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JANUARY 2010
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ENTERTAIN ME.

LAUNCH! INFORM ME.


INDULGE ME.
INSPIRE ME.
EMPOWER ME.

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LETTER FROM
THE EDITOR CONTENTS ME: IN FOCUS

Bian “Bee” Li Shares What’s Inside This Who We Are


Her Thoughts Month

Let’s Do Launch: Inside Our Launch Party 4 FOUNDER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


Bian Li

Dear Readers, Ogi Merzier and Jessica Kim: Winners of the First
Annual Me: in focus Awards 5 MANAGER
SPONSORSHIP & EVENTS
This month is not only the start of a More Fashion Show Fun 6 Christine Nicholls

new year, but also a new decade. It's Model Mashup: Meet the Models 8 DESIGN DIRECTOR
Diana Dittmer
also the exciting first edition of a new
Behind the Scenes 11
and improved Me: in focus. Thank CREATIVE CONSULTANT
Ricardo Ford
you for welcoming us into your lives. New Fit You: Fun Ways to Keep Your New Year`s
Resolution 12
We look forward to introducing you OFFICE MANAGER
New Year New You: Where Are You Headed in Arlene Gutierrez
to our growing community of fabu- 2010? 15
lous Chicago women - entrepreneurial, CONTRIBUTORS
Iya Bakare
savvy and compassionate. Every The Layers of Lauren: Getting to Know Our Model
Kerry Sayers
Role Model 16
woman has a story and by sharing Olivia St. Clair
Beauty Blog: Jessica Mazik 22
these stories we hope to help you MANY THANKS TO OUR
PAST CONTRIBUTORS
discover who you are, and not what Health in Focus: Empower Yourself, Protect Your
Mary Click
Body 24
you should be. Charbel Nasser
Kay Choi
Studio Space: Introducing Me: in focus Studios 26
Phyllis Li
That is what Me: in focus is all about - Monthly Mentions: Our Favorite Eats, Treats and
Erin McGann
focusing on what matters to you and More 29 CONTACT
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LET’S DO: LAUNCH!

PHOTOGRAPHY
BY

Lori Sapio

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Before the party -
catwalk within our office
and studio loft space

Inside Our Launch Party! in the Ravenswood


area of Chicago.

ON DECEMBER 12, 2009, we held


our Me: in focus magazine and studios
launch party and awards presentation.

Thanks so much to all our supporters


who braved the cold and joined us in our
new studio loft space for a fantastic
evening featuring local entrepreneurs

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and businesses.

We celebrated the best of 2009 and


presented our first annual Me: in focus
Award winners to two amazing Chicago
women who truly embody our values of
entrepreneurship and empowerment. We
topped off the night with a fashion show
that featured real, beautiful Chicago
women and local boutiques.

Check out these next few pages and see


for yourself!

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...AND THE WINNERS ARE:

Left: Ogi Merzier


Right: Jessica Kim

Congratulations to Ogi Merzier and Jessica Kim,


Winners of the First Annual Me: in focus Awards!

THEIR
NOMINATORS
“ Ogi is so inspiring! She continues
to believe in herself and her abilities
more and more each passing day.

Jessica Kim is the Founder/CEO
of BabbaCo, an innovative baby
products company that creates “simple.
TELL WHY
THEY DESERVE
She has survived several personal functional. super cute.” solutions for
TO WIN tragedies...now she owns Fashion everyday parenting. BabbaCo’s
Fusion Vintage on Halsted and philosophy is to empower moms as
several on-line vintage e-tiques. She they go through their major transition
is also a fashion designer/stylist and of parenthood. Her ultimate vision is to
has worked with several celebrities. create a successful company to be used
She is great for Chicago and great for greater good. [Jessica] embodies
to work for!

STAY TUNED

- Kelly Harkin
what it means to take care of yourself in
order to take care of others. She would
inspire other women in such an
overwhelming time in a woman’s life
WHAT THEY As we share their when their individuality, sense of worth,
amazing and


WON! balance and abilities are challenged.
inspirational stories
with you soon.
Both ladies won a
cover story and
photo spread in an - Kathy Im
upcoming issue.

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MORE FASHION SHOW FUN:

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MaryAnn
Marsh

Xiao
Feng

Kimberly
Lewis

MODEL
MASHUP Lita
Rouse

Tiffanie
Craddock

Shanika
Brown

Ruby
Ross

MEET THE
MODELS

Beautiful women come


in all shapes, sizes
and ages. Meet the
lovely ladies who
strutted our catwalk.

Maria
Martinez

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BEHIND THE SCENES:

Owner and Founder Bee Li


(fourth from left) on the
catwalk with the models
after the show.

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SKATE OFF
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Whether it's ice skating


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We may publish your story in a future issue!

Email us at: submissions@meinfocusmag.com

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THE LAYERS
OF LAUREN
Getting to know
our model role
PHOTOGRAPHY
Rod Roberts

CLOTHING
Alice Berry

model
JEWELRY
Jorie Bandauski
HAIR & MAKEUP
Jessica Mazik

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www.jorieb.com
www.jesselizabeth.com

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INTRODUCTION

Each month we spotlight


one young woman who
embodies the meaning of
true beauty and whose
story can serve as an
inspiration to others.
Beautiful both inside and
out, these women are truly
model role models.

Lauren
Koenig

Age
27

Size
12

Q: You began modeling last year and my life I felt healthy. In January of 2009, I my inner self-confidence and project
entered a tough industry in a tough was laid off for the second time in three it outward.
economy. Why did you do so and what years, most recently from a job as a web
have you learned from it? Q: What is your personal beauty
manager for a culinary company. Feeling routine? Any secrets you would like
empowered by the improvement of my to share?
A: Sometimes, a series of unfortunate health, as well as the support of my
events can lead to something great! Hav- grandmother, I gained the confidence and A: Growing up, I missed the memo about
ing suffered from weight management and time needed to purse a new career in plus- hydration and staying out of the sun! For-
overtraining issues for over a decade, I size modeling. tunately, I learned a few years ago about
finally discovered in 2008 that these issues Over the past year, my experience as an the importance of skincare in looking
were caused by severe food allergies. I aspiring plus-size model has taught me youthful and have been diligently exercis-
immediately made the necessary lifestyle that this industry is like any other, and has ing good practices ever since.
changes in order to improve my health definitely taken a hit with today’s econ- I follow my beauty regime twice a day and
and let my body recover. I began losing omy. I gained a significant amount of pa- I never skip it! By day, I wash with
the excess weight that my body retained tience and professionalism, but most im- Cetaphil cleanser, followed by Kiehl’s
over those years and for the first time in portantly, I learned how to take Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free toner, a

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LAUREN`S OWN
ROLE MODEL

My personal role model


is my best friend Nata.
She currently lives in
London, but is originally
from Azerbaijan. We
lived together when we
attended Ball State Uni-
versity. Meeting her was
the best thing that ever
happened to me. She is
an extremely poised and
educated woman who
always knew what she
stood for and what she
believed in. She always
held her head up high
and always made things
happen. Her ability to
project such inner beauty
outward really had an
effect on who I am today.
Being around a confident
woman who strived to be
the best person she
could was contagious.
I can say that I wouldn’t
be the ‘Lauren’ I am
today had I never met
her at such an important
point in my life.

touch of acne cream and finally Eucerin lips will temporarily dry them and hold and Ion are the only two products that I
moisturizer SPF 30. At night, I apply your lip liner on longer, which will believe that won`t strip your color plus it’s
Neaclear Liquid Oxygen astringent and prevent it from feathering. cheaper at Sally’s and in bulk.
Eucerin oil-free Anti-wrinkle Sensitive 4. Disposable buff-puffs are great to 9. Apply any acne cream with the palm of
Skin Cream. I keep Sally Hansen’s Over- exfoliate with once a week at most. your hand, not your fingers, in sweeping
night Lip Recovery next to my nightstand 5. Dark lipstick will make your teeth motions. This helps get the cream
and it goes on every night, along with my look whiter. deep into your skin. This is my dermatolo-
eye cream! 6. Cut your makeup remover pads into gist’s secret!
A few of my beauty secrets: halves or fourths. This will save you a My cosmetic must-haves:
1. Never wear SPF lotion at night – it will few extra bucks and prevent you from 1. Listerine pre-brush whitening mouth-
clog your pores. wasting them. wash: Nothing is sexier than a white smile.
2. Always use an oil-free moisturizer. They 7. Don’t condition your roots if you 2. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation
are hard to come by but oil is unnecessary like volume. Primer: This really helps your makeup stay
before menopause. 8. There are very few shampoos and con- put when it’s warm and you’re on the go.
3. A light sweep of toothpaste over the ditioners I would put on my hair. Biotera 3. Smashbox DNA Mascara: I’ve tried so

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many mascaras but this one is incredible! Q: You mention that you would like to way out. The peace we have with our-
become an advocate and public selves on the inside will show on the out-
4. MAC Paint: This really keeps your eye speaker on issues related to self esteem
makeup ON! This is superior to any other and positive body image. What’s your side. I understand that I will never be per-
eye base in the world. It doesn’t move message? fect in everyone’s eyes. However, every
until you wash it off and it really makes day I strive to be “the best Lauren I can
the pigment in your eye makeup burst! A: For many, body image and self-esteem be.” I do this by rejecting negativity, hum-
And the best part, absolutely NO creasing. are solidified at a very young age. It’s an bly accepting compliments and by wel-
5. Batiste Dry Shampoo: I never leave extremely sensitive and important topic coming constructive criticism into my life.
home without it. This is a lifesaver, during adolescence and I believe that it’s I once heard, “Don’t look at the person
especially for blondes. Can we say ‘revive?’ not addressed in the correct manner. I holding the lantern - look at the light.” I
6. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Never Fail lip don’t think we’re doing all we can to help believe in this and want to practice what I
color: I love a dark lipstick that doesn’t young children love themselves. I want to preach. If one can learn to be the best
come off until you tell it to. reach out to youth and counsel them on person they can be, not only will self-
inner beauty and confidence. After all, acceptance follow, but your inner light will
beauty starts from within and works its also shine and help inspire others.

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accepts herself.” I love to say that “Yes, I
am a plus-model - this is what we consider
plus today. The shock value is unprece-
dented because on a scale from one to 10,
I’m a 12!”
Q: What are some important words of
wisdom you can give to aspiring
young models?
A: Many think modeling is an extremely
self-indulgent industry, which couldn’t be
further from the truth. In order to get a
great photo, you need a great photogra-
pher, makeup artist, hair stylist, designer
and lastly…model. Modeling is a
collaborative effort for all to partake in.
Once you realize that each photoshoot is a
project, and that it’s NOT only about you,
you will succeed. Pay your dues. Don’t be
cocky – be confident. There is a fine line
between the two. Practice makes perfect.
Study your film. Hand written “thank-
you” notes go a long way. Professional-
ism is extremely noticed and appreciated
in the industry. Do not flake – ever. Get
business cards and always carry them.
Networking is key. Always follow up,
twice. Reach out to others and never give
up. Until you hear three “NOs,” keep
trying. Respect yourself – think twice
about what ‘type’ of shoot you want to
partake in and how it will affect your
career later on. Take matters into your
own hands. Be the project manager and
create shoots, submit to magazines, retail-
ers, etc. Make sure everyone benefits from
the project and appreciate those you are
working with. You will have to shoot
about 30+ times before you get paid - deal
Q: As a plus-size model, did you have with it.
plus-model’ or ‘full-figured,’ but I am still
any challenges starting out in the in- Find your niche, whether it’s promotional,
dustry? If so, how did you get past plus. I learned to not get frustrated when
artistic, glamour, commercial, fashion,
those challenges? certain industry professionals do not want
plus, etc. This will make it easier to
to work with a plus-size model. Instead, I
A: Plus-size modeling does have a stigma market yourself.
take the frustration and channel the
in today’s society and it comes with many Finally, you ARE marketing a product –
energy into something productive. I find
challenges. Although I think the mentality YOU. My number one piece of advice: Be

Love
someone who wants to shoot with a plus-
is slowly changing, it will be a long time “the best person you can be” and
size model and produce photos that make
before we really see a major difference. LOVE YOURSELF!
people ask, “Wow, she’s a plus model?”
We must realize that as consumers, we I could easily introduce myself as just a

yourself
hold the power. The fragile economy has model, but I always make sure to put
really forced designers and retailers to “plus” in front of it because I love hearing
open up other income-generating avenues people’s reactions to the “plus” part. I feel
by selling to the mainstream population. like my role instantly changes from saying
In the industry, I am considered a ‘small “I’m a model” to “I’m a woman who

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BEAUTY BLOG: JESSICA MAZIK

DURING THE WINTER MONTHS,

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we sometimes tend to overlook the details
in our appearance. Jessica reminds us that
looking good in January doesn’t have to
be difficult. Moisturizer, lip gloss and well
groomed eyebrows are the basics. To
break free from the winter blahs, Jessica
suggests creating a cateye look with your
eyeliner to jazz it up.

TO LEARN MORE
Visit her website
www.jesselizabeth.com

Jessica is
a Chicago
based freelance
makeup artist
specializing
in fashion

Jessica’s Picks for January

“I love NARS
products”, Jessica
states. See
what all the fuss
is about:
www.nars.com

Benefit Cosmetics
BAD gal series is
available in plum,
blue-violet, brown
and black.
www.benefitcosmetics.com Jessica`s color
palette for January:
Silvery,
Winter,
Metallic,
www.soniaroselli.com dabbled with
warmer shades

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HEALTH: IN FOCUS
BY IYA BAKARE

NOVEMBER 1, 1991 is a day Ida W. doorstep asking for help after he was she fell ill in 2000, Ida couldn’t keep quiet
Byther-Smith will never forget. The world robbed and needed a place to stay. Sepa- much longer. During this time, she was
as she knew it changed when she learned rated but never divorced, she decided to officially diagnosed with AIDS.
she was HIV positive. allow her estranged husband to occupy “You’re as sick as your secret,”
“I felt like I was dealt the wrong deal,” the room of comments Ida.


says Ida. “I felt like God had let me down their youngest After she went
and I almost lost my mind.”
Today, Ida is one of many living with
daughter who
had left for
We as women have public with her
health status, Ida
HIV. According to the Center for Disease college. a false sense of security decided to help
Control, recent statistics show that Afri-
can-American women represented 17,507
After living
with his wife
with unprotected sex. educate others
not only about
of the AIDS cases reported in 2007 na- for months, We’re always at risk AIDS, but about
tionwide. From the beginning of the
AIDS epidemic in the U.S. in 1981
Ida’s husband
died from com-
of disease, even the important
precautionary
through 2007, an estimated 426,003 Black plications of when we’re married measures against
women have contracted the disease. AIDS in May or in relationships. the disease.
In 1987, prior to her diagnosis, Ida suf-
fered the loss of her mother and was still
grieving from her death. The following
year, Ida’s husband left her and their four
children when he decided he didn’t want
of 1996.
“He died a very
painful and slow death because he never
sought out proper medical treatment,”
admits Ida. “I used to ask him all the time
” “Ignorance will
kill you,” she says.
“We as women have a false sense of secu-
rity with unprotected sex; we’re always at
risk of disease, even when we’re married
to stay married. She later learned her hus- to go to the doctor but he never wanted to or in relationships.”
band had extramarital affairs while they go. I think he was ashamed of his condi- In an effort to give back to the commu-
were married with both men and women. tion but I hated the way he suffered.” nity, Ida started Joray House, a nonprofit
In 1996, after arriving home from church Ida admits her health status remained a organization named after her mother and
one night, Ida found her husband at her secret from many people at first, but when brother in 2004. The organization gives
assistance to homeless men with HIV.
“People ask me why I am doing this for
men, but they don’t understand I am also
DON’T
FORGET doing this for the women they may come
across and possibly infect,” Ida says.
To care about your When she has an opportunity to take a
gynecological health.
Make sure to visit break from her work, the 60-year-old
your doctor for your admits she enjoys traveling.
PAP test screening.
FROM HIV TO HPV “This is the only life you have, so you
better live it now,” she says.
Last month on December 1
we brought attention to
World Aids Day. Continuing
this issue, we wanted to
bring you a personal story
of a local woman who is
empowering others in the
fight against this disease.
This month we encourage AIDS IS A GLOBAL
you to be proactive about ISSUE
your health as it`s Cervical
Health Awareness month. To read more about
Bee`s personal
experience working
on AIDS awareness
campaigns in Africa,
visit:

www.meinfocusmag.com

January is Cervical Health Awareness month. For information To learn more about how you can join the cause of AIDS awareness
and resources on how to raise awareness in your community about and prevention locally, please visit Aids Foundation of Chicago at
Cervical Cancer and HPV Disease, please visit www.aidschicago.org
www.nccc-online.org

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hosted in our studio space
during the Ravenswood
Art Walk.

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ME: IN FOCUS
STUDIO SPACE

Our 2,500 sq. ft open loft


space is perfect for a variety
of creative purposes
including: photoshoots,
exhibitions, classes
and workshops. Our studio
space offers a full-length
catwalk, perfect for any
fashion show. Other facilities
include full DJ setup, free
parking and a private
conference room. For space
rental and other inquiries,
contact
info@meinfocusstudios.com

Me: in focus Studios is


the interactive extension
of Me: in focus Magazine,
the place where we bring
our content to life.

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MONTHLY MENTIONS:
WE PICK
OUR FAVORITE
EATS, TREATS
MONTANE ANTI-FREEZE
& MORE!
DOWN JACKET

Perfect for the active woman, this ultra lightweight


down jacket designed for female backpackers will
certainly keep you comfortably warm during Chicago's
brutal winters. Unlike normal bulky winter jackets, it
has a sleek, feminine design, complete with a cinchable
waist and even comes with its own dry bag.
www.montane.co.uk

HOT CHOCOLATE

Hot Chocolate offers many decadent


varieties of this classic winter comfort.
Montane Anti-Freeze
Down Women’s Jacket Perfect for any choco-holic, owner Mindy
$200 Segal also offers packaged mixes to take
home to enjoy on those cold winter nights.

1747 N. Damen Ave., Chicago


773 489 1747
HALF THE SKY
www.hotchocolatechicago.com
Half the Sky lays out an
agenda for the world's women
and three major abuses: sex
trafficking and forced prostitution;
gender-based violence including
honor killings and mass rape;
maternal mortality, which needlessly
claims one woman a minute. Through
this book, authors Nicolas Kristof
and Sheryl WuDunn urge you to join
this powerful worldwide movement
to turn oppression into opportunity.
www.halftheskymovement.org

MATSUYA
HEMA`S KITCHEN
This Lakeview gem offers yummy
sushi at very affordable prices. A longstanding favorite in Devon, Hema
The reason why we love it so Potla's restaurant cooks up delicious
much? They deliver for those late Indian fare at reasonable prices. Nothing
nights at the office. like exotic spices and bold flavors to warm
up from the cold.
3469 N. Clark St., Chicago
773 248 2677 2439 W. Devon Ave., Chicago
www.grubhub.com 773 338 1627
www.hemaskitchen.com

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THE BUZZ: PROFILES
NEWS

NETWORK UNTIMELY BLASIAN PROJECT OLYMPIC


WOMAN PASSING BEAUTY PING HOPEFULS

It'll be interesting to see The sad and untimely Half African-American and We're rooting for talented We're looking forward to
how Diane Sawyer`s transi- death of Brittany Murphy, half Chinese, 20 year old Chicago designer Ping Wu cheering on alpine skier
tion from Good Morning 32, was a shock. She Lou Jing shot to fame and as she competes in Season Lindsay Vonn and the other
America to the evening slot was an underrated talent controversy over her biracial 7 of Project Runway! women athletes next month
will do for ABC World News that shined in all her background during a singing Chicago Pride! during the 2010 Winter
ratings. For the first time in performances. Her last competition in China. She Olympics in Vancouver.
history, two of the three film, Abandoned, is set rose above the fray with
network anchors are to be released sometime dignity and class and hopes
women. Go us! this year. to use her newfound
stardom to bridge cultures.

MOVIES MUSIC

RISING STAR BOOYAH FOR BULLOCK CELTIC WOMAN

Her kick-ass Na'vi character in Avatar, Neytiri, may 2009 was a stellar year at the box office for Sandra This group of five women
be 10 feet tall, blue and completely CGI, but the Bullock with two Golden Globe Best Actress nomina- charm us again with their angelic
actress Zoe Saldaña is very much real. With the tions for her two top grossing films, The Proposal and harmonies and natural beauty in
success of Avatar, rising star Zoe is one to watch in The Blind Side. We love the versatile Sandra for being their latest album Celtic Woman:
a smart girl's actress and hope she takes home some Songs from the Heart, to be
Hollywood this year. hardware this year. released January 26.

THE BUZZ: SITES


LOCAL BLOGS WE LIKE

www.thebudgetbabe.com www.chickflickreviews.net www.apartmenttherapy.com/chicago

www.nbcchicago.com http://hoo-dee-hoo.com www.urbanmarvel.blogspot.com

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WORLD BEAT

INCREDIBLE INDIA

SENSORY OVERLOAD

GREAT THAR DESERT

SHADOWS ON THE DUNES

RICH PAST
All photographs by Bian Li of Me: in focus Studios

CAMEL TREKKING

FORTS AND TEMPLES

SUN

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I HELD MY BREATH as we rode over orange as the sun slowly set ahead of
dune over dune in India’s Great Thar us. Nura, our camel guide, had found the
Desert. Looking out into the vast golden spot. “Tonight, we rest here.” He grabbed
expanse of desert before me, I marveled at the rope around our camels’ necks and
the ripples and the shadows in the sand. pulled us towards a dune as the wind came
Never ending, never the same. Calmness. across us, changing the formation of the
Then chaos. Exposed to the elements. ripples as it blew onto the sand. I saw my
Here now, then gone as our camels chance. “Stop please, Nura.” He halted
stepped over their fine, fragile lines. the camels before they went any further.
We were looking for a place to camp for Snap. I had managed to capture stillness in
the night. Dune over dune over dune. The that one split second. The camels stepped
golden desert was now turning fiery, burnt forward. And just like that, it was gone.

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A DIFFERENT
PERSPECTIVE

THE CHICAGO
BOTANIC GARDEN IN
WINTER
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WHAT’S YOUR
FOCUS
THIS YEAR?

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Your Day, Your Story.

Photographer: Bian Li www.meinfocusstudios.com