Sophisticated Living is Chicago’s chicest resource for discerning readers who crave insider access to the very best this city has to offer, from trend-forward fashion and interior design to buzzed-about businesses and must-try restaurants, all imparted through provocative profiles and exclusive interviews. Sophisticated Living boasts an avid readership of both men and women who desire to have their finger on the pulse in Chicago. The print magazine has a circulation that reaches 25,000 affluent Chicagoland households six times a year. Added value includes signature annual events for networking and cross-pollinating clients, a refined website, and a trend-setting social media presence. @sophisticatedlivingchicago

About Sophisticated Living Media Group

A multimedia platform in eight markets (Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Lexington, Louisville, Nashville and St. Louis), Sophisticated Living Media Group delivers its bespoke brand of publishing to the luxury sector, connecting its readers to the cutting-edge businesses, designers, artists and philanthropists shaping each city. A publishing company driven by first-class journalism, SL prints each issue on the highest quality paper in the industry. Its esteemed staff and contributors have been lauded by their peers in their respective fields of photography, writing and graphic design. For more information, visit or follow on social media:,, and @sophisticatedliving.

Core Team Members

Alison Victoria

Owner & Publisher

Founder and President of Alison Victoria Interiors with offices in Chicago and Las Vegas, Alison Victoria is known for creating glamorous, modern interiors with a client list that includes high-end boutiques, resorts and private residences. As an extension of her brand, she introduced the Alison Victoria Collection, a line of luxury furniture for the home. Victoria went on to host Kitchen Crashers on HGTV and DIY Network, becoming the first female lead in the popular Crashers franchise. She recently added Owner and Publisher of Sophisticated Living Chicago magazine to her resume, and her new show, Windy City Rehab, is currently filming Season 2 for HGTV. @thealisonvictoria

Melinda Sheckells

Melinda Sheckells has been an editor, writer and reporter based in Las Vegas for more than a decade. Her work appears regularly in The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, American Airlines Celebrated Living, People and Forbes Travel Guide. She has helmed Las Vegas’ top publications including serving as editor-in-chief for Vegas, Vegas Rated, Vegas Seven, 944 and Las Vegas Home + Design magazines. She is passionately dialed into both on-the-Strip and off-the-Strip life and is host of the weekend lifestyle and entertainment talk show Flip the Strip on tackling celebrity, gossip, entertainment, style, dining, nightlife and all the nuances of Las Vegas life. Sheckells frequently appears on both national and local television spreading the word about the city she loves. @melindasheckells

Bridget Daley

Creative Director

Daley grew up on the South Side—at 84th and Rockwell to be exact. She started her career in TV holding coveted positions at NBC and CNBC, gigs that paved the way for her dream job: producing for The Oprah Winfrey Show. These days, in addition to being SL mag’s creative director and chief party planner, and raising three amazing children, Daley also owns 84Rockwell, a chic line of belt bags that’s manufactured in Florence, Italy. Celeb clients include Kate Hudson, Mila Kunis, Whitney Port and Ali Landry. Aka “the connector,” Daley has secured SL exclusives with artists like Hebru Brantley and Francine Turk as well as fashion heavies like Jennifer Fisher and Jason Wu. @84rockwell


Hilary Boyajian

Contributing writer Hilary Boyajian enjoys writing across several platforms for Sophisticated Living including food, art, fashion and design. Before writing, Boyajian launched an altruistic clothing collection for breast cancer survivors, born from her thesis work at Parsons School of Design. A New York and London transplant, she is now based in Chicago and Los Angeles as a freelance journalist, traveler and overall lover of new experiences. @hilaryboyajian

Marissa Conrad

SL contributing writer Marissa Conrad is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, People, Glamour, SELF, Redbook, Condé Nast Traveler and more. She also writes a weekly food and drink column for Forbes. Conrad works from her home office in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago alongside one sneaky coworker who eats all of the office snacks: Winston, her adopted pit-lab mix. @marissa_conrad

James Gustin

Little James Gustin was the subject of many annoying photographs under the direction of his mother, Iry. While most of his life he avoided being a part of anything having to do with a camera, his resistance has led him into a life of the lens. It’s a good thing Gustin appreciates irony! Though he makes a living shooting for big and powerful corporate USA via his company Fig Media, he loves and lives for the human complexities and soul nourishment of an honest one-to-one portrait. @figmedia

Karina Heinrich

Chicago’s elite turn to diet expert Karina Heinrich for success in achieving optimal wellness and weight loss. As an International Certified Integrative Nutritionist and Accountability Health Coach, she is the creator of The Karina Method, the breakthrough nutrition movement utilizing her signature “High Low Lean No” nutrition rules and “Tough Love” approach. Heinrich is a content powerhouse, hosting her popular Haute Nibble recipe videos and regularly contributing to national outlets like Huffington Post, Well + Good and Prevention@thekarinamethod

Sean Henderson

“I like taking photos that make people feel like they’re the one about to bite into the delicious food or take a sip of the craft cocktail,” says contributing photographer and badass human Sean Henderson. “I like showing people things from a different perspective to provide an escape from their everyday lives.” Henderson, who has worked for Food Network and whose photos have been published in myriad magazines, also moonlights as a muralist. @theseanhenderson

Joel Hoglund

When he’s not writing about some of the city’s top restaurants and cultural happenings for SL and movies for film festivals around the world, Joel Hoglund works as communications and events director at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, a Chicago-based nonprofit that works to protect Wright’s architecture worldwide. He is the editor of the 2017 book Wright Sites: A Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright Public Places (Princeton Architectural Press).

Korey Huyler

Korey Karnes Huyler has spent almost 20 years working in journalism in Chicago and New York City—with full-time positions at publications including CS, Time Out Chicago, Seventeen, CosmoGirl! and more. Longtime Lakeview residents, Huyler and her husband, Ryan, love exploring their neighborhood with their three little girls. She currently works as a Content Strategist for Tribune Interactive. @koreyhuyler 

Tina Kourasis

Tina Kourasis is the owner of luxury multi-brand fashion house VMR on Oak Street ( As a contributing writer for Sophisticated Living, she leverages her many fashion industry contacts to secure top designers for our rapid-fire Q&As focusing on trends and “sophisticated living,” natch, having interviewed the likes of Jason Wu, Donna Karan, Rachel Zoe and Jonathan Simkhai, to name just a few. @vmrchicago

Matt Lee

Matt Lee is a Chicago-based writer who has contributed to a wide variety of regional and national publications, including the Chicago Tribune. He served on the editorial staff of the award-winning HOUR Detroit magazine and was group editor of the Men’s Book magazines. Concurrently, Lee served as editor-in-chief of the Chicago edition of Men’s Book and as senior editor at CS magazine. He also co-authored the book Heart Soul Detroit (Momentum Books, 2013) with noted photographer Jenny Risher. @mattwlee77

Erica Bethe Levin

Erica Bethe Levin is a food writer, entrepreneur and hospitality consultant. When she was 24 years old, she founded Chicago’s largest online magazine for women, CheekyChicago. She has since been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain’s Chicago Business and on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and WGN covering all things lifestyle. She also launched the Chicago market for Reserve, a table management system backed by the co-founder of Uber. She is also the founder of, a food blog based on her Jewish-Italian heritage and why she uses cooking as therapy. @ericabethe

Jessica Moazami

Style comes second nature to Chicagoan Jessica Moazami, a freelance stylist and writer with 17 years of experience working in both the U.S. and U.K. Specializing in fashion, beauty, interiors and travel, she is a regular contributor to Chicago magazine and the Chicago Tribune. Her work as a stylist has been published in The Times, The Telegraph, Cosmopolitan UK, Irish Tatler, Los Angeles Times and Condé Nast Traveller UK, to name just a few. @jessica_moazami

Kelly Rizzo

You’ll likely find Kelly Rizzo behind the scenes and off the cuff with famous chefs, musicians and industry heavyweights as host of the award-winning entertainment series Eat Travel Rock TV. Rizzo’s passion-turned-profession always brings the best food, travel and music together in rockstar fashion. Her lifestyle expertise—from must-try cocktails to travel gadgets—has also been featured on major outlets like ABC, Bravo and Rolling Stone magazine. @eattravelrock

Alexandra Sabbag

As the owner of communications company AM Consulting (AMC), which works exclusively with nonprofit organizations including Camp Out for Kids and Friends of Prentice, writer Alexandra Sabbag is able to bring SL the back stories and missions behind some of the city’s most important orgs. “From issue 1, Sophisticated Living felt an ethical obligation to provide its readers with tangible ways to get involved and help our communities,” says Sabbag. “In each issue we deliver 1,000-plus words on a charity that is creatively and proactively improving Chicago.” @amconsultantsgroup

Lisa Shames

Tapping into her love for food, restaurants and travel, writer Lisa Shames contributes to a variety of publications, including Time Out Chicago, Men’s BookChicago Sun-TimesSo Good and Sophisticated Living. During her six years as the dining editor of CS magazine, she spent her time exploring Chicago’s restaurant scene in between frequent trips to the gym. More recently, Shames joined Kinship, a Chicago-based restaurant and hotel marketing company, where her role as storyteller ensures that she still thinks about food a lot. @lisashames

Anthony Tahlier

Be it food photography, portraits or interior design, contributing photographer and all-around cool cat Anthony Tahlier always brings his A-game to the set. At his studio in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, he frequently shoots for Chicago, Food & Wine, People and Architectural Digest magazines, not to mention for an impressive list of commercial clients including Mercedes and Peninsula Hotels. He has also collaborated on numerous books, including Cooking Like a Master Chef by celeb toque Graham Elliot and Senate: Street & Savory by chef Daniel Wright. Check out his work at @anthonytahlierphoto

Ashley Walter

Holistic nutritionist, fitness chef, certified personal trainer and on-air personality Ashley Walter is known for her nationally recognized wellness company, Living with Ashley. Through her four unique programs, she coaches her clients and helps them achieve lasting healthy living goals. With a degree in journalism and a Master of Health and Wellness Coach certification, Walter also produces original video content with her Kitchen Originals and Kitchen Quickies series, and regularly contributes on health trends and lifestyle topics for Self, Shape and Oprah magazines, among others. @living_withashley

Ceta Walters

Ceta Walters is the Chicago-based fashion and lifestyle blogger, Clark and Stone.  Named after her two sons, Clark and Stone features fashion, motherhood and travel.  She was able to turn her hobby into her hustle and is building a brand that inspires other mothers to not sacrifice themselves to motherhood. Walters has collaborated with brands such as Celine, Veronica Beard, DVF, Ralph Lauren and Lincoln Navigator. In addition to creating digital content for Clark and Stone, Ceta is active in fundraising efforts for local nonprofit organizations such as Boys and Girls Club Guild Board, Jackson Chance Foundation and High Jump. @clarkandstone