Bess Byers and A Generation Empowered

My name is Elizabeth Belleau Byers, but ever since birth I’ve been called Bess, after my Grandma Bess. I'm a millennial who loves fashion, photos, and of course, politics.

In May 2009 I graduated from Washington State University with my Bachelor of Science in Communications, Public Relations and a minor in Chinese. On September 11, 2009 I packed my bags and hopped a flight to Beijing. I interned at SiVO2, a graphic design and ad agency, for ten months where I absorbed the Chinese language, food and culture. Overseas I discovered my love of photography, writing and design. I love to travel. The knowledge and experience gained from experiences abroad cannot be taught in a classroom.

I returned to Washington State in June 2010 and going from a city of 20 million to 200,000 took its toll. I immersed myself in photos, fashion, graphic design and DIY with girlfriends to keep from going insane. I also studied and freelanced. In March 2011 my persistence paid off. I came to Los Angeles to visit friends. Out of curiosity I applied for jobs to hopefully escape Eastern Washington. I landed a part-time gig and on March 28th, hit the road. Within months, I secured a full-time marketing research position in Venice, working for Yvette, one of my amazing China contacts.

After two years of brand strategy, I've merged my passions: marketing, communications, PR, photos and, you guessed it, politics. I co-founded a political non-profit called A Generation Empowered to advocate the issue of an increasing national debt. For politicians to leave Americans $18 trillion in crushing debt is WRONG. This is our future and our voice needs to be heard.

So what am I? I’m a socially liberal, fiscally conservative Independent. I’m issue oriented. It’s not about parties, it’s about people. I believe our generation needs to be more politically active. The decisions politicians make today will affect us in the future. Political affiliation aside, I encourage all young Americans to inform themselves and vote.

When I’m not working, I volunteer at MADE, road trip to Palm Springs, soak up the sun or get down at dance class. I like to promote companies and causes I believe in, so developed B3 Media, Inc. to help friends brand their own. I have a couple creative projects on the back burner, so stay tuned. I still miss Washington State, my friends, family, board sports and cats, so try to visit as time allows. Shout out to the 509!

I am so blessed for the opportunities I’ve been given. I have the greatest friends and family anyone could ask for. Life is good and I'm loving every minute of it!


 

Be sure to follow Bess Byers's blog and like A Generation Empowered on Facebook.

 

Designer Spotlight: Manfredonia NY

Designer Spotlight: Manfredonia NY

Behold Metropolis- the new collection of Anthony Manfredonia. It's sexy; it's playful; it's glamorous. Manfredonia is an emerging sensation on the fashion design scene- he has already been endorsed by Beyonce.

Read More

The Arrivals' Spring 2015 Is Here!

The Arrivals' Spring 2015 Is Here!

If there is any way to summarize The Arrivals’ brand, it's precise design, uncompromising quality, and adjustability. 

For their very first spring collection, they made a few classic denim pieces, versatile coats (including my favorite AANDO Modular Duster, where removing its sleeves transforms the garment into a vest), and (not surprisingly for the company) a few lighter-build leather jackets, perfect for adding a bit of spring-time cool to one's wardrobe.

Read More

Winter Favorites

Winter Favorites

This winter, my skin has been struggling with dryness and irritation. I needed to change my skin care routine because my skin had accustomed to my old products, and was no longer responding well. This tends to happen after a while and is completely normal. That's why it's important to change things up. These are the products that helped me (and my skin) survive the winter so far.

Read More