It was a true whirlwind of activity, and I was was booked morning till night from the moment I landed to the moment I flew away. It was crazy fun, crazy hard and yet, finding magic in NYC was all about staying open to the flow.
The first week was peppered with fashion shows and my calendar also filled up fast with meetings, events and private clients (from all around the world!) wanting to learn new techniques on how to make their features look amazing with products that are healthy.
How I Kept Clear Skin in Hot, Yuckiness and Stressful Conditions
Every day for two weeks I wore a full face of makeup because of all the events I was attending/hosting.
Since I normally work from home or go to jobs where I don’t bother putting much on, that was a lot of days in a lot of stuff.
I started to feel the annoyance of putting it on and taking it off every. single. day. Punctuated by the fact that I was doing makeup for others about 2-5 times a day.
Not to mention the weather in NYC was disgustingly hot and humid, which made wearing any makeup way less fun and is a recipe for bad skin.
Taking a shower felt pointless. Wearing full SPF was a must.
But my skin handled it well because I practice what I preach!
I used amazing skin care and I washed my face meticulously at the end of every day.
The proof is in all those live videos I did! There’s NO way to filter out bad skin on those.
Here’s a peek at (a few, not all) of my staples for grooming while I was on the road.
I kind of went overdrive on doing videos while in NY. I just had SO many great opportunities to share some awesome folks and tips with you all and I wanted to let you come with me for the adventures!
I convinced my makeup colleagues to offer their best tips for beauty when we had a few moments backstage. You can watch all the live videos on Facebook here.
I got to do a “wearable-runway-trends” video (live) at the Well+Good NYC headquarters. That was wild because we kept running into problems before going live, and started late, but it all worked out.
I’ve been told people really enjoyed the humor and wit as I explain how not to make yourself look crazy (although that thumbnail does look crazy!)! You can re-watch it here too.
Meeting Founders and Icons
I was had lunch with my friend Rose-Marie Swift, the founder of RMS Beauty, surrounded in a sea of the most yummy pressed eye shadows and avocado toast. And like everything she does, these shadows are ridic-amazing.
Backstage at fashion week, I had an impromptu makeup session for Natural Beauty wonder-woman, Tata Harper, who is always so gracious and kind!
Thanks to my friend Candice Kumai, I was sitting front and center with Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder for their incredible launch of a co-authored book Radical Beauty that is everything I truly believe about beauty. It’s really wonderful to see this message broadening in its audience.
Finding Magic in NYC
Even in the extreme chaos and soul-sucking heat, I found so much magic at my finger tips. In fact, I purposely stayed open to it because I felt NYC really need to redeem itself to me.
I narrowly missed being right at a bombing in the Chelsea neighborhood between evening meetings. If my bladder hadn’t told me to ignore my GPS and find a bathroom, I don’t know what might have happened…
Not coincidence. Magic. Angels. Whatever. It was real.
It was running into 5 different people I knew unexpectedly on the street and being recognized by fans of GBT (one who was sitting directly behind me at the Deepak/Kimberly book launch!)
In a city of millions -that hadn’t happened to me that much in 7 years of living there.
That magic led to me being invited to secret society dinner with esteemed yogis, discovering new favorite healthy eateries, getting to work on an incredible photo shoot with one of my favortie photographers (where I also held a 60lb snake by choice!) and NONE of that was planned when I arrived to NYC!
But do I miss it? Do I regret my move and what I said in “When It’s OK to Quit A Dream. Why I’m Giving Up On Mine.”?
A resounding, no. I love being back in a place that isn’t totally frenetic and exhausting to pretend to live like a normal person in. Don’t get me wrong, I love visiting now!
So yeah, I think we all can re-write our stories and stay open to magic wherever we are.
NYC doesn’t have to be the center of the Universe.
In fact, just upon returning to Oregon, I happen to see an announcement from a friend, Geena Rocero (who came out as a trans model on a TED talk), that she’d be speaking in Portland that week at Together Live. The fact that I had no idea that event was happening or that she’d be there until 1 day before, blew my mind.
Magic is everywhere you go. You bring it with you when you stay open to it.
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