Friday, May 27, 2011

On the scene: IMAGINE '11 annual fashion show recap and photos

On May 19th I attended the 32nd annual IMAGINE fashion show at the UIC Forum to see the International Academy of Design & Technology fashion show.

I started my relationship with the IMAGINE fashion show by IADT students last year and I hope that I continue attending the shows for years to come. It is so uplifting and mind-blowing the hard work and creativity that the students at IADT has towards their fashion careers. A fun fact that I learned is to be unbiased the designers blind submit their designs (worn by professional models) to a panel that scores on craftsmanship, creativity, color choice, fabric, etc. The highest scored pieces are then choose to be seen by the audience!

From furs to swimsuits to McQueen the show had fashion for everyone. I am also proud to announce the fashion show raised $17,000 for The Career Education Scholarship Fund ( as well as Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Val Warner

Kristinia DeBarge

New Generation Fancy Drill Team

Hosted by Val Warner and with musical guest Kristinia DeBarge who gave a rousing and heart thumping finale of her song "Goodbye,” with the New Generation Fancy Drill Team from After School Matters. The looks on the audience faces were entertaining and priceless as a real live marching band stomped and sashayed down the aisle towards the stage to perform with Kristinia.

My favorite moment of the entire night was the Alexander McQueen tribute titled God Bless McQueen. Yes!!! It was everything I could have hoped for.



Watch out next year to purchase tickets for a fabulous time as well as helping out Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Big thanks to Rebecca of Bettie Bomb PR and Daphne and PR Alliance.
Pics via Bettie Bomb PR

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Angela and Vanessa Simmons launch party for Pastry Barbie

I love these sisters. Smart, well-rounded, business savvy and fashionable they have taken the sneaker world by storm. They are estimated to be worth over $50 million dollars and now they have their own Pastry Barbies to go along with their kicks, footwear, clothing and more.

Currently there are four dolls that can be purchased on Pastry’s site

Pics via @angelasimmons

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Spring must-haves from MARLOWE

I am patiently awaiting Spring here in Chicago, while I am waiting I am making a list of must-haves.

What falls on my list: some coveted items from MARLOWE.

Marlowe Italian luxury brand has offered impeccable quality and refined sense of style. With stores in Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto (ongoing expansion in progress), Marlowe continues the tradition of exquisite Italian workmanship - specializing in fine suiting, signature cashmere knitwear, shirts, scarves and leather accessories. Combining timeless elegance with seasonless sensibility, each collection is designed and manufactured exclusively in Italy with the modern, yet classic woman in mind.

On my wish list:
Small Leather Crocodile Zipper Tote , Cashmere Open Circle Crew Cardigan and the fabulous wool storm system trench coat

Check out more delicious finds at:

800 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611-2105


Thursday, May 5, 2011


MAY 13TH – Get ready for the ultimate from Macy's like free gift cards, cosmetics offers and more as they celebrate the remodel and Grand Reopening. Just in time for spring, the Michigan Avenue location has a new look!

Come celebrate and enjoy the following activities:

9AM - GRAND REOPENING - Be one of the first 300 people at the Michigan Avenue door and receive a free $10 Macy's gift card to use that day. One lucky shopper will receive a $500 card!


shop the new Impulse Cosmetic Department featuring new vendors such as Urban Decay, Sue Devitt, Stila, Too Faced, Essie & more. Enjoy a special gift with any purchase of Impulse cosmetics of $50 or more.

Origins - Receive a free canvas tote with the purchase of any two Origins products.

Clinique: Receive a free gift with purchase of any Clinique product over $21.50.

Shiseido: Purchase any two products for $150 and receive a free 5-piece bonus.

Elizabeth Arden: Receive a free gift with any Elizabeth Arden purchase of $50 or more.

Estee Lauder: Receive a free gift with purchase of $29.50. Spend $55 and receive a step up of a free cleanser. Spend $75 and receive a free tote!

ALL DAY - ALFANI OFFER - 4th floor: Receive a complimentary copy of Work it! Visual Therapy's Guide to Your Ultimate Career Wardrobe when you spend $50 or more on Alfani.

11AM TO 2PM - ELLEN TRACY SPRING 2011 COLLECTION - Enjoy informal modeling of the Ellen Tracy spring 2011 collection.

11:30AM - NEVERLAND PERFORMANCE - Mezzanine: Be whisked away to Neverland and see a live performance from cast members of the spectacular new production of J.M. Barrie's classic story, "Peter Pan."

12NOON - MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET PERFORMANCE - Mezzanine: Catch a live performance from the cast of "Million Dollar Quartet" during lunch.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mother’s Day Gift idea: Sprinkles MOM cupcake box

These cupcakes look delicious!!

This Mother's Day, leave the baking to Sprinkles Cupcakes, 50 East Walton,
(312-573-1600 or
and give her something that she'll
truly love. Sprinkles MOM box features dark chocolate, red velvet, vanilla
and lemon cupcakes, making it the perfect gift for every Mom. Adorned with
Sprinkles daisies and MOM sugar decorations. Sealed with a MOM Loves
Cupcakes Sticker.

The box is $39 for 12 cupcakes. Available May 6-8.

Orders can be placed
on-line or over the phone for faster service and no need to wait in LINE!

The MET Ball: My favorites

The MET Ball took place last night, the theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. There were a lot of hits and a lot of misses. I feel for the theme of the night there should have been more risk taking.

My top choices:

Daphne Guinness was in…. McQueen of course and the perfect execution of the nights theme.

Christina Ricci in a dress by Zac Posen. The dress was very detailed, well made and awe inspiring.

Margherita Missoni in what else…. Missoni. Her choice of accessories really complemented her dress and her bohemian lifestyle.

Jennifer Lopez in Gucci (a favorite brand and she is a spokes model)…the red was stunning as well as complimentary to her makeup pallet.

See all the attendees HERE