Monday, July 21, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Business

The Pop-Up Shop Trend--

Over the last few years, pop-up shops have really taken over the business scene.  More than just seasonal shops selling costumes or tree ornaments when appropriate, the new-age pop-up shop gives business owners the chance to revitalize their brands more often and give consumers something to get excited about.


Pop-up shops have been showing up across the country, particularly during fashion weeks.  Designers are using them to create buzz about their products and get customers eager to spend at exclusive shopping events.  This business model is a great way for entrepreneurs to keep their overhead costs low, while allowing property owners quick fixes for their space.  Not only are new, upstarting brands taking advantage of the pop-up idea, but established brands, too.  Fendi just opened a pop-up shop in Soho and the event was more than major.  

Fashion designers are just some of the business making the most of the pop-up.  Chefs are doing it and foodies are happy.  As we keep moving through the summer, we're finding culinary pop-up shops at neighborhood festivals and concerts.  Businesses can catch a large number of people at once, and with social media, be a hit in an instant.

Have you tried any pop-up shops?  Considering using it for your business?  Consultants can do it, too!  What do you think?



Monday, July 7, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

The Business of Fashion--

The National Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting another great event.  Upcoming fashion designers, design students, and established designers should all register and get this useful information.  It's also a wonderful opportunity to meet others in the industry from around the City and Midwest.

Register now!





Welcome to The National Black Chamber of Commerce
2nd Annual Fashion House Presentation.
Highlighting African American Entreperneurs Of Fashion 
This Exciting Fashion Show and Networking Platform Brings Together Business Leaders, Designers,Vendors, and Celebrity Guests.
Hosted by Celebity Apprentice Claudia Jordan 
July 11th 2014
Y Bar
224 W Ontorio St
Chicago, IL 60654

Near North Side, River North
6pm-9pm
Limited Tickets Avialble -  For Fashion House ONLY
Complimentary Admission for Registered Convention Guests
Register for THE NATIONAL BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CONVENTION 
Thank you to our local sponosor Midwest Fashion Week

Friday, June 27, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

HIPKNOTIES - The 30 Ways Garment!

Fashion is one of our cornerstones, and we are really excited about this piece.  HIPKNOTIES is giving you a garment, in various colors and 3 different sizes, to be worn in up to 30 different ways!  This item is not only stylish, but also a great investment!

To help this brand grow, vote to get it on QVC.  Order yours and help others find out about it, too!

Here are the details and link to vote.  Good luck Sarah!


PLEASE VOTE FOR HIPKNOTIES to get on QVC

Sarah Yonover
Creator

       





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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. For Gents

Men's Fashion Week Chicago!

We are in the midst of Men's Fashion Week Chicago, and it's no surprise such a major event is taking place in the heartland of America.  Chicago is well-deserving of a place on the fashion map.  After all, Rahm Emanuel is one of the most fashionable Mayors on the planet!  

To give Men's Fashion Week Chicago its proper due, we want to make sure you're aware of the great events coming up over the next few days.  There's fashion shows on both Thursday and Saturday you just should not miss.  This is the perfect way to get ready for the Chicago Sidewalk Sale and Fashion Focus in October.

In the meantime, stay tuned here.  We will be highlighting other Chicago fashion events coming your way this summer.  List coming soon!


Want to know what's in store?  Here's a word from the sponsors...
These are upscale events targeting and highlighting the best in Men's Fashion across the globe.Historically, menswear brands have suffered from a lack of visibility, in large part due to under-representation in the media and press; we will work towards alleviating such deficiencies.Men’s Fashion Week Chicago (MFWC) is the only the 2nd "Men's Fashion Week" in the United States; following Men's Fashion Week LA, the British Fashion Council's London Men's Fashion Week(end), "London Men's Collections" (LCM), and Vancouver Men's Fashion Week, Men's Fashion Week Chicago is the sixth major Men's Fashion Week in the world.
 The participation of Menswear brands in this years Men's Fashion Week Chicago are at a high. This years MFWC will feature some household names such as Macy's, Ralph Lauren, H&M, Zara, Andrew Christian, Calvin Klein, and dozens of arising fashion designers from Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, New York, London, and Tokyo. 
Some of the many celebrities participating a hosts or celebrity models in Men's Fashion Week Chicago include Vogue Magazine Cover model and Victoria Secret Runway Angel Sessilee Lopez, Andrea Kelly-star of the Vh1 hit reality show "Hollywood Exes", Shangela of RuPauls Drag Race, and more!

Get your tickets here!!

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Remembers

Michael Jackson--


5 years ago today, we lost the greatest entertainer to ever grace a stage.  Michael Jackson revolutionized music, performance, and fashion in so many ways.  Although we no longer have him here with us, we have the music and looks to last us a lifetime.   The recent release of Xscape, an album with original demos and remastered versions of unreleased tracks, has given us the revival of the King of Pop we needed.



How "bad" are you when you can be gone for 5 years, but still have your music placed in Jeep commercials?!

Rest in Peace, Michael.

Here are some of our favorite songs and picture from his lifetime of hits.  








PYT

Remember the Time


You Rock My World


I Like (The Way You Love Me)





I'll Be There




                     

























  














Monday, June 23, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Beauty

Brand Fave: Urban Decay!

Urban Decay has yet to disappoint, and there's high doubt it will ever happen.  For the last few years, they have been impressing beauties time and time again with their products.  Of course UD is popular for the Naked line, but there's more.  Here are some of the best--

Eye shadow primer
This product comes in various forms--for metallic shadows, crease prevention, etc.  However, the basic version completely hooks you in.  

I NEVER put anything on my eyes without this going on first.   When I tell you I had fresh eyes for 12+ hours on a 90-degree day, I can completely attest it to this primer.  It keeps shadows lasting and also trues up the colors.  You can't go wrong with this one.  It is a MUST have in your beauty arsenal.  

The Electrics
It's the eyeshadow pallet you've been waiting for.  The pigments are bold, and the wear is long-lasting.  You'll be obsessed with these colors.  Be warned, the pallet is not totally "work appropriate", but there are ways to pull it off (lining, corner accenting...).  These colors are perfect for summer.  You can use the pallet to take any look up a level, or just to have fun with such an array.  Check out some of the looks!

                   


Shattered Face Case
Great for your on-the-go bag.  This was a special, but certainly comes around in different forms throughout the year.  The case included 5 shadows you can wear with almost anything, blushes and lip color.  

Lipstick
The lipsticks are smooth and non-drying.  Although some sort of lip treatment is always a good idea under any lip color, Urban Decay does not damage your lips as a sacrifice for color.  The range goes from bold, evening looks to neutral, more calm looks for work.  Again, and again--can't go wrong here.  (See Anarchy lipstick above)

Needless to say Urban Decay is a Beauty Brand Fave!  Check out their latest launches.  You won't be disappointed. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. For Dads

Happy Father's Day!

I always love sharing this post.   My Daddy means the world to me and I am beyond thankful for him.  He has taught me so much, and there's never any way I could enumerate or repay it.  He has not only had an influence on me, but so many others.  Here are some reasons why...

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1.  Be a good decision-maker.
Daddy and I the day I was sworn in as an attorney.
Many times, we think things are just happening to us, or the world is mad at us for some reason.  Daddy helped me realize, nothing is by accident.  The decisions you make in life, big and small, set the stage for what will and won't happen ahead.  When things are going well, you can look back and see the choices you made as the reason--same as when things are not going so well.

In Daddy's words, "We control our own destiny."  It's true there are many things beyond our control, but making the best decisions on the ones in your hands is essential.

2. The key to success is doing the things no one likes to do.
You don't want to hear this one as a kid, but as an adult, you realize how true it is.  Often, the difference between happy and successful people, and the unhappy strugglers is the ability to just suck it up and do what you have to for the end goal.  We all come across things we don't want to do--they take too long, they're too hard, no one else is doing them, you just don't feel like it--the list is endless.  This is the case for everyone, but the decision to do what you must no matter what is usually the difference-maker.  I take this lesson with me everyday.

3. Be good, be helpful.
Daddy still tells me "if you can help someone, help them".  He's so right, and why not?  A lot of times, it's easy to consider what's in it for you, but maybe the chance to help someone else is what's in it for you.  Do you really need more?  After all, what goes around, comes around, so there's really no need to worry.

*This is actually a bonus lesson:  Don't worry.  If you've planned and are doing what you are supposed to do, you don't have time to worry.  

4. Do not let your fears dictate your actions.
I keep this in mind so often, especially when a major decision needs to be made.  My Daddy has taught me about fear, and helped me realize, there's no need for it.  We all get scared from time to time, or frightened at the encounter of a surprise, but we cannot let fear of anything we face dictate what's necessary for us to do or achieve.  Fears are just roadblocks, and letting them stand in the way of our actions does nothing more than just hold us back.  When I think I may be facing fear, I remember it's just an illusion. 

5. Keep your word.
The importance of this one is immeasurable.  Your word is sometimes all you have as an adult, with the countless circumstances you'll encounter.  Whether it's at work or in a personal relationship, being trustworthy is what will precede and succeed everything you do.  It is easy to make promises, but it takes real effort to keep them.  I can't think of one thing my Daddy has told me which hasn't held up, and I want to be sure people can say the same about me.  To some, this seems to be quite difficult, which is hard to understand, but there is nothing like the truth.  We should all embrace it.

I hope you all enjoyed these lessons as much as I did sharing them.  I am blessed to know I have many more lessons ahead for Daddy to share with me, and am even more thankful to have the ones I do.



Love you Daddy!!
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