Saving Face | Browtique | The Pink Frock's Busy Season

4.25.2013

I gave a little sneak peek {here} about this post, and it has everything to do with BROWTIQUE saving my face, my dignity, and my spring!







SPRING... What Does that mean to me?  First let me say that spring time commitments tend to get in the way of blogging; work, charity events, wedding clients, new mommy clients, volunteer obligations, and of course my family. So, it has been a couple of weeks and for that I apologize.

Behind the scenes at The Pink Frock has been a completely overwhelming amount of responsibilities for me.   I have tried to find the balance in life and have become very practiced at saying "no" to jobs and extras I know that I cannot handle.  After all of the "no's" I am still left with 4 amazing sons to raise, and incredible husband that loves to spend time with me still, and the non-profit events that I find demanding but rewarding. 

I find myself faking my way through family dinners (quesadillas and tangerines?),  skipping the spin class (well you know I need new shoes), and didn't make my bed (ok, twice, but that shows that things really are slipping).   What I can not fake is skincare and eyebrow grooming!

Yes, I said it!   Did you think this was a true confession of terrible neglect (you read the part about the unmade bed, right?).   The neglect was gradual, with a little bit of half-effort in the skincare department despite having all the right products, and the brows.   I felt like I was keeping up with it ok, tweezing strays and using a brow brush.   HOWEVER, this was not enough.   One day during the height of my Spring FRENZY, I needed serious help, and I really had no time.

 I knew what the fix was... I needed to get to Browtique as soon as possible.

I say this as openly and honestly as I can.   It felt like I was headed to an URGENT CARE, and in some ways, I was.   Here is more brutally honest confession- I had overly stressed skin that was fighting back in a fierce way, AND my brows were long and so overgrown.   I think that they were dragging on my sunglasses.   I don't think I was quite to a "BERT AND ERNIE" style of eyebrow, but it felt that way.

Browtique is a place of refuge for the wayward brow- whether it is overgrown or over-groomed, they can help.   I wouldn't go anywhere else in San Diego.   That is unless you want your entire brow taken off by nail-shop waxers or overly plucked by who-knows-who.   I have actually seen a low-budget waxing shop taking off a woman's chin hair and mustache in the FRONT WINDOW of the shop, so every passer-by could see her shame.    My quickly scheduled appointment brought me the peace that I needed.   I sank back into the chair and let the magic happen.   It is the most soothing experience {I bet you have never heard than about a eyebrow appointment} and I let the skilled ladies of Browtique take over.   These ladies know me and all about how to help.   Services aside, I love Browtique for the warmest and loveliest atmosphere in the industry.

I am not going to get too far into the specifics {find a service menu here}of what I needed in this appointment because frankly it is embarrassing.   Let's just say that my skin was BEYOND stressed and in a condition that I can't speak about and my brows were just sad sad sad.   All of this felt like a heavy weight, a condition that was draining me because it needed to be managed and I really didn't have it in me.

I will say that I got everything I needed from my appointment.   I felt lighter  {a great brow appointment will actually make you feel like you have lost weight} and a whole lot brighter {so many other things that helped this}.   To make it even better, I left with... wait for it... PRODUCTS!   It is so important to get great products and have a knowledgable practitioner who can recommend the SPECIFIC fix for you.

Here are a few of the things I picked up.....






The Perfect Pad



An Incredible Mask



A Miracle Serum




These three are a powerful trifecta and along with all the other magic tricks I came away with saved my face.   Yes!  Totally True, Saved my FACE!   I am not one of those girls who has to be convinced spend a little time and money on myself to feel better, I already KNOW THIS, but in this case I simply was over-committed and under-powered for what Spring had in store for me.   So while Quesadillas and Tangerines for dinner never hurt any family, ummm... letting life get too out of control and having the BROWS I had was simply TOO MUCH.

All my love to Browtique,


Amber




























How Browtique Saved My Spring... {Sneak Peek}

4.24.2013

While Browtique Spa in Rancho Santa Fe isn't an Urgent Care per se, they certainly knew how to resuscitate me after a heavy workload this Spring.


more details to come.....

Haute Mama: A Girly Day at the Shops | The Pink Frock | Blossom Mother and Child

4.02.2013


I shared with you last week a little peek at the collaboration I had with Blossom Mother and Child for their Lookbook series.   I was asked to style a Girly Day Out for an expectant mommy and I had a great time doing it.    I picked a few completely fabulous pieces from Blossom and added in richly detailed accessories, amazing shoes, luxe handbags, and some very fine toiletries to make a very special collection.     I want to share the entire experience here on The Pink Frock Blog. 



Here is what Blossom had to say:

"At the start of the month we launched our first ever Maternity Lookbook. The Lookbook series is all about getting expert style tips and lifestyle recommendations for occasions you would like to be styled for. After lots of chatting on Facebook and Twitter, we took a list of your top themes to our favourite bloggers and stylists who then create fabulous looks on our Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/blossomfashion).
The incredibly talented Jess from Mumzy-Not brought you the Wedding Edit for our first lookbook and following in her very stylish footsteps is stylist extraordinare Amber from The Pink Frock. Tying into the very popular occasion ‘Girly Day Out’, Amber treats us to her looks, style advice and pregnancy lifestyle tips.
Blossom loves Amber’s ethos and approach to styling. Amber collaborates with her clients to bring out their own unique personal style with the ultimate goal of leaving them looking and feeling their absolute best. She custom tailors each client’s experience to fit their individual lifestyle needs, goals, personal sense of style, and (of course) budget.
Check out Amber’s finished board on our Blossom Pinterest. You can also have a look at her outfit picks and detailed style notes below!"


LOOK 1: THE ATTESA EMPIRE STRAPPY & CITIZENS OF HUMANITY SKINNY MATERNITY JEANS


Beautiful with the most flattering neckline. An easy essential piece for an expectant mommy. Layer with skinny jeans or pencil skirts. This top can be worn after baby too while you are getting your shape back.
9 months up and 9 months down (if you are dedicated to it) so buy great prices like these skinny jeans that fit and flatter and will take you into the next phase- new mom. Skinny jeans look great with all sorts of tops, tanks, and jackets and are worth the investment.
Topshop Fringe Bouclé Jacket
A fabulous jacket paired with maternity pieces is simply the best way to get a lot of mileage out of your look. Jackets should be worn open- don’t worry that it doesn’t fit the way it used to. It adds detail and allows the pop of color from maternity tanks and tees to show along with the baby bump.
Diane Von Furstenberg Circle Scarf Ink Bomb
A fabulous pop of color and detail that will add that extra wow to any ensemble. The best part- there is no size to worry about. Fits now and forever. So chic!
Perfect Sunnies
A face flattering modern cat-eye pair of sunglasses. Fresh and clean… In pregnancy it is important to flatter the parts of your silhouette that aren’t constantly changing- great glasses, glossy hair, perfume, and a fabulous handbag will make-up for the times when you don’t feel like anything else will fit.
Red Valentino Leopard Ballet Pumps
Running around calls for style and comfort. A quality flat in a special print will last you through pregnancy and beyond. Most mamas experience a change in shoe size after the first pregnancy so buy with this in mind.
Valentino
An absolute stunner! This statement bag couldn’t be more covetable. The shape and detail are amazing. Look for structured bags with interesting details to add interest to your maternity wardrobe and beyond. Don’t get caught carrying a nursery printed plastic-coated nappy bag.
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour
A perfect nude lip for all seasons- keep this in your handbag for touch-ups. You will fall in love with the luscious scent. Don’t look back on photos from this time in your life and wish your lipstick wasn’t so bright and clown-like. Wear a flattering pinky neutral for the most versatile and ladylike allure.
Ring – Moda Operandi
Add in interesting accessories to a wardrobe of maternity basics. Spend a lot or spend a little but the glimmer of gold adds something special to even the simplest ensembles.





                       LOOK 2: VELVET BRANDIE SILK SHIRT & AG LUXE LEGGINGS




A perfect blouse- detailed and modern with clean lines and a great fabrication. Don’t skip over quality buys like this. Take care to add in pieces that will look great- 9 months can be a log longer than you think.
Great Pants are necessary to keep a girl motivate during this time of bodily change. Get amazing skinny jeans and wear them through your pregnancy and after. Love the dark rinse…
Leather Jacket
Soft and drapey and totally gorgeous. Leather jackets are a value add to a pregnant mums wardrobe. They allow more interest and warmth but at the same time will carry you through some of the more mundane moments in pregnancy dressing.
Sunglasses
Pregnancy sometimes means a lot of crying, laughing, and crying again. Weeping at really small things can make a mess of carefully applied makeup. Be prepared with terrific sunglasses. Pull them out at a moments notice and always be picture perfect and looking poised even if you don’t feel it
Tory Burch ‘Reva’ Flats
I love cobalt blue mixed in with black and grays. It’s rich and luxe and is just the right way to add dimension. Keep flats in your bag if you are more of a heels kind of girl; sometimes pregnant feet just need a little break
Loeffer Randall Tamsin Classic Pumps
Ssss… snake detail pumps in just the right height are a laid-back luxe detail for an otherwise uncomplicated ensemble. These pumps will add that final WOW to a lunch date with ladies
Forever 21 & Links of London
Add visual interest to your maternity wardrobe with a pop of color like this cobalt pendant. It allows for new details to be added to your ensemble with a little expense. Layering up unique pieces of jewelry is a quick way to add polish and details to ensembles. Don’t skip on details during pregnancy. A little sparkle here and there take an outfit from drab to fab.

                                                 HAIR AND BEAUTY

Having great hair tools such as the Ibiza Collection Swirled Extended Cork Round Brush means you are one step closer to professional looking blowouts. Your hair is the accessory you wear every day- keep it glossy and styled.
Take good care of your hair and it will take good care of you. Consider this a pre natal vitamin for your locks. They will be glossy and strong and perfect! ALTERNA® ‘Bamboo Volume’ 48 Hour Sustainable Volume Spray will keep your gorgeous style firmly in place!
I love a light but sensuous fragrance. Acqua Di Parma leaves a lingering allure without being overpowering for day time.


For more about Blossom Mother and Child please visit them at www.blossommotherandchild.com

Xoxo,

Amber



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