Final Review of Smile Brilliant


Smile Brilliant

So I goofed. I told you guys I’d post my final review in two weeks, and, after I wrote the post that Thursday night, I accidentally scheduled the post for 09/18/2016. Oops. Anyway, it has officially been four weeks since I started using Smile Brilliance, and I’m excited to share my final thoughts with you.

Here’s the before:

Drumroll, please….

Edit: I figured out why the first picture looks brighter than the after. Flash. Duh. I’ve taken another picture (no photoshop!):

Final thoughts? It definitely whitened my teeth. I already had fairly white teeth (I told you: I’m obsessed), so I only expected them to get a shade or two whiter, and they definitely did. After the first two weeks (during which time I used the product three times a week), I slowed down to just once a week for maintenance. This is working super well, as I haven’t noticed that my teeth yellow at all (as opposed to white stripes, where your teeth are back to normal after two weeks). To me, this is a huge selling point and differentiates Smile Brilliant from everyone else out there.

I thought I’d also share some tips that I learned along the way. Less is more. I was putting way too much whitening gel in the trays, and it was hurting my gums. The desensitizing gel made the pain go away, but I wasn’t super comfortable using it again. I checked the website and looked at the directions (imagine that), and I realized I was using waaay too much product. After I corrected that mistake, it was smooth sailing.

On your first application, only leave the trays in for 15-20 minutes and eventually build your way up. When I had too much gel, leaving them on for more than 15 minutes was not an option. After I finally figured out that mistake, I realized I could increase the amount of time I left them on without causing any sensitivity. I’m up to about an hour now.

Use them at night. The chemicals in the gels essentially open the pores of your teeth (just like your face!) to let in the whitening products. Doing it before bed gives those pores all night to close up so that when you’re sipping your AM coffee, your teeth are protected. Otherwise, you’re basically opening up your pores and inviting black coffee to stain them. Kinda counterintuitive. Plus, the desensitizing gel coats your teeth in a bunch of minerals, and you don’t want to wash that away with your breakfast or lunch.

Homecoming Attire


For the first time since I graduated (it’s been four years already – yikes!), I’m going to homecoming! I’ve considered going a few times, but bad weather and work have always gotten in the way. This year, I made a resolution to finally make my way back. I love Pittsburgh – especially in autumn. Now, I know you Southern girls are shaking your heads wondering where my sundress and bows are, but we do it a little differently up North. Mostly because it’s freezing. Find my Game Day essentials below:

Cashmere Sweater // Puffer Vest // Riding Boots // Skinny Jeans // Leather Watch

J.Crew Final Sale

J.Crew is offering 40% off its final sale items with code DAYFIVE, and there are some great steals! $60 for a vest? $84 for a jacket? Yes, please! Browse my favorites from the sale below:

Delight of the Day 9/30

Brooks Brothers Tartan

Today’s Delight of the Day is the perfect dress for this crazy transition weather. It’s still warm enough to wear dresses some days, but you’ve already retired your favorite little white dress, so what are you to do? Buy a pretty tartan dress from Brooks Brothers! Plus, when it starts to get cold, just pair it with a blazer and your favorite riding boots, and you can wear it until it starts snowing!

Brooks Brothers Tartan

Fall Essentials

Fall Essentials

Tan Blazer //Fleece // Camp Socks // Riding Boots // Loafers // Bean Boots // Ankle Booties // Plaid Scarf //  Watch //

J.Crew – The Always List

I don’t know about you, but when I opened J.Crew’s latest catalog this week, I thought, “Yay, they’re finally listening!” The Always List is perfection. Everything is timeliness and very reminiscent of the J.Crew days of old. What’s are your thoughts? Are they back on the right track, or is it too late?

Added bonus: take 25% off of everything online with code {SHOPNOW}!

Delight of the Day 9/17


I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve always written Talbots off as being for older women. We have one right next to my favorite Starbucks location, and I’ve glanced in the windows, but I’ve never actually gone in. However, one of my favorite blogs, Summer Wind (I’m partial to anyone with good style who lives in Pennsylvania), always has posts with the cutest clothes, so I decided to give it a try. Thank goodness.

They had the best collection of cashmere sweaters. I literally bought every color in my size.  I love that they’re three-quarter sleeves, because I always find myself folding up long sleeves, which ends up making the arms baggy. Not cute. In terms of sizing, I wanted something fitted, so I ordered my typical size. I noticed on the website that people said the sweaters ran small, but they were probably looking for a more casual fit.

Delight of the Day 9/15


I know everyone loves booties for fall, but I’ve been a very reluctant convert. My mom always had them growing up, and they kind of always had a witchy feel to me. Perfection for Halloween parties, but not something I’d wear every day. Then I saw these beauties from Christian Louboutin, and realized they weren’t all so bad. Only problem? I can’t justify spending 1,000 dollars on a pair of booties.

Alas, my brief flirtation with booties was finished. Until I went shopping this weekend. This adorable sales associate had on the cutest booties, so I had to ask her where she got them. She told me they were Clarks. I was shocked, because I think of Clarks as sort of a granola company with comfortable shoes, but not necessarily the cutest. Well, I stand corrected. And at $140, these are much more in my price range.

Nordstrom Clearance Sale

I posted about a bunch of sales last weekend, but I keep coming back to the Nordstrom Clearance Sale. Some of our favorite brands are 40% right now! Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Burberry that you can actually afford? Yes, please! While you’re there, you can also check out some of my fall favorites: