Recently, I went to South Africa to visit my incredible South African team and I’m still smiley when I think about the energy and openness of each makeup artist. It wasn’t easy to get there — as a matter of fact it ended up being quite challenging but I made it and so glad I did.
On my way to Africa, I sat on the airplane for almost 5 hours waiting for take off at Kennedy Airport only to hear over the loud speaker — “there are technical difficulties & please come back tomorrow.” After some moans and groans, we deplaned but quickly realized that if I stuck to this new plan that would mean I was going to miss the meeting with my South African artistry team who all were waiting my arrival. Luckily, my brilliant hubby and son booked me on a flight out of Newark for that night flying through London with an 8-hour layover and overnight flight to Cape Town. This left me with just enough time to run home, grab a bag with one days worth of fresh clothes and hit the road for my solo journey. Twenty-four hours later I arrived at Cape Town airport and this is what I saw out of my window (my friend Barack Obama on his South Africa tour). I shuttled to the hotel — very tired and jet-lagged — but a quick shower, espresso, and blow-out and I was ready to meet the team. Enthusiastic, happy, and loud is the best description I can think of for the greeting I received. After an hour Q&A with the team (my best market research), we were able to chat and take a few photos together before it was time for me to head back to my hotel to meet the press. It was a long day for sure, but a great one and I loved meeting such an inspiring team.
Stay tuned for my incredible safari journey that I later took with my extended family — blog post coming soon!