February 24, 2009
February 21, 2009
February 19, 2009
February 17, 2009
February 15, 2009
"Milk" is always a best seller for us, however, the heavenly new "Pomegranate" is fast becoming a favorite. "Honey", "Almond", "Sage" and "Lemongrass" are all delicious as well. Our special gift sleeve set is always a welcome hostess gift; or pop some into the guest bath when company is coming over. (It's also a great way to try mini versions of the best selling soaps.) If you've not tried Pre de Provence, you're in for a treat. Good clean fun!
February 12, 2009
February 11, 2009
New spring totes are now in at Clever Girl. The following styles are currently in stock: Isabelle, Sophie, Stasha, Audrey and the Gracie Coinlet. Skip the plain black tote bag and have a fashionable day with Emilie Sloan. Life . . . more elegant.
February 10, 2009
It's almost here--February 14th is soon upon us. Happy (early) Valentine's Day to everyone. For you clever shoppers, it's not too late! We have lots of goodies that any sweetheart will love. Our Pine Cone Hill cozy PJ's make a lovely gift and come in a range of yummy colors. Mariana jewelry makes for a dazzling treat sure to put some sparkle on any outfit, and our book selection has many new titles that are sure to please.
A tasty homemade treat is always a good thing...Here is my Grandmother's classic, best ever, super good, brownie recipe. The pink frosting is particularly appropriate for this sweet day of love. Let me know what you think...
Pink Peppermint Fudgies
For the fudgies:
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 stick butter
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
½ c. flour
Dash of salt
Melt 2 squares chocolate and 1 stick of butter over low heat. Cool slightly.
Add 2 eggs, 1 cup sugar, vanilla, flour and salt. Mix until combined. Pour into buttered 9x9 inch pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
2 c. powdered sugar
2 T. butter
2 T. milk
1 ½ t. peppermint extract
A few drops red food coloring
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 T. butter
Blend 2 c. powdered sugar, 2 T. butter, milk, peppermint and food coloring until smooth and
spreadable. Cover fudgies, and chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine remaining chocolate squares and butter in small sauce pan
over low heat until melted. Drizzle chocolate mixture
over frosted fudgies. Cut into squares.
February 9, 2009
Ok, I confess. I'm a candle junkie. However, over a decade or more of intense addiction, I have developed a rarefied pallet for a candle that pleases me. A candle must, first and foremost, smell incredible. It must be long lasting and clean burning. It must be pretty enough to give as a gift, and it must be a good value.
Meet Kobo Candles. At Clever Girl we offer these in six wonderful fragrances, and they deliver on every level. The Sparkling Rose Candle, for example, has notes of Sparkling Green Leaf enrobed in a base of Pink Rose, Peony and White Orchid. It's simply springtime in a glass! Packaged in a lovely box that includes elegant matches and a snuffer lid, Kobo makes the perfect gift too, because it's ready to bestow as-is. Certainly this is a good thing to keep on hand for hostess/thank-you/oops-it's-her-Birthday emergencies. The price is not so precious that you'll feel guilty giving yourself one too. Oh, and did I mention they burn for more than 100 hours too?
February 8, 2009
Speaking of mid-winter, the Clever Girl winter sale is winding down but there are still a few bargains to be had. Spring sweaters are arriving by the armload, and we just got in the greatest little straw totes. Perfect for you lucky girls soon to head south for a mini break...
February 7, 2009
So many of our wonderful customers from near and far have asked me for more information and insight about Clever Girl, so I'll provide what I can.
Actually, we're humming along today; the weather is wonderfully, uncharacteristically, warm for early February here. We hit 60 degrees--and it's most welcome. People are out and about, dogs are being walked, and kids are riding their bikes all over town. Our gorgeous new handbags from Big Buddha are flying out the door along with a lot of other items. We just got in a new series of paper products (displayed in a giant, vintage doll house my mother unearthed out east) and that line seems to be hitting the spot for everybody too. Moods are good, and people are smiling!
So, what exactly is "Clever Girl"? Well... we are a retail store that specializes in--well--all things clever. You'll find clothing, jewelry, tons of accessories, home furnishings, gifts, books, paper products, and the list goes on and on. Clever Girl is actually the fourth, and newest store that we've had over the past thirty years. Others include: Finnie McClure, Abigial Rose and French Toast. We're located in Western Springs Illinois-a classic "small town" that's 14 miles west of Chicago.
People describe Clever Girl as everything from a mini-department store, to an eclectic emporium. Vintage and new co-exist happily, and fresh things are coming in all the time.
So please check back often, and certainly do come in if you're out this way. We'd love to meet you!