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If there is one thing that Chicagoans love to talk about, it’s food. We are no exception, and for our third Food Issue, we gathered ten women from the local culinary scene to give us their insights on the industry and how their leadership and individual skill sets drives their success. Owner of Bon Vivant Cakes, Emily Nerad, graces our cover and talks to us about why cakes are her passion and why we love them, regardless of occasion. Throughout the issue, you will find other food-related stories, from new books to add to your reading list, advice on what to keep in mind when launching your own business to how to take that pitch-perfect photo of your meal before you dive in from a cookbook author. A new year brings with it a desire to change things up a bit, in both our personal and professional lives. In this issue, we have seven easy-to-follow tips on how to get and stay fit this year and in our Inspired Style section, you will find a guide on how to create a work capsule wardrobe that will blend seamlessly into your closet. For the entrepreneurs, fellow boss lady, Becka Bates, tells us why she made the effort to become a WBE-certified company and why you might want to do the same. Dating expert Bela Gandhi offers advice on how to develop and maintain a meaningful relationship in the new year. As we move into our third year (three years already?), we have evolved into more than a magazine, we have built a vibrant and inclusive community of professional women in Chicago. If there are any women in your networks that you think our readers should know about, please let us know. We also encourage you to share stories from Chicago Woman that inspire you to be your best self, at the office and at home. Here’s to a fabulous 2018! Jennifer Smith Tapp Director, Editorial and Brand Strategy jennifer@chicago-woman.com

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PAMPERED PETS Meet Candace Jordan’s Rooney + show your pets some love this Valentines’ Day

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TEAMING: THE ART OF EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION

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This Executives’ Club of Chicago workshop with Gail Berger, Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, teaches you methods to build high-performance teams and maximize your leadership potential. Tickets are $275 for members, $550 for non-members. Group rates also available. 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., JLL, 200 East Randolph Street, 44th Floor, executivesclub.org

Step away from the hustle of the daily entrepreneurial grind and learn how to indulge in self-care at this allinclusive, weekend retreat with other creative women entrepreneurs. Tickets start at $200. February 23, 4:00 p.m.– February 25, 1:00 p.m., Freehand Chicago, 19 East Ohio Street, creativewomens.co

February 2, 2018

GRAND CHEFS EXPERIENCE This fundraiser for the Greater Illinois chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will feature Chicago’s most sought after chefs, mixologists, and pastry chefs for an exclusive evening of culinary delights, philanthropy and networking. 6:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m., Field Museum, 1400 South Lakeshore Drive, cffgrandchefs.com February 14, 2018

PWCC FEBRUARY LUNCHEON: BEYOND MAINSTREAM: CREATING CHANGE WITH A MISSION-DRIVEN COMPANY Jodi Bondi Norgaard, Founder of Go! Go! Sports Girls, shares her experiences with affecting change through your company’s mission. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, pwcc.org

February 27, 2018

CHICAGO WOMAN SALON: ALL ABOUT FOOD Chicago Woman magazine’s first Salon series of 2018 will feature a conversation with several culinary leaders and tastemakers in the city. The evening will also celebrate the launch of local author, Emily Belden’s Hot Mess. Tickets include networking, panel, refreshments and appetizers. Tickets are $25. 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Formento’s, 925 West Randolph Street, chicago-woman.com/salon-food

February 17, 2018

WHIMSY, A DESSERT DREAM BROUGHT TO LIFE The annual fundraiser gala for the For the Love of Chocolate Foundation offers guests a wonderland of sweet treats and entertainment. 7:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m., Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street, ftloc.org

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HEAR ME ROAR March 11–12, 2018 Women shape the world and their influence on symphonic music is far greater than the average classical music program might lend you to believe. In Hear Me Roar, we challenge the traditional image of the classical music composer and present the work of artists from all over the world and spanning nearly a century. This concert celebrates women’s unique voices in classical music and places their work center stage, where it has always belonged. Conducted by Mei-Ann Chen. March 11, 3:00 p.m., Naperville and March 12, 7:30 p.m., Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue, chicagosinfonietta.org

THE GOOD FIGHT Now through February 17, 2018 The true story of British suffragettes who learned jiu-jistsu to fight for the right to vote is brought to life by Babes With Blades in this production at City Lit Theater. 1020 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, babeswithblades.org

PROJECT ONWARD EXHIBIT February 16–March 30, 2018 This exhibit features portraits of celebrated African-American painters, sculptors and printmakers, all created by Project Onward’s master artists. Subjects include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Carrie Mae Weems, Marshall and Elizabeth Catlett, among others. All proceeds benefit Project Onward and its artists. Bridgeport Arts Center, 1200 West 35th Street, 4th Floor, projectionward.org

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HOWARDENA PINDELL: WHAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN February 24-May 20, 2018 The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents the first major survey of the New York-based multidisciplinary artist. Spanning the artist’s five decades-long career, the exhibit features early figurative paintings, pure abstraction and conceptual works, and personal and political art that emerged in the aftermath of a life-threatening car accident in 1979. 220 East Chicago Avenue, mcachicago.org

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Candace Jordan’s dapper doggie If you follow the social columnist and philanthropist, Candace Jordan at all, then you are likely familiar with her adorable sidekick, Rooney. He regularly makes appearances on social media, we had a chance to meet the handsome pooch and find out a little more about him! Rooney’s Story? Rooney unexpectedly entered our life 12 years ago when I was attending a PAWS Chicago development board meeting. They always bring out homeless dogs and cats for the members to see and, on this day, there was only one dog—Rooney. As I watched him being passed from person to person, we locked eyes and I knew he was mine. When he finally reached me, I grabbed him and left the meeting. Founder Paula Fasseas and I still laugh about it! When you know, you just know. Namesake? We already had an older Chihuahua, Mickey, when Rooney came into our lives so my husband and I thought it would be cute--get it? Mickey Rooney!

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Favorite Dog Park? By far, his favorite park is across the street from where we live, Washington Square Park. And even though he’s not a fan of other dogs, he does love to walk and sniff there! Hidden Talent? Rooney has a wonderful hidden talent and that is to make himself invisible when we sneak him into places he’s not allowed to be. We’ve taken him to some of the finest restaurants and he never makes a peep inside his bag. He just loves to be with us and we love being with him! Favorite Toy? His favorite toy is an old, beat-up squirrel plush toy that he’s had since he was a puppy. Whenever we get home from a night out, he always brings this toy to greet us. It’s his gift to us for coming home to him! cw

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Find + Keep Love The beginning of the year puts us in the spirit of improvement, and that’s true in the love department as well! Improving our love lives is high on women’s lists, whether you have it, or want to find it with someone new. Here are the top three ways to find love in the new year, or spice it up if you already have it. by Bela Gandhi

IF YOU’RE COMMITTED IF YOU’RE SINGLE 1. ADJUST EXPECTATIONS It’s OK to not feel butterflies in your stomach love as you’ve been together for years. The newness of when you just met won’t come back but know that what you have now, the safety and security of a loyal person is even better.

2. LET GO OF YOUR RESENTMENTS If you have a chip on your shoulder because your partner isn’t doing enough, those bitter feelings can grind down love. Take a hard look at the expectations you believe your partner isn’t meeting— because they’re your problem. To get the excitement back, strive for acceptance. Doing so can change your dynamic, making it lot easier to communicate, connect, and feel more in love.

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1. GET ONLINE! This is peak dating season—Match.com’s memberships increase almost 50 percent between December and February—mainly driven by New Year’s resolutions. The busiest online dating day is January 17th so get your profile in shape for that day and for all of February—as numbers stay strong!

2. SAY YES TO EVERYTHING! If someone says they want to set you up, say yes! If your friend wants you to go to the neighborhood bar for New Year’s or just a Thursday night, say yes!

3. HAVE A PLAN

3. GET PHYSICAL—AND NOT JUST IN BED Reincorporating everyday

Finding love needs a roadmap, or you’ll find yourself doing the same thing over and over again (with the same old results). If you need a plan, have a friend help you or contact a professional service to help you! cw

physical gestures can stir up those loving feelings again. 30 second hugs are my favorite. Before you know it, those little touches will translate to a deepened emotional connection.

To learn more about Bela Gandhi and Smart Dating Academy, visit smartdatingacademy.com

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dating data PEAK DATING SEASON Every year December– February proves to be the most active months for dating. The busiest online dating day of the year will be January 17 at 8:52 p.m. EST will be the day’s busiest moment. SOURCE: Match.com

YOU’RE NOT ALONE 43 percent of US adults are single per the US census— 107,000,000 singles!

TRENDING UP! Online dating accounts for 1 in 3 relationships today—5 years ago it was 1 in 6!

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ON HER RADAR Personal stylist and style editor Katie Schuppler gives us the lowdown on what she has her eye on this season RUSTIC CUFF BY ARM CANDY Statement-making bracelets are all the rage right now and I love the vintage feel of this option. You can wear it during the day with a casual look, but also into the night with an evening gown to any of the winter galas. $175, RUSTICCUFF.COM HOW TO BE MARRIED BY JO PIAZZA This book gives an honest and fresh perspective on marriage and being a tough independent woman who then starts life with a partner. They go through some of the toughest things in their first year of marriage and she gains insight from different cultures on their versions of marriage and relationships. Married or not, it is a great read for anyone in a relationship. $17, AMAZON.COM EYE BALM BY INDIE LEE If you are a face oil addict like I am then this eye balm is definitely your jam. I use this stuff in the morning and before bed to hydrate around my peepers which has been super helpful in this cold weather. $42, INDIELEE.COM A FABULOUS WRISTLET BY DOONEY & BOURKE All red everything is the color of the season and you can’t beat a wristlet that is not only on trend, but also a classic all-in-one accessory. Perfect to bring along for a night or a quick errand run. $138, DOONEY.COM BREAKOUT PREVENTION PILLOWCASE BY SKIN LAUNDRY A great pillowcase is a necessity when you turn out the lights and this one actually prevents breakouts that can be caused from your everyday pillowcase. It is treated with silver ion technology that gives antimicrobial effects to reduce the presence of bacteria. $30, SKINLAUNDRY.COM TASSEL GEMS BY MNM JEWELRY DESIGN Tassels are everywhere right now on earrings and necklaces and I really love this one because of the major glam factor. I love wrapping this around my neck with a pretty blouse, skinny jeans, and heels. $125, MNMJEWELRYDESIGN.COM VELVET KICKS Velvet always exudes a bit of luxury. Velvet shoes are a perfect way to take a simple casual outfit to the next level by making it the statement piece of your look. $99, HUSHPUPPIES.COM

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The Recipe For Food Photography WITH LOVE & LEMONS’ JEANINE DONOFRIO

Starting her super-successful blog Love & Lemons back in 2011, Jeanine Donofrio and partner Jack Mathews, shot to digital fame through their creation of delicious, healthy recipes, sharing them through mouth-watering photography set in the backdrop of their characterful kitchen. With their first cookbook recently published, Jeanine shares a few key ingredients to help you snap your own culinary creations in style. by Tara Gardner

LIGHT IT UP The most important part about food photography is the lighting. Badly lit food looks unappetizing, so my best beginner tip is to shoot near a window and turn off any overhead lights to get some pretty directional, natural light.

STICKING TO A STYLE Styling your shot should be all about your personal aesthetic. We started shooting on our marble countertops because it was convenient and that became our signature look. Any neutral backdrop that allows the food to come to the forefront is good—natural materials like wood, stone, or linen complement food well. When it comes to props, I prefer to keep things simple. I like the colorful foods to pop, so I go with neutral accessories that are usually in white or gray tones. When I use linens, I like to find napkins that have a subtle stripe instead of a wild pattern. Pick a color or pattern palette which suits your style.

QUANTITY Take lots of photos. If I’m shooting at a restaurant, I’ll have 20 photos on my phone before I edit down to the one I’m going to post. The adjustments I make seem pretty small, but it’s always surprising see how much better my last photo is from the first.

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We shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II for most of the blog work. We use a lot of iPhone photos as well, especially on Instagram. I swear by two apps: A Color Story, for editing photos on the iPhone, and Planoly, for organizing my photos before I post them.

Check out The Love & Lemons Cookbook. $28, amazon.com

To make a real success of your food photography on social media, the main advice I can give is to work really hard at the content you create, be original, post consistently and listen to your audience. cw

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BOOK CLUB We love a good book. We are especially fond of books about food. These two culinary-focused books are on our winter reading list: Unique Eats & Eateries of Chicago by local food and travel writer Matt Kirouac, explores every corner of the city, highlighting spots you might not know, making it a go-to guide for when you are hungry and want something off the beaten path. PHILANTHROPY SPOTLIGHT

Gretchen Burch FIRST VICE PRESIDENT OF THE LUMINARTS CULTURAL FOUNDATION

With a touch of The Devil Wear Prada, Emily Belden’s Hot Mess takes on the West Loop restaurant scene and tells the story of a woman forced to pick up the pieces of running a trendy hot spot after her chef boyfriend falls victim to substance abuse.

WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND HOW DID YOU LAND AT YOUR POSITION WITH LUMINARTS?

Professionally, I am an art appraiser with my own private practice and a background in auctions. I became involved with Luminarts about four years ago and quickly became involved in all aspects of the foundation from the Visual Arts competition to the spring gala fundraiser, and it was only natural to join the board. HOW DOES LUMINARTS HELP ARTISTS MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO LIFE AS A

Luminarts provides an initial award of funding to help bridge the gap between school and career. In addition to recognition and encouragement, Luminarts also provides networking and career development opportunities along with mentorship and ongoing financial support.

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HOW ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH PROFESSIONAL

Together with four other women, I have started Chicago Arts Professionals, hosting a series of informal events for people working in the arts, with the goal of strengthening our Chicago community through facilitating new relationships and personal career development. cw

ARTISTS IN THE CITY?

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small BUSINESS 6 REASONS WHY I GOT MY WBE CERTIFICATION by Becka Bates 2017 has been one hell of a year. Despite an ambitious office buildout and overseeing a busy boutique marketing and branding agency, BatesMeron Sweet Design, I made time to do one more VERY important thing. I took on the arduous task of obtaining a Chicago Women’s Business Enterprise Certification. While time-consuming and invasive, here are six reasons why I felt I had to get my WBE: 1. To Level the Playing Field I’ve owned a business long enough to know that less qualified, male-owned agencies often get the job. The WBE program goes a long way towards giving those who aren’t part of “the club” the opportunity to join. 2. To Improve the Statistics I need to do my part to change the soul-crushing statistics about inequality in the workplace. Here’s one that makes me angry enough to spend a year with my WBE application: According to Marketing Week, the industry’s pay gap WIDENED from 20.8 percent to 22.4 percent between 2015 and 2016.

3. To Open Up Opportunity There is a world of nonprofit and public-sector work BatesMeron would be honored to engage with. 4. To Encourage Social Responsibility When employees and vendors look around them, they want to see diversity. Give the people what they want! 5. To Prove I Could I do not shame my peers who paid attorneys to help them through their WBE application. But I had to prove I could do it on my own. 6. To Raise the Bar If we bring more competition to the market, the quality of work will skyrocket. I hope that BatesMeron joining the ranks of WBE will help elevate the marketing you see around you. There are countless articles reporting on the inequality we face every day as professional women. Getting a Women’s Business Enterprise Certification is my way to help my company thrive. I hope my six reasons might encourage you to consider your WBE. And I’m happy to share my story, just drop me a line. cw

Becka Bates is president of BatesMeron Sweet Design. To learn more about her and her firm, visit batesmeron.com.

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MURAL of WOMEN In December 2017, a mural by famed artist Kerry James Marshall was unveiled— honoring 20 Chicago women who have made their mark in the city’s arts and culture community. The largest artwork ever created or designed by Marshall, the mural is located at the Chicago Cultural Center. Notables like Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Gaines, Ruth Page and Maggie Daley are represented.

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A NEW REASON TO SMILE

While you may have not had braces in your teen years, our teeth can shift or maybe were never quite perfect. Teeth straightening techonology has advanced and now the dentists at Dentologie have developed SMILECYCLE. Within 6 months, using an “Invisalign-like” system, you’ll have a straighter smile—and at a fraction of the cost! Visit Dentologie for more details at dentologie.com

COMMUNITY FEMINIST RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018 by K. Sujata Resolutions guide us and keep us focused on the work ahead. Here at Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), we resolve to make next year a better year for women and girls. Consider joining us by committing to the following: Invest in the leadership of women of color. CFW believes developing women as leaders matters, and that having more women of color in leadership is an important part of ending gender bias. This year, CFW is launching the Willie T. Barrow Fund for Black Women’s Leadership to support leadership development and sisterhood among black women leaders. We will also continue to invest in CULTIVATE: Women of Color Leadership Initiative, for women leading local movements and organizations. Unapologetically expand access to health care. Access to health care, in all its forms, remains under constant attack. In 2017, the federal government attempted to restrict access to reproductive health care, by permitting states to withhold funding for Planned Parenthood and proposing legislation that would cut maternity coverage. In spite of this, Illinois became the first state in decades to end discriminatory limits on coverage for reproductive health and expand access to abortion care. This victory came from women raising their voices.

BlazeDry For many women, dropping into their favorite salon for a blowout is a no-brainer. But for AfricanAmerican women, the proposition can be dicey, as there are stylists who are not experienced working with their hair. BlazeDry, a mobile blowout salon for women of color, could not have come at a better time. Started by local TV reporter Brandis Friedman and her husband Jason, BlazeDry offers the same quality blowouts one would expect at other salons, but in a genius move, these stylists come to your office, home or hotel to beautify you. Learn more at blazedry.com

Empower women to use their voices, and believe them when they do. From Women’s Marches across the country to the #MeToo stories of sexual harassment, women are raising their voices to demand equal rights and opportunities. Calling out bias and injustice are the first step toward change. We will continue to empower women to identify and name gender bias, to share their experiences, and to make their voices heard as advocates and activists. Stop the violence by investing in women, communities. The face of violence in our city is often male, but many of the solutions to the violence plaguing our communities can be found in women. The online plus-size retailer, We believe that by giving them the resources, skills and support to 0 NORTH ELOQUI achieve economic security, to invest in themselves, their families, MICHIGAN AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR, ELOQUII.COM and their communities, we can improve the outlook for our city.

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Continue to build women’s philanthropic power. Women aren’t just asking for change—they are investing their time and resources in organizations working to achieve systemic change. Brought together, individual acts of giving create a collective impact and transform dollars into results: Over the past year, membership in the Giving Council and Circles of CFW increased across the board, which will allow them to make greater investments in communities across our region. cw Learn more about the Chicago Foundation for Women, visit cfw.org JAN UARY /FEBRUARY 2018

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TALES FROM THE TRENCHES

3 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Business Owner of Black Dog Gelato, Jessie Oloroso

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SCIENCE FOR ALL

STEM education only works if it reaches all children. A new PBS digital series called What’s Good, aims to reach young parents in underserved communities. Launching on January 8 across all of PBS’s digital platforms, What’s Good is the product of a Chicago-based production company and teaches children about science through the lens of art and culture in bite-sized, 4-5 minute episodes. Learn more at pbs.org/whatsgood

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One in five fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. don’t meet the strict cosmetic standards of grocery stores, usually causing them to go to waste on the farm—yet the nutritional value and taste is perfectly fine. Enter Imperfect, a West Coast-based produce delivery service that delivers misshapen, but perfectly edible, fruits and vegetables to your home. The service launched in Chicago in December. Learn more at imperfectproduce.com

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When I first started out I was desperate to build the brand and took on any wholesale account that came to me. In doing so, not only did I find myself literally working around the clock, I formed partnerships with other businesses that weren’t always in line with my brand image. Now I take the time to evaluate how a relationship will impact our production and if it is in the best long-term interest of the brand.

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REALIZING A BETTER WORK/LIFE BALANCE. When I opened

my first shop, I worked long and hard hours, sometimes 20-plus hours at a stretch. I lived the business both in the kitchen and at home. I gave everything I had and I put a strain on my body, mind and personal relationships. By compromising my health and well-being, I became a weaker person which ultimately affected my performance at work. I can’t say that I have achieved an optimum balance, but I work on it everyday and am happier for it.

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FAILURE IS JUST PART OF THE PROCESS. It took me years to get Black Dog up

and running and there were days when I thought it was never going to happen because I didn’t land a wholesale account or I couldn’t find the investors I needed. I took these failures personally and probably wasted too much time lamenting my situation instead of adapting and developing a new strategy. The day before I signed the lease for the first shop, I started looking for a job because I thought it was over; I didn’t have enough money. The next day I woke up, told myself I was going to do it anyway and the shop has been open for 8 years. cw

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S IMPLE WAYS TO GET FIT by Caprice O’Bryant

This year, your resolution can become a lifestyle if you follow these simple steps.

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DON’T MAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S BODY YOUR GOALS. You are

amazing and beautiful. If you are fangirling too hard you will miss the mark and never even be proud of your own progress. Be your own motivation.

KEEP IT SIMPLE. You don’t have to do a one-legged deadlift with a 50 pound kettlebell while balancing on a BOSU ball to build muscle. The basics gets results. Squats, mountain climbers, bicep curls, push ups, lunges. Start there.

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KEEP IT SHORT. You are wasting

your time running on the treadmill for over an hour. During prolonged steadystate cardio your body starts burning through your muscles and depleting your glycogen stores so you are no longer in the fat burning zone. Now you’re just burning through your muscle. We need your muscle to burn fat. Keep your cardio interval style. Try a 1-minute sprint, then a 1-minute walk. This will increase your aerobic capacity and get you to burn major calories.

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lifestyle you have to work towards longevity. It is a marathon not a sprint. Stretch well and take rest days so you don’t burn out.

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DON’T STARVE YOURSELF.

Too many people are going 6-7 hours without food thinking it will help them shed a couple of pounds but it won’t. Your body is depending on fuel to function properly. In order to maximize the efforts of your hard work in the gym, you must eat like you love yourself.

DON’T GO TOO HARD TOO FAST. In order for this to become a

GET AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER (hiring a trainer counts for this too). Without accountability there is no consequence for your inactivity.

PUT THE WORK IN AND STOP LOOKING FOR OVERNIGHT RESULTS. You can slow down but you can’t quit. cw

C  aprice O’Bryant is the founder of Excuse Free Fitness. Learn more at excusefreefitness.com

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COOKING UP OPPORTUNITY by Jeanne Reidy and Vanessa Yeh For years, Winnetka resident Emily Boling kept meeting women in her community who were deeply interested in not only securing work, but in developing sustainable careers about which they would be passionate. However, there was a recurring obstacle—these same women often came from challenging backgrounds and lacked the resources to successfully land jobs, a common problem in underserved areas of the city. Boling soon realized that she could combine her passion for helping women and her love of baking—which was nurtured in her grandmother’s kitchen from a young age—to help women reach the next step in their careers. Founded in 2015, Floured Apron runs a 10-week job training and mentoring program that teaches both baking skills and professional development skills. Floured Apron provides transportation stipends, breakfast and lunch, and training supplies for ServSafe certification to ensure job placement after graduation. “I wanted to help women in my community change their future trajectory—for themselves and for their families,” said Boling. “There’s love in baking, and it brings people together. I felt that the kitchen could be an amazing place for these women to support and encourage each other as they sought new opportunities.” The program has been quite successful in doing just that. Nearly 90 percent of the women are successfully placed into a job after graduation, and over 90 percent of those women are still working there six months later. cw Floured Apron is a part of the 1871 ChiBuys program, which supports local women- and minority-owned vendors. Not only has Floured Apron been featured at 1871 events, but 1871 has also sponsored the tuition for a woman to complete the program in hopes that Floured Apron continues to be successful in lifting up women. For more information on the ChiBuys program, visit 1871.com/ChiBuys.

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CLOSETED Interior designer Maura Braun shares five trends in closet design. Before you can start thinking about the closet, start by getting rid of the clutter to assess how to store items you want to keep items through four containers: 1. donation 2. recycle 3. garbage 4. keep. You need to be able to see what you have in order to know what you need in your closet!

1. Closets relate to the interior design of the home. Interior Designers, Houzz and Pinterest are informing consumers on the best ways to design a custom closet and how to select materials, complete with accessories and paint, to coordinate with the adjoining room and design of the home.

2. Closets are being customized to match the lifestyle. A valet pull is a telescoping rod that pulls in or out from the cabinet for hanging dry cleaning or for staging the next day’s outfit. Tilt out hampers for dirty laundry have a custom drawer front look to conceal that it’s a hamper.

3. Closets are becoming more open. LED lighting that is dimmable and doesn’t have to be hardwired opens up the space and highlights items being displayed.

4. Extra bedrooms become walk-inclosets. Closets are being built larger to have a walkin-closet, even if that means taking rooms that were once bedrooms.

5. Closets are maximized through adjustability. Whether it’s a foyer, bedroom, linen or a storage closet, adjustability is key for storing different size items at different heights at later points in time. cw To learn more about Maura Braun and her firm, please visit maurabrauninteriordesign.com.

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LIFE TRY THIS

try this at home It’s too cold to go out. Stay in your PJ’s and fuzzy slippers and try out these recipes for an after-work cocktail and a sweet treat for a quiet Sunday afternoon at home.

EGAN’S OLD FASHIONED 60 ml Egan’s Whiskey 7.5 ml sugar syrup 2 dashes Angostura Bitters orange wheel Stir and strain over ice-filled rocks glass.

VANILLE GALLETTE 2 puff pastry

60 g sugar

60 g soft butter 60 g almond powder 1 egg

1 egg yolk

heavy cream Almond Cream: 1. Cream the butter and the sugar together. 2. Add the egg and mix. 3. Add the flour and almond flour alternating. Galette Assembly: 1. After making the cream, cut the puff dough in two circles (one for the top and one for the bottom). 2. P  ipe the almond cream and leave 1.5” border round the edge. 3. Use water to brush along the edge. 4. Apply top piece to bottom piece and gently push the edges to seal them. 5. H  old the edge with your thumb and cut slits using your knife to make vents that let steam release. 6. Brush the top with mixture of egg yolk and heavy cream. 7. B  ake for one hour at 300° in the oven (the temperature could be adapted according to your oven).

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Offering a menu of contemporary American cuisine by chef Laura Piper, this space boasts four-season atrium seating as well as a private dining room. Early 2018 will also see the debut of The Lunchroom, a quick-serve spot adjacent to Stock and Ledger. 70 West Madison, stockandledger.com

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perfect Instagram has become our source of inspiration for just about everything—especially food. From what to make at home to fabulous dishes from restaurants near and far, it’s no surprise that Chicago (an amazing city for food) is home to some of the most creative food bloggers. Here, three of the city’s top influencers list some of their favorite places.

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Au Cheval

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Southport Grocery and Café

Dove’s Luncheonette

Avec

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The Purple Pig

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VOICES LEADING CHICAGO WOMEN & IDEAS SPONSORED CONTENT

ARE WE EXPECTING OUR PARTNERS TO BE MIND READERS? One of the most common complaints I hear in my office is that a spouse or partner fails to meet the other’s needs—be it emotional, physical, or intellectual. I frequently hear one partner saying that the other should “just know” what they need. My common reply to this is that to expect your spouse to read your mind is to set them up for failure. by Dr. Anne Brennan Malec, PsyD, LMFT

NONVERBAL CUES ARE NOT ENOUGH

Many desire a partner who knows them well enough to fully meet their needs without saying a word; however that is not a reasonable expectation. No one should have to try to figure out what their partner needs based solely upon reading cues. Sure, it can feel extremely comforting to believe that you have fully bonded with your partner and because of this they should be able to read your mind—but in reality, the only time this is reasonable is with infants. When you were an infant and unable to communicate what you needed from your parents, you cried. The crying of an infant indicates feeling upset due to any number of issues which parents have to then troubleshoot in order to soothe. As adults it doesn’t work this way, we need to communicate our needs to our partner.

TELL THEM WHAT YOU NEED First decide what

you need. Do you need your spouse to just listen or do you want help problem solving? Then be direct and assertive. Maybe you want them to take your side and agree with you that a co-worker is a total pain in the neck. Let them know you do not want them to play devil’s advocate with empathy for the other side. If you are feeling overwhelmed from a tough conversation tell them what you need in that moment. Perhaps it’s space to collect your thoughts and calm down? Maybe it is an earlier bedtime? Do you want a foot massage or a night off from parenting? Perhaps a warm bath or a nice hug?

DON’T GIVE UP Are you frustrated by your partner’s failure to carry their share of the household duties? Perhaps you feel like you are the default parent who is expected to manage your child’s schedule, without adequate appreciation or recognition. If you have addressed these issues in the past and you feel as though nothing has changed, or it has reverted back to the old pattern(s), try saying it in a different way. Start with a compliment, then clearly articulate your complaint, ideally in a constructive manner, then end with another nicety to tie it all together. Things to remember: be mindful of your tone (hard to overstate how important this is), and express gratitude for what they are doing well. End with another nicety to tie it all together. Perhaps something like, “It means a lot of to me that you are willing to share the dinner preparation duties. It was going well for a couple of weeks, but then it felt like the job fell back to me. Maybe we should add dinner prep to our weekly planning meetings? It warms my heart to walk into the house to see dinner on the stove and you wearing an apron!”

BE OPEN TO CHANGE Consider that you have given up in asking for what you need. While this reaction is understandable, it is a dead-end. Ultimately your frustration will grow and possibly outshine the positive feelings within your relationship.

The hard truth is that you may need to ask your partner more than once for what you need. Be open to change. Consider that your partner did hear what you said but either forgot, became distracted, or didn’t think it was a large problem. Give them the benefit of the doubt, instead of expecting the worst.

If you and your partner need space to start talking about things in a different way, please contact us at 312-578-9990. Anne Brennan Malec’s practice, Symmetry Counseling, offers a broad range of services. To learn more, please visit symmetrycounseling.com.

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LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD Chicago Woman magazine is a community bringing women together. We believe in supporting one another. We are a platform for just that.

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BEYOND THE HEADLINES

By Cherilyn G. Murer

We are witnessing a cultural sea change in redefining society’s social mores. With this opportunity comes great responsibility and a mandate for accountability. Now is the time for women to provide much-needed leadership and right yesterday’s wrongs for a new inclusive tomorrow. Successful leaders have learned how and when to react in difficult situations. Hindsight is a great teacher, but the challenge is to know what to say or do at a specific moment. Sometimes, a strong response needs forethought. Responding to sexual overtones in the workplace may require a measured, reactive reply. But certain circumstances require a more proactive approach. For example, what is the best way to let colleagues know you’re interested in a promotion or serving as a board committee chair? How do you negotiate or mediate a situation to receive a favorable outcome? How do you close the deal without feeling you have compromised yourself or the financial integrity of the product or service? Responses to these questions are not instinctive. Far from it! Proper guidance from others can help define our moral equilibrium, enabling us to make wise decisions. Women must support each other, whether it’s to lend a helping hand, a word of encouragement, or a word of caution when there is a compromising path ahead. While we can be competitive with and even disagree with each other, we must be stewards of gender equality not just in words but in deeds. This is our moment in time—one where we can create a society that values everyone’s accomplishments, respects each other’s differences, and embraces our similarities. Will we accept the challenge and make real, sustainable change? Can we move beyond soundbites and fight the real fight for us, for our daughters, for our sons? Only time will define our success.

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I s it better to breathe through your nose or mouth?

A healthy person with clear nasal passages normally breathes with a combination of nose and mouth breathing. When exercising, mouth breathing will get oxygen to the lungs faster, but nose breathing will deliver more oxygen per breath, just more slowly. Another advantage of nose breathing is the nose acts as a filter, with the nasal hairs filtering out small particles in the air. The nasal passageways also add moisture to the air and warms cold air, helping to prevent dryness in the lungs.

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When someone breathes through their mouth on a regular basis, there can be physical changes in the jaw. The upper jaw, or maxilla, will continue to grow as the lower jaw, or mandible, hangs open. This results in a long, narrow face with an overjet and gummy smile. Mouth breathers do not sleep as well and may suffer from chronic fatigue and dark circles under their eyes.

By Gemma B. Allen

Some causes of mouth breathing can be allergies, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, or a deviated septum. Signs of mouth breathing include the mouth always slightly open, noisy eating (it is hard to chew with your mouth closed), and bad breath from dryness. Dental causes could be protruding front teeth that prevent the lips from closing or poor positioning of the jaws. Mouth breathers have a greater possibility of hoarseness, dry mouth, dental decay, hunched shoulders, and lisping. There are many ways to correct chronic mouth breathing, depending on the cause. Allergies can be treated with nasal decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal sprays. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can be surgically removed. A deviated septum can be corrected with surgery. Physical therapy can be used to train the tongue to be in the proper position for nose breathing. The first step is to consult with your dentist or ear, nose and throat doctor to determine the cause. PS: Physical therapy can also be helpful in treating TMD or temporomandibular disorder. DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT DENTAL CARE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE ANSWERED IN THIS COLUMN? SIMPLY EMAIL SMILE@OZPARKFAMILYDENTAL.COM

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Anyone who has faced a death, divorce, or break-up understands the difficulty of loss. When my darling husband Albert Nader died during the holidays in 2016, I was dramatically reminded of the devastation of these life-changing transitions. While there are obvious differences in the experiences of death versus divorce, there are some startling similarities and coping mechanisms that can help. From my heart, I share some things I have learned the hard way, and I also share and acknowledge whatever pain you may be experiencing. Remember that grieving is a process that takes time. Prayer, meditation, or even professional counseling can help. Caring for yourself, both physically and emotionally, is even more important when someone else is no longer caring for you. Remember to accept the offers of compassion, support and just plain companionship from your family and friends. It is so much healthier than isolating yourself with your sorrow or hiding out with your pain. Say “yes” even when every fiber of your being wants to say “no.” Remember that nature, art and mindless comedies all are great escapes. Take that walk or run, do that yoga class, work out, stroll through a gallery, and download a rom-com. Avoid triggers like sad dramas or favorite playlists and hangouts, and stay active and open to new experiences. Remember to look to your strengths. Do more of whatever you are good at, whether it be painting, writing or nurturing others. I helped my husband’s company fulfill his dream of an online travel magazine, GoTraveler.com. However, in the case of a divorce or break-up, it is your very own dreams and passions you need to nourish.

Gemma Allen is an experienced divorce  attorney dedicated to providing the  best results for families. Learn more  at www.laddenallen.com  or by connecting at 312-853-3000 gemmaallen@laddenallen.com.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH

DEVIN W. BLACKBURN

With over a decade of experience in tax planning and structuring, Chicago-based tax attorney, Devin W. Blackburn, is busy fielding questions about the recent tax overhaul from longtime clients. Here are her insights on the changing tax laws.

When exactly does this go into place? The tax bill passed the House and Senate late December, was signed into law by President Trump on December 21, 2017 and applies to 2018 and beyond. In other words, you will see the impact on the 2018 return that will be filed in 2019. Now is the perfect time to have a conversation with an attorney or accountant to minimize the impact of new changes.

Corporations clearly got a tax cut, but what does this mean for small business owners? The corporate tax rate has been

reduced to a flat tax of 21%. But owners of pass-through entities can rejoice as well. Sole proprietors, S-Corporations, partnerships and LLCs will be able to deduct 20% of the total amount from taxable income—much better than the current regime which taxes pass-through income at the ordinary income tax rate of business owners. The downside: For owners of service businesses such as attorneys, accountants and doctors, the deduction is phased out if income exceeds $157,500 ($315,000 if married).

How will the new tax laws impact Chicagoans? While there are no changes specific to Chicago,

state and local taxes are no longer fully deductible. Beginning in 2018, state and local taxes are only deductible up to $10,000. With Cook County property taxes steadily rising, many homeowners pay more than $10,000 annually and will certainly be impacted by this new limitation.

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13 MILLION

NUMBER OF AMERICANS THAT WILL LOSE HEALTHCARE DUE TO THE ELIMINATION OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MANDATE (THE PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO CARRY HEALTH INSURANCE IS ALSO ELIMINATED)

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MIND, BODY + PARADISE I am fortunate enough to work in two areas that I am truly passionate about—travel and wellness. With a new year we all focus on our resolutions, which may include losing weight, being healthier, trying a new sport, etc. A very good way to accomplish this is through a wellness trip. When I spoke at the last Chicago Woman’s Health Day in September, I had many questions about what wellness travel is. I will explain a bit here but please keep in mind that wellness travel is truly transformational and you won’t fully appreciate it until having experienced it! by Kathy Schutz

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What is wellness travel? Wellness travel promotes your health and wellbeing, both physical and mental, through activities you do during your trip. The goal is to learn something new, boost your current health regimen and return home feeling wonderful.

What does it include? Many trips are all-inclusive with accommodations, meals, snacks and a large selection of daily activities and classes for one price. The best resorts and travel advisors work with a guest to identify issues that are unique to them. A wellness vacation is one of the most personal trips someone will take because it is often an inward journey to enrich their lives. You should return home with experiences that you can incorporate into your daily life.

What does a wellness trip look like? Many destinations offer guests and opportunity to learn from top-of-their-fields gurus— visiting chefs, athletes, healers, doctors, teachers, even Buddhist monks—who fly in to guide travelers to spiritual healing, healthier habits and elevated skills. Sessions run the gamut from sleep training to healthy food prep with a Michelin-star chef or famous nutritionist. Other retreat theme options are stress reduction, sugardetox, medical testing, silent spas, grief retreats and even cancer programs. The wellness trip is also considered a regular vacation so there can be cultural aspects, sightseeing volun-tourism, and appreciation of the local destination. There will also be a myriad of activities offered regardless of the educational subject. There will be spa treatments of course, but also hiking, biking, kayaking, surfing, yoga, pilates, TRX, running, strength training, meditation, sun bathing—I could go on and on! The bottom line is that you can do as much (with different activities scheduled every hour) or as little as you like.

What will the food be like? Sure, you can do the juice cleanse on a wellness trip if you’d like, but all trips will include a large variety of healthy, delicious, farm-to-table foods. Many of these resorts have their own cookbooks proving how delectable their food is! There will be smoothie bars, blue corn waffles with farm-raised eggs, bison burgers with cheddar and balsamic onions, crabmeat and yellow mango salad and flourless chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse. You will be offered wonderful cooking classes with recipes to take home. While some resorts do not offer alcohol, many others have extensive wine selections. Wine is healthy!

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Chicago enjoys an embarrassment of riches when it comes to our celebrated culinary scene. For our third Food Issue, Chicago Woman spoke with 10 of the city’s most influential women in the industry to learn more about what drives them. Interviews by Jennifer Smith Tapp

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WOMEN IN FOOD THE LIST

E M I LY N E R A D FOUNDER, BON VIVANT CAKES ON WHY SHE MAKES CAKES AND WHY WE LOVE THEM: I knew I was onto

something when I discovered cake’s secret superpower: it’s ability to create moments of childlike wonder on the faces of tired, stressed out, overworked adults. For me, being a cake artist and dessert designer is about planting my feet firmly in a place of playfulness, thoughtfulness, and mischief, and inviting others to join me there. In a world of screens and remote connectivity, there is something sublime in the tactile experience of working with your hands. That’s why I love teaching workshops—I’m passionate about giving people the skills and confidence to go out and create something beautiful with their own hands.

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I choose cake because cake is a blank canvas, and I choose buttercream because I don’t care for fondant. I love using fresh flowers, gold leaf, and edible lace in my designs, and challenge myself to experiment with new shapes and color palettes so that I always remain in a place of discovery and play. I think that to be a creative adult is to remain connected to the child you once were, and it just so happens that I was a weird kid who was obsessed with drawing perfectly square, three-tiered cakes. cw

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ELLEN KING

MICHELLE HERNDON

CO-OWNER AND HEAD BAKER, HEWN

PARTNER/DIRECTOR OF PRIVATE EVENTS, B. HOSPITALITY CO.

ON WHY SHE EMPLOYS TRADITIONAL METHODS AND WHY

ON BEING A FEMALE LEADER IN A MALE-

WE NEED TO FOCUS ON WHAT IS IN OUR FOOD: Not only

DOMINATED INDUSTRY: Being a female leader in the notoriously male-dominated restaurant industry has certainly had its challenges, but it has been incredibly rewarding as I’ve worked to become a partner at B. Hospitality Co. Like any industry, you need to have strong leadership skills to make your way to the top, and arguably more formidable skills are needed being a woman.

do breads made from local, stone ground flour taste better, but they are better for you, too. Making bread the old fashioned way means using four ingredientsstone ground flour, water, sourdough starter and salt. Therefore, it is vital to have flour that is fresh and full of flavor. Throughout history, bread has been a uniting force to bring people together, and it is critical that we support local farmers who grow their grains organically and sustainably. Growing grain this way is not an easy way to make a living, so supporting these local farmers is key to the revitalizing of the grain economy. The less chemicals that go into growing and harvesting grain translates into less chemicals we consume. When you eat a loaf of bread or pastry from wheat that has been recently milled, the taste is impossible to ignore. Most people aren’t aware of how many synthetic inputs are added to grain fields. Chemicals that are used to grow and harvest wheat don’t just disappear when the grain is milled and baked into something. In addition to what happens in the field, a lot of store bought bread has oils, sugars, and additives that are meant to prolong the shelf life of the breads. Not only does the bread lack flavor, it is also not good for us. A loaf of bread at our store has four ingredients: organic flour, water, sourdough starter and salt. Our pastries all use organic flour, european butter (higher fat percentage), cane sugar, and local eggs. We don’t ever add any oils or stabilizers to our pastries. Honestly, we aren’t making anything revolutionary - we are just relying on flour, butter and eggs to make our pastries. But I think our palettes have forgotten what things should taste like with simple, natural ingredients. cw

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Restaurants are fast-paced and problem-making machines. So you always need to be thinking on your feet, remain calm and get ready to find the solution. Having confidence in your decision-making is key, and being a woman, it often becomes a balance of being confident but not overly emotional. Make sure to do your research, work hard, observe, speak up and act. It’s still true today that being overly emotional in the workplace can be perceived as a sign of weakness, while men may be considered passionate in the same situation. So it’s often in your favor to take the emotion out of it! There are many moving parts when you are in a leading role. Being a partner and running the Private Events department for Formento’s and The Bristol certainly keeps me on my toes. But building my career in this industry and becoming a principal female figure has been a remarkable lifetime achievement for me! cw

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SARA GASBARRA FOUNDER, VERDURA CULINARY GARDEN DESIGN ON BRINGING HARD-TO-SOURCE VEGETABLES TO LOCAL RESTAURANTS:

Verdura, my culinary garden design company, took root in 2011 when Sandra Holl opened Floriole, her sunny two story pastry shop in Lincoln Park. Floriole was the project which allowed me to take this crazy idea of designing on-site vegetable gardens for restaurants into a fully functioning business. At the start of the season we reviewed a two page “crop list” I had created highlighting some fairly run of the mill varieties of vegetables and our garden plan was quite simple that first season. As I began working with more chefs, the crop list began to expand. Two pages had transformed into a lengthy spreadsheet of edible flowers, greens, herbs and specialty crops. The list was growing based on requests I was getting from my clients. We focused on harder to source varieties that weren’t readily available via vendors or came at a much higher price point. Winters were spent researching new crops to add to the list: Vietnamese specialty greens, pea shoots that produced extra frilly tendrils, heirloom nasturtium flowers in every colorway imaginable. Now, first words out of my mouth each season are, “If it’s not on the list, I’ll find it and we’ll grow it.” I really enjoy this challenge and I get excited to cultivate the rare and unusual. Today the crop list has amassed to over 1,000 varietals. My favorite addition from last season? The exotic, prolific and easy to grow Blue Gold cherry tomato from tomato breeder Wild Boar Farms in St. Helena, CA. I hope home gardeners here in Chicago will embrace it as much as my chefs have. cw

SARAH GRUENEBERG CHEF/PARTNER, MONTEVERDE RESTAURANT & PASTIFICIO ON THE IMPORTANCE OF AUTHENTICITY IN CREATION AND PRESENTATION OF

PHOTO CREDIT: GALDONES PHOTOGRAPHY

We opened Monteverde just two years ago to offer the West Loop a comfy, homey restaurant with soulful food that celebrates Italian food and culture. To me, that means crafting food with respect to tradition and filled with creativity and passion. As a young chef I fell in love with cooking authentic Italian food that relies on ingredients and regionality. As I’ve grown, I’ve become more confident and am able to expand beyond what I know to create food that sticks to Italian roots while incorporating a technique, ingredient or idea from my upbringing in Houston or travels. I’m able to infuse who I truly am into these dishes. HER DISHES:

My approach is best seen at Monteverde’s Pastificio, our little temple to the food we all love. Each morning we crack freshly laid hen eggs to make our pasta dough, which is then rolled and shaped throughout the day, including those pastas that are made to order during service (no easy feat!). The pastas are coupled with some our favorite imported Italian ingredients (balsamic vinegar, olive oil), seasonal local meat and produce (pork, tomatoes, etc.) or other global ingredients to offer tipica (traditional) and atpicia (our own take) pastas. The genuine love we put into this art and the joy it gives our guests, shows that this fulfilling experience (both in mind and body) is authentic as it can get. cw

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THE LIST WOMEN IN FOOD

LINDA NORVICK O’KEEFE FOUNDING CEO, COMMON THREADS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT HEALTHY EATING:

Healthy eating is often seen as not being an immediate priority in poor neighborhoods, but without proper nutrition, children are at greater risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, and the many chronic illnesses associated with obesity. Once diagnosed, children carry these preventable diseases into adulthood. Nutrition can also influence academic achievement. The combination of poor health and limited employability, imposes a major financial burden on individuals, neighborhoods, and society. Over the last 14 years, I have witnessed the way the simple act of cooking can transform children, their families and the way they live. I have seen our students become positive role models for their families and peers at school. Cooking provides us with a way to nourish our bodies and souls, and the table can be an anchor for a busy home, a place to connect with those we love.

PHOTO CREDIT: DAN PAZ

SHELBY ALLISON

At Common Threads, we give our students the knowledge and practical hands-on skills to choose, prepare, and enjoy a healthy meal, empowering them to control their own physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Our students experience the love and joy of sharing the table with friends and family while trying healthy new foods and exploring different cultures. cw

CO-OWNER, LOST LAKE

ON WHY WOMEN SHOULD BE EQUALLY AND RESPECTFULLY REPRESENTED

When I got to know the hospitality industry—its energy, its glamour—I fell in love hard. But as I searched for ways to make my career there, I encountered systemic inequality at nearly every turn. Either by wordless or explicit example, it was clear which jobs were for women, and which were for men. (And which were for white people, and which for people of color; which were for citizens, and which for immigrants.) I was drawn to cocktails, but it was rare to see women making drinks in the restaurants and bars I loved. I subconsciously accepted that bartending, at least in establishments that considered themselves “premier,” wasn’t a job that wanted someone like me.

IN THE NATIONAL BAR SCENE:

At a cocktail bar, when you see someone like you making your drink—and in our world, to be making drinks is to be in power— it shows that the industry values someone like you as more than a customer. I’m in a position now to put women (and people of color and queer folks) behind my bar. I want marginalized people coming up in our industry to see themselves in my bartenders, and to know that they can be them, too. cw

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WOMEN IN FOOD THE LIST PHOTO CREDIT: FRANK ISHMAN

ESTHER DAIRIAM OWNER, READ IT AND EAT BOOKSTORE ON WHY PEOPLE LOVE AND BUY COOKBOOKS: Many people read a cookbook cover-to-cover—like a novel. Starting with the introduction and the headnotes followed by the ingredients and recipe instruction. As you read the recipes you begin to imagine how the food transforms from the ingredients on the page to a delightful meal through the cooking process and you gain some insight into the author’s experiences.

While people may read cookbooks in the same way, they buy them for different reasons. We have professionals who buy books written by other chefs to learn techniques and gain inspiration. Other people buy cookbooks to add to their entertaining repertoire or who are learning how to cook. Then we have collectors who buy cookbooks simply because it appealed to them when they saw it and they may never cook from it—I’ve been known to do that sometimes… Whatever the reason, the beauty of a cookbook is that—in addition to providing the reader with a collection of recipes—it also opens them up to another culture and insight into a different way of life. cw

SABRINA MEDORA FOUNDER AND AUTHOR, FOOD FICTION PROJECT

CO-OWNER, HERE FOODS ON WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT AND BUY LOCAL:

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MEGAN KLEIN

Our desire to support Midwestern farmers and our local partners is at the root (pun intended) of our business. We create each of our products from the ground up, by identifying ingredients we can get from Midwestern farmers at scale, and then creating recipes based on the availability of those ingredients. The incredible team members at our in-house production facility, 87P (located in Carol Stream, IL), are responsible for hand-crafting each of our products. Local distributors, such as Local Foods and Testa, help us procure local produce and distribute our products into local grocers who choose to source close to home. For example, our bean dips support farmers such as the Carlson-Arbogast bean farm in Michigan and MightyVine tomatoes in Rochelle, IL, and local grocers such as Mariano’s and Whole Foods choose to source local. By modeling our business as a platform for supporting the local economy, we aim to bring success to each of our local partners as we grow. cw

ON WHY SHE TELLS THE STORIES OF THE PEOPLE IN THE KITCHENS OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS:

My curiosity about chefs and restaurateurs came from what was once a hobby. In 2016, I challenged myself to write several short stories per week inspired by food I ate. I called it Food Fiction Project and it’s still going strong (IG: @foodfictionproject). Last July, I salted a serving of burrata with my tears and wrote a story that ended with “Dear God, what would I do if I wasn’t afraid?” Six months later, after writing dozens of “make-believe” stories, I decided I was ready to write about real people. Two months after that, I quit my job to be a food writer. It was the most terrifying and absolute best decision I’ve ever made. I listen to and tell stories about warriors, dreamers, do-gooders, hard workers, trendsetters, artists, lovers, and creators. I like cracking the shell that separates us and them; the knights of the kitchen and the ones who enjoy the fruits of their labor. cw

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE >> Plenty of industries are male-dominated, hospitality remains one with scales tipped, especially in management. At River Roast, the all-female events team spoke to Chicago Woman about what it takes to have a career in hospitality and event planning.

RECIPE

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LINDSAY SCOPELLITI CATERING MANAGER

The event planning career can be an extremely difficult industry to break in to. My best advice is to get involved in an event planning organization or to intern at a restaurant for experience and for networking opportunities.

JORDAN KUSIAK

HER WORK MANTRA: It’s all

CATERING MANAGER

about the details!

There are often inevitable problems that occur during an event. Focusing on solutions rather than the problem will impact the success of your events.

SHE’S INSPIRED BY Giuliana Rancic!

Whether it’s RPM Steak or Italian, she always manages to make guests feel as if they are home. She is just so genuine.

HILARY SAURER DIRECTOR OF SALES

I recommend spending time in all areas of the operation. Learning what the culinary team does for example is incredibly important to how you can sell and organize an event the proper way. SHE’S INSPIRED BY Mindy Segal—a James Beard Award Winner with a fantastic concept that has remained strong in the industry.

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ALYSSA ROSSETTI

SALES MANAGER

I always recommend working or having a strong understanding of restaurant operations. There are so many moving and crucial pieces to execute a flawless event and understanding the roles and responsibilities of each team member allows me to jump in where is needed to help get the job done. SHE BALANCES HER WORK SCHEDULE by making her friends and family a priority and scheduling dinners, shopping trips, and vacations six months to a year out—her family still laughs at this!

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CAREER PERSONAL BRANDING

Reinvent Your Personal Brand THINKING OF YOURSELF AS A BRAND CAN BE PARALYZING TO MANY PEOPLE. HOWEVER,WHEN YOU STRIP AWAY THE FEAR AND EMBRACE THE POWER OF SHAPING, EVOLVING AND ENHANCING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND— IT IS 100 PERCENT EMPOWERING. by Tania Haigh

Tania Haigh is the founder & CEO of Magnolia Insights, an integrated marketing communications agency. Tania is also the creator of GET NOTICED, a platform that gives women the tools to shape their personal brands and more. Check out more information about 2018 GET NOTICED Chicago Woman Week at gogetnoticed.us. Get in touch with Tania: tania@magnoliainsights.com Twitter: @TanHaigh Instagram: @TaniaHaigh

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Many of us feel stuck with labels that are created by other people. For example, you can’t shed your party girl image because members of your inner circle remember you doing keg stands at Michigan. Or, you may have been so focused on career advancement that co-workers started calling you an “eager beaver”. Even outside of a structured work environment, you might finally take a big leap into fulltime entrepreneurship and have people doubt your capabilities, because of relative inexperience. How are you going to demonstrate to others (and yourself)— that YOU GOT THIS? It’s called personal brand reinvention. It’s not a complete overhaul of who you are and what you’ve stood for—think of a musician who wants to try a new sound, keep their existing fans and attract new ones. Look at Taylor Swift, she’s mastered the art of personal brand transitions, evolutions and (most importantly) reinventions. As a career marketer, I’ve been in the business of helping reinvent some of the biggest brands and top executives. Here are steps you can take for a personal brand reinvention.

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PERSONAL BRANDING CAREER HAVE VISION Think big about the person you are becoming and want to be— in the short term and long term. BE SELF-AWARE Without going crazy, try to notice how others respond to you, dig into what others are saying about you. ASK FOR FEEDBACK You need courage for this one! But if you approach it with humility, more often than not, folks will give you constructive feedback. You may become aware of minor quirks that you can easily change. The key here is to bite your tongue, express your gratitude for the respondent’s time, and hold back on being defensive. Be open and you shall receive the gift of good feedback. TAKE ACTION Shift perceptions by making small adjustments. For example, if you’re trying to shake off the reputation of being late all the time, start breaking this habit one meeting or one call at a time. Then keep it up. Before you know it, people will think of you as a punctual individual. BE FEARLESS Lean into who you want to become— even if you think you’re not there yet. Be prepared to change and own it. BE A MIRROR Emulate characteristics of people you respect and make them uniquely your own. Imagine wanting to be an elegant woman like Barbara Corcoran on Shark Tank—there were a lot of steps that she took to get there, and she earned it. Study her attributes, then apply them to your own reinvention.

Whether you are making a big career transition or you’re sitting in the same spot, you can make fundamental shifts to reinvent yourself and your personal brand. The good news is that timeline is yours—no one else can dictate how you navigate the steps above. When women have vision, are self-aware, ask for feedback from people they admire and trust, they can take action. And it’s this action, that will allow the world to see you exactly as you want to be seen. cw

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STYLE DRESS THE PART

WORK it OVERHAUL YOUR WORKWEAR WARDROBE FOR THE YEAR AHEAD WITH OUR EDIT OF THE CORE PIECES TO CREATE A CAPSULE OF BUILDABLE LOOKS. BY TARA GARDNER

the blazer

STELLA MCCARTNEY, INGRID BLAZER A timeless investment piece, this super sharp blazer in the shade of the season, navy, is an essential element in your workwear resume. NET-A-PORTER.COM, $1,095

the boots

Minimalist but impactful, whether paired with cropped pants, a midi or mini skirt, these chic booties will step up your workwear styling with the stacked block heel. ACNE.COM, $690

the camel coat

MAX MARA, KRISS COAT Outerwear is the place to invest, so opt for iconic fashion house Max Mara with this camel coat— a runway piece infused with classic precision. MATCHESFASHION.COM, $3,590

the top ROKSANDA, ARLO PUFF-CUFF CREPE TOP Perfect for a subtle statement, sleeve details are still a key trend for the year ahead. This beautiful crepe top is endlessly elegant. MATCHESFASHION.COM, $746

the skirt

WILFRED, TERRE SKIRT All wardrobes need a pleated skirt or two. Universally flattering and super elevated, whether burgundy, midnight blue or even metallic, it’s a ladylike take on office wear. ARITZIA.COM, $150

the shift dress

ZARA, STRAIGHT CUT DRESS WITH FRILL A shift dress is an absolute staple, but it can err on the side of plain. This tonal dress with its funnel neck and frilled hem is pared-down perfection. ZARA.COM, $49.50

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the tote

LAUDI VIDNI, CAMBIARE TOTE Whether toting your technology or gymwear, update your carry-all this season. Every tote is fully customizable­­—you pick your perfect color palette. LAUDIVIDNI.COM, DESIGNED AT $495

the purse

MANSUR GAVRIEL, CALF SUN BAG As if we needed any encouragement to invest in a new purse, this midi-size boxy top-handle bag from this womanowned label, with its demure bow detail is a super smart option. MANSURGAVRIEL.COM, $1,295

the wide-leg pant

BABATON, CLIFFORD PANT A pair of wide leg pants in a dark hue is an instant ticket to chic—extra points if they’re cropped too. These super elevated pants are high-waisted to give the ideal nipped-in look with a tailored finish. ARITZIA.COM, $145

the white shirt

EVERLANE, PIPED SILK NOTCH COLLAR SHIRT A classic white shirt is a must, even better if it’s silk with a little added detail like this piped shirt. Super contemporary and your wear-with-anything piece. EVERLANE.COM, $98

the knit

EVERLANE, CASHMERE CREW Known for their reasonable pricing and impeccable quality, Everlane are a go-to for cashmere. Camel, gray or other pared down tones, restock your cashmere collection. EVERLANE.COM, $100

the earring

LAURA LOMBARDI, MEDIUM HOOP EARRINGS Accessorize your look with classic gold hoop earring with a chunkier form to make a subtle statement. LAURALOMBARDI.COM, $70

the shoe

GUCCI, MARMONT GG SUEDEBLOCK HEEL PUMPS While flat loafers like the Brixton or Princetown have been staples for some time now, for a more feminine twist, try the Marmont style with its midi-block heel and ultra statement double G gold hardware and neat fringing. GUCCI.COM, $79

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BEAUTY LIFE

5 TIPS FOR A

red hot VALENTINE’S DAY by Jill Glaser

go for the glow. Use Becca Backlight Priming Filter under your foundation for an all over radiant glow. Bonus- This product will help blur imperfections while extending the wear of your foundation.

PRO TIP Use a setting spray to lock in your entire look! We suggest Skindinavia ‘The Makeup Finishing Spray.’ Applies as a lightweight, breathable mist and holds your makeup in place for up to 16 hours!

seduce with your eyes. You can’t go wrong with a good liquid liner for a polished look. Our Pro pick- Eve Pearl Liquid Liner Pen. Keep your eyeshadow simple a la Marilyn Monroe, we suggest Becca Ombre Nudes or Rouge Eye Palettes.

bat those lashes.

Go big with lashes by adding falsies (Monda D-Wispy) or pack on a few coats of mascara. We suggest Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara which contains ultra-soft flexible fibers built in for extra impact.

get cheeky.

For romantic flushed cheeks, pick a pink blush with a hint of warmth. We love Becca Mineral Blush in Songbird. Its’ buildable LIP formula allows for all intensities to work on every SERVICE skin tone. Don’t forget to add a soft, shimmery For your long-wearing highlighter above the cheekbones. (Becca lipstick use MODELROCK Shimmering Skin Perfector- available in Vanilla Sunset Lip Scrub multiple shades). which doubles as a long-wear lipstick remover. It is the perfect partner to maintain soft, supple and kissable lips.

kiss without leaving a trace. Go for a matte long-wearing lipstick so you won’t have to worry about touch-ups during date night. Our go to universally flattering red, Model Rock ‘Major Betsy.’ cw

Jill Glaser, founder and owner of Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry. All products listed above can be found online or in-store at the Make Up First® Pro Shop at 100 North LaSalle Street Suite 1010 or shop.makeupfirst.com

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MOODBOARD LIFE

GATHER HOME + LIFESTYLE IN WICKER PARK AT 2321 WEST NORTH AVENUE

In 2014 former visual merchandiser Kristen Basilo opened Gather Home + Lifestyle to bring a fusion of chic LA and minimalist Scandi style to the Chicago neighborhood shopping scene as a local Wicker Park store. Curating a masterful mix of smallmakers in home fashion and a little beauty, the elegance of simplicity is key. Kristen shares her line-up of things she’s loving right now… BOSS BOOT I had to sum up my style with one brand, it would be Everlane. They build their business around transparency, especially when it comes to cost and they do beautiful, quality basics. $225, EVERLANE.COM BODY REPLENISHING SALT SOAK As a small business owner, I value supporting others. Palermo Body is one of the newest brands at Gather. The scents are amazing and I love the packaging. $32, PALERMOBODY.COM

NEVA OPET ZIP TOP BACKPACK I’ve always preferred a backpack to a tote and this is sleek and functional. All of their leather goods are handmade in unique designs. $265, NEVAOPET.COM

GLOSSIER BOY BROW Even on make-up free days I don’t feel complete without a little something on my brows. Bold brows is one trend I hope never fades. $16, GLOSSIER.COM

THINGS ARE WHAT YOU MAKE OF THEM BY ADAM J. KURTZ Everyone can use a little advice or push of encouragement now and then. This pocket-sized book of wisdom is a must. $11.43, ADAMJKURTZ.COM CERAMIC CANDLE A great scent is essential for a home. Norden makes incredible blends with the bonus of a beautiful ceramic vessel that can be repurposed after the burning is done. $55, NORDENGOODS.COM

JOELUC TURQUOISE CLAW RING My go-to jewelry style has always been delicate, everyday pieces. JoeLuc is made in Chicago and has a variety of mix and match styles in rings and necklaces. $55, JOELLUCJEWEL.COM MODERNICA CASE STUDY PLANTER I’m inspired by minimal modern decor. A little pop of green in a quality planter can completely change a room. You can never have enough Modernica around your home. $170, MODERNICA.NET

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE >> INSPIRED STYLE

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Welcome the New Year with surprising texture combinations. Unexpected pairings of wood finishes—even in their raw form— bring visual interest and permanence to your space. Juxtapose minimal, clean textiles with plush, organic fabrics for a luxurious level of comfort. These combos are a blast of fresh air, invigorating your senses and igniting your creativity for a new beginning.

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1 MICHAEL ARAM TREE OF LIFE TABLE LAMP This sculptural table lamp makes an artful statement and is hand crafted with wood texture in a metal scratch-resistant finish. $575, bloomingdales.com

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2 MALIN+GOETZ VETIVER CANDLE Swapping out your scents seasonally is a great way to change the atmosphere of a room. This handmade candle has top notes of fruit and citrus mingle with clove leaf and cedarwood. $54, malinandgoetz.com 3 MARI ANN CHARMEUSE PILLOW CASE Add a touch of luxe to your bed with this exquisitely soft and naturally hypoallergenic pillowcase. Made of the finest 19 momme mulberry silk, it is allows your skin and hair to retain their moisture and luster during your sleep. $98, 2 chicagoluxurybeds.com 4 DISTRESSED TURKISH RUG This vintage-inspired gray and orange area rug will create warmth underfoot full of character and vintage-modern touch. $549, cozyrugs.com

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5 CLOUD TERRE ARLO SERVING BOWL These ceramic bowls—available in both black and white—are meant for the kitchen and dining room. These could easily be placed on a dresser as a catchall or filled with hearty succulents. Each bowl is handmade with subtle differences in glazing and firing make each piece a one-of-a-kind work of art. $80, surlatable.com 4

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6 MONGOLIAN LAMB STOOL This small playful stool topped with Mongolian lamb fur with antique brass legs would accent any room in your home. $399, westelm.com

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A DAY WITH ANNA HAGOPIAN

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Think soft, chewy, doughy, sweet, but not too sweet cookies in flavors like Chocolate Chip and Coconut, Double Chocolate Brownie and seasonal Pumpkin. The bonus: They’re basically guilt free. Born out of a passion for food and love of cooking, Anna Hagopian, co-founder of Mera Bites cookies, has created gluten-free, grainfree, dairy-free, preservativefree and GMO-free delicious morsels of cookie heaven. Here, Hagopian gives a peek into one of her busy days as an entrepreneur. by Kate Baratta

8:00 A.M. The first thing I have when I wake up is my organic celery, cucumber, apple juice. And I make a fruit smoothie with three detoxifying ingredients: spirulina, barley grass juice powder and chaga mushroom powder. Then I have my organic coffee and take all of my supplements—it’s a long list. It feels like a good day, so I calm my mind and meditate for 45 minutes. 10:00 AM I go to our kitchen space and work on new recipes. I’m trying to create vegan versions of our cookies—they currently contain egg—not just because I’m vegan, but for shelf-life and allergy reasons. I also want to create another flavor, so I’m testing that. We’ve been getting a lot of great feedback to see an oatmeal raisin flavor—all 100 percent gluten-free oats of course. And we might do a lemon poppy seed flavor for spring and summer. 1:00 PM For lunch, I made a Greek salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and Greek olives as well as green beans with tomato sauce. I love Greek food—I make my mom’s dishes I grew up with. I spend the afternoon working on sourcing the cleanest egg replacer I can find. It has to be from a local supplier because the shipping costs are too high from other states, and

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it doesn’t make sense financially. I also respond to emails about new distribution opportunities. 6:00 PM After work, I go to a yoga class at the East Bank Club. Then I cook a full on dinner. Tonight I’m making a bean burger with finely diced mushrooms, onions, garlic, serrano peppers, cumin, salt and pepper. I mash everything together into a patty and eat it on a piece of romaine lettuce with Veganaise, cucumber, arugula, sprouts, onion and tomato on top. It’s delicious. When it’s time to unwind, I turn off the TV and write in my journal—I’ve journaled every day since 1986. Then I make a list of things to do for the next day. That way, as soon as I wake up, I’m focused and organized. I climb into bed and try to fall asleep to meditative music or hypnosis sleep videos. cw Mera Bites’ mouthwatering, crave-inducing cookies can be found in more than 20 Chicagoland locations, from Plum Market to Protein Bar. or online at merabites.com

Kate Baratta is a Chicago writer and blogger. Read the full stories about these movers and shakers at peoplewithpanache.com.

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BEAUTY BOX LIFE

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Olfactory armor, investing in a strong signature scent for the year ahead is one of the bolder beauty moves you can make. Go for fragrances which play big on the base notes— not only do they last longer, they actually get better as the scent unfolds. Power-up your perfume wardrobe with our line-up.

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3 MOLECULE 01, ESCENTRIC MOLECULES Often in perfumery, less can be more, and Molecule 01 demonstrates this to perfection. Consisting only of Iso E Super, an aroma molecule with pheromone-like qualities often used as a base note in other scents, it’s a minimal but long-wearing, unisex fragrance which attracts instant compliments. barneys.com, $135, 100ml

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4 ROSE 31, LE LABO Rose, but not as we know it. Forget saccharine or overtly floral, Le Labo darkens and spices this familiar flower with a mesmerizing mix of pepper, cloves, nutmeg and cumin unraveling to a sensual oud and vetiver base. Totally timeless and addictive. lelabo.com, $180, 50ml

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6 PHILOSYKOS, DIPTYQUE Among the most iconic fig fragrances available, who better to infuse rich fruit notes with fresh green leaves and earthy cedar notes in the most refined way, than Diptyque. Pure happiness in a bottle, it’s a modern classic. diptyqueparis.com, $155, 75ml

7 MYTH, ELLIS BROOKLYN For a small-batch, clean scent look to Ellis Brooklyn­—a brand who focuses on chemical-free, eco-friendly fragrance. Featuring airy jasmine petals and vivid tiger orchid, infused with bergamot and musk, Myth is a storied fragrance that boasts great staying-power. credo.com, $100, 50ml 8 VENETIAN BERGAMOT, TOM FORD One of the most exquisite in the TOM FORD Private Blend collection, taking the lush accords of sun-drenched bergamot as the star note, this heady fragrance is spiked with pink pepper, gardenia, amber and sandalwood for a scent that’s both sparkling and bold. sephora.com, $230, 50ml

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PHOTO CREDIT ANDREA PLECKO

PAYING IT FORWARD: WHITNEY’S WOMEN WITH A NEW YEAR COMES NEW HOPES, DREAMS AND GOALS, SO THIS MONTH’S FEATURED ORGANIZATION IS GIVING HOPE TO SOME OF OUR YOUNGEST HEROES. MEET

Laura Alexander, OF FLASHES OF HOPE. Interview by Whitney Reynolds

TELL US ABOUT FLASHES OF HOPE. The organization raises funds to accelerate a cure for children’s cancer while honoring the unique lives and memories of every child fighting cancer. I am the Chapter Director of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where we set up monthly photo shoots for the children fighting cancer. Volunteer photographers and makeup artists make each child feel special before they step in front of the camera where we capture their courage, beauty and the love that surrounds them. Every child receives framed enlargements, proofs and a CD of their images free of charge. The portraits help the children to see themselves in a new light…not as a sick child but as a strong, beautiful child filled with hope. HOW DO THESE PHOTOS HELP THE FAMILIES? These photoshoots turn a typical dreary hospital visit into a day of smiles, love and laughter. We preserve these precious moments for the families and help them see their child’s strength and beauty rather than their illness. For

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some families, it may be their last portrait of their child. 25 percent of the children we photograph each year do not survive, which is why Flashes of Hope focuses on raising money for childhood cancer research so more of these children have a lifetime of smiles and memories. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? As a triple negative breast cancer survivor, I find my inspiration from my amazing 18 year-old daughter Morgan who helped me through my battle with cancer when she was only six years old and reminded me every day just what I was fighting for. I’m also inspired by so many of these little cancer fighting warriors and their families that I have met over the years whose courage and outlook are a daily reminder for me to not only give back but to be grateful for each and every day. SHARE A FAVORITE STORY OF A CHILD YOU HAVE MET. I met an incredible 9 year-old girl fighting brain cancer whom we had the good fortune of photographing a few different times over the past couple years. Each time

she showed up bald and in her wheelchair, yet no matter how tough her chemo was, she always had a HUGE smile on her face and wanted to do another photo session with her doll and mom. She even requested that her doll get makeup and styling. I was always proud to see her wearing the HOPE necklace that I gave her and was eager to hear all about how well she was doing with treatment. Seeing her strength and positive outlook really made a lasting impact on me. I loved seeing her every few months and even celebrated with her when some of her hair grew back. That was a special photo shoot! HOW TO GET INVOLVED. Flashes of Hope is a volunteer organization always looking for volunteer photographers, makeup artists and photo shoot assistants. To get involved you can register online at flashesofhope.org and request the Chicago chapter. cw

For more inspirational interviews check out The Whitney Reynolds Show on PBS. Learn more at whitneyreynolds.com.

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SOCIAL SCENE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OPENS NEW CLUB October 17, 2017 Union League Club Chicagol THE UNION LEAGUE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OPENED THE WENTWORTH CLUB IN ENGLEWOOD. THE EVENT WAS EMCEED BY WGN-TV’S MICAH MATERRE. ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS INCLUDED STUDENT CLUB MEMBERS JERMARIO JOHNSON AND SAMIRA STURDIVANT; UNION LEAGUE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB BOARD PRESIDENT, NANCY ROSS,; UNION LEAGUE CLUB OF CHICAGO BOARD PRESIDENT, 6TH WARD ALDERMAN, RODERICK SAWYER; CLUB COORDINATOR TONY ARTEMIS; CHICAGO POLICE COMMANDER K. JOHNSON; DANIEL S. WENTWORTH; AND PRINCIPAL, JANELLE THOMPSON. PHOTO CREDIT: FRANCIS SON

MERCI’ FLIGHT 2017: AN EVENING IN PARIS TO BENEFIT CAMP ONE STEP BY CHILDREN’S ONCOLOGY SERVICES November 19, 2017 Four Seasons Hotel Chicago TOP FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: BOARD CHAIRWOMAN JANEL HUSTON (GLENVIEW), DANIEL GOLDMAN (HIGHLAND PARK); CAMPER AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER LULU SAMMARCO; CONNOR KUHN, NINA LASKI, RICHARD ROEPER, LYNN HOLLINS; LAUREN KUNKEL, COLLEEN MCGRATH, DARRYL PERKINS (NAPERVILLE), KATIE WILKES (SKOKIE), JEFF INFUSINO (SCHAUMBURG). PHOTO CREDIT: MEGAN FLOYD, LOLPHOTOGRAPHY

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CHILDREN’S PLACE INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH PLACE THE HOPE BENEFIT October 19, 2017 Architectural Artifacts FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: GUESTS INCLUDING HONOREE PRINCESS KASUNE ZULU OF ZAMBIA PHOTO CREDIT: ANA MIYARES

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covet Viv-O-Lene The dry, cold air of the season is infamous for doing a number on our skin. Enter Viv-O-Lene, an all-in-one balm that does the work of many products in one little tube. An All-Natural, Vegan, Petroleum-Free Balm for Eyes, Cheeks, Lips, etc, this will be in our bags throughout the winter and beyond. $14, abeautifullife.com

Fifty Feminist Mantras The past several months have been trying times for women (and our male allies). We love the idea of a book of reinforcements to help women and girls embrace themselves as feminists. Author Amelia Hruby arranged, by week and season, each of the fifty mantras, including guided reflection and writing prompts with blank pages available for journaling. $15, ameliahruby.com

WHAT WE ARE LOVING RIGHT NOW Top Note Tonics Some people are naturally good at drinking water to stay hydrated. The rest of us need something a little more exciting. Top Note Tonics offers a new take on mixers as well as an alternative to the unhealthy sweetened beverages that we know we should avoid, with flavors like Bitter Lemon Tonic and Ginger Beer. $8 for a 4-pack, store.topnotetonic.com Honoré11 Finding plus-sized luxe fashion just got easier thanks to this new online platform which will provide women, sizes 10-20, with a retail channel, a place to engage with each other as well as content with industry insiders. Designers already on board include Baja East, Brandon Maxwell, Christian Siriano, La Ligne New York, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, Prabal Gurung and Zac Posen. Learn more at 11honore.com Eat Delicious: 125 Recipes for Your Daily Dose of Awesome Harnessing the popularity of his Instagram account (his IG serves as a masterclass in food photography and presentation), Dennis Prescott has released a cookbook of internationally-inspired comfort food recipes, perfect for any skill level. Any cookbook that is gorgeous enough to double as a coffee table book is a must for our collection. $27.50 amazon.com

Nostalgic Candy Club

Candy does not make it onto most people’s resolution lists, but a girl’s gotta have some fun during the dark days of winter. We love this new monthly subscription box that arrives full of the most popular old-school treats. Boxes start at $19.99, nostalgic candy club.com

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Chicago Woman January/February 2018  
Chicago Woman January/February 2018  

The Annual Food Issue brings you stories of culinary leaders and tastemakers including Emily Nerad of ob Vivant cakes who is featured on the...

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