My Kind of Town


It’s been a whirlwind book tour for Pretty Powerful: Beauty Stories to Inspire Confidence. We’ve zigzagged our way across the country and still have more events to go (check out the schedule here ).

First stop, my hometown: Chicago. When I’m there, I always make time for my favorite things: a visit with family; a run along Lake Michigan; a bite out at RL (the Dover sole is the BEST; they’re famous for it); and a pop-in to my guru Dr. Richard Arrandt—he’s more than a chiropractor, he treats your whole body. I go a few times a year for adjustments and supplements to keep me feeling balanced. And when I’m not in Chicago, I follow Dr. Arrandt on Twitter for healthy lifestyle tips (@chicago_guru).

This visit home, though, was extra special—and crazy busy too. With just two full days in the Windy City, we had a lot to squeeze in. The highlights? My 7th grade teacher, Mrs. Fox, stopped by our book signing at Nordstrom, as did many of my friends from junior high school and I felt like I was 12-years old all over again.


Next, I got to live out my ultimate fantasy as—you’ll never guess it—a TV weather girl. Yep, I joined Good Day Chicago meteorologist Mark Strehl in dishing out the day’s forecast (clear skies and 68 degrees). I got to stand in front of the map and everything; I was beaming.



I was also honored to be given a fantastic book party hosted by Sheri Salata (she’s the President of Oprah’s Network, OWN, as well as Harpo Productions).  Sheri invited so many cool Chicago women (plus my dad).  I had had the pleasure of doing Sheri’s makeup in the past when I was on Oprah and—to my surprise—Sheri actually framed the face chart we created from that very day. Too sweet.


Sheri showing me pictures of her trips to Africa with Oprah over the years

The icing on the cake? Meeting and photo op with none other than Cindi Lauper backstage at Windy City Live.



I mean, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “True Colors”? You can’t get any more Pretty Powerful than those.




One thought on “My Kind of Town

  1. My kind of town too! Born and raised. Such a great place. Live in Seattle now and love it. All the great seasons without all the intensity. Plus, it is beautiful. Come visit soon and be our local weather gal. Girls just wana have fun. :)



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