6 Days in California with Boho Barbie

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6 Days in California with Boho Barbie

The girl squad; Kay, Kayla, Jen and I flew into L.A. on Wednesday morning for Desert Daze, a psych-rock music festival in Joshua Tree, California.

The 6 days that followed were a series of wild events in the west.


The itinerary:

  • Touch down in L.A. 10 AM Wednesday morning

  • Kill it in Hollywood Wednesday night

  • Pick up our campervan from Escape Rentals Thursday Morning

  • Drive three hours west to Joshua Tree

  • Melt for three days in the desert listening to Rock N Roll

  • Make it back to L.A. by 10 AM on Monday morning to return the van

  • Play on Venice Beach for the day

  • Catch the red-eye back to Detroit --- and for myself and Kay, make it back to Manoogian Hall at Wayne State for our morning classes.

Outside of those set plans, the world was free to unfold in front of us.


The Accommodations:

The first night in L.A. we stayed in an Airbnb in Koreatown. Making our way from LAX to “K-town” with overpacked luggage was a damn joke. I have never been so thankful to see an empty studio apartment with four bunk beds in my entire life. The Airbnb was not glamorous but it was safe, relatively clean and in a great location. I would recommend it to another group traveling to L.A. on a budget and planning to spend more time out of the room than in, I would also recommend bringing your own towel.

Photos from Escape Campervans

Photos from Escape Campervans

We rented an Escape Campervan for the festival and it was a mind-blowingly convenient experience. Where to even start… the van is hand-painted by artists in L.A.. It’s big enough to comfortably sleep three inside with an additional two in the roof tent, yet small enough to drive like a normal SUV. The backseat is a couch, table, and bench that fold into a queen-sized bed. Open the two trunk doors and there is a small kitchenette complete with sink, stove top (YES propane is provided), refrigerator and storage.

On top of the van’s built-in amenities, Escape goes the extra mile (no pun intended) and provides bedding, silverware, plates, cups, and LAWNCHAIRS. My head was spinning off my body I was so impressed with the setup. I thought we were going into the desert completely unprepared. Thanks to Escape, we were over-prepared and had one of the best camping set-ups at the festival. And no, this is not a paid sponsorship, I am THAT elated with the company and feel obligated to spread the good word.


The Festival:

I went into Desert Daze knowing little to nothing about the festival aside from the fact that Detroit Daddy, Iggy Pop, was headlining.

Wednesday night in LA, people had a lot of promising things to say about Desert Daze. Apparently, “it’s the best festival for Rock N’ Roll in California,” according to Sam Lopez from Lone Wolf.

Driving into the festival grounds on Friday morning, it was very obvious that industry influencers made-up majority of the crowd. This was a festival to see and be seen.

The sun was hot, but the people were hotter. Everyone looked like they just stepped out of a music video and hitchhiked to Joshua Tree, singing MGMT on the way.

Luckily, your girls did not come to play. We served some major looks and put Detroit's fashion scene on the map. 

The best part: looks were being served and looks were being sold. There was an amazing collection of thrifted and vintage vendors selling IRL Instagram looks worthy of celebrity Coachella posts.

Queen of the vendors: Pussy Power House gets a standing ovation for their presence at the festival. The girl oasis, posted in the center of the marketplace, was one of my favorite spots throughout the weekend. The girls win MVP from me. Their goods, their dance parties, and their vibes made the festival a better place.

The L.A. based collective brings everything good and glamorous about women empowerment into one unified space. Founder, Corinne Loperfido, makes the wildest accessories I’ve ever seen- her handmade headdress lured me in from across the bizarre.

Photo from Corinne Loperfido

Wonder Wears the Gold, a quirky brand of handmade “wonderwear” by Sarah Harris, was adorably original.

Photo from Wonder Wears the Gold 

Photo from Wonder Wears the Gold 

Herbal heiress, Lizzy Jeff, rolled rose blended mixes while intentionally infusing her good vibes into the green. The woman is a true queen, in addition to her dreamy presence, baby-girl got looks and bars. Listen to “Zen & Kush” here.

Photo from Lizzy Jeff

Photo from Lizzy Jeff

On top of selling- in my opinion- the dopest goods at the festival, Pussy Power House was a safe space to re-energize, connect and dance your heart out. The Detroit ladies and I had a great time dropping some jaws at the Beyonce-fueled dance party.

Stay tuned, I am dead set on connecting Pussy Power House with Seraphine Collective for an L.A. meets Detroit collaborative event.

Aside from Iggy Pop on Saturday night, I was very oblivious to the lineup and made no effort to see anyone in particular which left me free to roam and discover new music. I’m a techno/house gal myself and know next to nothing about rock. I saw Desert Daze as an opportunity to get acquainted with the genre.

Photo from Grimy Goods

Photo from Grimy Goods

 

 

First and foremost, our very own Iggy Pop has proven himself (once again) as the king of rock. At 70 year’s old, Iggy Pop put on the best performance of the weekend, read the Los Angeles Times write-up here. Running from one side of the stage to the next and thrusting his way back, he kept the crowd wanting more...and then gave us more with a stellar, three-song encore.

 

 

 

Photo from The Wild

Photo from The Wild

 

 

 

After Iggy Pop, La Femme was my favorite performance of the weekend. Their charming, French lyrics and fun melodies cast a wave of summertime sparkle over the audience. They are my definition of lovely, I can’t wait to listen to their album Mystere on a Saturday morning while enjoying a cup of tea.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from Bandcamp 

Photo from Bandcamp 

 

 

 

The Babe Rainbow was another one of my favorites. The group of psychedelic surfer boys makes music that sounds like sunshine. They were right up my alley; upbeat, psychedelic and fun. I will be listening to their music on repeat for the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

The festival was enhanced with art installations throughout the grounds; glitter, gold, and neon lights illuminated interactive sculptures and spaces. The installations were my favorite part of the festival. I loved walking through the art park and playing in the maze of neon lights and glittery goodness.


Nightlife:

The first night in L.A., David aka Sharktoof -one of the muralists I met during Murals in the Market- took us to a popular bar called Good Times at Davey Wayne’s. The vintage-influenced bar was filled with an ideal amount of people, had a picturesque outdoor space and played quality oldies like “Heart of Glass” by Blondie. As David said, it’s not a bar for locals, but it’s a great place to take visitors. 

Photo from Down 2 Party Tour 

Photo from Down 2 Party Tour 

Photo from L.A. Eater

Photo from L.A. Eater

After, we went to meet friends at Dirty Laundry. The space looked cool (and had a plethora of stunning bartenders in suspenders) but the predominantly hip-hop playlist was not my vibe. It definitely seemed like the type of place people from out of town go to, while locals avoid like the plague. I lasted about twenty minutes in the jam-packed bar before heading back to Davey Wayne's. 

Photo from Under Raidar

Photo from Under Raidar

Photo from Pinterest

Photo from Pinterest


Food Worth Mentioning:

Photo from Yelp

Photo from Yelp

After braving L.A. public transit with our suitcases, we were famished. Down the street from our Koreatown Airbnb was a promising-looking restaurant called Shabu Noodles. We went in completely disoriented and confused by the menu and settled on vegetarian pot of broth, not knowing what to expect. It was the best ordering mistake I’ve ever made! If you find yourself in Koreatown looking for a place to eat, head to Shabu Noodles and order the vegetarian shabu. It was my first time having Korean food and I was culture shocked in the best way possible by the experience. Three courses are made and served from a pot in the middle of the table, a delicious broth starts the meal. After the pot is about half way empty, noodles are added and cooked in the pot. Finally, the last of the broth is used to make stir-fried rice that will send you into a delightful food coma.

The last night in L.A., David met us in Venice Bean at On the Waterfront Cafe for a round of Hefeweizens, giant pretzels, and fish n chips. David poetically explained, “It’s the last property on the Boardwalk that you can see the sunset from start to finish”. We cheers’ed to a great vacation and basked in the glory of our of newly-made memories.


My trip to California was more inspiring and motivational than relaxing. It’s got me thinking, what’s next in the travel blogosphere? Art Basel in Miami comes to mind….

Love always,

Boho Barbie

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A j’adore Style Guide: The Most Daring Trends & How To Make Them Work

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A j’adore Style Guide: The Most Daring Trends & How To Make Them Work

FROM SULTRY BRALETTES TO CRAZY MIDI SKIRTS AND PATENT LEATHER PANTS, THIS SEASON IS FULL OF BOLD FASHION TRENDS THAT WILL HELP YOU EXPLORE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE MORE WHILE PLAYING AROUND WITH DIFFERENT MATERIALS AND DESIGNS. 

We know, sometimes outfits and styles only look good in magazines – but with these tricks and outfit tips, you will pull off all of these looks, while feeling confident.

PATENT LEATHER

If leather wasn’t daring and bold enough, this season, we could see the patent leather (also known as vinyl) trend everywhere, from high end runways to fast fashion stores and vintage boutiques. It’s something different: with the high shine, glossy finish and a sturdy material, patent leather accessories, jackets and skirts need a great overall styling to look “casual”, but it’s not an impossible mission at all.

THE TRICK: Mix it with contrasting colors such as pastel pink, grey and mint blue and soft, comfy materials like cotton and wool.

FOR BEGINNERS: Start with patent leather boots or a bag and mix it with a flowy chiffon dress or blouse. For the colder days, add an infinity scarf or trench coat to your look.

via Polyvore

via Polyvore

FOR PROS: Rock a patent leather, black or deep brown skirt with a soft, oversized turtleneck sweater and neutral accessories. Floral embroidery and any other feminine detail can work perfectly with this trend as well.

via Polyvore

via Polyvore

EXTRAVAGANT MIDI SKIRTS

Because of their length, midi skirts are instantly categorized as fancy, special occasion skirts, but if you mix them with the right clothing items, they can also be perfect for a casual outfit. Their versatility offers endless styling options, but they can be quite intimidating with their length, especially if they are more extravagant with chiffon overlays, pearl embroidery or color-block designs.

THE TRICK: Don’t be afraid to play with the different styles and add a very casual sneaker or cropped leather jacket to a fancy skirt! To get the proportions right, experiment with crop tops and ¾ sleeve blouses.

FOR BEGINNERS: Choose a midi skirt with a small slit or flare at the bottom in a monochrome shade and wear it with casual details, such as denim jackets and front tie tops. For accessories, you can either match them with a pair of heels or comfy sneakers.

via Polyvore

via Polyvore

FOR PROS: Add a hint of spring with floral patterns and pretty blush shades to your winter wardrobe! Match a crazy printed, colorful midi skirt with an off-shoulder top, a biker leather jacket and a pair of velvet boots.

via Polyvore

via Polyvore

EMBROIDERED TOPS & DRESSES

After every Dolce & Gabbana collection, we just want to change our entire wardrobe to a collection of over the top, pearl and floral embroidered tops and dresses, wishing we could go to the local café wearing them – and with a little bit of change, it’s possible. Embroidered tops and dresses also have that very elegant flare that midi skirts do, but it’s all about finding the balance between casual and formal to make it work.

THE TRICK: Ripped jeans, sneakers, oversized coats and fun accessories, and your embroidered top or dress will look perfect for a casual day.

FOR BEGINNERS: Choose a mesh, embroidered top and rock it with a pastel coat, colorful accessories, and ripped jeans.

via Polyvore

via Polyvore

FOR PROS: Grab your acid wash denim jacket and your craziest boots to match with an embroidered, mesh panelled dress and just have fun with it!

via Polyvore

via Polyvore

BRALETTES

Bralettes are on the edge of lingerie and clothing, which makes them a bit tricky to style and pull off on a daily basis, but don’t worry, we’ve got your back. When choosing the right bralette, make sure it has an additional layer and material (whether it’s lace, mesh or anything that covers and keeps everything in place) and that it fits right.

THE TRICK: Especially for the winter, mix them with hats, long cardigans and knitted skirts. Wear them with high-waisted pants or add a mesh, long sleeved blouse on top if you wouldn’t like to show too much skin.

FOR BEGINNERS: Match a cross back, velvet burgundy or deep blue bralette with neutral pants and accessories, and a hint of print with a cardigan or coat to finish your look!

via Polyvore

via Polyvore

FOR PROS: Match a cross back, velvet burgundy or deep blue bralette with neutral pants and accessories, and a hint of print with a cardigan or coat to finish your look!

via Polyvore

via Polyvore

But first and foremost…

…always rock your outfit with confidence! Break the rules, try out new things and enjoy creating new outfits. Never forget that fashion is all about having fun and showing off your personality.

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Celebrate Food, Drink & Scent with Sfumato

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Celebrate Food, Drink & Scent with Sfumato

WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SFUMATO SENSORY DINNER ON OCTOBER 20 & 22 CELEBRATING FOOD, DRINK, SCENT AND THEIR NEW BRICK AND MORTAR IN MIDTOWN. 

via sfumato

via sfumato

Sfumato Fragrances is an all-natural scent company based in Detroit, opening a retail location in Midtown this November. Sfumato's scents are based on culinary ideas and the brand has previously explored the ties between fragrance and taste through ticketed dinners and cocktail tastings. Because much of the flavor perceived while eating is due to aroma, there is an affinity between the two expressions.

Sfumato is partnering with New York City chef and caterer Tessa Liebman of Methods & Madness to create a five-course dinner pairing of food, drink and our signature fragrances. The menu will be inspired by notes and stories from their fragrances, including a Mocha Valentino mole, fish cured with citrus and ylang-ylang, comforting Fall soup, and rose and lavender apple sweet spiked with frankincense and black pepper. 

Recovery Park will provide local produce, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the non-profit. Hosted at the new homewares and gift store POST in Jefferson-Chalmers.

We're excited for this one of a kind experience. To purchase tickets click here!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

 

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Alchemy Slow Living Studio Just Released a Fragrance You’re Going to Want to Wear

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Alchemy Slow Living Studio Just Released a Fragrance You’re Going to Want to Wear

This past week I attended the launch party of Alchemy’s new fragrance, Meiuke. This plant derived scent is one of the most well thought out fragrances I’ve had the pleasure of wearing. It smells great. 

Launch party at True North huts

Launch party at True North huts

THE STORY

Monique owns Alchemy Slow Living Studio in Ferndale where she specializes in organic, plant based skincare. Creating a fragrance seemed like a natural next brand extension for the female entrepreneur. Through her study of plants and different scents over the years, she crafted a scent that you’re going to want to have an intimate relationship with.  From the bottle that was imported from Europe, to the spray trajectory, to the hand stamped label, this scent puts the craft into crafted with love. I think it's great that Meiuke is a limited release with only 100 bottles produced.

Fragrance setup

Fragrance setup

THE SCENT

We loved it. Seriously...We bought some. First time I’ve ever put on a scent that totally changed as I wore it. When you first spray it on it has notes of citrus. Once it’s settled on your skin it moves to floral and then by the end of the night it has a light powdery smell. Monique describes Meiuke as a day in a garden, “misty sun up with fragrant clouds of plum blossoms, hints of peach & citrus, rich scents of flowers inhabit the rounder hours at the heart of the day as the sun warms the earth and finally the dry earth perfumed by fallen petals.”

THE NAME

Totally made up word poem. Meiuke is the name of a garden of the imagination and dreams. A Japanese garden to be exact.

Photograph on the walls at Meiuke launch party

Photograph on the walls at Meiuke launch party

THE PHILOSOPHY

Monique aims to produce plant derived, great smelling, seasonal scents in a limited quantity at an affordable price. She’s yet another bad a$$ entrepreneur giving major legs to the aesthetic movement happening across Detroit. A way Detroit is getting back to it’s roots in a sense with highly handcrafted pieces being made by an individual and not a machine.

I dig the fragrance and the story, Monique. We’ll be wearing Meiuke with pride. If you’re so inclined to purchase some you can do that HERE.

xoxo,

j'adore Detroit

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Steve Madden Documentary, Maddman is a MUST SEE

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Steve Madden Documentary, Maddman is a MUST SEE

GUYS, AS SOON AS THIS SCREENING HITS THE STREETS OR AMAZON PRIME - IT'S A MUST SEE! 

Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor

Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor

After a long, crazy day this was last on our list of things-to-do. By the time we had to leave Detroit to head to The Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor, we weren’t feeling up to it and all we could think about was food. The 45 minute drive ended up taking about a two and a half hours through the freezing cold rain (prayers to the people in the major crash on M-14). BUT, we made it!

By the time we got there all we could think about was FOOD. Luck was on our side -- Across the street from The Michigan Theatre there is a small Japanese inspired restaurant called the Slurping Turtle. There I found the perfect dish for such a grimy day. RAAAAMEN! As I slurped down the house made ramen, I swear my energy levels bounced back. Then I was all “check please,” I’m ready to be inspired.

I must admit, in The Wolf of Wall Street, the little blurb they added about investing in Steve Madden is the only reason I know Steve Madden is a real human being. I was extremely comforted when the documentary started with the opening scene of all sorts of random people on the streets of New York City sharing my thoughts: Who the hell is Steve Madden?

I am now thoroughly convinced, everyone in this world should know who Steve Madden is and what he is all about! He can relate to almost every person struggling to grasp what they truly want while being pressured by this “normalized” society that judges and condemns you if you decide to “march to the beat of your own drum.” He did just that and there wasn’t anyone who was going to stop him. This was just who he was born to be. From a young age he struggled to find his niche. He was a wild man, going on drug rampages, and choosing a lifestyle that no one in Long Island (but himself) agreed with at this time. He tried college, and was pulled out by his father for partying. He moved to the city in hopes of finding a job to support his addictions, and that’s where he landed his first job in an industry that would come to stick with him for the rest of of his life. Stock boy at a shoe store turns shoe obsessed and with a $1,100 investment he created his brand, Steve Madden, a household brand that’s now worth over 2 billion dollars.

The documentary captivated the audience and never let go. By the end of the film, there isn’t a doubt in our minds that the screening room packed full of University of Michigan students, small business owners, and press left feeling motivated to do more because entrepreneurs #hustleharder.

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Take Your Best Instagram Every Time

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Take Your Best Instagram Every Time

TODAY WE'RE TALKING INSTAGRAM...

And how to snag an amazing shot every time. We spent the evening with Sari of @eatwelldetroit at The Dequindre Cut to snap some photos for the IG. Check out the tips and tricks we used to create these killer shots:

Behind the scenes with Sari from @eatwelldetroit.

Behind the scenes with Sari from @eatwelldetroit.

1. LIGHTING, LIGHTING, LIGHTING

You’ve probably heard this a million times, and that’s because no matter what kind of camera or phone you are shooting on, lighting is key. The best source is natural light. If you are outdoors, try shooting on a cloudy day, pick a shady spot, or take your photos at golden hour (the hour following the sunrise or the hour preceding sunset) to reduce shadows. If you are indoors, take your photos next to a window to give clear images that are well exposed.

Pose with your body in mind. Consider creating angles and shapes that are flattering to the feminine figure/curves. 

Pose with your body in mind. Consider creating angles and shapes that are flattering to the feminine figure/curves. 

2. DON'T BE AFRAID TO POSE

If your go-to pose is to put one hand on your hip, it’s time to reconsider. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your posing because it gives your Instagram feed dimension. Grab your favorite magazine and study the Kendalls and Gigis of the world. Find shapes and angles that look flattering, and experiment during your next photo opp. One of my top tricks for posing is to never face the camera head on. Create a slimming look by angling your body so one side is closer to the lens.

Make use of found objects to add dimension and texture to your photo.

Make use of found objects to add dimension and texture to your photo.

3. THE EDITORIAL LOOK FOR LESS

Get creative with your photos by using common household items to enhance the texture of your shots. I found an old spring and a bookcase designed for a locker from high school (lol!) to play with shadows and texture with Sari. The effect is eye catching because it differs from most portraits and keeps the viewer guessing. Using found items is the perfect way to achieve that editorial vibe without breaking your bank.

4. FIND A FAMILIAR SPOT

Take your photos in a location in which you and your Instagram audience are familiar with. We chose The Dequindre Cut because there are a lot of murals to pose with, there’s plenty of space to play with, and it’s a fun location to walk outdoors! While initially it might feel awkward to pose and photograph in public, the fear diminishes over time. With practice, you’ll be an Instagram pro!

We want to see your best portrait shots! Tag us @jadoredetroit to receive some <3.

Want to see more of Sari? Check her out on Instagram @eatwelldetroit or at her website https://eatwellwithsari.com/.

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Five Minutes with Greg Garrison of Leftover Salmon

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Five Minutes with Greg Garrison of Leftover Salmon

I SAT DOWN WITH BASSIST, GREG GARRISON OF LEFTOVER SALMON, THE JAMGRASS BAND OUT OF COLORADO TO CHAT ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF THE BAND AND THEIR UPCOMING SHOW AT OTUS SUPPLY'S PARLIAMENT ROOM. 

Leftover Salmon via band's Instagram

Leftover Salmon via band's Instagram

Boho Barbie: Tell me about Leftover Salmon

Greg Garrison: The band has been around for 28 years. It started in Colorado, we were one of the original Jam Bands forming in the 90s. Now, we've grown into a Jamgrass band. At this stage in the game, people look at us as a Bluegrass Band mixed with heavy Americana, Classic Rock, and Psychedelic influences.  

BB: How did the band get together?

GG: The Band got together in Colorado. Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman started the band at a New Year’s gig. Drew was in a group called the Left Hand String, Vince was in a band called the Salmon Heads. They combined the two names into Leftover Salmon and never thought it would stick as a band name... or that they would keep playing together. They toured the early festival Bluegrass scene and eventually took Leftover Salmon on the road. I joined the band in the year 2000.

BB: Have you played in Detroit before?

GG: We’ve played in Detroit a few times. We used to play at The Majestic a lot. Recently we’ve been playing in Ann Arbor. I’m excited to come back to Detroit. I’m glad we’re playing in the city proper.

BB: From festival gigs to intimate acoustic sets, what is your favorite kind of show to play?

GG: Both have their redeeming qualities. Acoustic is easier for us to hear each other and improvise - it touches more on our Bluegrass roots. Festival shows are great too! We get to bring our light rig and do the whole Rock n Roll thing. That’s the great part about our band, we’re able to go from a Rock 'n Roll show and really get the crowd going to an intimate, acoustic set and draw our fans into the music.

BB: What’s been one of your favorite experiences as a musician?

GG: We recently played Red Rocks in Colorado. That’s always an amazing experience. The venue is naturally beautiful and it’s a hometown gig for us.

BB: Where do you draw inspiration from?

GG: All over the place. I’m involved with music on a full time basis. When I’m not performing with the band I’m a full time music professor at Boulder, Colorado.

BB: Wow, do your students geek out when they find out who their professor is?

GG: It get’s me some cool point.

BB: Tell me about Jamgrass, how did it start, what has it turned into?

GG: Jamgrass is about taking the improvisational elements of jam bands like the Grateful Dead and putting it through a primarily Blue Grass filter. Leftover Salmon was the first band really associated with the free flowing improvisation of a jam band in a Bluegrass sound. Our music influenced bands like Greensky Bluegrass to experiment with improvised Blue Grass. Now, we play a lot of the same festivals with them. There’s a resort festival in Mexico called Strings and Soul we headline together. Our music has influenced a lot of the bands on the lineup. In turn, we find inspiration in them; their light, the songs they cover as well.

BB: Will you have time to explore Detroit while you’re in town?

GG: Sure do, we have a free day in Detroit. Most of us are baseball fans, we’re going to try to catch a playoffs game while we’re here.

We can't wait to see Leftover Salmon at the Parliament Room inside of Otus Supply on Sunday. If you'd like to join, purchase tickets HERE. Hope to see you all there! 

Love, Light, and All Things Magical.

- Boho Barbie

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Some Major RUN Motivation is happening this Sunday

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Some Major RUN Motivation is happening this Sunday

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS MARATHON IS THIS SUNDAY. 

Although I’m not running in the marathon, I am drawing inspiration from the dedicated contestants and I encourage you to do the same.

Detroit Free Press Marathon runners via Detroit Free Press 

Detroit Free Press Marathon runners via Detroit Free Press 

I’ve never been one to keep up a consistent workout routine, that is, until I was promoted to Junior Publicist at Brooklyn Outdoor / J’adore Detroit and became a real business woman. I decided every successful powerhouse person needs a workout routine and hit the treadmill at Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center after work.

For the last month or so I’ve been going to the gym 3-4 times a week and let me tell you, after I workout, I feel like Gwyneth Paltrow.

Running relieves my stress from the day. It makes me feel invincible and motivated to keep doing better. On days when my to-do list is seemingly endless, I think about how I feel when I run and remember it’s all about mind over matter.

~With that rant out of the way~

There’s are several running groups in and around Detroit that I’m interested in checking out and think you might be too.

Run Detroit coordinates weekly group runs on Saturdays at 8AM all year round and a Monday night track workout April-October 30th. 

Downtown Runners and Walkers meet on Tuesday evenings and have various distance options to accommodate all skillsets. After the run (or walk) the group meets for dinner, drinks and conversation at a designated spot. Judging by the website, this is a very welcoming community of people- marathon finalists from the group are congratulated and there’s a Birthday Board.

My personal pick Running For Brews Royal Oak meets at 7PM on Mondays at the Royal Oak Brewery. After a 5k lap around the city, the group cools down with a craft beer. Running For Brews has meet ups in over 30 cities across the US. It sounds like a great way to meet people in a new city.

Run with a group or run solo, either way you will feel like your best self if you incorporate a workout routine into your week.

Who knows, maybe this time next year you’ll be running in the Free Press Marathon.  

Love, Light, and All Things Magical.

- Boho Barbie

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Prost! It's Oktoberfest in Detroit

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Prost! It's Oktoberfest in Detroit

With September’s jam packed Month of Design behind us, it’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest with beer and brats.

Royal Oak Farmer's Market is bringing a taste of Germany to Metro Detroit, this Saturday, the 14th. Get ready for a night of live music, games and a whole lot of beer. Over 50 breweries will be pouring their original recipes. From stout to indian pale ale, there’s something for everyone. My suggestion: DRESS UP. Wear dirndl or lederhosen and you’ll be the life of the party, like this guy with his eyes closed. 

A $15 ticket includes 7:30 PM admission, a commemorative pint glass and a keepsake photo. A VIP ticket is $20 and will get you in an hour earlier at 6:30 PM. Drink Tickets are $5 for 4 (3oz) samples and there is a special buy 5 Get 1 Free promotion!

A hop, skip and a jump away in Ferndale, Axle Brewing Co.’s Livernois Tap is having an Oktoberfest celebration from noon to 11 PM. A $35 ticket includes two beers, an Axle stein, live music, and snacks. Throughout the day, Axel will be serving a German-influenced menu with pretzels, beer-braised brisket, bratwurst with sauerkraut, schnitzel, and more.

Photo from Crain's Detroit 

Photo from Crain's Detroit 

Craft Beer is taking over Eastern Market on October 27 & 28 at the 9th Annual Detroit Beer Festival. This is not an official “Oktoberfest” event per se, but we’re including it on our list for good measures.

Photo from Life In Michigan 

Photo from Life In Michigan 

Tickets are $40-$45 and include 15 taster tokens. I was pleasantly surprised to see the festival sells $5 tickets for Designated Drivers, what a mindful idea!

If beer is your drink of choice this is the festival for you. Over 800 craft beers will be on tap, showcasing the talent of almost 120 Michigan Breweries. Local musicians will be playing throughout the day. Food trucks and stands will be on site and ready to tame your drunchies. Eat, Dance, & Drink a lot of Beer.

Can’t make it to these events, but still want to celebrate with some kraut? Host your own Oktoberfest party. Check out this site for inspiration!

Prost!

-Boho Barbie





 

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Designing Your Home Office While Ballin' on that Budget By Jaylen Lewis

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Designing Your Home Office While Ballin' on that Budget By Jaylen Lewis

I’ve come to realize that zero of my friends have any idea how to design their “at home office” for their respective careers; and, well, I can’t say I blame them. I’ve put my whole heart into Interior Design, and I’ve completely dedicated my life around Interior Design, I still struggle creating a place for myself to get in the zone to do work. At home. On. My. Day. Off.

And then there's the cost! Finding the right desk or the perfect amount of storage for all your office needs is no easy task.  For real, guys, it’s been seven months since I moved to Detroit and I’m still sitting here on my sofa writing this instead of my ideal at home office. But the time has come. Besides, most of us reading and/or writing like this are settling at our J.O.Bs while trying to create a separate platform for ourselves outside of that. I am telling you that a functional, yet trendy, home office space could be that platform you need to make whatever it is you're working towards actually happen. I am a woman of my word and I am about to follow these five steps too. 

STEP ONE: INSPIRATION

It’s time to start browsing Pinterest for those cute pictures to get your mind dancing. However, I feel it’s my responsibility in this step to kindly remind you that not all these images you see are practical for your space. Let me put this into perspective: The Philippe Starck - Ghost Chair for example. That chair is fantastic but you can’t expect that it would give you support over time. I LOVE the way they photograph and their general aesthetic, but that's all there is to it. You’re going to want that comfort!

After getting your excitement through the typical “home office inspiration” try searching things like “home office storage alternatives,” or “how to make a desk chair more comfortable,” and “functional home office spaces,” etc. to really create a space you’ll love, but more importantly USE. Really breakdown the images you find yourself loving. Why is it that you like this picture? Is it the accessories in the space? Is it the furniture? Is it the style? Colors? Could it be the actual size or set up of the space? Functional first. Beautiful second.

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via @designbyceres

STEP TWO: THE SPACE

The world we live in practically requires you to make a certain amount of money to even have a space in your home designated as home office. In the eyes of most residential builders and architects, especially in Metro Detroit where space restrictions are most certainly a real thing, a home office isn’t a main concern. So unless you're making the big bucks buying a four-bedroom home, chances are you're going to have to find a space within your home to designate. This is where a lot of people get stuck. I am screaming to everyone reading this right now an entire room IS NOT necessary!

All you need is a nook, an unused corner, a back wall, a window with nothing in front of it, the list can go on and on. You have to get creative. If there isn’t functional room for the chair, is there a chair you can get that will look cute in a corner when it's not in use? Maybe with wheels? Is there a shallow closet you barely use? Can you take the door off its hinges and assemble a desk from there? Is there a sofa floating in the room? Sofa table and a desk all in one? A desk with a mirror mounted above it as a multi functional makeup vanity? The space is there, I promise. Think about it, find it and commit to setting up your new home office.

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via @countryliving

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via @countryliving

STEP THREE: THE BUDGET

Since no one likes to talk about money, I am going to keep this short and sweet: Come up with a number in your mind, a reasonable number in your mind that you can afford before you start your project and make it work. Stick to it! With Salvation Army, garage sales, Home Goods clearance, estate sales, YouTube, spray paint, and some patience anything is possible.

STEP FOUR: THE FURNITURE

People often think that what they have pictured for their home office is going to be easy to find. And I am going to tell you right now, it isn’t. All the beautiful, trendy pieces you see on Pinterest or other sites most likely will not fall into your young professional budget and chances are that piece of furniture was completely customized. Meaning, the frame existed, but the finishes and details are there because the client, designer or person buying the furniture put them there. Most likely, it doesn’t exist. The idea of customizing your own furniture, especially case goods like desks, has become achievable for people to do on their own. The phrase “everything is on YouTube” is very real. When trying to find the perfect furniture for your space focus on the frame - the size, the shape, the scale - not the way it is aesthetically moving you because as we just learned, that can be changed.

Another secret ingredient to a functional home office space that is often overlooked is a place to just simply think or read. A comfy place to cozy up. Your desk is for active work, but you probably need a relaxed space as well, to give your working mind a chance to rest. A dreamy home office has a nice comfy chair worth curling up in–potentially with an ottoman if the space allows. Now add a colorful pillow to the chair – time to play.

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STEP FIVE: PERSONALIZE

Now for the FUN. There are no rules to personalizing your space. Just make sure you think through what you are going to personalize and don’t be afraid to change it up often. Avoid adding too many pictures or little accessories that are going to distract you from the task at hand. Instead use your creativity to personalize parts of your office that will motivate you. 

Changing things up in the space will keep you excited to come back. Include memories from successes, witty cartoons that give you a quick laugh, or even a scent that is going to make you more focused. Try adding something to your home office that you most certainly cannot have in a cubical. 

Above all else, keep it simple and significant!

Stay nice,

Jaylen - Interior Designer, Scott Shuptrine Interiors 

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Fruition at Parliament Room CRUSHED

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Fruition at Parliament Room CRUSHED

I CAUGHT FRUITION AT THE PARLIAMENT ROOM INSIDE OF OTUS SUPPLY THIS PAST THURSDAY AND IT LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY ROCKED. 

Fruition, a bluegrass band out of Portland, Oregon has made a name for themselves in the music scene the last couple of years. Their recently released album, "Labor of Love" got them major national recognition not to mention the fact that they played Red Rocks Amphitheater and Bonnaroo this past year. They've toured with acts like Greensky Bluegrass out of Kalamazoo and ALO. Thursday night they played the hits like Labor of Love, Mountain Annie and surprised us with a couple Tom Petty covers which did not disappoint.

Dining room at Otus Supply

Dining room at Otus Supply

Now THE SPACE. It's epic. It's artsy. It's comfortable. One of those spaces that connects with your soul on the first impression. The vibe inside Parliament Room was unmatched with Fruition in there. Bluegrass just works in the space. It's a classy joint that serves beer and whiskey in actual glass glasses. It makes paying $14 for a Bullet on the rocks kind of worth it. Next time I'll pregame a little bit harder, but the drinks were on point and the beer selection was great. 

Whiskey bar at Otus Supply

Whiskey bar at Otus Supply

I didn't want the show to end. I could've listened to Fruition all night. 10/10 would go back to catch a show at Parliament Room and will definitely be seeking out Fruition the next time they're in Michigan. A truly wonderful way to spend a Thursday night. 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

 

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Orleans and Winder: The Obsession Continues

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Orleans and Winder: The Obsession Continues

TO SAY I'M OBSESSED WITH ORLEANS AND WINDER WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

I SWEAR THIS THIRD FLOOR FASHION OASIS IN EASTERN MARKET IS STRAIGHT OUT OF NYC. WHY WE LOVE THIS PLACE (OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT I WORK RIGHT ABOVE IT)? THE FOUNDER ERIN WETZEL FOCUSES ON THE SLOW FASHION MOVEMENT. SELLING DESIGNERS THAT TAKE PRIDE IN THEIR HAND CRAFTED, CRAFT. WITH FALL BEING THE MOST IMPORTANT FASHION SEASON OF THE YEAR, I MET UP WITH ERIN TO CHAT ABOUT HER FAVORITE DESIGNERS IN STORE FOR FALL. 

UMA WANG

Fresh off Uma Wang's first official show in Paris fashion week. This chick has been proclaimed by Italian Vogue and countless industry insiders. Uma's signature style combines fabric with knits creating modern lines into a sophisticated, timeless design. She has a flagship boutique in Shanghai and her label is stocked in most global cities.  

The Cosma coat and Kona jacket. 

There’s something refreshing about Uma Wang. While staying true to avant garde design, she also manages to evoke a soft, feminine aesthetic. Her use of textiles and flowing shapes, as well as her use of subdued colors and stripes, has drawn a loyal following here in the United States, and with good reason.
— Erin Wetzel, Orleans and Winder

Thelma Top, Cosma coat & Kacee jacket. 

SUNDAY SOMEWHERE

Matahari by Sunday Somewhere

Matahari by Sunday Somewhere

We love a good come up story. Hell, we all have them. Sunday Somewhere a sunglass brand out of Australia has gained a massive following over the last couple of years. Probably because they make some of the best fitting sunglasses you'll wear. Prices range from $200-$400 and are pretty affordable compared to the Chanel's & Gucci's of the world. From classic to MAJOR statement pieces, Sunday Somewhere has a design for everyone. Who doesn't like some carefully designed, won't break the bank, uber stylish sunglasses? - NO ONE. 

GUIDI BOOTS

GUIDI black soft horse leather boots 

GUIDI black soft horse leather boots 

Nothing says fall like a new pair of boots. Let me mention these are some of the nicest, most badass leather boots known to mankind --> Guidi. Guidi, started in 1896 and is from Pescia, Tuscany where the art of leather tanning can traced back to the middle ages. The boot has evolved throughout the years but the passion for leather and respect for the trade has stayed true. Dudes are big fan of this designer as they're continually featured in GQ and known to be worn by the likes of Zayn Malik of One Direction. They now make unisex and woman's boots and THEY. ARE. AWESOME. 

If you're into uniqueness and investment pieces that make you look GOOD stop by Orleans and Winder the next time you're in Eastern Market! 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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From Tulle Dresses to Daring Red: Fall/Winter Trends

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From Tulle Dresses to Daring Red: Fall/Winter Trends

WHILE YOU MAY THINK FALL AND WINTER FASHION IS ALL ABOUT GREY SWEATERS AND PUFFY COATS, THE FALL/WINTER 17-18 COLLECTIONS SHOWED A VERSATILE AND INTERESTING SIDE OF THE UPCOMING SEASON. 

Whether you're looking for a comfy, go-to everyday outfit or a fancy dress for special occasions, you’ll find inspiration and outfit tips from the runways of Elie Saab, Burberry, Chanel and Balmain.

Dior & Elie Saab via Polyvore

Dior & Elie Saab via Polyvore

Probably couldn’t start off our list with any other trend. With the rich color palette (from indigo blue to deep purple and light lavender) the tulle overlays and the low cut silhouettes, Elie Saab and Dior created a modern princess vibe. Although it might seem hard to pull off on a casual day, you can easily combine elements of this trend with more laid back, edgy accessories such as a silver cuff or a sturdy leather jacket.

OUTFIT TIP: an embroidered midnight blue top with a tulle midi skirt and a traditional black leather jacket

Elie Saab via Polyvore

Elie Saab via Polyvore

Makeup & Hair: A classic smokey eye makeup look or a cool toned purple lipstick with a messy bun would look amazing with this style.

Chanel & Burberry via Polyvore

Chanel & Burberry via Polyvore

A classic combination, whether it’s the blending the two colors together with patterns and grey shades or featuring a harsh contrast between black and white. Outfits from Chanel and Burberry mix all-white looks with timeless black details such as masculine blazers high heeled boots and headbands, and to make the outfits even more interesting, the designers played with fabrics such as soft lace and wool. Another thing I love about this trend is that it’s super easy to recreate and offers a clean and minimalist, yet fashion forward outfit choice.

OUTFIT TIP: A smart casual white dress with a checked blazer and black accessories, such as black boots and a tote bag.

Chanel via Polyvore 

Chanel via Polyvore 

MAKEUP & HAIR: Since this is a more elegant trend as well, match it with a winged eyeliner and sleek straight hair.

Balmain & Gucci via Polyvore 

Balmain & Gucci via Polyvore 

Bohemian an indie outfits don’t seem to go out of style, and I can understand why. These looks have something very modern and a bit dark about them with the ruffled leather details and the thigh high boots. To make it more fall and winter appropriate, fashion houses such as Balmain completed the looks with shoulder pads, fringes and high neck details.

OUTFIT TIP: A beige cold-shoulder top with faux a snakeskin skirt, a suede jacket and matching brown boots. 

Gucci via Polyvore 

Gucci via Polyvore 

HAIR & MAKEUP: A braided updo and taupe or caramel lips would go perfectly with the bohemian trend.

Dolce & Gabbana & Balmain via Polyvore

Dolce & Gabbana & Balmain via Polyvore

If you started to get bored of the classic Little Black Dresses, you will fall in love with this twist. A mesh overlay with asymmetric cut outs, a unique neckline and elegant midi length is the perfect mix of classy and futuristic, not to mention t’s a versatile style that you can easily dress up or down. For everyday wear, choose a distressed silhouette (such as a T-shirt or sweater dress) and wear it with a pair of Chelsea boots and a leather jacket, and for a Friday night out or a special occasion, wear it with a pair of heels and a metallic clutch.

OUTFIT TIP: A frilled mesh T-shirt dress with black lace-up boots and an envelope bag.

Silja Magg via Polyvore

Silja Magg via Polyvore

HAIR & MAKEUP: It’s time to experiment with the wet hair and geometric eyeliner trend to complete this daring look. 

Max Mara & Versace via Polyvore

Max Mara & Versace via Polyvore

OUTFIT TIP: A chunky knit red sweater with a checked pencil skirt and a classy pair of high-heeled boots. 

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via Polyvore

HAIR & MAKEUP: Rock a glossy eye with nude lips (or a matching red lipstick if you feel adventurous) and a high ponytail or messy, wavy hair to complete a head-to-toe red look.

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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5 Minutes with Courtney Burk of Batch Brewing Co

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5 Minutes with Courtney Burk of Batch Brewing Co

WE GOT THE CHANCE TO HANG OUT WITH COURTNEY BURK, 26, WHO RUNS FRONT OF HOUSE, MARKETING, EVENTS, SALES AND IS THE MASTER OF GETTING SHIT DONE AT BATCH BREWING CO IN CORKTOWN, DETROIT.

While Courtney may be behind the scenes a lot of the time, she’s also constantly stepping forward to promote the female perspective in the craft beer world. Keep reading to learn more about her journey in the beverage industry.

Entrance to Batch Brewing

Entrance to Batch Brewing

How did you get your start in the beverage industry?

My parents actually own restaurants, so I started working there. They’ve had them for 30 years- Downriver, and I started working in the industry when I was 15. From there, I went to college to study creative writing and marketing. I ended up managing two different restaurants while pursuing my degree.

Beer bars, correct?

Yes, Kalamazoo Beer Exchange and Wine Loft. I came back after college, and helped my dad install 40 craft beers into his bar- along with a full bar addition that was completely new to his restaurant. And then I tried to do the whole “just writing” gig, and got restless sitting at a desk all day. Then, Batch Brewing Co put out a call for bartenders. I really loved their product and in the back of my mind I thought, “Hey, I’m here everyday anyway! Might as well get paid for it.”

Taps at Batch Brewing

Taps at Batch Brewing

How do you navigate the male dominated beverage industry?

The best advice I can give to women in this industry is to find your support system. Whether it be through co-workers, management, or female based groups like Fermenta. It’s really awesome to work at an establishment that values and respects women and allows me to fulfill my potential.

Has there been a moment where your perspective has brought about change?

Actually, it’s DICKSMASHER. So, when I originally started at Batch Brewing Co, there was me and another woman who worked behind the bar. We were the only women that were working here amongst dudes with beards. It was around our birthday, and we wanted to brew a beer, get our hands dirty, and see if we wanted to move into that position at all in the future. So, we brewed a beer- super big, imperial stout with a little bit of anise, that’s super roasty. We were sitting there, trying to figure out a name for it for weeks while the beer was fermenting. We started going through and talking about all the sexist beer labels and names. Pat, one of our brewers, walked over and was like, “I’ve got it, I know what the name should be, think about this... DICKSMASHER.” And he walked away. We thought it was awesome. It was anti all of the sexist names/labels that exist.

Courtney Burk of Batch Brewing

Courtney Burk of Batch Brewing

And you have a DICKSMASHER event coming up?

We do! On October 28th, which is the last day of Michigan Brewer’s Guild Fall Beer Festival, we will be hosting the official after party and DICKSMASHER Bottle Release Party. We’ll have that and our Koffin Kat’s collaboration on tap, we’ll have bottles available, and there’s an unlimited number- so you can buy as many as you want. We have a free shuttle that’s running across the street to Brew Detroit and then to Fall Beer Fest all day long. It’s going to be an awesome event.

What is your favorite beer at Batch Brewing Co?

Probably Empire Pale Ale or no wait, Second to Last Word- a cocktail inspired sour using botanicals from our neighbors over at Two James… it’s SO good!

Thanks, Courtney! You know we’ll be back to share a beer again soon.

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Fun Fundraiser Alert: Neighbors at the Nest

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Fun Fundraiser Alert: Neighbors at the Nest

The Tricycle Collective is a nonprofit near and dear to my heart.

Read this Metro Times article to learn about the organization and the housing crisis facing the Detroit community.

Tomorrow, come to Neighbors at the Nest, an event at the Do Not Bid Mural in West Village to help raise money for families in tax foreclosure.

Photo of Artists, Ellen Rut and Ouizi, taken at last year's event. 

Photo of Artists, Ellen Rut and Ouizi, taken at last year's event. 

Throughout October, all funds raised will provide families with children the starting bid they may need to purchase the home they already live in from the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction.

ROCKETMANxix will be performing, friends will get together, and smiles will be shared. Read my coverage of last year's event here

Bring yourself and maybe a chair.

Friends, food, and funds are appreciated. Click here to donate online and learn more about how we can #keepdetroitathome.

See you there,

Boho Barbie

 

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JADORE EXCLUSIVE: Muralists in the Market

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JADORE EXCLUSIVE: Muralists in the Market

The market is thriving right now!

For the past week, Muralists have been working day and night to finish their pieces. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask the artists about their work, themselves and what they think of Detroit. Yesterday, I hit the pavements with a very Carrie Bradshaw-esque sense of journalistic empowerment and got up close and personal with the artists.

I saw a guy with paint on his jeans and figured he's probably a good place to start. I asked if he was a muralist and had time to answer a few questions for J'adore Detroit. He said sure but it would have to be while he worked. That was an easy yes from me, I climbed on the lift and we got the ball rolling. 

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After, I walked down Winder and ran into another muralist, I asked if he had time to answer a few questions. I was pleasantly surprised when he answered “sure” in an Australian accent. Turns out the muralist is Meggs, creator of one of my favorite murals in the market.

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From there, I saw a golf cart filled with artist-type people. I asked if any of them were muralists and they were not but they told me to make a right and another right and I would run into a lot of muralists. I took two rights and came across an alley filled with artists working on their walls. The first, a bubbly girl wearing a pink scrunchie to match her mural.

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Going down the line of muralists (literally), Anthony Lee was up next.

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Next to Anthony, two guys were going IN on a mural. In hindsight it was probably a little rude of me to break their ironclad concentration... but I did. I watched in amazement as HOXXOH and Brian Lacey used a very specific kind of spray paint technique to bring their piece to life. Turns out the two were in a time crunch and only had the day to start and finish the piece.

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At the end of the alley, a guy so cute I was almost nervous to talk to him was getting on his lift. I had a WWCD (what would Carrie do) moment and asked if he had a few minutes to talk.

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After talking to Jonny I was satisfied with my interviews for the day and headed towards Supinos to reward myself with a slice. As I started walking through a parking lot, two guys waved me over.  (I guess I must have looked like I needed a friend, wandering alone through a parking lot like that?) Beau and Shark Toof introduced themselves and told me they’re muralists- perfect, because I’m looking to talk to muralists! Beau took me to Red Bull House of Art and showed me the mosaic he’s working on.

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Finally, my work day was done. It was time to kill it at the gym and get ready for mingling with the muralists at Lincoln Street Art Park. The girls and I stepped on the scene glittered out and serving looks per usual. There’s a very specific hype around Lincoln Street Art Park, it’s like a mini Detroit Burning Man. My personal opinion-  if you’re not wearing fur, you’re not doing it right.

The perfect amount of scenesters were at the Park. Not packed, but enough people to feel like it’s a party.

I ran into Shark Toof and talked to him about life in LA and what he thinks of Detroit. Turns out he’s looking for a place in the area because Detroit is obviously the coolest place to live in the US. Here’s a video of his work that he showed me:


At 2:30 I called it a night. When all was said and done, and I was tucked in bed I couldn’t help but think my usual thought, “What a day. What a life. What a city.” Detroit is a crazy place and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

Love, Light, and All Things Magical.

-Boho Barbie

 

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There's a New Pizza Place in Town

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There's a New Pizza Place in Town

... AND PIZZAPLEX IS A MUST VISIT!

When you walk into PizzaPlex in Southwest Detroit, you’ll more than likely be greeted by managing partner, Nate Hannon. If this is your first time, he’ll explain different styles of Neapolitan-style pizza on the menu, talk about the company culture, and offer suggestions to order. The into may even develop into a full conversation. That’s because there’s a lot to say about PizzaPlex, Detroit’s newest pizzeria. With a fusion of good ideas, great food, and conscious individuals, the seemingly unassuming restaurant is slated to become a favorite in Southwest Detroit.

Managing Partner of PizzaPlex, Nat Hannon. 

Managing Partner of PizzaPlex, Nat Hannon. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Neapolitan Style Pizza

Partner/owners of PizzaPlex, Alessandra Carreon and Drew McUsic, work hard to create an authentic Neapolitan experience. They partnered with Fabiano Cristiano, a pizza maker from Italy, to educate their employees on traditional recipes that are hundreds of years old. The ingredients are either locally sourced, grown in house, or directly from Italy. They even pursued a Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certification, a first for a restaurant in the city of Detroit. Order any pizza off the menu, and you’ll taste the difference immediately. The crust is crispy and doughy all at the same time, with flavorful tomato sauce topped with olive oil, cheese, and fresh basil.

Hannon points to where PizzaPlex’s tomatoes are sourced, in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius, Italy.

Hannon points to where PizzaPlex’s tomatoes are sourced, in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius, Italy.

Creative Programming

The partners of PizzaPlex are working towards creating a culture of community. They are envisioning plans for dinner and a movie specials, open mic nights, and have a great happy hour. From 5-7pm, you can grab a Margherita Pizza and Margarita for $10. Also available during happy hour is the Cable Car Cocktail $3, Marinara Plex (vegan) $3, and Tiramisu $3. If you have a few dollars to spare, we recommend taking part in “sospeso” culture. It’s the pay-it-forward idea that you pick up the tab for another individual. Anyone can come into PizzaPlex and redeem the prepaid item, no questions asked.

The interior of PizzaPlex with a live herb wall. 

The interior of PizzaPlex with a live herb wall. 

Company Culture

From competitive wages, health care, paid vacation & sick days, as well as IRA options, the owners of PizzaPlex work hard to ensure a positive company culture. The service industry is notoriously slow to adopt ethical working practices, so PizzaPlex is taking an important initiative by joining the ranks of Detroit restaurants that are prioritizing social justice. If you’re looking to support businesses who prioritize promoting community in all the right ways, definitely check out PizzaPlex.

Tammisha Givantt shows off a pizza she just pulled out of the oven. 

Tammisha Givantt shows off a pizza she just pulled out of the oven. 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Dine N' View

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Dine N' View

The future is here, now you can order a full meal and drinks from the comfort of a reclining chair at Emagine Theater.

Sit back (all the way back) and enjoy the show.

Guests are asked to come 30 minutes before the show to get settled and place their orders.

When you’re ready to order, push the attendant button on your tray to call the waitress over.

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I was shocked to see the variety of food on the menu, you can get everything from classic concession stand candies to chicken and waffle sliders. I ordered the buffalo chicken wrap and spinach artichoke dip and was delighted with both.

All orders are made in The Grille, Emagine’s full service restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised with the food, it was amazing!

Eating a full meal and drinking a gin and tonic in a movie theater is a magical experience. I was so comfortable I didn’t want to leave after the movie ended.

Dine N’ View makes seeing a movie in theaters a luxurious experience, 10/10 would recommend to a friend.

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Dlectricity Recap: Magic in the City

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Dlectricity Recap: Magic in the City

Dlectricity delivered as promised.

If you couldn’t tell from my post last week, I was beyond excited for Dlectricity. I love neon lights and weird visuals. Dlectricity is like Christmas to me.

On Friday night I stepped out of my Midtown apartment and hit the streets. I started at Luminaria Magna on the corner of Warren and Woodward and made it just in time to see Anthony Jasper’s set.

Dreams do come true.

The stage was set inside a wall of lights that were color controlled by an interactive panel guests could experiment with. Anthony was the perfect act for the event, his music is universally likable and a great representation of the techno talent in Detroit. If you haven't read our J'adore Exclusive with Anthony, check it out here.

After, I stopped into The Cathedral Church of St. Paul Sanctuary to watch Akiko Nakayama project a magnified live stream of mixing paint. Originally I thought it was a visual on loop, it took probably five minutes to realize that I was watching a projection of the artist mixing paint in the corner- it was mind blowing.

One of my favorite things about Dlectricity is going in places I’ve been before, like the DIA or a church, and seeing the space in a new light and carrying that memory with me the next time I’m there.

The DIA was poppin’ inside and out. I watched The Shadows of Slendrotron (The Monkey God’s Great Leap) behind the DIA and was thoroughly impressed with the robotic performance. Only in Detroit would something so obscure happen.

If it’s any indication of how spectacular the art was- I was on a terrible date Friday and still had a great time at Dlectricity. Friday’s festivities came to an end and left me excited for Saturday.

Saturday started with a shopping spree at Boro to find the perfect outfits for the day. I left with a very Boho Barbie fringe vest for my daytime look and a glittery gold, liquescence body suit my night look.  My girlfriends and I went to a bougie-bouge rooftop party in Eastern Market coordinated by the ever fabulous Playground Detroit for Soho House. After getting our daily dose of celebrity vibes, the girlsquad and I geared up for another night of Dlectricity.

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Saturday night was twice as busy as Friday. People from all walks of life were out and about, it was a great moment for the Detroit community. Yes, there were definitely suburbanites in the mix but there were also a lot of families and kids from real Detroit.

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The girls and I posted up on the steps at the DIA to watch the projection across the street, on the Detroit Library. On the side of the building, we got our picture taken at the Light as a Shadow installation presented by Arts and Scraps. Behind the DIA, we played with giant glowing bunnies  in the CCS sculpture park.

Photo of Sarah O'Donnell taken by Alex Santori

Photo of Sarah O'Donnell taken by Alex Santori

After, we went to Mocad and ran into what felt like everyone I’ve ever met in Detroit. Mocad was the place to be! The gallery was filled with people enjoying the artwork and getting drinks at the indoor/outdoor bar. The tiny house behind Mocad was illuminated and outlined with projections. Unfortunately, there was a horribly annoying projection of people screaming that added a layer of anxiety to the outdoor area.

After mingling at Mocad, my friend Alex and I headed back to the Luminaria Magna stage. On the way we ran into a performance piece showcasing actors behind shades being projected on and interacted with by artists. As the people behind the shades performed what looked like a Chinese tea ceremony, artists were moving and mixing different materials on the projectors to colorfully veil the performance.

We made it back to Luminaria Magna to watch Ryan Dahl end the festival with a bang. Talk about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Ryan Dahl is a straight up techno babe. I could have watched him perform in a wall of lights for the rest of the night.

During the show a really special thing happened. I looked over and saw a man I recognized from the area, I think he’s homeless - but not in a scary zombie way. And there he was, enjoying this incredible performance at this incredible event, dancing in the crowd like everyone else.

It made me appreciate the magnitude of inspiration Dlectricity injected into the community and the youth.

The festival made avantgarde art accessible to everyone and people were receptive and excited to be there. I can only imagine the amount of young minds Dlectricity inspired. I have the privilege of being exposed to bizarre creative things on the regular and it has immensely shaped who I am as a person. Dlectricity gave that experience to everyone in Detroit for free and that is something profoundly significant.

There’s a special magic in Detroit and it was very present throughout the entire weekend. See you in two years Dlectricity, I’m already counting down the days.

Love always,

Boho Barbie

* Special shout out to Alex Santori for the pictures and videos, thank you so much! *

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Lululemon’s Downtown Detroit Local Gives Back to the Community in a BIG Way

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Lululemon’s Downtown Detroit Local Gives Back to the Community in a BIG Way

A different take on athletic gear shopping has landed in Detroit in the former space of Kit + Ace and we couldn't be happier to welcome Lululemon downtown. The most unique aspect of the Downtown Detroit Local is utilizing the space as a hub for impact, connection and action. One of five stores like this in the country, Lululemon will work with the Downtown Boxing Gym to invest $20,000 to create a youth program based around yoga and meditation. Boxing + Yoga for our youth in Detroit, what could be better? 

Woodward street view of new shop. Photo by @lululemon. 

Woodward street view of new shop. Photo by @lululemon. 

On top of the initial $20,000 donation made by Lululemon, 50% of all profits up to $200,000 will go to the Downtown Boxing Gym over the initial partnership of 2 years. This amount could make for an extensive youth yoga program that withstands the test of time and has a considerable impact on the community. 

Photo by @lululemon. 

Photo by @lululemon. 

The Downtown Boxing Gym was the obvious partner for the Downtown Detroit Local because of the longstanding relationship the non-profit has with Detroit.  The gym currently serves more than 130 students between the ages of 7 and 18, with a growing waiting list. More than 75% of the enrolled students live within a 3-mile radius of the gym and are residents of the nearby public housing units. 

Community room. Photo by @lululemon

Community room. Photo by @lululemon

Now let's talk about the space! It's gorgeous and doubles as a retail space and community engagement endeavor equipped with a board room for meetings, hanging out and classes. The goal here is to welcome people from the community to work in the space in really capacity. The light and bright feel of the space makes it perfect for that! You'll be in good company too as the space boasts local designers such as: Shinola, Playground Detroit, Flora Detroit, Ellen Rutt & Lisa Spindler.

We love the fact that Lululemon’s Downtown Detroit Local is one of five Lululemon locals across the US + Canada that are functioning as Here to Be hubs in Houston, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia. 

We are so excited for Lululemon to be in the D and look forward to getting involved in their yoga and volunteer programs.  

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