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A Festivus for the Rest of Us

I’m not a big fan of the holidays — as a matter of fact…I dread the season. Once the Halloween decorations go up, I keep me head low, grit my teeth, and pray for January 2. Thus far, the holiday season served up a...

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Are Beauty and Happiness Linked?

As we move full force into 2014, it’s time to step back and reflect on what brings us happiness. I’m the first person to jump on a new beauty brand bandwagon, but no amount of powder and paint can bring true happine...

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Who’s Been Reading Your Resume?

Actually, it’s not so much a question of who’s been reading your resume, it’s what’s been reading your resume: A software program Anyone currently conducting a job search knows the infamous online appli...


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CGN Insider Report: The Holiday Glam Face

We’re heading into the home stretch, and this weekend serves up a litany of holiday brunches, shopping, and events. If you’re all out of creativity for your make-up look, then you MUST watch my favorite Brit, Lisa E...

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Aging in America

Today is my birthday — I am now officially middle-aged. Hell, who am I kidding? That’s even being generous — by that definition it means I need to live until I’m 106 and I have no intention of doing that...

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How CrossFit (Almost) Crushed My Spirit

Almost….I’m not not down for the count yet, but I was sorely tested yesterday. (No pun intended.)  Afterward, while I laid in a defeated heap on the verge of tears, I contemplated my situation. What was the real issue?...


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6 Tips for Choosing Your Signature Scent

Last week we discussed your signature scent and five tips to wearing it. When chosen properly, a signature scent helps define your personal brand and makes you memorable – just make sure you know how to choose and wear your...

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CGN’s Insider Reporter: Five Tips To Wearing Fragrance

Potent fragrances, which trigger childhood memories, fill the air as we head into the holiday season. Ever wonder why the smell of pine trees, cinnamon sticks, and luscious baking aromas wrap us in a warm and nostalgic blanket ...

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Are Limits in Your Way?

Last week, I attended the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago’s (PWCC) monthly speaker series where I heard the vivacious Carolynn Brooks,Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of OfficeMax speak. Fresh off the an...


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CGN’s Insider Report: Sephora Haul Fall 2013

Sometimes, a picture says a thousand words! Last weekend I indulged in one of my favorite pleasures – Sephora’s VIB  (Very Important Beauty) Insider 20% off promotion. The adventure ended so successfully, it prompt...