Happy Fourth of July!


HOT Magazine March Issue


The March Issue of Hot Magazine is amazing it features the work of the Incredibly talented Aquage team, to which I have the great honor of being a part of.

This collection called the Aria Collection, is my favorite collection to date, after lots of practice I can say I am ready to go on stage Saturday and show our collection to all the hair stylist who will be able to make it to Americas Beauty Show 2015 ( ABS for short) Here at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Please stop by the Aquage booth to see the amazing styles that the team has put together!

Here is the link to check out the entire collection : ARIA

Below you will find my contribution to the collection! Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 9.36.49 PM

View original post

David Carr: 1956-2015


David Carr, the acclaimed journalist, media columnist for The New York Times, and author of the bestselling Night of the Gun,died Thursday in New York at the age of 58.

Here is a brief reading list of stories by and about Carr, his life and work. It doesn’t even begin to cover it. We will miss him.

View original post 860 more words

A Good Man Is Hard To Find, Jefferson’s Very Small Batch Bourbon, And Grits.

Empires, Cannibals, and Magic Fish Bones

It’s late, cold and I’m drinking Jefferson’s Kentucky Bourbon Very Small Batch.  Much spice and vanilla on the nose with citrus notes everywhere–green apples and rum in there as well.  Taste?  Very clean, refreshing, slightly sour with red-hot candy, anise, a bit of lemon, bit of grass, and cookie dough.


A roll of nectar in the mouth, head tilts back, eyes close and the mind wanders to the past.  In this case, Flannery O’Connor’s insightful diagnosis of memory in her classic short story A Good Man Is Hard To Find.  Over the years, I’ve read and re-read this story, assigned it in various classes, and discussed with students its many aspects of the absurd, grotesque and violent.  The story also contemplates our relationship to memories and what might happen when the past shapes the present.  The following scene occurs halfway through the tale, and marks a turning point…

View original post 1,150 more words

Girl on Fire

If the name Michelle J. Miller is not a name that you have heard of, it is one you will soon know. With a passion and devotion for empowerment and human rights, Michelle J. Miller is an unstoppable force with limitless opportunities for herself.  Her expertise ranges from a variety of areas of law to having instrumental roles in non-profits helping in human rights, protecting individuals in insurance issues and claims, and the list goes on. 

Where Michelle really stands above the rest is in her leadership and her genuine wish to unlock individuals potential. Almost anyone can speak to people, but when Michelle Miller has the opportunity to spread her knowledge, she motivates individuals and groups in ways that you have to see for yourself. 

She has taken her passion for philanthropy along with her giving nature, and has been transitioning the power of speaking to the power of words.  We are pleased to announce that Michelle J. Miller is hosting another event with us once again at the South Loop Hotel for another inspirational and motivational writing workshop on March 21, 2015. The event is called “Impact the World with Your Words,” and with Michelle to guide and inspire, your words will do just that. Please take a moment to check Michelle J. miller out and get your tickets before they sell out. Be prepared to be inspired, motivated, and gain the valuable knowledge that Michelle has to offer.  Check out the links below for tickets and event info.  We look forward to seeing the future leaders that Michelle is coaching on the 21st. 

Limited Tickets Left at : 


Or for more information on Michelle J Miller please e-mail her at infor@michellejmiller.com or visit her Facebook Page:



Having an event? Consider it Handled!

With a career in hotels, Sheila Ward has an extensive background in hotel management and sales. As the Director of Sales at the Chicago South Loop Hotel, Sheila has crafted this boutique hotel into a premier location for events, meetings, and bulk room listings for the Greater Chicago Area. Her expertise and ability to see the vision of her clients along with any detail that might be overlooked is what has made her the South Loop Hotel’s star. Of her numerous awards that she has received from various companies and organizations, her greatest accomplishment is meeting the needs of her clients and guests. With a leadership style that has brought a following, her “Gladiators” mirror her image to ensure that if she is not available to handle someones needs, that they are properly trained and self-motivated to achieve the standards she has set forth.

Next time you have an event, meeting, or corporate function, make sure you reach out to the amazing sales staff and consider your event done. Visit us at http://www.ChicagoSouthLoopHotel.com or call us at 312-225-7000.