Join us at the new Splendid store at Old Orchard Center in Chicago on June 27th from 6-8 PM. Splendid is teaming up with us, Liz Schneider of Sequins and Stripes, Jenna Redline, and ban.do to host a Tee Party at their new store on June 27th, 2013. Guests will be treated to sips and snacks while enjoying fun, interactive activities specifically tailored for Splendid.
Each guest will receive two pom poms from the ‘ban.do for Splendid’ pom pom bar, as well as a style guide for inspiration on how to style a Splendid tee with ban.do’s unique accessories. Guests will have the chance to try on a Splendid tee and style it with their new pom poms, and then head over to the Smilebooth photobooth! All Splendid t-shirts will be buy one, get one half off during the event and with any purchase of $100 or more, guests will receive a striped Splendid clutch filled with everyday essentials.
See the invite above to RSVP! Hope to see you there!
Today we want to talk about vacations. So, you’ve saved up your sick days to use for a trip and now you want to cash them in. When it comes to vacations, do you like to space them out and take more short trips or do you prefer taking a week to indulge in all that your vacation has to offer? A weekend getaway could be that trip to the mountains you’ve wanted to take, a quick beach trip, or even a trip to your parents’ house. A week-long vacation could be a trip to Hawaii, Florence, or Aruba. While both give you a chance to relax, the length of the trip could make all the difference.
Which would you choose and why? Where would you go? Are there some disadvantages from one that would keep you from going?
You and your girls have just met up for a lunch date after spending weeks apart due to your busy lives. Most of you start in on how you’re having trouble with work, your boyfriend, your finances, or whatever may be troubling your mind. Then, one friend with her perfect makeup and hair that seems like she just left the salon goes on and on about her most recent successes and triumphs, making the rest of you feel like failures.
Do you have that one friend who always makes you feel inadequate in comparison? Are you that friend? Tell us, how do you handle it?
“There is an urgency to the situation. There has been an urgency to the situation for two years.” Benjamin J. Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser, regarding the situation in Syria on Thursday, June 13, 2013
WEEK OF JUNE 10, 2013
Nation: The whistleblower has revealed himself.
Remember PRISM? Going public on Sunday, Edward Snowden identified himself as the source behind the disclosures about the nation’s surveillance programs. In a 12-minute online video interview he disclosed his reasoning, saying he chose to take this action because “the public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong.” With investigations pending, Snowden fled to Hong Kong, saying he plans on staying in the city and fighting extradition. Meanwhile, the director of the National Security Agency defended his agency and the secret data-surveillance programs on Wednesday during a Senate hearing on cybersecurity, saying those government efforts had prevented dozens of terrorist attacks in recent years. The drama continues.
World: The U.S. role in Syria has intensified.
After completing a “deliberate review,” the Obama administration has confirmed that Syrian President Bashar Assad did in fact use “chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, on a small scale against the opposition multiple times in the last year” and that the attacks have resulted in the death of over 100 people. This changes the game, since President Obama has called the use of chemical weapons in Syria a “red line” for action on the part of the United States. As a result, the administration has announced it will provide direct support to rebel opposition forces in the country for the first time. Until now, the United States has limited its support to non-lethal supplies and aid, but it will now provide weapons to help the outgunned rebels fight back against a government backed by Hezbollah and Iran.
Politics: Things were looking up for immigration reform again… maybe.
In a rare show of unity, the Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to take up debate on a broad bipartisan immigration reform effort. Unfortunately once the debate began, the Senators found themselves in disagreement. From procedural squabbles to full-blown arguments over an amendment that would broaden the requirements for border security, and some worry could jeopardize the timeline for a path to citizenship, Democrats and Republicans quickly retreated to their respective sides of the aisle. Debate continued Thursday, with varied hope of success. Some worry that though the bill might pass the Senate, it won’t make it through the House without some significant changes.
Business: Think you are helping when you donate money? Think again.
CNN teamed up with the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting to showcase the results of a yearlong study that identifies the worst charities in America. The #1 offender is a group called Kids Wish Network, which raises millions of dollars a year in the name of dying children and their families, but spends less than 3 cents on the dollar actually helping those kids. The remaining goes to operating expenses and the for-profit companies Kids Wish hires to attract more donations. The lesson? Check in to those charities before you give. There are some really great causes out there that have equally fantastic organizations backing them up.
Science: It’s official: the human gene may not be patented.
In a unanimous ruling on Thursday, the Supreme court ruled that isolated human genes may not be patented. This decision has immediate benefits for some breast and ovarian cancer patients and long-lasting repercussions for biotechnology research. Patents had been held exclusively by a single genetics company, one which a Justice declared in the decision, “To be sure it found an important and useful gene, but separating that gene from its surrounding genetic material is not an act of invention.” The decision will allow other scientists and laboratories to provide genetic diagnostic testing, leading to lower costs and greater access. A win for everyone.
Women’s Affairs: Plan B contraception restrictions lifted.
Late Wednesday, a federal judge ruled in favor of making the morning-after pill available to women of all ages without a prescription. The Obama administration said it would reverse its long-standing insistence of enforcing age restriction (limiting sales to those 17 and older) and would comply with the ruling. When finalized, this move will end a long-running dispute over emergency contraception dating back to the beginnings of the George W. Bush presidency. Moving forward, the pill will be sold over the counter, not behind the pharmacy.
Hey all. Alaina here. So excited to be talking to ya’ll about one of my favorite topics: music. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again… one of the absolute best things about Chicago are the small music venues dotted around the city. They bring in lesser known bands that are exploding with potential and very clearly on the rise. Take for example the Little Green Cars. I was fortunate to see this new group front row at Lincoln Hall (a bar/venue in Lincoln Park near the DePaul campus), and I am thrilled I’ll get to see them again when they perform at Lollapalooza in August. Little Green Cars has all the talent, potential, and unique sound to make them the next best thing; kind of like how Of Monsters and Men were last summer. Mark my words, their song The John Wayne will be climbing Ryan Seacrest’s Top 40 in no time. Crazy to think this group of five are all still under the legal drinking age, but damn do they know how to string some lyrics together. And if her vocals don’t give you goosebumps, I’m not sure there’s much hope for you in this world.
I’ve included a few of my favorites that will likely get you hooked.
The John Wayne
Favorite Lyrics: it’s easy to fall in love it’s easy to fall in love with you
Big Red Dragon
Favorite Lyrics: being dead is not as easy as it looks
The Consequences of Not Sleeping
Favorite Lyrics: and I get scared when I’m not there cause no one can take care of you like me and I’m not strong but if something’s wrong well I’ll carry anything that you need
International Tour Schedule:
SAT 15 JUNE
RDS Arena Dublin, Ireland
TUE 25 JUNE
Café de la Danse Paris, France
WED 26 JUNE
Paradiso Upstairs Amsterdam, Netherlands
THU 27 JUNE
Comet Berlin, Germany
THU 18 JULY – SUN 21 JULY
Festival Internacional de Benicàssim – FIB 2013 Benicassim, Spain
SAT 20 JULY
Slottsfjell 2013 Tønsberg, Norway
TUE 23 JULY
Corner Hotel Melbourne, VIC, Australia
WED 24 JULY
The Metro Sydney, NSW, Australia
SUN 28 JULY
Splendour in the Grass Festival 2013 Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
FRI 2 AUGUST
Lollapalooza 2013 Chicago, IL, US
FRI 2 AUGUST
Schubas Chicago, IL, US
SUN 4 AUGUST
Osheaga Festival 2013 Montreal, QC, Canada
TUE 6 AUGUST
The Studio at Webster Hall New York, NY, US
THU 8 AUGUST
Fox Theatre Boulder, CO, US
FRI 9 AUGUST – SUN 11 AUGUST
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival 2013 San Francisco, CA, US
THU 15 AUGUST
FM4 Frequency Festival 2013 St Pölten, Austria
FRI 27 SEPTEMBER
Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park Kansas City, MO, US
FRI 27 SEPTEMBER
Buzz Beach Ball 2013 Kansas City, MO, US
FRI 4 OCTOBER – SUN 6 OCTOBER
Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 Austin, TX, US
FRI 11 OCTOBER – SUN 13 OCTOBER
Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 Austin, TX, US
Whether sharing how they got their start or what advice they would give their 23-year-old self, the women that we feature on The Everygirl have given us some great words of wisdom. We’re going to start sharing some of the most memorable quotes and are starting out with one from Joy Wilson (better known as Joy the Baker). Above was her response when asked what advice she’d give her 23-year-old self.