Kathryn Frankel and her husband, Ted, moved from Chicago to California where they had their twins, James and Rachel, and then came back to settle in Hinsdale. Frankel had worked in online marketing before the birth of her children but took a break to be a mom, volunteering at their preschool and joining the Hinsdale Junior Women’s Club. When her children started school, she created a home fragrance business—HOUSE OF WIX—which has grown so much that she’s current seeking studio space. Frankel’s products are available for sale in several boutiques, online, at local events. Here are some of this entrepreneur’s favorites from around country and town.
Mantra? You get what you give.
Best grooming tip? I’m diligent about applying sunscreen and full-body exfoliation. I’ve been doing both daily since my late teens and these habits have paid off.
Guilty pleasure? Nancy Meyers movies, the goop podcast, a dirty Tito’s martini, and white linens
Favorite foods? Like anyone, I feel best when I’m eating clean and more plant-based but it’s hard for me to say no to savory foods like chips and guacamole, pastas, and casseroles.
Music you love? Depends on my mood. For relaxing, I like Kacey Musgraves, John Mayer, and James Taylor. When I have more energy, I like Drake, Maroon 5, and anything that feels old school.
Best advice ever given to you? In the end, all we have is family. Hold close to the ones you love.
Best advice you’ve given? Never blame other people for your circumstances. Your life is a result of your decisions, attitude, and the actions you do or do not take. In other words, take ownership.
Earliest memory? Living on the Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Ill. My father served in the military and he was stationed there.
When you wake up, you? Enjoy the quiet, silently thank God for my blessings—family, friends, health, and home and think about what needs to be accomplished that day.
Before bed, you? I start to unwind long before I fall asleep. I usually light a candle, wash my face, brush my teeth, and sit in bed watching Bravo or Netflix while cruising Instagram.
What’s on your bookshelf? Right now, I’m finishing up The Nightingale. I’ve heard good things about Lilac Girls, so that’s probably next. And I’m always perusing interior design books and some type of entrepreneurial book.
You can’t live without? White linens, light dimmers, candles, good skincare products, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, family, friends and faith.
Love to escape to? Aspen, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and just about anywhere in California.
Advice you would give to your younger self? Participate in life! Try new things, take risks, get comfortable with failing, and try again.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Jeans and a T-shirt. I generally lean toward neutrals, clean lines, classics, and investment pieces. No matter what, comfort comes first.
Can’t leave the house without? Phone, reading glasses, sunglasses, and lip balm
Transportation? My mom-mobile, and Acura MDX
Driving Music? If my kids are in the car, they control the music so we’re constantly switching between stations trying to find the best Top 40 song. If I’m alone, I prefer my Ipod playlists, a podcast, or complete silence.
Place to eat? When it’s the whole family, we hit up Harry & Eddie’s or Fuller House. For date nights, we like IL Poggiolo, Nabuki, Capri, and Gibson’s.
Shop? I love Shopbop for fashion and Amazon for everything else. When it comes to brick and mortar, my go-to is Nordstrom at Oakbrook Center. Locally, I like Vintage Charm for hostess gifts and fun tops and Sweet William for designer pieces.
Best thing about country? Parking and feeling like part of a community
Worst thing about country? Having no options for quick-service healthy, organic food
The perfect Day is? Having no agenda … I enjoy hanging out with my family in our back yard or doing an activity together, like going to the driving range or a bike ride.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Skinny jeans, booties, cute top, blazer, and usually a little more jewelry and makeup than I normally wear
Can’t leave the house without? A wrap or something that will keep me warm … I’m always freezing in the city. If we’re driving, I’ll bring my Ugg slippers so I can wear them on the way home.
Transportation? My husband’s car
Driving music? Usually Top 40 or modern country, like Sam Hunt
Place to eat? When I’m feeling nostalgic about our old city life, I love Pequod’s, North Pond, Gibsons, Original House of Pancakes, and Sweet Mandy B’s. As of late, I’m enjoying Maple & Ash, Mercadito, RL, Summer House, and Beatrix.
Shop? Barneys for interesting designers, cosmetics, and fragrance lines and Water Tower for everything else.
Best thing about town? People watching, diversity, fashion, food, and energy
Worst thing about town? Traffic and parking
The perfect day is? Waking up at the Waldorf Astoria and heading to Beatrix for brunch … followed by a Cubs game or shopping in Lincoln Park. If it’s just the two of us, we would end the day with dinner and if I have energy to spare, a glass of wine at the top of the John Hancock for the incredible view.