1.20.2017

My Perfect Wedding Smile with Smile Brilliant!



Happy Friday guys! Hope you had a great week and have some fun weekend plans ahead. I'm going to just jump right into today's post because I have so much to share on my experience with Smile Brilliant!

Obviously with the wedding coming up, there are so many beauty maintenance items to check off the list like making sure I get my hair color touched up, making sure I have the perfect spray tan and the perfect manicure. I was trying to figure out how I'm going to squeeze an appointment in with the dentist to get my teeth whitened because every weekend from now until the wedding is pretty much booked! That's why I was so excited that Smile Brilliant reached out to me to try their at-home teeth whitening system! Not only is it super easy to use but you can do it all from home so you don't have to worry about making an appointment.

How it works: Smile Brilliant sends you a package with everything you need including the clay to make the mold for your custom-fitted trays! They even include a pre-paid envelope to send back your trays so it's really REALLY convenient. I received my custom trays back within at least a week of sending back my molds and they fit perfectly! It's really neat to have trays that are customized and so comfortable to wear.

In the kit they obviously include the whitening gel but they ALSO include a desensitizing gel which I did use. I have VERY sensitive teeth which honestly made me nervous about trying the system altogether. I have done the Crest whitening strips in the past and they make my teeth hurt for days. My teeth didn't hurt AT ALL after using this system and guys--that's a huge deal! My teeth look significantly whiter after just one use so I definitely plan on maintaining that over the next few months up until the wedding. I think my teeth will be practically sparkling by then! See before and after results below:

I definitely recommend Smile Brilliant! AND I have super exciting news because Smile Brilliant has been generous enough to host a giveaway for my readers! Enter here to win a free teeth whitening kit! They were also so kind as to give me a 5% off promo code to share with y'all. Just use Coupon Code: rosyoutlook at check-out! If you guys are thinking about purchasing their kit, feel free to comment below or email me any questions you might have. I would be so happy to answer!

As always, thanks for reading and thank you to Smile Brilliant for collab'ing with me on today's post!

1.18.2017

High-Low Sweater + Fashion Frenzy Link-Up!

Sweater: BP, Jeans: Topshop, Boots: Steve Madden, Sunnies: Quay, Bag: Tory Burch
Happy Wednesday loves! Hope your weeks are going well so far. I don't know what I'm going to do next week when I have a full week of work because I'm so used to having 4 day work weeks at this point! We don't have too many exciting plans for this weekend EXCEPT I think I am going to be participating in the Women's March on Washington on Saturday. Not to get political--I do just think it's a great mission for female equality! Plus I think it's just going to be such a historic movement to be a part of.

In other news--this is the outfit that I wore to the meeting with our wedding coordinator and these photos were again taken right by our wedding venue! I know over-the-knee boots have been on trend for the last 2 years and I have owned 2 pairs for a while but didn't really get a lot of use out of them. The past month or so I have been OBSESSED! I can't stop wearing these Steve Madden boots. They're such a great dupe for the Stuart Weitzman pair and are just awesome quality.

Jumping into today's link-up....[Also linking up with The Blended Blog, Style Elixir, Trend Spin]


1.16.2017

Faux Fur Bomber

Bomber: New Look via Asos, Tee: J. Crew, Jeans: Hudson, Booties: Aldo, Hat: Asos
Happy Monday guys! Excited to be writing this post on another day off. It has been so awesome to have a super long and relaxing weekend. Linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston for today's post! Sorry for being sort of absent in replying to comments/commenting back on Friday. Like I mentioned in my post, we left first thing in the morning to meet with our wedding coordinator at our venue and then right after our meeting we went to pick up our marriage license. I feel SO much better after our meeting with the coordinator now that I have clear expectations for how the day will go and what she needs from me beforehand to get everything done! We also picked our menu so we're going to be mailing out the invites this week. The rest of the weekend was pretty relaxing. We just did a lot of meal prepping for the week and went to see Passengers which I really loved!

This faux fur bomber is such a fun statement and I have been super impressed with the quality. The faux fur feels SO soft and it actually keeps you REALLY cozy during these winter months. Actually, the main reason I purchased this bomber is because there was one almost identical I wanted from Topshop for months but it was $150. This one is SO SO similar and I got it for less than $60 on sale!

Also--I uploaded my second YouTube video over the weekend! Make sure to check it out below!

1.13.2017

Whole 30 Week 1

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Happy Friday loves! I'm getting ready to head out the door to our appointment with our wedding coordinator but I want to try to do weekly check-ins (if I survive the full 30 days haha) as I'm doing the Whole 30. Honestly, reading what other people are eating throughout the diet and getting ideas from others is what is getting me through right now! I hope that this is helpful for some of you that are thinking about doing it or are currently doing it.

Thoughts/Feelings/Tips:
Overall, I definitely am already seeing results with regard to my physique. Whole 30 says not to weigh yourself but I'll be totally honest and I'm breaking that rule 100%. I knew going into it that I wasn't going to follow that rule because at the end of the day what motivates me is results. When I work-out, I'm more motivated to continue working out because I see results and same goes for a diet. So no-go on the whole not weighing in! My first few days, I definitely was not consuming enough and felt VERY low-energy and had an urge to quit every time meal time rolled around because I was SO hungry. On Tuesday, I did a lot of research on Whole 30 approved snacks and that really helped get me through the week. A ton of people snack on Lara or Rx bars during Whole 30 but I'm allergic to dates so....not an option for me! I did find a few snacks that help keep me full like apples or bananas with unsweetened almond butter, prosciutto and apples, and plantain chips (ARE A GODSEND) and guacamole. I think my attitude from the beginning of the week to now has actually changed a lot. I feel like I'm not DYING for a bagel or a slice of pizza like I was at the start and I actually get a little more excited about all of the other Whole 30 approved meals/snacks we've tried this week. I'm CONSTANTLY craving plantain chips and guacamole guys. You have to try it whether you're on Whole 30 or not! I mean let's be real, I'm totally going to incorporate some carbs back in after this diet though.

One HUGE tip if you try or are trying the Whole 30 is to check out your nearest Trader Joe's. They have a TON of Whole 30 compliant snacks and that is where we purchased our plantain chips, guacamole, salsa and marinara sauce. We plan to do all of our grocery shopping there for the rest of the 30 days.

Whole 30 Week 1 Diet:

Sunday--Breakfast: Banana/Egg Pancakes with Strawberries on top, Lunch/Dinner: Sausage and Cabbage with French's Yellow mustard (which is Whole 30 compliant)
Monday--Breakfast: 1 Egg Muffin (recipe here), Lunch: Beef Stew (recipe here), Snack: Pineapple, Dinner: Tilapia (with lemon and pepper), mashed potatoes, and green beans
Tuesday--Breakfast: 1 Egg Muffin and a banana, Lunch: Beef Stew, Snack: Pear, Dinner: Meatballs (no breading) with Whole 30 approved marinara sauce overtop zoodles (zucchini noodles), Snack: Plantain Chips & Guacamole
Wednesday--Breakfast: 1 Banana and some almonds (was super tired of eggs at this point), Lunch: Leftover meatballs and zoodles, Dinner: I easily get tired of meat if I eat a lot of it so all I had was mashed potatoes (no dairy added) and guacamole. Sounds pretty disgusting but it's all I wanted!
Thursday--Breakfast: 1 Pear, Snack: Banana Chips, Lunch: Grilled Chicken and Mashed Potatoes (no dairy added), Snack: Trader Joe's Fruit Bar (only ingredients are Strawberries and Apples), Dinner: Stuffed Peppers (only stuffed with very seasoned lean ground beef)
Friday (tentative)--Breakfast: Smoothie, Snack: Grapes, Lunch: we'll be eating at a seafood restaurant near our venue so I plan to get fish with a veggie, Dinner: I'm going to try to find some Whole 30 approved sushi...Snack: Plantain Chips and Guacamole

For Beverages: I have only been drinking water, seltzer water with natural flavor like grapefruit (my favorite is either La Croix or Pellegrino), coffee with unsweetened almond milk, and tea with lemon (usually either green tea, peach tea or passion tea)

Hope you guys enjoyed reading this post!

1.11.2017

Styling an Oversized Coat + Fashion Frenzy Link-Up!

Coat: Zara (similar here, LOVE this one), Sweater: H&M, Leggings: H&M, Hat: J. Crew, Boots: Topshop
Happy Hump Day loves! Can I just start off by saying--GO TIGERS!! Even though I wasn't fortunate enough to attend the game in person, I'm so SO proud of my alma mater and just am still in total awe that we won the National Championship. If only I was still in college! I'm excited because tomorrow is technically my Friday. We are meeting with our wedding coordinator for our "planning session" on Friday and we're also picking up our marriage license while we're out that way. I also just realized we have off this upcoming Monday so it's going to be an extra long weekend for me!

To say that I'm in love with this coat from Zara would be an understatement. I picked it up during the Zara sale (which is still going on) for a great deal and it is sold out in a few sizes but I also linked to a couple that that look very similar and are super cute. If you haven't checked out the Zara sale yet, I would definitely recommend you do! There isn't a ton left but everything that is left is super cute and such a good deal!

Jumping into this week's link-up....[Also linking up with The Blended Blog, Oh Hey Girl & Trend Spin]


1.09.2017

Suede & Black

Jacket: BlankNYC, Turtleneck: H&M, Jeans: Topshop, Belt: Urban Outfitters, Booties: Aldo, Hat: Zara
Happy Monday loves! Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston, Style Elixir, Trend Spin, and Pink Sole for today's post! We had a snowy weekend but it actually was kind of nice because we didn't really have anywhere to be and it wasn't too much snow that you couldn't go out and drive! Steven and I started the Whole 30 yesterday so we spent most of the weekend meal-prepping. Are any of you guys doing the Whole 30? I feel like so many people are with the start of the new year. I tried it once in the past and only lasted a week (LOL) so this time I'm really hoping to do it the full 30 days. This is sort of a trial run so that I'm prepared and have tested out a ton of meals for the month leading up to my wedding! I do have my dress fitting in early February so that is a good motivator for this time around.

I have raved about this jacket a million times but I just have to say again how much I LOVE it. It's such a versatile jacket and the color is just perfection!

If you guys didn't catch my post on Friday, I filmed my very first YouTube tutorial on how I create my super beachy loose waves! Thank you SO much to everyone who was so encouraging and sweet. I so appreciate it and it has made me so motivated to make more videos! Make sure to check out the video here if you haven't already!

1.06.2017

My Very First YouTube Tutorial--Effortless Beach Waves!



Happy Friday guys! I'm so excited about today's post because I'm sharing my very first YouTube tutorial. Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out but it's so funny/awkward to see yourself on video. There are things I didn't notice that I do--like say "um" or "anyway" a TON so bear with me on that in this video. When I sent it to my friends, I told them to make a drinking game and take a sip of their drink every time I say "um" haha! Self-awareness is a good thing! I actually had so much fun editing it (not that it's anything earth-shattering in the slightest) but I love learning new software and new tools and I'm excited to learn so much more as I go.

I chose to do a tutorial on how I style my hair mainly because over the last year I have seen SUCH an improvement in the health of my hair. I used to blowdry and straighten my hair almost every day on top of coloring it or putting highlights or balayage in it. I think that washing my hair less and using this curling iron has made a huge difference. I only have to curl my hair two times a week (which is how often I wash my hair) and the curls/waves hold up so well in between washes. If you're struggling with dry or damaged hair, I really recommend locking away the straightener and trying to rock the beach wave!

Hope you guys enjoy watching. Hoping to have a new video up in a few weeks! If you guys have any suggestions for video topics I would love to hear. I'm thinking about doing a haul because I did buy quite a few things during all the winter sales as my last hoorah before the wedding haha!

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