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The RH School of Performing Arts, 2542 E. 83rd, will hold an open house this Saturday, August 28. And if you register your child for classes during this open house, you'll snag 10 percent off the first quarter's tuition.

The school offers classes for boys and girls ages three to 18. Classes include ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, modeling acting and group etiquette sessions.

Call (773) 978-9266, or go to for more information on classes, plus informatin on tuition, instrutors and events.


Get up to 70 percent off summer shoe styles today, August 28, and tomorrow, August 29 at Sensual Steps, 4518 S. Cottage Grove. (773) 548-3338.

Also, join the boutique for the PUMPS Old School Party and Fundraiser. The P.U.M.P.S. Organization wil feature house music, food and a cash bar; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. tonight, August 28. $10 donation requested. See the web site's event page for more information.


Looks like someone pissed off her stylist.

It was my intent to do a rundown of the best and worst of red carpet fashion this week, but Sandra Bullock just landed a post all to herself. Because somewhere right now a very overpaid stylist is laughing her ass off over the outfit Bullock wore to the L.A. premiere of her new film "All About Steve" last night. The multi-layered, movie theater curtain-inspired Lanvin dress is a bit of a nightmare by itself, but when paired with the booties and the hair that I think my niece must have styled, you have a nice fashion disaster.

I don't even know what else to say about this. Someone get me Nina Garcia! And a job as a fashion stylist! Because apparently it's not that difficult.

Let me know what you think!

The days of the measly little "40 percent off" summer sale are over. Boutiques have boxes of fall merchandise in their back rooms and are eager to get rid of all summer goods!

Veruca Salt, 1921 N. Damen, is launching their final Clearance Sale, otherwise known as their We're Not Messing Around Sale. All summer items are 75 to 95 percent off, including a Foley & Corinna dress and Seven for All Mankind cutoff jean shorts.


If you're a Chicago Bears-loving mom-to-be, you won't be needing that beer money this season. Instead use the extra cash for the official new Bears Maternity T-shirt, $24.98 at and, and $26.99 at

The NFL partnered with Motherhood Maternity to create the shirt, which is 100 percent cotton and designed for the expanding belly! Also available in white.

Affordable denim that still has that luxurious, designer feel? We've heard that before.

Plenty of companies have claimed such a feat. And now Web-based company Alias Premium Denim has launched the Sweet Dee, a pair of dark-washed, soft-woven denim for a mere $40. Did they live up to their claim? I enlisted my denim-loving co-worker Lori Rackl to give the jeans a test drive, and here's what she had to say:

By Lori Rackl
I'm guilty of dropping well over $100 on premium denim from companies whose
names sound like non-profits, i.e. Citizens of Humanity and 7 for All
Mankind. What can I say? I'm a sucker for the softness of the denim, the
form-fitting cut of the jeans and way they look a little worn in just the
right places.

But the economy has tanked, so it's time to start looking for affordable
alternatives. Alias premium denim, at $40 a pair, is a way to downsize your
denim spending without sacrificing too much in the style/comfort department.

Alias' jeans are like a cross between Levi's and the Big Boys like 7 for All
Mankind. They feel a little sturdier -- not necessarily in a good way -- than
pricey premium denim, but they still have that luxury feel. In other words,
these aren't the jeans you throw on to dig up dandelions in the garden.

My biggest complaint is that the button hole seems too small for the button,
so getting them on or off can be a tad frustrating. But hey, in this
economy, I'll put up with the hassle if it means saving some money.

Size chart
Alias fits sizes 0 to 12. Here's how their sizes break down: 26 (0-2); 28 (4-6); 30 (8-10); 32 (12).

Win a free pair
Alias is working on the design of their second style (Sweet Dee is the only style offered right now). Sign up here to be one of the first to try them out by winning a free pair!

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