Detroit/Michigan Gift Guide

I’ve been meaning to write this post since last year. I was initially a transplant to Michigan, born in Ohio, lived in Pennsylvania for 7.5 years and started high school here in Michigan. So not having grown up here, I didn’t really have an preconceived ideas about Detroit. When I got my first PR job out of college at Pewabic Pottery, a Detroit treasure, I was open to loving the city. After 10 years of working in all different Detroit spaces and currently the Renaissance Center, I have a deep appreciation and love for the city. Because of this, I want to share some of my favorite Detroit things for a fun holiday gift guide.

Pewabic Pottery Twelve Days of Christmas Ornaments ($60/set or $22/ornament)

These are one of my favorites. I was still working at the Pottery in 2005 when they developed this series. Each ornament represents one of the gifts from The Twelve Days of Christmas classic. You can buy them individually or in sets of three. It would be so fun to give someone one of these ornaments every year and they would look beautiful on your favorite Christmas tree.

Pewabic 12 Days

Jenna Kator Lake Superior Handbag ($108)

Jenna Kator is a Michigan designer who creates animal friendly vegan leather handbags with fun Michigan names. Her bags are high quality and beautiful. I loved this recent Lake Superior bag.


Shinola The Runwell Contrast Chrono Bracelet Watch, 41mm ($975)

Made right here in Detroit, Shinola’s watches are beautiful. They sell them at Nordstrom, which makes it the perfect purchase to use your triple points day on.


Faygo Candles ($50)

Faygo “Pop” is a Michigan tradition and these candles would make a fun gift! They come in a Faygo 6-pack container with Grape, Orange, Rock & Rye, Redpop, Vanilla Creme and Root Beer fragrances.


KO Photo Vogue Detroit 2 a.m. Prints

Our friend, Amin, is a talented photographer and has created a line of photographs showcasing Detroit at 2 a.m that you can order for your home. These are stunning and I can’t wait to have one in our new home. I am sort of loving the Joe Louis Fist right now.

ko photo vogue

Reclaim Detroit End Grain Butcher Block ($109)

This is beautiful and so cool, these cutting boards are made of old growth reclaimed lumber from Detroit area homes salvaged by Reclaim Detroit’s deconstruction crews. Each board is handcrafted and unique.

reclaim detroit

Caliber Detroit Steel Cuff Links ($250)

Caliber Detroit created these cufflinks to eradicate illegal violence in the city. They take weapons found at crime scenes, melt them down and create these cool steel cuff links. The serial number corresponds with a gun that has been removed from the streets. The proceeds from these cufflinks benefit the Caliber Foundation which offers support to persons and communities devastated by gun violence.


Good People Popcorn White Cheddar Salsa ($32)

What says holiday more than a popcorn tin? This popcorn is so delicious and made in Detroit!

good people popcorn

LDV 6 Bottle Raw Steel Wine Rack ($44.99)

These wine racks are designed and manufactured in Detroit out of one single sheet of automotive grade steel. Each rack is completely custom and designed to be hung vertically.


Stormy Kromer Petal Pusher Cap ($44.99)

I’ve been admiring this cap for a while now and I love that their factory is right here in Michigan.


I would love to hear what your favorite Detroit/Michigan made gifts are in the comments!

You’re Invited: Kate Spade The Sky’s the Limit

I was generously offered the opportunity to host a party at Kate Spade at the Somerset Collection this Sunday, November 16, 2014 to celebrate the launch of the new holiday collection. Kate Spade is also offering my readers 25% off any purchase they make at the event! If you are in the area on Sunday, I hope you can join us!

Kate Spade Holiday Collection

I was thrilled when I saw the new holiday campaign for Kate Spade. I LOVE Las Vegas and having the catalog inspired by old Vegas glamour is right up my alley. They also recruited Anna Kendrick to be the face of their campaign. These pictures are fabulous and I can’t wait to shop this collection. You can check out the entire lookbook here.

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Here are my favorite pieces from the upcoming holiday collection:

Wine Totes ($28)

There are two different versions of this adorable wine tote. These would look awesome as hostess gifts.

wine tote


I just love this! So beautiful!



I love my Kate Spade stud earrings, but they have blown them out of the water with this sparkly version. A definite holiday must have!


Tippy Sweater ($268)

This is the perfect holiday sweater, this only problem is deciding what color to get.



This would be the perfect clutch for a Vegas or casino trip!

card clutch


I love the sparkly component on this shirt.

cards tee


This is just so feminine, I love it!

feather clutch




Another great Vegas piece.



This comes in gold as well.

bow clutch



What are your favorite pieces from this collection?

Click here to see my picks from the Hello Tokyo party.


Disclosure: I received a complimentary ticket to FashionSpeak. All opinions expressed are my own.

I never felt more like a fashion blogger than when I was invited to attend the Detroit Garment Group Guild’s FashionSpeak conference as a blogger. Never mind that I’ve worked with retail clients for nearly a decade or that I’ve taught marketing to fashion students for nearly five years. Becoming a blogger has made me more conscious of my style and I’ve become thoroughly invested in the Detroit fashion scene.

fashionspeak logo

FashionSpeak is a one-day conference for Michigan’s fashion entrepreneurs. The line up for this conference was awesome!


This was the second year for the conference, and the location downtown set the scene for a fun day of fashion.

fashionspeak set up

First up on the conference agenda was Rachel Lutz. Rachel owns The Peacock Room, a darling boutique in Detroit. I was surprised to hear about her eclectic background. She once even worked for the White House! I’ve followed The Peacock Room on Facebook for a while and I love her funny dressing room quotes.

rachel lutz

Next up was Jeanette Puig-Pey and Bridget Sullivan who work on industrial design at LEAR. I thought this was a great message for my students. Here you have someone like Bridget who was working in the fashion industry and then went to work designing at LEAR. I thought it was a great lesson showing the many different aspects of fashion and showing that there are many fashion career options right here in Michigan.


Now, I’ll be honest, I didn’t hear too much of Matthew Burnett’s speech. Mostly because he was conferenced in and I was sitting in the back. I was also ready for lunch which was hosted by Michigan’s own Buddy’s Pizza! It was so delicious!


buddys food

Malina Joseph Gilchrist, T Magazine’s Senior Market Editor. She makes fashion decisions every day and had some great advice on how to get your product in front of editors.


Finally, the moment I had been waiting for! Tracy Reese was up next. I loved her passion and enthusiasm for fashion! She also focused on the business side of fashion. It’s not enough to be creative or an artist. If your business is going to grow you will eventually have to be a manager and succeed in the business world too.

tracy reese

There was a fun afterparty following Tracy’s presentation and I wish I could have attended. I had to run off to teach my class so I had to skip the afterparty. I was jealous seeing everyone’s pictures meeting Tracy Reese. Maybe next time I can stay for the whole thing.

I had a great time at FashionSpeak and was able to meet some new fashion blogger friends who I look forward to connecting with again in the future.

I can’t wait to see who presents next year! I hope it will be John Varvatos as he recently announced that he was opening a store here in Detroit!

Who would you want to see at the next FashionSpeak?

Fashion in Detroit Recap

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to Fashion in Detroit. All opinions expressed are my own.

I recently attended Fashion in Detroit and had a blast! I feel like the Detroit fashion scene is staging a comeback and I am so excited to be experiencing it as a blogger.

I arrived at the event just in time for the Somerset Collection runway show, which had awesome clothing from Kate Spade, LK Bennett, Anne Fontaine, Eileen Fisher, Intermix, Max Mara, St. John, Halston Heritage, and Neiman Marcus. Unfortunately, I wasn’t located in a place where I could get runway pictures, the white stage was making all the photos too bright, so I have to use the talented Scott Legato’s photos which you can get here. Here are some of my favorites from the first collection:


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Next up we had the House Ikhonic, Galore Groupe, Fotoula Lambros, 4 Men, Cheryl Zemke, Bricker Tunis Furs, Lyudviga Couture, Kevin Christiana for Adam Levine Collection, Trybe, Peter Soronen, Dodge by Joe Faris, and Joe Faris Detroit.

I had no idea how much I would love Peter Soronen. I wasn’t very familiar with Soronen prior to this, but you may have seen some of his glamorous evening wear on the first lady, Michelle Obama. He is known for his corset style dresses, which are gorgeous!

peter soronen

I also got to spend some time catching up with Shannon Lazovski from Glamorous Moms:


When I got home, I was able to check out the gift bag, which was great!

gift bag

Which looks were your favorites?

For more information on Fashion in Detroit, you can visit their website here.

Fall Fashion Preview at Green Oak Village Place

I was recently invited to participate in a Fall Fashion Preview event at Green Oak Village Place in Brighton. I had never been there before, but I was impressed with all of the stores and the plaza in general.

green oak village place

As I arrived at the event, I couldn’t believe how many awesome stores were in the plaza including a Buffalo Wild Wings and Panera Bread. This would make an excellent girls shopping day with stores like Loft, Victoria’s Secret, White House Black Market, Old Navy, DSW, Bath & Body Works, ULTA and more. It might be a great Black Friday shopping destination…

A number of bloggers were invited to the event so I got to catch up with old friends and meet some new people. I also had fun checking out the various displays the retailers had put on display.

One of the first tables I visited was Yankee Candle. They had some of the fall scents on display. I would love to try the Chocolate Layer Cake candle (I like my candles sweet!).

yankee candle

I checked out the White House Black Market table next and I love this store. I tried on this beautiful pearl bracelet which I loved. I didn’t see it online, so you may have to go to the store to get it:


Who am I to resist the beauty table? I visited Ulta next and they were doing a demo of their Dermalogica products, which I’ve never tried before.


You can actually make an appointment at Ulta’s salon and have a Dermalogica facial, which I got to try on my hand:


I was so excited to learn that I had won the door prize…a bag full of beauty goodies from Ulta!

door prize

In this picture you have Lauren from Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood, Sarah from Coupon Savvy Sarah, Tiffany from Go Momma Coupons and me on the end.

As I was leaving, I spotted this beauty in the Dress Barn display! I found it online here in a different color, but I will have to go back to the store to get this color.

dress barn

When I got home I got to check out all my goodies from the door prize…beauty score! Thank you to Green Oak Village Place for a fun night out!


If you want to check it out for yourself Green Oak Village Place is located at 9608 Village Place Boulevard  in Brighton, Michigan.

What are your favorite shopping destinations?

Fashion in Detroit

Since we can’t let New York have all the fun, Detroit decided to have it’s own Fashion in Detroit event this Saturday, September 27, 2014. I went to Fashion in Detroit, once a few years back and it is really like a day at Fashion Week, so I can’t wait to attend this year’s event.

Fashion in Detroit

So they’ve changed it up a little bit and it is more of an evening event with runway and a fun afterparty. Here is the official schedule:

Starting at 4 p.m. there will be an interactive pop-up shop featuring local designers and vendors.

The student runway shows start at 5:30 p.m. and will feature Michael Kawa and CariLynn Anderson-Battle.

Next up, we have the Somerset Collection runway at 6:30 p.m. which will feature fashions from Kate Spade, LK Bennett, Anne Fontaine, Eileen Fisher, Intermix, Max Mara, St. John, Halston Heritage, and Neiman Marcus.

At 7:30 p.m. we have the local/national runway shows which include House Ikhonic, Galore Groupe, Fotoula Lambros, 4 Men, Cheryl Zemke, Bricker Tunis Furs, Lyudviga Couture, Kevin Christiana for Adam Levine Collection, Trybe, Peter Soronen, Dodge by Joe Faris, and Joe Faris Detroit.

Once the shows have completed, Fashion in Detroit is hosting a fabulous After Party from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. featuring DJ Boji, DJ Chrome and DJ Surab Deb.

If you are interested in getting tickets you can buy them here. Tickets to the fashion show start at $20 and tickets to the After Party start at $20. In case you are still mulling it over, know that a portion of the Fashion in Detroit proceeds will benefit the Cass Community Social Services that works across the city in areas of concentrated poverty providing programs for food, health care, housing and jobs.

If you have the bug and want to make a week of it, 220 Merrill is hosting a Fashion in Detroit Happy Hour on Thursday, September 18 from 4-6 p.m. where you will be able to meet some of the designers  over cocktails and hor d’oeuvres.

Now, the most important question of this post…what should I wear?

Are you attending Fashion in Detroit? I would love to see you there!

Detroit Restaurant Week 2014

It’s that time of year again…Detroit Restaurant Week! Restaurant week kicks off tomorrow and runs through September 28, 2014. During restaurant week, diners can enjoy three course meals at Detroit’s hottest restaurants for just $30 per person! It’s a great deal if you have time to dine. This year there are 21 restaurants participating in the event.

restaurant week 2014

The following Detroit restaurants are participating in this year’s event:

You can read about my experiences at La Dolce Vita, the Rattlesnake Club, Santorini Estiatorio and Ottava Via if you are interested in making a reservation. Those are some of my favorites, but Restaurant Week is about trying new things. I would love to try Top of the Pontch with my husband. I’ve also never tried Prism at Greektown and the menu looks delicious.

Are you excited for Detroit Restaurant Week? What restaurants are you planning to try out?

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The Art of Detroit

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to The Art of Detroit. All opinions expressed are my own.

John and I were invited to The Art of Detroit at Saks Fifth Avenue a few weeks back. We had a blast and I wanted to share some of the pictures from the event.


When we arrived at Saks, they literally rolled out the red carpet for us!


IMG_2993When we arrived, we each received four vouchers that we could use to enter for a number of amazing prizes! I entered mine for a Prada Handbag, Gucci Handbag, Vhernier Earrings and His & Hers Shinola Watches. John entered all of his into the Shinola bucket.

saks prizes

We didn’t end up winning any of them, but we did get to enjoy some fantastic food and drinks from Two James Distillery, Atwater Brewery, Slows BBQ, MGM Grand Tap, Taste Love Cupcakes and Sanders Hot Fudge. YUM!

art of detroit food Collage

Saks had an awesome TapSnap photo booth set up and John and I took a great picture, one of my new favorites!


I also got to catch up with Shannon Lazovski, from Glamorous Moms, who I hadn’t seen since before I started my blog, so it was fun to get some blogging tips from her.


Next up, I spent some time at the ReVive Skincare Counter. Now, I wasn’t really familiar with ReVive before, but after I got home I realized that I had some of their Fermatif Neck Renewal Cream and Volumizing Serum that I was gifted by a friend. I didn’t know what I had, but am definitely starting to use these. While at the counter I got a sample of the brand new Intensite Line Erasing Serum, which I was told is like Botox in a bottle. I don’t have a ton of wrinkles yet, but I am all about preventative measures.


We were almost on our way out, when I got asked by someone at the Cellcosmet counter if I wanted a massage – I thought they meant a neck massage, but it was actually a foot massage! I had never heard of this brand before, but whatever she put on my feet made them feel fantastic after an evening of standing in heels. It was seriously amazing!

foot massageAt the end of the night, my wonderful husband snagged us some American Coney dogs for a late night snack to take home!


We had a wonderful time! This is definitely an event I would go to next year. A big thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue for inviting us!

Friday Favorites: Michigan Football

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Michigan football is back on Saturday! I can’t wait for some tailgating and football watching fun this season!

For my Friday Favorites this week, I wanted to highlight some of the fun Michigan items that have been on my list, but that I haven’t pulled the trigger on yet.

1. toms campus classics ($48)

Toms has come out with a line of shoes specifically for your favorite college team. These would be perfect to wear to a tailgate.

Michigan Toms

2. Charming Charlies University of Michigan Victory Hour Watch ($22)

This is so girlie and I love it along with the price! They have a number of other schools as well.

charming charlies watch

3. Dark Blue and Maize Flats ($58)

These would be great to wear to work on a spirit day or for one of the away game parties we will most likely attend this season.


4. Gabriella Rocha Game Day Tank Maxi ($45.99)

I love, love, love this game day maxi dress! They have different styles and colors depending on what school you root for.

maxi dress

5. Blue & Yellow Jersey Infinity Scarf ($18)

I thought this would be fun for a non-traditional tailgate outfit.

infinity scarf

What are your favorite Michigan and/or collegiate accessories this season?

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Let’s De-Stress with

Disclosure: I received a $50 gift card to to select products for this review. All opinions are my own. 

I love doing yoga! I always want to start a more regular yoga practice because I love the benefits that yoga gives me. I originally started doing yoga years ago, when I was working a stressful job. I thought that yoga would help me relax and de-stress and it did just that. I stopped practicing once that situation had resolved itself, but last year I got really into the P90x yoga and LOVED it! After doing it for a while, I was more flexible than ever and I loved reaching physical goals that I never thought I would be able to achieve. I don’t know why I stopped doing it, but I have been thinking of starting a regular practice for a while now.


I received a gift certificate to shop at YogaOutlet and wasn’t going to pass it up. I was in desperate need of new yoga pants, so I ended up getting these Pure Karma Kua Wela Capri Crystal Wash Pants ($40.95). I had a little money left over and also needed a yoga bag for my mat, so I settled on a blue Hugger Mugger Ultra Yoga Bag ($11.95) which fit my mat perfectly!

I recently discovered a fun, free outdoor yoga class downtown on the Detroit Riverfront and decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to test out my new yoga purchases. The class is hosted by Urban Solace and runs through August 29th. I wish I would have known about it at the beginning of summer, but I will definitely be there every week if they do it again next year!


What a fantastic view!

What a fantastic view!


I am loving my new yoga pants!

I love that my mat isn't unrolling and now secure in my new yoga bag!

I love that my mat isn’t unrolling and now secure in my new yoga bag!

I had a great experience with YogaOutlet and can’t wait to shop there again. My order was processed quickly and I had my items in less than a week, which was awesome! I am so excited about it, I picked out five wish list items for my next purchases:

Manduka Pro Mat

I have heard that this is the best mat out there! I have a cheapy mat from I don’t even remember where, but it has served me well so far. I would like a little more padding and it sounds like this is the one to get.


Gaiam Dragonfly Yoga Block

If I am going to start a regular practice again, I definitely need a yoga block to help me reach those goals. I just loved this one!


Yoga Glyphs Muscle Tee

I love this! You can get “Be Still,” “Peace,” or “Surrender.”

Be Still

Beyond Yoga Back Gathered Legging

I definitely need some hot pink yoga pants!

gathered pants

Gore Women’s Sunlight 3.0 Ombre Tank

I love anything ombre and this top would go great with my hot pink yoga pants! The little bow is so cute!


If you are interested in shopping at YogaOutlet, then I have good news for you! They have generously offered to give my readers a 15% discount by using the code “bridgepose” at checkout.

What are your favorite items at YogaOutlet?

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