My new favorite at-home coffee hack

Keurig / Mug / Salt Box / Vital Proteins (I add this to my coffee every morning)

“Coffee is the lifeblood that fuels the dreams of champions.” (Kicking and Screaming, 2005).

Now on week 6 of working from home, I have been making a lot of coffee at home! I’m sure many people have been doing the same, since many businesses are closed. This has certainly been saving me a ton of money, and I’ve actually been enjoying my morning routine of hot lemon water, coffee and breakfast!

Recently, I’ve also had to re-heat my Keurig coffee since it cools off really quickly. I’ve been thinking about investing in a mug warmer, but for now I’ve just been re-heating it in the microwave. If you’ve done this before, you’ve probably tasted the unpleasant, bitter taste that this brings on.

My new favorite hack to fix this is to add a pinch of salt! It helps to offset the bitter taste and just helps make the re-heated coffee more enjoyable.

Enjoy! xx

 

Loungewear for every budget!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been living in loungewear as of late. Joggers are the new jeans, sweatshirts and long sleeved tees have replaced my sweaters. Funny enough, I actually left NYC to go on vacation to Florida right as soon as they were starting to shut the city down and telling companies to work from home.

I was planning on coming back to NYC in a week for a doctor’s appointment, but I actually ended up changing it to a practice in Florida instead. I didn’t have to leave after a week which is great, however that meant when my parents rental was inevitably over, we would head back to cold and rainy Rhode Island.

I didn’t really pack many clothes for a cool climate, because I didn’t think I was going to need them! So I took this as a chance to order some new clothes to just hang out in, as well as look at all my options out there (I love a good sale!)

Below I’ve rounded up some of the best I’ve seen out there in the last few weeks.

Lougewear (1)

Old Navy Picks:

Hoodie / Joggers / 3-pack of socks / Sneakers

2

J.Crew Factory Picks:

Scrunchie / Tank Top / Joggers / Slippers

3

GAP Picks:

Sweatshirt / Bralette / Shorts 

4

Lululemon Picks:

Scuba Hoodie / Trapeze Tank / Align Crop

Happy Shopping! xx

My favorite recent Amazon purchases

Amazon has taken over in terms of online shopping, but I don’t have to tell you that. Along with Amazon brands, bigger and more-well known brands are also selling items on the site. Everything from Levi’s denim to Aquaphor to Gatorade is being sold by the brand’s on Amazon, and most of them offering Prime 2-day shipping!

While I love that brands I know are available on Prime, it’s also fun to explore brands you didn’t know before or even Amazon-specific brands. There’s so many products that I never would have heard of, or would have taken a long time to get if it weren’t for Amazon Prime. I also think Prime is perfect when you are in a pinch and need something last minute (aka me, all the time).

Linked below are some of my recent favorites:

Satin pillowcases

These satin pillowcases look expensive (even thought they aren’t) are good for skin, and help prevent hair breakage!

Mini Humidifier

I ordered this mini (pink!!) humidifier to put on my bedside table since I’ve been getting so dry lately. I love it so far, it doesn’t take up a lot of room and it works well.

Small Storage Bins

These storage bins would be perfect for on top of a dresser or in a bathroom cabinet. I decided on pink, because I wanted to add some color to my white walls/dressers.

Levi’s Denim Shorts

Before my trip to New Orleans, I needed a pair of jean shorts in a time crunch. This is when I turned to Amazon and found that Levi’s sells shorts on Prime, so I got this adorable pair!

Animal Print Skirt

One of my absolute favorite items, I got this skirt late last summer and couldn’t wear it enough.

Foldable Cube Storage Bins

These cube storage bins have saved the organization of my room and closet, were cost effective, and look expensive.

Aquaphor 3-Pack

My most recent discovery is that Aquaphor is amazing for your lips and other dry areas! I have used it in the past, and always keep a tube in my bag, but I’ve been using it more lately since I have been extra dry.

Formal Dress

In another pinch for time (seems like a theme in my life), I ordered this dress in green for my work holiday party back in December. It was at a nightclub, so I figured I would go a bit dressy and wear this with the same heels I bought for last year’s party. Inexpensive, but looked chic and I got a lot of compliments on it!

Pearl Headbands

ALLLLLL the rage, especially in NYC. I see people wearing these headbands every day, and I’m still not sick of them. This pack of 6 is great because of the many color options, I’ve worn every single color and love them all!

Pompom Bedskirt

ADORABLE and really adds something to a bed. I have a simple metal bed frame, and the box spring from Casper, so my bed needed a little extra something to make it look put together. I found this perfect and wallet-friendly pompom bedskirt that I have told everyone I know about. My mom even bought 2 for our house in Martha’s Vineyard because they are so cute.

Milk Frother

My manager at work laughed at me when I bought a milk frother on Amazon Prime day last year, and he said I would never use it. I literally use it ALL THE TIME. It also came with a stainless steel cup. Maybe I was just trying to prove him wrong, but I honestly love it! It also helps me feel good about not spending my money on coffee on the weekends, because I can make a nice cup with my Keurig. It’s even really helpful for when I mix Vital Proteins Collagen into any drinks!

Sectioned Laundry Basket

Another item that I can’t stop talking about. I’m really into separating out my laundry, and this is the best basket! It also has handles and pocket on the side to hold essentials (perfect for my laundry card and detergent!)

Weighted Blanket

I got this weighted blanket last year in January and it has become a staple in my bedding. I keep it at the end of my bed and I use it pretty much every night while I’m watching Netflix, it’s SO relaxing.

Top 5 best white sneakers

The weather outside the past few days has me thinking spring! My roommate from college’s family has a fundraiser every year around this time in honor of her sister and for her memorial foundation. It always makes me feel like spring is around the corner since it used to be just before our spring break in college.

Although in my opinion, white sneaker season is every season, spring is upon us. The perfect season to sport some new white kicks! I found myself wanting a refresh of white sneakers, as its been awhile since I’ve updated my collection.

I’m a big sneaker girl, so I’m happy that sneakers are “in style” now. I’m trying to think about what shoes I wore before the more casual sneaker look was back in style! I did have some pairs in high school, but not as many as I do now. I was really into Sperry’s, Jack Rogers sandals and these L.L. Bean moccasins for awhile… (honestly, still into these moccasins).

Here is a list of my top 5 white sneakers:

Soludos Ibiza Platform Sneaker

The Ibiza Platform Sneakers are my newest purchase, which I got on sale at ShopBop! I love the Soludos brand and I’ve seen their sneakers in person a few times, so I thought this platform look was perfect for spring/summer!

Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars

A timeless classic, I’ve had a pair of Converse for years. They seem to go with everything, all. year round. I love pairing it with jeans, a dress, or even for going out at night when I don’t want to be too dressy.

Adidas Stan Smith’s

As a gift to myself, I got these green Stan Smith’s after I climbed to the top of the Duomo in Florence in 2016. Rewarding a climb with some new shoes seemed right to me! I basically never took them off after I bought them, and they are so beat up from year’s of wear. Definitely worth the investment, and I will be reinvesting as soon as I can give my old pair up!

Fila Panache 19 Sneakers

While I was not a fan of the Fila “dad” sneaker trend, I really love the look of these Fila Panache 19’s! Simple and plain, I love the slight platform look. I just purchased these during the ShopBop sale with my Soludos.

Superga Platform Sneakers

Another classic white sneaker, Superga’s are great for spring/summer! The non-platform version are also another great choice.

Happy Shopping!! xx

How to throw a Galentine’s Day Party!

Hi Friends!

Last year, I planned my first ever Galentine’s Day Party and it was a complete success! I decided to go all out and order some fun decorations, fun food and some party favors that made perfect for our signature cocktails!

Here’s how I went about throwing my party:

Pick a date

This year my friends and I are having it on Wednesday, February 12th, because I will be headed off to Florida on the 13th for a half-marathon (more to come on that)! The 13th is technically the designated day for Galentine’s Day, but I think any day in February works to get together with friends and have fun drinks and heart shaped food! 🙂

Guest list

For Galentine’s Day, I just had my closest gal pals from college that live in NYC and my roommates. I wanted to get us some fun little gifts, so I kept my guest list relatively small.

Pick a location

I decided to have it at my apartment so I could decorate and make everything I wanted to make, while also staying on a budget.

Decorate

THIS was probably the best part of planning the party (next to creating my signature drink in my fun glasses), and I decided to go all out for it! I already have an on-theme light up sign in my apartment, so I decided to get a glitter wall to play off the light that we already had. I got this glitter wallpaper type thing on Amazon in pink and gold. I layered them to give it a subtle pink look, and I honestly never took it down after that. It lives in my apartment now.

Other options I love and am using for this year are: these heart garlands, these hanging paper hearts, twinkle lights, heart light, and this adorable pom-pom heart mirror!

Party favors

I wanted to get something fun and cute, however not too pricey for my friends and I to have for the party. After looking up some inspiration from my friend, Danielle (who plans a killer Galentine’s Day party every year), I decided on these personalized champagne flutes from Etsy! They were $5 each, came relatively quickly, and my friends LOVED them.

Food and drinks

This is your chance to really play around with fun on-theme foods, or just making your favorites. Last year, we bought pizza dough and other pizza fixings from Trader Joe’s, and made our own heart shaped pizzas. Unfortunately, we forgot to take photos because making then heart shaped pizzas was quite the event, and we were all ready to eat.

I did make a fun signature drink in the flutes that I got for us. It consisted of Trader Joe’s fancy pink lemonade, raspberry lime seltzer, mint, raspberries and lime juice! Plus vodka of course. This year I’m thinking of maybe doing a grapefruit mule, or something else fun and pink!

Supplies

Straws

From Amazon, I also picked up these Valentine’s Day themed paper straws, which came in a such a large pack that we literally still a few left for this year’s party haha.

Plates

In addition, heart plates from Amazon, came in handy from last year, and here’s a heart shaped option on Prime for this year is linked here.

Napkins

The CUTEST napkins from Amazon for Valentine’s Day are by far these ones. I’m ordering these just to have as fun cocktail napkins because they are fun and I love hearts.

 

 

Smile Brilliant CariPRO Electric Toothbrush Review + Giveaway

Happy New Year Everyone! To kick off 2020, I’ve teamed up with the amazing Smile Brilliant again for an awesome giveaway. First off though, I’m going to tell you more about Smile Brilliant’s cariPRO ultrasonic toothbrush!

One of my goals for last year was to really keep up with and improve my dental health, and that was helped by the use of an electric toothbrush. However, I was using an older model and wanted to upgrade to something new without breaking the bank.

Enter Smile Brilliant’s cariPRO! I was shocked in learning that this electric toothbrush had five different modes and a very sleek design at this affordable price point. The replacement brush heads are also super affordable and very convenient. I had used similar, yet more expensive models in the past, and none of them had as many modes as the cariPRO.

Each brushing mode goes for two minutes, and every 30 seconds it pauses to let you know to move to a different quadrant of the mouth. Simple, yet ~effective~! I had been using a manual toothbrush for a few weeks, and I started off using the “sensitive” mode to ramp up to the “clean” mode and that was a really helpful transition. After that I started experimenting with the “whitening” mode as well, which I think is my favorite so far.  I also have been using the toothbrush every day, twice a day for well over a month and it literally just started blinking for low battery power this morning. Battery life is excellent!

I have already noticed a difference in my teeth! Not only do they feel cleaner, they also do not have that lackluster look to them anymore. My goal for this year is to keep up my good reviews at the dentist, and the cariPRO toothbrush will certainly be contributing to that.

Now, it’s giveaway time!

Here is the link to the electric toothbrush giveaway!

If you don’t want to try your luck with the giveaway, here is a code for 20% off cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrushes: 20mvyprep

More info below

Smile Brilliant FAQ


best electric toothbrush

 

At-Home Whitening with Smile Brilliant!

Recently, I noticed that my teeth looked super dull and not very white. As an avid coffee drinker (or…just a girl who needs coffee to get through the work day), this was not really a surprise, but I knew I wanted to do something about it!

I tried a few different whitening regiments in the past. All of the different options, such as pastes, strips, and professional whitening treatments were expensive or very messy (looking at you charcoal toothpaste). I was highly considering paying an outrageous amount of money for whitening at my dentist when I found Smile Brilliant!

 

Smile Brilliant offers an affordable, effective, and convenient way to whiten at home, which is exactly what I was looking for. Here is a breakdown of what they offer, and what I thought:

 Make Custom Molds

The initial kit contains everything you need to create the customized molds for your teeth. Smile Brilliant also provides detailed instructions, along with a return label to ship back the impressions of your teeth, so they can make them into personal whitening trays!

Whitening Process

Once you receive the trays to your doorstep, the whitening process can begin! Everything you need for the whitening process is in the initial kit. I would suggest to put coconut oil or vaseline on your gums before whitening to help with sensitivity, especially if you have never whitened before. While the whitening process is very easy, it can be time consuming! I usually do it at night, after dinner and when I take a shower just to kill time.

Reducing Sensitivity

Smile Brilliant also provides a desensitizing gel in the whitening kit to help reduce sensitivity after whitening. After you have finished with the whitening gel and cleaned your trays, you can put the desensitizing gel on for another 15-20 mins. The gel really helped ease any sensitivity,  left my teeth and gums looking and feeling perfectly fine after. Sensitivity is a fear many people face when looking for at-home teeth whitening solutions, including myself. I can say that fear has been tamed by the coconut oil tip I received, as well as the desensitizing gel. My gums are saved and my teeth are whiter!

Final Verdict

I would recommend Smile Brilliant to anyone who is looking for a professional quality teeth whitening solution. This kit has everything you need to truly make your smile whiter. I started noticing results right away, and the more you whiten, the better the results. I had been considering using Smile Brilliant for quite some time, so I am excited that I finally got to try it and share my experience.

Before & After photos

Before

It’s crazy because I didn’t think my teeth looked THAT yellow in the before photo, but clearly as you can see below from the after photo there’s a dramatic difference!

 

After

Giveaway

Okay, so who’s ready for a GIVEAWAY! I’m excited to be working with Smile Brilliant to give a lucky winner a $149 credit to put towards your own professional whitening kit from Smile Brilliant.

TO ENTER: Please head over to the Smile Brilliant website by clicking on this LINK.

 

Rules for entering: Must submit name and email address on the giveaway page in order to enter! The winner will be selected and contacted via email 2 weeks after the date of this post. Giveaway is for $149 credit to Smile Brilliant only and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Additonally, use code “mvyprep15” for 15% off your Smile Brilliant kit! 

 

Good luck!!!