Celebrate Women!

Celebrate and honor the special women in your life who make a difference in the lives of those they touch!

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In honor of A Silver Lining Foundation, a 2015 preferred charitable partner of The Huestudio + Company, and their Buy A Mom A Mammogram® program, we “Celebrate Women” with exclusive gift offerings from seven (7) exceptional women-owned preferred partners. Shop Now + Make A Difference from April 15, 2015 through May 15, 2015!

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A Sweet Delivery

Delicious. Decadent. Delectable. A Sweet Silver Lining (ASLF) is an exclusive, chic candy collection arriving in a one-piece, white, 8×8 inch gift box, with a silver lining of course! Designed by owner Amy DiTomasso, this deluxe gift includes a trio of 2.5 x 7 inch, 1 lb. round containers, effortlessly complimented with gourmet candies, creating a fashionably chic confection collection.

IMG_3685Visit A Sweet Delivery to purchase A Sweet Silver Lining (ASLF) directly. *30% of proceeds Give Back!

Anna Shea ChocolatesIMG_3688Indulge and honor all special women in your life with elegant, handcrafted delights from Anna Shea Chocolates! In celebration, owner Debra Jenrette designed the exclusive “Turn Up the Pink” 6-piece box and the “Turn Up the Pink” 12-piece box to honor A Silver Lining Foundation. These jewel-like creations are “works of art in chocolate” and are certain to impress everyone, especially Mothers and all precious women!

IMG_3687Visit Anna Shea Chocolates to purchase the “Turn Up the Pink” 6-piece box and the “Turn Up the Pink” 12-piece box directly. You may also select “Customize It” to choose your own flavors, too! *30% of proceeds Give Back!

Are You Kidding?

IMG_3670Stand Out! Be Noticed! These adorable Breast Cancer Research socks from Are You Kidding? are designed by kids for kids to allow other kids to “look cool”. Owned by mother Rachel Martinez, son Sebastian is the 7-year old CEO and his older brother Brandon is the D.O.S. [Director of Sales].

IMG_3690Visit Are You Kidding? to purchase Breast Cancer Black + Breast Cancer Pink socks directly. NOTE: Enter coupon code ASLF to ensure % of give back. Shipping is only $.99. *25% of proceeds Give Back

Jan Lewis Designs

These Circle of Colors bangles from Jan Lewis Designs, charmingly named Licorice and Marshmallow, were designed by Jan Lewis, wife of jazz legend, Ramsey Lewis. The colorful, lightweight bangle bracelets, in signature dot circular patterns, are hand-painted in slight relief adding texture as an important element to each design. The multi-colored artisanal Fair Trade bangles can be worn singly or paired and stacked with other complimentary styles in the collection.

BenefitTrioVisit Jan Lewis Designs to purchase Circle of Colors directly. Free Shipping is included for all orders!  *30% of proceeds Give Back!

Kiku Handmade

These stunning modern fused glass art pieces are hand-designed in the Oak Park, Illinois glass studio of Kiku Handmade by owner Laurie Freivogel, exclusively for A Silver Lining Foundation’s Buy A Mom A Mammogram® Program. The custom pale pink lace circular design is printed onto clear glass, layered over transparent silver gray and opaque wispy pink-white glasses, then fused in a kiln. Glass is cold worked, then returned to the kiln to slump into final bowl, dish and coaster shapes.

hue_ASLF_allVisit Kiku Handmade to purchase directly + use promo code ASLF15 for an additional 15% customer discount. Shop A Silver Lining Foundation Catch-all Dish, A Silver Lining Foundation Coaster 2-pack and A Silver Lining Foundation Large Bowl. *25% of proceeds Give Back!

mirabelle studio

Seeking out the finest papers from around the globe, owner Judy Lynn creates limited edition works of art, exquisite handmade boxes and blank books by hand. Influenced by nature, her bird-inspired monoprints are produced on smooth, bright white acid-free rag paper and are unframed for easy shipping.

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IMG_4445“Nuthatches” monoprint, 5 x 8 inches. $50.00; “In the Tall Grass” monoprint, 8 x 8 inches. $50.00; “Flock” monoprint, 8 x 8 inches. $50.00.

To order, email judy@mirabellestudio.com directly. Use promo code SILVER LINING in the subject line to receive a 20% customer discount. *50% of proceeds Give Back!

Photography by Revealed Studios

The photography duo of Laurie Peacock and Maggie Rife Ponce have created a “Mom’s Ultimate Day Out”, an ultra-glamorous photoshoot designed to not only make you feel like a superstar for a day, including custom hair and make-up styling, but leave you with the pictures to prove it!  *25% of proceeds give back!

IMG_3680* Giving Back! A percentage of proceeds from select sales will be directly donated to A Silver Lining Foundation and the Buy A Mom A Mammogram® program by each preferred partner. Shop Now!

An Exclusive Offering! 

Orchid, raspberry, coral and rose colored circles intermingle with silver-grey circular rings on this custom, handmade box by Judy Lynn of mirabelle studio. The twin lids open in opposite, ying-yang directions to reveal two interior compartments lined in textured metallic silver paper and features rose quartz beads, known for their calming and healing properties. Each custom box is stamped, signed, dated and numbered.

IMG_2538 IMG_2549Offered at $135.00 through Gifts that Give, this exclusive gift offering provides one (1) free mammogram to A Silver Lining Foundation and the Buy A Mom A Mammogram® program for someone in need.

Our seven (7) women-owned preferred partners have created exceptional gift offerings exclusive to A Silver Lining Foundation. View all productsShop Now!

Based on the philosophy of Dr. Sandy Goldberg’s mother, Evelyn Goldberg, ”We are all family and we have to help each other through the tough times.”

We are passionate, committed and dedicated to our communities and about giving back.

Visit The Huestudio + Company for additional information about our Community Commitment and Circle of Colors.

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Our 2014 Favorites!

New Image1We are proud to present Our 2014 Favorites in Circles of Color!

As we begin to close out 2014, we reflect upon the past months of special events, successes, learning’s, and opportunities for the New Year. We pause to spotlight select, memorable preferred partners that captured our hearts with magical experiences and unique Client offerings.

Take time to visit their sites and experience their services. Tell them, “The Huestudio + Company sent you!”

Trust us, you’ll be glad that you took time to do so!

Happy Holidays to you and yours, with all your favorite circles of color!

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Discovery Arts-8Not only do we love Sugar Chic Designs with their uniquely imaginative special event sweet tables, but we adore A Sweet Delivery, a petit sweet table in a box! As a preferred partner, Amy DiTomasso has re-created the same magic and elegance of her beautifully appointed sweet tables into stylishly curated gift alternatives for everyday gift giving. Offering custom-branded corporate gifts, in addition to private and special events and weddings, A Sweet Delivery is a favorite of The Huestudio + Company! Send a smile of sugar and style today!  

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Jeff Huges Portrait PhotoshootAs a preferred charitable partner of The Huestudio + Company for several years, Discovery Arts brings joy, laughter and normalcy to over 3,500 critically ill, hospitalized children and their families through their 100% free, signature “Arts Adventures”. We are honored to support The Courage Campaign through the sale of Louis T. Lion, the Official Lionison of Courage and Ambassador of Heart of Discovery Arts, through our online store, Gifts that Give. Purchase a Louis T. Lion through December 31, 2014 and one (1) additional Louis will be sent to Discovery Arts in your honor.

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DSC_6140Gabriel Bucataru of PhotoGabi, a preferred partner, captured the essence and joy with amazing images at the two-day volunteer MobilePack event at Chicago’s Union Station in August 2014. The “Be An Engine for Change” event was a 2014 highlight and volunteer favorite which allowed the hand-packing of life-giving meals, specifically formulated for malnourished children around the world. As a preferred charitable partner, Feed My Starving Children ships meals to over 70 countries around the globe. Consider volunteering your time and donating to this wonderful organization!

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white-winter-arrangement1The only flower shop to make Our 2014 Favorite list is a lovely European-style shop owned by the talented Joanne Leiman. Located in Evanston, Illinois, FlowersFlowers, a preferred partner, designs the most luscious and exquisitely creative floral arrangements using exceptional seasonal flowers from around the world. In addition to the flower varieties, coupled with interesting textural and whimsical elements, the designs of FlowersFlowers are truly outstanding and a favorite of The Huestudio + Company.

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Jeff Huges Portrait PhotoshootAs one of Our 2014 Favorites, the exotic and exquisite Fair Trade bangle creations of Jan Lewis Designs are uniquely lovely! We especially love the new Circle of Colors collection and were honored to have collaborated on the colorful and intricate designs. Soon to be featured inside the 2015 “Everybody Wins at the Oscars®” gift bags for the third consecutive year, Jan Lewis Designs’ handcrafted bangles and ties are sure to delight nominees in the best actor, best supporting actor, best actress, best supporting actress and best director categories. Neil Patrick Harris, the host of the 2015 Academy Awards, will also be a recipient.

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IMG_1154While many salons are terrific, La Relance Salon is exceptional in every way! New to Our 2014 Favorite list, this comfortable, yet romantic Aveda Concept salon is creative, classic and contemporary. Offering event styling for weddings and special occasions, their hair color treatments, hair conditioning, makeup and skin care services and specialized treatments for men, women and children are always first class! Book today to look amazing for the holidays and into 2015!

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_MG_0361New to Our 2014 Favorites list is a small cake studio + mom ’n pop cupcake shop located in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. Selected on behalf of their adorably creative, edible artistry with a focus on fun, contemporary cake designs, Maddiebird Bakery’s classic scratch cakes are literally “works of art” and oh, so delicious. As a preferred partner of The Huestudio + Company, you can easily see why we love and adore them! Yum! Yum!

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Image 1Owned by the multi-talented Maggie Rife Ponce, and selected for the second year in a row as one of Our 2014 Favorites, Rife Ponce Photography captures simple human exchanges and emotions of everyday life in sensitive and magical settings, all while focusing on amazing light. As a storytelling wedding, portrait and travel photographer, not to mention a preferred partner of The Huestudio + Company, Rife Ponce Photography is exceptional in every way! View our 2014 Spring | Summer Magazine to view more of their amazing work and artistry.

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New to Our 2014 Favorites list is the nationally published illustrator, Rosemary Fanti, a preferred partner, who supported a magical 100-year Milestone Birthday event earlier this year for a special Client. Illustrating on-site, Ms. Fanti captured guests within minutes in vivid detail and colorful backgrounds. Her chic and fashionable, custom illustrations are always a guest highlight!

michaelcourier-huederby-3102-7x5 Special Olympics Illinois, featuring Balloons by Tommy + Swirlz Cupcakes

michaelcourier-huederby-2722-7x5For the third year in a row, The Huestudio + Company and The Sunshine Paddlers have proudly supported The Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby for Special Olympics Illinois. As one of our 2014 Favorites, the fun and festive balloons by Balloons by Tommy and delicious custom cupcakes from Swirlz Cupcakes, both preferred partners, complemented our mega flashmob-style dance to Pharrell Williams’, “Happy!” to the delight of many along Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue.

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Whether you liked her, hated her, or loved her, the world lost a comedic legend with the passing on September 4, 2014 of Joan Alexandra Molinksy, known as Joan Rivers. Our final 2014 Favorite is the touching, humorous and poignant last request, shared below. We celebrate a life well loved; a life well lived.

“When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, camera, action…”

“I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way.”

“I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents.”

“I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing ‘Mr. Lonely.’”

“I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag.”

“And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyoncé’s.”

RosesTo properly close out 2014 [ and we’re not planning on going anywhere for a long time ], our final wishes and requests are shared below! May you and yours be blessed!

“Just like Joan, I want to look handsome, better dead that I do alive. I want to be laid out for just one hour in a crisp, white Charles Tyrwhitt shirt with a gorgeous, custom Mark Roscoe tie, a classic Ermenegildo Zegna Bespoke suit and colorful Happy socks [to keep my feet warm!], along with yellow Gucci shoes to keep “walking on sunshine”, just like Katrina and the Waves!”

“I want a Celebration of Life that is colorful, festive and uplifting at House Without A Key at Halekulani under the century-old Kiawe tree. I want attending guests to have gorgeous, fragrant leis from Cindy’s Lei Stand in Chinatown and to raise a beloved Mai Tai with crushed ice to a life well lived while dining on succulent coconut shrimp and Maui chips.”

“I want Stefan Holt to moderate any speakers who might wish to say a few kind words in his booming newscaster voice and for all three (3) of the Ponce men to sing “My Old Kentucky Home”, the official song of The Kentucky Derby and the official state song of my beloved birth state, in colorful Derby hats with red rose boutonnieres.”

“I want the talented Kanoe Miller to dance the hula to “I’ll Remember You” and “Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwoole, and to end the Celebration by engaging all to dance in a circle, “The Hukilau”.

“I want a scrumptiously designed Circle of Colors sweet table from Sugar Chic Designs and a custom guest favor box from A Sweet Delivery curated with one (1) delicious Swirlz Cupcake, a small bag of Garrett Mix® popcorn, Chicago Butter Cookies twosies, angelic salted caramel marshmallows from Katherine Anne Confections, and Lemon Paradise™ toffee from Terry’s Toffee. I want it to be Chicago all the way!”

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”

– Erma Bombeck

All Treats! No Tricks!

Jeff Huges Portrait PhotoshootThe Huestudio + Company is delighted to have collaborated with Jan Lewis Designs to benefit the organization Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB)!

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This trio from the new “Circle of Colors” (CoC) bangles collection was exclusively created to benefit worthy charitable organizations. 20% of each sale directly supports Blessings in a Backpack!

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With “All Treats! No Tricks!”, these are offered at a 15% discount to celebrate Jan Lewis and her new, colorful line of distinctive bangles. Not only will you be helping feed hungry children, but saving money, too. Shipping is free!

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Visit Jan Lewis Designs for more colorful bangles and unique gift items + visit Gifts that Give to view colorful and exclusively offerings from The Huestudio + Company that directly give back!

Happy Halloween from all of us at The Huestudio + Company!

“All Treats! No Tricks!

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Ramsey Lewis – A 5 Star Treasure!

photo 3Tonight are the Inaugural “Fifth Star Awards” to honor exemplary artists and arts institutions whose work has forever changed and enhanced the city of Chicago; artists who made Chicago their muse, their stage and their canvas; artists who have been our ambassadors; and artists who have inspired and mentored new generations of artists who call Chicago home!

photoThe Huestudio + Company celebrates and honors our friend, Ramsey Lewis, the Grammy®-winning jazz composer, pianist and radio personality as one of first honorees of this prestigious cultural award!

photo 2Mr. Lewis is joined by Lou Conte [dancer, choreographer and founder of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago], Richard Hunt [internationally renowned sculptor], Lois Weisberg [Chicago’s cultural commissioner for over 20 years], and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University [National Historic Landmark, celebrating 125 years] as the first five honorees.

Congratulations Ramsey Lewis! You’re a talented treasure and gem for the City of Chicago, and all of us!

photo 1We hope to see you this evening at 7:00 pm at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for this free public celebration – plus – stay tuned for the October 2014 release of “Taking Another Look – Deluxe Edition”, the 81st album from Ramsey Lewis!

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We love Jan Lewis Designs, a preferred partner! If you’ve yet to view and purchase the new Circle of Colors bangles, created by Jan Lewis, shop today at Jan Lewis Designs.

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Blessings of Colors

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The Huestudio + Company is thrilled to be partnering with Jan Lewis Designs and Blessings in a Backpack to launch the new “Circle of Colors” bangles!

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This Blessings in a Backpack Trio Set was created to directly benefit this worthy charitable organization. 20% of each sale goes directly to Blessings in a Backpack.

JanBangles0614_133To celebrate these new line of bangles, this exclusive Trio Set is offered at a 15% discount for a limited time + shipping is free!

Did you know that $80 – $100 feeds one child on the weekends for one 38 week school year through the Blessings in a Backpack program? 50 kids at $80 is $4,000 to get started.

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Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding over  63,000 children in 583 schools in 45 U.S. states.

bib_logoBlessings in a Backpack provides elementary schoolchildren who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year. Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese, and oatmeal. The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools.

We are feeding the future of America, one school at a time.