So girls - we're back!
Firstly we are so very sorry about the lack of posts over summer. It has been a summer of dreaming and envisioning what's next for BE. while separately juggling new and exciting changes in our personal lives, (which we have each explained below).
Holly: 'I got engaged to my amazing other half Aaron (ahhh!) and have been dreaming up the big day and beyond with him.. (I also asked Emily to be one of bridesmaids, so we have a fun year ahead!) My counselling training has also recently taken a step up, currently looking for a placement for this year and it's proving more difficult than anticipated but I'm excited about getting some real experience as a counsellor! Both of us have also been working our butts off to promote our workshops among youth groups and potentially schools.. & it's starting to pay off! We will soon get more busy in this area, but we loove the work involved - a chance to really get alongside younger girls and give a fresh perspective on beauty and how to value themselves"
Emily: "To hear two of my closest friends Holly and Aaron got engaged just made my summer and it's keeping Holly happily busy!My summers been pretty much up and down really. Due to my dads job as a minister, our family moved home from a place in the countryside called Castlederg, to a place near Belfast, leaving behind some amazing family friends who will stay with us for a long time! Over the last two years I have been living as a student in Belfast anyway so it wasn't the biggest change for me, but more so for my younger sisters starting new schools etc. Nevertheless it's been hard and straining at times, but hey we made it! And everyone is happy! My final year of my degree is about to begin, and I went through a stage of reluctancy to go back, but I really just want to work hard and within a year I will have a degree!"
A few months back our good friend Dave from "Dave Bradshaw Photography" had to sadly stop shooting for us as he got bogged down with so much other work! So because of this we felt it was a natural time to hit the pause button and go back to the drawing board.
As you might have already seen we have started offering workshops on beauty, fashion & identity for young girls among youth groups/schools. Ever since our first workshop we have become so passionate about working with women on their unique identities and facing the pressures from the media and fashion industries, getting in touch with reality and re-defining beauty. (go read our 'vision & values' page for more!)
We want our blog to reflect our vision and passion in this area as much as our workshops.
So expect to see more on this throughout our posts.
Each month for the next while we will pick a new theme for our posts. The weekly posts will alternate. Some will focus on the theme and others will be on outfits/beauty products/our lives lately & much more for some inspiration!
We also hope to feature some of our very much loved friends. We want to feature real girls who help define true beauty in what they do, what they believe in and what they are passionate about.
So this monday we met in one of our regular spots Avoca, in Belfast and chatted to our hearts content and here's what we wore:
Jeans - Topshop, White shirt - Sheinside, Pink Bomber Jacket & Shoes - Primark, Stripe crop - New Look
Now for this months theme?
Make-upless beauty is our theme this month. Ever since the 'no make-up selfie' trend hit Facebook we've been thinking a lot about facial beauty without make-up.
We definitely believe in make-upless beauty.
We obviously enjoy having fun with make-up and trying out new products, but we will both admit to hiding behind it sometimes and relying on it to feel beautiful. This is something we recognise in ourselves and we believe it's worth discovering our beauty without it.
We each have flaws that we like to cover up but we want to begin accepting them more and loving them & believing in our unique beauty despite our worries.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we all display beauty in different ways and to different people.
Make-up or no make-up.
Beauty cannot be defined or put in a box. (and make-up definitely doesn't define it!)
Each individual can bring a new facet to the definition of beautiful.
In our own ways we can project beauty.
more on this next week (including a cheeky no make-up selfie!)