Viva the All-Inclusive! We packed our bags and hopped the proverbial wall to visit our friendly neighbors in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Staking claim at the uber-lush SANDOS CARACOL ECO RESORT, we unpacked our bags, throwing ourselves head-first into fun in the sun. Speaking for the jet-set, ‘grammin’ travelers out there, many people feel trapped at the all-inclusive resorts, but Sandos Caracol is a getaway into the local culture of Playa and beyond. READ MORE >>
Weâ€™re making a case for the all-inclusive resort this G&F Travel Issue. We headed south to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico where we shacked up at the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort for some serious fun in the sun. At Sandos Caracol, theyâ€™re all about putting their own spin on things. Cue the Burrito Loco. A redux of a traditional Mexican cocktail named Jarrito Loco, this sweet and tangy drink gets a fun makeover with the literal translation carved into fruit. Follow along with this wacky drink recipe and get a little cheesy with us at this all-inclusive gem.
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Did you know the direct translation of burrito in Spanish is little donkey? The Burrito Loco cocktail consists of tequila, mezcal, lime juice, orange juice, grapefruit soda and chamoy placed within a donkey head fruit sculpture. Wacky, weird and funâ€”yes! And thatâ€™s kind of what an all-inclusive is all about. Itâ€™s a reminder that sometimes just showing up with an open mind can be the best type of getaway. READ MORE >>
Itâ€™s the season of L-O-V-E! And here at G&F, we believe the best way to celebrate your sweetheartâ€”or sweethearts!â€”is with some scrumptious sweets. We enlisted the help of the Nicole Triebe, a.k.a the WINDY CITY DINNER FAIRY, to bake up some magic and transform a basic batch of cupcakes into a work of heart for Valentineâ€™s Day. Instead of over-the-top kitsch, Nicole teaches us a little bit of cake art with a beautiful hydrangea cupcake bouquet.
This Valentine-themed masterpiece is a perfect example of Nicoleâ€™s knack for edible art. From working as a paralegal to studying pÃ¢tisserie arts, Nicole realized that her true passion was in the creation of beautiful cakes. In 2010 she started Windy City Dinner Fairy, serving as a catering company prior to establishing herself as a cake artist in 2014. We guarantee youâ€™ll fall even more in love with her Instagram, full of colorful cakes and buttercream dreams! READ MORE >>
So you may be asking yourself: “What is G&F’s modus operandi for the new year?” Our answer: The same damn thing we’ve been doing for the last five yearsâ€”celebrating FUN. And in the process of searching for stylish jubilation, we meet the most interesting people along the way. From the far reaches of our G&F Travel features to Chicago heroes, who we cover share their diverse stories and distinct personalities with us creating G&F’s multicultural platform that aims to uplift and inspire. Oh, and make ’em laugh, too. We walk through THE ABC’S OF G&F for youâ€”classic Glossed & Found fun, from A to Z!
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How do you spell Glossed & Found? F-U-N. That’s how. We’re looking back on a whole year of good times, great people and undeniable G&F style to boot. Meet THE G&F BEST OF 2016 With a nod to Josephine Baker in our Spring fashion feature to the groovy beats of the British Invasion for Fall, our fashion sets this year were a playground for uber-creatives. Mix this with wacky and touching interviews from all across the city, and you’ve got yourself a formula for curing what ails you.
And G&F travel, too! From a trip to tropical Charleston, mystic New Mexico and the indestructible Detroit, we’ve scoured the U.S for the most authentic people to share through the G&F lens. 2016, we had one hell of a ride with you. But all good things must come to an end. Enjoy a look back at a round-up of our favorite moments of an epic year. And do not fretâ€”we’ve got another year of classic G&F style, fun and savoir-faire waiting for you in 2017.
Want more? Visit the G&F Lookbook for a look back at 2016’s features.
We’ve debuted our BEST OF 2016â€”you can watch all the fun here!â€”and while it’s been a great year, we’d be remiss to not re-share a few of our Best Of’s from year’s past. Because after all, unnecessary fun is our middle name.
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Itâ€™s the most wonderfulâ€”and scrumptious!â€”time of the year. And weâ€™re making it even sweeter with the help of JUSTICE OF THE PIES‘Â Maya-Camille Broussard, a woman who fulfills over 200 pie orders per holiday. That’s a lot of pie. We couldnâ€™t help but share Mayaâ€™s love of pies with all of you to help make the holidays a little more merry and bright. Follow along with this holiday pie special for a mistletoe-filled baking tutorial, along with a basic pie crust recipe and expert tips for any pie enthusiast.
Justice of the Pies specializes in sweet and savory pies, quiches and tarts. Maya established her niche bakery in honor of her late father, Stephenâ€”who dubbed himself the Pie Master and was a criminal defense attorney with a passion for baking anything made with a crust. Justice of the Pies was created to celebrate his love for pies and to honor his belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to reform their lives. Not only is Maya whipping up amazing pies, but sheâ€™s positively impacting the lives of those who work for Justice of the Pies.
Watch below as Maya walks us through a customer favorite, her Bleu Cheese Praline Pear Pie. This fruit-filled pie is topped with an oatmeal crumb, homemade praline sauce and bleu cheese crumbles in a savory crust. And to amp up the festive cheer, throw on Mayaâ€™s favorite This Christmas by Donny Hathaway for optimal baking results.
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Makeup extraordinaire ANDREA SAMUELSÂ is our go-to gal to have on the Glossed & found set. Straight from our holiday editorial, Andrea is helping us achieve an uber festive and chic beauty look with a two-toned eye tutorial. This gilded pop of color is the perfect accessory for all your holiday festivities to keep you looking merry and brightâ€”with plenty of time to snag a cocktail with friends before that holiday dinner. And of course, we couldnâ€™t resist asking Andrea about all the other seasonally-approved beauty trends to rock this winter. Follow along with this simple two-toned eye tutorialâ€”including a step-by-step guide with everything youâ€™ll need to complete this glossy look!â€”and other stylish tips straight from the beauty expert.
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Andrea’s trick for rich, bold color that will be more flexible for the lid? Transform a powder pigment into creamy texture using water or oil. And our favorite tip we snagged on set? For a more editorial look, add a layer of lipgloss over the finished eye to give it a poppy, wet look that will be sure to dazzle.
And the totally wearable beauty trends donâ€™t stop there. Andrea adds that gold is always a staple during the holidays and adding anything with a metallic finish on the eyes or lips are foolproof for the holiday party circuit. Also, a quick highlighter on the tops of cheekbones is the quickest beauty pick-me-up and always the key component of finishing your look with an instant lift. It may seem predictable to gravitate toward darker colors in the cooler months, but Andrea says do it!
â€œI really love that my clients have been looking to try out deep purples, mauves, plums and berry lipsticks this season,â€ says Andrea. â€œI feel like winter is the perfect time to experiment with darker tones on your eyes and lips.â€
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Before Santa and his reindeers, the magical imagery surrounding the holidays beckoned from the stage. THE NUTCRACKERÂ with is unforgettable Tchaikovsky score has and will always be a holiday mainstay. Countless ballet companies have reimagined the battle of gingerbread soldiers with sinister mice, the enchantment of the sugar plum fairies and elegance of pirouetting snowflakes. And this year, theÂ JOFFREY BALLETÂ will transport audiences to a magical moment in the cityâ€™s historyâ€”The Nutcracker set at Chicagoâ€™s 1893 Worldâ€™s Fair. It’s an enchantingâ€”and unprecedented!â€”undertaking headlined by acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.
The two-act ballet will feature six new dancers to the prestigious ballet company; Aaron Renteria, Riley Horton, Chloe Sherman, Lucia Connolly, Yumi Kanazawa, Olivia Tang-Mifsud and Alonso Tepetzi. Ranging in age from 19 to 25, many of these young dancers have dreamed of being part of The Nutcracker since the first time they put on their slippers. And their undeniable freedom and fervor on the stage makes this show so much more magical.
Joffreyâ€™s Artistic Director Ashley Wheater explains that choosing the right dancer for each role within The Nutcracker goes beyond bravura and flashy tricks, and thereâ€™s never a certain type. â€œJoffrey dancers have always been individuals, as diverse as the people of our country,â€ says Ashley. â€œThey must be technically accomplished, and they must find purpose in their dancing. Artistry is found in musicality and the way one gestures organically progresses into another.â€
Watch our behind-the-scenes video into the heart and soul of the new dancers of the JBC corps as they embark on the exciting world premiere of Chicago’s The Nutcracker.
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