Hey Dolls! I hope everyone had a nice long weekend and enjoyed the Memorial Day holiday. I can’t believe that Summer is officially here! With shooting in LA, the move, and getting settled at my new job – 2017 is just flying by! But… I’m totally ready for some family time, pool fun, and new Summer outfits. Without a doubt, white is one of my favorite colors to wear in the Summer. I feel like it looks like a breath of fresh air, and not to mention I think it looks great on my tanned skin.
While I always tend to pick up some new crisp, white sundresses for the season, I always like to give myself another pop of white…on my teeth that is! They say you’re never fully dressed without a smile – and I think it’s true! Your smile can be the best accessory to any look. While I try to use a whitening toothpaste, I also give myself a special teeth whitening treatment at least once a year. I think it helps removes stains that can be a bit deeper, and just gives you a fresh start. So when I was approached by Smile Brilliant to try their at-home teeth whitening system, I jumped at the opportunity.
Smile Brilliant is an amazing system that gives you a straight-from-the-dentist professional whitening – but in the comfort of your own home. First of all, they send you a kit to take impressions so that their lab can make custom trays for your teeth. This is often a service that dentists provide, which can be time consuming and not to mention very expensive. So you take your impressions and return them to SB in a pre-packaged envelope, and then they’ll send you back your custom trays which fir your mouth PERFECTLY, whitening and de-sensitizing gel, and very clear instructions. At first I was skeptical that the trays wouldn’t fit, the instructions would be confusing, or the results would be sub-par. I can honestly say I was shocked at the quality and fit of my trays, the step-by-step instruction, and most importantly…the results! Within ten minutes, I could feel the gel working and have been really impressed with the results. I whitened for a couple days, took some time off to avoid any over-sensitivity, and then finished up the process the following week. The best part is that I have my trays and can order refills of whitening gel for anytime I need a touch-up. For the level of results, it’s a fraction of the cost of whitening at the dentist, and I felt it was more effective than an over-the-counter whitening system.
I’m super happy I gave it a try and I’m even more excited to offer a giveaway and a discount to you lovely dolls (use brownpaperdoll at checkout and receive 10% off your order)! One of my lucky readers can even win your own Smile Brilliant custom kit! To enter, please click on this link: Smile Brilliant with Brown Paper Doll
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I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Thanks again for bearing with me as Jason and I have been getting settled into our new home. But now – it’s time to get back into the swing of things with the blog. It’s so funny…my first week in Atlanta, and I was still wearing all black and burning to death in my leather jacket. I quickly realized that I needed to switch up my go-to’s in my wardrobe . That doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll abandon my black ripped jeans and t-shirts (that’s what I’m wearing today), but I definitely see my style and wardrobe choices updating slightly. Stay tuned to see how this plays out further!
Well, before I left New York, I got the chance to shoot one of my new favorite Spring/Summer tops from StyleWe. You might remember I rocked this dress in Miami, but I was saving the top for warmer weather in NYC. I love StyleWe, because they have some great fun styles that won’t break the bank. This top really spoke to me because I love the flirty and girly design (give me bows all day!!!), but combines menswear details such as classic 3/4 sleeves and a pin-stripe pattern. I opted for navy (it also comes in light blue), because I thought it would be killer with some white ripped jeans for the summer. For this look, I paired the top with studded L’Agence jeans (these are incredible) and a simple nude heel. The top’s fabric is super soft and comfortable, so I see myself rocking this one on repeat. With the stress of the move, Jason and I haven’t really had the chance to go out and re-explore the city. BUT, with the long weekend coming up, we’re really excited to hit the town, and I think I’ll be re-wearing this exact look!
So if you’ve been following along with me, then you’ve probably noticed a change of scenery. Jason and I have officially moved back to Atlanta! While I was super excited and ready for the change, it was definitely difficult to say goodbye to New York City. And if you know me personally – then you’d know I’d be lying if I say that I was totally enamored with the big apple from the start. To be honest, moving to New York from the South was a definite adjustment for me. First, it was hard being farther away from my family in Florida. I missed the comforts of home, the southern hospitality, the ease of having my car, and just the overall culture. In New York, the tiniest task like getting groceries took more effort and planning. I was also in a bit of culture shock, because the people aren’t full of the nice and fuzzies like back down South.
Despite being in one of the greatest cities in the world, I found myself feeling tired, lonely, and stressed so much of the time. Mentally and emotionally it took a toll on me that was hard to experience first-hand. For someone who also suffers with anxiety, it was often overwhelming. Despite feeling this way much of the time, New York will always be in my heart. I look back on my time there and would’t trade it for the world. I made the most incredible memories with my best friends, made so many NEW friends, traveled to different places, bolstered my career, and found a strength and conviction within myself that I didn’t know I had. Not to mention, I ate EVERYTHING in that city. Side note, I’m going to have to sign up for a Flywheel membership to combat those culinary experiences.
I always fancied myself a confident and independent person, but in many ways – New York helped me grow up and become unapologetic about being me. So while I’m moving back to Atlanta, I feel like I’m returning as a slightly different person and ready for some new experiences. Thank you, New York. I love you.