bright summer smile // at home teeth whitening

So as you can imagine, after late nights studying for college finals and a cross-country road trip with plenty of early mornings, the coffee stains on my teeth started to add up. During the summer I rarely wear makeup, which means I want my smile to be bright enough that all attention is drawn to it, and makes me look more put together.

I have tried several whitening toothpastes and whitening strips, but the discomfort of the strips and gross taste of the toothpaste made me a very inconsistent whitener. The first time I whitened my teeth with Smile Brilliant, I literally ran into my mom’s room and showed her my teeth because they were glowing white.

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New Orleans // 48 hour travel diary

I spent my first week of May on a cross-country road trip (will recap more of the trip stops and trip tips in a post soon), but for now I wanted to share all of the fun things we did in New Orleans, Louisiana. There are tons of very things to do in NOLA, but these were some of my top places to eat and explore. IMG_0483.JPGThe FRENCH QUARTER is the top place I would recommend wandering through. There are lots of different shops (including VOODOO stores and unique boutiques) that are fun to see. I also really enjoyed all of the balconies that overlooked the streets and pretty doorways. Within the french quarter is also JACKSON SQUARE. It’s not too large, but definitely worth walking through and seeing. There is a gorgeous church on one side, and a view of the Mississippi on the other. And the best part about the French Quarter is that there are always very talented musicians on every corner and balcony that fill the streets with beautiful music.

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20 things learned in my 2nd year of college

I just finished my second year of college at the University of Florida (yay, I can finally breathe again & not live in a constant state of stress). Oddly, I feel like I learned a lot more this year, than I did last year, so I figured I’d share 20 of the things I learned during my second year of college.


  1. If you see a spider in your bed, don’t take your eye off of it
  2. Never hang heavy things above your bed (woke up to a candle falling on my head at 3 am)
  3. take the stairs/ walk to class & eat the dessert
  4. eating pasta you cooked 2 months ago and left in the fridge is NOT a good idea
  5. I wouldn’t recommend burning a candle right in front of a stack of notebooks you’re reaching for (unless you want to burn your apartment/dorm down)
  6. having busy days and slow nights is so good for the soul
  7. if you live in Florida during hurricane season, learn terminology such as “hunker down”
  8. text/call your parents daily- even if it’s just to say goodnight
  9. decorate your room in a way that makes you smile- you’ll probably spend a lot of time there
  10. be open to huge life changes and allow yourself to change paths
  11. look up the weather daily before getting dressed to avoid sweating bullets in a sweater in jeans when it’s randomly 90º outside
  12. don’t live your life as a countdown (I know it’s easy to look forward to the next time you’re home or to the next weekend, but it completely takes away the college experience)
  13. be okay with not being like everyone else- IT IS OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT
  14. changing your major can be a great thing, even though it has a negative stigma
  15. you have the ability to positively impact a lot of people in college- so do it
  16. you don’t have to have it all figured out right away
  17. go to office hours- it a resource specifically put in place to help you
  18. never apologize for prioritizing sleep
  19. surround yourself with people that constantly make you smile
  20. random ice cream dates with friends are really underrated

If you’re a college student and can relate to any of these things, stick around because there are many more college posts coming your way. But if not, I hope you at least got a little laugh out of some of the silly things I learned the hard way during my sophomore year of college.



messy bun // knotted

Hi lovelies!! I posted a picture a little while ago on instagram of a hairstyle I wear all of the time, and several people wanted to know how I did it, so that’s the what today’s post is all about. Messy buns are my favorite because they’re a quick easy way to get my hair out of my face. But since I wear them so often, I sometimes like to switch up the technique instead of always just throwing it up and hoping for the best.

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keeping organized // using a planner

I am a huge planner and absolutely love buying agendas, notebooks, pens, stickers- every kind of stationary. I feel like I may have some valuable tips on using a planner, so I am going to show you the kind of planner I use (and live by) and the way I organize it.


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