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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Here’s what Make it Better had to say about us, “A Lincoln Park shopping destination, Art Effect combines trendy and classic pieces at a variety of price points.” Thanks so much for the support!
Wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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!
Words of wisdom from legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland.
Summer’s prettiest color is a delicate whisper of blush pink! Found in clouds at sunset and petals on garden roses, we love this color on everything from a sofa and a silk blouse to a shiny lip gloss.
Get the look with a Pink Agate Druzy Necklace with Rose Gold rings from Melissa Joy Manning, $425.00, or a silk scarf from Echo, $68.00. I am naked roll on perfume from Danica is a sheer soft kiss of a scent with bergamot, acai’ berry, jasmine, geranium, ylang ylang, violet, sandalwood, and oakmoss. The dainty bottle is finished with a blush pink ribbon, a perfect pick me up for $24.00.
Sara Happ’s Lip Slip gives the richest, glossiest hydration imaginable to bring out the natural pink in your pout, $24.00. A vintage Royal Tettau china plate with a scalloped design in pink and gold is given unexpected edge with a portrait transfer of Lilith the Vampire Girl by Beat Up Creations. Sweet little trinket boxes look just as delicious as real Parisian macarons. A tiny gold bow decorates the clasp on these hinged ceramic boxes in the style of French Limoges porcelain, a sweet little gift for $10.00. Voluspa’s Bella Sucre candles are scented with notes of demerara sugar, tiare flower and coconut milk in a lovely embossed and scalloped glass votive. 6.2 oz size, in store for $22.50.
This pale pink living room is the dreamiest! Find more pink inspiration on our La Vie en Rose Pintrest board!
The Johnny Was Isabelle Blouse in a beautiful shade of blush pink features incredible detail and embroidery. This feminine style can be dressed up or down, a splurge at $235.00. The blush eyelet tank top trimmed with crochet lace and chiffon is perfect for a summer day in 100% Cotton, $88.00. How will you incorporate blush pink into your summer style?
Father’s Day is June 15th! There’s still time to find the perfect gift for Dad.
- “PRODUCTVITY” MENTHOLATED WHITE BIG ASS BRICK OF SOAP – Give Dad some get-up-and-go with this minty soap from Duke Cannon. $8.00.
- TOUCH SCREEN STYLUS TOOL PEN – More than a just a premium writing instrument, this tool pen from Monteverde functions with an ultra sensitive touch screen stylus, phillips and flat head screwdrivers, a built in level, and ruler with 3 different scale functions! $30.00
- JACQUES ZOLTY EAU DE TOILETTE – For the metrosexual Dad, a masculine scent with tropical notes. $128.00
- BREW 2 GO BLACK SIPPY BEER GLASS – For beer loving dads, take your brew to go in a double wall insulated travel cup. $18.00
- TEROFORMA WHISKY LOVER SET – A gift set including two glass tumblers and six whiskey stones. $69.00
- FATHER ENDEARMENT MUG – This oversized cup is an everyday reminder that Father Know’sBest. $20.00
- HAMMERTONE COASTER SET – Handsome set of coasters from Michael Aram will add a touch of class to any man cave. $99.00
Shop our Gifts for Guys section for even more Father’s Day gift ideas.