Friday, August 22, 2014

Smile Brilliant Review and Giveaway ($180 Value)

Shine bright like a diamond! For the past few weeks, I've been working with Smile Brilliant, a St. Louis-based company that guarantees a beautiful new smile. Smile Brilliant offers custom-fitted teeth whitening trays, formed to fit your teeth with precision, essentially bringing the professional teeth whitening procedure offered by dentists, right into your home. Today's post recaps my experience using the whitening trays and gives you a chance to win one for yourself. Giveaway!

My post-Smile Brilliant smile! 

The road to whiter teeth using the Smile Brilliant system involves a few easy steps. First, I received a kit to make my dental impressions at home using base and catalyst paste. This step seemed intimidating, but was made easy by the detailed instruction cards complete with visuals. Making my impressions took a few minutes and was actually fairly simple. Once my impressions were made, I mailed them back to the Smile Brilliant lab in a prepaid postage packet. Within a week, my custom-fitted trays arrived and I was ready to start whitening.

I had very white teeth before using the whitening trays. I still saw results though! I used 3 whitening gel syringes, which gave me 3 full-mouth applications each. I whitened my teeth once a day for nine days. I wore my whitening trays for about an hour each time. Trays can be worn for much longer for even better results, but I experienced some sensitivity when I wore the trays longer than an hour. Sensitivity, by the way, is normal. Smile Brilliant does offer desensitizing gels, though, for those with extremely sensitive teeth.

My brighter smile after using 3 Smile Brilliant gel syringes.

If Smile Brilliant could make my white teeth even whiter, I want you to experience it too. I'm giving away one Smile Brilliant kit, which includes a custom-fitted tray and 3 whitening gels. The kit is valued at $180! Get in it to win it.

Giveaway Rules:
  1. Entries can be made until Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM CT. 
  2. Open to entrants in and outside of the US. A non-US winner is responsible for shipping the impressions back to the Smile Brilliant lab.
  3. A winner will be randomly selected using
  4. Selected winner has 48 hours to respond to winning notification email. In the event of no response, another winner will be selected.
Disclosure: Smile Brilliant provided free whitening trays to me for review purposes. Smile Brilliant is also providing the giveaway kit. As usual, all opinions, ideas, and images are my own.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Take the A-Line!

An A-line skirt, named for its silhouette that's fitted at the hips and gradually widens to the hem, is such a figure-flattering and versatile skirt. If you ask me, the A-line skirt is a fashionable go-to that's always in style; but this fall, this skirt is projected to be more popular than ever.

From solids to prints to varying lengths, there's bound to be an A-line skirt just for you. Here are a few styles I've added to my fall wish list:

A-line midi skirt (on model)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Embracing Fall Colors Now

Radiant orchid. Royal blue. Aluminum. Mauve mist. I couldn't be more excited about the must-have colors for Fall 2014 (see Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2014). Purple is my favorite color after all. And, naturally, I also love colors that mix well with purple. In today's post, some of my favorite summer finds are channeling fall style in autumnal colors.

By the way, I've been cyber stalking the J.Crew Sunbeam necklace. It's a statement, crystal necklace with perfect-for-fall colors. It's now on sale, and sale's on sale.

Location: Moolah Theatre, St. Louis
NecklaceJ.Crew (now on sale!)
ShortsJ.Crew (on sale)
Shoes℅ Ross Dress for Less | similar
BagRebecca Minkoff via Hautelook
RingsVince Camuto | similar
Watch℅ Jord
SunglassesMichael Kors ℅ SmartBuyGlasses

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Attention, Target Shoppers!

Have you seen the newly released Altuzarra for Target lookbook? I'm really digging the python pieces in the collection. And, the price point is surprisingly low. Perhaps Target has learned a lesson since the overpriced Neiman Marcus collaboration? Whatever the case, I just might shop the Altuzarra collection when it releases on September 14.

Talking about python, there's a python print, Mossimo top that I've been eying in Target for a while now. That top anchors today's virtual look, styled with pieces all from Target.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wearing a Dress as a Skirt

When I first purchased the eyelet, cropped top featured in today's post, I envisioned wearing it with a black and white, full skirt. I don't own a skirt like that, though, so I decided to experiment by pairing the top with my Claude Brown dress, which just happens to have the perfect print and silhouette. To my delight, the shirt and dress paired well together, transforming the dress into an ideal skirt for the look.

Location: Downtown St. Louis
Top℅ Ross Dress for Less | similar
SkirtClaude Brown dress ℅ Daffy's | similar
ShoesTarget (now in new colors)
EarringsKate Spade | similar
NecklacesJ.Crew Factory, Vintage, Overstock

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gordmans Style and the Giveaway Winner

Thank you so much for entering the Gordmans gift card giveaway. A winner has been selected from over 730 entries. Congratulations to Heather D.! Heather will receive a $25 Gordmans gift card. I just know she'll have as much fun shopping Gordmans as I did.

Yay, Heather D!

To celebrate the end of a successful giveaway with Gordmans, I thought I would I restyle the amazing tribal two-piece by Matty M that I found at Gordmans. I wore this outfit to a blogger even at Rung Boutique in St. Louis last night. Rung is the hippest, non-profit resale shop in the Lou. If you're in St. Louis, you should surely stop by.

Location: Scottish Rite Cathedral, Saint Louis
TopW119 Walter Baker | similar
SkirtMatty M ℅ Gordmans
ShoesTahari | similar
NecklaceJ.Crew Factory
WatchMichael Kors | similar
SunglassesKate Spade
LipMac 'Flat Out Fabulous' lipstickMac "Magenta" lip pencil

Stay tuned for more cool giveaways!

Disclosure:  Gordmans invited me to explore the new Misses Contemporary collection at the store and provided gift cards for me to shop.  Gordmans has also provided the gift card for the winner of my giveaway.  As always, the opinions, ideas, and images are my own.