3 Budget Friendly Hacks For Great Teeth

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Floss, brush, checkup, repeat. That was my dental care routine for a long time, until I cracked a tooth trying to eat a frozen Cadbury Mini Egg. Yes, frozen. We were trying to discourage the pillaging of a Costco-sized bag of Mini Eggs by putting them in the freezer and clearly, it backfired.

After this, I started thinking more ways to improve my dental health. My dentist suggested a new nightguard to help with grinding, and to use an electric toothbrush in order to reduce my chances of gum recession. At the same time, I inquired about teeth whitening. The estimate for all of this came in at over the price of a pair of Chanel sandals I’d been lusting over (I know, I know – it should be health before fashion), so I started investigating whether there was a cheaper way to do it all. Read on to learn about what I found…

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Spring Has Sprung: Kimono Inspired Maxi Dress by Privacy Please

Spring is a time when everyone gets excited to shed winter layers, and fill their wardrobes with bold colors and light fabrics. It’s a perfect excuse to wear loud floral prints from head to toe! I was drawn to this maxi dress for it’s bold print and flattering wrap around style. Wrap around dresses (especially with plunging necklines) draw the eye to all the right places, and can be comfortably adjusted to any body type – curves or no curves. They are a mainstay in both my casual and corporate wardrobes. This maxi dress is romantic, and perfect for a date night or evening event. Paired with a pair of espadrilles that I’ve had for years here, it also looks fantastic with nude stilettos. Enjoy!

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Get UNCORKED in San Francisco This Weekend!

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I’m so excited to finally be attending the 11th Annual Uncorked Festival in Ghirardelli Square this weekend in San Francisco. My friends went last year, and raved about the endless selection of food and wine samples (over 50 local wineries in attendance)! The best part will be sipping wine and enjoying views of the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as meeting up with my girl Ashley from A Lady Goes West and her awesome hubby Dave.

If you make it down, be sure to check out fellow San Francisco blogger babe KatwalkSF’s gorgeous boutique Les Mechantes, which is also located in Ghirardelli Square.

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How To Wear A Slip Dress From Day to Night: With EXPRESS Runway

It’s easy to wear a slip dress from day to night, a sleek, simple cut makes this piece like a blank canvas for layering on accessories and adding jackets to change up the look. This silky, silvery grey number from EXPRESS Runway is one of my favorite spring dresses for that reason, and will be coming on multiple trips with me this spring. The beauty of a slip dress it that it weighs nothing, packs easily, and can be combined with almost anything for a daytime or nighttime look. Here’s how you can style it:

1. Classy evening look = Slip dress + stilettos + blazer + clutch

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How To Prevent & Reverse UV Damage + An Interview With A World Renowned Dermatologist

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Most of us are interested in knowing what we can do to keep our skin looking beautiful for life. A big part of achieving this is preventing and reversing UV damage caused by sun exposure (tanning beds in high school anyone?).  I’ve researched the impact of UV damage on skin, and what we can do to prevent it at length, but I still had some questions. I was lucky enough to snag an interview with world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Verallo-Rowell to find out exactly how to prevent and reverse UV skin damage, as well as clear up some confusion on daily UV exposure and whether people with dark skin need to wear sunscreen.

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Instant De-Stressor: The World’s Cutest Knee High Socks

When life gets stressful, you can cope by watching cute baby animal videos, eating  chocolate, or looking down at your whimsical knee high socks. While the term ‘knee high socks’ might conjur up visions of bad Halloween costumes or stuffy private school uniforms, these cuties by Chrissy’s Socks are in a league of their own. They come in a ton of adorable prints and colors, and wouldn’t you know –  you can even design your own.

I wear mine around the house with my pajama shorts instead of sweatpants. The watermelon ones look especially good with my banana print boxers – not pictured…I know, sorry! I’ve seen a meme that says, “Life’s too short to wear mediocre underwear.” Well, I think life is too short to wear mediocre socks, even if you’re the only person who’s going to see them. I dare you – wear a pair of wild knee high socks under your jeans or in your tall boots, and definitely around the house. Happy socking!

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Lululemon’s Chic Big Sister: Kit + Ace Clothing

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As a Vancouver girl and die hard Lululemon supporter I couldn’t wait to try my first piece of Kit and Ace clothing,  launched out of Vancouver by the son of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson.   The line is best know for its technical cashmere, a blend designed to withstand washing, drying, and real-life wear and tear. The line is characterized by unique silhouettes, neutral colors, and chic interpretations of wardrobe basics. Tops, bottoms, and outerwear can be mixed and matched.

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Surprising Skin Care Secrets From An Expert Esthetician + A Coconut Oil Facial

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I was comfortably stuck in a skin care rut, until I visited Holly Byerly, Hayes Valley Med‘s Clinical Esthetics Manager and Senior Instructor at VMV Hypoallergenics. Holly treated me to an indulgent coconut inspired facial involving diamonds, oxygen masks, and delicious smelling VMV Hypoallergenics products; an all-natural skin care line that places heavy emphasis on coconut oil. I learned some surprising skin care secrets along the way, and realized that I need to shake up my current skin care routine.

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Holly welcomed me into the bright, open space at Hayes Valley Med Spa where she practices esthetics in San Francisco. After snuggling under a warm blanket on the treatment table, Holly asked to me explain my skincare routine and examined my skin.

The VMV Hypoallergenics products Holly uses were created by a dermatologist + dermatopathologist who has refined the formulas with over 30 years of experience in clinical trials. Coconut derived ingredients extracts are a staple the main ingredient in most products of the line, and they’re as natural as it comes: no preservatives, allergens, or toxic nasties.

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How To Wear Winter Booties in Spring: Feat. Cole Haan

Thankfully the great thing about California is that we embrace all things slightly western inspired and one of the staple casual looks here is to wear your winter booties in spring and all year long for that matter. This is how I wear my winter booties in spring – with a floral dress! Even in SoCal or Palm Springs with their blistering summer heat, chances are you’ll be in the air conditioning anyway, right?

Last year, I complained that it didn’t get cold enough to wear my winter booties or sweaters, but this year San Francisco was unseasonably cold and rainy. Though one good thing about the rain we’ve had is how lush and green everything is here right now. The Marin countryside where this was shot is bursting with blooms, and we’ve got to enjoy it while it lasts!

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Say Hello To Swimsuit Season With EXPRESS Swimwear!

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The snow is melting, the trees are in bloom, and you’re so over that winter coat. You know what that means – it’s almost swimsuit season! Summer is just around the corner, so why not upgrade your tired old swimsuit for something cute and on-trend? I teamed up with EXPRESS Runway to bring you a fun look from their gorgeous new line of womens swimsuits. From triangle tops to sleek one pieces, the collection features cool prints and on-trend strappy details that can be mixed and matched.

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