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Published on March 12th, 2011 | by thevyne

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Random News You Can Use

This week, as with pretty much every week, we came across some random happenings and information that we found useful and interesting enough to share with one another. Which made us think, maybe The Vyne readers would be interested too? So we decided to compile a quick list that we hope you’ll find useful and interesting too:

1)   A new great moisturizer. Chicago winters are dry, cold and brutal and it’s difficult for me to find a good moisturizer that does the job without irritating my sensitive skin. Though I just bought Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion (SPF 30) yesterday, I’m loving it so far. It’s a little thick, but it’s gets rid of the dryness and is gentle on my skin.

2) If You Have to Cry, Go Outside. Every now and then (more often than not) I like to troll the self-help book section of a book store to see what’s out there. For a variety of reasons, not the least of which is my psychology background, I enjoy reviewing them and coming across ones that are actually helpful or inspiring. This week I started reading “If you Have to Cry, Go Outside”, the New York Times Bestseller by Kelly Cutrone. If you ever watched “The Hills”, “The City” or better yet “Kell on Earth” on Bravo then you know Kelly Cutrone is the brash, no-nonsense self made fashion PR maven who tells it like it is and doesn’t apologize for it. So far the book is 100% her and it’s making for an entertaining and inspiring read.

3)   Two great restaurants. I don’t know what it is about Chicago and animal named restaurants, but I feel like it’s a trend since I went to two of those restaurants this week. The Purple Pig and Girl and the Goat were amazing (even despite me participating in March Meltdown. Both specialize is meat-heavy small plates. The Purple Pig is located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Ave. Some of my favorites on the menu were the pork shoulder (soooo tender), the shaved brussel sprouts and salt-roasted beets with whipped goat cheese (yum!). Girl and the Goat is Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s restaurant located in the West Loop of Chicago. I had to make reservations a month and a half in advance, but it was well worth it. I tried things that I hadn’t tried before (pig face), things that sounded kind of bazaar but worked (parsnip infused pots de crème), and common dishes with a interesting twist (scallops in brown butter with pieces of goat sausage and white shrimp). A Top Chef experience, indeed. I would definitely recommend it.

4)   Some art. Every 2nd Friday the Chicago Arts District has a gallery night where the galleries open their doors to the public. Many of them have drinks, hors d’oeuvres and music as well. I went last night and found the galleries to be extremely diverse: from performance art to fashion to posters to photography to contemporary oil paintings. One of the most creative ideas I saw was at a gallery named Artpentry who has what they call the “Gentlemen’s Boombox line of boomboxes made out of old suitcases.

5) Vitamins every woman should take. Sure we all know we should take a multi-vitamin each day but do you actually know why? I came across this info from Dr. Oz that easily sums it up.

6) GateGuru. If you find yourself in the airport often for business travel and hate having to traipse up and down the terminal looking for food options, stores, etc. only to find that the best options were in the terminal you already passed. Its no fun. That’s where the iPhone app GateGuru comes in. Think of it as the airport in the palm of your hands. Even let’s you know the walking distance to each location so you don’t end up having to make a run for your plane (something I know far too well). Thanks to Vyne reader Gabby for the info via Twitter.


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