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!

LogoA Sweet Delivery

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!  

DiscoveryArts-logo-blueDiscovery Arts and The Courage Campaign

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!

MRP_LogoRife Ponce Photography

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

Our Spring + Summer 2014 Magazine

“You are as welcome as the flowers in May.”

– Charles Macklin

We are delighted to welcome our Spring + Summer 2014 Circle of Colors magazine!

View our magazine and explore our vibrant, color-filled pages which features many of our recent special events, occasions and celebrations, plus spotlights and highlights adored preferred partners!


To celebrate May 2014, Rosemary Fanti, one of our favorite preferred partners, created a special Blush Pink illustration!

We simply love Rosemary’s artistry + her amazing talents were on full display for a recent 100-year Milestone Celebration. View more of Rosemary’s on-site illustrations on page 26 within the Celebrating a Century section of our magazine.

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We also love the stunning gowns and designs from Veronica Sheaffer! Her new Little Blue Bow Collection offers the flexibility of custom with a boutique experience.

Two of our favorites are Peony from the Little Blue Bow Collection and Arciene in blush. With bridal gowns and accessories which speak to a bygone era of true femininity and luxury, only the finest fabrics are used and each piece is the utmost in quality and detailing. View more of Veronica Sheaffer on page 16 within the Cherished Moments section of our magazine. 

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We are also honored to welcome Katherine Anne Confections as a new preferred partner! 

Katherine Anne Confections has been creating local-focused sweets in Chicago since 2006. Their hand-dipped truffles, soft honey caramels and pillowy marshmallows are scrumptiously delicious! View more and visit them today! You’ll be glad you did!

View our full preferred partner listing for more exceptional partners!

“Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.”

– Kahlil Gibran

Illustration Credit:  Blushing Spring Flowers | © 2014 | Rosemary Fanti.

Cayenne + Capri Blue!

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Throughout February 2014, we celebrated and spotlighted the color, Cayenne and featured the amazing talents of Chicago-based illustrator, Rosemary Fanti!  

CAYENNE.FINAL copyWith a specialty in illustrating fashion, weddings and events, Rosemary translates special occasions into high-quality drawings and stunning feature portraits in minutes. Rosemary captures irreplaceable moments in color pencil or paintings that highlight details and focus on fashion. Her vivid illustrations document multiple moments, from preparation to finale, and can also frame posed individuals. 

In addition to live event drawings, Rosemary creates illustrations based on photographs, showing more detail and refinement. These images generally consist of individuals, couples or pets, and emphasize a moment in life which can be cherished or gifted as a unique and timeless piece. Contact Rosemary directly for additional information.

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In addition to The Huestudio + Company, Rosemary also works with upscale and notable clients including The Four Seasons Hotel, Neiman Marcus, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Joffrey Ballet, creating lasting images from their events. As a preferred partner for The Huestudio + Company, we think Rosemary Fanti’s artistry is amazing!

Contact us today to design and plan your next special event, spectacular wedding and memorable occasion, and be certain to secure the extraordinary talents of Rosemary Fanti. Her artistry and presence is certain to delight ensuring a magical and elegant experience for all.

 “With an illustration, you’ll look fabulous forever.”

– Rosemary Fanti

For the month of March 2014, we selected Capri Blue as our featured, inspiration color! 

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The color Capri is generally named for the azure-cyan color of the Mediterranean sea around the island of Capri off Italy.  Specifically, the color Capri is named after the color of the famed Blue Grotto on the island of Capri, as this appears on a bright, sunny day. 

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Photo Credits: Color Yourself in Cayenne | © 2014, Rosemary Fanti, rosemaryfanti.com; Capri in Blue |  © 2014, onairda, iStockphoto LP.