May 27, 2012
City Bird finds…I’m obsessed with these earrings! And this notebook made from an old library book is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever found.

City Bird finds…I’m obsessed with these earrings! And this notebook made from an old library book is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever found.

December 20, 2011
Saturday Adventures in Midtown

Good morning, friends! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend, and a smooth, stress-free Monday.

As I posted on Saturday, I went down to Goods near the DIA to finish up some Christmas shopping.

All week I had been begging my friend Kelly to get up early and head to Eastern Market with me. She consistently refused, so I met her halfway and suggested going to Goods, a store I’d been telling her about for a while. Finally, I got a “Yes!” out of her.

I was in the market for a Michigan necklace I had seen there last month during my first visit. A good friend of mine had told me she wanted one and with her birthday this week, I knew it was the perfect gift! I had also promised my uncle this awesome pin:

(David: if, on the off-chance you read this, anticipate a package sometime in the next few weeks!)

KB (one of the many nicknames I have for Kelly) was enthralled with the gorgeous locally made jewelry that you can find right at the entrance. I have to say, it definitely keeps me looking for a long time, as well.

Goods has a number of different products they carry, as well as an opportunity to create your own t-shirts, sweatshirts or onesies for babies. They also have other clothing items, soaps, little notebooks, change purses, photographs and Michigan Mittens for sale. It’s a great place to pop in and support your local creative minds working hard to keep our economy growing!

Just a few doors down is Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes, somewhere I have been DYING to visit!

Kelly was game, so a late lunch continued our afternoon. If you were thinking about asking if it was amazing, let me stop you there…IT WAS AMAZING! I ordered the Ann (“Egg, Boursin cheese, red pepper, mushrooms, spring mix”) and holy deliciousness! I’m also a sucker for a cafe au lait, and Good Girls did not disappoint!

As soon as we got our food, KB dug right in. Our lunch was devoured and the conversation we had been having ceased. Afterwards, we resumed our banter over our coffees, but it was wonderful to sit and not feel as though we were being rushed out the door.

The decor inside feels very French, yet very Detroit at the same time. It’s romantic and spacious, but lined with reclaimed pews painted white and vintage French posters lining the walls.

Appetites satiated, we headed toward B&N and aftewards the DIA to look for some additional gifts. Nothing exciting happened, except for a few photos. I’ll let you, my fabulous readers, continue revisiting our adventure through pictures.

I know this holiday season often stresses everyone out, but please be mindful that it’s not just you that has a lot going on. We have no idea what is going on in the person’s life whom we might snap at, cut in front of, or flick off bc they stole your parking spot. Be as gracious as ever during the next two weeks, you would hope a stranger would treat you the same.

Stay safe and hustle hard.

November 22, 2011
Colorful Inspirations at Eastern Market

It’s rare that I receive a day off on a Saturday from the demanding world of retail, so when I do I try to fill up my day with things that most people with a M-F/9-5 schedule gets to do. Since I love Detroit and try to share my love with everyone in my life, I thought after spending the previous evening at the tree lighting ceremony in Campus Martius with my family, a trip to Eastern Market was only appropriate.

We got to Eastern Market around 8am before it really started bustling. It was an absolutely gorgeous morning, despite some windy, cooler temperatures. The sun was shining, the skyline was glowing, coffee flowing and vegetables rolling (I hope someone else laughs at this and I’m not alone…)

I decided it was a good idea to bundle up as much as I could. I pulled out my black down coat complete with furry hood from Land’s End (as much as I loathe dragging this thing around, I LOVE wearing it) and my chocolate brown boots. To add a dash of color, I worked in my blue headwrap with an adorable little flower and feather on it.


While we were walking around, I saw a lot of colors and shapes that were really inspiring to me in this late fall/early winter weather. I was fascinated that some of these produce items were as bountiful and vibrant given the drop in temperatures lately. 

We also stopped into R. Hirt Jr. before it is officially closed. This building is full of gorgeous curves, creaky stairs and floor boards, and best of all, an old loading elevator. It will be interesting to see what changes are made when it turns into 1887 Cheese Shop.

Eastern Market is a Detroit treasure that often gets over looked by many. I hope that one day soon more metro-Detroit residents will appreciate and take advantage of the delicious Michigan grown tastes offered and work harder to support our local economy.

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