Find Your Winter Zen
Fans of yoga and holistic practices will want to check out Hinsdale’s latest offering. Former dancer Katya Sidelnik unveiled her Inner Jasmine studio last month, sharing her own philosophies about her mission to challenge students to “mindfully go to their edge.” Located on the third floor of The Alexander Building, Sidelnik offers a humble approach to the practice. A student of yoga for 16 years, she fell in love with it even more after an injury ended her dance career. Her time on the mat started as a journey for physical exercise and evolved into a daily practice that healed her physically and mentally. When she’s not at the studio, Sidelnik can be found teaching, writing, mentoring, and consulting. Inner Jasmine is located at 45 S. Washington Street, Unit 301, in Hinsdale, 773-963-3252, innerjasmine.com.
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 journeys 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.