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Guide To Men’s Manicures Around Chicago

Cleaning up your nails doesn’t have to involve pink polish. Check out some manicure spots around Chicago perfect for men.

02/14/2012

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What I Have In My Bag This Winter

It might be a little challenging to look great in Chicago’s 20-degree, wet, snowy weather, but if you’re prepared with the essentials, you’ll be just fine. Here are a few items you’ll find in my handbag this season…

01/24/2012

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Tips On Best After Christmas Sale Shopping

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… after holiday sales have begun! Starting the day after Christmas, you can find that most stores holiday merchandise has marked down to nearly 50% off the original pricing…

01/03/2012

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Best Holiday Bar Crawl: TBOX 2011

On the second Saturday of December, TBOX gave to me… the 15th annual bar crawl over in Wrigley. I’m already counting down the days for this fun and festive event that seems to be getting better and better each year. The morning will start off as usual at the Cubby Bear for an opening ceremony, then proceed on to 36 (yes, 36!) neighborhood pubs and bars…

12/01/2011

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Retail Therapy For Free In Chicago

It’s ok to just look. Here are a few of Chicago’s best spots to window shop.

11/07/2011

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Insider’s Guide To Chicago Transportation

Take a look through these easy – and cheap – ways to explore Chicago. People watching required.

10/24/2011

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Men’s Fall Fashion Deals & Steals In Chicago

Menswear this fall is as usual, classically driven. You’ll see a lot of light grey, and pieces reminiscent of the romanticism period (bow ties, long flowing coats, tailored jackets), which I’m totally loving. There’s also the reappearance of Nordic sweaters and high-top shoes, if you’ve got the confidence to try something a bit trendier…

10/11/2011

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Free Culture In Chicago

Comedy, Concerts, Museums, And More For Free!!

10/10/2011

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People Watching In Chi-Town

We all do it and we all judge, usually without the other person’s knowledge. Maybe you even guess their whole life story by the way they talk, act and dress. It’s fun and free. So, where are the best spots around town?

09/26/2011

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Best First Date Outfits

First dates are stressful enough, add the dreaded question, “What am I going to wear!?” and you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed. When it comes to your wardrobe selection, rest easy. Here are a few tips from a full-time fashionista.

08/23/2011

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Guide To: The Art Of Wearing T-Shirts

T-Shirts are a wardrobe basic and in my opinion, you can never have too many. Here are a Chi-town gal’s five favorite places to find tees and ways to style them.

08/09/2011

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Summer’s Best Essentials For Your Handbag

Looking unpolished and melting in the sun, not so chic. Summer style favors the prepared, so make sure to stock up on the essentials. Here are a few items you’ll find in my handbag this season.

05/24/2011

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Top 10 Things to Do in Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day

No one celebrates St. Patty’s Day quite like Chicago, except perhaps Ireland. Here are a true Irish gal’s favorite things to do in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Sláinte!

03/11/2011

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Best Sunless Tans In Chicago

Being a blue eyed, fair skinned girl, tanning doesn’t exactly come um, naturally. My mission: finding the best spray tans around town, preferably one that doesn’t smell or turn my skin orange. After chatting with friends, colleagues and numerous spas, here are my top picks.

03/08/2011

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Men’s Guide To Style In Chicago

Let’s face it; men don’t love shopping quite as much as the ladies. They may even dread or despise it. With that being said, I headed to Trunk Club Men’s Outfitters at 311 W. Superior to see what founder and CEO Brian Spaly had to say on the subject.

02/22/2011

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Valentine’s Day: The Insiders Guide to Jewelry Buying in Chicago

Looking for the perfect gift for your Valentine? This guide will assist you in finding jewelry she’ll love within your budget. Don’t worry, we won’t tell that you had a little help.

02/08/2011

Navy Pier

All You Need To Know: Navy Pier

Known as Chicago’s lakefront playground, Navy Pier is home to some of the most exciting attractions and entertainment in the city.

02/02/2011

New Year's Eve Dress

Girl’s Guide to Finding the Perfect New Year’s Dress

Ditch the generic party dress and create a look of your own on the most glamorous night of the year. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect dress and stand out from the crowd.

12/27/2010

MCA

Museum Of Contemporary Art Go-To Guide

Located just off the Magnificent Mile, the Museum of Contemporary Art, MCA, is home to some of the most beautiful exhibitions of our time, from paintings and sculptures, to photography, film and performances.

12/12/2010

A Guide To Winter Trends

A Guide To Winter Trends

Chicago’s Winter never looked so good! Nothing is worse than trying to look great in 15-degree weather. So, what’s a girl to do?

12/02/2010

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