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👗 This woman fights FOMO with fashion

Melissa Lorenzo-Hervé is the CEO, creative director and co-founder of Pirouette.
(📸: Courtesy of Melissa Lorenzo-Hervé)

TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH

Have you ever wanted to start your own company but were too busy or too afraid to try? Melissa Lorenzo-Hervé knows this feeling all too well.

This Miami native, and mother of two, has a full time job as a legal writer in New York but her dream was to start a clothing line for women that would save them time and trouble with one simple dress.

The only thing was she had no idea how to do it. So she took a bootcamp for entrepreneurs and started doing research about design, materials and launching a business.

Then she took a leap of faith. Now she’s the CEO, creative director and co-founder of Pirouette, an online company that makes multifunctional dresses for women that allows them to go from day to night with one outfit, so they’ll never have FOMO again.

Check out our full conversation with Melissa on our website to learn more about her inspiration, the women she’s learned from, and how Miami shaped who she is today.

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HOW TO CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY

Here are six cool events happening around town this month, including a screening, a 5K run, and panel discussions to honor outstanding women.

Miami Dade College is also hosting exciting programs for Women’s History Month. Check here for a full calendar of events.

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WHAT’S NEW IN THE 305

You can’t always get what you want. Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Florida lawmakers asked for $200 million from the federal government for restoration work in the Everglades but instead Trump’s proposed budget drastically cuts spending by the U.S. Army Corps and doesn’t include a reservoir that would reduce polluted water from Lake Okeechobee – a major contributor to last year’s destructive red tide. (Miami Herald)

What exactly do you mean by murder? The passage of Amendment 4 in November’s elections could restore the voting rights of an estimated 1.2 million former felons in Florida, so long as they had completed their sentences and weren’t guilty of committing murder or a felony sex crime. But does that include attempted murder? That’s what Republican lawmakers want to define, potentially limiting who can register to vote. Since the law took effect in January, the state has seen a jump in voter registration, including more black men, who have historically been disenfranchised at higher rates. (Miami Herald)

One man’s crisis is another’s political gain. Could the crisis in Venezuela turn off some Florida voters to progressive proposals by Democrats? That’s what the GOP is hoping by suggesting that things like universal healthcare and education could turn the U.S. into the next Venezuela. Republicans think this anti-socialist message could give them an advantage, particularly with the large Cuban and Venezuelan communities in South Florida. (The Hill)

A history of joy, resistance and defiance. The Stonewall Riots, which happened 50 years ago, were a defining moment for the gay rights movement. In recognition of the the riots, a new exhibit explores the history of the LGBTQ community in Miami-Dade County through photographs. The exhibit, which highlights the discrimination the queer community faced and their resilience, was curated by Dr. Julio Capó Jr. Capó Jr. was born and raised and Miami, and wrote the book “Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940.” (WLRN)

Events

Things to do

OUR PARTNER EVENTS

🎭Today – Sunday, Mar. 17: Check out the Tout-Monde Festival and how it connects SoFlo and the Caribbean via the arts (Multiple locations)

😋 Today Sample locally sourced dishes by the city’s top chefs, local growers and producers at Slow Food Miami’s 8th Annual “Snail of Approval” tasting party (Miami Beach)

🎶 Saturday: Check out the release show of the new musical project, “El Blues del Inmigrante” (Wynwood)

🍦Saturday: Bring the kids to this sundae workshop hosted by the Santo Dulce Churros food truck at the Yard (Wynwood)

🎶Sunday: Head to the Miami Music Project for the “10 Years Of Composing Better Lives” concert (South Beach)

🎻 Friday, Mar. 22: Catch an experimental mix of film and music at New World Symphony’s “Double Take: The Human Effect” (South Beach)

🌍Friday, Mar. 22: Experience the film “MAMA AFRICA” and the book “Makeba: My Story” at Black Lounge Films and the Miami-Dade Library’s latest Docs & Books Series (Overtown)

🐐Saturday, Mar. 23: Get your namaste on with goats at Goat Yoga (West Kendall)

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AROUND TOWN

TODAY

📚Celebrate Miami Zine Fair’s fifth birthday at this fundraiser (Wynwood)

💃Party at Cry Baby, a ladies night at The Anderson (Upper East Side)

🗣️Hear from author Irvine Welsh at Books & Books (Coral Gables)


TOMORROW

🌈Celebrate the opening of HistoryMiami’s queer history exhibition (Downtown)

🎶Feel the vibes at the Miami Reggae Festival (North Beach)

🎮Show your Super Smash Bros. skills at this tournament (Kendall)

🎸Check this showcase of women musicians at Bar Nancy (Little Havana)

🎵Jam with STRFKR at The Ground (Downtown)

🌃Gaze at the stars in Shark Valley (Everglades)

🎭Party Mardi Gras-style at Ball & Chain (Little Havana)

😂Get your lol on with Jay Pharoah at the Improv – Through Sunday, Mar. 17 (Doral)


SATURDAY

⛸️Check out the Vice City Rollers in their first bout of the season (Miami Springs)

🚶Talk a walking tour of the southern stretch of Brickell Avenue (Brickell)

🍺Grab a brew at Beat Culture Brewery’s grand opening (Blue Lagoon)

🗣️Join a visioning session for Catalyst Miami’s South Dade offices (Florida City)

🎥Catch a late-night screening of “Fight Club” (Coral Gables)

🥂 Give O Cinema a proper send off at this closing party (Wynwood)

🎸Jam out to live rock bands at this pre-St. Patty’s Day party (Allapattah)

🎛️ Dance to the beats of Cinnaman, the leading Dutch DJ (Downtown)


SUNDAY

🎵 Hear Anoushka Shankar rock out on a sitar. (Cutler Bay)

💃🏻 Spend Sunday with your favorite drag queens at The Corner (Downtown)

🍺 Tap into your Irish roots and guzzle beer on at this St. Patty’s bar crawl (Brickell)

☘️ Drink green beer and dance at this St. Patty’s street party (Wynwood)

💃🏻 Twirl and dance salsa to a live salsero band (Little Havana)


MONDAY

🕺Dance and catch a drag show with the Eye Dolls (Miami Beach)

🍴Take a Little Havana food and cultural tour (Little Havana)

👏Clap your hands and stomp your feet at an Elevation Worship concert (Miami Beach)

🍽️ Try a five course Southern plant-based meal with Chef Allen (Coral Gables)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram.

THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.

Author Joseph Campbell famously advised people to “follow your bliss.” We hope Melissa Lorenzo-Hervé’s story gave you a little inspiration today to do just that. 💪

See y’all tomorrow.

– The New Tropic

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