Month: July 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017: What You Need to Know

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is essentially the biggest sale of the year. The #Nsale, as it’s know on social media, is when Nordstrom releases BRAND NEW, fully stocked fall and winter merchandise at deeply discounted prices. The sale isn’t old fall merchandise that they’re just trying to get rid on…it features must have HOT items like AG jeans, Tory Burch riding boots, Stuart Weitzman Over the Knee Boots, and many other popular, must have items! It’s the perfect sale to stock up on your favorite Fall and Winter essentials for a fraction of the price!


The sale opens to the public July 21st and ends August 6th, prices go back up on August 7th.

Nordstrom card holders can receive early access to the sale starting July 13th!


Early Access offers Nordstrom cardholders exclusive access to the sale July 13th – 20th, before the sale opens to the public on July 21st. This is a great way to snag all your favorite, must have items before they sell out! Some items are restocked throughout the sale, but it is not guaranteed. Having early access allows you to shop the hottest items as soon as possible!


Nordstrom debit and credit cardholders automatically receive early access to the sale. If you aren’t a cardholder, you can get approved by July 9th in time for Early Access. Also, as a perk, you’ll receive a $20 Nordstrom Note when you sign up!


You can shop the sale when it opens to the public on July 21st.


I prefer to shop online since the sale is popular and the stores can be very busy. Also, the Nordstrom website has the best selection of the sale inventory in all of the available sizes. A Nordstrom store location may or may not have what you’re looking for depending on the inventory they’re carrying. I think it’s a much safer bet to shop online since everything included in the sale will be there. In addition to free shipping and free returns (insert praise hands emoji here), Nordstrom also offers in-store or curb-side pick up!


High-end Denim, Tory Burch Riding Boots, Designer purses, Kendra Scott Jewelry, booties, cardigans and blanket scarves. 


You can access the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Magazine here

One last tip I have for you all is to make sure you have a strategy! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale can be overwhelming and can have you thinking, ‘Where do I even start?!’. To avoid feeling lost in the chaos, I would first recommend going through your fall and winter wardrobe to see what key items you are missing. Make a list of these staple items and be sure to purchase these items first before they sell out!

Make sure you follow along during the sale! I’ll be sharing plenty of sale round-ups, purchase reviews and more! Also, if you have any questions about the sale that were not covered in this post, please let me know! I’m happy to answer any questions you may have! xoxo

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At Home Teeth Whitening with Smile Brilliant

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‘Keep a smile on your face, it’s the best accessory you can wear.’

When Smile Brilliant reached out asking if I wanted to try out their product, I jumped at the chance! Who wouldn’t want to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own home for a fraction of the price of a professional teeth whitening treatment through a dentist?!

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 I have always been on the hunt for a product that guarantees a whiter smile. Being a self-proclaimed coffee addict (and a girl who loves a good glass of red wine), has caused my teeth to not be as bright as I would like. I’ve tried White Strips in the past but the strips always seemed to slide off and caused my teeth to be extremely sensitive. I’ve also tried other whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes but never seemed to be wowed at the results (plus my teeth were always so sensitive with these products!). I decided that professional teeth whitening through my dentist would be the best option, but I could never justify spending over $500 for the treatment. 

Since I’ve never had amazing results with past teeth whitening products, I admit I was a bit skeptical of the Smile Brilliant product at first. Nevertheless, I was excited to try it out and am so glad I did! 

Here’s an overview of how the process went. I first answered a few questions about my dental history and about a week later received a Smile Brilliant kit in the mail. The Smile Brilliant kit included professional whitening gel syringes, desensitizing gel syringes, 2 impression trays and fool-proof instructions on how to create your molds. I was nervous I would mess up the molds but the step by step instructions are so easy to follow. Plus, the kit even includes an extra set of material in case you make a mistake. Once I made my top and bottom molds, I sent them back to Smile Brilliant in the provided pre-addressed envelope. About a week or so later, I received my custom whitening trays and was ready to officially start the whitening process!

The custom-made teeth whitening trays are such an amazing element of the Smile Brilliant whitening kit. They’re guaranteed to stay in place throughout the process so you don’t have to worry about them sliding around or off your teeth! I whitened my teeth about every other day for the first week. After the first use, I experienced a bit of sensitivity on a few of my bottom teeth. This is where the desensitizing gel comes in. The gel is made to help prevent your teeth from feeling sensitive during the whitening process. I used this product every time I whitened and was amazed that I hardly ever (except for my first day) experienced sensitivity afterwards. I love this product and highly recommend it! Another tip I learned from a Smile Brilliant representative is to coat your gums with vaseline or coconut oil if you’re experiencing any irritation on the gums.  

Smile Brilliant recommends whitening your teeth anywhere from 45 minutes up to 3 hours. In the beginning, I started with an hour application and continued to increase the time throughout the process. I recommend whitening before bed since it is recommended to not eat or drink for thirty minutes afterwards. Grab a good book and you’re ready to go!

I am so impressed with the Smile Brilliant whitening kit and would definitely recommend it! My smile is whiter and brighter and I plan on continuing to use this product!

If you have any questions about the product, please let me know as I’d be happy to help! For additional information, you can read the article 10 Facts Everyone Should Know About Teeth Whitening or watch this YouTube review

For a chance to win a FREE Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening kit ($139 credit), be sure to enter the giveaway link below!

Smile Brilliant Giveaway

You can also receive 15% off trays with code: caitlincarol15

Thank you to Smile Brilliant for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own! 

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Fourth of July Outfit Inspo

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1. Stars & Stripes Tee

2. BP. Tiered Cotton Tank

3. Bell Sleeve Tie Front Top 

4. Stars & Stripes Lounge Camisole 

5. Red Off the Shoulder Dress

6. Steve Madden Stars & Stripes Wrap

7. Tory Burch Sandals

8. One Teaspoon Bandit Denim Shorts

9. Sam Edelman Yarina Sandal – On sale!

10. Star Head Wrap

11. Stars & Stripes Denim Shorts 

12. BP. Cold Shoulder Top 

13. Stars Stripes Stilettos Tee

14. Eli Crochet Top 

15. Wildfox Stars & Stripes Sweatshirt

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