Is The Vampire Facial Worth All Of The Hype?

I recently received my first Vampire Facial at CosmetiCare which is one of the most recognized names in aesthetic services – not just in Southern California, but throughout the nation! Their mission is to guide their patients on the exciting journey to become the best versions of themselves through transformative aesthetic services. And that is exactly what Nurse Allison did at my appointment!

WHAT IS A VAMPIRE FACIAL?

It is basically just micro-needing using PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma!! This promotes healthy skin cell turnover and will improve the overall texture and tone of your skin!

WHAT IS MICRO-NEEDLING?

A skincare treatment that uses a Dermapen device delivery to provide an unparalleled collagen induction therapy via fractional delivery of needles into the epidermis and dermis. These micro-injuries to the skin encourage and harness the power of the body’s innate ability to regrow and repair the skin through the physiology of collagen induction.

DOES IT HURT?

I barely felt a single thing!!! Nurse Allison had the softest touch and I also had the option of receiving numbing cream.

DO I HAVE TO GET MY BLOOD DRAWN?

Yes. The process includes the initial blood draw, then running the blood through a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. 

WHAT DOES YOUR FACE LOOK LIKE AFTER?

Honestly I thought my face was going to look 10x more red and puffy than it did. CosmetiCare applies an amazing sheet mask after the procedure to reduce the redness and swelling. I noticed some minor irritation and redness within the first few days. This is the natural response your skin will have as it begins to rapidly heal from the “micro-injuries” caused by the needling.

THE RESULTS?

I am over the moon with my results from CosmeticCare!!! The healing process stimulates collagen and elastin production which leads to healthier, tighter, and more vibrant skin that I can see within just one week. The results are almost instant! I could have not asked for a better experience!!

Thank you Nurse Allison at CosmeticCare for treating my skin!

The Heat Is On | BabbleBoxx

I was so excited to receive my BabbleBoxx in the mail this month! If you watched my Instagram Stories you saw that some guy on a bike stole my first box right off my front porch…how rude!!!! Luckily the BabbleBoxx team was quick to respond and has super friendly customer service. So a new box was in my hands within days.

I am seriously OBSESSED with the sunglasses from Zenni Eyewear that came in my BabbleBoxx. I love that all of their sunglasses are fingerprint-resistant and come with an anti-reflective coating. How awesome is that?! Especially when you have a three year old who is always trying to steal your shades! I am wearing the Black Metal Cat-eye Sunglasses and I love cut-out detail on the corners. It totally gives them some edge! You can also customize the tint on any pair and they have 7 different colors you can choose from. Design your own pair here!

Skincare is so important during these hot summer months, so I was super stoked to see Colleen Rothschild Beauty in my Babbleboxx! Combining more than 20 years of expertise in the beauty industry, Colleen created a skincare line that is effortless, beautiful, and highly effective. Colleen’s collection encapsulates her vast knowledge of the complexity of skin and a clear understanding of what it truly needs. Colleen has formulated a sensory-rich beauty experience that balances proven science and modern technology, resulting in healthy beautiful skin for all ages and skin conditions. I received her Radiant Cleansing Balm, Matcha Tea Treatment Toner, and Sheer Renewal Cream. All of which are perfect for your skin during these hot summer months. The Radiant Cleansing Balm is a cult favorite and her best seller! This cleansing balm clears congested pores and removes impurities while dissolving all traces of makeup, leaving skin balanced, soft, and radiant. The Matcha Tea Treatment Toner is my personal favorite. This amazing toner helps minimize your pores, reduce appearance of redness, and absorb excess oil. The Sheer Renewal Cream can be used morning and night and promotes new cell turnover to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Use code BOXX20 for 20% off your purchase!

I also received a White Wine Shampoo and Conditioner set from Unwined by Hask! This duo has all the best ingredients from wine and crisp fruit extracts to help rejuvenate, strengthen and soften all hair types. Both are rich in grape seed oil which is filled with vitamin E that helps smooth hair cuticles and prevent frizz. You can shop this gloss boss duo online or at Walmart or Ulta!

One of my favorite items I received in my Babbleboxx was a selection of iced tea from Straight Up Tea. I love that their teas are made with all natural ingredients and real tea. They do not contain any artificial colors or ingredients. They have 3 flavor options that are all absolutely delicious: Sorta Sweet, Sweet, and Unsweetened! Shop them here.

Lastly, I received an anti-aging antioxidant natural sunscreen SPF 35 sunscreen from Ozeaderma. It also protects against climate elements and pollution. I love that this product is all natural, vegan, free of harsh chemicals, paragon free, environmentally friendly, and is not tested on animals. This sunscreen is made for all skin types. You can receive 10% off online purchases by using code SUNNY! Shop here.

All of these products are a must for summer and will leave your skin feeling flawless. If you have any questions about these products leave a comment below! This post was sponsored by BabbleBoxx.

Classic Sophistication Meets Modern Luxury | Hotel Alessandra

I recently made a visit to my hometown, Houston!! H-TOWN BABY!! Hahah I get a little too excited when it comes to my old stopping grounds. For the first time I stayed at the MARVELOUS Hotel Alessandra. A hotel that blends the cultural influence of European lifestyle with the pioneering spirit of the Texas wildcatter, creating an elegance that’s uniquely Houston.

Alessandra’s concierge ensures you have everything for a memorable and distinctive stay, beginning with valet upon arrival. Alessandra’s striking architecture and intriguing shapes reinforce a classical symmetry, resulting in an ideal placement of both indoor and outdoor spaces. It is stylishly streamlined, and the sophisticated guest rooms and suites showcase a perfect complement of comforts.

Welcome to a new level of luxury!

Hotel Alessandra houses Bardot, where classic sophistication meets hand-crafted cocktails. Unwind with a hand-crafted cocktail at the end of the day, or start your evening with a glass of wine and a light bite sure to delight your taste buds. Perched on the second floor above the atrium, Bardot offers luxurious ambiance and menu options poised to please.

Alessandra gets an A+ in amenities! Their spa / pool area is to die for and the views of Houston are out of this world! The hotel offers a treat at every turn – a European-inspired selection of riches that encapsulate refined tastes and desires. Retreat to the fifth floor to shed stress at the fitness center, rejuvenate in Spa by Alessandra or soak in the stunning, skyline poolside views. You can also have a Grey Goose martini bar cart delivered to your room so you can build a martini your way. How cool is that?!

Hotel Alessandra is a mere 4 blocks from the Toyota Center and George R. Brown Convention Center. Whether you visit the Toyota Center for a basketball game, a concert or visit the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hotel Alessandra is the luxury boutique hotel of choice. Call 713.242.8555 to book your reservation!!

TJ MAXX Finds | Summer Edition

TJ Maxx will forever be one of my favorite stores to shop. You seriously can not beat the insanely low prices!!! I recently stopped at my local TJ Maxx in Costa Mesa and snagged all 3 of these pieces for less than $30 each.

Find #1

This tropical dress was perfect for my friend’s Hawaiian themed party and flows perfectly! I love the buttons and how it ties in the front. This dress seriously screams summer!! Here you can find all of TJ Maxx’s newest floral dresses or find mine at your local shop.

Find #2

Next up is my favorite find!! I call this my conductor jumpsuit and it seriously fits so well!!! I love that it is backless and the color is perfect for summer. Stand out this little number. You can shop TJ Maxx’s newest jumpsuits here and find mine at your local store!

Find #3

I can’t own enough rompers and I think this is my new favorite!! I love the stripes and that the sleeves flare at the shoulders. You can tie this little number in the front or the back! If you’re looking for you next vacay outfit stop by your local TJ Maxx or shop here.

If you liked this haul and want to see them more often comment below. Next week Target is up next! Thanks for stopping by ❤

3 Reasons To Stay At Hotel Icon | Downtown Houston

1. The Insanely Beautiful Lobby

Hotel Icon was originally constructed to house one of Texas’s most prominent financial institutions at the time, the Union National Bank. The building was erected in 1911 by renowned architectural firm, Mauran, Russell & Crowell. At 12 stories, it was one of the nation’s first concrete and steel skyscrapers. The original bank vault is still behind the front desk! See pictures below! 

How cool is that?! I love staying somewhere that has history behind it and the fact that you get to see it in person right when you check in is awesome! The hotel also has a giant book of old pictures you can look through when you first walk in as well! If you love history, this hotel is for you!! I also love the fact that the building has these gorgeous classic Corinthian columns that span the exterior, along with decorative keystones and thirty-foot Doric columns that line the interior of the lobby. 

Both of my outfits are from Blush Elegance, one of my all time favorite online shops! I personally know the owner and she has a heart of GOLD!!! Use code STYLINGSUNSHINE for 20% off your entire purchase!

2. The Magnificent Suites

Hotel Icon thought of EVERYTHING when it comes to accommodating their guests! Each room will grant guests a lavishing experience, an invitation to relax in the arms of attentive, exceptional hospitality! I was truly blown away from the second I arrived. The staff was extremely helpful and, of course, had that southern charm that I’ve missed so much since moving to SoCal! When I first saw my room I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. I adore all of the arches, crown molding, colors, and decor! Hotel Icon provides two robes that feel like heaven that I basically lived in my entire stay!

The room service staff was impeccable! I love enjoying a delicious breakfast in my suite with an incredible view of downtown Houston – the city I was born and raised in!!! This was actually my first time to stay downtown (I grew up in a suburb area called Cypress) and I truly had the best time exploring and learning more about my city. I would have to say my favorite part of the room is the bathroom with the sliding window! Hands down one of the most radiant bathrooms I have ever seen. The beautiful white-jetted tub surrounded by marble and yellow tiling with a separate glass encased shower is truly magnificent! I felt like A QUEEN in this bathroom, y’all!!!!

AUTHENTICALLY INVITING, ALWAYS ORIGINAL.

How luxurious is this Hotel Icon bathroom?! I can’t get over the ADORABLE bathtub!!! Most hotels I have stayed at have bare minimum bathrooms with terrible lighting, so I was blow away when I saw the bathroom had a double doors! I knew it was going to be GOOD. The rain shower is SO spacious and has the perfect pressure. I really love how much bathroom counter space their is too and the fact that it’s marble! This blogger always as too much stuff to layout when it comes to getting ready. Overall – BATHROOM GOALS!

3. Easy Access To Houston’s Best Local Attractions

I am not exaggerating when I say the BEST of downtown Houston is at your fingertips when you stay at Hotel Icon!!!! Being born in raised in the suburbs of Houston doesn’t mean I never came downtown. All of the go-to bars, restaurants, and attractions that my friends and I all drove 45+ mins to see are all literally a block from the hotel. I honestly had no idea and I was seriously so surprised!!!! Ubers can seriously add up when traveling and staying at a hotel that is in the middle of it all makes it possible to enjoy yourself that much more!

“This biracial Southern city dominated by white men throughout all of its history has become, by many measures, the single most ethically diverse major metropolitan area in the country. Who knew Houston would turn out to be at the forefront of what’s happening across all of America?” – LA TIMES

Houston is by far one of the most welcoming, friendly, diverse cities I have ever been to. TRULY one of its kind that you have to experience in person! And when you do, check out these places that are 2 blocks or less from Hotel Icon!

  • Boomtown Coffee / 300 Main St – This cafe is so tasty & cute. It’s directly across the street from Hotel Icon!
  • Dean’s Downtown / 316 Main St – Hands down the coolest furniture. A more chill party zone.
  • Bovine & Barley / 416 Main St – This is the bar with the infamous HTX giant letters!
  • The Commoner / 410 Main St – If you’re looking to PARTY.
  • Boots ‘n Shoots / 506 Main St – My friends and I LOVE this place. It gets super packed, so if you don’t like big crowds do not come here lol.
  • Batanga / 908 Congress St – This place has the coolest patio covered with hanging colorful umbrellas!! It is directly across from Hotel Icon.
  • The Moonshiners Southern Table / 1000 Prairie St – If you’re looking for more of a bar restaurant this is your place. Great food and great drinks. The infamous “Southern Hospitality” sign is here as well.
  • La Calle / 909 Franklin St – The best tacos!!!! The margaritas are amazing too and STONG. Head there during happy hour for the best deals!
  • Market Square Park / 301 Milam St – One of the most gorgeous parks ever, and in the heart of downtown Houston. A true gem. See pictures below.

Special Thanks To The Photographers, Katie, Blush Elegance, and Hotel Icon.

Stay tuned for my VLOG that will be out soon!

Hornblower Cruises

Brunch On A Boat? YES PLEASE!

I had the best time with the SoCal Blogger Babes on Hornblowers Cruises KJAZZ Champagne Brunch Cruise in Newport Beach! The weather was absolutely perfect and the food was to die for!!! My absolute favorite part was the free flowing champagne. The staff was walking around refilling our glasses before we even had a chance to realize they were empty! The jazz music was the perfect touch to a perfect day.

The tickets are $75 a person and it includes a 2 hour yacht ride, a unlimited brunch buffet, and unlimited champagne. I say that is a GREAT deal and would make as an amazing gift for a special occasion like birthdays, anniversaries, bridal parties, Father’s Day, etc. Click here to check out all the different locations they have along the west coast and east coast!

Shop my Dress

So as I am writing this post I totally realized I wore my dress totally wrong, HAHAH!!!!!! You are supposed to tie the ribbon around the front of the dress into a bow, like so. I personally think it looked cuter the right way but you can totally wear it like I did too! Use code 1SUNSH15 to receive 15% off your entire purchase!

Can’t Pinch This

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, y’all!! I may not be Irish but I’ve always loved celebrating this holiday! I may have celebrated a lot harder back in college than I do now, but we still make the most of the day. This year I threw together this cute tie front top from Forever 21 with this sequin skirt to spice it up a little bit. I added this white blazer to dress it up a tad and I honestly can’t decide if I I like the outfit better with or without it!

My necklace and earrings are from Bexo, which is a locally owned jewelry company that I have become OBSESSED with! The necklace I’m wearing seriously takes any outfit from drab to FAB!!! I personally know the owners of this company, and they are seriously COUPLE GOALS!! If you’re looking for that special gift for someone or to treat yourself, consider shopping small!!

Well today’s post is short and sweet!! I did take a cute St. Patrick’s Day picture I wanted to share with y’all. It’s a replica of a picture I took a coupe of years ago. Let’s just say it was WAY more difficult to take this picture now, versus when Jackson couldn’t move. LOL.