Whats up Beauties! Im Brooke!
Currently living in my 30th year, more like a 22 year old, because age is all about how ya feel (but thats besides the point). I am a seasoned, professional hair and makeup artist, with a passion for making women feel their most beautiful. (Seriously, its my favorite). I decided that the mix of my work, my expertise in weddings, along with my appetite for travel, and this crazy nomadic life, was maybe worth a read!
So heres a little more about me...
I'm 29, from Baltimore, Maryland, (also known as Antarctica). This is more of a second home these days, even though all my favorite people live there. I discovered my passion for beauty at a young age, giving my grandfather rubber band dreads at the tender age of 4.
Coming into middle school, I was a total tom boy, very artistic, and creative. Even though I wasn't super girly, I always did hair and makeup for homecomings, and even the occasional set of twisties, ( I know some of you know what I'm talking about) I never even thought about charging anything for high school proms, because it was my favorite thing to do. (Ya know, the whole making girls feel pretty thing) <3 <3
I now realize that this was a total outlet for me!
After high school, I gave college a good honest try. I Thought I wanted to be a dental hygienist, worked at a dental office, definitely not for me! After trying about 4 different jobs, and racking my brain for a solution of what to do with the rest of my life, I took a step back, and just waited tables for a year. (best decision ever). Hair school was always in the back of my mind, but I knew it was expensive, and I didn't think I could afford it. Finally after having a conversation with my aunt, I realized that no one was holding me back but me. I immediately dove head first into the beauty industry. I made an appointment with a cosmetology school, scheduled a tour, and started that next month!
Through the blood, sweat, and tears of beauty school, Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm, and the late 4 nights a week at a restaurant, I completely transformed into more of the woman I am today! I graduated 15 months later, took my boards, got my license, and started at my first salon! My life was vastly different after a year and a half! Just a few months after starting my salon job, I was able to quit my restaurant job. It was then I knew, hard work pays off!!
A couple salons later, I came to realize that styling was my specialty. When I dipped into freelance bridal styling, I fell completely, madly, in love with wedding days. The good vibes, the champagne, the laughs, the cries... All of it!! When I met Nicole Palermo (owner of Happily Ever After Beauty, and still a heavy creative influence on me professionally) and her group of bad ass boss babes, I was 100% sure I didn't want to work in a salon any more. I found my niche, and I wanted to work for myself, along side this group of power houses! I wanted the flexibility, and I wanted that special opportunity to make someone feel their most beautiful, on the most important day of their life!!
Fast forward to about 7 years later..
All Things Beautiful by Brooke bloomed, and it has been my pleasure to be a part of 500 + wedding days! With just that said, I have so much to share with you guys!! I currently move myself, and my business every 3 months to a new city with the love of my life (who is a travel nurse). We mostly live in vacation towns where destination weddings are plentiful. I stay busy with hair and makeup for weddings in each place we move. Its a hustle, and has its ups and downs, but I love our life!
John and I have been traveling together for almost 5 years now, moved 12 times, and I honestly can't imagine living any other way!
We travel every chance we get, which is my other most favorite thing to do besides weddings :) My other passions include music, yoga, the beach, painting, mashed potatoes, palm trees, jewelry making, dancing, tacos, hiking, snorkeling, pho, champagne, bike rides, happy hour, ramen, beer, Brookie/Johnny days, and maybe the occasional skydive. (the list really does go on)
I have 5 siblings, I'm the oldest, and the favorite ;), I have 2 besties, a gorgeous God Daughter (River McKinnon Roush) and my mother is the strongest person I know (she raised a warrior).
So here I am with a small business on the go, a hunger for adventure, and enough crazy life experiences to keep you on the edge of your seat!! Stay tuned for all things hair makeup, weddings, travel, and life man..