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 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. 

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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

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. 




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. 



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.





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



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 

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

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 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. 




From the archives: November 2012

As every Sportsanista knows, check the final stretch of the NFL season is enough to make even the savviest sportsanista’s head spin. From worrying about making the playoffs, stuff to what in the hell to wear as the stakes (and crowds) on Game Day Sundays heat up…there’s a lot to looking the part and knowing the game this time of year.

The great thing about being a Chicago sports fan is that when it comes to fashion, pretty much anything goes. With the Bears leading the NFC North at 8-3, you could rock a Bears tee in the formalist of occasions, without getting too many strange looks. To prove this point, I’ve paired this adorable Sporty Threads boatneck Bear’s tee with pieces that are on trend for fall and winter that are functional and comfortable for any situation…..and I mean ANY…..going to the game, watching the game at a bar or a friend’s house, a shopping date, girls night out, Friday night cocktails…whatever your little heart desires.

Pairing any shirt five ways requires pushing the fashion limits and taking a few risks….are you with me? Think leather, fur, military jackets, colored denim, shorts and patterned tights. My best kept fashion secret? For unexpected variety, try wearing the shirt backwards. Yes, this is me being serious and it was easy with this edgy “Monsters of the Midway” script displayed on the back side.  I mean every team has two sides….offense and defense, so why shouldn’t fashion?

To see more of the Sportsanista looks during the week, check her out by clicking here!

The Tee: Monsters of the Midway Boatneck Tee from Sporty Threads Apparel ($29.00)

Look #1: Sunday Afternoon Game:

Soldier Field or Lincoln Park sports bar, can you look like a bigger Bears fashionista than by wearing a FUR vest?!….Bear Down!

Pants: Ann Taylor; Vest: Via Spiga – similar; Socks: Hue; Boots: Vince Camuto – similar

Look #2: Casual Friday that leads to Happy Hour

Don’t wait for “Show your Bears pride day” at work to sport this look from 9a-5p. The combination of biker cool, khakis and booties will keep everyone guessing.

Jacket: Nordstrom; Pants: Gap – similar; Booties: Michael Antonio; Sunnies: Ray Ban

Look #3: Saturday Shopping or Sunday Viewing Party at a Friend’s Place

Comfort is king when it comes to kicking it at a friend’s place on game day, but we all know how a causal viewing party can turn into a night out somewhere later. Throw on taupe booties and pastel skinnies to keep things fresh and interesting.

Vest: Jcrew; Pants: Gap – similar; Shoes: Nine West

Look #4: Sunday Game Day at one of Chicago’s Finest Bars!

Even some of the swankiest joints in town now call themselves “sports bars” come Sunday to rope in thirsty fans looking to keep the weekend party going. Top off your look with this bright fuchsia slouchy beret and nude/pink pumps to impress the cocktail set.

Yep, backwards.

Jacket: Gap – similar; Jeans: Easy Money; Shoes: Steve Madden; Hat: Nordstroms – similar

Look #5: Friday Night Drinks with Friends

The toughest look to pull off, but worth the most creative style points…throw a sophisticated curve ball with this detailed tights and formal shorts combo. A bright red lip..and wa-la! It’s time to hit the town.

Shorts: H&M – similar; Tights: Nordstroms; Booties: Michael Antonio

Model: Mary Krosnjar

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buy cialis Sports, shop Beer ” src=”×682.jpg” alt=”” width=”350″ height=”233″ />Next to fashion, my next three favorite things (in no specific order) just happen to be: bacon, beer and sports.  So when the guys over at, a sports comedy site that incorporates all three, announced they were throwing a party, attending the inaugural event was an absolute no-brainer.

This Saturday was the first annual Bacon, Sports and Beer Celebration. Not only did this celebration make be feel all warm and fuzzy from the blustery (abnormally) cold Chicago temperatures, it was also in my backyard at Union Station’s Great Hall. It was a wedding for beer, bacon and sports and I was happy to get an invite.

Every inch of the walls in the Great Hall were covered with some of the cities hottest restaurants bacon creations, beer tastings from craft breweries and sport themed games. Three words – Pop-A-Shot. I now have your attention. Guests were encouraged to sport their “most random” jersey or sports attire. Similar to a prom where a king and queen are crowned, there was a Bacon Bro and a Bacon Babe. Aside from a man dressed in a San Francisco 49’ers suit and the best damn Ditka impersonator I’ve ever seen, a majority of the crowd was sporting jerseys, tees and sweatshirts. While I was working, I had to participate in some way, otherwise what kind of Sportsanista would I be?!

Paired with my Pagie Denim coated black skinnies and taupe suede over-the-knee boots from Nine West, I wore this amazing Nameless stripped button-up, I found at This shirt is proof that fashion and sports can live harmoniously. I digress…. 

As soon as we walked in to the event, I immediately went into Quarterback mode. I assessed the defensive set-up and landed on a play that would get the ball into the end zone. In laments terms, I created a route for myself to sample the most food and beer, sprinkled with a minor photo-shoot and short game of pop-a-shot.

Kitchen Surfing, a private chef service, was one of the most memorable booths with their cheddar bacon drop biscuits with bacon jam. The hospitality of Chef Dustin Smallheer was just as amazing as the bacon jam. Next I sampled some baked macaroni and cheese with bacon crumble from Market BarThe portion was as big as my head, but I wasn’t mad at it.

After all of the bacon indulgent, I needed something to wash it down. I walked on over to the Magic Hat booth to sample their chocolate stout – Heart of Darkness. Chocolate beer? I say yes! I’m the kind of girl who needs some sweet with my savory. On my way to the pop-a-shot I scooped up a deviled egg with buffalo sauce sprinkled with bacon bits for extra confidence. Turns out a deviled egg topped with bacon does not help your shot, but we were all winners that day, right?

After making a full lap around the premises, it was time to hit up the Action Booth, a photographer service that puts the photobooth to shame. The photographer made me jump in 5-inch heels. He said jump, I said how high! The photo below is probably one of my favorite take-aways from the event!  

My second favorite take-away of the event, was’s commitment to give Chicago Cares, a Chicago based volunteer program charity, at least $5,000 of all ticket proceeds. Chicagoians helping Chicagoians, love it!

Now what’s a party without a parting gift? In a recyclable shopping bag each guest received the following items: Vosges chocolate, $50 Gift card, Bacon marinade from Tongue Spank Spice Company, coupon to Kitchen Surfing (something I WILL use), coupons to Frontier and a gift card to apply to Box of Paradise’s one year subscription.

I judge every party by the happiness of my stomach and the contents I leave with. The Bacon, Sports and Beer celebration was the perfect winter Saturday antidote. Job well done.


Cutler & Cavallari Wedding

Since my own wedding is eons away and I am nosier than most people would be willing to admit, advice I couldn’t help but take a peak at the gift registries of Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari. The couple is set to exchange vows on July 13th, 2013 giving guests plenty of time to shop for the A-list couple and for people like us to scrutinize their choices, make guesses on what Cavallari will wear, who will attend and much, much more.

William Sonoma Registry

William Sonoma Registry

What You Need to Know:

  • Cavallari and Cutler have registries at William-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel that total around $14,500. Both gift lists are full of goodies for their home, including baking essentials and plenty of cutlery (see what I did there?). Cavallari has told the media that she invited about 160 guests to their big day, so I anticipate all of the couple’s wishes coming true (gift-wise at least).
  • The most expensive item on the William-Sonoma registry is a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, in a classy yellow. An absolute must for Kristin if she plans to bake while tending to little Camden Jack. The suggested price of the mixer is $409 but luckily the site has it on sale for $349.95. Someone has yet to check that one off. The highest ticket item on their Crate & Barrel registry belongs to a slow-cooker, perfect for cooking a delicious Sunday football chili.

    KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, William Sonoma $349.95

  • A salad dressing shaker, cheese grater, a set of cheesecloths, and a lemon reamer are the only items that have already been bought on the William-Sonoma site, while a drink pitcher, platter and a couple small dishes were checked off at Crate & Barrel.
  • Kristin stuck with the original place setting size of twelve when registering. The couple has requested many gifts, including tall blue glasses and napkin rings, in sets of twelve. I can only imagine what a dinner party at the Cutler household would entail.
  • Surprisingly, there really aren’t any lavish pieces on either registry. The majority of the items are essentials for the family’s success in the kitchen, which leads us to believe that Kristin is registered someplace else and has managed to keep it a secret, so far.  How can you be Kristin Cavallari of “The Hills” and not be registered for china?! When your guest list will most likely include NFL players and NFL brass that are certainly pulling in more than your average wedding attendee, I don’t think discretion would be too much of a consideration when using the register gun.

What’s Next: 

The big day is still four months away but the planning is clearly underway. Of course, we’ll be waiting and searching for details to leak so we can report on them while we visualize what type of lavish wedding will take place this summer.


It’s Friday and that means one of two things…..goosip and fashion. Today, sick I’m bringing both to all of you Sportsanistas.

OMG. He said what!?….One should expect the claws to come out during Packers week. No other team gets Bears’ fans blood boiling like the cheese heads from up North.  And with so much at stake this Sunday, viagra it didn’t take long for the Bears and the Packers to start running their mouths and taking shots at each other in the media.

It all started when Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall showed up at a press conference with his Charlie Brown tree which he compared to the Bears’ season: ragged, with one last ornament – a sign of hope. Marshall went on to say that he really dislikes the Packers, careful not to use the H word, saying Sunday’s game was the biggest game of his career and that he felt disrespected by the Packers for comments made about him after the Bears loss in Week 2 at Lambeau.

The Bears diva wide receiver seems to love being in the spotlight on and off the field and is slowly becoming the talking head for the Bears (inadvertently, we’re sure). Marshall’s press conference remarks were followed up by Packer’s tight end, Jermichael Finley talking trash about Brian Urlacher, stating that the Bears are probably better off without him (Urlacher is out for the season with a hamstring injury).

Oh, but it doesn’t end there.

Lance Briggs was then asked about Jermichael Finley’s comments about Urlacher to which he replied, “he’s an idiot.”  Plain and simple. Finley has since then retracted some of his comments on Twitter stating that Urlacher is a hall-of-famer, blah blah blah, but it seems the damage has been done and the hits on Sunday will be harder because of it.

K Cav’s New Shoe Line….Now what’s a Friday without fashion? Nothing I tell you! Former “Hills” star and fiancé of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari has partnered with Chinese Laundry to create a shoe line. The line is representative of Kristin’s style, filled with stilettos, suede platforms and flats. The best part about the collection? The affordable price range!! The collection will be sold online and soon to be available in Von Maur stores in 2013 with shoes ranging from $89.95 to $149.95.

The launch event was held in New York on December 4th. Celebrities such as Carmen Electra were also in tow all supporting Ms. Cavallari’s new business venture. Guests enjoyed her new shoe collection and drooled over ankle strap stilettos, suede pumps and embellished flats while sipping on Skinny Girl cocktails.

I find myself to be impatient at times and when it comes to fashion, I am beyond impatient. When I see something I like, I want it now, no questions asked. If you are as impatient as me and can’t wait until 2013 to own a pair of mint stilettos that you have already paired with 100 things in your closet, I have a cure for you! Head to to shop the collection now and have a pair of these coveted heels waiting on your doorstep on Jan. 2. My holiday shopping rule… for you, two for me.

Noah lends a hand on and off the court this week….Nothing warms a Sportsanistas heart more then when people give back to their community. The holiday season has a way of touching peoples hearts and it’s seems that the holiday bug has struck Chicago Bulls center, Joakim Noah, right in the heart.

Joakim, his mother and sister were both in attendance at the Major Adams Community Center holiday party on the West Side.  Joakim’s foundation, Noah’s Arc Foundation, partnered for the first time with the Community Center to create an unforgettable day for 200 children.

Joakim and his family assisted in unveiling the Centers newly redecorated art and game room. Joakim’s sister was quoted speaking highly of her brothers efforts stating, “To see the reaction of the kids and the joy that they have is what makes days like this a success. Watching my brother interact and give them that one-on-one conversation with all the kids circled around him are moments that mean a lot.”

Joakim mentioned this was the first time he visited this center, and it won’t be the last. With the relocation of the Bulls’ new practice facility in the West Loop, Joakim may have a much stronger presence at the West Side Community Center. recorded Joakim saying, “When I come here, it gives me strength. It makes me want to go out and play for them.” And my heart just melted.

Now that we have learned of his skills off the court, check out what Joakim is doing on the court this Saturday at the United Center versus the Brooklyn Nets.

Happy Friday and Happy shopping….

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