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Updated: Nov 10


HI! :)

I was hesitant in sharing my experience on this but I did so many research beforehand that helped me so I figured my blog is about helping too so here you go!


Initially I was going to Images Med Spa in the chicagoland area for a facial, and that turned into a facial and lip injections lol. To be honest, I reached out to do a collab with them and at first was just going to do a facial but they were down to do lip filler too and since I've always wanted to do it I decided to try it! I'm sure I'd eventually do lip filler to test it out one day but it happened earlier than I had planned haha. And now I feel like I'll get them once a year bc i love them but let me get to the experience :)


So I got the facial first, it was a combo of a hydrafacial and using this ultrasonic tool- that was cool. Then it was on to the lips. I got numbed and holy crap I could still feel the pokes unfortunately. Some technicians (not at images) don't even like to numb their patients- crazy! I watched a couple lip filler youtube videos the day after and some places have total numbing cremes and shots and they can't feel anything so I am JEALOUS. I couldn't imagine how much more it would have hurt having none though. Something is better than nothing right?! But I got 12 pokes- 6 on top, 4 on bottom, and two more in the cupids bow. We used Juvederm Ultra Plus and only half a syringe. You buy the whole syringe and then you go back to use the rest at a later time! You can do 2 weeks after if you wanted more or a year later!


To prevent bruising

I was told to stay away from Alcohol, Advil (any similar blood thinners) and Fish Oils (so omega 3 vitamins)- I also purchased Arnicare which i put on a few days before and during the healing process like chap stick and I did not bruise!! woo! They did recommend pineapple too beforehand to prevent bruising but I didn't try that. I was just so happy I didn't bruise.


BEFORE




Thursday 7:00 PM

BEFORE AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER

(BEFORE IS ON LEFT OF EACH PHOTO)



Thursday 8 PM

Swelling is beginning- it was a bit sore and before bed I should have taken a few advil. During the night I kept waking up (probably to make sure i didnt sleep face down on them haha but they did feel sore.


Friday 2 PM (day 1)

Woke up so happy that I had no bruising!! The real swelling was now showing though. I took 3 advils this morning to relieve the soreness. It hurt to drink from a straw or make a kissy face haha. I was honestly so nervous now though that the filler was mirgrating above my top lip but I googled some other swelling examples and same happened to other people. I was scared it was turning into a duck lip from the side! I mean look at these pics but it was all because of the swelling.




Friday 6:30 PM

Not the best quality pics but I feel like by now the swelling went down a bit. The migrating swelling portion also was pretty much gone. I was told that 3-4 days after most swelling goes down and 2 weeks after is when I see the final real result.


Saturday (day 2)

I think my lips are just dry at this point but same soreness with doing the kissy lips.


Sunday (day 3)

Same-my lips are just dry but less soreness with doing the kissy lips.



Monday (day 4)

Dryness goes away


Day 8

I can finally make the kissy face and its not sore- also can connect my lips as if I'm connecting my lip stick (if that's how you say that haha)


Day 9

feels all good as if i did nothing :) finally put some lip product on too





You can use ELABOBAK50 for $50 off your first visit at Images Med Spa. They have locations in Lincoln Park, Hinsdale, Mokena, Wilmette, and Wheaton.



Hope you learned something from this!




Thanks to Images for collabing with me!


Most of my photos have been edited with my presets (not these though)

You can follow all our home reno youtube videos here

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You can also find more house updates on my insta stories and vlogs


Don't forget to check out my Amazon Page that lists all my favorites on there- clothing, home decor, beauty products and more.

xoxo ela

Hi guys!

Wanted to save my halloween decor in a post on the blog. Now that we have a home, I want to try to be a good decorator for the holidays! haha still working on it but here is some minimalist halloween decor inspo :) I'm super obsessed with the velvet pumpkins!




you can find all the items here:




All of the photos have been edited with my presets

You can follow all our home reno youtube videos here

All my home reno blog posts are here


You can find more house updates on my insta stories and vlogs


Don't forget to check out my Amazon Page that lists all my favorites on there- clothing, bathing suits, beauty products and more.

xoxo ela

Updated: Nov 3

hello!


We just got back from Miami during a pandemic! It was definitely different there this time around (last time I went was for a bachelorette party and the other time was with Colin.

The weekdays felt like a ghost town but Fri/Sat definitely picked up in people. I love looking back on where we ate/what we did so here is my Miami diary!


Day 1


We stayed at the Nautilus Arlo in South Beach. We checked in, unpacked a bit, and walked to Bodega and Taqueria. It was a little bit of a walk (30 min) and I didnt realize how humid Miami was in October but the food was worth it! Sooo good. I got the shrimp, pastor, and steak taco and they were amazing. The chips and guac too- soo good! After we went to our hotel pool, and then for dinner went to Mercado Della Pescheria and got the chicken parm. We were SO full and went home to sleep haha.


day 1 day outfit

day 1 night outfit


Day 2


We rented city bikes and went to Local House for lunch. We both got the lobster roll and it was so good. The outdoor area was also so cool looking with the palm leaves everywhere. We went to the beach afterwards, visited my friend at her new house, then got sushi at Doraku. I was buzzed so I'm so mad I don't remember which rolls we ordered by I got one of them twice haha. The dumplings were also amazing.



Day 2 night outfit


Day 3

We went to Bacon Bitch which is a fun place and they actually have to respond with 'thanks bitch' etc ahaha. The sandwich was great and the hashbrown was even better. We then rented this little car for $100 for 2 hours from a place on 11th and Collins I believe and it was actually the highlight of the trip for me. Was so fun to see the other areas and honestly I was sick of walking everywhere hahah. We went to the pool for a bit and I ordered a poke bowl from Ono because I heard it was one of the best places but it was just like the ones I've had in Chicago- still good because i love poke bowls! Then for dinner we went to Prime 112 and my first experience was better. We got the lobster cobb salad, dumplings, and crab cake. The best was the onion bread that give in the beginning! I only knew of wildfire having onion bread and thats why thats my favorite restaurant haa.



Day 4


This roof is on the top of our hotel btw! But this day I told myself, "i am dressing cute today and taking ubers eveywhere" ahha because the other days during the day i was in biker shorts and didnt care because it was so humid and we walked everywhere. So this day (our last) I went out with a bang. For lunch we decided to compromise because Colin wanted a sandwich and I wanted tacos so I went to Naked Taco and Colin went to La Sandwicheria. The shrimp taco was sooo good- i shouldve gotten 2 of them. Then we had our last pool day, and for dinner Colin wanted Morenos but I actually wasnt hungry and didnt feel like Cuban so I waited and then we walked towards Moshi Moshi and I had sushi. I loooove sushi, it might be over cheeseburgers now. so shocking.


day 4 day outfit

day 4 night outfit


Hope you enjoyed!!






All of the photos have been edited with my presets

You can follow all our home reno youtube videos here

All my home reno blog posts are here


You can also find more house updates on my insta stories and vlogs


Don't forget to check out my Amazon Page that lists all my favorites on there- clothing, home decor, beauty products and more.

xoxo ela

ABOUT

Hi, I'm Ela! I started this blog to share all my knowledge of fashion, home decor, travel and more. I previously worked as a men's model agent (see that post here) and now I work in advertising. Majoring in Fashion Business, I've always had a love towards fashion and love sharing about it. I get so excited getting pieces for a steal (my Polish background does that to me,) I love to travel anywhere and everywhere, and I love interior decor and turning something old into something beautiful and new.

 

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