First of all, I will admit right off the bat that I'm overdue for a post (or two, or three...). Why the delay, you ask? Well, I've been a wee bit distracted with settling into my new life in Portland, OR.
My choice is not as random as you think. Needing a major reboot and life change, as many New Yorkers sometimes do, I picked Portland. Why? A number of reasons, but the main one being that I needed to be someplace where I could actually hear myself think again, and where I could get back to my creative self. I know what you're thinking...that New York is creative and how could I leave, and yes, you're are right. New York is creative, but it is also frenetic, exhausting, expensive, irritating, dirty, and claustrophobic. Basically, for every positive attribute that is New York - and there are many - there are just as many that are counter. For me, New York was becoming untenable and I found it hard to focus because there was always so much going on. So much activity in the city, too many thoughts in my head, just too much of everything. I needed to step back and reevaluate the course of my life and get some breathing room.
Enter Portland. Ah.
I'm not the first concrete jungle expat here, nor will I be the last, but I'm pleased as punch to call Portland my new home. The lifestyle is chill and relaxed, the food is amazing (as you may have heard), and it's super dog-friendly. So dog-friendly, in fact, that I feel Portland's tag line should be: Portland. Where dogs are people too.
It's also nice to sleep at night without the white noise of the city (i.e. sirens, loud music, voices, etc.) While this New York soundtrack is totally fine during the day when you're out and about, it grows a little tiresome when you're trying to have a quiet night at home reading, writing or otherwise, or when your neighbor decides to start his or her merengue party at 11pm that doesn't end until 4 or 5 the next morning. Sigh.
I've got nothing but love for New York, but it was time for me to move on.
In addition eating my way through the city, I've been working with my sports and fitness modeling agency, which is headquartered here. (Oh, not to worry. I plan to crush it, Tall T style, and be the new face of Nike before long. :)) I've also been getting back to my beauty roots, as it were, and working as a Bobbi Brown makeup artist. I'm so honored to be a part of a brand that I love so much and it makes me feel so good to make my clients happy when they leave my chair. (Hugs goodbye are regular and are so very nice.)
Speaking of beauty, this post would not be complete if I didn't let you in on some of my Tall T fav's for fall. This arsenal of products have been invaluable and are seeing me (and my transitioning skin) through this season.
My hair would be a hot mess if it were not for Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse oil. I spray this on my hair at night and in the mornings and it keeps it so soft and is non-greasy. It's a dry oil and is also good for the face and doesn't clog your pores.
Plant-based Clarins' Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract is my jam. This gentle cleanser sloughs off those pesky dead skin cells and leaves my skin radiant and fresh. This is a great hybrid product in that it's a two step in one. (The scent is yummy too!) Their Eye Contour Gel works wonders too. This glorious eye gel addresses dark circles and puffiness - which the stress of a move will give you! - and works its magic while it goes on nice and cool. And I can't forget the HydraQuench cream. I use this gem at night and looooove the way it melts into my skin and gives me a nice, luxurious glow. I have terribly dry skin and this cream handles my situation.
My newly discovered Angelina Organic Skincare has quickly become a staple. This Bend, Oregon brand contains all organic ingredients and is made right in the back of Angelina's shop. She has an array of fantastic products and I've been grooving on the Coconut Bliss Exfoliating Cream Mask (for, ahem, "mature" skin...can't deny it!) and the Youth In Bloom Hydrating Cleanser (I'm recapturing my youth with this!).
And no routine is complete without Bobbi Brown skincare. One of Bobbi's essentials, her Hydrating Eye Cream, is a must for everyone. It not only preps the eye for corrector concealer - the secret to the universe - but it works for all skin types and contains her enriched mineral water base, along with avocado oil and jojoba seed oil and balances and revives the skin. Another jam is the Hydrating Face Cream. This is my morning go to before applying my makeup. In addition to the enriched water mineral base, this cream contains caffeine (soothes the skin) and algae extract.
So, in a nutshell, that's what's been keeping me so busy. Extracting myself from my old life, and integrating myself into my new one.
At heart, I'm just a girl from the midwest, a child of Joliet, and don't claim to know more than anybody else, but what I do know is that if you want to change your life no one is going to get you out of your current one and hand you a new one on a shiny platter. You have to dig deep, do the work, find the courage to change, and just effing do it.