Erin Heatherton: Victoria’s Secret U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour In Milwaukee, WI

Today, I had a great opportunity to interview Erin Heatherton, one of  Victoria Secret’s Angels.  She is traveling to Milwaukee for an in-store appearance at Mayfair Mall as part of the first-ever Victoria’s Secret U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour. Out of 20 cities across the United States, Milwaukee was chosen by the fans as the number one city for the summer tour! The other cities include Seattle with Candice Swanepoel and Orlando with Lindsay Ellingson.

As one of the new faces of Victoria’s Secret and native of Skokie, Ill, Erin worked for famous designers and brands such as Versace, John Galliano, Custo Barcelona, Michael Kors, D&G, Diane von Fürstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others.

She’ll be on hand to take photos at Mayfair Mall from 5 to 7 p.m. Don’t forget to enjoy giveaways, complimentary beach-sexy hair styling, summer makeovers, and a live DJ.

I have to say, that Erin Heatherton has qualities beyond just beauty.  She is intelligent, charming and full of life! For more photos and details about her perspectives on fashion, modeling industry, and traveling, click here. For tips to select the perfect swimming suit, click here.

"U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour"  Credit: Daniel Boczarski /Getty Images

“U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour”
Credit: Daniel Boczarski /Getty Images

"U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour"  Credit: Daniel Boczarski /Getty Images

“U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour”
Credit: Daniel Boczarski /Getty Images

Good Morrow and Good Day! Discovering the Bristol Renaissance Faire

Ready to indulge in fantasy?

If you live in Milwaukee or Chicago, it’s not far. Stop by the Bristol Renaissance Faire, which just opened this weekend, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Summer after summer, this exquisite medieval fantasy experience never disappoints.

I had a blast being there this weekend, and will be back.

Dress as a medieval princess, sexy pirate, or get an a-la-Lana Del Ray look by grabbing a chic flower band at The Royal Garland Shoppe.

The faire has a vast variety of entertainment shows. I loved watching the glamorous and humorous fights between knights riding horses. The mysterious belly dancers enchanted. I took in an amusing fire show, a wacky mud show, and much more. And of course, the costumes were just spectacular. One day is definitely not enough to explore the exciting scene filled with surprises and imagination.

If You Go:

Open Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

July 6 thru Sept. 2, 2013

Off I-94 at the IL/WI Border

Ph: 847-395-7773

Tickets for adults are $19.95; children (age 5-12) $9.50; children 4 and younger are free. Season Pass (all ages) – $100

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Bristol Renaissance Faire: Horse Fighting

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Horse Fighting

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Bristol Renaissance Faire: Flower Bands

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Flower Bands

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Marionette

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Marionette

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Bristol Renaissance Faire: "With The Right Hat Nothing Else Matter"

Bristol Renaissance Faire: “With The Right Hat Nothing Else Matter”

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Four Winds Clothing

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Four Winds Clothing

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Bristol Renaissance Faire: Belly Dancers

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Belly Dancers

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Bristol Renaissance Faire: Mud Show

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Mud Show

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Bristol Renaissance Faire: Exquisite Bracelet From Pendragon Jewelry

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Exquisite Bracelet From Pendragon Jewelry

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Flower Band

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Flower Band

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Where Fantasy Rules!

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Where Fantasy Rules!

 

 

 

Mom Wasn’t Always Right: Talk to Strangers

Summer is the best season to be in Milwaukee.

Boats glide along the river. Residents and tourists take in cultural festivals. Restaurants patrons linger on patios sipping beverages. Musicians play in picturesque parks.

My friend and I frequent visitors of Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery by the riverfront. Located in the heart of the city, it affords a fantastic view. The service remains consistently impeccable. The diverse crowd intrigues me. Many international and American tourists gather here.

Last week, we met a couple from Thailand, who came on a student exchange program. They shared interesting stories about travelling across the United States. We talked with a Minnesota woman who travelled alone on a business trip. Then, there was the married couple from Chicago who shared a meet-cute story.

Getting to know new people, especially veteran travelers, is fun. It’s a pleasure to learn about different cultures. It broadens my perceptions. During formal networking, people are careful to show only a polished veneer. I’ve noticed that typically when travelling, people, myself included, are more open. They share insightful stories. Sometimes they give you a better advice than even your friends and family. A fresh perspective from an outsider who is an expert on something is quite useful.

I believe in today’s rapidly changing world it’s so important to push the boundaries of conventional thinking. Technology certainly offers many opportunities to connect with people globally and learn different views. This is especially true if you are a writer. I’ve enjoyed learning from different bloggers— chefs passionate about cooking, wine connoisseurs,  feminists inspiring women to change the world, mothers sharing secrets of balancing family and work. There are always new and interesting ideas out there. Nevertheless, I think the virtual world will never replace the experience of tête-à-tête interaction with a new person, sometimes a complete stranger. Do you push the boundaries in real life to find inspiration for your blogging and writing?

Do you enjoy talking to strangers?

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A Weekend In Wicker Park

Headed to Chicago? Check out Wicker Park, which is northwest of the Loop.

A September 2012 Forbes article named Wicker Park the No. 4 hippest hipster neighborhood in the United States. Indeed, the neighborhood boasts few tourists ambling along sidewalks and more young professionals, artists, hipsters and boomers sipping expresso at cafes. The area is brimming with boutiques, shops, bookstores, coffee houses and restaurants.

I headed down this past weekend to take in the sights and do some shopping.

Despite the gloomy rain, the city section bustled with holiday activity and fun-spirited patrons sporting colorful umbrellas. I came across the three-story Myopic Books, a used bookstore filled with more than 80,000 editions. I was in search for photography books and almost got lost.

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After a terrific experience in book wonderland, I moved on to local boutiques. I really loved this piano mounted with jewelry at one of vintage boutiques.

Vintage Store by Wicker Park

A City Soles really impressed me with stylish interior design and creative visual merchandising. The first thing that caught my attention was that the leather shoes were of a high quality and most of them were made in Spain or Italy. I particularly loved low-heeled combat boots. They  are a must for those who love an androgynous touch to an outfit. They are also for busy city dwellers who walk long distances.

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The store inventory also included an enormous variety of funky and trendy combat boots for men. They screamed high quality.

City Soles: Men's Boots

The chic handmade bright leather purses by local designers in the boutique also drew my attention. They feature a modern color block design, asymmetrical cut and…studs! I love studs on my leather purses. It lends a modern touch to any outfit.

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After taking in all the refreshing designs in the shop, I stepped outside to view one that almost sapped my high spirits.

A car passed with an advertisement for American Apparel. The exotic (read: ethnic-looking) woman with a come-hither look was lying face down and half naked in a way that emphasized her buttocks and breasts.

American Apparel's Ad

For the record, I like the provocative and stylish advertisements by Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, etc. I’m not a prude.

I believe that the American Apparel advertisement was vulgar, gratuitous and totally lack of taste.

What’s your opinion?