When they were just little girls, Marian and Laura Jones cooked up the dream of working together once they were old enough. Years later, after both had undergone classical training in metallurgy and jewelry making, the dream became a reality. Today, the duo draws inspiration from organic textures such as the surface of seeds and the shape of raw stones as they sculpt wax, batter metal, and cast objects in bronze to create custom necklaces and earrings. In just four years, their designs have made a splash, leading to collaborations at Chicago Fashion Week and a LA Oscar gift-bag giveaway.
Their collections center on specific themes, such as with earrings and bangles that echo the texture of banana leaves. They also shape pendants whose sterling-silver and semiprecious-stone arrangements evoke antique architecture or New York windows that haven’t yet been cracked by Santa.
Marian and Laura also share their passion for and understanding of the process of jewelry making through classes. During in-studio workshops, they delve into the skills needed for beading, basic metalsmithing, and casting. Their pupils form shapes imitating organic materials such as leaf pendants or strawberry-smoothie bracelets.
Boutique Couture sheaths brides and beauties of all types in designer gowns and special-occasion couture. Its designer gallery outfits elegant ladies, fashion-forward teens, and fashion-forward pod-person imposters in prom dresses ($240–$500), cocktail dresses ($230–$500), and evening gowns ($300–$550). Party-goers can complement dresses, jean skirts, or tuxedo capris with accessories ($30–$200) including décolletage-decorating necklaces, elegant earrings, and headpieces. For option-two opters, to-be brides and incredibly overdressed blind daters can peruse bridal gowns ($800–$2,000) from Allure, Jasmin Couture, and Nicole Miller, while their bridesmaids and maternal figures try on bridesmaid dresses ($135–$280) and mother-of-the-bride frocks ($190–$600).
D. Geller and Son Jewelers' team has dressed bare necks, earlobes, and fingers with dazzling accessories for more than 70 years. Made from precious metals and rare jewels, sparkling pendants embellish clavicles for evenings on the town or everyday elegance. Rings forged from silver can be set with any number of carefully cut diamonds to become an engagement ring or something crunchy to place at the bottom of a box of stale caramel corn.
Totally Running empowers pavement-pounders to stretch distances and shatter old PRs. A staff of runners connects your feet with their goals by finding the footwear that'll help accomplish them. Ensconce hooves in Asics like the cushiony Nimbus ($100) or stabilizing Kayano ($100), or take to the streets in Brooks Adrenalines ($100). Kids can learn healthy habits and advanced can-kicking techniques in Asics 2150s ($50) or New Balance 760s ($55). Complementary gait analysis pinpoints potential running pitfalls in advance, netting the proper galoshes for your particular gallivanting style.
For more than 20 years, A Costume Ball has been providing imaginative get-ups for year-round occasions such as themed parties, holidays, school events, and take your child to work day. A Costume Ball's wide inventory of outfits and accessories includes a myriad of costumes, including fictional characters, scary specters, and period costumes. Blend into the crowd of apple bobbers with the Where's Waldo Kit ($34.95), or get a stomach full of blue-plate specials while avoiding the wolf with a Granny Wig ($14.95). For an elegant approach, don the full Penguin ($85 rental), ideal for a black-tie weddings and romantic ice-skating blind dates.