With the pandemic hitting the globe, many businesses have shut shop, and Maria’s enterprise also could not sustain itself through this rough patch.
Maria was born in Brooklyn and grew up between BK and Navesink, NJ. She had experienced both the worlds while growing up, the quiet suburban life of BK and the hustle-bustle of New York City, Though she admits that her heart goes all for NYC as she is more inclined towards the high energy and always alive spirits of the city. She was always mesmerised with the never-ending streets full of eateries and shopping nooks that occupied every corner of the city and that’s what made up her mind to start her own boutique ‘The Haute Maven’ in Red Bank, NJ which had all the characteristics of a city being a town because of the lively and full of spirits population that occupy the town.
With the onset of the pandemic, many closed shop and Maria too had to shut down her fashion boutique permanently. Being a go-getter she channelized her energies towards starting her own social media management agency named ‘THM Social’ which she now runs along with her blog ‘Simply Maria. What has kept her positive and sane during this difficult phase? “All my positivity comes from my grandmother, Concetta who has been my pillar of strength through thick and thin, and I always look up to her for any kind of guidance and support, whenever I need it”. Says Maria. She also credits a lot to her friend Lisa whose piece of advice is imbibed in her that says not to be scared of the setbacks and failures in life as failures make one stronger and help you fight with a better frame of mind and helps you succeed in the long run.
When asked what has been her proudest moment in life she is quick to answer “At one of the Gucci Wooster opening party where I was an invitee, went wearing a velvet Gucci pyjama set with rhinestone detailing and a Gucci belt bag, when just walking around I stopped to exchange a few pleasantries with Jared Leto, and guess what? I heard Alessandro Michele and Marco Bizzari compliment me for my outfit and styling. That was an Ooh La La lifetime moment for me.
Currently, Maria is working on introducing new designs from her clothing line. We surely are waiting with bated breath for her to come out with her new collection which is guaranteed to grab eyeballs with its unique and trendy designs.
Follow Maria on Instagram@mariamolino or on her website www.simplymaria.com