The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:
Name: Danielle Raymond Neff
Where do you live? Montclair.
When did you move there? Spring of 2012.
Where did you grow up? Wilmette, Illinois—on the north shore of Chicago, right on Lake Michigan.
How do you make a living? Ever put on some lip gloss and wonder who came up with that shade name? It’s me: I’m the Director, Creative Copy for Victoria’s Secret Beauty—I name fragrances and cosmetics.
Coffee, tea or … ? Fountain Soda: Diet Coke with a splash of Cherry Coke. Preferably from QuickChek. (Don’t judge.)
What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Since this is a “perfect” day, my kids would sleep way way in, so I’d hit Architect Studios for an amazing GRIIT class then Imperial Nails for a mani/pedi. Next, my family would join me at Bluestone for some delicious pancakes and friendly faces. We’d pop in to Watchung Booksellers to see what’s new, then spend the afternoon playing at Edgemont Park. I’d cap it off with a date night with my husband, Henry.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Laurel & Sage—delicious, yet we don’t get there enough. I’m a sweets freak, so I love Montclair Bread Company doughnuts. And the Rainbow Bagels at Sunrise are a must for my boys.
What’s on your nightstand? Hand cream, lip balm and a copy of “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. Also, a lizard-shaped flashlight.
What are you listening to? “Greenlight,” the new single from Lorde is currently on repeat. Alternating with the Moana soundtrack and the latest KidzBop.
What are your current addictions? Maintaining the awesome community in the “Montclair Mommies & Daddies” Facebook group. Binge watching “The Great British Bake Off.” Staying on top of the news, and remaining engaged. #resist
Talent you would most like to have. I’d love to be artistic: Sing, play an instrument, dance or draw.
What’s the worst-kept secret about Montclair? That we have all the stuff you love about city life (culture, restaurants, walkability, diversity), but with cozy homes and leafy yards!
What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? “She loved and was loved in return…plus, she made a mean Key Lime Pie!”