Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Paris, with Comptoir Des Cotonniers

Outfit Details:
Comptoir Des Cotonniers striped shirt
Comptoir Des Cotonniers trench
Joie jeans
vintage head scarf (tutorial here)
Lancaster Paris crossbody (c/o)
Madewell flats
Karen Walker "Anytime" sunglasses

These photos are from our first day in Paris, where we were guests of Comptoir Des Cotonniers . As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we showered and headed back out the door to explore and be total tourists. We spent the day wandering around the beautiful city, aided by our friend Angie's hefty list of wonderful recommendations. I'm so excited to be going back (in just a couple of weeks!) with my girlfriends, but I have to say that I'm glad my first trip was with Bobby. He makes everything a little brighter.

Invisalign Update 2: The Consultation

It's official - I had my Invisalign consultation and my first aligners are being made, right now! For those of you who missed my last post (read that post here), I'm starting Invisalign® treatment, and I'm receiving complimentary treatment in exchange for sharing my experience, once a month. I'm so relieved, now that my first appointment is over. I don't know why I get so anxious, but I was having dreams that they would crush my dreams and tell me I wasn't a candidate, that my teeth fell out before they could even do an exam, accidentally put traditional braces on instead of Invisalign - I'm a weirdo. Which reminds me, why do half of my dreams involve my teeth falling out? Well, turns out that my dreams were just that, and it was a breeze. I was in and out and on my way to straighter teeth with no bumps along the way. I wanted to break down the consultation so that if you're thinking of trying out Invisalign, you have a general idea of what to expect.

First, they had me fill out a new patient form, where they asked a series of general questions - just your run of the mill form that you would fill out anywhere. Then, I met with the dental assistant who took pictures of my smile and bite from all angles and gave me an overview of Invisalign. After chatting about why I wanted it and what I wanted to change, she told me that she had a very similar "before" situation and was currently wearing Invisalign to correct it. I didn't even notice it until she told me! That immediately put me at ease, because after years of braces, I want something more discreet. She also informed me that three people in the office were currently undergoing treatment, and I ended up meeting another one of those employees. It's always reassuring when you can speak to someone with direct experience; it's pretty great that the people treating me are also patients.

I then had some scans done, met with the doctor, and went more in depth about my issues that need resolving and the treatment that will fix them. She immediately noticed my clicking jaw, a lifelong nuisance that has gotten much worse in the past two years (it locks up a lot), and not-so-coincidentally lines up with the rapid shifting of my teeth. It's crazy how much I have felt my teeth shifting - it's a constant, dull discomfort. If I'm going to have that feeling, I'd prefer them to be shifting in the right direction! She then explained that my jaw problems were actually a contributing factor in my shifting teeth: it was narrowing my smile. Today, I was looking through old pictures and realized that my smile used to be much broader, with teeth visible all the way through. Now, I have gaps on the side of my smile (see here), and my tongue feels way too large for my mouth. I know that sounds weird, but it's true - it pushes against my teeth. Invisalign is not only going to straighten my crooked teeth, it's also going to broaden my smile! And hopefully make it so that I don't constantly bite the sides of my tongue.

The next part was the 3D scan of my teeth with iTero (as seen above), which was actually pretty interesting. I guess I'm just an old grandma, because I felt all futuristic. I remember biting a putty like substance to make a mold of my teeth for braces (they still do that - I asked); I didn't know this was a thing. But apparently it's exclusive to Invisalign and since everything is digital, it's all very accurate. They used this bright light thing - pretty sure that's the technical term - to scan every part of my teeth and get a super detailed, 3D image. Now you can see what the doctor was talking about: see how my teeth on the sides are so far inward on the gums? After going through the details of what needed to be done, Dr. Zhu said it would be approximately a year to complete the treatment, but that I would start seeing results a lot sooner than that. Now that they have a model of my teeth, I will be receiving my first two sets of aligners within weeks. After those initial two, I come back in to get the attachments, which will be removed once my teeth are in place. This is the part that I didn't know about, until friends told me to ask how many "buttons" they would attach and where. The dental assistant had to point them out to me on her; they were hardly visible and only on her canines (I think). I, however, will need them along my sides to help broaden my smile - and I might need an additional one on that little tooth that's next to my two front teeth. I'm not going to lie, that made me nervous. But if I'm going to go for it, I want to go all in - and at least it is a lot less noticeable than a metal bracket. She assured me that the attachments are clear to match the tooth's enamel and reminded me that her assistant's were barely visible unless pointed out. But since one of mine will be in the front, I'm curious to see how noticeable it will be. I'll keep you updated.

After that, I was told I would receive a call when my aligners were ready, and I promptly left and had a celebratory brunch with Bobby. I felt so much better after the consultation, knowing that my doctor was confident in the ultimate outcome. I'm one step closer to a better smile. Now I'm patiently waiting for my first aligners, and I can't wait to get this started!

p.s. If you are interested in Invisalign treatment, you can request more info, here.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Makeup Monday: Strawberry Nail Tutorial

Last night, I decided to paint my nails to match my strawberry print dress. I'm certainly not the first to do this, and since I hopefully won't be the last, I broke it down into three super simple steps so that you can see how I did it. And if I can do it, you definitely can - because I don't have the steadiest of hands. Want to know how to make your nails look like little strawberries? Follow the steps below!

Products used: Julep "Myriam" polish, NYC "High Line Green" polish, Kiss Nail Art Pen.

1) Paint your nails red.

2) Using a fine detail brush (mine is from an art kit), paint little green triangles at the base of your nails. It doesn't have to be perfect!

3) Use a white nail art pen (or white polish on a toothpick, fine brush, or bent bobby pin) to make the seeds.

That's it!

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Weekend Roundup.

Video from my instagram. Song: Mazzy Star - Fade Into You.

- Since we're finally getting closer to sandal weather, check out my Spring Sandal Edit on Westfield Style.

- Remember the days of Homestar Runner? Apparently, they updated the site for the first time in a few years. Do yourself a favor and watch some of the oldies, and remember the greatness that kept us coming back every Monday. Personal favorites: Teen Girl Squad and of course, Strong Bad Emails. Are you for good or for awesome?

- Monday is the last day of the Saks friends and family sale. Use code FRNFAM for 25% off. My Karen Walker "Anytime" sunglasses are a part of the sale.

- Save an extra 20% on the Anthropologie sale items. I'm contemplating these.

- The Beauty Department put together a helpful guide on different types of curls and how to achieve them. Want more hair tutorials? Check out my hair tutorial roundup.

- Bobby bought this panda umbrella for me and it is basically the best thing ever.

Mmmm, banana cake.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stripes and Velvet

Outfit Details:
Family Affairs dress
American Apparel turtleneck (last seen in this post)
socks from somewhere, probably Topshop
Swedish Hasbeens (c/o Swedish Hasbeens - more really cute styles here)

Don't be fooled by these Brooklyn-based photos; we're still in North Carolina. As a matter of fact, Bobby and I just drove around, looking for a stronger wi-fi signal just so I could get some work done. I've bought many an iced tea (or a cherry limeade) to make up for my use of an establishment's internet. We should be heading back tomorrow, but in the meantime you can follow along on my instagram.

A very important p.s. - Thank you for all of the well wishes. It means a lot to both of us.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Checking in.

Outfit Details:
vintage sweater
vintage Levis
Seychelles Shenanigans ankle boots
Coach Borough Bag
Miu Miu round sunglasses (25% off with FRNFAM)
MAC Russian Red lipstick

I'm currently in North Carolina with no internet connection, and I'm sitting in a parking lot and borrowing internet from a coffee shop just so I can quickly update you on where I've been, why I've been gone, and why I'm not answering emails right away.

It's crazy to think that these photos were taken on our trip back from Florida, mere weeks ago. We went down to help Bobby's mom prepare for her move to North Carolina. Linda kissed me on the cheek when we said goodbye, and I told her we would see her in less than a few weeks, when we would be driving down to North Carolina to see her. Just days before our intended arrival, she passed away. That was just about a week ago.

It wasn't unexpected, though it was sooner than we anticipated - and there's nothing in the world that can prepare you for the loss of a loved one. Nothing. As I'm surrounded by Bobby, his brother, and their extended family - at times, I feel as though I don't have a right to be as affected as I am (and this is entirely self imposed, as their family is the most welcoming, loving family you could ever imagine). But Linda was truly special to me, and entirely one of a kind. She treated me like a daughter before Bobby and I were even a couple - even as his best friend, I was embraced as one of the family. And when my family or even my friends came around, they were immediately treated like family, too. Even when Bobby wasn't around, I'd swing by the house on a drive home or stay the night and catch up with Linda and Bob, the dogs and the horses. She would always write me little notes and leave them on my windshield or under the door, with a beautiful sketch of a horse or a unicorn. Always.

It's been a tough year. We've seemingly been grieving the loss of our loved ones more often than not. But being together with the family has been a wonderful, healing experience for everyone - and I'm more grateful than ever that Bobby and I have each other, and that we have our siblings to lean on, too. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paris, je t'aime

Outfit Details:
Old Coach jacket
American Apparel turtleneck
Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt (c/o) 
thrifted belt
Coach Borough bag (c/o)
Seychelles "Ready For Anything" heels with heart clips (they're a perfect fit for the existing hearts!)
Karen Walker "Anytime" sunglasses (got them from Gilt for a major discount)
MAC Russian Red lipstick

My first trip abroad couldn't have been a better experience: I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Paris with Bobby, thanks to Comptoir Des Cotonniers! It's funny how it happened: my friends and I had just booked our trip for May and mere days later, this opportunity arose. I knew this would be the year for me to travel! Now, I'll have the opportunity to see and experience Paris a little more (and do some shopping with my girlfriends), and then I'll have to start exploring the rest of the world. I have many more photos to share from our trip - the weather and scenery was just too perfect. I'm so grateful that my first trip was with Bobby; it's one we will never forget. Sometimes, I have to pinch myself. I'll never take any of this for granted.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hooray for the weekend!

(photo taken from my instagram)

I'm back from Paris, and it was such an incredible trip! We were sad to leave, but I am so excited to be going back. I'll have more photos from my trip, soon, but I hope you had a chance to follow along on my instagram. While I'm editing photos, check out some links I've been clicking on:

- Fascinating photos from the 1960s Kansas City Drag Scene.

- Time to reorder my favorite scent. Just in case you ever wondered what I usually smell like.

- I'm not at Coachella, but I updated my Life On The Prairie collection, so that's basically the same thing.

- April showers bring May flowers.

- Edible Scrabble tiles, a tiny unicorn, panda neck pillow, and more. #followitfindit

- How to make The Hepcat cocktail, from Bobby's collaboration with Rag & Bone and Ultimat.