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Wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Live in the Sun

Sidewalk Sale!

Sidewalk Sale


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…


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Chicago Street Festival Style

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

Did we leave your favorite off the list? let us know!

Guest Post: Katy’s Summer Picks

As a fashion lover/blogger from Chicago, I know a day browsing at Art Effect is always fruitful.

The pieces this season really bring a smile to your face, are on-trend but still unique, and perfect for summer.  While it was hard to choose, these are my top 5 must-haves for the season.

1. A fun, versatile dress

A bright, bold printed dress is a must for summer. There are a whole host of options at Art Effect, but this one is my favorite. The tribal print bodice is really on-trend, and where the waistline hits is very flattering. The skirt is super comfy too! This dress works for everything from dressier events (with black heeled sandals) to a casual day out (with flats or flip-flops and a jean jacket). 

Sugar Lips Maxi Dress, $128


2. A cute crossbody bag

I’m in love with this little bag, and the hands-free style is perfect for a night out on the town or a day outdoors. With the best pieces, it’s the details that make them exceptional. The zipper pull of this bag says “have fun” and it comes with a note inside bearing the same summer-ready message. The zipper itself brings a pop of neon yellow and the bag is lined with heart-printed fabric. It just brings a smile to my face!

Ban.do Bag, $38


3. A Cool Crop Top

I’m loving crop tops, one of summer’s biggest trends, paired with everything from daisy dukes for a festival, boyfriend jeans for a day out shopping or a high-waisted skirt for a chic event. This one has structure and an awesome print to make it extra fashion-forward, and it’s not too revealing—a fun way to try the trend (plus it looks great with the bag!).

Minkpink Crop Top, $60

 4. A denim vest

A frayed and faded denim vest takes the simplest summer outfits into more stylish territory.  Plus, it’s as versatile as your favorite jeans:  throw it on with shorts, your go-to sundress, or a midi skirt.  You can also totally personalize it—add pins collected on all your summer adventures, or major statement jewelry for cool contrast.

Others Follow Vest, $60


5. A Bright Pendant Necklace

Throwing a pendant necklace on over any casual outfit adds a fun, effortless feel.  I love these bright tassels.  I took the pink one above home with me, but there are a great variety of colors in store.  In the summer I always look for jewelry that can have a personal feel, that I can wear with every outfit.  These necklaces fit the bill, as do all of Art Effect’s delicate bracelets and rings.  These tassels also add pop to a simple dress, and if you’re looking for more shots of color, Art Effect has so many bold statement necklaces it was hard for me to choose just one!

Single Tassel Necklace, $38

Every summer, I like to infuse my wardrobe with some new staples that I’ll wear all season and that will give all my old favorites a refresh.  I love these five pieces, and since I had so much fun on my shopping day, here’s another for good luck:

6. Loose printed pants (Bonus!)

katy-6Ranking with the crop top as one of the biggest trends right now are slouchy printed pants.  These are loose and comfy to keep you cool (in every sense of the word), but still have some shape.  The print is bold and summery, and personally I prefer a floral print like this one on flowy pants (as opposed to the commonly seen tribal pattern) for boho novices like myself.  This may be one of the comfiest trends ever, and these pants are a great way to try it.

Ella Moss Pants, $158

Wishing you all a stylish summer, and happy shopping!


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