At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit : For the On The Go Lifestyle

I’m in the beginning of my career and still adjusting to being a full time adult, working 8-10 hour days in the office. Working in the entertainment industry can be exhausting but I wouldn’t trade it for a thing. I am basically  fueled off of coffee now – it has become a necessity to get through the day/week. As much as I love coffee, one thing that I knew I would eventually have to worry about were coffee stains, who doesn’t love that… I knew I wanted to try and start preventing stains before they started but I didn’t know exactly how.

As easy as it would be to go get my teeth whitened professionally, that was just not something that I could afford financially or could dedicate an hour and a half to 2 hours for the procedure time. I knew I could turn to teeth whitening strips, but that was never something that worked for me or that I saw results from. Needless to say, when Smile Brilliant reached out to me to collaborate in a partnership, I was thrilled! It is never too early to start your teeth whitening journey, and I felt like Smile Brilliant truly contacted me at the right moment. I had heard of Smile Brilliant before, through some of my blogger friends and heard many good things about it, but I needed to do my research and see if they fit my lifestyle.

About Smile Brilliant

Here are the things I learned about Smile Brilliant just by looking at their website:

  • Smile Brilliant is based in the United States
  • They are an At-Home Teeth Whitening kit company
  • The Smile Brilliant team is made up of dental professionals with 30+ years of teeth whitening experience
  • Their teeth whitening trays are custom and fitted for each individual person – both for your bottom and top teeth
  • They are Vegan and Cruelty free

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Creating the Impressions

Once I accepted the partnership with Smile Brilliant, I received my at home kit to mold my custom teeth whitening trays – this process was a little difficult for me because I am such an over thinker and somehow ended up doing it wrong my first try. I had to get more of the base and catalyst in order to do my impressions over again. The second time was a lot easier and my impressions were less droopy. Once I sent in my impressions, it took about a week in a half to receive my custom fitted trays.

Whitening Process

The whitening part was of course, the part I looked forward to the most and honestly was the easiest part of this whole process. When I had gotten my teeth whitened before at my previous job at skincare studio, I experienced a lot of sensitivity and discomfort, even with the sensitive specific formula. Needless to say, I was a little bit nervous about how my teeth would react to Smile Brilliants formula.

The teeth whitening preparation process was so fast and effortless, once you coated the trays with the whitening gel you just had to put the trays on your teeth and it was smooth sailing from there. The whitening trays were so comfortable and fit my teeth/mouth so well, that I forgot I even had them in my mouth. I noticed a little bit of discomfort after the first time I whitened, but after that initial one, the rest of them were a breeze. I started off with short whitening sessions, just 45 minutes each. Once I got comfortable with whitening, I would leave the trays in for about 2 hours. That may soundlike a long time but when you are able to do other things while whitening, like read or doing stuff around the house, the time goes by so fast!

I loved that I was I was able to whiten on my own time! As I mentioned, I work in the entertainment industry so my schedule is pretty hectic and non traditional. That is probably my favorite thing about whitening with Smile Brilliant – it is convenient and effortless!
The whitening kit came with 4 syringes of the whitening gel and 4 syringes of the desensitizing gel. I was able to get about 5 uses from one syringe of both whitening gel and desensitizing gel for both my top and bottom teeth.

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Results

I saw results right away! I was so surprised and impressed by this product and formula. Each time I whitened, the whiter my teeth got, visibly white after each session. That is what made me want to keep continuing whitening because I was excited to see how much whiter my teeth would get after every session. Even though my whitening trial is over with Smile Brilliant, I know I will continue to use the whitening syringes often because I know for a fact I’m going to continue to drink coffee and need to keep trying to prevent those coffee stains.

Guess what?! Now one of you get to try Smile Brilliant too! All you have to do is click this link to enter my giveaway, and if you absolutely can’t wait to purchase then use this code to get 15% off the entire store using this code, “itsxoxoloriallison15”. I definitely recommend Smile Brilliant’s whitening process for a busy on the go lifestyle, but I truly feel like it would fit everyone’s lifestyle!

Please let me know if you have any questions from me about Smile Brilliant or my experience! As always, you can follow along with me on my Instagram.

Xoxo, Lori Allison

The Historic Pearl

Happy Sunday loves! It’s Super Bowl Sunday and here I am writing a blog post.. my team isn’t playing in the game so all I care about is the commercials.  Am I the only one?

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This weekend I had one of my good friends and old Disney roommate come into San Antonio and I took the liberty of showing her around. When thinking of places I wanted to take her, The Historic Pearl was one of the first on my list because it is such a gorgeous place.

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I love the Pearl area because I feel like there is so much to do. There are many tasty restaurants/cafes, cute boutiques to shop at, bars, and a great outdoor area to socialize with friends. The Pearl is also dog friendly so you will see many pups strolling around, which is one of my favorite things to do! I am obsessed with dogs and hope to have one of my own soon.

The Pearl used to be a brewery up until 2001 and then was renovated to be what it is today! There are so many great photo opportunities at The Pearl with all the beautiful buildings, amazing architecture, and eateries. The Pearl is also right off the Riverwalk as well, the area by the Riverwalk is so gorgeous and romantic for a date or picnic.

Outfit Details

My outfit of the day was overalls paired with a long sleeve white crop top from Forever 21 and heel booties. It rained a bit in the morning yesterday so it left the streets wet and a little chilly. This outfit was great because it kept me warm since I was fully covered and I didn’t have to wear a jacket over it. I love days where the weather doesn’t involve wearing a jacket! The overalls are from Agaci, I got them on sale for less than $10! You can find similar here and here if you like longer pants.

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Caro and I walked around the Pearl and visited Hotel Emma (a gorgeous hotel right there in the area). As well as stopped at Bakery Lorraine and had a pastry and some lattes to fuel us up before going shopping at the mall

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It was so nice to have the day off and be able to go explore San Antonio. We get so caught up with life that we forget to show love to the cities we live in. I love being a tourist in my own city and having days off to go explore and see what more my city has to offer. If you ever visit San Antonio, visiting The Historic Pearl is a must! They also have a farmers marker Saturday’s 9am-1pm and Sunday’s 10am-2pm rain or shine. Whether it’s just for a few hours or making a day of it, always go explore and have fun in the city you live in!

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Thanks for reading! Be sure to follow my Instagram. Fun fact: all these pictures were taken by my friend Caro, you can follow her artistic Instagram here

Xoxo, Lori Allison

A Trip to Magnolia

When in Waco – it’s a MUST to visit The Magnolia Market founded by Chip and Joanna Gaines. If you’re not a huge reality tv person like me, I’m pretty sure you have heard the names Chip and Joanna Gaines before. If you haven’t where have you been?

Chip and Joanna Gaines are the stars of the HGTV show, Fixer Upper. They have a talent for flipping run down homes into beautiful modernized homes in and around the Waco, TX area. Now us Texans, are very prideful in Texas and the people who come from here, so needless to say The Magnolia Market has been on my bucket list for a while now. My family and I were going on a road trip to Dallas around Christmas time. It was a no brainer to stop at The Magnolia Market on the way to Dallas, since Waco is only an hour and a half away.

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Waco is known for two things – Baylor University and Magnolia Market. When you’re driving on the highway into Waco,  you can see the water towers from The Magnolia Market. That is how you know you have reached the right place. Baylor is on one side of I-35 and The Magnolia Market is on the other side of I-35. There is no designated parking lot for the market but there is street parking available on side streets by the market. The Waco Trolley also picks up from some free parking lots throughout downtown Waco and will take you to The Magnolia Market among other popular places around downtown Waco.

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EATS: Silos Bakery

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When you pull up to the Magnolia area the first thing you see is Silo’s Bakery. From what I am told, the line for Silo’s is usually very long. We went on a Friday which happened to be the perfect time to go since the line is less than 10 minutes! Of course we had to stop in and try some sweets & treats!

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When you get to the bakery there’s a staff member outside handing out menus with a pencil. To save some time they request you you fill out the menu with your name and then check off the items you want to order along with the quantity. Everything on the menu sounded soo good!

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Once we got our pastries, we went outside to the seating area connected to Silos. I got a chocolate croissant and my sister got two cupcakes. Everything was so delicious!

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SHOPPING: Magnolia Market Shop

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Once we filled our tummies, it was time for some shopping! Since we visited  Magnolia during the Christmas time, it was only right to grab some last minute gifts for friends/family. We also came to find out that they were having a sale on a lot of their items! Who doesn’t love a good sale?!

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The shop carries a variety of things ranging from Home Décor & Accessories (of course), Jewelry, Apparel, and so much more. In the shop they had such cute and unique décor that really brought all of the ambiance together. You can shop directly from their shop here

Magnolia Outdoor

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Along with the bakery and shop, The Magnolia Market also has a huge outdoor area with lots of things to do. There is a large grassy area where you can sit out on bean bags and soak up the sun. There are also some lawn games you can play and enjoy. There’s a beautiful garden for those who have a green thumb and a love for plants. And did I mention there are food trucks?! Lots and lots of food trucks with so many yummy options to choose from. We visited Magnolia on such a beautiful day that we were truly able to really enjoy this area.

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I fell in love with this area and this cute little barn!

 

Outfit Details:

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I have been really into pants and jumpsuits lately and could not wait to wear this one from Cotton on! Since we were going to be in the car for a majority of the day, I wanted to wear something I could be comfortable in, something that wouldn’t get wrinkled easily and mostly an outfit that I could be photographed in. This jumpsuit came with a belt that matched the same pattern of the green and stripes but I decided to trade it out and pair one of my simple cognac belts with it instead to make it pop. I paired my jumpsuit with my BP booties from Nordstrom as well as my Kendra Scott rose gold Tammy choker necklace and my Emmet earrings.

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I truly enjoyed my visit to The Magnolia Market and I am so happy I was able to mark it off my bucket list! I got so much inspiration for my future home aesthetic, had the BEST sweet tea I’ve ever had, and ultimately got to spend time with my family. If you are ever in the Waco area, I definitely would say to check this place out! I promise you, you will fall in love.

Remember to follow me on Instagram , I will see y’all next time 🙂

Xoxo, Lori Allison

Brunch with Lori – Ocho

Havana, oh na-na! 🎶 That is the song that was going through my head today when I visited Ocho.

Happy Sunday Brunch Lovers! Today I finally had the pleasure of visiting Ocho, a little restaurant in Hotel Havana located in downtown San Antonio and along the Riverwalk. If you’ve never heard of this restaurant, I’m pretty positive that you have seen pictures taken here. The blue hues and glass conservatory are iconic and make for such great photos and a Spanish ambiance. (Fun Fact: Did you know Kendra Scott took her catalog pictures here for her Summer ’18 collection here? Check it out here.)

Visiting Ocho and Hotel Havana as a whole truly make you forget that you are even in San Antonio, it feels like you have traveled outside of Texas and gone somewhere of Latin decent, which I feel is one of the things that truly makes this place unique.

Ocho serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. You can enjoy their brunch menu Saturday and Sunday from 10pm-2pm. Another really great thing they offer, is being able to book a reservation online through Open Table directly through this link. I definitely recommend making a reservation if there are going to be more than 2 people in your party, that way their staff is ready for you and has your table set. My best friend Tessa joined me for brunch and we were definitely not disappointed.

Menu:

Now for the yummy stuff, their menu! Ocho offers dishes of Cuban, Mexican, and Texan influence, they provide their own delicious twist on traditional brunch dishes.

Being that their were so many delicious options to chose from, I had a tough time deciding what to order. I was in between ordering the Fideo Loco and the Bolillo French Toast, both of these are some of my favorite dishes! I decided to order the Fideo Loco because I feel that Fideo is not a common brunch item on menus (I definitely plan on going back to try their French Toast). Tessa ordered the Cuban Hash and Eggs, which looked amazing! Both of our dishes were so tasty and filling.

The Fiedo included – 2 Poached Eggs, Sopa de Fideo, Pinto Beans, Chorizo, Bacon, Chicharrón Crumble, Pico de Gallo, Cilantro, Queso Fresco, Chile Toreado, Fresh Griddled Tortillas.
I was so happy with my decision to get the Fideo and loved that they included in there, I have a thing for poached eggs in my food. I truly feel like the eggs added a different but tasteful flavor to the typical Fideo Loco many are used to.

The Cuban Hash and Eggs included – 2 Fried Eggs, Cuban Style Pulled Pork, Roasted Potato, Sweet Pepper Sofrito, Diced Ham, Dijon Aioli, Swiss Cheese, Diced Escabèch.

 Ocho is located at a hotel, so there is a designated parking area for hotel guests – the parking lot is a little but narrow (don’t say I didn’t warn you, thank god for backup cameras) but if that parking lot fills up, you can also find parallel parking along the sidewalk behind the hotel. For those who don’t know or are visiting, Sundays are a great day to visit downtown San Antonio because parking along the street is free all day, so you will not have to pay the meters.

Although it was my first time at Hotel Havana and Ocho, it will definitely not be my last. I plan on going back to try more items from their brunch menu, but also plan on trying some of their dinner menu as well. I recommend this place 100% if you are looking to brunch with your friends/family and are wanting brunch but with a Latin twist. Ocho also offers a Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday and all day on Thursday.

Outfit Details:

Today was a warm and sunny day here in San Antonio, so it was only right to show some leg and bring out this romper. Since I knew Ocho provided some Latin vibes, I was inspired by the red dress woman 💃🏻 emoji and decided to wear one of my favorite rompers from Forever 21. I love this romper because it is so complimenting with the ruffles along the shorts and the sleeves. I feel like everyone needs a great red piece in their wardrobe to feel like a “spicy mami, hot tamale”. I paired this romper with some of my favorite wedges from Sam Edelman and a simple but necessary Debra choker from Kendra Scott.

Disclaimer: I promise you, I steamed this romper before putting it on, but magically on the drive over to the restaurant I wrinkled it up by sitting down😅

Thank you for reading this post and following along with me on my brunch journey! Remember to follow me on Instagram and I will see you next time for brunch!

Xoxo, Lori Allison<3