Manolos to Marmot: Lifestyle Tips for Successfully Transitioning Between Southern California and Oregon


My childhood, and subsequent teen and college years, in Oregon left me well versed in cold weather and rain appropriate outdoor gear, attire and foot wear. Unfortunately after 15 years of living in Hollywood, my lifestyle (and wardrobe) was ill prepared for my return to the PNW. My presentation will be full of tips for recent transplants or for those contemplating a southern migration.

I’ll be covering the following:
1) Fundamentals of a Hollywood lifestyle
2) Fundamentals of a Portland/Bend lifestyle
3) Grooming differences and fundamentals
4) The shoes…(sigh)…yes, the shoes.
5) Items that will be of little use in your destination city

Kristin Luck


A native Oregonian, Kristin Luck left Eugene in 1994 to pursue fame and fortune in Los Angeles but instead ended up toiling for some of the largest market research firms in the country. Kristin was one of the original pioneers of the multi-media online research business 9 years ago when she joined ACNielsen to assist in the development of proprietary capabilities for testing full screen video and other multi-media materials securely online.

As the Co-Founder of OTX (Online Testing Exchange), Kristin built and managed the operational and client management infrastructure for a start-up online market research firm that became the fastest growing research company in the US in 2002 and 2003 (Advertising Age).

After selling OTX and the consulting firm that followed, Kristin migrated back north to Oregon after meeting her raft guide husband on the Owyhee river. When not working in Portland, Kristin lives in Bend with her husband, assorted animals and 40+ pairs of Manolo Blahniks.