Cozy knits, rich textures and jeweled tones are our fall fashion inspirations. See more on our FW14 pinterest board. Shades of wine, aubergine and brick mix with autumn neutrals of indigo, navy and black. Bring cropped tops into the season with high waisted maxis and jeans. Prints abound this season, stripes and plaids mix with florals and tribal inspired motifs.
Make a point to get out of the city and enjoy the spectacular fall colors this season. All over Illinois and just over the Michigan and Wisconsin borders you will find a wonderful selection of apple orchards, cider mills, pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Bring home some autumn delights and share them with friends. I can’t think of a nicer way to spend a day.
Glazed Apple Pie
- about 8 firm apples – peeled, cored and sliced
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (one stick)
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- cinnamon to taste
- frozen 9 inch double pie crust
- ice cream (optional)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. To make the glaze, melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add white sugar, brown sugar and water; bring to a boil. Reduce temperature, and simmer 5 minutes.
Fill the bottom crust with apples (dusted with cinnamon) mounding the pie slightly, as the apples will shrink with cooking. I used a mix of jonathan, empire, and cortland apples picked at a local orchard. Using a variety of apples creates a nice complexity of flavor. Cut the second crust into strips and cover the apples with a lattice work of crust.
Slowly pour the thickened sugar and butter liquid over the crust, be careful so that it doesn’t run off. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes. Cover the top of the pie with foil if it begins to brown to much. Check the texture of the apples with a toothpick, the pie is done when the apples are tender, not mushy.
We love Henry and Belle Jeans for their fit, attention to detail and premium denim fabrications. Find your perfect fit, they have a beautiful range of style and washes. The belle effect, this original Chicago brand is as dedicated to craftsmanship as it is to humanitarianism. A portion of every Henry & Belle sale is set aside for charitable causes, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Clothes4Souls, Girls on the Run Chicago and others.
Mini Micro Flair Rustic Wash Jean The maximum stretch denim hugs your curves and the mini flair silhouette beautifully balances your proportions for a flattering line. Five pocket styling in a rustic, medium wash. The straight waistband sits just below the waist. While we think this subtle, softer take on the flare is particularly good for curvy girls, this Henry and Belle jean is super flattering on many figures. Shop it.
Super Skinny Pitch Black Ankle Jean Henry and Belle’s Super Skinny Ankle jean is perfect for petites who want a fitted look without the hassle of hemming. The straight waistband sits low on the hips. Soft, light-weight stretch denim in pitch black is smooth fitting for a true second skin style. Shop it.
Lila Straight Jean in Authentic Indigo Satin Denim Henry and Belle’s Lila Straight cut is a great alternative to skinny jeans.This classic style looks great on every figure. The Authentic wash has a light distressing with natural style whiskering on beautifully soft indigo denim. Shop it.
Everyone who lives in the midwest knows that the need for transitional dressing extends far beyond the start of the season. Creative layering and a thoughtful use of color can keep you stylish and comfortable on cool nights in August through scorching September days. We love this tunic from Tolani as the base for a casual transitional look. The rich jewel tone floral print keeps it summery and the lightweight fabric is perfect for layering. Pop it over jeans and add one of our two-ply cashmere ponchos from Claudia Nichole for cooler days.
The Madison Silk tunic by Tolani with tassels, $165.00 in-store
Lila Straight Jean in a light wash, authentic indigo satin denim by Henry & Belle, $180.00 in-store and online
Claudia Nichole cashmere dress topper poncho available in a rainbow of colors, $165.00 in-store.
Silvery leather wrap cuff with a two tone Jasper teardrop by Rachel Olesker, in-store $250.00.
Dainty granulated hoop earrings by Jane Daiz, $75.00 online or instore.
Art Nouveau inspired necklace with large striated Agate stone by Jane Diaz, $275.00 in-store.
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Join us this weekend for our biggest sale of the season! The annual Lincoln Park sidewalk sale is a not to be missed event. Enjoy a day of shopping, July 19th & 20th, along Armitage, Halsted, and Webster Avenues with great deals on everything from designer clothes to housewares, shoes, and fine hand-made jewelry from your favorite Lincoln Park Boutiques!
Enter to win a prize package of gift certificates when you post pics from the sidewalk sale! Tag your posts with #LPsidewalksale and follow @lincolnparkma along with the boutique you’re shopping at on instagram!
Three lucky shoppers with the most posts will win!
Post photos on instagram July 19th or 20th to enter share your photos on Facebook and twitter too. Prize may include gift certificates from: Art Effect, Bedside Manor, Comfort Me Boutique, Erin Gallagher Jewelry, The Green Goddess, Monograms on Webster, Monica + Andy, Shop 857, Tabula Tua, Underthings and more…
Pitchfork takes over Union Park July 18th— 20th and Lollapalooza descends on Grant Park August 1st- 3rd. Alongside the music, the fashion scene is always major at Chicago’s biggest festivals. Stand out from the crowd and be seen with a free spirited look that shows off your personality.
Here are two festival styles we think are perfect:
Outfit details: The Bali tie dye strapless jumpsuit from Velvet is perfection for summer adventures. Stay cool while moving easily through crowds, need to climb a tree? No problem in this one piece wonder! The perfect accompaniment to bare shoulders is a bold statement earring. The Nameda Dangle Earrings by Catherine Page have the right amount of color and sparkle to stand out. Pack your daily essentials in a roomy tote, the slouchy Champagne Shimmer Cava Tote by Monserat De Lucca is a perfect pick in luxurious suede. The color and texture in this bracelet stack is major! We started with a Hook Wrap Bracelet by Giles and Brother, added a glittering beaded cuff from Huichol, and finish with a couple of tasseled bracelets!
Outfit details: This linen shirtdress from CP Shades gets a grungy feel when paired with a short boot. Tie a lightweight sweater around your waist and you’re set if you need to cover your shoulders from the sun, or if the evening turns cool. This black pullover in an open weave from Wooden Ships is the perfect weight. Add one special piece to elevate the look, the 15MM Meridian Cuff by Sarah Mcguire Jewelry is studded with Diamonds. Keep the hair off your face with a turban tied scarf and add a great pair of sunglasses. We finished the outfit with a delicate beaded butterfly necklace from Miguel Ases.
Find more ideas in our Festival Style dept!
Chicago’s Street Festivals are the perfect opportunity to explore a new neighborhood while sampling great food and enjoying live music! With something happening every weekend, you’re sure to find a fest to suit your fancy.
Jess Keys of The Golden Girl blog shared some great tips on what to wear at Chicago’s best neighborhood festivals with WGN morning news. Local bloggers showed off perfect hot weather styles (including finds from Art Effect) to wear when you’re heading to Wicker Park Fest, Taste of River North, Greek Fest or own our neighborhood’s upcoming Sheffield Garden Walk this summer.
A mini guide to Chicago’s 2014 Summer Street Festivals
- July 19-20th: Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Fest and the annual Lincoln Park Sidewalk Sale!
- July 26-27th: Wicker Park Fest
- August 9-10: Northalsted Market Days
- August 14-17th: Festa Italiana
- August 23-24th: Taste of Greektown
- September 20-21st: Design Harvest Fest
Did we leave your favorite off the list? let us know!