Dessert at Iridescence

I have talked a lot about Iridescence and now I want to talk about my favorite part dessert. Honesty I highly recommend this place for date night, especially if you like dessert.

The Melting Chocolate Sphere is where it’s at…. a dark Belgian chocolate sphere, dusted with strawberry powder, filled with a rich flourless chocolate cake and fresh raspberries served with a caramel sauce. This sphere is most delicious way to spend date night or a night on the town with the girls. 


I also tried the Pineapple Upside Down Cake and let me tell you this is not your mama’s traditional pineapple upside down cake. This cake is served with crème fraiche ice cream, oven roasted pineapple, a pineapple chip and vanilla sauce… definitely a must try!

Love Never Dies - The Phantom Returns

Get excited Detroit Love Never Dies will open it's North American Tour at Detroit's Fisher Theatre on October 17 with performances through October 29!
 
Tickets for Love Never Dies start at $39 and will go on sale on Sunday, June 11 at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com Starting Monday, June 12, tickets will also be available for purchase at The Fisher Theatre Box Office.

The new touring production will reflect an extensive re-working of the material by an Australian creative team for the original Australian premiere in 2011. Described by Chris Boyd in The Australian as “The best thing Lloyd Webber has written in the quarter century since The Phantom of the Opera”.
 
Directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical) with new set and costume designs by Gabriela Tylesova, choreography by 2011 Astaire Awards winner Graeme Murphy, lighting design by Nick Schlieper and sound design by Mick Potter, the show is one of the few instances of a major West End musical being given a complete makeover for subsequent productions.
 
Lloyd Webber said he knew about five minutes into seeing its first run-through that he and the new production team had achieved something special. “I have the great joy of being able to say that I think this production is probably the finest one I could ever, ever hope for.”
 
The year is 1907.  It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.
 
Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine accepts an invitation to travel from Paris to New York to perform at a renowned opera house. Christine's marriage to Raoul is suffering at the hands of his drinking and gambling and they desperately need the financial rewards that America can give them.
 
In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul, and their young son Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island - not knowing what is in store for them.
 
Since its premiere in 2010, Love Never Dies has enjoyed productions worldwide in London, Australia, Denmark, Japan and Germany, as well as multiple recordings including a concept album and a London cast recording. A DVD release of the Australian production has delighted fans globally, and now the North American tour brings the musical to the US for the first time.
 
Performance times for of Love Never Dies appearing October 17-29, 2017 at The Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:
·        Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.
·        Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
·        Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
·        Special Open Captioned performance on October 22 at 7:30pm.
 
Tickets for of Love Never Dies start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and will go on sale June 11 at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase starting on June 12 at The Fisher Theatre box office.  A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at The Fisher Theatre box office. For group sales (12 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com. Tickets for the Open Captioned performance may be purchased in person at The Fisher Theatre Box Office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
 
Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.
 
The Broadway In Detroit Series at The Fisher Theatre is sponsored by the Chrysler Pacifica.  As part of this sponsorship, the Chrysler Pacifica will be on display this season at The Fisher Theatre.
 

Phone Snap Round Up


Date night revealed the most gorgeous sunset.

I was recently talking to a friend about photos and how we used to capture moments, get the film developed and frame the pictures or place them in an album. Now our pictures live in Instagram and Facebook feeds. I have so many pictures in my phone that either never got posted anywhere, or have more of an explanation than can fit into an Instagram story caption. I decided I wanted to share more of the things that I don’t share….. from adorable pictures of Jack to outfits I tried on in a Target dressing room, and everything in between – here we go!
 Peonies are poppin' in my parents backyard.
 Seriously cannot get over this sunset.

 Peony garden was absolutely gorgeous

 Loved the trails in Ann Arbor

June Workout Playlist

In the summertime when the weather is hot, you can take your workouts outfit – and don’t forget a killer playlist. My playlist usually consist a lot of “pop, lock and droppin’ it” jams, however I noticed my current playlist is a little different. This month I am listening to a lot of feel good songs, with some of my usual jams thrown in. Here’s what I am jammin’ to – what’s on your playlist for June?
Find You Here – Ellie Holcomb
Learning – Kane Brown
Despacito – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
The Beautiful Broken – Ellie Holcomb
Game Time – Flo Rida with Sage the Gemini
What Ifs – Kane Brown with Lauren Alaina
Body Like a Backroad – Sam Hunt
Believer – Imagine Dragons
Swalla – Jason Derulo
Beautiful Messes – Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
Cake – Flo Rida & 99 Percent
That’s My Girl – Fifth Harmony
Somethin’ I’m Good At – Brett Eldredge
I Look So Good (Without You) – Jessie James
I’m the One – DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, and Chance the Rapper
Flatliner – Cole Swindell with Dierks Bentley



Restaurant Review: Iridescence

 
Iridescence is one of those restaurants that you put on your bucket list to visit. It’s located on the 16th floor of the MotorCity Hotel and Casino in Downtown Detroit. Their menu is out of this world, and the food is to die for (especially the desserts, but we’ll talk about those next week). Iridescence offers a breathtaking view of the city, and is the only AAA 4 Diamond Award-winning restaurant in Detroit. Without further ado, let’s talk about the food.
I began the evening with a light and refreshing cucumber ginger martini (non-alcoholic), which I highly recommend!
Followed by the Stuffed Squash Blossom, which is made with house-made ricotta, roasted mushrooms (AMAZING) and soubise. The presentation was gorgeous and the blossoms were in better.
I then transitioned to the “Wedge” Salad, which comes with bacon, hazelnuts, pickled red onions, radishes and Roquefort dressing (I substituted the dressing for cucumber ranch).
Moving right along to the main course of a 6-ounce barrel cut filet with whipped potatoes (oh my word, so good!) and wild forged mushrooms (these were the best mushrooms I have ever had).
Hands down one of the best meals and restaurant experiences I have ever had. This restaurant makes the perfect date night (just wait until you find out about the dessert!), night out with girlfriends and more!




Favorite Hike Outfit

 
Into the woods I go to lose my mind and find my soul. I was never much of the nature type. In fact I used to hate being outside, that is until I went away to Northern Michigan University and really discovered myself and that collecting moments actually means more to me than collecting things. Anytime I get the opportunity to go hike, even if it’s a flat trail through the woods I take the opportunity, and I have come to discover that I have a particular outfit that I tend to wear. Let’s start with the pants, since baby got back up in here I love a yoga pant that actually hugs my booty. I discovered that Athleta yoga pants really hug my booty and prevent it from bouncing – which I love especially when running. Now let’s talk tops, lately I have been obsessed with wearing the Crane and Lion Racerback tank pair with the Waffle Crew. The long sleeve helps prevents my arms from getting scratched up when hiking through tougher terrain, and it’s so easy to just take off and walk around with a tank on. Both the tank and crew are super soft and very comfortable. Lasting I am obsessed with BEARPAW Gracie shoes, they take in ZERO sand, which I absolutely loved!




Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden

 
Step foot into what seems more like a fairytale than reality when you walk into the Peony Garden at the Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor. Over the weekend I took a little road trip to Ann Arbor to get lost in the enticing smell of peonies and colorful array of peonies. Here is a peek at my adventure….








27 Things to Do by the End of Summer


In my mind Memorial Day is the kickoff to summer, that being said over the weekend I compiled a list of things that I want to do before summer ends. What’s on your summer bucket list?

1. Have a bonfire at the beach (Seriously cannot believe I have never done this!
2. Go on a spontaneous adventure
3. Try kayaking for the first time
4. Go camping
5. Watch a movie outside
6. Play bocce ball
7. Enjoy as many sunsets as possible
8. Visit a random garage sales
9. Take a workout class on the beach
10. Host a Sunday brunch
11. Watch a storm roll in
12. Pack a picnic and head for a park I’ve never been to
13. Standup paddleboard
14. Hit up a baseball game
15. Go pick fruit and make jam
16. Give back and volunteer
17. Discover nice new patio spot
18. Get lost in the woods
19. Go for a hot air balloon ride
20. Fall asleep under the stars
21. Take a boat out onto the lake
22. Hit the trails for a bike ride
23. Go to the zoo
24. Attend a baseball game
25. Get food from a food truck
26. Hit up a carnival and ride the ferris wheel
27. Enjoy an outdoor concert

Wiggin' Out


This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.
 While I love lounging around in yoga pants and a tee, I am definitely a girly girl and I love any opportunity that I can get dressed up. Recently, I was at a white party and noticed all these girls had gorgeous hair. The next day I saw one of the girls and her hair was completely different, her and I got to talking and she told me how she loves wigs and hair pieces. Wigs and hair pieces have some increasingly popular lately, and thanks to the internet having everything you can now find wigs and hair pieces with just the click of a button. Wigs and hair pieces come in a variety of textures, colors, styles and lengths. Black Hairspray offers a wide variety of wigs and hair pieces and is one of the leading beauty e-commerce companies. So what is a lace front wig? Well they're all the rage and can change your look instantly. Black Hairspray offers a wide variety of gorgeous lace front wigs, weaves, braids, ponytails + buns and more.

For your convenience, if you are not satisfied with your Black Hairspray item you have 30 days to return it HASSLE FREE.... AMAZING! Black Hairspray is the place to go if you want to instantly change your look, but don't want to permanently commit to the change. Seriously though, how amazing is it that you can just quickly and easily change your hair whenever you want to, without having to worry about bleach ruining it.

 What's your favorite wig?

Spin to Win: Common Cycling Mistakes


I have been taking spin classes for almost a year now, and have learned, these are just things I have found that help me. They may not work for you, and if you have questions it’s best to talk to an instructor.

1. Resistance is too low or too high
The torque knob (the one closest to your knees) controls the resistance (challenge of the ride). Instructor’s cues are designed to take you on flat roads and climb you up hills, but it’s not all about their cues it’s about your body. If your resistance is at an 8 and your RPM needs to be at 105 but you are hanging around 75 you need to drop your resistance and get to the goal RPM. If the class is in the middle of a climb and you aren’t struggling your resistance is too low.
2. HYDRATE
Drink water before, during and after class. I take my spin classes at CYCLEBAR and they even provide water bottles to ensure that you are staying hydrated.

3. Loosen that grip
For proper positioning, you want your forearm to fit between the bar and the seat, keep your fingers loose and your shoulders down. Check yourself out in the mirror whenever you need to make sure you have proper form.

4. Seat Height
I’ll be honest after MONTHS of cycling I only recently learned that my seat was at the wrong height, and once I changed the height it made a world of a difference. You want to aim to set your seat at “hip height.” You definitely want to sit too low (which is what I was doing). Once you clip in you want to have a slight bend in your legs as you pedal.

Restraunt Review: Iridescence

 
Iridescence is located within the Motor City Hotel and Casino on the 16th floor, and let me tell you the view of Detroit – which includes the ambassador bridge is absolutely amazing! When you walk into the restaurant the décor automatically will gain your attention, followed by the super neat wine carousel. This is definitely one of the most gorgeous restaurants I have ever been in, not to mention the food is amazing. Here’s a look at the restaurant, and how I got the evening started…..

 [Cucumber and Ginger Non-Alcoholic Martini]






 [Stuffed Squash Blossom]

 [Manhattan Clam Chowder]

["Wedge" Salad]

10,000 Steps

Most of us have fitness trackers from Fitbits to the Apple Watch and my personal favorite the Bella Beat Leaf. It’s recommended that we log at least 10,000 steps per day, which might seem like a lot but it’s definitely an attainable goal – even if you sit at a desk all day.
 
Here are 9 ways to get in your 10,000 steps without having to set foot in the gym.
1. Start a competition with friends or co-workers.
2. Be a tourist in your own town.
3. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
4. If you sit at a desk all day set a timer and make yourself get up to walk around for at least 5 minutes each hour.
5. Go for a walk on your lunch break.
6. Drink plenty of water so you always have to take a walk to the bathroom.
7. Take your pup for an extra spin around the block.
8. Head to the mall or grocery store and walk around just checking things out.



The Chicago Diner

Don’t let the ‘Meat Free Since ‘83’ sign fool you, The Chicago Dineroffers some delicious food and even better desserts. Also, Lady Gaga likes to eat there so even more of a reason to check it out when you are in the windy city. My BFF is vegan, therefore I tried out some things I never would of before.

Thai Chili Wings are seitan "wingz" with chili lime marinade and Sriracha Ranch dipping sauce. Sesame garnish. Now I wasn’t a huge fan of these, probably because I’m definitely a chicken girl. However they did have decent flavor and my BFF definitely loved them.
Poutine features Canadian style waffle fries topped with melted Teese Vegan Cheese, country gravy & green onions. With bacon, sour cream and Jalapeno. I really wasn’t a fan the cheese had that fake cheese taste – but the vegan BFF gave them a thumbs up.  

Now lets talk about my favorite part DESSERT! The Chicago Diner has AMAZING shakes, I’m talking so much better than ones made with regular dairy ice cream. We got the Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake and it was heaven….. seriously heaven. 

Of course we being two basic girls we had to get the S’more Brownie Sundae – this is the reason you NEED to go to the Chicago Diner. Layers of rich chocolate brownie, graham crackers, marshmallows, topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate ganache, whipped cream and graham crackers kind of heaven. (Not we got these to go, and so it wasn’t as pretty as it should be since we forgot about it and let the ice cream melt).