When developing her makeup line, Holly Mordini knew she was starting with a good foundation—both in product and people. Stroke of Beauty, with its tag line “Makeup for the Art of It,” applies the tools and techniques from Mordini’s background in painting to elevate and enhance makeup application. Launched in 2015 with an optical illusion-like
Growing up in Iowa, Susan Lawson Bouma often spent time at the local library. That’s where the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s collection was then housed, and where she was first exposed to the works of long-time city resident, Grant Wood, the regionalist artist known for his 1930s iconic painting American Gothic (now in the permanent
Nancy Whitmore Smith established her career as a renaissance style painter by experiencing a semi-rebirth of her own. As her children grew and headed away to college, Smith recalls sitting in the living room of her Lake Forest home and thinking about how she was going to move forward. She decided it was time to
Shortly before Mike and Maggie Meiners’ wedding, the soon-to-be bride left for a trip to Europe. A visit to a photography exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London made Maggie, then a middle school teacher, reconsider her path. “I had a physical reaction and realized I needed to listen to that,” says Maggie.
For Manhattan transplant Derek Sherman, Lake Forest life is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of his youth. With the best of downtown Chicago only a train ride away, the commute to his day job as a Chicago creative director, also offered a writing venue for Sherman’s novel, Race Across The Sky. “They
As a design and retail management major, Elizabeth Pattara was sure of one thing coming out of college: “I was never going to wear a basic black suit to work.” Creativity, as it turned out, became more of a staple in her career path than wardrobe. Pattara is the newly named president at Regina Dominican,