Women of Charlottesville

Highlighting the unique and diverse amazing women of Charlottesville, VA.

Ruby Liesen

This is Ruby. She’s endearing, kind and fun-loving and so very warm. We captured her in her beautiful home with some of her favorite things—her plants and her books. We also couldn’t leave out that she is an amazing esthetician at The Brow House here in Charlottesville. She absolutely gives the one of the best facials in town–and is fantastic with brows! Enjoy her interview!

us: So, Ruby, tell us a little bit about yourself:

her: My name is Ruby, and I am an aesthetician at The Brow House here in Charlottesville.

us: What did you have for breakfast this morning?

her: I intermittent fast. No breakfast.

us: Do you sleep in your socks?

her: Not unless it’s super cold or I’m camping in cold weather.

us: Does pineapple belong on pizza?

her: Always, yes!

us: Mountains or Beach?

her: I am going to go rogue here and say offshore in the Florida Keys, the water is often flat calm and crystal clear and warm. But if I have to answer, I would say where the mountains and the beach meet . . . think Acadia National Park. 

us: What is your favorite midnight snack?

her: Orange Juice. It’s really random. But, I literally chug it right out of the bottle. I did it last night—a couple of times.

Ruby with some of her beautiful plants.

us: Current favorite song?

her: I’m really into Caamp. They have a great song called “Misty.” Or, maybe, some Tash Sultana. There’s a song called “Notion” that’s really beautiful.

us: Salty or sweet?

her: That’s always a game-time decision . . . I like both! 

us: Pet peeve?

her: A lack of self-awareness.

us: Room entrance song?

her: Dang, this is a tough one because so many songs give me the feels: Led Zepplin’s “Tangerine” or Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” or pretty much any Bob Dylan song. I think that I might be an old soul. 

us: Favorite place you’ve traveled to?

her: Well, I was a flight attendant but I don’t think I have been to my favorite place yet. I know I am going to love Iceland and Hawaii. 

us: What is your favorite room in your house?

her: I like them all. But I guess I would probably say the living room. I believe your home is where your heart is. I like to nest and for things to be super cozy. So I guess probably my, my living room. It makes me happy.

us: Who has been the most influential woman in your life?

her: My mother, sister in law and niece. My mom is (simply) the best, my sister in law gives the best advice and my niece is so innocent and kind.  Also, my boss–she has been really supportive and helpful, and she’s helped get me to where I am today. I would say, outside of a woman, though, it would be my brother–hands down.

us: What accomplishment are you most proud of?

her: I think just how far that I’ve gotten in life with the decisions and choices that I’ve made. It’s led me to where I am now, which, in my opinion, is a big accomplishment! What I do at TBH and being able to take care of myself and live the life that I want.

us: If you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be?

her: That’s a good one. I would say start going to therapy a lot sooner. You know, I feel like in my 20s I thought I was making good decisions, and I thought I knew that what I was doing. I guess also maybe . . . slow down and be more thoughtful.

us: Can you tell me about a challenge that you’ve overcome?

her: I feel like I wasn’t given a ton of opportunities, so I had to create those for myself. 

us: Where do you find your inspiration?

her: My brother always keeps me on my toes when it comes to personal growth. The Brow House gals are constantly bringing a lot to the table– a lot of things that I wouldn’t recognize or pay attention to.

us: Any embarrassing or funny nicknames we should know about?

her: Ugh . . . yes! I have my older brother to thank for that, but it is definitely too embarrassing to share. Thankfully it has run its course–but we have a good laugh about it from time to time. 

us: Any hidden talents we should know about?

her: Not baking! I’m oddly good at doing things the hard way and mental math. Random, I know! 

us: What are you most thankful for?

her: Umm . . . loaded question! The simple answer would be my life. But really, I am thankful for so many things: family, my mental and physical health, genuine connections, gut feelings, lessons learned, and dogs (hehe). I could keep going . . . 

us: What is your favorite thing about living in Charlottesville?

her: I was born and raised in Illinois and have lived in Key West, Bar Harbor, Las Vegas, the Outer Banks, and Charlottesville. Charlottesville is my favorite place, it is the whole package!

Thanks for sharing with us Ruby!