The “B” Word

“You look like you had the best sleep of your life!”

“Your skin looks so smooth!”

“Wow! You’re looking great!”

These are all things I told myself two weeks after my first round at the “B” word. Yes bitch, I mean Botox.

For about 6 months I’ve been thinking about trying it out because fine lines started to appear on my forehead and between my brows. While I was initially upset that all my creams, SPF, and excessive water drinking wasn’t helping like it should of, I decided it was time to enlist some serious help. Like any human, I Googled my life away to see if it was right for me. How old do you have to be? Will it hurt? What med spa should I go to? How often do I have to keep it up? Well, I bit the bullet and have all the answers for you Botox first timers.

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When choosing a med spa, don’t be shy to shop around. Ask friends, family, and Google for their opinions. I’ve actually gone to Revive Med Spa for filler in my laugh lines and I was extremely impressed with my experience prior so I was thrilled to collaborate with them. The spa is very clean and everyone is very kind & welcoming.

Let’s talk about the process *breaks out in cold sweat*. To be honest, I had two big fears going into Botox. Firstly, that I wouldn’t be able to move my face and I’d look like a scary, motionless human. Secondly, that it would hurt. Thankfully, I was proven wrong on both my fears. Starting out, you talk to your nurse about what you’d like to achieve. I wanted to get rid of my forehead lines but still have movement in my brows. I immediately followed up with asking the pain level with a nervous laugh. Getting your face injected in front of a crowd also isn’t very easy. In the room with me there was a photographer, videographer, assistant and the nurse. The crowd chuckled and reassured me that it wouldn’t hurt. Once I was fully iced and numb, the injections began. They didn’t hurt at all! It felt like the smallest pinch and it was over in less that 15min.

Immediately after, it looked like small little bumps over my forehead that subsided within 10 minutes. It really looked like I had nothing done- just my forehead was missing makeup. Kayla, the nurse told me that it would take 2 weeks to see the full results. Fast forward 2 weeks and I am LOVING the results. I can raise my eyebrows and make expressions but my skin doesn’t wrinkle, same with between my brows! My fine lines are noticeably less deep, if not gone all together. Because I am a first timer, my nurse suggested I come back every 2-3 months for the first year (after that I can wait a little bit longer) to make sure the wrinkles don’t develop again.

All in all, my first Botox experience was amazing. Revive Med Spa held my hand the entire process and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Check out my stories soon on my Instagram @taytaygrace to watch the full process (if you’re late to read this, I’ll make a highlight)!

 


Moving In With Your Significant Other

There are a lot of factors to consider going into the big decision of moving in with your significant other. This is a huge step for your relationship so first of all, congratulations! I’m writing this blog post because I thought it would be useful for other couples who are thinking about moving in together.

First things first, check in with yourself and your intuition. Does this feel right? Do I want to do this? Obviously if you know the answer isn’t yes, don’t do it! When Brad and I lived in LA he asked me if I wanted to move in and I wasn’t ready then but knew I wanted to down the line. Alas, here we are now! I’m glad I waited until I was 100% certain and timing worked out perfectly for us. Listen to your heart!

Being nervous about it is perfectly normal, especially if you haven’t lived with your significant other before. This is a giant step in your relationship! Personally, I was really nervous. Not so much about the actual move itself but the idea of not feeling independent. From a conversation with Brad, I realized I’m not losing my independence. He was very accommodating and in the guest room I have a reading nook if I want to be alone; it’s something that feels like my space. Also, when Brad was designing the house, he included a deep bath tub and a fire place which wasn’t at our old spaces but I’ve always dreamed of having. I know- a serious Notebook moment. You don’t lose your independence when you move in together. I still have my activities, hobbies, friends, and a bit of my own space.

Does your idea of your future relationship align with your significant other’s idea? Talk about an awkward conversation to have before moving in but it’s 100% necessary. You don’t want to be in a position where you want kids and you find out 5 years later that your SO doesn’t. Be open and communicate what you want in the future! If your futures don’t align, rethink moving. How important is marriage and/or a family to you? Communication is key so you don’t get stuck in a situation down the line.

Are you moving in because the price is right? This is SO important- do not move in with someone just because you will be saving money. This seems like a recipe for disaster. I understand there are situations where you both need to save but if it’s only for money, it’s a bad idea. Also, talking about income with anyone is uncomfortable but I highly suggest it so that you don’t gain resentment down the line. Brad and I talked finances and made a decision on how we’ll divvy up bills, etc., that felt fair to both of us. I never wanted to get into the feeling of “I pay xxx for this and he doesn’t pay xxx for that”. Talk to each other and find a balance that works for you.

Which chores do you prefer? If you’re lucky to have a maid, please skip this sugar mama. Brad and I fit nicely into our chores. We didn’t talk about it but I do suggest you do. I take care of the dogs (taking them to work, walking them, feeding them, bathing them, taking them out, etc.) and laundry. Brad takes care of anything food related (cooking, cleaning dishes, etc.) Again, find a balance that works for you two and set expectations before it becomes an issue.

I know, I know the conversations are somewhat uncomfortable but your future self will be thanking you! Again, communication is key in any relationship. If you have any questions/want to talk/etc please feel free to email me, DM me, comment- here to help!


2019 Goals

Everyone and their mother loves to talk about new year “resolutions” but I don’t like that word. Why should I feel the need to resolve something? Maybe it’s just me but there is a bad vibe around that word. With that being said, I’d love to share my 2019 goals with you all!

I very much believe in the power of attraction. If you speak something into existence then it’s (more) likely to come your way! Yes, it sounds cheesy but it puts you into the right head space to work towards whatever you may want. So write it down, say it out loud, and get working on them!

  1. I’d LOVE to make a book club that reads a book a month and chats about their thoughts. Seriously- if any of you would like to do this please let me know! Slide in the DM’s or email me!
  2. This one I put on my list every year so I’ve been getting better at it- drink more water. It’s easy but it’s had a great impact on my overall health and especially my skin.
  3. I’d like to allow myself to be more vulnerable. This is one of the reasons I even started a blog.
  4. Connect with my followers and do a meet and greet for the San Diego bloggers!
  5. Create very original and creative content. This year I really want to push my creative boundaries!
  6. Respond faster to texts, emails, and DM’s. I’m so sorry that I’m not the best at this! I’m really going to work harder to get back to you all ASAP!
  7. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Some nights after a hot shower I’m just too tired to slap on some lotion. The truth is my skin is naturally dry so I need it!
  8. Collaborate with more amazing brands!
  9. Love where I’m at in life and truly enjoy moments, even if I’m on the couch ignoring my laundry.

Cheers to 2019 and all the amazing moments to come!


Painting In The Park

Think about this for a second. Do you like

  1. Art
  2. Being outside
  3. Drinking

If you answered yes, then I have the activity for you! Pink Easel is a San Diego based art group that brings all the supplies to you; you just bring the beer!

I’ve done wine & paint classes before but those are usually at night and you’re more restricted because you have to follow the instructor’s directions. At Pink Easel, you’re free to paint whatever your heart wants while enjoying the beautiful atmosphere of Balboa Park. It was such an ideal day!

Use the code “TAYLOR” for 20% off your ticket!


Stay Golden, Ponyboy

If you don’t know where this quote is from please go Google it and read the book because it’s amazing but I’m not here to tell you about books I read in middle school. Often I get questions about my glow (glow sounds way better than tan, doesn’t it?) and how I keep it year round. I bet you’re reading this thinking, “Well, Taylor, you live in San Diego. The weather is always nice and you’re probably out surfing in the sun and dancing on the beach.” WRONG. While I wish this was true, I have a job and unfortunately my office isn’t located in the ocean.

The secret to my year round glow is BlushTan . Organic spray tans give me that “all-natural” tan (catch my pun?). They are not only organic but vegan, water based, nut-free, cruelty-free, alcohol-free, I mean the list is endless on why these sprays are SO much better than others. Before I discovered BlushTan, I used Mystic Tans and now I know the chemicals in those were awful!

Let me take you a little journey on the process:

-First impression was that the salon was SO CUTE. Blush pink everywhere!

-Greeted and asked which of the 3 options of tan I’d like. I decided to do the super express tan which I could wash off in 2-4 hours *WHAT*

-They made me feel very comfortable about wearing only a hair net in front of a stranger. Yes, I did feel like a sexy cafeteria lady.

-At the end of being sprayed, they spray you with drying powder that makes you non-sticky, dry, and smelling wonderful.

-There was immediate results! Wow, it felt like they transported me from Hawaii and back. Aloha baby.

-After I received my post-tan care instructions.

I was tan for TWO WEEKS! It was so unbelievable! Usually they last a weekend at most for me. So if you’re wondering how I keep my “glow” it’s from the babes at BlushTan.

Luckily for you all you can upgrade the original spray to the super express spray using my code “taytaygrace” while you’re checking out! Go get bronze and tell me about it!


A Tasting With 14 Hands Wine

Recently I was invited to taste 14 Hands Wine, a winery from Washington!

I walked into Craft & Commerce, a cute watery located in Little Italy with memorable taxidermy on the wall (later found out it was REAL from the 60’s which is a little freaky because there was straight up lions and hippos). There I met with Wendy, who represented the brand, and Arianna of @moderndaygf.

Besides the amazing conversation of how we get all of our medical advice from Grey’s Anatomy (naturally), the wine was incredible! I had the honor of tasting their Rose & Red Blend. For someone who doesn’t like sweet wines, this Rose was amazing. It was smooth, fruit forward, not sweet, and the smallest bit of acidic. The Red Blend was also incredible. It was fruit forward as well but not sweet because of the spice the Syrah brought to the table. Here’s the best part: THEY’RE UNDER $20 AND AVAILABLE AT ALMOST EVERY GROCERY STORE! Wine and a good deal? Yes, please.

Photos by: Megan