Liana is one of the most stylish people I have ever met. Her high standards for design and aesthetics is visible in everything she touches. From her wardrobe, to her beautifully designed home, every last detail is thoroughly considered.
Imagine my excitement when I first met this woman and was assigned a desk next to her. We would literally squeal at each other and talk about the clothes we had curated for the day and why. I know it may sound shallow, but it’s fun, inspiring and gave me that little boost I needed to get through some tough days.
Liana can be inspired by a person, a moment or even an article about fashion and design. Her favorite time of the year is Fashion Week (mine too). Paris Fashion Week is top of the list. There’s nothing better than cozying up with a glass of Rosé and scouring the blogs and Instagram for runway shows and street style photography.
She can become obsessed with one fashion moment and just have to have it. Her obsession last year was robes. Even if it doesn’t “work” on her body, she loves it and has to try it.
A lot of Liana’s style sensibilities come from her Lithuanian culture. European women care about appearance and are the best dressed in the room. Even if you’re going out to push a stroller, you look like a million bucks.
Liana is a design veteran. She’ll hate that I used the word “veteran” but I think it’s important to show the industry, and other creative women, that design, creativity, smarts and style transcend age. She has worked in agencies, corporate design groups, nonprofits and freelance. Some of the organizations where she led creative include: Honeywell, Miller Meester Advertising, Room and Board, The Minneapolis Institute of Art and currently, Target. She said that once she found retail, she found home.
For this project, I was excited that she wanted to participate because we got to sit down one-on-one and discuss topics other than work and clothes. One thing that really touched me is learning more about her experience as a mother. Liana is one of those women that does is all: career, marriage and motherhood…with great style.
Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
Barack & Michelle Obama
Would you like to be famous?
No. I’d like to be successful and happy, but not famous. When I was starting out in my career, I wanted to be a famous designer. The more I met famous designers, I realized the “fame” part of that life wasn’t for me.
Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say?
Yes, I rehearse and take notes on every call. If I don’t rehearse, I don’t communicate everything I need to.
What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
Being outside and doing something active. Sometimes I want to disconnect and be on my bike. Other times, I want a day of pampering with my friends that concludes with dinner and drinks.
When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
In my car, I sing along with the radio all the time. I sang “Happy Birthday” to my daughter yesterday.
If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
Body. I think it would be very difficult to be sharp mentally and be constantly aware that my body can’t keep up.
Name 3 things you and your husband appear to have in common.
We’re so similar, yet so different. We both love the outdoors. The love we have for our kids and what we want for them.
For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
My husband, Leo, my kids, health, family, friends, all of it. Overall, I just feel grateful. I’m very lucky.
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
I’d love to be able to sing. I’m extremely passionate about music and would love to belt out a song with an amazing voice.
Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
Yes, travel abroad more. Expense is a barrier because our families live in a different state, so our vacation time and budget gets allocated to trips to see our families.
What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
Being married for a really long time.
A long time.
My kids are also one of my greatest accomplishments. We were at my daughter’s college graduation last month and a friend congratulated me. At first I was taken aback by the praise, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought: “Yes, I did that.”
What is your most treasured memory?
The birth of my 2 children.
What is your most terrible memory?
When Sofija was alive for only 36 hours. After we brought her home, she spiked a fever and we had to bring her back to the emergency room where they quarantined her and also gave her a spinal tap. I was in such a state, I don’t even have the words to describe it. Here I was having just given birth to my first child, so I have emotions and hormones running through my body, while all this terrible stuff is happening to my baby. I could hold her, but I couldn’t feed her because she was too weak. We ended up being in the hospital for a week before she recovered. It was an out of body experience for me.
What do you value most in a friendship?
Acceptance and valuing who you really are.
How do you create your look? Where do you shop
It’s usually weather dependent. I’m not kidding. We live in a location with 4 seasons, so I think about the temp (will it rain or snow?) and go from there. I want to be stylish, but comfort is also a huge factor. My mood also drives my decisions. For those days when I’m running late, I tend to gravitate towards my basics and build from there to liven things up. Usually with great shoes or some accessories. Other days, I want to make a statement, so I’ll choose a print or pattern or clothing that might be more dramatic. I really love shoes and feel like I can never have enough. Black boots? I have many. Sometimes I want a heel and sometimes I want something flat. Then there’s the material. Suede or patent? With or without details? Ankle or knee high? So many choices!
And I can’t forget the finishing touch…lipstick! I’m obsessed. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect red lipstick. I carry so many in my purse because when I need to reapply it, I might change up the shade.
I shop everywhere! I love investment pieces and will do research online before buying it to make sure I get the best price. I love quality tailoring, luxurious materials and silhouettes that flatter my body. I’ve had really great luck at Nordstrom, Shopbop, Scotch & Soda. I love to shop boutiques when I travel so I can find items that not everyone else will be wearing. There are also times when I want to try a new trend that probably won’t last past a season. That’s when I’ll check out Zara or a similar place.