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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 >>

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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 >>

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Mar 24, 2014 >> Talking Aisle Style with Veronica Sheaffer [VIDEO]

They say it’s all in the details, and no one knows that better than local wedding dress designer Veronica Scheaffer. The bespoke line speaks to dressmaking of days gone by: excellent craftsmanship, thoughtful and surprising details and unsurpassed quality—all good things when it comes to your wedding gown.

We catch up with the boho beauty in her Chicago studio to talk aisle style, her love of the veil and much more bridal goodies in this G&F Extra video.

Find more on Veronica and her dresses at

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Mar 19, 2014 >> You’re Invited! Macy’s Spring Fashion Event


We have just the thing to get your spring sartorial spirit excited and inspired. During Macy’s annual flower show, we’re hosting a Secret Garden Spring Fashion Event on Thursday, March 27th at 5:30pm.

Join us in the Impulse department on the 3rd floor to learn about the season’s top trends from our charming Creative Director, D. Graham Kostic. The party doesn’t stop there! We’ll be fully equipped with sumptuous sips and darling sweets along with tunes du jour spun by DJ Matt Roan. Stay awhile to create your own one-of-a-kind pieces at DIY craft stations and get candid at the floral photobooth by Bukiety. Of course we have to leave some details to surprise.  READ MORE >>

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Mar 13, 2014 >> Get The Look: Beauty Trends Inspired by our Favorite Divas

The temps are slowly rising—we say this with as much optimism as possible!—and we’re exploring things to do in the city. We included one of our favorite activities in our March Musings + Perusings guide—record hunting—and while hunting from some vinyl treasures, we found some great album covers to get inspired for some groovy spring beauty looks.

We asked beauty maven Andrea Samuels to give us a modern take on these vintage gems.  Andrea breaks down the look for each diva and gives us the tools we need to channel our inner prima donna. The result? Three ways to to change up your beauty routine and have fun while doing it! She shares tips for our favorite trends below:

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Pop culture in the 80′s was very huge for neon makeup, fresh music and showing off your individuality by any means necessary. The Queen of Music, Madonna, was the leader of the pack for setting trends. This season pastels and bright blues are making a comeback.

With bright blue on the eyes of new “It Girl” Lupita N’yongo and pastel blues and greens on the runway of Dior at Paris Fashion Week, one thing is certain: Blue is trending! I recommend pastel shades for ivory to beige skin tones. Women of color can alternate this trend using bright, neon shades of blues like Lime Crime eyeliner in “Lazuli” and “Blue Milk.”

Go bold by pairing your bright eyes with a bright lip or tone it down with a nude lip.

1. Eyeliner in Lazuli $14 at Lime Crime // 2. Eyeliner in Blue Milk $14 at Lime Crime // 3. 5 Couleurs Palette in #254 Bleu De Paris $65 by Dior at Sephora


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Just coming from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I saw first hand natural eyebrows are making a come back. Designers like Rebecca Minkoff and Versace were showing the arches some love this season and paying homage to the original Brow Diva: Liza Minnelli. To mimic this nostalgic style, try out Smashbox this spring.

For thin brows, I highly recommend using the chunky “Tech To Go” brow filling pencil to pump it up a notch. For the individual with naturally gorgeous eyebrows, try out Smashbox “Brow Tech Trio” to enhance and highlight your best feature.

Once your brows are complete, you can keep your makeup minimal or go with a bold lip so your brows are front and center.

1. Brow Tech Trio in Brunette  $25 by Smashbox // 2. Tech To Go in Brunette $27 by Smashbox


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“I’m Coming Out!” and letting you know exactly what you need this season: glossy, sassy lips like The Boss, Diana Ross.

Designers like J.Crew and Alice and Olivia followed suit by presenting refreshing, cherry red lips down the runway. Here are my top three lip product choices that compliment all skin tones: NARS lip gloss in “Babe” is a sheer orange-red gloss for the shy girl that wants a little va-va-voom for her kisses. Tom Ford lipstick in “Narcotic Rouge” for the girl looking for intense color, but not too much gloss. Givenchy Gloss Interdit in “#12 Rouge Passion” for the bold woman who wants her lips to look like red glass jet-setting from work to dinner.

Whatever you choose, make sure your lips stand out by keeping your eyes clean with mascara or a just a thin, line of eyeliner will do.

1. Lip Gloss in Babe $25 at NARS // 2. Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color in #12 Rouge Passion $30 by Givenchy

Want more of Andrea Samuels? See more of her work at And follow her on twitter @AndreaCSamuels for up-to-date beauty trends, musings and more. 

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Mar 12, 2014 >> You’re Invited! Brides, Bubbles + Bliss The Soiree

We’re in the middle of shooting our annual Glossed & Gowned issue—it’s full of frills and fun and enchanting ideas to add a little extra flair to your big day.

And while you anxiously await the launch—because we know how you brides-to-be can be—we’ve got a little something else to share with you. Just around the corner is one of the most stylish fêtes to charge your creative juices and inspire even the most buttoned-up bride.


The Brides, Bubbles and Bliss Bridal Soiree is back—and better than ever! Taking place in the Union Station Great Hall on Wednesday, March 26th, this event is an all-out wedding fest featuring top wedding vendors sharing their finds with guests. And grooms, be warned, you will have as much fun as the ladies.  READ MORE >>

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Feb 27, 2014 >> G&F Style: One Sweater, Four Destinations

That’s it. We’ve had enough. We’re getting up and getting out this issue. Knowing what to pack for a winter getaway is essential—overpacking and underpacking can definitely put a damper on travels. And let’s face it, we all want to look cute and put together in our new locale. We loved the girly-hue of this basic Zara knit (and pastels are totally on trend!) that can easily be transformed by accessories into a perfect look to channel four winter destinations. Staying put this season? The four looks below are just the thing to emanate vacation bliss even if you’re hanging local.

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Stay sophisticated in the wild Rocky Mountains of Colorado with a classic pair of aviators and statement jewels. Think about channeling Aspen’s dazzling mix of culture and natural beauty. Extra points for après-ski lipstick touch-up!  READ MORE >>

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Feb 24, 2014 >> G&F Jet Set Guide: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In this week’s issue, we’re talking all things getaway. Although you may not have the opportunity this season to get a great tan on a sandy beach, sometimes it’s just about new experiences that make the winter weather that much more bearable. Our recent fix? We hop on the train and head to Milwaukee for the weekend. The city is a perfect mix of culture and fun—two of our favorite things at G&F.

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Arriving in the main Amtrak terminal, we head immediately to the Iron Horse Hotel which is hands-down the most recommended property in the city. We immediately see why. The rustic chic hotel lobby is a flurry of activity, but it’s the sizeable and comfy rooms that really had our heart. With only a day and a half, we run through the city to find our favorite spots. Twice we go back to Caroline’s Jazz Club, a classic jazz joint that looks like it could be the set of Murphy Brown. And of course, a trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum (pictured above) is an inspiring afternoon.  READ MORE >>

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Feb 20, 2014 >> Pampering Staycation: Splurge & Steal!

We’re taking a leave of absence this issue. Maybe a winter getaway at the Grand Geneva or a sartorial sabbatical with Topshop isn’t your cup of tea? But the little time you do have to spare can be spent on some serious relaxation and mental repose—right in your own city! Sometimes an hour (or three) of pampering and self-serving beauty treatments is just the type of quickie we need to get turbocharged to make you feel like you’ve just taken a very energizing trip.

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We’ve got splurge and steal options for you to enjoy the best of the best in the city. Swap your cable knit for an eye mask, sit back and relax—it’s time to do a little spacation staycation.

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Purva Karma Four Hand Massage
WHERE // Spa at The Peninsula, 108 E. Superior Street, 312.573.6860
WHY WE LOVE // Four hands are better than two! Based on the traditional Purva Karma massage of synchronized motion, this deeply relaxing massage is the ultimate luxury. It detoxes the body with ayurvedic oils and calms the mind. Finish with an overall body scrub and relax.
MORE INFO // 2 hours | $450 Monday through Thursday and $465 Friday through Sunday.  READ MORE >>

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G&F’s editorial assistant Alaina Africano is quite the stylish one—but she’s no match for the Topshop Personal Shopping team. Because even the best of us need a hand now and again. After a renedez-vous at G&F’s Valentine’s Day dinner with the Brit label, we sent Alaina in to experience #TopShopPS first hand. The result? Two stylish thumbs up! Her story is below:

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I ditched the Chiberian commute and headed to Topshop Personal Shopping for some sartorial consolation. Personal Shopping Manager Jennifer Leith and Stylist Ryan Dawson dished on Spring trends and tips on how they navigate 49,000-square-feet of hipster haven. I suddenly fell into a stupor of laser cut dreams and jeweled reveries. I had found my mini-sabbatical on Mich Ave.  READ MORE >>

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Feb 17, 2014 >> Totally Kissable! Fashion’s hottest lips

Valentine’s Day has come and gone—le sigh!—but that won’t stop us from channeling endless love all season long. We’ve been admiring an iconic mouthy motif that has been spotted on the Spring ‘14 runways from Saint Laurent to Giles. The bold, graphic lip print incorporates one of our favorite beauty looks and gives a head nod to pop art—Thank You, Andy!

Novelty prints have been a staple the past couple years, from Kenzo’s evil eyes to pretty much any and everything cat related, and this Spring, we’re stocking our closet with the kissable counterpart. We rounded up a few pieces that give a new face to this treasured trend. Go ahead and get a little mouthy.

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KISSABLE INSPIRATION (from left to right in middle):
Giles SS14; Saint Laurent SS14; Stella McCartney Resort ’14

Colored lucite and a lip print? Lulu Guinness is speaking our language.  READ MORE >>

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Feb 14, 2014 >> #5Minutes with Frenchie Kiss

During our afternoon with the Grande Dame Michelle L’Amour, we found more tantalizing acts from a roster of burlesque starlets (and teachers!) at Studio L’Amour. And Oh La La! You’ve gotta meet Frenchie Kiss. The Temptress of Twirl gives us her spin on the perfect Valentine’s Day. From fringe and feathers to the rhinestones and beads, we love the confidence Frenchie exudes in every backbend and shimmy shake.

The francophile dishes on her favorite spots to indulge in the city and with a mom who always said “Make Today a Good Day!”, we couldn’t agree more with this sassy and brassy dancer’s joie de vivre for love and life.

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As a self-proclaimed francophile, what are some French pickup lines we can test drive this Valentine’s Day? 
I do speak French, but I’m woefully rusty since I didn’t keep practicing after I returned from Paris. But I can say that the best pickup line always begins with a good “bonjour” and batting of the eyelashes.

And for us dumbies, is it possible to fake French?
If you’re using your tongue correctly, you’ll never have to fake French…wait, we are talking about kissing, right?  READ MORE >>

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Feb 12, 2014 >> G&F VDay DIY Round Up!

If you couldn’t already tell, we’re suckers for any holiday. And Valentine’s Day really has our heart. Not for the mushy, smushy, overstuffed teddy bear stuff—although, if you’re going to send us a big teddy bear, we won’t send it back—but because we just love L-O-V-E. The sentiment of making a handmade gift and giving it a loved one is something that we look forward to and our love for VDay DIY grows every year.

And in the process of planning our Valentine’s Issues, we get to meet some very fun people doing very cool things.

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This year, our creative director D. Graham Kostic is joining WGN to talk through some of our favorite DIY’s on the site—and a few that aren’t even on site yet! Take a look at the projects below & try one out today.

Bright. Colorful. Easy. These printable envelopes are the perfect way to share your Valentine’s. Extra credit: add lottery tickets or memorabilia.

We realized that the envelopes are the perfect size for a Fuji Instax Polaroid. Decorate pictures of your relationship with stickers + use washi tape to make captions. It’s a quick and easy VDay card that packs a very sentimental and colorful punch. >> FUJI INSTAX 210 WIDE FORMAT INSTANT CAMERA, $92, AT URBAN OUTFITTERS

Watch the Valentine’s Day Envelopes How-To Video
+ See all VDAY DIY’s from this year’s shoot READ MORE >>

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Feb 6, 2014 >> #5MINUTESWITH David Daneshgar of Bloomnation

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to enroll in flower-giving etiquette 101. A bodacious bouquet can be the ultimate companion to a DIY strawberry upside down cake (yeah, we made that on G&F this week) or even that special baby blue box. But what are your flowers really saying? The art is in the details and bigger isn’t always better.

Who better to dish on flower do’s and don’ts then co-founder of BloomNation, David Daneshgar.

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The brandspankin’ new flower company BloomNation is an online floral marketplace that matches you with local florists. David, along with two co-founders, recently launched BloomNation in Chicago featuring Chi faves from Dilly Lily to Bukiety (pictured above). Opposed to ordering blindly and hoping your recipient gets what you ordered? BloomNation creates a transparent experience allowing you to see real-time bouquet making from your chosen florist. Because, let’s face it, we’re totally over stock photography flowers, too. And if you’re a newbie to blossoms, the site offers around the clock floral consulting, not only for picking the right bouquet for that special someone, but event planning too. Did we mention same-day delivery? Procrastinators unite!

We catch up with David during the busiest time of the year to talk getting the most buds for your buck.

We’re enrolling in flower etiquette 101—what do most people get wrong? 
People sometime think that bigger is better and that was the first thing I thought when we started this company. Although sometimes that rule might hold true, some of the most creative and artful pieces are minimalistic and more modern in style. The art is in the detail.  READ MORE >>

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Jan 29, 2014 >> #5MinutesWith our new co-host Candis Hickman

G&F has met their match. Meet Candis Hickman, the aussie-born bombshell whose zest for life is as big as her hair. Candis, who comes to Chicago by way of Brisbane, Australia, is serving up more fun for the G&F screen as our new co-host. The natural born beauty has had previous on-air experience, but it’s Candis’ girl next door vibe that we’re digging at G&F.

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Before Candis graces the screen again (catch her first G&F interview here), we wanted to grab #5MinutesWith her so you could see a little peek inside her life. Want more? Judging by Candis’ last answer, we’re pretty sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of her very soon!

How will you bring an Australian sensibility to G&F?
I’d say most Australians I know have a simple enjoyment of life —an appreciation for minimalism and of not taking life too seriously.  I am one of these Aussies! G&F already has this brightness and constant feeling of summer that I hope to enhance!  READ MORE >>

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Jan 29, 2014 >> Barre Bee Fit Kicks Our Butt [VIDEO]

Meet Barre Bee Fit. It’s guaranteed to kick your butt. The group fitness fusion program geared toward women mixes ballet barre technique with some serious floor work and choreography. Don’t sweat the small stuff though—the results are incredible. And with four Chicago locations, there are very few excuses not to try it out.

Why G&F loves BBF? Because it’s tailored to what you can do, not what you’re supposed to do. Yes, the workout is in intense. Yes, it’s going to make your legs feel like jelly. But living by The Barre Code, the BBF mantra, is the best takeaway. That and those rock solid abs you’re bound to end up with.


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Jan 21, 2014 >> Hair Today! Top Stylists talk Spring

We’ve covered a lot of beauty ground in the past few weeks—showcasing our Spring Beauty Preview and the G&F Beauty Kick-off 2014. But we’ve hardly covered hair. And what better way to get the scoop of the hottest styles for the season than to spotlight four must-know stylists who are working their chairs delivering dead-on ‘do’s for Spring. With a combined 22 years of experience and multiple industry recognitions, these creative talents talk to G&F about their favorite products, how to achieve the “IT” look this season and more.


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Years in the biz: 5
Specialty: Cut + Color

What look are you excited to try on clients this season?
I’m excited to see that short hair is becoming more popular with women. We’ve seen countless new shorter hairstyles from celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Coco Rocha and Karlie Kloss to name a few.

In terms of color, balayage is a popular request among my clients and something that I expect to be quite popular this season. It offers a much softer highlight or dip dye to the hair ends. This color technique is pretty popular among the Hollywood set such as Jared Leto and Jessica Biel.  READ MORE >>

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Jan 13, 2014 >> More Indie Lee, please! We have one more Beauty DIY [VIDEO]

In this week’s Spotlight, we introduced you to a new favorite pal, Indie Lee. Her line of eco-chic beauty products is thoughtful, effective and downright luxurious. She stopped over to talk through the brand and two easy and useful beauty DIY’s that you can try at home (watch them here). But we weren’t quite ready to see her go. So we begged Indie for one more—and she delivered. We’re topping off our champagne and trying our hand at a moisturizing Cantaloupe Mask.

See more Indie in this week’s G&F Spotlight.

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Jan 7, 2014 >> G&F Behind the Scenes: Spring Beauty Preview

Happy New Year! We kicked off the year strong featuring the best of the best of beauty trends for Spring (see it here). Because right about now is the time when we’re wishing for spring the most.

When our model Carissa walked on set, G&F creative director D. Graham Kostic gave her a disposable camera and also gave her full reign for the Behind the Scenes shots for the day (well, of course, everyone else had their turn at a few snaps, too). The result? A fast, fun and furious look at our Beauty set. And if you know anything about G&F, having a good time while shooting comes with the territory.


See our Spring Beauty preview ‘Hues That Girl’ here.


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Dec 26, 2013 >> The G&F Procrastinator’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

If you’re anything like the G&F crew, making plans for New Year’s Eve always feels like a very last minute affair. But just because it’s close to the wire doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the fun. We’ve combed through some of Chicago’s best New Year’s Eve events to bring you our favorites to ring in 2014.

From a December 30th fete to New Year’s Day brunch (and literally everything in between), this is a must-use list for those who are looking for a little something different this season—and especially for those who won’t end up deciding where they’ll be smooching at midnight until the very last minute.

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NAME // EVE of the EVE
LOCATION // Union Station, 500 W. Jackson
TIME // December 30th, 8PM-1AM
DESCRIPTION // Avoid the crowds (and long lines at the bar!) and ring in 2014 a day early. Guests can enjoy a jump-start to the New Year with this black-tie optional event and all proceeds benefit HighSight’s scholarship program. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music from two guest DJ’s are included with purchase of a ticket.
TICKETS // $125 in advance;$140 day off; $160 VIP


LOCATION // Headquarters Beercade, 2833 N. Sheffield
TIME // December 31st, 8PM-1AM
DESCRIPTION // Ring in midnight a different way his year. For those of you looking for a unique and low-key way to celebrate, this is the perfect option. Where else can you ring in 2014 and get the highest score on a pinball machine?
TICKETS  // $70



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Dec 19, 2013 >> G&F’s For Reals Meal + Cocktail Recipe

We’re right smack dab in our Holiday Entertaining Issue (see our big DIY collab with The Cakegirls here) and it may just be our favorite issue of the year. And for sure, G&F creative director thinks so. To (continue to) kick off the season, D. Graham Kostic threw a fab fete for One Part Plant’s monthly series For Reals Meals. The goal? Invite some creative-minded folks over and cook a plant-based meal for them. Oh, and style the heck out of it, too.


The menu was simple featuring a shaved brussel sprout and apple salad (and you can grab the totally delicious recipe on One Part Plant). And a veggie-overload shepherd’s pie. We finished off the meal with a strawberry and coconut cream parfait topped with a special treat from OPP’s Jessica Murnane. Enough talking on our site, take a peek at the full experience here.  READ MORE >>

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Dec 17, 2013 >> G&F is Hiring: Creative and Design Assistants

We’re hiring. And we want you. Check out two part-time opportunities below for the ASSISTANT TO THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR and DESIGN ASSISTANT roles. Think you fit the bill and can hang with the G&F crew? E-mail with a cover letter and resume.

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Chicago-based e-magazine is hiring for the ASSISTANT TO THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR position. This all-encompassing position will work closely with G&F’s Creative Director in all aspects of the brand—from marketing initiatives, weekly issues, photo shoots and events.


-       Manage Social Media channels
-       Develop, produce and write pieces for The G&F Blog
-       Assist on photo shoots with crediting, pick-ups and returns
-       Work closely with the G&F creative team on photo shoot production
-       Assist in production of G&F branded events
-       Work closely with The Find team regarding quarterly e-shop
-       Maintain and upkeep contact databases and expenses 


-       Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
-       Experience in managing Social Media + interactions
-       Capable to work alone well as well as in small groups
-       Fantastic, reliable and responsible work ethic
-       Boundless creativity and enthusiasm
-       A great sense of humor

This position is paid hourly and is part-time. In Chicago only.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@glossedandfound.comREAD MORE >>

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Dec 16, 2013 >> Gifting Extra! Stacey’s Best Beauty Bets

When Stacey Roney picks out her yearly beauty favorites, we listen. And this year? It’s all about luxe gift packages that are going to fly off the shelf. Stacey’s beauty motto? It’s got to look good and act good—and the beauty gifts she’s gifting the season do just that. From a gorgeous Laura Mercier brush kit set to the addicting scents of Nest candles, we’re continuing to cross off your Holiday gifting to-do list—one person at a time.

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A. For Your Beau:
Since he secretly uses your products anyway, you might as well get him his own!

B. For Your Sister:
If I had a sister, I’d give this to her and then steal it back.

C. For Your BFF:
Smells yummy enough to eat and makes your skin feel amazing.  READ MORE >>

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Dec 13, 2013 >> Gifting Extra! D. Graham Kostic’s Artsy Fartsy Picks

If there is one thing we love at G&F, it’s a good find (ahem… we just launched an on-line market under the same premise earlier this month). And when it comes to the holiday present finds, the hunt is sometimes as much fun as the score. G&F’s creative director D. Graham Kostic scours the web to produce a long list of items that he’s loving at the moment. And they all have a little artful touch to them. From wall decals to a balloon animal kit, the selection is part whimsy, part vintage and all fun.



Graham says: Game in style. Hang on a wall. The colors are fantastic and this piece is so multi-functional it’s not even funny.

Graham says: This vintage pull-down map is a dream come true for artsy adventurers. Draw a memorable dish from Provence or write a silly quote from Puerto Rico. But keep it PG if you’re hanging in your living room.

Graham says: Hate your handwriting? Let WestSheridan add a little somethin’ somethin’ to your Holiday cards this year.  READ MORE >>

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Dec 10, 2013 >> Gifting Extra! Helen Berkun’s Jazz Age picks

Meet Holiday Helen—she’s our rockstar contributing fashion editor with a knack for all things stylish. After all, it is in the job description. This week, we launched our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide chock full of fab and fancy things to top your wish list this season. But there was a whole lot more great gifts that we didn’t have room for. Enter Helen Berkun whose souped up blog features her daily adventures rocking fun frocks and cool accessories. She’s constantly on the hunt for the cool—and admittedly, she always finds it.

We were so inspired by her latest post—which she wore to the launch of G&F’s new e-market, The Find—that we couldn’t help but challenge her to “gift out” this Roaring Twenties inspired ensemble. The result? A mini-gift guide chock full of giftables dripping with The Great Gatsby charm, all with a wintry whimsical twist! And psst… love her look above? Check out her site to see how she pulled it all together and where you can snag the pieces.


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Dec 4, 2013 >> Get the Look! Vintage Holiday Glam! [VIDEO]

With ten thousand holiday parties filling up every cocktail hour from now until 2014, finding the right look that is simple, fast and festive is crucial. While on set for our G&F Holiday Gift Guide 2013 shoot, we featured some of our most spirited beauty looks. And we’re sharing them with you! Hair artist Heather Schnell stepped behind the camera to walk us through creating sleek and sexy—and dare we say, super simple?!—vintage waves. And make up artist Chrisondra Boyd puts her golden touch—applying a little gold shimmer to finish the lip  and clear gloss to pop a tinsel-inspired eye. Watch the hair how-to video below and see the make up products used to recreate this very holiday look.

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Dec 3, 2013 >> You’re Invited! LOFT Holiday Date Night

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And we can’t help but celebrate more. This time, we’re inviting you and your best beau  to come shop last minute holiday gifts at the shiny new LOFT in the Roosevelt Collection shops. A host committee of fun gals with their best guy pals are asking you out for a stylish night out—how could you resist? And if your gent gets bored? Send him next door to Haberdash.

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Nov 25, 2013 >> Kid Friendly Thanksgiving DIY #1 [VIDEO]

With Thanksgiving around the corner, you’ll need all hands on deck. Even the tiny little ones. G&F creative director D. Graham Kostic recruited his niece Francesca for a sweet one-on-one with Chef Alekka Sweeney of Give Me Some Sugar. The result? Fun, quirky Thanksgiving day treats that the whole family will enjoy.

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Nov 22, 2013 >> We talk Holiday hits and misses with Sophia Bush [VIDEO]

The other week, we camped out at Coach to get a little one-on-one time with Sophia Bush. The chicago-based actress talked Holiday hits and misses, where she’ll be spending Thanksgiving—and surprise! Even this brunette bombshell is overwhelmed by the fast-approaching Holiday season.

Get your Holiday shopping done easy (& chic!) at Coach, 625 N. Michigan Avenue. And liked this interview? Follow Sophia on twitter at @SophiaBush

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Nov 19, 2013 >> Reuse & Recycle! We DIY with Wreck Creation [VIDEO]

The Lincoln Park studio and showroom of Neil Galiti is a woodworker’s dream come true. And an artist’s. And a designer’s. Basically, it’s a real treasure trove. Featuring all reclaimed furniture and vintage finds, Neil’s passion comes to life in this underground sanctuary for unexpected works of art that he’s reworked, refinished and recreated into unbelievably creative pieces. Recycled? You bet your bottom dollar it is. Although Neil has over 18 years of carpentry experience in his tool belt, he attacks each project, be it big or small, with the same amount of attention and detail.


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Nov 12, 2013 >> You’re Invited! Holiday Style Preview

It’s that time of year—time to shine! And we’re starting the season early by inviting you to come get dolled up. Showcasing a sneak peek of our Holiday Beauty and Gift Guide shoot, guests will also be able to enjoy makeovers and hairdo’s thanks to our friends at The Stylisted as well as sharing some of our favorite pieces from Nordstrom. Oh, and we’ll also have cocktails and sweets by Vosges Haut Chocolate—which make any holiday affair a little more festive. And while we are really feeling the holiday spirit, our friends at Cadillac will be showing off the CTS, which is topping our wish list this year. So let’s recap: sweets, snacks, sips,  a sleek new Caddy, Holiday fashion and beauty treatments? We’ll see you on November 20th.

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Join us November 20th from 6-8PM for our Holiday Style Preview event with Cadillac. RSVP to 

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Nov 11, 2013 >> G&F’s The Find is Coming!

Looking for holiday gifts? Scratch that. Looking for perfect holiday gifts? G&F will soon supplement your search with our brand new digital market, G&F’s The Find.

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Ranging from unique collabs with editorial partners to some incredible pieces from antique stores and flea markets from around the world, G&F is curating a small collection of our favorite finds each quarter to help you live life a little more fabulously.

The quarterly market is the brainchild of G&F’s creative director D. Graham Kostic who brought on style maven Chelsea Lavin and asked the rest of the team to keep their eyes peeled for under-the-radar designers and undeniably awesome vintage to add to each themed market. The goal? We want you to have a piece of our cool in your home.  READ MORE >>

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Oct 28, 2013 >> Halloween Drink recipes with Rochelle Trotter

It’s our Fourth Annual G&F Halloween Special (watch it here!), and this year, we got all dolled up to belly up to the bar with lifestyle expert Rochelle Trotter. The TV Personality and wife of chef Charlie Trotter mixed up some intoxicatingly spooky cocktails just in time for Halloween. And what’s even better? These drinks may look complicated, but the recipes are more treat than trick. With a few unexpected surprises and some exotic-looking ingredients, Rochelle is taking your Halloween cocktail party to the next level this year. And we happily will sip along with her.

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3 oz Soju (available at any liquor store)
*For non-alcoholic version, substitute Soju for white cranberry juice, ginger ale or white grape juice
3 oz Apple Juice
1 oz Seltzer Water
1 thin slice Granny Smith apple
Black Sugar (for rim)
Green Food Coloring

1.Garnish the rim of your martini glass with Black Sugar.
2. Mix equal parts Soju, seltzer and apple juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake lightly and strain the cocktail into martini glass.
3.Using a toothpick drop tiny bits of green food coloring into the cocktail until desired color is achieved. Stir to even out color.
4. Garnish with apple slice. 

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Oct 25, 2013 >> #5MinutesWith Kate Spade’s Deborah Lloyd and Brad Goreski

The thought of holiday shopping and yuletide sing-a-longs this early in the season usually makes us gag, but leave it to the stylish team at Kate Spade to instantly snap us in the holiday spirit. Last night, Bloomingdale’s Michigan Avenue polished off a presentation of the new collection—our takeaway? Girly, glitzy essentials for your nice and naughty side—and the creative leads behind the collection, Kate Spade president and chief creative officer Deborah Lloyd and brand stylist Brad Goreski, were on hand to talk all the trimmings. G&F’s Helen Berkun sat down with the dapper duo to share their holiday favorites, the collection, and the one gift that—thank the fashion gods!—kept on giving.

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G&F: The Kate Spade Holiday collection never fails—how do two creative people like yourselves figure out how to work together?
BRAD: Deborah spends a lot more time creating the collections, working with inspirations and the samples, and then I come in and she allows me to play with the baby. The trust she gives me allows us to create something new. It allows the Kate Spade girl to have a new experience.
DEBORAH: It’s so exciting for me because it takes so long to work on a collection. [Once Brad arrives] I never leave the room because I’m so excited to see the things that he puts together and it really works. It’s the most Chic-est thing.

G&F: And what was the concept of this collection?
D: “The Glitter Things that Count.” It really started with an opening of a pink bottle of champagne. You can see the bubbles sparkle. They really come to life.  READ MORE >>

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Oct 18, 2013 >> Meat Market! We sausage around with Chop Shop Chicago [VIDEO]

Are you ready for some sausage puns, people? Just in time for our current Men’s Issue, we head to the brand new Chop Shop Chicago to check out this fancy new meat market. We suit up behind the scenes to try our hand at sausage making—which, we find out, is not as glamorous as it may sound. But it sure was one helluva a good time.
Glossed & Found Chop Shop Sausage VideoArmed with the Glossed & Found Sausage Bell, we mix up co-owner Mario Minelli’s grandma’s secret recipe for a damn good link. And considering that Mario’s family has been in the butcher business for over 50 years, it’s not a surprise that our final product was just as tasty (even if we weren’t the most adept at working on the casing!). WATCH US BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE VIDEO BELOW:


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Oct 17, 2013 >> #ChicagoGetsTagged and You’re Invited!

To celebrate the launch of Benetton’s Fall/Winter campaign and new on-line store—which, by the way, we’ve bookmarked for instant access to new cozy weather favorites—the Italian brand brought on artist James Jankowiak to reimagine the logos of some of Chicago’s most influential bloggers. And we don’t want to toot our own horn, but our e-magazine is one of them. We’ll be switching out our old logo for something a little more street-style soon. (Hint: come back and visit us on Wednesday, October 23rd to check it out!).

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So why the graffiti? Benetton’s fall campaign is inspired by music, featuring trendsetters on the global scale set against a graffiti background and shot by fashion photographer Mikael Jansson (pictured above). The result? A melting pot of cool people wearing good clothes—and now, shopable from wherever you are via the new e-commerce site. Want to see a little more, we love the fall campaign trailer on Benetton’s YouTube page.

And to celebrate the #ChicagoGetsTagged logo takeover, we’re inviting you to take part in the fun. On Wednesday, October 23rd, G&F creative assistant Anthony Mugnolo sports his Benetton best with Jena Gambaccini of ChiCityFashion, Monica Dimperio of The Midwasteland and Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome. And some lucky guest will walk home with a $500 gift card to the new on-line store. Click below for a close-up of details for the event:  READ MORE >>

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Oct 17, 2013 >> G&F’s Men’s Grooming Secrets

Grooming products for men aren’t the easiest sell. But if you can show good results with only a few simple additions to your guys’ routine, the risk of introducing a new product might be a good payoff—because who doesn’t want their main squeeze to have baby soft skin? We asked some of our favorite men to try their hand at some grooming essentials that are often overlooked in a guys’ beauty regimen. The result? An arsenal of top tier products that might have been thought useless but actually prove to be heavy hitters in looking and feeling great.

So grab your guy and share our picks with him. These seven simple products will be a total game changer when it comes to that cute l’il mug of his.
Glossed & Found Men's Grooming FallA. ANTHONY INSTANT FIX OIL CONTROL, $20 
Shine = Bad. Instantly reduce excess grease on the skin with this smoothing agent. We loved the non-scent scent (yes, we said non-scent scent) and the multi-tasking formula that also reduces the appearance of pores.  READ MORE >>