The next best thing to a best friend is a best friend’s best friend. That is how I know Trisha Gregory, Director of Public Relations at Salvatore Ferragamo. Actually, I don’t really know her – but I feel like I do because of all of the amazing things my BFF Catherine says about her. She is gorgeous, smart, a PR whiz at an iconic Italian fashion house. She has Southern roots and is proud of them. And she keeps Alchimie Forever eye cream in her fridge. What more is there to love?!
AP: What city were you born in? TG: Tupelo, Mississippi.
AP: What city to do you live in? TG: New York City.
AP: What is your middle name? TG: Simmons.
AP: What is your astrological sign? TG: Aquarius.
AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? TG: My Southern upbringing is very important to me. I think it’s difficult to keep track of what’s important in New York, especially as a woman fortifying a career in this industry.
AP: What is your most prized possession? TG: My diamond and sapphire bracelets I inherited from my grandmother.
AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? TG: Princess Diana.
AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. TG: Timeless. Smart. Feminine.
AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? TG: Yes, Ferragamo F-80.
AP: Diamonds or pearls? TG: Pearls.
AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? TG: Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads.
AP: What fragrance do you wear? TG: Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge.
AP: Botox or not? TG: Not.
AP: Hair color: natural or not? TG: Natural.
AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? TG: I dont know. Each time I try to start a diet, sweets arrive at the office!
AP: What do you do for exercise? TG: Classes: Body by Simone, CoreFusion at Exhale Spa.
AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? TG: Arrowhead Farms hellfire club bloody mary mix, Alchimie Forever eye cream given to me by my BFF Catherine, and Melaleuca baked crackers.
AP: What is your cocktail of choice? TG: A spicy margarita.
AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? TG: If I’ve learned anything from the Italians it’s work to live, not live to work. But good ideas come at all times of the day and night… so keep a notepad or email yourself reminders for the next morning.
AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? TG: 100,000+.
AP: What are your three top tips for travel? TG: I travel with a cashmere cardigan, a leather Oliver Peoples eye mask, and my Kate Somerville moisturizer.
AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. TG: Kiesza – Hideaway; Selfmachine – I Blame Coco; F’ing Problems – Asap Rocky.
AP: What book are you reading right now? TG: The Goldfinch.
AP: Quote to live by. TG: “I look for strong people. I don’t like people who’ll say yes to everything I might bring up. I want people who can argue and disagree and have a point of view. My dad believed in the cult of personality.”- Anna Wintour.
AP: What is your worst pet peeve? TG: When people smack their food.
AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? TG: Around 6/ 7 hours. I’m up by 7AM.
AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? TG: The possibility of transformation and the magical feeling of self-improvement.
AP: Least favorite thing. TG: When the bronzed look goes out of fashion for a season. I like a little tan.
AP: Who is your mentor? TG: My mother… and all three of my bosses I’ve had the privilege of working for in this industry.
AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. TG: “Ask for more homework!!” is what my father advised us growing up. Which means…follow your dreams, ask questions, ask for more work and take risks.