Mary Krosnjar

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. 

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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

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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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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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buy cialis Sports, shop Beer ” src=”http://sportsdivasinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/IMG_2308-1024×682.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 BaconSports.com, 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 Shopbop.com. 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 BaconSports.com’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 Nakewines.com 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.

 

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The ladies of SDI were back at the studios of Good Day Chicago FOX 32 News on the morning of the Bears final preseason game to showcase some hot new Bears looks for the upcoming season.

Sporty Threads, generic $48.00

Mary Krosnjar, and the Sportsanista and our resident fashion expert, rocked this off-the-shoulder Bears sweatshirt from Sporty Threads.

We love the edgy and sexy look that this sweatshirt pulls off with the ragged neckline and distressed logo, while still providing warmth and wiggle room. Pair it with skinnies and suede booties like Mary did for a night out with friends.  Buy it now at Sporty Threads for $48.00.

Meesh & Mia, $59.00

Ashley Erin Sellers, one of our Bears writers, showed us how to pull off a polished and sophisticated Bears look for the office. Wearing this smart, asymmetrical ruffled top from Meesh & Mia, a bejeweled Bears logo is tucked away to the bottom left offering a subtle and tasteful way to show your fandom through fashion.  Buy it now at Meesh & Mia for $59.00.

Lara Khalaf, another SDI Bears writer, showed us how you can wear Bears gear just about anywhere. Her sporty, casual look featuring a mesh jersey t-shirt from Clark Street Sports is perfect to wear to the gym, to run errands, lay around the house, or to game at Soldier Field.

Find more of these fashion-forward looks perfect for the upcoming Bears season at Clark Street Sports.

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And remember ladies, it doesn’t have to be Game Day to show your Bears colors and fandom. There is no better time than now – at the start of the season – when anticipation and excitement is at an all time high, to rock the Bears gear in style.

Check back in next Wednesday for more of our favorite Bears looks as we comb the web to find you the best styles.

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Rule #76: No excuses play like a champion……at least that was the motto in South Bend, treatment IN this weekend when Notre Dame fought to stay undefeated as they won a nail-biter in triple overtime against the University of Pittsburgh. I may not be the largest Nortre Dame fan, pills but I’m a fan of the game and a fan of some good competition.

The morning started with a 6:30am wake-up call, NOT on a school day. I rolled out of bed, I think I took a shower and then got dressed and ready with navys, greens and gold on my mind….and Starbucks.

After stocking up on caffeine and Notre Dame cupcakes in tow, the road trip began and we were off! Inadvertently, we drove through three states, but managed to make good time and find South Bend safely. From the minute we arrived in South Bend our day was planned to perfection…we even had an itinerary, thanks to the Notre Dame staff (thank you Tracy!).

After a little campus sightseeing we made our way to a couple tailgates where the Bloody Mary’s were flowing, the brats were grilling, the chili was cooking and touchdown Jesus was playing bags…I have to say I was in all sorts of awe with the tradition and history that is Notre Dame…..the movie Rudy now makes TOTAL sense to me! There is a reason why generation after generation attend Notre Dame!

Pre-game we enjoyed watching team warm-ups and the bands play up close and personal! Not sure what I liked more…..the men in kilts or the men in lycra football pants…Either way, the theme of our day was staying warm all while looking gameday fab!

It’s officially November and officially cold!!! Listen, it gets cold in the midwest from here on forward, but that won’t stop me from putting together something fab…..I’ve sweat for fashion for the past 7 months, I will now freeze for fashion for the next few months….or 5. It’s time to get creative when putting together something warm and fashionable….my advice, invest in hand, foot and body warmers. The key to my outfit this weekend was layers….try putting a fun patterned collared shirt underneath a vintage sweatshirt like I did below. Not enough? Put a puffy vest over the top and dress it with a fun scarf!

Enjoy the photos and my gameday look! Happy Monday!

Sweater: vintage from a thrift store, Shirt: Gap (similar); Pants: Mossimo Dutti (similar); Shoes: Steve Madden; Vest: Jcrew; Hat: Notre Dame Campus Store (similar); Purse: Gucci

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