WALKER REDIEHS is a fashionista at heart, having spent time with high end luxury consignment retailers like TheRealReal.com and Apparel Center. After growing up in Mississippi, the East Coast, and Cincinnati, Rediehs made Hinsdale her home in 2014 with husband, Jamie. The mom of three—Miles (8), Embry (6), and Mack (3) (and one much beloved Darvi Dog)—describes Hinsdale as the perfect place to raise her family, “We have neighbors who act like family, and I can’t imagine doing life without them. They are my village and my inspiration for Bomb Moms.” Rediehs’ new business, Bomb Moms, which she started as the pandemic hit, recognizes the extraordinary and often mundane things that moms do every day but rarely are recognized for, and it recently expanded to 13 towns in the Chicago area. When she isn’t awarding moms with The Bomb Mom Award, Rediehs serves on the Hinsdale Historical Society Board, and participates in philanthropic efforts for the Hinsdale Humane Society. She says, “My heart is passionate about moms, animals, and old houses. I’m not sure how they go together, but I find ways to give back to the causes as often as I can.” She shares more of her favorites in the country and on the town with us:
Mantra? “It’s all good.” I give my dad, Duke, all the credit for hammering that mantra in my head, whether I want to hear it or not. Best grooming tip? Get your hair blown out as often as you can! It is amazing what those 30 minutes can do for the soul. Guilty pleasure? Chardonnay and going out to eat. Favorite foods? Lou Malnatis Pizza and my favorite southern soul foods. Music you love? Anything country and classic rock. Best advice ever given to you? You are more likely to get disappointed when you expect. Best advice you’ve given? Life’s good, but it’s not fair. Earliest memory? Flying alone from Washington, D.C. to Mississippi around 6 years old to see my grandparents. When you wake up, you? Hit snooze at least three times. Before bed, you? Watch an episode of Dateline or Bravo reality TV, depending on my mood. What’s on your bookshelf? House Beautiful magazine and Parents magazine. I can never find the time to get wrapped up in a book. You can’t live without? Husband, kids, and dog. Love to escape to? Wisconsin—the further north, the better. Advice you would give to your younger self? Drink more water and care less about what others think.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? The mom uniform—athleisure wear. Can’t leave the house without? My phone and Darvi Dog. Transportation? My three-row SUV. Driving music? Country. Place to eat? Cafe La Fortuna for breakfast (coffee), Fontano’s Subs—their salad tastes like their sandwiches without the bread, Fuller House for dinner. Shop? All of the local boutiques. Small boutiques were my business and supporting small is my jam. I love Alixandra Blue and Collections, Vintage Charm, Meredith Jaye, Kelsey Resale, and Yankee Peddler, but when I can’t make it into a store, I can do some damage on Ssense.com and therealreal.com. Best thing about country? Everyone knows each other, and everyone knows someone who can help you with whatever you need. Worst thing about country? Everyone knows each other—there are certainly some days when I don’t quite look my best and undoubtedly, I run into 10 people I know. The perfect day is? Coffee at Café La Fortuna, shopping at The Courtyard in Hinsdale and Jackson Square Antique Mall in La Grange, lunch at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Oak Brook, an afternoon nap, capping off the day with dinner on the patio at Posto 31.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Jeans, a t-shirt and an oversized blazer, sneakers, and a hat—always a fun, stylish hat. Can’t leave the house without? My phone for the Ventra app. Transportation? Metra and walking—I really embrace my name. Driving music? True crime podcast. Place to eat? Dublin’s Bar & Grill in the Gold Coast for casual or Le Colonial if I want to take it up a notch. I spent 10 years living in the Gold Coast and I really miss my old haunts. Shop? Art Effect in Lincoln Park and Bloomingdale’s. Best thing about town? The city itself. I feel I often take it for granted that we live in one of the best cities in the country. Worst thing about town? Bad Uber drivers. The perfect day is? A quick Metra ride into the city, a walk to State Street in the loop for a little shopping, lunch at Atwood on State Street, and a matinee Broadway show.