Chanukah Page Turners

12 Dec

I just published an article on books for the entire family for the  gift guide in the Detroit Jewish News. I’ve included some adorable children’s book as well as books for parents, grandparents and a surprise pop-up book for the entire family. Enjoy!

Here’s the link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love is Complicated

5 Dec

Film producer Marra B. Gad wrote the poignant book The Color of Love, a story of a mixed-race Jewish girl. It’s a powerful memoir chronicling the racial injustice growing up and how one family handles it. A crazy aunt, among others, creates havoc in a loving, Jewish family.

Gad’s prose and poise wowed the crowd at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens Florida recently where I and Penny Beers (left) co-chaired the Mandel JCC’s “Celebrating Sisterhood Author Event.”

Spoiler alert: Love wins!

 

Couture Celebration

27 Nov

Detroiter Sandy Schreier can’t remember a time when she did not love fashion. She collected couture as a toddler, and in her teen years she drove to the tony,  auto magnate Detroit suburbs of Bloomfield Hills and Grosse Pointe.

For Schreier, fashion is not clothing — it’s art. And the experts agree. As part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s (MET) Collections Initiative celebrating the museum’s 150th anniversary, “In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection” will be on view Nov. 27-May 17.

According to the MET website, “The Costume Institute’s fall 2019 exhibition will feature promised gifts from Sandy Schreier, a pioneering collector, who over the course of more than half a century assembled one of the finest private fashion collections in the United States.”

There are some wonderful articles about the exhibit including the one in the New York Times by Vanessa Friedman and the one by a former colleague, Suzanne Chessler, in the Detroit Jewish News.

I was lucky to interview Schreier several years ago, and view her fabulous collection. She’s a walking encyclopedia of couture. In an article I wrote, I believe I called her a local treasure. Well, let’s amend that. She’s an international treasure.

Photo of Isaac Mizrahi and Sandy Schreier

I Spy

15 Nov

 

 

The Mandel JCC of Palm Beaches kicked off their book festival with best-selling author Pam Jenoff (right). Jenoff spoke about her life abroad as a junior diplomat in Krakow, Poland and segued into her newest book The Lost Girls of Paris.

Jenoff was just as engaging as her book about women secret agents during World War II. Let me share the opening teaser: A woman in Grand Central Station finds a suitcase of a dozen photographs. She takes the suitcase and becomes obsessed with finding out the truth about the women.

Don’t you love books about powerful, intelligent women?

 

The Motown Queen

18 Oct

Beyonce might be the Queen B to some, but for us Detroiters there is only one Queen — Aretha. Photojournalist Linda Solomon captures her talent and artistry in The Queen Next Door  just published by Wayne State University Press.

Solomon is an award-winning photojournalist with a non-profit foundation Pictures of Hope, providing cameras to children living in shelters.

She developed a trusted relationship with Franklin and documented her career. From Christmas parties to birthday bashes to recording sessions, this is a personal portrait of a Motown legend. Yes, the Pink Cadillac is prominent.

You just gotta have R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

 

Isaac Mizrahi’s Memoir

16 Sep

While I was in Motown last week, I met fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. It’s the second time I met him as I interviewed him almost 20 years ago when I was editor of Style magazine, a local Detroit publication no longer in existence.

He’s still engaging, funny and oh so talented. He was in Detroit speaking at a Hadassah event about his new memoir, I.M. Mizrahi spoke about growing up in an insulated, Syrian Jewish community in New York. He was conflicted as an overweight youth, but found his calling in the arts. He sketches, sings, performs, and dances. He was even in the movie Fame, as one of the dancers in high school.

Mizrahi is a well-known fashion icon, and now he can add writer to his list of accomplishments. It’s a candid, honest portrait with fashion, glamour and plenty of Jewish mother stories.

The Terminator and Me

29 Aug

You never know who you might meet at the mall. I just met the Terminator. No, not Arnold Schwarzenegger — Jeff Reardon, a baseball legend. Reardon played in Major League Baseball from 1979-1994 for many teams including the New York Mets and Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox. According to Wikipedia, “Jeff Reardon was nicknamed The Terminator for his intimidating presence on the mound and his 98 mph fastball.” I met him at the mall post office where he was mailing out a baseball.

If you are a Terminator movie star fan, don’t worry. Terminator: Dark Fate with Arnold will be released this November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon”

8 Aug

My friend Carolyn Krieger, a public relations maven and owner of CKC Agency in Farmington Hills, Mich., moved to a lake house after her divorce.

Carolyn is all about bright colors — her fashions and her decor. So it was no surprise that she opted to furnish her home in vibrant hues. The colors just pop!

Krieger shopped locally at Art Van and Leon and Lulu for the exhilarating look.

Writer Jeanine Matlow captured her story in an article in the Detroit News here, with photos by David Guralnick. Krieger describes how the home helped her transition to the next chapter in her life.

A blanket with the message: “Live by the sun, Love by the moon” was a housewarming gift from Fox 2 news anchor Monica Gayle, our mutual friend.

This home just makes me smile!

Nursery Rhymes

16 Jul

Hey diddle diddle and Jack and Jill fit comfortably in this chic nursery. For full disclosure, it’s my granddaughter’s room, and as you can see, the color palette of gray and pink is soothing and cozy. I love the name above the crib, which was purchased on Etsy. The crib and changing table (below) was purchased from Twinkle, Twinkle Little One in Chicago.

 

The sitting area is perfect for a bedtime story. Lastly, the message over the changing table says, “Love you to the moon and back.” I can’t agree more.

It’s Free. Yippee!

1 Jul

The invitation arrived by snail mail and e-mail. My local Hallmark store was having a grand reopening after a remodel. The first 250 people would receive $150 worth of free merchandise. Then I received another e-mail, just in case I forgot the first one.  How could I resist free stuff? And they really wanted me to attend.

So, I enlisted my good friend to be one of the 250 people to arrive a bit early for the 10 a.m. ribbon cutting. We came at 9:45. Big mistake. As we walked in a lady left with this warning. “You will never make it, there must be 600 people there.”

The line snaked around and around — just like the airport during Christmas. I heard that some people came at 7 a.m. What? It’s not like a rock concert. But, free stuff is really enticing.

So we waited and waited. My friend threatened to leave, but I talked her off the edge. Then finally she admitted that she put too much time in to leave. Everyone was smiling as they received the big, gray bag. As our place in line creeped along, I knew it might be bad news. Yep, they ran out about 100 people before us. But, Hallmark gave everyone that came an umbrella. Mine has a beautiful exotic print, shown above. After two hours, the experience ended like a Hallmark movie — neatly tied up in a bow or a bag, and everyone was happy.

What we do for free stuff! Please share your experience.

 

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