Oct 23, 2012

Back to Basics

The bread and butter combo for this blog for a long, long time (before I neglected it -- sorry baby!) was something I like to call "the fun stuff." If you moved to LA, you would be lying if you said you didn't get psyched every once and awhile by all of the opportunity that lies here.

Yes, we all like to complain about everyone and everything -- who is a mega (insert full-of-themselves, derogatory term here), who changed their career in computer analytics and is now a lead actor on a prime time TV show, why we're still single and why people still insist on getting obliterated at XIV -- but then you do something that reminds you, "Hey. You know what? If I wasn't here, I wouldn't be doing (insert awesome thing here)." So you deal with all the crap that makes you complain because of these awesome moments.

This blog documented all of those activities and opportunities: things that made me giddy and mesmerized. So let's get back to basics. There's too much fun that has been had to neglect it any longer.

First up: Halloween Horror Nights. 

Sure, there's haunted houses everywhere, but Halloween at Universal Studios is like no other. I mean, these people are responsible for ridiculous horror movies, and getting to walk through a "maze" which is actually comparable to a movie set is even more terrifying. This year, myself, Producer Lauren, A.Dramz, Kasia (Our Polish makeup artist) and Page took the metro (my first time -- not as bad as I thought) to Universal. This was the first year I wasn't crapping my pants before entering the park. I think realizing that everyone else was more scared than me made me put on my big girl panties and get into super defense mode. I mean, if I had a bow and arrow I would have been Katniss Everdeen all up in that biotch. Well, Lauren wasn't scared. But she had a crutch, so in addition to getting us front-of-the-line passes (such a score), she was using it as her defense. I can't tell you how many times I heard "LAUREN! HIT THEM WITH THE CRUTCH!" I thought she was going to kill the zombies (again...?) in The Walking Dead maze. 

Lauren, Allison and I try to attend events every now and then so I won't bore you with party-hopping stories but these photos from the Hello Kitty | Nylon event are to presh to pass up.

Hello, Kitty! Meow Meow

Last week, PopSugar held a party to celebrate the opening of our new studios. This meant pulling out the big guns, so we got Ellie Goulding to come and perform. I was all kinds of stoked about this, considering all I could think the whole time was, "it's getting ROYAL UP IN HERE!" I mean, I feel like I've practically been inducted into the royal family at this point. Just kidding. But seriously...
Having Ellie perform was a little sentimental to us all because, when I started, our music library had some okay tunes, but two of them were "Lights" and "Starry Eyed." I was shocked because, hello, it's Ellie Goulding, and we had access to her music...? I thought we must have paid a ton to get those tracks! But we scored them when she was an up-and-comer, so that was neat to see it all come full circle for us -- and herself.

Here are a ton of photos from the performance, including a few with my coworkers.

MAC released their Marilyn Monroe collection, and to celebrate it, their PR team took a group of journalists on a Hollywood Star tour of all of Marilyn's hot spots, from her houses she lived in to her grave site. It was so insightful to chat with their Director of Creative Artistry, Gregory Arlt -- who, by the way, is so charming and hilarious that it's about time someone pitched his reality show -- regarding the creative process and his clients (Gwen Stefani, Christina Hendricks, Dita Von Teese, Scarlet Johansson) and learn about Marilyn's personal history too. Plus, a cemetery in October? Score!

Fun fact: roses are delivered to Marilyn's grave every day. This tradition was started by her ex-husband, Joe Dimaggio, and when he died, there was money at the florist to keep it going. When the money ran out, Hugh Heffner picked up the tab. He has a space designated right next to her.

Last night I interviewed Lauren Conrad at her book tour in Santa Monica. I love interviewing and getting to meet people that I see all the time in the news. I usually interview makeup artists and hair stylists for my job but obviously I love a celebrity interview and Lauren was sweet, well-spoken and looked great! She was wearing some "kick-ass" (her words) Louboutins with a high, Bond girl ponytail. I truly have hair envy for this woman, and she was so polite too!

Also, this is fun and hilarious, but today a friend posted this from Kendra Scott Jewelry on my wall. We have an amazing stylist at Sugar, Faith, who provides us with tons of jewelry and clothes so we can create our own looks. I love color blocking and this Kendra Scott necklace was the perfect purple addition to my orange blouse. It was so cool of them to feature the look on their Facebook page -- go Kendra! 

I can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings. I'm gearing up for holiday gift guides, so it feels like Christmas in October right now! This month has been too much fun for us at Bella since Halloween is so big in the beauty world -- check out our latest Beauty Books (Catwoman, Dia de los Muertos, Marie Antoinette) and How To's (Webby Woman, Halloween Nail Art, Claw Nails) for any Halloween inspiration you may need!

And, if you're lacking costume ideas, here are suggestions from last year. Don't worry, they will still be a big hit this year since they're classics. Also, there are some old school photos of me as a child in case you get a kick out of making fun of children with permed hair. (More: How to Win a Halloween Costume Contest, Not Costume-ing At All, Scarface and Paint-face Halloween ideas)

This isn't a promotion, but some of you are asking about my Twitter. I don't link Twitter to Facebook because I find that annoying (and let's be honest here: sometimes I go a little Twitter cray cray) but you can find me @kirbiej on both Twitter AND Instagram. Makes life so much easier when your Twitter matches your Insta, doesn't it? Anyway, I post behind-the-scenes photos, devotionals and fun beauty tutorial shots, so if you care about that stuff, check it out. I'm on there a lot more than this blog, apparently.

That'll do for now. I have a long blog post depicting my cousin's wedding from this past weekend coming soon. 

Thanks (as always) for reading --

Oct 21, 2012

Devotionals (I got one from Rihanna!)

Hi guys!

I post my devotionals frequently on Instagram and I'm always asked what books they come from. So... here's what you've been asking for!

Starting Your Day Right, Joyce Meyer
Joyce has been a staple in my household for years, so when I saw Rihanna posting devotionals on her Insta, I knew it was Joyce. I followed suit by posting them on my account, since the messages were so powerful and I knew a ton of people didn't follow RiRi.
This devotional has been especially helpful at putting things in perspective and building/maintaining self confidence. Joyce is always the one who testifies about not letting your feelings and emotions take over your actions, which is an extremely helpful and encouraging reminder.
Purchase it hardback or through iBooks.

From Joyce's "Starting Your Day Right"

Grace For Each Moment: One-Minute Devotions (from Christian Art Gifts)
Mom slipped this into my ChloƩ purse that she has managed to fix for me (my water bottle almost demolished the leather) and I couldn't be happier. It's small, leather and easy to follow, but also comes in a larger hardback version.
So far, this one has helped me become better acquainted with scripture, helping me memorize different verses, and understanding how we should operate in a biblical sense. It describes why it's important and also goes into some history behind the verse as well. Plus, it only takes a minute!
Purchase it here.

Devotion for October 22nd

Bedside Blessings, Charles R. Swindoll
I've had this one (another gift from Mom) for about two years, and I've run the thing ragged. No matter how many times I've read the devotion, it puts me at ease. This one has helped me during some truly difficult times and helps to guide my prayers at night.
It's nice to have something to read in the morning, in the middle of the day, and in this case, before bed.
Purchase it here. You can also download on your Kindle, Nook or iBooks.

From Bedside Blessings

Hope these help you like they've helped me. Let me know if there's a book your read that I need to check out!

Oct 10, 2012

What does your Facebook say about you?

One of my friends posted this on Twitter and I found it SO INTERESTING! I love metrics and stats of any kind, so this fills my heart with joy. #ReasonsWhyImSingle

Basically Zeebly goes through all of your statuses and shows what you post most about, when you post, who comments the most, the language you use, and more. It even describes your emotions, from happy to spiritual and even how humorous you are. So much fun! Oddly enough some of my top commenters aren't my Facebook friends anymore. Dun dun dun!

Humorous? Why thank you, Zeebly.

36? Eh, some days I'll go all out with 2 or 3 statuses.

Most popular: my family, second: my first video, runner up: my Tampax profile

Was there any doubt that Janet comments the most???

How did yours stack up? Let me know!

Oct 3, 2012


This is a hard post for me to write literally and figuratively because A) I just created claw nails for a DIY today and can barely type with them (let alone not poke my eye out when I'm washing my face) and B) I cringe and recoil at the thought of chatting about anything politically-related on here, because that's not what you come here to read. You like to read about who I ran into at the grocery store and why I should be the one marrying Justin Timberlake, and what I'd be doing if I were The Bachelorette.  Serious stuff, obviously. But I think it's important to talk about the upcoming election, although I hate talking about politics. When you are on one side or the other, emotions get involved, people get heated, and it's really hard to understand why someone would vote for some idiot so-and-so that you would never vote for.

Many of you know me and that I have very definitive opinions about, well, anything and everything, and I'm not afraid to state them. But it's different with politics. I don't want to run around in circles arguing with people about what I am or am not, and why; who I'm voting for and why they shouldn't vote for _______. The fact is that arguing about politics is, to quote a lyric that immediately comes to mind: "like punching underwater, you never can hit who you're trying for." By me stating my opinion, it will not change who someone else has decided to put their vote in for.

However, I do think we have issues in America as far as facts. Anyone can make up a fact. Even journalists and news outlets, whom most of us depend on for information, consistently get things wrong and misconstrued, or, they spin them to fit their either predominantly Republican or Democrat bias. We need to start researching the things we hear on the radio and TV and not take them at face value to make sure they're not exaggerated, taken out of context or flat out lies as a part of a smear campaign. We haven't had an approved budget in three years (fact), and most people blame that on Republicans not cooperating. I don't believe that to be 100% fact, but I haven't investigated it enough to know the real reasons behind why we can't get a working budget instated for the greatest country in the world (who may or may not be experiencing financial ruin, like Greece, in the next few years). So I'm not going to get on Facebook and start posting statuses about why it's the Left or Right's fault, when I haven't fully investigated for myself.

What I really want to say though is this: just because someone doesn't fight verbally (our even aloud) for the candidate they're voting for, doesn't mean they're riding the fence, or just a moderate voter, or even uninformed. It reminds me of the quote "never mistake kindness for weakness." So many people see silence as an action, which I understand, but for me, it's more of a "I don't want to deal with this pointless argument again." Not a "I don't care and don't know anything about politics."

That's why I'd never run for office or join a political campaign; that's just me though. It's passion that makes the world go round -- find yours! -- and while I may not have it (passion) in terms of this upcoming election, or for either candidate (I'm having a hard time choosing whose policies re: the economy, healthcare, etc. best represent me), I'm glad there are many of you out there who are vocal for one side or the other. You tell 'em. Do the work for me. Just don't get upset when I'd rather not get into it, and that I may never reveal who I'm voting or not voting for when I make up my mind. 

PS: Put your money where your mouth is -- VOTE informed and responsibly!
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