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Socialite Adventures - A Night with Nicole Miller

The PR people for Nicole Miller invited me to a fabulous event in her Chicago boutique located in Old Town and I was all too happy to go and cover it for the blog.  It was for a really worthy cause, supporting the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls with a percentage of the proceeds for any items sold.  

The press release:



Chicago, IL – Designer Nicole Miller will host a private cocktail reception to benefit Mercy Home For Boys and Girls at her Chicago Boutique. Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Upon making a purchase that evening, guests will also have the chance to win a private shopping experience with 10 friends and Nicole Miller, herself, the following day at the Chicago Store.

What:   Guests are invited to shop Nicole Miller’s in-store merchandise, including ready-to-wear, dress collections, shoes and jewelry. Appetizing hors d’oeuvres and savory cocktails will be served throughout the evening, all thanks to Kinzie Chop House and O’Briens Restaurant and Bar. Gabriel Valverde will be the musical talent for the evening.

Who:    More than 200 guests will join Nicole Miller, board members Sue Bettman and Karen Donnelly of Mercy Home For Boys and Girls, along with the organization’s volunteers, donors, and advocates to celebrate and support the mission.

About Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller is a fashion designer with a modern, ageless aesthetic. Her silhouettes are artfully draped to achieve a unique body consciousness. Her signature is feminine, sexy and refined.

The nonconformist glamour of Miller’s clothes is a favorite of many in Hollywood. Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Lauren Hutton, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria Parker have recently appeared in her designs. Her work is often show on the covers and in the pages of leading fashion and lifestyle magazines world wide – and in cyber space, Nicole Miller is one of the most visible designer brand names anywhere.

About Mercy Home

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. Our residential, aftercare, and mentoring programs provide safety and opportunity for more than 600 kids every year. Mercy Home is 99.8% privately funded and operates on two campuses in Chicago–a home for boys at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. and a home for girls at 11600 S. Longwood Dr. Please visit mercyhome.org to learn more.


The event was filled with fabulously dressed people who were all so nice!  Chatty, friendly, and mingling easily would describe everyone thankfully, made for a fun evening.  There were endless (strong) cosmopolitans and champagne (drank too much, but it was all pretty and pink!  can you blame me?).

They were some fellow socialites in the making!  Fun, pretty and cool; we plan to do lunch sometime soon and shall surely see each other at more events.  Hey you two girls ;) 

Some other lovely people at the Nicole Miller event:

Nicole Miller herself was there and so sweet!  Her outfit was uber chic, especially the mixed fabric skirt that she rocked.  Her boots were divine!

A bit of me and the bff Ashley

Ash tried on a super flattering gold ruched Nicole Miller design, looked great on her (what doesn't though?  She's a 5'10 size 6 former model, lol)

All in all a great event!  Always fun to mingle and hobnob around Chicago and it was nice to see people purchasing things so that the Mercy Home can be supported.  Congrats Nicole!

Before we hit up the party, Ashley and I stopped at Salpicon which is a high end Mexican cuisine restaurant.  

They have what is one of my favorite dishes ever, the Queso Fundido con Camorones!  And just what IS that?  A bowl of hot stretchy white cheese with grilled shrimp, jalapeno peppers for a pop of spice, cilantro for freshness, and sauteed onions served with warm tortillas for wrapping it all in.  AMAZING!

Readers, I could eat that EVERY day!  It's so deliciously divine :D  cheese, shrimp, and a bread element are some of my favorite things anyway, you KNOW this makes for a happy Vonnie!

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