Escaping the Odds Podcast Highlights Former Illinois Inmates Turned Entrepreneurs

When you’re making $8k-$15k a day, you’re probably good at what you’re doing or you’re doing something illegal or both. For Black History Month, I had the opportunity to speak with Aaron Smith, Founder of…

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Staying Fresh in The City with Chicago-based Skincare Line, Oars + Alps

This is a sponsored post. I joke that when I leave the house in the morning, I basically am taking a trip to a different city. My bag isn’t just my purse. It’s my gym…

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10 Tips for Going on a Winter Road Trip With Friends

There’s a lot that you can learn from traveling. I’ve traveled with my best friend, strangers and even did solo travel. I wanted to share my experience driving cross country from Chicago to The Grand…

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3 Ways to Create Better Leads At Your Next Event

Do you ever wonder why some people go to an event and meet the same people you do, but they create better leads at events? Seeing someone else sign a deal when you didn’t is…

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HBO and Bloggers Debate How to Throw Successful Influencer Events [Video]

Anybody can throw a party, but what does it take to throw successful influencer events (like this one, or this one, or oh, yes this party)? Influencer marketing has become explosive in the past few…

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Cool and Chill Places in The West Loop

The West Loop has become kindof my second home and I get that there are some of the best restaurants there – I read Emily Belden’s “Hot Mess” (and also interviewed her on a West…

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How a 100 Year Old Company Attracts Talent in The Age of Entrepreneurship

Sometimes it’s important to pause and think about why we do the things that we do. It’s true for 100-year-old companies who are attracting creative talent as well as ourselves. In order for a company…

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How We Wish Men Answered Our Bumble Messages

Saying “Hi” and “Hey” on Bumble (Tinder, OkCupid, Match, eHarmony, Hinge, etc.) is one of the worst ways to start a conversation. Just kidding, we all do it. I mean sometimes swiping is like liking photos…

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5 Chicago Lifestyle Bloggers: The Story Behind Their Following

Chicago Lifestyle. How do you become the Chicago cosmopolitan city girl you’ve always aspired to become? At Windy City Cosmo, we focus on building genuine relationships and the beauty, events, skills, and cocktails behind them.…

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Should You Get Drinks With Your Coworkers?

In school, we’re told to make friends,  but at work, the question becomes can I be your friend?  A new survey finds 74% of employees consider coworkers friend and one in five believe their colleagues…

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The One Reason Why You Can’t Reach Your Goals

I love writing things down. I write down quotes. I write down favorite spots. But, most importantly, I write down my goals and my dreams. And so when I say this, I mean it –…

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Saying No to Brunch and Uber: How to Be Single and Save For a Home

As a single, city girl I am starting to think of my future and that means saving for a condo in Chicago and investing in my career – two things that are harder to do…

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The Founder of OkCupid Talks Soulmates

Love. It’s in an algorithm. At least according to Sam Yagan, a mathematician who founded OkCupid. Yagan and I met in the back room. As a serial entrepreneur, who is now investing his resources in Chicago,…

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How early would you wake up for your career?

It’s 4:42 a.m. I have three minutes before I absolutely have to open my eyes, pull myself out of bed, and start my morning weekday routine. Ugh, mornings. If I leave the house by 5:28, I…

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Cocktail Inspired Cupcakes: Intoxicakes Bakery Chicago

As a Chicago foodie, I love trying new things – especially when they are paired with alcohol or made with alcohol (as I learned from a cooking class this summer). So for New Years this…

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New Years Brunches at Chicago Bars and Restaurants

There’s no better way to start a day or a new year, then with brunch. We’ve rounded up some brunch spots for New Years Eve and New Years brunch specials. PS if you had too…

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West Loop Food Tour: Eating Through Chicago’s Foodie Neighborhood

There’s so many ways to explore Chicago, but I prefer to taste and drink my way as I walk through neighborhoods. And one of the best neighborhoods to visit for good food is the west…

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5 Ways To Get to Know Your Family and Friends Better at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special holiday. It’s doing what I truly love to do – gather around for dinner and drinks (and hopefully pie) with people I love. But as nice as it is to have…

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