This March, The Rockwellist celebrates International Women’s Month with women who add flavor and depth to the Rockwell experience.
We ask these women 20 questions—some are light, some dare to go deep—with the hope of getting to know and learning from these inspiring, successful, and stylish women who are out to rock the world.
In this installment of Women Who Rock, get to know mompreneur and Cura V co-founder Kai Lim.
Q: What drove you to start your own business?
Kai: I wanted to be able to spend time with my kids as well as do something I enjoy for myself. I believe as mothers, we should never stop growing and learning. Together, my partners and I put up Cura V
Q; As someone who is successful in your field, how have you made a positive change for others, particularly for women?
Kai: I would like to think that Cura V gives opportunities to female designers and artisans by giving them a space to showcase their work.
Q: Would you say that the women in your industry are supportive of each other as a community? In what way?
Kai: Yes, definitely, especially working moms. It’s a strong support group bonded by our passions as mothers and entrepreneurs.
Q: What qualities/values make you a woman who rocks?
Kai: I am an eternal optimist. Always half full rather than half empty. I try to see the good in everything.
1. Who are your style icons?
Carine Roitfeld and Victoria Beckham
2. What’s your signature look?
Feminine menswear. I believe that less is more.
4. What would you splurge on?
5. What book are you reading at the moment?
Becoming by Michelle Obama
6. Dream scenario: If you could put up your own mini-mall and only have 3 shops, 1 personal care service, and 1 restaurant, what would they be?
7. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Night owl. I love staying up at night while my kids are asleep. It’s my quiet time.
8. What does a day at the mall look like for you?
It usually starts with brunch with my daughter at Paul. Then we do our errands for the home True Value and Marketplace. Then I take my boys to Fully Booked and Power Station, while I visit Cura V.
9. What’s your self-care routine?
Eat clean, exercise regularly, drinks lots of water, moisturize, smile and stay positive—it’s infectious!
10. What skincare/beauty secrets do you swear by?
Kieh’ls midnight recovery serum
11. What activity/activities make/s you go, “Wow! Today rocked!”?
When I get to do all my obligations as a wife, mother, daughter, friend, and business partner. There are days when you just get so overwhelmed but we are women, we have superpowers! Those are the days that totally rock!
12. If you could only eat one dish at one restaurant? What would it be and why?
Paul’s Quiche Lorraine is my ultimate comfort food. I will never get tired of it.
13. What’s your go-to drink?
Iced Tall Americano with soy on the side from Starbucks Reserve.
14. What words of wisdom do you live by?
It’s simple but so true not just for little girls but women of all ages: Be brave and be kind
15. Name 3 women who are part of your dream dinner guest list. What would you ask them?
Natalie Massanet. I’ve always been fascinated with her story of building Net-a-Porter from her garage. My question would be, “How did you do it?”
Victoria Beckham. “How do you do it?” Having four kids and a successful business.
Christine Amanpour. I am a frustrated journalist. I’d love to hear about her stories. I’d ask her, “What was your most memorable coverage?”
16. Who is a woman in your life you admire the most? What have you learned from her?
My mom. From her I learned the true meaning of unconditional love and the value of hard work.
17. What would you tell your 13 year old self?
You will figure everything out in time, don’t grow up too fast!
18. What is your greatest achievement?
This sounds as a cliche but it’s really my children. And I am happy that through my work, I am able to find a work-life balance that suits me.
19. What other dreams do you want to fulfill?
One day, I want to study a new language.
20. What’s your idea of happiness?
Spending a weekend with my husband and kids at the beach. Slow and steady.
Photos from Kai Lim