Navigating Flower Day at Eastern Market

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Navigating Flower Day at Eastern Market

Flower Day takes place annually on the Sunday after Mother’s Day. This tradition has taken place in the market since 1967, and there are tons of vendors who offer a wide variety of flowers at a great price. It’s the perfect way to embrace the warm weather and get your yard ready for the summer months.

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Photo found via Skip Schiel, 2011

 PRO TIPS:

·      Prepare for parking.

·      Bring a wagon or dolly.

·      Be sure to bring cash for shopping.

 PLACES TO VISIT DURING FLOWER DAY

 ·      Detroit Hustles Harder Party- Detroit Hustles Harder will be opening early for a party starting at 7 a.m. and going until 5 p.m. The DJ starts at 11 a.m. for an age-inclusive dance party. The store will be having an annual sale along with adult and kid-friendly refreshments.

·      Places to Eat- Supino’s Pizza and Vivio’s are some of the classic places to eat while in the market. We’re also loving Gather just over on Gratiot. 

·      Stores to Visit in the Market- Make sure you stop in Henry the Hatter to shop the most stylish hats in the city. Also, Detroit Mercantile Co. is a great place to buy some great Michigan-made gear.

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Hat shopping at America's oldest hatter, Henry the Hatter

·      Post Shopping Refreshments- Eastern Market Brewing and Detroit City Distillery on Riopelle are great places to stop for a cocktail or craft beer to relax after shopping. Germack is also a shop to check out for a great cup of coffee or turmeric latte.

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Photo taken at a visit to Germack for my favorite turmeric latte

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Women in Detroit Business: Jill Giacomino

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Women in Detroit Business: Jill Giacomino

We are so pleased to present our second installment of Women in Detroit Business with Jill Giacomino! Last week we met up with Jill, owner of Social Gathering Co. & Grey Ghost (soon to be Second Best) to chat about her business, raising a son, being married to a chef and so much more! Read the interview below <3

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Jill in her home in Ferndale

Tell us about your come up/ Who are you?

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and moved here to Detroit two years ago. My father's a lifelong restaurant man so I've always been drawn to the hospitality industry. After graduating, I spent six fantastic years at Lettuce Entertain You (Chicago's biggest, baddest restaurant group, operating 75+ locations throughout the country). At Lettuce, I managed the marketing strategy for six unique restaurants. This was about the time that social media became important for brands so social was something I jumped on right away. I also spent some time at a boutique PR firm and winery before heading to the D in 2016 to open Grey Ghost with my husband and our business partners.

What is Social Gathering Co.? 

SGC is a one-woman shop (ME!) assisting restaurant clients with all things marketing, media relations, social media, e-mail marketing and more. When I moved here, I started looking for in-house restaurant marketing positions similar to what I did in Chicago - it didn't exist. I've secretly always wanted to go my own way, so instead of moving to another industry, I began consulting. My first two clients were Axle Brewing Co. and Gold Cash Gold in Corktown and my operation quickly grew from there. I feel so lucky. 

What does a typical day look like for you? 

Everyday is different - which I love. On a good day, I wake up early and head to a 6am neighborhood bootcamp class. It's the best way to start the day. Around 8am, I help my husband get our baby up and settled, arm myself with coffee and head to my office for emails and client projects. The time between 8-10am is my favorite and most productive hours to knock things out. In the afternoon, I'm usually headed to client meetings or photoshoots for social content. 

Let’s get this question out of the way - How is it being married to a Chef of one of the best restaurants in Detroit?

It's a mix of many things. First of all, I'm so incredibly proud of Joe and our 'family' at Grey Ghost. Joe and I have been together since we were 23 and I've seen Joe go from line cook to sous chef to exec chef to co-owner. He's way talented and the hardest worker I know. But true talk: being married to a chef is hard. His hours are insane and completely opposite from mine. We manage to make things work - Mondays are the new date night :) Also, I have pretty easy access to the Grey Ghost burger almost anytime I'm craving it, so that's a plus. 

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POUND IT! Jill and son, Sonny in their backyard. 

What's the best part of being a mom to #itsalwayssonnyindetroit?

All of it. Parenthood is one wild ride of pure joy, hilarity, exhaustion, frustration, confusion, terror and lots of fun. He's now 18 months and talking - we basically loose it every time he says a new word. He also knows exactly where to find his dad when we go to Grey Ghost. As soon as his feet hit the floor, he b-lines it for the kitchen and hugs the first tall guy he sees. It's pretty adorable. 

What's your favorite part of owning your own business?

I love the flexibility and the 'being your own boss' situation but more importantly I love spreading the news of my clients. I'm working with some of the most talented chefs in the Midwest who are on their feet for 15+ hours a day, using unique and local ingredients and creating these incredible dishes. They don't always have time to snap a photo and share the 'perfect caption' so I feel honored to help them spread their news and be part of their team. 

When you need to think, where do you work? 

New Order Coffee in Midtown is definitely one of my favorites. It's bright, open, airy and gives off major positivity vibes. Their wifi is always lightning fast and their specialty lattes are divine. They're also a client of mine, so sometimes I get lucky and gain access to their 'cupping room' aka private conference room. 

Care to share your fave editing apps/camera setup/social media hacks?

I've experimented with a lot of different camera apps (Foodie, VSCO, etc. etc) but definitely upped my game when I upgraded to the iPhone 8 Plus with portrait mode. Solid photos always require the use of natural light. My next move is to purchase a "big kid" camera so send me your recommendations! When it comes to social media "hacks" - my biggest suggestion to those who are handling social media for brands is to engage. engage. engage. I spend a chunk of time each day interacting with people who check into my client's restaurants, ask about their experience and thank them. You can also search by locations and relevant hashtags. It can be a chore but is definitely worth it. 

What’s your biggest motivator? 

My clients, hands down. I'm working with small business owners, entrepreneurs and some some of the most talented chefs in the city. When I hear that one of my clients had a record-breaking month or service, that's my motivator to keep working hard. 

Biggest accomplishment to date?

I like to say that the year between 2016-2017 was my biggest accomplishment - I moved to Detroit and began navigating a city that I'd only been to once, we opened a restaurant, started a consulting business, had a baby and bought a house - all in a year. I'm using 2018 to hone my skills and maybe relax a bit, but probably not. 

Who’s been your greatest influence in business?

I'd say both of my parents, but for different reasons. As I mentioned above, my father is a lifelong restaurant operator and definitely instilled my passion for the hospitality industry. He's a workhorse but also a very kind person. I remember when I interned for his restaurant group when I was 18, my dad not only knew the name of each and every person down to the dishwashers but also their children's names. That sort of care in leadership has always stuck with me. My mother brought us up in a household filled with love, positivity and lots of funky dancing. She's my biggest cheerleader and has always motivated me to "go for it." To her, anything is possible. 

After all of this success, what is your biggest struggle right now? 

Between owning a restaurant and operating a small business, we struggle to find quality family time but we do our very best to make it work. Since the majority of my work is online or on my phone, I also find myself way too often glued to my device, e-mail or social media.  

If you could give one piece of advice to every woman in Detroit, what would it be? 

Introduce yourself to as many people as possible! Networking and getting to know different people around the city has been the best source of referrals for my business. Also when you're first getting started, find someone who's doing what you dream of doing (or similar) and take them out to lunch to pick their brain. Once you get your feet on the ground, do the same for someone looking for guidance. Karma is real. 

What are you most excited about in 2018? 

From a personal side, decorating our home, planting our backyard garden and seeing our little guy continue to grow! We're also opening Second Best in Midtown - it's going to be party central and a well-needed avenue for the Midtown neighborhood.

 Jill at Axle Brewing

Jill at Axle Brewing

Top 3 favorite restaurants right now? 

My current go-to's are Axle Brewing (love walking the line between healthy and not-to-healthy with their hefty kale salad and cheese curds, with a Jolene of course). Also, Gold Cash Gold (weekend brunch, duh) and can't go wrong with a burger from Red Coat Tavern. 

Name a restaurant that flies under the radar that you love that everyone needs to visit ASAP. 

We had one of the most memorable experiences at the old-school mob-style Italian restaurant Giovannis in Dearborn in an attempt to induce labor with eggplant parmesan (spoiler: it doesn't work). Either way, we had top-notch food and hospitality and spent two hours talking about family and owning a restaurant with the owner, Fran.  

Where can people find you to connect?

I love connecting! jill@socialgatheringco.com or Instagram: @jill_giacomino 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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George Gregory: Where the Man in Your Life Needs to Shop

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George Gregory: Where the Man in Your Life Needs to Shop

Last November, Caitlin Riney went and did something spectacular and opened a much needed men's clothing store on Michigan Ave. in Corktown. Caitlin created her drive to open George Gregory out of the dislike for her job, feelings of homesickness and the happiness she found developing her personal style. So she packed her bags and moved from Chicago back to her home state of Michigan! We dig Caitlin's eye, love for Detroit and overall bubbly demeanor that shines through - all of these qualities make shopping with her a super enjoyable experience. George Gregory brings the boutique feeling back to menswear shopping and will make even the most manly of men enjoy trying on a few things! 

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Extieror of George Gregory

 Caitlin Riney, Owner George Gregory

Caitlin Riney, Owner George Gregory

 Interior of George Gregory

Interior of George Gregory

 Jason Hall of Slow Roll Detroit all tiger'd out!

Jason Hall of Slow Roll Detroit all tiger'd out!

 Hat wall in George Gregory

Hat wall in George Gregory

As soon as I saw Caitlin's space and clothes, I knew that co-founder of Slow Roll and my pizza-loving bae - Jason Hall - would be the perfect model to bring the clothing to life.  J has a dapper style with a swaggy twist so I styled him in lots of unique and fun, mixed patterns to bring out his flavor and show his fun personality.  You can pick up all the styles seen here in store.  Everything in the shop is well designed and thought-out from the boutique's vintage floors and walls to the threads for purchase. George Gregory, named after Caitlin's brother and dad, carries a variety of menswear brands sizes S-XXXL. Selling brands such as Yellow 108, Bridge & Burn, Civil Society and Ebbets, the man in your life is sure to find something here that other large department stores won't have - one-of-a-kind vintage finds, business casual slacks or a perfect t-shirt for a night out with friends - there's truly something for everyone here. Shoutout to Caitlin for this perfectly and unique collection! 

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George Gregory's main goal other than outfitting men in the flyest threads is for people to leave the space (at the very least) in a better mood than when they entered. After our shoot with Caitlin we were flying high for a whole week - and you will be too! George Gregory is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. The shop is located right in the heart of Corktown at 1422 Michigan Ave. 

Stop by George Gregory and tell Caitlin we sent you!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Henry the Hatter: Longest Running Hat Store in America

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Henry the Hatter: Longest Running Hat Store in America

We know we're a little late to the party on this one but our recent photoshoot at Henry the Hatter with Heather Nash of Heather Nash Photography got us thinking about what a perfect Detroit staple Henry the Hatter is. We feel oh so lucky to have this iconic store as our new-ish neighbor in Eastern Market. 

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Established in 1893, Henry Komrofsky aka Henry the Hatter opened his first hat store on Gratiot Ave. Little did he know by 2018 he would be the longest operating hat dealer in America. Henry, being the business man and local diplomat that he was, was deeply engrained in city life and involved in many organizations throughout Detroit. He was the Boxing Commissioner, on Detroit School's Board of Education & played the drums in the band at the Temple Theater --> A well loved man of many trades. 

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Henry the Hatter opened it's doors in Eastern Market this past December and we couldn't be happier. Plus it's like two powerhouse Detroit names in one place now: Henry the Hatter & Eastern Market! Henry has hundreds of different style hats and colors to choose from. Ranging in prices from $25-$$$$, there's something for everyone here, even if you aren't a "hat person." From mens fedora hats to classic dress hats to traditional bowlers, Henry the Hatter continues to provide one of the finest selections in the Midwest and across America. Their hats are known for quality and pretty much have a lifetime guarantee considering they fix and repair even the oldest caps. 

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So next time you're in the market for a hat support one of Detroit's (and America's) longest running businesses and take a little slice of Detroit history home with you to wear around. Like Henry always said, "The utilitarian role of hats – warmth – is all but gone. But the role of hats in fashion and popular culture remains."

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All photos by Heather Nash Photography who was truly amazing to work with. Connect with her on Instagram HERE and visit her website --> heathernashphotography.com  

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Au Revoir J'adore

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Au Revoir J'adore

I'm sad to say this is my last post for J'adore Detroit. I’m moving to Los Angeles to pursue all things fabulous, in Hollywood. 

Thank you for reading about my adventures in the city. I hope you find your own secret raves and magical moments. Detroit is a truly unique city, that I'm proud to call home (and can't wait to tell L.A. techno boys about). 

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Working at J’adore has been a dream. If I had to make a highlight reel it would look like a glamorous string of happy hours, raging parties, and a lot of thinking on the fly.

Some of my favorite memories are:
The Auto Show
Freakish Pleasures
Halloween

Enjoy summer in the city. The warm weather and sunshine brings the city to life. Spend all the time you can on Belle Isle and go to every Art Park Party. 

Here is a list of my favorite things to do during the summer in Detroit. 

Stay in touch! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram, I'm not sure what the future holds but I know it's going to be a whole lot of fun. 

That’s all she wrote (for now), Detroit.

-Boho Barbie

 

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TRAVEL GUIDE: A Week in Nosara, Costa Rica

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TRAVEL GUIDE: A Week in Nosara, Costa Rica

I had the opportunity to go on a week long excursion to Nosara, Costa Rica with 48 of my best friends through Citizen Yoga. Before I get into the day by day breakdown, I can say that this was one of the best experiences EVER. I met so many awesome fellow citizens and made lifelong friends. I can't wait until next year! But until then I've bottled up some zen'd out tropical vibes to carry me through the year. HUGE SHOUTOUT to Kacee Must, Sitara Bird for making this trip so truly special and inspiring! NOW, your guide to a week in Nosara is below: 

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Kacee leading final shavasana. 

Saturday

Noon: Fly into Liberia take a 2.5 hour shuttle to Nosara. Nosara is known for it's yoga, picturesque beaches and cute little beach towns. Definitely a must visit and where we stayed for the week. No matter how you cut it, the travel to Nosara is going to run you about 10-15 hours. The plus? The time change doesn't suck! Only 2 hours different than Detroit. 

4:00 pm: Check-in at Lagarta Lodge. Lagarta is a boutique hotel at the very top of the mountain in Nosara. With two infinity pools, a hot tub, nature reserve all over looking the jungle, it's an amazing spot. 

6:00 pm: Gentle sunset yoga at Lagarta. 

7:00 pm: Dinner at Lagarta. Lagarta's dining room, just like their pools overlook the ocean and jungle. It's an incredible view and the food isn't too bad either. Fresh fish, lots of vegan options - all organic too. Oh and the cocktails - Best Piña Colada I've ever had! 

Sunday

7:15 am: Rise and shine yoga at Lagarta. The sun rises at the crack of dawn literally, so you naturally wake up around five or six am anyway. 

10:00 am: Time to relax! Spend the day hanging by the pool, ordering cocktails poolside - they have a pool attendant and getting some much needed sun! Make sure you're applying sun screen every hour (or even more) the sun is HOT down there so close to the equator. 

6:00 pm: Get a Tuk Tuk (little three wheeled car) to town and eat dinner at Beach Dog Cafe. Get the trio of dips and fish tacos. THEY ARE DELICIOUS. 

Monday

7:00 am: Hike the four mile nature reserve on the Lagarta property. See monkeys, snakes, the biggest palms EVER, birds you've never seen before and more. It's truly magical. 

10:00 am: Breakfast is complimentary at Lagarta to enjoy some café con leche and fruit. 

Noon: Walk along the beach until you run into La Luna. Sit on the couches, watch the waves and order a watermelon margarita (or two). If you love it as much as I did you'll stay for lunch and maybe even dinner. 

2:00 pm: Go buy a six pack of Pilsen & takeout tacos from Rosi's in town - A great little spot where all the locals eat. Chill on Playa Guiones for the rest of the afternoon. Watch the surfers come in for high tide around four o'clock. 

5:00 pm: Take a walk through downtown Guiones and grab some grub from Mario's Chinamito and a juice from Juices CR and then Tuk Tuk back to Lagarta to watch the sunset, usually around 6 pm. 

Tuesday

7:00 am: Silent mediation walk down to the black sand beach that Lagarta sits on. Walk along the beach and listen to everything awake around you. 

9:00 am: Breakie at Lagarta. 

10:00 am: Get a Tuk Tuk or walk the 2 kilometers to Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort. This place is truly special and has a variety of classes from Vinyasa, spin, TRX, HIIT and sound baths. Take a couple classes and then head to their poolside cafe for lunch before 2 pm. 

3:00 pm: Travel back to Lagarta to relax/nap to make sure you're well rested for Taco Tuesday. 

6:00 pm: One of my favorites from the trip: Margs & tacos from El Chivo on Playa Pelada (between Lagarta & town). Get the pollo taco and an XL tequila lemonade. 

Wednesday

8:00 am: MOOD of the day is RELAXATION. Start your day off with a massage or bamboo wrap at Lagarta. 

11:00 am: Tuk Tuk into town and grab lunch at El Manglar, a little bit off the beaten path in town. Beautiful views for lunch. 

1:00 pm: Go shopping in town! Make sure to stop at Love Nosara (cutest beach gear) Bazzar (custom made dresses) & pop in the local mall that has take home gifts for friends!

5:00 pm: Head back to Lagarta and watch the sunset from your private balcony hammock. 

7:00 pm: Dinner at Lagarta. What you're ordering: Salmon! 

Thursday

6:00 am: Tuk Tuk down to Playa Guiones and rent a surfboard for $10. Take a stab at it or get a surf lesson from Coconut Harry's. I suggest Harry's because it's the most well-known in the area.

Noon: Grab lunch at the acclaimed La Negra. Super fresh EVERYTHING. 

1:00 pm: Siesta because you were up early surfing. Sleep on the beach or head back to Lagarta for some A/C action. 

5:00 pm: Sunset rest and relaxation yoga at Lagarta, followed by a hot tub/Piña Colada sesh and dinner. 

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View from Lagarta

Friday

6:00 am: Wake up to your last day in paradise with a 75 minute Vinyasa yoga class at the lodge followed by breakfast. 

9:00 am: Get poolside at Lagarta and soak up every last bit of that Costa Rican sun. Remember SPF. 

Noon: Walk down to the beach and find the taco guy walking along the sand. Some of the best tacos I've ever had! No idea what kind of meat I was eating but those tacs were DELISH. 

3:00 pm: Head back to the lodge and get ready for some live music, local brews and more tacos! 

7:00 pm: Beach Dog Cafe strikes again! Enjoy some bites and libations while listening to a local cover band they have every Friday. Want to karaoke? Get up there and sing because PURA VIDA!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

 

 

 

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The most ADORBS flower's to send your Mom!

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The most ADORBS flower's to send your Mom!

Mother's Day is right around the corner! What better way to show your mom how special she is than sending her one of these beautiful flower bouquets?

SERIOUSLY, I’ve seen flower arrangements before, but how pretty are these?

 Flowers from @BlossomsMidtown @BlossomsBirmingham

Flowers from @BlossomsMidtown @BlossomsBirmingham

Blossoms makes the most adorable vases, with a variety of colors and flowers from growers all over the world.

Just take a look at these GORG arrangements from Blossoms, for my Mom! She is even going to re-pot the cute succulent afterward <3

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Flowers from @BlossomsMidtown @BlossomsBirmingham

Check out @BlossomsBirmingham and @BlossomsMidtown on Instagram to find the perfect style to send to your special momma this Mother’s Day!

There is only a few days left to make sure your Mom get's her flowers in time for the day truly dedicated to her! 

Be sure to share a pic of your mom and her flowers using the hashtag #blossomsbirmingham and #blossomsmidtown.

Mad love to all the Mommas 

XOXO -- Lately with Lo

 

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Warrior Strong

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Warrior Strong

Four years ago, when majority of my friends packed their bags for Ann Arbor, East Lansing, or Grand Rapids, I chose to live in Detroit and go to Wayne State. Today, I’m getting ready to graduate with a Bachelors in Public Relations and Communications and a killer resume to match.

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Going to Wayne State was the best decision of my life and I encourage anyone looking for a unique college experience to consider WSU. When I was in high school, people dismissed Wayne State and didn’t consider it a good option compared to other colleges in-state. I am here to assure you that is not the case. Wayne State is an amazing school and you are in for the experience of a lifetime going to college in Detroit.

Wayne State students are independent, career focused, and one of a kind. There is no traditional mold at Wayne State, students are in class with people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. Being a part of a diverse student body teaches you not to judge or stereotype, I’ve learned to embrace differences in others and myself.

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Students have the advantage of going to school in a growing city, desperate for young talent.  Internships are abundant in the city and help students start to build their resume while still in school. Throughout college I’ve worked part time. Instead of only identifying as a college student, I’ve found fulfillment balancing my school schedule with jobs relevant to my career path.

Instead of the typical college experience of tailgates and frat parties, Wayne State students spend their weekends at art gallery openings and techno shows. Personally, I find so much more enjoyment going to events with a purpose; a concert, a gallery opening, a pop-up dinner, than the average college party. It helps to alleviate binge drinking culture commonly found on college campuses because students aren’t bored and trapped in the middle of nowhere with no outlet.

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Photo from Wayne State

I would not be the person I am today without the diversity, grit, and opportunity at Wayne State University. I’m proud to be a warrior and encourage you to chose WSU too.


-xoxo 

Boho Barbie

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Where the party at: Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby weekend events!

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Where the party at: Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby weekend events!

The fifth of May is a big one this year! The stars have aligned to have Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby on the same day, on a Saturday no less! So whether you and your friends are thirsty for ice cold mint juleps or maybe some margaritas/micheladas we have you covered on all the May 5th happenings around Detroit and beyond!

Derby Parties

Green Dot Stables - Party starts at 3 pm and will feature live bluegrass band, The Kufflinks.

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via Eater Detroit

 

Stache International- Stache will have food and drink specials, and prizes to win!

The Skip - Come party in The Belt! Show off your finest Derby outfits to win prizes and obviously drink specials are HAPPENING.

Atwater Brewery - Dress to impress and get $3 select pints.

Thomas McGee’s Sporting House - Party starts at 3 pm with drink specials.

Firebird Tavern - They hand-picked a barrel of Woodford Reserve for their Derby party.

Tap at MGM Grand - Serving Founder’s KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) for the occasion!

Charles H Wright Museum - Derby party. General admission is $40, VIP is $85 which includes premium open bar and buffet. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us!

Roostertail - Party with a purpose! Their goal is to fundraise, empower, celebrate womanhood, and fellowship in high style, while providing financial support to local charities in Metro Detroit. $85-125.

Motor City Gas (Royal Oak) - Doors open at 2 pm with a bourbon sweet tea special.

Cellarmen’s (Hazel Park) - Say no more than a special release of a bourbon barrel-aged mead and Derby Pie stout.

JoeBar (Hazel Park) - Party starts at 2 pm with free shuttles to Hazel Park Raceway from 4-7 pm! They will have friendly in-house wagering, plenty of special food and drinks and bonus prizes for those dressed for occasion!

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via Zagat

Cinco de Mayo Parties

Alley Taco - Stop by for live music, patio games and grilling outside!

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via After5 Detroit

Cinco Bash Pub Crawl (Ferndale) - Party starts at 1 pm, $15-25 for a lanyard giving access to drink specials at participating bars.

Sugar House - Original cocktails crafted with Patron tequilas and Mexican inspired lite bites from Gratiot Avenue Provisions.

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Southwest Detroit Taco Tour - Make up your own taco tour through Mexicantown! Our fave spots for tac’s and all-around delicious Mexican cuisine are Taqueria El Rey, Taqueria Lupitas, Taqueria Nuestra Familia, El Nacimiento and El Asador!

Las Palapas (Livonia) - Will have live music, an ice luge, kid-friendly celebrations. Last year they had a 17 hour party, so if you’re near Livonia this might be the place to be!

No matter what you end up doing, have fun and be safe, bb’s!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j’adore Detroit

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FOLK: It's What's for Breakfast & Lunch

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FOLK: It's What's for Breakfast & Lunch

FOLK you came, I ate, you stole my heart. Nestled in the same building as their sister restaurant, The Farmer's Hand, this long-awaited development is a one of a kind breakfast/lunch spot with the most "instagrammable" interior in Detroit. Did we mention their food is great too? We broke our experience down for you below! 

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Avocado Toast // beet hummus, tahini, avocado, sprouts, radish & benne

FOLK's bright, charming, simple, 24-seat interior boasts a California vibe with hometown charm. There's a lot of playfulness going on in, that is also reflected in the menu. To be honest, we kind of swooned when we walked up to FOLK. The large-ish outdoor patio edged in fresh growing herbs didn't hurt either. The interior is centered around the very open kitchen, which makes it easy to watch the creation of your avo toast or  Big Guy (pictured below). The C.L. Stefani LLC. design company hit it out of the park with this one! We love everything about this interior - the geometric bar, the tables in the window, the lighting and the woodwork milled by Donut Shop Design! Please design my house! FOLK has all the details but at it's root is a minimalist establishment. Everything has a purpose which I really appreciate as that's how I try to live life: simple and significant. 

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Patio of FOLK

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Interior of FOLK via @hungryindetroit

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Side bar at FOLK

Now onto the food. Similar to The Farmer's Hand, FOLK sources all of their food from local purveyors such as Sister Pie, Reilly Creamery (YES! AFFOGATO!) among others. I dined a couple days after opening and damn, did they get the food right off the rip. I tried the Avocado Toast - an A+, Folk Bowl - a little pricey but great, Lil' Guy - delicious with that homemade piri piri and a matcha cashew milk latte. All I would order again and all equally beautiful. Next time I'm coming for the Tahini Latte & the Waffle Brekky (with a gluten free waffle)! Overall their food is what my breakfast/lunch dreams are made of. 

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Big Guy // 2x egg, breekie sausage, house made piri piri, aioli, Farm Country cheddar

 Avo Toast + Matcha Latte at FOLK

Avo Toast + Matcha Latte at FOLK

I've been saying for years that Detroit has a lack of breakfast spots so I am super happy and grateful that FOLK finally opened it's doors. Welcome to Detroit, FOLK! We <3 you!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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8 Workout Trends You Need to Try

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8 Workout Trends You Need to Try

Everyone has different goals when it comes to staying in shape, new developments can be helpful in offering the best ways to stay healthy while avoiding injury. Right now there's an emphasis on getting your sweat on in the comfort of your own home which can be achieved by any of the below: 

 Kate Lazarski at Jabs Gym via Detroitisit

Kate Lazarski at Jabs Gym via Detroitisit

Boutique Boxing: Whether you’re hitting a bag or throwing punches in the air, boutique boxing is not only a great way to stay in shape, it’s also a great way to relieve stress. Don’t worry if you can’t get to the gym to take advantage of this high energy workout, there are also plenty of at home programs that allow you to access this kind of training without having to leave your living room.

Functional Training: This is defined as a type of exercise that aims to allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life without injury. Mainly functional training consists of weight training which targets the core muscles and lower back. 

Although functional training has long been incorporated into workout routines, current trends will see the increased use of barbells, medicine balls, resistance bands and plytometric training in this sort of HIIT exercise. You may also see more functional training classes being offered at local gyms.

Increased Focus on Recovery: The world of exercise has often incorporated high intensity workouts, which some individuals might perform up to seven days a week. This year, workouts will focus more on recovery including short breaks from exercise, active rest, myofascial release and sleep. 

 Cryotherapy via Troy City Cryolounge

Cryotherapy via Troy City Cryolounge

Hot and Cold Treatments: Looking further into the’ focus on recovery’ trend, cryotherapy is gaining popularity. During this treatment, individuals are exposed to sub-freezing temperatures post workout. This is said to benefit the body by speeding up muscle recovery and reducing inflammation through the constriction of blood cells. Those that partake in cryotherapy should see an improvement in blood flow and less overall pain. It is recommended for professional athletes who train at high levels. 

Others concur that heat offers the best recovery from workouts. Though some fitness studios and gyms have already installed saunas for post workout relief, as of now, there seems to be little scientific evidence backing up heat therapy’s benefits.

Virtual Reality: There will an increased use of 3D technology incorporated into workouts. Examples of this will include yoga studios with sound baths and spin studios including these elements in their sessions. Instructors will be able to take you through journeys which include storytelling, varied tempos and inspiring music. All this should serve, not only to make individuals more inspired during their workouts but to provide perspective on life’s challenges. 

At Home Workouts: With all the new fitness trends emerging, it seems there are a wide variety of gyms and fitness studios popping up, offering the latest in exercise. But those that prefer to work out in the comfort of their own homes can also reap the benefits of advanced technology. Many businesses will expand to offer live streaming workouts allowing at home fitness buffs to take advantage of the latest training craze.

 Meditation on the mat via Citizen Yoga

Meditation on the mat via Citizen Yoga

Meditation: Meditation has been synonymous with health and fitness for quite some time, and it’s expected to be incorporated into exercise routines even more so in the coming year. Strength training is being looked at to improve cognitive function and mental acuity so many workouts are offering a five minute before or after meditation session. 

Breathing Techniques: Meditation and yoga often focuses on breathing techniques. This year, these techniques will not be confined to yoga studios only. One breathing method, called the Valsalva maneuver, is being used in many weightlifting workouts, involving taking a deep breath before lifting and holding it as you lift.

So, it seems the emerging trends seem to be favoring an attitude of keeping healthy in the body and mind and not overdoing it when exercising. Of course, not all types of exercise are for everyone and those that are looking to change their routines should use caution to avoid injury. 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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11 Honore X j'adore Detroit

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11 Honore X j'adore Detroit

Who doesn’t want to slide into the warm weather months with killer outfits and amazing style? Am, I right?

I am BEYOND EXCITED to be partnering with Christos Garkinos’ from Bravo’s Dukes of Melrose to host an exclusive shopping event at Detroit’s Foundation Hotel! The event will feature the spring and resort collection from one of my all-time fav places to shop, 11 Honore.

I absolutely LOVE 11 Honore! The company has opened the door for so many plus sized women who have struggled to find luxury clothing made available in their size. 11 Honore curates size-inclusive apparel from high-end fashion designers such as: Michael Kors, Christian Siriano, Zac Posen, Theory, Tracy Reese, Mara Hoffman, Marchesa, and many more.

 The Monique Lhuillier dress featured on  11 Honore

The Monique Lhuillier dress featured on 11 Honore

As if my love for the company wasn’t enough to be ecstatic over, I’ll be working with Christos Garkinos! He was part of the infamous duo on Duke’s of Melrose and co-owner of Decades, a shopping haven for celebrities and stylists in search of vintage couture.

Garkinos has been traveling around to different U.S. cities with his new recent shopping concept, Covet by Christos. spreading Hollywood glamour through his curated pop-up fashion and accessory shops. His collections are what fashion dreams are made of…Hello, Vintage!

I mean, how great would it be to have a celebrity stylist? Here’s your chance!

All of Garkinos’ selections have been pre-loved and pre-approved – making his curated pop-ups a one stop shop for all of the hottest fashion finds.

So much FUN!

Call up your gal pals and schedule an appointment to come shop these amazing brands and collections on Friday, May 11th. It will surely be a weekend full of celeb worthy style finds.

Garkinos’ pop-up will also be open during the day, on Saturday, as well.

Let’s get our shop on ladies!

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Nine International Plates Around Detroit

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Nine International Plates Around Detroit

A round of applause to you, my fellow Detroiters. You are the real MVP’s. It's the end of April and you have made it through the (seemingly) eternal winter.

If you are anything like I am and have found yourself dreaming of vacation over the brutal winter months -- these nine culturally eclectic plates around Detroit will help you find an international escape within your own city

 photo via  @the_gerards

photo via @the_gerards

Flowers of Vietnam- The former Vietnamese weekend pop-up restaurant inside of Vernor Coney Island, has taken permanent residence in Detroit’s Southwest neighborhood. This place is an absolute must if you’re looking for a menu that takes you on a trip to the other side of the world. To get the whole experience, be sure to check out the DJ on Fridays from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Fists of Curry- Located in Detroit’s Southwest neighborhood, the previous home of the Huron Room has reopened with an Indian flair. The name isn’t the only thing that is action packed. The menu offers a variety of options. Everything from Tikka Masala, soft-serve ice cream, and an option that shall not be named—only for the curious eaters. The restaurant offers Happy Hour specials Mon-Fri 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and Fri-Sat 9 p.m. – close. 

 photo via  @johnnynoodleking

Johnny Noodle King- This is the perfect place to eat on a chilly night. Nestled on the edge of Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, this Japanese inspired restaurant has a wide variety of noodles, addicting bao buns, and Saki to keep you warm through the cold weather. 

El Barzon- My food prayers have been answered. This place offers my two absolute favorite foods-- Italian and Mexican, in one place. Located in Detroit’s Southwest neighborhood, El Barzon has a dining patio that is covered all year around. It is the perfect place for a date night or dinner with friends and family. Not to mention, it's my go-to spot for birthday dinner each year.

 photo via  @_takoi_

photo via @_takoi_

TAKOI- The food inspired by Thailand and Southeast Asia isn’t the only thing that will make you feel like you are on a holiday. The space-like atmosphere of the restaurant and it’s GREEN ROOM will have you feeling like you stepped into another world. TAKOI has a live DJ and happy hour every Wednesday from 5-9, as well as DJ’s on Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno- This place is one of the best-kept secrets in Southwest Detroit. Make sure you order some fresh juice and traditional pupusas. Pupusas are thick-corn tortillas stuffed with savory items, such as pulled pork. The Salvadorian food is affordable and delicious.   

Shangri-La- This place is all that and Dim Sum (pun intended). Located right in the heart of Midtown, this Cantonese style restaurant is the perfect place to get playful with Dim Sum or try one of the coconut milk and curry dishes that infuse the owners Thai heritage.

 photo via @bolerodetroit

photo via @bolerodetroit

Bolero- This restaurant brings Latin flavor to Midtown. Bolero is from the same owners who opened Vincente’s in downtown Detroit about 5 years ago. It is the perfect place to indulge in mojitos, fresh ceviche or to share paella with friends. 

Alley Taco- The build your own quesadilla and Mexican street corn is off the chain. This Midtown taqueria is open until 3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. So, it's the perfect place head with friends after a night out. 

  

xxxo-

Lately With Lo
 

 

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Is it possible to live zero waste?

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Is it possible to live zero waste?

Let Corinne Loperfido inspire you to give a f*ck.

 Photo from @ corinneloperfido

Photo from @corinneloperfido

I met the LA-based, traveling artist, costume designer, and party planner last fall, at Desert Daze. She is the brains behind Pussy Power House and wants people to think about the environmental repercussions of their everyday actions. By throwing educational ragers across the country, Corinne spreads awareness of fundamental issues facing society.

 Corrine in her studio

Corrine in her studio

On International Women’s Day, I met with Corinne in her Los Angeles studio to get to know Pussy Power House a little better and learn more about Corinne’s story. Our conversation made me aware of how much I assume and take for granted… like the water turning on tomorrow.

Typically, Corinne throws an event a month, sometimes in L.A., sometimes in a city she’s visiting. The parties, better described as social get togethers for like-minded people, are centered around a topic or issue. After planning most events, Corinne documents the information and research she learned from collaborators along the way, into a beautiful zine.

 Zero Waste Zine

Zero Waste Zine

 Zero Waste Zine&nbsp;

Zero Waste Zine 

The Zero Waste Zine details alternative choices to environmentally unaware decisions and talks about how to live a waste-free life.

 Zero Waste Zine

Zero Waste Zine

Practicing what she preaches, Corinne routinely refills mason jars at bulk food stores instead of a typical grocery store. Her pantry is meticulously organized with labeled, glass jars itemizing the weight of the jar and the contents, for faster shopping.

 Corinne's pantry

Corinne's pantry

To combat the never ending influx of waste, Corinne repurposes waste into art pieces like her trash alter and soda-pop porch railing.

 A repurposed trash alter in Corinne's backyard

A repurposed trash alter in Corinne's backyard

 Cans repurposed into porch railing

Cans repurposed into porch railing


What YOU can do NOW, to make a difference:

●      Drink beverages in reusable, glass containers instead of plastic bottles.

●      Find grocery stores with a bulk dried food section and bring your own glass jars for refilling.

●      Use reusable bags while shopping - better yet, keep them in your car to plan ahead!

●      Keep a metal fork + spoon with a cloth napkin in a pencil case, in your bag.


Corinne calls for people to take responsibility for their choices instead of apathetically excuse toxic behavior because it’s the convenient option. 

Follow Corinne and Pussy Power House on Instagram for inspiration, motivation, and tough love! 

&&& Check out Corinne's next-level costume design below. 

 Costumes and Jewelry made by Corinne &nbsp;

Costumes and Jewelry made by Corinne  

 Headpieces made by Corinne&nbsp;

Headpieces made by Corinne 

Happy Earth Day Humans,

Boho Barbie

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Off The Beaten Path: The Coolest Things To Do In Detroit

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Off The Beaten Path: The Coolest Things To Do In Detroit

I don’t know about you, but when I visit a city, one of my last priorities is seeing the top tourist attractions. I want to see the underside of the city, with all its beautiful grit, and, something tells me that there are few cities where that underside is quite as glorious as in Detroit. If you are planning on visiting the city, and want to find out about a few things you can do, which may just happen to be on the less traveled path, read on for some suggestions. 

St. Agnes Church: Built in the early 1920’s, this gothic inspired church has seen its share of tough times. After a police raid at a nearby drinking establishment, many buildings in the area burned to the ground. Although the church was relatively unharmed, many fled from the neighborhood and the building fell to disrepair. Now abandoned, it stands it in its hauntingly beautiful glory and is well worth a visit. 

The Dequindre Cut Greenway: The Greenway is an urban recreational path that serves as a pedestrian link between Detroit’s Eastern Market, Riverfront and other neighborhoods. It is known for its urban artwork and graffiti which is encouraged by the area’s construction project manager. There are plans to extend the 1.35 mile path and a section is being reserved for future public transit. 

 via Detroit Free Press

via Detroit Free Press

Crow Manor: Crow Manor is a collective made of artists, musicians and activists. It holds workshops and puts on performances throughout the year. Best known of these was the Crownival, a large party that was held at a Victorian mansion in the area. 

Eight Mile Wall: This wall was built in 1934 by local developers as a means to segregate a black neighborhood and a white neighborhood. Although the wall is not eight miles, nor does it run alongside Eight Mile Road, it is known as the “Eight Mile Wall’” in reference to the epicenter of Detroit’s segregation. Although racist policies have since been abolished, and the neighborhoods the wall currently divides are both mostly black, the wall still stands as a harsh reminder of the racial divisions of the past and present. However, it’s original white paint has since been replaced by colorful murals that send a message of unity, community and progress. 

 via NPR

via NPR

Giant Cow Head: This giant cow head, which was designed to resemble “Elsie” the Borden cow, sits atop an abandoned ice cream shop which was restored for the movie “8 Mile” in 2002. The shop has remained empty ever since the production wrapped.  13099 Mack Avenue

 via Atlas Obscura

via Atlas Obscura

Geodesic Dome Home: Looking more like a giant blue igloo, this house stands near the Michigan Central train depot in a neighborhood where nothing else in modern. Built by Parkii Helene Gillis and husband Leo Gillis (brother of famous musician Jack White), the undertaking was no easy feat. However, the total building costs amounted to less than $90,000 and is fairly cheap to maintain. The couple is open to giving tours to neighbors and tourists that pass by. 

If you are planning on visiting the Detroit area, these are all great recommendations that are sure to make for a unique vacation experience. If you’re not planning on visiting Detroit, maybe you should make plans to do so. With all these terrific things to do and see, it seems like it just might have to be added to your list of vacation destinations!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit 

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#LEGENDAIRY Weekend With Some of the Nation's Top Food Bloggers

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#LEGENDAIRY Weekend With Some of the Nation's Top Food Bloggers

THIS PAST WEEKEND WE WELCOMED 15 OF THE NATION'S TOP FOOD BLOGGERS INTO THE BROOKLYN OUTDOOR LOFT FOR A #LEGENDAIRYWEEKEND WITH BROMA BAKERY, KROGER & TILLAMOOK. THEY CAME. THEY SAW. THEY ATE. THEY TOOK A TON OF BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS. HERE'S THE RUNDOWN. 

NIGHT ONE: CHEF SARAH WELCH OF MARROW & CHEF PHOEBE ZIMMERMAN OF REPUBLIC TAVERN, TWO DETROIT, FEMALE, POWERHOUSE CHEFS, COOKED A MENU INCLUSIVE OF THE WEEKEND'S FESTIVITIES WITH INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL & DELICIOUS DISHES. 

PHOTOS COURTSEY OF: @BROMABAKERY, @LODENFLORAL, @FITMITTENKITCHEN, @HANDLETHEHEAT, @CHELSEASMESSYAPRON, @LENASKITCHENBLOG & @FOODIECRUSH. 

DINNER:

STEAK FRITES TARTARE: BEEF TENDERLOIN, FINGERLING FRITES, TILLAMOOK SMOKED BLACK PEPPER WHITE CHEDDAR GOUGERES, SOFT QUAIL EGG, A1 SAUCE. 

SHAVED APPLE SALAD: HONEY APPLE DRESSING. LOCAL GALA APPLE, STONECOOP FARMS GREENS, SHAVED FENNEL, TILLAMOOK CLOVER HONEY WHOLE MILK FARMSTYLE YOGURT, GRANOLA. 

CRAB FETTUCCINE: NORM'S LOCAL SPINACH AND LIVING BASIL PASTA, TILLAMOOK ALFREDO SAUCE, WILD CAUGHT JUMBO LUMP CRAB MEAT, MICHIGAN RAMPS, LEMON, RUSTIC SOURDOUGH BAGUETTE GREMOLATA. 

SOUR CREAM CAKE: TILLAMOOK SOUR CREAM, TILLAMOOK STUMPTOWN COLD BREW COFFEE ICE CREAM, TILLAMOOK BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE, SEA SALT. 

 PHOTO VIA @BROMABAKERY

PHOTO VIA @BROMABAKERY

THE SMOOTHIE BOWL BAR THE NEXT MORNING POST YOGA WAS ALSO HIT NOT TO MENTION PERFECT FOR THE OPEN VIBE OF THE LOFT. THEY THEN WELCOMED A REPRESENTATIVE FROM TILLAMOOK WHO DROPPED SOME CHEESE KNOWLEDGE ON EVERYONE AS WELL AS HAD A CHARCUTERIE/CHEESE BOARD WORKSHOP! SOUNDS DREAMY DOESN'T IT? 

 PHOTO VIA @BROMABAKERY

PHOTO VIA @BROMABAKERY

SUNDAY BRUNCH CAME IN HOT! PREPARED AGAIN BY CHEF WELCH & ZIMMERMAN. 

SHAKSHUKA: CAPERS, OLIVES, PICKLED CHILES WITH TILLAMOOK SOUR CREAM. 

SAUTÉED RAMPS: MUSHROOMS AND TILLAMOOK SWISS WITH SPICY GREENS. 

RHUBARB BAKEWELL TART: TILLAMOOK OREGON STRAWBERRY YOGURT SAUCE. 

MIXED FRESH FRUIT

TILLAMOOK GARLIC CHILI PEPPER CHEDDAR DROP BISCUITS WITH HABANERO JELLY AND WHIPPED TILLAMOOK BUTTER. 

MASSIVE THANKS TO SARAH OF BROMA BAKERY FOR HOSTING WITH US! IF YOU'D LIKE TO BOOK YOUR EVENT AT THE BROOKLYN OUTDOOR LOFT YOU CAN DO THAT INSTANTLY HERE OR EMAIL EVENTS@BROOKLYNOUTDOOR.COM FOR MORE INFO!

XOXO,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Places You Need To Hit for National Record Store Day

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Places You Need To Hit for National Record Store Day

A special day is coming up on April 21st and we want you to be prepared. On National Record Store Day new records from hundreds of record labels are released on this day every year and it drives people to stores to check out product new and old. The stores on our list are open year round but this day is essentially their Black Friday blowout so it’s good to get in early to get the best deals!

Rock City Records is owned by lifelong collector Ray Cronk. Located in the Jefferson - Chalmers business district, Rock City Records is in the perfect place to pop in after a couple drinks at Marshall’s Bar. They have music from just about every genre both used and new. Loaded with LP’s, 45’s, cassettes and some really great memorabilia place is a must on National Record Day!

 via Raymond Cronk

via Raymond Cronk

People’s Records now has two locations. The first on Gratiot just outside of Eastern Market, now titled People’s East and their newest location on Livernois south of 8 Mile referred to as People’s North. It’s called “People’s Records” because it’s a second-hand shop of “peoples” old records. They feature rare Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock and R&B from the 20’s to the 80’s. Such a cool and historic business, led them to create a special gallery with Trinosophes referred to as the Michigan Audio Heritage Society Museum. Swing by downtown to check out the store and grab some delicious food or coffee!

 via Gavin Gregory

via Gavin Gregory

If you’ve ever gotten lost looking for the bathroom at PJ’s Lager House you may have stumbled upon Underground Vinyl. Located in the basement of the bar rests several tables filled with boxes full of LP’s. They aren’t your typical record shop nor do they desire to be. Grab a pint and chill whilst perusing through old records. Our favorite way to shop for vinyls - a little buzzed!

If you’re around Hamtramck, check out Record Graveyard. They buy and sell vinyl from the 20’s to 60’s, carrying a variety of genres including Jazz, Soul, Blues and of course Motown! If you can’t make it out to their shop, check out their extensive catalogue on Ebay.

 via Detroit Metro Times

via Detroit Metro Times

Paramita Sound, once a member of the booming West Village neighborhood has popped-up in Detroit Is The New Black. They are slated to open a new location prior to National Record Store Day, though that location has yet to be released. Paramita was known for hosting “Beat Profile,” where DJs would play music in their space late into the night, inviting anyone and everyone to BYOB and join in the fun. We look forward to finding out what they have up their sleeves next.

Happy record shopping, bb’s!

Xoxo,

Candice Simons, j’adore Detroit

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25 Things To Do With Your Tax Return

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25 Things To Do With Your Tax Return

WE ADULTS ALL KNOW WHAT MID APRIL MEANS - TAXES. ALTHOUGH OTHERWISE PAINFUL TO WATCH THE DEDUCTIONS FROM YOUR PAYCHECKS MOST OF THE YEAR, IF YOU HAVE PATIENCE (AND A SERIOUS REFUND) THE SKY'S THE LIMIT ONCE APRIL COMES AROUND. WE MADE A LIST OF LOGISTICAL THINGS AND LIFESTYLE THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR TAX RETURN (WITH THE NATIONAL AVERAGE BEING ~$2,300) TO HELP YOU GET THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.

HERE'S WHAT WE BROKE DOWN:

  1. Send it to savings

  2. Pay off debt

  3. Fund your retirement

  4. Seed the college fund

  5. Invest in the stock market

  6. Kickstart your career (taking a course to enhance skills)

  7. Prepay your mortgage

  8. Use the cash to start your own business

  9. Home improvement

  10. Book a week long solo trip to San Francisco’s Mission District and back. Stay in this legit Airbnb while you’re at it ($110/night).

  11. Join SOHO House for a year and gain connections and work in style ($2,500 if >27 years of age)

  12. You and your significant other can each get an annual yoga memberships at Citizen Yoga ($1250 per person) in Detroit to make sure your mind and body are a priority.

  13. Staycation weekend for two at the newly built Siren Hotel’s  The Penthouse room (starting at $439/night) with dinner at Joe Muer Seafood ($$$$), a show at the Detroit Opera House (~$120 per person) and a nightcap at Candy Bar Detroit for starters.

  14. Rent this yacht ($1,000/day) and ride the Detroit River with a bunch of friends this summer!

  15. Spend two weeks with your soulmate backpacking in Peru (flights around $700 round-trip) to experience all of the food and culture this country has to offer.

  16. Take a weekend trip to Chicago and dine for two at Alinea ($500-$1,000).

  17. If you’re into sports, get a sick road bike (~$1,600) and sign up for a few triathlons this year

  18. Take a chance at MotorCity Casino, spend the night have a spa session while you’re at it ($300-$1,000)

  19. Donate your tax return to a local small business/charity/school/cause.

  20. Buy this spiffy couch from JoyBird (~$2,600)

  21. Buy a new Mac 27’ desktop computer because desktops are all the rage ($1,999)

  22. Step your Instagram up and buy a new Sony a7III for the best blogger photos known to mankind ($1,999)

  23. Relive all of your middle school fantasies with a trip to Harry Potter World ($275 pp + air/ accommodations)

  24. Finally buy a pair of those Chloe boots you’ve been eyeing ($1,380)

  25. Invest in a california king Casper Mattress ($1,195)

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Lately with Lo

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Hi :) I'm Lauren, the new PR intern and blog writer at J'adore. I am a student and intern by day, and bartender by night. In my free time you can spot me finding balance (literally and figuratively) at Detroit Yoga Lab. Late night, you can find me where the food is. I'm usually bopping around the city with my friends hitting up our favorite hangouts. I'm a girly-girl who is in love with the Detroit grit. Let's talk fashion, electro and all things bizarre. Look out for my posts to find out whats up -- Lately with Lo -- as I scout the city for a good time! 

 

 

Until next time, Keep it Weird Detroit!

xxxo -  Lately with Lo

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Best Dive Bars to Hit for National Dive Bar Day

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Best Dive Bars to Hit for National Dive Bar Day

What makes a bar a good Detroit dive bar? Is it the aging decor? Cheap booze? Sense that no one cares who you are or how buzzed you get? An occasional cigarette that gets smoked indoors? No matter how you describe a “dive bar” we all know ‘em and love ‘em so in honor of National Dive Bar Day we’re shouting out our fave dive bars:

 Two Way Inn via @historicdetroit

Two Way Inn via @historicdetroit

First on the list is the oldest bar in Detroit, Two Way Inn. Operating since 1876, both legally and illegally, it has endured several changes in ownership. Once owned by her father, Harry Malak, Mary Aganowski has worked at Two Way since she was 17 years old. After her father’s passing, she took ownership, still tending bar and cooking on select days. Serving respectably priced liquor, cans and bottles of not only national but local and craft beer. Two Way Inn is located at Mt. Elliott and Nevada north of Hamtramck. If you haven’t been YOU NEED TO GO.

 Dad's Bar via&nbsp;

Dad's Bar via 

My Dad’s Bar reminds us of your typical Dad’s garage or shed bar, smelling of stale smoke and good times. Dad’s is loaded with mismatched tables and chairs from a number of now defunct and remodeled bars from ‘70s and earlier. The walls are decorated with all sorts of cool old stuff from alcohol signage to license plates, and photos from it’s younger days. They have a massive patio to get your summer day drinking on! My Dad’s Bar is located at Kercheval and Alter at the border of Detroit and Grosse Pointe.

Marshall’s Bar located just down the street from My Dad’s Bar on Jefferson in the Jefferson - Chalmers neighborhood is a classic dive. From the gaming systems that no longer work and are only there to take up space to the ceiling tiles painted by regulars, this place is home. Ok, maybe the home of your Uncle who was divorced a few years back and never got his place spruced up, but he loves you more than anything. They have a wide variety of bottled and canned beers and cheap priced shots of decent enough liquor. Play a game of pool, crank some old rock on the jukebox and if you need fresh air (you might after you happily get stuck there for hours) step outback and enjoy the creek that runs through the patio.

 LJ's via @lcj1313

LJ's via @lcj1313

LJ’s Lounge located in Corktown on Michigan Ave. Never been? Well next time you find yourself waiting for a seat at Sugar House or Slows BBQ, swing down just a couple of buildings and check it out. They have cheap mixed drinks and an old school jukebox that will remind you of all the artists you may have forgotten about since the 90’s and earlier. Crank that Michael Jackson Thriller album whilst playing a game of billiards and eating chips from the vending machine. The bartenders are nice and if you are nice to them they may even introduce you to the fish in their tank above the bar.

 Honest John's via @hungryindetroit

Honest John's via @hungryindetroit

Honest John’s on Selden between 2nd Ave and Cass in Midtown is a longtime fave. They have a large selection of great liquor and craft and domestic beers. Honest John’s falls under the Detroit Optimist Society umbrella along with Sugar House, Wright & Co, Mutiny Bar and a few others, so feel free to order a “fancy” cocktail, without the $14 price tag. One of the best things about Honest John’s is their food. They serve standard and somewhat outside the box breakfast food along with classic bar staples like wings, sandwiches, burgers and more! Food (and booze) from 7 am until 2 am, this is the ideal place to go both before and after a game or show.

Donovan’s Pub is an Irish bar located in Southwest Detroit with cheap booze, tiled floors, drop ceilings, it’s pretty much your quintessential dive. When you realize there are no windows in the joint you understand this is probably the diviest dive on our list and in Detroit. Who needs windows to remind you that you’ve been at a pub drinking with your closest friends all day? I DON’T. People don’t need that kind of negativity in their lives.

Our hometown favorite will always be the Wagon Wheel in Northville, located right on Main Street. This place really puts the happy in happy hour and it’s super easy to park nearby (especially for downtown). They offer an eclectic menu of drinks as well as your typical craft and domestic options.

Happy National Dive Bar Day! Remember to always enjoy responsibly!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j’adore Detroit




 

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