I’m Irina, The “face” behind The Big Apple Mama. Welcome to my blog! (For brands and PR companies please visit my Media Kit)
I’m European girl (born and raised) across countries of Kazakhstan, Estonia, and Great Britain. I now reside in New York City.
The Big Apple Mama Blog is a part diary and about New York happenings and events, Healthy Lifestyle, Travel and Food. It’s a collection of things that I love: style, family, food, wine, travel, fashion, going organic, health and of course about my husband’s well known tastiest home made chicken wings!
Before coming to USA I traveled the world to it’s fullest. I have visited many countries in Europe, Russia, North and South America like millions of times! How or Why? Well, I worked on several different cruise ships after graduating from college. It was one of the most memorable times and best jobs I’ve had in my life. This is how I had a great opportunity to experience the world, people and many different cultures. But deep down in my heart I always knew that New York was the place where I want to live.
I came to New York at the age of 22, married my husband (we’re happily married for 14 years now). He’s native Long Islander but thankfully he and I both agreed to move to NYC so we could be closer to all the action. He supports me with everything I do and I am so thankful for him. He is now an independent real estate broker and fiction author.
Together we’re raising our soon to be tweens ages 7 and 11. I want to stop the clock so they would stop growing but unfortunately that clock won’t stop.
Before becoming a blogger and social media expert I started a custom made rhinestone t-shirt company. It started off as a part-time business that I worked after work and on weekends. However after being laid off from my 9 to 5 job my husband encouraged me to stay at home and put all of my efforts into the business while being able to be with kids. I am so glad I listened to his advice. My company StyleHippo.com is flourishing and has been in business for x years. I have an online store that you can find @ Stylehippo.com . This is where I sell my beautiful custom made sparkling Rhinestone and Swarovski T-shirts (and other apparel) for women and girls. I’m also the owner, writer and editor of I Love My Kids Blog where I talk about my family, parenting tips, DIY projects and feature lots of toys and products for family and kids of ages 0-15y.