WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

Hi friends,

I’ve written, deleted, and re-written this post more times than I can count. All the while thinking – how much is too much to share? do people even care about this, and ever more so do they care to read it? will my readers be able to relate to this? After debating back and forth I decided to say screw it and just share the damn thing. I’ve told you from the beginning that this is going to be a place with real shit. 100% honest and true all the time. Why would I question writing this post? Because its real and raw and personal. And it has been one of my tougher times.

Have you ever been going along in life, living and happy, and making plans? Future plans. Plans that are a huge step and all of a sudden your world is turned upside down. Well, this was Will and I 6 weeks ago.

I was laid off.

And not just laid off from a job that was a stepping stone to something better, but a dream job. A job with unlimited vacation. A job I made great friends at. And most importantly, a job I was passionate about. And let me tell you, this all happened within 72 hours. Talk about a smack in the face.

To make a long story short, I was recruiting for a company that grew fast. Fast as in doubled the size of our company, opened 4 new offices in 3 different countries, AND had a major acquisition all within about a year and a half. Crazy, I know. Good news for me since it was my job to find more awesome people to come work for us. Fast forward to January 28th. It was that day that I was told our leadership effed up our hiring numbers and there would no longer be a need for our 12 person recruiting team. They were keeping 2 people in the Nebraska office, and I was not one of them. Uhhhhhh, say what?? They did offer me my old job back, but I would be commuting to Lincoln every day, and it was quite honestly a big step back for me, both in responsibilities and pay. Whichever option I chose would be effective a short 4 days later. Needless to say they basically made the decision for me with the options I was given. Oh, and I forgot to mention this was at the same time Will and I were starting the house building process. We were searching for lots and had pretty much narrowed down our builder. Perfect timing, right?

I WAS DEVASTATED. All of our future plans we were becoming increasingly excited for came to a screeching halt. I was completely blindsided. I honestly thought I would work at that company for years to come. Never in my life did I think this would happen. So what did I do? I allowed myself to take a step back and have a pity party until after my birthday, which was coincidentally a day later. After that I got my ass to work job searching and everything that goes along with it.

There is a silver lining and a happy outcome to this story. I found a great job at an amazing company, literally 3 minutes from where we currently live. I’m going to be doing something completely new, for a new division of the company and I can’t freaking wait. In addition to that, Will and I have hopefully ( keep your fingers crossed ) found THE MOST AMAZING lot and builder. Things fell into place.

Why am I telling you this story? I’m not quite sure. I’m banking on the fact that one of you guys reading this is going through something similar. Maybe not getting laid off, but going through a rough patch. And maybe, just maybe, this is something you needed to hear. You’re not alone. It happens to everyone, and probably multiple times in our life. I totally believe everything happens for a reason. It may be hard to see at times, but eventually, everything will work out how it’s supposed to. Things truly do fall apart sometimes, so that better things can fall together. I’ve learned to keep my head up, view the situation differently, and work my freaking ass off to help push along the process.

I also have to do a bit of bragging here. Will was superman through this whole ordeal. He was my rock, my biggest cheerleader, and my confidence giver when I was feeling down on myself. He lifted me up, and constantly reminded me that something even better would come along. And most importantly, he was always there for me. You guys, I hit the lottery with this man I tell ya. He’s a saint. I can imagine I wasn’t the most pleasant being to be around some of those days. ( sorry sweetie! ) So thank you!!

So my friends, if you have found a pile of lemons knocking at your door, grab some vodka and hang on, because you’re going on a ride for your life.

xo Chelsie

#REALTALK: ALL ABOUT MARRIAGE

MARRIAGE ADVICE

Hi, hi, hi!

Today I want to talk about something a lot of people will experience at some point in their lives. For some it will be good, really good. And for others, well, it won’t be. And for the majority of us, it will be both.

I’m talking about marriage.

If you’re expecting this post to be full of rainbows and butterflies and that’s it, you are in the wrong place. You all should know by now that I tell it how it is. The good, the bad and the ugly. If that isn’t your cup of tea, it might be best for you to gather your advice elsewhere.

MARRIAGE ADVICE

Let me begin by saying I am by no means an expert on marriage. I have only been married for 16 short months, however I feel as though I have a lot of experiences that may be helpful to some. Not to mention the fact that they say the first year of marriage is the hardest, yet I feel as though being married has been the most fun-fillled adventure of my life – exactly how it should be in my eyes.

Growing up it seems like all you see in movies and read about in books is how boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy and girl get married and live happily ever after, THE END. Errr, not exactly how it happens.

Marriage is hard. And anyone who tells you different is lying. BUT, marriage is also the most rewarding experience I’ve had thus far in life. To know that you have someone in your corner, that will always be willing to fight for you, for ETERNITY is a pretty amazing feeling.


MARRIAGE ADVICE

As cliché as it sounds, I am lucky enough to be married to my best friend. That’s not to say we haven’t had our hardships, but I kind of think we got the “first year roadblocks” out of the way before we got married. Why am I crazy enough to think that? Well, before we got engaged Will and I packed up and moved to BFE where we literally knew no one, didn’t have cable or wifi (shocker I know) and were living out of a glorified garage. And yet, I look back on that time fondly. We had to figure out how to keep life adventurous in a town that didn’t have much to offer and only knowing each other. And guess what, I think that time has helped our relationship flourish in a way that probably wouldn’t have happened had we never left Nebraska.

When we were traveling we had a lot of goof times, a few bad times and a hell of a lot of fun. Throughout it all, these were our biggest takeaways and what we strive for in our marriage everyday.

MARRIAGE ADVICE

Communicate, no matter what – We’ve all seen them. The couples that don’t fight, but not because they’re happy. Because they have stopped communicating. IMO, this is the most detrimental thing that can happen in a relationship. Some arguing is healthy. Who wants to be in a relationship where you and your significant other agree 100% of the time?? I’m sorry, but I would not want to marry someone who is exactly the same as me. That’s part of the fun in dating and in marriage, you get to continuously learn new things about your SO and figure out the best way to do life with them. As hard as it is sometimes and as mad as you might be, never stop talking to one another and more importantly, listening. <<everyone seems to forget that last bit

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Learn how to agree to disagree – Like I mentioned above, how boring would life be with someone exactly the same as you?? And when you have two different personalities, that means you aren’t always going to agree on everything. You have to understand that you guys aren’t always going to agree, and that is PERFECTLY FINE. Marriage isn’t about always agreeing. It’s about agreeing on the important matters and being able to compromise on everything else. When Will and I first met I was a straight up rule follower and planner to my core. Will was, well, the exact opposite. It took time, but I learned how to loosen my Type A control freak ropes and Will learned how to better plan, when it’s needed of course. I am soooo much happier individually because of it and we are both so much happier in our relationship. And you know what, there are certain things we’ll never agree on, and that’s okay!

MARRIAGE ADVICE

Never stop dating – Think back to when you are your SO started dating. Remember how fun and exciting it was? I feel like people so often forget how to have fun with each other. They think, once you’re married or even dating for a long time everything becomes routine and boring. News flash, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE. Your relationship is 100% up to you! You should never stop courting one another, and if you don’t the chances of your relationship becoming boring and stagnant are slim. Will and I go so far as to make it a goal of ours. One year we had a goal that we would take turns planning a date night doing something new every month. This year, we made it a goal to try out 1 new restaurant each month < clearly we’re both fat kids at heart, lol! While you were dating you were also falling in love with one another. Why should that stop when you get married?? It shouldn’t.

I don’t really know the whole point of this post, but hopefully it reached those who might be struggling in their relationship right now. Again, I am no expert, but this is what has worked and continues to work for Will and I.

Life is really one grand adventure, so make sure you’re having fun on it.

Also, thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! I drew the winner at random [ if you did the extra credit you had double the chances to win ] and Miss Alicia Kay, you are the winner!! Email me at chelsie@thebotoxandbubbly.com to claim your goodies!

xo Chelsie

DRUGSTORE BEAUTY THAT KICKS ASS + A GIVEAWAY

 

drugstore beauty haul

Walgreen’s is going to be the death of me…and my bank account.

BUT, good news for you guys, my beauty addiction has led me to find what’s worth it when it comes to drugstore beauty. And here are some of my latest faves.

ESSIE GEL SETTER TOP COAT

Essie Gel Setter Top Coat – there are few things I loathe more than painting my nails and waiting for them to dry. VERY RARELY do they dry without smudges all over them, and when they do my nails chip faster than shit. That is until I found this beauty combined with a little pinterest-worthy trick I learned. This top coat does wonders, I’m talking leaving them super shiny and chip free almost as long as a good ole’ gel mani. The trick I’m talking about goes like this:

1. Fill a bowl with ice cubes and ice water
2. Once you’re done painting your nails, submerge them in ice water for 1 minute
3. Voila! Smudge-free zone

MINI VASELINE LIP THERAPY

Mini Vaseline Lip Therapy – Nebraska winters are wreaking havoc on my lips. No one wants to be rocking flakey lips, and let me tell you, this stuff has been my little savior. Plus, it’s small enough to have one in my purse, car, bedside table, anywhere you can think. Run, don’t walk and pick some of this up!

MAYBELLINE FIT ME CONCEALER

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – helloooooo Monday morning pick me up. After a long weekend of little sleep, this baby is my best friend. I use it under my eyes to hide any dark circles and really just make my eyes pop

PRO MATTE FOUNDATION

L’OREAL Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation – When Nebraska winters are practically making my face flake off, I tend to have an oily complexion – especially when it comes to my t-zone. This little potion is the perfect amount of matte without being too drying. I used to exclusively use Makeup Forever’s liquid foundation, but since they’ve changed their formula, L’OREAL has been my saving grace.

LOREAL NUDE PALETTE 2

L’OREAL LA Nude Palette 2 – And while we’re on the topic of L’OREAL, this eyeshadow palette is EVERYTHING. I literally cannot get enough of it. The colors are just perfect no matter if you’re heading out to run errands or getting ready for a night on the town. They blend great and have just the right amount of pigment. Total heart eyes for this sucker.

LOREAL NUDE PALETTE 2

 

L’OREAL Magic Lumi Primer – Noticing a trend here? L’OREAL has just been killing it lately, and this lumi primer is no different. I will say, rather than using this as a primer, I like to use it as a highlighter. After I finish applying my foundation and concealer, I will take a drop of this a swipe it across my cheekbones. Bonus – use it on your collar bones to add a little sex kitten to your look. Meow!

LOREAL LUMI PRIMER

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets – These puppies have been in my purse since high school, no joke. And there’s a reason I’ve used them for so long, they’re THAT GOOD. They aren’t needed as much during the winter, but come summer time you won’t find me without a pack. They are perfect for wicking away any oil, without compromising your makeup. Seriously, they’re the best.

GUESS WHAT?? As a little thank you for being such awesome readers, I’m giving away everything listed above to one lucky winner! Follow the guidelines below to enter:

  1. follow @botoxandbubbly on Instagram
  2. tag a friend in my latest instagram post
  3. for extra credit, follow botox and bubbly on bloglovin and comment below sharing why you have to win!

The giveaway will be closed Friday, March 4th at 5pm CST.

Good luck!

xo Chelsie

SPRING FASHION FAVES

SPRING FASHION

 | lace-up peep toe sandal | komono sunglasses | lucy hat | palm print bikini | bohemian off the shoulder top | red off the shoulder dress | faux suede wrap choker | pinstripe jumpsuit | floral print maxi skirt |

Although I will be sad to see the boots and scarves go, I just can’t get over the spring fashion coming out! Think bright, light and airy with a pop of boho and suede. Warm weather is welcome any day now. Happy shopping!

xo Chelsie

MY STRUGGLE WITH PERIORAL DERMATITIS

Hiiiiii. Long time no talk, eh?

Apologies for being somewhat MIA this week, but we’ve had some major changes going on around here >> I promise to fill you all in soon.

In the meantime, I’m here to talk about something that hits very close to home for me and quite honestly has been a major pain point of mine for as long as I can remember. It’s disgusting, it’s uncomfortable and it’s really unknown as to what causes it.

I’m talking about Perioral Dermatitis.

You might be asking yourself, “Great Chels, but what the F is that?” Basically, PD is an inflammatory rash around the nose and in severe cases the mouth. It’s most common in women, and the cause is unknown. The rash appears to be bumpy, scaly, red and flaky.

How fun does all of that sound? About as fun as going to the gyno.

I haven’t even told you the best part. It’s a crap-shoot as to whether the treatments will actually work or not. Yay!

I’ve had this condition for as long as I can remember, and have tried too many antibiotics and topical treatments to name. NONE of which helped. Yes, makeup covers it up pretty well, but how about the times I don’t wear makeup? For instance, when I’m heading to the gym. In my mind, all people can see is this disgusting rash around my nose, that becomes even more distinct as I workout. Attractive, I know.

I had lost all hope for it ever getting better, that is until I discovered an article stating some women had seen improvements after using Lotrimin. Errr hold up. You mean the stuff men use for jock itch and athletes foot?? You want me to put that on my FACE? Yes, yes, and YES!

You guys, IT WORKED!!

No, my PD isn’t completely gone, but it is better than it has ever been in my life. I wanted to test it out for a week before writing about it, just to make sure it actually was working. Don’t believe me? The proof is in the pictures.

PD COMPARISON [ after 2 days of using lotrimin ]                     [ after 1 week of using lotrimin ]

I didn’t think to take a picture and write about it until I had already been using the Lotrimin for a few days, so it had already cleared up a ton >>still kicking myself for that. I tried to dig up any pictures that showed just how bad it usually is, but for obvious reasons I would always try to conceal my PD with makeup. I also tried to have the pictures be as identical as possible (same lighting, no makeup, etc) but clearly I’m tanner and just got my brows waxed in the pre-treatment pic.

The reason it works is because at its core, PD is a fungal infection, caused by yeast, which is related to allergies. And what do you know, Lotrimin is a treatment for many different fungal infections. It is NOT a corticosteroid (i.e. hydrocortisone) which can actually make PD so much worse. The key ingredient in Lotrimin that really kicks PD in the ass is Clotrimazole 1%.

I wrote this post in the off chance one of my readers suffers from PD, and felt the same defeat and anguish that I have for so many years. You are not alone. And I hope this cream helps you as it has greatly helped me.

Do any of you suffer from PD? Have you found anything that works for you? I’d love to hear!

xo Chelsie

+please note I am not a medical professional. always do you own research and consult your doctor before trying any treatments at home.

SEXY LITTLE LACE – VDAY DONE RIGHT

VDAY INTIMATESScallop Lace Cut-Out Bra | Lace and Mesh Mini Knicker | Underwired Harness Bra | Embellished Crop Top | Lace Jersey Triangle Bra | Delicate Lace Brazilian Knickers | Olivia Robe | Red Lace Underwire Bra | Red Lace Suspender | Black Lace Crop Top

Hellloooo Ladies!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but something about a little sexy lace puts me in the right, well mindset. >>if ya catch my drift 😉

Pick up one of these hot numbers and your man is likely to shower you in chocolate, flowers, and a little somethin’ somthin’.

Even if your single on this V Day, slipping into a little lace will make you feel like a sexy and totally bad-ass woman!

Happy shopping.

xo Chelsie

 

BOTOX REALNESS

botox needleSO.

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while [ and I know many of you have been waiting for it ], BUT it’s still considered somewhat taboo and is definitely more on a personal level.

I’m talking about botox.

As you probably guessed from the name of my blog, I am a supporter AND a user of botox. GASP! I’m neither ashamed nor scared to admit it. Everyone has their opinions on it, and I say to each their own. My opinion? I love it. Now, before you go judging me, read on below.

What really is botox? Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic.

  • There are more than 6 million botox treatments administered every year
  • Botox is used for far more than just wrinkles – It’s used to treat sweating, migraines, muscular disorders, and even bladder disorders
  • It works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles , leaving the muscles without instructions to contract, hence why it’s used to treat wrinkles

I never grew up thinking I would be getting botox while still in my 20s, only because I didn’t really know much about it. The little amount I did know focused mainly on the fact they would have to stick needles in my face. Uh, no thank you, was my only thought at the time. It wasn’t until my esthetician educated me, that I even considered it. To be blunt, my forehead resembled that of a Shar Pei pre-botox. I’m not kidding when I say when I would wake up in the morning, my creases would be so deep and red that even makeup wouldn’t help. Call me vain, call me conceited, but as a young woman, this was frustrating and disheartening knowing that these wrinkles were going to become deeper and deeper regardless of what I did.

Forgive this nearly 9 year old picture, but this was the best one I could find pre-botox. Obviously, I tried to hide my wrinkles the best I could in pictures, but you can see they are still clearly visible on my forehead below.

pre botox

[ pre-botox ]

I had always thought about botox as a reactive treatment, rather than a proactive one. But in all reality, it’s helping to preserve our youthful and wrinkles free skin, so that we won’t need a shitload of botox in the future. The botox required to minimize wrinkles now is a hell of a lot less than if I were to decide to start getting it 10 years from now in hopes of reversing the damage already done. Now, a few times a year is plenty sufficient.

If you’re thinking my face is frozen and resembles something like a statue, you are sadly mistaken. I get just enough in my forehead and between my brows to ensure no deep wrinkles will form, but not so much that I can’t move my face. I can still smile and frown with the best of them, but without the lasting damage.

botox forehead

       [ soft ]                                                    [ raised brows ]

If you are considering getting botox for yourself, do your research. I talked to many different doctors and friends until I found one that I felt comfortable with and who I knew would do a good job.

I fully believe in aging, and aging gracefully for that matter, but if I can take measures now to help out that aging process, then damnit I’m going to do it.

Have you ever gotten botox? Do you love it? Hate it? Tell me below.

xo Chelsie

THIS ONE IS FOR YOU GUYS!!! VDAY GIFTS FOR YOUR WOMAN

Happy FriYay!

I already gave you girls a head start on what to get your man for VDay, but you didn’t really think I would leave the men hanging “just in case” they somehow dropped the ball. Listen up, don’t be that guy, get your shopping and planing done AHEAD OF TIME ( I know this is likely a foreign concept for many of you! ), but I can almost guarantee you will be rewarded for your efforts later that night >>wink, wink.

So, here are some awesome gifts that will DEFINITELY start you off on the right foot this Valentine’s Day.

VDAY GIFTS FOR HER

  1. Be Happy Always Journal – There really is no time like the present. This journal is a great tool whether you are organizing your thoughts or building your business plan for the next big thing. Plus, it’s a great reminder that life is absolutely too short, so why be anything but happy? ALWAYS.
  2. This Is The Year To.. Kate Spade Bangle – This is the year to kick ass and do you my friends. Let this adorable bangle be your daily reminder that YOU are amazing and this is YOUR year to shine. Plus, its sparkle with shut all of the haters out.
  3. Liana Teal Pineapple iPhone Case – It’s currently feeling something like the arctic in Nebraska, so I’ll take anything that reminds me of spring and warmer weather. If you’re lucky enough to live in the warmth year round, the pineapples are still an adorable addition to any phone.
  4. Woodhouse Milk Chocolate Caramels with Sea Salt – These babies here. Just wow. Do yourself a favor ( and save on shipping ) and order a few boxes. These chocolates are like little pieces of heaven that melt in your mouth. Yes, they’re that good. You will thank me later, although your waistline might not.
  5. Kate Spade Dot Candle – I just can’t get enough of gold decor right now. And guys, you can really never go wrong with Kate Spade. I promise.
  6. Kittens Get Thirsty Too Tumblr – It just so happens that V Day falls very close to the beginning of the year when everyone is all “New Year New Me,” which should mean drinking more water. Why not give your girl a cute tumblr to drink it out of and help her towards her goals.
  7. Zella Live In Leggings – These are HANDS DOWN my favorite pair of leggings I own. They aren’t see through, they stay up and they make your ass look great. What more could you want guys?
  8. BP Round Face Watch – This watch will be the perfect accent piece of jewelry come spring. The best part? It’s only $20. You read that right, 20 freaking dollars.
  9. Burberry Brit Perfume – Burberry perfume has been one of my faves for a long ass time. It smells divine, but without that nasty overpowering smell. A little goes a long way, so it will last forever.

So, there you have it guys. All you have to do is select your woman’s gift(s) from above, click on the link, pay and voila! You’ll be spending your Valentine’s Day avoiding the dog house. You are welcome!

xo Chelsie

CROWN BRAID – VIDEO TUTORIAL

Happy Monday All!

Today, I am super excited ( and nervous ) to show you guy my first video tutorial. Ever.

Nothing like picking a tough one to start out with either.

AM I RIGHT OR AM I RIGHT?

So, without further adou, I give you

THE CROWN BRAID VIDEO TUTORIAL

This braid was my go-to hairstyle allllll of last summer. It’s cute and I don’t have to worry about the Nebraska humidity ruining it. Plus, it means I have to go without washing my hair. BONUS!

Take a look and let me know what you think! Be gentle, I’m new at this!

If you have any questions, comment below and I will be sure to respond! What other tutorials would you like to see?

Xo Chelsie

VALENTINES DAY GIFTS FOR HIM

Let’s be honest, most people see Valentine’s Day as a Hallmark holiday, which gives it a bad wrap. Personally, I love V Day, married or not. When you’re in a relationship, it’s another reason to spoil your significant other with some extra lovin’ >>even though I think this should be a daily occurrence, we all know that doesn’t always happen.

If you’re single, it’s the perfect opportunity ( and excuse! ) for an extra frisky, drunk GNO. I’m talking lots of wine, chocolate, and binge watching some rom-coms.

Valentine’s Day is always tricky in terms of gifts, because our wallets are usually still recovering from the holiday season. I also think men are SO HARD to shop for. We’re the easy ones. Give us a little chocolate and a lot of wine and we’ll be happy as can be!

If you are in a relationship, here are a few of my favorite gift ideas, all of which are under $100. Win, win!

VDAY GIFTS FOR HIM COLLAGE

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  1. BOSS wool & cashmere scarf – Just loving a man in a nice scarf lately. So sharp and classic.
  2. MVMT watch – I got Will this watch for his birthday and he LOVED it. Super classy and masculine without breaking the bank.
  3. Herschel duffel bag – It’s nice for the man in your life to have his own duffel, rather than having to walk around with your Lulu Lemon one!
  4. Fields & Forests men’s grooming set – Facial hair is in, help him to maintain that sexy scruff.
  5. Leather wrapped candle – Perfect for classing up his man cave.
  6. Magnetic bottle opener – We can never find a bottle opener when we need it. Plop this on your fridge and you’ll never lose it again.
  7. S’well wood collection water bottle – These water bottles are just amazing. The wood look is to die for.
  8. Single malt scotch cordials – Chocolate and booze? Yes please!
  9. Herschel knit beanie – I literally can’t get enough of men in beanies.

xo Chelsie

 

 

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