Christina Isbell Andersen of Barrington is a partner at the Orange Media Group advertising agency and the mother of two preschool-aged daughters. She is involved with the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Wilderness Society, and Women for Women International. Here she shares what she loves most about town and country …
Mantra? I am fulfilled.
Best grooming tip? Buy a good undereye concealer.
Guilty pleasure? Modern art, chugging wine, pretending I’m an actress, antiquing
Favorite foods? Korean
Music you love? Yo La Tengo, Gramatik, Charles Mingus
Best advice ever given to you? Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know. And listen to your mother.
Best advice you’ve given? Don’t sugarcoat or equivocate—tell it like it is. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t try to fit in. Be silly.
Earliest memory? Camping with my parents.
When you wake up, you …? Pretend I can’t hear my girls yelling at me from their bedroom.
Before bed, you …? Remove the handcuffs.
What’s on your bookshelf? Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
You can’t live without? Good books and small adventures
Love to escape to? The mountains in Montana
Advice you would give to your younger self? My younger self would not have listened, but I would still tell her to spend the precious years of your young adulthood feeding your mind and spending time on yourself! Lose the boyfriends. Travel like crazy. And don’t get the tattoo.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Comfy eclectic vintage colorful mix match
Can’t leave the house without? Forgetting something.
Transportation? An SUV with lots of crumbs on the floor
Driving music? Discover Weekly list on Spotify
Place to eat? Ambrosia in the morning, Farmhouse on North in the evening
Shop? Winterberry off Pepper—this shop always sparks my creativity
Best thing about country? The night sky, feeling more connected to nature.
Worst thing about country? The lack of diversity.
The perfect day is …? Sleeping in, spending the day in my vegetable garden while my girls collect eggs, listening to music, and drinking cocktails with family and friends on the back patio.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Always includes something vintage. No matter how many designer pieces I’ve collected, my favorite finds are almost always things I’ve found at vintage shops. Why buy the same ridiculous handbag that everyone else has?
Can’t leave the house without? A good playlist
Driving music? Fela Kuti and old school hip hop
Place to eat? Lula. Still as good as it was 12 years ago when my husband and I had our first date here.
Shop? Carrie Secrist Gallery for Modern Art and Architectural Artifacts for antiques and fine architectural remnants
Best thing about town? Discovering new neighborhoods by foot
Worst thing about town? Michigan Avenue
The perfect day is …? Pie on the patio at Bang Bang Pie, cocktails, live jazz, and dancing until morning at The Green Mill