I decided to do something a little bit crazy and start vlogging.
…Or at least I was! I took a much-needed five-day trip late last month, stayed at the Fontainebleau and dealt with the rainiest, most depressing vacation weather I’ve ever experienced. Regardless, it was nice to get away and in honor of ##TBT, I’m recapping the trip here.
Crunched for time and in need of a manicure? Consider heading to Dita Day Spa.
I braved the cold on Halloween and headed to the Gold Coast address. While it took me a few minutes to spot the inconspicuous sign for Dita Day Spa, the time I spent there was short and sweet.
If you live in Chicago and enjoy a good sale (who doesn’t?) then you should probably take note of this: Gilt City is bringing its infamous warehouse sale to town once again!
The Dose Market was a monthly retail event that drew a huge crowd to Chicago’s River East Arts Center for every single installment. It was filled with locally-made clothes, jewelry, art and much more; served food from a huge selection of vendors and offered up tons of libations. In short, it was the perfect way to spend one Sunday a month. But then the River East Arts Center closed and the market was, for a few months, without a home. Sunday September 21 marked the return of Dose, albeit in a different space (find it at 401 N. Morgan from here on out), a different lineup and a completely revamped schedule. I chatted with the founder of the market, April Francis, about what we can expect this time around and how one woman managed to create what has become one of the most important and influential players in Chicago’s retail scene. Read on for more info.
I’ve been especially busy over the past few months, which explains the relative radio silence. I recently started up a full time job directing digital marketing efforts at an e-commerce startup called Savor, but I’ve kept my freelance work going – and business has been booming recently! I guess it’s true what they say: When it rains, it pours.
Here’s a little sampling of what I’ve been up to recently.
If you’ve tuned into Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset, you’re familiar with Lilly Ghalichi, the cast’s self-proclaimed Persian Princess. You may think you’ve seen all the sides to this dog-toting, Birkin-owning, Herve-Leger-wearing reality star, but I got to see the Lilly Ghallichi the cameras didn’t capture: a fiercely entrepreneurial, down-to-Earth girl who hails from Texas and hasn’t forgotten her roots.
If you’re the sort of person who likes to sip a glass of wine while getting a manicure, this salon is for you. If you’re the sort of person who would rather take down a martini while getting pampered…..get yourself to Polish and Pour’s Old Town location. Now.
I don’t often post outfit pictures because I just don’t see this as a personal style blog, nor do I see myself as a personal style blogger. Honestly, I don’t have the time or energy to change out of my work attire (read: Juicy sweat pants and my dad’s discarded tee shirts) most days. But it’s the last Wednesday before Labor Day (aka the perfect time to wear white) and you really can’t ignore the alliteration of ‘What I Wore Wednesday’….so why not?
I caught up with Sazan Barzani, the super-sweet and stylish lady behind the fashion blog Sazan. Sazan is only 24 but she’s already established herself as a bona fide digital influencer, fashion blogger and media personality. She also happens to be super sweet and completely gorgeous.
I picked Sazan’s brain for her thoughts on trends, the state of fashion blogging and how to pose for the most flattering picture. For even more insight, check out her blog for tons of beauty and fashion inspiration and read more about her below.