Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Microblading Round 2

Today I am finally sharing me second round of microblading. (You can read all about my first round here.)
A little info on microblading for anyone that has never heard of it or the process. Microblading is a semi permanent tattoo for your eyebrows. It doesn't go 7 layers deep like a normal tattoo which is why it's only semi permanent. (Microblading only goes 2 layers deep making it semi permanent.) It also requires 2 appointments the first time and then touchup appointments about once a year after that. I did my first appointment in May and went for my touchup about a month later.

I will start by telling you that my second appointment was very different from my first one. The second appointment is what my brow gal calls a "perfecting appointment". Basically making sure everything is dark enough and the shape is perfect after you're all healed.
We started the appointment with numbing just like we did the first time. This time she numbed me a little longer because during my first appointment I could feel a little bit on my right brow. Once I was all numbed we both decided that I should go darker. (I will always say my brows need to be darker. hah) 
After that she went to work. This time things hurt a little more than the first time. One reason is because you have already been "cut" there and they are essentially cutting through scar tissue. The second reason it hurt was because I forgot to follow the rules and had some drinks the night before. I mentioned this in my first post and I would HIGHLY suggest you heed my warning and not drink alcohol or caffeine for 24 hours prior. Not only does it cause more pain for you, but it also causing more bleeding which isn't good either. (Fun fact: My right eyebrow bled soooo much and my left one barely bled at all. Clearly we know which one is the problem child.) 
Once she was all done and my brows were perfect she sent me on my way with my aftercare. (I went straight to my office and was totally fine. No one had any idea.)
 The aftercare was the same this time as the first time. 
It's been about a month and a half and my brows are PERFECT!! I love them so much!! 
She did tell me to get some brow gel since my brows are so blonde. I use it from time to time, usually when I'm going out or if I have something important going on at work. 

I'm sure the big question you have is if I think it was worth it. My answer... ABSOFREAKINGLUTELY! I would spend the money again in a heartbeat. I know it's a little pricey, but for someone like me, I think it's 100% worth it. Eyebrows really add dimension to your face so when you don't have very prominent brows something like mircroblading makes all the difference. 
If you are in the Jacksonville area I cannot recommend Cristal enough. You can check her out on Instagram here and make an appointment here.

If you have any questions about microblading please feel free to email me, leave a comment, DM me, whatever works for you. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Hot Fall Print: Cheetah

Today I want to share one of the hottest prints you will be seeing everywhere this fall: Cheetah! 
Personally, I have always loved a good cheetah print so I am very on board for this. I stocked up during the Nsale on some cheetah pieces and today I wanted to show you how I am styling it while I'm waiting for fall. 
As soon as I saw this cami I knew I had to have it. I bought it last year in cream and regretted not getting more colors. I am so glad I was able to get this one before it sold out! (If you weren't as lucky I have linked some very similar options below.) I paired it here with some high-waisted shorts, gladiator sandals, hoop earrings and a bold lip. I think when I shot this I was grabbing ice cream with my mom, but I would totally wear this to meet up with friends on Saturday for coffee or afternoon drinks. 
This can also easily be transitioned into fall. Throw on a pair of jeans, black booties and a leather jacket and you'll be good to go. Y'all know I am all about transitional pieces ALWAYS. Living in Florida you kind of have to have a very transitional wardrobe. 
What are your thoughts on the cheetah trend for fall? Do you love it or hate it? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Tank: Nordstrom sold out (similar here & here) Shorts: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Steve Madden old (similar here & here) | Sunnies: Old (almost identical here) | Earrings: Amazon | Watch Band: Amazon | Lipstick: Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in It's Happening

I hope y'all have a great Tuesday. I am currently in Atlanta and heading to market with my friend Park Side Harbor. You should definitely follow along on Instagram @thefashionablylateblonde & @parksideharbor for behind the scenes.
Thanks for reading!! 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Facial with Beautifully Bare

Happy Tuesday friends! 
I am so excited for today's blog post. If you follow me on Instagram you may remember about a week and a half ago, I got a facial. My first facial to be exact. Rayanna who used to do my lashes, (she still does my waxing), recently got back into the skincare game. When she asked if I wanted to try out a facial I immediately said YES!!! 
Today I'm going to share my full experience with y'all! (Spoiler alert... it was AMAZING!)
Let me start by telling you that Rayanna has moved to a new office and it is so freaking cute! It's the ultimate girly office which in my opinion is exactly what you want when you're going to get pampered with lash extensions, a facial or anything like that. 
We always start out appointments catching up and then she walks me through what we'll be doing. This visit she told me all about the facial, and that she would be doing a microdermabrasion, if my skin could handle it. When she said this I got a little nervous. I immediately had images of Samantha from Sex in the City!! 
Image via Instyle 
When I told Rayanna this she started laughing and she promised that would not happen in the slightest! Once I got over my fear she left the room so I could change into a little robe and get on the heated table under a sheet. (If you've never had a facial think of a similar situation as when you get a massage.)
Once Rayanna came back she put a wrap around my hair and got to work. 
She starts each facial with a skin analysis. This helps her determine the thickness/thinness of your skin. (This is especially important if you are getting a microdermabrasion because it will help her determine if your skin can handle it.)
After that is done she turns on a steamer and starts to steam your face. This helps to really open your pores, so when she cleanses your skin, all the dirt really comes out. (Side note: Since she does cleanse your skin you can wear any products & makeup that you want. I didn't because I wasn't sure and I wasn't really doing anything earlier in the day. This is a good thing to know in case you are getting a facial after work so you can wear makeup to the office.) 
Rayanna gets your skin nice and clean by doing a double cleanse. The first one is just a surface cleanse and the second one is more of a deep cleanse. Again, really working to get all the dirt and grim off your skin. This was probably my favorite part of the facial. I never knew how relaxing it could be to have someone else wash your face. Forget a glam squad... I want someone that will wash my face every morning and every night! haha
After your skin is double cleansed it's time for Rayanna to go over your skin with the ultrasonic. This is essentially a skin scrubber/scrapper and makes sure everything gets out of your pores through vibration. This is really hard to explain as far as feeling goes. It doesn't hurt in the slightest and it just feels like she is rubbing some type of tool over your face. Again really hard to explain. Just know it doesn't hurt. I feel like that's always the most important thing in beauty treatments. 
After that if you choose to get a microdermabrasion it's show time!! (This is an add on for facials and again will depend on your skin and any past medical history.) 
Rayanna had me feel my nose and chin before she started everything and then after she was done. My skin on my nose was so rough and it felt like there was a ton of dead skin. After she was done it was so so smooth. This was due to the microdermabrasion. It really helps with any congested areas. The treatment itself is basically a suction tool she runs over all the areas of your face and d├ęcoretage 2-3 times. (She also showed me the filter after and it was not pretty. haha Just keeping it real for y'all.)
After that it's time for masks. The first one is a Vitamin C enzyme mask. This starts with steam as well because it needs the steam to stimulate the enzymes. This one is active and the enzymes eat away all your dead skin cells. After this one works it's magic it's time for a balancing gel mask. This one sits on your skin for about 10-15 minutes and Rayanna gives you a hand and arm massage. (It felt amazing. She was also the first person to ever give me a massage and tell me that I felt relaxed. Normally the massage therapist say relax and when I say that I am they reply with NO! You are not!) 
Once the mask has sat long enough she wipes it off and finishes the facial with a serum, SPF moisturizer and a lip treatment. Once all of that is applied you finally get to see your beautifully glowing skin! (Check out my smile in the after pictures below.) This is also when she let me touch my nose and I could feel such a HUGE difference. 
Afterwards Rayanna went over aftercare with me. This is very important especially if you get a microdermabrasion. 
1. Avoid sun exposure for 24 hours.
2. Avoid any serums/creams/moisturizers/etc. that contain acids for 48 hours.
3. Make sure to use SPF (more than just what's in your makeup like I normally think is fine) to avoid hyperpigmentation and burns.
4. Makeup and normal cleansing is fine.

Facials just might be my new favorite thing! I can't wait for my next one. Rayanna decided to do a 3 series facial on me to help with the congestion on my nose and chin. It's been about a week and a half and my skin still feels really clear. 
Check out my before and after pics below! 

If you are in the Jacksonville area I cannot recommend Rayanna enough if you need a facialist. If you've never had one you definitely need to check her out!! (She's also a great lash artist and awesome at waxing.)  You can use code "KATIE10" for $10 off any service too. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Set of Stripes

Two piece sets are getting more and more popular. I really like them but, I'm also really picky about the ones I like. My first criteria is that there can only be a tiny amount of midriff exposed. My second criteria, although not a complete deal breaker, is that the bottoms must be high waisted! (My upper "abs" are a little more toned so I don't mind those showing as much. haha) 
When I saw this cute little set on another blogger I just had to have it! I mean it's blue and white stripes so there was no way I could pass it up. I also love all the ruffles on the top and waist. The best part is that 0% of my midriff has to show. I wore it on my birthday and got so many compliments. A bunch of my friends also thought it was a romper since you can't see my stomach. 
 I did size up to a large, but probably could have done a medium. (I'm always a little iffy on shorts from amazon.) 

2-Piece Set: Amazon | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff color no longer available (similar option here) | Sunnies: Quay Australia | Shoes: Steve Madden old (similar here & here) | Lipstick: Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in Mr. Lover
Is everyone else as happy as I am that it's Thursday??
I can't wait for the weekend. I think we are going to see Lion King tomorrow. (Although can we talk about how expensive movie tickets are?!? It's $40 for me and J and that's before snacks. Looks like I'll be bringing my big purse with Dollar Store snacks. haha) 
Saturday we are going to tux shopping for the wedding Our 2 best friends are tagging along and we are gonna grab lunch and make a whole day out of it. 
What are your plans for the weekend? Have you seen Lion King? Is it worth the $40? haha 
I hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for reading! 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Nsale Public Access Picks 2019

Happy Saturday! 
Public access for the Nordstrom sale started yesterday and I was hoping to get this post up then. However, my computer was making it absolutely impossible. So here it is a day late. If you are planning on shopping I would do it ASAP!! Things are going quick. Everything I rounded up is still in stock in most if not all sizes! 
(I LOVE this jacket. Lucky for you it's still available in all sizes in black and most sizes in grey.)
(These shirts are great and come in a TON of color options!)
(I got the snakeskin version, but I also love the black. You can also get them in leopard here)
(So many great color options and it's super soft.)
(Bought these last year and they are totally worth the hype.)
(Comes in a ton of colors, but is broken in sizing. This blue is available in every size except XL & XXL.)
(These are such a good price and look so good on.)
(I have this in a couple colors from past Sales and I love it!)
(This is such a beautiful purse. I love that you can use it for the office and carry a ton of stuff while still looking chic.)
(Love this brand and they are such a good price during the sale.)
(I love this brand and they are really reasonably priced under $50 during the sale.)
(I like buying these now and using for gifts later. You can give the whole thing or break them up.)
(I personally don't have this, but have nothing but good things. Now is a great time to buy if you have been thinking about it.)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Nsale Workout Pieces

Hey y'all!
For those of you that have been patiently waiting for the Nsale Public access the wait is almost over. The sale goes live to the public in just a few short hours. (I'm not 100% sure of the time but I know it's very soon.) I've covered my first pass at the sale, beauty buys, and home picks so today I wanted to show you my favorite workout pieces. 
I think most of these pieces are still in stock and I'm obviously crossing my fingers for restocks when the sale goes public. Make sure to reference all my post when you start shopping and feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. (I realized I haven't been including sizing reference so if you have any questions please message or DM me!)

These were my favorite workout pieces from the sale!
Shirt: Adidas
Leggings: Zella
Shoes: Adidas (similar here)

Other pieces I love:

Those are my picks for in stock items. If they do any restocks there are even more good activewear pieces.
Happy public access shopping! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Nsale Home Picks 2019

Happy hump day friends!
I'm back with more Nsale coverage. Today I rounded up my top home picks. All these items are still in stock. If you can shop early access I suggest buying any last minute things you have your eye on by tomorrow. The sale opens to everyone on Friday and things will go QUICK!!! I'm not sure if they will be doing restocks this year or not. I will definitely keep my eye out and let you know. I also plan to have a post on Friday of all things still available from the sale that I think are worth the buy. This should help all you gals that didn't have early access. (And don't worry there are still plenty of great options available even if they don't restock.) 
For now you can see my home picks below. (I had way too much fun picking these things. I also now want to add all these items to my registry. haha) 

(Seriously the softest thing you have ever felt.)
(Saw this on A Spoonful of Style's Instagram with the other 2 sizes and fell in love!!)
(So cute for your dining room table.)
(So cute and would make a great gift!)
(Comes in a bunch of color options. So cute, but not overly girly.)
(I have a very similar one on my registry. It's so cute and would look good on a bar cart or the counter.) 
(Who doesn't love cheese? These will make you look super fancy at your next party.)
(These are so cute!)
(I love this. I have a similar one on my registry too.)
(This looks so soft & is such a good price. I definitely will be picking this up.)
(This would make a great gift. It would also look great on your own bar cart!)
(This is my favorite candle. It's also a big version. I will definitely be picking one of these bad boys up. It's only $25 more than the standard size during the sale but it's more than double the size.)