Sarah Boyd's Stylish Sips With Marianna Hewitt For ForbesLife
In the digital space, malady influencers are taking the world by storm. Celebrity stylists, treat fashion bloggers, Youtube content creators, makeup artists, hair stylists and even Instagram celebrities are creating many of today’s fashion and beauty trends. By posting one photo, they can organically promote a product to hundreds, if not millions, of followers. I’m excited to be sharing my ‘Stylish Sips’ with you where I’ll be meeting with top trendsetters in the fashion and beauty industry. Follow along to get weekly ‘Stylish Sips’ interviews from me!
Marianna Hewitt is a TV host turned lifestyle blogger with a focus in all things beauty. She’s an educated consumer and make-up junkie at heart, and loves to share all of her favorite products and techniques with a diverse international audience. Her how-to video tutorials connect deeply with viewers by giving them beauty coverage they can use all year round—from the latest must-have lipstick to a must-know trick for beach waves that’ll never go out of style. With a curious and adventurous spirit, Marianna’s expertise also includes fashion, food, and travel to inspire fans to lead a beautiful life inside and out. She’s got over 280,000 Instagram followers and has a clothing line coming out this year. I had cocktails at Pink Taco with Marianna to learn more about her path to success along with some fun facts.
NAME: Marianna Hewitt
OCCUPATION: TV Host and Blogger
COMPANY NAME: LaLaMer.com
EDUCATION: B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Kent State University
Who was your inspiration to pursue your dreams?
Elsa Klensch was the host of a style show on CNN that I watched with my mother growing up. I loved that she traveled the world producing and hosting a show about fashion and design.
What are you wearing right now?
What has been one of your biggest career challenges? How did you overcome it?
Getting my foot in the door. Becoming a TV Host—or breaking into any career in entertainment—is difficult with so many people wanting to be in the industry. The opportunities I’ve gotten that have really opened doors for me were because I started by working for free. I was never too good for any job. Even if the pay was low, I would take it. It was humbling and worth every minute.
What is one of your greatest defining moments within the industry?
Hosting from the red carpet of the Academy Awards. I never thought so early in my career I would get to work the Oscars. It’s by far one of my happiest moments as a TV host.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Always ask! The worst that can happen is someone says “no.” This has been the best piece of advice I’ve gotten because you truly never know until you try. Often I thought someone would tell me no to certain opportunities, but the answer came back “YES.” I would never be where I am without taking those risks.
Beauty product you can’t leave the house without?
What’s your signature scent?
Commodity in TEA
Heels or Flats?
I’m 5’1”, so heels, please.
What are you sipping on?
Margarita (skinny style) with salt
Beyonce or Rihanna?
NYC or LA?
Can’t I pick both? LA for the Weather, NYC for the city and people.
Lip Gloss or Lip Stick?
Eyeshadow or Eyeliner?
Clutch or Tote?
Tote. I have too many things to carry.
Laptop or Tablet?
Text or Call?
You can get so much more done in a call.
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee, aka life.
iPhone or Android?
iPhone all the way.
Number Cruncher or Artist?
First designer purchase?
A Louis Vuitton Speedy my Mom got me as a graduation present.
Fall or Spring?
Boyfriend or Skinny Jean?
Skinny Jeans. Elongates the leg.
Whose concert are you most likely to be front row at and why?
Mary J. Blige. I worked for her my first job out of college. I’m a big fan of ’90s R&B.
Favorite social media platform?
Instagram. I love to share photos of just about anything.
Not sticking to your word.
Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunset, especially in LA.
C’est la vie.
What does being a woman mean to you?
To me being a woman never meant I was lesser than someone else because they are male. It means we are equal, but I just may do things with a little more love, care, compassion and patience.
3 best strengths?
Diplomatic. Idealistic. Adventurous.