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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.

BIG ROCK OYSTERS TAKES US ON THE JOB >>

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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.

WE SILKSCREEN WITH ARTICHOKE >>

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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!”

SEE THE SISTERS GET PREPPED FOR SHOWTIME >>

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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.

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“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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Get The Look: A. GRAZIE NOTE CARDS by 9TH LETTER PRESS // B. CARLEY GLASSES at CRATE & BARREL // C. TRIM DETAIL BLOUSE by No. 21 // D. VINTAGE BROOCH // E. SKULL PAPERWEIGHT by CONOR // F. SUPER DUPER STRENGTH SUNGLASSES by KAREN WALKER // G. VERMILLIONAIRE NAIL LACQUER by ESSIE  

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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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FASHIONEXT HERE >>

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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.

TWINKLE + TWIRL! WATCH THIS PASTIE DIY >>

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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.

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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.
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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.

WE VISIT CATHERINE IN HER MAC LAB + WHIP UP A BATCH >>

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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.

WATCH PAUL MIX UP THE LOST LAKE COCKTAIL >>

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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.

WE MIX UP COUPLE’S COCKTAILS AT HQ BEERCADE >>

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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THIS PINT-SIZED G&F MODEL SPORTS THE SAVVYSTUFF BEAR COWL

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 BalancedBabe.com. 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.

WATCH AS WE STEP TO THE BARRE WITH ONE OF THE GREATEST BALLERINAS OF OUR TIME >>

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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.

WATCH AS WE TRY OUR HANDS AT PUPPET 101 >>

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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 >>

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Dec 23, 2014 >> G&F Holiday Flashback!

At G&F, we take the Holidays very seriously. Very seriously, indeed. And each year brings on new Holiday fun as well as taking a peek back at our past Holiday antics to kick ourselves in high Holiday spirit.

But why do we get to have all the fun? Follow along at the links below to check out our big Holiday shoots. From Gift Guides to Sing-a-Longs (and even a blushing Mr. Claus), we’ve got lots of spirited energy in the G&F Holiday archives. CLICK IMAGES BELOW TO SEE THE STORIES >>

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Dec 22, 2014 >> The Fig & Walnut Julep at Fig & Olive [VIDEO]

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The Holidays: Straight Ahead! But come unarmed to your family’s festivities, and you may have a long night ahead of you of botched carols and bad egg nog. Start the season off right with an inspired cocktail that will surely help all spirits be merry and bright—especially yours. And anytime we’re feeling uninspired, our favorite perch to perk up is in the Gold Coast. Fig & Olive, the glittering jewel of the Happy Hour set is decked out in Holiday cheer this time of year, and we belly up to the bar to learn the how-to on a classic cocktail from their menu that has a very festive slant.

Meet the Fig & Walnut Julep. Their part namesake cocktail mixes the soft, fruity tones of St. Germain, port and muddled black figs with the depth of Bourbon. Yes. It sounds as good as it tastes. And for those of you who can’t find the perfect fig this time of year—isn’t it Figgy pudding season somewhere?!—Fig & Olive recommends pomegranate seeds as an substitute. [Mixologist note: Up the simple syrup in the recipe slightly to balance out the pomegranate tartness].

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Dec 18, 2014 >> New Year’s at Nellcôte

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The Holiday Hustle is ON, people! While everyone is trimming the tree and wrapping gifts—need some help in that arena? We’ve got you, people!—we’re also thinking about that very special day that needs no introduction: New Year’s Eve.

This year, we’re saying Oh La La to the NYE. Nellcôte, the hotbed for a fancy night out in a well-appointed—and massive!—West Loop space, is hosting a New Year’s fete to fete all New Year’s fetes. Aptly titled “Party Under the Chandeliers,” Nellcôte’s chic and high-energy atmosphere will be transformed to up the ante for NYE fun. What do we love? We’re excited for DJ Lani Love’s curated beats (She tells us the night will start along the lines of The Knack “My Sharona” and into super fun throwback 90’s and 00’s like Mack Morrison’s “Return of the Mack.” #YesLaniLoveYes). Oh, and after a glass or two of bubbly, wood-fired pizzas from Executive Chef Jared Van Camp. Oh, and at midnight, champagne and macaroons will be passed—how very French of them! And here’s a tip: for a VIP ticket and up, you can also get access to RM Champagne Salon. Très chic!

Watch as Nellcôte bar director Mea Leach dolls out a French 75 >>

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Dec 10, 2014 >> Backstage at the Goodman’s A Christmas Carol [VIDEO]

Now in it’s 37th year, the Goodman Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol leaps colorfully off the stage and right into your heart. Cheesy as that sounds, we’re not afraid to say it. 37 years of Charles Dickens’ Scrooge finding a richer way to live filled with hope, love and charity might make some companies shudder. But for Chicago and the Goodman, it’s come to be known as the glittering benchmark of festivity for the holiday season, and this year is no different for the award winning theatre company.

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With 11 returning cast members—including Larry Yando who leads the cast for his 7th time as the cynically cathartic Ebenezer Scrooge—the production also welcomes some new Carolers to the mix. And one role in particular casts quite a sparkling impression on theatre goers. Meet Lisa Gaye Dixon playing the Ghost of Christmas Present.

Out of the four ghosts that visit Scrooge, none is more fun and frivolous than Christmas Present. Lisa lights up the stage with a sweetly contagious laugh, a brilliant scarlet red costume and multicolor glitter. Oh, the glitter. We mean a lot of glitter. At practically every line, a handful of glitter is thrust into the air—it’s her character’s exclamation point. The veteran Chicago actress is dotted with many theatrical milestones, but she puts all of herself into this role. Literally: “The laugh is actually my laugh,” she chuckles while filming our G&F Interview.

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Dec 9, 2014 >> What’s on set: Men’s Grooming Essentials

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above: Groomer Kristina Feyerherm preps G&F models on set

Earlier this month, we debuted our Men’s Fall + Holiday fashion story. East London meets West in this prep school display of layered textures and dressed-up duds all washed down with an undeniably cool demeanor. To prep for this shoot, groomer Kristina Feyerherm lined up her skin and hair care essentials to create an effortless and radiant look for our two models. The result? Barely there style with the perfect products to form just the right amount of regimen for your morning routine.

We chat with the accomplished hair and make up artist to snag what’s in her bag. Ladies, listen up, we see five easy Holiday presents for the gents in your life. They can thank us later. >>  READ MORE >>

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Dec 5, 2014 >> #5MinutesWith Rachel Zoe + Robin Moraetes of DreamDry

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Synonymous for all things style, Rachel Zoe has rolled into town setting up the latest incarnation of one of her fashionable businesses: DreamDry Salon. Chicago is the lucky home to the third DreamDry location—two are constantly booked solid in NYC—and the brand has cozied up on Armitage Avenue in a chicly appointed space. We mean: Did you expect anything less?

While in town, Rachel and business partner Robin Moraetes put the finishing details on the new beauty outpost. From crazy beautiful mirrors to swoon-worthy lighting fixtures—and the sweetest staff you’ll ever encounter—DreamDry is a glam girl’s haven for getting an efficient, well-priced service from a staff that is trained to know the trends. That’s the goal of DreamDry: super glam for a fraction of the cost. We like the way Robin and Rachel think.

The dynamic pair—whose mains could obviously not have looked any more chic—sat down with G&F’s creative director to talk the ultimate blowout, the perfect Holiday look and horrible hair memories they’d rather forget. >>

G&F: With two NYC salons, why Chicago next?

Robin: The women in Chicago are so style savvy. And we want to bring everyday glamor to the city and create better efficiencies for an affordable luxury every day.

Rachel: And DreamDry is for women who are on the go all the time and need to look good. And don’t have two hours to do it themselves. Me attempting to do my own hair takes me a year. The mantra of the business is having that $500 experience without spending that. People get addicted. And that’s not a bad problem for us to have.  READ MORE >>

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Dec 3, 2014 >> Holiday Glaze! We get an Update this season

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With the Holiday season upon us, there is no better time to outfit your home in brassy tinsels and glam golds. In fact, we encourage it! We trek to Oak Park to visit a boutique that knows a thing or two about decking the halls in Hollywood Regency metallics. Meet Update, the chic outpost for inspired interiors set along the charming main street of downtown Oak Park.

The home design haven is a sanctuary for glistening golds and shining silver and we visit the shop on a blustery day to try our hand at gilding a few easy items to up the holiday ante for our entertaining this year. The boutique’s resident Interior decorator Bret Burdick walks us through the paces to creating the perfect shine. Watch the G&F Extra video to get a taste of the gold rush.>>

While Bret showed us something more hands-on, there is plenty to grab and go at Update to add instant glimmer to your Holiday table. We ask Bret and the Update team to share some of their favorite go-to’s for the season:

A. CHEESE SHAVER + KNIFE SET, $75, BY MICHAEL WAINWRIGHT
Bret says: We all have at least one or two friends who are cheese aficionados! This set is a great way to brighten up their holiday cheese tray with gleaming platinum handles.  READ MORE >>