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Kjaer Weis organic cometics channel your inner green beauty

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When it comes to the foods you eat, you’re a fanatic about reading labels. No hard-to-pronounce, unnatural ingredients for you.

The products you put on your skin? Not so much. But considering studies show that 60 percent of what you put on your skin is …

Shoppers can go small on Saturday

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Shoppers who shudder at the mere mention of Black Friday but still want to score a bargain this weekend should check out Small Business Saturday. Sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a nationally driven initiative developed by American Express …

Fashion Night Out Chicago treats shoppers to deals

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Fashionistas can sip cocktails, see the latest looks and get a makeover at Our Town’s events for the sartorial celebration Thursday — and they’re all free. Here are some of the hottest.

J. Crew launches local designer capsule collection

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Find Shane Gabier and Chris Peters’ Chicago-based Creatures of the Wind at J. Crew today. The 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runners-up took their sartorial cred and designed a smaller, more affordable, three-piece collection for the fashion-forward retailer. Keep an eye out for the design duo’s …

Bucktown girl dresses celebrity pups

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No matter what side of the “dressing pets” debate you fall, you have to give Michelle Cleek O’Hollaren some credit. The 33-year-old Bucktown resident turned her love of dressing her pug Penny into a business — which immediately caught on with celebrities such as Tori …

Made in Chicago shop offers local fashion for every shape, size

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As I walk the Made in Chicago shop — a space reminiscent of the doctor’s office it once was — busy designers hide in small “examination rooms,” working tirelessly to turn their spaces into mini boutiques.

The finished shop opens Saturday at 44 E. Grand …

Air Yeezy 2 drops in Chicago Saturday

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If you’re into sneakers, then you know the line is short for Kanye West’s Air Yeezy 2.

That’s because camping out is no longer the way to get your feet into a pair of these hotly-anticipated kicks from Nike. If you’re in Chicago and looking …

5 cool Father’s Day gift ideas for Chicago dads

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1. FOR THE ARTISTIC DAD

It all started with dancing in the streets of Chicago.

In 2005, Brandon Breaux, a DePaul graphic design student at the time, made extra cash dancing in front of Water Tower Place. During a break, Breaux struck up a conversation …

This season, cuffs are bigger and bolder than ever

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This spring you’ve gotta be sporting a cuff, bold in design and bright — orange, blue and green — in color.

Vote: Yes or no for TOMS?

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I’m sure you’ve seen them: They’re a curious hybrid of the boat shoe and slipper. They look quite comfortable, yet I question their suitability for the streets (a friend of mine referred to them as “pajamas for the feet”).

They’re called TOMS, a brand for …

Sweet deals at Krista K’s anniversary event

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The only thing sweeter than a discount is one with a side of cupcake. This weekend, Krista K, 3458 N. Southport, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a party that includes a 20 percent discount on everything in the store, along with complimentary cupcakes from …

Build your own Chucks

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OK crimefighters, take a break from saving the world and go to Converse.com to design your own Batman-themed Chuck Taylors. Choose from four Batman character patterns (Batman, Joker, Catwoman and the Riddler) and also pick the color of everything from the stitching to the lining. …

Six summer shoe styles to help re-energize your wardrobe

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Sparkle. Prints. Color-blocking. And — dare I say — comfort. These are the biggest themes you’ll see popping up in fabulous footwear collections this summer — all a welcome change after a long season of boots, boots and more boots.

Vote: Do you like the flatform shoe?

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One style I’m not quite sure about is the flatform — a curious hybrid of the flat shoe and platform heel. Which begs the question: Why? Isn’t the point of flats to be, well, flat on the ground? Let us know what you think by …

Carry a cause with a Workshop/CoOp bag

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Store your daily essentials in one of these gorgeous, hand-loomed Workshop/CoOp bags (just featured in O Magazine); $45-$95 at theworkshopcoop.com. With every handbag sold, a 6- or 12-month supply of hygiene products will be given to a woman or girl who has been displaced from …