Hi, I’m Marlene Srdic (née: Montanez)
I’m a magazine editor and freelance journalist trying not to fry in the Valley of the Sun. I use my journo-skills to whip up sassy copy for lifestyle brands like yours because I’m a fashion girl at heart and I know what makes this audience tick.
My penchant for all things style has landed me bylines in some pretty sweet places like Everyday with Rachael Ray, Latina, Girls’ Life, SheKnows.com, About.com and many more. Not to mention, created an explosion of shoes in my closet that my husband ceases to understand.
As a proud graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, I’ve always been one to follow my dreams and encourage those around me to do the same. In 2010, I launched a personal fashion and lifestyle blog, Life with Mar, which shows readers how to live a stylish desert lifestyle. It just goes to show, living in the desert doesn’t fry your style, or your creativity, and has lead to some exciting brand collaborations with companies like Rimmel London, The Limited, Neiman Marcus and many more.
Some of my career highlights as a magazine editor have included attending New York Fashion Week and rubbing elbows with high-profile VIPs in the fashion and beauty industry like Christian Louboutin, Monique Lhuillier, Laura Mercier, Tim Gunn, Simon Doonan and Ralph Rucci. Although I specialize in magazine editorials and women’s lifestyle topics, my writing also includes travel pieces, features, profiles, health and tech topics too.