Age: Born on the 4th of July and I’ll turn 48 in 2014
Location: New York and sometimes Woodstock, NY
What are your every day, must-reads, online or off?
My must reads are for my brain: NewYorkTimes.com, 10things to know by the AP, Fastcompany.com,NYMag.com For my life: Facebook because my friends are hilarious and post really interesting things. They are my own private curators of the web. Also my 5 year old son’s kindergarten work folder. For fashion:ThePearshape.com, aint
What’s you most recent awesome accomplishment?
My book was published! I worked for seven years on a book about the first black public high school in the US. The book is called FIRST CLASS:The Legacy of Dunbar. This high school produced the greatest generation of African Americans including the first black general, the first black presidential cabinet member, the first popularly elected black senator, the first black federal judge…you get the idea. This all happened during segregation. It is an amazing story of perseverance. I wore many, many Karina dresses during my book tour b/c they travel so well.
Who is your hero?
My dad. He’s gone now but I think about him and his wisdom and his great sense of humor every day. He came of age during segregation and he ( and my mom too!) never let it get them down or hold them back.
Who are your style inspirations?
I love the fashion 1940s and early 1960s. In both eras women were feminine with an edge. There was a go-get ’em attitude during the 40s as more women went to work during the war ( and stayed working). In the 1960s I love all the different shapes and graphics that seemed to bring alive fashion.
Why is it important to love our bodies?
Because it really feels good.
If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would you say?
Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and/or need.
Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it?
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Favorite Karina dress (if you have one)
I really like the neckline on the Lauren but I think the Megan might look best on me.
How did you discover Karina Dresses?
Darling store in NYC.
Your perfect day. What would it look like?
The urban version: My son would wake up later than 6am (which he does every day!). We’d play before my husband takes him to school. Once I had I’d take a long shower before heading out to La Maison Du Macaron, where I would sip coffee, eat a macaroon and read the New York Times. And then I would probably just pick a neighborhood and wander around. The outdoor version: A hike in the Catskills or near Sedona, AZ.