Get the Look: 1960s REDUX

Twiggy. Mary Quant. Brigitte Bardot. Carnaby Street. Woodstock. Warhol Factory.

The 60s were tumultuous, sure. But the chaos of the decade produced some of the most inspired and enduring styles. I love the dramatic, exaggerated looks of this time. And, so do designers like Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent and Stuart Weitzman. S0, get those mini dresses and chubby furs out of storage. Fall is all about the outre glamour of icons like Diana Ross and Jean Shrimpton.

What’s in? All things retro!

· Chubby furs
· Black and white prints
· Oversized glasses
· Chunky bangles
· Knee high gogo boots
· Platform shoes and booties
· Cat eye makeup
· Geometric prints

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  1. Paisley Jacquard Shift Dress, Emma Cook
  2. Chubby Fur, Marc Jacobs
  3. Dress, Maje
  4. Finn Silk Printed Leather-Trim Dress, Alice & Trixie
  5. Vintage Oversized Tortoise Shell Sunglasses,
  6. 60s Feather Mocs, Stuart Weitzman

My segment on Good Day Chicago: 60s Fashion Making a Comeback

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Chicago Family Fun


I am the new Chicago expert for Travel + Leisure Magazine! 

This morning, I had so much fun on Good Day Chicago talking about my hit list for best family activities in Chicago.

Chicago is a modern day mecca for families.  Lakefront. Zoo. Parks. Art. Sports. Aerial views. Beaches. Whatever the season, activities abound. And getting to them is half of the fun. First tip? Make public transportation part of your afternoon. For kids, a ride on the above ground EL train is an adventure in and of itself. During prime summer months, take advantage of the balmy temps and explore all things outside: architecture, public art, Navy Pier, Millenium Park, Wrigley Field, Lincoln Park Zoo or any of the verdant parks peppered throughout the city. Fact: winters are frigid. Tough it out Chicago style and enjoy ice skating at Millenium Park, trolley tours, museum visits and warming up with hot chocolate or high tea at many of the glamorous boites lining Michigan Avenue.  Busy days are exhausting. There is no better way to refuel than with a slice of deep dish pizza.

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Willis Tower Skydeck  1. Willis Tower Skydeck

All children wish they could fly like Peter Pan. At the Willis Tower Skydeck, this dream can be realized. Step out on the ledge, a staggering 103 floors and 1,353 feet high, and feel as though you are soaring over the city. On a cloudless day, it is possible to see clearly into three neighboring states: Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.




Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier    2. Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier

Dedicated to the art of play, exhibits such as WaterWays (pulleys and pipes, toy boats) and the Artabound Studio (paint, clay, and draw with trained art professionals) are hands-on experiences that encourage experimentation and creative thinking. The Tinkering exhibit is DIY-bliss for pint-sized inventors. Kids are invited to grab real tools and everyday materials, and to transform them into new objects.




Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum   3. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

For science buffs, this Lincoln Park museum is paradise. Amble through ecosystems, bird watch with binoculars, and get wet while learning about river flow. The piece de resistance is the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, a 2,700 square foot greenhouse with 1,000 butterflies from 11 different countries. Watch them flit around their tropical habitat and move slowly; one of these vibrant specimens might land on your shoulder.



Behind-the-Scenes Wrigley Field Tours    4. Behind-the-Scenes Wrigley Field Tours

Almost nothing symbolizes a Chicago-experience more than a hot dog (with all the fixings) and an afternoon baseball game. In 2014, Wrigley Field celebrated its 100th year, and offers fans a chance to sit in the dugout, step onto the field, visit the press box, and learn the inside truth about the infamous Curse of the Goat.




Lincoln Park Zoo   5. Lincoln Park Zoo

With more than 1,250 animals, Lincoln Park Zoo ranks as one of the finest in the country. Don’t miss the Endangered Species Carousel or Regenstein African Journey—an interior exhibit that mirrors a safari experience. Afterward, meander over to the Nature Boardwalk where wooden pathways span a pond filled with wildlife, including largemouth bass and fathead minnows.




My segment on Good Day Chicago: Chicago Family Fun for Fall

FOX 32 News Chicago

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Fall Fashion: Mom Must Haves



Mom Must Haves revised

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Local Experts Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 2

Twitter chat

How do you avoid looking like a tourist when you travel? Find out in our Local Experts Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 2nd from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice!

How does it work?
1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.
2. Head over to Enter the hashtag #TL_Chat into the search bar and select the “All” search option to follow the chat in real time.
3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets.
4. We’ll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own!


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On Trend, Not Trendy

How Real Women Should Use Runway Trends

I love fashion shows. And celeb gawking.  But, these directional, dramatic  looks can be sported by the rarefied few that do not dabble in real life scenarios often.

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Runways shows are designed to inspire. They are barometers, not checklists. Stylists look at seasonal trends and dissect them. Then they incorporate these elements of style-midi skirts, animal print, pops of orange, graphic prints, pastels- into an existing wardrobe. An elegant minimalist wardrobe + trendy accents = polish

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