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UPDATE: This story was originally published on January 21.
The story of someone leaving a job in corporate America to pursue a lifelong dream never ceases to inspire us. So, you can imagine how downright floored we were to learn that go-getter Mallory Ulaszek left her sales job at AT&T to start CB and cityblue apparel & denim at the beginning of the most recent recession. Thanks to her knack for filling the shop with fly-off-the-shelf goods and her amazing personal-styling service, the entrepreneur has raised her brand into a Chicago powerhouse.
Naturally, we felt the need to track her down for a sartorial spill session. And Ulaszek didn't disappoint. She showed us how she seamlessly mixes and matches labels to create one-of-a-kind ensembles — exactly what she would do if you were shopping at one of her stores. She also shared advice on the key pieces you need to invest in, the jeans you should never wear, and so much more. Wardrobe and career inspiration? We're sold.
Going home means getting an opportunity to appreciate some things you always took for granted. Things like a full fridge, neighbors who know your name, and decent thrift shops with reasonable prices (seriously — if we could count all the moments of rage we've experienced from sticker shock in big-city thrift shops...). read
Our noses are redder than a Louboutin sole, and we haven't felt our toes since October. Yep, it’s cold here in NYC. But, in Wisconsin, for example (where this editor's mother lives), it's even worse. (Meanwhile, his brother in L.A. thinks his 65-degree day is nippy.)
Winter weather may be complicated, but our read