Point, shoot, eat: Chicago

We saw 10 models over six hours, today. The afternoon brought in a stunning 17 year-old red head, who shared that this was her “first job”. She was just breaking into the modeling industry and I was glad to give her that warm reception into the salon chair. My perception—in the short time that I’ve been styling for shoots—is that models are probably not always treated very well. Ok, that’s being extremely casual about the industry….what I meant to say is, for the most part they are treated like a job, and the compassion is severely lacking for this fellow human being. They are the most beautifully photographed individuals that you’ve ever laid your eyes on (I can say this now because their images have influenced me to buy all kinds of things things, as I’m sure it has you).

P.S. I have to give a HUGE shout-out to the girls at Supercuts on Ashland Ave. The team at this salon was attentive, so kind, and helpful. Delores, you my girl! Note to self: send handwritten thank you card, stat.

We take a tour of the city, in search of faux bangs. I introduced Sara (from marketing) to the wig shop. Or as we call it down south, ‘Ghetto Beauty Supply’. They have an array of wigs, coin purses, cheap makeup, and every type of hairnet you’ve ever (or never) dreamed of owning. Sara is stunned, to say the least. She may soon become their newest addict. The tracker beam of awfulness has kept my heart for many years, and I have no problem admitting my obsession.
I smiled sheepishly as we stood at the cash register and said “they have everything you could possibly need, and everything you could possibly not….need”

We left the tags on so maybe we could return the bangs after Sara was finished wearing them

We left the tags on so maybe we could return the bangs after Sara was finished wearing them

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Cast of the Crew

Cast of the Crew

Where the magic happens

Where the magic happens

Back at River North my bags have decided to rejoin me and 25 Degrees is on our radar for dinner. This swanky burger joint is dimly lit and is appropriately welcoming with the playlist; which could have possibly been stolen from my iPod. I’m in guilty-pleasureland with the Half&Half sweet potato fries and onion rings. The veggie burger really hits the spot, as well. Their Instagram reads “bordello meets burger bar”. High-kick awesome with the ambiance and the noms!

On The first day of shooting we tackled five models and 10 different looks. I’m ready to call it a night, but our production team has got us an rsvp at Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill. Super Score!! With reviews like this, who could resist?

“There’s nothing even remotely similar to Frontera Grill…anywhere else in America.” — Molly O’Neill, The New York Times

I had the Florida Pompano; a white fish that lays on a bed of grilled veggies. Delicious, but I’m spent. I coulda taken a snooze right there on the bench seat.

River North

River North

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