We had the good fortune of connecting with Brie Chester and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brie, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
How to know whether to keep going or to give up? Ill tell you if something feels easy keep going. If you feel defeated, keep going. This questions hits home for me, especially in this season. Just like most of us, I make my New Years list of goals, as I set out to accomplish said goals this year I noticed a few battles along the way. Some battles I made for myself such as doubting my potential, pushing pass tiredness and laziness, or just fighting the usual anxiety. Other battles were from outside sources such as lack of support, being told no, and the pandemic. One thing I have learned through it all is to keep going. If I want it then I know I can have it no matter what my present my show. When things come easy this is a reminder of the promise God made me that whatever is for me will be for me and no man can take it away. When I experience a few bumps in the road I take that as God trying to build or strengthen me. He often gives us tests to slide in a life lesson or skill we may need in our next season of blessings. So how do you know whether to keep going or give up? make a sure decision of what you want then chase it relentlessly no matter what may come your way. One day you will look back and see it was all worth it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a professional MUA and ladies boutique owner. I started in the beauty industry very young as I come from a family that is full of women who take appearance very seriously. I can vividly remember spending my weekends shopping with my grandmother. We would stay in the stores for hours looking through every single item. This is where my love for fashion and beauty developed. I learn quickly how to express myself through my style and emulated many fashion icons such as Rihanna, Lady gaga, Naomi Campbell etc. Something I also developed at a young age was hormonal acne. In an attempt to cover my insecurities I got started with makeup at 13 years old. At first I would only do the faces of close friends and family but soon realized I had a real talent for the art. Over ten years later, after growing tired of being broke and just feeling as if I was not fulfilling my dreams nor living my purpose I decided to step out on faith start my businesses. This is when Misss Briee Makeup & Misss Briee Boutique were born. Misss Briee Boutique is a online women’s clothing store that prides itself on providing the latest fashions at the best prices. Misss Briee Makeup is most known for enhancing the natural beauty of all clients. My makeup is not cakey and will not crease or mess up throughout the day. When you are beat by Brie you are guaranteed a look that will give a timeless finish and will last through the day. I am coming up on my first full year of business this January and I am most excited to recount all the milestones we have reached in just one year. I am looking forward to many more years of business and growing along the way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my bestfriend were to visit we would begin with brunch at a local spot then proceed to a afternoon stroll through 3rd ward Houston. I’d imagine that after all of the sightseeing we’d be thirsty so of course being the hot girls we are we would find a nice bar to sit for a drink or too and catch up, my bar recommendation would be Prospect park. Knowing I can’t hang like I use to we would take a short break so I can sneak away for a nap then before starting the night off we would head over to the Turkey leg hut for some delicious food and likely end the night with some club hopping.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout Grambling State University, the place where everybody is truly somebody. During my time at GSU i was able to grow my social identity as well as develop my professional identity. This is where the entrepreneur I am today was created. Grambling taught me life, school, and street lessons. I am forever grateful for my time at Grambling and all the wonderful people I was able to network with. We are strong minded individuals, we are young creatives, we get to the bag and most of all we are not afraid to be our true authentic selves. The love, support, and mentorship I received at my HBCU is unmatched!