Enjoy Cashmere and Fur this Snowy Season

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Magaschoni Cashmere

When the temperatures drop and snow begins to fall every woman can’t help getting excited about the luxurious layered fashion season. Every closet should be full of cashmere and fur, deluxe staples to bundle up against the chilly air while feeling fashion-forward.

The definition of classic glamour, fur can be worn in a number of ways to add the finishing touch to any warm look. Whether you prefer fur vests, jackets or accessories, Peter Nathan’s collection offers a wide variety to fit every woman’s personality. Perfect for eveningwear or an afternoon out on the town, the lush material can be incorporated into any winter wonderland look!

Cashmere is winter’s other must-have and we absolutely love Magaschoni’s pieces this year. Known for creating timeless classics with a focus on functional and fashionable items, Magaschoni believes the fabric is an integral part of every woman’s go-to attire and so do we. Cozy up with rich sweaters, ponchos and robes for an unforgettable look.

For more ways to enjoy fur and cashmere this winter visit The Lake Forest Shop or schedule an appointment with our stylists.

- Ellen


Let Theia Couture Release Your Inner Goddess

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Theia Couture

Aphrodite was the goddess of love. Artemis was the goddess of the hunt. Athena, the goddess of wisdom, was a master of the minds. Theia, the goddess of heavenly light, was a sparkling vision for all who gazed upon her.

Each goddess beholds incredible, enviable attributes; they are powerful, beautiful and in total control. With Halloween quickly approaching, every woman, no matter her size, age or background, deserves to let her inner goddess shine. Theia Couture, a unique collection of eveningwear encompassing the goddess its name precedes, is made with fine fabric and detailing for timeless beauty that can carry you long after one of my favorite spooky  holidays.

Why purchase a whole outfit if you have no plans of wearing it again? The standout designer puts “couture” in costumes, with a look for every occasion on your social calendar, from chiffon cocktail dresses to gold embossed gowns. So while the greek goddess was a shining figure from the past, the spirit of the goddess can live on in each of us.

For a peak at the stunning designs at Theia Couture’s trunk show, visit The Lake Forest Shop today.

- Ellen

The Cinderella Touch

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In discussing with our 5-year-old granddaughter her favorite princess, I realized princess’s legacies never die.

Cinderella wins not because she wins the prince, but because of her shoes…A pair of exquisite glass slippers carry her to her heroic feat, releasing herself of her evil step mother’s clutches and finding her happy ending. But myself being fashion-minded can’t help but wonder, were her shoes impeccably made? Yes, they were chic, but were they comfortable? How did they do in the rain and snow? Did they last? Did she feel fabulous every time she wore them?

If you wear Clorinda Antinori, Italian-made, fine footwear, you know the answer is yes to each of the the above questions. Happily, her newest collection has just arrived at The Lake Forest Shop, offering a variety of great boots, kitten heels and ballet slippers to choose from.

Now you, our Cinderella, can have her slippers and move with great ease and comfort forever after. And with that is the end of our short shoe tale.


It’s Shop Your Cause Week at The Lake Forest Shop!

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Shopping therapy just got a whole new meaning. I’m thrilled to share an upcoming event that brings shopping and doing good together for a spectacular charitable affair, Shop Your Cause.

Showing your PASSION for one’s community is so important! Without our one-of-a-kind, not for profits our Lake Forest – Lake Bluff town would not be the unique place it is. So please join us Wednesday, October 9, from 5:30 – 7:30 at The Lake Forest Shop for the opening night of our Shop Your Cause weekend. We will be celebrating through Saturday, October 12.

Come show your support opening night with Magaschoni President Denise Seegal and Lake Forester Laura Carreira, with her Laura Lance Jewelry. You’ll love the luxurious cashmere of Magaschoni’s cashmere sweaters and stoles, and their dresses (like the photograph on this blog)! Laura’s statement jewelry is the perfect partner for Magaschoni’s sophisticated look.

We can’t wait to see you, and remember….

Passion – Community – and Shop till you drop for the causes and community, YOU LOVE!

- Ellen


10% of the sales over the weekend will go to the following causes:

  • Ragdale Foundation
  • Learning Disabilities Foundation
  • Food Allergy Research & Education
  • Lake Forest Symphony
  • Dear Path Art League
  • Lake Forest Preservation Foundation
  • Lake Forest Open Lands
  • Elawa Farm Foundation
  • Bernie’s Book Bank

Fabulously Fall…

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Along with the change in season, The Lake Forest Shop has some big changes underway and I’m thrilled to share them with you, our loyal friends. I’m pleased to share I will be blogging weekly to  give you an exclusive, inside look into unique events, new fashions, and even a few one-on-one Q&A interviews with a few of our favorite designers.

As you may have noticed, our website recently got a makeover with an all new, revamped look. Keep an eye out for our ever rotating list of designers, trunk show events and, of course, my regular blog posts.

Among the many fun, designer-filled events worthy of serious fashion envy include the upcoming and first of its kind estate collection of vintage Chanel and Hermes. The event will kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at The Lake Forest Shop and run through Saturday, Oct. 5. A beacon of glamour and luxe style, nothing says elegance and classic glamour like Chanel and Hermes, a couple of my longtime favorite designers. The trunk show will also introduce looks from rising designer Hilton Hollis, pieces that will allow you to transition your wardrobe to fall with grace and ease. Each designer has something for everyone to complete your look with effortless fall flair.

We also will have a special guest, Barabara B. Appelbaum, ACC, MBA, MAT,  Canyon Ranch speaker and certified wellness coach to share tips on “Feeling Beautiful Inside and Out.” 10% of the proceeds from the weekend’s items sold will go to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.

As one of my favorite and inspiring designers always said…

“A girl should be two things: class and fabulous”

-          Coco Chanel

I hope you can join me for this one-of-a-kind event and look forward to seeing you Wednesday evening at The Lake Forest Shop soon. Also, would love to hear your thoughts  on our all new revamped website!


Pencil It In: The Magaschoni Trunk Show

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Join us this week for a first look at fresh spring designs from Magaschoni. Stop by The Lake Forest Shop Wed March 13 through Fri March 15 and snag a piece (or two or three) to liven up your wardrobe and change your look with the seasons. The designer offers the modern styles you crave with a timeless twist, combining functionality, quality and luxury.

This season Magaschoni didn’t disappoint. The new spring collection features the custom colors, innovative prints and delicate details we’ve come to expect, but the best part of the new arrivals are the unexpected ways the designer incorporates these features. Whether it’s a color blocked cashmere sweater in a vibrant orange shade or bird printed silk charmeuse pant, the clean lines, simplicity, and tailored finishing make Magaschoni’s spring styles a must-buy.

Make Your Look Say Something Special

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Put your best stiletto forward this spring! As the social events of the season near, the typical, off-the-rack styles from your local department store simply won’t do. That’s why The Lake Forest Shop is hosting the Special Occasion Celebration to showcase our finest, one-of-a-kind designs that say something special for any occasion on your calendar. From weddings and Bar Mitzvahs to galas and cocktail parties, we have the standout styles and stunning statement pieces to make you look and feel your most beautiful.  Enjoy this celebration of style and eveningwear through Saturday, March 16, featuring the latest designs from some of our favorite designers, including Marisa BaratelliFrascaraKevan HallLourdes ChavezML by Monique LhullierLiancarloPamella RolandTeri JonTheiaTom and Linda PlattRene Ruiz and Wayne Clark.

And don’t miss out.  Tomorrow is your last opportunity to check out the The Lake Forest Shop’s Algo from Switzerland Spring Collection trunk show!

The Guild Of St. Mary Christmas Prelude

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Make sure to shop The Lake Forest Shop Friday, November 30 (day of the show!) through Saturday, December 8 as The Lake Forest Shop will be donating 10% back to the Church on all purchases!  Also, be sure to attend the Prelude if you are around, it is sure to be a wonderful event!

Impeccable Tailoring

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Did you know that The Lake Forest Shop has the most fabulous tailoring department on the North Shore? Our ladies have been perfecting wardrobes for years and years and have a very loyal following. We welcome you to bring in items from other stores or even pieces from your closet that you haven’t worn in years which may need a little updating. Our turn around time is speedy and we know you will be pleased with our attention to detail.

Peek through your closet for an old blazer that may need a lapel narrowed or a dress that may need a little hem to bring it up to date. Maybe you found a perfect winter coat last season but never had time to get it tailored to fit just right? Come on in to see our ladies in the tailor shop. What’s old can be new again!

Fabulous Accessories. Meredith Wendell.

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We are so thrilled to have Meredith Wendell’s accessories at The Lake Forest Shop this fall. Meredith’s line suits her personality completely. A darling girl, raised in West Virginia just minutes from the famed Greenbrier Resort, Meredith was clearly inspired by the fabulous Dororthy Draper’s bold use of color.

Meredith launched her own collection of large and small accessories after honing her skills with a number of high profile designers.  International publications are smitten. She has received rave reviews from Vogue and Bazaar to the Wall Street Journal. Needless to say, we are so excited to have her at The Lake Forest Shop.

I particularly adore the color blocked pinks and oranges. You are sure to be charmed by Meredith Wendell whether you favor large totes for everyday or slim clutches for just the necessities.