October 10, 2015

Our Engagement

This is dedicated to the love of my life who is the self proclaimed female in this relationship and has endlessly requested that I write this blog entry despite my massive discomfort with putting any serious personal details of my life out there. I hope you are happy as I sit here in a full sweat preparing to write this.  I may very well pass before I hit "publish":)

I would love to say I was totally surprised. Christian and I did things a tad backwards to say the very least. We knew that we would eventually get married but "life"  tends to get in the way. Christian is very familiar with Pinterest and a while back asked me to start pinning what I liked for an engagement ring, so I knew that things were not too far off.

Starting on a Saturday while Christian was away in NY for work, I received a small bouquet of flowers with a nice message. I thought this was just simply a nice gesture. Sunday came and I received a larger bouquet with another nice message… this went on for the next 3 days and with each passing day the arrangements were becoming larger and larger.

Our Funeral Home

Wednesday we were heading to dinner for Christians birthday and the flowers arrived right after we left so Christian had our babysitter take a photo of the flowers and the card that went along with them. The card read "because I won't let you go"…. Well, I knew that "I won't let you go" is "our" song by James Morrison, but our babysitter must have literally thought that Christian screwed up big time! House filled with flowers… the card with what seemed to be a crazy message.. great!  So on our ride to Boston I was constructing a text to her explaining, but then realized I now sounded crazy, so I figured I would just explain later.

 Its Christian's birthday and I'm getting all the flowers, I thought something was up for sure,  BUT… I never expect anything because realistically,  a girls brain would assume one thing, and a guys brain would be thinking about sex or his next meal and therefore he would not actually be planning anything remotely resembling what I have pictured in my head. (Classic  example of men and women being from different planets).

Christian typically has me select the restaurant for special occasions where he's being celebrated but this time he decided to pick.  He chose the "The Bristol" in the Four Seasons, which was probably the best meal I have ever had,  incredible! It had a quintessential Boston vibe but it wasn't at all stuffy or filled with an after work business crowd. Christian and I always say all of "our" restaurants are in NYC but we are coining this our go-to place in Boston. #latetotheparty

First we headed to the bar for a drink. We each had our drinks in hand… but out of nowhere comes a man in black and he hands me a cranberry and soda, (which I didn't order) he said "just a piece of advice, you need to leave this out for at least 3 hours before you drink it",  he also handed me a bouquet of yellow roses, which are my favorite. I immediately started laughing because this is an ongoing joke in our home. I pour myself a cranberry and soda and drink 3 sips and I leave it out all night. I won't go on too much here, but everyday I get a "oh hey, you going to drink this"  while pointing to a big watered down warm glass of cranberry and flat soda. When I die I want one next to my coffin.

When I was writing this, I decided to look to see if there was a glass next to my bed - yup! 

 Still giggling, we head to our table. By this time I figured something was up, but again, Christian's brain is totally whack so I don't try to pretend like it operates logically, with organized well planned out thoughts building up to a big surprise at the end.  At this time Christian is getting all emotional and deep (haha, you asked for this). We are eating our appetizer and then out of nowhere another MIB (man in black) comes flying over and starts saying in this thick New York accent "you….you are hot!!! No.. you are beautiful…  actually, you are hot and beautiful, but you are hot... here's my number" then he throws down a piece of paper with a phone number on it as well as another bouquet of yellow roses. So.. now I'm looking at Christian, wondering who the hell these people are?! Also, I'm looking over  my shoulder and nervous for anyone dressed in black, scared for what they may do next.  This last bit was another ongoing joke because Christian needed to be schooled on when it's appropriate to use "hot" vs "beautiful".

Christian kept making me pose with the roses - cringe

Clearly up to no good
Dinner came, and so did another bouquet of roses and this time, keeping me on my toes, it was from a girl in a tan trench coat.  She said "hey did you guys lose 2 tickets, because I found 2 tickets for a midnight train to Georgia, last stop Christian town". Well apparently she screwed that one up because Christian wasn't  too thrilled with the delivery. Years ago we discussed our "go to" karaoke songs. Mine was and still is "Midnight train to Georgia".  Christian's vision is that I sing this in a packed bar somewhere.  I told him that when he's on his death bed I will grant him that final wish. This visual in his head is truly one of his life long dreams and probably because I can't sing for shit.  I think he envisions a replication from the  karaoke scene  in the movie "My Best Friends Wedding" where "Kimmy" played by Cameron Diaz committed to her awfulness and the crowd was cheering her on and it was her big "moment". Hopefully I die first.

Little did I know that someone was creepin and taking photos from the park across the street:)

Christian was starting to get antsy and check the time. He wanted to take a walk in the Boston Public Gardens and despite the fact that I did not have walking shoes on, I obliged. As we headed in the lobby of the Four Seasons I saw a random guy on a bench  with a guitar and then I saw more flowers #crap. The guy asked if we wanted to hear a song… I suppose we had no choice.  The guy starts singing another James Morrison song, "you make it real". Years ago, (the Don Juan days), Christian was trying to sing this to me (I'm laughing out loud as I type) and he was singing all the wrong words. At the time, I was letting it go knowing that I was just going to make fun of him at a later date #iamtheguy #heisthegirl #iamadeadguy.

 The guy is playing a guitar in the middle of the hotel, he then stands up and he and Christian proceed to serenade me, loudly.  The guy purposely sang the song with the incorrect words. I turned my whole body into the wall and buried my face into my hands #mortified. People in the lobby are clapping, dancing and yelling. Unlike Christian, I hate when people are staring at me and I hate drawing attention to myself. #iwantotdie.

You Make It Real - James Morrison - click on the link 

Christian obviously enjoying the stalker vibe  of all of this

At this point I am ready for a jog in the park. I grew up in Boston,  I'm 38 years old and I have never been for a walk in in the Boston Public Gardens, #patheticiknow. We were approaching a bench and Christian was talking about how this could be "our bench" in Boston.  We have a special bench in NY outside of Magnolias Bakery in Soho where we eat cupcakes, which is why he brought up this particular bench being "ours".  I guess we could eat baked beans on it….kidding #gross. He put all the flowers down and grabbed my handbag and started getting totally awkward and actually couldn't really speak. I'm not quite sure what he said because it wasn't actual English but I knew he got down on one knee and pulled a box with a ring in out of his jacket.  I saw these paparazzi  flashes of lights and that totally caught me off guard. It took me a minute to realize he hired the photographer. There were people in the park yelling congratulations. The moment was truly surreal.


So… He hired the actors from the comedy improve in Boston. He had given them a mini script and then being that they are improve actors, they ran with it. Now looking back, the people in that restaurant must have thought we were absolutely nuts!

On the ride home Christian played the recording of when he asked my dad for my hand in marriage (yes, he recorded the whole thing with out my dad knowing). It was hysterical because most of the conversation was the two of them trying to cover up my Dad's misstep earlier in the week. He mistakenly asked me why Christian wanted to come over and talk to him #whoops. Their game plan tactics were seriously weak. If this were two women this would have been locked up in 2 seconds flat #justsaying.

the excuse for the visit was tequila - WEAK!!! 

Despite the fact that this wasn't a total surprise and we both knew it, it was incredibly special, memorable, unique to us and thoughtful.  Though I wouldn't have ever thought this up in a million years, I wouldn't have   pictured it any other way. I can't wait to be your wife, and I hope this accurately illustrates everything you planned for us that evening.  This was one of many adventures, and the beginning of many more to come.


October 03, 2015

Girlfriends Guide to The Vampire Facelift

Aging is not a topic that I take lightly. I came into this world kicking and screaming and I will exit in the same manner when it comes to the battle of the aging process. I'm always researching the latest lotions, potions, facials,  and non-invasive medical treatments.  I'm all for doing whatever makes you feel better about yourself, but I think moderation is key #hellokyliejenner.

I have tried Microdermabrasion, Hydrafacials, Chemical peels, botox,  and every possible line of skincare you can imagine. I even got roped into Cindy Crawfords line.. which is absolutely horrendous by the way #sorrycindy. Most of us have our "problem area" that we obsess over and we are our own toughest critic and tend to see things that most others will never see. Regardless, if it bothers you, and you want to improve upon it and feel better about yourself,  then you should. 

About a year ago, I remember seeing Kim Kardashian on IG with a photo of herself getting a facial with blood all over her face. At the time, I thought it was some crazy fad and never gave it a second thought. Over the past few months, I kept hearing more about this Vampire Facial. I heard that It will be THE procedure of the future over the next 5 years to come. After much research and consultation with highly trained professional and botox maven Laura Kimberley I decided this would be a great alternative as well as it would really rebuild my own collagen as I lost a lot after having my children #suckedthelifeoutofme.

The Vampire Facial is the safest procedure for anti-wrinkle and collagen building with the longest lasting results. Most will need 2 treatments. The second treatment should be done 6-8 weeks after the first for optimal results. You will see the collagen development after about 6 months and continued improvement as the months go on. I am open to trying any new anti-aging treatment, so of course... I set up my appointment immediately. 

 First Laura numbed my face for about 15-20 minutes. The tool she uses does have a bunch of tiny needles that puncture the skin allowing for the plasma to penetrate, so the numbing is crucial.

With chunks of numbing lotion on my face -  pretty:)

She then drew my blood. The blood was then centrifuged so the platelet rich plasma can be isolated from the other substances that make up the blood. The platelet rich plasma contains growth factors, and the needling combined with the growth factors induce new growth of collagen, blood vessels, and skin tissue.

My fountain of youth

Center fusion machine

The forehead was "pinchy" as she explained.... #ithurt. The rest of my face was not painful. The whole procedure took 90 minutes from start to finish. Immediately after, my skin was SUPER dry. This is typical and this dry phase will last several days as your skin is repairing.

I will apologize in advanced for all the selfies... But I did want to show you the results below.

right after - VERY DRY!!!!! 
I am one full week out right now and I will say, I do see a tremendous improvement in the lines under my eyes which was the "problem area" that was most bothersome to me. The dryness is subsiding and  my skin is glowing! I cannot wait for round 2 as I know that results will be amplified. Also, as an aging woman #ughhhhhhh the loss of collagen is my biggest battle and that will be my greatest benefit to come. The tough part with that is that there is no instant gratification. #patienceisavirtue

Day 1 - Dry, felt like a sunburn, I put tons of hyaluronic filler on all day,  no makeup

Day 2 - I wore tinted sunscreen and bronzer, by noon the bronzer was flaking off and I looked gross. 

One week - I have tinted sunscreen and bronzer on,  no more flaking, my skin is really smooth and glowing, love the result! 

There are not many things that I rave about as I think results vary so much based on the individual. Botox for example is amazing, but for me, I would literally have to go every 8 weeks because I burn through it so quickly. This facial can address wrinkles, collagen loss, acne scars, sun damage and so much more. My skin looks flawless and I am so thrilled with the result.

***HUGE DISCLAIMER*** This was a "girlfriends guide" and therefore I have no idea what I am talking about, scientifically speaking. If you want REAL information and technical details, please consult with a professional. I can only tell you that it was worth the cost and I loved the result.