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November 20, 2018

Black Friday Finds: 2018 Edition

Is it REALLY the holidays already?! Nothing like a cross-country move to make time disappear—and give me carte blanche to shop the Black Friday sales. Which, if your imploding inbox isn’t indication enough, are already in effect! I also scooped up a few new favorites this fall that you can now take advantage of at a discount. Enjoy!

Madewell: 25% off sitewide (code: DEALWITHIT)
Stocking up on denim is the no-brainer here as the good pairs rarely go on sale (and they’re all good!), but I’m planning on wearing the heck out of this striped scarf. The palette is so unexpected even if the stripes on me are not!

Serena & Lily: 20% off sitewide (code: GATHER)
I don’t know what’s more exciting about living in California: lack of winter or proximity to S&L’s headquarters in Sausalito! I’ve already been to the outlet once and it’s going to be a problem. If you need new throwpillows or bedding, now’s the time to stock up. We just nabbed the Trestle coffee table for our new living room and I’m obsessed with the rattan in navy (what’s new).

Bobbi Brown 5-Piece Makeup Kit (FREE with any $50 purchase)
I love this idea! Stock up on your bobbi basics—the best blushes and foundations on the planet—then build a holiday kit with a new lippie and eye product for all of those parties. This is your chance to try something bold—a berry lip or smokey eye perhaps?

Soludos – 25% off site-wide (no code required)
What did I wear before Soludos?! From their now-iconic espadrilles to the new booties, I haven’t met a pair I didn’t like. I wore the wedge sandals all summer and got so many compliments. Now I’ve got my eye on the velvet llama slip-ons. But which color?


Shopbop Buy More Save, More (code: MORE18)
Now’s the time to snag that designer bag, down coat, fancy snow boots, and cashmere sweaters! Shopbop is also one of my go-tos for the unexpected stocking stuffer or statement accessory. I see you, Rachel Comey Factor earrings, and I’m coming for you!

October 25, 2018

We Tried It: Jaw Reduction Just Like Bethenney Frankel

I’m not ashamed to admit that my introduction to jaw reduction was the Real Housewives of NYC. Along with epsom salts baths it’s  one life’s simple pleasures. Over the last couple of seasons I couldn’t help but notice that Bethenny Frankel’s face had softened. Our Skinny Girl’s very distinct, angular jaw line had been seemingly been chiseled away. Don’t get me wrong—she looks great! But the beauty reporter in me couldn’t imagine how this was possible. I took to to the internets where Frankel was quoted openly discussing the Botox injections she’d been receiving to treat her TMJ pain. I could get behind this. Despite my best mindfulness efforts and a night guard, I clench in my sleep and wake up with a sore jaw. I’ve noticed that my face shape has changed ever so slightly because of enlarged mandible muscles. I can really see them when I clench in the mirror and I don’t like it!

Curious about using botox to treat my TMJ and expanding jawline, I went to the best plastic surgeon in NYC on—where else—Park Avenue. Dr. Mehdi Sina of Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery confirmed that Botox and Dysport can be used to treat TMJ pain by injecting it into the mandible muscle. Over time, the muscle loses strength so that it can no longer contract with such intensity. The bonus is a less pronounced or atrophied jawline. Bethenny’s Botox regime was not only alleviating her grinding habit by paralyzing the muscle that caused it, but shrinking her mandibles in the process. A two-fer!

Dr. Sina discussed my TMJ symptoms determined that my mandibles would respond to treatment (I am a “moderate” case). We opted for Dysport over Botox (same price, same benefits, slightly different formulation) because its effect tends to last longer on me. After marking the scene of the crime along my jaw, he quickly injected each muscles several times. The whole thing took less than 5 minutes and was practically painless—really, that’s just my drama-face above. Only a little ice-pack compression afterward and I was out the door!

One week later and my TMJ pain was gone. Like, really truly gone. I massaged my mandibles and there was no soreness or tightness. A few weeks later and I could see a difference in my face. It was subtle—no one else said anything to me—but when I clenched in the mirror, there were no muscles popping out! This photo was taken about a month after my first round of Dysport. You can see a more tapered or inverted triangle shape (right), versus the squared off jaw I’d started to develop (left):

Dr. Sina had me come back in for a little more Dysport a few weeks later to really seal the deal, but the visible results didn’t change much more after that. As for my TMJ pain, it is GONE. I love knowing that I’m not hurting myself and my teeth in my sleep! With most patience, the amount of Botox or Dysport required decreases over time—as does the frequency of treatments needed. With any luck, this should only be an annual thing. Cost will vary depending on the size of your muscles, and number of units or vials required to treat, but expect to spend $1000-1500.

Questions? Comments? Leave them below and I’ll do my best! Better yet, book a consult with Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery. They are pros at this, not to mention the NICEST people in what can be a superficial industry (says the girl who watches RHONY…). 

October 19, 2018

s5 ep3: Surviving Venus Retrograde Season

Greetings friends! I’m so excited to share this week’s episode, a sneak peek of what we’re working on for our new Healers community coming later this year. One of the very exciting perks of joining us will be exclusive astrowellness insights from our resident astrologer Stephanie Gailing. You might remember her from the very first episode of this show when she predicted the rollercoaster ride we’d be in for in 2017. So glad that’s over! Today I’m handing over the mic to Stephanie to help us navigate Venus Retrograde season, a six-week journey which is in effect through November 16. Venus only goes retro every 18 months so she’s won’t be leaving any of us alone! What I love about Stephanie is that she has a gift for helping us work WITH the energies of the Universe and find opportunities in the shifting tides instead of dreading them.


Powerful Dates

Oct 5 – Venus goes retrograde

Oct 8 – New Moon

Oct 10 – Focus on dreams and any insights (ask for guidance the night before to better understand how to craft my life with more beauty and value.)

Oct 10 – Venus and Mars square, creating tension between your inner and outer worlds. Re-evaluate what fuels and lights you up.

Oct 15 – Mercury the planet of communication aligns with Venus, helping you find the words to better express yourself.

Oct 24 – Full Moon

Nov 16 – Mercury goes retrograde

Flower Essences for Venus Retro
Holly – to cope with jealousy, anger, shame
Basil – to connect to with your sexuality and release any shame
Scarlet Monkeyflower – to help express feelings that you may be avoiding

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October 1, 2018

s5 ep2: Bri Seely on Taking Leaps & Living Your Truth

Bri Seeley helps people unapologetically live their truth. And live their soul’s path. The life coach, author and hypnotherapist is here to help us to align our inner world with our outer world. Because when our reality doesn’t match our soul’s path, we get stuck. With depression, anger, or the sneakiest of them all: autopilot. When I sat down with Bri she was unpacking 20 years of grief from her father’s suicide. Only then was she to give herself permission to leap into her next chapter. After this inspiring episode you’ll want to do the same.

SHOW NOTES
instagram: @briseeley
website: briseeley.com

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September 27, 2018

Fall Sale Finds from Shopbop!

My mind might still be in summer mode but my closet is begging for a fall upgrade. Nothing crazy, but a few key statement pieces that I can wear again and again are definitely in order. Shopbop always inspires, especially when it’s stock-up sale time! Now through September 29, take 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders of $500 or more. Use code STOCKUP18 at checkout! A few finds I have my eye on:

Never have I felt more compelled to get out the vote. It’s our greatest Amercian privilege and responsibility no matter who you cast yours for. I love the optimistic palette of this Tory Burch Vote Tee ($68), which I’d pull together with a blazer. See you November 6!

I’m so digging the proportions and contrast here, such perfect way to transition seasons! Shop your closet for a midi or maxi summer skirt and pair it with one of Shopbop’s chunky sweaters, like here, here and here.

Speaking of chunky, how about this rich orange Tibi track jacket ($395)? Pretty sure I would wear this coat nonstop and not care what was underneath it. How great is the length too?

Isabel Marant Etoils is new to Shopbop this season and I predict we’re going to be seeing her eponymous pullovers and track pants with the fashion set. I’m not big on designer labels, but it’s one comfy way to have a touch of Parisian glamour in your wardrobe!

Bring on the jewel tones! Living in NYC, there’s only so much black I can wear before it starts affecting my M O O D. You’d have this Paul Smith fitted trousers ($295) and blazer ($595) in fuschia forever.

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