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Pawn Chick Shopping for All

30 Jan

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In addition to reading chick lit, watching chick flicks, you can now shop with style at pawn chick shopping.

If you’re wondering about the name, it certainly has meaning. Pawn Chick Shopping, a website, is owned by Ashley Gold. Gold, a Motown resident, appeared on the reality TV show “Hardcore Pawn” with her family. Deal making and selling jewelry comes naturally to Gold, because she has grown up in the business.

“I took five items to 500 items on a website in over year,” says Gold. Her pawn broker mentality is evident in her website today www.pawnchickshopping.com

“I reach out to the trendiest and hottest designers,” she adds. One of her designer’s is Jolie Altman who was featured on Motown Savvy.

She also designs her own jewelry and manufactures everything in the U.S.

“I believe in deals, and everyone should get a good price.”

Gold has quite the social media empire. She has a weekly radio show with podcasts, often featuring celebrities and a blog. Her recent blog has wonderful Valentine’s Day choices for all at affordable prices.

Yes, there is life after reality TV.

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Be Green in 2017

11 Dec

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The Pantone Color Institute has spoken for 2017, and green will be the color trend of the year in fashion and decor. It’s neither hunter green nor kelly green, but a leafy green like nature. So don’t be green with envy. Be like Kermit — “It’s easy being green.”

Here are the thoughts from Pantone:

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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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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.

Elegant and Wearable Handbags

13 May

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Daniella Ortiz‘s sophisticated boutique can be found in a via on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.  (That means it’s off the main road nestled in a courtyard.) Her handbags are stunning and colorful. Although Ortiz lives in the Palm Beach area, she is from Argentina where her innovative design team works. Ortiz participates in the Palm Beach charity circuit attending more than 60 events a season and donates some of the profits from her trunk shows.

So, I just purchased the powder blue handbag in the photo. I’ve been looking for an elegant purse, but one that has easy access compartments to hold my cell phone and keys. What’s your favorite handbag this season?

 

Forever Style

21 Mar

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Style has no age. Just check out the book Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen. Cohen chronicles several seniors of a certain age who are stylish, creative and wise. As he states on his website, he roams the streets of New York looking for the most stylish older folks. I had the opportunity to see the documentary Advanced Style: A Fashionable Film based on the book. I also met one of the stars, Debra Rapoport. (below)

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Debra’s fabulous hat and colorful style are unique.  Debra is just a snapshot of Cohen’s keen eye.

His blog features superb photographs reminiscent of Bill Cunningham from the New York Times.

As Cohen states on his blog, “Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”

Red Carpet Lipstick Picks

2 Mar

Allure magazine posted the lipstick choices the stars wore at the Oscars. The brands are varied — from Chanel to Laura Mercier to Revlon and even Burt’s Bees.

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Here Priyanka Chopra wears a mixture of Laura Mercier’s Velour Lovers Lips Colour in Cocoa Pout and Seduction, available at Sephora. ($28 each)

(Photo credit: Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

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Click here for the complete list from Allure.

Do you have a star and lipstick from the Allure list?

Kiss and Tell: Top Ten Spring Lipsticks

22 Feb

The easiest and least expensive way to change your outfit and usher in the warm weather is to purchase a new lipstick. Here’s a top ten list for the season in a range of hues. The beauty experts at Neiman Marcus, Troy, provided the majority of the list, along with some help from Ruby’s Balm in West Bloomfield, Mich.

Pantone, the international color forecaster, selects Rose Quartz and Peach Echo as the trends for spring 2016. Rose Quartz, a sheer pink, reflects calmness and gentleness, while Peach Echo evokes warmth and playfulness.

Gillian Berger, owner of Ruby’s Balm in West Bloomfield echoes the subtle shades. “Nudes are the trend with soft lips and bold eyes.”

Also hot — red hot. “Say goodbye to the dark and come into the light and brights, says Lindsey Machachek Barile, PR manager at Neiman Marcus, Troy. “A major trend for spring is confident reds. This trend translates across all categories, from ready-to-wear, to accessories and, of course, beauty.”

The lipstick names are as fun and lively as the products. Here’s the top ten (brand and name):

  1. Marc Jacobs, Moody Margot

Marc Jacobs Beauty Collection offers sheer nudes in hues of pale pink and brown.Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick

  1. Laura Mercier, Coquette

This berry color brightens the face.

  1. MAC, Pink Pigeon

This vibrant hue resembles the color of a flamingo.MAC

  1. Sisley, Love

The black and white packaging rivals the bold color.

  1. Estee Lauder, Vengeful Red.

Estee Lauder makes a daring statement with Vengeful Red.estee lauder

  1. YSL, Rose Saint Germain

The perfect shade for Paris in springtime.

  1. Le Metier de Beaute, Amelie

Selena Gomez chose this for Sundance, perhaps because the matte finish moisturizes the lips.

  1. Guerlain, All About Pink

This luscious color is from the “Kiss Kiss” collection.

  1. Trish McEvoy, Perfect Plum

It’s not only perfect for lips, but it’s also a beauty booster for cheeks.trish

  1. Nars, La Dolce Vita

This is the classic lipstick on annual lists.

 

(This article originally appeared in the Detroit Jewish News.)

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