How did you come up with the name Cece & Bee – I’m assuming the Cece part is after your cat.
When I started Cece & Bee I lived in a small apartment on my own and I had just got my cat, Cece, from the Humane Society. From the very beginning she loved to explore my craft supplies – every time I got them out she would come and lay right on top of the pile of paper! That apartment had a bee infestation our first summer, and so the name kind of naturally evolved as an homage to our early beginnings.
Your logo – which I love – has a classic charm. What inspired it?
I wanted the logo to be simple and classic. I wanted it to be sweet without being cheesy, and it was really important to me that it be something I could draw by hand. I like to think that the hand-drawn quality adds a little something special, acting as a reminder that the item is handmade.
How do you come up with the ideas for all your cards?
This is the longest part of the process. I love going to the store and gathering ideas from everything that is available. I try to stock up pretty regularly on supplies, mixing scrapbook paper with other items like recycled cards, wrapping paper, and even packaging! Then when I’m in the mood to make something I spend time just looking over what I have until I find something that speaks to me. From there it’s all about matching and layering different elements until I find the perfect combination.
Your cards are available on Esty, but do you participate in any craft shows?
This is the first year I’ve participated in any fairs or markets, and so far I’ve really enjoyed the experience! I did one this past spring, and another just a few weeks ago. It’s a great chance to chat with people and get feedback on my work. And I love the holidays so I really enjoy the festive mood of holiday markets!
Virginia Carney is the woman behind Cece & Bee. She is not only crafty but beautiful both on the inside and out!
You are a self-professed bookworm. What types of books do you like to read and who are some of your favorite authors?
It’s true! Usually I average about a book a week. I love memoirs, but I’ve been reading more fiction lately. Some of my favourite authors are Jonathan Safran Foer, Jenny Lawson, Gillian Flynn, and Cheryl Strayed. And lately I’ve been really into Kate Morton!
I always find that when they make a novel into a movie – the book is always better. What do you think?
As someone who loves books AND movies, I think it’s best to think of them separately and not expect the same things from each experience. The let-down comes when you expect a director to interpret the book exactly as you have and adapt that to film. There are definitely some book-to-movie adaptations I’ve loved – but I hate when people love a movie and don’t bother to read the book!
I keep a book of quotes – every time I read or hear one that resonates with me – I write it down. What is your favorite quote?
Oh, this one is really easy for me. I read “Dear Sugar” by Cheryl Strayed earlier this year and this really stayed with me:
“Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore” – Cheryl Strayed
At one point in your career, you were the Salon Manager/Coordinator at Texture Hair Salon. How was the experience been so far?
It was an amazing experience. I loved working with such a fun and unique team, it was a new adventure every day.
You went to NATVA in 2015 – aside from the flight mishaps – how did you like Vegas?
Vegas was a totally different world! Everything there is bigger, louder and more expensive there. But it was a great experience. The best part was the NATVA Show – it’s so inspiring to see these artists in their element. Working with the Texture Team to prepare for the competition was amazing. They are so talented and when they let their creativity go wild the results were so beautiful and creative.
What are your favorite hair products?
I love the Wella LuxeOil, it’s definitely a staple in my beauty arsenal, it repairs my hair and leaves it smooth and manageable. I also love Sebastian Light Shampoo and Nioxin Clarifying Cleanser – I rotate the two and then follow up with Drench conditioner. And I can’t skip Potion 9! Starting your styling with the right prep products is so key to a lasting end result.
Did you picked up any hair or beauty tips from the Stylists?
I used to always be afraid of using too many different products. Once you understand how professional products work you can choose the right combination to achieve the look you want without build-up, or weighing down your hair. I’ve also learned that texture is key. For example, rather than just curling my hair, now I use Texture-maker spray and run my fingers through it to give it a bit of a bed-head look, rather than fussy-looking polished curls.
Since we are a fashion and beauty blog, would you mind answering some personal questions?
Do you have a daily beauty routine?
I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my beauty routine. Shower, exfoliate and moisturize, then prep my hair with LuxeOil and Potion 9 before blowdrying. I love makeup but I’m not very adventurous – I end up using the same makeup every day! I love MAC pigment for a luxe looking shimmery eye, or when I’m feeling lazy I go for a bold lip to look pulled-together.
How would you describe your personal style?
Simple and classic, with a twist. I love prints, and I have a whole closet full of them. Prints elevate even the most simple items and make them look more put-together.
Let’s hear some of your favorites…
piece of clothing you own: My floral silver and blush tea-length skirt from Anthropologie
pair of shoes: My Nine West platform pumps with a really unique floral and animal print combo
accessory: I’m completely obsessed with J.Crew statement necklaces – I have way too many!
What is your favorite way to pamper yourself?
Pour myself a glass of wine, light a candle and grab a book and some chocolate for a hot bath.
Finally pick three words that describe you best.
Creative, nurturing, lively.