Women We Love is a chance for us to
interrogate sit down with the women in our lives whose style we love, work we admire, and heart we adore. We give them the celebrated Proust Questionnaire—which dates back to 19th-century Parisian salons—and throw in a few of our own. Grab a coffee, something to take notes with, and get to know the women we love as they ponder love, death, and the meaning of life.
Without further ado, Tara Carroll.
What is your favorite virtue? Generosity.
What is your greatest fear? Needles.
Which quality do you most desire in a man? Curiosity. The consistent desire to experience and grow.
Which quality do you most desire in a woman? Confidence. A woman who knows who she is and who she isn’t, and who speaks powerfully from experience.
Which quality do you most desire in a pair of jeans? The right length.
What is your most treasured possession? While I’m not particularly attached to my stuff, I do wear a full-length mink coat that belonged to my Auntie Bev. Its story is as beautiful as its luster.
What is it that you most dislike? Rude people! And that sound bites rule the world.
Which living person do you most admire? My depth of admiration for someone is directly connected to how well I know them. My sister is at the top of my list.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Procrastination.
What is your greatest extravagance? My homemade roasted butternut squash soup with raw heavy cream…and the occasional pint of Van Leeuwen’s Salted Caramel ice cream.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? My crooked bottom teeth (thanks to procrastination in wearing my retainer—post braces—in junior high). Sorry mom and dad 😬.
In which season do you feel most beautiful? Fall.
Which talent would you most like to have? I’d like to do what I already do (painting, music, cooking)…just better. Being an incredible hip-hop dancer would be nice too.
On what occasion do you lie? When it’s necessary.
What do you most value in your friends? Their willingness to tell me the truth.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "Formidable." "Interesting."
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Anyone who was a
formidable bad ass.
Who are your favorite writers? I have favorite books. Right now it’s Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Greg McKeown's Essentialism.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Helping those around me change the course of their lives by opening them up to new people and experiences.
What is your favorite journey? The one into another’s heart, especially when it’s romantic.
Where would you like to live? The western side of Montana. A cozy place with a view of the mountains and a lot of sky.
How would you like to die? I’ve put more thought into how I don’t want to die.
If you could choose who to come back as, who would it be? Amma, the hugging saint.
What is your motto? Don’t be an asshole.