Do it For Detroit x APRiL 2 Twenty Fifteen

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Good day Ann Arbor!

Get UP and Get Movin – leave your blinds open and let that sunny sunshine graze over your covers and into your eyes in the morning. Prop open the window for a fresh breeze and embrace  the day.

Jump outta bed and walk over to the local market to grab fresh eggs to make omelets. Fresh air and fresh food what could be better ?!

Today I’m rocking Nike Pants and a Detroit Tigers tank. Opening day for the Detroit Tigers here in Detroit Michigan will be Monday April 6 @ comerica park.

#BBOTD #1307daily Now Playing : Exodus on the big screen

Live it up
Lshawtay

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Do It For Detroit x January 2015

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On the way 2 Downtown Detroit

Don’t fret!  I haven’t been providing play by plays of my Do It For Detroit 2014 push. I will give you a full fledged back logged low down in the near future – so Stay Tuned !

Purple Bentley & Me

In the mean time Here is a bit of what went down in January 2015 – I’m definitely going to be going to Detroit more than once a month this year – but of course the goal is at least 1 time & anything more is just fabulocity !

The biggest event of the season is the North American International Auto Show aka the NAIAS which takes place at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

My girl Dori & I traveled down to the D for a Sunday Funday to remember.  It was the last day of the week long auto show & boy was it packed ! For the future – definitely better to go in the beginning of the week. This was also the first time I’ve been to the auto show with just one girlfriend.

Dori On a Motor Cycle

Dori On a Motor Cycle

Hot Ride

Hot Ride

For The City

For The City

Not the Official Geo Tag but Detroit

Not the Official Geo Tag but Detroit

Jeep on the Ceiling !

Jeep on the Ceiling !

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Keep Doin’ it For Detroit

Lshawtay

Detroit Police & Us

Detroit Police & Us

Do It For Detroit x September 2014

After the event while hanging out side waiting for valet to bring my car around I got to state up at the MAGNIFICENT HENSE 6 – Story Mural !! Boy o Boy !! It sure is a site to see !!

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The Library Street Collective + Bedrock Real Estate have teamed up to paint the town ! It seems like every week there happens to be a new public art work project that begins. The public art works create a sense of community and beautify the city of Detroit !

After staring at the mural for a while and securing my car in the gated area outside of the M@dison Building – me and some friends walked over to the hot new restaurant Wright & CO !
We honestly walked past the sneaky side entrance of the building off Woodward Ave – once we turned back and went up the 2 story stair case we made it to Wright & Co ! It’s located on the second level of 1500 Woodward Ave … SO COOL. When we entered a group of people in all black with mustaches on and balloons sang to us – turns out this is not a part of the restaurants greeting but a silly group of friends who had just dined in.

The vibe inside Wright & Co takes you to a fantasy land – are you really in DOWNTOWN DETROIT? YEAH WE WERE ! Wright & Co
Literally so excited to dine at Wright & Co – their drinks are also crafted by the same guy from Sugar House – the best speakeasy and drinks in downtown Detroit. Wright & Co is the purveyors of fine food & drink – the menu is not that large but it gets the job done of filling your belly! We ordered a few different items : Fresh Potato Chips , Sriacha Chicken Sewers , Roasted Cashews, Crisp Gulf Shrimp, & Tuna Tartar. I can’t wait to go back and try more menu items.

Keep Doin’ it for Detroit
!!
Lshawtay

Do It For Detroit x September 2014

Wright & Co

Ahh September 2014 – a Detroit night well spent at the very end of the month. I traveled to downtown Detroit for an event at the M@dison Building off Woodward Ave. ROCO Real Estate – a company that was created by a friend of mine David Coleman and his Brother Michael & a third guy Tyler Ross. The event teamed up with State Bags & the Detroit Achievement Academy for a fundraiser.

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State Backpacks – Any bag purchased and another bag is donated & for this event all of the bags purchased donated a bag to the Detroit Achievement Academy. The event ticket bought a backpack but you could also purchase an additional backpack at the event – which in turn donated another bag to a student at the Detroit Achievement Academy.

Detroit Achievement Academy exists to holistically support the education and development of students who have the determination, drive, and skills to shape their own path of high achievement with the ultimate goal of creating civically engaged, joyful citizens who are ready to change the world.

The event was even covered by DBusiness Magazine and Photos of Me can be seen here.

The event was also covered by Hour Detroit Magazine and Photos of me can be seen here.

Do It For Detroit ,
Lshawtay

Decorate your Desk !

ImageLuckily I’m not stuck in a cubicle each and everyday of the week, but you sure know that if I were it’d be decorated to the nine’s!  My work space is bright & open with tons of natural light, when we happen to get a sunny day in Michigan. I am looking into fun things to spice up my desk area & make me smile all day long.

These are the first few creatures I’ve come across made by Plaid Pigeon !! They make really cute toy planters  & there are other versions on etsy as well ! I think its really important to incorporate living things (outside of humans) into your daily life. Small terrariums have become increasingly popular for people to place in their homes or office spaces or wherever. Many people purchase floating terrariums which i love as well ! I think these little dinosaurs and animals bring more character to the table.

 

Floating planter

If you happen to be in Downtown Detroit, and would be amazing to support a local business who sell sells in-home planters like the floating ones or they have other designs as well that are stationary. Swing by Nest – in downtown Detroit!! 

Nest

460 W. CANFIELD ST. DETROIT, MI 48201 – (313) 831-9146
OPEN MONDAY – SATURDAY 11-7 & SUNDAY 12-5

Do good for your self & bring life into this world !

Live a greener life ❤

Feed The Deed

When in an interview the Question of what is my relationship with Charitable Work?
For the first time I was puzzled … how have I been contributing to society .. something beyond myself ?

In my younger years … I was the Director of community service at My High School which I attended for FOUR years. In college my sorority held events and did activities monthly. Or I attended events for other frats or sororities.

Back then the answer would have drawn me to explain a multitude of involvements.

But now a few years after that- where do I stand ?

The Nomination Called – I had been summoned to take a video of myself doing good. In however which way I wanted I could  #feedthedeed . Options were limitless. The decision came down to what would be both meaningful and/  or some what convenient.

Feed the Deed
Instantly prompted me to look to my belly for the answer. The polar vortex of 2014 is mad all mighty.  I wanted to provide a hot breakfast and coffee giftcard to a homeless person.
As I walked the 4 block radius of downtown I did not encounter one “homeless person ”
> Ann Arbor lacking homeless people ?
> Homeless or Hipster ? Sometimes in Ann Arbor it is hard to tell if an #ootd is the fullest extent self expression or the debacle of a homeless person.

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Regardless and frustrated that I could not complete what I had set out for… I made a reaction video.  Reaction videos are common amongst Gen Y kids. #RV is an advanced and modern version of a home video.

See my Reaction Video here

How did I proceed ?
By Posting my reaction video to my Snapchat Story and than downloading it to my cell phone. I than chose to upload the 4 second clip to my FacebookTimeline. The news circulated to my close network ties.
Facebook Timeline casts a larger net than the Snapchat Story. The communication with Snapchat Story is a more direct line relationship.   It tracks viewership and allows for quicker & perpetual contact. Facebook may be seen by a larger amount of close network ties. The true value lies in what sort of  influence the mass amount of views retain. Your social influence can be measured by a Klout Score.

What can I deduce by comparing the results of response is that both create awareness.
What came to me was … the person receiving must not be limited to oneself who is categorized as homeless. Who wouldn’t love a little grub!? I personally love being treated to a meal !

My Choice on Feed The Deed :

Detroit Art Market
Do It For Detroit
DOWNTOWN

Do YOU know the Legend of the DIA?? THE Detroit Institute of Arts, a place of deep historical value. This establishment holds high regards to the state itself and the nation. It may be what saves the city! July 18th 2013 the city of Detroit filled for Bankruptcy.  Unheard of for any other major city … that once was.

Art guides life and culture. Art inspires & re invigorates.   Art will revitalize Detroit.

THE DETROIT ARTIST MARKET

Detroit Artist Market (DAM) supports and guides Detroit artists to fulfillment.  Endowing the creationist with the green space.

* green space * a venue that is funded for artist creation . Green – money is no object the desires are met. Fresh faces fill the area with open minds and hearts. The space is bright & glowing.

Spreading green to the DAM allows it to function.
I hope to get down to see two separate exhibit rotations in the next year.

Today there is a personal social responsibility placed on people via social networks. What we choose to share and create awareness around is solely up to YOU. Would you rather disengage and not have a profile at all ?

The first is your social responsibility persona that is upheld in a commitment to your network of close ties. Are you a nice person? Are you not? What are you really being held accountable for? Must you complete the deed in 24 hours? Whats really going to happen if you don’t? Wouldn’t it be best to commit to a long term charitable thing? Is it disingenuous otherwise? Will our Facebook Friends defriend us for not completing the #feedthedeed challenge? Is it not good enough to make a monetary donation through the internet? Is it really a challenge to do something nice??

Why does the act of feeding the deed be limited to a one time jolt of forced energy ?!  To continue the #feedthedeed im going to surprise a few fantastic followers of my social network. May it be YOU? just wait and see.