Sunday, December 6, 2015

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays to you and yours! Be sure to visit my Etsy shop for unique gifts for your loved ones this season.

XO Margaux

Friday, August 28, 2015

Margaux Bijoux & Polyester Soul at Studio 8 flea market

A friend and me recently shared a space at Studio 8's monthly flea market in Oak Park.

Polyester Soul is a lover of all things vintage. Especially from the 70s. She also had a rack of clothing from different eras including the 50s and 60s.

This shopper walked away with this vintage beauty. Perfect for her 20s themed dance performance that evening.

My booth seems to change each show or market. I added painted wine bottles and a couple of flowers to the table.

Sold out of this style again! I've been sewing  canvas fold over bags painted with a afro pick stamp I carved.  I can't keep them in stock.

My hairstylist who also loves to collect and sell vintage items had a table at the market.

I can see why these ladies love vintage clothing!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Race recap: 2015 Esprit de She 5K - Chicago

This post is massively past due. This is what happens when you let work take over your life. As untimely as they are, I still want to share pics from the July Esprit de She 5K and 10K in Chicago. I ran this race the same week as the Humana Rock 'n' Roll Race 10K to celebrate my birthday. It was an exceptionally fun time with running friends.

These are my top 5 best reasons to run the Esprit de She races:

5. An unusual (in a good way) out-and-back course along the lakefront.

4. Mad swag. I'm not over exaggerating. The post race party offered unlimited yummy hummus and naan bread; a canvas tote bag full of snacks and freebies from Target; a manicure station; and lots more.

3. Founding Finisher perks. Participants who ran the race in its first two years receive expedited service at the Bubbly Bar and and pretty flower.

2. The Bubbly Bar - with an extra drink ticket for Founding Finishers.

1. A fun Thursday evening "out on the town" with friends. We'll be back in 2016!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Race recap: 2015 Humana Rock 'n' Roll Race Series - Chicago

Thousands of runners participated in the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll weekend race series in Chicago with the 5K on Saturday and the 10K and half marathon held on Sunday. Many took on the Remix Challenge which awarded runners who participated in one event both days. I love that this series had a race for runners at every level. It’s definitely motivation for all to #RockYourHealth.

Saturday I attended the race expo where 2014 Boston Marathon champ Meb Keflezighi greeted fans. He whizzed past me on the course as he ran the half marathon and completed the Remix Challenge having also completed Saturday’s 5K.

Sunday was a hot one. Temperatures were already in the 70s when the 10K kicked off at 7:00 a.m. Several women in my local running group participated. Sunday for us was about enjoying the run and staying safe in the heat and humidity. The course wound through the city, along Lake Michigan and finished in Grant Park.

Kudos to HumanaVitality and the Cheer Squad for their presence in the last miles of the race. There were plenty of water stations and cheering volunteers on the course. The cold sponges and the inflatable misting station before the final turn to the finish line was the best motivation to finish strong!

I hadn’t run the 10K distance in quite some time so it was a great feeling to complete this goal and my legs still feel good after crossing the finish line. Next year I would love to complete the Remix Challenge and incorporate training for the 5K. Who doesn’t like a little extra bling?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Humana.

Monday, July 13, 2015

2015 Humana Rock 'n' Roll Race Series - Chicago

This weekend the Rock ‘n' Roll race series returns to Chicago. I'll be running the 10K. There IS a medal involved!

I ran a Rock ‘n' Roll series race in 2011, finishing the half marathon distance in Chicago. It's a well put together event that I'm looking forward to returning to it. Humana is the series-wide partner and title sponsor for Chicago.

Humana has some fun activities for race supporters to participate in 2015. Runners, family, friends and supporters can share their well-wishes and words of encouragement by visiting or by visiting Humana's booth at the expo. Messages entered at the booth or through the website and app will be displayed at the beginning of mile of 12. In addition to the digital billboard, Humana's very own, personal Cheer Squad will line the last mile of the race - Humana's Inspiration Mile, to provide motivation for that last push to the finish line.

This year's race hash tag is #RockYourHealth. Rocking my health means finding enjoyable ways to stay active and healthy and running is the perfect way for me to do both. I'll be tweeting the #RockYourHealth hashtag during the race. Follow all the participants' race day progress and find inspiration on how to #RockYourHealth from Humana.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Humana.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Historic Run: Exploring Oak Park and River Forest with Fleet Feet

Running nerds took to the streets of Oak Park and River Forest for a post Fourth of July historic run with Fleet Feet Oak Park. I started running in Oak Park. The amazing architecture, massive trees and wide roads are very runner friendly.

The tour started in Downtown Oak Park and wound through a few points of interest.  The first stop of course was the home of Frank Lloyd Wright. The tour took on a whole Mafia gangster theme as the group learned many of them lived in the area.

 This is Tony 'Big Tuna' Accardo's ostentatious former home - gold gates and all.

This was the first historic run from the Oak Park location. In one hour, we barely scratched the surface of all its points of interest.  Oak Park and the surrounding villages have plenty of history to explore in runs to come!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pop-up shop at Local Goods Chicago

Exciting news, my handmade goods will now be available at retail at Local Good Chicago as part of their Artisan Pop-Up Shop July 1 -31. Please join me for a launch party next Thursday, July 2 from 6-8PM. You can RSVP here!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Visit my booth at the What's Blooming on Harrison art & craft show in Oak Park, Illinois on May 16 from 10AM to 7PM.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Jackpot Candles review + giveaway

Jackpot candles are made with 100 percent natural soy that create a long-lasting flame and aroma. The scents range from fresh baked holiday cookies and pies to the fresh, clean scent of flowers. Each Jackpot Candle offers a foil-wrapped jewelry item inside valued between $15 and $5,000. My Jack Frost candle smells of peppermint and revealed a pair of cute blue earrings. You get the choice of a pair of earrings, a ring or a necklace inside your candle.

Enter to win a Jackpot Candle in the scent of your choice and the jewelry style of your choosing. Tweet me at @MargauxOnline with a link to this post for a chance to win. The giveaway closes March 3 at 11:59 p.m. (central). I'll announce one winner on Wednesday, March 4!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Winter community service hair events in Chicago

There are two great community service hair events happening in the next few months in Chicago.

Back Alley Hair provides assistance for those who have fallen on hard times. Their January event, WOOL-sih is for men, women and children in need of affordable professional hair care.

In February, America’s Career Institute Inc. will accept hair donations for a 24 hour period. During Cuts by Cupid, students and alumni will cut and style donor hair for free. Get the details on both these events and organizations here.
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