Karen Anderson’s first 13 professional years in corporate America taught her the art of appreciation: for the backbone of business; for the beauty of different cultures; and for thinking outside the box. After taking a break to raise her two boys, she is now assisting international emerging female fashion designers to help grow their brands by introducing them to the U.S. market. Her first client is Caprice Decadent, founded by a jewelry designer from Norway whose designs play off art history; Greek culture; and the designer’s appreciation for how glamorous and chic a pair of earrings or necklace can make a woman feel, even on a gloomy Monday morning. Here is how Anderson stays on trend in her decadent new world.
ON HER MOBILE
“LinkedIn and Instagram are fantastic resources for an entrepreneur. Who do I follow? Melinda Gates—she uses her celebrity to shine light on inequalities and serve as a champion for women. James Caan CBE—his words speak to the entrepreneur in me and provide inspiration and motivation on those days I need it the most. Louise Roe—a fashionista’s dream! Intelligent, beautiful, articulate, and styles in an elegant and sophisticated way. Caprice Decadent, of course, both on Instagram @capricedecadentUS and online at capricedecadentUS.com.”
IN HER EARBUDS
“If I could walk through life with a playlist that draws on my current mood, I would. I love music. I start my day listening to Piano Classics by Johann Beethoven on Spotify. It’s calming and slowly transitions my mind into the day ahead. When I’m looking to pump up my energy and get motivated, I listen to Rihanna and a bit of Beyoncé. And at the end of the day, you’ll often find me listening to Frank Sinatra. He drums up feelings of nostalgia in this East Coast girl that bring me back to summers on Cape Cod—cooking dinner with local produce, enjoying a glass of wine on the deck overlooking the sand dunes, and sitting with friends around a bonfire on the beach.
ON HER NIGHTSTAND
“Between looking after our boys and launching a new business, my reading time is limited. I tend to categorize that time as ‘continued education’ and am currently reading What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School by Mark H. McCormack. He’s able to connect with his readers by sharing real life situations that are relatable and beneficial learning experiences.”