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Six Things Every Crazy Dog Owner Needs

18 Nov Barkbox
Barkbox

Barkbox

I’m not an animal person. However there is a small portion of me that looks at little puppies and my anti-animal, Grinch themed heart melts. No matter what though, I thoroughly enjoy watching dog owners go crazy as if their dog is their next of kin. Seriously though, it’s hilarious how intense they get. So to celebrate crazy dog owners, I found a few products that I know they won’t be resist.

Etsy

Etsy

In fact, I can see many screaming internally and slightly jumping up and down out of pure enjoyment of getting something more for their dog.

Dog Lover Necklace

Barkbox

For the beauty people there is Birchbox and for drinkers Julibox. But for your dog, there is Barkbox. Every month you can get four or more products for your little one. From toys, bones, treats that all natural, and even gadgets. Another plus is the fact that portions of the profits help dogs in need.

American Apparel

American Apparel

So you are always able to have you dog close to your heart…or at least an obvious place where you can brag about him or her. Although there are a variety of options (just type dog necklace in Etsy), you can get your dog’s name printed on everything from a tag to bone.

American Apparel Dog Hoodie

This should be a standard item for dog owners to buy. I mean, what dog doesn’t look adorable in a little hoodie? And you have to keep your pup warm. When it comes to dressing your dog, you might as well do it in style. Plus it even has the pocket and variety of colors – you can’t say no to it.

Sunbeam

Sunbeam

Gourmet Dog Treat Maker

To be honest, I barely want to cook let alone make treats for a living creature who can’t even speak English. I see how it could be fun, making something, decorating a treat, just for your one and only little pup. Just don’t get it mixed up with your waffle maker.

Meteorlight K-9 LED Ball

Meteorlight Ball

Meteorlight Ball

A LED light up ball? Handy and cool. It’s perfect for those who like to play with their dog when it’s a little darker out, or for those who just want something a little more entertaining than your typical tennis ball. Not to mention if you are at the dog park, the two of you will really be able to put on a show.

Custom Shelter Pup Stuffed Pup

This is by far the cutest but craziest one of them all. In case you need a custom stuffed dog so then yhttps://poorgirlsguidechicago.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.phpou can always have your dog around, Shelter Pups is the place to go. It bases off pictures you send in, using Merino Wool and handmade in the USA. Although it comes with a hefty $150 price tag, it has a two week turnaround and proceeds go to shelters and rescues. Not to mention, it looks exactly like a mini version of a dog.

Shelter Pups

Shelter Pups

Crazy dog lovers, you can rejoice. I have supplied plenty of entertainment for you until you teach your dog how to finally roll over. Just don’t go crazy over excitement whenever you receive the latest Barkbox for finally get to cuddle with your dog and the stuff version.

 

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

 

Best Buys For Bags

14 Nov closet purse organizer

closet purse organizerAccessories mean everything to me. Shoes, jewelry, and bags are my favorite thing to shop for but I’m always appalled by the price…well, probably more so the small paycheck that doesn’t work with the price. No matter what though, I’ve learned to sling an adorable and stylish bag on my arm and continue on my day as if I make triple digits. Once you learn the basics, it’s actually pretty easy. I can walk through a H&M, Forever 21, even a Target and walk out with a handbag that makes everyone’s eyes pop. But don’t worry, I’ll share my insider knowledge on how to wow everyone without you having to spend an entire paycheck.

Go Faux, Not Fake

It is possible to purchase a good quality fake leather bag. The thing is, you want simulated leather, not fabric that has been printed to look like leather. The same goes for hardware and, if you feel the need, fur. First things first, if it feels cheap it looks cheap. If that isn’t enough evidence, just take a look at the details. Shiny metals look terrible, fabric that has had the leather look emboss on the front, or tacky little details like cheap fur or too many decorations on the front. Your first instinct will tell you if it’s trashy or classy; go with your instincts.

Think Structure

The easiest way to make a bag look expensive is having a structure bag. Good quality leather and canvas bag have a natural stiffness to them. When I’m searching for a bag, I try to mimic the structural effect with lower price bags. If they can stand up easily on their own, usually they look a lot more expensive than they really are, especially compared to slouchy inexpensive bags. Another plus: they hold more, easier to get items out of it, and look incredible on your arm.

Avoid Shabby Stores

Think first about the location you are about to go to. Zara, Forever 21, T J Maxx focuses on current trends. Fashion stores that push a lot of marketing into their fashion sales and focus on trying to showcase the latest trends will try to have a few pieces that are worth your time. There are some places that you should know aren’t worth it – let’s just toss Wal-Mart out there as an example. If the store doesn’t seem to have any focus on the current trends, it’s doubtful you will be able to pick up a bag off the shelf that is stylish and cute.

Wait it Out

I always end up getting the itch…I feel like every bag I own is worthless and suddenly I become desperate for a new one. This clearly is the worst time to shop. If you are trying to find the perfect bag, you need to make sure to do it with the perfect balance of when you want it and when you need it. This way you will avoid scavenging around and picking up the first bag that resembles the idea of a good buy.

Prepare

No, I’m not kidding. Even if you plan on spending less than forty dollars, a true fashionista prepares for the challenge ahead. Look at the trends or current styles to see exactly what you want. After this, it’s time to online window shop. Search around, check out a few sites, and see if there is anything that catches your eye. This way, whenever you actually go shopping for the bag, you have an idea of what you want (just don’t get stuck on a bag you see online)!

Don’t Counterfeit It

I know, we all want to buy Louis Vuitton and Prada bags on a daily basis, but unfortunately that can’t always happen. No matter how much you want the trendiest designer bag, never purchase a counterfeit. Not only is horrible for the fashion industry and involves a lot of unethical labor, it also is just plain tacky. If you can’t afford the label, don’t try pulling off the look.

Shun Online Shopping

When you are trying to shop cheap but look for something nice, viewing a 2×3 picture online is not the right way to execute it. You need to be able to see the bag’s construction, fabric, and overall look. That can only be accomplished in person. For everyone that’s addicted to online shopping, time to head out the door and join the real world. It’s the only way to execute the job and bag the prize (I know, so witty!)

Remember to Splurge

It is always worth saving up to splurge on something you will use all the time. After all, if you use that leather studded bag on a daily basis, shouldn’t you invest in a bag that will last? I wait it out until I find a great sale – Kate Spade has amazing sales on their bags and Nordstrom Rack sometimes features designer bags that are definitely cheaper than if you bought it from the brand. Find your favorite designer brand and stalk them. Sign up for their emails in case they have sales, see which websites they are featured on in case they go on sale there (Hautelook, Gilt, Outnet) and hope that one day that amazing bag appears with a beautiful 50% tag with it.

For those addicted to bags, there’s always a solution. Patience and the desire always leads to owning the best looking purses. Add the tips and tidbits I mentioned and finding the perfect bag will be easier than ever. After all, don’t we all deserve to look a little more fabulous without breaking the bank?

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

Randolph Street Market 8th Annual Holiday Markets

11 Nov www.randolphstreetmarket.com

Looking for inspiration for this year’s holiday season? Have all your holiday decorating, party planning, fashion and entertaining questions answered by the vintage kings and queens at the Randolph Street Market 8th Annual Holiday Markets, November 22-23 and December 13-14. The Randolph Street Market is the perfect one stop shop for all your holiday needs, including a mix of antique, vintage and modern goods encompassing home décor, furniture, jewelry, men’s toys and accessories, art, mink stoles, gourmet chocolate gift boxes, and custom-made gifts.  Make this season as unique as the selection of wares you’ll find from 90+ vendors!

 

Highlights for 2014:

  • Mix and mingle with local Style Experts Graham Kostic of Glossed and Found in November and December and famed stylist and writer, Barri Leiner Grant at December’s Market, and find out what these trendsetters have in their stocking stuffers. They’ll be scouring the Market early before doors open to the public to hand pick the best gift ideas for everyone on your list! Check out ourFacebook and Twitter networks all weekend long to see pictures of these experts hard at work with their fab finds.
  • Shoppers that bring a toy to be donated to Toys for Tots will get a FREE Drink from the Market Bar!
  • Custom poems typed by a panel of poets, Poems While You Wait. Provide your name, the topic and a $5 donation and you’ll receive an insta-poem 20 minutes later.
  • Make the Holiday Markets a Girls Shopping Weekend and get all dolled up while sipping on Mimosas with your four favorite girlfriends. Grab your girlfriends for fabulous shopping, treats, cocktails, and more and get glamified before you hit the Holiday party circuit.
  • Our fancy food handmade and artisanal offerings include the savory and sweet such as: crepes, empanadas, cocktails, homemade caramels, gourmet blended olive oil, tasty chocolates and more. Foodie gifts to-go abound, making the perfect hostess gift or go-to thoughtful gift for those hard to buy for friends and family.

 

As always, Randolph Street Market offers a full entertainment experience all weekend long.  House DJ spins, live jazz music, photo booth. Free gift-wrap onsite and free furniture delivery downtown completes your shopping to do list! And don’t forget, a 2015 Randolph Street Market Season Pass is also a great gift for your favorite treasure hunter!

 

Make the Randolph Street Holiday Market the first Holiday Party you’ll attend this season and stretch your stylish dollars in a fun and fanciful space.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION RANDOLPH STREET HOLIDAY MARKETS CHICAGO

 

WHAT:

Randolph Street’s 8th Annual Holiday Markets

 

WHEN:

Saturday, November 22 + Sunday, November 23 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 13 + Sunday, December 14 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

WHERE:

Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Street, Chicago FREE PARKING in huge onsite parking lot only steps away from entrance

 

PRICE: Discounted $8 tickets are available in advance (click here); general admission $10, students with ID $3 or $5 at the gate. Children 12 and under free.

 

Every paid admission gets a $5 or $10 shopping voucher good toward purchases. For more information, visit www.randolphstreetmarket.com.

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

Get your holiday shopping and party planning off to the right start with wares in all price ranges, from thrifty to extravagant, and not to mention the brilliant ideas you’ll get in regards to your own holiday displays. You will discover fabulous keepsakes from embroidered hankies to estate jewelry with everything in between. Timeless antiques and modern treasures including vintage and indie fashion, furniture, jewelry, art, decorative objects, house wares, and more will make this holiday show a memorable experience. Get a jump on the holiday season, beginning with vintage cheer spanning the decades!

 

FOR INFO: call (312) 666-1200 or info@imagepilots.com or randolphstreetmarket.com

 

About Image Pilots

Recognized as the Midwest’s premier market organizers, Image Pilots productions are a favorite destination for merchandisers, decorators, fashionistas and style setters from around the globe. Clickhere to be added to customer mailing list. Email info@imagepilots.com or call 312- 666-1200 for more information.

 

The Randolph Street Market Festival, home of the world famous Chicago Antique Market and Indie Designer Market, is an internationally recognized European-style indoor and outdoor shopping extravaganza in Chicago’s historic West Loop. From May-September, 250+, and October-April, 90+ select purveyors of high quality, value-priced “finds” is the destination for treasure hunters, fashionistas, designers, Hollywood set decorators, and people who want to see and be seen. Voted as Time Out Chicago’s “Best Market” in 2013, and featured in Travel & Leisure, the NY Times, Lucky Magazine, UK’s Guardian and more, the Randolph Street Market Festival is considered “a mecca of cool”, “the best hot spot for antiquing”, “the best Chicago venue for people watching”, and “the Barney’s of Vintage”. Celebrity designer Nate Berkus says, “I love this market…the quality is incredible!” “Treasure Hunters unite! The best finds—and best prices!—reign supreme at Randolph Street Market.” - Graham Kostic, “It’s my go to for one of a kind finds.” -Barri Leiner Grant, Stylist and Writer

 

For more information, and 2014 show dates, visit www.randolphstreetmarket.com.

 

24 Oct Sex And The City

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”

The great Oscar de la Renta once said this. It was one of the many inspirational quotes he has said over his career. Over his eighty-two year old life span, over fifty of this time spent designing clothes, the designer has become known for quite a few accomplishments. No matter how much someone is interested in clothing, at the end of the day, Oscar de la Renta created quite the impact on the fashion industry that has effected women everywhere. From TV to the office, the famous designer has created clothes that has stuck in everyone’s mind.

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The Couture Gowns

Sex And The City

Sex And The City

There wasn’t a moment where Oscar de la Renta created anything with the greatest innovation or revolutionary work however he has managed to stick in everyone’s mind. While other American designers was working to build up a label, pushing ads out and trying to become a commonly used household name, Oscar de la Renta went a different path. Dressing Hollywood, filling the red carpet with silk and frills, he worked with high-profile cases and even dressing the First lady starting with Jackie Kennedy. Oscar de la Renta admired the feminine, proper, and dignified gowns made a name for himself unlike many designers.

Carrie’s “The Date with the Russian” Dress

Oscar de la Renta became a pop-culture icon with his work on movies and TV, especially with the designer’s involvement with Sex and the City. After this episode it’s safe to say everyone questioned what they wore to McDonald’s. The pink, classic dress was forever embed in our hearts as a classic. From the quote “You call him Oscar?” to the feeding of the French fry, no one can deny that Oscar de la Renta can be worn anywhere, anytime.

De la Renta in the White House

Jackie Kennedy was the first of many to bare the designs of Oscar de la Renta. The 1980’s was a stretch of Nancy Reagan wearing tomato-red and shoulder-padded gowns to dinners and events. During the 1990’s, not only did he dress Hillary Clinton, but convinced Anna Wintour to feature the First lady on the December 1998 issue of Vogue. It was the first time a first lady was ever featured on the cover.

Vogue Hillary Clinton 1998

Vogue Hillary Clinton 1998

Boy Scouts’ Classic Look

According to Scouting Magazine, Oscar de la Renta took what was once constricting military style uniforms and after a two year redesign, the classic look was achieved. The Boy Scouts were given new pants, shirts, the classic neckerchiefs. The designer told the magazine in 1980 “It should be suitable for strenuous activity; it should be made from an easy care fabric; and at the time the wearer should still look like a Scout.” Since the 1980’s boys, girls, and adults have the stylish attire due to Oscar de la Renta.

The Holy Grail of Fashion Awards

To say one knows anything about fashion, the Council of Fashion Designers of America should be one of the first things someone learns about. Between 1973 to 1976, and 1986 to 1988 Oscar de la Renta was president of the CFDA. Due to his work with the organization, the CFDA Awards came about. The awards, which de la Renta has been the recipient of many of them over the years, provides some of the ultimate honors in the fashion community.

Hillary Clinton De La Renta 1997 Inaguration

Hillary Clinton De La Renta 1997 Inaguration

Of course, many of us will never get the opportunity to wear Oscar de la Renta, however the label and the designer has created quite the effect on the fashion community. From the runway to the red carpet, year after year he has managed to amaze us. Although the name Oscar de la Renta name lives on, the work that has been produced by this creative gentleman will not be forgotten anytime soon.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/21/oscar-de-la-renta-facts_n_6022020.html

http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2014/oct/21/oscar-de-la-renta-sarah-jessica-parker-amal-alamuddin-jackie-kennedy-michelle-obama-oscars

http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/biographies/oscar-de-la-renta-biography

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

 

Indiana’s Hunt and Gather Pop-Up Market Comes to Vintage Garage Chicago For Season Finale 10.19

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Dealers from Indiana’s Hunt & Gather Pop-Up Markets will be setting up at Vintage Garage Chicago this Sunday. Hunt and Gather is held several times a year at various locations in that state.

 

“The partnership with Vintage Garage Chicago seemed to be a natural extension of the growing interest by the next generation of antiques vendors,” says Hunt and Gather owner Carey Keenan-Rowell. “Everyone is excited to bring their wares this weekend. We’ll show Chicago what we’ve got.”

 

The last event of the season, the October installation of Vintage Garage Chicago will also include the popular Record Ramp attraction, as well as DJs spinning vinyl records.

 

“For the Vintage Garage customer the partnership will mean a new crop of dealers and merchandise,” says Melissa Sands of Vintage Promotions, LLC. “Some fresh faces and a new set of eyes curating vintage merchandise.”

 

The market will feature furniture, records, housewares, clothing and jewelry, decor, architectural items and more.

The Season Finale of Vintage Garage Chicago and Record Ramp will be held October 19 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The address is 5051 N Broadway, at the Argyle stop on the Red Line. For More information, visit http://www.vintagegaragechicago.com

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