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Gabriella Mayer

Freelancer Writer/Editor

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I’m a freelance writer and editor who got a BA in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing and is currently in graduate school for a Creative Writing MFA at New York University. This portfolio is a compilation of articles and book reviews I’ve written both for magazines, newspapers, book reviewing sites, and in my free time. If you’d like to contact me or have a look at my resumé/CV, you can send me an email at [email protected]


SEO Content Writing

Turbie Twist
Split up With Your Split Ends: The Best Ways to Fix Your Frayed Hair

Split ends are one of the most common forms of damage to hair and it can really make any hairstyle you try into a bad hair day. But what causes split ends? Split ends, for those who don't know, is when the hair shaft splits or frays along the hair's ends or the entire hair follicle.

Stelle World
An Essential Guide to Jazz Dance: It's So Much More Than Jazz Hands

Outside a dance studio, people may know jazz dance from the term "jazz hands" and the motion accompanying it. What they might not know is what exactly is jazz dance? How do you do it? Jazz is as experimental and jubilant as the music it comes from.

Easy & Fast Recipes
7 HCG Diet Recipes You Need to Try

After the first two days of the diet eating high-fat foods like eggs and avocado, it's time to start eating 500 calories a day. Maybe this is the first time you've heard of the HCG diet and you want to try something new to lose those extra pounds?

Entrepreneurship In A Box
Pay Less Taxes! Tips to Reduce Your Tax Burden

When filing your taxes as tax season comes around, the last thing anyone wants to see is the unexpected surprise of a large tax bill. Yet, keep in mind that taxes for 2020 may increase. This is because of the temporary pause on withholding payroll taxes through President Trump's executive order.

Bonnie Roberts Realty
3 Main Factors To Consider When Hiring a Realtor | Bonnie Roberts Realty

When preparing to sell your home, whether it's the first time or third time, you want to know that the realty team you hire will make the home-buying process easy and simple. You may receive recommendations on a certain realtor from friends and family, and that can be great.

A Guide to Targeting Homeowners with Facebook Advertising | USA Home Listings

When potential homeowners tire of traditional listing sites, they still want to look for real estate listings that can give information on the homes they want simply and quickly. And now they can stop obsessing over sites that rhyme with pillow and browse potential homes from their personal newsfeed.

Beyond The Magazine
A Checklist for Sanitizing your Restaurant

Keeping your sanitized kitchen open for business during stay-at-home orders is essential as restaurants are estimated to lose around $240 billion by the end of 2020. While sanitizing a restaurant is always important, during the unprecedented times surrounding COVID-19, cleaning a restaurant, maintaining food regulations, and keeping your employees and guests safe is more important than ever.

New York Time Post
How to Make an Online Portfolio in Just a Few Minutes - New York Time Post

You want a special place online where you can display your skills, knowledge about any specialties, and personality to any potential clients or employers. If you don't want to stick to a LinkedIn profile, or you are a designer or other creative person, an online portfolio is the best way to do so.

Top 5 Jobs You Can Get With a GED

If, because of financial or life situations, you will not be able to go to college or finish high school, there is still an option to finish your education and put you on a good path for the rest of your life.

Hugo Coffee Roasters
Hugo's Origin Story and Mission

Hugo Coffee has become such a wonderfully large community. Our origin story will surprise you since it's actually a love story -- for coffee and dogs. Founder and CEO Claudia McMullin is all about dogs and love for animals, having rescued dogs since she was in her 20s.
When it's Okay to Self-Diagnose Your Illness -

"Is it a cold or the flu? Is it simple or something more serious?" These are the thoughts that usually come in mind once we feel ourselves getting sick. There are some cases where patients know their situations better than their doctors.

Mike Gingerich
How Much Do Yoga Instructors Earn Today? - Mike Gingerich

The thousands of years old tradition of yoga is skyrocketing in popularity around the world, with 20.4 million people participating in yoga in 2012. Today, yoga is present in many forms of life, such as hospitals, schools, and workplaces, especially in the United States where a growing percentage of Americans say they plan to try it at least once a year.

In NewsWeekly
What Is Consumer Fraud? Comprehensive Guide - In NewsWeekly

From identity theft and misleading statements to fake offers and pyramid schemes, many people are unaware or unsure of what is consumer fraud. While difficult to identify, if you get caught up in any consumer fraud types, it can be your worst nightmare that can affect you for a long time.

How to Recruit Efficiently

Finding the best people to work at your company can take time if you don't know where to start or need to revamp. With the right efficient recruitment methods, keeping new talent at your company will be very easy. Take a look at this guide on how to improve recruiting efficiency for your business.

5 Common Campfire Cooking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

( -- August 25, 2020) -- Picture it: you're camping out in the woods and have volunteered to cook a meal for your group. You have the food and materials you need and feel ready to start. The problem? You've never cooked over a campfire before.

News Articles

My Jewish Learning
Where to Do Tashlich in New York During the Coronavirus Pandemic | My Jewish Learning

Tashlich is one High Holidays ritual that can remain mostly unchanged during the pandemic. The High Holidays ritual of tashlich involves visiting a body of water and throwing bread in it to symbolically cast away their sins from the previous year. Fortunately, for Jews celebrating the High Holidays in 2020, tashlich is one ritual that can remain mostly unchanged.

My Jewish Learning
Where to Hear the Shofar in New York in 2020 | My Jewish Learning

To hear the shofar (a ram's horn) during Rosh Hashana and at the end of Yom Kippur services is one of the most important High Holidays traditions. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of Jewish life, including how Jews will hear the shofar during this High Holidays season.

The Palm Beach Post
Coronavirus Florida: Palm Beach Synagogue holds bar mitzvah via Zoom

Jordan Amster, 13, and his family had planned to celebrate his bar mitzvah with his extended family in Israel.But as the coronavirus spread and restrictions were placed on travel, the family knew they had to find an alternative way to celebrate."We had plans long before to go to Israel since we have family there," said Jordan's father, Danny Amster.

Palm Beach Daily News
Race of Hope raises $400K for depression research

The 2nd annual Hope for Depression Research Foundation's Race of Hope was held at Royal Poinciana Plaza Saturday. For a few moments, it looked like as though rain would reappear for a second year at the Hope for Depression Research Foundation's Race of Hope.

Palm Beach Daily News
Coronavirus Florida: Ann Norton kicks off webinar series on Wednesday

The Ann Norton Sculpture will present the first of a three-part series on wellness via Zoom. The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is closed until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic, but beginning Wednesday it will offer one of its planned speaker series via Zoom.

Palm Beach Daily News
Coronavirus Florida: Palm Beachers boost United Way, Community Foundation efforts

Within two weeks of launching each emergency fund for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has raised $400,000 while the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties has raised over $1 million for the cause.The Town of Palm Beach United Way's COVID-19 Emergency Fund assists residents with short-term needs such as food and health care, and long-term needs resulting from unexpected layoffs and loss of income.The latest $50,000 matching

Palm Beach Daily News
From museum wall to table

The Center for Creative Education asked local designers to create table pieces for their "Education Meets the Arts" Spring Gala March 5, 2020 at the Norton Museum of Art. For its "Education Meets the Arts" Spring Gala on Thursday at the Norton Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Education commissioned local designers to create a "tablescape" inspired by the museum's permanent collection.

Palm Beach Daily News
Animals dressed to impress at 27th Worth Avenue Pet Parade

Costumed pets and their owners took part in the Worth Avenue Pet Parade and Contest on Via Amore Saturday March 14, 2020 They say that smiles are the best kind of medicine, and the 27th annual Worth Avenue Pet Parade and Contest, which took place Saturday morning, was chock-full of them.

Fr'd'ric Fekkai Salon closing after 15 years in Palm Beach

After 15 years at The Brazilian Court, the Fr'd'ric Fekkai Salon is leaving Palm Beach. Starting Friday, the facility will open as The Brazilian Court Salon. "The parties have agreed to end their relationship, but [The Brazilian Court] will continue in the luxury salon business with all of the staff remaining," said Richard Schlesinger of Copperline Partners, which owns the hotel.

The Palm Beach Post
Frédéric Fekkai Salon closing after 15 years in Palm Beach

The Frdric Fekkai Salon will end its Palm Beach run at the Brazilian Court Hotel, but hotel officials say the facility will be renamed the Brazilian Court Salon. After 15 years at The Brazilian Court, the Frdric Fekkai Salon is leaving Palm Beach. Starting Friday, the facility will open as The Brazilian Court Salon.

Palm Beach Daily News
Nantucket mainstay opening location soon in Palm Beach

For those who miss having their New England seafood during the winter, a Nantucket, Mass., mainstay is on its way to Palm Beach.Named for the latitudinal location of the original restaurant, LoLa 41 Global Bistro & Sushi Bar will be opening its second restaurant later this month or early January.

Palm Beach Daily News
New mini-movie festival showcases fresh voices

Amateur filmmakers from South Florida will be front and center at the Palm Beach International Mini Movie and Film Festival, which will be held Monday at the Norton Museum of Art.The festival will exhibit short films and longer documentaries dedicated to art, nature and science.The goal of the festival, according to its press release, is to "encourage young filmmakers around the world to express their ideas and show their creativity through the art of filmmaking while giving them access

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Magazine Articles

Boca Raton Observer
Hello, Living Coral!

Brighten up with decor in Pantone's Color of the Year.
Peace, Love And Chicken Tenders

After a successful launch at Disney Springs last year, Food Network personality and restaurateur Guy Fieri and Planet Hollywood restaurateur Robert Earl are bringing their Chicken Guy! concept to Aventura Mall. "I know the good people of Miami love the real deal because some of my favorite 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' joints are in the area," Fieri noted in a press release.

Boca Raton Observer
Tick Tock

Time is on your side with stylish men's watches.
An Egg-Cellent Choice

Yolk, which has enjoyed a cult-like following in Chicago, features eggs in ways that give new meaning to sunny-side up. "At Yolk, we push the envelope with new and creative breakfasts, specialty juices and our own private label premium coffee," notes the eatery's website.
Join The Bubble Tea-Volution

Welcome Bubbleology, the new spot for boba tea and bubble waffles that has taken up residence in The Shops at University Park. The chain, which originated in the United Kingdom and expanded across Europe, the United States and the Middle East, prides itself on making sure each freshly made bubble tea and bubble waffle is customized to customer preference.

Boca Raton Observer
Moveable Feast

Celebrate National Picnic Month in July with these essentials.

Boca Raton Observer
Go In Style

Chic yet practical travel outfits for men and women.

Boca Raton Observer
Trim The Tree

These Christmas Ornaments are merry and bright!
Now, That's Italian!

The iconic Il Mulino, known for its fine Italian dining, has opened a Boca Raton locale, swiftly becoming a hot spot for diners craving its authentic Abruzzo-inspired cuisine. "We are excited to launch our first Il Mulino New York restaurant in the heart of Boca Raton," said Brian Galligan, president of Il Mulino New York, in a press release.
Mamma Mia!

Helmed by Chef Cosimo Cassano, formerly of Michelin-starred Bacco Osteria in Puglia, Italy, the Collins Avenue venue features menu items typically found in small villages along the Italian coastline. Amare means "to love" in Italian - and there's plenty to love about this gem: fresh, seasonal ingredients; a dining room with azure, white and coral hues to reflect the Bay of Naples; hand-carved ceramic tiles from Naples; and service extraordinaire.
Fresh Twist

The Fort Lauderdale restaurant - which opened in 2006 and moved to its current locale in 2012 - has revamped its menu, introducing its "Italian comfort with a twist" concept. Created by Giovanni Rocchio, owner and chef, the reboot is the first since the eatery opened seven years ago and focuses on Italian classics with Chef Rocchio's whimsical touch.
New Kid On The Block

So you can expect a similar crowd at the club's new sister venue, Myn-Tu, a restaurant-slash-lounge open for dinner Thursday through Saturday until 2 a.m. The 2,500-square-foot space has dining for 80 - who no doubt will be mesmerized by the stylish décor, like LED-infused mirrors on the ceiling and walls, an open kitchen, black marble dining tables and white leather booths.
Den Of Modern Delights

"Mandrake will be both an escape from the ordinary and a unique setting unseen on South Beach," according to a press release. "Walking into the 5,000-square-foot space through turquoise-colored front doors with antique Chinese door knockers brings the sensation of stepping into a covert underground hideaway of an Asian restaurant in a bustling metropolis."
Nautical Charm

Located inside the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, the 115-seat venue echoes its beachfront locale via decor like rigging accents, historical fishing photos and nautical artifacts. AND Fish Kitchen + Bar offers up a wide variety of seafood options and mainland favorites, all inspired by the city's casual coastal charm and world-class fishing.
Food For The Soul

You can thank Root & Bone, which recently unveiled its South Miami location of the acclaimed New York City concept known for Southern hospitality, charm and bold flavors. The cuisine is soul-nurturing, conscientiously sourced and farm-fresh thanks to celebrity chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, who pay homage to the recipes and traditions of rural America.
Shop Smarter, Live Longer

But the chain's president and CEO, Frank Scorpiniti, also wants shoppers to know what they won't find there - harmful chemicals and ingredients, such as added hormones, GMOs, bleached or bromated flour, artificial fats, trans-fats, antibiotics, artificial colors and high-fructose corn syrup.
Say Hai

That quote from Confucius figures prominently on Hai House's website. But the new Palm Beach restaurant no doubt wants to change that adage. Helmed by award-winning Chef James Strine, the Worth Avenue eatery features authentic Asian cuisine in a refined setting.
Cultural Remix

Originally founded in 2001 by friends and surfers Diego Herrera and Diego de la Puente in Lima, Peru, Osaka will debut its first U.S. location in the coming months. The concept was inspired by the duo's Peruvian roots, travels in Europe and Asia, and passion for the ocean.
Brews, Bites And Beats

The East Boca venue, spanning 9,000 square feet, serves up craft beer, chef- driven cuisine and live music all under one roof. It's helmed by entrepreneur Mike Goodwin; brewmsater Corey Wilson; and Executive Chef Tara Abrams, formerly of JEY Hospitality.
Let's Taco 'Bout It

The restaurant's house-made, street-style tacos and burritos are created for all taste buds, with selections for meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans and even those with gluten allergies.
Hidden Gem

"At Paradiso, you will find traditional Italian cuisine with a modern interpretation. This blend of innovation and deep respect for the old traditional Italian recipes are expressed in these distinctive dishes," he writes on the eatery's website. "The quality of my cuisine is achieved through incorporating the finest ingredients, with an emphasis on premium fresh and organic products.
Fresh Catch

Seafood is the thing at Loch Bar, a classic seafood tavern whose flagship is located in Baltimore. The 200-seat, 5,500-square-foot restaurant serves up plenty of delights fresh from the ocean, including 14 varieties of oysters, crab legs, ceviche and poke.
New Kid On The Block

Want to try it out yourself? Visit the new Seek + Find in Coral Gables. Run by owner Kevin Gouchee and Chef Frank Imbarlina, the venue combines mixology, gastronomy, art and music in an industrial setting evoking Manhattan or Brooklyn.
Toast To The Past

Head to Loews Miami Beach Hotel, where you can relive the golden age of cocktails - with a twist. The Bellhop Bar, a whimsical pop-up bar in the lobby of the hotel, "unpacks" daily from 5-7 p.m. But don't expect the typical bar setup.
Modern Willy Wonka

5150 Chocolate Co. Brings Artisanal Confections To Delray

Press Releases

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Interior Design Best of Year Awards Vote Now!

DECOLAV Hospitality's Maylin sofa has been entered into the seating category. Vote now for the Maylin for Interior Design Best of Year Awards.

DECOLAV's Stay in the Know!
Vote for DECOLAV's Maylin Sofa in the Interior Design's Best of Year Awards, October 9-20

Boca Raton, FL - October 9, 2018- DECOLAV® Hospitality, the prominent manufacturer of casegoods and FF&E for the hospitality industry, has entered the Interior Design's Best of Year Awards contest for 2018. This year, DECOLAV is honored to have entered the Maylin Sofa in the "Seating: Residential/Sofa" category.

Blogs, Essays, and Poems

Therapy Will Always Be Necessary - Even If You Don't Need It Right Now

I grew up with the notion it was not socially acceptable to speak about mental health or therapy. If you did, you risked someone you knew hearing about it. And if, god forbid, they did, then they would judge your family and shun you. That was hard to hear because I needed someone to talk to.

DECOLAV's Stay in the Know!
4 Simple Tricks For Keeping A Clean Bathroom

The best method to keep a clean bathroom is to do it routinely. Whether easy to clean stainless steel sinks or vitreous china, cleaning can still be a bit of a hassle.

DECOLAV's Stay in the Know!
7 Items You Should Avoid Placing In Bathroom Storage

Bathrooms are commonly used for the storage of necessary items that are good to keep close at hand. However, simply because you can, doesn't always mean you should. In fact, there are several items that are regularly stored in bathrooms that really shouldn't be.


It's been too long since we've last seen each other. Some may say that we are different people now then who we were when we were younger and that we were perhaps only meant to stay together during our childhood. Despite all of this, I could never forget you and I will never stop being your vina.


Between the overpriced tuition, meal plans, and activities and fun that comes with college life, it's all too easy to spend way too much money during your college years. But, the magic that comes with all four of the years doesn't need to come with that high price tag.


When summer starts, all you want to do is soak up the sun, but once summer is nearing the end and humidity hits, you start wishing for cooler weather. The longer summer goes on, the harder it is to think of something to do while you’re battling the heat. Most of the time, it seems as though you’re scrambling to the nearest AC...

Her Culture
On Being Between a Chubby and Plus-Sized Person

by Gabriella Mayer Staring at my phone, an open browser on a page talking about Ashley Graham bathing suits It's the luscious taste of the first Pumpkin Spice Lattes of Fall.

Her Culture
What's with the Separate Seating in Orthodox Synagogues?

by Gabriella Mayer Looking at most Jewish denominations throughout the United States, it seems easy to say that women's roles in synagogues are slowly but surely increasing. As the woman's role moves from household duties to maintaining a successful career, so has the option for women to become ra


You made it, my fellow vinas. After living in the dorms and enduring countless nights in the library feeling completely sleep-deprived, you finally made it out alive and graduated from college! Your parents were crying at the ceremony and you celebrated with all of your friends. You deserved every second of the celebration.

Book Reviews

Parkland: Birth of a Movement |

Dave Cullen unfolds the story of Parkland through the voices of key participants whose diverse personalities and outlooks comprise every facet of their grassroots #neveragain movement.

Cult X |

When Toru Narazaki's girlfriend, Ryoko Tachibana, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of the private detective he's hired to find her. Ryoko's past is shrouded in mystery, but the one concrete clue to her whereabouts is a previous address in the heart of Tokyo.

Varina |

Her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects the secure life of a Mississippi landowner. Davis instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history --- culpable regardless of her intentions.

Closer Than You Know |

One Tuesday evening, Melanie Barrick goes to pick up her son, Alex, from childcare only to discover he's been removed by Social Services. Her nightmare mushrooms when she arrives home to learn her house has been raided by sheriff's deputies, who have found enough cocaine to send Melanie to prison for years.

Beautiful Days: Stories |

In BEAUTIFUL DAYS, Joyce Carol Oates explores the most secret, intimate and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance. In "Big Burnt," a cunningly manipulative university professor exploits a too-trusting woman in a way she never could have anticipated.

We'll Sleep When We're Old |

Oscar Martello, president of a film production company, is a self-made man. Despite his humble origins, he has managed to achieve unbelievable fame and success. Andrea Serrano, his best friend, is a scriptwriter who explores the themes of love and murder in his work.

Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir

For Jill Bialosky, certain poems stand out like signposts at pivotal moments in a life: the death of a father, adolescence, first love, leaving home, the suicide of a sister, marriage, the birth of a child, the day in New York City the Twin Towers fell.

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years

In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa. Five years later, he stood down. In that time, he and his government wrought the most extraordinary transformation, turning a nation riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy in which all South Africa's citizens, black and white, were equal before the law.

The Golden House |

On the day of Barack Obama's inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of "the Gardens," a cloistered community in New York's Greenwich Village. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons.

After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by "Fiddler on the Roof"

The world knows well the tale of Tevye, the beloved Jewish dairyman from the shtetl Anatevka of Tsarist Russia. Tevye, his wife Golde and their five daughters dealt with the outside influences that were encroaching upon their humble lives. But what happened to those remarkable characters after the curtain fell?

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