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.



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