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I Tried It: Microneedling Facial

I have been following FFAesthetics forever now swooning over their work at their Columbus location. I was soooo excited when I heard they were coming to my city.

I visited the NEW Face Forward Aesthetics location here in Cincinnati.

So Microneedling…it kinda sounds scary, cause well…tiny needles on your face?

I promise it’s not!

I came in and they put the numbing gel all over my face. I laid in the bed and did some social media scrolling for 30 minutes – then it was show time.

My nurse was fabulous. She was actually training a shadow so it was really informative listening to her describe all of the steps. It was really interesting. Our bodies are so cool!

 

10-15 minutes and wha-lah.

I was looking all cool with blood on my face!

My nurse said I have really thick skin (Yass I do girl) and she said I have good collegian! I do use collegian powder in my coffee everyday so this makes me think it’s doing something right!!

So now what?! What was all of that for?! What did I just do?

So Microneedling gently stimulates the skin with very fine needles that encourage natural collagen & elastin production, improve skin tone, texture, firmness as well as reduction in scars, pore size, or blemishes. -All the things I want!

According to a 2008 study, skin treated with four microneedling sessions spaced one month apart produced up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after completing treatment.

So I am a few weeks out and here is my skin!

I’m obsessed.

I can’t wait to go back to Face Forward!

Check out the services they offer here!

If you visit them, please tell them I sent you!

Beauty

A Love Spell With Pure Romance

Let’s talk about Pure Romance!

I’m going to be 100%, Pure Romance is a brand that used to make me hide my face in my hair.

I’m sure it’s because the first time I ever heard of them was actually 6 years ago when my Aunt threw me a party to celebrate my upcoming wedding. I was embarrassed. I was nervous. What are my friends going to think? We weren’t the group of girls who really talked about any of this stuff.

That night ended up being one of the greatest nights of my life. We made memories we will never forget. By the end I felt empowered and educated.

Who I was 6 years ago was totally fine, just pretty closed off and nervous discussing topics of self discovery. I’m still a little “uptight” -per my mom- but I have most definitely learned to let loose and enjoy the ride! I am so much more empowered! I’ve learned that while opening myself up to those around me, I actually learned to open up to myself!

If Pure Romance would have asked to work with my blogging self years back I would have said, “oh no, I could never do that!” I would have been way too shy.

Today I am so excited Pure Romance asked to work together! My all time favorite beauty product is Pure Romance and I ain’t afraid to say it… but I am.

I still am a little shy & I won’t actually say the name (rhymes with toochy?)

I bought this conditioning shave cream 6 years ago at my first party and absolutely loved it!

Coochy Shave Lotion is the #1 most talked about Pure Romance product and a five star customer favorite! Coochy® blocks those little red bumps from appearing on your bikini area, underarms, legs, and anywhere else you shave. 

Guess what? You can even use it as a leave in conditioner while in the shower! Just toss a little on the ends on your hair, let it sit while you shave your body, then rinse! You’ll be all smooth and smelling amazing!

And Pure Romance has a full line of the Love Story collection. They all smell like sensual amber + warm vanilla…perfect for fall/winter self care Sunday rituals! I love using them all together right before snuggling up in bed with the husband.

Check out all of their bath and body here!

I am definitely due for another entertaining Pure Romance party with my friends and family! Not to mention, the benefits for hosting a party are amazing: GIRLS NIGHT + FREE PRODUCTS!!

Best News Yet:

Pure Romance is letting me give you 10% off your order. Just use code ddotts10 at check out to receive 10% off!

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Head over to my Instagram stories this week to see even more Pure Romance products I am using and loving right now!

Beauty

Teeth whitening For Coffee Stains

If you’re here you probably already know one thing about me, coffee is life. I drink coffee like a Gilmore girl: morning, noon, and night! Although coffee brings me all the energy and life, the downfall is it can put a damper on my smile. I have used Crest Whitestrips in the past. They always do a good job, but really miss the cracks and crevices of my teeth. It’s hard for them to reach every angle of the tooth.

I recently started using a more custom teeth whitening experience with custom fitted trays created by Smile Brilliant. It has been a really cool process that I decided to share with you all.


Why Custom Trays?
Smile Brilliant offers a custom teeth whitening experience equivalent to the method provided by the dentists. The best part? You don’t have to leave the house. It’s a great way to whiten even with sensitive teeth, it’s safe for both enamel & gums. The results are noticeable and permanent!
My Experience?
When my Smile Brilliant box arrived I was a little nervous. Getting the kit with all the tools to create your trays kind of intimidated me. I was honestly surprised at how easy it actually was. I created my custom trays while laying in bed watching the Bachelor. About a week or so later, I got my custom trays in the mail. I made whitening my teeth part of my bedtime routine. It was hard to remember at first, but it soon became routine.
My gums experienced slight sensitivity over time. That was quickly solved by using the desensitizing gel included in my kit.
My Results?
My results were incredible! I honestly don’t think my teeth have ever been this white. All my life, I always hated smiling with my teeth. It wasn’t necessarily my teeth color, but I just hated my smile. I’ve noticed that since whitening, I’m finding myself smiling with my teeth more and more. I’m enjoying this boost of confidence.

I’ve been truly impressed with Smile Brilliant. I’m blown away by my results. Have you used Smile Brilliant yet? If not, you’re in luck.
Smile Brilliant and I have collaborated on this blog post and decided to give you all a discount offer: use ddotts15 to receive 15% off storewide!
But that’s not all, one lucky reader will receive a Smile Brilliant kit of their own! Click this link & enter to win: http://www.smilebrilliant.com/g/ddotts
*Open to USA, UK, Australia, and Canadian residents.

Thank you Smile Brilliant for boosting my confidence and allowing me to show off my pearly whites 🙂
Love From,

Beauty guide me

Alice's Table + Lunatic Fringe = Blowouts & Blooms

“After Women, Flowers Are The Most Divine Creations.”

Layla (@laylalivng) and I had a wonderful time Saturday night at the Blowouts & Blooms event! Layla is another Cincinnati Blogger who actually co-hosts the (@cincinnatibloggers) Instagram page with me! There is something amazing that happens when women get together…there’s something even more amazing when supportive women get together.

Alice’s Table and Lunatic Fringe Salon collaborated to bring together such an uplifting girls night out. Layla and I entered the salon receiving a warm welcome. We all introduced ourselves, had a few glasses of wine, then headed to the chair to talk about what kind of style we wanted.

Haley was my stylist. She was such a sweetheart. She did a wonderful job transforming my hair from a drab ponytail to a voluminous, fun beach wave. As she washed my hair and styled it, she was so informative walking me through each step. She made sure to describe the products and what they do.

The salon was beautiful & the atmosphere was incredible. The team at Lunatic Fringe were so hospitable and really made all of the ladies feel welcome. You could truly see the girls at Lunatic Fringe love what they do and enjoy working together as a team.

After we all looked fabulous with our fresh blowouts, it was time to bloom. Hannah, the Event Exec for Alice’s Table, had us all set up ready to create. From all the flowers and tools being provided to Hannah’s passion for sharing her knowledge, she set us up to be successful! I can be a little OCD at times. I thought for sure I would be nit picking my arrangement until the last minute, but surprisingly I was not. Hannah walked us through the process so well while teaching us tips and tricks. It was a flawless process with a beautiful outcome.

This event was more empowering and inspiring than I expected. I left with a beautiful arrangement and the skills to recreate arrangements in the future. Between the blowout and the way creating an arrangement felt therapeutic, I left feeling pampered and relaxed. I left feeling so excited for Hannah and her new endeavor bringing women together. I wish her all the success and I can not wait to watch her grow! From seeing the stylists in the salon collaborate and work so well as a team, to everyone supporting Hannah and her new business…women supporting women was a big underlying theme for the night! We all were giddy complementing each others arrangements and hair. And let me add, Greg from Lunatic Fringe was so supportive! He was there to lift us all up and let everyone know we did such a great job.

I am so excited I got to attend this event and share it with you all. It was so much fun. I needed to recharge my batteries this weekend, and that’s exactly what happened.

Definitely check out Alice’s Table and follow Hannah to see upcoming events. You can even host a private event with Hannah if you have a group of 10 or more!

Read about Layla’s Experience Here

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I hope you all have a wonderful week! I hope this blog post inspires you to get a group of girls together for an Alice’s Table event, go to Lunatic Fringe for a blow out, or even just text a friend and lift her up with a little pep talk! Women are amazing.

When women support women…we bloom!

Love from,

Beauty guide i tried it

5 Things To Know Before Getting Your Eyebrows Microbladed

So this week I got my eyebrows microbladed…it was magical. 

For those of you that don’t know…“Microblading  is a form of semi-Permanent Makeup that provides a means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments.” Microblading uses a hand-held-tool that looks like an X-ACTO knife. It puts pigment into the skin but doesn’t go as deep as a tattoo. 

AKA A GAME CHANGER!

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Beauty travel

Falling for Pink Blush

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This beautiful weekend we've had in Cincinnati has inspired me to throw this outfit up on the blog. Fall is hands down my FAVORITE season for fashion…HANDS DOWN! Give me all the jeans/boots/sweaters! I'm literally counting down until fall/winter right now when I should be looking forward to my cruise next month. I'm thinking my new found work schedule may be swaying my love for the fall/winter months so much more! Working in a school I now get the same holiday schedule as the boys.

Can I get a snow day?!

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I am leaving some fall inspo here for you to check out! I'm loving everything about this outfit. This top in incredibly soft and I love the print. Buy it here! I actually have the background on my phone as a floral print very similar. These jeggings are Gap, my favorite fall color: olive. These wedge booties are my favorite obsession. I wear them everywhere…even girls night out this Friday. They're as comfortable as slippers but look like I actually care what I look like out in public. Check them out here and shop Savvy Wool!

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As I was putting this post together I was on Pink Blush getting links and decided to step back from fall and think about my upcoming trip. Be on the look out for more details on this adorable off the shoulder teal/floral number I just snagged. I will be stalking the mail man until it comes. Pink Blush is amazing…I'm warning you. You will not get clothes anywhere else once you feel how soft it all is.

Side note: washing is also very easy and everything is still just as comfortable and soft! Cold wash-hang dry!

I hope you're having a wonderful Sunday. Enjoy the peace of the weekend as you prepare for another week ahead 🙂

xoxo

Ddotts

Beauty Family Fun

I've got 99 bobby pins but I can't find one!

Who’s with me? If I had a dollar for every bobby pin I’ve lost!

I recently got to visit my good friend Kelly for a hair transformation at Tanya’s Image and Wellness Salon. I was in desperate need for a cut and color. She took me from dull blonde to fabulous rose gold blend of beautiful!

SEE BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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So much fun, right? Seriously I am obsessed with this color and cut!

Watch My Hair Transformation Here!


Where’s My Curly Haired Girls At?

Kelly has you covered! Check out what she has to say about her innovative way to style texture and curls:

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“Deva Curl has become my niche within the last two years, I love seeing curly girls in my chair. Everyone’s curls are totally different and as stylists, we need to stop treating it like straight hair. With the Deva Cut, we cut everything dry so we can see your curl patterns. I personally have very straight hair and I have a lot of clients ask me why I like to do curly hair so much. The reason is because I envy everyone’s texture and everyone’s curls are totally different. With the Deva Cut and style we show you how to properly Style your hair after a great cut. If my client walks away learning one new thing, I feel I’ve done my job.”


If you’re in the Cincinnat or NKY area I highly suggest giving Kelly a visit! She is such a sweet heart and her passion for her job truly stands out! She’s a beauty inside and out who loves making her clients not only look, but feel good! Tanya’s salon is absolutely stunning and let me just tell you…their hair bowls recline into beds! Yea, you need to go check it out for yourself…no awkward broke neck going on! You all know what I’m talking about!

 

Not only did Kelly do such a great job on my hair, but she has an amazing following who love her work!

Check her out on Facebook HERE!

Check her out on Instagram HERE!

Go check her out and get lost in stunning hair transformations!

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Cincinnati, Oh 
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Savvy Wool OOTD – Special Sale!

Hey Y’all! 

I wanted to share with you my outfit today in honor of Savvy Wool’s discount code! They are giving 25% off today only with a special discount code (see below)…on top of their always FREE SHIPPING! 

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Robin’s Egg Blouse

 
 
 
 
 

Canvas Seaside Slouchies

 
 
 

This top is amazing! I’ve worn it with regular basic blue jeans…olive and red. It looked amazing with every color! The shape is so fun and girly…but it’s so darn comfy! 

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These shoes are my new summer favorite. The natural color goes with everything…not to mention they are so comfy also. Okay, if you can’t tell…I love looking put together but feeling like I’m not. 

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^ Use this code at the check out so you can love on this outfit yourself…or anything and everything else on Savvy Wool! Everything is so adorable 🙂

Happy 4th of July weekend & happy shopping! 

xoxo

ddotts 

Beauty guide

Mom & Me Time with Jord Watches – Giveaway

My mom is seriously my best friend. She is the strongest woman I know! At a young age she taught me to hold high the value of our time here on this Earth.

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There was & still is nothing better than spending time with my mom. Time is treasure you can not measure, you must only make the most of it. I am the mother I am today because of her. I love you mommy. Happy Mother’s Day.

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Time is a gift. It’s packaged in this beautiful box. We open it everyday as if it will always be there. We take time for granted. I am so guilty of living 10 spaces ahead of myself. I know what I am doing now, 3 weeks from now, I’m thinking 5 months from now, years from now. My mom has taught me to STOP…slow down…and live in the now. Live for today. It’s a tough one…the older I get the more I learn from my mom & the easier it becomes.

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Time is strong, just like the zebrawood and emerald of this watch. Time waits for no man—or woman. It is strict and firm. Enjoy life…ride the waves…go with the flow! The emerald has long been the symbol of hope. Believe in yourself. You must work with time, not against it.

“How to stop time: kiss.

How to travel in time: read. 

How to escape time: music. 

How to feel time: write.

How to release time: breathe.”

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This Jord watch is absolutely amazing! I have only just received it and have already been blown away with the amount of complements I’ve received. It is so unique! Ordering the watch was top notch. You get to print off a size guide and order to fit you perfectly. I absolutely love my one of a kind style watch! It’s a great reminder of the most treasured life lesson my mother taught me…don’t count the time, but making the time count.


To check out this beautiful Jord Zebrawood & Emerald watch visit the link below:

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https://www.woodwatches.com/series/reece/zebrawood-and-emerald/#ddotts_

I want to thank Jord for collaborating with me on this beautiful Mother’s Day piece. They have been so kind to give one of my followers a $100 E Gift Code!

All other entrants receive a $25 E Gift Code.

Enter below now!

Best of luck!

ENTER HERE!

(The contest will close May 21st at 11:59pm)

Shop the men’s collection: https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/men/#ddotts_

Shop the women’s collection: https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/women/#ddotts_

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xoxo

ddotts

Beauty fashion me

Do We Really See How Beautiful We Are? An Inside Look Into My Recent Boudoir Photo Shoot.

My Boudoir Photo Shoot With Flirt Fototography

—I was totally speechless until I blurted out “I didn’t even know my body looked like that!” I didn’t realize In the moment, but my own words hit me hard when I got home.—

When I was a little girl, I would go to the basement and lose track of time going through albums and boxes of old photos. I loved seeing family photos of myself and my brothers…but what I really enjoyed seeing was: mom and dad before I was born, photos of my grandma growing up, or my grandpa in the army. I loved learning more about the lives of people I looked up to. Not only did I love looking at photos, I’ve always been obsessed with taking photos, and I still am to this day! At a young age I was always requesting disposable cameras. I was just a little girl but a regular at the Walgreens photo counter getting my film developed. There’s something about a photo that can literally freeze a memory in time. And even though I wasn’t born when my favorite old photos were taken, seeing old photos of my family instantly made me fall back in time and gave me a glimpse of what life was like for them in that moment.
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One photo that still burns an image in my mind is one of my grandma. She’s in her 40’s style two piece swim suit catching rays with other bathing beauties. She is looking at the camera with a cute little squint in her eyes from the sun. It’s black and white. The edges are worn. It’s absolutely stunning! Her hair is falling perfectly in place. She is the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. When I first came across that photo, I remember running up the steps to ask “mom, who is this?” My mom smiled and said “that’s your grandma!” I was in shock! She was so young and beautiful. I only knew my grandma as my short, cute, sweater loving, glasses and pearls, granny. As a young girl I didn’t think my grandma could have been anyone else before she was “my grandma.” I love my grandma and miss her very much. I think of her often and still have that photo of her on display. I dream of her being alive now to see my boys…I would love to play cards with her again and catch up on missed time over a glass of wine.
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A few weeks ago I came across a Facebook post shared by a friend. Flirt Foto was hosting a “model call” for someone to participate in a boudoir photo shoot. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things of Flirt Foto and always wished to have the guts to do something like that as a gift for my husband. The Facebook post said “no experience needed” so I decided to hold back the fear, jump right in and apply. What could it hurt? I knew my husband’s birthday was coming up so I thought it would be the perfect gift if I was chosen. When I opened the email saying I was chosen to do this boudoir photo shoot…that picture of my grandma came to mind. I want my grand-kids to stumble over a picture of me in my prime and say “who is this!?” I was excited but then the nerves kicked in? Am I ready for this? What am I getting myself into?
As I was walking up the steps to the studio I was thinking to myself “I probably should have waited and really prepared myself for this. My body should look so much better right?” I began to question my decision. I was a little frustrated with myself for not working out or preparing myself for this shoot.
I am a mom of two boys, 3 and 5. I have had permanent dark circles under my eyes since 2011, the year my oldest was born. My stomach and legs show every stretch mark from each pregnancy weight gain. I still have the squishy mommy belly. Half of my C-Section scar is still healing from a my recent surgery where I had an endometrial mass removed. I’m a mommy and extremely proud! The scars gave me my sweet boys who I wouldn’t trade for the world. I use these tired eyes to see such a beautiful life around me. This squishy belly enjoys those little arms wrapping around it with bear hugs. I know my body is a wonderful thing. I’m just nervous about photographing it!
A deep breath and I walked into the studio: here we go! Stefani and Marla were waiting for me with hugs, wine, breakfast, and love. Stefani and Marla are a perfect pair. Stefani is the make up and hair goddess and Marla is the amazing photographer. I honestly would not have done this photo shoot with anyone else. They are not only amazing at what they do, but amazing women. They are so incredibly uplifting in a time where you really feel so vulnerable. I wanted to make sure I didn’t lose sight of myself under the make up and hair. I told them the look I would love is “I simply woke up like this, but glamorous.” Stefani hit it out of the park! I seriously wish she could do my make up everyday!
I struggled at first thought of what to wear in my shoot. I ultimately decided to bring comfy clothes. When picking my three outfits I realized, what makes me feel “sexy or flirty” is being comfortable! I brought over sized sweaters, knee socks, a button down shirt. Things I honestly already have a home and wear on a daily basis.
During the shoot we listened to music, laughed, talked about life…it was seriously like hanging out with a bunch of girl friends I’ve known forever. The nerves I was feeling walking in to the studio were completely gone. I forgot about my stretch marks and my tired eyes. I was having a great time. Marla has a vision for photography that is so beyond life. She is so creative and coaches you through poses and looks. She seriously knows what she is doing! She is focused and takes the time to make each shot perfect but at the same time it’s so effortless. Stefani would come through with subtle tweaks of my hair or pose ideas. Their passion for their creative work is incredible and they work together flawlessly.
After the shoot we ordered lunch. Marla created a slide show of the unedited photos. I loved that we got to sit in the studio lounge and see the photos right after they were done. I didn’t have to go home and wonder how it turned out. The nerves were back! I had a pit in my stomach. I almost wanted to cover my eyes and peak through my fingers. They started the slide show and I was blown away! I was totally speechless until I blurted out “I didn’t even know my body looked like that!” I didn’t realize in the moment but my own words hit me hard when I got home.
I decided to order a beautiful photo box for my husband. It was hard, but we narrowed it down to 12 of the best photos to be included in his gift. I could have cried, but I was trying to hold back the tears. I didn’t want to ruin my beautiful make up.
What an amazing day?!
I had originally decided on this Flirt Foto boudoir shoot as a gift for my husband. I had no idea how amazing this would be for myself. It’s a two for one deal! I get to have an amazing day and my husband gets a gift that would last a lifetime.
Beyond the surface take away of an amazing time, I realized that I actually learned something even deeper. When I got home and reflected on the day, I remembered how I looked at those photos of myself. “I didn’t know my body even looked like that?” was said similar to the way my younger self looked back at the photo of my grandma saying “who is this?” I began to wonder if my grandma knew how beautiful she was in that old photograph. I then wondered if every woman knows how beautiful they truly are? As women we see ourselves so differently in our own eyes. We all have something we don’t like about our bodies. Why? Why are we all so hard on ourselves to be so perfect? I’m so guilty of it too. I look at photos of myself before kids and think about how in that moment I thought I was so ugly or overweight…and with older eyes I want to go back and smack myself! I was delusional! This photo shoot truly allowed me to see myself in a different way…like an out of body experience in real time! I’m positive in a few months I will try on my summer shorts and sob in the closet over a box of Girl Scout Cookies. I’m not saying this photo shoot was a end all-be all at body image issues…but my goodness was it a wake up call.
We are all absolutely beautiful on the inside and out. Our imperfections, our differences, our scars, our sleepy eyes, our laugh lines, that mom bun thrown on the top of your head…it make us who we are. So please, don’t be so hard on yourself. You are amazing in so many different ways! You are beautiful!
I recently took a fun art class with my husband at Painting With A Twist. One lesson the instructors kept mentioning was “step back, take a moment and then look at your painting from a little farther back.” Up close we felt stressed and didn’t think it was right. We then took a step back and realized how amazing our paintings really were! I think that same lesson goes with our bodies…take a moment, step back and look at yourself a little farther back. We see our selves so closely everyday! From trying out a boudoir shoot to just jumping in a picture when you’d typically dive out and hide, I encourage all of you to do something for yourself that lets you see your body in a different light. If you’re thinking about a boudoir photo shoot, don’t hesitate or push yourself to be “perfect” before the shoot. Dive right in, I promise you will not regret it. You are already perfectly you.


Without even trying Marla ended up coming really close a pose like my grandma laying in the sun. I see a lot of her in me. Her spirit is a guiding light through my life. It warms my heart knowing this experience ended up meaning so much to me in so many different ways. I had no idea this would tie back so closely to my lovely grandma.
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I highly recommend Marla and Stefani at Flirt Foto. They are an amazing team! If you’re looking for beauty, boudoir, or just a spicy head shot…they will totally deliver and beyond. It’s an experience way deeper than any photo shoot! I want to re-live my boudoir shoot over and over again! It truly is one of a kind!

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marla@bigshotsbymarla.com

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https://www.flirtfotography.com/