Gilt City's Marissa Schneider Dishes The Very Best Of D.C.

There's no better way to explore a city than with the help of a sartorially savvy, food-loving gal pal by your side — especially when that friend happens to know every cool spot in town. Such is the case with Marissa Schneider, Gilt City's D.C. ambassador and a stylish girl-about-town, if ever there were such a thing.
With a day job that requires her to know the ins and outs of Washington nightlife, dining, drinking, and shopping, she criss-crosses the city like a champ — and in killer heels, no less. We spent a day with Marissa, hitting up her favorite destinations for everything from iced coffee and vintage decor to blood-orange margaritas (that's right — yum). Tag along as we explore four of the coolest hangouts in town and showcase some oh-so-chic getups to inspire your own adventures.
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You're a busy lady! Tell us a bit about what your day-to-day at Gilt City involves.
"Gilt City is a mile-a-minute — it includes internal team meetings in D.C. or NYC for schedules, sales, and programming events like movie screenings and our upcoming Warehouse pop-up sale; or calling restaurateurs in the area to find out when their newest spot is slated to open. We are constantly charged with having a pulse on the city: trying new facials, drinking new cocktails, attending the latest spin class... I find the development and evolution of D.C. invigorating — it's a great time to be in Washington."

Marissa browses one of her favorite shops, Trohv in Takoma Park, wearing a Velvet by Graham & Spencer tank, J.Crew belt, and Alice + Olivia pants from Gilt Group.

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Trohv is a one-stop shop for irresistible vintage (and vintage-inspired) home decor.

Trohv, 232 Carroll Street NW; 202-829-2941.

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How would you describe your style?
"A polished mix of edgy and bohemian. I gravitate toward tribal prints, big accessories, layers, and textures. However, my friends call me a style chameleon, because one minute I'll wear ripped flared jeans, a concert tee, and aviators; the next, I'm all-out glam in python stilettos, a mini skirt, and huge chandelier earrings. I believe that different clothes and shoes can not only change the way we look, but how we look at — and feel about — ourselves."

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What are some of your favorite places to shop in D.C.?
"I shop for clothes at Intermix, Cusp, or Barneys. Hu's Wear and Muleh are great for investment pieces and have had some amazing trunk shows this past year.
One of the fun parts about working for Gilt is the fact that I love our women's site. Having special access is every fashionista's dream, and I am certainly no exception. I'm saving my pennies for our summer Warehouse Sale in D.C. this month. I definitely like to try things on, so I always shop brick-and-mortar stores and events, in addition to shopping online."

What's your favorite purchase of late?
"I am loving a new pair of Jean-Michel Cazabat purple heels I got at Barneys a few months ago. They instantly add a pop of color to my black/white/gray basics. Oh! I also snagged an ivory Elizabeth & James blazer from Cusp — the cost per wear on that will make it a bargain."

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And for home goods?
"I could spend hours in Trohv, looking through the soaps, candles, vintage glass pieces, and furniture. The options for decorating and adding detail to my home are endless. They have such strong merchandising — the layout of their product, their scrolling chalkboard messaging, window paint, signage, and selection of gifts. [It] all works together. I like Good Wood and Urban Essentials in the U Street area, as well."

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Marissa, a certified caffeine connoisseur, at her favorite Georgetown spot, Baked & Wired.

Tucker dress from Luna in Bethesda, Candace Ang necklace.

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What do you order at Baked & Wired?
"Iced coffee or an extra-icy Americano is my choice during the summer — never a latte. I have a really hard time leaving Baked & Wired without getting one of their homemade 'sammies' — two cookies with a bit of fresh icing layered in the middle. Definitely a guilty pleasure. They have gluten-free goodies, and some of my friends stick to gluten-free diets, so this place makes everyone happy."

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Where can we spot you on the weekends?
"Weekends are a combination of being out for fun and staying close to home to relax, work out, regroup, and cook fresh, healthy meals. I love to get drinks at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace or on the patio at Brasserie Beck, sometimes followed by dancing at Napoleon or the Dirty Bar deck on Fridays. Sundays always include a long run around the monuments, maybe a yoga class at Down Dog, and some time perusing the market for seasonal produce. We host friends often, and enjoy casual, comfortable entertaining."

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Fresh coffee being prepped at Baked & Wired.

Baked & Wired, 1052 Thomas Jefferson Street NW; 202-333-2500.

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Marissa took us along for a shopping trip to Eastern Market, one of her favorite neighborhood destinations.

Josephine dress from Intermix, Alice + Olivia cardigan, Rebecca Minkoff bag.

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What are your can't-miss items at Eastern Market?
"I love the specialty chicken and turkey sausage at Eastern Market. Tequila habanero chicken sausage is my favorite — a great alternative to grilling beef or pork, and it's so tasty served over rice and vegetables. In the fall, the apple farmers have cider, which is delicious served warm with mulling spices or cold right out of the fridge. Where I'm from, in Washington state, we had harvest parties and pressed our own with apples from the countryside — so this is as close as it gets in D.C."

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Marissa browses fresh-cut hydrangeas to dress up her dining table for a weekend dinner party.

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Eastern Market's interior vendors specialize in fresh produce, cheese, meats, and seafood, as well as some of the most exotic fare you'll find in the DMV.

Eastern Market, 225 7th Street SE; 202-698-5253.

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You're a dedicated foodie — what are some of your favorite under-the-radar spots to grab a bite?
"Brunch and lunch at Kafe Leopold in Georgetown; pate and wine at District Kitchen; drinks in the salon at Rogue24; ramen at Toki; the burger (and turkey burger) at Bourbon Steak; fresh juices and raw wraps at Hawthorne Organic Juice Bar & Market; pizza and the spinach salad at Pete's New Haven Style Pizza; coffee at Northside Social or Quartermaine. (Can you tell I love coffee?) I often get the vegan/vegetarian food at Java Green and Cafe Green."

At Georgetown hotspot Bandolero, Marissa wears a Pucci sheath, a necklace given to her by a friend, and Max Studio heels.

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Off the top of your head, give us a perfect itinerary for a night in D.C.
"D.C. has a burgeoning culinary scene, and I love to try new places or head out somewhere with great wine and cocktails and outdoor seating. Cork has a great selection, as do chef Robert Wiedmaier's restaurants. I like the energy at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, and Rasika is also a reservation I look forward to every few months. If I don't have a specific event to be at, I like to go dancing or just see where the night takes me. The fun part of city living, for me, is the discovery."

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What's best on the menu at Bandolero?
"My favorite margarita is the blood orange margarita they have "on tap" — it's refreshing (and strong!). I am hoping for a house-made skinny version to pop up on the menu, to make up for all the guacamole and tacos I eat when I'm there."

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What are some of your favorite spots in your Capitol Hill neighborhood?
"Ted's Bulletin is a great brunch/breakfast spot for anyone, of any age. Their premium baked poptarts and housemade sausage are delicious. Pacifico Cantina is new, and has a great rooftop for drinks. I pick up Spring Mill Bread (when I'm eating carbs) for sandwiches, baked French toast, or to serve with savory soups in the winter. Pound Coffee is a great place to work outside the office. Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar is wonderful for wines and charcuterie, and if I ever get home from work in time, Cava has a fantastic happy hour with 'crazy feta' and tapas to share."

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