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Spring Trends: Florals, Fringe and more

28 Feb




Saks Fifth Avenue in Troy, Mich. recently held a “Dress for Success” event for the Women’s Employee Resource Network of Beaumont Health System. More than 100 employees attended the interactive event which featured mini-makeovers and spring trends. For the working women, we all learned a great tip — put a stylish clutch inside your workbag for transitioning from the office to an evening event. There are some investment pieces that should be in everyone’s closet — a simple black dress and a leather jacket. One can easily change the look with a scarf or necklace. Top spring 2015 trends include: fringe, florals, suede and an athletic chic look. One staple in the beauty department is the Advanced Night Repair by Estee Lauder.


I’ve featured some of the trends above and my colleagues at Beaumont Health System.

Special thanks to Ina Levinson and Maureen Conway at Saks.


Conquering Crohn’s

14 Nov

securedownloadThe 37th Annual Gala Evening at the Movies to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America recently honored Chuck Bennett and the late Dr. Jason Bodzin.  Roop Raj and Amy Andrews from Fox2 hosted the event. More than 300 Detroiters packed the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Dr. Steven Klein, chief of colon and rectal surgery at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak gave a wonderful tribute to his former classmate the late Dr. Bodzin. Rhonda Walker of WDIV and Roop Raj of Fox2 talked glowingly about my friend, Chuck Bennett. They described Chuck as the “man about town, style guru, trendsetter, fashionista, Social D founder, etc.” The best description is that he has a big heart!

Special thanks to my other friend Jason Brown of PublicCity PR who invited me to the event with my friend Judy Robinson.

Top Photos: Clockwise for upper left — Roop Raj and Jill Davidson Sklar; Carla Schwartz, Chuck Bennett, program booklet, cupcake tower from Just Baked.

Below: Carla Schwartz, Judy Robinson; Carla Schwartz, Dr. Steven Klein


Pamella Roland: Heartfelt

1 Nov



Fashion designer Pamella Roland unveiled her resort fashions the other day at Saks in Troy, Mich. The fashion show and event called “Heart to Heart” benefitted the Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center at Beaumont Health System. Her flirty and sexy dresses were in blush colors and rich hues. From short styles to long gowns, the clothes were dramatic and elegant.

ER Doc, former U-M linebacker talks about sports concussions

10 Apr



Beaumont Health System‘s Emergency Room Physician Chris Hutchinson spoke at the University of Michigan Alumni Club. More than 50 alumni attended the event at a hospital off-site conference room in Troy, Mich. Hutchinson enlightened the crowd about concussions in sports. As an NCAA All-American as well as the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year at the University of Michigan, Hutchinson understands the topic professionally and personally.

He informed the crowd about the dangers of concussions, the long-standing effects and recognizing the systems. He cited the wise adage about playing sports after a head injury, “When in doubt, sit them out.” Thankfully, there are new protocols about returning to play.

One interesting tidbit is that the first person to bring awareness to this topic was President Teddy Roosevelt. (Check out the link on “How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football” by the History Channel.)

Dr. Hutchinson’s speech was well received, interesting and informative. Although I’m not a U-M alumnus, my one reaction is: Go Blue.


Plant Power

9 Mar

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“Food is medicine,” says Joel Kahn M.D. I recently heard this cardiologist at a lunch and learn for Beaumont Health System employees. The most potent medicine is not always found in the pharmacy, but in your refrigerator. Fruits and vegetables are key to a healthy diet. His book, The Holistic Heart, offers many tips and secrets to treat and prevent heart disease.   His message was inspiring, informative and humorous at times. According to Dr. Kahn, “Don’t buy your food where you buy gas!”

Here’s Hillary

16 Nov


I had the opportunity to meet Hillary Clinton (left) at a Beaumont Foundation event last week. On the right she is speaking with Florine Ministrelli the benefactor of the Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center at Beaumont Health System. Politics aside, it was quite thrilling to meet her. She gave a wonderful speech to the philanthropic group. When I met her I said one phrase “2016,” and she replied, “Thank you.”

Beautifying Bennett

13 Oct


Beaumont Health System’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery partnered with Playworks Detroit to transform the playground at Bennett Elementary School in Detroit into a colorful, safe space for play.

This community service project began as a vision of Harry N. Herkowitz, M.D., former chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery for Beaumont Health System, prior to his death in June. More than 20 Beaumont volunteers came together to make that vision a reality in honor of him.

Bennett Elementary School, located in Southwest Detroit, now has  a colorful home base circle, a hopscotch course, a foursquare court and a playground mural.

$2 Billion Bash

21 Jun


Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson thanked more than 700 people the other day by throwing  a party at the Palace. The event celebrated the innovative companies that helped diversify Oakland County, Michigan. The “Emerging Sector” companies generated a $2 billion investment in the county and created 42,000 jobs. The invitation-only event was a thank-you to all the growing and burgeoning businesses.

I attended the event representing Beaumont Health System. Since it was at the Palace, the home of the Detroit Pistons, James “Buddha” Edwards attended. He is a former Pistons. I am in the photo on the right with my friend, Marcia Auster (left). Marcia attended the event with her husband, Barry Auster, M.D., of Oakland Aesthetic Dermatology in Farmington Hills. Dr. Auster is president of the Oakland County Medical Society.

Super Fast, Super Healthy Appetizers

14 May


Beaumont Health System sponsored the cooking demonstration at the recent Michigan International Women’s Show, held at the Suburban Collection Showplace, where Chef Ed Gillis presented four healthy appetizers, easy to prepare. The International Women’s Show, part of Southern Shows, is in many cities in the United States.

The four appetizers Chef Ed Gillis prepared are: wonton chips, bean cilantro hummus, caprese crostini and kale chips. He delighted the crowd with these super fast, super healthy appetizers. Preparation time for each appetizer is 15 minutes. I’ve included the yummy recipes.

Wonton Chips

Ingredients: Olive oil, 12 wonton wrappers, 1/4-1/2 t coarsely ground black pepper, 1/4 t coarse salt

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Using a sharp knife cut wonton wrappers diagonally to form 24 triangles. Arrange the triangles in a s single layer on prepared baking sheet. Lightly coat the tops of the wonton triangles with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with pepper and salt. Bake about 8 minutes of until golden. Cool completely on a wire rack. Serves 3.

Kale Chips

Ingredients: 1 bunch fresh kale (about 20 leaves), 1 T sesame seeds (pre-toasted if desired), 1/2 t sea salt, 2 T olive oil (put in small spray bottle)

Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Rinse bunch of kale, pat dry or put in salad spinner. Pull whole kale leaves off of stalk and trim stems if desired. Lay leaves on baking pan, mist leaves lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle sesame seeds and light dusting of sea salt onto leaves. Bake at 300 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until leaves are dried, but not brown. Eat by themselves or use as a soup or salad garnish. Serves 1.

Caprese Crostini

Ingredients: 4 large ripe tomatoes (diced in 1/4″ cubes), 1 pound fresh mozzarella, (diced in 1/4″ cubes), 1/3 c fresh basil leaves chopped, 3 T extra virgin olive oil, fine sea salt to taste, freshly ground black pepper to taste, 1/2 clove garlic chopped (optional), 1 t balsamic vinegar (optional), sliced baguette, ciabatta or multi-grain bread 1/4″ thick.

Directions: Slice bread into bite size portion, toast lightly in 350 degrees oven. Dice tomatoes and cheese into small cubes. Toss together with chopped basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spoon onto toasted bread slices. Eat warm or cold. Alternate preparations: Slice tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil. Bake in 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Or delete cheese use toasted pita chips or any large crouton, toss all ingredients together, spoon onto toasts and eat. Serves 6.

Bean Cilantro Hummus

Ingredients: One 15-ounce can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed, 1 clove of garlic, 1 t lime zest, 1T lime juice, 1/3 c olive oil, 1 T tahini, salt and pepper to taste.

Directions: Combine beans, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice and garlic in food processor and blend until pureed. With processor on, steam olive oil until desire consistency is reached. Blend 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 1 cup.

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