Archive | December, 2013

As Time Goes By

31 Dec


I hope you are all celebrating the end of 2013 and the start of a New Year. I love interesting table settings and tablescapes. Check out where the blogger used vintage clocks to set a stunning table. Happy New Year to all!


Glazed & Infused in Chi Town

27 Dec

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On my recent visit to the windy city, I stumbled upon a delicious doughnut shop — Glazed & Infused. They were scrumptious, and the flavors were divine. Red velvet, vanilla brulee and banana chocolate chip are just a few. The most popular is the the maple bacon long john. Do you prefer cupcakes or doughnuts? If it’s glazed,  go with the doughnuts.


Chocolate Saltine Toffee aka Christmas Crack

24 Dec

My colleague brought this to our holiday pot luck. It was delicious! I can’t wait to make it for more holidays and just change the toppings.

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Christmas Crack |

Are you sick of cookies yet? Wait, is that even possible? I really don’t think so. I know that I could NEVER get sick of cookies. But in case you are, I have a non-cookie Christmas dessert recipe for you. It is called Christmas Crack, aka Chocolate Saltine Toffee. Why is it called Christmas crack? Because you can’t stop eating the stuff! It is sooo good. I don’t know why I did this to myself. I love toffee, so naturally I haven’t been able to stop eating this since I made it. I finally had to hide it in the back corner of my freezer. Let’s hope I forget it is there today!

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One Dozen Easy Make-up Steps

18 Dec


I was treated to a make-up event at Saks Fifth Avenue in Troy, Mich. by my friend Randie Levin. Randie bid on the event at a local charity auction. About a dozen women watched Randie get a new look from the Bobbi Brown make-up artist. Here are the 12 easy steps to for a natural look.

1. Toner

2. Eye Cream Repair

3. Hydrating moisturizer cream

4. Concealer under the eyes

5. Foundation

6. Bronzer and illuminating powder

7. Lip Liner

8. Lipstick

9. Eyebrows

10. Eye Shadow

11. Eye Liner

12. Mascara

Randie looked great. Everyone thought that the BB Cream product was  must-have as Randie’s skin glowed.  See Randie’s natural polished look.

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What’s your favorite make-up product?

A Toy Story in Motown

13 Dec


Motown has some unique toy stores.The pop-up store Spielhaus in Detroit is a great example.  Dad Kurt Spiels, a former engineer and high school science teacher,  knows which toys teach. From imported toys to homegrown finds, there is something for all ages. Spielhaus is part of Hatch Detroit. The store is currently located at 1249 Woodward, but Spiels is looking for a permanent home.

Huffington Post Detroit has a fabulous write-up of Motown toy stores including one of my favorites — Toyology in West Bloomfield.


Michigan Goodies

5 Dec


Looking for a holiday crowd pleaser Made-in Michigan? Germack Pistacho Company offers a gift basket with their famous Germack pistachios, Sanders sea salt camels, Mackinac fudge and Better Made Potato Chips. Germack Pistacho is located in the historic Detroit Eastern Market.

For in pricing information, call 313-566-0062 or

And if you are looking for more Made-in-Michigan gift ideas, check out these Fox2 segments.

Domino’s Back

2 Dec


When Motowners think of Domino’s, we mean pizza. As a former magazine editor, I’m referring to the rebirth of the Domino magazine. The new editor is Michelle Adams, a Michigan State alum, and as she says, she is in charge of bringing this publication back to life. At a hefty price tag of $11.99 that will be a challenge, but the magazine is fresh. The features are fun and informative, and readers are enticed to purchase the objects featured on the Domino website.

I enjoyed the feature on nesting with Lucky magazine Editor Eva Chen. Here are some photos of her New York office.


Other notable articles include “How to throw a Cocktail Party in under one hour,” and Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment.

Blogger Meg Biram also wrote about Domino and reviewed the issue.

I’m intrigued that there are very few advertisements.  I’m looking forward to the next issue.

Photo credit: Brittany Ambridge

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