Kristen Taekman

Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Kristen Taekman: Elvis Presley—his music, his movies, his photos. I come across a new image of him every day and try to imagine what he was thinking, what inspired him. His talent and beauty were just incredible, and his passion for life, family, and friends inspires me.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

KT: My kids! They run so hot and cold. One minute, I am in complete control and feeling like Supermom, then the next minute, my two-year-old is having a tantrum in line at the supermarket and is inconsolable, and I feel so helpless and I want to crawl in a hole.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

KT: Don’t worry, be happy! Just like the song. So simple yet so true!

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

KT: Some Elvis music and a good cry always helps.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

KT: I am a creature of habit with my food and snacks. I make sure to get in all three meals and drink my Eboost every morning, and lots of hot tea keeps me going!

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

KT: Don’t put down a deposit on worry.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

KT: Family is forever and the most important foundation in life.

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

KT: Smile Train provides free cleft-repair surgeries to kids in need all over the world. By donating as little as $250, you can give the gift of a smile and change a child’s life!

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

KT: Last Night’s Look is my blog. I am having so much fun mixing high-low fashions, talking about my passions, my must-haves, and just what’s on my mind. Through that, I have some fun collaborations taking place. I am working on a nail polish line with Ricky’s here in New York City, a jewelry collaboration with Jennifer Miller, and maybe something with, who else, Elvis!

MP: Why are these important to you?

KT: I like when things happen organically and make sense. All of these things have evolved from my blog, and they all are very true to me and things that I am passionate about.

MP: What is love for you?

KT: Love is having endless support from my husband and the hugs and kisses from my kids.

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PHOTO: ANTHONY BATISTA

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