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Event: Dish on Fashion x Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

This week, I was invited to have dinner with a fabulous bunch of ladies at Mindy’s Hot Chocolate here in Chicago. This dinner gave me a chance to meet some new friends and catch up with some old friends, we talked about everything from fashion to boys in one sitting.

Bloggers last night included: Jaye of Curvatude, Raijean of Swa-Rai, Shae of Vanilla Fringe, Melissa of Stylissh, Mary from Zeagalicious, and  the founders of Dish on Fashion Nicki Brashear of Fashionista Chicago and Katie Schuppler of KS Style Consulting. (Thanks Katie, I stole your list)

Check out a some of my pics from the night via my Instragram account… You can follow me on Instagram here!

The Best Lemon Drop Cocktail Ever!!

Desert is served...

Fabulous Gift Bags!!

Cheese and Pretzels.

Loved the tomato soup!

Grilled Cheese Patty Melt!

So of the goodies in our bag….

Some of the sponsors from the night included(Thanks again Katie):

  • George the Salon
     – in River North; offers impeccable, top quality services; shared samples of Sebastian shampoo & conditioner
  • vfish – in Lakeview; local designer; great fashion; donated the most comfy leggings I have ever worn
  • Sequin – in Lincoln Park; trendy, high quality jewelry; hooked us up with hip, beautiful neon bracelets
  • Cram Fashon – in Lakeview; cool, hip, designs for men and women; upped our style with fun jewelry & $10 off a future purchase
  • Comfort Me Boutique – new to Lincoln Park; ecclectic boutique with fashion and housewares; spoiled us with K Hall luxurious soaps and a gift certificate to shop at the boutique
  • Clothes Optional – in Lakeview; kitschy, retro, vintage, fun boutique; styled us with unique, one-of-a-kind sunglasses just in time for sunny weather
  • The Blue Jeans Bar – in Lincoln Park; amazing, quality jeans that fit right; shared a gift certificate with us
  • Hubba Hubba – in Lakeview; quaint, stylish boutique; generously donated $10 gift cards for all of us
  • Sara Jane – in Old Town; high fashion boutique; treated us to 25% off any one item
  • Union Sushi + BBQ – in River West; amazing sushi & other food; gave us an additional 10% off
  • KS Style Consulting – all over Chicago; our lovely co-founder of Dish on Fashion; letting the ladies save 50% off an hour of styling services

Thanks ladies for the invite I always welcome the chance to try a new restaurant and talk with fellow bloogers! I hope we can do it again soon!

About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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