Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

Feeling Garden Glam on #SelfieSunday

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

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Feeling glam my last week in the garden thanks to lash extensions by the amazing Val Harvey!

Val is one of my best friends and a talented makeup artist. She’s expanded her beauty knowledge and branched into lash extensions.

These lashes are over a week worn, and they still look flawless. No makeup needed. I seriously wake up and go.

For all my Angelenos looking for effortless beauty, contact Val for lash extensions. Make sure to follow her Insta as she’ll be renting a chair soon!

♥ BB

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Oh Hey, LA

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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Oh hey LA, it feels good to be back.

I spent an extended Labor Day in Los Angeles and it felt like I never left.

Polly picked me up Thursday from LAX and we went straight to Tatsu. Starving from work and a flight, I’d been craving my usual Hippie Ramen with extra corn. It hit the spot. After a little girl talk we passed out in prep for a looooong weekend.

Friday morning we worked at my favorite Abbott Kinney spot, Intelligentsia and scoped the usual crowd of models, actors, creatives and aspiring-somethings. We met my friend Leco at the skatepark to catch up and I spotted a few familiar faces. Venice Beach felt nostalgic, as I remembered my Horizon days. The house still looks like people smoke crack and shit in the driveway, so I guess some things don’t change…

A typical Friday in Venice Beach means a gathering a Guigo’s (and Alyssa’s too!) followed by drinks with friends at James Beach, so that’s what we did. I ran into a couple CrossFitters and Cougs, so deemed Friday night a success.

Saturday morning Polly taught piano, so I met a political friend Peter for brunch. He’s a fellow freedom fighter and supporter of AGE, so great to turn online connections into real world action.

Saturday afternoon meant six hours at the Olympic Spa with Val, followed by (another round of) Tatsu. This time I also ordered the Wagyu burger, because that’s what you do after a detox.

Saturday night Polly, Val and I met friends DTLA at King Eddy’s. Per LA fashion, we ran into other friends as well, and danced the night away.

No holiday weekend is complete without Rhonda. Look at the Facebook photos. Enough said.

Post-Rhonda we ate ramen. Yes, a third ramen trip. We tried another spot, Urban Ramen, which gave Tatsu a run for its money, then called it a night.

Monday morning Val and I hiked Runyon, ate acai bowls and beautified for Wavy. We Uber’d to Hotel Figueroa for one final hurray with friends from The Well and DimMak.

We wrapped an unforgettable weekend with eyelash extensions (Val is ah-maz-ing) and some animal style.

And just like that, I was in and out.

Thanks to all my LA friends who made this one for the record books. I miss you like cray and will be back again soon.

♥ BB

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MADE to Volunteer

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and as a volunteer of the Downtown Women’s Center, I’m excited to share my story.

Four years ago I attended the grand opening of MADE by DWC and it changed my life.

MADE by DWC is a social enterprise committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for the women of Los Angeles’ Skid Row Community.

MADE offers Set to Work and Set to Create training programs. Ladies hand-make items like soaps, candles and travel pouches to be sold in our cafe and boutique. One hundred percent of proceeds benefit the Downtown Women’s Center.

MADE enriched my life in ways I never thought possible. There really are no words to describe it. I’ve realized homelessness isn’t always a choice and we need to empower one another. Hearing these ladies’ stories and seeing their growth inspires me. Volunteer work brought about a deeper appreciation for life. Moreover, MADE taught me to do what you love, and use it to make a difference. We can all make a difference in this world, so if you’re thinking about volunteering don’t think, just do. Whether it’s homelessness, the environment, children or animals, get involved. I guarantee it will change your life. Thank you MADE for changing mine.

♥ BB

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I’m Coming Home

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

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Four years ago, almost to the date, I set off on an excellent adventure. Los Angeles offered a part-time job and full-time opportunity. I took it, unsure where life would lead.

In that time I lived in Venice Beach, volunteered on Skid Row, conducted market research for Fortune 500 companies, started a political nonprofit, partied with *famous* people, experimented with fashion, met friends who became practically siblings, made priceless memories and emotionally grew more than I could ever fathom.

Los Angeles will always hold a place in my heart. So what brought me back?

I received an unexpected job offer and my gut told me to go for it, so I did. I’m working for a Tier 2 Recreational Marijuana Producer and Processor. I’ll be doing sales and social media, but until the operation is fully running, it’s all hands on deck. That’s right, I’m growing pot for a living. Did I mention the company is owned by one of my best girlfriends?

I love politics, and recreational pot is very political. Last year Washington State earned over $40 million in revenue from legalization. Revenue from weed goes towards schools, and that doesn’t include the millions taxpayers save by redirecting police resources to crimes that matter.

What about A Generation Empowered? Don’t worry, Fiscal Friday will resume next week (sorry, still getting settled) and I’ve already joined Seattle Libertarian MeetUps. Bottom line: my political POV isn’t going anywhere.

While I miss sunny SoCal, Seattle feels right. I’ve gone for several runs along Green Lake, and experience the same energy I did living in Venice. Well, minus the transients smoking crack in my driveway… Anyway, Seattle rocks. Clean air, tolerable traffic, no street sweeping and NO PARKING ENFORCEMENT. If I can handle Los Angeles (and China), I can handle anything.

I didn’t leave Los Angeles, I decided to expand my network. Thank you to all my Angelenos for the unforgettable adventures. My lakeside doors are always open. To my Seattleites, thanks for the birthday bash. I have a ton of leftover booze. Let’s kick it.

Pacific Northwest, I’m back and I’m coming for you.

♥ BB

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Down By the River

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

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I am so excited to share these photos from my shoot with the insanely talented Marcelo!

We spent the day snapping photos while lingering train tracks and twirling by the Los Angeles River. If Marcelo sounds familiar, it’s because we shot RV Vibes together a while back. He’s one of my favorite photographers to work with and his lighting is impeccable. This day was one for the books and a great way to wrap my time in LA.

Some of you saw this shoot unfold on Snapchat (add me at BessByers) and if you’re not, follow Marcelo on Instagram. Want more? Peep us on Arsenic! FYI: Some of these contain a little more booty…

Styling by moi.

Outfit Deets:
Bodysuit: American Apparel
Sunnies: Valley Eyewear
Baseball T: Vintage
Shorts: Levi’s – Vintage
Overalls: Guess – Vintage
Boots: Justin – Vintage
Lace Crop: Goodwill
Fur Jacket: Daniel’s Leather
Black Hat 1: Vintage
Black Hat 2: The Well
Rings: Vintage

♥ BB

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