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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 >>

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Oct 15, 2013 >> #5MinutesWith Michael Petry of The Frye Company

When you’re the creative director of a company with as rich a history as The Frye Company, it’s a blessing and a curse. A blessing because you’ve got a tried-and-true brand that is recognized for quality, construction and long-lasting appeal. A curse because keeping up with the times can be challenging. But for Michael Petry of Frye, he balances both with ease—marrying Frye’s distinct history while still appealing to today’s ever-changing market.

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And his direction was put to the ultimate test this year with the Marlboro, Massachusetts born company celebrating their 150th anniversary. The newest capsule collection—featuring souped up of versions of some of their favorite styles from the vault—is debuted in the newly opened Chicago flagship. We walk the new shop—and, you guessed it!, it smells like great leather and your grandfather’s classic cologne—with Michael to talk Frye history and how he manages to pack light working for a boot company.

Q:You’re at the helm of a company with quite the legacy—how do you preserve the history?
A: The brand has been around for 150 years. It’s timeless. And these shoes were passed down from father to son—they are family heirlooms. From the design to how the shoes are made is what leaves a mark on the brand. And as the oldest shoe company in the US, it’s a matter of these hard working values and not just fashion. We’re making a kick ass artisanal product. They just so happen to look great, too.

Q: Your first pair?
A: The engineer boot. I still have them.

Q: How many shoes can you cram into a suitcase on a business trip?
A: I own one million pairs it seems. But I only take one pair to travel. I pack so light, it’s ridiculous. But at home, I pick what shoe fits how I’m feeling. There is a shoe for every mood! READ MORE >>

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Sep 26, 2013 >> Upping the Dosage! Dose Market’s revamp

A monthly staple in the fashion and beauty community—heck, a monthly staple in the anyone-who-is-cool community—is upping the ante for the Holiday season. And we’re stocked. Dose Market, led by the va-va-vivacious April Francis, is moving locations from River East Arts Center to the brand new Chop Shop. G&F toured the Chop Shop space last night. Our verdict? Perfect match. The brand new space boasts a full service deli, bar & restaurant and a 500-capacity event space called First Ward. And did we mention it’s smack-dab in Wicker Park? But the change in location is not even the ‘upping the ante’ part. The once-monthly pop-up market is going in hyperdrive to deliver serious style every Sunday this season.


Dose delivers a weekly market this coming Sunday through December 15 that will feature a more curated selection of cool finds. With each market having its own special feel and offering up the city’s best local talents, the weekly party is not-to-be-missed (and with a handy new $30 “season pass”, the Dosers are making it very easy for you).  We’re especially looking forward to meeting NYC street style icon Tziporah Salamon at her October 13th appearance. And we hear that there  will be something unexpectedly unique at each market (a DIY or a freebie, perhaps?!). April, that whiz of blonde hair that runs the joint, somehow finds time to shop the market, too—”Dose is smart shopping for the busy Chicagoan,” she says.  READ MORE >>

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Sep 24, 2013 >> #5MinutesWith Olfactif’s Tara Swords and Sabine Poncet Hernandez

We love all things local, and Olfactif’s September collection combined two Chicago labels. First, the brand itself: Olfactif is a Chicago-based fragrance delivery service—the first of its kind. Creator Tara Swords hand selects a variety of scents each month and sends them to subscribers to try. Though the curated perfumes come from all over, Swords selected a fellow Chicagoan’s—Pleasant Promenade by Sabine Poncet Hernandez of S Poncet—for the September edition of Olfactif. Swords and Hernandez took a break from the spritzing and sniffing to answer our questions.

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G&F: What was your inspiration for the Pleasant Promenade scent?
Sabine: Pleasant Promenade was inspired by one of my mother’s watercolors. The artwork represents an oak tree forest in the midst of autumn in the Loire Valley of France. The scent is a mosaic of olfactory memories from promenades in the woods near our family home during the fall, and I am now sharing these memories with all of you.

G&F: Paint us a picture of the scent using words.
Sabine: You may recognize the scent of damp earth from the beet extract, humus, and violet leaf oils. The forest is wet and the air is cool. You feel serene smelling the oak moss and the wood notes. I picked patchouli, sandalwood, and galbanum (a resin) to create this effect. Pears are ripening in nearby yards and roses are fading, and to capture this I added essential oils of pear, honey, amber, red berries, and ancient rose. To sum up: If you’ve ever gone to any woods in the midwest during the fall after it rains, this would smell almost like Pleasant Promenade.  READ MORE >>

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Sep 5, 2013 >> G&F and Uberliss #DreamHair Winner

Earlier this summer, we put an all call for the unruliest of hair—the result? A whole helluva alotta of you ladies snapped photos of your wild ‘dos and entered for a chance to win our #Dreamhair makeover. The package? An Uberliss hair treatment, makeup and a brand new outfit from Edith Hart boutique.

Glossed-Found-Blog-Uberliss Dream Hair MakeoverChosen at random, Lynn Marie’s pre-Uberliss hair treatment photograph showed frizzy, kinky curls that she later told us refused to cooperate no matter how long she spent in the restroom in the morning. The 22-year old Chicago native was in for a treat, being treated to a day on the G&F set while Uberliss hair pro Benjamin Gonzalez and celebrated makeup artist Lisa Trunda worked to transform this budding beauty into a real work of art.

Want more? Watch our makeover video above and learn more about Uberliss at

PHOTO: Tim Musho
FILM: Tim Musho, Emily Hard + Jordan Lindley
HAIR: Benjamin Gonzalez for Uberliss
MAKEUP: Lisa Trunda, Ford Artists
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Sep 4, 2013 >> Let’s Do Lunch: We Style Up The dec’s Burger Lunch

Labor Day has come and gone. And you know what that means: The Fall weather will be here before you know it. And while we’re excited for cooler temps so we can wear our new fall fashion, we miss the opportunity to dine al fresco. Lucky for us, the weather forecast looks warm and sunny for the rest of the week so we can count on a few more outdoor dining days this year.

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One of our favorite new spots to emerge this year is The dec, located on the 12th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E Pearson St). The chic rooftop restaurant features a new Burger Lunch option, which includes a gourmet burger and cocktail for $20 (throughSeptember 30). We love a buzzy lunch deal, so we decided to ask three Chicago tastemakers about their idea of a perfect burger luncheon:

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EAT “The Standard. I like my burgers classic; not too many frills and accoutrements. I want to taste the quality of the unadulterated beef!”

DRINK “You always have to do a beer with a burger! I’d probably from the craft list and opt for the Pere Jacques.”

WEAR “I’m tempted wear elastic pants so I could eat all the fries and every morsel of my burger…or I’d pick my go-to summer dress from Dolan T-Shirt I bought from Anthropologie. Screw any belly restrictions all together with a dress.” READ MORE >>

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Aug 6, 2013 >> You’re Invited! Neiman Marcus and G&F’s Wakeup Your Makeup

G&F is teaming up with Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue and asking you to WAKEUP YOUR MAKEUP! On Saturday, August 24th, join the newly remodeled Neiman Marcus cosmetics department for a bright and early morning of mimosas, breakfast bites and a fall beauty show. And after, book a makeover or facial with one of your favorite lines. And this is no beauty breakfast for the weak—Neiman Marcus is pulling out all the stops with vendors from Tom Ford and Chanel to Estee Lauder and Kiehl’s. But wait: there’s more! Each guest will leave with a very special gift bag.

So let’s review: Mimosas. Breakfast bites. A souped up cosmetics trend show. Makeover or facial. And a gift bag.

Get your beauty sleep: See you on August 24th.

And be sure to include the beauty lines you like so they can help facilitate booking your makeover or facial after the trend show.



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Bad hair days happen to everyone. And even though you’d probably rather cover your messy tresses with a hat, we say show them off! Why? Because you just might win the ultimate hair makeover that will make everyday a good hair day. That’s right, Glossed & Found is teaming up with Uberliss to launch the Most Unruliest Hair Contest.

How do you enter, you ask? You have three ways to enter by August 5!  READ MORE >>

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Jul 22, 2013 >> #5MinutesWith the owners of Frecklefarm

We’re still reliving all the fun memories of our Summer Travel issue (click here to check it out in detail!). One of our favorite stores in Harbor Country? FreckleFarm in Lakeside. On the shop’s Facebook page, owners Marge Ericksen and Jean Wilson call their shop a “real gem in the heart of Harbor Country.” And they’re not kidding. This shop is filled with unique décor items (think furniture, art, gifts, pillows and more)…and we want it all! We also want to get to know the owners a little better, that’s why we had them fill out the G&F Harbor Country survey:


Q: Why did you decide to open a business here?
A: Prior to opening the store in Harbor Country, Marge was putting her design and special event background to work at her successful gift and floral shop in Oak Park. During those twelve years, Marge had three lovely ladies that worked the front counter. She came to find out that they did not know each other before they worked at the store, but all three of them had second homes in Harbor Country. As the years past, the ladies would carry on about Harbor Country and how Marge should open a second store there. We started taking day trips over to Harbor Country and the more we visited, the more we knew we wanted to have a business and a home there. The pieces started to drop into place and before she knew it, she had two stores; Mixed Company in Oak Park and Frecklefarm in Lakeside, Michigan.

Q: Favorite thing about Harbor Country?
A: The overall beauty of Harbor Country both on and off the lake is our favorite. Couple that with the fact that it is a real escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You really feel as though you got away from it all and it is only 90 minutes out of Chicago.

Q: Favorite store?
A: We are a bit prejudiced: Frecklefarm. It is not just a retail fix. We promise a warm welcome from us and our menagerie of shelter pups. Guests will always find something that has just arrived and a footprint that changes all the time.  READ MORE >>

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Jul 8, 2013 >> #5MinutesWith The owners of Local

Okay, we have a long list of things we loved from our recent Travel Issue featuring Harbor Country, Michigan (click here to see all our picks!). But two items on that list of loves? Supporting cute, local businesses and an awesome cheese and cured meat plate. And Boom! That’s exactly what you get when you visit Local. The shop specializes in sustainable foods and cured meats, and is owned by a charming husband and wife team, P. and E. Mullins, who have called Harbor Country home for three fun years. How charming are they? Read their answers to the G&F Harbor Country survey to find out:

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Q: Why did you decide to open a business in Harbor Country?
A: Because we loved the area but we’re frustrated cooks shopping in the area. We knew we were amongst wonderful farms and a shop to access a lot of their wonderful products seemed like something that was much in demand.

Q: Favorite thing about Harbor Country?
A: The lake, the countryside, the proximity to Chicago.

Q: Funniest story about a Chicago tourist?
A: There were two customers in our shop and one mentioned he was from Chicago, the woman full of excitement said “No way! So am I!” (Like this was hundreds of thousands of miles away and a real rarity). He responded nicely saying “Oh cool, where abouts?” She answered “Winnetka.”  READ MORE >>

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Jul 2, 2013 >> Top Ten: The best items for an urban picnic

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and you know what that means: We’re in the thick of summer. And summer time equals one of our favorite activities: picnicking! Whether you’re bringing snacks (and wine) to a movie in the park or a feast (and wine) to Ravina, you won’t want to forget these must-have items. From the perfect plates to the perfect tequila shot glasses, these products will take your picnic up a notch. Just make sure you don’t accidentally match your outfit with your picnic blanket!

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ONE >> Illume outdoor candle, $22.50 at Bloomingdale’s Home 

TWO >> Wine cooling pour sprout, $21 at

THREE >>  Flavor infusion cup, $10 at

FOUR >>  Alessi Parrot bottle opener, $69 at  READ MORE >>

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Jun 29, 2013 >> #5MinsWith Trent Wisehart, Creative Director at Tommy Hilfiger

Get ready to hang ten with Tommy Hilfiger this weekend. The preppy American brand has refurbished a ‘surf shack’ bus, loaded it with items from a TH capsule collection, artist-designed surf boards and other cool products and is stopping by cities all over the country. The bus visits North Avenue Beach this weekend. We might not be the best surfers (if only the waves on Lake Michigan were bigger!), but we do love some surf-inspired shopping and we had to get the scoop on the event from Trent Wisehart, Tommy Hilfiger’s creative director.


Q: When we think of Tommy Hilfiger, we think more classic and preppy. How did the line’s style evolve to a more laid back, surf-y vibe?
A: Prep and surf are two classic American lifestyles, so taking prep and mixing it with the laid back style of surf is distinctly Tommy Hilfiger. This collection is inspired by that mix through color, silhouette, and pattern, and really can be worn anywhere for a classic summer look with a cool twist.

Q: City you’re most excited for the Surf Shack to visit, and why? (You don’t have to say Chicago!)
A: I’m really looking forward to Chicago! My family actually lived in the area for many years and they’re coming to see me and the Surf Shack.  READ MORE >>

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Jun 19, 2013 >> On-the-Go Scrapbooking Essentials

Kelly Purkey’s namesake line of stampables and other memory-keeping products is totally addicting. Almost as addicting as Kelly herself. While we got a first-hand lesson at making a mini-scrap book from one of our latest travels (watch the video here!), what inspired us most is Kelly’s on-the-go scrapbooking kit.

Step one: find a stylish and functional zipper pouch to store your crafting essentials (Our favorite? Baggu’s nylon animal-printed sleeves). Two, yank a pair of blunt-end scissors from the hotel sewing kit. From there, fill it with easy to transport goodies for those moments when inspiration strikes.

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ONE >> Fuji Instax Camera

TWO >> Washi Tape 

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Jun 14, 2013 >> Top Ten: Last minute Father’s Day gifts

Where did the time go??? Father’s Day is this coming Sunday (That’s June 16, you ungrateful child!) and you still haven’t gotten anything for your pops, have you? Never fear! Our last-minute gift guide is packed with ten awesome gifts that are just thoughtful enough that Dad won’t even know you bought his present minutes before giving it to him. Whether you father is always traveling for work, into the craft beer movement or just likes to kick back on the weekends, we’ve found the perfect gift for him!

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Ties from Paul Stuart, $69.50–$128.50
Yes, ties are pretty predictable. But these beauties from Paul Stuart are classy, colorful and in a league of their own.

Giftbar of Choice, $10 and up
Can’t decide what to give him? Give Dad this giftcard, and he can choose to spend it at a variety of local, indie businesses.

Bannon Flower shirt, $145 at Jack Spade
Throw out his Hawaiian shirt and replace it with this Jack Spade upgrade.  READ MORE >>

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Jun 13, 2013 >> Get Your Tech-y On! TechWeek Chicago hits the city.

Call us nerds if you’d like, but TechWeek Chicago is cool. So cool that we want you to be a part of it, too. Top innovators and leaders of some of the world’s most cutting-edge brands (WordPress, Motorola and Razorfish, anyone?) convene in a three day conference aimed to inspire, hire and help light the spark in your own business or ideas.

And tech idiots do not fret, the whole approach is to allow anyone to participate. With three days packed with interesting seminars, a start-up expo and non-stop parties, TechWeek Chicago is your one-stop shop for an engaging weekend.


TechWeek runs June 27 through June 29. Glossed & Found is a media partner. Click the image above for our discount code for passes.

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Jun 13, 2013 >> #5MINUTESWITH: Crystal Walton, Brand Manager for Indochino Traveling Tailor

This year, Justin Timberlake brought back the suit and tie look, but he didn’t give us any tips on how to easily achieve that natty style. Enter Indochino. The Vancouver-based online company makes custom suit shopping affordable and easy. Ordering the suits is super-easy (the site walks you through the ten minute measuring process), but thanks to the Indochino Traveling Tailor pop-up shop returning to Chicago for 18 days starting this week the process is even easier. We spoke with Crystal Walton, brand manager for the pop-up, to get the inside scoop.

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Q: What’s the biggest difference between a custom suit and one bought off the rack?
A: The fit. Off the rack suits were made to fit everyone and, as no body is identical, there is no way to achieve your best fit without additional alterations by a tailor. With custom suits, you start the process with your measurements allowing a tailor or company like Indochino to take your body type, wants and needs into consideration from the start. The end result is a significantly better fitting suit, and it’ll ultimately make you feel better when wearing it.

Q: What are some of the biggest misconceptions about getting custom clothes made?
A: Great question. The two biggest misconceptions about custom clothing are the price and the amount of effort. People often think that custom suiting is only for men that can afford to spend a significant amount of money. This is absolutely not true. Custom clothing is for anyone and we are seeing more brands taking great strides to ensure that custom clothing can be attainable for everyone. The second misconception is that custom clothing requires a large time commitment on the part of the consumer. Also not true. With the ability to now order custom clothing online you are able to build a custom wardrobe with minimal time and effort.  READ MORE >>

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Jun 11, 2013 >> #5MinutesWith: SNL’s Aidy Bryant and her Nail Art

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We’ve been big fans of Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant since she was a rising star in Chicago improv scene, making appearances at The Annoyance Theatre and Second City’s e.t.c. stage. The funny lady just completed her first year as a SNL cast member (One of our faves this season? This bloody good sketch featuring Aidy and Kristen Wiig.), and she’s back in Chicago this week with SNL costars Cecily Strong and Tim Robinson to perform in Knuckleheads, a sketch show that’s part of the TBS Just For Laughs comedy festival. (Get tickets here! If you go to the show, make sure to check out Aidy’s nails. As her Instagram followers know, this lady loves nail art. And we love the designs she picks for her digits. So much so, that we had ask her to choose her top five nail looks—directly from her Instagram feed—and tell us all about them!

“My friend and fellow Chicago-to-NYC-transplant started an awesome nail wraps company called Rad Nails. I love these cut outs because you can paint your nails whatever color your want and add the stickers. I’m also a big fan of their pizza slice cut outs!”

“These Marc By Marc Jacobs nail wraps were one of my favorites. Pretty much anything gold and shiny is good with me.”

“I got these done at Valley Nails in NYC, it’s my go-to spot for nail art. Their Instagram is a great place to get inspiration.”

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Jun 4, 2013 >> TOP TEN! Must-have sun-friendly SPF makeup products

This week, we’re talking about Summer Beauty. (Ready to try the Ombre Eyeliner look? Click here!) And one thing you should definitely include in your summer beauty routine is SPF. We’re not just talking about daily sunscreen—although that’s important, too. You can find SPF in just about every beauty product these days. From lipstick to powder and shampoo to eye cream, these essential daily items will protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays and keep you looking fab—because as much as we love the Citrus Kiss look, it just doesn’t go well with a sunburn.

We’re beauty testers when it comes to most products on the market, and the ones below get the G&F seal of SPF-approval!

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A. Ole Henriksen Perfect Truth CC Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $26 at Sephora

B. Redken Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12, $40 at Amazon

C. Philosophy Hope in a Jar A to Z Cream, $38 at Ulta

D. Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation, $33 at MAC  READ MORE >>

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Jun 3, 2013 >> 5 Minutes With Devyn

You know you know that face! The winner of Oxygen’s ‘The Face’ show sparkles in G&F and Sun-Times Splash‘s collab Summer Fashion issue (check out the Sun-Times Splash site for more info on the shoot!). And to celebrate the fun, we invited Devyn for some al fresco gossip and bubbles on the patio of RM Champagne Salon to talk about her time on the G&F and Sun-Times Splash set, future ambitions and being the tallest person anywhere she goes. Oh. And take it from us: don’t challenge Devyn to a model face-off. You’ll lose.

Watch this extra G&F episode today:

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May 30, 2013 >> I’ll have what she’s having: Chicago bartenders share their favorite nail color

Earlier this week we told you about the nail colors we’re most excited about this summer. Today, we’re turning to a group of Chicago ladies who use their hands—and show off their nails—on a daily basis: Bartenders! Whether they’re slinging drinks at a posh restaurant and shaking cocktails at your favorite neighborhood spot, these well-manicured ladies know how to quench your thirst. They also know a thing or two about nail colors, we had to ask: “What colors are you most excited to wear this summer?!?!?”

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“I always wore black nails in the winter and would only do French nails in the summer…until I started going to a new nail salon, Nail Cessity. Now, I likes to wear pastels, and this summer I’m excited to wear neon coral and other tropical colors!”

Come here! By Essie, $8 

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May 29, 2013 >> 5 Minutes with Eddie Borgo

Mixing rock and roll history with the pulsing energy of New York City, Eddie Borgo’s jewelry is at once a celebration of all things American. The bold and beautiful line—which recently dotted the red carpet at this year’s Met Gala thanks to Sienna Miller, Cara Delevingne and Miley Cyrus—is quickly becoming a staple for the go-to in costume jewelry chic. Eddie recently visited Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue to talk shop about favorites from his line and which celeb’s jewelry box he covets (Warning: you will too after reading).

A: Geometric. Timeless. Graphic.

A: Probably the Mexican actress Maria Felix. She had an extraordinary jewelry collection including the 41.37 carat Ashoka diamond. She also regularly commissioned Cartier to create pieces for her—pieces which are today the most significant of the Cartier archive.   READ MORE >>

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May 28, 2013 >> You’re Invited! Meet HGTV’s Kelly Edwards

The darling designer Kelly Edwards will be on hand next Wednesday, June 5th to sign copies of her new book, The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home. Plus you can enter to win a private consultation with Kelly and a $500 gift card to Room & Board—now if this isn’t a stylish and design-friendly way to spend a Wednesday night, we don’t know what is!


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May 28, 2013 >> Nailed It! Three Go-To Shades for Summer Nails

So you think you know summer nail colors? Think again! Yes, summer manis over the past couple of years usually end with a bright (or even neon) polish—and that’s totally fine for this year. But don’t be afraid to try something different, too. The spring runways featured nails coated in shades of whites, blood reds and pale colors. Nail polish is one of the easiest ways to make a fashion statement—and these fresh hues will keep you on trend on even the hottest summer night.

Summer Nail Polish Trends White Nails

This clean color can be worn alone—or add a little nail art on a digit or two for some added whimsy.

FROM LEFT THE RIGHT: “Under the covers” by Spehora Collection, $5 // Marshmellow by Essie, $8 // Amazing Grace by Deborah Lippmann, $17

Summer Nail Polish Trends Red Nails

Don’t cover your all of your nails in this rich color—that will look too fall-ish. Instead, just add a splash of blood-red polish on the nail (by dipping a fine-tip striper brush into the bottle and then allowing the polish to drip down the nail) to create a look Sookie from True Blood would be proud of.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Chinatown by NARS, $17 // “Revlon Red 680″ by Revlon, $4 // Rouge Noir by Chanel, $27


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May 23, 2013 >> Get the Look! Summer Beauty from our Summer Fashion Issue

This past week, we debuted our Summer Fashion issue that ran in the Sun-Times Splash mag (check it out here!) with an extended cut on G&F! Although we were eager to share our favorite summer wardrobe staples, it seems like you were more interested in hearing about some of the beauty products used to try out the dreamy looks created by Ford make up artist Maggie Kerr. And the lips have it! Those bright poppy puckers were the scene stealers and we’re sharing the colors in this post.

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You ask? We dish! Maggie gives us the 4-1-1 on all the beauty products—especially the lip colors!—used to build the perfect Summer make up looks for an inspired season.

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LIP: NYX Matte Lipstick in Shocking Pink, $5.99
EYE: Smashbox’s Jet Set Eye Linger in Deep Black, $22 with Arced Liner Brush #21, $20 READ MORE >>

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May 22, 2013 >> 5 Minutes With Catt Sadler

One look at Catt Sadler and you’ll understand why we have an incredibly huge girl crush on the E! News journalist. The brunette bombshell rules the fashion waves hosting E! specials and red carpet events, and her own personal style sparkles as one of our favorite TV personalities. But wait! There’s something even better! Coming to Chicago for one day only, Catt will be speaking on a panel of fashion and beauty pro’s at Simply Stylist on Saturday, June 8th. Details after the break.

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Before the fashion lover comes to the Windy City, we asked her a few questions in prep for her Simply Stylist appearance.

A: I really want to rock itty bitty midriff exposing tops! I’ve picked up a few, but am hitting my crunches extra hard before I slip into them!

A: Snakeskin is incredibly trendy right now. I’ve done animal prints in the past. Been there, done that. Kind of over it.

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May 21, 2013 >> Now you see (through) it: 10 awesome clear accessories

We covered so many great summer trends (hello, black + white, ruffles and more!) in our Summer Fashion Special—check out the collab with Splash here—but there is one more we wanted to highlight. The see-through accessory trend is big this season, and we’re clearly (get it?) on board. From clutches to jewelry and watches to shoes, these crystal-clear items have nothing to hide. These accent pieces are playful and fun, and will give your outfit an extra level of freshness.

And here’s a tip: Pair one or two with a simple ensemble to keep a nice balance of whimsy and sophistication. Check out ten of our favorite finds:

Clear Accessories Spring G&F Blog

A. Bright Love Lucite clutch, $295 at

B. Audi pump by Manolo Blahnik, $775 at Barneys New York

C. Clear plastic collar, $35 at Topshop

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May 9, 2013 >> Get this! Remix Aromatherapy


Meet Giselle Wasfie: former Glamour magazine editor turned acupuncturist. The bubbly Chicago-based healer’s studio is a safe haven for curing what ails you. Whether it be acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping or Reiki, Giselle’s knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine combined with charming bedside manner make for an instant energy upgrade. But wait! There’s something new! Are you practically on pins and needles? Giselle’s latest endeavor takes her classic training and brings it smack-dab into your home. Meet Remix Aromatherapy, a line of five 2 ounce scents aimed to bring Giselle’s studio to wherever you need it. From calming nerves with Chill to eliminating negativity with Cleanse, the collection is as useful as it is well-designed.

We catch up with Giselle to talk style, beauty and the  launch of Remix Aromatherapy. And just so you know:  you might have to look up where your Thalamus is, too.

Q: We’re digging this aromatherapy line. Give us the scoop.
A: The sense of smell is the most powerful of all Five Senses, as it is the only one that passes straight to the memory cortex without going through the other areas of the brain first (the other four have to pass through the thalamus first). For example, when I get a whiff of Calvin Klein’s Eternity, I immediately go back to 8th grade, yikes! My all-natural aromatherapy is an organic extension REMIX’s holistic healing beliefs and lifestyle approach to overall wellness. It’s yet another tool to manage the challenges of modern life from a natural approach, as needed and on the spot, sensually.

Q: Play favorites: what’s your favorite scent from the new collection?
A: Dirty question, I like it! It would be a tie between Chill (((Night))), which smells rich, seductive but still airy and Flow, which smells like an awesome day out at the beach and sun-tanned skin and sand between your toes that feeling that leaves you wanting more. READ MORE >>