Life and Type with Mari O’Meara – Oak Bay Information

– Text and photos by Lia Crowe

I meet Mari at an incredible ten mile point house she designed and as we walk around the exterior she is pleased to see the house a little busier now and the gardens more mature and full.

“The part that gives me a huge boost is walking through the finished house with our clients,” says Mari when I ask her which aspect of her work excites her the most. “The facial expression is priceless!”

Straightforward and to the point, Mari says the trait she possesses that has led to her success is to “keep going.”

When asked what is the best life lesson she’s learned, she says, “Life is too short, so seize the moment.”

When it comes to style, Mari laughs and says her personal style is “boring”.

She adds, “I long to be elegantly simple, but with a young family and a crazy schedule, it would be tastefully casual.”

Fashion & Beauty

Uniform: Elastic dress trousers, sneakers and a simple cotton shirt.

All-time favorite piece: Sloan Pants by Banana Republic – so versatile!

Favorite pair of shoes: Nike Frees, but apparently no longer available.

Favorite day bag: MEC fanny pack. I pack light. It easily slips into my work bag.

Favorite craft: MUJI Gel Ink Pens. I’m obsessed.

Favorite piece of jewelry or designer: White Garmin golf watch. I don’t use it for golf, I just like how big the time appears.

Fashion Obsession: Sneaker with EVERYTHING.

Accessory you spend the most money on: sunglasses because most of them don’t fit my nose.

Moisturizer: Sephora Collection Ultra Glow Serum.

Scent: Herbae by L’Occitane in Provence.

Must-have hair product: flat iron.

Beauty secret: sebum.

Style Inspirations & Life

Style icon: Frank Lloyd Wright.

Favorite artist: My kids.

Favorite Fashion Designer or Brand: Victoria Beckham.

Favorite Musician: The Weeknd.

Illustrated book/photo book: Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine by Bobby McAlpine and Susan Sully.

Last big read: I recently read the original Winnie the Pooh book to the kids and absolutely love it!

Book being read: Radical Compassion by Tara Brach and Dog Training Revolution by Zak George.

Favorite cocktail or wine: Neither. I only drink Daura Dam beer. Every day.

Favorite flower: peonies.

Favorite place on earth: Hawaii.

One thing that always puts you in a good mood in these difficult times: mountain biking.

Story courtesy of Tabloid Magazine, a publication of Black Press Media

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