Chicago 2017 Guide to Good Friday Service

This time of year is always reflective and transformational – especially when you take up lent. If you’re looking for a church service during Holy Week 2017, see some of the churches and parishes offering Good Friday and Easter Sunday service. This list is by no means exhaustive of Chicagoland churches and Holy Week services, but it’s a good start to your search. 1. The … Continue reading Chicago 2017 Guide to Good Friday Service

The Hustle from Chicago Female Entrepreneurs

What’s It’s Really Like to be a Chicago Female Entrepreneur

What’s it really like to be an entrepreneur? Now add, what’s it like to be a Chicago female entrepreneur? In June 2016, Chicago was named the world capital for female-founded startups, with 30 percent of startups started by women. After attending motivational talks, female creatives or business groups, and interviewing Chicago female entrepreneurs over the past four years, I’ve pulled together some of the best … Continue reading What’s It’s Really Like to be a Chicago Female Entrepreneur

How to be a Chicago stylist

Insight from a Chicago Wardrobe Stylist

From my first encounter with Katie Schuppler, I could tell she was a go-getter, businesswoman. It’s the quality I see in many Chicago female entrepreneurs. And that quality is not just connecting with people, but what I like to call “power networking.” In a few minutes, she understands your business and brand and finds a way for us to work together. No small talk, just … Continue reading Insight from a Chicago Wardrobe Stylist

What's the ROI on your wardrobe?

What’s The Return on Investment on Your Wardrobe?

Today’s lunch topic was simple. Should I buy the Louis Vuitton rain boots? According to popular savings methodology – maybe. In the simplest form, take your salary. Now subtract your basic needs (food, water, and shelter). Got that number? Now you divide using the 20/30/50 rule. Fifty percent is for long term financial goals (think 401K, a home, etc). Thirty percent is for short-term financial … Continue reading What’s The Return on Investment on Your Wardrobe?

Gucci's Meme Marketing Campaign on Instagram

Gucci’s New Marketing Campaign Gets Basic

In a high-end world, maybe it’s basic posts that will resonate with your audience the most.  Gucci started a new marketing campaign on Instagram turning its luxury brand into a cheeky meme. Using the hashtag: #TFWGucci, Gucci worked with international meme creators and artists including Polly Nor, Amanda Charchian, Goth Shakira and Olaf Breuning to showcase Gucci’s timepieces. Each meme is witty and in the … Continue reading Gucci’s New Marketing Campaign Gets Basic

Dating: How to Stand out in a saturated market

In a Saturated Market, The Only Way to Stand Out is a Resume

In what is being called an “unreal effort” on social media, one man’s attempt to date has gone viral. Joseph A. Adams put together a dating resume to respond to someone’s Facebook post asking for suitors. Of course, Joseph is from Michigan, and he even created charts to showcase his interests. In case you’re wondering, Netflix and making bomb playlists are part of that chart … Continue reading In a Saturated Market, The Only Way to Stand Out is a Resume

International Women's Day

Happy International Women’s Day, Ms. Independent

Today, March 8, 2017, is the 106th International Women’s Day, a day that the United Nations recognizes women’s advancements in the workplace, as well as socially and economically. And I want to take a moment to say thank you. There is no better satisfaction than being an independent woman. I was shopping for groceries, something I did about every other month last year, but I do every … Continue reading Happy International Women’s Day, Ms. Independent

How To Get Paid to Instagram: The Secrets Behind Brand Ambassadors 

In the Aon Tower in Chicago, a woman turns to me and says that Tony the Tiger is inside, don’t be scared. I walk into a room full of energy, and it’s just five adults on a Friday afternoon. With a smile and a handshake to match the warmth of her yellow shirt, I meet the Instagrammer, Elise Swopes. Swopes is glowing. She just reached … Continue reading How To Get Paid to Instagram: The Secrets Behind Brand Ambassadors