My Eating Adventures: Café Emunah Fort Lauderdale

Café Emunah
Café Emunah. 3558 N. Ocean Boulevard| Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308 954.561.6411| Kosher Dairy Restaurant under ORB Supervision |Wi-Fi available. Web: | Open Sunday-Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Open Saturday, 1 hour after sunset until midnight

I wanted to eat something healthy, and the name Café Emunah came up.

As I drove down the pre-rush hour traffic down Oakland Park Boulevard, I didn’t try to picture what the interiors of the place would be like or nothing. I was too busy looking at the street numbers, and making sure I didn’t miss 3558 N. Ocean Boulevard.

Now, if you drive down A1A a great deal, and you’re a law-abiding citizen like I am, you know U-turns are mostly forbidden—all the more reasons to take heed of building numbers.

So, if you’re heading from I95 North, and get off Oakland Park, know that Café Emunah is just a few blocks away, after you’ve made that left turn on N. Ocean Boulevard.


I found a parking space right away—a rare thing for walk-to-the-beach types of establishments, like Café Emunah, so of course I was really grateful. The minute I walked in the door, I was met with Chris, one of the employees, who flashed me a nice smile, and made me feel like he was expecting me, when he hadn’t really.

South Florida Restaurant Menu

Looking at their menu, I couldn’t decide what to order. Everything sounded so yummy and so healthy…whether it was their Emunah Salad, which comes with walnuts, candied ginger, red pepper, radish, cucumber and mango—or their wahoo tataki which comes with jalapeno, red onions, along with sesame seeds with a little bit of ponzu sauce thrown in. They serve shrimp, but it’s imitation shrimp…otherwise it wouldn’t be kosher, would it?

Cafe Emunah

That’s Chris (left), who served me what Chef Greg (not pictured) had prepared for me. And that’s Annette Lipszyc, the manager to his right. Aren’t their smiles cute?


My Restaurant Adventure…

Well, this is what I decided on…the Continue reading…

Erika Degraffinreaidt: How I Became A Fashion Stylist


Above: French Vedette founder Erika Degraffinreaidt strikes a pose.

Hey glamniacs! Have I got a treat for you…an interview with fashion stylist and creative director Erika Degraffinreaidt, also known as the stylish maven behind the avant guard styling firm French Vedette.

“French Vedette” is the English equivalent of the words “French star” and, how appropriate is this name. Erika Degraffinreaidt captures the Hollywood glamour of golden eras of the past. In styling the model Elmira for a fashion shoot, Degraffinreadidt puts her client in a sweeping gown of fair tale proportion—a dash of tulle, sweeping wings and lots and lots of elegance.

Growing up in Barlett, a suburb in the north of Chicago, Degraffinreaidt was much more into fashion than the average school girl. She solidified the relationship with clothes by attending Chicago’s International Academy of Design and was awarded her BA in Fashion Merchandising Management four years ago. The goal-digger wasted no time in establishing French Vedette.

Growing up, fashion-wise I was definitely the awkward kid I would say that my since of style even at a very young age was a bit eclectic. I knew that whatever I wore I had to make it different from others, whether it was cutting or layering pieces on top of each other it just had to be different and that it was. Many people didn’t understand my style and I did get made fun of but I always kept to what made me happy and confident not depending on the opinions of others. I would say it prepared me and helped shape me into the person that I am today.

The idea of being a fashion stylist first appealed to me when…I was in college and during my internship for a Los Angeles eco-friendly designer. To tell you the truth, I didn’t know what a fashion stylist was until I was a junior college. The designer that I was interning for asked me to come to her shoot to style and after researching all I knew was that as a stylist you put together outfits (which is totally not just what you do), but during that time that’s what I thought it was so that’s what I did. Long story short, the designer and photographer loved how I put things together and the end result is that my very first photo shoot ended up in a national magazine…and the rest is history!

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My first break….to tell you the truth I couldn’t really pin point on what was truly my first big break! I’m definitely very humbled and honored that the many magazines, photographers, designers, bloggers, etc..have taken the time to work with me and has contributed to my success and for all of this I’m forever grateful! Continue reading…

7 Questions With Eyewear Designer Edward Beiner

Eyewear design king Edward Beiner landed in the industry quite interestingly. Beiner was going to enroll in college at a university in Toronto and was undecided as to what he wanted to study. Then inspiration came his way! He bumped into an optician and immediately took a liking to the crossing of retail and medical. Then it hit Beiner: why not combine a “need” product with a “want” product and mold that into a career?
This led to the genesis of Edward Beiner Eyewear: smart, trend-conscious, and functionable eyewear. Beiner’s irresistible designs are staples at many a design shows, including Mercedes Benz Swim Week, and clients rush to his boutiques in Palm Beach and Miami. Celebrities like Miami-vacationing Rihanna, and Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade, and Lewis Hamilton are among the celebs that have used Beiner’s stylish hater blockers.

Beiner keeps innovating, and with his eyewear customization and personalization program, he’s pushing the boundaries in the industry. His creation Ottica Su Misura—which means Optical made-to-measure—was developed to give customers unique fitting options, while keeping in tune with their lenses prescription.


Glamniac: Once you decided that eyewear design was something you really wanted to do, what steps did you take to make your vision come alive?

I always had and entrepreneurial spirit, and early on dove into every aspect of the industry. In order to become a 30 year “overnight success”–I always tell people—it Continue reading…

The Owner of Shop Risqué Tells You How To Run An Online Fashion Boutique


Don’t think that Gessica Chevry is exaggerating when she tells you that she grew up surrounded by fashion. Her grandmother Anne-Marie Michel was a top seamstress and she—along with Chevry’s great-aunts—were downright fashionable types. Granny Michel bequeathed her sense of style to her daughter—Chevry’s mom. And on the paternal side, the fashion scale was pretty much in balance, with Chevry’s paternal aunt always killing the fashion game, and giving her lots of indirect pointers about the role of jewelry in making an outfit spark.

Chevry nurtured all her fashion-related memories to create her own online boutique Shop Risqué. A Shop Risqué shopper can expect to find flashy spiked necklaces to attention-snatching tops. For the fashionista who wants to go all out, Chevry has flashy wrist chains, and oh, thigh chains, and shiny knuckle rings. What fashionistas like about shopping on Shop Risqué is that they can do more than virtual window shopping. They can actually log on, and get an entire outfit for less than $75, and still come up with an envy-inspiring get-up for work, for the clubbing scene, or for a romantic night out.

But okay, glamniacs, let’s talk to Ms. Chevry and her ecommerce creation Shop Risqué.

Glamniac: Who taught you how to dress?

It’s kind of a combination of influences. I have to give credit to my mom for teaching me about colors! She’s the master of basic, classic tones and would spice up her wardrobe with only a few pops of color. My grandma really taught me the freedom of expression through clothing. I would find pictures in her fashion magazines or dressmaker, sewing catalogs she had for clients and modify my picks to exactly what I wanted. In a matter of days my dress, pajamas or anything i could think of creating would come to life. That was just amazing to me! My sister Carlisha was the person to tie it all together. We’re about 3 years apart, so growing up, we were always together and almost always dressed the same. Being the oldest, she hated it of course, but all of my happiness lied in dressing alike and having identical toys! Fast forward a few years, and the roles were reversed; she would dress me up in her outfits and take me to parties with her. Though I didn’t show it so i could look cool, I was super excited to be amongst the teenagers. [Laughter] I don’t think I’ll ever have a better shopping partner!

Glamniac: How did the idea for Shop Risqué take shape?

I’ve known I wanted to be a business owner for as long as I can remember. I might Continue reading…

Life of A Wardrobe Stylist: Leslie Arnelle

Welcome back to another segment of Glamniac’s Life of…series. Today’s person of interest is Leslie Arnelle. As one of the most popular trendsetters in the Washington, DC-area, the Wardrobe Stylist-Photographer-Boutique Owner has worked with NBC, MTV, and Fox affiliates in perfecting the complexion of male and female clients. When she’s not working with makeup palettes, she’s volunteering with Bread for the City, a non-profit initiative that supports abused and disadvantaged populations.

Like many other enterprising wardrobe stylists, she’s delving in other avenues. There’s the Leslie Arnelle boutique which sells trendy fashions to fashionistas who want to know what’s the newest thing is…yesterday! There’s the Leslie Arnelle newsletter, that the style conscious quickly sign up for. They all want to know what Leslie Arnelle knows.

Here she is, discussing her work.

Glamniac: How did you get started in fashion styling?

I knew since I was in elementary school that I wanted to be in the entertainment industry. I grew up with a mom who loved glamorous people such as Diana Ross and who watched shows like Dallas where everyone seemed to be fabulous. I guess in some sense I thought if I too were glamorous I would make her happy. So on the journey of trying to make my mom happy I discovered that I was multi-talented and believe it or not that was also my downfall. I wasted too many years trying to figure out which talent to use. The more I tried to limit myself to one talent the longer it took for me to step out on faith and be who I am today. Although I am nowhere near what I believe for myself, I do believe that I am on the right path. So to answer your question, after fighting myself for so many years, I stepped out on faith. I went downtown here in DC and registered my business and from there everything just started falling into place. I had no guidance and no help from anyone that I reached out to, so I decided Leslie Arnelle would be all my talents rolled into one.

Glamniac: On a typical Monday, what goes into running Leslie Arnelle?

Now after many years of mistakes I’ve learned to be more organized. Mondays entail [everything from] bookkeeping to making cold calls to possible clients.

Glamniac: One of the things that fashion stylists say time after time is that one does not have to have a lot of money to have a decent wardrobe. Do you share that philosophy?

A wise closet entails key pieces and statement shoes and accessories. You can wear the same outfit for one week straight without anyone noticing if you have key statement shoes and accessories.


Glamniac: You run an online fashion boutique as well. How do you balance the demands that come with both?

I have a vision board that breaks down my entire schedule as a photographer, stylist and boutique owner. It was never in my DNA to be talented at just one thing. If ever I am limited ,I am not being true to myself.

Glamniac: What would you say to a newbie who’s pondering on building multiple beauty brands, as you’ve done?

My advice is to first believe in yourself. Second, have a plan—and third—be humble because you will get rejected more than accepted in the beginning.

Glamniac: Some think of fashion as being a shallow industry. But plenty of beauty industry people such as yourself prove otherwise. You work with a non-profit, Bread for the City. Tell me more about that.

I light up whenever I hear the name Bread for the City. I was at my lowest when I found Bread for the City. Bread helped me feed my children at a critical point when I had no money for groceries and for that very reason I feel as if I owe them for a lifetime. When I got to a place in my life where I knew I would be able to commit to an idea I had to give back to this wonderful organization, I pitched an idea and Bread loved it. Now in the NW and SE location the Leslie Arnelle “Live Well . Live Fabulous” Giveaway takes place every month once a month for 6 years now. The giveaway simply gives a fabulous gift card to one lucky person in each location every month. The giveaway was created to simply give hope to the people in their program. A reward for not giving up and to experience delicious eats and treats that they never have thought they would experience.


Glamniac: That’s really awesome. TJ Maxx, MTV, NBC, and Fox are all on your client list. How can those starting out build such an impressive list of clients?

I too wondered how do people get on TV and get invited to exclusive fashion events. I will say this again no one wanted to help me. Maybe they saw a threat or maybe they simply did not want to help. My advice is first get a website and business cards. Watch the credits of movies and your favorite shows and call the studio of where the film or show takes place and ask until you get the information of the right person and you go from there. Last, find an upcoming photographer and a model and create a portfolio of your work. From there, you can be very successful as long as you continue to perfect your craft and remain professional.

Glamniac: What are some of your favorite brands?

I love Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Miu Miu, Prada, Eli Saab and the list goes on.


Glamniac: What do you like about them?

What my favorite brands all have in common are great structure and craftsmanship to their label.

Glamniac: How do you stay current on all aspects of the field?

I’m always on the blogs. I follow fashion bloggers, watch shows regarding fashion and I subscribe to a few fashion mags.

Glamniac: Have you made some errors towards the beginning of your career?

Wow, in the beginning I was all over the place. As I’ve said before being multi-talented can work for or against you. I almost ended Leslie Arnelle many of times because I simply lacked direction.

Glamniac: How did you deal with them?

Today, I’m finding success because I’ve earned that every single one of my talents work hand in hand. For example, when I shoot a model my styling and items from Leslie Arnelle are used. It’s nothing like figuring out your purpose. I would not be the brand that I’m growing into without the mistakes and disappointments.

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The Life of a Makeup Artist: Maria Nguyen, The Interview

Fact: Maria Nguyen is one of the biggest movers when it comes to the makeup business. Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Vogue are all subheads on her portfolio. Her resume is dotted with brands like Sephora, Google, Macy’s, and that’s not even half of the famous names that have used her makeup skills.

No sooner than she finishes an assignment than another pops up…and that should tell you how fortunate The Glamniac is to have gotten a few minutes of her time to throw her some questions.

When I was little, I thought makeup was…part of being a grown-up.

I knew that being a makeup artist was going to be a career when…I received Cosmoprof’s award for Makeup Artist of the Year

When I first started my business, charging people for my services was…expected.

My first big client was….an advertising campaign.

The first thing that I do when I have a client who’s sitting, ready to be made up is…introduce myself and discuss what we’re doing.

The best advice I could possibly give to someone who’s starting out is…be proactive. Educate yourself on your field of interest and be nice to everyone.

The worst thing I’ve seen people do with makeup is…not blend it properly. Not wash it off their face afterwards. Use makeup to “fix” or cover what they don’t like.

When I think of my career thus far, I attribute my success to…myself. Continue reading…

How Makeup Artist Tania D. Russell Built A Successful Career In the Makeup Industry


Tania D. Russell calls the shots at MakeupWerks, the makeup firm she founded, and that also includes a hair and grooming department. A Los Angeles native, Russell yelled “Present” when Hollywood called her name to work on everything from glitzy music videos for some of the biggest stars in pop music. She doesn’t just let her greatness shine on music video work. The beauty industry mogul has worked with some of the world’s most leafed-through glossies. Here is a recap of the journey that brought her to the heights that causes her to be envied by glamniacs everywhere.

When I was little, I thought makeup was…

Fun. I was the kid who loved playing in her mom’s makeup stash.

I knew that being a makeup artist was going to be a career when…

People started Continue reading… Fashion Book Club: The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 And Turned it Into a Global Brand by Pamela Skaist and Gela Nash Taylor

The-Glitter-Plan-Pamela-Skaist-Levy-and-Gela-Nash-TaylorWhen I found out that the founders of Juicy Couture had written a memoir, I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the tome, hoping with all my heart—bicuspid valve and vena cava and all—that it would be worthwhile. God knows a brand can be glamorous, but said glamour may not pan out in a memoir. I hoped with all my heart that The Glitter Plan would be everything Juicy Couture has meant to a whole lot of people: coolness, sensuality (well, in the form of pink pages and cute sidebars, okay?), and freshness—newness.

The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 And Turned it Into a Global Brand by the founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash Taylor turned out to be Continue reading…

Want To Buy Shoes You See At The Mall Directly From Your Phone? There’s An App For That!


Let’s not lie to ourselves, now, glamniacs. We desire shoes. And for some of us, it goes beyond desire. We want to share the latest shoe design we saw at the mall with our entire circle. But what would become of our phone camera storage space, if we photographed and sent every shoe that striked our fancy? Fear not, shoe enthusiasts, there’s an app for that. ShoeDsire lets you take a picture of a shoe, scan it, and browse for it online. The app also allows you to share it with friends.

The app is the idea-to-reality creation of serial entrepreneur Walter Bernaca. Its shoe recognition functionality also allows users to display a list of local stores and websites that stock that particular style, including the current retail price. The Glamniac’s interview with its founder went a little bit like this…

Glamniac: Tell us about yourself and how you got interested in fashion technology. How did the idea for Shoes Dsire take form?

I guess my first interests was not so much in fashion, but in Continue reading…

Celebrity Manicurist Beth Fricke On Nail Care And Making Celebrity Nails Look Their Best

unnamed (1)Celebrity manicurist Beth Fricke remembers her first-time doing a manicure for an “everyday” client. It was at a salon where acrylic nails were the thing to do. A newbie, Fricke could barely conceal her nervousness. Sometimes clients would ask questions that she wasn’t sure how to answer. But a little bit of the pro that she was to become started to slip in. Fricke learned to listen to the answers some of the older and more experienced manicurists would give to their questions. She made it a part of her routine to read all the nail magazines that were around. Oh, and she got inquisitive, really, really inquisitive, asking all the right questions.

Years later, she found herself giving one of her first ever celebrity manicures. The client? A singer named Mariah Carey. Fricke was a production assistant on a music video Mimi was shooting at Edwards Air Force Base. On a Friday night, Mariah was needing a manicure for the next morning, but there were no salons in the area, and all the beauty and manicure agencies had closed shop for the night.

Beth Fricke to the rescue! The music coordinator for the shoot sent Fricke off with $300 of shopping money, and Fricke shrewdly gathered all the needed materials, and voila, Mariah Carey was served. “It was my first time not working at a table and with other people. I didn’t have a routine or rhythm… she was very sweet. And then I was to change my shirt and go pick up trash in the parking lot.”

No one asks Beth Fricke to pick up trash these days. She gives the orders now, thank you very much.

How did you initially get interested in a career as a manicurist?

I took some time off in high school and Continue reading…