We love the new looks that came in to The Mustard Seed fair trade shop in Lake Forest earlier this spring—a fresh, breezy mix of boho-mod dresses, tops, and skirts crafted by female artisans in India and Nepal. Mata Traders presented a trunk show in late April, introducing pieces for Summer 2017 in contemporary prints, vintage-inspired fits, and artisan fabrics. And, as always, one of our favorite things about The Mustard Seed is that the money goes directly back to the creators of these goods. Lake Forest owner Judy Kohl spent most of her childhood in Kenya and volunteered at The Mustard Seed before buying the shop in 2012. She draws on her personal connection with many of the organizations that The Mustard Seed both purchases products from or donates to in Africa. The Mustard Seed is located at 202 E. Westminster Avenue in Lake Forest, 847-735-0211, or mustardseedfairtrade.com.
Winter take a toll on your skin? It might be a good time to check out one of downtown Lake Forest’s newest businesses—Magdalena European Med Spa. Magdalena studied in Europe and started her U.S. career nearly two decades ago at Georgette Klinger and Elizabeth Arden, later working with a renowned North Shore plastic surgeon. Through this hands-on experience, she developed her own unique approach to healthy skin. Magdalena’s philosophy is to combine traditional glamour, pampering, and beauty with advanced technological skin care and enhancement equipment. The result is the ultimate blend of luxury and science. Book a bespoke facial for yourself or your favorite father. Magdalena European Med Spa is located at 272 East Deerpath Road, Suite 102. Call 847-432-4111 or visit magdalenamedspa.com.
Lights. Camera. Action.
Have a budding filmmaker on your hands? Check out the critically-acclaimed Facets Kids Film Camp summer enrichment program at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. Running June 12 to June 16, the camp introduces kids ages 7 to 14 to the techniques, language and process of filmmaking. Film educators, filmmakers, and respected critics provide guidance in what it takes to understand, create, and analyze film. Through screenings, discussions, and creative hands-on exercises, campers learn all about film appreciation, film vocabulary, and early film history. At the end of each camp, the kid’s final films are celebrated in a small film-festival-like atmosphere at a camp graduation screening open to the campers and their families. Gorton Community Center is at 400 E. Illinois Road in Lake Forest. For more information about this and other summer camps, call 847-234-6060 or visit gortoncenter.org.