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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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A few Sundays ago I was invited to spend the morning at Benjamin Lovell Shoes to learn more about the company and try on shoes.  Literally all the shoes!  It was definitely a fashion lovers dream.  But there's much more to trying on shoes, which I learned during my consultation with Dave, the Store Manager at Ben Lovell!
The first part of the morning (after my initial gawking at all the amazing footwear) was to get my foot measured.  This is a crucial fitting that most people never get done.  A proper fitting means selecting shoes that fit your feet snugly and could potentially reduce pain!  I admit that I sometimes tend to purchase shoes, especially boots, a half size bigger and that's a big no-no (when shoes don't fit, your feet overcompensate for all the shifting.)  I also learned that many people have feet that are two different sizes, myself included, but in most cases it doesn't affect purchasing shoes.
The other part of the consultation was chatting about what kind of shoes I was looking for, preferences, etc.  I kept my mind open and my only request was to find booties for fall.   All customers who shop at Benjamin Lovell Shoes receive the same customer service and attention to detail.

But let's get to the fun stuff...trying on shoes and highlighting some must-have fall trends!

1.) Black Leather Booties
There's no question about it, black booties are a wardrobe staple that aren't going anywhere!  Luckily there was no shortage at Benjamin Lovell!  I tried on a few pairs that I loved, especially from the brand Pikolinos (they had the most luxurious buttery soft leathers!)

One trend that I'm really loving is metallic detailing.  Those booties at the end were the most glorious shimmery pair and had a really comfy heel (double win!)

Shopping Online?  Check out this and this!

2.) Wedges + Combat Boots
Wedges and combat boots are both styles that I don't have in my closet.  Spoiler alert, I reluctantly left the olive cuties behind, but I have a new found appreciation for combat boots.  One great thing about Benjamin Lovell, and my consultation with Dave was that he brought out styles for me to try that I normally wouldn't look twice at.  I will definitely be adding a pair of combat boots for the fall/winter season!

Online shoppers check out this and this!

3.) Prints + Color
If you know me, colors and prints are my thing.  My eyes were immediately drawn to the animal print booties seen up above.  They add such a fun pop of color to any outfit.  I also saw these velvet sneaks before leaving the store and fell in love with the color!

Online must haves here and here.

So naturally, after trying on shoes, I still decided on this colorful pair!
Many of the brands carried by Benjamin Lovell are premium European brands made with quality materials and will hold up for a LONG time.  If you're looking to purchase a good quality pair of shoes, I would suggest picking a classic piece that will get a lot of wear.  The store has more of a selection and is worth the visit if you're in the Philly area!

When it comes to booties, do you prefer trendy colors/prints or classic looks?  Let me know if the comments!

A huge thank you to Benjamin Lovell Shoes for my consultation and shoes.  All opinions shared above are my own.

Enclothe Boutique Maxi Dress c/o | Lauren Conrad Moto Jacket (from last season, but loving the current option as well!) | ZooShoo Booties, old | Tote, old | Choker, old (love this) | Crystal Bobby Pins, sold out (love these)

Photos by Sarah | Shades of Sarah

In case you haven't noticed from my Instagram account, mustard is one of my must have colors for fall!  There's something about the rich jewel tone that just screams autumn.  Of course I was instantly drawn to this floral maxi from Enclothe Boutique (with sleeves no less!  So hard to find maxi dresses with sleeves!)

I got my normal size, and I didn't find it to be see through or too low cut.  However I had to hem it quite a few inches, so fellow short gals, keep that in mind.

Since the weather has gotten cooler, I have to find ways to style my dresses for cold weather.  The perfect compliment to this dress was my favorite burgundy moto jacket, which picked up some of the colors from the dress.  I styled with peep toe sandals, but I tagged some fall friendly options below.

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This maxi will make a great Thanksgiving dress if you're still looking for one (so cute and it easily hides food bellies!) and luckily it's still available in all sizes over at Enclothe.  Hurry over and snag it before it sells out!
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