EASY, DO IT YOURSELF, HOLIDAY DECOR FOR THE DINING TABLE

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EASY, DO IT YOURSELF, HOLIDAY DECOR FOR THE DINING TABLE

IF YOUR ROLE AMONG FRIENDS AND FAMILY IS HOSTING THE BIG FEAST THIS YEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS, FOR THE FIRST TIME OR THE FORTY-SIXTH TIME, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IT SIMPLE!

The holidays are without a doubt the most wonderful time of the year, but can also be the most stressful! If you are the host and you’re anything like me, most of the stress comes from the pressure of feeling the need to satisfy and impress everyone. Trying to prioritizing the happiness, merriment, memory making and making sure the ham is cooked to perfection is what the holidays is all about, right?

In an attempt to take the edge off just a little - and I say a “little” because nothing you read will ever take the stress out of hosting Christmas dinner we put together the easiest, do-it-yourself decor for the dining table!

CANDY CANE PLACE CARD HOLDERS

via Pinterest. 

via Pinterest. 

How stinkin’ cute are these? My thoughts are just WOW - so easy and the most adorable, festive touch to add on top of the plates at the dining table! This also adds a little gift for people to take home and remember the magical evening too! This can be done with candy canes of all shapes and sizes. Need something for the kids table? Grab a box of the jolly rancher or starburst candy canes and I promise you’ll be winning! Three candy canes and a ribbon of your choice (I’d pick something to match your plates) and you’ve got yourself something no one in the room has thought to do ever.

TRENDSETTING CRAFT BAGS!  

via Pinterest. 

via Pinterest. 

These do it yourself, winter-themed centerpieces couldn’t be any more painlessly perfect. Not only are they super affordable to make, but any kids, cousins, nieces or nephews that you have would LOVE to help paint the bags and help find the materials. All you’ll need is to collect sticks from outside, find inexpensive faux greenery, plain colored gift bags, white paint, and tweed (which can be found at any convenience or grocery store around this time of year) and you’re good to go! Simply stuff the already painted bag with a little tissue paper (maybe rocks if needed for weight) at the bottom and then add the greenery and sticks out of the top in an aesthetically pleasing way. Finish with some tweed wrapped around the outside of the bag and feel free to add any mini ornaments you find to the branches. Depending on the dining table size I would do up to five, no less than three centered in the middle. *Hint hint* odd numbers always look better when centering anything.

THE TINY TREE

via Pinterest. 

via Pinterest. 

A mason jar, or small glass vase. A broken branch from outside. Three ornaments. BOOM. These would look adorable on any bar cart or serving console next to the dining table to accent those trendsetting bag pieces pictured above. It’s basically a modern Charlie Brown Christmas Tree and who doesn’t love that! The Grinch maybe?

FLOATING CANDLES

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Holly. Cranberries. Greenery (that you already should have from the bags you’re making above). Ambiance lighting. Basically the perfect finishing touch. Finish off your holiday home décor transformation with a new spin on a classic decoration. Floating candles! Simply add cranberries and a bit water to any glass jars or vases of your choice and top with a floating candle. Wait to light the candles until just before your guests arrive for the perfect warm and cozy touch. The pop of color from the cranberries and leaves are sure to brighten any table. Not to mention the icy quality of the candles floating in water will easily complete any winter theme! Glass jars of any size can be mixed and matched for an extra rustic look.

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Alchemy December Events

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Alchemy December Events

ONE OF OUR FAVE LOCAL SHOPS IS HOSTING A BUNCH OF COOL EVENTS THIS MONTH. STOP BY AND GET SOME COOL HENNA TO TAKE YOU INTO THE NEW YEAR. WE CAN'T WAIT TO ATTEND THE GOOD RUG POP-UP AND HENNA EVENT AT EL DORADO GENERAL STORE

The Good Rug outside of Eldorado General Store via @thegoodrug

The Good Rug outside of Eldorado General Store via @thegoodrug

 

DECEMBER EVENTS 

 

Hamtramck Open Market hosted by Woodward Throwbacks 
12/16 6 pm - 11 pm

Corktown Pop Up with The Good Rug at Eldorado General Store
12/17 1 pm - 5 pm

Open House & Henna Party at Alchemy
12/19 6:30 pm  - 8:30 pm

New Year's Henna Open Hours at Alchemy
12/28 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

See you there!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Founders Opens in Detroit!

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Founders Opens in Detroit!

WE KNOW THE DETROIT DRINK SCENE WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT ON COCKTAILS, BUT THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE SAID WHEN ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS BREWERIES IN MICHIGAN, AND AMERICA FOR THAT MATTER, COMES TO DETROIT. WE POPPED IN ON OPENING DAY TO SEE FIRST HAND JUST HOW AWESOME THE BEER, FOOD AND SPACE AT THE NEW FOUNDERS IN MIDTOWN REALLY WAS. 

Founders Brewing Company in Midtown.

Founders Brewing Company in Midtown.

THE BEER:

First things first, the BEER. Founders has always been known for their great beer. Hell, Michiganders have been driving across the state to Grand Rapids just to get the freshest taste for years. Well now we don't have to. We can get our All Day IPA's & seasonal cult following CBS brew, in just a short drive over to Midtown. Not only is the beer great, but even on opening day with a line out the door, you didn't have to wait long for one. Founders staff had their operations down, it took less than 10 minutes to get a brew. 

Beer cheese. 

Beer cheese. 

Founders food menu. 

Founders food menu. 

THE FOOD:

Nothing screams brewery food quite like Founders Beer Cheese. This delicious mix of cheese and beer paired with their homemade potato chips and crostinis is truly a magical experience. But let's get real, all of their food is delicious. Vegetarian with food allergies? They are happy to accommodate. All their food is fresh, well thought out and goes great with whatever beer you decide to imbibe. 

Founders Tap Room. 

Founders Tap Room. 

Back room at Founders. 

Back room at Founders. 

THE SPACE: 

We're super down with the space. It's gorgeous and appropriately sized at 1,400 square feet to handle the masses. There are essentially three main areas to chill in: Inside tap room, back brewery room & outside space equipped with a fireplace and heaters. Even on the coldest of days the outside is super cozy especially once you get your beer jacket on. One of the best parts? You have a clear view of their brewing operations whether you're hanging out inside or out.

Founders Patio. 

Founders Patio. 

Founders is located at 456 Charlotte St. and will be open daily from 11 am to midnight Sunday-Wednesday and 11 am to 1 am Thursday through Saturday. 

Welcome to Detroit, Founders! We're so happy to have you!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

 

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Key Essential Oils to Keep You Happy and Healthy

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Key Essential Oils to Keep You Happy and Healthy

BEING THAT MY FAVORITE PLACE TO TRAVEL IS WEST - THOUGHT I'D SHARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE ESSENTIAL OILS WITH YOU TO KEEP YOU HAPPY AND HEALTHY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

There are medical breakthroughs being made each day, and, as Western medicine becomes more advanced, there is also a desire to go back to basics, finding less expensive, natural resources for healing. This mentality has put an emphasis on the use of essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from plants and can be used to reduce stress, improve mood and memory and reduce inflammation, to name a few. And best of all… they have almost no side effects! Here are some popular essential oils and how they can help improve your quality of life.

LAVENDER OIL: Extracted from fresh lavender flowers, this oil is one of the most popular. It is said to slow down the nervous system reducing anxiety and promoting better sleep and improved concentration. 

EUCALYPTUS OIL: Derived from the leaves of eucalyptus odorata, eucalyptus oil can work as a powerful biocide, killing insects, ticks and mites and nematodes. 

It is also effective against bacterial strains like staphylococcus, influenza, and streptococcus pneumoniae. This property also makes it effective in improving respiratory health, alleviating coughs and congestion if inhaled as a steam. 

Recent studies show both eucalyptus and peppermint oils as effective in boosting cognitive performance as well as reducing headaches and promoting mental and muscular relaxation. 

Eculyptus in @leefromamerica's shower

Eculyptus in @leefromamerica's shower

PEPPERMINT OIL: Peppermint oil is great for the digestive system, speeding up the rate of elimination to alleviate upset stomach, gas, indigestion and anxiety. It calms the involuntary smooth muscle of the stomach producing an antispasmodic effect that improves the flow of bile. It can also sooth Irritable Bowel Syndrome with studies showing that encapsulated peppermint oil can reduce IBS in up to 80% of the people who take it. This is due to the menthol the oil contains which works on the movement of electrolytes across cell membranes to reduce involuntary contractions. 

Peppermint oil has also been known to offer relief to those suffering from Herpes Simplex by permeating skin and working directly on the virus. Although more research is needed, evidence shows it may fight outbreaks. 

TEA TREE OIL: Tea tree oil is also known for it’s antimicrobial properties. It is derived from tea or paperbark trees and has a long history of being used in Australia as an antiseptic and to relieve coughs and help heal wounds. 

In modern times, tea tree oil is an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiprotozoal. It fights organisms from damaging cell membranes. It also works to decrease the growth of yeast and fungus and can be applied to cuts to help fight infection. It may also help fight outbreaks of HSV-1.

JOJOBA OIL: Jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of the wild jojoba shrub. It has been used by Native Americans to help heal wounds. It has been proven to accelerate the closure of wounds on a cellular level. In can also improve the appearance of skin and reduce acne. 

BLUE CHAMOMILE OIL: Blue chamomile oil is extracted from German chamomile. It has been used historically to help remedy skin conditions, treat wounds, sores, burns and bruises, reduce fevers and improve sleep patterns. Recent research shows that chamomile prevents a chemical process in the body that causes inflammation and may inhibit the effects of the stomach ulcer provoking bacteria Helicobacter pylori. 

THIEVES OIL: Legend has it that in the late 15th century, French authorities offered a group of thieves leniency in exchange for the secret to mixing this spicy aromatic blend. Not only does Thieves Oil smell great, it also can be used to calm coughs and boost the immune system. It works wonderfully as a cleaning agent making your house look and smell terrific. 

If you are interested in incorporating essential oils into your daily health and beauty care, follow instructions on how best to use them. While some oils can be applied to skin or ingested, it is important that you are certain that doing so is safe. Some oils must be diluted with water or another carrier oil before being applied to skin.

A Guide to Essential Oils and Healthy Living in the Detroit Area

For Detroiters, there are many local businesses that incorporate essential oils into their products and services. Drought Juice, the leading certified USDA organic juice brand of the Midwest, has several locations in the Metro Detroit area and includes essential oils into their cold pressed juicing during the wintertime. Alchemy Slow Living integrates essential oils into their spa services as well as their botanical fragrances. 

Although not local, Como Shambhala is a favorite for essential oils that are wonderful for aromatherapy while Cutler Integrative Medicine is a go-to for all things related to holistic health. 

Those that are interested in improving health naturally, may want to mark their calendars for Community Wellness Day which is taking place at the Inner State Gallery on Saturday Dec. 9 from 12-2 PM. This event will be hosted by Stephanie Popso of Naturally Empowered who will offer guests advice on how to improve mental and physical health through the use of essential oils, meditation and other natural means. This is a free event that is open to the public. Drop by or stay for the whole afternoon!

So, now we can see how these essential oils can be useful in our everyday regimens, our medical needs or as an addition to our home environments. These are safe, natural treatments and, as you can see, many have science to back up their effectiveness. Try essential oils to improve your physical and emotional health. Which ones will work best for you? 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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j'adore Detroit's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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j'adore Detroit's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

FINDING THE PERFECT GIFT CAN BE STRESSFUL SO WE CURATED THE TOP ITEMS MADE RIGHT HERE IN DETROIT TO GET YOUR BESTIE, BOYFRIEND OR YOURSELF - BECAUSE YOU SHOULD ALWAYS INCLUDE YOU ON YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST! 

Designed by Natalia Tortora Designs. 
  1. Detroit is the New Black.  Black Woodward Sweatshirt. $64. Our gift guide wouldn't be complete without on of our fave local venders! 

  2. GRAMMAR. Arrow Quad Forms. $58. GRAMMAR is based in Lake Ann, Michigan and has been designing & creating distinctive, art inspired jewelry for conscientious people who are passionate about leading ethical lives while supporting small businesses. In small batches, the centuries old technique of ceramics is used to create pieces that satisfy the desire for design, innovation and individuality. Materials to make the product are locally sourced, from Michigan, Indiana and other parts of the United States.

  3. Detroit Blows - No. 4 Hydrating Shampoo. $34. Conditioner. $36. Photo by Noah Elliott Morrison. SMPLFD X Detroit Blows Tee. $20. Inspired by the Almost Famous 'Detroit Sucks' tee. Detroit Blows X Detroit Rose Tuberose Candle. $25. A signature Tuberose scent in partnership with Detroit-based candle company & Detroit based salon. Photos by Noah Elliott Morrison.

  4. MGDY Design. Detroit, MI Bar Necklace. $28. Detroit is all about handmade and handcrafted products. What better way to represent the spirit of Detroit by a custom name plate necklace?! The Detroit pendant is made from Bras metal plate and is strung with a gold plated chain. Each pendant is individually cut, sanded, and hand stamped and slightly varies with each pendant. Layer it with the Adjustable Herkimer Diamond Necklace. $40. This piece is perfect for any look. The chain is a copper plated chain that comes in either gold or silver and finished off with Herkimer diamonds!

  5. The Skin Saint. This stuff is our secret weapon and we're letting you in on our little secret. As you may have read in our top spas post, FACE is our goto skin fit and Holly Casaroll developed the perfect line.  These are our top three skin fix items for the holiday to refresh and plump winter skin. CEF+ Peptide Anti-Aging Serum. $145. This stuff delivers unparalleled results to reverse signs of aging by; increasing collagen production, providing superior antioxidant protection, correcting hyperpigmentation and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Eye Rescue Micro-Oxygen Treatment Serum. $78. This product is a dynamic serum that addresses the two main causes of dark circles in the eye area. This revitalizing fluid targets an accumulation of melanin and dilated blood vessels that release heme, the cause of a visibly dark appearance. Active component Shadownyl™ provides anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidation benefits, which in turn reduce darkness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Needle Free. $145. Employing multiple revolutionary active ingredients, Needle-Free Filler Serum is clinically proven to deliver equivalent results to one injection of collagen filler in just two weeks of regular use. USE CODE HolidayHydration for 15% off.

  6. Ndubisi Okoye Original Print via BLOCK x BLOCK. Local Artist Collection. $45 and up. BLOCK x BLOCK allows customers to commission unique works from local artists packaged in customizable boxes (or blocks), all while contributing to neighborhood improvement efforts and other civic causes. Each block's artist and commission level is your choice, what's inside is entirely up to the artist.

  7. lululemon x APL shoes. Ascend Black All-Reflective Unisex Shoe. $250. 360-degrees of reflectivity - an all-black silhouette that stand out, even at night. This is the first time APL has used reflective black yarn to create a shoe, a new innovation exclusive to lulu.

  8. Drought Gift Card. $100. When you buy a $100 gift card you get a $20 gift card, free!

  9. Alchemy Slow Living Studio - Meuike & Madeline Fragrances. $75. Read our full breakdown of Alchemy's fragrance line HERE.

  10. Orleans & Winder - Lvnea Perfume in Violet Woods. $45. We love this stuff. We wear it all the time - Plus it comes in this beautiful matte black bottle. Aria Scarf in Indigo. $165. The piece is one of a kind artistic impression and a definite statement piece. A classic gift or personal purchase for all round the year, this unique scarf is a true product of artisanal collaboration. Each piece is unique as its 100% handcrafted.

  11. 4 Detroit: Four Chefs. Four Courses. Four Seasons Cookbook. $46. Nora Modern presents a celebration of a year in Detroit, with four chefs preparing four courses for every season. Josh Stockton cooks a winter meal in Corktown. Brad Greenhill makes a spring meal in Palmer Woods, Dave Mancini hosts a summer barbecue in Indian Village, and Andy Hollyday prepares an autumn supper in Boston Edison. All four chefs also offer meals for every time of the year, making this cookbook a great appreciation of the food renaissance happening in Detroit today. $5 from the sale of every book goes to Gleaners Community Food Bank.

  12. Not Sorry Apparel. blk. Collection III. $50. These upcycled black denim jeans have the perfect worn in look with a distressed hem and an embroidered not sorry on the front.

  13. Citizen Yoga. New Student Special. 5 classes for $25. The best yoga studio in Detroit has a pretty rad deal for students new to Citizen! 

  14. Open Me When Box. Boxes range from $80-$190. Many of the items in their boxes come from local entrepreneurs who are making a name for themselves during this time of the rebirth and revitalization of our “Comeback City”.

  15. Alley Taco Gift Cards. Buy $25 get $5 for free. Alley Taco is a fast casual walk up in Detroit’s Midtown. Tacos, nachos & beyond. A perfect stocking stuffer for anyone around the Midtown area!

  16. Bird & Bee Aida Booties. $148. We’re obsessed with these booties.  They are so comfy and reasonably priced not to mention super CUTE. Plus leopard is pretty much a neutral now so you can wear these babies with everything. 

  17. Maxwell Detroit. The Blakely in Camo. $375. The cutest jacket made by local artisans.

  18. Shinola. Hard Cover Notebook. $16. Our fave notebook to customize. We use them at Brooklyn Outdoor. Buy the notebook and take a trip to Shinola to get it monogrammed.

  19. Shop Fly Behavior. Not So Common Fur Parka. $285. This super cute parka has a genuine fur hood with faux fur lining. Insulated through the body and arms to keep you toasty. All linings and insulation removable for easy washing. Order one size up to wear large sweaters underneath. Sheer Madness Blouse. $46. This sheer high low blouse with a ruffled hem is super versatile and can be worn with a slip or jeans.

  20. Anthony Neil. Jackie Clutch. $285. We love this local designer and all his bags. Our Jackie Clutch is on constant rotation regardless if we're running out for coffee or a night out on the town. 

  21. Gentleman In You. $25 and up. Gentleman's Box allows you to custom choose the items you'd like in your box and deliver them right to your doorstep each month. Perfect for the man in your life. 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Detroit Talent Flies South for Art Basel

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Detroit Talent Flies South for Art Basel

Artists, musicians, and cultural influencers around the world (and from Detroit) are making their way to Miami for Art Basel.

The annual event is a notorious gathering point for contemporary art collectors with deep pockets, creators and industry leaders. The official event is Thursday, December 7 through Sunday, December 10. Unofficially, Art Basel is a week-long event with pre-parties, VIP previews and exclusive pop-ups starting as early as Monday, December, 4.

After finding out Haute to Death, Los Lobos, and Denial will be bringing their talent from Detroit to Miami for the week, I signed myself up to be your official J’adore Detroit correspondent for the fair… or something like that.


Photo of Loren and Andrew Barren from Andrew Barren

Photo of Loren and Andrew Barren from Andrew Barren

On Thursday, Detroit group, Los Lobos, will be playing U.N.U.M at Wynwood 5th Avenue. The event is from 5PM to 5AM and showcases 21 up-and-coming techno crews across the country. 

Known individually in Detroit as Loren, Andrew Barren, Mathias and Jorissen, the four are coming together as “Los Lobos” for the event.

If anyone can represent the heart, soul, and grime of Detroit techno, it’s Los Lobos. Loren, Andrew, Mathias, and Jorissen are staples on the scene and regularly play TV Lounge, Northern Lights, and Whiskey Disco.


I wonder what’s going to be hotter, the Miami heat or Detroit beats? 


Haute to Death at Satellite and The Anderson

Haute to Death is on their usual A-game.

The art, music, party and dance collective ran by husband + wife dream team, Jon Dones and Ash Nowak, will be one of the featured exhibitors at Satellite from Thursday to Sunday.

Photo from Jon Dones // Haute to Death 

Photo from Jon Dones // Haute to Death 

The show takes place at a vacant hotel that is scheduled to be torn down after Basel.  

Jon explains, “Each exhibitor gets a room in the hotel, and because of its imminent demolition, artists are free to modify the rooms to their vision, leading to a lot of installation base work not possible at most other fairs.”

Photo from Haute to Death 

Photo from Haute to Death 

Ash and Jon have curated the work of three Detroit artists; Jade Lauren, John Bain Griffith and Lindsay Cashews to incorporate in their exhibition and contextualize Haute to Death.  Ultimately, the exhibition will capture the internal exploration / external catharsis that club culture can have on one’s identity and self-actualization.

In addition to their exhibition at Satellite, Haute to Death will be returning to their residency at The Anderson, on Saturday night, to put their music where their mouth is and show you what a real dance floor feels like.


Denial at Scope Art Fair and Live Painting

Photo of Denial's Eastern Market Mural on Russell Street courtesy of Murals in the Market

Photo of Denial's Eastern Market Mural on Russell Street courtesy of Murals in the Market

Daniel Bombardier a.k.a. Denial is a Murals in the Market regular, Windsor native, and longtime friend of Detroit. Listen to my interview with Denial at Murals in the Market, here. He will be painting a new mural in Wynwood at 2214 NW 1st Place on Thursday & Friday. His work will also be shown at Scope Art Fair with Upart Studio.


Stay tuned for onsite interviews, party pics and whatever else happens after a week of creative inspiration in the sunshine. 

Will you be in Miami this week? Let me know, I would love to link up!

 

Stay Gold,

Boho Barbie

 

*Cover Photo from Jon Dones// Haute to Death*

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Detroit Blows Does More Than Just Blowouts

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Detroit Blows Does More Than Just Blowouts

DETROIT BLOWS OPENED THEIR DOORS A MONTH AGO AND IS ALREADY MAKING SOME MAJOR WAVES IN THE DETROIT SCENE (SEE WHAT WE DID THERE?) WE POPPED IN TO GET OUR HAIR DID LAST WEEK AND WE'RE COMPLETELY OBSESSED. FROM THE PRODUCTS THEY SELL, THE DESIGN OF THEIR GORGE SPACE, TO THE TIME AND ATTENTION THEY GIVE EACH CLIENT - EVERYTHING IS DONE WITH INTENTION, GOOD INTENTION. 

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Detroit Blows co-founders and epic girl-gang members, Nia Batts & Katy Cockrel developed the idea for Blows out of their frustration of not having a convenient place to get their hair done in Detroit - something we've been annoyed with for years! People are living down here, people's jobs are down here, so why should we have to drive to Ferndale to get a dece blowout?

Blows is committed to the belief that the best way to shape the city's narrative is through building sustainable businesses within the city limits. Not only are they helping the city as a whole, but individuals in The D too. A buck from every blowout service and a percentage of retail sales go to philanthropies around Detroit. Detroit Grows, the companies philanthropic arm, provides micro-grants to female entrepreneurs and invests in programs that help women enter or reenter the workforce. Some seriously powerful stuff. 

Nia Batts & Katy Cockrel Founders of Detroit Blows. Pic via @katycockrel. 

Nia Batts & Katy Cockrel Founders of Detroit Blows. Pic via @katycockrel. 

Now onto the HAIR! The blowout itself ranges from a half hour to an hour depending on hair length - so you're in and out and looking fab in a relatively short period of time. They have five base styles you can choose from -  we would legit wear any of them. They are simple, versatile and current. Overall, the blowout was great and lasted four days because we bought the ABSOLUTE BEST DRY SHAMPOO post blowout. 

The space is filled with light, clean aesthetics and pops of orange. And let's not forget the really important things - really comfortable chairs and complimentary bubbly.  We welcome spending our lunch break at Blows. 

Don't need your hair done? They offer a variety of services from nails to eyebrows and make-up applications. All products are non-toxic and eco and ethically conscious - curated by the Founder of Conscious Commerce and bad ass babe, Babs Brayton. Everything from the products to the services are seriously affordable. We're talking $40 for a blowout - much better than our usual $55 at other salons. Not to mention an express manicure for only $15! It honestly doesn't get any better than that.

Detroit Blows list of services. 

Detroit Blows list of services. 

Detroit Blows is open Monday - Wednesday & Friday from 8-8, Thursday 8 to 9 and Saturday 8 to 7 which makes it super convenient to schedule an appointment at any time of the day, even before work!

Click HERE to book your service. You can thank us for the rec later. 

Happy to have you in Detroit, Detroit Blows. May your dryers blow for many years to come!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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DETROIT HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS FOR THE FAM

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DETROIT HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS FOR THE FAM

WELL, THANKSGIVING IS OVER AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE HAPPIEST TIME OF YEAR HAS COME AROUND AGAIN. THAT'S RIGHT...WE'RE SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON. THE DETROIT HALLS ARE DECKED, THE SLEIGH BELLS ARE A-JINGLING AND WE'RE ALL RUNNING AROUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE WONDERING HOW WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH IT ALL. BUT AMIDST ALL THE MADNESS, REMEMBER IT'S ALSO A TIME FOR REFLECTION. THERE ARE PLENTY OF HAPPENINGS RIGHT HERE IN METRO DETROIT WHERE YOU CAN TAKE A MOMENT TO ENJOY THE FESTIVE SIGHTS OF THE CITY WITH THE FAM. 

Zoo lights via @detroitzoo. 

Zoo lights via @detroitzoo

WILD LIGHTS AT THE ZOO: This is an event that happens every year and 2017 is no exception. The zoo is illuminated with more than 5 million LED lights adorning trees and buildings and creating over 230 animal sculptures. The display happens on Sunday nights and select weeknights, weekend nights may vary. Packages may also include ice skating and a viewing of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer in 4-D. Check the web site for dates and pricing details. The Zoo lights make for a rockin family adventure. You can purchase tickets HERE

DETROIT THEATRE: Detroit is known as a performing arts community and every holiday season the city is alive with a variety of seasonal shows. Experience performances like A Christmas Holiday Spectacular at The Fisher Theatre, Elf the musical at the Fox Theatre, The Nutcracker at The Detroit Opera House or A Christmas Carol at the Meadowbrook Theatre. There are also holiday concerts galore.  If you haven’t seen Home Alone at the DSO – you haven’t lived.  So much fun to see Kevin escape the sticky bandits with a live orchestra. 

Eastern Market via Curbed Detroit

Eastern Market via Curbed Detroit

EASTERN MARKET - HOLIDAY MARKETS: Part of the holiday madness is always finding that perfect gift. Well, don’t stress! On Sunday, December 3, December 10, December 17, and Tuesday December 19, the Holiday Market will provide a one stop shop that will take care of all your gift giving needs. It will feature local vendors from the Detroit area selling a variety of goods including candles, accessories, knit wear, home goods, books, lotions and more. Get out your wagons and take the kids down to pick out local gifts for relatives and friends.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS IN GREENFIELD VILLAGE: Greenfield Village is a historical community of over 80 acres of vintage homes and charming streets. For the holiday season, it transforms into a winter wonderland offering ice skating, holiday cooking demonstrations, meetings with Santa and his reindeer, horse drawn wagons, a carousel, a fireworks finale and more. Check their web site for ticketing information and find out why Reader’s Digest has named Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village one of the top 10 Christmas experiences in the country. 

HINES PARK LIGHT FEST: Sometimes, during the holiday season, it’s fun to just get in the car with the family and look at local displays. Hines Drive is the longest drive-through holiday light display  at 4.5 miles long.  It is a great neighborhood excursion. You can start in Dearborn and end up in Plymouth or Northville to visit the downtown area for dinner or hot cocoa.  These two suburban areas are known for their large, impressive houses, around Christmas time, neighbors outdo each other with awe- inspiring lights and thematic displays. And the best part...it’s free!!

Winter in Detroit Capitol Park Market. 

Winter in Detroit Capitol Park Market. 

WINTER IN DETROIT: See previous post HERE with all the deets! You don't want to miss this one. 

This holiday season, there is no shortage of things to do in the Detroit area. These are just examples of the many opportunities locals and visitors will have to meet with Santa, go ice skating, shop for gift items, see a show or just enjoy the company of family and friends. 

Wishing you and yours an unforgettable holiday!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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FERNDALE COMPANY INBETWEEN TEES AIMS TO SOLVE THE SIZE ISSUE

70% OF DUDES BUY T-SHIRTS BETWEEN A MEDIUM AND AN EXTRA LARGE. THAT MEANS THREE SIZES OF SHIRTS FOR THE MAJORITY OF MEN - AND THAT MY FRIENDS, DOESN'T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE. THAT'S WHERE FOUNDERS, NATHAN AND JIM GOT THE IDEA FOR INBETWEEN TEES

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The t-shirt company provides men with a nice fitting shirt that won't break the bank. They're made in American and come in three colors - black, white & charcoal. They're 100% cotton, keep their color through hundreds of washes and are made to BREATHE in. 

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InBetween is running a Kickstarter campaign and when you donate 25 bucks you get one of their tee's. Sounds like the perfect gift for your boyfriend/hubby this holiday season. It's a win-win he'll finally have a shirt that fits and you'll help get a local company off the ground!

DONATE HERE. 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

 

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The Best Ways to Make a Difference in Detroit

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The Best Ways to Make a Difference in Detroit

WE WORKED WITH CURBED DETROIT TO PUT TOGETHER THE BEST WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN DETROIT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND YEAR ROUND.

When putting together this list we realized when it comes to making a change at the local level, the smallest actions can spur the biggest changes—and starting small is often the best way to a larger commitment to activism. So let's come together and get involved in small but substantial ways that can make Detroit a better place.

Read the full write-up via Curbed Detroit HERE. 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit 

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Colors For Winter

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Colors For Winter

Winter Color Trends for the 2017/2018 Season

AS THE COLD WEATHER SETTLES UPON US, THOSE SUMMER WHITES AND PASTELS GET BURIED DEEP IN OUR CLOSETS IN FAVOR OF DEEP BROWNS, TANS AND BEIGES. DURING FALL, THIS MAY BE A WELCOME CHANGE AS THE EXHILARATING COOLER TEMPERATURES TAKE OVER, BUT BY THE TIME WINTER'S CHILL SETS IN, WE MAY FIND OURSELVES IN A BLAND COLOR RUT. WELL, NEVER FEAR. THIS YEAR'S TRENDS IN COLD WEATHER COLORS MAY OFFER SOME UNEXPECTED EXCITEMENT. READ ON TO FIND OUT WHAT COLORS YOU SHOLD BE SPORTING AS TEMPERATURES DROP. 

SILVER

Silver can be bold and modern or subtle and elegant. As part of the gray color family, it is technically a neutral, and can complement blacks, whites, denims and bold colors like reds, pinks and blues.

Silver necklace from Orleans & Winder. 

Silver necklace from Orleans & Winder. 

You can wear your silver boldly. Nothing beats a silver pair of jeans matched with a great sweater or take it down a notch with a cool tee. Silver also makes for jaw dropping evening wear and bridal dresses. Those of us who want to be a bit subtler can incorporate silver accessories like jewelry, shoes, purses and backpacks into more casual outfits.

PINK

For the winter you say? Absolutely we say! Pink doesn’t necessarily have to be the pastel tone we associate with eating ice cream on a summer day. Think deep raspberries and magentas, cherries and everything in between.

Pale pink romper by Christian Siriano. 

Pale pink romper by Christian Siriano. 

Think of pink when you are accessorizing. A pink scarf can really brighten up those winter grays. Accessorize with a pink statement necklace or put on a bright pink lipstick or blush. This is my favorite accessory for my winter look – a pink matte lip! Pink sweaters are cute and comfy while formal dresses are another great way to sport this flamboyant hue.

ROYAL BLUE

We’ve always known that navy was a dependable staple of any winter wardrobe, but this year, we’re knocking it out of the park with a royal blue. This color always pops but is versatile enough to wear for work or play.

Royal blue trimmed vest from Saks Fifth Avenue. 

Royal blue trimmed vest from Saks Fifth Avenue. 

When rockin’ this color, think of a structured, slender silhouette. Pencil skirts and fitted sweaters and dresses are great choices. You can also add an oversized royal blue purse to your outfit for a bold pop of color. Try a royal blue metallic and get ready to dance the night away.

RED

We may be used to seeing deep burgundies and wines during the colder months, and, while these are still reliable staples, now we are talking about a real red, the kind you might see on a Rome apple or a candy cane. Red is a daring color but wearing it well can give off a cool and sophisticated vibe.

Chanel sneakers. 

Chanel sneakers. 

Red can add an exciting element to any outfit when you wear a bright red lipstick, sport crimson nails or add a cherry red purse. But this winter, red is dominating the runway. You can dare to go completely red with track suits, coats, knits, dresses and accessories. Red boots can also bring life to any cold, winter day.

YELLOW

Also, an unlikely pick...yellow isn’t just for pastels anymore! It can bring a splash of energy to a cold and hazy day. Think golds, buttery tones and mustards to heat up your winter looks.

Velvet & silk yellow top from Boro Resale. 

Velvet & silk yellow top from Boro Resale. 

Accessorize yellow with bright purses, statement jewelry pieces, nail polish and sunglasses. Brighten up an outfit with a yellow pencil skirt or pair of skinny jeans. Or wear yellow boldly by sporting a lemon dress or jacket. The tone makes a great complement to bold prints like polka dots or stripes.

ORANGE

Forget about those rust tones that were once deemed fall appropriate…let’s turn it up a bit with a full on orange! Orange is a surprisingly versatile tone since it compliments browns nicely. Tone it down with a burnt orange or add some excitement with a real orange tone.

Orange is often found and prints and can be played upon when paired with a great coat or jacket. If you’re feeling a bit more daring, it can also be a terrific tone for pants and sweaters. Winter trends invite you to think outside the box when adding this color to your palette.

The 2017-2018 winter season brings an element of surprise with bright, bold tones that we can play around with. Knowing how to incorporate these colors into a winter look can make for a sophisticated look that will shake away those cold weather blues.

How will you be brightening up your look this season?

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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DETROIT OUTDID ITSELF WITH THIS YEAR’S HOLIDAY MARKET

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DETROIT OUTDID ITSELF WITH THIS YEAR’S HOLIDAY MARKET

IT'S WINTER IN DETROIT! AND WHEN IT COMES TO THIS YEAR'S HOLIDAY MARKET, THE THEME OF IT IS THE MORE THE FREAKIN' MERRIER WITH THE MOST URBAN, TRENDY, CREATIVE ASPECTS OF OUR CITY DRAPED IN SPARKING LIGHTS.

This year’s holiday market in downtown Detroit is the hottest place to pick out the perfect gift for every member of your family. From Mom and Dad, to the acquaintance you got forced to buy a gift for in a work gift exchange, the 22 local vendors a part of the market has got you covered. While Cadillac Square provides a great place to begin your Christmas-time shopping extravaganza, it’s not the only place to find a unique present that will blow all other gifts out of the water.

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There are FOUR downtown markets: Cadillac Square, Capitol Park, 1001 Woodward and Campus Martius, all of which provide individual shopping experiences that will catapult you to Santa-status. There are over thirty-five heated glass house pods and IGLOOS, trimmed with Christmas cheer, that serve as a sanctuary to local entrepreneurs selling anything from art to clothes to home goods to coffee to beer - you name it. Vendors include New Order Coffee, Not Sorry Apparel, Detroit Vintage Collective, Detroit Hustles Harder, Ferne Boutique, Fly Behavior, Cynt-Sational Popcorn Co. among many others.

Igloos that will house local vendors. 

Igloos that will house local vendors. 

Sorry Not Sorry Apparel 

Sorry Not Sorry Apparel 

“Our main focus was creating a space that was interactive and welcoming to anyone wanting to experience the city of Detroit in a new way” - @bedrockdetroit tour guide

1001 Woodward 

1001 Woodward 

All four public spaces created are to die for, our favorite being Cadillac Square and the Cadillac Bier Garten, setup like an Apres Ski LOUNGE. YES, a LOUNGE. The cutest red and green plaid, wintery warm lounge of your Christmas dreams is waiting.

Cadillac Square Bier Garten

Cadillac Square Bier Garten

After a full day of shopping, the lounge provides a haven for great drinks and good vibes that you never knew you needed. Get a drink, warm up, and shop. If that's not enough to plan between now and January 7th you might just be The Grinch.

THE FACTS:

4 Downtown Detroit Markets (Yup!)

11 Food and Beverage Vendors (Yes!)

22 Local Detroit Sourced Vendors (Gimme!)

2,900 Square Feet of Market Space (Mmhmm.)

More than 100 Trees for Sale Each Day (I want one!)

36 Days of Santa (Giddy!)

61 Foot Tall Christmas Tree in Campus Martius Park (Woah.)

300+ New Outdoor Seating Options (Relax. Stay a while!)

11,550 Linear Feet of Overhead String Lights (I’m melting.)

& Last But NOT Least, 3 Valet Drop Off Stations (To make it all easy, of course!)

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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THE ANNUAL GOBBLE WOBBLE IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER

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THE ANNUAL GOBBLE WOBBLE IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER

DANCING, DRINKING, NEW FRIEND AND OLD - ATTEND THE GOBBLE WOBBLE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 AND HELP SUPPORT THE YOUTH OF DETROIT. 

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The good people at Born and Raised Detroit have raised over $400,000 nation wide through events like the Gobble Wobble to give back to the kids in Detroit. 

For more info click HERE. For tickets click HERE

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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WHERE TO SHOP FOR BLACK FRIDAY & SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

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WHERE TO SHOP FOR BLACK FRIDAY & SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

'TIS THE SEASON FOR THE BEST DEALS SO WE PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF THE BEST LOCAL  DEALS FOR BLACK FRIDAY & SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! 

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS

FEMOLOGY

LOCATION:  553 E Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48226

THE SCOOP: Shopapalooza is an exclusive shopping event that will feature some amazing women-owned brands from Detroit. It will be held from November 25th to the 26th from 11a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be light refreshments, plenty of shopping, and a chance to network with great women doing great things! 

MORE INFO: HERE

BETTER LIFE BAGS

THE LOCATION: 9405 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck, MI 48212

THE SCOOP: Receive $5 store credit for every $50 you spend.  The store credit can be used November 25 - 27. 

BIRD BEE

LOCATION: 1228 Griswold, Detroit, Michigan 48226

THE SCOOP: The first 15 customers through the door will receive a coupon for 40% off any one item, 25% off any 1 apparel item (some exclusions apply), buy 2 candles, get one 50% off, buy any pair of shoes for 20% off, and an additional 15% off all sale items.

MORE INFO: HERE 

BLACK FRIDAY MARKETPLACE

Location: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201

THE SCOOP: Vendors located throughout The Wright Museum, Arts & Crafts Children’s Workshop, Black Friday 2: Film by Ric Mathis & Panel Discussion, Al Nur Children’s Dance Troupe, 20% off in The Wright Museum store (Does not include consignment merchandise and previously marked down items).

MORE INFO: HERE

CITIZEN YOGA DETROIT

LOCATION: 1224 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226

THE SCOOP: 30% off ALL RETAIL, 10 classes for $100, 15 for $150, 25 for $250, 50 for $500, 1 year for $1000, 200hr Teacher Training for $2800 (savings of $700).

CITY BIRD AND NEXT

LOCATION: 460 W Canfield St, Detroit, Michigan 48201

THE SCOOP: 20% off sale on all apparel at City Bird, enter to win a $250 Gift Basket of City Bird goods and a $250 Gift Basket of Nest goods, the first 25 customers of the day at either store win a $10 gift certificate to use on a future visit.

MORE INFO: HERE

DETROIT BODY GARAGE

LOCATION: 7968 Kercheval, Detroit, Michigan 48214

THE SCOOP: Free community workout: 9:00-9:50am Detroit Body Garage- donation based class for JJ's House. 10:00 am Be Bold Crew 5K Run (double dip & do both for a free drop in to gift to a friend).

MORE INFO: HERE 

THE LIVERNOIS POP UP SHOP

LOCATION: 19410 Livernois Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48221

THE SCOOP: Featuring vendors from all over the city, food, great music, holiday cheer, and more!

MORE INFO: HERE


SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY DEALS

CITY BIRD AND NEST

LOCATION: 460 W Canfield St, Detroit, Michigan 48201

THE SCOOP: Be one of the first 25 customers of the day at either store to win a $10 gift certificate to use on a future visit. The first 20 customers at City Bird who spend $100 or more will receive a free mug. Enter to win a $250 Gift Basket of City Bird goods and a $250 Gift Basket of Nest goods.

MORE INFO: HERE

DETROIT CITY FC

LOCATION: 2750 Yemans Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

THE SCOOP: Shoppers will be able to enjoy free beer and 20% off one item, and it will be the first chance to purchase more than 20 new items in-store.

MORE INFO: HERE 

INNER STATE GALLERY

LOCATION: 1410 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48207

THE SCOOP: Snag locally made goods from candles and jewelry to ceramics and of course art! In addition to the locally made wares shoppers will have a chance to purchase prints and framed art from the 1xRun and Inner State Gallery catalog priced to move!

MORE INFO: HERE 

THE LIVERNOIS POP UP SHOP

LOCATION: 19410 Livernois Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48221

THE SCOOP: Featuring vendors from all over the city, food, great music, holiday cheer, and more!

MORE INFO: HERE

NEW ORDER COFFEE

Location: 3100 Woodward, Detroit, Michigan 48201

The SCOOP: The entire shop (coffee, pastries, and our entire retail wall) will be 30% off. New Order will also be featuring live roast demonstrations and pastry samples.

More info: HERE 

THIRD WAVE MUSIC

LOCATION: 4625 2nd Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201

The SCOOP: T-shirts 25% off, all small goods 10% off, all instruments & used pedals 5% off.

MORE INFO: HERE

Happy shopping!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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5 REASONS WHY YOUR NEXT DRINK NEEDS TO BE AT MUTINY BAR

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5 REASONS WHY YOUR NEXT DRINK NEEDS TO BE AT MUTINY BAR

WE'RE SURE YOU'VE HEARD BY NOW THERE'S A NEW DIVE IN TOWN. A "DIVE TIKI" TO BE EXACT. FOUNDER OF DETROIT OPTIMIST SOCIETY, DAVE KWAITKOWSKI EXPANDS HIS EMPIRE TO SOUTHWEST DETROIT WITH THE OPENING OF MUTINY, OFF VERNOR HIGHWAY. WE POPPED BY FOR THE SOFT OPENING - AND WERE KIND OF OBSESSED. SO HERE'S 5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO RUN NOT WALK TO THIS LITTLE SLICE OF SOUTHWEST DETROIT PARADISE. 

1. BYOF(ood)

Yep, rock out with a tiki drink while chowing down on a $6 pizza from PizzaPlex that's just a block down the street. Taqueria El Rey is across the way with $1.50 tacos. Need your Coney fix? Verner Coney Island or Duley's is right around the corner. But really you're in the mood for Chinese food, good thing China House is there where a full meal will run you about 7 bucks! 

Gin Tiki Fizz via @hungryindetroit

Gin Tiki Fizz via @hungryindetroit

2. SOUTHWEST ROCKS

Detroit has developed from the inside out - literally from Campus Martius - so we're pumped major operators are starting to show Southwest the love it deserves. The vibes off Verner Highway in Mexicantown can't be replicated anywhere else in the city. There's an untapped feeling that's hard to come by in the new Detroit. 

Scorpion Bowl via @celebrationspecialist

Scorpion Bowl via @celebrationspecialist

3. THE DRINKS ARE CHEAP 

Like really cheap considering the amount of booze in these tiki cocktails. Drinks range from $7-$24. We know what you're thinking, $24 for a cocktail, you're insane. Considering the $24 Scorpion Bowl indulges 2+ people and is boozy AF, we think it's a pretty damn good deal. In the restaurant industry? Yeah - you're getting an additional 30% off on Sundays.  

4. THERE'S FREE PARKING AND PLENTY OF IT

The meters haven't quite infiltrated yet. Park for free and as long as you want or better yet take the $9 Uber from city center - Like we said, the drinks are strong. 

5.  THE SPOT IS CHILL

It's a dive tiki and we couldn't love that term anymore - perfect for the neighborhood & space. It wouldn't be a tiki bar if it wasn't outfitted with your typical tiki decor, high back chairs, leis everywhere and a palmed bar top. It's authentic, feels like it's been there for years - and hope it's there for many to come. 

Mutiny Bar is open Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday from 5pm - Midnight and Friday & Saturday until 2 am. Plenty of time to go get your tiki on! 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Friday Forecast: 100% Chance of Fashion.

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Friday Forecast: 100% Chance of Fashion.

It’s going to be a very fashionable Friday in Detroit.

Two of my favorite brands in the city, Not Sorry Apparel and SKNDLSS, Are HOsting events.


First up: The Sweat Shop hosted by Not Sorry Apparel and Shoot Dope Spot

Start your weekend the right way with dancing, shopping, and even a new tattoo if that’s what you’re into. Dy-Min and Jessica, owners of Not Sorry Apparel, know how to throw a party. 

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They are combining their love of all things dope into one must-attend event. The Sweat Shop is from 7-12 PM at 1406 Service St, Detroit, MI 48207.

There will be on site embroidery, screen printing and patches for $5 to $25. Bring a denim jacket, old tee, jeans, or whatever else you want to enhance with Not Sorry’s signature logo. (Unfortunately leather doesn’t work well for this).

Choose Better Friends & Count Mack will be on the 1’s and 2’s keeping the crowd dancing.

Flamingo Vintage and other top-notch vendors will be selling one of a kind goods.

I wasn’t kidding about tattoos! Get there at 7PM sharp to get your name on the list. There will be live tattooing throughout the night.

$10 tickets include a tote you can customize at the event or bring your own clothes to work with for $5. Tickets include free drinks- bless up!


After: LÆR hosted by BLDG01 and SKNDLSS

The couture continues at LÆR!
The monthly event is held in a surprise location, announced the day of. Think Fashion Week meets Detroit Techno.

Anything Lindsay Cashews, the owner of SKNDLSS, is involved with promises to be equal parts sexy and edgy. SKNDLSS will have live models draped in chains and chokers showcasing her iconic pieces.

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Wear your favorite leather outfit and meet me on the dance floor. Loren, Rex Bravo and TYLR will be playing into the wee hours of the morning.  

Mastery Avery will be your host for the evening and Baboo Photography will be taking party pictures.

Tickets are $5, the event is from 12-5AM. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for the address.


There you have it, the two most fashionable parties in Detroit, happening this Friday.

The only question is, What are you going to wear?

 

See you there,

Boho Barbie

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The Gluten Free, All-Natural Drink You'll Find Us Sipping On This Holiday Season

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The Gluten Free, All-Natural Drink You'll Find Us Sipping On This Holiday Season

IF YOU GREW UP IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN YOU PROBABLY MADE A YEARLY TIP TO ONE OF THE LOCAL APPLE ORCHARDS - MOST NOTABLY BLAKE'S ORCHARD AND CIDER MILL.

There was no better way to celebrate a fall weekend with family and friends than to pick your own apples, pig out on donuts, and get lost in a corn maze. To sweeten the deal, Blake’s even started producing their own hard cider with the variety of apples that grow on the farm. You can find five of Blake’s Hard Cider all year round: Flannel Mouth (made with late season table and dessert apples), El Chavo (cider flavored with habanero pepper and mango), Beard Bender (made with a variety of Bittersweet and Bittersharp apples), Wakefire (cider flavored with  comforting blend of Michigan-grown cherries, orange peel), and Grizzly Pear (a pear hard cider). We recommend hard ciders ANYTIME, but especially during the holidays when your guests may have a dietary restriction (these babies are all natural AND gluten-free).

Hi low at Blake's via Joe Gall of Blake's Hard Cider. 

Hi low at Blake's via Joe Gall of Blake's Hard Cider. 

While I love all of Blake’s Hard Ciders, El Chavo holds a special place in my heart. The apples and mango are a sweet combination, but what really does it for me is the habanero pepper kick at the end. It may take a can or two to get acquainted with the flavor, but if you are already a spicy food fiend, you’ll be addicted after one sip. As an added plus, the grab-and-go cans are perfect for a tailgate, holiday party, or a weekend of relaxing.

El Chavo Hard Cider via Adam Yarbrough of Blake's Hard Cider.

El Chavo Hard Cider via Adam Yarbrough of Blake's Hard Cider.

Blake’s ciders are phenomenally creative and have even helped to shape the industry. Head cider maker, Robert Lauer explains,“We were one of the first to push the boundaries on flavor and our mango habanero and cucumber ginger ciders are great examples of this.” Blake’s dedication to quality and flavor has really paid off for the company. According to Aaron Lanctot, Blake’s Hard Cider National Sales Director, the company had experienced 111% overall sales growth in 2016. The company is now focusing on new markets and expanding its facilities.

Apples at Blake's via Joe Gall of Blake's Hard Cider. 

Apples at Blake's via Joe Gall of Blake's Hard Cider. 

Next time you’re headed to the apple orchard, be sure to stop by the Blake’s tasting room for some adult fun. It’s the perfect, cozy place to share some drinks with friends and try out all that Blake’s has to offer.

*Full disclosure I drank an El Chavo (or two) while writing this article*

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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j'adore Exclusive with Darkroom Detroit

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j'adore Exclusive with Darkroom Detroit

THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENING IN DETROIT, HIDDEN AWAY IN AN ISLANDVEW DUPLEX. DARKROOM DETROIT, A NON-PROFIT DEDICATED TO INCREASING ACCESS AND EDUCATION TO PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL LITERACY IS BLOOMING. THE GOAL IS TO BRING LOCAL DETROITERS TOGETHER TO TELL THEIR OWN STORIES OF ART IN COLLECTIVE COLLABORATION AND TO PROVIDE LEGITIMATE MEANS OF DEVELOPING THEIR CRAFT. 

Front of Darkroom Detroit

Front of Darkroom Detroit

Founders Eleanor Oakes & Javier Garcia have designed Darkroom Detroit to be an open creative space built to inspire and nurture the people of Detroit and their love for photography. Whether you've never taken a picture or you're a professional working towards a career behind the camera,  there's something for everyone. 

Darkroom Detroit will offer workshops for all ages and levels, a darkroom, digital lab (with Mac desktops!!!!), gallery, co-working space, visiting artist studio and printing room. The most bad ass part about the space is that it will encourage motivation for fine art, something that many schools around the area can't offer due to lack of funding. From workshops to apprenticeship programs and group critiques, it will be a place to learn and collaborate. 

Eleanor & Javier are dedicated to showcasing the work that doesn't get seen. Eleanor says, "Anyone can take a good photo. People just need exposure to the proper equipment to do so, and that's what Darkroom Detroit will do. We started as a camera lending program, but felt like we needed to expand into more of a holistic solution that is affordable for everyone." 

Amy Elkins

Amy Elkins

Kris Graves

Kris Graves

Darkroom Detroit will have space open to the public, and offer monthly memberships as low as $10/month or more to use their facilities. They just hit their $40,000 goal that MEDC is matching for a total of $80,000 to get the project up and running. They are hoping to be fully operational in just a few months by January 2018. Workshops are already in the works. You can find a list of them HERE. If you'd like to learn more about their mission please click HERE or donate to the cause HERE. 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

 

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Red Bull House of Art Resident Artist Exhibition Preview

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Red Bull House of Art Resident Artist Exhibition Preview

RED BULL HOUSE OF ART OPENS A NEW RESIDENT ARTIST EXHIBITION WITH JUDITH SUPINE, JULIE SCHENKELBERG & LUCIEN SHAPIRO NOVEMBER 17 AT 7 PM. 

The exhibit will feature work from all artists during their 3-month residency at Red Bull House of Art. The program hosts a live-in residency experience in Detroit, dedicated to providing visual artists the freedom and space to create. The aim is to support courageous exploration in visual arts.

JUDITH SUPINE

Come out and support on November 17. If you can't make it - the gallery is open for normal hours on November 18. Admission is FREE. 

Find out more deets HERE

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Inner State Gallery Last Call

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Inner State Gallery Last Call

INNER STATE GALLERY & 1xRUN ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT THEY'LL BE MOVING TO THE HEIDELBERG ARTS DISTRICT IN DETROIT'S ISLANDVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD AFTER 5 YEARS ON GRATIOT AVE. THEY ARE HAVING A MONTH LONG MOVING PARTY AND IT LOOKS PRETTY RAD. 

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They're hosting a series of FREE events featuring hundreds of pieces of original artwork, sculptures, fine art editions as well as unique offerings from local vendors for the annual Holiday Markets.  

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November 10th – Last Call – 5-Year Retrospective Exhibition Opening Night: 7-10pm
November 11th – Last Call – Continues:  11am – 6pm
November 18th – Inner State Gallery Annual Holiday Market: 11am – 6pm
November 25th – Small Business Saturday – Holiday Market: 11am – 6pm
December 2nd – Inner State Gallery Annual Holiday Market: 11am – 6pm
December 9th – Wellness Day with Naturally Empowered & Stephanie Salvaggio: 11am – 6pm
December 16th – Last Call: Everything Must Go – Closing Party 11am – 10pm

They're relocating to a new facility nearly 4 times the size of their current location, right in the heart of the Heidelberg Arts District on the border of Island View & the McDougall/Hunt neighborhoods just a mile from Eastern Market.

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We're pumped for you Inner State & 1xRUN! Let the celebration start! 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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