What's hot for spring? 'Burb bashing T-shirts

No one will appreciate the spring weather more than we Midwesterners will.

And what's hot for spring this year is in sharp contrast to the gloomy weather and economy.

Fashion experts say color is in this spring, especially blue. So are floral patterns, strapless or one-sleeved dresses, ruffles and vests. For your feet, watch for strappy sandals and wedges again this year.

Chicago. Bring a Coat.

The company that launched six years ago with a suburban bashing T-shirt, "773 Forever, I'll Never Move to Naperville," has since gone on to become a successful national company. The shirts even have celebrity fans, including a few "American Idol" contestants (they designed one for Naperville native Gina Glocksen that said "Naperville Rocks").

While their shirts of geographic pride now target area codes all over the country, they've created a separate Web site for all of their Chicago offerings, The shirts include a remake of their classic "I'll Never Move to Naperville" T-shirt, as well as several Cubs and Sox shirts and the new "Chicago. Bring a Coat" T-shirt.

The shirts, which come in men's, women's or unisex, are $15.99 at, or

Just Say Om

Palatine's Mary Beth Janssen, a highly regarded health and beauty expert, will lead a series of stress management seminars this month at suburban Asha SalonSpas.

The seminars are geared to help your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Tickets are $50. The next one is Wednesday, March 4, at the salon at the Shops on Butterfield in the Yorktown Shopping Center in Lombard. Call (630) 953-1400 for details.

The Victor by Victor Alfaro sandal in purple, $98 at Carson Pirie Scott
The newest T-shirt from is appropriate for this time of year.
The blue ruffle dress by Chicago designer Lara Miller is available at Macy's.
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