Some things this April are just too good not to share.
I am notorious for beginning a craft project that becomes, quite inevitably, a much bigger undertaking than anticipated, only to end up with a lackluster final product, completely contradictory to my desired result. Then, I am left covered in glitter and glue with a sizeable mess to clean up, while an awkward, crooked creation lurks in the background. Not very cute (or crafty.) Enter Amy Moss and her inspiring blog, Eat Drink Chic. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Amy is a graphic designer who left her high-stress job and now spends her time creating and curating amazing works of art and design for her blog. Amy has frequent contests and giveaways for the products she features, but (by far) the best part of her site has to be her free design downloads. Amy allows her readers to download her original work for their own personal use. She has everything from Valentine’s Day-themed coffee sleeves (brilliant!) to holiday bookmarks to various theme invitations. Everything is in PDF format, which makes the templates accessible and easy to print. For me, someone who has trouble drawing a stick figure, these templates have allowed me to breathe a huge sigh of relief while still allowing me to feel like I am creative (sans the messy cleanup.) Reading Eat Drink Chic’s daily dose of design has left me inspired and prepared for any crafting curveball. Visit eatdrinkchic.com for ideas, designs, and inspirations.—KM
It seems as if every media outlet is highlighting the latest and greatest “spring cleaning” tips and tools in preparation for the impending season. And while I am definitely all for annual spring cleaning, I think it is best to leave the bulk of it to the pros at eDrop-Off. What was once owner Corri McFadden’s senior project at fashion design school has become a multimillion dollar business that now has its own reality TV show debuting on VH1. House of Consignment follows Corri and her fashionable employees as they troll for treasures in closets across Chicago and surrounding suburbs. eDrop-Off adds 100 items to their eBay store each day, totaling up to 700 new designer duds added each week. If you have ever tried to sell your stuff on eBay, you will understand what kind of an undertaking photographing, describing, and posting 100 items takes. If not, in a word, it’s arduous. If you are worried about the authenticity of the items posted—don’t. Corri and her team have become experts at spotting the fake. Everything they sell is certified authentic. They’re faux real! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) I am so excited that Chicago is finally getting recognized as a fashionable town. Something we’ve known for years! House of Consignment airs on VH1, Wednesdays at 9 p.m. To check out Corri’s business, eDrop-Of, or schedule your own spring cleaning, visit shopedropoff.com.—KM
If you’re looking for an excuse to head to Chicago’s Art Institute, we may have just the one for you. As all good fashionistas know, fashion can take many forms, and, beginning April 14, the Art Institute will offer the exhibit “Fashioning the Object—Bless, Boudicca, Sandra Backlund” to illustrate this point. Contemporary fashion over the last half century has become increasingly influenced by current social, political, and environmental issues, and designers have adopted an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating architecture, design, and film to transcend traditional production and presentation techniques. Three inventive fashion studios—Bless, Boudicca, and Sandra Backlund—epitomize the bold, imaginative practices of today’s cutting-edge designers. This exhibition presents more than 30 signature works—films, objects, printed materials, and photography—integral to the collections of these three designers. “Fashioning the Object” charts the exciting paths these young designers have taken. For more information about this exhibit, visit artic.edu.—AMS
The January 2012 cover of Forest & Bluff was one of our most successful covers to date—in large part due to the darling little girls dressed in Papo d’Anjo’s very best. Oscar de la Renta also agreed with us (wink!), as his eponymous label recently hired Papo d’Anjo’s lead designer, Catherine Monteiro de Barros, as vice president of design for children’s wear. For the past 17 years, Catherine’s traditional yet stylish designs have featured such combinations as “Liberty of London” prints and Scottish tartans paired with high-quality cashmere and silks. Her unique take on quality and timelessness will be prominent in the new Oscar de la Renta line for girls and boys ages 12 months to 14 years. Catherine says her designs for children tend to appeal to “mothers who are interested in quality and style but also want their children to look like children.” While the spring 2012 children’s collection for Oscar de la Renta will only be available online, the winter/fall collection will be shown through trunk shows. Trunk shows will be held in Lake Forest on April 30, May 1, and May 2. To learn more, contact Carrie Connor at
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