Fashion, beauty and food tips from a Miami hotel CEO

Salmon at Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach. Photograph by Zak Bennett for INDULGE.
Salmon at Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach. Photograph by Zak Bennett for INDULGE.

Deborah Yager Fleming, CEO and partner of Sunny Isles Beach’s sumptuous Acqualina Resort & Spa, exudes classic sophistication. She lets INDULGE in on her style must-haves:

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Acqualina Resort's Deborah Yager Fleming. Photograph by Zak Bennett for INDULGE.

The Cosmetics

Chanel lip gloss.

“Chanel 166 and 172 are moisturizing lip glosses with Vitamin E. Both are neutral colors. I prefer to wear 166 over my lipstick to give the perfect shimmer. The 172 is great when I don’t have time to re-apply lip liner and lipstick. It blends well with my lip color.” $30. Chanel.

Nordstrom at Dadeland Mall, 7239 North Kendall Drive, Miami; 786-709-4100; nordstrom.com.

The Nail Polish

Essie Ballet Slippers nail polish.

“I’ve been wearing Essie’s Ballet Slippers for 20 years. It looks great with any type of jewelry and any type of shoe. The color also makes my hands and feet look smooth and soft.” $9. Essie’s Ballet Slippers.

Ulta Beauty at Lincoln Road Mall, 337 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305-538-7316; ulta.com.

The Scent

The scent

“I love that J’Adore can be worn in the daytime and evening. It has a luxurious soft floral scent that exudes both modern and classic at the same time.” $155. Dior J’Adore.

Sephora, 721 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-532-0904; sephora.com.

The Book


“I like to read paper books. There’s nothing like perusing a bookstore, especially since there are not many around anymore. Right now I’m reading ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.’” $23, Books & Books at Bal Harbour Shops.

9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour; 305-864-4241; booksandbooks.com.

The Lunch

Power lunch at Acqualina.

“Kale quinoa salad with wok-charred salmon at Costa Grill, the beachfront restaurant at Acqualina. Our chef, Sebastian Barrera, makes a fresh citrus dressing, which balances the kale so that one can taste the other components in the salad. The combination of nutty quinoa and smoky, rich salmon is like a starburst of flavors. It leaves you craving for more.”

Costa Grill at Acqualina Resort & Spa, 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach; 305-918-8000; acqualinaresort.com.  

The Shoes

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Ferragamo flats.

“I love ballerina flats. I buy several every season. I like to wear flats during the day, especially if I know I will be wearing heels in the evening. Flats are also my go-to travel footwear. The Ferragamos are classics, and the black patent leather allows me to wear them with anything from my closet.” $525. Ferragamo Varina ballet flats.

Bloomingdales at The Falls, 8778 Southwest 136th Street, Miami; 305-252-6300; bloomingdales.com.

The Wine

Opus One.

“For dinner parties, I like to serve Overture Red Blend by Opus One. My guests enjoy it.” $120. Overture Red Blend by Opus One.

Total Wine & More, 1139 Fifth Street, Miami Beach; 786-276-6545; totalwine.com.

The Bag

Tory Burch Tote.

“I just got this bag — I plan to use it as a weekend tote bag. It goes great with jeans and a white T-shirt.” $450. Tory Burch tote.

Saks Fifth Avenue at Brickell City Centre, 81 Southwest Eighth Street, Miami; 786-907-3800; saksfifthavenue.com.

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