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Caitlin Meany graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover MA, with a degree in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies, and currently works at Zara and blogs on the side. She grew to have a fascination for fashion her senior year of college and decided to pursue it greatly when receiving the job at Zara. Within 10 months of working at Zara she became a Product Leader for shoes, handbags, and accessories. At the beginning of March she started her blog showcasing her own personal style and daily outfits. She very much enjoys this new creative outlet and already is getting a great response from friends, family and other bloggers in the fashion world.

Recap: Fashion Chicago Shopping Event In Millennium Park


(Photo Credit: stylechicago.com)

StyleChicago.com hosted an event this weekend in Millennium Park at the Chase Promenade that allowed 30 Chicago designers show and sell their clothes to buyers and fellow fans. It was a great way to showcase all the designers’ clothes, jewelry and accessory designs. Some of the designers had been at the fashion show a couple of weeks before, so this allowed all people to purchase the clothes they had shown on the runway. The event worked in collaboration with the Mayor fashion council, City of Chicago and DCASE. You could go and spend the day with your friends and family shopping, eating and listening to Chicago radio stations like The Lite, Kiss FM, WGCI and ever popular online radio IHeartRadio.

Although the weather was not amazing, shopping always changes anyone’s spirit! The ever popular Chicago designer Calvin Tran was there selling his newest collection.

courtesy of Calvintran.com

(Photo Credit: Calvintran.com)

A company by the name of Buckle Up Babe! is a mosaic belt design company that was started by up and coming Chicago designer Tina Spector. You can currently purchase her belts online on Etsy.com, but very soon Buckle Up Babe! will have its own website. She designs each belt with a wide range of colors and beading. Each design is unique in its own way and allows you to spice up any outfit!

courtesy of StyleChicago.com

(Photo Credit: StyleChicago.com

A cool accessories company that stood out to me was Jojo and Sofia. They design tie clips, cuff links and pocket squares for men, but you can also purchase tie necklaces for women. Sarah Sebastian, creator of JoJo and Sofia, began as a blogger of Privy Doll and Privy Guy. The tie necklaces made me want to purchase one right there and wear it home!


Photo credit: chicagonow.com

The last eye-catching designs were a Chicago Company by the name of K. Amato, a jewelry company that has been featured in such publications as People Magazine! Started by Kristin Amato, she designed her first pieces for sophisticated, trend conscious friends that allowed her to move to boutiques and other popular stores in the city, before opening her own store. Her accessory designs are fun, unique and trendy and are also not over-the-top. They have a store location as well as an online store.


(Photo Credit: kamato.com)

The fashion Chicago event was a fun way to get outside, shop and enjoy the day in a different way. Many people were with friends and family and it was very crowded, with shoppers all excited to pick up new Chicago trends of the season. You got to see what popular stores and designs were in Chicago, eat, drink and listen to the DJ’s of different radio stations while all in Millennium Park. A fun and different way to spend your Saturday!

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