When being brave shows us the way.

BYOB Ms. Bettie photo by Landi Maduro

This past weekend, I presented the first Be Your Own Bettie (BYOB) workshop of 2019. Ten years ago, I was sitting with a dear friend from my book club and I told her my idea of wanting to do a workshop for women. She’s a photographer who also loves to design and decorate; she has a really great eye. In what felt like two seconds (or most likely, two or three meetings), she had a design concept and we were ready to go. The first workshop was a blast. Everything was pink…. Read More

How Women Produce

Frank {Discussion}

Be Your Own Bettie

Unapologetically feminine. {Workshop}

Knowing What’s Right.

Do you spend a lot of time worrying about what’s right? Do you worry if you’re making the right decision? Wonder if you’re doing the right thing? Struggle with making the right choice…? So do I! Being a perfectionist is partly to blame for this “Is it right?!” curse. I’m aware of that. Maybe you are, too. I’ve learned that one way to battle this insanity is through team work. You can’t do things alone. You’ll never be perfect. You can’t get every single thing right. And sometimes you need a good… Read More

Has Being Sophisticated Gone Out of Style?

Sophisticated Women. Grandma, mom and aunts. Brown Betties

Think about what makes *you* sophisticated, and be that. – Brown Betties

When Asking for Help Feels So Unsexy.

When I left LA, I never thought one of my concerns would be eyelashes. I had a large supply back home and didn’t think to bring any of them, because…why? Argh! Finding sexy, affordable eyelashes can be a little tough in Prague; at least it has been for me. They just don’t seem to be readily available. And, the ones that you do find are plasticy or pricey. Nothing a Bettie wants. I finally bit the bullet and bought a plasticy pair during an awesome shopping excursion to Sapa, which is a… Read More