Thursday, July 29, 2010

My take- Essence controversy: the new fashion editor has been active for 6 months…

Essence hires a white fashion editor and the world becomes a fashion battlefield of ethnicity and culture ( lack thereof).

I am a fashion freak, I read all magazines and read lots of blogs. I love to analyze
what’s the newest thing, what’s the hottest trends. Love it all. Fashion is a passion if mine and I’m still trying to figure out how to make this a J-O-B and be very successful. That being said I think it’s absolutely ridiculous about the fight and war going on with the new fashion editor at Essence that happens to be… white.

We have been hearing about this for days and I must say stop it! True there could have been a black fashion editor pulled in but I admire what editor, Angela Burt-Murray said;

“her creativity, her vision, the positive reader response to her work, and her
enthusiasm and respect for the audience and our brand," adding, "I thought she'd
make an excellent addition to our team. And I still do."

Lets face the fact, Time Warner owns Essence. We should be applauding that they have decided to try to work with the magazine and keep it on the newsstands rather than throw it away like so many other urban magazines. Remember Suede and Honey (now online?), Jewel is still standing but for how long? They couldn’t make it, simply because readership and subscriptions were down… in the black community.

How do we know that black fashion editors did not apply or even WANT the job. Before we make assumptions about how this new editor got there let’s stop waving the ‘racism’ flag. We as a black community try so hard to read between the lines with everything that is said and done. Instead of reading between the lines let’s make our own lives better and concentrate on what WE as individuals want to achieve.

This issue is the same as black editors and staff working at Marie Claire, Lucky and Vogue. How dare they? Oh right, they can do that over at a white publication because they deserve it.

What grinds my gears is that this new editor has been working at Essence for 6 months! Did anyone notice the lack of “flavor” in the magazine these past months? Probably not…. Until the announcement was made. If we keep this up, companies will be afraid to finance and back a black publication because of the scrutiny and surveillance of our community. Lets start standing behind the independent and online magazines (as well as the current standing) , fashion designers, bloggers etc. Uplift them and introduce them to our friends and families and let them be great. It may lead to more black publications being developed.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Nike 6.0 BMX Open KICKOFF: Meet the Riders

NIKETOWN Chicago will play host to elite riders as they head into  the Dew Tour competition 
  Nike 6.0 athletes Nigel Sylvester, Garret Reynolds, Dennis Enarson and Mike Spinner will take to the air at the Dew Tour's next stop outside Soldier Field this weekend.   Before they do, they'll be greeting their fans at NIKETOWN Chicago.
Come by for the chance to win Nike 6.0 BMX Dew Tour Tickets and swag, snag an autograph and check out the flip book photo booth experience. 
Be sure to stick around for the athlete Q&A – one lucky fan will join a Nike 6.0 rider to design their own NIKEiD footwear

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Up next: Kendall Jenner

Kendall (Kim Kardashian and klan's little sister) is now a Wilhelmina model. 
 Here are some recent shots… she is adorable and stunning.

Same dress: Who rocked it out? Rihanna, Kim Catrall, or Kristin Cavallari



All three ladies have donned the plunging  dress with the spiked shoulders by The Blonds…but only one can rock it out and the others….sadly, walk away.


Who should it be?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Hills series finale party-- HOT fashion choices

This is the way to dress for a summer party... and to make it better it was thee series finale partay for The Hills

Lauren, Kristin, Audrina and Whitney Port was stunning and fashionable

Kristin wore asymmetrical, glittering Zuhair Murad nude dress

Lauren wore a green-and-gold glittering Mandalay minidress

Audrina wore a magenta cut out Boulee dress

**Congrads to her on being the new face of Bongo jeans

Whitney Port wore: colored, cut-out bubble dress and Jimmy Choo gladiator booties

Monday, July 12, 2010

UPDATED:: Chicago brides to be…get ready for White Chicago’s “Breakfast with the Brides” after Filene’s annual Running of the Brides

Every year hundreds of women stand in line and wait for the doors to open to the wedding dress of their dreams that is deeply deeply discounted. After all of that pushing and shoving and getting undressed in from of strangers, White Chicago is hosting "Breakfast with the Brides" immediately following the mad dash at Filene's. Its geared toward those running brides who didn't find their gown and need a little nourishment after the big event. White Chicago sells dresses and accessories for your wedding also! Psstttt…. At a deep discount! So don't fret.

whiteCHICAGO! Chicago's premier designer bridal consignment boutique and CS Brides invite all of Filene's running brides for mimosas and muffins! On Friday, July 23rd whiteCHICAGO is opening early at 9 am and taking no appointments (a first in their history!) offering brides a second stop for incredible designer discounts!

After elbowing, pushing and shoving your way towards finding the perfect gown, you've worked up quite an appetite. Head to whiteCHICAGO for energy (courtesy of Egg Harbor Café and Binny's) and round two of the dress hunt! Whether you didn't find your gown or you found a gown, yet need accessories and alterations, whiteCHICAGO offers gowns 30-70% off EVERYDAY, plus an in-house seamstress for restyling. Also, all Lori London custom veils and accessories will be 20% off, so it's a perfect way to continue your day of discounts! C'mon ladies, plan a day of bridal shopping and head to whiteCHICAGO after you run with the brides!

whiteCHICAGO, 222 W. Huron, Chicago (p) 312.397.1571

UPDATED:: Lake City Cleaners ( will be on-site offering their preferred vendor rate for cleaning $195 (reg. $250) to ANY bride! So for the brides that find their dream gown at Filene’s, yet it needs alterations or has a stain…they can bring it to White Chicago!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cerato Boutique Sidewalk Sale and Eskell Trunk Show

Ladies.... summer sales are starting! Come out:

Who: Cerato Boutique
What: Summer Sidewalk Sale and Jules and Eskell Trunk Show

When: Saturday July 24th, 10am-6pm and Sunday July 25th, 11am-5pm

Where: Cerato Boutique
3451 N. Southport
Chicago, IL 60657

Exclusive and sale merchandise from Jules and Eskell for 2 days only

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Kanye West's- Good Ass Job tracklisting released?

They are saying that the following is Kanye's new Sept album "Good Ass Job" tracklisting.
1. Hell Of A Life
2. Dark Fantasy
3. Power
4. Chain Heavy
5. Ghetto University
6. That's My Bitch
7. Runaway
8. Lost In The World
9. Gorgeous
10. Monster
11. Holding Me Back
12. Devil In A New Dress
13. The Joy
14. So Appalled
15. Blame Game
16. Sweat On My Face
What do you think? Real? Fake?
Who is "that's my bitch" about?! I soooo can't wait.

Friday, July 2, 2010

House of Deréon home furnishing line...are we feeling it?

Pictures of Beyonce and mama Tina's bedding and home furnishings pictures have been released... are we feeling it?

Pics via Cut Blog

Mrs Windy/Chicagonista Exclusive: Giuliana Rancic

I had the pleasure of interviewing Giuliana Rancic, star of “Giuliana and Bill “reality show and host on E! Network on Thursday. Giuliana hosted a red carpet at the AMC North (600 N. Michigan) theaters for Chase. Chase was offering customers an exclusive screening of Toy Story 3 and will be kicking off its Buy One Get One Free offering on movie tickets that begins July 1st.

What are some of your favorite places in Chicago?

I’m going later tonight to eat at Carmine’s, I love anywhere where I can sit outside when the weather is nice. I go shopping at Intermix or any of the stores on Michigan Ave. I love brand names, I don’t need boutiques. I’m like an H & M girl! I go to Blommie’s (Bloomingdale) a lot, I like regular stores. I find deals at Loehmann's, I do it all. I’m a regular girl, I don’t do fancy stuff. The best restaurants are here, we (her and Bill) do dinner and then take a 30 minute walk; we just love it (Chicago).

Want to know whats going on with the baby? The new season?

Her new show she is producing? Head over to for the rest!

What fashion we didn't see: BET Awards

Angela Simmons tweeted this picture of her and her sister Vanessa from the BET Awards... where were they on the Red Carpet? They are the nights sole winners. This is how it should be done! Young and flirty.

Bravo ladies