She was wearing a black jumpsuit with a gold, tribal statement necklace and cage ankle boot heels. I can’t believe I remember all the details of her outfit! Wait, of COURSE I remember all the details of her outfit! She towers over me in flats, but in heels…forget about it. Although we spoke very briefly, she made an impression.
Fast forward several months and I received an email from Marisa wanting to train with me. I was just starting to grow my team, and was still cautious about the process, feeling my way through what this business had been and what it could be.
We embarked on the training together and I immediately knew her passion, integrity, and spirit would be a great fit for what I wanted to do. Building a business is never an easy prospect — especially a type of business that didn’t exist a couple of decades ago. Marisa has been integral to our growth. She brings a youth and edge to her work that never fails to surprise, impress, and excite me. She is not only a top-notch stylist with a growing list of clients who depend on her to look and feel their very best, but she is always game for anything and everything when it comes to doing what is best for this business. She loves what we do just as much as I do, and I couldn’t ask for more.
How do you spend your time? When I’m not styling, I’m running around with my family, cooking, or grabbing a drink with friends.
Neighborhood: Falls Church, Virginia
How long have you lived in Alexandria: I don’t! Oh, no! I live in Falls Church, but come to Alexandria constantly.
What is your hometown? McLean, Virginia
What brought you to Alexandria? Clients and Stylebook. My brother, sister-in-law, and niece live in Del Ray, so it’s always fun to visit!
What would surprise people about you? I am really good at impressions and accents.
You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? Batman has always been my favorite superhero because he doesn’t have superhuman powers. But always getting by with my mind, with physical abilities. Yes, I’m a nerd, lol!
Favorite cocktail: Miller Lite…I’m so classy, haha! But I do love margaritas!
Last book read or movie seen: Just read Commonwealth by Ann Patchett and saw The Last Jedi
Guilty Pleasure: Carbo-loading and really expensive shoes.
Phrase you overuse: It’s a tie between “I literally can’t” and “Calm down” haha!
Facebook or Instagram? Instagram, 100 percent
Latest binge-watch: Parks and Recreation or 30 Rock…can never get enough of those two shows.
Bucket list travel destination: Bora Bora
If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Wine
Define your style in three words or less: This is tough! I’ve been branching out more as I’ve gotten older and now I’d say I’m a mix of rocker, glamorous, and classic.
The go-to piece in your wardrobe: A pair of distressed boyfriend jeans
Favorite trend ever: Over-the-knee boots
Favorite current trend: Neutral plaids
Beauty product you can’t live without: Aquaphor. Slather it all over and leaves my skin baby soft.
Favorite fragrance: Chanel Chance
Heels or flats? Heels
Favorite room in your home: My bedroom. I have the coziest duvet and most comfortable mattress.
Antiques, modern, or a mix? Mix
Last item bought for your home: I went to Williamsburg with my mom and bought a really fun rug for the kitchen.
Next planned purchase: New fabrics (from Williamsburg, too!) for a couch and chair in my living room.
Favorite way to entertain: I will organize a dinner out for everyone – plan the reservations, etc. Or have people in my home and have everything out, including the desserts, so people can eat whenever they want. I prefer it more low-key.
Clutter-free or well-lived in? Clutter-free.
Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: Totally!
Your go-to work-out: Cyclebar and Orangetheory
Most fun way to exercise: I love spinning.
Group exercise or solo: Group
Fitness goal: To have superhuman strength like Wonder Woman. But honestly, to become really healthy and strong and more confident in my own skin.
Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: Solidcore
Proudest fitness achievement: Doing three workout classes in one day: Spin, Orangetheory and 305Fitness in D.C. I slept like a baby that night!
Favorite spot in Alexandria: Stomping Ground in Del Ray
Last purchase in Alexandria: A pair of Stuart Weitzman boots from The Shoe Hive
Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Coffee: Stomping Ground / Happy hour: Don Taco / Date night: Live Oak or Restaurant Eve
Favorite charity: The Reading Connection
Favorite annual Alexandria event: Christmas at Mount Vernon
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