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At left: Bird T-shirt, $22.99, in sizes 3-6m, 6-12m, 12-18m, 2T and 3T; At right: Hearts dress, $28.99, in sizes 2T and 3T.

Baby showers can be lame. (Do moms really love the toilet paper game, do we think? Would you really want people to count how many TOILET PAPER SQUARES wide you are?)

For your next baby shower, jazz it up -- and scare some aunts who are really excited about their Gymboree gift -- with a present from one of my favorite sites,, a site that offers "Born to Rock Fashions for Kids." They just got new Spring merchandise in (and it's pretty darn cute), including an adorable heart jumper for girls (shown above). My favorite piece from the new collection is the green "bird" t-shirt with plaid sleeves (shown above). Who wouldn't want to wear that, adults included?

Oh, and to get 20 percent off, use this promo code: spring09

A few more outfits from their new Spring collection:

At left and middle: Guitar hoodie, $22.99, in sizes 3-6m, 6-12m, 12-18m, 2T, 3T
and 4T. At right: Rocker Tank, $19.99, in sizes 3-6m, 6-12m, 12-18m and 2T to 12!

Cast your vote! Who had the best dress?

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Sun-Times columnists often get tapped to judge contests around Chicago -- everything from the tastiest meatball to who should be queen of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Since landing this Shopping gig last July, I have wondered whether anyone would request my "expertise." Well, it finally happened. On Feb. 19, I judged Battle of the Boutiques fashion show event for at Chaise Lounge in Bucktown, where five Chicago shops were challenged to send a hot outfit -- priced at less than $200 -- down the runway. Vote for your favorite dress below!

Lisa Maxi dress, $193 at V Fish, 2937 N. Clark

Sequin top, $170, and leggings, $30, at Eliana Lilly, 826 W. Armitage

Julie Haus ruffle dress, $98, at Beta Boutique, 2016 W. Concord

Molly New York dress, $130, and Free People headband, $24, at Frankie's on the Park, 2322 N. Clark

Donna Morgan dress, $198, from Le Dress, 1741 W. Division

Whose dress was best?

Lisa Maxi dress

Donna Morgan's dress

Julie Haus' ruffle dress

Molly New York dress and Free People headband

Sequin top and leggings from Eliana Lilly

AT LEFT: Take pride in all 50 states (or perhaps just your own), with an expandable state seal bangle made of Russian gold, $68 each. AT RIGHT: Feeling a little more playful? Show your support with the 50 State charm bracelet in 18k plated gold,, $478.

With patriotism at what seems like an all-time high, eco-conscious jewelry designers Alex and Ani are celebrating our country with their new State Seal bangle bracelets and State charm bracelet. These pieces could look great worn alone, with other Alex and Ani bangles, or layered with your other personal jewelry. The best part is that each piece is made in the USA from recycled metals.


A few of you loyal readers have asked about the Battle of the Boutique event I helped judge last Thursday (along with Jes from "Rock of Love" and Ben from "Shear Genius"). I will be writing about my experience -- as well as asking readers to vote on which outfit is their favorite -- in this Thursday's Shopping with Jessica column. (That's me in the background on the left, pondering my decision. Or maybe I'm just wondering what's on my salad.)

Though this outfit shown above was not in the official competition, it was my favorite of the evening. The ensemble from le Dress, 1741 W. Division, was not only the most fashion-forward in the bunch, but the it was the best value for the prices. Tulle Lifesaver print dress (very Maggie Gyllenhaal from "Secretary") is a steal for $84, and the Tulle overcoat is $88.

Look for the coverage in Thursday's paper!

I'll be putting my Nina Garcia skills to the test tonight as I help judge the first-ever Battle of the Boutiques fashion show put on my, a new Web site geared toward Chicago fashionistas who don't like to spend a lot of money! Five Chicago boutiques will compete at the event, each showcasing a low-cost look from their boutique. I'm slated to judge alongside Steven Rosengard from "Project Runway," Jes from "Rock of Love" and a few others.

While the fashion show is sold out, the event, at Chaise Lounge, 1840 W. North Ave. in Chicago, is open the public starting at 9:30 p.m. So swing by if you want to meet other poor little rich girls like you!

From left: The Oeuf Baby Lounger, $83 on sale (originally $99); Reversible Down Coat in dark green and bright green in Size 6 on sale for $44 (originally $88); 7 am Infant Pookie Ponchos that go on stroller or over baby carrier in black, brown and red, on sale for $98 (originally $140).

Grow (1943 W. Division), a children's boutique that specializes in organic baby and children's clothing as well as furniture, strollers and more, is offering 20 to 50 percent off during its Nurseryworks Warehouse Sale this weekend. All sales are final.

Call (773) 489-0009 for more information. Store hours are: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday

Rattan Spheres, which are made of rattan vines and come with strings of white bulbs, are $19.99 to $49.99 (originally $39 to $99).

Save up to 50 percent off on furniture, rugs and windows, bedding, bath, lighting and accessories at Pottery Barn.

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Storewide sale!: All handbags are on sale at d.marie handbags in Bucktown.

-- Leather bags are 30 percent off and synthetic bags are 50 percent off at d.marie handbags, 1867 N. Damen, (773) 489-3220.

-- Get a chocolate candy heart that is good for an extra 20, 30 or 40 percent off sale rack items or 15 percent off regularly priced merchandise at the J'Adore le Dress Valentine's Day sale at le dress, 1741 W. Division, (773) 697-9899. Sale runs now through Saturday, February 14.

-- Brands such as Antik Denim, Five/Four, Monarchy, selected PZI, Gener8 and Svoboda are marked down as low as $10 during a clearance sale at Soulfly Inc. Shop-N-Lounge, 11614 S. Western Ave., (773) 840-3236.

-- Select items are marked down 50 percent at the 5-Day Valentine's Day online only sale at Robin Richman, 2108 N. Damen, (773) 278-6150. Sale runs now through Saturday, February 14.

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Sheri Roney, owner of Soko Fashion, 1925 W. Chicago. Photo by BrianJackson~Sun-Times

SoKo Fashion (1925 W Chicago), an adorable, music-minded boutique (owner Sheri Jenkins has links on her site to the indie rock songs played at her store), is closing it doors. The entire store is marked down 40 percent (and the clothes are pretty affordable anyway), including new spring merchandise just added to the floor. Items left include: dresses, denim, blouses, jackets, hats, shoes, purses, winter accessories, sunglasses, tights, wallets, belts, scarves and more. Happy sale shopping!


J. CREW'S SPRING LOOKS (FROM LEFT): Utility Jacket, $118, Short-Sleeve Broken-In Pocket Crewneck Tee, $24.50, and Premium Officer's Chinos, $75; Cotton Slub-Silk Lattice Dress, $148, and Fave Midhell Sandals, $188; Tissue Chiffon-Trim Tee, $38, with White Denim Matchstick Jean, $98, Bubble Necklace, $150, and Tomo Yarn-Dyed Scarf, $42.50

Save 10.25 percent when you shop tax-free at more than 40 stores, including J. Crew and Club Monaco, at the Presidents Day Sale at The 900 Shops, 900 N. Michigan, Saturday, February 14, through Monday, February 16. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday (some stores may have extended hours).

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