Walking The Dog
An image snapped by a local photographer Megan Drane has been selected to be part of Team USA—competing April 8 at the 2019 World Photographic Cup in Drammen, Norway. Thirty-two countries are participating in the highly anticipated international event, co-founded by Professional Photographers of America. Drane’s image, “The Dog Walker,” was selected to be part of Team USA by a national association composed of professional photographers. The team was officially announced at the Imaging USA 2019 convention and trade show’s awards night on January 21 in Atlanta, Georgia. “It’s a great honor to win a spot on Team USA,” says Drane, a Naperville resident and owner of Firefly Nights Photography in the Western Suburbs. “I never imagined I would be part of such an elite group. I push myself to be a better photographer each year, to be recognized. Being given the chance to represent my country is just icing on the cake.” For more information on the World Photographic Cup, and to view the finalist images from around the world, visit worldphotographiccup.org. For more information about Firefly Nights Photography, visit fireflynightsphotography.com.
Horse And Hound
The latest must-have coffee table book for equestrian enthusiasts very aptly has a forward by none other than Lord Patrick Beresford—a former soldier, equestrian, and the younger son of the seventh Marquess of Waterford. Combining high elegance with all the signature elements of an equestrian-centered culture, Equestrian Life: From Riding Houses to Country Estates is a beautiful tome by Lavinia Branca Snyder that celebrates upscale country living in England, Scotland, and Ireland. From tack, trophy, and portrait rooms to coach houses, stables, and wood-paneled libraries, Mark Roskams’ beautiful photography offers a glimpse into the best of the British Isles’ diverse horse-country homes. Centuries-old residences belonging to the owners of polo ponies, magnificent thoroughbreds, hunt horses, and carriage teams are included in this lavishly illustrated collection. This is certain to delight anyone who loves horses and grand country estate living. Purchase at your favorite local bookstore, amazon.com, or at rizzoliusa.com.
Silver Screen Sensations
The “Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and 1940s” exhibit opens at the Chicago History Museum April 8 and runs through next January. The Chicago History Museum presents 30 ensembles that explore how the silver screen’s glamour influenced and shaped American fashion during an era that was bookended by two major crises: the financial crash of 1929 and the devastation of World War II. From home-dressmaking to haute couture, Hollywood’s reach projected an illusion of stability as the nation grappled with its reinvention. For more information, visit chicagohistory.org.
Got 15 minutes to spare? With spring in full swing, you might want to stop by Skin Laundry in Nordstrom at Oakbrook Center for its revolutionary Laser + Light facial. The 15-minute process produces clearer, brighter, and tighter skin by targeting inflammation and bacteria from the pores. Just what we need after a long, harsh winter. Known as the “Drybar of Facials,” Skin Laundry is a pioneering skincare company debuting its Beauty Haven program—a self-care destination that offers innovative beauty services and products. The only other Nordstrom in the country currently offering these beauty services is The Grove in Beverly Hills. Other treatments available at Skin Laundry include the Carbon Peel Facial, combining the Light + Laser facial with a carbon lotion to provide a deep clean and gentle peel; and the Ultra Fractional Facial, which targets fine lines and wrinkles for younger-looking skin. For more information, call 630-571-2121, Ext. 2405, or visit skinlaundry.com.