PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE
If you need a new passport before heading off on your winter travels, you might be happy to learn that the Lake Bluff Public Library is now a designated Passport Acceptance Facility. U.S. citizens can now apply for their U.S. passports at the library by appointment, Monday through Friday. Weekend appointments are available as the staff schedule permits. Library Director Eric Bailey says he looks forward to offering this new service to the community. The Lake Bluff Public Library is located at 123 E. Scranton Avenue in Lake Bluff. For more information or to make an appointment, visit lakeblufflibrary.org/passportappointments.html
When tragedy strikes, it can cause you to question everything. Designer Jennifer Paige Boonlorn was a senior at Arizona State University when she lost both of her parents in a car accident. Moments before the accident, her mother asked, “Where do you want to go?” This question became her mantra which led her to create Soul Carrier—designing iconic handbags for people’s journey while helping to spark conversations about authenticity and what it means to let your soul take the lead. We love her Connection Clutch, great for makeup, accessories, or even as a stand-alone purse for dinner. This and other Soul Carrier bags are available at soulcarrier.com as well as The Four Seasons, Fairmont, Andaz Mountain Shadows, Royal Palms, and Miraval Tucson.
If you adore Christian Dior and his captivating story, you will want to check out Dior and His Decorators, a gorgeous new tome from Vendome Press about the two interior designers most closely associated with him—Victor Grandpierre and Georges Geffroy. Like the unabashedly luxurious fashions of Dior’s New Look, which debuted in 1947, the interior designs of Grandpierre and Geffroy infused a war-weary world with a sumptuous new aesthetic—a melding of the refined traditions of the past with a wholly modern sense of elegance. Author Maureen Footer recounts the lives and work of this influential trio, illustrated with evocative vintage photographs. Grandpierre designed Dior’s first couture house, creating not only the elegantly restrained look of the salons but also the template for the Dior brand, including typeface, logo, and packaging. Both Grandpierre and Geffroy (who worked independently) designed the interior of Dior’s townhouse. Look for this beautiful coffee table book at your favorite local bookstore or at amazon.com.