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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Oklahoma....Broadway Revival

Early this morning, the Tony nominations were announced...so this morning, I was scrambling trying to get you the best tickets to the shows that we nominated....the revival Oklahoma was nominated for 8 Tony, including Best Revival.  We have a bunch of tickets for the June 20th show at 7:00 in the Orchestra for $130.  These are going to go FAST so EMAIL to reserve your seat.
“How is it that the coolest new show on Broadway is a 1943 musical? Daniel Fish’s wide-awake, jolting, and altogether wonderful production of OKLAHOMA! is as stimulating and frightening—and as fresh—as last night’s fever dream. This is OKLAHOMA! for an era in which longstanding American legacies are being examined with newly skeptical eyes. This isn’t an act of plunder, but of reclamation. Astonishing.”
BEN BRANTLEY, THE NEW YORK TIMES Read More
“OKLAHOMA! ripped into town like a brushfire: potent, illuminating, and rejuvenating. A theatrical blowout.”
SARA HOLDREN, NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“A revelation. A bold reimagining you might almost mistake this for a new work.”
DAVID ROONEY, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Grade: A.
A stunning and radical theatrical experience.”
TOM GLIATTO, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY







Monday, April 29, 2019

Book Club Monday

I saw this week's book choice, The Girl He Use To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves and I bought it immediately.  I was really in the mood for a good old fashion hopelessly romantic love story.  Here is the summary:

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people's behavior confusing, she'd rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.
Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game―and his heart―to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.
Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She's living the life she wanted as a librarian. He's a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins. - Amazon.com



For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.




Sunday, April 28, 2019

Amazon Friday Finds...A Summer Bag

I predict that novelty handbags are going to be HUGE again this summer.  Straw, Wicker, Satin, Beaded, PVC, Feather....they are all going to be here to stay.  I found some really really cute options while on Amazon the other day.   I think it is going to be hard for you to choose just one...Bon Weekend!!!!

image dreamtimes.com


This was the most popular bag last summer and it's back again!!! I love the white...

These are such fun clutches, I love the striped version too!!!!

And this multi-colored chevron too!!!!

I have also seen this style bag ALLL OVER INSTAGRAM!!!!!

Here is the perfect wicker bag!!!!!

And in a cross body style!!!

And lastly...florals are soooo big for spring..I know, I know "GROUNDBREAKING"




Thursday, April 25, 2019

Crowd Pleasing Antipasto Salad

I have been dying to share this for a while.  I became obsessed with Antipasto salad a while ago.  I served this to a few friends last month and they all loved it.  They took the recipe home with them and I am hearing that every time one of them makes it, their crowd go WILD!!!!  Bon Appetit!!!

image mastercook.com


adapted from RossSveback.com

Ingredients
  • 8 oz. container cherry-size fresh mozzarella
  • 14 oz. can baby artichoke hearts, halved
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • Half of an 8 oz. jar Peperoncini
  • 1 lb. dry salami, 1″ slices – diced
  • 3/4 lb. Provolone cheese, 1″ slice – diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored/seeded – diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored/seeded – diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, halved lengthwise and then 1/2″ slices
  • 1 c. shredded Romano cheese
  • 1 c. Girard’s Italian Vinagrette
  • 1 tbsp. coarse-ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic 


Mix all of the ingredients together
Pour Salad Dressing over the top and mix very well to coat and combine
Let the salad chill in the fridge for about an hour or so, SERVE

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mid Week Flowers

When was the last time you treated yourself to a gorgeous floral arrangement?   I don't mean flowers from your local Whole Foods or Trader Joes?  A gorgeous curated arrangement in a proper vessel?  Our sponsor Outdoors Contained, though they are known for their incredible planters and window boxes, create the most incredible flower designs.   Also, they are perfect for Mother's Day's gifting. Keep them in mind for your graduation parties and milestone birthday parties.  Here are some of my favorites over the past year.    For more information or to place an order, click HERE.













Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Are You Redi for A Pedi?

I am so excited to introduce you to our new sponsor Redi Pedi, a shoe designed with a Pedi in mind...OMG!!! I LOVE this!!!!!  Jacqueline Segura is the designer who came up with the concept.  It is so brilliant, a flat shoe with a collapsible front and adjustable Velcro strap.  It is the one pair shoes that you can wear before and after your pedicure.  No more walking in the rain or snow in your flip flops or no more smudged toes in regular shoes.  The Redi Pedi makes the perfect gift, AND just in time for mother's day!!!!  How perfect would a pair of these be bundled with a pedicure at your local salon.  Trust me it is the BEST gift for your mom or your bestie!!!  For more information or to purchase, click HERE.







Thursday, April 18, 2019

Easter Morning Crumb Cake

My friend Courtney sent me this amazing recipe which is perfect for Easter breakfast.  She says that she has been making it for years, actually since high school.  She makes it for her family for every holiday.  I cannot wait to start making this for my family!!!  Bon Appetit!!!




Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
2 sticks butter
3 cups flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 tsb cinnamon
3 tsb vanilla
1 pinch salt

Make the cake according to the directions.
Spray a rectangle baking pan with non stick spray.
pour batter into pan and bake according to directions (do no over bake).
Melt butter on stove
Add sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt
Add flour slowly (if it gets too dry add more butter)
After cake cools crumble mixture on top of cake, covering it completely.
Put cake in warm oven (turned off) for 20 min. 
Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar before serving.




Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wait Until You See What Outdoor Lighting Can Do.....

It's time to start focusing on your outdoor living plan.  Memorial Day will be here before we know it.  I have been noticing a lot of exterior spaces have the most amazing outdoor lighting plans.  I def do not!!!  It's on my wishlist though.  I asked our sponsor, Patdo Light Studio to show us some examples of the spaces they created.  WOW!!!!   It really is amazing with a little light will do!!














Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Moulin Rouge Broadway

A new sensation is coming to Broadway this fall, Moulin Rouge, The Musical.  It is already getting impossible to get tickets. 

Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular... Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. A theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and—above all—LOVE, Moulin Rouge! is more than a musical; it is a state of mind.

How wonderful life is...at the Moulin Rouge.


We have a limited number of mezzanine tickets for Tuesday, September 24th at $160.  EMAIL me to save your spot.







Monday, April 15, 2019

Book Club Monday

Everyone is devastated today with the news that the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was on fire.  Thankfully, I just heard that the 2 iconic towers were able to be saved and they will rebuild.  I thought that I would pick a book club choice that is set in the city of lights which also became an immediate best seller...This week's book is The Lost Girls of Paris: A Novel by Pam Jenoff.   Here is the summary:

1946, Manhattan

One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.
Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.




Thursday, April 11, 2019

Cake Batter Birthday Dessert

Next week my son is turning 21!!!!!  I cannot believe it.  We are going to have a Big Celebration Week since he will be home from college.  I found this amazing recipe for a yummy cake batter dessert.  We all LOVE anything cake batter so I am going to give it a try.  I think he will LOVE LOVE it!!!!!  It would also make a perfect Easter dessert......

image thedomesticrebel.com

adapted from domestic rebel.com
Ingredients
  • 36 Birthday Cake Golden Oreos
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) French Vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup dry Funfetti cake mix (just the dry powder)
  • 4 cups Cool Whip (about 2 8-oz pkgs), divided
  • About ½ cup sprinkles


Instructions
  1. Place 20 cookies in a gallon size resealable bag and begin crushing the cookies with a rolling pin or meat mallet until the cookies become coarse crumbs. Pour the cookie crumbs into a large bowl with the melted butter and toss to combine. Press into a greased 8 or 9-inch square baking dish, compacting them loosely in there. Set aside.
  2. Wipe out the bowl and add in the pudding mix, dry Funfetti mix and milk, whisking until combined and letting sit for 2 minutes. Add in one package (2 cups) of the Cool Whip and ¼ cup sprinkles, folding it in until combined. Carefully spread this mixture over the cookies in the pan.
  3. Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top of the cake batter pudding layer.
  4. Crush the remaining cookies in another plastic bag until coarse crumbs as formed. Sprinkle the cookies over the top with the sprinkles. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before cutting into slices to serve.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Shop Bop Sale

On of my favorite online retailers, Shopbop is having a 3 day sale.  All purchases under $500 are 20% off and all purchases over $500 are 25% off.  Here are some of my fav finds....




I love everything about this earring......




This is the perfect gold drop earring!!!!



My favorite sandals are included in the sale!!!!!  They also come in a higher heel!!!!






These are a must have summer sandal, I like the yellow color too!!

I am in love with these Missoni espadrilles!!

This Love Shack dress is so pretty...it comes in black too...perfect to wear all summer long!!!!!




This dress is by one of my fav designers and it's one of my fav silhouettes...I bought last year's version and wore it all summer!!!





This is a great blouse for white jeans!!!!


This is the perfect perfect summer bag...ordering it now!!!!