Our friends at Racked Chicago have given us an award. They’ve voted Art Effect as the Best Place to Shop For The Friend Who Has Everything! We couldn’t agree more, we have something for everyone on your list. From unique little pick-me-up gifts to memorable wedding presents and everything in-between, you’ll find it at Art Effect. Our signature gift wrapping with a spring of eucalyptus is lovely to boot!
Here’s what they had to say about us:
Birthdays, Christmas… Shopping for the friend who has everything can be quite the task. Thankfully there’s Art Effect in Lincoln Park.
The boutique carries a fun, whimsical assortment of goods ranging from home decor to womenswear. You’ll find plenty of speciality items and cards perfect for that inside joke. There are also dozens of lovely candles and apothecary items; you can never have too many of those and one size fits all. The merchandise changes often, so whether you’re looking for a gift for a friend or yourself, this shop is always worth a visit.
The Florida based design duo Jim and Tori Mullian started there collection of mixed media Songbird sculptures in 2006. He’s a self taught artist, she’s a jewelry designer and they share a love of antiques. The inspiration for the collection came from a box of vintage hunting decoys Jim had inherited. He took a damaged bird, added some odds and ends he had in his studio and the results were a revelation.
The Mullanium Songbirds quickly be came a favorite of collectors everywhere. Each bird is hand made in jim and Tori’s studio, using the old carvings as the models. With a unique steampunk aesthetic, the birds incorporate mechanical elements into a folk art tradition. Vintage toys, croquet balls, and binoculars become roosts for the songbirds, and each is adored with bits of recycled metal, watch parts and old tobacco tags. No two are exactly alike, each has it’s own personality and is signed and dated by Jim. These art objects are a charming addition to any interior and make unique and memorable gifts.
Cozy knits, rich textures and jeweled tones are our fall fashion inspirations. Shades of wine, aubergine and brick mix with autumn neutrals of indigo, navy and black. Prints abound this season, stripes and plaids mix with florals and tribal inspired motifs. Try a cropped top with high waisted maxis or jeans. Matching sets still feel fresh and are a great alternative to wearing a dress. Skinny jeans are a perfect balance to oversized sweaters, but we’re loving the new flared silhouettes as well. Find more inspiration on our FW14 pinterest board.
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, and Girls on the Run Chicago.
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.
Make it Better asked it’s readers to vote for their favorite businesses and services in the Chicagoland area. Over 90,000 verified votes were cast in over 11 categories! We are thrilled that Art Effect has been named the best shopping destination for boutique clothing in Chicago!
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…