Make a resolution to take advantage of these quickie style solutions. Busy women have no moments to spare. Believe me, I get it. As a card-carrying member of the supremely stressed syndicate, I know all about time constraints and priorities. Between putting in crazy hours at work and raising a family, the time that used to be spent on ME — namely toning at the gym, grooming at the salon and primping in front of the mirror — has evaporated. But I still manage to carve out the nanoseconds required to pull myself together. The trick? Having an arsenal of quickie style solutions at the ready.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are breaking up! That is, if you’re to believe one of the many 2013 predictions celebrity psychic Thomas John gave me in an interview. He also predicts many other Hollywood splits, weddings and the sex of Kate Middleton’s baby.
He’s a lean, mean, fat-fighting machine and he’s gunning for you — but don’t worry, you’ll thank him for it. Dr. Ian Smith, the Hyde Park-based medical mind behind four bestselling wellness books, just penned his fifth guide to slimming down, Shred: The Revolutionary Diet. Released on Dec. 24, the book details Smith’s sure-fire way to drop the extra pounds quickly, safely and without feeling hungry. “The concept is diet confusion. Every day there’s variety,” says Smith. “The number one comment about the diet is that there’s too much food.” With four meals a day and three snacks, the Shred diet is a welcome antidote to crazy crash diets and ultra-low calorie plans, making Smith poised to be 2013’s most popular diet expert.
Scottie and Larsa Pippen settle into Chicago’s North Shore and focus on family, philanthropy and a brand new reality show For much of his career, Scottie Pippen has been one half of a dynamic duo. As a member of the Chicago Bulls from 1987 to 1998, Pippen was the yin to Michael Jordan’s yang — his defensive prowess, ability to step into almost any on-court role and more reserved personality complementing his teammate’s flashy dunks, buzzer-beating shots and hyper-competitive attitude. Together, Pippen and Jordan won six championships and a gold medal and cemented themselves individually and as teammates in the top tier of players and teams to ever grace the court. It’s been eight years since Pippen, 47, retired from the game. Now, he’s stepping back into the spotlight as one half of a different dynamic duo: Scottie and Larsa.
Steakhouse honcho David Flom has an unexpected back story. For three generations his family has run one of the country’s largest pea farms in Cannon Falls, Minn. Today they supply around 90 percent of Green Giant’s product, and once a year Flom and his entire extended family head home for a giant harvest party. So it’s easy to see why for Flom’s newest eatery, he and business partner Matthew Moore veered away from the power lunch/business dinner/white tablecloth vibe of their first restaurant, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, and created a more low-key spot. To Flom, it was just what the Gold Coast needed.
We all have something we keep putting on the backburner to eventually conquer. Whether it is to quit smoking, lose weight, exercise, save money, clean out your garage…you name it. We wait – sometimes years – before we actually do it. What’s yours? And why the hell haven’t you done it?
Not even the Times Square ball drop can hold a candle to these Chicago women who dazzle in sequins and glitter, grabbing attention with every twist and turn. Whether in a bright color or a silvery sheen, pick a dress with a flash of shoulder and a flattering cut. When it comes to accessories, metallic shoes, bags and belts are fair game, but use them sparingly, like the ladies featured here. You’re sure to start 2013 with a bright statement and the resolution to always be confident, daring and stylish.
The Alhambra Palace Restaurant (1240 W. Randolph) was a multiplatform media hub when 600 industry professionals gathered for the 54th annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards. The event was emceed by Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper, who was joined by honorees including WMAQ-Channel 5’s Daniella Guzman and Stefan Holt, WFLD-Channel 32’s Robin Robinson and “Windy City Live” host Ryan Chiaverini. In addition to recognizing local television excellence, organizers invested in the next generation of storytellers by awarding $20,000 in scholarships to journalism students.
Where to be and what to see this week: ‘Macbeth’ by Suitcase Shakespeare, ‘Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It’, ‘I Love Being Me, Don’t You?’, Winter Dance 2013, ‘Side Effects May Include …’, The Second City Guide to the Opera (with Renée Fleming) and ‘Passing Through the Opposite of What It Approaches, Chapter 25’.
The American Jewish Committee honored senior advisor and retired Apollo Group Co-CEO Chas Edelstein with dinner, drinks and a lighthearted roast. On Dec. 5 more than 300 guests turned out at the Ritz-Carlton (160 E. Person) for an extra dose of entertainment as Edelstein’s celebrity pals Rob Schneider, Jack Hanna and Neil McCoy took the stage to playfully poke fun at the honoree. The evening netted tons of laughs and nearly $500,000 for the AJC.