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Summer Fine Art at the Village of Rochester Hills

July 24, 2014

 |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Shelleen McHale

Village of Rochester Hills Transformed Into Outdoor Art Gallery
August 2, 2013, 10 am - 8pm
August 3, 2013, noon - 6pm


The charming location of the Village of Rochester Hills shopping center will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery when it hosts the 11th annual Summer Fine Art at the Village of Rochester Hills on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3, 2013. More than 100 artists from across the United States have been invited to show their work at Summer Fine Art at the Village of Rochester Hills. An outside panel of experts juried the entries and asked artists with the highest scores to participate. Admission to the festival is free and parking is free.




J. Barbaro Clothiers Opens at the Village

June 09, 2014

 |  Posted in Fashion & Beauty Advice

Written by Shelleen McHale

denimIn the past, a haberdashery was where gentlemen went to have all of their wardrobe needs attended to by expert clothiers who understood the importance great style and tailoring. It's a fact that the well-dressed man has advantages in life, but the effort required to achieve such status can be complicated in this day and age. There are lots of places to buy menswear, but most of them only have specific and limited offerings: high-end (and often intimidating) designer boutiques, "stuffy", old-school suit retailers, casual men's stores (whose idea of comfort means that everything they sell is oversized), and "fast fashion" where trend often triumphs over taste.

It's no wonder that most American men find the effort to attire themselves to be a frustrating process, instead of an easy and enjoyable experience. The Village of Rochester Hills is pleased to announce the addition of J. Barbaro Clothiers to the "neighborhood" and the timing couldn't be better.casual_shirts

Menswear is changing. Luckily, these changes are incremental and great style for men has always been about nuances in design and subtlety in detail. Hipsters in every major city around the world have embraced "the classics" in exciting new ways. Plaids and argyle, Oxfords and bow ties are part of the new uniform. Perhaps the cut is a bit trimmer, or the color more vibrant, but men are stepping up their style. And, there's a confidence that comes with it, no matter how forward-thinking or conservative your fashion comfort zone.

Furthermore, workplace dress codes are changing too, but as some of them become "relaxed", the rules and message can be confusing. Remember, the sharp dressed guy is more likely to get the promotion, so Casual Friday isn't a day to slack-off. Comfort can still look cool.

tiesTraditional business attire isn't going away anytime soon, though. There are certain expectations for Business Formal environments and occasions. Business Traditional is another category and Business Creative is an emerging one.

None of this has to be confusing, though. The team at J. Barbaro Clothiers consists of experts who are educators. They'll help you make the right purchases that can be multi-purposed and easily transition from business to casual and day to night. They combine all of the benefits of having a wardrobe stylist and a personal shopper and a master tailor in one, relaxing and creative environment. Their goal is to build a relationship with you, as you build your wardrobe. Their wide selection of labels like Canali, Eton, Joe's Jeans, Robert Talbot, Jack Victor, True Religion and Robert Graham will insure a signature look that will get you noticed and inspire others.

You may not be hitting The Red Carpet soon, but George Clooney will. He's always on everybody's best-dressed list and it's no coincidence that he started out out as a suit salesman in his younger days. Matt Lauer still buys his suits from the same men's store that he worked at during the summer in his high school and college years. That's a great testament to "knowing your customer". Even if you're not on-camera, you might be inspired to know that a former haberdasher, a guy who owned a little men's clothing store in Kansas City, Missouri never took for granted the the power of a good suit. He eventually closed his store, but went on to pursue other opportunities. His name was Harry S. Truman, the thirty-third President of a the United States.


Village Yoga - Yoga for the People

June 02, 2014

 |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Shelleen McHale

On June 14 at 10:00a.m. the Village of Rochester Hills will host their first "Yoga for the People."

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"The weekly Saturday morning event will bring together people from all walks of life for an outdoor yoga experience that focuses on health and well-being and helps cultivate a sense of community" states the Village marketing director, Shelleen McHale.  Bringing yoga to the open skies of Rochester Hills every Saturday in the summer has been a joint dream of the Village and Updog Yoga.  This summer it is becoming a reality! "We are so excited to bring free yoga to every BODY this summer at the Village of Rochester Hills as part of UpDog's community outreach program, The Om Squad.  Our group of certified yoga teachers travel all over Southeast Michigan bringing the gift of yoga to schools, corporations, and community centers for those who need it most.  We host over 30 charity classes each week, and are proud to be a part of The Village of Rochester Hills community," explained Duane Utech, owner UpDog Yoga.

It's really quite simple. Show up every Saturday a couple minutes before 10:00am (class starts promptly at 10:00am) to get your spot in Festival Park. Bring your personal yoga mat.  You can borrow one from The OM Squad if you are new to yoga and just want to try it out. What happens in the next hour, between 10 - 11am will inspire you, relax you, make you stop and enjoy being outside and help you focus on yourself and your health. It's our gift to you!

Free-will donations will be accepted each week for The OM Squad. See you at the Park!





Blue Mountain Belle's Concert in the Park

June 02, 2014

 |  Posted in Past Events

Written by Shelleen McHale


June 21, 2014 at 6:30pm in Festival Park

Blue Mountain Belle is an indie folk band from Detroit, Michigan produced by John Katona of Dog & Panther. The band was formed by guitarist Nick Bourgeau and singer/songwriter Stephanie Hamood upon meeting during their coincidental return to Michigan - on boxcars, naturally - after pursuing separate projects in other states. With Ms. Hamood's affinity for traditional honky tonk, 60's folk, and all-things-Leonard Cohen, combined with Bourgeau's extensive background in jazz and experimental noise music, the band boasts a delightful marriage of modern folk and 60's soul, heavily influenced by the analog sounds of yesteryear. blue mountain belle photoThe band began playing all over the metro Detroit area after Hamood finished touring with the legendary Anita Baker, playing dates as Baker's opening act. When they aren't trying to outdraw Clint Eastwood in front of the TV, and with their days of barroom brawls and Boston subway busking behind them, they released their debut EP at the beginning of April 2014 and are taking it on the road this the VILLAGE OF ROCHESTER HILLS! Join Blue Mountain Belle on June 21, 2014 at 6:30pm in Festival Park (by the gazebo)Bring blankets, lawn chairs and your friends and family!



Lane Bryant Represents at the Village of Rochester Hills

May 19, 2014

 |  Posted in Fashion & Beauty Advice

Written by Village Fashion Expert

lane bryant-2 copyOne of the hottest trends in the fashion world is the reinvention of iconic design houses. The fading luster of certain luxury retailers has been brilliantly reignited by a handful of talented, young visionaries. Over the years, Gucci, Burberry and Lanvin are just a few examples of high- end brands that suddenly went from matronly to modern.

Another trend in forward-thinking fashion is accessibility. That's why designers are so eager to launch limited editions in affordable stores, in addition to their runway collections.

You might be surprised to know that Lane Bryant is the latest name to embrace these concepts. They've transitioned from "established" to "exciting" and their newest location at The Village of Rochester Hills is a showcase for this new fashion philosophy.assymetrical lb

Renowned designer Isabel Toledo is on board, too, and her exclusive collection merges the hottest trends into figure-enhancing looks for women of all shapes and sizes. Her education as a fine arts major in painting and ceramics gives her an elevated approach to translating color, pattern and form. Short isn't prohibitive--especially when asymmetry is added to a hemline. Her bold geometry isn't complicated, nor is it compromising. Cropped tops are all the rage and her take on this trend is a versatile and bold bolero that works for anyone...of any any season.

Your style sensibility doesn't have to be "sensible" at Lane Bryant. Bold floral can be figure- friendly and fun, too. Ruching, or draping fabric and sewing it into artistic folds can add comfort and look cool. Ask any red carpet-watcher and they'll confirm that plunging necklines and overexposure have been replaced by sheer panels and detail as the new standard in sexy. And in the era of "statement accessories", Lane Bryant is also the perfect place to meter the dose and adjust the scale of your shoes, bags and jewelry. This is something that everyone needs to get right, regardless of dress size.

may-14-floral-topFull figures made Mae West and Marilyn Monroe screen goddesses. Oprah Winfrey, one of today's most admired women also routinely shows up on best-dressed lists. Adele reigns supreme among the current crop of pop music divas and was recently named one of the world's "most beautiful" by People Magazine. These women have made being plus-size...a plus. Take a cue from them and a trip to the new Lane Bryant at The Village of Rochester Hills to discover your Learning Curves.

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