Kristen Coffield is a wonderful friend and customer, whose joie de vivre is unparalleled. Like many of my friends, Kristen Coffield and her husband have spent the last few years completely reinventing and rebooting. They downsized, started new jobs, launched children, sadly lost parents and pets…and were ready to embrace positive change. So after working for herself for 30 years, catering and culinary coaching individuals for health and wellness, Kristen went to work for the dynamic Tina Alster M.D. at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery.
Her position as the Patient Experience Coordinator, (and all around “super fixer”) uses every skill in her wheelhouse, with the added benefit of having access to insider scoop on cutting edge beauty treatments and products.
“Working with women I respect and admire, in an environment dedicated to empowering individuals to look and feel their best, is an added benefit to finding personal balance by embracing mental, physical, and emotional challenges as part of a well-lived life,” says Kristen.
Kristen is wearing a Black Go Silk Tea Length Silk Dress, $450, and matching Italian Baroque Sea Pearl Earrings, $187.50 and Necklace, $337.50, all available at Coco Blanca.
How do you spend your time? I would like to think that I don’t “spend” my time, but rather invest my time. There is the time I invest at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery enhancing the patient experience. The time I invest helping clients look and feel their best working with me at the Culinary Cure, and the time I invest with family and friends, squeezing in as much cooking, eating, and travel as possible.
Neighborhood: Fords Landing in Old Town
How long have you lived in Alexandria: 30 years of dramatic change.
What is your hometown? Bronxville, New York, my in-laws and father still live there.
What brought you to Alexandria? I had just gotten married and we moved to D.C for my husband’s job as Chief of Staff for Congressmen Bill Emerson.
What would surprise people about you? I love to read in the bathtub.
You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? No doubt about it, I would want time travel.
Favorite cocktail: Really great tequila on the rocks and I have an affinity for small batch bourbon.
Last book read or movie seen: Why Not Me, by Mindy Kaling
Guilty Pleasure: Having a glass of champagne at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon.
Phrase you overuse: “You have to trust the universe.”
Facebook or Instagram? Both, I tag my Instagram to Facebook.
Latest binge-watch: Narcos…addictive like cocaine.
Bucket list travel destination: The Cinque Terre in Italy. I want to spend my days hiking in a beautiful place toward my next meal.
If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? OMG this is the Sophie’s Choice of beverages! I will have to take wine and just drink champagne at breakfast.
Define your style in three words or less: Contemporary chic
The go-to piece in your wardrobe: I have this killer leopard print coat that totally makes any outfit rock.
Favorite trend ever: Pashminas, wraps, shawls.
Favorite current trend: Sexy little silk tops mixed with more structured classic pieces.
Beauty product you can’t live without: Perfectly matching concealer.
Favorite fragrance: Lavender anything.
Heels or flats? Heels.
Favorite room in your home: Loving the bedroom in my new house. It has a sweet spot for hanging out in front of the fireplace looking out on the woods.
Antiques, modern, or a mix? Mix, I love character in my spaces.
Last item bought for your home: A fabulous pool table that sits in the middle of our living room.
Next planned purchase: Beautiful plants for the outside planters…if spring ever comes.
Favorite way to entertain: Spontaneously and generously. We love to invite friends over for a game of pool and some cocktails, followed by something delicious served with great wine.
Clutter-free or well-lived in? I am a clutter-free girl, I like to look at orderly spaces.
Wallpaper: yes, totally modern or no, so dated. Paint and good art.
Your go-to work-out: I am always changing my workout, but right now I am crushing it at [solidcore].
Most fun way to exercise: I love to dance, hip hop, two step a bunch of girls on a cocktail table, dancing is the most fun workout.
Group exercise or solo: I am an energy vampire, I love group classes.
Fitness goal: Finding a way to make yoga part of my fitness routine. Not many yogis up at 5:30 in the morning, so it’s hard to find a class.
Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: Snowboarding.
Proudest fitness achievement: Getting through each [solidcore] workout at 5:30 am.
Favorite spot in Alexandria: We have been members of the Old Dominion Boat Club for 30 years and it is a happy spot!
Last purchase in Alexandria: A cute silky top at Coco Blanca that I can wear under a blazer at work or out on a date.
Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Misha’s Coffee might be the best coffee anywhere. Happy hour is delicious at Brabo and a Sunday Funday date is Hanks Oyster Bar, 2pm sipping champagne and eating oysters at the bar.
Favorite charity: RunningBrooke.
Favorite annual Alexandria event: The Octoberfest hosted by The Campagna Center at Port City Brewing Company in September. It is the most fun you can have unless you are in Germany at the real Octoberfest. There is German music, food and beer…need I say more!
Photo Credit: Sarah Marcella Photography
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