Living in the DMV gives us the opportunity to meet many in the active military, proudly serving our country, and their wonderful spouses. I’m so thrilled and excited to introduce to you the newest Kiskadee staff member and stellar Navy wife, Alana Cheij. Alana, a Nashville native, recently moved here from her husband’s last assignment in Spain. After having traveled to more than 10 countries, she will remain here when her husband is deployed in May. I can’t imagine moving multiple times, nor have my spouse deployed. I admire Alana for her strength and determination to be an individual yet support her husband in his chosen career.
Alana has a style all her own…it is fresh, simple, clean, and creative…just like her! And if you don’t find her crafting, you may find her sipping a margarita and binge watching “The Bachelor.” We look forward to sharing with Alana all that Alexandria has to offer in her new adopted home town!
Alana is wearing an outfit from Kiskadee.
How do you spend your time? Shopping and crafting
Neighborhood: Del Ray
How long have you lived in Alexandria: Three months (I’m a newbie!)
What is your hometown? Nashville, Tennessee
What brought you to Alexandria? My husband is in the Navy and we were transferred here after spending 2.5 years in Spain!
What would surprise people about you? I’ve been to more than 10 countries
You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? To teleport anywhere
Favorite cocktail: Margarita
Last book read or movie seen: “Passengers”
Guilty Pleasure: The Bachelor!
Phrase you overuse: Wow!
Facebook or Instagram? Instagram
Latest binge-watch: Fixer Upper
Bucket list travel destination: Thailand
If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Definitely wine, I haven’t had coffee in about three years. Shocking I know!
Define your style in three words or less: Comfy chic
The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Knee-high boots
Favorite trend ever: All black everything!
Favorite current trend: The high ponytail
Beauty product you can’t live without: Foundation or ChapStick
Favorite fragrance: Lemongrass
Heels or flats? Hmm, that’s tough, both!
Favorite room in your home: My cozy living room
Antiques, modern, or a mix? Mix
Last item bought for your home: Lamps
Next planned purchase: A crafting desk
Favorite way to entertain: Wine and game night!
Clutter-free or well-lived in? Clutter-free (I’m a neat freak)
Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: Yes! Love it.
Your go-to work-out: Yoga and squats
Most fun way to exercise: Blasting upbeat music!
Group exercise or solo: Either
Fitness goal: Just to feel healthy
Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: Buti Yoga
Proudest fitness achievement: Completing a “Murph” on Memorial Day in honor of Lt Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan.
Favorite spot in Alexandria: Del Ray, of course!
Last purchase in Alexandria: A delicious banh mi sandwich from Caphe Banh Mi
Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Could you tell me? I’m a newbie remember!
Favorite charity: EOD Warrior Foundation
Favorite annual Alexandria event: I can’t wait to experience them all!