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Women of Style 2018

Julie Chernoff and Laura Hine | August 27, 2018 | Feature Features National

Five of the North Shore's chicest women share their style inspirations.

Armed with an engineering degree and an MBA, the Lake Forest CEO of Yogashero moves with grace from yoga classroom to boardroom.
I feel most fabulous when I wear… high heels. I’m more of a shoe fanatic than anything. Buying a special pair of shoes is like investing in artwork.
My first fashion moment was… when I was in high school, I was asked to do a fashion show for Detroit-born designer Nikki Doss, and she ended up designing my prom dress, a hot-pink, raw-silk A-line number with a cinched waist. It was fabulous.
My fashion splurge… is a Chanel bag or dress. They’re timeless pieces and worth every penny.
Trend I can live without... Impractical backless dresses that require a special bra.
Trend I can’t live without... Fringe and tassels because they’re fun, and a little sassy, and show some personality.

CEO and founder of Salesboxer, a customized content firm that helps small companies, this glamorous businesswoman is co-chair of the Chicago Botanic Garden Harvest Party Sept. 14.
My power piece is... a cream-colored suit jacket that I love. I wear it with jeans or a skirt. This jacket makes me feel like I’m ready for anything.
The best style advice I ever received was... Keep it simple; keep it classy and toned down.
My fashion philosophy is... I’m almost 6 feet tall, so if I go out in anything too big or too loud, I can look like Big Bird. I focus on the necklace or the bracelet or the earrings, and I don’t overdo it. Especially with heels on, it can be way too much without even intending it to be.
My favorite designers are... Roksanda, especially the dresses. I also love Chanel, Dior, Adam Lippes and Nili Lotan.
I never leave the house without... Oh Baby MAC lipglass. I love it and always wear it; I’ve worn it for 12 years at least.

This Wilmette fashionista is also co-chairing the Harvest Party, but her day job is running Abby Dunn PR and Consulting, which she does with considerable flair.
I feel fabulous when I wear... a well-fitting short dress. As you come into yourself, you know what looks good on you. For me, it’s tailored and short with a fun pair of shoes.
I learned about style when... I worked in New York with powerful women like Polly Mellen and Linda Wells. I saw women using fashion to make them feel in control, strong and confident. They looked like they were going to crush.
The most cherished piece in my closet has to be... a gold bangle from my mom that she, my sisters and sisters-in-law all have. It reminds me that people are behind me.
To me, fashion is... more about style than it is about tangible things. It’s about evolutions of cultural movements and expressions of yourself and your spirit, more than just buying things.

The founder of Andrea Goldman Design, this stylish interior designer and dresser just opened a chic office in downtown Glencoe.
My fashion philosophy is... laid-back but thought-out—sort of like my interiors.
My approach to fashion is... If I’m not comfortable with what I’m wearing, I get distracted. Plus, I want my clients to feel comfortable with me, so I often wear a good pair of jeans with a leather jacket and a necklace I love. That’s my style, so when I’m meeting with a potential client, I feel confident.
My favorite designers are... Alexander McQueen is a favorite for when I want something structured but with some flair. I have a lot of his jackets. I wear a lot of Co, who are designers out of L.A., and I love Prada, which is what I’m wearing today.
My fashion sense comes from... I’m from Green Bay, Wis., so while I’ve always loved fashion, it wasn’t about labels or brands. It was about caring how you put yourself together. When I was 10 or 11, my mom took me to Chicago to go shopping for something special, and I was blown away by all the fashion I’d never seen before.

Great style and an enduring love of fashion are trademarks of The Lake County Community Foundation’s executive director.
The best style advice I ever received was… My grandma told me to always carry a good purse. I inherited her collection of vintage Lucite handbags, which I treasure.
My fashion philosophy… is to take an easygoing approach and wear something classic with a burst of fun—a great shoe, perhaps. Simple and straightforward, but then add an eclectic twist.
I never leave the house without… an Herm├Ęs or Ferragamo scarf. I love having something fun and colorful around my neck, attached to my briefcase or tucked into the collar of my coat.
My favorite designers are… Burberry and Stella McCartney for clothes, Manolo Blahnik and Rag & Bone for shoes.
My power piece is… a pair of high-heeled Manolo pumps.


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