Purple Pansies and Paisley Equal Fall

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Today I could stand it no longer. I’ve been down with a virus for the past eight days and I just had to do one fun fall thing. Before my second nap of the day😷! So I headed to a garden store back in my old neighborhood. I went to Pasquesi’s Garden Center (975 W. North Shore Drive, Lake Forest). It’s a lovely place and my favorite spot to buy purple pansies.

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This is where I head for pansies because they have a nice selection of multiple colors of my favorite fall flower. I always buy purple because they look good against the green foliage of the mums, even before the mums open. I also purchase bright yellow pansies because the contrast of the two is dramatic!

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For this foray I wore a JCrew paisley cotton button down shirt. It’s in their Liberty print series and this one is several seasons old. The reason I so love it is it’s incredibly soft and comfortable to wear. Also the bright purple, yellow and orange paisley print is so fall-like. It pairs well with denim, khaki, navy, you name it. With this fun shirt I wore cute boyfriend jeans, a delicate tortoise shell choker (a gift), and a leopard calf skin belt.

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I planted the pansies in my flower boxes. You’ve seen them in earlier posts but that was when they were sporting their summer stuff. Now we’re transitioning the house to fall so the flower boxes need in on the action.

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So here you can see some pansies, ivy trailing over the edge of the box, some not yet blooming mums and a few holdout herbs and blue summer annuals.

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Here’s another (of my three boxes) and I’ll try and remember to show photos in a few weeks when the mums start their show. But for now I like the purple tones (along with my paisley) being the early harbingers of Fall. Happy Labor Day weekend to all my lovely readers!

The Village Treasure House

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Have you ever been to the Village Treasure House in Northbrook ? This little jem is a unique, charitable consignment warehouse and showroom. It’s located at 1460 Paddock Drive, Northbrook, Il. It’s open Tuesday—Saturday from 10 AM — 5 PM.

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There are many neat aspects to this particular consignment store. First of all they carry great stuff! The inventory changes daily and features upscale and vintage furniture and home furnishings.

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There’s a wide selection of merchandise including:

Elegant and Casual Furniture

Home Accessories

China, Crystal, and Silver

Quality Rugs

Artwork

Lamps and Chandeliers

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The photos are from my most recent quick run through the showroom. Now we’ve all been to creepy consignment places. This is NOT one of those. It’s clean, the staff are friendly and most importantly almost every staff member is a volunteer! Yes you read that correctly. The Village Treasure House is a place staffed by over 100 dedicated volunteers. And most remarkably 100% of their profits go to local agencies serving women and families in crisis. Since their inception in 1998, the Village Treasure House has given away grants totaling $2,500,000!!!

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And if you want to see what’s currently on the showroom floor go to their Instagram site: Village Treasure House. This is updated several times per week.

I really enjoy shopping here and have bought various rugs, lamps, decor accessories, cake platters with domes, dressers for my kids’ apartments, and more. The next time you’re thinking of running out for your home, take a quick run through the Village Treasure House. You won’t be disappointed!

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Flowery Top for the Botanic Gardens

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Last weekend I went to the Botanic Gardens for a walk with my hubby, my daughter and her young family. We walked around and saw lots of beautiful flowers and other families doing the same thing.

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I wore a light voile floral top from Cabi, a new draw string pair of linen shorts, from the Talbots summer sale and a cute pink and blue delicate choker necklace that was a gift from my former nurse.

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For comfortable walking I wore a block heeled laser cut nude sandal from Stuart Weitzman. And for ease I wore a hot pink cross body bag by Joy Susan. The purse is well-designed with room for credit cards, a cell phone and even lipstick. And it’s very reasonably priced!

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The best part of the day was laughing as my husband, Mr. GQ was cajoled into taking yet another set of photos. Didn’t he do a great job?

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Lunch at That Little French Guy

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Yesterday I met a good friend for lunch at That Little French Guy in Highland Park (1791 St. John’s Avenue) @thatlittlefrenchguy. I briefly mentioned this in an earlier blog but after yesterday’s meal I realized I didn’t do this restaurant justice.

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For my meal I had the creamiest scrambled eggs with tomatoes and basil. It came with a perfectly dressed green salad and a toasted and lightly buttered piece of bread. The food was served in two cute bowls situated on a small slate platter with the toast wedged in between them. This presentation was thoughtful and attractive. The food was perfect! For dessert we had one chocolate macaron which was “just enough” to end the lunch.

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For this fun event I wore a heather gray sleeveless tee shirt dress from @uniqlo with a cute red print neckerchief from @Madewell. Over the dress I added a white linen long cardigan also from @Uniqlo. My white leather gym shoes were from @Keds and my sweet red leather cross body bag was from @Banana Republic.

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This hot spot serves breakfast, lunch and in between every day but Mondays. They’re open from 7AM - 6PM on Tuesday through Saturday and 8AM - 4PM on Sunday. The chef bakes many types of breads, pastries and he’s even planning on making wedding cakes in the near future. Oolala we are so lucky to have that little French guy on our North Shore. Don’t miss this gem!

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Bon appetite!

Fun and Delicious Lunch at a Greek Restaurant

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Recently I met a friend for lunch at Avli, a Greek restaurant in Winnetka, Illinois (566 Chestnut Street). It’s actually in a collection of shops called The Laundry which is a fun arcade of gift shops, a children’s clothing store, two restaurants and more. It’s a cute stop on an even cuter street in downtown Winnetka which is about 15 miles north of downtown Chicago. Don’t miss the Book Stall (811 Elm Street) for a wonderful selection of books for all ages as well as The Classic Stitch (549 Chestnut Street) where you can find all kinds of great needlepoint canvases, supplies and ideas.

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The food is delicious, very fresh and colorful. My friend and I each ordered the Greek salad with gyro meat and it definitely did not disappoint! I’m actually headed back there next week with another friend for supper! We also sampled the spanikopita and it was light and flaky, just the way I like it.

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For the outing I wore a cute white outfit from Chico’s. The pants have served me well this summer and are the girlfriend cropped jean with darling white tassels at the cuff, while the top is a white tunic with white embroidery on the sleeves and front.

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My purse was an oldie but goodie lime green bag with summer drinks pictured on the front. I added a silver open link necklace for a little dimension and the laser cut Stuart Weitzman block-heeled sandal mimicked the pattern to the embroidery. I didn’t think the shoe design was too much, but what do you think? Go check out Avli the next time you’re in Winnetka!

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