October 23, 2010


I have so missed blogging, reading blogs, responding to my favorite blogs.........life has drastically interfered. Real life work has been the culprit.........landscape installations before the weather changes, interior designs before the holidays, ordering Christmas for the shops....YIKES........should have been completed eons ago! Where has this year gone?

 Take a look back with me if you will, to a post I intended to write ONE MONTH ago, our trunk show.
The goods and the talented women of Chicago that I would love to share.

PHOTOGRAPHY      By Rebecca Plotnick

A board spotted in Paris.............LOVE this photograph!
Rebecca's collection starts in our beloved Chicago to Paris, England, Italy and recently Israel.
What a unique eye to look at the Chicago 'EL' tracks and find art. Rebecca's goal is to "encourage people to linger over the beauty of life a little longer" I believe she succeeds.
Impressive isn't it? All of the photo's shown here are printed on a canvas frame, 12 x 12, and ready to hang. Custom sizing is available.

Cannot decide which is my favorite, but this photograph really speaks to my soul. Upon reflection it brings me back to fond childhood memories. Here is a ceiling in the old Marshall Fields store on State street. Our special treat was a meet up, "I'll see you under the big clock!" my grandmother would say. Could not wait.

Meet an amazing powerhouse of a woman, Jess Constable
Jess is as beautiful inside as her gorgeous outward appearance. Spend time with her, and you will be instantly energized.....this girl has a lust for life . She began her biz when she was fifteen and is now nationwide. Jess and I are in the beginning stages of contemplating  'Empowering Women' get-togethers at the Chicago shop, would you be interested?. Visit her blog, Make under my life for inspiration.

All of Jess's collections are named for renown streets in Chicago. 
This line, 'Diversey' was launched at our event
 Diversey earrings. All jewelry is Paladium gold plated

This is my next purchase..........from the Armitage collection

The classic Chevron pattern, 'Division', in sterling silver
Here is Ali wearing a necklace from the 'Franklin' collection, as shown in People magazine

I am very lucky to call Cynthia Espy a friend. Warm, funny, great hostess......Christmas Party this year Cyndy? A successful business woman; Interior Designer and the founder of Amenities Home.
For impact, the reversible 100% Silk Dupioni shawl in fuchsia and orange. Think 'little black dress'

Have a favorite qoute? All of Cynthia's products are custom made, to order, in silk.
Choose your color combination
Wonder who Winston is? Why Cynthia's dog, of course!
Again, chose a saying or look through her extensive suggestions ......... a memorable hostess gift

Jewelry    by Lisa York
 The first copper cuff is a New Orleans route, above is Brooklyn, from vintage maps and routes. 

 Chicago EL stops. Whenever I have mine on, I am stopped, and soak in the "oooh's and ahhh's"

Vintage New York City map.
Jewelry maker +  private chef = a life lived creatively and passionately.
Beach Grass earrings in industrial eco- resin (40% recycled) with sterling silver. Lisa's favorite materials are silver and resin.
Soapmaker and Body Products by Amanda Konieczny

 Sugar Cookie soap bars..... mild with gentle exfoliating. No calories!
Amanda named her purposeful company after her toddler Genevieve, "Veve" for short. Her mission statement is less chemicals, small footprint, natural ingredients for a superior product all crafted by hand in small batches.
Coffee for the kitchen, maybe for a morning shower?
Who knew? That hops are a natural anti-inflammatory and ultra skin softener with great lather. Imagine the natural aroma of Blue Moon Beer with a hint of orange essential oils. Great stocking stuffer for the men in your life
These bath salts are to luxuriate and relax in a warm bath while taking in the scent of a just baked chocolate cake.
 Cocoa/Lavender bath melts

My gift to you, dear readers........... choose any one of the items above and share your thoughts. If Veve is your favorite, pick three. Have fun!

P.S.  The extent of my seasonal decorating...........oh well............so easy I do not even have to think! Happy Autumn
Next post..........another giveaway!

Best of luck

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