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


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Favorites for Black Friday Shopping!

It’s been quite a while since I have written about products I’m loving right now! With these wintery days out, I figured now was a good time to share some of my favorite cozy, warm and necessary items, plus just some things I’ve been loving lately!

I know the holiday’s are coming up so I will be sharing more favorites through out the month for holiday gifting!

Madewell 30% off with code GIFTWELL

Thompson Pocket Sweater

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Foldover Turtleneck Sweater Dress

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Museum Patch-Pocket Mini Skirt

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Brockton Bobble Sweater in Coziest Yarn

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Amazon

Pearl Headbands

 

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket aka “The Amazon Coat”

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Satin Pillowcases

Spanx 

Faux Leather Leggings

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BaubleBar

Wide Custom Hair Clip

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Custom Hair Pin

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Mini Alidia Ring

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J.Crew

Pom-Pom Cable Knit Sweater

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Colorblock Mock Neck Sweater

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Snap Collar Sherpa Fleece Pullover in Camo

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Metallic Winter Boots

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Outdoor Voices

The Exercise Dress

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Athena Crop

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Old Navy Fall Mini Try-on

The spin studio I go to in NYC is right around the corner from the Old Navy Chelsea store, which is helpful when I forget workout essentials and need to buy something on the fly, but also dangerous because I want to go in and buy everything on my walk to the subway after class.

I caved and went in to the store last night to do a try-on of all their cute fall/winter clothes, and I was not disappointed! I love shopping at Old Navy for basics, staples and trendy pieces, since the pricing is so good. They have so many daily deals, and right now everything is 20% off with code SWEET .

Here are some of the items that peaked my interest when I walked into the store:

Textured Crew-Neck Sweater

I saw this sweater in the window, and it is truly what made me go into the store in the first place. I love the cable knit look of this sweater in the camel color! It must have been popular in the store, because they were running low on certain sizes. I am wearing the XS because there were no size smalls left. I would size up for a more oversized fit with this one. Although I think my normal size looks fine, I was just looking for a looser fit.

Textured Crew-Neck Sweater

I picked this adorable sweater up immediately after I saw the dot details! I love the look of them on this cream colored sweater, plus I have been loving white/cream sweaters for the fall with a fun plaid scarf or puffer vest. I don’t remember if this was an XS or not, but I think it was, so I would say it runs TTS.

Textured Plush-Knit Funnel-Neck Sweater

This was comfy, and was a good in-between for turtlenecks. I personally don’t love turtlenecks, so this is a good find! I’m wearing an XS in this, and it felt fine, but I could size up to a small for a more oversized fit.

Relaxed Polka-Dot Utility Shirt

This blouse is really a great and fun piece for work, or from work to date night! It’s definitely a more burnt orange in person, which I thought wouldn’t look great on me, but I ended up loving it! It’s not a color I normally go for, so definitely a good way to change things up and add a new color to my wardrobe. Wearing a size small here for reference!

Plaid Popover Shirt Dress, Sherpa Vest

This vest is super cute, and I love the camel colored trim on it! They have a few other colors of this furry vest, but they don’t have the same fun colored trim as the cream colored version. Also I love black watch plaid and I don’t own nearly enough of it. I saw this dress and thought it was the perfect opportunity to add some more to my closet! The dress did run a bit big, so definitely size down if you are in between sizes.

A cute scarf to pair with all basic fall/winter colors to spruce them up!

Happy shopping! Xx