4xForth: Make-up Artist Krystyn Johnson / by Clare Johnson

4xForth-Chicago-Krystyn-Johnson Each Friday we're highlighting one of the lovely women in our community by learning about her favorite Chicago places and restaurants, hearing what websites she’s all jazzed about, and gaining some book recommendations from her favorite reads.

It’s 4 x Forth Friday and today we’re talking to Krystyn Johnson, an immensely talented Chicago make-up artist & hair stylist with her own strong, clean, and expressive style!      

Places I frequent in Chicago: 

Che Sguardo: Small, makeup boutique where the every day consumer can buy professional brands of makeup that you will not find in Sephora or Ulta.

Promontory Point: A Hyde Park gem. Perfect place for an afternoon picnic, kick back on your blanket with a good book, meditate while listening to the waves crash on the rocks or go for an uncrowded swim

Infinite Touch of ChicagoA totally unassuming, no frills massage "parlor" in the straight hood!. But don’t let the South Side location keep you away from this gem…Kimm gives the absolute best massages and her rates are ridiculously reasonable.

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community BarAwesome little dive bar located in Bridgeport…especially awesome if you are a lover of craft beer.

Best Bites in Chicago:

Burt’s PlaceArguably the absolute best pizza in Chicago…well, actually it’s in Morton Grove. You MUST call in your order before you arrive to dine in as the owner, Burt (an elderly man who is so passionate about his craft…original founder of Pequods) is the only one that cooks the pizza!

Hash House A Go Go: Extravagant brunch menu, huge portions. Their food looks like pieces of art.

Nana OrganicFamily owned restaurant located in Bridgeport. Serves local organic, sustainable food with a Latin American influence. By far, one of my favorite brunch spots!

Bongo RoomSo obviously I love brunch. There’s a party in my mouth every time I eat here. I prefer the Wicker Park or Andersonville locations.

Favorite books:

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill- to understand how to be successful in business

The 5 Love Language by Gary Chapman- to understand love

Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey- to understand men

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Wayne Dyer- to understand self and life

Sites I lurve:

Joss & MainDaily flash sales for designer decor

Fourhourblog: Blog by the author of the Four Hour Work Week. Experience in lifestyle design

Humans of New York: I’m absolutely obsessed with this street photographer and his portraits

Instagram: I loathe Social Media but I LOVE Instagram! Find me at @KrystynJMakeup

Thank you for sharing, Krystyn! As if our shared love for locally grown brunch food, family-owned restaurants and picnic date locations weren't enough, your undeniable passion for both your career and personal life truly serve as inspiration to our entire community.

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