33 years old // Owner and designer of the jewelry line K. Amato Designs // Raised in Burbank; lives in River North
My heart will always be on the South Side. There's no other place I would have wanted to grow up. // When I was in college,* my parents paid for room and board, and I paid for everything else. It helps me appreciate any success I've had today. // My first business plan said my goal was to sell 30 necklaces in a month, or one a day. Now we're producing 30 in two hours and we're in 92 stores across the country. // Workwise, I'm very laid-back. But on a social level, I like to make plans in advance. My closet is clean, and I make my bed every day. I definitely live by two brains. // I'm always fascinated by people who say it's so hard to date. If someone likes you, don't worry. Just relax and let things happen. // If someone smiles at me, I automatically smile back.
* Kristen was a chemistry major at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Jewelry by K. Amato; Blue top from Roslyn Boutique