My Beauty Routine with Listerine®


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A question you may ask yourself is why is a fashion/lifestyle blogger writing about oral health? Well, after having my 6 month check up at the dentist last week, I realize, now more than ever, that there’s never a good time like the present to be educated about taking care of those pearly whites!

As you get older and realize you are no longer in your early twenties, one realizes the importance of things like flossing and rinsing with mouthwash, starting and ending the day with a cleansed face, or even spritzing heat protectant on your hair before styling. When you’re young you often skip a few of these habits that when not picked up eventually, could lead to things like cavities, split ends, dry and brittle hair, and even worse, wrinkles!

Consistency is key. I’m guilty, sometimes, of skipping the face wash before bed when I’m absolutely dead tired, but I know I have to keep up with my beauty routine and oral health care to take the best care of myself as I possibly can. I only get one body and one set of teeth!

Luckily, I’ve yet to experience cavities in my 27 years, but nearly all American adults over the age of 20 have had cavities at some point in their lives (91%) and one in four have untreated cavities (27%). The best way to prevent those nasty cavities? Start by creating a routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing using a therapeutic mouthwash, like LISTERINE® Antiseptic!  Brushing your teeth alone misses 75% of your mouth, leaving thousands of germs behind. Left untreated, these germs can lead to oral care issues such as plaque and gingivitis – gross!

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Consider these statistics from the LISTERINE® Brand Survey.


I mean, let’s have some real talk here for a moment. 3 in 4 Americans say the state of their mouth determines how they look and feel, nearly as much as their weight. What makes you feel confident? When you’re rocking that amazing outfit that fits just right, with your hair finally cooperating to allow for the perfect set of beach waves, and a killer smile showing off that killer lip color? That’s when I feel most confident! That’s why, when I’m constantly on the run between work and freelance life, I keep a mini bottle of LISTERINE® in my bag when I need to freshen up after a quick-lunch date or after dinner.

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So tell me, do you have a specific oral care routine that you follow? Let me know in the comments below!

PS. When you share the #LISTERINE, it will trigger a $10 donation, up to $40,000, to support Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign (October 1 – December 1, 2015) to educate communities about the importance of proper oral care. How awesome is that?!

Follow LISTERINE® on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information on good oral care! 

Thanks to LISTERINE® I’m practicing good oral care as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Listerine. All data referenced in this post was provided by the LISTERINE® Brand Survey. To learn more, please go to 

TBO Gets Married

A Perfect Pair with Weddington Way


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It’s been almost a year and a half since Cody and I were married. As we continue to attend weddings of our friends and family, I can’t help but reflect on things that I would have changed or done completely different. Offering a more affordable rental option for Cody’s groomsmen would be one of them. The local shop where we rented our tuxes only came with one option of gray tuxes, and of course they were the most expensive.  I recently came across The Gent Shop by Weddington Way. With 13 curated looks in a wide range of colors  (The Asher is my favorite!) and over 75 accessory colors, you will surely find the complementing look to your bridesmaid dresses.

Rental pricing starts at $150 and comes complete with coat, pants, shirt, vest, tie, cufflinks, and studs. For additional $25 shoes can be included that are specially paired with the suit or tux! Shipping is free and there are no hidden fees or add-on costs! So simple!

To get started on finding your perfectly matched bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits, simply sign up for an account with Weddington Way to start browsing! Looking back at all of the options that are available for purchase or even to rent ($75 for bridesmaid dresses), I found the Claire dress in ‘something navy’ and swooned over the scalloped details – they would have matched my wedding dress perfectly! With so many beautiful options, if you as the bride or you as the bridesmaid get to select your dress, you simply can’t go wrong! Happy shopping!



Interiors & Exteriors: Lighting Round Up


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1. Covington Brushed Steel Metal Down Bridge Floor Lamp 2. Kathy Ireland Riverside Antique Brass Metal Table Lamp 3. Possini Euro LED Eliptik French Brass Satin Floor Lamp 4. Possini Euro Design Erico Chrome LED Arc Floor Lamp 5. Pliny Metal Tripod Brushed Steel Floor Lamp 6. Dimond Salford Satin Nickel Tripod Floor Lamp 7. Port 68 Kenya Mini Black Oval Zebra Porcelain Table Lamp 8. Handley Aluminum Hand-Crafted White Table Lamp 9. Hudson Valley Colton 17″ High Aged Brass Wall Sconce

One of my first items on my list for furnishing our living room space was finding the perfect lighting for both our reading nook and side tables. I realized after reviewing my Pinterest boards that there was one thing in common – the arc lamp. I knew our room wouldn’t be complete without one. What was left to pick out were our side table lamps. I couldn’t decided whether or not we needed something with a bit of punch like  a zebra-print base or something sleek and simple with a white base. Depending on the artwork we ended up with, I also debated about sconces to flank either side, very similar to what I installed in my office. So many choices! Make sure to check out my Pinterest board where I pinned even more of my favorite options from Lamps Plus and stay tuned to see which lamp we chose when I reveal our completed living room!

*I was not paid for this post but did receive a lamp as compensation from Lamps Plus. I only recommend products or services I use personally and feel my readers will enjoy. All opinions are 100% mine.

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