Monday, June 30, 2008

Free Movie Monday - Hollywood Shuffle

From our friends at Hulu - Click Below for the full length film... :) Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Tomorrow - Essence x Toyota Camry - If Looks Could Kill

Toyota and ESSENCE present the IFLOOKSCOULDKILL.COM local fashion
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Don Imus' Latest Comments - Controversy or Keeping it Real?

The whole "Nappy Headed Ho" comment was clearly a 110% dis, but are the latest Don Imus comments his version of keeping it real or more controversy? He's says it's the former but you be the judge!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

ChicaGo Summer Dance

The Chicago Summer Dance Series is one of the highlights of my summer!During Summer Dance instructors share dance techniques that you'd likely pay $10-$30 per class to learn for FREE. Every year during the series I swing down to Grant Park after work and learn some new moves or sip some sangria and enjoy the crowd. Check out the upcoming dates and grab some friends and go.

June 19 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Klezmer dances with Steve Weintraub; music by Steve Weintraub and the Maxwell St. Klezmer Dance Orchestra

June 20 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. East coast swing with Tommye Giacchino and Gregory Day; music by Swing Nouveau

June 21 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Salsa with Latin Rhythms; music by Orquesta La Crema

June 22 : 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Single-, double- and triple-time swing with Kathy Brown; music by Alan Gresik Swing Swing Shift Orchestra

June 26 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Orkoi gypsy dance with Calin Orza and Erika Demeter; music by Gazsa Hungarian Folk Band

June 27 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cajun two-step and waltz with Louie Stallone and Monica Vachlon; music by Jesse Lege and Joel Savoy

June 28 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Polka, oberek, mazur and waltz with Ethnic Dance Chicago; music by Eddie Blazoncyk's Versatones

June 29 : 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Salsa with Lisa 'La Boriqua'; music by New Swing Sextet

July 3 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Argentine tango with Tango Eclectique; music by Jose Luis Barreto and Tanguisimo

July 4 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Jitterbug with Big City Swing; music by Spirit of the U.S.O. Jazz Band

July 5 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Steppin' with Dawud Shareef and Lura Satterfield; music by The Etcetera Band

July 6 : 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Swing with; music by Chicago Grandstand Big Band

July 10 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Oros, horos, kokos and coceks with Galia Miloucheva-Kuo and John Kuo; music by Slavid Soul Party

July 11 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cajun two-step and waltz with Robert and Stacy Morrow; music by Lafayette Rhythm Devils

July 12 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Zydeco with The Galaxie; music by Rosie Ledet and The Zydeco Playboys

July 13 : 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. American tango with Manny Lopez-Marquez; music by Bill Porter Orchestra

July 17 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Raks sharki and Turkish roma dances with Khazna Khalil; music by Lamajamal with Jim Stoynoff

July 18 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Kolos, coceks and South Balkan and roma dances with Ethnic Dance Chicago; music by Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar

July 19 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Argentine tango with Tango 21; music by Orquesta Tipica Imperial

July 20 : 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Swing with; music by Teddy Lee Orchestra

July 24 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Samba with Passistas Samba Dance Group; music by Orquestra de Samba

July 25 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cha-cha and mambo with Latin Rhythms; music by Angel in the Solar System

July 26 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. East coast swing with Arthur Murray Dance Center; music by The Flat Cats

July 27 : 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Samba with Kasper Dance Studio; music by Weiss Brothers Orchestra

July 31 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. New funk and house with Boogie McClarin; music by The Spam All Stars

August 1 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. East coast swing with Big City Swing; music by The Boilermaker Jazz Band

August 2 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Salsa with Tommye Giacchino and Gregory Day; music by Grupo Kana

August 7 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Zapteado with Anabel Tapia; music by Fandanguero

August 8 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Chicago bop with Dawud Shareef and Lura Satterfield; music by Gentlemen of Leisure

August 9 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Salsa and merengue with Manny Lopez-Marquez; music by Nabori

August 10 : 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Jive with Kasper Dance Studio; music by Dick Sarlo Orchestra

August 14 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. African diaspora dance with Kimosha P. Murphy; music by Occidental Brothers Dance Band International

August 15 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Salsa, merengue and bachata with Miguel Mendez and Michael Angelo Mendez; music by Papo Santiago and Orquesta Infraverde

August 16 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Chicago steppin' with Majestic Gents; music by The Steve Butler Movement

August 17 : 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Cha-cha and waltz with; music by Nancy Hays and The Romance of Dance Orchestra

August 21 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Soukous with Isaac Katalayi; music by Shiko Mawatu

August 22 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. East coast swing with Margot McGraw-Toppen and Riley Wimes Jr.; music by Oucast Jazz Band

August 23 : 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Merengue, cha-cha and salsa with Lisa 'La Boriqua'; music by Angel Melendez: Tribute to Hector Lavoe

August 24 : 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Argentine tango with Netza Roldan and Cristina Moreno; music by Trio Garufa

Price: Free Event Phone Number: 312-742-4007

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Lola's Guide to the Good Life

Hey Go Getters! Hope you are all enjoying the start of another beautiful Chicago summer. My name is Lola and I'll be bringing you my guide to the good life, one tip at a time!


I try to live a bit of every day like I'm on vacation. You know what they say about all work and no play. Take a note from the SATC craze and treat yourself to a little luxury. If Carrie can afford Manolos on a journalist's salary, anything is possible right?

Why Bus when you can Boat?

For less than it costs to get your latte fix ($2!), you can beat the traffic and cruise the river as a part of your daily commute. I took the water taxi from Madison and Canal to Michigan near the Wrigley building on a lovely spring afternoon. What better way to kick back and relax after a long day indoors? A glass of wine would have enhanced the experience... but I'm not complaining!

Shop like a Celeb

Although I'm a huge fan of the DSWs of the world, one cannot always be expected to go to battle for her shoes. If you want to feel pampered, let them come to you at the Nordstrom shoe department. The floor is swarming with sales consultants eager to help you find that special something. Choose a few that you like and let them do the rest. Aleks (ask for him, he's amazing!) educated us about designer Anyi Lu and her revolutionary comfortable yet stylish line. (shoes pictured left) If you catch them during a sale, prices are actually fairly reasonable. Nothing in your price range? Try on as many as you like, note the style numbers of your favorites and search for a better deal online!

Meiji- 623 N. Randolph

Why eat when you can dine?

An hour lunch away from the office can feel like a spa treatment if you do it right. Meiji at 623 N. Randolph wins the award for best Sushi in the West Loop. (As far as rolls go...I'm not a purist or anything) For the cost of two $5 footlongs at Subway, you can have the Meiji Gunkan - blue crab, masago, and spicy mayo wrapped with tuna and topped with a tempura crunch. Believe me, its worth the extra five bucks. The dining room has an authentic Japanese feel with sleek bamboo furnishings and a modern minimalist design. Named after Japanese Emperor Meiji whose title signified a new period of enlightened rule, I felt exactly that after my Meiji experience.

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