Friday, September 30, 2011
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 www.chicagobeachpolo.com.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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:
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.
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
Candy Girls handed out yummy treats!
Kelly talks to the crowd
Kelly with Material Girl models
Check out more:
All images by James Palazzolo
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
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: http://fashionhousechicago.com
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
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 www.onestepcamp.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.comfortmeboutique.com or call Comfort Me at 312.255.1412
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