Archive for June, 2014

Be Polite

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014


I spotted this mattress message a few weeks ago, and ever since have been scouting my shot. It’s one of those photos I just had to have. Tonight I saw the opportunity and seized it.

What irony in this man’s message? He has so little, and living on the streets probably sees some of LA’s harshest conditions. His simple message “Be polite” is a reminder to us all.

Whether it’s your business partner, catty client, signifiant other, parent, friend, or even that rush hour jerk riding your tail, be polite. You never know what someone is going through. Your kindness can make someone’s day.

I’ll be the first to admit, I can be a real beez. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of LA. I get impatient. I get annoyed. I get so caught up in my own life, I can forget about others. A message like this brings me back. I have so much to be thankful for. I have no reason to be impolite.

At the end of the day, it’s how we treat one another. Society is so fast-paced, we forget common courtesies. We forget our manners. We’ve forgotten how to be polite. Imagine what we would accomplish if everyone did one good deed a day?

Squatting to take my photo, and ignoring the subtle smell of urine, I thanked this man for making my day. I prayed the universe would be kind to him. Before taking off I slipped a few bucks under his pillow, you know, to be polite.

♥ BB

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Lots of Love to Mohawk Makeup

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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Valerie Harvey is my best friend. She’s supportive, thoughtful and loyal. She has a wicked sense of humor. She makes a great road trip companion. She can roll with the punches, and talk perfumes to talk politics. Val is also something more. She is one Hell of a makeup artist.

I met Val in January 2012 outside Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach. She and a client clicked their heels on the way to a beachside photo shoot. I jokingly clicked my heels too. Val commented on my outfit. I recruited her for a focus group. We realized we were neighbors and after grabbing drinks that night, the rest is history.

Val got her start as a resident makeup artist at Bloomingdales. She quickly worked her way up to business manager before transferring to NARS at Neiman Marcus. At NARS, Val excelled breaking team sales goals and building a large clientele. About three years ago, Val decided to leave the counter for a freelance career. A gusty move, but this gal has guts. She’s worked with clients like Disney, Roxy/Quicksilver, Rodarte, Marchesa, Philip Lim and Jason Wu. Celebrities behind her brush include Betty White, Carnie Wilson, Alana Stewart and Shirley Jones. She’s even touched up men like Trevor Donovan, William Baldwin and Kevin Neiland.

Today Val owns her own business, Mohawk Makeup. She specializes in celebrity, editorial, TV and bridal makeup. Val also does makeup consultations, for ladies like me who have no clue what they’re doing (when we met, she did an overhaul on my makeup bag).

I must give a huge thank you to Val. She’s done my makeup for countless events. From Coachella, Lil Death and Swimming With Sharks, to photo shoots and girls nights outs, not a day goes by I take Val or her skills for granted. She is hands down the best makeup artist I’ve ever met.

So to all my LA creatives, from the models and stylists, to photographers and videographers, if you are looking for a makeup artist for your next gig, give Val a call. She will go above and beyond to ensure your project looks its best.

♥ BB

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A Week Looking Inward

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014






It’s amazing how a week looking inward can change your outlook on life. The week before Memorial Day, I had the opportunity to do just that, at Adyashanti‘s silent retreat located in Tahoe.

The retreat involved daily meditation, morning and afternoon talks and a lot of time to myself. I’m new to meditation, so thought it required me to focus my energy somewhere. According to Adyashanti, the purpose of meditation is to let your mind be completely still. Since my mind goes 100 mph, this took practice. The first few days my mind would wander or I’d fall asleep, but towards the end I could feel the stillness.

In order for one to be completely still, you must have complete silence. The entire retreat was held in silence. That’s right, a week with no talking, reading, music, Internet or even eye contact. The purpose of the retreat is to look inward.

I know what you’re thinking. “Ummm… Bess, how did you stay silent for an entire week?”

Surprisingly, I didn’t find it too difficult. I enjoyed the silence. I wrote, hiked and slept. I liked the stillness. It felt nice to drop off the digital grid and look at myself, my thoughts, feelings and emotions.

Overall, I have a newfound appreciation for living in the moment. I’m accepting things beyond my control. I know there’s a spirit inside all of us that cannot be explained. We came from nothing, we turn into nothing, but our energy will always live on.

If you’re interested in learning more about the retreat, send me an email. It was well worth the week of solitude.

♥ BB

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