When you look up the phrase "joie de vivre" in your French-American dictionary, we're just about certain you will find a picture of this months Naturally Gorgeous model, Mary, there alongside the definition. Mary is passionate about life and experiences, and has a serious case of wanderlust! She's equally comfortable hiking up a steep incline, trying a new way of wearing her makeup or moving halfway around the world! Whether you need a partner-in-crime for a night on the town, or someone to help you clean out your closet, Mary is the sort of friend you'd want to have on speed-dial!
Alima Pure: What do you do for a living?
Mary: I feel so blessed to do what I consider fun: managing and analyzing (yes, sounds quite nerdy, I know...). When I was about 14 years old, I got my first Franklin Covey planner, and I thought it was the BEST gift ever! While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I really enjoy doing project management and digital marketing strategy on a freelance basis. Right now, I’m working on a fun project for Target, one of my favorite brands and retailers.
AP: How did you end up in the digital world?
M: When I graduated from college, I was at the gym and saw a friend I did theater with in college. She mentioned a digital marketing job opening at the software company she was working at, and recommended that I apply. I did, got the job, and have been working in either the software space or digital marketing field ever since. It’s such a fun, ever-changing line of work; with technology evolving and changing constantly, there’s always something new to learn or try.
AP: What was your major in college?
M: I majored in Spanish and then got my MBA a few years later.
AP: Speaking of Spanish, tell us about your experience moving to Spain!
M: One of my life goals was to live abroad in another country, and get paid to do it. (E.g. I didn't want to go in debt to have this experience.) My mom and sister knew of a program offered through the Spanish Ministry of Education that allowed North Americans the opportunity to live and teach in Spain while getting paid. It was a win-win for me! While it was tough to leave a job that I really liked, and say goodbye to my friends, it was absolutely worth it. I was placed on the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands (in the Mediterranean Sea), and had some amazing experiences. It was incredibly challenging to be away from my family and friends, but luckily one of my good friends was abroad in Spain teaching as well. We met up a few times to tour around, and being able to share in this expat experience with a friend from back home made it that much more worthwhile. We could commiserate together about things that we found frustrating and those things we found so great about the Spanish culture, like cafes con leche and daily siestas!
AP: What do you do for fun?
M: It depends on my mood. While I tend to enjoy activities like traveling, hiking, or trying new things, sometimes it’s the low-key activities that I like best, like lounging around a campfire or a backyard barbecue with friends. There aren’t that many things that I won’t try, so I’m usually up for just about anything.
AP: Do you have kids?
M: Nope, no children. I got married in September of this year, and my husband and I would like kiddos at some point.
AP: What about pets?
M: No pets currently, but my husband and I are talking about getting a dog soon. We’ve been looking at Labradoodles, Portuguese Water Dogs, or other breeds that are hypoallergenic.
AP: Your husband's job is a bit of a bonus for someone who likes to travel like you do!
M: Yes, Pete is in the Military. Honestly, the fact that he HAS to move as part of his job is really appealing to me. I like the forced change and the promise of new surroundings.
AP: What inspires you?
M: To me, there are few things more engaging and soul-fulfilling than travel. I feel most alive while traveling and exploring pockets of the world unfamiliar to me, and sharing in these moments with those I care about make them even more memorable. A few years ago, I started a travel blog, Jet Set With Mary, to capture all of the travel I’ve been fortunate enough to experience, and it’s been a great way for me to chronicle my adventures and stay in touch with my family and friends who live near and far away.
AP: What scares you?
M: Hands down, spiders scare me more than anything else! Big or small, it doesn’t matter. The farther they are away from me, the better.
AP: What’s always in your handbag?
M: I don’t really carry a handbag; I usually just carry a small clutch. This contains my wallet, lipstick, and a hair clip. Oh, and my iPhone, too.
AP: How do you define beauty?
M: This is a tough question because the old adage is true: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone’s perspective on beauty is different, and for me, it changes depending on the subject. Beauty could be a colorful sunset, a warm smile from an old friend or a candid, caring moment caught on film.
AP: What makes you feel beautiful?
M: As strange as this may sound, I feel beautiful when I’m working out. I think the human form is most beautiful when in movement, and I notice that I tend to feel most beautiful after I’ve just gotten done doing something physical.
AP: If you were given an all-expense-paid, weeklong vacation that you had to take next week, where in the world would you go and what would you do?
M: Oh, my! This would be such a dream come true! There are a few places in the world that are ear-marked as “to visit in my lifetime”, and here are a few:
French Polynesia (specifically the Tuamotu Atolls): There is something terribly romantic and intriguing about traveling to this far-off paradise. Travelers have been visiting the French Polynesia for centuries, and what’s been written about these remote atolls has struck a chord within my heart. As much as I love being connected to society through technology, I yearn for the remoteness and disconnectedness a location like this guarantees.
Italy (specifically Venice and Cinque Terra): Although I’ve visited Italy several times on different occasions, I’ve intentionally never been to the romantic, canal-filled city of Venice. Now that I’m married, I’d love to visit this historical city with my husband. (Perhaps I can convince him to go there for a belated honeymoon!)
I’d also love to visit the captivating Cinque Terra region along the western coastline of Italy! While in Europe previously, I tried to visit this place on two separate occasions but found that the timing just wasn’t quite right (i.e. too much time to travel there and not enough time to enjoy once I arrived, too expensive, a mudslide just ran through the region, etc.). There is one thing I’ve learned in all my travels: If a place is too difficult to get to, go someplace else.
New England, United States: For some reason, I have a travel fantasy to meander through New England during fall, breathe in the beautiful fall foliage, stay overnight at quaint B&Bs, visit the lighthouses along the coastline and eat fresh lobster caught by a local fisherman. Maybe it’s all the romance novels I've read, or it’s just my imagination running wild, but this part of the country has always piqued my interest.
We applied Mary's Satin Matte Foundation in Beige 2 with the #25 Foundation Brush, and then dusted a bit of Mauna Loa Bronzer onto the high planes of her face (cheekbones, forehead) with the #23 Kitten Brush. Satin Matte Blush in Carnation went on the apples of her cheeks to give her that subtle, but rosy glow. For eyes, we used Luminous Shimmer Shadows in Glow from lashes to brow, and Brown Sugar in the crease and on the lid. Satin Matte Shadow in Raven went in the outer corner of the crease and also filled in her brows. We lined with Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner in Paparazzi and finished the completed the look with a light dusting of Satin Finishing Powder in Keiko and Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Mango.