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How and When To Start Getting Botox

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How and when to get Botox

When you read a blog post on Her Fashioned Life, I want you to feel comfortable that I’m being transparent and honest with you in all things. That said, let me start by saying, I am not in any way an expert or doctor and all information and opinions below are from my past experiences. I’m also very excited to have the owner of Saving Face, Brooke Nichol RN, agree to answer a couple of questions at the end of this post and get her expert opinions.

I started my journey with Botox at age 35. The middle of the brows, the 11’s, as they are called, were my first target. At this time, I only needed to go every 6 months or so to keep the wrinkles at bay. As I aged more I added my forehead and then finally around the eyes, (crows feet) a touch. Now in my late 40’s, I have a regularly scheduled appointment,  just like I do with my hair or nails,  every 3-4 months. At each appointment, my chosen expert, Brooke from Saving Face, skillfully assess my face with her trained eye and treats me accordingly to what I would benefit from.


When Should You Start Injections

“Aging is out of your control how you handle it though is in your hands. “-Diane Von Furstenberg

I’m happy to say injectables are becoming more acceptable in our society! Woman have access to cutting-edge products and techniques that are helping them age gracefully. When and if you decide to take advantage of Botox is ultimately up to you, and your comfort level of what you think of your reflection in the mirror. One thing to remember about Botox is that it’s not permanent. Usually 4-5 months and then it’s gone. So it’s not a major commitment.

It’s a bit of a trend now for 20 somethings to start injections before they see the wrinkles. I do not have experience with this so I cannot attest to being an early bird. I waited until I had the wrinkles and knew I would feel better about my appearance without them.


What You Need To Know and Do Before You Go

Research

Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a qualified and good doctor, however, unless you know the women very well, you’re not going to want to ask people where they are getting their botox. The next best way to find a reputable doctor is to start with an internet search of “Best Botox Doctors in Austin” – or your city. Make a list of 10 or so, Google each doctor to look for red flags in reviews. When you have your list down to 3 or 4, call the offices and ask about the training and experience of the doctor administering the botulinum toxin injections.

Also, ask about pricing per unit in your phone call. Most reputable doctors will run around the same, but they can give you a rough estimate of how much the treatment will be for each area.

Please stay away from all pop-up shops, botox parties and Groupon discounts, these can lead to very bad experiences you do not want to have.

Once you feel confident in your choice, you can either schedule a consult to get to know the doctor better, answer any questions and get a firmer cost for the procedure or go ahead and schedule to receive treatment.

The treatment is very quick, 15 to 30 min.  A numbing cream will not be used. Saving Face gives you an ice pack right before they inject which is very appreciated!

Pre Injections

  • Skip the fish oil, vitamin E, aspirin or anything that thins your blood for 2-3 days prior. This will lessen any bruising.
  • Take arnica or bromelain (pineapple) supplements the day of.
  • Plan the timing of your appt. There is a chance of bruising, usually, you can cover with makeup, but if you have an event planned just know that it is possible.

Post Appointment

  • I love to rub in arnica oil at the injection spots for 24 hours or so, it helps with swelling and bruising. You can also continue the bromelain supplements after until your bruise, if any, goes away.
  • Stay upright for 3-4 hours.

Side Effects

  • You may have bumps at the injection sites for up to 15 min or so. Most likely, they will be gone by the time you get to your car.
  • Slight Bruising

It will take 3-5 days to see the full results. When it takes effect your skin should be visibly smooth. Not artificial looking, just youthful. Most doctors want to see you two weeks after to see if any touch up is needed.

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Saving Face Q & A

Saving Face is a boutique injectable lounge, in Austin, Texas. They specialize in anti-aging injectables, including dermal fillers, neuromuscular modulators, and skin care. The owner, Brooke Nichol and her nurse practitioner, Victoria Hunter pride themselves in knowing the latest techniques and procedures with the safest, FDA regulated products. They only do injections all day long and are experts in their field. Brooke and Victoria are dedicated to excellent services and client relationships. First, they will assist you in a custom treatment plan to collaborate on what the next few steps may be in your process. After clearing an aesthetic assessment, you will be on your way to feeling great with a rejuvenated, fresh face.

I have been going to Saving Face now for a year, and couldn’t be happier! Their knowledge of the facial muscles and how to give, in Brooke’s words,  “a new natural appearance” is truly like no other I’ve experienced through the years! I’m so happy I have found this little gem in Austin and couldn’t recommend them more if you live in Austin TX!

Brooke has kindly agreed to answer some questions I had for her below!

I would love to hear your thoughts on what botox can add to the modern woman’s life.

Thank you so much for including me in this blog and for entrusting me with your beautiful face. At Saving Face, our motto is, Look Good, to feel Good, to Do Good and for today’s modern woman, Botox is one of the most efficient ways to do just that. It is a quick and painless approach to anti-aging where results can take you further than lotions and potions.

There is alot of confusion between the products, Botox and Dysport. Can you tell us the difference?

There are three FDA approved Neuro-modulators in the US currently. We often time misuse the brand Botox for the treatment similar to the Kleenex brand for tissue. Without getting too detailed, Botox takes a little longer to take effect (5-7 days) where Dysport can take effect immediately (1-3 days). Xeomin is the other brand on the market where in some cases can be the saving grace when Botox or Dysport doesn’t work and it is what I use when I travel because it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. The results are completely personalized to each individual. I would suggest trying them all and seeing which one works best for you.

Besides the facial muscles, what other areas of the body can benefit from using Botox?

Botox is used for many medical issues but the most common that we see, hyperhidrosis (excess sweating either in underarms, palms, or feet), migraines, and TMJ.

How common and what is the dreaded droopy eye?

There is a common misinterpretation of “droopy eye” versus “droopy brow”. A true lid ptosis (“lazy eye”) is not common at all and in the recent Botox study for treating the forehead lines was less than 1%. A more common side effect is a heavy brow or asymmetry in the brows. This can usually be corrected easily and should be addressed in the follow-up appointment. If you hold your brows up subconsciously you are likely not a candidate to treat the forehead lines because we would all rather see than have a smooth forehead.

How long does this procedure usually last in a patient?

This procedure takes 15 minutes to perform with individualized results lasting between 3 and 4 months. We tend to treat very conservatively and therefore we see our patient back closer to every 3 months. It gives a more natural result and clients seem to not mind one extra treatment a year versus looking a bit odd or “frozen”.

Thank you for reading! I hope this answers your questions and if not please feel free to leave a comment below or email me at Tammy@HerFashionedLife.com.

xx Tammy

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Make Valentine’s Day Extraordinary By Spending Less

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Valentine’s Day

The first big retail holiday of the year is almost here, Valentine’s Day. If you are in a relationship you are more than likely going to be celebrating V-Day in one way or another. Although you may feel pressured to spend extravagantly on a gift or night out, that’s not the only way to show the one you love you care.

However, believe me, when I say cheap is not in my vocabulary, that is not what I’m saying to do. It’s just that gifts with more thought and meaning behind them tend to make more of a long-term impact on your significant other, I know they do on me!

I’ve celebrated 18 wonderful Valentine’s Day’s with my husband. One of the most heartwarming was the first one we spent together. We were not yet married, and just starting to build a new company together, so we did not have alot of extra to cash to spare. He hand-delivered 3 roses to my office with a handwritten card with words that melted my heart! I was so touched he took the time and thought to do that during a very busy time of our lives!

He has bought me many roses since then, but those first three were the most special for sure!

Below are some romantic ideas that will keep your budget in line and hearts warm

Activities

Plan a daytime activity. Go for a hike or walk together, shopping and lunch with wine. If you have an ice skating rink close get your cute outfit and fuzzy mittens on and go! Think about what he likes to do in his free time and if that seems like a good activity to share in, plan everything to make it extra special. You could have something customized, like hot coco mugs or yeti cups. Whatever you do the most important thing is to unplug and be present with him. Give this special time you have together your full attention.

Homemade

You can plan a special dinner at home, including all of his favorites, light the candles, uncork the wine and dress the table with flowers. I love to buy bulk flowers at Costco and spread them all around the house in vases. Maybe you don’t want to cook a full dinner, just bake special cookies and bring them to him during the day with a special note! Include a homemade gift certificate for something….he can use later 😉

The main thing is to get creative and think outside the box. Plan and do something special that you both will have the memory of for years to come!

Embrace the less is more this Valentine’s Day and leave your credit card in your wallet!

Let me know in the comments below what your Valentine’s Day plans are!

Thank you for reading.

xx Tammy

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6 Fashion Trends To Buy For 2018

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With the start of 2018, you’re wondering what the next big fashion trends are going to be! The trends to invest in that will carry you through the year. I’ve covered 6 of them here. You can feel free to embrace these trends, as they all came straight from the designer runways and are already on the street style girls everywhere!


Lavender

The hottest color for Spring Summer of 2018 will be Lavender. Tom Ford was the first to bring this soft lilac color to the runway and it’s been at the front of street style outfits since!  This pastel color looks beautiful worn with the well-worn denim or black basics you’re used to pairing your blush pinks with.

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Belt Bags

Well, the Fanny pack has gotten a new name, and social acceptance. Most likely you have all seen this belt bag expertly styled by celebrities and street style girls! Now we are all wanting to get out hands on a cute little mini bag!

 

Buckle shoes

As I’m sure you know, shoes are a favorite subject of mine! For 2018 look for embellishment of buckles on shoes. Metal and crystal buckles are going to dominate this year, along with ankle strap shoes! Wear these fancy accessories as outfit makers, pairing them with simple silhouettes, letting them be the focus of your outfit.


Utility Jumpsuits

For those of you who love the one and done outfit, you’ll be happy to hear, the utility jumpsuit will be a strong trend this year! You can style this versatile piece with everything from heels to sneakers or oxfords. Let t-shirts peek out by leaving it unbuttoned a bit or wear it alone for a sexy look.


Bold Florals

Florals seem to get a new twist every year and this year the blooms are trending with a 60’s inspiration. Bolder, larger and not so delicate. Look for more print mixing with everything from abstracts to graphics.


Basket and Net Bags

These bags were all the rage last year and I’m happy to say they are not going anywhere in 2018. I love the summery light feeling they give outfits!

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Thank you for reading! Leave a comment below and let me know what trends you are wanting to work into your wardrobe this year!
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The Hoodie Edit

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Hoodie Edit

A hoodie is definitely a  piece of clothing you need in your closet! The only issue with buying one is that it might be sold out the very next day! Whether designer brand or not they are selling fast in the fashion world! So if you see one you love, grab it before it’s gone! I waited too long on an Isabele Marant hoodie and I’m still bummed about it! I did, however, buy the Proenza Schouler piece and styled it for my post, How To Style A Hoodie 8 Ways. Be sure to read that for styling ideas to get the most out of your purchase!

Email me at Tammy@HerFashionedLife.com if you want any other recommendations!

Thank you for reading! See one you love? Let me know in the comments below.

xx Tammy

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How To Style A Hoodie 8 Different Ways

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The Essential Hoodie

If you are wondering how to layer a hoodie then your on the right track girl! The hoodie has gone mainstream thanks to the street style stars and celebrities wearing it non-stop! I think every girl needs at least one hoodie in their closet! It is such a versatile piece that it can be worn throughout the year.

Style Options

I’m here to share some easy style tips on how you can start layering a hoodie like a pro and work it into your everyday life!

  • Sporty –  Try a hoodie sweatshirt with a knitted beanie, black denim or leggings, and sneakers. You can also layer the hoodie under a bomber or varsity jacket. I love all-black clothing with a contrasting light grey jacket!
  • Grunge – Start with a graphic t-shirt, add your zip-up hoodie, destroyed denim and then top it all with a long wool coat. For shoes, you can go with a vintage sneaker or my new favorite combat boot.
  • Girlish – Style a black hoodie over a black and white printed short skirt, sneakers and a bright bag or clutch.
  • Masculine – Wear it layered under a trench with skinny jeans and vintage sneakers. I did this above with the plaid trench and added white boots to elevate the look! A bright bag will add interest to the outfit!
  • Contrast – Pairing it with a pencil skirt that is also lace is super cute! Another contrasting look would be a satin pleated maxi skirt. However, make sure to go with a high waisted skirt and a cropped version hoodie for the proportions to work.
  • Casual – This is a favorite look of mine! I love a light colored hoodie with a light denim jacket, don’t forget to push up the sleeves. Then go black or grey denim with black or white sneakers!
  • Chic – All black everything! Just play with proportions and textures of leather, denim, cotton and uber chic fur! For shoes choose a pointed toe boot or thigh-high boots with heels!
  • Athletic – Run around town in your yoga pants, hoodie with a puffer vest or nylon sporty jacket layered over and athletic shoes.

I love that the hoodie has a bit of a boyish feel. If you love this tomboy look don’t miss my post here, 4 Menswear Pieces To Add To A Girls Closet.


Outfit Details

Hoodie

Plaid Trench

White Boots

Clutch

Bracelet


Thanks so much for reading! Have you been layering hoodie’s in your daily outfits or excited to start?! Hope I gave you some inspiration to start if you haven’t already!

Photography by Cotroneo Photography

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4 Menswear Pieces For A Girl’s Closet

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Menswear For The Girls

There’s a reason menswear staples have withstood the test of time. With the classic silhouettes and fabrics, to the functional detailing, they’re designed to be lived in. Trends come and go, but we will be styling menswear-inspired pieces year after year.

I love how these pieces give you a comfort meets style feel with the clean, tailored lines. Not to mention this style has a very sexy look! You can look to Katharine Hepburn and Kate Moss for inspiration, both were pros of styling a masculine look with a twist.

It’s all about the contrast and proportions of your outfit.  Mixing in feminine pieces will balance the look and separate you from the boys, even if it’s just wearing a red lip, or showing more skin by styling a camisole under a blazer.


 

Jackets

Truth be told, I’ve never met a jacket I didn’t like! I especially love a good trench coat, bomber jacket, blazer or moto jacket! All of which are basically menswear. Whichever style you love, when you wear it with contrasting feminine pieces (See here in the post Styling A Slip Dress With Edge) will give you a cool girl vibe. However, keeping it simple, (maybe with this cult favorite velvet blazer, on sale) and paring it with a t-shirt and denim, thus letting the jacket be the star is also always a winner in my book!


Shoes

I’ve said this before but the shoe sets the tone of your outfit. Wearing a flat, menswear-inspired loafer or oxford will give you the tomboy feeling your looking for. Buy a quality pair you love with the confidence of knowing you will wear them season after season. I have the Gucci loafer pictured above and know they will be in my closet for years to come! Also, I’ve been reaching for these oxfords and these to wear with everything from maxi dresses to denim lately!

Vintage inspired “boy” sneakers can also give you a borrowed from the boys vibe and are very trendy right now. Look to these for the hottest out right now. Also, love these and these!


Accessories

Jewelry can also have a masculine feel. Large watch faces in addition to clean, minimal pieces of jewelry like this unisex line from Miansai.  The chain choker necklace like I have on is also a great example. Long skinny scarves and bandana neckerchiefs are also perfect for layering with trench jackets and blazers. Lastly, don’t forget baseball caps, fedoras, and baker caps to polish off your outfit.


Shopping


Outfit Details

Blazer –  (ON CLEARANCE FOR $10.48)

Levis T-shirt (Love this one here)

Denim

Black Oxfords (Obsessed with this brand for less here)

Miansai Cuff 


Do you have menswear pieces you love to wear in your closet now? I’d love to hear about your favorites!

Photography by Cotroneo Photography & Cathy Sunu

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