When considering breast reconstruction, a big concern for many patients is post-operative pain. Implant vs DIEP flap: Which is less painful? Many women believe breast reconstruction with implants is less painful since the procedure is less invasive and has a shorter operative time, but studies have shown this is not the case. Although the DIEP flap procedure is more invasive and takes longer than traditional implant reconstruction, DIEP flap patients experience less pain. The DIEP flap minimizes muscle trauma and preserves all the patient’s abdominal and chest muscles. Most implant-based breast reconstruction involves placing the implant under the chest (pectoral) muscle. This requires releasingRead More →

TGIF loves! T-minus 12 days until I leave Boston and move to North Carolina! I wore this outfit to a going away dinner with my best girlfriends since childhood! It was definitely a night to remember! This is my very first fashion post for “Fashion Friday” for the blog! As an Aesthetician, I am a lover of all things beautiful and I look at things in great detail. My outfits always reflect this! I hope you enjoy!   Top, Aqua Similar, Similar Skirt, Aqua  Shoes, Topshop Gamble Pointy Toe Pump, Sunglasses, EarringsRead More →

Happy Monday beauties!!! I had the opportunity to review a product called “MONQ” and I wanted to share my thoughts with you! What MONQ is: MONQ is a personal essential oil diffuser that you inhale from through your mouth and exhale through your nose. When you exhale through your nose as opposed to your mouth, molecules pass the olfactory nerve endings in your upper nasal passageway. This action is the first step to noticeable therapeutic effects. While the aromatherapy effect from the olfactory nerves starts immediately, it usually does not peak for at least a few minutes. The company recommends that you take a gentle breath or twoRead More →

TGIF loves! As a special treat to kick off your weekend, if you enjoyed the inspiring and sumptuous interview with Gabrielle Brick, she’s sharing what’s on her shelf!  “For my face, I love Gavée Gold. The founder, Tiffany, survived Stage 4 cancer, is certified in holistic skincare. She’s an amazing, amazing woman. Like you, she is passionate about beauty and believes that women shouldn’t have to be toxic to be beautiful. She created this line, and it’s the ONLY thing I put on my face. I started using it years ago, and I’ll never forget when I first put it on. It looked like I had prepped my faceRead More →

    Happy Thursday loves! I have something so special in store for you today. When asked to describe my friend Gabrielle Brick, a force comes to mind. She pulls you in with her delicious energy, and she exemplifies and practices all that she shares and teaches with her clients as a Raw Nutritionist, Transformational and Executive Coach. I first watched her on the We Channel’s show “The Secret Lives of Women” with the episode being all about Extreme Diets. At the time, Gabrielle was a pure raw vegan. I was absolutely mesmerized by her and her energy and knew she was someone I HAD to know. SheRead More →

Happy Monday, and Happy Memorial Day! I hope your day is beautiful today and that we remember to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country! We all want to age gracefully and look our best through every stage and season of life- so here is your essential guide to doing just that! Today I’ll build upon the first part of this series and share your skincare and beauty plan for your 40’s. The 40’s…. so many wonderful women in my life say that this is an incredible decade to be in! This is the prime of your life- there has never been a better time toRead More →

Happy Thursday loves!!! Memorial Day weekend is almost here! I hope everyone has super fun plans and I hope sunscreen is a part of those plans! Today I would like to share with you all about expiration dates!  First thing’s first… on most products there is a little icon that tells you when the product will expire after it is opened.  I recommend writing the date in black magic marker on the product as soon as you open it. The dangers and downsides of expired product Some cosmetics such as mascara can breed bacteria after they have expired. In skincare, most are rendered ineffective after a certain amount ofRead More →

TGIF loves!!! I get a lot of questions from you on a daily basis (keep them coming! I appreciate hearing from you SO much!) and so I wanted to start a series in which I debunk some of the biggest skincare myths that exist today. There is SO much information out there and it can be hard to tell what’s true. Luckily, as an Aesthetician, it is my job to be an expert in how to make your skin look its best, to keep up with the latest information, and to study ingredients in products.  SKIN MYTH No. 1 “Wearing Makeup Is Bad for YourRead More →

Hey beauties! We all want to age gracefully and look our best through every stage and season of life- so here is your essential guide to doing just that! Today I’ll build upon the first part of this series and share your skincare and beauty plan for your 30’s. The 30’s…. this is so far my favorite decade! This is the decade in which you really come into your own and hopefully are feeling very comfortable and confident in your own skin. At this point you have lived through your teens and 20’s with the many skin changes those decades can bring, and you are armedRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! I thought I would cheer you up from this not-so-springy weather we’ve been having and share my favorite lipstick and lipliner combos! These are my go-to’s!  From left to right on my arm; Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick and Lip Cheat Lipliner in Pillow Talk; MAC Lipstick in Snob and Lip Pencil in Soar; Chantecaille Lip Chic Lip Color in Rose Delice and Lip Definer in Vibrant The Charlotte Tilbury is very matte, the formulation is very popular in the fashion industry because it makes your lips look like they are naturally perfect! The MAC has a creamy formulation and I like how the linerRead More →