Sizziling Summer Fashions

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Fashion, Features

Summer has arrived, and with it, a whole new wardrobe! (Or at least it feels like it since we were stuck in our winter wear for so long). And since we here at Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine are a bit out of practice with summer dressing, we turned to our friends at Kellie’s Consignments for a few ideas on how to look summer chic. This sailor-esque ensemble is perfect for Fourth of July celebrations and beyond. Put on a cute pair of wedges and you’ve got an office-ready look or Read more [...]

Summer Goes Better With Good Old Fashioned Ice Cream

Written by Ann Cool. Posted in Business Profile, Features

Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day. But you don’t need a special day to enjoy a tasty treat at Scoopy Doo’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream parlor in DeWitt. Whether you’re at a picnic, a party or the playground … nothing goes better with summer fun than a scoop – or two – of ice cream. Scoopy Doo’s, co-owned by Jason and Casey Thompson, serves up to 30 flavors of ice cream. Customers can get hard ice cream, soft serve ice cream, shakes, malts, flurries and sundaes. For those with Read more [...]

Unite Over Lansing United

Written by Kristin Porter. Posted in Features

Most women look forward to the point in life when they can finally afford the luxury SUV they’ve been eyeing or a cottage on one of Michigan’s beautiful lakes. Gena Sampson and her husband, Jeremy, thought differently when they got to that place in their lives. They shocked their friends and family alike and bought a soccer team. According to, one in five teenagers in this country participate in competitive soccer, so when Jeremy came to his wife with the idea of purchasing Lansing’s Read more [...]

Healing for the Mind, Body & Soul

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Careers for Consideration, Features

Since she was a young girl, Leeann Lilly always knew there was something different about her. When she was only 4 years old, her 12-year-old sister was hit by a car and unfortunately passed away. That same day her sister came back to her in spirit and Lilly knew that she had a special gift. It wasn’t until two years ago that Lilly really began to pursue her talents. She took on two mentorships with nationally known psychics and then came back to the greater Lansing area to open her business, Read more [...]

The Black Cat Bistro

Written by Colette Evangelista. Posted in Restaurant Review

Picture this. I am sitting in a restaurant courtyard on a perfect June evening. There is a fountain bubbling gently nearby and my glass of wine is so cool and crisp that condensation is forming what looks like crystal balls. Even though the name of the restaurant is the Black Cat Bistro, I am feeling very lucky. And I foresee nothing but good things ahead. Editor Emily breezes onto the patio as I am knee deep in an appetizer dilemma. Should we get the Lobster Mac and Cheese Tots with roasted tomato Read more [...]

Making Your Travel Dreams A Reality

Written by Sarah Bohan. Posted in Features, Financial Facts

Summer is finally here, and if you’re anything like me, the outdoors are calling your name! Visions of sandy beaches, rolling parks, golden sunsets, smells of fresh cut grass and marshmallows roasting over a crackling campfire begin to occupy my mind as I drive home from the office. Whether you plan to take a longer vacation or a weekend close to home, there are tons of ways you can get away and spend some much needed quality time with friends and family without breaking the bank. Planning early Like Read more [...]

Good News July 2014

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Features, Good News

MSUFCU Named Federal Credit Union of the Year MSU Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that it was named 2014 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) among credit unions with more than $250 million in assets. MSUFCU and other winners in NAFCU’s 2014 Annual Awards Competition will be honored in conjunction with NAFCU’s 47th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Las Vegas, July 22-26. In the past year, MSUFCU has reached many Read more [...]

The Fault in Our Stars

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Features, Movie Review

It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about The Fault in Our Stars. The New York Times Best-Selling novel by author John Green has been on the top of almost every must-read list for months and now that the movie adaptation of the book has hit the big screen, it’s pretty much all anyone (especially women) can talk about. The Fault in Our Stars is the unlikely love story between two teens. Unlikely only because the pair meet in a cancer support group. I don’t think I’m Read more [...]

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

Since 1965 the Arts Council of Greater Lansing has empowered both lovers and creators of art. The Arts Council’s mission is to build a strong basis for overall growth in the Lansing community for artists and arts and cultural foundations. “Our work is really to support, strengthen and promote arts and culture in the greater Lansing area,” said Executive Director Deborah E. Mikula. “An arts council begins its work because they find that there is a lack of artistic endeavors that are happening Read more [...]

Leadership at all Levels

Written by Susan Combs. Posted in Business Coach, Features

I originally wanted to title this article, “Ode to Mrs. Ware” as an acknowledgment of the great leadership of Lorraine Ware, the Principal of Red Cedar Elementary School in East Lansing. At Red Cedar, she led a team of dedicated teachers and staff to create a warm, fun learning environment for the kindergarten through fourth grade students from 40 different countries. In conversation with Mrs. Ware and with others these past couple of months, I noticed two patterns showing up — leadership Read more [...]

Okemos Barber Shop Offers Old World Services in a New-Age Setting

Written by Ann Cool. Posted in Business Profile, Features

Give that special man in your life a special gift this Fathers Day by giving him a gift certificate for a shop that offers much more than just a shave and a After Shave Barber Shop in Okemos offers an experience he’ll remember for a long time. Owned and operated by Rick and Nick Brown, a father and son team who joined forces more than four years ago, After Shave provides “old world services with a new age look,” Nick explained. Both he and his dad are certified barbers who use an age Read more [...]

Pick the Best Summer Camp for Your Child

Written by Judy Rademacher. Posted in Features

It’s time to sift through all the summer camp brochures and sign your kids up for camp! As both a parent and the camp director at the University Club of MSU, I’ve learned a thing or two about selecting a camp that is a good fit for both the child and the parent. For children, the criteria for a good summer camp are pretty basic; it should focus on something the kids enjoy, be a lot of fun and offer them a sense of belonging. For parents, the criteria are a little more complex. Timing, location Read more [...]


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