Teeth Whitening Review: Smile Brilliant

Hi guys! So, this summer I was contacted by a company called Smile Brilliant asking if I would be interested in reviewing their teeth whitening system.  While I know this may not align directly with my normal content of outfits, travel, and vintage, I was actually pretty excited to hop on board because I am a firm believer in only doing reviews of products that I am genuinely interested in using.  While I have never been ashamed of my teeth or anything, they were definitely not a perfect pearly white and could use a little whitening help!  I had also seen a review over on Dearest Lou from the same company and her and her husband seemed to have good things to say.  

The best part about this whitening system for me was definitely the ease of doing it from home.  They sent me a kit which included:
Teeth Whitening Trays

Carrying Case
Impression Material
3-Way, pre-paid postage
Custom dental molds
Professional teeth whitening gel
Desensitizing gel

There were easy-to-follow instructions about taking my own teeth molds at home, which I sent back to them in the pre-paid envelope so they could make custom trays to fit my mouth exactly.  The trays were custom made and quickly sent back to me and I started the whitening process.  I have really sensitive teeth so I was fearful at first, but the desensitizing gel you put in the trays after a whitening session definitely helped with sensitivity.  I did a total of 8 sessions over the past few months:

Session 1: 40 minutes
Session2: 45 minutes
Session 3: 40 minutes
Session 4: 1.5 hours
Session 5: 30 mins
Session 6: 1.5 hours
Session 7: 1.5 hours
Session 8: 2 hours

I think I was filling the trays with too much whitening gel at first, because I was experiencing some burning and tooth sensitivity.  However, once I checked with one of their super nice representatives (who touch base with you about your process along the way), she told me to use less and I had no problems after that.  So without further adieu, here are my before and after photos:

My teeth are definitely whiter than before (hooray!), except for the bottom one which is actually a fake tooth that got knocked out in a boogie-boarding accident when I was little! 

The cons for me would be: it is actually pretty difficult when working full time to carve out a decent chunk of time to wear the trays for a good hour or 2 when you won't be eating or drinking anything. A one shot whitening system would obviously be quicker, but it only took me a few months because I did it at a very leisurely pace.  You could get the same results in only 8 days if you did it every day!

The pros of the process are: the comfort of doing it in your own home, friendly customer service, whiter teeth, and the ease of doing it on your own schedule!

Have you guys used any teeth whitening products before?  I would love to hear about your experience!  If you have any questions for me or want to read more about Smile Brilliant products, costs, or testimonials, you can stop by their website here!

Hope you're all having a beautiful day!


A day in Siracusa, Sicily

Hi guys, long time no see!  I've finally had a productive day off, shipping orders and cleaning my office and thought I'd post another overdue update from my trip to Sicily last month.  These photos were taken on a day R and I wandered around the old part of Siracusa called Ortygia.  Definitely one of the prettiest old cities and favorite days of the trip!

Outfit Details:
Dress - vintage
Tote - Baggu
Scarf - Charlotte Russe
Hat - Eddie Bauer
Sandals - Clarks

Winding alleys, crumbling ruins, and an adorable Sicilian boy playing the accordion in front of a church with a pimp cup out.  I wish I had taken photos of the little apartment we rented here.  If you are planning a trip here any time soon, definitely let me know because I would highly recommend the place we stayed! How have you guys been, I wish there were more hours in the day to catch up on blogs!  Hope everyone is doing well!
xo Hannah


Taormina Villa (Sicily Travel Journal Pt. 1)

Hi Friends,
Back from vacation now, wahhhh!  Had an amazing time exploring Sicily the past two weeks though and thought I would share an outfit and a few photos from the trip.  These were all taken on the grounds of a beautiful villa hotel next to an apartment we were renting in Taormina.  It looked so pretty at dusk it was like a fairytale.

Anyway, back to the real world now.  I am about to crawl in bed and its not even 7pm yet, but an 8 hour time difference will do that to you!  Work should be interesting in the morning... What have you guys been up to?!
xo Hannah


Black White and Stripes

Hi guys! Thought I would squeeze in one last outfit before I am off to Italia in the morning!  
Outfit Details
Shorts + Shoes - Target
Hat + Shirt - thrifted

We are headed to explore Sicily for two weeks and I can't wait!  I won't have my computer with me, but make sure to follow along on instagram for all of my travel snaps!  If any of you have been before, I would love to hear any recommendations!
xo Hannah


Welcome to Fall Roundup

Good Morning!
 I thought it might be fun to welcome in fall with a little roundup of my favorite outfits from this time last year.  I always enjoy looking through old posts because it makes me more excited to get dressed and get creative for the new season!

Do you have a favorite?  With my new work schedule and the move, I have been having trouble trying to scrounge together time to take pictures of my outfits (or get dressed in anything other than leggings honestly)!  I do feel a new burst of autumn inspiration now though.  Off to enjoy my day off and check some things off my to-do list!  Happy autumn to you!
xo Hannah


Plaid Barn

Lately I have been choosing my work clothes by "what wouldn't I mind getting poop on".   So needless to say, it felt pretty good to get dressed in something other than my animal shelter clothes for a day! 
Outfit Details
Vintage Dress - for sale in the shop here!
Boots - Ariat (thrifted)

I finally finished painting and organizing my office in the new place on my day off and it feels so nice to have one space that is unpacked and looking the way I want it to.  The rest of the house in coming along too, but all of the newness between the house and job has been pretty overwhelming.  I'm excited to finally start feeling settled.  How have all of you guys been, I miss you!
xo Hannah