Make a statement, design a shirt ... or pick up the latest Blago version

Ever have an idea for a T-shirt, but didn't know what to do with it?

Several companies have sprung up to help you turn an idea into a fashion statement., for example, has a section that lets people create their own T-shirt in a matter of minutes. You just pick a product (T-shirt, hoodie, hat, etc.) and then add your design and text. Products are sent to production in less than 48 hours.

At the T-shirt Deli Co., designers can make put their ideas on clothing either online ( or at their two Chicago stores. They even have men's underwear that you can add designs to, as well as clothing for dogs and babies. Prices start at $16.

Other T-shirt news

Are your out-of-state friends giving you a hard time about our former governor, Rod Blagojevich? Then consider responding with this new T-shirt from Chicago-based Shirts and Giggles: "Our Governor Can Swindle Your Governor."

It's available in several styles, both for men and women, with prices starting at $18.99. See

Cosmetics show

Find out what's new at the makeup counter at the Nordstrom Spring Cosmetics Trend Show at the Nordstrom store in Oakbrook Center. The show starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Afterward there'll be one-on-one beauty consultations at all of the cosmetic counters where they'll provide makeup application lessons and discuss skin care and fragrance trends.

Tickets are $15 and are redeemable toward any purchases made at the event. Seats are limited, so RSVP to (630) 571-2121, ext. 1840.

Spring trends

Prices have been slashed on many of the new spring items in the Chicago Premium Outlet mall's 120 designer stores.

Bright colors, bejeweled tops, metallic accessories and layered ruffles are among the spring trends now available at the mall, 1650 Premium Outlets Blvd. (off I-88) in Aurora.

This Dooney & Bourke hot pink tote, which retails for $385, is now available for just $269 at the Chicago Premium Outlet mall in Aurora.
The latest T-shirt about Illinois' political corruption is available at
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