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Aug 26, 2015 >> GIVEAWAY: Cathay Pacific wants you!

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Name two things about why you love living in Chicago. For us, we love the foodie scene. And we love an easy way to get out of dodge for trips and travels. Good news for those who agree: there is an upcoming event that salutes both. Luckyrice, the six year strong festival that celebrates Asian food culture, teams up with A+ airline Cathay Pacific for Chicago Feast, a one-night all-out Pan-Asian taste test from the city’s top culinary talents (think Mott St to Embeya). And we want you to win tickets to the event! On us!

How to enter*, you ask?




With a daily flight between Chicago and Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific airways has always been the gold standard for traveling east—really far east, that is. Never been? Well, you’re in luck. At Chicago Feast, Cathay is offering up a chance to win two premium economy class tickets to Hong Kong. Sunda treats aside, Chicago Feast just got a little more tasty. See invite details below for more information on Chicago Feast >> READ MORE >>

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Aug 25, 2015 >> Relax, Chicago, Soothe is here

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It might seem like a dream—an Uber-like app dedicated to on-demand massages? Well, believe it, relaxation lovers, it’s out there and waiting for you to use. Meet Soothe, the massage-on-demand service that is aimed to deliver a licensed therapist straight to your doorstep. And this delivery is even better than late night pizza.

Already in 11 other areas, Soothe launched early this summer in the Windy City, providing Chicagoland residents a more convenient way to Ooh and Aah. We put the app to the test—tough job, don’t you think?!—to vet their I-can’t-believe-it’s-true reputation. The result? A mid-workday massage that relaxed us to the core and let us go on with our day like nothing ever happened. Total win/win here. READ MORE >>

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Aug 24, 2015 >> Fall Beauty Lineup!

As we begin to lust after the must-have fall trends, we can really appreciate a revamped look that doesn’t break the bank, but keeps us looking like a million bucks. In steps Kristina Marie Feyerherm—a Chicago makeup artists and familiar face on G&F sets—to show us how to bring the standout beauty of the runway to recreate at home.

Let us revel in the last few weeks of balmy summer weather, but not neglect the inevitable: Fall is coming. As someone who works with hundreds of products and countless name brands, Kristina is giving us just the right tips to spruce up our makeup bags to include transitional items and hot beauty trends for a new season. Below is a rundown of how to revamp your routine from warm to cool weather as makeup trends and skincare concerns transform

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Kristina says: While a lightweight, SPF-laced hydrater is great on sunny days, the fall months are going to leave our complexions craving something more substantial and reparative. BELIF THE TRUE CREAM AQUA BOMB, $22 (C) is a perfect option for almost all skin types. The gel-like formula absorbs quickly while flooding the skin with plumping and cooling ingredients. It’s heavy on antioxidants to help fight the aging effects of sun exposure.

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Aug 24, 2015 >> We lather up with Soap Distillery [VIDEO]

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It seems only in a land of make-believe one could enjoy an endless indulgence of crafted cocktails without ever producing a hangover. But, Danielle Martin is bringing us one step closer to this fictitious circumstance. Danielle owns Soap Distillery, a Chicago-based Etsy shop devoted to handmade bath and body products inspired by cocktails. And we promise these suds, scrubs and bubbles will never leave you smelling like a hipster barback with an affinity for Bourbon, but instead indulging your body in the sensorial experience—think vanilla, vetiver and clove.

It all started with an attraction to high end spirits and serious fatigue within the soap aisle. Frustrated with the lack of natural options, Danielle put her boozy soap ideas to the test. And well, the rest is history. Squeaky clean history, that is. Soap Distillery was born in 2012 with the goal to provide sustainable and organic products that look great, feel great and smell like an intoxicated dream. Get a peek behind the soap making process with Danielle as we talk all things boozy without the hangover.


As for the ultimate scent for fall? “I’d say, a walnut Manhattan,” says Danielle. “A manhattan with walnut bitters, and both the Fig Bitters and Bourbon soaps! Gets me right in the mood for leaves changing.” And since Danielle is not only a soap expert, but also a savvy spirit drinker, we couldn’t help but pick her brain on where to grab a cocktail in the city. She cites The Whistler as source of inspiration. “They are doing some phenomenally creative and delicious cocktails over there,” she explains.  READ MORE >>

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Aug 20, 2015 >> BBQueen! #5Minutes With Leah Chavie


Smokey charcoal may be the secret to a killer brisket, or just the aroma to spiral us into summer nostalgia, but now we’re sneaking it into our skincare routine for a little R&R. With the summer-to-fall transition comes frustrating skin situations that can cause annoying breakouts and build ups. We talked to skincare guru Leah Chavie about her latest and greatest spa treatment for these warmer temps, infused with a summer essential: charcoal.

Leah Chavie’s Smokey Sulfur Treatment features a blackened mask infused with sulfur to absorb impurities your sun-kissed skin may be harboring. Not only experience a 30-minute relaxation sesh, but feel rejuvenated as Leah cleanses, tones and miraculously draws toxins out your pores for a smooth, polished complexion. Discover the many more benefits of charcoal below as Leah sounds off on her favorite products, and other expert tips to keep you skin so fresh this summer it needs #nofilter. READ MORE >>

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Jul 17, 2015 >> Make This! Dreamcatcher How-To

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Harking back to Native American cultures, Sin Clarity Clothing’s Sarah Sands is bringing the dreamcatcher back. Although we venture to think: has it ever really gone away? The iconic colors and styles are a mainstay for creative artisans and fashion designers alike—did you see KTZ’s fall winter collection?!—but perhaps the most powerful aspect is the story behind the craft. Native American fable has it that dreamcatchers fend off bad energy by snaring nightmares in the web.

“Customers always ask if they work,” says Sarah smiling. While she neither confirms nor denies the magical properties of her handmade dreamcatchers, one thing is guaranteed: they’re damn good looking. And they became part of Sarah’s business serendipitously. When a trade show booth of hers needed some sprucing up, guests kept asking to purchase her last-minute decor: dreamcatchers of all shapes and sizes.


Now she is weaving 10 to 15 a week as a fun, quirky sidekick to her gypsy-driven, indie line. G&F recently invited Sarah with all her bells and baubles to our Freehand Chicago lock-in to teach her webbing ways. The dreamcatchers, secondary as they may be to her main line, have a cult following all their own. READ MORE >>

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May 27, 2015 >> A Cape Cod Extra: Jobi Pottery [VIDEO]

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Souvenirs come in all shapes and sizes, but Jobi Pottery brings a delightful story to travel treasures. Founded in 1953 by Joe Colliano and Bill Hastings—get it? Jo-Bi?—Jobi Pottery keeps it local and handmade. Each piece is created on the premises, painted freehand and fired in their pottery barn. We took a studio tour and talked all things pottery with owner Susan Kurtzman.



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May 27, 2015 >> The 76 Main Course

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G&F headed East for our Summer Travel Issue to New England’s quintessential seaport town, Nantucket. We shacked up at 76 Main, one of many charming Mr & Mrs Smith properties dotted along the East Coast. Steps away from the historic downtown, 76 Main is a window into the very picturesque life on island. We relied on the hotel’s good sleeps and morning eats to get us prepared for the adventures around the island. Our jaws dropped—and mouths watered!—when we saw the Cafe’s breakfast bar spread. From Berry Chia Oats (E) to Rosemary Walnut Scones (D), the curated small plates take the grandma vibe out of traditional B&B breakfasts.  READ MORE >>

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May 27, 2015 >> Shuck Yes! Live Like a Local at Big Rock Oyster [VIDEO]

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Move over lobsta lovers, we’re getting to know the other seafood star of the Cape. As part of The Platinum Pebble’s Live Like a Local packages (read more here), we took an excursion to Big Rock Oyster. Just a hop down the road from the stylish boutique inn’s cozy digs in West Harwich is a whole other world of bivalve-loving industry. And why is innkeeper Mike Hogan so passionate about offering unique off-the-beaten-path? “I love to set guests up with a perfect day on Cape Cod and introduce them to what we love so much about the area,” says Mike. A trip to Big Rock is no exception. And we hear the package is finished off with an oyster and wine pairing tasting at local eatery The Oyster House.



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May 27, 2015 >> Sister Act! The Cape’s Artichoke is a hit [VIDEO]

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Sisters Kate and Lizzy Escher made their dreams come true when they opened their clothing studio, ARTichoke. There was no place they would rather be dishing out the goods than right on the Cape. The dynamic duo calls Cape Cod home having been raised in the area. “The Cape community is a very strong one,” says Kate, “They have your back and we are so lucky to be part of it.” They bring together the love of their surroundings and life experiences to create silkscreened designs on vintage-soft tees. And they sell like hotcakes from their charming Eastham boutique right off Route 6, the main artery of the Cape.



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May 18, 2015 >> Sneak a Peek! Nantucket + Cape Cod [VIDEO]

Summertime brings on three things: unfortunate tan lines, way too many white wine spritzers, and inspired road trips. Lucky for you, our next trip is all about the latter. We teamed up with Mr & Mrs Smith again—remember our last fun romp in Miami’s new buzzing Mid-Beach area?—to bring you a travel issue with a lot of East Coast style.

From learning all about oysters—and slurping down too many to even recall!—to the stylish haunts of the area’s best and brightest, we’re sharing a road map to all things cool on the fabled Nantucket and Cape Cod.

The Nantucket + Cape Cod travel issue launches Wednesday, May 27th. Follow our creative director on instagram for fun behind the scenes look at the making of the issue.

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May 15, 2015 >> Backstage of Chicago Shakes’ Sense and Sensibility [VIDEO]

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Hello, young lovers! The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is all about romance this month as they debut a world premiere musical based off of Jane Austen’s intimate love story Sense and Sensibility. And at the heart of the sweet story—don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you’ve only pretended to read the book—are veteran actresses Megan McGinnis and Sharon Rietkerk.

Megan’s portrayl of the hopeless romantic Marianne and Sharon’s more straight-laced Elinor give composer Paul Gordon’s stunning score life and lyricism—and chemistry to boot! Playing the opposites-attract Dashwood sisters as they navigate the throes of love (and passion!) in the show has been an easy transformation as the two actresses have shared the stage as siblings in the past. “It’s easy playing the sister to this one,” Sharon says of working with Megan, ”And the best part? There’s no drama!”



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May 12, 2015 >> #5MinutesWith with Maxine Hair Whisperer

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The Gold Coast’s hair haven? Maxine, of course. The outpost of cool since the mid-80’s, housed in that shimmering white brick building on coveted Rush Street, constantly pushes the envelope by providing the most trend-driven do’s that translate from runway to realway with an ease that only a seasoned pro knows how to achieve. And how is this done? At the in-the-know helm is creative director Amy Abramite. Her press hits read like a rolodex of today’s most sought after glossies: Allure, W, Glamour and Marie Claire, to name a few of the heavy hitters.

Amy’s newest weapon in the fight for good hair? A brand new line of L’Oreal Professionnel which launched at Maxine earlier this month (and it goes without saying that it’s the first and only Chicago salon to carry the coveted line). Test driven on the Fashion Week runways and Hollywood sets, Tecni.ART is a range of 16 products aimed at delivering the most wearable, malleable and immensely chic coifs around.


“I love Tecni.ART because it immediately builds full-bodied textured looks on freshly clean hair,” Amy says. “Whereas most of my clients have to work their hair a few days with multiple hair products to achieve their desired texture, Tecni.ART gives me perfect results on day one.” Amy waxes supreme about one of her favorite trends of the moments: the 1970’s style.

Dish it: who is your 70’s inspired hair muse?
Stevie Nicks is my absolute favorite 70’s icon with her feminine, gypsy-inspired, psychedelic style. Her multi-layered cut gave her massive movement and a softness around her face that looked casually effortless no matter which way her hair fell.  READ MORE >>

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Apr 20, 2015 >> Cara Hotz on Club Lago

We fell in love with Cara Hotz’ no-fuss philosophy on fashion. In short: it’s not what you wear that makes you who you are. And what a perfectly timed sentiment for our most recent Spring Fashion kick-off issue featuring a Marilyn Monroe-meets-Madonna inspired beauty strutting the latest trends in the most confident tone (you can see it here).

Cara’s style thinking also extends way past the body—her 360 view on personal style is all about everything that surrounds you. In her G&F Spotlight, she sounds off on Club Lago, River North’s frozen-in-time joint that has inspired her for years. We asked Cara to share a signature look for the Italian eatery >>

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Apr 20, 2015 >> Meet FashioNext [VIDEO]

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Watch out Tim Gunn, we might just have found your next Project Runway star. Chicago History Museum’s sixth annual fashion design contest brings ten teams of aspiring designers from Chicago area high schools together. The challenge? To create a garment inspired by Chicago Styled: Fashioning The Magnificent Mile. With the help of a mentor from the fashion community, each team has been working together over the past few months to debut their piece at the FashioNext Finale.



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Mar 30, 2015 >> #5MinutesWith Amanda Bonnell of Audrey Grant

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As owner of Belle Vie Bridal, Amanda Bonnell knows a thing or two about helping women fall in love. She’s helped women say yes to the dress and has been perfecting the luxury bridal experience for 10 years. Now, Amanda’s taking her expertise to launch Audrey Grant, a new line of couture wedding and special occasion gowns exclusive to her store.

Known for creating the longest and leanest silhouettes, her couture pieces for clients all have one thing in common: creating maximum height and length. Amanda credits her sixth grade growth spurt as the moment she became mindful of minimizing her stature. She explains, It’s all about making the smallest you. Amanda created Audrey Grant to be separates featuring 6 bodices and 6 skirts with a multitude of join line options. Her custom separates can create 99 options for dresses (i.e. something for everyone). Read on as we dish #5MinutesWith the bridal expert to learn about the art of proportions and the color that looks good on all.

How does your personal taste influence the collection?
My taste in fashion is iconic and doesn’t follow trends. There is no beading. No lace. It’s all about the line and the workmanship. I look to houses like J. Mendel and Amsale who create perfection in contouring, draping and seaming. That’s the design I emulate. The more simple the gown, the more precise? That’s beauty in design.  READ MORE >>

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Mar 4, 2015 >> Sneak Peek: Miami Beach Travel Getaway

We kicked our snow boots to the curb—seriously, sayonara!—to head south to Miami Beach for our annual Winter Weekend Getaway issue. The glittering jewel on the Atlantic Ocean, Miami welcomed us with open arms. For a week, we holed up at the Thompson Hotel Miami Beach—thanks to Mr & Mrs Smith’s Flee the Frost promo (check out details here).

From our chic perch at the cozy Mid-century designed boutique hotel, we welcomed a host of colorful Miami-based personalities that talked with us about their city’s style, fun-in-the-sun and inspiration. Here’s a little taste to tide you over—the full issue launches in all its sunny glory next Wednesday, March 11th.

Until then, follow our creative director on instagram for behind the scenes from our time in Miami.

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Feb 25, 2015 >> San Fran via Patrick Cullen of Presidio

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We put the spotlight on Patrick Cullen, the owner behind Bucktown’s newest cocktail bar Presidio. And since his neighborhood—yet oh so chic!—joint pays homage to his love of the San Francisco Bay area, we couldn’t help but pick his foodie brain on where to sip, snack and indulge on the West Coast.

With many family members tied to the hospitality industry in San Francisco, Patrick recalls visiting his family members’ restaurants in the Bay Area as some of the highlights of his youth. Taking Midwest-roots and West Coast appreciation, he gives us a kick-ass list of bars and restaurants that will come in handy next time we find ourselves strolling the rolling streets of San Fran. Follow along below for some serious pro-tips and guide to your tastiest West Coast trip.  READ MORE >>

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Feb 25, 2015 >> Recipe Swap! Cat De Orio’s Pasta Puttanesca

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Foodie expert Cat De Orio is at our house and sharing some of our tastiest—and easiest!—recipes. We love this simple pasta dish so much that it’s become a regular in our dinner rotation during the week. So what are you waiting for? Learn this super simple recipe that’s bound to impress whoever you’re wining and dining for the night. Meet Pasta Puttanesca.  READ MORE >>

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Feb 23, 2015 >> We DIY Pasties with Frenchie Kiss [VIDEO]

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Even though Valentine’s Day is over, we’re still celebrating Love Month on G&F! And what better way to spread the L-O-V-E than to invite a new friend over to our house and take our tops off. Literally. We’re learning all about the tantalizing art of burlesque pastie making in this fun and flirty DIY. Miss Frenchie Kiss aka The Temptress of Twirl takes us step-by-step on how to make the sassy and brassy accoutrement. This Burlesque Hall of Famer knows a thing or two about Oh La La’s, so she’s giving serious pointers on how to be a whirling showstopper. And according to Frechie, the only rule of burlesque pastie making is more sequins! You still might be thinking you read pastry, but drop the r—and your top!—for our most cheeky DIY video yet! Watch the video and follow the instructions below to tease and titillate like you’ve never done before.



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Feb 20, 2015 >> Snag the Look: #GFxTOPSHOP

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It may be in the single digit temperatures in Chicago, but that didn’t stop us from channeling Spring vibes for our annual #GFxTOPSHOP Valentine’s Day event. Before thirty of our favorite girl crushes flocked to Fig & Olive, we primped our models for a fashion presentation showcasing one of our favorite spring color trends for fashion: white, blush and nudes.


And on the face? Camped out in Dorothy & Delora make up studio, Goldplaited artists Kristin Andersson and Megan Holinger set to work to create a sultry and sweet look for Ford models Asia and Stasia. The result? A nod to the 1960’s focused on the eye, a glossy lip and clean, fresh skin. This change of pace couldn’t have come at a better time. “Our clients have been gravitating toward matte skin and deep red lips this winter,” says Goldplaited cofounder Mal Strong, “and we couldn’t be more excited for dewey skin and pastels!”  READ MORE >>

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Feb 4, 2015 >> PAJAMARAMA!

After debuting our Pajama Game editorial—check it here!—we couldn’t help but want to share more. After all, we know you love the behind the scenes shots of any G&F shoot. You’re welcome. Oh, and if you missed the fashion film—it’s for you, too. You’re welcome. Again.

See The Pajama Game editorial here

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Feb 4, 2015 >> Getting our Mac on with Bon Macaron

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There’s something so romantic about macarons. Maybe it’s the charming color scheme or maybe it’s every dreamy bite of meringue. One thing is certain, we’re falling head over heels for the newest West Town jaunt, Bon Macaron. We’re not the only ones enchanted by the little French pastry, Bon Macaron owner Catherine Cooper has been obsessed since she started making them in culinary school at Ecole Ferrandi Paris. She’s the real deal, folks.

Right in time for Valentine’s day, Catherine is telling us about the greatest result of adoration: imitation. “The history of the macaron is part of the charm for me,” says Catherine. “The beautiful colors and flavors, history and skill involved. It takes hard work, determination and practice.” Catherine opened her shop in 2013 and knew she wanted to recreate the European macaron stateside. Traditionally macarons are gluten free—made with almond meal and no flour. Due to demand, Catherine runs a strict gluten free kicthen, one of the only ones in the city.



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Feb 4, 2015 >> Kelley + Black want you to be Lucky in Love

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February’s main event is here: Valentine’s Day. And we love it like everyone else—so much so that we’re jumping for joy in our big VDay PJ shoot! Don’t be a newb and blow your gift on chocolates and stuffed animals. Going that extra thoughtful mile always makes a difference. Kelley + Black are making it easier than ever to give your Valentine something special and unique. Kelley + Black bring together artists and art enthusiasts, so what better day than Valentine’s Day to express your fondness through art.  READ MORE >>

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Jan 30, 2015 >> In the Tiki Room! Meet Lost Lake [VIDEO]

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In their first ten days of business, the new kitschy Logan Square tiki bar Lost Lake has plucked 8,022 pineapple leaves, cracked 200 coconuts, twisted 7,003 bendy straws and perfected 617 banana dolphins. If you’re judging by the numbers, it’s safe to say that Lost Lake has found a pretty crazy niche in the Chicago bar scene. But that’s par for the course for tiki master Paul McGee, who you may know from former River North tropical hotspot Three Dots and a Dash. The bearded barman has teamed up with Martin Cate of San Francisco’s Smuggler’s Cove fame to deliver an uber-tropical respite to cure your seasonal depression disorder. And then some.

Now the new beverage director of Longman & Eagle’s parent company Land and Sea Dept, McGee is committed to delivering the most authentic tiki experience possible. Decked out in—duh!—Hawaiian shirts, the waitstaff bounces behind the bar to a mix of island music and serves up a rum two punch of caribbean cocktails with modern twists. Paul’s favorite? “The Cocoanut Grove Cooler because It’s tropical, complex and slightly smoky,” he says. And for you tiki-fanatics/history buffs out there, the name is a bamboo nod to one of the pioneers of the South Seas-inspired bars that had a massive fire in the ’40’s. And that’s what we love: there’s a little history and a little mystery behind every well-dressed mai tai here.



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Jan 30, 2015 >> Star Crossed Spirits at Headquarters Beercade

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Headquarters Beercade knows a thing or two about creating the perfect pair—home of the delightful hybrid of an arcade + a  bar = beercade! And since it’s Valentine’s Day, we’re all imbibing with a little romance. We enlisted the help of head mixologist at HQ, Tim Williams, to shake us up a pair of cocktails suitable for modern day lovers. And what’s so special about these delectable drinks? Like any romantic chemistry, there are plenty of ways to mix a similar drink. So Tim took the same ingredients, changed the liquor base then created two like-minded cocktails that are perfect pairs of each other.


Inspired by Hearts Day, we’re showing you how to serve up a couples cocktails with two recipes that complement each other perfectly. Watch above to see how Tim shakes and stirs these star-crossed spirits into perfection. For his and hers. Or hers and hers. Or his and his. Or his and his and hers. And snag the recipes below to try at home.  READ MORE >>

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Jan 26, 2015 >> Bear-y Cute! #5MinutesWith Savera Iftikhar

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It feels so right to be knotty sometimes, so we’re talking with the woman behind the cutest crochets we ever did see. Savvy Stuff’s etsy shop features cuddly creations and unique jewelry, but we’re totally hooked on the adorable bearcowls—handmade and warm enough for even a Chicago winter! As a self-taught crocheter, Savera Iftikhar never learned to read or write crochet patterns. Instead of a hinderance, this lead to many imaginative ideas and creations, including the ewok-esque bearcowl.  READ MORE >>

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Jan 26, 2015 >> Snag These At Home Beauty Recipes

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We know winter can often be the evil villain in your quest for healthy beauty. Never fear! We’re throwing shade at those low temps with three at-home beauty treatments to renew your winter skin. The best part? You can whip up these remedies with items from your pantry. We enlisted the help of Sarah Baker, Chicago-based health and lifestyle consultant, founder of Chicago’s newest wellness retreat series, Be Healthful, and the force behind Sarah knows a thing—or five!—about keeping a glowing and healthy figure. Her wellness retreat, Be Healthful, brings together the top integrative health and wellness practitioners to connect women who share a passion for holistic health.

We cozied up at Sarah’s house to bring you the best healthy beauty advice we could find. The winter ain’t no thing, so say goodbye to the blotchy spray tan, dull skin and lackluster hair. We’re hooked on Sarah’s DIY at home spa treatments—and you will be, too!

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THE PROBLEM: Blotchy Spray Tan (caused by the need to be tan in negative temps)
THE SOLUTION: A silky smooth body scrub
HOW-TO: Mix all ingredients together and use generously to exfoliate your body.
SARAH SAYS: When getting an organic spray tan—or when you want to slough off dry, flaky, dead skin—you need to make sure you are gently exfoliating. I like using brown sugar as an exfoliating property in my remedies because it isn’t too abrasive on my skin but it gets the job done! I use this body scrub twice a week for optimal results. I don’t exfoliate too much though because that could leave you with irritated skin, which is no bueno.  READ MORE >>

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Jan 21, 2015 >> Dance Revolution! Meet Wendy Whelan [VIDEO]

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After gracing the stage of the New York City Ballet for 30 years, Wendy Whelan curtsied into retirement last October at age 46. Never a stranger to the stage and always eager for more, Wendy launched the Wendy Whelan New Works Initiative to commission and tour, you guessed it, new work. Her first project from the Initiative is “Restless Creature,” a traveling performance of duets by four male choreographers.

Whelan is set to perform Wednesday at the Harris Theater to a sold out house, so we had to meet up with the Prima Ballerina to learn about life after three decades at the New York City Ballet. We chat Harris Theater stageside before Wendy warms up on how she continues to embody beauty from the inside out and how that first step onto the Nutcracker stage when she was eight sealed the deal.



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Jan 20, 2015 >> #5MinutesWith Sebastien Lagree

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In honor of our Healthy Beauty Issue, G&F’s contributing fashion editor—and total health nut!—Helen Berkun gets #5MinutesWith fitness innovator Sebastien Lagree. We love the blonde bombshell’s philosophy of being the best you can be from the inside out. Sebastien often describes his empire of workouts, patented machines and studios as a lifestyle brand, not just a fitness brand. The Lagree Method extends well beyond a workout—helping restore the body’s natural balance to create a lithe and powerful body, resistant to the everyday stresses of work and life. Inspired by Pilates, Lagree invented “The Megaformer”, a system of resistance and counter resistance used to place muscles under constant tension and work them to failure point. The no impact program features targeted exercises performed at a slow and controlled pace with a combination of a core-burning workout that blends Pilates, cardio and strength training. Basically: it’s bad ass. Celebs are even hooked: Sofia Vergara bought “The Megaformer” for her house.

Read on to learn some expert secrets as Helen works out with the man himself! Lagree gives pointers on getting the best out of your workouts and gaining happiness through health, from the inside out. Oh, and who’s butt he’d love to have.  READ MORE >>

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Jan 12, 2015 >> Let’s Get Juiced: Four Favorite Juices

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Let’s face it: there are a lot of juice recipe combos out there. If you can find that prized recipe, your juicing street cred gets knocked up a few notches. You know the recipe we’re talking about. Just the right amount of kale. Not too much lemon. Maybe a handful of mint. But finding time to perfect your favorite juice is not very realistic.

Until then, we’re adding four more juices to tack on to your rotation that we tested out on our ‘Let’s Get Juiced’ Spring Beauty shoot. Trust us: these ones are delicious.


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Jan 12, 2015 >> We’re handing it to the Chicago Puppet Fest

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Say hello to Chicago’s newest cultural festival—Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. The 10-day fest will showcase a captivating and eclectic lineup of puppet styles from around the world including marionettes, shadow puppets and other innovative styles of contemporary puppetry. Our favorite venues around the city will converge to present the inaugural fest, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum and Chicago History Museum. Follow along as we channel our inner Jim Hensen and give all you puppet newbies our top show picks for the fest.

We couldn’t resist trying our hand at the great art of puppetry! We’re learning puppet manipulation 101 with the co-curators of the Nasty, Brutish, and Short puppet cabaret, a mini-fest within the fest featuring works that mash up classic stories into dark & twisty, humorous, tender and everything in between.



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Jan 12, 2015 >> #5MinutesWith: Juicing + Selfies

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We’re kicking off our first issue of 2015 with a mix of style—and a whole of juicing! To celebrate our ‘Let’s Get Juiced’ feature, we asked a five creative babes with a penchant for healthy living to dish their guilty juicing pleasures. The result? A tell-all of New Year’s Resolutions + the sweetest selfies to boot.

WHITNEY MIDDLETON, creative director eDrop-off
Favorite juice recipe?
The greener, the better! I immediately feel revived & healthier when I have one. I love the Green blend at Trader Joe’s because it’s got a whole pound of spinach in there! It tastes nice, too.

How do you start your day?
After not hitting snooze (a 2015 goal!), I get up and drink a pint glass of water with lemon before a very necessary cup of coffee. My TV is always tuned to WGN Morning News because laughter is my #1 mental-health workout.

New Year Resolutions?
To broaden my horizons and subsequently welcome whatever that brings into my life… and to stop hitting snooze.  READ MORE >>