The Interview — Marissa Gibbons, Co-founder & CEO, Riley & Grey
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Your biggest fashion faux pas or a regrettable purchase / style phase:
One of my childhood friends and I were watching Wolf of Wall Street the other day reminiscing about our Steve Madden platform sandals. Woof, those were bad. Chunky, flat, and squeaky. But we LOVED them. I’m pretty sure I went through like four pairs.
Favorite Instagram account to follow:
@iamdiddy. Seriously. It’s a lot of what you would expect, Ciroc, etc. etc. but he also throws in some real gems. He’s especially good at finding hilarious baby memes. Seriously.
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Your greatest achievement:
My decade long relationship with my husband, Casey, and my delicious 6 month old daughter, Grey.
What do you love most about your work?
Growing a business is like this giant puzzle with a million pieces. I love puzzles.
One piece of advice you would give your 18 year old self:
Someone actually told me then not to worry about creating some sort of career path - just do what you’re interested in now and it will always lead you to the next thing you’re interested in. It was such good advice. It’s pretty crazy how things you never thought would be relevant to each other end up coming together.
Skincare product you can’t live without:
Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream…instantly wakes up my eyes in the morning and has really improved the skin around them
Your last great read:
Wild. It’s kind of the perfect book. Page-turner, interesting characters, a really honest story, I could go on and on…
Charities you support:
Being a new mom has made me obsessed with any cause that supports mothers and babies. Every Mother Counts is a great example. I’m blessed to have so many resources at my disposal and it’s still the hardest thing I’ve ever done, so I’m just in awe of what some women have to cope with and overcome.
Where does your credit card get the most use?
This is so not glamorous but I’m pretty sure half my salary goes to soap.com every month. It’s a family of stores (diapers.com, beautybar.com, etc.) that between them have every product you can think of, and the app is dangerously easy to use. And there’s free next day delivery, so it’s especially great for urgent baby needs.
Your (real life) hero and why:
My Dad. It doesn’t matter how upset I am when I call him, I know with 100% certainty that I’ll feel better after I talk to him. He’s my (and a lot of my friends’) guru. :)