What defines Tarul’s style is colorful, thoughtful pieces that can make an impact on someone’s life. The moment you meet her, you are instantly at ease and ready to open up to any topic on the table from politics, to race, to life’s crazy day to day. Sanaya Set, her passion project, has allowed her to make her mark in tackling issues in our community and around the world through shifting the way we shop and creating conversations through gifts that make a difference.
HOW DO YOU WANT TO FEEL WHEN YOU STEP OUT INTO THE WORLD?
Confident and authentic to myself
I have a running list of to-dos in my head and when that starts failing, I write them down. Routines are great for me but I’m finding that I have to course-correct a lot more to stay on top of things.
ARE THERE ANY PIECES THAT REALLY MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE BOSS BABE
I love wearing dresses with unique tights (patterns & textures). It’s my signature look for work.
WHAT ARE YOUR SHOPPING CHALLENGES
Getting the most wear out of the beautiful pieces I own! I’m ashamed to admit I’m a bit of a collector. I used The Closet Edit to figure out how to better put together unique looks with what I own and now feel refreshed. I loved the looks Tannya put together for me and appreciated the tips that were provided.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
Sanaya Set, our passion project – we curate intentional/lifestyle products from intersectional brands that elevate social justice, self-care, and empower womxn. We donate 10% to charitable organizations aligned with our values. I’m balancing this with my full time job as a pharmacist, and raising two kids and two dogs.
HOW DO YOU TRY TO STAY CONNECTED WITH OUR COMMUNITY?
Through my work with Sanaya Set, I’ve made some wonderful friends in the community who are as passionate as I am about social justice. I’m also a board member for API Chaya, a local non-profit empowering survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. I also stay connected through my kids – it’s critical for me to be there for them as they are growing up during a scary time for people of color.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN TRYING TO START A MOVEMENT?
Now or never. Use your voice and don’t back down from what you know is true.
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED?
We try to focus on successes rather than set-backs. Personally, I lean on loved ones including my tribe. I cuddle with my kids, I read, I try my best to surround myself with people who are genuinely invested in seeing me grow.
Written & Styled by Tannya Bernadette
Photos & Video by Hilina Kidane