Summary: In The City Confessions, host and Native New Yorker Mariann Yip leads an ongoing, causal and raw discussion with real people living in the city to share and laugh about their highs and most importantly their lows. She invites guests to open up about what they’re really going through on a daily basis, what the city has taught them, and ultimately gives them a platform to talk about what’s on their mind and what keeps them up at night. Support this podcast:

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 Ep 112: Deborah Lippmann- Celebrity Manicurist and Jazz Singer - How She Started her Own Beauty Cosmetics Brand - Working Under Pressure with Top Celebrities- At Home Manicure Tips & FAQs Nail-care | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3650

We are joined today by the one and only Deborah Lippmann. Deborah is the go-to manicurist for an awe-inspiring list of celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Laura Dern, Martha Stewart, and Lady Gaga and renowned fashion houses from Vogue, InStyle, W, Vanity Fair and Elle to Donna Karan, Rodarte, Narciso Rodriguez, Marchesa and Versace to name a few. After years of experience in the industry, her eponymous line of lacquers and treatments for nails, hands and feet is as coveted as her incredible talent. Deborah’s success as one of the most sought- after manicurists in the world, as well as an innovative entrepreneur, has an interesting origin in her passion for and pursuit of music. Her first love was music, and with dreams of becoming a jazz singer, Deborah belted out sultry tunes in smoky clubs by night while working various jobs by day. Eventually, Deborah enrolled in cosmetology school where she discovered a hidden talent and her second love – nails. Working closely with some of the biggest names among celebrities, editors, fashion designers and models, Deborah quickly identified the need for a diverse range of nail colors and luxury care products, which was missing in the market. It was at that moment that Deborah set out to create her own line high-quality nail lacquers and treatments with her unique fashion point of view. Established in 1999, deborah lippmann was founded on an ethos of quality meets care. Informed by her years in the red carpet, fashion runways, and editorial shoots, the award-winning brand reflects her ultra-high standards in terms of product performance and is crafted to nourish and support nails and skin. The brand is in expansion mode, with exciting plans for continuous growth, including her recent step into the cosmetics industry with her new lip gloss. In this episode, Deborah recalls her journey and explains how she got into manicuring, while also pursuing her dreams in music as a jazz singer. She explains how she landed celebrity clients, what it's like to work in high pressure environments, how she thrives under stress and rituals that she has set for herself when it comes to work. She also narrates her encounter and amazing relationships with Sher, Martha Stewart and Lady Gaga. As a successful entrepreneur Deborah gives insights to her definition of success and happiness and offers advice for those who want to start their own business, finding your passions and how to make your dreams a reality. We end the episode with Deborah's helpful tips for beginners on how to do at home manicures and answers questions when it comes to nail care, cuticles and nail polish and emphasizes on the importance of patience and washing your hands.  You can find more about Deborah Lippmann's brand by visiting her website at: and follow the brand on Instagram Feel free to also direct any questions, comments or feedback to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 111: Jim Frawley- Executive Coach and CEO of Bellwether - Challenges of Starting His Own Coaching Business - Finding Happiness and Satisfaction from Within - Discovering His Love for Running | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2650

Today's guest is Jim Frawley who is an Executive Coach, Business Consultant, Author, Host of the Bellwether Hub podcast, and CEO of Bellwether, a company dedicated to helping organizations and people build resiliency, adapt to change and thrive in rapidly shifting contexts. Over his twenty-year career, he has internationally created and implemented corporate training programs, complex marketing and PR plans, business strategy and administrative plans and organizational re-designs. He has worked with clients in eight countries and thirty nine states to date. A few years ago, Jim came to the realization that he had a unique capability in getting people to do things they didn’t think they could. After some experimentation on using this capability for good or evil, he decided on the good.  He is the host of the Bellwether Hub podcast and author Adapting in Motion: Finding Your Place  in the New Economy, a practical guide to managing multiple levels of macro change. Jim is a big time reader, a small-time triathlete and a full-time husband and father. In this episode, Jim explains how he got into the coaching business and clarifies some misconceptions when it comes to coaches and the coaching industry. He also reveals some challenges when it comes to being a coach and starting his own business. We dive deeper into how he defines success and happiness and touch on the importance of finding fulfillment and internal peace from within and the power of taking control of your own life and success. Jim also opens up about his low points in his life and how he has changed his doubting mentality and past habits to his advantage in helping others become more successful in their careers and in their lives. Other topics in this episode include how to change boredom to productivity, the beauty and benefits of living in a city like New York, his love for running and benefits of working out.   You can connect with Jim Frawley on his below platforms: Web: Twitter: Podcast is available on all outlets: Book: Feel free to direct any questions, comments or feedback regarding this episode to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 110: Val Monroe- Former Beauty Director at O, The Oprah Magazine - Founder of blog called, "How to Not F*ck Up Your Face"- Changing Negative Perspectives on Aging to Acceptance and Self Compassion | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2751

This week's guest is Val Monroe, the former beauty director at O, The Oprah Magazine and founder of the blog called, "How to Not F*ck Up Your Face." Val has also been an editor at Ms., Redbook, Self, and Parenting Magazines, among others, a contributing writer at Parents and Entertainment Weekly, and have written hundreds of articles on a wide range of topics for many national publications. She has appeared many times on national television, and have been a speaker at O, You events—appearing before up to 5,000 women who have enrolled in a day’s worth of Oprah-centric activities. Val is particularly interested in the intersection of kindness and perceptions of beauty and is working on developing a protocol for doctors doing aesthetic evaluations. She is also focusing on a multi-media project, including a Substack newsletter: How Not to Fu*k Up Your Face, philosophical and practical advice for anyone who’s ever looked into a mirror. In this episode, Val and I talk about her extensive background in magazine journalism and her career highlights and lessons. We also dive deeper into societal standards when it comes to beauty and why she's so passionate about changing the conversation from fearing aging to acceptance and self compassion. Val explains the importance of embracing where you’re at in life and how she's advocating for people to adopt a more positive outlook on aging and encourages all of us to love our faces without objectifying it. She is passionate about this topic and this message, which inspired her to start her blog and newsletter, where she is hoping to change the dialogue of aging in today's society. We wrap this episode with an unexpected confession that involves why being anonymous in New York City is a perk that you don't want to miss!  You can support Val by signing up to her newsletter here: and follow Val on Instagram here. And feel free to direct any questions, comments or concerns regarding this podcast to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 109: Mike Indursky - Founder of Sustainable Beauty Brand, HEAR ME RAW - Perks and Realities of Growing up in NYC - Challenges Running and Growing a New Business- Morning Routine and Flow State | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2455

Today we are joined by a fellow Native New Yorker, Mike Indursky, who is the founder of sustainable beauty brand, Hear Me Raw. After spending the last 30 years in the beauty and wellness business, Mike Indursky founded the new, indie skincare brand HEAR ME RAW.  Frustrated that after all this time companies are still selling products with ingredients that shouldn’t go on your skin, in packaging that isn’t sustainable, making claims they can’t keep, with prices that are too high on products you don’t need the brand’s mission is to honor women by doing what’s best for their health, skin, budget and world around them with products that are truly Powerful, Natural, Sustainable and Simple. HEAR ME RAW, the activist, mission-based company is in its first year and is looking to lead the industry in responsible beauty. Previous to HEAR ME RAW, Indursky served as President of Bliss, the leading global spa brand and helped in the December 2015 sale of its parent company Steiner Leisure for $920 million. Previously, Mike was CMO of Burt’s Bees, the leading global natural personal care company, where he helped lead the growth of the brand, resulting in a sale to Clorox for $950 million – a $775 million increase in enterprise value in 4 years. Prior to that Mike had leadership positions at L’Oreal where he was VP of Marketing for Maybelline and Garnier and before that over 11 years at Unilever where he was last SVP of Strategic Planning and Marketing for all of the fragrance and cosmetics brands including Calvin Klein, Vera Wang and others. Mike is a two-time winner of Advertising Age’s Top Marketers of the Year, WWD’s Most Innovative Marketer, Beyond Beauty’s Honoree of the year and is a frequent public speaker. In this episode, Mike talks about how Hear Me Raw came to be and the meaning behind the company's name. He also expresses his values for sustainability and what makes his products so unique and needed in today's world. He opens up about the realities and challenges of running his own business despite being in the beauty industry for 30 years. We also talk about his background and relationship with NYC as he was born and raised in The Bronx. As Mike recounts his journey as an entrepreneur, he also acknowledges the current mindset and headspace he is in now and talks about his morning routine and what it feels like to be in flow state. Feel free to support Mike's journey and company by following Hear Me Raw on Instagram and check out their amazing products here. --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 108: Ella Jewell- Photographer and Content Creator Based in NYC - Shifting from Education to Creative Field- Leaving Family to Pursue Career- Dealing with Anxiety and Depression | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2385

Today's guest features Ella Jewell, a photographer and content creator based in NYC. Ella is a visual communicator, telling stories through her camera lens. She enjoys collaborating with other artists and creating bold works of art. She loves to experiment with color and movement. Hailing from the music capital of the world, Nashville Tennessee, she grew up around music and loves to capture the emotion of performers. Ella enjoys creating content to strengthen brands and to increase commotion. In this episode, we begin with Ella telling us how she got into photography and how she shifted from the education field to the creative field. She also opens up about struggling with leaving her family and friends back in Nashville to pursue her career and dreams in NYC. As someone who loves photography and fashion, Ella explains why she's so drawn to art in general. And to close out this episode, Ella reveals a confession relating to anxiety and depression, so if you can relate, then definitely have a listen.  You can connect with Ella in the below ways: Email: Website: Instagram: You can also email if you have any questions, comments or feedback regarding this podcast.  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 107: Annabelle Gilettti - PR specialist living in NYC- Aligning Personal Values of Wellness with Work- Dating & Men - Love for Paris Hilton- Shifting Priorities and Mindset to Internal Happiness | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2846

Today’s guest is Annabelle Giletti, who is a s a dynamic beauty and wellness publicist living between Brooklyn and Nantucket. Being raised in London and attending international schools has given her the desire to always be around different types of people and seek out new parts of the world. As a dual citizen, Annabelle identifies with different cultures and considers herself a very curious and adaptable global pursuer. In this episode we talk about her background in PR, her love for wellness and healthy living and career highlights and struggles. We also talk about dating and relationships, the differences between European men and New York men and her shift in becoming more bold when it comes to meeting and dating men. Other topics we discuss include celebrity sightings and crushes and Annabelle confesses her love for Paris Hilton. She also explains how she has shifted her priorities and values to finding validation and happiness from within, rather than from external sources. Annabelle is a huge believer in manifestation and also expresses that she is currently living in NYC, specifically in Dumbo because she manifested that moment when she visited years ago.  If you know Annabelle, you’ll also know she’s a great entertainer, loves organizing events, collaborating with others and connecting friends, which certainly contribute to key aspects of being a successful publicist. Annabelle has worked on small but influential teams, managing leading brands from Drunk Elephant, to WTHN, Alo Moves and many others. When she’s not working you’ll find her sailing, skiing, or drinking a filthy martini. Feel free to connect with Annabelle on Instagram! You can also email any questions or feedback to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 106: Victoria Abaev- Wealth Management Associate Based in NY - Beginner Finance and Budgeting Tips for Millennials- Misconception when it comes to Money and Saving- Power of Self care | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2644

Today's guest is Victoria Abaev, a wealth management associated based in New York City. Victoria Abaev is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional at Aspiriant, a leading independent wealth management firm. She helps clients navigate and build their wealth in line with their goals and values. As the first in her family born in America, she did not have a large scope of financial literacy beyond saving and frugality. In high school, she was introduced to the power of financial literacy and planning by her then-boss who hosted financial literacy courses at the YMCA Women’s Shelter. Understanding the power of this knowledge, she changed her career path from health sciences, where she intended to help people medically, to become a CFP® practitioner and help people financially. Originally from San Diego, California, she left her comfort zone when she relocated to New York to marry the love of her life. She doesn’t look back – she loves everything New York has to offer and is a true New Yorker now! As an avid fan of the arts and a musician herself, she enjoys all the beauty, culture and all art forms that the city has to offer. She loves attending Broadway shows, the Metropolitan Opera House, the Candlelight classical music concerts and hearing all sorts of amazing musicians and singers throughout the city. For fun, Victoria plays the piano, composes music, practices yoga and enjoys exploring new places with her husband. In this episode, Victoria walks us through her first encounter with financial literacy and explains how that experience has sparked an interest for her to pursue a career in the finance world. As a financial planner, Victoria reveals some misconceptions she thinks a lot of us have when it comes to money and tips on for millennials when it comes to budgeting, saving and investing. She also reveals her career highlights and lows and ends the episode talking about the importance of self care and tending to your needs before others.  To empower you with financial literacy, Victoria provided links to a 5 Step Guide to Layered Savings as well as a recorded 3-part personal finance series for your reference. Please feel free to connect with Victoria on Linked In. ·  5 Step Guide to Layered Savings: ·  Personal Finance 3-part series from Her Capital x Aspirant: 1. 2. 3. You can direct any questions, feedback or comments to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 105: Adrian Bermeo- LatinX Expressionist Painter from Queens, NY - How He Got into Graffiti and Art- Growing up in NYC and Role of Community - Advice and Life Lessons from a Native New Yorker | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2622

Today's guest is Adrian Bermeo, a LatinX expressionist painter born and bred in Queens NY, with origins in graffiti. Being a proud native New Yorker with a background of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian descent, many of his characters carry interpretations of misrepresented figures and explosive energies that have influenced his life through family, community and world travel.  As an interdisciplinary artist, Bermeo’s work encompasses community outreach events, gallery exhibits, private collections both international and domestic and fundraising auctions at The Queens Museum for Elmhurst Hospital during 2020’s pandemic. In this episode, from one native New Yorker to another, we talk about the unique experiences and perspectives of what it was like growing up in the city, and what makes the city so special. Adrian explains how he was introduced to graffiti and how that discovery has put him in the art journey he is on now on. He also explains his mindset when it comes to putting himself and his art out there, some advice to those who feeling stuck, the role of community and why he’s so passionate about remaining true to his values and why he continues to pay tribute to his upbringing and the city. He also reveals a confession in the end that other city residents can definitely relate to as well as an insight that many New Yorkers can appreciate, so you don't want to miss out on that! Feel free to connect with Adrian on his below platforms: Studio: The Bowery Union 329 Broome ST. NY, NY Website: Instagram: If you have any questions regarding this episode, please email --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 104: Lucia Fuchsia - NYC Drag Queen - What it’s like Growing up in NYC - Realities of Working in Drag - Dealing with Social Anxiety- Embracing the Art of Performing | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2183

Today's guest is no other than the fabulous NYC drag queen Lucia Fuchsia. Lucia is a 22 year old Brooklyn based Drag Queen. She hosts weekly shows in the East Williamsburg area. She is bright, colorful, and upbeat! What to expect from Lucia? Expect the unexpected! In this episode, Lucia talks about what it's like growing up in NYC as a native New Yorker. She explains how he discovered drag and why she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She also describes how Lucia Fuchsia came to be and what she is like when she is on stage and performing. She also gives insight to the realities of working in drag and reveals dealing with social anxiety. Lucia closes out the episode with a confession that leads to advice for those who are listening.  You can find Lucia on Instagram @luciafuchsia and feel free to email any questions, comments or feedback regarding this podcast to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 103: Maria Karr - Cofounder of Rumore Beauty - The first Russian Beauty Store in the US - Why She Left Corporate World to Start her Own Company- Russian Beauty 101 and Favorite Products | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2527

Today, we have our first reoccurring guest, Maria Karr, who is the cofounder of Rumore Beauty, the first Russian Beauty store in the U.S. Maria has been on the podcast before (Episode 8) so feel free to take a listen to her first episode. Maria Karr came to New York from Siberia, Russia when she was 19 and has been working in the beauty industry in the US for the past 10 years. During her career, she was in charge of PR and communications for world-renowned beauty favorites and up-and-coming brands. While she tried many international beauty products, it came to her as a surprise that she hasn’t seen anything from her home country, Russia. So, she decided to change that and give American beauty lovers access to Russian skincare for the first time by launching Rumore Beauty earlier this year. Rumore Beauty is a US-based Russian beauty store, introducing the best of clean and natural Russian skincare to American consumers for the first time. The site features a curated assortment from six Russia’s leading beauty brands – mi&ko, Botavikos, Innature, Laboratorium, True Alchemy and G.Love. All products on are cruelty-free, with many vegan, organic and microbiome-friendly options. In this episode, we talk about Maria's new business venture as she and her husband created Rumore Beauty. We talk about how this idea came to be, the meaning behind the company's name, her transition from the corporate world to now being an entrepreneur and Maria gives us information about Russian Beauty as well as a run down of her favorite products.  You can support Maria by visiting her shop and pick up some Russian beauty products at Rumore Beauty and use code 'CITYCONFESSIONS20' for 20% off your purchase! You can also follow the company on Instagram @rumorebeauty. If you have any questions, comments or feedback regarding this podcast, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 102: Erin Swift and Anna Livermore - Founders of Swift Studios (New Design- Centric Photography and Event Space in NYC) - Benefits of Working as Friends and Business Partners- Career Highlights | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2760

We are beginning season 6 of The City Confessions with two fabulous guests, Erin Swift and Anna Livermore. They are the founders of Swift Studios, a new design-centric photography and event space for creatives, which opened this year in March of 2021 in New York. Erin is a former magazine editor turned stylist turned prop warehouse owner and Anna is the founder of V. Mora, a consulting firm that helps fashion professionals achieve real results in the industry. Both of them have worked in various fields in the design world and have continued to pivot. Erin and Anna have extensive experience working with photo studios and their vision is a first-of-its-kind experience for creatives. They recognized the current economy could work in their favor to begin this passion project even with the various delays from city restrictions and manufacturing lead times. In this episode, we go through a brief overview of both women's careers and journeys. Erin and Anna explain how they dreamt of this self-funded project, their decision as friends to become business partners, their definitions of success and happiness, personal career highlights, and closing out with a few city confessions! Hear more about Swift Studios and what they hope to provide for influencers, brands, and creatives looking for new shooting locations.  You can schedule a viewing of the beautiful space by visiting and feel free to mention this podcast if you're interested in booking! You can also follow them on Instagram and direct any questions, feedback or comments regarding this episode to --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 101: Mariann Yip- Solo Episode Welcoming Season 6- Life Updates - Struggle with Letting Go of Control - Dealing with Childhood Trauma and How it affects Relationships- Trusting Yourself and Life | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1303

Welcome to season 6 of The City Confessions! Episode 101 is a solo one from yours truly and your host Mariann Yip. I explain what my one month break has taught me and why I feel compelled to continue this podcast. I give an overview of my life updates including how I feel mentally and emotionally, the power of mindset and trusting yourself. I also share my current struggle of letting go of control and why it's so difficult for me to do so. I recognize that this is an area I want to work on because I can see how it's affecting my relationships. I end the episode revealing two confessions and offer some insight and advice on how to embrace the highs and lows of life.  I am also always looking for guests so if you or someone you know would love to be featured, please email The only requirement would be a clear connection with New York City (whether you were born and raised here, currently live here or have a business here). You can also support this podcast in a few ways including following me on Instagram as well as the podcast, leaving a positive review on iTunes or send this to a friend to help me gain more reach and exposure. I appreciate each and every one of you and stay tuned for all the amazing upcoming episodes!  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 100: Mariann Yip- Celebrating 100th Episode- Life Updates - Power of Energy - Being Intentional about How you Utilize Time - Revealing Personal Insecurities and Confessions | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1508

This episode is a solo one from yours truly and is a celebration of hitting 100 episodes on The City Confessions! I start out this episode by giving quick life updates and talk about where my mind has been and how I am feeling and doing mentally. I reveal my uncertainty when it comes to my future as I have no idea where I'll be based once my lease is up in addition to questioning my place in NYC. I also talk about how I've been feeling unsafe with the rise of asian hate crimes, which motivated me to start an IG Live series on #STOPASIANHATE. I have been discovering the activist in me and have been getting to know that side more.  Other topics I touch upon include the power of energy, the sacredness of time and the value and weight of intention. I end the episode by sharing a few confessions relating to body insecurities and outlook on dating, love and relationships. As a celebration of my 100th episode, I would appreciate if if you can support me and this podcast by sharing it with a friend or your network, by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts and following me on my below platforms. --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 99: Ming - NYC Based Occupational Therapist - Food Photographer Duo Team of The Bing Buzz - Finding Purpose and Passion During the Pandemic- Spreading Positivity and Joy to Others | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2242

The 99th episode of The City Confessions features Ming, who is a NYC based Occupational Therapist. Aside from her day job, she is also part of the food photographer duo team of The Bing Buzz, and works with her boyfriend to bring NYC content to her audience. She is also the host of the podcast Happier With Ming: A lifestyle design & personal development podcast designed to encourage and inspire you to live life to your fullest everyday! In this episode, we talk about how she found her passion and purpose during the pandemic, as that's the time when she decided to start The Bing Buzz's youtube channel. Ming also loves starting projects and explains how being a perfectionist plays in her life, as well as going out of her comfort zones. She discussed some of her insecurities and vulnerabilities and shares her favorite NYC ice cream spots as well as a confession that some New Yorkers might take offensively!  You can connect with Ming in her below channels and if you have any questions, feedback or comments regarding this episode, feel free to email  Youtube: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 98: Mariah Reeves- Founder of MARVES, NYC Black and Latina Owned One Woman Operation - How she Got into Crochet - Realities of Working as a Handmade Artisan - Why She Loves Her Side Hustle | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2104

Today's guest is Mariah Reeves, the founder of MARVES, which is a NYC based crochet shop, that offers modern, eco-friendly, handmade, and unique fiber arts products. She is a Black and Latina owned one woman operation and explains how her grandmother (one of the coolest & stylish humans EVER) taught her how to crochet. Through her modern aesthetic, with an emphasis on minimal luxury and a passion for art, Mariah tries to keep her family tradition alive and just as cool & stylish as her grandmother was. Mariah started MARVES as something to do outside her day job, but also as a side hustle to help pay off her student loans. Based in NYC, every piece is handmade. As a New Yorker, Mariah names her products after her favorite streets and neighborhoods and tries to keep her business as eco-friendly as possible by using natural fibers and reusable packaging. Being handcrafted, each piece has the value of human touch. Every limited, made to order item is created with its own unique quality. In this episode, Mariah gives insight to different techniques and tips on how to crochet, the process and realities of the hard work, effort and dedication to making each piece by hand, her definitions of happiness and success and what she hopes to accomplish with her business. Feel free to support Mariah Reeves on her below platforms: Website: Instagram: @MARVESnewyork Etsy: Depop: --- Support this podcast:


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