Archive for 2012

A Love Letter to Chicago Now (plus CN Holiday Party pics!)

In 2009, when Chicago Now was created, who could’ve imagined how big and how popular this blogging platform would become?   Bill Adee, Tribune Digital Guru, handpicked five local bloggers to begin this journey that now includes more than 400 active blogs.  Collectively, these bloggers get millions of page views each month and dozens of them... Read more »

My FAVORITE NEW Year's Eve Party Picks! Watch HERE!

My FAVORITE NEW Year's Eve Party Picks! Watch HERE!
I picked my top NYE parties in Chicago on today’s “You & Me This Morning” on WCIU!  Loved being on again with beautiful co-hosts Jeanne Sparrow and Melissa Forman!  These ladies make getting up at 6 am so worth it! I couldn’t squeeze ALL of my favs in so my apologies to the Lettuce Entertain... Read more »

New Year's Eve at the Playboy Mansion will have a little something special this year! (PICS!)

With fellow Playmates Marcy Hanson, Hope Olson and Patti McGuire Connors at a NYE party past at the Mansion.
I’ve always quivered with excitement whenever I would receive an elegant, oversized party invitation from Hef (Hugh Hefner) at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills.  But times have changed for all of us, even Hef!  Lately, his invites have been evites but received with no less excitement!  I love looking through all of  his past... Read more »
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White House Holiday Party Creates Lasting Memories for Chicago Family

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama welcome guests at a White House holiday party
If you’ve ever been to RL Restaurant, you would know Rich Varnes, the charming general manager there since 2001.  His friendly face has greeted everyone from Oprah to Justin Bieber at this much loved spot on Chicago Avenue.   So it was no surprise that he would also have the opportunity to meet Valerie Jarrett, President... Read more »

Holiday Cheer and Charity for the Service Club of Chicago

Hazel Barr, Elf and event chair Sheree Valukas.
Every year, the Service Club of Chicago, hosts a delightful Holiday Luncheon at the University Club.  This year’s theme, “12 Days of Christmas”, brought out almost 200 attendees to this glorious venue at 76 E. Monroe.  The room was beautifully appointed with a 20-foot-tall Christmas tree that glowed beneath the dramatic stained glass window.   An... Read more »

Blackhawks Legend Jeremy Roenick Wears CAMP's Candid Candace Lipstick on WCIU

Blackhawks Legend Jeremy Roenick Wears CAMP's Candid Candace Lipstick on WCIU
Chicago Blackhawks legend Jeremy Roenick visited WCIU’s “You & Me This Morning“  to discuss his new book, “J.R.: My Life as the Most Outspoken, Fearless, and Hard-Hitting Man in Hockey.”  During the interview with co-hosts Jeanne Sparrow and Melissa Foreman, my lipstick by CAMP Cosmetics, Candid Candace, came up……well, watch what happened next here!  Too... Read more »
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Color me Coral! Inside the CAMP Cosmetics Photo Shoot (Video)

When CAMP Cosmetics named a lipstick after me (Candid Candace), I thought I would faint!  Here is a video of the ad campaign shot by photographer Amie Hana, courtesy of Michigan Avenue Magazine!  I hope you enjoy it!!  (For more info, please click here!)

Jennifer Hudson and the Voice's Jamar Rogers Perform at House of Blues for Michigan Avenue Magazine Party

Interviewing Jennifer for "Candid Candace Chicago" on Watch312.com
Sometimes it can be hell on the Red Carpet, especially when you’re waiting for a star as big as Jennifer Hudson but, on this night at the House of Blues, everyone behaved for Michigan Aveneue Magazine’s second cover party, “A Hudson Holiday”,  for this beloved Chicago icon. Michigan Avenue Magazine, President/publisher Dan Uslan and Editor-in-Chief... Read more »

CAMP Cosmetics Creates Candid Candace Lipstick!

CAMP Cosmetics Creates Candid Candace Lipstick!
I had never met CAMP Cosmetics founder Michael Perich before he contacted me in July and asked if I would be interested in having a lipstick named after me, Candid Candace.  Hello, HELL yes!  So, he sent me a jillion shades of my signature color, coral, and I chose my favorite.  Now, Candid Candace, is... Read more »
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Playboy's Hugh Hefner Engaged to Crystal Harris, AGAIN!

Playboy's Hugh Hefner Engaged to Crystal Harris, AGAIN!
I guess it was bound to happen.  I figured since Crystal Harris, Hef’s runaway almost-bride, had moved back into the Mansion that he had forgiven her for the past, namely the highly publicized jilt at the altar in June 2012. And, sure enough,  around Christmas, Hef (89) popped the question again to Crystal (29) and... Read more »