If you’re anything like me, you experience a depressing letdown after the holiday festivities, or what I like to call “The Post-Holiday Blues.” You know what I’m saying because you’ve just spent the past 30 days decking your halls, spinning your dreidels and throwing any trace of a diet out the window, because some fat guy wearing a red fur coat kept feeding you rum-infused eggnog at your holiday party. Now you face a house full of wrapping paper, gifts you need to exchange, a long list of unobtainable (and un-fun!) resolutions, and a leftover shiny gold bow stuck to your newly dimpled ass thanks to Aunt Gerty’s peanut butter balls, which you shoved in your mouth by the handful. Luckily I have adopted a few rituals to combat the post-holiday blues!
Trump Tower sparkled a little brighter than usual on Dec. 4 as more than 200 guests sipped Champagne and browsed the latest pieces from Chicago-based jewelry line Dana Rebecca’s 2013 collection. Themed “Named With Love,” the event attracted pairs of partygoers who Tweeted about friendship with the hashtag #namedwithlove for a chance to win a bracelet with a jeweled heart. Guests included power publicists Jenn Lake, Amanda Puck and Jamie Weil, party planner Debi Lilly and the Blackhawks’ Lizzy Queen.
Countless movies and melodies say that home is the best place to be during the holidays. Fortunately, the market boasts several residences that would be ideal for parties and celebrations when tradition requires — and throughout the rest of the year, too. Our leading contender, a four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, 2,750-square-foot house at 632 Academy Woods in Lake Forest for $775,000 (down from $800,000) is “not just a home, it’s a lifestyle,” says its sales agent, Baird & Warner broker Chris Puszynski (847-812-7265, Chris.email@example.com).
I have written in numerous books that I wish there was a class taught to kids in school about coping skills. The only way we learn to deal with things growing up is by watching our parents handle certain situations. I had a girlfriend in 8th grade whose parents dealt with issues by yelling at each other. It was so uncomfortable to be in that house and she and her little brothers naturally followed the path of screamers as adults.
As 2012 fades into the history books, begin keeping next year’s be-true-to-yourself resolution by doing exactly as you please when the clock strikes midnight. To help craft the perfect evening, we’ve compiled a list of New Year’s Eve celebrations that fit any party style.
NBC-Channel 5 reporter Anthony Ponce put his journalistic skills to good use when he made his move on photographer Maggie Rife. They met while they were both getting physical therapy in 2008 — she had an injured knee, and he had hurt his shoulder — and were on a strictly first-name basis for a few months until Ponce decided to learn more. Sneaking a peek at her chart for her last name, Ponce went home and Googled her, but before getting the chance to ask her out, Rife took a job in southeast Asia. Her career led her back to Chicago just one year later, and it was journalism that brought them together again. Ponce was assigned to report on a story where Rife was on location shooting. Barely recognizing him, Rife was pleasantly surprised. “He was this polished, handsome newscaster, but I could not remember where he was from,” says Rife.