There's a reason why we love featuring our founder, Kathryn Allen, in candid interviews here on the KAC Blog. She is an endless source of fascinating information, she's full of fun stories and brilliant career advice for professionals of all ages and backgrounds.
Today, we are welcoming the Couture Queen back to the Blog to answer a fresh lineup of tongue-in-cheek Q's. Grab yourself a fresh cup of coffee, a few macarons, and get to know more about KAC's reigning girl boss!
1. If you could appear on the cover of any magazine, which one would you choose?
I would want to be featured front-and-center on the cover of Royalty Magazine with the ever-inspiring Meghan Markle. We would be sipping tea as we discuss her wedding, our plans for worldwide female empowerment, and my current favorite show...The Crown!
2. If you had your own national holiday, what would you call it and what would it celebrate?
My holiday would be all about my fellow girl bosses! It would be called International Dame's Day, and every woman, no matter their age or location in the world would have the day off to do whatever they please. Woman of all ages wear so many hats on a daily basis, and I believe we all deserve a day to celebrate being a woman and embracing who we truly are.
3. If you could trade places with any public figure for a day (alive or not), who would you choose?
Many inspiring names come to mind, but I'll share a few of my top picks:
Ellen Degeneres: For her bravery, bold sense of humor and passion for humanitarianism.
Margaret Thatcher: For her innovative insight on economics and her dedication to supporting fellow women, no matter their status or situation. The Iron Lady has always inspired me!
Katharine Graham: She was a pioneer for women in the publishing industry. Even in a male-driven field, Katharine stood her ground and her talents still shine to this day.
Jeanne Cooper: I have so many fond memories of watching Jeanne portray Katherine on The Young and the Restless, and I always admired her ability to convey emotions in such a believable manner.
Katharine Hepburn: I will always adore Katharine for proudly promoting that she enjoyed being a single woman, even during a time when women were under a great deal of pressure to be married and raise a family. She chose her own path, and I truly admire that. And, let's not forget she was an amazing actress! My first memory of her is watching Bringing Up Baby....one of my favorite movies!
My beloved Grandmother: My Grandmother taught me compassion, and what it really means to be a loving, understanding person, as well as a driven female entrepreneur. She was a well-respected business leader and humanitarian. My grandmother always fought for the underdog, and I strive to do the same each day.
4. We all love your debut book, The Gardens At Riverstone. If you were to publish another book, what would it be about?
I dream of creating a resource for millennial woman that is centered around business advice, how to land their dream job, and how to overcome the presence of ageism in the workplace. I am so amazed by the bright and brilliant young woman in my life, and I think it's important to inspire them, and to remind them of all the great things they can accomplish with the right attitude and drive.
5. For all of the new winter graduates, what advice can you give them about preparing to job hunt?
You have to be realistic, and don't fall for sugarcoated advice. The job market is more competitive than ever, and you have to work to hard to achieve what you want. But the beauty of the evolving career landscape is the power of social media, and the wonderful networking resource it can be. Use it wisely, and always go beyond what you think you are capable of! You just might surprise yourself...
6. If you were an automobile, what kind would you be and who would drive you?
I would either be a Model 3 Tesla, or a rugged vintage Jeep. I elect Tom Hanks to take me out for a spin. I imagine he would keep me entertained all day with his undeniable wit, and stories about his lovely wife, Rita. We would drive all around Beverly Hills, we would ride up the coast, and I'm sure we would stop at a few scenic spots along the way.
7. How would your best friends describe you? What would they say your best qualities are?
Those who know me best would say I'm loyal, supportive, generous, open minded and down for anything! I think they would say I have an okay sense of style, too.
*Hello all! I'm KAC Brittany, the interviewer for this article. Kathryn failed to mention in her response that she is also the kindest soul you will ever meet, downright hilarious and absolutely brilliant. Now, back to the interview!*
9. You are an interior design master! If you could design a home for any celebrity or public figure, who would you choose?
Let me start by telling you all that Martha Stewart is my HERO! I even have a personal connection to her. I would absolutely love to design a gorgeous, rustic and elegant home for Martha.
Then, there is Julia Child. If I had been given chance, I would have designed the most elaborate and functional kitchen for her, and we would enjoy a gourmet meal together while sipping cocktails made with sherry and chatting about our love for culinary arts.
I would also choose to decorate a beautiful home for a family in need. I would incorporate each family member's favorite things in the space, and I would personalize their very own safe haven.
10. What was the best thing you found under the Christmas Tree last month?
The things I love most were not under the tree. My most cherished gifts are always my Husband, my sweet furry son and spending a little time with the ones I love most.
11. Think fast! What are you doing right now?
Oh, just nibbling freshly-made French macarons as I lounge in an antique chaise in my finest ball gown.
LOL, I hope you didn't fall for that. I'm fresh off the treadmill, beet-red from running, and I'm digging through emails. My inbox is currently at 36,000. It's going to be a long night, but hopefully I can resume The Crown at some point. I've had the same episode paused for 5 hours now.
12. What is the last thing that inspired you?
Easy! Oprah's Golden Globes speech.
13. What is the most romantic thing someone has ever done for you?
This is a 4-part answer, although it could be even longer if I told the tales of all my romantic escapades. Here are my top picks!
- A handsome Italian man once tipped over a hotdog stand while defending my honor. That was pretty sweet.
- Another handsome suitor rented out the entire CNN movie theatre so I could have a private screening.
- Once, my ex-husband knew I was craving pizza, chartered a private plane and flew me to Gino's East in Chicago for a world-famous deep dish pie.
- A few years back, my wonderful husband Will picked me up and carried me for miles after a long day of being on my feet 5-inch heels. It's just one of the many romantic and sweet gestures Will is famous is for.
A huge thank you to Miss Kathryn for carving out the time to answer our questions! Remember, you can send Kathryn questions on the KAC Instagram page. You may just see your question pop up in a future interview here on the Blog, so ask away!
On behalf of Kathryn and the entire KAC Team, thanks for reading another round of Q's with the Couture Queen herself! We'll see you next time.