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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hello Beauties!

Finally, a space to call my own!!! I could cry...


Ladies, I have been planning and pinning this room for thee longest time! Its nice to see it come to life. I originally wanted a white room and for the accent striped wall to be white and a soft grey. The place I just moved it has this funky brown/tan color all through out so, I didn't want to paint the entire room. Instead, I just added white stripes and I'm so glad I did. It brings so much light into the room. My window is right across from my desk and the white furniture stripes just bounces that light around the room. I love it! Painting stripes was a breeze and I did it with only a pint of white paint. The door is open in this photo because my husband painted that side *LOL*. He painted it like a guy so I'm hiding it. *LOL* Enjoy a few more photos of the room before I break it down below. Links and Prices will be provided for items I can find online. If not, check the store listed. 














The Breakdown:

White paint: Home Depot $15
MALM Ikea Desk: $150
Shelf: Ikea
Vanity Stool: Home Goods $35
 Faux Fur Rug: Home Goods $16
Mirror: TJ Maxx $35 in Clearance
Gold Lip Canvas: TJ Maxx $25
Be Creative and Dream Canvas $7.99 Home Goods
Directors Chair/Makeup Chair: 
Stellar Ring Light $250
Tripod- My Husbands...lol


The makeup organizers I've had since last year and the links to purchase have expired. Do find makeup trays like these, search "Acrylic Makeup Organizer." I know we were supposed to add vanity lights about the mirror, but right now I don't really need them. If I find that I do later I will add them and share with you all the result. 

When building your own space do what you can! All these items were bought over a period of time. If you got it like that...aye have at it. I think I did pretty good lol...so does my hubby. Its great to finally have a place to think, plan and follow through with those plans. Where I lived before this recent move crippled my creativity. There was no space to think, or breath. LOL I hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspired to create a little room or corner of your own. If you have any additional questions feel free to ask me below in the comments or on Instagram

I look forward to creating beautiful things...and videos for you all in this space! Subscribe to my YouTube NOW! :P

Until Next time,
<3 Bee

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mommies...

Baby Simon (1yr) Covered in Spaghetti!


You ever wake up and as soon as your big toe hits the floor, you realize its gonna be one of those days? Yeah well...that was the day I had. Try your best to ignore the adorable, spaghetti sauced, covered baby in the photo and understand the agony present on my face. LOL Where do I begin? Ready for my rambling? Okay....

If you follow me on the gram then you know that I just moved and I'm getting all cozy in my new place. Moving requires a lot, and even though the first thing you wanna do is enjoy your new place...you really can't. Boxes just stare at you from the corners...screaming, "UNPACK ME!" When I attempt to unpack and organize the kids closet, you know what they do? Unfold every freakin thing, tossing it back in the box. Unpacking with children around....whats the point? Really, what is it?

...Nothing is in its place. There is no toilet paper in the entire place because its new and who says, "dont' forget to pack the toilet paper?" No one. Now you have to make a store run. You go into Target and come out with $100 worth of stuff when you only went for TP...a pack of 12 is $8 -_- #Fail.  Then, you have to break down to your husband what the hell you spent $100 in Target. SIGH he didn't care...but I didn't feel like explaining myself. Shoot its Target...you can't just go and expect to leave with ONLY what's on the list. *LOL*

Then the hubby gets a phone call from a pesty client. Ok great, now he's frustrated. Now I'm frustrated because he's frustrated. When you're married, and you and your spouse are both in the same funk, one of you have to decide to snap out of it and QUICK! So, I took a deep breath, said a prayer and let the frustrations of my day go....completely. 

Spotify to the rescue!!! Oh yes....I'm in the groove...lost in the music. Smiling at the thought of my husband loving me  *sings* "Like XO's". Then I started thinking about kisses "before they cut the lights out"...then I thought about Jay kissing Bey and cut the song off. I digress...

Dinner time. Something easy of course, we just moved...so I made spaghetti (Marc, shut up ...hehe). Why....in thee HELL....did I do that? Here I am in my new place, new carpet, no dining room table with paper plates. Why did I make red, meaty, saucy spa-freakin-ghetti for my 1 year old and my 3 year old? Why do babies stick their ENTIRE hand in their mouth to get the smallest spaghetti noodle inside? These are the questions I asked myself as I scrubbed spaghetti stains out of my carpet. While cleaning up the mess my grunts eventually turned into laughter, and the frustrations of my day into great memories. 

Being a mom is hard work and somedays seem N e v e r  e n d i n g! However if you're like me at the end of the day you still find yourself laughing and smiling at the photos of your baby covered in Spaghetti. The mess wasn't that big of a deal, it was just...you know. The icing on the cake...there was just too much going on in the day. The mess was totally worth the timeless photos that I get to whip out and embarrass Simon with when he brings his first lady friend home...when he's 35. -_- *wishful thinking*

With that said, I'm treating myself to a mani-pedi tomorrow...and maybe even some shoes...heck I don't know...but a ME-day is happening OKAY!

Tell me about your never ending day in the comments!
Oh and tell your hubby about it to, then go for a mani and pedi tomorrow as well...you deserve it.
LOL

<3 Bee


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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hello Beauties!



I really woke up like this. (took this pic 10 seconds ago) LOL Its Sunday and I don't care to take a pretty picture for the people...and I'm still in the bed, faced dry with yesterdays eyebrows half on. Smh....#noshame

I'm back like I said I would be. Life over here is just going for me and I love it. My family and I are still getting settled into our new place as we just moved last weekend. Tons of unpacking and organizing awaits me and I look forward to it. Some may find organizing tedious, but I find it calming. In a way I see it as filtering through the chaos of life and making sense of it all. Putting it in its own place for you to deal with when you are ready. It allows me to see and think clearly. 

Moving forward I will be sharing and documenting more on my journey in parenting. Its a side of my life that has been kinda hard NOT to share. My kids are my life and the little things I do in between just add to it. You can also look forward to watching my weight loss journey to 160lbs...and so on. I'd rather show you all that I'm working on instead of laying it all out for you here in this post. Just know....things are changing and that these changes are great! Oh and you better go ahead and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't yet. I don't want you to miss my new videos. :P




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Monday, February 9, 2015

Hello Beauties!


Just stopping by to let you know that I'm taking a very short leave. I just have too much going on. Between the kids, my husbands new job, my own clients and in the process of moving I need to put the blog on the back burner. During my time away, I do plan to change the layout of allthingsbee.com completely or tweak the layout (which I've already begun to do. LOL Do you like?) I currently have. In March, I will also be re-launching my YouTube channel AllThingsBee! I'm so excited for all the wonderful changes going on right now. 

So yes, I will see you in March after I'm all moved in to my new apartment and have my beauty room somewhat set up. Well, enough for me to work in. Until then, be sure to keep up with me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!


Until then,

<3 Bee

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello Beauties!


Today's blog post is going to be different and I hope by the end of this post you see nothing but God's grace over my life. 

One of my fellow blogger buddies/previous client of mine Sherelle of the blog "She Experienced" asked me to participate in the blog chain going around "10 Things I'm Afraid to Tell You." I felt this was an amazing idea for a few reasons.

  • Before I began blogging I would compare my life to those online. Bloggers seem to have so much fun with their blogger friends, and their pictures were so pretty, their homes were glamorous and so on and so forth. I know how it feels to feel like you're missing out on all the action. I know how it feels to look at someone else's life and wish you lived that life. 
  • People seem to lose touch with reality when viewing someones life online. They are only snap shots. Mainly of high moments and happy times. No one ever see's the fight, your struggle or sleepless nights. Mainly because...
  • Its not information the world is entitled to. I want to take this time to address something. Blogger/Vloggers/ and everyday people pick and choose what we want to tell the world. What people share online is only a portion of who they are. Just because people don't share everything, does not mean what what is shared is not real. 
With that said, I don't know how you all are going to take the things I'm about to reveal about myself. What I want you to know out of all of this is that life isn't easy for anyone, even though it may look it sometimes. I want you to know that the grass is greener where you water it and that is exactly what I've done with my life. For once I am in a great place...but I fought to be here and I fought to be the woman I am today. Here are my 10 Things I'm Afraid to Tell You:

  1. I want to write a book about my life but I am terrified of what my mother/siblings will think of it. It would mostly be about the neglect/abuse I experienced growing up in her home and how I used those experiences to become the woman I am today. She would hate me if I told all! Also, when I've confronted her in the past about things that were done to me, she either says she didn't do it or she doesn't remember such a thing. So I don't know how I could write something she will whole heartedly deny. My dad who was never around won't like how I speak of him as well. (I'm just starting to get somewhere with him after all this time. I don't want to mess it up.)
  2. Out of all the things I've been though, being raped at the age of 17 by a youth leader in my church has to be event that broke, shaped and molded me into the strong woman I am. This is also how I lost my virginity.
  3. #2 is the real reason why I moved away from my home in Seattle (outside of trying to get away from my mother). The guy that raped me told the other youth at my church that he had sex with me. I was sitting in the balcony and heard them whispering loudly about it and I ran out sobbing and crying. I tried to tell them what really happened but no one believed me and they still don't. They said that I probably wanted it or asked for it. So I moved away and I haven't really gone back much because of it. 
  4. I have a hard time making friends. Believe it or not...LOL Its crazy because I'm very social and I LOVE being around people. When it comes to building friendships I get lost. I'm just getting the hang of this thing at the tender age of 26. I don't know how to have small talk. I could never participate in "funny childhood story" conversations or "where were you when you lost your v card" stories. You know...girl talk. I have a depressing story for every moment in your teen life thats supposed to be monumental. Eventually, I started lying about my life...my parents...just so I would not be the downer in the room. I still do this to this day, but I try not to.
  5. I'm a Seventh Day Adventist...well Sabbath Keeping Christian. So in a nutshell, my day of worship is on Saturday and I (shouldn't) work from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. In the industry I'm in, this is such a struggle. Recently during my quiet time with God, I asked him to help me trust Him more so I don't feel the need to work on my day of worship. This was truly put to the test while my husband was sick. I was financially responsible for my family and never turned down a dollar. 
  6. My husbands illness almost broke me and I still fear losing him. If he complains of any tingling, aches or pains...I freak out and its almost too much to bare...but I have to be strong for us both...and I WILL BE! Cause I'm a "G' lol
  7. My children saved my life in 2014. Seeing their faces everyday gave me a reason to live. Without them, I wouldn't have made it though the year. 
  8. I use to be very transparent but now I'm not. Meaning...talking about my life/past didn't bother me so much nor what people thought about it. Now that I have a family, I'm very cautions of what I tell people about anything. I am very protective over my family, my husband and I will pounce on anyone who even looks like they are thinking about doing something sideways. 
  9. I talked about this for a bit in my blog post For the Dreamers. After I had my son Noah my husband and I both lost our jobs along with everything we owned. Apartment, car...you name it. We lost it. Right when we were getting back on our feet my husband got sick and we lost everything again when we had to move to Connecticut for his treatment at Yale. BUT GOD! FINALLY...all is well in the world. We are actually getting ready to move into our new place at the end of February and I can not wait. I have an entire room just to take clients, record Makeup tutorials and take lovely blog photos. I could cry I'm so excited. 
  10. I'm still finding my place in the beauty world. To be honest with you, I'm still trying to figure out what I want in life. This year I may be taking a back seat in doing makeup. My husband got a new job and I will need to be home more with my kids. So this is one reason why I made a separate Instagram for my blog since that will be what I'll mostly have time for. This year I'll be doing what I can from home...hope you all don't mind. :) 
Deep sigh. Let me tell you...my hands are shaking like crazy typing this. I'm totally afraid of what you all will say or think. I'm afraid of what my friends will say or thing who may be reading this from Seattle. Its a lot. What I want you to take from all this is that nobody's life is perfect. No one is trying to make it seem that way. What you see on Instagram not only on my page but other blogger and vloggers ...is work and it has nothing to do with their personal life. I also hope that you see how God could take a young girl like me from growing up in an abusive home, broken..and raped...and turn her into a beautiful, confident...Woman, Wife, Mother of Two and business woman. If you told me or people who knew me that I would grace essence.com and work with client's like Angie Stone...we'd all laugh. I wouldn't believe it...and sometimes I look back smile and laugh at all the Devil's attempts to take me out. 

If you find yourself in the middle of the storm of your life hear me now, hear me good. God is right there with you and everything you are experiencing may not be fair...but its necessary to shape you into the woman or man God has called you to be. I hate that I was raped, but if that didn't happened, I would've never left Seattle. I would've never married my husband, I wouldn't be a makeup artist...or have these two wonderful children. God's way is always the right way. Its never promised to be easy...nor does it always make sense. One day, you will be able to look back...and laugh at those storms...and thank those storms for raging. Because now, I am (you are) a force to be reckoned with! I hope you still love me

Until Next time, 
<3 Bee

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