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Introducing....Jade Morales!

George the Salon, praised for its hair services, is now offering manicures for both men and women by celebrity nail technician, Jade Morales. Stop by on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-6 pm to book a manicure, starting at $25.

Right after school at Pivot-Point, Morales started working at the Ritz-Carlton, then opened Kiva Salon and has now been at the Four Seasons for six years. There, she has countless celebrity clients, although she keeps mum about who they are.

"We're known for privacy at the Four Seasons," Morales explains. "That's why celebrities keep coming back."

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The Cure 24/7

There's always a little skepticism when people claim that products are "miracles." However, The Cure 24/7 split-end mender is truly a lifesaver. I don't even have split ends, but smoothing a little of this serum into my hair instantly makes my hair softer and shinier.

Supposedly, the orchid extract in this product has a longevity molecule that fills cuticle cracks and restores moisture. You won't see orchids listed in the ingredients, but look for, cymbidium grandiflorum, the flower's Latin name. With that in mind, the Cure is definitely doing something for my otherwise dull, limp hair. Normally, my hair is so fine that any serum, oil or conditioner weighs it down or makes my hair look greasy. Not this one though. The Cure seems to just absorb right into my hair and has a lingering uplifting tropical scent.

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Fend Off Winter Wind

Harsh winter weather requires a step up from lightweight moisturizers and we've found the perfect product in Brilliance New York's Time Travel Day Cream. It's heavy-duty enough to keep your skin hydrated all day and throughout the night, without weighing down your face or clogging pores.

The natural formula releases vitamins A, C and E, along with antioxidants and amino acids that penetrate the epidermis and boost cells with oxygen. This helps improve skin texture and facial contours. An advanced peptide complex stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to invigorate skin's resilience and radiance.

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Chocoholic

Calling all chocolate lovers! It's always a treat to receive some sort of delicious chocolate no matter what the occasion is. As the holiday season sets you in a gift buying frenzy--go the easy way with giving out some delicious sweets! After attending The Chicago Fine Chocolate Show last month, and eating more than my fair share of chocolate over the last several months, I can confidently recommend the following as the best of the bunch for chocoholics on your Christmas list:

1. Katherine Anne Confections – This Chicago-based chocolatier ships nationally, although you have to stop by her Logan Square storefront if you want to try her decadently thick hot chocolate topped with homemade marshmallows in flavors like early grey and salted caramel. For a holiday gift, order her mixed pack of truffles, fluffy marshmallows and caramels here!

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Chef Leonard Hollander's Baked Mac 'n Cheese

The best cure for the iciest of winter days is curling up by the fireplace with a glass of gluhwein and a heaping portion of baked mac 'n cheese. Here's a recipe for the latter from one of Chicago's cheese experts, Executive Chef Leonard Hollander of Marion Street Cheese Market. Chef Hollander was just awarded a Bib Gourmand award from the Michelin Guide, recognizing the bistro as an excellent option for diners on a budget.

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Seaweed Is Not Just For Eating

Ladies, you deserve a treat this holiday. A nice spa break that will leave your skin feeling fresh and dewy. Lucky for you, the Repêchage Four Layer Facial is available at thousands of spas in more than 30 countries. At Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique in Chicago's Lincoln Park, I experienced the wonders four layers of seaweed goodness can do for my face.

The first layer is a concentrated serum of freshly harvested seaweed, followed by a creamy facial massage second layer. The serum softens lines and rebalances skin, while the massage stimulate circulation and improves skin elasticity.

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Holiday Bloody Mary

Bloody mary concentrate makers, Stu Waters and Rudi Schmidt, share a Christmas twist on this traditional brunch cocktail.

Bloody Merry

Ingredients

To be served over ice in a pint glass – garnish with rosemary sprig because it looks like a pine tree!

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The New It Boot

Even on the iciest, windiest, snowiest, bone-achingly coldest winter mornings, I'll be motivated to go outside because it means pulling on my bright orange knee-high sheepskin rubber MoovBoots. They're a prettier, more fun and less pretentious lovechild of Hunter boots and UGGs.

Vulcanized rubber is low maintenance and keeps your feet dry so you can stride confidently through the ickiest of slush without worrying about ruining your boots. Plus, Australian merino sheepskin lining keeps you warm and comfortable.