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Tank, old | Black Boyfriend Jeans, old | Ross Velvet Bomber (bought in stores, love this and this) | AMI Clubwear Booties c/o, old (sold out, but also like these and these) | Crossbody, old | Sunnies

Sadly the cold has finally settled in and it's time to stock up on outwear.  One piece that transitions well into the winter is a bomber jacket.  I got my first bomber jacket last year and it's quickly become one of my favorite outerwear pieces.  When I came across this velvet bomber, I knew it had to be mine.  Velvet is one of my favorite fabrics for the winter and this refreshing mauve color is different from anything else I own.

I was drawn to the sporty striped detail on the jacket, and wanted to keep the rest of the outfit muted so let the pink pop.  I paired with black denim and a simple gray tank, and of course my favorite booties of the season (also velvet!)

One more note about velvet.  To be honest, I always liked velvet, and I've been watching some of my favorite 90s shows (Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Step By Step) and they seemed to enjoy velvet back then as well!

Finally a quick note about the sunnies.  I loved the shape of the lenses so I had to give them a go.  They are a great statement piece, come in 4 color options, and are under $20!  Definitely worth adding to your collection.

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Floral Blouse (also love this) | H&M Skirt, old (this is so cute!) | AmiClubwear Sequin Booties c/o (only $14 and also comes in black and silver!) | Confetti Balloons 

In typical Paint The Town Chic fashion, this post is a few weeks later than I wanted...but I like to post things when they feel right (unless I have a deadline and deadlines are definitely important to meet!)  But that's that not of the lessons I wanted to share today.

This October, Paint The Town Chic celebrated its third blogiversary!  In these past few years I've learned a lot about blogging so I wanted to share some of my favorite things I've learned and put to use.

3.) Network, Network, Network
This is one of skills that I carried over from my last job and it's one of the most important things a blogger can do to grow.  I've networked online and joined some really amazing Facebook groups such as Palm BFFs and more locally, PHLbloggers.  This has resulted in more page views, more engagement, and more followers.

Networking in person creates more meaningful connections and has resulted in collaborations that may not have happened otherwise!  Through local networking, I'm part of a group that meets monthly for photo shoots.  I've become closer to these gals because of this and always look forward to seeing them.   I've also been attending more events and most recently I went to a brunch at Spin Philly (stay tuned for the review!) I met Philly bloggers who I had never come across before and it was amazing to spend an afternoon with them!  Such a great experience and I recommend doing this as much as you can.

I'm now looking forward to doing more networking in NYC...

2.) Try New Things
If it ain't broke, don't fix it... that is NOT one of the mottos I live by.  In fact, I recommend trying new things, especially when it comes to blogging.  If it scares me, then I know I'm doing something right!

Personally I've been trying out some new poses and finding new photo locations, which is one of the hardest things for me.  Some of the looks may not work, but at least I have a ton more photos to work with.  I've been working with some new photographers as well and have gotten some amazing shots out of it.

I've also been working hard on my Instagram feed.  If you scroll through, you can see I've experimented with my aesthetic.  I don't think I have it down quite yet, but I know I love bright, bold colors and am pleased with how it's turning out.

1.) Just Have fun
Just like many of you, I look to more seasoned bloggers to learn from and of course I've tried doing things like they do.  But at the end of the day, if I'm not having fun/don't feel comfortable, it shows in my work.

For example, I loooove the serious, contemplative shots that some bloggers post.  I tried it and I just look silly being serious.  It doesn't fit with my look and I prefer to have fun with my shoots.  And at the end of the day, I've found that the candids are some of my favorite shots anyway!

When you have fun with your posts and shoots, it makes a huge difference and carries through the rest of your work!

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Another thing I've learned is that balloons are such a fun prop to work with, aren't they!  These cuties are from Amazon and they were the perfect addition to celebrate this blogiversary!  I recommend adding them to your next party!

Thanks for being a part of the journey.  I can't wait to see what the next 3 years bring, but I know I'll be having fun no matter what!

I received the balloons at a discount, however all opinions shared above are my own!
Zaful Floral Tunic c/o | Kohls Velvet Slip Dress (also comes in red!) | Camel Peacoat, old | Booties, old | Crossbody, old

Photos: Sola, Now Let's Get Going

If there's one trend I just can't get enough of, it's layering.  Remember this cute suede dress from earlier this year.  Today I'm sharing another layered combo featuring another fav trend - velvet.  I spotted this dress on super sale so of course I needed it.  Initially I wanted to pair the dress with a striped shirt, but changed my mind when this floral tunic arrived from Zaful.

Guys, I was fully expecting this tunic to be a dress (which is always the gamble you take with sites like this!)  But I really love the top regardless and have also worn it with leggings and OTK boots.  Obviously I'm a sucker for the floral print, but the pretty ruffle detail as well as the tassel just add to the cuteness!  If you're looking to get this, I recommend sizing up.

5 Ways To Style a Slip Dress

  • Striped Crop 
  • Lace turtleneck
  • Bell Sleeve Sweater
  • Floral Tunic
  • Off The Shoulder Top/Sweater

It may not look like it, but of course fellow bloggy babe Sola and I met up on THE coldest day of the year so far (hence the coat.)  But it was still fun to walk around Philly and find some cute spots to take photos.  And I fell in love with this colorful wall.

If you're still looking for some Thanksgiving outfit ideas, this makes for a great casual outfit!  And the layering hides any food belly, hint, hint...

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Patterns & Pops Tee, old | LulaRoe Star Print Madison Skirt | Ross Moto Jacket (purchased in store) | Charlotte Russe Pearl Heeled Booties | Victoria's Secret Crossbody, old 

You just can't go wrong with an all black and white look.  So today I'm sharing just that!  This is a look that's pretty edgy for me but I feel in love with how all of these pieces came together!

I've been loving the look of a casual tee with a fancier skirt so I wanted to give that a try.  Instead of tucking in the tee, I made a knot on the side and just tied it with a hair tie to keep it in place (this trick works great for longer tees.)  I topped it off with the moto jacket and the booties to give the outfit a little edge!  I wanted to keep my outfit monochromatic, but a pop of color with the tee would be fun too.

So let's talk about those 3 trends that I'm really loving right now...

Star Prints
Guys, I am obsessed with star prints right now.  I'm loving them in all forms and just snagged this pair of TopShop Moto Jeans from Nordstrom Rack (cannot wait to style them here soon!)  It's been fun styling this LulaRoe skirt, which also looks great with a cami and oversized cardigan or a chambray top.  The possibilities are endless!

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Pearl Heels
I'm a fan of pearls in all forms, but there's something about pearl heeled booties that has renewed my love of them.  I found the perfect Jeffrey Campbell dupe at Charlotte Russe of course.  These booties look great with denim, dresses and everything in between!

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Moto Jackets
No explanation needed.  Moto jackets are a must have.  I recently snagged this cutie from Ross for under $20.  If there is one moto jacket you have in your closet, black is a must have.  Right now I'm loving the black jackets with floral embroidery so that may be my next moto jacket purchase!

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What trend are you most excited to try?


Raise of hands - who doesn't want a set of pearly whites?  Between the whitening toothpastes, rinses, strips, even charcoal powder, I've tried them all but they have been short lived (except for the charcoal - I'm still working on that.)  But none of these have provided the instant gratification that I was looking for to keep me wanting more.  When Smile Brilliant reached out to me, I immediately checked out the testimonials and I was intrigued so I had to give it a try.

Now you're probably wondering what makes Smile Brilliant different than the other whitening systems?  Glad you asked...  Smile Brilliant is an at home teeth whitening process that utilizes custom-fitted whitening trays created by dental professionals.  And you never have to step foot in a dentist's office (I'll take it because who likes going to the dentist anyway!)

Since Smile Brilliant caters to each person individually, there are a few different steps that I want to quickly touch upon before sharing my personal experience!

Be sure to scroll down because there is a giveaway and code at the end!

Step 1. Make Your Dental Impressions

Hooray...your welcome kit has arrived!  Included in your kit are materials to create your dental impressions along with really helpful step-by-step directions.  Just mix the putty, put it in the molds and create your impressions.  They include extra material in case you make a mistake!

Tip: While this step is easy, it still felt a bit scary because the putty hardens around your teeth!  The trick is to mix the putty quickly and to not leave it on your teeth for too long, maybe 30-45 seconds at most.  

Step 2. Mail Impressions and Wait For Lab To Create Them

Once you create the impressions, mail them back to the lab in the enclosed envelope and wait patiently for the whitening trays to arrive.  It's a pretty quick turnaround; mine came in less than 2 weeks.

Step 3. Whiten Teeth

Now that the trays have arrived, it's time to whiten!  To prep, just floss and brush teeth with water only.  The kit comes with 4 tubes of whitening gel.  Each tube is good for 3-4 uses.  Just apply the desired amount of gel on the side of the tray that goes over the front of your teeth.

Once the whitening is done, brush teeth with toothpaste and rise the trays with cold water and dry and proceed to step 4!

Tip: Since you can't eat for 30 minutes after using, it's recommended to whiten teeth before bed to avoid any restaining.  This is a great time to catch up on Netflix or a good book (I'm always looking for recommendations on either!!)

Step 4. Desensitize Teeth

To finish up the whitening process, just apply the desensitizing gel on the trays and leave on for 15-20 minutes immediately after whitening.

Tip: As mentioned before, I have such sensitive teeth so this step was key!  Plus the desensitizing gel protects/renews teeth and helps prevent restaining!

Step 5. Repeat

And that's it - you just repeat depending on your needs.  Based on how your teeth react, you can whiten from 45 minutes up to 3 hours.  You can whiten daily or skip days.  Not too bad.

My Experience

Guys, I had a lot of concerns before agreeing to try this.  I have sensitive teeth.  I hate having anything on my teeth for a long period of time (hence why the whitening strips were short lived.)  I was skeptical that the results would be immediate and that I would be left with streaky teeth.  But I'm so glad I gave Smile Brilliant a try...

  • My teeth tend to be sensitive so I err on the side of caution and use less gel on my trays.  I leave my trays on for 45 minutes - 1 hour (I personally can't have them on any longer!)  I did not experience excessive sensitivity.  The first time I used the trays my teeth felt a little tingly (not painful) for the next day.  After that, it was just sensitive the morning after whitening but that feeling quickly faded.  If you have sensitive teeth, you can definitely use this!
  • Since I don't use whitening strips, it took a little getting used to having the trays in for a longer amount of time.  But I was so impressed with how perfectly the molds fit my teeth.  But I'm not going to lie, it was still an uncomfortable feeling.   
  • So about those immediate results... First a quick disclaimer; I am not a daily coffee drinker/avid red wine drinker so my staining was not that deep to begin with.  That being said, I did see visible whitening the first time I used Smile Brilliant (even though it's hard to tell in the photo above.)  It did look a little patchy right after using, but the streaky spots were gone after brushing my teeth and using the desensitizing gel.
I started off using the trays daily for one week and right now I'm using them once a week and am enjoying the results.

Giveaway Time

Smile Brilliant kit starts at $129, but you can read up on the different options here.  Even better, you can try it for yourself.  Smile Brilliant has kindly offered to give away a kit to one of my readers.  Just enter here.

You can also use code paintthetownchic for $20 off your trays!

Thanks for reading this super long post.  I hope this was a helpful look at how Smile Brilliant works. I am happy to answer any other questions about my whitening experience.  Feel free to comment, email me or find me on Instagram!

Tooth Whitening Gel 

Every now and then a product comes along that makes you do a double take.  That's what happened to me when I heard about Rootie, a handy little tool that creates volume starting at the roots!  With claims like this, of course I had to give it a try.

How To Use Rootie

Luckily Rootie is a small, lightweight tool that is easy to use.  While heating it up to 350 degrees (which happened so quickly!) I sectioned my hair and pinned the top layer to the side.  From there I grabbed a small section and pressed my hair between the plates for a few seconds without moving.  You're left with a little crimp at the root, which creates volume!  The more sections you crimp, the more volume you'll have!

For more on Rootie, check out these videos!

Final Thoughts
As I mentioned above,  loved how easy it is to use.  This is definitely something I can incorporate into my morning routine!  I went for a subtle volume this first go around, but I can't wait to play around with this more.

This is going to be a lifesaver for those second day hairdays ladies!  I recommend picking up this hair tool and giving it a try!

I received this product complimentary in exchange for a review.  All opinions shared above are my own.
Zaful Jumpsuit c/o (also love this style) | Charlotte Russe Cardigan (similar here) | ZooShoo Booties, old |  BaubleBar Crispin Earrings | Lauren Conrad Tassel Necklace, sold out 

I hope you guys aren't bored of seeing photos from Longwood Gardens.  I just love their seasonal displays and I'm was so impressed by their fall floral displays (how cool are those mum globes - all one plant fyi.)  It's the perfect place to show off, or blend in, with the flowers!

This visit I chose to wear this Zaful floral jumpsuit (which I wore a few weeks ago on Instagram - check out the back detail here!)  I paired it with my favorite oversized cardi and booties for a more casual look.

Since my jumpsuit has straps, it would be so cute layered over a tee or turtleneck.  I'm still loving the layered look right now, and it's a great way to extend the wear of summer pieces!  For fall, I'm loving velvet jumpsuits, over the shoulder necklines and wrap jumpsuits.

Ways To Style a Jumpsuit For Fall
  • Pair with an oversized cardigan!
  • Get edgy with a moto jacket!
  • Layer over a turtleneck or full sleeve tee!
  • Throw on a denim jacket (always a classic)!

This jumpsuit does run TTS; I sized up since I was worried about the sizing but it ended up being too big.  I recommend getting your normal size but double check with the size chart and any reviews to be sure.  I was pretty impressed with the quality of this piece and would order again from Zaful.  Check out how I styled my Zaful sundress here.

Jumpsuits are just so effortless and are great for dressing up or down.  I'm definitely a fan now.  I can't wait to snag a few more for fall and style them in different ways.

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