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Highlight Hair Salon in Coral Gables Shows Off DIY Updo Looks Perfect for Holidays



You can count on it happening. Every time you’re going out, and you have to look your best, your hair and makeup teams are nowhere to be found. But this holiday season, there are some really cool looks that you can actually do yourself.

The tutorials are everywhere on social media. From beautiful braids, quick side ‘do’s, to gorgeous waves, the hair trends this season is messy sexy.

Arlene Renault, Highlight Hair Salon and Spa: “Everyone wants to be glammed out.”

The gurus at Highlight Hair Salon and Spa in Coral Gables say you can do it yourself.

Arlene Renault: “As long as the hair is prepped and you do the beach waves first, everything else falls into place. You do a ponytail, you start wrapping it, and a messy bun is just so easy to do, because however it falls, it looks great.”

An updo secret: don’t wash your hair.

Lynn Martinez: “I know it sounds gross, but when you have dirty hair, you have more volume.”

Arlene Renault: “The best is two-day hair that you haven’t washed. You put some dry shampoo, you give it some volume, and it’s so easy, and it looks more polished, actually, because of the natural oils of the hair.”

All right, for the first look, Arlene starts with a little bit of shine.

Arlene Renault: “She’s gonna put her hair back, I’m going to separate her waves.”

(Honestly, it’s so pretty she could just go out like that.)

But if you want more fancy, take the hair to one side, braid it, put a clear rubber band on it and secure it.

Arlene Renault: “And there you go.”

Old Hollywood glam with a side ‘do twist. Nice!

For a total updo, keep the braid, twist a section, pin it…

Arlene Renault: “I’m gonna grab her hair and start twisting again.”

Wrap around the back, and you have a gorgeous messy updo.

Lynn Martinez: “So this is really classy but yet modern. What did you do here?”

Arlene Renault: “I did a low ponytail, I separated the hairs.”

Do some twists, and integrate into a bun.

Lynn Martinez: “Oh my gosh, it’s so pretty. What do you think?”

Customer 1: “I love it. I never do my hair up, but I love it.”

The same thing can be done with curly hair.

Customer 2: “It’s super easy. Yeah, I saw how she did it, and she put pins in, and it kinda molded into itself.”

For a more relaxed look, pull part of your hair back, make a knot and secure it with a rubber band. Do that twice, and you’re done in minutes.

Pair these gorgeous looks with soft, glamorous makeup, and you are ready for a party.

Lynn Martinez: “Do you think you could do this on your own?”

Customer 3: “Honestly, probably not, but I’ll definitely come here so that she can do it.”

If you do it by yourself, or get a little help like me, just make sure to celebrate your beauty this holiday season.

Highlight Hair Salon and Spa
2255 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

2100 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 111
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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Rosenberg Says He ’caused Discomfort for a Valued Colleague,’ Leading to Departure As FIU President



A statement from the now former president of Florida International University has provided new insight into his sudden departure.

In the statement, issued Sunday, Dr. Mark Rosenberg thanked the community for their concern and alluded to inappropriate conduct toward a colleague.

He said his exit from the post he held since 2009 came after years of being the caregiver for his wife.

Rosenberg wrote, “Rosalie, a Type 1 diabetic on insulin for 45 years, has advanced dementia, [multiple sclerosis], and is largely wheelchair bound. I have been her nightly caregiver for over a decade. But Rosalie’s condition entered a new stage in just the last few months, resulting in further cognitive debilitation. When I finally realized the impact that her condition had on my personal well-being in late October, 2021, I sought professional mental health services and am still under a specialist’s care.”

He went on to write, “Regrettably, these issues spilled over to my work, and I caused discomfort for a valued colleague. I unintentionally created emotional (not physical) entanglement. I have apologized. I apologize to you. I take full responsibility and regret my actions.”

Rosenberg then explained that, “In consultation with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, I realized that an immediate change would be healthy for all parties.”

Rosenberg’s departure on Friday night stunned students on campus.

“Honestly, I didn’t see it coming,” said FIU junior Maria Aguirre.

Rosenberg was the fifth president at FIU, taking the helm in 2009, and he was the first faculty member to ascend to that position. He’s credited with increasing enrollment to 58,000 students and improving the graduation rate by 23%.

“He was a really good president. I’m definitely going to remember him,” said FIU junior Katherine Cadavid.

But despite rave reviews and more than a decade of leadership, conspicuously missing from Friday afternoon’s Board of Trustees emergency meeting to appoint a new president was any mention of Rosenberg’s long list of accomplishments. In fact, his name was never mentioned at all.

The board addressed the matter in their own statement, also issued Sunday.

Dean Colson with FIU’s Board of Trustees wrote that Rosenberg’s statement “provides insight into why the Board did not believe Friday was the appropriate time to celebrate the many accomplishments of FIU the past 13 years. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the events requiring his resignation.”

The only FIU official to mention his name publicly was the school’s new interim president, Dr. Kenneth Jessell, during a taped video message released Friday night.

“I want to thank former President Mark Rosenberg for his leadership and hard work in helping to make FIU what it is today. I know that we will continue to elevate our university to new heights.”

Rosenberg said he is now seeking additional help for his wife through the “inevitable progression of her condition.”

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Carvalho Hosts Last Meal Distribution in Miami Before Move to Los Angeles



Alberto Carvalho hosted his last meal distribution as superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

M-DCPS on Sunday provided 1,000 meals to local families who continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, held near Northwest Eighth Street and 80th Avenue in Miami, is Carvalho’s last community feeding before he takes over the reins as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Through the Family Meals-on-the-Go program, M-DCPS has partnered with individual donors, local organizations and local restaurant owners who donate funds to purchase food from local restaurants.


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Miami-Dade School Board to Interview 3 Candidates Amid Superintendent Search



Who will be Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ next superintendent? An upcoming meeting will likely prove instrumental to the three candidates currently vying for the position.

The Miami-Dade School Board has set up a special meeting on Monday afternoon. The applicants will be interviewed during the meeting.

Outgoing M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will be replaced by either Dr. Jose Dotres, Dr. Rafaela Espinal or Jacob Oliva.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the School Board Administration Building in Miami.


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