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MOTHER’S DAY FEATURE MOMPRENEUR
GRADUATION TIME WHAT’S NEXT?
P. 08 JESSICA KIM P. 22 GREG OLSEN P. 3O ASHLEY BRADARICH P. 48 MADISON PLUS REAL MEN WEAR PINK
A FAMILY AFFAIR THREE MOTHER/ DAUGHTER BUSINESS TEAMS
NOT YOUR AVERAGE BEAUTY QUEEN
FULL FIGURED FASHION
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CONTENTS STAFF A FAMILY AFFAIIR 20 STYLE ME. ENTERTAIN ME. INFORM ME. INDULGE ME. INSPIRE ME. EMPOWER ME.™
6 SCENES: Where We’ve Been and What We’ve Been
Doing Since Last Issue
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8 MOMPRENEUR JESSICA KIM: Interview with the
REAL MEN WEAR PINK 22 PUBLISHER The LB Group LLC FOUNDER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Bian ‘Bee’ Li
founder of BabbaCo 12 A LOOK BEHIND THE LENS: Interview with Rachel
Hanel of R. Hanel Photography 20 A FAMILY AFFAIR: Stories of Three Mother and
Daughter Entrepreneurial Teams 22 REAL MEN WEAR PINK: Time Out with Greg Olsen
EDITORIAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Iya Bakare CONTRIBUTING WRITER Kerry Sayers INTERN Valencia Davis
of the Chicago Bears 28 IN IT TO END IT: Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in
CHIC GEMS ETC aaaa Candy Gem Earrings Pomegranate
We fell in love with Sara Radford’s custom designed jewelry collection during our Pretty & Plus shoot (page 44). Her gems are a perfect gift for mom this month. www.chicgemsetc.com
Chicago June 5-6 29 TASTY TREATS: Nohea Café Shares a Recipe to
Cook for Mom: Turkey Cheddar Scones with Sara’s Springtime Sugar Cookies 30 NOT YOUR AVERAGE BEAUTY QUEEN:
Conversations with Miss Illinois USA, Ashley Bradarich 38 MEET THE DESIGNERS: Standout Fashion Design
Students Janine Garcia and Eunyoung Joo 39 SCENES: At the IADT IMAGINE Fashion Show 40 IT’S GRADUATION TIME: What’s Next for the Class
of 2010? 42 IT’S IN THE BAG: Custom Designed Handbags by
PROMOTIONS/EVENTS DIRECTOR Christine Nicholls
CREATIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Bee Li DESIGN DIRECTOR Diana Dittmer DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Rod Roberts CREATIVE CONSULTANTS Alex Albrecht Ricardo Ford
ADMINISTRATIVE EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Ashley Brodarick
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44 PRETTY & PLUS: Tennille White’s Spring/Summer
2010 Collection 48 MADISON PLUS: Changing the Name of the Game
with Full Figured Fashion ON THE COVER Shara McGlinn Wearing a dress provided by Clever Alice, our FORD cover model Shara represents everything May: vibrant, bright and full of sunshine. We chose boutiques with mom-owners for all pieces worn during this shoot. PHOTO R. HANEL PHOTOGRAPHY
50 THE LOOK: Beach-ready makeup tips by Nika
Vaughan of NARS Cosmetics 52 BUZZ: Film Review of I
Am That Girl by ChickFlick
Reviews and Blogs We Love 53 MODERN MOTHERHOOD: Meredith Sinclair,
Founder of Hoo-Dee-Hoo Blog 54 HOT SPOTS: Our Favorites for May
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EDITOR’S LETTER BIAN ‘BEE’ LI SHARES HER THOUGHTS
Dear Readers, This issue is a very special one for me. Not only because it marks a year since the idea for the magazine was born, but as our special Mother’s Day issue, it celebrates the women in our lives who made it all possible. I’m truly blessed to have had a number of strong women throughout my life – women who have taken care of me and taught me about resilience and friendship – Mami, Joan, Matilda, Rebecca, Mama Asemane, Essie, and of course, Mom. As an immigrant, she left everything she knew to come to a foreign land (Iowa) and worked hard to learn English, get a college degree (Electrical Engineering, no less) and juggle multiple jobs to give my brother and me the opportunities she never had. She taught me how to be tough when needed, how to be fair no matter what, how to sacrifice and fight for what you believe in, and how to love unconditionally. In teaching me how to be a great judge of character, she gave me the tools to strengthen my own. And that’s what this issue is about – harnessing the love that we’ve received and paying it forward. Our feature story, Jessica Kim, shares how the love from her family inspired her to parlay her passion for entrepreneurship into her current venture, and Greg Olsen (#82) of the Chicago Bears shares how the love and courage his mom demonstrated during her successful battle with breast cancer inspired him to found ‘Receptions for 4 ME: IN FOCUS MAY 2010
ALL SMILES Bee, age 1, with mom Laura
Research’ The Greg Olsen Foundation to benefit others diagnosed with the disease. May is full of fashion and style, from shows to advice to industry game changers. Find your best look as our beauty experts share their tips on getting ready for summer. It’s also graduation time and several former and current grads share their experiences and advice on job hunting in this economy. Don’t forget to check out this month’s hot spots – take your mom to brunch, hit the town with the girls, don your finest hat for the Kentucky Derby or enjoy a margarita on Cinco de Mayo. In closing, I can't help but look back at how far the magazine has come from its first simple test issue exactly one year ago to our official launch in January to today, and how we’ve evolved but stayed true to
who we are. We're positive but not preachy. We're empowering but also entertaining. We're proud but not pretentious. We dream big but stay grounded. We're the girlfriend you wish you had – and now do. We’re here to help you discover, accept and celebrate who you are, rather than tell you what you should be. In the process, we're breaking stereotypes, building bridges and redefining perceptions. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to growing with you. Be Good, Bee
Jessica Kim of BabbaCo (far right), May’s cover story, and FORD models Shara (top) and Ursula (left) are posing for the camera at 12th Street Beach.
‘Mompreneur’ Jessica Kim takes a break from the camera and shows her maternal side with son, Grant.
PHOTO ANGEL MARCOS
Sunday, April 11, had its perks when Spin nightclub hosted a fashion show and soiree for Bryan K. Osburn. The collection was a tasteful stretch across our favorite fashion decades, ranging from romantic dynasty-esque evening dresses and separates, to red-carpet worthy 50's inspired old Hollywood glam gowns. The heavy fabrics and textures are perfect for fall, insuring to keep our Chicago fashionistas ahead of the game. Bryan expressed his classic influences through heavy contrasts, including thick velvets adorned with stones and puffed sleeves, to wedding-worthy gowns of chiffon and lace, with sweetheart-necklines and feminine form-fitting silhouettes. The models draped in the vintage-inspired dresses and separates were of all races, shapes and genders, complimenting each fabulous figure by keeping true to a flattering empire waist throughout the majority of the collection.
PHOTO STEVEN RICHARDS
BY VALENCIA DAVIS
PHOTO STEVEN RICHARDS
PHOTO PALO DOBRIK
Where we’ve been and what we’ve been doing since last issue
PHOTO ANGEL MARCOS
ME: IN FOCUS OUT & ABOUT & ON THE TOWN!
Bryan K. Osburn's gowns are custom made and can be ordered at: http://bryankosburncollection.carbonmade.com/
On Saturday, March 27, the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP Chicago) partnered with the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) to host an exclusive preview of films that were showcased during the 2010 Chicago Asian American Film Festival (April 2-15 at the Gene Siskel Film Center).
On Sunday, April 25, local clothing juggernaut Akira presented their Spring Fashion Show MMX: The Common Era. The show combined multimedia and fashion futurism on the runway under the slogan ‘Follow us to the future.’ Akira has recently vamped up their fashion show production and the crowds turned out to see the latest trends and looks the popular boutique chain has to offer.
Love, betrayal, lust, attempted murder, mistaken identity, comedy, tragedy, and a golden fleece. Who said Baroque was boring? Based on the 3,000 year old Greek tale of Jason and the Argonauts, Francesco Cavalli's 17th century opera, Jason (Giasone), was a popular hit in its time due to its unconventional twist to the legend and continues to delight audiences today. The Chicago Opera Theater's (COT) run of Jason at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park (April 24, 28, 30 and May 2) represents the first time the opera, despite its historical stature, has been performed in Chicago. The theater's motto of ‘Opera Less Ordinary’ definitely was displayed by the contemporary interpretations of the costumes and sets, but the musical integrity stayed true, with outstanding ensemble chemistry, scene-stealing individual performances and superb direction. With productions such as Jason, COT proves to be expanding its mission in making opera modern, fresh and accessible to everyone. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. www.chicagooperatheater.org
Chicago’s District Bar hosted an Imagine Fashions production on Wednesday, April 7. Special guest Lynne Curtin from “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and founder of Lynne Curtin Designs hosted “The Fashion District Presents: The Debut Accessory Collection of Trinkets and Togs”. Other featured accessory designers included Ashley Scott of Drapes, Crystal Tran of Regime Fashion, LaCrisha Shields of Recklace and Selene Osorio of SLN Color Collection. Later that evening, Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James made a cameo. Our standout designer for the evening was Ashley Scott. Her jewelry, inspired by Couture, is handcrafted using various types of fabrics. “Wearable art is what inspires me—it’s an expression of your personality,” says Ashley. “A Drapes girl is a confident girl who knows who she is and that’s it.” www.lynnecurtin.com www.ashleydrapes.com www.weimaginefashions.com
On Saturday, April 24, the city’s fashionistas, designers, business owners, celebrities and style mavens headed to the Dangerous Curves Ahead Charity Fashion Show and Women’s Expo. Founded by stylist Tamika Maria Martell of ALine Styling Services, the show presented fashions for all sizes, as well as showcased a variety of accessories designers. Empowerment was a key theme and the show included the makeover of a once homeless young woman.
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MOMPRENEUR JESSICA KIM INTERVIEW WITH THE FOUNDER OF BABBACO Starting with her first business, Jessica’s Wonder’s, at the age of 19, Jessica Kim is a serial entrepreneur. Now a mom to Kayla and Grant, she’s combining her love of family and business into her latest venture, BabbaCo.
INTERVIEWED BY BEE LI
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BEE: What is the story behind BabbaCo? JESSICA: I decided to pursue BabbaCo when my daughter was three months old. Being a new parent at the time, I searched for specific products to make my life easier and I was left empty-handed. So, I taught myself how to sew by watching videos on the internet and created a line of products that were both truly functional and super cute in design. BabbaCo is an innovative baby products company that creates solutions for everyday parenting that are ‘simple. functional. super cute.’. All of our products are high in design and functionality. I am a real mom living out the parenting challenges and creating solutions in real time. I have a three-year-old daughter and an 11-week-
old son. Through my video blog, I share the real stories and thoughts of the mompreneur behind BabbaCo. We’re all about being real and transparent to our consumers and community. It’s what I would like to see in other companies as a parent myself. BEE: Why did you choose entrepreneurship? What was the concept behind Jessica’s Wonders? JESSICA: I started my first company at the age of 19 (with braces!). It wasn’t an intentional decision ‘to become an entrepreneur’, but rather I followed my parents’ advice to follow my true passion. My first company, Jessica’s Wonders, was a premium baked goods company that started literally out of my dorm room in
SHOP THESE LOOKS: Jessica is wearing a Nicole Fahri Dress $260: www.tulaboutique.com, Kayla and Grant are wearing a t-shirt and onesie by BabbaCo: www.babbaco.com
college. I raised $1 million in seed capital from 23 angel investors, grew to 13 employees, three outsourced manufacturers, and $3 million in revenue. We positioned it as the ‘Ben & Jerry’s’ of baked goods – great wholesale baked goods with flavor twists and personality. We were featured in People, Inc. magazine, Boston Globe, etc. It was an incredible experience that catapulted me into entrepreneurship, but being so young when I started, I wanted to experience the corporate life. I went to Kellogg School of Management for my MBA and worked in brand management at Kraft Foods for a few years. I soon realized my true passion was in fact being an entrepreneur. The passion and the deep purpose behind living out a clear vision was something I couldn’t live
without doing. The Jessica’s Wonders experience made me understand that being an entrepreneur is not a career choice, but a lifestyle and soul choice. It involves your whole self, all aspects of life and the entire family. So, when I started BabbaCo, I knew it was ‘it’ because it involved my ultimate love and passion – my children and being a mom.
BEE: How do you balance your career with being a mom and wife?
JESSICA: Wow. The balancing act is THE big question for all parents. I would never even pretend to know the ultimate answer to this. To be honest, it’s a struggle because the roles of being a mom, wife and entrepreneur are all full-time and highly demanding. However, I have
R. Hanel Photography www.rhanelphotography.com PHOTO ASSISTANT
AJ Kane www.ajassists.com CLOTHING www.tulaboutique.com STYLING
learned a few things that have helped me personally. First, it’s all about priorities – in the sense of knowing what needs your attention at that moment. This will change constantly and the trick is knowing what you can reschedule or push off to make the whole picture work. Shifting gears and focus when needed are key elements. I also take advantage of today’s technology to help me balance. I work on my iPhone during 3 a.m. feedings, I have video conference calls instead of traveling, Bluetooth to keep my hands free while cooking and make online orders for diapers and essentials. Anything that makes me more efficient allows me to spend more time with my family.
JESSICA: My biggest advice to other women on balancing career, entrepreneurship and family life is to make sure you’re doing something that you believe in and enjoy. I’m a strong believer that a happy person equals a happy mom. Whatever your passion is, pursue it in some shape or form. Don’t ignore who you are and what your vision is. If you’re happy and fulfilled, you will be a better mom, which then leads to figuring out a balance. Believe in yourself and know that you can do it. Mentality is more than half the battle.
BEE: What advice would you give to other mompreneurs?
JESSICA: The biggest challenge of being a mompreneur is that everything is hap-
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BEE: What challenges do you face and what do you like about your career?
pening all at once with such high intensity. Being a mom and being an entrepreneur are two significant roles that are nonstop and very important. For example, I just had my second baby and there was no such thing as a traditional ‘maternity leave’. I supervised our new product photo shoot while breastfeeding on set and set up a nursery area in my office. It definitely requires a lot of energy as I constantly think about child rearing (sleep training, potty training, building up their confidence, cooking healthy, etc.), as well as how to further our business to survive the startup world in this tough business economy. The amazing benefit of being a mompreneur is doing what I love, so work doesn’t feel like work. Nothing feels better than living out a
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VIEW JESSICA’S VIDEO BLOG WWW.BABBACO.COM/BLOG
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passion to achieve what I envision, while still having the flexibility to be the best mom I can be. I am living out my dream, which is priceless. BEE: How do you carry on the traditions from your upbringing into how you rear your children? JESSICA: So much of what I do as a parent comes from my own parents. Their ultimate philosophy was love. Out of love, things were provided. Out of love, I was disciplined. Out of love, I was pushed to be my best. My dad is a psychiatrist and he always said to ‘be yourself’, ‘believe in yourself’ and ‘be great to help others’. My mom is incredible and always went out of her way to be the best mom to us. “If you ask for the stars, you
know that I’ll do all I can to get them for you.” We had traditions during holidays and birthdays, but what resonates now that I’m a parent myself is how much they showed love. They led by example and were amazing, happy people themselves. I learned mostly by just watching how they lived their lives and treated others. I want to do the same for my kids. I can do and say all I want, but what they see in my everyday actions and approach are what they will learn from the most. BEE: What are you working on now for BabbaCo? What does the future hold for it? JESSICA: We are about to launch our next innovative product in June 2010. Be sure to check out our website and
Facebook fan page for updates. It’s an innovative twist to a playmat that has multi-functional uses for all stages. I’m very excited to launch this! We’re also working on upcoming product launches for next year. The future of BabbaCo is building up our brand and creating great products to become a ‘go-to’ resource and place of connection for parents. We’re not the expert who tells you what to do, but rather, we’re hoping to be the voice of today’s mom, your friend whom you trust, enjoy and relate to. Our goal is to create great solutions to make your lives easier and enjoy the crazy journey of parenting together.
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A LOOK BEHIND THE LENS R. HANEL PHOTOGRAPHY In her own words, Chicago photographer Rachel Hanel gave us a glimpse of her style as an artist and the inspiration behind her work during our editorial shoot ‘Simple + Sunshine’. www.rhanelphotography.com
R. Hanel Photography www.rhanelphotography.com
Bee Li HAIR + MAKEUP
Nika Vaughan AJ Kane
WARDROBE COURTESY OF
Clever Alice www.cleveralice.com
Ursula Dabrowska Shara McGlinn of FORD Models www.fordmodels.com
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SHOP THESE LOOKS/ FAR LEFT: Ursula is wearing a vfish Brynn Dress $120: www.vfishdesigns.com RIGHT: Shara is wearing a Clever Alice Prairie Underground Swizzle Stick Dress $104: www.cleveralice.com
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BEE: How did you get into photography? RACHEL: I’ve loved art since I was very young, but I got my first camera when I was 12 and it was something I really connected with. I decided to study photography when I was 17, and after spending a few years at a college with a very small art department, I heard about Columbia College Chicago and its photography department. I spent three years at Columbia studying photography, and I spent all my time learning about photography in all its different forms. After college, I started R. Hanel Photography. The past few years have really been great and I feel I’ve grown a lot and have really started to develop my personal style. I really love what I do and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. 18 ME: IN FOCUS MAY 2010
BEE: What inspires your work? RACHEL: I am inspired by my surroundings a lot, but more than anything, I’m inspired by light. A photographer has to become very closely acquainted with light, and you might say it is my best friend. BEE: Describe your working style. RACHEL: I really enjoy what I do and I like to keep my shoots fun, but to the point. Directing the model is one of the most important parts of the shoot and it’s a fine art. I’m not one of those photographers who yells or gets mad at shoots. BEE: If there is one celebrity you could photograph, who would it be and why? RACHEL: I would have loved to photograph Marilyn Monroe. She was such a
tragic character and she would have been a very interesting subject for fashion and art photos. I would love to see her shot in a modern day fashion style. BEE: What is the best lesson you’ve learned in your career you can share with aspiring photographers? RACHEL: The best lesson I’ve learned is to not second guess myself and my style. You have to be true to the aesthetic you like and not what everyone else tells you they’d like your photos to look like. Being humble and honest about your own work is important as well. The best advice I can give is to always continue to learn and grow as an artist and try to better yourself each day.
SHOP THESE LOOKS/ THIS PAGE LEFT: Pieces provided by Tula Boutique: Tracy Watts Fedora $149, Epice Linen Scarf $158 and 0039 Linen Dress $185: www.tulaboutique.com RIGHT: vfish Stella Maxi Dress $133: www.vfishdesigns.com
OF THREE A FAMILY STORIES MOTHER + DAUGHTER ENTREPRENEURIAL AFFAIR TEAMS Mothers and daughters in Chicago extend their relationship to entrepreneurship as they team up to create some of the cityâ€™s favorite local businesses.
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Shirley Garcia & Michelle Mochoruk Meaning lovely or loveliness in Hawaiian, Nohea Café was inspired by a vacation to Oahu. While soaking up the sun, they met two women who owned a quaint café on the North Shore and became inspired. Shirley and daughter Michelle have been cooking, catering and managing in the Chicago restaurant and catering industry for over a decade and a half. Since it’s 2009 opening, Nohea Café provides an atmosphere as lovely as the treats it serves in the heart of Roscoe Village. We personally rave about their croissants– a definite must-have.
Lynne & Katherine Bingaman After teaching for over 30 years for Chicago Public Schools, Lynne Bingaman was thinking about retirement as her daughter, Katherine, was finishing college. As Lynne looked around her Lakeview neighborhood, she saw a void in the market for children’s shoes. In November 2004, Petite Feet opened its doors initially as a children’s shoe store. Over the years, the store expanded and added clothing, toys, gifts and accessories for children.
Sue & Laura Westgate Creating a balanced lifestyle was the goal of mother-daughter owners Sue and Laura Westgate of Chicago’s Tula Boutique. Tula, which means ‘balance’ in Greek, was established in 2006. Laura previously worked at her mother’s location, Panache, in Michigan. From there, the working relationship between the two grew and they opened Tula in Chicago, where they started with the concept of creating a mother-daughter shop where women of various ages could find sophisticated, yet comfortable clothing.
NOHEA CAFÉ 2142 W. Roscoe, Chicago 773 935 7448 www.noheacafe.com
PETITE FEET 3715 N. Southport, Chicago 773 472 FEET (3338) www.petitefeetonline.com
TULA 3738 N. Southport, Chicago 773 549 2876 www.tulaboutique.com
CHECK OUT PAGES 8 + 19 TO SEE TULA’S LOOKS
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REAL MEN WEAR PINK TIME OUT WITH GREG OLSEN Greg Olsen ‘bears’ it proudly to show support for his mother Susan, a nine year breast cancer survivor. This is a pictorial communicating Greg’s support of cancer research in a way that juxtaposes his athletic masculinity with the femininity of breast cancer advocacy. Breast cancer not only affects women, from the solemnity of diagnosis to the optimism of overcoming it, but also the men who love them and the many roles they play— the son, the father, the husband, the co-worker, the cheerleader... www.receptionsforresearch.org
PHOTOGRAPHY ROD ROBERTS www.rodrobertsphotos.com MAKEUP DANA SPENCE of Studio D Makeup CLOTHING APARTMENT NUMBER 9 www.apartmentnumber9.com, NIKE www.nike.com STYLING BEE LI
THE LOOK/ LEFT: Greg in his own Chicago Bears jersey and football pants, Nike Zoom Flyposite Menâ€™s Football Shoe (custom designed for Greg in pink), $130 regular: www.nike.com
THE LOOK/ RIGHT: Apartment Number 9 Tie by Lee Allison $90: www.apartmentnumber9.com
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Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen says one of his heroes is his mother. In September 2001, Greg’s mother Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer. As she underwent treatment, Susan showed her strength and attended all the sporting events in which Greg and his brothers participated. In honor of his number one fan, Greg started ‘Receptions for Research’ The Greg Olsen Foundation in 2009, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer research.
THE LOOK/ Nike Fitted Training Shirt $25, Nike Dri-Fit Training Shorts $30, Nike Zoom Flyposite Men’s Football Shoe (custom designed for Greg in pink) $130 regular: www.nike.com
RECEPTIONS FOR RESEARCH
SHAKE THE LAKE MUSIC FESTIVAL
On May 27, Greg is hosting his second Annual Shake the Lake Music Festival at Joe’s Bar. The event is an annual fundraiser to help raise funds for breast cancer research. Emceed by US 99’s ‘Ramblin Ray’, the cost is $150 and proceeds go to The Lynn Sage Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This year’s entertainment will feature country artists Matt Kennon and Grammy winner Darius Rucker. To purchase tickets, visit: www.receptionsforresearch.org
THE LOOK/ Shake the Lake Event/Receptions for Research Foundation T-Shirt and Nike Dri-Fit Training Shorts $30: www.nike.com
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BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS Laura Hudgens and Mia Koslow are among hundreds of women all over the country who will participate in this year’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer two-day event on June 5-6 in Chicago.
nosed with the disease.
Hudgens says she always wanted to participate in the event but didn’t know who to walk for until 2007 when she, at age 26, became the first in her family diag-
Koslow was 35 weeks pregnant with her second child and 34 years old when she was diagnosed with both breast and ovarian cancer. With a family history of both
“I wake up every morning and see my battle scars, but I’ve accepted it,” says Hudgens. “It happened once and I beat it. If it happens again, I can beat it again.”
diseases, Koslow says her mother is also an active participant with the Avon event. “Colors are so much brighter for me,” says Koslow. “I kiss my kids more because of it. It was a death sentence and also an awakening.” Koslow splits her time as a mother and works in her Glen Ellyn, Ill. community to spread awareness about breast cancer.
IN IT TO END IT AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER CHICAGO ~ JUNE 5-6 Local breast cancer survivors discuss how they overcame their battle with the disease and work to inform others how to fight it. www.avonwalk.org
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TASTY TREATS TURKEY CHEDDAR SCONES RECIPE COURTESY OF LEIGH AN SJULE SARA’S SPRINGTIME SUGAR COOKIES RECIPE COURTESY OF SARA HENSLEY
BY NOHEA CAFÉ May’s recipe is Turkey Cheddar Scones with Sara’s Springtime Sugar Cookies www.noheacafe.com
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MICHELLE MOCHORUK
SARA’S SPRINGTIME SUGAR COOKIES
TURKEY CHEDDAR SCONES
1lb 8 oz bread flour 1lb 8 oz all purpose flour 8 oz sugar 1/2 oz salt 1lb 3 oz butter (cold, cubed) 2 1/2 oz baking powder 3 eggs 1 lb 5 oz milk (more or less to taste) 9 oz turkey (cubed) 4 oz cheddar cheese 3 scallions (diced) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flours, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl, or stand mixer with paddle attachment. Mix in turkey, cheese and scallions. Add eggs. Add milk just to combine, do not over mix. Scoop scones onto sheet tray (non-stick pan or use sheet of parchment paper) in 6oz portions.
8 oz butter (softened) 10 oz granulated sugar 1 tsp salt 2 oz egg 2 oz whole milk 1/4 oz pure vanilla extract 1/4 oz lemon oil 1lb 4 oz cake flour 5/8 oz baking powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add eggs gradually to fully emulsify. Add milk, vanilla extract and lemon oil gradually. Add cake flour and baking powder. Mix just to incorporate, do not over mix. Chill dough. Roll dough to approximately 1/4” thickness, using flour scantly to prevent sticking. Cut out in desired shape. Bake 8-10 minutes. (should not develop much color/darkness)
2 pasteurized egg whites 1 lemon (juiced) 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (more or less to taste) 1 tsp salt Food coloring of your choice
Mix powdered sugar and salt into egg whites and lemon juice with hand mixer or paddle attachment. Add powdered sugar to desired consistency; should be thin enough to easily coat cookie, but thick enough that it doesn’t run off the sides. Add a few drops of food coloring. Add a few drops of food coloring. Once cookies are completely cool, dip cookies into icing. Allow to dry. Use piping bag with small tip to decorate cookies as desired. Allow to dry, then serve.
Bake 20-25 minutes.
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DESIGNER EUNYOUNG JOO
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gh NOT YOUR AVERAGE BEAUTY QUEEN CONVERSATIONS WITH MISS ILLINOIS USA ASHLEY BRADARICH + INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY STUDENT DESIGNERS JANINE GARCIA + EUNYOUNG JOO This month’s model role model Ashley Bradarich stays close to her roots. Inspired by the work of local student fashion designers, Ashley modeled designs from Janine Garcia and Eunyoung Joo, two International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT) students in Chicago at their spring fashion show, IMAGINE 2010, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Daniel Finley www.dannyjive.com WARDROBE
Janine Garcia Eunyoung Joo HAIR + MAKEUP
INTERVIEWED BY IYA BAKARE
Veronica Saucedo www.veronicasaucedo.com
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DESIGNER JANINE GARCIA
DESIGNER JANINE GARCIA
GROWING UP, you’d most likely see Ashley wearing a swimsuit in a pool playing water polo rather than onstage. After studying abroad for a semester in Italy, however, the down-to-earth athlete decided to compete in pageants to pay for costs accrued on her trip. Although her parents thought she was crazy, Ashley’s laid-back approach and natural charm won her the crown. We sat down with Ashley to learn more about her work. IYA: What specific aspirations do you have for being an influential part of the media in television or film?
ASHLEY: I would actually love to be a host. I feel that educating the public is
something I truly enjoy, and I plan to explore any options I can during my short reign as Miss Illinois USA. IYA: You stated you want to relay the message of self-belief and confidence to young girls nationwide using your title. How have you accomplished this, and how do you intend to do so as Miss USA? ASHLEY: When I was in high school and even before then, I didn’t quite realize my self-worth as a woman and it often caused me to become quite upset. I struggled with this for years before finally finding myself happy in my own skin. As Miss Illinois USA, I have had the opportunity to speak with different young people in schools around Chicagoland—something
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I may never have had the opportunity to do otherwise. I think it is heartwarming for them to hear I was once in their shoes and went through a lot of hard times. I also think they find it interesting to know I didnâ€™t win the title of Miss Illinois USA my first time trying and had to really work hard to reach my goals. Now, I often receive letters or emails from children asking me questions or thanking me, and it is just an incredible feeling to know my message has gotten through.
ASHLEY: Going to Rome was one of the scariest things Iâ€™ve ever done, but also the most rewarding. Being there allowed me to learn about different cultures firsthand, which is something I never would have been able to learn from a book. I was made aware of the art and cultures that exist beyond those of my own country, and was able to truly appreciate those differences. In addition, I enrolled myself in cooking classes where I learned about Italian food and wine.
IYA: What did you learn from your experience in Rome?
IYA: Describe your work with some of the organizations you support, such as
Text 4 Baby and Save Abandoned Babies. ASHLEY: I obtained degrees in graphic design and business administration from the University of Illinois in May 2009, and I am happy to say I have been able to put my skills to good use for charitable organizations such as Text 4 Baby and Save Abandoned Babies. I was able to help these organizations by designing and developing websites to promote their causes. Seeing the changes that can be made for babies by my contribution is extremely rewarding, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR ASHLEY AS SHE COMPETES FOR THE TITLE OF MISS USA 2010 LIVE FROM PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO IN LAS VEGAS! MISS USA 2010 SUNDAY, MAY 16 NBC / 7PM (ET) WWW.MISSUNIVERSE.COM
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Senior IADT Janine Garcia, 26, prepares for her final IMAGINE spring fashion show. Her fashion influences range from Jay Mendel to Valentino. With one showcase and eight runway pieces featured in the show, she wants a career in the fashion industry in some capacity. Prior to enrolling at IADT, Janine earned an Associate’s degree in Business. .
Eunyoung Joo, 26, has her junior collection in this year’s spring show. As one who possesses experience as an accessory purchaser prior to attending IADT, Eunyoung adds her love for fashion and feminine flair to create her pieces for the runway. A fan of Valentino and Oscar de la Renta, she finds inspiration from her surroundings, from nature to structures to people.
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BEHIND THE SCENES: At the International Acadeny of Design & Technology during our photoshoot
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SCENES IMAGINE FASHION SHOW Chicago’s International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) students showcase their best designs in their annual spring fashion show, along with special guest Miss Illinois USA 2010 Ashley Bradarich. Emceed by NBC5’s Ginger Zee and entertainment by Shiny Toy Guns.
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NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!
AS A PROFESSIONAL RECRUITER I've learned so much information about career search and advancement that most professionals are not privy to. When I started my recruiting career, it was a candidate's market. Career professionals had their pick of opportunities and companies struggled to find employees. Over the last two years it has been quite the opposite. Not only is it a major challenge for employees to find advancement opportunities within their current position, but it's now a struggle to keep their position. Massive layoffs and the increased popularity of temporary and contract workers has led to the one of the greatest unemployment rates we've seen in decades. Job seekers need all the help they can get now that the market has become
over saturated with competition. One of the ways I'm trying to help is to educate the community on what goes on behind the scenes. What are HR professionals and recruiters looking for when we do have a job opening? Where are we finding our candidates? Why are some people chosen over others? What are the do's and don'ts of job search? New college graduates need the most help. They are entering the workforce with very little understanding of the job market and very unrealistic expectations of their career search. At no fault of their own, they are under the impression that once they've acquired that well-deserved degree, they will step right into their dream job, only to find it more difficult than imagined. I've had many requests
BY VERONICA LUDWIG Social Entrepreneur and Recruiter Veronica Ludwig shares her advice with recent grads on navigating the job market in a tough economy. www.connectworkchicago.com www.veronicaludwig.com
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Angela Pahigianis 2007 Graduate, University of Illinois, Major: Accountancy
Tenille Dukes June 2009 Graduate, DePaul University, Major: Spanish and Community Service
Angela was very involved in her schoolâ€™s community from the start, which lead to future internships. Her longest internship led to a permanent job after graduation with KPMG, one of the largest professional services firms in the world. After two years with the firm, Angelaâ€™s position was eliminated due to downsizing. Through extensive networking and research, Angela was able to find employment again within a few months. Angela feels that being well networked is invaluable, as it helps with learning how to communicate with all different levels of professionals, gaining confidence and learning how to conduct successful interviews.
During study abroad programs in Costa Rica and Spain, Tenille discovered her love for the Spanish language as well as a strong passion for helping others. After graduation, she decided to take an internship through Americorp and spent some time in California. Back in Chicago, Tenille has been on a three month long job search. It has been a cycle of challenges for her. She has been able to find a few projects as a temporary employee but her lack of administrative experience has prevented her from obtaining permanent placement within those organizations. She continues to stay in touch with mentors for ideas and encouragement.
from clients for new grads who may want an opportunity as an unpaid intern. It is a great way to gain some experience, which has been the main challenge in finding work for most new graduates. So what other kinds of challenges are college students facing? How are they preparing for upcoming graduation and their new career search? Recently, I spoke to some very impressive young women who are currently in school and who have recently graduated about their goals and challenges. My advice is simple. Networking and knowing how to network takes practice. Overcoming the fear and intimidation takes time but not as much time as you think. Utilize online networking tools like LinkedIn to help establish meaningful connections and allow yourself to be
found as a professional in your field. Choose your networking events carefully and avoid losing track of your focus. Offer yourself as a resource to others when networking. Once you’re known as a resource, it not only establishes credibility but will also create more resources for you to reach out to. Take advantage of unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities. These will help you gain the experience you're lacking and establish new professional relationships. In some cases, it may even lead to employment! Most importantly, stay positive and confident. No matter how many rejections you experience, know that your time will come. Finding your career takes hard work, so be perseverant.
ABOUT CONNECTWORK ConnectWork Chicago’s mission is to provide resources to the career professional as well as companies looking to hire by hosting networking events, educational seminars, workshops and webinars, as well as providing an interactive, online blog. The networking events are designed to introduce ambitious, career-minded people to one another, whether they are unemployed, underemployed or simply looking for career advancement opportunities. ConnectWork Chicago has created a lot of buzz, including extensive coverage in the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and more.
Katherine ‘KC’ Chang Freshman at University of Illinois Majoring in Accounting and Finance
Stephanie Phillips Senior, Indiana University Majoring in Math and Science
Veronica Ludwig Social Entrepreneur and Recruiter
Growing up with an older sister who has run multiple businesses, KC wanted to be an entrepreneur. Since starting school last fall, KC has faced many challenges, such as moving away from home for the first time, as well as getting used to a new level of coursework and balancing a social life. Networking early on and joining a business related group in school is something she wished she would have done right away. KC's major challenge at this time is finding internships. By continuing to follow the advice of her mentors and building a network, KC has a positive attitude about finding ways to accomplish her goals.
Approaching graduation, Stephanie wanted to move from Indiana to Chicago. Searching on online job boards for employment and following up with emails and phone calls has not generated many leads. The competition has been challenging and most positions are requiring more experience. She recommends becoming involved in the local community at school immediately. Being well networked early on will help with your goals. Stephanie also highly recommends studying abroad and becoming fluent in a second language, something that she is now doing. “Anything you can do to make yourself stand out is a good thing.”
Veronica Ludwig is a Recruiter and Social Entrepreneur. When she co-founded the Skilled Recruiters Network of Chicago in 2007, Veronica discovered the true power of networking and relationship building. Helping others through connecting others is her main focus and one of the reasons why she is so passionate about the staffing industry. Veronica also contributes a large number of hours volunteering for various charitable causes. She can often be found around Chicago hosting and attending multiple networking events.
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NETWORKING AT AN alumni event brought Harvard Business School alumnas Laura Kofoid and Grace Tsao-Wu together. With Laura’s desire to pursue entrepreneurship and Grace’s wholesale experience, a business partnership was born. Laura says she and Grace were approached by a fellow entrepreneur with an idea for a handbag company. They purchased it for a dollar, and this concept evolved to what is known today as Laudi Vidni. The idea of Laudi Vidni (‘individual’ spelled backwards) stems from how women feel about handbags. The goals of Laudi Vidni were to combine quality
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leathers and beautiful designs with the ability to customize and blend these elements with technology to create a luxury product that women would want. “Everyone wants what she wants in every category,” comments Laura. “I hear many women say ‘I really like this bag, but…” Laudi Vidni can generate over 10,000 handbag concepts, which is why the company has seen very few duplicate designs. To create Laudi Vidni, Laura says she and Grace took an analytical approach toward their handbag company. They researched the largest purse brands and high-end department store retailers to gather ideas for purse sizes, shapes and prices to
match what they wanted to accomplish. “The biggest mistake retailers make is when they buy for themselves,” says Laura. “You want to meet the customer’s needs.” One of the clientele’s needs is to have a variety of options, which is also important in designing, adds Laura. The online clientele base for Laudi Vidni is nationwide and has attracted global attention. Laura says the selections in handbags for women are consistent in all regions of the country. Many customers love when they hear that all of Laudi Vidni’s bags are made in Chicago, Laura says. The leathers and hardware are imported from Italy. The lining
is made in a U.S. mill. Trunk shows, events in private homes and other fashion showcases are venues where Laudi Vidni is most successful. At these places, samples of handbags are showcased and new designs are created by customers. “The quality speaks for itself, as does the opportunity for women to design their own bags,” adds Laura. In addition to their online store, Laura says Laudi Vidni looks to expand as she and Grace research retail space for a boutique in the city.
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PRETTY & PLUS INTERVIEW WITH TENNILLE WHITE Fresh off the runway, Chicago fashion designer Tennille White shows off her Spring/Summer 2010 Collection and offers fashion tips in the plus size market on how women can look fashionable and feel fabulous. www.tennillewhitechicago.com
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Rod Roberts www.rodrobertsphotos.com WARDROBE + STYLING
Tennille White www.tennillewhitechicago.com JEWELRY
Sarah Radford Chic Gems Etc www.chicgemsetc.com HAIR + MAKEUP
Krista Gobeli facecandy.net
Lillian Murphy gildedbylil.com MODELS
Johanna Leia Latesha Lipscomb Amanda Mechem
DESIGN INSPIRATION, ELEMENTS AND TRENDS
BEE: What are your favorite design elements?
BEE: From what sources do you derive inspiration?
TENNILLE: As far as fabrics go, definitely silks throughout the entire year. I am loving linens for spring because they are very free-flowing and light weight. My color palette changes with the seasons, but elegance is always a standard.
TENNILLE: My inspiration comes from all areas of life. Whenever I go on vacations, the diversity of the culture inspires me. On a trip to Turks and Caicos, the various types of fabrics and patterns were inspiring. When I meet with clients about custom designs, what they see always sparks new ideas.
younger, and younger clients like to wear bright colors and individual pieces to mix and match, as opposed to a coordinated head-to-toe look that most mature clients prefer. FASHION ADVICE + BIGGEST MISTAKES OF PLUS SIZE LABELS
BEE: What trends have you noticed in your clientele so far?
BEE: How do you design for plus size women who may be scared to draw attention to themselves?
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to pair the look with the right amount of confidence. I always pay careful attention to the right colors and color combinations for a look.
cheap. If cheap or gaudy fabrics are used, especially combined with an unflattering cut, it is disastrous. BEE: What are the staples in your line?
BEE: What have you noticed is the number one mistake among plus size labels? TENNILLE: Many plus size designers do not custom fit, so the sizing is a major issue. Naturally, a non-custom garment will not hang well on the body and provide the best look and fit for each unique womanâ€™s curves. Another issue is looking 46 ME: IN FOCUS MAY 2010
TENNILLE: I believe in fabulous dresses that can take you from day to night with ease as well as looks that are versatile, being easily dressed up or down according to occasion. My collection contains many wrap dresses, which provide both elegance and comfort. For my spring collection, I am excited to introduce new
dresses with fresh colors and patterns. ADVICE TO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN THE FASHION BUSINESS
BEE: What are your words of wisdom? TENNILLE: To start on your own label, you must first and foremost educate yourself and learn the business inside and out. Do your research and learn who your demographic is and what their current needs are.
GREEN CARPET EVENT*
EarthShare of Illinois is excited to introduce a groundbreaking "green" carpet event on Friday May 21, 2010 at spectacular urban loft, Salvage One (featured right). ‘ReVamped’ is centered around a cutting-edge ‘green’, recycled fashion and art show dedicated to celebrating and promoting the beauty of eco-conscious lifestyle practices.
Chicago's most innovative designers and artists will reinvent one-of-a-kind pieces made of recycled clothing and raw materials. Professional models will take over the runway promoting the beauty of these ecoconscious designs! General admission includes open bar and
hors d'oeuvres. Our VIP Guests will enjoy a seat at the runway, and entry into the VIP Lounge with a private bar and personal server. At the event, all guests will enjoy exclusive ‘green’ cocktails. You must be 21 years or older to attend. *Celebrity Guest Appearances: ABC’S Bachelorette + Green Advocate Jillian Harris
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LEFT TO RIGHT: Kari Hansbarger, Aimee Cheshire, Erica Young
MADISON PLUS CHANGING THE NAME OF THE GAME Co-founders Aimee Cheshire + Erica Young, along with Creative Director Kari Hansbarger, team up to discuss the plus size woman in todayâ€™s media and how it impacts women of all ages. www.madisonplus.com BY IYA BAKARE
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AIMEE SAYS “This is the first time I’ve seen the market for plussized women portrayed as ‘cool’ in fashion.”
AIMEE CHESHIRE says this is the first time she’s seen the market for plus-sized women portrayed as ‘cool’ in fashion. Although Aimee first fell in love with fashion in high school, the former plussized model decided to pursue it after she attended James Madison University in Virginia where she studied and earned a degree in psychology. She wanted to work specifically with children and body image. “I participated in weight loss camps when I was younger, and they didn’t work for weight loss,” says Aimee. “But they did help with self esteem, my relationship with food, exercise and body image.” With the emotional support from her parents, Aimee moved to New York and attended LIM College and earned a degree in fashion merchandising, where she met fellow student Erica Young. Both became buyers for the same plus size company after graduation. “It’s been a fascinating and exciting trip because I’ve worked as a buyer for a plus size retailer and as a plus model,” says Aimee. “I’m also a consumer, so I’ve lived it, studied it and worked it as a size 20 woman and as a size 14 woman.” In 2008, Aimee and Erica decided to create a platform dedicated to the fashion lifestyle for the plus-sized woman, and Aimee says they filled a void in the fashion industry. “It’s important for us to teach people
how this industry works,” she adds. “People are hungry for content and it’s not going away. It’s mind-blowing to us that this hasn’t been done before.” Kari Hansbarger, creative director for Madison Plus, says both traditional and online media are changing, which gives consumers more control over what they see in the fashion market, as well as how fashion is marketed more directly to the consumer. Kari has experience in a multitude of fashion and beauty brands. Erica says plus women did not have the same voice to express themselves with fashion until recently. “Madison Plus’s goal is to bring the same level of excitement and fun that the contemporary market has had in fashion to the plus market,” says Erica. “It will be more natural when girls see themselves reflected in the media,” says Aimee. It’s going to be gradual when they see more representation and differences in magazines. When plus girls flip through the pages of magazines and don’t see inspirational images reflective of their body type, it’s easy for them to believe that ‘fashion is not for me to have or want’, but when they are included and taught how, those negative thoughts will never have the chance to even develop.” “Self-image isn’t taught in schools today,” remarks Erica, which is why she and Aimee visit NYC colleges to teach about the plus size industry.
Aimee believes parents need to develop healthier relationships with their children in regards to food and body image, and if one child in the family is overweight, it should be treated as a family issue. “Having a soft place for kids to land as they struggle is so beneficial,” adds Aimee. “It’s all about education and providing the tools so the consumer can make the best fashion decision for her, which results in an experience that can in turn create a positive domino effect,” notes Kari. “Plus women have traditionally viewed clothes as functional pieces, rather than a way to enhance beauty,” says Aimee. The Madison Plus ladies say it’s important to put fashion first and to find that one piece of clothing you own that makes you feel fabulous. MAY 2010 ME: IN FOCUS 49
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I AM THAT GIRL BY JENNA KIRKMAN
aaaa The low-budget independent drama, I Am That Girl, confirms that with passion, motivation and hard work, goals and dreams can certainly be achieved. The film’s writer, producer and lead actress, Grace Rowe, pours her soul into this film – her first feature length production, and a powerful one indeed. Rowe plays Maxine, a stereotypical plastic-dependent LA party girl who is living the ‘good life’ for the low price of over $80,000 in debt. When an obliterated man busts into the woman’s bathroom at one of her nightclubs – disoriented, vomiting and eventually passed out – Maxine takes pity by helping him back to her place to get some rest. Soon, Maxine and Drunk Boy (nicknamed “Noodle” in the film, and played by Rowe’s real-life boyfriend Michael Jaworski) begin a bizarre friendship. When Noodle mentions his upcoming vacation to the Sierras, Maxine – unable to handle
one more day of her redundant office job or her inconsequential co-workers – jumps at the chance to escape, convincing the reluctant adventurer to bring her with him. Maxine’s spoiled-brat character is easy to hate and becomes especially obnoxious after her credit card is declined, forcing her to spend the week living, sleeping and breathing in a party girl’s worst enemy – the natural world. Predictably, Max is able to change and adapt to nature, growing to love and appreciate it in ways she never imagined (as viewers grow to like, or at least tolerate, her character in the process). Unpredictably, the plot intensifies as Maxine and Noodle’s relationship strengthens, revealing intriguing secrets about both characters’ past. The tale turns borderline psychological thriller, enticing viewers to seek answers they were not expecting to search for in this
seemingly simple love story. Grace Rowe is a talented artist – bringing to life genuine, true to life characters and experiences to which everyone can relate (like that obnoxious co-worker whose absurd behavior drives you to insanity, or that charge-a-holic friend who just cannot seem to separate need from want), but she twists them in an atypical light meant to shock and stir our emotions. I Am That Girl comments not only on the consequences of a frivolous American way of life and one woman’s ability to change, but also on human transformation as a whole – a unique reminder that a person’s true story may lie deep beneath his or her shell. To learn more about Grace Rowe’s I Am That Girl and to order the film on DVD, please visit the movie's website, www.iamthatgirlmovie.com.
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MODERN MOTHERHOOD MERIDITH SINCLAIR
Meredith shows her passion as a parent through her blog, Hoo-Dee-Hoo
“I call Hoo-Dee-Hoo a shout out to modern motherhood. I want it to be real (with shock, sarcasm and biting humor), but with a positive aftertaste.”
INTERVIEWED BY BEE LI
PROFILE Meredith Sinclair was born and reared in a small town in Western Pennsylvania, which also happens to be the birthplace of Jimmy Stewart and the Christmas Tree Capital of the World. She graduated with a degree in elementary education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, married her high school sweetheart and ran off to Ocean City, New Jersey to teach fourth and second grade. Next, Meredith relocated to Dayton, Ohio to pursue her Master's Degree in education from The University of Dayton and learn to line dance. After completion of her Master's, Meredith moved to Pittsburgh and worked as an Educational Consultant on national children's programming for WQED, Pittsburgh's PBS affiliate. Following her husband's burgeoning television production career, Meredith relocated to Chicago in 1996 and taught second grade and pre-school at National Louis University's Baker Demonstration School. After the births of her two sons Maxwell and Truman, Meredith decided to stay home and be a full-time mom. Meredith began blogging about her fulltime mothering experiences in a personal blog which was quickly picked up by ChicagoParent.com. Meredith now pens a monthly column "A Mom's Life Top 5", remains a featured blogger and writes in the occasional feature for Chicago Parent Magazine. She also appears as a regular on-air contributor for CBS 2 and ABC 7,
doing live segments on mom-related topics. Most recently, Meredith launched her own website: hoo-dee-doo.com and has become a guest panelist on Momversation.com. MERIDITH SHARES BEE: How did you make the transition from working to full-time mom? And then to starting your own blog? MEREDITH: As a teacher, I always knew staying home was a choice I wanted to be able to make. It was still a big transition. BEE: How did you come up with the idea for the blog? MEREDITH: I was at dinner with my brothers who suggested I just start a blog to practice, and find my writing voice. I wrote what I knew. BEE: How did you start contributing to local magazines and news stations? Were you always interested in writing or was this something that just grew naturally from being a mom?
MEREDITH: Women are known for making connections with each other. When you’re at home with kids, you can miss that connection. Blogs help. BEE: Do you have a main theme or message that you want to get out through your blog or columns? MEREDITH: I call Hoo-Dee-Hoo a shout out to Modern Motherhood. I want it to be real, but with a positive aftertaste. I love a good shock, sarcasm and biting humor. We see that a lot. I know I'll neither be the mom who creates the perfect dinner party, nor the one dropping the F- bomb. I do, however, want to be a place where after you click away, you remember. BEE: Any other thoughts you would like to share with our readers? MEREDITH: Dream big, start small. Be authentic. It’s a process to figure that out. I've heard different things on my site. Hey, motherhood is hard and trying sometimes, but it’s also a lot of fun, and ultimately a very blessed job.
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HOTSPOTS MAY FAVORITES Give back to the one you love most with all Chicago has to offer. With brunch specials galore and other treats especially for mom, here are a few options for everyone to enjoy. BY VALENCIA DAVIS
INDULGE ME THE DRAKE
The Drake Hotel will be hosting a traditional Mother’s Day brunch, complete with live entertainment, a grandiose buffet, mini makeup consultations by Elizabeth Arden makeup artists and an array of fun activities to keep kids busy throughout. Known for its excellence in every respect, The Drake has also partnered with The American Girl Place and Girls on the Run Chicago, a non-profit organization to help nurture budding young girls into women of excellence.
The name says it all. This Bucktown neighborhood bar sets itself apart from the others with elements of unique Southern comfort food, an endless list of various libations and southern rock music playlists. This laid back joint is the perfect place to sip on a mint julep, munch on fried chicken and watch the Kentucky Derby.
1840 W. North Ave., Chicago 773 342 1840 www.thesouthernchicago.com
140 E. Walton Pl., Chicago 312 787 2200 www.thedrakehotel.com
Handmade décor and dim lighting is a seamlessly perfect pairing to the fine and flavorful New-Japanese cuisine that is Coast Sushi Bar. The Bucktown restaurant opened in 2003 to dazzle sushi lovers city wide. Using top quality fish and fresh ingredients from around the globe, the exotic menu consists of a number of traditional and innovative entrees assembled by expert culinary artists.
Founder of some of our local favorites such a Sinibar Lounge, The Funky Buddha and Thyme, Joe Russo has put his creative genius to work once more by giving us The Shrine in June 2009. The Shrine is composed of many elements that provide a unique, eclectic experience that stands all on its own. The South Loop social club is the host of a nightclub rich in atmosphere, a tastefully thought and constructed live performance space, and a classy, high -end lounge. The Shrine is a melting pot of the city’s creative young artists, musicians, designers and the like, rounding its diverse atmosphere.
2045 N. Damen Ave., Chicago 773 235 5775 www.coastsushibar.com
2109 S. Wabash, Chicago 312 753 5700 www.theshrinechicago.com
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LANDMARK Housing two floors of rich-hued excellence, the dual-leveled lounge houses several rooms of genius interior design, each with a unique color scheme and classy vibe. Landmark Grill and Lounge has an exquisite fine dining menu of appetizers, entrees, desserts and so much more. Nominated among the best new restaurants in 2005 by AOL, Sherman Kaplan and Chicago Magazine, the Lincoln Park restaurant is contemporary, tasteful and elegant, making it one of the best in the city. 1633 N. Halsted, Chicago 312 587 1600 www.landmarkgrill.net
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International No Diet Day
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National Photo Month
Physical Fitness + Sports Month
PAVE Gala at the Drake Hotel 7pm
Cinco de Mayo
National Mental Health Month
Musical Instrument Day
(Wizard of Oz Author)
L.F Baum’s Birthday
Hawaiian Lei Day
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June 2010 ME: IN FOCUS Bridal Issue
ME :IN FOCUS MAGAZINE + STUDIOS
Published on May 1, 2010
In time for Mother's Day, our feature story, Jessica Kim, shares how the love from her family inspired her to parlay her passion for entrepr...