Hey! I’m Larisa, and however you found me, THANK YOU for being here.

I was born and raised in California and have been living in NYC since 2007. We Heart Beauty started in 2010, when I was a junior in college and living with three dudes who didn’t care about my girly obsessions. Since then it has evolved into, well, I don’t know, but I focus on beauty, motherhood, and my personal stories. I’m randomly an incredibly open book, and candid about all of my experiences.

I am a wife (AH!), a new mom (AHH!), and a cat lady (and proud!).


I met my husband-to-be in 2008. He asked me to be his wife on my birthday in 2014, and we were married in 2016. Shortly after that, we found out we were expecting and had to pack up, leave our roommate of 5 years, and move to our very own place.

Our daughter Ivy was born in 2017 via c-section due to a failure to progress. I was lucky enough to exclusively breastfeed her for the first several months of her life. She was a daycare baby since she was only 6 months old, which allowed me to work from home and eventually, go back to work full time.

After 2 years of working for myself, I packed up shop and joined the team at HeyMama, where I work on brand partnerships as the Director of Client Services.

Thanks again so much for reading and for being here. You’re the best.

You may have seen some of my work in:

HeyMama – 8 Steps to Setting Goals that Lead to Success

Well Rounded – Breastfeeding After a C-Section

HeyMama – Expert Tips to Detox Your Inbox

Thought Catalog – I’m a Yuccie and Proud

Photos by Brandi Gard and Belle Augusta