R•Home Magazine’s May-June 2017 Issue

My favorite thing about writing for R•Home Mag is getting to spend time with inspiring people in Richmond. In the May-June issue I had the pleasure of writing the cover story on Alison Barber’s vibrant Ginter Park home — the fabulous interiors by the talented interior designer Jennifer Stoner. And for my “Favorites” column, I visited with jewelry designer Jay Sharpe to learn about his evolution as an artist and take a look at the pieces of art that inspire him and fill his house with joy. Grab a copy of the issue — on newsstands now! xo, marissa

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R•Home Magazine’s March/April Issue

In my quest to live and work harmoniously at home, I’ve embraced my inner hausfrau. I wrote a personal essay in the March/April issue of R•Home Magazine about my journey to find balance when I feel torn between writing and mastering domesticity. Do other freelancers experience this when working from home?

I also had the pleasure of writing about the talented and awesome Alyssa Salomon, a local photographer and screen-printer. Grab a copy off newsstands now, and happy reading!
xo xo, marissa

Richmond Magazine’s 2017 Sourcebook

richmond-magazine-2017-sourcebook-coverRichmond Magazine’s biblical Sourcebook is out now. When I was an editor at the mag, I remember the daunting task of helping put together this beast of a book. I got to work on it right as we moved to town, and it was a great way for me to get to know the River City.  The glossy showcases everything you need to know about living and working in Richmond from the city’s great attractions and distractions to school and business news, along with living and dining tidbits. In this issue I wrote a little piece on outdoor living and the trend of homeowners investing more in their backyards and patios. Go out and grab yo’self a copy now, and happy reading! xo, marissa

R•Home Magazine January/February 2017 issue

In the January/February issue of R•Home magazine I wrote about Richmond’s restaurants. But rather than focusing on the food, I wrote about the beautiful design that goes into some of our city’s fabulous eateries. We also included a sidebar on how to get the look at home. Read the story here.

Along with writing a restaurant design feature on Shagbark, Laura Lee’s, and Belle & James, I had the pleasure of interviewing Evan and Kristy Cotter, owners of the gift shop Dear Neighbor, for the magazine’s Favorites column. If you haven’t made it to their new Church Hill boutique, it’s worth a visit. Happy reading! xo, marissa

The Knot’s Spring/Summer 2017 issue

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The spring/summer issue of The Knot’s DC/Maryland/Virginia is on newsstands now! I had so much fun writing the local content for this issue, which includes amazing vendors and venues from across the DMV, sweet and sappy proposal stories, along with some lovely weddings (our’s included!).

Thank you so much to my wonderful editors at The Knot for including our wedding in the mag! Looking back on our wedding photos fills my heart with so much love, and this is a keepsake we will always treasure. xo, marissa

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My Year In Review — 2016

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This past year was my first full tax year of going out on my own. This means I’ll be looking at the work I’ve done over the past year and assessing what stories I enjoyed writing, what publications I value, and what other projects (marketing, social media management, public relations, etc.) enriched my work life. Here’s a little look at my year in review …

Journalism

Locally, I wrote stories for Central Virginia Home, Charlottesville Home, R•Home, Richmond Magazine, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Roanoke Valley Home, Style Weekly, and Virginia Living. I’ve been blogging weekly for The Knot’s site and writing stories for their biannual DC/MD/VA print issue. I just started blogging frequently for the Swedish-American publication Umgås Magazine, and have been enjoying that gig as it combines journalism with my passion for Scandinavian culture. My lifestyle stories also were featured on Racked and The Scout Guide’s blog.

Copy Editing

I’ve continued in my role as copy editor for The Scout Guide, editing their 60-some city publications before they head to the printer. Through Vitamin T, I was connected with Richmond-based Barber Martin Agency, where I helped copy edit print and broadcast advertising copy as a temp worker. Copy editing allows me to embrace my inner OCD nature. My first copy editing gig was at Media General’s Consolidated Editing Center in Lynchburg, Va., and I’m very happy to continue line editing in a freelance capacity.

Marketing / Content Writing

I’m excited to venture further into the marketing and copy writing world. Any agency’s looking for help? I’m here! This year I worked with Wells Fargo, WineCountry.com, NapaValley.com, Sonoma.com, and Shutterfly’s Wedding Paper Divas.

Public Relations

I work 10 to 20 hours a week with the University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts, where I write music center’s press releases and put together program copy. I’ve also been doing some side public relations for Richmond’s new CURRENT Art Fair and Reynolds Gallery.

Social Media Management

While managing the public relations for CURRENT Art Fair, I also ran their Instagram feed, and realized that social media management is a side gig I very much enjoy. As someone who lives on social media, I see what a powerful tool it is for story-telling and marketing.

In 2017, I’d like to:

  1. Have a more organized editorial calendar
  2. Write for new lifestyle publications
  3. Venture more into the copy writing world
  4. Write more about art, culture, design, food, and travel

A special thank you to everyone who has made 2016 a fruitful and exciting year!

xo, marissa

Need Supply Co. feature story for Racked

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Recently I wrote a feature story for Racked on the evolution of Need Supply Co. from a small vintage denim story here in Richmond, Va., to a brand with global fashion influence. A little excerpt from the story …

Richmond, Virginia’s fashion and retail scene is on the up and up. Shops and contemporary art galleries have revitalized the downtown area; the city’s popular Carytown district now has hundreds of locally owned businesses to shop; and indie boutiques are popping up from Church Hill to the historic Fan District.

Two decades ago, it was a different story. Richmond was home to a just a handful of locally-owned fashion boutiques. One of the best of them then, as it is now, was Need Supply Co., a brand that’s grown from small local gem into an international player in the fashion industry, paving the way for many of the cool indie stores and brands that make the Richmond shopping scene so vibrant today — while staying true to its RVA roots.

Looking at the brand’s global influence (two retail stores in Japan, a thriving e-commerce business, a quarterly magazine, and a newly-launched line of men’s and women’s basics) it’s hard to imagine that Need Supply Co. had humble beginnings. Founder and CEO Chris Bossola opened the shop in 1996 under the name Blues, as a pocket-sized boutique selling vintage Levi’s. At the time, vintage Levi’s were a rarity, and Bossola had a trove to sell in a small market that didn’t have access to such cool finds.

And to read the full story, head on over to Racked. xo, marissa