Thursday, October 27, 2011

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

Building the Brand of You!

The Bottomless Closet never ceases to amaze.  From helping women get into the workforce in style, to hosting great networking events this organization is a major asset to the Chicagoland area.

Check out this great business branding event, sponsored by McDonald's
Building the Brand of YOU!  
McDonald's Corporation will be hosting  a career workshop at Bottomless Closet. 

Topics covered will include:
  • Building Your Personal Brand
  • Resume Writing* / Interviewing Skills
  • Microsoft Office and Internet Skills
  • Career Development / Office Skills
  • The Do's and Dont's of Professional Attire
*Please bring your resume for a professional critique.  

RSVP is required to attend this workshop.
All past and current Bottomless Closet clients are encouraged to attend.
Bottomless Closet
435 N. LaSalle Lower Level
Chicago, IL 60654
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 9AM- 2PM 
Lunch generously provided by McDonalds

McDonalds Gift Cards for all participants
Reserve your seat today
Please RSVP to or call 312-527-9664

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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

Must-See Designs

We love promoting and could not pass up the chance to highlight Ms. Fatima Laster.  She is an amazing artist with breathtaking pieces.  Check out her artist profile and some of her collection!


Fatima Laster is a 27-year-old artist from Milwaukee who concentrates on creating  bold oil, acrylic, or mixed media paintings to enhance interior spaces. Her style is contemporary and usually abstract. She is inspired by color and loves applying bold colors and unique textures in large scale contemporary, abstract pieces to give spaces vitality. This spirit of bold uniqueness permeates throughout her artistic design company, FKL Designs.

FKL Designs is a design company that captures and amplifies its clients' individuality and personalities through customized contemporary art and interior decorating services.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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

Top 5 Tips from Lawyer to Fashionista

Building a fashion brand is no easy task.  But, with a couple simple tips to keep in mind, the savvy designer can be well on their way to fashion branding success.

Start with these tips, and remember, you can always consult us for more!

1. Be careful selecting a name.
The uniqueness of your name is of the utmost importance.  You want to be sure no one else is using it, and also certain it is something which will be adequate as a brand identifier.  Although you don't need to have a descriptive name, as they are not as protective trademark-wise, you should have something which people will attach to your brand for years to come.  It will tell consumers about the quality of your collection, who it's made for, and guard against counterfeiters.  

Choosing the right name is key.  Your brand shield is the main thing you have in the market to represent you.  

2. Keep an attorney close.
Sure, it may seem like we're just plugging attorneys because we love them...and we do--but having an attorney to give you guidance in moving your brand through local, regional, and global markets will save you time and stress later.  Whether a friend or hired counsel, be sure you have someone you can lean on to be sure your collection is not going astray.

3. Produce locally as much as possible.
With the economy in the tough situation it is, keeping jobs in our immediate areas is of great importance.  As a designer, if you know someone who can sew, do graphic design, or other crafts necessary for your business, connect with them!  Keeping the local economy fruitful is good for all of us, and having a strong network is positive for your brand.

4.  Keep quality first. 
This one seems obvious, but can sometimes be overlooked.  Often, getting into larger production circles can make way for compromised quality.  Because your brand name will be flying freely through the market, you want to be certain the quality you claim is the quality your consumers receive--time and time again.  Keep an eye on your samples, and a closer eye on your mass production. 

5.  Embrace innovation.
Business would be pretty difficult these days without innovation.  From social media to fancy factory machines,  our fashion business is what it is today because our predecessors embraced new practices.  If you know a new or quick way to produce and design your goods, make the most of it.  You can possibly protect it with a patent.  As styles change so quickly from season to season, designers are challenged to stay on their feet and a step ahead.  

There are so many ways to embrace innovation, so be sure you are open to taking your design collection to the next level.

We hope these tips were helpful to you and look forward to sharing more.  You can also consult the Fashion Brain Academy for classes and webinars...a great resource!

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

Happy Birthday M!

For over 2 years, M has been an amazing Contributing Editor to B.A.F.F.L.E.D.  He offers insight on green living, conservation, and helping the environment, but also makes B.A.F.F.L.E.D. the great space it is today.

Have an amazing birthday, M.  You are appreciated!


*Be sure to follow M's group Delta Emerging Leaders on Facebook for great green living news and events!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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

Green Soapbox: Innovators

On November 8th, the Delta Emerging Leaders will be hosting the 2nd annual Green Soapbox, one of the premiere events for young green professionals. Starting in 2011, the Green Soapbox events will feature themes. This year's theme for this one will be: "Innovators"; featuring some of the most exciting projects happening in the Chicago area. The featured projects will be from the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP), a non-profit focusing on revitalizing rare fruits for public appreciation and consumption, The Bloomingdale Trail; an organization planning a "linear garden" using closed L tracks, and The Plant, an ambitious building project on the city's southwest side that will provide a green businesses incubator and due to various technologies, will be zero-waste. 

The event will be held at Revolution Brewing (2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.) in their newly built second-floor space. Along with networking and programming, there will be green trivia and appetizers and beverages provided by Revolution. A pre-registration link is available: for the event , with a cost of $25 pre-sale with drinks and food included. The event will start at 6:30pm and end at 9:00pm. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to connect with young professionals with an interest in making the city and the world more sustainable! For more information on the Delta Emerging Leaders, check out their Facebook Page to see what other community and green events they are doing in the near future. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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

Top 7 Things to Know About Domestic Violence Awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Although we see a lot of promotions about Breast Cancer Awareness this month--an equally important cause-- we must also keep domestic violence awareness in mind.

Domestic violence is an unfortunate commonality in too many homes across America.  In order to fight this epidemic we must educate and spread the word.

1. Domestic violence sees no race, color, ethnic background, or economic status.  It affects people in all walks of life.  Men are also impacted, not just women and children.

2. Domestic violence is cyclical.  Although many who are abused feel pain and resent their abusers, they often go on to repeat the behavior.  For children, it is often the only way they know.  Without education and therapy to deal with the circumstance, the problem perpetuates.

3. Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity" in October 1981, conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national levels. 

4. Due to lack of resources, the number of survivors to whom local Coalitions Against Domestic Violence (CADV) have provided shelter has decreased by 20%, while the number of victims turned away has increased by 16% over the last four years.  In the last year alone CADVs saw a drastic 12% drop in the number survivors who obtained safe, emergency shelter. Despite this fact, survivors and their children received over 522,000 hours of service last year alone. 

5. Help is available at all times.  Victims, and even offenders who know they need help, may not know where to turn.  To get things rolling, anyone can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-SAFE.  

6.  Safety Plans help.  The hotline is an amazing tool, but creating safety plans takes things a step further.  The plan will help victims route their escape from pain and chart their journey to a better life.  Plans can include starting a separate savings account, thinking of exit routes from the home, avoiding arguments where weapons are readily accessible, i.e. the kitchen, and having someone available at all times to pick you up or be home when you need them.  For more ideas, click here.

7. There's always a hope for change.  No matter how tough the situation appears; for you or someone you're witnessing, various outlets are available to stop the cycle and give families strength. 

We all should become as educated as possible on the signs and resolutions for domestic violence.  If you are experiencing or sensing signs---say or do something.  Don't wait.  Domestic violence is nothing to take lightly, and we must all do our part in fighting this situation.  With so many tough circumstances to face these days, violence among loved ones is the last one we need.

Help today.

Thanks to Brandon S. Jones of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence for stats and insights.

For background on domestic violence, click here and for even more, check out the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Monday, October 17, 2011

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

**Don't Forget!!

Curing the Fashion Blues!

Chicago Fashion Week, better known as Fashion Focus Chicago, will be upon us October 17-23.  We couldn't be more excited!  B.A.F.F.L.E.D. is hosting an amazing event with some of our faves: May Vora Jewelry, Anastasia Chatzka, and Beauty Bar Chicago.

Check out these details, and if you're in the area, JOIN US!!

*Special thanks to V.I.B.E.S. Multimedia & Marketing for this amazing flier!

See you there!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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

Happy Birthday Father of Haute Couture!

Today in 1826, Charles Fredrick Worth was born--the Father of Haute Couture.  Worth was the first fashion designer to put labels with his name on it in the clothes he made for others.  

The English-born designer didn't just make his mark in the French fashion industry, he created it.  After working as an apprentice for drapers, he expanded his repertoire to dressmaking, later launching his line House of Worth.  Charles created designs for many notable women and clients as far as Boston and New York.

Of course we fashionistas are forever grateful for the trends set by Charles Frederick Worth.   He gave us fashion, he gave us lines, he gave us couture!

Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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

Chicago Ideas Week!

CIW is an annual weeklong initiative (October 10 – 16) bringing together globally recognized visionaries to speak on a variety of critical issues, social topics and breakthrough concepts in order to foster connectivity for people in and around the Midwest. Speakers secured already include former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Joan Cusack, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Tom Friedman, Andrew Mason and more.

Jumpstarting on October 10th, the Music Blogger’s Association of America (MBAA) is set to present a series of dynamic music industry-related roundtable discussions addressing new and old media outlets, the state of recorded music as well as its influence within urban communities. In addition, MBAA in partnership with other Chicago businesses and organizations will host labs, tours and socially driven mixers for the purpose of connecting and educating independent artists with entrepreneurs and ideas! Taking place at a multitude of venues, the Music Blogger’s Association of America is using the Windy City of Chicago as its classroom. Made possible through the organizations affiliate relationship as a Community Partner with Chicago Ideas Week (CIW), the MBAA headlining event will be hosted at the Chicago Urban Arts Society (2229 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60608) October 15th from 5pm to 9pm. The discussions will feature media personalities, bloggers and music industry notables, such as Kyra Kyles NABJ Chicago Chapter President, Todd Walton of MBAA and the Hip Hop Democrat and Grammy Award Winning, Hip Hop extraordinaire, Rhymefest. All events are free of charge; confirm attendance at

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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

Top Autumnal Beers

For all you regular readers, this post is a sequel to our list of North American summer beers. With fall coming, there are quite a few tasty seasonals with substance, flavor and weight. This list is a little stout heavy, but all five of these are very drinkable brews and for the most part easy to find. Keep in mind, the number are not indicative of any ranking, as these are all solid choices. 

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, this red ale is medium bodied with notes of caramel, some coffee and some hops, but not to an overwhelming degree. For an 8% ABV beer, it is surprisingly easy to drink and has a fine, crisp finish. Being a seasonal, it is usually found in the months of September and October, but you shouldn't have much trouble locating a bar with it on tap or picking up a 4-pack at your local supermarket/beverage depot. 

Dogfish Head's early fall classic features a blend of pumpkin, sugar and spices that may make you think of pies, but this beer is balanced to the point where the sweetness does not beat you over the head. It has a medium-light body and goes down very smooth. An excellent pairing with savory fall feasts, it is available in quite a number of places, but will likely only be around until Thanksgiving or so. Make sure to give it a try before it's gone for the year (or stock up!).

This delicious, full bodied stout is full of chocolate and coffee flavors that linger on after the first sip. As with most strong stouts, it is almost 9% ABV, but is very drinkable. Can be a bit bitter, but that is what you want in a good strong stout. This great beer is available up until the end of the year, and should be tasted before then! Again, many establishments should have this on tap and in 4 packs (although the price is admittedly a bit steep for 4-packs). 

Truly worthy of the famed mystic's name, this imperial stout can be be hard to put down, but is very complex and rewarding. Old Rasputin is a very, very heavy bodied stout with very complex coffee tastes that become more satisfying as it warms. OR is widely available, and excellently priced as well, coming in at just under $10 for a 4 pack. This one is a challenging beer that is worth the effort (or you may want to share with a friend). 

This take on the Marzen style beer from Samuel Adams is "a good choice" for those looking to try an Oktboerfest style lager. For a big brewing company, this Octoberfest is well done with a medium body, a caramel palate and some hints of roasted malts. It is of course widely available, so pick up a 6 pack or a pint and try it out. Like most of the other beers on this list, it is a seasonal, so get it while you can! 

Obviously there are hundreds, if not thousands of exciting ales out now, ready to be consumed before the winter beers hit the market. Feel free to leave suggestions to this list and tell us your favorite fall beers! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

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

**Don't forget!!
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!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

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

Curing the Fashion Blues!

Chicago Fashion Week, better known as Fashion Focus Chicago, will be upon us October 17-23.  We couldn't be more excited!  B.A.F.F.L.E.D. is hosting an amazing event with some of our faves: May Vora Jewelry, Anastasia Chatzka, and Beauty Bar Chicago.

Check out these details, and if you're in the area, JOIN US!!

*Special thanks to V.I.B.E.S. Multimedia & Marketing for this amazing flier!

See you there!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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

Top 5 Ways to Wear Your Fall Scarf~

Thanks to B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fave Tonisha Hood of B.M.M.O. Consulting, we are bringing you our first fashion fix of the fall.  Below are 5 fab ways to wear your scarf as we transition into the new season.

1. Start Up Top
Obviously scarves are typically worn as neckwear, but you can wear them on your head, too.  Use your scarf as a headband, ponytail holder, or even a strand in braids.  Have fun with scarves from the head down!

2. The European Loop
This style is classic and chic.  It can dress up a casual style, and add just the right touch to any outfit.  It can be great for silk scarves and fleece scarves, alike.  For instructions, click here.

3. The Backwards Wrap Tie
Backwards Wrap is the perfect look for jazzing up a plain top or blouse.  Wrap the center of your scarf around your neck with the ends behind you; bring the edges back to the front, and work this look like a real fashionista.  This style is perfect for replacing a necklace, and keeping the autumn chill at bay.

4. The Men's Tie Knot
Sometimes ladies can have a tough time with this one, but here's a quick lesson on the guys' tie knot. We may not be wearing them with business suits like the smooth gentleman, but the men's tie knot can be a fancy look for the ladies, too.  Here are the steps!

5. The Country Club
A perfect wear for the look of someone on Chicago's Gold Coast, The Hamptons, or the Valley out west, this scarf style is great for fall.  Simply fold your scarf into a triangle, drape over your shoulders, and tie in the center of your chest.  Whether with a button-up top, or a cotton t-shirt, you're bound to turn heads.

We hope these tips are helpful as the fall season kicks off.  Shopping is always is a blast, but being able to recreate looks with pieces you already have puts you a step ahead!  

Have a fab fall!

For many more ways, check out this site!

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