Microblading

I started to do a gift guide, but I realized there are so many great ones out there and I decided to just do a few big gift/activity posts of my favorite things instead. My first gift idea is something I got done and LOVED! My Eyebrows! More specifically, microblading.

Since having kids, I’ve noticed my eyebrows have started thinning. I didn’t think there was much to do about it so I’ve been filling them in with various pencils/gels. While I was happy with the way they look filled in I was so tired of having to do it everyday. So when I was heard about microblading I was super intrigued!

Microblading is a semi-permanent make-up technique that involves “implanting pigment after the creation of fine incisions in the skin.” Each hair stroke is finely bladed onto the skin to create a realistic “hair-like” appearance.

After I research the procedure I started looking for local places to have it done. I found quite a few locations near me but eventually settled on the one I felt most comfortable with. I liked the before and after photos of their work but I also felt more comfortable knowing it was an actually medical spa. I went to Magnolia Med Spa in Cumming, Ga. If you are in Georgia I would highly recommend them!

They first cleaned the area and applied the numbing cream. Then we started with a consultation that took about 30 minutes, to decide what color and shape I preferred. Then the esthetician drew on the desired shape until we got exactly what we were looking for. This took a little longer for me because my eyebrows are actually really uneven. I didn’t realize it until we started measuring and drawing but one sit much higher on my face than the other. I was so impressed with the time she took to make my eyebrows even. I also had no idea what a difference even-looking eyebrows would make! HAHA!
I was really surprised that the actual blading did not hurt at all. I did start to feel it once the numbing cream started to wear off but even that wasn’t painful and once they reapplied the cream I couldn’t feel it at all again. The esthetician that did the work was amazing! She was clearly which a perfectionists (which is exactly what you want when you are doing something to your face!) and she repeatedly applied a few strokes, checked the placement, and even had me sit up a few times to check the work along the way. I really felt like she was perfecting my eyebrows specifically that fit me, not just going through the motions and “doing her job.” I felt completely comfortable with her! This may sound dramatic, but I feel like your eyebrows are such a big feature on your face and messing them up was not something I wanted to risk! Here’s an immediate before and after photo.

Wow what a difference, right?! A few weeks later I went in for a touch-up. This was the same process as before but took much less time.  So if you’ve ever thought about getting your eyebrows done…DO IT! You will LOVE IT! But, make sure you go to a legit place! (not some lady off craigslist). Here’s link to the place I went Magnolia Med Spa. Ask for Emily and tell them Kira sent you!

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Post Baby Body

Marlow is almost 4 months old! I can’t believe how fast it has gone by! I’ve had a few new moms ask about weight loss after baby and I wanted to do a quick post. To be honest I have no idea how much weight I’ve lost. When I came home from the hospital I jumped on the scale and discovered the batteries had died. So I decided I wouldn’t replace them and I would just go by how my clothes fit.

The main reason I don’t stress about weight loss is because I’m nursing. I know the weight will eventually come off and I don’t want to restrict any food and risk my supply going down. So instead I buy a comfy pair of jeans, a few nursing tank tops (usually black, white and nude), and tops to layer over my tank top. Side note- I find wearing a nursing tank top with a shirt over it is the easiest way to nurse when we are out and about. I can discreetly and easily nurse whenever I need. I like nursing tanks that are soft but supportive (so I don’t need to wear a bra). After Maddox, it took me almost a year to fit back into my pre baby clothes. Full disclosure- If I don’t leave the house I stay in yoga pants and a nursing tank top ALL DAY! ? When I’m feeling fancy I throw on a little make-up… Nope… That was a lie… I throw on big sunglasses so no one can tell.

So I basically bought a few set staples:
– Dark blue jeans
– Black jeans
– Black yoga pants (these high waist ones from Target are awesome)
– Nursing tank tops (From Bravado)
– A lose fitting, soft t-shirt
– A long cardigan (to hide fun new post baby belly and long enough to cover my thighs because they got HUGE.
Here’s an example of what I normally wear day to day.

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Nursing Friendly Clothing

I learned the hard way, after having Maddox, that most of my clothing is not “nursing friendly.” I also realized I didn’t fit back into my normal clothes (duh) for months but my maternity clothes didn’t fit right either. I had to waste money on all these “in between” outfits. So when I got pregnant with Marlow I knew I only wanted to get nursing friendly clothing that I could wear during and after I was pregnant! Luckily I found Pink Blush Maternity! They have a whole section of nursing friendly outfits! Most of their clothes are also able to be worn during and after your pregnancy (they even have pictures of both pregnant and non pregnant woman in each outfit so you can see what it looks like). Extra bonus-their clothes are really comfortable and affordable.

Here’s the dress I wore to my baby shower. It’s insanely soft, but most importantly it’s SUPER stretchy! At this point I’ve outgrown most of my maternity clothes (which is so annoying). I’ll be spending the rest of my pregnancy in stretchy dresses! You can find this dress in other colors here!

P.S. I can’t wait to share pictures of the adorable delivery/nursing robe I got from Pink Blush too! I’ll be wearing it soon in the hospital with Marlow Marie!

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