I’m really excited to introduce my readers to a new friend of mine. One of the many things I have always loved is fashion. I even attempted a few years back to start a fashion blog but with kids and being pregnant I wasn’t able to follow through the way I intended. I had hoped from the beginning that I would be able to incorporate style through this blog and upon being presented with the idea of collaborating with Heylee I have been excited to make this a reality. As we have been on the final steps of bringing her to my blog we ran downtown Franklin and snapped a few shots of her. She is incredibly sweet and talented and not to mention beautiful. Meet my new friend Heylee
Heylee is an incredible make-up artist and stylist. She has grown up on stage as a magician assistant to her brother Harris III, who has owned a multi media company. As she continued to grow both personally and professionally, her dream quickly turned to a passion and ultimately, into a reality. Travel to many cities in the U.S. and abroad made Heylee become even more intrigued with the world of fashion and entertainment. After being hired to do make-up for a music video in New York City, she realized that working in fashion and beauty was her dream.
To enhance her skills, in 2004 Heylee attended ‘Make-Up Designory’ in Burbank, California. There she was trained in glamour and character makeup, hairstyling, and wardrobe design. While working in California, Heylee built her resume by working jobs like The Tyra Banks Show, America’s Next Top Model, numerous national modeling shoots, and was even named one of the ‘hottest stylists’ by fashion pros across the country, including renowned entertainment publicist, Michael Levine. But that success wasn’t enough to keep her in California. Feeling homesick and ready to be closer to her family, in 2007 Heylee returned to her home state of Tennessee to continue her work in the Nashville Music Industry.
Heylee had always dreamed about opening her own boutique. It started out by friends coming to shop out of her tiny apartment bedroom, and grew into offering ‘Home Trunk Shows’. From there she opened a small boutique in downtown Franklin, TN. It began as a pursuit through passion to help her friends find fabulous, yet affordable clothing that was unique to their own personal style, but it wasn’t until she moved the business online, using social media networks that Heylee really started to fulfill the vision of her brand.
The more she was around women, Heylee began to recognize more and more the insecurities that women face and the struggle to accept themselves. Heylee says, “With the pressure we receive from Hollywood, television and magazine advertisements, each other, and our worst critic; ourselves, it’s a wonder we can all even get out of bed in the morning. The list goes on and on of things we want to change about our bodies and how we look as we start to compare ourselves to others around us. My goal is to help each and every woman that I work with to love and accept herself at the place she is at RIGHT NOW. To be able to find freedom and live freely in knowing where her acceptance comes from, which is ultimately from our Creator. We have nothing to prove to each other, we are enough just the way we are.”
Heylee has certainly made her dreams a reality and she is living that out through her online boutique Heylee B . She has so graciously offered to allow me to model her clothing on my blog. I will show some of my favorite pieces from her store and link back to the specific item so you can purchase. We thought it would be fun to wet the palette and show you a little of what my post will look like. Haylee is constantly buying new merchandise so we will have plenty to show off.
I love kimono’s and as soon as I spotted this rad paisley design on her site I immediately began putting outfits together in my head! Kimono’s can add that fun vintage flair to any outfit and adds versatility to your wardrobe. Heylee’s boutique prices are extremely reasonable and you can purchase this for $28. Purchase HERE