THIS IS KATE. SHE IS THE SENIOR DESIGN MANAGER HERE AT WHITNEY. WE WANTED TO KNOW A LITTLE MORE ABOUT WHAT SHE LOVES, WHAT GETS HER INSPIRED, WHAT KEEPS HER GOING. HERE IS A LIST OF FIVE THINGS KATE SIMPLY COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT.
My favorite accessory
I don’t pack for a vacation or trip without a scarf and I almost always come back with a new one. I have two full drawers of scarves and they all range from handmade knit scarves to scarves I’ve picked up in various cities around the world on my travels. I love the patterns and the bright colors. Each one holds a memory and I can remember back to where and when I found them or who made them for me. One of my favorite scarves was found on a trip with a girlfriend to Spain in Gaudi’s Parc Guell in Barcelona from a street vendor. It only cost 5 euros and it goes with everything.
There’s something about Thanksgiving that is just the best to me. It’s the most relaxing holiday by far and it revolves around three things I love: family, food, and football- and napping. (okay so that’s four things). It’s the tradition that I love and I love to spend the day before helping my mom prep food for the following day. Every year we have the same exact dishes on the menu and every year my mom and cousin try to suggest changing the menu. It gets unanimously shot down by everyone but cute they try every year. When all of the cousins were younger, we used to participate in a friendly game of football but now that we are all older and wiser, we realized that if we stay inside we can sit on the couch, watch OTHER people play football and drink wine & beer.
Ever since I can remember, we’ve spent spring breaks and summers in South Carolina at the beach. I was terrified of the ocean as a kid and finally my dad threw me in one year and then couldn’t get me out. I love the peace and tranquility the water brings to me. Each time I walk onto the beach, sit my chair down and sink into the sand I let out a sigh of relief. It’s incredibly therapeutic and refreshing. The sun on my face, the smell of sunscreen and salt water, and the waves crashing all imprint happy memories for me. When our family has spent time here together, there’s a very distinct routine – sleep in, day full of beach time, cocktails, dinner, sleep, repeat. And I love every minute of it.
My Le Creuset dutch oven & my cookbooks
Seriously people make fun of me but I refer to Ina Garten and Giada like I know them personally. Any of the Barefoot Contessa and Giada cookbooks are my go to for recipes of guaranteed delicious food and fairly easy to make. I think I use my dutch oven to make those dishes at least 2 or 3 times a week. I like opening an actual book and this is the same reason why I can’t get behind using a Kindle. Of course I like anyone can Google a recipe on the internet but there’s something great about having the physical book. You can tell which cookbooks are the most loved based on which ones have stains on the pages and are stuck together. I even made a cookbook of all of our family recipes that is falling apart from all of its use. Having a cookbook open with a glass of wine after a long day is my way of unwinding. I love creating a great meal to enjoy and sit around the table (or on the couch) talking about our days together.
The Chicago Blackhawks
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge sports fan and in particular I love my Blackhawks. I grew to like hockey in college (yes they do have hockey at Indiana…) and started following the Hawks. When I met my husband, this is something that we instantly loved to share together. We signed up for partial season tickets and go to games every year – he proposed at one of the games and we played Chelsea Dagger at our wedding. Needless to say we love our team and spending time together cheering them on at the games.