In the adventurous spirit of our Fall Fashion Issue, we’re getting inspired by a gang of rollerskating babes that have the best puns in the city. You could say the WINDY CITY ROLLERS march—well, roll—to the beat of their own drum, but we’re going out on a limb to say this group of edgy ladies are skating to their own bad ass tune—and kicking butt and taking names! We went behind the scenes with Windy City Rollers to learn more about the hard-hitting sport of roller derby and get a one-on-one lesson with WCR all-star player Ashley Perrin who is better known by her rink-name: Killa Nois.
The Windy City Rollers have been Chicago’s premier women’s flat track roller derby league for over a decade. WCR features four home teams: the Double Crossers, The Fury, Hell’s Belles, and Manic Attackers. Besides their love for name puns—think names like Mary Poppin’ Caps and Suga Smaxxx—these roller women exude extraordinary confidence and a tenacious spirit that is oh so punk rock, and truly inspiring to all.
With summer in full swing and fall nipping closely at our heels, we’re gearing up for a change in our daily regimen. Namely: Happy Hour. After cutting our teeth on al fresco sips all summer long, we’ve found a few favorite things to carry over into the next season. Meet WANSAS TEQUILA. The award winning, hand-crafted tequila is a spirit lovers dream: smooth finish, distinct personality and beautifully designed bottles. Is there more that you could ask for? READ MORE >>
Break out of your boring workout routine and jump into something new this fall. We’re getting serious fitspo from a new fitness concept from Treads Gym called TRAINING REVOLUTION. The new studio takes personal training out of the box and makes it accessible to everyone offering three different 60-minute classes, focusing on high intensity group training without losing that personal touch. We’re pumping it up with Training Revolution’s founders Regina Gato and Trevor Rutkowski from this new Wicker Park outpost who are shaking things up and getting edgy with a new alternative way to work those bi’s and tri’s.
Fall even more in love with Charleston’s charming style. While we hit up the city’s shopping expert Andrea Serrano for some of her favorite shops in the Holy City, she obviously couldn’t fit all of them into one breath. We picked the retail maven’s brain for a few more of her hotspots including some of the movers and shakers in the Charleston design community who are punching out brilliant pieces to add to your accessories collection to wear right now and into Fall. The result? Some serious accessory envy that can transform any garments into a bonafide CHS look!
And bonus! She’s pulling a few of her favorite things that are shop-able on the web, too. So if Charleston is not in your immediate travel future, you can click through for that oh-so-southern charm feeling.
With a resume boasting notables such as Harpers Bazaar, Levi’s and L’oreal, Andrea Serrano has taken her styling expertise down south to Charleston. She continues to freelance as a stylist on fashion and commercial productions, and runs a style blog called Charleston Shop Curator, which focuses on local designers and boutiques within the Charleston area. As part of our Charleston Travel Feature, we picked Andrea’s brain on where to shop in the Holy City.
While we bunked up at Zero George, we talked with this Charleston fashionista as part of their Shopping Package amenity available to guests. Turns out this sartorial spirit is full of insider secrets on the best deals, cool buys and must-have souvenirs for any Charleston newbie. Get your cheat sheet below to the best shopping Charleston from their resident stylist, and the perfect jaunt for your post-shop appetite. READ MORE >>
We camped out in charming Charleston, South Carolina for our latest travel feature. As if Charleston wasn’t charming enough, we rented a couple complimentary bicycles at Zero George for some sight seeing at a different perspective. We went on a cruise with Photographer Kirk Chambers who gave us a scenic bike tour of Charleston, and showed us how to work the camera to capture all of Charleston’s right angles. You can actually book Kirk’s services through Zero George’s Photography Package, which gives you a choice between a 3 or 5-hour session to explore the city like a local—and give you Instagram feed some major street cred.
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We’re majorly crushing on Charleston. From the perfectly groomed gardens to the rich culturally history the city has endured, this Southern gem is dolling out charm and ingenuity like no other. Situated right about the sweet smelling Flowershop, PROUD MARY is a haven for the wanderlust. Owner Harper Poe stocks the shelves with vibrant textiles sourced from global artisans—combining a modern design aesthetic with traditional methods of production. READ MORE >>
In the spirit of all things southern, our favorite health foodie and green goddess JESSICA MURNANE taught us how to make an updated and plant-based version of Grasshopper Pie. This classically southern dessert was a hit among southern hostesses in the ‘50s and ‘60s, drawing its name from the bright green insect due its traditionally minty hue.
We’ve always thought of Jessica as a nutrition badass, dropping serious clean-eating knowledge on her website One Part Plant and insightful podcast. Her pragmatic approach to eating well for a happy body and happier mind is exactly why we love her. In search of some more Vitamin D, Jessica recently set up shop in sunny Charleston, South Carolina and can’t stop raving about the charming locale.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE GRASSHOPPER PIE >>
For superstar chef Johanna M. Cook, who lovingly goes by stage name Momma Cuisine, prepping delish meals in a jiff is her middle name. And it was born out of necessity. With a growing food empire which includes a popular digital cookbook, numerous national appearances and streaming content on ROKU, Momma can’t afford to be slow in the kitchen. Not to mention she’s got three charming children who are hooked on her high class but low maintenance meals, too! We invited the lovable foodie over—for a second time on G&F!—and put her to the ultimate test: can Momma whip up a simple, delicious and stylish meal in under 15 minutes? (The answer: Yes).
MAKE MOJO TACOS WITH MAMA >>