You’ve heard of the cat cafes that are popping up all over the Chicago area. But on Saturday, June 15, cat lovers will have the opportunity to do yoga with all the adorable (and adoptable) cats and kittens at the Hinsdale Humane Society’s Pet Rescue & Resource Center (PRRC). “We had a very successful Yoga with Dogs event back in January,” said Kathy Hanley, Hinsdale Humane Society’s development manager. “So of course we have to follow that up with a Yoga with Cats event for our cat-loving friends.” Led by Core Power Yoga of Hinsdale, the class (just in time for Adopt a Cat month) is limited to 25 participants. Participants should bring their own mats and water bottles and a suggested $20 donation. Cats and kittens in need of forever homes will be roaming around to bond and help you strike your best pose. Light refreshments will be served. Yoga with Cats will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the PRRC Elinor & Jake Brickman Education Center at 21 Salt Creek Lane in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-323-5630 or visit hinsdalehumanesociety.org.
We all had them, and if you’re a parent, your kids still can’t let go of them. So you might be excited to learn that Classic Kids Photography, a national boutique chain with a location in Hinsdale, is bringing back The Lovie Project—a charitable initiative giving clients the opportunity to create modern display art from images of their child’s beloved stuffed toys. From now through June 15, Classic Kids will again be photographing lovies. Lovie photo shoots are free with the donation of a new lovie and all the new lovies collected will be delivered to the Primo Center for Women and Children in Chicago. “The Lovie Project is one of the best things we’ve done in our 25-year history,” says founder Julie Floyd. “Working with lovies as subjects is really fun. They truly hold a special place in children’s hearts and that love comes through in the photographs. Seeing children choose a lovie of their very own at the local shelters has been incredibly moving for all of us.” In addition to providing comfort items to children in need, a portion of all Lovie Project print and product sales will be contributed to the Primo Center. “This is a great opportunity to create meaningful pieces of artwork that are not only beautiful but also great conversation pieces to help a very worthy cause,” Floyd adds. Classic Kids is located at 28 E. Hinsdale Avenue in Hinsdale. To schedule an appointment or find out more information, visit classickids.com.
If you love the luxury Italian lifestyle brand Acqua di Parma, you may be thrilled to know that it just launched its first home collection. Featuring a new a line of five new fragrances for candles and room diffusers that evoke the sun-drenched Italian landscapes, Rome piazzas, and Mediterranean vistas, it’s the perfect way to inject a sensory dose of Europe in your home. The products are also becoming quick favorites for an elegant, carefully chosen gift. Available at Neiman Marcus, Barney’s New York, or at acquadiparma.com.
If you need a distraction from working on your own home and garden projects this month, dive into a delicious coffee table book about the award-winning restoration of a 15th century English country house in Dorset. The historic property’s owner is the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury (otherwise known as 39-year-old philanthropist Nicholas Ashley-Cooper) and not only did he oversee the overhaul but also penned the book along with Tim Knox, a British art historian and director of the Royal Collection Trust. The Rebirth of an English Country House: St Giles House is filled with beautiful images by London-based photographer Justin Barton and shows the transformation of spaces that honor the past while being suited to 21st century living. Think re-created wallpapers, customized paints, revived furniture from the Georgian and Victorian periods, reworked antique Brussels tapestries, restored plasterwork and textiles. The landscape was also completely overhauled, including its sunken garden, woodlands, avenue of beeches, lake, and shell-encrusted grotto. Gorgeous. Find it at your favorite local bookstore or rizzoli.com.