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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!

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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.



Nicole ♡

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Coat: Target (similar) // Dress: Hollister Co. (similar) // Boots: DSW // Bag: ALDO // Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // Lipstick: MAC “Ruby Woo”

Two weeks ago I attended NYFW for the first time!  I was so excited when I received an invitation to view Yuna Yang’s F/W 2017 collection.  The show took place at the Gotham Comedy Club in Chelsea, Manhattan.  The clothes were absolutely stunning and it was so thrilling to be a part of the experience.  The feeling of walking down the street and seeing tons and tons of other bloggers and fashion lovers coming together in one place is indescribable.  Possibly just as beautiful as the runway ensembles were those of the attendees.  Many showed up having had their hair and makeup professionally done and the outfits were GORGEOUS.

The collection itself was titled ‘Lights in the Shadow’ and the clothes were really on point with my personal style.  There were lots of feminine pieces with lace and velvet including some printed dresses, beaded camisoles and floral bombers.  Light pieces were mixed with darker ones for a concept that “light shines brighter than darkness”.  One of my favorite looks featured a lace trench coat with matching lace pants.

You can see the full show in the video below!




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There are a few fun things that I’ve wanted to share with you guys that I have been absolutely loving lately.  Between working a full-time job, blogging and trying to have a social life it’s nice to take some time to enjoy the little things.  I hope you try them and love them as much as I do!

Favorite Accessory:

These $10 Fashion Glasses

Umm yes…$10.  Need I say more?  You can see how I wore them in this Instagram post here and here.


Favorite Perfume:

Victoria Secret “Fabulous”

I first smelled it in the store and then ended up finding it brand new on Postmark for $15!  SCORE.  If you ever really love something, but not the price tag, make sure you search for it on Poshmark before you buy it.  You may end up getting it brand new for WAY less.


Favorite Jewelry:

My JORD Wood Watch (click here for a $25 e-gift code)

What I love about this watch is that it’s timeless, classic and really luxe looking.  I love pairing it with a sweater for that cozy meets couture look.  It also makes a really great Valentine’s Day gift for you or for someone special.  I’ve been wearing mine non-stop and have gotten so many compliments because the wood is so unique looking!


Favorite Book:

“Capture Your Style” By Aimee Song

I learned so many great Instagram tips from style blogger, Aimee Song in her new book.  Plus it looks really cute on a coffee table.  It’s normally $20.00 but it’s on sale right now for $12.00 on Amazon!


Favorite Concealer:

Makeup Forever Full Coverage Concealer

Yes I know this concealer is a little pricey, but it is the one makeup product that I continuously shell out the $$ for because it really is worth it.  It lasts all day and is the DEFINITION of full coverage.  Plus it never cakes.


Favorite Lip Product:

Kat Von D “Bow and Arrow”

I have been loving this shade OMG.  It is the perfect nude.  I tested it at Sephora and walked around the mall wearing it before I bought it.  I got two compliments while buying fro-yo and knew I had to go back for it.


Favorite Netflix Binge:

New Girl

It’s hilarious and the characters are absolutely adorable.


Favorite Movie:


Was totally surprised by this one.  SO SO good.  It kept you guessing until the end.


Favorite Song:  

“Say You Won’t Let Go” KHS Cover Featuring Madilyn Bailey and Joshua Evans.

OMG.  I have no words.  This cover is perfect.


Favorite Nail Polish:

KIKO Nail Polish

Ridiculously inexpensive, lasts forever and 5-Free (a.k.a. ditches the 5 harsh chemicals found in most nail polishes) – Yep.  You need it.


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