Motown the Musical in Motown

29 Aug




I was in New York City a few weeks ago and saw Motown the Musical. For Motown fans, the hit songs like “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” are great to hear. And there’s at least 40 more songs. The storyline is about Barry Gordy, Motown’s founder, and the entire cast of talent he catapulted into the spotlight like Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson.  If you are a Motown music fan, the play is a must see.

Tickets are on sale now for the Detroit engagement at the Fisher from October 21- November 16, 2014.

Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at or





Best Peach Cocktail

24 Aug


Recently I was in New York City and treated to a fabulous meal at Cipriani’s. I tasted my first peach bellini, and I can say it’s the best peach cocktail I have ever tasted. It was created at Harry’s Bar in 1948 in Venice.

Here’s a recipe I found online:


The ingredients are quite simple — peaches, water, lemon juice, and champagne or Prosecco.


What’s your favorite cocktail?

Inside a Fashion Icon’s Home

14 Aug

Linda Dresner is a fashion icon in Motown and in New York. Although she closed her NY boutique, her Birmingham, Mich. store is still a destination for fashion mavens. Wall Street Journal featured her dramatic home designed by architect Steven Sivak.   BN-EB129_mag091_G_20140811141431 Photography by Adrian Gaut

I know Linda, and she is as beautiful as the fashion she wears and sells. Here are some photos of her from my Style magazine editor days. Special thanks to my friend Lisa Brody, news editor at Downtown Publications, for sharing the article on her Facebook page and alerting me to this story.




Soulful Books about Detroit

2 Aug
Writer Bill Morris shares his 10 Best Books about Detroit on the Daily Beast. Here is the link to his picks from Elmore Leonard to Phillip Levine to Loren Estleman.
Momentum Books, the book division of Hour Media LLC, publisher of the city magazine, Hour Detroit,  publishes books on the city too.
I have not read Heart Soul Detroit yet, but I know the author Jenny Risher is a talented photographer.



Favorite “Versatile” Blogs

25 Jul



I’ve been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award.  Thank you to the blog Egg in the Middle.

I really enjoy blogging and connecting with other bloggers and random people surfing the net. I appreciate all the comments and the people who are following my blog. Yes, I try to be versatile and include the things I love — fashion, food, inspiring people and events.

Now in order to receive this award. I must include complete these rules.

The rules are:

1.  Upload a link to the person nominating you for this award. Thanks again, Egg in the Middle.

2.  List the rules and display the award.

3.  Give 7 facts about yourself.

4.  Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who you follow regularly.

5.  Notify the nominees about your choice of them for the award.


Seven facts about me:

1. I was a Spanish major in college.

2. I like mysteries — books and movies.

3. I have a Jack Russell Terrier rescue dog.

4. I have never dyed my hair.

5. My favorite place besides Motown is Juno Beach, FL.

6. I have an alias.

7. I am optimistic.

My nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award are:

1. The Budget Babe

2. Simply Seleta

3. A cup of Jo

4. Lark & Linen

5. House of Harper

6. Chevrons & Eclairs

7. Macarons and pearls

8. Classy girls wear pearls

9. Classy Chic & Chardonnay

10. Vodka and a rose

11. The fashion huntress

12. Fashion, Food and Flirts

13. Le zoe musings

14. Oh happy day

15. Baubles to bubbles

Bonus and disclosure: I really enjoy the Beaumont Blog.I work at Beaumont, and the blog is filled with healthy tips.

Willie Horton’s Batting for Kids

13 Jul



Hey Detroit Tiger fans, I had the opportunity to attend the 13th Annual Willie Horton’s Batting for Kids baseball challenge at Comerica Park last week. The event benefits Don Bosco Hall, a non-profit that helps youth and their families with crisis management and counseling. This event invites 450 youths to participate in several baseball activities and meet Tiger great Willie Horton. (I’m with Willie in the photo above.)

Beaumont Children’s Hospital sponsored the event, and I attended as a representative.  The smiles and the swings were great!

Go Tigers! Go Beaumont!


Summer Shoe Spree

8 Jul





Summer shoes are always so comfortable especially because you don’t need socks.  I purchased three very distinct shoes this season that I’m enjoying. The flowered heels are by Ivanka Trump from Nordstroms.(This link takes you to the sale!)

The silver and black sandals are by Miu Miu from Tender in Birmingham, Mich. They are are all sold out!

The beige canvas shoes are Tom’s. I love the philosophy of Tom’s where they buy a pair of shoes for a needy family when you purchase one!

The shoes below are from my daughter’s closet. Her foot grew during pregnancy, and she can no longer wear these. They make a nice addition to my collection. Did you buy any shoes this summer?


Go Patriotic!

2 Jul


Let’s celebrate the 4th with some red, white and blue fashions. Hopefully, the weather will hold out so we can have some great BBQ food in style. Here’s some fun patriotic garb from Meijer’s — a Michigan-based retailer.


They have great price points. And if you are in Michigan be sure to visit their stores and their gardens!

Revolver: Pop-Up Culinary Delight

8 Jun

securedownload Revolver is not only a gun in the Motor City. These days it’s a fun restaurant — a revolving restaurant, because the chefs rotate weekly. This unconventional restaurant is located in Hamtramck, Mich., a city surrounded by the City of Detroit. We dined there with Chef Chris Skillingstad. The four-course, prix fixe menu included: Iceberg lettuce, bacon wrapped dates, gorgonzola, candied walnut, grape tomato and aerated dressing; Sunchoke textures, leeks, black garlic, craisin, sweet bell peppers and jalpeno; Duck with blackberry demi-glaze, cocoa, turnip, mushroom, asparagus and yam; Liquid cheesecake, pie crust, pecan, peach, mint and raspberry. The communal dining atmosphere was fun, and the food was delicious. Co-owner Peter Dalinowski (shown) stopped by everyone’s table to describe the concept and greet guests. Chefs all over the country are soliciting Revolver, as they can try out new, unique recipes.

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