Today we are introducing you to Kristy Bradshaw as our BethieLife Woman Crush. This young busy working mother still always makes time to give back to the Houston community. You might catch this girl at Trellis or Goodnight Charlies, but you won’t catch her in the ocean! Check out her beautiful pictures and super fun interviews. Welcome, Kristy!
Photos by Amber Fierman
Born in Dallas, but I got here as soon as I could. I came to Houston in 2002 for work, left for business school in 2004 and returned i 2006. I’ve lived here ever since.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three beauty products would you like to have with you?
- Dior Show mascara – I can’t live without this product.
- Avene extremely rich compensating cream – great for my sensitive skin and moisturizes without being too creamy/greasy.
- Avene powder compact – it’s a combo of powder and light foundation with SPF 50.
My mom – she’s the most fashionable person I know and has great style, despite being on a budget. She taught me the value of the dollar through her own hard work, but also about investing in quality. Growing up, she considered places like Banana Republic and The Gap to be “too expensive” yet Neimans was ok. It might have had something to do with the downtown Dallas store being across from her work 🙂 But, the same barbell strategy (high-low) is how I approach my personal style. I often pair Target and Zara with Prabal and Erdem.
Trellis, especially if i can go by myself and read a book after a service with a cup of tea (if I’m being good) or a glass of wine (if I’m being bad). Working full-time and chasing around two young boys leaves no time for me so those few stolen moments are heaven.
- The old serenity prayer is a favorite – grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Great advice for a Type A person, like me, who will keep banging her head on a wall to get her way.
- Also, life isn’t fair. When you learn to accept that, it frees you to move on from disappointments.
- Tootsies – Fadi does an incredible job finding new designers at a variety of price points. The store also supports so many causes in the Houston community.
- One Fifth/Underbelly – Chris Shepherd is a culinary genius and innovator. I can’t wait for his new steakhouse Georgia James to open!
- Kuhl-Linscomb – I should have a special line item in my budget for this store. It’s my crack.
2018 is shaping up much like 2017 – focusing on my marriage, family, work and the charities that I spend the most time with (Houston Ballet, Hermann Park Conservancy, Dress for Success Houston). My husband gets to travel to some fun places for work so I’m trying to tag along more this year – hopefully to London and Italy in the coming months if work allows it.
Down time? What is that? I love to cook, work out, travel, though the latter doesn’t occur as much as I would like with 2 little ones. It’s hard for me to sit still, but I do love to read, though these days it’s more likely to happen on the elliptical at 5am.
Goodnight Charlie’s – I just tried this new place out and it’s amazing. Think of it as an upscale-ish honky tonk. The drinks are so creative, and the setting beautiful.
- I love shopping online, much to my husband’s chagrin. I swear I get better deals there – favorites include Net-a-Porter, Neimans, Farfetch, FWRD by Elyse Walker.
- I also live on Skinnytaste.com – their recipes are great for people with little time who like to cook healthy meals and/or have allergies (I’m dairy free).
- Goop – don’t judge.
- Drink tons of water.
- Embrace your age – I’m admittedly having a hard time with this myself as I get older, but I se too many people botox/fillers at such young ages that it makes me sad. My mother hasn’t had one thing put inter her face, and she looks amazing at 61. Now I’m not saying that I will follow her lead, but I’m holding out as long as possible!
- I’m trying to watch my caffeine and swap tea for coffee.
Ballet, intellectual challenge and good food and wine.
Sharks. I don’t go into the ocean.
Park City is our happy place. We go there every chance we get.
Prima ballerina with Houston Ballet or the Royal 🙂
- Movie: The Big Sick.. I don’t see many movies outside my annual Sundance trip, and I saw that one one there.
- Book: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah was AMAZING. The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin was great too. I love historical fictions…see, I did it again with the “s”.
English is not first language so I’m often mixing up words and/or butchering common sayings. I also make words plural when they shouldn’t be and take off the “s” when you need it – i.e. Tootsies is Tootsie. I’m basically turning into my mother…