Month: April 2014

Mixology – Creating Your Perfect Skincare Cocktail

I was chatting with a friend of mine, Dr. Shawn Birchenough, the other day when he mentioned an event he’s hosting soon. Shawn is a plastic surgeon with Magnolia Plastic Surgery here in town, and he’s planning an event called “Spring Spectacular” on May 9th. But our conversation got me thinking…
When people think plastic surgery, the first thing that comes to their mind is “frozen face” and surgery-gone-wrong horror stories. There is certainly a lot of stigma surrounding this practice, but why? Plastic surgery doesn’t have to be something negative. A lot of time, whatever procedure you have done can truly change your life. New age cosmetic medicine is all about looking relaxed and refreshed, and that’s what Shawn wants to do for his patients.
So many times, people have asked me “what have you had done” or even better asked my mother “when did she (referring to me) have a facelift”! After my initial shock wore off, I had an “aha moment” because I myself have looked at someone with envy because of their great skin or their smooth, wrinkle free complexion. I can certainly attribute my great skin to not only good genetics that mother blessed me with but also a skin care regime that started at an early age. I remember in my teens never going to bed with my makeup on. During my long overnight flights to Europe, the first thing I do after my meal is take off my make up and apply an über hydrating crème, la prairie is my go to. High altitudes and the air on a plane can be very drying. In my 30’s I started with the Obagi skin care program, which Magnolia Plastic Surgery carries, and that truly change my skin and gave the “glow” that everyone asks me about. I am not opposed to botox or injections to give me a more relaxed look, however, I am not ready for the knife and if I look at my mother nearing 70 years of age, I may never need the knife. Entering my 40’s has made me more aware the importance of staying out of the sun as much as possible and the important role a great “cosmeceutical-cocktail” can play in my life.
If we keep tight-lipped (no pun intended) about the things we’ve had done, Shawn’s open house will be for naught. Spread the word ladies! Plastic surgery isn’t something to be ashamed of, and most times, it isn’t even surgery. There are plenty of things to do to help your skin be at its best that don’t include going under the knife. If you’re looking your best (even with a little help), that should be something to celebrate! So celebrate by bringing a friend, I’m sure they want to know your secret to looking fabulous.
Great skin starts with your genetics. What your mama gave ya is valuable. Climate also helps. It’s no surprise that southerners have great complexions because of the humidity, and where we live gives us that boost. But if neither of these aspects play in your favor, skincare treatments offered at a plastic surgeon’s office might be for you. We want to help you create your perfect skincare cocktail! MIXOLOGY
Like any good recipe, you have to start with some basic ingredients…

What Shawn suggests:
*A good diet


*Regular hydration

*Minimal sun exposure

*A skincare regimen

*Treatments that won’t break your bank and will keep you from going under the knife…

*Regular facials – A spa facial will do wonders for your complexion and getting them regularly can only improve your skin.

*Cosmeceuticals – This is a mixture of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, something that you would put on top of the skin to correct it. Shawn suggests the Obagi or Revision lines.

*Chemical peels – Peels work by targeting the first three layers of dead skin and sloughing it away. It creates a refreshed look by diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. There are many types of chemical peels, so make sure to ask Dr. Birchenough which is best for your needs.

*Laser peels – A bit stronger than a chemical peel. This can be used to target certain areas and dark spots.

*Injectables – Botox and Juvederm. These are injected into the skin to fill places that need a little lift. Fillers are made of natural proteins that are found in the skin and injected to the deeper wrinkles.

These are just a few of the procedures that can be performed on you at Magnolia Plastic Surgery. All are non-invasive and can prevent or hold off surgery until you’re ready for a major change. Shawn recommends starting your “skin maintenance program” as early as possible and says it is helpful to mix and match procedures and products.
Join him May 9th for Spring Spectacular for a day of beauty. All patients get a free consultation with him so they can ask questions and learn what procedure is best for their individual needs. Many procedures and treatments are discounted for that day only and can be done in the office. Please call now for an appointment as private time fills quickly or visit his website, to learn more and to RSVP!
Magnolia Plastic Surgery 864-849-9330
A Kiss of Couture,
Amy R Zimmer


Juicing is Liquid Gold!


Juicing is a trend that’s been around for years, but has blown up with the recent “health food craze.”
Ever wonder why some svelte celebrities, such as Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow , look so
amazing? It’s because they have been advocates of juicing for a long time. We’re not advising that
your goal be to get down to their ultra-thin sizes but to learn about finding a healthier lifestyle for
you. One does not juice to loose weight, however, weight loss is definitely a benefit of juicing.
If you want to make the move towards a healthier lifestyle, a juice cleanse might be for you. Take it
from me , it’s been the best addition I have ever made! I’m a juicing addict now because…
● Clarity- my mind is clear and my body feels great! I’m a creative person, in case you didn’t
know, and when I on my 2nd day into a juice cleanse I have the most amazing clarity for ideas
and stay focused on my task as if I am channeling Super Woman!
● More Energy- with my busy schedule, everything helps. It’s like injecting caffeine into the
veins without making that stop thru Starbucks! Yes, when I am committed to doing a full
cleanse I eliminate coffee! First day is hard but by the second day comes with clarity.
● Reduced craving- I no longer feel the need to eat fatty or sweet foods. However, if I do have a
craving it’s a small one that normally one bite of something sweet can take care of!
● Grab & Go! I’m always on the go and it’s so much easier to just grab the bottle and hit the
● Skin Glow! Yes, your skin will literally start to change over time to reflect all the goodness
you are blessing it with. MAJOR benefit!
The point of juicing is to get rid of the toxins in your body and at the same time fill it with nothing
but goodness from Mother Nature. The benefits are endless. We live in a world packed full of
preservatives, additives, pesticides, science made food and the American “drive-thru” that our
bodies are not designed to handle. The rumor is though, that juicing will be expensive, time
consuming and to be honest, gross. When we think of drinking the juices from raw fruits and
vegetables, it doesn’t sound too appealing. I was a skeptic at first too, but once you try it, you
really won’t go back.
My mother, who is known in our circle as “Paula Deans” fierce rival because of her talented
southern cooking skills has recently taken to juicing. I invited her to a juicing seminar at
Spartanburg’s based Culinary Hub, an über cool event location (more on this below). Understand
I have been juicing for some time now and my mother always thought I was something out of a
science fiction movie because of my “strange ways”! After the seminar and introducing juicing
into her lifestyle she has stopped drinking coke, cut out using splenda, going thru drive-thru’s
and has lost a good 8-10 pds. My friends were worried our “Paula-Dean” had left the building and
we would not have any more yummy pound cakes delivered or coconut cakes on Easter but her
response was “you guys can eat it, I’m not”! So yes, a 10 pound coconut cake was sent fed-ex to
Santa Barbara when my best friend sent her request for Easter! When I asked her how to describe
how she feels after juicing for almost 2 months, her simple response is “much better”! Her goal is to decrease her medication, to loose more weight in a “healthy” way and to spread the good news to her family and friends.

I live in a small town that up until recently had no idea what a “juice bar” was. Tawana Hamby of Good
To Go Juices based out of Taylors, SC is responsible for bringing the juicing trend to Spartanburg, SC-
literally! She delivers her “liquid gold” on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s to The Culinary Hub, located at
147 East Main Street in downtown Spartanburg, SC. If you’re looking to break into a healthier routine,
don’t hesitate to go and see her. She can answer all of your questions and put together a plan that is
customized to your needs. For Spartanburg deliver you must call and place your order Monday
mornings for a Tuesday delivery or Wednesday for Thursday delivery. Make sure to order some
protein balls and tell them I sent you!
Whether you’re looking to cleanse and start over, banish bad eating habits, or feel fit in that summer
swimsuit, juicing can fit into every lifestyle. Make a change for a better you. Feeding your body is
necessary, but feeding it the right things is essential.
Good to Go Raw Juice Bar located 5000 Old Spartanburg Road, East Taylors, South Carolina

“There is no “it-bag”. The “it-bag” is the one that fits.” -ARZ

Let’s face it ladies, the “It-Bag” is a myth.  There is no one certain bag that will be perfect for everyone.  It’s impossible for everybody to like the same shape, same color and same design.  And who wants that?  I like my accessories to showcase my individuality! And unless your budget is over-flowing to allow for all the “It-Bags” you may want to read this in detail!

Though there isn’t one bag for everyone, the neutral tone is a trend that is universal.  A neutral bag isn’t based on its color, though it is a huge reason people purchase them.  The beauty of these bags is in their versatility, how they fit into your lifestyle.  A neutral bag should be able to transition into a season or a situation.  It may be a structured black bag, a metallic satchel, a basic signature Louis Vuitton signature piece, or a simple straw tote.  Any of these examples would fit with almost any outfit.  Below are some of my favorites!

This Celine has everything you need; Structure, style and the perfect neutral color.  Snakeskins are great go-tofor neutral & über chic approach


Metallics are a great way to still make a statement with your accessories while keeping with the neutral trend. Silver, gold, bronze or gunmetal are all winners!

Louis Vuitton has had the right idea from the beginning.  Their signature color is traditional, yet classic. Stay away from knock-offs!

Essential handbags to have in your closet…

  • clutch

  • structured tote

  • cross-body

  • shoulder bag

  • a hobo (if you like larger bags!)


Your bag doesn’t have to have a label to have a value!  If you can’t afford designer bags, buy good ones with great structure and quality.  I only ask that you not support the knock-off designer labels.  A handbag doesn’t have to be wildly expensive to be the perfect bag for you.  Make neutral purchases wisely, because if its good one, you’ll only need one!

A Kiss of Couture,

Amy R Zimmer

I like my money right where I can see it, hanging in my Closet.

“I like my money right where I can see it, hanging in my closet.”
Carrie Bradshaw said it best. You want a to-die-for wardrobe and a designer closet to show it all
off, but having them both can get expensive. I know I would rather spend my money on clothes and
accessories, so I’ve figured out a way to have both your dream closet and the wardrobe to fill it.
Ikea is known for making clean, minimalist furniture at a great price. They build things that can be
sold as a single item to make a room pop or you can buy whole sets that fit right in. You might not be
able to pronounce the names of their pieces, but you don’t need to be able to speak Swedish to see that
their whole goal is helping to create rooms that exude beauty and quality. Now, that’s a company I can
stand behind (or a closet I could stand in!).


What do all these images have in common? Other than the fact that I want my own home to look
like this! These closets are functional and beautiful at the same time. It doesn’t take much to create this
look. All you need are a couple of simple tips…
● Stay organized – Have separate spaces for jewelry, clothing, shoes and accessories.
Ikea closets have plenty of storage space for all your special items.
● Add molding – Create a sophisticated look and clean lines by installing molding around
the edges. Go from unfinished to completely redone in a flash!
● Don’t overcrowd – A closet like this is all about displaying your fashion choices. Space
your shoes or your handbags so as to show them off.
● Go with white – White is the best color to highlight your wardrobe. Its an
understatement that goes a long way. Your clothes are colorful enough, don’t let your
design show them up.
When you’re not spending a fortune on hiring an interior designer, you have more room to add
that special wardrobe piece you’ve been longing for. Make an Ikea closet to fit your lifestyle. That way
you can have style and storage and be able to afford it too.

Couture Closets also offers closet makeovers & clean outs….it’s our White Glove service. Book your appointment today, get ready for Spring and Summer!

Kiss of Couture

Amy R. Zimmer