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Mo Pop Recap

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Mo Pop Recap

MoPop music festival returned to Detroit for its fourth year and it was triumphant. The two-day festival was lined up with 22 musical acts, across two stages in West Riverfront park bringing a musical spectacular to concert goers.

The festival was done right. MoPop Festival was a perfect combination of national headliners, up and coming favorites and Michigan must-see artists. The beautiful weather was a delightful match for the crowd-pleasing sets, which sent people into a dust filled dance party alongside the Detroit River.

 photo credits  @bhelowskimedia

photo credits @bhelowskimedia

IMO the festival had a great atmosphere that felt safe, organized and not overly hipster pretentious. Although cell reception was straight garbage, it was not hard to keep up with friends between the two stages. We even took my nephew for his 16th birthday and were able to keep tabs on him.

 Birthday Boy  @dylanvanh  

Birthday Boy @dylanvanh 

Day One brought a killer line up of artists that was really brought to life with the surprisingly captivating performance by 16-year-old Billie Ellish. It was a melodious and lighthearted performance from the young artists who even included a ukulele in the show.

 billie ellish photo credits  @bhelhowskimedia

billie ellish photo credits @bhelhowskimedia

The day moved along cheerfully as it moved into night with an energetic performance from Vince Staples. It was a hip-hop show at its hypest. The crowd moved in unison with his rap songs that had concert goers with their hands in the air and ass shaking throughout the whole show.

 Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, photo credits  @bhelhowskimedia

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, photo credits @bhelhowskimedia

Closing out an  impressive first day was the national headliner, Bon Iver. The artist, Justin Vernon also known as Bon Iver sent vibrations through the crowd with his first performance in Detroit proper. The vocals and bass of the performance was enough to send the audience to their knees. After a long day of festival going, the rhythmic tunes and slow serenade was a perfect night cap.

Day 2: I was a little slow moving after a long day of festival going (and no partying at all) but, the gorgeous weather and superb line-up quickly pulled me from my slump.

Dermot Kennedy kicked off the afternoon for me with his gorgeous Irish self. The soothing sounds his voice echoed across the stage as he alternated between his acoustic guitar and the piano. He delivered a captivating performance that left me swooning for the poetic vocalist.

Let me just say, what happened next was the most dope and hype performance I have seen in a long time. Maybe even ever.

 Group members of BROCKHAMPTON photo credits  @bhelhowskimedia

Group members of BROCKHAMPTON photo credits @bhelhowskimedia

BROCKHAMPTON is the trillest boy band I have ever seen. The crowd did NOT STOP MOVING and rapping along. The group literally owned the stage (and possibly the festival) with an act that screams WuTang meets ASAP Ferg meets boy band. The groups energy was contagious and heartwarming as the group brought out the rainbow flag to celebrate its predominantly gay members.

 st. vincent, photo credits  @bhelhowskimedia

st. vincent, photo credits @bhelhowskimedia

Next up was my girl St. Vincent, who stood up against tyranny and gave everyone a reason to dance with her mind-blowing performance. Her stage was adorned with a light show and visuals that matched her stunning tangerine vinyl dress. St. Vincent interchanged self-made, hand-carved guitars as she shredded the night away. After giving us the dance party, she promised, she closed out the show with an acoustic performance of “Happy Birthday Johnny,” that gave me goosebumps and moved me to tears.

I wish I could tell you I stayed to watch The National close out the night. The soothing voice of front-man, Matt Beringer is enough to send me into a solo sulk-fest. However, that wasn’t my vibe.

Not too far away, Detroit favorite Haute to Death was spinning up a dance party that was calling my name. When we arrived, the tunes were bumping, people we’re moving and showing off their best break dancing skills. We found our spot amongst the crowd and danced the night away, sending off the weekend with a celebration.



Way to send it Detroit,

xoxo lately with lo






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Savor Food & Wine Festival

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Savor Food & Wine Festival

Will there be wine? Yes.

Will there be penguins? Yes.

Will there be monkeys? Yassss!

Idk who decided drinking wine at the zoo was a thing, but I'm totally in. Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11th my peeps at Hour Detroit magazine are setting up shop at the Detroit Zoo for a weekend extravaganza of food and drinks.

Come hang with me at The Savor Food & Wine Festival next weekend to sip and dine on goodies from some of the best brands around. 

You know I love my Detroit peeps. I'm super looking forward to hanging with my neighbors over at Eastern Market Brewing Co. and Detroit Hustles Harder.

Get your tickets here!



All the best,



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Lasers Lights. Flint Eastwood. Saint Motel: Beacon Park's One-year Anniversary

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Lasers Lights. Flint Eastwood. Saint Motel: Beacon Park's One-year Anniversary

Did you see the FREAKING LASER BEAM light show on the Grand Army of the Republic building?

 pic of the G.A.R. building at the JRJR concert at Beacon Park. Photo credits: @coledevilbliss

pic of the G.A.R. building at the JRJR concert at Beacon Park. Photo credits: @coledevilbliss

Sadly. I watched it over Instagram Story like a lame-o on my couch. However, I quickly found the deets to make sure I didn't miss it again.

My dear friends, Here's what you need to know about the bad ass concert/party weekend that is taking place in Beacon Park to celebrate its one-year anniversary.

Detroit-Native Flint Eastwood will take to the stage as the opening act of the night. She is back to put on for her city after her recent performance at the summer at the MOCAD with everyones ultimate girl crush Princess Nokia. 

 Flint Eastwood in front of Mike Kelley's 'Mobile Homestead' at the MOCAD where another summer concert series will take place. photo credits @FlintEastwood

Flint Eastwood in front of Mike Kelley's 'Mobile Homestead' at the MOCAD where another summer concert series will take place. photo credits @FlintEastwood

The headliner of the night is Saint Motel, the growingly popular L.A. based band, Saint Motel who's music has been described as everything from "dream pop" to "indie prog." The band is currently working on the release of a new album and has performed at Coachella, lollapalooza, and on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

 Photo of Saint Motel performing at a concert. photo credits: @jimdonnellyphoto

Photo of Saint Motel performing at a concert. photo credits: @jimdonnellyphoto

The park is going to transform into party central when Mindfield USA lights up the night with their light show spectacular. As if the G.A.R building wasn't already a dreamy castle, the light show takes it to a whole new level of visual pleasure. 

 photos from the JRJR concert at Beacon Park of the G.A.R. building. Photo credits @coledevilbliss

photos from the JRJR concert at Beacon Park of the G.A.R. building. Photo credits @coledevilbliss

There will be other activities taking place in the park through the weekend to celebrate the parks one-year anniversary.

  • food trucks
  • craft beer
  • cocktails
  • lawn games
  • night markets

If you have time, I also recommend stopping into Lumen for dinner!


See you there babes,

Lately with Lo





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4th of July Party Essentials


4th of July Party Essentials

A checklist of everything you need to throw an epic 4th of July party.


Don’t forget to set the party tone with red, white and blue accents. If your last minute like I am, think easy -- crepe paper and balloons go a long way. You don’t have to break the bank either. I recommend hitting the dollar section at Target. You can find tons of inexpensive patriotic goodies.

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Fun pool floats are also a great touch to create Instagram worthy photos of the party.


Having fun back yard games is a great way to entertain and create engagement between guests who may not know one another. My personal favs are: badminton, corn hole and adult Jenga.

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P.S. even adults love sparklers, fireworks and glow necklaces.


Every party needs some tunes. If you don’t have outdoor speakers, make sure to have a portable speaker like a JBL. Don’t forget the charging cord for an all-day jam-o-thon.

It could also be fun to pre-make a party playlist full of summertime bangers.


Everyone loves BBQ parties, but hosting one can become expensive. Don’t be afraid to ask everyone to bring a dish. Everyone has a favorite party dish and this is a fun way for guests to show off their specialties.


Bubbles and Bikinis are one of my favorite summer combos. Do a fun spin on a wine spritzer by using frozen strawberries, blueberries or blackberries instead of ice cubes.

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This is a great time to ask your guest to bring their favorite drink to share. This way you can cover all the bases and make sure your guests have an option they like.

Don’t forget the H2O. Have plenty of bottled water or put pitchers out to keep your guest hydrated.

Clothes and Bathing Suites:

Wear something fun. You can DEF embrace the red, white and blue without being totally cheesy. Here’s a few hot party looks to pull inspiration from:

 photo credits:  Trop Rouge

photo credits: Trop Rouge


Don’t forget a towel, sunnies, a hat and SPF. No one wants to wear a sunburn at the party.

All good day parties make their way into the night. Here are a couple tips and must haves for a smooth transition:

Candles – these create a nice ambiance and repel mosquitos.

Mosquito repellant – nothing ruins an outdoor party like these uninvited pesky guests.

Lights -- string lights, lanterns and tiki torches are a great touch.

Firewood – don’t forget to stock up on wood for the bonfire if you have one.


Party on Detroit-

xxo, Lately with Lo







XERISCAPE in the Belt


XERISCAPE in the Belt

Detroit has a bad ass line up of free concerts happening this summer!


 photo via Facebook events  Xeriscape: Public Matter

photo via Facebook events Xeriscape: Public Matter

 Visuals meet Music for this line up of artists that will be taking over the Belt this Saturday, June 23rd starting at 6 pm.

This summer exhibition connects the outdoors with inside spaces through large scale art work and live performances. 

The artist are each considered strong members of the contemporary art world who are being brought together to represent varied perspectives on gender, race, identity. materiality, space and form. 

The concert is going to be a RAGER. I'm V excited to see bevolve, Mother Cyborg && ADULT. tear it up.

Let's F'n Dance in the Alley --

xox- Lately with Lo




Let's Party: Hour Best of Detroit Party


Let's Party: Hour Best of Detroit Party

We’re gonna be partying with HOUR Detroit in Eastern Market coming up on June 29th and wanted to give you guys a sneak preview of some of our faves we will be seeing at the party. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets HERE for Hour Best of Detroit Party!

Detroit Blows- Best salon for a blowout. Tell us about it. Even though they won't be at the party per say we’ll def be there pre-party for a blowout. Shoutout to our girls, Nia Batts & Katy Cockrel who developed the idea for Blows out of their frustration of not having a convenient place to get their hair done in Detroit - something we've been annoyed with for years! The blowout itself ranges from a half hour to an hour depending on hair length - so you're in and out and looking fab in a relatively short period of time. They have five base styles you can choose from -  we would legit wear any of them. They are simple, versatile and current. Overall, the blowouts are great and lasts for days!

Buddy’s Pizza- There are so many great places to get good ‘za around Detroit, but how many can say they created the Detroit Style pizza? One. Buddy’s who was voted best multi-location pizza in Detroit, AGAIN. Buddy’s has been around since the 30’s, created the square deep dish of deliciousness in the mid 40’s and have been crushing the pizza game and getting crushed on by Detroit natives and visitors alike ever since. They are an institution, a destination and a tradition. Swing by any of their locations across the city for all the yummy cheesy pies. You’ll def see us chowing down come the 29th!

 Supino's zaaaaa

Supino's zaaaaa

Supino’s Pizzeria- You cannot possibly have thought we would bring up pizza and not mention our neighbors in the market! Right? Supinos took home the win for best single location pizza joint and we couldn’t agree more, I mean we eat here every week. If you haven’t had it this place is great for Friday dinner, hangover/ lazy Sundays, or even a quick slice. New York we are not, but we will gladly accept their delicious pies, and Supino’s does it right. They have hot slices of cheese and pep ready to roll all day! If you’re getting a whole pie you have to try their Verdure e Funghi, the best (mushroom) pizza I’ve ever had.

Parc- Right in the center of all the happenings in Campus Martius Park and overall downtown Detroit area this place is a haven from all the hustle and bustle, and they have some great food and drinks. Parc took the gold for best street-level window seating and let me tell you the people watching is great! Our fave is their brunch menu and highly recommend getting the Brisket Hash and to hit up the Bloody Mary bar, spicing your Sunday up like you mean it!

Ashe Supply- Voted best Independent Coffee House, with a location across the street from the Detroit Opera House and a second next to Atwater Brewery in Rivertown. Accessible from most places near downtown, they brew their own small batches of beans they craft roast. It’s truly an aromatic experience. Honestly, it is some of the best coffee anywhere. Not only do they serve great coffee and beverages but they have excellent breakfast options too. They carry some killer bagels made by Detroit Institute of Bagels, who also won HOUR’s “Best Bagel” category!

Slows BBQ- Voted best barbecue and best ribs in Detroit. NO LIE! A Detroit favorite for the last 13 years and a cornerstone for the revitalization of Corktown (you’re welcome Ford). These guys have been drawing in crowds from all around and have been published in national news as well as TV shows! Slows is def a must for people wondering where to take out of town visitors!

 2018 Citizen Yoga retreat in Costa Rica

2018 Citizen Yoga retreat in Costa Rica

Citizen Yoga- Best yoga studio in Detroit? Royal Oak? Bloomfield Hills? Citizen! You may have even recently seen that I enjoyed an amazing trip to Costa Rica with this kula. Such a great experience, I can’t wait to go to Tulum this year. Now with three locations and growing, class is in session literally all day. On top of that, their yoga instructors are warm, inviting and full of encouragement to citizens of all skill levels! Swing by for a walk-in course or register on the Mindbody app.

Sounds like a rad time doesn’t it? We hope to see you there!


Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit


GIVEAWAY: Barley, BBQ & Beats Festival Tickets


GIVEAWAY: Barley, BBQ & Beats Festival Tickets

We are so excited to drink ALL THE whiskey, eat ALL THE BBQ and chill up in Novi this Saturday for Barley, BBQ & Beats. The event is a fundraiser that will support the Hospice of Michigan's Open Access Fund which provides end-of-life care to patients regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay. This shindig will be this Saturday, June 9 from 5 to 9 pm at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi.

 Brisket sandwich via Woodpile BBQ

Brisket sandwich via Woodpile BBQ

With each admission guests can enjoy three plates of BBQ from these different food vendors: 

·        Aljoom’s BBQ

·        American House

·        Black Bull BBQ

·        C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill

·        Detroit BBQ Company

·        Forte Belanger

·        Lockhart’s BBQ

·        The Moveable Feast

·        Park’s Old Style BBQ

·        Red Rock Barbecue

·        Westside Barbecue

·        Woodpile BBQ Shack

 Two James Rye Whiskey via Two James

Two James Rye Whiskey via Two James

BBQ wouldn't be complete without something strong to wash it down! So the following Michigan whiskey vendors will be serving up three handcrafted, whiskey based cocktails for your enjoyment from the following distillers: 

·        American Fifth Spirits

·        Ann Arbor Distilling Company

·        Bier Distillery

·        Detroit City Distillery

·        Grand Traverse Distillery

·        Journeyman Distillery

·        Our/Detroit

·        Red Cedar Spirits

·        Two James Spirits

But there's more than just good BBQ and whiskey to go around! There's also live music! We know, this is shaping up to be a great event! The night will include performances by Corey Dakota & The Rippers, Drop 3rd Strike and Space Cat. 

Want to know the best part? We're giving away 2 free tickets TODAY so head over to our Instagram and check out our stories to win yours!

If you're interested in purchasing a ticket you can do that HERE


Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit


Movement Weekend Hotspots


Movement Weekend Hotspots

Memorial Day weekend is without a doubt one of my favorite times to be in Detroit!

Every Memorial Day weekend since 2000, Movement music festival brings techno lovers and DJs from all over the world to Hart Plaza.

The festival celebrates Detroit as the birth place of techno and vibrates beats through the city from May 25th-May 29th.

Although I love the festival, it’s the parties throughout the city that really kick off summer in Detroit with a BANG.

 photo via @a_swierczynski

photo via @a_swierczynski


Marble Bar:

·      The weekend jumpstarts on Friday, May 25th with the movement pre-party at Marble Bar. Matthew Dear will be amongst the list of headliners who will kick-start the weekend full of techno. 

·      One of Detroit’s favorite party host, Freakish Pleasures, will return to get weird on May 28th. The party has a long line-up of artists including Detroit resident DJ, Ryan Spencer. This party starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. the next day, leaving lots of time for the dance party get down.

TV Lounge:

·      This is a weekend not to be missed at TV Lounge, who is known for its year-round techno and summer patio parties. The party starts on Friday the 25th with a free BBQ and an outdoor DJ set all night. The dancing continues on Saturday when Egyptian Lover and Stacey Pullen play amongst a killer line up of DJs.

Detroit Shipping Co.: Don't miss the inaugural party "Techno & House: They Go On and On," at the Detroit Shipping Co.  Jesse Saunders, originator of house music joins Chip E, John Collins and Mike Agent X Clark to tear down the house (or shipping container.) Come at 7pm for free entry and a rare panel discussion. The DJ's will discuss their perspective on the comping up of techno in Detroit and Chicago, but more importantly where the future of techno is going. 



The Schvitz: SOUND BATH at the Schvitz #2 takes place Thursday, May 24th. This will be a co-ed steam party to get you warmed up for the weekend ahead.

SMPLFD: On May 26th, our Eastern Market neighbors over at SMPLFD are partnering with Haute to Death to throw a tropical party, with a real back yard theme. The free party, FEELIN' REAL GOOD will be lined with local DJs runs from 12-8 p.m. They will be serving up a taco bar, BBQ, and refreshments. There will also be giveaways, raffles, and party games to give even out-of-towners a neighborhood party feel. Check out the party vibes from last year below.

Haute to Death will also be having a Haute 2 Death Swim Club pool party on Memorial Day for the ultimate weekend party and cool-down. The social club party tickets must be purchased in advance, when the location will be released.

Diamond Belle Boat Parties: Techno takes to the Detroit River with boat parties such as Shipfaced and Just Add Water happening over the weekend. Since there will be limited seating, I recommend buying tickets in advance.



XoXo- Lately with Lo


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. 



Lately With Lo


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Hamtramck Music Festival, a Dive Bar Extravaganza


Hamtramck Music Festival, a Dive Bar Extravaganza

This weekend, Hamtramck is the place to be.

It's the annual Hamtramck Music Festival!

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Looking at the Line up, You Won't want to miss; 


Craig Brown Band

White bee



Virginia Violet & the Rays



Five Pound Snap

Detroit techno Militia 

Cosmic Light Shapes




Enjoy this recap of last year's Fest to get you in the mood. 

This past weekend -March 2, 3, 4 & 5- Detroiters rocked out to local bands at the Hamtramck Music Festival.

$10 got you a weekend wristband and access to a connector shuttle that linked participating locations.

On Friday, I started my festivities at The Painted Lady. the crew and I got there around midnight to hear The Whiskey Charmers. It was loud and packed...but that’s half the fun of HMF!

After, I dashed to Small’s to catch up with some friends. Unfortunately, I missed the Erers. From what my friends were (still) screaming, it was THE BEST SHOW EVER and YOU HAVE TO SEE THEM.

From there, we made our way to PLAV Post #10 to jam out to Black Blue Hours' psychedelic rock. Luckily, PLAV was pretty empty. We needed the entire dance floor to jump around and half mosh to their gnarly space music.

G Bless the good people of PLAV Post #10. After the show a man handed out hot dogs to the audience.

Well fed and still ready to party, the crew and I boarded a connector bus to find an after hours.

Shout out to the bus driver for putting up with our misguided directions and mild food fight.

To our disappointment Planet Ant was closed. After a team huddle, we parted our separate ways and agreed to meet up the next day.

On Saturday, bright eyed and bushy tailed we started at Kelly’s Bar around midnight. Pewter Club was killing it on stage! It was my first time seeing them play, but definitely not the last! They were a quality band, I will for sure make a point to see them again.

From there, we headed to Planet Ant to see Duane the Jet Black Eel close out Saturday night.

OMG. Talk about a performance! Duane looks like Bruno Mars X Young Michael Jackson and puts on one hell of a show. 

It was theatrical and flamboyant and reminded me of Prince meets Of Montreal. Duane is BEAUTIFUL and has the bone structure of a Calvin Klein Model.

Planet Ant was an ol’ fashion riot!

Friends from all over the city were celebrating music, Detroit, and the Annual Hamtramck Music Festival. I felt a sentimental moment of community when the show ended- everyone was smiling ear to ear and planning after hour moves.

Wiped out, I didn’t make it back to Hamtramck on Sunday. Instead, I recovered from the weekend at Citizen Yoga’s Community Class.

What a phenomenal weekend! To me, the Hamtramck Music Festival officially kicks off spring in Detroit and the whirlwind of festivities that follow.

Rock on, Detroit

-Boho Barbie


ALXVNDRA + Freakish Pleasures #2: No clothes, no pictures: no judgement.


ALXVNDRA + Freakish Pleasures #2: No clothes, no pictures: no judgement.

ALXVNDRA + Freakish Pleasures #2 was a night to remember. The city’s finest came together for a night of experimental entertainment in a dreamy space, radiating with creativity.

The (very strictly enforced) dress code: “leather, latex, fetish, experimental, radical, nude.”

The policy: No photos. No judgement.


Entering Salon El Bosque, in Southwest, security guards covered cell phone cameras at the door with stickers to ensure the privacy of the guests.

Anticipation was sky high for this event. People in Detroit serve looks on a daily basis, but, the strictly enforced dress code gave scenesters an opportunity to indulge their wild side.

The outfits were unbelievable- and the best part- people were completely comfortable to show some skin and respect other’s personal space. I did not feel uncomfortable or unsafe at any point of the party wearing a leather dress, bustier, fishnets and chain choker- I was dressed on the modest side comparatively. 

The Salon was decked out in neon lights, art installations, and reflective decorations. The space is HUGE. The party spread across nine rooms, each with a unique feel. The dance floor was home to a luminescent DJ booth and a geometric installation illuminated by black lights.

Farther into the venue, a hall draped in streamers and lit by black light, opened into a performance room. A chain link fence, in the middle of the room, enclosed avant-garde acts; Park Hyun Gi and Allie Freaksnotcreeps. The expansive space was a great place to lounge with friends in a cuddle puddle and connect with new people.

The other rooms were mixed-use; one a bar area, the others, art installations and private spaces.

Pictures and videos were prohibited, so how to capture the truly unique experience and share it with J’adore readers? On the dance floor, in a moment of blissful inspiration, I decided to interview party people for their take on the experience.

First, catch the vibe. 

Park Hyun Gi describes her ritual performance and first time visiting Detroit.

In the girl’s room, I ask Mary Anne what makes this party unique.

Amanda Bramble gives her take on the event.

Tiny, the big security guard, was NOT impressed.

Tae Su sums up the night perfectly.

“You can’t find anywhere else like Detroit- especially a heavy underground city like Detroit. There’s no where else like home”

More than just another Saturday night in Detroit, ALXVNDRA + Freakish Pleasures #2 brought people together In a trance-like space to connect without the influence of social media. 


Let your freak flag fly, Detroit

-Boho Barbie

P.S. Follow me on Instagram + Twitter! Introduce yourself, I would love to get to know YOU better. 



Pop-Up Party Alert: Dine + Dance, Tomorrow Night


Pop-Up Party Alert: Dine + Dance, Tomorrow Night

Valentine’s Day isn’t over, the best is yet to come.

Tomorrow, celebrate St. Valentine with a unique culinary and music experience.


Brix Wine and Charcuterie Boutique, Chef Ashaya, and AJOM have come together to create a spectacular night of entertainment.

This is a two-part event, hosted in a secret location. The address is revealed to ticket holders after purchase (trust me, the venue is cool AF).

Two types of tickets are available:

Anthony Jasper aka AJOM is one of my favorite DJ’s in the city and definitely throws the best pop-up parties. His Halloween event, Dia De Los Muertos, was my favorite party of the weekend.

Read the recap here, I’m not making this up!

Get the full sensory experience with the St. Valentine’s Dine + Dance ticket.

At 6PM the evening will start with Hors d'Oeuvres, champagne, and wine. AJOM and Julian Kendall will curate sultry vibes with a special set of ambient tunes. After an hour or so guests will be seated to enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Chef Ashaya.

Course 1

Eggplant Caponata Mtooya

Avalon baguette, capers, tahini golden raisins, pomegranate balsamic drizzle, scallion pearls

Course 2

Mussels Qarira

Lemon tarragon za'atar vinaigrette, pickled seasonal vegetable salad, grilled radish, sunflower sprouts, toasted noodles, miso lemon aioli

Course 3

Vegetable or Beef Kibbeh

Crispy Veggie or Beef Kibbeh, walnut-stuffed date, gold potato mash, fennel cucumber mint yogurt, leek herb pesto, spiced maple reduction, kataifi, sea salt

Course 4

Crème Brulee, Vegan

Rose, pistachio, halawa, fresh strawberry

After dinner, the party starts.

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Alton Miller, Lady Monix, MGUN and Seth Carter will join AJOM and Julian Kendall on the decks.

At 10 PM the event opens to guests for the Valentine’s Ball, an all-night dance party. 

Meet your lover on the dance floor and dance the night away, under a romantic floral installation.

Knowing Anthony Jasper and his events, this will be a flawlessly executed experience that leaves guests happy - even ecstatic.

See you there

Boho Barbie




See Forq at Otus Supply, on us!


See Forq at Otus Supply, on us!

Forq, a New York-based quartet of epic proportions is bringing their signature sound of improvised jazz and groove to Otus Supply, on February 19th, and we've got tickets to give to YOU!

Get to know the band in a #JadoreExclusive interview with keyboardist, Henry Hey. 

After, tag your favorite concert buddy in the comments on THIS Instagram post by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 14th for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. 


Who // Forq Keyboardist, Henry Hey

What // Groove and Jazz

When // 7:00 PM, February 19th

Where // Otus Supply

How would you describe Forq’s sound? 

"Forq is a band of guys who like a lot of different music.  In one sense we are sort of a jazz band in that we play improvisatory groove-based music, but we all tend to like to push the music into sound spaces that are strange and quirky -- perhaps even humorous.  At times we have a harder 'rock' sound than some other instrumental groups and at other times we play some things that harken to music of another era with maybe some 'spaghetti western' influences.  All of the music is original and composed by the band members." 

Why should people come to the Forq show at Otus Supply?

"Because it's the most fun you can have on a Monday night!!  We promise that you won't be bored. And the beer and food at Otus Supply is well worth the trip." 

What’s your most memorable story on tour? 

"We've traveled enough at this point to have quite a few stories, but perhaps one of the most memorable has to do with a place where we stayed last fall.  At times, we find ourselves staying in large homes (AirBnB) and often that's a great situation for all involved.  While we were touring in the south, we ended up in a home of someone who was clearly a free spirit.  As we walked into the house, this guy had a wall-sized video mural running 24/7.  All sorts of images were projected... ALL sorts.  In addition, he was obviously an avid collector of many things including vintage luggage which was placed all over the room.  The centerpiece, however, was an active collection of guitar effects pedals (30 of them perhaps?) -- in a feedback loop -- which he used to create noise.  When you pressed one of the pedals, the result would be this sort of howling or screeching noise that varied depending on which pedals you turned on.  At first, we thought that it was a bit nuts, until we tried it out. We found ourselves up at 3 in the morning after our performance -- 'playing' this bizarre contraption and laughing our heads off."   

Is this the band’s first show in Detroit?   

"We played at Cliff Bells back in 2014."

How long will the band be in Detroit, what are you looking forward to doing while you’re here?

"This will be a very quick stopover as we will be coming from Chicago on the 18th and moving on to Toronto on the 20th.   In Detroit?  We hope to have a few good beers - which we know that Otus Supply can provide."   

 Left to right: Henry Hey (Key board) Chris McQueen (Guitar)  Kevin Scott (Bass) Jason 'JT' Thomas (Drums) 

Left to right: Henry Hey (Key board) Chris McQueen (Guitar)  Kevin Scott (Bass) Jason 'JT' Thomas (Drums) 

Make Monday fun with a night of live music, craft beer and delicious eats at Otus Supply on February, 19th.

See you there!

Boho Barbie



J'adore Approved Valentine's Day Hot Spots


J'adore Approved Valentine's Day Hot Spots

The pressure is on! Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Not sure where to wine and dine? We’ve done all of the dirty work to give you some of our best options for a Valentine’s Date Night with your special significant other:

While Lady of the House is cooking it up at The James Beard House in NYC, we’re breaking the news that they’re doing a special tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. That’s right men, how romantic and vibed out would it be to take your lady to Lady for a special Vday dinner?

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via Takoi

Takoi, (the risen restaurant phoenix) is having a 2-hour pre-fix Valentine’s Day dinner in honor of the love-bird holiday. Their food and cocktail program is funky and fresh; perfect for a couple that wants to try something new and hip for a dreamy Valentine’s night out. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the link here at $65 a person.

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via Republic Tavern

Republic Tavern, Detroit’s quintessential farm-to-table, rustic style restaurant is hosting a Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner for an intimate 40 on the second floor of the iconic G.A.R. Building (more like a castle). The dinner will be a night to remember with six courses and wine pairings for $100/person. You’ll leave full and relatively inebriated. Purchase your tickets here.

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via Sugar House

The Sugar House is putting out a special dessert and cocktail pop-up while also proudly showcasing their new food menu, with charcuterie curated from another soon-to-open Dave K. endeavor, Gratiot Avenue Provisions. An intriguing romantic spot designed for intimacy and an incredible show from the bar staff, this is sure to impress your date in high spirits.

Prime + Proper, just named "Most Romantic Restaurant in Michigan” by Food & Wine, is the definition of “chique steakhouse” if you’re looking for something more snazzy. They have a raw seafood bar and flame-grilled steaks with an outstanding wine program curated by sommelier, Liz Martinez, former sommelier of The Purple Pig in Chicago. Truly a place to wine and dine, if you can get a reservation that is.

GreenSpace Cafe is not only for vegans! This classy establishment is for all types of guests offering an array of flavorful plant-based cuisine. They have many options for dietary restrictions, not to mention a full bar, as well as an array of vegan/gluten-free desserts. Not into desserts? Get the Farmer’s Cheese Board, with an assortment of house-made cashew cheese and be blown away.

Roast This staple is the place for a relaxing, traditional, and a consistently delicious and intimate experience for your Valentine’s Day dinner. Owned by the famous chef Michael Symon, the Bone Marrow is a must, and wine is a plenty. Best thing is that it’s right downtown so bar hopping is a breeze if you want to explore the city afterwards.

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via Mabel Grey

Mabel Gray This small but mighty James Beard Nominated venture in Hazel Park is strongly urged if you want to have a culinary journey with your date. We advise to order their tasting menu, along with their beverage pairing to complete the masterpiece that Chef James Rigato composed. Best. Date. Ever. Don’t forget to make a reservation.

Amore da Roma  - Reenact “Lady and The Tramp” all in one of the oldest restaurants in Detroit (built in 1888), located just north of the Sheds at Eastern Market. This newly renovated space led by Chef Guy Pelino, kept their traditional italian menu, offering classic italian dishes such as Scaloppine Saltimbocca and Eggplant Parmigana along with their very romantic atmosphere. Bellisimo!

Cliff Bells, this cocktail jazz lounge has been around for decades and is the best place to take your Valentine to enjoy some old school entertainment. Famous musicians have played there in years past, making it the perfect place to go back in time and enjoy the night through music, cocktails and great company.

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via Gold Cash Gold

Gold Cash Gold is partnering with chef friend Anthony Lombardo of the soon-to-open SheWolf Pastificio & Bar for a special Lady and the Tramps inspired Valentine's Day! There will be copious amounts of pasta and chianti! Call to make reservations.


Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit


Auto Show Preview, J'adore Detroit Style


Auto Show Preview, J'adore Detroit Style

Last week, the 2018 North American International Auto Show opened with a slew of industry previews and special events.  

It was my first year participating in the preview- I have a hangover, new connections and a lot of glamorous pictures to show for it. 

It all started Tuesday, January 16th...

The heat was out at the Brooklyn Outdoor Loft, the office was freezing. We quickly changed plans for the day and booked conference room 2B at WeWork. I Qlined from my apartment in Midtown to Wework Merchant Row and felt like the poster child for Detroit transportation.

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Photo from @liz_wilky

For lunch, we finally went to Eatori Market. The eggplant panini is amazing and the hamburger lives up to the hype. It was great to meet Zak Yatim in person after interviewing him on the phone last Spring, prior to opening.

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Photo from Yelp 

After, Emily, Candice and I made a quick stop at Bird Bee, my favorite boutique in Detroit, while waiting for an Uber to take us to the Auto Show Press Preview.

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Photo from @bird_bee_

We oogled over every vintage-inspired piece in the store, eventually, Candice settled on an army green wrap dress to wear later in the week.

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We pulled up to Cobo Center under our Digital Spectacular Billboard. Cobo was buzzing with excitement. Tech bloggers and local media filled the main ballroom reading specs and taking pictures of 2018’s hottest cars.

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The following day, I went from class at Wayne State to “The Bavarian Cocktail Experience” presented by BMW and Dennis Archer Jr. at the Cadillac Lodge.


I sipped a Hotty Toddy in the Lodge with a group of empowering entrepreneurial women. After, the ladies and I went across the street to Central Kitchen + Bar to continue the conversation over calamari, fig flatbread, vegetarian tacos and merlot. Dennis Archer Jr. ordered us a round of Don Julio on the house and the night escalated from there.

I’ve been told I was at Standby and Grey Ghost.

On Thursday, the team worked from home to recoup from Candice’s trip to New York and my first time at the Rodeo.

On Friday, Candice and I had plans to go to the Detroit Glamour Party at Bert’s Warehouse presented by BMW and Dennis Archer Jr.. At lunch, I got a much-needed blowout at Detroit Blows. Stylist, Courtney Tidwell made me feel like Beyonce.

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It was my first time in the salon and I’m obsessed. I love the display of delicate knick knacks on the front table. I want all of them. The Donna Summers record displayed on the bookshelf made me smile. Katy Cockrel is an amazing and talented woman. Not only is her salon on point, she is a kick-ass public relations practitioner at Finn Partners.

I went back to the office and finished my work for the week. At 7ish Candice and I changed into our party outfits, and went to Detroit City Distillery for a pre-party libation. We sipped refreshing cocktails and had some time to talk out of the office.

After, we braved the three block walk to Bert’s Warehouse in fur.

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Candice and I got to Bert's, checked our coats, and took pictures in front of the step and repeat.

Kevin Williams, Head of Multicultural Marketing and Diversity & Inclusion at BMW of North America, was welcoming guests to the party.

Kevin agreed to an interview, we hopped in a promotional beamer and discussed industry trends at the 2018 Auto Show. 

Mr. Williams said three trends at this year's show are:

  1. Technology: Cars are becoming more adaptive to deliver drivers a seamless experience between vehicle and technology.

  2. Color Pallet: Makers are playing with bold hues on the interior of cars and exterior of cars. Deep oranges, blues and reds are popular in this year’s exhibition.

  3. Energy efficient: Cars are increasingly getting more miles per gallon or running on electricity.

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The fashion was on point, men and women looked like glamazons coming from auto prom in their black-tie best.

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Candice and I danced the night away and mixed and mingled with Detroit’s finest.

Each year, the international convention brings the best and brightest from the automotive industry into Detroit, for a week of previews and parties. 

Visit the Auto Show before it closes on January 28th and make of day of it in Detroit. Click here to find out what to do before and after the show.

XO Boho Barbie

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Pinterest Worthy Hair for the New Year


Pinterest Worthy Hair for the New Year

We are officially stepping into the new year with a new look. 

It's time to shake off last year's bad vibes and embrace positive change in 2018. 

Hairstylist and Balayage Babe of Detroit, David Schutzler, made a house call to give the squad makeovers (bubbly included).

Naturally, we had a photoshoot about it and turned the appointment into a party.

Photography by the very talented Kelly Karnesky.


David couldn't let us have all the fun and served a new look himself. 

He bleached his beard before dying it cherry red. I am SO into colored beards and statement looks this year.

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For my look, I asked David to crank up the Boho Barbie vibes.

He redid my balayage and ran rose pink dye through my hair. You may now call me Princess Boho Barbie. 

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Kay started with dark brown hair. Her locks went through a three-step process to lift the brown and get sunburst orange to take. 

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In line with her New Year's Resolution for professional growth, Kayla went from statement colors to a more natural hue. 

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David suggests using glitter to spice up her look, out of the office. 

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Filiz's perfectly balayaged, Rapunzel-length locks are further proof David gives the best balayage in Detroit.

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Follow David on Instagram to view his portfolio and book an appointment for your new look. 

I hope 2018 is your best year ever. 


-Boho Barbie

P.S. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter!

(My New Year's Resolution is to do the whole social media thing, wish me luck.)


Detroit Rock City: A Look at the History of Rock 


Detroit Rock City: A Look at the History of Rock 


From Motown’s roots to the punk explosion of the 70’s straight on through to today, Detroit has produced a number of artists that rock n’ roll just wouldn’t be the same without. Documented in the 2013 release of Steve Miller’s “Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock n’ Roll in America’s Loudest City”, there is no doubt that this city produced a number of notable artists that changed the face of rock music.

 Berry Gordy, Founder of Motown Records in front of his original recording studio via Pinterest

Berry Gordy, Founder of Motown Records in front of his original recording studio via Pinterest

Probably the first event that would establish Detroit as a rock n’ roll town would be the establishment of Motown Records.  Opened in Detroit, the label’s name, which was a portmanteau of the words motor and town, would become a nickname for the city as well. The label was owned by Berry Gordy and founded in an attempt to ensure that African American artists would receive the money they deserved for the music they wrote. The label released soul music with a distinct pop influence and achieved an extraordinary amount of crossover success. 

The success of Motown would pave the way for many musicians leading to the British invasion and the birth of rock n’ roll music. One of the first artists to hale from Detroit bringing this new sound, was Ted Nugent. Initially gaining fame with his band the Amboy Jukes, which formed in 1963, Nugent presented a unique rock n’ roll voice and hard rock sound. Nugent proudly bears the label the ‘Motor City Madman’.

 MC5 via Google

MC5 via Google

Other artists would soon follow in Nugent’s footsteps. Formed in 1964, the MC5 became synonymous with the Detroit sound, presenting a type of music that included elements or rock n’ roll, garage rock, blues and psychedelic rock. The band represented a counterculture movement that was considered ‘volatile and threatening” at the time. 

Iggy Pop and the Stooges soon followed suit. Formed in 1967, the band played a raw primitive style of rock music combining elements of punk, rock n’ roll and blues. Iggy Pop would later have considerable success as a solo artist performing controversial acts onstage including nudity and self mutilation.

 Iggy Pop via Rollling Stone

Iggy Pop via Rollling Stone

A number of bands would continue to rise out of the Detroit streets, but perhaps the most notable of this newer batch would be The White Stripes. Forming in 1997, the group, which consisted of Jack and Meg White, presented a stripped down approach to music and a simplified sound that mixed elements of garage rock and blues. Though the band released only three albums, they paved the way for many musicians who came after them. Jack White has since founded Third Man Records in Midtown and releases vinyl out of his own printing press.

Today, many look at Detroit as a post-apocalyptic city that has been through its share of financial difficulties (this we know). All that remains of the once great Motown records is its historical museum and many of the stars whose roots were planted on the city’s streets, have now moved on to other cities. But perhaps it is this spirit that makes our city so bad ass and contributes to its dedication to keep rock alive. 

 The White Stripes via Rolling Stone

The White Stripes via Rolling Stone

In the true spirit of Detroit rock n’ roll, venues like The Magic Stick offer an industrial space in the Majestic Theater Center where bands can get down and dirty. With an exciting array of local and national touring bands passing through, many consider this venue the epicenter of Detroit rock. 

Other clubs like St. Andrew’s Hall and The Fillmore are two other venues rich in Detroit rock history featuring vintage posters from performances that took place in its hallowed halls over the years and happen to be two of our favorite spots to catch a show. 

 The Fillmore via The Fillmore

The Fillmore via The Fillmore

But it is not only genres of rock that are prominent on the Detroit music scene. There are also numerous venues that feature jazz, blues, and techno (Detroit techno history is for another day and does NOT disappoint).

Music is integral to Detroit culture and lives through our historic venues, our streets, and people. It is the birthplace of so many successful bands and musicians and plays a prominent role in the history of music. It cultivated the spirit of rock and roll that lives on today. 

Catch live music in Detroit at some of our favorite venues: 

-The Fillmore

-St Andrews Hall

-Berts Warehouse

-Cliff Bells

-Bakers Keyboard Lounge

-PJs lager house

-Marble Bar


Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit 


6 NYE Parties in Detroit


6 NYE Parties in Detroit

Watch the "D" drop at Beacons Park or dance in a vintage steam room at the Schvitz.

This list of New Year's Eve Parties in Detroit has something for everyone. 

DTE Energy The Drop, Motor City NYE 2018

There isn’t a ballroom big enough to house what you will experience this New Year’s Eve! The Drop is located in the heart of Downtown Detroit at Detroit’s newest social gathering place — BEACON PARK with an evening festival with something for everyone!

At midnight witness a visual spectacle unrivaled in all of the Midwest when we lower The “D” to countdown to 2018.

After 7 amazing years, we have outgrown our previous home at Campus Martius Park & Cadillac Square and invite you to ring in the new year with us at Beacon Park, the newest addition to the Downtown Detroit Parks. Located just a few blocks northwest of Campus Martius in the Theatre/Arena District at Grand River & 1st Streets.

Activities begin at 4:00 pm with live entertainment on the main stage, fire pits, horse-drawn carriage rides, kids zone and much, much more!" 

Information from Facebook

Motown Countdown The Official VIP Party of the Drop 

Ring in NYE 2018 in the exclusive Grand Celebration Party Pavilion located in Beacon Park across from The “D” DROP. This luxury heated & carpeted 17,000 sq. ft. structure will host the Detroit’s Official Motown Countdown.


$135 Now Only $99*

Buy 10+ Get 1 Free

Tickets Include:

  • Entry into The Grand VIP Celebration Party Pavilion
  • Live Music and DJ Entertainment
  • Premium Bar 8pm-1am (8 Drink Tickets)
  • TITO's Vodka Specialty Martini Bar
  • Reserved Viewing Area of The DROP w/ Fire Pits
  • Party Favors & Midnight Champagne Stations
  • Midnight Pizza
  • Balloon Drop
  • Private Heated Executive Restrooms
  • Coat Check

Information from Facebook 

Haute to Death Surrealist Ball

“Dance all night. Schvitz all day.” Explains it all.

Haute to Death will turn the Schvitz, Detroit’s historic health club, into a dance club to ring in the New Year. Surrealist/Masquerade dress code is strictly enforced. The website reads, “Seriously, no entry for those who don’t bring their freakiest, most glamorous, and/or all-out hedonistic looks.” Steam it out the next day at the bathhouse. The party stops for a quick disco nap around 5 am and will reopen from 12 pm- 8 pm for steaming.

Tickets are $50 for New Year’s Eve or $75 for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Freakish Pleasures NYE

New year, same freaks



DJ Minx (Women on Wax, DET)

Turtle Bugg (Sublimate, NYC)

Scott Zacharias (Macho City, DET)

Brad Hales (Peoples Records, DET)

Devo B ( radio, MTL)

Ryan Spencer (Freakish Pleasures, DET)


~~Visual Artists~~

Geoffrey LaRue

Dessislava Terzieva

Ben Wolf

Julian Spradlin

Patrick McNicholas

Sound by Audio Rescue Team

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door


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Information from Facebook

Function Seance NYE- Blacknoi$e & Dretraxx

Function Séance triumphantly returns to Temple Bar Detroit to ring in the New Year. Black Noi$e and Dretraxx all night. Don't get priced out of the party you don't want to go to. Summon the spirits all night with $5 presale tix.

Adults Only.

Information from Facebook 

Theatre Bizarre Orchestra

Celebrate the new year with dinner and a show at Otus Supply.

See the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra play the Parliament Room at Otus Supply. The show starts at 9 pm, pregame with a 9-course family style dinner.  with two dinner seatings at 5:30 and 8:30

21+ welcome, the show starts at 9 pm with two dinner seatings at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

Tickets --->

$25 advance tickets / $30 day of / $85 dinner + show / $60 dinner

Information from Facebook

How are you ringing in the New Year?

-Boho Barbie

*Cover photo from Haute to Death





Round of applause for Paulina Petkoski and Samantha Schefman, PLAYGROUND DETROIT is a vibrant new gallery with an authentic mission.

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The tiny space packs a big punch. 

Located at 2845 Gratiot Avenue, off the beaten path of Eastern Market, near where Grenadier once was (R.I.P. forever in our hearts). 

PLAYGROUND DETROIT marks the first trendy (legal) business to move into the unchartered territory of Gratiot, past Riopelle Street

It will be interesting to see what businesses take advantage of the newly broken bubble and move to spaces further down Gratiot. 

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Samantha led a curator talk and guided guests through PLAYGROUND DETROIT's inaugural exhibition, COMM[UNITY], on December 23rd.

The exhibition showcased an eclectic combination of work from 36 artists practicing in Detroit.

The mix of multimedia projects came together seamlessly; sculptures, installations, paintings, pictures, and videos were cohesively staged in the space. Avant-garde pieces like Cristin Richards' sculptures made of human hair were mixed with recognizable work by Ouzi and Ellen Rut. 

Exhibiting artists include: Kristin Adamczyk, Marlo Broughton, Scott Campbell, Dustin Cook, Jon Dones & Ash Nowak, Patrick Ethen, Hygienic Dress League, Nick Jaskey, Sydney James, KATAI, Scott Klinker, Steve Kuypers, Malek Lazri, Luke Mack, Justin Marshall, Steve McShane, Nic Notion, Eleanor Oakes, Ouizi, Cristin Richard, Rachel Roze, Ellen Rutt, Jacx, Paula Schubatis, William Irving Singer, Michelle Tanguay, Vaughn Taormina, Dessislava Terzieva, Thing Thing, Zac Thompson, Elysia Vandenbussche and George Vidas.

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Samantha walked guests through a tour of the exhibition and talked about the meaning of each piece, gave information on the artist, and discussed the significance of the work/artist to the story of Playground Detroit, as a whole. 

Since founding PLAYGROUND DETROIT in 2012, Paulina and Samantha have worked with over 200 creatives in the city. COMM[UNITY] brought together and showcased pieces from artists that have been instrumental to the company's growth over the years and personally significant for Samantha and Paulina. 

Samantha teared up while telling the audience about a father and son who regularly visit the gallery on the walk home from school. Playground Detroit has hosted community art classes and will feature the work in an upcoming exhibition. Samantha talked about the importance of exposing the surrounding community to art. It gives people from the neighborhood an opportunity to experience creativity and inspiration. 


Tiles by Elysia Vandenbussche

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Phone by Dessislava Terzieva, Paintings by George Vidas, Dustin Cook, and William Irving Singer.

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Artist, Cristin Richard, with her sculpture. Spectators can use the attached antique brushes to brush the hair. It’s really weird and really satisfying. Cristin says it helps with maintenance because the pieces can be worn as shoulder shawls and when they are, the hair gets knotted.

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Dustin Cook, a recent CCS graduate, was on site to represent his work. In addition to showing two multimedia paintings in the exhibition, Dustin made the installation on the far wall, photographed above. 

Samantha explained, “If you look closely, you’ll notice the shapes are recognizable symbols that can be pieced together to tell a story.”

I love the installation, it reminds me of a reimagined version of magnetic alphabet letters on a refrigerator.

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Paintings by Nic Notion. His art was featured in advertisements for the Detroit movie, as a result of a collaboration between Playground Detroit, Annapurna Pictures and our sister company, Brooklyn Outdoor. Read more about it here

Samantha explains that Patrick Ethen and Tony Katai have chosen to stage their pieces as they are so Patrick's light work will reflect onto Katai's visual and look like a part of the work from certain angles. 


Peep that last name, our very own Candice Simons is a founding member!

For more pictures and information on the exhibition click here.

Due to popular demand, the exhibition has been extended until January 13th.

The Gallery is closed for the holidays until January 3rd and will reopen Wed-Friday 12-6 Sat 12-4.

So much love for Paulina and Samantha. The two have pulled together a tremendous feat and should be wildly proud of themselves.

Listening to the girls talk about the artists they work with, the community they serve, and their intentions for the space is inspiring. It's clear PLAYGROUND DETROIT has a genuine mission to support Detroit artists and include all members of the community.




-Boho Barbie


Haute to Death Brings Detroit Dance Culture to Art Basel


Haute to Death Brings Detroit Dance Culture to Art Basel

Haute to Death made their mark in Miami, at Art Basel.

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Photo from Satellite

Creative masterminds, Ash Nowak and Jon Dones, brought the fun loving spirit of Haute to Death to life in an abandon hotel room at Satellite Art Show. The show occupied the now-demolished Ocean Terrace Hotel, and turned the two story building into a giant performance piece.

Satellite was by far the coolest show I saw at Art Basel. 

Hotel rooms were transformed by the artists into immersive galleries.  As a result, the viewer is surrounded by the work and submerged in the aesthetic of the exhibit.

The show was DIY, authentic, and a lot more fun than a cookie cutter gallery scene.

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Haute to Death was set up on the second floor in room 220.

Ash and Jon’s exhibition, Emergency Nothing, included work from Jade Lauren, John Griffith, and Lindsay Cashews.

Lindsay Cashews, creator of SKNDLSS, brought prints, vinyls, and her signature collection of hedonistic-pop accessories.  

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Photo from Satellite

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Haute to Death made appropriate use of the closet to showcase (and sell) their t-shirts.

Yep, you better believe a h2d tee is on my Christmas List. 

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This mirrored mobile immediately caught my eye. I need this in my house...maybe even one for every room. I love the way the light reflects purple and green on the ceiling.


Who doesn’t love a neon sign and subtle hint of whale tail?

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Photo from Haute to Death


Photo from Haute to Death

A series of John Griffith's photography lined the wall. 

The bathtub was filled with pink balloons while a psychedelic visual was projected on the wall above and a pink fur coat hung from the shower rod. The bathroom looked like it was ready to be featured in Madonna's next music video.

After enjoying the show, I chat with Jon and Ash about the exhibition, Haute to Death and what's to come from the collective in 2018. 

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"Tell me about your exhibition. What's the inspiration, what's the message?"

"Who are the other artists are in your exhibition, why did you select their work?"

"What's makes Detroit nightlife unique?"

"How has your experience at Art Basel been?"

"What's next for Haute to Death?"

Did anyone else get chills when Meg said, “Nobody parties like Detroit”?

Get your tickets for New Year's at the Schvitz here.

Shout out to Haute to Death for representing the best of Detroit for 10 years and counting.

Ash, Jon, Thank you for your Vision, passion, and killer dance parties.


Boho Barbie


*Cover photo from Haute to Death Instagram*