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Influencers on Miami's Biggest Fashion and Fitness Wins This Year

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As 2015 wraps up, we've tapped in a handful of reputable fashion and fitness friends to weigh in on the year's greatest hits (and misses) for our Year in Racked! Today they're revealing Miami's top fashion and fitness wins this year, plus what stores and workouts they'd like to see here in 2016.


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Alexandra Shepard, Mind Body Manager at Exhale Spa: The biggest fitness win for Miami this year was ClassPass. I'd love to see Miami get stores like TopShop and Uniqlo in 2016.

Ashley Brozic, Editor of Racked Miami: I love that reputable studios like SoulCycle, Flybarre, and Barry's Bootcamp have opened secondary locations in Miami, and hope they continue moving out west into the suburbs! As for stores, we're seriously missing a TopShop, Zara Home, and a Reformation here, but in the meantime I'm happy about all the great luxury options now open at Sawgrass Mills and the cool brands opening stores in Wynwood, like Kit & Ace, Shinola, and Illesteva.

Celene Gee, Owner of Gee Beauty: I think there are some amazing fitness options in Miami, but it was great to see more accessible healthy, fresh, organic food options. Jugofresh expanded even more, Dirt and Full Bloom opened restaurants. We need even more amazing healthy food options in more spots throughout Miami and the beach so that its super simple to maintain consistency.

Chad Tucker, Stylist: CrossFit! What industrial park is complete without a CrossFit gym? The results are amazing and it's good to have social interaction, albeit sweating and out of breath in a good healthy way.

Jhon Jairo Santos, Fashion Editor at Metrovelvet and Brickell and Key Biscayne Magazines: I would say the hotel openings (Faena and Edition rock my world right now), the boutiques in Design District, and the non-stop cool expansion of Wynwood. I think the bar has been raised high, and that will make the other areas keep up the competition. Also, I can't wait to see Brickell City Center and the new Downtown Miami projects finished. I'd like for the city to have more eventful weeks that can attract the interest of people around the world. Right now our city is an incubator for amazing projects. I'm happy that we are moving towards the right direction.

Kelly Saks, Blogger: GlamSquad changed the on-demand beauty game in the 305. Still waiting for GlamSquad nails to get here!

Melissa Mosheim, Owner of MVM Miami: Since I'm not that into all of the trendy workouts that have popped up recently, I would have to say that the best thing that has popped up in the wellness department is all the juice/health bars that have opened up in Wynwood. I frequent: Jugo Fresh, Jucy Lu, Dr. Smood, and Della each at least once a week.

Nicole Mejia, Founder of Fit & Thick: I came across the Seed Food and Wine Festival a few months back. It is the first plant-based food and wine festival in the country and I absolutely loved the idea when I heard about it. I recently went plant-based a few months back. When I tell most people they are confused as to why I did it and are ignorant to its benefits and how delicious and easy it can be. I think the Seed festival is a great way to start educating people about the benefits of a plant-based diet and it's a testimony to how mainstream the lifestyle is becoming!

Nikki Novo, Author, Speaker, and Blogger: I think our biggest win was the opening of The Bodhi Tree House. This Wynwood spot brings the best of spirituality and wellness Miami has to offer all under one roof. Plus, who doesn't want to hang out in a tree house all day? I would like to see Miamians embrace fashionable raincoats. It rains so much here. Why can't we do it like Seattle and wear chic waterproof gear? Who's with me?

Regina Arriola Cauff, Founding Partner of Style Rac: The vast array of organic, wholesome eateries that have popped up throughout the city like Jucy Lu, Della Bowls and Organic Bites. I would love for Tracy Anderson to open a studio in Miami! Her method is one of the most effective and challenging workouts I have ever done.

Ria Michelle, Blogger: I really like this trend of free outdoor yoga. The Mondrian does it, Stella McCartney for Adidas has hosted a class. It's refreshing. I'd like to continue the path we're on. I think people are lifting the limits they've previously placed on themselves and becoming open to fresh and new ideas.

Simonett Pereira, Founder of Style Mafia: Fashion-wise? Vetements. Fitness-wise?Classpass.