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Life and Death: the Spirit of Chicago Eased My Pain

By Cathy Cassata

October 8, 2014

Coldplay’s “Fix You” blared from my headphones on my routine L ride home from work. The lyrics, “Lights will guide you home and ignite your bones,” suddenly rang true. As we crossed over the river, I burst into tears–the hard core, uncontrollable kind. I couldn’t stop. And the harder I tried, the harder I cried. Concerned passengers asked if I was okay, but they only made it worse. To escape the embarrassment, I prematurely dashed off the train and cabbed it home. I was six months pregnant, and my mom had died three months earlier. On my 21st birthday, Mom told me I saved her life. “You know, when you were …  Read more

Lessons from Your Twenties

Take the Lessons Learned from Your Twenties and Apply Them to Your Daily Life!

September 25, 2014
Ashley Gilday
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Looking back at my twenties sends a whole host of emotions pumping through my ventricles. There were joyous times of celebration and release, paired with a perfect combination of dysfunction and despair. The idyllic recipe for one hell of a cocktail (many of which I indulged). Oh, how I am grateful for surviving my twenties! Today I have a real sense of who I am; I know what I want, and I have gained enough confidence to portray that to the world. Twenties, you were fun, but thirties, I’m here, I’m saddled up and I’m enjoying the ride! 10 Invaluable Life Lessons I Learned in my Twenties 1. You are constantly changing in your …  Read more

Stay in Your Lane

Cheeky Talks Lifestyle, Fashion and PR with Jennifer Lane!

August 14, 2014

Meet Jennifer Lane, founder and owner of Chicago-based lifestyle and fashion public relations boutique Jennifer Lane Publicity. Throughout the company’s 11-year history, Jennifer has had the opportunity to represent a number of lifestyle and fashion clientele including Saks Fifth Avenue, Gold Toe Socks, Macy’s and Jim Beam, and local boutiques and spas such as Urban Oasis, Mario Tricoci and Handle with Care. We chatted with Jennifer about starting her own company, work-life balance and the Cheekiest thing she’s done this past week. Cheeky: Why did you decide to start your own company? Jennifer Lane: Ever since I was a little girl, I have had a passion for both fashion and business. After …  Read more