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!!!

 

Binge-worthy shows on your favorite streaming services

It’s no secret that people today love binge-watching shows on our favorite streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. While I still enjoy watching shows every week on live TV *The Bachelor franchise*, I also love being able to hit ‘next episode’ while I’m laying in my bed on my own time.

I recently became obsessed with “Stranger Things,” when my sister and my mom started watching season 3 over the 4th of July. For some reason I didn’t want to watch it, I have no idea why I was so against the show. I finally watched it and I as HOOKED. My roommate had just finished season 3 as well, so she opted to watch some of the older episodes with me as as refresher.  This prompted me to write about some of my favorite shows on our favorite streaming services, along with some of my binge-watching essentials!

Binge-watching essentials: Sweatshirt / Joggers / Slippers / Necklace / Sheets / Blanket

Roku / Binge-Watching Beauty Kit / Boom Chicka Pop 

 

Friends

This is an absolute given, who doesn’t love watching old Friends episodes?! I actually had not really seen many “Friends” episodes before it came on Netflix one summer while I was in college. You know I sat at home at night after my internship and binge-watched all 10 seasons…

The Society

Recently added, this Netflix original features Kathryn Newton in a post-apocalyptic type show about high school students in a town all alone. No parents, strange happenings, and dramatic events happen in this “Lord of the Flies”-like series, and every episode gets better and keeps you wondering what could happen next!

The Haunting of Hill House

This show came on the scene during October of last year, and my friends and I sat home one Saturday and watched the entire show. It’s only one season, so it’s not too much of a commitment, but it is a show you can’t stop watching until you get to the end. “Hill House” could be hard to follow at some points, because the show has a lot of flashbacks. You need to give your full, undivided attention to make sure you know what’s happening.

The Office

On a lighter note, this is a show that is always a go-to after watching something sad or scary. If you watched “The Society” or “The Haunting of Hill House” this might be a good show to turn on to have a good laugh and lighten the mood. Plus this AND “Friends” are leaving Netflix, so watch it while you can!

Stranger Things

If you were living under a rock like me and haven’t watched this Netflix original series, I’m here to tell you you’re missing out big time. Max and I had both not watched the show, and we started it one weekend and watched a few episodes. I couldn’t wait to watch it with him the next weekend and I binged the whole series. I’m obsessed and I’m planning on being something “Stranger Things” related for Halloween this year!

Greek

Formerly on Netflix, “Greek” is now available on Hulu! I also watched this whole series one summer home from college

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

A cult classic for the times, one of my favorite shows ever. It’s quick, hilarious and ridiculous. Now on Hulu, this is a good one to keep on in the background or watch and laugh.

Friday Night Lights

This show gives you all the feels. Coach Taylor, Matt Seracen, Riggins, Tyra, Lila, etc. all the characters will make you mad, sad, and happy throughout the whole series. It’s an interesting look at life in another state as well. I know it’s a TV show, but it’s really interesting to see what life revolves around in rural Texas.

The Mick 

The “family” dynamic of this show is what really gets me going. Every episode of this show had me laughing and I kept wondering how each episode could be more ridiculous than the last, but they were every time! My roommates heard me dying laughing in my room and wanted to know what I was watching because it had to be hilarious.

How I Met Your Mother

A classic New York TV show, HIMYM is funny and also hits you right in the heart. The friendships are different than other NYC-based shows like “Friends” but are just as good!

Euphoria

HBO’s “Euphoria” is A LOT. The series is about high school students, and you would never imagine all this heavy stuff happening in high school, but you can’t stop watching. It just like a train wreck, you can’t look away. The episodes are long, but the music is excellent! Drake is one of a producers of the show, so naturally good music.

Reign

One of my all time favorites for sure, Reign has amazing costumes, hair, and makeup, as well as exaggerated yet juicy historical drama. Mary Queen of Scots is now my idol, and with 4 seasons, it is quite binge-worthy!

The Boys

I have actually not watched “The Boys” yet, but my mom has been telling me to watch it ever since she started this Amazon series! I’ve heard great things from others as well, one of the guys from IT at my office was also raving about it the other day!

Mad Men

Such a love-hate with this show. I really do love it but it was challenging to watch at times. I had to take a couple of breaks, but overall I binged most of it. I loved the show, and the ending certainly doesn’t turn out how you would expect. January Jones and Jon Hamm are two actors I didn’t know much about before the show, and they are so great playing their characters on “Mad Men.”

Graduation Cap Decorating & Inspiration

It’s grad season! With college graduations in full swing and high school commencements rapidly approaching for many people, I figured I would share some graduation cap decorating tips and inspiration for those looking for a little décor.

In high school, I did not have a cap and gown like most other schools. Girls wore white dresses with our school charm bracelet and the boys, khaki pants with a navy blue blazer, along with the school lapel pin. So for college graduation, I was looking forward to decorating my graduation cap!

Most of my friends had caps in high school, so they went all out decorating them back in the day. They didn’t really want to make the effort to decorate and get materials during senior week. I knew I wanted to keep it pretty simple, and I saw a few other people decorating caps, so I said “why not!”

I headed to Michael’s to pick up some supplies and I was so happy what I came out with. I got some simple gold and pearl letters to put my initials, and then some pearl stickers to add to the edges of my cap. I initially had thought about painting something on my cap, but then I realized that senior week was very busy and I didn’t have the time to think of an idea, paint it, let it dry, etc.

This idea ended up being quick, easy, and simple, which I loved! I even still have my cap on display at home near my diploma, since the pearls looked great with my black cap and red tassel. This idea would look great on any color cap, and is SO, SO easy to do if you are in a time crunch.

Happy Graduation, xx

 

Taking my Bar Cart to the Next Level!

Bar carts are so fun and versatile. They are a great place to store things in a small apartment, and they also can be dressed up for fun!

This One Kings Lane bar cart was a recommendation from Amy of amybelievesinpink, which my mom bought last year on sale. She decided it was not what she wanted for our house in Martha’s Vineyard, so she decided to give it to me for my new apartment! While this bar cart is certainly different, and more of a statement piece, I actually love it in our apartment. It really adds something to our very neutral look, and is the perfect size to hold all of our alcohol and fun cups!

I have been wanted to upgrade my bar cart in some way, adding something fun to it that would go with the summery feeling this cart already gives from the turquoise color and the bamboo material.

I finally found the perfect items to do so! The first item is this marble cheese board with a gold pineapple detail. This marble cheese board can serve as just a tray that we keep on the bar cart, or exactly what it’s meant for when we have guests over. The second item that will really spruce up the bar cart are these gold pineapple marble coasters! These will really help preserve our table and bar cart from rings and liquid stains, while also feeling cute and summery.

I have had my eye on these items for a while, and the coasters are 20% off right now. The cheese board is also on sale, however today you can get one Williams-Sonoma item 20% off with free shipping on your order by using the code “SPRING” at checkout! I already placed my order and I am so excited to use these.

5 Products I’ve Been Loving Recently

1. Kopari Coconut Deodorant

This product is my NEW FAVORITE thing. After hearing about this aluminum-free deodorant, I saw it at the airport on my way to Florida and I decided to give it a try!

To be honest, I haven’t used women’s deodorant since high school. I really didn’t like it, and I felt like it didn’t actually work, so I started using Old Spice Pure Sport deodorant all the time. No one notice that I smelled like a boy, and I also didn’t smell like weird flowers and have white, crumbly armpits (ew).

Kopari is the perfect deodorant. It smells great, it works really well, it doesn’t feel heavy, and it goes on clear! Plus it is free of harmful ingredients, so it’s a win-win.

2. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

I’ve used a few Mario Badescu products in the past, such as the Drying Lotion and the Cucumber Tonic Mask, but this is one of my new favorite products! Amazing on a hot day for a little refresh, and a great afternoon pick-me-up. I use it in the morning before I jade role, and sometimes after I shower, just because! The smell is so calming, and it’s good for sensitive skin.

3. The Oaui Leave in Conditioner

I got this in my FabFitFun box, and I have been loving it! I usually shower at night, and a little of this helps keep my hair tame and less frizzy after sleeping on it. I have lightly wavy hair, and I spray some of this on and comb through with my fingers. I don’t lose the waves, except I do lose the frizz, which is a plus!

4. St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez is the easiest self tanner that actually works well. It’s pretty fool proof and will give you a nice glow, fast. Personally, I think the self-tanning mitt is the key, along with watching this video from St. Tropez!

5. Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer

Collagen is great for the skin, and you don’t get it from other foods (other than bone broth), so this supplement is one of my favorites! I’ve been having the vanilla flavor

I also have the Strawberry Lemon Beauty Collagen from Vital Proteins as well, which tastes great in smoothies, water, and even mixed into cranberry juice (a recent and delicious discovery).