MDS- How would you define your style?
MR- Comfortable. I dislike anything itchy, and wear my hems and heels low.
MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that has influenced your style?
MR- I was born in Washington DC. When I was small, my mother left my father, taking me eventually to a communal farm in Oregon, a field hippie situation. I moved back in with my Dad at 9, rebelling against my mother by dressing conservatively. I went to boarding school in Connecticut, then to Duke. Living with my Dad in Washington, I’d always admired southern style. My first summer job was at Brooks Brothers near K St.
MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?
MR- Instagram! I had never used social media, but eventually signed on to follow my children.
MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?
MR- A toss up between my kitchen and bedroom.
MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?
MR- Vintage dressed mice from The Original Fur Toy Company, West Germany. I’d had a few when I was young in Washington, and re discovered more on eBay. Luckily, I had the excuse they are for my daughters, and being mice, they don’t take up much room. But I’ve stopped. For now. Should I even be telling you this? I also collect Coalport’s white Countryware china, as we had it in Washington, and it is now sadly discontinued.
MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”
MR- I could never own too many plain grey sweatshirts.
MDS- Who are your style icons? Who is in your best-dressed hall of fame?
MR- Deeda Blair (who I have never seen in a sweatshirt.)
MDS- What do you want to be known for?
MR- Being a decent mother and writer.
MDS- What’s next for Marina?
MR- Good question. See above.
MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?
MR- To travel lightly, and with ease, an ability I lack but do admire.