Alexis Bittar at Neiman Marcus

If you ever wanted to get to know jewelry designer Alexis Bittar then today’s your lucky day. This Saturday was the Alexis Bittar trunk show I had mentioned last week and we had a nice little convo where I learned more about his fine jewelry collection, how he balances being CEO and Creative Director of his business (now something Burberry’s Christopher Bailey is juggling) and his favorite thing about Chicago (hint: it’s NOT the weather).

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Talking Fall ’12 Trends With Jonathan Valdez

In February, I went to my friend Jonathan Valdez‘s tweet up event at the Mandarin Oriental during fashion week. There, he interviewed me about the Fall trends I was seeing on the runways and my favorite shows. Now that these runway looks are finally available in stores (can’t believe it’s almost Fall!) he posted the video on his blog, Orange Juice and Biscuits.

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Dining With BCBG

Saturday night I had the pleasure of joining BCBGMAXAZRIA Creative Director, Lubov Azria, and the BCBG team for a runway presentation and dinner at Floating World Gallery in Lincoln Park. I’ve lived in Lincoln Park for over 2 years now and I can’t believe I never knew about this place. It was the perfect venue for such a chic evening.

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Featured in Moda Magazine

I’m honored to be in the latest issue of Moda magazine as a “voice of Chicago fashion.” See how I got started in blogging, my advice to fellow bloggers and more by checking out the Summer issue or by clicking the image below.

You can find a copy around the University of Chicago campus or click here to view the full issue.

George Kotsiopoulos at Stuart Weitzman

Yesterday I had the pleasure of chatting with George Kotsiopoulos at the Stuart Weitzman cocktail party. FYI if you haven’t checked out their latest collection, you should definitely stop by and get yourself a new pair of heels. Lots of fun colors this season!

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Anyway, George is awesome and I totally appreciate his Midwest (specifically Skokie, Illinois) roots. I myself am from Northbrook so we bonded over the ‘burbs. When I asked him if his Chicago [area] upbringing influenced his fashion career, he responded “Well I did work at Lord & Taylor…” Hey you gotta start somewhere right (fun fact: my first job was at a shoe boutique called Never Enough Shoes). So how did he end up on Fashion Police? After being in the fashion industry as a stylist and making TV appearances in the past, it was inevitable George was meant to voice his fashion opinion. He knows what he’s talking about and has the experience to back it up. However, I did tell him if a guest cancels last minute I’d be more than happy to take their place on Fashion Police :)

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So you know I have to ask the “what do you like to do in Chicago?” question (my favorite!). Besides seeing his family in Skokie, George enjoys dining at Sunda and Pump Room, claims the gay bars in Chicago are much cooler than the ones in LA and gets excited to shop at Topman while he’s here. Sometimes I forget we’re so lucky to have a Topshop/Topman (the only other US location besides NY!)