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Big D With A Touch Of B

I’m back… I missed you!

And recently, one of my best friends, Donald, came back too—self-proclaimed “Six-foot six and full of tricks” To those who don’t know Donald, he’s achieved a bit of “first name celebrity status” in these parts (much like Angelina or Brad has done worldwide, but not really). But for the past two years, Donald has been working in Africa on a military base. He has hardly ever complained about not having the luxuries from home. What he does miss, however, is one of the simple necessities of life —BOTOX! He’s getting by overseas. But like Samantha from “Sex in the City” once declared, “Nothing in life is guaranteed but Botox.”

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And so, when a friend like Donald comes back to town, I can offer him a few key things… a good laugh, a respectable (but not great) glass of wine & info on where to get the BEST BOTOX in town!

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Botox can be a bit of a taboo subject.—the cost, the effect, (the accusations?). But Taboo Shmaboo. I love Botox –

For these few reasons….

* It gives you a very natural look of being well rested and relaxed, especially when you find an injector who has a conservative and gentle touch -which I have found at Ruff Plastic Surgery  here in DC. Trust me. If I came out looking like one of the Bravo (deer in headlights) Housewives, then I’d be afraid of Botox too! But not to worry… Here’s how to test if you’re a candidate or not.  If when you’re in resting position, you have fine or deep lines on the forehead,  between the brows or around the crows, Botox will -when done right, addresses them.  Talk about a magic eraser! It truly does make you look rested –which we all want — and no longer looking mad or frustrated.

* Another reason I love Botox is that it doesn’t last forever. To really get a feel for the difference it can make, you can sample a splash of it here or there. You will soon discover the amazing results. Once injected, it takes 3-5 days to start working. And on average, it lasts 4 months. It takes effect slowly and then gradually fades away — keeping with the natural theme.

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I look at Botox as a secret weapon to help keep my look “fresh.” As kids are adding up around this house, and I don’t foresee a long, relaxing nap anywhere in my near future, I rely on Botox to keep me looking well rested. I’m in my mid 30’s and I’m not trying to look younger, just fresh. I continue to take care of my skin with medical grade products, peels and occasional laser treatments. But 1 to 2 times a year, I will treat myself to a splash of BOTOX!

Check out Donald’s before & after pics below. He had Botox injected to 3 areas: forehead, crows and between the brows.

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I will continue to share more before & afters here on the blog.

Stay tuned…

xoxo

Kelley

Get Creative With Your Tax Refund… SPLURGE!

Tax season is an “interesting” time of year. I call it bat-s*#% crazy!  “But this is also one of those times when most couples I know have polar opposite opinions of how to approach their finances.  Men tend to spend the weeks leading up to April 15th with a furrowed brow, crunching the numbers and planning responsibly as to how and where to save/budget the tax return.  They like to call it “fiscal responsibility.” (Booooooo)   Many women (me when I’m not pregnant for three straight years, but I digress), on the other hand, also spend these weeks scrunching their brows, (which can be fixed 😉 , but with a different concern in mind.  We’re secretly praying to the Tax Return Gods – “just how many units of botox will the heavenly tax return grace us with!!   If you’re anything like me, you can still be the occasional procrastinator but multitask at the same time.  So while yes, I have procrastinated a bit with my taxes (shocker!), you know I’ve taken the time to make a serious punch list of all of the beauty splurges that Uncle Sam will be gifting me with this year 🙂 I like to convince myself that the splurges are a gift for all the hard work I put in the year before.  And yes, by work, I include accidentally dipping my fingernails straight into a pile of my kids s%&*#@ diaper as work, too. We can tell ourselves that as spring & summer approach and the sun beats down, it is our duty to make the investment to “combat the signs of aging.”   (See how using the word “investment” suddenly makes it feel very responsible? I feel like my husband can’t argue with my desire to make a good investment!) Plus, I see you–you skinny be-bopping, spandex wearing—I know you don’t eat– little college girl showing off at the gym. I SEEEEEEE YOU!!   Or heck, pull out the “its Mothers Day weekend” card if it makes spending the money feel a little bit better.  Do what you need to do to justify it. But treat yourself to something fabulous, because we all deserve it!It is our version of “fiscal responsibility” ladies, just a much prettier one!

 

My personal SPLURGE LIST that I’m sure you ladies can relate to:

1. Skincare products- Protect the health of your skin – it’s an investment worth the results!  Who doesn’t want their skin to GLOW, especially for the spring & summer?! Contact me and I can help design a customized regimen to fit your budget & skincare needs.  Whether you’re a product junkie like myself and love all the many steps of applying 5 different products or the type that wants to pamper their skin but a minimal routine is all you can handle – I have a regimen for everyone! Visit my online store HERE

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2. The Box Service with Carly Walko of Thirty Something Fashion is something I make happen each season.  Bynow you know I have a house full of kids and run my own business, soooooo….. rummaging thru the stores is not on the top of my list.  Carly’s Box Services provides a box, filled to the brim with clothing and accessories, curated specifically for you based on a detailed survey, is
shipped directly to your doorstep.  Check out Thirtysomethingfashion  or watch this short clip about The Box Service!

3.  SHOES SHOES SHOES
– who doesn’t love too lust over a pair of heels?! My logical reasoning behind splurging on a pair of heels is keeping it classic and versatile for all season. That shoe for me is a nude pump. I know everyone wants  the “red bottom” Christian Louboutin but for me these days I have found that the Manolo Blahnik pump is more comfortable and classic.

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Like this pump below or to purchase Click here!

4.  Injectables
– I love them and they have a place in the aesthetic world for sure! I
know some of you may have mixed feelings, especially if you watch any of the “housewives” shows on BRAVO. But I promise you, properly injected by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Licensed Nurse Injector with a conservative touch – you will look refreshed with out the “deer” in a headlights look” or the “puffy fish” look or one of my favs the translucent non-movable look. But moving on fillers do just that, fill in an area that has a loss of volume.  The most common areas are around the mouth or “we” call them the parenthesis lines (), the upper cheek area and of course my fav the lips. Botox on the other hand softens expressions lines, like the furrow lines between your brows, forehead and crows feet.  Again I am in love with this concept when done properly.  Personally I am looking for prevention in my mid 30’s – I plan to age gracefully and Botox is just what you need I will touch more on injectable do’s and dont’s in future posts.  Stay Tuned…

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Xoxo

Kelley