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)

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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

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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.

G'Vine hat

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.

Alyxia Leaf

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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Two Designers You Need to Know

I have had the privilege of attending Fashion In Detroit for three of the four years it has been in existence and I have to say, this has been its best year yet! And after attending this year’s Fashion In Detroit festivities, I feel compelled to share with you two spectacular designers: Joe Faris and Peter Soronen.

Joe Faris:

You may remember Joe Faris, creator of Fashion In Detroit, from Season 5 of Project Runway. He is back in the Motor City creating unisex collections but the detailing of his men’s garments are what really stands out. During Fashion In Detroit, Faris debuted his collection in collaboration with Dodge and I was personally in awe of the detailing on each of the male leather and bomber jackets. Cross stitching, buttons, zippers and color played key roles in the Dodge collection mixing fashion with function for a gritty Motor City feel. You can see some of his detailed work for the Joe Faris Detroit collection which will be available for purchase soon.

Joe Faris Black Leather

Joe Faris Brown Leather

Peter Soronen: 

Peter Soronen is a demi-couturier hailing from the mitten and now a designer to the stars. Soronen is known as the “Corset King” and has the ability to create impeccable dresses for women that celebrate the feminine form. At Fashion In Detroit, the crowed was in awe of his attention to patterns and fit.

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Kudos to the Fashion In Detroit team for putting on a great show and exposing great designers like Jor Faris nd Peter Soronen.

Photo Credit: joe-faris.com and petersoronen.com

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5 Reasons Not to Miss Fashion In Detroit

I’m a Michigan girl, so naturally I’m excited for one of Detroit’s most elite fashion events – Fashion In Detroit! So if you’re in the area, be sure to clear your schedule this Saturday for a fun, fashion-forward event.

Reasons not to miss Fashion In Detroit 2014: 

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1. There will be runway shows including fashions from the Adam Levine Collection plus a musical performance by Lewis Hensley! I first discovered Lewis Hensley at a different fashion event years ago and instantly became intrigued by his smooth voice. I am personally very excited that Detroit’s own Lewis Hensley will be the official performer of Fashion In Detroit 2014.

2. Market Detroit will be back for those who like to discover and shop.  Market Detroit is an interactive pop-up shop retail environment featuring local designers, retailers, vendors and entrepreneurs.

3. There will be an after glow because everyone loves a good fashion party! Sound Board at Motor City Casino will be transformed into the chic and now-famous Fashion In Detroit After Glow party attended by local celebs and fashionistas alike.

4. Fashion In Detroit will present the opportunity for lots if photo ops. From runway pics, to selfies and even group shots, there will be several reasons to snap pics throughout the night resulting in great footage for blogs, Instagrams, Facebook and more. Plus, there is a special Social Media lounge offered to bloggers and press presented by Style Shack.

5. It’s one of Detroit’s best fashion events! In its 4th year, Fashion In Detroit 2014 is a non-profit corporation established to spotlight Metro-Detroit’s fashion and it’s unique development. Developed by Joe Faris, fashion designer and Project Runway Alum, this event is held at Motor City Casino in Detroit showcasing both fashion and entertainment.

To find out more about Fashion In Detroit visit the website at http://www.fashionindetroit.com.

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What I Wore: Shopping Secrets Edition

Jeans and boyfriend tees are perfect, easy pieces for fall days. Plus, boyfriend tees and jeans can also be paired with adorable trench coats for warmth and style. Check out how I styled this weekend afternoon ensemble. And you’ll never guess where I got my khaki polka dot trench – the little girl’s section at Target! 

Target Kids Trench Coat

That’s right! Ladies, don’t be afraid to get bargains in sections of your favorite stores like the little girls, juniors or even men’s departments. My secret shopping tip is to shop for pieces like coats or sweaters in these various sections in sizes Large or XL. Chances are they will be cheaper than adult size garments, too. This girl’s jacket from Target was only $24 where something like this would have been at least $40 in the adult section.

Target Kids Polka Dot Trench Coat

Pink Kate Spade Bag

I decided to play with prints with my Target camo flats and the Polka Dot Trench and added my little Kate Spade bag for a pop of color. Have you ever shopped in another department for clothes?

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