Microblading Review

Hi pretty gals,

I’m here today to talk about my most recent beauty treatment, microblading!  Let me start off by saying if you are from Kentucky or live around the Lexington area, I highly recommend Holly at Feather & Blade. She is absolutely wonderful! I couldn’t be more pleased with how my brows turned out and the overall experience.

For starters, this is something I have been thinking about doing for the past couple of months. I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “oh I think I’ll have my brows done.” There was a lot of consideration taken into account, along with the pros and cons.

My normal hair color is a dirty blonde but since I get highlights I consider myself a blonde. My eyebrows are fairly similar to the color of my roots (dirty blonde) and they are thin. I usually like to fill them in with a matte or eyebrow pencil and you all probably know how old that can get. That’s when I really started considering the microblading procedure. (Fun fact about my brows, they’ve never been waxed or died. I rarely even pluck them. So to be quite honest I don’t do a lot of maintaining on them. I’d just fill them in when I got ready and call it a day.)  I knew this would be a beauty hack that would shave off some time when I’m getting ready and no matter the day or the hour I would always have the brows that I want and like! That led me to watching youtube videos, blog reviews (like the one that I’m writing now), and topic discussions all about microblading. When I decided I for sure wanted to do it, I booked an appointment, and never looked back.

As soon as I got to Feather & Blade Holly addressed all of my concerns and answered all of my questions. I have to admit  I was pretty nervous before the procedure and still had a shred of doubt. Would it hurt? How long would it last? How dark will my brows be? Will this change my entire look? Will you be able to see the strokes? Will it look natural? All the questions you all have thought of, I guarantee I did too. If you are going to get this procedure I suggest being open and honest from the get go. You’ll feel 100X better and confident that you made the right decision. Ask all the questions, it never hurts!!

Now let’s dive straight into the details all you are wondering about! At the end I’ll briefly be answering most of the common questions I got from you all!

Step by Step of my procedure: 

  1. First I signed my paperwork, discussed my concerns with Holly, and asked her all of my questions.
  2. We went on to take the ‘before’ photos, then I removed my face makeup, and she applied a numbing cream.
  3. After that we headed to where the magic happens! She led me to her chair and put the measuring tool on my face. It was a sticky adhesive material that didn’t hurt at all. This was the step when it really got real for me!
  4. She marked up the lines where she thought the shape looked the best. From there she handed me a mirror and we both went back and forth on a couple of touch ups. Once I figured out the shape and arch I wanted it was time to begin.
  5. Before taking the micro blade to my brows she removed the numbing cream and explained we would be doing 3 passes (1 pass is both the right & left brow). She advised me that the first pass would hurt and she was right!  The first round, when my brows were becoming familiar to the blade, feeling, and lidocaine was the most painful. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being minimal pain, 10 being unbearable pain) I would say it’s about a 6 or 7. It’s more of an uncomfortable, unusual feeling, than a piercing feeling. I have one tattoo on my finger and I was expecting this procedure to be about the same. Let me tell ya, for those of you who have tattoos, microblading hurts way less!!! Although it’s a bunch of tiny blades brushing into your skin, it’s not a needle piercing deep.
  6. As she does she each pass she applied lidocaine. That helped numb the entire area throughout the procedure. After the 1st pass she let me look in the mirror and see what I thought. We came to the consensus that the first color we chose, Taupe, may have been a little too light. You could really notice a difference since the color just blended in with my skin and eyebrows.  We decided to try one shade darker and I immediately loved it.
  7. After finishing the 2nd and 3rd pass Holly handed me the mirror and said, “take a look.” As soon as I sat up I was like, “omg I’m in love.” Within 30 minutes I had the brows I had been dreaming about.
  8. In 6 weeks I will head back for a touch up. This will give my brows time to heal and set to the normal color. After that we can see what we need to fill in or add.

Common Questions:

  • Did it Hurt? a little bit.. after a while I got use to the pain & the lidocaine set in.
  • Do I love it? OMG, yes!!! So happy with the color and shape! would definitely recommend to everyone who is considering this procedure!
  • What was the scariest part? The fear of the micro blade. I was scared it was really going to hurt!! Like super sacred. (when I got my tattoo I passed out because of the adrenaline and my nerves – so I really didn’t want this to happen!)
  • How did you know what shape you wanted? I wasn’t entirely sure what shape I wanted until I saw her marks in the mirror.  I knew I wanted more of an arch and definition. At first I had a pointy edge on the outer part that we made a little rounder. That was the only big shape correction we made from her original marks.
  • How did you know what color you wanted? At first we tried ‘Taupe’. We applied it the first pass and noticed it wasn’t as dark as I hoped for. We went one shade darker and it turned out perfectly. Just ask your artist what color they recommend and compare your options.
  • How is the healing process? It’s going great. I’ve noticed some slight color changes, but overall very good.
  • Did yours scab? There’s some scabbing around the top area of my brow where she made more strokes. Surprisingly they don’t itch as bad as I thought they would. Normally when my skin heals it itches but my brows are definitely tolerable.
  • Would you do it again? Oh yes, definitely! Absolutely!

As I said before, I definitely recommend this procedure if you’ve been thinking about it for a while. I would just advise you to consider everything I discussed and if you think new brows are fom you!

If you’re interested in going to Feather & Blade here is their contact info:

email: hello@fbbrows.com

phone: 859.667.BROW (2769)

“She has fire in her soul & a pair of killer eyebrows” 

xoxo, T 

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Gingham, Tassel, Off-the-Shoulder Romper

Romper Romwe  Sunglasses Diff Eyewear  Necklace Baublebar  Watch Tory Burch  Shoes (linking a similar pair)  Earrings

My mind is racing because we leave for India tomorrow and my to-do list seems endless. Finish packing, shoot some content for the blog, do the dishes, finish the laundry, go to the bank.. eat some ice cream, pour a glass of wine?  ok, y’all get the point! but really, regardless of how crazy my day is going to be I am so so so so excited for this trip! Since we didn’t get visas in time for the original trip, I’m hoping this round is better! Fingers crossed all our travels go well! Stay tuned on snapchat and instastories to see all of our adventures.

This is an outfit I almost considered packing for our trip. The tassels and gingham print remind me of a hot, summer day which is exactly what we are going to be experiencing in India. However, Clint is super paranoid and says I need to have my shoulders covered at all times. So this was a no go in his book. Instead we walked a block over, found this colorful wall, and shot this look right there! India or not it’s still super cute!! Love, love, love it for a summer look or fun night out! The tassels add a fun element to the romper and make the perfect statement <3

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Sunflower Dress

Dress | Shoes | Hat | Sunglasses | Earrings

“It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day!”
I’ve been singing that song the entire time while working on this post! It’s the first thing that popped into my head when I got to think about how happy this dress makes me. & since it’s Monday I figured we could all use a little happy!

I’m settling back in from a weekend at my parents home. I drove to Henderson Friday night and we celebrated my mom’s birthday. The theme was ‘you paint the world with smiles’. Since she is an artist, painter, and creator we figured it was fitting! Her cake had smiley faces all over it and we decorated with emoji plates. The past couple of years we have done paint palette, paint brush, and canvas cakes, so this year we tried to come up with something new and she loved it! From all the emojis, birthday cake, this dress, and sunflowers I’ve had yellow smiles painted on my heart for the past three days!!!

p.s.- I feel like this dress and the birthday theme go hand in hand!

Shop my look with the links above or by clicking on the pics below!
This is the epitome of summer style!

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Grace & Emma Rose Embroidered Top

 

Today’s Post is c/o of Grace & Emma

Shop my Top Here    (It’s also available in Tan! And here’s another similar black one!)

Shorts | Wedges | Earrings | Sunglasses | Watch | Belt

Save the best for last? You with me?  That’s exactly what I did with this post! My favorite top for the end of the week and the best way to ring in Friday!

Let’s talk about the embroidered trend first. If you have been following me for a while then you know I’m a huge fan of this style! I’ve worn so many embroidered pieces this year that I’ve lost count. For as far as tops go though, this one is by far at the top of my list. It’s the softest cotton material and overly comfortable. I wore this on a 90 degree day (which probably wasn’t my best decision) but surprisingly it wasn’t too hot. And to keep it even cooler I paired white shorts with it instead of skinny jeans!

If you really want to show off those bell sleeves I suggest wearing a belt! Tucking in the top kinda shows off that extra fabric and accentuates your waist. Keep your accessories black and gold, and you’ve got yourself the chicest look!!  I love, love, love it!

Hope you all have a great weekend! <3 <3

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Striped Bell Sleeve Dress

Dress  \\  Shoes  \\  Purse  \\  Earrings  \\  Necklace  \\  Watch

How shall I describe this dress? At first I wanted to say it’s scrunchy at the top but I don’t think that’s the right terminology… maybe the elastic band at the top?  however you choose to say it, the style of this dress is one of my new favorites! I love how it’s tight around the chest and upper arms, then has the big bell sleeves. It makes for a very flattering look and super cute statement. Also, did I mention it’s only $21! That is seriously such a good deal!  To keep the look simple I went with a traditional, tan block wedge and my tote!  It’s a city look, simply style, and very affordable!

Hope you all have a great day!! We’re almost to the weekend!

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the secret to silky, shiny hair

Shop the entire Atapuji Wild Ginger Hair collection at ULTA

I have very fine hair. I would say it’s pretty thin but every time I go to my hair dresser she always says, “no it’s not thin! you actually have a lot of hair. It’s just very fine.”  That just confirms that I take over my dads hair genes 😉 Since I’m not quite changing the texture of my hair anytime soon, I gotta work with what I have. That’s why I’m always on the hunt for new, good hair products. These two from the Paul Mitchell are at the top of my list!

Shine Spray

I like to think of this spray as an airy mist that keeps your hair glowing. It’s clean, light, and adds the perfect touch to protect your hair from heat styling. Love how weightless this product is, yet still gets the job done! I spray it on before I take a curling iron to my hair and then lightly mist it after too. This spray can work as a heat protector too.

Styling Treatment Oil

This product is made from natural oils and extracts. Since I do have fine hair I can’t put too many products in my locks because they will eventually start to look oily. With this treatment oil I put a dime size amount in my hand and just kind of apply it to the ends of my damp hair. I never put it directly on my scalp because that results in extra weight at your roots. After this product is applied you will notice a silky shine to your hair.

Some other common hair questions I’ve been getting:
  • Do you highlight your hair? Yes! I go about every two – three months. My hair is naturally a dirty blonde color so I prefer to keep it an icey blonde with highlights.
  • Is your hair naturally curly or straight?  My hair is pin straight! I don’t use a straightener that often, but when I do it’s only to straighten the pieces around my face.
  • How often do you wash your hair? About 5 times a week. Of those 5 times I only really style it about twice. The other times I let it air dry and try to stay away from heat damage. The less you wash your hair the better off it is. They say your hair has natural oils that help it grow and maintain it’s own shine.

If you have anymore questions just reach out to me from my contact page! I would be happy to help!

xoxo, T

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always and forever, AMEN <3

Tee DaisyRae Apparel   Shorts (linking a similar pair)   Shoes (Nordstrom Rack find)  Earrings Kendra Scott

Always and Forever, AMEN!

I’m going off exactly what my tee says and sharing some uplifting bible verses that go along with it. These are some of my favorite that I’ve marked over the years and jotted down. Whenever I need peace with mind I turn to these.

  • She confidently trusts the lord to take care of her – Psalm 112:7
  • For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control – 2 Timothy 1:7
  • When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I – Psalm 61:2
  • Nothing can stop God’s plan for your life – Isaiah 14:27
  • You are loved more than you will ever know by someone who died to know you – Romans 5:8
  • Set your mind on things above – Colossians 3:2
  • We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps – Proverbs 16:9
  • Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it – Proverbs 4:23
  • God is love – 1 John 4:16

& one more time, Always and Forever, AMEN! 


Today’s Post is c/o DaisyRae! Go check out their collection of tees, tanks, and raglans! They literally have some of the cutest!! I really want this Squad Goals one! It just kinda cracks me up!  And just to let y’all know, these tees are made out of the softest fabric! Seriously so comfortable!! You’ll love wearing them and throwing them on for a causal, cozy look!

Shop all your shirts, for all your occasions here:

& they offer free shipping over $75!! So, stock up on your favorites!

Hope y’all have a great day!

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White Ladder Blouse

Top NA-KD   Ripped Jeans Topshop   Sandals Steve Madden  Bracelet & Necklace Baublebar  Bracelet Cuffs & Ring David Yurman  Watch Kate Spade

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? I spent my time shooting some posts, eating lots of good food, and cleaning up around the condo. Oh & watching endless videos and snaps about the Nordstrom Sale.. I mean, omg y’all, it’s been crazy! In the blogging world it’s all anyone is talking about! So many good deals and fall pieces!! Check out last Thursdays Post if you want to see my favorites!

Today’s look is c/o NA-KD. This is my first top from them and I loveeeee it! It is a very light weight material which I why I chose to wear it with jeans! Also, fall is on my mind so I’m already switching over my closet! haha don’t laugh at me.. I’m just super ahead of the game!  But yeah, this top would look cute with denim cutoffs, a cute denim skirt, jeans.. literally anything! A white top is such a basic and you can do almost anything with it! The nice thing about this one is that it has the ladder detail that lets you show some skin. I think it gives the top and entire look an edgy feel! Plus the bell sleeves and skinny straps are super fun.

Also, these shoes are a must! They are going to be the next big thing come fall! & they are very comfy!!!

Shop today’s look with the links above or by clicking on the pics below!

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Kohl’s Bralettes

**This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I received the included bralettes as compensation.

Peach & Cream White Sensational 2-pack Lace Bralettes Lily of France

I have a feeling I am going to be wearing this bra all summer long! This I know because peach is one of my favorite colors to wear (especially in the summer with a tan!) Love how the fabric is slightly stretchy and super soft. Then it’s layered with a lace detail to feminize the style! I would wear this with a basic white tee or tank! That way some of the bralette would show through my shirt and add a pop of color to my look!

Best part is for the price of one you get two bralettes! How good of a deal is that!? You can pick from 10 different color options and they are available in sizes Small- X-Large!  This peach one came with a plain cream one as well. It’s great to throw on day to day!

Granite Blue Gray T-Back Lace Bralette Maidenform

This bra is AWESOME!! I love, love, love it! The deep v neck style is my favorite thing to wear. It’s the type of bra that I throw on with my v-neck shirts so you can see the lace edging. I went with the gray color because I can wear it with blacks, whites, creams, and even colors!  If you aren’t feeling the granite blue gray color it’s available in 7 other colors. Highly recommend trying this one out!

Camo Triangle Lace Bralette Juniors’ Candie’s

This bralette adds a fun design and pattern to today’s post! It’s definitely one you would want to show off so I suggest wearing it with a loose black tank or even white one! Wearing a basic top over it will let the focus be on the bralette and that’s just what you want with this one! It’s too cute not to let it be seen!  If you’re feeling adventurous you could even wear it with some high waisted cut offs like I am and may a crop top over it.

Pristine High Neck Lace Bralette Juniors’ SO

Wear this as a halter crop top or as a bralette! Just go ahead and take your pick!! The high neck style means it could probably pass for either. Which in return you’ve got yourself an undergarment and an outfit inspiration!

I also think this style bralette would be super cute to wear with cut offs and a kimono! That gives it more of an edgy vibe!  If you are wearing it out and about it definitely wouldn’t hurt to have something to throw on over it!

It’s also available in black and gray, sizes Small – X-Large!


Each and everyone of these bralettes has a very unique style! For different occasions and days I would wear a specific one! Some I might wear more than others but I truly do love them all! For the quality, collection, and affordable pricing you might as well get them all!

Shop the entire Kohl’s Bralette Collection Here!

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Nordstrom Sale Picks!

It’s here!!! Literally the biggest sale of the entire year! If you’re on social media as much as I am then you probably haven’t stopped hearing the buzz about…. drumroll please.. the NORDSTROM SALE!

Many of the pre fall looks are marked down from 40%-60% off! It’s the best time to stock up on basic fall pieces.. like booties, scarves, jackets, and more! For the next two weeks shoppers with their Nordstrom cards get early access to the sale. After that it opens to the public and everything goes quick! Starting August 8th everything will go back up to the original prices.  So while it’s here make sure to grab your favorites and wear them all season long!

I’m going through my favorites category by category!

I literally want every single cardigan and sweater that’s apart of this sale! As I browsed them all I couldn’t help but get excited for fall. Truth be told y’all, I am actually ready for some cooler weather and PSL’s.

 

You can never have too much denim!? Am I right!? Personally I love the ripped $43 pair! You can’t beat that price of those details!  The burgundy ones are also great to wear with a simple cardigan or sweater through the fall and winter!

 

I picked out my 5 favorite! After all, 5 is my favorite number!  I think the red ruffle dress would be a great for an event or wedding!! The others are more day to day fall styles!

 

Shoes can be really expensive. So when I say get them now, get them now! I know it’s hard to imagine buying boots in this 90 degree weather but the fall rolls around you’ll thank me! better to have them now, at a discounted price, than pay full in a couple of months!  plus.. they’ll look pretty sitting on your closet in the meantime!

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