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a perfect event

SPRING SPRUNG! RECIPES IN BLOOM ENTERTAINING MADE EASY

mother'sday DIY

GRADUATION TRENDS MEMORIAL DAY MAGIC

SPRING 2013


D ebi ' s note

spring.

AHHHH...AT LONG LAST

I love happy. So, I LOVE spring.

I wonder, if any city dwellers relish spring like Chicagoans. We wear spring like a badge - we SURVIVED! We did it...we made it through another windy city winter. Today, end of March is it a balmy, sunny 44 degrees. Our first REAL day of spring like weather, Good Friday. The entire city is outside. Cafe patios are opening. Up and down Lincoln and Southport shops have their doors flung wide open, welcoming in the weather and passersby. All our neighbors at home have their windows thrown open - filling the house with fresh air and sunshine for the holiday weekend ahead. And ooh la la - the flowers...the food...the April and May celebrations we have up our sleeves. Our first ever spring issue is chock full of everything you need to cherish the season, Derby Day, Cinco de Mayo, Graduations, Mother's Day, Memorial Day and more. To close, just a few of my many favorite happy to lucky spring quotes read as follow:

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GATSby party

with th e savoy f le a

RUNWAY REPORT

with rya n b e sh e l

4 S PR I N G C O C K T A I L S

with m a tt sava g e

D r Y C L E A N I N G 101 with e ric h im e l

t h ngs ou r m ot h e r s taug h t us

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SPECIAL EVENT IN PARIS

w i t h l a u r i e fox p es s em i er

BR I N G O N S PR I N G

w i t h a m a n d a p u ck

Bacon J a m

t h e p er fec t b i t e

se r ving u p s p r ing

w i t h el a i n a va z q u ez

Pa r is Plates

with ca n d a ce jord a n

w i t h d o m i n i q u e m a l et

p y t h on o b sessed

t h e b r ocante

De b i's f avorite p ick s

w i t h c o r ey a m a r o

Spring is when life’s alive in everything. -Christina Rossetti An optimist is the human personification of spring. -Susan Bissonette

and last but never, ever least:

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. Audrey Hepburn, my icon

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LUCKY IN LOVE

a my a nd dan's wedding

get y ou r glow on

with stacey roney

L i f e on an olive f a r m

with v icki archer

r oo m 152 0 f ete

s p r ing li p s

with morgan marie

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debi lilly

f a m il y p h oto al b u m s

CHIEF EVENTEUR

with suz ann e b rown

ja p an in b loo m

with rory grif f ith and colin h e n ke l

f ast n f u r ious

with ka ty we ze l

val and je f f

engageme n t p a rty

gigi ' s b loo m in b i r t h da y

diy party id e a s

lindsay brown CHIEF DESIGN

christine janda

CHIEF SOCIAL

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O ur T astema k ers

R oss S ve b ac k

Joy MOLLET

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photographer

Ross finds imperfec tion char ming. Simple , ever yday things are what he wants to h ave around. Come along and lear n to celebr ate what we already have .

Joy is a self -taugh t h ome cook. She th i n ks it is impor ta n t fo r f r ien ds a n d f a m i ly to recon n ect a rou n d th e din n er ta ble and u ses qu ick a n d ea sy r ec i pes to make weekd ay m eal s in to a celebr a ti o n .

an d f ash i o n i l l u s tr ati o n s th at ar e as vi vi d an d al i ve as th e peo pl e at th e even ts . A l th o u gh ph o to gr aphy m ay see ever y th i n g, i l l u str ati o n expl ai n s i t.

Matt is a photographer b a s e d i n C h i c a g o, c o - own e r o f ave r y h o u s e a n d S m i l e b o o t h C h i c a g o.

ELAINA VAZQUEZ

su z z ane brow n

dominique malet

boutique bites

photographer

f r ench foodi s t a

candace j ordan

Elaina has a chef resume as impressi ve as her wardrobe . CIA, Tr u, Peninsula Joël Robuchon, and now br ings fashionable fine dining to the enter taining wor ld.

Ch icag o’s fir st pr em i er on -loca tion pho to gr aphy stu dio specia liz i n g i n lifestyle ph otog r aphy fo r all types of love an d al l sta ges of life .

E ric H imel

rosemar y fanti

matt S avage

blogger

Sh e en j oy s gr eat fo o d, bu t l i ke m any wo r ki n g m o th er s, do es n ’t h ave mu c h ti m e to spen d i n th e ki tc h en . Her Par i s i an s ec r et… si m pl e an d qu i c k r ec i pes.

Wo m a n - a b o u t - t own , o n e o f "1 0 0 Powe rf u l C h i c a g o a n s " & fo r m e r P l ay b oy B u n ny o f t h e Ye a r. S h e c ove r s n e w s o f t h e m ove r s , s h a ke r s a n d j u s t plain cool in Chicago and b e yo n d , o n h e r bl o g ,

vic k i archer

C ore y A maro

amanda p uc k

s ty lis t

writer

blogger

the foodarazz i

Er ic is a celbr ity st ylist who is also regular ly featured in Us Week ly' s Fashion Police as well as on TV shows with his unique take on celebr ity fashion and cur rent trends.

Sh e lives betwe en Lon don an d Sa i n t R émy de Proven ce in so u th er n Fr an ce H er boo ks “ M y Fren ch Life” and “ F r en c h E ssen ce” a re tr eas u r e troves for th e beau ty o f Fr an ce , as is h e r bl o g, Fren ch E ssen ce .

Daily tales on her blog Tongue in Cheek are woven from her experiences of living and loving in the south of France . Her tales are of linens, of letter s, of vintage scraps, and moments of these worn tr ue objects whispering in her ear.

S h e i s a m a s s i ve l e a d e r i n t h e h o s p i t a l i t y, e ve n t a n d p u bl i c re l a t i o n s wo r l d i n Chicago as the EVP of XA, Th e E x p e r i e n t i a l A g e n c y.

b lair & laurie p essemier

THE SAVOY FLEA

r ya n beshel

f i n e a r t p a i nt er s

T h e Savoy F l ea tr avel s any w h er e th e bac k r o ads take th em to br i n g yo u so ph i sti c ated tr eas u r es. Sh o p tabl eto p, déc o r, gi f ts as wel l as pr o ps an d r en tal , at th e r eady yo u r n ext So i r ee .

C at D ' O ro chef Cather ine De Or io lef t h er career in the cour troom to follow her tr ue pa ssion in the kitchen, scou r in g the wor ld for the best of all things edible (a n d dr inkable), from To day Show to Mar tha to Rachael Ray.

Th e two pain t ed i n S eattle before m ovi n g to Pa r is. T h ey of fer pai n ti n g wor k sh ops cel ebr ati n g th e a r t, cu ltu re & c u i si n e o f th e city th ey l ove .

9 0 0 n . m ich iga n sh o p s Th e m a n w i t h t h e b ow t i e . H e i s t h e p u bl i c re l a t i o n s c o o rd i n a t o r fo r t h e 9 0 0 N . Michigan shops and is ohso-dialed-in on the latest t re n d s . Yo u c a n fo l l ow h i s f a s h i o n a bl e ve n t u re s t h ro u g h h i s bl o g , t h e b ow t i e m e m o i r s .


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I n t h e K itc h en

with ca t d e orio

a p r il s h owe r s

b b j ta b le of th e m on th

m a y f lowe r s

b b j ta b le of th e m on th

dee ' s 50 t h Photos by Amanda Hein Photography, Artisan Events, & Rosalind Weddings

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PETER AND JACKIE

e n g a g e m e n t se ssion

r un f o r t h e r oses

d e rby d iys

O l É!

5 ste p s to cin co d e m ayo d e cor

DIY MOTHER'S DAY

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MOTHER's DAy GIFTING

w i t h r o s em a r y fa n t i

IN THE KTICHEN

w i t h r o s s s veb a ck

t h ings we love

d o n u t fo n d u e

p ast m eets p r esent

m o t h er d a u g h t er trip to thailand

crafty m ot h e r ' s da y

d a d ' s t a ke n o t e!

r unwa y sketc h

r h i ' s fa s h i o n s ket ch es

D I Y g r aduation cele b r ations

fr o m fa n c y. . . t o fu n !

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WHY SHOULD GATSBY HAVE ALL THE

USE BLACK, WHITE, GOLD & SILVER WITH POPS OF PINK TO CREATE THE PERFECT GATSBY PALETTE

SERVE PINK CHAMPAGNE OR PROSECCO ON ANTIQUE SILVER TRAYS

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SCATTER VINTAGE JEWELS: USE PEARLS & RHINESTONES TO BEDAZZLE YOUR EVENT

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GATSBY INSPIRED VINTAGE TIPS ON HOW TO TURN YOUR PARTY FROM

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SURPRISE YOUR GUESTS WITH BLACK & WHITE CHEVRON PLACE CARDS

POP VOTIVES INTO VINTAGE CORDIAL GLASSES TO ILLUMINATE THE ROOM

ADD 1920’S GLAM PHOTOS IN VINTAGE FRAMES TO TABLES, BARS ETC..

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ryan beshel

RUNWAY REPORT FROM 900 NORTH

“KNOCK-KNOCK. WHO’S THERE?

it’s COLOR…

AND I’VE MISSED YOU.”

WE’VE BEEN LUCKY THIS YEAR WITH QUITE A MILD WINTER (DEPENDING ON WHO YOU ASK) – BUT THAT HASN’T STOPPED US FROM GAZING OUT OVER MICHIGAN AVENUE, DAYDREAMING OF SOFTER BREEZES AND SUNNIER DAYS. AS THE MAGNIFICENT MILE BEGINS TO SPROUT AGAIN, SO DO OUR HOPES OF COLORFUL COCKTAIL DRESSES, HEELS HIGHER THAN THE HANCOCK AND LIGHT SPRING COATS THAT DO NOTHING BUT SHOW OFF YOUR SMART STYLE. SO, IN TRUE 900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS FASHION (ALL PUNS INTENDED), I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT YOU SOME OF MY FAVORITE TRENDS OF THE SEASON – AND A GUIDE TO WHERE YOU CAN SCORE THESE LOOKS FOR YOUR VERY OWN CLOSET… YOU KNOW I’VE GOT YOUR BACK, CHICAGO. TOSS THAT WINTER COAT. DITCH THE GOLASHES. AND LET’S BRING ON THE FASHION – AND S P R ING ISSUE | 1 2

spring!

THE SPRING NOT ONLY BREATHES A BIT OF ELECTRICITY INTO THE AIR – BUT ALSO INTO YOUR OUTFIT – AND WE NEVER WANT TO LEAVE THE MEN OUT. LADIES – GRAB YOUR GUY AND HEAD OVER TO CHECK OUT OUR NEWEST SHOE SHOP, MEZLAN. THIS SPANISH BRAND IS NO NEWCOMER TO THE FOOTWEAR GAME – AND THE SHOES SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. PUNCH UP HIS COLOR A BIT AND ADD A METALLIC EDGE (SO IN FOR SPRING) TO HIS LOOK WITH THIS BOLD CHOICE. MEZLAN - “PAOLINO” - $375

EVERY YEAR AROUND THIS TIME – PRINT FIGHTS ITS WAY BACK INTO OUR LIVES … AND THANKFULLY SO. BE IT FLORAL OR FUTURISTIC – PRINTS ARE THE PERFECT WAY TO SCREAM SPRING! THESE SILK PANTS NOT ONLY MAKE A STATEMENT – BUT, THEY ALSO FEATURE ONE OF THE SEASONS MOST CALLED-OUT COLORS: ORANGE. PAIR THESE WITH AN EASY TOP AND A SEXY SANDAL – AND YOU’LL BE THE TALK OF THE GARDEN PARTY, ALL SEASON LONG. J. CREW - COLLECTION SILK PANT IN PAINTERS FLORAL - $495

SPRING IS A TIME OF RE-BIRTH – AND TRUE-TO-FORM, SO IS 900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS’ NEWEST RETAILER, “LULU’S ON THE AVENUE”. OWNER, LAURIE DAVIS, IS KNOWN FOR BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO ALREADY STUNNING VINTAGE PIECES – SUCH AS THIS GORGEOUS NECKLACE FROM HER RECENTLY LAUNCHED “SIGNATURE LULU’S” COLLECTION. AND WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF EMERALD AS PANTONE’S “COLOR OF THE YEAR” – YOU HAVE NO REASON NOT TO ROCK ONE OF THESE BOLD BEAUTIES WITH A WHITE T-SHIRT AND JEANS. AROUND HERE, WE CALL THAT “MAKING A STATEMENT.” LULU’S ON THE AVENUE - “SIGNATURE LULU’S” PIECE

SPRING DEMANDS A BIT MORE LEG THAN THOSE WINTER MONTHS – AND THE PERFECT COCKTAIL DRESS IS A MUST FOR THIS SEASON. DON’T JUST GET TO THE PARTY … ARRIVE AT THE PARTY. THIS DELICIOUS DRESS IS FULL OF ATTITUDE, WITH A PUNCH OF COLOR AND WE LOVE THE WAY THE FLOUNCE HINTS AT A PEPLUM (ANOTHER BIG TREND FOR SPRING) – BUT, AT THE NECK, RATHER THAN THE WAIST. AFTER ALL, LAST TIME I CHECKED – THE RULES WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN … PROPERLY, OF COURSE. GUCCI - FUCHSIA PINK LIGHT VISCOSE JERSEY WITH SILK FLOUNCE HALTER DRESS - $1300

THERE’S ALWAYS A BIT OF A TRANSITION FROM WINTER TO SPRING (WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT) AND YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR THOSE UNEXPECTED CHILLS. WHEN THE SUN BEGINS TO RETIRE FOR THE EVENING, GRAB A SIMPLE CARDIGAN, THROW IT OVER YOUR DRESS … AND STILL LOOK EFFORTLESS. FOR SPRING, PASTELS ARE BACK TO ADD A SOFT CREAMINESS TO OUR LOOKS – AND THIS OPTION IS JUST WHAT THE WEATHERMAN (OR WOMAN) CALLED FOR. L.K. BENNETT - BAY SILK CARDIGAN - $195

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ON THE COVER

AVAGE MATT S

#springcocktailshoot

4 SPRING COCKTAILS B LO O D O R A N G E G I N S PA R K L E R You can keep the rosemary simple syrup in the refrigerator for a week or so. Also, if blood oranges are hard for you to come by - navel oranges are also delicious. INGREDIENTS 2 cups water 1 cup sugar 4 tablespoons (~2 sprigs-worth) fresh rosemary leaves 1 bay leaf (optional) blood oranges gin ice cubes tonic water (or sparkling water)

DIY:

Straw flags- SO EASY Cut Washi Tape (from art/ craft stores) and fold in half onto itself, cut end on diagonal (it's tape - sticks to itself!)

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DIRECTIONS 1. Combine the water, sugar, rosemary, and bay in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer for 3-5 minutes, or long enough for the sugar to dissolve, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let infuse for 10 minutes. Strain into a jar to cool completely. 2. In the meantime, juice and strain your oranges, you'll need 3 tablespoons / 1.5 tablespoons of juice for each drink. 3. To make each drink combine you're going to combine equal parts gin, juice, and tonic water with a bit of syrup and ice. So, its 3 tablespoons / 1 1/2 oz gin, 3 tablespoons / 1 1/2 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice, and 1-2 teaspoons of the rosemary syrup in each tall glass (I used kolsch glasses here). Stir to combine, fill each glass 2/3 full with ice and top off with 3 tablespoons / 1 1/2 oz tonic water. Stir again and you're set.

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AG AV E M A R G A R I TA INGREDIENTS Kosher salt 2 lime slices or wedges 1/4 cup tequila blanco 2 tablespoons coconut nector 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice DIRECTIONS 1. Pour some kosher salt into a small dish. Rub 1 lime slice over half the rim of an Old Fashioned glass (if you prefer your Margarita on the rocks) or a coupe glass (if you prefer it up). Dip rim of glass into salt. 2. Combine tequila, coconut nector, and juice in a cocktail shaker; fill with ice and shake well. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with second lime slice.

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QUICK TIP :

Add fresh herbs for an extra punch of color and flavor!

R OS E MA RY TA N G E R I N E CO O L E R INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons raw sugar ( plus more) 4 tangerines, halved crosswise 16 rosemary sprigs, divided 2 cups white rum DIRECTIONS 1. Heat a cast-iron skillet or griddle over high heat, or on a grill grate. Pour some raw sugar into a small plate. Dip cut sides of tangerines into sugar. Scatter 8 rosemary sprigs in skillet; add tangerines, cut side down. Cook until sugar caramelizes, about 2 minutes. Let cool. 2. Quarter tangerines; discard rosemary. Place tangerines in a pitcher, add 2 Tbsp. raw sugar, and muddle to release juices. Add rum and 6 cups ice; stir until pitcher is frosty. Divide among glasses; garnish with remaining 8 rosemary sprigs. S P RI N G I S S U E | 1 9


SPRING HERB MOJITO INGREDIENTS 1 teaspoon sugar 1 small lime, juiced 3 leaves mint 2 ounces white rum 1 ounce sparkling water 1 sprig thyme DIRECTIONS 1. Add sugar to glass. Pour in lime juice and stir vigorously to dissolve sugar. 2. Place mint leaves into the glass, and muddle. The goal here is to bruise the leaves, infusing their oils into the drink. If you don't have a muddler, the handle of a wooden spoon will work nicely. 3. Fill glass with ice. Pour in rum, and then top off with sparkling water. Stir, and then garnish with sprig of thyme.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

MATT + INSTAGRAM = SNEAK PEEKS OF THE COVER SHOOT Inside averyhouse studio (which, lucky us, happens to be directly above a perfect event!)

Baby rhodes, our fave neighbor, is an awesome photo assistant...Non?


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davis imperial cleaners

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ALL DRY CLEANERS ARE NOT CREATED EQUALLY. CASE-IN-POINT:

I TALKED WITH 2ND GENERATION OWNER, JORDAN WOOD, ABOUT HOW DAVIS IMPERIAL, OVER THE LAST SIXTY YEARS, BECAME ONE OF AN EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL EIGHTEEN MEMBER GROUP, LEADING CLEANERS INTERNATIONALE, WHY THEY ARE THE MOST TRUSTED CLEANERS IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA AND HIS SPRING TIPS!

WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON MISCONCEPTION ABOUT DRY CLEANERS? DRY CLEANING IS BAD FOR YOUR CLOTHES! INCORRECT! BAD DRY CLEANING IS BAD FOR YOUR CLOTHES, GOOD DRY CLEANING IS GOOD FOR YOUR CLOTHES! IN FACT, “GOOD” DRY CLEANING CAN/ WILL EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR GARMENTS. WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE DRY CLEANERS MAKE? MOST DRY CLEANERS TREAT EACH GARMENT AS A “PIECE.” EVER DROPPED OFF YOUR CLEANING AND RECEIVED A RECEIPT THAT SAYS 11 GARMENTS OR 6 PANTS 5 DRESSES? EACH PIECE NEEDS TO BE TREATED INDIVIDUALLY. RECOGNITION OF THE DESIGNER’S INTENTION AS IT RELATES TO DRAPE OF THE GARMENT IS VITAL. THIS IS WHY WE TAKE A PICTURE OF EACH PIECE THAT WE PROCESS. DOES IT HAVE A CREASE, DO THE BUTTONS NEED TO BE REMOVED, DOES BEADING NEED TO BE SECURED AND SO ON? DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS. TAKE AN HERMES BLAZER, A GOOD DRY CLEANER MIGHT REMOVE THE BUTTONS, A GREAT DRY CLEANER WILL DEFINITELY REMOVE THE BUTTONS AND MIMIC THE “H” STITCH WHEN REATTACHING WHAT IS ‘DRY CLEANING’ EXACTLY? DRY CLEANING IS A PROCESS USED TO CLEAN TEXTILES/CLOTHING USING A SOLVENT THAT IS NOT WATER. HOWEVER, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT DRYCLEANERS DO MORE THAN DRY CLEAN. A NUMBER OF GARMENTS PROCESSED ARE ACTUALLY WET CLEANED, IT’S A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE METHOD JUST LIKE DRY CLEANING. IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT A GOOD DRY CLEANER WILL USE A VARIETY OF TOOLS BASED ON FABRIC CONTENT, STAINS ETC. WHAT MAKES DAVIS CLEANERS DIFFERENT FROM REGULAR DRY CLEANERS? OLD WORLD TECHNIQUES COUPLED WITH STATE OF THE ART EQUIPMENT. 13 STEP PROCESS. FROM CRYSTAL CLEAR ECO FRIENDLY SOLVENTS, 6 DIFFERENT POINTS OF INSPECTION, PACKAGING THAT MIMICS THE PLACE OF PURCHASE (WILL NOT FIND WIRE HANGERS HERE), WE ARE DIFFERENT. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF EACH AND EVERY PIECE, EXPERIENCE, EXPERIENCE, EXPERIENCE. EDUCATION IS HUGE, WE ARE CONSTANTLY SHOPPING THE STORES TO DISCOVER THE LATEST FABRICS AND TRENDS. SATURDAY, MY FATHER IS FLYING WITH TWO OF OUR EMPLOYEES TO MANHATTAN TO TALK ABOUT AND REVIEW THIS SEASONS PROBLEM GARMENTS.

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WHAT THINGS CAN PEOPLE DO TO PROTECT THEIR CLOTHES FROM MOTHS AND PRESERVE THE LONGEVITY OF THEM? ANY SPRING TIPS? WHEN STORING GARMENTS FOR THE LONG TERM, BE CAREFUL TO AVOID STORING IT ALONG AN EXTERIOR WALL OR AN ATTIC. THESE AREAS GENERALLY HAVE HIGHER HUMIDITY WHICH COULD RESULT IN MILDEW GROWTH AS WELL AS EXTREME FLUCTUATIONS IN TEMPERATURE CAN BE DETRIMENTAL TO FABRICS. ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR GARMENTS BEFORE SEASONAL STORAGE. SOIL, FOOD STAINS AND PERFUME WILL ATTRACT INSECTS DURING STORAGE. REMEMBER TO STORE YOUR SWEATERS IN BREATHABLE SWEATER BAGS THAT HAVE CLEAR VIEW FRONTS AND SYNTHETIC FABRIC FOR THE BACKING. GARMENTS SHOULD NEVER BE STORED IN PLASTIC GARMENT BAGS. THESE BAGS ARE USED BY DRY CLEANERS PURELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRANSPORT TO PREVENT YOUR GARMENTS FROM SOIL AND POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS. REMOVE THEM IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIPT AND REMEMBER TO LEAVE YOUR GARMENT COVERS ON TO PROTECT THE SHOULDERS OF YOUR GARMENTS FROM DUST AND DIRECT LIGHT. HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU DRY CLEAN A SUIT OR DRESS? THIS IS A DIFFICULT QUESTION WITHOUT A CLEAR CUT ANSWER. IF MONEY IS NO OBJECT, THAN I REVERT BACK TO MY ANSWER ABOVE. AS LONG AS THE DRYCLEANER IS MAINTAINING HIGH STANDARDS CLOTHES SHOULD BE RETURNED TO YOUR CLOSET CLEAN, PERIOD. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A COUTURE DRY CLEANER IN YOUR AREA, ASK THE PREMIER BOUTIQUES, COUTURE DEPARTMENT STORE MANAGERS, EVENT PLANNERS, AND PERSONAL SHOPPERS IN YOUR AREA FOR THEIR RECOMMENDATION.

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CANDACE AND HER MOM, ELSA MAE STOTT ENROUTE TO SOUTH BEACH

Chef Art Smith on his mother Addie Mae Smith: “Keep my chin up when the bullies were always after me. Never ever give up!”

Things our

Val Warner on her mother Diane Jackson: “The most important piece of advice my mother gave me was to "FORGIVE". She didn't just give this advice ...she lived it and taught me through her example. My mother always advised me to "let it go...and move on... Life is too short and no one is perfect."

Mothers taught us. by Candace Jordan

With Mother’s Day fast approaching… Many of you will be busy buying cards, flowers or candy to send to your moms. Me? Like so many others, I will only have my mother’s memory to honor since she passed away many years ago. I’ll be honest, I’ve never gotten over losing her. She was my best friend. We went everywhere together. During the last few years of her life, she lived with Chuck and me after surviving life threatening aneurism surgery. Every, single day it was a blessing to have her right next to me. She taught me so much about life and living. She never said no. She loved trying anything different. She loved going somewhere new. She had a lust for life that she carried with her until the end of her days. She loved people. It didn’t matter who they were, what they had or where they came from. When I started modeling, she was so proud of me. I remember bringing home tear-sheets from jobs and she would look at me, burstin with excitement, and ask quickly, “What’s up next?” Even though it was very S P R ING ISSUE | 26

frustrating at the time, it also taught me to never be complacent, to never give up, and to always keep moving forward. I never realized then how important this would be later in life. Because of her, I’m writing this for you. Because of her, I’ve achieved things I could only dream about when I was younger. Because of her, I’m here. I started thinking about some of my other dear, visionary friends, and it made me wonder what their mothers had taught them. So, I asked Brian Atwood, Chef Art Smith, Nate Berkus, Val Warner, Tom Dreesen and Israel Idonije, “What’s the single, most important piece of advice your mother ever gave you?” Here’s what they had to say about this very special person in their lives. I loved hearing these wonderful pieces of advice that we all can certainly use in our own lives. More importantly, I love and salute all of the nurturing mothers out there who provide this kind of mentoring that molds their own children’s lives…and society as a whole.

They're making the world a better place.

Brian Atwood on his mother Yolanda “Dusty” Stemer: “My mother always told me to be humble. It is something that I always remember her telling me.... as if she knew the amazingly crazy life I would soon lead. I love her! She is the matriarch of our family.”

Tom Dreesen on his mother Glenore (Algoe) Dreesen: “My mother was Irish/Catholic and taught me that there was power in prayer. I have gone there, and found comfort so many times in my life when I was ‘down and out,’ as the saying goes, having no place else to turn. The other thing she used to say a lot was ‘give people flowers when they can smell them.’ In other words, of course don’t only say nice things about a person after they’re dead. Tell them when they’re alive. I have tried to do that all my life to my friends and family and even to strangers who I see or read about that do something for their fellow man.”

Israel Idonije on his mother Choice Idonije: “My mother has told me several times throughout my life that I should always be prepared for the opportunities presented to me. She shared the importance of being ready to accept these opportunities, and to make the best of them. This has been a valuable piece of advice that I strive to live by each day.”

Nate Berkus on his mother Nancy Golden: “Never be a snob about where you Find something of good quality.”


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Unde r $40 BLANK DENIM | PYTHON PRINT COATED SKINNY JEANS | $36

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SPERRY TOP-SIDER | ANGELFISH | $80

BE & D | MR. VOGEL M | $668

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ARTIST WE LOVE

Paris

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Paris is the perfect stage for that special event. It was no surprise when a client wrote to us earlier this year about his intended engagement in Paris – he thought it would be neat to have their portrait painted together with the Eiffel Tower in the background. “And she won’t be wearing the ring yet – I want her to notice that you paint it in the picture, then I’ll ask”. We made the necessary arrangements: Trocadero would be a good vantage point with the ideal view and space to paint. We were meeting at 11, and the photographer would arrive to film “the scene” at 12. We had one hour to create the double portrait. Blair painted in the background the day before – our client would suggest to his girlfriend “wouldn’t it be nice if we were in the picture?”. What he didn’t count on was the 32 degree temperature – “stand here in this cold, darling?” But the plan went off without a glitch. This wasn’t our first date with romance – a while ago I painted a 12 x 12 inch portrait of a first kiss. Luckily it took place in a photo booth. On a less cheery note, I painted a funereal portrait of a cockatiel, greatly loved. Paris is the city for kisses, engagements and unforgettable weddings and anniversaries. Blair painted a Chagall-like memento of a couple celebrating 25 years at the Eiffel Tower. While painting in a café one sunny afternoon last year, the couple sitting next to me asked if I would paint their portrait. And could my husband, Blair, paint one, too? They had just set their “lock” on the Pont des Arts. He was from Australia, and she from Croatia, and they each wanted a portrait, “just in case”. I didn’t think it boded well for their relationship, but c’est la vie. At Trocadero yesterday, when the to-be-betrothed bride saw the ring in the picture, he dropped to his knees, took the velvet box from his pocket and she said, YES!

Laurie Fox Pessemier www.studiopessemier.com

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BEHIND THE SCENES

tres charmant, non? Parker and Lilly enjoy the bird's eye view on the terrace -

SNEAK PEEK INSIDE LAURIE AND BLAIR'S ATELIER IN ST GERMAIN, PARIS!

so enchanting:

Their gorgeous Parisian paintings hang from floor to ceiling like inside Le Louvre. (Debi ordered Mike's anniversary gift on the spot!)

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BRING ON

Spring WHEN SPRING FEVER HITS, LOOK TO AREA RESTAURANTS SPROUTING UP SEASON-INSPIRED ITEMS LIKE AROMATIC FLORAL COCKTAILS. PLAN A FUN MOTHERDAUGHTER OUTING ON MOTHER’S DAY COMPLETE WITH A SPARKLING COCKTAIL TOAST, A REFRESHING SPRING FAVORITE. WHAT BETTER WAY TO ENJOY THESE DRINKS THAN ALFRESCO?! READ ON FOR AMANDA'S ROUNDUP OF WHERE TO DINE.

Amanda Puck

Alfresco Dining

SOUTH BRANCH HAS ONE OF CHICAGO’S LARGEST PATIOS, SPANNING OVER 4,000 SQUARE FEET. BOASTING BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE CITY AND THE FAMOUS CHICAGO RIVER, IT IS A PRIME SPOT TO S PGRAB R ING ISSUE | 36 A COCKTAIL AND ENJOY SUMMER.

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SEATING 133, THE VERANDA AT FULTON’S ON THE RIVER IS LOCATED ALONG THE HISTORIC CHICAGO RIVER. DINE AT AN UMBRELLATOPPED TEAK WOOD TABLE OR LUXURIOUS CABANA WHILE ENJOYING PICTURESQUE VIEWS OF THE WATER AND CITY SKYLINE.

LE COLONIAL IS SITUATED IN A CHARMING TWOSTORY VINTAGE ROWHOUSE AND OFFERS TWO DISTINCT ALFRESCO DINING OPTIONS – THE STREETLEVEL PATIO AND THE SECOND FLOOR TERRACE.

TRAVELING DOWN THE CENTER STAIRCASE TAKES YOU TO THE LOUNGE SPACE AND RIVERWALK CAFE. OUTDOOR SEATING AND THE LOUNGE OFFERS SPECIALTY COCKTAILS AND LIGHT APPETIZERS.


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#BACON Jam T h e p e r f ect b ite . b y J ean S p r ingston Serves 12 Tip: Add large smears of your goat cheese and bacon spread for visual impact and bursts of flavor. Ingredients 1 package of Petite Toasts (usually in cheese display, pretty, small crackers work well to substitute) 4 oz Herbed Goat Cheese (spreadable) Skillet Bacon Spread (sold here at A Perfect Event) 10-12 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced 1 bunch Fresh Thyme Directions Lay petite toasts on serving platter. Generously spread herbed goat cheese on each toast, followed by bacon jam. Top with sliced cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs. Serve, 2 bites per person.

Tasty Tidbit: Jean served this up at Debi's Seattle book signing - and boy - did we fall in love! SunTimes Splash Editor Susanna Negovan featured our Bacon Jam on ABC News as a favorite romantic bite for Valentine's Day!

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INCORPORATE FRESH FLORALS OR HERBS INTO YOUR COCKTAILS FOR A REFRESHING AND CHIC SPRINGTIME TWIST – ELAINA RECOMMENDS COMBOS SUCH AS:

Lavendar lemonade Sparkling watermelon-basil Cucumber-lime-mint

SHRIMP CEVICHE IN A CUCUMBER CUP: Shrimp Ceviche Ingredients 1 lb medium sized shrimp Juice of 12 limes 1 tomato, small diced 1/2 avocado, small dice 1/2 small white onion, minced 1/4 cup cilantro, minced 1/2 jalapeño, minced 1/4 t Tobasco sauce Directions 1. Poach shrimp skin on in simmering water for 2 minutes. 2. Remove shrimp and add to ice water bath to stop cooking. 3. Peel, devein and butterfly shrimp, and dice so that it is small enough to fit enough the cups. 4. Transfer shrimp to a bowl and cover with 3/4 of the lime juice. Refrigerate for an hour. 5. Mix together tomatoes, avocado, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and reserved lime juice. Season with tobasco sauce.

Cinco de Mayo Ceviche Cups:

1 English cucumber (yields 10 to 12 cups)

Directions 1. Slice the cucumber into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick rings. 2. Using a melon baller or small spoon, scoop out the seeds. 3. Season with a little bit of salt before adding the ceviche to the cups.

ELAINA VAZQUEZ

A MATCH MADE IN CULINARY HEAVEN…

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Mini ceviche filled cucumber cups paired with a mini margarita Mini pork tostaditas


Mother's Day

Graduation CELEBRATE GRADUATION WITH A BACKYARD FARMER’S MARKET-INSPIRED SPREAD INCLUDING:

Artisanal cheese board Vegetable crudite in glass vessels

THIS YEAR, TREAT MOM TO A LITTLE TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH A RETRO-INSPIRED LUNCH OR DINNER SPREAD INCLUDING SOME OF HER VINTAGE FAVORITES INCLUDING:

Mini chicken pot pies Mini root beer floats “Upscale” tv dinner

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Memorial Day KICKOFF SUMMER WITH SOME ALL-AMERICAN CLASSICS INCLUDING:

Mini cheeseburgers served alongside mini milkshakes Mini turkey and swiss sandwiches with pesto mayonnaise served alongside mini “Bag ‘O Chips” (yukon gold, beet, purple peruvian) Mini chicago-style hot dogs and mini grilled cheese Mini cotton candy

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M int green peas velout é Serves 4 Prepare: 10 minutes Cook: 20 minutes Ingredients 2 pounds green peas 3 cups chicken broth 3 tsp walnut oil 1/2 cup single cream Mint leaves Salt and pepper Directions 1. Boil chicken broth in a pan and add green peas, salt and pepper. 2. Cook medium heat during 20 minutes. 3. Mix together with walnut oil and a dozen of mint leaves until smooth. 4. Add fine-cut extra mint leaves before serving cool or warm in glasses or bowls. S P R ING ISSUE | 5 0

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THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN CHEERFUL, COLORFUL SPRING PRODUCE AFTER LONG AND COLD WINTER.

BRIGHT AND TASTY, THEY ARE SO EASY TO COOK.

-Dominique Malet

V eg stuffed z ucchinis Serves 4 Prepare: 20 minutes Cook: 25 minutes Ingredients 5 zucchinis 2 carrots 1/3 lb quinoa

2 tsp olive oil 3.5 oz grated cheese 2 tsp fine-cut parsley Salt, pepper

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 356 °F 2. Wash zucchinis and cut extremities. 3. Cut 4 zucchinis into 2 lengthwise. With a spoon take the pulp off and chop it. 4. Dip these “small boats” into boiling water for 2 minutes and strain them apart in a plate. 4. Dice the remaining zucchini and carrots. 5. Heat the olive oil in a pan and lightly brown pulp and dices of zucchini and carrots. 6. Add cooked quinoa, half grated cheese, salt, pepper and parsley. 7. Fill the “small boats” of zucchinis with this mix and spread the remaining grated cheese. 8. Cook 25 minutes.


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the brocante what I love:

On any Sunday, in Provence, were I live, there are over thirty flea markets ("brocantes" in French) that come alive. Starting before the first glimmer of light and ending at sunset. You can find anything that you are looking for, and numerous things that you aren't.

The small little bits tucked into pages, trunks, drawers, and suit pockets are often the sweetest surprise." This is how I spend my day, scouring every stall for old stories, memories, treasures in the form of french linens, millinery mixed with ephemera, and beautiful, works of art old stamps.

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TOP LEFT - CHICAGO STREET SIGNS WERE CUSTOM MADE, FEATURING AMY AND DAN'S CHILDHOOD, COLLEGE, AND ADULT HOME ADDRESSES, FAVORITE PLACES, AND MORE! BOTTOM LEFT - VINTAGE MINIATURE KEYS WERE TIED ONTO RIBBONS WITH EACH CALLIGRAPHIED PLACECARD RIGHT - DIY S'MORES WERE THE HIT OF THE LATE NIGHT MENU, WITH CHEFS TORCHING MARSHMALLOWS, PLACING THEM IN A GLASS, AND GUESTS POURING CHOCOLATE, PEANUT BUTTER AND FRUIT ONTOP.

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Life on our olive farm in Saint Rémy de Provence...

revolves around the seasons and in particular the springtime. There is an air of anticipation as the chill and frosts of winter recede into memory and the promise of fresh buds and blossoms put a spring in the step. All year I think about our roses… they are lovingly cared for but more than that they are the signature of our garden… the highpoint of the season. When they bloom I am amazed at their beauty, their sweet fragrance and their ability to enchant. I never tire of the way they look… I love the sound as they rustle in the wind and the scattered petals are our own Provencal confetti. It's many years now that they have been blooming in abundance.. Yet every year, when they begin to open, it is as if it were the first time…

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DEBI DESIGNED MASSED, CLUSTERED FLORALS WITH TULIPS, RANUNCULUS, PEONY, ROSES, TI LEAF AND MORE TO ADD BRIGHT, POWERFUL POPS OF COLOR TO THE WHITE ON WHITE LOFT SPACE.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: PARMESAN AIR BEET PUDDING, ROSEMARY CRACKER BUBBLE GUM COTTON CANDY TUNA AND SOY SUSPENSION SASHIMI STYLE TUNA, YUZU AND SOY GELÉE, SEAWEED GÂTEAU

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SLOW ROASTED PORK MAC N’ CHEESE SOUFFLE, HOT MUSTARD POWDER, TOMATO JAM

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JUMP BABY JUMP! THE TRAMPOLINE SMILEBOOTH PHOTO BOOTH CAPTURED EVERY GUEST'S CRAZY ANTICS!

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MORGAN BY RN E MARIE NERI

THINGS WE LOVE

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Spring is one of my favorite seasons. It’s that time of year when the flowers begin to bloom, days are longer, brighter, and best of all that renewed sense of motivation we all experience drives us to start afresh and clean the heck out of our physical and mental spaces. Along with organizing our closets and alphabetizing the spice rack, a great spring cleaning project for everyone’s to-do list is taking all of the great pictures you captured last year of your family and putting them in an album. Not only are family albums a great way to archive your photographs, but more importantly they will become treasured items in your household. There is nothing like the wonderment you will experience as you pull out your albums and go through them with your children. Favorite family vacations, your children’s ‘firsts,’ or even the memories you didn’t realize how much you cherished until they were gone – don’t let these moments be forgotten or lost amidst files on your hard drive. Unsure as to how to make your own family album? Here’s my top pro secrets:

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Artifact Uprising – Artifact Uprising's hard cover albums are printed on 100% recycled paper and bound in linen. Their design tools are very user-friendly and allow you to design a custom book that looks like a pro put it together for you. $12.99+

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Mpix – Mpix offers a range of album options for a very affordable price $20+

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iPhoto books – If you have a Mac computer of any kind, this is really the best option in my opinion for just getting the job done and can be found in your iPhoto software. The printing quality is fantastic, and they offer incredibly user-friendly design tools. $3.99+

Blurb – While Blurb does offer many pro solutions with advanced book design software, there is an option called Blurb Bookify that helps you put together an album with no experience necessary. $12.99+


FEATURE

Japan in Bloom Rory Griffith and Colin Hinkle

My desire to travel to Japan was sparked initially by an uncle of mine, who spent months working there as a model when I was young and would return with exotic Japanese trinkets and fascinating stories. As I learned more about the country, I became enthralled at the dichotomy of a nation trying to be simultaneously ultra-modern and almost defiantly traditional and conservative.


The cherry blossom garden park, Chidoriga-fuchi, was a stunning experience. Arriving from the busiest subway station in the country during the busiest rush on a gray morning, we were welcomed by a tree lined path whose blossoms exploded in vibrant pinks and whites against the dreary sky. It invites you to take a slow reflexive stroll in nearly reverent silence to take in a calm that seems so elusive throughout the rest of the city. S P R ING ISSUE | 8 6


On a Sunday afternoon in Kyoto, we wandered into a hanami, or "flower viewing party," with groups of folks gathering in outdoor beer gardens and cafes or having picnics on tarps, all in the shadow of a few enormous weeping cherry trees. As the sun set, a boisterous mood spread throughout the park, and the groups started an impromptu competition, singing and shouting cheers until the whole park erupted in laughter.

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spring strata... gluten free! Note: You will need to start this the day before, but worth it. Great idea to make two at once and throw one in the freezer for future use. INGREDIENTS: 1 onion, diced 1 red pepper, diced 1 bunch fresh asparagus 2 cloves, diced 1 pkg all natural sausage links - optional (can use soy sausage if prefer) 1 pkg frozen hash browns 4 eggs 1 c milk 2 c shredded mozzarella cheese salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS 1. SautĂŠ onion, pepper, garlic, sausage until brown. Can skip the meat if so inclined. Take off heat and add in a bag of frozen hash browns, shredded cheese, salt and pepper. Put it all in your prettiest casserole pan. 2. In another BIG bowl whisk together eggs and milk and pour over the potato mixture. Let it sit in your fridge overnight. 3. In the morning, bring to room temperature and lay fresh asparagus (and other vegetables if you so desire) on top. Think about zucchini, tomatoes. Preheat oven to 350' 4. Bake 45 minutes covered, then uncover until bubbly. S P R ING ISSUE | 9 2

pair with salads, charcuterie board with jams, mustard, cheese, nuts


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AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY TO REMEMBER

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT - DO NOT DISTURB DOOR SIGNS WERE HANDED OUT TO GUESTS AT THE END OF THE EVENING. THE INCREDIBLE VIEW FROM HOTEL 71 PENTHOUSE OVER WRIGLEY BUILDING, TRIBUNE TOWER AND MICHIGAN AVENUE ARCHITECTURE. THE INVITATIONS WERE DESIGNED IN THE S P RI N G I S S U E | 95 BRIDE'S FAVORITE BRIGHT COLORS.


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CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP RIGHT: GLAZED AND INFUSED BAKED MONOGRAMMED MINI DONUTS, RED VELVET AND FLAVORED DONUT HOLES FOR THE DONUT BAR, COMPLETE WITH DIPPING SAUCES AND SPRINKLES. GARRETT'S POPCORN BAR FEATURED FAVORITE FLAVORS, TINS, AND TINY POPCORN BAGS FOR GUESTS TO TA STE AND ENJOY - EVEN TAKE HOME A S FAVORS. HIS AND HERS COCKTAILS INCLUDED BRIDE'S BUBBLES, WITH PROSECCO AND ST. GERMAIN, AND MISTER'S MULE, A GROOM'S SPIN ON THE MOSCOW MULE WITH CUCUMBER VODKA, GINGER BEER, LIME JUICE AND MINT.

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GUESTS INCLUDED VAL'S COHOST OF WINDY CITY LIVE, RYAN CHIAVERINI, ANA BELAVAL OF WGN, BILLY DEC, SUNTIMES SPLA SH EDITOR SUSANNA AND HUBBY TOM NEGOVAN, PRESIDENT OF ABC, JOHN IDLER.

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SHE DESERVES IT - GRAND DAME OF THE FAMILY AND ALL. THE KIDS AND I WORK FOR A WEEK PLANNING, COLORING, CREATING, AND THEN LOAD UP THE CAR AND DRIVE TO OHIO TO CELEBRATE!

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party planning tip:

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have kids color birthday cards and custom placemats for the birthday table!

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Kids can color a surprise "Birthday Book" in a three ring binder, perfect for a homemade gift!

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wrap all natural soda cans with colored paper and ribbons for dressed up drinks, served with matching straws with washi tape flags.

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THE Joy OF COOKING SPRING SUPPER – FRENCH ROAST CHICKEN INGREDIENTS 1 whole chicken (I use Miller's Amish chickens) 2 tbsp soft butter 4 tbsp herbs de Provence (I like Herbs de Provence from Aux Anysetier du Roy from Amazon.com it is a splurge, worth it for the French lavender) half of a lemon kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper 1 red onion quartered 6 brussels sprouts halved 1 small sweet potato, cut in 1/2 inch chunks

SO FAST | SO EASY | SO HEALTHY

4-6 small red new potatoes halved 1 yellow squash, cut into 1 inch pieces

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DIRECTIONS 1. Rinse your chicken with water and dry with a towel. 2. Let the bird come to room temperature 30 minutes. 3. Preheat oven 450 degrees (chickens like it hot!) 4. Sprinkle inside of the bird with 1 tbsp of herb de Provence and a very generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. 5. Insert 1/2 lemon into the carcas of the chicken. 6. Rub your bird with softened butter. 7. Cover the buttered bird w/ the remaining herbs, salt and pepper. 8. Using butcher's twine tie your bird up tight. This will help the chicken to cook evenly and look pretty for presentation

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PRING HERALDS THE ARRIVAL OF WARM AND SUNNY DAYS, CHIRPING BIRDS AND BLOSSOMING FLORA. BEING FROM THE MIDWEST, HOWEVER, WINTER USUALLY OUTSTAYS ITS WELCOME. SO WHILE THE WEATHER TRIES TO CATCH UP TO THE SEASON, I BRING A TOUCH OF SPRINGTIME SPIRIT TO MY KITCHEN BY ADDING BRIGHT, FLAVORFUL FLOWERS TO MY COOKING AND COCKTAILS. FOR DINNER PARTIES, I LIKE TO START WITH A HIBISCUS SPARKLER APERITIF. THE FLOWERS AND SYRUP CAN BE PLACED IN THE FLUTES BEFORE GUESTS ARRIVE AND THEN TOPPED WITH CHAMPAGNE À LA MINUTE. THE RICH RED, SYRUP-SOAKED HIBISCUS FLOWER NESTLED INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE FLUTE IS COAXED INTO BLOOM BY THE BUBBLES OF THE CHAMPAGNE MAKING IT A FUN, YET ELEGANT ENTRÉE TO THE PARTY.

Flower Power Salad Yield 1 side salad

Ingredients • 2 cups mix of organic baby spinach, organic baby red and green chard, organic baby kale • 1 tablespoon edible calendula (marigold) petals • tablespoon sunflower seeds; shelled and toasted • 3 small calendula (marigold) blossoms, for garnish Directions In a bowl, combine baby greens and flower petals. Toss with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette. Transfer to serving dish. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and garnish with whole flower blossoms.

WEARY OF HEAVY WINTER DISHES, I LOVE TO SERVE HEALTHY, BLOOMING SALADS THAT SING OF SPRING AS A LUNCHEON COURSE. MYRIAD FLOWERS CAN BE ADDED INTO SALADS, BUT I FAVOR THE DELICATE PETALS AND PEPPERY FLAVOR OF CALENDULA AND MARIGOLD. THE YELLOW AND ORANGE SUNSHINE SHADES PROVIDE A BRILLIANT CONTRAST TO THE DEEP, GREEN MIX OF BABY CHARD, KALE AND SPINACH. NUTRIENT RICH SUNFLOWER SEEDS ADD TEXTURAL CRUNCH WHILE THE SHERRY-DIJON DRESSING LENDS A POP OF BRIGHTNESS TO THIS SIMPLE SALAD.

hibiscus sparkler

MORE RECIPES CAN BE FOUND ON CULINARY CURATOR’S WEBSITE GLAMOURGRUB.COM

Serves 6

Ingredients • 6 Wild hibiscus flowers in syrup* • Bottle of sparkling wine, prosecco or champagne, chilled Directions Place one hibiscus flower right-side up in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add half a teaspoon of syrup from jar to the flute. Top with sparkling wine. *Can be found at Whole Foods and on-line at amazon.com

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sherry dijon vinaigrette


INGREDIENTS • 3 TABLESPOONS EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL • 1 TEASPOONS DIJON MUSTARD
 • 1 TEASPOONS HIGH QUALITY SPANISH SHERRY VINEGAR
 • 2 TEASPOONS FRESH TARRAGON, FINELY CHOPPPED • 1 TABLESPOON SHALLOTS, MINCED
 • SALT • FRESHLY GROUND BLACK PEPPER

DIRECTIONS IN A SMALL BOWL COMBINE ALL OF THE INGREDIENTS EXCEPT THE OLIVE OIL. ADD THE OLIVE OIL IN A SLOW, STEADY STREAM WHISKING UNTIL IT EMULSIFIES. SEASON TO TASTE WITH SALT AND PEPPER. RECIPES DEVELOPED BY CULINARY CURATO ©CULINARY CURATOR CATHERINE DE ORIO S P RI N G I S S U E | 1 1 7


celebration

April Showers BBJ's TABLE OF THE MONTH LOOKBOOK

BBJ SILVER CALISTA OVERLAY BBJ EMERALD LAMOUR CLOTH, NAPKINS BBJ LUXE EMERALD GREEN CHARGER A PERFECT EVENT FLORALS, VOTIVES, PAPERS TABLESCAPES PARTY RENTAL CHINA, GLASSES, SILVERWARE

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DIY DINNERPARTY DETAIL : WASHI TAPE + PLACECARDS =

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instant chic!

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May Flowers BBJ's TABLE OF THE MONTH LOOKBOOK

BBJ CORSICA GOLD SEQUIN LINEN OVERLAY BBJ PINK CHAMPAGNE LAMOUR CLOTH, NAPKINS BBJ CIRCLE SQUARE GOLD GLITTER CHARGER A PERFECT EVENT FLORALS, VOTIVES, PAPERS TABLESCAPES PARTY RENTAL CHINA, GLASSES, SILVERWARE, BARSTOOLS

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3 steps to Pomegranate Bellinis!

1.

fill drinking jar

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add pomegranate seeds to champagne flutes

RECIPE | 1 cup POM juice | 1 cup Sugar | 1 Bottle Sparkling Wine (Spumante, Prosecco, any sweet variety) | Combine POM and Sugar in a small sauce pan. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Cool. Place pomegranate seeds int he bottom of a champagne flute. Pour about 1 Tbls POM syrup into the bottom of a glass, top with sparkling wine.

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fill glasses with bellinis, enjoy!


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collections of florals in Dee's favorite colors varied room to room, surrounded by hundreds of votive and floating candles

Add in fruit for an instant spring touch!


do you believe...

The entire party menu was vegan - even the cake!

favorite new spring gift click here to buy now!

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engagement

PETER & JACKIE ENGAGEMENT SESSION KOREA

story by our sweet bride jackie: the process of "rehearsal" photos in korea is a wedding tradition. there are many rehearsal studios in seoul. some are more vintage, other more modern, each place has their signature backgrounds, props, and some studios take glamorous photos while some take very cute ones. we loved montble because the pictures were romantic, dreamy, natural, and the backdrops were simple yet beautiful. to us, the funniest part was the intimacy during the photo shoot. our dear photographer was very nice and funny during the whole shoot, telling us situations to imagine so we would smile big or make certain facial expressions. koreans are physically affectionate, but kissing on the lips is not common, especially in public. i'm guessing that usually couples are shy kissing in front of the photographer when he requests it, but as americans, kissing is a everyday thing for us, so we did it with ease. the photographer pretended like he was horrified, but in a fun, jovial manner. the first time stepping into the studio was really cool. from the pictures, you'd think it's a huge, grand place but it really wasn't. all the backgrounds and sets intertwined like a funny house, which really shows you the skill and talent of the photographer at montble studio. really special moments were ones that wouldn’t happen back at home. in korea, bride and groom go together to select the wedding dresses and tuxedos, for the photos and for the actual wedding as well. but shopping for a dress is a ladies’ thing here, so it was really special for both of us to have peter sit there every time the sales associates drew the curtains to present me in different dresses. the photo shoot took 12 straight hours - with no breaks, because we had to constantly change wardrobe. we couldn’t tell the time because we were in a basement studio with fake natural lighting. when we finally finished and looked at the time on our phones, it was 8 pm - we were shocked! we had so much fun through the entire process that even when it took 12 hours, we couldn’t believe that it was over so fast. we thought it was still middle of afternoon!


"i loved this formal, heavily beaded bodice with a huge tulle skirt dress!"


"having hair & make up done together onsite in the studio, and seeing each other after getting dressed was so special. we were both dolled up – and so in love – and so excited at each and every turn."


"people do at least one han-bok scene, which is the korean traditional clothing."

engagement shoot tip:

show off your personalities and style!


can you believe that all these photos were taken in one warehouse with artificial lighting?

"koreans love matching clothes so most of the time people will get lovey-dovey couple shirts."

turn your engagement pictures into save the dates... and even custom stamps!

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derby

Run Roses! FOR THE

_DIY DERBY DECOR_ mass colorblocked roses in silver trophy vases, or julep cups (our Debi Lilly Design julep cups on shelves now at Safeway are perfect!)

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_WHAT WE'RE SERVING UP_ bacon slaw sliders churchill mac n cheese blue cheese wedge

_DIY SILKS DRINK STRAWS_ These jockey silks make fun, themed drink straws in minutes. download file here cut, wrap, glue

_MINT JULIP_ 4 fresh mint sprigs 2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey 1 tsp powdered sugar 2 tsp water Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with DIY drink straw for that perfect derby touch.


C inco de mayo

OlĂŠ!

5 steps to cinco de mayo decor

need: -Debi Lil y Design Cupcake and Cake stands in small and medium size, exclusively at Safeway/Dominicks -White cardstock -Scotch tape -Scissors -1 bunch Mokara Orchids

step 1

click and print our vintage Mexico travel postcards PDF onto white cardstock

step 3

step 2

cut postcards, roll tiny bit of tape, tape together at tippy top edge to create "tent"

cover base of stand w plucked orchid blooms to create colorful floral collection

step 5

add cake dome, and boom, fiesta!

step 4

stand up the postcard "tent" inside cake stand


DIY napkin ring print, cut, roll napkin and wrap, securing back with tape!

DIY pennant click, print, cut and assemble?

DIY menus/placecards just click, print, and fill in!

download your own cinco de mayo decor here!

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MOTHER'S DAY

DIY

mother's day gifts

I AM always and forever SNAPPING AWAY WITH MY CAMERA... AND THESE SHOTS TAKEN AT MY grandmother's house ARE PERFECT FOR GIFTING THIS MOTHER'S DAY.

four generations, in hands

four generations, framed

(FROM AGE 10 TO AGE 85, LEFT TO RIGHT)

(SNAP EACH PERSON HOLDING THE EMPTY FRAME, PHOTOSHOP THEM INTO THE FRAME ONE BY ONE, IN ORDER OF AGE)


Mother's Day Gifting

TASTEMAKER

Candace's favorite photo taken at the Fontainebleu pool in Miami Beach.

NOTHING, IN OUR HUMBLE OPINION, COMPARES TO THE GIFT OF ARTWORK.

DEBI'S PICK FOR MOTHER'S DAY - CUSTOM ILLUSTRATIONS OF MOM AND FAMILY. GRAB A FAVORITE FAMILY PHOTO - OR TWO - AND SEND THEM RIGHT ON IN TO OUR DEAR ROSEMARY FOR THE GIFT MOM WILL ABSOLUTELY TREASURE.

Rosemary Fanti

Surprise Candace! Happy Mother's Day from Debi and Rosemary!

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tastema k er

giardiniera, italian-style pickled vegetables Giardiniera means ‘from the garden’. Recipes differ, and mine contains the standard carrots, celery and peppers, purple and green cauliflower, as well as fresh garlic cloves and baby white and red onions from the farmer’s market. Even my carrots are baby carrots from the farmer’s market, left in their rustic state – I simply scrub them and do not peel them. To me, giardiniera is about nibbling on brightly-colored vegetables that inspire conversation. Making this recipe requires time, so I like to sit at the kitchen table with my daughter and do the prep work together and talk about our week as it makes the work load lighter and faster! Note: I brine all my vegetables in a large, 2 1/2 gallon jar as it needs to be refrigerated for 18-24 hours before you flash cook and “can” them.

IN THE KITCHEN WITH

ROSS SVEBACK

Mother’s Day Brunch for a Bunch

OUR FAVE CHEF ABOUT TOWN, ROSS SVEBACK, HAS THE BIG MEAL FOR MOM COVERED.

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Pretty. Delish. Fresh.

ingredients 2 heads cauliflower (I use 1 green and 1 purple) – cut into medium florets 1 lb. baby carrots (from the farmer’s market) 2 red peppers, seeded and rough large chopped 2 yellow peppers, seeded and rough chopped 1 lb. celery, rough chopped 2 lb. baby onions (I use half red and half white) 3 heads fresh garlic, peeled (roughly 24-30 cloves) 12 c water 2 c pickling salt 2 qts. white vinegar 2 qts. filtered water 1/4 c yellow mustard seed 1/4 c brown mustard seed 1/4 c celery seed 2 Tien Tsin dried peppers 3 c. sugar 1 lb. unpitted olive mix from quality olive bar 1 fresh bay leaf for packing in each jar. directions 1. Place 12c water and salt into jar and stir to dissolve. Add all of the vegetables, except the olives (these will be added directly to the jars. Place cover and refrigerate for 18-24 hours. Before you start the next step, make sure you have sterilized your jars and your canning water is simmering you plan on placing the giardiniera in right beforehand. 2. Combine the vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, celery seed and peppers into one large pot (or two smaller pots, dividing the mixture evenly) and bring to a boil, cooking for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and discard the chili peppers. 3. Divide the vegetables between the jars, making sure to add the olives and slide one fresh bay leaf into the side of the jar facing the top outward. Add liquid, making sure you have 1/2″ headroom in the top of each jar. Shake to remove any air bubbles, then wipe the rims of each jar and place rubber rings and lids.

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corn dog madeleines I always enjoy taking the everyday recipe and turning it on it’s head, like the simple corn dog turned into a fancy and cheeky version of the traditional French Madeleine. This recipe makes 16 bite-size versions of this kid and adult favorite. I prefer to use one cob of fresh corn for the kernels, yet you can use 1/2 cup canned or frozen corn should you desire – fresh corn will give you more flavor. ingredients 1 tbsp. butter, melted 1/3 c. buttermilk 1 egg 1/2 c. fresh corn kernels 1 tsp. sugar 2 tbsp. flour 1/3 c. cornmeal 1/2 tsp. baking soda salt and pepper to taste 6 all natural hot dogs, cut into thirds directions 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prep a regular-sized Madeleine pan by spraying it with cooking spray. 2. Melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl, then add buttermilk and egg, mixing with a fork to combine. Add corn, sugar, flour, cornmeal, baking soda, salt and pepper – stirring again with fork to combine. 3. Divide between 16 wells and place into the oven for 4 minutes, remove from oven and place hot dog section on top of each Madeleine – the middles should be slightly undercooked so the hot dog settles into it and bakes with the Madeleine. Place back into the oven and bake for 5 more minutes. 4. Remove from oven, allow to sit for five minutes – serve with ketchup, and enjoy! S P RI N G I S S U E | 1 61


bloody mary salad I love a Bloody Mary, full of spices and extra things to chomp on, so I wanted to create a salad that reminds me of it. I was tossing ideas around in my head for a while and then when I ran across the mini pepperoni at the supermarket it all came together. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. For the celery, I pulled off all the leaves – keeping them whole, and set them aside adding them to the dish before tossing. This also makes a fantastic crostini too. Serves 12 as a salad. ingredients SALAD 2 stalks celery + leaves, chopped 2 pts. cherry tomatoes, halved 10 vermouth-spiked pearl onions, halved top to bottom 1/2 c. Hormel mini pepperoni, chopped 1 c. garlic-stuffed olives, sliced into thirds 1/2 c. blue cheese, crumbled 2 slices bacon, fried crisp and chopped DRESSING 2 tbsp. vodka 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 tbsp. Horseradish mustard 1/4 c. V8 Spicy zest and juice of one lemon directions 1. Mix all salad ingredients together 2. Whisk together ingredients and pour over salad, gently tossing – serve.


moroccan beef with cinnamon, sea salt noodles This meal is truly like taking a vacation to Marrakech. From the time you start opening and measuring the spices to searing the meat and finishing up by tasting the flavors of this dish – it’s wonderful. The beef is coated with spices like turmeric and cinnamon then seared. It is then braised in a mixture of crushed tomatoes, fresh lemon juice and Saffron for a couple of hours. Finally, topped with noodles that have been infused with cinnamon and sea salt. This is comfort food, Moroccan-style. ingredients BEEF 4-5 lb. boneless chuck roast, cut into 2” pieces 1/3 c. flour seasoned with ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper Olive oil 3 large red onions, sliced 2 cinnamon stick 1 tbsp. ground ginger 1½tsp. saffron 2 tsp. coarse-ground pepper 2 tsp. turmeric 4 tbsp. unsalted butter 1 32-oz. can crushed tomatoes juice of one lemon directions 1. Dredge meat with seasoned flour mixture to coat. In 5 qt. skillet over medium high heat add olive oil. 2. Brown beef in batches on most sides, setting browned pieces into a bowl and aside – adding more olive oil when needed to keep beef browning and not sticking. Once beef is done, add onions and butter – saute to soften onions and remove browned bits from bottom of pot. 3. Add cinnamon stick, saffron, pepper and turmeric, stirring to combine. Add beef back to pot and water until 1/2 inch to top of beef. 4. Bring back to boil, reduce heat and cover to simmer for three hours. 5. Remove from heat and let rest while you make the noodles. ingredients NOODLES 1 lb. spaghetti noodles, broken into quarters 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 tsp. sea salt 1 tsp. cinnamon directions 1. Cook spaghetti according to manufacturers directions in heavily salted water, drain. Add to bowl with 2 tbsp. olive oil and toss to coat. 2. Mix salt and cinnamon together, then toss in together with the noodles. 3. Place beef ontop noodles, and serve. S P R ING ISSUE | 1 6 4

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Shades of Lilac Cake …a celeb fan favorite, in People Magazine! Ombre shaded, gradual tones as seen in the world of fashion and textiles for centuries, here fashioned into a cake. This version is done in lilac for Spring! This recipe is fashioned for two, with leftovers for later…. Out of the ordinary tools for this project are my 6″ cake pans and Americolor colors since I became accustomed to them with my cookie decorating. As you can see from the photo, the color range is ombre. I used a Wilton 22 tip to decorate the rosettes. As with frosting any cake, refrigerating it so it is completely chilled will ensure a much easier frosting experience. For this cake, I suggest refrigeration before you do the crumb coat and before you pipe the final layer. I use one, 9.5 c container of my Vanilla-Bean Buttercream frosting, which I then tint as needed. This will make a four-layer cake. ingredients CAKE 1.5 cup butter, room temperature 2 cup sugar 5 whole eggs 2 1/4 cup buttermilk 1 tbsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tbsp. vanilla bean paste 3 cup cake flour food colors desired (see note above) Prepare 4, 6″ round cake pans by spraying them with cooking spray or butter/flour – preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together – then add eggs one a time until incorporated, followed by the buttermilk. Add baking powder, soda, salt and vanilla bean paste – stirring to combine. Add cake flour and mix until batter begins to look creamy. directions 1. Divide batter evenly into three bowls, AND one prepared cake pan (this will be your uncolored layer). To the first bowl add a tiny amount of desired color and stir to combine with a fork. 2. Scrape into one of the prepared pans – set aside. In the second bowl, add a larger amount of color so your next batch is more vibrant, stirring with a fork to incorporate. Scrape into one of the prepared pans – set aside. 3. In the third bowl add a larger amount of the color, adding more if necessary – so it is a level darker than the last, stirring with a fork to combine well. Scrape into one of the prepared pans – set aside. 4. Place prepared pans into preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until tester comes out clean. You may need to move pans around if your oven has hot spots. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes, then invert cakes out onto rack to cool completely. Wrap with plastic wrap and place into refrigerator to chill fully. 5. Remove from refrigerator when you are ready to ice layers together and put on crumb coat. S P R ING ISSUE | 1 6 6

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vanilla-bean buttercream icing This is a modified version of the frosting recipe my grandmother always used. She was a big proponent of shortening as it was her belief that it stood up well in the heat at family gatherings. I make this recipe in two stages, then combine the two separate recipes together. This makes a boatload of frosting, which is easily stored in the freezer. I divide them into 9.5 c storage containers and pull them out as the need arises – makes life so easy! ingredients STEP 1 4 cups sugar 1 cup water 4 whole eggs + 4 egg whites 1 lb (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1.5 lb (3 sticks) regular shortening sticks, room temperature 1 tbsp. vanilla-bean paste directions 1. Place sugar and water into a medium saucepan and bring to boil, cook until a candy thermometer reaches softball stage (235-240 degrees). 2. Remove from heat and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment beat 4 whole eggs and 4 egg whites, then slowly pour in the hot syrup. Once all the syrup is added, set timer and allow mixture to whip for ten minutes. 3. Pour syrup into a pitcher to cool. You will want to refrigerate the syrup for at least four hours, or overnight – you can also leave it on the counter to cool as well. Once syrup has cooled, take a spoon and remove the foam that has risen to the top (there is no need to get every ounce of it, just the majority). 4. Place clean bowl back in the mixer and add the butter and shortening with whisk attachment. 5. Beat on high speed, stopping 2 or 3 times to scrape the bowl – ingredients should be light in color and have a whipped texture. Add the vanilla bean paste and slowly pour in the syrup. 6. Place mixer on low and edge up to medium high until all of the ingredients are incorporated and the icing looks fluffy. ingredients STEP 2 16 oz. cream cheese room temperature 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 2 lb. powdered sugar 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste directions 1. Place cream cheese and butter into a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and mix to combine well. 2. Add powdered sugar and mix again until no visible lumps appear, finally adding the vanilla bean paste at the end. 3. Combine STEP 1 & STEP TWO, mixing well until it is completely incorporated. Should be at room temperature to frost cake.

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THINGS WE LOVE

We love donuts. We love fondue We love Glazed+Infused Donut Fondue! Delivered to your door, ready to party Order for your spring parties at 312-226-5556. Sprinkle options and colors can vary

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mother ' s day

PAST MEETS PRESENT MOTHER DAUGHTER TRIP TO THAILAND By Christine Janda Going to Thailand with my Mom was on my bucket list. I knew with this trip, I would learn so much more about my Mom, and where she spent her first 18 years. A few months back I came across gorgeous photos of my Mother from her childhood - pictures that I have never before seen - and with family members I have never before met. I had an idea for our trip - to recreate the very same photographs of her youth - thirty years later. Just a few days before our trip my Dad and I scanned and printed all of her beautiful pictures. I emailed family in Thailand attaching all pictures asking for help to scope out the same locations. I wanted to recreate photos of my Mom, from years ago, and now with me at her side. In front of dazzling gold temples in Bangkok, riding motorcycles in Chiang Mai and walking along picturesque beaches in Phuket, we did just that. What fun! I had no idea that our photo assignment would bring so much love and adventure to our trip. My first trip to Thailand and my Mom's first return in thirty years. Everyone got involved, from my 6 & 8 year old cousins to our tour guide in Phuket. And - best of all - we even got creative along the way. Mom had her own ideas, and recreated some of her own pictures. I took inspiration from others to create exciting, beautiful new photos and memories.

"Kob kun kaa" Thailand, for making our mother daughter trip...pure magic.


Mom'sGorgeous Gifts

behind the scenes

SCOPING OUT THE SCENE FOR THE PERFECT SHOT!

MOM'S FAVE PHOTOS MADE INTO TINY INSTAGRAM BRAG BOOKS!

CLOCKWISE: PRINTSTAGRAM.COM 100 PHOTO BOOK $12 • CAMEO CANDLE $28 * BEADED MONOGRAM CLUTCH $130 • IKAT MONOGRAM WRISTLET $90 • EIFFEL TOWER GIFT BOX $13

MY LITTLE COUSINS - HELPERS FOR THE DAY!


MOTHER'S DAY

Crafty Mother's Day DAD - TAKE NOTE!

MOMS - SO FUN FOR KIDS TO MAKE FOR YOU AND HIDE UNTIL YOUR BIG DAY, OR FOR BABYSITTERS, GRANDMAS, AUNTIES.

Easiest

Paper + markers + stickers = Mom Art! Favorite words to describe mom, color pictures that remind you of mom...

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Mom's fave chocolate bar + Mom's fave color paper + tape + markers = Custom Candybar Cut paper to wrap around candy bar, tape closed. Decorate paper with sweet poems, S P RI N G I S S U E and loving artwork.

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Lovely Lily

Still Easy!

Paper + Hands + Markers + Scissors + Tape = Lily 1. Trace hands onto paper. Cut out hands. Form hands into flower shape, tape bottom. 2. Cut out a green stem, green leaf, brown flower pot (can also draw these with markers!) 3. Fold sheet of paper in half, into a card shape. 4. Tape all into a flower shape on front cover, with personal poem or message inside.


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GRADUATION

DIY GRADUATION CELEBRATIONS from fancy...to fun!

(All from Debi Lilly Design, Safeway!)

Look 1: Fancy Sweets Party

Debi's stylist secrets to set the table

• Layer your table with texture and detail using china, flowers, ribbon, and candles. • A hint of ribbon adds and instant finishing touch and pop of color. • Design decor and accents in a group of three, varying the height for interest and style.

Fleur de lys table setting, cupcake stand, ribbon, and fluted vase

• Add whimsy with flowers tucked into the table. The debi lilly design™ Fleur de Lys tea cup is perfect for a "vase" and the debi lilly design™ Fluted Vase turned upside down, a candle holder.

Safeway bakery cakes fit perfectly into Debi Lilly Design cakestands, just add ribbon to finish the look!


3 steps to a sweet spring dessert NO BAKING! GLUTEN FREE!

need: • Debi lilly chocolate tulip cups, exclusive to safeway/dominicks • Large container all natural vanilla yogurt • Fresh organic raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, rinsed • Fresh mint + What else is missing?

Step 1 - fill choc cups with yogurt Step 2 - top with berries All from Debi Lilly Design, Step 3 - garnish with mint leaf! Safeway!

Cake stands make great displays too!

the graduate's fave flaves cookie bar! need: • Debi lilly design illusion vases, exclusive to safeway/dominicks (can substitute glass cylinders or jars) • Debi Lilly design ribbons in school colors • Favorite cookie flavors of the graduate from the neighborhoo grocery/bakery, or homemade family recipes • Cardstock tags for flavors • Double sided tape

Step 1 - fill each vase with one flavor cookie Step 2 - wrap ribbon around vase, tape in back Step 3 - garnish with cookie flavor tag


Debi's stylist secrets to setting the backyard bar

• Create an instant party focal point using debi lilly design™ Snack Tins and Rio Glass, for a beautiful bar set with bright, bold color. • Fill a collection of Rio Glass carafes with citrus and herb sparkling water infusions Lemon and Rosemary, Lime and Thyme, and more for heart healthy drinks.

Look 2: Fun Backyard Bash!

• Kalanchoes and potted plants tucked into tin buckets make fast, fresh, long lasting floral centerpieces. • Tins are just as fun with pyramids of fresh citrus, snack mixes or ice buckets

Rio Tins, Rio Carafes, Topiaries Kalanchoes, lemons, limes, oranges, water infused drinks tyme & lime, lemon & rosemary.

Medium Cake Stand, Silver Julep Cup with Roses, Valencia Vase with Chic Rose Bouquets

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BUNCHES OF LOCAL ORCHIDS, ROSES, CHRYSANTHEMUM AND JASMINE FILLED THE STREETS

travel

Floral Finds in Thailand

A TRIP TO BANGKOK'S LARGEST FLOWER MARKET

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APERFECT EVENT SUMMER ISSUE COMES OUT JUNE 1!

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