Florodora: Vintage Inspired Beauty

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Located in the historic Monadnock Building in Chicago’s Loop, Florodora features vintage-inspired contemporary fashions for women as well as pretty gifts, unique accessories and home accents.

Florodora features designers Lara Miller, Twinkle, Nougat, Feral Childe, Lia Molly, Chan Luu, Yoana Baraschi, and more.

The name, Florodora, is a nod to one of the 20th century’s first Broadway musicals–more specifically the Florodora girls, whom owner Michael Blossom explained to me were famous for being “beautiful and stylish” as well as getting into their share of trouble.  The overall impression one gets from this girl-shop is a nod to the era’s lady-like silhouettes and glamour. This love of all things retro-pretty is evident in the chic selection of dresses, accessories and ready to wear pants, skirts, and tops. (I highly favor the dresses.) Think frilly, flowers and fun. There is also everything from candles to magnets to stationary–and Spanx!

This thoughtfully assembled shop is priced a little steep– but keep your eyes open for trunk shows, themed sales (the “scandal” sale), private sales and coupons for email list customers and make this a place you can treat yourself too.  A fun plus– wine on Friday afternoons.

It would be nice to see some mid-range priced clothing as well as a larger range is sizes; but the overall feel is that of fantasy (I need to weigh 20 lbs less fantasty). You can almost imagine yourself in the dressing room or personal closet of a yesteryear star of the stage.  It’s worth a peruse and a lovely place to purchase or receive a gift from.

Florodora, 330 S Dearborn St.

Spa Week: April 12-18

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In my perfect world, I would get spa treatments daily. For problems I don’t even have. Being pampered, for me, is the ultimate stress reliever and instant mood lifter–I feel like a better version of myself…but a broker (more broke?) version. Well, you get the picture.  A day at the spa can set a girl or guy back some serious change.  But Spa Week in Chicago is the perfect time to try out those fabulously luxurious remedies at a seriously discounted rate.

Participating spas, like Chocolate For Your Body in Pilsen, offer ultra-sweet deals, such as a 60 Minute Stress Relief Swedish Massage using real chocolate. Yum. Normally a $70 treat, it is now only $50. If you crave something a little more intense, Thrive Medical Spa in the Gold Coast can set you up with a Partial Face IPL Skin Rejuvenation for Acne, Freckles and/or Enlarged Pores for only $50, which is regularly $150.

And who doesn’t love free goodies? At www.spaweek.com you can also enter to win hundreds of dollars in products from Korres, TIGI and lots more.

Spa Week is a Bi-Annual Event that allows you to enjoy luxurious full-service spa treatments at the finest spas all across North America for just $50 each.

Another great site to check out if you are in the market for pampering is www.prettycity.com. They also offer great reviews on services from salons and spas as well as special discounts on treats for someone I love–myself.

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