Cheri Leavy visits with fellow UGA grads to talk beauty, style, gameday and more!
Name: Amber Nixon Gizzi
Family: Husband, Danny Gizzi
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Current Town: Atlanta, Ga.
What Years at UGA: 2008-2014
School/Degree: College of Family & Consumer Science, Degree: Furnishings & Interiors
Profession: Co-owner, Pineapple House Interior Design
Accolades: I passed the NCIDQ exam last year making me a Certified Interior Designer; I am currently serving as a founding member and Outreach Chair of the Women of UGA leadership council; I was on the National Champion Equestrian team at UGA (twice).
Describe Athens in three words: Charming, fun, football
Fave bars and restaurant in Athens: Last Resort, Five Bar, Bourbon Street
Fave shops in Athens: Cheeky Peach
Fave Athens landmark: all of North Campus
Describe your typical Bulldog game day:
We usually fly into Athens (my husband is a pilot) and head straight to North Campus for the same tailgate I’ve gone to my whole life with wonderful friends and family. Our season tickets are next to my dad’s, so football season is definitely a family affair.
Fave lipstick: I’m not a lipstick girl. I know- worst Southerner ever.
Fave mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous
Fave skin care line: Lancome
Fave hair product: Aveda Damage Control Spray
Product you can’t live without: GrandeLash eyelash growth serum
Best budget buy product: Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner
Biggest product splurge: Eye creams
Fave fashion designer: Chanel
Fave interior designer: Pineapple House Interior Design, of course
Fave jeans: Seven for all mankind
Fave tee: I love them all and can never get rid of any
Fashion idol: My mom
Fave flower: Hydrangea
Fave accessory: Bags! I have a problem.
Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by many successful women business owners, especially fellow interior designers. Charlotte Lucas and Lindsey Coral Harper both came from the UGA Furnishings & Interiors program and they are amazing.
Fave blog: Studio McGee
Fave instagram: @loverlygrey
Fave magazine: Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Interiors Atlanta
Fave book: A Dog’s Purpose
Fave song: Midnight Train to Georgia
Fave artist: Zoey Stevens
Share a Tailgate Recipe:
This one is embarrassingly easy but SO good! It is my grandmother’s recipe.
- 2 blocks of plain Philadelphia Cream cheese
- 1 20oz. can of crushed pineapple.
PREPARATION: Dump all two ingredients in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer… That’s it! Serve with tortilla chips.