ArielSimone Making and Baking

Hey everyone! As you know, we are having a beautiful time in Chicago. The weather is unseasonably warm and before we spent a day out in the sun, we worked along side Jamie Arlin of Cake Bite Girl to assist with our fashion show tonight. We made a little video (our first time ever using imovie, OMG) capturing her process and our assistance. We are so excited for the show tonight, we are hoping to have some more video from that as well as some amazing photography! If you are in the Chicago area, the event details are on facebook.

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Adrienne and Nkechi Take Chicago!

Wouldn’t THAT be a great BRAVO TV show?!

Too bad its just us two (with our little flip camera) that are heading to Chicago this week for a fun little trip of fashion, food, and hopefully the beach! As we mentioned last week, we have an event this Thursday but we thought we would use a couple days to enjoy the city. On our list of things to do, we have scouting for Chicago boutiques to sell our line as well as checking out the Chicago fashion/ shopping scene (All Saints and Zara, here we come!).

Chicago is a city that I happen to have spent a lot of time in and absolutely adore. Allow me to get a little nostaligic for a moment…

One of my all time favorite designer boutiques in THE WORLD (but also in Chicago) is Gamma Player, which I discovered several years ago (2007) when I spent a summer in Chicago during a graduate school break. It was my informal introduction to the fashion industry– so many great things happened that summer. I walked into Gamma Player and was mezmerized by the collection, the store owners (legendary techno DJ and producer Jeff Mills and his beautiful wife) as well as their staff.


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Instantly making friends, I was invited to a fashion show in their space, where I met the amazing AggaB and tried on the most beautiful quilted dress. I’ll never forget the words she said to me when I stepped out of the dressing room: ‘This dress was made for you to wear.’

(It took me a minute but I was able to unearth this from iphoto…I think I put it on and cried, and then cried again when I couldn’t afford it had to take it off)

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That event lead to more fashion show invitations, more parties and more industry friends. It was the first time my photo was published  in a social magazine (Chicago Social), the first time I was invited to parties with celebrities, the first time I hung out with models, writers and stylists and had no idea that (as a neuroscientist) this was the universe’s way of revealing to me that this was my community and a place where I actually belonged professionally.

I am so excited to go back and revisit Gamma Player and some of my other favorite boutiques. I am even more excited at the prospect of selling ArielSimone in Chicago! It will be an incredibly proud moment to find a home for ArielSimone in Chicago. Wish us luck and stay updated on facebook and twitter!

by Nkechi Njaka

Chocolate & Couture

We’ve been gone for a while, but don’t fret we’re back! We missed everyone last week; we’ve been working on some pretty big things here at ArielSimone, and we wanted to make sure we kept you all in the loop…

As many have heard the story, last summer when I went to Italy I went on a grueling and life changing hiking trip through the Cinque Terre Mountains. Well, during that rigid hike and throughout the rest of my Italian escape I really got close with one of my great friends Jamie Greenberg Arlin of Cake Bite Girl.


This is us midway through the hike of our life. Don’t mind the sweat and exasperation/desperation.

And this is what Jamie truly looks like, with her delicious creations!

I haven’t seen Jamie since Italy, but I’m so excited that we’re now going to be doing a show together in Chicago. We’ll be rocking out in downtown Chicago for a spring fashion show featuring ArielSimone that will combine other stylish local designers, Jamie’s delicious desserts, and cocktails at Jbar on March 22, 2012 at 7-10pm. Tickets are available online.

Here are the details:

HOSTS: Schae Lewis & Bahar Partow, Mission 2 Organize, Jamie Arlin, Mixins-Chicago. 

FASHION DESIGNERS: ArielSimone, Shah Riaz and Richard Dayhoff

MODELS: BMG Models 

DESSERT: Cake Bite Girl

DRINKS: The Naked Grape 

RAFFLE PRIZES: 2 Shah Riaz ties, Ariel Simone top, $150 gift certificate towards a personal or business portrait photo session (Angela Garbot), 2 Chicago Chocolate Tours, 2 hrs closet organizing (Mission 2 Organize), Box of cake bites (Cake Bite Girl)

YOUR TICKET INCLUDES: Fashion show at 8:30pm, 2 Complimentary glasses of wine, Passed cake bites, Chance at 50 Gift bags, and a Raffle prize entry. Available online.

Here’s a little teaser of the Cake Bite Girl treats that will be at the show!

Red Velvet Trios – OMG YUM…

Salted Caramel Cake Bites – My mouth is watering

Blue Velvet Cake Bites – Red Velvet, but blue?? Ok, I’m sold….

Honestly, I can’t wait to try each and every option, so now I need to figure out how many pounds I’m willing to gain on this trip  😉

by Adrienne Yancy