Who She Is:
Kris Schoels, founder of the lifestyle, entertaining, and food blog Young Married Chic.

Why We Love Her:
From her witty sense of humor to her love of everything sweet, Kris Schoels has quickly become one of Rue’s favorite bloggers. In 2012, she published a book, had multiple TV appearances, and still found time to update her blog with some of the most mouth-watering recipes ever. From an elegant cocktail night to the best football food you could imagine- she is a tastemaker in more ways than one. We can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for Kris, so we’re starting it with a glimpse into the life of Young Married Chic.

What made you decide to start Young Married Chic?
I grew up in the South where entertaining is almost an art form. When I moved to NYC, I found that a lot of my friends were asking me for advice on baking, cooking, and hosting parties. Young Married Chic was born as a way for me to share all of those tips, and my love for entertaining, with anyone who might need them.

What has been your proudest career accomplishment(s) thus far?
When I started YMC I am pretty sure the only people reading it were my mom and sister- one of my proudest moments has been seeing it grow. My second moment? Being on The Today Show in November, it’s been something I’ve wanted since I was young and watching Al Roker read the weather before school in the morning. It was a very surreal moment for me- and I celebrated with cake and pizza afterwards (because I’m fancy like that).

Biggest obstacle you’ve overcome since starting YMC?
I think most bloggers would say the same thing- you reach a point where you question giving up blogging because (you think) no one is reading your site and you are wondering why you are doing it. If you push past that moment, I think you will find that amazing things can happen.

How would you describe your entertaining style?
I am a firm believer in “less is more.” As long as people are having fun and I’m not stressed, it’s a good party.

What are your top 3 entertaining tips for Rue readers?
1. Prepare as much as you can the night before.
2. It’s ok to go store bought with some things (Shh… no one will know!)
3. Get your guests involved- set up a dessert bar, make your own cocktail stand. They are taking some of the details off of you and having a great time while doing so.

You’re an expert at planning fun, themed parties and more importantly- recipes. Where do you gather inspiration?
I have to say that my great-grandmother was my biggest inspiration. She was the kind of woman that would have a dinner party for 20, everything would be homemade, and she’d have pearls and heels on (with a smile on her face) the whole time. Other than that, there are the usual culprits- amazing websites, Martha Stewart, and my generally crazy creative brain.

What do you always have on hand for unexpected guests?
1. A great bottle of champagne.
2. Bread, cheese, fresh fruit.
3. Chocolate and extra desserts.
No one is going to question you if you have those items in the house- especially if they stop by unexpectedly.

What does an average day for Kris Schoels look like?
*If I don’t have a TV segment, I get up at 6am (studio days have me up and at ’em around 4:30am). I’m one of those obnoxiously perky morning people. The first thing I do is grab coffee and read the New York Post. Have to get my Page Six “news” in the morning!
*7am has me answering emails and getting some work straight for the day + preparing breakfast. Sorry to everyone I’ve emailed at some ridiculously early hour.
*9am gym time, if I don’t get it in early I won’t go.
*10:30-5 Is spent prepping for television segments, photographing and writing posts for YMC, keeping on top of my emails, writing up pitches, and wrangling my two (troublemaker) dogs.
*5:30 I wind down and attempt to stop Instagramming while prepping dinner.
*The rest of the evening is spent relaxing- in bed at 10 so I can start up all over again bright and early.

2012 was a huge year for you! What do envision happening in 2013?
My goal for 2012 was to really throw caution to the wind, work hard, and put myself out there. I really feel like I accomplished that one so this year will be spent really trying to find my niche. I’m in a great place right now, comfortable- but I think in order to be great you have to be uncomfortable every once in a while.

What is your advice for anyone hoping to follow in your path?
Don’t give up, dream big, and don’t listen to people who tell you “no.” Maybe they just need a little convincing. Or some cake, cake always helps.