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Volume 1 | Issue 2 May– July 2014

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CONTENTS Volume 1 | Issue 2 May– July 2014

Behind the Lens 8 THIS ISSUES’S BTL TEAM Get to know the team that made our cover photo shoot simply beautiful!


On the Cover


On the Radar

Celebrating Mothers BBU! Founder Shunte Davis and her mother Faye Carter

20 ON THE RISE– Business Professionals to watch

24 Gifts for Him Editor’s Pick 25 We Want That! Editors’ Pick

BBU! Style 28 Spring/Summer Style 29 Spring into Summer with Celebrity



Beautifully Being Me 30 SPOTLIGHTING MOTHERS Glam ME Up! Winner I Love My Mom Shout-Out!



33 It’s Time to Celebrate


by Faye


10 In the Community– Take a peek into

34 Fun for the Family 35 Getting Out & Active 38 Super Hostess Tips– To Buy or to

an evening of mystery at the TBLE’s 2nd Annual Fundraising for Hope Gala

27 Make Me Over– Top leading Beauty Professional getting you right for Spring & Summer– Shatara Davis


39 Reader’s Lounge

In Every Issue 5 BBU! Staff & Contributors 6 W.O.W Moments by Shunte Davis 7 We Asked You Answered 36 Connecting OVER Food-Recipes 37 Connecting OVER Food-5 Ladies & a Fork

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BBU! TEAM Publisher

My Beautiful Family Inc.

Founder & Editor in Chief Shunte Gamble-Davis

Founder & Editor at Large Wendell Davis

Contributing Authors

Life Coach Faye Carter Style Expert Elizabeth Dimopoulos ●●●●

Join the BBU! Team Beautifully Being U! Magazine wants to hear from you! We welcome submissions for publication. We provide inspiration and reliable information that helps women balance their lives. Submit to ●●●●

Contact Us:

Beautifully Being U! Magazine P.O. Box 2294 Stafford, Texas 77497 (P) 832-866-4373

Beautifully Being U! Magazine is published four times a year as a digital download or as a printed copy and is purposed to be a great tool for beautifully living. Although BBU! Magazine strives to ensure the accuracy and correctness of the information published, we do not accept any liability or responsibility for any inaccuracies or missions. The views expressed by authors of publications or event presentations, published in BBU! Magazine, do not necessarily represent the views of BBU! Decisions or actions based on the information and publications provided by BBU! are at your own risk. Reproduction in whole or in part without prior written consent is prohibited. Trademarked property of My Beautiful Family Inc. LLC

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From the Editor’s Desk

W.O.W. Moment Words of Wisdom “Going the Extra Mile, is not quitting before you finish the race.” -ShunteSitting at my computer with multiple tabs open, all of projects due. I sometimes feel like I can’t go on. Either I’m exhausted, sleepy, or just plain out frustrated, but that’s when I hear a whisper encouraging me to go the extra mile. I know you may be thinking I’m talking about being nice or generous, however I am encouraging you not to quit! You may feel burned out, overwhelmed, or that you are not seeing the progress you are working so hard to obtain; just know Go the Extra Mile. It is in the last push we take hold of what is promised.

Shunte Davis

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We Asked U Answered “A bright (preferably vintage) maxi skirt in every color!” Heather Petrey Houston, TX

“This year my must have are comfy maxi dresses! I'm usually a jeans and tee kind of girl but I love the feel of the soft cottony dresses and they come in so many pretty colors!” LaCharra Henderson Houston, Texas

“My Spring must have are nice shorts and beautiful sandals to coordinate.” Florestine Charles Albert Missouri City, Texas

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Behind the Lens


t’s clear a mother’s love doesn’t fade because time passes by and they grow up. BBU’s contributor Faye Carter and BBU’s founder Shunte Davis are proof a mother’s love grows deeper each passing minute.


Roderick Lightfoot Tell us about your company. RL Studio incorporates a passion for photography and an understanding of light and composition to create stunning images for every client.


his season it is all about bold color choices and the maxi dress. From glam to pool side versions, maxi dresses have put their stamp on our must have list! BBU! Magazine founder Shunte Davis and her mother are wearing styles from Shoe Fetage Boutique located in Houston, Texas.




How did you get your start?

Through the shooting Music Videos. What inspires your photography? The beauty, creativity and uniqueness of the universe. In the world of photography, how do you define beauty? That which invokes pleasure as its defined by the absorption and deflection of light. What advice would you give someone starting out in your profession? Find your passion. Realize your shortcomings and more importantly your associated genius.

hoto bombed!!! Shunte couldn’t resist the temptation to pull off a picture while her mom made sure her jewelry was nestled in place.


What photography services do you offer? Although, we specialize in fashion and beauty photography. Our company offer services to three aspects of the Visual Arts including; Graphic Design, Video, and Photography. How can our readers contact you?

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Shatara Davis

Amburlee Price

How did you get your start? My introduction came from watching my mother put makeup when I was child. My mom was a Mary Kay rep which allowed me experiment with different colors and texture on myself and friends. I was a makeup artist before I knew what a makeup artistry was. It was pure love at first before I knew it was real a profession What advice would you give someone starting out in your profession? Learn your craft and be enduringly passionate about your God given gift. Study the human face, skin and how light act to it. "Practice not until you get right but till you can't get it wrong. What one trend are you liking? Orange Lipstick

How did you get your start? I have always known I wanted to be in the beauty industry. I naturally had a love for styling hair and doing makeup. I love the creativity in it all. After receiving my cosmetology license in Santa Monica, California, I was hired at Carlton Hair International where I started my extensive cut, color, and styling training, and assisted 2 master stylists. Carlton for me was like hairstylist boot camp. It really shaped the professional perfectionist I am today! I later moved on from Los Angeles to San Jose, California where I was promoted to Master Stylist at Alchemy Hair Studios. On November 2013, I opened Hair by Amburlee - The Ultimate Beauty Lounge.

How do you define beauty? Being comfortable in your own skin. It doesn't matter of your skin color, weight or size. Whether it's makeup or clothing, rock it, have confidence, and make it your own. "Keep It FIERCE Honey"

What advice would you give someone starting out in your profession? My advice would be to get as much education as possible. The industry is always changing and evolving so you need to stay updated. Practice your craft often and always push yourself to the limit because that is how we get better.

Company: Makeup by SHATARA Facebook: makeupbyshatara Instagram: fierce_honey

Company: Hair By Amburlee Website: Facebook:

Wardrobe Debbie Honore Shoe FetagĂŠ Boutique

Join the Team!

Tell us about your company. Shoe Fetage' is an exclusive destination for the latest trends in carrying unique shoes, apparel and accessories! Fashion I personally select each item in the boutique and offer styling and fashion tips to my patrons.

Email us at to participate in the next issue of BBU!

The boutique has been designed specifically for women with an unsatisfied hunger for shoes. We try to appeal to every woman's taste while bringing a feminine and fun touch. Their variety of shoes contains a blend of stylish but yet trendy footwear which incorporate a wide array of colors and styles. How do you define beauty? I believe that every woman is fabulous and should feel that way. With Shoe Fetage' being luxurious doesn't mean you have to break the bank, it just looks like it!!! Company: Shoe Fetage Website:


In the Community Event Highlights

Black & White Masquerade Ball 2nd Annual Fundraising for Hope Gala


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Gala Guest spotlight 1 Shalanda Turner of Live Life in Style 2 Honoree Shirley Collins 3 BBU! Founders Wendell & Shunte Davis



Gala Dancing!!!!

Salsa & Hustle Houston

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Best masked Winner


Best masked Winner

Live Dessert auction

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Let the Gala Games Begin

Raffle Winner!!!

Gala Winner!!! 15

Featured Blogger/ Shalanda “Shasie� Turner


t's not every day one gets to attend a Masquerade ball, and Saturday, April 12th I found surrounded by people wearing fabulous masks. Where was I? I was of course at TBLE's 2nd Annual 'Breast Cancer Awareness' Gala themed 'Black & White Masquerade Ball'. For those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time, you should be familiar with TBLE, as I have done more than a few posts on them and their charity work. TBLE stands for Total Beauty Ladies Events and is an organization created by my friend, Shunte Davis. TBLE is run by her and her hubby Wendell Davis. TBLE, already an outstanding organization, has grown so much from the time I met Shunte 3-4 years ago. Shunte and Wendell have successfully launched the following sister programs to TBLE: My Beautiful Family, INC., Total Beauty Ladies Group, & Beautifully Being U Magazine. Shunte and her husband are adamant about giving back to the community and especially fundraising for Breast Cancer Awareness and other 'Fundraising for Hope' campaigns. 2013 was the launch of TBLE's first ever 5-event Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and it was so successful that they decided to do it again for 2014. The first event for the 2014 campaign was the Beautifully Being U Magazine Launch Party. The 2nd event was the Gala on April 12th, and as the featured blogger sponsor for their 2014 campaign I was on the front lines covering the event and having a jolly good time! Gala attendees were required to wear black and white clothing and a mask, but accessories and the mask could be any color. The evening was full of entertainment and unique ways to raise money for the cause. RL Photography was on hand to take photos of all the guests enjoying the party and in front of the Gala For Hope backdrop.

At last year's gala, my table cleaned house by winning two trays of cupcakes, and I knew I had to win the cupcakes again, so I WENT IN on the bidding war! I out bid the competition and awarded my table with a dozen YUMMY vanilla cupcakes! After the dessert auction, we played heads or tails to win a private dinner for 2. To play you purchased one or 2 necklaces to wear around your neck while someone tossed a coin in the air. Before the side of the coin is read you put your hands on your hips for 'tails' or a your hand on your head for 'heads'. If you guessed right you get to keep your beads, but if your guess is incorrect you are out and loose a strand of beads (See why buying 2 is beneficial?). Following heads or tails, Irene Griffin and Raye Avery from Hustle & Salsa Houston, performed a salsa number for all of us. We were all in a dancing mood after that, and took to the dance floor to participate in songs like the Cupid Shuffle & the Wobble. Next up? CRAPS! Err--I mean all the casino games, I just happen to love Craps whether I'm playing with real money or not! Upon entering the gala, each guest received tickets to exchange for casino chips. If you ran out of chips you had the option to purchase more and the money went to charity. At the end of the night, for every $2500 you earned in fake money you received a raffle ticket to enter the 50" TV giveaway. I basically spent the rest of the evening at the Craps table and lost ALL of my fake money...hahaha, but at least it was fake! All in all it was a magical night for a cause, and I left a verrrrrrry VERY happy camper, ready to do it again!

The bartender offered a wide array of yummy cocktails that helped guests go through their 5 drink tickets fairly easily. Dinner was buffet style, and it was capital YYUMMY! It's been weeks and I'm still thinking about the rice & chicken (inner #foodie). After dinner, guests begin to mingle with one another and peruse the silent auction tables and the dessert auction table. Yes you heard right! A dessert auction, and in my opinion, the best part of the evening (I have an insatiable sweet tooth). For the dessert auction, vendors donated baked goods that were auctioned off to the highest bidder.

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by Live Life in Style

Special Thanks We thank you for your support and hope you’re having a great time here with us this evening. The funds raised tonight will provide free mammograms for women in need of healthcare assistance. This event will also allow our, non-profit organization, My Beautiful Family Inc. to remain consistent in spreading breast cancer awareness, providing outreach support, and educating families in the community. Once again, thank you for helping us kick start our 2014 BCA Campaign. For more events, visit us at

Thank you to our Generous Gala Supporters King & Queen Table Sponsors TASC Corporation Kid’s 1st Academy

Prince & Princess Table Sponsors Mr. Joshua Bell

Table Captains & Co– Captains The Avery Family The Hodge Family Ms. Lariza McBean Ms. Erselette Baxter

In-Kind Support Sponsors Cabot cheese DJ Party Man Entertainment Houston Fashion Bloggers Keisha’s Kreations Lamik Beauty Re Event Solutions RL Studios Photography Hustle and Salsa Houston 17

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Calendar May

Save the Dates

May 10th 11:30-2:30pm LUXE PAMPER ME PARTY BCA EVENT– Houston, Texas

August 2nd 9:30-4:30pm WOMAN 2 WOMAN EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE F.F.H. EVENT– Houston, Texas

The TBLE invites Treat yourself to a luxe day of pampering, shopping, games, and a tasty brunch.

Total Beauty Ladies Events' CEO Shunte Gamble-Davis hosts her 1st Annual Woman 2 Woman Empowerment Conference purposed to inspire and empower women through goal setting, teamwork, and vision building. Proceeds will benefit the TBLE's "Fundraising for Hope" programs. Workshops & Awards Luncheon

Rock your Most Fashionable Hat & Heels and treat yourself to the perfect Mother's Day gift to start the weekend off right. Enjoy Luxe make-overs, brunch, signature Luxe Beauty Bags, and fun ice breakers.



May 1st– July 1st POWER 10 AWARDS

Our 4th Annual TBLE is all about Beauty & Fashion!!! You, are invited out to enjoy to event's spectacular fashion shows, shop the latest trends, and be pampered.

Houston, Texas Each year, the Total Beauty Ladies Events recognizes business professionals who are an inspiration within the community and one who uses their resources to give back to the community. This year's Power 10 Award will be presented at our Woman 2 Woman Awards Luncheon August 2, 2014. Nominations open.

Vendor Corner



Houston, Texas Showcase your company at a TBLE event.


DATES... August 2nd Woman 2 Woman Conference October 25th 4th Annual TBLE

Houston, Texas Help Princess Jackson “Sock Out Poverty” by dropping off donated socks to Little Lords and Ladies located at 6100 Westheimer Rd. #138A, Houston, Texas or call 713-498-0552 (See full story on page )

Visit the TBLE website at for all booth

information and Online Vendor guide.


On the Radar


A Star on the Horizon Princess Jackson

rincess Jackson is a “Star on the Horizon” who’s acting career kicked off

when her Dad signed her up for The

Realizing that buying a few pairs of socks

Event auditions held in Houston; one of

would not help many Princess came up with a

the entertainment industries most prestigious

way to give socks to every man, woman and

showcase and networking event for kids and

child in the community without a decent pair

teens dedicated to promoting models, actors

of socks; hence the "Sock Out Poverty" cam-

dancers and singers who are ready to take their

paign was born!

careers to the next level! Princess, who happens to have a fondness for “When Princess was five years old she told us she

socks, came up with the idea to raise dona-

was going to be a Star,” stated Phyl-

tions and bring awareness to “Sock

lis Burton, Princess Jackson’s mom.

Out Poverty” One Step at a Time!

“We knew she had a genuine inter-

“We brought the idea to Wal-Mart

est in being in the entertainment

first so Princess could set up a table

business, so her dad signed her up

outside and collect socks,” stated

and we had no idea that it would

her mom Phyllis. “Only to find out

have gone this far!”

Wal-Mart no longer allows people to set up outside.” Initially the news

Since The Event, 10-year old Princess

that Wal-Mart had changed their

has been featured in a national

policy was disappointing, howev-

brand campaign for “Wholly Gua-

er, once the manager of Wal-Mart

camole” has starred in two short

realized the mission to collect

films, The Bandits and Time Lord

socks, they immediately came on

which has been selected to show in

board to partner with Princess and

the Black Film Festival in San Diego,

donate socks to the “Sock Out

CA in January 2014 and has signed

Poverty” Campaign! Soon after,

with Pastoroni Bosby Talent also

Little Lord and Ladies, a children’s

known as PB Talent Agency in Hou-

boutique and Princess’ clothing


sponsor heard about the “Sock Out

When not acting, Princess continues




came on board as a drop off point

to hone in on her craft attending acting classes at

to receive socks for the campaign.

Next Level Acting Studios. She enjoys hanging out

Princess' passion for giving back to the com-

with her friends playing football, basketball and

munity is evident in all that she does. She is

loves to give back to the community by volun-

excited about the opportunity to partner with

teering her time to feeding the homeless and

Wal-Mart to "Sock Out Poverty" one step at a

those in need.

time! The “Sock Out Poverty” Campaign will continue until December 24th ending with Prin-

Recently, Princess has taken on a new project

cess delivering socks to those in need within

which was inspired by a conversation with her

the Houston and surrounding communities.

Dad (an HPD officer), about while he was on patrol and saw homeless people without any socks.

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By Bridgett Joe

Women on the Rise


ebbie J. Honore': Sitting in a Setback, while waiting for a Comeback!

Debbie J. Honore' personifies the saying “Turning lemons into lemonade!” With a keen eye for putting things together, Debbie Honore' started her career in the retail industry mid to late 1990’s. Having always dreamed of owning her own business but never quite the courage; Honore' would journal and write down how she envisioned her store i.e. the colors of her walls, layout etc. and pray about it. While struggling with the courage to step out on faith and open her own store, Honore would have to face fear of the unknown head on! “In 2005, we were faced with dealing with Hurricane Katrina,” remembers Honore'. “We left with the shoes on our feet, the outfit we had on and one additional outfit. We lost everything! However, we had our lives; each other and the memories are in our hearts!” Honore' and her family lived in Atlanta for a year and in 2006-2007 they packed up the few things they could salvage and settled in Houston, TX. In the mist of going through all of this, Honore' would still journal. Once in Houston, Debbie Honore' and her family started the process of rebuilding their lives. Honore' went back to work in retail industry for a company out of New Zealand doing set ups for their brand, however the desire and vision to open her own store began to weigh heavily on her heart and once she decided, if I can endure Hurricane Katrina I can do anything! Having already applied for a DBA in 2007, Honore' began Googling information for opening a retail store and getting different contacts. A pivotal change came when Honore' was introduced to a Trade show in Vegas about buying items to put in a retail boutique. Still playing it safe, Honore's plan was to start the business online, but was encouraged to look for a location. A tedious task proved to be worthwhile when she came across a perfect location that catered to women, was in a good area and the space was perfect! From there Honore' reach out to the leasing agent, told them what she was trying to do and my goals. In two weeks she was handed the keys opened Shoe Fetage' 30 days later! Through it all, Debbie Honore' contends, “I was sitting in a setback, while believing in a comeback!” Recently, Honore' celebrated third year in business however, it doesn’t stop here at Shoe Fetage'. She still journals and there’s a lot more to come! Congratulations Debbie for following your dreams and bringing fashion and inspiration to your community.


Kalyn Floyd

We love all the work Kalyn has done! From brides to teaching beauty tutorials, watch for this lovely Woman on the Rise. When asked about her beginnings in beauty and her passion for artistry, Kayln wrote: “Growing up as a track and field athlete I was always thrown under the stereotype of tomboy. Yes, I did play with the boys and traded in Barbie dolls for basketballs and footballs, but I've always had a passion for looking great! I remember saying to myself, "when I'm old enough to wear makeup, I'm going to wear it right!" As I got older I would wear sweat pants and workout clothes, but my face was always BEAT (Glam)! I loved playing in makeup and transforming faces into flawless masterpieces. Being a makeup artist is so rewarding. I love to see women's reactions to their makeover. My makeup brushes are the one thing I wouldn’t trade in for track and field spikes.” Congrats Kayln on finding your passion and being accentuating the beauty in women.

On the Radar /Women on the Rise

The Author

The Book

Nancy Kimball

Chasing the Lion

Author, avid reader, and shameless hero addict, Nancy Kimball loves books, Ancient Rome and all things gladiator. She makes her home in Houston, Texas and is the former president of her local American Christian Fiction Writers chapter, Writers on the Storm. Her industry accolades include a two-time ACFW Genesis finalist (Chasing the Lion – 2012 / Unseen Love – 2013), and a Romance Writers of America Lonestar finalist in the Inspirational Category (Adrift No More – 2013).

In 2012, her best friend and critique partner bestowed Nancy with the nickname "Phoenix" after hearing her personal testimony. Nancy loved the name and adopted the Phoenix symbol to embody her life verse, Ezekiel 36:33-36. It later came to represent her brand, Fiction from the Ashes, symbolizing stories of characters that rise from brokenness to victory. Available At:

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BBU! Style /Gifts for Him/ Editors Pick



Take the guessing out of gift buying. Buy him the gift he really wants!

Samsung-Galaxy 2 16.3-Megapixel Digital Camera $449.99

PowerPak +

High Capacity Portable Charger $49.99

Uggs- Men’s Chester Color: Tomato Soup $120.00

Nike Kobe 9 “Laser Crimson” $140.00

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BBU! Style /We Want That/ Editors Pick







2 3 NYX Cosmetics

7 Original Sprout 7- Natural Curl Calmer

6 MAC Cosmetics 4- Eye Shadow in Lala - pink 5– False Lashes (6 Lash) 6– Eye Shadow Atlantic Blue

1– 3 I absolutely love the wide variety of colors to choose from NYX’s Matte Lipstick collection. Be bold, go bright, or be chic; there’s a shade for every look! 25

There is nothing like an early morning battle most toddlers win when it’s time for their hair to be combed. In my case I have a little boy who had a head full of curly hair. Upon my recent trip to the salon for his first hair cut, I found this amazing product. The stylist used just a few drops to loosen his curls before she began trimming away the last of his baby status. I quickly inquired about the product after seeing the immediate results of looser more defined curls and before we left I had one in my tote bag. Every since then, our early morning battles have decreased and his shorter curls are tamed. Shop

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BBU! Style


akeup By SHATARA was formed from Shatara’s passionate advocacy of makeup’s power to enhance a woman’s features as well as their confidence. From an early age Shatara was intrigued by the creativity displayed thru the application of makeup. This led to her life’s passion; the artistry of makeup. She has created her own signature beauty techniques that specialize in giving clients a flawless complexion, an amazing glow while preserving their natural look. Makeup By SHATARA provides professional makeup services including; bridal, fashion, photo shoots, makeup parties, and events. Shatara’s unique style and artistic approach has afforded her the opportunity to work with a broad list of clientele from the beauty, hair, and fashion industry for print, web, and video. “Makeup artistry is my passion. I see beauty in every single woman. My focus is to enhance their natural beauty.” -Shatara Keep it FIERCE honey!!! 27

BBU! Style /Spring/Summer Style/ Fun Affordable Fashion

STYLES Are you shopping on a


budget? If so, Just K Jewelry is designed just for you. Great fashion jewelry doesn't have to be expensive. “I started Just K Jewelry because I have a love for

fashion and I wanted to share my love with others. I offer




jewelry at an affordable price. All jewelry items are under $20 and if you are looking for a certain style Just K will find it for you. Shopping can be fun and affordable!” WWW.JUSTKJEWELRY.COM

Owner Kayla Wilson 28 | May-July 2014

Spring into Summer With Celebrity Style

by Style Expert Elizabeth Dimopoulos

Get ready for a glamorous summer in this shorter style gold sequin dress. Featuring a pencil fit, similar style neckline and glimmering gold sequins covering every inch of fabric.

L Marie Online Boutique “Gold Pencil Dress” Retail $75

Chrissy Teigen in Johanna Johnson

Take your LBD to the next level with a pop of this spring’s hottest print, floral. Casual enough for tea party with your friends. Just add a floppy hat, your favorite pair of shades, and you’re ready to hit the summer sun.

L Marie Online Boutique “LB Flower & Mesh Midi” Retail $35

Cameron Diaz in Elie Saab Long Sleeve Floral Wrap Dress

The color-block trend has proven it is here to stay. Pencil dresses are a staple and this one is stylish enough for the office and will follow you long after your shift ends. Let your hair down and wear this straight into your evening or special event.

Sandra Bullock in Alex Perry Pearla Dress

L Marie Online Boutique “Pink Keyhole Pencil Dress” Retail $42

Shop L Marie Online Boutique for these fab finds and more.


Glam Me Up!

Contest B eautifully Being U! Magazine launched its first Mother’s Day contest to spotlight mothers all over the city of Houston and surrounding areas. BBU! Recognizes so many women go without recognition for all of the amazing things they are known to do. Readers were encouraged to tell BBU! why a mom they knew is so special, in 250 words or less, and they could win a GLAM prize package! Readers could even nominate themselves! The winning essay received 2 VIP tickets to attend our Luxe Pamper ME Party, their story featured in BBU! Magazine/blog, and a special gift! The 3 runners up will received their story featured in BBU! Magazine and blog. BBU! Is excited to recognize and spotlight mother, wife, woman Ame Iyamu.


me Iyamu is a devoted wife, mother of two (4yr old Sophia and 7mos old Jeremiah) as well as an active member in her church and society. She has a BA in Psychology and Sociology and is currently working on her MBA with HR concentration. In 2010, Ame was diagnosed with APL (a form of Leukemia) and although the battle was tough she never lost faith and hope in the ability of God to heal her. While coming to terms with her struggle against her illness, her faith was once again tested when she lost her youngest sister to Osteosarcoma. Through it all, she knew that God had a plan for her. With the support of her family, friends, and faith she has been able to remain positive. She has been in remission for 3 years and counting and is currently working to develop Uplift Inc. with the goal of using her psychology and social networking to improve the lives of both individuals and businesses. 30 | May-July 2014


My mom has been through so much and has decided to let herself go and now she doubts herself and says she unattractive, but I always remind her she's beautiful even though she's been through a lot. I just want her to feel like she's a beautiful queen. I love my mom. Submitted by D. Shorts

I would like to nominate my mother Stephanie Banks. She is my everything. She put her future n hold to make sure my brothers and I, had what we needed. When my fiancĂŠ died in 2004, she helped me move back to Houston, with a brand new baby. She has helped me so much throughout life by being there for me and giving awesome motherly advise. Submitted by Crystal Banks






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The Whole U!

It’s Time to Celebrate! Celebrating Fathers

Celebrating Mothers



n my opinion, Mother’s Day should be celebrated every single day for the services mothers render at any given moment. She can transform into a chef, chauffeur, teacher, doctor, and/or a lawyer all in the name of love. Mothers, check out the tips to lessen the stressors of being mommy and make each day feel like Mother’s Day.

rowing up, Father’s Day was often a very peaceful day. I can remember one Father’s Day in particular. In the background, the Houston Astros played on our black and white TV. Sounds of bats cracking filled the room as referees called plays and the fans cheered.


Weekends are great times for kids to clean their rooms. Mommy Note: Teach them to put things back in place throughout the week so this weekend chore does not become a weekend JOB. Don’t expect kids to clean like you. By bedtime their room will be back in shambles!

Dad watched from the sofa as he drifted to sleep. To his surprise, his granddaughters had secretly given him the gift of a makeover! They combed his hair while he slept. Rows of colored barrettes adorned his black silky curly hair. A few moments later, he was awakened by the aroma of mamma's smothered chicken, rice, collard greens, yams, hot water cornbread, and her yelling, “Dinner’s ready!” This was the best Father’s Day present ever. Every Father’s Day dad was appreciated and celebrated.


Choose your battles. Mommy Note: Some things can be addressed at a later time. Give grace and then more grace. Understand kids will make mistakes. Help them learn from those mistakes through wisdom and love.



It’s okay to have some “me” time. Mommy Note: Don’t punish yourself by thinking being away is being selfish. Get a babysitter, enjoy some time away!

Things Father’s Love… No honeydew list and absolutely, positively none of mama’s nagging!

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The Whole U! /Travel & Relaxation

Fun for the Family! 1

Something for Everyone

The Spot: Barton Creek Resort & Spa The Location: Austin, Texas The Website:


Relaxing on Vacation

The Spot: Lost Pines Resort & Spa The Location: Lost Pines, Texas The Website:


Tons of FUN for the Family!

The Spot: Great Wolf Lodge– Water Park Resorts The Location: Several Locations The Website:

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The Whole U! /Health & Wellness

Getting Out & Active

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he seasons have changed!!! It’s time to get out and get active. There’s nothing like fresh air and the peace that nature can offer. We have complied our top picks for things to do to get out and active this season.

TAKE A WALK: This is our top pick for things to do to get out and get active. Whether you are taking a stroll in the neighborhood or walking for health benefits, this remains one of the easiest ways to enjoy the outdoors. Envelope yourself in the warmth of the sun and allow peace to fill you on your journey.

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RIDE A BIKE: Nothing takes me back down memory lane than a bike ride. The wind blowing through your hair can be exhilarating! Trade in your tennis shoes every now and then for a good ole bike ride.

EARLY DINNER IN THE PARK: Picnics in the park have been popular outings for years. What about an early dinner in the park? With longer days of the sun providing more sunlight, an early dinner in the park is a great way to revamp a picnic in the park. If you’re really feeling in the mood, check your city’s listing for outdoor plays and/or concerts at nearby parks.


CONVERSATIONS ON THE PATIO: I absolutely love a good conversation by fireside even in Houston’s unpredictable weather, but I love conversations on our patio the most! Add in an iced beverage and let nature set the scene.

By Shunte 35

Connecting -Over- Food/Recipe Italian Crème Cake Cream Cheese Frosting 3 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 teaspoon milk ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar Beat all ingredients together, until well blended. Garnish with toasted coconut if desired

Ingredients 1. 1 cup butter, softened

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

2 cups sugar

5 large eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup whole milk 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut 1 cup chopped pecans pieces

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 3 (9-inch) cake pans with nonstick cooking spray with flour. In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar. Beat at medium speed with a mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Stir in coconut, nuts, and vanilla. Pour evenly into prepared pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

To Finish In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and butter. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and almond extract. Beat at medium speed with a mixer until smooth. Spread frosting evenly between each cake layer and on top. Garnish with coconut and a mint sprig, if desired

By Celeste Henry To order this cake and more visit us online at

36 | May-July 2014

The Whole U! /Connecting over Food

FIVE LADIES & A FORK The Destination: Mr. Peeples


e’re BACK!!! Who’s we you ask? It’s none other than 5 Ladies and a Fork! Last issue, I made reference of my girlfriends giggling at the idea of us turning our love of food into a bestie staffed food blog group! Since then, we have set our times so that we make sure we dine at divine places to share in each upcoming issue. We also created a neat rating system for each restaurant's visit. We are also excited because we plan to invite a guest each time we visit as our fifth lady (there are only 4 of us). Our most recent destination was Mr. Peeples. What a GRAND entrance! Mr. Peeples had us interested from the moment we stepped in! I myself fell instantly in love with the massive chandelier that hung overhead right before you entered the main space.

With reservations made, we were quickly checked in and seated to our table. Our server was very friendly as he made sure we had everything we needed. Appetizers were not only fresh and very tasty, they were beautifully arranged on each platter making them pleasing to the eye. I must admit, we were just about full! Dinner arrived and it was worth every second of preparation time! Mr. Peeples knows how to take care of each patrons from beginning to end! By the end of the night, I was planning my next visit.

Dining Experience: 4 out of 5 Forks

(1 being the lowest & 5 being the highest)

Ladies Voted: Would Return Have a restaurant you want us to visit? Email us at

By Shunte Davis


Super-Hostess- Tips

TO BUY OR TO RENT? It’s party season!! From Mother’s day to the fourth of July, there’s a celebration going on every month! I am often asked about the small details that go into party planning. It’s commonly said, the small details are what makes a party grand! We all want style but minus the grand budget costs to pull it off. Try these budget busters to save on the price tag but not your signature style. Golden Hostess Tip: Always shop around!

Renting china can cost less than buying paper plates. China $3 vs Paper $ 9.99 (set) *Note: China is not for every occasion and may include a refundable insurance fee.

Renting tables is a great option versus buying tables from a store. They can returned without having to make room for storing bought tables. Perfect for family picnics!

Buying table linens averages near the price of plastic versions and can be reused several times. Linen $10 vs Plastic $7.99 *Note: Linens are best for avid party throwers.

Renting centerpieces is a fab way to design without having to purchase expensive items that you will only use once! Perfect way to spruce up a romantic dinner.

By Shunte Davis

38 | May-July 2014

Reader’s Lounge

From Victim 2 Vessel Author Sheryll Roberts

“From Victim 2 Vessel” will take you on a journey as Sheryll Roberts moves from a place of abuse and the affects it had on her life to a renewed sense of purpose and passion. Victim 2 Vessel speaks about the pains of being sexually abused and the healing that God provided. She will take you from where she came from to get to where she is today. Available At:


40 | May-July 2014

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