Style Stalking: Maria Pinto
The wait is over. Designer Maria Pinto has finally opened the doors to her latest M2057 boutique in the heart of the West Loop—which is conveniently located near our offices, we might add (see you later, paycheck!). The clean, urban design of the store is the perfect environment to showcase Pinto’s latest masterpiece: M2057 Gang, a limited-edition collection inspired by the work of architect Jeanne Gang. Of course, there is still plenty of room left on the suspended clothing racks to house Pinto’s signature (and oh-so travel friendly) pieces as well. M2057 by Maria Pinto Style Studio, 833 West Washington, M2057.com.
Home Décor Help 101
The hardest part of setting a room can be deciding exactly how to arrange all of the elements in a way that we can live with. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves, by Emily Henderson, is a wealth of ideas on how to create living spaces, accented with your own personal style. Available at amazon.com.
With all the talk about statement jewelry, we sometimes like pieces that make themselves known without shouting from across the room. Dexter’s collections feature a sleek combination of 14K gold and gorgeous stones such as rose quartz and white opal—the perfect gift for the sister or girlfriend with a singular taste in jewelry. Dexter has now decamped to sunny LA, but her pieces are still stocked in boutiques all over the city. See the entire line at shop.attaliedexter.com.
Our favorite Frenchwoman, Delphine Pontvieux, handcrafts her line of edgy metal and leatherwork jewelry and accessories. Her newest collection gives any look an extra boost of attitude. www.nyetjewelry.com Horse Bit 2.0 Necklace in Orange, $90.
Keep the home fires burning this holiday with this portable, air-driven lighter ($80). Safer and more earth-friendly than using lighter fluid, the Bison Airlighter ignites charcoal instantly using a jet-air stream. Because it is portable, you can use indoors and out to light fireplaces and campfires. Learn more at airlighter.com.
If you live in the Ravenswood neighborhood, you already know about local gem Hazel. Those in the know have had Hazel on their radar for over a decade as their go-to spot for left-of-center housewares, beautifully made jewelry, and unique cards and gifts for every occasion. The clothing boutique next door adds a new dimension to one-stop shopping. Holiday shopping made easy. Visit hazelchicago.com for more information.