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The Blessed, Blonde And Beautiful Bessie Bardot

June 21st, 2010

Bessie Bardot, a prominent figure in Sydney and Australian media has made huge changes in her life over the past couple of years.

A television and radio presenter, best selling author, model, business consultant and public speaker, the list goes on… This woman has done it all, and will continue to do so.

She is a gorgeous blonde bombshell, who has remained an active member of the media and social circuit for many years, talks to me about life, family, work and play.

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I’m hosting The Wedding Show on Foxtel as well as my ongoing project – filming a documentary called The Life Change Experiment. We travel the world and find the most inspirational people in each place.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I used to be a personal shopper and stylist for DKNY, so I learnt long ago to stick with the shapes and looks that suit me, regardless of the new trends. It’s a little frustrating not being able to wear some of the looks but with my shape I need to balance my proportions and stick with clean lines and fresh colours.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I’m gluten free so anything that’s GF impresses me. I also love French food & Sushi.

Greatest lesson learnt?

That the only powerful way to live is in the present without feeling guilty about the past and worrying about the future. I started doing it 9 months ago with The Life Change Experiment and its honestly the happiest and stress free I’ve ever been in my life. Scientists have proven that we use a different part of our brain when we are stressed so we can’t make decisions properly anyway in that state. Letting go of it all and going with the flow definitely produces the best results.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Don’t wait for other people to make it happen for you. You need to be your own PR agent, manager etc. Make it easy for people to contact through a basic but professional looking website. Get a quirky business card, meet new people and make long lasting, mutually beneficial business contacts. Then repeat. Its an ongoing job but its so rewarding to work in your area of passion.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I put all my tasks for business and home life on the one to do list and give them equal attention because I’ve learnt that If you’re so busy that you don’t get time to have your own life, you have no life at all.

How did you get into doing what you do?

I was a checkout chick at Kmart with no ambition for anything more, then when my marriage of 6 months fell apart I woke up and realised that I had a fresh canvas and could design the life I wanted. So I started my first business, fifteen years on it’s just a matter of creating your own opportunities and noticing the ones in front of your eyes everyday.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

Make A Wish foundation is an incredible one. I’ve been part of many wishes being granted to kids with life threatening illnesses and their smiles will remain in my memory forever.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

With a toddler who needs to eat nutritious dinners I’ve given up most of my takeaway, now I cook about five nights a week.

Signature dish?

Probably my lamb marinated in maple syrup, garlic and mint with crispy baked vege’s, garlic mushrooms & caramelised onion.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

I could usually rattle off a long list but after giving all my possessions away in thelifechangeexperiment.com I realised that I hardly need a thing, it’s really quite liberating. These days the only must is the baby’s nappy bag and a bottle of water for me.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Gotta say Shelly Beach in Manly as its where I got married 12 years ago.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

Somewhere exotic or challenging. A flawless beach in Mauritius or trekking through the Amazon Jungle depending on my mood.

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

Empathy. You can learn and achieve much by applying yourself but true compassion and empathy is the most important for their happiness and that of the people around them.

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

Since becoming a mother I’m a big sook for heart tugging songs, movies, even inspirational phrases and seeing people’s eyes light up as they have a major realisation or discover their worth, it gets me every time.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

It was a Mercedes A class but I gave that away, now I drive a loaned Winnebago motorhome and I’m totally addicted to the freedom, and the fact that I never leave anything at home!

Your best grooming tip?

Go easy on the makeup, the best way to get better skin is to lay off the chemicals and let your skin breathe. I never thought it would be possible with my history of acne but I haven’t worn makeup in 6 months and my skin is a million times better.

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