Dec 20 2012

TGI Review: Fete Holiday Night Pop-Up Market!

Fete Chicago

We were super excited to check out the new Chicago Market, Fete, last Thursday. It was put on by 3 former Dose curators in the lofty and very cool space,  Room 1520.  We respect the hell out of a highly curated mix of vendors and products, it’s tough to do (as evident by amount 97% of holiday markets out there) but Fete did it flawlessly.  It was a great mix of food + gifts, minimal but chic decor and a very hip and  in-the-know crowd.

Our favorites 5 favorite vendors:

    1. PoshCorn
    2. Nourishing Notes
    3. DinnerPartyShop
    4. Veruca Chocolates
    5. Brewcamp

Can’t wait until the next one! Nice job on a fabulous event ladies.


Feb 22 2012

A Good Lovin’ Dose

On 2.12.12 we checked out our first Dose Market & we can’t stop thinking about all of the local Chicago amazingness – covering food & fashion & etc. There was candied bacon, fancy neon jewelry, personalized poems while you wait, pear-ginger preserves, sweet purple shades & rainbows. Get your lovin’ Dose below:


Don’t miss the next Dose



Sep 8 2011

Places to Get Pretty in Chicago

Getting Pretty in the Chicago City








Chicago is packed with spas, salons and heath clubs. We helped you cut through Health&Beauty clutter and here are our Gift Expert Top Picks from one of our favorite Gift Insider contributors and former intern, Alexx Miles.

Noel Rose – Feather Extensions


 Feather hair extensions have been a fad sweeping the nation and have finally landed in Chicago at Noel Rose Salon on Halsted. I originally came across the feather fad at the University of Colorado last fall and have had no luck finding any salons who offer the service until now! The ladies at Noel Rose Salon will apply these fabulous feather extensions, as well as glittered and colored hair extensions, for almost nothing – 3/$20 or $7 each. Get as many or as little as you please, and take them out by yourself whenever.

Along with this newfound service, Noel Rose offers refreshingly great deals on cuts and colors. If you’re looking for a new salon or are interested in feather or glitter extensions, Noel Rose is the place to go. Located at 2631 N. Halsted #1 in Lincoln Park. Walk-ins are welcome if you’re ever in desperate need, but to make an appointment call  (773) 325-1695.

Wonderful Lashes


I’ve always heard of people getting eyelashes put in, but never knew what it was about until I tried Wonderful Lashes. I was a little nervous at first, but after getting them done I am extremely happy with the result. Jocelyn, who does Wonderful Lashes out of her in-home spa, put 40 lashes put on each eye, which is the minimum treatment, and my eyelashes never looked better. My eyes always looked like I was wearing eye makeup and I didn’t notice that the lashes were even on. Jocelyn said the lashes would remain on for 3-4 weeks, but as I write this a month and a half after the treatment I still have plenty of the lashes on and haven’t noticed any loss of my actual lashes. If you’re sick of putting eye makeup on, want to have thick, full and long lashes all the time or are just looking for a fun new spa treatment, be sure to check out Wonderful Lashes at

 or call Jocelyn at (847) 508-0684.

The Elysian Hotel – Spa


If you ever feel like splurging, the spa at the Elysian Hotel is, hands down, the best place to get pampered in Chicago. I recently went to get my eyebrows waxed, and ended up being in the spa for 2 hours and left feeling so relaxed. Elle Magazine backs me up, ranking it as the forth best spa in the United States. Whether you’re going in for a simple treatment or a head-to-toe facial, the atmosphere at the Elysian will make you want to stay forever. Go ahead and treat yourself, (or better yet, let someone else do the honors) and visit the Elysian Hotel located at 11 E. Walton. Call (312) 646 – 1300 for reservations.

CorePower Yoga

Core Power

Hot yoga has been all the rage lately so I had to try it out for myself. My friend and I tried out a couple different popular places and didn’t have the best experience; we felt uncomfortable and left feeling dirtier than expected. We figured we’d give hot yoga another chance when we were recommended to try CorePower Yoga. Needless to say, we are now hooked! Though we still left feeling dirty, being that we had just done one of the hardest workouts of our lives, we were refreshed and cleansed and ready to take on the world! The locker rooms are CorePower are fully equipped with everything from shampoo to blow dryers, in case you are going straight from hot yoga to a hot date (which I do not recommend). The staff is welcoming and understanding to the fact that you’ve probably never done something so intense on a 5×2 mat. They made us feel as comfortable as possible while we sweat out our body weight in downward dog position. I could go on for hours about my feelings for CorePower, but you’ll never really know until you try it out for yourself! You will love it – I know it and they know it, which is why your first week at CorePower is FREE! There are several different locations throughout Chicago, to find one closest to you visit their website at

 Good Shepard Advocate Health and Fitness – Air Brush Tan

While Good Shepard Advocate is a little out of the way for city people, it is a must go-to if you’re in need for a GOOD air brush tan. Having worked at a tanning salon before, I know that machine spray-on tans are never good, so don’t even try it. Because of all the bad hype about tanning beds and the spray-on orange machines, many salons have started doing air brush tans which have shown great results, IF you go to the right place. To avoid an air brush nightmare, listen to us and get your glow on by Krissy at Good Shepard in Barrington. Its comfortable, quick, affordable and the best tan I’ve ever gotten. Because Krissy is the one spraying you, you can tell her exactly where you want to be sprayed and how dark you want to be. It’s perfect for special occasions or whenever you want to have a little color. Krissy books up quickly, so make sure to call in advance. (847) 381-9600

Locally bred House of Noyes

Designer and diva Meghan Noyes of the northwest suburbs of Chicago has always had a passion for jewelry. After attending the University of Colorado, she enrolled in the Gemological Institute of America in NYC where she started began her jewelry collection. House of Noyes is edgy yet refined, bold yet sophisticated and nothing short of fabulous. Whether you’re looking for the perfect piece for an upcoming event or are in need a unique gift idea, House of Noyes is sure to make heads turn. Visit

or email for inquiries at

Daniella Cherie Art

Locally Bred

Locally Bred

I was looking for some funky, over-the-top art for my new apartment and got exactly that from local artist Daniella Meyer. Using everything from house hold items to water colors and acrylic paints, the goal is to “force the viewer to be connected with the artwork,” she says. Danielle has a huge gallery of pre-made work but is also happy to do custom designs to fit your needs. Daniella specializes in abstract paintings as well as illustrations, portraits and free-hand drawings, so if you’re ever looking for something in particular she is the girl to call. For as little as $15 to no more than $100, these unique, one of a kind pieces will brighten any room. And hey, who doesn’t like helping out a struggling artist? Contact Daniella at

 or visit her website at

We really wanna hear, where are your favorite places in Chicago to get pretty??


Jul 25 2011

Come Join me at the MsCareerGirl Connect Event – January 28th at District in Chicago

MsCareerGirl Connect and The Gift Insider

Come join the young professional ladies of Chicago for the first “Ms. Career Girl Connect” event! Hosted by in partnership with CarlislePR.

Thursday, July 28, 2011 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM (CT)

District Bar

170 W Ontario
Chicago, IL 60654

This after-work event was designed to inspire and connect local women in order to nurture personal and professional growth & friendship.

We have an impressive panel of outstanding women lined up for you. Our panelists will share their career stories, offer advice, discuss failure, fear, and work/life balance in a relaxed “talk show” style format. Panelists include:

What you’ll get:

  • The first 50 attendees will receive Ms. Career Girl gift bags full of coupons, samples, gift certificates and goodies from several businesses!
  • Passed appetizers included.
  • Attendees are automatically entered to win raffle prizes from our sponsors including a free spa package donated by Must be present to win.
  • Live Shopping with Stella & Dot, Creative Memories and Mary Kay after the panel.
  • Cash Bar.
  • A comfortable and relaxed environment designed to help you meet new girlfriends and make long-term connections.  This isn’t your typical networking event

$15 dollars for tickets – buy here:​t/1892322989/MsCareerGirlConne​ct/17951409361


Oct 11 2010

Greater Than Coconut Water

Coconut Water has been all the rage with health nuts lately.
Two Chi Town brothers found a way to make the stuff actually taste good.
I got a chance to sample their new drink and check out their new van a few weeks back and I’ve been a fan of the stuff ever since.  Perfect post workout or perfect post long night out.
Low cal, all natural and has tons of electrolytes.  

Sep 22 2010

Chicago Shop For Someone Who Has Everything

Virtu is a shop in the heart of Bucktown stocked full of goods all “made by someone, not by something.”

I especially love these Heart Measuring Spoons by Behive.  They are hand cast in lead free pewter on a twisted copper ring.

Virtu is located at 2034 N Damen Avenue

They have a pretty fab online shop as well.


Sep 21 2010

4 Seasons Chicago Print

This 4 Seasons in Chicago print caught my eye at the Renegrade Craft Fair in Wicker Park a few weeks ago.

I love everything about it.  It is four separate prints so you can frame them separately or all together.

Even better, it’s a local chicago artist, Ryan Kapp.

It’s the perfect gift for someone moving into a new chicago home!

$140 for all four
Ryan Kapp


Sep 21 2010

Wicker Park Gift Shop – Elevenzees

I took my first browse through a gift boutique I’ve been meaning to check out in Wicker Park – Elevenzees.  Such a fun mix of gifts, organized perfectly into categories around the store so you can find something for everyone you are looking for.

I immediately fell in love with the line they carry, Chalkboard China.  If you read my blog a lot you know I’m obsessed with anything that you can write on or personalize….especially chalk.

The wine glasses are an especially brilliant idea…put your name on the bottom and you are able to keep track of which one is yours the entire night.

1093 W Division St, Chicago


Sep 21 2010

Off The Street Picture Frames

five ACCESSORIES is working with some StreetWise vendors to create these cool, eco-friendly, recycled pictures frames.  If the design looks familiar to you it’s because they are made out of ticket stubs and CTA cards!

The best part about these frames is that the program donates 15% from each frame sold to SteetWise and aims to help people stay off the street and help clean up the city litter.

Even better – the frame is a perfect inexpensive gift at $15.00.

Five Accessories


Sep 21 2010

LEGO Architecture Sears Tower

I know technically it’s not the Sears Tower anymore … but LEGO  still has a pretty cool kit that’s a perfect gift for any Chicago resident ages 10 +.

I am about to attempt to build a model tonight for our WGN segment …. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out 🙂

You can buy it at the Legoland Discovery Center Tower




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