Meet Paulina

Favorite places you’ve visited to date?

I really want to live in London someday, just for a year or two – but Brooklyn will always be home πŸ™‚ besides London, I’m pretty obsessed with Paris, Copenhagen and Marrakech. Tulum is my favorite beach destination, but I haven’t been to Asia yet, so I think someday Thailand or Fiji beaches will hold that title!

What is your food philosophy?

I hover somewhere between vegan and vegetarian. I stick to completely plant based when I am home in Brooklyn, but when traveling I do allow myself some local eggs and cheese.Β I turned this vegetarian/vegan hybrid in early 2016 after months of thinking “I really should do it, but oh, I’ll just miss eating (chicken/sushi/cheese) so much!” After watching a series of documentaries – Cowspiracy, Earthlings, and Forks Over Knives – it felt like the wool was pulled from my eyes and I realized I absolutely couldn’t bear to eat my animal friends any longer.

Where are you from? How long have you lived in NYC?

I was born in Saint Petersburg, Florida to Polish parents, grew up speaking Polish, and visit Poland often. I went to Sweet Briar College in Virginia for school and this holds a big piece of ‘home’ in my heart as well. I moved to Brooklyn and now live in my dream apartment with my best friend in Williamsburg.

Favorite music?

I don’t even know what this genre really is – indie electro pop? But anything like The Naked and Famous, Purity Ring, Chvrches, Odesza remixes – love it.

What is your background in health and fitness?

My mum is like a health, fitness, and yoga guru. I was surrounded by it my whole life growing up, but as rebellious, annoying kids do, I didn’t really want anything to do with it. It took me my first few years in NYC of drinking too much, not sleeping enough, and having horrible eating habits to realize how much I was screwing up my life by not taking care of myself. I first started eating healthier following the Whole30/paleo type of lifestyle, then came to see how much better going plant based was for myself and for the planet and animals.

I also now love to workout, and mix it up with yoga, pilates, kickboxing, cycling, and barre classes via ClassPass. I got certified as a yoga teacher in February 2016 in Costa Rica.

Who are your adorable cats?

We have Rory the angel boy, adopted at 3 years old in 2011, and Freya my little witchy girl, saved off the streets of Williamsburg as a kitten in 2014. I love them so much its probably nauseating for some, haha.

What do you believe in?

I believe in kindness. In love. I believe in a Creator/Spirit though I don’t attach myself to religion anymore.

Favorite season? Coffee or tea?

Fall, absolutely. And I die for iced almond milk lattes from devocion, my favorite coffee shop.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I was a ballerina and competitive figure skater for years in my childhood before back problems made it impossible for me to continue. Up until age 14 I was always at the ice rink before school (this was in Florida by the way, which is kind of random, ha) and at the ballet studio after school. I always thought I would move to New York to be a ballerina, or become a professional skater.

How did you become a blogger?

I’ve always loved writing and photography. I followed many bloggers for years, and always wished I could “do that”. After learning to cook and becoming good at it, I was encouraged to start a food blog – and that idea tumbled over into lifestyle and travel, which finally landed on ‘life, style + travel’. More on my philosophy and a guide to what you can find in the pages of Brooklyn Kitten here.