Hello bellabeauties!

If you’re reading this, I hope you are well. I hope you are healthy, thriving, on your way to success, and finding joy in every day. Most importantly, I hope you are living a life full of LOVE.

three DECADES in, I realize that love is all that matters…before you roll your eyes, I am single. Currently devoted to my God, my family, and my self. Sharing the love is easy though. Or so I thought.

three DECADES in, I realize seeing my self as God sees me and truly believing it with all of my soul is the first step to loving my self as He does. When we fully love ourselves, flaws and all, then can we boldly and confidently love others. When we can look in the mirror and forgive ourselves for our own shortcomings, for our own mistakes, for our scars, for our own self-inflicted pain, THEN can we genuinely extend that love and grace to others.

Easier said than done because though I’m the type of person who wears my heart on my sleeve..I’ve been commanded to guard my heart (Proverbs 4:23).

three DECADES in, and I want to share a meal with a stranger, extend my hand to people hurting, pray in a different language, and “love the woman I’ve become, because I’ve fought to become her.”

with much love,



Aloha 2017

Dear Bella Beauties  (yes, you reader),

it has been a WHILE since I have written. about two years actually.

and now we are here collectively in 2017.  there is a lot going on in this world. so much that it is almost too easy for my heart to break over and over for the same things.

so this year. this year i am choosing love. amor. aloha.  loving myself as God loves me. Living everyday to the glory of Jesus Christ, my risen King.  (ps I respect the beliefs of others – and I ask for the same courtesy). yes, I know I will fall short…but perfection is not the goal…it never is, it never was. humanity is the goal.  The salvation of our humanity.

so 2017.  i am showing my heart, but also fiercely guarding it.  i will wear a full face of make-up and wear none at all.  The woman in the mirror?  i will love her. fiercely. so flawed yet a masterpiece at all once. For anyone reading this…I encourage you to do the same.  Forget the voices who tell you different.  Read books – the good ones.  Listen to uplifting music. And tv…watch it sparingly. Drink up the sun in the mornings or in the evenings.  Take pleasure in nature (the flowers, trees…etc).  Be kind to a stranger.

oh and your birthday?  celebrate it.  because you made it.  you made it another year and you did not give up.  Oh, and don’t forget to pick up your birthday gift at Sephora (for Beauty Insiders of course).

Aloha BellaBeauties.

Love love.





Finally Fed Up

It should be common knowledge by now that I have struggled with my weight and body image issues practically my ENTIRE life.  I was in the “best” shape of my relatively young life from ages 15-19 y.o. I was very active yet ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted.  In college I developed horrible eating habits as many college students often do…then these eating habits continued post grad life.

I was miserable.  I was using food as comfort to numb out feelings that I didn’t want to feel.  I went through a pretty bad break-up a few years ago and leaned towards food to cope, to heal.

It was a downward spiral.

Last November, my mom came to visit me and was very honest with me.  She was worried and I knew I couldn’t continue the way I was…I couldn’t binge on pizza, ice cream, and oreos whenever I felt sad or upset.

So we watched a documentary called “Fed Up” (…Watching this documentary I could not help but get emotional because I related so much to the issues that were mentioned.

I was killing myself with food.

Almost immediately after finishing the documentary I cleaned out my pantry and fridge of most processed foods.  The next day I started anew.  It wasn’t a was a lifestyle change.  No meat or processed food for a solid 21 days.  I can say for those first weeks, I felt like a druggie sobering up…It was pretty brutal.

Fast forward almost five months..I still eat mostly clean. I do allow myself to indulge once every so often…and sometimes I overindulge (I’m human).

The difference now is that I finally got fed up with my unhealthy relationship with food and I wanted to be healthy.  I wanted to practice self-love.

I am by no means at my goal weight but I am definitely on the way there.

40 lb weight loss

in four months i have lost a solid 40 lbs – all without excessive hours at the gym and mostly by eating clean..eating less processed foods, and eating mostly a plant based diet.

For anyone struggling with their weight, body image, etc.  I highly encourage you to check out the “Fed Up” and “Hungry for Change” documentaries.  Educate yourself, identify the reasons for wanting to get healthy, and most importantly, LOVE YOURSELF AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEMPLE.



2015: Year of The Blessing (or Luck)

Hola BellaBeauties!

Well, 2015 is here – REALLY here. I like to think of January as somewhat of a prelude to the year, by the end of February -you know that you’re REALLY in a new year.

2014 ended for me on a reflective note. Two weeks before the big holiday (aka Christmas) I lost a beloved great aunt. The death of a loved one coupled with work issues, lack of sleep, lack of sugar (watch “Fed Up” and “Hungry For Change” – blog post coming soon), and lack of sunlight made for a not very happy or functioning BellaBeauty808. The last month of 2014 brought an upheaval to my life…my life somewhat crumbled around me and as a result – I somewhat crumbled inside. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much in my young adult life like I cried the last month of 2014.

I cried and cried…and cried some more. I would get to my tiny apartment from work, take off my shoes, coat, and throw myself on to my bed and cry until my tears turned into this incoherent gasping of some sort. I must admit, some of my best tears were cried in the shower. Hot water would trickle down as I cried (and cried) and as I forgave myself for having built a life not authentic to my true self.

So January 2015 begins (the prelude) and I realize that I have to let go of certain relationships, certain people, certain foods (yes- more this in another upcoming post), certain behaviors, and the past. The death of a loved one REALLY puts things in perspective and makes you realize life is too short to live life trying to please others and not being true to yourself.

So February 2015 is quickly coming to an end and I realize this year is different. I went into 2015 with a new perspective, some new goals (some which I’ve been progressively achieving), and free of loads that I’ve been carrying for far too long.

2015 is the year of the Blessing – or Luck, whatever tickles your fancy (did I use that right?). Why have I proclaimed 2015 as the year of the Blessing (or Luck) here on BellaBeauty808? Because it is what I am expecting and it is what I am thankful for.

Oh and 2015’s Pantone color of the Year is Marsala. It’s beautiful, unassuming, and neutral.

2014 NYE

2014 NYE

Besos Bellabeauties.



2nd Year Anniversary of BellaBeauty808

Happy 2 years to BellaBeauty808! A blog where beauty in all shapes, sizes, colors is celebrated and loved.

At this time, there are no posts scheduled for the remainder of the year, however, I would like to re-direct readers to another beauty guru, SunKissAlba.

You can visit her blog and other social media by clicking the following:



Make-Up by BlendBlotBlush! A Blessed DC based Make-Up Artist on the Golden Path!!

Freelance Make-Up Artist can be reached via email: (DMV and available for travel)

Freelance Make-Up Artist, Flo Carey, can be reached via email: (DMV and available for travel)

Hello All!!! Wow!! January is just flying by!!  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!! Can you believe it?  I can..I’m single so Valentine’s Day is a little sweet and sour.  Anyways!  Back to tonight’s HIGHLIGHT…BlendBlotBlush!  BlendBlotBlush is actually Florence Carey. Just to give y’all a little background…I met Flo while working part-time at a well known beauty store where you can buy many high end cosmetics.  From the moment I met Flo, I knew she had a gift.  Not only did she have a gift, but her warm personality was absolutely contagious. When you meet Flo, the first thing you notice about her is her stunning smile coupled with dimples (#teamdimples).  Her beautiful spirit radiates outwards and not only is she amazing, but she’ll make you feel amazing as well. I am so blessed to know her and am so excited for her bright future as a Make-Up artist.

This past Saturday, Flo came over for dinner and decided to bless my face with her make-up brushes.  The result was stunning.  I felt so beautiful yet not overdone.  I felt glamorous. I felt like a Queen.

Besos, bellabeauty808