photo by Stefan Radtke
Lifelong Westchester resident Brooke Christian currently calls the northern hamlet of Waccabuc home. In a prior life, Christian worked as a Manhattan-based marketing director at magazines like Real Simple and Harper’s Bazaar. After her two children arrived, the 38-year-old entrepreneur decided to bring some of that chic lifestyle up-county by creating Flirty Girl, a Best of Westchester-winning company dedicated to helping women “unlock their sexiest selves.” Most of her job happens under cover of darkness, and she shared a couple of her secrets to feeling glamorous day and night.
Where are your favorite places to go at night?
I love Little Drunken Chef in Mount Kisco, Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish in North Salem, and seeing clients’ homes during a trunk show!
What are your secrets to staying awake during a night out?
Are you a natural night owl? If so, how do you reconcile being a mom to young, daylight-loving kids?
I’m not a natural night owl, but I feel like I reclaim my adulthood when enjoying a night without my kids… I don’t have to wear my mommy hat. Coffee fuels me during the day, but I think moms are trained to function well on little sleep! I believe that being a mom means you can adequately survive on 4 to 5 hours of sleep a night.
Does your work require you to be a night owl?
Yes. I host private trunk shows and events through Flirty Girl. It’s fantastic to work at night: It’s a time when everyone is relaxed and in a “lets have some fun” mindset. Groups of women gather for cocktails and girl-chat, while I showcase a curated collection of bedroom playthings and award-winning lingerie. It’s not work; it’s more like I get to spend my evenings with fantastic women.
How do you prepare for a night on the job?
Coffee! Eating an early dinner with my kids means I don’t get hungry at an event, plus I get quality time with the munchkins, too.
You’ve lived in Westchester most of your life. Do you have any insider tips on how to best enjoy nightlife in the county?
Traveling [between destinations at night] can be tricky sometimes, but I think the growing popularity of Uber really helps.
What do you think is missing from Westchester nightlife?
Better in-restaurant bars.