Red Lips Fashionista of the Week: Marissa

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Today’s Red Lips Fashionista of the week is Marissa “The PRIVY Leaf” out of Washington, DC.

Photo Credit: Instagram/@prissymarissyjoe

Marissa has been smoking cigar for 13 years. A polished and seasoned Sister of the Leaf (SOTL).

Photo Credit: Instagram/@prissymarissyjoe

Marissa’s cigar journey started from a simple visit to a location called Shelly’s Backroom located in Washington, DC. While there, a gentleman overheard Marissa ordering a single malt scotch and he asked if she smokes cigars, too. At the time, Marissa did not, so she responded, “No.” The gentleman asked her if she would like to try one, which she agreed and her first cigar was a La Gloria Cubana. Marissa truly enjoyed smoking cigars and she continued from this day.

Photo Credit: Instagram/@prissymarissyjoe

Marissa likes to select her cigars and what she will pair one with based on her mood, but she often likes to have Glenlivet 12 or Jack Daniels.

When Marissa is having a cigar, she likes to have a Trilogy Cigar Company. Her favorites are The Ruler offered by Trilogy Cigar Company, Matilde Quadrata, El Patron offered by Eighty5 Cigars, and the classic Macanudo Vintage Maduro 1997.

Photo Credit: Instagram/@prissymarissyjoe

Marissa is the founder and owner of The Privy Leaf Cigar Concierge. She curates a smoking experience for private clients, as well as offer cigar concierge services as an added benefit to any special event.


Marissa is our Red Lips Fashionista of the week for her cigar smoking pleasure, which smoking cigars has always been the opportunity for her to have a break and partake in a peaceful place, where she can unwind and get lost in her own little world. Marissa likes listening to classic songs by Billie Holiday, Howlin Wolf, Coltrane or one of her favorite emcees. She also loves listening to Hip Hop instrumentals such as 9th Wonder and Pete Rock have been getting a lot of play.

“This is Perfect cigar-smoking music.”

Photo Credit: Instagram/@prissymarissyjoe

You can learn more about this Red Lips Fashionista on Instagram: @prissymarissyjoe

Author: Naimah “Ni” Pears


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