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Liz Murray’s Inspirational Story: Homeless to Harvard

20 Jan

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I recently had the opportunity to hear Liz Murray at the National Council of Jewish Women Palm Beach Section luncheon. Murray has a compelling story. As the child of drug addicted parents , she was living on the streets as a teenager. When her mom died, she realized she needed to make a change and take charge of her life. She tried to enroll in many high schools and found an alternative school with a mentor.  She finished high school and with the encouragement of her mentor applied and was accepted to Harvard.   But, Murray had a secret — she was homeless. After winning a New York Times scholarship, her homelessness was revealed and her story became known.

Her journey was made into a Lifetime TV movie, and she is the author of the best selling book Breaking Night.

Murray spoke without notes and told her riveting story to more than 400 one afternoon with a standing ovation.

She asked the question “What does it take to make a difference in one person’s life?”

For Murray’s triumph over adversity is was a mentor.  And for you?

Positive Thoughts for 2017

2 Jan

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Here’s an interesting way to ring in the New Year with paper cranes. Write down or reflect upon your unpleasant thoughts from 2016  that you want to release. Then contemplate your positive intentions and good thoughts for 2017. As a symbolic and therapeutic gesture, toss them into a fire. While you’re at it, make a toast with a glass of champagne. Of course, combine it with a warm evening on the beach and the serenity of the ocean.

Thanks to the Juno Beach Civic Association and the ingenuity of therapist Jennifer Behnke (above), many Juno Beach residents participated in this experience and are energized for 2017.

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For 2017, may we all have health, happiness and peace!

 

(Floral arrangement from Juno Beach Florist)

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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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/

 

 

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.

Hanging with Hoda

10 Jan

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Hoda Kotb is fun, gregarious and talented. After all, she is an anchor on the Today show. I had the opportunity to meet her in at a  book signing in Palm Beach at Jennifer Miller Jewelry. Her latest book,  “Where We Belong: Journeys That Show Us The Way,” features inspiring and compelling stories of everyday people and celebrities who find their purpose in life.

I went with my friend Jill Rosenstein, (far left). Not only did Jill  and I stop by, but so did the Broadway star Tommy Tunes. Hoda and Tommy took a cute selfie.

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Miami’s Marvelous Art Basel

8 Dec

I just returned from a weekend of fascinating art, people watching and fine food. I experienced Art Basel Miami. If you are an art collector or an art lover, this is the place to be. More than 250 international exhibits were on display featuring works from 2,000 plus artists. The modern and contemporary art was refreshing and funky. It’s the site for established artists as well as emerging artists.

Here are some examples:

 

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Clockwise: The top left is a mesh installation of a beautiful woman. Next is Motown gallery owner David Klein flanked by two Kelly Reemtsen oil paintings. The pepperoni pizza is by Peter Anton, and finally the ostrich is by Enrique Gomez de Molina.

I leave you with one last thought and theme of the weekend– Life is Beautiful.

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Taubman Art Collection Up for Auction

25 Oct

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Sotheby’s has the honor of auctioning a prized Motown icon’s art collection on Nov. 4th. It’s the personal collection of A. Alfred Taubman, the shopping mall magnate.  Peruse the three Sotheby’s  catalogues here and you will view a treasure trove of art spanning many art periods and artists from Dali to Degas to Modigliani (above.) The sale is valued at more than $500 million. The Detroit News reports that the proceeds of the sale will pay the estate taxes with the remainder funding the A.Alfred Taubman Foundation.

I had the opportunity to interview Taubman for Style magazine, which is no longer in publication. He was gracious, interesting and passionate about art and architecture. His philanthropy is boundless leaving a legacy at the University of Michigan, Detroit Institute of Art and College for Creative Studies to name a few. I’m certain his Foundation will continue the path of generous giving to the arts, education and medicine.

 

 

 

Key to the Cure 2015

10 Sep

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Key to the Cure is a nationwide four-day charity shopping event at Saks Fifth Avenue. Saks partners with local breast cancer research teams for a kickoff party with plenty of  food, fashion and makeup. The kick off party is not to be missed. It’s the perfect girls night out.

This year I’m part of the Key to the Cure 2015 committee (see photo above by Tracey Benson Photography) that benefits the Comprehensive Cancer Program at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. Since the event is nationwide, google your city and Key to the Cure to find your event.

In my location, the host to Key To The Cure is Michael DeSio, Vice President General Manager of the Palm Beach Gardens Saks. (He is guy in the photo.) The Palm Beach Gardens’ 17th Annual Key To The Cure event is on Wednesday, October 14. For more information call The JMC Foundation Office 561-263-5728 or register online at the Jupiter Medical Foundation.

Motowners, the event in Detroit is Thursday Oct. 15. Ina Levinson is the the Vice President General Manger at the Somerset Saks. For more information, visit this site.

Every year a fashion designer creates a unique T-shirt modeled by a celebrity. This year the designer is Jason Wu and the celebrity ambassador is Julianne Moore. This photo is in the new Saks catalog, and the T-shirt can be purchased.

This is a great cause and a great event! 

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