Posh Essentials offers monthly Tune Up Thursdays —events with fun collaborations, interesting products, and educational tips on a wide range of topics of interest for the modern woman.  With Valentine’s Day approaching, the topic of the upcoming Tune Up (February 1) is of course, “Love”!  Posh Essentials is known for their intricate lingerie, great beachwear and more.  At this event, women can treat themselves and treat their significant other.  Pamela Hillman, co-owner of Posh Essentials says: “February is a month dedicated to love, whether that be romantic or self-love!”

Come enjoy a fun evening of complimentary champagne, light bites, makeovers and bridal look books.  Featuring Jovanka Novakovic, the Chicago Tribune featured Boudoir Photographer, women can pair Posh’s lingerie that is perfect for them (enjoying a great event discount of course) and feel beautiful creating their own gorgeous portrait.  No matter your personal style, the Posh Essentials team will help you choose something that makes you feel fabulous.  Learn more and make your photography appointment on site to have a portrait in-hand by Valentine’s Day.

Cos Bar will be there to provide expert mini-makeovers, giving women makeup tips while using the top cosmetics brands.  Cos Bar’s make-up artists will help you create your perfect look.

Goodies will provide free samples of their most popular gift baskets, filled with chocolates, candies, and other gourmet delicacies.  If your happy place involves sweets, Goodies will have the treat that makes your heart go pitter-pat.

Simply Luxe Bridal, the newest bridal shop in Highland Park, will showcase a sample wedding dress, jewelry and headpieces along with goodie bags, look books and more for brides-to-be. This is a great opportunity for brides starting to get plans underway.

Lastly, additional fun will be had with Fortune Teller Tina Johns – find out your “love fortune” and know how great your Valentine’s Day will be.

Join Posh Essentials on Thursday, February 1, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at 658 Central Avenue.

For more information, call (847) 945-7674 or visit www.facebook.com/PoshEssentials.


Christine Davis is an artist – trained at the famous Art Institute of Chicago. She is a painter, textiles designer, and is well-versed in antique restoration.  However, a pivotal moment in her life led her from the art world to creative healing.  A devastating bicycle accident, where Christine was hit by a car, required a long, intense healing process.  During that journey, she met someone experienced in reflexology.  Intent on her own recovery, Christine researched reflexology and also studied gong fu, a Chinese martial art.

As she learned more, Christine began to start helping friends, using the techniques that she had researched and learned.  It was here that Christine found her passion.  She studied Chinese medicine theory and went to school for acupuncture.  Continually energized, she pursued a Master’s degree, studying in Beijing China for six months to focus on herbology.  While there, Christine realized how strongly integrated therapies are: herbal medicine and acupuncture are not “alternative” therapies – they are part of the integrated medical approach to the patient.

A Highland Park resident, Christine is now the Director of Acupuncture at Pulling Down the Moon.  PDTM utilizes strong therapy integration to help women with fertility issues, post-partum care, and other women’s issues.  Utilizing this cross-functional approach, women can improve egg quality, eliminate toxins, improve lactation, and support a successful pregnancy.

Christine loves the subtle art and science of acupuncture.  Each person is a unique individual, requiring a customized and intricate approach.  According to Christine, PDTM is women-owned, women-run, and a supportive environment where everyone looks out for each other.  It is the perfect place for Christine to maintain her creative approach to heal others.

Learn more about Pulling Down the Moon HERE.



We have new humans in Highland Park!  Sarah and TK Oates recently became the wife/husband team behind the BAR Method in Port Clinton Square.


As soon as Sarah could walk, she started to dance.  Loving fitness and dance, she dedicated herself to a professional dance career.  In 2001, she took her first BAR Method class in San Francisco.  She fell in love with the workout, and attended classes as her dance schedule allowed.

Following her return to the North Shore (Sarah is a Wilmette native), she met TK in 2006 – her dance rehearsals and his jiu Jitsu training coincidentally shared a water fountain.   Sarah was beyond thrilled when a BAR Method studio opened in Chicago just two years later.  She was able to join the BAR Method this time as a teacher and as a student.

Since that time, Sarah and TK have wanted to own a BAR Method studio.  Other studio deals fell through over the years but Sarah was destined to join us in Highland Park, where many North Shore residents take their health and well-being very seriously.  While TK works for the Chicago Fire Department and assists where he can (checking students in, handling social media, or taking classes), Sarah has loved the transition from teacher to teacher AND business owner.

Sarah said, “This is really a dream job for me!  I own a studio in a community filled with charming, lovely people.  I’m deeply invested in creating a happy, healthy, positive environment – one where our studio feels like a sanctuary – a place where you can get fit, be healthy, and detox your mind.”

According to a recent CNN article, finding movement that you love and is close to home is the secret to better fitness and wellness.  To encourage new visitors to the BAR Method, Sarah is offering the following new member special:

Through January 31st, you can get four weeks of classes for the price of two weeks – that’s only $37.50!

Check out the BAR Method here:  BAR Method


MLK Day recognizes the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday January 15th and honors his memory with a national day of service.  In fact, it is the only federal holiday with that designation.

Highland Park has created a community-wide day of service for residents and their families to benefit various local organizations that provide items and services to people in need.  Hosted again at the Recreation Center of Highland Park from 10 AM – 2 PM, not only does it provide multiple “teachable moments” for children and family fun, but it also helps parents avoid the dreaded “I’m booooooored!”.

In addition, the Moraine Township Food Pantry is hosting a “Stocking the Food Pantry Made Easy!” event on January 15th.  Easier than a restaurant drive-through (nobody there to get your order wrong!), you can drive up to the doors of the Recreation Center from 10 AM – 1 PM, and volunteers will collect your donations from your car!  Drive Thru Donations – the only way it would be easier is if they sent an UBER driver . . .

Joking aside, in our affluent community, people are sometimes surprised to learn that 8.  Some of our Seniors need help with food in order to make it to their next social security check.  You may have seen the recent comments of several Highland park residents after a heart-breaking post on our Facebook page on December 7th – it is a real need in our community and it is easy to help.

If you would like to help as a driver, transporting food between the Recreation Center and the Food Pantry, please email [email protected] if you can help!

Want to contribute, but not sure what to bring?  Food May NOT be expired, nor in a glass jar.  The most needed items are:

  • Olive oil
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned tomatoes , whole or diced
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned chicken
  • Hamburger Helper or Sloppy Joe mix
  • Crackers – all kinds
  • Soup – all kinds
  • Cereal – all kinds
  • Oatmeal
  • Pinto beans, 1 lb bags
  • Applesauce
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate
  • Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise
  • Jelly, jam
  • Soap, shampoo
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning supplies