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Real Women Report: The Ladies Behind Chicago's Newest Curated Party Shop
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27114
VENUE:
Festive Collective
LOCATION:
Chicago
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Real Women Report
Two Girl Bosses Take On Chicago
Festive Collective
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown



Today’s Real Women Report is all about Festive Collective. A Chicago hub for all things party-supply, including balloons, stationery, tableware, and décor, this pretty boutique shop takes the cake for women working together in retail. Three businesses under one roof, Festive Collective is a sweet retail spot worth hitting up if you’re in the area, and the space doubles as an event venue and workshop hub too.

Festive Collective’s founder Angela Water recently sat down with us to chat about how she started this business with her #girlboss squad. Realizing they’d be stronger together, Angela’s business Bash Party Goods teamed up with Anne and Kate Stationery, and Luft Balloons to create this one-stop party shop. Here’s the story from Angela.

 

The coolest shop in Chicago? Here is is!

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This Fierce Female Powerhouse Is a True Champion On International Women's Day & Everyday
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 27118
VENUE:
International Women's Day
LOCATION:
NYC
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
International Women's Day
Inspiring Women
Around The World
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner

Hi guys, Cortnie here, co-founder of The Venue Report, wishing you a happy #InternationalWomensDay! This day marks the celebration commemorating the ongoing movement for women's rights. Today, more than ever, we are celebrating women throughout history but want to spotlight a very special modern day boss lady, Fran Hauser. 

A few years ago when I was starting out on my journey with The Venue Report, I felt very alone in the startup landscape. Why? The startup world by nature can be a lonely place but I had also ventured into this realm that was (and still is) male dominated. We first started in a startup incubator led by male advisors, we were pitching male venture funds and we were meeting male mentors. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE all of these amazing men we have met and created relationships with - they have not only been the best confidants but also crucial to our startup success. Still, I ached and longed for a female to chat with about well, being a female and a mom within this fast-paced fundraising world. One day after asking advisors if they knew any awesome females I could connect with, I soon had an email intro connecting me with Fran Hauser. A week after this email introduction, I was nervously on the phone with Fran, the former President of Digital at Time Inc. Yep, the former President of Digital at Time. Inc! Now, let me fangirl for a minute: She is known for many career moments including her role at building People.com, Entertainment Weekly and InStyle. She had served as VP of AOL's Programming Group as well as an advisor to many huge consumer facing companies, she had been named one of the Six Most Powerful Women in New York City's Tech Scene by Refinery29 and honored with one of 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The accolades go on and on. No big deal right? 

After chatting with Fran, I discovered her selfless passion for mentoring female entrepreneurs. She is passionate about advocating for women across the globe and often speaks on such topics. Over the past few years Fran has always given me time to chat with her on the phone and even meet up with her for coffee when I am in New York, her home base. She has no reason to spend this time with me other than the fact she truly wants to help. Fran is a rare and inspirational woman who is the true definition of a mentor. Women like Fran are why we have come so far as females in 2017. Today, we honor women across the globe and celebrate women like Fran who are actively paving the way. Did we mention that she was honored as a Global Champion of Women On International Women's Day?! We could go on forever with our glowing intro, but now let's hear from Fran herself on her successes, current ventures and advice to fellow female entrepeneurs. 

 

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Did You Catch These Hidden Messages In Chanel's 2017 Fall/Winter Fashion Show?
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27121
VENUE:
Grand Palais
LOCATION:
Paris
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Chanel 2017 Fashion Show
Chanel Ground Control
Grand Palais
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

For anyone who remotely follows the world of fashion, you know the colossal show that Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel pulled off involving the gorgeous Grand Palais outfitted with a functioning rocket ship. Yes, rocket ship. The futuristic structured outfits, pumped up hair and Twiggy-esque makeup painted a neo-1960’s scene (after all, Mid Century is all the rage right now) complete with a rocket take off reminiscent of 1968.

What was perhaps the most striking element was the juxtaposition of the rocket ship taking off into the glass ceiling (well, almost) of the Grand Palais. Hidden messages ran throughout the show touching on the women’s rights movement historically as it originally gained momentum in the 1960’s all the way up to today where we’re facing unprecedented setbacks. Serious girl power vibes occurred throughout and ahem ladies, let’s break through the glass ceiling in 2017?

 

Chanel's Fall Winter 2017 Fashion Show

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Real Women Report: This 70's Glam All Ladies Event Was One For The Books
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27120
VENUE:
Moniker Warehouse
LOCATION:
San Diego, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Ladies Only Event
70's Glam
Moniker Warehouse
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

Ladies ladies ladies. We recently attended a gals only, 70's glam event hosted by San Diego locals, Jill of Layered Vintage and Melissa of Pow Wow Design Studio that brings the perfect #girlpower party inspo. From the moment you walked in the door, you could feel the those disco vibes from the cocktail menu to the dance floor. Of course, food was passed and drinks were poured but you could also get your hair styled, nails polished and shop with the variety of local female vendors there.

Girl gang goals were definitely achieved and to top it off, the decor wasn't the only inspiring part of the evening. There was a rare energy in the air - an energy you don't find at many events. The warm feeling of respect danced around the glitter filled room as women connected with one another over genuine compliments, conversations, and collaborations. It was a special night where these dynamic women let their guard down, forgot about work, stress, and their hardships to foster new and old relationships alike. It was a city of women that came together and empowered one another at a time of unprecedented importance.

Photography by Gantes.co

 

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Adding Brunch At This Parisian Bistro To Our Bucket List ASAP
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27081
VENUE:
Maison Lautrec
LOCATION:
Paris
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Brunch Bucketlist
Parisian
Maison Lautrec
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown



With its gorgeous historic buildings, inspiring street style, plentiful art scene, and incredible gastronomic experiences, Paris is surely on everyone’s bucket list. While the arrondissements near the River Seine tend to get a lot of tourists in and out, it’s the neighborhoods that spiral away from the river that exude that artsy, local vibe that should be at the top of your travel agenda.

Set in the vibrant area of Pigalle, a haven for Bohemians, artists, and trendsetters, Maison Lautrec is a café that’s as cozy and welcoming as your neighborhood restaurant, but a much cooler, Parisian version. If spending an afternoon sipping champagne and eating tarte tatin dripping in caramel sauce in a cooler-than-classic Parisian bistro is on your bucket list, this place is your dream come true.

 

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