Winter Is Coming

 Article Bonnie Conte | Photography Stephen Neilson  Avalon is open 7 days a week, at the upscale Deer Park Town Center.  We provide haircare, nailcare, skincare, massage therapy and make up artistry.  Inspiring our guests, we create looks that are customized to their natural beauty and lifestyle.  As the seasons change, we offer new options.  Fall 2018 is here and we…

Seven Easy Steps to Hosting a Successful Event

 Article Joy Jones | Photography Sherry Hagerman  With the change of season comes time for parties, galas and holiday gatherings. As the temperatures get cooler, the social scene heats up. If you are in a party-throwing mood, here’s a few simple steps to take for throwing a memorable event.  DEVELOP A BUDGET

Fitness is the Ultimate Fashion Statement

 Article Sean Lee | Photography Stephen Neilson  There's no trend hotter or accessory more coveted than a body in great shape. A fit body radiates confidence, strength and self-respect. It isn’t just about the clothes you wear, but the body that they drape and cover. The ideal body is NOT a skinny one, but a fit one. Fitness is not…

Fashion Shifts with the Season

 Article Marcy Sparr & Annie Lang | Photography Stephen Neilson  Fashion this fall is all about cozy chic. The trend is toward real clothes that are easy to wear, comfortable and totally in style. Look for effortless fashion that boasts plenty of flair with exciting trends in prints, details and textures.   For our photo shoot with the team from SW…

Falling into Fall, SWL Style

Like beauty, style is in the eye of the beholder. The team at SW Lake Lifestyle consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have such generous companies in the area who know a thing or two about what’s going to be in style as the weather cools around here. Marcy Sparr and Annie Lang run a marvelous … Continued

In Style: Fresh Foods

 Article and Photography Graham Blus  Summer calls for celebration, fresh meals and gathering with family - so we set off to explore some of our local farmers markets. Fresh veggies and fruits abound, while live music and food gives everybody something to do. Get out and enjoy the close-to-home produce and support your local farms!  Buffalo Grove: Sundays 8am-12:30pm, 951 McHenry Rd,…

Kids on the Farm

 Article Sara Blue  At the Montessori School of Long Grove, the classroom extends beyond four walls.  An important part of the curriculum in all levels includes “going out.”  Our elementary-aged children spent a week in May at The Country Experience – Amstutz Family Farm in Elizabeth, Illinois.   The Country Experience is a working farm, built for meaningful fun. The children…

September 2018 Around Town

“Christmas in July” Helps Feed Those In Need The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Women’s Biz Net (WBN) Council hosted a successful “Christmas in July” Food Pantry Drive that gathered food, household and personal care items to benefit local food pantries.  From canned and boxed goods to paper products and household supplies, the WBN … Continued

Award-Winning SW Lake Company Rocks “That 70’s Party”

Progressive Components, a Wauconda-based global supplier to the tooling and molding industry, enthusiastically celebrated their employee's achievements in retro-style at the "That 70's Party" extravaganza at The Original Sundance Saloon. Progressive, a recognized leader in employee engagement and retention, won top spot in "Best Places to Work" at the Plastics News Executive Forum this year after finishing … Continued