Where do you find style inspiration?
Travel. I love to travel and see what people in other places are wearing and how they're wearing it. My friends are also the biggest sources of inspiration, they always look on point. I stick with the classics.
What's your favorite beauty product?
My drug store beauty secret came from advice that an older friend of mine with the face of a model (who is an actual former model) gave me in DC: mix your face wash with half a teaspoon of baking soda. It's an instant mild exfoliator and can be used everyday, always giving your skin a fresh, natural glow.
What is your favorite accessory?
My 100-pound golden retriever, Mickey Mantle. He's my sidekick, I take him everywhere with me. But in a fashion sense, anything from my shoe collection. My current favorite are my blue suede Manolo Blahnik stilettos for fall.
Where's your favorite place in the states?
As a die-hard Yankees fan, my heart will always be in Manhattan; however, as the all-around favorite, Denver wins by a mile (both literally and figuratively). It's a place full of nice Midwestern people and has a similar vibe to Minneapolis, but with that gorgeous backdrop of mountains and endless things to do.
Des Moines has changed quite a bit, what are your thoughts on it?
I hardly recognize it from ten years ago when I left for college. It has become a city with endless activities, young people with fresh ideas, and an entrepreneurial spirit that infuses everything from restaurants and bars to the endless opportunities for volunteering and social involvement.
What are you most excited for this fall?
The colder temperature! I'm one of those Iowans who actually likes cold weather, so I can't wait to get jeans and sweaters out and have friends over around a fire pit with some warm drinks in hand.
Who makes the best drink in the Des Moines area?
Django's Dirty Martini. I always ask for extra blue cheese stuffed olives.
What's your favorite part about working in the home building business?
Seeing your ideas come to fruition. There is no substitute for seeing an entire landscape change from nothing to a well thought out development full of beautiful places for people to call home.