Category: Shopping and Gifts

Lycee French Market returns to Chicago on Nov. 11 and 12

Holiday shopping in Chicago gets a French twist this weekend when the Lycée French Market opens at the Lycée Francais de Chicago. The 13th annual event takes place a few weeks earlier this year, allowing you to get your holiday shopping started – before Thanksgiving! Located at the French international school’s Lincoln Square campus, the... Read more »

Products you can buy to take a stand - and do good

These days, chances are you’re taking a stand to speak up for people’s rights – and you know plenty of people who are using their voices to do the same. We share social posts. We write emails. We place phone calls. We participate in protests. There are so many ways to “stay woke.” And, you... Read more »

School supplies used by students in different countries around the world

Back to school shopping is big business in the US. It’s not uncommon to see back-to-school supplies pop up on store shelves in July – while everyone is still happily relaxing at the pool or on the beach. It’s just a reminder of what parents need to do before their kids go back to school.... Read more »

Tokyo souvenirs: Fun and fabulous finds

I wasn't surprised to see that you could buy a wide variety of chopsticks in Tokyo. But, I was surprised - and delighted - to see that you could find ones with anime and manga characters on them. I picked up chopsticks with Pikachu, Gundam, and Ultraman. Next time, I plan to buy the Star Wars lightsaber and Harry Potter wand chopsticks, too. Can you blame me?
Anyone who has spent time in Tokyo can tell you that there are no shortage of fun and fabulous souvenirs to be found there. In fact, there may be too many to possibly choose from. Between kawaii (the “quality of cuteness” in the Japanese culture), anime, manga, and more, there’s a real feeling that consumerism (and... Read more »

Gifts that celebrate Chicago: A few of my favorite things

Most days, you can catch me wearing a DesignHype Metro Cuff. They make the perfect gift for anyone who lives in, or travels to, Chicago. I also have one for London and can't wait to add more to my collection based on my future travels. See the current series at
Throughout the year, I compile an always growing list of some of the my favorite items that celebrate Chicago. I am enamored with the Windy City and all that makes it so wonderful to me – its diversity, its neighborhoods, its maze of vibrant streets, its iconic “L” tracks, its shores along Lake Michigan, and... Read more »