65. lucy activewear “Do Everything” Collection a Huge Hit at Deer Park Town Center

 Now that spring is in full swing, we’re inching to closer summer swimsuit season. If you’re kicking your workout routine into high gear to get your beach body back, you’re going to love what’s new at lucy activewear. Store manager Becky Wipperfurth says lucy is for women who like to move. Of all the activewear collections you’ll find at lucy, … Read more…

323. Barrington Style: LUXE wearhouse Guide to Holiday Party Dresses

We are so excited for the upcoming Holiday Season! With many fun and festive events filling your calendar, that also means decisions to be made about what to wear. Is it a cocktail dress or skirt and blouse, do you wear tights or no tights, what accessories complete the look? Don’t let holiday dressing overwhelm you. We have put together an easy guide for every holiday occasion.

Office Party

Finding the right attire for an office party can be tricky. Despite the festive party environment, it is important to remember that this is still a work event and you want to represent yourself or your spouse well. That being said, you can still have fun with what to wear by adding a bit of sparkle or a pop of color to your look.

LUXE wearhouse Guide to Holiday Fashion

LUXE wearhouse Guide to Holiday Fashion

We love these three options for an office party outfit because each one has the perfect balance of work appropriate coverage while still looking stylish.

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315. Showcase of Arts and Crafts at the Barrington Park District

 How would you like to find all of your one-of-a-kind holiday gifts with one shopping trip this weekend? Do I sound like I’m dreaming?  I promise, it’s not too good to be true!  You’ll find original artwork in multiple mediums for sale during the Barrington Park District’s annual Showcase of Arts and Crafts on Saturday and Sunday. This two-day event … Read more…

312. Barrington Style: LUXE wearhouse’s 4 Fashion Rules Meant to Be Broken

 It can be hard to keep up with what is acceptable in fashion as rules and trends are constantly changing, but one thing is for sure, rules are meant to be broken. Check out these 4 basic fashion rules that are definitely meant to be broken: Don’t wear black and brown or black and navy, Don’t wear white after Labor … Read more…

307. Barrington Style with LUXE wearhouse: A Guide to Successfully Mixing Prints

 Plaids with polka dots? Floral and stripes? Yes, you can mix these prints and we are encouraging you to try out this trend! We do find that sometimes it is difficult to know when it is ok to mix prints and how to do it successfully, so we have come up with a few guidelines to help you get this … Read more…

296. Barrington Style: Easy Outfits from Day to Night

 We all know how busy life can be! Whether we are at the office, running around with the kids or both, quite often we are left with little to no time to spend on ourselves. When we find an hour or two in our busy schedules to go out to dinner with our significant other or drinks with friends we … Read more…

286. Barrington Style: LUXE wearhouse Accessories – The Perfect Way to Complete Your Look

 We introduced the new Barrington Style series with 365Barrington.com last week sharing some of our favorite fall clothing items, but we can not forget about our must-have accessories! Accessories are often just as important as the clothes themselves. Whether it’s a great statement necklace or a printed scarf, accessories have the ability to complete or transform an outfit. Accessories are … Read more…

277. Barrington Style: LUXE wearhouse Shares 4 Must-Have Pieces for Your Fall Wardrobe

 After this weekend’s cooler temperatures, the time has finally come to say farewell flip-flops and welcome back warm, cozy sweaters. The season of fall fashion is upon us and we’re excited to introduce a new series here at 365Barrington.com called Barrington Style! We’ve asked the ladies at LUXE wearhouse to help us rev up our cold-weather wardrobes with weekly style … Read more…

349. Still Time to See Santa at the Ice House Mall

 Christmas is next week, but you’re not too late to spend some quality time with Old St. Nick at Barrington’s Ice House Mall! You’ll find Santa at the Ice House Mall from noon to 3 p.m. every day from now through Sunday, December 22nd.  He’ll also be there from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Monday, December 23rd and … Read more…

321. Notice Accessories for Living’s “One for You, One for Me” Gift Guide

We all know that giving is the best part of the holidays, right? There’s nothing like spreading holiday cheer with just the right gift for that special someone. But Notice owner Mari Barnes and her daughters Becky Jackson and Hannah Hannick see that our eyes do tend to wander while looking for that perfect present. Despite our best intentions, holiday shopping quickly turns into “one for you, one for me.” (And how could it not, with so much cute stuff around? We really can’t be blamed.)

The ladies at Notice want us to embrace this method of shopping. “It makes shopping even more fun,” Becky says. “How’s that a bad thing?” We decided to make it official with the first annual “One for You, One for Me” gift guide.

The Notice team: Becky Jackson, Mari Barnes, and Hannah Hannick - photographed by Julie Linnekin

The Notice team: Becky Jackson, Mari Barnes, and Hannah Hannick – photographed by Julie Linnekin

Becky, who is in charge of visual merchandising and marketing, describes Notice as a one-stop-shop for clothing, gifts, and accessories. “We have great, unique gifts for women, men, and children–there’s something for everyone on your list,” she says. And because the Barrington store is one of three Notice boutiques–there’s also a store in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, and one in Evanston–they have tons of rotating inventory. 

“Barrington customers always get first dibs,” Mari says. “Since we have the largest storeroom here, we have everything shipped to this location.” They’re constantly bringing new items out onto the floor, where lucky Barrington shoppers can snap them up before they’re shipped off to Chicago or Evanston (if they ever make it onto the truck, that is).

Hot new leather-look pieces are great for fall & winter - photographed by Julie Linnekin

Hot new leather-look pieces are great for fall & winter – photographed by Julie Linnekin

Notice has all the glitter and glam a girl could want for the holidays: A vegan leather dress from Eva Franco (pictured above, at left, $278) is a great wardrobe update, and can easily withstand a red wine spill (not that red wine ever spills, but just in case). And while you’re there, you could pick up a sparkling frame or candle as a hostess gift–you can’t get much more efficient than that!

Holiday glitter for you and yours - photographed by Julie Linnekin

Holiday glitter for you and yours – photographed by Julie Linnekin

So here it is, folks.  Our “One for You, One for Me” Gift Guide including gift suggestions for all of those special people in your life along with companion gifts for yourself ;).  Happy shopping!

For the Wee Ones (and You)

As the mother of a 2 year-old son and 7 month-old daughter, Becky is always on the lookout for the cutest items for the kids in our lives. These Stack and Scare blocks by Uncle Goose ($52) are made in Michigan with sustainably forested basswood. The interchangeable pieces inspire creative building, and the graphic designs are great for the youngest architects.

And you’ll look adorable building alongside your little one in this Waverly Gray sweater ($218). The nubby texture, knit cuffs, and inset zipper take this sweater to the next level.

Blocks for the wee ones, and a fun sweater for you – photographed by Julie Linnekin

Blocks for the wee ones, and a fun sweater for you – photographed by Julie Linnekin

For a Great Friend (and You)

Color-blocked felt totes ($220 and up) from Gräf & Lantz would be a welcome gift for any woman on your list (including yourself!). Their bright colors and zig-zag stitching, coupled with rich leather handles, strike the right balance of design and durability.

The German duo of Gräf & Lantz also make coasters in the same 5mm-thick wool felt used on their bags.  Coasters just like these were used to protect tables in Bavarian taverns until the late 1800s, which is how they got their name “bierfilzl,” or beer felt. Combine a set ($22) with your favorite brew for a host/hostess gift with a bit of history. They’re functional, durable, and come in lots of great colors.

Gräf & Lantz felt totes, with coasters to match - photographed by Julie Linnekin

Gräf & Lantz felt totes, with coasters to match – photographed by Julie Linnekin

For a Man (and You)

For the men in your life, Notice carries a line of gorgeous Graphite Objects ($34-72) from sculptor Agelio Batle.  The organic, nature-inspired forms are handmade by first creating a clay mold of the object. Then carbonaceous graphite (the same material used in pencils) is combined with other compounds in the mold under intense pressure. The result is an art object that can also be used as a smudge-free writing instrument–one that will last up to seven years! (If you don’t see the perfect object below, just ask–there are many more designs available.)

And wouldn’t it be more fun to address your holiday cards with a fun pen like the ACME pens pictured below ($49.50)? Or combine a pen with one of Notice’s many  journals for a writing-themed gift.

Graphite Objects and Acme pens – photographed by Julie Linnekin

Graphite Objects and Acme pens – photographed by Julie Linnekin

For a Family (and You)

Getting ready to deck the halls? Decorate your mantel with a few stockings by Barrington resident Jen Hapwood’s company, My Perennial.

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