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G&F Miami Getaway: The Thompson Mai Tai
G&F Miami Getaway: The Thompson Mai Tai

SEE MORE: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/03/miami-getaway/

Our favorite watering hole in Miami was a twofer—sips and a dip! We sipped poolside treats at the Thompson Hotel, the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sun-drenched locale. We had mixmaster Diego teach us how to whip up a mean Mai Tai that paired perfectly with the steamy ambiance. Watch along to learn how you can drink up a little bit of paradise—and save the recipe to mix up celebrating the first balmy temps!

G&F Miami Getaway: Makeup with Aileen Quintana
G&F Miami Getaway: Makeup with Aileen Quintana

SEE MORE: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/03/miami-getaway/

Born and raised in Miami, Aileen Quintana still finds inspiration all around in her sunny hometown. From sunsets to live music, she’s always creating concepts and ideas for larger-than-life beauty. A sought-after talent in beauty and fashion, Aileen has worked with Fendi, YSL Cosmetics, Vogue, Elle, Soho House, Ultra Music Festival and more! Aileen serves up a beauty tutorial inspired by the deep aquas of Miami beaches. The end result? Galactic Mermaid. This flawless look is fit for a day enjoying Aileen’s favorite things Miami has to offer, from strolling around Wynwood to a late night snack at Gigi in Midtown.

G&F Miami Getaway: Rollerskating with Jasmine Dearden
G&F Miami Getaway: Rollerskating with Jasmine Dearden

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We laced up some rollerskates and hit the boardwalk with designer Jasmine Dearden for a creative way to enjoy the shoreline and the sun—and our sun-deprived selves had way too much fun doing it! We rolled through this interview to learn about Jasmines’s multidimensional designs from fashion design, graphic design and graffiti. Her various mediums all pay homage to her Miami roots and embody a laid back urban style. We especially love Jasmine’s Nine Design graphic bombers that elevate basic streetwear, and for the woman who loves fashion with comfort.

G&F Miami Getaway: Homero Ganem's Art
G&F Miami Getaway: Homero Ganem's Art

SEE MORE: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/03/miami-getaway/

We invited street artist Homero Ganem to our suite at the Thompson to paint and bring to life one of his creations. After a knee injury left Homero unable to play professional soccer in his native Colombia, he began to paint leaving his work for the masses to consume. Also working with mixed media on canvas, Homero’s style is reminiscent of ’60s pop art and the cartoons he grew up watching with a signature addition of metallic paint. And Homero’s Miami must-see? “The Fountainbleu. You have everything in one place. Various restaurants to pick from, great views, big pools, beach access and, of course, LIV night club. A must while in Miami.”

G&F Miami Getaway: Yoga with Dawn B. Yoga
G&F Miami Getaway: Yoga with Dawn B. Yoga

SEE MORE: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/03/miami-getaway/

Next to the striped umbrellas and the great big blue, we’re doing it downward dog style on The Thompson Hotel beach with yoga instructor Dawn Bianca Feinberg. We’re balancing through poses and soaking up rays to get grounded and meditated first thing in the AM. Dawn B Yoga incorporates inspiration from a blend of the breath based essence of ashtanga and the evolving freedom of Jivamukti Yoga–topped with her signature sense of humor. And after your toes grip the sand and you chaturanga into the Miami sun, Dawn gives us three post-yoga jaunts.

G&F Winter Weekend Getaway Miami Beach: Sneak Peek!
G&F Winter Weekend Getaway Miami Beach: Sneak Peek!

We kicked our snow boots to the curb—seriously, sayonara!—to head south to Miami Beach for our annual Winter Weekend Getaway issue. The glittering jewel on the Atlantic Ocean, Miami welcomed us with open arms. For a week we holed up at the Thompson Hotel Miami Beach—thanks to Mr & Mrs Smith's Flee the Frost promo (check out details here: http://glossedandfound.com/datebook/). And from our chic perch at the cozy midcentury-designed boutique hotel, we welcomed a host of colorful Miami-based personalities that talked with us about their city's style, fun-in-the-sun and inspiration. Here's a little taste to tide you over—the full issue launches in all its sunny glory next Wednesday, March 11th.

Until then, follow our creative director on instagram for behind the scenes from our time in Miami: https://instagram.com/glossedandfound/

G&F loves Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten
G&F loves Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten

We’re taking over the Pump Room at The Public Chicago, and dining with the famous visionary behind the menu, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. We sat down with the famous chef for a tête-à-tête about the food industry, growing up eating farm-to-table and the forgotten veggies—we’re talking about you celery hearts! Jean-Georges even delves into his sensorial experience visiting Thailand, and how whiffs of lemongrass and bursts of chile changed his cuisine forever. His love for exotic and aromatic spices of the East has become his signature within traditional dishes, redefining industry standards and revolutionizing the way we eat. Perched in a booth at the ever-so-picturesque Pump Room, Jean-Georges serves us a smorgasbord of favorites. Not only a chef, see this down-to-earth restaurateur share why it’s so important to love every bite you eat. Warning: this video will make you hungry!

Cat De Orio Cooks: Pasta Puttanesca!
Cat De Orio Cooks: Pasta Puttanesca!

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We invited lifestyle expert and host of Check, Please! Cat De Orio to cook up BRUNCH! LUNCH! and DINNER! The former litigator put her foodie passion pedal to the metal, steering her kitchen dreams into a recipe-filled consulting company: Culinary Curator. We love Cat’s down-to-earth mix of creative and foodie skills, which takes her recipes of basic ingredients into elevated dishes worth celebrating. Using simple ingredients that you’re bound to find already in your pantry, Cat dishes up three quick and easy recipes that any novice chef can whip up.

We’re getting silly in the kitchen with Cat who’s dishing up some serious flavor with some essential Italian ingredients. This pasta is so quick and easy that it’s literally named the "whore pasta" since prostitutes could make it in between clients! And some tips for the perfect pot of al dente spaghetti: Use 1 gallon of water to every pound of pasta to ensure it doesn’t stick together and always salt the water the pasta is being cooked in, never add oil.

Cat De Orio Cooks: Asparagus Salad + Poached Egg!
Cat De Orio Cooks: Asparagus Salad + Poached Egg!

SEE MORE RECIPES: http://glossedandfound.com/spotlight/cat-de-orio/

We invited lifestyle expert and host of Check, Please! Cat De Orio to cook up BRUNCH! LUNCH! and DINNER! The former litigator put her foodie passion pedal to the metal, steering her kitchen dreams into a recipe-filled consulting company: Culinary Curator. We love Cat’s down-to-earth mix of creative and foodie skills, which takes her recipes of basic ingredients into elevated dishes worth celebrating. Using simple ingredients that you’re bound to find already in your pantry, Cat dishes up three quick and easy recipes that any novice chef can whip up.

We’re excited to welcome this asparagus and egg combo to our next brunch feast. Cat lets us in on the expert secrets to perfectly poached eggs every time.

First, crack an egg into a small ramekin or prep bowl. Fill a small saucepan about an inch deep with water and bring to a boil. Add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir quickly! Gently slide egg into the center of the saucepan, remove from heat and cover for 4 minutes. Use a slotted to spoon to remove your poached egg from the pan. And if you’re not serving the egg immediately? Plunge egg into an ice bath to stop from cooking, and remove when you’re ready to serve. Bon appetit!

Cat De Orio Cooks: The Perfect Pesto!
Cat De Orio Cooks: The Perfect Pesto!

SEE MORE RECIPES: http://glossedandfound.com/spotlight/cat-de-orio/

We invited lifestyle expert and host of Check, Please! Cat De Orio to cook up BRUNCH! LUNCH! and DINNER! The former litigator put her foodie passion pedal to the metal, steering her kitchen dreams into a recipe-filled consulting company: Culinary Curator. We love Cat’s down-to-earth mix of creative and foodie skills, which takes her recipes of basic ingredients into elevated dishes worth celebrating. Using simple ingredients that you’re bound to find already in your pantry, Cat dishes up three quick and easy recipes that any novice chef can whip up.

Our midday main event? Cat let’s us in on all the amazing munchies you can pair with her Perfect Pesto! Swipe some on a sandwich, or even stir into greek yogurt as a dip with crudite. Take your standard vegetable or minestrone soup to the next level by stirring in a teaspoon of pesto. Add it to your morning eggs, or serve with steak. Maybe even baste shrimp or chicken with pesto before grilling. Swap out your traditional tomato sauce base for a pesto base on a pizza. Create your pesto creations—the options are endless. And Cat lends her expertise on the perfect pesto no matter what time of year.

A G&F Extra: Pastie Making with Frenchie Kiss
A G&F Extra: Pastie Making with Frenchie Kiss

READ MORE: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/02/pastie-making-diy/

Even though Valentine’s Day is over, we're still celebrating Love Month on G&F! And what better way to spread the L-O-V-E than to invite a new friend over to our house and take our tops off. Literally. We’re learning all about the tantalizing art of burlesque pastie making in this fun and flirty DIY. Miss Frenchie Kiss aka The Temptress of Twirl takes us step-by-step on how to make the sassy and brassy accoutrement. This Burlesque Hall of Famer knows a thing or two about Oh La La’s, so she’s giving serious pointers on how to be a whirling showstopper. And according to Frechie, the only rule of burlesque pastie making is more sequins! You still might be thinking you read pastry, but drop the r—and your top!—for our most cheeky DIY video yet! Watch the video and follow the instructions below to tease and titillate like you’ve never done before.

#GFxTOPSHOP Valentine's Day Luncheon!
#GFxTOPSHOP Valentine's Day Luncheon!

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Valentine's Day comes once a year. And while most prep for a romantic night out with their lover, our take is a little more all-encompassing. On a cold Thursday before VDay, we invited some of our girl crushes to Fig & Olive to meet the Topshop Personal Styling team and take a peek at some sweet fashions that are currently in store. The well-heeled crowd brought secret Valentine's for each other, inciting an extend meet and greet that was filled with L-O-V-E.

Neiman Marcus Faces of Beauty Surprise
Neiman Marcus Faces of Beauty Surprise

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Six women across the country were chosen by retail powerhouse Neiman Marcus to appear in their Faces of Beauty spring campaign. The result? A dynamic group of gorgeous individuals who are celebrated for their beauty inside and out. And one of the lucky chosen ones is G&F creative director's mother Mary Kostic. While we try to be journalistically unbiased at GlossedandFound.com, we couldn't help but fête this 63-year-old bombshell. Teaming up with Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue, we invited Mary's closest family and friends to toast the cover girl. Hiding with champagne in hand, fifty fans shocked Mary with their attendance. Once inside, guests were treated to beauty touch-ups, light bites and even a few dance moves compliments of Mary's grandchildren. Michael Larys, beauty department manager of Neiman Marcus Northbrook and who accompanied Mary to Dallas for the Faces of Beauty shoot, was also in attendance and gleaming proudly. "It just feels so real now," Mary said reflecting on the surprise, "It's one thing to see your photograph in Neiman Marcus and then to feel all the love and support in person? I'm speechless." Lucky for Mary, we aren't.

G&F Fashion: The Pajama Game!
G&F Fashion: The Pajama Game!

SEE THE SHOOT: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/02/pajama-game/

The cat's pajamas! The bee's knees! It's all groovy, man! We're upping the ante with our loungewear this season with a PJ + Sleepwear editorial that will surely put a pep in your step. From bold prints and delicious color combinations, we're debuting one of our largest—and most bouncy!—shoots to date. Come check out what we're loving in the land of nod these days, or try your hand at G&F's oversized twister board for fun. Oh, and by the way: no models were harmed in the making of this shoot.

A Very Lovely How-To: Cupid's Elixir
A Very Lovely How-To: Cupid's Elixir

READ MORE: http://glossedandfound.com/spotlight/made-with-love/

It’s finally Love Month here at G&F! Yes, a whole gosh darn month of love. We took over Christine Noelle Design floral studio to create another installment of G&F’s Valentine’s Day DIY. Shake up some sparkling passion with the original Cupid’s Elixir, an Aperol and gin cocktail. Nothing quite gets us in the spirit other than, well, spirits! A light and citrusy drink may be all you need to recreate cupid’s aim. But to really capture the heart of your valentine, we show you how to create a glittered arrow garnish to top off this enchanting libation. Cheers darling!

A Very Lovely How-To: Glittered Gift Box
A Very Lovely How-To: Glittered Gift Box

READ MORE: http://glossedandfound.com/spotlight/made-with-love/

It’s finally Love Month here at G&F! Yes, a whole gosh darn month of love. We took over Christine Noelle Design floral studio to create another installment of G&F’s Valentine’s Day DIY. All that glitters is love! Package up the sweetest gift in a customized, sparkling gift box adorned with a grosgrain ribbon. Complete with multicolored glitter and the twinkling initials of your lover, this DIY colorfully wraps up any gift on any holiday. And what really makes it special? The inside is layered with flowers, so your present or memento stays perfectly perched. Good things really do come in handmade, glittered packages. Glitter on!

A Very Lovely How-To: A Lover's Trifle
A Very Lovely How-To: A Lover's Trifle

READ MORE: http://glossedandfound.com/spotlight/made-with-love/

It’s finally Love Month here at G&F! Yes, a whole gosh darn month of love. We took over Christine Noelle Design floral studio to create another installment of G&F’s Valentine’s Day DIY.Not your average parfait—this traditional trifle comes to life with easy, peasy store bought ingredients. The delectable dessert brings together cake, jello (a 60′s fave!), whipped cream and a crown of raspberries for a treat to tantalize the tastebuds. Possibly the tastiest way to declare your love, serve up the Lover’s Trifle and share a few bites with your lover. And for extra points and kitsch, dish in an antique glass to eat your heart out!

A G&F Extra: Macaron making with Bon Macaron
A G&F Extra: Macaron making with Bon Macaron

READ MORE: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/02/bon-macaron/

There’s something so romantic about macarons. Maybe it’s the charming color scheme or maybe it’s every dreamy bite of meringue. One thing is certain, we’re falling head over heels for the newest West Town jaunt, Bon Macaron. We’re not the only ones enchanted by the little French pastry, Bon Macaron owner Catherine Cooper has been obsessed since she started making them in culinary school at Ecole Ferrandi Paris. She’s the real deal, folks. Right in time for Valentine’s day, Catherine is telling us about the greatest result of adoration: imitation. “The history of the macaron is part of the charm for me,” says Catherine. “The beautiful colors and flavors, history and skill involved. It takes hard work, determination and practice.” Catherine opened her shop in 2013 and knew she wanted to recreate the European macaron stateside. Traditionally macarons are gluten free—made with almond meal and no flour. Due to demand, Catherine runs a strict gluten free kicthen, one of the only ones in the city.

A G&F Extra: Couples Cocktails at Headquarters Beercade
A G&F Extra: Couples Cocktails at Headquarters Beercade

READ MORE: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/01/couples-cocktails/

Headquarters Beercade knows a thing or two about creating the perfect pair—home of the delightful hybrid of an arcade + a bar = beercade! And since it’s Valentine’s Day, we’re all imbibing with a little romance. We enlisted the help of head mixologist at HQ, Tim Williams, to shake us up a pair of cocktails suitable for modern day lovers. And what’s so special about these delectable drinks? Like any romantic chemistry, there are plenty of ways to mix a similar drink. So Tim took the same ingredients, changed the liquor base then created two like-minded cocktails that are perfect pairs of each other.

Inspired by Hearts Day, we’re showing you how to serve up a couples cocktails with two recipes that complement each other perfectly. Watch above to see how Tim shakes and stirs these star-crossed spirits into perfection. For his and hers. Or hers and hers. Or his and his. Or his and his and hers. And snag the recipes below to try at home.

A G&F Extra: Lost Lake Tiki Cocktail Recipe
A G&F Extra: Lost Lake Tiki Cocktail Recipe

READ MORE: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/01/lost-lake-tiki/

The namesake house cocktail of the new Chicago-based tiki outpost Lost Lake is fruity mix of aged rum, passionfruit and campari. While the drink is sure-I'll-have-another good, our favorite part is the three pounds of tropical garnish that accompanies the signature glass—pure instagram gold. The amount of Lost Lake drinks served in the first week and a half? 788. Snag the recipe in the video above for your own Hawaiian getaway in the comfort of your own home.

G&F loves Cocovit
G&F loves Cocovit

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Our Healthy Beauty issue wouldn’t be complete without an ode to coconut oil. Recently coined a miracle cure-all by any and every beauty editor, coconut oil is definitely having a moment. But way before the magazine hype, Rikita Kapadia grew up coveting all the health and beauty benefits of this super oil. Always listening to her wrinkleless Grandmother—known as Bhabhi to Rikita—for beauty advice, and now, she’s sharing her family’s beauty remedies with her own beauty brand, Cocovit. The tradition of using coconut oil, originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Inspired by her Indian heritage, Rikita wanted to create a multi-purpose beauty and skin product that had the power to naturally nurture skin, hair and health. Cocovit products are made of 100% certified organic, virgin coconut oil harvested in South India. A few out of hundreds—yes, hundreds!—of benefits of coconut oil include antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties for your body, inside and out.

G&F loves REMIX's Bath Tea
G&F loves REMIX's Bath Tea

The winter months can be brutal. But that doesn't mean you have to be totally, utterly miserable. Fight that urge and start running your tub. Yes. Turn off whatever you're not finding on Netflix and go take a bath. At least that's what lifestyle and health expert Giselle Wasfie of REMIX Acupuncture says. And when Giselle talks, we listen. The Chicago-based integrated health brand is all about healthy, balanced living and her approach is at once familiar, easy and always practical. We invite Giselle over to make a spot of Bath Tea with us. From stabilizing your pH with baking soda to releasing tension with coarse sea salt, Giselle fills us in on this relaxing recipe that will surely be your newest BFF this winter season.

G&F loves Wendy Whelan
G&F loves Wendy Whelan

READ MORE: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/01/wendy-whelan/

After gracing the stage of the New York City Ballet for 30 years, Wendy Whelan curtsied into retirement last October at age 46. Never a stranger to the stage and always eager for more, Wendy launched the Wendy Whelan New Works Initiative to commission and tour, you guessed it, new work. Her first project from the Initiative is "Restless Creature," a traveling performance of duets by four male choreographers. Whelan is set to perform Wednesday at the Harris Theater to a sold out house, so we had to meet up with the Prima Ballerina to learn about life after three decades at the New York City Ballet. We chat Harris Theater stageside before Wendy warms up on how she continues to embody beauty from the inside out and how that first step onto the Nutcracker stage when she was eight sealed the deal.

Let's Get Juiced: The Bahama Mama
Let's Get Juiced: The Bahama Mama

We're kicking off our first issue of 2015 with a little juicin' + a whole lot of beauty. Snag The Bahama Mama recipe below—a sweet treat that will surely make you feel like you're sitting poolside in Jamaica. Sans the rum though.

And see the shoot that inspired our new juicing kick here: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/01/juice-and-beauty-2015/

Let's Get Juiced: The Citrus Spritz
Let's Get Juiced: The Citrus Spritz

We're kicking off our first issue of 2015 with a little juicin' + a whole lot of beauty. Snag The Citrus Spritz—a refreshing AM juice that will put a little fizzy pep in your step.

And see the shoot that inspired our new juicing kick here: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/01/juice-and-beauty-2015/

Let's Get Juiced: The Ecto Cooler
Let's Get Juiced: The Ecto Cooler

We're kicking off our first issue of 2015 with a little juicin' + a whole lot of beauty. Snag The Ecto Cooler recipe—a green machine of a drink packed with antioxidants + good feelings.

And see the shoot that inspired our new juicing kick here: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/01/juice-and-beauty-2015/

Let's Get Juiced: The Tropical Kick
Let's Get Juiced: The Tropical Kick

We're kicking off our first issue of 2015 with a little juicin' + a whole lot of beauty. Snag The Tropical Kick recipe—a spicy and sweet combo that we love at the 3:00 snacktime hour.

And see the shoot that inspired our new juicing kick here: http://glossedandfound.com/2015/01/juice-and-beauty-2015/

G&F loves the Chicago International Puppet Fest
G&F loves the Chicago International Puppet Fest

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Say hello to Chicago’s newest cultural festival—Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. The 10-day fest will showcase a captivating and eclectic lineup of puppet styles from around the world including marionettes, shadow puppets and other innovative styles of contemporary puppetry. Our favorite venues around the city will converge to present the inaugural fest, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum and Chicago History Museum. Follow along as we channel our inner Jim Hensen and give all you puppet newbies our top show picks for the fest.

We couldn’t resist trying our hand at the great art of puppetry! We’re learning puppet manipulation 101 with the co-curators of the Nasty, Brutish, and Short puppet cabaret, a mini-fest within the fest featuring works that mash up classic stories into dark & twisty, humorous, tender and everything in between.

G&F's BEST OF 2014: The One Liners!
G&F's BEST OF 2014: The One Liners!

SEE MORE 2014 FUN HERE: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/12/best-of-2014/

If there is one thing we like at G&F, it's fun. Without it, who cares. We're looking back to a whole year of the F word with a list of some of our favorite moments. From a road trip to Nashville in the spring to a Bob Fosse tribute for our Summer Swim editorial, we've got plenty of goodies to reflect upon with a great, big smile. What will 2015 bring? Who knows. But one thing is for certain: we're not going to take ourselves too seriously trying to figure it out. And until then: sit back, relax and get ready to take a peek as we unveil our Best Of moments from 2014.

G&F's BEST OF 2014: The Hits!
G&F's BEST OF 2014: The Hits!

SEE MORE 2014 FUN HERE: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/12/best-of-2014/

If there is one thing we like at G&F, it's fun. Without it, who cares. We're looking back to a whole year of the F word with a list of some of our favorite moments. From a road trip to Nashville in the spring to a Bob Fosse tribute for our Summer Swim editorial, we've got plenty of goodies to reflect upon with a great, big smile. What will 2015 bring? Who knows. But one thing is for certain: we're not going to take ourselves too seriously trying to figure it out. And until then: sit back, relax and get ready to take a peek as we unveil our Best Of moments from 2014.

G&F Holiday Extra: The Fig & Walnut Julep at Fig & Olive
G&F Holiday Extra: The Fig & Walnut Julep at Fig & Olive

READ THE FULL STORY: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/12/fig-and-olive-cocktail/

The Holidays: Straight Ahead! But come unarmed to your family's festivities, and you may have a long night ahead of you of botched carols and bad egg nog. Start the season off right with an inspired cocktail that will surely help all spirits be merry and bright—especially yours. And anytime we're feeling uninspired, our favorite perch to perk up is in the Gold Coast. Fig & Olive, the glittering jewel of the Happy Hour set is decked out in Holiday cheer this time of year, and we belly up to the bar to learn the how-to on a classic cocktail from their menu that has a very festive slant.

Meet the Fig & Walnut Julep. Their part namesake cocktail mixes the soft, fruity tones of St. Germain, port and muddled black figs with the depth of Bourbon. Yes. It sounds as good as it tastes. And for those of you who can't find the perfect fig this time of year—isn't it Figgy pudding season somewhere?!—Fig & Olive recommends pomegranate seeds as an substitute. [Mixologist note: Up the simple syrup in the recipe slightly to balance out the pomegranate tartness].

A G&F Extra: New Year's Eve at Nellcôte
A G&F Extra: New Year's Eve at Nellcôte

The Holiday Hustle is ON, people! While everyone is trimming the tree and wrapping gifts—need some help in that arena? We've got you, people!—we're also thinking about that very special day that needs no introduction: New Year's Eve.

This year, we're saying Oh La La to the NYE. Nellcôte, the hotbed for a fancy night out in a well-appointed—and massive!—West Loop space, is hosting a New Year's fête to fête all New Year's fêtes. Aptly titled "Party Under the Chandeliers," Nellcôte's chic and high-energy atmosphere will be transformed to up the ante for NYE fun. What do we love? We're excited for DJ Lani Love's curated beats (She tells us TK). Oh, and after a glass or two of bubbly, wood-fired pizzas from Executive Chef Jared Van Camp. Oh, and at midnight, champagne and macaroons will be passed—how very French of them! And here's a tip: for a VIP ticket and up, you can also get access to RM Champagne Salon. Très chic!

READ MORE HERE: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/12/new-years-nellcote/

G&F Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide 2014
G&F Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide 2014

From the hostess with the mostess to the sweetest kids' toys—we've got your last minute guide to snag inspired giftables this Holiday season. We've got the inspiration. You just need to wrap.

SEE THE FULL FEATURE: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/12/gift-guide-2014/

G&F Behind the Scenes: Holiday Fashion
G&F Behind the Scenes: Holiday Fashion

SEE THE SHOOT HERE: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/12/holiday-fashion-gold/

The Holidays are here—and there is no better excuse for excess than this time of year. We're sharing our annual Holiday fashion issue that's filled with lots of gold glitter and dripping in the perfect Holiday event looks. Step behind the scenes of The Golden Girl fashion shoot to see how G&F celebrates the season—in style, of course!

Dalmatian Printer Runner—in a DIY Jiffy!
Dalmatian Printer Runner—in a DIY Jiffy!

Meet the Gold + Bold Holiday Table! We tasked Christine Janda with three simple DIY's to transform your table into a charming old New York meets Hollywood Regency setting—gilded candlesticks, the sweetest place card and the perfectly printed table runner.

The perfect backdrop to you gold and bold table is a hand printed runner—doggy style! Remember to create spots in different shapes and sizes. No need to be perfect!

SEE MORE HERE: http://glossedandfound.com/spotlight/christine-janda/

Sweet Place Cards—in a DIY Jiffy!
Sweet Place Cards—in a DIY Jiffy!

Meet the Gold + Bold Holiday Table! We tasked Christine Janda with three simple DIY's to transform your table into a charming old New York meets Hollywood Regency setting—gilded candlesticks, the sweetest place card and the perfectly printed table runner.

There's no better way to exercise excess at the holidays than starting with dessert first! Your guests will feel oh so special, sitting down to a larger-than-life sparkling sweet made just for them. Don't have time to bake? Pickup store bought cookies and write each guest's name on the place card, tucking next to the sweet treat.

SEE MORE HERE: http://glossedandfound.com/spotlight/christine-janda/

Metallic Candlesticks—in a DIY Jiffy!
Metallic Candlesticks—in a DIY Jiffy!

Meet the Gold + Bold Holiday Table! We tasked Christine Janda with three simple DIY's to transform your table into a charming old New York meets Hollywood Regency setting—gilded candlesticks, the sweetest place card and the perfectly printed table runner.

We nabbed some candlesticks from the dollar store and sprayed them with gold spray paint. Then paired them with colorblocked tapers for an instant upgrade to the centerpiece.

SEE MORE HERE: http://glossedandfound.com/spotlight/christine-janda/

A G&F Extra: Backstage at the Goodman's A Christmas Carol
A G&F Extra: Backstage at the Goodman's A Christmas Carol

SEE THE FULL STORY HERE: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/12/a-christmas-carol/

Now in it's 37th year, the Goodman Theatre's annual production of A Christmas Carol leaps colorfully off the stage and right into your heart. Cheesy as that sounds, we're not afraid to say it. 37 years of Charles Dickens' Scrooge finding a richer way to live filled with hope, love and charity might make some companies shudder. But for Chicago and the Goodman, it's come to be known as the glittering benchmark of festivity for the holiday season, and this year is no different for the award winning theatre company. With 11 returning cast members—including Larry Yando who leads the cast for his 7th time as the cynically cathartic Ebenezer Scrooge—the production also welcomes some new Carolers to the mix. And one role in particular casts quite a sparkling impression on theatre goers. Meet Lisa Gaye Dixon playing the Ghost of Christmas Present.

Out of the four ghosts that visit Scrooge, none is more fun and frivolous than Christmas Present. Lisa lights up the stage with a sweetly contagious laugh, a brilliant scarlet red costume and multicolor glitter. Oh, the glitter. We mean a lot of glitter. At practically every line, a handful of glitter is thrust into the air—it's her character's exclamation point. The veteran Chicago actress is dotted with many theatrical milestones, but she puts all of herself into this role. Literally.

"The laugh is actually my laugh," she chuckles while filming our G&F Interview. We sit down with Lisa in her dressing room before a Friday evening performance to watch her get prepped for the role. And of course, we can't leave without seeing a signature glitter toss.

G&F Holiday Beauty Sing-a-Long!
G&F Holiday Beauty Sing-a-Long!

Hello, Holidays! We're decking the halls with the season's most inspired beauty looks that are sure to dazzle from the cocktail party punch bowl to the Big Apple drop. But Holiday hustlers beware—these looks are not for the faint of heart! From vampy Winter waves to glittered evergreen eyes, these happy-go-luck G&F models are prepping and primping for the perfect festive night out. Snag the looks here (http://glossedandfound.com/2014/12/holiday-beauty/) and sing-a-long as we share a whole lot of merry and bright this season.

A G&F Extra: The Golden Holiday Touch at Update
A G&F Extra: The Golden Holiday Touch at Update

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With the Holiday season upon us, there is no better time to outfit your home in brassy tinsels and glam golds. In fact, we encourage it! We trek to Oak Park to visit a boutique that knows a thing or two about decking the halls in Hollywood Regency metallics. Meet Update, the chic outpost for inspired interiors set along the charming main street of downtown Oak Park.

The home design haven is a sanctuary for glistening golds and shining silver and we visit the shop on a blustery day to try our hand at gilding a few easy items to up the holiday ante for our entertaining this year. The boutique's resident Interior decorator Bret Burdick walks us through the paces to creating the perfect shine. Watch the G&F Extra video to get a taste of the gold rush.

G&F Thanksgiving Treat: It's Pie Time!
G&F Thanksgiving Treat: It's Pie Time!

Ready. Set. It's Pie Time! The founder of the sweet new foodie blog + self-proclaimed pie making machine, Sana Khan visits G&F for our annual Thanksgiving special. Don't tell mom, but we're forgoing the turkey this year and heading straight for dessert. And Sana knows a thing or two about good tasting—and good looking!—sweet delights after dinner. Born out of love for baking thanks to her mother and her Indian family heritage, Chai & Pie Co. marries the two treats, bringing family and friends closer together over the shared love of, well, Chai & Pie. The website offers insights into Sana's foodie travels. And bonus! A full menu of treats are available for order—can you say "Cross dessert off your Holiday wishlist?"

So what's on tap for turkey day this year? We help Sana bake up a Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie. We'll sum it up for you in one word: delicious. Watch the G&F Interview below to see the recipe in action (and learn more about sweet Sana).

And to make it even easier this holiday season—we know you're going to have a lot on your plate!—snag Sana's recipe here: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/11/pie-time/

G&F loves #SmallBizSat: MERZ APOTHECARY
G&F loves #SmallBizSat: MERZ APOTHECARY

SEE THE FULL FEATURE: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/11/small-business-saturday/

When it comes to small businesses, you can’t get much more family-focused than MERZ APOTHECARY. In all it’s vintage wood-trimmed charm, the Lincoln Square outpost is a veritable emporium for anything beauty and grooming. Need a cool toothbrush? Merz has it. Looking for perfectly packaged breath mints? Merz has it. Candles? Merz. Beard lube? Merz. Pretty perfumes? Yup. Merz. And with over 13,000 products—yes, 13,000!—it’s not a surprise that Merz has it.

We visit owner Anthony Qaiyum who walks us through the small but mighty space and we definitely have more to talk about than we have room to put in our video edit. From the sweetest rose water to aftershaves galore, we’re racking up quite a tab. And with an “est 1875” stamped in gold on the front windows, we’re definitely picking up what they’re putting down. These guys know what they’re doing.

And the fun’s not done. Slated to open by Black Friday, Merz’ new store Q Brothers, which is right next door, is touted to be a grooming mecca for all the dapper dan’s in your life. Double the fun on Small Business Saturday? Sign us up.

Merz Apothecary, 4716 N. Lincoln Avenue
MerzApothecary.com

G&F Loves #SmallBizSat: GOLDPLAITED
G&F Loves #SmallBizSat: GOLDPLAITED

SEE THE FULL FEATURE: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/11/small-business-saturday/

The sisters behind GOLDPLAITED—who we spotlighted when the Lincoln Park finishing salon opened fall of 2013—are at it again. Their next iteration in providing the ultimate destination to get all gussied up is a series of classes to up your beauty game.

From skincare basics to finding the perfect eye look for your Holiday party circuit, Goldplaited’s classes are aimed at providing excellent tips and tricks in a nurturing (and super instagram-able!) space. We visit the gilded salon and take a seat to learn moisturizing basics, brows and more with one of their Goldplaited pros, make up artist Emily Wolf.

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Goldplaited’s services go beyond that. Touted for developing the phrase “Finishing Salon”, the small space packs a punch by marrying the blow out bar with a makeup lounge. It’s a win/win for any beauty lover.

Goldplaited, 2803 N. Sheffield Avenue
Goldplaited.com

G&F loves #SmallBizSat: LEAH CHAVIE
G&F loves #SmallBizSat: LEAH CHAVIE

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When LEAH CHAVIE talks skincare, we listen. The industry pro, whose namesake line has been polishing, primping and prepping Chicago’s most beautiful skin for the past 25 years, has a brand new treatment that is the talk of the town. We visit her cozy Lincoln Park storefront and get comfy for her stem cell facial. Extracted humanely from Parisian cows—yes, that makes us giggle, too—the stem cells are applied to the face to heal and rejuvenate.

“I’m not into fluff stuff,” Leah says of her treatments. But we beg to differ—she gets the fluff in there, too! Leah incorporated the quick twenty minutes stem cell treatment with her Leah Chavie Signature facial. The result? Heaven.

If Parisian cow stem cells aren’t your thing, Leah just launched a brand new line of Mineral Makeup which might just make a perfect holiday gift. For yourself!

Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique, 2457 N. Halsted Street
LeahChavie.com

G&F loves #SmallBizSat: SORELLE
G&F loves #SmallBizSat: SORELLE

SEE THE FULL FEATURE: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/11/small-business-saturday/

There is nothing quite like a neighborhood spot to get a quick service done. Especially one with a long menu and a no fuss staff. That’s Wicker Park’s SORELLE for you. We got tipped off to the full-service spa and salon from a very reliable source and all around beauty know-it-all and were immediately hooked. And bonus! A fun, quirky boutique greets you upon arrival with some fab finds. Sorelle, which means sisters in Italian, is owned by a set of stylish siblings who want each of their clients to join the family. You can't get much more sweet and local than that sentiment.

And when we say no fuss, that’s exactly what you’re going to get at Sorelle. Be it nails, a cut and color or waxing, the services let you breeze in and out with ease. We venture downstairs to a serene service room where the bubbly Candace Pivet gives us the 4-1-1 on maintaining our best set of brows.

Sorelle, 1905 W. Division Street
SorelleChicago.com

G&F loves #SmallBizSat: LE REMEDE
G&F loves #SmallBizSat: LE REMEDE

SEE THE FULL FEATURE: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/11/small-business-saturday/

LE REMEDE’s approach to skincare is definitely a high-touch experience. From the moment you walk in the door of the West Town space, you’re transported to a tranquil place that has a modern edge. It’s like getting a service done in a perfectly art directed home (partly thanks to a lacquered white Cuckoo clock that greets you at the door). Erin Stinson who opened the shop in 2013 is a walking advertisement for her treatments, too. Flawless skin and sparkling eyes, we just had to ask her what her secret was.

“A brow tint and wax every two to three weeks is a must!” Erin says about the services she indulges in at the salon.

We opt for something a little more hands-on for our #SmallBizSat story. We belly up to the facial bar, another aspect that we love about Le Remede. No need to go into a dark room—Erin has three comfy chairs lined up on a wide counter with beautiful natural light. It’s a more relaxed and social atmosphere. Dare we say the perfect girl’s night out locale?

We get an eight-step Signature facial (a total steal at $55!) which includes two masks, a crazy good extraction tool from Paris and plenty of products that make your skin look brand spankin’ new.

Le Remede, 1900 W. Chicago Avenue
LeRemedeChicago.com

G&F Men's How To: The Perfect Shave
G&F Men's How To: The Perfect Shave

READ THE FULL STORY: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/11/mens-how-to/

The perfect shave doesn’t only mean a hairless face, but instead includes the right finesse and products to leave skin as soft as a baby’s bottom. We’re dishing with Cowshed Spa Barber, Frank O’Connor, who teaches us the art of shaving—from graceful brush strokes to the harmonious graze of the blade. As a 3rd generation barber, Frank has an old school, no nonsense approach to shaving and facial maintenance. Along with his step-by-step shave guide, Frank is also serving up two of his essential products from the Cowshed Spa at Soho House Chicago.

G&F Men's How To: The AM Workout
G&F Men's How To: The AM Workout

READ THE FULL STORY: http://glossedandfound.com/2014/11/mens-how-to/

A gentleman always has five minutes for a quick workout and morning sweat. We’re getting you trained with fitness guru, Mark Beiber, on this everyday program you can do anywhere. As founder of Mark Bars and co-director of training of Shred415, Mark knows a thing or two about creating time-friendly workouts that challenge the core, create flexibility and stimulate a good amount of calorie burn. Watch Mark go through each of the five workouts below and read on to learn his dos and don’ts of technique.

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