The Problem-Solver: Tata Harper

By: Gabriela Yareliz Tata Harper began her eponymous clean skincare company when she started helping her stepfather, who was diagnosed with skin cancer, to make some lifestyle changes. She couldn’t find the products he needed, so she made them. She said, “No one should have to sacrifice their health for their beauty.” (Source) When sheContinue reading “The Problem-Solver: Tata Harper”

A Lesson on Father’s Day

By: Gabriela Yareliz Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are often avoided by people who have experienced childhood trauma. Some people have experienced pain caused by one or both parents, so they distance themselves from the holiday and deeper yet, from the person it celebrates. Father’s Day isn’t a holiday I like to embrace. Sometimes, itContinue reading “A Lesson on Father’s Day”

Leaving Behind

By: Gabriela Yareliz I was reminded by Bailey, a sweet blogger at This Illustrious Life, in this decade and year– what are we leaving behind? She said maybe it’s anxiety, insecurities, maybe even negativity. I want to take that one step further. I recognize that while it may be easy to get nostalgic over theContinue reading “Leaving Behind”

Spring

By: Gabriela Yareliz Somehow, I ended up in that train car. It’s one I seldom end up on. It’s the one that starts in the Upper East Side and goes to Brooklyn filled with young, hip, beautiful people. You have the friends who are chatty and distracted, standing at the poll, giggling every time theyContinue reading “Spring”

Why We Remember

By: Gabriela Yareliz Call me crazy, but I love slowness in my own solitary moments. Maybe, this is because I strive to be efficient and productive in my work life. A slow morning is therapeutic, and I savor it. I love being mindful in “ordinary” moments, whether it’s feeling water rushing over my hands, asContinue reading “Why We Remember”

Leading Lady

By: Gabriela Yareliz I am committed to writing more regularly here because I simply miss it. I am here, already dreaming of Easter. Pastel colored dresses, and light trench coats with no leggings. A dream. February is almost over. It’s wild. Tonight, I read a magazine for a bit. Cherry Bombe featured the lovely andContinue reading “Leading Lady”

Home

By: Gabriela Yareliz Recently, Atelier Doré announced its theme for the month is ‘coming home.’ Ahhh, the classic holiday move of returning to family and familiar grounds. For so many of us, home means two places: where our family lives and where we made memories, and also, the place where we lay our heads toContinue reading “Home”

Be True

By: Gabriela Yareliz Thérèse Desqueyroux. Does that name ring a bell? Thérèse Desqueyroux is François Mauriac’s most respected novel. It was turned into a film with the brilliant Audrey Tautou starring as Thérèse.  Indulge me. Spoiler and storyline breakdown (it was published in 1927– so if you haven’t read it by now— *eye roll*): It’sContinue reading “Be True”

An August Photo Diary

By: Gabriela Yareliz Hello, friends. Here we are. At the end of another month. It has been one of a lot of growth for me, I feel. One of those months where you feel the way gum looks when you lift up your shoe, and it is stretched into little strings. Expanded. Here are someContinue reading “An August Photo Diary”

A July Photo Diary

By: Gabriela Yareliz Warm New York summer rain threatens my unspoken plan. The rain is soft and glittery. It should be bottled up and sold as perfume. It paints the sky grey and paints us wet. In my search of the skyline for a perfect rooftop, I spot the flamingo tree. It’s sassy in itsContinue reading “A July Photo Diary”