Saturday, August 31, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Appreciates

Great Readers!

You guys are the best.  We want to thank you for bearing with us over the last month as we pushed through the 31 Write Now Challenge.

It was definitely a challenge at times, but a true joy bringing you something we hope was useful, each and every day of the monthWe'll do this again for sure.  Thanks to Awesomely Luvvie for offering this opportunity!

We'll leave you to your weekend.  Enjoy and relax!

Friday, August 30, 2013

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

Fall Trend Fashion Event--

It's never too early to save a date on your calendar.  Hold a spot for  This event also benefits the North Suburban YMCA.  Fashion and Service - always hand and hand!

Thursday, Oct. 10 at Northbrook, IL Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Rd.

TICKETS: $75/$150 VIPs. VIP pricing includes preferred seating at the runway show, a gift bag, other goodies and a VIP after-party and a chance to buy looks off the runway.

Save the date!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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

Happy Birthday Michael Jackson!

Today is The King of Pop's birthday, and as major fans of his, we're celebrating!  Playing his jams is a must today, and we're also sharing some of our favorite pics and posts.

Rest in Peace, Michael.  Love and music live forever. 


Remember the Time


Man in the Mirror 

I Want You Back

Working Day and Night

Smooth Criminal


You Rock My World

I Like (The Way You Love Me)

I'll Be There

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Honors

The March on Washington--

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. The march was monumental for American history, not just the history of African-Americans. This march was a symbol of people uniting and coming together peacefully for a common good. Today, it often seems like this work was in vain, as the unity is not as strong as it was this day 50 years ago.

Despite the fact of our world being very different 50 years later, the March on Washington made a major statement. At a time when rights were at a premium, this event showed many segments of society--government, rich, poor, middle class, and all races, what positive action can really do.

Many populations are still fighting for rights today. Hopefully in even less than 50 years from now, we can say the fight is not as tough for everyone to truly be equal.

The Washington Post shares commemorative event highlights and ins and outs around D.C.

Let's work to be more tolerant and inclusive, and ignorant and divisive.  

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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

Top 4 Ways to Be a Good Glamour Girl-- 

It is not only glamorous to dress well, but to do good in looking good, too.  In the past, we've shared sites where fashion meets charity.  These allow you to give while you shop online.  Our 5 ways to give, fashionably offer other ways to give, with fashion as a theme.  It makes it fun!  We feel giving is important in so many ways, and always encourage it.

Here's more:

1. Fashion Delivers 
They always come to the rescue when needed.  They've partnered with Style Mint and other organizations to bring good vibes and fashion to tough situations.  

2.  Square Hue
For the nail polish lover in you!  Square Hue allows you to subscribe to their monthly polish delivery service.  You can keep track of the colors you have, try new ones, and donate to a charity in the process.  What more could you ask for?

3.  Give Back America 
This site offers an online shopping mall to raise $ for charity.  If you run a charity, this option is great to raise money.  It's creative and easy to use.

4.  Stuffed Animals for Emergencies

This organization is for the kiddies.  Children need all the comfort they can get, especially when their sense of normalcy has been disrupted.  If you have stuffed animals you aren't giving attention to anymore, pass it on to this organization for a little one to give it new life.  

Keep these in mind when you're cleaning out your closet, shopping, or just in the giving mood!

Stay tuned for more...

Monday, August 26, 2013

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

The Next Must-Read: Dressing Constitutionally--

The Fashion Law Family is continuously supportive of its members.  Today, we want to point you to the interview our friend at Law of Fashion Blog, Charles Colman uncovered on the collision between Fashion and Law.  The interview was done by Ruthann Robson, author of Dressing Constitutionally:  Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy from Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes.  Clearly we can't wait to read this one.  It  recounts historical perspectives on laws regarding dress, nudity, and things you wouldn't imagine having a connection.  

Ruthann is a professor at the City University of New York School of Law. Her previous books include Lesbian (Out)Law and Sappho Goes to Law School.  We are excited about this feature as it continues to put the pairing of fashion and law on the front-burner.  

You can listen to the interview here.  Congrats to Ruthann on tapping into yet another great niche in fashion and law. 

Definitely adding this to the reading list!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

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

Passionately Pink for the Cure with Real Talk with Felicia--

Real Talk with Felicia is one of our favorite blogs.  Each year, they lead the effort for fighting breast cancer.  We support this cause, and encourage you to do so, too.  

Here's more details!

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TEAM ID # 6685142


I want to invite you to join me in going Passionately Pink®! It’s a great way to fight breast cancer.
We will be holding our annual event on Saturday October 12th and if you can make a donation, I encourage you to give online. It’s easy!

Just go to

Our team name is Purposed for Pink and our team ID number is 6685142.

If you have any questions, please let me know. And don’t forget to wear pink on10/12/13!! Send me pictures of you and your friends in pink!
Thank you.
Go Passionately Pink! 
Click here to visit my personal page.
Click here to view the team page for Purposed for Pink Party 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013

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

Help Support the 828 Collection!

Ladies, you're missing out if you aren't aware of the fabulous, and ultimately stylish 828 Collection.  Ms. Suzette Opara is a highly talented Chicago designer, headed to the runway of NYC Fashion Week.  

Help her get there a bit easier and support her journey.  You've seen her designs here on B.A.F.F.L.E.D. when she presented a show at the John Marshal Law School Fashion and Design Law Symposium. She's almost to her goal, and we can help her get over the hump.  Check out her website, and her Go Fund Me page to support this fashionable endeavor!

We're so excited for her! 

Friday, August 23, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Sports

The Hoop Laboratory 3-On-3 Tournament!

Hey Hoopers and Basketball Fans!  This weekend, one of our faves, The Hoop Laboratory is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.  It'll not only be a great chance to show off some skills, but to watch some hot talent, too.  

Check out all the details here, and sign up!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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

Chicago Westside Music Festival--

We're promoting all the fun for the weekend.  To follow Community Day on Saturday, drop by this exciting music festival on Sunday and relax before getting back into the work week.

For more details, check out their website!

Enter Douglas Park at Ogden and Sacramento.
Free street parking or take public transportation:
Pink Line or #12Roosevelt, #18 Ogden & #94 California bus routes

August 23rd – Douglas Park

VIP Reception and Meet and Greet (Invitation only)
We will have chances to win passes, so stay tuned!

August 24th – Douglas Park
12pm – 8pm

1401 S. Sacramento Ave.
(Ogden & Sacramento)
Concert with:
HEADLINER: Grammy nominated and BET Award winner, Raheem DeVaughn 
The one & only Avery*Sunshine
Bachata masters La ObRa
Hosted By:
Monique Spence and Connie from V103
Local Talent: 2pm – 4pm
Jason Ferguson
MADD Rhythms
Santiago X & The Natural
Marwan Eternally
Erin Sedalia Williams
Kiara Lanier (American Idol Contestant)
Sam Trump (Sidewalk Chalk member)
Demi Amparan (Young Chicago Authors)
Britteney Black Rose Kapri (Young Chicago Authors)
L.A. VanGogh
Alderman Chandler Food and Supply giveaway 12pm – 2pm
Doors open at noon

August 25th – Douglas Park
12pm – 4pm

1401 S. Sacramento Ave.
(Ogden & Sacramento)
Back to School Family Day
with State Representative Art Turner Jr.
Come out and enjoy Food, Fun, School Supply giveaway (until exhausted), City Services and other resources!
Local Talent: 1pm – 4pm
Radio Disney at 1pm – 2pm
Lamar Jorden (Young Chicago Authors)
Kiana Spears
Angele Anise
Malcolm London (Young Chicago Authors)
Erthe St. James
Doors open at noon

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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

Community Day 2013--

The summer is winding down, but the fun doesn't have to.  Check out this great event put on the the ICE Theaters and Black Pages International, and enjoy a fun Saturday in Chicago!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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

30 Fabulous Things About Turning 30--

So, I turned 30 yesterday, and I'm excited about it.  Why not be?  Who could complain about another year of life and still being here to enjoy so much.  I never mind telling my age, because I'm proud of it, and I decide what it looks like and how it feels.  I hope you all do, too.  

I thought today would be perfect for sharing 30 reasons turning 30 is great.  Some are pseudo-personal, some I think many of us can share.


1.  Completing another year of life

2.  Looking forward to another year and many more.

3.  Family
I have amazing people around me, both blood-related and not.  I couldn't be more appreciative of the support system I have.  Plus, evidence shows, I have pretty good genes!

4.  My concerns in life are different.
Things I thought were big deals in years past have proven to not be so major, while I've learned the proper priorities of true womanhood.  

5.  Being an 80s baby, these things were major parts of my life:
- PYT by Michael Jackson (He's obviously my fave)
- The Cosby Show
- Diff'rent World
- Nickelodeon
- New Edition
- Barbie

6. Understanding friendship.
Sometimes ladies go through tough times in friendships, but by now, we have a better understanding of true friendship and how to be a friend.  I have wonderful friends, and love them dearly!

7.  Understanding relationships.
They take work. Now having a better understanding of myself and what I want, I know what it takes to be in a happy and healthy relationship.  It is important to be a good person, and be able to receive one as well.  

8.  I'm a part of the Fashion Law Movement.

9.  Social awareness is at an all time high.
I love charity, community service, and doing for others.  It's important and more impactful than what we may realize.  Surely my career in government is part of this, but doing my part on my own is essential as well.  Gotta keep it up!

10. I'm a dime in my own right.
Know what to care about, what not, and I'm content with who I am.  Self-confidence is one of the most critical things a person can have.  While being self-aware is important to continuing to improve, loving yourself trumps everything.

11. I remember not having a cell phone.
I was actually a teenager without social media as it is today.  We made it somehow.

12.  I'm always ready for change.
It's the only constant in life.  Comfort is great, but it won't last long.

13.  I experienced the 90s, and things like:
- TV shows like Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Martin, In Living Color, Full House
Side ponytails 
-  Jodeci...and Jodeci boots
-  The NBA's Top 50
-  Spice Girls
-  Overalls

14.  Law school is a distant memory.
I'm thankful for my law degree...and even more thankful I'm using it, rather than working on it.  

15.  I don't have to be out all night or every weekend to have a good time.

16.  Partying in the day time is just as fun as partying at night.

17.   Knowing who I am and what I want to do.
This is worth repeating.  Being confident if who you are and what you're doing is so important--at every age.

18.  My career is in check, yet I'm still building.

19.  I'm in a position to help people behind me, and learn from those ahead of me.

20.  These things still get me excited:
-  The Fresh Prince theme song
-  Johnny Kemp - Just Got Paid
-  R. Kelly albums from TP 2 to Loveland
-  The thought of a Disney World trip
21.  I have 21 line sisters whom I couldn't imagine life without.

22.  Terms like "nowadays", "kids these days", and "when I was young" are getting more rotation in my vocabulary.

23.  I push myself to be fearless.

24.  My competition is the person I was yesterday.

25.  I know the importance of giving and receiving.
26.  My group of friends is a reflection of me, and I hope I am a positive reflection of them.

27.  I realize my parents were right about a lot of things.

28. Talking about work is common and acceptable.

29.  I have so much to look back on, and even more to be excited about in the future.  

30. Next year, I'll be 31!

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