Katelyn Geoffrion was born and raised in Hinsdale, and also got married here. She just moved back with her husband, Blake, and their 2-year-old daughter, Blake Madison, after almost a decade in the city. Shortly after Blake was born, she left her corporate job as a lawyer to work from home. Now, she runs a lifestyle brand, But First Koffee (@katelyngeoffrion), and does legal consulting. She is excited to be back in her hometown and to get to raise her family here.
Mantra? Calm is contagious.
Best grooming tip? Drink lots of water and get a full night’s sleep.
Guilty pleasure? Basically, anything salty.
Favorite foods? Sushi and salads.
Music you love? A little of everything. Lately, my daughter is into Whitney Houston, Elton John, and Kygo so that’s what we are listening to.
Best advice ever given to you? Choose to see the good in people.
Best advice you’ve given? Practice empathy often.
Earliest memory? My sister being born. She was born on Christmas Eve. I remember holding her when my parents brought her home.
When you wake up, you? Drink a big glass of water then a cup of coffee on the couch. As soon as my daughter gets up, we read books.
Before bed, you? Leave my phone in the kitchen for the night, apply my skin care routine, and take my vitamins. As soon as we get in bed I tell my husband the 9,000 funny or cute things my daughter did that day. Then I grab my book.
What’s on your bookshelf? Currently Becoming Michelle Obama, In Cold Blood, and all the toddler parenting books.
You can’t live without? My family, my friends, vacations, and coffee.
Love to escape to? My family’s cottage in the upper peninsula of Michigan.
Advice you would give to your younger self? Travel more.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Yoga pants, a top knot, and lipstick.
Can’t leave the house without? My coffee.
Transportation? Volvo. When we moved to the suburbs, we went all in.
Driving music? Currently, the Leap soundtrack.
Place to eat? Nabuki or Il Poggiolo, we had our rehearsal dinner there.
Shop? Neiman Marcus and Oakbrook Center.
Best thing about country? Endless children’s activities, being close to my parents and the schools.
Worst thing about country? Less restaurant options, no SoulCycle and you have to drive everywhere.
The perfect day is? A cup of coffee with my husband before my daughter wakes up. Morning books and snuggle as a family. Lunch in town. Workout then a massage while my daughter naps. Then a home cooked meal and night in with my little family.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Pumps, distressed denim, and a t-shirt.
Can’t leave the house without? Lipstick.
Transportation? Walk! Or Uber if we are going far.
Driving music? Leon Bridges.
Place to eat? Bavette’s, Sushi Dokku, and Sweetgreen.
Shop? Vintage and antique shops.
Best thing about town? The energy, restaurants, and diversity.
Worst thing about town? Traffic.
The perfect day is? Morning SoulCycle, brunch with my family at 3 Greens Cafe, (which was our favorite when we lived in the city), pool day at East Bank Club with my daughter, then wine and good food with my husband and friends.