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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Social, Where We've Been!


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Versace for H&M Launch Chicago

Lines…. I despise them and have a hard time justifying spending my time in them when I could be doing something more valuable with that time.  However, there are always exceptions and this past weekend I chose to partake in an adventure like none I had ever experienced in my life.  I joined fashion enthusiasts from all over Chicago and nearby states to be one of the first to get our hands on designer Versace pieces at very reasonable prices. 

Saturday morning (November 19, 2011) at 8am, H&M opened it’s doors to fashion followers awaiting the much anticipated Versace launch.  Guests lined up long before the official 8am opening.  Some folks were there as early as 1 o’clock in the afternoon the day prior (Friday, November 18, 2011).  For months, I had this date on my calendar waiting in excitement for the day to finally arrive.  Never having participated in an event like this in the past, I was not too sure what to expect.  Trying to plan ahead I contacted friends who had previous experience for some tips.

The best advice I was given: Get there EARLY if you want a wristband, dress warm, and pack snacks.  My alarm went off at 1am, I hopped in the shower, and threw on several layers of clothes ready to brave the cold for hours.  I arrived at H&M on Michigan Avenue just before 2am to a line full of people waiting with chairs, blankets, boxes, etc.  There were about 90 people already lined-up and they were prepared.  I made my way to the back with only my purse and a few key items inside – some 5-hour energy and a couple of flasks – no snacks, no chair, no blanket… this was definitely going to be interesting. 

I sat on the cold ground and within less than ten minutes my backside was cold and sore.  Thank goodness for the next patron to get in line who came with a blanket large enough for two to sit and was more than willing to share.  Quickly we became friends along with the fellow in front of us who clearly planned ahead with survival kit in hand – lots of layers, chair, blanket, a book, refreshments including a bottle of vodka, and noise/confetti poppers to celebrate the special occassion.  The three of us quickly bonded over our common love for fashion and shared an equal level of energy and enthusiasm while most people in line chose to sleep.  I was glad I sat next to such friendly fun folks since none of my friends decided to brave the cold with me.

As time wore on, though, I began to feel the cold and started to wonder if I was actually going to make it through the entire night when to my suprise, a special friend showed up with a blanket and hot chocolate in hand and then decided to keep me company through the night.  How lucky for me!  Around 5am, Starbucks also passed out gratis coffee and croissants courtesy of H&M. 

To keep from getting too cold and bored, we all took turns scoping out the line viewing the masses of people slumped over in chairs, curling up in cardboard boxes beneath blankets, and watching the clock anxiously awaiting morning to get a wristband.  People came from all over Chicago, Indiana, Minnesota, and other neighboring states.  The night went by surprisingly fast in such great, fun company and finally it was time….. just after 7am wristbands were passed out to the first 240 people in line with groups of 20 in each time slot from 8am until about 1pm.  We made it into the 10am group which meant almost three more hours to wait, but at least most of it was inside. 

Huge props to H&M store and security staff for doing an incredibly phenomenal job of keeping everyone organized and preventing any incidents from occuring.  The Versace for women was set-up in the back of the store and was roped off so only the designated group could shop at once.  The men’s line was on the thrid floor and no wristband was needed to shop but you had to wait in line up there for your turn.  Several passers-by stopped in thinking they would just be able to shop the Versace line completely oblivious to the fact that people waited in line ALL night for this experience.  By the looks on their faces and their reluctance to walk away when they were told they must wait til 1pm to shop, they clearly didn’t get it.  One woman even tried to pass off a fake wristband but security was on it and had her quickly escorted out of the store.  From start to finish it was a smooth operation.

Finally 10am arrived and it was my turn to shop… I was so excited but I was also so delirious from lack of sleep.  I had my eye on a few key items – mostly leggings and jewelry.  The one item I wanted the most wasn’t what I expected – the fur vest – which worked out fine because there was only one left in a size too small for me during my shopping spree.  I grabbed my items and a few extra for friends, tried a few things on, then headed to the register.  It was almost noon and time for me to head home and catch some z’s!  All-in-all, it was a positive and fun experience for me.  Would I do it again???  Hmmmm…. probably only if it were a designer that I am head-over-heels crazy about.  Otherwise, I would choose sleep and shelter.

Did you attend the Versace for H&M launch in Chicago or another city?  What was your experience like?  Email us at or comment on this post to let us know. 


Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Fashion, Where We've Been!


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C Chic Unveils Second Novella: Moirai

C Chic Chicago unveiled her second Novella at Borris Powell’s Lincoln Park Studio last Friday night – 11/11/11!  Just a few months after releasing her first book, Karma Is My Bitch, C Chic is already sharing her second story, Moirai with her fans. 

To celebrate the sequel, she held an invite-only cover unveiling.  Guests gathered in anticipation while savoring over the infamous Suzy Singh’s delicious samosas, sipping champagne with strawberries, and enjoying music by DJ Illusive.  Other surprises included live models wearing the latest Borris J Powell collection, and the chance to enter a raffle to win a G.I.A. Luxe handbag.

Enjoy the photo slideshow from the event and view more photos on facebook.

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Where We've Been!


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Recapping CeCe & Melinda’s 3rd Year Anniversary Party

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Zoe Gainey & Omar Villalobos
Cece Gonzales, Tsi kiki Felix, Patricia Cabrera and Melinda Joseph
Erin Browne, Pam Rose, Veronica Minahan and Jamie Finnan
Cece Gonzales, Kevin Christophersen, Mark Marple, Elizabeth McLaughlin
Nicole Townsend & Ben Cottrell
James Feeley, Kim Feeley and Jon Landon
Marcus Riley, Mio Chukwu and Conrad Chukwu

If you missed out on the big celebration, here are some photos from the main event.  It was a great turn-out and everyone had such a wonderful time.

From CeCe & Melinda:

“Over the weekend we celebrated 3 years in business at Privet!!!! Over 150 of our nearest and dearest supporters came out to enjoy 42 Below cocktails, Drawing Room appetizers and Swirlz Cupcakes with us! We toasted to all of the wonderful events we produce and for the many more to come celebrating those who have supported us from the beginning, especially being minority-owned women in business! A great time was had by all! Our dresses were designed by Chicago designer Julius LeCour!

Thank you so much for your support of consistently supporting us in Chicago, we truly appreciate your coverage and would be honored for you to feature our photos from our 3rd year anniversary celebration!”

The full gallery can be found at CeCe & Melinda!

All photos courtesy of CeCe & Melinda

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Where We've Been!


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LUXEHOME Presents the 5th Annual CHILL: An International Wine & Culinary Event

 40 Top Chefs+150 Premium Wines+3 Great Charities=1 Fabulous Evening

Luxehome, the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for homebuilding and renovation, located inside the Merchandise Mart welcomed a full house this past Thursday night for their 5th annual CHILL event featuring cuisine from some of Chicago’s most distinguished chefs paired with superb wine from around the world.  CHILL was everything guests anticipated it to be and more.

The equation on the banner above is actually a miscalculation since CHILL decided to expand and do it even bigger and better this year adding to the list of top chefs.  There were actually 40 participating Chicago area restaurants this year.  Click HERE to see the full list of everyone who was involved.  With 40 restaurants and only 2.5 hours to try everything, there was no time to waste.  We made our way around the entire 1st floor of Merchandise Mart and hands down of all the delacacies our palates tasted Thursday night, Japonais by far impressed us the most offering up two dishes: a melt-in-your-mouth sushi rolled with fresh tuna and a braised short rib dish.  Both dishes were unbelievably delicious.  For someone who rarely eats meat, to say this dish was incredible speaks volumes.  It was INCREDIBLE!  Plus, Japonais paired their culinary masterpieces with some smooth sake.  Guests again had two drink options: a simple sake straight up or The Aviation – a specialty cocktail garnished with a “real” marachino cherry.  Heaven!

With some of the city’s most delectable bites from top Chicago restaurants and 30 plus wineries and spirit vendors on site, it’s no wonder CHILL sold-out!  Plus proceeds from the night benefited three local charities: The Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and The Lynn Sage Foundation.  More funds were raised through a Silent Auction featuring wine and restaurant packages donated from participating wineries, distributors, restaurants and more.  And two dueling pianists entertained the crowd all night singing some of the most popular tunes but adding their own twist to each song.  It was a rockin’ good time!

There is no doubt CHILL will be on my calendar next year.  This is one event I am most definitely going to make an annual tradition for me.  Great food, great wine, and a great cause.  It’s a win-win-win situation all around.  My only suggestion would be to expand the time to at least 3 hours.  There is just no way possible to indulge in and enjoy ALL the deliciousness offered in such a short amount of time.

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Dining, Social, Where We've Been!


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Head’s Up: Chicago Welcomes New Era Flagship Downtown

Photo Courtesy of SinnamonS

New Era has finally made it’s way to the midwest setting up shop in none other than the Windy City!  The newest flagship location is located at 201 S. State Street (just north of Adams).  This is the very first owned & operated retail location in the midwest and with 2 levels and a total of 4,500 square feet it also happens to be the largest New Era shop in existence.  With almost 9 decades in the business, being known as the official on-field cap of the MLB, and even spotted on runways – you better believe we were excited to welcome New Era to Chi-town and even more excited to be invited to the VIP grand opening this past Thursday night.  A huge thanks to the Chicago Blogger’s Network for making sure we were involved.

From 8PM-11PM, New Era’s newest location opened it’s doors for a private party exclusive to VIP invited guests only allowing them a sneak peak at their newest and largest location.  Guests were able to shop the hottest in headwear, satiate their appetites with light bites including mini hotdogs and chicken wraps, quench their thirst with a fully stocked open bar, and move to the beats of DJ J2K of Flosstradamus & Hollywood Holt fame.

And what is a celebration without cake & gifts?  New Era delivered there, too.  Mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors (including an insanely delicious chocolate peanut butter) with the New Era logo were passed out to guests and before leaving all attendees received New Era Backpacks filled with goodies including t-shirts, belts, mini hats, etc all donning the brand’s logo.

The second floor hosted an even more exclusive VIP party for select guests.  The lucky few also went home that night with a very special limited edition New Era cap embroidered with the Chicago Skyline.  Only 300 of those caps exist and NowYouKnow was lucky enough to go home with a few.

The newest New Era store officially opened it’s doors to the public this past Saturday.  if you haven’t made it over there yet, be sure to swing by when you get a chance to check out some of the hottest caps plus apparel and accessories for men and women.  My personal favorite… these adorable animal hats which have become quite popular and the fact that as an adult I can actually get away wearing – what would otherwise be deemed absurd wear for an adult – makes them all the better!

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Fashion, Shopping, Sporting, Where We've Been!


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Vapiano Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Their Chicago Grand Opening

Occasionally, we like to go out and just enjoy ourselves without worrying about gathering details, taking photos, and talking to specific people.  Last Thursday, we set out to do just that… enjoy ourselves at the Grand Opening of Vapiano in Lincoln Park, but we were so incredibly blown away with how well the event was organized and executed that we just had to write about it.    What made the event so impressive was the food, the drinks, the ambiance, the music, the staff, the…. well, EVERYTHING!  Vapiano held NOTHING back to satisfy their guests Thursday night.

A red carpet was in fact rolled out at the entrance for attendees to strut down and feel like a star as they entered the open, airy, modern establishment.  Their web site says it best, “Somewhere between the nicest of fast casual and hippest of casual dining restaurants is VAPIANO.”  I personally love the space and have a good feeling that this place is here to stay.

Described on Vappiano’s site as, “Defining the future of fresh casual – a new and refreshing niche in the restaurant industry – Vapiano is an innovative European concept serving made-to-order hand tossed pizzas, fresh, house-made pasta and hand tossed gourmet salads. An established concept with more than 70 worldwide locations and another 100 in development in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, Vapiano puts a new spin on the dining experience with its urban upscale Italian decor and its modern customer service.”

To welcome everyone Thursday night and make sure all guests left with a good taste of what Vapiano has to offer, staff passed out a variety of fresh pizza, full bowls of several pasta dishes, and other bites as well.  The bar was also flowing with choices of red or white wine, champaigne, and cocktails.  And DJ Megan Taylor of Fig Media kept the crowd entertained for the evening spinning beats all night.  As if all that wasn’t enough, each guest left with a gift bag in typical restaurant “doggy bag” style – a container of fresh pasta, a small bottle of olive oil, and their signature gummy bears that they always hand out to guests upon leaving for a special treat.

There is no question that I will be frequenting Vapiano often.  It’s in my neighborhood, the ambiance is warm and invting, the staff is on their game, and the food is fresh and tasty.  They even have fresh basil and rosemary on the table to add to dishes.  Plus, Vapiano has stepped into the future with their easy pay system… Customers receive a “chip card” that resembles a credit card which they use to personally order their food or drinks from the bar or from the individual fresh pizza, pasta or salad stations.  They pay once they have finished dining.  It’s innovative and convenient and changing the way restaurants do business.

If your mouth is watering, you might want to gather a group of friends or make a dinner date at Vapiano.  Here is all the information:

2577 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Dining, Where We've Been!


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