One of the most unexpected things about the past couple of days has been all of the support I've received from people within the beauty community. Far from shunning me as a pariah, I've received countless emails from editors and publicists, letting me know that they're behind me, that they love the blog, that they know I'll land on my feet and—most importantly—that they're there with tons of products should my beauty closet run dry! Thanks, guys—your kind words mean more to me than you'll ever know.
Luckily, as far as beauty products go, I'm not in danger of running out anytime soon. My bedroom looks like a strange cross between the beauty level at Henri Bendel, a beach party, and a hurricane. I've spoken in the past about the various swag and tie-ins editors receive with new products, and the summer months mean loads-upon-loads of beach paraphernalia: colorful beach towels, Rafe straw bags, LL Bean totes, Malia Mills flip flops, Juice Couture terry cloth robes, and cowboy hats. Since I only had a few hours to pack up my desk upon leaving my job, I was forced to stuff everything haphazardly into bags—and trust me, a beauty editor has a lot of bags. My place in New York is the size of an average city apartment (read: I can almost touch both walls by standing in the middle of my bedroom and extending my arms), and so my poor room is now stuffed to the brim with all the bizarre beach goodies, plus several extra bags containing all of my beauty products I'd stored at work. A quick glance at the "hair products" bag reveals that I will be using up all of my excess shampoo until about 2007.
Believe it or not, I'll miss the beauty products more than the swag. Free purses and gift certificates to chic restaurants are always welcome, but I got into this industry because of my adoration for beauty—nothing makes me happier than a new jar of Bare Escentuals (Fair 1.2, if you're reading, Leslie!) or a preview sniff of the latest Calvin Klein fragrance. Going forward, I'll be working like a busy little bee on my book—I had some great meetings with agents today and I'm very excited about it all—but I also want to continue writing about beauty on this blog, and perhaps parlay my expertise into other projects. The outpouring of love for the blog has been overwhelming but gratifying, and I've realized that there's a niche for honest and straightforward dishing on products. Let's talk.