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If you’re anything like me, you gravitate to Pinterest anytime you need a new DIY project, styling questions, or general inspiration.  Over the past few months I’ve slowly seen my following grow to over 16,000 followers (pinch me!). I’ve decided to start a new column showcasing top pins from the past few weeks ranging from home, crafts, beauty, recipes, and fashion that you guys seem to love!

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Interiors + Exteriors: Sapien Bookshelf


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While the majority of my office is furnished and I am putting the finishing touches on the accessories (lighting and artwork). I realized that I found myself with a dilemma on housing my beloved books. Most books I grew up reading are in my parent’s storage, so the books I’ve acquired over the years since moving home from college have gone from boxes and stacks in our town home to the drawers of my nightstand, and are currently scattered on the floor of my office. It’s time to remedy this situation! I recently picked up this spine storage rack from Wayfair. While I wanted to splurge on the white sapien bookcase from DesignWithinReach or even the white option from The Container Store, I couldn’t justify not utilizing the free shipping and under $100 price tag. I will have no problem filling the bookshelf so you won’t be able to tell it’s silver, and worst case scenario, I can spray paint it white if necessary!

So tell me, what’s your favorite way to store your beloved novels?

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How to Whiten Your Teeth with Smile Brilliant


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As a habitual tea and coffee drinker, I know that it’s only a ticking time bomb before my teeth start to pay the price. I’ve tried my fair share of teeth whitening strips but often find them too much of a hassle and unhappy with the results (and the mess). Teeth whitening at the dentist can be expensive, so when Smile Brilliant reached out to me to test out their at home teeth whitening treatment, I jumped at the chance. Smile Brilliant’s whitening kit that is so easy to use and gets amazing results! No longer do you need to waste money on stripes or $500 at the dentist, this kit is only $119.95. Talk about a steal!

So how does the process work? First you’ll receive a package from Smile Brilliant to create your impressions. Following the instructions included in the kit, you’ll mix the white and blue pastes together to create the mold. You’ll create one mold at a time, for the upper and lower sets of teeth. Once both sets have been created, allow to dry and then you’ll mail the impressions in a pre-packaged envelope they provide.

A few weeks later you’ll receive your custom trays with a set of syringes. Mine came with a desensitizing gel plus the whitening gel (I suffer from sensitive teeth when it comes to whitening).

To use the tray, you’ll line the trays with gel and place them in your mouth for 20 minutes up to 3 hours depending on your tooth sensitivity. I suggest smaller time intervals until you know how your teeth will react. Simply repeat this process daily or every other day, up to you, until your teeth are at the desired whiteness. If you don’t use all of the gel provided, but they can be kept in your fridge for up to 2 years and can be used for touch ups.

Smile Brilliant and I are teaming up to offer one lucky reader a chance to experience Smile Brilliant for themselves. Simply enter the contest via the link or photo provided below for a chance to win the prize. The prize is a $139.95 store credit which is equal to Smile Brilliant’s Teeth Whitening Trays + 3 whitening gel syringes and 3 desensitizing gel syringes or the teeth whitening trays + 6 whitening gel syringes. The winner will be given a code which they can use at checkout. International entries will be accepted, but if the winner is outside of the US they will have to pay the shipping cost for sending their impressions back to Smile Brilliant.  

Over the next two weeks I’ll share progress reports on my results and announce the winner on 7/29/15 on the blog! Stay tuned! This giveaway will end two weeks from today on 7/29/15. 

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This post was sponsored by Smile Brilliant, all opinions are my own.