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Why We Have A Crush On (Powerhouse) Mom Cate Ford

(Kates Favorites: 1. Kelly Wearstler top 2. Laura Mercier lip gloss 3. Highland Park Pharmacy 4. Grace Coddington memoir 5. Ray-Ban Aviators 6. Mumford and Sons)

Who she is: Mom of two, philanthropist, and all around cool lady, Cate Ford.

Why we love her: The Dallas native graduated from Columbia and went on to work in Manhattan for The Walt Disney and then Revlon before moving back to her hometown and taking a position with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. After her children were born, she left the corporate world, parlaying her experience into volunteer work supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and The American Cancer Society. She also plays tennis, is trying her hand at oil painting, and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (!). (If she weren’t so nice, we’d be intimidated by her, well, general awesomeness). Oh and she’s helming the 25th anniversary of one of our cities most beloved holiday traditions, The Trains at NorthPark.

Herewith a peek into Cate’s world…

On her iPod: Mumford & Sons, Bebel Gilberto, and Willie Nelson’s Christmas album

What she’s reading:  The last 2 or 3 issues of Vanity Fair and Elle Decor are always on my bedside table, but I rarely get to finish an entire issue! Just started Grace: A Memoir, an early Christmas gift

Always in her handbag: Laura Mercier lipgloss in Bare Blush, Lavender hand sanitizer, Kids sunblock, Sticker books, Annie’s Organic Bunny Grahams, and my Ray-Ban Aviators.

Her go-to outfit: AG Prima cigarette jeans and a bright geometric top, my favorite Mariposa Elizabeth Showers earrings, and flats to keep up with my kids!

Her mealtime haunt:  Since our children are 1 and 2 years old, going out for a family dinner doesn’t happen very often. With this mild weather, we’ve had a few early picnic dinners in the yard and the kids love it. If we do go out with the kids for a meal it’s typically lunch… We love sitting at the counter for chocolate milkshakes and grilled cheese sandwiches at the Highland Park Pharmacy. My parents used to take my siblings and I there when we were kids, and I love keeping the tradition alive by going back with our kids. For date night we head to Marquee, Shinsei or sit outside at Toulouse.

Her favorite family outing: I’ve always loved The Trains at NorthPark benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. It’s such a magical experience. Even before we had our own children, I would take my niece and nephew to the exhibit every year when they would visit from California. It’s such a great family-friendly tradition, and I look forward to it every year.

Her tip for balancing work and family: Although I’m not working professionally right now, I’m busier than ever balancing family, running a household, and volunteering in the community. My best advice is to treat everyone you encounter — whether it’s at work, on a committee, or in the community — with kindness and genuineness.