Proving Samantha Wrong

What (I thought) I knew about chemical peels I learned from Samantha on Sex & the City. A medical professional swears by its benefits but you walk out of the office looking like you’ve spent the last 8 hours roasting in the sun. I got a chemical peel and didn’t wind up like Samantha! In fact, don’t ever mention that scene to anyone in the field, they get pretty defensive about it and understandably so!

While that’s what she looked like, my experience at Northwest Aesthetics was nothing less than comfortable, relaxing, and super beneficial! Before I share what really happens during a chemical peel, take a peek at this photo I snapped just minutes after getting it done.

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Please note, the only editing I’ve done to this photo is blur out my messy ass apartment in the background. :) As you can see, 1) I need a wax and 2) my skin is still intact! So what happens during a chemical peel?

I met with Lucy, the amazing licensed master aesthetician who gave me my first facial back in December. We went over a brief medical history and she explained that she’d be layering products on my face and neck. While she cautioned me it might be uncomfortable, I felt nothing other than a teeny little tingle on my upper lip. The whole process took less than a half hour. Once everything was said and done, Lucy explained that my skin would more than likely start to peel within 2-4 days and might last 7-10 days. Some people peel and some people don’t. I did.

Towards the end of day 4, I noticed a little peeling around my nose. Over the course of the week, my skin peeled a little bit here and there starting from the center of my face and worked it’s way out. Was it painful? No. Was it noticeable? Eh…sometimes. Wearing foundation highlighted the peeling so I opted for a tinted moisturizer instead.

As the days went by, I noticed my skin was becoming more vibrant. More alive! I had a small rash near my lower lip (a bad reaction from a paper mask a few months earlier) that was now gone. My freckles were a lot more noticeable (which I love) and the dark spots on my cheeks were diminishing. It felt so good knowing those dead layers of skin were gone!

Would I do another chemical peel? Absolutely. No one else noticed the peeling but I’ll admit I was a little self conscious about it. I’ll more than likely schedule another one with Northwest Aesthetics during a long weekend or holiday break.

My skin was glowing. My makeup applied easier and even more so, I didn’t feel the need to hide behind it anymore. I find myself going out more sans a full face of makeup because I’m a hell of a lot more confident about my skin! My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner. Thank you to Lucy, Anna, and everyone at Northwest Aesthetics for the hospitality and teaching me the importance of quality skin care!

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Chicks With Sticks

Announcement! Can I have your attention please! I’ve decided to make a change in my life. I’m currently looking for an agent because I’m quitting my job to become a golf model. 😉 Ok, maybe that’s not 100% true but it sounds tempting, doesn’t it?!

Apparently I’ve kept my golfing skills a well kept secret. So many people lately are surprised when I tell them I’ve been hitting the links for 15 years. I played in school and truth be told, one of the main reasons I wanted to learn the game was to impress boys. It’s worked! A reason a lot less shallow to love golf is that I’ve also had the chance to play some of the country’s most beautiful courses with some amazing friends. Below are some great shots at Arrowhead Golf Club just outside of Denver, Colorado.

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My favorite thing about golf is that you don’t need to travel far to find a getaway course. I was fortunate enough to get an invitation to play Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. This course will be home to the 2016 KMPG Women’s PGA Championship in a few short months. I’m not sure how exactly I got lucky enough to play here but you better believe I was going to document it!

And if there was any doubt on whether or not I could hack it as a golf model (see what I did there?), my ridiculously talented friend snapped this picture. It looks like something out of a dream! Note: There’s no sign of my ball. Probably because I shanked the shot out of the frame. 😛

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VIDEO: How To Paint Your Own Nails

Painting my own nails is a form of meditation. Silly, I know. I probably paint them 2-3 times a week but I never had the patience to do it before discovering these little tips and tricks. Don’t struggle like I did, watch my how-to tutorial and paint away! I’d also love it if you subscribed to my YouTube channel and shared this video with your fellow polish loving friends. :)

#CauseItMatters

Where do I start? Do I tell you I wear clothes made from recycled plastic bottles? Do I tell you there’s a way to help the enviornment by supporting the company that makes these clothes? Looks like I just told you both. Introducing Nube9.

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Every Nube9 piece produced keeps between 2 and 36 post-consumer plastic water bottles from reaching our landfills and oceans. That’s a lot of plastic! Their collection “Runnin9 the Numbers” is a collaboration with artist / activist / photographer Chris Jordan, designed to create a conversation about mindful consuming through fashion. Seattle-based Nube9 is using art and fashion to spark the conversation of mindful consumption and I couldn’t be happier to support them. Ok, the real question you all are asking, how the heck do you turn a plastic bottle into clothes?! Watch and learn. :)

Below you’ll see a few Nube9 pieces I’ve featured here before. I’m hoping you’ll join me by checking out their Kickstarter campaign. While the team reached their goal in JUST 3 DAYS, we can do more!! Spread the word and support the movement. Why? #CauseItMatters

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Hats Off…I Mean, Hats ON!

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Photo c/o McKenzie Mikesell // Llorrac Photography

I’ve noticed a theme to all of my social media posts lately, especially my Instagram. Hats. Lots of hats. Well, mainly it’s been one hat that I’ve been caught wearing over and over again but nonetheless, I love hats!

In the past you may have seen a few posts about hats. In fact, here’s a post about a hat. And another one. And, yes, another one. (I’m hearing DJ Khaled in my head, are you? 😉 ) As we jump into a new season, check out these oh-so-cute and affordable hats that you can add to your collection.

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(As always, clicking on the photos will take you directly to the site where you can snag these goodies for yourself.)