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307. Barrington Style with LUXE wearhouse: A Guide to Successfully Mixing Prints
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296. Barrington Style: Easy Outfits from Day to Night
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277. Barrington Style: LUXE wearhouse Shares 4 Must-Have Pieces for Your Fall Wardrobe
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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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.…
277. Meet Serveware Designer Nora Fleming at Carol & Company
The creator of the wildly popular Nora Fleming servingware pieces, Nora Fleming herself, is coming to town for a special event hosted at the Carol & Company boutique in downtown Barrington this November 14th.
Nora Fleming is one of the most popular lines sold at Carol & Co.’s online store headquartered in the company’s new retail space at Barrington Commons Court. Nora Fleming, who is from St. Charles, will be visiting with guests about her ultra-collectible line of simple white platters that can be accented with whimsical minis.
Carol & Co. owner Ruth Grigson carries many of Nora’s pieces right here in her Barrington store and sells them to a growing list of Nora Fleming fans across the country who find CarolandCompany.com with a simple search on the internet.
The seemingly endless line of Nora Fleming’s decorative accents attach to the platters and make thoughtful and space-conscious gifts for anyone who enjoys hosting.
There’s a mini for nearly every occasion, from football games to birthdays to holidays.
And they even offer a Nora Fleming Keepsake Box, where you can store all of your minis and pull out your favorites in any season.
Nora Fleming will appear at Carol & Company in Barrington Commons on Thursday, November 14, from 7-9pm. Food and drinks will be served. Carol & Company will give away a FREE popcorn mini with each platter purchase, and will offer free gift holiday gift boxes when 3 or more minis are purchased. Please join them in welcoming Nora to Barrington!
During the Nora Fleming event, Nora herself will be signing platters (just bake it for 30 minutes after having it signed, and it’ll stay on through washing).
If you haven’t shopped at Carol & Company yet, we highly recommend you drop by to check out this adorable shop. The bright and airy storefront is filled with Nora Fleming pieces plus unique jewelry, home accessories, and fabulous gifts for men and women alike. There are fun stories behind each and every product, and Ruth Grigson can’t wait to share them with you.
When Ruth opened Carol & Company on June 1, 2013, it marked a departure from her former online-only business model. Since its inception in 2010, Ruth’s creative marketing and eye for design have earned the Carol & Co. wesite a well-established online following…
As the site grew, so did her need for warehouse space: the search for an office began. When she realized that a storefront in downtown Barrington rented for only a bit more than office space, the brick-and-mortar Carol & Company was born.
Ruth assembled a team she loves, including Director of Customer Happiness (yes, that’s her real title) Lenoir Marks; Director of Retail Therapy, Melissa Blach; and Chief Shipper Extraordinaire, Tom Pomykala (Ruth’s dad, a retired entrepreneur). They love working with customers to create just the right gift (that’s how they earned their superlative titles).
For Ruth to include a product line in her store or on her site, she has to love it……
276. Escape to Paris for the BJWC 2013 Fall Fashion Show
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227. Barrington Wardrobe Consultants Unveil W by Worth’s Winter Line
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173. Welcome the New Season with the Summer Wine Walk
We have a libation theme going this weekend with a number of beverage-centered specials and events taking place in Barrington. With the first day of summer only five days away, merchants downtown are getting a jump start on the season by hosting the first ever Summer Wine Walk, a compliment to the well-attended Winter Wine Walk they hosted in March.
The FREE event will be hosted by participating businesses surrounding Cook and Station Streets from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 16th. Each merchant will have a wine map for you to grab so you can see what’s available for sipping before you move on to your next destination. Participating merchants will be offering a total of 14 wines to sample along with appetizers from Cooper’s Pizza. And to add a little summer sizzle, Park Avenue Restaurant will feature live music with Brian Saltzman from 3 to 6 p.m.
More merchants have joined the downtown wine walk for tomorrow’s event. Here’s a look at who’s participating and what you will enjoy as you power your way through the town……
142. Don Your Derby Hat for Barrington Children’s Charities
Dust off your derby hats and spruce up your seersucker suits, Barrington Children’s Charities’ second annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby party is coming up this Saturday and we’re all invited. Barrington Hills resident and Children’s Charities founder, Darby Hills (seen here on left), says there are fun new details in store for this year’s festivities, thanks, in part, to Kathleen McLaughlin, the local event planner behind the party.
Kentucky Derby-style hats in all shapes and sizes will be a big part of the entertainment at this Saturday’s event, held to benefit Barrington Children’s Charities and the national Blessings in a Backpack campaign. All proceeds from this weekend’s party will directly benefit Barrington School District 220 families who are part of the free and reduced lunches program……
337. "Hot Happenings" in Barrington for March 3-6
Because there are so many things planned for weekends in Barrington, today we’re debuting a weekly list of “Hot Happenings” for Thursdays through Sundays in Barrington. Our first event is a cool party that’s going on TONIGHT at L’Eiffel Bistrot and Creperie in South Barrington.
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