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My first blog on beauty - an intro for what you will find here. It was New Years Eve as well as the eve of my 13th birthday that my Grandma took me to the Clinique counter for my first makeover. My mom was there too. I was an awkward preteen. I'd grown 4 inches that year and was all knees and elbows with a sizable gap between my front two teeth (something I wish I hadn't "fixed."). I had a terrible short hair cut with a perm! However when that woman was finished with me we all were a bit stunned I think. It was in that moment that either a star or a makeup/beauty junkie was born. I am, have long been, enamored by the world of beauty. Yes, I am a yogi, a very deep thinking, seeking individual, and completely aware that true beauty lies within and emanates outward, and that is all very good and most noble. No amount of Tom Ford foundation is going to transform you into a beautiful Goddess - you already are that, no question. But I see nothing wrong with decorating your house, the sanctuary from which your beautiful Goddess soul resides - the way you want. I am also aware of society's idea of beauty and how incorrect that feels to me. Like style, beauty only works if it feels right for the individual. If you love the way a product works for you, then that is what will translate. If it feels right, rock it.

The kind of "beauty" blog posts you can expect will be all things skin care, hair care / styling, makeup, products, and brands that I believe in. I plan to write about all of the things that I feel strongly about. I'll do a lot of the work and research for you, but always encourage people to do their own investigation / experimentation. What works for me won't work for everyone.

We all need a little help here and there. I by no means have all of the answers or all of the techniques mastered, but I have learned a lot along the way, due to my personal obsession, and my profession as a model.

I'm not going to feel badly about my lifelong passion for products - what some might see as superficial. Nor can I deny its ever presence. Why not share my knowledge? I know that I love to learn new things. I love to play. After each modeling job, I left with a list from the makeup artist of items to get. I see skin care as self care - your skin is the body's largest, fastest-growing organ. We must take care of this vehicle! And I've always viewed hair and makeup as art - and honestly, as just - fun. After that first encounter, middle school me would decorate my binders with images I'd cut from magazines of models' made up faces - a pre-historic version of Pinterest.

I am only going to endorse products / brands that I fully have faith in. I can spend an entire Saturday researching skin care lines, pinning looks I want to recreate, and enjoy every second of it. I want to promote products, tips and tricks that have not just worked for me, but have changed my life! That stuff is gold, and must be shared!

It's going to be great, and I'm super excited about expanding Deering Street while continuing to write about the things that move me.

“‎Lipstick is really magical. It holds more than a waxy bit of color - it holds the promise of a brilliant smile, a brilliant day, both literally and figuratively.” ― Roberta Gately

You mustn't live so lightly,

Spin your stories, tell your tales,

Let them dance across the oceans

And set the wind upon your sails.

For every truth found on your travels

And in the pits of your despair,

Is a shout into forever

Of "I existed, and I cared."

~ Erin Hanson

Los Angeles, CA

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