Mikhaila Woodall stands out in a crowd. Her long hair is streaked magenta, her infectious laugh can be heard across a crowded hotel lobby, and her striking features and bodacious bod have a tendency to turn heads. She’s fresh on the scene as a teacher but is already gaining notoriety in the Chicago Yoga community as a formidable talent, packing classes full of devotees both at CorePower Yoga and Lakeshore Sport & Fitness where she …
Coming off a holiday season full of cocktail parties, Mom’s meatloaf and an assortment of holiday buffets, there’s no better time to be excited about eating healthy. Enter national culinary expert extraordinaire, Chef Ryan Hutmacher. While initially following a corporate career path in sales management, Ryan soon found himself in a whole new direction. “I was struggling both physically and mentally with the stress and was in search of something more fulfilling that supported the lifestyle I truly wanted to live,” he says. “I always loved food, even to a fault, but I decided to go ‘all in’ and headed to culinary school to explore my interest in the art form … Read more
The Christmas season is known for decking the halls, jingling all the way and dashing through the snow. And maybe most importantly, it’s a time for dancing and dreaming of sugarplums a la The Nutcracker. But one too many sugar plums or gingerbread cookies means that New Year’s dress might be running a little more snug than planned. Don’t worry though–there’s still time to hit the ground dancing before the ball drops on December 31st thanks to the Pure Barre classes at their new Lincoln Park location. For those looking for a fun and different way to burn off holiday calories, there really is no better workout than the simple but … Read more
At this time of year when the days are shortest, our bodies need more sleep and warm, nourishing food. Instead, we are busier than ever, going to parties, consuming too much inflammatory, acidifying alcohol and sugar, staying out late and over extending ourselves in the spirit of giving. This leaves us with compromised immune systems just when the cold and flu viruses are lurking everywhere. To make the New Year happy and healthy, I am focusing on gifts of wellness this season for myself and others! Here are some of my top picks: Give the Gift of Greens Nutrient dense green vegetables are always in season (in winter, think kale and chard). … Read more
She is fun, fabulous and fierce. She is chic, intelligent and in-the-know. But most of all, the Cheeky chick is the kind of woman who embraces, admires, respects, smiles at and opens her heart to other fabulous chicks. Now THAT'S Cheeky, darling!