Small Business Saturday

26 Nov

As the president of the Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, I understand the challenges of small businesses. So, this Saturday, please frequent your favorite hometown store. Here are some of my favorite Detroit stores: Artloft, Book Beat, Toyology, House of Style, Tender, Marlee’s, Sundance and Leon & Lulu.

 

Or go online to shop at Hatch.co that features small artisans. Hatch.co offers $15 off any purchase of $50 to Motown Savvy readers with this special code: MotownSavvy14.

 

 

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What are you favorite independent stores?

Let it Snow!

23 Nov

So, I just bought a new Eddie Bauer parka that is tested for -30F. I’m hoping that it will keep me warm. I purchased it at the local mall Twelve Oaks in Novi, Mich. It has a detachable hood, which comes in handy. I’m all set, but I found more items to keep you toasty. (See more photos below.)

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Scarves are a must have in addition to gloves. Check out these soft, stylish scraves from Marlee’s. Marlee’s is a great speciality store that is not a chain.  (I will post more about cool, small businesses this week to celebrate the Saturday’s small business shopping day.

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Also from Marlees is this fashionable vest.

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And what about this elegant robe? Look at the beautiful trim — available at Pottery Barn.

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As you can see fur is in — faux or real so let it snow!

 

Conquering Crohn’s

14 Nov

securedownloadThe 37th Annual Gala Evening at the Movies to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America recently honored Chuck Bennett and the late Dr. Jason Bodzin.  Roop Raj and Amy Andrews from Fox2 hosted the event. More than 300 Detroiters packed the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Dr. Steven Klein, chief of colon and rectal surgery at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak gave a wonderful tribute to his former classmate the late Dr. Bodzin. Rhonda Walker of WDIV and Roop Raj of Fox2 talked glowingly about my friend, Chuck Bennett. They described Chuck as the “man about town, style guru, trendsetter, fashionista, Social D founder, etc.” The best description is that he has a big heart!

Special thanks to my other friend Jason Brown of PublicCity PR who invited me to the event with my friend Judy Robinson.

Top Photos: Clockwise for upper left — Roop Raj and Jill Davidson Sklar; Carla Schwartz, Chuck Bennett, program booklet, cupcake tower from Just Baked.

Below: Carla Schwartz, Judy Robinson; Carla Schwartz, Dr. Steven Klein

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Cuddle Up!

7 Nov

jpeg Meterologist Chuck Gadica visited Beaumont’s Children Hospital the other day to read to the children. He brought along his book “Tommy Starts Something Big.” In the book, Tommy’s bear is called Cuddles. Tommy realizes that Cuddles can bring happiness to others. He asks his Aunt Suzi to make more bears, so he can give the bear to special people who might need to cuddle. Gadica created the fun phrase “Cuddle Alert” to describe cold days and nights in his weather forecasts. He came with  Grace Centers of Hope who help needy children with their Hands of Hope Center.

Cuddle up all!

 

Pamella Roland: Heartfelt

1 Nov

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Fashion designer Pamella Roland unveiled her resort fashions the other day at Saks in Troy, Mich. The fashion show and event called “Heart to Heart” benefitted the Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center at Beaumont Health System. Her flirty and sexy dresses were in blush colors and rich hues. From short styles to long gowns, the clothes were dramatic and elegant.

A Family Fashion Affair

20 Oct

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The New York Times recently featured an article on siblings starting their own men’s wear label. Two brothers hail from Franklin. They are Matthew and Alex Orley, who now have a collection of Italian-made knitwear. Matthew’s wife, Samantha, is the female partner.

From sweaters, pants to ties and hats, the fashions can be both classic and colorful.

The Orley website describes the brand as a “combination of elegant yet youthful, irreverent design with a focus on luxury knitwear and commitment to the highest quality materials and manufacturing.”

The collection is sold at Bergdorf Goodman and on the website. Hopefully a women’s line is in the future. . . .

Trick or Treat Time!

3 Oct

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Halloween is a fun time of the year. Just look at how my neighbor decorated her front yard. The decor is just as much fun as the food.

I can’t wait to try this yummy pumpkin spice ice cream sandwich I found at Littleblissbook.

 

 

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Here’s an easy inexpensive project from lifeonlakeshoredrive.

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Don’t you just love Halloween?

 

 

RIP: Styleline Magazine

28 Sep

 

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This is the last issue of Styleline magazine produced by The Detroit Media Partnership. It’s disappointing that another Motown magazine has disappeared. Editor Karen Buscemi did a fabulous job of keeping all of us motown fashion gurus in style. Karen, you will find a wonderful home soon. To all my colleagues,  I will miss reading you especially the kids’ corner with Danialle Karmanos, the fun reads by Julie Yolles, and touring the homes  with Jeanine Matlow and Gene Meadows. As a former fashion editor, I can sympathize with the staff. To Hour, Detroit HomeAmbassador and Chuck Bennett’s blog The Social D we are counting on you to keep publishing!

Book Beat: An Independent Find

23 Sep

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Independent bookstores are few and far between. One worth visiting is Book Beat in Oak Park, Mich. They have the best children and photography books.

Their service is stellar, and you will not be disappointed by their recommendations. I just purchased the children’s book Where’s my Tushy? by Motowner Deborah Aronson. It seems that the bottoms or derrieres go on vacation, and it’s fun to see what happens when no has seat to sit down on.

 

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Workout Chic

17 Sep

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Jennifer McManus and Megan Khoury are two Motown attorneys who love yoga. They are hosting a trunk show Friday, Sept. 19 – Saturday, Sept. 20 at My House of Style in Birmingham, Mich. with cutting edge leisure apparel that’s chic and comfortable.

The collections are from Michi, Nesh, Alala, Elisabetta Rogiani, Chill by Will and Prism Sport.

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