Just in time for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, HGTV design guru and Chicagoland resident Monica Pedersen releases her new book on May 8, Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home (Agate Midway). Pedersen, a seasoned hostess and self-admitted non-cook, shows us how to create beautiful, innovative parties without ever having to pull out a pot or pan. The secret is all in the styling, says Pedersen, who approaches parties just as she would a design job, offering ideas for flowers, colors, fabrics, and décor that will make any party memorable—from an Eco-friendly graduation party to the perfect Tea for Two for mom and you. $35, available at amazon.com. –EDS
If you’ve tried coconut water and found it hard to swallow, you haven’t had Coco5,
coco5water.com. Touted for its strong isotonic, hypoallergenic, and all-natural health benefits, this one is delicious, low in calories, and perfect for post-workout. Kids love it, too, and it’s so much healthier than sugary sports drinks. In five fabulous flavors including pineapple and cherry crush. The best news is that Demi-Bar Pilates, demibarpilates.com, is the only place in the area you can find it, 18 West First Street in Hinsdale, 630-533-0075. ($3) –EDS
“It isn’t just a race, it’s our way of life.” Run Like a Mother (RLAM) is a 5K women-only race created by women and inspired by women, and will kick off in downtown Hinsdale at South Washington Street and West Second Street on May 13, Mother’s Day, at 8:30 a.m. The mission of Run Like a Mother is to fuel a woman’s journey toward health and wellness and empower her with education and training programs. It’s one day a year when children and husbands can stand on the sidelines and cheer on their mothers and wives–a true celebration of the strength of a woman. Heatlth and fitness expert Andrea Metcalf will be the announcer for the race. Visit runlikeamotherrace.com for race and registration information. –EDS
In an inspiration rut? Erin Gates is here to help. Since 2007 Erin’s blog, Elements of Style, has been an online mecca of design ideas and fashion finds. As an interior designer and fashion stylist, Erin is a pro at spotting the trends, whether it’s incorporating neon hues into your house, wardrobe, or in some cases both. What keeps us coming back for more is Erin’s lightheartedness and humor that accompanies each and every post.
Her photos are always amazing, but sometimes the captions are the best part. Last September, Erin wrote a very enjoyable entry about the time she franticly shopped for a new outfit to wear to the Tory Burch fashion show. After dropping a few hundred dollars on a new, designer outfit, she ended up wearing a bunch of clothes she already owned. We think it’s safe to assume that we’ve all “been there, done that.” Erin’s eclectic mixture of design and fashion has made for a cult following. In fact, The Washington Post, recently awarded her “little blog that could” one of the “Top Ten Design Blogs” which is no small feat. But the best part about Elements of Style has to be the fact that Erin can actually be hired as a designer! Visit elementsofstyleblog.com for inspiration and fashion finds. –KM