Ann Taylor – YESPLEASE

YESPLEASE Indeed!
Ann Taylor was giving away shoes over the Easter weekend, which was perfect because I realized that I didn’t have a single pair of navy or black closed toe heels. Their shoes are so comfortable and the sizing is reliable. I can buy them online with confidence in the fit.

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My other Ann Taylor sale order arrived this week and the pants are wonderful. Probably my favorite pants ever actually. Unfortunately the skirt did not work so It’s going back.

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Beauty & Essex

WARNING: DO NOT PROCEED IF HUNGRY

My sister’s soon to be sister-in-laws threw an incredible lingerie shower in New York last month and the venue and menu were of the chain.

The event was held in the wine room of Beauty & Essex, part pawn shop – part restaurant, and it was a full house. The menu was predetermined and featured what I imagine was the best of B&E’s regular menu. Course after course blew me away. Here’s how it went:

Course 1: Chocolate Croissants (I started out reserved and only had one.)

Course 2 – Bagels, Lox and fixin’s (Self control went out the window quickly. I had three. It goes downhill from there once you read what else hit the table)

Course 3 – Grilled Cheese with Smoked Bacon on top of Tomato Soup AND Avocado Toast

Course 4 – Baked Eggs & Grits AND Fried Chicken Biscuits with tabasco honey butter AND Double Smoked and Maple Cured Bacon

Course 5 – Doughnut holes with dipping sauces

Bonus – Rice Crispy treats with Crawford’s name on them in the goodie bags

I CLEANED some plates y’all. Zero manners used in he consumption of all foods beyond Course 1. I was an animal among dainty eaters. The cocktails were AMAZING also.
It may have been my first time at Beauty & Essex, but it will not be my last.
DANG.

The Guggenheim

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I visited the Guggenheim for the first time a few weekends ago and if I’m honest, I wasn’t impressed. There were a few pieces that I completely gawked over, but only a few. Obviously I need a do over. Next time I’m planning a trip to the City, I’ll pay more attention to the exhibit schedule so I don’t hit another dud.

Anyway… enjoy the photos!

The Five-Minute Journal

I visited my sister a few weekends ago (post on that trip forthcoming) and she gave me something that I didn’t realize I would treasure so dearly.
This little Five-Minute Journal changed my life.

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Every morning you are tasked with listing the things you are grateful for and your aspirations for the day. At the end of the day you reflect and list the great things that happened and a few things that could be improved upon.

I have become a pretty negative person over the last couple of years and by simply writing these positive thoughts down in the morning and evenings, it has changed my whole outlook on life and really put things into perspective for me. It’s inexplicably and totally empowering.

I started writing in my journal the day I started selling Rodan + Fields so it’s especially interesting to look back even only a month on from my beginnings and see what I was thinking and hoping for.

Some of what I have been hoping for overall has changed. It’s odd to see your hopes and dreams written on a piece of paper that you then have to write over and over, day in and day out. Ultimately you want those hopes and dreams to become your reality and not just another page in a book. I won’t reveal what I’m working towards just yet, but I will be glad to share any good news that comes from my endeavors just as soon as I can.

If you are looking for a WONDERFUL gift for someone, order a copy of this journal.
Do yourself a favor and order a copy for you too.

My Brand New Nose

The past week has been a whirlwind and last Thursday marked the end of a long and painful saga that began when I was very young. I have come a long way, but have a lot more healing to do.

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When I was 13 and working as part of a youth volunteer program at my local YMCA, I was put in charge of the moon bounce/bouncing castle.. I was alone for a while and decided to jump around. I crushed my nose with my knee during a flip and became Voldemort’s long lost twin.

In middle school, surgeon number one operated once and later attempted to open me up in his office to make an alteration that never should have been attempted in an office setting.

Horrified and very disappointed, my mother started doing her homework and found a truly wonderful ENT who also happened to be a Plastic Surgeon.

In high school, wonderful surgeon number 2 repaired my sinuses and my nose and the procedures went very well and we expected a spectacular outcome. One week after surgery I became light headed and passed out. I fell out of a chair in my bathroom and hit my nose against the bathtub on the way down. I was rushed in for emergency surgery that day and the surgeon did what he could knowing that ultimately I would need to come back for another round.

Now, a decade later, I finally bit the bullet and decided to put this mess to rest. I returned to wonderful surgeon number 2 and the moment he stepped in to the exam room he could see I couldn’t breathe. Significant scar tissue had developed and my nostrils had collapsed. I just couldn’t breathe through my nose and all of the mouth breathing had made my teeth very sensitive. We booked a date in January for surgery but due to the devastation in Puerto Rico, certain products and tools he needed to operate were in short supply and we had to push the date.

March 22nd became the big day. My surgery ended up being more difficult than expected due to the scar tissue that had developed over a decade since crush injury #2. My nose was such a mess, surgery took an hour longer than expected. Thanks to an organ donor, my surgeon had the best and strongest spare parts (that’s what I’m calling them) he needed to reinforce my nose and complete this final repair.

It’s not going to be a perfect looking nose. Given how much this honker has been through, it’s just not a realistic expectation to achieve the aesthetic ideal. It will, however, be FULLY FUNCTIONAL and I am so grateful that I would cry if it didn’t hurt to do so right now.

I will look a bit different when everything heals and it will take some getting used to. I will certainly be doing my fair share of staring at it so don’t feel bad if you catch yourself staring too. Given how many times I have had my nose worked on, I’m no stranger to close inspection. In fact, after how much time, effort and money has gone in to this bad boy, staring is encouraged. Get a good look everybody. This nose is the finished product and it’s here to stay!

Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant

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I have been embarrassed by my skin since I started having issues with acne in middle/high school. My mom took me to dermatologists, we bought the fancy potions and I had the expensive treatments. Nothing really worked. If I am to be truly honest, I have to admit that I was a “picker.” If there was something on my face, I was going to mess with it and make it worse. I was so embarrassed by my skin that I convinced my grandmother to buy Photoshop for my computer and I learned to erase my skin issues in photographs. (This was before the days of Facetune.)

Though my skin improved over time, I still struggled with acne and allergy related blemishes. I didn’t feel comfortable going to the pool or beach without makeup and worrying about it was exhausting. I wanted a solution and had heard about Rodan + Fields, but was hesitant to give it a try.

My sister’s engagement is what pushed me to try it. Weddings are highly photographed events and I wanted to go into the wedding season without worrying about my skin.
I have been using Rodan + Fields products for almost a year now and have been so thrilled with the results that I signed up to sell the stuff!

Rodan + Fields is the fasted growing skincare brand in the US and it’s obvious why. These products deliver results. I went from having irritated face craters to clear, smooth skin. For the first time in my life I don’t have to worry about my skin. I don’t even need makeup. Yes. You read that correctly.

I only knew one person who sold Rodan + Fields and I didn’t know anyone else who had tried their products. If that was my experience, then many of you may not have heard of Rodan + Fields either. Because my own results have been so transformative, I feel compelled to take the leap and share my story with you. I never thought I would be passionate about skincare. I certainly never thought I would be selling skincare products to my friends and family, but here I am!

Take a look at the before and after photos.
If you have skin concerns and have been frustrated by series after series of ineffective products, I’m begging you to give Rodan + Fields a try. If you aren’t satisfied with your R+F regimen within 60 days, you can return it for a full refund. What is there to lose?
Comment below if you would like to know more!