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Mary Krosnjar in Caché Orange Lace Sheath Dress

Mary Krosnjar in Caché Orange Lace Sheath Dress in the stables of Arlington Park

For as much as we celebrate sport and fashion here at SDI, cialis sale you can imagine how pumped we get each year when the Derby rolls around.

After all, buy what other sporting event warrants a smart new dress, sales a colorful wide-brimmed hat and the chance to cocktail in such a sophisticated manner?

I’ve been very fortunate and have attended several impressive sporting events in my life: the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Final Four..to name a few, but none of them compare to the atmosphere and energy that I found at the Kentucky Derby. From the magnificent Churchill Downs, to the incredible display of diverse ladylike fashion, to the amazing energy that is unleashed during those two minutes of the final race of the day, there’s something magical and timeless about the Derby.

Turn heads in the must-have color and fabric this spring: bold orange lace

Turn heads in the must-have color and fabric this spring: bold orange lace, Caché

If landing those coveted Clubhouse Derby Day tickets and a trip down to Louisville just aren’t in the books this year, you’ll find plenty of impressive Derby Day options right here in Chicago. Our city never shies away from the chance to throw a party around a sporting event and the opportunity to start boozing early on a Saturday. If your Derby Day plans aren’t yet confirmed, check out our list of recommendations on where to go this Saturday.

Of course, half the fun of Derby Day is dolling up for the big occasion. No other sporting event offers such an opportunity to make such a bold fashion statement while unleashing your inner southern belle.

The #1 Derby accessory: the perfect hat

The #1 Derby accessory: the perfect hat

But pulling together the perfect Derby Day look can be trickier than expected. After all, we’re still thawing out from Chiberia and haven’t seen temps push past 65 yet this season. Pulling together an impressive Derby Day dress, with accompanying hat and accessories can be quite daunting for the Chicago girl, who is still considering a permanent west-coast escape as she prevails through unpredictable May.

If a quick dose of Derby fashion inspiration is what you need in order to get out there and hunt down your perfect Derby look for Saturday, then you’re in luck. Regular SDI contributor, and one of Chicago’s rising fashion-blogger stars, Mary Krosnjar, a.k.a, “the Sportsanista” traveled to our #1 recommended destination, Arlington Park, this past weekend, for the perfect backdrop for some of this season’s most wanted Derby looks.

Mary Krosnjar in Floral Placement Halter Dress from Caché

Mary Krosnjar in Floral Placement Halter Dress from Caché, fascinator: Nordstrom 

We partnered with Caché for these Derby looks, the ideal place to check out the next time you are in the market for a dress – not just for the Derby, but for weddings, holidays, romantic vacations and that go-to staple for GNO. 

 Caché coupon

With a store in the 900 N. Michigan Shops as well as a huge selection on-line, Caché is offering SDI readers $25 off your purchase of $150 or more or $50 off your purchase of $250 or more. Use code 8128757 when checking out or simply print off this coupon and bring it in store. Hurry, promotion ends Monday, May 5th.

What's more appropriate for the Derby than a Mint Julep? A bright floral dress.

What’s more appropriate for the Derby than a Mint Julep? A bright floral dress, Caché

 

Be bold in an unconventional lace pantsuit paired off with a fascinator

Be bold in an unconventional lace pantsuit paired off with a fascinator: Embroidered Lace Wrap Jumpsuit, Caché, Fascinator: Nordstrom 

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Guaranteed to turn heads, the traditional black & white takes a twist with lace in a sexy and smart embroidered jumpsuit: Caché, Fascinator: Nordstrom 

Model:  Mary Krosnjar (check out Mary’s blog for additional photos and inspiration)

Dresses & pantsuit: Caché

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Kentucky Derby

Well Chicago, viagra the Derby is just a week and some change away and it’s time to start locking down your plans. I’m making life easy for you, viagra providing a hand-crafted list of some of the best places and parties to Derby Down next Saturday.

From a Derby charity event, physician to a casual bar with BBQ and beer, to the best places to rock that Derby hat you’ve been stowing away all winter long – it’s all here.  

You know what they say – first comes the venue, then comes the outfit. Stay tuned for our Derby fashion post featuring some of this seasons hottest pieces from Cache’, and tune into FOX GoodDay Chicago on Monday morning, April 28th at 9:15am for our Derby Fashion segment. 

Enjoy!

 

ARLINGTON PARK 

Arlington Park

Arlington Park

Where: 200 W. Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL  60005

Fee: $12 General Admission

The scoop: Kick off the live racing season at the premier Derby venue – Arlington Race Track! Arlington is the only place in town where you can experience live racing on Derby Day. Conveniently located right off I-90 and easily accessible by Metra (stop: Arlington Park – Union Pacific NW Line) this is the place to go for the closest experience to the actual Churchill Downs. Throughout the season, you’ll see it all here, but come Derby Day, the dresses, hats and seersuckers are in full force.  

Place your bets on the “Run for the Roses” and watch the race on Arlington’s Jumbotron during the Derby broadcast. Purchase the Derby Party Zone ticket package and get the authentic Churchill Downs experience, including a Derby hat contest and an official Derby Julep Glass, as well as a food and drink package – priorities. 

Also be sure to check out America’s Best Racing, your one-stop shop for the latest news, trends and fashion for the great sport of horse racing, because as every smart gal knows, the Derby is just the beginning of the official racing season. 

 

DERBY DAY STREET FESTIVAL AT JOE’S ON WEED STREET

Joe's on Weed Street Derby Party

Joe’s on Weed Street Derby Party

Where: 940 W. Weed Street, Chicago, IL 60622

Fee:  Free admission

The scoop: Consider this the first festival of the season! Put on your Derby Saturday best and take your chances against the unpredictable Chicago spring, all with a country twist. The only place within Chicago city limits where you can wager on the race, Joe’s packs them in on Derby Day, and for good reason. Enjoy libations, food tents, and live music from Smoke ‘n Guns all afternoon long.

 

DERBY BAR & GRILL 

Derby

Derby

Where: 1224 W. Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Fee: $50 all-inclusive

The scoop:  Enjoy the Derby like a true southerner with Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Kentucky Hot Browns – a classic southern comfort food only offered on Derby Saturday.  If Mother Nature plays along nicely next Saturday, you can enjoy your cocktail on their spacious patio. Post Derby head next door to Sweet Mandy B’s to top off your evening with one of the city’s best cupcakes. #winning

 

GALE SAYERS’ FOUNDATION AT JOHN BARLEYCORN IN RIVER NORTH 

John Barleycorn River North

John Barleycorn River North

 

Where: 149 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60611

Fee: Advance ticket: $50  At the door: $75

The scoop: Celebrate the Derby and give back to the community by heading to the Barleycorn’s in River North for one of Chicago’s most entertaining fundraisers. Hang with former Bears legend Gale Sayers and other current and former athletes while enjoying the two most exciting minutes in sports. Tickets include complimentary buffet, drink specials, silent auction and guaranteed mingling with a football-centric crowd. Proceeds benefit the Gale Sayer’s Foundation that supports initiatives for underserved Chicago schools.


THE SOUTHERN

The Southern

The Southern 

Where: 1840 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Fee: $16

The scoop: Head to this Bucktown hot spot for one of their busiest and best days of the year. With a name like “the Southern” you know this indoor/outdoor gorgeous bar is going to be hopping. Enjoy specials like their Hot Brown Sandwich, Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps, $3 Tecate bottles and $3 shots of Heaven Hill Deluxe Bourbon. Enter to win prizes including gift certificates, a commemorative bottle of Woodford Reserve and more. Get there early, seating is first come, first served. 

BUB CITY

Bub City

Bub City

Where: 435 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Fee: No fee!

The scoop: Not feeling the Derby dress and hat this year? Well, you won’t be judged at Bub City if you roll in with a flannel and some daisy dukes. Jam out out to your country favs, eat some BBQ, and drink beer from a can while hollering at the TV during the race – sounds like a good time to me! Be one of the first 100 to arrive, and get a souvenir julep cup! Hell ya, y’all!


AMERICAN JUNKIE

American Junkie Chicago

American Junkie Chicago

Where:  15 W. Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60654 

Fee: No fee, but I’d make a reservation! They are making mint juleps for $8 and selling a commemorative cup for $50
The scoop: Enjoy the Derby from Chicago’s #1 rooftop! Make sure to get there early and head upstairs to catch the race on one of the largest screens in the city. Pray for great weather and enjoy the extractable roof and the great people-watching that this River North mega-bar guarantees. 

 

 

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Miss me? Yeah, try cialis I took a little break from writing about all-things idiotic. I got caught up with new clients and working and, you know, maintaining my livelihood. Blah. But you guys are never too far from my heart, and I’ve been keeping a diligent eye on the happenings of stupid people, places and things in the sports world. Ready? Let’s do this.

The Knicks’ awful season is over and they’re still making us laugh


Some genius decided to put together a “One Shining Moment” video for the New York Knicks season and I literally laughed out loud for for two minutes and 33 seconds straight. I especially loved the ending montage of Mike Woodson faces. You know, those faces he makes on the sidelines – usually invoked by something J.R. Smith did. But then I stopped laughing for a second because I realized he was probably gonna get fired and it’s not nice to laugh at unemployed people, even if they are rich…ok, still laughing.

What would you pay $14,100 for?

I’ve been pondering this question ever since I saw this Hermes baseball glove that, at this point in time, is more valuable than my 2009 Elantra. I envisioned something that had conflict-free diamonds lining the outer rims of the fingers. Maybe chinchilla fur stitching instead of the normal cotton. Maybe some 24 karat gold trim somewhere. And then I saw it.

Would you pay $14,100 for this? Photo credit: Hermes

Really? This is it? A brown baseball glove? Where are the bells and whistles? The diamonds? The Swarovski crystal encrusted baseball that comes with it? There’s not even any gold in that thing. I’m disappointed. I’m sure it’s the most luxurious leather in all of Italy. But, no. Hermes: C-.

We’re getting married!! On reality television!!

Say what you want about the reality show, but that ring is flawless. Kudos, A.J. Photo credit: Ring Envy

This is what the world has come to: a college quarterback (A.J. McCarron) proposes to his former beauty queen girlfriend (Katherine Webb) and they get a reality show to commemorate the occasion. I’m saying it right now; if any of my friends have weddings where I have to sign a release to enter the building, I’m not fucking going OR buying you a gift. BURN.

Single moms flirt with hot college football coach

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is 34 and single. In his own words, you’ve got to “play to your strengths.”

Can I get a what what?! Photo credit: Larry Brown Sports

Do I need to say more?

Turns out, good things do come from Indiana

Yes. I’m judging that outfit. Photo credit: TheJayGravesReport.com

And it just so happens to be an Indiana Pacers fan with a great sense of humor. I’m not going to lie; I rarely watch the NBA. But I know that Paul George was really good for a while. Apparently, not so much anymore. A fan put an add on Craigslist for George’s missing talent.

A Pacers fan posted an ad on Craigslist searching for Paul George’s “Missing Talent” pic.twitter.com/nkdljT6Hfo

— NBA Legion (@MySportsLegion) April 8, 2014

 

Hey maybe a Cubs fan could put an ad up for missing wins or good players or something.

Too soon?

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Chicago News and Weather | FOX 32 New

The ladies of SDI were back at it this morning visiting the studios of FOX32 News GoodDay Chicago to kick-off the Cubs Home Opener with more fan-inspired, thumb everyday looks. SDI writers Nancy Tiano, treat Victoria Kendzierski and Hannah Gettleman served as our lovely models featuring new Cubs spring merchandise from Fanatics.com and Clark Street Sports.

The ladies of SDI at GoodDay Chicago: Hannah Gettleman, <a href=

ailment Nancy Tiano, Victoria Kendzierski, FOX32 News Natalie Bomke, Monica Murphy ” src=”http://sportsdivasinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/IMG_2801-1024×992.jpg” width=”467″ height=”452″ /> The ladies of SDI at GoodDay Chicago: Hannah Gettleman, Nancy Tiano, Victoria Kendzierski, FOX32 News Natalie Bomke, Monica Murphy

Similar to our White Sox fashion segment on Monday, we put together three different Cubs looks for spring that can be worn just about anywhere: to Wrigley, the office, out with the girls, drinks with your man, running errands and to the gym.

Look #1:  To Wrigley

Nancy Tiano

Nancy Tiano

How about that Cubs tan?! Nancy, a die-hard, life-long Cubs fan was recently in Arizona where she took in a few Cubs Spring Training games and landed that amazing tan. Here she is showing an everyday casual look that is perfect for a trip to Wrigley, exactly where she will be heading later today. Wearing this versatile v-neck Cubs tee from 5th & Ocean available at Clark Street Sports ($29.99), she layers the short-sleeved tee with a military style jacket with an embellished pocket, straight-legged jeans and adorable flats – practical enough for trekking around Wrigley, but still very stylish.

Look #2: To the Office:

Victoria Kendzierski

Victoria Kendzierski

Victoria always seems to get it right when it comes to carrying the office, fan-friendly look. The sports publicist works in the Cubs racerback tank by Majestic from Clark Street Sports ($29.99) under a gorgeous leather combo Rag & Bone jacket, dark skinnies rolled to the ankle line and ambitious, black booties for a polished and sophisticated look that can be worn from the office straight out for cocktails or dinner…or Wrigley. If you are lucky enough to land in a skybox, like Victoria will be today with clients, then don’t be shy with the higher heel. Just be sure to watch out for the rain puddles and Old Style sludge.

Look #3:  Heading to the sports bar

Hannah Gettleman

Hannah Gettleman

Our HAM Hunter, Hannah Gettleman, rocked a light blue Nike Cubs tee from Fanatics.com ($31.95), with dark denim, a light-weight cotton bomber-styled jacket and black booties. This look is perfect for heading out to your favorite sports bar with friends for a Friday night or even a lazy Saturday. The t-shirt is just casual enough for the sports bar, but the dark denim, booties and black jacket give the look a level of sophistication and versatility.

As we always say here at SDI, it doesn’t have to be game day to work your fandom into your fashion rotation. Showing your love for the Cubs has never been easier thanks to sweeping improvements in women’s apparel and with thousands of options available at Fanatics.com, the largest online retailer carrying a huge variety of officially licensed merchandise of every team and league, and Chicagoland’s very own Clark Street Sports, we ask, why WOULD’NT you throw some Cubs love into your weekly wardrobe rotation?

Tweet us your Cubs looks to @ChiSportDivas and use the hashtag #MLBstyle for a chance to win gift cards from Clark Street Sports.  We’ll pull our favorite looks throughout the season and announce winners on Twitter, Facebook and right here on SDI.  Until then, stay warm, stay sporty and Go Cubs, Go!

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Chicago News and Weather | FOX 32 News

Ahh…Opening Day…the opportunity to start a new season, purchase the promise of new beginnings, pills clean slates…and new fashion! The ladies of SDI visited the studios of FOX32 News Good Day Chicago this morning to showcase some new White Sox spring fashion, just in time for the first pitch of the season.

Mary Krosnjar, Brittany Marques, Sharon Steed

Mary Krosnjar, Brittany Marques, Sharon Steed

Featuring new apparel from Chicagoland retailer, Clark Street Sports and Fanatics.com, the largest online retailer of officially licensed team merchandise that carries over 250,000 products from all leagues and teams, three of the SDI writers showcased three different looks to help you rock your Sox gear all spring, from the office to The Cell.

Look #1: A game at The Cell

Sharon Steed in Nike White Sox Full-Zip Vintage Jacket from Fanatics.com

To the Cell: Sharon Steed in Nike White Sox Full-Zip Vintage Jacket from Fanatics.com

This incredibly versatile Nike jacket, worn by the lovely Sharon Steed, has vintage touches and can be worn all season long – as a layer for the cooler spring temps to your go-to staple for cool summer nights. As Natalie alludes to in the segment, you could even go running in this wardrobe staple. Available now at Fanatics.com for $84.95

Nike Chicago White Sox Ladies MLB N98 Full Zip Jacket – Navy Blue $84.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look #2: To the office

To the Office: Brittany Marques in G-III White Sox shirt from Clark Street Sports

To the Office: Brittany Marques in G-III White Sox shirt from Clark Street Sports

Not everyone has the chance to hit Opening Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work your love for the Sox into your wardrobe rotation – on Opening Day and every day of the season. Brittany Marques works this new Sox shirt from G-III with a polka-dot pencil skirt and red belt for an office look that is professional, fresh and fan-friendly.

Look #3: Date night/GNO

White Sox Women's Charcoal Champ Tank Top by Majestic

Date Night: Mary Krosnjar in White Sox Women’s Charcoal Champ Tank Top by Majestic, from Clark Street Sports

We love fashion here at SDI, but at the end of the day we’re realists, and comfort and functionality do play a role when it comes to what we would actually recommend wearing to The Cell. But when it comes to everything outside of The Cell, the sky is really the limit!

Mary Krosnjar rocks a racer back tank top by Majestic under her leather coat in Look #3. The tank has just a little bit of sparkle to make this look perfect for a night out and to turn eyes.

Chicago White Sox Women's Charcoal Champ Tank Top by Majestic

Chicago White Sox Women’s Charcoal Champ Tank Top by Majestic, Clark Street Sports, $29.99

This edgy and fun look is definitely one you want to save for cocktails or the swanky sports bar. That’s not to say you couldn’t swap out these fab shoes for a more functional heel and work this look to run errands on the weekend or even to the office. That’s the beauty of a versatile, functional Sox tee – you can wear it just about anywhere.

Send us your pics this season of your favorite White Sox look! We’ll round up our favorite looks each month and award the best dressed with a Clark Street Sports gift card.  Tweet us your looks to @ChiSportsDivas and use hashtag #WhiteSoxstyle to enter.

 

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Chris Bosh’s 30th Birthday Bash

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source: april belle photos

What do you get when you combine carnival games, shop a dunk tank, medical and a performance from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony? Why, an NBA birthday bash of course!

Chris Bosh recently celebrated his 30th birthday with fabulous style!  Adrienne Bosh threw her hubby a “Cirque du Noir” themed party at Marlins Park. The Miami Power Forward/Center was all smiles in his gold tuxedo jacket and black mask. Many of his teammates were present during the extravagant birthday celebration.

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source: april belle photos

What can I say? The Miami Heat certainly needed a day at the circus. After losing seven out of eleven games, the Miami Heat was able to snag a win against the Portland Trailbrazers on Monday night (93-91).

“It’s always good to have something like [Bosh’s party] in the middle of the season, whether you’re winning or losing,” LeBron James said after the win. “It definitely helps with losing, to get your mind off it.” (ESPN)

Skylar Diggins Stuns for Mark Magazine

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Skylar Diggins is one balling beauty that never ceases to showcase her FAB-ness. The WNBA star graces the latest cover of Mark magazine. Diggins rocks a form-fitting Major hit dress that is available on Mark’s Website for $42. Mark is currently celebrating 10 years of beauty, fashion and empowerment. Skylar is certainly making a “mark” in the media!

Skylar Diggins Vogue

source: rocnation.com

Diggins was also featured in Vogue magazine in a red zip crop-top and skirt (btw I am doing sit-ups while typing this). The Tulsa Shock point guard says that her “possibilities are endless” as a female athlete.

Dahntay Jones For Ebony Magazine

Dahntay Jones

I have never been jealous of a man’s shoe collection. Well, that was before Dahntay Jones’ Ebony magazine feature. I am not a sneaker head, but I felt a twitch of shoe envy amid the Nike Foamposite kicks, Christian Louboutin, Balenciaga and Lanvin.

As part of its “Sneakerhead Closet Confessions,” the April issue of Ebony magazine gives readers a peek inside of his walk-in closet. His style wonderland features 450+ pairs of shoes. Let me repeat myself. His style wonderland features 450+ pairs of shoes. One day, my heel closet will be on that level. One day.

Paul George’s Leather Ensemble

Paul George fash

source: @paul_george24

Not only did Paul George and the Pacers get slaughtered by the Chicago Bulls on Monday, but he also slaughtered 17 cows for his post game ensemble. The Indianapolis small forward/shooting guard recently shared a photo of his all-leather ensemble with his 671K Instagram followers.

After their 89-77 loss, the Pacers have dropped three of their last four games. Ouch. Things are looking quite grim for the Pacers, but at least Paul George is handling business off the court with his daring fashion!

That’s it for now, Divas! I will most definitely be back to give you the hottest news in NBA fashion/gossip. As always, I will keep you fabulously posted!

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