Friday, September 30, 2011

Mrs Windy City's fall fashion must haves

Fall is officially here! I love fall, it’s the reminder of back to school which means new clothes, new friends, pumpkins and lovely sweaters!

Here are my Fall 2011 must haves.

Leather- last year it was all about leather shorts. This year its leather pants, skirts, jackets and EVERYTHING. Ciara, LaLa and Miley Cyrus has shown us great ways to achieve this look. BUT ladies do not try pleather. I highly recommend Topshop who has great leather replicas for budget friendly babes.

Anorak parkas- I want an Army green coat topped by a lush fur collar, to be the envy of all snowmen! Take the collar off for weekend casual, keep it on for luxe chic

Two tone wedge booties – Tired of standing on stilts? Get a fashionable break with two tone booties. They give you two distinct looks at once and can be paired with weekend as well as ladylike looks.

Colorful jeans- you can take these bright colored jeans from the summer and pair with neutral knits and sweaters. See Kimmy K, Rihanna and Kourtney

Western - Sprinkle your wardrobe with just a taste; whether a sweater, bag or boots

Missoni for Target – yes I know Missoni is sold out everywhere and you are one lucky son of a gun if you found any (I did, but not without a journey) but still comb the Target aisle and even Craigslist. Even one item will make your Fall more chic.

Keep from Fall 2010:


As seen here in my post

What is on your Fall must have list?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Outside the Box: Meet Chicago Bears’ Lance Briggs at Sprinkles, Grey Goose Chicago Beach Polo World Cup and more

(Tribune photo by Alex Garcia)

Sprinkles celebrates the Chicago Bears season with a special Red Velvet cupcake adorned with the Briggs4Kids logo to benefit the charity.

Chicago Bears Linebaker #55 Lance Briggs will be behind the counter and taking orders on Saturday October 1 from 2-4 p.m.

The special Briggs4Kids Cupcake ($3.50) will be on sale Monday, September 26 - Saturday, October 1 with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Briggs for Kids Charity. Briggs4Kidz is a non-profit organization that raises funds to help alleviate the emotional and financial struggles of today’s poverty stricken youth.

50 East Walton Street

On Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd, players from around the globe will travel to the Windy City to compete in a prestigious tournament of beach polo right on North Avenue Beach. Located directly in front of a beachfront bar and grill, this luxury affair will give spectators and up close and personal look at the “Sport of Kings!”

V.I.P. passes are $250 each (two-day) and $150 each (one-day/Saturday or Sunday), which includes dining and bar. General admission is $20 and to inspire a potential new generation of polo enthusiasts in Chicago, children under 12 are free. For tickets, schedule and other information about GREY GOOSE® Chicago Beach Polo World Cup, please visit

Kryolan proudly presents two days of back to back glamour Workshops- from Beauty Queens to Drag Queens!

- on Oct. 10. 2011 Pageants Workshop from 9:00 - 5:00 US $ 300 ( Make up Kit included)

- on Oct. 11.2011 Drag Workshop from 9:00 - 5:00 US $ 300 ( Make up Kit included)
Both Workshops are taking place at Kryolan City Chicago, 2034. N. Halsted St. Chicago IL 60614

For registration call 773.248.1419 or 1.800 KRYOLAN

Saturday October 1st: Join NIKE for the Chicago LunarGlide+3 shoe launch

I love NIKE, previously I had the honor of attending some fun and exclusive events with them. This time I want you to come out and join me.

On Saturday, October 1st NIKE will be unveiling the LunarGlide+3, a running shoe that delivers superior stability, ultra-soft cushioning and a secure fit. Designed by Chicago artist Tara D, these shoes will come in handy for the marathons like upcoming Bank of America or pounding the city pavement while running or working out.

*Disclaimer* I will receive a dope pair of LunarGlide+3 for covering this event (woo!) to get my love handles under control.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jennifer Hudson opens Weight Watchers Jennifer Hudson Center in Hyde Park (Chicago)

Chicago’s Hyde Park welcomed a new and healthy addition to its neighborhood today. The Weight Watchers Jennifer Hudson Center opened on 1350 E. 47th St., Suite 135. The center will serve as a example of a healthy lifestyle and hopefully impact the community to lead healthier lives.

The unveiling was attended by Jennifer Hudson (above) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. This is the first time that Weight Watchers has put one of its brand ambassadors' names on a center and Weight Watchers will donate a portion of the Center's proceeds to the Julian D. King Gift Foundation.

Personally I am a huge fan of Weight Watchers, after gaining some winter weight I went on the program and lost 15 pounds in 2 months.

I am proud that my neighborhood has this great addition and hopefully will serve as a motivation to individuals who seek to lose weight in a healthy and knowledgeable way.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

900 North Michigan Shops Host: “Pirates & Princesses” Authors Jill and Sadie Kargman

On Saturday, Jill Kargman known for her bestselling books, “Momzillas” and “The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund” ( I have read both. Hilarious!) was in town to sign and read: “Pirates & Princesses” a lighthearted children’s novel co-authored by Jill’s cute daughter, Sadie!
10% of the proceeds was donated by Jill and Sadie to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rush University Medical Center.

Summary: Ivy and Fletch have been best friends since babyhood. But when
they get to kindergarten, they discover that the girls play with the girls and
the boys with the boys; suddenly Ivy and Fletch find themselves apart on the
playground, on the Princess Team and the Pirate Team. It isn't until Fletch
steps in to rescue Princess Ivy from pirate capture that they realize they miss
playing together.

Mrs Windy City’s photographer was on hand to capture the enchanting audience and authors.

The princesses are ready!


All images: James Palazzolo

Monday, September 19, 2011

Learn spooky and spectacular Halloween Make-up at Kryolan’s - The Halloween Workshop

Great for kids or adults that want that “real” horror look

- Learn oozing cuts and wounds
- Learn Horrifying Monsters
- Learn Fantastical Creatures

$$$ 125.00 per Person ( includes Make up kit)

When : on Monday September 26. 2011 from 9:00am - 5:00 pm

At : Kryolan City Chicago, 2034 N. Halsted St. Chicago IL 60614. Phone 773.248.1419

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Missoni for Target: I was there

I love fashion. I love capsule collections. I have never stood in line to experience first minute buying until Missoni for Target.

I was excited!! Beyond excited!!! More for the home goods rather than the clothing. I studied like a test, I knew what I wanted but unfortunately when it comes to collections like these you need a team to help you get your selections.

I arrived at 7:15 am finding a handful of people. I met a cool girl in line and we decided to shop together. By 7:45 there were about 100 people in line. I was nervous but we were off and running to get the clothing. I grabbed what I thought looked cute but that was my first mistake, thinking. I should have just grabbed! On to upstairs where we find people snatching plates and kitchenware by the bundles and people running down the aisle with luggage. It was a whirlwind and in the end I didn’t get much from location #1.

Me and my line buddy decided to go to location #2 where we find all the clothing racks empty and everything gone except media bins. “I’ll take two please.”

On to location #3 where ………. Items! Lovely items. Bundles of cosmetic cases, shoes, clothes and I got luggage!!! No home goods. We were exhausted and it was eleven o’clock. My mouth was dry and my stomach in pains but someone grabbed the last size 10 ballet slipper so I was off to location #4. Where I found my slippers!!! Still, no home goods. I was exhausted but giddy.

The people that do this every time a popular capsule collection is born, bless your souls. It’s too much! In the end after going through my purchases I will keep:

Carryon luggage
Media bins
Rain boots
Eye mask
Cosmetic bags

The other items are currently on Craigslist. But no mark-ups!!! I’m not greedy, just too lazy to return.

Crazy stories heard: the man who was not allowed back into his home unless he had allllll Missoni plates from one location. He had a cart full!

A woman sent her husband all the way from Canada and well….. he didn’t make it to the store early enough. He managed to find scraps but not what was on her list. Poor man.

Macy's Fashion's NIght Out fashion show hosted by Marcellas Reynolds and Kyle Richards

Mohair skirt, maroon sweater and beige sweater w/ patchwork sleeve all by See by Chloe

I was invited to watch the Macy’s Fashion’s Night Out fashion show hosted by Marcellas Reynolds and Kyle Richards at the Macy’s store on State Street. This was not your ordinary fashion show, Marcellas and Kyle entertained us and keep us laughing throughout the show as they gave the audience a look inside the hottest trends for Fall 2011. I must say I was blown away by the looks. Can’t wait to get my hands on some items!

This coat that resembles a cape and caught the eye of many in the audience

Love Moshino leopard dress
Ellen Tracy red cape
Guess leopard heel

How dapper is this men’s suit?

Mood of Norway plaid jacket and pant
Ellie Tahari patterned button down shirt
Kenneth Cole tie
Johnston and Murphy suede shoe

Tribal (aztec) is in this season and this is how you do it!

Bar III one shoulder chiffon dress and leather jacket
Lauren studded belt
Michael Micheal Kors suede boot
Lucky Brand Leather fringe handbag

Marcellas does not like the tucked in boot trend!

I WANT this fur!!!! And its faux!

Theory bright poppy satin dress
INC fur wrap
Jessica Simpson multi-color suede pump

Bright coat for a dreary windy city day

INC mustard double-breasted short blazer
Theory knit sweater and short tweed mini skirt
Frye buckle boot
Material Girl earring

All items available at Macy's

Thank you to Kamal Bosamia at Macy’s and of course Macy’s!

All images by James Palazzolo for Mrs Windy City

Monday, September 12, 2011

Photos: Kelly Osbourne at Macy's on State St. for Fashion's Night Out

Kelly Osbourne has evolved from when we first met her on the The Osbournes reality show based on her family life. Recently to a fashion bombshell and a key fashion correspondent for E! Network and as a host on Fashion Police. Currently Kelly is the spokes model for Madonna and daughter Lourdes's Macy's clothing line Material Girl. For Fashion's Night Out she stopped by Macy's on State Street to showcase the line, take questions from the audience and pose with fans. Kelly told the audience that Lourdes does a lot of the designing for Material Girl and she has such an eye for fashion. Kelly feels that every girl and woman should have a good blazer, shoes and jeans in their wardrobe. Overall the event was fun and Kelly is even cuter in person! Take a look at the pictures from the event and enjoy!

Candy Girls handed out yummy treats!

Kelly talks to the crowd

Kelly with Material Girl models

Check out more:

All images by James Palazzolo

Exclusive: Fashion's Night Out interview with Kyle Richards of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Pictured hosting the Macy's Fashion show with Marcellas Reynolds

You never know when an opportunity will present itself. For me it happened at Macy's celebration of Fashion's Night Out. I was there enjoying the appearance of Kelly Osbourne (see post here) as well as anticipating the fashion show hosted by Kyle Richards and Marcellas Reynolds. Suddenly I was given the opportunity to interview Kyle of Bravo Network's successful franchise Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Known as the raspy voiced, raven haired sexy mom and actress of the bunch. I was thrilled and at the same time nervous! Thankfully I had a small notepad in my clutch. So I jotted down a few questions and interviewed the friendly Kyle (no personal pictures were allowed) who talked about what other adventures she will take on, how does she keep her hair so gorgeous and much more. She was a doll, from her Forever 21 jumpsuit she was wearing (she packed a different outfit but our weather prevented her from wearing it) to her Chanel pedicure she was Beverly Hills and more.

Mrs Windy City: Do you come to Chicago often?

Kyle Richards: I’ve been here two other times and I absolutely love it. All the buildings are so beautiful and its clean and summery. I love it. People are so lucky to live here.

MWC: What are your favorite places to shop at here in Chicago?

KR: You know I haven’t shopped here really, I’ve just been to different hotels and restaurants and I haven’t had the chance to shop other than Saks and Macy’s here.

MWC: How would you describe your style?

KR: I always struggle with that question. I really don’t know my style. I go with whatever feels good to me. I like to be comfortable except for my feet! (laughs). I always go through the magazines and see what the latest look is and what’s coming up. I don’t like to really buy into the trends, I like to stick with the classics and try to stay true to what works with my body. It’s just me, I’ve never had a stylist.

MWC: Must have items?

KR: I think every woman should have a great fitting blazer that she can put with a dress or jeans. That’s my favorite look, to just wear a blazer, a pretty blouse, jeans and heels. That look never fails me. I think a great dress that if you feel chubby, it’s always your to go to outfit and you'll feel good in it no matter what.

MWC: What’s your hair secret? You have such gorgeous hair that everyone talks about.

KR: My hair secret really is less is more. I don’t like to use heat, I don’t like to use hot rollers or a lot of products, I think that really damages your hair. Some people are neurotic about taking care of their skin, I’m neurotic about my hair. I’m cautious when I brush it, I don’t let anyone brush my hair. I go in the salon and I hear one little snag I’m like, “Give me the brush!” (laughs)

MWC: What is next for you besides Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?

KR: I have a book coming out, I’m working on it now. Basically I get a lot of questions on Twitter and Facebook. People always ask me how I juggle my marriage, my children, my career and everything. I wanted to address those and share what is important to me, my marriage, fashion, beauty and all those fun things. I just did a movie that came out on Lifetime called Deadly Sibling Rivalry, and I have another movie I’m shooting next month. I have a handbag line coming out because I am handbag obsessed!

MWC: Your role with Macy’s?

KR: I was invited to Fashion’s Night Out and I am excited because I love Chicago and I love fashion and I love Macy’s so I thought what a perfect combination to come out here and see all the new looks that are coming out. I’m here to have fun!

Watch Kyle Richards on Bravo's Housewives of Beverly Hills Monday's 9/8c

All images by James Palazzolo

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

On the Scene: Fashion House Chicago presents RTW line Emalon

I have known Melissa Taylor, owner and founder of consignment store Fashion House Chicago (above talking before she presents the collection) as well as the creator of her fashion line Emalon for a very long time. I fell in love with her Chloe bag and vintage dress before I fell in love with her but that started a conversation of fashion between us that has never stopped. Throughout the years I learned that Melissa was a intern at CHANEL (how cool is that), assisted in prepping and styling models, and executed a range of trunk shows. Always fashionable, always nice and always an entrepreneur she has taken Chicago’s fashion scene by storm.

I was invited Labor Day weekend to witness her premiere for RTW line Emalon. The chic and sophisticated separates in lush fabrics was created for a urbanista who loves to not follow trends but make people notice. Also it served for her clients to become familiar with her new location as well as shop her inventory of consignment and vintage pieces. The runway show was intimate yet inspiring with the pieces presented. Groupie Love Bags provided the handwear and Dawn prepped the models faces with makeup from her own line Vivid.

For more information:

1042 West Monroe, Chicago, IL 60607

For additional information please visit:
twitter: @fashionhousechicago


Chicago Bloggers (L to R): Raijean of Swa Rai, Nikia of ChiTown Fashionista, Me- Mrs Windy City and my sister


All images provided by James Palazzolo

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Outside the Box: TOQUE dining gala, “Pirates & Princesses” book signing , Comfort Me boutique party

photo via: Gerber + Scarpelli Photography


6th annual TOQUE dining gala to benefit Children's Oncology Services, Inc.

The event is named after a toque, a tall, pleated white hat worn by chefs. This year’s event features an all star chef line up including Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Restaurant, TV’s MasterChef Judge), Stephanie Izard (Girl and the Goat, Top Chef Season 4 Winner), Mindy Segal (Mindy’s Hot Chocolate), Ryan Poli (Tavernita), Cleetus Friedman (City Provisions) and more! The executive chef of the event is Michael Kornick of mk, dmk burger bar, etc. The event will also be hosted by Dr. Sandy Goldberg of NBC 5. They are coming together to benefit pediatric cancer patients and survivors.

WHEN: Thursday, September 8th
6 p.m. Cocktails, Silent Auction and Featured Chef Stations
7:15 p.m. Dinner & Live Auction Begins

WHERE: The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 West Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601

PRICE: $250 per individual ticket, $2,500 for a table of ten
To buy tickets or for more information, visit or call 312.924.4220 ext. 4

For you and the kids

Author Jill Kargman is best known for her novels “Momzillas” and “The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund” and now she is releasing a children’s book, “Pirates & Princesses” with her daughter Sadie! How cute. They will be here at 900 North Michigan Shops on Saturday, September 17 on Level 5 from 2-4 p.m.

Dress up your pretty princess or brave pirate and join Jill and Sadie as they
share a story inspired by a kindergarten playground incident. “Pirates &
Princesses” is a lighthearted children’s novel that explores gender roles at
grade school recess. Best friends Ivy and Fletch get separated into the Princess
Team and Pirate Team but soon miss spending time with one another.

Refreshments will be served; princess and pirate costumes are
encouraged but not required. Books will be available for purchase, with 10% of
the proceeds being personally donated by Jill and Sadie to support the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit at Rush University Medical Center.

Please RSVP to by Friday, September 16.

New clothing/houseware boutique

Comfort Me in Lincoln Park will host a Fall preview party to raise money for the important work of Bright Pink and give a Sneak Peek of Fall Trends & Holiday Gifts

WHEN: Thursday, September 22
TIME: 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: 651 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

For more information or questions, please visit or call Comfort Me at 312.255.1412

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