Thursday, March 28, 2013

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

Get Inspired by Imerman Angels!

This organization not only has an amazing background, but touching story and mission.  Stay tuned for a Spotlight on the founder--but nor now, plan to attend this event!

Get Inspired!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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

Top 6 Sites Where Fashion Meets Charity--

A while ago, we gave you the Top 5 Ways to Give, Fashionably.  Those ways are still great, with the exception of Bottomless Closet now being Dress for Success.  But, now you're up to speed and we can give you the top 4 ways to be charitable in shopping.  There's something in it for you and something in it for those in need.

Everyone wins!

1.  Donate My Dress
This is similar to their member organization The Glass Slipper Project.  Both collect fabulous party and special event dresses to be passed on and given new life.  Share yours!

2.  Econscious Market
Where 1 purchase goes a long way.  Econscious donates a portion of every sale made to 1 of 46 charities.  As the purchaser, you get to select your charity of choice.  This is also an idea worth looking into for non-profits out there wanting to expand their reach!

Education is key and the foundation for success in life.  While shopping on this site, you can send all the profits to the Rhode Island School of Design...and have your hand in the next amazing fashion designer.  See, win-win!

Here, you can post photos of your items for sale, choose your own selling price, and have 10% of the transaction go to charity!

5.  Toms
For every pair of shoes purchased, another pair is donated to a child in need.  You can't go wrong with Toms, and they now have dressy styles.

On this site, you can search for a charity and the site will match you with a retailer who gives proceeds to them.  So charity first, shop second.  

These sites are just a few among many web venues allowing for fashion and charity to meet.  If you have more please share them.  We certainly will.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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

The John Marshall Law School Fashion Law Symposium!

The John Marshall Law School Fashion Law Society is pleased to present The First Annual John Marshall Law School Fashion and Design Law Symposium. The Symposium will consist of panel discussions on the latest groundbreaking legal issues concerning the fashion industry. There will also be an opportunity for you to network and mingle with individuals from all facets of the fashion and legal industries.

Join us on April 12th for a day of networking, fashion, and law. Attached is our symposium flyer with further details about registration, panel topics, and the cocktail reception.

Please RSVP by clicking the link below and filling out the necessary information that follows.  This event is free to all students and $20 for any other attendees. Registration will be open until April 5, 2013, as space is limited.

Please contact Britney Monroe at if you have any questions concerning registration. For general inquires please contact

Best Wishes,

The John Marshall Fashion Law Society

Thank you!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Green: BOOST 2013 and Chicago Green Office Challenge

An organization that I am affiliated with is doing a couple of exciting things, the BOOST Awards and the Green Office Challenge. Below is more information about BOOST, and feel free to check out the Green Office Challenge, which is a friendly competition to green Chicago's offices here: or on Twitter.

The Delta Emerging Leaders are putting out a call for applications for innovative green projects that could use a little Boost.

BOOST (Building Opportunities for Original and Sustainable Thinking) is a community-driven platform for funding emerging innovations in Chicago's green economy. 

BOOST awards modest, unrestricted funding to help launch green enterprises 

We are recruiting applicants who have an emerging venture that could take advantage of community raised funding and a network of engaged supporters. Last year we were able to give out over $3000 to two exciting enterprises

Here's how it works: Local Innovators complete an application describing their initiative and its impact on the green economy. Applications are evaluated by the Delta Emerging Leaders, and the most promisingInnovators get to present at the BOOST Funding Night. Event attendees, or Boosters, vote for their favorite proposals, and Innovators receiving the most votes are awarded a share of the night’s proceeds plus a package of in-kind resources tailored to their project.

Be an Innovator, submit your project! Spread the Word!
If you have a project that might fit the bill, or just want to learn more, please take a look at the attached information and application.

Innovator Applications Due: Monday March 25, 2012
BOOST Event TBD: Week of April 29th.

For more information, check out our website
email contact: 

BOOST is a project of the Delta Emerging Leaders, a committee of the Delta Institute that engages young professionals to advance a sustainable Great Lakes Economy.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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

Top 5 Beauty Apps--

Beauty is timeless and apps are the toll of the times.  These beauty apps are helpful on the go, and offer all your needs right at your fingertips.


1.  BeautyLish
Make-up, news, tutorials, and and easy purchasing for the beauty-lover on the go!

2.  InStyle
With this app, you can try on any hairstyle and see which one works best for you.  Test out your next look from home with no hassle!

3.  iPur Beauty
Ever wonder how make-up will look on you, but don't want to go through powder, after eyeshadow, after lipstick?  Download this app.  You can test looks on your own picture!

4.  Sephora To Go
Test out your favorite Sephora products before heading out to the store.  You can stay up to date on deals and new products, too!

5.  OPI
Get a preview of how the colors will look on your hand--before painting.  For the nail polish addict, this is a must!

Download on your Android and iDevices now!

Monday, March 18, 2013

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

Ebony Fashion Fair Collection:  The Auction

Chicago West Loop gem Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is holding an auction tomorrow, March 19, 2013, highlighting the ever popular Ebony Fashion Fair traveling runway show.  

The show was started by Eunice Walker Johnson, the wife of Johnson Publishing Company founder John Johnson, in 1958.  It was the first of its kind and was a staple in the fashion industry for 50 years.  The show traveled everywhere, bringing popular European high fashion to African American communities.  This was not only an opportunity for viewers to see a high fashion show, but also for models to break into an industry once limited.  It was an inspiration to aspiring fashion designers and stylists as well.    

In addition to the auction, an Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit will be housed at the Chicago History Museum for the next year.  Local fashionistas are not the only ones excited about it, but the daughter of the Johnson dynasty is as well.  

"My mother often spoke about the importance of African American women feeling beautiful," Linda Johnson Rice, Johnson Publishing Company chairman said in a statement about the show. “The Ebony Fashion Fair legacy represents an important part of the rich African American cultural experience in America, and I am extremely excited that the Chicago History Museum is bringing my mother’s vision to life.”

I got to preview the auction and was so amazed by the items.  If you're interested in bidding, check out the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and prepare your offers!

More on the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to come....they have some great fashion events you need to know about.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

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

Fab Fashion Events!

Chicago has some great fashion events coming up.  Check these out and plan your schedule!

Fabric, Fashion, and Design

Join us for a one hour inspiring conversation with 3 fashion design community individuals!

Our expert panel will cover the questions of general fabric options in the area, wholesale selling process and design & documentation. The attendees will be provided with the information they need to make informed choices about the way they access fashion. The discussion will feature contributions from Chicago-based professionals from a range of specialty areas. This event will feature:

Ann Chikahisaa true sales professional, has over 18 years of sales experience.  She has excelled in both retail/wholesale sales in the fashion industry.  Her authentic style of selling is the key to her success. She graduated from USC, with a degree in Communications.  She has worked for Chan Luu inc, Mark Eisen and Leon Max.  Currently, Ann designs and produces a jewelry line that she retails/wholesales across the US/Canada.  

Dana Killion is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in apparel design, technical design, and manufacturing. Her professional experiences include managing technical design departments at Spiegel, Lands' End, HSN, and Lane Bryant. And more factory trips through Asia than she can count. In 2009 she ventured into a long held dream of designing her own label. Killion, a women's contemporary line, is sold in the Killion store in Lincoln Park, artisan markets, online, and in select boutiques.

Jay Arbetman started off unloading trucks and picking order at the family coat company as a teenager.  By the age of 21, Jay was on the road selling women's outerwear and assisting in the merchandising of a 100 piece coat and jacket line.  All in all, Jay as been a sales representative, sales manager, fashion buyer, New York showroom manager, piece goods buyer and president of Misty Harbor, Global Clothing Industries and outerwear giant Arbetman Brothers and Blair.  10 years in New York and five years of night school at FIT rounded out an education and career that has spanned over 40 years. Today, Jay is co-owner of Chicago Wholesale Fabrics. 

When:        Monday, March 18th
Time:          5.30-7.30pm
Where:       1200 W. 35th St. 5th floor "Fashion Design Center"
Admission: Free, but RSVP is required to
(Non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks will be provided)

For more information about Fashion Design Center and/or a panel discussion, please call Natalya at773-247-3000 or email
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Chicago Fashion Foundation Scholarship Event

The 2013 CFF Annual Scholarship Event 
Join CFF for the Future of Chicago Fashion 6th Annual Design Scholarship Competition & Showcase Featuring - The Threads of Time
HOSTED BY:  The Chicago Fashion Foundation
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time: 7
-10 p.m.
Hard Rock Hotel, 230 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL
7:00 pm - VIP Cocktail Reception;  8:30 pm - Showcase & Competition
PRESALE PRICING:  $75 VIP tickets; $50 General Admission;  $15 Student Admission (must show ID)
Limited Quantity available
SPONSORS include:  Michigan Avenue Magazine, Crimson & Quartz, LUNA, Goose Island, Mandria Sangria
visit: for more information, or email us at:

Luxury Garage Sale Shopping Party

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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

Top 10 Health Tips for Women--

Ladies, March is Women's History Month.  But, to make history, you have to be healthy.  To keep you going and at the top of your game, we're offering these tips to help you put your best you forward.

Make history, ladies!

1.  Laugh as much as possible.
Laughter being the best medicine may be cliche, but like all cliches, it's true!  Laughing means you're not only enjoying life, but also burning calories and toning your stomach.  Why not get a 3-for-1! 

2.  Get as much sleep as you can.
Being a Superwoman can often compromise your rest and take up most of the hours in your day.  However, all superheroes need to recharge. Having long days is understandable, and often necessary, but sleep is required to be effective.  Get as much rest as you can.  Take advantage of vacation days and weekends.

3.  Don't hide your cape.
Someone has told you how great you are, and you shouldn't hide your talents.  We are not advocating an ego out of check.  However, be confident in who you are and what you have to offer.  You're where you are for a reason, so make the most of it and show your worth.

4.  Drink plenty of water.
Water keeps your body free of toxins and cleanses out the impurities you don't need.  It's critical for healthy skin, hair, and bloodstream.  Although water may not have the taste you're looking for, the benefits are worth the sips. 

5.  Eat right, but don't cheat yourself.
Eating healthy is obviously important to a healthy life.  Eating whole grains, fruits and veggies will keep your body pleased on the inside.  But, if you have a craving for something sweet or otherwise less than healthy--have it.  Eating it right away will be better than trying to punish yourself, then bingeing and overdoing it later.

6.  Treat yourself.
You're working hard, paying bills, and saving for a rainy day or major purchase.  These are all things the Superwoman does.  Just the same, you have to reward yourself for the good you do.  Never go overboard, and be sure to stay in budget.  A massage here, a mani/pedi there, or a new bag or outfit don't hurt, and are often what you need to keep yourself going.  Reward yourself--always within reason, of course.

7.  Stay active.
Eating right is just part of the battle.  You have to remain active.  Joining a gym isn't for everyone, but there are plenty of ways to keep your energy up and heart pumping.  Walk as much as you can, take the stairs, create a workout to do at home.  The options are endless--just be sure you're picking something to keep you from getting too sedentary. 

8.  Be social.
Go out.  Have fun.  Meet new people.  Days and weeks can get long, but you must make time to share yourself with others.  Meet up with friends and family.  Share a meal or drink and connect with people.  You can show your talents and personality and gain from those of others, too.

9.  Enjoy "me time".
Yeah, we just said it's important to be social, but you must take time for yourself, too.  Know when is the right time to be out and the right time to be alone.  Enjoying "me time" is a must for staying on top of your game and being who you need to be professionally and socially.  Balance your time and don't forget about you. 

10.  Be smart and share your smarts.
Being smart is more than having degrees and certificates.  Being smart is also about staying current on news and affairs, and sharpening your knowledge in areas of expertise.  Talk your favorite topics with like-minded people.  Attend conferences, network socially, and absorb all you can.  As you take knowledge in, give some out, too!

For more on women's health and history, check out these links.  

Celebrate Womanhood

Hey Wonder Woman!

All the best, ladies!  Keep being you!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

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

The Best Brunch Spots!

Thursday is the perfect day to get weekend brunch plans in order.  Brunch is often an underrated meal, but with places like these popping up, it's getting the respect it deserves.  Check out these great Chicago locales and enjoy some of the tastiest food to start your day.

Sweet Maple Cafe
The banana pancakes here are the best....along with the biscuits, turkey breakfast meat options and often-flavored hot chocolate.  Their seasonal pancake options are always delightful as well.  Although the space is quaint, this should be a must on your brunch go-to list.  They also have free parking in the lot across the street.

Hash House-a-Go-Go
Imported from San Diego via Las Vegas, this farm-inspired spot has all the food you need.  The prices are great, and the chicken and waffles are the best--along with many of the other selections.  Everything is made fresh, and the mimosa menu is good, too. It's fairly new to Chicago.  Go say hi!

Creole cuisine at it's finest.  Wishbone is just a block away from Harpo Studios and was highly recommended by Oprah herself.  All meals are good, and the brunch is no different. If you can't make it to New Orleans, Wishbone is the closest 2nd you'll find.

Batter and Berries
The french toast really puts this place on the map.  Just look at these pictures!  This north side gem is worth the trek for people not in the area.  What's more to say with food like this.

If you're in the UIC area, this is a nice place to stop for brunch.  The menu is student-friendly and the portions are just right for the good prices.  Obviously the pancakes are a specialty--and they have plenty of varieties.  

A new South Loop spot, Waffles is great at serving their name justice.  The flight is a must.  You can try 3 of their specialty waffles and it's just enough to soothe your tastebuds.  The other menu options are just as good, from the eggs to all the meats.  

Yolk is quickly expanding across the City and making mouths happy on all sides.  With tasty french toast dishes, scramblers, and pancakes, no one can be left without something they love.  They have all you can ask for, both savory and sweet.  

Meli Cafe
A West Loop jewel. The juices here are their claim to fame.  While the food is excellent and healthy at the same time, the juice is what sets them apart from the rest.  Everything from skin cleansers to detoxes will have you feeling good on the inside and out.  

Zed 451
Don't eat before you go here!  You'll be served enough food to last you the rest of the day.  From the salad and breakfast bar, to the fruit, desserts, and constant meats brought to your table, you'll leave pleasantly full without question.  

Pearl's Place
This place has southern hospitality and plenty of southern meals to make your tummy satisfied.  There's free parking on site, the french toast is amazing, and you have your choice of a buffet or tasty breakfast menu.  You can't go wrong with Pearl's Place.

It's straight to the point.  Brunch is a yummy river north restaurant with plenty of options.  They have great smoothies, sandwiches, and anything you could dream off the griddle.  

The Bongo Room
There's one in the South Loop, and one in Wicker Park--so they're accessible to everyone.  Tasty pancakes are their trademark, and the omelets are great with the yolk or just whites.  There may be a line, but it's totally worth standing in!

Grand Lux Cafe

It may be a large chain, but the brunch is as stellar as it's notoriety   The mimosas are refreshing, and the blueberry pancakes are so good.  Like many of the other options, you might have to wait in line, but it will be totally worth it!

Know of any other good brunch spots?  Share them with us!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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

Top 6 Sample Sale Sites--

So often, we all just want something different.  Brick and mortar retail outlets are fun, but there's something special about a sample sale site.  You can find things not on the rack, and get deals on designer items.

Check out these sites and enjoy shopping!

This site offers 36-hour time limits on sales, so you know the deal is hot.  The items they promise are guaranteed real, and they go fast!

Another favorite. Here, you can get deals clothes, accessories, spa treatments, and more!

Rue requires membership, but it gives an exclusive feeling and the deals are worth the secret.

The hitch here is 10 high-fashion designers per day, 7 days a week.  Enough said!

Under the umbrella of eBay, you can catch flash sales and take advantage of free shipping.

This one is for the planner in all of us.  You get a schedule of what's coming up on sale, so you can plan your funds and spending.  How convenient.

Happy Shopping!

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