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January Wong

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January Wong, 26
Manager at Scoop NYC
Lives in: Old Town
Backstory: Born in Evanston and raised in Highland Park, Wong is the oldest of four children; her parents named her January to signify “a new beginning.” (Her birthday is actually in December.) After graduating from the University of Illinois, Wong worked in health care information technology until her “obsession” with fashion got the best of her. She eventually left her job to work at a clothing store. “I’ve always been interested in clothing design,” she says. “Even growing up, when I was a competitive figure skater, I designed my own outfits.”
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What is your necessary extravagance?
Marc Jacobs clothing.

Favorite TV show?
Project Runway.

Favorite magazine?
W magazine.

Favorite Web site?
Pinkisthenewblog.com for celebrity gossip.

What CD is in heavy rotation right now?
Gwen Stefani’s “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.”

Item of clothing you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing?
A hair scrunchie.

Item of clothing you can’t throw away?
I still have my old ice-skating outfits.

How do you order your steak?
Medium.

What’s your drink?
Black Cherry Effen Vodka and soda.

Use two words to describe yourself in high school.
“Intelligent cutie.”

When it comes to dates, what’s your secret weapon?
Taking guys to Chinatown.

What song would you sing if you were forced to do karaoke?
Madonna’s “Material Girl.”

WBEZ or WXRT?
Neither.

Deep dish or thin crust?
Deep dish.

Describe your exercise routine.
About 30 minutes to an hour, twice a week: running on the treadmill, weights on the machine, exercises with the medicine ball.

Favorite time of day?
Afternoon.

Morning person or night owl?
Night owl.

How much do you tip?
20 percent.

Favorite bar in Chicago?
The upstairs lounge at SushiSamba.

I own too many . . .
Magazines.

What color is your bathroom?
Turquoise and white.

Bad habit you wish you could break?
Dating guys who smoke.

Ever been skinny-dipping?
No.

I could not date someone who . . .
Doesn’t think family is important.

Cubs or White Sox?
Cubs.

My idea of a perfect vacation is . . .
Relaxing on a beach on a tropical island.

What’s on your nightstand right now?
Two alarm clocks, a remote control for the TV, CD player, a notepad, and a glass of water.

Last movie you LOVED?
The Notebook.

Favorite meal?
Dim sum.

If you could have dinner with three living people, who would they be?
Marc Jacobs, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I’m good at baking desserts and especially good at decorating cupcakes.

Guilty pleasure?
Ice cream.

How much was your last haircut?
$40.

At which store would you max out your credit card?
Bliss Spa in the W hotel.

I can’t stand people who . . .
Think they know it all.

What do you do when you’re bored?
Shop.

If money were no object, I’d go back to school and become . . .
A TV weather girl.

 

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