Mara, From HTX to PDX

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May 26, 2017


The sun is out and the beloved 3 day Memorial weekend is here. For most people school is out and the vacation planning and pool hopping begins. My job has summer hours so I get to head out after lunch on Fridays. I thought this was great at first but the whole state is apparently on summer hours. Things are so crowded!!!
 In PDX some lows are around 50, it warms up to about 80 but this dress is so perfect for those cool nights! My dress is less than $30 right now and is from TOBI, my hat is last season H&M. 
With the season of sun here it is so important to protect your skin. Did you know that 86% of melanomas can be attributed to UV sun exposure?  The risk of melanomas double in people who have had more than 5 sunburns in their life.However, foods you eat can reduce your risk? These foods include blueberries, green tea, black tea, dark chocolate and cherries! These are already the perfect summer foods. Be sure to cover up with season! I will definitely be following my skincare routine and wearing hats when needed. My other favorite way to protect against the sun is different sunglasses! Every year I buy a new pair of Raybans but since I have a new job I no longer really have a Rayban plug. I have a few options and I will share which glasses I went with soon!

May 24, 2017


DFRNT Pigeon is a streetwear brand from Portland. The design team is full of young adults that are a part of the the youth program at Avenues for Youth. Different Pigeon is a brand made for and by young people with an underrepresented voice. The brand also provides training for these young adults to develop their abilities into a potential career path. 

New Avenues for Youth provides opportunities and creates self sufficiency for homeless and at-risk youth in Portland. They started about a year ago and have put out two collections so far. The current collection is called IDENTITY and is available here.  

May 23, 2017


First off, I am not a makeup guru. When I look at YouTube tutorials I notice everyone is obsessed with blenders, sponges, sili sponges... I even came across a video of a girl blending and contouring with a louboutin. I'm not sure what made her do that but it wasn't any help. I have a few brushes but I didn't like the way they felt. Coincidently it Cosmetics reached out to me about new products they have!  It was the perfect timing because I had no clue where to start when I came to new brushes. 
it Cosmetics has a special brush set at Ulta--" It's Your Beautiful Basics Airbrush 101 (5-piece face & eye getting started brush set.)" These brushes are so soft on your face but really distribute and blend my products well. I use Clarins blush, Coverfx face powder and Clarins contouring kit.  Both Clarins and Cover FX have excellent formulas so this is the perfect compliment. it also sent a blush (which I love the staying power and formula, it is is a little light for my skintone. It cosmetics is developed with plastic surgeons and dermatologists so everything is well tested and very pure. They do not test on animals, which is also a plus. 

May 22, 2017


I am really into being more active and eating right. Now that the sun is out I enjoy being outdoors or just heading out to the gym , and when I can't I do a few at home workouts. I shared my favorite indoor cardio circut here. I had the best mix going for the gym yesterday and I wanted to share my workout playlist with you. It works if you want to go hard either at home or the gym:

Do you have Spotify? You can scan this code to view my playlist!
Working on toning this all up, but I am happy. Don't beat yourself up over your body. 

I mentioned here briefly that I have gained some weight since moving. It is crazy because I am heavier, but I feel like I look healthy. I am still in my healthy weight and only a 21.8 BMI. BMI is highly debatable because a man 6'5'' and pure muscle has a skewed picture of a healthy weight... However its a good baseline.

Underweight: Your BMI is less than 18.5.
Healthy weight: Your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9.
Overweight: Your BMI is 25 to 29.9.
Obese: Your BMI is 30 or higher.

I used to be 19.5, so for me, even though I am still healthy I moved up a few points in the scale of 6 months. My workout journey is one of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not so much trying to be bone thin. I definitely could have used some of the weight I gained though, just not all of it.


May 18, 2017

MARC ECKO: Unlabel

 I read Marc Ecko's book Unlabel about 4 years ago... I never wrote my review. It has sat in my draft for that long. I was really inspired at the time and today while walking to lunch I saw that Marc will be on campus next week. I am dying and really excited to hear a keynote with him and Wex! He's a great businessman, in terms of branding, he's honestly talented. Outside of Ecko Unlimited, you know he started complex media? COMPLEX!!!!

So, its been about 4 years. Unlabel is still timeless. I have had a small internal struggle with my blog since I moved to Portland. Throughout these years I have never focused on this blog 100%. In college I focused on school and did this on the side. Throughout the last few years I have focused on my career and did this on the side. My blog has been consistent for sure, but I never give it a true focus.
I started blogging in college when I moved to Huntsville. I was studying fashion merchandising and I wanted to document my journey. At the time I wasn't thinking about getting sent things for free, followers, revenue. I blogged what was cool to me with what I had. In between classes I would throw up a blurb about trends, music, or life. When I graduated I was working in the field I wanted to. I got invited to events in the city that I blogged about on weekend or after work. I got sent things in the mail to review and even made a little money along the way. Again, all without making this a main focus. Now that I am alone in PDX, blogging is something I want to really focus attention to, but resources are slim.

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