Saturday, September 26, 2009

Perfumista Throws Birthday Bash at ZED451

Sometimes the best laid party plans don't always come to fruition. That's when a sensational hostess can pick up the best pieces and roll with the punches. Enter Kai Hsieh, co-creator of Celestine Perfume (Las Vegas' Molly Sims is a fan), who celebrated her big "3-0" on Friday, September 25 at Chicago hotspot, ZED451 (739 N. Clark Street).

Originally scheduled for the sunset-splashed rooftop, unexpected raindrops threatened to ruin the birthday girl's grand entrance. So the clever hostess whisked birthday-goers, including Luxe File Chicago's Kerry and Sally Shorr, to the spectacular bar downstairs where they sipped signature cocktails and nibbled colorful cupcakes late into the night.

Birthday shots at Zed451

The birthday girl, who was dressed like a bombshell in a Forever 21 black-and-white cocktail dress and black Christian Louboutin stilettos, didn't go unnoticed by her fashionphile friends. A fellow reveler commented, "I adore Kai's style. She always looks glamorous no matter what time it is!"

Now that's a party worth crashing.

Story by Sally Shorr

Friday, September 25, 2009


On Thursday, September 24, ChicagoNow hosted "Blogapalooza" at The 900 Shops (900 N. Michigan Avenue). It was a stellar event with hundreds of bloggers in attendance including Luxe File's Kerry and Sally Shorr. The event kept its well-heeled guests busy with a plethora of exciting activities, including wine- & scotch-tastings, butlered cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, healthy nibbles & breakfast bites, cooking demos, and cosmetic stations & makeup applications.

Events were hosted by some of Chicago's biggest media personalities, mega-mixers and respected restauranteurs including Alpana Singh, "Check Please!"; Candace Jordan, "Candid Candace"; Matt Lo Cascio, "Jay Cutler Superstar"; Julie DiCaro, "A League of Her Own"; Stephen Markley, "RedEye"; Susan Cordogan, "Chicago RSVP"; and Chris Favero, "Frankie's Fifth Floor Pizzeria/Frankie's Scaloppini".

Story by Kerry Shorr