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Fiesta Time!

Put a Ring On It

Table Trimmings

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An event planner offers creative ideas for a fiesta-flavored bridal shower or luncheon.

The wedding jewelry industry is evolving, and area jewelers are staying ahead of the game.

No matter the reception theme, the all-important centerpiece can be a creative stand-out.

This striking wedding theme combines earthy greens with the dusty blue of a summer evening sky.

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Flowers add fabulous texture, color and life to your wedding, so make the bride’s bouquet a thoughtful focal point.


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Market Mania: Pop-up markets are the new go-to destination for artisans and shoppers alike.

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Tone Up In Time: When getting in shape for a big event, try focusing on your health in advance.

The Bright Side: Eclectic finds and artistic ingenuity maximize a minimal space.

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Market Mania Upscale artistry highlighted through local pop-up markets

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op-up markets featuring antiques, handmade wares and repurposed pieces have become the place to do shopping for decorating and furnishing. The trend emerged partly due to the economic downturn of the past decade. A temporary retail space allows for less overhead, and it creates more of an urgency for customers to purchase, knowing that items won’t be there long. The idea of retailers creating short-lived spaces paired with the new shabby-chic craze and demand for quality handcrafted goods is a perfect combination with perfect timing that has brought about several pop-up markets in the Region. “I think the popularity of pop-up events has been driven by so many people taking the courageous leap to use their talents to generate income for their families,” says Carey Keenan-Rowell, founder of Crown Point’s Hunt & Gather Market, the first such market in Northwest Indiana. “It is so wonderful there are so many local venues for small businesses and artists.” Other markets have since popped up. All are run by inspirational and particularly crafty women who have used their business sense to bring together artisans from near and far. It’s a big win-win for the market creators, their many vendors and those who are in paradise spending a day browsing through an upscale market. The 2017 market season is underway, so be sure to mark your calendar.

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HUNT & GATHER MARKET

Nearly four years ago in late spring, Keenan-Rowell exited a long creative career to be at home with her toddler twins and be there for her older child. “My son was struggling terribly with addiction. As a way to help cover medical and treatment expenses and help build business for local artisans, Hunt & Gather was born,” says Keenan-Rowell. “My motto for starting Hunt & Gather has always been, ‘We rise by lifting others.’” Over 165 vendors bring their antique, vintage and unique artisan-made goods to Hunt & Gather. “I strive to have a wide range of style and originality at each market,” says Keenan-Rowell. “What’s unique


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about Hunt & Gather is the unbelievable family of creators that have come together to support, encourage and build one another up and the energy you feel when you enter our events. So many amazing people with incredible stories and awesome talent. This market is so much more than a venue to sell your goods. It is a place to grow and a place to help others grow into their dreams.” When not busy with the markets, Keenan-Rowell also owns and operates a shop called Society in downtown Valparaiso where she sells a lot of the artist goods you’ll find at her markets, along with custom furniture. Part of the proceeds of every Hunt & Gather event goes toward addiction and suicide awareness. “I am passionate about helping families find hope and help for their loved ones affected by this disease,” says Keenan-Rowell, who founded a support group for parents of addicts that meets weekly in Lowell.

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local vendors and repurposed items, which were really starting to trend when the store closed. “I had about 45 vendors in the shop at the end and when it closed I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” Dennis says. “I decided to put my favorite things together. My passion is for treasure hunting and hosting events and then, of course, supporting small businesses after owning one myself.” Dennis approached the village of Lansing about holding a market at the airport’s historical Ford Hangar, a 1920s structure of exposed brick that had a vintage/retro feel. “It was a big hit and kind of boosted me into this fun job I have now. It really snowballed from there,” she says. Dennis’s Fetching Market at the Ford Hangar was repeated the following year and she’s since held pop-up markets at various locations in Indiana and

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The market is named after its three founders, Kathleen Cusson, Kathleen O’Neill and Candace Jorden.

THREE LITTLE BIRDS MARKET

The “three” in the Three Little Birds Market represents the trio that founded the market, which debuted in 2016. Kathleen Cusson and Kathleen O’Neill are the owners of the Valparaiso store Sandpaper, and Candace Jorden has a business making custom signs and doing sign parties. Jorden says that she was selling her signs and doing monthly parties at Sandpaper and had participated in markets before. The three of them one day started talking about starting a market of their own. The Three Little Birds Market was born and Jorden says that the response to the spring market was so good that they scheduled two more dates in 2016. Each market features about 75 to 80 vendors with a big focus on handmade merchandise. “It’s all handmade or vintage/upcycled. Nothing is commercially mass-produced,” Jorden says. “We have some vendors that make just beautiful handcrafted items.” Among the artisan products are dolls, soaps, jewelry, signs, facial products, candles and food items. “We bring in food trucks and it’s at one of the nicer venues. It’s a whole experience,” Jorden says. Valparaiso’s Central Park Plaza is the setting for each Three Little Birds Market. “They were just finishing the pavilion when we thought about doing a

market. We thought we’d try one and we absolutely fell in love with it. It’s a beautiful spot for having a show there.” The trio plans to repeat its schedule in 2017 with Saturday markets in the spring and fall and a nighttime market in the summer. Upcoming Three Little Birds Markets in 2017 ■ May 13, 10am-5pm ■ Central Park Plaza 70 Lafayette St Valparaiso ■ July and October market dates TBA ■ For more information, call 219.322.1500, email 3littlebirdsmarket@gmail.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram.

BLUE MOON VINTAGE MARKET

Blue Moon Vintage Market is heading into season number three as a stylized pop-up market that happens on the fourth weekend of each month and on three holiday weekends in a warehouse about a mile north of downtown Three Oaks, Michigan. Jen Kerr, who runs the markets with her business partner and mother Vicki Kerr, says they started after a nearby market she’d been a vendor at decided to discontinue. “That market was seasonal, but then we found this location and it was heated and we could have markets year round,” says

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Kerr. “It’s a stylized market, so it doesn’t have booth spaces like a typical market. It’s all staged together and we set up and tear down each month.” In addition to the 6,000-square-foot market space, there is a 1,000-foot salvage room where pieces can be purchased for patrons’ own DIY projects. Each month the market will have an entirely different look. “We might have some of the same merchandise, but nine times out of ten it will be in a different location,” Kerr says. She says that they also carry the popular Annie Sloan chalk paint and that one of their vendors is

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ouples planning a wedding are always looking for special touches to make their big days stand out. One of the hottest trends in the culinary category for weddings is the concept of a food bar. Whether brides and grooms want to offer something as whimsical as a retro candy bar for guests or choose gourmet options such as seafood with different-flavored cocktail sauces, a satay or shish-kebab station or decadent dessert bar, the possibilities are endless. “We do a fairly large number of weddings and other parties,” says Nick Walker, manager of ChicagoLand Popcorn in Merrillville. ChicagoLand Popcorn is a family-owned and family-run business operated by Mogda and Dwayne Walker. Through ChicagoLand Popcorn, which was established two years ago, prospective brides and grooms can create a custom popcorn bar for their weddings. Various flavors and colors are available. “People always like something a

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Event planner Michelle Nikitaras partnered with How Sweet It Is Events to create this candy and popcorn bar.


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A wedding that Nikitaras helped plan had a cupcake bar for guests to take goodies home.

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Wedding planner Michelle Nikitaras has worked with various brides and grooms in planning an assortment of food bars. Nikitaras, who owns Unveiled Weddings and Events, says many of today’s weddings are indeed featuring food bars, or what she calls midnight snacks. After a traditional reception and after everyone starts drinking and dancing, she says, many of today’s weddings will have special bars set up featuring items such as tacos, cheeseburgers, pizza and more. Candy and popcorn bars, she adds, are especially popular. “I think (food bars are) popular because they look pretty and are necessary,” Nikitaras says. If guests are drinking throughout the event, she adds, it’s good to give them something else to fill their stomachs before they leave. Nikitaras has worked with a number of brides who’ve had creative food bars, including everything from a hot dog cart and nachos to colorful candy and popcorn buffets, and says, “Those are fun things to add.” ■ ELOISE MARIE VALADEZ

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re you shaping up for a big event? Summer weddings, a cruise, a stage performance—these kinds of occasions make us want to look our best. Who doesn’t want to be photogenic? But rather than trying to drop a few pounds overnight, try focusing on your health in advance. Take some nutrition and fitness advice from area experts who can tell you how to eat clean and tone up the healthy way. When it comes time for photos, you won’t have to worry about the camera catching your “good side.” The more time you give yourself to prepare for a big event, the better. So, if you’ve got a couple of months, you’ll see more results. If you’ve only got a few weeks or even a few days, make sure your goals are realistic. Take it from Phrosini SamisSmith, fitness assessment and program outreach coordinator and certified personal trainer at Community Hospital Fitness Pointe. “When people have specific goals in mind, it helps them stay on track and [they] are less likely to abandon the effort in achieving what they want,” says Samis-Smith.

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Once you’ve set a goal, commit with your head and your heart, says Samis-Smith. It helps to identify what’s really driving you so you can recall your “why” when motivation wanes and your new

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TONE UP! routine gets challenging. Have a support system in place, a workout buddy or some friends and family. They can listen and encourage you along the way.

Clean Up Your Diet

Cut the refined carbohydrates and sugar and focus on whole foods, advises Kelly Devine Rickert, registered dietitian with Franciscan Alliance and media spokesperson for the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She recommends replacing the unhealthy foods with whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and unsalted nuts. “Eat every few hours throughout the day with fresh foods you prepped from home. Set aside your snacks and meals the night before so you are not in a rush in the morning. This helps to eliminate excess salt you consume from various fast food restaurants and vending machines.”

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

It can be challenging to stay hydrated, so drink up, Rickert says. “Water will help increase your energy levels and decrease hunger.” Some possible benefits of your newfound water habit may also include:

clearer skin, healthier hair, improved digestion, and a boosted immune system.

Hit the Gym (or the Home Gym)

It doesn’t matter where or when you exercise, just incorporate daily movement. “Aim for 45 minutes, 5 days a week of moderate physical activity; aka, get those heart rates up! Add in some strength training twice a week as well,” Rickert says. Start where you are and work on practical, achievable goals. Seek help from a trainer who can assess your current fitness level and help you develop a plan.

Strike a Balance

Combine clean eating and proper exercise and you’ll see the results. “Everything is a balance, which means what you put in your mouth, you have to burn. It is similar to a teeter-totter that if you go out to eat every night and don’t make wise choices and then on the other side of the teeter-totter you don’t exercise, the likelihood is that you will gain weight,” says Samis-Smith. “If you make smart choices in your eating habits and in combination with exercise, the results should be favorable.”

Use dumbbells in these basic moves to strengthen and tone.

Curtsy Salute

This move helps you tighten up your core to improve stability and support your back. ■ Stand

with feet hip-width apart; hold a dumbbell in your left hand over your head, palm facing forward, with your right hand on your hip. ■ Lunge your right leg back diagonally, bending both knees (as if doing a curtsy), bending your left elbow to bring the dumbbell near your right ear. ■ Stand on your left leg, extending your left arm up as you raise your right leg out to the side. Return to curtsy. ■ Do ten reps and repeat.

Overhead Press

This simple move works your shoulders, arms, trapezius muscles, abs and legs. ■ Stand

with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Raise your dumbbells to shoulder height, palms forward. ■ Exhale as you push the dumbbells above your head until the ends touch together. Don’t allow your elbows to flare out to the sides. ■ Inhale as you release the dumbbells to shoulder height. ■ Do twelve reps and repeat.

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Of the former original Miller Beach library, now 108 years old, “Its bones are really good,” says Camela— and some of those bones were visible. Someone had begun a renovation, but there was no drywall, no HVAC, no bath. But the history of Gary had intrigued Camela for some time, and when she and Nuco investigated the inexpensive properties, “We liked the Miller Beach area and this 1,300-square-foot commercial building. There were windows and the 4 flooring is solid,” though it took 30 passes with a sander to get through layers of paint to reveal the lovely, original maple flooring that provides a light canvas for the place. Downstairs, a business owner had “changed the building’s whole facade,” Camela says with regret. She brightens as she adds, “But the original tin ceiling is in good shape,” and she and Nuco want to restore the downstairs inside and out. Nuco owns the Studio One Chicago tattoo business in the Windy City, where the couple lived and Camela owned Revival A Go-Go vintage store. She plans to reopen her store this spring downstairs

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T 1 1. Plants provide the window treatment at the home of Nuco and Camela Villanueva in the Miller Beach neighborhood of Gary. Careful planning, with cheery and neutral colors, makes the 600-square-foot apartment in a downtown commercial building seem much roomier. Arduous sanding uncovered maple hardwood flooring that adds to the impression of space. 2. Camela relaxes with two of the couple’s three dogs.

he tall, narrow commercial building constructed in 1909 sits inconspicuously amongst others in the downtown Miller Beach area of Gary. But one of its doors opens to a surprise: Upstairs, where Nuco and Camela Villanueva dwell, is bright, aweinspiring, innovative. It has to be. With just 600 square feet of living space, it rivals any tiny house featured on TV and surpasses most in achieving a spacious feel. The couple bought the building a year ago and has clearly enjoyed making their apartment lovely and livable, incorporating their interests, artistry and energy. “We’ve lived in an apartment for years,” says Camela, “Cami” to her friends. “So this smaller space is fine.” Still, it’s 600 square feet, a challenge no matter what, yet it displays a delightful mix of the practical and the unexpected, achieved with inexpensive finds and an eye for style. Camela’s visage and conversation reflect vibrant energy. “We want to travel! Japan is one of the places we want to go, so we’re saving money and not accumulating too much stuff.” She found an apartment-size stove at Yesterday’s Treasures Antique Mall & Artisan Gallery in Chesterton. A small refrigerator fits under the kitchen counter (a wide table against a wall, with a small sink). The simple, small, round table for dining—purchased from the original owner at Chicago’s former Merchandise Mart—sits against a wall separating it from the stairwell. The apartment is a long stretch with an L-shape at the end. Two banks of four very narrow lockers against one wall provide the only closet space. It’s practical, yet between the two sets of lockers the couple placed a narrow door with metal latticework. It’s accents like this that add interest and a sense of space.

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3. In the kitchen area, dishes are kept to a minimum; the refrigerator is under the sink/table and there are shelves instead of cabinets. 4. One of two sets of narrow lockers between the living room and bedroom nook provides closet space. 5. The living room area appears larger thanks to a clear coffee table top, minimal wall art, floor lamps, and tiny guitar pick tables (one is seen at far left).

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in their Miller Beach building, with antiques and “lots of books—I want to buy and sell books! It’s so much fun being a curator.” Nuco will have a separate area there for a second tattoo store and space for him to paint in the Japanese style he loves. Camela has her husband’s artwork on her arms—softly colored roses, vines, a pretty little snake. “See how the colors are done? It’s special,” she says, proud and happy. Of the move from Chicago she muses, “I had a little bit of an epiphany. I wasn’t really creating new memories. I wanted new surroundings for inspiration and Miller Beach is a neat little enclave. We like the community, and the properties we like are affordable.” Living three 7 blocks fom the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a plus for this couple who has poured such energy into their newto-them home. She adores finding vintage treasures; some of them here are from Re-Used Depot in Mayfield, Illinois, including the lockers, fireplace mantel, pedestal sink, and Japanese-style soaking tub. Other, local finds: the curved coffee table, two guitar pick tables, an arch lamp. Like the sofa, all have wood bases that coordinate the living room area. All the while, Camela speaks in the breezy, friendly way that is her free-spirited self.

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Between the top of the stairs and a window is a large, vintage Indiana map, its hues of orange and yellow echoing the cheerful vibe. Some wall spaces are empty of any adornment, making the spaces seem larger, though in the living room area are two long 1960s scrolls of tiger images. There are real animals: two tiny dogs and one large one. An L-shape at the far end of the long living space provides an alcove for the bedroom, just room enough for the 1960s Kent Coffey bedroom set of full-size bed, a dresser, and nightstand. 9 Yet ingenious use of the space allows for such quirky accents as a large, Japanese koi fish-shaped kite in an opposite corner. Tucked in amongst the window plants here are natural elements like a whole puffer fish and small animal skull; the entire delicate, curled-up skin and fanged head of a small, jade boa constrictor rests on the dresser. Walls in yellow and orange reflect Camela’s bright personality. The effect is not a mishmash of “stuff.” There’s a mod, restrained style and room to move, to live, to breathe. Camela loves vintage lamps, so two round, enamel ceiling lights near the kitchen area are from an airplane hangar. In the entryway stairway ceiling, two vintage 10 globes hang from wood panels and each has large flower petal-shape bases her brother, Rob Christopher, fashioned from veneer woods for guitar making he’d found from a former tenant at Camela’s Chicago store. Owner of Emotive Reclaim, “He’s sooo talented!” Camela says. One wall in the stairwell has framed posters of the indie movies Nuco favors. At the top landing, another find: a Buddha. “I see it when I come home and it’s peaceful; it symbolizes a calmness,” she says. Off the kitchen where there was just a roof, a wall had been extended to create a porch, a storage area for now. The couple plans to enlarge it and install another staircase. Mornings find Camela at a corner of the sofa, where she reads and meditates. “The sun comes in, it’s very quiet, and it seems like the Earth is very still,” she says of the space. It comes as no surprise that she has taught yoga and practices it. Their little home “feels like a secret space because you’d never know it was here from the outside,” Camela says. “It’s our first winter here; it feels like we’re setting a tone, for a healthy lifestlye and to nurture ourselves.” It seems to be working. “My husband says, ‘I can’t wait to get home.’”


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Puntillo stresses that safe doesn’t have MAR 18 Baby Fair, 11am-3pm, to be ugly. While Bed Bath & Beyond, 124 US Hwy it’s true that items 41, Schererville. 219.322.6809. such as adorable Bed Bath & Beyond’s Baby Fair will throw pillows, feature a variety of vendors and ruffled bumpers, and health care experts on site. Vendors include March of Dimes, Britax, luxurious comforters a child passenger safety seat shouldn’t be in the technician from the Griffith Police crib with baby, there Department, a lactation consultant, are other ways to and health care specialists from beautify the crib. Community Hospital. “We also “You can add a supply light refreshments,” De Boer beautiful skirt to the says. “Last year, Schererville Edible bottom of the crib,” Arrangements donated pineapple she says. Likewise, baby buggies dipped in chocolate.” there is a variety of quality pieces and accents that meld security and beauty. As a style maven, Kristen La Rocca, owner of Mink in Crown Point and new mom to son, Sevastian, admits that she puts pillows and throw blankets in the crib, but quickly follows with the reassurance that, “Yes, they are removed when we put him in there to sleep!” La Rocca loves her cute, handmade fitted sheets, and says, “It’s much faster to make a baby’s bed than an adult bed.” To baby proof without creating an eyesore, she recommends incorporating monotone color for safety such as clear outlet covers. “This allows for safety, but doesn’t take away from the design of your home,” she says. La Rocca is a modern mama who refuses to be constrained by

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Kristen La Rocca treasures special touches in son Sevastian’s room like the car play gym and his three-piece fox mobile because “it’s so little-boyish, without being so baby.”


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traditional baby pastel shades and themes. Her inspiration in decorating Sevastian’s room came from the colors of the rest of her home: white, gray, cream, and black. “I am afraid of color!” she says. “Color feels so permanent to me, so I like to play it safe with neutrals and textures, adding in accent colors if need be.” Deriving inspiration from Instagram, she incorporated unique, quality pieces such as a repurposed dresser from Est. 1964 (her mom’s company), a caramel colored tufted leather ottoman, and floating shelving built by her craftsman brother to design a classic, not clichéd, room with personality. “My husband said, ‘This is not a baby’s room; this is a little gentleman’s room.’” ‘scream’ at you when you walked in.” The De Boer notices many customers are inspiration piece—which lead to a geometric bucking tradition, and says the current Charlie Carson’s nursery pattern on the wall—was a cream pillow overriding trend is parents putting their with gold geometric shapes Carson found personal stamp on baby’s room. “The new at Target. “As soon as I saw it, I knew that trend seems to be the chevron stripe with was it. That was what I wanted this wall to soft grays and accents of any color,” she says. be,” she says. Some other special touches include handmade pom-pom “Nautical accents are popular, too.” She tells of a couple she recently garland, a framed record of Ashley and husband Ben’s wedding song, worked with who based their baby room décor on their son’s name, and a storm cloud mobile and lighting bolt marquee to highlight the Theodore. “They will call him Teddy, and are doing the room with middle name baby Charlie shares with mom: Thunder. teddy bears.” For La Rocca, her husband, and their son, the nursery is an oasis of For Ashley Carson of LaPorte, decorating her daughter Charlie’s serenity. “Every piece in his room is special to me,” she says. “They all nursery was all about maximizing the space. “The bedrooms in our serve a different purpose and come from somewhere or someone special.” home are small, so I knew I wanted to do something fun but also quiet,” Carson says. “I wanted an accent wall but I didn’t want it to ■ AMANDA WILSON

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The invitation set the tone with soft pink and a green cactus. From there, decorations were kept very simple . . . cactus, succulents and pink fringy paper garland reminiscent of a piñata.

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A few different finger foods are great for mingling guests, and I always make sure to have fresh fruit and sweets. For this fiesta I prepared black bean street tacos, cilantro lime mini shrimp kabobs, fresh fruit with chile lime salt, chips with individual corn salsa cups and cactus cookies. You can make everything look more gourmet by garnishing. I used crumbled Mexican cheese, cilantro, green onion and lime wedges to garnish the appetizers. For a larger group, you could also try a taco and nacho bar instead of finger foods. You can easily make a couple of different meats for a crowd in slow cookers and then have an assortment of toppings with chips and tortillas. My favorite slow-cooker meats for a fiesta are shredded chicken, pork and beef brisket.

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diamond isn’t just a diamond anymore. As wedding season is around the corner, couples are discovering there are many options for unique displays of their love. The wedding jewelry industry is constantly evolving, and local jewelers are working to stay ahead of trends. Whether it’s the type of jewel or the cut of the piece, engagement and wedding jewelry has a lot of different options to meet the unique individual tastes of the buyer. At Albert’s Diamond Jewelers in Schererville, even how diamonds are created is increasing buzz in the wedding industry. The store now sells a selection of diamonds that are grown in a lab rather than acquired through mining. Though the technology to create diamonds has existed for decades, the practice is now making its way into the jewelry industry due to the desire among consumers to purchase more environmentally friendly options. “Any of these diamonds we sell are set in recycled gold,” says Joshua Halpern, owner of Albert’s. “Not only do we have a diamond that caused no destruction to the planet, we’re also using recycled gold to create jewelry we place the diamonds in.” Only a handful of manufacturers worldwide are able to create the Type IIa diamonds, which are extremely rare in nature and allow the highest amount of light to pass through the stone, making them more brilliant and valuable. Lab-created diamonds, also known as engineered diamonds, are made using technology that mimics the conditions in which diamonds naturally develop beneath the Earth’s crust using extreme pressure and heat. “Every one has been tested for light performance,” Halpern says. “Though it’s a very small segment of our product assortment right now, as it gets more popular, we might increase our assortment.” Currently, Albert’s features labcreated diamonds in a variety of pieces, from earrings to bracelets, and as loose diamonds.


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BEACH GLAM

You have an opportunity to allow your centerpiece to reflect the things you love! While it’s great to pick something just because it’s pretty, try to steer clear of solely incorporating ideas you see online that everyone else is doing. We selected this beach theme for those who love the beach or maybe have it as part of their story. The centerpiece features soft beach tones of white and gray with a soft aqua coming from the beach glass vase. We added three medium shells, a lantern, and several mercury glass votives. The table number was stamped on a tag and hung on the vase.

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A really fun theme for an event is an enchanted or woodland forest theme. This theme uses a lot of moss and natural elements along with deep jewel-toned flowers, wood slices, and fairy lights. Manzanita tree centerpieces are fun to work with and create a unique look for your event. We secured the tree in a wood box and covered it in moss. There are two glass globes hanging off the tree filled with moss and tapioca flowers, along with additional flowers glued on the trees. The table is covered in a green organza overlay, which creates a softness and ties the tables together.

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Leafy ferns, whimsical air plants, and flowing greens brought our table to life. Copper accents mixed with blue glass created an almost celestial look that, dare we say, was out of this world.

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Keeping true to our color palette, bundles of greenery draped around a few ivory roses for the bridal bouquet. Having greenery at an indoor reception can add the element of nature most brides are looking for without the bugs and threat of bad weather. A simple greenery boutonniere wrapped in kraft paper and copper wire had all the pop without having to add colorful flowers.

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This cake was a celestial vision with dusty blue and copper accents. Fresh greenery draping from the top far exceeded any man-made cake topper available. The matching cupcakes and macarons in a bed of fresh blueberries were absolutely breathtaking.

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THROUGH MAR 12 Nunsense A-Men, 8pm Thu-Sat, 2pm Sun, Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. After the cook accidentally poisons 52 sisters, the nuns decide to put on a variety show to raise funds for the burial in this musical comedy.

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MAR 10-11, 17-19, 24-26 I Never Saw Another Butterfly, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, 4th Street Theater, 125 N 4th St, Chesterton. 219.926.7875. 4thstreetncca.org. The story of the children of Terezin, a ghetto under Nazi rule during World War II.

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THROUGH APR 2 Sand & Steel—Visions of Our Indiana Shore, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo.edu/brauer-museumof-art. Artwork inspired by the beauty of the Indiana Dunes and the industry along the shore.

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BEGINS MAR 3 LaPorte County High School Art Competition, Southern Shore Art Association Gallery, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.879.4980. southernshoreartassociation. com. Students’ works will be on display during this juried exhibit.

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11 Leprechaun Fun Run 5K Run/Walk, 9am, Crown Brewing, 211 S East St, Crown Point. 219.663.4545. crownbrewing.com. A family/pet-friendly 5K fun run to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Free beer or soda and breakfast buffet for run participants.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Crown Point, dusk parade, along Main St, downtown Crown Point. 219.662.3290. crownpoint.in.gov. Illuminated parade entries light up the night in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Willie Nile & His New York City Band, 7pm, Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. memorialoperahouse. com. The legendary singer/ songwriter performs.

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25 LaPorte County Master Gardeners Spring Garden Show, 8am-4pm, Michigan City High School, 8466 West Pahs Rd, Michigan City. 219.324.9407. lpmastergardener.com. The whole family can enjoy a fun and informational day featuring education, shopping, food and prizes.

31 MAR 31-APR 2 Lettice and Lovage, Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. A tour guide at an English mansion begins embellishing her stories, leading to an unlikely friendship, mishaps and more.

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MAR 10 Taste of the Region 2017, 7-11pm, Halls of St. George, 905 E Joliet St, Schererville. nwiserviceleague. org. More than just food and an open bar, this event offers an opportunity to see and speak to local chefs about their favorite dishes, watch mixologists create the signature Pink cocktail, dance to live music from the Unprofessionals, and more. MAR 11 Runnin’ with the Irish 5K, 8:30am kids fun run, 9am 5K run/walk, Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N CR-25 E, Chesterton. runsignup.com. With a course that travels along the roads of the state park, this annual race offers a half-mile fun run for kids and a 5K run and noncompetitive walk to benefit St. Patrick School in Chesterton. MAR 25 19th Annual Spring Fling, 5pm, Pottawattomie Country Club, 1900 Springland Ave, Michigan City. 219.872.4499. michianahumanesociety.org. Michiana Humane Society’s annual gala raises funds for the shelter’s homeless animals. The evening includes cocktails, dinner and silent and live auctions.

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Nunsense A-Men, 8pm ThuSat, 2pm Sun, Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater. org. After the cook accidentally poisons 52 sisters, the nuns decide to put on a variety show to raise funds for the burial in this musical comedy.

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First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm, Uptown Arts District, Michigan City. 219.331.5517. uptownartsdistrict.org. Stores, galleries and venues come alive the first Friday of every month for an evening of culture, art and networking.

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LaPorte County High School Art Competition, Southern Shore Art Association Gallery, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.879.4980. southernshoreartassociation. com. Students’ works will be on display during this juried exhibit.

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MAR 17 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Crown Point, dusk parade, along Main St, downtown Crown Point. 219.662.3290. crownpoint.in.gov. Illuminated parade entries light up the night in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

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