So I haven’t published a post since Monday and that feels like a lifetime! Work has been really busy this week and I’m just trying to catch up on all the things! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I wanted to pop on today and give my Houston friends 3 new eateries you totally need to try and also talk about another adorable look with Amaryllis!
It’s officially birthday week and I couldn’t have been more excited to have kicked it off early with a joint celebration with Lan and Sarah! We were spoiled with the yummiest appetizers, cocktails and surrounded by our sweet blogger friends.
Thank you Tasting Room City Centre for hosting us!
A few weeks ago the Grimaldi’s team at City Centre was kind enough to invite Brandon and I out to spend the afternoon with them filling us up with delicious food!
I had actually been to their Woodlands location so I knew their pizza was ah-mazing but Scott, one of the managers, shared some secrets with us on how they ensure every pizza is as delicious as the last!
As you may have read in this post, we recently enjoyed a staycation at Hotel Sorella in City Centre. One of the many reasons this hotel is so amazing is its location. Hotel Sorella is surrounded by great eateries and entertainment! Friday night we were so honored when The General Public offered to host us for dinner and drinks.
They had the cutest interior with their farm to table aesthetic. Chef Luis continued to bring out delicious dishes and if you have never been be sure to try the burrata & pistachio toast, fish & chips and the crispy quail and hot cakes. Oh and come hungry because their portions are very generous! Also a must have is their signature drink, the Rusky Rose which is Absolut Elyx, lemon juice and house grenadine. This visit was the perfect way to end the week with the hubby!
I thought Double Date Night was the perfect title to this post because not only did Brandon and I have two date nights back to back (which never happens btw) but some of our best friends joined us for a competitive fun night of bowling at Bowl & Barrel on Saturday.
So if you have been following along from some time now you basically already know Danielle and Eric. I’m pretty sure they have made an appearance on the blog as much as Mom and Dad! LOL. They met us at Bowl & Barrel and we had so much fun bowling, eating and enjoying B&B’s shareable cocktails! The velvet mule might have been the group favorite but the Nolet’s Bramble was pretty delicious too!
I loved how the Farm to Table theme was carried over to the Bowl & Barrel décor too. We also enjoyed some beef sliders, meatballs and yummy pizza at B&B!
Don’t tell Brandon I told you but Danielle won this game. P.S. Look at him in the top left photo. Why does he look like Flash? #takingthisgamewaytooseriously. 🙂
If you are looking for a fun date night with your significant other or with some friends, I definitely recommend The General Public or Bowl & Barrel for a good time!
P.S. The General Public just started their Monday-Friday happy hourly where their entire drink menu is $4 at 4pm, $5 at 5pm and $6 at 6pm so grab your coworkers or your girlfrinds for a fun HH!
Some of you may already know that I had the SkinPen procedure done with MIA Plastic Surgery a few weeks ago. I shared a little behind the scenes on my snapchat and I immediately loved the procedure but I wanted to wait to do a full review after a few weeks so I could tell you all about my results.
Update? I’m a huge fan! 🙂
A few months ago I did the Sculpsure procedure with MIA (I talked about it here) so I already knew this was a place I could trust. Not only does MIA Plastic Surgery have 20 years of experience with special expertise in minimally invasive surgery but the entire staff there is so welcoming. It’s like walking into your girlfriend’s house being greeted by all of your (very good looking) best girlfriends!
So, I gotta be honest with you guys, I was actually nervous about this procedure. I mean yes, I did my research but the thought of a needle creating small “punctures” all over my face sounded a little scary but I really wanted to do it because I have only heard great things about the results.
So today I want to share a little more about SkinPen and my personal experience/results.
What is the SkinPen?
SkinPen is a little handheld device that literally looks like a pen. This “pen” has 14 micro needles inside. I would like to point out that these needles are disposed of after a single use so the process is completely sterile.
Here is a video that show the start of the process and Katy talking about the procedure.
What exactly is SkinPen expected to do?
Gives you beautiful, youthful skin, duh! 🙂 It helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wirnkles and even scars.
**Also, something I didn’t think about but so happy that Katy pointed it out, it’s one of the few treatments you can do right around your eyes to prevent wrinkles. Procedures such as botox cannot be done too close to your eyes.
P.S. Katy is the licensed esthetician at MIA (the blonde cutie in the video). You’ll love her!
Does it hurt?
Okay, so everyone’s pain tolerance is different. I read so many different reviews and articles online that “it didn’t hurt at all”. So unfortunately, I think that was the mind set I went in with. Guys, I have to be honest with you and tell you that it was a little more painful than I expected. I mean it was obviously bearable and I didn’t have to take any breaks but I just want to prepare you for when you get this done. On a scale from 0-10, my pain was probably at a 4 but around my nose pain level was about an 8. Again, this is coming from a girl whose eyes water when she gets her eyebrows waxed, but if you are that girl too I just want to be totally honest with you.
Would I do it again?
Heck yes. See, it obviously didn’t hurt that bad. 🙂
More about the SkinPen procedure
I arrived to my appointment and chatted with Katy about my skin concerns. Afterwards, she put a numbing cream on my face for about 20 minutes to numb me. Through the entire SkinPen procedure which was less than about 30 minutes, she educated me on how to take care of my skin post procedure.
Less than an hour you guys. How easy is that?!
Post procedure care
katy just informed me not to use any products with exfoliate for about 4 days and they provided me with Skinfuse product to use in place of my regular daily moisturizer for about 4 days as well.
After my procedure
Immediately after my procedure my face was light red. Not too crazy, just like I got a sunburn on my face. 🙂 The very next day my skin was pretty dry and continued a light peeling for about 3 days but no kidding on the 4th day I was already happy with my results!
**Not the most attractive angle or picture. #nofilter, haha! But I wanted to show you what I looked like immediately after. Not very red.
How muchdoes it cost?
The SkinPen procedure at MIA is $400 or $1,200 with PRP.
Clearly I am happy with my results and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to do a minimally invasive treatment to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. If you guys have any questions about this procedure that I did not answer here fell free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I can’t answer your question I’ll be sure to get you in touch with someone at MIA who can!
**This post was done in collaboration with MIA Plastic Surgery. As always, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Oh hey Monday, we meet again. (insert straight faced, not impressed emoji here).
Mondays are inevitable so thank goodness for coffee right?! Most days I make my coffee at home before I leave the house but some days I just need an extra pick me up and something a little more sweeter (and prettier!) that’s where I turn to my favorite Houston coffee spots!