<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago Shopping, Sales, Deals, Designers, and Stores]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/the-scene/shopping http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:30:56 -0600 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:30:56 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Duality Nail Pak]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:27:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/256*120/duality-nail-pak.jpg

Leave it to a brilliant business entrepreneur mother of six daughters to come up with an ingenious “manicure system” for busy nail polish-loving women everywhere!

The duality Nail Paks come with long-lasting, chip-resistant, salon-strength polish in a bottle that looks like most others but on the twist-off bottom of the packaging is a built-in compartment featuring a nail file and pre-soaked non-acetone nail polish remover pads.

All the colors are on trend and vibrant, and the shimmery holiday collection is a perfect last-minute stocking stuffer--yu will definitely want more than a few of these brilliantly designed beauty treats, so go now to the website.

<![CDATA[Starbucks Debuts $450 Gift Cards]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:20:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/89841329-starbucks.jpg

If you can’t go a single morning without a cup of Starbucks brew, you are in for a treat.

According to USA Today, Starbucks will offer customers the opportunity to purchase new, limited edition, metal gift card loaded with $400.

The specially-etched Starbucks Metal Cards are made out of steel, not plastic, and cost $50 each to make, which explains the $450 price tag.

USA Today reports the card also comes with gold-level benefits such as gifts and free refills on brewed coffee and tea.

Starbucks will only make 5,000 of the metal cards.

These cards will not be available in stores, only on Gilt.com, starting Thursday, Dec. 8.

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<![CDATA[Burberry's Grand Opening Bash]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:49:08 -0600 Moshpix: One of the most sought-after invites in the city was Burberry's grand opening party, held at its new Michigan Avenue location. A who's who of Chicago was in the house for the stylish event, which included a live set by British musician Carl Barat and appearances the Chicagoans who took part in the retailer's Art of The Trench campaign.]]> Moshpix: One of the most sought-after invites in the city was Burberry's grand opening party, held at its new Michigan Avenue location. A who's who of Chicago was in the house for the stylish event, which included a live set by British musician Carl Barat and appearances the Chicagoans who took part in the retailer's Art of The Trench campaign.]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Burberry_trench_3.jpg City scenester help welcome Michigan Avenue flagship store.

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<![CDATA[H&M, Z Gallerie, Ulta Moving To South Loop]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:57:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Shops-roosevelt-collection.jpg

Consider it one more positive sign that the South Loop is bouncing back.

The Shops at Roosevelt Collection, a 340,000 square foot property at Roosevelt and Wells has signed up its first round of retail tenants.

According to Crain's, the newcomers include clothing stores H&M, Republic of Couture, White House | Black Market and Francesca's Collection, home goods retailer Z Gallerie, restaurants BlackFinn American Grill and Chica Loco and specialty stores Ulta Salon and Fleet Feet Sports.

The development fell victim to the economic downturn in 2007 and was sold to a new owner.

An ICON theatre has been the most visible tenant since the development opened.

The shopping center offers 340,000 square feet of retail space, which is now a little more than 50 percent filled, according to Crain's.

<![CDATA[14 Potentially Dangerous Toys Named in "Trouble in Toyland" Report]]> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 06:05:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/toys112112.jpg The annual "Trouble in Toyland" is out from U.S. PIRG. This year, the group named about a dozen toys that it says could be dangerous to children.

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<![CDATA[Black Friday: Good for Buzz, Not for Predicting Sales]]> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:39:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/93446410_10.jpg

There is perhaps no more glaring exhibition of American consumerism than Black Friday: shoppers spending their long Thanksgiving weekends camped outside big-box stores for the chance to fight through crowds for the latest gadgets and toys.

Retailers invest a lot of hope in that day, because it can be used to build momentum for the six-week holiday shopping season, their most profitable time of year.

But Black Friday isn’t the economic bellwether that it used to be. The thrifty financial landscape, and the growth of online shopping, have arguably diminished the event’s impact, even as it grows in popularity, with more stores opening on Thanksgiving or offering sales weeks earlier.

“Everyone’s going to hype it, and there are a lot of deals out there, and some people make it an experience in itself, but I don’t think it’s as much of a leading indicator of the holiday season,” said Dennis Jacobe, chief economist for Gallup, the research and polling firm.

The biggest reason, Jacobe said, is that while the recession has abated, consumer caution has not. His studies show that that more Americans say they’re confident in the economy, but they aren’t as willing to exercise that faith by opening their wallets. That includes upper-income shoppers, who may be growing anxious about the looming fiscal cliff’s impact on their taxes. The lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy could be a factor as well.

Many researchers have reported modest spending in the weeks leading up to Black Friday.

In other words, the crowds that turn out for door-buster deals this weekend can’t necessarily be expected to remain enthusiastic.

From an economic researcher’s perspective, Black Friday is more sport than science. Analysts say that sales figures during this brief period are less a function of the broader fiscal climate than of the effort retailers go to in drawing people to their stores.

Because that effort grows every year, Black Friday—and the rest of the weekend—typically performs well, said Allen Sinai, chief economist and strategist at Decision Economics Inc. The zeal usually fades a bit, then picks up again in the days right before Christmas.

Sinai also recalled a couple occasions when a Black Friday turned out to be “a dud,” but sales rallied later in the holiday season.

That record, he said, was why he didn’t “place a lot of stock” in Black Friday as an accurate gauge of holiday-season shopping.

Tell an economist you're trying to get accurate data on Black Friday sales, and the response will often be “good luck.” Many organizations—retail trade groups, market researchers, polling firms—try it, but methods, and margins of error, vary. U.S. Commerce Department statisticians don’t break down economic data that narrowly.

Barry Ritholtz, director of equity research at Fusion IQ, takes to his popular blog every year to bemoan the “wildly optimistic” surveys that the media quotes at the end of Black Friday weekend.

Without fail, he says, the reports exaggerate consumer enthusiasm. He pointed to last year’s National Retail Foundation’s claim that sales had spiked by 16 percent – which, if true, would have been a record-breaking sum. There was no apparent attempt to check the data later on, but economists generally agree that consumer spending increased by less than 6 percent over the entire 2011 holiday season.

The NRF has predicted a slight decrease in the number of Black Friday shoppers this year.

“You should be reluctant to draw too big a conclusion from one day,” Ritholtz said. “As we’ve seen, it never lives up to the hype. In fact, part of the reason there’s so much hype and false signals is there are so many people trying to get a read into that one day, far more than what you should typically be willing to see in one day. This is an economy, not an event.”

His prediction, shared by many other researchers, is that no matter how frenetic Black Friday turns out to be, holiday season spending will enjoy a modest uptick this year. Bain & Co., for example, predicted a 3.5 percent increase in spending, compared to a 3.7 percent increase in 2011 and 3.8 percent the year before. Gallup has predicted a "good, though not great" performance.

The biggest variable, many say, is the fiscal cliff, the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and automatic spending reductions that will go into effect Dec. 31 unless President Barack Obama can reach some kind of deal with Congress. If there is no solution before Christmas, consumers may get nervous, and hold back on holiday spending, some economists say.

Lawmakers are expected to get back to work on the issue after Thanksgiving weekend.

“Uncertainty is even greater than usual at this point,” said Scott Hoyt, senior director of consumer economics for Moody’s Analytics. “Whatever sales are like this weekend, it doesn’t really help to address that uncertainty."

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<![CDATA[Black Friday Guide: How to Get the Best Deals]]> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 08:47:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/black+friday+target.jpg

Black Friday — it's the mother of all shopping days. A day when millions of people wielding billions of dollars scratch and claw for the biggest bargains. So what's the best plan of attack?

"My advice is to skip it entirely," says Jody Rohlena, senior editor at Shop Smart magazine.

Black Friday has been such a staggering marketing success that it's spawned Black Thursday, Cyber Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday… the list goes on. The upside, as Rohlena sees it, is there's no need to focus all your energy, time and money on one day.

"We're gonna see really good markdowns all the way up to the Holidays, and guess what — when retailers have inventory that they're trying to unload, they're going to keep setting up new sales, so there can be advantages waiting," says Rohlena.

But whether you brave the crowds of Black Friday or not, you still need to be prepared. Even if you're a dedicated brick-and-mortar shopper, the Internet is your best starting point. There's a host of websites — BFAds.net, BlackFriday.com and SlickDeals.net — dedicated to tracking the best deals out there, as well as store hours.

"Take a look at those ads beforehand and really find out if they're great deals or not," advises Rohlena. "You can do quick searches at PriceGrabber.com, for example. Don’t assume because it's in a Black Friday circular that it's a great deal."

To help assuage your fears of overpaying, Rohlena says the big news this holiday season is in the realm of price matching. At a lot of stores, if you buy something and then find it cheaper someplace else, they'll refund you the difference.

If big box stores and national chains aren't your thing, Rohlena is a big fan of Small Business Saturday.

"People may think that prices are higher in those smaller independent retail stores — they may not necessarily be," he said. "And there's an advantage: If you ask for a better deal, you might be dealing directly with the owner, they have a lot more leeway to give you a better price. If you ask nicely, of course.

"If you go on AmericanExpress.com, you can register you card, if you use your AmEx to shop on Small Business Saturday at a participating retailer, they will give you a $25 credit. Spend $25, get the credit back on your bill — there's another really good reason to participate: free money."

If there's something you just have to have in-hand, Rohlena suggests a reconnaissance mission: going to the store a few days early to find out where your prey will be on display, the nearest entrance and the exact hour it will be available.

Among the other Internet tools available to the modern bargain hunter is the Black Friday Survival Guide app, which has a newsfeed, lets you search each store by category or each category by item, tells you exactly when each sale begins, provides competitor prices and lets you build a shopping list you can email to a loved one.

If the thought of the traffic and the crowds makes your chest tighten, the Internet is here to help but still requires a good plan. Rohlena recommends CyberMonday.com, CyberMonday2012.com, FreeShipping.org to see who's got free shipping and @cybermonday at Twitter.

With all of the new shopping tools at our disposal, why wade into the insanity of Black Friday at all?

"For those of us who really want to make sure we're giving a nice gift to someone we care about, I think it's important to be able to compare things physically, if you know what I mean, as opposed to virtually, online," says Dr. Tina Lowrey, professor of marketing at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and editor of "Brick & Mortar Shopping in the 21st Century."

"And for a lot of people, I think they enjoy being around other people that are in the holiday spirit, it's sort of an infectious kind of social gathering to be around… the communal nature of going out and being with other people who are out for the same reason."

Rohlena is unmoved.

"I know too much," he said. "I'm not going anywhere on Black Friday."

<![CDATA[Oprah Tweets Her Love for Microsoft -- Via iPad]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 08:57:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/oprah15.jpg

Oprah Winfrey just loves Microsoft's new Surface tablet -- even though she appears to still be using an iPad.

Winfrey sent out an enthusiatic tweet Sunday about the Surface, including it in her list of "favorite things for the holidays, but the social media sphere is buzzing over the fact that the tweet was sent out on an iPad.

Ironic? Most definitely, although it's hard to imagine Oprah physically doing her own tweeting when any one of her many assistants would likely be glad to take care of the typing.

Winfrey says she's already bought 12 of the Microsoft items as Christmas items.

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<![CDATA[Madigan Shows Off Dangerous Toys]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 19:44:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Madigan-2012-toy-guide.jpg Illinois leaders are out their annual guide to recalls to ensure a safe and healthy holiday season. Allison Rosati reports.]]> <![CDATA[Madigan Announces 2012 Gift Guide]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:42:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/webmadigantoysEdlVersion1_10011276_722x406_9048643831.jpg Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan releases her 2012 Holiday Safe Shopping Guide.]]> <![CDATA[Ali Explores the Best Shopping in Brooklyn]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 00:03:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WILLIAMSBURG-1stLook.jpg Lets face it, there are few better places in the world to shop than NY. But why stay on the island when there's so much to find in Brooklyn's trendiest neighborhood? Follow Ali as she explores Williamsburg to find the best shopping available in NY's biggest borough. Maison Premiere 298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY / 347-335-0446. A Thousand Picnics 171 South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY / 951-9SP-ECIE. Grand Street Bakery 602 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY / 718-387-2390.]]> <![CDATA[Christmas Creeps Earlier This Year]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 20:25:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/black-friday1.jpg

Black Friday is almost as traditional as turkey and pumpkin pie, but retailers this year aren't waiting until the Friday after Thanksgiving to bring out some big deals.

"We've talked about Christmas creep in years prior but it's really getting longer and longer," said Trae Bridge with RetailMeNot.com.

And this year, consumers won’t have to wait until Black Friday. Walmart will be opening its doors on Thanksgiving Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

It's not just retailers getting a jump on Christmas. A new poll found that 40 percent of consumers started their shopping weeks ago, with only 12 percent waiting for Black Friday.

Chicago-based BlackFriday.com already has ads from more than 40 retailers.

"In 2009, when we launched our Black Friday service, we didn't even launch it until Nov. 5. If we'd have done that this year we'd have missed half the news and half the people," said Brad Wilson with BradsDeals.com.

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<![CDATA[Christmas Creeps Earlier Into Year]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 18:52:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/black-friday1.jpg Black Friday is almost as traditional as turkey and pumpkin pie, but retailers this year aren't waiting until the Friday after Thanksgiving to bring out some big deals. Charlie Wojciechowski reports.

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<![CDATA[Burberry Unveils Chicago Flagship Store]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 11:56:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Burberry_Chicago_blurb_1.jpg

The wraps are off on one of the most anticipated retail openings along the Magnificent Mile this year.

Burberry's new flagship store officially opened for business this week at the corner of Michigan and Ontario.

After months of construction that created more than a few glances from curious onlookers along the sidewalk, shoppers are now free to explore the store, fronted by a custom LED-illuminated black chrome and glass exterior facade inspired by the Burberry check pattern.

It's the second-largest U.S. flagship store for the company behind New York's 57th Street location, and encompasses five floors of retail space, including interior digital walls that can broadcast live events like fashion shows, the first North American Burberry Beauty consultation counter and exclusive lines of men's and women's outerwear and accessories.

The store is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12-6 p.m. on Sundays.

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<![CDATA[First Look: Burberry's Chicago Flagship Store]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:54:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Burberry_Chicago_blurb_2.jpg Company second-largest U.S. store opens on Michigan Avenue.

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<![CDATA[Angels Shine at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 04:12:02 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/victoria-secret-new-thumb.jpg Victoria's Secret Angels took to the glittery runway to sport the latest and most extravagant bras — and share the stage with Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Bruno Mars.

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<![CDATA[Survey: Chicagoans to Spend More on Christmas Gifts ]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 08:15:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/shopping+returns+generic.jpg

Santa's sack could be a bit heavier this year.

According to the Chicago Tribune, consulting firm Deloitte conducted an online survey that found area consumers plan to spend about 10 percent more on gifts this year. That's a lot higher than the 1 percent increase that the National Retail Federation is expecting for the country.

However, the survey of 5,089 people nationally and 500 Chicago residents found that overall holiday spending -- from gifts to decorations to entertaining -- will drop 6.7 percent.

The survey found that 50 percent of consumers expect the economy to improve next year, up from 33 percent heading into the holiday season last year. The number of consumers planning to spend less on the holidays 37 percent is at the lowest level since 2006.

Survey respondents listed gift cards/certificates as the top item on their wish list, followed by cold, hard cash. But there's a good chance you won't be getting exactly what you want. Most shoppers say they plan to buy clothing for others.

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<![CDATA[Marni to Launch First Women's Fragrance]]> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 11:46:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/marnifragrancethumb1a.jpg

This February, quirky Italian retailer, Marni—which collaboated with H&M last spring–will debut its first-ever women's fragrance produced in collaboration with Estee Lauder. 

Like the Marni woman, the scent is designed to be fresh and individual. "The perfume reflects Marni's fashion, certainly," creative director Consuelo Castiglioni told WWD. "Becuase it's a perfume that's quite individual, that doesn't evoke anything in particular. It's for a woman who dresses for herself, who doesn't follow trends but is sophisticated and also maybe a little eccentric."

That may seem like a lot of sartorial inspiration for a scent, but the the concept registers in a spicy blend of wood notes, tempered with a touch of rose oil for a feminine feel.

The bottle itself is also meant to evoke the Marni brand, inspired by an old bottle Castiglioni salvaged from a flea market.

“I wanted a bottle that was kind of traditional, that is, one that lasts over time, like the clothes we make, which last and you can still wear two or three years from now," Castiglioni says. "It isn’t seasonal. I think this bottle reflects our concept—you want to keep it. It also has the dots, which are part of our world, and a play on proportions with the cap. These elements are also important in our fashion.”

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<![CDATA[Princess Di Rolls Royce Auctioned Off]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:44:55 -0600 Volo Auto Museum is auctioning off the armored Rolls Royce used by Princess Diana and Prince Charles during their first visit to the U.S. in 1985. The Silver Wraith II, valued at $2 million, is silver with a red leather interior and features heavy-duty bulletproof windows. The Rolls is also sealed to prevent the entry of toxic gas and has a full intercom system. Volo's director Brian Grams estimates the car will sell for anywhere between $150-$200,000. ]]> Volo Auto Museum is auctioning off the armored Rolls Royce used by Princess Diana and Prince Charles during their first visit to the U.S. in 1985. The Silver Wraith II, valued at $2 million, is silver with a red leather interior and features heavy-duty bulletproof windows. The Rolls is also sealed to prevent the entry of toxic gas and has a full intercom system. Volo's director Brian Grams estimates the car will sell for anywhere between $150-$200,000. ]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Diana-rolls-5.jpg Vehicle transported Princess Di and Prince Charles during first U.S. visit.]]> <![CDATA[The New Trend in Shopping: Creative Boutique and Workshop Space in One]]> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:24:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/237*120/rouse-store-front.jpg

While we love ourselves a new clothing store, there are plenty of those around town to choose from already.

But a new concept in the realm of boutiques has us feeling a little inspired already. It’s called Rouse (pronounced rowz), a boutique/workshop combo space that was created with the intention of “awakening your own creativity, passion, inner bliss, and self-love through an array of inspirational gifts, clothing, inviting workshops, classes and events for all ages.”

The Elmhurst store offers an array of socially conscious clothing and accessories by brands including Feed Projects, Raven and Lily and Bobium, with proceeds from each purchase going to help various charitable organizations across the globe.

But in addition to buying clothes that do a body (and soul) good, you can also renew your inner-self with art-themed workshops (get ready to awaken your creative juices), yoga and meditation classes, book clubs and even birthday parties.

"The best way to honor your true self is to discover what you love to do and do it!" co- owner Leslie Pozen says.

In short, it's time to do something good for yourself -- and do some shopping in the process.

<![CDATA[Store Tour: Local Designers and Curated Home Goods at Joinery]]> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:01:49 -0600 $352 for women's; $425 for mens. ]]> $352 for women's; $425 for mens. ]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/joinery3.jpg Owner Angela Silva picks out her favorite fall finds at Williamsburg boutique, Joinery.

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<![CDATA[The New Minimalism]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:31:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/minimalism139049827thumbnail.jpg Fall's new minimalist looks are anything but plain.

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<![CDATA[Retail Report: Playful Periwinkle Pieces]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:28:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/periwinkle_thumbnailfall12.jpg Somewhere between lilac and baby blue, periwinkle hues are a simple way to add a touch of "cheer" to a winter wardrobe.

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<![CDATA[Chicago's Hot New Fashion Collaboration]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:23:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cfan-cityblue.jpg

This fall, two stylish Chicagoans are uniting for a chic new fashion collection, so now’s the time to think about making some room in your closet.

Cityblue apparel & denim owner Mallory Ulaszek has collaborated with designer Christina Fan to launch a private label for her stores, making its debut this month.

The line made its debut during Chicago’s Fashion Focus and is a combination of C/FAN's tailored fits for a variety of shapes along with Ulaszek’s minimal and modern aesthetic.

Expect to find tailored tunics, fitted dresses, cardigans, vests, tank tops and button downs (a.k.a. everything you need for fall and winter) in chic silk Crepe de Chine fabrics. Find the collection in four different color selections: fiery red, caviar, elephant skin and anemone print.

“We wanted to create pieces that fit incredibly well in colors that you can easily find and incorporate into every closet, said Ulaszek. “We also wanted to add something a little unexpected; like a collection that integrates a print with cyan details that contrasts with the color of a fiery red.”

Check out the collection on www.shopcityblue.com, and stock up while you can—after all, the pieces are limited edition.

<![CDATA[CouponCabin Dumps Kate Gosselin]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:46:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/191*120/kate-gosselin_marathon-2.jpg

Reality star Kate Gosselin needs to find another gig to help feed those eight kids.

Gosselin has been blogging with Northern Indiana-based CouponCabin.com for nearly a year, but in a letter posted on the company's Web site Tuesday, CEO Scott Kluth implied her work was not up to par.

"A series of recent events have made it clear to me that Kate Gosselin and her contributions do not align with the authenticity which we set out to build almost a decade ago, and that Ms. Gosselin is simply not a good fit with the wonderful team and culture at CouponCabin." -- Scott Kluth

Gosselin's "fans" may have also contributed to her downfall. Many of the comments on her blog posts were derisive.

Gosselin's TLC reality show, "Kate Plus 8" was canceled last year. She has since appeared as a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars."

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<![CDATA[Levi's to Debut New "Eco" Collection]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:55:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/levislead1.jpg

It may be one of the oldest fashion brands in America, but Levi's is still changing with the times. This week, the denim brand unveils a collection of men's and women's dungarees fashioned from recycled plastic bottles and even plastic food trays.

Dubbed "Waste<Less," each piece in the new line contains 20 percent recycled content—or approximately eight 12 or 20 ounce plastic bottles per pair of jeans, WWD reports.

According to the company's global president, James Curleigh, the aim of Waste<Less is to add "value to waste," he told WWD. "This collection proves that you don’t have to sacrifice quality, comfort or style to give an end a new beginning.”

The unique fiber—wich required more than 3.5 million recycled bottles sourced from municipal recycling programs to manufacture—is fashioned into a polyster material before being spun into a cotton yarn. Because the brown and green hues from the bottles can't be removed, each piece has a subtly green-tinged color.

Dropping this January, the new collection will offer familiar favorites like the 511 skinny jean as well as a new 504 straight fit and trucker jacket. Women sick of painted-on skinny jeans will relish a slouchier fit "boyfriend skinny."




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<![CDATA[Gilt City Hosts Annual Warehouse Sale]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:47:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/164*120/Gilt-6.jpg

Whether you're getting an early jump on your Christmas list or simply treating yourself for the umpteenth time this year, the Gilt City Warehouse Sale has become a must-attend event for the shopping-savvy Chicagoans.

This year's sale goes down October 26-27 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse (1747 West Hubbard St).

Gilt City Chicago offers online sales for clothing, accessories and home goods, but the warehouse sale offers the opportunity to see, feel and touch the stuff -- you know, like actual shopping.

Gilt promises insider prices on shoes, jewelry, suits, jackets, denim, tops and outerwear for men, women and children, along with bedding, kitchen and bath accessories.

Shopping slots are being sold in two hour blocks for between $5-$20.

When you have to buy tickets just to get the opportunity to spend your money, you know it's gotta be good.

<![CDATA[Dreaming of a Rich Christmas]]> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 23:46:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nmwatch.jpg Neiman Marcus unveils its opulent Christmas catalog, with $1-million watches, sports cars and jet packs.]]> <![CDATA[Emporio Armani Opens New Chicago Store ]]> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:18:41 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emperio-armani-runway.jpg

It's time for an Armani education.

Where Giorgio Armani caters to a high-end clientele and Armani Jeans targets a younger demographic, Emporio Armani meets somewhere in the middle.

Which is good news for stylish Chicagoans looking for a European-style wardrobe update. Emporio Armani Chicago recently soft-opened its newest location at 25 East Oak St.

The 6,000 square foot two-story boutique offers modern and contemporary lines of clothing and accessories for men and women such as Emporio Armani Underwear, the EA7 sports collection and watches, glasses and jewelry.

The store itself was designed by Giorgio Armani and his team of architects in Milan, with the exterior emulating the recently-opened Emporio Armani stores in Barcelona and Paris.

The Chicago store is one of 14 in the country and part of the company's planned expansion this year.

<![CDATA[Microsoft Plans Mag Mile Holiday Pop-Up]]> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 12:07:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/microsoft_opening14.jpg

Apple is getting a little competition along Michigan Avenue this holiday season.

Microsoft announced plans Tuesday to open a new holiday store in the Shops at North Bridge on October 26.

The store will carry a host of Microsoft products along with support staff and help desks to help customers personalize their devices.

Microsoft has a couple of major product releases before the holidays, the Windows 8 operating system and a new Surface tablet.

The company also plans to open a similar holiday store in Times Square, New York City.

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<![CDATA[Eskandar Opens Gold Coast Location]]> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 10:55:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/221*120/Esc15.jpg

Chicago is getting yet another sweet international addition in the shopping category to keep up with the big dogs. This time, it’s British luxury brand eskandar.

The ladieswear brand has chosen Chicago to open its third stateside boutique (other cities include New York and Los Angeles) with brand new flagship digs at 70 East Walton St.

The store offers an all-encompassing lifestyle treat, with offerings in women’s clothing, jewelry and home accessories. Scarves, clothes and chic clay pots? Check.

Style and fashion as a one-stop-shop -- gotta love Chicago shopping.

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<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Aerie and Bright Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 10:47:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/aerie-bra1.jpg

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and for a third year in a row American Eagle Outfitters’ Aerie has partnered with non-profit organization Bright Pink to promote further awareness about breast cancer, pro-active preventative measures, and raise funds for a great cause, critically important for every woman out there, especially younger women.

Running through October 21st, the Aerie Bright Pink partnership includes various components and will be promoted via Facebook, twitter, customer emails and in-store marketing. Buying bras has never felt this good or been more honorable!

For more information, please visit Aerie.com and Facebook.com/brightpink.

<![CDATA[Curves Ahead for Fall 2012]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 04:27:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/curve140615568thumb.jpg This season, designers emphasized dramatic hour glass silhouettes.

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<![CDATA[Inside the Nike Chicago Flagship Store]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:16:55 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Nike-chicago-26.jpg Company revamps Michigan Avenue location.]]> <![CDATA[Bo Jackson Helps Nike Re-Open Flagship Store]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:17:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Nike+Chicago.png

Outside of Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson was Nike’s biggest athlete during the 90s, and the "Bo Knows" campaign was probably just as popular as Jordan’s “It’s gotta be the shoes.”

Despite not having played a professional sport in 18 years, Jackson has maintained his relationship with Nike and was present Thursday morning when the sneaker giant re-opened its flagship store on Michigan Avenue.

Coincidentally, Jackson was there to celebrate the grand opening of what was then known as NikeTown back in 1991. Many may not know that Jackson still resides in the Chicago area, so it only made sense for Nike to bring him back for the celebration.

"When they first opened up NikeTown here in Chicago 20 years ago, I did the red ribbon cutting – I’d just come here from Kansas City to play for the White Sox," Jackson told NBC Chicago. "Back then, the store was a whole lot smaller and there were a lot less employees here. But now, to come back 20 years later, it’s gone full circle. It’s bigger, it’s better, it’s more exciting and it just accentuates downtown Chicago." 

The store closed for renovations back in March and now sports an entirely new look. The new Nike concept store now has the largest retail basketball collection along with the world’s largest, premium selection of Jordan Brand footwear, apparel and equipment. The store also houses a NIKEiD studio which allows customers to customize and personalize Nike products to their specifications.
There is also plenty of memorabilia exclusive to Chicago. Vintage photos of Walter Payton, George Halas and the Chicago Bears adorn the walls, along with mascots and logos of 40 local high schools. There is also a display of every Jordan footwear release, in-store photography of local Chicago runners, and artwork celebrating Chicago's neighborhoods. The store is essentially the embodiment of this city’s love affair with sports.
"Chicago is probably the No.1 sports city in the country," said Jackson. "This store just improves on Chicago’s history of being a sports town, its legacy of being one of the most spectacular sports towns in the country, and it’s good for the public."

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<![CDATA[Decades Luxury Pop-Up Shop Returns to Chicago]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:12:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Christos-Garkinos-christian.jpg

Chicago goes Hollywood next month with the return of the Decades luxury pop-up trunk show.

The Los Angeles store, known for sourcing red carpet-ready items from celebrities and re-selling them at discount prices, will set up shop in space519 at the 900 North Michigan Shops on October 6-7.

Co-owner Christos Garkinos, who has an upcoming Bravo reality show based on the store, will be on hand to style the Chicago clientele.

Items include modern designer clothing and accessories from designers such as Balenciaga, Burberry, Chanel, Chloe and Christian Louboutin.

The store will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on October 6th, and 12-6 p.m. on October 7th.

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<![CDATA[Decades Luxury Pop-Up Trunk Show]]> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:28:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Yves-Saint-Laurent-blurb.jpg Check out some of the items from the upcoming Chicago trunk show. ]]> <![CDATA[CEO Spotlight: Local Offer Network's Dan Hess]]> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:22:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/DanHess1.jpg Hess discusses how his Chicago-based company has thrived as the engine behind many organization's online deals campaigns.]]> <![CDATA[The Most Fashionable Covers for iPhone 5]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:36:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/iphone_grovethumbnail.jpg What's even better than a new iPhone 5? A slamming new accessory.

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<![CDATA[Our Favorite High-Fashion Sneakers]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 04:30:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sneaks_thumbnail13.jpg High-fashion sneakers are strutting out of the gym and onto city sidewalks.

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<![CDATA[5 Ways to Go Baroque This Fall]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:45:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/baroquehowthumb.jpg Fall's baroque trend may feel inaccessibly luxe, but the look is a perfect way to add a dash of regal appeal to your everyday wardrobe.

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<![CDATA[Get Back-to-School Cool Under $100]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:33:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/196*120/backtoschool_ofakind1.jpg Back-to-school season may induce midterm-related anxiety, but it also means statement-making notebooks, funky new pencils and cute accessories.

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<![CDATA[Mixed-Up Spring Florals and Smart Suits]]> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:59:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jcrewspring13thumbnail.jpg Tom Mora found inspiration in nature photography from old issues of Time-Life.

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<![CDATA[Holmes & Yang Debuts First NYFW Show to Limited Media]]> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:00:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jennie-yang-katie-holmes.jpg Katie Holmes' first-ever Holmes & Yang New York Fashion Week presentation went over without a hitch—and with limited media access to keep the focus on the new collection instead of Holmes' star power.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Wears Tracy Reese at DNC]]> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 12:18:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mobamatracyreese1.jpg

Michelle Obama's stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention brought crowds of Obama supporters to their feet, but the pitch-perfect ensemble she wore to the podium deserves its own sartorial salute.

The custom creation by Tracy Reese was fashioned from a rosy pink raw silk that faded into a silvery floral-print panel at the bottom. With a high neckline and simple, sleeveless silhouette, the first lady required few accessories other than J.Crew's suede Everly pumps in pink rhubarb, subtle twinkly earrings and, of course, those killer biceps.

Reese tweeted she was "so honored" shortly after Mrs. Obama appeared on stage. 

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<![CDATA[One to Watch: Osei Duro]]> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 11:35:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/OTWoseiduro.jpg

After flying to Ghana, Maryanne Mathias was surprised to find herself staying to design and execute a collection of clothing. Eager to do more and looking for help, she got in touch with an old friend, Molly Keogh. "I asked Molly to join me as a partner when we were at our 10-year high school reunion," Mathias says.

The girls had shared a passion for fashion since attending high school together in Vancouver, but their collection of ready-to-wear—dubbed Osei Duro, which translates to "honorable magic" in Akan—was a new adventure for both.

"When I went there originally, I was inspired by the bold African prints and their traditional handicrafts," says Mathias.

"We were excited about the traditional methods in the region, and knew that it was a relatively safe place to work," adds Keogh. "The traditional textiles are being undercut and edged out by Chinese imitations, [so we] hope that our work can increase an international demand for the real thing and help support the local industry."

Given their fashion-forward designs—all of which are produced in Ghana in conjunction with local crafters and artisans—we don't see why not, with on-trend pieces like bold clementine orange palazzo pants, open-knit crop tops and hand-dyed skirts that would sing on a rack.

Each finished piece represents hours of creative collaboration between the ladies and their crafters.

"There is a lot of back and forth as we develop the prints," says Keogh. "We might request an experimental technique that is new to the dyers, or they might suggest a traditional method they think suits a need. We send samples and sketches back and forth with the dyers and the sewers and the cobblers until everyone is satisfied with the results."

Thankfully, the top-notch product shows their dedicated efforts, and soon, Osei Duro will expand into homewares and accessories.

Check out the complete collection at www.oseiduro.com

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