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Side Gigs Can Help Single Parents Make Ends Meet

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Side Gigs Can Help Single Parents Make Ends Meet

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Side Gigs Can Help Single Parents Make Ends Meet

Are you considering a new job?  If you’re like many single parents, sometimes it’s hard to make ends meet, and you may be exploring your options.  It’s especially important to preserve what time you have with your kids and finding balance between meeting financial and family obligations can be tough.  Here is how a side gig could be the perfect solution.

What’s that again?  Many people are still learning about the gig economy.  In case you aren’t familiar, side gigs are temporary or freelance work, typically made possible via the Internet.  Generally speaking, you list a service or product on the web, and people wanting that service or product arrange to get it from you through the site.  There are a number of names for this new business genre, such as side hustle or platform work.  Even if the terms are new to you, chances are some of the businesses aren’t.

As Entrepreneur notes, there are workers who take side gigs driving people to and from destinations, provide bed and breakfast style housing, and do bookkeeping from the comforts of home.  You can do almost anything you can dream of.  You can tutor kids in your favorite school subject, help executives make travel arrangements, or do medical transcription.  You can even find work enjoying man’s best friend!  Become a dog walker or provide dog boarding, offering a very in-demand service without requiring you to spend a lot of time away from your family.      

How to put a side gig to work.  Side gigs offer tremendous flexibility and freedom.  Those are both the pros and cons of working in the gig economy.  Thanks to those qualities, you can adjust your schedule and workload so you stay involved with your kids - no more missed work to get to school plays or ball games. Depending on what gig you take on, you can save money on fuel costs and wardrobe expenses.  By the same token, the qualities that make side gigs so attractive such as freedom and flexibility, can be your downfall if you aren’t careful.

You need to be disciplined enough to set your schedule and stick to it.  You also need to be able to manage your money, since there is no payroll department withholding funds to pay Social Security, or putting money toward your retirement.  There are no paid vacation or sick days, and there is no group health insurance provided by your employer.  For many single parents, the trade off is worth it. 

Time management.  Time management may sound tricky when you’re a single parent, but there are several things you can do to set yourself up for success in a side gig.  One suggestion is to avoid multitasking.  Designate time slots to focus on your work and don’t allow yourself to become distracted.  The laundry and dishes will wait for you!  And don’t get bogged down with catching up emails or social media.  Settle in and focus on your task.  For some singles, right after the kids leave for school or in the afternoon before the kids come home can be good times.  Then prioritize work tasks by meeting the soonest deadline first, followed by order of importance or timeframe. 

Money management.  Of course, you’re considering a side gig to help with your financial status.  Managing what you earn through your work is essential to your success.  Payable recommends establishing an emergency fund as one of your first priorities.  Since gig work isn’t necessarily steady, having a cushion can help you through lean times or unforeseen expenses.  Also, set a budget, clarifying your expenses and income and establish a savings account dedicated to your tax payments and other important savings such as medical and retirement funds.

Single and successful.  Making ends meet just got easier!  Get started in a side gig for the flexibility and freedom to balance your work and home life.  Make sure you manage your time and money well, and you are sure to enjoy success!

Best,

Lucy Reed, Gigmine

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Women in Detroit Business: Sitara Bird

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Women in Detroit Business: Sitara Bird

Last week we sat down with Sitara Bird yoga teacher, wellness babe and overall amazing human being to chat about her morning routine, how she balances regular life and wellness and more!

What studios are you currently teaching at? 

sb ~ I teach yoga at all three Citizen Yoga locations as well as barre at Above the Barre X in Grosse Pointe Park. 

What does your morning routine look like? Teach us your ways! 

sb ~ My morning consists of rising at around 6:30am.  I brush my teeth, my hair, throw my contacts in, wash my face and then head to my french press.  While waiting for the water to boil, I'll mix juice from half a lemon in alkaline water and sip on that until the french press is ready. I usually let Mukti out and feed him breakfast. While drinking coffee, I take time to read whatever book I'm engulfed in at that time.  I do my best to limit social media, phone & computer use for the first hour or so upon being awake. Then I usually head to teach or take class! 

What three things would you recommend people incorporate into their everyday life to make them a bit healthier/happier? 

sb ~ Drink enough water! Take your weight and divide it by 2 and that's how many ounces of water you should be aiming for each day.

~ Eat the rainbow. Literally. Fill your plate with as many different colors ensuring you receive adequate nourishment from (preferably) plant based sources.

~ Movement. Make sure you're moving in some way everyday. Whether than means a short 20 min walk or going to take a boxing class.  There are so many different types of fitness out there. Keep trying them until you land on one you love!

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What are your go to products and how have they helped you? 

sb ~ I'm a huge fan of everything Tropeaka.  They are an Australian superfood company that offers anything from plant based, vegan protein powder to goji berry powder.  If you haven't checked them out, you definitely should! The consistency in their product as well as their wonderful customer service has turned me into a loyal customer of theirs.  

~ The second product I could not live without is my Fré Skin Care set.  I have highly sensitive skin and Fré has been my one saving grace in avoiding dermatitis and clogged pores.  As a yoga teacher, I'm always moving between hot and cold environments and every other face wash and moisturizer I've tried just hasn't cut it.

~ Lastly, my jade roller from Herbivore. Jade rolling stimulates your lymphatic system. I use it as a nightly ritual to destress, attune to my breath and just simply wind down.

Top 3 favorite workouts right now? 

sb ~ Barre, HIIT/plyometrics and yoga!

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King dancer

How do you balance regular life (like eating out and drinking) when you work in the health space? 

sb ~ Honestly, my husband and I do are best to stay in and make our own meals. When I do eat out, I'm specific about where I grab food from. Some of my favorites are Inn Season in Royal Oak, Om Cafe and Greenspace in Ferndale. As for drinking, I just reserve it for special occasions. 

Speaking of regular life, we heard you're married to the bassist in Will Sessions (the local Detroit funk band who just played Movement!) How is it being married to an artist who tours all over the world? 

sb ~It's AMAZING. I grew up in a very musical household. Coming home for teaching to hear Tim practice bass or make his own electronic beats is so serene. It's incredible to be engulfed in sound and have art woven into our daily lives. I couldn't imagine not having that. 

 Sitara in front of Red Hook Coffee in the West Village.

Sitara in front of Red Hook Coffee in the West Village.

You have 55,000 followers on Instagram! Care to share your fave editing apps/camera setup/social media hacks?

sb ~ Ohh yes! My favorite editing apps are Lightroom, VSCO and Instasize. Everyone always asks who takes my photos. If it isn't clearly stated, you can assume it was my husband!

Biggest accomplishment to date personal or professional?

sb ~ So far, becoming a full time teacher has been my biggest accomplishment. When I was still working in the corporate world, even the THOUGHT of taking this leap of faith, was terrifying enough to make me hold on to what was comfortable. Fortunately, I didn't listen to that voice, and I did take that leap of faith which I am forever grateful for. I can't imagine not teaching full time.

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

sb ~ Time management. As my schedule and social platforms continue to grow, I've been offered many collaborations with brands and created long lasting partnerships with companies whose messages I believe in.  However, managing time still can throw me through a loop. It's easy for me to get swept away with work. Creating time for self care has been a priority for me this year. 

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

sb ~ You're current story has nothing to do with your past. Unless you give it the power to do so.

What are you most excited about this summer/this year? 

sb ~ So many things! I'll be teaching this summer at a few different local festivals, including, Flow in Color and Barefoot and Free. My husband will be touring Europe. We have a few camping trips planned. I'm excited to soak up these long summer days.

Where can people find you to connect?

sb ~ On Instagram, Twitter and Facebook either @sitarabird or for my website just search Sitara Bird.

xx,

sb

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How To Get A Foothold In The Gig Economy: A Guide To Freelancing

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How To Get A Foothold In The Gig Economy: A Guide To Freelancing

Gig-based businesses are short-term or part-time careers, and they are booming across the U.S. as people find they can make quite a bit of extra money on the side or go into work for themselves. While it’s not for everyone -- gig work takes a lot of tenacity, patience and problem-solving ability -- many people have found success in various forms of freelancing. The key is to do your research before getting started, especially since there may be other entrepreneurs nearby who are willing to work just as hard as you to get their own business off the ground. Knowing what the demand is for your product or service is essential. 

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It’s also important to know where your strengths lie. There are many ways to make extra money, but if you have a special skill or talent, you’ll stand out from the rest of the pack. Setting up a website, creating a social media presence, getting organized with contracts and taxes and developing online store can increase your visibility and help you garner customers right away. 

Here are a few tips on how to get started in the gig economy.

Decide what you want to do

While it’s possible to try a few things to see what you like best, it’s a good idea to start out with only a few paths narrowed down. If you’re interested in writing online, think about your goals. Are you interested in journalism, or would movie reviews be more in your wheelhouse? Being a freelance writer requires a lot of patience and tenacity simply because there are so many publishers out there, and they all have different needs and practices. The same is true for artists and other creative jobs; everyone wants something different. Understanding exactly what is expected of you as a business owner is especially important to understand if you’re thinking of making your side gig a career. Click here for other personality traits common in many business owners, and that may be required of you when running your own company. 

Take a class

You might be thinking of getting into the gig economy because you’re already skilled at a particular task and want to monetize it. Even if you have some knowledge on a subject, it can’t hurt to gain some more. Consider taking a class to learn as much as you can, either about the trade you want to practice or about business itself.

Do some research

It’s always a good idea to do some research where your business is concerned. Whether you want to amp up your income or start your own company, you’ll need to know what the competition is like, both in your area and online. Not only that, but it will be helpful to know how much other, similar businesses are charging for the same services and what their business model is. 

Get organized

As a freelancer, you will need to send contracts and invoices. If you are a photographer, graphic artist or consultant, you should consider each transaction as a partnership with your client. Luckily, you do not need to take crash course in contract law. Websites provide templates for you to download to ensure that you are paid on time. 

Freelancers also will need stay on top of filing quarterly taxes: April 15, June 15, September 15 and January 15. Be sure to put some money aside to cover the self-employment taxes from a 1099-MISC form that each client must provide to you. Follow up with clients who do not include the form to you with billing.

Get online

No matter what you have to offer, you’ll want to have an online presence so your clients can easily find you and spread the word about your business. Starting a website is one step; having social media accounts is the next. Social media can make or break your business, depending on what it is, so create accounts across several platforms and keep them updated daily so that customers can stay in touch with you.

Establish a routine

Working for yourself may be the American dream, but it’s much more difficult to do than many people imagine. It takes a lot of dedication and self-control, so it’s important to establish a routine that will help you stay on track each day. Read on here for more tips.

Working in the gig economy can be hugely satisfying, but it can also be a lot of hard work. Make sure you have support from friends and family and remember to take care of yourself in order to reduce stress and anxiety. 

Best,

Lucy Reed, Gigmine

 

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Women in Detroit Business: Jill Giacomino

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Women in Detroit Business: Jill Giacomino

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

 Jill in her home in Ferndale

Jill in her home in Ferndale

Tell us about your come up/ Who are you?

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

What is Social Gathering Co.? 

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

What does a typical day look like for you? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When you need to think, where do you work? 

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

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

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

What’s your biggest motivator? 

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

Biggest accomplishment to date?

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

Who’s been your greatest influence in business?

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

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

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

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

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

What are you most excited about in 2018? 

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

 Jill at Axle Brewing

Jill at Axle Brewing

Top 3 favorite restaurants right now? 

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

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

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

Where can people find you to connect?

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

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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The most ADORBS flower's to send your Mom!

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The most ADORBS flower's to send your Mom!

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

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

 Flowers from @BlossomsMidtown @BlossomsBirmingham

Flowers from @BlossomsMidtown @BlossomsBirmingham

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

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

 Flowers from @BlossomsMidtown @BlossomsBirmingham

Flowers from @BlossomsMidtown @BlossomsBirmingham

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

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

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

Mad love to all the Mommas 

XOXO -- Lately with Lo

 

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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

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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. 

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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.

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photo via @_takoi_

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

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

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

 photo via @bolerodetroit

photo via @bolerodetroit

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

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

  

xxxo-

Lately With Lo
 

 

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Women in Detroit Business: Kate Lazarski

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Women in Detroit Business: Kate Lazarski

Last week we sat down with Detroit it girl, Kate Lazarski of the Instagram and blog @hautemesss & @deatroitcity to chat with her about her come up, Dan Gilbert and biggest motivators! 

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Tell us about your come up....

I grew up in a smaller town in MI, Trenton. I went to OU for college and lived in Rochester for 4 years. I studied Communications & PR. In high school I would spend weekends walking down Woodward with my mom and grandma, who grew up in the city, listening to their stories of Detroit’s heyday.  I remember saying “I wish I could shop downtown like you guys used to.” It really comes full circle. I’m just trying to do my part.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Most people think I blog full-time, which is definitely not the case. I am usually working from our offices downtown, or traveling for work. When I’m home, I’m touring people from other cities around Detroit to show them how much is happening here and get them involved.

How does it feel working for a company that’s literally re-building Detroit?

I moved back home from a short living stint in NYC doing fashion marketing and soon realized I needed more substance to my career. I wanted to do something that was bettering myself and those around me. I saw the amazing things Bedrock and Dan Gilbert were doing and I wanted to be part of it.  This really is history in the making. I believe that everyone is a part of the revival, including people that travel here. All roads lead to Detroit. We’re not making this shit up or starting from scratch. When I first started at Bedrock, people wouldn’t take my calls and now people are calling us. It’s crazy how the conversations have changed in just 3 years and I couldn’t be more excited to see where it goes from here.

Do you know Dan Gilbert? 

Yes, of course, he’s a family man and the hardest worker I’ve ever met. He’ll stay at the office until 3 am some days but still has time to go to his kids basketball games.  

Where did the idea of Hautemesss & Deatroitcity come from?

When I moved back and started my full time position I still craved that creative and fashion outlet. People would tell me at work that I should start an instagram to tag my clothes, so I did lol. I would come home from work each day (when I still lived with my parents) and my mom/dad would take a photo of me standing in front of my garage, pretty professional I know haha. I got dinner with one of my friends that is blogging full time and she helped me create a theme and thus the Detroit lifestyle/food/fashion page was formed! My life is so engrained in Detroit and travel, so it just made sense and was an easy and organic fit.

@deatroitcity started before @hautemesss, actually. My best friend and I eat out for just about every meal and always took food pics, we felt bad for cluttering our personal feed with them, so we made it for fun. She moved to GR so it’s just me posting, now. It’s more of a fun feed because it’s all pics of food and puns…aka basically my life.

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via @hautemesss

Can you talk about the growth and trajectory of Hautemesss (I know Deatroitcity is your side hustle)? 

I started it in the summer of 2016 and launched my website/blog this past December. It’s been fun to see more people ask for suggestions on where to go/eat in Detroit- that’s my favorite part. Especially when it’s people from out of town.

Care to share your fave editing apps/camera setup?

I have a Canon I got off Amazon right now, not sure which version it is but I know it’s a point and shoot. I know I suck lol but most of my pics are taken by friends or on my iphone. I usually edit in Snapseed.

What’s your biggest motivator? 

Seeing/watching Detroit grow and prosper. It honestly consumes my life!

Biggest accomplishment to date?

Regarding social media: it’d probably my Zagat award for @deatroitcity. It was totally unexpected and really cool to be one of the 4 winners in Detroit.   

Who’s been your greatest influence in business?

At work: The guy that hired me aka the President of Bedrock, Dan Mullen. He’s fought for me and supported me since day one. If he didn’t believe in me I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today.

Social media: My girl squad, Marina/Sarah/Nancy. These girls are my ride or dies and are always there for me. I love bouncing ideas off of them and that we’re all able to lift each other and help out with projects. 

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via @deatroitcity

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

When people ask what my “end goal” is. I honestly have no idea where this road will lead and that’s kind of how I like it. I always find myself struggling to come up with the answer to this question, I’ve become fine with not having one.

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

Lift each other up and help each other out. Girls can be mean sometimes and there’s no reason for it.

What are you most excited about in 2018? 

Shinola Hotel!!!!!!!!!!! (can you tell?) Shinola as a brand has really helped put Detroit on the map in the retail space, and this will be their only hotel to open in the world. It’s going to draw people from all over. Plus, Noho Hospitality is one of my favorite restaurant groups and going to be doing the food & beverage for the hotel and I AM SO EXCITED.

Top 3 favorites things right now? 

Selfish Lash in Royal OakMarymai Kombucha, & Grey Ghost (always).     

Where can people find you to connect?

Insta: @hautemesss / @deatroitcity

www.thehautemesss.com

kjlazars@Hotmail.com

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Schvitz Yrself Clean

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Schvitz Yrself Clean

On the corner of Oakland and Melbourne, The Schvitz Bathhouse is discreetly disguised in a seemingly vacant building.

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Photo from Curbed 

The industrial-looking front door opens into an elaborate entrance, a grandeur chandelier welcomes visitors into the space. Ring the doorbell and guests are buzzed into *The Schvitz*.

Established in 1917 as a Jewish community center, the space is over 100 years old and radiates history. In 1930, the pool and sauna were built and The Schvitz was born. Yiddish slang for “sweat”, the bathhouse has a history of mafia meetings, swinger nights, and one talkative parrot named Nemo.

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Photo from Jacob Mulka 

In 2017, Paddy Lynch bought the business and revitalized the club into a communal hub of wellness, conversation, and camaraderie. The renovated space reopened in October 2017 with a new vibe and a strict (bathing suit mandatory) co-ed policy.

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The Schvitz is a lifestyle.

Always BYOB and food friendly, for $30 a session, guests can comfortably spend hours lounging at the beautiful club going from steam room, to pool, to relaxing upstairs, and back again.

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I went for Ladies Brunch, on Sunday, and it revitalized my soul for the coming week. The atmosphere is body positive, friendly, and fabulous.

On the main floor, miniature spa services like facials, manicures, and hair masks are offered for $5-$20. Each week, different vendors are brought in to create unique experiences for guests.  On the particular Sunday that I went, tarot readings were available for $10 and The Velvet Tower had a pop-up boutique selling robes fit for a queen.  

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Ladies Brunch is 12-4PM on Sundays. Get there early to take full advantage of the four-hour time slot. Brunch is potluck style, bring food and bubbly to share.

This is a very inclusive atmosphere. I went alone and was completely comfortable.

Paulina Petkoski, co-founder of PLAYGROUND DETROIT and regular Schvitz-er, says her favorite thing about the club is that it brings people together without the distraction of cell phones.

On Sundays at 4PM, the sauna closes for cleaning and reopens from 6-10PM for co-ed hours. Guests are welcome to come back for a second session.

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Photo from Jacob Mulka

The sauna is lined with benches made from imported Redwood and leaves skin literally glowing.

My complexion was RADIANT the following week.

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Loving life in my new robe from The Velvet Tower. 


For thirty dollars- a day at The Schvitz is a steal.

The Health club is a favorite among the creative community and is an ideal place to take visitors for a truly unique, Detroit experience.

The Schvitz looks and feels like a Los Angeles spa thanks to Paddy Lynch’s impeccable eye for interior design and talent for creating luxurious environments.

Schvitz on, people

-Boho Barbie

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Auto Show Preview, J'adore Detroit Style

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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.

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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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The 12 Coolest Businesses in Detroit Winter 2018 Edition

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The 12 Coolest Businesses in Detroit Winter 2018 Edition

Detroit is moving on up in the airways and we are highlighting a few cool businesses that you're going to want to know about: 

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via Honor and Folly

Honor and Folly: Those who are looking to visit Detroit and natives in need of a cool staycation should consider staying at the Honor and Folly bread and breakfast for a unique experience. This lodging is decorated in early 1900’s style, with a vintage vibe that includes handmade quilts, wooden tables and old suitcases that double as nightstands. It also hosts cooking classes by well-known local chefs.  

Open me When Box: Started by newlyweds Beatrice and Eli, the Open Me When Box captures all the romance and excitement of starting out on an exciting new adventure. No matter how momentous the occasion may be, these boxes are tailor made to contain items that will be perfect for your special event.  

Gentleman's Box: Men, we know how hard it can be to always appear as that perfectly groomed gentleman that is so often portrayed on the television and in magazines. Well, this subscription service will ensure that you have all you need to be that gentleman by sending you supply boxes monthly. Various subscriptions are available including Item of the Month, Gentleman’s Box and Premium Box.

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via Ashe Supply.

Ashe Supply Co: Many of us just can’t face the day without the first cuppa joe. And today, with exotic flavors and fine brewing options, coffee is bigger and better than ever. If you’re the type that needs a fresh roasted brew on hand at all times, try the Ashe Supply Co’s subscription service. Choose the type of coffee and coffee items you would like delivered and the length of your subscription and start getting these items, straight to your door. Ashe also sells coffee merchandise and equipment.

Hugh & Nora: Fans of shows like Mad Men will be in heaven when they visit this furniture and barware store. Paying homage to the Old Hollywood era, this shop features classic bachelor pad style vintage champagne buckets, stainless steel cocktail shakers and shaving brushes and razors. 

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Ocelot Print Shop: The Ocelot offers the community more than just a great printing services; they sell prints made by local artists and also provide printing courses for kids and adults as well as hosting printing parties and providing rental space for those with temporary printing needs. 

PonyRide: PonyRide has seen the economic hard times Detroit has gone through, and they want to prevent it from happening again. They are working to reduce foreclosures and revitalize Detroit and are doing so by offering their 30,000 square foot warehouse as low rent spaces for local entrepreneurs.  Shop local at the PonyRide Holiday market 12/8-12/9! 

1xRun: If you’re an art fan who loves to own exclusive pieces, you need to check out 1xRun. They are the world’s leading publisher and online seller of original art. Their selection includes books, prints and artwork from the top names in contemporary art. 1xRun releases new limited edition pieces every day and once they’re gone they’re gone so art lovers should check out their selection on a regular basis. 

Corbe Company: Make your home beautiful with the elegant, modern ceramic pieces hand crafted by the Corbe Company. These lovely items represent one of the oldest art forms and the true spirit of Detroit that is evident in the company’s values which embody elements of both the past and future. 

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Rebel Nell: Not only does this company make terrific signature jewelry pieces, they support a great cause. Rebel Nell, who affectionately calls their line graffiti jewelry, mainly serves its mission to employ disadvantaged women in Detroit, to help them achieve goals on a personal and professional level and empower them so that they can successfully transition into independent life. All that while making absolutely stunning and unique earrings, rings, pendants and cufflinks. 

Worthwhile Paper: With all the technology around us, the gesture of sending something on paper is more heartfelt than ever before. Worthwhile Paper makes lovely screen-printed paper goods that deliver a message of positivity to whoever is fortunate enough to receive one of their cards, or own one of their notebooks, planners, calendars or prints. All products the company produces are handmade using quality and eco-friendly materials.  

Leadhead Glass: We all know how precious nature it. Why not celebrate our household plants by providing them with a beautiful and eco-friendly terrarium like the handmade pieces available though Leadhead Glass. Leadhead uses reclaimed glass from deconstructed homes in Detroit. Their terrariums are modeled after 19th century Wardian cases with an updated unique and elegant design. 

With all these new and innovative businesses popping up all over Detroit, it is no wonder that people are finally noticing! Those that are interested should feel encouraged to look up these businesses to find out more about what they have to offer.  Keep tuned in on our local picks as they come and help local businesses continue to revitalize Detroit!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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PLAYGROUND DETROIT

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PLAYGROUND DETROIT

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. 

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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. 

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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

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Friday Forecast: 100% Chance of Fashion.

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Friday Forecast: 100% Chance of Fashion.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


After: LÆR hosted by BLDG01 and SKNDLSS

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

See you there,

Boho Barbie

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6 Reasons Why The Loft Should be Your Next Private Party Spot

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6 Reasons Why The Loft Should be Your Next Private Party Spot

OUR BELOVED EASTERN MARKET LOFT SPACE - THE LOFT - WILL NOW BE AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE EVENTS THROUGH OUR NEWLY DEVELOPED DIVISION: BROOKLYN EVENTS. THE LOFT IS IDEAL FOR CORPORATE FUNCTIONS, LUNCHEONS, DINNERS AND PRIVATE PARTIES. WE THINK IT'S PRETTY RAD SO WE PUT TOGETHER THE TOP 6 REASONS WHY YOUR NEXT FUNCTION SHOULD BE HELD HERE! 

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1. 2,000 BEAUTIFUL SQ. FEET

The loft has an open floor plan with a whole lotta space. It seats 60 guests comfortably for dinner and can accommodate up to 200 strolling.  

2. IT'S THE EPITOME OF LOCAL

The space was designed and curated with unique furnishings and art pieces, ensuring that the space keeps it's Detroit aesthetic by featuring many custom-made works from local artisans and makers. It was important that we not only showcased the Brooklyn Outdoor personality but an environment that reflected Detroit at the heart. 

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3. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

The Eastern Market location gives anyone holding their event there the true Detroit experience. Directly overlooking Shed 2, the space enjoys expansive views of downtown Detroit, including Eastern Market, Ford Field, the General Motors Renaissance Center and more! 

4. THE SETUP

The Loft was designed to inspire creativity and encourage visitors to engage with each other, the space itself and the city. The space creates a platform for companies to discover new ideas in a different, comfortable setting and connect with employees and clients on a more interpersonal level. 

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5. MEMBERS WELCOME! 

The Brooklyn Events division is now offering monthly membership packages, inviting corporate members to utilize the space for a given number of hours, on a monthly basis, for various meeting types. Catering and bar packages are also available to customize the existing packages. 

6. IT'S A ONE STOP SHOP

Brooklyn Events will handle both on and off-site event-related inquiries and will manage everything from in-house catering menus, beverage packages and local partners to guest DJ's, furniture rentals and everything needed to ensure a smooth event from start to finish. 

For rental inquiries, please reach out to Allie Jagger - allie@brooklynoutdoor.com

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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. 

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Photo from Down 2 Party Tour 

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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. 

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Photo from Under Raidar

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Photo from Pinterest


Food Worth Mentioning:

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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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Murals (and more) in the Market

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Murals (and more) in the Market

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Mural by Taylor White, Photo from Murals in the Market

50 Muralists from all over the country are working day and night on new pieces to add to Eastern Market’s growing collection of artwork.

Participate in the festivities by visiting any or all of the featured events before the celebrations end on September 28th.

From 12PM - 8PM you can see the artists in action and watch them bring their creations to life. Pick up a handy dandy road map from any local business (I got mine from Supino’s) and walk from one mural to the next.

 Photo of Hannah Stouffer from  Metro Times

Photo of Hannah Stouffer from Metro Times

Visit the 1XRun Warehouse from 9/23-9/30 anytime between 11 AM - 6 PM to see a print exhibition of the muralists’ work and pick up a piece of your own.

See Eddie Colla’s solo exhibition and installation, “Enumeration”, at the 1xRun Warehouse tomorrow, 9/23 from 7-10 PM. After, head to the Official Murals in the Market After Party at Stroh’s Warehouse from 10 PM - 3 AM. I’ve never been to Stroh’s Warehouse but I’m very excited to check it out- I’m a sucker for warehouse parties.

On Monday, bring your bike to Shed 3 at 7 PM  for a special Murals in the Market Edition of Slow Roll.

Educate yourself about responsible consumption Tuesday, 9/26 at 3 PM. Meet at Shed 2 for “Think Global, Eat Local: Pioneers in Detroit Food and Farming”.

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Photo from Model D

Shag Threads & Haute to Death are hosting the first ever Murals in the Market Wearables Show at the 1xRUN Warehouse on Tuesday 9/26 from 8-11 PM. I’m super excited for this one. I love Haute to Death and the collaboration with fashion… so New York City. My head is spinning with outfit possibilities.

Murals in the Market wraps up with Eastern Market After Dark on Thursday, September 28th. I’m exceptionally passionate about Eastern Market After Dark. It’s been one of my favorite events in the city year after year. The sheds are filled with all things fun and exciting, everyone is out and about and there’s after parties galore.

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Photo from The Sonderer

As always, Detroit is a busy place to be. Murals in the Market only comes around once a year, take advantage of the unique event and show some extra love for the city over the next week!

Keep an eye out for our #JadoreExclusive interviews with the artists coming to the blog, next week!

-Boho Barbie

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Detroit Gift Guide: Open Me When

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Detroit Gift Guide: Open Me When

Open Me When makes gift giving Fun + Easy. 

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The recently launched, Detroit based company, is here to help you send the perfect gift. Each box is packed with cleverly curated goods, individually wrapped and ready to delight and surprise the receiver.

Being individually wrapped doesn’t sound like a big deal, but trust me, it makes the experience so much more exciting. It feels like Christmas morning in a box.

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Newlyweds Beatrice and Eli started Open Me When this year and have been gaining major traction ever since. They currently have 7 box themes with more to come and custom orders available.

We loved our “Down With Detroit” box packed with some of our favorite goodies from around the city; postcards and patches from City Bird, a Detroit Grooming Company Beanie, Wildsam’s Detroit Field Guide, and a Detroit Wick Bullet Lucite Cube.

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Each box is sent with a handwritten note, Beatrice transcribes your words Into beautiful penmanship for a personalized touch. Each item in the box comes with information on the company and the product.

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Open Me When has mastered sending prepacked boxes with detailed care. The impeccably wrapped gifts are even more meaningful after reading the story behind the company. The handwritten note is a beautiful personalized touch that adds sentimental value to each box.

Next time you’re looking for the perfect gift, think of Open Me When. Check out the website here.

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The Five Best Things About Little Caesars Arena

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The Five Best Things About Little Caesars Arena

LCA OPENS TODAY! WE WENT AND TOURED THE LONG AWAITED ARENA AND PICKED OUT THE FIVE THINGS WE'RE MOST EXCITED ABOUT. 

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The Via at Little Caesars Arena

1. THE VIA

The idea of a via is something that's just starting to pop up in recent arena builds. It's basically a much swankier concourse that's two stories high. It's really light, bright and airy and is composed of special tiles that allow a super crisp reflection of whatever hype video the Wings/Pistons are pushing.

WHY WE LOVE IT? As new as The Via is, it's got a lot of history in it. It hosts the bench the Red Wings sat on for the last 30 years at the Joe as well as the original Olympia sign that's been in storage for the last 40. 

 Food stand in The Via

Food stand in The Via

2. FOOD OPTIONS

We loved the Joe because of it's history, not for of the food. WE FINALLY have some more than decent (not to mention decadent) food options available. We're talking half-pound bacon wrapped hot dogs, Moroccan lamb and of course PIZZA.

WHY WE LOVE IT? Each level is packed with food stands and the Arena App will let you know how many people are at each. We welcome anything that tells us how to avoid lines! 

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Outside area surrounding the arena

3. OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT AREA

We can't wait for this space, located OUTSIDE of the arena. It has a massive big screen to watch games so fans can feel a part of the action without even purchasing a ticket. There are a ton of restaurants that let out onto the area filled with picnic tables.

WHY WE LOVE IT? It's the best of both worlds. You'll can find us hanging out here during games and concerts. 

4. HOCKEY & BASKETBALL

A lot of Red Wings fans seemed pretty mad about having to "share" their arena. Our thoughts? The more the merrier. We're pumped we don't have to drive all the way to Auburn Hills to catch a Piston's game.

WHY WE LOVE IT? We're one of the only cities that have all four major sports teams within a block of each other and THAT my friend is something special. 

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Corner of Little Caesars Arena 

5. CONCERT SCHEDULE

Besides the opening act, we're pretty pumped about the MASSIVE shows being booked at LCA. I mean, Dead & Co., Katy Perry, Paul McCartney (2), Guns N' Roses, Jay-Z and Lady Gaga.

WHY WE LOVE IT? The acts listed barely scratch the surface. See a list of all the shows lined-up HERE

xoxo

j'adore Detroit

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Summit Kicks Off Month of Design in Detroit

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Summit Kicks Off Month of Design in Detroit

September is dedicated to design here in Detroit.

Throughout the month, Detroit will be celebrating and showcasing the best designers in the city at four different events; Detroit City of Design Summit, Murals in the Market, DLectricity, Detroit Design 139 and the Detroit Design Festival.

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Detroit City of Design Summit is first on the list, taking place September 8-14. Below is a list of scheduled events for the Summit.



Detroit is the only city in America recognized as a UNESCO City of Design and that’s a pretty big deal. If you’re a creative or interested in learning something new take advantage of the educational opportunities available this month.

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Takoi Take Two

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Takoi Take Two

Let me be the first to say, Takoi is back and better than ever.

I laughed out loud when I heard Katoi’s PR plan for handling the “ladyboy” situation was to switch the “K” and the “T”.

I entered on Saturday night with a grudge... Until I saw what they did to the place.

The restaurant and bar are restored to their former glory- same vibey lights and industrial chic decor. New to the space is a shipping container, turned dance floor, extending off the bar. The addition brings new life to the bar while being isolated enough from the main dining area that it won't effect dinner service.

Takoi is officially entering night club territory and I couldn’t support it more.

Black Noi$e was the perfect act to book for their Labor Day debut. Rob Mansel always fills a venue and keeps the crowd dancing. Takoi will have no cover DJ sets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

The club container leads to a fabulous outdoor space decorated with ambient lighting and outdoor seating. From the street, the chain link fence looks out of place, like a small prison compound. From the inside, the fence is a welcomed barrier from Michigan Ave and adds an interesting texture to the space.

Please excuse my lack of pictures, I was having far too much fun to photograph, here's what I could scrape up from the internet but you really must see this place for yourself. 

*photos from MLive and @nika.jusufi*

 

I still haven’t tried the food but I’m looking forward to the next show at Takoi.

-Boho Barbie




 

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#JadoreExclusive Sit Down with Not Sorry Apparel

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#JadoreExclusive Sit Down with Not Sorry Apparel

A few weeks ago I went to the Verge Trade show, an exhibition showcasing clothing designers in the city. Immediately a slip dress with “Not Sorry” embroidered across the bust caught my eye. I Beelined to the booth to find out more and met Dy-Min.

Her bubbly personality and innate sense of humor made me even more excited about the brand. Best of all, the clothes are reasonably priced.

Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dy-Min and her business partner Jessica at Cass Collective to talk about their clothing brand, Not Sorry. I've never laughed so hard during an interview, They were an absolute delight to talk to.

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Read or listen to the interview to learn more about Jessica and Dy-Min and what it means to be Not Sorry. After, check out their new promotional video at the bottom of this post. 


Need to know

who// Dy-Min Johnson, Jessica Hruska

What// Not Sorry Apparel

Where// Cass Collective, 4161 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

 



How did you two get started with Not Sorry?

Dy-Min: "Not Sorry Apparel started off when we wanted to make a cool little crop top thingy for all of our friends, for some reason. A bunch of guys said that they liked it so we ended up getting it manufactured and that’s it. We were in business. We found out people like the designs but the handmade price wasn’t accessible. We went into the thrift store one day and saw some jerseys, realized those would be cheaper and printed on them. We had a show, they sold and that became our new business model and birthed Not Sorry Apparel."

Jessica: "Dy-Min has always been into fashion and I’ve always enjoyed fashion and arts. We weren’t setting out to start a company when we first started the pennies. We’re creative people and we had this design that we really wanted to do. It’s really been people’s response that has motivated us to look into what it would take to actually produce clothes here in Detroit and that snowballed into a company. We both love doing this and have been having fun with it."

 

What have you found to be the ups and downs of making clothes in Detroit?

Dy-Min: "There’s been a lot of ups. Our brand has really resonated with the right people. It’s constantly reaffirming what I’m doing."

Jessica: "Yeah definitely. Like Dy-Min said, when we first started we were doing handmade clothing and it wasn’t accessible to everyone. Even for us we were thinking, “Would we spend this much money on a shirt?” It made us rethink our business model and Dy-min had the awesome idea to try printing on second hand pieces. That stuck with us because it really spoke to our brand. Being one of a kind and not sorry for who you are and being an individual- every piece is an individual in our eyes."

Dy-Min: "The only difficulty we had starting is that people are very protective of Detroit. They have to get to know you and what you stand for and what you’re trying to do here before you can really make your own path."

Jessica: "There’s apprehension because a lot of people that are from here don’t want people coming here to capitalize on the name Detroit because it’s hot right now. We knew we were being authentic with what we’re doing and we’re doing it for the right reasons. We knew if we just kept meeting people and telling our story that people would see that."

 

How long have you been in the city?

Jessica: "I moved here from Florida five years ago. I live downtown by the Joe Louis Arena. People think I’m crazy, especially my family. They wonder how I can deal with the winters but I love it here. There’s such a mix of art and artistic expression but also technology and manufacturing and industrial things. I love that mix. Before I moved here I did a lot of research and I felt like the young people moving here are really trying to start their own thing. I’ve always been interested in starting my own creative business, whatever that is; art, music, fashion. The city resonated with me. I feel like I’ve been here my whole life because I feel really connected to this place."

Dy-Min: "I was born right here in the city. I spent part of my life in the suburbs too, I had both experiences. Eventually I made my way back home to Detroit."

 

Are your screen prints done locally?

Dy-Min: "We do it ourselves. There’s a community print shop down the street at Ocelot and then I have a small print shop in the basement too. Anywhere, anytime we are printing stuff."

 

Where are some of your favorite thrift stores?

Dy-Min: "It depends on the day. Some days we find so much and find jewels in the most random places. I don’t have a favorite place, you just have to keep digging."

Jessica: "I would say my mom’s closet is my favorite right now. I recently went back there and she gave me all these old dresses from the nineties. They just don’t make stuff like that anymore. Other than that, I agree with Dy-Min you just have to go around and get lucky. It’s kind of like a metal detector."

 

From getting started to where you are now what has that process looked like?

Dy-Min: "That’s hard, we’ve had some ups and downs but there’s nothing we would rather be doing. I think we are both people who need challenges. In my previous corporate life I wasn’t getting that kind of challenge. l wasn’t having anyone take my ideas seriously. Now we’re in the driver's seat of our own lives. If I want to do a project and it doesn’t go well I can reanalyze and get it together. It’s a challenge everyday and I learn something new everyday. I don’t want to sit around and do the same thing over and over."

Jessica: "I totally agree with that. I think one thing that has set us apart is that we don’t mind the work. Like Dy-Min said it’s an everyday thing. When we hear, “Entrepreneurs, most of them don’t make it”. We think yeah most of them are trying but when we fail we don’t give up. We’re always thinking how do we get through this, how do we get over this? We’re not negative. We always find some positive outcome and are always trying to learn from it. It’s a lot of perseverance and positivity. Always being students of life and business. We’re always trying to learn new things to keep up with the dynamics of business life and running your own company."

 

What have been some of your major milestones and their timelines.

Dy-Min: "We made the pennies summer of 2015. We made the real jerseys and were official by April of 2016."

Jessica: "That’s when our e-commerce site went out. That was our first big roll out."

Dy-Min: "Most significant for us is Dally 2016. That’s when we actually sold. We sold more than one, sold more than two, we sold more than we thought we would and that was confirmation from the public that they wanted to see this. We opened this place (Space in Cass Collective) in March 2017. I would say those are the super high milestone points."

Jessica: "I would add in there that we got accepted into retail bootcamp program last year around September and that was right around the time we started to try this new business model of printing on upcycle clothes. That really helped us narrow down what we’re selling. Dally was us rolling out this new business model and seeing if it was going to work. We were fortunate because Dally is our exact target audience; artists, young folk, musicians, Detroiters, people who shop local. It was a great test market for us and completely confirmed that we were on the right path. That helped us build up to the store opening. The store opening was a connection we got through Tech Town so that was a big part of our growth."

Dy-Min: "We should mention that we lost that Tech Town thing, so that’s a milestone for us too. We didn’t make it past the first round. Most people don’t know that. I think the next week we got a call about this place. When we lost we were kind of like, “They have to be wrong.” I couldn’t comprehend it, they just weren’t ready for the idea yet."

Jessica: "That’s a perfect example of our attitude and why we are where we are today. First of all, we’re incredulous. Not believing that we didn’t win. We weren’t salty about it. We we’re more like “Damn, we gave this our all.” People were telling us we did a great job so we thought “Hey, it’s in the universe now. We did our part.” We knew we did well and we knew we were going to be successful. We really weren’t upset about it."

Dy-Min: "We went and got drinks."

Jessica: "We sold so much that day too and that was all the confirmation we needed. We might not have gotten the competition money but we got money from everyone in the audience. That was huge. Then we got the call for this place and thought it’s probably more what we wanted to do anyways. Not only are we making money with the store but we’re getting exposure from people who may not buy our products. It was good on all accounts."

 

Going forward from here what are you working on, what are your next goals?

Dy-Min: "Dunn dunn dunn. Just get bigger. We think Not Sorry Apparel-- well first of all that a sustainable world is necessary for survival. We can be doing that in Detroit and be the pioneers for that. It’s Detroit baby, just do it."

Jessica: "Absolutely, and reinforce that this is a lifestyle. Sustainability is a huge part of it. Believing in yourself and being unapologetically you, I think, is a part of the cultural fabric of Detroit and I feel like we have a good grasp on that right now. We know who the community is. We’re not trying to bring in outsiders to come in and take over. It’s really about getting the community involved and making sure it’s something they’re involved with too."

 

Business wise, do you think it’s beneficial to be in more stores like Cass Collective or your own brick and mortar.

D: "I think it’s a little bit of both. I think we’re pretty strategic even though it doesn’t seem like that. A brick and mortar are on our list but when we’re ready for it. Who knows, we didn’t know we were ready for this and we’re here."

 

As a whole, how would you describe Detroit’s style.

Dy-Min: "Detroit’s style, man."

Jessica: "I’m thinking about when I go out to techno shows at Marble Bar or TV. I would say it’s edgy. It can be nostalgic. People look like they came from a music video shot in the 90’s or something. At times eccentric but in a way that works for Detroit. I’m so biased because I’m really inspired by going out. Going to shows, but also walking down riverwalk and looking at people and the way they’re dressing when they go out. They’re  dressed to the nines, even the men when they wear their suits. It’s really inspiring and I want to say, “You just need a Detroit Not Sorry print on the back of your blazer.”"

Dy-Min: "We have this thing where we’re not really trying and that’s what makes it so cool. We’re trying to capture that and get something so the right person will see it and feel like, “Oh yeah, that’s me.”"

Jessica: "It’s like celebrities when they get snapshots and they’re just going to the gym or the grocery store but they look so good in all black and a baseball hat. Detroiters do a good job of always looking put together or putting together pieces I would never expect. I saw a girl wearing a slip with joggers and sneakers and then a long cotton kimono and I was thinking, “What is going on, but I love it.” She was killing it, you know, contrasting dress codes and making it work."

 

What are some of your favorite local brands, collectives, or projects in the city.

Dy-Min: "Detroit is the New Black. I really love Roslyn and everything she’s doing. There are a bunch of people which I think is one of the best problems. There are so many people doing cool things and we’re not trying to step on each other. It’s more like “I heard you’re doing a cool thing, let’s do cool things.” Or at least that’s been my experience."

Jessica: "I was really impressed with Basic Brats’ bathing suit collection from the summer. Check her out on instagram @basic_brat, she’s hand making some bomb prints."

Dy-Min: "I like Abid too (@abid). He was at the trade show. He had hats made out of Shinola scraps."

Jessica: "We met Corner Store Goods and they do some really cool stuff too. Basically streetwear but they have a lot of pointed graphics that really resonate and can sometimes be controversial which we love."

 

Where do you do your most networking with the fashion industry in Detroit?

Dy-Min: "Probably the art shows. I think that was our introduction into this world. Hitting up a bunch of shows, having a couple drinks. You meet anyone who’s someone."

Jessica: "That is super inspiring for fashion too. Everyone is always wearing the most amazing stuff. When someone compliments me, I’m like, “You like what I’m wearing?!""

 

What shows do you go to?

Dy-Min: "Red Bull is always great. Inner State Gallery is awesome. Tangent Gallery."

Jessica: "Yeah Tangent has some really great stuff."

Dy-Min: "I would also like to add to that Queen’s Bar. Public Pool is a great space." 

 

Outside of Not Sorry what are you involved with in the city?

Dy-Min: "That’s probably more for Jess, our music girl."

Jessica: "I run a music blog, Robotic Peacock. We focus on Detroit artists. When I moved here I did not realize how much talent there is for house and techno- that’s what the blog focuses on. I knew this is the birthplace of techno and knew people would be into dance music but I was blown away. I’m from Miami so there’s a saturation of it. Everyone I’ve seen out (in Detroit) is so talented. I had to write about it. I actually got into music DJing on the radio in college."

 

What’s your DJ name?

Jessica: "Jessica Peacock."

Jessica: "Now we’re doing these monthly parties with her (Dy-Min’s) boyfriend’s record label, Choose Better Friends. Which is such a perfect blend with Not Sorry. The monthly parties are free, we all DJ and then we have a rack of our clothes. Last time we had a selfie station."

 

Where are those held?

Jessica: "That one was at Whiskey Disco and the one before was at Old Miami. We’re trying to move it around."

Dy-Min: "It’s nice to be able to do something for our customers and people who support us. We don’t charge anything, it’s really just for good vibes and having fun."

Jessica: "It’s totally a labor of love, we bring our own equipment and our products. Technically we’re working but we’re still socializing and having a blast."

Dy-Min: "Plus building relationships with our customers. It’s not just about getting money, let’s be friends too."

Jessica: "And that’s so important to us to give back in a way that’s not contrived."

Dy-Min: "This is a natural way for us to do it."

Jessica: "This is a way for us to flex our creative muscles- I just love that phrase!"

Jessica: "It hits on that aspect and it’s a fun way for us to connect with our customers outside of the normal shopping hours and outside of the transaction process."

 

If you could dress a famous Detroit icon past or present who would it be and what would you put them in?

Dy-Min: "That’s a tough one, where did you get these questions?"

 

Most of them came out of the conversation to be honest but this is one of my favorite questions to ask.

Dy-Min: "I think I want to say someone from Motown. No one in specific. You got so glammed up to go sweat. I can’t even fully grasp it, but I love it."

Jessica: "That’s what I was thinking too like Marvin Gaye or Aretha. I do have to say it would be pretty cool to dress Marshall Mathers. Something about that would bring me a lot of joy, especially putting him in a big pink fluffy jacket."

Dy-Min: "Uh-Oh you just put that into the universe."

 

Do you take clothing donations?

Dy-Min: "It’s newer, we’re not promoting it yet. We’re trying to figure out the best way to do it and make sure it has value to the person bringing it to us."

Jessica: "I think we’re still trying to figure out what’s the incentive for bringing it to us instead of Salvation Army. We’re not giving you a tax write off. We’ll probably end up working out some kind of discount so that’s what we’re trying to figure out."

 

Anything else you want to mention?

Jessica: "Yeah, we do custom stuff. If you have your own clothes that you want printed, you don’t have to buy the clothes from us to get the print. You can bring your own clothes, we have pricing if you want something printed or embroidered with Not Sorry."

Jessica: "I would emphasize everything we do is DIY, Dy-Min is printing all of our own stuff. I’m embroidering all of our own stuff. I think that’s how we keep it authentic and real. We’re not outsourcing, we’re doing it ourselves and I think that also makes it mean more to us."

Dy-Min: "You can’t give a bunch of things to a print shop and tell them to print this here and that here. It needs to be very standard and very in a box and we don’t do well with boxes."

 

Do you have any upcoming shows or pop-ups?

Dy-Min: "Dally for sure. We’re releasing our first ad campaign soon."

Jessica: "It’s more of a brand awareness campaign, strictly social. It’s just a video but it’s a really amazing video that we made right here in this room. You won’t believe it was filmed in here!"


Jessica, Dy-min, thank you for creating an accessible brand of fashionable clothing in Detroit.

It was about time someone did.  

-Boho Barbie

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