I have never been that guy who hates my smile. My teeth are far from perfect–actually they are not the slightest bit straight. Although I am not insecure at all about my smile, it has never been something I get a compliment on. As a kid I had a retainer with a spacer in it which, after all the money spent by my parents, did nothing. It was fun to put in my friend Cheryl’s glass of milk so she had a surprise when she got to the bottom though. It was not so fun when I left it on my tray at McDonalds and I had to go through the trash to find it.
Over the past five or six years I have been considering getting them straightened (Oprah made a comment once about your teeth giving away your age!). A guest in the salon one day happened to be an orthodontist and I chatted her up about Invisalign. I had heard a lot about them and had some clients who had them and loved them. She thought I was not the best candidate for Invisalign and recommended braces. Just in conversation over the shampoo bowl she estimated one to three years… no way. I just can’t do it.
I recently met Dr. Thomas Connelly and went in for a consultation for dental porcelain veneers. The consultation was pretty cool. Dr. Connelly took impressions of my mouth, a million pictures of my face and teeth and set me up in this contraption to measure the details of my face to create an accurate simulation. I took this photo while I was there and thought I would share the experience with you all. I know a lot of people who have gotten veneers but I didn’t know anything about the process.
I’m fascinated and super excited!!!! Have you gotten any porcelain veneers? How was your experience? LMK.
People ask me all the time where my inspiration comes from and I think sometimes they are surprised by my answers. For me, creativity is a part of who I am and it comes out in a whole bunch of different ways – from loading the dishwasher, to meeting people at events and yes, of course to hair color. I find inspiration all around me – for years and years I never had to leave Manhattan! There is so much happening in this magical city that I found it unendingly inspiring. Over the last couple of years though I have wanted (needed) to get out of the city and explore. It is surprising to me how inspired I feel when I get out of town.
Recently, I have been doing a lot of traveling upstate. It’s amazing how once I cross the George Washington Bridge I am revitalized! My new favorite place to visit is the Emerson Resort and Spa – the rooms come with a mini bar stocked with 24 bottles of wine and a wine list including red, rose, white and sparkling! The concierge hooked me up with an outdoor guide from Catskill Outback Adventures who took me kayaking for the day and the Emerson is home to the world’s largest kaleidoscope! Between the amazing spa treatments (one of the best massages of my life), the wine a day on the river and the magic of the kaleidoscope, how could I not be inspired?????
For me this time of year is amazing and inspiring. We have a tradition at our house to create a vision board which lays out our aspirations, goals, desires and dreams. After it’s finished I hang mine in my office so I can look at it each day.
My world is all about beauty. I live it, eat it, sleep it and work it! This year’s vision board has a major focus on beauty and what that means to me. I am re-committing myself to the gym, two days a week with my trainer and two days a week on my own. I am going to re-commit to my morning practice, fifteen minutes of inspirational reading, fifteen minutes of writing and fifteen minutes of meditation. I am going to travel someplace I have never been. Most importantly, I am going to continue to do my very best all of the time.
In this year to come if we all commit to a healthier body, a more focused and clear mind, to broaden our horizons and to always do our best…how can we not feel beautiful? What are your resolutions for a healthier, prettier you? LMK – Jason