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November 2008 Archives

I don't always make the trek over to Target, despite my friends always showing off their deliciously cute outfits they just purchased for next to nothing. The parking lots, at least in the city, are less than desirable. (And during my last visit to a Target, there was an army full of screaming kids and a suspicious-looking yellow substance on the floor that appeared to something of an, um, accident. Needless to say, that kind of thing sticks with you.)

Yet Target clothing never ceases to amaze me: Their incredibly cheap stuff is actually really, really cute. And since we all have 18 different holiday parties coming up, we'll need to stock up on some affordable party clothes.

Here is the Limited Edition Holiday Collection, a line of textured dresses, jeweled accents and shiny separates, which is available now until January 7. Drop me a line and let me know what you think of the collection (I think I like Brocade dress the best).

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Sequin Tank in navy, $21.99.

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LEFT: Strapless Brocade dress in black $39.99. RIGHT: Satin Cowl Neck Dress in Champagne, $39.99 (also comes in violet, scarlet and teal).

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Ponte Dress with Studs in black, $39.99.

Ork neighborhood posters are $25 (or $30 for silkscreen). Artist Jenny Beorkrem also offers neighborhood posters for Boston, Brooklyn, Seattle and other cities. Available at Sacred Art or

For your art-loving friends (or your friends who keep saying they need art for their walls but never do anything about it), why not buy them something from a Chicago artist? Sacred Art, 2040 W. Roscoe, is a great Roscoe Village art boutique that features emerging artists from the Chicago area only. And the best part is, the art is pretty affordable.

Right now through Sunday, Nov. 30, if you buy two regular prices items, you'll receive 50 percent off the third. Besides posters and silkscreens (like shown above), you'll find paintings, jewelry, clothing, stationary, photography, ceramics and more.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; by appointment Tuesday. Store is closed Thursday, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving.

Top row (before the 50 percent off!): Christine & Kelly boots, $60; Go Max boots, $45; Simply Comfortable boots, $50. Bottom row: BCBG Girls Dolly shoes, $125; Jeffrey Campbell Lene booties, $130. Most shoes available in sizes 5 to 12.

I've written about Sensual Steps, 4518 S. Cottage Grove, a few times in the last month. The politically active boutique has been throwing election day parties and dropping prices. But this event is definitely worth a mention. The boutique, which already offers affordable shoes, is marking down EVERYTHING in the store 50 percent off at their Midnight Madness Sale from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. If you can't make it to the store, the discount is offered online as well. Now some of the boots, which are as low as $50 (before the 50 percent off), may not be real leather. But for those of us who can't afford the $200 boots at Nordstrom right now, this may be a good alternative. As long as you don't wear them every single day, fake leather boots can last a very long time! And these are pretty darn cute. Let me know what you bought!

Get schooled on wines from Sonoma County (and taste plenty of them) at Macy's Wine Shop (lower level), from 6 to 7 p.m. for a measly $10. Reservations are required: (312) 781-3682.

Discover this season's latest fragrances, receive a special gift with any $75 women's fragrance purchase in participating lines and receive a jewel-encrusted atomizer with a purchase of $150 or more (while supplies last) at Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue. For more information: (312) 464-1515 (ask for men's or women's fragrances. From 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The festival is also at the Nordstrom at Oakbrook Center, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Meet footwear designer Faryl Robin Morse of Farylrobin Footwear, get style tips and special discounts between noon and 5 p.m. at the City Soles/Niche boutique, 2001 W North Ave in Chicago. She'll unveil her Spring 2009 collection, as well as help shoppers pick out the latest must-have footwear from Farylrobin.

This sounds pretty cool. Chicago boutiques from all sides of the city are packing up and moving under one roof for a fun evening of shopping, appetizers and cocktails from 4 to 8 p.m. at Galleria Unico, 44 E. Superior. It's free, but you must be 21 to attend. Shopping will include clothes, shoes, handbags and jewelry. Participating boutiques: Brozac Bling and Things, CC Bella, Clutch, Dana Reed Designs, Five Accessories, House of Sole, Kiwi Boutique and Ms. Catwalk (a very fun and affordable Bucktown boutique). Enjoy!

Join the very busy and important Mayor of Whoville at noon at Macy's on State (5th Floor) for a very special reading of the classic children's book Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss. After the reading, stick around for a meet and greet with the Mayor of Whoville. Also, enjoy face painting and balloon twisters from 1 to 3 p.m., along with special activities from FAO Schwarz.


Get 20 percent off all Frasier Fir items, including candles, boxed soaps and home fragrance mists, at Knickers, 492 Main in Glen Ellyn. The candles, which start at $12 (before the sale) could make a great gift, and gift-wrapping is included!

Photo by Jean Lachat~Sun-Times

Get special offers from 4 to 8 p.m. tonight, Nov. 13, and get in the holiday spirit with some holiday caroling from a local Chicago school choir at the Oak Street Holiday Shopping Night.

Participating stores include: Furla, Frette, Jimmy Choo (serving champagne),Lester Lampert, Luca Luca Madison and Friends, Pratesi (steep discounts on select items), The Denim Lounge (hosting a 1921 Denim trunk show), Ultimo (hosting an Isaac Mizrahi trunk show), Yves Saint Laurent (offering 15 percent off all merchandise except Beauty).

A complete list of participating stores, along with address and store information, is at


Help Asha SalonSpa celebrate its newest location at Shops on Butterfield, 203 Yorktown Shopping Center in Lombard, with a party today, November 13, starting at 4 pm. Sample food and drinks, get a complete tour of the new location and snag a complimentary gift certificate for any of the spa or salon treatments. The certificate can be redeemed at any of the locations.

What makes this day spa different than others? It's one of the first spas to have "kid's care" services. Busy moms on-the-go can now have their children nurtured while they are as well. In addition to spa and salon services, Asha also offers guests yoga and lifestyle workshops, as well as group gatherings.


You can see "Quantum of Solace" in the theater anytime. Why not celebrate
the return of Bond in style? AKIRA presents "Private Eyes," a James Bond-themed
fashion show of the latest trends Friday, November 14, at The Underground, 56 W. Illinois. Doors open at 9 p.m., show is at midnight. (Free if you show up before midnight, $20 after). RSVP to

From left: Barbara Bui dress, originally $1,410, now $250; Kenzo jacket, originally $795, now $75; an adorable Tucker dress (bought by Jessica Simpson),originally $330, now $55.

Earlier this week I told all of you about the Jake Warehouse Sale in Andersonville (5215 N. Ravenswood). My husband and I went last night, and I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for cool designer clothing and don't want to pay the cool designer prices. Women's clothing includes dresses, tops, blazers, pants, shoes (booties and flats), belts and other accessories. Tops were marked down to as low as $20. An entire wall of denim is marked down to $30. In fact, the denim alone might make it worth the hike to Andersonville. Men's clothing (mostly summer) is still on the expensive side, but designer dress shirts get as low as $50, pants are marked down $40. Shorts are $25. Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9. Good luck and let me know if you find anything!


From today, November 6, until Sunday, November, 9, get 20 percent off all winter coats at the beautiful (but unfortunately pretty expensive) Bucktown boutique Robin Richman (2108 N. Damen, 773-278-6150). Hours are: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Let me know if you find something and how much money you saved. I'll accept photos!

AT LEFT: Wish Tula on Southport a happy birthday. AT RIGHT: Score 70 to 90 percent off men and women's designer clothing at the Jake Warehouse Sale.

Chicago abstract painter Christine Olson is a regular at Roscoe Village shop Sacred Art, 2040 W. Roscoe, which offers paintings, jewelry, clothing and more from emerging local artists. Come check out Olson's new work, which ranges from $35 to $1000, and get a clairvoyant reading at an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m.


Treat yourself to champagne, cider and mini candied apples at Tula's Second Anniversary event 6 to 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the parkways foundations & Buckingham Fountain Restoration Project. When you RSVP to, you enter to win a fall sweater. Tula is 3738 N. Southport.

My husband and I will be the first in line this weekend at the Jake Warehouse Sale, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days at the Jake warehouse, 5215 N. Ravenswood. (Actual Jake boutique locations are at 939 Rush in Chicago and 565 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka). All designer goods, including men and women's clothing, denim, shoes and accessories, will be 70 to 90 percent off (which is really the only way you can shop at Jake, since it's so darn expensive). Look for women's brands like See by Chloe, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Mayle, Missoni; denim by Superfine, Notify and Kasil, and shoes from Loeffler Randall, Pedro Garcia and more. Men can look for brands such as Trovata, Oliver Spencer, Rogues Gallery and denim brands such as Ernest Sewn, Nudie and more. Quantities and sizes are limited. All sales are final. For more information, call (773) 271-5253.

Celebrate the opening of the new Indigo Studio, 309 W. Chicago, featuring the new exercise trend Yoga Booty Ballet, which combines ballet, yoga, and dance to revitalize the mind. Indigo is offering two free classes this Saturday, at noon and 2 p.m. There will be more free classes offered through Nov. 15. For those times and other information, call (312) 520-7348.

Shoe shopping party, anyone? Save 40 percent or more on shoes, handbags, clothes and accessories at any Nordstrom location or online at And when you use your Nordstrom card, you can earn Twice the Rewards points through the end of the year.

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GIFTS FROM RED DOG HOUSE, FROM LEFT: Puffy Coat, $68; Bon Ton, $10 (attaches to your dog's leash to ensure you'll always have a poop bag handy -- each one comes with a roll of ten 100 percent biodegradable bags); Argyle Sweater, $30.

ALL OF NOVEMBER: Chicago pet boutique Red Dog House, 2031 N. Damen, and eco-friendly canine daycare Green Dog Inc., 2231 W. Chicago, are asking customers to donate goods for pets in need. When you bring in towels and canned pet food to either location, you'll receive 20 percent off discount cards for your next purchase at Red Dog House or 20 percent off discount cards for your pet's next stay at Green Dog Inc. Towels and pet food will be donated to Animal Care and Control, a Chicago organization that rescues and cares for lost and homeless animals.

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Green Dog Inc. offers dog walking, boarding and canine education programs.

Snag great savings on holiday gift items, accessories and home furnishings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 on the 15th floor at the Merchandise Mart, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Joel Hall Dancers & Center and Children of the Crossroads foundation. Wine and appetizers will be provided by Blue Plate Catering, Blue Print, Kinzie Chophouse and Mambo Grill. RSVP to or (312) 268-2519.

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Get 25 percent off Wednesday at Sensual Steps, 4518 S. Cottage Grove.

Bring in your voting ballot receipt and save at the following stores:

Knickers, 492 N Main in Glen Elyn: On Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., head over to Knickers and get 10 percent off any bra with your voting receipt. Knickers specializes in bra fittings and carries a full line of bras to fit virtually every size and shape.

Sensual Steps, 4518 S. Cottage Grove in Chicago: The politically active boutique is closed Tuesday (they'll be driving residents around to the polls), but on Wednesday, Nov. 5, bring in your receipt and get $25 percent off new shoes, boots, handbags and accessories from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wine and appetizers will be served!

Beta Boutique, 2016 W. Concord Place in Chicago: Bring in your voting receipt and receive $10 off a purchase of $50 to $100, or receive $20 off a purchase of $100 or more until Sunday, Nov. 30. This adorable boutique, if you don't already know about it, is a permanent sample sale of sorts. It offers designer clothing (such as Betsy Johnson and Cynthia Rowley) for 40 to 90 percent the original price. So an additional $10 or $20 this month is even better! Enjoy! (Note: store isn't open Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Hours are: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.)

Melie Bianco Knotted Handbag, $95 at Fixture (before the 20 percent off this week).

One of my best friends, who sometimes is a very rude person, chastised me a few weeks ago for proudly wearing a beautiful blue handbag that's crumbling and ripping apart at the edges. I discovered it at a store in Bucktown called Daffodil Hill more than two years ago on a shopping day with my girlfriends. The store is no longer there, but the bag has lived on and holds a spot very near and dear to my heart.

I have been putting off the search for a new handbag, because it just felt too soon. But this weekend I decided it was time, and I brought my husband along for moral support.
Fixture, 2108 W. Roscoe, has an impressive selection of handbags -- leather, non-leather, canvas and more, in every color you can think of (even my husband was impressed). I wasn't ready to move on just yet (I may stop by again later this week for a second look), but I suggest anyone who's in the market for a handbag to check out the sale. All handbags and clutches are 20 percent off from now until Saturday.


In an effort to help reduce the enormous stress of ongoing financial concerns, Exhale spa, 934 N. State, is giving back. For the month of November, Exhale will offer complimentary meditation sessions from noon to 12:30 p.m. every Monday in November. Reservations are required: (312) 753-6500.

At the meditation sessions, you'll soothe yourself with a guided breathing and healing session with exhale's Licensed Acupuncturist Cynthia Fitzgerald. Learn acupressure, aromatherapy, exercises and coping techniques to help manage stress. All supplies provided. Enjoy!

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