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Sep 3, 2014 >> Back-to-School with Jourdan Fairchild [VIDEO]

We’re getting schooled in DIY with master crafter Jourdan Fairchild. As part of our Art-focused September issues, we’re celebrating Jourdan’s new e-book Fly DIY with a boozy back to school special! Let’s put a disclaimer on that: the boozy part is for the parents and the back-to-school part is for the kiddos. Armed with a boatload of supplies, Jourdan cues up collegiate color combos for an easy DIY that transforms boring school supplies into marble-print perfection with nail polish.

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Watch the video below to see Jourdan take us through this crafty project with some dips, a little hips and a lot of sips. Find the detailed instructions below, along with a list of materials you’ll need to complete the project—pink bubbly not included.


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Aug 18, 2014 >> Now Boarding: #RunwayintheSky

It’s Monday morning. Just one last look in the mirror to adjust your lipstick. Grab your coffee. And you’re off. It’s just like every other Monday morning. But miles above, Southwest Airlines is having anything but a normal start to their week. And G&F was invited to come kick their case of the Mondaze, too, with a little in-flight entertainment that was right in our stylish wheelhouse.

Grab your boarding passes, fashion lovers!, it’s time for #RunwayintheSky to take off!

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A packed flight from LaGuardia waits on the runway to take flight for an hour and thirty six minute ride to Chicago’s Midway airport. Friendly flight attendants take orders—Bloody Mary, please!—and the gentlemen in front of us is lazily filling out the crosswords in Spirit magazine. 5 across: “Half A Dance?” Cha, we want to tell him. Little do the passengers know that this routine flight is about to get a serious dose of fashion. Aisle Style, if you will.  READ MORE >>

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Jul 28, 2014 >> Musical Theatre Trivia with Option Up! [VIDEO]

For director and choreographer Chris Pazdernik and music director Aaron Benham, up staging each other isn’t always a theatre faux pas. The two Chicago theatre pro’s—whose work includes shows with Chicago notables like the Bailiwick and Porchlight Musical Theatre—first started working together when they concepted a cabaret show at Wicker Park’s Davenport’s. A combination of extreme talent and a riotous sense of humor, the two are a match made in musical theatre heaven.


Now, with a few more theatre credits in the bag for them both, they are joining forces again for a second season of Option Up! It’s their monthly cabaret slash live talk show hybrid for musical theatre lovers. Yes, you read that correctly. With Aaron riffing on the piano while Chris goes through the comings and goings in the Chicago theatre scene, the bubbly pair welcome a diverse crew of theatre professionals to join their campy and sweet set. And like the classic saying goes: what happens on the Option Up! stage, stays on the Option Up! stage. The duo invite their guests to perform and talk shop—and from the energy they brought to our G&F shoot, we give them two thumbs up for this concept. With one season under their belt, they’re kicking off season two at Stage 773 on August 10th, performing the second Sunday of each month through November 9th.

In honor of #GFMusical month, we invite Chris and Aaron over to play a little Musical Theatre trivia—may the best Broadway baby win.


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Jul 24, 2014 >> Meet the King of Jazz: Gus Giordano

All this month—and thanks to our #GFMusical shoot!—we’ve been highlighting some of our favorite musical theatre moments in the city. We’d be remiss to explore the creative theatre culture in Chicago without tipping our bowler cap to the king of jazz dance, Gus Giordano.


His school of dance that he ran alongside his wife Peg celebrated their 60th anniversary last year, and the glistening mecca for talented professionals and young hopefuls alike sits like a beacon along buzzing Clark Street in Andersonville. Now run by their daughter, Amy Giordano, the studio is as alive as ever. Now if you know anything about dance, you’ll immediately recognize the Gus Giordano name. Touted for creating the handbook that created Jazz dance as we know it, Gus was a master dancer, choreographer and teacher who circled the globe to deliver one faithful message: Dance is life. Oh, and the tagline: “Long Live Jazz!” of which Amy stills signs all her e-mails and cards.  READ MORE >>

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Jul 18, 2014 >> We Brigadoon with Rachel Rockwell [VIDEO]

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Meet Rachel Rockwell. The Chicago-based director and choreographer recently took on a very tall order: the revival of Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon. And what a milestone it is! It’s the first splashy stage version of the Broadway classic  in over thirty years. What’s more? Handpicked by Liza Lerner, daughter of famed lyricist Jay Lerner, Rachel armed herself with a talented team of theatre professionals to remount one of the most unique stories in musical theatre history.  READ MORE >>

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Jul 11, 2014 >> #GFMusical Behind the Scenes [VIDEO]

Strap on those character shoes and tighten that dance belt! All this month, we’re bringing you our Musical Theatre favorites, anchored by #GFMusical “Steam Heat!” A celebration of all things Summer swim—styled in honor of the Great White Way.

With a star-studded team—including NY-based photographer Billy Rood, LA-based choreographer Kathryn Burns and America’s Next Top Model favorite Jaslene Gonzalez—G&F presents an explosion of lights, camera and a whole lot of action. We’re tipping our hats to the classic American musical and we had a helluva a fun time doing it.

Come take a peek behind the scenes with the G&F team from the model casting to the final glitzy shoot. We guarantee that you’ll be humming your favorite Broadway tune in no time at all.

See the #GFMusical “Steam Heat!” video here

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Jul 9, 2014 >> #5Minutes with #GFMusical Choreographer Kathryn Burns

You may have tapped your toes to our #GFMusical “Steam Heat” Summer Swim editorial—if not, you totally should here! And behind the smell of the grease paint and a few pas de bourrées, there was a hardworking team making it all happen for our Summer Culture issue. Meet Kathryn Burns, the choreographer who created the movement for “Steam Heat!”

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The LA-based choreographer and dancer has been making quite a name for herself in the biz, recently choreographing Pharrel’s acclaimed 24 hours of Happy music video. In all its brilliant joy and sweet indulgence, Kathryn’s unique and bubbly style is at full effect: she’s brave, she’s bold and she lets the dancers’ bodies dictate the movement structure. Such is the case with “Steam Heat!” where we cast Chicago-based models with a range of dance experience in the roles of our chorus girls. The rest is sweet dance history.

We catch up with Kathryn to talk inspiration, her musical theatre crush and the importance of mousercising at an early age. >>

Let’s get to the heart of it, how did you develop movement for #GFMusical?
I was, of course, inspired by Fosse’s choreography to “Steam Heat” but wanted to stay true to the rad original track  with a hip hop vibe mixed by DJ Matt Roan for G&F so I used the “Walk it Out Fosse” video as a reference. I liked how what I called the “Fosse Gangster Lean” from The Pajama Game in which the models lean back and bounce their hips with their arms alternating in front. I also wanted to create original movement that was Fosse-esque but beat driven and cool for the hip hop section. For example, the “Head Nod” was found by keeping it Fosse and isolating a single part of the body and combining the models’ power stance with hands on hips and keeping the beat with the head nod.

Favorite moments on the #GFMusical set? 
One of my favorite moments wasn’t on the set but during prep. G&F creative director Graham was showing me the props he was bringing to set and used the vintage mic to serenade me with his rendition of “What I did For Love”, complete with a spotlight and handsome piano accompanist.  READ MORE >>

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Jul 3, 2014 >> #GFMusical Facebook Cover Photos!

Theatre geeks—we know you’re out there. Because we have to admit it, we are too. We’re celebrating an entire issue of Musical Theatre fun—kicking off with our #GFMusical “Steam Heat” fashion feature + film—and we want you to celebrate along with us. Click on any of the Facebook cover photos below, drag to your desktop and upload!

Be sure to tag us on Facebook + tweet us @GlossedandFound with #GFMusical if you use one of the ones below. Enjoy, and LONG LIVE MUSICAL THEATRE! >>






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Jul 2, 2014 >> G&F’s Summer Culture Guide 2014

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Searching for something fun to do? A little off the beaten path? We’re dishing up a list of awesome events around the city that will hopefully get you up and out of your local neighborhood spot. We combed through some of Chicago’s best musicals, plays, concerts and art exhibits to bring you our favorites to celebrate summer in style. From Broadway classics to underground pop acts, this is a must-see list for those who are looking for a little something different this season. Get inspired and learn something new through the arts, but we must warn you–be careful with all this F-U-N.  READ MORE >>

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Jul 2, 2014 >> We go backstage with Rachel Tucker of The Last Ship [VIDEO]

It’s G&F’s Summer Culture Issue—and we’re going crazy for all things musical theatre. While we love the classics—our latest fashion editorial was a tribute to the jazz legend Bob Fosse!—we’ve got our eyes on the horizon as well. And pulling in at full steam is The Last Ship. With music by Sting, the brand new musical previewing in Chicago before its Broadway debut is a story of an English seafaring town on a quest to preserve their daily grind: the shipyard.


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Jun 30, 2014 >> Summer challenge: A Juice a Day!

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From an herb field guide to peachy keen recipes, we’ve served up some serious green goodies in our G&F Green Goddess Issue. Now we’re challenging you to get creative with your produce. On your mark, get set, juice! But wait… us first-timers may have some questions.

Between Whole Foods aisles and yoga classes, the term juicing gets tossed around a lot, but are you maximizing the benefits of your juice? We enlisted the help of JuiceRx Founder Dean Kasal (our token gent in the Green Goddess issue) to clear up some common misconceptions about juicing and serve up some delicious recipes.  READ MORE >>

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Jun 26, 2014 >> We go On The Ledge for Container Gardening [VIDEO]

It’s G&F’s Green Goddess issue! From al fresco food and herbing 101, we’ve met some fab females doing good in the name of all things outdoors. And here’s another one to add to the list: Joanne Green of On the Ledge Landscaping.

With a name like Joanne Green, it must be destiny to end up a gardener. But you need a lot more than a last name to make it in the biz. With a background in landscaping that has spanned the globe—Joanne’s had work visas in London, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Beijing!—she’s now focusing on chic city dwellers and adding a little pop of floral fun to small spaces in the city.

G&F co-host Candis Hickman catches up with Joanne outdoors to get some of the basics down. From picking out punchy flowers like the Patriot Bright Violet Geranium to learning some lingo, Candis and Joanne concoct an overflowing flower box that is delightful and will stay bright and cheery well into the Fall.  READ MORE >>

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Jun 23, 2014 >> Al Fresco Fun and Healthy Eats

The season for meals al fresco is in full force—case and point: we caught up with Momma Cuisine to talk through two simple recipes for summer patio fun in this week’s G&F Interview. While the warm weather gets people outside, sometimes spontaneous cocktail hours turn to over indulgence. Since we’re talking all things green this issue, it’s the perfect time to dish our favorite healthy menu items at restaurants around the city.


They may not be 100% guilt-free, but these nutritious bites supersede the boring bowl of romaine or excessive visits to your neighborhood sushi spot. Not only are these dishes delicious and healthy, we totally approve these hot spots for noshing in style (and hopefully a cool breeze, too!). From a seasonal snap pea salad to a vegan burrito, find a seat in a few of our favorite outdoor dining spots—and with ordering like this, you deserve one more round!

The Winchester
1001 N Winchester Avenue

The new patio in the back is the perfect size for a stress-free brunch—or our favorite? A fun place for a quick bite and jotting down your week’s to-do list.
G&F favorite: Nichols Farm raw snap peas, blackberry vinaigrette, quark, mint, lemon zest [PICTURED]  READ MORE >>

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Jun 16, 2014 >> G&F Casting: Summer Swim Dance Shoot

G&F CASTING_SUMMER SWIM, the on-line video magazine, is looking for fun, fresh talent for an upcoming shoot. This week, we’re shooting our Summer Swim story in Chicago and looking for models with dance training and dancers with model training to come out and step in front of the G&F lens for a chance to win a coveted spot in the fashion editorial. All details in the image above.

[ Check out G&F’s past fashion and beauty editorials here + learn more about G&F here ]

It’s a star-studded team behind this shoot: NY-based photographer and filmmaker BILLY ROOD; LA-based choreographer KATHRYN BURNS who recently choreographed Pharrell’s 24 hours of happy music video; G&F’s creative director D. GRAHAM KOSTIC is behind the concept; G&F fashion editor HELEN BERKUN will style; Chicago-based DJ MATT ROAN is mixing up a track especially for us.

Is it you we are looking for? If you’re confident, a size 2-4, 5’8″ or higher with dance training and great energy, then come out and show us what you got.

Have a question? Want more info? E-mail INFO@GLOSSEDANDFOUND.COM or tweet us @GLOSSEDANDFOUND. We’ll get right back to you.

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Jun 12, 2014 >> Get the G&F Look: Vacation-inspired Goodies

All this past month, we’ve been talking travel as we debuted our big #GFTravel + Fashion issue in Nashville (see the fashion story here and the city guide here). Yesterday, we launched our second installment of The Find, a shoppable e-market with vintage souvenirs. June is travel month for G&F. And if you don’t have plans to jet or drive off somewhere fun this summer, we apologize for all the #GFTravel talk. But to make things better, we scoured some of our favorite spots for some vacation-inspired goodies to help get you in the holiday spirit regardless of your staycation status.

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Inspiring photographer Gray Malin’s beachscapes will leave you immediately wanting to jump in the frame of his photos—or in this instance, a portable iPhone case. Dare we say that he’s the modern day Slim Aarons capturing the good life one striped umbrella at a time? Yes, we dare.  READ MORE >>

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May 19, 2014 >> #GFTravel Sneak Peek: Nashville Travel + Fashion Issue

Memorial Day is next weekend. And that can only mean one thing: SUMMER ROAD TRIP SEASON HAS BEGUN! Perhaps our favorite time of year—who can deny a good long weekend to recharge your long-ass-winter batteries?!—we pack up our car and head down south to Music City, USA: Nashville.

While there is plenty to do to fulfill your music needs, we explored a little deeper into the heart of the jewel of this Tenneseee town. And coming next week, we’re brining you our #GFTravel guide to a city that is stylish, laid-back and oozes southern charm for days.  From sippin’ Moonshine to naughty needlepoints, catch a peek at our wild ride in Nashville and check back into after Memorial Day for the full #GFTravel guide + fashion issue.

Until then, follow us on Instagram and check out the hashtag #GFTravel to follow our travels + see behind the scenes of our #GFTravel Sneak Peek party. 

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May 14, 2014 >> KO! We get a Boxing 101 lesson [VIDEO]

Meet Efrain Torres. He’s a boxer. And a good one at that. To celebrate the G&F Men’s Issue, we head to Reach: Beyond Fitness to get in the ring with this pro. From a jump rope warm-up—that we totally need to practice more—to the proper form for the jab 1-2, we work. it. out.

And even though we’re not getting in the ring for regular competitions (although we wouldn’t mind getting our hands on a killer embroidered silk robe), we’ve found a heart-pounding, fist-pumping work out that’s worth its weight in a one of those cool ass champion belts. Watch this G&F extra to wet your whistle on the art of the punch.

Reach: Beyond Fitness, 1709 W. Chicago Avenue. Visit for times + classes. 

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May 12, 2014 >> Sportsman’s Club mixes up The Dapper Dram for us [VIDEO]

We’re taking you behind the bar of Chicago’s newest craft cocktail tavern, Sportsman’s Club. Beverage Director Wade McElroy walks us through the ultimate summer concoction (and a G&F exclusive cocktail!) for our Men’s Issue. Nestled between Humboldt Park and Ukranian Village, this neighborhood spot has a revolving menu changing daily to satisfy all thirsty tastebuds. Stop in for a game of cordial checkers or post up at the back patio. From the mounted antlered taxidermy to the mallard-clad stemware, we’re cozying up to this new watering hole all summer long. Take a look at how to mix up The Dapper Dram, the perfect warm weather drink:


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May 7, 2014 >> Quick! Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Ditch the lotion sets and gifts cards this year and give mom something to celebrate life’s little pleasures. We rounded up bright and beautiful Mother’s Day gifts guaranteed to ward off seasonal effects from the very long winter and kick-start mom’s spring spirit. And because you’re really down to the wire with the gifting this year—Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11th!—all these items are available NOW in store. We’re rethinking traditional presents in fun and functional forms for a very inspired Mom’s day treat.

Read on to see our Mother’s Day picks with price points for every budget—we’re confident there is something for every mom on your list. Because after all, she really deserves the very best.

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Soap may not be the most exciting thing, but we love the faux gemstone packaging. The rose quartz grapefruit scent will surely be a hit.

Even the most loved mom needs a reminder ever now and again. Store odds and ends, cosmetics or even her favorite child’s mementos in this super duper cute pouch.  READ MORE >>

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Apr 22, 2014 >> You’re Invited! G&F Summer Travel Sneak Peek

All this week, we’re getting our road trip fix on with a jaunt to Nashville, TN. Don’t believe us? Follow us on Instagram and search #GFTravel to see our trip unfold. We’re shooting our honky tonk hearts out in the music capital of the U.S of A for our annual Summer Fashion + Travel Issue (out late May). But we can’t just have all this fun and not share it with you.

We’re teaming up with Cadillac on Thursday, May 8th to give you a sneak peek to the Summer Travel issue. And to top it off? We’ve got a host of our favorite Summer Travel essentials lined up to provide one-of-a-kind opportunities and tastings for our guests. From monogrammed Henry + Belle jeans to a first taste of the cold pressed juices from the brand new Owen + Alchemy, it’s our favorite luxuries to get us in the road trip spirit. Come snack, sip and shop while checking out the ultimate in cross town (and country!) ride: the Cadillac electric ELR. Check out the invite below and RSVP today:

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Apr 21, 2014 >> Joanna Vargas shares Spring Skin Conditioning! [VIDEO]

For Joanna Vargas, being up close and personal to the stars comes with her job. As industry-touted “Skin Care Guru,” the University of Chicago grad has created quite a sweet niche in the beauty world, offering top-of-the-line facials to show off clean, clear and glowing skin. From celebs like Julianne Moore—who we have a huge skin crush on!—Joanna is the go-to esthetician for those in the know.

We sent G&F’s Candis Hickman to check out the budding beauty and her line of work at Bloomingdale’s Michigan Avenue. From Joanna’s personal mantra of creating positive beauty ideals for women to avoiding the “cookie cutter beauty decisions,” Candis gets her beauty fix on with the Joanna.

Find more on Want more beauty? Visit Bloomingdale’s Michigan Avenue, 900 N. Michigan Avenue.

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Apr 19, 2014 >> Eco-Chic! Bike Friendly Outfits

Is your love for sartorial expression cramping your biking habits or vice versa? It’s the constant battle for any style-loving biker: It seems like such a chore to plan a ride to the office or cocktail hour with friends—especially if you want to look cute and polished. If you have panic attacks of tousled hair, sweaty everything and wardrobe malfunctions, we’re here to help with three bike-friendly looks. All sans leggings!

And these looks are all safety & modesty-approved! Even though we see it quite a bit, riding your bicycle in a skirt or dress just isn’t pragmatic or classy. And to make sure you reach point B in one stylish piece, we’re going to go ahead and endorse closed-toed shoes for your journey. We’ve created three looks to take you on your bike and beyond. Mother Earth is totally going to crush on your outfit, too.

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The majority of the daily schlep is to and from the office, right? We love a great faux leather backpack to hold everything and to hold your jacket while in transit, because remember, hot outside and cold AC blasting inside. H&M created the “tregging.” It’s one part trouser, one part legging and a whole lot of mobility. Layer a light, airy tunic over them and you’re ready for business.


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Apr 14, 2014 >> Spring DIY with Tres Awesome [VIDEO]

Spring is finally springing and we got a head start with a gal who knows a thing or two about keeping up the cuteness. And now, she’s got brand spankin’ new stuff on her site!

Emma Arnold, the genius behind Street Style blog favorite is expanding her horizons this year, sharing fun new features and crafty how-to’s on her well-known and beautifully shot site. We were so enamored by her first DIY (ahem…glitzy and glammed up gold honey pot vases) and totally did the bunny hop for her Homemade Peeps Cocktails that we wanted to get in on the action, too! With festival season happening NOW, Emma walks us through an updated spring classic: the floral crown. Emma’s addition? A denim twist.

Watch the easy (and fun!) step-by-step here:

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Apr 10, 2014 >> Meet Project Onward Artist Lucy Woodhouse [VIDEO]

We can’t quite keep quiet about our new partnership with Chicago-based art studio Project Onward. We’ve introduced you to 12 of their artists but we have plenty of footage from shooting with them. So meet Lucy Woodhouse. Lucy talks inspiration for her current piece and the one thing you’ll never see her draw.

Like what you see? Visit for more information.
And see profiles of 12 inspiring artists from the program here.

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Apr 10, 2014 >> Chicago Bike-apades! Three paths for lots of fun.

Chicago, we have hit 60 degrees. Can we get an Amen?! With warm weather, we only have one thing to say: Pump up those tires and get ready to cruise. We put together a guide of three paths that will take you to some real treasures around the city. We’re lucky to live in a city conducive to biking: no hills (take that San Fran!), the brand new protected bike lanes, and we got to congratulate our city’s cycling counterpart, Divvy, for a great first year. Read on for some weekend inspiration and impress your friends with an adventurous bike-apade to a new ‘hood.

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Got a flat—no problem!—we noted a trusty bike shop on each path. And Don’t forget to protect that beautiful brain and wear a helmet!

The gangster history and hand dialogue isn’t the only thing we love about Little Italy. Taylor street is a sweet little cruise through a Chicago cultural pocket. The Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is only five bucks and is a more intimate museum experience compared to the biggies on Museum Campus. READ MORE >>

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Apr 8, 2014 >> Instagram Diary: Bar Crawl, Bar Brawl!

Slowly but surely it’s getting warmer. Our cabin fever has us lusting for meals al fresco and casual afternoon drinks. We’re ditching our shivering, hunched march through the city for a strolling afternoon of drinks. Here at G&F we took it upon ourselves to taste test and give you the low down on the best spots to sip back and relax. You know, just so you’re prepared for when the weather strikes gold.

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G&F Creative Director Graham Kostic and Editorial Assistant,Alaina Africano go head-to-head for a bar crawl, bar brawl (say that five times fast!) featuring a cocktail showdown at four Chicago hotspots. Watch the beautiful sunset while perched up at NoMi. Get intimate and comfy at the newest Rockit Ranch spot, Bottlefork. La Sirena remains a West Loop staple with delectable eats and marvelous mixology. And we hate to play favorites, but we’re big fans of the new kids on block at Sportsman’s Club with all their taxidermy and charm. Find what cocktails we ordered at each below—along with very novice tasting notes.


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Alaina orders the Maime Taylor (above right)
Laphroaig 10yr single malt peated whisky, lime, ginger syrup, ginger beer

Tasting Notes: Lime is key! Smoky, like a BBQ in my mouth. Great for Whiskey lovers.

Graham orders the Americano Due (above left)
Hayman’s old tom gin, cocchi barolo chinato, carpano antica, club soda, orange bitters

Tasting Notes: Super smooth. Be careful because it tastes so good, after one you would be on the floor!


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While we’re focusing on Project Onward all week long to kick off our partnership this year, we celebrate all art forms on G&F. And hence—drumroll, please!—we have our first ever Best of Etsy blog post!

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What once was a handmade haven enjoyable for casual perusing has turned into quite an overwhelming experience at times. Instead of letting you scour pages of Etsy for unique finds we narrowed down our favorites—and the great news—they’re all Chicago-based! We love discovering new shopping digs around the city and supporting the talents of fellow Chicagoans. From quirky ceramics to dino decor, we found shops home to amazing gifts for any occasion, and with wedding season, mother’s day and more around the corner, this could be the answer to avoiding a run-of-the-mill gift! And when we say for any occasion, it could also mean a happy Friday gift for yourself. *wink wink

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The colors and graphics of these vibrant porcelain pieces will get you excited about these everyday, functional pieces. Our favorites are the pop art tumblers (how on-trend!)

One-of-a-kind cuffs and rings embellished with druzies. These pieces add the perfect panache, especially to accompany your new spring garb.  READ MORE >>

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All this week, we’re kicking off our brand new friendship with Project Onward—the Chicago-based artist studio that is dedicated to providing studio and career services to artists with mental and developmental disabilities. While we featured 12 artists in this week’s G&F Spotlight—see it here!—there are a handful of others creating and producing awesome work in the Bridgeport Art Center studio space that houses the non-profit organization.

We combed through the footage and wanted to share a few more detailed stories on film. Meet John Behnke. His art is meticulous, detailed and full of wonder—John takes his through his start and the detail-oriented work.

Like what you see? Visit for more information.

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Mar 31, 2014 >> Wedding Registry 101

One of the many perks of getting married is going into stores to scan away at any and every item you may—or may not!—need. Wedding registry strategy often gets thrown out the window as you imagine enough gifts for 300 plus potential guests to purchase and often times, the whole act of registering is so overwhelming that you end up scanning a bunch of, well, crap. At the time, it seems like a sure bet that you and your newly betrothed will get into pickling and canning after the wedding hustle settles down. To combat wedding registry angst, we asked the Kitchen Whisperer and Founder of, Julie Gordon, for her expert tips on building the most pragmatic and stylish wedding registry.

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Inspiring Kitchen is a consulting service that helps newly engaged couple assess their needs and build a registry that will truly serve them for many, many years. Maybe you’re already an avid cook with great pieces, but need to fill in the gaps? Or maybe you have doubles of college-quality appliances and cookware? InspiringKitchen is here to help! We love Julie’s practicality, like forfeiting the bread machine on you’re registry, because going to the bakery on the corner for a baguette is more fun and quite frankly, more convenient. Or if you really are the couple who have everything, opting for people to donate to your favorite charity or cause. So step away from the scanner and read on to see if you’re registry has a balance of wants and needs.

“If you currently live in 500-square-feet and can’t imagine what you will do with a 20-pound turkey roasting pan, you need to consider your life down the road. Square footage of your home also plays a part in how couples determine the number of place settings for dinnerware and flatware that they register for. You may want to consider the size of your families to determine the number of settings you may need. I recommend between 8-12 place settings of your everyday dishes as a guide but if asked directly, would say 12 place settings.” READ MORE >>

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Mar 31, 2014 >> Beauty to the Rescue! Building your Wedding Day Beauty Kit

Even the most prepared bride can encounter mishaps! To avoid maladies, plan ahead and build the quintessential bridal beauty kit that will be your BFF for your Big Day. And, here’s a thought: it makes for a very cute idea as day-of gifts for your bridesmaids, too! We tapped Beauty on Call artist, Konstantine Mironychev to give us the best products to keep a flawless and fresh face, from walking down the aisle to leaving the reception to post-wedding brunch. Konstantine has 17 years of industry experience and so we trust completely his emergency bag manifest.


Konstantine recommends the following regimen and products before makeup application. Cleanse the skin first with Bioderma Sensibo H2O Solution, which is super gentle and smoothes the skin. Then to brighten and tighten the skin, use SK-II Facial Treatment Mask followed by Clarins Beauty Flash Balm for instant hydration.

So what’s in the bag, Konstantine? He dishes the contents here:  READ MORE >>

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Mar 31, 2014 >> Eau, That Smell! We talk scents with 12.29 Twins [VIDEO]

Scented runway shows. Signature hotel fragrances. Scented media. It’s all high-touch buzz words and a brand new ball game  in the world of Samantha and Dawn Goldworm, the beautiful geniuses behind 12.29 Olfactive Branding.

Recently, the twins helped celebrate their new project with the Thompson Chicago—check out the post coverage fun in our G&F Found! section—and we scored a few a minutes to talk about fashion’s brave new world: scenting.

And with a little peek at the clients page on their website, it’s safe to say that the fashion industry likes what they do. We hate to drop names, but Prabal Gurung, Tocca, Lady Gaga, Jason Wu and Rodarte are a few of the (extreme) heavy hitters who have all lined up to work with 12.29. READ MORE >>

Glossed and Found

Mar 28, 2014 >> Get The Look: Bride Style!

It’s your big day! In the spirit of all things Glossed & Gowned we have three trendy mood boards to get you dreaming about ‘I do.’ (And if walking down the aisle is completely off your radar, we know you’ve toyed with the idea of what kind of bride you would be ever since officiating Barbie and Ken way back when). We turned to some well-known brides that we adore as inspiration for bridal trends by their unique personalities. So say hello to Princess Grace, Bianca Jagger and Pamela Love—each glowing in their own bridal skin. We updated our aisle style favorites with contemporary pieces that are current, chic and perfect for a swoon-worthy ceremony.

And for those looking to accentuate their inner flower child, we adore Pamela Love’s boho vibes with bead, crochet and gold elements.

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WEDDING DRESS: Hera Beaded Gown, $1500, by Mara Hoffman
REHEARSAL OUTFIT: Crochet Crossover Dress, $119, at Zara  READ MORE >>

Glossed and Found

Mar 25, 2014 >> #5MinutesWith Wedding Designer Francesca Miranda

Twenty years ago Francesca Miranda launched her first clothing line, a men’s label for Colombian department stores. Now on her first trip to Chicago, she’s hosting an exclusive runway show at one of the biggest bridal events in the Midwest: Brides, Bubbles & Bliss. Mixing her Italian and Spanish heritage with the local flavor of now home South America, Francesca brings her unique perspective to constructing gowns that encompass the best of all these cultures. She often credits her love of design to her Grandmother, who was a ballet dancer in New York City.

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Francesca’s craftsmanship emphasizes the fine details and brings that into every design. Her most recent collection is all about a dramatic back. The lace and tulle detailing she incorporates into the back of the gowns induce some serious jaw drops!  READ MORE >>