That Little Black Dress

18 Nov

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Want to read a fashionable, fun book? Then, I recommend Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen. I had the opportunity to meet Rosen (above, left) at Bloomingdale’s in Palm Beach Gardens and then hear her speak at the JCC lunch at the Kravis Center. The book is written like a screenplay and is a fast read. Every chapter has a different narrator with a story about  the same black dress. Some of the narrators are a runway model, a movie star, a salesperson, a pattern maker, a Broadway diva, etc. The true star of the story is the little black dress which is the “it” fashion statement of the season.

I understand the audio book is just as charming as the print version with all the distinct character voices.

The book begins with this apt quote from Yves Saint Laurent: “What is important in the dress is the woman who is wearing it.”

Here I am, (far right) with my friends all wearing little black dresses.

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Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

19 Oct

October is breast cancer awareness month. Kelly Donlin of sparkles and shoes compiled a lovely collection of pink items to purchase where the vendor donates some of the profits to breast cancer research.

Here are Kelly’s pink picks:

“I can not make it through an October without a post about Breast Cancer Awareness and all of the great ways you can give back!”

Sparkles and Shoes Think Pink Shopping October 2016

1 | S’well Bottle in Bikini Pink $35   (20 percent of every purchase will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

2 | Pink Grace Bouquet $55  (15 percent of the purchase price from each sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

3 | Drybar pink mini Detox Dry Shampoo $13   ($1 from every sale of their  to City of Hope, a leading treatment and research center for cancer and other life-threatening diseases)

4 |  Amelia Rose Design Earrings, $69 (50 percent of all sales will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.)

5  | ghd Vintage Pink Styler Set $225  ($5 from the purchase price will be donated to Look Good Feel Better.)

6 | C.O. Bigelow Freesia Candle  $42 (10 percent of all sales of their Freesia Candle to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

7 | Eos Lip Balm Duo, $6.59 ( 100 percent of the net profits are going toward breast cancer research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)

9 | Keep Collective Double Leather Band Set $39  (100 percent of net profits will go to Bright Pink)

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Terrific Twilio

13 Oct

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As the the former president of the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce in Michigan, I was excited to see a hometown boy on the cover of  Forbes magazine. Jeff Lawson graces the cover as the CEO of Twilio. Twilio adds messaging, video and communications to web and mobile applications.  As you can see, it’s touted as the “The World’s Sexiest Stock.” Some of the companies that utilize Twilio are Uber, Match and Airbnb.

Jeff grew up around the block from me. Although I do not know Jeff personally, I know his parents. The fascinating article describes Jeff  as down-to-earth and humble. It also describes his entrepreneurial spirit and his emotional intelligence in the business world– perfect for a motownsavvy post!

(P.S. Back to fashion, next post.)

 

 

ArtPrize Friends

28 Sep

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Every fall the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan transforms into an art paradise for artists and art lovers. It’s all because of ArtPrize — an open competition for artists to submit their work and have the opportunity to win more than $500,000 worth of prizes. Artists’ works are displayed throughout the city, and the venues are open to the public for free.  The artists connect through the official ArtPrize website.

Here is the mission statement: “ArtPrize is an international art competition and festival open to all and determined equally by public vote and expert jury. ArtPrize encourages critical discourse, celebrates artists, transforms urban space and promotes cultural understanding.”

This is the eighth year, and I’m proud to announce that two of my friends are part of the 2016 ArtPrize competition.

Janet Kelman’s glass sculptures are spectacular and the piece “Oracle” (above) is no exception. The aqua hues are breath taking.

Photographer Gene Meadows does not disappoint with his edgy work “de-con-struct,” which is below. Although I also like his traditional photos of home interiors along with his beautiful series of Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The Detroit Free Press included Janet and Gene in an article highlighting metro Detroit artists at ArtPrize.

 

 

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Sweet Treats for a Cause

13 Sep

 

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Here’s a recipe for success — Take eight creative women, mix in a artist’s home and a great cause for a winning event all to benefit the Detroit Jewish Hospice.

The women are jewelry and accessory designers. To sweeten the event, Stacie Berman, pastry artist, of SloMo Cakes and Cookies will be there.

The artists include: Olga Babushkina, Stacie Berman, Carol Ellis, Linda Golden, Arlene Lullove, Diane Mondry, Laurie Winston and Terrie Voight.

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The event is this Sunday, Sept. 18 at the home of Linda Golden. For more information, call 248-592-2687 or blaker@jewishhospice.org

Photos include pastries by Stacie Berman and necklace by Linda Golden.

 

Master Chefs for a Cause

27 Aug

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Combine a popular TV show with gourmet food, and you will have a spectacular event — especially it’s for a good cause like the Friendship Circle.

The Friendship Circle is an organization for children with special needs. With over 79 locations worldwide the Friendship Circle has cultivated friendships between 5,000 special children and close to 11,000 teen volunteers. Each independent Friendship Circle is operated by its local Chabad Lubavitch Center, and entirely supported by each local community to benefit local children with special needs.

On Monday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in metro-Detroit, three professional chefs will compete in an exciting culinary battle to test their creativity and cooking skills. Like in the television show MasterChef, these stars in the kitchen will be presented with an astonishing assortment of ingredients and quick-fire challenges (including inexperienced sous chefs) as they battle before your eyes.

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The three chefs competing in the competition are Chef Reva Constantine (above) of the Great Lakes Culinary Center, Chef Derik Watson of Bistro 82 in metro-Detroit and Chef Sarah Welch of Republic Tavern. The emcee is Michelle Bommartio (below), a renown cake designer and TV personality.

 

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All proceeds from this event will benefit the Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield. For more information about the event in West Bloomfield, MI, go to this site. http://www.friendshipcircle.org/events/masterchef/

 

 

Fresh Peach Oatmeal Muffin Cups

19 Aug

A healthy, delicious muffin — no oil, no sugar and no flour!

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Fresh Peach Oatmeal Muffins

Glorious fresh peaches are the star here.

Rolled oats, bananas, and applesauce combined with juicy peaches create these very portable little muffin cups. I’ve fallen in love with them, and have been making a batch or two weekly.

Here’s the bonus – NO sugar, flour, or oil. Yes, this is good, good stuff.

These are lovely warm from the oven, and perfect for breakfast, of course, but I think they’re an ideal afternoon snack as well.

When fresh peaches are not in season, frozen peaches work great. Fresh or frozen blueberries or/and cherries are a delicious swap, too.

One more thing…I recently purchased a silicone muffin pan to eliminate the need for so many parchment paper liners. If you’re on the fence (as I was), I can report that I’m very pleased with how well it performs. If you don’t have one, no problem. Just use paper liners instead.

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Revolutionary Bra

11 Aug

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Workout aficionados, yoga devotees and women everywhere, there’s a new bra in town. Elyse Kaye, a former Motowner, is founder and CEO of Bloom Bras. Kaye enlisted the help of celebrity corset designer Camilla Huey to develop a patented design to make an adjustable and comfortable bra. Kaye just launched on Kickstarter to lift this company to new heights.  Not only does Kaye have the entrepreneurial spirit, but she is philanthropic as well. Some of the proceeds will go to breast cancer research. Look at all the support (pun intended) and check out this unique design.

These Boots Are Made for Buying

22 Jul

I know we are in a major heatwave, but this time of year always brings one favorite annual event that denotes fall — The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You have the opportunity to purchase new, fall merchandise at discounted prices. But, come August 8, the prices go back up. There’s everything from men’s to women’s to children’s clothing and accessories. Here are some picks from Motown Savvy, because in Detroit, you can never have enough boots.

 

_12896520These Ugg boots are a favorite, and I love the color. Today, it’s available for $119.90 and after the sale, it’s $179.95.

 

 

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As you know, fringe is in.  So take a peek at these Sam Edelman boots for $99 now. After the sale, it’s $169.95

 

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If you are feeling edgy, try these Tory Burch boots at $299.90. After the sale, it’s really $495.00.

 

Two of my favorite blogs also posted information about the Anniversary Sale. Check out House of Harper and A Cup of Jo.

Motivational Muscle

11 Jul

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Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler has a magnetic personality and a motivational spirit. I recently had the opportunity to listen to him for two minutes, and I was mesmerized. He was with 250 authors in New York pitching books to the Jewish Book Council. He was a stand out explaining his book Living with a SEAL, within the strict two minute time slot.

Jesse lived with a SEAL (yes, a Navy SEAL) to develop a challenging health and fitness regime. There was one condition: Jesse had to agree to do everything the SEAL demanded. So, Jesse trained for 31 days. The subtitle of the book is 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet, which included running miles wearing a 50-pound vest, jumping into a frozen lake and training all hours of the day and night.

Physically, Jesse is now in terrific shape, and his book recounts this journey with determination, grit and humor. Add author to his business accomplishments — owner of the Atlanta Hawks, co-founder of Marquis Jets and pioneering the coconut water craze with Zicos acquired by Coca-Cola. Oh, did I mention he was a rapper and music producer too? And of course his personal accomplishments are amazing also. He is married to Sara Blakely, Spanx founder, and they have four children.

 

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