Browsing Category: Uncategorized

banner

We’re Still Here

Hello Lovely’s,

As you may have noticed, the girls of Beauty in the East have not been as active in the last few weeks as they normally are. Rest assured, that although you have not heard from them recently, they are still hard at work behind the scenes! Beauty in the East has some exciting projects and changes that are set to launch in the coming month! On top of working on these secret projects, the girls have had a busy couple of weeks dealing with… well, life!

As you know, Leigha and her family are enjoying and adjusting to life with their new baby boy, Lorenzo. He just turned three months old, so as you can imagine, Leigha is very much sleep deprived, but WELL caffeinated.

Krystal and her family have been adapting to life with a traveling hubby/daddy. Her husband, Nick, recently accepted a spectacular position, and while he is loving it so far, it does require quite a bit of traveling. Thus, Krystal is holding down their nest, and two baby birdies, all on her own!

They are very excited for the additions and changes they have been working on, and can’t wait to share them with you. As always, they thank you for your unwavering support and patience.

XO

Meal Delivery Services

Top 3 Meal Delivery Services Review

Meal Delivery Services are popping up everywhere! With so many to choose from, how do you decide which one is best for you and your family?

I was able to try three of the most popular services and reviewed them for you in the video below! Although they have several similarities, it really came down to the smaller details for who wins the number one spot!

I hope you enjoy my review and it helps you in deciding which service to try!

Also, use this coupon to receive $30 off your first box with Home Chef!

XO Leigha Signature JPG

Fiance does my Makeup Challenge | LYLAS Video

Seeing how my Fiancé swears he’s good at everything, I expected him to do pretty well on this makeup challenge. I was terribly mistaken. Watch him pretend to know what he’s doing, while also making me look like a clown!

 

XO Leigha Signature JPG

girl writing a letter jpg

A Letter To My 18-Year-Old Self

When I was 18 years old, you couldn’t tell me anything! I was grown and I knew everything about pretty much everything. Oh how laughable that is now! When they say hindsight is 20/20, they couldn’t be anymore correct! I don’t know if it’s my ten year High School reunion quickly approaching, or that my 20’s are going to be coming to an end, but I have been doing some serious reflecting lately. Although I wouldn’t say I have any regrets about the last ten years of life, because ultimately they lead me to where I am now, I would definitely tweak a few things if I ever had the chance. Those tweaks are listed below in a letter to my 18-year-old self.

Dear 18-year-old Leigha,

Don’t Be Such a Bitch.

You know the expression, “I thought you were such a bitch before I got to know you”? Yeah well it definitely applied to me, except that a lot of people still thought I was a bitch even after they got to know me. I honestly don’t know why I was so mean at 18. Sometimes I think it was attributed to growing up in a home where anger was an easily expressed emotion, so I behaved the same. But then other times I think it was just because I had a sour attitude and needed to grow up. Regardless, my first advice to little miss sassy brat, is don’t be such a bitch. The things that are making you angry now won’t even matter in a few years. Like, the boy who was sleeping with his ex-girlfriend the whole time he was dating you. He really isn’t worth the anger that causes you to strangle him in-between classes in front of the whole school (guilty). And the girls that you and all your friends swear you HATE, are actually going to turn out to be respectable people that you don’t even have a problem with. So don’t stress everything as much, and don’t be so ugly! You’re going to soon learn that your favorite people in life are the genuinely kind and compassionate ones, not the bitchy ones.

Don’t Date for at Least the Next FIVE Years.

Trust me on this one girlfriend. You will save yourself from some bad heart breaks and SO much wasted time. Now, I know every relationship is a learning experience; learning what you do and don’t want in a partner, learning what you will and will not give to a partner, and ultimately learning the type of relationship you want to strive for. However, I think learning all of those things closer to your mid-twenties is the better route. Instead of spending all that time in relationships that aren’t the right ones, save these years to focus on yourself; to learn about yourself, to grow as an individual, and to dedicate to making life long memories and friends. And let me just give you a sneak preview sister, the boy you spend hours commuting home to see every weekend, the one you miss out on your college football games and beach parties for, he cheats on you at a house party and then tells every lie in the book to cover it up (true story). And then the guy who you try so hard to impress to be what you think he wants from you, you run into him downtown one night where he blankly stares at you while holding hands with another girl (also true story). Just do yourself the favor Leigha, don’t date for the next five years. Your early twenties are your selfish years, so you go be selfish girl!

Study abroad!

Okay, I may have lied when I said I didn’t have any regrets. Looking back on this one, the chance to take college classes in another Country, with your peers, all set up and organized through your school, yeah I DO regret not doing that. Never in your life are you going to have a more perfect time to do this. You have no huge responsibilities, no career, no babies, AND a twenty-year-old drinking ability! (Gawd how much fun that could have allowed you to have). Forget about the hundred excuses you tell yourself on why you can’t go, like how much it costs, or your restaurant job, or who will feed your cats. Just do it! Take out the student loan to pay for the extra tuition. Put in a leave of absence at your job. Bribe your roommate with sweet sediments to keep your cats alive for the semester. Whatever it takes, make it happen. Cause life is only going to get busier, crazier, and more stressful the older you get. You won’t get an opportunity like that again. And if you’re smart and listened to the ‘don’t date anyone’ advice, you won’t have that stupid relationship holding you back either!

Lastly, for the sentimental side of yourself, hug the ones you love a little tighter each time you see them from here on out. You’re not going to have them all forever.

XO Leigha Signature JPG

stressed-out-small-business-owner jpg

The Dark Sides Of Owning Your Own Business

People assume all too often that owning a business is better than working for a business. That if you own the business, you must be living a pretty lavish and carefree life. And while, for someone like Bill Gates, I’m sure that is true! But what about the much smaller, just starting out businesses? The ones where the owners have not only invested everything they have into this concept, but they are also working themselves to the bone to ensure its success. Well, I’m here to tell you people – it is not all money bags and tropical vacations when owning your own business.

Hours

First, let’s talk the amount of hours you work. An employee of a business works an average of 40 hours a week, typically something like 8 to 5 give or take. And once that clock strikes 5, they are clocked out both mentally and physically until the next work day; which is always known ahead of time due to their set schedule. Yeah, well, not so much for the owner(s). Add about 20 to 30 hours onto that work week and you’re at a more realistic number of hours physically worked at the business. And even when they “clock out”, checking out mentally never really happens. Because they are constantly dealing with the back end of the business even when they go home at night: How were today’s numbers? Did they meet our goals? Are we staying within our projected budget? Did I remember to sign and mail out that form? The list goes on and on. And that set schedule the employee has, the owner has it too. Except theirs is Monday through Sunday, 24 hours a day – no sick days and no guaranteed weekends off.

Pay

Second on the list – pay. A HUGE misconception is that all business owners are just rolling in the cash. Again, while this may be true for some, it is not the case for all. It usually takes a business a couple of years to become really profitable. You have overhead expenses, payroll expenses, loan payments, etc. that all come first. Sometimes, even before your own paycheck. Claudio and I have never let an employee of ours go unpaid. Ourselves however? Numerous times. We are not guaranteed a paycheck every week, like an employee. Nor do we expect one. If the business had an unusually slow week, it just isn’t logical to take a personal paycheck. The success of the business as a whole always comes first.

Family Time

Lastly, I want to discuss just how much family time a business owner misses out on. I have watched my fiancé sacrifice so much during our business adventures, but the biggest one is definitely family time. He has missed out on family birthdays, holiday gatherings, and just the good-ole weekend hang-outs countless of times. Because as I stated before, there is no guaranteed time off. We firmly believe that in order to keep good people working for you, you have to be good to them in return. That means allowing them to have holidays like Christmas Eve off to spend with their loved ones. But in order to do that, who works the business? The owner, that’s who. My fiancé has come home so exhausted that he barely makes it to the bed before passing out; and then he wakes up before anyone else in the house to go do it all over again. And while it can be both frustrating and saddening to miss out on so much time with our family, I am constantly reminding myself that the hard work we are putting in now will reap great benefits in our family’s future.

I don’t want to make owning a business sound completely negative however; it has its great perks too! Like being able to say you are your own boss. Or that you started something completely on your own, and it’s becoming successful! Or, my personal favorite, you are going to look back on all the blood, sweat, and tears one day and feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment for what you have achieved!

Any other business owners out there? I’d love to hear your stories too!

XO Leigha Signature JPG