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Makeover Madness!

This past week we pampered our Back-to-Class Teacher Makeover winner with a wardrobe consultation with Lisa Maile, Lisa Maile Seminars, a $500 shopping spree at The Mall at Millenia, new hairstyle by Ana Yebba, Jim Boone & Co. Salon, makeup by Leslie Christin, Studio CARA, and a special photo shoot for the upcoming September/October issue Read More…

Master of Mixology

I just earned a new degree – well maybe just a designation – and have the paper to prove it. The Alfond Inn’s Food & Beverage Manager Alicia Kuhlmann invited a few guests to witness her bartenders, Alex Tsintzas and Sarah Zapata, concocting some curated and signature cocktails, including the new Saturday and Sunday Brunch “Punch Bowls.” After participating in the prep, I was presented with the “Alfond Inn Master of Mixology” certification – Read More…

Going Coastal

If you’ve had a chance to read the JUL/AUG Orange Appeal you know a Florida getaway was on my agenda. Driving to South Florida and the Keys provided lots of moments for nostalgia as I recreated many scenes from my younger days. A lot has changed in some areas but there are still plenty of Read More…

#BlogHer17

This past weekend (June 22 – 24, 2017), we were thoughtfully invited to check out the national #BlogHer17 conference, presented by SheKnows Media, which took place at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando. Last year the conference was held in LA, but SheKnows Media President and Chief Revenue Officer Samantha Skey explained there was demand Read More…

It’s official….

Summer is here (first official day being June 21), but I think it starts mid-May with the anticipation of the long Memorial Day weekend. We are now already into late June and the July 4th holiday is hovering nearby. So breathe. You still have some time to relish in the most relaxed season of the Read More…

Orlando Love: Remembering Pulse Victims

Unfortunately, everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when they heard the tragic news of the deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016. And in the following days and weeks, many special events and gatherings occurred. The City of Orlando and Orange County Government, in collaboration with Pulse, have jointly Read More…

Summer Staycation: New and Notable in Orlando

Looking for something fun and different to do this summer? There’s plenty to discover here in the City Beautiful with lots of updated and new attractions, entertainment hotspots, dining destinations and family-friendly resorts. Here’s a listing of some the latest from our friends at Visit Orlando.  NEW ATTRACTIONS: THEME PARKS AND MORE Universal Orlando Resort: Volcano Read More…

An Unexpected Treat

An old-school road trip seemed like an appropriate way to celebrate a 34th wedding anniversary, so I started stringing some stays together. We had not been to South Florida in decades and had not visited Key West in seven years. So it was to be a Ft. Lauderdale, South Beach and Key West adventure with Read More…

A Masterful Wine Dinner

It’s always a treat to attend a paired wine dinner – and the recent evening at Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando was no exception. In addition to the masterfully prepared five-course meal, we were led through the Paul Hobbs wines by Master Sommelier Michael McNeil. The slender-stemmed Sophienwald wine glasses were provided Read More…

Purchase a Tulip Cookie, Help a Foster Child

Panera Bread will be kicking off a special tulip cookie promotion benefitting Foundation for Foster Children in 32 bakery-cafes throughout the Orlando area this month. From May 11-25, participating Orlando Panera Bread bakery-cafes owned by Covelli Family Limited Partnership will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from every tulip cookie purchased to the Foundation for Read More…