I seriously hate Forever 21's name so much that it deters me from shopping there haha. Well, that and having to shift through 10000 crappy pieces to find a good one. Luckily for you guys, I did all of the digging already and am only presenting the gold. A couple of these dresses I've had since last summer and I wash them all the time (because I wear them so frequently) and they've held up fine (I hang dry them). It's great to have some inexpensive options for summer to add to your wardrobe. I even found a dupe 'save' version of the free people, which maxi dress that I wore in Malibu! There are only 6 items here because I only wanted to show you guys winners!
Wedding season has officially kicked off. I'm going to my first wedding of the season this upcoming weekend! I rounded up all of my favorite dresses here in case you also have summer weddings or events. All of these dresses are under $300, most of them are much less than $300. I broke it down into two categories, long dresses and cocktail length dresses. As always, hover over an image to see the price and click on the image to shop it.
Cocktail Length Dresses
What's the one thing that's made you 'blush' the hardest aka your most embarrassing moment? When I was 22, I fell naked in front of HUNDREDS of people by accident. It's a ridiculous story but needless to say, its hard for me to be embarrassed about much after that haha! I'm not someone who gets embarrassed easily but can definitely get bashful. Remember when you were a preteen and little things would embarrass you? I swear I was more embarrassed by my mom bringing my dog to pick me up from middle school one day (why is that embarrassing besides the fact that it wasn't 'the norm'?!) than I was when I was laying on the ground naked in front of all of those people!
Anyways, in honor of that fun/not so fun little story that made me blush, here are some blush clothing pieces that I'm loving recently. See what I did there?!
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MDW is right around the corner, which means that summer is coming! Last memorial day weekend I was on my bachelorette party in Martha's Vineyard and this year I will be on one of my best friend's bachelorette parties! We are going to be sharing an anniversary weekend so its only fitting to share a bachelorette party anniversary as well! I feel like its good luck to share those anniversaries with a couple whose relationship I majorly respect and love, right?!
We are going to Malibu and I'm so excited. I've been to the surrounding area but have yet to go to Malibu. It'll be such a fun girl's weekend celebrating the amazing bride. I will obviously do a post once I'm back with 'must dos' in the area. I am also going to visit some friends in LA before/after the bach party, which I'm pumped about.
I've been starting to think about my outfits and make a GP. I thought that you guys may be doing the same so I rounded up all of my favorite items for MDW and other summer weekends to come!
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How much does a palm print bathing suit make you want to lay under a palm tree with a coconut drink in your hand?! What's your favorite season? Mine is summer by far! I LOVE the sunshine and feel like my best self in the warm weather. I live for the beach and feeling the sand between my toes. I have SO many plans this summer and I'm worried about not getting enough of that chill summer feeling. They are fun, happy things for the most part though so I can't complain. I will need some cute bathing suits and dresses for a lot of the plans so I thought that palm print would be a fun way to mix it up. These just scream SUMMER and SUNSHINE, don't they?!
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Mother's Day is only a couple of weeks away so it's time to prepare and get the gifts ready! I know that there is no object that I can buy that can repay my mom for all that she has done and continues to do for me but the gesture is always appreciated. She's the first person to give everything and ask for nothing and holidays like this are the perfect times to get her something nice. I also always value a good hand written note in a card, so I linked some of my favorites at the bottom of this post as well. I separated out the items into 2 sections: items under $100 and items over $100.
In celebration of Mother's Day, here are 3 of my (many) favorite things about my mom...
She is infinitely selfless. If I compliment her on a necklace she will literally take it off and hand it to me. She puts all of us before herself without even blinking an eye. I say that she is selfless to a fault but it's such an admirable quality.
She is the definition of maternal warmth. She just has a kind heart and loads of affection. She always makes me feel safe, supported and loved. Every stranger in the grocery store line ends up telling her their life story because she just radiates loving energy.
She is a 'forever student,' who is constantly growing and learning new things. She follows her heart and is a jack of many trades. In fact, she was a Social Worker for years, an interior designer and is now a talented photographer and the woman behind most of the images that I'm in. Check out some of her work here.
Gifts Under $100
Gifts over $100
Guys....the Sephora Spring sale is here!!! It's one of my favorite sales of the year and I like to load up on all of my favorite beauty products while I can get a good deal. You can get 10-15% off, depending on your Sephora status. VIB members get 15% off with code YAYVIB and Rogue members get 15% off with code YAYROGUE. Beauty Insider Members get 10% off with code YAYINSIDER.
I love skincare and am passionate about it. We only get one face for the rest of our lives so I'm trying to be better about taking care of mine NOW! These are my tried and true FAVORITES, many of which you may have seen me rave about (Kiehls daytime oil and night time oil, along with the Sunday Riley Toner are ones I've talked about in my stories a few times)! I loaded up on a bunch of these sunscreen products in anticipation of the sunshine that's supposedly coming our way while they were on sale because they are AWESOME! The Supergood products, like this one, are AWESOME and don't leave your greasy and gross (the oil is the only oily one) and are natural. This setting mist saved the day every time I was wearing makeup last summer but needed a refresh with my SPF.
I also linked all of my favorite makeup products that I wouldn't survive without some of these! I especially have been loving my Tarte products (I've always been a huge fan of the lipsticks but have recently branched out and am obsessed with the powder and liquid foundations too). If you're looking for some new hair products, those are also linked at the bottom of this post! My favorite is the dryspun finish spray because it gives you volume (which I always desperately need) and finishes off your hair but doesn't make it hard like hairspray would.
I can't get enough of the straw bag trend! I LOVE them for the Spring and Summer and think they are especially perfect any time I'm near a beach. I'm not one to spend a ton of money on handbags. I think that these are SO fun and they're perfect to take from day to night in most occasions. I packed my straw clutch for every trip last year because it's so lightweight and perfect for travel. Plus, who doesn't love a straw beach bag?! These totes are perfect to take as your carry on for travel and then turn into your beach bag on vacation.
Shopbop is having another one of it's epic sales! The plus side is you can get items on sale that hardly ever get marked down. The downside is there are soooo many items to sort through. I did the sorting for you and linked my favorite items from the sale below! Some of these are my go-tos (like my favorite white tee) and some are on my wish list. Use the code EVENT18 for 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500.
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I went to my friend's bridal shower on Saturday and it got me thinking about great dresses for bridal showers. I'm thinking that the weather will get warmer some time soon (it has to, right?!) so I pulled together some perfect dresses for Spring and Summer showers! These are also great for any Spring or Summer party or dinner of course. I love wearing something girly for a shower though. The dress that I'm wearing in these photos runs true to size but I would size up one size if you have big boobs are are tall. I wear a 34C or 36B bra and am 5'4" and got a size 2 for reference. It's only $29, which is crazy!
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My friends would make fun of me for wearing *sexy* one pieces before they were "in" years ago but I didn't care because I've been a strong believer in them! They have the ability to be just as hot as bikinis in many instances but still allow you to each pool side chips and guac at leisure. Win-Win! I rounded up all of my favorite one pieces this year and linked them below. The one that I am wearing in the photos looks good on everyone, seriously. It holds you in while still revealing enough. It also is really comfortable because it doesn't have strings pulling on your neck. you can adjust the tightness up top with a tie in the back still. It runs TTS (I'm wearing a small, which I usually do in bathingsuits and bodysuits). However, if you're looking for full butt coverage then I would size up. Now, we just need beach weather!
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You might remember that I met with the amazing Jessica Kaylor (aka @the.skin.guru) at Schweiger Dermatology a couple of months ago about wrinkle prevention and treatment. You can read all about my consult and what I learned in this blog post. Jessica recommended that I get Botox to both treat and prevent the worsening of my wrinkles. You can watch the videos of her giving me the Botox, along with more insight from Jessica, at the bottom of this post. The photos on the left side (in blue sweater) of every collage are the ‘before’ photos and the photos on the ride side (in black shirt) are the ‘after’ photos. I did not smooth my skin or edit any of the photos.
What is the process like?
I went in for my consultation with her and ended up getting Botox injections for my crows feet, in my forehead and a little bit between my eyebrows. She counts out how much of the liquid she will need based on the areas that you need done. Jessica is really thorough and thinks through the whole process. She recommended areas that would 'even out' my wrinkles and make it look even and natural. Then, she gave me icepacks to put on the area and told me to use the muscle so that she knew exactly where to insert the needle. Right afterwards, the area swells up a little because substance is being pushed into a small area. I didn't even know that it was swollen from how it felt and only realized once she said something and I looked in the mirror. My swollen spots went down within 20 minutes or so. Jessica is conservative and was on board with the plan to make sure that I did not look "frozen" or different. She said that she will give patients what they ask for but she likes to start with less at first and then have you come back for touch ups. I liked this plan because you can always add more but you can't remove some if you don't like it. I ended up still having a decent amount of crows feet wrinkles (which she predicted I would but wanted to be conservative the first time and learn for sure which spots are ideal to inject and how much to inject). I went in two weeks later for a touch up and am thrilled with the results!
Did it hurt?
Not at all...seriously! My friend said, "well you have a high tolerance because you live in pain" and I have to tell you that it isn't even a factor. Seriously, a flu shot hurts more than Botox injections. I didn't feel the liquid pushing into me as much as I do with a shot in my arm either. She gives you ice to put on the area before doing the injection but when I went in for my touch ups, I told her not even to bother. The needle is SO thin!
Are their any limitations as to what you can/cannot do after?
If you're going to work out that day, get it over with before you go in for your appointment. As a general rule, Jessica recommends avoiding anything that would cause a head rush. She also prefers when her patients come in with a clean face with no makeup on it, ideally. This is so that she can really see every single line and get a great sense of your wrinkles.
How much does it cost?
Jessica is offering a 20% Cozy Curator discount for all of my readers! The price varies based on how many areas you are getting injected.
Will I look different?
I can tell you that the only way that I look different is that I look better haha. My skin looks so much smoother! I can still make every expression that I want to and my face still totally moves. When I furrow my brows though, they aren't getting as furrowed and the lines aren't getting as deep. I can still see my smile in my eyes and everything. She used this analogy that I think is so on point: Botox is like smoothing out a skirt. My face is the skirt and it is so much smoother now that I got the Botox. However, the "skirt" still moves and flows. The lines were smoothed out though, which is great for now but also for the future because now those wrinkles won't continue to get deeper and deeper as a result of continuous deep creasing (laser resurfacing can actually iron it out). The other surprise win that I noticed is that my eyebrows strangely look better. They are now sitting more on my true "brow line" of my brow bone and therefore look a little bit more spread out and shapely.
How can I schedule my Botox appointment?
You can make an appointment with Jessica Kaylor, MMS, PA-C in her Manhattan or Hoboken office by visiting Schweiger Dermotology's website or calling 201-795-0021. Make sure to also follow Jessica on Instagram @the.skin.guru for lots of helpful skincare tips!
Videos of me getting Botox:
Obviously, if you have a needle phobia then you may not want to watch. The needle was SO thin and tiny though!