We have a crush. And they go by the name of Pine & Plastic. We catch up with the Chicago-based handbag designer Andrew Wayne in this G&F Spotlight. CLICK BELOW TO BE TAKEN TO THE SPOTLIGHT + VIDEO >>
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:
RSVP to RSVP@BOLDFACECHICAGO.COM
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 JoannaVargas.com. Want more beauty? Visit Bloomingdale’s Michigan Avenue, 900 N. Michigan Avenue.
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.
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.
1. TREGGINGS, $17.95, AT H&M // 2. SKIN WRAP CUFF, $295, BY KARA BY KARA ROSS // 3. FRAYED STRIPED JACKET, $99.90, AT ZARA // 4. MARTA MINAMALIST BACKPACK, $54.99, BY DEENA & OZZY AT URBAN OUTFITTERS // 5. TANNER BLOUSE, $275, BY STEPHAN SCHNEIDER AT LA GARCONNE // 6. LAVERNE TASSLE LOAFERS, $55, AT TOPSHOP READ MORE >>
Spring Training, anyone? We #GIFFIT with The Dailey Method featuring three easy at-home moves to get your body in tip top shape for Spring.
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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 TresAwesome.com 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:
Get more stylish fun at TresAwesome.com
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.
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.
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 >>
Hey! It’s still Project Onward week on G&F! And we’re fine with that! Meet Adam Hines—the artist sounds off on his band, the “grand tour” and waxes poetic about the silver screen and his nickname “Hollywood.” Basically, we’re a fan.
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.
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.
ROUND ONE: NOMI
800 N Michigan Avenue
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!
THE WINNER AT NOMI: AMERICANO DUE READ MORE >>
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!
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
CIRCA CERAMICS [pictured above]
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!)
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 ProjectOnward.org for more information.
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 InspiringKitchen.com, Julie Gordon, for her expert tips on building the most pragmatic and stylish wedding registry.
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.
TIP #1: REGISTER FOR THE FUTURE
“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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
THE BOHO BRIDE
And for those looking to accentuate their inner flower child, we adore Pamela Love’s boho vibes with bead, crochet and gold elements.
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.
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 >>
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 VSGowns.com
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 >>
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:
ALBUM: MADONNA TRUE BLUE
TREND: BLUE EYESHADOW
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.
ALBUM: LIZA MINNELLI LOVE PAINS
TREND: STRONG ARCHES
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.
ALBUM: DIANA ROSS ELECTRIC SILK
TREND: LIP SERVICE
“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.
- INTRO BY ALAINA AFRICANO
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 >>
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.
THE SWEATER: CROPPED SWEATER, $29.50, AT ZARA.
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 >>
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.
what to pack, you ask? 1. PENDLETON SILETZ JACKET, $220 // 2. MADEWELL SLOANE MINI-SATCHEL, $178 // 3. LAURA LOMBARDI TRAPEZOID NECKLACE, $55 // 4. FOREVER 21 BASEBALL CAP, $8.80 // 5. AREAWARE MINIM PLAYING CARDS, PRICE UPON REQUEST // 6. ROYALL RUGBY COLOGNE, $39.50
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 >>
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.
above: THE POOL AT THE PENINSULA—HELLO, LUXURY!
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.
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 >>
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:
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 >>
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.
KISSABLE INSPIRATION (from left to right in middle):
Giles SS14; Saint Laurent SS14; Stella McCartney Resort ’14
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.
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 >>
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.
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.
VALENTINE’S DAY ENVELOPES + VALENTINE’S
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
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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.
Ladies & Gentlemen Salon and Spa, Block 37
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 >>
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.
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.
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.
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
MORE INFO // HighSight.org
NAME // HQ NYE
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
MORE INFO // HqBeercade.com
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 >>
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 email@example.com with a cover letter and resume.
open position: ASSISTANT TO THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Chicago-based e-magazine GlossedandFound.com 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.
THE ASSISTANT TO THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR WILL:
- 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
THE CANDIDATE SHOULD POSSESS:
- 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
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.
A. For Your Beau:
TOM FORD GROOMING PRODUCTS, $25 to $150, AT NEIMAN MARCUS
Since he secretly uses your products anyway, you might as well get him his own!
B. For Your Sister:
LAURA MERCIER LIMITED EDITION LUXE TRAVEL BRUSH COLLECTION, $125, AT NEIMAN MARCUS
If I had a sister, I’d give this to her and then steal it back.
C. For Your BFF:
LAURA MERCIER LIMITED EDITION LUXE ALMOND COCONUT MILK QUARTET, $80, AT NEIMAN MARCUS (only Honey Bath shown)
Smells yummy enough to eat and makes your skin feel amazing. READ MORE >>
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.
A. FOLK ART GAME BOARD, $69, AT WISTERIA.
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.
B. GLOBAL CHALKBOARD MAP, $168, AT ANTHROPOLOGIE
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.
C. CUSTOM CALLIGRAPHY RETURN ADDRESS, $45, BY WESTSHERIDAN
Graham says: Hate your handwriting? Let WestSheridan add a little somethin’ somethin’ to your Holiday cards this year. READ MORE >>