"I also have costume jewelry from my grandmother which I consider an heirloom because the pieces are simple and what she wore everyday. It’s those types of items—the things that were used and loved—that feel the most important to me."
“I feel lucky that most of the family heirlooms I have are in the form of jewelry. I have so many pieces from all my abuelas. My wedding band is my father’s mother’s wedding band. And I have an insanely beautiful opal that my grandfather gave my grandmother. She passed away unexpectedly two years ago, and she and I shared a love of opals, so it is extremely special to me. I love that I get to wear pieces that the incredible women in my family wore every day and they now live a new life with me and eventually my daughter and so on. I think jewelry can be a sacred and intimate part of life and to wear these family heirlooms is like being invited to a secret party.”
"Collective anger, direct action, people caring for each other, willingness, softness in spite of everything, optimism, accountability, forgiveness, solidarity, growth and the possibility of liberation."
"Other than that, coffee is a ritual. Coffee shops during my life in New York City and Brooklyn have been a huge breeding ground for building community and real relationships, and I also just love trying new coffee beans. I guess I’m pretty boring in that sense."
"I like to keep little heartbeats everywhere. If you open my silverware drawer, there’s a pocketknife a boyfriend gave me on my 26th birthday. My bookshelf is lined with bar napkins and pressed flowers, and Photo Booth strips, and concert tickets, and books that are gifts themselves. A handful of people have made the hall of fame of being tattooed onto my skin. I don’t know what exactly I’m scared of forgetting, but I have shoeboxes filled under my bed in my childhood home, organizes just so. People weave in and out of your life and I guess I have collected proof that they were ever there at all."