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.”

Inspiring. . .

From Bloomfield to Baja

18 Jan



Former Motowner Scott Studenberg  (right) is  one of the founders of the unisex fashion label Baja East. The website describes the collection as
“an ambisexual approach to everday dressing where west coast meets aggressive city cool.”  I recently discovered the line in a Wall Street
Journal article by Lauren Sherman quoting Studenberg about the classic Patagonia and how it inspired his Baja East fashions.  Check out Baja East. Most national magazines already have.




Jolie Altman’s Jewelry

5 Jan




Motowner Jolie Altman is in New York January 4-6 featuring her jewelry at The Accessories Show. Her pieces are show stoppers with every bead and design unique. BJI Fashion Group described Jolie’s jewels as “one of a kind jewelry designs with rare and unusual exotic beads and materials from across the globe.”

Writer Kristin Meekhof wrote about Jolie’s inspirational designs in The Huffington Post.



Get Inspired

31 Dec


Start off the New Year with a beautiful tablescape.  Although this gold and black stunning table is from my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding, it can easily be the perfect decor for a sophisticated party. To see more photos, please visit Mod Wedding.

Photographer: Stefano Choi Photography | Event Coordinator: Lindsy Steinberg Events | Florist: Flora and Eventi | Stationery: Dromgoole’s | Band: Klockwork | Harpist: Echo Shen | Venue: Crystal Ballroom | Hair and Makeup: Your Beautiful Face | Cakes: Village Bakery | Ice Cream Sundaes: Ice Cream Party

Motown Fashionistas

19 Dec


Read about the Detroit Garment Guild at Detroit Opportunity.

This Motown nonprofit provides education and networking for Detroit’s fashion industry.

The board of directors are passionate about the city and fashion.

Shinola and John Varvatos are just the beginning. . .



Gifts for Dapper Gentlemen

9 Dec


Looking for an unique men’s gift this season priced at $25 but worth $60 to $80?  Visit the gentleman’s box website developed by two Motowners, Chris George and John Haji. It’s the perfect gift for stylish and savvy gentlemen, and it arrives at your doorstop in  a box. You can sign up for one box or several at $25 per month. Inside are men accessories,  and every month it’s different products. The November box includes a GQ magazine, a skinny plaid tie, cuff links, facial cleanser and argyle socks.

I read about this in DBusiness magazine and asked them to send me the surprise gift for review.  What a great idea for that special man in your life.




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 that features small artisans. offers $15 off any purchase of $50 to Motown Savvy readers with this special code: MotownSavvy14.





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.)


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.


Also from Marlees is this fashionable vest.


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

PB Robe

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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