Have you heard of the American-made bag and clutch company called Eklund Griffin? If not, today is your lucky day. I want to introduce you to them because I have been a fan of for a LONG time. They are two sisters who make gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous nautical-inspired clutches and bags right here in Maine. (yay for supporting local businesses!) The clutches they make are so nice- the craftsmanship is pristine and I love the attention to detail like the nautical rope pull. My favorite piece from their collection though has got to be their Wave Weekender tote. It’s very New England with the leather wave detail and the inside is chambray. It’s stunning.
Eklund Griffin was so sweet to extend a 10% discount code to my followers for anything on their website for the next 10 days! So if you have been lusting after one of their gorgeous pieces, now is the time to grab one! Use code “COCO10” at checkout now through July 16!
Summer is officially here! (insert all the happy emojis!) With that being said, if you are like me, you are probably scrambling to find a new bathing suit, beach bag, and everything else that is a summer time necessity. I wanted to let you all know that I have had the BEST luck finding all the pieces I need for summer from the Asos Swimwear Section of their site. Picking out a bathing suit can be an incredibly daunting task but I got really lucky with Asos and didn’t have to return ANYTHING! I got this super cute suit, tie-dye beach bag and these amazing jeweled sandals that are so comfortable and only $45!
So go check out ASOS- hopefully you will all have as good of luck as I did stocking up for summer!
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!