Event: Paella Parade


Paella anyone?

This Thursday I will be at Millennium Park Rooftop Terrace sampling Paella at El Coto de Rioja Paella ParadeTM, a celebration of Spanish food and culture. Following last year’s successful Paella celebration, seven local chefs and restaurateurs will come together to compete and showcase Chicago’s top Paella-making skills, vying for the titles of Best Use of Ingredients, Most Creative, Prettiest and the top prize: Paella Parade Pleaser.  

Guests will have an opportunity to taste each chef’s unique version of Spain’s most beloved signature dish during the competition while sipping delicious wines from El Coto de Rioja. Good times!!!!

Why not skip cooking and join the festivities this Thursday, June 23 from 6-9 p.m. at Millennium Park's Rooftop Terrace, 205 E. Randolph Street. Click here to purchase tickets.

Participating Restaurants:

Province Restaurant
161 N Jefferson
Chicago, IL 60661
Chef/Owner: Randy Zweiban

Emilio’s Tapas Restaurant (2 locations)
215 E Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Chef/Owner: Emilio Gervilla

Socca Restaurant
3301 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Chef/Owner: Roger Herring

Four Corners Tavern Group (7 locations)
3258 N Southport
Chicago, IL 60657
Chef: Demonthenese Davis

Carnivale Restaurant
702 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60661
Chef: Mark Mendez

Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park
1550 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Chef: Won Kim

Tapas Gitana (2 locations)
3445 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60657
Chef: Andy Novak

Click here for more information about Paella

Haute Bag Lady Bag of the Week: Isabella Rosellini Bulgari Bag

Legendary actress and style icon, Isabella Rosellini teamed up with Bulgari for a handbag collection last year. This spring 2011 design was created by Matthew Williamson. The satchel style and varying hues of green lace chevron leather pattern makes this bag a very modern classic. For a mere $2,850 you can call this bag yours.A very haute and expensive bag...

Event: Havaianas Beach Pop-Up Shop



Chicago, IL (June 17, 2011) Havaianas, the world’s most stylish and comfortable flip-flop, is bringing Brazilian chic to the Midwest with the opening of an exclusive beach pop-up shop in Chicago, IL.

The Havaianas Beach Pop-Up will be located at 1600 North Lakeshore Drive, at North Ave Beach, situated right near the North Ave Beach House.  The convenient location will allow beachgoers to have access to the official footwear of the summer and indulge in their favorite prints and patterns.  The beach pop-up will be modeled after a traditional Brazilian fruit stand and will exclusively feature “Make Your Own Havaianas.”  

“Make Your Own Havaianas” will offer swimsuit-clad consumers the opportunity to customize their own color combinations with a choice of 10 different flip flop straps and bottoms to mix and match with over 20 different pins styles. 

Once available only at VIP functions and for celebrities, the “Make Your Own Havaianas” beach pop-up will offer guests the opportunity to customize their own flip-flops just like some of their famous celebrity idols, including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Ivanka Trump, Nicole Richie, Natalie Portman, Kourtney Kardashian, Maria Menounos, Ke$ha, and more.

With the success of the first U.S. Havaianas boutique in Huntington Beach, CA and the highly-anticipated demise of a very drawn out winter, it was the perfect time to open a beach pop-up.  Having a location in Chicago will not only cater to the warm weather shoe needs of Midwesterners, but the unique design of the beach pop-up will also provide an innovative and stimulating atmosphere for customers to express their own personality through their customizable Havaianas footwear.  From the sneakers to the flip flops, shoppers will have the chance to experience the unique collections inspired by Brazil’s vibrant culture.

Store Hours: Open on Thursdays-Sundays from June 30th through July 31st, 11am-7pm
About Havaianas:
Havaianas flip-flops are truly the best rubber flip-flops in the world.  The ultra-high quality of Havaianas is due to a top secret rubber recipe that makes the flip-flops as soft as marshmallows.  While there are many copy-cats in the marketplace, Havaianas fans know there is no substitute for authentic comfort and style.  Havaianas are continuously showcased on fashion show runways around the world and can often be spotted at some of the world’s highest caliber events.  An affordable luxury since 1962, every pair is still lovingly designed and manufactured in Brazil – offering hundreds of unique colors and patterns to fit your every style and need. 

www.us.havaianas.com  and follow @Havaianas on Twitter and become fans on facebook.com/havaianas

The Makeup Show Chicago


I attended the first day of The Makeup Show on Sunday and had a blast. The show was well attended by beauty industry professionals and the truly makeup obsessed. In addition to the popular brands showcasing their products, there were seminars and plenty of networking opportunities.
There was so much too see between the two levels of Venue One. I wanted the chance to check out Inglot Cosmetics but the beauty lovers were completely surrounding the booth the entire time I was there. I couldn't even get close enough to see anything! Inglot was clearly a show highlight for many attendees.

I was able to chat with David Klasfeld, founder of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) and I am now in love with Lip Tar and OCC Tint (reviews coming soon).

This was the first Makeup Show for Chicago and I'm guessing from the eager attendees and overall positive reception of the two day event, they will be back next year.


David Klasfeld, OCC founder & the back of my head, lol.

Reggie Wells


Beyonce's Latest Essence Magazine Cover & The Makeup Show Winner


The dreadful blonde weave, the black eyebrows (the overly arched left one is REALLY working my nerves), and that bright lipstick...
Was Joan Crawford the inspiration for this cover???

Not feeling this cover at all... Anyhoo, without further ado, the winner of the ticket to Sunday's show is... Brandy!!!!  Email me ASAP :) 

Essie French Affair Mani


This week's mani is a playful pink from Essie, French Affair.

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