Say Green…

It was a great rags-to-riches story, set in the early 60s – an all-plastic camera, the Diana, found her way into the market, marketed as a novelty item. It wasn’t long before she took the photography world by storm, winning people over with her twisted, haphazard effects, ranging from multiple exposures to light leaks. Inspired by the original, this limited edition Diana Mini Camera arrives in a fresh shade of fern green and uses any 35 mm film to shoot 72 shots in rectangular mode or 36 shots in square mode. An excellent camera both for the Diana fanatic and the Diana newcomer, this kit comes complete with a Diana Mini “Shoot Forever” book, detachable flash with colored filters, instruction manual, lens cap, and neckstrap. There’s no doubt about it – this too-cool camera will make your life picture-perfect!

  • Man-made materials.
  • Camera measures 3.5 inches in length, 1 inch in width, 6 inches in height.
  • Includes Diana mini camera, Diana flash+, Colored gel flash filters, Diana Mini “Shoot Forever” book, Instruction manual, Lens cap & neck strap. Uses any 35mm film, 72 shots in rectangular mode, 36 shots in square mode, Long exposure setting, Sunny/cloudy aperture, Tripod mount, Compatible with any cable release (not included).

(Image from From rstyle.me)


Charming Ernestina

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Oh my goodness.

Ric Rac. Ruffles. Red, White and Blue.

It cannot get any better than this.  Lovely for cocktails and dinner around the 4th of July but we even think you could wear it to a warm weather black-tie soiree. On the arm of a date looking very handsome in his white dinner jacket…We love it!


Guest Blogger: Susie Parks from A Girl Named Spark

Today, MarketSquareMusings.com is so excited to feature a post from one of our favorite bloggers and people,Susie Parks, from the blog, A Girl Named Spark. We asked Susie what she thinks is the perfect way to spend 24 hours in her current hometown, New York City.  She shares her hilarious musings with us below.

If I were coming to NYC for 24 hours  and only wanted to shop (and eat), this is how i’d spend my day…

First, I’d make sure to get on the flight that gets in dead early. Despite what my cab driver has to say I’d insist he take the Williamsburg bridge in. There are no tolls on that suckerand it’s close to Prune, where I’d have my breakfast, replete with one of their famousBloody Mary’s. From there I’d walk off my Soft Scrambled Eggs or Egg “En Cocotte” by high-tailing it to Soho.

I’d start by going to Steven Alan, Calypso and Rag and Bone. All three are in Nolita.Then I’d head to  C. Wonder. I love their home items and monogrammable bags.Then I’d stop by Balthazar’s bakery for a coffee (as I’ll probably need a pick-me-upafter the Bloody’s at Prune). Whilst sipping my coffee I’d pop into Dean&Deluca, not to eat anything but just to peruse. Their produce always looks heavenly and I love to see all the different food brands they carry. Then I’d power shop the following:Top Shop, Kirna Zabete, Curve, Opening Ceremony, Tibi, J. Crew, Intermix and Barney’s Co-Op.

After all that shopping I’ll obviously be hungry so up to Eataly for Pasta or thePlaza Food Court for a roll from Luke’s Lobster. Both are food mecca’s and make my stomach grumble. Once I refueled I’d go to my favorite Zara on Earth, their flagship store at 666 Fifth Avenue. It’s a little piece of heaven. Did you know they re-stock every 30mins? How divine is that?

While I’m not usually a department store shopper I’d have to go to the4 B’s (Bergdorf’s, Barneys, Bloomies and Bendels) and drop by the 9th floor shoe department at Saks.

With all my shopping bags in tow I’d cozy up to the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis or, if the weather was good, I’d go to the rooftop bar at the Peninsula for a Dirty Martini. It’s the perfect cocktail pre dinner at Bilboquet.  Oh, Bilboquet, how your foie gras appetizer and poulet cajun treat me right.  And while their desserts are amazing I’d say, “sorry but no” and go to Laudure for a few salted caramel macaroons. The perfect way to end the day.


Caftan Craze.Thank you, ShellKare!

ShellKare’s embroidered caftan’s and billowy blouses are on the tip top of our wish lists this summer.

The linen caftans are reminiscent of those in Slim Aaron’s photographs. They are essential for tossing over a bathing suit on beaches from the Midwest to St. Barts. We are particularly fond of Audrey, Gigi and Kate. They love flip-flops for everyday and to be tossed over jeans with a wedge heal for dinner.

Thank you, ShellKare for offering a very generous 20% discount to friends of Market Square Musings (Promotion Code Crazy20). This special treat is only until June 7, 2012…So get to shopping! www.shellkare.com









Got Watermelon?


This salad is so beautiful and perfect to serve at any summer BBQ. Served in a pretty bowl you will be welcomed with open arms at any get together!


Watermelon Feta Salad


  • 1 7-8 lb. seedless watermelon, chilled
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh chopped mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese (goat or sheep milk feta is best)
Cut watermelon into 1 inch chunks and place watermelon in a large salad bowl.  In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, fresh lime juice, salt, and black pepper to create a dressing.  Pour dressing and chopped mint over the watermelon and toss gently to coat.  Pour the crumbled feta into the salad bowl and stir gently to integrate the cheese into the salad. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Beautiful photo found here.

TGIF – What’s Better Than Confetti…


Confetti Glasses!  Just as you cannot have enough serve ware during the summer, you can never have enough glasses.  We love these confetti glasses from Anthropologie.   They would be perfect paired with your favorite margarita recipe.  Or, try one of our favorites –   the Watermelon Margarita.

3 cups fresh seedless watermelon pulp
1 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups simple syrup
1 1/2 cups premium silver tequila
1/2 cup triple sec
3 cups ice

Place watermelon in a bowl and use a potato masher to extract as much juice as possible. Transfer pulp and juice to a pitcher and add lime juice, simple syrup, triple sec and tequila. Stir. Add 3 cups of ice and refrigerate
for 30 minutes. Stir and serve over ice.
(image and recipe from anthropologie.com)

Who Knows The Answer?


Daisy Print Apron

We do!

The school year is almost over that means scrambling to come up with cute gifts for your favorite teacher. We think this is a fun gift that will send her into summer in style.  Roll it and tie with twine. Pair it with your favorite Barbeque sauce or cookbook.



HATCH Maternity



Are you sick of all of your maternity clothes or are you looking to buy something for your favorite pregnant gal?  You will love this line of maternity wear from Hatch.  The materials are beautiful and the cuts are so flattering, you may even find yourself wanting to wear it after the baby is born.

Another fun fact about Hatch is that it is the proud supporter of the Every Mother Counts campaign that raises awareness of global maternity and provides people all over the world with various ways to contribute and get involved.


Thank you, Pasquesi Home and Gardens …. on the Square!


Everyone’s favorite garden store has gone to Market!

Pasquesi Home & Gardens has brought their cornucopia of fresh flowers and plants right to the center of town. They have set up shop at the historic Lake Forest Train Station.

We are thrilled that the outside has already been transformed into a fresh flower market bursting with plants, flowers, herbs and vegetables. You can’t miss it! Inside are beautiful gifts and things for your home including orchids and tabletop accessories.

Love that Pasquesi Home & Gardens is a family owned business and has been involved in retail on Chicago’s North Shore since 1975. We are so happy that they have found a new home in Market Square!

Thank you Pasquesi Home & Gardens for offering friends of Market Square Musings $5 off a purchase of $25 or more until May 31*.


*Please show this post to redeem. Not valid on purchase of sale items, labor, delivery or gift cards. One Market Square Musings coupon per customer, per store visit, please. 


Pasquesi Home & Garden on the Square – 695 North Western Avenue – Lake Forest, IL 60045