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Jan 21, 2015 >> Dance Revolution! Meet Wendy Whelan [VIDEO]

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After gracing the stage of the New York City Ballet for 30 years, Wendy Whelan curtsied into retirement last October at age 46. Never a stranger to the stage and always eager for more, Wendy launched the Wendy Whelan New Works Initiative to commission and tour, you guessed it, new work. Her first project from the Initiative is “Restless Creature,” a traveling performance of duets by four male choreographers.

Whelan is set to perform Wednesday at the Harris Theater to a sold out house, so we had to meet up with the Prima Ballerina to learn about life after three decades at the New York City Ballet. We chat Harris Theater stageside before Wendy warms up on how she continues to embody beauty from the inside out and how that first step onto the Nutcracker stage when she was eight sealed the deal.



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Jan 20, 2015 >> #5MinutesWith Sebastien Lagree

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In honor of our Healthy Beauty Issue, G&F’s contributing fashion editor—and total health nut!—Helen Berkun gets #5MinutesWith fitness innovator Sebastien Lagree. We love the blonde bombshell’s philosophy of being the best you can be from the inside out. Sebastien often describes his empire of workouts, patented machines and studios as a lifestyle brand, not just a fitness brand. The Lagree Method extends well beyond a workout—helping restore the body’s natural balance to create a lithe and powerful body, resistant to the everyday stresses of work and life. Inspired by Pilates, Lagree invented “The Megaformer”, a system of resistance and counter resistance used to place muscles under constant tension and work them to failure point. The no impact program features targeted exercises performed at a slow and controlled pace with a combination of a core-burning workout that blends Pilates, cardio and strength training. Basically: it’s bad ass. Celebs are even hooked: Sofia Vergara bought “The Megaformer” for her house.

Read on to learn some expert secrets as Helen works out with the man himself! Lagree gives pointers on getting the best out of your workouts and gaining happiness through health, from the inside out. Oh, and who’s butt he’d love to have.  READ MORE >>

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Jan 12, 2015 >> Let’s Get Juiced: Four Favorite Juices

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Let’s face it: there are a lot of juice recipe combos out there. If you can find that prized recipe, your juicing street cred gets knocked up a few notches. You know the recipe we’re talking about. Just the right amount of kale. Not too much lemon. Maybe a handful of mint. But finding time to perfect your favorite juice is not very realistic.

Until then, we’re adding four more juices to tack on to your rotation that we tested out on our ‘Let’s Get Juiced’ Spring Beauty shoot. Trust us: these ones are delicious.


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Jan 12, 2015 >> We’re handing it to the Chicago Puppet Fest

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Say hello to Chicago’s newest cultural festival—Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. The 10-day fest will showcase a captivating and eclectic lineup of puppet styles from around the world including marionettes, shadow puppets and other innovative styles of contemporary puppetry. Our favorite venues around the city will converge to present the inaugural fest, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum and Chicago History Museum. Follow along as we channel our inner Jim Hensen and give all you puppet newbies our top show picks for the fest.

We couldn’t resist trying our hand at the great art of puppetry! We’re learning puppet manipulation 101 with the co-curators of the Nasty, Brutish, and Short puppet cabaret, a mini-fest within the fest featuring works that mash up classic stories into dark & twisty, humorous, tender and everything in between.



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Jan 12, 2015 >> #5MinutesWith: Juicing + Selfies

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We’re kicking off our first issue of 2015 with a mix of style—and a whole of juicing! To celebrate our ‘Let’s Get Juiced’ feature, we asked a five creative babes with a penchant for healthy living to dish their guilty juicing pleasures. The result? A tell-all of New Year’s Resolutions + the sweetest selfies to boot.

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Favorite juice recipe?
The greener, the better! I immediately feel revived & healthier when I have one. I love the Green blend at Trader Joe’s because it’s got a whole pound of spinach in there! It tastes nice, too.

How do you start your day?
After not hitting snooze (a 2015 goal!), I get up and drink a pint glass of water with lemon before a very necessary cup of coffee. My TV is always tuned to WGN Morning News because laughter is my #1 mental-health workout.

New Year Resolutions?
To broaden my horizons and subsequently welcome whatever that brings into my life… and to stop hitting snooze.  READ MORE >>

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Dec 23, 2014 >> G&F Holiday Flashback!

At G&F, we take the Holidays very seriously. Very seriously, indeed. And each year brings on new Holiday fun as well as taking a peek back at our past Holiday antics to kick ourselves in high Holiday spirit.

But why do we get to have all the fun? Follow along at the links below to check out our big Holiday shoots. From Gift Guides to Sing-a-Longs (and even a blushing Mr. Claus), we’ve got lots of spirited energy in the G&F Holiday archives. CLICK IMAGES BELOW TO SEE THE STORIES >>




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Dec 22, 2014 >> The Fig & Walnut Julep at Fig & Olive [VIDEO]

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The Holidays: Straight Ahead! But come unarmed to your family’s festivities, and you may have a long night ahead of you of botched carols and bad egg nog. Start the season off right with an inspired cocktail that will surely help all spirits be merry and bright—especially yours. And anytime we’re feeling uninspired, our favorite perch to perk up is in the Gold Coast. Fig & Olive, the glittering jewel of the Happy Hour set is decked out in Holiday cheer this time of year, and we belly up to the bar to learn the how-to on a classic cocktail from their menu that has a very festive slant.

Meet the Fig & Walnut Julep. Their part namesake cocktail mixes the soft, fruity tones of St. Germain, port and muddled black figs with the depth of Bourbon. Yes. It sounds as good as it tastes. And for those of you who can’t find the perfect fig this time of year—isn’t it Figgy pudding season somewhere?!—Fig & Olive recommends pomegranate seeds as an substitute. [Mixologist note: Up the simple syrup in the recipe slightly to balance out the pomegranate tartness].

Learn the Fig & Walnut Julep recipe >>  READ MORE >>

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Dec 18, 2014 >> New Year’s at Nellcôte

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The Holiday Hustle is ON, people! While everyone is trimming the tree and wrapping gifts—need some help in that arena? We’ve got you, people!—we’re also thinking about that very special day that needs no introduction: New Year’s Eve.

This year, we’re saying Oh La La to the NYE. Nellcôte, the hotbed for a fancy night out in a well-appointed—and massive!—West Loop space, is hosting a New Year’s fete to fete all New Year’s fetes. Aptly titled “Party Under the Chandeliers,” Nellcôte’s chic and high-energy atmosphere will be transformed to up the ante for NYE fun. What do we love? We’re excited for DJ Lani Love’s curated beats (She tells us the night will start along the lines of The Knack “My Sharona” and into super fun throwback 90’s and 00’s like Mack Morrison’s “Return of the Mack.” #YesLaniLoveYes). Oh, and after a glass or two of bubbly, wood-fired pizzas from Executive Chef Jared Van Camp. Oh, and at midnight, champagne and macaroons will be passed—how very French of them! And here’s a tip: for a VIP ticket and up, you can also get access to RM Champagne Salon. Très chic!

Watch as Nellcôte bar director Mea Leach dolls out a French 75 >>


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Dec 10, 2014 >> Backstage at the Goodman’s A Christmas Carol [VIDEO]

Now in it’s 37th year, the Goodman Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol leaps colorfully off the stage and right into your heart. Cheesy as that sounds, we’re not afraid to say it. 37 years of Charles Dickens’ Scrooge finding a richer way to live filled with hope, love and charity might make some companies shudder. But for Chicago and the Goodman, it’s come to be known as the glittering benchmark of festivity for the holiday season, and this year is no different for the award winning theatre company.

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With 11 returning cast members—including Larry Yando who leads the cast for his 7th time as the cynically cathartic Ebenezer Scrooge—the production also welcomes some new Carolers to the mix. And one role in particular casts quite a sparkling impression on theatre goers. Meet Lisa Gaye Dixon playing the Ghost of Christmas Present.

Out of the four ghosts that visit Scrooge, none is more fun and frivolous than Christmas Present. Lisa lights up the stage with a sweetly contagious laugh, a brilliant scarlet red costume and multicolor glitter. Oh, the glitter. We mean a lot of glitter. At practically every line, a handful of glitter is thrust into the air—it’s her character’s exclamation point. The veteran Chicago actress is dotted with many theatrical milestones, but she puts all of herself into this role. Literally: “The laugh is actually my laugh,” she chuckles while filming our G&F Interview.


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Dec 9, 2014 >> What’s on set: Men’s Grooming Essentials


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Earlier this month, we debuted our Men’s Fall + Holiday fashion story. East London meets West in this prep school display of layered textures and dressed-up duds all washed down with an undeniably cool demeanor. To prep for this shoot, groomer Kristina Feyerherm lined up her skin and hair care essentials to create an effortless and radiant look for our two models. The result? Barely there style with the perfect products to form just the right amount of regimen for your morning routine.

We chat with the accomplished hair and make up artist to snag what’s in her bag. Ladies, listen up, we see five easy Holiday presents for the gents in your life. They can thank us later. >>  READ MORE >>

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Dec 5, 2014 >> #5MinutesWith Rachel Zoe + Robin Moraetes of DreamDry

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Synonymous for all things style, Rachel Zoe has rolled into town setting up the latest incarnation of one of her fashionable businesses: DreamDry Salon. Chicago is the lucky home to the third DreamDry location—two are constantly booked solid in NYC—and the brand has cozied up on Armitage Avenue in a chicly appointed space. We mean: Did you expect anything less?

While in town, Rachel and business partner Robin Moraetes put the finishing details on the new beauty outpost. From crazy beautiful mirrors to swoon-worthy lighting fixtures—and the sweetest staff you’ll ever encounter—DreamDry is a glam girl’s haven for getting an efficient, well-priced service from a staff that is trained to know the trends. That’s the goal of DreamDry: super glam for a fraction of the cost. We like the way Robin and Rachel think.

The dynamic pair—whose mains could obviously not have looked any more chic—sat down with G&F’s creative director to talk the ultimate blowout, the perfect Holiday look and horrible hair memories they’d rather forget. >>

G&F: With two NYC salons, why Chicago next?

Robin: The women in Chicago are so style savvy. And we want to bring everyday glamor to the city and create better efficiencies for an affordable luxury every day.

Rachel: And DreamDry is for women who are on the go all the time and need to look good. And don’t have two hours to do it themselves. Me attempting to do my own hair takes me a year. The mantra of the business is having that $500 experience without spending that. People get addicted. And that’s not a bad problem for us to have.  READ MORE >>

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Dec 3, 2014 >> Holiday Glaze! We get an Update this season

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With the Holiday season upon us, there is no better time to outfit your home in brassy tinsels and glam golds. In fact, we encourage it! We trek to Oak Park to visit a boutique that knows a thing or two about decking the halls in Hollywood Regency metallics. Meet Update, the chic outpost for inspired interiors set along the charming main street of downtown Oak Park.

The home design haven is a sanctuary for glistening golds and shining silver and we visit the shop on a blustery day to try our hand at gilding a few easy items to up the holiday ante for our entertaining this year. The boutique’s resident Interior decorator Bret Burdick walks us through the paces to creating the perfect shine. Watch the G&F Extra video to get a taste of the gold rush.>>

While Bret showed us something more hands-on, there is plenty to grab and go at Update to add instant glimmer to your Holiday table. We ask Bret and the Update team to share some of their favorite go-to’s for the season:

Bret says: We all have at least one or two friends who are cheese aficionados! This set is a great way to brighten up their holiday cheese tray with gleaming platinum handles.  READ MORE >>

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Nov 28, 2014 >> Small Business Saturday is (almost!) here



All this week, we’re celebrating Small Business Saturday. Smack dab in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a chance to shop small at the businesses around town that make the retail landscape exciting, refreshing and unique. Can you say “Holiday Present Shopping?!”

While we featured five beauty businesses that we love to #ShopSmall at—you can check out the story here—the city is full of independent retailers whose stylish DNA is focused on great service, cool stuff and a warm welcome.  READ MORE >>

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Nov 25, 2014 >> Here Comes the Groom!

The quaint Merz Apothecary in Lincoln Square packs a serious modern punch. Don’t be fooled by the polite customer service, old fashioned product knowledge and classic wood paneling, this one-stop-shop is a hip paradise for those on the hunt to up the game in their health and beauty regimen.

How can they be so cool with the times? The family-owned business—check out their feature in our Small Business Saturday story!—stocks the dusted daily shelves with over 13,000 products. Owner Anthony Qaiyum shops for hundreds of these products to find the best new items out there and since we’re smack dab in the middle of our Men’s issue, we asked owner Anthony to pick his grooming favorites. And surprisingly, even with 13,000 products to choose from, he knew exactly what to share. Stocking stuffers? You bet your bottom dollar. See Anthony’s favorites below. >>

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From the perfect face tonic—yes, gents, you need that, too—to a Chicago-made comb that is a serious piece of art, Anthony dissects what should be in every modern man’s dopp kit these days. 

Anthony says: For those on your list with a beard or moustache, this compact leather set is the perfect gift. It has a very sharp scissors for accurate trimming along with a 2-in-1 comb/brush.  READ MORE >>

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Nov 24, 2014 >> It’s Pie Time!


Ready. Set. It’s Pie Time! The founder of the sweet new foodie blog + self-proclaimed pie making machine, Sana Khan visits G&F for our annual Thanksgiving special. Don’t tell mom, but we’re forgoing the turkey this year and heading straight for dessert. And Sana knows a thing or two about good tasting—and good looking!—sweet delights after dinner. Born out of love for baking thanks to her mother and her Indian family heritage, Chai & Pie Co. marries the two treats, bringing family and friends closer together over the shared love of, well, Chai & Pie. The website offers insights into Sana’s foodie travels. And bonus! A full menu of treats are available for order—can you say “Cross dessert off your Holiday wishlist?”

So what’s on tap for turkey day this year? We help Sana bake up a Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie. We’ll sum it up for you in one word: delicious. Watch the G&F Interview below to see the recipe in action (and learn more about sweet Sana). And to make it even easier this holiday season—we know you’re going to have a lot on your plate!—snag Sana’s recipe below, too!


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Nov 21, 2014 >> Who’s ready to #ShopSmall?

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Before we start shopping for everyone else on our wish list, we’re treating ourselves to a day of indulgent beauty. And what better way to do so then to #ShopSmall. Nestled nicely between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, American Express’ SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is celebrating its fifth year, supporting local businesses on Saturday, November 29th whose MO is providing exceptional products and services for the neighborhood set.

See the five beauty brands we visited for our #ShopSmall story here.

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Nov 20, 2014 >> Chicago In Focus: Warby Parker Frame Studio

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It may feel like—gasp!—seven degrees outside but for NY-based eyeglass brand Warby Parker, they are still urging people to #SmileChicago.

Popping up along Lincoln Park’s once glam shopping destination, Armitage Avenue, Warby Parker’s sleek seasonal storefront space is following in the footsteps of other brands who have similar grass roots vibes in revitalizing the charming block. From relative newbies like Berco’s Popcorn and Le Pain Quotidien to the nearly thirty year reign of Art Effect, Warby Parker Frame Studio breathes new life into the Lincoln Park shopping street.

So what’s in store in this store, you ask? With a pop-up concept that is perfectly timed for Holiday pictures—we’ll get to that in a second!—the cozy space features a Video Jukebox for customers to check out retro VHS titles on a big comfy couch as well as geek out at a wall of vintage cameras from A&A Studios. A super creative space to come try on some frames, kick it with friends or just get out of the cold for a few minutes.  READ MORE >>

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Nov 19, 2014 >> #5MinutesWith Andrew Chen of 3sixteen

For our men’s issue, we explored the far reaches of the city, talking shop with Jay Michael of Flats Chicago and shooting our men’s fashion editorial in the design-friendly building of the cutting edge housing firm. And now, the booming cultural and retail hub of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood just got a little more manly thanks to the opening of Notre on Clark Street’s popular shopping strip.

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Founded by four dudes who have a knack for the good stuff when it comes to men’s wares. Notre’s goal is a high-end experience with a casual and cool approach (read: they want you to come hang out in their store, gents). And when it comes to cool, they’re stocking the shelves with some serious contenders in the fashion scene. One brand in particular is 3sixteen denim. The NY-based brand’s focus on creating purposeful garments with an eye for construction and an acute attention to detail has put them on the map as the go-to pant for rough-and-tumble dapper dan. Andrew Chen, founder and owner of 3sixteen, popped by the opening party of Notre earlier this month and we stole some time with the jean guy to talk buying new denim, Chicago eats and the highly debated jean short.  READ MORE >>

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Nov 4, 2014 >> G&F Top Three: Culture Fix!

In this week’s issue, we’re celebrating the arts in all forms with interviews with the artistic team behind Beyond the Aria, the first collaboration between the Lyric Opera and the Harris Theatre as well as the curator of costumes of Chicago History Museum who is about to launch one of the most ambitious exhibitions to date at the Lincoln Park museum: Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile.

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While these two itineraries might make for a perfect end cap to your weekend, we’ve got a few other cultural explorations that are must-do’s as well. And just in time, too! It’s only a matter of moments before the airwaves get inundated with Holiday songs. So before the tinsel goes up—yes, we said it!—take advantage of a few crash courses in culture. From Dance Chicago, a month long explosion of all things, well, Dance to meeting one of the most prolific names in the fashion industry, it’s time to tune in and explore your creative side before the Holiday rush.

Through November 9th, 2014

Celebrating its 25th year, the Chicago Humanities Festival is an explosion of everything cool. Bold statement, we know, but we’ve got to call a spade a spade. With programming from notables like Anne Rice, Angelica Huston and Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelsson to explorations in art, music and film, the line-up is impressive for the curious-minded. While the 25th season wraps up on Sunday, November 9th, we’re picking a few of our favorite seminars that might just make your upcoming weekend a little more bright. Shall we interest you in Blues By Bus, a bus tour of Chicago highlighting favorite landmarks in Blues history? Or maybe The Sounds of Freedom, celebrating the place of gospel music in the civil rights movement? Or perhaps Mermaids in Paradise featuring author Lydia Millet’s newest work. >>  READ MORE >>

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Oct 27, 2014 >> Spice up your Halloween with this recipe [VIDEO]

We’re cooking the ultimate fall dish perfect for entertaining guests with Kiki Luthringshausen, foodie expert and blogger of Beauty and Her Feast. Kiki leads us through a how-to to whip up a fideo with mushrooms and chorizo: a spin on a classic paella. And since it’s the season of playing dress-up—as if we needed an excuse!—we’re getting all picante in the kitchen with this spanish dish and costumes to match. Watch on to see the step-by-step: costumes not required.


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Oct 27, 2014 >> It’s Vaportini time! We check out the latest drink craze [VIDEO]


We’re getting spooky with spirits at mEAT restaurant in their Streeterville location with co-founder John Dalton. mEAT offers gourmet skewers, fondue, paleo and gluten free menu options, and molecular cocktails that a cook, health nut, or chemist could all appreciate on the same palate. John slips the fondue for this segment and brews us up a Vaportini—a drink that’s inhaled rather than swallowed.

With the help of some heat—and maybe black magic!—we heat up some alcohol and watch the crystal ball fill up with vapor. Breath into the Halloween spirit and Stop by mEAT to get a whiff of this ghoulish cocktail. Bonus points if you dress up like your favorite villain.


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Oct 24, 2014 >> Feel Good Beauty: Hamsa Center [VIDEO]

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For our Feel Good Beauty Issue, we’re getting grounded with the ancient practices of Ayurveda (Eye-Yur-Vay-Da for those of you who want to let it roll off the tongue like a yogi). A system of traditional Hindu medicine, Ayurveda translates to “life knowledge” which is gained through our relationship with the environment. What better person to chat these principles than with Ayurveda pro Monica Yearwood, owner of Hamsa Center. We sit at her Lakeview studio to talk incorporating these ancient philosophies into a modern lifestyle to create a harmonious mind/body balance.


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Oct 20, 2014 >> We Werq it out at Pilates ProWorks [VIDEO]

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It’s no secret regular exercise is one of the keys to healthy skin. Physical activity promotes healthy circulation and blood flow to skin cells for healthy and luminous skin. But blah blah blah… you already know all that jazz. So we’re upping our game in the name of healthy skin and beauty! And since we’re talking about everything feel good beauty this issue, we’re working up a sweat at the new Pilates ProWorks in Lincoln Park.


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Oct 15, 2014 >> #5MinutesWith Jeraldine Mendoza [VIDEO]

Meet Jeraldine Mendoza, the prima ballerina who is about to take center stage in the first ever production of Swan Lake by award winning Chicago-based ballet company, the Joffrey. Inspired by Edgar Degas, the ballet-within-a-ballet combines classical elements with a modern vision and a touch of fantasy—and of course!—breathtaking choreography.

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Jeraldine embodies the grace and beauty of a world-class ballerina, but doesn’t let her unique personality and style disappear into the wings. She has caught the attention of the public eye as a recipient of the pretigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund and you can even keep up with her adventures through her blog, A Window Seat View: Fly With Me.


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Oct 15, 2014 >> Get Centered at Rooted [VIDEO]

Here at G&F, we’re ready to try anything. And in the spirit of our Feel Good Beauty Issue, we’re tapping into our inner hippie to explore self-expression in new ways to feel good from the inside out. We headed to Wicker Park’s brand new establishment, Rooted Self Expression Center, to explore our inner awareness with a movement and voice class. Shruti Sekhri, the Founder and Chief Self Expressionist at Rooted, explains the importance of genuine connections along with acceptance and love for ourselves:.

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“We have hit a tipping point where we are tired of getting lost in our smart phones.  We’re beginning to become aware of how numbing the constant ‘connection’ can be—a need to awaken our souls. We are at the start of a movement where emotional self care is important.”

Agreed. Period. We try our hand at a full immersion class at Rooted to see if we can tap into our inner lovechild. Watch our G&F Extra video below to see us unwind and connect within >>


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Oct 10, 2014 >> Ones to Watch: New Design

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Each Fall, we find a few of our favorite local style stars who are busting at the seams with brilliant pieces of work. We featured five of these veteran designers in The Art of Style feature. But with a city as big as ours, talent finds its way in a variety of different avenues and we’re finding some other Midwest artists who are creating beautiful things for beautiful people. These four new start-ups are itching to go big time with designs that are as inspiring as they are unique. Meet four new companies that are worth bookmarking. >> READ MORE >>

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Oct 9, 2014 >> #5MinutesWith Sydney Evan

For Rosanne Karmes, the sought-after designer of Sydney Evan jewelry, accessorizing one’s self is not only about looking good on the outside, it’s about feeling good too. The entire collection—which, believe us, is massive!—features sweet jewelry treats of all sizes and motifs aimed at sparking that emotional and sentimental attachment for the wearer. And that’s what we love about the line: shopping for yourself or a loved one becomes an experience. It’s about wearing a charm that symbolizes your relationship, your BFF or your fabulous Caribbean vacation that you dream about to help you get through the changing of the seasons.

Whatever the meaning, Sydney Evan has it. And we’re hooked. And we’re not the only ones. With a celeb following that grows by the day, Sydney Evan jewels are dotting the wrists of fashionable femmes from coast to coast.

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Did we mention that the designs are customizable, too? Roseanne and her team will be armed with 90 charms and 30 different colored beads for a Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue in-store appearance on Friday, October 17th—details below! We catch up with the designer before her whistlestop tour to talk baubles, bites and that one Sydney Evan-wearing celeb that totally had this charming designer floored. >>

We’re going crazy for your lightning bolt stud earrings and all the celestial-related jewels—we have to ask, who have you been most starstruck by in your career?
Sarah Jessica Parker wearing my love bracelet. She is a style icon and I was beyond flattered and thrilled to see her express herself through my jewelry.  READ MORE >>

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Oct 6, 2014 >> #5MinutesWith actress Jennifer Lim

We’re celebrating all things local this issue. Okay, we’re always celebrating local like our story featuring five of our favorite Chicago design stars, but back that lens up a bit and there’s a whole lot more happening right now in this big city of ours to talk about. Take, for instance, the award winning Goodman Theatre that just embarked on their 90th season, opening with the heart-wrenchingly sincere Smokefall as well as The World of Extreme Happiness. The latter tells the story of a hopelessly romantic factory girl gaining control over her life amongst China’s economic transformation. Sounds a little heavy, yes. But the result is a playful, powerful and urban exploration of finding oneself amidst cultural pressures. And smack dab in the middle of it all is actress Jennifer Lim who plays the leading lady, Sunny.

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Her resume is off the charts cool with her biggest role to date in 2011’s Chinglish where she earned a Jeff nomination as well as Theatre World award for the Broadway debut. But it’s Jennifer’s down-to-earth attitude that makes this NY-based actress a real star. We catch up with the theatre lover—and leave all the drama for the stage!—before curtain to talk misshaped brows, what’s in her beauty bag and her Chicago love list. >>

First off: You’ve got bangin’ brows. Any tips?
Ha! It’s funny you say that because I got into so much trouble when I first had my brows tweezed at age 18. I was having headshots taken and the makeup artist asked if she could shape my brows. Growing up, I always thought they were too bushy so I gave her the go ahead. When I got home after the shoot, my mother flipped and I got a big scolding for forever ruining my perfectly full brows. Nowadays, I just tweeze the stray hairs and pretty much leave it alone. Though my mother still insists they’re nowhere near as nice as when I was growing up.  READ MORE >>

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Oct 1, 2014 >> Meet the Idle.Wild duo

Peas in a fashion pod. At least that’s how Rhea Fernandez and Angela Carroll, the striking team behind indie label Idle.Wild, like to think of themselves. The two met while modeling and knew instantly that they must create something together.

“We think conceptually, speak in unison and often show up wearing the same things,” says Rhea who immediately fell in love with Angela over a shared connection of shopping in the menswear department. And that personal preference for more masculine cuts and finishes has been a cue for the design of their fledgling line. “There is very little that is delicate or overly feminine about what we create,” Rhea says, “It speaks to the wild woman in all of us.”

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Wearable art? They tout it as such and we’re biting. The tightly edited line features a small collection of luxury items that are the epitome of the statement piece. From oversized scarves with graphic prints and t-shirts to one of our most recent obsessions: the gold metallic Hammered clutch, we’re picking up the vibe the Idle.Wild duo is putting down. And because of all this retail beauty, we can’t help but want to take a peek inside their day-to-day to see what’s inspiring these two wild women, both in the studio and out.

What’s in in the Idle.Wild name?
Angela: Idlewild is the name of a town in Michigan where my family has owned property for generations. My memories in Idlewild are some of my richest and most treasured possessions. Time spent away from normal life, in the company of loved ones, exploring, laughing, purely existing. Barefoot and running wild. Our name is an ode to those moments in life when you feel the most free, of mind and of spirit.

We die over your metallic clutch—what inspired this piece?
Rhea: We’re obsessed with that piece too! It is something that you can be rough with and it will only look better. When we were first designed it, we fell in love with the idea of this perfectly imperfect statement piece. When you think about it, our HAMMERED CLUTCH [photo A] is just like this beautiful city that we live in: massive, full of character and not without flaws but those flaws are an inseparable part of the story.  READ MORE >>

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Sep 25, 2014 >> Say Cheese! Meet the artist [VIDEO]

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For New York City-based artist Cheese, art is everywhere. The soft-spoken illustrator and creator packs a punch with graphic prints that dot Manhattan streets and galleries alike. The colors and lines are Andy Warhol-approved, introducing a revolving door of Millennial pop culture icons like Bart Simpson and Popeye suspiciously eyeing Cheese’s calling card: a wedge of candy-colored swiss, naturally. The same marking dots the NYC street art scene with wood block pieces painted in his signature color palette reminiscent of a psychedelic Mall food court. Basically: we’re hooked.


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Sep 18, 2014 >> Snag This: FMK’s Constellation Cocktail

All this month, we’re bringing you an artful perspective on Fall Fashion and —did you check our illustrated Fall Fashion feature? Or our special collab with Project Onward artist Bill Douglas for our Fall Beauty feature? So! Much! Art!

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And that’s no exception for our latest interview with art vet—and blonde beauty!—Sarah Raskey. We sat down with the spiritual artist at Fulton Market Kitchen to have some G&F fun. To accompany our canvas, Fulton Market Kitchen beverage director Brian Sturgulewski concocted an intoxicating cocktail that is just as dreamy as Sarah’s work. Snag the recipe below:  READ MORE >>

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Sep 18, 2014 >> Fall Faves: Charles Ifergan + Cowshed Spa

When it comes to the professionals, we know how to sniff them out. This season, we’re relying on two heavy hitters in the beauty industry to share their Fall beauty know-how with the G&F reader. With over 40 years of hair experience, the amicable Charles Ifergan hops in front of the G&F camera to talk strands (and even a Knotted Updo Hair how-to!) and the director behind UK-based Cowshed dishes her favorite services from the brand new post at the Soho House Chicago.

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Click above to read the story of these two vets who throw down some serious knowledge about looking and feeling good this season.

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Sep 18, 2014 >> #5Minutes with Sarah Raskey [VIDEO]

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Sarah Raskey’s work explodes on the canvas in a wildly bold display of colors and textures. She’s like Klimt’s apprentice—employing metallics in a dizzying way to show off the cosmos. Or is it the ocean? Or maybe a lily pond. Wherever Sarah’s work takes your mind’s eye, follow along as the journey is colorful and introspective. And that introspection is purely intention. The blonde beauty’s work—that she has exhibited across the world over the last 13 years—is a direct result of her cultivation of spiritual traditions and incorporating her studies into her work.

“Art is about so much more than just what it looks like,” Sarah says, “It is about what it does to us.”

We catch up with Sarah on a lighter note at Fulton Market Kitchen—a West Loop hotspot known for its fusion of food and art. What better place to talk shop then here? Armed with all the sweet supplies—compliments of Sugar Hills Bakery—we get to work making mini, and edible!, works of art with the art pro.


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Sep 3, 2014 >> Project Onward’s Fashion Form

G&F’s September Issues all have one common theme: The Artist. For our kick off issue to Fall, we teamed up with Project Onward on a project that lies smack dab at the intersection of style and art.


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BOTTOM ROW: Adam Hines; Bill Douglas; Michael Smith

After shooting our Fall Beauty story, we sent Project Onward artist Bill Douglas four raw images and asked him to reenvision these shots. The results are stunning—check out the story here—and we were inspired by what the artist’s decisions did with the direction of the piece. G&F’s goal is always to celebrate everyone who has a stylish point of view and Bill’s work was a true testament to living that mantra. Producing a series of eight collages, Bill’s work will be debuted in a new exhibition opening later this month at their Bridgeport Art Center space.  READ MORE >>

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Sep 3, 2014 >> Oodles of Doodles: Meet Doodlebooth [VIDEO]

Even though Jana Kinsman has been illustrating her whole life, the idea for Doodlebooth illuminated while sipping mimosas and drawing friends at a Christmas party—we knew we loved mimosas for a reason! We sit down and chat with the artist about her 4-year-old portraiture service, Doodlebooth. Not only did we see Jana in action during our interview, but we had her transform our closest friends into an army of doodle people at our G&F BFF Dinner. Not many people can capture a person’s essence quite like Jana, but the process seems sweetly simple. She tells us that her portraitures always begin with the face shape and smile. The rest is pure doodle magic.


“I once drew a woman who just lost her hair from cancer treatments,” Jana explains her most memorable sitting. “She had me draw her bald, it was the first time she went bald in public! It was an honor and a very special moment.”  READ MORE >>

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

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

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


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Aug 18, 2014 >> Now Boarding: #RunwayintheSky

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

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

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