handmade brazilian sweetness.

January 19, 2010

Hurrah for the internet!! I just love getting to know gals from far-flung places…like Puppy and Chris from Chria, in Brazil. They are long-time readers of my blog, and have a super cute blog of their own, as well as an online shop. Their shop oozes with cuteness…pillows, purses, scrapbooks…lots of hearts, flowers and bright colors, all handmade with incredible detailing. I asked for some photos, and they sent me the layout above! They also make custom nurse uniforms…adorable!

Everything is so festive…get me out of this freezing cold and off to Brazil!

pink olive boutique and giveaway!

May 20, 2009

pinkolive

Pink Olive is a sweet boutique with a ton of great indie goods for little ones, as well as for grown-ups! Some of the brands they carry include BlaBla {monkey slippers},  Pink Chicken {dress}, Envirosax {floral bag}, 3 Sprouts {chicken towels}, Atsuyo et Akiko {baby shirts and footies}, Leather Zoo {owlie bookends}…oh, and Soapy Love {not pictured, but one of my favorites}, They have so many cute things, I had a hard time choosing my favorites for this post…

AND…they are kindly giving away this great crafty book called Sewing Green to one lucky Nonpareil reader!

sewinggreen

If you’d like to try to win a copy:

  • Just visit the Pink Olive site, and comment back here about your favorite item from their shop!
  • You’ll get an extra entry if you twitter about it {make sure you let me know when you do by using @nonpareilblog in your tweet}.
  • You’ll get even one more entry if you mention the contest on your blog {leave a comment about it below}.
  • Make sure you get your comments in by Monday, May 25 at noon, central time. I’ll pick the winner that afternoon!

Good luck!

sweet lola b.

February 27, 2009

lolab

I just returned from a trip to St. Charles, Illinois with my daughter, Ella. It’s about a 40 minute drive from our house…through some pretty serious countryside. We were invited to an open house for an adorable shop called Lola B’s Boutique. The owner, Kasey, is a fellow California native {she hates the Illinois winters as much as I do!}. She has a fantastic 100 year old home {photos here}, which is the perfect setting for her anthropologie-ish goodies! Until her next open house, or if you’re not in the area, you can find her things at her online shop, or check out her really lovely blog!

unfold.

September 17, 2008


The Sweet Unfolding is an adorable shop for brides-to-be. If you or someone you know is going bridezilla looking for the perfect little additions to their wedding, then send them to this little online shop, and they are sure to find what they need. You can also find some nice eco-friendly items, and gifts too! They also participate in Kiva, which is a site that gives micro-loans to those in need. I love to see businesses giving back!

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shop locally.

August 1, 2008


Just wanted to write a little blurb about my favorite local clothing store, Camden. Clothes shopping is slim pickins in Chicago’s western burbs, let me tell you! So I was so happy to have this little shop open up! It’s as stylish as any city store…I can always find something cute and the gals who work there are always helpful {without being pushy}.

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