By Jessica Girdwain | January 1, 2010 | Lifestyle
FROM LEFT: Mary Ann Murphy, Gloria L. Materre, Lauren Jiggetts, Toni Canada, Monica Canellis, Mary Lasky, Zarada Gowenlock, Dusty Sterner, and Tina Weller
Mary Ann Murphy, 48, cofounder, Blitch 66; interior designer with offices in Chicago and Beverly Hills
Botox for my forehead and around my eyes from Dr. Glenn Vallecillos in Beverly Hills. When I turned 40, I thought, OK, it’s time! + Brazilian hair-straightening treatment at Kim Vo Salon in Beverly Hills, which keeps my natural curls (and frizz) under control. + No drinking. No smoking. That’s a rule. + Being a vegetarian keeps me in great shape. Nutrition is so important and you notice its benefits on your body right away.
Sex with my rocker boyfriend, who is 14 years my junior! + Being career-focused keeps me active (and young)—I’m continually flying to LA and New York.
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Gloria L. Materre, 43, executive director, Illinois Housing Development Authority
Relaxing in the steam room Saturday morning after spin class at East Bank Club (500 N. Kingsbury St., 312-527-5800) is the perfect way to get glowing skin. + Bobbi Brown Metallic Lip Color ($22; Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500) makes my mouth shimmer.
Thanking God for my blessings: a wonderful family and parents. I’ll never forget the gifts that were given to me or where I came from. + I make it a point to surround myself with positive, forward-thinking people. + A belief in helping others in whatever way I can.
Lauren Jiggetts, 28, general assignment reporter, NBC5
Grace at Kiva Spa (196 E. Pearson St., 312- 840-8120)—she expertly tames my really thick eyebrows, and she gives fantastic facials. + Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense Intense Enriching Treatment for thick hair ($49.99; Bravco, 43 E. Oak St., 312-943-4305). The best conditioner ever.
I read a magazine or book from the library to wind down before bed. Right now, I’m reading The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright. + Walking along the lakefront and working out with my trainer, Marcia Clark from Buffalo Grove, helps me let go of any stress. + Talking to my husband, my parents and my younger sister at least once during the day. My family is closest to my heart.
Toni Canada, 42, director of human resources and training, Medical Specialists Centers of IndianaT
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream ($17; Red Door Spa, 919 N. Michigan Ave., 312-988-9191), which I’ve used since I was 11—it keeps my skin smooth and hydrated. + Running. I used to run five days a week and while I don’t do that much now, I still love it. + Spa Emilia (21 W. Elm St., 312-951-7415) for manis and pedis. The girls do such a great job of pampering my fingers and toes.
My husband Rick travels every week. Each Monday when he leaves, he places little notes for me to find. I never take any down—they remind me how lucky I am every day.
Monica Canellis, 45, realtor, Prudential Rubloff; luminary member, Step Up Women’s Network; executive host, Stimulus Social Club
Emmy Blume and Lissa Druss Christman’s spin classes at East Bank Club. + Cooking with lots of fresh vegetables. Healthy, low-carb meals keep my weight down.
To relax, I love music (Coldplay, David Gray and John Mayer are some of my favorites), sipping a glass of Terlato Pinot Noir and lighting a Lana Jewelry 24K Gold Heat candle ($85; lanajewelry.com). + I always try to look on the brighter side of things, which is something my dad taught me and has been invaluable in my life.
Mary Lasky 46, co-owner, Chaise Lounge and The Hunt Club; board member, The Service Club of Chicago
Beta peels every three to four months with Dr. Kevin Pinski (150 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1200, 312- 263-4625). In my late 30s, I started to get Botox injections. + Dr. Jeffrey Weller’s spa-like dental office (1050 N. State St., 312-654-0606) for veneers. I’ve never felt as glamorous or pretty until this treatment. + YSL Touche Éclat eye concealer ($42; Macy’s, 111 N. State St., 312-781-1000) and Shu Uemura Mascara Basic in black ($22; Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak St., 312-587-1700) are my go-to products for making my eyes pop.
Having inner peace with who I am— and accepting my flaws. True beauty comes from within the soul. + My two amazing children, Grace and Leo, give my life so much joy. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, I think of my kids and I smile. They are my happiness.
Dusty Stemer, 62, public relations and events coordinator, Brian Atwood Designs
Playing tennis at least three times a week. I play in two women’s groups and an outdoor men’s group (I love to be one of the guys!). + My son, Brian Atwood, who is a fashion designer. Great shoes are never a problem.
Sleep like someone with no conscience. I get eight hours every night—it’s the greatest beauty secret of the ages. + Being with my husband, Alex. His jokes are still funny and he’s a very good kisser! + Learn something new. I draw and do calligraphy, which are creative arts that satisfy me emotionally and are continuously challenging.
Tina Weller 39, public relations and treatment coordinator, Weller Aesthetic & Restorative Dental Care
Smile enhancement done by my husband, Dr. Jeffrey Weller. I had veneers placed on my top and bottom teeth eight years ago—one of the best self-improvements I’ve made. + Andreas and Cari at Salon Buzz (1 E. Delaware Pl., 312-943-5454). My friends call me “The Chameleon” because I’m constantly changing my hairstyle.
I keep a positive attitude. I view negative experiences as a chance to grow and learn. + Giving 100 percent of myself when I commit to something. There’s no other way to do it.
Zarada Gowenlock “Sixty-ish” (wink wink), entertainment and food consultant
Always removing my makeup before bed with baby oil—no matter what. + Botox and laser treatments with Dr. Jerome Garden (150 E. Huron St., Ste. 1200, 312-280- 0890). + I have a saying: “When a woman reaches 21, she has to make a decision: She can either be a jalopy or a classic. I choose to be a classic—and that takes a lot of time and maintenance.”
Being happy. It makes your face just glow. + Self-esteem, which I have too much of. But, when you get older, you have no choice—you might as well be the best you can be.
Photographs by maria ponce