Kristen, AKA My Mum
I'm excited that this next edition of The Girl Friday is featuring my mum! I'm fortunate to say that I have the best one I could ask for. She's multifaceted, interested in art, music, travel, and culture as well as vegan cooking---she and my dad even have a vegan cooking blog. She silently freaked out with me when we once walked past Lin-Manuel Miranda outside of Sweetgreen. She's the only other person I know who loved the movie Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. I feel like she could go anywhere in the world and make fast friends. She's incredibly friendly, but surprisingly tough---she once punched a big dude who was harassing her in high school and is not shy when it comes to her beliefs. Recently, she's taken up environmental activism and volunteers at a refuge for jungle cats and bears. I could say a lot more, but I'll let her answers below speak for me!
What do you currently do?
After a career in banking, I quit working outside of the home so that I could spend more quality time with my family. Now, I work from home selling handmade products from my Etsy shop.
Where are you located?
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
"Virgo, which explains everything!"
How would you describe your aesthetic?
Laid back, nautical with a bit of quirkiness.
Dolce & Gabbana's Light Blue and gardenias.
The Before Sunrise trilogy and Les Miserables.
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
"Hands down, New York!"
"Various kettle bell and weighted bar workouts on YouTube."
Favorite Beauty Brands
Too Faced and Aveda.
What podcast are you listening to?
Travel with Rick Steves.
"Art supplies! Currently, I'm expanding my watercolors and Cricut materials."
Apple slices, orange slices, walnuts, pistachios and almonds.
Favorite Piece in Wardrobe
"I have several, casual go-to skirts that are easy to mix and match with everything from t-shirts to blouses and sweaters."
In an alternate universe, what career would you pursue?
"I'd love to be a professional artist!"
Who are your five ideal celebrity dinner guests?
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chloe Coscarelli, Nate Berkus, Michelle Obama, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke. "I know I've named 6, but Ethan and Julie are a package deal!"
Who is your wellness idol?
Most Recent Binge Watch
"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Emily's storyline was fantastic. Rory's, not so much."
Top 3 Places on Current Travel List
The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy. "Throw in a long layover in Iceland, please!"
This is part of an ongoing series in which I feature some of the coolest girls I know.