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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Pictures of Hope on Meredith Viera Show

13 Sep

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Photojournalist and Motowner Linda Solomon will be on Meredith Viera’s show on Monday, Sept. 15.

Linda will be with children who participated in the Pictures of Hope Project, where children use photography to express their “hopes and dreams.”  The children are from homeless shelters — many have never used a camera before. Linda guides them and teaches them.

Click on the word promo to see a preview.

In addition to being an accomplished photographer, Linda is also an author.

In her book ,The Key: Celebrated People Unlock their Secrets to LifeLinda features insights from more than 50 celebrities. I turned to the page on Meredith Viera and found this wonderful saying about the glass being half full.

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Spinach and Kale Salad with Pecans, Dried Cherries, and Maple Citrus Dressing

4 Sep

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Just found this healthy salad from Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen!

Originally posted on Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen:

 Spinach and Kale Salad with Pecans, Dried Cherries, and Maple Citrus Dressing

Which do you think is more nutritious, spinach or kale?

Most people might guess kale, but according to an article in The Huffington Post (Kale vs. Spinach: Which Is Healthier?), both are “very healthy choices. Kale might have the edge here, but spinach is no slouch.”

But why choose? Combine both in this delightfully delicious salad. It’s extremely easy to assemble, and the dressing is oh so good! A bit sweet and yet a little tart, it has a burst of flavor and a little kick. I made this for my students in our vegan cooking class a few weeks back, and everyone was so surprised that a dressing could be this good, and this fast to prepare. And with super foods kale and spinach, you’re getting plenty of Vitamins A, B6, C, K, folate, calcium, copper, manganese, iron, and fiber.

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Motown the Musical in Motown

29 Aug

 

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I was in New York City a few weeks ago and saw Motown the Musical. For Motown fans, the hit songs like “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” are great to hear. And there’s at least 40 more songs. The storyline is about Barry Gordy, Motown’s founder, and the entire cast of talent he catapulted into the spotlight like Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson.  If you are a Motown music fan, the play is a must see.

Tickets are on sale now for the Detroit engagement at the Fisher from October 21- November 16, 2014.

Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com

 

 

 

 

Best Peach Cocktail

24 Aug

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Recently I was in New York City and treated to a fabulous meal at Cipriani’s. I tasted my first peach bellini, and I can say it’s the best peach cocktail I have ever tasted. It was created at Harry’s Bar in 1948 in Venice.

Here’s a recipe I found online:

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The ingredients are quite simple — peaches, water, lemon juice, and champagne or Prosecco.

 

What’s your favorite cocktail?

Inside a Fashion Icon’s Home

14 Aug

Linda Dresner is a fashion icon in Motown and in New York. Although she closed her NY boutique, her Birmingham, Mich. store is still a destination for fashion mavens. Wall Street Journal featured her dramatic home designed by architect Steven Sivak.   BN-EB129_mag091_G_20140811141431 Photography by Adrian Gaut

I know Linda, and she is as beautiful as the fashion she wears and sells. Here are some photos of her from my Style magazine editor days. Special thanks to my friend Lisa Brody, news editor at Downtown Publications, for sharing the article on her Facebook page and alerting me to this story.

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