6 Clever Tricks to Look Slimmer in Holiday Evening Wear

Holidays can be stressful. Between family obligations, perfecting presents and trying to make it to way too many holiday parties (all while indulging in a few of your favorite festive treats), looking and feeling our best can often prove difficult. Here are six foolproof ways to look slimmer in your holiday evening wear — while […]

Deck the Halls: Lincoln Park Home Gets a Festive Annual Makeover

“I’ve always thought of Christmas as a magical holiday,” interior designer Ruthie Ryan explains from the Lincoln Park row home she shares with her husband, Rich. “It’s a moment to relax, decorate and be with family.” The couple, who returned to the city in 2009 after raising their three daughters in Glenview, is famous among […]

11 Ways to Maximize Your Holiday Party Budget

Whether you’re hosting a cocktail party for 75 or an intimate dinner for 12, you want to spend your holiday entertaining budget on the things your guests will enjoy and remember. We talked with local event planners to help us figure out where to skimp (hint: expensive wine) and where to spend the big bucks […]

Holiday Party Fashion: 9 Pieces, 4 Outfits

So many holiday parties, so little time to shop for them. Fortunately, with a handful of key pieces, you can mix and match to create several looks, taking you from family gatherings to office mixers. Office Cocktail Party Consider a sequined, metallic skirt your holiday fashion workhorse. For fancier affairs, pair it with a top […]

Keep Calm and Carry On Through the Holidays

Local author Mark Reinecke, Ph.D., knows a thing or two about the dangers of high expectations and aiming for perfection around the holidays.   Here’s some advice from his book, “Little Ways to Keep Calm and Carry on: Twenty Lessons for Managing Worry, Anxiety, and Fear”: Let’s call this lesson: How to Host The Perfect […]

4 Better Parties

’Tis the season of the party. But what kind should you throw? Here’s our Better guide to hosting the perfect party—one you’ll enjoy as much as your guests. Our secret? Know what you want to wear and go from there. We’ve got menu ideas, decor hints and even caterers who can make you feel like […]