The Minis: Gabby Mbeki
Hi Gabby! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I have been an elementary school teacher for almost seven years, but have only been blogging for three years. I consider myself a creative in various ways. I write poetry, I am thinking about doing a podcast with a good friend (focusing on bringing the REAL-ness to what it means to be an Instagrammer) and I am working on my picture book that I started outlining last summer.
What are your favorite aspects of blogging, as well as some of the challenges?
To be honest, I stopped blogging for awhile because I was over thinking it. I think many people do the comparison game, and I just kept feeling as though my blog was not up to par with others. I have taken a step back from the blog and have been slowly working through redesign plans, because at the end of the day I want to create a blog that is 85% for me because it’s an art form to me. I think you have to think about clear objectives when you are starting out, but the other thing that I do enjoy the most about blogging is the fact that you do have the freedom to create content that you love. It does make me feel extremely happy when I hear that something in a post resonated with a reader. Some validation does not hurt.
Where is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
I would definitely say Tulum, Mexico. It is a little embarrassing to admit, but it was definitely one of the places that I choose to go to because it kept popping up on my Instagram. I went last year for my 30th birthday, and loved every minute it. I stayed at the Papaya Playa Project and our bungalow was right on the beach side. It was the most peaceful thing to wake up every morning to the sounds of the waves crashing. It sounds so cliché, but I honestly did not want to leave. I think that was the first vacation that I allowed myself to just be in the moment. We did not really have a heavy planned itinerary. It was perfect!
What are a couple of your favorite or most memorable collaborations you have worked on?
Actually, I have really enjoyed a lot of my collaborations because many of the brands that I have worked with are brands that I am genuinely interested in, and many of their products I have used prior or continue to use afterwards. I just recently did an Instagram stories takeover with ADAY, a sustainable clothing line based in New York, and that was fun because it was just showcasing my favorite places in Boston. I loved putting it together. It took a lot of time, but there was never a moment where I was not having fun putting it together. Currently, I am working with Winc, which was a dream for me because all my friends will tell you that I am obsessed with rosé. That again was a great way to showcase something that I love while helping out a brand. I truly do appreciate working with brands that understand the content you are pulling together and are respectful of that.
What are a few of your favorite places in and around Boston?
I surprisingly spend a lot of time in Beacon Hill because of Tatte Bakery & Café on Charles (there are various locations), where you can usually find me drinking an iced chai latte. Though I do prefer going there late afternoon during the week when it is less crowded. Follain across the street is where I stock up on a lot of my skincare products including my all time favorite that I discovered there, Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator, which was a life saver during the winter. I am a little biased because I work at one of the coolest boutiques on the Hill, December Thieves, and every time I go into work I want something new, especially because a lot of the items we carry you cannot find anywhere else in the city. The best thing about the Beacon Hill area of Boston is that it is very close to the public docks on the Esplanade, which is where I have always spent my summers reading, and I just feel at peace watching the boats sail on by.