Martell Cognac Celebrates Detroit Fashion

In the true spirit of F.A.B Cocktail, I want to introduce you to what might be my new favorite drink – Martell Cognac. While Cognac is typically a “man’s drink”, Martell is pleasing to anyone’s palate. It goes down smooth and doesn’t leave that harsh after taste. That’s how you know it’s a good cognac!

And unlike other drinks, Martell comes with a message. Martell is currently touring the U.S. stopping in notable cities including my stomping grounds of Detroit, to celebrate young trailblazers with an official celebration hosted by Rob Hill Sr. called Martell Iconic Blueprints.The Martell Iconic Blueprints program is a way to honor those in the community who embody the vision of the Martell brand, defying and exceeding expectations and inspiring others to do the same. As Martell stopped in Detroit, Tommey Walker of DETROIT VS EVERYBODY was celebrated as an emerging icon.

Tommey Walker and Rob Hill Sr.

Tommey Walker and Rob Hill Sr.

Even if you’re not from Detroit, you may have heard of DETROIT VS EVERYBODY. It is a clothing brand that embodies the pride and unapologetic spirit of the gritty but passionate city of Detroit.

Rob Hill and Tommey Walker kicked off the night with an inspiring conversation about being a Martell emerging icon and the future of DETROIT VS EVERYBODY.

So in the end, it was a fabulous night honoring hard work and fashion, with good drinks and good people. I raise my glass and toast to DETROIT VS EVERYBODY and all the other Martell men. Congrats to you!

To follow Martell Blueprints and learn more about this tasty beverage, visit www.detroitvseverybody.com

To learn more about DETROIT VS EVERYBODY or to purchase your apparel, visit http://www.martell.com

Scenes from the night!

Scenes from the night!

Many thanks to the team who invited me to this private event. Good times were had!

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One Skirt, Three Ways

Flashback to this past summer when all of you fabulous people voted for me to win the Wanda Grace Style My Grace Contest. My styled look and all of your votes granted me a piece of my choice from the Wanda Grace collection and I chose an amazing handcrafted Cora Lace Pencil Skirt. Every lady needs a skirt like this in her closet. It works to hug your curves and shows off that fab feminine physique. Plus it’s versatile with its ability to pair with different looks and transition from season to season.

So without further adieu, here is how I wore the Wanda Grace Cora Lace Pencil Skirt!

This first look is fun and flirty with a nod to “sporty.” I chose to pair a simple black crop top with a faux varsity bomber jacket for something fun and unique.


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This particular look works well for the office or an after work function. Paired with a simple long cardigan and a statement necklace, it’s simply chic.

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The last look is what I like to call “fancy comfort.” A simple graphic tee paired with the skirt is so simple but the added touch of the statement necklace pulls the look together.

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How would you style this skirt?

Be sure to check out the newest Wanda Grace collection with several more fabulous pencil skirts in bold colors!

Photo Credit: Many thanks to Brian Edwards

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Handbag Essentials: With Help from Rue La La

I don’t ever leave the house without a handbag! In fact, I often times will put a bag inside of a bag. I am a firm believer that the bag you carry is the most important, stand-out accessory.

Take it from Rue La La. They know a thing or two about handbags as they come in all shapes, sizes, colors and designers. Rue
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is an online shopping boutique with discounted designer options. Check out their handbag essentials guide here.

So what’s in my bag? I carry everything from lip gloss to socks, to a wallet and snacks.

Brown tote handbag - Aldo

Brown tote handbag – Aldo

For girls on-the-go, a big handbag like a flashy tote is the essential option. I always say you can carry anything in a tote handbag and be ready for anything on a moments notice. And here’s a tip for travel: use a big tote handbag as your carryon and be sure to pack it tight with essentials like cash, extra underwear and valuables like jewelry. Because you never know what could happen to your luggage during travels.

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What is your go-to handbag?

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Motown The Musical

There’s something about music that brings people together. It’s a common ground of enjoyment and that’s exactly the feeling you get while experiencing Motown The musical. I was graciously invited to attend the special Red Carpet celebration of Detroit’s run of Motown The Musical and was moving in my seat with joy and excitement all night.

The special Red Carpet event paid homage to Motown legends like Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the creator of Motown himself, Berry Gordy! These incredible artists played an intricate role in the music we know and love today.

Motown The Musical tells the story of the peaks and struggles of the music industry from the late 50s until Motown’s 25th Anniversary in the 80s. Founder Berry Gordy set his sights high and met incredible achievements in music with the help of  stars like Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson 5.

Motown the Musical

Motown the Musical

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Motown The Musical is a true celebration of music with some great nods to Motown’s home of Detroit. As the musical runs at The Fisher Theater now until November 16, I highly recommend seeing this amazing production. There’s music and fun for everyone to relate and enjoy, plus unexpected but delightful audience interaction. Not to mention, amazing retro fashion with lots of color, glitz and glam!

Photo Credit: Motown The Musical First National Tour (Joan Marcus)

Will you be seeing Motown The Musical in Detroit?

 

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National Shoe Lover Day

In honor of the upcoming National Shoe Lover Day, I’m showcasing some of my favorite shoes for fall!

National Shoe Lover Day was created by DSW, as a day to celebrate one’s love for shoes!

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To celebrate National Shoe Lover Day, DSW is giving 1 in every 25 Shoe Lovers nationwide the chance to win free shoes! Each of the 428 DSW stores, plus dsw.com, will participate. Customers who make a purchase on October 25 will receive a peel-off card with a chance to win free shoes. Shoe Lovers are also encouraged to snap pictures of their party shoes on social media with the hashtags #ShoeLoverSelfie #Ad on October 25 to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for another chance to win free shoes.

Check out some of my fall shoe favorites! I may or may not have a slight obsession with leopard print….

 

Blue leopard print pumps from Aldo

Blue leopard print pumps from Aldo

 

Kate Spade for Keds sneakers

Kate Spade for Keds sneakers from DSW

BCBG Paris leopard print stilettos from DSW

BCBG Paris leopard print stilettos from DSW

 

Black studded booties from Maurices

Black studded booties from Maurices

How will you celebrate National Shoe Lover Day?

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G’Vine: The Fashionable Gin

So guess what? It’s thirsty Thursday! It’s the prelude to the weekend and I’ve got a great liquor company to share with you called G’Vine Gin. G’Vine Gin is known as the fashionable gin and it’s absolutely tasty.

I had the chance to chat with one of G’Vine Gin’s own, Audrey, to get all the fashionable details on G’Vine:

I love the name G’Vine. How did you come up with it?

We were looking for a name that would be intrinsically related to the product and be understood in any languages. We had several formal brainstorming, but the name G’Vine came up one evening while sipping a G’Vine & Tonic with friends and family! The G stands for Gin and Grape. And Vine relates immediately to the unique origin and base ingredient of our gin, the grape. Actually, if you read the name on the packaging, you can see Vigne in French which means Vine. Personally, I really like the way of how G’Vine sounds and rimes with Divine…

Since G’Vine is The Fashionable Gin, how do you personally associate fashion with your cocktails? 

G’Vine is a wonderful “accessory” for any fashionista, whether she enjoys it at home or at an event. G’Vine’s contemporary and sleek packaging, which refer to its roots in the beautiful south-western villages of France, where grapes grow and vine flowers ripen, is the unmissable bottle you need on your bar. G’Vine has been immediately embraced by the fashion industry: it’s been a partner of the Madrid Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for 3 years now where the Kissing Room, a gorgeous private lounge where G’Vine cocktails flow, welcomes designers and fashionistas view here and we just helped French Rebellion, a group of French designers, launching their brand at the New York Fashion Week. I personally try to stay classy in all circumstances and have my favorite accessory, a hat.

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What is your favorite drink to make with G’Vine?

For me, cocktails are like clothes: it depends on the weather, the occasion and my mood. The equivalent of a flowery dress and straw hat for a picnic or petanque would be a bright G’Vine and tonic served in a large wine glass with lots of ice cubes. For an evening on a rooftop, I would opt for a G’Vine Basil Smash mixing gin, basil leaves, lemon juice and a tiny dash of simple syrup: sophisticated yet not pretentious. And for a festive occasion or celebration, the little black dress with a colorful accessory is a must and pairs perfectly well with a French 75, a traditional cocktail made with G’Vine, June liqueur, lemon juice, and champagne.

Where can G’Vine be purchased?

G’Vine can be found in any upscale liquor stores in the US. In New York, that would be Astor Wines, Park Avenue Liquor, 67 Wines, Brooklyn Wine Exchange, Winfield Fynn, just to name a few. And you can always purchase it online through websites like DrinkUpNY.

Will G’Vine just top at Gin – what’s next for the company? 

G’Vine has already welcomed a few other members in its family since its creation in 2006: June, a delicious liqueur made from the flowers of grapes; Excellia, a handcrafted tequila aged in Sauternes wine and Cognac barrels; and we’re about to launch a brand new vermouth on the American market. It’s all about grapes for us!
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Myself along with a few friends have personally tried the gin and we all agree that it’s an honestly good drink. It goes down smooth and the flavoring is perfectly light and refreshing. Enjoy and drink responsibly!

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Alyxia Leaf Jewelry

I recently entered a blog giveaway on The Moda Intersection on a whim and actually won. Thanks Rafflecopter for randomly selecting me name! My winnings arrived to my home in the form of a beautiful necklace and earrings by Alyxia Leaf.

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Alyxia Leaf is a unique jewelry company based in NYC that creates beautiful crafted pieces made of actual leaves fond in nature. Before a piece becomes a part of a collection, it goes through a rigorous design process that takes about two months to complete. Alyxia Leaf first gathers the finest grown leaves from both Australia and the United States, and then preserve them for two weeks to keep their freshness. After gathering and selecting leaves (or one of our other natural  selections), they go through the electroforming process at our Kentucky design studio. Through special techniques, leaves are transformed into amazingly intricate pieces of jewelry.

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These are the perfect fall accessories as they have a fantastic earthy feel and are offered in a range of colors that easily compliment a fall wardrobe. Of course Alyxia Leaf can be worn year-round but I’m loving that the leaves are falling outside and I can wear pieces to match.

Here’s how I styled my Alyxia Leaf necklace and earrings.

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I paired my fabulous new jewelry with a fun pair of paisley Zara pants to compliment the color of my necklace and a white H&M blouse to pull the look all together. Be sure to visit the Alyxia Leaf website to check out the entire collection.

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