Tina Parthenis Verros and her husband, Peter Verros, relocated to our area from Inverness last summer and are awaiting the completion of their new construction home in southeast Hinsdale. She says that growing up in a Greek family taught her how to “live boldly and with passion.” She passes that on to her own son and daughter with a focus on clean living and enjoying family meals together every day.
“I was raised in a family where business was often the dinner discussion topic and we all ended up majoring in some aspect of business as well as working in the family business,” explains Verros, who is a shareholder and board member of her family’s Grecian Delight Foods manufacturer.
Recently she’s been spending her time getting to know Hinsdale by volunteering at Vine Academy, where her children attend school, and overseeing the completion of the family’s new home. Here are a few of this busy mom’s favorites around country and town.
Mantra? Nourish your body and soul daily.
Best grooming tip? Avoid toxic beauty products. I use activated charcoal for whitening teeth instead of whiteners with harsh chemicals. Also, Castor oil is great for eyelash growth and strength.
Guilty pleasure? I have so many! I can’t get enough of the Laduree pistachio and rose flavored macaroons. Also, Little Secrets sea salted peanuts covered in dark chocolate and Justins dark chocolate peanut butter cups are heavenly. Oh and I can’t forget—gluten free Dutch baby pancakes for breakfast.
Favorite foods? Authentic Greek cooking, of course
Music you love? Anything that gives me energy and makes me want to get up and dance
Best advice ever given to you? My father would always tell me, surround yourself with people you can learn from.
Best advice you’ve given? Be your strongest advocate for you and your family’s health. Keep challenging yourself until you achieve the results you want (while being kind to yourself in the process).
Earliest memory? I remember spending our summers in Greece and the smell of the ocean. We would stay at the beach all day long and picnic under the umbrella. My brother and sister and I would play in the waves fearlessly.
When you wake up, you? Stretch and hold plank position for as long as I can
Before bed, you? Moisturize, read the news, then put my sleep mask on
What’s on your bookshelf? A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, The Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra, 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer and Diana Chapman and Kaley Warner Klemp, and The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D.
You can’t live without? Down time with my husband and kids, my Vitamix and juicer, Matcha green tea, and digestive enzymes for the moments when I indulge
Love to escape to? Florida and California for a quick getaway or Miraval Spa with my girlfriends; locally, Kohler spa in Burr Ridge
Advice you would give to your younger self? Discover who you are and be true to yourself. Find your passion early. Be mindful. Don’t worry so much.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Comfortable and casual; athletic wear or jeans and a sweater.
Can’t leave the house without? Matcha green tea and my cell phone
Transportation? Tesla Model X; no more oil changes and gas stations
Driving music? Slacker Radio-Todays hits, or when I’m alone, spa music
Place to eat? Prasino, Vistro, Guilianos for Gluten free pizza, Nabuki
Shop? My sister Kate, Shop10, Sweet William
Best thing about country? Being able to walk everywhere, the sense of community and the wonderful people
Worst thing about country? Lack of healthy and organic restaurant choices or juice bars
The perfect day is? Walking to town on a beautiful day or having friends and family over for dinner
WHEN IN THE CITY/TOWN
Your style is? I love elegant and classic pieces that are timeless, yet feminine; Nothing too trendy.
Can’t leave the house without? Protein-rich snacks such as GoMacro bars and mixed raw nuts along with my glass water bottle
Transportation? Walking or Uber
Driving music? I’m usually catching up on calls on my way into the city.
Place to eat? True Food Kitchen, Lyfe Kitchen, and RPM Italian for their amazing gluten free pasta
Shop? Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Intermix, and Maje
Best thing about town? The amazing restaurant scene and energy
Worst thing about town? Parking and crowds
The perfect day is? I start the day with a family breakfast, then head off to a mini-getaway at the Waldorf Astoria with my husband, Peter. We enjoy the spa for a few hours and then meet friends for dinner. A nice relaxing brunch the following morning is the cherry on top. Delicious healthy food is a common theme in our pursuit for the perfect day!