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    Cryotherapy Review with Bare Med Spa

     

    I had the honor of trying Cryotherapy for the first time a few weeks back at Bare Med Spa. I had so much fun sipping on champagne, eating bites from Protein House, and chatting with all of the other ladies! Cryotherapy was definitely a new experience for me. Since it is an up and coming wellness treatment, I wanted to answer all of your questions about it! To sum it all up- I loved it! It was seriously invigorating and I felt so great afterwards! If you find that you have questions by the end of this post, please leave a comment!

    WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY?

    Cryotherapy is the process of exposing the body to subzero temperatures. After stepping into a shoulder height chamber called a “cryosauna,” nitrogen air is released onto the body.  It is basically a more pleasant way of taking an ice-bath. It lasts up to three minutes and body temperatures can drop down to thirty degrees.

    WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF CRYOTHERAPY?

    This extreme cooling process allows the body’s central nervous system to kick in and release endorphins, enhance circulation, and decrease inflammation. The body can burn up to 800 calories while trying to restore homeostasis. It has also been said to improve sleep, boost the immune system, and smooth wrinkles (bye bye cellulite!) Many top athletes use this to reduce muscle soreness and join inflammation.

    Additional benefits according to kryolifehealth.com:

    “Pain relief from joint disorders, rheumatoid diseases and fibromyalgia. Decreased muscle soreness, spasms and inflammation. Improved post-surgery recovery. Alleviation of depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, migraines and the effects of stress. Lowered incidence of colds and flu. Prevention of conditions like osteoporosis.”

    “Faster recovery. Reduced inflammation, swelling and pain. Enhanced energy and endorphin release. Improved muscle and motor unit activation. Increased testosterone levels in men.”

    “Reduced appearance of cellulite. Boosted metabolism, which promotes weight loss. Skin conditions mitigated — including psoriasis, blemishes and acne. Increases collagen production, which results in more even skin tone and reduced signs of aging.”

    HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

    Depending on where you live prices can vary. Many places offer a single sessions or packages of multiple sessions. Bare Med Spa offers a single session for $45 and packages for 3, 5, and 10 sessions ranging from $130-$360 or a monthly unlimited membership for $299.

    WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RISKS OR CONTRAINDICATIONS?

    You should not use cryotherapy if you are pregnant, have severe high blood pressure, blood clots, recent heart attack, kidney or urinary tract infection, uncontrolled seizures, fever, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, undergoing treatment for cancer, or have open wounds or ulcers.

    HOW OFTEN CAN A PERSON USE CRYOTHERAPY?

    Pro athletes will often have up to three sessions a day to her achieve peak performance. Each person’s frequency will be different depending on what you are trying to achieve. The benefits will be more noticeable the more frequently performed.

    DOES IT HURT?

    I felt a “pins and needles” sensation in my extremities which is normal and goes away quickly after stepping out into room temperature. The cold air does not contain moisture so it doesn’t feel as shocking as an ice-bath.

    WHAT SORT OF DIFFERENCES WILL I FEEL AFTER?

    This is different for everyone, and obviously the more frequently performed, the differences will be more noticeable. I personally felt instantly in a better mood. I’m not sure if this was due to endorphins or from the rush of being in such cool temperatures. I was very sore from a workout earlier in the week and felt less muscle soreness the next day, but not immediately after.

    HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FEEL THE EFFECTS?

    According to kryolifehealth.com you should “feel immediate results, research has shown that you will experience improved and cumulative benefits with a minimum of ten sessions, within a two or three week period.

    Hopefully I have made Cryotherapy seem like less of a mystery for you! If you have any more questions about Cryotherapy or any other services offered at Bare Med Spa, please comment below! I always love hearing from you!

     

    xo,

    Heather

    What to Wear to a Spring or Summer Wedding

    Wedding season has officially begun and finding the perfect dress to wear to a wedding is always challenging task. Finding the right dress that is tasteful enough to wear in a church but also sassy enough to get down on the dance floor is never easy. There also may be a few people in attendance that you haven’t seen in a while and photos being snapped, so looking your best is always a high priority.  I am always trying to keep in mind not to have too much cleavage or show too much leg, which is hard being that I am six feet tall and most dresses fit me like doll clothes.

    I was so excited when Stylewe reached out to me to work together. This dress was the first thing to catch my eye on their website.  I knew it would be the perfect dress to wear as a wedding guest. I was immediately drawn to the feminine silhouette, the color, and the gorgeous lace. I am always a big fan of dresses that don’t require me to suck in my stomach just to fit in. I also love that this dress has sleeves. It also happens to be such an amazing dress to twirl around the dance floor in!

    As a first time shopper to StyleWe, I was nervous about how their items fit and their quality. Thankfully, the website has a tool to help you find the perfect size by your measurements! I was so glad that when the dress came it fit perfectly. The order came in the mail within about one week and was packaged very nicely. The dress was even nicer quality than I expected! I am seriously impressed with how perfect the lace is. I can’t wait to get down at a few weddings this summer in this dress!

    I have to include my good friend Julie. She is another blogger here in Kansas City and we often shoot one another’s photos when my boyfriend or her husband is busy. We both showed up in pink lace dresses – completely unplanned. Great minds think alike. I love the different silhouettes and this one looked so banging on her!!  You can shop both of the looks below!

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    xo,

    Heather

    Finding the Perfect Pair of Jeans with EUJEANCO

    I am a huge lover of jeans which is why I am so excited to share with my experience with EUJEANCO! If you are like me, it is so hard to find the perfect pair of jeans to fit your body. This company helps you to find that perfect pair of denim by shipping five pairs right to your door! All you have to do is take a short quiz online to help them get to know your personal style. My favorite part is you get to try each pair on in the comfort of your own home. This is so great because you can involve your friends, significant other or even your kids in the process. We all know that those dressing room selfies and trying to make decisions on your own can be the worst! The pairs you don’t want to keep you just send back! They even include a return shipping bag. They make the whole experience stress free, easy, and convenient.

    This company was founded by a woman, Chelsey, and her husband, Ken, from Minnesota. They make shopping for jeans so personal and I love that I am buying from a small business and not some huge corporation. They also give 10% of their profits to Sole Hope which helps offer “Hope, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief.” The foundation helps employ men and women in Uganda to make shoes. These shoes help protect their feet from jiggers which can lead to debilitating foot disease. When shopping with EUJEANCO not only am I receiving the perfect pair of jeans, but I am also I am helping to support such a great cause!

    I was so amazed at the selection of jeans that were sent to me! Three out of the five pairs of jeans sent to me fit perfectly. Then I just had to narrow down my favorite! But I will outline my favorites about each.

    Boyfriend Jeans – I love the light colored denim for spring and I love the relaxed “boyfriend” fit to them. They also have distressed rips which made me fall in love even more. They were slightly high waisted and I liked they way they looked on my body.

    Gray skinny jeans- These fit me like they were made for me! I love the slit in the knee and the released-hem. These were also super soft and stretchy which makes them comfortable to wear all day.

    White Cropped Flares – These are so on trend right now. White denim is huge this spring and so are the raw hems. I love that these are just a bit cropped on me. They may be a bit longer for shorter gals because I am 6 feet tall. They are also so,so soft! These are the ones I decided to keep!

        

     

    I cannot express how much I enjoyed working with this company. They cater to anyone who is busy, doesn’t live near a mall, or has a hard time finding jeans that fit! All you have to do is:

    1. Take a short quiz online so they can get to know your personal stye
    2. Let them pick out 5 pairs of jeans for you and mail them to your doorstep for $25
    3. Try them on! Keep what you love and return what you don’t. The $25 is credited towards your total purchase. You also receive 15% off your purchase if you decide to keep 2 or more items!

    If you are anything like me and find it difficult to find time to shop or find it frustrating to the perfect pair of jeans, then I encourage to you give Eujeanco a shot! You won’t regret it!

    Click here to get started!

    xo,
    Heather

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    Disclaimer: I received a pair of jeans in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

    My Favorites from Loft 40% Off Friends & Family Sale

    LOFT Meadow Dress // Necklace // Nude Sandals (similar here) // Nude Purse sold out (similar here) // Watch

    Did somebody say SALE? Lets be honest y’all, I was needing a bit of a pick-me-up this week and the LOFT 40% off site-wide Friends & Family SALE is just what the doctor ordered! Hallelujah! The timing couldn’t be more perfect for those of you that are looking for last minute easter dresses or just needing a few spring wardrobe items! Let me just tell you, their spring stuff is SO CUTE! Not to mention it is all nearly half of which is enough of a reason to at least get one or two (or 5) things! I am a huge fan of LOFT because I think their clothing is so practical and good for everyday wear for women of all ages.  Their clothing also suits women of all different heights which is a huge bonus with me being six feet tall! Most of their items come in regular, petite, and tall sizes. Obviously I’m loving the tall stuff but some of you shorties out there might like to browse the petite merchandise! All of their clothing is really high quality and lasts a long time.

    LOFT is one of my favorite places to shop with my mom because we can both shop for ourselves here. It is also dangerous because she always encourages me to buy things and gives me all these reasons why I NEED each item! We all know that the term “need” means different things to different people. She was the one that convinced me I “needed” this dress and I am so glad I listened to her! It is so flattering and flowy – something about it just makes me want to dance. I am also loving the blue and white stripes and the ruffle detail. Obviously you all know I am a huge fan of the off the shoulder trend and this only furthers that obsession. For size reference I am wearing an XS but mostly because of the waist!

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    Below are more of my favorites from the sale!  What are your must-haves from the LOFT sale? Check out more from this amazing sale.

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    xo,

    Heather

    my favorite on-the-go beauty products

    Five On-The-Go Beauty Products

    It is hard to constantly worry about your appearance when you are always on the go, which is why I wanted to share my five favorite beauty products that I use everyday. These help keep me feeling fresh and confident even if I am not having the best day!  I keep all of these products in my work bag or purse so that I always have them handy!

    top five favorite beauty productsDRYBAR DETOX DRY SHAMPOO:

    This is my absolute favorite dry shampoo! I have very thin hair and I need all the help with volume I can get.  This is my little miracle in a bottle because not only does it smell amazing but it gives my hair just that little bit of  lift that it needs. I use this in the morning, for a mid-day pick-me-up, or after work if I meet up with friends and need a little extra boost! I love this because it also extends the amount of time I can go between washing my hair.

    top five beauty productsMARIO BADESCU FACIAL SPRAY

    I love this stuff so much! Working in a hospital exposes my skin to such dry air which makes my skin looking flat and dull.  This spray gives my face the extra hydration that it needs and is so refreshing.  It smells amazing too which is a bonus.  I also use this to help set my make up to give it a bit more dewy look.  This stuff has aloe vera and rosewater and it was a must have on vacation in Mexico for that tight, uncomfortable feeling after being in the sun all day!  I also have been known to spray this stuff in my hair to give it a bit of a beachy, wavy texture!

    CHLOE ROLLERBALL PERFUME

    I am addicted to this perfume! It is my absolute favorite scent and I carry this in every purse, clutch, bag that I own.  This is Chloe’s signature scent and it is a light floral.  It has hints of peony and rose which are my favorites! I love this perfume because you just need a little dab and you are all set!

    PARODI HAND CREAM

    This is my new favorite hand cream! I had this sent to me a few weeks ago and I am hooked!   Because I work in a hospital and I am constantly in and out of patient’s rooms, I wash my hands hundreds of times every day.  The alcohol sanitizer and antibacterial hand soap dries my skin out so bad! This is the only cream I have ever used that keeps my hands moisturized and doesn’t leave a nasty film! I also love this because it contains no paragons, silicones, or synthetic fragrances! It is a must have for people that work with their hands!

    MAC FAUX

    This is my go to shade of lipstick. It is my favorite “nude” shade and is perfect for everyday wear. It is very close to my natural lip color which I love, except it adds that extra bit of edge.  This color is perfect for my light skin tone and does not wash me out!

    I would love to hear all about your favorite beauty products that you carry around with you and use daily!! Please comment below!

    xo,

    Heather

    Striped Peplum Top for Less Than $20

    peplum top // white jeans // denim jacket // nude bag (similar) // lace up sandals

    Happy Friday! The weather has been so nice these past few days, which has me so excited to break out all my new spring clothes! Although the nice weather may be brief with expected rain this weekend, I decided to take advantage and share with you my most recent bargain – this striped peplum top. This top is a must have for spring and its only $17! It comes in two other really cute color options – a turquoise green and a blue floral print. This top runs a little big, so I would suggest ordering one size smaller.

    I love the nautical vibe these stripes give. I feel like it just screams spring and makes me want to be on a boat! I think the peplum silhouette looks great with these Articles of Society white jeans, but I can’t wait to throw this on with some cut off shorts when it gets warmer! I think this top is so versatile and can be dressed up or down by switching up your shoes and accessories.  I chose my go-to Sam Edelman lace-up’s to go with this look and a nude bag to match.

    Can I just tell you how excited I am that the denim jacket trend has returned? I am a big fan of jackets and cardigans because I am always cold. I also think they can transform any outfit and take it to another level. This particular jacket is one I have owned for a few years and is from Forever 21.  My favorite part about it is that I found it in my own closet!

    Now if we can only make this nice weather last…but we all know that won’t happen here in Kansas City. One day feels like summer, the next is winter, and the rest are full of rain! I will take my sunny days when I can get them!

    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

    xo, Heather

    Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya Mexico

    Hello everyone! Sorry it has been so long since I have written anything! Ever since we got back from Mexico we have been so busy.  I have been wanting to write this post so badly so that I could share our experience for all of you that are curious or wanting a great place to visit! I have had a couple of weeks to reflect on this trip and I can tell you, honestly, it was the best vacation I have ever been on! I can’t wait to go back!

    This was the first vacation together for my boyfriend and I,  so we wanted to plan something really special.  We looked at the Secrets resorts because they are adult only. It was so hard to narrow it down because all of them looked so nice!  What first attracted us to Secrets Akumal was that there were many different restaurants, tons of activities to do, it was a newer resort, and it was easily accessible from the airport.  It is located just between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. Akumal Beach was rated one of the “Top 10 Beaches in Mexico” by Trip Advisor, and I can attest to this!  The waters are crystal clear and the sand is soft and white. Akumal, by definition, means “place of the turtle,” and is a famous destination for snorkeling, where visitors can swim with endangered green sea turtles right in the bay!

    From the moment we arrived, I felt like I was living someone else’s life.  They greeted us with a glass of champagne and cool mango-infused towel.  After checking in, the bellman escorted us to our room and gave us a short tour of the resort.  Our room was amazing and we even had our own little swim up pool off of our back patio that was secluded by lots of plants.

    One of my favorite things about this place was the food, because a girl’s gotta eat (and drink)!  They have 6 restaurants, a buffet, a grill, and a cafe, plus room service.  We didn’t have time to eat at all the restaurants but I loved everything I ate.  We went to the buffet every morning for breakfast and I have never seen anything so extravagant. I ate tons of fresh fruit and their banana bread every morning.  I had fish tacos or ceviche every day for lunch and we tried a new restaurant every night.  For cocktails, there were 7 bars and lounges including a swing bar on the beach, a swim up bar in the pool, and my personal favorite – the coffee shop. Can you say spoiled?!

    There was so much to do at this resort, but we never got bored of “just laying around.” There are three different pools, the beach, shopping, snorkeling, water cycling, yoga, beach volleyball, and water aerobics, just to name a few!

    I fell head over heels for this place and I am counting down the days until we get to return to this amazing resort! It is my new favorite beach and I hope you all can see why! Comment with any questions and I would be happy to answer them!

    xo,

    Heather

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    Winter Sale Items under $50

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    I wanted to share my favorite sale items for this year’s Nordstrom Winter Sale.  All of these items are under $50 and can be worn into spring and some of these can even be worn this summer!  One of my favorite sale items is this gray short-sleeved v-neck by free people.  I have this shirt in white and I wear it with absolutely everything. It is the perfect top to throw on with jeans or leggings and goes great under any cardigan or jacket.  I also love this thermal top with the thumb holes.  I have it in silver and it goes with so much and it is so soft.  It comes in 9 different colors and it is light enough to wear this spring!

    I love the color of this cold shoulder top. It also comes in gray and I think would look so cute with a jean skirt or cut offs this summer.  Had to include these raw hem jeans and these light-wash destroyed jeans.  You can’t go wrong with either and they are both under $50!

    I also wanted to include all of these amazing dresses.  I think this black floral print dress would be perfect for those spring and summer weddings.  It falls right above the knee for the perfect mix of classy and sassy. I love this lace-up, blush dress that is cotton and ribbed. It is seriously so soft and I love the color.  It can be paired with some block heels to dress up or a pair of flats for a more  causal look.

    I love the neckline on the pleated chiffon dress.  This comes in black too.  I think this dress is so chic and would be perfect to wear to a wedding.

    I included some great sandals, but I am really loving these Treasure & Bond mules.  They add a slight western flare but I think they would look so cute with cropped denim jeans or even shorts.  I am loving the mule trend this year!

    The sale goes on until Monday February 26, but lot of items are selling out and there are limited sizes available.  Here is a direct link to the Nordstrom winter sale.  Hurry before they sell out!

    xo,

    Heather

    Perfect Tunics for Spring

    tunic (similar)// jeans // double horn necklace // y-chain necklace // sunglasses (get 20% off with ‘HEATHER20’) // blush handbag // ankle boots

    Tunics are one of my favorite looks for spring.  I love how flowy this one is and I especially love the floral print.  I find that as the seasons change, I am craving brighter colors and prints to add to my wardrobe.  Being that I am six feet tall, I love that I can turn a short dress into a top and throw it over my favorite jeans.

    My favorite way to style a tunic right now is tucking a piece or tying a knot over a pair of ripped jeans.  You could even add a moto jacket or a felt hat for a little extra sass.  As the weather warms up, these can be paired with a pair of cut off jean shorts and sandals!  The versatility makes it perfect for transitioning to spring!  I paired this outfit with ankle boots, but it would also look great with some heeled or flat sandals!  Tunics are a bit too short for me to wear as a dress, but some of you more petite gals can pull this look off!

    I wanted to share a bunch of different tunics that I am loving right now!  My absolute favorite is this one by free people and it is ON SALE right now!! This is huge because free people items rarely go on sale. It comes in 4 different colors: black, light blue, light pink, and cream.

    The rest are under $60! Yes, you heard me.

    1. This one looks almost identical to the free people one but it is paisley print and so cute!
    2. Love the neck detail on this one.
    3. I really like the light and airy feel to this white and blue tunic.
    4. This one has a sassy back detail.
    5. I really like the lace detail on the back of this tunic.
    6. The ruffles on this tunic are adorable!

    Hope you have fallen in love with tunics as much as I have! Thank you so much for reading!

    xo,

    Heather

     

    Hydrafacial Review with Bare Med Spa

    Ever since I started blogging on top of my full time job, not that I am complaining, I have completely pushed taking care of myself under the rug.  That is why I chose to take better care of myself as my new years resolution.  I think it is important to be able to take a break for mental health and hit the pause button. I am so excited to partner with Bare Med Spa and share with you my latest hydrafacial experience with them!

    From the minute I walked into Bare Med Spa, I was treated like a princess! The waiting area was so glam and chic, I wouldn’t mind decorating my home like this!  The staff was so friendly and inviting. They offered me champagne or wine while I waited and filled out forms about my general health and medications.  They were so helpful in answering any questions I had regarding the paperwork.  As sort of an aesthetic amateur, I chose to try the hydrafacial.

    HYDRAFACIAL BREAKDOWN

    Hydrafacials are good for any skin type.  They are used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, tighten pores, lighten and brighten skin, reduce hyper-pigmentation, acne and oily skin.  Hydrafacials are basically like power-washing your skin while adding a multivitamin to it.  Our skin gets exposed to free radicals and pollutants the moment we step outside, so it is important to deeply cleanse and protect against it.

    Hydrafacials involve a step by step process to cleanse, evenly exfoliate and extract to remove impurities and dead skin cells while at the same time replenishing vital nutrients including Antioxidants, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid. It feels like a cool wet suction on your face.  You can feel and see results immediately after.  These effects last for a week or two and many people get hydrafacials monthly.

    VERDICT

    You guys know the “beautified” filter on snapchat?  That is how I felt like when I left.  My skin actually felt lighter, and it was actually visibly brighter!  My cheeks felt like silk and I couldn’t stop touching my face.  My boyfriend even noticed when I got home.  He told me my skin was “glowing.” And, no I didn’t coach him on what to say, haha! The verdict is I will definitely be visiting Bare Med Spa again and asking for a hydrafacial!  It was so nice to hit the pause button, relax, and take care of my skin!

    I would love to hear about your favorite treatments that you have tried!  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.  I’m always wanting to learn more about skincare!

    xo,

    Heather