great finds at stylemax chicago

I have a love/hate relationship with trade shows.

I don’t love how exhausting the shows are: walking up and down aisle after aisle for 8 hours.
I don’t love being away from my store . . . and I especially don’t love being away from my dog!
—but I do love—
I love the anticipation of what I’m going to find.
I love discovering the new clothing and accessory designs, styles, fabrics.
I love putting together outfits, brainstorming how I will merchandise and promote what I order.
I love seeing my vendor friends and exchanging stories with other buyers.
I love getting to be in Chicago, New York . . . or wherever the show is.

Emily attended the Chicago show with me last weekend. She’s become a huge help for me in the store, spending most of her time photographing product for the online store and blog posts, as well as opening packages as they arrive, getting everything priced and ready to go out on the floor. With an understanding of that side of the store, I thought it would be an eye-opener for her to see the other part: how and where I find the goods and gain a first-hand understanding of how I decide what to order, how orders are placed, and basically what the M.O. is behind the scenes!

SOOOO . . . we had a great time at Stylemax where we found some extra wonderful special things . . . for fall delivery:

From Mystree, a lovely feminine story! A 3/4 calf  length lace dress that is looking absolutely terrific with this multi-knit long duster sweater — or — with the softest pullover dolman sleeve sweater. Either way, this is going to be a great fall look, and very comfy cozy.

From Monoreno Mur: raincoats that will keep you dry while you’re looking good . . . and knowing that you’re looking good! Two styles comin’ yer way!


oh desigual. we love love love you! skirts, dresses, tops, coats, socks, leggings, purses!

Emily learned a whole lot about Desigual at Stylemax Chicago, that’s for sure! We ordered lots and lots and lots and lots — coming your way this fall!

We came across a great new sweater find for fall at Heavenly Metal: Bloom. Soft and a great fit for all kinds of outfits.

And then there’s Knitted Dove. The adorable bird sweaters from Knitted Dove have been big hits at Heavenly Metal for a few years . . . and will continue to be, since there’s new ones for fall!
Check out these cotton knit skirts. Three colors. Great fit. Fabulous look.

Ooooh baby, they are gonna be yummy with these sweaters:

This cute ankle-length dress will be arriving  any day now, from blu-pepper, for spring. Layered with any of the sweaters I have in stock right now, this is going to be a funfunfun addition to your spring wardrobe!

Fall Wooden Ships is good good goodie! Warm colors. Soft mohair.

Wooden Ships sweaters and scarves for cold winter days in the softest mohair.

Fall OTBT! Start dreaming. . . we’ve got two boot styles and this majorly comfortable maryjane.

Jessica from OTBT…awesome human being!

Brand new to Heavenly Metal: Only Hearts. Get ready to be wowed by these new lingerie items. This image is not doing justice to the sweet birdie nightie, which is actually blue and black. As are the other two pieces.

This red lace dress from Only Hearts is funfunfun! . . . These wonderful wonderful knit and suede pieces are from Shae. Ooooo baby, I can’t wait!

Only Hearts and Shae showroom gals. Em and I made them happy!

Very wonderful cotton fair trade coat. From Avatar.

Coolness from Very J: hippie pants and shorts. I cannot wait to be struttin’ my stuff this summer…..!

and from Pink Martini: sweaters that look and feel like Free People…but, like, are affordable!

ooooh la la! handmade leather Frye look-alike boots, from Bed Stu. Boots and belts comin’ our way way way…wonderful.

another new line for this fall: Peacock. Loose, big fit tunics for comfort and big size lookin’ good. We are matching these with Chalet’s skirt this fall. Big look. Great fit.

Chalet’s French Terry is a whole new story this fall.

And so are these Willow sweaters. A new look. A new feel. Great colors.

Love love love these Czech glass bead bracelets, handmade from Hila.

. . . and this fun necklace . . .

so many scarves for fall winter….

This is a new ereader/air mac case at a great great price and in great great colors, from Mosey.

Soooo, that’s a bit of Chicago Stylemax. More and more and more later! Soooo, always stay tuned!