And you know what? If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't change a thing. This blog has been the constant in my life through any other ups and downs, any big life shifts, anything else that came my way. A little retrospective...
1) The Beauty of Life saw me through multiple jobs (two of which ended in me being let go and fired, because such is life as a creative person sometimes).
2) The Beauty of Life was there when I moved from New York to Pittsburgh, and from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles. Each city has offered different challenges, different struggles, different successes -- all of which have, in some way, been measured by the continuance of this blog.
3) The Beauty of Life kept me sane during the broken ankle saga of 2016. While I couldn't walk, while this situation seemed like it might only be fraught with trauma, I found a way to turn a negative into a positive and find new ways of incorporating products into the struggle.
4) The Beauty of Life afforded me the opportunity to attend New York Fashion Week multiple times -- and, not only that, but to meet some of my fashion and beauty heroes. The people whose work I'd seen in magazines for years, the ones I never thought I'd get to meet. But meet them I did -- James Kaliardos, Tom Pecheux, Nonie Creme and Deborah Lippmann (seen above) among them.
5) The Beauty of Life has validated my love of beauty products (especially nail polish and skincare) more than I ever thought possible. And, yes, maybe some people would find it crazy that I own over 500 nail polishes (documented in the picture of the racks on my wall, above) or that my medicine cabinet is overrun with moisturizers or that my shower is filled with over 20 body washes. But I wouldn't have it any other way.
I really can't imagine my life before this blog. I'm so glad I looked around my bedroom on that fateful day in January 2007 and my eyes fell upon my Illume Violet Rose Candle (depicted above), which quite literally sparked my desire to write about beauty in my own voice and with my own control. I couldn't have known then that 10 years would pass in what seemed like a flash, and that I'd still be here, writing about my favorite products and loving beauty even more than I did then.
Whether you've read The Beauty of Life from the beginning (AKA my mom, brother and best friend -- my first three loyal readers), have only tuned in from time to time or have just discovered it in recent months, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly appreciate you being there, reading my words and trusting me to bring you my opinion of the products you need in your arsenal. It means more than I can say.
Here's to the next 10 years. May they continue to be beautiful for all of us.