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14 SUMMER BUZZ What’s Hot: Reads, Songs + Sounds

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CONTRIBUTORS Our contributing fashion and beauty director, Alex Albrecht, is our go-to woman for all things interesting, wacky and waiting to be discovered. A former model and current makeup artist extraordinaire, Alex utilizes her style and prowess to help make the magazine look super hot, fresh and affordably modern. She will tell you the good, the bad and the ugly. Alex loves Sue Devitt makeup, Kinerase skincare products, Cargo bronzers and has a not-sosecret weakness for Domino’s pizza.

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BRENDA DELLA CASA

Brenda Della Casa is an internationallypublished author, established lifestyle writer and columnist who specializes in romance and wellness features. In addition to her career as a writer, Brenda spent nine years interviewing thousands of men and women while working as a casting professional for some of television’s most well-known reality shows. She spent a year interviewing over 1,500 single, married and coupled men and women worldwide specifically for

her book, Cinderella Was a Liar, which has been translated into nine languages and published in 11 countries. Brenda is the creator and sole writer of Walking Barefoot (strollwithoutshoes.com), a blog dedicated to helping readers live their best life by being their best selves. The blog has over 250 daily readers and was created in February 2005.

Billy Rood is a Chicago based photographer with the sensibilities of a playwright, filmmaker, stage director, and the instincts of an entertainment artist. He’s committed to artistic integrity, non-conformist techniques and loves the creative consciousness of a supportive team. He loves the energy and buzz that influence new ideas and innovative concepts. Billy is a self-taught image-maker who began photography in 2009, with clientele in Miami and Los Angeles. He currently

runs the ever-changing and growing photography department of figmedia – figphoto.net. He is a junior board member of the Chicago International Film Festival and an independent filmmaker as well as a fashion film editor to Bambi Magazine.

As a medical doctor and sexologist, Rachael Ross, MD has been heralded by the Chicago Tribune as the next Dr. Ruth, the nationally renowned sexual therapist who pioneered frank sex talk. Dr. Rachael is an energetic, outspoken, noholds-barred speaker known around the country for her open discussions about relationships, sex, abstinence for teenagers, and HIV/AIDS prevention. She is featured twice weekly on ‘You & Me This Morning’

on Chicago’s WCIU – ‘The U’, and she also offers her sex and relationship advice weekly on Chicago’s Power 92FM. She wrote the book, ‘Down Right, Feel Right: Outercourse for Her & for Him’, an easy-to-read instructional guide that offers advice to individuals and couples on improving their sexual relationship through outercourse. For more information, check out her website: drrachael.com/adult.

To find out more about what he’s up to, make sure to visit his blog here: billyrood. tumblr.com

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ARTIST PROFILE THE VISION BEHIND THE CAMERA Exposing the enormous amount of talent in Chicago.

INTERVIEWED BY IYA BAKARE

my schooling, I was already working quite regularly assisting and shooting assignments as well. IYA: Are there any photographers you admire? LAWRENCE: Steven Meisel is one of my all time favorites. One of my local favorites would be David Anthony. IYA: How would you describe your style?

LAWRENCE LAU/SPECTRUM 38 IYA: You’re fairly new to the photography scene. How did you get into it? LAWRENCE: I picked up my first real camera only about three years ago. I was working in the nightlife scene for Exact Events and we needed high quality images from the various events we hosted. I purchased a Canon 30D online and realized I really had no idea what each manual setting was for, so I decided to go back to school again for a degree in photography. My schedule allowed for this since I was only working on weekends. My first degree was in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While pursuing my degree in photography at Harrington College of Design, I started assisting for several local and traveling photographers. I also began testing with some of the major agencies in the area, which has led to more jobs as I continue to get my work out there. I notice that my style 6 ME: IN FOCUS JULY/AUG

continues to evolve as I mature more and more. Hopefully, it will continue into the future. IYA: What do you love about photography? LAWRENCE: I love the variable nature of photography, especially when working with models, makeup artists, wardrobe stylists, hair stylists, set designers, etc. I love how everyone contributes a piece of his or her own vision in order to create the final image. Photography can either be a literal documentation of a specific scene, or imagery created to represent an artist’s vision. IYA: How did you make the jump from event photography to shooting models? LAWRENCE: As I progressed through my schooling, I decided I wanted to focus more on shooting people. I geared my school assignments toward mostly fashion and editorial portraits. By the time I finished

LAWRENCE: Being relatively new to the scene, my style is continuing to evolve. While I used to prefer more artificial lighting, I have more recently found a new appreciation for both natural light and shooting with film. Most of my current work is a little bit softer using natural light on location. Most of my previous work had been more clean and crisp commercial fashion and beauty. IYA: What’s next for you in terms of your career? LAWRENCE: I am going to continue testing regularly during my free time. I would like to shoot more editorials for submission to various magazines while continuing to market my photography. Hopefully while doing this, I can further develop my style and also pick up some more clients. IYA: Who would you love to shoot? LAWRENCE: Call me a tech nerd, but I would love to shoot Steve Jobs. I believe he has made such an enormous impact on society today, even after facing incredible hardships with his liver transplant.


IYA: Your work seems to gravitate toward the avant garde. What do you love about this genre? JOSHUA: I love the idea that garments and accessories can surpass their intended purposes and be joined together in experimental ways to create a new form or function. For example, we love using latex in a shoot because its intended function is to signify the person wearing it participated in acts of sexual taboo. We can take that material, and by changing the context of how or where it is worn, completely change how one would view the person wearing it and nullify said taboos. IYA: You work with a tight-knit team. How is it working alongside your wife as your makeup artist? JOSHUA: Without my team, no shoot would ever be possible. I’m extremely fortunate to be able to surround myself with incredibly talented people who are not only highly skilled at what they do, but also share the same aesthetic ideas that I do.

shoot the Factor Women model competition. How did it feel and what’s next? JOSHUA: It’s incredibly flattering to be asked by Factor to shoot their contest winner, which put me in the company of some of the best photographers in this town. I think it also shows that the style of photography that my team and I specialize in does have its place in the Chicago market. I’m being asked with ever-increasing frequency when I will be moving to a bigger photo market such as NYC or Milan. As of right now, we are very happy living and working in Chicago. I believe there’s an incredible talent pool here and this is a fantastic city where I can strengthen my book. For the immediate future I’d like to focus on shooting more editorials and produce more conceptual shoots for my portfolio. IYA: What was your inspiration behind the Kit Kat Lounge shoot for this issue? JOSHUA: Recently I became troubled with the idea that too many of my shoots left nothing to chance. The studio environment

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incredible challenge for my team and me. In the end, the frenzy of the shoot was well worth it. IYA: How do you come up with ideas for shoots? JOSHUA: I try to take inspiration from as many different places as I can. An idea can come from a scene in a film that really impacted me, or something as simple as the way the sun is hitting a reflective surface. Modern architecture plays a big part in my set designs and my location choices. I’m drawn to very clean lines and graphic elements and have incorporated that into my style. I strongly believe in looking at other photographers as much as possible. I’m constantly learning new things by looking at the work of others. I don’t believe in the idea of plagiarism when it comes to photography. No two images can ever be exactly the same, and I believe that you can discover many things about your own work by trying to recreate what excites you. IYA: What frustrates you about the creative process? JOSHUA: Sometimes an idea can be too grandiose. Instead of focusing on the feeling or the story that you’re trying to create, you start to obsess over the way a light is hitting the background or whether or not the fake trees you’re using on set are placed in just the right order. I find myself getting frustrated in those moments when I lose sight of the goal. In the end, I think the benchmark for any good photographer is the ability to juggle all those details at once and create something that is provocative and beautiful. IYA: For highly-produced sets, what advice would you offer to models for test shoots?

Being able to work with my wife Kristina is quite possibly the most rewarding and satisfying part of my photography. I know her makeup applications will always be creative and skillful, but what might be more important than that is the trust factor that comes along with working side by side. I know that I can always turn to her and ask if what she’s seeing on the monitor is up to par or not. That level of trust is something that I get from every member of the team. Caitlin Marie Punschke is a stylist I know will always bring exactly the right pieces to a shoot, regardless of the concept. I know that when Jenna Baltes is on the set styling hair, I never have to look over my shoulder or check the clock. I believe that consistency is paramount, and when you have a solid team around you, the results are always consistently stunning. IYA: You have some notable achievements in your work, including being chosen to

is great and it allows my team and me to pour over the smallest details as we walk away with a very polished product. In most cases, I’m more than satisfied with the outcome. However, I feel that if the formula never changes, neither will the work. So I started to think about how we could do something that was really off-the-cuff. I began to envision this story of two women and a man out for a night on the town. I didn’t want any clear lines or definitions to be visible. Do the women already know the man? Is he there for their amusement or his own? Who has the power in the situation? I firmly believe that questions make a photo interesting. I wanted a subtle tone of sexuality to flow throughout all the images without a clear resolution. I’m incredibly happy that the photos have an air of voyeurism to them, as if we are stealing glances at situations we’re not supposed to see. There is a palpable energy within each shot that is a result of shooting in the midst of a busy nightclub. It was an

JOSHUA: I often tell a model that the feelings she’s expressing to the camera and the character I need her to portray are more important than how she looks. Nine times out of ten I will book a girl based on how well she can adapt and create, rather than the color of her hair or the size of her waist. I would advise a model to take a look around at the style of the set and what kind of mood the lighting and the styling is trying to create. Interaction with the set and the clothes is so important and can take an ordinary shot to someplace extraordinary. The best models I’ve ever shot had the confidence to own the set and the shoot. IYA: Who would you love to shoot? JOSHUA: I think Lara Stone is such an impressive model because she can embody a character so well on every single shoot she does. If I were given the opportunity, I’d shoot her for days on end.

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BIAN ‘BEE’ LI SHARES HER THOUGHTS Dear Readers, Welcome to the long awaited S issue - the double issue that celebrates everything S, everything summer. My favorite season, summer brings back fond memories of lazy afternoons in the park, catching fireflies in the backyard and indulging in funnel cakes at the state fair. Whether your summer is kinetic or static, high-energy or laid-back, S is everything you want it to be; S is for self.

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In the end, summer is all too short. So make a splash, make a statement and make the most of the season as you get reacquainted with your inner child, unleash your inner diva and nurture your soul. Stay safe, slather on the sunscreen and set off in style. Be Good.

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EDITOR ‘A.M.’ BEE’S MORNING ROUTINE Daily products to keep you looking your best.

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PHOTOS KIT KAT CLUB + HAWAII BEE LI

Photographer Joshua Alexandre Haines captures the essence of Chicago’s nightlife at the Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood.

(BEHIND THE) SCENES

OUT + ABOUT

From beaches, breast cancer research to backyard fun, here’s a look at what we’ve been up to over the summer.

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Bee grabs some behind the scenes shots as Rod Roberts shoots our swimsuit spread on the island of Oahu. POLAROID PHOTOS BILLY ROOD/ PHOTO BEE LI + GREG OLSEN VOFOTOS.COM

A new fan! Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan with Editor Bee Li at Women Employed’s Working Lunch.

Chicago Bear (#82) Greg Olsen with Editor Bee Li on the red carpet at his 2nd Annual Shake the Lake Music Festival to raise funds for breast cancer research. Greg was featured in our special May issue to promote his Receptions for Research Foundation.

Photographer Billy Rood captures the nostalgic innocence of pure, childhood fun in the backyard as our models play in suburban Franklin Park, IL.

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SCENES CIRQUE SHANGHAI: CLOUD 9 Spice up your summer and visit Navy Pier to witness one of Chicago’s unique attractions. ticketmaster.com/shanghai

BY EMILY LUFT

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As a part of Chicago’s annual summer circus tradition, Cirque Shanghai presents its newest crowd pleaser, Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9 at the Pepsi®Skyline Stage® on Navy Pier. You certainly won’t find the typical clowns and lions in this circus show. Cloud 9 is a stunning collage of aerial and acrobatic feats that have led Cirque Shanghai to astound audiences and rewrite the definition of a modern ‘circus.’ The show is organized into nine scenes, inspired by a tale in Chinese folklore in which the sky is made of nine ascending levels of wonder. Each set is unique, ranging from a romantic duet


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among silk ropes in the air, to a sillier number involving skilled hat tossing, neon costumes and a vibe reminiscent of the 80’s (think Devo meets ‘The Jetsons’). Cloud 9 features an upbeat soundtrack that played the audience, often fueling moments of suspense. The crowd is in a perpetual state of awe, swathed in involuntary grins, gasps and head twisting gawks. The young acrobats move flawlessly, although occasionally dropping their suave performance attitudes to entertain the audience with cheeky segues between sets. Using strength that will

put your three-day a week exercise regimen to shame, performers climb with ease to the top of silk ropes dangling from the ceiling, balance on ladders and more. Tension as thick as the Chicago humidity builds in the audience, and is then relieved with the completion of each stunt, receiving heavy applause from the spectators. With a wide range of audiences in mind, Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9 is a rousing experience for the entire family. Performances are scheduled through September 6 and tickets are available at the Navy Pier box office or online at ticketmaster.com/shanghai. JULY/AUG ME: IN FOCUS 13


WHAT’S HOT/STAFF PICKS READS

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ASHLEY’S PICK

EMILY’S PICK

IYA’S PICK

BEE’S PICK

ARE YOU THERE VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA

WISHFUL DRINKING CARRIE FISHER

BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK

HELENA ANDREWS

CHELSEA HANDLER

[Ashley– “This book had me laughing out loud on the ‘L’.”] The standup comic and host of her own show shares amusing anecdotes from her life. Chelsea’s witty narrative includes memories of growing up as the youngest daughter of a used-car salesman who lives in sweatpants and suspenders. She describes the dark period in her adult life when she stooped to dating a redhead. Readers won’t be able to stop laughing once they dive into the world of Ms. Handler.

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! DR. SEUSS

[Emily– “It’s the funniest book I’ve ever read.”] Carrie Fisher’s autobiography is jam-packed with outrageous and hilarious memories from her life. Growing up in a Hollywood family provided Carrie with plenty of entertaining stories of alcoholism, drug addiction and mental breakdowns. Carrie cleverly shares with readers the Christmas when she was given a vibrator by her mother and her witty, sarcastic self-comparison to Princess Leia.

[Iya– “Helena Andrews’s book reads like my stream of consciousness. I literally feel like she’s in my head.”] Helena explores the relationship between being successful and being a bitch through sixteen hilarious and heartfelt essays. Self-described as ‘overeducated’, she is a graduate of Columbia University and Northwestern University. A movie version from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes is currently in production.

[Bee- “It’s been a favorite since childhood, a nostalgic companion to the fearless women on the go.”] “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!” These wise words are appropriate for children and adults alike. This book makes a perfect gift for the student in your life.

SONGS / OUR SUMMER PLAYLIST

Some new, some not so new 2PAC & TALENT and some old school, here’s CHANGES a sample of what we’re jamming to this summer... THE BEATLES

COCO FREEMAN, RHYTHMS DEL MUNDO & U2

SHAKIRA

HAPPY GIRL

WAKA WAKA

I SAW HER STANDING THERE

I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR

K’NAAN

KE$HA

BLACK EYED PEAS

KATY PERRY

MICHAEL JACKSON

ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO’OLE

DARIUS RUCKER

JAY-Z

SERGIO MENDES & BRASIL ‘66

ONE TRIBE ALRIGHT

CALIFORNIA GURLS YOUNG FOREVER

MACY GRAY

BEAUTY IN THE WORLD

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MARTINA MCBRIDE

WAVIN’ FLAG THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL

MAS QUE NADA

TAKE IT OFF

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW / WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

YERBA BUENA GUAJIRA


BUZZ SOUNDS / PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL I’m more frustrated, in a positive way. I’m more confident than I was before. ASHLEY: Who are your musical influences? SHARON: St. Vincent is amazing. I also love the classics like Joni Mitchell.

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ASHLEY: What music acts are you excited about seeing at the festival this year? SHARON: Bear in Heaven. Kurt Vile was amazing. Here We Go Magic is from Brooklyn, whom I got to play with at Schuba’s. I’m also really excited to see Pavement, St. Vincent and Beach House.

PITCH(FORK) PERFECT SHARON VAN ETTEN During the music madness at Pitchfork Music Festival (July 16-18), we released our inner hipster and rocked out to some of the up and coming (and old school) bands of the indie scene. We sat down with singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, a newcomer to the festival. INTERVIEWED BY ASHLEY BRODARICK

ASHLEY: How are you balancing being a publicist and also releasing your second album? SHARON: My boss, Ben Goldberg, is amazing. He’s putting out my next record. We’re thinking of changing the name to ‘Conflict of Interests’ for the label, but he’s always been a supporter of my music. He lets me do whatever I need to do and I know I have a job when I get back. It’s been getting busier lately so he just hired someone else to pick up my slack while I’m gone. He’s an angel. ASHLEY: What is your ultimate career goal? SHARON: If I could play music forever or help other people with their music, that is

all I would care to do for the rest of my life. ASHLEY: Your MySpace page describes your music as ‘sad prairie folk music’, which I think is pretty accurate. Is making music therapeutic for you? SHARON: The last record I did was probably the most therapy I’ve ever had in my life, but it didn’t end up being therapeutic until after I wrote it and listened back. Writing is the only way I know how to communicate. Every time I sing I’m healing. The new one that I’m doing is much less mellow and is more of a rock album, so I hope people still like it. ASHLEY: What attracts you to rock music? SHARON: I’m not as sad as I used to be.

ASHLEY: You lived in Tennessee and now live in Brooklyn. How has being in New York influenced your music? SHARON: It’s really motivating. People have to work really hard to be able to stay and afford living there. People are really busy all the time outside of their jobs, so they’re constantly playing shows, recording, collaborating, and trying new things, which I wasn’t used to before. In Tennessee, people were more comfortable staying local and being a big fish in a small pond. In New York people are constantly doing different things. You have to be kicked in the ass a little bit. It has made me a lot more motivated and I’ve been a lot more productive than I’ve ever been. I have some of the best friends in the world there. I’m a better person for it. ASHLEY: What is your musical background? SHARON: I grew up going to musicals and my dad would play rock albums for me. My mom would take me to Broadway shows and my dad would take me to big arena concerts like the Rolling Stones. Later on, I participated in choir and musicals in high school. I originally thought I was going to be on Broadway, but then I had my angsty years and I started writing my own songs. ASHLEY: Who are you listening to right now? SHARON: On the way here I was listening to my friend Dallas’s new band, The Swan King. They’re a metal band in Chicago. Another band I like is Woom from the Bay area. That has been my mood lately.

BY ASHLEY BRODARICK

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SUMMER’S SIMPLE PLEASURES

Take a trip down memory lane as we scrapbook our favorite childhood moments.

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THIS SPREAD/THE LOOKS/ TOP 3 PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE + BOTTOM 3 PHOTOS ON OPPOSITE PAGE/ Grace is wearing Xhilaration Juniors Bikini Swimsuit $14.99 each piece, Xhilaration Grey Mini $12.99: target.com, Rose is wearing Zac Posen for Target Tie Dye Print Low-V One-Piece Swimsuit, Multicolor $34.99: target.com, Katrina is wearing Xhilaration Juniors Bikini Swimsuit $14.99 each piece: target.com, Boys Tank: hanes.com, Black Label FC* Wooden Spike Bracelets $10 each. *Black Label FC items available exclusively through appointment and traveling boutique only. Contact for more information: shopblacklabel.com

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STILETTO ‘COMFORTABLY SEXY’ Orthopedic surgeon turned shoe designer, Taryn Rose’s collections are sold in high-end retail stores and is specifically designed for women who don’t want to sacrifice comfort for style. Taryn recently released a product called the High Heel Power Stiletto Stick, a spray designed to provide instant cooling relief to sore feet. She shares her entrepreneurial insights with us. tarynrose.com

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tact, and I met that contact at a trade show, who introduced me to all of her contacts. IYA: Tell us about the development of the Stiletto Stick, a unique product in your line.

IYA: What inspired you to leave your career as an orthopedic surgeon to become a footwear designer? TARYN: I wasn’t unhappy. I felt that a lot of my creativity wasn’t utilized when I was a surgeon, but I knew I could apply it in the footwear industry. I wanted to have independence as a woman and I encourage women to own their own businesses. There are a lot of hours in owning your own business, but you get to make your own schedule. IYA: How did you start your own company? TARYN: I started my business through networking. My first contact was through a Barneys New York representative. I asked her if she knew anyone in Italy I could con-

TARYN: I knew all women weren’t able to purchase from my Haute Footure footwear collection, so I wanted to help all women and introduced the Stiletto Stick, a pain reliever for women who wear high heels, something all women can use. IYA: What advice would you offer to women who want to repurpose their skills and pursue another career? TARYN: It’s important to have a clear path of where you’re going. Hone your knowledge and the skill set you have in your current career. If you combine your passion plus the skills you’ve learned, you’ll have a higher rate for success. IYA: How do you feel about the career path you’ve chosen? TARYN: I love what I do because it’s great for who I am now. If you follow your convictions, you’ll always do the right thing.

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SPECTRUM BE BOLD! BE VIBRANT! BE COLORFUL! Liven up your wardrobe this summer with big and bright accessories and nails.

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THE LOOK/ MAKEUP/ FACE MUFE (Makeup Forever) High definition 120, MUFE HD Powder EYES Wolfe Brothers Palette (neon pink and green), NYX Candy Glitter Liner (Hot Candy) LIPS MAC New York pink BLUSH MAC Full Fuschia NAIL POLISH/ OPI Who the Shrek are You?, China Glaze Pink Voltage (Neon) ACCESSORIES/ Nordstrom Rack Cloth Beaded Ethnic Necklaces

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THE LOOKS MAKEUP BOTH PAGES/ FACE MUFE HD 120, MUFE HD powder EYES NYX Jumbo eye pencil (Purple Velvet), NYX Candy Glitter Liner (Jade) on lashes, IMYB (Creme Blaze), IMYB Loose pigment (Green and Purple) Inglot (AMC shine #39) LIPS NYX Pencil (Purple, Satin Blue) LEFT/ Mali Red Coral Necklace $625, RIGHT/ NAIL POLISH/ Sally Hansen Celeb City, ACCESSORIES/ Nordstrom Rack Neon and Net Bracelets $9.95 each, Macy’s Cheerleader Charm Necklace by Betsey Johnson $125


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THE LOOK/ MAKEUP/ FACE MUFE HD 117, MUFE HD powder EYES NYX Jumbo eye pencil (Yellow), NYX Candy Glitter Liner (Lime) LIPS MAC (Made to order) Wet’n’Wild (Clear Gloss) NAIL POLISH/ China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise (Neon) ACCESSORIES/ Macy’s Long Coral Chain, $65, and Charm Coral Choker, $175, by Betsey Johnson Collection, Xhilaration Sunglasses in Red $12.99: target.com


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THE LOOK/ MAKEUP/ FACE MUFE HD 117, MUFE HD powder EYES NYX Jumbo eye pencil (Yellow), NYX Candy Glitter Liner (Lime) LIPS MAC (Made to order) Wet’n’Wild (Clear Gloss) ACCESSORIES/ LH Boutique Green Butterfly Necklace $20, Anthropologie Green Flower Necklace $9.95, Disney Couture Collection Butterfly Gold Earrings $60

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THE LOOK/ MAKEUP/ FACE MUFE HD 117, MUFE HD powder EYES NYX Jumbo eye pencil (Yellow), NYX Glitter on the Go (Green) LIPS MAC (Made to order) Wet’n’Wild (Clear Gloss) NAIL POLISH/ China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise (Neon) ACCESSORIES/ Loehmanns Turquoise Chandelier Necklace $19.99

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SET OFF OUTDOOR ESCAPADE A globetrotter at heart, Editor Bee Li shares what’s in her pack for her next backpacking adventure.

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SOCIAL ON THE GO APPETITE FOR APPS Check out some of these iPhone and iPad apps that help make the most of your mobile life.

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CONNECTING

Facebook Stay connected to Facebook on your phone. LinkedIn Access your professional network and receive updates and information from your LinkedIn contacts. Skype Make and receive Skype calls from your mobile device. Tweetdeck Organize your Twitter updates with ease and sync with Facebook. Flickr Flickr’s app gives you the capability to share photos on the go. Pandora Design and stream your own free and customized radio stations on your iPhone and iPad.

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NEWS & INFO

CNN View breaking news, videos and related content. Time Mobile Read Time Magazine’s stories whenever and wherever you want. Wikipedia Browse the internet’s great encyclopedic resource. Entrepreneur Magazine Access the content of Entrepreneur Magazine. Great for small businesses. AccuWeather.com Get your daily and accurate forecast with this handy iPad app. Fluent News Reader Customize your own newspaper using articles from dozens of leading news sources.

SHOPPING

TRAVEL

Craigsphone The Craigslist app on the go! Paypal Send money to family and friends, collect money or manage your Paypal account. Groupon Features one unbeatable deal every day. Shop Savvy Barcode Scanner Scan barcodes and compare retail prices with this handy app. Yelp Search and read reviews of nearby businesses. Amazon Access your Amazon accounts, as well as shop and search. Chictopia Browse the best in fashion and style with Chictopia’s editor picks. Style.com See the latest runway shows and related content.

Cheap Gas! Locate the cheapest gas stations near you. iTranslate A universal translator for your iPhone. Currency This app provides you with upto-date exchange rate information for 100 plus countries. Packing Create, edit and share packing lists for organized travel. Google Earth Explore satellite images of the world with the touch of your finger. Trip Case Named ‘Best Travel App’ by Business Week, this app lets you organize your travel information and get real-time flight updates. World Customs and Cultures Search for quick facts and information on over 165 countries while traveling internationally.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Soundhound Search and discover music and find out what song is playing using this app’s sound recognition software. Late Nite Eats Search for places to grab a bite after dark. GrubHub Find restaurants that deliver to you and browse their menus. Fandango Movies Get movie ticketing information and reviews, as well as buy tickets from your phone. Seafood Watch Make sustainable choices quickly when dining out or buying seafood at the grocery store. Redbox Browse and reserve a movie or find the nearest Redbox location. IMDB Movies & TV Access all your film and TV information wherever you need it.

Period Tracker Track ‘that time of the month.’ WebMD Mobile Check symptoms and access information on local health care listings and treatment options. NikeWomen Training Club Access your personalized training program on your iPhone to get fit on the go. MyFitnessPal Track your calorie intake and achieve your weight loss goals by interacting with others in the MyFitnessPal community.

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EXPLORE CHICAGO

Be a tourist in your own city! BY EMILY LUFT

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ART

360 SEE GALLERY The 360 SEE gallery located in Bucktown is a thought-provoking studio featuring a variety of fine and functional art and design pieces, as well as furniture hand-picked by owner and director, Jordan Witkov. All the pieces exhibit modern qualities and sustainable elements. Combining fine art and the importance of environmental consciousness, this hip gallery is worth a visit. 1924 N. Damen Ave., Chicago 773 698 6340 360SEEgallery.com

HISTORY

MY CHINATOWN: CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM The Chicago History Museum’s newest exhibit is a multimedia presentation about Chinatown. Stories of the history and traditions of the neighborhood are told by residents and locals who keep the culture alive. The exhibit is open through November 1. 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago 312 642 4600 chicagohistory.org

COMEDY

SECOND CITY NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS It’s no secret The Second City has got the goods. Spawning famous comedians and laughter everywhere, the theatre is re-instituting ‘The Second City’s Neighborhood Tour’ for the summer. Prepare to laugh while you learn on this walking tour of Old Town Chicago. Tours are offered every Wednesday and Sunday through September 5. The Second City Box Office 312 337 3992 The Second City Theatre 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago secondcity.com/Performances/Detail/244

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WILLIS TOWER GLASS BALCONY Embrace your inner tourist and venture to the top of the recently renamed Willis Tower to experience the newest way to see Chicago. Allowing you to walk out in a glass box above the city, the only thing between you and the pavement (103 floors below) is a layer of glass an inch and a half thick. Catch the stunning view and an adrenaline rush with ‘The Ledge’ at Willis Tower. The Skydeck 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 3530, Chicago 312 875 9696 General Info Line theskydeck.com

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SAFETY PREVENT INJURIES Play it safe with some helpful points on how to prevent injuries during your active summer. ravenswoodhealth.com

BY EMILY LUFT

SAFETY AND INJURY PREVENTION

Most exercise injuries are results of simple mistakes while being active or misperceptions about body mechanics. Dr. Jason Fennema DC, a chiropractor at Ravenswood Health Center, tells us how to help you stay injury free the summer: + If you go out to exercise, make sure to warm up first by doing something such as taking a brisk walk or anything to loosen your muscles.

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+ It is important to stretch, but make sure you stretch AFTER you warm up. Stretching before you warm up can increase the risk of injury. + If you are about to start a new workout regimen, see a doctor for a basic checkup or physical. + Not all injuries occur while being active. Be aware of your posture. Bad posture while sitting for long hours in front of a computer can lead to deconditioning syndrome, causing stress to the muscles and increasing your risk for injury later.

+ Take some time to correct your posture during the day. Sitting with your shoulders and neck forward at a desk can lead to a 30 percent reduction of oxygen to the heart, lungs and upper extremities which cause fatigue, among other things. Getting up and stretching goes a long way in terms of prevention and recovery. For more information, visit ravenswoodhealth.com


SELF DEFENSE STAY AWARE IMPACT Chicago shares how awareness can be one of your best tools of defense in necessary situations. impactchicago.org

BY EMILY LUFT

an end to violence and offers programs all year long to teach about fear management, threat assessment, verbal strength and tools of last resort. Here are some important tips to remember: + If confronted, use your voice. Say “no” and “leave me alone” in a clear and concise manner. Don’t lose your temper or use unnecessary language. Be loud and clear to get out your message. Your voice is your number one tool in self-defense. + Be aware. If you’re talking on your phone or listening to music and not paying attention, then you have no way to know if you are in danger. Remove your distractions and actively evaluate what’s going on around

you. Be aware of your surroundings. + Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, remove yourself from the situation. + If necessary, fight back. Don’t be passive. Think your hard parts to their soft parts. Women shouldn’t be attacked. Violence against women shouldn’t exist. Until a simple “No!” is enough, there are ways to empower yourself. That is IMPACT’s message and one worth spreading. To learn more about the organization or classes offered, visit IMPACT Chicago’s website at impactchicago.org or their Facebook page.

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IT’S UNFORTUNATE violence against women exists. What’s worse is women are often blamed for it. Wearing a short skirt or a low-cut shirt is considered ‘asking for it.’ People instruct young women not to go out at night alone as if every person on the street is out to get them. Is society giving permission to continue the violence? “What women wear doesn’t matter,” says Amanda Crawford of IMPACT Chicago. “It’s not a woman’s fault violence is committed against her.” Founded in 1987, IMPACT Chicago is a not-for-profit organization, consisting of volunteers who teach women and men about self-defense. IMPACT strives to put

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HONKY TONK BBQ

Have a side of some of Chicago’s best ribs at Gale Street Inn in Jefferson Park. You can also take pleasure in the sounds of some jazz by the bar as you sip one of their tasty martinis, like the Midnight Express.

In the heart of Pilsen, one of Chicago’s art districts, lies one of the city’s treasures– Honky Tonk BBQ. This restaurant is famous for its pulled pork and smoked brisket. Hop over to the near southwest side of Chicago, two miles from the Willis Tower, to taste what everyone’s talking about and have a drink from the restaurant’s fully-stocked bar with your delicious meal.

4914 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773 725 1300 galestreet.com

1213 W. 18th St., Chicago 312 226 RIBS (7427) honkytonkbbqchicago.com

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SIZZLE (BBQ) WHAT’S ON THE GRILL Chicago is known for its barbecue and these joints definitely uphold the standard.

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THE SMOKE DADDY

SMOQUE BBQ

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Head over to Wicker Park for some great barbecue sandwiches and platters from The Smoke Daddy’s ‘Lil Red Smoker’. Kick back and relax as you unwind to the sound of live blues and jazz with your meal.

Share your love for barbecue with others at Smoque BBQ, a neighborhood joint on Pulaski and Irving Park. Try some of their tender and flavorful pulled pork or brisket and don’t forget to leave room for a side dish or some good old-fashioned peach cobbler to top off the experience.

This barbecue joint has been around since 1932 and has been a favorite of many celebrities, including the late and great Frank Sinatra. Located in Old Town, this establishment is known for its slow cooked and tender baby back ribs, basted with the sauce of your choice.

3800 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago 773 545 7427 smoquebbq.com

1655 N. Sedgwick St., Chicago 312 266 1616 twinanchorsribs.com

1804 W. Division St., Chicago 773 772 MOJO (6656) thesmokedaddy.com

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LA CREPERIE

Treat yourself to the al fresco ambience of Carmichael’s Steakhouse in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. If you’re not in the mood for a hearty steak, try some of the restaurant’s savory seafood. In addition to great food, who can pass up free valet parking?

Step over to Lincoln Park and enjoy the al fresco dining at La Creperie. Located on the corner of Clark and Diversey, the family-owned restaurant provides a unique flair with their French crepes. Finish your meal off or take a sip from their tasty wine and beer list as you wait for your order.

1052 W. Monroe St., Chicago 312 433 0025 carmichaelsteakhouse.com

2845 N. Clark St., Chicago 773 528 9050 lacreperieusa.com

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ZAPATISTA

Try al fresco dining tapas-style at Mercat a la Planxa. Located near museums, parks and Lake Michigan, this South Loop restaurant’s menu is flavorful, with a zesty and stimulating atmosphere to match. Sample some of their seasonal sangria to go along with your meal.

Roscoe Village’s Volo Restaurant and Wine Bar is one experience you’ll want to enjoy this summer. This contemporary American restaurant has a descriptive and superb wine list to select for your sipping pleasures.

Satisfy your taste buds and your craving for outside dining at Zapatista, one of the city’s most authentic Mexican restaurants. Located in the South Loop, Zapatista features daily specials on meals and beverages. Some of the favorites from the restaurant include their homemade guacamole and fajitas.

638 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago 312 765 0524 mercatchicago.com

2008 W. Roscoe St., Chicago 773 348 4600 volorestaurant.com

1307 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago 312 435 1307 zapatistamexicangrill.com

SIZZLE (AL FRESCO) WINE + DINE Enjoy our summer nights by dining at some of Chicago’s most popular al fresco restaurants.

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SAKE

Sample the variety of flavors of this popular Asian spirit. Some of the best brands of sake include Hime no Mai’s ‘Dancing Princess’ and Kamikokoro’s ‘Heart of God’

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Mix puree, vodka and lemon juice in martini shaker. Shake vigorously; pour with ice into chilled glass. Top with splash of club soda. Garnish with lemon and blackberries. Enjoy! JON WOOL - FINESSE CUISINE

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Blackberry Bramble Cooler

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‘The first days of summer conjure images of lakeside gatherings, relaxed hours on the terrace watching the sunset and icy pitchers of colorful cocktails. Our Blackberry Bramble Cooler offers a perfect combination of citrus, fresh berries and cool mint. This complements any savory grill preparation or sips beautifully all by itself...’

Toasted Ginger Snap

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‘This great gin cocktail will make them fall in love with it. Bombay Sapphire with this is a great, classic gin. This cocktail brings out all of the best elements of gin in a fun and sexy way. The egg whites give your mouth a velvety feeling. The ginger adds a spicy kick to this cocktail. Honey is always sexy. The cocktail has a soft, flesh tone.’


4 SANGRIA A bottle of red wine Lemonade 8 oz. of liquor (preferably brandy, whiskey and cointreau) Peach Apple Orange Grapes 5 oz. of sugar (or to taste)

SUMMER SIPS SAVOR THE FLAVOR

Chop all of the fruit and soak it in the liquor of your choice. Refrigerate overnight. Feel free to add other fruits, such as kiwi and lemon. Pour the wine, liquor and fruit into a punch bowl and add lots of ice. Add lemonade, sugar and/or more ice to taste.

The experts at Finesse Cuisine and Sunda, along with our staff, share some summer cocktails to cool you off and quench your thirst. finessecuisine.com sundachicago.com

BY IYA BAKARE

5 NON-ALCOHOLIC FRUIT PUNCH 1 12 oz. can of frozen orange juice 1 12 oz. can of frozen lemonade 1 46 oz. can of pineapple juice 2 qts. of ginger ale 1 10 oz. package of frozen strawberries

Mix frozen juices per instructions on the cans. Add pineapple juice. Stir in strawberries. Add ginger ale at the time of serving. To enhance the appearance, a ring can be made using the juices listed above and frozen into a Jell-O mold. ASHLEY’S PICK

IYA’S PICK

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Sake

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This Japanese rice wine harbors a sweet taste when served chilled. Savor some of this beverage while tasting some of your favorite Asian cuisine in your home or at a local restaurant.

BEE’S PICK

Homemade Sangria

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A summer favorite, this fruity cocktail is a great way to dress up any red wine. Enjoy at your favorite tapas bar or make it at home with friends at a summer party.

Non-Alcoholic Fruit Punch

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There’s something refreshing about a good old-fashioned fruit punch, especially while sipping it on your porch on a hot day. The splash of ginger ale adds a little kick and fizz to this summer favorite. Go old school and serve in a Ball mason jar.

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SWEETS SATISFY YOUR CRAVINGS Indulge in delicious pastries from some of the city’s hip dessert spots.

BY IYA BAKARE

CAFFÉ GELATO

FIRST SLICE PIE CAFÉ

JAAFER SWEETS

Cool off this summer with fresh, authentic gelato. Delight in the parlor’s ingredients imported from Italy. Enjoy the fresh and blended flavors made from Italian equipment and have a cup of cappuccino to top off the experience.

The café is a nonprofit establishment located in the Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood. The low-key restaurant’s chef-director uses organic ingredients for its delicious delicacies. One of the faves from the dessert menu is the chocolate-peanut butter pie, which will make you crawl back for more.

If you’re searching for some baklava to melt in your mouth, zip over to Jaafer Sweets in Albany Park. This Middle Eastern bakery is known for this dessert, in addition to its breads and other pastry treats.

2034 W. Division St., Chicago 773 227 7333 caffegelatochicago.com

4825 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago 773 463 3933

4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago 773 506 7380 firstslice.org

SWEET CAKES BAKERY

SWIRLZ CUPCAKES

SWEET MANDY B’S

Stop by Ukrainian Village for some vegan pastry options of pastries at Sweet Cakes Bakery. Owned by a father and daughter team, this bakery has tasty cinnamon rolls, along with an assortment of muffins and other desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth first thing in the morning or to complete your meal during the day.

This Lincoln Park gem offers something for every diet. Swirlz’s scrumptious gourmet cupcakes are available in gluten-free and vegan gluten-free (made with rice flour) as well as the traditional. The moist, tasty pastries are offered in an assortment of flavors and can be customized according to your personal preference.

Looking for some tasty treats? Grab some homemade pastries from Sweet Mandy B’s in Lincoln Park. If you’re health conscious, you can always enjoy some homemade granola and a fruit salad for a hearty breakfast or for your choice as a dessert. If you choose to indulge, try a slice of pie or cake.

901 N. Damen Ave., Chicago 773 772 5771 sweetcakeschicago.com

705 W. Belden Ave., Chicago 773 404 CAKE (2253) swirlzcupcakes.com

1208 W. Webster Ave., Chicago 773 244 1174

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF COMPANY WEBSITES / BLUEFIN TUNA IMAGE WIKIPEDIA.COM

BLUEFIN TUNA ENDANGERED SPECIES PRICELESS

SUSTAINABLE REDUCE, REUSE + RECYCLE Chicago is known for being a green city. Here are some creative ways to be an eco-friendly consumer this summer.

BY VALENCIA DAVIS

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REBAGZ SPIN DR.’S BAG CUBIC/MAGAZINE $110

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FOOD

SAFE SEAFOOD During the gorgeous summer season, it’s in a Chicagoan’s nature to dive for all of the delicious seafood on restaurant menus. Unfortunately, the present state of worldwide ecology makes our decision-making on what to eat a bit more complicated. Here’s what you should know before digging in during your night out: Recent oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico endangered several species of fish that naturally spawn in and around these waters. The superb bluefin tuna is the focal point of controversy due to over fishing, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill only puts more emphasis on its endangerment. Despite its popularity, especially in sushi, this may be a favorite to steer away from this summer. Remember that it is imperative for sushi to be served between 5ºC-60ºC for safe consumption. Keep this in mind whether you’re out and about at your favorite sushi restaurant or cooking a delicious sushi dish at home. See page 52 for a great iPhone app that guides you to the safest seafood choices in your location. DAISY SHOP STARKMAN DRESS WITH CHANEL TOTE

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The innovative eco-chic Rebagz are sustainable handbags made of recycled materials, made wholly under under fair labor conditions. Part of Rebagz’s proceeds go to Greenpeace and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Visit their fabulous website to learn more and view their colorful selection of accessories. rebagz.com

DAISY SHOP THRIFT

MUNEY BLOUSE WITH BULGARI PURSE

Daisy Shop is a pristine vintage palace that has over 160 couture labels for every fashion conscious Chicago woman. This dream shop has been dubbed ‘Handbag Heaven’ and carries over 1,500 pieces of clothing and accessories from every couture label since 1940. Owner Barbara Nell is tastefully selective upon choosing every piece and hosts a sale on a different designer every month. 67 E Oak St., 6th Floor, Chicago 312 943 8880 daisyshop.com

THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE THRIFT + CONSIGNMENT

DAISY SHOP

ACCESSORIES

REBAGZ

The Golden Triangle was established in 1986 by artifact and antique collectors Douglas Van Trees and Chauwarin Tuntisak. The one-of-a-kind business is fueled by impeccable pieces such as gorgeous British colonial beds, Chinese, Thai, French cabinets, and many more all imported from throughout Asia and Europe. The now 23,000 square-foot authentically decorated gallery holds to-die-for home decor just north of the Chicago River. 300 N Clark St., Chicago 312 755 1266 goldentriangle.biz

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SPLASH ON LOCATION! Make a statement this summer in the hottest looks from Colombia’s Paradizia Swimwear and Australia’s Monique Bryden. Hawaiian designers Anne Namba and Sierra Dew also shared their stories with us during our summer swimsuit shoot on the north shore of Oahu. INTERVIEWED BY IYA BAKARE

THE LOOK/ SWIMWEAR/ Paradizia Swimwear ‘Love Rocks’: paradiziaswimwear.com ACCESSORIES/ Sierra Dew ‘Infinity’ Earrings (Special Order), ‘Cowrie’ Shell Ring $150: sierradew.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY ROD ROBERTS rodrobertsphotos.com MODELS ERIN ALYSSE, LEIGH KROUGER + JUSTINE MIGUEL STYLING BEE LI CONSULTANT ALEX ALBRECHT HAIR + MAKEUP SARAH PACHECO SWIMWEAR PARADIZIA SWIMWEAR paradiziaswimwear.com WRAPS ANNE NAMBA DESIGNS annenamba.com JEWELRY MONIQUE BRYDEN moniquebryden.com + SIERRA DEW sierradew.com


THE LOOKS LEFT/ SWIMWEAR/ Monique Bryden ‘Black Russian’ Full Piece $135 ACCESSORIES/ Sierra Dew ‘Egyptian Leaf’ Earrings $150, ‘Egyptian Gladiator’ Cuff (Special Order) RIGHT/ SWIMWEAR/ Monique Bryden ‘Diablo’ Full Piece $129: moniquebryden.com + Anne Namba Designs Geisha Kimono Wrap $296: annenamba.com ACCESSORIES/ Sierra Dew ‘Opihi’ Shell Necklace $150, ‘Opihi’ Shell Ring $150, ‘Opihi’ Shell Cuff $160: sierradew.com

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HAVING LIVED IN BOTH Thailand and Iran, Hawaiian native Anne Namba credits her global background as inspiration for her work. After her tenure in New York, Anne returned to Hawaii and began her clothing line out of her parents’ home. The first line featured garments made from Japanese kimonos and obis. In 1989, Anne opened her first boutique and introduced Anne Namba Designs. Her ‘Kimono Couture’, with silk and Asian themes, has appeared in Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom’s, the Saks Fifth Avenue Folio Catalog and in other high-end retailers. Her latest project was providing costumes for the Savonlinna Opera Festival’s 2009 production of Madama Butterfly in Sweden. Anne’s clientele base includes an array of celebrities and well-known figures such as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kristi Yamaguchi, Elizabeth Taylor and Sharon Stone.

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THE LOOKS LEFT/ SWIMWEAR/ Paradizia Swimwear ‘Wonderland’ One Piece ACCESSORIES/ Sierra Dew ‘Puka’ Shell Hoop Earrings $50, Shell ‘Maxi’ Necklace $110, ‘Sea Shell’ Bangles $60 each RIGHT/ SWIMWEAR/ Paradizia Swimwear ‘Garden Glossy’ One Piece paradiziaswimwear.com ACCESSORIES/ Sierra Dew ‘Warrior’ Bracelet (Special Order): sierradew.com

26-YEAR-OLD SIERRA DEW was 12

years old when she took a home economics class and decided to become a designer. As the Hawaiian designer strives to create trendsetting art through her work, Sierra says her designs are inspired by nature and controversial issues in her region. “I want people to know the story behind my work,” she adds. “I’m addressing modern-day issues and I’m not designing for myself.” With the use of 100 percent nontoxic inks, Sierra wants to remain earth conscious. In addition to her clothing line, Sierra makes shell jewelry by hand and her accessories also include leather purses. New to the industry, Sierra admits she’s focused on creating her customer base, as she looks to expand her business to other islands in Hawaii. She is also working on an urban artist networking base. Sierra’s collection is currently available online, but ultimately her goal is to open her own store one day.

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THE LOOK/ SWIMWEAR/ Monique Bryden ‘Sour’ Top with gold ring + tie side pant $129: moniquebryden.com ACCESSORIES/ Sierra Dew ‘Sea Shell’ Bangles $60 each: sierradew.com


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THE LOOKS LEFT/ SWIMWEAR/ Paradizia Swimwear ‘Rainbow Love’ One Piece $168 ACCESSORIES/ Sierra Dew ‘Double Puka’ Shell Hoop Earrings $65, ‘Sundial’ Shell Ring $150, ‘Hawaiian Power’ Cuff (Special Order) RIGHT/ SWIMWEAR/ Paradizia Swimwear ‘Chic Adjustable Triangle’ paradiziaswimwear.com ACCESSORIES/ Sierra Dew ‘Sunrise’ Shell Ring $90, Shell ‘Maxi’ Necklace $110, ‘Sea Shell’ Bangles $60 each: sierradew.com


STYLE ME

SHAPE + SIZE WHICH SUIT SUITS YOU? A favorite of pop star Rihanna, swimwear designer Celeste Johnny showcases some pieces from her Johnny Vincent line and offers her tips on the best suit to flatter your body type. johnnyvincent.com

INTERVIEWED BY IYA BAKARE

PHOTOS BEE LI / STYLED BY RICARDO FORD

CURVY SHAPE

‘‘‘Dominica’ is great for women with curves because it accentuates the waistline and hips.”

CHICAGO NATIVE CELESTE Johnny

says her mother’s love for fashion inspired her to pursue it as a career and her passion for traveling sparked her interest in swimwear. In 2006, Celeste created her swimwear line, Johnny Vincent, a combination of her name and her father’s birthplace of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. In 2007, she launched her first collection. Celeste’s designs represent her energy and persona and are showcased internationally.

LOOK OUT FOR MORE BEACH DRESSES AND MORE BEAUTIFUL, VIBRANT COLORS IN CELESTE’S 2011 LINE, ‘SAMBA NIGHTS’, A TRIBUTE TO BRAZIL

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BOY SHAPE

“Try swimsuits like ‘Breathless’ (left) that create a waist line, and belted pieces or faux wrap-style suits.”


SMALL BUST

“One can try pieces that provide padding or underwire. Monokinis are good because they draw attention away from the breast. There are also pieces that can camouflage small breasts. I designed ‘Caliente’ especially for that purpose! No one would ever know the person wearing it was barely an A or B cup!”

LARGE HIPS

“Suits with embellishments, such as ruffles, on the bottom are a great way to hide large hips.”

LARGE BUST

“Finding swimwear with support in the chest area and a thicker strap to tie around the neck for comfort is important. One style that works well is the halter style. In my ‘See You Watching’ collection, Jealousy is a great example. It’s perfect for women who have larger breasts and it accentuates the curves.” JULY/AUG ME: IN FOCUS 83


PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLYU SPA

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SPAS PAMPER + REJUVENATE Take some time this summer to relax your mind and body at one of these city spas.

BY VALENCIA DAVIS

ALLYU SPA

DITA DAY SPA

KAYA DAY SPA

A genuine dedication to the well being of environment, mankind and their interconnectedness is revealed in Allyu’s name alone. Allyu Spa (meaning ‘community’ in Quechua) offers a balanced blend of workshops, spa days and services, adhering intimately to clients’ individual needs. A meditation area and shower rooms made of beautiful recycled décor add a cultured, unique touch to this serene spa.

Foster your every need for an organic experience at Dita Day Spa. Delivered by a staff of attentive experts, packages include aromatherapy facials and massages with natural and herbal antioxidants, herbal mud wraps, body polishes and a wide variety of all natural services to accommodate your release of tension during the summer.

Hosting unique services in an urban setting that cater to both women and men, Kaya is named appropriately after the Japanese tree that flourishes through all environmental circumstances. Aiming to restore alignment and balance to all elements of the body and spirit, Kaya provides a multitude of services including hydrotherapy, chromatherapy, ear candling and waxing, in addition to several customary spa services.

600 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 312 755 1313 allyuspa.com

58 E. Walton St., Chicago 312 337 0777 ditadayspa.com

112 N. May St., Chicago 312 243 5292 kayadayspa.com

MYSPA CHICAGO

RUBY ROOM

SPA SPACE

Considering their mission to be the rediscovery of self, mySpa is a luxurious salon and spa, attracting the likes of A-list celebrities and high powered business executives. Indulge in sensuous services and packages like the Magical Morocco incorporating Turkish body rituals, Zen Retreat with Japanese chi awakening, or Passage to India for deep peace and relaxation.

Intending to educate you on how to recognize intuition and manage their energy, Ruby Room’s services and products put a modern twist on ancient healing rituals. With a salon, spa, two boutiques, eight guest rooms and a yoga lounge, the Wicker Park Zen den offers traditional spa products and services as well as progressive healing services for the mind, body and spirit.

The West Loop’s Spa Space hosts a calming luxurious environment that’s been recognized nationwide. Its creative variety of goal-focused procedures encourage relaxation and stress-reduction in a way that appeals to both male and female clients. In addition to having something special for both sexes, services are also offered to couples, brides and expectant mothers.

1743-45 W. Division St., Chicago 773 235 2323 rubyroom.com

161 N. Canal St., Chicago 312 466 9585 spaspace.com

200 North Columbus Dr., Chicago 312 946 8945 myspachicago.com

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SPA 101

WAXING DOs + DONT’S Stephanie Calzante, spa director at Spacio in Lincoln Park, offers her tips for first time spa-goers to help make the visit as pleasant as possible.

DOs + Please be hygienic in preparation for your waxing visit. + Take an ibuprofen or two about 40 minutes before your scheduled appointment to relieve pain if you have a low pain tolerance. + Use a product that contains salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin in the region that’s being waxed. + Exfoliate your skin with a natural fiber cloth, such as an ayate cloth, to prevent ingrown hairs. DONT’S + Don’t shave in-between appointments or over trim hair because the ideal length of hair for waxing is a quarter of an inch. + Avoid the use of over fragranced soap in the waxed region. + Don’t engage in sexual intercourse three to five hours after you’ve been waxed to prevent possible bacterial infections. + For bikini waxings, book your appointment at least three days before or after your menstrual cycle to avoid irritation in that area. + Avoid taking hot showers for a few days after your bikini waxing so you don’t irritate skin from open pores, which can invite bacterial infections. + Wait a few days before you decide to take a dip in the pool. Chemicals such as chlorine will also irritate the waxed region.

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SCENTS FRAGRANCES + AROMATHERAPY Looking for that perfect summer scent? Choose from some of our favorites to match your mood and personality.

BY VALENCIA DAVIS

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FRAGRANCE

FRAGRANCE

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Neroli Jasmin Body Spray

CK One Summer

The Body Shop’s Neroli Jasmin fragrance is seductive with notes of neroli, orange blossom and sandalwood. This floral fragrance is stunning and charming.

CK One Summer is a refreshingly fruity must-have for the warm summer months. The seasonal fragrance houses notes of mandarin, pear, kaffir lemon zest, while a heart of violet leaves and marigold sit atop warm patchouli and cedar.

$14 thebodyshop-usa.com

$44 sephora.com

AROMATHERAPY

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AROMATHERAPY

Aroma Naturals Tranquility Aromatherapy Soy Candle Tin

Beeswax Hawaiian Island Premium Votive Candle

This wildcrafted lavender soy candle emits natural healing and calming agents as it revitalizes all of its surroundings. The vegetable wax and soy blend perfectly deliver the soothing scent of lavender essential oils.

This plumeria scented votive candle is made of pure beeswax. Handmade in Hawaii, this candle is sold in a set of eight, 36 or individually.

$5.99 serenitysupply.com

$2.79-$71.79 100candles.com


AROMATHERAPY PHOTO COURTESY OF SERENITY SUPPLY / AQUA UNIVERSALIS PHOTO COURTESY OF MARYJANE KEVLIN OF LA FORCE + STEVENS

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Aqua Universalis - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris This light, airy fragrance is another divine invention from one of our favorite perfumers, Francis Kurkdjian. Aqua Universalis is sensual yet delicate with notes of Sicilian lemon, bergamot and light and musky wood. Described as ‘a water for all uses’, the unisex Aqua Universalis carries an effervescence that also makes it fitting as a home scent.

FRAGRANCE

FRAGRANCE

Frangipani

White Citrus

This tropical Demeter scent is the perfect summer citrus-floral fragrance. Frangipani is a timeless addition to any Demeter fan’s fragrance collection.

White Citrus is a blend of lemon, grapefruit, water lily and ginger. This light citrus scent was made by master perfumers to be the perfect Bath and Body Works summer scent.

$10-39.50 demeterfragrance.com

$29.50 bathandbodyworks.com

$105-172 niemanmarcus.com

AROMATHERAPY

AROMATHERAPY

AROMATHERAPY

Claus Porto Banho Citron Verbena Candle

Dr. Sharon ‘Am I Dreaming’ Aromatherapy Kit

Right Brain Aromatherapy Soy Candle

Refresh, relax and lighten your spirits with pure notes of Citron Verbena. This soy candle is a summery, citrus scent with a woodsy edge that’s sure to ease you into sleep on those warm summer nights.

Recommended by Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey, each kit includes a candle, oil and a fragrance dispenser. Dr. Sharon’s signature scent will simultaneously relax and energize you.

$34 aromaessentials.com

$35 drsharoninc.com

Aromatherapy agents in bergamot, golden amber and fresh greens stimulate sensibility, perception and consciousness, as well as the flow of creative juices in this appropriately named candle. Aromatherapy Interventions Soy Candles has a candle for every mood. $22.95 aromatherapyinterventionscandles.com

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LEFT/ Sarca Ribbed Tank by Eryn Brinie $40, Sarca Skirt by Richard Nicoll $885, Le Dress Necklace by Nika $115 RIGHT/Sofia Pleated Dress by Halston Heritage $435, Intermix Necklace by Nicole Romano $325, Pump Bag by Street Level $49

AND SECRETS

at the Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club.

alexandreindustries.com kitkatchicago.com

PHOTOGRAPHY JOSHUA ALEXANDRE HAINES alexandreindustries.com MODELS LIZ BETZEN Agency Galatea + HILARY ANDERSON Factor Model Management + CHRIS SHANKS Ford Models Chicago HAIR JENNA BALTES MAKEUP KRISTINA FEYERHERM + FREDY ANAYA STYLISTS CAITLIN MARIE PUNSCHKE cmpstyle.com + ASHLEY CAPPS CAMERA ASSISTANTS GAVIN GOULD + PAULINA LESIAK

SEDUCTION


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THE LOOKS LEFT/ Sarca Dress by Camila and Marc $500, Sarca Necklace by Fallon $230 MIDDLE/ Le Dress Dress by Aidan Mattox $300, Sarca Earrings and Cuff by CC Skye $245 each ON HIM/ His Stuff Suit by Hugo Boss Red Line $850, His Stuff Shirt by Palmer Cash $58, His Stuff Bow Tie by Barbara Blank $35


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Sexy summer drinks/favoritexxxxx share their innovative twists in wedding gown shopping and their dedication to staying green. alexandreindustries.com

BY VALENCIA DAVIS

THE LOOKS LEFT/ Le Dress Dress by Wish $174, Sarca Leather Vest by Improvd $460, Sarca Ostrich Clutch by Victor Hugo $833, Sarca Wrap Bracelet by Chan Luu $295 MIDDLE/ Sarca Mesh Tank by Sass & Bide $325, Sarca Trousers by Eryn Brinie $110, Pump Bracelet $39 ON HIM/ His Stuff Jacket by Report Collection $225, His Stuff Shirt and Slacks by Hugo Boss Red Line $199 each, His Stuff Tie by Hugo Boss $89, Nordstrom Belt by Calibrate $49.50

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MIXOLOGIST SHEREE XXXXXXXXXXX THE TOWN!

THE LOOKS/ LEFT: Greg is wearing his own Chicago Bears jersey and football pants, Nike Zoom Flyposite Men’s Football Shoe (custom designed for Greg in pink), $130 regular: www.nike.com RIGHT: Greg’s own formal clothing, Apartment Number 9 Tie by Lee Allison $90: www.apartmentnumber9.com

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THE LOOK ON HER/ Sofia Bodysuit by Gottex $64, Sarca Earrings by CC Skye $245 ON HIM/ His Stuff Shirt by Hugo Boss Red Line $199, His Stuff Bow Tie by Barbara Blank $35


THE LOOKS LEFT/ Sarca Ribbed Tank by Eryn Brinie $40, Sarca Skirt by Richard Nicoll $885, Le Dress Necklace by Nika $115 RIGHT/ Sofia Pleated Dress by Halston Heritage $435, Intermix Necklace by Nicole Romano $325, Pump Bag by Street Level $49

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THE LOOKS LEFT/ All Queens Own MIDDLE/ Sarca Dress by Frank Tell $770 RIGHT/ Intermix Dress by Herve Leger $1250, Sarca Jacket by Frank Tell $910


THE LOOKS LEFT/ Intermix Dress by M Missoni $685, Sarca Necklace by Damen + Division $349 RIGHT/ Intermix Dress by M Missoni $595

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THE LOOKS LEFT/ Le Dress Dress by Anna Fong $272, Intermix Cuff by TAI $295, Sarca Earrings by CC Skye $300, Sarca Pumps by Ruthie Davis $895 RIGHT/ Le Dress Dress by Yana Couture $282, Sofia Vintage Belt by Escada $224, Intermix Bracelet by Nicole Romano $325, Pumps by Betsey Johnson $189


SEX DOs + DONT’S OF SUMMER ROMANCE Sexologist and physician Dr. Rachael Ross offers her straight-shootin’, no-holds-barred advice on how to minimize the drama and maximize the fun in your summer romance(s).

+ Be clear about what you want and expect out of the relationship to both you and your partner. If it’s just a summer fling and both of you agree on it, then treat it as such. + Don’t rush it. It’s the summertime and there are plenty of hotties to choose from. Take your time, go slow and find out if he is really worth spending your priceless summer hours. + Drink in moderation. A sloppy drunk is never cute and once the alcohol is in your system, you are less likely to make safe sex decisions. Know your drink minimum. + Don’t just jump every cute guy who finds you attractive. Be selective and make him work for it. + Ask questions. Guys love to talk about themselves, so use it to your advantage. Turn it into a game and give him a list of what-if questions. Ultimately, you want to know as much about his personality before you give it up just because he’s cute. + Leave your panties on. Grinding is much safer than unprotected sex with a new person. Make your partner get tested before you let your panties down. + If you like him, let your family and friends meet him. Do they think he’s a jerk? They just might be right. + Carry condoms with you at all times. You have to tell many guys to use condoms because many of them prefer not to use them. Don’t get caught in the midst of a dilemma. Bring your own!

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SEX

GYNECOLOGICAL SAFETY + CARE The truths and myths about safe sex and feminine care with Julie Levitt, MD. COMPILED BY IYA BAKARE

TRUE/FALSE A Pap smear tells you the whole state of your genital health. FALSE. A Pap smear is a screening to reveal whether or not you have abnormalities in your cervical cells, which can lead to cervical cancer. Dr. Levitt suggests for you to check with your insurance provider because although Pap smears are covered by most insurances companies, many providers will not cover other types of screenings. You should get a Pap smear annually. FALSE. If you are over the age of 30 and aren’t a carrier of HPV, you can schedule your Pap smear screening every other year. However, you should schedule an annual visit with your gynecologist for a check-up.

You can be allergic to latex contraceptives. TRUE. Dr. Levitt comments there are cases of people who are allergic to latex condoms, but there are fewer cases than people believe. If you are allergic to latex, Dr. Levitt suggests vinyl condoms. Lambskin condoms may prevent pregnancy, but are not recommended for protection against the transmission of HIV.

to grow in warm and dark places. Avoid sitting around for long in moist undergarments from excess sweating after a workout or wet swim bottoms.

You should douche on a regular basis. FALSE. Dr. Levitt says there are bacteria that need to stay in the vaginal area, and douching can lead to possible pelvic infections.

You need to stop taking birth control pills for a specific length of time in order to conceive. FALSE. Dr. Levitt says it is possible to get pregnant the month after you decide to stop taking the pill.

Panty liners can cause yeast infections. TRUE. Minipads, or panty liners, can trap moisture. Dr. Levitt adds that yeast likes

Cotton is the best material for underwear. TRUE. According to Dr. Levitt, cotton is best because it’s organic and allows the vagina to breathe and for bad bacteria to escape.

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WHAT’S YOUR FETISH? Flower Fetish specializes in unique, stylish flowers, making any occasion a special one. + Gifts + Scheduled Deliveries + Weddings & Events + Avante Gardens Landscaping + In-Home Consultation by appointment ONLY Flower Fetish Design Studio 4704 N. Kenmore, Chicago 773 988 8688 flower-fetish.com


FOR 10 YEARS THE MOOKIE JAM FOUNDATION has been giving grants to artists with Multiple Sclerosis. Why? Because helping others is the greatest gift of all. If you or someone you love is an artist with M.S., we can help you like we helped Stephanie. Call 312 409 1146 TO MAKE A DONATION OR TO BUY TICKETS FOR OUR 10TH ANNUAL JAM ON JULY 28TH PLEASE VISIT MOOKIEJAM.ORG


INFORM ME SKINCARE PROTECT YOUR SHELL OIL OF OLAY COMPLETE DEFENSE SPF 30 Lotion

BY EMILY LUFT

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DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, a lot of questions arise about skincare. Dermatologist Dr. Carolyn Jacob from Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology dispels some common sunscreen myths. MOISTURIZER + SUNBLOCK

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TRUE/FALSE 1 The higher the SPF, the longer you are protected. False. SPF stands for ‘sun protecting factor’ and represents the ability to decrease UVB ray exposure. If you use SPF 50, you’re not protected twice as long as someone wearing SPF 25. No matter the SPF you use, it’s important to re-apply every one to two hours. TRUE/FALSE 2 All day sunscreen and waterproof sunscreen are more effective than regular sunscreen. False. There is no such thing as an all day sunscreen. Sunscreen, no matter the SPF, must be re-applied every couple of hours. Waterproof sunscreen is not waterproof but rather is water resistant. It is more effective in the water, but must be re-applied regularly. TRUE/FALSE 3 Wearing a t-shirt is the equivalent of wearing sunscreen. False. A regular t-shirt has the SPF of about four.

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TRUE/FALSE 4 People with darker complexions don’t burn. False. Anyone, regardless of complexion, can burn. Everyone needs sunscreen.

TRUE/FALSE 5 The more you use a tanning bed, the higher your risk of skin cancer. True. Tanning beds are carcinogenic. The first time you use a tanning bed, you increase your risk by 70 percent. TRUE/FALSE 6 Spray tans are safer than tanning beds. True. Spray tans and tanning lotions are the safest way to achieve a tan look. DR. JACOB’S ADVICE

+ Buy sunscreen with zinc oxide. The components don’t break down as fast in the sun. + Use SPF 30 and above. + Use one ounce of sunscreen every time you apply, which is enough to fill up a shot glass. PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS Waterproof sunscreen for acne-prone skin: +Clinique City Block SPF 15, 20, 30 Moisturizer with sunblock. +Oil of Olay Complete Defense SPF 30 for oily skin. +Estee Lauder Advanced Sun Care SPF 15 Broad Spectrum Sunblock: +Skinceuticals SPF 30 (chemical free) Broad Spectrum + Waterproof Sunblock


+Elta UV Physical Tinted SPF 41 +Elta UV Daily SPF 40 Waterproof sunscreen: +Bullfrog SPF 18 or 36 Lip Block: Almay Lip Shine SPF 15 Chapstick Ultra Moisturizer SPF 30 SUNBURNS Not only are sunburns painful and annoying, they are also very dangerous. The more sunburns you get in your lifetime, the higher your chances of developing skin cancer. While it’s best to prevent sunburns all together, here is what you can do to soothe them: + Apply hydrocortisone cream as soon as you know you’re burned + Put icepacks on the burned area + Take ibuprofen MELANOMA Melanoma is a serious skin cancer, which if not treated early, can be lethal. Improper skincare can heighten your risk. The disease isn’t necessarily something you should panic about, but it is something that should be taken into account as part of your overall skin health.

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Melanoma is characterized by dark brown spots or bumps on the skin, but it can exist without melanin in the pigment. Melanoma can be cured if detected early. People of all complexions can get melanoma, though people with lighter skin are at a higher risk. Melanoma expert, Dr. Maria Tsoukas, says there are three important steps toward preventing melanoma: + Good habits: use sunscreen properly, avoid sunburns, avoid tanning. + Awareness: It is important to be aware of your skin and how it changes. + Evaluation: Get evaluated every year or so after the age of 20 because early detection is key, especially if you have a family history of the disease.

to schedule a consultation with a specialist. It’s of course a good habit to wash your face every day, but using basic soap can be abrasive. Exfoliate a couple times a week and be careful not to overdo it. For the healthiest skin, it’s a good idea to get deep cleansing done on top of the daily care. Facials are a good way to do this. A professional facial washes away the dead cells and rejuvenates the skin. While there are expensive options with cosmetology, you can start small. From a simple facial to oxygen pressure therapy, sometimes all it takes is a little education to make the best decisions about daily skincare.

DAILY SKINCARE Sunburns aren’t the only annoyance during the summer. With all the heat and humidity, it’s frustrating to keep your complexion looking its best. Tanith Greenberg of French Cosmetology by Tanith, says keeping up with your skin requires unique treatment. Not every one’s skin is the same, and it can be confusing to know which products and approaches are best for you. Tanith says that if you’re having a hard time with your skin, it’s a good investment

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SKIN DEEP BEYOND THE SURFACE As your outer layer, skin tends to be defined by what we see, the products we use on it and other cosmetic barriers. However, skin goes beyond perception into issues of identity—how you look, how you feel, how you’re viewed and how you view yourself. In this intimate photoshoot, models Megan Lewis and Bella Ventresca strip away the superficiality to expose what really makes them who they are. In an industry that values image, these two women reveal to our editor, in their own words, that beauty is ultimately about being comfortable in your own skin.

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MY STORY MEGAN: I’m of German, Irish, black and Polish descent, adopted by white parents and raised in Elgin, Illinois. I was lucky to grow up in a very diverse community. My parents worked very hard to make my older sister, who is also adopted, and me feel accepted. When most people first meet me they think I’m distant. I do much better one-on-one than in groups. If you really get to know me I’m very funny; I can be a silly dork. BELLA: I’m Native American and Thai. I am 28 years old, happily married for six years and a new small business owner. I was raised in a small town near the Alabama state line where my sister and I were the only two Asian girls amongst a hostile regime of blonde hair, blue-eyed kids. By my teens, I was a wild child. I stole a car and ran away to nowhere in particular, but ended up in Corpus Christi, Texas where I was retrieved and brought back home. Because my mother never finished high school, we were constantly moving around when she was able to find work. Around 16, I was ‘discovered’ in Melbourne, Flor114 ME: IN FOCUS JULY/AUG

ida. I went to New York shortly thereafter and began modeling. I traveled the world from age 18 to 22, modeling and living an extraordinary life complete with drama, drugs and lots of booze. During this time, I fell into an abusive relationship and became victim to a few years of domestic violence. I was finally able to break away from that relationship via my work and travel, and still bear some emotional and mental scars to this day. I was married to my husband at age 22 in Vegas and we moved to Chicago in 2004. I’ve fallen in love with this city and my neighborhood (Albany Park). I have done work with the community center here as well as organized a Neighborhood Clean Up, which I continue to pursue. ON BEING HAPPY WITH YOUR BODY MEGAN: I grew up dancing ballet, which was very rough on my body. I stopped dancing and decided to leave my performing arts school because I wanted to do more. The physical toll was not particularly healthy. I also went through a period of really bad acne, which I was self-con-

scious about. A friend encouraged me to start modeling in April 2009 and I’ve been doing it since. As a model I’ve realized how important it is to be healthy, but I don’t deny myself. I love carbs. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PHYSICAL FEATURE? MEGAN: Hair–I grew up with a complicated relationship with my hair. As a kid, I always wanted straight hair like all the other little girls. My parents, bless their hearts, tried so hard to help me style my hair growing up. It was at the end of college where I grew to love this aspect of myself. Now I love my naturally curly hair. BELLA: Eyes–You can tell a lot about people through their eyes. WHAT’S THE PHYSICAL FEATURE YOU’VE HAD ISSUES WITH? MEGAN: My bust. I was always scrawny as a ballet dancer. After I quit dancing at 17, my body played catch up and I finally developed. It took awhile to get used to. BELLA: I used to have issues with my hips.


Now I’ve accepted the beauty in curves and the natural female form. “I FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL WHEN...” MEGAN: I’m laughing... BELLA: When I’m outdoors. I feel at ease in nature. I grew up riding horses, so outdoor activities come naturally for me. “I FEEL SEXIEST WHEN...”

FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS MEGAN: Rosewater and glycerin, Neutrogena SPF 45 and eye cream. My favorite brands are Bobbi Brown and Arcona. BELLA: I love Mary Kay Concealer and Mary Kay Formula 1 Moisturizer. I can’t live without my Shiseido lash curler! BEST ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN

BELLA: ...I wake up in the morning and I have that disheveled look. I feel most natural. If you can feel sexy when you’re that vulnerable then you’ve hit the self-confidence peak.

MEGAN: Trust your instinct. BELLA: I was given great advice on how to react when people do stuff to you. You make the choice to either let it affect you or not.

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MEGAN: Letting go. I can sometimes be a control freak and I’m still in the process of figuring out how to let go.

MEGAN: The sooner you can accept yourself for who you are, the better. BELLA: Everyone has talent. Don’t let it go to waste. Sometimes you’ll never know what that talent is until you take a leap of faith and try something new. Who knows what you can achieve? As women, we shouldn’t forget to focus on ourselves a little bit each day. Even if it’s

“I AM...” (IN THREE WORDS) MEGAN: Creative, driven, work-in-progress BELLA: Mischievous, loyal (to a fault), relentless.

only for five minutes. We need to take time to relax. ON WHAT’S NEXT MEGAN: I currently work in communications, but I’ve always had the entrepreneurial spirit. I love surrounding myself with like-minded and creative women with complementary interests. It’s refreshing to have such an alliance. I feel like I’m a work in progress. I feel like the end is a moving target. I’m always aiming higher. BELLA: I am in partnership with a wonderful woman and we recently launched a new venture called Zed Talent and Marketing, where I hope to put my experience to work, as well as mentor young women so they don’t make some of the same choices that I made when I was younger.

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SIMPLIFY RELAX + REFLECT Brenda Della Casa offers her advice on ways to reduce stress in your life this summer. Visit her wellness blog, Walking Barefoot, at strollwithoutshoes.com.

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SCALE IT DOWN The idea we need to ‘do it all, all of the time’ is nice in theory but the reality is you’re only one person and Superwoman is a fictional character. Instead of saying ‘yes’ to every invitation or request, keep no more than five things on your agenda at once and focus on doing those things well. MAKE TIME No good comes from running late. Not only does it leave you stressed and frazzled, it sends a message to the person waiting for you that you don’t value his/her time. Always give yourself ample time to get ready and get to your destination. If you’re going to be more than five minutes late, give the person waiting a telephone call (not a text!) CLEAN UP YOUR ACT If you have ever found yourself frantically searching for that other shoe or running late thanks to your inability to find your

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keys (again!), you know while cleanliness may not be next to Godliness, it makes getting ready (and getting things done) a whole lot easier! TOSS THINGS, PEOPLE AND IDEAS THAT NO LONGER FIT YOU Staying in a bad relationship because you’re hoping the other person will change is like holding onto your size zero jeans because you fit into them 10 summers ago when you got that horrible stomach flu. Make the decisions that best fit your life as it is right now and tailor your social network, habits, professional life and intimate relationships to fit the person you are today. CUT OUT GOSSIP You know that icky feeling you get after a catty gab session? That’s your conscience letting you know that you’ve just stirred up some bad energy. Instead of sharing every intimate detail of your neighbor’s life with

your new ‘BFF’, spend your time talking up those you admire and asking mentors for advice to get to where it is you’re aching to go. STOP COMPARING We are all unique individuals made up by our own set of life experiences, which means that we’re moving at our own pace and carrying our own talents and baggage. Instead of taking your sister’s promotion as proof you’re a failure, be inspired by her achievements and move further down your own path. ENJOY THE SIMPLE PLEASURES We live in a world obsessed with celebrity culture, and that makes it hard to enjoy the beauty in a single rose, a cool ice cream cone on a hot day and a long talk with a good friend on the front stoop. The more you show gratitude for the small wonders in your life, the more wonderful your life becomes.


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SPEAKING OF SIMPLE PLEASURES, summer in Chicago is oh-so-fleeting and we try to make the most out of the warm temps and sunshine. While there are countless outdoor activities in the city to choose from, it’s good to leave the hustle and bustle once in a while and refresh and recharge by getting back in touch with nature. If you’re fortunate enough to have vacation time saved up, then by all means use it. For those that can’t get away for an extended trip, however, you’re still in luck. Whether it’s a short day trip or a long weekend, there are many places within a few hours drive from the city that make a perfect getaway to enjoy the best of nature – fresh air, beautiful scenery, wide open spaces and plenty of outdoor recreation. One of the most popular spots is Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Ill. Located only 90 miles from the city (about a two hour drive), Starved Rock is situated on the banks of the Illinois River and covers 2,630 acres. Of course, the adventurous spirits at the ME: IN FOCUS staff had to explore further, so we made a fun day trip out of it on a beautiful sunny day. Starved Rock’s name is derived from a legend about a band of Illiniwek that was trapped on the rock by rival Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes avenging the death of Ottawa Chief Pontiac. Without food, the

Illiniwek gradually starved to death during the siege. The park is known for its unique sandstone rock formations, formed over millions of years. Much of the park’s present landscape is a result of erosion over time, characterized by 18 canyons formed by glacial meltwater. During early spring, waterfalls can be found at the head of all the canyons as the snow thaws. The park offers activities for all ages and all interests. When you arrive, visit the friendly Visitor’s Center first for a trail map and introductory materials. There are 13 miles of clearly marked hiking trails, as well as other activities such as horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, picnicking and camping. In addition, the park has a monthly calendar of events, including Art in the Park, various lessons and river cruises. If you’re hiking, be sure to wear proper footwear, carry mosquito repellent, sunblock and drink plenty of water. While there’s not much wildlife to encounter, the trails are the best way to explore the landscape, especially the canyons. If you’re staying overnight, there is a large campground with over 100 campsites. For those who prefer to sleep indoors, the Starved Rock Lodge offers cozy, rustic rooms and cabins atop a bluff that is a short walk from the trails. The lodge and park can also accommodate weddings, cor-

porate retreats and other large gatherings. Within the vicinity of Starved Rock in LaSalle County, there are some other gems to check out as well, including Matthiessen State Park, Buffalo Rock State Park and Illini State Park. These less-trafficked parks are a more quiet alternative to Starved Rock, and still offer gorgeous scenery, geological points of interest and recreational activities. Starved Rock State Park GPS Address: 2668 875th Rd., Oglesby starvedrockstatepark.org Matthiessen State Park Route 178, Utica, Ill. Buffalo Rock State Park 1300 N. 27th Rd. Ottawa, Ill. Illini State Park 2660 E. 2350th Rd. Marseilles, Ill. For more information and a complete list of state parks, visit the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources at dnr.state.il.us

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S is for SANCTUARY A FICTION PIECE Valencia Davis, our editorial intern and a Columbia College Chicago fiction writer, showcases her talent and provides a prose piece on her meaning of sanctuary. violettarantula.blogspot.com

BY VALENCIA DAVIS

sanc•tu•ar•y [sangk-choo-er-ee] –noun, plural -ar•ies. 1. a sacred or holy place. 2. immunity afforded by refuge in such a place. 3. any place of refuge; asylum. THE NIGHT FADED AWAY as the sun rolled over me, a slow exhale inching across my skin. As the Earth woke, it called me to it, like a serene beckoning to another day here. It almost felt as if the elements were smiling at me, and I wanted nothing more than to explore this perfect day in beauty and solitude. I arose and stretched into the morning, so anxious for everything that was awaiting me. Standing to my feet, my soles pressed against the hardwood floor, refreshingly cold in contrast to the summer heat. The floor boards sang soprano and gave weight to my existence for the first time that day. My fingers pulled against the heavy lace that tried its best to shield the room from the rays of the sun. The gesture gave way to a flood of light that poured unyieldingly over each surface, thrusting against my eyes in a stinging kiss. The sensation was startling and sleep was nowhere near me now. I secured the drapes open with a satin rope and turned to see all that was around me, harshly revealed in a wash of light. Its warmth and burning luminosity tugged at me in ways that transcended the comprehension of my intellect, and a force that made me feel weightless guided me outside. I walked towards the bedroom’s exit, passed the golden, pecan-colored dresser and the matching framed mirror that hung above it on an eggshell-colored wall, subconsciously ignoring the reflection that floated by. I walked through the 118 ME: IN FOCUS JULY/AUG

kitchen and the floor tiles were slick in comparison to the solid grip I’d felt before. The screen across the front door swung open against the force of my palm, and my heart strained for the slightest moment as the overwhelming light of the sun coated and cradled all of me. I stretched my face to the sky, suddenly more aware of my empty palms, harnessing an amazed invitation for such a blessing of beauty in my chest. I pitter-pattered down the wooden steps, its grey paint warm and sticky under me, and then finally I made contact with the Earth, green blades of grass bending under my feet, stretching through my toes. I was so happy here. I belonged here. The yard was long and wide and as green as the truest, untainted envy. Trees hovered and danced for me, their rhythm slight, and perfect. Walking around the side of the house, my garden came into view, and I wanted nothing more than to taste and ingest what I was feeling. The peaches were ripening nicely, and a part of me was still in awe of my successfully growing fruit. This garden was my second, and I regretfully killed more produce than I’d like to mention last summer. My nurturing skills were still developing, and in more ways than one. I turned on the hose and rinsed the fuzzy fruit clean, then hydrated all of wherefrom it came. Turning the hose back off, I walked back over to the front of the house

and plopped down in the grass, my legs fantastically naked and free against it, softly caressed by the breeze. Lying down in the middle of the yard I stared at the sky and bit down into the sweet fruit, the amazement still flowing. The juices ran down my chin and it felt perfect. Breakfast in the sun on a bed of grass with mundane responsibilities was the furthest from my mind. I finished the fruit and licked my fingers clean trotting up the stairs back to the kitchen. The screen swung open and slapped shut behind me as I entered the kitchen once more; tossing the fruit’s remains in the compost beside the island counter. My eyes caught sight of the glowing green numbers on the stove. It was 8am and reality was setting in. The shop wasn’t going to run itself. As much as I would have loved the day to drag along and only belong to me, it pained me to realize the rarity of such occasions. This life is beautimous and robust with endless additions to myself, to this still, solid, quiet solitude, to this sanctuary. But I guess paradise doesn’t exist without an opposition, a balance, a sacrifice. My lips made a loud, kiss-like sound as I used them to clean the rest of my fingers of the peach remnants. I ran the sticky fingers through my hair and was shower bound. By 10am I’d have to be in the city, and empty in front of a marble counter. I was eager to see what this day would consist of.


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