February 2017 | Olive and Tate

The Truth About Kybella

Grab a coffee friends, you're going to need it today! Why? Oh, we're going to dip our toes into my gene pool and that requires at least caffeine, if not booze. 

Along with my olive complexion and tendency to break out around important occasions, I was blessed with what my family lovingly calls a "turkey gobbler". If that cute little moniker didn't tip you off, a turkey gobbler is a thick double chin that begins to sag and wobble as time and gravity take their toll on skin elasticity. 

Sounds sexy huh?

I also happen to gain weight in my face first and have a very tough time kicking it to the curb when I'm in the process of losing weight. Even on my wedding day, which was, without a doubt, the most fit and trim day of my life, I had a noticeable chunk under my chin (and I would guess the photo below was edited).

As I've gotten older, I've realized that even when I am in shape and at an appropriate weight for my frame, my gobbler never gives up the gobble. That bad boy seems to be here to stay and, unfortunately, I have seen my future and it is not good.

So this summer I decided to stop jutting my chin out in photos and to do something more permanent about my double chin(s). Off I went to Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, and at the advice of my friend Leslie, met the amazing Dr. McFadden and his right hand woman, nurse practitioner Holland.

Dr. McFadden met with me to chat about my genetics and if my chins met the criteria for Kybella, an injectable that destroys fat cells. I got the scoop on Kybella and was thrilled to hear that once those fat cells are destroyed, they can no longer store fat and therefor the fat reduction is considered "permanent" (read more about Kybella here). Dr. McFadden explained that, of course, if I gained a substantial amount of weight he couldn't make promises about weight gain around my face, but Kybella is considered a permanent solution to destroying my gobbler! Needless to say that I was ready to roll the second he deemed me a candidate (and that moment might have been the one time I was thrilled to have a family history of a double chin)! 

After my chat with Dr. McFadden, Holland and I got to work prepping for my first round of Kybella.
 Each patient/double chin is different - some only require one round, some need two and Holland suspected I would need three. Insert fancy girl emoji and an eye roll here.

 Let me just say that I have never met anyone quite like Holland. She is the most kind, reassuring, intelligent woman - and she genuinely listens to every single word you say. I would let Holland work her magic on any part of me at this point, but at our first meeting, we stuck to my double chin.

Step One of the Kybella process involved taking the most heinous photos I have ever taken, let alone published, otherwise known as my "Before" shots....behold, the chins:

Step Two is to get your chin and neck area numbed to death. Using a combo of ice and topical numbing cream, Holland lets you hang out until you can't feel your gobbler. You'll probably sit for twenty minutes or so, which is a perfect time to catch up on celeb gossip or respond to emails. I'll let you guess which option I chose.

Step Three involves Holland placing what amounts to a temporary tattoo in a grid pattern on your chin fat to mark her injection sites.

and Step Four is the part everyone dreads: the needles.
BUT, let me say this, the needles are so very small that you don't feel them at all. The actual Kybella does sting as it settles under your skin but I promise you that it isn't at all painful. Unpleasant, yes. Painful? No. By the time Holland was working on my last row of injections, the first few rows had already stopped stinging. Holland has had the procedure done herself so she knows exactly what you're feeling and is always willing to take a break if you need one. I never needed one and honestly was surprised how quickly it went once it was all over! 

And that's it! Really, it's that simple.

Recovery after injections includes swelling - and the medical professionals use the term "bull frogging" to describe the shape of the swelling. I'm not going to lie, the swelling feels weird (kind of jiggly) but it is not at all as dramatic as "bull frogging" sounds. In fact, I left Advanced Cosmetic Surgery and went for a manicure! I only had one tiny bruise after Round 1 and it was under my chin, so most people never saw it. 

The shots below detail week one of recovery - from leaving the office on June 9th to 24 hours after injections, three days post injections and 7 days post injections.

None of these photos are edited or I would have removed my pimples and grey hairs.
 Obviously, all of my swelling was gone within a week and the first round progress was already starting to show! 

Each round of Kybella is spaced 5 or so weeks apart to let everything settle out - and here's a photo of my "settling" on June 27th, 20 days post Round 1:

By the time Round 2 rolled around, I was so excited to get into the office and get going. I experienced even less stinging/burning that round and even less swelling! I did have two bruises but you can see below that they were well hidden under my chin and not something I even bothered to cover with make up. 

By early August, I could see major changes in my jaw line - I focused on what I looked like from the side but was also noticing some small differences around the front of my chin that was really slimming out the shape of my face. Before each round I was weighed and my weight stayed consistent, meaning the Kybella was absolutely working it's magic!

At the end of Round 2 I went back to see Holland and assess my need for another round. We both voted yes to another round of Kybella but, as fate would have it, I happened to have my toddler with me that day, so we decided to just shoot progress photos and schedule Round 3 for another day. 

Ya'll, when I saw those After photos, I could not believe the difference after just two rounds of Kybella and three short months.

Wanna see?

And here they are next to my Before photos.

Uh, say what?! That change is undeniable. I literally could not be more pleased with the results!
As most of you have probably figured out, I haven't been able to make it back for Round 3 because shortly after these photos were taken, we found out I was pregnant with the baby we sadly lost, and then became immediately pregnant with our baby girl.

Needless to say, I am so looking forward to heading back to Holland and crew at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery once things have settled down in my post postpartum body to make Round Three a reality! You can find Advanced Cosmetic Surgery on Facebook, Instagram and their website - and I highly recommend joining their email list for specials on everything from Kybella to micro-blading! 

Many, many thanks to Leslie (who has since moved on to start her own company!), Holland, Dr. McFadden and the entire team at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery for walking me through this process and partnering with me on this post! While I was provided services for my review, the results and experience are all mine and honestly documented.  

The truth about Kybella: step by step photos, before and after results and all the details on the pain factor

Valentine's Day Date


This one is more for my memory bank than anything else, so hang in there with me as I get a teeny bit sentimental about my sweet boy (blame the pregnancy hormones). 

This year I started the tradition of taking Gray out on a Mommy + Gray date to celebrate Valentine's Day. We went downtown to spend some time eating sweets, playing in the fountains and strolling in the sunshine and I just loved every second of it. He's reached a stage where he is so fun to chat with and I loved explaining to him what a "date" was. We took our time, ditched the distractions and got sprinkles everywhere, so it was a perfect couple of hours soaking in my now big boy. 

And yes, Gray is wearing pajamas. The kid loves to be comfy, who can blame him??

When Justin got home that night, he asked Gray what he had done that day and Gray launched into the tale of his Date with Mommy. Honestly, I could have died overhearing their little conversation. Gray went into detail about his cookie (the most important part), what a date was and how he ran through the fountain with me chasing behind him. I'm just in awe of how quickly he's growing up and can't believe he'll be a big brother in just a few months.

Cue the pregnancy tears (and the necessary chocolate cupcake).
I hope you all had an amazing Valentine's Day with the ones you love!  

Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail

I've been waiting for just the perfect occasion to finally blog this little cocktail recipe and national Galentine's Day seems like just the day! 

My adorable, macaron making, bow tie wearing, Cross Fit teaching Instagram husband Jonathan (of Jonathan Caleb Cake fame) and I spent some time together a few months ago playing around with all of the things that make us happy - pink macarons, gilded cherries, champagne and the cutest red cotton candy machine. What came out of it was nothing but sugary goodness that would be perfect for a girls night get together! 

Keep in mind that these babies are super sweet (it is essentially liquid cotton candy after all!) so use a dry champagne for best results!

Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail

To make the gilded cherries:
blot Maraschino cherries with a paper towel to remove excess liquid
Using a paint brush or Q Tip, gently paint cherries with gold food paint (can be found on Amazon or in any craft store)
Set aside

You can use either fresh spun Cotton Candy or store bought, but make sure to wait until just before guests arrive to make the cotton candy or open the packaging. Cotton Candy has a tendency to deflate in open air.

Place cotton candy in glasses, top with a gilded cherry.

As you serve each guest, poor chilled champagne over the cotton candy. The cotton candy will melt, turning the drink a sweet pink with a swirl of gold from the cherry! 


Valetine's Day Gift Guide For The Preggo

If there was ever a time to be spoiled or treat yourself, it would be during pregnancy don't you think? I mean, we can't see our feet, can smell something gross from a mile away and have giant boobies. I can't think of three better reasons to snag a little something to pretty things up, can you?

Pajama sets are my jam. I own so many pairs of executive pajamas, monogrammed sleep shirts and seasonal pajama sets that it's kind of embarrassing. Sadly, some are getting a little short in the tummy or snug around the ladies so I'm digging this heart pair to have on hand for the remainder of my pregnancy. I won't lie, I'll probably treat myself to this set in the very near future! 

I'm a huge fan of statement stud earrings. Perfect with jeans and a tee but not long enough for a baby or toddler to snag and pull, they make me feel instantly more put together. This little pair is just $32 and they would be perfect to gift - hint, hint Justin! 

When I'm pregnant I live in leggings, a tank and kimonos or wraps. I love that I can keep them in my wardrobe post baby and that they can be dressed up for the office or down for school drop off. The bright, springy floral print of this kimono is a fave and I can rock it well into the summer when I'll be very pregnant and not wanting to show off my arms - and also not wanting to sweat to death. Pregnancy is so glam.

The perfect robe for a hospital stay - roomy, sweet and appropriate to greet visitors in - is a must for any mom to be. I love the soft shade of blush and lace trim on this robe, especially for girl mamas! 

Oh man are my lips dry when I'm pregnant. I battle dry lips in the winter no matter what but pregnancy really seems to wreak havoc on my skin and lips. I'm dying to add the It Cosmetics Lip Treatment to my arsenal and  get my lips back in shape (they'll be the only thing in shape but that's neither here nor there).

Everyone knows I'm obsessed with The Modern Bazaar necklaces and bracelets (I wear them every single day) and I can't think of a sweeter gift for a mama to be than a simple gold necklace with her new babe's initial on it.  Perfect even if your keeping the name under wraps, I obsessed with the hammered disc, but you can snag a traditional gold charm if that's more your style.

I have a pair super similar to this pair of slippers but they've seen better days, so I think it's time for an upgrade! I love the hard sole and the soft shade of this particular pair and think they will be perfect for delivery, our hospital stay and the follow up coffee trips I'll need once baby is home. 

Fellow mamas to be, what's on your Valentine's wish list?

20 Weeks

 I can't believe it but we've hit the 20 week milestone with baby #2! I thought it was probably high time she got a little attention on the blog so I copied the Bumpdate format I used to use weekly when I was pregnant with Gray for a little update (sorry baby girl, you are so getting the short end of the stick).

How Far Along: 20 weeks - half way there! 

Size of babe: measuring exactly to the day of her gestation (so, thankfully not enormous like her brother was).

Gender: baby girl

Symptoms: now that we're out of the woods as far as the early pregnancy being viable, there is really so much less to worry about/so much to be grateful for in the symptoms department. The size of my boobs is shocking, my skin is a wreck and I'm worn out, but otherwise, it's all thankfully by the book. 

 Loving: full panel maternity leggings, full coverage concealer and bagels full of carbs (see what I did there? oh, so clever). Also loving her name and the history behind it.

Loathing: because of the placement of my placenta and the baby's preferred position, I still can't feel her move. It's very unsettling at 20 weeks but we've had both a 16 week and 20 week ultrasound with a little extra monitoring and we know she's perfectly healthy and happy - she just loves hiding behind her placenta. My doctor warned me it could be 24 weeks before I really feel her moving around a ton and I hope that isn't the case, mostly for my anxiety's sake.

Husband: is obsessed with baby's first Willow Crowns bow (one of his faves that Megan was sweet enough to bring back from the archives just for him) and launching a new project with a crazy new schedule. 

Wedding Rings: my engagement ring was cut off by a jeweler at 6 weeks so I'm wearing the set of rings I wore when I was pregnant with Gray.

Maternity Clothes: yes to pants, still wearing regular tops because I typically prefer long tunics or lose tees, so it works for now.

Missing Most: really only red wine this go 'round. 

Can't Wait: to start decorating her nursery! I have some ideas floating around but I think Amanda Louise and I will probably do the nursery as the May One Room Challenge so I have some time to plan. Also, I think we'll do an ultrasound in a few weeks at a local ultrasound place because Justin was unable to make the 20 week appointment - and we really just want to see her little face! 

Need to: start planning baby gear for two kids - mostly a double stroller. I'm thinking of keeping it in the Baby Jogger family and doing a regular City Mini with the add on car seat mount and then second jump seat - anyone tried that?? Gray is still at an age when he needs to ride when we go on adventures downtown or head on a walk for coffee so I think we need a double option - but I kinda don't want the bulk of a true double. Any advice?