92 episodes

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.
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THE CITY CONFESSION‪S‬ Mariann Yip

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 49 Ratings

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.
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    Ep 92: Hannah Nieves - Marketing Branding PR Expert - Leaving Corporate World to Start Her own Company - Challenges Being an Entrepreneur - Creating a Strong Team and Work Culture- NYC Favorite Spots

    Ep 92: Hannah Nieves - Marketing Branding PR Expert - Leaving Corporate World to Start Her own Company - Challenges Being an Entrepreneur - Creating a Strong Team and Work Culture- NYC Favorite Spots

    This week's guest is Hannah Nieves, a marketing, branding and PR expert from NYC. She is also the CEO of Hannah Nieves, a digital agency that specializes in elevating luxury brands to become the authority in their space. With extensive experience in marketing, branding and PR; Hannah knows what it takes to build, market and promote authentic brands and create results.

    Her journey into marketing began as an Investment Sales Broker in the Capital Markets division working for Cushman & Wakefield, one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the world. During that time she worked to market and sell buildings, land and air rights in Manhattan. When she wasn’t underwriting $525,000,000 worth of real estate assets, she was marketing them.

    Fast forward a few years when she became Director of Marketing of California, managing $4,000,000 marketing budgets and leading a team of passionate marketing professionals.

    Hannah truly loves the work she does and created this business out of the sheer passion of being able to serve female entrepreneurs and visionaries. What started out as a mentorship program turned agency, consulting and education platform has allowed Hannah to serve women in a multitude of industries and creative backgrounds.

    In this episode, we talk about her transition, experiences and challenges working as an entrepreneur, the importance of creating a strong team and cultivating a strong work culture. She also gives insight to how she defines success and happiness compared to her definitions in the past and opens up about the struggles with stress and burnout. We end this episode with a city confession as well as a rundown of Hannah's go to favorite NYC spots.

    Hannah is the go to resource for marketing, branding and PR for entrepreneurs and brands alike and you can find her in the below platforms:

    Website: www.hannahnieves.co

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/hannahmnieves

    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hannahmnieves/

    Feel free to email any questions regarding this episode or podcast to thecityconfessions@gmail.com. 


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    • 40 min
    Ep 91: Jeniece Trizzino - VP of Product Development at Scentbird - How Scentbird Changed the Fragrance Industry -The Process and Timeline Bringing a Skincare/ Beauty Product from Idea to Life

    Ep 91: Jeniece Trizzino - VP of Product Development at Scentbird - How Scentbird Changed the Fragrance Industry -The Process and Timeline Bringing a Skincare/ Beauty Product from Idea to Life

    This week's guest is Jeniece Trizzino. She is the Vice President of Product Development at Scentbird. 

    With over 15 years of experience at such brands as Avon, Laura Geller, BareMinerals, Deck of Scarlet, Goodhabit, and Confessions of a Rebel, Jeniece Trizzino has worked through every stage of makeup artistry, product and packaging development, partnering directly with brand founders to ideate, conceptualize, forecast, innovate, formulate, package develop, and market award-winning products that she has created for sale in the U.S. and around the world. Jeniece’s deep understanding of both the transforming needs of the beauty market and the advancing demands of the consumer, coupled with her strong market vision and intuition for product innovation has made her a thought leader and expert in the beauty space, with a proven track record of success.

    In this episode, we talk about how Scentbird disrupted the fragrance industry back in 2014 when it introduced the idea of a subscription model to the world. It was also a time where social media was growing and evolving so Jeniece explains how the company leveraged Youtube specifically to create buzz about the company's model and service. Jeniece also gives us insight to what her role consists of and the real timeline and steps of bringing a product from an idea to life. As a New Yorker, she also shares a confession relating to stereotypes that people have about New Yorkers.

    Feel free to support Jeniece's brands below:

    Scentbird: https://www.instagram.com/scentbird/ 

    Goodhabit: https://www.instagram.com/goodhabitskin/

    Deck of Scarlet: https://www.instagram.com/deckofscarlet/


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    • 38 min
    Ep 90: Deanna First - NYC Based Illustrator - How She Found Her Passion for Art and Drawing - Power of Relationships and Networking as a Freelancer- Shifting Her Business Since Pandemic

    Ep 90: Deanna First - NYC Based Illustrator - How She Found Her Passion for Art and Drawing - Power of Relationships and Networking as a Freelancer- Shifting Her Business Since Pandemic

    This week's guest features Deanna First, a NYC based illustrator. Deanna First’s work centers on her fascination of the female form and capturing the many personalities of her muses. She explores these themes through a combination of pencil, marker, watercolor and digital editing. A broad range of illustration styles sets her work apart from the crowd.

    She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kent State University in Fashion Design. It was there she pronounced her love for fashion illustration. She later went on to work for Elie Tahari, J.Crew and Ralph Lauren.

    Deanna focuses on both fluidity and movement in her work. Her most recent events have been with Diane von Fürstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger and Hermès.

    In this episode, Deanna explains how she started in the fashion design world and how she transitioned into being a freelancer and starting her own business. We talk about a wide range of topics including her passion and talent for drawing and art, how she's used social media especially Instagram to leverage her business, the power of relationships in the fashion industry in NYC, how spirituality plays a role in her life, her struggle of balancing her personal interests on social media with her professional work and how her plans for expanding and shifting her business avenues due to the pandemic.

    You can connect with Deanna on her social media platforms below:

    https://www.deannafirst.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/deanna_First/



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    • 50 min
    Ep 89: Lana Stacy - New York State licensed Acupuncturist - Power of Healing and Prevention - Beauty of Practicing Slow Living- Lessons from Grieve and Personal Loss - Love for NYC

    Ep 89: Lana Stacy - New York State licensed Acupuncturist - Power of Healing and Prevention - Beauty of Practicing Slow Living- Lessons from Grieve and Personal Loss - Love for NYC

    This episode features New York State licensed Acupuncturist, Lana Stacy. Board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), Lana has a passion for developing meaningful relationships with each of her patients and creating a safe space for them to heal, grow, and evolve into the best versions of themselves. At the crux of all of her treatments is a profound understanding of the connection between the mind and body. Lana specializes in pain management and have received advanced training in trigger point therapy. 

    She also has experience with internal medicine, including migraines, digestive disorders, menstrual issues, and chronic urinary tract infections. As a long-term patron of therapy herself, she has a special interest in working with mental health and those in recovery, especially anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, and addiction. For these internal conditions, she focuses primarily on the styles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element, Japanese, and Korean techniques in order to fully tap into and treat the "Shen" (the spirit).

    In this episode, we talk about how Lana discovered acupuncture and what moment drove her to decide to pursue this as her calling and career. Lana also explains the difference between western and eastern medicine and why she incorporates Chinese medicine and approaches to healing in her practice. She currently works at WTHN, which is an acupuncture studio in NYC (which is how we met because she is my acupuncturist!) and discussed how the studio aligns with her own values of the power of healing and prevention. 

    As someone who used to be a workaholic, Lana recalls how she would burn out by working constantly and running around in NYC. Since the pandemic and her loss, she has learned the beauty of slow living and advocates for all us to practice that. She is now appreciating all the magic surrounding NYC and is also working on her side hustle which are house calls for acupuncture sessions.

    You can find Lana in the below platforms:

    https://www.lanastacyacupuncture.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/lana.stacy.acupuncture/


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    • 50 min
    Ep 88: Reagan Petrehn- Partner, Head of Brand of Felix Roasting Company - Starting a String of Businesses - Insights from a Creative Entrepeneur- Power of Community

    Ep 88: Reagan Petrehn- Partner, Head of Brand of Felix Roasting Company - Starting a String of Businesses - Insights from a Creative Entrepeneur- Power of Community

    Welcome to Season 5 of The City Confessions! Before we get started with today's guest, this episode opens up with a quick introduction from your host Mariann Yip about what she's up to and what you can expect from this season moving forward. Instead of doing a solo episode as the introduction episode of the new season, we are joined by Reagan Petrehn, who is a a filmmaker, food and bev expert, and serial entrepreneur.

    Before co-founding his first business –1900 Barker– at 21, he spent several years consulting with and training professionals across multiple disciplines within the coffee industry across the US, Mainland China and Hong Kong –then the fastest growing market for coffee globally. He has since consulted with dozens of coffee and food startups to create unique programming across various cultures and locales.

    Today, 1900 Barker is recognized as a cutting edge and trend setting institution, despite its rural location in the Midwest, and has been nominated every consecutive year since opening for the James Beard award –a massive honor across the food and beverage industry.

    In 2018, Reagan became a founding member at Felix Roasting Company in NYC. In addition to acting as Brand Manager and developing the guest experience, He created the unique (and often viral) food and beverage program that makes Felix stand out among foodies and coffee aficionados everywhere, and oversaw the meteoric rise in engagement from the press, tourists, and local New Yorkers.

    Currently, Reagan is refocusing his energies into his creative studio, Kind Studio, with an aim to develop meaningful stories through film. He hopes to utilize his background in hospitality to help hurting food & bev businesses get a leg up during and after Covid.

    Outside of his many professional pursuits, Reagan is an avid surfer, a distance runner, and is always looking for an excuse to play in the kitchen.

    In this episode, Reagan talks about how he met his partner of Felix Roasting Company, which is a stunning cafe in NYC. He opens up about how the design concept and birth idea came into fruition and the struggles of trying to maintain afloat as the company struggled with COVID last year. However, as someone who is constantly working on a million projects, Raegan and his partner was actually able to open a new location in August of 2020 in Soho. 

    As a natural entrepreneur, Raegan explains how he got his motivation and confidence to start his string of businesses, especially in a city like New York. He acknowledges that he does experience impostor syndrome as is still trying to figure out how to redefine what success and happiness looks like to him. Raegan is also a talented photographer and is now actively pursuing that creative outlet. He closes this episode with a confession that you guys definitely won't expect so have a full listen to see what that is!

    Feel free to connect with Raegan on his below channels and follow along his journey to see all the amazing things he has in the works:

    https://www.instagram.com/reagan.petrehn

    https://www.instagram.com/felixroastingco/

    https://www.instagram.com/1900barker/


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    • 56 min
    Ep 87: Mariann Yip - Solo Episode: 2020 Recap, Lessons Learned from Therapy, Importance of Setting Boundaries, Realities of Podcast Earnings

    Ep 87: Mariann Yip - Solo Episode: 2020 Recap, Lessons Learned from Therapy, Importance of Setting Boundaries, Realities of Podcast Earnings

    This episode is a solo one featuring yours truly. I close out season 4 of The City confessions and give a quick recap of 2020. I talk about what this year has taught me, what lessons I've learned from therapy and the importance of setting boundaries. I also reveal a confession relating to the realities of my podcast earnings as well as insight and sneak peak to what you can expect from me in 2021. 

    I express my sincere gratitude to all my listeners and send you off with positive vibes and motivation as we welcome the new year. You can support The City Confessions by subscribing to the podcast, sharing it to a friend/ social platforms and you can also donate by clicking the SUPPORT button at https://anchor.fm/thecityconfessions. 

    You can follow my personal page on Instagram @mariann_yip and the podcast page @thecityconfessions and listen to all four seasons of The City Confessions here. Any questions, comments or concerns can be directed to thecityconfessions@gmail.com and stay tuned for Season 5 of The City Confessions, which will be airing on January 5, 2021! 


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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

hrodriguez845 ,

Mariann is an incredible host!

Love listening to this podcast. Mariann is brilliant and really captivates her audience. 🙌🏽

Reag.P ,

Love!

Mariann is an absolutely magnetic host and the stories/people she brings on are not just fascinating, but remind us of all the things we love about about living in NYC.

EG_01 ,

Amazing listen!!!

Mariann is the best and her podcasts are my
Favorite to listen to. She is so genuinely engaging with all her guests, charismatic, kind, and just the best listener. You WANT to tell her your story after listening to a podcast! Absolutely recommend for anyone looking for an incredible and unique podcast which dives into the lives of everyday New Yorkers.

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