Have these short days got you down? Ice and snow got you in the doldrums? That may be more than just Post-Holiday Depression and having to shovel snow off your driveway. It’s possible you’re suffering from what’s known as Winter Blues, or it’s more virulent cousin Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It’s unclear whether the acronym was intentional, but there’s no denying that it’s accurate. The American Psychological Association (APA) defines SAD as a pattern of major depressive symptoms during the winter months, followed by full remission when the seasons change.
If you have seasonal depression, be it mild or monstrous, you’re not alone. According to Mental Health America, roughly 5% of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal depression. The condition manifests most frequently in women ages 20-30, right when they’re trying to build a life for themselves.
Adorned with colored glass, the light beaming out of them is transformed into a radiant painting. Maximize the brightness with LED lights, or even use scented candles to add an element of aromatherapy. Art is always more powerful when experienced with all of your senses.
If you know someone who struggles with seasonal depression, remember to treat them with patience and understanding. If you are the person struggling, remember to offer yourself that same kindness. If you’d like to support an artist dealing with this all-too-common affliction, or just personalize your home with artisan glass work, check out Ravenwolf Creations by Maria Jordan.
Super Bowl Sunday is on the horizon, and that means it’s time to lay out the traditional snack trays. Whether you’re hosting the annual bash or just looking to bring a treat for your pals, nothing says “I’m ready for some Football!” like a plate of chicken wings. Here we offer not one, but TWO easy recipes for spicy oven baked chicken wings! Pick your favorite, or go all-out and do both! Just follow our easy shake-and-bake guide and you’ll be serving piping hot wings before you can say, “Come on ref, what are ya blind?!”
Prepping the Chicken Wings
Remove wings from packaging, rinse under cold water, then pat them dry with a paper towel. Place the wings in an airtight resealable bag. If you can’t fit them all in one bag, just divide them between two bags and split the marinade. Be sure the plastic bags are nice and thick, otherwise they could leak.
Recipe 1: Savory Chipotle Wings
Recipe 2: Chrispy “Groov” Wings
Remove bags from fridge. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
On a baking sheet or pan, place 2 layers of parchment paper. Place wings on parchment paper, single layer, evenly spaced.
Bake for 30 to 40 min, or until wings are cooked through.
Place wings on a serving platter with celery stalks, baby carrots, and other veggies. Serve and enjoy!
Want to try these recipes for yourself? Silly Chilly Serrano Chipotle Hot Sauce and Groov Sauce are both available in our web store. Use coupon code ThankYou10 to get 10% off your purchase.
Valentine’s Day is a chocolate lover’s dream, and there’s no better treat for a loving couple than a Chocolate Fondue. It’s arguably the perfect dessert. It’s delicious, decadent, healthy(ish), and best of all; designed to be shared with that Special Someone!
For our Chocolate Fondue, you will need only a few ingredients:
Sweet Ladybug Baked Goods Hot Fudge and Salted Caramel Sauce lend themselves very well to Dessert Fondue. They are made with simple ingredients and are naturally gluten free. If you enjoyed having it with your fondue, there are plenty of other delectable applications. Take it with you when camping for instant s’mores, dip strawberries in it for easy horderves at a party, or simply drizzle it over ice cream for a tasty treat.
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There's no place like hot for the holidays 🔥. Turn up the heat as the weather turns cold with this fun gift basket of artisan sauces by Silly Chilly Hot Sauce.
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MONTCLAIR, NJ, Nov 1 – The Eclectic Chic Boutique, a mobile artisan shop based in Montclair, is proud to announce two new community partnerships. The Eclectic Chic Boutique, or ECB for short, believes business has social responsibility within the community it serves. Owner and creator, Kristen Zachares, is thrilled to be paired with CPAW & Arts Unbound, organizations that make a difference within Montclair and beyond.
Cat themed merchandise will be available through ECB to help create attention and spread awareness. 20% of cat themed sales from ECB go to CPAW
Arts Unbound is committed to the importance of accessibility of the arts, self expression, and the acceptance of a diversity within the arts.
The Eclectic Chic Boutique is a collective of over 30 artists from New Jersey that strives to be a unique, diverse, and inclusive company that helps connect artists, artisans, and creative entrepreneurs to more customers. ECB also provides creators with mentoring and aid with building their brand, expanding their reach, and helping them grow in both a creative and professional capacity.
For customers, ECB is known as an inclusive environment where everyone is welcome to come and be creative and appreciate diversity. High quality, unique crafts, works of art, home goods and even artisan food are part of their varied products. Workshops, classes, demonstrations are just a few of the ways The Eclectic Chic Boutique brings arts and education into the homes, spaces, and communities of the surrounding areas. From hand-crafting jewelry, to specially focused art nights, to cupcake making, The Eclectic Chic Boutique provides a creative outlet for all ages.
See our Mission Statement to see more information on our Community Partners.
Want to help us support our Community Partners? Check out our Art with a Heart section in our online store. 20% of the sale of items in the shop will go to those organizations.
I LOVE pumpkin! 🎃 I'm a sucker for "Pumpkin Everything Season", when everybody is making pumpkin flavored and pumpkin scented. Pumpkin Lattes, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin lotions, pumpkin candles, pumpkin everything! Pumpkin is one of my favorite vegetables. Its amazingly versatile (hence why its used in almost everything 😉).
I met Sufia, owner of Silly Chilly Hot Sauce, in early October 2017. After tasting all three flavors I was inspired with the possibilities of recipes. People in general are often intimidated by Hot Sauce, afraid of the burn and potential hurt. While that fear is not unreasonable, they don't know what they are missing out on.
So to help make Silly Chilly Hot Sauce feel more accessible, I wanted to share the recipes I used the Hot Sauce in. The following recipe is one of my favorite recipes for Fall, Pumpkin Stew with Apples and Chorizo. I loved the smoothness of the pumpkin balanced with the sweetness of the apples and spiciness of the sausage. I knew the Smoky flavor of the Serrano & Chipotle Hot Sauce would give it an extra kick.
Meat of 2 medium sized pumpkins *
2 Gala Apples, cored and diced
2 Spanish Onions, diced
1 TBSP Butter
1 7 oz package of Chorizo Sausage
Pumpkin Pie Spice to taste
1 or 2 TBSP of Silly Chilly Serrano & Chipotle Hot Sauce
1 32 oz box of low sodium Vegetable Broth *
Salt & Pepper to taste
Shredded Parmigiano Reggiano or Shredded Cheddar
* Substitutions & Variations:
If you don't have fresh pumpkins to roast, use two 15 oz cans of Pumpkin.
You can use Beef or Chicken Broth as well
Serves 4 to 6 people.
Want to try this recipe yourself? Order Silly Chilly Hot Sauce here and we'll send you a recipe card with your order!
On July 23rd 2016, The Eclectic Chic Boutique and the Sutton family worked together to raise money for Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) Ella Bandes Alumi Scholorship. The event was called Backyard FunFest, and included a fundraising yard sale and craft show, refreshments, and an outdoor concert and comedy show.
About the The Ella Bandes Alumni Scholarship
Ella Bandes, who passed away in 2013, was a founding member of Sharron Miller’s Performance Workshop Ensemble. This scholarship fund commemorates her legacy by aiding dancers in their training.
The money raised at this event was used to help fund this scholarship program, which will help students attend dance camps, provide new equipment and training, and enrich the lives of these kids.
For more information or to learn how to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Ella Bandes Alumni Scholorship, contact email@example.com
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Written by Wiley Faselt
Having practiced yoga, meditation, and many different relaxation techniques, one of the best new methods I've tried is the “bath bomb.”
This relaxing new product is crafted by Geni Finlay, owner and founder of Rustic Soap. Each bath bomb is handmade and crafted in small batches. She formulates her recipes using high quality vegetable butters, essential oils, epsom salt, avocado oil, goat’s milk, fragrance, and mica. All of Geni’s products are made with loving care and are locally sourced.
If you wish, before you get in, try some deep breathing rituals. It will help you relax and moisturize your nasal passages.
When the foaming bath bomb is completely dissolved, enter the tub slowly, stay for as long as you can and enjoy!
If you’ve read this far, here's an extra tip. Try staying in the tub as it drains and imagine all your tension, stress, and worries of the day draining with the healing warm water.(Do not operate heavy machinery after use 😉)
This luxurious new item is now exclusively available from The Eclectic Chic Boutique, and you'll be able to find bath bombs in our online store or in our brick-and-mortar Pop Up Store at 4 Midland Ave in Montclair. See our hours here. Priced at $5.50 each or our is best deal 3 for $12.00 - this makes our bath bombs an affordable and thoughtful gift for yourself and others.
Kristen Zachares, owner and founder of The Eclectic Chic Boutique, will be celebrating her Grand Opening on April 15th at 4 Midland Ave in Montclair Center. The Eclectic Chic Boutique is a unique “artisan lifestyle shop”, carrying crafts created by skilled artists from all over the tri-state area. The shop is a collective of over 19 artists, each creating high quality, one of a kind, handmade crafts. Some of their most popular items include Bath Bombs by Rustic Soap, Sauces and Jams by SLUG Co, and handmade Jewelry by Mr.PipeDream.
The Eclectic Chic Boutique is popping up inside of Studio PURE and The Natural Store, owned by Ahava Felicidad. Ahava is a holistic practitioner who specializes in natural hair and organic living, and is the owner of the brand Ahava Felicidad Hair and Body and creator of Felicidad Hair Sugar. Kristen and Ahava first met in 2016, and since then, the alliance blossomed into a powerhouse partnership.
Over the last few years, The Eclectic Chic Boutique has grown from being an online-only shop, to touring craft shows and vendor events, and finally having a brick-and-mortar location in the community. Now her loyal customers who would normally only be able to purchase these products from craft shows and vendor events, can shop for them in person at this location in the hottest shopping district in Montclair. The shop is also child and pet friendly, creating an inclusive shopping environment.
The Pop Up Shop is open to the public two to three times a month, and the loyal client base of Ahava Felicidad Hair and Body can also shop during their consultations. This alliance has helped Ahava to show more support for the creative community that she embraces.
For Kristen, the physical location has increased sales potential for her and her various artists. “For the last couple of years, our sales opportunities have been limited to seasonal events, generally lasting from May through December. Since opening the Pop Up in February, we've not only had an increase in sales, but also gained more visibility and have a greater sense of stability.”
Join us from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday April 15th, at The Eclectic Chic Boutique for our Grand Opening Celebration. We'll have free hot and cold beverages and treats for the kids. The first 20 customers will receive a free goody bag of product samples and coupons. There will also be a raffle for larger prizes, such a limited release book by author Kristina Garlick and samples of Felicidad Hair Sugar.
Sign up for The Eclectic Chic Boutique e-newsletter to stay up to date on the new Pop Up store schedule, special savings offers, and new products in the shop – www.TheEclecticChicBoutique.com or call 862-221-0644.
In a previous post, I opened up to you that it was my dream was to have a real Brick and Mortar boutique. That dream came true sooner than I had imagined. On February 11th, 2017 The Eclectic Chic Boutique had its first Open Studio Store Night at Studio PURE and The Natural Store, located at 4 Midland Ave, Montclair, NJ. We set up our Pop Up Shop, which happened to coincide with a Greeting Card Making Party and Head Wrapping Class that were also booked that night. Studio PURE is mainly only open by appointment for clients, but on Open Studio Store Night, the studio is open to the public and potential customers can walk in and shop without an appointment.
We at The Eclectic Chic Boutique are proud of the help and guidance that Myrtle&Flossie has to offer, and look forward to working with her brand in the years to come.
Back to the night in question; my friend and business colleague Ahava Felicidad, owner of Studio PURE, invited me and Nia to set up shop in her store during Open Studio Store Night. It was not the first time Ahava and I had done an event together in her studio . Only a week before, we coordinated a Valentine’s Day Pop Up event we called Art With a Heart. After witnessing the overwhelmingly positive response and realizing how beneficial it was to both of our businesses - we made the decision to join forces and create a shared store and studio space. Ahava provides hair consultations, natural hair advice, and other client-based services. The products I provide in shop offers a shopping experience for her clients, and allows me to have a brick and mortar presence in the community.
The Eclectic Chic Boutique will be popping up at her store 2 to 3 times a month, hosting a variety of craft and shopping events, plus meet and greets with our Member Artists. If you sign up for our e-newsletter, you will be alerted as to when we are popping up, what our hours will be, and what kind of promotions you can take advantage of.
I can’t express in words how thrilled I am that I was able to connect with such amazing artists through networking, aligning and joining forces - or how honored and humbled I am that they have accepted me as one of their own. Together, we were able to build a strong foundation for a business based on supporting local artisans and promoting a healthy lifestyle. I hope you all stay connected to see where this wild venture will take us.