Coconuts and Dreams



Around this time last year, my amazing friend, and business partner, Robert, and I were getting ready to embark on a trip of a lifetime with amazing hair stylists Christopher Corum and  Jade.  Not only would we be working in the Caribbean, we would be working a non-disclosure SIGNED-tight lipped-security packed-high profile project which we would never be able to capture our work in photos or have those photos to say, “look what we did!”

We were able to take some photos of us on the boat, in the water, off the shore etc, which made it seem as though it was truly a dream.  It’s interesting that in this time, social media, blogs, etc are the living proof that we “did something.”

Double Rainbows and Horses in the Ocean...

Double Rainbows and Horses in the Ocean…

There was a liberation to just “living” while we were there.

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We ate fresh ceviche, pulled coconuts of off the trees, and drank their juice, waded into the water, got lost and found ourselves on a private beach-airport, enjoying the private planes’ landings and take off’s.  Late-night piano and singing on the ship with the crew, Dom Perignon sent to our rooms, and room service 24-7.  It was another life.  And one I was so happy to jump into for nine beautiful days.




Nostalgia hits in different ways.  Today I am in Los Angeles, happy with my hard work, dedication to art, and passion for beauty.  I can’t help but wish we could do it all over again.  I sometimes wish I could go back to my former self with everything I’ve learned this year with the confidence to say, “it’s going to be great, YOU’LL be great!”

NYE! I did our make up, Jade did our hair!

NYE! I did our make up, Jade did our hair!

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Confidence is a delicate trait (especially as a woman).  If we have too much, we’re “cocky,” if we don’t have enough we are seen as “weak.”  You must be strong in this industry.  If I tip to “cocky,” at least I know I don’t come across as weak. Rob has always lifted me up, pushed me to be a better artist, to believe that we are here for a reason, and to share our gift.  He’s encouraged me not to apologize for talent and dreams, because that’s what this country is made from.

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I believe talent is inherent, though technique can be learned, and that perseverance, confidence, and execution of your dreams are just as important.  I love Robert for pushing me just the right amount, and  believing in me no matter where I am in my journey.  He is my artistic soul-mate, and I will always love him for so many reasons.


So on this Los Angeles, night, as I prepare for a roof assessment to see what new adventure home ownership brings from our leaky front entrance way, I can’t help but think of coconuts and dreams; cruising through the Caribbean with my best artistic friend.

Can we go back?

Can we go back?


Happy Dreaming.


Love and Beauty,




About emilyinbeautyland

Emily Oliver is a celebrity make up artist raising fraternal twins in Seattle, Wa and relishing the beauty of the world through their eyes.
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