Kimberly Schlegel Whitman
(Lifestyle Expert, TV Host, Author, Editor-at-Large of Southern Living Magazine)
It’s all about the parties with Kimberly Schlegel Whitman! Back then, Whitman was planning her own Idlewild Debutante Ball in Dallas, Texas, when she discovered that there was a lack of good quality items for party rentals. That turned out to be an undiscovered opportunity, and Whitman launched her own event company, RSVP Soiree Luxury Event Rentals in 1998. In 1999, she took the already century-old RSVP Social Calendar online, and curated an online resource (www.RSVPcalendar.com) which provided a list of Dallas’ finest charitable events. In 2006, she sold RSVP Soiree Luxury Event Rentals; and in 2015, she sold the website to CultureMap, which is continuing to run it. These successes brought about the writing and publication of eight books on entertaining, several television appearances, a daily radio segment, and a co-host of KTXD’s live daily television talk show, Texas Living. In 2015, she also teamed up with sorority sister and calligraphy artist Jen O’ Neal to create table linens that combine classical and modern elements perfect for the hostess today.
The company was called Halo Home by KSW, and there were monogrammable linens and popular emoji cocktail napkins, which were found in more than 200 stores nationwide. In 2018, the duo sold Halo Home to Mariana Barran de Goodall, the founder of Hibiscus Linens. Today, Whitman continues to run her own blog, where she shares snippets of her life, as well as other posts about hosting and parties, such as tableware, finger food, floral arrangements, and much more. At the heart of it all, Whitman is all about celebrating the little things in life. Look closely at her posts, and you’ll notice that she strives to add joy and inspiration to your life, especially at milestones. Through her books, blogs and social media, she encourages people to pay attention to small details, and to find joy in them.
|Follow Her If:||You’re looking to switch up your “lifestyle”, you’re a frequent hostess, you like home & furnishing items, you need some inspiration to get started on your creative projects|
|Achievements:||Wrote eight books, founded and operated several companies, featured on several publications and TV shows|