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.
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.
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 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?
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. . .
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.
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.
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
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. . .