blackinsummer

While you will typically find me in all white during the summer, I do not shy away from black.

Did you know that black best absorbs heat and, therefore, is more cooling than white garments? In fact, black also absorbs energy from the body instead of reflecting it back (like the color white). 

The key to wearing black in the summer is keeping to lightweight fabrics. Anything too heavy or clingy will make you look and feel uncomfortable, so opt for cotton or linen in lightweight finishes. Pair with chunky heels or wedges. Throw in a little balance by showcasing your skin — perhaps a bit of shoulder or leg.

SWbootie

Pre-order season is upon us.

This is when I do my fall shoe buying for clients. However, it's also when I pick up a few things for myself.

Hands down, my favorite shoe on earth is the bootie. Comfortable. Functional. And, of course, stylish. Because of the amount of time I spend in them, I can't seem to have enough. So it's nice to add a little punch to my collection from time to time.

This bejeweled version of the most-wanted Bacari bootie by Stuart Weitzman is chic, elegant and loaded with personality. The rounded square toe delivers daytime into evening allure. Wear them with everything from leather skinnies to midi shirt dresses.

oneearringtrendThe one earring trend continues to woo me. I just like it. A lot.

And this earring is quite unique.

The sculpted Sansoeurs pieces are inspired by the shape of the human body. The "G" earring, cast from 18-karat gold, loops through your piercing until the shimmering diamond sits as a stud at the lobe. 

A fresh twist on the typical.

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Summer is moving along, and so are my legs. Thanks to healthy veins.

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EVLT was a great experience, as I mentioned in May. I have already noticed a difference in leg cramping (no more!) and a decrease in spider veins. The only remnance left from the procedure is a slight tenderness and slightly numbing sensation up my left inner thigh. That may take another 6-9 months to go away, but overall, I am really pleased with my progress.

The next step in my vein care plan was medical sclerotherapy. I have had cosmetic sclerotherapy before, much to my disappointment, so I was eager to see what medical sclerotherapy was all about — the next level version, where a stronger liquid agent is injected into the spider vein, causing the vein walls to swell, stick together and seal shut. The unsightly and unwanted veins then die off and your body absorbs them over time.

Dr. Wang and his team at Charlotte Radiology Vein Centers rock! Not only did the procedures go smoothly, the results have been amazing. Only one leg is done at a time, and I get why. One leg is a lot and there is some pain involved. And then there's the swelling and bruising afterwards. My appointments were scheduled 3 weeks apart, wearing a compression stocking for 7 days after each procedure. Single compression stockings are critical. Trust me, I did the whole compresssion hose thing before and it was miserable. The compression stockings in addition to keeping my legs covered with pants, jeans or long dresses and skirts, wasn't as bad as I anticipated. Even on a hot, sticky lacrosse field.

What does it feel like? Well, like fire ants running through your veins. Though that feeling doesn't last long. I did need decompression on both legs (squeezing/releasing the blood from the dead veins) a few weeks after each sclerotherapy treatment. It doesn't hurt and it provided much relief.

Now that I am almost 8 weeks out from the medical sclerotherapy treatments, I can really see a difference in the appearance of my legs. Initially, 3 treatments per leg were scheduled. However, I only needed one. I may choose to get cosmetic sclerotherapy on the areas around my ankles in the fall, but overall, I am thrilled with what I am feeling and seeing. It is important to note, these procedures rid of existing spider veins but do not necessarily prevent future spider veins from popping up.

If you are curious about vein treatment options, I strongly encourage you to consult with Dr. Wang. It has been a far easier process than anticipated. And besides, I fell in love with the entire staff right out of the gate!

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solargoo

I can never have too much sunblock on hand. Of course, it must be a physical blocker, my preference being zinc oxide.

Because of my sun hesitant skin, and the need to keep my legs covered and out of the sun this summer due to vein procedures, I need something strong and easy.

Enter: Solar Goo by Green Goo.

First off, I love that it is 20% non-nano zinc oxide. Second, it's hydrating. And third, it rubs in clear. Sweet! But the bonus — the travel size tin can fit in my pocket. Perfect for the lacrosse fields this summer, or wherever my daily adventures take me.

Solar Goo made this on-the-go sunblock for all skin types (yes, even sensitive skin). The formula has only 7 ingredients: organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide 20%, organic calendula flowers, organic sunflower oil, organic beeswax and non GMO Vitamin E. It's petroleum, chemical and gluten free to boot.

Now that I have the travel size, I am ready to buy the big tin. I love this stuff!