Meet Tanya Semsar


Owner of Refine Boutique, Tanya Semsar is that hip girl BFF you have always wanted. Despite her self-proclaimed “obsession with clothes” and seven plus years of retail experience, there is nothing overwhelming about Tanya, or in-your-face about her understanding of the latest styles and trends.

Tanya’s style is effortless, and her demeanor is warm and welcoming.  She greets clients with a big smile at the door of her well-appointed Washington boutique on most days wearing ripped jeans, a graphic tee and ultra-cool booties (her adorable Frenchie Andouille is never far behind).  The resulting shopping experience is more like a visit with that hip BFF of yours than a styling appointment.  Tanya understands that clothing is a form of expression, and says that being surrounded by fashion always brightens her day.  One visit to Refine Boutique and you will feel the same way.

Herewith, the answers to the Proust Questionnaire of Tanya Semsar, hater of egg yolks, and would-be Mother of Dragons.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  A phenomenal dinner with my main squeeze

What is your greatest fear? Being trapped in a tunnel

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Not being able to say “no”

What is the trait you most deplore in others? When people pretend to listen

Which living person do you most admire? Bianca Jagger

What is your greatest extravagance? Designer children’s clothing

What is your current state of mind? Thankful

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Temperance

On what occasion do you lie? Others’ bad cooking

What do you most dislike about your appearance? My short legs

Which living person do you most despise? Mean girls 

What is the quality you most like in a man? Being a classic gentleman

What is the quality you most like in a woman? A sense of humor

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Play it by ear”

What or who is the greatest love of your life? Cheetos and Andouille my Frenchie

When and where were you happiest? When I first met Scott at the beach

Which talent would you most like to have? Playing the piano

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Be a morning person

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Opening Refine

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? Princess Diana

Where would you most like to live? London

What is your most treasured possession? The Chronicles of Narnia my dad read to my sisters and me

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? All the things you never said

What is your favorite occupation? Artist

What is your most marked characteristic? Being fashionably late

What do you most value in your friends? Honesty

Who are your favorite writers? David Sedaris and Jeanette Walls

Who is your hero of fiction?  Deanerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Elizabeth Taylor

Who are your heroes in real life? All those who give back to the less fortunate

What are your favorite names? Birdie and Huck

What is it that you most dislike? Egg yolks

What is your greatest regret? Not living in New York City

How would you like to die? Laying on a beach with a mojito in my hand

What is your motto? “Always try it once”

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