Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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

The Battle at Red-Sole:  Not so Cut and Dry-

The lawsuit between Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent appeared to be a trademark battle set to end easily.  YSL would be told they could not use red soles on their shoes because Louboutin has a trademark on the color and use by another designer would confuse consumers.  We explained this logic and lesson in trademark not too long ago.

Now it appears things aren't as black and white as they seem.  There's some gray....maybe even red.  Trademarks have a number of provisions to be met for use and protection, and color is no different.  Colors can be trademarked when they serve the function of identifying a brand in the market.  The Tiffany teal-blue boxes fall into this category.  One would think the red bottom does as well, but it is not the story Mr. Louboutin is telling.  He said the shoes have red soles "because red “attracts men to the women who wear my shoes."  True and fine, but uh, did you check with legal on this?  

To protect the trademark, the designer must prove the red bottoms serve as an identifier for their products--which in the market, they do!  Everyone knows and expects red soles from Louboutin.  However, this case must be successfully made in court.  Red soles by any other designer will cause confusion and hurt the Louboutin brand.

We are anxious to see what happens next, and will keep you posted, step after red-soled step.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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

Top 5 Things to Know About Chocolate!

We knew the "C" word would get your attention.  I am excitedly writing this post, as I've just come from a Chocolate Tour, put on by Chicago Chocolate Tours.  As a guest of fellow IP and legislative attorney, Shannon Bond, I was able to attend, learn and enjoy one of he world's favorite-- chocolate!

1. Chocolate, the History
For many of its early years, chocolate was consumed as a drink, and even used at currency.  The commodity began in Aztec civilization, and like many products today, was even a victim of counterfeiting because of its great value.  Although best produced in the Ivory Coast region in Africa because of the optimal temperatures for cocoa beans, chocolate is made in great quality all across the globe.

2. Milk Chocolate Came About by Mistake
After leaving his chocolate mixing over the weekend by mistake, Rodolphe Lindt returned to his shop pretty much horrified.  Once he realized the "mistaken" consistency made for various ways to market chocolate, he knew he had something amazing.  Clearly today, we agree!

3. Chocolate is Healthy!
Dark chocolate is known to be packed with antioxidants.  It is good for the skin, improves DNA resistance to stresses, and improves the mood.  Surely you don't need many more reasons to enjoy chocolate, bu these are pretty good ones!

4. Tea and Chocolate are a Perfect Match
Tea is the second oldest beverage known to man, after water.  Since tea and chocolate each have so many benefits, from relieving stress, suppressing coughs, and calming the soul, combining the 2 is an obvious recipe.  Adding chocolate to various teas--greens, whites, blacks, or reds, not only makes for tasty drinks, but healthy options as well. 

5. Chocolate Tours are a MUST!
Chicago Chocolate Tours was founded by attorney Valerie Beck, whose lifelong adoration for chocolate has masterminded an amazing business.  With tours in Chicago's shopping mecca, as well as Boston and Philly, the tours are wonderful ideas for bachelorette parties, new hire orientations, team building events, or just a good time for any chocolate lover.  We had an amazing time on the tour, and would recommend the fun to everyone!


Monday, August 29, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Events

Fashion & Chocolate- 2 Favorites ~

Sweet Meets Chic: Chocolate + Fashion Tour!

What: Join the Chicago Chocolate Tours annual Chocolate + Fashion Tour for a guided walking, tasting, shopping, and browsing tour to chocolate shops and bakeries, plus fashion boutiques! New this year: the tour will conclude with a Champagne and cupcake reception at Adele Dallas Orr boutique. $50 per person includes chocolate, gift bag, and reception.
When and where: Friday, September 2, 2011, 5:30 pm. Tour starts at 900 N. Michigan Avenue (Bloomingdale's building).
Stops are scheduled to include:
  • Teuscher Chocolates
  • LK Bennett boutique featuring Kokku Chocolatier
  • Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafters
  • Kate Spade
  • Candyality
  • Adele Dallas Orr Boutique featuring Swirlz Cupcakes
 Cost: $50 per person. Includes chocolate, gift bag, Champagne reception. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. You can purchase tickets online at, or by phone at 312-929-2939. Receive an extra chocolate gift if you pay with MasterCard. Or, contact us with questions.
Prizes: Prizes will be given for Best Outfit, Best Attitude, Best Chocolate Knowledge, and Best Shoes (please keep in mind though that this is a walking tour)!
Charity partner: Share Your Soles. You are invited to bring gently worn shoes, which Share Your Soles donates to impoverished people around the world.

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Celebrates

Happy Birthday King of Pop!

Today would have been the 53rd birthday of the legendary entertainer, Michael Jackson.  MJ is an ultimate fave here at B.A.F.F.L.E.D. and of course to many around the world.

So as we celebrate his life, watch a video or 2, sing along and consider yourself "saved by the sound of a Michael song"...or "mama-say-mama-sah-mah-mah-cu-sah"--whichever you prefer.  He sent us so many amazing messages in his music.  Here's hoping we can put some of them into action.

Happy Birthday, Michael

Friday, August 26, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Empowers

Girl Power: On the Court!

Swish Dreams is one of our favorite charitable organizations.  The mission, the purpose, and the execution are unmatched.  This organization puts education and sports right where they need to be--as the priorities of grammar school children.

Previously geared to young boys, the program is now expanding to young ladies!  How exciting!!  

Check out this amazing program sponsored by Swish Dreams and the Chicago Sky....learn....contribute....and if you can, register your future star!
--- | PO BOX 15295 | Chicago, IL | 773.952.6352 |

For photos of the girls' after school program, click here!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Loves Chicago

Summertime Chi?...International Chi!

We are moving through the city with this Summer Hot Spot Series.  This week, we are taking it to Bucktown, Logan Square, and Roscoe Village-- neighborhoods with cuisine from countries all across the globe.  If you love Chicago too much to leave, but still want to live the life of a jetsetter, these spots are for you!

Many, many thanks to Anne Szkatulski, Emily DeYoe, and Cathy Yu --fellow legislative attorneys and Chicago enthusiasts-- for their amazing contributions!!



Buzz: Killer Espresso. 1644 N Damen Ave (btw Concord Pl & Wabansia Ave).
Not a lot of personality to this coffee shop but delicious artisanal coffee, clean design, and free wi-fi. The front of the store has a nice bar for people-watching and is open to the street, but the back has a quiet room or two where you could study or work. Great service too, the baristas really know their stuff.

Silver Cloud. 1700 N Damen Ave (between Wabansia Ave & St Paul Ave).
The absolute, hands-down best for comfort food. Their motto is something like “food your mom would make for you.” Mac and cheese, chili, burgers, the best on a chilly fall afternoon. I would suggest going on a Sunday for a big, hearty late lunch, or better yet on a hungover Saturday morning. They also have pretty ample outdoor seating if you’re up for it.

Hot Chocolate. 1747 N. Damen.
CY: Definitely worth it if you get up early enough so you don’t have to wait, otherwise, there are better options. My favorite in this area.
ED: Dinner over brunch.  Get the peanut butter cup dessert.
VW: Great spot for dinner or just dessert.  Nice for an evening with friends...even better for a date!

Le Bouchon. 1958 N. Damen.
Closest thing to Paris in Chicago.

Irazu. 1865 N Milwaukee Ave.
Costa Rican – delicious and great with a group of friends. Good patio.

Jane’s. 1655 W. Cortland.
My favorite all-purpose restaurant in Chicago, not the all time best food, but generally a very reliable, solid choice for all events/company.

Duchamp. 2118 N Damen Ave (between Charleston St & Dickens Ave).
It takes a lot for me to really love a restaurant, and this is my favorite one in Chicago at the moment. It’s fancy food without being too fussy or expensive, and something for everyone on the menu. The décor is a lot like the food: super sleek without being too cool or off-putting. Fabulous outdoor seating area in the summertime.

The Bristol. 2152 N. Damen.
Pig face.  Go early-ish, get a cocktail, eat the monkey bread and some pig face.

Danny’s. 1951 W Dickens Ave.
Nothing beats it. I could move in here and live happily ever after. Some of the best nights of my life have taken place at Danny’s. I shall now quote a blackout BBM that I sent to Caroline one drunken night: “Danny’s is ON FIRE. I never want to leave.” I have no idea why I sent that but let me tell you, I was definitely having fun.

Gallery Cabaret. 2020 N. Oakley.
$6 pitchers of Leinenkugel, and you GET to listen to hilarious high school bands! Plus I made out with train boy here and it was super fun.


Spa Soak. 1733 N Milwaukee Ave (at Wabansia Ave).
Got a better-than-average massage here a few years ago and have been meaning to go back. It’s more laid back than other spas but with just as good of service and ambiance. I would say about average prices as well, definitely pricier for a manicure than walk-in places but on par with the more expensive services at bigger salons.



Revolution Brewery. 2323 N. Milwaukee.
Bacon popcorn, house-brewed beer – a really fantastic place to spend a winter afternoon.

Lula Café. 2537 N. Kedzie.
Maybe my favorite restaurant when taking into consideration the combination of casualness and quality of food. Locally sourced food.

Longman and Eagle. 2657 N Kedzie Ave.
Pig cheeks on brioche topped with a sunny side up duck egg. ‘nuff said.



90 Miles Cuban Café. 3101 N. Clybourn.
ED: Feels like you’ve left Chicago – delicious, cheap, fun, fast.
CY: Delicious sandwiches and awesome shakes (not with ice cream, with just straight up cream, so good). The second location on Armitage in Logan Square has more space for larger groups but it’s not as cool inside as this one.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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

6 Things to do Before the Summer Ends

August is nearing its end, and the kids going back to school.  Before we know it, the temperatures will be dropping and our beloved summer season will be over.  So, here's some things we suggest doing before fall is among us.

1. Learn to Swim
Everyone needs to know how!  Even if you have a fear of water, overcome it with getting your feet wet and becoming comfortable.  You don't have to be a deep sea diver, but you shouldn't let the water have a reign over you.  Local pools are still open, and most YMCA's have indoor pools open all year.  Swimming is much easier than it appears.  Take a dip and enjoy!  This skill is invaluable. 

2. Chill on a Rooftop
Rooftop scenes are becoming increasingly popular these days.  They are a great intimate space for socializing, catching some sun, and have low costs!  If your city has an amazing skyline, check out a rootfop restaurant or lounge before the snow does!

3. Enjoy a Summer Drink 
There's plenty of great summer drinks for everyone to enjoy.  Check out this link and get to mixing! 

4. Get Some Warm Weather Exercises In
Once the temperature changes, we'll all have to be doing most exercising inside---because we should always be exercising!  With the summer closing, take those walks on the beach, runs by the lakefront, and other sun-dependent, warm temp activities while you still can! 

5. Prep Your Wardrobe for Fall
After all the physical activity you'll be doing to finish out the summer, a fall wardrobe is so necessary.  No need to buy all new things, but definitely take the chance to switch some things around.  Bring the cardigans back out, and wear things together you haven't before.  It's the best way to find new things in your closet without breaking the bank.  A shopping treat is always supported here, but moderation is definitely best!

6. Think About Your Community
We can always help one another and the area around us.  Everyone is responsible.  With many legislators in recess across the country, this is your chance to see what your community needs to improve.  Make a visit to your local and federal level legislators and discuss your area with them.  It won't take long, and they will surely appreciate the insight.  We are all responsible for where we live, and your input and leg work is needed!  If you can't visit, call or write.  They'll be heading back to session soon, and should know what to bring back with them.  Do your part!

Can you think of more?!  Let us know!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

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

The First Shopping Festival in the Nation to Debut on One of the Great Avenues of the World

August 26 - September 8, 2011

The Magnificent Mile is pleased to debut the first shopping festival of its kind in the nation this summer. In-Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard® will take place August 26 – September 8, 2011, and will feature exclusive events, designer and celebrity appearances, trunk shows, exciting entertainment and more. The shopping extravaganza kicks off Friday, August 26 with an interactive celebrity event featuring renowned stylist and television star, Carson Kressley, and concludes September 8 with Chicago’s version of Fashion’s Night Out.

In-Fashion reinforces The Magnificent Mile’s reputation as a shopping mecca with large-scale celebrations and district-wide, in-store promotions. The event cuts across five primary categories of fashion and beauty, lifestyle, culinary, technology and culture. In-Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard® will create excitement and motivate visitors as it brings together a roster of too-good-to-resist incentives and experiences.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Loves Chicago

Summertime Chi - Humbolt & Wicker~

Humbolt Park and Wicker Park have some of the most amazing eateries in the city.  From breakfast to dessert, these spots just may make you a regular in their booths!  Park yourself in these "Parks" for the summer treats you deserve.

As always, thanks to Anne Szkatulski, Emily DeYoe, and Cathy Yu --fellow legislative attorneys and Chicago enthusiasts-- for their cool contributions to this series.




California Clipper. 1002 North California Avenue.
Live music, teeny tiny, very hipster-y but not in your face or aggressive.

Flying Saucer. 1123 N. California Ave.
Standard, but really great roll out of bed low-key brunch. Small dining area, but not too long of a wait.



Bongo Room. 1470 N Milwaukee Ave (between Evergreen Ave & Honore St).

Great for sweet brunches. The eggs are great too, but this place is best for yummy waffles and pancakes. It’s impossible to get in after they open, but if you wait in line maybe 10 or 15 minutes beforehand, you should definitely get a seat.

Rodan. 1530 N Milwaukee Ave (between Damen Ave & North Ave).

Super sleek Asian-fusion (I hate that phrase but it applies here). I’ve only been here once kind of a long time ago, but have been meaning to go back ever since. I believe they have DJs spinning on Fri and Sat nights, but it really adds to the atmosphere rather than getting in the way. It started out as a conceptual art space that sort of morphed into a bar/restaurant, and you definitely get that vibe here.

Crocodile. 1540 N Milwaukee Ave (between Damen Ave & North Ave).

I have only been here once, right after it opened, and for dinner instead of the bar. It was a good mix of chill dining but still somewhat trendy and cool. Best part – free personal pizza with every beer. Can’t beat that.

Papajin. 1551 N Milwaukee Ave (between Damen Ave & North Ave).

You guys would definitely make fun of me for liking this place. Totally average sushi, BUT, it’s clean and fresh and consistent. If you get a table right in front in the summer, they open up all their doors and it has great people-watching along Milwaukee.

People Lounge. 1560 N Milwaukee Ave (between Damen Ave & North Ave).

The best place for medium-to-slightly fancy dining. You could come here in jeans or dressed up, it’s up to you. Always has a somewhat diverse crowd. It’s mostly tapas, and I have never been disappointed with the food (best scallops I’ve ever had). The service is a bit of a crapshoot, I’ve had awesome and I’ve had not-so-great, but the general ambiance is worth it. It is a good go-to when you want to have a nice but chill time.

Cipollina. 1543 N Damen Ave (at Pierce Ave).

No-fuss Italian coffee and deli. Teeny-tiny (I think like 8 chairs total) so I would suggest going on off-hours if you plan to hang out. Pretty sleek design too.

Sultan’s Market. 2057 W. North Ave.

The falafel sandwich might be my last meal on earth choice.

Jerry’s Sandwiches. 1938 W. Division.

Just really delicious sandwiches.

Big Star. 1531 N. Damen.

Taught me to like Mexican food – especially the fish tacos, excellent whiskey, almost too hip for words.

Milk and Honey. 1920 W. Division.

Starting to lose popularity, which is fine with me, because less wait, same delicious breakfast sandwich.

Thai Lagoon. 2322 W. North Ave.

Enormous portions, dirt cheap, byob.

Birchwood Kitchen. 2211 W. North Ave.

Great quality food, free coffee while you wait, very nice service.

Red Hen. 1623 N. Milwaukee.


Taxim. 1558 N. Milwaukee.

A bit sterile – but I’ve only been once, right when they opened, and the food was excellent.

Piece. 1927 W. North Ave.

Great pizza, better beer, best live band karaoke.

Bake. 2246 W. North Ave.

Excellent cakes.

Alliance Bakery. 1736 W Division St.

Love their cupcakes.

Lovely. 1130 N Milwaukee Ave.

Favorite café in the city to do work.

Earwax. 1561 N Milwaukee Ave.

I think I like the ambiance better than the food but I do really love it overall.


Estelle’s. 2013 W North Ave (between Damen Ave & Milwaukee Ave).

My all-time favorite. I heard they recently renovated though, since I’ve been in Springfield, so we’ll have to see if it still holds that title. Very diverse and super fun crowd, I would argue best late night scene in town.

Easy Bar. 1944 W Division St (between Winchester Ave & Damen Ave).

So relaxed in here. It always ends up being my fallback bar for some reason, probably because “easy” is the best way to describe it. They always play good music and have a calm but fun crowd. They also oddly play really good movies on mute on TVs behind the bar. I can’t really explain that one, but it comes in handy when you’re in a boring conversation.

The Hideout. 1354 W Wabansia Ave.

Great live music – bluegrass on Tuesdays (shut up Anne), soup and bread on some Thursdays in the winter, has a really nice community feel – plus a ton of dudes with beards in flannel, so basically my dream bar


Penelope’s. 1913 W. Division St.

My fave boutique in the city. A little pricey but interesting, unique, fun clothing selection and cute gifts as well.

Renegade Handmade. 1924 W. Division St.

Great card and gift shop. Excellent poster selection.

Trim. 1629 N Milwaukee Ave.

Best waxing in Chicago. Probably even better than cokey smurf’s. Just saying.

Pinky Nails. 1508 N Damen Ave (between Pierce Ave & Wicker Park Ave).

My go-to for a quick, professional, and inexpensive manicure. They have a punch card a la Twist-n-Swirlz for a free manicure after every ten. They have other locations in Lincoln Park and the West Loop, but this one is my favorite.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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

Casting Call for Chicagoland Actors!

The upcoming NBC series stirring up a lot of drama, The Playboy Club, co-starring Naturi Naughton (3LW, Notorious), will be holding an open casting call for PAID extras this Saturday, August 20th, from 11am to 3pm, at the Academy of the Arts,1010 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago IL.

Casting directors are looking for men and women of all races between 18 and 80 years old. You are asked to dress in early 1960’s attire (dark suits for men, dresses for women), and to bring a pen.
For more information, email

Chicago is where Playboy began, so they might as well cast here!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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

Top 5 Ways to Protect Your Brand From Counterfeits

Counterfeits are in more markets these days than just handbags.  Fakes are found in electronics, prescription drugs, and even illegal drugs.  Just recently, a counterfeit Apple Store showed up in China.

With these simple tips, good legal counsel, and vigilance of your brand in the market, you will be able to protect business as best possible.

"Being copied is the ransom of success." - Coco Chanel

1. Register your trademarks
We've gone over this one time and time again, so we won't belabor.  But, click here for more details....oh, and here!

2. Record with customs
If you plan to have any business internationally, you must register with customs so they can partner with you on watchdogging your brand.  You want to be sure your goods aren't legit where you can see them, and fakes where you can't.

3. Utilize the press and social media
These days, we have endless ways to keep your brand alive and well in commerce.  With everything from Twitter to blogging, keeping your brand in the limelight, and letting people know what it looks like in its pure form, will help keep counterfeits at bay.  You'll be distinguished from the fakes. 

4. Make your products hard to copy
Everything from your name, logo, and products in the market should be unique.  The more unique, the tougher to copy.  Of course we all get inspiration from other sources, but keeping a clear line to define yourself is critical in protecting yourself.  Don't let your brand turn into a fake of another.

5. Get the whole brand involved
Having written policies and procedures, even agreements for your employees to sign, is a great tip for monitoring your business.  You have to make sure everything is secure on the inside before expecting those on the outside to respect your brand.  Promote brand integrity to your business partners, employees, and clients to make sure you remain a serious contender.

Have any other tips you'd like to share?  Let us know!

We hope these help!

Monday, August 15, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Green: Living Low Car in Chicago

Is Living Low Car in Chicago Possible? II: Electric Boogaloo

Finishing up the 3rd week of the Low Car Diet, and in the past two weeks, I have biked almost 110 miles, which is kind of weird to think about. It’s made me think about how much I travel in and around the city, and how what the impact is of me going to and fro, even on bike and transit. Luckily, I stumbled across a tweet to a Slate article that actually talks about how our different modes of transportation effect our environment.

Looking at that article, I would say that my travel impact is pretty small, as my bike is pretty old , and I most certainly do not eat an all beef diet (in fact, I eat a no-meat-at-all diet). Add to the fact that biking an average of 55 miles per week is probably pretty good exercise for the normal person, providing a lot-cost alternative to the gym (unless you really feel you need to go).

My official low car diet will end on the 25th of August, but I plan to continue to be as low-car as possible, “low” being the operative word; I would not try to move without a car of some sort…that could be both dangerous (to my back) and wildly inefficient. Hopefully this short post leads some of you to think how your commute impacts the environment and maybe why it might be a good idea to try a low-car diet as well. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

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

Is Your Business/Organization Ready For Success?

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