Betty Malo

Style

Jewelry is Like a Second Skin

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People often recognize me for being Raul’s wife or a cast member on a TV show, but not many know the business side of Betty. I’ve been making my go of it in the jewelry industry for more than 10 years and recently realized I never expressed as to why I chose this industry. I love jewelry! Who doesn’t? In my Cuban family, jewelry is like clothing – you never leave the house without it. In fact, I didn’t even leave the hospital when I was born until I had my ears pierced! Thinking of it now, it’s really no wonder why I found my passion in jewelry.


Jewelry to me is so much more than the 4 C’s. Jewelry does more than decorate a body – it marks a time, an occasion, something to remember. A piece of family heirloom passed down from generation to generation is proof of that.


Every milestone of my life has a piece of jewelry that accompanies it. This tradition of giving jewelry is something that is universal. It holds sentimental value. Behind the jewelry is a story, whether it is one of a gift from the great grandmother to the granddaughter or the father to his son. Believe me when I say, some rely on these pieces to move forward in life.


I don’t know that I will ever be able to put into words what it means to me to know that my pieces find their way out there to deserving individuals. To know that someone is choosing my work to document a special occasion, to gift themselves as a reward, to pass along as a gift. There’s no greater joy than that. Well, except the birth of my three sons, of course. But these pieces are my babies too and I think of them in the same way.


As for me, my most precious pieces of jewelry in my collection are my bangles. It is a Cuban custom for the man to gift his wife with a bangle every anniversary marking the length of their marriage. I feel like a million bucks with my bangles. So much so, that you will never find me without them. Without them, I’m not Betty!


Love always,


B.

Nashville Wives

Holy Cow, I'm on a TV Show!

In the middle of March 2013, my good friend told me about a local casting call in the “Nashville Scene” for a new reality show. At first, I was hesitant to audition. When I received the news for a callback, I somehow immediately knew I would get the role.

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Knowing firsthand the cost of fame, I was very apprehensive. Not only do I have myself to worry about, but my family and my business are even more important to me. Every week for a year, my family and I discussed pros and cons of this huge life-changing decision. All kinds of questions were running through my mind. “Do I want to invite the world – and a camera crew - into my life? Do I really want to air out my dirty laundry on national TV? What will this mean for my business?” It was a tough decision that wasn’t made lightly. After all, we had a whole year to debate!

People must be wondering why I did this and my main reason is to bring awareness to my business. My sons can’t inherit their dad’s voice, but they can inherit Betty Badd Couture. Just like everyone else, I too have dreams and goals. After taking a hiatus from the business due to the infamous Nashville flood and focusing on family, this opportunity presented itself at exactly the right moment, and this is how I can fulfill my desires. It has been quite hard living in my husband’s shadow and now it’s my time to ROAR. (My Katy Perry voice).

I’m sure there may be some people who might not like what they see, and I apologize in advance. I’m sure others will have negative opinions about me, but I do my best to rise above the drama and hope at the end of the day everyone will see I am a mother first!

I invite you to come join me on this wild ride. Share with me our ups and downs, laughter and tears, and most of all what life for me in Nashville is really like. Be sure to tune in on Mondays starting February 24 @ 10pmE/9pmC on TNT!

Oh, and check back here often (or sign up for my newsletter), as I’ll be posting a weekly recap of the REAL story each week! Happy New Year!!

Love always,

B