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Downton Abbey Event

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We had a wonderful time at our first Entrepreneurship Club event! Thank you to all who attended, we hope you had a wonderful time too! A special thank you to Tina Dann-Fenwick Interiors, for showing us what life was like during the time of Downton Abbey! If you missed this event, don’t worry! There will be more events in the coming months so stay tuned!

The Lake Forest Shop is located at : 265 East Market Square | Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Store Hours : Mon-Sat. 9:30-5:30, and by appointment. Call us: 847-234-0548

An interview with Lidia Falcone-Schiavo: Queen of Alterations

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Lidia has been an integral part of The Lake Forest Shop for generations and is passionate about making her customers feel fabulous on their special day.  Everybody loves Lidia.

 

When did you start at The Lake Forest Shop?

“August 6, 1979, 36 years ago, in the Alterations Department.

 

How did you learn to sew so beautifully?

“I made my first blouse when I was 9 years from a beautiful old Italian dress my mother gave me.  Sadly it didn’t fit me as I made it too small but I used it to dress up one of my dolls.  My Mother laughed and said she was so proud that I could use a sewing machine.  My mother, grandmother and godmother were instrumental in teaching me to sew.

When I was 13, I remember being given a beautiful bolt of yellow picot fabric from my mother, blue yarn from my grandmother and a table cloth to learn the skill of embroidering from my godmother.  When I first started at The Lake Forest Shop, Mary Vignocci was instrumental in teaching me the art of alternating.  Many people can sew but few can alter.”

 

What was the best piece of advice you received?

“My Grandma told me to learn the art of sewing and tuck it away until you need it.  And I did”

 

Describe an experience with a customer that has stuck with you.

“A customer called the store in a panic and asked to speak to me about a dress I had altered for her.  She pleaded with me to come to her house straight away as the dress was not fitting correctly, and the wedding was today.  I arrived and shooed everyone out of the room. I quietly asked her to take the dress off so I could see what the problem was.  I put the dress back on her and we started to laugh as the family rushed in to see what all the noise was about.   The problem was solved – she had been wearing the dress backwards!”

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

“I love being with my family, 3 children and 5 grandchildren, I love to paint, bake cakes, draw and read mystery and history books.”

 

Any last words of advice for us?

“Life is not full of flowers, you have to make the flowers”.

 

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The Lake Forest Shop is located at : 265 East Market Square | Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Store Hours : Mon-Sat. 9:30-5:30, and by appointment. Call us: 847-234-0548

The Lake Forest Entrepreneurship Club

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Announcing

The Lake Forest Shop Entrepreneur Club!

 Ellen Stirling, owner of The Lake Forest Shop, has established a program for budding entrepreneurs inspired by a much loved staff member. Our goal is to inspire and celebrate entrepreneurs, while offering networking opportunities, education and convivial conversation. Becoming a member is easy - Join us each month as we showcase new entrepreneurs.

 Our Premier begins with…..

 All things Downton Abbey!

Thursday-  January, 28 2016

1:30pm-2:pm

265 Market Square, Lake Forest, Il, 60045

Interior designer, Tina Dann-Fenwick, a native of the United Kingdom, will give a glimpse into life during the era of Downton Abbey.

 Tina is the owner of TDF Interiors based in Lake Forest. www.tdfinteriors.com

The Lake Forest Shop Entrepreneur Club!

 

The Lake Forest Shop is located at : 265 East Market Square | Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Store Hours : Mon-Sat. 9:30-5:30, and by appointment. Call us: 847-234-0548

Alteration Sale

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Have a garment in your closet that you want to wear but it just doesn’t fit right? Bring it into The Lake Forest Shop and we will alter it for you! You’ll also receive 15% off your alteration.

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The Lake Forest Shop is located at : 265 East Market Square | Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Store Hours : Mon-Sat. 9:30-5:30, and by appointment. Call us: 847-234-0548

Winter Sale!

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Update your wardrobe for the new year with our winter sale! Receive up to 30% off already marked down items like blouses, tops, dresses and jackets. Our fur coats and accessories are also on sale for 40% off!

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The Lake Forest Shop is located at : 265 East Market Square | Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Store Hours : Mon-Sat. 9:30-5:30, and by appointment. Call us: 847-234-0548

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

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Our holiday gift guide is here! Pick what you like here then come to The Lake Forest Shop to see it in person!

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The Lake Forest Shop is located at : 265 East Market Square | Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Store Hours : Mon-Sat. 9:30-5:30, and by appointment. Call us: 847-234-0548

Wrap it Up Friday: Magaschoni Wrap

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For this week’s Wrap It Up Friday we are featuring this beautiful Magaschoni Wrap.

Black with sequined sparkles, it will add a little sparkle to the days you were it.

The beautiful, shimmering wrap will easily take from day to evening or add some glamour to your holiday look.

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The Lake Forest Shop is located at : 265 East Market Square | Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Store Hours : Mon-Sat. 9:30-5:30, and by appointment. Call us: 847-234-0548

Scarves and Sauvignon

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Every Monday in November join us at The Lake Forest Shop while we sip Sauvignon and wrap ourselves in the season’s hottest scarves! To tame the winter chill we are sipping wine and wrapping ourselves in our favorite scarves of the season. We have a variety of different scarves to fit every style from light and printed to warm with bold colors. One of our favorite is the Chicago scarf. It’s lightweight and features all the colors of the Chicago skyline. It’s a great, fashionable way to show your love for the city!

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The Lake Forest Shop is located at : 265 East Market Square | Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Store Hours : Mon-Sat. 9:30-5:30, and by appointment. Call us: 847-234-0548

Item of the Week: Wayne Clark Gown

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Wayne Clark is the king of glamour and that shows in this fabulous red gown. A structured, peplum like top opens to a long flowy bottom that will definitely having you feel glamourous. Not to mention the spectacular vibrant red color that emulates glamour. Accessorize with a multi-strand necklace to add some drama and to complete the look.
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The Lake Forest Shop is located at : 265 East Market Square | Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Store Hours : Mon-Sat. 9:30-5:30, and by appointment. Call us: 847-234-0548

Novembrrr: Wrap It Up Friday

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Novembrrr is here at the Lake Forest Shop! All November long we are featuring great pieces to keep you warm this coming winter! Every Friday this month we will feature different wraps, coats and sweaters to help you tame the Windy City. This week we have two beautiful wraps from Scialle and Magaschoni. The Scialle wrap (featured on the left in the photo) features this season hottest colors of grey and red. It also has a high neckline to keep you warm. The Magaschoni wrap (featured on the right in the photo) is a bold purple color with fur trim. It’s fashionable and warm. Both pieces are perfect for keeping you stylish and warm this winter.

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The Lake Forest Shop is located at : 265 East Market Square | Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Store Hours : Mon-Sat. 9:30-5:30, and by appointment. Call us: 847-234-0548