Some girlfriends and I were debating the topic of dating American guys vs. French guys when we came across an article covering the subject on We loved the tone of the article and the writer's insouciant sense of humor. Who was this girl? 

Well, it turns out her name is Marina Khorosh and when she's not writing for Vogue, she can often be found on her hilarious blog, DBag Dating. It’s equal parts hilarious and educational, and we recommend every girl (and boy) giving it a solid read. Having lived in Paris and NYC, Dbag Dating is a series of diligently curated dating disasters, brought to you from both sides of the Atlantic. It is a comparative analysis of the global dating scene that traverses country borders, with the occasional feel-good happy ending to keep us all going.

Born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Marina came to the US at the age of 17 with her family. After attending FIT, she worked in fashion communications for 3 years before moving to Paris in 2012 to pursue her Masters Degree from Institut Français de la Mode (IFM). She launched Dbag Dating on a whim in 2013 and began contributing to a year later. Now in NYC, she works as a digital strategist while juggling a few side projects.

Marina is smart, witty, warm, and intelligent. She has a quiet confidence and exudes a genuine humbleness that is impossible to fake. She's also the kind of girl with whom you immediately feel comfortable. Within minutes, you're so comfortable with her that you're telling her all of your dating stories!  

Marina recently invited us into her beautiful apartment, where we met her beautiful dog Chloe. She's truly an Ivory Row Woman we love. And we had a great time chatting with her about life, love, and happiness...


What is your favorite virtue?

What are your favorite qualities in a man?
Humility, intellect, kindness, and a great sense of humor.

What are your favorite qualities in a woman?
Strength, independence, patience.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Doing absolutely nothing with my friends, family, and a glass of Sancerre. Preferably somewhere warm.

What is your greatest fear?
People getting sick. Losing people.

Which living person do you most admire?
Steven Hawkins and other people like him, who have redefined the parameters of what is humanly possible.

What is your greatest extravagance?

What is your most treasured possession?
A pair of my grandmother’s earrings that my mom and I share. She never wears them but occasionally confiscates them just so I don't lose them!

Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents, the best team I have ever met.

What is your greatest regret?
I try not to regret too much, it’s a slippery slope.

What natural talent do you wish you had? 
Not being tone deaf would be nice. Although this is not a creative talent, but I would also like to be better at business management!

What's the favorite gift you've ever received? 
This may sound weird, but I’m grateful to my parents for giving me the gift of freedom – to be who I am, to take my own path in life.

What piece of art would you buy if you had absolutely no budget?
An Yves Klein painting.

Tell us about the cause or charity that is closest to your heart?
Natalia Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation, which helps Russian children with special needs. I was raised in Russia so it really pulls on heartstrings.

What is your favorite motto or quote?
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” by Winston Churchill. I feel like it sums me up.

What's your favorite way to wear cashmere? 
With denim.

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