09 Feb Meet My Valentine…😍
Meet My Valentine…
Name: Dustin aka Bae aka Byrd
Dating for: 5 years
Littles: Kingston (4) & Houston (3)
Career: Personal Stylist and Owner of Sharp & Timeless
How it all began…
A little over five years ago I was just living life… a work hard play hard hairstylist dedicated to improving my craft and travelling often. A friend told me I should meet this guy, and I wasn’t initially interested… Because I don’t care how attractive you are, no one gets between a girl and her career when she’s grinding as hard as I was. But still we became friends on social media, and, well, you know how it goes. I kept seeing his photo pop up and he seemed like such a nice guy so eventually we ended up going out on a date. Real talk… it was no hollywood firework moment.
Have you ever been on a date where it’s really nice, but like, almost too nice and you kind of wonder if there’s a real person beneath all the formal first dateness? Dustin opened doors and paid for dinner, but he was so smooth it left me wondering what kind of person was beneath that proper first impression. I wasn’t really sure it was going to be a thing, until we had a conversation one night that shifted everything.
We had been planning to go out, and Dustin said he really wanted to, but couldn’t because he needed to buy books for school… and it was just so humbling and endearing that I think I started to fall in love right then. I invited him to come over and chill, and it ended up being an amazing night. We talked and drank wine and watched Law and Order. (I like to joke that we fell in love over Law & Order). Underneath that layer of smooth was such a chill laid back personality that I found so refreshing. Pretty soon he was coming over almost every night just to spend time together.
Everything about Dustin was different than anyone I had ever dated. He had this quiet, sexy, alluring humbleness that just vibed so well with my own personality. We had been dating for almost a year… when I found out I was pregnant with Kingston. We definitely had not planned to start a family—with Dustin finishing up school and me in the midst of opening my own business—but life happens that way, doesn’t it?
By chance, as a close friend of mine did my makeup for my maternity shoot, she told me she was in the process of trying to find someone to rent her house. Two weeks later Dustin and I moved in together. Before we could even settle into life with one new little, we found out I was pregnant with Houston.
Between a brand new business, a brand new baby, and being pregnant, life got to be a little bit (lotta bit) stressful, but it really made Dustin and I grow as a couple, come together and really begin to build our life together in a way that started to give me a stability I had never really known before.
Living a Life I Love
Five years, two littles, a degree and a thriving business later… and in just a couple of months we will be buying our first family home together. I can’t imagine life without Dustin or my littles. Life with two toddlers, and two creative businesses is certainly not easy, but it’s one I wouldn’t trade for the world.
We make it work by supporting one another’s goals, having a dedicated weekly date night, and bonding over some of our passions. Namely, Gucci shoes (aka our mutual love of fashion and trends). Even though falling in love and starting a family wasn’t even on my radar, the universe somehow knew even when I didn’t, that Dustin would be exactly what I needed. He and our family unknowingly brought a balance I didn’t know I was missing, and a sense of peace that I didn’t realize I was looking for. And now I wouldn’t want to go through life any other way.