“I tend to work on my outfits backwards,” Alexander says. “I fall in love with a great pair of shoes, and then I build an outfit around them."
Looking back, Kimberly Alexander says she feels like she has lived a lifetime in a short period. Her late husband, former NFL linebacker Elijah Alexander, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2005.
“I needed to go from a mom, wife, and caregiver to an entrepreneur who is confident,” she says. This journey, which necessitated a professional wardrobe shift, reawakened her love of shoes from luxury brands such as Christian Louboutin, Saint Laurent, and Gucci, as well as wrap dresses from Diane von Furstenberg.
Next, she founded her consulting firm, KimConnects, and became a co-host on the Golf and More Experience (G.A.M.E.) radio show on 105.3 FM, all while continuing to raise funds for blood cancer research.
Alexander isn’t afraid to treat herself and wears the “good stuff” on a daily basis.
“Retail therapy is a real thing,” she says. “I didn’t go to counseling, but let me tell you—Neiman’s, NorthPark, and Willow Bend—they became my counselors.”
As a single mother of two, Alexander wanted to reinvent herself.
Through her husband’s fight, Kimberly discovered a new purpose: raising awareness and funds for blood cancers.