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 cabaret313.org 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 readthespirit.com 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.




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