Wednesday, August 18, 2010

REELCHICAGO.COM - Recent News About the Agency

Wednesday, August 18, 2010:
I thought I would share this with you, because I found it to be pretty rad.  After two and a half months at Agency Galatea, I can happily say that I am loving my new position.  The agency is growing every day and so many exciting things are happening.  One excitement happened to be the blurb below that I was briefly interviewed for on REELCHICAGO.COM.
(Click on the image for a closer look.)
To have a look at the website and read the other stories for yourself, click HERE.  Special thanks to Ruth L. Ratny for including me in the piece along with one of my favorite (and very talented) agents - and new co-worker/office girlfriend - Jess Jones.  xoxo, JJ!



Thursday, August 12, 2010

Islands of the World Fashion Tour

Tuesday, August 10, 2010:
I woke up Tuesday morning already excited for the day ahead of me.  Not only was it my birthday (yes - I had to add that in here somewhere), but I was thrilled that I had been invited to one of my favorite types of events - a fashion show.  But this show was a bit more special than your average, with collections from featured designers from 'The Islands'.  Fittingly named, 'The Islands of the World Fashion Tour', this group of designers was set to pack the house at Loft on Lake for a runway show presented by none other than Factio Magazine.  

I arrived after work at the agency with my trusty event side-kick and best bud, Paige Peterson, and we quickly ran into Factio editor-in-chief, Melissa Maynard De Kerch and her charming husband (and Publisher/CEO/Founder of Factio), Henrique Kerch.  We chatted for a bit, grabbed a drink and had our picture taken by one of my favorite photographers, Steve Starr.  The night was hosted by a handful of my favorite people; including Corri Mcfadden (eDrop-Off), Candace Jordan (friend, socialite, blogger), Kristen Fredricksen Skordilis (Koros) and Trevian Kutti (G'bani) - among others.  After catching up with everyone, we took our seats and prepared for the show to begin.  

We were treated with gorgeous collections from four talented designers, starting with handbags by Harl Taylor BAGS from the Bahamas, followed by designs from Nadya of Bali, K-Bobby from Jamaica, and Eric Raisina from Madagascar.  We had an amazing view of the show and I was able to film each collection for you to enjoy as well.  (Consider it a 28th birthday gift from me to you.)  Now, I'm off to the Bahamas!  Well - maybe next year... 



The runway is set:
The show begins...
Harl Taylor BAG - Bahamas:
A photo from 'Candid Candace':
Nadya - Bali:

Photo by James Gustin,
K-Bobby - Jamaica:

My friend, DJ Megan Taylor of Fig Deejay:
Eric Raisina - Madagascar:

Group shot!
Best Birthday, ever!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

eDrop-Off Grand Opening Event

 Wednesday, July 21, 2010:
What do you do when last season's Chanel bag needs an update, but cash is a bit tight?  Before you open a lemonade stand and hope for the best, why not give eDrop-Off a try!  Last Wednesday, I was excited to attend the Grand Opening event for the new location of "Chicago’s premier independent eBay drop-off store", eDrop-Off, and mingle with some of my favorite people.  The interior of the new space, located at 2117 N. Halsted, is gorgeous.  Floor to ceiling windows and chic interior details made me feel like I was in a hip loft party.  Even the back work areas were beautiful (especially owner, Corri Mcfadden's amazing office that I want to work in every day).  I had received the invitation from friend and Factio Magazine editor-in-chief, Melissa Maynard De Kerch, and I was thrilled to see her when I arrived and catch up.  Many industry friends were in attendance, including the fabulous Jenny Berg (Bureau Chief, BizBash Media), my new friend Emily Hopp (PR/Special Events, Neiman Marcus), and the gorgeous Julie Selakovich (Director of Marketing, Saks Fifth Avenue) who I spotted across the room, but didn't get to say hello to.  (Hello, Julie!)  After exploring the space and taking full advantage of the photo booth with my date Paige Peterson, we were off with swag bags in hand.  Another great event, and a stunning new store.  But, don't take my word for it...  Clean out those closets, collect your designer duds, and head over to eDrop-Off and let the helpful (and really good looking) staff take care of you.  Just make sure you don't leave your lemonade stand unattended.


Melissa Maynard De Kerch, 
 Corri Mcfadden (the stunning owner of eDrop-Off) 
& Paige Peterson:
The back work room:
The photography room:
Corri's fabulous office (lucky girl!):
 Myself with Melissa Maynard De Kerch:
Ryan + Paige + Photo Booth = Great Success!:

New Location:
2117 N. Halsted 
Chicago, IL 60614