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Eat, Drink, & Be Comfy for the holidays with fashions from Avabelle Boutique

Eat, Drink, & Be Comfy

Randee Garrett

Owner/Buyer: Avabelle Boutique

The Holidays are already stressful with family, and food, and what to bring, and gifts, and, and, and, the list goes on.  Your outfit shouldn’t be part of the stress.  We all just want to look and feel cute, while still being able to eat all the things, right?  Here are six outfit recipes that will keep you looking classic, timeless, and chic for all your holiday gatherings whether they are totally casual or on the dressier side.

First I want to start by listing a few overall trends of the season –

  • Oversized– all the jackets and cardigans this fall/winter and holiday season are meant to be oversized. When in doubt, slouch it back a little and make it look like it’s falling off your shoulder on purpose because duh, fashion.
  • Pretty little tanks(and bralettes) – underneath everything. A HUGE trend this season is tucking in your layering piece and letting that oversized cardi/jacket fall right into place over top. It won’t matter if it’s oversized and falling off of you because everything underneath is oh so pretty.  This also means that when your bra strap shows (as long as it’s a pretty bralette) it’s ok!  It’s actually on trend to let your bralette peak out underneath all those chunky sweaters we’ll be wearing for the next 5 months.
  • All the textures– meaning the fluffier/furrier the better. Faux fur is everywhere, so is anything and everything soft and fluffy and cozy.  If it speaks to you, go for it! I promise you’ll be so happy and so comfy.

Below are the best holiday recipes in our collection! I’m even adding in my tips and tricks that you can apply to your everyday outfits.  And trust me, these are all outfits you can wear year after year because they’re timeless, classic, feminine, and chic – and those things never go out of style <3

  1. Color Block Shawl Cardi –

This piece will literally do the work for you.  Throw it on over a cami or turtleneck with a pair of skinnies and an easy slide on mule or a boot depending on the weather and you’re set!  This piece is so comfy yet looks so expensive.  The best part is, it feels like you’re wearing a blanket, but you’ll look (and feel) like a million bucks!

What you’ll need:


  1. Babo Cardi –

This cardigan is one size, so soft, and matches basically everything.  It’s oversized to perfection and it’s probably the best Thanksgiving outfit on the list.  The mix of colors paired with the wooden buttons are a perfect pair for this fav.

What you’ll need:


  1. Textured Cardi – Blush/Grey Mix –

Whoever said the holidays meant you must wear red?  We’re all about blush instead! This cardigan is incredibly soft and it has perfect pops of grey which help so that it’s not overly feminine/girly.  It feels so cozy but again this one is super rich and timeless. This would be perfect for your “Friendsgiving” party or literally any holiday party that you want to give a little extra to.

What you’ll need:


  1. Mix Color Thread Midi Cardi –

The perfect way to mix up a basic cardigan is with this Mix Color Thread Midi Cardi.  The colors and the mixed thread makes it anything but ordinary, yet it’s also super easy to wear.  Again this is one of those cardigans that goes with everything.  We paired it with a pop of color underneath as an alternative to the likely choice of wearing ivory, black, or grey under it. Although all of those colors work with it too which is why this one has to be on the list of perfect holiday outfit recipes.  It’s comfy & cozy with a little bit of super subtle sparkle mixed in throughout.

What you’ll need:


  1. Maeven Turtleneck Pullover –

I will personally party in this turtleneck all day long.  Have you ever seen a more perfect holiday sweater??  It’s pure perfection.  It’s cozy, mixed with sparkly, mixed with furry & fuzzy.  This one hardly needs an explanation. Give the front a little tuck or leave it out, whichever you prefer and feel the most comfortable with.

What you’ll need:


  1. Faux Fur Sleeve Sweater –

This sweater is everything! It flatters the figure and the faux fur sleeves will have you walking into every room like you own the place. The color is a beautiful light mauve that doesn’t wash you out, it’s the perfect alternative to the blacks/greys/taupes/etc that so many of us gravitate toward during the colder months.  The sleeves have a subtle animal print layered in with the faux fur.  It’s simply gorgeous!

What you’ll need:

All items can be found on the website at, as well as our booth at All Things Detroit on Sunday, November 4.  Can’t wait to meet you and personally style you for all your upcoming holiday gatherings.




Win Beat the Crowd Tickets to All Things Detroit

We are hosting a HUGE contest for our upcoming event All Things Detroit. We are giving away a pair of Beat the Crowd tickets to 20 followers and what we need you to do is post a video and tag Ask Jennyfer and All Things Detroit telling your friends and followers to meet you at All Things Detroit Sunday, November 4th at Eastern Market.

We are looking for videos with the most creativity and most likes. Winners will be announced on October 26th so start posting those videos.



All Things Detroit Holiday Shopping Experience & Food Truck Rally

All Things Detroit has earned it’s place as one of the city’s most exciting events for small businesses to increase brand awareness. What makes All Things Detroit different from your typical trade show is that we showcase small businesses in a way that’s fun and exciting exposing Michigan’s best kept secrets.





General Admission $5 (Doors open at 11:00AM)

Children Ages 6 and under are free

Beat the Crowd Package $15 includes: Doors open at 9:30AM

• Full hour of shopping before open to the public.

• Complimentary food truck voucher (Food Trucks will be announced)

• Complimentary beverage voucher

• All Things Detroit tote bag

For more information download the All Things Detroit App available at Apple Store & Google Play.

Click here to purchase tickets

Tea Season Has Arrived

Who doesn’t love a great cuppa during the Fall season. Let’s walk through some tea ingredients that would be awesome for sipping while reaping some amazing benefits! Here are some of my favorites!
Matcha has great health benefits that many are unaware of. Matcha aids in maintaining a healthy heart, protects the body against disorders of stress. When you feel like you could possibly be going under the weather, grabbing a cup of matcha could help simply because is boots immune system. Matcha also boost energy and improves mental alertness. Instead of coffee the next time you need a pick me up, try matcha!
Green tea is honestly one of my favorite tea types simply because there are so many benefits. Some of the health benefits include promoting a healthy digestive system, bloating. I personally appreciate that green tea reduces anxiety and stress level, and as a result helps with focus. Green tea is my first choice when it comes to tea types and is my all time personal favorite.
Chamomile tea is my favorite herbal tea as it is a natural sleep aid for those who suffer from cases of insomnia or those who need to get some rest and are having a hard time relaxing. Chamomile also promotes a a healthy digestive system by helping stop inflammation, prevents gas and stomach cramps.
For those who are making a transition into tea, from caffeine, most times I recommend starting with black tea. Less caffeine than coffee, but more than any other tea type. Black tea is a great remedy for a breath freshener, but also supports reducing risk of stroke. Black tea has the natural capability to expand airways, making it easier for asthmatics to breath.

If you’re new to tea, I suggest you check it out! Tea is great to offer guests when you welcome them into your home, or just to have when you’re relaxing alone. Adding tea to your daily regimen as you see has so many benefits, and an added bonus is that it is yummy! Be sure to check out for some our tea blends or visit us at All Things Detroit & Food Truck Rally  Sunday, November 4th at Eastern Market.


LaVonne Ellis

Tealing & Co.

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Ask Jennyfer spotlights small business stories in All Things Detroit Conversations: Reel Clever Films to develop new video series

Coming soon to an online screen near you, Ask Jennyfer Founder Jennyfer Crawford is ready to shine a spotlight on local small business owners – and their stories. Next month Crawford will launch All Things Detroit Conversations, a video series helmed by Reel Clever Films.

The series is in production and marks a new chapter for Ask Jennyfer’s successful All Things Detroit events by expanding small business owners’ opportunities and increasing awareness for the community she has created.

 All Things Detroit Conversations debuts the week of March 5, 2018. Episodes will be available at  as well as on the Ask Jennyfer YouTube page

All Things Detroit and Food Truck Rally 3-26-17 Recap

Sunday, March 26th was an amazing day for small businesses. Over 10k customers came out to support over 200 small businesses showcasing products, services and unique cuisine. Customers who purchased our Beat the Crowd option were able to enjoy a full hour of shopping before the mad rush of shoppers formed lines outside as they waited to get in to purchase handmade goods made in Michigan.

On behalf of the Ask Jennyfer team we would like to thank everyone that came out to support this amazing event and we are looking forward to seeing customers near and far at the next All Things Detroit & Food Truck Rally Pre-Mother’s Day Edition Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Eastern Market!

All Things Detroit and Food Truck Rally Pre-Mother Edition 5-7-17

Join us Sunday, May 7th at the Eastern market for the Pre-Mother’s Day Edition of the All Things Detroit & Food Truck Rally. More details coming soon!  





On Sunday, May 7th attendees will have the opportunity to dine on Detroit delectables and sample savory sweet treats, as well as acquire acclaimed products and services from in and around Detroit. Most importantly, patrons and participants are also supporting small businesses. 

General Admission $5 (Doors open at 11:00AM)

Children 12 and under are free 

Beat the Crowd Package $15 includes: Doors open at 9:30AM

• Full hour of shopping before open to the public.

• Complimentary food truck voucher (Food Trucks will be announced)

• Complimentary beverage voucher (Valid at Faygo booth ONLY)

• All Things Detroit tote bag

For more information go to or download the All Things Detroit App available at Apple Store & Google Play.

Sponsorship opportunities available.

Follow us on IG @allthingsdet or @askjennyfer 


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Beat the Crowd tickets on sale for All Things Detroit & Food Truck Rally 3-26-17


Avoid the long lines and experience the VIP treatment when you purchase the Beat the Crowd package to All Things Detroit Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Eastern Market.

Beat the Crowd Package includes:

• Full hour of shopping before open to the public.

• Complimentary food truck voucher (Only vaild with the following food trucks Marconi’s Pizza or Matt & Mo)

• Complimentary beverage voucher from Faygo

• All Things Detroit tote bag

All for just $15

Click here to purchase your tickets today!

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Ask Jennyfer Partners with The Detroit Bus Company for All Things Detroit

Ask Jennyfer Partners with The Detroit Bus Company to Provide Shuttle Service to All Things Detroit

For the last year we have received comments from customers about how far they have to park to come to All Things Detroit. We value our customers and we are happy to announce that we have partnered with the Detroit Bus Company to provide shuttle service to All Things Detroit. This shuttle will pick up customers in the vicinity of Eastern Market and also take customer to parking locations outside of the market area. Detailed route will be available soon on the ATD app.  Stay tuned…

Small Business of the week Pop Daddy Popcorn

Mark and Erin Sarafa founders of Pop Daddy Popcorn were both born and raised in Southeast Michigan. They met in 1990 while working together for Coca-Cola Enterprises in Auburn Hills, Mi. They have been married since 1995 and find themselves back together in the Food and Beverage Industry.

Erin was the proud owner of two National Franchise retail candle stores. She is now responsible for HR, AP, and AR at Pop Daddy Popcorn, LLC..

Mark graduated from the University of Michigan in 1989 and received his MBA in Marketing from Wayne State University in 1992. Mark worked his way through the Food and Beverage Industry spending time at Coca-Cola (4 Years), Frito-Lay (9 Years), and Absopure Water (12 Years).

With unwavering encouragement from Erin and the approval their 2 children, J.T. (16) and Grace (13), the Family incorporated Pop Daddy Popcorn in 2012. Mark made it his full time career in October of 2013.

Mark credits his wife with the start of the business. “I am so grateful that my wife and children had the faith in me to run a Family business. This is not something we have done alone. Our friends, neighbors, schools, and community in which we live have shown tremendous support through words and actions. We will be forever grateful, regardless of our achievements.” For more information about Pop Daddy Popcorn go to 



Pop Daddy Popcorn is available in Meijer stores and a variety of other stores in Michigan.