There was a period of time where I wouldn’t be caught dead with a Coach bag. I mean, I know that sounds ridiculous, but I was a huge fan of the glove-tanned leathers and classic American designs of the bags until around 10 years ago. It was like a Coach logo volcano exploded all over every piece in the brand. It was overdone, overpriced and then overproduced and left to rot on clearance tables in Macy’s and outlet stores. I either sold the majority of my Coach bags for a pittance on eBay or I simply gave them away. The brand frankly made me feel depressed. It was hard to watch an American classic choke itself out like that.
Thankfully, everybody loves a comeback and no one does a comeback quite like an iconic American brand such as Coach. I recently walked passed my local Coach store and did a double take. I was in awe of the solid leather handbags calling to me from the store’s windows. Then I did something I hadn’t taken seriously in years. I walked inside and was very taken aback by the merchandise.
Stuart Vevers joined the brand in 2013 and has breathed new life into it as Executive Creative Director. Formerly the Creative Director of Mulberry, Vevers worked with coveted brands such as Bottega Veneta, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton before landing at Coach where he’s been hitting home runs with his research and return to the original qualities and designs that made Coach such a sought after brand.
Coach’s 1941 collection is an exquisite homage to the unique craftsmanship and iconic design that put this brand on the map in the first place. From vintage Western-inspired shirts, dinosaur-themed sweaters, leather varsity jackets, studded saddle bag handbags, pebbled leather bags and cutting-edge glove-tanned leather totes emblazoned with T-rex’s, Vevers is proving that Coach is ready to trample its competition in the handbag and accessories market this fall. The brand is also selling its 1941 collection at Neiman Marcus now. This is a huge indicator of just how high fashion Coach is willing to go again. Put me in Coach, I’m ready to play today.
I was so sad to get the phone call from my granny this morning that her next door neighbor and friend Harvey Hurvitz passed away. Harvey was a wonderful neighbor, friend, father, husband and grandfather. He was brilliant and also hilarious. I was fortunate enough to hang out with him many times over the years at family gatherings and at various venues where my aunt JD Danner’s band would play. He was a fan of live music and the occasional glass of Maker’s Maahhk [Maker’s Mark bourbon as he called in his wonderful Boston accent].
He loved old country songs and today my aunt JD told me he loved Neil Young’s music. I never knew that. She had even learned “Heart of Gold” for him. When I covered stories for the newspaper in Boca, he’d often read the stories and tell me what he liked about it. One night, we had a truly memorable conversation about “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” after I had interviewed Kim. He was amazed by the show and hooked on watching it for a while, which I thought was curious but Harvey was full of awesome surprises.
He was an accomplished financial adviser for for Wells Fargo Advisors in Boca Raton and attended Boston University for his education. Harvey lived his life authentically and I loved how real he was. I always loved when he’d say “He or she is outta their mind!” He was usually right.
So rest now, our dear Harvey. One day I hope to see you in heaven and sit down with you and have another great conversation about life. I will never forget you or how you helped me and brought me comfort when my grandpa died. You agreed with me on what a great man he was. Now I hope to bring your family comfort as we mourn the loss of you, another truly great man. They don’t make ’em like you anymore, Harvey. I am so blessed to have known you.
It’s a tale as old as time and delivers a message that’s truer these days than ever before. Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast” returned to Broward Center for the Performing Arts June 15 and runs through Sunday June 19 before heading to Dallas to continue its summer tour.
The musical that teaches the message to look beyond appearances and get to know people for who they are on the inside is a necessary lesson all of mankind could benefit from, especially at this moment. Just three days after the tragic Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, I was still in a deeply somber mood. “Beauty and The Beast” provided the perfect diversion from the constant sorrow that kept popping up in my newsfeed and my mind.
It was truly wonderful to escape to the Beast’s castle for a few hours and reunite with Lumiere, played by the hilariously cheeky Ryan N. Phillips, the delightful Mrs. Potts played by Stephanie Gray and her adorable sidekick Chip, portrayed by Deandre Horner. Samuel Shurtleff shines as the Beast’s faithful servant Cogsworth and Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek delighted the crowd as the strapping and narcissistic town player, Gaston. The beefy baritone has also performed in multiple operas, which was obvious after watching him effortless belt out solos in this show.
The musical numbers in “Beauty and The Beast” are familiar and more feel good than ever with plenty of high-kicking dance routines and the show-stopping “Be Our Guest,” which features dancing flatware, spinning plates and plenty of confetti.
In the lead role of Belle, Brooke Quintana charms in her national touring debut as the book-loving introvert who refuses to conform to the norm. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a wonderful show for families, couples and anyone looking for a carefree night out with some truly unforgettable characters.
Get tickets for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Browardcenter.org.
The Grateful Palate in Fort Lauderdale is a hidden dining gem for both locals and tourists alike. I was recently invited by a friend to the restaurant’s Passport Wine Series on May 27. The event was set up with food and wine stations offering wines from Washington State and California.
Event goers were able to sample five courses which included roasted quail legs, scallops, grilled wild salmon, elk chops and lemon verbena panna cotta for dessert.
Joel Gott Willamette Valley Pinot Fris, Erath Estate Oregon Pinot Gris, Eroica Columbia Valley Riesling, Chateau St. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling, Erath Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir, Joel Gott Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir, Chateau S. Michelle Canoe Ridge Merlot, Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot, Watchdog Rock Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Hogue Genesis Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were among the wines up for grabs.
Several distributors from Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida were on hand to answer questions about the various wines and pairings.
“We have this wine pairing event the last Friday of every month,” said Director of Operations for Grateful Palate and Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale Peter Lopez. “This month, we thought it would be great to pair off wines from Oregon and Washington State. It’s a really great event and it’s a nice way to meet other people who are interested in wine. We also have the wine available for sale at excellent prices to take home by the bottle.”
With tapas and drinks right on the Intracoastal, you seriously cannot beat the vibe or the view. It’s the perfect idea for a date night, a girls’ night out or a great place to take friends or family who come to town looking for that Fort Lauderdale ocean view usually found on postcards.
The Napa vs. Sonoma wine pairing event is happening June 24 at The Grateful Palate in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $75 per person. Visit Eventbrite.com to get tickets. Grateful Palate is located at 3033 N.E. 32nd Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.
So if you hear screams of joy coming from the central Boca Raton, Fla., area today, it’s likely me doing a Riverdance and squealing that The Vans x Nintendo collection finally came out today, June 3.
Growing up with the epic ’80s gamer kid, Lenny Gonzalez, we will never forget that fateful Christmas morning when our prayers were answered to get the Nintendo Entertainment System. We spent hours in front of that bubble-backed TV running after coins, devouring growth mushrooms and banging our heads on mystery gift-filled bricks.
As I look back on my life, these carefree moments were some of the best of my life. Now, we can all relive those magical years before bills, bosses and responsibilities through The Vans x Nintendo collection of sneakers, backpacks, caps and T-shirts. Available in children’s sizes, women’s and men’s sizes, this line flawlessly features 8-bit inspired artwork and characters from Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, Donkey Kong and TheLegend of Zelda.
The Princess sneakers are crazy cool!
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Every morning, my son’s face lights up with delight when the cheerful theme song to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” begins to play. The animated spin-off of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” has gained a loyal following of fans since it debuted on PBS stations in 2012.
Daniel Tiger is a wonderful role model for children teaching them important life lessons from the value of sharing to washing your hands and cleaning up your toys.
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!” rolled into Coral Springs Center for the Arts May 19 and the show was nearly sold out. Watching the characters of this beloved children’s show come to life on stage through live actors was nothing short of magical. The audience roared as the actors sang the best hits from the series. Ciarah Amaani shined as teacher Harriet and the adorable Miss Elaina and Evan Teich dazzled as Daniel’s Father, Prince Wednesday and Mr. McFeely.
I attended this show with my one-and-a-half-year old son Jack, husband Greg and Jack’s godmother, J.D. Danner. It was so thrilling to watch Jack clap his hands to almost every song and really stay engaged for the entire show. I have to admit, at first I was scared at the thought of taking my toddler to a live show. I mean, what if he didn’t stop screaming? What if he didn’t want to sit in his seat? The best part about taking your toddler to a show designed for toddlers is that everyone’s kid is acting a little wild and you don’t have to worry about anyone turning around and telling at you to get your kid to stop! This was the best feeling. Jack mostly wanted to stand up and jump and dance along to the music.
My only regret is that show didn’t have more than one stop in South Florida. I know there were plenty of children in Palm Beach and Miami who would’ve loved the chance to see this. Hopefully Daniel’s trolley will roll back to South Florida soon.
The tour will continue throughout North America. Visit Danieltigerlive.com for show dates and other updates.
In the ’90s, when most other kids my age were listening to Pearl Jam and Nirvana, I was listening to the music of Carole King. My mother and my aunts introduced me to the healing power of her music when I was a little girl. In 1994, my aunt Maryann bought me a boxed set, Carole King: The Ode Collection (1968-1976) from Costco. I have listened to this boxed set throughout my life and it remains one of my staples in my iTunes playlist.
Much like King’s music itself, “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical” is a cathartic journey of the heart. In the touring production, King is portrayed by Abby Mueller. Muller’s younger sister Jessie Mueller portrayed the same role on Broadway.
Abby illuminated the stage at Broward Center for the Performing Arts bringing King’s character to life as her vulnerable love affair with the roving-eyed lothario Gerry Goffin unfurls. The lyrics to their songs provided a diary of sorts for their romance. As they penned hit after hit with such beloved favorites as “Will You Still Love Me,” “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “Up On The Roof,” it’s impossible not to connect with King’s pain as she struggles to stay relevant in the evolving sound of the early ’70s as she fights to keep her family together.
As groups such as The Drifters, The Righteous Brothers and The Shirelles comes to life on stage, the impact of King and Goffin’s music on American culture is undeniable. I found myself giddy at various points in the show as hit after hit was performed. “Oh my God, they wrote that one! And that one,”I squealed in my seat. The music in this show is incredible and the cast, which includes Ben Fankhauser as Barry Mann and Becky Gulsvig as Cynthia Weil, is a force to be reckoned with.
It truly was beautiful watching King go from teeny bopper girl song writer to a solid, dynamic solo artist who would become a voice of a generation and inspire many generations to come.
“Beautiful—The Carole King Musical” runs at Broward Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday May 22. Tickets are available at Browardcenter.org. Then the show continues on a tour throughout America. It returns to South Florida Feb. 1-5 in 2017 for a stop at Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Visit Beautifulonbroadway.com for details.