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Mo Pop Recap

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Mo Pop Recap

MoPop music festival returned to Detroit for its fourth year and it was triumphant. The two-day festival was lined up with 22 musical acts, across two stages in West Riverfront park bringing a musical spectacular to concert goers.

The festival was done right. MoPop Festival was a perfect combination of national headliners, up and coming favorites and Michigan must-see artists. The beautiful weather was a delightful match for the crowd-pleasing sets, which sent people into a dust filled dance party alongside the Detroit River.

 photo credits  @bhelowskimedia

photo credits @bhelowskimedia

IMO the festival had a great atmosphere that felt safe, organized and not overly hipster pretentious. Although cell reception was straight garbage, it was not hard to keep up with friends between the two stages. We even took my nephew for his 16th birthday and were able to keep tabs on him.

 Birthday Boy  @dylanvanh  

Birthday Boy @dylanvanh 

Day One brought a killer line up of artists that was really brought to life with the surprisingly captivating performance by 16-year-old Billie Ellish. It was a melodious and lighthearted performance from the young artists who even included a ukulele in the show.

 billie ellish photo credits  @bhelhowskimedia

billie ellish photo credits @bhelhowskimedia

The day moved along cheerfully as it moved into night with an energetic performance from Vince Staples. It was a hip-hop show at its hypest. The crowd moved in unison with his rap songs that had concert goers with their hands in the air and ass shaking throughout the whole show.

 Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, photo credits  @bhelhowskimedia

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, photo credits @bhelhowskimedia

Closing out an  impressive first day was the national headliner, Bon Iver. The artist, Justin Vernon also known as Bon Iver sent vibrations through the crowd with his first performance in Detroit proper. The vocals and bass of the performance was enough to send the audience to their knees. After a long day of festival going, the rhythmic tunes and slow serenade was a perfect night cap.

Day 2: I was a little slow moving after a long day of festival going (and no partying at all) but, the gorgeous weather and superb line-up quickly pulled me from my slump.

Dermot Kennedy kicked off the afternoon for me with his gorgeous Irish self. The soothing sounds his voice echoed across the stage as he alternated between his acoustic guitar and the piano. He delivered a captivating performance that left me swooning for the poetic vocalist.

Let me just say, what happened next was the most dope and hype performance I have seen in a long time. Maybe even ever.

 Group members of BROCKHAMPTON photo credits  @bhelhowskimedia

Group members of BROCKHAMPTON photo credits @bhelhowskimedia

BROCKHAMPTON is the trillest boy band I have ever seen. The crowd did NOT STOP MOVING and rapping along. The group literally owned the stage (and possibly the festival) with an act that screams WuTang meets ASAP Ferg meets boy band. The groups energy was contagious and heartwarming as the group brought out the rainbow flag to celebrate its predominantly gay members.

 st. vincent, photo credits  @bhelhowskimedia

st. vincent, photo credits @bhelhowskimedia

Next up was my girl St. Vincent, who stood up against tyranny and gave everyone a reason to dance with her mind-blowing performance. Her stage was adorned with a light show and visuals that matched her stunning tangerine vinyl dress. St. Vincent interchanged self-made, hand-carved guitars as she shredded the night away. After giving us the dance party, she promised, she closed out the show with an acoustic performance of “Happy Birthday Johnny,” that gave me goosebumps and moved me to tears.

I wish I could tell you I stayed to watch The National close out the night. The soothing voice of front-man, Matt Beringer is enough to send me into a solo sulk-fest. However, that wasn’t my vibe.

Not too far away, Detroit favorite Haute to Death was spinning up a dance party that was calling my name. When we arrived, the tunes were bumping, people we’re moving and showing off their best break dancing skills. We found our spot amongst the crowd and danced the night away, sending off the weekend with a celebration.



Way to send it Detroit,

xoxo lately with lo






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Savor Food & Wine Festival

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Savor Food & Wine Festival

Will there be wine? Yes.

Will there be penguins? Yes.

Will there be monkeys? Yassss!

Idk who decided drinking wine at the zoo was a thing, but I'm totally in. Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11th my peeps at Hour Detroit magazine are setting up shop at the Detroit Zoo for a weekend extravaganza of food and drinks.

Come hang with me at The Savor Food & Wine Festival next weekend to sip and dine on goodies from some of the best brands around. 

You know I love my Detroit peeps. I'm super looking forward to hanging with my neighbors over at Eastern Market Brewing Co. and Detroit Hustles Harder.

Get your tickets here!



All the best,



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Chow Down at The Annual Taco Showdown

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Chow Down at The Annual Taco Showdown

Cover photo via Taco Showdown

Calling all of my queso-loving, guac-eating, Tex-Mex fanatics!

Eastern Market's annual Taco Showdown is going down this Sunday, July 29th in Shed 5 from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.! GA tickets to this tasty event are $20 and VIP are $30.

Along with being surrounded by over 1,000 other taco enthusiasts, you'll be able to sample both tacos AND salsa (!!!) from 15 different taquerias, including Alley Taco, MEX, Torti Taco and El Camino.

 Candice's very own  Alley Taco  will be one of the taquerias serving up tacos. Photo via  Eater Detroit

Candice's very own Alley Taco will be one of the taquerias serving up tacos. Photo via Eater Detroit

Your taco ticket guarantees you one complimentary taco from favorite taqueria, along with a marg or other drink of choice from the bar. Still hungry or thirsty? You can keep buying your own once you've used up your freebies!

There will be plenty of entertainment to keep you busy and get you hungry for MORE tacos as well, including Mexican wrestling, music by DJ Tony Toca and a photo booth! An excuse to say cheese with your cheesy tacos? Yes please.

Let's taco 'bout it later,


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Inside a Coffee Roasting Class at New Order

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Inside a Coffee Roasting Class at New Order

Hi friends! As you know, I'm a huuuge coffee fanatic. Especially coffee that falls in the realm of flavored iced lattes. I love this source of caffeine so much that I even went on my own coffee tour of D-City (you can check that out here!) and had an absolute blast. 

One place I didn't stop by was New Order, because I had a coffee roasting class here this past Saturday! I found their Instagram around two months back and have been stalking it religiously since, so you could say that I was more than pumped to finally visit this coffee hotspot. The best part of it all? They were celebrating their one year anniversary last week too!


The coffee roasting classes, which happen once a month, are both free and super informative. I brought my dad with me because he's the proud owner of three coffee machines himself, so I knew he'd be down to learn more.

 The main attraction at a New Order coffee roasting class

The main attraction at a New Order coffee roasting class

We were taught the ins and outs of coffee roasting by New Order's very own coffee expert, Patrick. He started us out by telling us the important factors that play a role in making a coffee taste the way it does— things like the growing region, processing method and altitude. The roast of a coffee runs on a five point scale, with one being the lightest and five being the boldest.

Along with the five point scale, Patrick told us a slew of other things like:

- Coffee beans grow in Central/Latin America, Africa and Asia/Indonesia, yet Ethopia is the only place where the beans grow wild

- Coffee from Latin America is a top-seller

-There are two types of beans: Robusta and Arabica. Robusta is lower grade and is located low on the mountains, and Arabica is harder to grow and located higher on the mountains

- The higher up a bean grows, the more sought after it is. This is because temperatures are cooler in higher altitudes, resulting in slower maturation time to pick up on origin characteristics

- Coffee beans can only be harvested for nine months

After proving to be a human encyclopedia of coffee, Patrick started roasting the beans. He chose Guatemalan beans and roasted them for a total of around 10 minutes. There were three samples prepared for us while we watched them roast, all at different roast levels— 1, 3 and 5. 1 had flavor notes of french toast and cocoa power, 3 had notes of cola and chocolate donut, and 5 had notes of spicy dark chocolate. The true chocolate lover in me loved 5 the most, but they were all delish!


Did I mentioned we were given a sample of their sea salt choco chip cookie WITH the tasting? It was probably the best cookie I've ever eaten, no exaggeration. Really crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside. I would share a photo, but I ate it too quickly. Whoops.

After the tasting, we were given an adorbs goodie bag filled with the three different roasts that we tried. Who doesn't love free stuff?


My dad and I were so impressed with the class that we went up to the counter and bought our own drinks and grub. I got a iced Cap'n Crunch Berries cereal milk latte and he got an Oreo marshmallow latte, and we split two marshmallow cereal bars. 

Let me tell you— this was one of the best lattes I've ever had. EVER. And that says a lot coming from me! My dad was in awe of his as well, and we gobbled up the cereal bars far too quickly. I was in a sugar coma the rest of the day, but boy was it worth it.

Having the experience to learn about coffee roasting and eat up alllll of New Order's treats was awesome, and I would recommend this class (and shop!) to anyone in the Detroit area. New Order has my seal of approval, and I can't wait to go back again soon. 

Stay caffeinated kids,


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REJECTING REALITY at Red Bull Arts House

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REJECTING REALITY at Red Bull Arts House


Looking for a way to push your senses to their limits? You can at REJECTING REALITY on July 22nd from 7-10 p.m. at Red Bull Arts Detroit!

 The exterior of Red Bull Arts Detroit. Photo via  Red Bull Arts Detroit

The exterior of Red Bull Arts Detroit. Photo via Red Bull Arts Detroit

This ethereal event will feature the Detroit Bureau of Sound and architect Aaron Jones. Focusing on the fusion of avant-garde music with mesmerizing architectural installments, this sensory-based exhibit will turn the known into the unknown through the intertwining of music, self and infrastructure.

There will be special guests performances from Apetechnology, Onyx Ashanti and Pamela Z as well.

 Composer, performer and media artist, Pamela Z. Photo via Red Bull Arts Detroit

Composer, performer and media artist, Pamela Z. Photo via Red Bull Arts Detroit

This event, which is part of Detroit Art Week, is only happening for one night only. Make sure to come at 6:30 p.m. when doors open to ensure your chance to experience this! Did I mention that it's free too?

Push it, push it, to the limit, limit,



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Meet Your BFF at the Market

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Meet Your BFF at the Market

Cover photo via Eastern Market

On the hunt for a new canine to care for? What about a kitten that you can cuddle all day? Thanks to the Michigan Humane Society, you can get one all for yourself!

This Sunday, July 22, Eastern Market will be hosting a pet-lovers dream event— Meet Your Best Friend at the Market!

 What's greater than lil' pups? Probably nothing.

What's greater than lil' pups? Probably nothing.

According to CBS Detroit, the event, which is presented by Purina, will have over 50 cats, kittens, dogs and puppies up for adoption. It will start at 10 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m., so it’s easy to make an afternoon out of it! The Market has their weekly Sunday Market going on as well, so there will be plenty of food trucks and vendors set up as well. Basically, come hungry.

Are you planning on adopting a new critter this Sunday? Have some name ideas already? Comment them below!

Stay purrfect,


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The 2018 Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair is Here

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The 2018 Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair is Here

Cover photo via Facebook

Your favorite annual art festival is right around the corner!! EEEEEK!

The 58th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair will run from Thursday, July 19th to Sunday July 22nd. Events will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day beside Sunday, which will run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Photos from the 2017 Ann Arbor Art Fair via Instagram

You can find all kinds of art running through numerous streets throughout the city. The whole event is actually four fairs compiled into one— Street Art Fair (the original), Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, State Street Art Fair and South University Art Fair. With various art booths and demonstrations going on, it’ll be easy to spend the day away immersing yourself in the culture.

Besides art, there will be plenty of events happening as well. There's the Art Activity Zone that's perfect for families with kids who want to create their own masterpiece, including Clay Creations and Wood Felting Fun. There will also be art demonstrations and live music from three different stages, featuring a variety of artists from different genres on each day.

The Art Activity Zone and an art demonstration. Photos via Ann Arbor Art Fair

Parking will be tricky (as it always is in A-square), but according to MLive, there will be several garages to at park for $15 a day and $7 after 5 p.m. Additionally, there will be organizers who offer free parking in numerous lots away from the fair, adding a shuttle service for $3 round-trip. Shuttle spots include Briarwood Mall, Pioneer High School and Huron High School.

Are there any specific artists you're excited to see? Comment below and share the creative love!

Just keep paintin', just keep paintin'...



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Detroit's 2nd Annual Bookfest is Back

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Detroit's 2nd Annual Bookfest is Back

One thing you should know about me is that I’m an English major. This naturally means I have to read a lot of books. I love them too! Bookstores are my bff! Because of all of these factors, you could say I’m a bit more than hype for this upcoming event.

On Sunday, Detroit will be hosting its 2nd annual Bookfest in Eastern Market's Shed 5 and 6. This book fair, similar to yet SO much bigger than the ones you remember from elementary school, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! The best part? Attendance is free.

*cue me window shopping for books the entirety of Sunday afternoon*

 Photo via  Detroit Bookfest

Along with a plethora of books, there will be a selection of vinyl records, comic books, vintage board games and other unconventional items.

Food will be provided by The Nosh Pit, Nu Deli, Big Dog’s Hot Dogs, Detroit Gourmet Nut Company, Cosmic Burrito and Cherry Pit BBQ. Hey, reading can make you hungry! I know this as a fact.

 The Nosh Pit, a vegan and vegetarian food truck, will be at the Bookfest. Photo via  Hip in Detroit

The Nosh Pit, a vegan and vegetarian food truck, will be at the Bookfest. Photo via Hip in Detroit

Whether your 2018 resolution was to read more (and you haven't) or you simply just want to pick up a new novel, Detroit's Bookfest is the place to be. Comment below some of your favorite books, or even your finds if you go!

Keep spreadin' the literature love,


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3 weekends in the D: Party Your Way Through July

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3 weekends in the D: Party Your Way Through July

ICYMI our girl C-Money was on Fox 2's "the Nine" this morning talking about the hot spots in the D over the next few weekends. I know a lot of people spent time traveling over the 4th of July, so it's time to catch a little recoup in the city. Fear Not, we've got the party deets covered right here on le blog. 

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July 13th-15th— The Pig & Whiskey Festival in Ferndale is one of the best summer celebrations. It’s an epic block party with booze, BBQ and live music. Expect to hear cool music, eat food from Michigan’s best BBQ joints and explore a variety of whiskey options. They have a special ticket packages available to buy in advance online and general tickets available at the event. However, the festival itself is free to attend and all ages are welcome.

 Photo via  Pig & Whiskey

Photo via Pig & Whiskey

July 13th-15th— This weekend is also 39th year for Art in The Park in Plymouth. This is the 2nd largest art fair in Michigan welcoming more than 400 artists from around the country. Plan on a weekend of live entertainment, shopping, food and art. Plymouth is such a picturesque, walkable town with plenty of great restaurants too. This is a family-friendly event that everyone can enjoy! Keep in mind the town will be busy, so plan on paying for parking.

 Photo via  Art in the Park

Photo via Art in the Park

July 20- 22nd— Want to have tons of fun for a great cause? Don’t miss the 7th annual Michigan Glass Project benefitting Art Road Nonprofit, and organization that is actively returning art classes to Detroit Public Schools. Expect three days of live glass blowing, live music on two stages, live painters and over 80 food and drink vendors all to raise funds for a good cause. All ages are welcome and children under 12 are free. All other attendees can purchase tickets online for $30.

July 28 & 29— Mo Pop Festival 2018 at the West Riverfront Park is one spectacular outdoor summer concert. This year’s headliners include: Bon Iver, The National, St. Vincent and Portugal. The Man. There will be an arcade, craft bazaar, drinks and a food truck alley to add to the great music experience. Tickets are available online and all children under 12 are free with a ticketed adult.

 Photo via  Mo Pop

Photo via Mo Pop

Have fun my weekend warriors,

xoxo Lately with Lo

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Downtown Plymouth's 39th Annual Art in the Park

Art. Food. Music. This is clearly the greatest trifecta out of all trifectas.

Good news for you! You can find all three from July 13-15 at Downtown Plymouth’s annual event, Art in the Park, which was founded by the mother and daughter team of Dianne Quinn and Raychel Rork.

 This image only captures a  few  of the artists at Art in the Park. Photo via  Art in the Park  

This image only captures a few of the artists at Art in the Park. Photo via Art in the Park 

With over 400 artists from across the nation showcasing their work on the streets surrounding Kellogg Park, it’s hard NOT to buy something, even when you plan on just walking around. From painters to photographers to sculptors, you’re bound to find a new addition for your home.

The festival, which is on its 39th year, will run from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-7p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-5p.m. on Sunday. Being that it’s likely to be hot, I recommend grabbing some of the classic, sugary-sweet fair lemonade to keep you cool. I mean, any excuse to buy one of those is a good one.

 The "Living Mural" from the 2015 Art in the Park. Photo via  Art in the Park

The "Living Mural" from the 2015 Art in the Park. Photo via Art in the Park

There will also be a plethora of vendors, serving up goods like ice cream and even homemade jams (which are totally my jam). I have no shame in admitting that my favorite part of Art in the Park every year is sampling these, whoops!

What artist are you most excited to see this year? Give them a shoutout by commenting below!

Keep calm and stay crafty,


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Our Favorite Ice Cream Shops for National Ice Cream Day


Our Favorite Ice Cream Shops for National Ice Cream Day

There’s no room for debate— ice cream is easily my favorite food group (and yes, it is a food group). Especially during this time of the year! I hate when it gets all over you, but there’s no better time to be sticky and sugary than in the summertime. Of course, it’s fitting that National Ice Cream Day is this Sunday, July 15th. To celebrate possibly the greatest holiday of the year, I’ve rounded up my go-to, ultra-stellar list of the best ice cream shops in Detroit and Metro Detroit so that you can celebrate this day to its fullest potential. Five different cones in one day? I’m not judging you.

The Custard Hut—Dearborn Heights, MI

 Photo via  The Custard Hut

Photo via The Custard Hut

This Metro Detroit summer hotspot is notorious for their waffle sandwiches— creamy custard stuffed in between two hot waffles with additions like cereal and nuts coating the sides. If the sandwich life isn’t for you, they have two rotating flavor-of-the-week custards, along with regular chocolate and vanilla. Their flurries are also the best that I’ve had (if you have a crazy sweet tooth like me, try the cotton candy one), so Custard Hut is great when you want some options.

Guernsey Farms Dairy— Northville, MI

Another Metro Detroit staple, Guernsey is a diner, dairy store and ice cream parlor wrapped all into one. Serving up hard-packed ice cream in an overwhelming number of flavors, this timeless favorite also gives you an insane bang for your buck. Even better— they sell most of their flavors in stores like Target and Kroger as well.

Detroit Water Ice Factory— Detroit, MI

 Photo via  @tiffzimms

Photo via @tiffzimms

If you like a bit of an icier treat, Detroit Water Ice is your go-to. Specializing in “water ice,” they serve up shaved ice that's perfect for any scorching day. Their famous Motown Twist even has soft serve above and below the ice, turning it into a creamy treat. Better yet? 100% of their profits go to help S.A.Y. (Super All Year) Detroit, a Detroit Rescue mission that provides resources to newborns, teens, senior citizens, veterans, and the homeless. There’s nothing better than eating charitably.

Sweet Dreamz Creamery— Detroit, MI

What’s better than ice cream on a stick? Probably nothing. Sweet Dreamz Creamery knows just that, and specializes in homemade ice cream and gelato served up on a popsicle stick. Besides being adorable (which naturally means Instagrammable), they also have gelato, sorbetto, vegan and alcohol-infused pops. A boozy ice cream? Count everyone in.

Reilly Craft Creamery— Detroit, MI

 Photo via  @katnicole313

Photo via @katnicole313

Free any weekend coming up soon? You should spend it at Reilly Craft Creamery, which is only open on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Not only does their ice cream taste amazing, but it looks amazing too— their slogan, “cold truth,” is featured on a sticker with an image of hands holding ice cream on all of their cones. If you can’t make it on Saturday, you can find their ice cream at retailers like Whole Foods and Better Health.

Ice Cream Plant— Several different shops and retailers in the Metro Detroit area

 Photo via Ice Cream Plant

Photo via Ice Cream Plant

Fear not, ice cream lovers who also happen to be vegan! Ice Cream Plant specializes in making vegan ice cream only. Don’t let this make you think it skimps on flavor, though! Using wholesome ingredients like organic coconut milk and organic fair trade Dutch-process cocoa powder, you’ll feel good eating up a cone of this stuff. While they don’t have their own shop, you can find them by the pint at retailers like Holiday Market in Royal Oak and Mootown Ice Cream in Detroit, and by the scoop at restaurants like Chive Kitchen in Farmington and Seva in Detroit and Ann Arbor!

What are your favorite ice cream shops in Detroit? Any that weren't featured above? Comment below so that I have another excuse to try more ice cream!

Scream it up for ice cream,



BBQ, Booze & Jams: The Pig & Whiskey Festival


BBQ, Booze & Jams: The Pig & Whiskey Festival

It’s almost time for one of my fav summer festivals.

The Pig & Whiskey is a finger licking, beer & whiskey drinking, good music playing – one hell of a good time.

July 13,14 & 15 the festival will throw down a block party type celebration at 9 Mile and East Troy Street.

 photo credits: instagram of @pigandwhiskey with a shout out to @detroitbbq

photo credits: instagram of @pigandwhiskey with a shout out to @detroitbbq

Michigan’s top BBQ joints will line up to have a cook-off featuring their menu items. Expect pulled pork sammies, ribs & mac ‘n’ cheese galore.

You can wash all these treats down with some of Michigan’s best brews & a plethora of whiskey options.

 photo credits: pig & whiskey via Instagram - props to @greyghost for the lovely cocktail.

photo credits: pig & whiskey via Instagram - props to @greyghost for the lovely cocktail.

Don’t forget to stop by cocktail corner which rotates craft cocktails perfected by some of Detroit and Metro-Detroits best restaurants. Expect to see favorites such as: Grey Ghost, Kiesling, Imperial and Wright & Co.

And OMG Yass bring your pups out! This year Tito’s Vodka has not one, but TWO dog friendly lounge areas with dog goodies, cocktails & games. (a round of a-paws to them ;)

 photo credits: Instagram via @pigandwhiskey

photo credits: Instagram via @pigandwhiskey

The festival is also stacked with a line-up of BOMB ASS music over the weekend. Check out the Schedule below:


Pokey LaFarge

Bear Vs Shark

Ohio Wild

The Messenger Birds


Laith Al-Saadi

Stone Clover

Robert Bradley

Holly Bernt Band

Ben Keeler Band

Kevin Thibodeau & Cast Iron Horns

The Doozers

Billy Brandt & The Sugarees


Electric Stix

Ancient Language

The Beggars


Mark Mallman

Strange Heart


The Festival ends at Midnight on Friday & Saturday and 11 pm on Sunday. If you want to keep the party flowing, head on over to The Loving Touch for the after party.

The Loving Touch After Party Line-Up (bands listed from latest to earliest)



The High Strung




Bent Knee

Summer Like the Season


Scarlet Lies

The Dropout


There is also a special ticket package available online for the connoisseurs of the premium stuff. The ticket package affords you a special tent that features 40 premium whiskeys, scotches and bourbons. As well as a cooling station and access to indoor bathrooms.

I, however, am not that fancy. I’ll be rolling with the regular peeps on a budget. From experience, here’s what to expect and how to prepare:

Bring cash – you’ll be buying tickets to exchange for beer, whiskey and BBQ food. This is an easy way to make quick transactions.

Also, the lovely people pouring your beer are volunteers from non-profits. All the tips go directly to their organization. TIP YOUR BARTENDERS :)

Parking is going to suck – plan on parking at least a few blocks away (parking at meters is free on Sunday’s)

It is going to be crowded & hot – for this reason, I like to go a little later once the crowd has died down and the sun isn’t blazing hot. Going on Sunday is also a good idea because a lot of people have already come and gone -- it’s sort of an industry night.

Bring wet naps – There is no doubt you are going to get down on some BBQ food that’s going to leave your fingers sticky AF. Score mega cool points with your friends when you come to the rescue with wet naps (MAJOR MOM MOVE.)

Bring tissue & hand sanitizer – As any good festival would have – your bathroom options are pretty limited to port-o-potties. Super gross. Help yourself out and bring some TP and hand sanitizer to come out as unscathed as possible.

The ride and driver situation can (and should) raise a concern when drinking adult beverages. Lyft is offering is offering 20% off your ride to-and-from Pig & Whiskey with up to $5 off for all new and existing customers.



xoxo Lately with Lo


4th of July Party Essentials


4th of July Party Essentials

A checklist of everything you need to throw an epic 4th of July party.


Don’t forget to set the party tone with red, white and blue accents. If your last minute like I am, think easy -- crepe paper and balloons go a long way. You don’t have to break the bank either. I recommend hitting the dollar section at Target. You can find tons of inexpensive patriotic goodies.

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Fun pool floats are also a great touch to create Instagram worthy photos of the party.


Having fun back yard games is a great way to entertain and create engagement between guests who may not know one another. My personal favs are: badminton, corn hole and adult Jenga.

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P.S. even adults love sparklers, fireworks and glow necklaces.


Every party needs some tunes. If you don’t have outdoor speakers, make sure to have a portable speaker like a JBL. Don’t forget the charging cord for an all-day jam-o-thon.

It could also be fun to pre-make a party playlist full of summertime bangers.


Everyone loves BBQ parties, but hosting one can become expensive. Don’t be afraid to ask everyone to bring a dish. Everyone has a favorite party dish and this is a fun way for guests to show off their specialties.


Bubbles and Bikinis are one of my favorite summer combos. Do a fun spin on a wine spritzer by using frozen strawberries, blueberries or blackberries instead of ice cubes.

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This is a great time to ask your guest to bring their favorite drink to share. This way you can cover all the bases and make sure your guests have an option they like.

Don’t forget the H2O. Have plenty of bottled water or put pitchers out to keep your guest hydrated.

Clothes and Bathing Suites:

Wear something fun. You can DEF embrace the red, white and blue without being totally cheesy. Here’s a few hot party looks to pull inspiration from:

 photo credits:  Trop Rouge

photo credits: Trop Rouge


Don’t forget a towel, sunnies, a hat and SPF. No one wants to wear a sunburn at the party.

All good day parties make their way into the night. Here are a couple tips and must haves for a smooth transition:

Candles – these create a nice ambiance and repel mosquitos.

Mosquito repellant – nothing ruins an outdoor party like these uninvited pesky guests.

Lights -- string lights, lanterns and tiki torches are a great touch.

Firewood – don’t forget to stock up on wood for the bonfire if you have one.


Party on Detroit-

xxo, Lately with Lo







2018 VegBash (And My Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants)


2018 VegBash (And My Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants)

To all my vegan, vegetarian or just plant-lovin’ friends out there: tonight from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. is the 2018 VegBash Summer Solstice Celebration at the Royal Oak Farmers Market!

The event, which is both indoor and outdoor, is meant to celebrate all the delicious local vegan and vegetarian cuisine in Metro Detroit. There will also be alcoholic beverages, live music, Michigan-made food, health, and wellness products, and a bounce house for the kiddos while you chow down.

 Photo via  VegBash

Photo via VegBash

In order to be in this fruit and veg heaven, you must purchase tickets ahead of the event. Additionally, there will be two time slots for arrival, which will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., but you can stay for the entirety of the bash regardless.

The 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. time slot will be a $12 fee for adults and the 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. time slot will be a $10 fee for adults. Both time slots are free for children 12 and under.

Admission additionally includes a $5 food voucher that goes toward any of the vendors and a reusable tote bag from Whole Foods.

We love free cash and being environmentally friendly!

If you’re unable to make the event like myself (SAD), you’re not completely out of luck. Below, I’ve compiled my fav Metro Detroit vegan and vegetarian healthy eateries that also taste amazing too. Trust me, they all have my heart in some way.

Inn Season Café– Royal Oak, MI

 Photo via  Inn Season Café

This teeny-tiny green building is a powerhouse. Serving up both vegan and vegetarian options, Inn Season is the must-go when you’re looking for a cozy place to get some dinner. It was also the first veg restaurant in Metro Detroit that I ate at (thanks, Dad), so it holds a special place in my heart.

Must Order: Szechuan Stir Fry, Root Beer Kombucha and Opera Cake (is it really a trip to Inn Season if you don’t get dessert?)

Detroit Vegan Soul—Detroit, MI

 Photo via  Eater Detroit

Photo via Eater Detroit

DVS isn’t playing around when they say that they’ve got soul. With starters like Hush Puppies and sides featuring the likes of Mashed Potatoes and Collard Greens, your belly will feel like your mom made you a home-cooked meal (except this one is vegan).

Must Order: Soul Platter and Bacon Ranch Tofu Wrap

GreenSpace Café— Ferndale, MI

 Photo via  Metro Times

Photo via Metro Times

Right in the heart of downtown Ferndale, GreenSpace is an open and warm café with food that fits its vibe. With extensive bar space and ample seating, this is the place you want to go to when you want to have a (healthier) happy hour with your best pals. I mean, they do have THE best shareable dishes.

Must Order: Calzone and Wild Mushroom Toast

The Lunch Room— Ann Arbor, MI

 Photo via  TripAdvisor

Photo via TripAdvisor

Easily the most casual on the list, The Lunch Room is an industrial-chic space located in central Kerrytown. While vegan and veggie foods can sometimes be a bit pricy, this favorite of mine has grub as cheap as $4. If I’m being honest though, the best thing they serve up is dessert. They even have their own bakery!

Must Order: Pad Thai, Queso Burrito Bowl and if they have it, the Cookie Dough Brownie. Literally the best brownie I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of brownies in my 20 years.

Do you have another vegetarian and/or vegan hotspot that you love? Comment below and let me know!

Stay eatin' your greens,



Perfumery Class with Alchemy Slow Living Studio at Frame


Perfumery Class with Alchemy Slow Living Studio at Frame

I don’t know about you, but I love me a good perfume. A signature scent. You can scour department stores for one, but honestly, what better way to develop YOUR scent than to just…make one yourself?

Good thing that frame in Hazel Park is hosting an event with Monique Herzig of Alchemy Slow Living Studios to help you make just that!

In this perfumery class, participants will surround themselves with essences like green, balsamic, apricot, herbaceous, honey, floral, cocoa and more. The focus will be on the relationship between fragrance complexities and food.

 Customized scents are always a win. Photo via Cari Vaughn

Customized scents are always a win. Photo via Cari Vaughn

Along with being able to create a customized bottle of perfume, participants will explore methods of extraction, experience terroir (the natural environment where a wine is made) and engage the inner perfumer. No need to bring anything, as all materials will be provided.

You can reserve your spot now on frame's website.

I was reeled in at the addition of food. Stop by at frame on June 28th at 7 p.m. to join in on the sweet-smelling fun!

Smell ya later,



Witchery, Glitter & Performing Arts


Witchery, Glitter & Performing Arts

If you're looking for something that screams witchery, glitter & profanity -- Check out Medea: a Party and the Underground Theatre at the Studio. The play has already had a few performance dates, but its not too late to check out the hilarious and brutally honest tale. 

The play is airing June 27-29 beneath Hillberry Theatre. The Underground Theatre at The Studio is a grassroots theatre in its 5th year.

Medea: A play is tells the true story behind an old grecian classic. Don't miss this interactive theatre experience that is emotionally charged and super fun. 

It is an all female cast that does a playful spin on: engendered violence, sexuality, motherhood and girlhood that includes witchery, glitter and a stage represents a ladies lotus flower.


Let the Show Begin, 

Lately with Lo


ChaseBiz Mobile Gives Small Business Advice on Wheels in Detroit


ChaseBiz Mobile Gives Small Business Advice on Wheels in Detroit

The ChaseBiz Mobile made Detroit the first stop on its nationwide tour last week. The banking center on wheels offers easy access to one-on-one business consultations.


The goal of the Chase BizMobile is to connect entrepreneurs and startups with the best advice on several different topics, including social media and digital marketing in Detroit. JPMorgan Chase & Co. has set out to assist small business owners and dreamers with grit by offering guidance and advice to steer them in the right direction.

The mobile advice center was located outside of Cobo where the WBENC National Conference took place last Thursday, where the j’adore Detroit ladies stopped by for a visit. We even ran into our neighbor friends from Eastern Market Brewing.



xx (wait on the collab…j’adore Detroit does beer?)xx

The ChaseBiz Mobile is such a creative way to provide startups with easy access to the best advice around. Chase furthered its efforts to reach entrepreneurs by setting up shop at Grand Circus Park during Techstars Startup Week Detroit. The ChaseBiz mobile offers free one-on-one consultations with sessions that can be booked online.  Follow the hashtag #ChaseBizMobile on Instagram to follow the Biz Mobile to the next city.




J'adore's Eastern Market Guide in SEEN Magazine


J'adore's Eastern Market Guide in SEEN Magazine

J'adore loves SEEN mag, SEEN loves J'adore, and we both love Eastern Market!

This seems like the perfect match (it is). Naturally, we had to partner up and share our adorations in the only way we truly know how to— a blog.

Recently, Candice wrote a featured post on SEEN magazine, talking everything from food to fashion in Eastern Market and why she <3s them so much. 

 BRB, we're rushing like Candice to scope out the entirety of Eastern Market and all of its little gems

BRB, we're rushing like Candice to scope out the entirety of Eastern Market and all of its little gems


Some of her top spots mentioned she chatted about in the article are below:

Savvy Chic

2712 Riopelle St., Detroit

It has been 16 years since Savvy Chic broke the mold by opening a lifestyle and fashion boutique on Riopelle Street. The boutique has a unique Parisian flare with one-of-a kind fashions and shoes for both men and women. This is also the perfect shop for gifts, featuring French linens, gourmet foods, candles and greeting cards.


2517 Russell St., Detroit

Germack Pistachio Company is the oldest roaster of pistachio nuts in the U.S. This Detroit classic store offers a full line of house roasted nuts, seeds and coffees. This is a great place to enjoy an in-house roasted coffee or my personal favorite, the turmeric latte.

 Probably sipping on one of Germack's Tumeric lattes

Probably sipping on one of Germack's Tumeric lattes

Eastern Market Antiques

2530 Market St., Detroit

No trip to Eastern Market is complete without stopping in Eastern Market Antiques. This retailer specializes in furniture, lighting, retro and much more. You never know what unique pieces you will find at this vintage store.


You can check out the rest of the article on SEEN and read on about more of our J'adore-approved favs. Comment below which one you love the most, and give us some suggestions for more places to try!

(If they are anything related to food, I can promise you that I'll check them out)

Keep on lovin' your #1 market,




Your Guide to the 60th Annual Ford Fireworks


Your Guide to the 60th Annual Ford Fireworks

Hellooooo all Detroiters and Metro Detroiters, tonight is the 60th annual Ford Fireworks on the Detroit River!

If you’re like me and have a penchant for all things that fit the summer aesthetic, then seeing this classic firecracker show is necessary. The show begins at 9:55 p.m., so you’ll want to get down here early to claim a good spot with a competitive view.

 Lights, camera, lots of fireworks. Photo via  Visit Detroit  on Facebook

Lights, camera, lots of fireworks. Photo via Visit Detroit on Facebook

Question is— where do you go to watch the fireworks? Since the light show is on the water, there are plenty of places to check out, but deciding which one is best for you can be difficult. To help you out and make your night as easy as possible, I’ve compiled a list of the hottest locations to hit up to watch this show from.

Cobo Center

Less than two miles away from the river, the Cobo Center is a top spot to park your lawn chairs at. With adequate concrete space, finding a place to set shop up at will be easy. Even better, Anchor Bar and Townhouse, J’adore-approved bars, are nearby. Getting your grub and drink on before the real party starts has never been easier.

 A daytime view of the Cobo Center. Photo via Cobo Center on  Crain's Detroit

A daytime view of the Cobo Center. Photo via Cobo Center on Crain's Detroit

Belle Isle

The ever historic and endlessly beautiful Belle Isle goes well with the night’s mood of pretty views. With 982 acres, lush gardens and a scenic view of the water, you’ll have limited obstructions of the fireworks. Keep in mind that you can’t view on the MacArthur Bridge itself, but it will be open.

Mt. Elliot, Owens Park and Erma Henderson Park

Being on the riverfront itself, these three will be definite hotspots. While there aren’t many things to do in the parks themselves, they’ll be the simple places to go to if you want to just chill out and pack your own picnic. #Instagramgoals maybe? I think yes.

Hart Plaza

If you’re tough enough to face the crowd (unlike myself), Hart Plaza will give a great view of the fireworks. Right down the street from the Cobo Center, it’s also surrounded by delish restaurants that you can pop by if you come down early enough.

 A preview of the nightlife at Hart Plaza. Photo via

A preview of the nightlife at Hart Plaza. Photo via

Wherever you decide to go tonight, be prepared to face some gnarly parking sitches. It’ll be all worth it when you feel like a little kid watching one of the best firework shows in the state, so don't let this scare you away.

Keep it sparklin',




Paint to Table Fundraiser for Murals in the Market


Paint to Table Fundraiser for Murals in the Market

If you’re anything like me, you love vintage furniture AND seven-course dinners. Especially when they’re combined.

On Thursday, June 28th from 6p.m.-9:30p.m., you can help Detroit’s innovative project of Murals in the Market with a fundraising dinner at 900 Tower + Terrace in Eastern Market.

 Promotional poster for one of our favorite and innovative Detroit events. Photo via  @muralsinthemarket  on Facebook

Promotional poster for one of our favorite and innovative Detroit events. Photo via @muralsinthemarket on Facebook

Along with enjoying a seven-course family style dinner prepared by Chef Marc Djozlija of Wright and Co. and his team, with wine and cocktails (obviously) included, participants can bid on original painted chairs made by some of the city’s most notorious artists. Many of the artists are also creators of Murals in the Market, too.

Attendees can see the highly-discussed murals from viewpoints they’ve never seen before while being able to chat with the festival crew and alumna as well.

 Just one of the vibrant murals displayed in Eastern Market from back in October. Photo via @muralsinthemarket on Facebook

Just one of the vibrant murals displayed in Eastern Market from back in October. Photo via @muralsinthemarket on Facebook

All of the funds from the event will go solely to the Murals in the Market cause— unify the residents and business owners of Eastern Market by the power of public art, encourage year-round liveliness, increase activity and economic impact in the neighborhood, harness underused spaces, and create a stronger bond throughout the community.

Our very own Candice Simons is part of the hosting committee, along with Chef Marc Djozlija (Wright and Co.), Dan and Vivian Carmody (Eastern Market Corporation), Rick and Yolanda Williams (Distinct Life/Cream Blends), Paige Lustig (PageBoy), and Melinda Anderson (Detroit Month of Design).

 We're (almost) as excited as Candice for the first annual Paint to Table dinner! Photo via  @muralsinthemarket  on Facebook

We're (almost) as excited as Candice for the first annual Paint to Table dinner! Photo via @muralsinthemarket on Facebook

The event itself is sold out, but don't fret if you don't have tickets! A block party to support Murals in the Market will go down on September 15th, presented by Paxahau, 1xRUN, and Detroit Hustles Harder. There will be live music too, with the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Sheefy McFly, and more.

Hope you're ready to have some super jel friends over some one-of-a-kind chairs.

Wine, dine, and keep paintin' on,