Our team has been hard at work, but we wanted to start the month with a fun Q&A! Read below to find out some quirky things about our NONC team.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
Lisa: Water purification system, a hat and music
Emily: A mosquito net, a photo album of friends and family and whatever the longest book in the world is to keep me occupied. (I Googled it – it’s In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust.)
Jennifer: Since I'm not allowed to wish for a boat or submarine, I'll say an enormous designer umbrella (something fun and happy) for sun protection and shade, a decked-out solar powered car with a detachable solar powered radio and light on it, and a magical, unlimited supply of nachos.
Kayla: 1) A hammock 2) A spear to capture food 3) lighter fluid
If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
Lisa: God is my pilot & it's a fantastic ride.
Emily: Never have regrets because at one point, it was exactly what you wanted.
Jennifer: Connect, create, explore.
Kayla: You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Have you ever been told you look like a celebrity/cartoon character? Who?
Lisa: A random mix from Susan Sarandon to the girl in Outlander, Caitriona Balfe
Emily: A few people have told me I look like Kate Hudson but with dark hair. That’s about it.
Jennifer: Yes, and they are all very different. I've been told I look like Emily Blunt, Lisa Kudrow, Calista Flockhart, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Connelly, Anne Hathaway, Audrey Hepburn, Bryce Howard, Taylor Swift, and Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas lol.
Kayla: Kourtney Kardashian!
At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?
Emily: Zara. I went in there a month ago and wanted to buy all their leather jackets. They were basically the same and I wanted them all.
Jennifer: Amazon.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Rag & Bone, Stella McCartney, DKNY, Audi, Design Within Reach, the iStore or wherever I could get a Zaha Hadid for Blohm+Voss Unique Circle Yacht superyacht. If we're talking locally, I'd say Moss because they have so many cool designer consignment pieces for a fraction of the original price.
Kayla: Target! I always go in with intentions to buy one thing and end up coming out with ten things…
What is the best perk that you have had at a job?
Lisa: Free parking, food and merchandise at Hard Rock Cafe, Washington, D.C.
Emily: I love being able to work from home when I need to. When I worked aboard, I always had Fridays off and I worked with first grade which meant coloring and playing games were part of the job and also a perk.
Jennifer: Taking international press trips as a luxury lifestyle editor. It's a fun kind of work!
Kayla: Happy hour along with free chips and guac every Wednesday! Thanks Vuka.
What is your favorite place to eat in Austin?
Lisa: Depends on the mood: Uchi, Vinaigrette, Maudie's, Justine's are in the top 5
Emily: Hillside Pharmacy and Barlata
Jennifer: It's a secret -- I have a favorite ramen joint : ), but my runner up would be Tomodachi for sushi. I love the jalapeno hamachi. The best dessert I've ever had in town was at Josephine House in Clarksville.
Kayla: My top faves have to be Salty Sow, Searsucker and any taco joint in Austin!
What was your favorite TV show when growing up?
Lisa: Charlie's Angels
Emily: Carmen Sandiego and Wishbone. I know I love to travel and read classics.
Jennifer: I didn't really have a favorite show, but rather favorite movies growing up, like "The Never Ending Story," "The Goonies," and "Labyrinth." I also enjoyed watching lots of HBO. Don't tell.
Kayla: Lizzie McGuire...Lizzie started the original Bitmoji!
If you could be an Olympic athlete, in what sport would you compete?
Emily: Sailing. I have no athletic ability and I love boats so I think I could make sailing work. Plus I’d like to be in a sport that has less international focus on it.
If you could choose one last vacation destination, where would you pick and why?
Lisa: That's TOO hard! a high-end African safari or Bali
Emily: Paris. I’ve been once before and would like to go back. I absolutely love art so visiting the Louvre was a dream come true. I think I’d want to see all the art once more if it was my last vacation.
Jennifer: This question is difficult to answer; there are so many amazing destinations I have yet to experience, even though I've been to about 35 countries. I’m going to say Japan, because my dad lived there for six years and I used to rep 30 Japanese chambers of commerce and have never been. If I had to choose somewhere I have already been, it would be Barcelona -- I love that city, its food, architecture, and the Spanish culture.
Kayla: Thailand! Elephant sanctuaries, temples, thai food and crisp blue beaches. Need I say more?!
If you were guaranteed to be successful in a different profession, what would you want to do?
Lisa: Travel photographer
Emily: I would want to be a translator. I would know a ton of languages and would probably be able to control my work hours and travel. I find languages fascinating.
Jennifer: I would want to work as a creative director in advertising for an international agency or brand, or maybe as a photographer.
Kayla: I would want to be a marine biologist because I have a heavy heart for all the sea animals that need help to fulfill a long healthy life.