trending this…fashion with a cause

many of you know that october is breast cancer awareness month.  many companies sell items that directly donate funds to support finding a cure.  can you think of anything better than that?! 1 in a 8 will be diagnosed…that is a startling statistic and we can’t let that continue.  do your part, wear your pink, get screened, and support the cause.  Ralph Lauren is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Pink Pony collection! my mom is a 7 year survivor and we wear their hats on the Susan G Komen 3day walk but we also own some of their Pink Pony shirts.  I love mine and love the cause they support!

Brooke Hagel Fabulous doodles…Search for the perfect Cape.

Ive written about Brooke Hagel’s site before. She is a lovely artist out of NYC who does gorgeous fashion illustrations. Brooke Hagel shares fun, cute illustrations and I adore her work. Her most recent post was about her search for the perfect Fall Cape. I love this! I too have been looking for a cape jacket as well. I think they are just simply chic, and understated. Check out her post below.

Just Lovely from Amilka’s fashion illustrations

Artist Amilka on Etsy makes just lovely fashion illustrations. I thought I would share her information and include some of her illustrations for you all to look at. Please enjoy!

Bio Information:

Hello everybody!
I’m Amila and this is my Etsy shop. Welcome!
My special is fashion illustrations and portraits from photographs. Primarily I use pencils, pastel, acrylic and aqua colors. Any other materials of your choice are possible, if you want to order a custom portrait of yours.

Inside scoop from Chicago… Part One: The blue line stop at Damen

Damen stop is located at: 1558 North Damen Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60622

This weekend I spent my time exploring around Chicago. I decided that I would take the Blue line stop to Damen and find out what kind of shopping was available in the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. To my surprise I found some AMAZING regular and vintage shops.  When I first got off the Damen stop I walked into

Store B Vintage at 1472 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60622 (773)772-4296. They have quality vintage clothing, accessories and gifts at this location. There stock and quality of items is amazing! This is a place to find quality and unique vintage clothing ranging from YSL to Gucci.

My next stop was intoU.S #1 Vintage clothing  & Boots & Purses located at 1460 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 773-489-9428. I was amazed by thevariety in stock that the store had. What made this store great was the extra 40% off from all the stock in the store! In the back corner hanging from the ceiling there were tons of vintage purses, and luggage cases that ranged from Louis Vuitton to Gucci. The thing that caught my eye the most, the Yves St. Lauren and Burberry trench coats that were in nearly perfect condition!

Both of these stores are worth checking out. You never know you may find the vintage find of your life! I have two more stores to mention. I thought I would save them for later in this week. I had a lot of fun doing this, and I can’t wait to explore a new area next weekend.

-Much love from the hills.