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Oh Savannah

4 Nov

I just returned from Savannah, and I was enthralled with the city. The cultural and historical sites are plentiful. The town squares with the beautiful trees and all the flora and fauna are breathtaking.

As a savvy shopper, I loved the local stores — particularly, Satchel, Savannah Bee Company, Savannah Coffee Roasters and E. Shaver Booksellers.

Satchel is a favorite local store.

Satchel was established in 2006 by Elizabeth Seeger. It’s a hybrid store because it’s part studio and part retail. You can actually watch the leather being cut (see above). What’s great about the handbag is the customization from the color to the leather to the lining to size of the strap.

Next on the shopping trip was the Savannah Bee Company. There is an array of specialty honey from orange blossom to lavender and so much more. I purchased whipped honey with chocolate. (Yes, chocolate!) The Savannah Bee Company made the 2021 list of Oprah’s Favorite Things.

With all the shopping, the perfect caffeine boost is at Savannah Coffee Roasters. It’s a lovely, casual place to dine as well.

Before I went to Savannah, I read Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan. This historical fiction book about a shipwreck was interesting. I learned the saying “Keeping up with the Joneses” is from Savannah. I went to Jones Street where the homes were beautiful. In the book’s acknowledgements the author mentions the bookstore E. Shaver. So, I went there and was greeted by the booksellers and the cats that live there.

Several years ago I read the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, a non-fiction book about a murder which was made into a movie.

I highly recommend Savannah as a place to visit.

My Fake Vintage Gucci

8 Sep

This handbag has a story that began a few decades ago. My Mom, who died in 1990, was a shopper. She would buy and return as a pastime. Her favorite store was Hudson’s, and if you are from Motown, and of a certain age, you remember it well. (Hudson’s later became Dayton-Hudson’s, Marshall Fields and now Macy’s.)

Although she did not buy this purse at Hudson’s, she bought it at Northland, a mall that no longer exists. She showed it to me, and said it was a Gucci purse. I really didn’t want it at that time, so she said she would put it away for me. When she passed away, I rediscovered it and kept it.

My daughter enjoys designer handbags, and I told her about the Gucci purse. I really built it up, saying it was a vintage handbag that’s probably valuable. She was excited, and the last time she visited, I pulled it out. She looked at it, and started laughing. “Mom look at the G’s–they’re not G’s, they’re E’s.”

So, I have a fake Gucci. My mom was bamboozled. It’s probably one of the first dupes. I’m really not sure what to do with it. Any ideas?

Stunning Corvette

11 Jul

Aretha may have her Pink Cadillac, but my friend has the finest, red Corvette. It’s candy-apple red, and it’s just as delicious as that juiciest fruit. The interior is a rich, caramel color. Being from Detroit, cars are just a part of my psyche.

When I worked in Detroit as a journalist, I had the opportunity to write about cars. I interviewed the late Kenneth Neumann of Neumann Smith & Associates, an architectural firm. He designed the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which opened in 1994.

The car rides exactly as it looks–fantastic

Zooming It

11 Jun

Yes, we are leaving a post-Covid world and venturing outside. But, I must admit that I have enjoyed my Zoom experiences with best-selling authors.

I have had the opportunity to listen to President Bill Clinton, James Patterson, Jennifer Weiner, Jodi Picoult, Walter Mosley, Kristen Hannah, Dan Abrams and more.

Better yet, most of the talks have been free. I was able to access many authors through the Streicker Center and my local JCC. In fact, here is the recording of President Clinton and James Patterson talking about their new book The President’s Daughter, where the President’s daughter is kidnapped. (It’s fiction!) Click here to view their dynamic talk with moderator Walter Mosley.

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Have you heard any interesting book talk?

A Fashionable Ending

12 Apr

Retail maven and fashion icon Linda Dresner closed her Motown store recently. Linda was a “Stylemaker,” when I was editor of Style magazine (now defunct). As I wrote several years ago, she exudes a quiet elegance just like her posh stores. She previously had a retail establishment in New York, which closed in 2008.

Linda has a passion for making women look beautiful. Her store in Birmingham, Mich., was minimalistic in black and white and like her clothing, it never seemed dated. As she stated in a New York Times article, she just didn’t feel comfortable renewing her lease at her age.

Many fashion designers owe Linda’s fashionable eye to their successful beginnings. She was the first retailer to highlight Jil Sander, Claude Montana, Commes des Garcons and Yohi Yamamoto in the Detroit area.

Her store closing is a loss to all fashionistas, but let’s look forward to the next fashion icon retailer. If you know of anybody, please let us know.

And to Linda. . .You are always in vogue!

Photos by Glenn Triest

Pin It!

27 Mar

Have you noticed brooches and pins are back? The New York Times just ran an article in the Style Section titled, “The Brooch is Back, Baby,” If you watched Bridgerton, you saw the Duke wearing a pin, and if you watched the inauguration, Lady Gaga wore a huge dove brooch.

Photo: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

So I dug out my pins (above) that I have not wore in a decade, and I hope to wear them soon. They add pizzazz to an outfit.

Do you have any pins tucked away in a drawer?

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.

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!

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