Time to Prep for Chicago Fashion Week! Stylishly known as Fashion Focus Chicago, the City is getting ready for yet another successful week of fashion events. To do your part and enjoy, check out the details below and participate!!
Dear Chicago fashion professional,
Thank you for attending and participating in the City of Chicago's Fashion Focus Chicago events in 2013! At the end of the year, we had a great conversation with many of you at the 1st Annual Fashion Town Hall held on December 10 at the Chicago Cultural Center. We heard you and are thrilled to offer more opportunities this year that bring the fashion community together and help you build your fashion brand.
The feedback you provided helps the Fashion Focus Chicago team and the Mayor's Fashion Council with planning for 2014 *and beyond* in many ways and we appreciate that you have shared your ideas and concerns with us. There were many ideas shared that are acting on as we plan for 2014 (more networking events, more selling events) and some ideas that are longer-term that may take more time and effort (a fashion resource directory, a centralized garment district). We will talk more about this as we continue to communicate with each other and update the Fashion Focus Chicago calendar. Yes, there is more to come this year; we will stay in contact as the details for new events are confirmed!
Fashion Focus Chicago is planning an exciting year of programming. Are you ready to Attend and Vend this year?! Where can you find updates and more information?
Paul Fredrick's 2014 Summer Collection! We are all about the Smooth Gentleman, and there are few things more eye-catching than a well dressed man. Paul Fredrick is ready to get you gents set for the summer with the launch of their upcoming collection. As we've stressed before, the tie is everything when putting a suit together. With the Paul Fredrick Collection, you can take it a step further with some of the best shirt and tie combos out there. Here are some of our faves.
Of course we have to mention the shoes....check these out!
For the final touch, their cufflinks are pretty snazzy, too. They can also be engraved for the customization of your choice. For more on the brand, check out the Paul Fredrick Blog.
Ready To Stare - Production Internship! One of our favorite jewelry lines and empowerment entities is looking for interns! If you are interested in getting started in the fashion industry, check out this amazing brand and send in your application.
Black Women Lawyers Association - Clothing and Hair Care Drive!
Being a product junkie is not uncommon these day. You buy something, tell your friends, they try stuff, tell you, commercials, marketing and ads all woo you in to buy more stuff. The same often happens with clothes. If you have some extras in your beauty arsenal or wardrobe to share, pack them up and take them to Chicago's BWLA Professional Clothing and Hair Drive! You can not only give someone a dose of your style, but give to those who might need a little boost. Here are the details!
The Professional Clothing & Hair Care Drive
BWLA invites you to donate gently-used suits, blazers, blouses, pants, skirts, dress scarves, close-toed shoes, work-appropriate purses and new or barely used hair care products now through May 15, 2014.
Donations will benefit Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of women by helping them succeed in the workplace and Deborah's Place, Chicago's largest provider of supportive housing exclusively for women!
Top 5 Things My Mother Taught Me~ Happy Mother's Day! As we celebrate our mothers today, I am excited to share my favorite things my Mommy taught me. I wrote this post a couple years ago, but enjoy the opportunity to share them each Mother's Day. This woman has taught me more than I could ever write here, but these essentials are some of the ones getting me through each and every day.
Love you, Mommy!
I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I do. ------ 1. Be nice. This is a simple lesson, but it goes a long way. Being nice to people not only gives them a good feeling about you, but also puts out good Karma to come back to you. My mommy still reminds me today the importance of being nice, especially when it is easy not to. I see traces of her whenever I feel the need to bake for friends and coworkers, have guests over, style for people, advise on legal matters, or whatever comes to mind to allow me to lend a hand to someone else. I carry this with me all the time. 2. Beauty is simple. Mommy has made it clear to me, loads of make-up does not make you pretty, and there's a way to look your best without a mess! Going back to being nice on the inside, it is easy to look nice on the outside, too. Too much of anything is usually just that--too much and it will catch the wrong eyes most times. As I put together my looks for each day, I definitely think..."what would Mommy say?" As Tatyana Ali put it: "My mother is my beauty role model. She's gorgeous, giving, and gracious - a true G!" 3. Be strong. I haven't come across a strength like the strength my mother has, and am not sure I will. Her lessons in being strong go far beyond helping my dad out in the yard against my will. They extend to knowing things won't always go my way, and when they don't, I cannot give up. I will encounter some challenges, and as cliche as it sounds I hear her telling me "this, too shall pass". I may not want to hear it, but I always want to believe it...and in due time, I see it to be true. I know my mother got her strength from my grandmother, and great-grandmother, so I work hard to be sure I can pass it on someday as well. Because of my Mommy, I feel there is nothing I cannot do. 4. Be....patient! Ugh! I am still working on this one, and actually, so is Mommy. She's been trying to teach me patience all my life, and I think I just may be starting to get it--a little. I remember as a little girl hearing her tell me "beee..." and waiting for me to say "patient". I'm not sure I always understood the value of patience as a youngster, but I have gotten a much better understanding in my adult life. I can't count the number of times I hear her in my head reminding me...and sometimes it is her actual voice. I have found patience to be so critical, especially as I get older, and can say I have received and encountered some wonderful things from being patient. I keep this lesson with me. But, she and I both know, I'm not done learning it. 5. Always do your best. I often look at my mom and think she has so many things on her plate...and wonder how she balances them all. Then I realize I am, in my own way, doing the same thing. I have learned over the years, she not only has a lot on her plate, but only enough for her to handle, and handle well. It appears to be a lot to the onlooker, and I know it is to her as well. But, the way she handles family, work, and social activities is always with ease and grace. Mommy has taught me about not taking on too much, but being there to step up and step in if necessary. Sure, you may have a lot going on, but giving each your very best is all that's acceptable. I keep this lesson close. I could go on and on about the lessons my mother has taught me, but the space here is limited. I am endlessly thankful for such a loving and giving mother, and wouldn't trade her for the world. Thank you, Mommy for everything.
Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing Mommys out there.