Smile Brilliant: cariPRO

Last time I partnered with Smile Brilliant, it was in the midst of wedding planning. Now, since then, a lot of things have changed and lots of lifestyle changes have happened but one thing that really hasn’t changed is that I’m still incredibly self-conscious about my smile. I don’t have incredibly straight teeth and I don’t exactly have the whitest smile.

So when Smile Brilliant reached out to collaborate again, I was excited!

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Formulate (Giveaway!)

Search through my Yelp history and you’ll notice there are certain establishments that I spend time, not only researching, but writing reviews about. One of them is food and the other is hair salons.

From hair cuts to blow outs to actual coloring, I take a lot of pride in my hair and I make sure any products I use reflect that. So when Formulate reached out, I had to give it a shot! Be sure to scroll all the way down to enter my giveaway!

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Disney Holiday Gift Guide

Hey there, hi there, ho there! It’s that time of year where we’re all thinking about what to get those special people in our lives. I’m someone who is really difficult to shop for and I know my friends and family often have a hard time figuring out what to get me. One of the easiest things to default to is obviously something Disney! But even with that as guidance, sometimes it’s difficult to find the right thing for that Disney loving person in your life.

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Mickey: The True Original Exhibition

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone at this point that Mickey Mouse is getting some love this year because he’s turning 90! He sure looks good for his age, doesn’t he?! Along with all the Mickey style collabs that have happened, an exhibition celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse and his influence on art, fashion, and pop culture. I was lucky enough to be able to visit opening weekend with my husband, two best friends (aka my #DisneySquad), and the woman I owe all my custom Disney outfit pieces to. Here’s my take on the exhibition — spoiler alert: it’s pretty effin’ awesome.

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Where Do You See Yourself?

"Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?"

Who remembers this as a default question on the first day of high school or college? And then they ask it again later in the year or the semester to gauge where you've grown.

Truth is, it's a bit of a loaded question isn't it? How are we to know where we'll be in five years or ten years? The weird part is, when we're younger, it almost seems easier to answer some version of this question: if you're 18, in five years, you've most likely graduated college and are working at your first job. And at that age, the idea of ten years is terrifying so we probably all say stupid things like "I'll have a Ferrari" or "I'll be Chief something-or-other of a company."

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