FASHIONABLE INVITE | Louis Vuitton c/o Virgil Abloh Pop Up

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WHO Louis Vuitton and Virgil Abloh |  LV’s Men’s Artistic Director

WHAT A limited-edition collection of ready-to-wear and accessories, designed exclusively for Chicago. All commissioned in orange, these unique pieces disrupt the store’s monochromatic palette, bringing a pigment of urban living inside. The capsule will be sold alongside pieces from Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2019 collection.

WHERE 1100 West Randolph |  Chicago

WHEN June 8 th — July 7 th, 2019 | Monday to Thursday 11am – 7pm | Friday to Saturday 11am – 8pm and Sunday 12am – 6pm

Space is limited and reserving an appointment is recommended.

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FASHIONABLE INVITE | Uniqlo Celebrates Sustainability

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WHO  Japanese global apparel retailer, UNIQLO

WHAT Chicagoans and visitors are invited to celebrate sustainability through a series of inspiring events for the mind, body, and home this summer.

WHERE Hosted at the flagship store, 830 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

WHEN May 30 – June 2

WHY In partnership with likeminded local experts, the series of events will showcase ways to implement the brand’s values into everyday life and provide opportunities to give back to the community.

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ALTERNATIVE GIFT GIVING GUIDE

‘‘Tis the season of giving" as the saying goes...while it's easy to get caught up in the materialistic aspects of the holiday, how many unwanted or pointless gifts do we receive that end up cluttering our home (and then eventually landfills)? Let's avoid bad (and wasteful) gift giving this season by shopping smarter and choosing more meaningful and thoughtful presents. Where to start? Here are some ideas that are rewarding to both the giver and receiver.

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1. TRY AN EXPERIENCE
Experiences are a good alternative and can be more special in many ways. The trill of a new bag or phone fades while the enjoyment of an adventure lasts. A study from San Francisco State University in 2016 found that experiences more than material things make people happier. Don't feel they have to be extravagant like a luxury trip it's more about creating memories.

See the spectacular Chicago skyline all dressed up for the holidays the same way Santa does with Chicago Helicopter Experience.  Take the Holiday Lights Tours to see stunning views of iconic sites like Lincoln Park Zoo Lights, the John Hancock Center, Michigan Avenue, Willis Tower and Millennium Park. Prices are $149 instead of $179 per person for the month of Dec only.

Other options include iFly, trampoline park, skydiving, sailing, hot air balloon, and zip lining.

Chicago Helicopter Experience
312-967-8687
info@chetours.com
2420 S. Halsted St., Chicago IL 60608
chicagohelicopterexperience.com

Top to bottom: Collection for a Cause, $50, Provides 408 Meals; Smooth Skin Delights, $35 ,Provides 282 Meals; Kiss Me With Kiehl’s, $25, Provides 205 Meals.

Top to bottom: Collection for a Cause, $50, Provides 408 Meals; Smooth Skin Delights, $35 ,Provides 282 Meals; Kiss Me With Kiehl’s, $25, Provides 205 Meals.

2. GIVING BACK
Purchasing a present that gives back to the community or a charity can be a more thoughtful gift.

Continuing its holiday philanthropic tradition, Kiehl’s launched its 10th Annual Limited Edition Charitable Holiday Collection. With the purchase of their whimsical gift set, designed by the artist Andrew Bannecker, Kiehl’s pledges 100% of its net profits, up to $100,000, to a charity. For the fifth year in a row, they’ve partnered with an amazing organization Feeding America®. 40 million people in the US are food insecure and 12 million of those are kids, this donation will help provide 1,000,000 meals to families this holiday season.

I had the honor and privilege of helping Kiehl’s pack meals at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the lunch bags would go to feed students and teachers of Harold Washington College.

Also, shop with Fair Trade companies or buy ethical-made gifts from places like Society B, Ethica, Fair Trade Winds and Accompany.

Kiehl’s
520 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611,
312- 321-3601
, kiehls.com

Greater Chicago Food Depository
773.247.3663
chicagosfoodbank.org

Feed America
800.771.2303 
feedingamerica.org

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3. THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE
Learning a new skill can be invaluable so consider buying a loved one lessons for one of their interests. Have they always wanted to learn to play the guitar or dance?  Along with it being thoughtful and rewarding, the act of learning a new skill is fun and they will have broadened their horizons.

For an elegant and informative evening with a drink why not learn more about wine at The Chopping Block? Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned sipper they offer classes for every level with accredited sommeliers. Get a solid foundation in wine tasting and sensory evaluation, that can help you build your wine knowledge and enjoyment. Classes range from $65- $90.

Other options include painting, cooking, dancing, baking, cocktail making, golf and iceskating lessons.

The Chopping Block
Lincoln Park: 4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, 773-472-6700
River North: 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-644-6360
thechoppingblock.com

FASHIONABLE INVITE: Rent the Runway Sample Sale

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WHO: Rent the Runway

WHAT: Chicago Sample Sale

WHERE: Water Tower Place 835 N. Michigan Ave, Level 5 Chicago, IL 60611

WHEN: Saturday August 18th - Saturday, August 25th; Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm Sunday, 11am - 6pm

WHY: 90% off retail prices on designer clothing, handbags, and accessories, including designers like Badgley Mischka, Elizabeth & James, and ML Monique Lhuillier.

FASHIONABLE INVITE: Gilt City

GILT CITY CHICAGO PRESENTS THE GILT CITY FALL 2015 WAREHOUSE SALE

GILT CITY CHICAGO PRESENTS THE GILT CITY FALL 2015 WAREHOUSE SALE

Online Shopping Destination Offers Luxury Merchandise at Insider Prices During Exclusive Chicago Shopping Event

WHAT: Gilt City Chicago members are invited to experience the brand’s legendary Warehouse Sale featuring hundreds of the most coveted brands for women, men, and kids, plus home décor and more- all up to 80% off retail.

WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2015

· Evening Session: 7pm-9pm, $25
· Late Night Session: 9:30pm-11:30pm, $20

Saturday, October 17, 2015

· Morning Session: 9am-11am, $10
· Early Afternoon Session: 11am-1pm, $10
· Late Afternoon Session: 1pm-3pm, $10
· Early Evening Session: 3pm-5pm, $10

WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse
1747 West Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60622

DETAILS: Tickets will be available on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at gilt.com/ChiWarehouseSale

FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES: Now in Chicago

Chicago has been stepping up its fashion and shopping game over the last few years, with international labels like Dolce and Gabbana, Sandro, Maje, Saint Laurent, Hoss Intropia, Carolina Harrara and Zadig & Voltaire.

Four major brands have recently opened shops in Chicago, for some it’s their first store in the US.

GOYARD

Goyard opening first midwest location in Neiman Marcus on Michigan Ave

The French leather luxury brand, Goyard, has opened its first Midwest boutique in Neiman Marcus.

This is major news Chicago fans of this iconic brand have been waiting to hear. With no e-commerce site, before this store you could only purchase Goyard in four US cities, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, New York, and Boston. Prices available upon request.

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GOYARD, Neiman Marcus, 737 N Michigan Ave, 312.642.5900

RENT THE RUNWAY

Rent the Runway opens fourth store in Chicago

Rent The Runway, an online service that allows customers to rent designer fashions for a fraction of the cost, has opened its fourth brick-and-mortar shop in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Customers can now try things on before they rent them thereby eliminating any sizing issues. The store will have rotating inventory from over 300 major designers like Vera Wang, Nha Khanh, Diane von Furstenberg, Cushnie et Ochs, Marchesa Notte.

Along with dresses, you’ll also be able to rent accessories such as jewelry and handbags. Stylists will be on hand for one-to-one appointments and to help pull head-to-toe looks for a $25 fee. One of my favorites things, the Selfie Mirror, which allows customers to snap a photo of their reflection to send to their email. Prices for four-day apparel rentals range from $30 to $800, and accessory rentals are $5 to $400.

Chicago's Gold Coast is the fourth location for Rent the Runway

Rent The Runway, 710 N Wabash Avenue, 312.288.7570

LES NÉRÉIDES PARIS

Les Nereides Paris opens it's first US store in Chicago

This Parisian jewelry brand, know for their whimsical hand-painted enamel jewelry or ‘bijoux haute-fantaisie’, have opened their first US store in Chicago. With 40 stores worldwide (London, Paris, Milan, Sydney, Tokyo and Brussels) they plan to open ten more across the states.

Les Néréides' collection consists of quintessential French symbols like ballerinas or the Eiffel Tower as well as other fanciful themes such as fairy tales, nature, and sea creatures. My personal favorite is their ‘Fashion Week’ collection from their diffusion line N2. It features stylishly dressed girls from around the world – like a fashionista’s version of ‘It’s a Small World’. Prices range from $60 to over $300.

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Les Néréides Paris, Block 37, 108 n State Street, 312.255.7042

DYLAN’S CANDY BAR

Dylan's Candy Bar opens a store in Chicago

Dylan Lauren, the daughter of the iconic American fashion designer Ralph Lauren, didn’t go into the family business. Instead, she decided to open the world’s largest candy shop in NYC and fill it with more than 7,000 types of candy from all over the world including Spain, Vienna and Asia. Fourteen years and four stores later she has opened her first Midwest location on the Magnificent Mile.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar, 445 N Michigan Ave, 312.702.2247

FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES: Modern Essentials Selected by David Beckham

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Do you ever need a reason to look at pictures of David Beckham?

But if you need one Beckham has chosen his favorite menswear pieces from the Modern Essentials collection at H&M, to create Modern Essentials selected by David Beckham.

It’s the modern man’s capsule wardrobe, which includes a linen mac, white chalk-washed denim jacket, a sharp linen blazer, mod-like polo shirt and a classic crisp white shirt.

Launched back in March, the collection, is currently in store so get it while it lasts!

ENJOY!

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