Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Kjaer Weis organic cometics channel your inner green beauty ]]> Lead story image

When it comes to the foods you eat, you’re a fanatic about reading labels. No hard-to-pronounce, unnatural ingredients for you. The products you put on your skin? Not so much. But considering studies show that 60 percent of what you put on your skin is directly absorbed into your body, you might want to reconsider. Channeling her 20 years experience as a makeup artist for models and actors, Danish-born, New York-based Kirsten Kjaer Weis has created Kjaer Weis, a well-edited line of organic cosmetics that come in elegant metal compacts, which get more eco-love points for its refillable quality. The … ]]> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:02:45 -0600 <![CDATA[ Shoppers can go small on Saturday ]]> Lead story image

Shoppers who shudder at the mere mention of Black Friday but still want to score a bargain this weekend should check out Small Business Saturday. Sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a nationally driven initiative developed by American Express in 2010 to encourage consumers to support small businesses by shopping locally during the big kickoff weekend to the holiday shopping season. Last year more than 100 million U.S. consumers shopped at local retailers on Small Business Saturday, and once again, the mantra is “shop small” on Nov. 24. Shoppers looking to skip the lines … ]]> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 07:05:46 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fashion Night Out Chicago treats shoppers to deals ]]> Lead story image

Fashionistas can sip cocktails, see the latest looks and get a makeover at Our Town’s events for the sartorial celebration Thursday — and they’re all free. Here are some of the hottest. ]]> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 07:55:12 -0600 <![CDATA[ J. Crew launches local designer capsule collection ]]> Lead story image

Find Shane Gabier and Chris Peters’ Chicago-based Creatures of the Wind at J. Crew today. The 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runners-up took their sartorial cred and designed a smaller, more affordable, three-piece collection for the fashion-forward retailer. Keep an eye out for the design duo’s signature look, described as “’60s psychedelia and rebellious youth culture,” for inspiration. All three pieces are easy to add to any wardrobe, especially the colorblocked cashmere twinset (shown at right). A liberty-print floral sundress and bright multi-colored oxfords round out the collection. Check local locations or hit … ]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:45:10 -0600 <![CDATA[ Bucktown girl dresses celebrity pups ]]> Lead story image

No matter what side of the “dressing pets” debate you fall, you have to give Michelle Cleek O’Hollaren some credit. The 33-year-old Bucktown resident turned her love of dressing her pug Penny into a business — which immediately caught on with celebrities such as Tori Spelling and Bethenny Frankel. At, you can snatch up the looks O’Hollaren created for the two celebrities, or chose from other designs, including dresses, T-shirts, neckties, and even a few costumes (to let your pug’s inner princess ballerina shine). For Frankel’s dog Cookie, O’Hollaren created the Cherries Flower Collar and Matching Leash Set, $59.99. … ]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:45:10 -0600 <![CDATA[ Made in Chicago shop offers local fashion for every shape, size ]]> Lead story image

As I walk the Made in Chicago shop — a space reminiscent of the doctor’s office it once was — busy designers hide in small “examination rooms,” working tirelessly to turn their spaces into mini boutiques. The finished shop opens Saturday at 44 E. Grand and is presented by the Apparel Industry Board Inc. (AIBI), a non-profit group that has mentored local designers for 25 years. AIBI held a temporary Made in Chicago pop-up shop in December, but this is the group’s first permanent store. It features a diverse group of people — with fashion experience ranging from 20 years … ]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:45:10 -0600 <![CDATA[ Air Yeezy 2 drops in Chicago Saturday ]]> Lead story image

If you’re into sneakers, then you know the line is short for Kanye West’s Air Yeezy 2. That’s because camping out is no longer the way to get your feet into a pair of these hotly-anticipated kicks from Nike. If you’re in Chicago and looking to buy, head to Succezz, 1329 S. Michigan Ave. in the South Loop or RSVP Gallery, 1753 N. Damen Ave., in Wicker Park. Those are the only two Chicago stores with the bragging rights to sell them tomorrow. But expect to bid fast, and bid often — the retail price may be $245, but will … ]]> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 18:12:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ 5 cool Father’s Day gift ideas for Chicago dads ]]> Lead story image

1. FOR THE ARTISTIC DAD It all started with dancing in the streets of Chicago. In 2005, Brandon Breaux, a DePaul graphic design student at the time, made extra cash dancing in front of Water Tower Place. During a break, Breaux struck up a conversation with Juan Sanchez, a fellow fashion-lover who worked at Nike Town inside Water Tower. The instant friends decided there was a need for a streetwear brand inspired by the City of Chicago, and Ends/Wealth Corp. was born. “We come from culture, being from Chicago and being into hip-hop culture and being into sneaker culture,” says … ]]> Sun, 08 Jul 2012 18:32:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ This season, cuffs are bigger and bolder than ever ]]> Lead story image

This spring you’ve gotta be sporting a cuff, bold in design and bright — orange, blue and green — in color. ]]> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:09:33 -0600 <![CDATA[ Vote: Yes or no for TOMS? ]]> Lead story image

I’m sure you’ve seen them: They’re a curious hybrid of the boat shoe and slipper. They look quite comfortable, yet I question their suitability for the streets (a friend of mine referred to them as “pajamas for the feet”). They’re called TOMS, a brand for women, men and kids that was launched in 2006 and has gained in popularity this year. But the question is, do we like them? One thing may sway your vote: For every pair sold, TOMS gives a pair of shoes to a child in need. (The line was started after American traveler Blake Mycoskie visited … ]]> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:07:18 -0600 <![CDATA[ Sweet deals at Krista K’s anniversary event ]]> Lead story image

The only thing sweeter than a discount is one with a side of cupcake. This weekend, Krista K, 3458 N. Southport, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a party that includes a 20 percent discount on everything in the store, along with complimentary cupcakes from Swirlz. Sales runs Friday through Sunday; … ]]> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:02:43 -0600 <![CDATA[ Build your own Chucks ]]> Lead story image

OK crimefighters, take a break from saving the world and go to to design your own Batman-themed Chuck Taylors. Choose from four Batman character patterns (Batman, Joker, Catwoman and the Riddler) and also pick the color of everything from the stitching to the lining. You can also add your own personal ID. The shoes ($55 for kids, $75 for adults) take up to three weeks to be delivered, which is plenty of time before “The Dark Knight Also Rises” hits theaters (on July 20)! … ]]> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:06:06 -0600 <![CDATA[ Six summer shoe styles to help re-energize your wardrobe ]]> Lead story image

Sparkle. Prints. Color-blocking. And — dare I say — comfort. These are the biggest themes you’ll see popping up in fabulous footwear collections this summer — all a welcome change after a long season of boots, boots and more boots. ]]> Mon, 28 May 2012 08:09:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ Vote: Do you like the flatform shoe? ]]> Lead story image

One style I’m not quite sure about is the flatform — a curious hybrid of the flat shoe and platform heel. Which begs the question: Why? Isn’t the point of flats to be, well, flat on the ground? Let us know what you think by voting below: … ]]> Mon, 28 May 2012 08:58:17 -0600 <![CDATA[ Carry a cause with a Workshop/CoOp bag ]]> Lead story image

Store your daily essentials in one of these gorgeous, hand-loomed Workshop/CoOp bags (just featured in O Magazine); $45-$95 at With every handbag sold, a 6- or 12-month supply of hygiene products will be given to a woman or girl who has been displaced from her home in Guatemala. Plus, the Chicago-based co-op — started by Pilsen mom Leslie Thomas — guarantees the women creating the bags earn a fair wage. … ]]> Mon, 28 May 2012 08:38:06 -0600