Friday, July 29, 2011

Outside the box: Chicago Blogger’s and news Edition f/ The Red Box, Kristin Cavallari and Chicago Scene Boat Party

Even if you can’t afford Ikram prices you can afford…….. at her new Red Box store (above) Midwestern Front

And check out ‘The Red Box’ first day – Chicago Racked

Photos via

The Chicago Scene boat party CANCELED - NBC 5

Bears Jay Cutler and “The Hills” star Kristin Cavallari broke off their engagement… he was too controlling - People

Da Brat recently released from the pen has a new style and she looks fabulous (Twitpic)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Join The eDrop-Off Twitter Chat on Monday's

I love love the ladies at eDrop-Off, a luxury consignment service in Lincoln Park. From their friendly and cute personalities, fashionable looks, to the swag of eco-friendly tote bags and goodies they give out at events!

Great news, starting Monday August 1st and every Monday after they will be hosting a chat on Twitter about various topics.

· August 1: Authenticity--identifying (How to identify fake vs. real bags)
· August 8: Closets (Worst closet disasters, how people keep organized and eDrop-Off’s favorite ways to keep a closet organized & seasonal)
· August 15: Online shopping (What websites people like to shop, why they like to shop them and how to find great deals)
· August 22: What inspires you at work (What websites keep people inspired throughout the day)
· August 29: Authenticity--shopping (How to determine who’s a trusted seller at both online and brick-and-mortar outlets)

Follow @ShopEDropOff and use the hasthag #EDOchat

Friday, July 22, 2011

Outside the box: Chicago Blogger’s and news Edition

(Kate looks stunning!!)

Over at my old site: Mrs Windy City I did a weekly post of the hottest news of the week with links back to the articles. I found that series were one of the top read and liked among my readers. I’m bringing it back to UnPluGGed but titled for Chicago blogger and news articles. On Fridays I will link back to posts from some of my favorite bloggers and writers, to let you enjoy and find out new and exciting information.

Ashley takes us through Solestrucks’ Fall lookbook and breaks down her favs (Stiletto Chic)

Nikia tells us where to get coveted oversized clutches (ChiTown Fashionista)

Raijean takes us inside the exclusive Oliver Peoples brunch and store opening (Swa Rai Blog)

Kanye West will release a women’s fashion line (Cut Blog)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Chicago’s In-Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard

This event will be major! Two weeks August 26 – September 8, 2011 of exclusive events, designer and celebrity appearances, trunk shows, exciting entertainment and more. It is the first shopping festival of its kind and its here in Chicago! I must say I am impressed at the creativity and also the dedication that Chicago is making so that we will continue to stay ahead of fashion trends as well as continue our stake and position in the fashion world.

The event cuts across five primary categories of fashion and beauty, lifestyle, culinary, technology and culture. In-Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard® will create excitement and motivate visitors as it brings together a roster of too-good-to-resist incentives and experiences.

There are MasterCard special offers and access, a fashion raffle, and store openings.

What I am excited about:

Fashion’s Night Out at Macy’s on State Street- September 8, 6:00pm
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Kyle Richards and TV Host Marcellas Reynolds

I love me some Kyle! Her hair is gorgeous!

900’s Night Out – Fashion, Fun & Flavor
September 8, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Bravo TV’s Brad Goreski at 900 North Michigan Shops

Ok this is too much fabulous in one night. I must make it to both!


August 26 & 27, 10:00am – 6:00pm

September 3, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Guess “Paint Your Soles”
This fall, show your true colors with Guess. With any Guess shoe purchase, have the soles of your shoes decorated in a custom design by a guest artist. You will be “In Fashion” with your custom shoes.

September 8, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Tory Burch Launch Party
You are invited to view our brand new assortment of Tory Burch shoes and handbags. Enjoy DJ beats and Tory inspired drinks and treats. Let our Tory Burch Specialists get you in Tory style this Fall.

Park Grill Chicago and Oak Street Design
September 7, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Show Your Style
This fall, Oak Street Design will produce a fashion runway show, Show Your Style. Models by Factor Runway, hair and make-up by Artists by Timothy Priano, and one-of-a-kind styling by Dee Brodlo of Oak Street Design.

See the entire list of events and info HERE

Stiletto Chic: EPIC Solestruck Fall 2011 Lookbook: My Faves

Stiletto Chic: EPIC Solestruck Fall 2011 Lookbook: My Faves: "oM-F'N-G, i cannot take the otherworldly-ness of Solestruck's Fall 2011 Lookbook. so much black...chunky...layered looks....fringe...did i s..."

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dior Tahiti Espadrille Pump VS Jeffery Campbell Munroe

L: Dior R: Jeffery Campbell

It seems that every high end shoe has a lower priced cousin. Or is it blatant copyright infringement? Either way the Dior Tahiti Espadrille Pump is no exception, its cousin is the Jeffery Campbell Munroe. While the Dior has more elaborate details and a sleeker design the Munroe has a brighter color effect. The Dior will set you back $1550.00 while Munroe only $150.00.

Personally the pictures does the Munroe no justice, seen on a foot they are quite stunning and a great conversation starter. Although I hear they run very very narrow.

Get them here:


Monday, July 11, 2011

Free cupcakes via the Sprinkle Mobile plus meet Founder Candace Nelson

In honor of Sprinkles Cupcakes, (50 East Walton) 1st anniversary in Chicago, the famed SPRINKLESMOBILE will be in town July 11 - 24 hitting many of Chicago's hotspots and giving away 1,000 FREE cupcakes a day! To catch the mobile in action, simply follow the Sprinklesmobile on twitter - @sprinklesmobile for the exact timing each day.

Additionally, Sprinkles Founder Candace Nelson will be in-store on Thursday, July 21 from 10am - noon meeting customers and providing the new Mini's complimentary for all guests attending.

Summer Blow-Out Sale on ZAMRIE merchandise

Macy’s Fashion incubator alum, Ashley Zygmunt, launched ZAMRIE in 2009 as one of six designers chosen for the Chicago Fashion Incubator program sponsored by Macys and the City of Chicago.

She has been featured on numerous media outlets such as NBC, WGN, 24/7 Chicago, Second City Style, Chicago magazine, etc. ZAMRIE is currently sold in numerous boutiques throughout Chicago as well some soon-to-be new locations around the country.

ZAMRIE features blouses in versatile styles that can be mixed & matched, dressed up or down.

WHEN: Monday, July 18th–Thursday, July 28th (4pm-8pm)
Sunday, July 24th (12pm-4pm)
*No Appointment Needed
all items AT LEAST 50% off! Light refreshments will also be available.

WHERE: 1213 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

On the scene: Grey Goose yacht party

On Saturday July 2nd I was invited down to Burnham Harbor on the Perseverance II to partake in music, food and Grey Goose beverages. Chicago influencers nibbled on tasty appetizers and speciality drinks by Grey Goose, mixed with their L'Orange, L'Citron and L'Poire vodka flavors .


The Boat



Grey Goose Varieties



The scene


NBC 5's Marcus Riley



Yummy appetizers

(L to R) Contessa Gibson, Raijean of Swa Rai, and me!

Photos by: James Palazzolo

Thanks to Stephanie at MNJ Public Relations

What to wear: Chicago's Old School picnic

Every summer thousands flock to Chicago for the Chosen Few aka Old School picnic. Chicagoans and visitors mingle, bbq, drink and dance while enjoying legendary house music.

This Saturday, it’s time again to get out there and enjoy the music as well as run into familiar faces and meet new friends. What better way to do that than in style?

While the weather is always sunny and hot there are still some factors to consider: there will be a very large crowd of people (toes maybe stepped on), it is very grassy (stilettos should be kept at home), and dress to impress but not like you are going to the club.

3 options:

Cool gal

I am in love with boat shoes. I have a specialty made pair from Sebago and I live in them! One option for the picnic is a flirty pair of shorts, with a tank and boat shoes.

IT girl
For the girl who will be lounging in the tent letting her man or “friend” bbq then you can wear a wedge and a cute dress for the visitors that stop by.

Laid back
And lastly for the fashionista who wants to do it all - walk around, bbq, hang with friends and all without a stiletto heel sinking in the grass. We have a chic skirt, tank and sandal combo.


21st Annual Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic
Saturday, July 9, 2011
63rd & Hayes Drive, Chicago, Illinois
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Gates open at 6:00 a.m.)
Event Admission is $10; Free for kids under 12

Music by the Chosen Few DJs (Wayne Williams, Alan King, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Terry Hunter & Andre Hatchett) and Guest DJs. Featuring a live performance by Ten City and Special Guest DJ, Grammy Award Winner Frankie Knuckles! Surprise special guests and celebrity hosts.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Found: VH1's 'Single Ladies' Val's stylist and wardrobe looks

pic via Tumblr

Whether you are a fan or just curious about VH1's new hit show 'Single Ladies' one thing cannot be denied, the impeccable wardrobe of the main character Val. Since the first episode I have wanted more information on who styled Val as well as the designers of her wardrobe items.

The mystery is no more, her stylist is Anthony L Williams of Project Runway season 7.

He designs a lot of her outfits (black dress left)
as well as picks out her wardrobe for the show from vintage finds, Dolce & Gabanna, BCBG and more.

Check out his profile page on VH1 as well as his weekly breakdown of one of Val's hottest looks from that episode.

Anthony L Williams Twitter