Shopping with Benefits

1 Mar

Yes, there are friends with benefits. Now you can shop with benefits by shopping for a worthy cause and supporting small women-owned businesses.

Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches (JWF) works to advance the status of all women and girls locally and nationally through strategic grantmaking, advocacy and education and leadership development programs to create social change.

JWF partnered with some stylish businesses who will donate 20 percent of all sales now through March 14, 2021 with the promo code JWF21.SHOP NOW.

From elegant purses to jewelry, to handknit children’s sweaters to flavorful coffee and spices, there is something for everyone on your shopping list. Here are the names of the partner vendors: Daniella Ortiz, The Elegant Hostess, Chik Monk, M.R. Marti Rosenburgh, Accessories for U, Name Frame and More, Skinnytees, Finn+Me, Flavour de La Baye, Voyage Boutique International, Lema J, Jolie Altman, Seacret and JWF branded products.

Designs by Jolie Altman
Purses by Daniella Ortiz
Canine accessories by Finn + Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again,  here is the link for shopping and the link for our spectacular virtual event March 10.

Creative Carter

17 Feb

He’s young. He’s fashionable. He was raised in Motown. And he even has musician, Paul Banks, modeling his latest creations. Meet fashion designer, Carter Altman, a recent New York University graduate. His label is Carter Young. He was recently featured on Vogue’s website — http://www.vogue.com

View some of his latest designs here. To shop Carter Young, click here.

Photo: Roeg Cohen

(Full disclosure: I know the family, and they are all talented!)

Sweet Treats

1 Feb

Looking for the sweetest Valentine gift? Ashley Naftaly creates sweets with kindness. Her business is Kindness Kookies. From the bona fide chocolate chip to the exotic vanilla-based delight with marshmallow fluff and Rice Krispies on top, there’s something to please your tastes.

During Covid quarantine, Nafataly was laid off and persued her creative talents. As a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, innovation was innate. The cookie idea evolved, because when she moved to Pennsylvania, she baked cookies for her new neighbors and friends. “I just brightened up their morning, and they loved the cookies,” says Naftaly. But Nafataly decided that she wanted unique cookies, not just the standard flavors.

To view all the flavors or purchase some cookies. Please click here.

In addition to her cooking skills, she sells some crafts on Etsy. In fact her monogrammed candy boxes were featured in Seventeen magazine. Here is her Etsy site.

Sweet Shopping!

Enchanting Images

25 Jan

Marla Michele Must prefers to be called a portrait artist instead of a photographer. She has credentials to back this up as she is designated by Master Photographers International.

Her portraits tell a story, but her personal journey with photography is just as fascinating. When Must decided to adopt a child from China to add to her family of two children, she knew she wanted to capture all the emotions of the newly formed relationship between the siblings. Thus began her reintroduction to photography which she always loved as child. 

As a child she was also a ballet dancer studying at Interlochen, an internationally-acclaimed art academy in Michigan. So it was natural for Must to photograph dancers as well.

Everything aligned to established a portrait studio Enchanted Photography, located in Birmingham, Michigan, now celebrating its tenth anniversary. 

During this Covid quarantine time, Must established unique photo sessions, socially-distanced, for senior high school students. “I’ve been making senior portrait sessions very special and creative with the locations,” explains Must. She often uses nature as a backdrop, but the location depends upon the student’s personality. If the student is a hockey player, the locale could be an ice arena. 

“I really love working with kids,” says Must, who is impressed by the student’s resilience and positive attitudes. She views her collection of student portraits as art. 

Enchanted Photography is indeed enchanting..

 

 

Mask up Artfully

4 Dec

I’m amazed at some of the creative, artful masks. Not only can you stay safe wearing a mask, you can support local artists and businesses. I’m going to highlight three talented Detroiters, who are making masks.  Not only are they impressive artists, they are also accomplished writers.  I’m proud to say I know them personally.

Karen Buscemi is the founder the Detroit Garment Group (DGG), a registered 501(c)(3) public charity, providing education and opportunities for Michigan’s fashion community. She is also the CEO of Detroit Sewn, a woman-owned small business manufacturing PPE equipment including masks. Detroit Garment Group and Detroit Sewn are keeping people employed while providing a needed service. Please note the vital safety information about mask wearing on the Detroit Sewn website.

Megan Swoyer is a watercolor artist. Her designs are colorful, exuberant and just happy. You can find them on scarves, tea towels, notepads and yes masks. Click here for the 2020 gift guide. 

Dominic Pangborn is best known in Detroit for his men’s ties. But his artistry goes way beyond ties and way beyond Motown. His collections are amazing.  Please check out his website here.  Tote bags, scarves, pocket squares and just some of his creative designs. Here is a photo of a mask and matching scarf. 

These three artists, Karen Buscemi, Megan Swoyer and Dominic Pangborn, all deserve a post written just about them. I will in the future. 

For now, stay safe and mask up!

Trade Secrets to Empower Women

11 Nov

One of my favorite events in Motown is Trade Secrets, where successful  women give inspiring advice. The event raises funds for the JVS “Women to Work” program. I know about the program first hand. This program provides unemployed women (those displaced from the workforce and those never in the workforce) with job search training, career assessment and market-ready skills. “Women to Work” helps with resume building and most important confidence boosting.

This year’s virtual event 7 p.m. Nov. 19 features Suzy Farbman (below) as the keynote speaker. Suzy is my friend and colleague. She is a dynamo– a compelling storyteller and an extraordinary person. Her latest book is GodSigns. The tagline reads “Health, Hope and Miracles, My Journey to Recovery.” Suzy, who has appeared on the Oprah show, weaves a spiritual account of her path overcoming adversity. Here’s an apt description of the uplifting book:  “Think of the startling truth and eye-opening adventure of Eat, Pray, Love.”

For more about the book, please click here.

To date, the 2020 Trade Secrets event has raised more than $238,000 through sponsorship and ticket sales to empower unemployed women. To purchase a ticket click here

Persian Lit: A Personal Post

20 Oct

Yes, this is a personal note. The author of this book, published by the University of Edinburgh Press, is my son Kevin Schwartz, an Iranian Scholar. You many think that Persian literature is indigenous to Iran, but it has far reaching tentacles. From the Balkans to the Bay of Bengal and crossing the continents to South Asia, Persian literature is prevalent. This scholarly book explores trends in literary culture of the the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Even the war ballads of the first Anglo-Afghan War in oral and written forms are part of Persian Literature. Other cross cultural connections are revealed in Remapping Persian Literary History, 1700-1900.

If you are interested in this topic, this book can be purchased on Amazon or through the University of Edinburgh here.
https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-remapping-persian-literary-history-1700-1900.html

 (You can use the code NEW30 to get a 30 percent discount,)

For more information about Kevin Schwartz, please visit his website https://www.kevinschwartz.org/

Yep, I’m proud.

Art with Heart

30 Sep

 

The annual Detroit ORT and the City event has a new format this year due to the pandemic. Now, the entire world can attend an on-line art auction of 31 one-of-a-kind works designed by emerging and nationally recognized Motown artists.

ORT challenged the artists to create a piece in his/her specific medium that communicates the theme “what’s in your heart.” The mixed media collage, above, is by artist Ilene Kahan. The miniature ceramic pieces forming a work of art, below, is by Elysia Vandenbussche.

Here are the 31 participating artists: Jolie Altman, Davin Brainard, Marlo Broughton, Julie Chernow, Leah Cohen, Kaysi Grimes, Forrest Hudes, Ilene Kahan, Jennifer Kroll, Andie Labgold, Eric (elcappy) Lowry, Sheefy McFly, Alanis McNier, Stevie Miller, Sam Morris, Troy (TYP) Murray,  Marla Must, Henry Newell, Nic Notion, Jaime Pattison, Cristin Richard, Brenda Rosenberg, Paula Schubatis, Clinton Snider, Gerry Spring, Dessislava (Dessi) Terzievas,, Rachel Elise Thomas, Elysia Vandenbussche, Natalie Wadlington, Melissa Webb, and Errin Whitaker.

The ORT and The City online art auction preview will begin on Thursday, October 15th.

Bidding will begin on Sunday, October 18th at 10:00 a.m. ET and end on Wednesday, October 21st at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The registration link will be available once the auction preview goes live on Sunday, October 18th. Be sure to follow ORT Michigan on social media or visit https://ortamerica.org/ort-and-the-city/ for links and updates.

Once the preview goes live through the end of bidding, you will be able to see photos of the art, as well as watch videos from the artists discussing their piece.

There’s also an exciting raffle, with the winner being pulled on October 21st at 10:05 p.m ET via Facebook live. The winner gets to choose from 1 of 3 exciting prizes:  $2,500 gift card to American Express; $2,500 gift card to Peloton; or a $2,500 gift card to Amazon.  Tickets are $25 each or 3 for $50, 10 for $100, or 25 for $200.

The Presenting Sponsor of the ORT and the City on-line auction is TCF Bank.  Other event sponsors include: Michigan Healthcare Professionals, Kenwal, Deb and Steve Rosenthal, Mackey & Mackey, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Pophouse, Kroll Construction, the Forbes Company, IVF Michigan, the Mike Morse Law Firm, Kelle and Chris Illitch.

For 140 years, ORT has been around the world, transforming lives through training and education. Founded in 1880, ORT is one of the largest, global non-governmental education organizations, whose network of schools, colleges, and international programs, provides more than 300,000 at-risk students each year in more than 30 countries with the necessary tools to develop meaningful careers and lead fulfilling, independent lives.

For more information, please contact the ORT Michigan office at 248-723-8860 or michigan@ortamerica.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Covid Consumerism

18 Sep

Now, that some people are venturing out, I’m interested in your shopping habits during these unusual times. Here are my purchases: food, puzzles, comfy clothes (yoga pants, etc.), two new sofas, new towels, hand lotion and face cream. And, yes, MASKS!

I’ve ventured to the local mall, just to feel normal.  It’s not busy, but at least I saw some people with shopping bags. We have a new store Amazon 4, which I will write about in a future post. So, do you have any purchases lately? Please share.

One of my favorite blogs is Lark & Linen.  Here are some of Lark & Linen’s cozy picks. Please click here for a description.

 

Cartoon by Adrienne Hedger

New Quarantine Addictions

13 May

So now that we all have sheltered in place. What are your NEW quarantine addictions? If you always had a happy hour, please don’t list it. Please share something new. So here are some of my new habits — the good, bad and the ugly!

  1. Online gaming– Not gambling yet. But I love the apps Canasta Junction and Real Mah Jongg. Seriously, I can play for hours and with friends or even strangers.
  2. Baking — I’ve tried recipes I have never attempted before. Without bragging, I’m getting quite good.
  3. Yoga pants — I’m not sure I have worn anything else in 2 months. I’m frightened to put on pants with a waist and a button. Yikes!!
  4. Organizing — I’m going through old photos from my parents and grandparents, rearranging drawers and yes more cleaning.
  5. Hoarding– I want to hoard paper towels, Kleenex, wipes, toilet paper. But I can’t find enough. And since I know it’s wrong I will not. But, I have an urge because it’s in short supply.

So please share your newly developed addictions. Let’s all hope we won’t keep them.

 

Cartoon by Adrienne Hedger

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