The past 12 months have been simply dazzling for Tina Brady.
The former reality television housewife sent her daughter, Mia, off to college in the Windy City, watched her son, Rush, marry his sweetheart in October, and this month will celebrate the one-year anniversary of launching her jewelry collection, Music City Bling.
Brady worked on the project for two years before launching in May 2014. Preparation included refining designs and locating manufacturers and suppliers. Once the designs were complete, Brady hosted a soiree to unveil the collection of statement necklaces, earrings and bracelets at her home.
A year later, she is thrilled to celebrate the milestone and looks forward to expanding into other fashion avenues.
"I'm having a blast with it and the most fun part - besides creating - is getting to wear sparkle every day," she said. "I also have contests on my official Facebook page and love sharing my bling."
A producer from the Bravo network recently contacted Brady about doing a few jewelry designs to air on an upcoming show.
"I am stoked," Brady said, adding that creating a shoe line would be a dream. "My favorite shoe designer is Giuseppe Zanotti."
Brady designed a special necklace to be presented to Woman of Wilson Luncheon keynote speaker singer Lorrie Morgan on Wednesday. The luncheon is hosted by The Wilson Post and sponsored by University Medical Center.
Although Wilson Countians have known Brady for years as the good-hearted, pretty blond wife of dentist Stan Brady, she received national attention on the TNT show "Private Lives of Nashville Wives."
"It was definitely one of the most interesting experiences I've ever had. I can't deny that it is pretty cool to get your 15 minutes of fame, and it was really amazing just to see how the shows are done," she said. "I cultivated some fabulous friendships with the other girls on the show, who, despite the way things may have appeared, were all wonderful Southern ladies. It was also a great jumpstart for my new business."
When she isn't creating bling, Brady enjoys spending time with her husband of 30 years, Stan.
Memphis-native Brady said she was just a teenager speeding on the skating rink when she first met her future husband. "He was actually a floor guard at the skating rink and kicked me off the floor for skating too fast," she said, laughing. "I had a bit of a wild side in those days which I haven't completely surrendered even now."
When Stan graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in 1988, the couple knew they wanted to relocate to a smaller community to build a practice and raise a family.
"After visiting several smaller towns in Tennessee, Lebanon seemed perfect. We fell in love with it," she said.
Brady also enjoys spending time with her animals - especially horses. "In the last few years my horses have been my primary interest outside of my home and businesses. I've been training with my jumpers in Franklin for the last seven years. I also have a number of other pleasure horses, sport horses, Paints and a special Tennessee Walker.
"My husband and I recently purchased some land in Wilson County and we've been working on developing an Equestrian center with a jumping arena and barn," she continued. "I love spending time at the farm - something about it and the supreme magic it brings my soul. I'm one lucky lady, blessed beyond measure."
Brady named country star Reba McEntire as a woman she admires.
"I got to know her when our kids were in school together at Sumner Academy. I admire her so much, not only for the God-given talent she has, but also for her determination, perseverance and the fact that she possesses killer entrepreneurial spirit," Brady said. "She's got style, elegance, grace and beauty to name a few - but it is her genuine heart of gold that is icing on the cake."
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