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 26: Andreina Valderrama - Moving to NYC with a Dream - Creating Her Own Reality - Adopting Positive Mindset | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2807

This episode features Andreina Valderrama, an inspiring fashion blogger and marketing specialist from Venezuela. Hear why she had to flee her home country and how she came to NYC without knowing a single soul or having a place to stay. She opens up about her journey and struggle when she first came to America. However, her story is one that will undoubtedly motivate you to go after your dreams because she is doing that right now. Andreina Valderrama explains why she has a positive mindset and gives advice on how to adopt a healthy perspective on life. You can connect with Andreina Valderrama on Instagram @Andreina Valderrama and make sure to check out her blog You can also email if you have any feedback or questions regarding this episode. --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 25: Betul Yildiz - Moving to NYC for Love - Struggles of Being a Mom of Twin Girls - Dealing with Post Partum Depression and Societal Pressures on Motherhood | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2987

Get ready for an in-depth, powerful episode featuring digital marketing expert, Betul Yidiz, a mom of twin girls and fashion technology blogger. Hear her journey of coming to NYC for love and her struggles of finding her place in the city. She opens up about numerous topics that people don't normally talk about including post partum depression, societal pressures about what a mom should act, feel and look like, financial struggles with living in NYC and much more! This episode focuses primarily on motherhood and exposes the not so glamorous side of it. Betul Yidiz hopes that by sharing her story and confession, other moms can feel like they're not alone if they feel the same way. She is also currently looking for full time opportunities in the city and if you or someone you know is hiring, please email her You can also follow her on Instagram @alleygirl and her blog If you have further questions regarding this episode, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 24: Stephanie O`Quigley - Beauty Publicist from Ireland - Living out her dream in NYC - Struggle with Self Pressure to always wanting to do more | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2416

Season 2 welcomes our first guest, Stephanie O`Quigley who is a beauty publicist from Ireland. Hear how she made a name for herself as a beauty blogger in Ireland to a beauty publicist in NYC. She opens up about the difficulty of getting a visa in USA, but explains that the process never scared or prevented her from living out her dream in NYC. She expresses how much NYC has shaped her life and has helped her grow to the woman she is today. Make sure to follow her blog and her instagram @stephanieoquigley. She also started her own podcast which is called The Wall and you can check it out on Spotify Feel free to email should you have any questions regarding this episode. --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 23: Back for Season 2 - Finding My Why - Struggling with Life Purpose | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1147

Welcome to Season 2! The first episode of this season is a solo one from your host, Mariann Yip. She opens up about life updates and what she currently is feeling and going through. Hear her confession about struggling to find her life's purpose and what she plans on doing to get out of her creative and professional rut. You can keep up with Mariann Yip on her Instagram @mariann_yip and you can email if you have any questions or feedback regarding this episode. --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 22: Solo and Last Episode of the Season - Life Updates - Another Health Confession | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1479

This episode is a solo one featuring your host, Mariann Yip. It will also be the last episode of the season as Mariann Yip is planning a mini summer hiatus to get her life together. She updates her listeners on her life and talks briefly about what's going on personally, socially, emotionally and professionally. She then reveals yet another health confession regarding her relationship, outlook and struggle with food and control. Hear more about what she has to stay about this constant battle and how she's planning to overcome it. You can find Mariann Yip on Instagram @mariann_yip. Feel free to also check out her blog WWW.MARIANNYC.COM and email if you have any feedback or questions regarding this episode.  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 21: Lily Kunin- Founder of Clean Market- Recovery over Balance - Misconception about her and health | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2613

This episode features certified holistic health coach Lily Kunin. She is also the of founder Clean Food Dirty City, author of good clean food, and founder of clean market, a holistic wellness center located in midtown Manhattan. Hear how she found her interest in wellness and health after dealing with celiac disease and vertigo back in high school. Lily Kunin also gives us tips on how to eat healthy in the city and explains why she advocates for recovery over balance. If you’re in the city, definitely check out all the amazing services offered at Clean Market and feel free to use code ‘CLEANCONFESSIONS25’ for 25% off your first service! You can also follow Clean Market on Instagram @cleanmarket and Lily @cleanfooddirtycity. Should you have any further questions regarding this episode, you can email --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 20: Dara Mersky- Head of Marketing at WTHN - Moving to NYC for her new job - Discovery of Acupuncture - Why she values Self- Care | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2500

In this 20th episode, we have Dara Mersky, who is the head of Marketing at WTHN, a wellness studio situated in Flatiron Manhattan, that believes in Ancient healing for modern life  with acupuncture + all-organic herb blends. Dara Mersky is a newbie to the city as she moved for her new role only seven months ago from Texas. Hear why she decided to move to NYC with no hesitations and why this city fuels her. She also reveals how she discovered acupuncture as well as WTHN. Through her self discovery, she explains why she values self care and what that means to her. If you are interested in learning more about WTHN, visit their website and on Instagram @wthn and you can also find Dara on Instagram at @daratheexplora12. If you have any further questions regarding this episode, email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 19: Dina Rezvanipour - How she founded 3d PR and Marketing - Confession and Struggle as a CEO - Discovery and Love for Meditation | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2424

Today’s guest is Dina Rezvanipour, CEO of 3d PR and Marketing. She begins by giving us a background and overview of her humble beginnings and how she founded her company. Born and raised in California, Dina explains why she wanted her company to have a presence in NYC and talks about her bicoastal balance with her professional and personal life in LA and NY. With an impressive client list and successful events under her belt, she reveals a confession most people won’t expect. Hear what that is along with her discovery for meditation and how that has changed her life. You can keep up to date with Dina on Instagram  @dinaRezvanipour and 3d PR @3dprmarketing. If you have any further questions about this episode, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 18: Julia Marino - Paraguay's First Winter Olympian- Journey to the Olympics - Being more than just a Skier - Life as a current New Yorker | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2763

Today's episode features Julia Marino, Paraguay's First Winter Olympian. With years of training, dedication and commitment to the skiing sport, hear how she made it to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In this inspiring episode, Julia Marino opens up about the struggles and injuries she's overcome and the lessons she's learned along the way as a sponsored athlete. She gives an in depth perspective on what it's like to be recognized as a skier but also her insight on the world of content creation. She is currently working on expanding her own brand and has many exciting projects in the works, so make sure you're following her on Instagram @juliamarino__/ and feel free to check out her website If you have any questions regarding this episode, please email --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 17: Cassie Goldstein- Her Role as Head of Marketing at Plant People - Dealing with Impostor Syndrome - Struggle with having her Guard up and Letting people in - Why she loves Therapy | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2444

Today's episode features Cassie Goldstein, the head of marketing at Plant People. Hear how she got involved with this NYC company that sells plant based products and gives more clarification and information about CBD. Cassie Goldstein also expresses her struggle with impostor syndrome and why she absolutely loves therapy. If you are interested in getting to know more about Plant People, feel free to check them out at and you can find Cassie on Instagram @cassie.goldstein. You can also email if you have any other questions or want more information about this episode.  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 16: Gabrielle Ophals- How she cofounded Haven Spa at age 24 - Overcoming Struggles as a New Business in NYC - Why You Should try the Harmony Massage | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2318

This 16th Episode launching on the 16th of April features Gabrielle Ophals, the cofounder of Haven Spa. Hear how she jumped on the opportunity to buy a spa at age 23 with her college best friend in NYC and how they grew Haven Spa to what it is now today. Gabrielle Ophals explains the lessons she's learned along the way in addition to the ways Haven Spa is always trying to reinvent itself creatively. If you're also interested in experiencing all the amazing amenities that this full service spa has to offer, feel free to visit Haven Spa on 250 Mercer Street. If you have any other questions regarding this episode, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 15: Nicolette Pace -Being unapologetically herself as a NYC dietician and nutritionist- Busting Food Myths - Explaining her love for food - Sharing her Playbook Concept | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2572

Today's guest is Nicolette Pace, a NYC dietician, chef and nutritionist, nicknamed the "Myth Buster." She is quite a character with a great sense of humor, personality and energy so be prepared for a fun episode! Hear what she has to say about food myths, her love for food and NYC, and a surprising confession that you wouldn't expect. You can find Nicolette Pace on Instagram @nicolette_pace or email her If you have any other questions regarding this episode, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 14: Dara Pollak - Overcoming Car Accident Injury - Finding her love with Food and Writing - Instagram Frustrations and Dating Struggles | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2968

If you've been through some tough hurdles or currently going through a rough time, tune in for this inspiring episode featuring Dara Pollak, who is a NYC food writer, content creator and founder of The Skinny Pig. Dara explains her experience growing up in the city, overcoming a serious car accident and finding her love and passion in the food industry. Hear how Dara used her traumatic experience to become a stronger woman and how she's conquering life as a badass, fierce New Yorker. You can find Dara on Instagram @skinnypignyc and check out her food blog If you have any questions regarding this episode, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep. 13: Katya Bychkova - Embracing being a New Yorker with a Russian Accent- Experience as a Journalist and Beauty Blogger - Overcoming Endometriosis | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2464

Today's guest features no other than Katya Bychkova also known as @stylesprinter on Instagram. You might recognize her name and face all over my social media since she is one of my closest friends in the blogging industry. Hear what she has to say about living in NYC with a Russian accent and be entertained and possibly shocked by the craziest encounter she had living in the city. Katya Bychkova also opens up about her battle with  endometriosis and talks more about why she values health above all. Make sure to also check out Katya's blog where she shares all things beauty, makeup and skincare related! If you have any questions regarding this episode, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 12: Amrah Mahmood- Experience Moving to NYC from London - Growing Social Media Following as a Beauty Influencer - Dealing with Anxiety | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2524

Love a good English accent? Then you guys are up for a treat as we have Swiss Pakistani Beauty Blogger Amrah Mahmood on today's episode in our special March series! Amrah Mahmood explains how she left her huge family behind in London to move with her husband to NYC. She also walks us through her journey of creating her social media presence on her amazing Instagram @thebeautyelite, which has an impressive 292K+ fan base. Amrah Mahmood also opens up about her struggle with anxiety and her constant struggle with balancing being a full time mom and a full time beauty blogger. If you are looking for any makeup or skincare advice than Amrah Mahmood is definitely your go to gal! Make sure you follow her on Instagram @thebeautyelite and feel free to email should you have any questions or comments about this podcast episode!  --- Support this podcast:


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