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Shopping Experts Dish on 2012; Pearl Necklaces at The Boarding House; Rag & Bone Coming; More!

And now the latest from Curbed's shopping blog, Racked Chicago covering everything you need to know about style, fashion and retail from the sidewalks up...

Trends-2012-fashion-trends-2012-thumb.jpg[Reflecting on some of the best trends of 2012]

EVERYWHERE- It's the end of the year and time for reflection, so with this in mind, we turn to our friends in the industry. Join us, as Chicago's top shoppers weigh-in on the best and the worst from top to bottom of the Chicago shopping scene in 2012.

SOMEWHERE- When we spoke to the founders of Rag & Bone earlier this year, they led us to believe that Chicago was on their radar for opening a store. This week, we have this confirmation.

RIVER NORTH - Smiley miss Charley Chiodo is the hostess (with the mostess) at Alpana Singh's new venture, The Boarding House. Not only can Charley smile your pants off, she can also make pearl necklaces and gemstone tiaras!

EVERYWHERE- Christmas trees are glamourous. No doubt about it. And we've got a ton of 'em.