Product Party!

I recently hosted some lovely ladies, with my frond Jamie Meares, for a cute little dinner thing with the added bonus of being a beauty swap. We got the idea from a friend of mine in NYC who has a group that dines together a few times a year and, at dinner, everyone presents their latest favorite beauty product. The things that's most currently changing their lives and faces lol. I loved the idea and was looking for a reason to get some friends together so, guess what we did! You never know if stuff like this is going to be forced family fun, but I'm here to tell you, everyone was totally there for it. I think (if you're at least my age-ish) everyone is actually interested in hearing what other people are doing to take care of themselves. I think whether it's fitness or mental/spiritual wellbeing or beauty, everyone kinda wants to know how everyone else is "doing it". We had a few girls there who really knew their sh*t and most of us are just normal moderately/well informed consumers looking for stuff that works. Everyone really brought something to the table, we all asked questions and we all left armed with some samples (thanks to Blue Mercury, Parlor, PAINTBASE and Smokeshow) and shopping lists (which we actually had and I'll share as a PDF at some point for y'all to use). I've linked most of the products above but I'm listing out below as well. Please feel free to ask questions or for more recs - if I don't have an answer or something to offer I'm always happy to seek something out! I highly recommend hosting your own product swap, we plan on doing it again!

A few more items of note, we had this bonkers cheese board by Raleigh Cheesy, and beautiful tablescaping by Meares + Furbish Studio. I wore this delightful Ulla dress (similar here). I also scooped this tent which is bonkers and I love it. We also used these glasses which are life changing (and on sale rn), and I will be doing a TED Talk on them. 



Hey guys! Wassup. So today I'm sharing something a little out-of-character for me, I HAD A BERFDAY PARTY. A few of my favorites (missing a few!) and I gathered for a birthday-turned-galentine's ish party at my friend Allison's (who y'all may know from Parlor or @Blondentrepreneurs) house mostly to celebrate my cake, which was from the amazing Milk Bar dessert haven in NYC (and LA and other neat cities) and drink rosé. Y'all not only was this cake gorgeous but it was (a good prop) and DELICIOUS. They also have the cutest little mini version for two you can order for Valentines! One of my other faves Jamie Meares of Furbish + I Suwanee fame gave the assist on styling the tablescape. Isn't it gorge? Something fun that we discussed over the course of conversation was that the placemats were Furbish from a minute ago but she styled them with new goodies which gave them new life and sparked new joy. (Speaking of placemats, these are the most.) It made me go check out what I haven't used in a while to think of new ways to style them. Anyway, another item of note, Allison is the consummate hostess and a tremendous cook so we stayed out of her way with the food - and I'm glad we did, she did this gorgeous salmon in her Instant Pot!!! If you don't know Instant Pot I suggest you hit the Googles, it's like a tiny hybrid Crockpot but it does things (safely), in like, lightning speed. It's wild. 10/10. Rounding things out were my fave rosés - Jacqueline Leonne (the BEST) and duh Yes Way Rosé. We all did fun nails over at PAINTBASE to pre-game and I feel like everyone was wonderfully on theme. I also love the cute Self Portrait mini dress I was shuffling around in - which is also PERFECT for Valentine's Day should you be celebrating it. The zipper detail and ruching make it super flattering. I'm adding a gallery of some other Valentine-inspired goodies below for your perusal. In summary, we had the best time. I so enjoyed spending some focused time with my friends talking life, being silly, throwing confetti at each other and taking a million pictures because hashtag content. 

Photos: Olivia Hockaday / Moogmonster


Because You're My Pony

If anyone needs context on the post title I'd like to direct you right hurr. You'll learn a lot about who I am. Anyway, I'm posting these pony sneakers everyone went nuts over on the Instagram so y'all can get the link a little easier, click here >> SNEAKERS (and they're on sale)! I actually found these by chasing down an adorable Australian girl at one of the salons to get a source on her sneakers. These are not those sneakers but the originals led me down an international rabbit hole and I found these. I'm also linking here to the same style but with all of the options
Some pointers:

  • shipping will take a minute because they're coming from the Aussies
  • I took my normal size - 36, I'm usually a 6 in U.S. sizing and can sometimes deal with a 6.5 (if it's imperative to getting the shoes)
  • there is an interior platform maybe 1/2-1 inch, so you get a little lift
I absolutely give these 5 stars, would recommend. Get them, do it. 


Not Today Satan!

Since this little number has been so popular on Insta, I'm just throwing up a quick post so y'all can shop my fave "Not Today Satan" tee a little more easily!


Your New Fall Coat

Just a quick note to tell you how fantastic this jacket is. I got a size small and it's fine with a couple of layers under it. This slightly oversized-double-breasted lewk is one I've been looking out for for a few years after I missed out on a very similar style from Theory a while back. This one is well - priced and super versatile! I also LOVE the "leopard" print on the sweatshirt - it also comes in this cardi version which is wonderful. Other details include VERY good earrings and this fun (again versatile) clutch. My mani is OPI Envy The Adventure with OPI Gold Digger Chrome on top { mani by Pat at PAINTBASE Glenwood South } -> consider this mani going into the holidays! 

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Opi Envy The Adventure Gold Digger Chrome PAINTBASE Nails Beauty


Review: Tria Laser Hair Removal 4X

Tria Laser Hair Removal 4x Review Southern Arrond

Alright, let's get right to it. First off, this is not a #spon post, it's more of a PSA. One of the things I've realized about being a busy girl in the busy real world is how much of a time-sucking pain-in-the-ass shaving is. Not to mention, it's one of those seemingly super simple self-care activities that if you DO skip it you end up feeling really shitty about it. Like, constantly apologizing for your hairy legs whilst getting a pedicure at your own nail salon or forgetting to hit your pits before wearing something sleeveless. It makes me cringe to even type that. Not to mention the whole bikini area neglect situation. Oh also, the random ways age seems to reflect itself in new growth in uncharted areas (I'm looking at you, chin). Like I said, and I know I'm preaching to the choir, it's such a seemingly easy thing to maintain but it's the first thing to go when your life is running you.

So, after considering my options (A) Investing in a package or a membership at one of my local med spas or laser clinics or (B) making an upfront investment in an at-home solution I decided to give the at-home solution a shot.

Let me tell you why I felt this would work for me:
1. Convenience. Scheduling anything outside of work + family commitments is hard for me right now. (Besides my standing appointment with Chris @ Massage Envy, if anyone needs a testimonial about how life changing this has been HMU)
2. I have a high pain tolerance + it didn't scare me to have to do it myself
3. Cost efficient, I figured if it worked I'd save a butt-ton of money versus what I'd spend at the spa in the long run.

Once I'd worked this out in my head I started researching options. I'm sure y'all have heard of the name brands I had heard as well. A lot of online reviews are pretty similar across the spectrum of products - and I do think that consistency and user proficiency probably play a big role in the success of any of the at-home solutions. I ended up settling on the TRIA Laser Hair Removal 4x, most significant to me was that this product is the only FDA-cleared at-home hair removal laser currently on the market. It uses the technology you get in a spa basically. So over the years I have had a handful of laser sessions on my bikini, underarms and upper lip at one of my preferred med spas and I for SURE saw results from those services, so I knew that laser would, in fact, work on me and the FDA approval made me feel confident that I would be using a quality product.

Now here's the real deal. This thing 100% works. I wanted to wait until I'd done at least 3 sessions before I presented my experience and I've just done my 4th. They recommend spacing them every two weeks so that means it's been, what, 8 weeks? The results are obvious and marked. I am shaving my armpits like, twice a week maybe? And it's not like a desperate must do type-situation.

I'm going to give you a brief rundown of how this thing works, where I've treated and tips for use, I am SUPER happy to answer questions so please feel free to email me with specific Qs!

It's super easy to use, you do a one-time activation, then unlock it with a sensor that confirms your skin+hair types are suitable for use. (PS, I'm slightly fair with medium-dark body hair) The Tria 4x has 5 treatment levels (aka pain levels LOL), and you can test out what works or just be a dumbass like me and go straight Level 5. I did a couple of passes at 5 and then dropped it down to 4. I am comfortable at 4 across all areas, but I am certain that not everyone would be, and I totally love that you can adjust it for more sensitive areas if need be. The pain levels are totally what I expected based on my prior experiences. It feels like being thumped repeatedly with a rubber band. Which I'll do all day if it = #hairfree. One of the hardest things, besides the gyrations you have to do to get to some of your treatment areas, is maintaining the treatment path they recommend. It's basically like trying to stick to a grid without any outlines. But once you get the hang of it you can move pretty quickly.

So far, I've treated my feet, bikini and underarms. I am going to tackle my legs after, I just don't have the time availability to tackle ALL of the things at once RN. Underarms are easy, breezy beautiful. You can know that out quickly. Tops of feet are thin-skinned and sensitive, but again, quick work. Your bikini area is the biggest feat logistically, time-wise and pain wise. I do it last after I've sort of built up my pain threshold.

Here are my best tips for smart use:
-Schedule your "appointments" on your phone or calendar (whatever you use) so you are consistent with your treatments. Even if it's just noting the day.
-Use your first sesh to plan your time window. You'll get faster but make sure you block out enough time so you don't have to bail half-way through.
-BE SURE to charge your Tria day of. It's got a 30 minute capacity basically, but it takes a while to charge up. I have screwed this up and it sucks.
-Watch your skin after and take care of it if it's sensitive. You can use any post-wax type cleanser or balm. My skin has mainly been fine with very light irritation. There is an optional calming gel that you apply before treatment and I recommend it. I did my last round without it and I think my skin is more irritated. 



For Your Comfort

Just me, hanging out in an abandoned warehouse being super angsty. You know what I don't have angst about? These shorts. Let me tell you why: they're lightweight, they're well-priced, they're comfortable, ELASTIC WAISTBAND, they've got pockets, they are a sane inseam and they come in many colors. I've got the "Greek Gold", the "Birch Leaf" and the "Almost Black". (AKA yellow, green and black.) I also lurve these earrings, they're both high-impact and lightweight. One other thing - you can't really see it in all it's glory, but this is my favorite summertime pedicure polish. It's fun and happy + it goes with anything. It's essentially gilver. 


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