Friday, September 30, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Careers

Professional Career Fairs!

We haven't posted jobs in a while, but plan to very soon.  In the meantime, check out these 3 professional career fair announcements.

If you have any jobs or opportunities in your area, please share!

University of Illinois at Chicago Grad Fair

Monday, October 10th 
5:00 to 8:00pm
It’s free and open to the public. Learn more and RSVP here:
You can also check out  Chicago fair outreach materials and for more! 

Atlanta Career Fair

Monday, October 3, 2011
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference
450 Capitol Avenue S.W
Atlanta, GA 30312

Metro D.C. Fall Diversity Job Fair

October 12, 2011
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
6715 Commerce Street
Springfield, VA 22150
Click here to register!

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Legal Battles

The Michael Jackson Trial has Begun-

It’s no secret we love the King of Pop here at B.A.F.F.L.E.D.  With the trial for his death now on deck, a nerve has definitely been struck.  I had no choice but to note a couple of points of contention:
·      Conrad Murray, because he won’t be referred to as “Dr.” here, alleges he was trying to save Michael Jackson’s life, as the entertainer was depressed.
o   Incorrect!  The inappropriate audio tape recording Murray has brought forth, of MJ with slurred speech, expresses his joy for performing and the hopes he had for his show-- to make people label him the “best entertainer in the world”.
-  Mission Accomplished, Mike
o   Murray also had gallons of Propofol shipped to other addresses, obviously for use on the superstar.
·      Murray administered Propofol, despite the drug being banned from use outside a hospital setting
·      Murray claims Michael Jackson gave himself an extra dose of Propofol when Murray left the room
o   Seeing as the drug is not supposed to be administered outside a hospital, and the “doctor” was not keeping vigilance over his patient, there is clearly negligence here, along with disregard for his Hippocratic Oath.
-  According to the prosecution, this is clear “figurative and literal abandonment”. 
·      Murray claims a mix of Propofol and Lidocane made Jackson die instantly
o   According to HLN’s Dr. Drew, there’s no way the combination could result in instant death, but only slowed respiration
Michael’s troubles with prescription drugs are no secret either, but the gross negligence of a trusted medical professional, no matter how rich the patient, is sad.  Another enabler is not what Michael needed, while the standards he set so high for himself definitely got the best of him.  So many unanswered questions here.  A lot came up in this case yesterday, and despite the need for the trial to take place, it is surely an unwelcome rehash of a tragedy for the Jackson family, close friends, and fans. 
Based on all the details and allegations, which surfaced, we know this trial will continue to uncover bombshell after bombshell.  We can only hope--from a legal, moral, and fan perspective-- justice is served.

We will be watching this case at every step.  Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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

Top 6 Ways to Make the Most of this Economy - 

We know the state of the economy has brought about a number of challenges over the last few years.  Despite the tough conditions, there are many solutions available to help the journey to economic prosperity a little easier.

1. Network!
The days of filling out a job application and getting a phone call soon after are a thing of the past.  One of the best ways to build your career and your brand is networking.  For those starting from scratch, seeking a career change, or strengthening their empire, networking is critical to your success.  You meet people looking for your skills, find others with skills or connections you need, and build relationships to last.

Attend events in your field of interest, and watch things change for the better.

2. Embrace Social Media
Some people are a bit turned off by the constant communication and contact social media can provide.  However, we now have a slew of options for socializing over the internet, so you can find one just your speed.  Whether you like constant motion like Facebook or Twitter, or something more low-key like LinkedIn--which is great professionally-- technology has given us so many ways to connect and showcase our talents.  LinkedIn is like your online resume, and YouTube is your global stage to audition for the world.  Engage in some social media sites if you haven't already.

3. Sharpen Your Talent
If you are not exactly where you want to be professionally, taking the time to sharpen a talent, and even make some money from it, is a great way to pass time.  If you bake, market your goods and share with others.  Can you serve as a consultant to businesses or organizations who may have had to make internal cuts?  Offer your talent to them!  Are your artistic skills top-notch?  Market your design skills.  Whatever your passion is in life, take the time to make the most of it while you have ample opportunity.

4. Be Smart with Money
We never know how the market will turn, so having something saved for a rainy day is paramount.  Check out Certificates of Deposit, Money Market accounts, interest bearing savings accounts, and other low-risk tools to store some cash and build for later.  Putting money in a place where you can't touch it, but watch it grow will prove beneficial when the overall market gets better.

5. Volunteer and Serve Your Community
Similar to networking, this tip is a great way to meet people, and also a novel seed to plant for future growth.  Volunteering will help with social skills, as well as skills in whatever project you are working on.  You can lend a hand to help others, and for those believing in Karma, spin good into the universe to come back your way.  Serving your community is helpful to others, and is just as helpful to you.  Do what you can to improve the area around you.  It goes a long way, and in our society, we've got work to do!

6. Be Optimistic
Ok, this one sounds a bit cliche, but everything starts with the attitude.  Having a positive outlook, despite challenges will make things better, trust us on this one!  If you need help feeling good about things, take part in activities you enjoy.  Spending time with amazing, positive people, and keeping yourself busy with the other tips are perfect ways make the most of a challenging economy.

Have any other tips to share?!  Let us know!

Friday, September 23, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Gives

Support Bottomless Closet!

Bottomless Closet is one of our favorite charities, and we love promoting their programs.  

Check out this upcoming soiree!

Join us for an evening of wine, nibbles  & gorgeous clothes!

Browse our extensive collection of jewelry, purses, shoes, scarves, belts as well as designer and professional clothing. 

This exclusive sale features many unique and designer pieces at unbeatable prices. All prices are final.

All proceeds benefit Bottomless Closet, enabling us to continue to provide high quality clothing and image counseling as well as a variety of workshops to women seeking employment opportunities.

Thursday, September 29th
4:30pm -8:00 pm
$5 at the door**
Bottomless Closet
 435 N. LaSalle LL1
between Hubbard and Illinois

*This event is by RSVP only!* 
Please RSVP by September 26th at noon to or by phone at 312.527.9664 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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

Vampfest 2011!

Are you into the vampire scene?!  This event is for you!

The long-awaited novel, Bryony is on its way, and this event is rolling out the red carpet for the Feature of the Fall!  A fundraiser for charity and fun events for readers of all ages, Vampfest is sure to be a great time!

Be there!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops - For Men

Top 5 Things Men Need to Know About Testicular Cancer

This one is a sensitive subject, but we want our male readers to be as healthy as possible.  After getting some great information from B.A.F.F.L.E.D. health consultant, Nurse Courtney Watkins, MSN, we have a few tips for guys to keep in mind and put into practice.

1. Unlike breast exams for women, the American Cancer Society doesn't specifically recommend self-exams.  ACS strongly recommends regular doctor visits, so a professional can be certain there are no problems.  If you haven't seen your doctor recently, call them--now.

2. Although a self-exam is not the first choice for monitoring testicular cancer, here are some tips for checking yourself at know, between doctor visits. 

3.  Men of the highest risk are between the ages of 15-35.  It is rare for young boys and older men.

4. There are 2 main types of testicular cancer:
Seminoma: This is a slow-growing form of testicular cancer usually found in men in their 30s and 40s. The cancer is usually just in the testes, but it can spread to the lymph nodes. Seminomas are very sensitive to radiation therapy.
Nonseminoma: This more common type of testicular cancer tends to grow more quickly than seminomas. Nonseminoma tumors are often made up of more than one type of cell, and are identified according to 4 different cell types.

5. Some men experience no symptoms, but if they do, they could include: 
-Pain in the back or lower abdomen

-Lump or swelling in either testicle

-Discomfort or pain in the testicle, or a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum

-Excess development of breast tissue (gynecomastia), however, this can occur normally in adolescent boys who do not have testicular cancer

-Enlargement of a testicle or a change in the way it feels

Again, we know this is a touchy topic, but taking care of yourself is more important than almost anything we have.  Contribute to your optimal health and take care of yourself!

For more info, check out these links:
U.S. National Library of Medicine

Mayo Clinic

National Cancer Institute

Thursday, September 15, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Pink

Passionately Pink for the Cure!

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month just around the corner, we are excited to get everyone in the know!  Check out this great initiative sponsored by B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fave, Real Talk with Felicia, and join in the fight!

*       Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
*       Approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year.
Enter PASSIONATELY PINK FOR THE CURE ~ Passionately Pink for the Cure is a chance for you to help end breast cancer by wearing pink, having fun and raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

I am excited to announce that we will have our 2nd Annual Pink Party this year on October 1st in Clarksville, TN.

I know that there are many people that are out of state and cannot attend, so I wanted to share with you an opportunity to participate!

You can visit the following link to donate online: (and share with others) :)

Click either 'donate to felicia' or the 'purposed for pink' tab and you are on your way to helping fund a cure!

*Many companies offer matching funds for donations of $25 or more. Please be sure to print your receipt and request the necessary paperwork from your company.
Please be sure to indicate TEAM 6685142 on all paperwork and if you choose to donate!



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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

Top 5 Things Going on in the NBA-

Yep, the NBA is locked out, but it doesn't mean league and player action are dead.  We're still waiting to hear when we'll actually see some games, but for now, these events will just have to do.

1. Michael Jordan fined for labor comments
His Airness has been fined $100k for saying the NBA's current model was "broken" and called for revenue sharing for small market teams such as his Charlotte Bobcats.  He went on to comment "owners are not going to move off what we feel is very necessary for us to get a deal in place where we can coexist as partners."

The NBA prohibits owners from speaking publicly about the labor situation.

2. Players have formed the "Lockout League"
They're still finding a way to get games in.  With NBA-sponsored summer leagues out of commission, players are joining Impact Basketball, a training and development group in Las Vegas.  The group will host a series of workouts and games with more than 60 NBA players expected to attend. Games will be held Monday through Thursday this week and Monday through Friday next week.

It is unofficially being referred to as “The Lockout League.”

Players scheduled to participate include Chauncey Billups, John Wall, Rashard Lewis, Mo Williams, Kyle Lowry, Jermaine O’Neal, Corey Maggette, Zach Randolph, and Stephen Jackson. Many of the 2011 draft picks will participate as well.

3.  Players might be getting a major payout!
Because of a percentage of basketball-related money teams failed to spend on salaries last season, players could be in for checks during the lockout.  According to ESPN, the biggest chunk- roughly $160 million, is the 8 percent from each player contract held in escrow by the league under the terms of the CBA, which expired on July 1. The size of each player's check from the escrow fund is based on what they earned last season.

4. More parties are joining the negotiations
With today being the 74th day of the lockout, more players and owners will attend a meeting to try and reach a solution.  Since last week's meetings didn't result in much progress, parties are hopeful increased numbers will help.

5.  Allen Iverson wants in...again
The 11-time all-star is not phased by the labor struggles the league is facing.  He wants back in the NBA and has reached out to trainers to prep for a pending season.  The question, of course, is whether teams will be checking for "The Answer" when the season gets green-lighted.

We'll be watching.

For specifics on the lockout, click here

Sunday, September 11, 2011

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

The Heroes of September 11th ~

Today we celebrate and honor the heroes of September 11, 2001.  America was never the same after these events, but has grown stronger and will continue to persevere as an amazing nation, if we all stick together.

We not only honor the strength of the police and fire officials who tended to the scene, but also those who simply lent a helping hand, said prayers, and lost their lives in the struggle for America.  We must continue to stand together and let this day always remind us of the unity our nation requires for survival.  Let's lean on one other; stop standing against each other.

Thank you to all those impacted by September 11th in one way or another.  You are more than appreciated.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

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

It's Fashion's Night Out!

Fashion's Night Out began in 2009, with retailers offering specials and deals to shoppers after hours.  Today, the festivities continue, including socializing in big stores and boutiques, and a night of fun with other fashionistas.

Check out these events for Fashion's Night Out and more in a city near you!



7 - 9 p.m
Shrine Haberdashers , 47 E Oak Street Chicago, IL 60611
For more information Click Here.


6-8 pm
Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue, 737 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
For more information Click Here.

Adidas Originals - Chicago
6pm - 10pm
923 North Rush Street Chicago IL 60611
September 8, 2011 6:00pm – 10:00pm - DJ spinning in store - Spend $50 and get a free tote bag!

900 N. Michigan Shops
6pm - 11pm

900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611
Join 900 North Michigan Shops for Fame, Fashion & Flavor: 900 Night Out hosted by Bravo TV’s fashion guru Brad Goreski. Celebrate style at a Beauty Bazaar with complimentary services. Then get styled at our photo booth and have a red carpet photo opp with friends. Chow on delicious bites from Chicago’s best restaurants and don’t miss our Flash Fashion Show. Visit your favorite stores for festive in-store promotions. Plus, take advantage of our Spend More, Get More program and gain access to the VIP Lounge to mingle with Brad Goreski!

7 for All Mankind
6pm - 11pm
73 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10003

C.O. Bigelow
6pm - 11pm
414 Sixth Avenue Main Floor New York NY 10011
We will host a night of cocktails, fun, and mini makeovers.

Lancome and Sephora
6pm - 11pm
1500 Broadway New York NY 10036

Los Angeles

DVF Los Angeles
6pm - 10pm
8407 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles CA 90069
DVF wants you to trust your senses and celebrate Fashion’s Night Out. See, touch, smell, taste and hear the excitement of this after-hours shopping experience. Join us on Melrose Avenue for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Capture the moment in our custom flipbook photo booth and get a sneak sample of our new fragrance, DIANE. 

6pm - 9pm
125 North Robertson Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90048
Be the first to get your hands on the newest CHANEL Nail Colour Collection, les jeans de Chanel – created exclusively for Fashion's Night Out by Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup. A favorite of past and present and the quintessence of casual chic, denim fabric is the inspiration for this trio of blue lacquers. A graduation of three shades, from medium to very pale blue, as essential and fun as a well-loved and well worn pair of jeans. 

Victoria's Secret at Beverly Center
6pm - 11pm
8500 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90048
Celebrate Fashion's Night Out with Victoria's Secret! With every $60 purchase, receive a limited edition Victoria’s Secret tee, while supplies last.

For more on Fashion's Night Out across the country, click here!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

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

Top 10 Benefits of Yoga!

September is National Yoga Month, and we have the tips you need to make it work in your favor!  Here are just a few things yoga can do for you.  The benefits are endless!

1. Yoga calms stress

2. Strengthens bones and joints

3. It's appropriate for almost any age! (no babies, but you know what we mean!)

4. Sharpens brain function...who doesn't need this?!

5. Lowers blood pressure

6. Enhances discipline

7. Offers a variety of techniques, so you can find the right fit for your needs.

8. Improves flexibility and posture

9. Is therapeutic for depression, heart disease, asthma, back pain, and arthritis.  Convinced yet?!  

10. Yoga is inexpensive.  Don't have a mat?  Don't worry,  you can use a towel.  Many cable providers have yoga channels included in your package, it's OnDemand, on ExerciseTV, can be streamed online, and purchased on DVDs.  No excuses!

And for more, check out these useful links!

Yoga for Teens

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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

Summertime Chi....The Final Destinations!

This week we are closing out our Summertime Hot Spot Series.  But, no worries...B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Loves Chicago will return when the temperature drops to make sure you don't get cabin fever.

A million thanks to Anne Szkatulski, Emily DeYoe, and Cathy Yu --fellow legislative attorneys and Chicago enthusiasts-- for their major contributions to this series.

Enjoy these last few spots and stay tuned for the winter series.  For all your B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Loves Chicago selections around this amazing city, click here



Browntrout. 4111 N Lincoln Ave.
Amazing contemporary American!


Powell’s Bookstore. 2850 N Lincoln Ave.
Favorite used bookstore. Also love the one in Hyde Park but that one has less fiction and more nonfiction/academic stuff.


Rosded. 2308 W Leland Ave.
Not favorite all around, but favorite when I feel like take out comfort Thai food. My Thai friends say it’s more like home cooked Thai food which is why it’s their favorite.

Paprika Indian Gourmet. 2547A W Lawrence Ave.
Favorite all around Indian food because the chef cooks things to Perfection…meat with the perfect texture.

Restaurant Sarajevo. 2701 W. Lawrence Ave.
Meat-fest. So good!

Taqueria Santa Ria. 2752 West Lawrence Ave.
Delicious authentic tacos, really cheap too!

Bistro Campagne. 4518 N. Lincoln.
French, lovely, expensive.

LM. 4539 N Lincoln Ave.
Contemporary American, love their brunch

Spoon Thai. 4608 N Western Ave.
Favorite Thai place in the city. Their “standard” spicy is extra spicy though, so you have to specifically ask them to tone it down.

The Grind. 4613 N Lincoln Ave.
Favorite café in our neighborhood

Pannenkoeken Café. 4757 N Western.
Dutch Pancakes, favorite before-work breakfast. Savory pancakes!

Chicago Brauhaus. 4732 N Lincoln Ave.
Good German food, great polka dancing.

San Soo Gab San. 5247 N Western Ave.
Korean BBQs are all sort of the same type of awesome deliciousness, but this one wins because they speak English and the space is the nicest.



Ruby’s Fast Food, 3740 W. Montrose
Best Filipino food, better than Isla Philipina. Not fast food, not sure why it’s called that.



Prince Creperie. 4645 N Kedzie Ave.
Great crepes, but wear crappy clothes b/c they will smell like rancid oil by the time you leave.

Baghdad Café. 3200 W Lawrence Ave.
Amazing and cheap meat-fest. Where all the cab drivers go. Delicious lamb.

Pupuseria Restaurant Cuscatleco. 3125 W Lawrence Ave.
El Salvadorian pancakes, greasy goodness!



Urban Belly. 3053 N California Ave.
Delicious fresh ramen.

Joong Boo Market., 3333 N Kimball Ave.
Tiny little café in the grocery store, awesome Korean food.

Kuma’s Corner. 2900 W. Belmont
ED: Worth the wait.
CY: Amazing burgers. Sit at bar to avoid wait. Bacon mac and cheese overrated though.

Hot Doug’s. 3324 N California Ave.
Gourmet hot dogs. Worth maybe an hour wait in the spring and fall, worth maybe 15 minute wait in the winter or summer. You will always have to wait in a around the corner line here though.



Tre Kronor. 3258 W. Foster
Swedish brunch place, les homey than Svea with nicer (but not necessarily better) food.

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