This dress in vibrant hues and an artistic print from Sugarcup Trading is perfect for everyday or special days!

Happy Earth Day to all!

Friday’s Fabulous Finds bring you more green goods from our local boutiques. So sit back, relax, and peruse the photo gallery for some refreshingly cool picks.

Apparel, accessories, and handbags, oh my!

Little Miss Fuzzy Head is the brainchild of Miya Beathea, proprietress of Croix in Oak Park and a former runway model. She actually created this vegan hair product herself – at home! – like a mad scientist (only much prettier). I love the subtle, yet sweet and natural smell of it, too. Find it online at or stop by Croix (131 N. Marion Street).

Gem (108 N. Marion Street) is truly outrageous! (I know, I’m dating myself here.) Laura Kitsos has an eye for magnificent and nonconforming accessories as well as a heart for all things green. You’ll find hip jewelry, scarves, and handbags crafted by local artists (way to reduce our carbon footprint!) from upcycled and recycled materials. Trust me on this one. You must see her selection to fully appreciate the artistic sensibility that Laura brings to her lovely boutique.

Takara (123 N. Marion Street) has done it again. She’s selected an eco-friendly product that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Take a peek at the handbags created from recycled leather. Women are always trying to downsize their purses, but let’s face it, sometimes having a Mary Poppins-sized portmanteau is just easier. You can fit your lunch, snacks for the kids, extra shoes, an umbrella, and lots of other goodies in there. Did you leave it at home? Nope! Let me just pull it out of this here bag.

Sugarcup Trading (110 N. Marion Street) is a children’s apparel and gear shop unlike any other. Truly. It doesn’t get any greener than this. Parents, if you haven’t been, now is the time. Not only does Michelle Vanderlaan select sustainable and innovative products that are organic, fair-trade, and recycled (Their upcycled dresses are bright and colorful and perfect for Easter! See photo gallery.), but she has ingeniously conceived a trading concept which simultaneously teaches young minds altruism. Children can trade in their gently-used garments for points which Michelle awards. They then can use these points to shop or even donate to a charity. This fabulous and eco-friendly boutique has our green stamp of approval! (Read more about Sugarcup here.)

And we couldn’t forget to mention our friends at Olive Owl Organics (1101 Lake Street). Every product in this quaint shop is made with all-natural ingredients, most are organic also. Proprietress, Cynthia Orrico, does the research for us, then creates each and every Olive Owl brand product herself in the back of her shop (or as she refers to it: the lab). No sulfates, parabens, or synthetic dyes. There’s a great veggie wash and a plethora of fragrant, handmade soaps. Her fragrant products are worth a trip in the rain.  

Do you have a favorite green product from a local, indie shop? Tell us about it!

I’ll see you around town and in the shops!

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