Feeling Pretty?

Tricks to find the pretty

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By Suze Solari

Wardrobe Consultant

I’m easily dating myself here: remember that inane Bobby McFerrin song “Dont worry, be happy" - who can forget, right?  The message, however still resonates with me.  As the days grow shorter and darker, I find the cure to this gloom is to grab & go with bold, pops of color.  Focus your senses on a few seasonal picks that bring fun to your wardrobe, and you will immediately feel...confident, and happy.  

For Today's Style tip I am featuring several items from Pretty Little Things, on Madison Street.   Here, the fun has just begun..this shop is busting with cool earth -friendly and hip stuff.   I am feeling the chill, so head straight to the table loaded down with super cute & cozy knitted hats $28  & fingerless gloves $21, made by Maria Czubernat from LaGrange Park.  I have become obsessed with these hats: they are a marriage of french beret, and grunge cap, in the loveliest way.  I’m seriously coveting the raspberry one,  and the silver/ grey stripe is divine, as shown on Mary Lee Culligan, an innocent shopper I coerced into model servitude.

You will be tempted to buy a Rebe organic cotton dress in bright purple, $ 78.00 summer sale; and wear it as a tunic, layered over one of their cute Lobster t-shirt & skinny jeans.  Earrings from Chicago jeweler, Red Ava, $32. and leather & brass wrap bracelets, $46 will round out this casual weekend outfit,  but wait there’s more: these bracelets with semi - precious stones double as a necklace.

The Proprietor’s of this fanciful boutique are sisters: Signe Heart & Binky Stephenson.  Their love of all things pretty inspired them to open their shop last Spring.  Included are a collection of housewares, apparel & accessories for women, men & the wee ones.  A unique collection created by local artisans, and around the country; is what the Sisters call “the best of the underground craft movement”.

Get prepared early for the upcoming ugly months; look good, feel happy & shop local!

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Corine Graham Scanlan from Oak Park  

Posted: November 16th, 2011 5:01 PM

Twenty minutes to spare on Madison? Definitely stop in here. Pretty Little Things is a feast for the senses, and the staff is very welcoming. P.L.T. is a great spot to pick up a clever gift for all ages.

Suze Solari from OakPark.com/Shopping/Blogs  

Posted: November 9th, 2011 1:59 PM

Thanks for your input, Carrie - PTL is like a mini- Anthropologie! Also, I forgot to say in the article, they serve Champagne & Wine on Friday afternoons ;-)

Carrie Marling Bankes from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 8th, 2011 9:53 AM

Such a cute store. Lots of things I've never seen before. Everything is cleverly displayed too. Glad my birthday is coming up.

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