Catherine Bachelier Smith is the founder of CBS Lifestylist, a California-based event, wedding and wardrobe styling business. With over 15 years’ of experience, she is the ‘go to’ source for all things progressive in the wedding and fashion realms.
Since 2000, Catherine’s wedding business has grown exponentially. She’s made a mark for herself by adapting to wedding clients’ various needs, maintaining excellent relations with top vendors in Southern California and creating a presence in print media with both her fashion styling skills and beautiful wedding event productions.
Hailing originally from Nogales, Arizona, a small town on the border of Mexico and the United States, Catherine’s career trajectory started, and remains, in the helping of others. With a B.S. degree from the University of Arizona, she spent two years nursing in OB/GYN followed by two years in pediatrics. She enjoyed an additional four years as a project manager for state funded health programs within the nursing, program development and management fields.
Catherine eventually left her beloved field of nursing to be a full time mother to both of her young sons. As the boys grew older and more independent, Catherine was eager to start a new career. A suggestion soon came from a wedding photographer friend who suggested she would be perfect for coordinating weddings. Catherine spent a year studying the industry and profession, was hooked, and soon created business cards with the title of ‘Wedding Coordinator’. Her pursuit in helping others was once again beginning.
Her devotion to helping families come together to celebrate marriage, combined with her unique, creative sensibility make for the perfect combination of planning weddings and events. Her love of fashion was to come to career fruition later in life.
In 2011, after 9 years of wedding coordinating, Catherine embarked upon a major change within her business model. She asked herself, “How can I apply my various life passions into one career? How can I do everything that I love and do them well?” These questions beleaguered Catherine, sometimes keeping her up at night. The common response she received from friends and family when discussing her career desires was, “to focus on one thing and be great at it.”
While this suggestion may work for many, the opposite was true for Catherine, an energetic woman that likes to push herself in all abilities. She wanted to continue to produce weddings, while pursuing the other interests that kept her mind moving. She wanted to mold her career path to encompass wedding planning, fashion and family–the fundamental elements that encompass her life.
With her strong-willed confidence and drive to overcome obstacles, Catherine’s venture, CBS Lifestylist, came to fruition. Combining her creativity with her people-loving social skills, Catherine has incorporated her main interests into a career that most would deem unrelated and impossible to do. She has broken the mold in pursuing ‘one great thing’ and is creating a career for herself that is helping others, while also enriching her own life.
Catherine now resides in sunny San Diego, California. She is one of nine children and a triplet girl. Planning parties, weddings, and styling her sisters’ wardrobes dates back to her teenage years. Her two sons are now middle school and high school age. “Motherhood,” she says, “teaches true selflessness and how to prioritize life.”
Love Never Goes Away is a memoir that Catherine wrote and published in 2012. The book details her marriage, divorce and eventual second marriage. Initially started as journal entries she saw value in the lessons she had learned and thought others may find inspiration in her life path. She also wanted to be an example to her boys on how to manage life gracefully when things don’t go as planned.
A genuine true force of nature, Catherine inspires those around her to reevaluate their self in a positive way. The confidence she imbues in herself and in living a fulfilled life is a magnetic quality that is treasured among those who know her.