Headshot Ready with Smile Brilliant

 

As someone who has found themselves in front of a camera lense quite a few times you’d think that I’d be jumping at the chance to update my professional headshot after my recent promotion but instead I was instantly stricken with the reality that my teeth are not as white as I’d like them to be. I started pondering – is there a teeth whitening that don’t cost an arm and a leg and provide real results?! Yes, yes there is!

Insert: Smile Brilliant. The easy, at-home teeth whitening program that made me go from closed mouth smiling to a proud owner of a headshot showing off my pearly whites!

 

The system is foolproof, seriously.  I was sent the package which included super easy instructions and I just went down the steps.

Smile Brilliant sends you a package with all the materials including an extra catalyst and base which totally came in handy. The first mixture I didn’t mix up well enough so it was a bust learning experience.

Step 1: Using one catalyst and one base you mix until they are totally blue. You might see a little bit of white marbling in the mixture is fine because if you mix for too long, they’ll harden and you won’t be able to make your impressions.

Step 2: Place the mixture in the trays. You have a top and a bottom tray and I recommend really trying to evenly distribute the mixture within 30 seconds. As soon as you’re done with step 2, move onto Step 3 fast and furiously! i.e. Don’t spread the mixture on top first, and then spread the mixture for the bottom tray. Don’t try to do them both at once! 

Step 3: You’re all ready to make your impressions! Press evenly into your teeth with your fingers, but be careful not to BITE down. The mixture will flow over into your teeth and gums. Hold in place for about 2-3 minutes. You’ll start to feel the mixture hardening, which will make it easier to gently pull the mixture out of your mouth without wiggling! i.e. don’t wiggle- it can mess up your impressions!

Step 4: After removing your trays from your mouth (without wiggling) check to make sure that your impressions clearly show your teeth front to back. If you see any error, you may use the tray again by removing the impressions and starting over with the extra set of catalyst and base that Smile Brilliant provides to you! After letting the impression sit for about 30-40 minutes (read until hard) you rinse under cool water, let dry, and ship them off!

Before Smile Brilliant:

After Smile Brilliant:

Once you’re sent your custom-fitted trays, you use a little bit of the whitening gel and desentizing gel each time.  I used Smile Brilliant for about 3 weeks for every other day before my headshot pictures. After week one I started to see a difference and after 5 weeks now I can’t stop #smilingfearlessly because I feel more confident in my smile and I have fun new headshots to use!

A few tips for a successful Smile Brilliant experience:

  1. Brush and floss your teeth- super important since you want to get the best and most accurate impressions!
  2. If you have a sensitive gag reflex, be sure to not just have eaten or drank anything heavy. While you’re doing the impressions the mixture does expand in your mouth a little bit so just be aware!
  3. Have a book or something to do that doesn’t require talking while you’re whitening your teeth! Talking isn’t really an option unless you don’t mind not sounding like yourself.
  4. Don’t try to use the whole whitening and/or desensitizing gels at once! Spread them out over time to make it last plus it’s way too much to use all at once!

 

Have I sold you yet?! Do you want to be headshot ready and #smilefearlessly?! Well then go ahead enter my GIVEAWAY  for $149 Smile Brilliant credit, open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents! If you just can’t wait for the GIVEAWAY  to close and you want to get started on whitening your teeth, click on the image below and enter promo code: chelseacollection15 at checkout for 15% off your Smile Brilliant kit! Good luck!


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One.

This Sunday marks our first anniversary. In one year we threw the biggest, best party of our lives with all (most) of our favorite people in attendance. We began our days with cappuccinos and ate endless plates of pasta in Rome. We watched grapes dry before being turned into wine and tasted fresh olive oil in Frascati. We got lost while strolling the narrow streets of Ortigia, explored a castle, and attended Mass in an ancient Greek temple dating back to the 5th century BC. We stood in the ear of Dionysus in Siracusa, and saw Mt Etna from Catania. We did a pub crawl in London, tea in the Cotswolds, and walked through the halls of Oxford. We soaked up the sun in Cozumel and Mahogany Bay, and spotted a cobra in Belize City. We sipped Sazeracs and stopped to admire a “second line” in New Orleans, road tripped to the Virginia wine country, and a few months ago, embarked on our biggest adventure to date, becoming homeowners.

J, I thank my lucky stars every night for you. Can’t wait for all the adventures ahead!

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Wedding

 

 

So very cliche to say but, our wedding day was the best day of my life! It was so overwhelmingly wonderful to have every single person who has been with us through our life, and relationship, to share in our special day. The love and support was so abundant and of all the things that went off course while planning, it was totally worth it. Our original wedding venue was scheduled to be built early 2016. Well, 3 months before our wedding in November we had to quickly change plans and find a new venue since the original venue was hardly even a construction site. Along with a new venue came reordering our invitations, programs, working with a rental company for the tent, tables, chairs, etc. and switching our mindset to a new atmosphere. I always wanted our wedding to have a romantic feel to it, and honestly, I think venue #2 achieved this vibe more than we could have hoped. With two cottages for the bridal party to get ready in on-site, a stunning side porch that was lit with candles and the chandelier, and a sunny 67 degree Autumn day, (the kind of weather you pray for) made for a perfect event. Looking out at our guests and saying our vows in front of everyone in the audience was the most special time.

Everyone warned us how quickly the day goes by and they’re 1000% right. It was a full day that seemed like maybe 5 minutes. The best piece of a advice a friend gave us at our rehearsal dinner was to step off the dance floor and together look at everyone enjoying themselves. It was the coolest thing seeing family and friends laughing, cheersing, and dancing together. Thank goodness for all the pictures and our video capturing the absolutely packed dance floor and happy faces of all our loved ones. If I could do it all again I would, but for now I’ll be here just scrolling through all 1200 of our photos, smiling and feeling super grateful for our family, friends and of course, my husband!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography, Voyage Photography @rachelsimon | Videography, D.P. Weddings |Venue, Historic Rockland Manor | Bride’s Dress, Enzoani via Love Couture Bridal | Brides’s Shoes, Jimmy Choo | Catering, Country Lane Catering |Band, The Bachelor Boys | Rentals, Capital Classic Rentals | Bridesmaid Dresses, J.Crew, Dessy, Show Me Your Mumu, Jenny Yoo, Asos, Joanna August | Hair, Flow Blow Dry & Beauty Bar | Groom & Groomsmen Suit, Tommy Hilfiger | Groom Vest, John Varvatos | Groom & Groomsmen Tie, The Tie Bar
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Twenty Eight


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Today I turn 28. Whoa, that sounds pretty darn old. But I think about the last 27 years of my life and no wonder it seems that way- I’ve done a lot of stuff in 27 years!

I’ve never been one to make (or stick with) new years resolutions but I have always used my birthday as a time to think about what I want to do differently, accomplish, change, etc. for the next year. Last year was definitely a crazy one with our engagement parties, showers, wedding, and honeymoon so this year I’m looking forward to a little slower pace of life and making sure I am appreciating the things I do.

We already have a few trips planned for my 28th year including London this Spring (share any tips + favorites you have please!) and then a cruise this summer with stops to Belize and Honduras (again, share any tips + favorites!).  I am looking forward to spending time with my husband, family, friends & become an Aunt!  We are so excited about welcoming a new little member to the family this summer! We’ve started the search to buy our first home, and I’m sure it’ll be a long search around this area, but a fun one. We have friends’ weddings to attend & I love love so I’m excited to celebrate them. 27 was a great year, but every year just keeps getting better so cheers, 28! I’m excited for what it has in store starting with a delicious dinner tonight at Espita Mezcaleria & a fun little at-home brunch with some friends! Bring on the cocktails!

Birthday Wishlist Things:

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Hello

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It just dawned on me that since all of my previous posts were swiped (see post here) some of you might be wondering who I am!

I am a blogger, turned fiancée, turned wife, who needs to have some sort of creative project so I don’t go insane! Insert blog. Not sure exactly where I’m going to go with the blog this go ’round but it’s here so stick along for the ride!

I love cooking but thanks to the DC Metro traffic, J does most of the cooking in our house. (He’s the best!!) And we use Plated. We love Plated. Without Plated I would have never had this delicious meal (french onion soup burgers), or this one (tilapia confit & green beans) both household favorites!

If you clicked those links and got curious scrolling my Instagram feed, you probably noticed that I have quite a bit of cocktails on there. When J is cooking and I’m coming home late, it’s usually my job to either pour a glass of wine or mix up a cocktail. And yes, we have a favorite household cocktail too. It was the cocktail we served as our “signature cocktail” at our wedding because it is the cocktail that we whip up for parties and cozy nights in alike – aka actually our signature cocktail.

The Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour
makes two cocktails

  • 3 shots bourbon
  • 1 & 1/2 shots fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 shot dark amber maple syrup
  • 1 large sprig of rosemary (plus 2 small sprigs for garnish)
  1. Crush the large sprig of rosemary in your hand and add it to the shaker.
  2. Add the bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup and ice to above the level of the liquid and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  3. Strain the mixture into rocks glasses containing large cubes of ice and garnish with remaining rosemary sprigs.

 

So here’s the deal. Whip up one of these yummy drinks, comment below and let me know what you want to see on this little ol blog of mine, and tell me something about yourself! xo

 

Photo by Rachel via Voyage Photography

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