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Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous. - Coco Chanel.

Fashion fades, only style remains the same. - Coco Chanel.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. - Proverbs 31:30.


Chicago Ladies!  Now is an opportunity to check out different spas/salons services for just $31.  I love to pamper myself and it is even better to pamper yourself for a great price! Other cities are participating also.

"Chicago salons and spas charge $31 services to honor the 31 days of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Savvy and cause conscious? : The 7th annual Pretty in Pink event is already well under way, so you should rush to make that hair appointment and maybe squeeze in a little facial while you can. Organized by Pretty City, an online company that reviews and discounts spas and salons, several spas and salons across the country will be offering their top-end services for the discounted price of $31 to raise breast cancer awareness and funds to the Breast Cancer Network of Strength during the 31 days of October." -

Here are examples of what you can get for $31:

Flirty Girl Fitness 
$31 5 Class Punch Card & 5 Valet Parking Passes
Want to experience a variety of Flirty Girl classes? This package of 5 classes allows you to choose from over 50 offerings such as Pole Dancing, Chair Dancing, Belly Dancing, Booty Beat, Hottie Body Boxing & more! Plus, you'll arrive in style with included Valet parking. Use your punch card now at the West Loop location, or save some classes for the exciting opening of the Lincoln Park location. Normally $140 

Spa Space  
$31 Brazilian Bikini Wax 
During the month of October, receive our Brazilian Bikini wax for nearly half the price! Normally $60

Kaya Day Spa 
$31 Haircut, Wash & Blowdry, Normally $55

$31 Hot Stone Reflexology (30 min) 
The therapist practices the Far East method of applying pressure to work on specific reflex points on the feet. Performed with hot stones, this massage will stimulate circulation, relieve stress, promote overall relaxation, and release energy throughout your entire body. (not for pregnant women) Normally $60

Peninsula Spa Chicago:
Refreshing Manicure: This manicure includes an exfoliation, warm soak, hot towel, relaxing hand massage and is finished with polish. You will feel refreshed with our Signature Simply Peninsula Refreshing collection. (normally $65)

Relaxing Manicure: This manicure includes an exfoliation, warm soak, hot towel, relaxing hand massage and is finished with polish. You will feel relaxed with our Signature Simply Peninsula Relaxing collection. (normally $65)

...and many more!

CLICK HERE to sign up to receive the locations and services they are offering for $31! Enjoy!

Chicago is focused on fashion from October 17th - October 23.  There are several shopping events, fashion shows, and expos!  Next Fashion Chicago at Germania Place took place on the 17th and was nice! One of my favorite events, Modern Vintage Chicago and Indie Designer Market at @RandolphMarket at Plumber's Hall,  will take place on the 22nd and 23rd.  Also, on the 22nd, check out @StyleChicago's free one-of-a-kind, designer shopping event  at @Millennium_Park. The first 100 shoppers who make a minimum purchase of $100 or more will receive a signature goodie bag!  And please take advantage of the free industry seminars on Sunday, the 23rd at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Click here for a list of all Fashion Focus Events. Enjoy!

I received this in an email and wanted to share.

enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,
even if she never wants to or needs to...
something perfect to wear if the employer,
or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...

a youth she's content to leave behind.....
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to
retelling it in her old age....
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...

a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored...

a feeling of control over her destiny.....
know how to fall in love without losing herself..

how to quit a job,
break up with a lover,
and confront a friend without;
ruining the friendship....

when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...

that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
that her childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over...

what she would and wouldn't do for love or more.....
how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it.....

whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...

where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table..
or a charming Inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...

What she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...

Send this to your Women Friends so that they know that they are truly loved and thought of by the friend who sent this to them... and that she/you only wish the best for them and their life...


View Christian Louboutin's & Manolo Blahnik's latest collection March 9th - 12th
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
at Neiman Marcus
737 N. Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor (Shoe Salon)

I missed this event this evening and the Neiman Marcus Fashion Show.

Upcoming Events
Moda's Spring 2011 Fashion Show

March 4th, Friday (8-10pm)
Held at the Sidney R. Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center, from 8 to 10pm, and 
with an official after-party at Chicago’s Underground, MODA promises an amazing 

Student Prices:  
VIP……… $15 
General… $7 
Non-Student Prices: 
VIP……… $20 
General… $12 
*Learn more about ticket sales at* 

MODA invites you to join us for our Spring 2011 Fashion Show, to enjoy our first event 
downtown and what promises to be our greatest show yet! 
Come and enjoy free drinks and hors d’oeuvres while MODA features designs by 
students and established designers and retailers—including AKIRA, Anastasia Chatzka, 
Ann Taylor, Imaginary People, Jacqi Fanella and Kembrel. MODA will also be gifting 
VIP Guests with GOODIE-BAGS WORTH OVER $150 in certificates, items and 

Little City Foundation Fashion Show Dinner 
Join hundreds of Chicago's most fashionable community members at Runway Exclusive 2011, a Fashion Show Benefit for Little City.  The event will take place on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the Chicago Hilton at 720 S. Michigan Avenue. Register HERE! Tickets are $175 and a portion is tax deductible.

The benefit will bring together Chicago’s most fashion-forward talent to present the latest spring and summer fashions while raising awareness for children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities served by Little City Foundation. 

This year, Neiman Marcus will unveil the latest trends for 2011 spotlighted on a runway show starring Ford models.  Some designers include: Diane Von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Elie Tahari, Tory Burch, Nanette Lepore, St. John and Milly.

A trunk show will also take place showcasing handcrafted textiles, accessories, ceramics, jewelry and artwork created by the award-winning artists at Little City’s Center for the Arts—where creativity has no disability.

The event includes cocktails and networking, a sit-down, plated dinner, great raffle giveaways and will conclude on the runway showcasing highly-coveted clothing lines from top Designers. 

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In honor of Black History Month, the Chicago native @Common, award-winning hip-hop artist, is hosting a speaker series that celebrates innovative African Americans.
AT&T created the series, which spans five cities starting in Atlanta on Feb. 7. Common takes the tour to the Field Museum on Feb. 17 and sits down with Kevin Powell, an author, activist and recent Democratic candidate for Congress in New York.

Tickets to the series are free but limited (order here). Each event also can be streamed online.

Source: NBC Chicago

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Luxury Garage Sales Two Day Shopping Event
Sat, February 12, 2011 - Sun, February 13, 2011
Galleria Unico
1936 W. Division Street
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60622

Shop Luxury Garage Sale's inventory of new and gently used designer, contemporary and vintage clothing, accessories, and shoes from the most sought after fashionistas' closets in town. Expect to walk away with fabulous items and deals! 10% of proceeds are donated to Dress for Success.

Heart of the City
at Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
Saturday, February 26, 2011
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tickets are $85 each until February 18th, and $115 thereafter.

In support of the Jane Addams Hull House Community Arts Program, Heart of the City is an evening full of love with a fashion show by Akira, live painting performances, gourmet bites by Cork Catering and a premium Diageo bar.

Purchase tickets online at  For more information contact Nina Patel at: or 312.235.5382

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The only thing colder than the Cubs come September? Ice-skating in the frozen Friendly Confines mid-February.
(Through February 27: Wrigley Field, Addison and Clark.

RINK AT JOHN HANCOCK (article from Chicago Modern Luxury.)
John Hancock Observatory, 875 N. Michigan Ave., 

The ice rink at Millennium Park has its charm, but there's one thing it doesn't have: elevation. On January 1, 2011 the world's highest ice rink—1,000 feet in the air—opened on the top of the John Hancock Observatory. To ensure the ice (made from a synthetic substance called XTRAICE, eliminating the need for Zamboni "time outs") was fit for the anticipated crowds, Tommy Hawk—mascot for the Chicago Blackhawks—gave the rink a test spin, along with the ultimate ice connoisseurs: penguins from Shedd Aquarium.  The indoor location offers you the opportunity to skate to your heart’s content, weather be damned. And while you may eventually tire from all of the exercise, the incomparable views of the Mag Mile, Lake Shore Drive, and the city's lakefront skyline will keep you glued to your skates.

Feel free to bring your own blades, or rent a pair for $1. We suggest making reservations online ahead of time—or if you’re feeling spontaneous, on-site tickets may be available.

Daily from 9am-11pm, through March 31. One 25-minute skating session is $5 per person, with John Hancock Observatory admission ($21 for adults, $16 for children).

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We might as well make the best of the 2011 blizzard!  Go sledding, play with the kiddies, make snowmen, just have FUN!  After all the play in the cold, get warm! 

I am not a fan of chocolate.  I have to have a taste for it and when I do I crave dark chocolate or white chocolate.  If you want to warm up during this chilly weather, give Mindy's hot chocolate a try.  THE BEST!  I enjoy the Medium and Mexican hot chocolate.  The food and desserts are also amazing!  The Shrimp and Grits are great. Give this place a try. Mindy's Hot Chocolate.  Hot Chocolate Chicago, 1747 N. Damen Ave.

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OPI has partnered with Serena Williams to launch the Grand Slam Collection. This collection is in conjunction with the Australian Open, US Open, Wimbledon, and French Open. There will be two polishes with the start of each tournament.

First up, the Australian Open and Simply Smashing.

Simply Smashing & Black Shatter

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