Esthetics By P. Brown: My Healing Experience

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Esthetics By P. Brown is way more than esthetics, its a community. I think it’s safe to say, anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting the owner Porsche Brown would agree. Porsche radiates light and positivity and not in the kind of phony way that many people in the service and beauty industry do (like when you walk into Sephora and everyone is suddenly your bff!). Her kindness, joy, and compassion are completely genuine and every soul that walks through the door is greeted with friendship, a big hug, and a cup of tea. I know, this sounds fake! But y’all I’m telling you, I went in for a facial and came out feeling seen, understood, and comforted! How often can you say that

I met Porche and her team through the Nashville Blogger Collective and they invited me to come in for a complimentary facial, lash lift, manicure, and reiki session. I made the appointment weeks and advance, not knowing that the night before I would have my first panic attack of 2019. I’m very open about my mental health on social media because it’s something ive been living with my whole life. I believe it’s important for me to be transparent so that i can help break the stigma around mental health and encourage others who are struggling to seek help. I’ve had a really good handle on my anxiety for a long time but i’ve been on edge lately. When I had this panic attack, it had been so long since I’d had one, I was frightened and shocked which only added to the intensity of the experience. The next day when I arrived at Esthetics By P. Brown for my appointment I walked in feeling emotionally hungover and totally drained.

I painted on a fake smile smile and pretended to be my usual bubbly blogger self. I was greeted by Porsche and her team with hugs and laughter! Porsche handed me the best cup of tea ive ever had and we all sat down to catch up a little before beginning my treatments. A few mins into our chat, Porsche began to tear up and asked me if I was okay. I was honestly caught off guard, I thought I had covered up my pain really well. I told her I wasn’t okay and a calm washed over me. She encouraged me to open up as much as I was comfortable with, and I did. These women listened to me, supported me, and made me feel safe. They told me that this is what their mission is all about. Everyone who works there or visits is a part of a family and is always welcomed to curl up on the couch with a blanket and find sanctuary here. 

I started with a reiki session which was totally new to me. It was a relaxing experience and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs energy healing. If you’re not familiar with reiki, it’s like an energy massage! The practitioner transfers universal energy through the palms of their hands to promote emotional and physical healing. Then I moved on to my facial. I was so relaxed I fell asleep! My skin felt so hydrated and smooth. I was glowing! I had a fashion show a week later and the makeup artist was so impressed with my skin. My skin is so healthy even my makeup looks better. Next up was my manicure. We went with a gel manicure and some shimmery neutral colors. We finished the day with a lash lift! I had never had a lash lift before and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The process made me a bit nervous, having stuff over my eyes for several minutes is a little unnerving. But Porsche talked me through and it was painless! I was shocked with the results. My lashes are perfectly curled and it looked like I was wearing mascara! At the fashion show my makeup artist didn’t put mascara on me because he thought I already had some on! I put a tiny bit on and-WOAH my lashes were amazing!

After my visit I went home feeling beautiful and at peace. I can’t thank Porsche and her team enough for this experience. I highly recommend checking out Esthetics By P. Brown for beauty services, though I know you’ll be receiving so much more! 

 

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Big Fig Saved My Back!

As some of you may know, I’ve been struggling with back issues all summer. A combination of an untreated injury from an accident years ago, a lack of strength training, a 20 year old hand-me-down mattress and recent fall resulted in my back completely giving out on me in June. I’m always busy with multiple projects in the works and I love the hustle! But it’s impossible to be on my A Game when I can’t even move. I was finally forced to address the issue and start taking care of myself. I was way overdue, and I definitely wish I had done it sooner! I started seeing an awesome chiropractor who suggested I start doing water aerobics and get a new mattress.

I began researching mattresses but I’d never had a new one before! I’ve always had hand-me-downs from family members. I remembered meeting the folks from Big Fig at Dream Big Midwest in Chicago and a lot of my blogger friends recommend them so I thought I’d reach out. I told Big Fig about my back problems, lack of self care, and desperate need for a good night’s sleep! We agreed that the issues I was having are all too common for others too, and decided I should test their mattress and share the results with all of you! I got the king size with the Big Fig foundation and frame. After about 4 weeks its safe to say the results are in, and I am IN LOVE. This mattress is my new best friend and I never want to get out of bed! 

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The qualities that really sold me on this mattress were the firmness, cooling technology, and durability. Big Fig is designed with larger bodies in mind, lasts longer and holds more weight. This mattress is a hybrid meaning it has both the individually wrapped innerspring system and high density specialty foams. The best of both worlds! I was worried that it would be too firm for me because I’m used to a much softer bed. It’s the perfect level of firmness! I feel fully supported, I sleep soundly through the night, and I wake up refreshed. Most importantly my back pain has improved greatly. Even when I was seeing my chiropractor I used to wake up stiff and for the first hour or so in the morning I would be limping around. I’m 27 years old for goodness sake! That’s crazy! But since I’ve been sleeping on my Big Fig I pop up in the morning feeling spry and ready to seize the day! The cooling technology keeps me from getting overheated at night. Foam mattresses have a bad reputation for getting too hot and that’s where Big Fig’s hybrid design comes in handy yet again!

I will update you in another month and let you know how things are going! So far my fiance and fur babies are loving it too! I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, but Big Fig also has an awesome FAQ section that is super informative! They also have a chat feature where you can talk directly to representative on their website. Big Fig is always so helpful and makes the whole process super easy, so don’t hesitate to reach out!  Take advantage of the Labor Day sale and save $300 with code LABORDAY!

My Luxurious Spa Day in Downtown Nashville

StyleBar and Salon On 6th invited me to visit for a luxury spa experience! They are located in the heart of downtown Nashville next to the Hermitage Hotel and down the street from Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the perfect location if you’re visiting, having a staycation, or need some pre-show pampering before heading to TPAC. The moment I walked in I was greeted with smiles and a mimosa! The salon is lovely with fresh flowers and regal yet modern decor. They offer hair, nail, waxing and skin services as well as occasional massage and botox services. My day consisted of a dermaplane facial, brow wax, pedicure, and balayage.

I started by changing into a robe (and finishing off that mimosa tbh!) and settled in for my brow wax and derma plane facial with Mariolga. The room smelled amazing, and the table, which felt more like a bed, was heated. I felt totally relaxed! The waxing was quick and painless and exactly what I wanted. Then we moved on to the dermaplane facial, which is the use of a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently shave the skins surface, removing the top-most layer of dead skin along with peach fuzz. My skin felt so smooth and I was glowing! It was so crazy to see all the little peach fuzz that had come off. 10/10 would recommend.

 

Next I was off to my pedicure! The foot bath had little bubbles and rose petals and I was given a warm, soft, lavender scented neck wrap. I was in heaven! Kelly did a beautiful job with my pedicure and helped me pick out the perfect color for my toes. We went with a light purple because she said “its the color of royalty.” I truly felt like a queen! The manager Blair came over to chat and we all had such a great time. Every single person was so friendly and fun I felt like I was hanging out with old friends!

For the final touch I headed over to Jessica‘s chair to refresh my blonde! We decided to go with a balayage to tone and blend my highlights. All of the products she used smelled amazing. Jessica was meticulous and incredibly skilled. I have a LOT of hair so we were there for quiet a while. And even past closing time we were laughing and cutting up! My hair turned out so gorgeous, like a picture from Pinterest. Even more importantly my hair felt super healthy, shiny and hydrated, and thats tough for blondes! Before I left my new bed friends at StyleBar and Spa On 6th gifted me an accessory of my choice from their little boutique. It was a tough choice to make because there were so many unique and trendy hand bands, earrings, hats, and more! I chose a ‘Bride” ball cap which is not only fitting because I’m engaged, but because my bridal party and I will definitely be coming here!

I have never felt more spoiled! I’ve never been to a salon and spa so exquisite yet accessible. They have comparable prices with immeasurable quality. This has easily become my favorite mini getaway! Now through October 31st mention discount code LEXI20 for 20% any facial, deluxe mani or pedi, or chemical hair service!

I Said Heck Yes To The Eleven Bridal Dress!

I’ve been singing the praises of Eleven Bridal Curvy Couture since they opened their doors in October 2018 and I’ve had the honor of modeling Eleven Bridal gown at various events and photo shoots. But now i’m a BRIDE (eeekkk!) and I have a whole new appreciation for Eleven Bridal and the amazing owner Teneka! Also, read to the end for sample sale and event info! 

If you don’t already know, Eleven Bridal is the only bridal shop in Tennessee that caters specifically to curvy brides. They carry a variety of high quality bridal gowns in sizes 12-32 on the rack! If you’ve ever shopped for a wedding dress as a person over a size 6 you’ll understand the struggle! Bridal gowns generally require the bride to size up from their pant size between 1-3 sizes. So a lot of women don’t realize that they need “plus” options when they begin wedding dress shopping. And if you’re a true plus size (like me, an 18/20) then you are discouraged from the get go. Read this blog post here about wedding dress shopping as a plus size bride (unfortunately i was married once before lol).

So when my prince charming popped the question I was so excited to start the journey of finding the perfect dress at Eleven Bridal! I scheduled my private appointment and invited my squad, three family members and three bridesmaids. It was so nice to have the whole shop to ourselves! We bought champagne and cookies and made a mini party out if it! Teneka is a pure light and joy by nature, so having her help me pick out gowns was so relaxed and fun! We chatted about my vision, preference and stye and she pulled dresses that fit exactly my description as well as dresses that pushed me a bit out of my comfort zone. And I’m so glad she did! I thought i wanted something poofy and super sparkling. I tried on poofy sparkly, classic, modern, girly, royal… and if i hadn’t seen myself in such a variety of gowns I might have never found my perfect dress. I can show you THE dress (stay tuned for june 2020!) but its classic, time less, a bit of lace, and a bit of tule. I’m so in love with it! And it was on SALE! What!? YES. My gown was 60% off!

Eleven Bridal just recently started marking some gowns on sale! This is a rare and super exciting chance to get the dress of your dreams and an unbeatable price! Eleven Bridal is taking all of their marked down gowns and teaming up with 5 other bridal salons for the Nashville Sample Sale! This sale is a one day only event offering the most beautiful designer gowns. Brides of ALL sizes (0-32!) can shop multiple salons in one day. This sale takes place Sunday, August 11th from noon-6pm at 14Tenn. ALL gowns are 50%-90% off! Follow Nashville Sample Sale for more info. 

 

Eleven Bridal will also be at the Happily Connected bridal showcase Sunday August 18th at Bavarian Bierhaus. Not only is this a great opportunity to meet with caterers, photographers, planners and more, but it’s the perfect chance to meet the Eleven Bridal team and learn more about what this unique and inclusive bridal salon has to offer. I swear they will make you feel like family!

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JL Style Swap With Memphis Mandy Sue

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Okay funny story: so @memphismanysue and I had been following each other on instagram for a while and we are both proudly partnered with Jessica London. A few months ago I started to notice a pattern…we not only do we post a bunch of the same outfits, our poses were even eerily similar! And it wasn’t just Jessica London clothes! We had the same Draper james outfits too!  What can I say, the girl has great style! I thought it was hilarious, so I made a bunch of side by side collages and posted them in my stories. Thankfully she got a kick out of it too. We got to talking about our similarities and thought it’d be fun to collaborate with each other for our August Jessica London picks. I chose two items, she chose two items, and we styled them independently. The results were so interesting because some of our looks and poses ended up being identically and some totally different! 

 

Amanda’s First Pick: Pleated Maxi Skirt

For this boho chic skirt, I opted for green khaki snake and Amanda went with black botanical floral. It also comes in white rose garden and black polka dot! I love this full skirt because it sits high on the waist and has a gorgeous twirl! I don’t usually go for a bohemian look but i’m really feeling it! Even though Amanda and I chose different patterns, we ended up styling our skirts really similarly!

 

My First Pick: Fine Gauge Mock Neck Sweater

This sweater gives me 90’s vibes! I chose classic red and Amanda opted for Ivory. It also comes in black, gemstone green, and wild berry. This is such a versatile piece and the perfect staple for your fall and winter wardrobe. It’s especially handy in the south were the weather can’t make up its mind and you end up with 75 degree weather in november! For this look Amanda and I went different directions. I went for a bit of an edgy look, while Amanda channeled her feminine side! 

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Amanda’s Second Pick: Peplum Pullover Sweater

This is such a cute little sweater! I think it’s super fun and flirty. Amanda and I not only chose the same color, Ivory, but we styled it and posed almost EXACTLY the same! Both our outfits give me a 60’s vibe and i’m here for it! Unfortunately this color is sold out. The good news is, it comes in three gorgeous fall jewel tones, dark emerald, dark berry, and ultra blue. 

My Second Pick: Leather Moto Jacket 

This leather jacket is the perfect addition to any fall or winter look! I think amanda and I demonstrated that very well, because we ended up staying this jacket super differently. I selected black and created a look with a bit of edge. Amanda went for ultra blue and paired it with a dress for a girly vibe. Like many of jessica London’s pieces, this is a great staple piece for any wardrobe. Investment pieces like this will last for years and make an outfit look put together and complete! 


Jessica London always has awesome sales, and right now the fall collection is 30% off! AND Use code JLE40FS to take $20 off $60 or $40 off $100 purchase, plus free shipping with $85+! Don’t forget to tag me in your Jessica London pics on instagram. Happy shopping yall!

Glitter, Animal Print, Florals: Oh My!

Plus size women are supposed to wear black because it’s slimming and flattering??? Ummm…How about no! I love a little black dress as much as the next girl but this curvy babe loves bright colors and bold patterns! Jessica London is my favorite place to find fun and fabulously printed tops that stand out. Because who wants to blend in? Not me! 

 

All That Glitters

Speaking of fashion rules, apparently you’re not supposed to wear sparkles after your 20s. Well I’m not 30 yet but I don’t care how old I get, I will continue to wear sparkles for the rest of my days because life is too short to be dull! B487A196-9FD9-4183-9A41-FA82C8D001E6I love this shimmery gold top from Jessica London. It’s so soft on the inside which can be rare when it comes to sparkly clothing. And as an added comfort it’s actually super stretchy! This is the perfect top to pair with casual jeans, a tutu skirt, a sleek pencil skirt, leather pants or pretty much anything because sparkles are the new black!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheetah-licious

Maybe it’s because I was a major cheetah girls fan growing up or maybe it’s just my wild side but I am absolutely obsessed with animal print. I love this cheetah print top because the bright blue is so fun and the little keyhole is modern and flirty. This top is so comfy and spunky it has my name all over it!6A862718-7B50-44E9-8D97-1847093B2276

 

Snakes and Stones Never Broke My Bones

Who doesn’t love a good Taylor Swift quote? Snakeskin print was something I was a little nervous about wearing and I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe because it was reminiscent of something that a rich 80s housewife would wear to a cocktail party. But fashion nowadays has become so playful that I am willing to take risks and I am so glad that I did! Nothing makes me feel more fierce than a bad ass snakeskin print blouse. I feel like an unstoppable diva! FF3A8BA1-1BB3-4AB9-8563-A617F7D6CF2F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Yellow

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, (LOL) but yellow is such a happy color! I didn’t own a lot of yellow before I started partnering with Jessica London but they offer such a great variety of colors that I decided to step out of my comfort zone. Now bright yellow is one of my favorite colors to wear. It makes me feel cheerful as if I can light up a room! And of course, I am always a fan of a floral print. C0800C96-FD00-43A1-AEFB-632B1E3FB65D

 

I know there’s tons of fashion advice out there. People telling you to dress for your skin tone, to dress for your body type, to dress for your age. But you need to dress for you! I know that it might not happen overnight, but I believe it’s so important to try to forget everything you’ve ever been told about what you’re supposed to do or what looks good on you. I challenge you to just start wearing what you like to wear no matter what anyone thinks! Fashion is an art and people might have a lot of opinions but there are no wrong answers. Accept yourself and express yourself!

 

Jessica London Summer Edit

6C1A70A4-2EDE-4894-9A82-F5FEA8B7E87FBy now it’s no mystery that I am a huge Jessica London fan! But I mean, come one, can you blame me? Jessica London is an online women’s clothing retailer that carries sizes 10-32 in a variety of styles and trends both classic and new! There’s truly something for everyone and that’s not something you see often! Right now Jessica London is having an awesome sale, an extra $25 off orders $50+ plus free shipping on order $75+ with code JLESUMMER25! So before you rush over for your new summer wardrobe,  I put together a little look book of my favorite Jessica London Summer styles! 

 

The Every Occasion Dress

There’s honestly no better feeling than finding THE perfect dress. You know the one! The dress that fits practically every occasion, is comfortable AND cute! Well this is *that* dress and babe, it has pockets! I know, I know, you’re welcome! This dress is currently available in sizes 12-28 and also comes in floral print! DFCD8327-5658-4883-BAE7-A4E6B474C66A

 

Peppy Pink Blazer (aka the Barbie Blazer)

Everyone needs a good blazer for work, interviews and networking events because nothing says, I’m professional and fabulous like a sharp blazer! Pink is my signature color so I love adding this Jessica London blazer to any neutral outfit for a pop of summer color and a flare of Lexi! Pink not your thing? Fear not! This blazer comes in white as well! This stye is currently available in size 12-28. JL also carries a variety of blazers in many other colors if you’re in need of a classic back or grey! 6050A07B-9999-42EE-A4D5-C9B1565FC49A

 

Date Night Dress

Summer style is all about colors! I’ve been gravitating toward sunny happy yellow this season! This bow sleeve dress is the perfect dress for a night on the town that will surely help you make a statement. This dress is currently available in sizes 12-24, and is only one of many eye catching, brightly colored pieces Jessica London has to offer. 2F73AF60-3E40-4562-B83C-7C8EC059AD9D

 

Classic Black and White 

As much as I love bright fun colors, sometimes a girl just needs a classic black and white look (paired with red lips, of course!) It’s a timeless trend that compliments everyone. You can’t go wrong! These Tummy Control Twill Ankle Pants are both comfortable and chic! They come in a variety of colors and patterns and are currently available in size 12-28. This black and white Lace Tunic is refined with a bit of flare. This feminine and flouncy top is currently available in sizes 12-26. C164D32C-CCC6-42DF-A875-E8B93D698F6B

 

The Ultimate Comfy Fit 

This last outfit is hands down the most comfortable summer look ever! This soft Cross Neck Tunic is both flattering and versatile and is currently available in sizes 12-32 as well as different colors and patterns! These stretchy and stylish Palazzo Pants are also available in sizes 12-32 as well multiple colors and patterns. Whether you’re chillin’ in your backyard, running errands, or attending an outdoor concert, this is a go-to for those hot summer days! 543F4176-64BB-48D1-B40F-AF9BF719A556

 

98B82D3E-038E-4A9C-BECA-2374AF090DD0I’d love to see what goodies you find, so be sure to post a pic of you in your new outfit on instagram and tag @lexinimmo and @jessicalondonstyle! If you want to be featured on the Jessica London page, use hashtag #imwithjessica. For a feature on my page, be sure to use my hashtag #standuptobeautystandards! Happy shopping, y’all!