For those of you who like a little more information- whether that's before or after we meet.

My natural habitats are few and far between- my personal life is pretty busy with work, so it's relatively easy to guess where you'd find me. 

You guessed it- I'm sitting in one of a few coffee shops, concentrated over my laptop with an almond milk latte to keep me company.  More than likely, my earphones will be snugly set in my ears,  my head bopping to the 90s/alternative hip-hop that I tend to prefer. If I'm not there, I'm more than likely haunting my local yoga studio, riding on the trainer, or squinting my myopic eyes at a screen in hopes of deciphering hexadecimal color differences. I really love my work, honestly.

My daily uniform of all-black with boots to match often times reveals some of the tattoo work that I’ve been acquiring since my teenaged years. Most of these are super personal and allegorical in their symbolism. If you ask and we've known one another long enough, I might tell you the stories behind them. Mainly though, I have most of my tattoos because I find them to be beautifully decorative and I ascribe to that whole "your body is a temple and you should decorate it" idea. While asking their origin stories might not prove fruitful, tracing my tattoos lightly with your fingertips certainly will. I'm a sucker for being touched, after all. 

My hair is in a state of flux, as I've decided to grow it out and see what happens. One thing's for sure- you'll definitely have to brush it out of my face a lot. It's worth it for the view you'll get, I promise. 

My photos are current, accurate and speak for themselves, but if you like descriptive words, "statuesque," " Rubenesque," "Amazonian," and "chubby" all work for me. I’m the opposite of diminutive, standing 5’10” in flat feet. My legs are long and lean, and I take my strength training, cycling, and yoga practice pretty seriously. I have four bikes, and during the summer I can easily put in over 70 miles a week.  Want me to wax poetic about desert landscapes? Ask me about Joshua Tree. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever ridden. 

 Erin Black living it up in Joshua Tree National Park

Erin Black living it up in Joshua Tree National Park

 The maiden trip of this particular bike, back home in the Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio.

The maiden trip of this particular bike, back home in the Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio.

 Riding a trail I had no business on in Palos, Illinois.

Riding a trail I had no business on in Palos, Illinois.

I’m an extroverted introvert, lover of puns and laughter, and an erotic adventure enthusiast. I’m a high/low hedonist, and love to imbibe champagne alongside fried chicken. Reposado tequilasscotches aged in sherry barrels, bourbons aged in port barrels, dark chocolate, La Colombe coffee, and West Coast oysters are just a few of my favorite indulgences. I spent over 15 years in the hospitality industry, and I've done it all from washing dishes to managing beverage programs and even winning national cocktail competitions. Having an introductory Sommelier certification helps make me one of the best hosts you'll ever encounter; I'll always be able to pair your drinks perfectly with your dinner. 

I'm overeducated; I hold two degrees. One is a BFA in Fiber Arts with a minor in Art History; the second is a BA in Sustainability Studies with a minor in Legal Studies/Constitutional Law.  If money were no object, you'd most definitely find me spending most of my free time taking classes and collecting degrees. The pursuit of knowledge is incredibly important to me, particularly when my knowledge can be used to create positive movement. 

Black Ash Consulting is my brainchild and I've just taken up a serious interest in day-trading cryptocurrency. I'm an entrepreneur at heart, to say the least, and my work in all forms not only keeps me busy, but is immensely fulfilling and gratifying. 

I’m proud to hail from Cleveland, but Chicago is definitely home. I absolutely love my city, and should you want to adventure though it, I make a pretty great tour guide.  Whether you’re into history, food and drink, or art and architecture, I’ve got you covered.  

I can't wait to meet you and play host to an experience that you won't soon forget!


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