These Boots Are Made for Buying

22 Jul

I know we are in a major heatwave, but this time of year always brings one favorite annual event that denotes fall — The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You have the opportunity to purchase new, fall merchandise at discounted prices. But, come August 8, the prices go back up. There’s everything from men’s to women’s to children’s clothing and accessories. Here are some picks from Motown Savvy, because in Detroit, you can never have enough boots.

 

_12896520These Ugg boots are a favorite, and I love the color. Today, it’s available for $119.90 and after the sale, it’s $179.95.

 

 

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As you know, fringe is in.  So take a peek at these Sam Edelman boots for $99 now. After the sale, it’s $169.95

 

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If you are feeling edgy, try these Tory Burch boots at $299.90. After the sale, it’s really $495.00.

 

Two of my favorite blogs also posted information about the Anniversary Sale. Check out House of Harper and A Cup of Jo.

Motivational Muscle

11 Jul

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Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler has a magnetic personality and a motivational spirit. I recently had the opportunity to listen to him for two minutes, and I was mesmerized. He was with 250 authors in New York pitching books to the Jewish Book Council. He was a stand out explaining his book Living with a SEAL, within the strict two minute time slot.

Jesse lived with a SEAL (yes, a Navy SEAL) to develop a challenging health and fitness regime. There was one condition: Jesse had to agree to do everything the SEAL demanded. So, Jesse trained for 31 days. The subtitle of the book is 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet, which included running miles wearing a 50-pound vest, jumping into a frozen lake and training all hours of the day and night.

Physically, Jesse is now in terrific shape, and his book recounts this journey with determination, grit and humor. Add author to his business accomplishments — owner of the Atlanta Hawks, co-founder of Marquis Jets and pioneering the coconut water craze with Zicos acquired by Coca-Cola. Oh, did I mention he was a rapper and music producer too? And of course his personal accomplishments are amazing also. He is married to Sara Blakely, Spanx founder, and they have four children.

 

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A Very Berry 4th of July

28 Jun

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Celebrate the 4th with a red, white and blue patriotic dessert from House of Harper blog.

Mixed Berry Cobbler

Makes 8 – 10 Servings
Prep: 15 minutes | Bake: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

1 (12 oz) package (frozen or fresh) blackberries
1 (12 oz) package (frozen or fresh) raspberries
1 (12 oz) package (frozen or fresh) blueberries
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (15 oz) package of refrigerated pie crust
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon sugar

Optional: Serve with Bluebell Vanilla Ice-cream

Photographed by Kate Robinson

The House of Harper post features some delightful photography with kids in the kitchen.

Summer Spritzer

14 Jun

Kick off the summer with this refreshing drink, courtesy of Lark & Linen who adapted it from Reading My Tea Leaves. It’s a Rhubarb Lilac Spritzer. It can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

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INGREDIENTS (serves 20)
  1. 5-6 stalks rhubarb, chopped into 1″ pieces
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 large handful of lilac blossoms, removed from the stem
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a medium sized pot, over medium heat, bring all ingredients just to a boil.
  2. Turn to low, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until sugar is disolved and rhubarb begins to separate. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and store in a glass jar in the fridge.
NOTES
  1. Mix your syrup into sparkling water, add vodka to make it sinful, or pour over vanilla ice cream.
CALORIES: 42 (minus the vodka and ice cream!)
FAT: OG
PROTEIN:OG
CARBS:11G

Bon Apetit in New York

10 Jun

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There are many fantastic restaurants in New York. On a recent visit, I ate at La Grenouille in Midtown. It’s an authentic French restaurant in Midtown.The food and the atmosphere were superb. The decor is awash in pink with flowers galore. Just the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine with fine food.

Elegant and Wearable Handbags

13 May

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Daniella Ortiz‘s sophisticated boutique can be found in a via on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.  (That means it’s off the main road nestled in a courtyard.) Her handbags are stunning and colorful. Although Ortiz lives in the Palm Beach area, she is from Argentina where her innovative design team works. Ortiz participates in the Palm Beach charity circuit attending more than 60 events a season and donates some of the profits from her trunk shows.

So, I just purchased the powder blue handbag in the photo. I’ve been looking for an elegant purse, but one that has easy access compartments to hold my cell phone and keys. What’s your favorite handbag this season?

 

Marvelous Maurice Salad

26 Apr

 

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HUDSON’S MAURICE SALAD

If you’re from Motown,  you have tasted the marvelous Maurice Salad. It was first at the J.L. Hudson Company based in Detroit. My friends shared it on Facebook, posted from Cooked Just Right.

DRESSING:
2 t. white vinegar
1 1/2 t. lemon juice
1 1/2 t. onion juice
1 1/2 t. sugar
1 1/2 t. Dijon mustard
1/4 t. dry mustard
1 c. mayonnaise
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 hard cooked egg, diced
salt to taste

SALAD INGREDIENTS:
14 oz. ham, cut into strips
14 oz. cooked turkey breast, cut into strips
14 oz. Swiss cheese, cut into strips
1/2 c. slivered, sweet gherkin pickles
1 head Iceberg lettuce, shredded
12-16 pimento stuffed green olives

Combine the first 6 dressing ingredients and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add remaining dressing ingredients and mix well. Combine the ham, turkey, cheese and pickles together in a large bowl. Toss together with the dressing. Divide the lettuce among plates, top with salad and garnish each plate with 2 olives.
(serves 6-8)

Motown Home Pops With Color

16 Apr

 

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This Motown home makes a bold statement. It’s featured in the May 2016 issue of Traditional Home magazine in a story written by Khristi Zimmeth. The interior designer is Corey Damen Jenkins.

“Taking cues both from Courtney’s closet (the owner) and from the fashion runway, Jenkins presented a combination of bold hues and modern choices juxtaposed against a traditional backdrop,” writes Zimmeth.  The emerald green color choice adds elegance and richness to this 1939 historic home, located in a Detroit suburb. This settee in the parlor invites guests.

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Although the home is traditional glam, I love that these kitchen chairs (below) are from Pier One.

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There’s a wonderful mix of unexpected fabrics, textures and hues.

Photography: Werner Straube
Produced by Doris Athineos

Irresistible Italian Ceramicware

11 Apr

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I recently had the opportunity to meet Susan Gravely, founder and CEO, of Vietri. She was autographing her handcrafted Italian tableware at the retail store T is for Table in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I have a set of colorful bowls shown in the photo above.

Vietri is a family-owned business and one of the largest importer of handcrafted Italian tableware. Gravely is one of three sisters, and their business story began more than 30 years ago when they visited the Amalfi coast and met Italian artisans. Their designs range from traditional to whimsical to holiday.

“Our mission today remains the same as it was over 30 years ago: to inspire the celebration of life with family and friends through the joy of handcrafted Italian designs for the table, home and garden.”

Forever Style

21 Mar

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Style has no age. Just check out the book Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen. Cohen chronicles several seniors of a certain age who are stylish, creative and wise. As he states on his website, he roams the streets of New York looking for the most stylish older folks. I had the opportunity to see the documentary Advanced Style: A Fashionable Film based on the book. I also met one of the stars, Debra Rapoport. (below)

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Debra’s fabulous hat and colorful style are unique.  Debra is just a snapshot of Cohen’s keen eye.

His blog features superb photographs reminiscent of Bill Cunningham from the New York Times.

As Cohen states on his blog, “Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”

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