30 Things to Know About Kortney & the future of KG.com

Whether popping by for the first time or loyal since the days of Modern Jetsetter, one of my mantras is to celebrate authenticity. Each post doubles as a warm conversation with friends (ft. coffee or an Aperol Spritz), and my intention is to inspire everyday lifestyle to be just a touch more romantic and worldly. It doesn’t take much, and often times it’s cultivated in simplicity. 

For those wondering what’s next, I’m here today to share a little aperitivo of facts regarding myself, my writing and the direction of KG.com. A grand thank you in advance to every reader who follows this journey; your enthusiasm and support means the world to me. 

So, here’s what’s cookin’ (removing the G as they so habitually do down in Charleston). 

  1. Daniel and I recently moved from full-time living in New York City to splitting time between southern living, NYC and Europe. 
  2. KG.com has two main focuses: My life as a writer and capturing the classic romance of Europe affairs. I believe life should be romantic in every sense of the word. From your morning cup of coffee (extra frothy cappuccino) to how we select our travel experiences, lifestyle by definition is an art. It should be a set of fiercely selective habits, a reflection of unique worldly experiences. Creating that lifestyle is the essence of KG.com.
  3. Why did I say goodbye to Modern Jetsetter? KG.com is built upon the foundation and experiences of Modern Jetsetter  — and goodness, was it grand. It gave me the confidence to build my writing career and brand upon my name alone. Everything I create will abide by three words: Classic, romantic and enchanting. Above all, it will  tell a greater story.
  4. I’m currently finishing my first novel. It’s a political fairytale jaunt across Europe involving lost monarchies, a dangerous love triangle and an explosive revelation of the continent’s most guarded political secrets. I’ve been collecting pieces to this story across Europe for three years, piece by piece, and my heart is laced in every sentence. I’ll start the hunt for an agent and share the publishing journey starting in February 2019 (developing the thickest of skin in the meantime).
  5. I’m originally from Phoenix, Arizona and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism with a dual degree in journalism and international relations.
  6. I have a fur family at home and they are my heart: A Siberian Husky named Lupo, a mini Dachshund named Ami (my travel buddy) and a standoffish Russian house-cat named Kroshka. 
  7. For better or for worse, I follow my heart in everything I do. I trust it and my intuition is my instinct.
  8. Daniel and I married almost five years ago in a German courthouse and have yet to have our wedding…coming in Fall 2019. 
  9. I’m 20-something, but my soul is about 80-something. 
  10. I honestly buy most of my clothes at Zara and make bigger investments in accessories. Fashion and trends is not important to me.
  11. I was raised in great part by my Italian grandmother, who I owe my love for Europe. She took me to her family farmhouse in Italy when I was 10 and it has been my second home ever since.
  12. I am almost trilingual with English, fluent German and in the home stretches of perfecting Italian (learning German impeded that for a while. Sorry, Nonna). 
  13. Give me a hot cup of coffee, a road trip with my husband and country music and I’m a very happy gal. 
  14. Fitness is my side game. I don’t share it on the website, but working out keeps me happy, curbs my anxiety and disciplines me in every area of my life — perhaps because, in part, it allows me to maintain my habit of eating pastries every morning. 
  15. Paris is my favorite city in the world for alone time; every woman needs to have a solo or gal trip in France.
  16. I always need white noise in the background as I write, usually by the way of world news or favorite movies (Sweet Home Alabama or Hepburn-anything, far too often). 
  17. My music taste is all over the place. I love indie folk, classic, country  and anything older than I am. I can also rap Lil Wayne songs like you wouldn’t believe. 
  18. People say I have a great sense of humor but the dryness of it is the equivalent of a 90-year-old British man and borders on macabre 98% of the time. 
  19. I freehand my novel chapters before I type them up. Plots develop differently on paper vs. screen. Somewhere in the middle is the best sentence. 
  20. I love bipartisan political conversations and in today’s climate, it’s the upmost sign of intelligence. 
  21. I aim to be friends with Reese Witherspoon, because I think we are twins. 
  22. If I weren’t a writer, I would definitely be a special FBI agent or human rights lawyer. 
  23. I require semi-annual social media detoxes.
  24. I read newspapers and magazines instead of catching up on news via the phone. 
  25. I love love, but I’ve learned that there are two types: the fierce fleeting storm meant to teach lessons, and the slow burning flame which serves your heart a lifetime education. Embrace both, but always choose the latter.
  26. I have a fierce talent for finding every country’s version of a cinnamon bun. 
  27. Be a New York Times bestselling author by 30…my goal since I was 12.
  28. When I love a person, project or a cause, I’ll invest into it forever. 
  29. My style icons: Kate Middleton, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Raina of Jordan, Amal Clooney and my grandmother. 
  30. If anything inspires me more than travel, it’s messages, comments and emails from my readers telling them I’ve made their day better. I love people. You all are my motivation; I’m thrilled to serve you more stories to inspire your heart via both KG.com and the books to come. 

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  • On this day in 1945 the regime of Mussolini fell and Nazi occupation, and all the horrors that implies, ended. Liberation Day. My Nonna told me stories of this moment, the wine that flowed, the songs sung, the dancing in the streets and the waving Italian and American flags from every balcony...and my heart is with every heart touched by WWII and that historic moment a seemingly endless night ended. This country has such a a big part of my past, and after patience, dream mapping and the hard work of a promise made in Portofino, such a big place in my future and that of our family. Per Italia 💋🇮🇹
  • “One of my favorite things about female writers, about writers in general, about people who take what’s happened to them and they process it and they put it out into the world...is if you write, you can turn your lessons into your legacy.” -Taylor Swift. Her albums always, without fail, paint a musical narrative to complement whatever stage I’m personally and professionally journeying through. Can’t wait for my window seat airplane hours on Friday, listening to her new stories which will inevitably be the soundtrack to so many romantic, cinematic, modern jetsetter moments in Europe this summer. The life of a writer is the only life for me. xx 💋
  • Coffee date in the Italian Riviera, anyone? Every day in Italy starts with finding the perfect cappuccino. Three insider rules for Italy visitors to find that perfect frothy dream: 1️⃣ Don‘t be confused by the word “bar” (this is an Italian café and the center of social life for locals) 2️⃣ Venture away from the city center to find bars where the locals go; you should always pay less than €2 for a cappuccino. Tourist hotspots charge up to €7 and often a far cry from true Italian coffee culture 3️⃣ Do order a cornetto to go with your coffee; one must do as the Italians do 🥐☕️ 🇮🇹
  • With a summer in Italy around the corner, I’m quickly adapting to CPSR diet: cappuccino, pasta, spritz, repeat. May can’t come soon enough. Stay tuned to the blog this week for a guide to one of Italy’s most coveted destinations, my Nonna’s gnocchi recipe, weekend reads and our big wedding destination reveal (+ a little official change to our addresses in the world). #ModernJetsetter 💋
  • There is no destination in the world sweeter than the one I experienced today: next to my little brother’s side when he  found out he’s having a little baby boy - in the most country way ever. Thank you Kelsey for loving my brother the way you do, being an instant sister and for already being the most incredible mama to our Kipton. We can’t wait to spoil that boy with our love (and plenty of storytime with aunty in between duck hunting season). I love you three with all of my heart xx

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