It’s almost impossible to get Leandra Medine, founder of hit fashion blog Man Repeller, to be serious. In an interview about her new capsule collection, a whimsical line of dresses and separates designed in conjunction with designer Chelsey Santry of West Coast-based line PJK, the blogger answers nearly every question with playful sarcasm. When asked where the two met, she deadpans, “On Craigslist, in the Random Encounters section.” Both women — who were set up by their respective agents because of their sartorial similarities — erupt into laughter.
With menu items such as fish and chips, curry fries and scotch eggs — plus an impressive selection of Irish whiskeys — it’s easy to see why The Gage is often mistaken for an Irish restaurant. But that’s seriously shortchanging the Michigan Avenue eatery.
Dear Jenny, This might seem like a mundane question, but I’m 23 and recently started a job in an office that doesn’t enforce a “strict” dress code. I’ve observed the casual and stylish clothing choices of my fellow office workers and I’m wondering if leather pants are an acceptable choice for the workplace. I’m not going all biker by any means, but would you say that, if paired with something classy, it can be pulled off nicely? It’s a relatively laid-back atmosphere, but I know there’s always a stigma attached to leather. — Amanda
If you happened to be in Colorado in January, you may have seen a bikini-clad Natalie Bergman running through the snow. On tour with Wild Belle, the band she leads with her older brother Elliot, Natalie was bored — so she invented a game. “It was 18 degrees below zero, and we were sitting in the hot tub,” she says. “I decided we each had to race across our friend’s lawn in our bathing suits, shake the snow off of an Aspen tree and run back.” Elliot nods. “Then we tried to see who could stay in the snow the longest making snow angels,” he adds. “Our family is really competitive.”
On March 9, the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation celebrated two decades of working to eliminate pediatric cancer and the burdens it places on patients’ families at its 20th Anniversary Bear Tie Ball. Co-chairs Nina Mariano and Tracey Scurto welcomed more than 850 guests to the UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt), including Cheryl and Mario Tricoci and Kristina and Mike McGrath, who mingled beneath the chandelier-studded ceiling while listening to heartwarming speeches from Roe Conn and Windy City Live’s Val Warner and from Bear Tie Ambassador Theo Yianas, who shared his story of conquering the disease.