Monday, March 30, 2009

Sarah Radford, of Chic Gems, Chosen as One of the TOP Women Entrepreneurs, by Mike Michalowicz

Sarah Radford, Owner of Chic Gems, etc. Jewelry

Sarah Radford chosen by Mike Michalowicz, as One of the TOP Women Entrepreneurs!

Mike's book was recently featured by Entrepreneur, New York Times, &

Click here to read the story! of the TOP Women Entrepreneurs

from Mike Michalowicz, the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

Here's an excerpt from the feature by Mike Michalowicz:

In the past year I’ve traveled extensively for speaking engagements, workshops and other events (yes, I do A LOT of speeches…. and, YES, I will gladly present to your group, too.) And in my travels I discovered something I did not expect: women are taking over. Everywhere I speak women fill the seats. They outnumber the men in my own network. And they are not just talking about starting businesses; they are leaders at the forefront of the next entrepreneurial wave. It’s not exactly what I expected to find when I set out to inspire the growing TPE movement.

Here's the story of Sarah Radford of Chic Gems, etc. Jewelry:

Sarah grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Wittenberg University, her professional life brought her to Chicago where she fell in love with the City. Sarah founded Chic Gems, etc. as a side-project in 2002. But when a corporate shake-up rattled her professional path in 2006, Sarah realized it was the perfect opportunity to turn her passionate hobby into a lifestyle and to take life into her own hands! Sarah's lifelong interest in fashion began early. From playing in her mom's jewelry box to making woven bracelets as a child, interest has finally blossomed into the development of her own brand in Chic Gems, etc. Sarah is inspired by everything around her; from a flower in Lincoln Park to an architectural detail on Michigan Avenue. She mixes classic and modern designs to create a new exciting twist for the woman who loves to be fashionable without being overly trendy.

Special April Sale-20% off all Jewelry & Handbags!
Shop online (call 888-801-8265 to order by phone)
from now until April 15, 2009.

Use code "bags" during checkout, to receive your discount.

Offer valid on all jewelry and handbags.

No cash value, cannot be combined with other offers, not valid at independent boutiques
that carry Chic Gems.

All the very best,
Sarah Radford
Designer Jewelry for Professional Women

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Katy Perry Carries the Chic Envelope Clutch-found at

Chic Gems, etc.
Chic Envelope Clutch by Brynn Capella
Metallic Leather
Katy Perry-yes the signer, now owns this bag!
Click here to watch the video-Hot N Cold on You Tube.

Brynn Capella has created the perfect large envelope clutch handbag!
Choose from a wide assortment of beautiful colors.
The leather is amazingly soft with rich color.
Our Chic Envelope Clutch will become a timeless classic that you can carry day and night. This unique handbag is made with the most supple leather and beautiful color. Mandarin Lining finishes this beautiful bag.
Heads will turn when you carry this bag. Be the first of your friends to get one!
All the very best,
Sarah Radford
Designer Jewelry for Professional Women

Chic Gems Featured Jeweler at Battle of the Boutiques by Poor Little Rich Girls

Chic Gems Jewelry Featured at Battle of the Boutiques
Fashion Show
by PoorLittle

Chic Gems, etc. Jewelry
The Featured Jewelry at Battle of the Boutiques
Chaise Lounge~Chicago, IL
Here's the scoop about the Event:
They came. They saw. They posed. In a stunning victory le Dress swept the first annual “Battle of the Boutiques”, taking home both the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice awards. This means they’ll be back next year to defend their title as Chicago’s “most stylish yet affordable” boutique. Congratualtions to le Dress!In case you missed us for the show and dinner last Thursday at Chaise Lounge, we’ll fill you in. Le Dress is a haute new dress-only boutique located on Division in Wicker Park created by two sisters-in-law Eva and Robyn Anderson. Their mutual love for fashion inspired them to open a boutique… but definitely not your store next door. Le Dress is a place where the perfect dress and everything that goes with it can be found. Whether it’s for the party on Friday night, the shower at the botanical garden or the wedding at the Drake, Eva & Robyn believe that dress shopping should be exciting no matter what the occasion.Their winning fashions are shown below, but if you’re looking for more photos of the event check out the Gallery. There, you’ll find photos of all the boutiques’ looks, our guest judges, Showbiz Shelly, the PLRG team and maybe even you!
All the best,
Sarah Radford
Designer Jewelry for Professional Women

Friday, March 20, 2009

Chic Gems Jewelry will be Featured at GenArt's SHOP Chicago

GenArt SHOP Chicago
Saturday March 21, 2009
Great Hall at Union Station
210 S Canal St
Chicago, IL
1:00 - 2:00pm VIP Pre-shopping Reception (Advance Tickets Only)
2:00 - 6:00pm Main doors open to all ticket holders
Gen Art and Degree Fine Fragrance Collection invite you to the shopping event of the season! Taking place in Union Station's magnificent Great Hall, Shop Chicago will showcase designers' spring collections, including one of Chicago's top Designers:
Chic Gems, etc, Lara Miller, Claudia Kleiner, Michelle Tan, and many more.
Shop merchandise at discounted prices of up to 70% off retail in womenswear, menswear, and accessories, as well as designer collections from Gen Art Chicago's Fresh Faces in Fashion runway show.
Attendees can purchase the latest trends while enjoying complimentary cocktails and pampering at the Shop Chicago Beauty Lounge.VIP tickets include exclusive access to the VIP Lounge, private preview hour and Shop Chicago fashion and beauty gift bags worth over $100. Don't miss this opportunity to find great deals, meet fellow fashion enthusiasts, and enjoy pampering and cocktails - just in time for spring!
All the best,
Sarah Radford
Designer Jewelry for Professional Women

Monday, March 16, 2009

Shop at Aniko Dream Glam-featuring Chic Gems, Evlove Intimates, and more in Chicago

Join us for Aniko Dream Glam, to benefit Dreams for
Chic Gems, etc. Jewelry is co-sponsoring this exciting event.
Join us for a luxurious evening of shopping for a good cause!
A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Dreams for Kids.
Aniko Salon & Spa presents Aniko Dream GLAM
Thursday March 19, 2009from 5:00pm-9:00pm
1109 S. Wabash Ave.Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 431-1573
Join Aniko Salon & Spa for an evening of cocktails, wine provided by Sam'sWine & Spirits, hors d¹oeuvres provided by La Madia, bridal consultations,skin analysis, mini-dry manis, chair massage, vendors including co-sponsorChic Gems Etc., raffle for charity, preview of the Spring/Summer 09' hairfashion trends, fashions provided by Bella Bridesmaids, photos provided byGoykphoto, delicious treats provided by Be Sweet, Aniko goodie bags and,most importantly all proceeds will go to the Dreams for Kids charity.Dreams for Kids is a volunteer based, registered non-profit 501(c)(3)children's charity which empowers young people of all abilities throughdynamic leadership programs and life-changing activities that inspire themto fearlessly pursue their dreams and compassionately change the world.
Please RSVP by Monday March 16, 2009 - Call (312) 431-1573
Thank you to our sponsors!
Chic Gems Etc., Evlove Intimates, Bejio, Bella Bridesmaids, Goykphoto, LaMadia, Celebrity Skin Couture Tan, Sweet Petal, Be Sweet, Bioelements, Opera, and Sam's Wine and Spirits.
All the best,
Sarah Radford
Designer Jewelry for Professional Women

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chic Gems Proudly Supports The Red Pump Project

Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and there's a whole lot of talking and educating happening all over the country in honor.
I am so excited to be a part of The Red Pump Project.
Here is a little information about this fantastic organization directly from them at
The Red Pump Project: A campaign to raise awareness about the effect of HIV/AIDS on women & girls. Rock the red pump in support!Statistics used are from the Center for Disease Control's website. Although these stats are only taking the United States into account, globally, HIV/AIDS is no less of a problem, especially for women.Key Snapshot of the U.S. Epidemic Today: Number of new HIV infections, 2006: 56,300Number of people living with HIV/AIDS: 1.1 million, including more than 468,000 with AIDSNumber of AIDS deaths since beginning of epidemic: 583,298, including 14,561 in 2007Percent of people infected with HIV who don’t know it: 21%HIV/AIDS & Women in the United States* There are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. & almost 280,000 are women
*In 2006, there were 15,000 new HIV infections and 9,801 AIDS cases diagnosed among women*There were 3,784 deaths among women with AIDS in 2006
*Among those who are HIV positive, 35% of women were tested for HIV late in their illness (diagnosed with AIDS within one year of testing positive)
*HIV is the 5th leading cause of death in women in the United States, ages 25-44
*High-risk heterosexual contact is the source of 80% of these newly diagnosed infections in women.
*According to a CDC study of more than 19,500 patients with HIV in 10 US cities, women were slightly less likely than men to receive prescriptions for the most effective treatments for HIV infection
*Women with AIDS made up an increasing part of the epidemic. In 1992, women accounted for an estimated 14% of adults and adolescents living with AIDS in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. By the end of 2005, this proportion had grown to 23%
*From the beginning of the epidemic through 2005, almost 86,000 women have died of AIDS and AIDS-related complications.
*The largest number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses during recent years was for women aged 15–39
HIV/AIDS & Minority Women
HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects minority women in the United States. According to the 2005 census, Black and Latina women represent 24% of all US women combined, but account for 82% of the estimated total of AIDS diagnoses for women in 2005.
HIV is:*the leading cause of death for black women (including African American women) aged 25–34 years.
*the 3rd leading cause of death for black women aged 35–44 years.
*the 4th leading cause of death for black women aged 45–54 years.
*the 4th leading cause of death for Latina women aged 35–44 years.
*The only diseases causing more deaths of women were cancer and heart disease
*The rate of AIDS diagnosis for black women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women and 4 times the rate for Latina women
*In 2006, teen girls represented 39% of AIDS cases reported among 13–19 year-olds. Black teens represented 69% of cases reported among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 19%
These statistics were pulled from The Center for Disease Control's website and the Kaiser Family Foundation's Fact Sheets (which cited the CDC). Get more information about the effect of the epidemic from these sites. Please do yourself, your loved ones, and those you don't know yet a favor and find out more about this movement at The Red Pump Project.
The Red Pump Project will be an ongoing effort and a resource for information about HIV/AIDS and its effect on women.
So subscribe to the page so you can continue to get information on the happenings.
You can reach them at
Thank you for your support!
All the best,
Sarah Radford
Designer Jewelry for Professional Women

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ladies Night Shopping Event with Chic Gems, etc. Jewelry and Special Guest Candace Cameron of Full House

Don't miss this exciting night!

Thursday March 12, 2009
Christian Life Church
400 E Gregory Street
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

AM 1160 WYLL invites you to be part of the fun, Thursday March 12th from 6-9pm for a
Ladies Night Shopping Event, with special guest Candace Cameron Bure.

Many people know Candace from ABC's hit television show, Full House, where people affectionately knew her as "D.J Tanner". But after acting since age 5, Candace put her career on ice when she married NHL star Valeri Bure and stayed at home to raise her three children. What people may not know is that Candace is a follower of Christ and speaks around the country talking about her personal journey.

Join us for a very special evening.
Shop the latest Spring Collection from Chic Gems.

All the best,
Sarah Radford
Chic Gems, etc. Jewelry
Designer Jewelry for Professional Women