Okay friends- let’s talk about one of my favorite trends of the summer…tassels! I am loving everything with tassels! I found this great tote bag and clutch at Nordstrom and for such amazing prices! The bag is a really good size for the beach, gym bag, baby bag or a even an everyday purse if you like to carry a lot of things. Plus, it’s only $39 so it’s a steal. And how cute is the clutch?! I love the beading and the tassels of course! It’s only $25 and the quality is great. I love pairing fun, bright accessories like these with simple tops and cut offs like I did here- keeping the focus on these fun pieces!
Also while shopping on the Nordstrom website I found these tassel sandals that stopped me in my tracks! Tassels and light pink? Yes please! They run TTS but if you have a high instep, I might recommend sizing up half a size.
Ps. I just noticed as I was writing this that the beige version of the tote bag is on sale for $19! What a steal!
Okay let’s talk summer accessories for a minute. What I look for when buying summer accessories is- 1. will they ‘go’ with a lot of my outfits and 2. are they affordable? If I am also looking at shoes then 3. are they comfortable? Nordstrom is always my first stop when I want to find fun and cute pieces. I have mentioned before but this tote is the BEST for summer I love the scallop detail and pink interior, plus it’s less than $50! I also had to snag these bow slides from Nordstrom. I already own the pink ones but I figured the white would go with EVERYTHING. They are so comfortable right out of the box- no need to break them in at all! Trust me when I say you need one, if not both of these pieces for summer. Plus a fun statement necklace wouldn’t hurt to throw in your cart either!
Since I got such amazing feedback on my two other blog posts regarding Botox and lip fillers- You can read my first experience HERE and Q & A HERE– I thought I would talk about my my recent experience- a few weeks ago. I posted on my IG stories when I was in the office getting my lips done again and got tons more questions and people asking to see before and afters- so here goes!
I made another appointment with my favorite Dr. Burke for a bit more lip filler and to see if I needed a maintenance treatment on the Botox. One thing is certain, I do not want that Botox to wear off too much. The results are TOO GOOD. So when I got there it was the same as last time. We took before pictures and I put the numbing cream all over my lips. Maybe I am over liberal with it but why not. The stuff starts working almost instantaneously. It’s such a funny feeling. I was SO numb, and apparently i licked my lips because even my tongue was numb. As I am writing this- 2.5 hours later, my lips are still pretty numb.
I have to say, I was WAY less nervous this time to get my lips injected than last time. I also will proudly say I did not get queasy or light headed this time around. The anticipation is way worse than the actual procedure which takes maybe 3 minutes tops.
So we started with the Botox injections. I was convinced i needed it everywhere but I guess I am still pretty ‘frozen’ in the 11’s (the area between the brows) but I had other facial muscles trying to make that scowl face like the muscles across the top of my forehead so he injected those and also injected the crows feet again. I am going back in about a month to have between my brows done. So I had way less Botox this time as maintenance than the first time around. He was done with it in 30 seconds.
Moving onto the lips. There is definitely still filler from the last time I did it (which was about 2 months ago) but I just wanted more. Specifically when I smile, I didn’t want my lips to disappear like they tend to do. He showed me the before and after pictures he had from before I ever put filler in and it was definitely a noticeable difference, I just wanted a little more. I told Dr. Burke I didn’t think my bottom lip needed much if anything. He agreed but said as he does the top, if he thinks the bottom needs a little too he will let me know. So we started with the lips. He used Volbella on me just like last time, starting with the left side first which was a series of two injections. Again like last time, I really only felt the initial prick but it wasn’t painful at all. As he was doing the other side he said he didn’t think my bottom lip needed any filler so we put the whole vial in my top. After he sort of molds it to his liking with his fingers and asks me to smile and make like I am blowing out a candle. After a little manipulation I was done! It was so quick and easy and really painless.
One of the most inconvenient things about getting your lips done is the after care. For one, it’s best to stay really hydrated because it helps the filler. I am so bad at hydrating throughout the day so I find this to be a big challenge. The other part that is a bit of a pain is that you have to avoid getting your lips warm/hot for 3-4 days. This means no hot coffee, no tea, no soup etc. This is really the most challenging part for me but again in the grand scheme of things, it’s not bad at all! Iced coffee through a straw is totally fine though so that’s what I am currently sipping on at the moment.
So this time around my lips definitely feel more swollen and more voluminous. I have been icing them on and off since I got home about an hour ago. I have NO pain whatsoever. I can see the tiny needle holes on the sides of my lips but I did last time as well but they went away very quickly.
Overall another A+ experience with Dr. Burke. I am excited for the slight swelling in my lips to go down and the numbness to wear off. I think I will have finally achieved the look I was going for!
Update: It has now been about 3 weeks since my lips were done. Swelling is gone (and has been for a long time) and they are exactly what I wanted and was hoping for. The After pics of the lips were taken about 2 weeks post procedure. You can see that my top lip does not disappear when I smile which is what I was going for. All in all, another success and I could not ask for a better experience with Dr. Burke.
You can visit Dr. Burke’s Facebook page for more information and to see what other kinds of procedures he performs. He also sends out very informative blog posts/newsletters which I always look forward to reading!
Here are a couple other Before and After pictures I have already posted but still- the before and after of the crow’s feet area is pretty crazy!
It’s been a LONG time since I did an updated nursery post. Elliott is now 9 months old! Time just flies. Some of the things in his room have stayed the same and some have changed. A few of the changes-
We got rid of his rug and started using these foam floor mats from Skiphop. They are absolutely my favorite. We have them in a few different rooms in our house. We decided to get rid of his rug because he has eczema and we weren’t sure what was contributing so the thought was if there was dust or cat fur in the rug, it would be best just to take it away.
Another thing we changed were his rocker and dresser. I wanted a dresser that was wider than the one we started out with. Everything would just fall off whenever I changed him on it. Hence why there is a small shelf above the dresser. I was putting his lotions and creams there until we decided to get a longer dresser. I still keep them there but at least we have more room now!
As I just mentioned, we also changed out the rocker. I did love the previous rocker but it wasn’t all that big. Elliott’s room is definitely on the small side so we needed to keep that in mind when selecting furniture pieces but the rocker was just too small. The new rocker by DaVinci it so much deeper and it has a foot rest/recline option. We just love it!
One thing I rarely show on social media is our family room/play room mostly because it’s a big mess 99% of the time. We keep the majority of the kids toys in there. I had originally got this bookcase thinking it would fit in Elliott’s room but once it was delivered and assembled, we realized it was WAY too big and wouldn’t fit. We ended up moving it to the family room along with these cute baskets which I got to keep more toys in and I just love it. It’s such a fun and playful statement piece for a kids room or play area. It also comes in white which I didn’t notice until it was too late but the grey is also nice!
Oh! The only other thing I wanted to point out. As you may know from following me a while- I am a HUGE fan of Dyson products. From their hairdryer, to cordless vacuum, to their humidifers. I keep a humidifer in Elliott’s room and one in Emmy’s room. It gets incredibly dry here in the winter so we use it all throughout the colder months. However, you can also use them in the warmer summer months too. You just drain the water and it acts as a fan. So although it is on the pricier side, we use ours all year long so it’s worth it. for us!
I can’t wait until Elliott is old enough to start using his rocking lion. Emmy has claimed it as hers for the time being but pretty soon I am sure Elliott will be rocking like his big sis!
If you read this post– you already know I am big into the tassel trend as far as spring trends go. So when I came across this peachy top on the Nordstrom website, I bought it right away! Dare I say, it’s my favorite top so far for spring?! I love the color, the fit and of course, the tassels! Nordstrom is always my one-stop shop when it comes to transitioning my wardrobe from one season to the next!
Another absolute essential that everyone needs for spring/summer is a good pair of white cutoff shorts. I say good pair because let me tell you, they aren’t easy to find! Luckily, I did the searching for you and found this pair and they are THE BEST. For one, the fit is perfect. No need to size up or a baggier fit and for two, they are not see through at all. I absolutely do not like when you can see the interior pocket lining on white denim! Oh, did I mention they are only $39?! An absolute steal!
Lastly, scalloped anything is a trend I love every year. This tote is SO stinkin’ cute with the scalloped edging and pink interior! It’s also made of durable faux leather that wipes clean so it’s perfect if you have kids who like to make messes (like mine!).