Sharp Dressed Men

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Fashion, Features

It’s no secret that the women here at Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine love fashion, but the truth is, so do all the guys. Whether you’re shopping for your dad, your hubby or just your best guy friend this Father’s Day (and let’s be honest you don’t have to be a dad to enjoy the spoils of Father’s Day), the men of CAWLM have some looks to help you find the pieces that are just right for the guy in your life. Here, the three men — Mike, a graphic artist, Mark, a photographer Read more [...]

Starting Your Own Home Business

Written by Sarah Bohan. Posted in Features, Financial Facts

Whether you are looking for a change of pace, more time with the kids or a fun opportunity to meet up with friends and family, starting your own home business can be a great way to add an additional source of income to your monthly budget! Starting With an Idea There are countless avenues you can take to start your home business, and whether it’s candles, make-up, kitchen gadgets, jewelry, talent workshops, cooking classes or any other money-making product or service, joining the home party Read more [...]

Dermatologist Takes Doctor’s Approach to Skincare

Written by Ann Cool. Posted in Business Profile, Features

May has been named Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month by the American Academy of Dermatology. As we look forward to outdoor summer activities, it’s a good time to make sure we protect ourselves from harmful exposure to the sun. Dr. Marcy Street, founder and medical director of Doctor's Approach Dermatology in Okemos, gives some tips on skin cancer prevention, early detection and treatment of melanoma in its early stages. Prevention Dr. Street recommends applying a broad-spectrum Read more [...]

Age is Just a Number

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features

“Age is just a number,” is the only phrase that seems fitting when it comes to describing the essence of 90-year-old real estate agent, Jessie Perry. This extraordinary woman from Lansing is the grandmother to 10 and great-grandmother to 19 and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. “The best thing that you can do is to satisfy a customer and make them happy,” said Perry. Originally from Northern Michigan, Perry graduated from high school in 1942. After attending Lansing Business Read more [...]

A Closet in Bloom

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Fashion, Features

When the words “floral” and “fashion” went out in an email to the Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine staff, the whole office just got happy. Before we knew what was happening we were sharing photos of our favorite floral pieces and giving tips on how we style them. Since this month’s theme is Beauty in Bloom, we figured we’d take our love of floral and share it with our readers. Here, three CAWLM staff members show off their favorite floral piece and how they plan to wear it this Read more [...]

Detroit Frankie’s Brick Oven Pizza

Written by Colette Evangelista. Posted in Features, Restaurant Review

How can you not trust a man slinging pizza out of the back of his Cadillac? Mobile food is where it is at. Our local Trailer Park’d and the Purple Carrot food truck have found their success and their look. Trailer Park’d has its rustic truck hawking smoky meat and fresh and lovely local produce and products. The Purple Carrot has its cutesy and distinctive purple vehicle, again with inventive fresh and local food. So, how great is it that we now have a “pop-up” pizza joint being pulled Read more [...]

Hitting the Nail on a Successful Budget

Written by Sarah Bohan. Posted in Features, Financial Facts

It’s hard to believe that this winter would ever end, but it’s finally starting to look, and feel like spring, and summertime is right around the corner. And, if you’re anything like me, you’re starting to think about the home improvement projects you want to tackle this summer. Planning ahead and creating a budget is the key to keeping the DIY season affordable. Breaking down a budget: When I am preparing to make a significant investment in something like a home repair or improvement Read more [...]


Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Features, Movie Review

Transcendence is a new science fiction film starring Johnny Depp as a computer scientist working on advanced artificial intelligence. He and many other people working on artificial intelligence around the country are attacked by a terrorist organization, who want to prevent Depp and others from creating a world where computers can “transcend” abilities of the human brain. Depp’s character is shot with a radiation-laced bullet, the bullet narrowly misses him but he gets radiation poisoning. Read more [...]

Gateway Community Services

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

In 1970, Louis Hekius, a former Michigan State University Dean and professor, started Gateway Community Services. Originally known as the Drug Education Center, the organization was created with the intent of helping people with drug abuse, problem pregnancies, crisis therapy and family intervention. In 1974, Gateway changed its name and shifted its mission to focus on serving the unaccompanied runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. Executive Director Mark Morton said, “Obviously, youth who are Read more [...]

A Career in Creating

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

The kiln is turned on, handcrafted glass beads are removed from the previous day and Val VanSandt is ready to go. Every morning, this glass jewelry artist from Eaton Rapids gets down to business in her basement studio spending hours creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry. “Anytime you’re running a business for yourself, there is no slack,” VanSandt said. “You have to do it yourself or no one else will.” Growing up in a family of artists, VanSandt was born with a creative Read more [...]

New Growth

Written by Susan Combs. Posted in Business Coach, Features

After the wicked winter we all endured, spring is especially welcomed this year. And with spring comes new growth. I was having lunch with my friend, Debbie, and we were discussing the DiSC work style assessment. I provide training on this popular, 4-quadrant work style assessment which helps people understand their style and behavior. On one axis, people identify with being either fast-paced or more moderate and thoughtful in their decision-making style. On the other axis, people are either task-focused Read more [...]

Going Green to Save Green

Written by Sarah Bohan. Posted in Features, Financial Facts

Often, the decision to go green comes down to cost. When trying to go green, we have to adjust our mindsets to look long term, and reasonably assess what will be right for us right now and down the road. Done right, going green can make sense financially. Here are some tips on how you can start the process of making your home or workspace green. Look at your budget and make a plan Know what is important to you. While the initial expense of green materials may be a little higher, the overall Read more [...]


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