Moms are the best. And we hooked her up (!) on Sunday, May 12 — Mother’s Day! Here’s how our 50 May Dosers did it:
1. They dosed out the sweet stuff. There was a lot of “yes, please!” a la our little friend below at the GrownUp KidStuff, Veruca Chocolates, Confections Else and Chocolate Twist tables!
2. They kept it clean. North Coast Organics and Purple & Bumble know how to rock it out, au naturel.
3. They made sure we ate breakfast. Mom always said it’s the most important meal of the day, so whether you chose savory cheese grits and a bacon flight from Bakin’ & Eggs or a sweet buttery brioche from Eclair Bakery and Patisserie, no one could say we didn’t listen!
4. They made sure snacks were top-notch. We Rahm-nom-nomed with PoshCorn, sipped on iced coffee horchata from Crop to Cup and hit the homemade jackpot with bread and cheese from Baker & Nosh.
5. They thought about everyone. Ladies, gents and kids alike scored some sweet new accessories from Plank, Robin Richman and Cursive Design.
6. They made our homes more beautiful. SOLO Home Design, August General Store, Up in the Air Somewhere and Alapash Home & Terrariums doled out serious design.
7. They kept pantries stocked. With summer upon us the opportunities to entertain are endless. Shoppers loaded up on the good stuff from Pinch Spice Market, Mess Hall & co., The Scrumptious Pantry, and Rare Bird Preserves.
8. They embraced color. New mama Samantha Sleeper kept the cool factor high with gorgeous prints and vibrant colors — be sure to visit her pop-up shop on Oak St, opening tomorrow, May 17th and running through the 26th.
9. They made sure to showcase family recipes. Shaman by Chilam Balam made many DOSE-goers happy with mama’s perfectly filling and absolutely refreshing tostada recipe. Oh, and tamales. SO delish!
10. The kept spirits high. The gin and all-natural Bruce Cost Ginger Ale cocktail and Central Pickling and Journeyman Distillery picklebacks stole the show.
11. They made sure it was fun for everyone. Leah Ball provided so much pretty and Fotio kept smiles bright all day long.
And just like mom, the Dosers, as they always do, made the magic happen, all day, everyday.
Not to mention that A Muse made sure everyone wore flowers in their hair!
See you next month for our 2nd birthday party — we’re turning it up to 11 for our celebration, with two levels of serious indoor-outdoor dosage.
Get Dosed on June 9 from 10am – 4pm at the River East Art Center! See you there!
Photo credit: Michael Litchfield of Potluck Creative
We have a whole lot of love for Doser Samantha Sleeper – we’ve been tracking her since her very first collection.
We could go on and on about Samantha’s extraordinary talent — from her first collection being featured on the cover of WWD, to creating costumes for Baz Luhrman’s “The Great Gatsby,” to inspiring students as an instructor at her alma mater, Parsons — but her work speaks for itself. And she’s done all of that, and a whole lot more, by age 26.
We invite you to watch this video to hear from this extraordinary talent herself and see how three Chicago women wear Samantha Sleeper their way:
Thank you to Samantha for each and every elegant creation you add to our costume boxes, Jena Gambaccini and Monika Dixon for playing dress up with us, Doser Morgan Marie Beauty for bringing out the beauty in everyone, and Potluck Creative for the beautiful video.
Shop Samantha’s latest collection at DOSE, this Sunday, May 12! Get tickets at the door for $10 or $8 online, through 5/11 at noon.
For the premier of her “A Dose of” video, the W Lakeshore hosted a viewing party around and Dose created a stop-motion “runway” presentation. Instead of using live models to showcase Samantha’s latest, we looped a stop-motion video of the looks on a 6′x8′ screen for the duration of the event.
Here, Samantha Sleeper’s latest collection styled by April Francis (assisted by Manuel Castillo), with hair and makeup by Morgan Blaul, jewelry by Damen + Division c/o Sarca, and photography and video by Michael Litchfield at Potluck Creative.
But wait! We have more. Did we mention we love Samantha’s illustrations:
That’s just a little taste. Meet this fantastic woman in person on Sunday, May 12, at Dose Market!
We did it once and we had so much fun we’re doing it again — May 12 is Mother’s Day and it’s a DOSE dedicated to the prettiest, the sweetest and the most divine. Dive in!
HOW TO DOSE MAY 12: A PRIMER
Head straight for Robin Richman and dig into the ultra-special cache she’s put together for the most fashionable ladies in the city. Cannot miss this DOSE of Robin Richman. Can. Not. Miss.
Stop by and say hello to new mama Samantha Sleeper and pick up an endlessly feminine piece from her new collection, debuting at DOSE in prints and treatments that are totally divine.
DIY@DOSE: Make it your day to be adored, crowning yourself or someone you love with a handmade floral wreath. A Muse has all the fresh flowers, greenery and inspiration to get busy!
Last month DOSE-goers showed us their creativity by making fantastic works of fun guided by the fine artists at ACRE. Stop by and admire the work (and have a fantastic laugh!) in the cafe.
Be good boys and girls and eat your breakfast: mama never said it couldn’t be a jalapeno, honey and mesquite bacon flight from Bakin’ & Eggs. Also, biscuits, gravy + fresh OJ.
Ready for a sweet? Go straight for a raspberry-rose or pistachio cream puff from Eclair Bakery & Patisserie or try the brioche filled with chocolate custard cream fit for a queen.
At the very first DOSE, Crop To Cup Coffee served up an iced horchata that has a fan base all its own. Sweet, chocolately and bright, it’s the best caffeine hit ever. And it’s back May 12.
Tea more your thing? How about a tisane? SenTEAmental Moods doses small batch summer blends for wellness rich with hibiscus, rosehips and bouquets of gorgeous blossoms.
We’re quite sure you’ll fall in love with Cursive Design‘s printed silk and brass pieces and hand-hammered, precious metal pendants from jules., customized for you right at the Market.
And we absolutely adore the delicate beauty of Up in the Air Somewhere‘s limited edition, handmade ceramics. This dishware collection is clean, modern, beautiful and sunkissed with gold leaf.
Pretty and picnic ready: double-duty is something we can’t get enough of. KraeO debuts the Odessa, a big, lightweight cotton scarf that doubles as a blanket for impromptu park visits.
And this DOSE is plentiful with all kinds of cozy. DOSE CAUSE Hand & Cloth sells cotton throws, coverlets, and silk throws made with gorgeous vintage sari cloth.
Making makeup quite elegant, Naked Elements is a premium vegan mineral cosmetics line rich in good stuff for your skin and a subtle shimmery finish that’s perfect for the summer season.
We know, we know, what is DOSE (read: life) without cheese? Baker & Nosh blend Kilgus Farms cream and buttermilk for the perfect tang with a pinch of salt to punch up the flavor.
And be ready to say “Cheese!” too. The old-timey Fotio booth lets you be the photographer, equalling all kinds of fun for lovers, families and those looking for a new Facebook profile pic.
Oh, Veruca! Can’t wait for you to try Veruca Chocolate‘s newest flavors: lavender caramels, almond-cherry and pistachio candy bars and chocolate tiles studded with Maldon sea salt.
Meet new friends by getting swooped up in a SideCar on your way to the Market. Haven’t heard? Ride-sharing is where it’s at! Download the app and ride free with code ILOVEDOSE!
Your mama’s got sauce! But seriously, she needs this, we all do, and no one can help but eat it out of the jar. All-natural, GrownUp KidStuff makes every day better. Love being a grownup!
CALLING ALL COOKS! You’ve got mad skills. Write up your masterpiece recipe at Curbside Splendor and sign it with your autograph. We’re gathering to release a very special collection.
We’ll be back with more details next week!
In the meantime, think tamales, tostadas and delicious, delicious cocktails.
THE 411 ON DOSE MARKET What: DOSE Market, serving up the finest food and fashion since 2011, once a month at the River East Art Center (dosemarket.com)
When: Sunday, May 12, 2013, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Transportation: Nearest El stop at Grand Red Line. Parking in the REAC garage for $6.
Price: $8 advance (dosemarket.com/tickets) or $10 at the door
Doser: Quince & Apple
Founders: Clare and Matt Stoner Fehsenfeld
Why we love them: Unusual combinations (think red wine and shallot; fig and black tea) make Quince & Apple’s preserves must-haves to instantly upgrade everything — from morning toast to our dinner party cheese boards.
Products: Sweet and savory preserves, plus a cherry grenadine that knocks our cocktail socks off.
Founder: Leslie Thomas
Why we love them: Combining business acumen, an eye for color, and a true appreciation for women around the world, Leslie Thomas founded WORKSHOP/CoOp in collaboration with the weaving women of Trama Textiles. Each purchase provides an essential item (from hygiene products to kitchen kits) to a woman in need.
Products: Spunky but sturdy bags in a variety of stripes and colors that carry us through our day with a smile.
Founder: Maher Chebaro
Why we love them: Chef Maher wanted to make falafel more accessible. Judging by the Falafill-induced lines at Dose, we declare: Mission Accomplished!
Products: The all-vegetarian menu at their Lakeview hotspot features a wide range of salads, sauces, and more. Playfully explained and packed with flavor and nutrition, we’re happy to load up our pita and try everything on offer.
Doser: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Founders: Jeni Britton Bauer and Charly Bauer
Why we love them: Unbelievably smooth, rich, and addictive, we’re satisfied every time by a bowl of Jeni’s — this ice cream never disappoints. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’d say no to seconds…
Products: Truly spectacular ice creams ranging from classic flavors, perfected, to of-the-moment inventions that convince us it’s always ice cream season.
You literally owe the woman your life. So if you took her to Dose on Sunday, you did your due diligence (and if you didn’t, well…).
She’s big on life lessons. At Dose, you learned a thing or two:
Drinking Virtue Cider impairs judgment. (So please drink responsibly – and find yourself a designated driver, for goodness’ sake!)
Dress to impress. (It’s hard not to look dapper when you’re sporting Shrine Haberdashery accessories like pocket squares and bow ties.)
Always make time for family and friends. They’re what really matters.
Smile for the camera! (This one’s going on Grandma’s fridge.)
Take time to smell the flowers (from Forget Me Knodt).
You want a bike (from Heritage Bicycles)? You’re wearing a helmet.
Don’t go into sugar shock. (Do-Rite Donuts are hard to resist.)
Balance it out with something healthy (like Falafill), why don’t ya?
And always, always send a Mother’s Day card (preferably from A Muse).
Check out the full album on Facebook!
Photos courtesy of Nathan Michael.
Perfect weather, family time and the best of Chicago’s food and fashion — what could make for a better Mother’s Day? We thought a free raffle might do the trick. To the wonderful moms who celebrated the day with Dose: Thank you!
A big thank you also goes out to the Dosers who helped us make two very special gift boxes for some lucky mothers! Sweet treats from Mama’s Nuts, Grown Up Kid Stuff, Salted Caramel, Sheekar Delights, Quince & Apple and ChocolatUzma, plus luxe goodies from May Box Botanicals, M & B Vintage, WORKSHOP/CoOp and Lydia Brockman will be enjoyed by…
Not to get too punny here, but we’ve been hounding Jen Beeman to bring her line, Hound, to Dose pretty much since we started. Fortunately, the stars aligned this month and she’s making a grand entrance with the debut of her spring/summer 2012 collection. We’re stoked, and you will be, too, after taking a look at a few pages from her ridiculously fun look book. It’s no surprise the Chicago-based designer has a BFA in photography; the images are as striking and dynamic as the collection. Have fun and give her a warm Dose welcome this Sunday! (Photos by Julia Stoltz and Brian Guido)
We’ve been giving you hints about what’s inside the goodie bags at this weekend’s Dose. It’s time for the big reveal.
What’s in store (times two): a hand-dyed Janice scarf
a sweet sterling silver necklace and charm by M&B Vintage to start your own charm collection
and in foodstuffs, Quince + Apple tart grenadine syrup, debuting at Dose
All moms are eligible to enter to win one of the two gift baskets for free on Sunday. You’ll grab a raffle ticket at the market, names will be announced by the following day and baskets ready for pickup at lovely Doser storefront Sprout Home.
Missy Elliot once told you to get your hair did. And you did it. So it would make sense that you’d be similarly malleable when we tell you to get your nails did.
Not convinced? Meet our nail guru, Astrowifey.
Tomorrow, the wifey herself will set up under the stairs and deck out one fine fingernail per customer. For FREE. She can do anything under the sun — literally. Keith Haring (above). Customized (below).
Is she insane or what?! The best part is that she works with Shellac, so designs will stay on your nails for weeks (vetted by yours truly).
Do what Dose tells you: Get your nails did on Sunday, May 13!