Archive for February, 2011

Muyassar Kurdi

Muyassar Kurdi

I took Muyassar’s photo a couple days before I left for New York Fashion Week. Thankfully most of the snowstorm melted before I flew out!

NYC… Fedora and Glasses


PHOTOS: Cynthia Rowley SS11 Trunk Show

Traci, Amy, Nicole, Lau and Rachel
(Me with the Cynthia Rowley Chicago Team)
Halley Nop, Cortney Tippin, Anthony Maslo, Me, and Matt Kasin
(Me with the styling team)

Lisa of Archives Chicago and Emily of Sartoriography
Chicago’s Fashion Blogging Clique
Clare, Tabitha, Lisa, Me, Gina, Sabrina, and Emily
Nicole with the list
68 people “officially” attended (over half of the RSVP list) but the final count is closer to 80, since many people who didn’t RSVP came
Runway samples from Cynthia’s Spring 2011 collection

Benjamin Bradshaw of SisterMan

Matt “The Gaudy God” Kasin doing complimentary manicures

Vosges chocolates
Me with fellow PinkMemo Chicago blogger Jamie Ng Rose
Hush Chicago magazine Executive Editor Sarah Zakareckis (right)
Thankfully my friend Isa Giallorenzo from Chicago Looks showed up to take street style photos of the partygoers!

She got me too!


Cortney Tippin, George Kanoon and Benjamin Bradshaw

Sabrina Wottreng and Sarah Whitman

With my BFFs Maryhelen Harper and Sarah Lafferty


Cortney Tippin and Samantha Kellogg
Samantha Kellogg and Roberto Del Rio (aka The Indumentarian on
Laundry Magazine’s Samm Mackin (right)
Me and Alma Wieser of Heaven Gallery and Renovar Fashion Line
Annie Schwab and Claire Schultz from Street Love

Brett Mense (right)

Benjamin Bradshaw, Matt Kasin, and George Kanoon
Tayben Ramirez and Christian Herrera Rua

With my close friends Jon Corpman, Sarah Lafferty, and Maryhelen Harper

Cynthia Rowley’s Traci Button, Lau, and Nicole

Last night was my official debut of sorts onto the Chicago fashion scene. I hosted Cynthia Rowley’s Spring 2011 trunk show. The runway samples were on display and Traci made beautiful laminated lookbooks with photos of all the runway looks. For many of the guests this was their first designer trunk show. Being only 24 myself, this is only my third trunk show. Since my followers, readers, and fans tend to be on the young side (average between 16 and 35 years old), it was really exciting to be able to introduce Cynthia Rowley to a whole new demographic. Many of the partygoers hadn’t ever visited the boutique before – and several of those same attendees left with purses and dresses from Cynthia Rowley.

As you can tell from the photos above, the bloggers were out in force. They ranged from street style to personal style bloggers, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing Cynthia’s pieces on blogs for weeks to come. Isa of Chicago Looks captured some fantastic photographs of partygoers for her blog: check them out here. All in all, the event was a great success. Over half of the RSVP list showed up for a total of 68 people. At one point it was quite difficult to move from the front of the boutique to the back. But hey, it’s always better to have an event over-attended than under-attended, right!?

All photos by Paige Nowak.
*Special thanks to Cynthia Rowley for inviting me to host her Spring 2011 trunk show! Shout outs to Vosges Haut Chocolat for providing such fantastic goodies to munch on, Il Prosecco for the libations, and Fiji Water for the refreshing bottled water!

*Extra special thanks to the stylists who assisted me with the event: Matt Kasin of Strange Beauty Show; Anthony Maslo and Cortney Tippin of Salon Soca; and Halley Nop of Marianne Strokirk.