Another NEAT doll added to the bunch! Bring it on!
Mondays are typically depressing since the weekend is over, but we can't help but jump for JOY on this particular Monday! Today we are super excited (like it's Christmas morning) to share with you the newest addition to the NEAT team! She is a loving wife, mother of two, and though itty bitty, she can whip your home into tip top NEAT shape in no time! Oh, and did we mention...she's stunning?!
Without further ado, please welcome NEAT Scottsdale to the lineup!
NM :: So girlfriend give us the facts! Let's start with your name and where you were born.
MP :: Hello hello NEAT freaks! I'm Mika Jennifer Perry (maiden name: Gabriel). You pronounce it like “Meeka,” but I get “Micah” a LOT and even “Mike” sometimes. I puzzle Starbucks baristas on a regular basis.
I was born in Japan and lived in Tokyo, New York, and Seattle before our family finally settled in Tucson, AZ. And by “family” I should mention it is very small - I’m an only child!
NM :: Wow! You've really lived everywhere! What made you settle in Scottsdale, Arizona?
MP :: Arizona State University brought me to the “Valley of the Sun” (as they call it around here), but I stayed because I absolutely LOVE all the days of sun here! I think Scottsdale averages around 300 days of sunshine! A year! I'm spoiled! Phoenix is actually the 5th largest city in the US (which many people don’t know) and it’s made up of many amazing surrounding towns and suburbs. The resort feel and luxe lifestyle of Scottsdale just can’t be beat! And it also helps that my family and closest friends are all in AZ!
My loving husband, Russ, and I have two beautiful girls - Maddix (8 years old) and Reese (1 years old) & we all agree that Scottsdale couldn't be a more perfect home for us!
(cue absolutley ADORABLE family photo)
NM :: What are some of your favorite shops in Scottsdale? Or where do you like to eat? Our Scottsdale readers are dying to know where you spend your time when you are not busy making other people NEAT!
MP :: I am going to address the food part first, because I happen to LOVE to cook and eat - and look forward every month to my delivery of Bon Appetit and Saveur magazine!
Date night: Chelsea’s Kitchen (FREE salted chocolate chip cookies on the way out. Enough said!), Mastros City Hall (steak & butter cake), Grazie Pizzeria (one of my favorites!)
Brunch with girlfriends: The Herb Box (great patio) and The Henry (love their espresso bar)
Group Outing: The Yard (a huge place housed in an old car-repair garage with ping pong!), Stingray Sushi (I dare you to try to find the door), and AZ88 (where else can you get waffle fries with your extra dirty martini?)
OK now SHOPPING! The Scottsdale Quarter has pretty much everything you need. There is also Fashion Square, the state’s largest shopping center! Small boutiques and local shops around town that are particularly stylish and cute are: Amy, Inc., Nove, and Stephanies. Oh and I can't forget Baby Lux in DC Ranch, which has the most amazing little kids clothes!!
NM :: Ok now that we know where you like to eat and shop, tell us a little bit more about this OCD tendency of yours! Where are you the most NEAT? :)
MP :: ….ummm I have to pick one? Having to have my bed made before starting the day, not being able to sleep unless the house is picked up, re-writing to-do lists because my handwriting doesn’t look right…probably typical stuff for a NEAT girl, right?
One thing I would say is pretty crazy OCD is my pre-travel routine. I cannot put anything into my suitcase without cleaning it first i.e. I have to wash all my makeup brushes & wipe down each makeup container and steam all my clothes. I also make sure my outfits share a general color theme, and I pack things in ziplock bags and label them. I also make sure to make time for me pre-travel - aka a spray tan, freshly painted nails, and my teeth whitened. I think traveling can be a hectic event, so having at least myself put together at my best makes for a happier trip!
NM :: Ummmm your travel routine is AMAZING! Hysterical. Now, the most important question of this interview process. Are you ready? Who is your celebrity crush??
MP :: I know this is a BIG NEAT girl question... so I have been waiting for it!!! I’m going to start with my girl crush, Jennifer Lawrence. Are people calling her JLaw now? If not, they totally should. Anyway, JLaw needs to be my BFF because she is effortlessly hilarious. For the fellas, Heather I am Team Taylor Kitch all the way with you!!! He’s not a big star, so I died when I saw you picked him for the Valentines crush post! I loved him in Friday Night Lights. My husband watched the show with me, too, so I think he’ll be OK with this confession. Oh, I also really love Andy Cohen on Bravo!
NM :: Now let's get to the real FUN! Give us some serious scoop on all things Mika. What do most people not know about you?
MP :: I am fluent in Japanese. I enjoy classical music...and rap. Which doesn't totally make sense?! Also... I cannot get my hair to be big enough...like ever. I am OBSESSED with BIG hair. I'm 5'5'' but when my hair is done right, I'm 5'7''
(cue big hair, don't care)
NM :: What makes you most excited about NEAT Scottsdale?
MP :: Scottsdale already has an appreciation for a well-balanced, healthy, fun, resort-like lifestyle, and residents here are known to truly embrace aesthetics and a luxuriously-appointed living space. This town is ready for someone to put all the puzzle pieces together and introduce them to the NEAT life - and I couldn’t be more honored and excited to be the one to get it started!
NM :: Anything you would like to tell our Scottsdale followers in particular?
MP :: Absolutely! When I first came across Ashley, Molly and NEAT, I was already planning to start my own organizing company. I had this feeling that these NEAT girls were up to something amazing, and I always believe "go with your instincts," so I reached out. Months later, here we are - and the support and response I’ve already gotten about NEAT coming to Scottsdale has been overwhelming! What I love most is that everyone here at NEAT is someone you just want to be friends with immediately. I’m thrilled to spend each day doing something I love - but the extra step we take in making the client experience one where they look back and say "wow, that was actually fun!" is the icing on the cake. Bring it on Scottsdale! :)
We want to point out that Mika has been loving a good bin since age 3 (see above)... so she's clearly perfect for the job! Isn't she just the cutest thing ever?
We couldn't be more honored to have Mika launching NEAT Scottsdale! Please give her a big warm welcome to the NEAT life!
the NEAT girls