Honey Bee Weddings at the University of Chicago

Earlier this month, I was asked to speak at the Women in Business Conference at the University of Chicago.  It was such an amazing opportunity and I am so thrilled that I was able to participate.  I was on the panel for Careers in Creative Fields along with amazing group of women:

Julia Failey, owner of Julia Failey Jewelry
Cecelia Myers, CEO of Cakestyle
Kathleen Wright, Founder of Collaborative Group
Shelly Rothstein of Honey Bee Weddings served as the Panel Moderator.  Of course, she did an excellent job!

I spoke about my background, which was invigorating, because I definitely took the road less traveled to become a wedding planner!  The panel also discussed their typical day (there is no typical day was the same answer across the board!), our motivations, expectations, challenges, marketing, and advice for the crowd.

It’s hard to promote yourself on your blog without feeling like you are bragging to the world.  But I recently read a motivational email that encouraged entrepreneurs to celebrate the small victories. So I am celebrating this one!

Turkey Day Sale at Erin Gallagher

One of my favorite shops for jewelry is Erin Galllagher.  The store has a wide variety of necklaces, bracelets, and rings including a design your own bar, which is totally fabulous for bridesmaids.  They are having their annual Turkey Day Sale with 40% off everything including custom orders.  

Tukey Day Sale
November 23rd to 25th
Erin Gallagher
1013 W. Webster Street
online using code THANKS12

Since post earrings are having a moment, I am in love with these beauties!

Vote Smart

While you may have decided who to vote for President, there are a number of other elections that haven’t received as much attention.  I suggest heading over to Project Vote Smart. It’s a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing facts to voters so that they can vote informed. I volunteered at Project Vote Smart during my freshman year of college. It was an awesome experience that really opened my eyes to all there is to know about politics.

If you are from Illinois, they have a new tool on their website called VoteEasy.  I was pretty impressed because it makes it very easy to learn about candidates and where they stand on the issues.  If you have the time, please check it out.

Happy Election Day!

Best mani + pedi in Chicago…forreal forreal!

If I have a bride that wants to take her maids out to get their nails done, I always recommend ZaZaZoo.  Ever since my first manicure a little over a year and a half ago (thanks Lindsay), I have been hooked.  The Bucktown shop is so pretty that it makes the experience a nice treat than the nail shop around the corner.  And of course, I wouldn’t come back unless they do good work and leave my nails chip-free.  

Imagine my delight when I woke up to find out about the Gilt Groupe Chicago deal! They are offering a spa manicure and pedicure for $30!  I checked with Gilt and as long as there is space available, they will accept the deal for a group of girls.  ZaZaZoo takes reservations in advance so hopefully, you can take advantage of this offer.  Seriously girls, I haven’t had a better manicure/pedicure in the city.  They really do a fantastic job.

If you haven’t joined Gilt Groupe, you are, ahem, behind the times.  Join.  Immediately.  Click here for an invitation.

Annual Sample Sale at the Left Bank

I think that every post this week is going to be about sales.  And really, all sales and trunk shows are super fun but sample sales hold a special place in my heart.  The Left Bank, a beautiful little boutique in Lincoln Park, is having their annual sample sale with up to 80% off shoes, veils, and jewelry.

Sample Sale
Thursday, November 1st to Thursday, November 8th

The Left Bank
1155 West Webster Avenue