Redbook Magazine Recognizes College Township Woman for Fashion Sense
A College Township resident and fashion blogger is one of 10 women to be a recipient in the first Real Women Style Awards by Redbook Magazine.
Marisa Zerby is one of the women featured in the September issue of Redbook. The magazine recognizes each of them for their fashion sense. The article is intended to "celebrate stylish women with real bodies and real budgets." The magazine hit newsstands Tuesday.
"It was totally surreal. I still can't believe it all has happened. I was shocked. I was thrilled," says Zerby, a stay at home mom with two children.
After some encouragement from a family friend, Zerby, who started a blog a year ago, decided to submit photos from her blog to the magazine. Redbook received more than 3,000 photo submissions for the contest and 65,347 online votes were cast to decide the top 25 finalists, which included Zerby.
A panel of judges including singer and designer Jessica Simpson, designer Lela Rose, celebrity stylists Brad Goreski and June Ambrose, Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant, style bloggers Joanna Hawley and Tanesha Awasthi helped Redbook editors choose the 10 winners.
Zerby and the other winners received a three-day trip to New York City for a photo shoot along with a $500 shopping spree at JCPenney. During the trip she was able to meet and learn from the other winners, many of whom are also bloggers.
"It was just so fun. We all connected," Zerby says. "It was just way more than I ever expected it to be."
Zerby has a degree in marketing and previously worked for Greater Talent Network in New York City as an event coordinator. After living in Hoboken, N.J., for about a decade, she and her family moved back to Central Pennsylvania.
Zerby says she started her blog, which focuses on fashion, decor and entertaining, for two reasons. First, it was a way to keep in touch with city fashion trends and have a personal hobby while staying at home with her children. She writes the content and her husband, Jack, helps manage the website. He also snaps photos of her fashion, which she pairs with copy on the blog.
"I really didn't want to lose a sense of style that I carried through the city," says Zerby.
You can find Zerby's blog by clicking HERE.