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VIVA VINTAGE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH SONGBIRD JESSIE ARLEN
WHERE RUNWAY MEETS REALITY, STYLE MEETS SUBSTANCE + HAUTE MEETS HEART™ www.meinfocusmag.com
OLD HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR
AN LB GROUP LLC PUBLICATION 5
FOUNDER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Bian ‘Bee’ Li
Scenes: Where We’ve Been and What We’ve Been Doing Since Last Issue
Raves: Product Picks that are Thrilling Us Old Hollywood Style
Women’s History Month: Our Personal Role Models
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International Women’s Day: March 8
CONTRIBUTORS Iya Bakare Missy LaForge Kerry Sayers INTERN Valencia Davis
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Bian Li DESIGN DIRECTOR Diana Dittmer DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Rod Roberts CREATIVE CONSULTANTS Alex Albrecht Ricardo Ford
Old Hollywood Glamour: With Actress and Advocate Mierka Girten
Old Hollywood Glamour: From Girl Next Door to Red Carpet Ready
DIRECTOR Christine Nicholls
Jessie Arlen: Big Dreams, Big Talent
National Nutrition Month: Eat Right, Live Better
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ON THE COVER
Mierka Girten A Character Actress, Mierka evokes her favorite Old Hollywood icons.
Fitness: Personal Trainer Kim Gerbosi Shares Her Easy Exercise Tips
Glam Hair: From Italy to Old Town with Paolo Bivona of Compagnia della Bellezza Salon
Viva Vintage Clothing: Interview with Owner Amy Mayberry
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Jet Set: First in our Thailand Series: Bangkok
Hot Spots: Daytime Hangouts and Nighttime Haunts
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Green Eggs & Ham: A Recipe in Honor of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Irish-American Heritage Month
Peter Breese: With a Passion for Gallery and Commercial Illustration, Peter Breese is Our Featured Artist
Calendar: Eartha Kitt
Photography by Rod Roberts
Buzz: Shutter Island Film Review by Brianna Calkin of Chick Flick Reviews
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
BIAN ‘BEE’ LI SHARES HER THOUGHTS
Dear Readers, As spring approaches, we venture into March with a sense of renewal and are excited for the possibilities ahead. Whether it’s a new hair style or healthier habits, this month is all about finding what’s best for you. Just in time for the Oscars, Chicago actress Mierka Girten channels Old Hollywood Glamour and shares how she stays positive and keeps moving forward despite living with Multiple Sclerosis. Spring is a time to be inspired and motivated, and in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we share with you the women who have inspired us along the way. Join us as we make some history of our own this month. Be Good.
Photograph by Ricardo Ford
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ME: IN FOCUS OUT & ABOUT & ON THE TOWN!
Where we’ve been and what we’ve been doing since last issue
Chicago Red Dress Party photo shoot by The Equality Project and Vanguard Art & Fashion Collaborative. Video coverage by Mark of Cover Chicago TV.
Destination Capri Akira Fashion Brunch at Tocco.
Cover Girl Mierka Girten getting her hair done by Paolo Bivona before the shoot for this issue.
Victor Hotel ‘6 Senses’ Party with fashion by Akira and art by Zhou B. Gallery. Produced by Daniel Bruce (above) of Daniel Bruce Boutique Event Productions.
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WHAT’S THRILLING US
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FEELING LIKE A STAR
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The perfect kisslock purse for lovers of all things vintage. The velveteen, champagne colored material is lined with scarlet silk and features a cell phone pocket inside. Go from day to night: remove the strap from this versatile bag and carry as a clutch. Effie’s Heart Give Me Number 9 Purse $48 www.modcloth.com
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FRAGRANCES THAT RESEMBLE AWARDS
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A funky cocktail ring by Juicy Couture. Gunmetal finish with purple mother-ofpearl and crystal accents. Midnight in the Garden Mother-of-Pearl Flower Ring $88 www.zappos.com
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WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
ROLE MODELS PAST AND PRESENT
In recognition, here are the memorable women who have impacted our staff
March Book Pick
Well behaved women seldom make history.
~Laurel Thatcher Ullrich
Historian and professor at Harvard University
I came across Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I a Woman” speech when doing a report on women’s suffrage in middle school. Her plain spoken, yet powerful words made a lasting impact on me. I framed a copy of that speech in my room and always read it out loud in difficult times. To this day, whenever I need to find courage from within, I still repeat those words: “Look at me, ain’t I a woman?
In the Roaring 20s, Coco helped women’s liberation through a style called ‘garconne’ (a young woman flaunting her unconventional dress and behavior). To look un-ladylike, women tightly wound their chest with cloth strips to flatten it. Her legacy inspired a new Valencia’s legion of fashion icons. Inspirations
The first African American performer to win an Academy Award for her role in “Gone With the Wind” in 1939. This achievement opened the door for many performers of color to accomplish what has come to fruition in the film and music industries.
Although her life and career ended abruptly, she paved the way for women of color (especially black women) in journalism, specifically in Chicago.
It was because of Jane Goodall that I originally wanted to be a primatologist when I grew up. A soft spoken woman with a quiet determination to speak out for our closest DNA relatives. Her years of patience and resolve paved the way for a whole new understanding of the primate world, including ourselves.
Russian-American philosopher and novelist whose Objectivist principles resonated with me at a young age. She characterized this view as one grounded in reality, aimed at defining our nature in relation to the world in which we live.
Labeled the ‘Queen of Pinups’, she has influenced women’s freedom of sexuality, art and vintage/modern fashion alike.
From a background of modest beginnings, she branded herself and created a mass empire in the broadcast journalism industry worldwide that has lasted almost 30 years. She sees the importance of giving back and actually does it.
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Empowering women, enriching society
Gender equality and women’s empowerment are fundamental to the global mission of the United Nations to achieve equal rights and dignity for all.. But equality for women and girls is also an economic and social imperative. Until women and girls are liberated from poverty and injustice, all our goals-- peace, security, sustainable development -- stand in jeopardy.
~Ban Ki Moon
U.N. Secretary General
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OLD HOLLYWOO GLAMOUR
WITH MIERKA GIRTEN
ACTRESS + ADVOCATE
March is Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness Month. This month our model role model is Mierka Girten, a Chicago actress living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Her foundation, Mookie Jam, raises funds for other artists living with MS. Since Oscar time is approaching, we invited Mierka to channel Old Hollywood Glamour as she shares her story.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
ROD ROBERTS CLOTHING PROVIDED BY VIVA VINTAGE
MAKEUP & STYLING
ALEX ALBRECHT HAIR STYLIST PAOLO BIVONA
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BEE: When were you diagnosed with MS and how did that impact your life? MIERKA: I was diagnosed in 1993. I was in my first year at DePaul University’s Graduate Acting Department. The initial impact caused a lot of fear and anger, but thankfully I realized that life is short and you have to do something great and extraordinary to help others while you can. Ultimately, the diagnosis enabled me to see that I’ve got to be the best actress and person that I can be. I learned that I am not invincible and to take it one day at a time. BEE: What inspired you to start your own organization, Mookie Jam, to help others with the disease? MIERKA: It began in 2000. The idea of Mookie Jam stemmed from channeling resources earned from a successful onewoman play (With or Without Wings WOW), that I wrote with an adaptation by Michael Thomas. I performed WOW for other artists facing similar personal and financial challenges with their MS treatments and career goals. BEE: How can our readers get involved to help and become more informed about MS? MIERKA: The website, mookiejam.org, provides information in lay terms about MS, and also offers people the opportunity to learn about the objectives and accomplishments of this organization. The Internet contains a wealth of additional information to increase public awareness. One can start by just reaching out and extending him/herself to somebody in the community with MS. BEE: Are there any common misconceptions that people have about those living with MS? MIERKA: Yes, and they are all misguided fictions: 1) We are intoxicated or 2) We are unintelligent, because our speech is occasionally slurred, halting or not always rapid. 3) We have to be wheelchair-bound, and 4) If we are not in a wheelchair, then we must obviously be doing fine and feeling pain free.
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BEE: Tell us more about your theater work. Does that help you deal with your condition? MIERKA: Theater is my love and my passion. Going to work in the theater is like going to church for me. I’m most happy at the theater because I don’t feel physical pain at all. I do voiceovers and sing jingles. People hear my voice all the time and don’t even know it, and that’s kind of cool. BEE: What are your specific goals with respect to your acting career, as well as your foundation?
MIERKA: The goal of the foundation is to help as many as people as I can, while I can with my foundation. There‘s always the fear that I could get sick and not be able to do what I do any more. So I just push really hard to try to make sure that I can assist others around me. For acting, the goal is to continue it as long as I can. Of course, I would love to go to New York City and do a play. I would love to star in a Craig Wright play and there is a Tennessee Williams play I will be in before I die. But none of that really matters for me, as the larger quest is simply trying to get through each day, hoping I can continue perform-
MIERKA`S OWN ROLE MODELS
A PERSONAL ROLE MODEL is my mother for maintaining her sense of humor while struggling with her own MS diagnosis, and for having the foresight and perception to place me at an early age in a school for creativity and the arts. A PROFESSIONAL ROLE MODEL is the entire cast of A Red Orchid Theater, my fellow artists. They have produced and continue to produce some of the bravest art in Chicago, while working with extremely limited budgets. They never give up.
BEE: What career advice can you give to young aspiring actresses? ing. I’ve been lucky to be able to press on and I try not to take that for granted. BEE: Any advice you can give to our readers about coping with MS and/or helping a loved one with MS? MIERKA: In order to cope with it you must be patient, keep your sense of humor and use your body. Watch what you eat, whom you spend time with and what your priorities are. You have to really concentrate on healing. With your body, you either use it or lose it - PERIOD. You must also be grateful for the abilities that you DO have because there are other people out there with even more horrible problems and difficulties than you. To help a loved one with MS, you have to thoroughly and diligently educate yourself about their situation, as well as their disease and clearly understand that it never goes away. This includes, but is not limited to, situations and scenarios related to isolation, depression, confusion, misunderstanding, pain, irritability and fatigue. MS symptoms can vary with each individual. My symptoms may differ from other people with MS. MIERKA: Career acting involves a lot of rejection, but it absolutely cannot be taken or integrated at a personal level or lead to desperation. It’s hard to do! There do exist elements of frustration, anger, anxiety, worry, doubt; however remember that the one thing that you love more than just about anything else is performing, being in the arts and being surrounded by great actors. Remain focused and maintain good energy. If you fail, get up and do it again. The worst thing anyone can say is ‘NO’, and honestly it probably wasn’t meant to be. It may hurt, but a big fat ‘YES’ is right around the corner.
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Mierka with her brain scans that show the signs of MS
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OLD HOLLYWOOD WITH KERRY GLAMOUR JOURNALIST SAYERS
BEFORE + AFTER
From girl next door to red carpet ready
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DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
ROD ROBERTS CLOTHING PROVIDED BY VIVA VINTAGE
MAKEUP & STYLING
ALEX ALBRECHT HAIR STYLIST PAOLO BIVONA
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BIG DREAMS, BIG TALENT
Up close and personal with the 22 year old, New York based rising star. She returned to her native Evanston, Illinois for the release of her debut album, ‘Certain Surprise’.
Photograph by Tara Chumpelik
BEE: Have you always wanted to pursue music as a profession? JESSIE: I’ve been surrounded by great music my entire life. I have my parents to thank for exposing me to a rich and mature collection of artists, instruments and sounds. When I was younger, I was actually quite shy about expressing myself musically. I would rarely sing in front of others. I used theater and dance as a way to express myself creatively. It really wasn't until later in high school when I became confident with sharing my musical talents. Deep down, I’ve always known that music is an important part of my identity and spirit.
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BEE: Your debut CD combines jazz and soul elements. Has this always been your preferred genre? JESSIE: At an early age, I naturally gravitated towards jazz and as a result, I am highly influenced stylistically by the genre. I feel a deep connection with the repertoire and I’m attracted to the sophisticated and timeless nature of jazz, as well as its ability to connect to a large and diverse audience. These songs are beautiful, romantic, clever, witty, and they tell a real story that can connect to listeners on many different levels. My inspiration for this recording definitely stemmed from my love for jazz. There is a mixture of styles present on the
record because I wanted to explore different sides of my musicality. I will always explore, cross-over and mix multiple styles. I don’t like to limit myself. I am an extremely open person and I want my music to reflect that. When writing my own original music, I find that I fuse together folk, jazz and pop. BEE: Who are some of your musical inspirations or influences? Whom have you learned the most from? JESSIE: There are so many! Ella Fitzgerald, of course! Bobby McFerrin, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Andrew Bird, Rufus Wainwright, Nick Drake, Chicago,
I am an extremely open person and I want my music to reflect that.
allow the music to flow through me freely. I feel extremely grounded and at home when I am on stage. I can really be myself. BEE: How did you narrow down the songs for your debut album and how long did it take to produce and record it? JESSIE: All of the songs for this project seemed to come to me naturally. I chose songs that I felt a connection with and that I love to sing. I also chose songs that inspired me to create my own unique interpretations. The project took about one year to complete…definitely a labor of love. The whole process taught me a tremendous amount about the recording process…I grew as an artist from start to finish. I had the opportunity to collaborate with amazing and talented people, which made the process smooth and a ton of fun! BEE: Do you have any specific career aspirations or goals you hope to achieve? JESSIE: My main goal right now is to record a full-length album comprised of my own original music. I also want to sustain a long and fulfilling career. When I am in my 90s, I hope to still be singing and performing!
BEE: If you could duet with any legendary singer, who would it be? JESSIE: Wow. It would be amazing to perform with Stevie Wonder. BEE: What’s the best piece of career advice you have received? JESSIE: Recognize the doors of opportunity and walk fearlessly through them. Also, create for others—art should not be a selfish endeavor—it’s your responsibility to share your unique talents and help inspire people through your work.
THE BEATLES...the list goes on and on! I feel like almost everything I listen to influences me in some way. As a kid, the only radio station that I listened to was the ‘oldies’ station. I used to sit in the back of our family's mini-van and sing along with Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin, Simon and Garfunkle, Marvin Gaye…I would mimic their vocals and try to sound just like them. I learned from the greats! BEE: In addition to having great pipes, you sing with a lot of maturity and charisma for your age. Where does that come from? JESSIE: I have no idea exactly where it comes from. I often wonder if I was born in the wrong decade…I probably lived during the jazz age in a past life. When I perform, I allow my spirit to shine and I
LOVE OF JAZZ
I probably lived during the jazz age in a past life. When I perform, I allow my spirit to shine and I allow the music to flow through me freely.
Recognize the doors of opportunity and walk fearlessly through them.
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HEALTHY LIVING HEALTHY HABITS
If there was a quick fix we wouldn’t have an obesity problem in this country.
Registered Dietician at Rush University Medical Center
NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH
Eating right and living better
BY IYA BAKARE
ARE YOU TIRED of the freezing temps and shoveling snow? Spring is quickly approaching, motivating people to get in shape. March is National Nutrition Month, an annual nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the American Dietetic Association. According to the Center for Disease Control, 67 percent of people aged 20 years and over in the U.S. were overweight or obese in 2006. Healthy eating habits, in addition to physical activity, are essential to overall healthy living. In order to eat healthy, you need to know what you’re eating and work hard to stay fit. Jennifer Ventrelle, a registered dietician at Rush University Medical Center and a certified personal trainer, says the biggest myth about various diets is that they are quick fixes. “If there was a quick fix, we wouldn’t have an obesity problem in this country,” says Ventrelle. Part of knowing what you’re eating is reading the nutrition labels on food products. Ventrelle admits reading nutrition
“There should be no more than three grams of saturated fat and there should always be zero grams of trans fat,” adds Ventrelle. Some of Ventrelle’s tips in healthy diets include foods high in fiber and minimal in sugar, unless it is natural sugar, like sugars found in fresh fruit. Dietary fiber is a good source for carbohydrates. Ventrelle recommends trying to consume 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day and to consume less than 15 grams of sugar a day. Foods slightly higher in protein tend to keep you full longer, while foods high in carbohydrates intensify hunger. If you are eating less than four grams of protein with a meal, Ventrelle
THE NEW U.S. FOOD GUIDE
Heart Association recommends 2300 milligrams per day, which Ventrelle says breaks down to less than 600 milligrams per meal and less than 150 milligrams per snack. Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Obama administration launched a campaign ‘Let’s Move’, an initiative to fight childhood obesity. “I think [the campaign] is really great because it’s known that obesity is an epidemic, and it’s great she’s taking an initiative to do something about it.” Ventrelle says one of the reasons obesity is an issue in this country is because many parents are not modeling healthy behavior for their children.
labels can be tricky because they are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, a calorie count that many diets cannot reach. Ignore the percentages on the labels and look more at serving size information because there can be more than one serving per container, she says. Ventrelle adds that generally meals should be 300 to 600 calories, and snacks should total 100 to 150 calories. In regard to fats, total fat includes ‘good fats’ and ‘bad fats’. Both saturated fat and trans fat are considered ‘bad fats’.
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recommends adding another food high in protein with it, such as spreading peanut butter on a banana. Ventrelle says another important part of your diet is Vitamin D, which is found in most dairy products, such as low fat milks, yogurts and cheeses. It is also found in fish (such as salmon), egg yolks and cereal grains. Sodium is also a significant factor in your diet, especially if you have a history of heart disease in your family. The American
“You have to target the parents to get them to change their behavior,” she comments. Whether you’re someone’s mother, aunt, sister or friend, healthy living is happy living.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES American Dietetic Association www.eatright.org Let’s Move Campaign Against Childhood Obesity www.letsmove.org
EASY EXERCISES TO STAY FIT AT HOME OR ON THE GO
Personal trainer KIM GERBOSI of HIFI PERSONAL FITNESS shares her tips for working out the entire body
TO LEARN MORE www.hififitness.com
Lie face down with your hands about three inches wider than shoulder width. Raise your body off of the floor so your arms are straight, legs are together and your body weight is on your hands and toes. Keeping your body straight and abdominals engaged, lower your body toward the floor by bending your elbow. Then push your body back up to the starting position by straightening the elbow. Perform this exercise for 30 seconds to 1 minute. a Modifications: The push up can be done on your knees if this is too difficult. To make it more challenging, elevate your feet on a chair or bench. Targeted Muscles: chest, triceps, shoulders, lower back and abdominals
WALL SIT WITH ANGLE
Lean your back against a wall. Slide down the wall until your knees are at a ninety degree angle. Raise your arms to your sides so that they are at a ninety degree angle. Your shoulder blades, arms and hands should be touching the wall. While keeping your legs in the wall sit position, raise your arms up toward your head. Raise the arms as high as you can while keeping the shoulders, arms and hands on the wall. Now lower the arms back to the starting position. Repeat the arm movements while remaining in the wall sit for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Targeted Muscles: gluts, thighs and hips. The angle stretches the chest muscles while strengthening the middle and upper back
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Lie face down with your forearms on the floor. Push your body up off the floor so your forearms and toes are the only things touching the floor. Keep your body in a straight line and contract your abdominals. Hold this position for 10 seconds and then raise yourself up onto your hands so you are in a push up position. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Now lower again back to your starting position on your forearms. Repeat this sequence for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Modifications: If this is too difficult, just hold the plank position on your forearms. To make it more challenging, decrease your time in each position to 5 seconds. Targeted Muscles: triceps, shoulders, abdominals, hips and back
Lie on your back with feet hip distance apart on top of a chair with your knees bent. Slowly raise your hips off the ground by tightening your gluts and stomach. Hold the position for a count of three. Lower your body back to the floor. Repeat this sequence for 30 seconds to 1 minute. a Modifications: If this is too difficult, you can perform the exercise with your feet on the floor. To make it more challenging, you can perform this one leg at a time. Targeted Muscles: gluts, abdominals and lower back
Place your hands on the edge of the chair. Your feet are on the floor straight in front of you and your butt is near the edge of the chair. Lower yourself toward the ground by bending your arms. Keep your chest up and abdominals tight. Raise your body back up by straightening the arms. Repeat this sequence for 30 seconds to 1 minute. a Modifications: If this is too difficult, you can bend your knees. Targeted Muscles: triceps, shoulders and chest
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BEE: What is the most common hair care problem among your women clients? PAOLO: They tend to blow dry too much, abusing their hair through over-heating. I emphasize teaching my clients how to care for their hair at home. BEE: What are the current trends right now and how often do you notice shifts in what’s ‘in’? PAOLO: The 80s are back, along with warm color and soft curls. I have noticed that trends seem to shift every two to three years. BEE: What products do you recommend and why? PAOLO: I like to use products that work to treat hair on a daily basis and improve the damage and dryness caused by overheating. I recommend a weekly hot oil
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FROM ITALY TO OLD TOWN
Co-Owners Paolo Bivona and Maria Paonessa style the Windy City. With 21 years of experience, Paolo shares his style tips below.
treatment and a good thermal protector. My favorites are Versa-fix spray gel by Brocato and the MELU line of products by Davines. BEE: Can you describe your personal approach to hairstyling? PAOLO: Customer service is number one. As far as image is concerned, I always customize a hairstyle based on individual style, face shape, background, body type and career. BEE: What styles do you suggest for different face shapes? PAOLO: For square faces, a short cut is a must to create a softer shape; more width to the style also. For oval faces, anything goes. Round faces need a cut with length for elongation. For a pear shaped face, some customization is needed in addition
to adding more height and length. BEE: Tell us more about your salon. PAOLO: We have eight stylists on staff at the moment. New employees complete a year long apprenticeship and attend weekly classes taught by the salon to keep up with current trends. BEE: How would you describe the European way of doing hair? PAOLO: Keeping with the longstanding tradition, European salons are not rushed. Clients are comfortable spending more time in the salon. Beauty and softness is emphasized in overall style. In the U.S., clients are usually pressed for time and need to get in and out quickly, so the environment is more rushed. The feeling is similar to that of London.
Photographer: Bian Li www.meinfocusstudios.com
Photo courtesy of Amy Mayberry
BEE: Who is your favorite vintage designer? AMY: I don't have a single favorite vintage designer. Of course, well-known designers like Christian Dior and Balenciaga made beautiful clothing, but most often the pieces I handle personally are ready-towear items from the great old department stores, like Marshall Field's, and sometimes even well-constructed, home-sewn clothing. What attracts me is the quality of the workmanship and the materials. Luckily, with vintage, you can find high-quality items at almost every price point— from high-end, designer cocktail dresses and evening gowns by Yves Saint Laurent or Pucci to homemade cotton sun dresses. BEE: What are your tips for purchasing and maintaining vintage clothing? AMY: The most important tip when purchasing vintage clothing (or any clothing in my opinion), is to know what shapes suit your body type. For example, although I absolutely love the skinny shape of 1930s bias-cut evening gowns, my body is better suited to 1950s dresses, so I tend to buy what looks good on ME, not what looks good on a hanger. Specific to vintage, if you discover a piece that you love in close to the right size, be open to the possibility of minor alterations to make that find a perfect fit. Also, I recommend purchasing from reputable dealers and shops where the clothing has already been cleaned and any minor flaws repaired, so that you acquire a piece that is ready to wear, in good condition. Be aware that the 1960s and copied the 1920s, the 1970s copied the 1930s and the 1980s copied the 1950s. Educate yourself as to the differences so that you're not fooled into purchasing one thing while thinking that you are getting another. For example, real 1920s dresses will never have a zipper up the back, but a 1960s flapper-style dress probably will have one. Once you have found that perfect vintage cocktail dress, treat it with respect.
Most vintage cocktail and evening wear require dry cleaning and proper, gentle cleaning will keep the clothing looking its best. Make sure that you use an excellent dry cleaner, and that he or she knows that the dress is vintage and therefore may require special care, before handing it over. It's very important to store your vintage clothing properly. Most items can be hung on padded hangers (or folded in boxes, in the case of 20s beaded dresses or delicate silk lingerie). Sweaters should be folded to avoid stretching, accessories should be stuffed with acid-free tissue (or at least white tissue, not colors) and all vintage items should be stored away from direct sunlight to avoid fading.
Interview with Owner, Amy Mayberry
BEE: What era of clothing are you most fond of? AMY: I am fond of two decades in particular: the 1930s and the 1950s. The 1930s for the long, lean silhouettes of the clothing and the whimsical and sculptural details of the fabulous hats. The feminine shape of 1950s clothing also appeals to me: the full-skirted and the fitted, hourglass-shaped dresses—everything from simple cotton sundresses to cocktail attire. I love the boxy leather and Lucite handbags and the dramatic rhinestone costume jewelry from this period as well.
KERRY SAYERS TROPICAL ORANGE FLORAL 60’S DROP WAIST DRESS $60
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Photograph by Rod Roberts www.rodrobertsphotos.com
March is an ideal time to visit this tropical country. With so many sights and sounds, Bangkok is the perfect first stop in our Thailand series.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY BIAN LI
Buddhist statue in the Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
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A solitary monk walking through Wat Phra Kaew
Getting around in a Tuk-Tuk, the popular local form of transportation
Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). The most sacred temple in Thailand within the grounds of the Grand Palace of the Royal Family.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) on the bank of Chao Phraya River
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Wat Phra Kaew, west side of the palace
A Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) match, Thailand’s national sport, at Ratchadamneon Stadium
DAYTIME HANGOUTS + NIGHT TIME HAUNTS
Places to go, people to see
Boutique hotel lounge with a sexy vibes, stylish décor and sophistication.
311 N. Sangamon St., Chicago 312 733 6900 www.victorhotelchicago.com
With a casual chic feel, this Italian restaurant is the perfect place for Sunday brunch with friends.
1266 N. Milwaukee, Chicago 773 687 8895 www.toccochicago.com
This Lakeview haunt hosts musical acts before they get big. Half off Mac & Cheese on Wednesdays.
3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago 773 525 2508 www.schubas.com
Intimate lounge in the South Loop that’s perfect for an after work get together with colleagues or friends.
1520 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago 312 447 0201 www.mloungechicago.com
TRIAD SUSHI LOUNGE
A South Loop favorite offering traditional and Japanese fusion cuisine. Affordable pricing and laid back atmosphere. BYOB with no cork fee.
1933 S. Indiana, Chicago 312 225 8833 www.triadsushi.com
ELEPHANT & CASTLE
This longstanding downtown British/Irish pub offers authentic Fish & Chips and Bangers & Mash. Bang On!
185 N. Wabash, Chicago 312 345 1710 www.elephantcastle.com
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GREEN EGGS & HAM
WE COULD EAT THEM HERE, THERE OR ANYWHERE!
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Irish-American Heritage Month
Photograph by Bian Li www.meinfocusstudios.com
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GUINNESS BEER Who doesn’t love a pint of Guinness?
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6 farm fresh eggs Fresh spinach (1 cup) Diced ham (1 cup) Shredded cheddar cheese (to taste) Cut red potatoes Mustard seed (dash) Paprika (dash)
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Chopped garlic (2 cloves) Sea salt (dash) Lemon-pepper seasoning (dash) Ginger powder (dash) Olive oil (3 tbsp.) Orange slices, for garnish Cilantro, for garnish
1. Combine eggs, salt, ginger powder and lemon-pepper seasoning mix together in
a medium-size bowl. Beat until well combined.
2. Place 2 tablespoons olive oil with garlic in stainless steel saucepan over high
heat. Pour mixture into pan and allow to settle slightly. Pour in diced ham, spinach and cheese. 3. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes until solidified. With spatula, fold in half and flip over. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until ready to serve. 4. Boil potatoes until soft and cut. Place 1 tablespoon olive oil with garlic in stainless steel saucepan over high heat. Place potatoes in pan and sprinkle in mustard seed and paprika. Sautée until golden brown and ready to serve. 5. Garnish with orange slices and cilantro...enjoy!
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HOMEMADE SHAMROCK SHAKE Try blending with mint chocolate chip ice cream and Oreo cookies...yum!
With a passion for gallery and commercial illustration, Peter Breese is our featured artist.
COPYRIGHT PETER BREESE. 2009. 2010. ARTWORK BY PETER BREESE
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ABOUT PETER’S WORK
Abandon the complexities of your surroundings, from the olives in your Martini to the rhythm of the band. Let the details fade away, all save the siren stealing your breath from across the room. These private ambrosial moments define the art of Peter Breese. Comprised of ink, gouache and hot pressed cotton, the Breese woman is chic syncopation. Live for now.
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STYLE ME. ENTERTAIN ME. INFORM ME. INDULGE ME. INSPIRE ME. EMPOWER ME.™
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Read Across America Day
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Barbie’s Birthday Everything You Do Is Right Day Saint Patrick’s Day Freedom of Information Day
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Girl Scout Day
Share a Smile Day International Women’s Day
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Good Samaritan Day
Ides of March
Albert Einstein’s Birthday
Big Bird’s Birthday First Day of Spring
Potato Chip Day
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Single Parent’s Day
Women’s History Month
American Red Cross Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
National Nutrition Month
“EARTHA KITT” (CHARCOAL SKETCHING) BY BIAN LI 2009
Max von Sydow
BY BRIANNA CALKIN
Martin Scorsese has officially fulfilled all of the hype I have been curiously hearing about. Shutter Island will leave you stunned and wanting to see the film again and again. The plot is just that surprising and twisty. Leonardo DiCaprio plays former U.S. Marshal and World War II veteran, Teddy Daniels. Along with his new partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), the pair venture to Boston’s Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital, home to the most dangerous and criminally insane patients/ prisoners. The two are there to investigate the disappearance of patient Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer) who magically escaped. Teddy purposely wanted the task to travel to Shutter Island because he has ties to one of the patients and wants to investigate the facility further. However, upon arrival Teddy finds himself suffering from migraines and hallucinations of his beloved wife and his troubled World War II days, making the investigation more difficult than expected.
Teddy begins to interview patients as part of his investigation. It seems that they are all attempting to relay the same message for him to escape the island while he can. And with the lack of answers from his detective work, Teddy begins to wonder if Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley) and Dr. Naehring (Max von Sydow) have other intentions for him. There are a crazy amount of surprising twists in this movie that I was not expecting. I’m keeping my review relatively brief so I don’t give too much away! I definitely feel like I have to see this movie at least a couple more times to fully grasp all of it. There has been a lot of hype around Martin Scorsese and now I understand it. This movie is not only a mental hospital thriller, but it piques curiosity while remaining artistically visual and adventurously entertaining. The hallucinations that Teddy has of his wife, played by the fabulous Michelle Williams, were filmed impeccably to illustrate the love
that Teddy misses and the tragic series of events that haunt him. I feel like the hallucination scenes were the most impressive scenes Scorsese brought forth in this film. If you like thrillers, I highly recommend seeing Shutter Island. If you’re not into thrillers, you are missing out! This movie is worth breaking your comfort zone to see.
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MUSIC BLOGS WE LOVE
SADE After almost a decade away from the spotlight, British singer Sade is back with her new album, Soldier of Love. With songs like the title track, she reminds us why we missed her so much.
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