Motown Heart, South Florida Resident

28 Jun


Hey Motown Savvy readers, I’ve relocated to the Jupiter Florida area.

As you can see from my T-shirt, I will always be a Detroit girl, and I will continue to post about Motown. I will now be expanding my horizons and promise to keep you up-to-date about fashion, food and fun!

Since my heart will always be in Motown, my daughter-in-law sent me this fantastic welcome mat. You can customize your own with this link.


College Basketball Coaches Make a Special Visit

13 Jun


A few weeks ago ten college basketball coaches visited patients and cancer survivors at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. According to all the participants and the smiles on the children’s faces, the visit was better than any medicine. The event was partnership between Beaumont Children’s Hospital and the American Cancer Society. Thanks to Coach Greg Kampe of Oakland University whose idea turned into an impactful event.

Coaches included:  Steve Alford – University of California, Los Angeles, Rick Barnes – University of Tennessee, John Beilein – University of Michigan, John Calipari – University of Kentucky, Bob Huggins – West Virginia University, Tom Izzo – Michigan State University, Greg Kampe – Oakland University, Sean Miller – University of Arizona, Josh Pastner – University of Memphis and  Roy Williams – University of North Carolina.

“This was a ten person team united against fighting cancer, ” said Tom Izzo, Michigan State University.

View the actual visit here.




Memorable Wedding Gift

23 May



Looking for an original, memorable wedding gift? How about a hand-drawn portrait? Andrew and Jess, my son and daughter-in-law, just received this pencil drawing from their friends. The drawing is from Grace Portraits, and it was just featured on their Facebook page and on the website Style Me Pretty. This is a special gift.

Golden Restaurant

10 May


You have to love a restaurant that used to be the site of a pawn shop in Detroit. So the owners named the restaurant from the existing signage outside — Gold Cash Gold. From the moment you walk through the stained glass door,  the ambiance is inviting. The food was delicious and affordable. Many of the ingredients come from local farms. If you are in Detroit, try this restaurant. It’s worth the wait in gold.

Oh Baby!

24 Apr


Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Michigan hosts the best Baby Fairs. Last week the site was Royal Oak, Mich. where more than 500 new parents or parent-to-be attended mini-classes and educational forums on everything baby.  Danialle Karmanos, of the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth, inspired many new moms talking about natural childbirth.I had the opportunity to highlight the event on Fox2. If you live in the Detroit area, visit this week’s fair at Beaumont Hospital Troy on April 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Favorites in the D

13 Mar



My buddy, Chuck Bennett (top, far left), hosted a fabulous soiree at the Roostertail in Detroit. The event marked the one-year anniversary of his blog the social D.

All the guests ate, drank and danced to all of Chuck’s favorites. Models wearing Neiman Marcus fashions (lower left) added to the ambiance.  Detroit’s finest food establishments catered the party — Forte Belanger, The London Chophouse, Bistro 82, Andiamo, Tre Monti, Addison Eatery  and yes,  Detroit’s own American Coney Island. Spirits were from Zim’s Vodka and Great Lakes Wine & Spirits. Proceeds from the auction items — a Shinola Watch and a Townsend getaway– benefited three charities. Danialle Karmanos Work it Out DKWIO, the Horatio Williams Foundation and the Rhonda Walker Foundation were the beneficiaries.

I had the opportunity to chat with some interesting people — Dr. Joel Kahn, one of my favorite Beaumont doctors (upper right in the photo with me) and Karen Buscemi (lower right), Rosemary Bannon, Marcy Hayes, Ina Levinson, Tom Anderson, Terry Olson.

To see some of the fascinating people at the event, check out D business. (I even made it in the party pics!)




Come to the Cabaret!

10 Mar

Valarie Pettiford


Cabaret 313 is the vision of Motowners Sandi Reitelman and Allan Nachman. This non-profit organization builds on Detroit’s new energy and revitalization. The response has been overwhelming to the performances around town. On March 28 at the intimate Chrysler Black Box Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Valarie Pettiford will perform. Pettiford (above) is a protege of Bob Fosse and a Tony-nominated performer. The early show is sold out, but tickets are still available to see this singer, dancer and actor at 9:45 p.m. For more information, visit or call 313-405-5061.

Spring Trends: Florals, Fringe and more

28 Feb




Saks Fifth Avenue in Troy, Mich. recently held a “Dress for Success” event for the Women’s Employee Resource Network of Beaumont Health System. More than 100 employees attended the interactive event which featured mini-makeovers and spring trends. For the working women, we all learned a great tip — put a stylish clutch inside your workbag for transitioning from the office to an evening event. There are some investment pieces that should be in everyone’s closet — a simple black dress and a leather jacket. One can easily change the look with a scarf or necklace. Top spring 2015 trends include: fringe, florals, suede and an athletic chic look. One staple in the beauty department is the Advanced Night Repair by Estee Lauder.


I’ve featured some of the trends above and my colleagues at Beaumont Health System.

Special thanks to Ina Levinson and Maureen Conway at Saks.

Motown Bloggers

12 Feb

Motown bloggers have a local style, but their writings are worthy of a national audience.

There are so many talented bloggers in the “D,” but I will focus on a few that I know personally– Suzy Farbman, Judi Schram and Elyse Folytn.

Suzy Farbman has been published since she was a teen. From magazine articles to books, Suzy is one talented lady. And I must add — nice. She was a mentor to me when I started freelancing. Suzy is part of which I have featured before. It’s an online magazine, a blog, and bookstore founded by writer David Crumm. Her latest post is about a Motowner,  Lori Simon, who moved to Florida and discovered her artistic talents.

 Judi’s musings is a delightful blog by Judi Schram. Judi describes her blog as a “lighthearted look at aging for women of the boomer generation.”   In the style of the late poet and author Shel Silverstein, her verses rhyme with a message that will put a smile on your face. They are always accompanied by an engaging graphic, like the one below.




Elyse Foltyn’s blog SurvivorsStill is about growing up as a child of a Holocaust survivor. It’s an important story that needs to be shared. We’ve all read about stories and seen movies of the survivors,  but the viewpoints of the children are powerful too.


Do you have a favorite blog?

Power, Peace, Purpose

26 Jan




Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg is the founder of Kids Kicking Cancer. This amazing program helps children who are cancer patients or in pain from a serious illness. Through martial arts instruction with breathing and mediation, kids learn how to ease the pain. Children become empowered and are uplifted with a positive spirit.His work has been featured nationally from CNN to People magazine. He now has written a book “A Perfect God Created An Imperfect World.”

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