SAMANTHA SCHAPS JACOBSON is on a mission to show you just how cool American-made goods are, and how important it is to support and purchase American-made. As a partner to her mother, who opened the Highland Park contemporary design gallery CITYWOODS in 1988 with her father, Jacobson grew up in a world surrounded by art and fine craft. That upbringing, along with her education and keen sense of taste in jewelry, has propelled this mom of one, and soon to be mom of two, into a position of strength when it comes to styling jewels on her clients, or helping them curate their coffee table décor. Jacobson takes a break from a busy day at CITYWOODS to share her go-tos on the shore and in the city.
What’s on the horizon? An expanded website and a new baby Mantra? You’ve got this, you can do this Best grooming tip? Hyaluronic acid serum and really good eye cream—my mom always says, “your skin is your largest organ … treat it well” Guilty pleasure? Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Favorite foods? Greek salad and pasta Music you love? Bossa Nova Jazz for cooking, Chill EDM for driving, Country for summertime Best advice ever given to you? Why do today what you can do tomorrow? I thank my husband for this sarcastic remark because it reminds me not to procrastinate Best advice you’ve given? It’s never too late to start living the life you want Earliest memory? Sitting on my dad’s lap while he read the newspaper out-loud When you wake up, you? Read the news until my son wakes up, then make his milk while making my coffee Before bed, you? Drink mint tea with a splash of cream and pray What’s on your bookshelf? Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss, and a selection of my son’s favorite books by Sandra Boynton for his bedtime routine You can’t live without? My Nespresso machine, extra-large bottles of water, manicures, and my family Love to escape to? La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, or Cabo if we’re leaving the country Advice you would give to your younger self? Stay focused but have fun
ON THE SHORE
Your style is? Faux leather leggings, a sweater, and boots if I’m working, or lots of lululemon and Nike if I’m not. Either timeless and classic or ready to exercise … there is no in-between Can’t leave the house without? My iPhone, a snack, and if I’ve got younger company, a diaper or two Transportation? Audi Q5 Driving music? SoulCycle Radio Place to eat? Miramar for cocktails, seafood tower, and atmosphere with my husband, or The Deer Path Inn for lunch with girlfriends Shop? Lululemon, Evereve, and of course, my home away from home, Citywoods for all things decor and amazing jewelry (if I do say so myself) Best thing about the Shore? Schools, parks, beach, and living so close to my mom Worst thing about the Shore? Not enough restaurants The perfect day is? A long walk with my husband and son with a stop at the Farmers Market, lunch as a family made by me, a stroll through Old Orchard, and dinner out with my husband with a babysitter at home … or pizza and Netflix
I N T H E C I T Y
Your style is? Jeans, heels, black top, leather jacket, or a fur coat. Edgy but classic Can’t leave the house without? Chanel bag, iPhone, sunglasses Transportation? Uber Driving music? Top 40 a la Uber Place to eat? La Scarola, you cannot beat old-school Italian Shop? Nordstrom, Oak Street, Neiman’s Best thing about the City? Restaurants, vibrant energy, the lake Worst thing about the City? Traffic The perfect day is? Lingering at Eataly drinking wine and eating cheese and prosciutto, shopping, dinner somewhere fabulous then drinks and live jazz or blues