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Review: Liposonix at The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center

Ok, ok… I have to let you in on my little secret. When I got asked to do Dancing for the Stars, I really ramped up my workout routine. I was exercising more, eating better, and started to tone up! That was good, because the dress Amy Kirchen and I designed was quite skimpy and I didn’t have much fabric to hide behind! 🙂

But there were a few weird areas (like on my back right under my bra, under my belly button, above my knees, and on the sides of my thighs) that I was having a tough time targeting. I was talking with one of my clients, Dr. Gupta at the Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center, about it, and she said she had a few procedures that could help (of course she does, she’s a cosmetic surgeon! haha!).

The two she recommended were Vaser Liposuction, and Liposonix. Vaser is less invasive than traditional lipo, but it’s still done under local anesthesia, and you’re out of commission/in a compression garment for a couple weeks afterwards. Liposonix is the least invasive but it still kills the fat cells (it just takes the body three months to remove them naturally instead of surgically). Plus, you can be in for the treatment and back to your regular life immediately after the procedure. This was perfect for me because it was late January at the time and Dancing for the Stars wasn’t until April!

So, I opted for Liposonix and I told Dr. Gupta I would write about the process – good or bad – on my blog so readers would know what it’s like. The process started with an initial consultation where she took a look at the areas I wanted to target. Dr. Gupta did a lot of pinching around to get a good feel for what she was working with and how to best target the areas. She made her recommendations for what she would be doing, how long it would take and how to prepare for the procedure.

Dr. Gupta gave me the option of taking a prescription pain killer prior to the procedure, but I opted not to because I had a full day of meetings and a dance lesson afterwards. They require someone to drive you home if you take the pain killer for the procedure, and I wanted to be able to hop in a car afterwards to get to my meetings, so I didn’t do it. That’s my only regret in this whole thing – I wish I would have taken that darn pain killer!!!

It’s not that it was super painful, but it certainly doesn’t feel “good.” It was probably more my nerves than anything because you’re just sitting there on the table waiting for someone to zap you. Oh, plus I’m super ticklish, and that wasn’t helping anything! haha! So, if I were to do it over again, I would definitely take the pain pill to relax, dull the nerves and be able to get the full effect of the procedure.

They ended up doing it on a lower setting so I felt more comfortable. I was worried I wasn’t going to see any results because I didn’t get the full power, but I actually did get very nice results. It smoothed out the sides of my legs and really tightened my belly (I actually just posted bikini pics in a blog post today!! eeee!). What I liked about it is that I was back to work right after the procedure – so there’s no downtime, compression garments or scarring.

In my opinion, this procedure probably isn’t the best for someone with an aversion to pain or someone who needs to lose 100 pounds. This is mainly for toning and tightening targeted problem areas by making small tweaks that look like a “better version” of what you looked like before. It was perfect for what I was looking for, and I’m really glad I did it!

Check out the video below where I chat with Dr. Gupta about the procedure and my experience.

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Super Chic in Shail K Sequins!

As you may already know – I did the Dancing for the Stars event in April, and I posted the entire process of design, creation, fitting, and dancing in the performance dress I made with Amy Kirchen here on the blog! But there was another very special dress I wore that night as well and I wanted to do a little write-up about it too because I just loved it so much!

We were told to bring a “mingling” outfit to wear prior to our performance so the audience didn’t get to see our glam performance dresses until the actual performances. I knew there would be lots of lights at the venue, so I wanted lots of sparkle. I also wanted it to be special so that no one else would have the same look! I got an email a few weeks prior to the event from a PR person at Shail K with a subject line of “Sequins for Summer,” so I just HAD to keep reading!

I opened the email full of gorgeous sparkly dresses, and I loved every one! They sent me a few samples for me to wear to the event and one dress in particular fit like a glove and was PERFECT for my “mingling look”!

Check out the pics below of me and my dress and click here to see more Shail K dresses! FYI – Shail K specializes in upscale, contemporary designs. They have dresses for any kind of special occasion – from red carpet, evening and prom to pageant and wedding fashions. Their prices range from $160-400 for cocktail dresses, $300-800 for long dresses and $1,000+ for custom pageant gowns. Sizes range from 0-16, and custom gowns can be made to accommodate larger sizes. More info at www.shailkusa.com.

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Me and my Cincy Chic team at Dancing for the Stars!

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Dancing for the Stars Recap

I’ve never teared up putting away a pair of shoes before, but tonight I did. I’m so sad that my long, fun, and challenging experience of Dancing for the Stars is over.

Of course, having a type-A personality, not winning wasn’t part of my plan. 🙂 But that’s ok, because those who did win – and everyone who participated for that matter – did an amazing job and should be commended for supporting a good cause, and dedicating their time, heart and resources to the competition.

And that’s the thing I took away from this competition. I really, truly committed to this. I put everything out there. I spent absolutely every minute I possibly could either learning choreography with Brian McNamee at Cincinnati Ballroom Company (who is an INCREDIBLE instructor by the way), or at home in my kitchen twirling around, knocking over pots and pans trying to practice.

So, after one sore back, seven lost pounds, 60+ hours of dance practice, 35 hours of Amy Kirchen‘s dress making, and seven hours at the Alba Beauty Studio getting beautified… I can officially say I came, I went, and I conquered my samba.

In six years since starting Cincy Chic, I’ve never committed so much heart, soul and time to something that wasn’t business-related. I did this for me. To rip myself away from my phone and computer a few times a week to dance. To challenge myself beyond my comfort zone. To learn something new. To become something new.

I can successfully say that I did all of that and more. I’ve never felt more beautiful and confident than I did on that dance floor Saturday night. And that is my reward. I’ve now fallen completely, madly and deeply in love with dancing.

So, as I put my dance shoes away tonight, I just had to say… Thank you old friends for the journey. Hopefully you won’t stay on the shelf long.

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My hair and makeup by Megan Corcoran at Alba Beauty Studio
My hair by Megan Corcoran at Alba Beauty Studio and makeup by Andrea Lauren at Cincy Style Bar
A sneak peek of my dress right before I went on stage!
A sneak peek of my dress right before I went on stage!

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(I’ll update this post with a link to more pics, as soon as I get them!)

My Dancing for the Stars Dress!

I’m so honored and excited (and yes a little scared) to be featured in this year’s “Dancing for the Stars” event, which benefits the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Overture Awards. It takes place April 13, at Music Hall, and it’s already 50% sold out! The winner is based on crowd applause, so need lots of loud, obnoxious people in my corner! I hope you can make it – I would REALLY appreciate your support! Click here to learn more and get ticket information!

Brian McNamee at the Cincinnati Ballroom Company is my pro and he’s been a great teacher! We meet twice a week for an hour and a half each, and then I practice in between and on the weekends, so I’ve been putting a TON of time into my routine. But before I even got my feet on the dance floor, I met with Amy Kirchen to start designing my dress! She just sent me the final sketch and I’m out of my mind excited for how it turned out! It’s going to look fabulous!! Check it out!

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Product Review: Massage Envy

I agreed to be one of the dancers in this year’s “Dancing for the Stars” which benefits the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Overture Awards (click here to read the write-up about it on Cincinnati.com). I haven’t really danced since my high school cheerleader days ….or my Elaine from Seinfeld-esque dancing at weddings! haha! But it’s a great cause AND the perfect opportunity to get in great shape! I’ve been going to dance lessons twice a week, and I promised myself to do cardio and weight lifting three times a week so I fit into the fab dress I’m designing with Amy Kirchen. Needless to say, I’ve been waking up tired and achy…muscles I didn’t even know I had are super sore!

I decided that I’d reward myself with a monthly massage if I kept up with the routine. I figured it would help with the aches and would also be motivation to keep up the workouts!

One of our new clients at Cincy Chic is Massage Envy, and the PR rep I work with there had just been emailing me about their new products and add-ons (for example, you can add-on aromatherapy, or upgrade to deep tissue). They are also based on a membership system, so you get a monthly massage (you can use them another month or give them away if you don’t use them each month), and that brings down your per-massage price, which is perfect for my new monthly massage promise to myself!

So, I decided to try it out and book an hour massage with deep tissue upgrade and I also added on one of their Enzyme Acne facials. I had a few break-outs I needed to have calmed down before all our events this week! (we have three fashion shows this week, and I didn’t want my breakouts to take away attention from my new shoes! haha!)

Let me just tell you, this was the most relaxing two hours of my life. My body felt like jelly afterward, and my face STILL feels like a baby’s bottom four days later! I got the massage first (Linda Kantor LMT was my massage therapist, by the way, she was awesome). She broke up all those knots, and eased all the tension I was holding in my poor sore muscles. I also got the aromatherapy – I’m such a sucker for ANYTHING lavender – which just sent me to la-la-land. So relaxing, but it wasn’t just a froo-froo massage. I definitely felt more limber and less tense after the massage.

Then, after the massage I got my facial, which was perfect because they did everything in the same room and I didn’t have to move one little pampered muscle! Missy Smith was my esthetician. She was amazing. Very knowledgeable about the products (I have really sensitive skin, so I was asking which product did what, and what was in each, if they reacted like previous products I’ve had a reaction to, etc). They use Murad products which I had heard of before, but never used before. Now, it’s been several days since my facial and I’ve been using some of the sample lotions they gave me, and I’m definitely going back for more. I don’t know if it’s because it’s winter and I just keep caking on lotions to keep my skin from flaking, but this facial felt like it sloughed off a bunch of junk and my pores are finally able to breathe. And the lotion is keeping my skin hydrated without it feeling weighed down, which is always good so I don’t start that caking-on downward spiral again!

So, long story short, I wanted to let you know about my experience at Massage Envy (I went to the one in Kenwood – right across from Nordstrom). I give the whole experience – from the products to the people – an A+ and will definitely be back again. And from the looks of the choreography my dance instructor just sent over, I’m going to need it!

By the way, Dancing for the Stars tickets are available for patrons ($100), corporate tables ($1,000) and the front-row “celebrity circle” tables ($1,500) from the Aronoff Center ticket office Downtown, 513-977-4104, or www.CincinnatiArts.org. I need lots of loud people in my cheering section! 🙂