Hello, I'm Trista and welcome to my little spot on the Web!
On this blog I share my love of fashion & beauty, decor & design, travel, dining out, recipes and all sorts of cool things I come across. I hope you'll join me in this adventure we call LIFE!
I am an entrepreneur; writer; design and decor afficiando; foodie; connoisseur of culture; animal lover; home chef; traveler; don't want to miss a thing kinda woman.
Friends and family are always asking me for ideas, tips and recommendations for food, style and just about anything. My intent with this blog is to capture some of that and share it with everyone!
Additionally I am currently finishing up my first official novel! I will be sharing more details about that very soon.
Born on Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, DC, Trista is a University of Southern California graduate with a BA in Business & Real Estate, MBA in Finance and MA in Gerontology. Trista holds a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from the USC Davis School of Gerontology, the oldest and largest school of its type in the world. During her time at USC, Trista was the recipient of the Polusky Endowed Scholarship and a two time winner of the Launer Harris Endowed Scholarship. In her spare time, Trista likes to travel and play golf. She enjoys gourmet cooking, pilates, and walking her dogs along the beach.
“It’s elementary my dear Watson”
Trista Bouchard’s passion for writing began at the early age of six when her elementary school principal asked her to write a story about Thanksgiving. The story, which Trista aptly called ‘The First Thanksgiving’, was hung in the foyer of the school, surrounded by drawings made by her classmates. Trista expanded her love of the arts in the years that followed. She studied acting, ballet, fashion, and music. Trista performed in ‘Stacy’s Christmas’ as a dancer and helped choreograph the number. She performed in her first piano recital at the age of nine. She also designed and constructed a hat in the shape of a huge pink flower that won a prize in the Easter Bonnet Parade.
Art & Books
Trista also had a keen eye for color, winning the Woodward & Lothrop Muppet Coloring Contest for her age category. But Trista’s love of books and the written word was her number one passion, which is why she volunteered as a library assistant at school. Trista enjoyed both writing and illustrating her work. And at age ten, Trista won 2nd place for fiction in Prince George’s County “Write-A-Book Contest”. The next year, she won 3rd place for fiction in same contest. Trista continued writing and acting and at age eleven was interviewed for an article in The Maryland Independent about attending the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Theatre Arts Day Camp. The article stated that “…Trista Bouchard, an outspoken 11-year-old from Camp Springs who has authored two 10-page books, said she’ll probably be a children’s author…or a doctor.” The following year, Trista wrote and illustrated a short story in French called “Pierre Va Au Sightseeing ᾺParis”.
After leaving primary school, Trista ventured off to college and studied business. She spent many years working in the financial world and settled nicely into the mortgage side where she currently handles real estate transactions and is also a mortgage broker. Trista has also been a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Rounding out her career goals, she received her Masters in Gerontology in December of 2010.
Wrote a short story called ‘The First Thanksgiving’ which was hung in the front of her elementary school. The other students drew pictures to accompany the story.
Won third prize in the Easter Bonnet Parade.
Performed in Stacy’s Christmas. Helped choreograph and was a dancer, appeared as one of the seven swans a swimming.
Was a library assistant in elementary school.
Performed in her first piano recital.
Won the Woodward & Lothrop Muppet Coloring Contest, best in age category.
Soloist. Song ‘New Beginnings’, The Spring Concert, Middleton Valley
Won 2nd place for fiction in Prince George’s County Write-A-Book Contest
Won 3rd place for fiction in the Prince George͛s County Write-A-Book Contest.
Interviewed for an article about attending the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission͛s Theatre Arts Day Camp. “Trista Bouchard, an outspoken 11-year-old from Camp Springs who has authored two 10-page books, said she͛ll probably be a children’s author…or a doctor.”
Wrote and illustrated a short story in French called Pierre Va Au Sightseeing Ὰ Paris͛.
Selected as a preliminary contestant in the Coca-Cola Teen Model Search.
A few years ago I visited the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.
Before heading abroad I picked up a cute little stuffed lion, thinking it would be such a cute photo with the lion at the Colosseum. It did turn out being a very cute photo and Leo was born. Now Leo travels to all our destination vacations. He is quite worldly. Who needs a gnome when you have Leo!