Meet the 2014 Iowa STATEment Makers: Kate Arends

Iowa STATEment Makers is a recognition program of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council, honoring graduates of the past 10 years who have made strong statements in careers, entrepreneurial endeavors, academics, community service, or personal achievements. There are 17 honorees for 2014, and we’re introducing each of them to you here on the blog.

Minneapolis, Minn.

Arends photoKate (’06 graphic design) is a trendsetter. Her style blog, Wit & Delight, spotlights Kate’s passion for design, cooking, entertaining, and fashion. She’s a frequent guest contributor to nationally renowned blogs, and her Pinterest page has more than 2 million followers – a distinction that recently resulted in her selection as a guest designer for Target. She has been quoted in the New York Times on the subject of Pinterest and was named “favorite style blogger” by Kate Spade. According to the Kate Spade website, Wit & Delight “has the skinny on everything from food to beauty, fashion, and music.” Kate grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago but followed her father and grandfather to Iowa State (her brother attended later – and, in fact, the Arends family was named ISU Family of the Year in 2010). At Iowa State, Kate was known not only for her design skills but for her abilities as an Irish dancer – she began dancing competitively when she was 5 years old.

Kate on…

…her favorite ISU tradition: “Yell Like Hell”

…her favorite app: “Instagram”

…her guilty pleasure: “sleeping in”

…what’s next for her: “I’m in the early stages of writing a book; it’s daunting, exciting, and a dream come true.”


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