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You know that thing where you try to “plant” your avocado pit in water (suspended by the requisite toothpicks) in the hopes that in a few short months, you — ever the fruit optimist — will be harvesting your own delicious avocados? Pipe dreams. Soften the blow that your sweet little seedling will likely never bear fruit by getting a load of our newest ceramic/fruit obsession: Chen Chen & Kai Williams.
The design duo makes planters cast from real fruit: horned melons, cantaloupes, and — naturally — avocados. Perfect for holding that fledgling fruit plant — or, more realistically, your jewelry, your keys, errant puzzle pieces, and tokens from the bar/arcade — the colorful ceramics are even more desirable once you take a gander at that price point. Yep, you can nab these cuties for just $20. The only thing we like better than attractive ways to bring the outdoors in are accessible ways to do it, too. Chen Chen & Kai Williams meets both criteria in a totally appeeling way.
Sparkling snow and the Daley Plaza tree aside, winter in Chicago isn’t always pretty. We’re talking about flaky skin, chapped lips, rough elbows — the works. Since nobody needs cold-weather skincare tips quite like a Chicagoan, we asked three local beauty gurus to share their secret weapons for getting through the read
We've all known that girl who can somehow make bargain-bin finds look like Barneys splurges. The secret to such a cultivated style isn't magic: It's knowing how to spot the design details that make clothes seem cheap — and the ones that make 'em look way more expensive than they are.
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