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By Kaitlin Madden | May 29, 2012 | Style & Beauty
Beauté: Kiss Kiss Strass Lipstick in Cuivre Drape, Guerlain ($33), Traceless Foundation SPF 15 in Caramel, Tom Ford ($78). Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500. Hydrating Styling Cream, Moroccanoil ($32). Salon 1800, 1133 W. Armitage Ave., 773-929-6010. A Crewed Interest Nail Polish, Essie ($8). Macy's, 111 N. State St., 312-781-1000.
Apparel: White dress, Trina Turk ($268). Cusp, Water Tower Place, 312-951-2299. Gold and diamond chain-link earrings, David Yurman ($7,800). 40 E. Oak St., 312-787-7779. White and gold cuff, Kara by Kara Ross ($345). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900.
If Manning had a theme song, it would be "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." As the senior director of game operations for the Chicago White Sox, it's her job to orchestrate that beloved ballpark experience—the pregame ceremonies, the perfectly synchronized home-run fireworks, and, yes, the seventh-inning stretch.
Lives: River Forest.
Cause closest to my heart: Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.
Best known for: My ability to stay calm in stressful situations.
Guilty pleasure: Oreo cookies and a glass of ice-cold milk.
Beauty philosophy: Enhance what you have.
Favorite feature: My brain. I use it to get the job done.
Beauty products I can't live without: Bobbi Brown under-eye concealer—I work long hours and have three boys. It's absolutely necessary.
My position on plastic surgery: Not for me right now.
Advice to my 16-year-old self: In the future you will appreciate all those activities that your mom signed you up for.
Beauté: Velvet Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation in Light Golden, Amazing Cosmetics ($36). Sephora, 108 N. State St., 312-263-8688. EverStrong Deep Replenishing Masque, L'Oréal ($6). Target, 1154 S. Clark St., 312-212-6300. Capture Totale Intensive Night Restorative Rich Crème, Dior ($145). Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500. Body Souffle, Moroccanoil ($52). Bluemercury, 2208 N. Halsted St., 773-327-6900.
Apparel: White top, Walton's own. Jean Schlumberger earrings ($17,000) and brooch ($22,500), Tiffany & Co. 730 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-7500.
The doyenne of Chicago's society scene keeps a social calendar that would wear out women half her age. Walton—a former dancer and singer—maintains her energy through a dutiful daily exercise routine that keeps her in leading-lady form: "I can still lift my leg over my head," she divulges.
Lives: Gold Coast.
Latest project: I'm being honored as a "Woman of Vision" by the Illinois Eye Bank in June.
Causes closest to my heart: Bipolar Foundation, Service Club of Chicago, and the Howard Brown Health Center, to name a few.
Best known for: My sense of humor.
Most proud of: My life with my [late] husband. We were soul mates.
Guilty pleasure: I love chocolate, but I'm not supposed to have it now. I've learned at this stage, though, not to feel guilty, just to eat it and enjoy it.
Beauty secret: My grandmother always told me that if I drank warm water with a slice of lemon every morning, it would keep my skin beautiful.
Advice to my 16-year-old self: I never took any advice when I was 16, because I thought I knew it all.
Beauté: Day Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturizer SPF 30, Prevage ($129). Macy's, 111 N. State St., 312-781-1000. Ultra Moisture Lotion, Olay ($9). Walgreens, 16 W. Adams St., 312-223-0197. Luminous Hairspray Strong, Moroccanoil ($21). Marianne Strokirk Salon, 361 W. Chestnut St., 312-944-4428. Eyeliner Marker in The Drama, ck one ($17). Ulta, 114 S. State St., 312-279-5081.
Apparel: White blouse, Givenchy ($2,125), Earrings, Tom Binns ($440), Bracelet, Delfina Delettrez ($1,800). Ikram, 15 E. Huron St., 312-587-1000.
At the ripe age of 23, Lee was appointed the youngest-ever artistic director of the award-winning Chicago Children's Choir. She's since led the group's 3,000 young voices in performances with the Vienna Boys' Choir and Yo-Yo Ma, and for the Dalai Lama, Rahm Emanuel, Joe Biden, Beyoncé and Michelle Obama. Long renowned for her musical talent, the master pianist, conductor and composer is beginning to gain recognition for her leadership ability—she was selected to attend Harvard University Business School this summer to take part in a leadership program for nonprofit executives.
Lives: Fulton Meat Packing District.
Guilty pleasure: The clam chowder at GT Fish and Oyster.
Trademark look: All black, all the time.
Favorite feature: My cheekbones—thanks, Mom!
Beauty product I can't live without: I love my husband's Zirh Herbal Under Eye Cream.
I maintain my inner beauty by: Running, thinking, and reading every day.
Advice to my 16-year-old self : Never stop working, and never stop believing in who you will become.
Beauté: Oil Absorbing Lotion, La Mer ($220), LXP Ultimate Revival Serum, SK -II ($265). Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500. High Beam, Benefit ($26). Macy's, 111 N. State St., 312-781-1000. Curl Conscious Calming Crème, Bumble and Bumble ($28). Solo Salon, 1065 W. Madison St., 312-491-9771.
Apparel: White blouse, stylist's own. Vintage Alhambra 20-motif necklace in yellow gold and white mother-of-pearl ($14,800) and Magic Alhambra eight-motif necklace in white gold and pavé diamonds ($59,000). Van Cleef & Arpels, 33 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-8988.
Uruguay-born Smithburg isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. She puts her master's degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University to good use as owner of Artemisia, the landscape-architecture firm behind some of Chicagoland's most lavish lawns.
La test project: Designing the Healing Garden for the Swedish Covenant Hospital.
Most proud of: My heritAge and my family.
Beauty products I can't live without: Coconut oil and aloe vera.
Best beauty advice ever received: Never go to bed with your makeup on.
Beauty secret: Take time for dancing!
Position on plastic surgery: Still thinking about it.
I maintain my inner beauty by: Keeping my mind and body active.
What makes a woman beautiful is: The way she treats other people.
Advice to my 16-year-old self: Always expand your capacity to love and to give; set high goals for yourself.
Beauté: Dahlia Noir Body Milk, Givenchy ($50), Radiant Glow Express Mask with Red Clay Intensive Formula, Sisley-Paris ($124). Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500. Pure Color Lipstick in Little Liar, CK One ($16). Ulta, 114 S. State St., 312-279-5081. Phytolisse Finishing Serum, Phyto ($30). Sephora, 108 N. State St., 312-263-8688.
Apparel: White top, Boulee ($148). Cusp, Water Tower Place, 312-951-2299. 18k rose-gold and faceted-amethyst earrings ($3,700) and 18k rose-gold necklace ($21,195), Pomellato. 41 E. Oak St., 312-649-9720.
Scott may be the freshest face at NBC 5—she took over as the network's weekend meteorologist in September—but she's no neophyte. Before landing in Chicago, Scott weathered storms for Erie, Pennsylvania; the Caribbean; and Knoxville, Tennessee. If history is any indication, Scott's career is on the right track; her predecessor at NBC 5 left Chicago for Good Morning America Weekend.
Lives: The Loop.
Cause closest to my heart: Operation Warm, which provides new winter coats to children in need.
No one would ever guess: I can tap dance.
Guilty pleasures: Twizzlers and Cherry Coke.
Trademark look: A simple, classy dress with a pair of heels.
Favorite feature: My eyelashes.
Beauty products I can't live without: Kate Somerville Quench.
My skincare routine, summed up in one word: Never-ending.
I maintain my inner beauty by: Staying humble, being appreciative, and giving back.
Advice to my 16-year-old self : Life's a yellow brick road. Enjoy the journey.
Beauté: Hydra Beauty Serum Hydration Protection Radiance, Chanel ($97.50), Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Onyx/Coffee, Estée Lauder ($25). Macy's, 111 N. State St., 312-781-1000. Grooming Crème, Bumble and Bumble ($27). Solo Salon, 1065 W. Madison St., 312-491-9771. Replenishing Body Cream, Shiseido ($72). Macy's, 111 N. State St., 312-781-1000.
With an ever-expanding empire of eponymous businesses in Chicago—she recently has added a beauty center and a natural makeup line to her portfolio of restaurants, Karyn's On Green, Karyn's Cooked, and Karyn's Raw—Calabrese shows no signs of slowing down. But if she ever does retire, she's heading to Europe. "Women can be sexy at any age there. You can take your top off and lay on the beach when you're 90," she says.
Lives: Gold Coast.
Cause closest to my heart: Safe Humane Chicago and Chicago Canine Rescue. I celebrated my birthday this year by raising money for these important causes.
Secret to my success: Not acknowledging the word "can't."
Beauty philosophy: Work from the inside out. Worst beauty blunder: Not getting enough sleep.
Trademark look: Short skirt, high heels.
Favorite feature: My eyes.
Position on plastic surgery: I'm scared by it personally, but I make no judgment of women who do it.
Advice to my 16-year-old self : Never alter anything about yourself to make others comfortable.
Inspirational, influential, and empowering, these six women embody Chicago's multifaceted view of what defines beauty.
Photography by Erika Dufour; Hair and makeup by Chrisondra Boyd at Ford Artists Hair and makeup assistance by Allie Kunkler at Ford Artists Manicures by Rashida B at Artists by Timothy Priano; Styling by Jacki Debb at chicagoermergingartists.com