Dermal Fillers (Juvederm): My Experience

QUICK DISCLAIMER

I am aware that the use of any kind of injectables or fillers is a debated topic. However I have had a very wonderful experience, I feel confident in my decision, and I’m hoping I can shed some light for those of you that are interested.

BEFORE & AFTER:

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MY EXPERIENCE

MAKING THE DECISION

If you know me at all, you know that I am a huge researcher, and before I take anyones advice I will always go to my beloved GOOGLE for all of the nitty–gritty answers. I feel that if I can search the whole world wide web and find little to nothing that should concern me about any kind of procedure, or any type of beauty treatment that I should probably be okay to try it for myself. However, you will always get that person that will tell you to “BEWARE”, and “HAVE CAUTION”, and “DON’T DO THAT TO YOUR FACE, YOU DON’T NEED IT”. Well.. I also don’t need makeup, but I wear it everyday because it makes me feel ready for the day, more presentable, and of course more beautiful by enhancing features that I already have. I think that this same scenario applies for anyone considering other beauty enhancements such as fillers, botox, cosmetic surgery or even plastic surgery, if that will help them feel better and more confident in their skin, then isn’t this a great thing? If that means rocking your cheek bones a little more, or rocking the lipstick a little more with your gorgeous full lips, I say own it.

Yes, we all know that some can get very carried away with procedures like these, and not know when to stop to the point of having a duck face, or absolutely no facial expression left. However, isn’t that why they say most things are good in moderation and with BALANCE? So just be smart about it, and you very well could find it to be a great thing for yourself.

MY INSECURITIES

My final decision to try dermal fillers was a decision that I felt would greatly help with insecurities I had been having and also because I think there is nothing wrong with enhancing your beauty if it is done safely and if it will help with your self confidence. For many years growing up, and even into my teenage years I had a pretty extreme class three underbite, and this was a very big insecurity of mine. Once my bite was fixed, and after three seperate times with braces, I still had a very sunken top lip that would naturally fall behind my bottom lip. This made for a natural frowning face, and I couldn’t do much about it.

Many of times, I would get teased by friends at school that I always looked angry. This really bugged me because who wants to be that person that looks like they always have their panties in a bundle, especially when you consider yourself to be a very happy person? As I got older, this insecurity of mine started to really bug me more, and I knew I had to do something about it soon. This is when I started researching lip fillers as a possible solution..

In addition to wanting to do something about my lips, I also had been feeling some slight insecurities with my flat, mostly dimensionless cheeks. After I came back home from my first year of college, I lost some weight and developed slight skin sag in my cheek area. It wasn’t very noticeably terrible to anyone else, but  in my twenties, this was definitely something I wanted to start taking care of. Twenty pounds may seem like not a lot to you, but on someone who is 5’3″ it is definitely more noticeable, and it wasn’t too great on my face either.

After much research and talking with professionals at different offices, this was something I felt confident about trying. I am very pleased with my results and if you look at my before and after pictures you will definitely notice a difference. I have more shape in my cheeks, and my top lip is now much fuller, which makes my face look a lot more proportionate. Since the procedure, I also look a lot happier when my face is relaxed. I can honestly say that I feel more beautiful and more confident, and I would never tell anyone not to try it.  I will continue to do what I feel is great for me and I would expect everyone to do the same.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT DERMAL FILLERS? DID YOU KNOW?
  • Dermal fillers, when used appropriately are highly recommended by medical professionals, not just for older patients, but also for younger patients to use as a preventative to slow down the aging process.
  • Juvederm (the filler that was used on me) is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid that has a proven track record of safety.
  • Hyaluronic acid (in Juvederm)  is a natural component of the second layer of your skin. It can actually hold up to 1000x it’s own weight in water and is pretty excellent at volumizing the skin.
  • Fillers can be used for many things including but not limited to: creating fuller more even lips, softening deep lines and wrinkles by the mouth and nose, enhancing cheeks for a more youthful look, and to diminish other wrinkles on the face.
  • The procedure or injection normally only takes about 15 minutes. Yep, that’s it.
  • Tenderness during the procedure is minimal to none, as there is numbing cream used before as well as lidocaine in the Juvederm itself to help minimize pain as well.
  • Results are immediate and may last anywhere from 6-18 months.
  • A recent study on facial fillers reported an overall patient satisfaction of 89% who had positive experiences.

 

WHERE DID I GO FOR THE PROCEDURE?

 

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So after much research I found pretty excellent reviews about Utah Facial Plastics along with incredible before and after photos on their website. I think a good review says a lot, but many GREAT reviews say even more about a company, especially when it comes to procedures like fillers. I was feeling really good about them and decided to reach out to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Lets just say that I am so happy I did! The second I walked in the office, I was a little nervous because I have never done anything like this before and the Front Desk girl Brandi immediately welcomed me and she was just the sweetest and most helpful. Then I got to meet Alfie, the Nurse Injector, and she took me back to her office. I love her energy and she is just a bundle of fun. If you are one that is kind of nervous with needles, like I sometimes am, Alfie will just make you laugh and feel at ease. Normally I am a nervous wreck with stuff like this, and I could not believe how relaxed I was with her. Not to mention I’m pretty sure she is the absolute best at what she does, Alfie was so careful and was very good at asking me what I liked, and wanted to fix. Every time I go in, I know It will be a party with her. Want to get to know more about Alfie? Read more about her HERE.

I also need to give a give a HUGE thanks to Jenny, the Marketing Director. None of this would have been possible with out her. She has been so lovely and accommodating from the very beginning. Talk about a staff that loves their jobs, and are all so fantastic at what they do.

I am so excited to mention that Jenny has invited me to partner with Utah Facial Plastics as a patient brand ambassador!  I love sharing things that I love and brands that I stand behind, and I truly am grateful for this opportunity. So stick around, because you will be seeing more frequent updates from me, and some fun content including some behind the scenes footage. I love Utah Facial Plastics, and I plan to be a patient for years to come.

ANY SPECIALS OR DEALS GOING ON?

Yes, if you call and schedule an appointment with Utah Facial Plastics sometime within the next few weeks you can get $100 off Juvederm! This is a huge savings you guys! This deal does not go on very often, so I would get on it quick! They also offer several other treatments, so feel free to check out their other specials and events going on HERE.

What does beauty mean to you? I would love to know in the comments box below!

I hope you found this post to be helpful, thanks so much for stopping by. Make sure to subscribe to get some goodness in your inbox and stay up to date with my adventures.

 

xo-Sarah

 

 

Bow Neck Tie and Pencil Skirt: Believe in Yourself

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Bow Neck Tie and Pencil Skirt: Believe in Yourself

Photography: Lori with Lori Romney Photography

Have you ever felt like you were just stuck, like you could never actually make your dream a reality? Do you struggle when it comes to believing in yourself? Well my message to you is that you absolutely can accomplish any dream, and it all starts in your mind and your heart. I believe that if you have a positive and healthy mindset, it is much more likely that you will be happy, in good health, and feel way more fulfilled with your life. If you remember the famous words of Doctor Suess, these words are so dear to me, and the guy knows what he’s saying.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

I have been that lost girl, who didn’t know what in the world I wanted to do with my life. I have felt so low about myself, and ripped myself apart too many times to count. Why do we do this to ourselves? Can you imagine if we decided to be our own biggest fans? Imagine all of the incredible things we could do. Your dreams are right there in front of you, and it’s time to reach for them. What are you waiting for? What is your dream? I would love to know in the comments box below, and then follow up with sharing what you are waiting for.

Im on a mission, to uplift others, to shamelessly go after my dreams, and help people fight for their dreams too. You are never too young, too old, too poor, or too uneducated. You are the one that makes limits for yourself, remember that..

Now let talk about this Bow Neck Tie and Pencil Skirt outfit I am wearing.. I have kind of always had a mad crush on bow neck ties and I pretty much think they are the classiest thing since Audrey Hepburn. This darling detail will give any outfit a touch of class and sophistication, perfect for the working girl. And this skirt, is basically a dream. I found it in the Sale section at Loft and I could not believe I found it for the incredible price that I did. Not to mention, pencil skirts are great for just about any body type, and they mean business.

What do you guys think of this look? I would love to know in the comments box below. Don’t forget to subscribe!

 

xo-Sarah

 

 Tie Neck Blouse   |  Sailor Pencil Skirt  | Calvin Klein Sable Patent & Suede Ankle Strap Pump  |
Bottega Veneta Woven Leather Briefcase  | Burberry Kisses Gloss -tulip Pink No.25

Girl in Red

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The Girl in Red

Photo Credit: Lori With Lori Romney Photography

Happy Friday! Im so excited to share this look with you guys! I just about died and went to heaven when I found this fun red and white striped long sleeve tee and red skirt on a double Sale at Loft the other day for an additional 40% off on top of the already discounted Sale! Yes, you better believe that this outfit costed me basically nothing, and I am one happy girl because of it. The Sale has changed now to 30% instead of 40% but I still feel like both of these items are a major deal!

You can’t really see the details that much on the top because I thought it would be super chic and fun to wear tucked in my skirt. However, this shirt has a fun and flirty more loose fit, and looks great tucked in jeans, a skirt, or looks super fab left out too. Now this skirt, I am basically obsessed with! I love the cute little v-cut in the front and the big double pockets are basically adorable. I really feel like its the perfect fit too – not too tight, just perfect.

If you love Loft as much as I do, or want to snag these items before they are gone, I would get on it while the sale is still going.

What do you think of this look?

Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to subscribe, so you can follow all of my adventures and get great sales and fab finds like this in your inbox!

xo-Sarah

Pocket Shift Skirt | LOFT
Striped Long Sleeve Tunic Tee | LOFT
Burberry Kisses Gloss -tulip Pink No.25 | Burberry
Infinity Pendant Necklace | Tiffany & Co.
 Lovina Ankle-Strap Platform Sandals | Michael Antonio

Getting Real: Trench Coat and Cargo Pants

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 Photo Credit: Lori Romney with Lori Romney Photography

Getting Real about Me: Trench Coat and Cargo Pants

I’m back, with a new outlook, and some fresh ideas, along with this fun trench coat and cargo pants combo that I am loving for Spring.

But first, I feel that I need to talk about the elephant in the room.. you know, why I haven’t blogged in a while. I feel that I need to be honest and tell you exactly why, and it’s something I do not feel extremely comfortable sharing, but I feel I owe the truth to you guys…

The reason is, because I found myself wanting to make this a legitimate business so badly, that by the last few months, I ended up doing it more for the money and less because I love it..

Gross right? Don’t you hate when bloggers do this? I do, and I was one of those…

I started to receive several collaboration offers from different companies, and my inbox was getting pretty full. Being a new blogger who never could have guessed that I could ever make any money at this, it was very exciting and rewarding to see the fruit coming from my efforts. For a few months, I ended up making just as much as I was making at my day job and it was exciting to me, but I knew that I just didn’t feel right about it. Although I have never advertised for a company I didn’t believe in, I still was advertising more for companies doing more sponsored posts, and sharing less of what I wanted to share in the first place..

I stopped blogging for a few months because I was pretty upset with myself, and I knew I needed to take a step back and really get my priorities in check before I continued to blog again. This is not an easy thing for me to share, but I also decided Im going to open myself up and share things that are real, that aren’t always said because I do feel like in the blogging industry, a lot of time people will only see half of the story, and only the pretty side of things. I do see an importance to not only share the good, but also the true and the real parts.

I still do consider my blog be a creative space where I can share everything that I love, and I hope people can come here and feel good, because that is honestly what I want, to be a giver of good vibes, and good things. However, this blog has really blessed my life and more importantly my families life, and I plan to continue to work with companies but always put my readers first.

It’s time to really make my blog what I wanted it to be in the first place. The new Style Gala, will be a place where I will celebrate life and share absolutely all of the things that I love including but not limited to, fashion, travel, DIY home projects, keeping it real, and sharing all of the things that I think make life great. Thank you so much to everyone who continues to show support and the positive encouragement means everything to me.

Thanks for joining me on my journey to become more adventurous, wander to new places, and to just be myself. Don’t forget to subscribe to get some goodness in your inbox.

By the way, what do you think of this look? Im loving this casual chic vibe, it feels so light and airy. Not going to lie, this beige trench coat and cargo pants combo have me feeling kind of like a fox.

You guys are going to love that the shirt and cargo pants I am wearing are on a crazy Sale at LOFT going on right now. The Sale is 30% off everything, even sale items, and both of these items are on SALE, so you will get an extra discount at checkout.

xo. Sarah

 

(Similar) Enzo Angiolini Leather High Heels • 
ON SALE > Striped Scoop Neck Pocket Tee • LOFT • 
cupcakes and cashmere ‘Laswell’ Drape Coat •
Tiffany & Co. Infinity Pendant Necklace • 
(Similar) Steve Madden BLUCYY Fringe Convertible Tote • 
(Affordable Style)Merona Women’s Med Belted Tote with faux suede detail • 
Newport Charm Bangle • Alex and Ani • 
Alex and Ani ‘Best Friends’ Adjustable Wire Bangles (Set of 2) • Alex and Ani •  
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick – Rose • Hourglass • 
Alex and Ani Nature’s Gem Wrap Pasture Bracelet • Alex and Ani • 
ON SALE > Lou & Grey Brush Up Cargo Pants • LOFT •  

 

 

 

 

Cyber Monday Sales

I know its last minute but I have just found way too many awesome Cyber Monday sales going on at some of my absolute favorite stores and I just felt that I should help you skip the hunt and just get to the good stuff.

So here you have it, I have given you all of the HOTTEST Cyber Monday Sales on the web, all right here. Im not kidding you, with sales as good as these you could get all of your Christmas shopping done in one night. So READY… SET…. Lets SHOP!!

First lets start with the best, one of my favorite places to shop, ASOS! In my opinion, ASOS is one of the best places to shop if you are looking for high quality clothes but at an affordable price. Here are some of my favorite finds, and with the sale, on top it almost feels too good to be true. At ASOS, the Cyber Sale is 30% off everything. Use code BLESSED at checkout.

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Nordstrom: Extra 25% off select sale items and up to 40% off designer clearance!

J.Crew: Up to 40% off select styles plus free shipping today only! Use code MONDAY

J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything plus get an additional 15% and free shipping! Use code TODAYONLY

Shopbop: Earn 15% – 25% off. Use code GOBIG15.

Kate Spade:  Enjoy 30% off Everything with the code SHINE at checkout.

Anthropologie: 25% off sale items plus free shipping today only! Use code XTRAGOOD.

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything plus free shipping! Use code EVERYTHING.

Loft: 50% off Everything. Use code CYBER50

Sunglass Hut: Select Styles are 60% off original price.

Gap: 40% off everything with the code BESTCYBER at checkout.

Banana Republic:  40% off absolutely everything including Shoes, and Outerwear with the code BESTCYBER at checkout.

Joss & Main: 30% off nearly everything with the code SAVE30 at checkout

Well thats a wrap. Happy Cyber Shopping!

#ShareAMeal: Lets Fight Child Hunger


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Did you know that Child hunger in America is not only a little problem, its A BIG PROBLEM, and it’s heart breaking. Right here in the United States, 1 out of every 5 children does not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s 16 MILLION children suffering from hunger – possibly right in your neighborhood.

These children face hunger every day, and that is something we must come together and fight to fix. As many of you know, this week I partnered up with Unilever to help change that statistic and YOU can help change it too!

  Unilever has agreed to donate 1 meal to Feeding America for each Like/comment on this post or simply by sharing your own #ShareAMeal empty plate #Selfie. It’s simple! Our goal is to come together as a community of people who DO CARE to give a million meals to feed these hungry kiddos! Let’s do this! Imagine what we could do together if everyone of you joined in!

Learn more about the cause: Unilever USA.

#SHAREAMEAL

Shave You Later

Ladies and Gents, I have a life saver tip I NEED to share!

Many of us have been guilty of milking our long-overused-gross razors, including myself, and this my friends has got to come to an end!  I was SO done with my old gross razors and I have found the perfect solution, Dollar Shave Club!!!!!!! For those of you that have not yet heard of them, they are an online subscription company that sends fresh new razors and shaving products to your door every month, for just a few dollars a month! P.S. you guys NEED to go check our their Youtube Videos, because they are SO SO great, and they will make your day.

Cole has been really wanting to try out their service since he first saw their HILARIOUS Youtube videos, and he finally got his first box to try for himself. He absolutely LOVES it! I swear I didn’t think it was possible to get this guy to shave more often, but with Dollar Shave Club he actually really does love shaving!

Seriously what’s not to love about getting fresh new, high quality razors sent to your door every month? First of all, the packaging is SO great! Cole’s box came with post shave moisturizer, repair serum, two razors, shave butter, fresh new blades and a funny little comic that also came with it. The packaging was just so cute that I may have just stolen one of the razors for myself and it has been my ABSOLUTE favorite razor I have ever used.

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Ladies, quit buying those expensive razors that were “made for women,”  because mens razors are the bees knees and we are already enticed to buy enough gender specific products, that are just another marketing scheme to make us spend more money than we should.  I have used mens razors since high school and I swear by them. Mens razors are just all around better quality, they have more blades, and I have ALWAYS had a cleaner, smoother, longer lasting shave because I use mens razors.


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“I like shaving with a dull razor ” 

-Said No one ever

Don’t take my word for it, try it out for yourself, and your legs will thank you!

xo-Sarah

**Thank you Dollar Shave Club for sponsoring this post, however all opinions are my own**

Striped Jumpsuit

Hi Loves!

I just thought I would share this look with you from ROOLEE Boutique. Isn’t it the cutest? I swear this weekend jumper is the absolute BEST. Not only is this the most darling striped jumpsuit ever, but I swear its more comfy than anything I have ever worn in my life. So lets talk about ROOLEE, if you haven’t heard of them go and check them out right now, because they seriously have the cutest selection of clothes that are all perfect for fall and back to school. P.S. Use the code “STYLEGALA10” for 10 percent off any purchase. (Expires September 12th at at 11:59 MST)

I paired this jumper with some darling tan Oxfords also from ROOLEE, a black floppy hat that I purchased from H&M a while ago, my Pink West 57th Henri Bendel Travel Satchel and a bright pink lip. Similar options, or other favorites will be listed below. Let me know what you think of this look in the comments box below and don’t forget to subscribe!

Photos By: Samantha With Samantha Moss Creative Check out her Instagram: @SamanthaMossCreative

Weekend Jumper and Harper Oxfords (c/o) – ROOLEE Boutique

Henri Bendel Pink West 57th Travel Satchel  (c/o) -Henri Bendel

xo-Sarah

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Houndstooth Coat: Beginning Boutique

I have always LOVED houndstooth print, and I feel it really is such a hot print for fall. I have been so excited to jump into fall fashion considering that it’s my favorite season of the year, so when I was wearing this coat from Beginning Boutique I was actually sweating like a prisoner of war because I’m pretty sure it was a billion degrees outside. I almost feel like I have no patience, like Im ready for fall to come RIGHT NOW. Was it worth it? HECK YES, because this coat is perfection. I love it so much, I could probably sleep in it.

This houndstooth coat from Beginning Boutique is light, very well made, true to size and I absolutely love it! Beginning Boutique has been so generous to offer all of my readers the discount code ‘STYLEGALA‘ for 20% off any orders over $50 – (not valid on gift cards)

Whenever I wear a bold print I like to try and keep the other details of my outfit pretty subdued. I paired this gorgeous coat with some white jeans, a long pendant necklace, and a black floppy hat (all older items, similar options below). I also paired it with one of my new favorite bags from Violet Ray, the Eva Diagonal Zip Satchel in Brown. Use the code VR10 to get 10% off. 

What do you think of this look? What’s your favorite way to wear houndstooth? I would love to know in the comments box below. Don’t forget to subscribe!

XO-Sarah

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Eva Diagonal Zip Satchel in Brown (c/o) – Violet Ray

Houndstooth coat (c/o) – Beginning Boutique

(Shop similar options, or some of my favs below)

 

Little Lace Dress..

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It was fun to show off the beautiful Grand America Hotel to my beautiful talented friend and photographer, Roxana with Roxana B. Photography. If you have never been you must go because the Grand is truly a gem, and when you visit you will feel like you left Utah.

This lace fit and flare dress is definitely one of my favorite dresses. I may have already worn it like a KA-BILLION times, and it just never seems to get old. I am so impressed with the fit and quality, and I simply love how it makes me feel. I must say I have been really impressed with all of my pieces from Eliza J. and I love how their store fully embraces only classy designs that are beautifully made to the highest quality.

I hope you guys have a fun weekend! Enjoy it!

XO-Sarah

Photos by: Roxana B. Photography

Lace Fit and Flare Dress (c/o) – Eliza J.