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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!

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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. 😊

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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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Jacket: Forever 21 // Dress: Amazon // Bag: Calvin Klein (similar) // Shoes: DSW // Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // Lipstick: MAC “Ruby Woo”

Photography by Laura Ersoy

Happy Thursday!!  After four years, I can honestly say that Craig and I hardly ever run out of things to do together.  We are always looking for something new to try, whether it’s venturing to a new place, binge watching a new show or finding a way to make something simple at home seem new.  When it comes to date night it can be way too easy to fall into a rut sometimes.  That’s why i’ve rounded up 45 of my favorite date night ideas ever so you’ll never run out of things to do again!

1. Go wine or beer tasting.

2. Have a movie night – build a blanket fort and turn your phone into a projector.

3. Find a lantern festival in your area.  None nearby?  Buy your own and release them in a local park (just make sure you are permitted to do so).

4.  Have a game night.  Invite another couple over and grab the nearest Card Against Humanity, Monopoly or Clue.

5. Camp out in the backyard.

6. Take a dance class together.

7. Find a Groupon for the nearest Wine and Paint class.

8. Spend the night at an arcade.

9. Go ice skating.

10. Race around at a Go-Karting facility.

11. Bake cookies.

12. Go to a sporting event.

13. Get tickets for an Escape Room.

14. Buy a bunch of different wines and cheeses and create your own tasting.

15. Assemble a grocery list and have a “Chopped” style cook-off.

16. See a double feature at the Drive-In movies.

17. Go rollerblading.

18. Drive to a scenic look-out spot and watch the stars.

19. Make DIY ice cream sundaes.

20. Bounce around at a trampoline park.  Sky Zone is my personal favorite!

21. Battle each other in laser tag.

22. Have an at-home spa night.

23. Make chocolate covered strawberries.

24. Learn how to make Sushi.

25. Get a couples massage.

26. See a comedy show.

27. Take a workout class.

28. Try a new restaurant.

29. Go to a karaoke bar.

30. Make homemade donuts.

31. Have a fondue night.

32. Grab some popcorn and watch funny YouTube videos.

33. Have a movie marathon of bad movies.  Craig and I do this all the time and we crack up all night long.

34. Make your own pizza.  Tip: Many pizza places will actually sell you their dough for just a few dollars.

35. Take a cooking class.

36. Explore a local downtown.

37. Do a volunteer activity together.

38. Watch each other’s favorite movie.

39. Go bowling.

40. Play a round of mini-golf.

41. Go rock climbing.

42. Visit a museum.

43. Play video games.

44. Complete a giant puzzle.

45. Go to a concert.

 

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Whether you are a wedding guest, attending an event or just want to look super dressed up for a night out, I’ve rounded up some of the best sites for inexpensive formal clothing and accessories!

1.) For Dresses: MUEE.com

To say that I am obsessed with formal dresses is the understatement of the year.  I have close to 20 hanging in my closet and honestly no where to wear them other than to weddings since I am no longer the age to attend prom or homecomings.  That being said, I continue to buy more because (let’s be real) I have a problem.  When I came across this site I was instantly in love.  MUEE is a global retailer that offers dresses for a variety of different occasions including evening dresses, wedding dresses, prom dresses, communion dresses, cocktail dresses, bridesmaid dresses and more.  The site features over 1,200 different styles, all which are customizable and incredibly affordable.  What I love about this company in particular, is that each dress is offered in almost any color imaginable.  I often find that when I’m looking for a dress elsewhere I always see cute ones that aren’t in the color that I want.  That is definitely not the case here!

Formal Dress

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Photos via MUEE.com

2.) For Shoes: DSW

I’ve gotten so many gorgeous pairs of shoes for weddings and events at DSW.  You can check out their selection of evening and wedding shoes here.  If the dress is simple I like to add some sparkle on my feet, but if my dress has a lot of embellishments I’ll choose a simpler shoe.

3.) For Jewelry: 16KT Beauty

Whether you are looking for something dainty or bold sparkling pieces, 16KT Beauty has you covered!  With prices as low as $5 it’s hard to resist buying everything.

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Photo via 16KT Instagram

4.) For Red Carpet Make-up: Camera Ready Cosmetics

This site has everything you need for a full night of glam!  Camerareadycosmetics.com carries makeup for use in professional makeup artist kits.  A.K.A. it’s likely that your favorite stars wear some of the brands that are featured here.  Some of my personal recommendations include RCMA (Ariana Grande has mentioned wearing this before on the set of Nickelodeon), Ben Nye and Cinema Secrets.  *Tip* this site also offers samples of many of the products, so you can try before you buy, which is especially helpful for getting the correct foundation color.

5.) For Hair Pieces: Etsy

This Etsy shop makes the cutest and most affordable hair pieces.  I’m particularly obsessed with this Gold Leaf Headband.

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Love,

Nicole ♡