Update: Moving to Boston + What's Next?

I'm delighted to finally be able to address you again. I wanted to update you on the situation I talked about in my last post. (Recap: I was living in Puerto Rico and as a result of Hurricane María I lost my job, my personal computer, and had to move out of my apartment. Due to the structural and economical destruction caused by the storm and the fact that I was burning through my scant savings on food, the best thing for me to do was leave Puerto Rico. I started a GoFundMe campaign to raise some money that would go towards traveling and moving expenses and hopefully getting a new laptop so I could do freelance work.)



I am now in Boston living with my sister. The weeks leading up to my departure were very stressful and hectic. I was still moving things out of my apartment up to a few days before I left. I did take my kitty with me. Unfortunately the plane ride was very rough on her. Even though her vet gave me some pills to calm her down, she was still very anxious and scared. She cried throughout the whole flight. I felt terrible about her meowing bothering everyone around me and even worse about the fact that she was suffering. And there was not much I could do for her except pet her and try to comfort her. :( She was very anxious and depressed during her first few days here. She's doing better but she's sleeping a lot and eating less. I'm trying to give her as much love and attention as I can so she'll adapt easier.

As for me, I'm definitely excited about being here. Being able to pee with the light on at night (lol), being able to do things at night--period--because there's electricity, sleeping in silence without the noise of power generators everywhere, eating things that don't come from a can, having food in the fridge(!!), they're all things that I took for granted. I feel terrible that half of the people in Puerto Rico still don't have electricity (or water). I spent two months in those conditions and... it's rough. Even though I feel scared about the prospect of my future-- starting over from scratch with barely any money in a new place with a different culture-- I know that I am very fortunate to have such a great support system in my family, friends, and all of you. Thousands of people lost their jobs, some people lost everything, and not everyone has the opportunity to look for a way out elsewhere and have someone hold them up until they get back on their feet.

I'm moved by the support I've received from my readers, the beauty blogging community, and strangers on the internet. I can't believe the messages of support and the monetary donations I received from you. I want to thank each and every single one of you for checking up on me and helping me reach my GoFundMe goal. Thank you for sharing my campaign and helping it reach people when I could barely get any cel reception to even share it myself. Thank you for the morale boost. Thank you for the donations. I was afraid and ashamed to ask for help but the support I received has negated any embarrassment I felt at first.

I want to thank (in no particular order):
Elle
Theresa Raquel
Annie
Lani
Patricia M.
Iqra
LaMesha
Vivi
Laura
Catriona
Glenn
Kathleen
Alexis
Sania
Kate Spiers
Ceri
Amanda T.
Ryann
Jordan
Margaret

I am certain I have forgotten to include some people in this list. Please be sure that I am grateful for your kindness. There are a bunch of talented bloggers, designers, YouTubers, writers, artists, and creators on that list. Please visit their links and support their work. :)

Gin (Gati) and me

What's next?
From now on I'll start posting my regular content again. I'll be redesigning my blog in the near future and working towards creating better and more diverse content. Because of this whole situation, I have months of backlogged photos for posts. I've discarded some that where so old that I didn't find them relevant anymore. However, don't be surprised if I have long purple hair in the next post, short brown hair again, and then pink hair in the next one. I won't be posting them chronologically. Also, I had to leave most of my makeup behind :( It did not fit in my suitcases, there was just no way. So those old pictures will cover for me until I get my things back.

On a positive note, I'm having a lot of fun wearing winter fashion, layering clothes, and finally using those coats that had been sitting in my closet for ages.

I will have my first white winter/white christmas this year. 😁

My skin is so dry. How do you cold climate folks deal with it? My humid/tropical island skincare products are not cutting it. My face feels tight and itchy all the time.

Since I just got here and I am low on cash money resources, I won't be able to go home to my family for the holidays. I'd love to hear recommendations on things to do in Boston during the holiday season.

If anyone knows about job openings in digital marketing, web development (front-end) or graphic design around Boston, please hit me up. ;)

Thanks for reading and for everything.

xx Coco

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  1. Sending so much love your way lovely. I hope your kitty feels better soon and everything goes well from now on. xxx

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    1. Thank you! You've been so supportive throughout this <3

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  2. I am so pleased you are safe and well Coco, and that you managed to take your cute kitty with you!! I hope she settles in soon, she's so sweet! Good luck for your new start xxxx

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    1. Thank you so much for the positive thoughts! x

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  3. I’m so glad that you’ve been able to get out and have started to settle well in Boston. Your cat will adapt soon I’m sure, just keep giving all the love!! I hate that I can’t help you with jobs/recommendations around Boston, but when it comes to colder climates be sure to drink LOADS of water (you’re not getting it through the humidity anymore) and you need to get yourself some hardcore moisturisers!

    I hate that you can’t get home for the holidays - is there anything I can do to help? I’ll DM you on Twitter I to see if we can get you home xxx

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    1. Hi, Isobel! Thank you for the recommendations. :) I'll check my DMs soon, but please don't worry. You've done so much already <3

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  4. You look so cute with your short hair ! All the best for you !

    Sara
    www.thecrimeofashion.com

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  5. I am so excited to see you back. So glad that you were able to move out and are safe. I hope your cat feels better and adjusts sooner too. 💖 All the very best, I'm sure everything will work in your favour here onward. xoxo

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  6. So glad you made it safely, so glad you were able to bring your cat (I hope he can heal quickly) and so sorry to hear about the belongings you had to leave behind. I live in a very cold and dry climate in Canada, and I have three suggestions for moisturizers. If you are able to afford drug store brands, I would recommend Cetaphil's Moisturizing Creme for dry to very dry skin. It comes in a 453 gram tub and it's labeled as non-comedogenic and safe for sensitive skin. I have also read a lot of reviews and heard good things through word-of-mouth about Cerave moisturizers, and I know they have a heavy moisturizing creme too - also sold in a small tub. Lastly, my holy (and expensive) grail is Clinique's Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator. It's really expensive ($61 CAD), but it's the best I've ever used and it's also non-comedogenic. I buy mine at Sephora. Wishing you all the best <3 <3

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    1. Thank you so much! And thanks for the recommendation. I've been using Clinique for years as my moisturiser so I'll check that out. x

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  7. Glad you and your kitty are in safer conditions <3 I hope you adjust to your new surroundings quickly.

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  8. I'M SO GLAD YOU MADE IT OUT!!! so glad your kitty made it out too! it makes me feel so happy that she's doing better, i hope she'll be 100% better soon!

    i have another friend in PR and she says it's a disaster there too. she says she feels like you either have to move out of PR or stay in hopes that something will change. though, she did get electricity at night yesterday or the day before!

    sometimes you have to ask for help, and that's okay! even though i'm not the best at asking for help either haha, so i probably shouldn't be the one to say that. but i'm glad you did, and i'm glad you're safe. it's probably not your first priority to blog since it doesn't... always pay. but i'm looking forward to seeing posts from you soon!

    if you're able to, hyaluronic acid from the ordinary and mixing oils into my moisturizer helps me a lot, and i have perpetually dry skin. korean sheet masks are another one of my favorites - since you're low on funds right now i can mail you a few of my favorites to try out if you'd like, just reach out to me on instagram!

    becky @ star violet

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    1. Thanks for all the advice! :) Yeah, blogging doesn't always pay but before I took my hiatus I was making some steady side income from it and I'm going to try to get it back to that point so I can have a bit of cash on the side to buffer the upcoming shortages. xD

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  9. I'm sorry for the really tough time you're having. I can't imagine how you're managing to stay positive in the face of so much adversity. You're such a strong and capable woman!
    I live in Manchester, uk, where it's cold and rainy ALL THE TIME. I'd also love to send you a few of my favourites- I'm @bananalanna99 on Instagram, let me know there if you have a PO Box or whatever. It's fun to try out odd foreign things!
    Sending much love. Xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Alanna! That's such a sweet offer and it would be very fun but I couldn't accept it. >.<
      <3 Much love

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  11. I am very glad to hear that you are doing well! I would like to recommend a beauty oil to you from Fresh. Instead of changing all of your products, Fresh Seaberry Oil is a product sold at Sephora that you can mix in with what you already have or wear on top of your current moisturizers. You can get a sample large enough to last you two weeks to make sure it works. It really helps transition from warmer weather to the winter and I even reviewed it on my blog.

    Another option for good skincare at a lower price is to go to TJ Maxx or Marshalls and get some of their face masks and high end skincare for nearly half the retail price! Good luck with your job search and I can't wait to see your blog pick up again!

    Bless
    @luxeshareebeauty

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    1. Yes! The Seaberry Oil was my go-to oil before. I love it so much!! I got my friends into it. It's a bit pricey so I don't think I could repurchase it right now but I might go into Sephora to get a sample soon >;)
      Thank you for your kind words <3

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  12. Hi Coco! I'm Luisa (Elle) from satine89 on Twitter.
    I'm so happy to read this post from you and to have news from your side!
    Moving was extremely brave and I applaude you for it. Your future will be so much brighter now, and I honestly wish you all the best!
    Hope your cat will feel better again. It must've been rough of her just as much! :(

    As you know, I live in Boston as well and you'll love this city..I fell in love with it as soon as I walked downtown back in 2014, and whenever I leave it, I look forward to come back to it!
    As for the cold weather..I know what you mean. My skin is so dry it's uncomfortable! :P I'm on a tight budget as well (grad school..you know! :P), and coconut oil is helping me a lot in these months! I buy it at Trader Joe's. Maybe try it..worst case: you can use it for cooking and making hair masks! :)
    Can't wait to hear more from you! Best of luck! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouraging words :) It's always nice to hear from someone who has been through it. There are many great things in Boston, I'm looking forward to getting to know the city more and finding things I love here. I wish you the best with grad school!

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