travis Bennett, and guests Darren Barnet, Quannah Chasinghorse, Angus Cloud, Kio Cyr, Cameron Dallas, Amanda Diaz, Jasmine Daniels, Jared Eng, Ben Esqueda, Isabelle Fuhrman, August Getty, Nate Gill, Blake Gray, Vinnie Hacker, Barron and Tessa Hilton, Kathy Hilton, Wisdom Kaye, Chriselle Lim, Jonas Maier, Dexter Mayfield, Ava Michelle, Ayoub Mutanda, King Princess, Michelle Salas, Nicholas Scarpinato, Sharl, Stephanie Shepherd, Hailmore.

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Ayoub Mutanda × Erin Johnson

*All Photos by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Ralph Lauren)

yoga illustration by Heather Skovlund for use by 360 Magazine

How an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Helped Me to Overcome PTSD

By Beth Lauren, certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, founder of Sangha NYC and author of Reeling: Misadventures in Moviemaking, Money and Love

It can be challenging to assess how the mind contributes to a person’s overall physical health. Still, the mind-body connection is now widely accepted by Western medical traditions as it has been by Eastern medicine for centuries.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that can occur in people who have experienced a traumatic event such as combat, a severe accident, or sexual assault. Studies have shown that the hyperarousal symptoms of PTSD may also put a survivor in a constant state of stress and anxiety. It’s common knowledge that both put tremendous strain on a person’s body, increasing the risk for physical health problems including cardiovascular disease, asthma, chronic pain, sleep apnea, and a host of gastrointestinal disorders.

The mind and body work together in both harmony and disharmony. For years PTSD troubled my mind and continued its descent through my body, resulting in bouts of IBS, sleep apnea, and insomnia. PTSD was my enduring legacy as a rape survivor. I was just 12 years old at the time of my assault. I would be 46 when I first began to process this violent and painful experience that was too much for both my brain and body to handle for 34 years.

Five years later, I became an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor and adopted the daily routine, or dinacharya, an Ayurvedic lifestyle recommends practitioners follow. And now, at the age of 55, I’m experiencing the best mental and physical health of my life.

Ayurveda is an ancient healing system. Using a holistic approach, Ayurveda balances manas (mind), shareera (body), and atma (soul) for optimal health. The goal of practitioners is not merely to prevent and cure disease but to focus on optimizing physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Managing both mind and body together is the approach needed to treat symptoms of PTSD successfully.

Ayurveda also offers a personalized methodology that is well-suited for treating the individual needs of those who have PTSD. No one’s pain is the same. How trauma manifests in the body can be affected by climate, pre-existing health issues, age, genetics – so many factors.

An Ayurvedic way of living: diet, daily routine, yoga, and meditation 

On my journey, I found that I wanted my body and soul to follow once my mind was free from suffering. I began by paying close attention to how my eating habits affected my mood, digestion, and weight. It wasn’t just what I put into my body, but when I ate—the time of day and my state of mind when I was eating contributed to my malfunctioning digestion. Emotional eating was an issue for me, as it is for so many survivors, especially women. How many television shows and movies have we all seen where the heroine soothes her broken heart with a pint of ice cream?

In Ayurveda, food is medicine, not a consolation prize. Choosing foods that are in harmony with the season, grown locally, and favor one’s dosha—the energetic force of nature that comprises one’s unique body constitution—is essential for following an Ayurvedic lifestyle. I also found that eating primarily hot cooked foods and adding warming spices such as turmeric, cardamom, cumin, and cinnamon nourished my body and brain.

The more I learned about what an Ayurvedic lifestyle could offer, the more it seemed intuitive. Simple adjustments such as having my largest meal for lunch instead of dinner made sense to me. Why wouldn’t I give my body as much waking time as possible to digest heavy foods?

Digestive strength is paramount in Ayurveda. Maintaining strong agni or digestive power supports the body’s immunity, and a robust immune system is essential for managing daily stressors. Digesting doesn’t just apply to nutrition. We are constantly digesting our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Healthy agni is key to a calm and peaceful state of mind, so all three don’t overwhelm us.

My daily practice includes 1-2 cups of Cumin, Coriander, Fennel (CCF) tea, a traditional Ayurvedic blend that supports digestion and gently detoxifies the liver. CCF’s calming and cooling qualities work well with all constitutions.

Several Ayurvedic herbs nourish and calm the brain and body, but the one I recommend as the most productive is ashwagandha.

A powerful herb in Ayurvedic healing, ashwagandha has been used in India for centuries for a wide variety of conditions, including stress, anxiety, insomnia, joint pain – the list is endless, and it includes some of the most common PTSD symptoms. In Ayurveda, specific herbs are adaptogens, which help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment and internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia. Ashwagandha is one of them.

Yoga is so much more than a way to stretch and strengthen muscles. Daily practice can provide mental clarity and peace, providing a spiritual and psychological foundation for Ayurveda. It’s no mystery why certification as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor includes a yoga module. For me, slow-paced yoga postures such as paschimottasana (seated forward bend pose) and matsyendrasana (half spinal twist pose) help to keep me calm and relaxed.

Given that the mind-body connection is fundamental to Ayurveda, it’s evident that meditation would be, like yoga, an integral component of its practice. Meditation helps us to attain awareness and harmony by experiencing inner calm and deep relaxation. While the violence I survived will always produce lingering feelings and thoughts resulting in anxiety, sadness, and eyes that fill with tears, all those emotions are less charged now. Those memories no longer imprison my body and brain. I can honestly write that a 5,000-year-old modality has been a massive part of my recovery, and for that, I am very grateful.

ABOUT BETH LAUREN

Beth Lauren spent over a decade in the film industry as a writer, producer, and director. She poignantly and humorously documents the devastating journey to produce her second feature in her memoir, Reeling: Misadventures in Moviemaking, Money, and Love. Beth wrote and produced the feature film, Fairytale of New York, which premiered at the New Filmmakers Series 2000 in NYC. She wrote, produced, and directed the short films: Immaculate Concoction and Getting Ned, in addition to co-producing and consulting on several plays and short films.

She is a certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor and is the owner of Sangha NYC, where she offers virtual and in-person Ayurvedic counseling services and products. Sangha NYC enjoys a partnership with Nirogam, one of India’s largest and most trusted suppliers of Ayurvedic medicines. Beth is the Well-Tech World Summit organizer, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland, in March 2022.

Medical illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Why kicking an addiction is more than just quitting

Why kicking an addiction is more than just quitting; the importance of self-improvement to recovery

Regardless of what someone becomes addicted to, be it drugs, food, or a computer game, there are usually underlying causes that have led to the addiction developing. So, it makes sense that when the addict chooses to try and break their addiction, it is not just the addiction that needs to be addressed but also the underlying causes. Without doing this, the person is far more likely to fall back into their habit. Thankfully there are many routes to self-improvement that can be used in the fight to overcome addiction.

Talking therapy can be a valuable tool for uncovering deep-seated issues that have eroded a person’s confidence and mental health and pushed them into escapism that became a dangerous addiction. Whether you choose to use a psychologist or a trained counselor, they will work to improve your mental health, giving you much-needed strength to break that addiction. Therapists are also there for you once you’ve broken the addiction but are perhaps still struggling with old triggers or when other stresses arise that could become triggering so that you can develop coping mechanisms to overcome them.

Rehab centers can be a scary thought, but they aren’t just there for those at the lowest ebb of their addiction issues. Rehabs are also designed to help you learn how to deal with day-to-day life after addiction so that you don’t need their services again. An Arizona Rehab Center will also provide outpatient services to provide that ongoing support while you reintegrate into the community. Being in a rehab facility also lets you see others who are at different stages of recovery than yourself, letting you look back at how far you’ve come and forwards to where you will soon be.

A general improvement to mental health is beneficial for anyone, especially when dealing with deeper issues. As well as therapy and addiction-specific help, look at other approaches to balancing the mind, such a meditation and mindfulness, which can be practiced in a group setting or alone in a quiet moment. Many people’s addictions stem from trying to escape the noise in their heads. The practices of meditation and mindfulness work to help you calm that internal noise and reset your mind, thus allowing you to step away from chaotic thoughts that have become overwhelming and, therefore, harmful to your mental health.

As well as working on your mental health, paying attention to your physical health is very important, too, especially if you’re fighting an addiction that has a particularly detrimental effect on it. Start small and gentle; if you’re coming off drugs or alcohol, a heavy gym session will not go well. Instead, opt for gentle exercise such as a yoga class or join a walking group (classes and groups have an added social benefit that will lift your mood). As you see improvement in your fitness and overall health, look at finding other activities in which to get involved.

Cryptocurrency illustration by Heather Skovlund for use by 360 Magazine

Native Tokens on Nimbus: The Ecosystem × The Future

Nimbus is a blockchain platform that specializes in DeFi solutions for any potential needs a prospective user may have. Whether it is through dApps, staking in Crypto, or via lending and borrowing, Nimbus is the go-to platform when it comes to taking advantage of the DeFi market, and a major factor of its continuing success comes from its native tokens, NBU, and GNBU. With a third stablecoin in the works, Nimbus’ innovation continues to impress its community and grow along with the DeFi market.

Starting with the basics, there is the NBU token that serves as the lifeblood of the platform. NBU can be used to pay off debts, fees, swaps etc and is the standard for all transactions. Users can swap existing tokens from Binance or Ethereum blockchains or they can apply for a loan from Nimbus itself. Nimbus makes it easy for a first-time user to get a loan for tokens or just pay out of pocket for them. This flexibility from the start lets the user experience every step at their own pace.

NBU is the basic utility token and will be the one that most users will find most comfortable. NBU is often used for swapping or staking due to the ease of use it offers to jump into the sixteen different revenue streams Nimbus offers. Founded with the idea of being a flexible platform, Nimbus created the NBU to reflect that flexibility. A user can choose what they do with their tokens, like entering it into a chosen liquidity pool for the interest it accrues. Or they might swap it out via the Swap Machine dApp for a different token like Ethereum. While not offering as many options as the GNBU, NBU has far more intuitive access associated with it for the average user to take advantage of.

GNBU, the second of the two currently available tokens, is the main governing token on the Nimbus platform. Like NBU, GNBU offers its users a lot of flexibility and can be traded, tendered, or sold as a user likes. GNBU does take the staking idea farther as well, due to its nature it can be staked into whichever pool they like for any determined time versus the sometimes-hard locked nature of NBU staking. Furthermore, simply being in possession of the token allows for a user to get a percentage of every transaction fee that takes place on the platform.

The biggest difference between NBU and GNBU is that GNBU allows the user to have voting power on the platform. Nimbus relies on the community at every level, and it has established a community vote for major decisions that impact the platform’s ecosystem and current path. If someone has a GNBU they have a vote in this community and have a direct impact on the future of Nimbus.  With the Nimbus Platform itself capping its ownership of GNBU at 10% any user that possesses one of these tokens has a major voice in developments.

There is a third token that is currently being developed along the Stablecoin idea: STAN, which will be directly pegged to the United States Dollar. Though it’s still in the works, Nimbus plans on having access to 15 different revenue generating tools. STAN will be swappable using Uniswap for other forms of Crypto or cashed out at the user’s leisure. Stablecoin is a more tangible coin that some users will find more comfort in and is one more avenue for users to reach financial success.

Crypto by its nature can be confusing, so Nimbus created its tokens with the philosophy of entuitive use for all Crypto enthusiasts. Nimbus isn’t as large as other blockchain platforms for now, but its growth continues with its security and flexibility being its driving force. In 2021 alone the number of users with attached wallets reached over 57,000 in number. As Nimbus continues to expand that number will grow massively.

The Nimbus blockchain represents the future of decentralized finance and innovation.  With the hopes of eventually creating an entirely decentralized bank for its users to have access to, Nimbus is constantly creating the next best thing through its platform. Even its ecosystem has been created to be fluid and allow for user input at a regular pace.

There’s been a lot of bad press in the news regarding Crypto. For some Crypto is a game of musical chairs that won’t have many seats left when the music stops playing. But this isn’t a game of chance, and those who believe it don’t understand the market. Nimbus has striven to ensure that every user understands the experience fully while enforcing strict transparency and security across the platform. The best example of this lies in its chosen tokens.

Nimbus clearly has all token values available to its users and market trend information is up to date and specifies all aspects of exchange value. Furthermore, GNBU and its associated services encourage investing time and resources back into the community and benefits not only one user, but the entire platform. The ripple effect from one user benefits another and the cycle continues across the whole of the user base.

Community is key with the Nimbus platform, and constant innovation in both the services offered and what NBU and GNBU offer allow for that community involvement while they further innovate the platform to meet new trends. In no other platform does the community find itself directly involved in the ecosystem, and it is just one more reason why Nimbus is continuing to grow at a rapid pace as the year closes itself out.

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Art Basel in the Miami Design District

Art Basel – and all that comes with it – is around the corner, and we’re pleased to share a few client initiatives set to debut in the Miami Design District! From art installations, to pop-ups and events, please find below information for Miami Design District’s 2021 Commission winner: a physical and virtual site-specific installation coined Tomorrow Land, Jeffrey Dietch’s ‘Shattered Glass’ exhibition, Craig Robins Collection, the Mitchell-Innes & Nash exhibit, Shoes + Art by Matthew Chevallard, and CLIMAX by Jean Thierry Besins.

2021 MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT DESIGN COMMISSION: TOMORROW LAND 

The Miami Design District is pleased to unveil Tomorrow Land, a physical and virtual site-specific installation created by Studio Proba and Enjoy the Weather for the neighborhood’s Annual Design Commission 2021. Tomorrow Land features a series of playfully designed sculptures, seating, and ornamentation, created by Studio Proba in her signature, popular style. In addition to the physical components woven throughout the Miami Design District, the installation boasts an interactive, virtual game created by Enjoy the Weather. A dedicated app built around AR technology and proximity beacons which allow visitors to “collect” and digitally customize Studio Proba’s shapes and place their own custom totems throughout the neighborhood—and beyond—for other participants to discover and play with.

Dates: November 2021 – May 2022

Location: Miami Design District as well as at the entrance of Design Miami in Pride Park

JEFFREY DEITCH PRESENTS: ‘SHATTERED GLASS’ 

Shattered Glass, the acclaimed exhibition of new art by emerging artists of color, which was shown at Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles last spring, will be presented in an expanded version in the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. The Los Angeles version of Shattered Glass, curated by Melahn Frierson and A.J. Girard, was more than an exhibition, it was a phenomenon, attracting 1,000 visitors per day in its final weeks on showcase. Shattered Glass connected with a diverse art audience, giving visitors a rare opportunity to see art that reflected their own life experience. The expanded Miami version of Shattered Glass will include fifteen new artists. The painting, sculpture, and photographic works in the exhibition are all figurative. The subject matter is often the artists’ family and friends. Their primary subject is their own life and their community. The participating artists are all strongly socially engaged; many of whom incorporate powerful social messages into their work. The exhibition represents a remarkable new generation that connects with a new art audience. Jeffrey Deitch has been presenting exhibitions and public art projects in the Miami Design District since 2002.

Dates: November 29 – December 5, 2021

Location: Miami Design District The Moore Building

CRAIG ROBINS COLLECTION

The Craig Robins Collection, displayed within the Miami Design District headquarter offices of DACRA, is a private collection of contemporary art and design that represents a broad range of artistic perspectives. Based on the belief that art should be shared, highlights from the collection are constantly rotated and put on view within the workspaces at DACRA, the innovative development company founded by Craig Robins in 1987. The annual re-hanging of Craig Robins contemporary art collection highlights the work of American conceptual artist John Baldessari (1931-2020), and features recent acquisitions including work by Kenturah Davis, Sayre Gomez, Yesiyu Zhao, and more. Encompassing the disciplines of design, art, and architecture, the multifaceted collection also features pieces by established favorites such as Urs Fischer, Jean Prouvé, Richard Tuttle, and Marlene Dumas.

Location: DACRA Headquarters: 3841 NE  2nd Avenue

MITCHELL-INNES & NASH

The Mitchell-Innes & Nash exhibit will feature early works by Eddie Martinez alongside works by Freddie Brice, David Butler, Ray Hamilton, Ike Morgan, Mary T Smith and Billy White among others.

Dates: Monday, November 29 – Saturday, December 4 from noon to 8pm, Sunday, December 5 from noon to 6 pm – Winter Exhibition

Location: 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 125

SHOES + ART BY MATTHEW CHEVALLARD 

Footwear Entrepreneur, Matthew Chevallard, is debuting an innovative modern-retail experience in the Miami Design District, coined: Shoes + Art. Merging Chevallard’s passion for footwear with his passion for art collecting, this multifaceted speakeasy retail concept, invites the public into a forward thinking and design-driven oasis in the middle of the most popular neighborhood in Miami. Chevallard’s new Avant Garde boutique, is situated in front of luxury houses Fendi and Louboutin, and features his two Italian hand-made footwear brands, Blu Scarpa and Concetto Limone all within Chevallard’s art gallery, THE OFFICE. The unique boutique concept will open to the public in time for Miami Art Basel 2021, on November 28th, 2021, with a solo exhibition by the coveted Mexican American artist, Eduardo Sarabia. The exhibition will feature a full range of works from Eduardo’s practice. For the first time, Eduardo will be displaying 10 limited edition lithographs, with several of them hand embellished by Eduardo Sarabia himself. Tying in the brands, Eduardo will be painting a set of Blu Scarpa products, and will be displaying a large selection of unique hand-painted ceramic plates. The remainder of the works will be revealed during the opening.

Dates:  November 28 – ongoing

Location: 160 NE 40th Street; 2nd floor of OTL

CLIMAX BY JEAN THIERRY BESINS

Designed by Jean Thierry Besins, CLIMAX is a 13-foot sculpture made of 1 ton of recycled stainless steel. The radiator inspires viewers to stop shielding themselves from the existential threat of death when facing climate change. CLIMAX is the first version of a 100-foot-tall heater that Jean Thierry Besins plans to install in Iceland in September 2024. The sculpture will be inaugurated in October in Jungle Plaza and will be on view through February 2022.

Dates: October 2021 – February 2022

Location: Miami Design District Jungle Plaza

ABOUT MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT

The Miami Design District is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood that combines luxury shopping, galleries, museums, design stores, restaurants and major art and design installations all within an architecturally significant context. The Miami Design District is owned and operated by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra, founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Catterton Real Estate, a global real estate development and investment fund, specializing in creating luxury shopping destinations. As Miami becomes increasingly known for its own rich culture, the growth of the Miami Design District further reflects how the city is deserving of its place on the global stage.

Cryptocurrency illustration by Heather Skovlund for use by 360 Magazine

SIKI – Where Entertainment Meets Crypto

As a multi-media, multi-blockchain NFT Creation Engine and marketplace wrapped in a social ecosystem that streams NFT music, live streams and post, SIKI app is one of the fastest-growing companies in the blockchain/crypto space.

SIKI is in a private “invite only” stage currently which users can apply for. Despite so, the app is already packed with cutting-edge features such as fast royalty payments, advanced statistics, security, gamification, multi-chain NFT engine, and cryptocurrencies. At this time, SIKI is mostly onboarding artists and crypto-enthusiasts.

Taking pride in making sure the platform will be ready and simple to use even for those who are new to NFT’s and crypto, SIKI is not in any rush to launch.As the app is relatively new and upcoming, we were lucky enough to speak with CEO Chris Moraites on what plans he has for SIKI.

Where did you get the idea to create the app?

Being a musician myself, I have always been trying to figure out a way to advance the music industry for new artists. I had worked on a few tech concepts in college and over the years but nothing felt like it could make a big enough impact. After meeting Jason Dowd and learning the possibilities of NFT’s, it helped me realize this is what I needed to connect everything. Since then, the project has grown so much further thanks to people like my brother Myles Moraites and longtime friend Nick Gangi.

What is the targeted market for this app?

Music, crypto, and gaming enthusiasts. As it grows, we are hoping that it is built to be simple enough so anyone can use whether they have knowledge of crypto or not.

How would you explain this app to people who are not familiar with NFT?

If they were familiar with gaming, I would say it’s like a music or media idle game. If they upload music, created playlists, or have collaborated, their accounts will grow even when they are not using the platform. The more they use the platform the higher their ranking in the platform allowing them to receive more rewards as well.

What will your app do that regular streaming sites are not doing?

Being able to support your favorite artists on a financial level isn’t something that has been available in all the major music streaming platforms. Also, by using the platform it isn’t just the songs that receive stats but fans will also be able to shine. In many situations most artists have no clue how much a fan supports them, we want to make this more transparent.

What are the goals for the launch of this app?

To bring in a strong and active community that looks to help support artists as well as each other. We would like all fans to be seen as curators, not just people who stream music but people who want to help push the reach of artists.

How do you see this app expanding in the future?

In our next phase we expand heavily into a social media approach allowing for NFT’s in images and videos. Unlike Instagram and other platforms, we allow users to monetize and NFT each piece of content. We then will be expanding into live streaming as well as gaming.

Can you explain the term ‘gamification’ to your audience who would like to be a part of it?

Gamification refers to a level/ranking system that is implemented for users and artists. This way, artists can increase in level the more active they are. For example, if they tip $1, they will rank up to a level 1 tipper. There are many different level categories as well as various rewards and benefits that come with being within the top ranked.

Will uploading my song to SIKI immediately turn it into an NFT?

No, you may upload music to SIKI and not NFT the song. However, if you want to receive royalties then it must be an NFT.

What are some of the latest developments that may excite users? 

We are excited to have DJ Clue on board with SIKI as he is one of the legendary shapeshifters of today’s music as he is a multi-platinum artist, DJ and producer who has been instrumental in the development of artists like Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Fabolous and many others, as well as DJing for NYC’s hottest music station Power 105.1. We also recently have begun some major partnerships with some of the top crypto companies out there. We launched our SIKI.io content house on November 1 in LA which has 2 recording studios in it. We will also be throwing networking events for artists and industry professionals in the future. Other events include an upcoming art basel where we will be announcing much more exciting news. I am so grateful for the SIKI team and can’t wait to share some of the developments everyone has been working on to build this platform.

Thanks to the popularity of its collaboration with DJ Clue and other celebrities, SIKI has been growing exponentially. “This is groundbreaking…This technology bridges music in a way never seen before. Putting every artist in a win/win situation,” says Platinum Recording Artist DJ Clue. in a report on the company’s plans to expand the NFT’s.

There’s a music angle here too: DJ Clue is not only one of its first clients, but he is also taking a stake in the company. There are more details on his plans where you can see at Siki.io: Clue’s NFTs will be launched on his upcoming show which complements the launch of the SIKI app this month. That hints at the NFTs being bundled with ticket sales, or perhaps offering seats at the concerts as rewards, Taylor Swift-style. Fans can be ahead of the NFT’s going on sale in the final quarter of this year.

About DJ Clue

DJ Clue is an American DJ, Platinum Recording Artist, Platinum Producer, and CEO of Desert Storm Records. He airs on NYC’s Power 105 6-10PM Monday – Friday. Born in Queens, New York, DJ Clue, also known as Ernesto D. Shaw, he was originally interested in pursuing a rap career, but quickly fell in love with generating his own beats and making crowds dance.

His first mixtape, released in 1990, became an almost instant hit, circulated widely because it contained a large amount of music that could not be heard anywhere else. He also recorded his mixing live freestyle, giving all his tapes a raw, immediate feel that became part of his signature sound. He distributed tapes independently throughout the 90s, and his first mixtape CD, “The Professional: Part 1”, sold over a million copies. Since then, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with several artists, including JadakissDMXSnoop DoggNasMary J. Blige, and Lil’ Mo.

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Five Cannabis-related Films Loved By The Industry

Are you a weed lover looking for some entertainment and want to know what movies are out there that might be of interest to you? Are you looking for a fun cannabis-related film but don’t know what to choose?

The cannabis industry has quickly become one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, with recent legalizations being made. New strains are coming to the market, and even newer products are making it better to consume them. Marijuana consumption devices have come a long way since the days of smoking a regular joint. Today, there are cannabis consumption devices in all shapes and sizes imaginable, especially in online head shops like DankStop, from pipes to dabs, e-rigs, and bongs. These days, the stigma behind cannabis is almost nonexistent, which means that people won’t mind making movies about it. However, these movies take us back to a time when weed was frowned upon and portrayed the herb as a bad influence – sometimes. Here are 5 cannabis-related films loved by the industry.

Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke

At the very top of our list of cannabis-related movies that are a must-see, is Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke. The first in a trilogy of stoner movies, up in smoke paved the way for stoner movies everywhere. This film was set back in the 1970s and is still hitting hard in the marijuana industry.

Cannabis lovers and stoners will appreciate the oversized joints and the hazy clouds that seem to follow the two lead characters, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Although it was not the first film about stoners, it was definitely one that played out the way for just about every other comedy stoner film and put out the formula for it.

This might have been where the stigma of lazy stoners came from, but it is nothing but comedy and entertainment.

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

Released in 2004, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, is quickly approaching its 20th anniversary. This fantastic film is the epitome of stoners in film. The plot revolves around two men on a quest to find the best burger possible.

With a cameo from Neil Patrick Harris as an ecstasy addict and the two leads being stoners, it’s no wonder that the first question they asked is something that any stoner might have asked once before; didn’t we come here on a cheetah?

This is yet another hysterically comedic film that follows the outline of stereotypical potheads. It is comical and very enjoyable for those looking for a good laugh.

Half Baked

Moving on down the list, next in line we have the film Half Baked, which can be seen as a play on words as when someone is high it can colloquially be referred to as being baked. This 90s stoner comedy is a must-see if you are looking for a good laugh.

Although this film is close to reaching 23 years, it is said to have predicted the future trends in marijuana for the next 20 years very accurately. This film shows the more innocent side of stoners.

Back in 1998, people had a much different perception of marijuana, however, this film shows it in both its medicinal and recreational capacity, and puts it in a good light for both the users and even the haters.

How High

Next up we have the film, How High. Which is yet another play on words. It is quite fun to see how all of these films have had some or other play on words. The film’s plot follows two young men as they make their way to Harvard after finding a way to make themselves a genius. This genius was not discovered through books, not through learning, but rather through a secret.

Their secret being the fact that they used the ashes of their dead friend to fertilize and maintain their weed crop. This hilarious and outlandish stoner comedy is definitely something to watch if you are looking for a good laugh.

Pineapple Express

Last but not least, we have the ever-popular Pineapple Express, starring Seth Rogan and James Franco. This film is about a newly discovered strain of marijuana called Pineapple express which is considered rare and said to be something amazing.

Through many adventures throughout the film, we have laughs and tears, making it definitely well worth the watch.

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Ultimate Baby Gift Guide

Baby Gift Guide

Looking for the best baby present? Wondering what to gift a friend’s or family member’s baby is hard for most people, especially if you haven’t had kids. The best baby gift can be tricky, especially if it’s past the baby shower or if no information is given. But the best gift would be something thoughtful and useful and may be even better with touches of personalization. At 360 Magazine, we’ve put together a list of the best new baby gifts and useful baby gear.

Bumkins

Bumkin’s mission is to create fun, smart, and responsibly made products that support the developing needs and milestones of littles and make life simpler for moms, dads, and caregivers.

Bumkins was honored to partner with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation for their annual #BeKind21 challenge. By participating, we pledged to be kind to ourselves and our community for 21 days as we commit to making kindness a habit. The collaboration includes bibs for all sizes that are quick, adjustable, and lightweight.

Shop the collection here.

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Feltman Brothers Fall Collection

Gorgeous fall finery from the Feltman Brothers: their clothing is the perfect gift to give a new family or to get for your own children. With impeccable attention to detail in every piece, these outfits make a statement about the importance of quality. Get the vintage look while keeping warm.

Since 1916, Feltman Brothers has been providing the world with authentic and timeless clothing for babies and young children. This reputation is the result of a strong commitment to quality, incomparable fabrics, exclusive designs, and attention to detail. Feltman Brothers designs reflect the elegance of heirloom vintage styling for children, perfect for all occasions. Their pieces reflect a level of workmanship that has no equal. Feltman Brothers is, and always has been, a family business, three generations deep and continuing strong.

Shop Feltman Brothers latest fall collection here.

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Geomag

It’s not always easy to make learning interesting but Geomag’s new range of Supercolor sets makes certain that children and adults alike will continue to nurture that curiosity to explore and create and above all else, have fun whilst doing it.  The Geomag Supercolor sets, available in 35, 52 or 78 pieces, contain a mixture of panels, magnetic rods and metal spheres offer an explosion of new colors to allow building bigger and brighter stable structures.

Even the most demanding of creative spirits will not fail to be challenged inventing and building endless numbers of three-dimensional structures.  The Geomag Supercolor 114 Piece Set can be found at Target.

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Little Medical School

Children are cognizant of the medical world now more than ever because of the Pandemic. Whether it’s taking care of family, friends or pets, children have developed a greater passion for helping and healing this year.

Little Medical School, a national franchise offering hands-on interactive programs to stimulate interest in medical science recently developed a new product line just in time for the holidays.

Little Medical School® Pediatrician Baby Activity Set

Little Medical School® Veterinarian Horse Activity Set

Little Medical School® Wilderness Survival Set

Feltman Brothers Pointelle Knit Blanket

Thebirth of a baby is a milestone event in a family’s life. And, what better gift to celebrate the memorable occasion than the beautiful Pointelle Wrap Set and Knit Blanket from Feltman Brothers.

A timeless, vintage style knit set for your baby. This white 3-piece set features a classic pointelle design for an heirloom style – great as a take-me-home outfit, gift set, or for special occasions. Retails at $89.99.

  • Super convenient for quick changes – separate top and pants, and opens down the side.
  • Footies will keep baby’s tiny toes nice and cozy.
  • Includes a matching knit bonnet to finish off that adorable, timeless look!
  • Matching Blanket not included and can be purchased separately.
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