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Dress: Tobi // Purse: Century 21 (alternative) // Sneakers: DSW // Lipstick: MAC “Ruby Woo”

Happy Monday, everyone!  This new chambray dress from Tobi is so soft and comfortable!  I love how lightweight the material is.   I wore it on Memorial Day with these plain white Grasshopper sneakers from DSW which by the way I am OBSESSED with.  Seriously, I promise they are the most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever owned.  I wore them for an entire week to Disney World and did not come back with a single blister.  Highly recommend both the dress and sneakers for summer!

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Dress: Tobi // Bag: Nordstrom (alternative) // Shoes: Mandee (similar) // Earrings: The Tiny Tassel // Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // Lipstick: MAC “Ruby Woo”

Happy Wednesday!  I am OBSESSED with this white and navy shift dress from Tobi.  The colors just scream summer and I love the way my tassel earrings pop against it.  Being that the dress is so light and flowy, I think it’s going to be the perfect warm weather vacation piece.  It also happens to be half off right now so go get your shop on while it’s still on sale!

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Top: Cotton On (Similar) // Jeans: Target (Similar) // Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (Similar) // Bag: Nordstrom (Similar) // Booties: Nordstrom Rack (Similar) // Lip: Armani Lip Magnet in “Pink”

Happy Wednesday!  There’s something about an all white outfit that is so striking and clean looking.  I like to pair with neutral accessories or bright pops of color depending on my mood.  As usual, these white ripped pants are my go-to.  They are so comfortable and somehow I’ve managed to keep them dirt-free for the past couple of years.  Don’t ask me how because it’s a mystery to me.  I kept the color to just my nails and lips and added some heeled ankle booties to elevate the look.  Hope everyone has a great week!

Love,

Nicole ♡

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It’s been awhile since I had a DIY for you guys, but when I saw these Gourmet Chocolate Covered Strawberries all over Instagram that were majorly pricey, I just couldn’t resist!

The best part about these luxe strawberries is how fancy they look and very comparable to what you’ll find on the internet, but are actually really easy to make and require just about zero skill!  Trust me when I say that when it comes to making anything remotely Pinterest looking I usually end up with one of those Pinterest fail after photos.  So I promise if I can make these so can you!

What You’ll Need:

2 Boxes of Strawberries

Bright Pink Candy Melts (Get at Michaels or Joann’s + can use 50% off coupon)

Bright White Candy Melts (Get at Michaels or Joann’s + can use 50% off coupon)

White Nonpareils (Get at Michaels or Joann’s + can use 50% off coupon)

Small Gift Wrapping Boxes (Found at the $1 store)

Paper Candy Wrappers (Get at Michaels or Joann’s + can use 50% off coupon)

White Tissue Paper (Found at the $1 store)

Parchment Paper

 

Okay, so first things first, wash those berries.  Once washed, examine each one carefully for size and shape and try to select only the most uniform looking ones to be used.  Cut a piece of parchment paper and lay on a flat plate or board (you may need a few of these).  Next begin warming a small bowl of one color of the candy melts in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Take it out and stir.  Repeat this process until it has fully melted.  You don’t want to apply heat for too long at a time at risk of burning the candy.  I also recommend only heating up one color at a time and completing that row of strawberries before moving on, as you must work quickly before the candy hardens.

Work with one strawberry at a time, gently holding it by the stem and dipping it in the candy melt.  Try to do so as neatly as possible and avoid getting color on the actual stem, while coating the entire strawberry evenly.  Again, you will have to work somewhat quickly, but if the candy hardens too fast you can always pop it back in the microwave.  Allow the excess to drip from the berry before gently placing it on the plate/board for decorating.

There are a few methods of decorating that I noticed on the fancy Instagram strawberries, all of which I used for my own.

1.) Roll entire strawberry in a bowl of Nonpareils, coating entire berry

2.) Place berry on a plate/board and gently sprinkle a few Nonpareils on the berry

3.) Melt a little candy coating of a different color and gently drizzle side to side with a spoon on your berry

I recommend a combination of the three to get that diverse Instagram-looking berry effect.

Once each color has been completed, pop your strawberries into the fridge for half an hour.  This will ensure that the candy coating has hardened thoroughly.  Once hardened, gently remove each berry and place in the paper wrappers.  Line your box with several sheets of white tissue paper.  Arrange each coated berry in your box.  Mine fit 4×6 berries, but arrange them as your own box allows.

I hope you guys love these Gourmet Chocolate Covered Strawberries as much as I did!  Give them as a gift or if you’re me just sit in your room binge watching Gossip Girl and devouring strawberries. 😊

Love,

Nicole ♡

 

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Lately I’ve been making an effort to invest more in self-care.  I joined a gym, purchased some really nice skin care products and as of recently whitened my teeth!  Teeth whitening can dramatically change the quality of your smile.  It is also such an automatic confidence booster.  As an avid tea and coffee drinker, I’ve admittedly been a little lazy with it within the past few months.  When Smile Brilliant reached out to me it couldn’t have been more perfectly timed.  I had been looking for a high quality teeth whitening kit that I could regally use at home for some time.

What makes this product different from other teeth whitening kits on the market is the accuracy.  Upon receiving a kit, you will take impressions of your teeth using the supplies and step-by-step instructions provided and mail them back to the company using the included mailer.  Smile Brilliant will then send you a mold of your teeth (takes about 10 days) that you can use to apply the product on and insert into your mouth.  What I like about this is that it really ensures that the solution evenly reaches each tooth.

Once I received my impressions, I began whitening.  A common concern with teeth whitening kits is the sensitivity that the products can cause on teeth and gums.  This kit not only comes with desensitizing gels to prevent discomfort, but they also have a special kit for people with extra sensitive teeth.  I can honestly say I didn’t have any sensitivity with the regular kit.

I like to whiten my teeth right before bed about an hour before I go to sleep.  It is recommended to whiten anywhere between 30 minutes and 3 hours.  I would whiten while doing my regular nighttime routine including showering, getting ready for bed, moisturizing, etc.  With this kit, a little bit goes a long way.  It comes with 4 syringes of product and I found that I could get 4 applications out of each individual syringe.  It is recommended to complete 7-10 consecutive whitening sessions before then gong to maintenance which is 1-2 treatments every 2-3 months.

While the cost of this kit is $130, it’s absolutely worth it for a number of reasons:

  • It is much less expensive than going to the dentist
  • The product is high quality
  • You receive teeth impressions that you can use over and over again
  • It’s USA made
  • It will last you for months
  • It actually works!

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Click the link here to enter to win your very own Smile Brilliant Kit!

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Love,

Nicole ♡