On My Wish List. Maggie Meiners Photographs.

One of my favorite things to find on other blogs are new artists, photographer’s, painters, sculptures etc. Creative people making beautiful images that I might not have ever known about had it not been for that particular post.

Maggie Meiners, a local photographer, just happens to be one of our very favorites. She has been showing her photographs for years in and around Chicago but her most recent exhibit was undoubtably the best in our minds. The images took my breath away. They have the perfect combination of vivid colors, a little sparkle and a touch of mystery. Every image has an undeniable nostalgia. She tells a story but leaves us wondering. Each piece has classic elements but with it’s own quirky twist.

A Maggie Meiners photograph is surely on my Christmas list this year (Mom, Joe…are you reading?). I’d really love the entire series but one would do me just fine. Wouldn’t the tennis player be fabulous in an otherwise formal dining room? Kiddy Cocktails is just the thing for a bare living room wall, right?

Everyone has empty space in their house just waiting for the perfect thing. I think you’ll find Maggie’s images fit perfectly in any happy home.

For More Information: maggiemeiners@gmail.com 773.383.9197 www.maggiemeiners.com

You may remember we also love Maggie’s silhouettes.














Finally. I have been looking for good old 1970’s/1980’s tennis gear all summer. I should have known to start with Boast. The pleated tennis skirt is practically obsolete these days. Thank goodness Boast kept it around. I’d like one of each but especially love the red and blue stripes. Can’t get any better.

Adore the tee shirt too. Color, oversized maple leaf and the chic feminine fit.

Please check out this video for a brief history of Boast. It’s perfect.



Peyton & Clark – Hand Drawn Stationary

Lobster with Powerboat

Octopus with Golf ClubsAlligator with Snorkel Gear


Seahorse with Polo Gear

Oh my goodness. We have fallen in love with Peyton & Clark’s fabulous stationary boxes. They have the perfect quirky-to-elegant ratio. Look closely at the images above and you will fall fast too. Nice departure from the old-standby monogram, right?

We love that the company was founded by a mother-daughter team. Each image is hand-drawn. After dozens of drawings, the final image is chosen and hand-painted. Finally, the picture is made into an engraving plate and embossing die to create these detailed treasures.



Trunks Beach Couture

What better way to celebrate summer than with images from our very favorite warm-weather line of clothes and accessories, Trunks Beach Couture. Trunks is based in sunny Jacksonville, Florida and owned by an adorable mother-daughter duo Caroline Long Sands and her chic Mom, Kathy Long . These girls know the beach and have such cute personalities and sunshine-y sense of style. You will love them!

Here are a few favorites from the line.

I WANT this! This ball skirt is so fabulous and can be special ordered with the fabric of your choice.

I have this key hole tunic in many colors and couldn’t live without it. Love it for the beach and to throw on over jeans for dinner.

The Beach Sheet is so perfect for the sand, the park or darling as a throw in a family room.

The newest TBC accessory The Bosun Bag. Can’t get enough of those stripes and the industrial grade canvas. The colorful sail cloth facings are reclaimed from past sail making projects. How cool is that? The best is that The Bosun Bag project supports Wine to Water, a non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world. In association with Wind Dancer Sail Makers (Mr. Tom White), Trunks Beach Couture donates 5% of sales from the Bosun Bag to Wine to Water in an effort to give back to those, a most precious and basic necessity…water…which happens to be Caroline’s greatest inspiration.

 Please visit Caroline and Kathy at www.trunksbeachcouture.com 


Crazy For Emerson Fry – 10% off for a limited time!

We are crazy for Emerson Fry. First of all, SHE is adorable. Secondly, we want everything in line. Literally everything. You have got to check out the line here and her blog here. We know you are going to fall in love. Perfect dresses for daytime, my favorite skirt on the planet (see the green and raspberry skirt above) the chicest coats around, darling little blazers to toss over jeans and a super fabulous line of shoes.

The greatest is that they are giving Market Square Musings readers 10% off their first purchase until the end of July. Yeah! Thank you, Emerson Fry! Please use the code THANKS4BLOGGING when you purchase.

Go girls! Go!


Paper Goods – Lulu Powers



When I think of 4th of July Week I think of Nantucket. When I think of Nantucket I think of Lulu Powers. Lulu Powers Food to Flowers is my favorite cookbook ever (given to me by my sister-in-law while we were in Nantucket). I was so thrilled to see that Lulu Powers now designs stationary and invitations. The above are just a few of my favs from her Nantucket Collection. See the whole collection here.