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A Love, Hate, Love Relationship Tale Featuring Forever 21

29 Sep Fall 2014 Forever 21
Fall 2014 Forever 21

Fall 2014 Forever 21

Alright, I’m not the most excited to admit this, but I shop at Forever 21. A lot. However, most people don’t realize it. A store like this isn’t my first pick to walk into, however when a gal is on a budget and has a shopping addiction, choices must be made. Although at some point I hope to be able to shop at Barney’s and Kate Spade on a daily basis, I think now I have cheaper points of life down.

That’s right ladies and even gentlemen, it is possible to purchase something that is worthwhile at Forever 21. I’m not saying it’s like a walk down the aisle at Bloomingdale’s, however with a few things kept in mind you can make the trip into the store worthwhile. Here’s what helps me:

1. Go for the basics

I live in their $2.80 tanks. And their knit pencil skirts are perfect to throw on before work and are comfortable. Basics here are perfect because you wear them out quicker compared to your other clothes.

  1. Try it onThis one I hate to do, but it’s true. Most of the brands Forever 21 buys from are fitted from a designer or their assistants – not a stand fit model. Plus with cheaper manufacturing you never know how it will look until you put it on.3. One stop trend shop

    Dying for that trendy crop top that you know you probably won’t wear next year? If you feel like trying a trend however you don’t know how long it will last, don’t bother with a higher priced store. Forever 21 is great on offering pieces for every trend and style. It hard not to find that latest style you’ve been wondering about.

    4. Think of the personal value

    If it’s the leather jacket you’ve wanted since your teens, Forever 21 probably isn’t the place to buy it. However if you don’t plan on keeping it forever then what’s the point of spending a lot on it?

    5. Don’t get attached

    Speaking of not keeping it for the rest of your life, never forget where you purchase those jeans for $9.95 or that handbag for $34.95. To shop here you have to accept the inevitable – something with break, something will tear, something will easily get ruined. Once you accept the fact you get what you paid for you will not only be a little less angry for buying that jean shirt, but you will also think twice before you purchase those printed leggings.

    6. Make outfits before a purchase

    To avoid wasting your money, try to come up with at least a few ways you could wear to garment. Sometimes you let something waste away because it was inexpensive. Or you buy it in impulse and realize the mistake you made later. If you figure out multiple ways to wear it before you buy it, the more likely you are to actually wear it.

    7. Look at the content

    Do a little fabric study. Depending on the weave and what it’s made out of will determine how long it will last. Some materials are more likely to tear or pill easily while other fabrics will last a lot longer than you think. Study up and become a better consumer here.

    8. Remember: Cheap is cheap

    I’m smart about what I pull off the rack at Forever 21. At the end of the day, not matter if it looks good from afar or it’s that piece I’ve been looking for, if it looks or feels cheap, it’s not worth it.

    With these tips you can now be put in the right frame of mind to indulge in your guilty pleasure. Now run along beauties, and when they ask you where that adorable skirt came from, give a sly grin and act like the name slipped your mind. Hopefully if you are smart and savy enough, they’ll never know.


Lindsay Grundy- Fashion Contributor,  Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago
Connect with Lindsay @lindsaygrundy or on her website,

Bell’s Blowout Party at Tuman’s Tap & Grill 10.8

26 Sep Tuman's Tap

Tuman's Tap

Tuman’s Tap

Tuman’s Tap & Grill
2159 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Featuring limited release, seasonal and year-round beers from Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery

Tuman’s is pleased to host Bell’s Brewery for this special party and offers limited release beers such as the seasonal Octoberfest lager, and The Oracle, a Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) so rare there are only eight quarter barrels in all of Chicagoland (Tuman’s has secured one especially for this event). Other featured seasonal and year-round beers include Oarsman Ale, Two Hearted Ale and Amber Ale. Tuman’s has also reserved one of the last kegs of the annual summertime favorite, Oberon Ale. The featured beers range from $4-$8 each.

Monica Mooney, Bell’s brand ambassador/beer expert, provides beer education and gives away Bell’s hats, T-shirts and other logoed gear. A $9 brat dinner special, which includes a beer brat and mashed potatoes, augments the regular menu. There is no cover charge for the party and food and drink is pay-as-you-go. The Bell’s event kicks off at 6 p.m. and Tuman’s is open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. on October 8 (the kitchen is open until 11 p.m.).

The Oracle, Limited Release, 10.4% ABV
This brew is Bell’s spin on the West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale. The aromatic punch of dry-hop sessions with hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest create resinous, citrusy hop flavors and aggressive bitterness.

Octoberfest, Limited Seasonal Release, 5.5% ABV
The Octoberfest is lagered for a full six weeks and is full-bodied with a less aggressive hop presence than the year-round Bell’s lager. Smooth, highly-drinkable session beer with a light caramel malt note and subtle sweetness.

Oarsman Ale, Year-Round, 4.0% ABV
Designed as a flavorful food-friendly session beer, the brewery uses a classic German brewing technique to impart a light, refreshing tartness. Brewed with a healthy portion of wheat and fermented with Bell’s house yeast; German hops lend herbal notes to the aroma.

Two Hearted Ale, Year-Round 7.0% ABV
Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell’s house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.

Amber Ale, Year-Round, 5.8% ABV
Deftly balances a mixture of toasted grain and light caramel notes with a range of floral, citrus and herbal hop notes, capped by a clean bitterness.

Oberon Ale, Seasonal, 5.8% ABV
Wheat ale fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel.

West Town Art Walk to Canvas Chicago Avenue 10.3-10.4

25 Sep West Town Art Walk
West Town Art Walk

West Town Art Walk

Location: On Chicago Ave from Milwaukee to Western.
Check in: 1850 W Chicago Ave (Empty lot next to Tecalitlan) to pickup official West Town Art Walk pin and map.
Parking: $5 parking in Empty lot at 1850 W. Chicago Ave.
Cost: Free (no donation request)
Phone: 312-850-9390
Hours: Friday, 5 pm to 8 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm

West Town’s thriving art scene takes over the neighborhood on Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th for the 4th annual West Town Art Walk. Presented by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, Dovetail and Seek Vintage, this eclectic fest mimes the creative talents of Chicagoans and celebrates West Town’s diverse business community.

“Our mission is to showcase West Town as a rich, cultural hub that has a lot to offer business owners, residents and visitors,” said West Town Chamber of Commerce director Kara Salgado.

West Town Art Walk

West Town Art Walk

Throughout Friday and Saturday, attendees can stroll up and down Chicago Avenue, mingle with local business owners, and enjoy art in all forms: visual, performance, culinary, music, and fashion. The free-to-the-public Art Walk features everything from artistic spins on classic cocktails to full blown pop-up-galleries and takes place within dozens of West Town storefronts, everything from restaurants to boutiques. Many of the participating venues also run their own exclusive promotions and sales during this time.

An official West Town Art Walk touring map will be distributed on-site. Other activities include: complimentary rickshaws for transporting guests throughout the event and after parties at many participating businesses on Friday, Oct 3rd until at least 10pm.

The Participating Venues, Addresses & Artists or Specials:

Ad Hoc 1948 W Chicago Ave TBA
Alcala’s Boutique 1739 W Chicago Ave TBA
Asado Coffee Roasters 1651 W Chicago Ave 25% off coffee & espresso drinks
Awake Café 1357 W Chicago Ave 25% Mocha latte & hot chocolate. Sandwich, side & drink combo for $6.95
Beauty Bar 1444 W Chicago Ave No cover before 10pm & discounted signature cocktail
Bow & Stern Oyster Bar 1371 W Chicago Ave Signature Cocktail: Vander-Slicin’ It Up” $6.00
Broken Art Restoration 1841 W Chicago Ave William & Michelle Marhoefer, Sclupture & Paintings
Chicago Avenue Salon 1941 W Chicago Ave Megan Kind, Paintings & Bella Vintaj, Jewerly
Dovetail 1452 W Chicago Ave Leah Ball, Jewerly & Ceramics
Epic Spices 1725 W Chicago Ave TBA
Five Star Bar 1424 W Chicago Ave Signature Cocktail offered
Flo Café & Bar 1434 W Chicago Ave Christina Silvestri, Paintings
Green Zebra 1460 W Chicago Ave Trio of Roses tasting $10
High Dive 1938 W Chicago Ave Ali Manesh, Projection Mapped Animations
Inside Home 1942 W Chicago Ave Kimberly Creswell, Paintings
Intuit Art Center 756 N Milwaukee Ave Art Exhibit by Found Magazine, Collage & Multiple Artists, Paintings & Sculpture
Krispy Fringe Vintage 2130 W Chicago Ave Sara Engimann, Photography
Le Thrift 1821 W Chicago Ave Christine Sanderson, Paintings, Jorie Gillis & Valerie Hahan, Paintings & Photography
Noble Grape 802 N Wine Tasting
Paperish Mess 1955 W Chicago Ave Jonah Ortiz, Mixed Media Installations
Pie Eyed Pizzeria 1111 W Chicago Ave
Seek Vintage 1432 W Chicago Ave Marisa Klug-Morataya, Photography & Yasmin Panjwani, Graphic Artist
Shaman by Chilam Balam 1438 W Chicago Ave Beef brisket tamal w/ pecan mole & free glass of virgin sangria $9.95 per tamale
Sprout Home 745 W Damen Ave “Living on the Foil-edge”
Study Hall 2016 W Chicago Ave TBA
Tarnish 2024 W Chicago Ave Cormac Kehoe, Photography
The Chicago Academy for the Arts 1010 W Chicago Ave Multiple Artists, Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture
Treva Gallery 1659 W Chicago Ave Danielle Monet Morse, Paintings
Ugly Mug Café 1458 W Chicago Ave
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art 2320 W Chicago Ave Art Museum: Multiple artists
Unite Urban Grill 1450 W Chicago Ave Allison Evans, Photography / Signature Cocktail: “Chicago Ave” $10.00
Urban Source 1429 W Chicago Ave April Noga, Textile design

The Fine Print
West Town Art Walk is part of Chicago Artists Month 2014, the 19th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Fall 2014 Chicago Boutique Openings

24 Sep Market Supply Co.

Check out our list of stores and boutiques opening this Fall around Chicago!



Roscoe Village
M2 Boutique (2203 W. Roscoe St., 773-248-9866,

The popular jewelry and accessories retailer in Lakeview just branched out this month by opening their next location in Roscoe Village. The store opened during the middle of September where it featured lotto tickets, a welcoming party, and all the latest in accessories to kick off the opening.

Wicker Park
Province (1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Suite 315, 773-789-9330,

Starting as an Etsy shop in 2013, the shop features original artwork, vintage and antique pieces, live plants, and more. The one-of-a-kind store is a pop-up shop that will only be open for the 2014 holiday shopping season.

Shinola (1619 N. Damen Ave.,

The Detroit-based craftsman brand will be opening doors next month. The storefront will offer watches, bikes, leather goods, along with items from other manufacturers. It will be their fourth location nation-wide to open.

Market Supply Co.

Market Supply Co.

Market Supply Co. (1147 W. 18th St., 773-609-2887,

The favored repurposed store is opening its doors again. Along with classic barber services, the store will offer men’s and women’s clothing along with recrafted and restored vintage items.


Lindsay Grundy- Fashion Contributor,  Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago
Connect with Lindsay @lindsaygrundy or on her website,

Pink Drink Recipe: Support National Breast Cancer Awareness At Adamus

22 Sep SH_TheDiva

SH_TheDivaShow your support or try this recipe at home courtesy of Adamus in the Silvermith Hotel. 

Adamus, the vibrant new lounge and restaurant located at the recently renovated Silversmith Hotel in Chicago, is proud to show their support for National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. In honor of this important cause, Adamus has created a specialty signature beverage for the month of October, where one dollar from every drink sold will be donated to the Chicagoland Susan G. Komen foundation. 

The Diva Cocktail Recipe at Adamus
– 2 dash Cranberry bitters
-1/2oz simple
-1/2oz Trios Citros
-1 1/2oz Fresh Grapefruit
-1 1/2oz Mezcal Vago


The Silversmith Hotel
10 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60603



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