MERCEDES LUCIA KISS

 
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Architect

Artist

Skincare Designer

Beauty Advisor


PHILOSOPHY

I believe that confidence, radiance, and intrinsic happiness reside within each of us.  We are empowered to live that truth when we harmonize our authenticity with our freedom of personal expression.

My mission is to help others discover and celebrate their unique beauty.

I am here to write about the vulnerabilities we feel as babes aiming to actualize our best selves.  I offer you up my own gritty examples of lessons learned so that we may all connect on common ground.  

Because -based on what I’ve learned thus far- the starting point to grace, greatness, and gorgeous living is remembering we are ONE with one another.

BACKGROUND

I worked through my twenties (and my solar-return) as an architect in Manhattan.

For a host of reasons, I reached a breaking point when I knew I had to break out and forge a new path.

I became a certified holistic health advisor, and while keeping up my design and artistic practice, I created this site:

A STAND OUT

I set out to create a universe devoted to helping women fall deeper in love with every layer of their reflections - from skin-deep to soul-deep.  Welcome. Here you’ll find:

INSPIRATION - writing & recommendations to celebrate your particular brilliance

SKINCARE - organic, botanical, preserving youth while honoring wisdom

ONE ON ONE - sessions to lovingly guide anyone hoping to feel better in their body and/or home space. I am currently accepting new clients. Please email be@astandout.com and we will schedule a call.

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AT A GLANCE

Astrology • Pisces Sun, Capricorn Rising, Virgo Moon

Spirit Animal • Baby cheetah

Soul Color • Pantone 941 U & Pantone 2975 U

Myers-Briggs • ENFJ

Lucky Number • 23

Food & Bev • East coast oysters & mezcal

Coffee or Tea • Herbal tea...even tiny doses of caffeine have turned me into some sort of wild nocturnal animal on multiple occasions

Exercise • Running, Yoga, Dog walks

Music • Fleetwood Mac, Sting, St. Lucia, Big Band Jazz

Books • My bedside table is constantly stacked with holistic lifestyle and alternative health references...

Beaches • Mermaid's Chair St. Thomas, Magen's Bay St. Thomas, Nosara Costa Rica, East Hampton, Santa Barbara (Mesa Lane Steps)

Cities • New York, Austin, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Zurich

Uniform • Bodysuits & cutoff Levi's


Everything here is created for your highest selfcare and soulcare.  Products, recommendations, and the offering to work with me one-on-one are all in service of helping you create your healthiest, happiest, most standout existence.

Peace Love Hugs & High Fives


S.T.A.N.D.

Below, please find the five areas of human experience I've established as pillars of exploration on this journey:

Soul

Our core consciousness.  It is far more powerful than our tangible self (us from the skin in).  Our soul is the intangible part of our being.  Its radical energy lives in synchronicity with the birds, bees, flowers, trees, and the whole damn universe.  Our simple yet difficult goal is to turn down the volume of our ego and allow the soul to guide the way...for it is a bottomless well of intuitive truth and boundless strength.

Tribe

The curated community of human and non-human animals we choose to surround us, support us, challenge us, and ultimately amplify our own life's meaning.

Art

The gifts we give to the world for its betterment.  Art is all that is conjured by our mind, motivated by our heart, manufactured by our body, and contributed with honesty.

Nourishment

The gifts we take from the world for our betterment.  Nourishment encaptures all of the "good things" -to borrow Martha Stewart's barometer- created by man, the soil, and the sea.

Dialogue

The exchange of words between people, so that we may entertain stories, hold beliefs, challenge differences, learn lessons, and glean wisdom.