Tuesday, November 10, 2015

It's time to party.... with Le Thrift Consignment

The Holidays are quickly approaching and Le Thrift Consignment is planning some fun events. Everything from a pampered evening that is all about YOU to a women focused networking event. We have the perfect party for everyone!

The All About Me Party
Tuesday, November 10th, 6-9 PM
Le Thrift Consignment - 1821 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL

Before the holidays take over, GIFT yourself a night out and come celebrate
YOU! Enjoy cocktails and lite bites as you explore the following treats and treasures.

Hit the refresh button this evening with a little Botox ($9/unit) and Juvederm ($400/vile) administered by the lovely Leslie Forrester R.N., B.S.N. of The Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute. http://www.lipodoc.com.

Check out the beautiful Ash and Ames jewelry collection with Tasha Gelling, and take in the carefully curated assortment of pieces by female artisans from around the globe. https://www.ashandames.com.

Peruse the incredible array of handbags and accessories from J. Markell Designs with designer Julie Neff on hand to help you select the perfect piece. http://www.jmarkelldesigns.com.

Shop or sell with Le Thrift Consignment and let owner Christine give you a personal tour of the wares that fill Chicago's most fashion forward consignment boutique. http://www.lethrift.com.

Take home a little gift from Rock Candy Salon and Spa, Styled Chicago, and more!

Share the GIFT and bring your friends.

Not a Basic B*TCH Party
Thursday, November 12th 6-9 PM
The Fifty 50 - 2046 W. Division St., Chicago IL

 Join us for some shopping fun while enjoying drink specials and shopping with some "not so basic" types of women owned businesses.

Le Thrift Consignment will be showing the newest arrivals of vintage jewelry from Burberry, Tiffany and Co., Christian Dior and more. Enjoy shopping with Kiz, Sin Clarity and Hippie Toes. 

Get dolled up with mini make up applications and facial demos with The Circle Salon and Mary Kay.

The Spotlight Series at Le Thrift Consignment
Thursday, November 19th, 6-9 pm
1821 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL

Want to go to a fun, networking, fashion-fueled party? 

Join the ladies of CLEO for a second installment of the "Spotlight Series" at Le Thrift Consignment, Thursday November 19th from 6-9 pm. The purpose of these events is to bring awareness on one woman owned/operated business and give you an insider introduction and perspective on women entrepreneurship. 

Owner Christine Sanderson will be providing a holiday fashion showcase.  Complimentary micro brew will be sampled by Chicago's first Botanic Brewery, Forbidden Root (Forbiddenroot.com) and gourmet appetizers will be served by Dream Dinners, located in West Town (Dreamdinners.com). During the event, Le Thrift Consignment will offer 15% off of vintage and designer gems and 50% off sale items. There will also be a cash bar serving wine and sangria.

To find out more about this free event and sign up
go to https://www.facebook.com/events/897480106994732/ .

West Town Winterfest 
Saturday, November 28th, 12 - 7 pm
West Town, Chicago IL

From 12 pm to 7 pm, West Town WinterFest 2015 will offer the best in local
shopping and dining for the holidays by interconnecting dozens of West Town businesses on Division, Chicago and Grand. Jolly Trolleys will run continuously throughout the weekend, offering fest-goers curated Shopping
Tours. The 3-hour tours will run between 12 pm – 3 pm and 4 pm – 7 pm, each featuring six Shop Stops at different retail businesses throughout West Town and one Hospitality Stop at a local restaurant or bar mid-tour to sample holiday treats and drinks.

Jolly Trolley tickets are being pre-sold now at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-town-winterfest-tickets-19175443267 - otherwise the fest is free to attend.

Steve Quick Jeweler
Awake Cafe
Terry's Toffees
Le Thrift Consignment Boutique
Design Inc.

Unison Home
Frill Accessories
Seek Vintage
Cleos Bar & Grill
Squasht Boutique
Doggy Style Pet Shop
Christy Webber Farm & Garden

The Randolph Street Holiday Market
December, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th
1340 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607 
This holiday season come and shop with Le Thrift Consignment at the Randolph
Street Holiday Market. We will be offering rare, vintage jewerly and other fabulous gift ideas. It will be our first time attending this amazing market. Over 75 vendors will be offering wonderful antiques, fancy foods and handmade goods. This is a great market to shop and find that wonderful gift for someone special.

You can purchase tickets for the market and find out more information at http://www.randolphstreetmarket.com 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Two More Days of our 25% off Sale!

It's sweater weather!
And we are giving you 25% off.

Wednesday, November 4th through Friday, November 6th.

Racks of designer brands at
a price you will love!
Missoni, Vince, Balenciaga, Versace, Moschino, Alexander Wang, Valentino, 
 Alice & Olivia, Kate Spade & Tory Burch

For a few days only! Stock up on cashmere sweaters, vintage coats, fabulous boots and more! 

Hours: Wednesday 10 am - 5 pm, Thursday-Friday 11 am - 7 pm.

Excludes premium designer handbags.
10% off premium handbags.

Le Thrift Consignment
1821 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Spotlight Series with CLEO Events

Want to go to a fun, networking, fashion-fueled party? 

Join the ladies of CLEO for a second installment of the "Spotlight Series" at Le Thrift Consignment, Thursday November 19th from 6-9 pm. The purpose of these events is to bring awareness on one woman owned/operated business and give you an insider introduction and perspective on women entrepreneurship. 

Owner Christine Sanderson will be providing a holiday fashion showcase.  Complimentary micro brew will be sampled by Chicago's first Botanic Brewery, Forbidden Root (Forbiddenroot.com) and gourmet appetizers will be served by Dream Dinners, located in West Town (Dreamdinners.com). During the event, Le Thrift Consignment will offer 15% off of vintage and designer gems and 50% off sale items. There will also be a bar serving wine and sangria with donation to Cleo and future women driven entrepreneurial events.

To find out more about this free event and sign up
go to https://www.facebook.com/events/897480106994732/ .

Who is Cleo?

Chicago Ladies Entrepreneur Organization (CLEO) strives to encourage and empower female business owners through unique collaborations and events.

CLEO was an idea that was born with Rachel Palos of Rad Ass Party and Liliana Salamanca of Sweet Lady Flan. Liliana and Rachel met in the summer of 2013 and began working together for various events. They had one great thing in common: both had just started their own businesses. They began discussing various components of starting and running a business. After attending a few networking events together, they saw the potential in doing similar events. They wanted to create an organization to help other female entrepreneurs, while also networking and bringing awareness to each others businesses. 

A previous Cleo Event
The sole purpose for creating this organization is for women entrepreneurs to have a platform for empowerment and collaboration with each other. The first event was in December of 2013 and featured five female business owners. In less than a year, the involvement has grown to over 20 female entrepreneurs or business owners.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Designer Confidential: Chicago's Own Mashallah Ghouleh

This past summer I attended the Randolph Street Market with my daughter Zoe, we by fate
The Designer Mashallah Ghouleh
stopped at Mashallah Ghouleh's booth. It was easy to stop, as we were immediately drawn in by her alluring jewelry collection.

Mashallah's jewelry has a very natural but edgy influence to it. It was not only a jewelry line that I immediately wanted to open my wallet to, but also a line that I wanted in the store. Her refined and clean designs, mixed with natural and recycled materials makes her collection modern and very of the moment.

I wanted to interview Mashallah and let all our customers know a little bit more about this designer. Stop by to see it as it would make the perfect holiday gift this season or the finishing accessory for your outfit without breaking the budget.

LTC: How did you start designing jewelry? How long ago?

MG: It all started 4 years ago from a girls night that I had planned at my home. It was a wine, cheese and jewelry making kind of night: to make things more interesting. It was a super fun night and many of us were creating interesting things until the wee hours of the morning.

Gorgeous quartz earrings
LTC: What inspired you to create your latest jewelry line?

MG: Simplicity, sustainability, and the metaphysical properties found in gemstones.

LTC: What is your favorite fall trend this year?

MG: I was so happy to see the statement white blouse on many runways. For it is one of my wardrobe staples.

LTC: What designers are you inspired by? Any favorite jewelry designers?

MG: I am a lover of literally ALL things from food to fashion and nature to architecture. When I am seeking inspiration for upcoming seasons I refer to my memory bank to help guide me in fusing all elements. Once I have a vision of what I want to create that I know my supporters will love I start a mood board to narrow down and focus on what I feel would be received best.

LTC: On your web site you say you travel to get inspiration for your jewelry line. What

has been your favorite place to travel and the inspiration that has come from it?

MG: With no hesitation that place will always be Paris. Experiencing many designers from all mediums create without regard to playing it safe has allowed me to find strength in my unique design abilities. Primarily making me aware that it is okay to take chances. After all, there is always next season!

LTC: What do you see in the future for Mashallah jewelry?

MG: With my sole dedication to the success of MASHALLAH it is my mission to make my accessories attainable and recognizable worldwide. 

For more information on Mashallah and her jewelry line visit mashallah.us


Monday, September 28, 2015

A Taste of the South - Dinner at Carriage House Chicago

On Wednesday, September 23rd, we were lucky enough to be invited to the Carriage House End of Summer Celebration on their front patio.

Always wanting to stop in and sample their menu, I was excited to try some of
The tasting menu for the evening
their dishes. I am a closet junkie of Southern, comfort food and love a restaurant that not only supports local farming, but also attempts to serve organic and pesticide free produce.

The front patio was comfortable with lots of seating options and upon arrival we sampled some of the rose wines on the menu along with delicious Hush Puppy Ham Pops and refreshing, Chilled Watermelon spiked with Tabasco honey, mint and lime.

There was also a Fried Chicken Thigh Sandwich, served with a pickle that had that perfect marriage of crunchy and tangy that assisted in attaining my
The famous Carriage House Low Country Boil
fried food fix. At the end there was a gorgeous presentation of the signature Low Country Boil - chock full of Carolina shrimp, clams, rabbit chaurice sausage, sweet corn, red potatoes and grilled lemon. It was the perfect overload of savory combinations to end the meal.

It is definitely worth visiting this establishment in the heart of Wicker Park on Division Street if you are tired of the same old, usual fare that Chicago offers. There were a lot of other dishes that looked appetizing, so I will be coming back for the Shrimp and Grits and the Chicken and Dumplings.

For more information on Carriage House go to CarriageHouseChicago.com.
Interior of the Carriage House (picture courtesy of the Carriage House)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Cookie's Fashion Empire

Recently, Empire, the wildly new popular show on Fox was filming in our 
neighborhood of West Town, Chicago. Lucky me! I got a chance to meet Terrence Howard who stars as Lucious Lyon. He was so handsome in real life as well as a total gentleman. I asked him if he had a minute to take a picture.

Unfortunately for me, my IPhone storage was full! Luckily, a customer got to take the picture on her phone. As soon as I get the photo from her, I will make sure to post it on the blog.

With all the Empire action going on in our neighborhood and also being a super-fan of the show, I decided to dedicate this blog to my favorite looks on Cookie, the main, fashion-fueled matriarch on Empire.

I was spellbound last year with the fashion styled by Rita McGhee. Taraji Henson aka the character Cookie had taken the fashion threshold to the next level and McGhee's styling equally matches Cookie's fierce, bold personality dressing her in bold animal inspired prints, chic body-con dresses, plush furs and awe dropping, statement jewelry pieces.

Last season as her character grew more bold in the boardroom, so did her wardrobe. Here are a few of my favorite looks from last season. 

Zebra and sequined gown by Balmain.

Bold patterned BCBG peplum top with leather leggings.

A pop a bright colored fur stole and body conscious dress.

A vintage inspired, leopard print jumpsuit with a Chanel statement necklace.

We will be watching this Wednesday, September 23rd as Season Two begins. To find out more about this show go to http://www.fox.com/empire.

Congrats to the show for three Emmy nods last night. Hopefully next year the stars and stylist of this show will receive a much deserved Emmy!

Ciao for now!

Pictures courtesy of Fox TV.


Monday, September 14, 2015

How to Authenticate a Monogram Louis Vuitton Handbag

Quite frequently customers will ask us how we know if a Louis Vuitton is fake. I thought it would be helpful to share some insight to spotting a fake in case you are in the market to buy a resale Louis Vuitton Monogram in the near future.

There are a lot of good replicas out there for sale that can leave a buyer easily fooled. But, if you are true lover of authentic fashion, then here are a few steps to qualify that the resale Louis Vuitton you are shopping for is real.

Today we will start with the traditional Monogram design that is the most common and also the oldest style of the Louis Vuitton handbags.

LV handbags are made with quality materials, so to start with if the hardware, leather straps, or interior fabric of the handbag are lightweight or feel cheap, then it is a fake. Most high-end designer bags are heavier in weight because they use high quality metal hardware, leather hides, fabrics and canvas.

Louis Vuitton Monogram hardware on Monogram styles is always is brass. Over time this metal will darken. As the bag ages, you may see a bluish hue nearby or on the brass hardware. This is a sign that it is authentic and a natural process of oxidization. The gold should not be a bright yellow as most non-authentic bags show. The hardware should also be branded by Louis Vuitton and cheaper replicas sometimes miss this detail. Look also for the logo being centered on the hardware and evenly spaced.

Next inspect the monogram pattern The Louis Vuitton LV pattern should always be centered on the bag. If the
pattern is just slightly off from the seams and not perfectly centered, then there it is a fake. Louis Vuitton carefully ensures to keep the LV pattern centered no matter what the style is. Also the LV pattern should mirror on either side and be a perfect symmetrical pattern that leads to the end. The pattern should perfectly line up on either side of a zipper, etc.
The straps are another way to check authenticity and the sides of the handles or strap have a contrasting red leather detail that over time ages to a deeper brown. If it is an older bag and still has a bright red trim detail, the bag will most likely be a fake.

The stitching on an authentic LV bag is meticulous, for example with Louis Vuitton Speedy bags, there are only 5 stitches across on the bottom of the handle. The Louis Vuitton color of the thread in the stitching should always be a soft yellow and never varies from that color.

The leather of the handles of authentic LV bags start off as a pale tan, but after time and use use should oxidize and turn into a gorgeous darker tan. Especially when the oils from your hand get into the leather where you carry it the most. This is intentional as Louis Vuitton uses a oxidized, high quality cowhide leather.

Inside most Louis Vuitton Monogram handbags, they have a dark canvas lining.
This lining should be heavier and not feel cheap. Although, some styles do have a man made soft microfiber fabric, so make sure to go on the official Louis Vuitton web site to compare the style of the bag to te one you are purchasing.
Date codes are another important way to check authenticity and should be hidden usually under a pocket, inside a pocket or seam. The date code should be an indentation, not stamped and never with a gold, metallic or colored ink. The letters and numbers should be evenly spaced and not close together. Vintage Louis Vuitton handbags made before 1980 most commonly do not have a date stamp. After 1980, the date stamp may be a three digit number, but will have the same qualities as mentioned above to help guide you towards a smart purchase.

The Louis Vuitton date codes from the late 1990's and up are a first two letters and then a series of numbers. The first two letters are the location of the factory. Louis Vuitton handbags are not only made in France, but also in the United States, Switzerland, Spain and Germany. The other following numbers are a guide to the date of when the bag was made.

Here I have included some more information on date codes borrowed from Yoogi's closet.
https://www.yoogiscloset.com/authenticate/louis-vuitton .

This blog forum is another free place to talk to other fashionistas to help authenticate your Louis Vuitton before purchasing it.

I hope that this blog was insightful and guides you in the right direction to owning an authentic Louis Vuitton Monogram handbag. In the future, I will be posting other authenticity guides to buying designer handbags among other fun fashion blog posts I have up my sleeve.

Ciao for now!
Christine Sanderson 

P.S. Did you know that we pay 60% to our consignors for Louis Vuitton handbags? Have one to sell? Contact info@lethrift.com for more details.