Sine Qua Non Salon in West Town Offers Free Brows this September

Sine Qua Non Salon in West Town is offering clients at the new location a special surprise when they book an appointment this September- complimentary brow shaping service!

Clients must book their appointment on a Wednesday or Friday at the West Town location and mention this offer.

Book an appointment online at, or call 773.252.4700.

Sine Qua Non Salon | West Town | 2038 W. Chicago Ave.

Contest: Win Brunch and Bottomless Mimosas for Eight at The Bedford

The Bedford in Chicago’s Wicker Park is now open for a delectable Sunday brunch, and Skirt PR got a sneak preview of the delicious dishes, cocktails and all the accoutrements.

The Skirt team thoroughly enjoyed each of their samplings; Executive Chef Mark Steuer’s contemporary cuisine translated flawlessly to brunch. The culinary mastermind has expertly mixed a modern breakfast menu accentuated with Southern influences, featuring a variety of options including old favorites and soon-to-be new traditions.

Mixologist Pete Gugni had plenty of creative concoctions up his sleeve, as well. His drink menu features a spin on typical brunch beloveds and new cocktails with a breakfast-themed twist.

Our highlights included:

  • Crispy breakfast potatoes with over easy eggs, toast and bacon
  • Johnnycakes with Burton’s maple syrup, blueberry compote and whipped mascarpone
  • French Toast with country ham, peaches and spiced syrup
  • Mimosa with orange juice, St. Germain, orange bitters and bubbles
  • Bloody Mary with Stoli vodka, Don Amato Mezcal Repo, Edmond Fitzgerald Porter, tomato juice, kimchi, red hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, salt, and pepper
  • Bacon and Egg Cocktail with bacon-infused bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and an egg
Beginning Sunday, September 25, 2011, Wicker Park’s newest kitchen and bar will be opening its new Sunday tradition, brunch, to the public, and is sure to begin an unforgettable weekend tradition in one of the most unique venues in the city.

The Bedford is located at 1612 W. Division. Make reservations online at or by calling  773.235.8800.


Bedford Brunch Contest 

In celebration of the new service, The Bedford and Skirt PR will offer a special giveaway- one lucky winner will receive a free brunch and bottomless mimosas for up to eight guests!

Sorry! The contest is now closed. You can still book your own fab brunch on or by calling 773.235.8800.





Behind the Scenes with EcoTools at Fashion Week

Skirt PR and EcoTools were on fashion’s front lines this September at New York Fashion Week in conjunction with eco-activist, style blogger and EcoTools correspondent, Greta Eagan of  The result? Amazing insider scoop into the trends and styles of runway via all-access videos. Below, check out Greta’s take on the Suzanne Rae and Badgley Mischka Spring/Summer 2012 shows.

For more on EcoTools and Greta’s adventures (and to learn how to take on the latest runway looks), visit the EcoTools Fashion Week blog here.

Suzanne Rae

Greta takes you inside eco-friendly designer Suzanne Rae’s Spring/Summer 2012 show.  Check out the amazing footage of the scene in the studio, an interview with the designer herself, and Greta’s spin on how to translate the style from the runway to every day.

Badgley Mischka

In the second installment of the Backstage Pass to NYFW, it’s all about some good old fashioned glamour at Badgley Mischka!   Below, Greta marvels at the beautiful, retro-inspired designs and the soft, gorgeous makeup that accompanied them. We simply can’t get enough!

Fit Girl Studio Now Open in Chicago

In a world of big box gym retailers, uninspiring fitness classes and expensive, impersonal training, an exciting and healthy workout routine can be hard to come by. Transforming exercise from mundane moves into a personalized and captivating fitness experience is specialized fitness studio, Fit Girl Studio, which opened September 17, 2011 and features yoga, spin and barre classes.

Created by fitness expert Michelle Pretekin, Fit Girl Studio is more than just a personal gym. It’s a total body transformation – morphing the mind and body simultaneously. Fusing cardio exercise, toning, mind strengthening and flexibility, Fit Girl Studio revolutionizes what it means to be physically fit. With a personal mission that soars far beyond just functional fitness, Pretekin views health and wellness as more than a weekly workout routine, but rather, an invigorating way of life.

Recently opened in the heart of Chicago’s North Shore suburb of Evanston, Fit Girl Studio is located on Church and Maple streets, just steps from the active Northwestern University campus. With a minimalist yet sophisticated feel, the roughly 2,000 square foot space boasts an inviting and comfortable approach to exercise, with soft and feminine touches. An inspiring “health haven”, Fit Girl Studio caters to participants of all fitness levels.

Each barre, spin and yoga class consists of no more than 15 participants, so clients receive the best of both workout worlds – the same level of attention from a personal training session with the high-level energy and encouraging camaraderie of group exercise. With a curriculum centered on the idea that clients should be free to design their own fitness path, the studio classes vary in intensity, ranging from vigorous to relaxing.

Pretekin maintains that fitness should be infectious, accessible and convenient for anyone’s schedule, so classes are offered throughout the day, including early morning and post-work or class time slots. The studio is open seven days a week, with hours varying depending on class schedules. Through a fusion of specialty exercise techniques and passion for exercise that enthralls, Fit Girl Studio introduces an efficient workout experience that builds mind and body strength. From personalized attention to a comfortable atmosphere, Fit Girl Studio encourages clients to break free from the monotony of moves, and get inspired with serious classes that are seriously fun.

Drop-in classes are $20 and discounts and are available when clients purchase class or monthly packages. The studio also offers a complimentary week of classes to give new participants a chance to sample each of the three different types of classes.

Visit or call (773) 729-0214 for more information.


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