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April 30th, 2014
becoming a mother

It’s been a really long time since I’ve written a blog post, so much has happened! The main and most important reason my focus and attention has shifted, is my beautiful boy Gavin. I really wanted to be able to enjoy my pregnancy and the whole journey of this amazing process, without worrying about traveling and running myself crazy like the last 15 years! I was able to do so in Santa Cruz, surrounded by my family, and focus on being as healthy as possible. I’ve always looked forward to becoming a mother, and it has exceeded my all expectations. The challenges have been harder then I thought, but the love and fullness of my heart has been beyond what I imagined too. Gavin is 16 months now, and he is the light of our lives.

I’ve really enjoyed the community of other Mom’s who have shared advice and tips during pregnancy and after the baby is born. I’ve learned so much from other great women and I’d love to pass on any information that might be helpful to others. Feel free to ask!

I’ll will be posting next about my latest project I’ve been working on for a while and very excited to share!

Stay tuned!

Much love, Marisa


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March 9th, 2012
Oscar Parties

I remember my first year getting invited to the Oscar parties was in 2003. I was pretty new to the business so I hadn’t been to many events. I was nervous about going to something of this size and scale and not knowing what to expect. I had never worn a gown or anything that dressy before (Prom doesn’t count). The first year, I didn’t even do the press line because I was too nervous. A woman, who was running the red carpet at the Vanity Fair party, asked if I’d step on the carpet for a few photos. I looked up at the red carpet and there was Oprah getting her picture taken. There was no way I was going to get my photo taken after Oprah, haha!! So I hurried inside. The party ended up being really fun and I felt right at home when I saw In-N-Out Burger was being served! It was hilarious seeing all the girls in gowns and eating burgers.

It can always be a little stressful trying to find something to wear to events, but this year, I ended up wearing the first dress I tried on. I wanted to wear something long because there are only so many places you can wear something this dressy, so I wanted to really go for it. This Johanna Johnson dress was amazing. All hand beaded and really heavy. I loved the dramatic neckline, the back and the long train. Walking in a train is always tricky because you have to make sure you aren’t getting stepped on all night, but it’s also a funny way of meeting people by asking them to get off your dress!

Hope you enjoy some of the photo’s from my camera.

Much love,

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December 1st, 2011
Ocean Drive

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September 7th, 2011
Call of Duty XP

I had a great time attending the first-ever Call of Duty XP event in LA. There were over 6,000 people in attendance and lines a mile long to play Modern Warfare 3 before it officially released. There were a lot of interactive setups as well, including paint ball, zip-lining and the Jeep experience.

At the end of the Jeep experience, you “secure” a building. It was intense! After being driven through a crazy dirt course, you are rushed out of the Jeep by Navy SEALs while “bad guys” are shooting at you. They are blanks (obviously) but it’s still loud and scary. Then you are given directions by a Navy SEAL to follow him and about 7 others into a dark building. It’s like a super crazy haunted house, at least for me. Bad guys are shooting at you out of every dark corner. I didn’t help much to secure anything, I just grabbed on to one of the SEALs’ vest and screamed the whole time, while they took out the bad guys. It was so loud I couldn’t hear myself scream. Which I guess made it less embarrassing that no one else could hear me either.

The best part about the whole event was around 500 active service members were there. Call of Duty has an endowment for the military. 100% of ticket sales went to the Call of Duty Endowment to help service members integrate back into civilian life after being overseas.

Here’s some photos from the event as well as a video with Nick Swardson!

Much love,

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August 23rd, 2011
Official SUP Launch

I’m excited to announce my SUP boards officially launched today! They are available at, REI retailers and local surf shops.

Much love,

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