Back in my heavy party girl days, you couldn’t fathom that crazy things that would come out my mouth. But I recall my cousin and I saying some particularly brilliant things that we felt were worthy of getting onto T-Shirt or Two. One of our favorites was “Punch Him in The Dick.” This phrase would find itself being bellowed from the stands of a hockey game, maybe down a hotel hallways at 2 am in Las Vegas, and most notably on a BLM Protest Sign with the words “Punch Racism in the Dick.” If that wasn’t enough, the heinous hand drawn penis getting knocked out really drove home the message in our minds. Unfortunately, like many brilliant drunk ideas, our T-Shirt Empire idea fell flat on its face, never to be remembered again.
While years have passes since I have had any good content based on my sauced up escapades, I d have some examples of what I may have said on a few occasions. Perhaps they are T-Shirt Worthy, or perhaps they should have went down the gutter with the Butter Chicken that didn’t mix well with the 10 Cosmos I downed.
Alas, The Pret-A-Porter Cece D, Professional Drinker Athleisure Line.
Let Me know if I’m onto some thing.I’m pretty sure I could do some field research for old times sake, you know to get some really good material! Cheers!
I was born in the late 70’s having spent the majority of my childhood in the 80’s and adolescence in the 90’s grunge era whereby the more plaid you wore and sadder you appeared, the more you were winning in the eyes of the fashion police.
The beauty icons of my generation were the Kate Moss’s, Christy Turlington’s and lets not forgetthe blonde and bodacious Claudia Schiffer. There wasn’t one dorm room wall at my boarding school during that time that wasn’t plastered by her Guess Ads. And while fashion magazines were passed hand to hand faster than crack on the streets of Detroit, there was no signs of their influence on us. Despite what we saw in those magazines, there was this unspoken acceptance with the fact that those beauty standards were unattainable unless you were born with gazelle legs and fine featured bone structure. We had made peace with that reality once we had hit puberty and hit our peak growth by 13. And this was okay. We knew we weren’t models and beauty wasn’t the broad and widely accepted diverse kind of standards we have now. It was almost like by acknowledging that we didn’t fit the mold that we were able to channel our efforts and energy into other things that gave us joy. You see having grown up in a time with no social media, there was no need to appease the masses for superficial adoration. Attention and praise would be awarded to those who did good at sports, were considered pretty cute or were outgoing and charismatic. Occasionally some would have the trifecta and then others like myself would blend somewhere in the middle.
Now that’s not to say that we didn’t attempt to attain some level of beauty practices, but it really wasn’t something that consumed much of our time. Our nightly routines in boarding school would have us in the bathrooms with Noxema burning away at our nostrils leaving our skin seemingly clean and refreshed. We’d also exfoliate with our St.Ives apricot scrub every second day, leaving it on longer for optimal effect. We’d go to sleep with dried acne treatment spots and pray that it would work its magic before morning.
Mornings may have included some dabs of Body Shop White Musk perfume oil, some poorly matched skin concealer, and lip smackers to finish off. I assure you there was no faces “getting beat” or “contouring” happening. There was a one shade/item fits all kind of approach; that was the magical “can’t live without” concealer for morning, noon and night. I didn’t even know that I was supposed to pluck my eyebrows until I was in grade 12 and then that was when the over plucking was all the rage. Didn’t take this gal too long before she had some epic thin quarter moon shaped brows dancing in the middle of her forehead. This thread thin trend is solely responsible for my dependence on the expensive Nano Brow/Make Up tattooing required to fix the mistakes of my youthful ignorance. Ironically, the brow correction led me back to the 90’s famous Cindy Crawford Brow Game!
My interest and curiosity over the years has continued to build momentum as the world of medical aesthetics continues to boom in popularity. It’s no longer something that only the celebrities of Hollywood get; its the stay at home, mom next door, or the beautiful young waitress’s that are the major fans spilling through the doors. Gone are the days where we see the obvious tells of invasive plastic surgery whereby anyone with eyes would do a hard pass on. It would be a close friend of mine who was in her mid 20’s that sold me on finally taking the plunge to get Dermal filler in my lips and Botox done. I would admire her pillowy full lips and taut skin and wonder could I achieve that or should I just embrace my aging skin and throw in the towel?
I think often as women we have these internal conversations with ourselves and are quick to admire others and then cower in the corner when it comes to admiring ourselves. The famous line from Dirty Dancing prances into my mind shouting “Nobody puts Baby in the Corner!” when I think that way now. And with no Patrick Swayze around to coax me into the spotlight me, I’ve often had conversations with myself like this:
Why spend money on this when I’m not even going anywhere whereby looking good matters? Why start now, I made it this far? How much difference will it really make, just face it, your getting old, deal with it! Maybe if I was an exotic dancer or in the business of needing to look good would it be worth it but why do I need porn lips doing child protection? Colleagues and other professionals might judge me and take me less seriously if I look like I’m trying too hard?
Does any of this sound like a familiar conversation you’ve had with yourself?
Even when I read this or hear myself say these things out loud I actually become very uncomfortable and unfamiliar with this version of myself. You see; that’s the sound of poor self confidence and a woman putting too much power in the hands of others who’s opinions shouldn’t matter. I don’t even recognize her and here’s the reason why.
Ever since I listened to that authentic and genuine little voice in my head that said:
“What if you absolutely love it and you walk out with your head held high?”
” What if you get it done and see results that make you smile?”
These are the two questions that plunged me forward into a love affair with medical aesthetics and I’ve never looked back. Sometimes letting go of doubt and the negative self image can be scary especially when you are an over-thinker like me. Our subconscious can begin to work double time when it sees a new cowgirl roll into town, perched high on her horse, appropriately named CONFIDENCE!
*three fierce snaps*
“Poke Me Prod Me, But Don’t Touch the Hair”
Now the reason I brought up my early years with regards to my beauty practices is because I think they had a lot to do with what took me so long to get to this place of appreciation for myself. No longer do I carry the attitude of the “me vs. them”; we are all one in the same and having a career in which beauty is not relevant or a prerequisite. However it is relevant in every other aspect of my life as a mother, daughter, girlfriend, social worker, mentor and friend is the qualities that stem from my confidence and self love. The actions and impressions associated with one’s confidence can have positive lasting effects on those around you that can not only be rewarding for others to be around but give you a sense of purposefulness.
And I know I’m not alone in this as I took it upon myself to research what are the driving forces behind the popularity. I discovered that Revenues for minimally invasive aesthetic procedures are forecasted to grow about 10% to 15% a year in the United States. They rose nearly 200% from 2000 to 2010, and the market share for those procedures rose from 30% to almost 50%, the American Society of Plastic Surgery reports. That ratio is expected to rise to more than 70%. In another report, the global medical aesthetics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.5% from 2019 to reach $22.2 billion by 2025. The Canada Aesthetic Devices is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10 – 12 % during the forecast period ( 2020-2027) .
With these Growth Rates there is something to be said about what is driving these numbers and its not just my girlfriend Brittany and her gorgeous face. I will give her props for pushing me out of the dark ages but clearly she isn’t solely responsible for the increased interest. I looked further into the steady upswing in growth outside the linear world of the obvious aesthetically pleasing components and learned the following:
Medical aesthetic treatments provide greater benefits than just enhancing the physical appearance of the patients. Some of the treatments provide sense of improved self-esteem, leading to better psychological conditions of the patients. Treatments such as Botox can help to deal with the enormous sweating and migraines. When Botox is injected in the armpits of the patients it immediately paralyses the sweat glands, leading to lesser sweat released.
Similarly, dermal fillers are majorly used for filling the wrinkles lines on the patient’s face with a solution made of hyaluronic acid, but the same fillers are also used to smoothen and repair the skin that has been damaged by accidental scars or wounds. Thus, various health benefits associated with aesthetics procedures further drives the consumers to undergo these procedures for not just fulfilling the aesthetics needs but also as a solution for various other health issues.
There have been many technological innovations and advancements that are taking place in the medical aesthetics market. The latest advancements in the laser technology have led to its increased application in medical aesthetics. These advancements in laser provide benefits such as, small incisions, decrease in the intensity of pain and fast recovery after the procedure. There has been a notable increase in the application of laser technology for various cosmetic treatments such as hair removal, skin rejuvenation and body contouring. Transdermal focused ultrasound, monopolar RF, low level laser, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and cryolipolysis are some of the advancements in the laser technology that are used for many aesthetics treatments such as body contouring and fat reduction. Laser devices no longer come as a set of bulky and complicated machines to operate and have become more advanced with the introduction of small hand-held diode lasers. These technological advancements have made the cosmetic procedures to be more quick and impactful, which is further expected to support the demand of medical aesthetics products.
And lets not forget our Digital Millennials who are Creating a “Happy Marketplace” driven by a growing sense of wellness and self-care – particularly in younger consumers – interest in medical aesthetics treatments is at an all-time high, according to the results of a global study. These are your instagram influencers, beauty and lifestyle bloggers which are able to tap into markets that traditional commercial advertising can’t. Jeffrey Frentzen writes that demand stems from increased public acceptance of medical aesthetics and safer, more effective non-invasive treatments. The field has seen a rising adoption of procedures among men, as well as millennials and younger generations thanks in part to the Internet, television and social media influencers.
Demand for the older groups such as Gen-X and Baby Boomers continues to grow but at a slower rate. Adults under 45 are nearly twice as likely to consider aesthetic procedures compared with those over 45.
Here are some additional Growth Factors Worth Noting:
The rapidly aging population where age spots, wrinkles and the change of skin elasticity becomes more prominent
Increased demand among the male population
Technological advancements, including little recovery time for minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures
Growing FDA approval of medical aesthetic devises in the United States
Improved treatment results with decreased side-effects
Increased awareness among patients about the appropriate procedures available
Low-cost of certain procedures with arise in disposable income
So with that being said count me in as a life long consumer of the advancing word of medical aesthetics which will hold a place in my beauty regiment regularly. To be included as well I should note that the Noxema and St.Ives Apricot Scrub are a distant memory along with the hormonal acne of my adolescence. Those too have been replaced with an amazing and highly regarded skin care line called ZoSkinCare that provides a comprehensive approach to creating and maintaining healthy skin for anyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, unique skin condition or skin type. From correcting sun damage + pigmentation to preventing new damage + protecting against future damage. ShopZoSkinCare online or Available at Skin Possible Laser & Light Solutions.
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Let me begin with saying that this Chica misses getting dressed for the office as I have been a part of the millions who are now working from home for the most part. While my job still requires me to leave my home, it often doesn’t make much sense to carry out the full routine for only a short period of the day. Getting dressed up now is often coupled with comments from my boyfriend suggesting I either have a hot date or I’m meeting the girls for happy hour.
This is a comical considering neither have happened in far too long. *Ahem*
I am long over the initial online shopping frenzy of the early pandemic days when I had imagined coming out of the pandemic lockdown and sporting a new #ootd every day of the week in celebration of re-entering society. Those dreams are long gone, washed away along with the 28 inch waistline I intended to have by the end of the summer. As I sit here eating Nutella from a spoon wearing my boyfriends oversized Alabama Crimson Tide Sweater, paired with Monday’s Yoga Pants my sadness deepens. And not because my waistline isn’t 28 inches but rather 34 inches, but because the outfit does not reflect my creativity and personal style when it comes to expressing myself through fashion. I wish I could be as forgiving as the stretch in my Yoga Pants on the matter, but I simply cannot take this laying down any further.
Literally I cannot…I have bruised ribs from a Snowboarding Fall. Laying down hurts. And so does breathing.
I had intended on photographing more of my #ootd and I think we can call agree Yoga Pants will not cut it. I continue to watch and admire Instagram Feeds and admire the flow of beautiful content being produced and wonder how are you all staying so motivated? It often makes me feel like I’m living in parallel universe and I’m on the side of the fence where everything is going to shit. I’m not travelling anywhere in which would provide opportunities for exotic photo ops, and frolicking down a cute cobble stone road whimsically holding a basket of fresh flowers. There are no glamorous nights out capturing me in all my glory popping the Champagne; my perfectly outlined Chanel Red Lips beaming with Dom kissed elation. It’s Winter here in Calgary where I’d typically be sporting some beautiful knee high boots with rich sweater dresses and holiday sparkled ensembles. But things just aren’t happening in my world that would even warrant the kind of effort I typically have applied in the past to a Wine Wednesday evening out. In addition we as a Province just entered a State of Health Emergency so I’m really not going anywhere.
But I still managed on Sunday to get back into the habit of planning my outfits for my work week. This is something I used to do habitually which I feel has often made my life so much easier. There are so many benefits to laying out your outfits ahead of time.
You get to sleep longer since you don’t have to mess about trying to find or put together an outfit. Who doesn’t love an extra 15-20 minutes of beauty sleep. Pre-planning outfits means you don’t have to think about what to wear after the alarm rings.
You avoid Outfit Blunder Frustration that creates “Morning Stress”- Ever start your day upset because you cant find something to wear, cutting into your ability to stop at Starbucks drive thru. It just spirals down-hill from here. Why do another task in the morning when there is already so much to do? It can be a mad scramble getting you and your family out the door as it is. Don’t spend precious moments reconsidering what goes together, what is appropriate for the day’s activities and what is clean. Why empty your closet as you toss things about, trying to find where you put that nude-for-you camisole, or those shoes you thought you put in the bin under your bed? Alternatively, if you gather all the parts of your outfit the night before, you reduce that morning craziness.
You Get Noticed-When you are well put together people appreciate the efforts you take. Confidence can be contagious. When you can put what you are wearing at the back of your mind, you feel happier about your clothes. If you are not irritated by the clothes you yanked on at the last minute, unhappy with the forced, early morning decisions you had to make, you will be more content with the clothing you already own. Stylish people look put-together. It’s easier to look put-together when you’ve spent some time and thought putting an outfit together. If increasing your stylishness is your goal, outfit planning is a sure-fire way to get there.
You are more likely to wear things in your closet that have been tucked away gathering dust. Generally, we have a tendency to wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. This seems like a bit of a waste of clothes, dollars and closet space. Make a plan to figure out how to wear those items that you never seem to wear. Put your closet to work for you. You are less likely to feel like you have nothing to wear if you spend a few extra minutes building an outfit around some of the clothing items you haven’t been wearing.
When you have a visual reminder of what you have you are far less likely to shop for things you already have, and saving your money!
Finding new ways to wear things in your wardrobe can be so fun and provide you hours of music fueled entertainment during a time that we are spending much more time at home.
Advertising your gift of style in your personal life as well as via social media could lead to side jobs like being a personal shopper, stylist, or closet consultant.
Going through your closet allows you to get rid of stuff that is ready for donation and no longer serves purpose taking up space in your closet. As Marie Kondo would say “By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life, in order.”
Above I have what I’d call a Casual Friday Outfit that’s ready for the Happy Hour Girls that keep it going long after Happy Hour is done. I like that you can either strip the blouse and wear the body suit with some high waisted booty hugging jeans, or strip the body suit and wear a sexy black bra under the floral blouse for an equally seductive look.
Above I can mix and match jackets, tops, pants and shoes. I’m in love with a Chanel inspired look that again can shed layers interchangeably.
Tips on How to Make It Happen
When you are putting together an outfit, think about using a completer piece. Pick out the completer piece first and build the outfit around it.
Some will pick out their shoes first and build the outfit around them. Shoes do a great job of setting the tone for what you will wear. Also, shoes are one closet item that bring a lot of people closet joy.
If you plan your outfit ahead, you are more likely to wear accessories. Accessories go a long way to looking stylishly put-together. Accessories are like the icing on the cake. It’s hard to ice a cake when you’re eating bites of breakfast in between blowdrying and demands to sign permission forms.
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Christmas is just around the corner for the millions around the world that celebrate this holiday. For my family it’s a pretty traditional time for us as I was raised in a French Catholic household where we’d celebrate Reveillon Christmas Eve. Reveillon is a derived from the French word “réveil,” meaning “to wake up.” Essentially its an all night feast often eaten before and after midnight mass- for me it was a time to weasel my way into opening my presents as soon as we got home. I mean technically it was Christmas day!
I grew up as an only child and in all honesty I was spoiled each year, where my mother would feel the need to fill the tree up with presents in the attempt to simulate her days growing up with 12 siblings. I was more than willing to be the obligatory gift receiver so that my mother’s nostalgia could come full circle. With my own daughter I admittedly did the same. Now that my daughter is grown she needs things more in the form of an envelope filled with money. I thankfully have a new puppy to fill her shoes and fill the tree with unnecessary toys and treats.
But to be perfectly honest this is the year where I’ve written a list to Santa for old times sake. The year 2020 has been a bitch and I’m over being Practical Pam whereby I usually ask for things I want for the house. This year its going to be a list of all things I want but don’t necessarily need so I hope Santa’s elves are ready to deliver.
Santa…are you paying attention?! Here I go!
#1- A new Camera. I have not owned a camera since my pink Canon PowerShot from 2007. As my interests in blogging and creating content for my new puppers Instagram I’ve grown out of my IPhone’s capabilities. Another reason is that I’m wanting to expand on how I see the world in another medium outside of words and stories.
#2-Ring Light. I realize I am late on this as everyone and their mom has one. As my partner and I begin to play with podcast and vlog ideas the need for appropriate and flattering lighting is a must. And it will just compliment my new camera! Beware of an explosion of flawless photos!
#3- Spanx Faux Leather Leggings. These puppies speak for themselves. I’m always on a hunt for the ideal faux leather leggings and can never find the perfect fit. Some either stretch out, wear out, or snag too easy. These suck you in and keep their shape every wear, while giving your tooshie a nice boost.