Saturday, February 26, 2011

Protect Your Privacy!

Greetings Fabulous Readers:

In line with our duty to provide you with news and current happenings, we want to make you aware of the phenomenon below.  With our society growing at an unprecedented rate technologically, privacy and the protection of personal information is increasingly important.  Please check out the information below, and continue to be conscious of the information you share.

All the best!


There's a site called Spokeo.  It's a new online USA phone book with personal information: Everything from pics you've posted on Facebook, or other places on the web, your approximate credit score, home value, income, age, etc.  This is an aggregate site, which pulls information from various web locations to compile into one.

Should you decide, upon checking the site, remove yourself by searching your name, find the URL of your page, then go to the bottom right corner of the page and click on the Privacy button.  You will get an email to confirm your removal. 

Share with others!

Friday, February 25, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Cares

Check out this amazing charity and a B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Favorite!

Fabulous February 25 & 26 SALES
 Visit our web site to find out more

 Bottomless Closet

Friday    25 - 11am until 6pm
Saturday 26 - 10 am until 2pm

Suits - $20
 Shoes $10
Tops - $5
Pants - $10
Blazers/Jackets - $10
Twin Sets $10
Coats - $25
Shoes - $10

Nothing over $50 dollars!

       All proceeds benefit Bottomless Closet and the work we do for women in need. 

Take pride in Shopping at Bottomless Closet!
Recycle, Renew, Rejoice!

435 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654
The mission of Bottomless Closet is to support women in transition by providing business professional clothing, career skills and image coaching, empowering them to interview with confidence, gain employment and achieve economic self-sufficiency.


We need volunteers from Tuesday to Friday  to help with administrative tasks and to work closely with clients.
Please call 312.527.9664
or email if you think you can help.


We are also looking for active, involved board members. If you wish to be considered for this important volunteer activity, please contact Jude at 312.527.9664.

Jude Andrews
Bottomless Closet Inc.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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

Chicago Fashion Foundation Nurtures the Fashion Soul

Each year, the Chicago Fashion Foundation holds a scholarship event, awarding local fashion students for their fab designs.  This event not only helps nurture the talents of students, but the Chicago fashion industry as a whole.  

CFF has done an amazing job putting Chicago on the fashion map, and continues to do the most.  Check out these details on the March 3rd event, and get your tickets now!

During the event, guests will be able to view designs created by Chicago's local student designers. This year's theme is centered on Chicago's music scene.

The ensembles will be judged by some of Chicago's fashion contributors and enthusiasts including local designer Lara Miller, 24/7 Chicago's Catie Keogh, and Amanda Monteiro of Giorgio Armani.

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Scholarships will be awarded to the second and third place winners as well as a $5,000 fashion design scholarship to the first-place winner.

Chicago is more than the Windy's the Trendy City!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

The Top 5 Legal Principles for Everyday Life

This week's Tops should help you with at least a baseline understanding of some very important legal matters, and give you a head start where you might need one:

1. Have a Will
Everyone should have a will.  Regardless of your millions or thousands, it is important to give resolution for your belongings when you move on to a better place.  A will makes things easier for your loved ones, and if necessary the courts, to deal with.  Better yet, if you can have your accounts and belongings testate, i.e. having the names of beneficiaries on them during life, you'll be in the best shape.  Got more questions?  Just ask!

2. Protect your craft
Are you artistic in any way?  Fashion designer?  Musician?  Author?  Any of these talents, and more suggest you should be protecting the art which is your valuable lifeline.  Registering your writings and videos with copyright is the least you can do to ensure no one is infringing on your creation.  If you are using your talents in commerce, and have a logo or signature mark for your brand/products, you should register your trademark with the United States Patent & Trademark Office.  This protection will be essential if you ever find your goods making money for other people!  

3. Know general principles of crime
Some people like to live on the edge.  If this is you, you might want to be familiar with the criminal offenses of your state, and know, taking certain steps can still cause you trouble.  Legally, there are some crimes which don't even need to be completed for you to be charged and sentenced.  Obviously B.A.F.F.L.E.D. is not endorsing a life of crime by any means.  However, you need to know the generalities of criminal law in your area, to be sure you are not as close to the edge as you think.  Sorry folks, but ignorance of the law is ultimately never a defense.  

4. Know what harm really is
Do you think you have a law suit?  Or do you just hope you do?   Knowing whether or not you are actually a potential plaintiff is important.  Of course simply asking a lawyer, or asking B.A.F.F.L.E.D. will clarify things for you.  Harm is legally defined as physical or psychological injury or damage.  This definition is broad, but when really looking at the circumstance, detecting harm can become clearer.  So before running up to the courthouse, make sure your harm is real.

5. Understand your Constitutional protection
In some way or another, we are pretty much all covered under the U.S. Constitution's section on equal protection.  This clause prevents discrimination based on national origin, race, gender, and other particulars.  In a nutshell, we're all covered.  Despite specific provisions for racial groups and women, the general provisions have something for everyone in some way.  These protections cannot get you into exclusive private organizations, but they are here to guard your everyday public services.  

Hopefully these tips will be helpful.  Again, if you have more questions....just ask!

Monday, February 21, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Sports

NBA All-Star Weekend - Recap

Didn't you just love watching the events of All-Star Weekend?!  From the NBA players, to Hollywood celebs, the weekend was filled with parties, special events, Legends Lunches, and more.  

Los Angeles was taken by storm for the 1st time in 7 years, with the 60th Annual All-Star Game.  Teen favorite, Justin Bieber took home MVP of the celebrity game on Friday night.  NBA on TNT Analyst, Charles Barkley celebrated his birthday on the night of the big game, and many others spent the weekend in grand fashion.  Speaking of fashion, slam dunk great Darryl Dawkins gave us quite a show with his cheetah-print suit on Saturday, and TNT reporter Craig Sager did not disappoint, wearing a purple suit on Sunday evening.

Of course being from Chicago, we were behind everything Derrick Rose did all weekend!  He did well in the Skills Challenge, and amazed us in the big game on Sunday.  Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors took the Skills Challenge trophy, and James Jones of the Heat claimed the 3-point title.  We were also amazed by the fan-favorite Slam Dunk contest.  Although LA Clippers rookie Blake Griffin won, Serge Ibaka took off from behind the free throw line, and runner-up Javale McGee gave us an amazing 2-rim dunk.  It was like nothing we've ever seen.

Talk of where Denver Nugget Carmelo Anthony will land continued through the weekend, but he assured Sager, he was just trying to have fun and enjoy the festivities.  Surely things will heat up a bit this week, with the trade deadline looming. 

The Western Conference All-Stars won the big game with a score of  148-143, and Kobe Bryant took the MVP trophy.  It was his 4th All-Star MVP award, tying legend Bob Pettit for the most in All-Star history. 

Needless to say the weekend was packed with fun, fab, and fashion.  Can't wait 'til next year in Orlando!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Blog Spotlight

Check out one of our favorite blogs:  The author, “A small (sassy) Mexican American woman who likes to bitch, eat and write poems”, indeed writes (very well) about eating, poetry and things she has (good reason) to complain about. She is also an excellent writer with a great sense of humor and witty observations about a lot of things you probably want to say but don’t have the courage to (such as how to identify assholes).  Make sure to check out the blog, but be warned: you might find out that you or a loved one is an asshole. Luckily, she also gives great advice.
Bio: She is a small Mexican American woman who likes to bitch, eat, and write poems. Her poetry has been published in Ghoti, Witness, Hayden's Ferry, Whiskey Island, Crab Orchard Review, Hunger Mountain, and Hanging Loose. Poems are forthcoming in Pleiades and Drunken Boat. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing that she would often like to set on fire.     

Friday, February 18, 2011

Rebuild 2011!

The Rebuilding Exchange, a project of the Delta Institute (a regional organization dedicated to bring a flourishing green economy to the great lakes area), aims to mitigate the waste of building materials by salvaging usable materials and making them available to the public for purchase.  Formerly on the Southside of Chicago, the Rebuilding Exchange has relocated to 2160 N. Ashland and is having its first event at the new space. Rebuild 2011, a celebration and fundraiser, is scheduled for March 12, 2011 from 6-10 pm at the space on Ashland. There will be a silent auction, food and drinks. Tickets in advance are $32.50 and will be $40 at the door.  Tickets are available on the website:  GET TICKETS ONLINE TODAY!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Entertainment

Are You the Next Grammy Winner?

On the heels of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the application season for Grammy Camp is beginning.  The Grammy Foundation sponsors a camp each summer for music students who do everything from sing to master musical instruments.  

This year's Grammy Camp will be held in Los Angeles as well as New York, giving high school students the chance to work with industry heavy-hitters, and sharpen their musical talents.  The NYC location is the first outside LA in the camp's 6 year history, with the hopes of continued expansion.  

Applications are being accepted through March 31, get started!

Good Luck!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 6 People to Watch in 2011

Since were over 1 month into the new year, let's take a look at some of the people we should keep an eye on over the remainder of 2011...

1. President Obama

After passing legislation to nationalize health care, along with substantive changes to consumer protections and a new START treaty with Russia, President Obama will continue to be in the spotlight.  He will be in the final full year of his first term, and preparing to campaign for term 2!  Let's see what else Mr. President has up his sleeve. 

2. Representative Gabrielle Giffords
Sadly, Arizona U.S. Representative Giffords was one of many victims in a recent shooting spree in Tuscon.  Although some victims lost their lives, Giffords has been making unprecedented progress in her recovery.  The legislator quickly regained consciousness and has been transported to an advanced Texas medical facility.  With this kind of strength, who knows what she'll be doing after a few months.

3. Vanessa & Angela Simmons
These ladies continue to do big things.  After getting formal training in their respective fields; Vanessa in acting at St. John's University, and Angela at NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology, the daughters of Rev. Run have blazed their own trails.  The stars of MTV's Run's House and Daddy's Girls have successfully started their own shoe brand, Pastry.  The collection quickly grew into accessories, dress shoes, and even workout videos on the rise.  These ladies are not only a part of hip hop and fashion royalty, but spread their wealth, too.  They are the official role models of Girl Scouts for America, and make giving a priority.  They're doing amazing things together, but are threats of their own individually, too.  Can't wait to see what they have up their sleeves this year!

4. Julian Assange 
The embattled founder of Wikileaks apparently still has a few cards up his sleeve.  Assanage is purportedly in possession of damning information about a large American Banking institution (rumored to be Bank of America), slated to be released in early 2011. Not everything is rosy, however, as he is still facing an extradition trial in February related to alleged sex offences that occurred in Sweden and  in an apparent feud with the New York Times, Assange is still a man to keep an eye on in 2011.

5. Jack Dorsey
Jack is the creator of our beloved Twitter, and the upcoming Square, allowing credit card payments via mobile phone.  Twitter debuted in 2006, and has since become a staple in our daily routines.  The social network gives users the opportunity to give news, share pictures, feelings, and whereabouts, all in the space of 140 characters per tweet (20 characters for @and name).  The SMS-based idea has evolved over the years, but started as a way to let others know what you're up to, straight from your phone.  Jack recently said in an interview with Charlie Rose, "...we talked about this very simple idea of being able to report where I am and what I’m doing and go out in real-time over our phones and the web in 160 characters."  He went on to say "It’s really complex to make something simple,".  We're definitely glad he did.  With Square on the horizon, we're excited about what Jack has up next...

6. Majora Carter
After all of the amazing work she has done revitalizing the South Bronx over the years, Miss Carter has been busy giving talks, receiving MacArthur Fellowships, doing podcasts, TED presentations  and a host of other things.  Currently, she is the head of the Majora Carter Group, a for-profit urban revitalization  consulting group.  She is always looking to create change at multiple levels and 2011will likely see some exciting developments coming our way from Miss Carter and her team. 

Anyone else...?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Black History Events & Specials

Black History Month will be celebrated in various ways over the next few weeks.  Check out some of the events and specials below to join in the commemoration. 

BET and CENTRIC have great programming scheduled during February.  The networks will be honoring The Cosby Show, one of the landmark sitcoms showcasing the African-American family.  President Obama will be acknowledged on a special highlighting his African heritage, and Modern Black History Heroes will air, as a conversation among leaders making black history today. 

A&E will be highlighting African-American movemakers on Biography, and have decked out their website with facts, stories, and photos of our American heroes. 

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fave Real Talk with Felicia wrote a great post on The Evolution of Black Barbie.  Check her out and enjoy! is airing specials on the influence of African-Americans on today's society.  Topics include sports, politics, entertainment, and more.

If you're in the Midwest, check out Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and "Africa in Chicago" at Navy Pier, among many other events

The National Museum of African-American History hosts Curating for African-Americans, for those interested in exhibiting, sculpting, and collecting.  

Share your Black History events and specials with us! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

February is American Heart Month!
Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are our nation's No. 1 killer. To fight this condition and better our health, we are offering guidance from the American Heart Association to make sure your heart is in the right place

Top 8 Ways to Have Optimal Heart Health

1. Quit Smoking
Although smoking is heavily related to your lungs, a strong and healthy respiratory system is essential to cardiovascular health.  Smoking not only affects you and your heart health directly, but also the health of those around you through second-hand smoke.  It increases the risk of coronary heart disease, and reduces your abilities for physical activity.  We know quitting can be a major task, so check out these tips for help!

2. Physical Activity
There's no better way to maintain good heart health than keeping physical activity in your routine.  Physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease, and improves well-being over all.  You feel better, and look better!  Anything from walking to dancing, or boxing can keep your heart functioning optimally.  Just 30 minutes a day is all you need!  Check out these American Heart Association Guidelines for Physical Activity and tips for getting started.

3. Drink in Moderation
In moderation, alcohol consumption may provide a boost to your heart health.  Keep in mind, the science is inconclusive, and daily consumption should not exceed 2 drinks, but if you prefer to enjoy a nice glass of wine or a beer after work, it could add a little extra boost to your cardiac wellness.  

4. Monitor Fats & Oils
Of course the foods we love the most, and think taste the best are those with vegatable oil and high trans fat content.  No, you don't have to completely remove them from your diet.  However, monitoring your intake, and keeping everything in moderation will bode well for heart health.  The American Heart Association has put together some Facts on Fat to help guide your way into a tasty diet, easy on your heart. 
5. Weight Management
This one goes right in line with monitoring fats and physical activity.   We all have different body sizes and shapes, so finding the optimal weight for yourself is important.  We can't all use the same rubric for diets and exercise.  But carefully watching what we eat, how, when, and even why are critical in maintaining a healthy heart and life.  Watching your weight can be difficult initially, but with some dedication it will get easier.  For help on the best weight management plan for you, click here!

6. Lower the amount of salt in your diet
The Bibbins-Domingo study, conducted a year ago found a strong relationship between heart health and a small reduction in salt intake.  This is true for all people, but especially important for blacks, women and older adults with heart problems. One way to do this is cutting down on your processed foods.    According to the article, even a small reduction in salt intake (3g, about half a teaspoon) would be enough to make a difference.

7. Stress Management
At first glance, stress management may appear to have little to do with heart health, but it's major!  Stress is directly related to blood pressure levels, and must be controlled as much as possible.  Problems with stress can affect us physically and emotionally, often in ways we cannot clearly see.  Developing healthy habits, like the ones above plus more will help you ensure optimal stress levels.  As the AHA suggests, remember to laugh!  It's cardio and is definitely the best medicine.  You'll be happier inside and out. 
*Ladies, you must be especially careful.  Women experience heart disease much differently than men do.  Fatigue is a common symptom of heart disease, contrary to the typical chest pain we often see with men.  Make cardio exams a priority!

8. Good Oral Hygiene
While not a primary suspect, good oral health, combined with other healthy behaviors  can contribute to your keeping your ticker ticking.  Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss, replace your toothbrush every three months, and get regualr checkups.  This should keep the bacteria on your teeth to a minimum and keep it out of your bloodstream, where it could possibly contribute to artery clogs.

We hope these tips are helpful to you and loving your heart like you should.  For more info, go to the American Heart Association's homepage!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Entertainment

The Milk + Honey Series is Live!!

A fab friend of B.A.F.F.L.E.D. has informed us about the Milk + Honey Series, a web TV series with the likes of actors like Lance Gross and Idris Elba.  Need I say more?!  Check out these details from the creators and Bookmark the link!!


The trailer for the Milk + Honey series, our labor of love, went live last week.  And, the world has received it pretty well overall.  We did an exclusive window on theybf and then continued to spread the word virally.  We are overjoyed by the response and support that people have given.  It's been over 3 years, since Asha, Jeanette, and I first started having those night to early morning calls sharing the stories that became the script that we believed we and our friends could relate to and wanted to see.  Our mission was to showcase and celebrate the diversity of women of color by sharing universal stories on screen and it has been a journey--from the fundraising to getting the best folks attached and then to actually shooting and now getting it out there.  We have definitely had our share of nos and rejection, but have held strong to the idea that our stories deserve to be told.
I just want to say thank you to all of you who have supported us in so many different ways--love, prayers, money, locations, wardrobe, art, feedback, events, press, tweets and just your continued encouragement.  I honestly don't know what we would have done without you.  Milk + Honey is evidence that when God places a dream in your heart and you consistently pursue it as He guides, the entire universe works on your behalf. 
Please help us to continue to spread the word.  If you have not checked out the trailer, you can check it out at the site below and if you like it, please tell everyone you know to check it.  Our goal is to eventually get to a million views.  You can also join the Facebook and Twitter communities.

Facebook: Milk and Honey the Series
Twitter: @milkhoneyseries

Friday, February 4, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law

Forever Fashion; Questionably Legal

Fast fashion giant Forever 21 has a very interesting business model.  Despite growing faster than many of our favorite retail outlets, this Korean-American-owned empire views American law through its own eyes.  As recently spotlighted in a Business Week profile, Forever 21 is acknowledged with unprecedented success:

Forever 21 has been quick to take advantage of the misfortunes of other retailers, moving into buildings abandoned by Saks (SKS), Sears (SHLD), Mervyns, Dillard's (DDS), Circuit City, Virgin Megastore, and HMV. It's staked out some of the most prestigious real estate in the world—on this stretch of Fifth Avenue, on London's Oxford Street, in Tokyo's Shibuya district. Its new Times Square store is 96,000 square feet; its store on the Las Vegas Strip is 127,000. In seven years, Forever 21 has grown from 1 million square feet of space to 10 million, from one brand of its own to six, offering clothes for kids, men, and plus-size and pregnant women. This year it plans to open at least 75 more stores in five countries. Forever 21 had a profit of $135 million in 2008, the last time it made figures public. And it did all this without selling any item for more than $60.

Well dang.

It appears Forever 21 also takes legal matters into its own hands.  In recent years, the fashion giant has been the recipient of many lawsuits, claiming infringement on the designs of top brands.  Now, we all know there currently is no copyright protection for fashion designs.  However, the suits claiming copying of original prints and graphics have resulted in hefty settlements from Forever 21.  Apparently, the company has what some have called a "copyright infringement budget", suggesting copies are just part of their way.  They avoid court at all costs.

Is this business model appropriate?  No doubt the plan is profitable, as revenues are in the billions.  But, can we say "fast fashion" is playing fair?  Upscale brands say "copying"; Forever 21 says "inspiration".  They trust their designers couldn't have known.  Although the infringement section of the Korean Copyright Act does not specifically mention designs of any kind, it does provide:  Any act of exploiting a work in a manner prejudicial to the honor of its author shall be deemed infringement of his moral rights.

Sure everyone who buys their clothes cannot also buy the clothes they are accused of copying, so technically there's no loss of revenues --kind of.  On the other hand, shouldn't designs be somewhat safe despite the quick turning, reworking nature of the industry? 

What do you think about the "copying" of fashion designs, versus "inspiration"?  Are they one in the same?  What about the fact of trends coming, going, and coming back? 

Designers, weigh in on this one.  Fellow lawyers, tell us what you think!

Thanks M for the tip on this story!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Cares

Make a Teen's Dream Come True!

Here's your chance to help a Chicago high school student be the "Belle of the Ball" at her high school prom. The Glass Slipper Project collects new and almost-new formal dresses and accessories and provides them, free of charge, to Chicago high school students who are unable to purchase their own prom attire. We distribute the dresses at Glass Slipper "boutiques," where each student receives individual assistance from a volunteer "personal shopper" as she shops for the dress of her dreams. To date, we've helped more than 10,000 young women attend their proms in style!

Dates have been set for the 2011 Prom Season!
Set up dates are:
 March 5, 2011
 March 12, 2011

Boutique dates are:
 April 2, 2011
 April 9, 2011
 April 16, 2011

Breakdown day is:
 April 30, 2011
*Sign up to get involved today!!  Go on your own, with friends- even get your employer involved!

The Glass Slipper Project is a Member of Donate My
The first national network to bring together local dress drive organizations across the U.S., we help you find one in your area so that once you've had your dream night, you can give another girl hers! 
Check out their site for dress donation programs throughout the country!!

Share your dresses and make dreams come true!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Are You Ready for Valentine's Day?!

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No worries....these great businesses are taking orders all the time!  Get your orders in!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Honors

February is Black History Month

This month-long acknowledgment of African-American history grew from one week to a national celebration.  It is not just for those of African-American descent, but for all Americans.  Like all other ethnic backgrounds, African-Americans have had a great influence on the foundation and progress of this nation.  We honor them, remember their struggles, and appreciate their work. 

We would again like to share some of the things we can hardly live our daily lives without.  These inventions were brought to us by African-American inventors and innovators.  Just think of where we'd be without them!

Alexander Mills - Elevator

Richard Spikes
- Automobile gear shift

Garrett Morgan - Traffic signals

Albert R. Robinson
- Electric trolley

John Love - Pencil sharpener

L.C. Bailey - Folding bed

Marie Brown - Video surveillance home security system

Sarah Boone - Ironing board

Otis Boykin
- Pacemaker

George W. Carver - Paints & satins, peanut butter, lotion, and soaps

Lee Barrage - Typewriter

John Standard -

Dr. Patricia Bath - Laser-based device for cataracts surgery

Benjamin Banneker - Clock

George Crum- Potato Chips

Daniel Hale Williams - Performed the 1st open-heart surgery

George Grant - Golf tee

Madame C.J. Walker - Black hair care products, including the relaxer; She is also the first African-American female millionaire 

Let's not only celebrate the importance of African-American achievement, but do our best to carry it on.

Black History = American History

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