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 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

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 

Homemade Pasta in Chicago at Trattoria Gianni

There’s nothing more upsetting to a chef than when you don’t eat the food when it’s hot. I was admiring the presentation of arguably the best gnocchi in town and mussels at Trattoria Gianni, an “authentic Italian restaurant” according to DNA Chicago in Lincoln Park (a little further north than NewCity ) when the owner, Gianni Delisi came up to me and insisted that I … Continue reading Homemade Pasta in Chicago at Trattoria Gianni

Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras Parties in Chicago

It’s that time of year when Gabrielle Union and Chicago Bulls, Dwyane Wade and everyone else wants to experience NOLA. But, Chicago is so nice right now. Like global warming brought summertime Chi to February nice. So, it might be time to indulge in Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras festivities in Chicago. We’ve got you covered for the Mardi Gras bar crawls and specials. Now all that’s … Continue reading Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras Parties in Chicago

Should You Get Drinks With Your Coworkers?

In school, we’re told to make friends,  but at work, the question becomes can I be your friend?  A new survey finds 74% of employees consider coworkers friend and one in five believe their colleagues have an inappropriate relationship. Fierce, Inc. surveyed over a thousand individuals to get to the heart of the impact friendship and romance has in the workplace. Below is their findings … Continue reading Should You Get Drinks With Your Coworkers?

Yes, Adults Need Bedtime Beauty Routines 

I think one step to becoming an adult is one of the most basic parts of being a kid. And that is getting ready for bed. Somewhere in between cramming for exams in college and binge drinking on Fridays, I feel like we forget that having a nightly routine is actually necessary to our sanity, if not our health (yes Mr. Dentist, I am working … Continue reading Yes, Adults Need Bedtime Beauty Routines 

The Dessert at Grand Lux That’s Better Than Cake

I’m traditional and as much as I love cake for celebrations – I noticed that restaurants are now serving something a little off-kilter – a little more sophisticated – and that’s Warm Sticky Bun Bread Pudding. National Sticky Bun Day is Sunday, February 21st. If you’ve never heard of sticky buns, it’s a German dessert or breakfast similar to monkey bread or cinnamon rolls. To … Continue reading The Dessert at Grand Lux That’s Better Than Cake