Monday, November 28, 2011

Makeup and Martinis Chicago hosted by Bionce Foxx and Kai Morae 12/03

Makeup and Martinis Chicago produces events designed to pamper guests with professional makeup applications, fabulous cocktails, and gifts. With quality services made specifically for the modern day woman, our vendors are experienced in their fields and ready to pamper.
You will enjoy personal consultations from established makeup artists, amazing up and coming artists, and view various vendors in the most classy, chic and upscale venues this city has to offer. Makeup and Martinis Chicago takes pride in showcasing the talents of vendors to women of every culture.

Hosted by Radio/TV Personality Bionce’ Foxx
Guest Appearance by Kai Morae of the Hit Reality Show “The Real McCoy” (LisaRaye’s daughter)

Saturday December 3rd, 2011
Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center
1060 East 47th Street, Chicago IL 60653


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Basketball Wives LA reunion show- Draya’s dress

Ashley emailed me and asked did I know who made the dress Draya wore on the Basketball Wives LA reunion show. I immediately recognized the $495 – ALLSAINTS Embellished Python Dress. She paired it with Christian Louboutins

Get the dress

Chicagoan Malaysia Pargo wore Gucci

pic of Draya and Malaysia courtesy of VH1 Blog

Black Friday deals 2011- Macy’s, Cityblue Apparel, Wanda Grace and more

I have never participated in Black Friday, except those two years I worked in retail. I was shell shocked and refused to ever be a part of the madness. This year I will participate but only at local boutiques. I think I should be safe. Right??!

Below are some of my favorite boutiques and their Black Friday deals. I did have to include Macy’s- I mean its Macy’s…

Cityblue Apparel & Denim (above) is offering 25-50% off during it all-day tiered sale! Each hour receive different discounts, the earlier you shop, the better deals you’ll find! Come early and enjoy savings on C/Fan, jules, L.A.M.B., Scott James and more!
1444 N. Wells St #1

11 am – 12 pm: 50% off
12-1 pm: 40% off
1-2 pm: 30% off
2-7 pm: 25% off

Wanda Grace (dot) Com

City Soles
30–50% off fall styles.

2001 W North Ave

Le dress
From 10 a.m.-12 p.m., get 40 percent off all merchandise. From 12 p.m.-3 p.m., the store offers 30 percent off, and from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. everything is 20 percent off.

1741 W. Division St.

Hande with Care
starting at 10 percent off full-price merchandise and 60 percent off sale items. Deals run from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Black Friday and continue on to Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Also, Handle with Care will be offering a gift card special; purchase a $150 gift card and receive a $25 to use on yourself next year!

1706 N. Wells St.

Cynthia Rowley
30% off your purchase. And if you can’t make it on Friday, you can still take 20% off that holiday dress you’ve been admiring for the rest of the weekend.

1653 N Damen Ave

Take 40% off select fall merchandise

1509 N Milwaukee Ave

brands such as Ruthie Davis, Alice by Temperley and Haute Hippie marked 20% off Fri and Sat

710 N Wabash Ave

Macy’s will kick off the 2011 shopping season on 12 a.m. Friday, November 25;( the midnight of Thanksgiving night).

Some deals to look forward to:

1. 50% off Sharper Image Iphone/Ipod docking stations

4. With Any $65 fragrance purchase, receive a digital Video Camera FREE (one per customer, while supplies last)

6. Extra 20% off dresses
7. $199 ½ ct Diamond Studs IN 14K WHITE GOLD
8. $79.99 Designer Down coat from DKNY, Laundry, Calvin Klein and more
14. $49.99 Tag Fairfield 5-PIECE Luggage Set (USE PIC)

Find out your location at

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sponsored post: is launching in the US!

I’m always on the hunt for new websites and stores for clothing. Who wants to be seen in the same “trendy” item as everyone else? I love hearing, “where did you get that,” or having pieces that will become a basic in my wardrobe.

Such a surprise that, the UK based retailer will now be available to ship to the US! Shipping will take around 5 days, free for orders over $98 and free returns too!

Need more proof that Very is “it”? Whitney Port (The Hills and The City reality star) is one of their ambassadors!

Two items (above) that I am sure will get attention: faux fur coat and one sleeved jeweled dress. A must for my holiday list.

Very is now available for shopping and will help you copy celeb trends like Rihanna's look, and if you sign up for Very (SEE SIDE BAR) you will receive a VIP discount of 20% over Black Friday/Cyber Monday!

Happy Shopping

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tory Burch in Chicago 11/16, Henri Bendel opens 11/18, Elysian Hotel SOLD, Ginger Zee moves and more

It's time! Henri Bendel opens the Michigan Ave location on Friday (11/18) with treats and deals.

Henri Bendel at Water Tower Place
845 Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

11/16- Tory Burch will be at the Chicago Field Museum for an exclusive Resort 2011 runway show for American Express Card members.

NBC's Ginger Zee is no longer our meteorologist... she has moved on to ABC's Good Morning America. Where she will be their meteorologist and weekday contributor. Congrads!

Maria Pinto has left retailer Mark Shale and will focus on her own line- AGAIN

Elysian Hotel has been sold to Zell and will be converted into a Waldorf Astoria. Elysian owner Pisor could not find another partner to buy out his original partner. I am bummed, I imagine they will be changing it....smh

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Three Beats jewelry line launch with "Basketball Wives LA" Malaysia Pargo

On Friday I was invited to Malaysia Pargo from the hit reality show "Basketball Wives LA" jewelry line launch, Three Beats. Held at the W Hotel City Center.

Three Beats is customizable diamond jewelry aimed at children but also can be worn by adults. The line features, game consoles, cupcakes, skittles bracelets and more. She partnered with famed celebrity jeweler, Jason Arasheben, aka Jason of Beverly Hills to bring this exclusive line to the public. Her children, “the three beats after her own heart”, inspired the line. It ranges from $500 - $14,000.

Basketball Wife LA -Imani Showalter, Malaysia’s husband - Jannero Pargo attended the event. Along with Malaysia's friends and family, a host of other NBA/NFL athletes as well as Chicago scenesters.

Malaysia is a beauty and sweetheart. She complemented my boots I rocked that night!

My favorite necklace.... I'm too scared to ask how much this will set me back!

Malaysia’s first look

Look 2 – courtesy of Deliciously Vintage Chicago
Malaysia with Jason of Beverly Hills

Malaysia and Jannero Pargo

Malaysia and Imani from BBW- LA

Malaysia and her sister - Krystal jackson

The Pargos with Atlanta Hawks’ Joe Johnson and guest

Browse the line and purchase at Three Beats
twitter: three_beats

Me and my boots.. LOL

All pictures are property of James Palazzolo for Mrs Windy City. Do not use images without the consent of owner.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chicago Blogger Network party recap

Last Wednesday Nov 2, I attended the first Chicago Blogger Network party.

Chicago Blogger Network (CBN) is is an organization dedicated to educating, showcasing and creating opportunities for fashion and pop culture bloggers based in and around Chicago through creative partnerships, brand integration, sponsorship and more.

The event was held at Tribute in the Essex Inn where members mingled to get to know each other.

I had to look up the venue three times! I did not know that Essex Inn offered a cool space for wining and dining. I was very impressed. The bloggers munched on passed appetizers and of course drinks. We put faces to Twitter names and fab footwear to their Tumblr. I met cool new bloggers and now have more blogs to read!

Yours truly won a gift certificate to Lori’s Shoes!

Thanks to:

New Era
Kind Bars
Pop Chips
Tzar Ultra Lounge
Pink Papaya
And of course: Chicago Blogger Network

Provided great items for our swag bags!

To find out how to join CBN: info (at) chicagobloggernetwork (dot) com

Pics via; @Tyliner of Darkroom Demons

Celebrity Dreams Fashion Show 11/10 & Cityblue Shopping event 11/11

This Veterans' holiday is all about the fashion events!

Celebrity Dreams Fashion Show and Mixer

The event will be located at Salon Heaven 1505 S. Michigan Avenue. Featured designers are Wanda Grace, Socialite by Veronica Ariel, avant-garde designers Haywood & Alamo, jewelry by Lynnosh Designs, and many more. J. Hollins has been confirmed as a surprise celebrity guest to cap off the fashion show with a special performance.

An industry mixer sponsored by Nuvo Lemon Sorbet will start at 9pm, followed by the fashion show at 10:30pm.

Cityblue RE-LAUNCH Shopping event

Owner Mallory Ulaszek & invite you to celebrate the RE-Launch and Anniversary of Cityblue Apparel & Denim in Old Town on

Friday, Nov 11, 7-9 pm
Cityblue Apparel & Denim
1444 N. Wells

Receive 20% off all merchandise, plus gift bags!
Showcasing holiday fashion installations for men and women
Bacardi signature cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres by WestEnd Bar & Grill and Dessert by Pinkberry

Shop Intermix on Armitage with wife of Cubs’ Kerry Woods and help Wood Family Foundation

I am loving the new trend of shopping and contributing to charity as the same time! Sarah Woods, wife of Chicago Cubs pitcher, Kerry Woods has an organization called WOOD FAMILY FOUNDATION that improves the lives of Chicago children by raising funds and awareness for local children charities.

On Thursday Nov 10 from 6-8 p.m. at Intermix (841 W Armitage) you can shop and enjoy cocktails while giving back. 10% of the proceeds will go to WFF


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Feast on Fashion with Ferragamo at the Elysian Chicago

Browsing Twitter one night I ran across a tweet from Elysian Chicago about, “Feast on Fashion with Ferragamo” hosted in their Balsan Restaurant. I was so excited! Not only was it during my birthday weekend it but it was also fashion and food. The best of both worlds.

(above: L: Curvatude. R: Me! Pic via her blog. )

I'm wearing: H&M dress, my own cross necklace, Aldo boots

Arriving on that warm Thursday afternoon, I was greeted with the chatter of woman and food. The table was elegantly set and the menu boosted a selection of cheeses, meats and entrees.

We shared a plate of cheeses and meat (Charcuterie & Cheese), then moved on to the squash soup, which the best soup a girl could ask for and finally I choose the grilled Cobia.

As we mingled, models walked through the space in some of the new pieces from Ferragamo. I was impressed, I always looked to Ferragamo as a line my mother would wear but the pieces and even shoes I saw captured my heart. Some could go from work to cocktails and other was pure fashionista!

My favorites:

I’m hearing that this will not be the last Feast event for Elysian. Of course as soon as I know I will post the details.

Elysian Chicago
11 E Walton

Giuliana and Bill Rancic lights the Macy’s tree, Filene’s Basement closing, casting call for Madonna’s “Lucky Stars” and more….

Saturday Nov 5 at Noon, come to Macy’s State Street 7th Floor Walnut Room to enjoy Giuliana and Bill Rancic of the Style Network light the Macy’s Great Tree and hear a short performance by award winning Chicago Mass Choir.

Following the tree lighting at 1PM, meet Giuliana and Bill in the Hotel Collection Department on the 6th floor. Customers who make a purchase of $150 or more in Hotel Collection on the day of the event will receive a free copy of their book, I Do, Now What?: Secrets, Stories and Advice from a Madly-in-Love Couple, and have the chance to meet them for their autograph.

In sad news, discount retailer Filene’s Basement has announced the closing of stores by the end of January 2012. Liquidation sales will take place during the holiday season.

November 3rd - 6th, 2011
Annual Bridal Accessory Sample Sale
Save 20 - 80% off wedding jewelry, veils, shoes and more!

Special Sale Hours:
Thursday and Friday 11am-8pm
Saturday 11-6 and Sunday Noon-5pm

1155 West Webster Avenue

State Street, Chicago – Tuesday, November 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Casting call for the next “Lucky Stars” to appear in the national marketing campaign.

A celebrity-driven panel of judges, led by current Material Girl spokesperson Kelly Osbourne, will be searching the country to find the next Material Girls (Madonna and daughter Lourdes line).

Material Girl contestants should bring a photograph of themselves and be prepared to tell the Material Girl judging panel why they should be the next Material Girl.

Contestants can also upload their photograph to and explain in 100 words or less why they should be selected as one of Material Girl’s “Lucky Stars.”

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Whitney Port - Design Your Life seminar 11/12

Author, reality star and designer Whitney Port will be in Chicago for Design Your Life seminar. Based on her book True Whit: Designing a Life of Style, Beauty, and Fun the seminar will be based about fashion and lifestyle.

You can meet and mingle with owner/operators of many local Chicago fashion and lifestyle businesses.

Also guests will be treated to complimentary cocktail stations featuring Autumn-inspired specialty drinks created by acclaimed local bar-stylists Femme du Coupe, delicious complimentary hors d'oeurves, delectable treats by Lovely Bake Shop, interactive fitness presentations by Barre Bee Fit, salon demonstrations by George the salon, gift bags, invites to exclusive after-parties, and their own red carpet photo shoot.

Saturday November 12, 2011
1045 N Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Purchase here