A while back I Tweeted this question: Poll: You open your car door and it may hit a nearby car. To save the car door, you must drop your phone. Which do you sacrifice? Why? Answers came in for days declaring your hardcore love for your phones. I mean, you people are willing to take a bullet for your little electronic lifeline, that much was obvious. There were also many of you that reminded the rest of us that karma is a real thing, and to sacrifice your own belongings before someone else’s.
January Wong and Jordan Wishner first met at 16 through a mutual friend, but it was charity work that brought them closer after college. While they were both serving on the junior board for Linda’s Hope — a local cancer nonprofit — they built a friendship that turned romantic in 2007 after sharing a cab ride together from an event. Three years later, Wishner, owner of the Health Insurance Shoppe, popped the question with a custom designed Lester Lampert ring.
We were delighted to learn this gorgeous Organic Coil bracelet ($170) (above), which bends and spirals elegantly around the wrist, is made of 100 percent wood. Chicago artist Gustav Reyes uses a modern “cold bend” technique to create wood jewelry that moves easily when you do. GustavReyes.com
MADE FOR WALKING Chicago-based line Ifeanyi Chuku offers a colorful take on a classic loafer: the Omu ($275) (above). Crafted from suede in Bologna, Italy, the shoes are designed to become softer over time. Both men’s and women’s styles available at Ifeanyichuku.com.
Why buy new? “Besides pristine floors and walls and fresh appliances, the associated costs — from assessments to potential repairs — can be lower because of new state-of-the-art building materials and mechanicals that offer energy efficiencies and sport warranties,” says Coldwell Banker broker Stephanie Englund-Siegel. Unfortunately, new construction residences can be hard to find thanks to the housing market crash in 2008. In fact, last month Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago President John Wozniak noted that new residences have dropped from a high of 36,000 six years ago to less than 3,000 annually.
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.