Whitening My Teeth With Carbon Coco

Whitening My Teeth With Carbon Coco

Whitening my teeth is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, but since my teeth are so sensitive I haven’t really found any products to use. So when Carbon Coco offered to send me their natural teeth whitening product I was all over it! I’ve heard about using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth before, so I was definitely interested in seeing how it works.

Even though I’ve been using the product for only about a week, I definitely notice a difference in the whiteness of my teeth. I am especially impressed because I realized half way through that I wasn’t even using the product correctly. I realized that you have to brush your teeth for a few minutes with the charcoal, then rinse your mouth and brush your teeth with the toothpaste.

I have to say, aside from whitening my teeth, I really enjoy the toothpaste. It has a minty flavor, with a hint of citrus that makes my mouth feel extremely clean and my breath fresh. Overall, my experience so far with Carbon Coco’s ultimate carbon kit has been a positive one, and I expect to have even greater results the more I use it!

Has anyone else used this product or activated charcoal before? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!



*I received this product in exchange for a review. My thoughts, as always, are my own*

One Shoulder Top: The Staple Your Closet Needs This Spring

One Shoulder Top: The Staple Your Closet Needs This Spring

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Although it doesn’t feel like it, spring is almost upon us. And that means adding new pieces to your wardrobe! One spring staple I can’t get enough of right now is the one shoulder top. When off the shoulder tops started popping up, I was all over the trend. And even though I still love OTS styles, I’m ready for a bit of a change. That’s why the one shoulder trend is so perfect!

For this look, I kept things simple — the top stands out on its own — and paired my top with dark skinnies and my Marc Fisher wedges. I just got these wedges and let me tell you — I. Am. OBSESSED. These shoes have been on my wish list for awhile just because of how cute they are, but they’re actually so comfy and easy to walk in too! If you don’t own these shoes yet, buy them ASAP. They have been popular for the past three years and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Wear them now with jeans like I did, and then when it gets warmer pair them with dresses, rompers, and shorts. I bought them in the color called “mushroom” because of the nice, neutral shade that will go with anything. But, I’m also loving them in the cognac shade as well.

Back to the one shoulder tops, I ordered mine from Revolve on major sale (I got it for $29 when it’s usually around $90). With that being said, this top is almost completely sold out, so I rounded up a few other one shoulder tops from Revolve I’m loving below. I don’t know what it is about this brand, but they are killing the one shoulder top game!

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What to Wear to Spring Formal

What to Wear to Spring Formal

Happy Wednesday! I was planning on sharing an outfit post this week, but it’s been so cold and I’m kind of done with winter clothes. Instead I thought I would share some outfit inspiration for spring formal (or dances in general!). For those of you that don’t know, I’m in the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi and our formal is coming up. We were just talking about it in chapter on Sunday and I realized I didn’t have a dress yet. I actually bought my dress this morning (more on that later; it’s not included in this post because I want to do a whole post on my outfit!), but I figured a lot of girls may be in the same boat. So without further ado, here are my top picks for spring formals (all under $250!):

Cocktail Dresses:

Midi-length Dresses:

Long Dresses:

I hope this post was helpful to those who are looking for dresses for the spring. The focus for me was spring formal, but these dresses can work for a Spring Fling, weddings, proms, etc. If you like posts like this and want to see more, let me know in the comments below!

Side note: the shoes in the picture above are the ones I wore to my spring formal last year. They are one of my favorite pairs of heels and still available this year here and here.



London Travel Guide

London Travel Guide
I’ve been back from my semester abroad in London for awhile now, and thought I should share with you all some of my favorite places/things to do in London. Living in the city is definitely one of the best things I’ve ever experienced and I can’t wait to go back!

Where to Stay

Because my experience was through my school, I obviously didn’t spend the whole four months in a Hotel. I was placed in a renovated townhouse in South Kensington. While the neighborhood sounds fancy, I shared a room (a single room) with three other girls. With that being said I do have some recommendations.

The Park Tower Knightsbridge. When my mom came to visit this is where she stayed and I jumped at the opportunity to ditch my bunk bed to stay with her. The location was great because it was one tube stop away from my dorm room, but is also only a few feet away from Harrod’s and the tube (underground) station.

The Kensington. I didn’t actually even go into this hotel, but it was on the same block as the townhouse I stayed in and looked sooo nice! It’s definitely a smaller hotel, but still luxurious. I would love to stay there the next time I visit.

Where to Eat

Dumplings Legend. If you’re a fan of soup dumplings, then this restaurant right in the middle of Chinatown (Soho) is a must! My friend and I went for her 21st birthday and it was sooo good. They even have glass windows so you can see the restaurant making the dumplings.

Franco Manca. By far the BEST pizza I’ve ever had. This place is a must — gourmet pizza made on sourdough bread at extremely low prices. If my roommate and I ever wanted to go out and treat ourselves without spending a lot of money, this was the place to go. There are multiple locations in London, but the one in South Kensington was less than a block from our housing.

Tayyabs. If you love Indian food, this was my absolute favorite place. My professor brought our entire class here for a late lunch and it was amazing. The restaurant is located White Chapel, and serves more of a Pakistani cuisine, which was completely new to me. We ended up trying a little bit of everything and that’s definitely the way to go!

Zetland Arms. I’m saying Zetland Arms because that’s the pub I went to most frequently, but really any pub will do. Everyone assumes fish and chips are the go-to pub fare, but I am obsessed with Britain’s pies. Make sure to try the steak and ale pie, it’s probably my favorite thing to eat in the UK.

La Bottega. This is another South Kensington find — the cutest Italian deli. I went there all the time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The staff are the sweetest and definitely remember their regulars! It’s a super casual place, and even works as a coffee shop to bring your laptop to.

Sweets Treats

If you know me, then you know I have a major sweet tooth, especially if it’s chocolate! Here are some great places to try if you’re craving dessert.

Hummingbird Bakery. My favorite cupcake shop in London! They have multiple locations, one in South Kensington of course, but also one on Portobello Road, for those who are headed that way. I recommend the black bottom cupcake.

Aux Merveilleux. This is a little French bakery again in South Kensington that sells these little desserts called merveilleux. They’re hard to explain, but definitely nice to try. But the main reason I love this place is the brioche buns. THEY. ARE. DELICIOUS.

Peggy Porschen. This is probably the most instagrammable place in London. You may recognize the all-pink building overflowing with cuteness. It’s definitely a place to take a cute pic, but I’ll be honest, I wasn’t that impressed with their cupcakes. To be fair, I spent an hour waiting outside in the rain (I forgot mis y umbrella) and because I looked like a drowned rat, I didn’t even get my picture, so I was a little salty…

Sketch. I lied above. Sketch has to be the most instagrammable place in London (especially the bathroom!). If you want to treat yourself to an extravagant afternoon tea, this is the place to go. Warning: it’s a little pricey and you definitely need reservations.

The Secret Tea Room. An alternative to Sketch’s expensive tea service is the secret tea room in Soho. This place is actually hidden. We walked around lost for 15 minutes until realizing you had to go into a pub and be directed to the upstairs. I actually opted for cream tea instead of afternoon tea and I wasn’t disappointed!

Things to Do

Albert and Victoria. By far the coolest museum I saw in London. It’s an eclectic mix of art, fashion, furniture, and really just anything you can think of!

Hyde Park. Since this park was so close to where I lived, I was there all the time. It’s especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves change color. Go here if you want to take a scenic walk (walk through on your way to Kensington Palace!), go for a run, or sit by the pond and watch the swans (did you know the Queen owns all the swans in England? #funfact).

Palace Tours. I went on tours of both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. While they weren’t the best palace tours I’ve been on, it was definitely cool to see these historic buildings. Compared to the tours I’ve gone on in other palaces (Versailles, the Palace of Madrid), these tours felt pricey and not very informative if I’m being completely honest.

Portobello Street. You have to walk down Portobello Street in Notting Hill. This street is full of vintage stores and cute boutiques, and has a really great food market at the end!

Harrod’s. Probably the most touristy place to visit, Harrod’s still remains a must-see. If nothing else, treat yourself to tea in the Harrod’s restaurant or the Laduree store inside. I also enjoyed the toy section, and the food market makes a great place to buy souvenirs for friends (Harrod’s tea and biscuits!).

Brick Lane. Another eclectic street to walk down. If you’re into vintage clothes and records, as well as artisan products, all within a funky neighborhood, this is the place to go.

Old Spitalfields Market and Canal Street Market. Markets are clearly a thing in London. Old Spitalfields has a really trendy vibe, with good food and cocktails, as well as some mainstream shopping (MAC, Lululemon). Canal street is actually located right by canals which makes it gorgeous to visit during the day. It’s known for having really great street food and fun/vintagey stalls to buy from.

Selfridge’s Rooftop Bar. If you want to get a drink in the most luxurious setting, go to the rooftop bar in Selfridge’s. I went during Christmas time and the outdoor bar featured little cozy nooks with fires and blankets for all of the guests. The restaurant was also really good!


I’m just going to share some great shopping areas in a list for both mainstream/high end stores. But I will say this: the Topshop located on Oxford Street is ah-mazing. It’s four or five floors and just the coolest shopping experience. But whatever you do, don’t go on a Saturday.

  • Oxford Street
  • Carnaby Street
  • High Street Kensington
  • Old Spitalfields market
  • Covent Garden

Things I Wish I Did

Even with all of the time I spent in London, there are a few things left on my list that I really wish I had gotten around to. I really wanted to go on the London Eye, but for some reason just never did. I’ve heard it’s not that great, but still — it’s iconic! I also am so upset I forgot to sign up for the Jack the Ripper tour. I find that story so fascinating and want to learn more. Last but not least, I really wish I went for afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton. It sounds like a great excuse to dress up and indulge!

And that’s my complete guide! I hope you all enjoy and let me know if you’ve been to any of these places/are planning to in the comments below!




How to Dress In Between Winter and Spring

How to Dress In Between Winter and Spring

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Is it just me or does the weather lately suck? Unless you’re living somewhere that’s still extremely cold, or you’re waaaay south, chances are the weather right now is fluctuating between winter and spring. Can you say bipolar? Personally, this kind of weather makes dressing a hassle. Luckily for you, I’m sharing my secret weapon: vests. A vest is exactly what you need when the weather changes from warm and sunny, to cold and rainy. Hello, North Carolina weather!

Why You Need a Vest

The great thing about vests is that they keep your upper body just warm enough when there’s still a chill, but you don’t need a full jacket. Another plus? You can where them in the morning while it’s still cold, then take them off in the afternoon when the weather warm ups. Gotta love layers! For me this is so necessary. I start class around 9:30 and it’s always cold, especially on that 15 minute walk from my car to the classroom. Then when I’m done for the day after noon, I’m always sweating. Moral of the story: vests are a game changer.

For this outfit I went with a faux fur vest I got for Christmas and have been waiting to show you guys. Unfortunately it’s sold out now, but there are still so many faux fur options out there. Another one of my go-to vests is a lightly quilted puffer from J. Crew. There are so many options for vests that you can’t go wrong! Shop some of my favorites below:

Although this post is all about the vest, I need to take a minute and talk to you guys about my Michael Kors Access smartwatch. I am in love. Any notification I receive on my phone comes through my watch — handy for when I have my phone in my purse. It also tracks my steps, has a timer/stopwatch, and even tracks my workouts. The watch can do even more, I just haven’t even made it that far yet. Anyway, I highly recommend this watch for anybody in the market for a smartwatch.

What’s your go-to outfit when it’s not quite winter, but not quite spring yet? Share it in the comments below!



Sales to Shop on President’s Day

Sales to Shop on President’s Day

Happy Monday! I hope those of you lucky enough to have off work or school are enjoying it. Not only did I still have classes, but it is once again raining in Elon, NC and cold too. Anyway, President’s Day is the perfect day for shopping the sales. Today I’m sharing the best sales and some of my picks from each store! Just click on the images below to go straight to the products.


Now through February 25th, Nordstrom is having a winter sale. Take 40% their winter collection. This is the perfect chance to buy all of those sweaters or booties you skipped out on this season, while the weather is still chilly. Or even better, buy yourself that handbag you’ve been eyeing, with a significantly lower price point.


Today Asos is offering up to 70% off on their last chance to buy items. If you’re looking for a new pair of jeans or to stock up on some spring pieces, I would definitely check out this sale! I’m especially loving their spring shoes that are on sale. Can you say espadrille season?


Express is giving 40% EVERYTHING! The best part is that the sale is both online and in most stores. Be sure to grab some spring essentials. I’m loving all of their dresses for spring, especially that short sleeve wrap dress. This is definitely a dress to grab this season; it’s been making the rounds on my Instagram feed lately and you can get it for around $40 — a steal!


Take 20% off on orders of $100+ and get free shipping. This is for their sale items as well as their new arrivals. Be sure to take advantage! I’m loving their basic pieces, liked striped tees and denim jackets; the perfect items to pick up on sale!

Happy shopping!



Shop Red and Pink Valentine’s Dresses


Happy Friday lovely readers! TGIF am I right?! I don’t normally post on Fridays, but I thought with Valentine’s Day approaching fast, we all needed a little pink and red inspo. Whether you’re spending the day with friends or an SO, I’ve picked out 12 dresses that should work for any occasion, at a variety of price points. Click on the images above to take you directly to the site. Happy shopping!