I wrote a travel story on “where to shop now” in Morgantown, West Virginia, for Southern Living’s November issue. Unfortunately, due to an editorial mix up, my byline wasn’t used on the story in the print issue, but it’s posted online here. Read up! And, if you are feeling adventuresome, it’s worth a trip to Morgantown. Not mentioned in my story: the college town has great local beer and pepperoni rolls! cheers, marissa
I wrote a travel story on Richmond, Virginia, which was featured in the September issue of Southern Living. The story tells visitors how to experience the River City on a high and low budget, whether you are tubing on the James or shopping at a high-end boutique. Grab a copy on newsstands now! cheers, marissa
I recently wrote two pieces for HelloGiggles, a fabulous blog started by Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer and Sophia Rossi. I’ve been a fan of the site for awhile, because of its fun content, honest tone and supportive community of women. With all the snark and cynicism on the Internet these days, this blog is a breath of fresh air.
I wrote a personal essay about my struggles as an extrovert (read here), and a piece about how to decorate your house like a fancy cat lady (read here). These pieces were a blast to write. So happy to write for a community of hilarious, fun and smart women. xo, marissa
I have a few exciting journalism moments to report from the past month. I’ll be taking over the Richmond Times-Dispatch‘s weekly “Dining Out” column, which publishes on Thursdays in the Dining section. Each week I will visit a restaurant in Richmond and write about my experience — the food, drinks, service, people, ambiance, consistency, etc. Dana Craig has been writing the column for the past decade and I’m excited to fill her shoes. More from the Times-Dispatch on the transition here. My first column will run Thursday, July 24.
Also, earlier this month, I started copy editing for The Scout Guide, which is headquartered out of Charlottesville, Va. TSG has more than 50 publications in major cities across the country. I’ll be copy editing and fact checking their publications on a freelance basis.
In other news, a few of my Southern Living stories are slated for publication soon. Stay tuned!
Since January I have been hustling, learning a new full-time job and writing more freelance copy than ever. I’m feeling inspired, ambitious and hungry for more. There’s a fire in my belly to write new pieces, and more importantly, a drive to break out of my comfortable and habitual writing format.
Here are a few highlights from the past six months:
New job In January I made the very difficult decision to quit my job as Richmond mag’s associate editor and R•Home’s managing editor for a job as communications manager at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. At VisArts I wear many hats: I do public relations, marketing and branding, ad purchasing, graphic design, website and social media updating, among may other things that come my way in the form of communications. I couldn’t completely say goodbye to my former job, so I’m writing for Richmond, R•Home and Richmond Bride magazines on the side. (This reminds me: You should pick up the Summer 2014 issue of Richmond Bride mag to read my Q&A with couture wedding dress designer Aimee Lauren. She is creating exquisite gowns!)
Southern Living stories For nearly two years I’ve been freelancing for Southern Living, and in the past few months I’ve been working on a handful of travel and style stories for the publication. My pieces are slated for publication at the end of the summer and early in the fall. This writing gig is such a blessing. When I was at Boston University’s journalism school I remember seeing a travel journalism class and thinking “What a dream job.” Some days, I take a step back and look at what I’m writing for Southern Living and my heart just explodes. I grew up with the magazine on my parent’s coffee table and my mom taught me how to cook out of SL’s cookbooks. It’s beautiful to have many chapters in my life with this publication.
Paste magazine stories In April I started writing stories on the alcohol industry for Paste magazine. My pieces include features, lists, recipes, reviews and hopefully in the future a few personal essays. To see what I’m writing for Paste, click here.
Virginia Press Awards In early April I attended the VPAs. I knew I won an award but wasn’t sure what for specifically. Turns out R•Home mag won first place for cover design. I’m so happy to share the award with two of my favorite Richmond publishing ladies, Brandon Fox and Lee Hawkins. Lee Hawkins is an amazing, talented graphic designer who is forward-thinking and always knocks it out of the park with her designs at the VPAs. If you’ve ever picked up R•Home off the local newsstand you’ll know what I’m talking about: all Lee’s cover designs are winners.
Art stuff With my new job at VisArts I have been taking art classes. I just finished up a six-week Intro to Woodworking class and next week am starting a graphic design class to better my marketing skills. I’m enjoying these extracurricular classes because I’m using my brain and hands in a new way.
A few other exciting projects are on the horizon. Stay tuned! xo, marissa
In the May/June issue of R•Home magazine I did a Q&A with Bill McCarthy, a local picker and furniture transformer. A few months ago when doing a scour of Born Again Furnishings, I came across a delightful bar cart that he made. I asked the owner of Born Again Furnishings about Bill and found out that he works with my friend designer Wendy Umanoff. (If you saw Wendy’s loft in the September/October issue of R•Home you’ll see that indeed her space has some of Bill’s pieces.) Anyways, I bought Bill’s cart, brought it home and now use it as a bar cart in our home. Buying this piece and seeing his other beautiful pieces inspired me to reach out and do the Q&A for the mag. To read the story click here.
Pick up a copy of Southern Living’s May issue to read my travel story on Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a charming little town an hour-and-a-half drive from Washington, D.C. My story highlights the cool places to shop and tasty places to eat in the little town of 1,700 people. Also in this issue, my friend and fellow journalist Kristin Luna wrote a wonderful travel piece on Louisville, Kentucky’s East Market District. It’s always a treat to share some ink with writers you admire. Happy reading!
I wrote a travel story on Lynchburg, Virginia, that is published in the April issue of Southern Living. Lynchburg always will have a special place in my heart. After leaving Colorado, I lived in Lynchburg for about two years and worked at the town’s newspaper as a page designer and copy editor. When I moved there I was lost and confused and ended up finding myself and a tribe of people I have come to love. So, having this travel story published means very, very much to me. Be sure to grab a copy or read the story here. My story is only printed in the MVA travel zones, which are distributed in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
Also, back in November Southern Living published a travel story I wrote on where to shop in Charlottesville, Virginia, on their website. Read that story here.
I have a few other travel pieces I wrote for Southern Living that I’m hoping to see in print soon. Stay tuned!
The March/April issue of R•Home mag was my last issue as editor, and coincidentally it was an “artful” issue. I left my job at Richmond mag mid-January to take on a new job opportunity as communications manager with the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. So, it goes to show that as I was wrapping up my last issue of R•Home, my mind was already embracing a new artistic perspective.
Here’s the line-up of R•Home content:
The Goods Pantone’s colors of the year — Radiant Orchid
The Expert The art of collecting: Buying art for your home is as simple as knowing what you like
The Gallery Gallery Hopping: What’s happening now in Richmond’s art scene
At Home The Trouble with Sofas
Favorites Decisively on Display: Kenneth Byrd uses his merchandising background to accessorize his home with precision
Gardening Hardy Heirlooms: Zinnias take a licking and keep on ticking, beautifully
DIY Magnetic Beauty: Make the fridge even cooler with this quick, easy project
Viewpoint The Interpreter: Designer Thom Filicia wants to help clients express the narrative of their lives
Occasions Not-so-secret success: The Underground Kitchen surfaces for its first dinner event
Calendar March & April events: What’s happening around town
Q&A The new Bridget Beari: Susan Jamieson’s palette now includes a new line of graphic wallpapers
Back Page Stuff we like: Fern & Roby speakers, Justin Tran prints and spring reading material
Conversation Pieces: Ted Elmore’s Fan home inspires discussions on art, culture and beauty
Bring on the Light: A family transforms a dark Tudor into a bright, cheery home inside and out
Readers’ Favorites 2014
And here are some behind-the-scenes photos …
It has bee a blessing to work on R•Home with so many talented writers, editors, stylists, photographers, illustrators, and art directors in the past year. As I turn to a new chapter in my life, I’m so happy I have these ones to flip through and look back on. Thank you, all! cheers, marissa