Growing up in a small town in Nebraska, Tiffany Stojka always knew she wanted to move to the big city. Living there almost 20 years, and dating her now-husband for 7 years before getting married, she was living her “best life.” “Becoming a wife and starting a family at the age of 40 was quite an adjustment.” She now has two young sons—Ace, 4, Duke, 3. Together with her husband, they decided Hinsdale would be the best place to raise their children. For the last three years, Stojka has been involved in the Hinsdale Juniors Woman’s Club. She also helps at her boys’ preschool, teaches Sunday school classes, and tries to give back at every opportunity. She says that staying home with her family and being able to help the community is what makes her most happy.
Mantra? Be kind to everyone you meet. You never know what they could be going through.
Best grooming tip? Always have a good manicure, and always wash your face. Good eyebrows and a little bronzer can go a long way too.
Guilty pleasure? Naps … and a good glass of wine.
Favorite foods? Lately it’s been pizza … chips, popcorn … anything salty! I’m not into sweets.
Music you love? I love all types of music … from rock to hip hop. Anything I can dance to or sing along with.
Best advice ever given to you? Keep it simple. Once I heard that from an old client of mine, I’ve totally de-cluttered my life. It just makes sense.
Best advice you’ve given? Kill them with kindness. It always deflates a bad situation, and always makes you rise above to be a better person.
Earliest memory? Crisp Fall mornings with the windows open, a pot of chili on the stove and cinnamon rolls in the oven … getting ready to watch a Nebraska football game as a kid.
When you wake up, you? Get coffee immediately and then snuggle with my boys in bed
Before bed, you? Always wash my face, grab my essential oils, and scroll through my phone … probably longer than I should.
What’s on your bookshelf? Lately I haven’t read much; I fall asleep. But I love pictures of my two sons on my shelves.
You can’t live without? Sunshine! These winters can get really long. And of course, my family.
Love to escape to? Florida beaches. Nothing’s better than watching your kids play in the sand, and a good sunset.
Advice you would give to your younger self? Don’t sweat the small stuff … eat healthier … and for God’s sake, just wear the sunscreen!!
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Casual and comfortable; yoga pants and skinny jeans, Converse, Adidas or driving mocs. I call it my Mommy wear. And of course, at night, cute jeans, heels, and a blazer.
Can’t leave the house without? Lip balm, a good nude/pink matte lipstick, bronzer, sunglasses, and phone.
Transportation? Porsche Cayenne. It’s an older model, but I love the power. Or walking with my dog and double stroller.
Driving music? I love the radio station 104.3 FM. The old hip-hop jams just take me back to my younger days, but now I need to censor it with my preschoolers.
Place to eat? With kids, I love Sticks & Stones or a pizza from Altamura. And soup and salads from the Fruit Store are always great too. Devanti, Harry & Eddie’s and Capri are fun for a night out. And you can’t beat Fuller House for about anything.
Shop? I love wandering around Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, West Elm, or Design Bar. When I don’t have my kids, it’s my therapy.
Best thing about country? So many great activities for the kids, the beautiful neighborhoods, and parks … and definitely the people.
Worst thing about country? It’s hard to think of something. Maybe the lack of restaurants and nightlife, or the fact that everything closes so early.
The perfect day is? Nowhere to go, lounging around with my coffee and family after a big breakfast. All of us taking the dog for a walk at Katherine Legge … then watching a movie or game together with some take-out.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Skinny jeans, boots or sneakers, and a warm coat. At night, definitely a dress and heels.
Can’t leave the house without? Lipstick, a cross-body bag, and sunglasses.
Transportation? I try to walk everywhere, but taxi and Uber when I can’t.
Driving music? Whatever good tunes I can find on the radio to sing along to.
Place to eat? Of course there’s always the new hot spots, but I love to hit my old favorites like Volare or Carmine’s or even just grab something from Cafe L’appatito or Eataly. After a long cold day walking in the city, all I need is some good wine, comfort food, and a cozy fire.
Shop? I always hit Oak Street after living and working there almost 20 years to shop and visit friends … also Intermix, Bloomingdales, and Water Tower with the kids.
Best thing about town? Seeing everything again through the eyes of my boys. There is always something going on. The Lights Festival on Michigan Avenue or the holiday windows can’t be beat this time of year.
Worst thing about town? Getting there … I hate the traffic, and paying for parking.
The perfect day is? Filling our bellies with a big breakfast from Tempo or The Pancake House, walking all day, and just seeing the sights. There really is no city like it.