Missing Pieces

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A few days ago I attended a bridal expo with my friends.  NO I AM NOT GETTING MARRIED.  I am the official/unofficial wedding planner and it was my job to accompany the bride and we went to see what the expo had to offer.  I love weddings and parties and the planning phase and all things girly, but there were a few things that struck me, or rather that bothered me during and after the expo was over.

The fist issue I had with the expo occurred during the fashion show portion of the expo.  My issue was that the models were not indicative of society.  All of the models were almost scarily thin, and while there were a wide range of brides present at the expo, the fashion show was only for the sample size brides and bridesmaids.  How unfair to the brides who were average size.  That really bothered me.

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The second issue I had was that there was a lack of diversity at the expo.  I do not remember seeing not one minority vendor.  Not one.  I know for a fact that there are minority vendors who print invitations, provide photography services, bake, cater as well as dress brides and bridesmaids.  I know that these people and businesses exist.

It just bothered me that in this day and age, such a lack of diversity was present at the bridal expo.  I am not sure how the vendors were selected, who decided what fashions were going to be presented at the fashion show, but I have to admit that the more we walked through the expo the more displeased I was with what was represented.

I can also say that with those ideas in mind.  I will be taking action in the very near future in order to become the change I wish to see in the world.  Stay tuned, bigger and better is coming and there will be an opportunity for minority businesses to be represented and showcased in the very near future.

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Be Blessed!  Be Fabulous!

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Summer in Chicago is Ending

ChicagoSummer is coming to an end.  If you live in a large city like I do, there may be things going on everyday and every evening for you to experience.  That is very important if you live in a city like Chicago where winter is definitely coming and you are not sure how long you may be inside due to the inclement weather.

Each and every day there are things going on in the Chicagoland area that can keep you busy and that can help you enjoy the last remaining days of summer.

The newly open and renovated Chicago Riverwalk is open for business to walk and dine.  Check out their website here for more information http://www.chicagoriverwalk.us/.

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Every Tuesday at Pier 31 there is some type of dancing going on.  So for those of you who need to release some steam after work early in the week this is a great event to check out.  If dancing is not your thing, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) has Tuesday’s on the Terrace where they have live music each and every Tuesday evening.  For more information contact https://mcachicago.org/Programs/Music/Tuesdays-On-The-Terrace.

On Wednesday evenings the Shedd Aquarium hosts Jazzin’ at the Shedd where they have live Jazz and you can stay for the weekly fireworks.  Jazzin’ at the Shedd continues through September 14.  Go to their website for more information http://www.sheddaquarium.org/jazzin/.

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There are also music festivals, ethnic festivals and movies in the park.  There is so much to do and see in the city and surrounding suburbs.  You can check Metromix here http://www.events12.com/chicago/.  Before summer is over get out have some fun and experience the richness that Chicago has to offer.  Before you know it we will be shoveling snow (well not me) and bundled up.

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Stay Blessed and Stay Fabulous!

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