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NORTH SHORE STYLE & SUBSTANCE DECEMBER/JANUARY 2021

Hope smiles “from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.

–ALFRED LORD TENNYSON

CATHY GRAHAM

A SECOND BLOOM

CHRISTY VEGOSEN

UNVEILS HER JEWELBOX DRESS CO. COLLECTION

PADDLE TENNIS

WARMS UP

DR. RAMI TAHA

RECOUNTS HIS ESCAPE FROM IRAQ

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CON TEN T S DECEMBER/JANUARY 2021

FEATURES 88 DRESSED UP

Winnetka’s Christy Vegosen unveils her Jewelbox Dress Co. clothing collection.

94 CATHY BARANCIK GRAHAM

AND HER CREATIVE COMEBACK Fashion, flowers & fun: Cathy Barancik Graham’s illustrious career and style.

100 PADDLE THERAPY

Tennis players turn to platform tennis to weather hard times.

104 A CIRCUITOUS ROUTE FROM

IRAQ TO ILLINOIS Infectious disease physician Dr. Rami Taha recounts his daring escape— featuring a taxi driver’s sneaky tactics and Taha’s convincing disguise—from his turbulent homeland 25 years ago.

DEPARTMENTS 32 EDITOR’S NOTE 35 36 40 42 44

INSIDER NEWSWORTHY THE DO LIST SHORE VS CITY SR TEEN

49 50 54 56

FASHION & BEAUTY FASHION BEAUTY WELLNESS

61 CULTURE & ARTS 62 ART & ARTIST 66 TRENDING

ON THE COVER CHRIST Y VEGOSEN, FOUNDER OF JEWELBOX DRESS CO. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIA PONCE STYLING BY ANNIE BARLOW HAIR & MAKEUP BY SHANNON O’BRIEN WEARING H&M PEARL BEADED SWEATER, JEWELBOX DRESS CO. JUNE DRESS IN PLATINUM, AND MARION PARKE BOOTIES

69 FOOD & TRAVEL 70 FOODIE 74 FIRST CLASS 77 HOUSE & HOME 78 HOME TOUR 84 HOME STYLE

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A Dream to a Destiny:

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HIGHLAND PARK Stanley and Jane Razny were leaving an entire world behind— friends and familiarity they may never again know. Together, they traveled for weeks across waters and lands to settle in Illinois, a home that promised stability with wide-open leafy roads and communities founded on family. The journey was anything but easy for a young couple. Still, they were confident it'd be more than worth it. Their future was waiting for them, after all. All they needed was the fortitude to work for it. A gifted bench jeweler, Stanley found his place with Leed's Jewelers in the North Shore, almost 5,000 miles from where he'd started. Like a brilliant diamond in a platinum setting, the North Shore is the jewel making Chicago shine even brighter as one of the most distinguished cities in the world. Neatly tucked against Lake Michigan's coast, it boasts the Highwood neighborhood's culinary delights, the oldest American outdoor music festival in Ravinia Park, and luxury shopping in downtown Highland Park. Many impressive landmarks have made this area the Midwest's worst kept secret. These destinations include the Bahá'í House of Worship, Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and Northwestern University. Awarded for excellence in masonry, each brick of our boutique in Highland Park was laid at the direction of Stan Razny Jr. and his wife, Ingrid. For these second-generation jewelers, who were starting a family of their own, a commitment to community was paramount. "We've taken our time to learn what works," says Ingrid Razny. "Our specialists live within the community and understand the needs of our guests. We hand-select each item displayed as if we were choosing jewelry and timepieces for a dear friend. The families of the North Shore have rewarded our meticulous care with a loyalty that is nothing short of humbling." Indeed, Stan Razny Jr. insists on selecting the area’s only jeweler representing Swiss timepieces

innovators such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, and Breitling, alongside designer and custom jewelry from the industry's top artists. Additionally, we are proud of our in-house service and design shop, complete with expert watchmakers and artisans.

Along with a wide range of private philanthropic efforts and events, Razny Jewelers is solidifying our bond with the North Shore in an unprecedented way in 2020. We are happy to announce the vast expansion of our Highland Park boutique at 1700 Green Bay Road! With more space and an updated aesthetic, we bring the best of the world right to the front doors of suburban families. By investing in the area's well-earned reputation with brick and mortar retail, which is essential to a thriving community, we are raising the caliber of the in-person shopping experience. We are most proud of the new Rolex installation, like no other in the city — a layout nearly ten times the size of our previous in-house Rolex boutique, and one of the most substantial arrangements held by any private, familyowned jeweler in the nation. Our renovated location also offers a sprawling single floor, housing a modern in-house Cartier salon, an extensive collection of Breitling timepieces surrounded by a new Breitling visual concept, a space dedicated to diamond artisans Rahaminov, Kwiat, Penny Preville, private rooms, and exclusive VIP shopping suites. Stop in to study the most dazzling diamonds in the world, or peruse our custom jewelry collection, crafted by the Razny Jewelers family. Seventeen years after Stan Razny Jr. began working side by side with his parents, he and Ingrid built the Highland Park boutique from the ground up. Another 17 years have passed since then, and it seems only fitting that we continue the legacy started by one young couple immigrating from Poland with a dream, who found promise and support in the North Shore.

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Growing and Grounded: Four Razny Jewelers Locations

Addison: 1997

The beautiful flagship location in Addison is full of history. It was here that the family’s partnership with Rolex, a brand synonymous with excellence and ingenuity, first began in 1998. A year later, in 1999, Razny Jewelers earned the privilege to represent timepieces by Patek Philippe, the last independent, familyowned Genevan manufacture and considered by many to be the most prestigious watchmaker in the world. Alongside these world-renowned timepieces, Razny Jewelers’ Addison location offers custom and designer jewelry, and an in-house expert team of watchmakers, jewelers, and designers for repair and servicing.

Highland Park: 2003

Awarded for excellence in masonry, Razny Jewelers' Highland Park boutique was designed and built by the Razny family. Here, Razny Jewelers has formed a bond with the North Shore. Their specialists live within the community and understand the needs of the clientele. The families of Highland Park and the surrounding areas have rewarded their meticulous care with a loyalty that is nothing short of humbling. It is the area's destination for luxury,including custom and designer jewelry and timepieces by Rolex, Patek Phillipe, Cartier, and Breitling.

Hinsdale: 2008

World-renowned craftsmanship meets small-town sensibilities; residents of the western suburbs and downtown dwellers looking for a change of scenery flock to Hinsdale for the neighborhood's historic shopping district. Families stop in often while walking their dogs or running errands with their children to browse our collection of designer jewelry and timepieces crafted by Rolex and Breitling. This community has thoughtfully stitched the Razny family into the patchwork of their lives.

Chicago: 2016

Razny Jewelers' Euro-style boutique in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood is the second luxury shopping concept of its kind in the country. This 7500 sq. ft. three-story location, designed to showcase the world's leading Swiss timepieces by Rolex and Patek Philippe, now also includes luxury safes and watch winders from German craftsmen Buben & Zorweg. Brides-to-be will also find a captivating collection of our bridal jewelry on the second floor. On the third floor, lives the stateof-the-art Rolex Plaque Watch Repair Center, bringing the attention to detail Geneva's known for to Chicago.

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ed to the ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and early Christian pilgrims who had inhabited the same site, feeling as though she could even hear their footsteps. Nodding to classical Greek sculpture, Seyfarth then created a series of portraits of her foot made of ceramic, cast iron, bronze, and concrete. While all are made from a mold of her own foot, each is unique and is an homage both to those who have walked before us and to those who walk tomorrow. The naked foot, Seyfarth explains, is an optimistic and forward-looking message. Two facing pairs suggest dialogue while five pairs in a circle formation suggest conversation. “I am not a foot person, but I had stepped upon hallowed ground,” says Seyfarth. “We leave our footprints wherever we go. I’m sincere about the work, but I also know it’s humorous. Humor puts all things in perspective.” Seyfarth’s series of feet have “walked” everywhere from Ceramic foot made from mold of artist’s foot Greece to Chicago to New York and Switzerland. An oversize red foot was even displayed at Navy Pier, but Seyfarth says it “could not compete with the endless water and horizon.” Instead, she prefers to site her work with complementary architecture. Last year, for a friend’s Halloween party, Seyfarth crafted a custom cat mask from a Jewel shopping bag and beat revelers dressed as Andy Warhol and Madonna to win best costume of the night.

Given the ongoing pandemic, Seyfarth has continued to create creature masks for friends and family with oil-stick crayons. “The COVID-19 lockdown has given me uninterrupted time to dedicate to my work,” says Seyfarth. “Many breaks take you out of your workflow. Think about the beauty that resulted during the Renaissance period—they were not hindered by laundry or bus schedules. Henri Matisse’s most simple work came at the end of his life, and it took that entire time for him to achieve such a level of simplicity.” Next up, Seyfarth has her discerning eye on a beaver in Wilmette Harbor. From the wood chips left behind after the beaver chews area trees, upon which you can see the animal’s tooth marks, Seyfarth plans to create an homage to the beaver in sculpture. To complete the sculpture she will use leather for the beaver’s substantial tail. Seyfarth recently downsized, moving to “The Cassita,” a coach house to a grand Prairie style Wilmette landmark built in 1902 and owned by the Shea family for over 40 years. Here Seyfarth continues to create in her new space. “I bike a lot and think spending time outdoors really advances your physical and mental constitution, so I am outside as often as possible,” says Seyfarth. “But I did just buy a MacBook Air from Apple, and it is so gorgeous you’d think I bought it from Tiffany & Co.” Artist with Big Red Foot statue Seems fitting for 2020.

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FROGGY’S FRENCH CAFÉ A Highwood mainstay celebrates 40 years on the North Shore. WORDS BY HEATHER PUTMAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN BRIGGS AND HEATHER PUTMAN

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ong before trendy food spots with creative fusions entered the game, the idea of dining at a fine French restaurant colored culinary imaginations. The French, developing a method of understanding haute cuisine as early as the 17th century, became the archetypal purveyors of fine food for the discerning, privileged palate. The romance of enjoying gastronomic delights of rich meats, mother sauces, and the freshest fruits and vegetables lovingly and exquisitely prepared by learned and accomplished chefs is not just a notion to survive the centuries, but to thrive in today’s restaurant renaissance. “It doesn’t matter what you have been, what you have accomplished, even in 40 years—at the end, you’re only as good as the last meal you created,” Chef Thierry Lefeuvre explains, reflecting on his landmark

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Steamed lobster finished with vanilla cream sauce—Froggy’s signature dish

restaurant, Froggy’s French Café, which celebrates 40 years on the North Shore. Like his 19th century predecessor, famed French chef, Auguste Escoffier, Lefeuvre, too, became a personal chef for elite clientele, most notably the governor of Tahiti. Those who order Froggy’s signature dish, steamed lobster finished with a savory vanilla cream sauce, will taste the influence of the chef ’s time in French Polynesia, and perhaps expand their understanding of the potent bean as something beyond the realm of dessert. Passers-by know Froggy’s from the street-view glimpse into the Greenhouse Bar, an absinthe-tinted space canopied by skylights. In the summer, classic white-clothed tables spill onto the sidewalk; in winter, those same tables tuck back inside, flanking the great brick fireplace that dominates the southern wall. Bowtied waiters (many of them longtime members of the Froggy’s family) pour champagne cocktails and uncork bottles of Bordeaux from their extensive in-house cellars. In the shadow of decades’ worth of awards and commendations, a buttery, cognac-colored leather stool sits unofficially reserved as the perch of the Steamed artichoke with ratatouille, guitar players, poets, artists, sauced with house herb vinaigrette— one of the many vegan and vegetarian and authors who regale Friday options available on Froggy’s menu night gatherers. Behind the bar, the main dining room offers the formal atmosphere that is French cuisine’s natural home, while a cheeky, eclectic array of parasols and umbrellas diffuse the ceiling light to a dim glow. It is this elegant yet playful,

prestigious yet accessible vibe that—together with arguably the most authentically French menu on the North Shore— earns Froggy’s the following of lifelong North Shore residents and the younger set who are discovering its appeal for the first time. Two thousand twenty is a difficult year to mark an anniversary, yet Froggy’s continues to adapt to changing levels of comfort with measures designed to instill a sense of safety, without having to sacrifice experience. Dressing-room-style partitions now divide each table in the main dining room, creating a more private enclosure that has some diners suggesting they become a permanent fixture. A newly installed purifier refreshes the circulated air every fifteen minutes, and a UV light adds yet another measure designed to keep the restaurant as safe and comfortable as one could hope. When restrictions are lifted and people feel ready to take the adventurous plunge of dining indoors again, Froggy’s will welcome them as warmly as those who prefer the option of take-out. The somewhat laughable notion of to-go meals from a fine French restaurant is one that Chef Lefeuvre takes on the chin. Like his consistent quote on Instagram posts, he reminds us, “never take yourself too seriously.” Froggy’s French Café is located at 306 Green Bay Road in Highwood, 847-433-7080, froggysrestaurant.com, Instagram @froggysfrenchcafe.

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Crescent-shaped boats used for transportation and fishing on Lake Titicaca

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eru’s ephemeral floating islands, golden-hued and gracefully delicate, appear like a mirage in Lake Titicaca. But their origins, paradoxically, reflect the strength and tenacity of the native people who created them. The Uros people, an ancient indigenous Peruvian tribe much older than the Incas who built Machu Picchu, migrated to Lake Titicaca 3,700 years ago. The astute Uros outsmarted the Incas who pushed into their territory many centuries later by hiding in the totora reeds that grow profusely along the shore of Lake Titicaca. The highest navigable lake in the world, it straddles Peru and Bolivia at 12,500 feet above sea level. Yet, the Uros couldn’t remain hidden in the reeds forever. They eventually layered bundles of the dried buoyant reeds to create floating islands nine miles from the shore. The Uros anchored the islands with rope to eucalyptus posts secured in the lakebed, making them movable, if necessary, to escape the wrath of hostile invaders. The totora reed—a cattail-type rush with thick roots supporting the top layer—became the foundation of their entire culture, providing structure, transportation, and financial sustenance. Not only did they outwit the Incas and survive, their descendants still live in reed houses on several dozen floating islands to this day.

For an otherworldly experience of the Uros culture, surrounded by steep Andean peaks and the blue glacial-fed waters of South View of Uros Islands from the boat America’s only large freshwater lake, make your way to Puno, Peru’s central port town on Lake Titicaca. Visitors can book a package or go at their leisure to the islands; options range from a 30-minute guided boat ride and lunch on an island to an overnight or weekend homestay. When stepping off the boat, don’t be surprised when your feet sink between 2 and 4 inches or when you feel the springiness of those layered reeds instead of firm ground underfoot. Women in bright-colored full skirts step forward to greet and welcome you into their way of life, with customs such as air-drying fish, ground-baking Andean bread, and preparing a traditional soup of potato, onion, garlic, and fish in big black pots. Clay ovens must be set on a base of stones to ensure that reeds don’t catch fire and burn down the island. You may also receive an invitation into one of the communal homes for a visit and a chance to dress in a traditional costume for photos.

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Uros people in colorful attire View from Uros Islands

An interpreter will tag along to translate because most Uros people speak only Aymara—an endangered native language—while a few know Spanish. The island chief will also make an appearance, and he or another gentleman will explain how they cut the reeds with a spear-like knife on the end of a pole and add a new top layer of bundled reeds to the islands every two weeks as the bottom layer breaks apart and floats away. It takes them 18 months to build a new island, which must be done every 30 years, and three months to weave a balsa, their crescent-shaped boats used for transportation and fishing. Their homes must be reinforced regularly. More recently, the Uros incorporated recycled plastic bottles into the bundled reeds for increased buoyancy and lifespan, and to reduce plastic pollution. Each island typically contains several thatched-roof houses, which tend to belong to members of a single extended family. While their lifestyle roughly mirrors that of their ancient ancestors, the Uros enjoy some basic modern advancements and comforts. Homes stay a bit dryer with corrugated metal roofs. Islands are solar-powered, and some inhabitants have mobile phones and television sets. Shower buildings have water-heating cells and hot-water boilers that provide warm water. Small outhouse islands with toilets are located where the ground roots help absorb the waste. Other islands house schools so children now have an opportunity for an education View of reed houses that their ancestors didn’t. A nearby natural island, Taquile, has a Uros-run FM radio station that plays music several hours a day. The women weave textiles for clothing, and they spin and dye yarn

but do not knit. Knitting is considered men’s work and is a highly prized talent; a marriage blessing is dependent upon a man’s knitting skill. Very self-sufficient, the Uros depend on barter to acquire most of what they need, trading birds and eggs for supplies on the mainland. They do earn money from fishing, but 80 percent of the Uros economy is based on tourism. Since they receive very little money from tour groups and boat tickets, they supplement their income by selling their reed handicrafts to tourists. Consider purchasing a handmade knitted hat, decorative textile, totora-woven toy, or basket, as this is an important boost to their economy. If you don’t see something you want to buy, you can always leave a donation. GETTING THERE Puno is easily accessible from a number of locations. It is less than 60 minutes by plane to Juliaca from Cusco, followed by a onehour drive to Puno. Visitors can also drive eight hours directly from Cusco to Puno, with views of high-desert mountains and farmland worth the journey. A scenic train ride from Arequipa to Puno takes five hours. From Lima, it takes two-and-a-half hours for the flight and drive. For any overland transport, it’s best to arrange a transfer via your hotel concierge or the official tourist information and assistance service at peru.travel/en/useful-data/ iperu, 511-574-8000 or WhatsApp 511 944492314. In Puno, you can book a guided day trip to the islands or take a taxi to the port and buy a ticket for an unguided boat that visits two islands. If you don’t go with a tour that includes lunch and a guide, you can buy a boat ticket at the port in Puno. And even if you go on your own, you can purchase lunch on an island at a simple restaurant. Looking for an adventure diffused with culture and history? Add, the magical and mysterious floating Uros islands of Peru to your bucket list.

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H O ME TO U R Kitchen. Chair cushions are Dumfries tartan from Jamie Graham Fabrics’ Borders collection

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Dining room. Chairs feature Thistle Milissa and Knotsnave tartan from Jamie Graham Fabrics’ Highlands Collection

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nce upon a time, in a lovely land along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan, sat a picture-perfect country cottage. Along came the most ideal owners for this charming home. But alas, it just was not meant to be—the first time. Several years passed, and the opportunity came once more. But someone had beaten the potential owners to the punch and a contract was pending, so they lost out on it, yet again. They returned home, bereft. Then two days later their phone rang . . . and in that moment, a real estate dream came true. About six years ago, Jeff Harting and John Toniolo had just sold a home in Michigan and were about to start construction on their third Michigan weekend home. The two are both architects and founders of the firm GTH Architects. “Plans were complete, bids were Bedroom in, and as usual, the costs were featuring Jamie Graham coming in far greater than we Fabrics’ Borders anticipated,” Harting explains. collection in They decided to pause for a Hawick, Melrose, Peebles, and moment and think about if it Thistle Emily

made sense to move forward with construction. They searched for homes on the North Shore and “stumbled upon a charming home that spoke to both of us, a home exuding charm and character beyond comparison. We sat starry-eyed at the online images and could immediately see ourselves scrapping all plans and moving right in.” But once they did some soul searching, they realized they were too far into the Michigan project, so they had to reluctantly say goodbye to their “thoughts and dreams of living in this Highland Park charming cottage.” Four years passed and Harting and Toniolo sold their next Michigan house and found themselves in a similar situation, getting numbers back to do yet another new home. “We weren’t even thinking about this house at all.” But they did another search online just to see what was out there and what do you know—the charming cottage came up again. “I thought, this is just too weird, that it’s for sale again. So we called the realtor and said we’d love to see it.” Although the house was already under contract, the realtor was willing to show it to them. “We walked in the front door and we both almost wept. It was so lovely and charming. We were simply smitten and in love with the house. The exterior was just a prelude to the interior with the paneled walls and many beautiful details,” Harting says. The first time they toured the home, they immediately knew what they would restore, renovate, and improve. In addition to

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Living room incorporates Thistle James, Rothesay, and Kincardine tartans from Jamie Graham Fabrics’ Highlands Collection

their architectural firm, they also own a fabric company based out of Scotland, Jamie Graham Fabrics. “We envisioned the home as a backdrop for our Scottish designed and manufactured fabrics and actually living with them in a setting best suited for them. It all seemed so perfect. However, we were reminded it was under contract.” Yet, as they left, their realtor uttered those fateful words, “you never know.” And lo and behold, two days later their realtor called and asked if they were still interested in the cottage. They have spent the last two years updating and decorating this unique property. “We’ve mostly decorated because, luckily, it never really went through a bad renovation.” In addition to redoing the bathrooms, they’ve also “renovated the kitchen to be more period to the existing home and restored the butler’s pantry cabinetry. We also restored the living room paneling and refinished all the floors throughout. On the exterior, we have focused on landscaping improvements and garden restorations and plantings, as well as window and door restorations and maintaining the original details and character so lovingly designed almost 90 years ago,” Harting says. As Harting describes it, “It’s a nice little four-bedroom cottage on the inside. There’s a big living room, but there’s a small kitchen and dining room and just a lovely staircase. The funny part was, we didn’t really research the house much until after we bought it. To find that an architect designed it for himself and his wife was

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amazing,” Harting says. The house was built in 1932 as part of a cluster of French-inspired homes designed by architect Ames Ross. The inspiration came from the ancestral home of his wife, Fernande, who was originally from Brittany, France. This is what inspired Ross to name the street this home was on, Brittany Road, as a loving tribute to his wife. “We knew it was fate that the home found its way to us. The timing and chance encounters are fortuitous and destiny in one way or another,” muses Harting.

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Vegosen girls and friend wearing the Jewelbox Dress Co. Mini Violet dress, (left to right) Hoo Shoes gold, Janie & Jack red velvet flats, and Elephantito boots

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Christy Vegosen wearing Jewelbox Dress Co. Eleni Skirt, Rosie Assoulin sweater, and Miu Miu heels

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Model wearing Jewelbox Dress Co. Ashley sweatshirt, Zara vegan leather pants, and Golden Goose sneaker

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Christy Vegosen wearing sweater by Sea, Jewelbox Dress Co. June dress in platinum, and Chanel shoes. Vegosen’s daughters, June and Violet, wearing Jewelbox Dress Co. Mini Violet dress worn as tops, Florence Fancy Erica skirt in pink with Elephantito boots and Babyface girls Elephant skirt in blue night with Hoo Shoes gold lace up sneaker

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LEFT: Model wearing Jewelbox Dress Co. Mini Violet dress BELOW: Model wearing Jewelbox Dress Co. Ashley sweatshirt, Zara vegan leather pants, and Golden Goose sneaker

For Vegosen, that translated to education. Think everything from fabric sourcing and manufacturing to fit and social media marketing. The result? A comprehensive and thoughtful collection of figure-flattering, sustainable, and machine washable knits for women of all body shapes and sizes. Whether you are 6’ tall or 5’3,” like Vegosen, all of the dresses hit at a flattering length. If you want to belt the garments at a high or a low waist, you can—the dresses are belted without loops to leave the wearer with styling options. And each Jewelbox Dress Co. piece is made in the United States with ethical manufacturing processes. “Fast fashion is a major problem,” says Vegosen. “I want my pieces to stand the test of time and to be worn over and over again. I hold myself and my partners to high-quality standards.” At a recent trunk show in Winnetka, Vegosen and her team sold out of the brand’s Eleni skirt, which features three tiers of swishy, soft jersey fabric with an elastic waistband, and the June dress, a similar tiered style in shimmering lurex fabric. Vegosen says she’ll be wearing the Eleni this winter with chunky boots and sweaters.

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“It’s a great alternative to jeans, which I’m not ready to put on again,” notes Vegosen. “That said, at this point, I’m sick of loungewear and want to look nice.” She finds herself most often reaching for the Peggy dress—a mid-length jersey dress with flutter sleeves— and the Violet dress with puff sleeves, jeweled buttons, and a ruffled neckline. “The Peggy is the piece I began my line for,” she says. “No matter what I have going on that day, it works. I’ve worn it over a swimsuit, out to dinner, with a cardigan—it is truly versatile. All of the pieces are named after real people in my life, like my family and friends, who supported me in this endeavor. For example, the Deedee tank and the Poppy tee are named in tribute to my parents.” In the fall, Jewelbox expanded its core assortment to include darker hues, heavier-weight knits, and new styles, like a ruffle neck sweatshirt in hot pink, black, and gray. Vegosen recommends pairing the design with black pants, fun shoes, and jewelry for holiday entertaining. Speaking of, the brand will also debut a holiday capsule collection in signature silhouettes with elevated and cozy fabrics, like stretch velvet in black and ocean blue colorways and super-soft French terry. The capsule will also include shrunken styles for young girls that match the adult iterations, like the Violet dress, to encourage mommy-and-me matching. Keep an eye out for more girls’ styles in the future. “The holidays will look a lot different in 2020, and the collection is perfect for hanging around the house this season,” says Vegosen. “It’s a little more elevated than everyday wear but is still supremely comfortable. That was very important to me. You might as well wear your nice things because they aren’t doing any good in your closet.” Vegosen will continue to add new fabrics, colors, and styles seasonally and hopes to host additional trunk shows so shoppers can touch and feel the product in real life. Until then, the Jewelbox Dress Co. e-commerce shop just launched and is now accepting holiday orders (hint, hint). “I am taking it one collection at a time because each one is so important to me,” she says. “I’m already looking forward to spring 2021, though. It will be really colorful and fun.” We can’t wait. For more information, visit thejewelboxdressco.com.

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Design, and after graduation decided to follow her then boyfriend and college comrades to New York City. “I had a good color sense and liked vintage, and a friend said you’ve always loved fashion so why not go to Parsons School of Design where there is a Fashion Illustration Department?” Graham took the advice and joined the intensive program, quickly becoming a highly sought after freelance illustrator and commercial artist. Nearly every notable industry name hired her for projects, including Bonwit Teller, Bloomingdale’s catalogs, and New York and Rolling Stone magazines. “I even did these elaborate windows at Bergdorf Goodman when the show CATS premiered on Broadway,” reminisces Graham of the pre-social media mainstream days when actual visual imagery for publicity had greater demand. Then, her self-described bohemian loft-living style was complemented by savvy purchases such as her coveted Cy Twombly works on paper from Castelli Graphics. “I could only afford them one-by-one but I knew I had to have them.” When Graham married and moved to the Upper East Side, with the exception of her

ABOVE LEFT, RIGHT: During the early days of her divorce, Graham did a drawing a day for Instagram, at the suggestion of friend Joanna Coles, former Chief Content Officer of Hearst Publications

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Flower Explosion, using curly branches that Graham painted with purple beet slices wired on to look like jewelry

man or woman, a tiny dollhouse size kitchen sink and mini model airplanes tucked into the mix, or even vegetables such as deep purple radishes she cuts and loops around branches as if they were jewel-like dangling earrings. That affinity for all things eclectic and small developed out of many visits with her father to the Art Institute of Chicago’s Thorne Miniature Rooms. Alternatively, Graham’s legendary hostess skills and penchant for setting elaborate tables in elegant interiors was influenced by her late mother-in-law, Katharine Graham, the iconic American publisher once at the helm of The Washington Post. “She would have these glamorous D.C. dinners and at one point conversation would cease, and a question One of Graham’s thrown out for all around 1940s countertop mannequins the table to answer,” recalls A Cathy Graham garland adorned mirror. wearing a dress Photography by Andrew Ingalls Graham. “I was always so shy, and hat made entirely out of but I observed.” It was at one leaves abstract art, she left that wilder expressive side behind. of those evenings where she Fast-forward and the classic townhouse she has now lived in met Robert Isabell, the event for over three decades has proven both the perfect remedy and planner extraordinaire famous prime canvas for her emotional and creative outlets. Graham’s for clients ranging from Studio dining room is one of her favorites to fancifully adorn with 54 to the Kennedy family. “I cleverly crafted flowers. Single stems can be traditionally laid out asked Robert if I could be his in a row of eBay purchased bud vases lining the center of a table apprentice, and not only gained or scattered au naturel on a sideboard, while garlands frame the a mentor but a best friend,” says arches of doorways, mirrors or mantels. Look closely, however, and Graham. She describes Isabell’s you will surely find her signature humor and whimsical surprises work as “magic,” and traveled amidst delicate roses and peonies. Perhaps a hidden figurine of a with him around the globe orSHERIDAN ROAD 96

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roots providing editorial illustrations for former Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter’s online periodical Air Mail and its Sketchbook section. One of Graham’s latest likenesses to publish was of French fashion designer Coco Chanel with the header “Pictured here in her heyday.” A seemingly fitting tagline as well for Graham herself at the moment. The gift box with book, Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table, is available at cbgraham.com, and tabletop accessories available at reedsmythe.com and christopherspitzmiller.com. You can follow @cathybgraham on Instagram.

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1988). Iran bombed Iraq once a week for years in the conflict. “Big blasts,” Taha says. “I remember in 1982 or 1983, I was at my grandparents’ house when a bomb fell nearby. Glass broke. My childhood before that war was an okay one, actually, pretty normal. I enjoyed school and spending time with friends. I traveled every summer with my family.” Iraq President Saddam Hussein eventually closed all airports to the populace; only envoys could fly out of the country. “Everybody felt like they were sitting in a huge prison,” says Taha, adding residents also weren’t allowed to fly during the first Gulf War (1990-91). “Hussein, in the beginning, wasn’t so bad. Later, though, you couldn’t say anything bad about him or the government outside of your house. He had layers of security systems. Guards in those systems listened and took you away if they heard you say anything anti-Iraq. We were conditioned to believe that anybody could be listening, anywhere.” Iraq invaded Kuwait in early August 1990, igniting the first Gulf War. Bombs then fell again in Iraq, this time practically every night. Baghdad denizens had to do without electricity for 40 days. Taha and his family members would hear the planes, usually at 9 or 10 p.m., and brace themselves. “Like clockwork,” he says. “They targeted certain structures. You’d hope a bomb wouldn’t hit your house, but there was always the possibility that one would find it. Sometimes we’d leave our house to watch what was going on outside. But fear ... it was always there.” Hussein remained in power after Gulf War I. So did prevalent fear. Several years later, Taha, armed with a medical degree, chose to seek safer ground. He risked imprisonment because he was desperate. The taxicab ride started at 5 a.m., traversed between mountains, and ended in the Kurdistan Region where he stayed in hotels for two months after passing the Iraqi Army checkpoint. His mother, Iffat, helped him secure a visa in Turkey, which cost $1,000 for 10 days. “I remember seeing the Turkish checkpoint after my time in the safe part of northern Iraq and taking a deep breath,” Taha says. Next stop: Yemen, where his father, Kamil, built a dam. Taha, mostly as a volunteer, treated countless patients with malaria in the country at the southern

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ne of the most frequent requests that I get is for a “Tummy Tuck.” Many patients find that despite diet and exercise they cannot achieve the shaped, toned, flat abdomen they desire. In assessing a patient for a “Tummy Tuck” multiple factors are taken into account. 1. What is the status of the overlying skin and the degree of laxity? Is the laxity confined to the lower or upper part of the abdomen or both? 2. What is the status of the underlying muscles? Do they meet in the midline or are they separated from pregnancies or intra-abdominal fat. 3. What is the distribution of excess fat? Is it diffuse or localized in the lower upper abdomen? Does it extend to the flanks? Depending upon the above assessment a customized operation can be performed to address these concerns. There are multiple procedures or techniques that can be employed. The procedures vary from non-invasive to full abdominoplasty or some combination. Methods include: 1. Non-invasive CoolSculpting or CoolTone 2. Minimally invasive BodyTite or Renuvion for skin tightening 3. Vaser liposuction for fat reduction 4. Modified abdominoplasty for lower abdomen 5. Full abdominoplasty combining liposuction, repositioning umbilicus, skin tightening, and underlying muscle repair These above procedures can often be combined to give you a customized operation to achieve the results you desire.

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With so much up in the air with schools right now, we connected with Cindi Di Iorio, the Head of School at Fusion Academy Lake Forest, to learn more about the educational atmosphere at her school. We’re hearing that a lot of students are having a hard time with online learning, what have you experienced at your school? At Fusion Academy, all classes are one-to-one: one student and one teacher in a classroom with different teachers for different classes. Whether they’re in-person or virtual, students are fully engaged in this type of setting. It’s impossible for a student to become a face in the crowd because it’s just them and the teacher. When COVID-19 hit, we transitioned to 100% virtual overnight without any interruption. Now many of our students are back on campus, while some are still attending virtually, and others are opting for a hybrid of the two. Whatever families want, we can customize a program for them. What do you mean by a customized program? Because of the one-to-one model, everything is customized for the student. In the classroom the teacher is personalizing the curriculum to the student’s strengths, learning style, and interests. We’re able to customize the student’s schedule because it’s only them in the class. If they learn better in the afternoon, we can plan their classes for later in the day. If the student is an athlete or professional, they can attend classes at a time that works around their schedule. You mention athletes and professionals, but what other types of students attend Fusion? Again, it comes back to our customized program—students who need a more personalized approach to education. We have students who are gifted and want to accelerate their learning, as well as students who need to spend a little more time on certain subjects. Classes progress at their pace. So, students with ADHD, dyslexia, or anxiety who don’t do well in a large classroom or big, pressure-cooker school benefit from our approach. Our mission is to meet each student where they are and help them flourish —emotionally, socially, and academically—through positive, mentoring relationships and a personalized education experience. If classes are one-to-one, how do students socialize? Socialization at our school happens where it should: outside the classroom. The central hub at any Fusion campus is called a Homework Café. Not only is this where students can complete homework on campus, but it’s also where students can socialize. We have clubs, student meetings,

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game nights, prom, and more. Our Homework Café Director provides programming that includes Social Emotional Learning objectives, so our students thrive not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well. Their daily schedules allow for half-of their time to be spent in this space, completing homework with their peers in a safe, fun, relaxed spot. What would you say to families who are struggling with their current school environment? Don’t wait to transfer! I hear it from parents that they wish they would have found Fusion sooner. If your child isn’t doing well in school, it’s not likely to get better without a change. At Fusion we offer open enrollment so students can start at any time of the year, even in the middle of the semester. Our Director of Student Development can work with your family to ensure a smooth transition and make sure your child doesn’t lose any credits from their current school. Connect with us, and even if Fusion isn’t the right fit for you, we have wonderful connections in the community and can help you find the right environment. What do you love most about working at Fusion Academy? The change I see not only in the students’ lives, but in the whole family. When the student suffers, the whole family struggles, and it’s so painful to see. When parents first come to us some have lost hope that their child will ever love learning again. It’s bringing the hope back to those families. One of our families wrote to us and told us: “This confidence and a return to a love for learning allowed our son to succeed academically and socially. He is working to his potential now and loves going to school. This would have not been possible without the wonderful staff at Fusion Lake Forest. The support they gave him, and our family was amazing, and we are grateful that they were here in our time of need.” That’s why we continue to do what we do.

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