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November Letter from the Editor

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

Wow, it's already November you guys! The weather has been a tease, but it's steadily gotten colder and colder here in Chicago. Fall is by far my favorite season in this city. There is so much going on in the city, there is this buzz in the chilled air that gives me a renewed feeling. It's boot and sweater season, Thanksgiving is around the corner and it's just a time that makes me feel so grateful.

I turn 29 this month and it may be because I am reaching the tail end of my twenties, that this year just feels different. My priorities have changed, I've matured, life has taken on a new meaning for me.  I face even the hardest times with love in my heart, rather than despair. I find joy in being home with my family, I find joy seeing our writers grow and experience things I had the chance to do early on in my career. I find myself realizing that life has gone by so fast and that I must truly cherish every single moment. That's why this month is all about being thankful. Thankful for what we have, for what we don't and for what we dare to dream. It's because of the good and bad that we have the opportunity to learn and grow.

This month we shot our Winter 2014 editorial. It's amazing to me that this upcoming March we officially turn three. I can honestly say this has been the hardest, most amazing opportunity to continue to do this. I am so thankful to get to work with creatives that are willing to push the limit and help bring our visions to life! We get to showcase so many great up and coming designers this issue! Maybe Sunday, Chicago Playground and Amy Marie Couture are three brands to keep your eyes peeled for. Check out our sneak peek below of the feature shoot with Aimee of Visual Stimulus.

Our winter issue goes live Dec. 17 - we can't wait to share all the amazing content with all of you. This month you will find great fashion highlights and looks for less from Teresa, event highlights from Perry, Rob & Cora, local features from Thom and some beauty spotlights from our new blogger Kaveri. We are excited to introduce Tariq -  our newest blogger focusing in astrology! His column will be a great additional to our mind/body/soul section. 

I have some new videos coming up for Beauty Test Kitchen and some fun brand showcases as well. Also, if you haven't - make sure you check out our new "weekend libations" column, for some tasty weekend drink recipes! Perry will be hitting up Macy's tree lighting this month as well, so stay tuned for her picture galleries. 

Thank you as always for your support readers! We are most thankful for YOU. 
Jen Lezan - Editor in chief

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