Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Cheekiest Guys of Summer Party

Wines, Burgers, and Guys...oh my! Last Thursday evening I headed over to Oak Street Beach to unwind (and gawk) at Cheeky Chicago's 10 Cheekiest Guys of Summer. The evening was filled with an unbelievable spread of food by Oak Street "Beach-stro," Naked Wines, Yacht Club vodka cocktails, Amstel Light, Starfruit, Neuro Sport Bliss water, and an amazing relax station provided by Bliss Spa. Guests were able to mix and mingle with local celebrities, award winning chefs, singers, designers, sportscasters, and of course, Chicago's favorite Bachelorette winner, Ed Swiderski. Special thanks to the entire Cheeky Chicago team & PUBLIC hotels for providing event guests with an amazing after party with complimentary cocktails all night long! I can't wait to see who the 2014 Cheekiest Guys of Summer are, but this will definitely be a tough line up to beat!

Here are the Cheekiest Guys of Summer 2013 in no particular order:
Ryan Baker, CBS SPortscaster
Jason Cage, Evening Radio Host B96
Jeff Goldford, Singer-Songwriter
Chris Haslma, Director of Operations BOKA Group
Seth Kravitz, Co-Founder Technori
Chris LaMorte, Editor UrbanDaddy
Anthony Martin, Executive Chef Tru Restaurant
Paul Octavious, Photographer
Ed Swiderski, SVP Legacy Marketing Partners
Jivish Toor, Designer & President J. Toor

Chicago Singer, Songwriter, and heart throb, Jeffrey Goldford, with Cheeky Chicago's Jessica Zweig

Elaina Vazquez of Boutique Bites & TRU Restaurant's Executive Chef, Anthony Martin (Congratulations Newlyweds!) 

Lauren Hurt & Sarah Catherine Beasley of the Sugar & Spice blog

Until next year! #CheekiestGuysofSummer2013

Photos c/o: Cheeky Chicago

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

CRAFTHOUSE Cocktails Launch Party

Tonight the adoptedSTYLE team and I had the pleasure of attending the CRAFTHOUSE Cocktails Launch Party on Goose Island. The party took place at their swanky loft style office complete with entertainment, bites by Nellcôte's Jared Van Camp, and of course CRAFTHOUSE's new ready-to-pour Moscow Mule & Southside cocktails. CRAFTHOUSE mixologist, Charles Joly, puts a unique twist on some of the most classic cocktails which truly separates him from others in the industry. For example, in creating the Crafthouse Southside, Charles tasted more than 40 samples of mint before choosing one that he was willing to put his name on. Simply put, Charles wants what you drink from the bottle to be the same as if he made it in front of you, and in my opinion...mission accomplished!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Women, Whisky & Runway

Although there's nothing I enjoy more than a Cheeky Chicago party, there definitely isn't anything more thrilling than actually planning one! Last Thursday evening launched the Women, Whisky & Runway party I had been working on throughout this summer in order to showcase the truly amazing, and addicting, Purely Fashion app. Guests had the opportunity to move about Untitled's VIP backstage area to mingle with our designers, chat with Chicago's finest style bloggers, taste The Macallan's culminating scotch and whisky, and interact with the Purely app to check out the most exclusive looks directly from their favorite designers.

The Macallan Whisky education bar

Our line up of designer inspired cocktails for the evening!

One of our Purely Fashion app & cocktail stations

Boris Powell & Jessi Sheehan from evolve

Anastasia Chatzka & Emma Arnold from Trés Awesome

Nora del Busto & Amelia Canham Eaton from The CHICago Life blog

Emma LaPalerma from C/Fan & Lindsay Segal from Luxury Garage Sale

Christine Petric from The View from 5 ft. 2 & Miriam Cecilia

Photos c/o: Cheeky Chicago
Special Thanks to Chris Marty, Untitled's Mixologist

Friday, July 19, 2013


Untitled #2

Well, it definitely isn't a secret that a heatwave has arrived in Chicago this past week! I have officially given up on attempting to get ready, compose a sophisticated ensemble to head out in, and most certainly don't want to wear anything that will contribute to this sweltering, swamp like weather. Here's what I intend on living in this weekend as I hit my favorite brunch spots, catch up with best friends, and head to the beach! TGIF!!! 


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Outfit Inspiration

Something that some of you might not know is that aside from being adoptedSTYLE's Founder + Lead Stylist, I am also Cheeky Chicago's Fashion & Lifestyle Sales Director. This role has introduced me to so many exhilarating and fun people in the area that there seemed like no better idea than to get everyone together for a night of Fashion, Cocktails, and FUN! After weeks of planning, numerous meetings, and crazy logistics to create a concept unlike any other event, the evening has finally arrived. Here is my outfit inspiration for tomorrow night's soirèe and I cannot wait to see all of you there! #WomenWhiskyandRunway


Siena Tavern's Gelato Photo Shoot w. The CHICago Life Blog

I don't think there is anything I love more than Fashion, Friends & Gelato! I had the pleasure of styling The CHICago Life Blog's, Amelia Canham Eaton, for her photo shoot at Siena Tavern with Executive Chef, David Blonsky, and Pastry Chef, Amy Arnold. The shoot featured Siena Tavern's 14 heavenly gelato flavors that are created in house each day by Amy herself. With flavors like Birthday Cake, Strawberry Basil Balsamic, and Tiramisu to choose from, how does anyone ever decide which one to order?!

Contributors: K. Amato Jewelry, Karen Millen London, Dine AMIC Group

Monday, July 15, 2013

Cheeky Chicago's Beer of the Burger VIP Dinner

Last week I headed to Bespoke Cuisine's private dining kitchen where I had the chance to taste, try, and drink Chicago's Cheekiest burger & beer winners! Cheeky Chicago fans were able to submit their most decadent burger recipes for a chance at being re-created by none other than the Food Buddha himself. Each burger paired perfectly with Amstel Light, the sponsors for this amazing event, and had their very own twist that made them special. If these pictures don't make your mouth water, I can only assume that you are a vegetarian! #NOM

The intimate dining set up for the evening's burger experience

A play on pickles...(pickled watermelon!)

Bacon & Brie burger with a Brioche bun

Black Bean Pita Burgers

The most amazing lamb burger I've ever experienced

The Chef Buddha's own burger masterpiece inspired by his favorite beer, Amstel Light

Caramel Toffee & Bacon Brittle

Mini Chocolate Milkshake shooters

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Chicago's Tech Week Fashion Show

On June 10th, exactly 1 month ago, I remember thinking that the highlight of my day was the frozen yogurt I got after work however, there was nothing more exciting than getting an email later that night from Graham Kostic at Glossed & Found asking me to be the stylist for this year's Chicago Techweek's 1st Annual Summer Fashion show at the W - City Center hotel. It would be an understatement to say that I was overjoyed and honored to be a part of such a wonderful event, but there are simply no words to describe how excited I was! This was definitely one of the most magical nights I have ever experienced thus far in life and I sincerely could not have done it without my amazing Techweek family: Glossed & Found, ZZAZZ ProductionsFord Models Chicago, Morgan Marie Beauty, Sound Investment, Ford Artists, and the W Chicago City Center hotel.

One of my amazing models, Stefanie, finishing hair & make up backstage

Some of the models hanging out backstage. Of course they are always photo ready!

Leah Reynolds from Ford Models Chicago getting beach ready before the show

Andrea Adams in her 1st look from EMMA 

Idele Obaseki in SARCA

Stefanie in Sofia Live Lovely

Noelle in CAKE STYLE

Leah Reynolds in her Bloomingdale's bikini before our finale!

...and that's a wrap! xoxo.

Photos c/o adoptedSTYLE photographer, Andrea Plecko