Sep 22 2010

Chicago Shop For Someone Who Has Everything

Virtu is a shop in the heart of Bucktown stocked full of goods all “made by someone, not by something.”

I especially love these Heart Measuring Spoons by Behive.  They are hand cast in lead free pewter on a twisted copper ring.

Virtu is located at 2034 N Damen Avenue

They have a pretty fab online shop as well.


Sep 21 2010

Personalized Gifts From With Grace

I love discovering cute new shops in different areas of the city.

With Grace is an adorable shop up in Roscoe Village that is known for the fab weddings gifts.  I immediately took to this personalized, bright and monogrammed serving tray from Fontaine Maury.

Check out the other great ideas for yourself at 2238 West Roscoe

With Grace


Aug 25 2010

St Louis Gift Shop Guide – Blissinger’s Chocolates

I was pretty much in chocolate heaven when I walked into Blissinger’s.

I wanted pretty much everything… but thought this would be a cute St Louis gift to bring back home.

I’d say this might be one of those places where it’s even smarter just to treat yourself, no need to think about others allllll the time.


Aug 25 2010

St Louis Gift Shop Guide – Cassie’s Scents

Cassie Fragrance is a boutique in St Louis where you can mix your own scent.

Not only that, but you can use their scent for perfume, or even body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.

They also have beautiful empty fragrance bottles that you can put a customized fragrance in to make a beautiful, one-of-a-kind gift.

Cassie’s Scents


Aug 25 2010

New Buffalo Gift Shop Guide

New Buffalo, Michigan is a vacation town just a few hours away from Chicago – perfect place for a weekend trip.

I must admit I didn’t do much gift shop hunting while there (it was a friend’s bachelorette party…), but I did take note of some of must visit spots in town.

First and foremost…

Redamaks for the best burger you will ever taste.  It’s also conveniently on your way to or from Chicago – Detroit, but only open during summer months.

Weekends is the boutique where I become obsessed with this bean bag chair.  It’s a cool, bright, update on the ones your friends had in college.  And its big enough to pretty much be even level with your couch, therefore totally appropriate for post college life.

Oinks for Ice Cream.  The whole shop is pig themed, you will never see more pig tchotchkes in your life.


Aug 25 2010

Egg Harbor Gift Shop Guide

Egg Harbor is a super cute, relaxing, laid back vacation town in northern Wisconsin.

I went up there for a wedding this summer and absolutely loved it – right on lake Michigan, perfect place to get away.

If you are ever in the area looking for gifts or just shopping around these are some fun stores to check out:

Liberty Square is a grouping of stores all connected, toys, jewelry, souvenirs, etc.

Something Fishy has lots of artist made jewelry.  I love the pick your own charm idea that they uniquely display on mannequins.

Maxwell’s House has some great furniture and home accessories.  All fun, bright and perfect for a vacation home.




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