Thursday, October 17, 2013

Deborah Lippman Holiday Polish Collection : Silk

I took a few weeks off but I am getting back to blogging slowly, but surely!

I always look forward to fall/holiday trends especially nail polish trends. 
I am drawn to rich matte hues with touches of shimmer. 

The Deborah Lippman holiday collection "Silk" coming out in November is perfection. 
The collection includes a dark, vampy color, a white that leans silver in certain lighting and a gorgeous, shimmery red that I will be using on repeat!

The darker of the three, "Harem Silks From Bombay", was my choice for my pedicure this week.

I always start my pedicure with a good base coat. The Deborah Lippman Fast Girls Base Coat is a great option. I apply the first coat and let it air dry for a few minutes before applying the second coat. Once the second coat is applied I usually use my blow dryer on cool to dry my nails for 2-3 minutes before applying the top coat. A great top coat to try is the Deborah Lippman On A Clear Day Top Coat. Once the top coat is applied I once again pull out the handy blow dryer and use the cool setting to dry my nails for 3-5 minutes. The last step in my pedicure is applying drying drops which I swear by! My favorite is OPI Dry Laquer Drying Drops.
And the final result...a perfect fall-ready pedicure!

The lighter color, "Pseudo Silk Kimono", is the perfect pairing for a manicure.
 I will be trying it out this week!

Check out the full Deborah Lippman Collection at Neiman Marcus.

Friday, September 20, 2013

When Life Throws You….

 Curveballs, lemons and bumps in the road…

This past week was definitely challenging and I am not one to usually over-share on the blog. However, I felt this was worth sharing as sometimes sharing can help others who may encounter a similar situation.

Last Friday went like many of my typical Fridays go…standard Define body workout, lunch and shopping with my mom and then dinner with my in-laws. 

Being 31 weeks pregnant there are many third trimester issues such as aches and pains that pop up. So, when I started having abdominal cramps after dinner on Friday I figured it was nothing or the Round Ligament Pain so many have told me about. 

As the evening went on and 12 am became 4 am, the pain became increasingly worse. I was literally doubled over in pain and couldn’t find comfort in any position. At that point I did what I swore I wouldn’t do…went to Web MB to self-diagnose. The problem was that there were about 20+ different causes for my symptoms.  I have never been terribly ill, had any surgeries or health issues in the past…so, how would I truly know my tolerance for pain and what is normal? I am not one to be an alarmist, but being pregnant and knowing there is another life to protect, things are very different.

Early Saturday morning I contacted the OB Gyn on call at my doctor’s office and she advised me to go to labor and delivery at the hospital. I was a little taken aback because I was expecting her to tell me what I was experiencing was normal and not to worry. This past weekend happened to be the one weekend the entire year my husband was out of town, so my mom quickly picked me up and we headed to the hospital. Saturday was a pretty short visit. They hooked me up to check the baby’s heart rate and to make sure I wasn’t having early contractions, which I wasn’t.  The baby looked great so I was feeling much better and at peace with that information. They didn’t do any blood work, but did a few other tests that led them to diagnose a UTI, which they thought could be causing the pain. They released me after 3.5 hours and told me to rest.  I wasn’t feeling any relief other than knowing that the baby looked great.

The next 32 hours the pain became unbearable and by late Sunday night I looked at my husband and said “I know something is very wrong, this pain cannot be normal”.  I was hesitant to call my doctor because I was cleared the day before and didn’t want to seem like a crazy person. My husband convinced me to call my doctor first thing Monday morning. The nurse said to immediately go back to labor and delivery. We were there by 10:45 am and I was promptly hooked back up to the monitors (baby was still good) and they decided take blood. They advised me not to eat anything in case they found any issues with my blood.

After about 3 hours my doctor came in and said my white blood cell count was slightly elevated and she did not think this was round ligament pain or anything associated with a UTI. Now, her suspicion was appendicitis. I remained calm and felt pretty positive that everything would be fine and it wasn’t going to be anything serious…hoping for the best. :)
She sent the surgeon in 2 hours later to examine me and get her opinion. It was quickly apparent that the surgeon was concerned. She wasn’t expecting me to be in so much pain. By this time it was around 4:30 pm on Monday and she ordered 3 different types of ultrasounds to see if they could see my appendix and the area around it. She was worried it would be difficult this far along in my pregnancy. So, the plan was to see if the ultrasound would show anything and if it didn’t I would have an MRI. By around 12:00 am they had done 3 ultrasounds and an MRI (which was one of the scariest parts of all of this) and had come to the conclusion that all signs led to appendicitis. I needed to have surgery to remove my appendix and they needed to do it fast. My husband, all of my parents and in-laws were at the hospital, so I was grateful to have so much support when finding out. I was quickly prepped for surgery, which began around 1 am and would last 45 minutes. It was really scary, but I was confident in my doctor and my surgeon’s decision that this was what needed to happen in order for me and baby to be okay.

This was my first surgery ever, so being put under was a new experience and wow, it happened fast. I vaguely remember waking up in recovery and being told that it WAS NOT my appendix after all. They found that a cyst had developed on my fallopian tube and had completely wrapped around it. It was starting to become necrotic which can be dangerous. Although this might not be super common, women are at greater risk of this happening during pregnancy. The surgery team was amazing and was able to remove the cyst without harm to my fallopian tube. They were able to do the surgery laparoscopically so the incisions are small. 

I remained in the hospital for the next day and night to be monitored and I was so lucky to have some of the best nurses at Methodist taking care of me. I was warned that in the 24 hours after surgery I could experience contractions…and I did. That was painful and a little scary but they were able to give me medicine to control them. Wednesday morning my OB Gyn and surgeon came in to check me out and both gave me the green light to go home. That was the best news I could have possibly gotten.

I have now been home for 2 full days and I am feeling so much better each day. 
Baby is moving a ton which hurts and makes me so happy at the same time!

 I wanted to share this with you because I think it is SO important for us to listen to our bodies and know when something doesn't seem right, it probably isn’t. That was my struggle, and now I know and will always remember it is better to listen and go get checked out than to worry and possibly miss something that could be serious.

I cannot begin to thank my family and friends enough for all of their texts, calls and generosity. I truly feel so fortunate and very loved.

Today I am almost 32 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby girl and couldn’t be more grateful. My baby shower is tomorrow and I can’t wait to celebrate with my closest friends and family. I am looking forward to a relaxing over next 8 weeks and the arrival of my little girl!

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NM Beauty Event Picks

Please join me Thursday, September 12th from 12-3 pm at the Houston Galleria Neiman Marcus for The Beauty Event!

 There will be swag bags with all of my favorite items and some other fun goodies! 

Here are some of my favorites beauty products...I can't wait to show you my tips and tricks tomorrow!

NM Beauty Event Picks

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Warby Parker's Fall 2013 Collection Debut

By now I am confident you know of the Warby Parker eyewear collection...
if not, you're about to!

Warby Parker was founded just 3 years ago by 4 guys who had a vision to bring affordable  chic eyewear, both optical and sunglasses, to the masses all while maintaining a mission. That mission was to have a "buy a pair, give a pair" program where every pair of Warby Parker glasses purchased, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

Non-prescription glasses are $95 and prescription glasses are $150...this is amazing considering the price of many of the lines out there today + you get to feel good about your purchase!

As the busy streets of NYC are bustling with New York Fashion Week goers today, Warby Parker is launching their fall 2013 collection which, I have to say, is to die for. I was immediately on board when they asked me to help with the launch of the fall collection!

The collection was inspired by the early 1960's in America when social change was nearing take-off. 

This collection debuts 5 new styles and 15 beautifully designed frames in a mix of materials and gorgeous autumnal colors with stainless steel-rimmed lenses. 
Each named as a bow to some of their favorite literary references of the time.

How cute is she rocking the Ripleys?

Starting with the sunnies...

Ames in Whiskey Tortoise

My personal favorite, Ellison, in Marbled die for!

The optical collection offers a few more frames for fall...

Love the mod look of the Holcomb frame in Oak Barrel

And the roundness of the Ripley frame is perfection

The rectangular Rowan frame is a chic, classic 

See the full collection HERE and let me know what your favorites are!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Bloggers' Night Out at Carrie Ann

As much as I love shopping online, I also love supporting local Houston boutiques. 
One of my new favorites is Carrie Ann at Houston's Uptown Park. 

Some blogger friends and I recently had a fun photo shoot at the boutique and we are excited to be apart of the upcoming Bloggers' Night Out, September 18th at 7 pm.

Join us to discuss the latest fall trends, makeup, light bites, champagne and prizes!
 More details HERE!

Loving this transitional fall dress from Carrie totally works as maternity too!

Get social with Carrie Ann!

We hope to see you at Bloggers' Night Out!

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