Archive for April 2011

"Pink is the New Black" Benefit Honors Breast Cancer Heroes

  Recently, a who’s who of Chicago donned pink for the “Pink is the New Back” party hosted by Sonya Jackson, founder of “Mantra for Good“, at the beautiful Park Hyatt.  This event highlighted and honored 14 inspiring women who are heroes in the fight against breast cancer: Bright Pink’s Lindsay Avner, Carrie Birkel, Shannon... Read more »

Kenmore Live's "So You Wanna Be a Designer": Facebook's Hottest Reality Show!

Kenmore Live’s “So You Wanna Be a Designer” has almost 300,000 fans and is the first fashion reality show live-streamed on Facebook!  This 8 week long series began on March 24th and its final show will be May 12st.  It began with 6 designers and now on Episode 5, which I judged, the show is down to... Read more »

"Helping Hands" for World's Largest Ronald McDonald House

  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana held their “Cement Hands Event” to celebrate the building of the World’s Largest Ronald McDonald House at 211 E. Grand Avenue in Streeterville set to open in 2012.  Streeterville residents and supporters of the House came out in droves to put their hands in cement... Read more »
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Chicago's First Red Dress Party Sizzles! (PICS!)

  Over 300 people came out to support Chicago’s First Red Dress Party benefitting the Aids Foundation of Chicago and the Equality Project.  This party began in the 1990′s when two gentlemen who were dating discovered they had both contracted HIV/AIDS.  They swore to one another they would each wear red to their partner’s funeral.... Read more »

Playboy's Playmate Casting Call Draws Hundreds (PICS!)

Playboy's Playmate Casting Call Draws Hundreds (PICS!)
  Playboy Magazine’s recent casting call found some sure winners, in my opinion, when almost 300 hopefuls attended the recent auditions at the W Lake Shore.  It was a long process but the girls happily filled out necessary forms, had their waists measured, slipped into silk robes and then took the long walk to the four... Read more »

Mayor Daley's VIP Lovefest at Paris Club

Mayor Daley's VIP Lovefest at Paris Club
  A who’s who of 300 Chicagoans gathered together on Thursday, April 14rh, at the very first celebration in honor of Chicago’s longest-serving Mayor, Richard M. Daley, at RJ and Jerrod Melman’s new French restaurant, Paris Club.  The “I Love Mayor Daley” event, hosted by Walter E. Smithe brothers Tim, Mark and Walter–in conjunction with... Read more »
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Bacardi's Opens at U.S. Cellular Field with Sports Star Guests

  Bacardi’s at the Park opened this week at Gate 5 at U.S Cellular Field. This join venture between Gibson’s Restaurant Group and the Chicago White Sox is set to be a very popular spot!  The casual menu includes smokehouse maple chicken wings, smoked brisket nachos, some of the best roasted corn on the cob I’ve... Read more »

Playboy Playmates Host Casting Call Party at the Wit (PICS!)

  I was proud to co-host Playboy’s Casting Call Kick-Off Party recently with gorgeous Crystal McCahill, Miss May 2009.  A great crowd of beautiful hopefuls filled ROOF at theWit to sip “Playmate on the Roof” cocktails, mingle, take photos and hear Crystal and me recount our experiences with Playboy Magazine and our Playmate process.  Playboy’s Casting... Read more »

Columbia's "Red Hot Runway" Designers Strut their Stuff for Charity

  The “Red Hot Runway” fashion show was held at Columbia College recently as a Kick-Off for the upcoming “Chicago Red Dress Party” (April 16th).  13 designers participated and included Jiayin Zheng, Sadie Smith, Kelly Coll, Dana DuPree, Chloe Flora, Kristin Gillespie, Jacqueline Amezcua, Omotola Akinbiyi, Russell Yost, Katya Flores, Ruth Reyes, Amy Hilber and... Read more »
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Designer Elda de la Rosa Presents her Spring/Summer 2011 Collection to an SRO Crowd!

  Designer Elda de la Rosa’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection brought the house down recently at a cocktail reception and fashion show at the Allerton Hotel.  The standing room only crowd cheered wildly at each exquisite design and, while Elda specializes in evening gowns and bridal wear, her cocktails dresses and daytime wear were big hits as well. ... Read more »