Tamiko – Manager
Tamiko works full time as stylist at our Long Beach bridal store, and she comes to us with over five years of experience selling wedding dresses. What makes her love being a stylist the most is being able to make someone’s vision of the way they look for their dream day come true. Her favorite moment is when a bride puts on that perfect dress and the tears of happiness from the bride and family that just takes over. It difficult to not hold back her own tears, seeing someone so happy. Her favorite thing to do is accessorize, especially headpieces, and give brides a vision of possible hairstyles that will tie into her look. Be forewarned: Tamiko has an obsession with sparkles! Tamiko wants her brides to always feel that they are shopping with a friend and not just a stylist. She said, “Being a curvy girl myself, I feel Ii can relate to how difficult it can be at times to feel beautiful being a curvy girl. So I love to encourage my brides and help them embrace their curves with pride!” She is is very family oriented, artistic, loves to draw and paint, loves music and never leaves home without her headphones on. But most of all, she loves to bake and guarantees she has perfected the triple chocolate cupcake!!
Maritza – Stylist
We love having Maritza in our Long Beach bridal store! Always positive and upbeat, it’s her goal to make all of her clients feel comfortable and well taken care of. She has the ability to really listen and focus in on what her brides are looking for. She takes great pride and is always humbled to do what she gets to do here at Strut, which is not only helping her brides find the perfect dress for their big day while making them feel confident and beautiful. It’s very important to Maritza that each one of them have the best experience in finding “the dress”. Maritza says, “Having been plus sized pretty much my whole life, I can really relate to the concerns a curvy girl might have!” When she’s not being a mom to her three kids and one dog, she’s out and about enjoying life in the outdoors.
Yulina – Stylist
Yulina is an east coast fashionista with a California state of mind. Born in Hawaii and claiming New York as her home, Yulina joined the stylist team at Strut after more than 7 years of high-end sales experience and a year working in Seattle’s bridal industry. Yulina is passionate about working with her brides and their families to find the perfect dress for their special day. Yulina is fun, outgoing, and positive! She loves to laugh and have fun with her brides and will always go above and beyond to make their experience at Strut truly exceptional. Yulina says, “I think shopping should be like riding roller coaster. Its fun and exhilarating. You’ll be a little nervous but in the end, you’ve accomplished your goal.” In her free time, Yulina loves outdoors adventures, reading, rollerblading, listening to vinyl records, and spending time with her family, friends, and her long-haired chihuahua, Eugene.
Ann – Stylist
Ann is the co-owner of Strut and splits her time between the Long Beach and Tempe locations. Still, she loves working hands-on with brides and keeping current on bridal trends. Ann was inspired to open Strut after her own disappointing wedding dress shopping experience years ago. Now she’s happy to be a Strut Bride who rocked a fitted gown for her five year vow renewal in October 2014. “I just think every woman, regardless of their size, has the right to have the full bride experience, to try on amazing, current, trendy wedding dresses. We all deserve to look and feel amazing on our wedding day.” Her favorite website for wedding planning inspiration is Off Beat Bride. “I get so excited when one of our brides is featured on that site!” When Ann isn’t working, she spends time with her husband and crazy rescue dog, Chauncey. She tries every new restaurant in town, so if you’re looking for something yummy to eat in the Phoenix area, ask Ann!