Not only is it the home of my alme mater, DePaul University, but it’s always so refreshing to be around such friendly and positive people. I hopped over to Chi-Town after a spending a week in the Big Apple to hang with Chicago’s most stylish ladies for a Sunday brunch at Silversmith Hotel with Mia Bossi.
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Science and fashion collided at the Museum of Science and industry’s Fashion Forward event November 13th, when the museum honored French fashion blogger Garance Dore with the inaugural Fashion Inspiration Award for her inventive approach to style and the design world.
Fashion has always been in the family for Janet Mandell. Born in Seoul, South Korea, the designer and founder of the popular blog Fashion-a-holic moved to Chicago at a young age, where she grew up inspired by her fashionista mother.
Fans of Italian-crafted handbags and accessories turned out to celebrate Furla’s new collaboration with Thompson Chicago hotel, the Thompson Chicago Furla Handbag Lending Program.
Mia Bossi.com’s affordable phone purses are the most practical and stylish gift you will give all year. They come in different leathers and fabrics to suit every style.
A spring fashion brunch hosted by the amazing Mia Bossi. This was the whole reason I was able to go to Chicago, which was amazing may I add. I had the honor of co-hosting it with my favorite gal Amber and Janet. We had the most fun group of girls/bloggers show up and every one of the m was so sweet.
Before she co-founded the Mia Bossi line of posh diaper bags that convert to other uses, Janet Mandell made a name for herself with couture PeTote pet carriers, which she developed in 2001. Now she’s adding a Mia Bossi line of chic cases for another precious cargo: your smart phone. Mandell designs and produces all three lines at her West Side manufacturing operation in the same building in which her father, Sam Lee, once manufactured phone cases and luggage. She shares how she adjusted her businesses as the economy changed.
Blogger Janet Lee Mandell is who Beyonce was talking about when she wrote the song “Diva”. One part businesswoman, one part most enviable closet in Chicago….she is all fierce. We’re obsessed with her footwear choices. But make no mistake, although she’s all business…she’s the sweetest lady you’ll ever meet!
“Watching my husband play in his softball league with the children as we cheer him on. We love any family activity together! Hosting parties with live music with friends and family. We love spending time with an intimate group on our deck — it beats hitting the clubs! Eating outside at the NoMI terrace with my friends.”
Janet Mandell, one of the founders of luxury diaper bag line Mia Bossi, shows how each family member can dress his or her best for spring.
FOX Baby Shower Gift Ideas segment
You may have guessed that we have a crush on Valentine’s Day. Guilty! We’re not ashamed. To add a little more fun this season, we looked to our friends at Topshop Personal Shopping to host a love-inspired dinner. The draw? We asked a few of our city crushes to come dine with us in the private dining room of Pearl Tavern—think romantic lighting, bistro style seating, Debi Lilly-designed florals + a menu that was out of this world. And each guest was asked to bring a handmade Valentine for the group. With champagne flowing and oysters poppin’, we couldn’t think of a better way to say Happy VDay.
Janet Mandell takes a moment for a passing photographer on her way into the shows.
Janet Mandell, Blogger at Fashionaholic.com
What She’s Wearing
Bag: St. Laurent
Hat: Euginia Kim
La Perla hosted a lavish party at the beautiful Michigan Avenue location to benefit the Happy Hearts Fund. Supermodel & philanthropist, Petra Nemcova was on hand to introduce her new Be The Light New York candle collection and a percentage of each purchase that evening was donated to the Happy Hearts Fund. Photography by Jonjie Baniel
Fashion and beauty bloggers Cara Loren of caraloren.com and Fashion-a-holic. Not only do both stylish ladies have a serious following, they’re also both expecting. Here, we asked them to share their secrets on how to stay chic throughout pregnancy.
This Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm at the Allium in the Four Seasons there will be a fashion presentation of Nicole Miller’s F/W Collection modeled by Chicago’s bloggers. It will be styled by Janet Lee Mandell of Fashionaholic. There is a suggested $20 donation entry fee. Proceeds will benefit the Lynn Sage Foundation.