Today we are introducing you to Maria Bassa as our BethieLife Woman Crush. Maria is a charisma coach, which as she puts it is a fun way to say that she’s a speaker and trainer on the subject of interpersonal skills. This fabulous lady can definitely teach us a thing or two! Check out the video below for a great tip on making a great first impression.Welcome, Maria!
I grew up in Houston, but my husband is from Italy.
My Italian husband has been a big influence on my personal style. He taught me how to discriminate between trends and true style. Some life changing moments: reading Red Riding Hood…of course I developed a life time obsession with capes after that! And Dr. Zhivago‘s love Julie Christie with that black velvet choker inspired decades of collecting chokers.
Without a doubt great food! And I consider daily marketing for local and seasonal food a wonderful treat…all a part of my indulgence.
Follow the golden rule of small talk: 1) shut up and listen 2) repeat one, shut up and listen 3) check your ego at the door. If you follow this advice, everyone will think you are the most charming, intelligent and witty human on the planet.
Favorite Houston store: Central Market. It’s full of happiness, and it’s the only place in Houston I have a chance to run into friends. It’s our answer to Italy’s piazza!
Favorite restaurant: Brasserie19, great food, great people watching, and it’s easy to connect with friends there. Everybody’s socializing at the bar then back to their table the up again. Fun fun
So much of our lives are lived through our children. My daughter, Francesca, is a big time fencer who travels the globe constantly to represent the U.S. at world tournaments. She will graduate from Stanford this spring. A lot of people say “you must be proud of her” and I usually answer” I’m proud of myself and I’m waiting to be proud of her!” I think parents can relate to that!
Get a dog, walk a dog, love a dog.
The unconditional love of pets, my iPad, and a good dermatologist.
Well I am a bit of a hypochondriac, but after age 50 there is no such thing. Irrational fears become all too rational!
Antarctica to watch the Emperor penguin migration! Really, anywhere there is good company makes a good vacation spot.
Getting elected president of course!