Time for Fall Layers

Hey gorgeous,

There’s nothing I love better in fall than being able to get creative with layering, but nothing pulls a cute outfit together faster than adding an arm party to the mix!

Timex sent me their Metropolitan watch a few weeks ago and I’ve been wearing it almost every day since. If you follow me on Instagram you probably know that already though 🙂

The black and gold finishes on this watch are very modern– but classic in a cool way. The best part is that it goes with almost every outfit I’ve worn since I got it!

If you’re in the market for a new watch also check out the styles/colors I will mention below. They are really gorgeous!

The Metropolitan also comes in other finishes, but my favorite ones are: gold with a matching band or rose gold with a matching band. Oh, and honorable mention goes to the Weekender style with the wool band… that thing looks so foxy, am i right or am i right?

They also have an updated version of the beauty they sent me this spring. It has a grey band and rose gold accents.

Shown here:

Which style would you wear most?!

Xo,

Kellie

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Giveaway with Smile Brilliant!!!

smile brilliant giveawayHello Loves, it’s giveaway time!

Today I’m teaming up with Smile Brilliant again to bless one of you with a $139 credit toward your own teeth whitening kit!

—–>That will cover the cost of one whitening kit for lightly stained teeth… or you can upgrade to a kit for deeper stains or sensitive teeth. It’s really cool– all you need to do to enter is click on the link above!

This contest is open to all my peeps with permission from someone over the age of 18 in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia!!!!

A winner will be chosen in 2 weeks! So keep checking back to see if you are the lucky person! 🙂

If you aren’t feeling lucky or don’t want to wait 2 weeks to get your kit, get your own Smile Brilliant at home whitening kit here!

xo,

kellie

The Perfect Fall Shoes: 2 ways

These shoes are by far my most wearable Fall 2017 purchase & I highly HIGHLY recommend them for comfort and style. They are a great camel-colored suede leather, which “fall-ifies” the summery look inherent to espadrilles. Literally the perfect shoe for this weird in-between weather!

I wasn’t necessarily going to give these shoes their very own post, but after getting zillions of compliments and questions about them (as I go about my day), I knew I had to link them here STAT! 🙂

Details: shoes are Sam Edelman from Bloomingdales. I got them for around $60 and was able to use a gift card Beckett got me through our credit card rewards.

Shopping tip: using credit card rewards is a great way to get to shop while on a budget!

Xo,

Kellie

my Smile Brilliant experience

Hello Beauties,

I’m so excited to share my Smile Brilliant experience with you today!!

my smile before and after with smile brilliant
Note: The shape of my two front teeth is also improved in the after pictures because one of my teeth chipped a few months ago so I had it re-bonded (today) right before I took the after pictures. They matched the bonding material to the new color of my teeth and they look great!

This post has been a long time in the making, but I’m just now figuring out what I want to say and how I should say it because this experience was about so much more than whitening my yellow smile. It was about motherhood, my connection with my son, and the guilt moms can feel when they stop breastfeeding. So here goes.

In the past I was always really proud of my teeth because they are naturally straight, I’ve never had a cavity, and I always used to get compliments on how white they were. And apart from an ice skating accident I had when I as 7, I never really had to have anything done to make them look their best.

Then one day I looked in the mirror and was horrified by how yellow my teeth had become! I was wearing an off white/yellowy shirt and I thought they matched my shirt! No kidding. I was so embarrassed!

Around that same time, I was in contact with a teeth whitening company called Smile Brilliant. They do in home whitening services that are typically over half the cost of personalized whitening trays bought from a dentist. And yes, I actually checked. One dentist charges around $600 to get custom fitted teeth whitening trays. These retail for around $150 and work just wonderfully. Smile Brilliant even has options for heavily stained or sensitive teeth.

Anyway, when I first started this collaboration I was so excited to have white teeth again and I was also motivated because Beckett and I were going to whiten together! Like having a workout buddy, but for teeth whitening! Sometimes you just need a partner in crime, amiright?

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The following photos are taken from Beckett’s post 🙂

Beckett and I made the molds of our teeth, sent those in, got our trays in the mail, and were all ready to whiten… with the whitening gel in the trays and everything…. and then I saw the small print, “do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.”

I was breastfeeding.

I called and checked with my dentist, pediatrician, and a pediatric dentist and each gave slightly different advice, but the consensus was that whitening while breastfeeding could be harmful to our child. So Beckett started his whitening routine and I just played cheerleader (with yellow teeth) to get him to whiten nightly for a few weeks.

When I first got pregnant Beckett and I planned to breastfeed Wolfie until he seemed like he didn’t need it anymore so I kept nursing him past one year… he needed it, right?

Finally I was back to work again and I really only fed him at night as he fell asleep (if I was home), but I still wanted to have that connection with my son so I continued feeding him. Meanwhile, our pediatrician told me multiple times he didn’t need me at all for food anymore… and Wolfie’s dentist told me to stop breastfeeding him all together because he has missing enamel on his front teeth and he’s therefore cavity prone. Finally when he was about 15 months old I began to seriously mull the positives and negatives of stopping our nursing routine in my mind.

When I finally told my husband that I wanted to stop breastfeeding neither of us were too happy. Like I said we really wanted to do what was best for our son’s brain development and not consider his or my teeth as a factor.

But…. he really WAS fine without me…. and I could see that even though I didn’t want to quit our nightly routine.

So in order to cement my decision I decided that whitening my teeth would be a good way to keep me from backsliding and continuing to feed my son when he got fussy. So I did and it ended up being great for both Wolfgang and myself! Wolfie became more independent, I got whiter teeth, and I felt tons more confident smiling again!

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If you are feeling like you want to whiten those teethers of yours, but don’t have time or money to go get trays made at the dentist, I 100% recommend checking out Smile Brilliant!! You’ll get plenty of whitening gel, desensitizing gel, and sweet customized whitening trays at a great price and you can keep using them as much as you need to!

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I was just at the dentist today getting my bonding fixed (my tooth chipped again) and they were really impressed by the shade difference too.

I’m teaming up with Smile Brilliant to give you 10% off your purchase when you use the code theclassyartist at checkout! I’m so excited to hear if any of you have used this product or if you are thinking about it 😀 I know it changed my smile for the better! So what is your story? When will you #SmileFearlessly again?

Xo,

Kellie

 

 

The *Unseen*

Hello beautiful! This week I’m showcasing two lovely pairs of undies from Bootay Bag because 1) I love collaborating with them and 2) I definitely need new underwear!

There are so many days my outfit looks cute on the outside, but my “intimates” are ratty and worn. I realized the only reason I do that is because I’m lazy and don’t take the time or spend the extra money/time it would take to replace my old pairs. But just like personality, it’s often what’s on the inside that counts 😉

Oh, and if you’re a dude, it’s not rude to get this for your wifey, K?! She’d love it!

—->Get your first pair here!!!

Xo,

Kellie

the most perfect 3rd anniversary gift

For our three year anniversary Beckett really outdid himself by finding me the most gorgeous green leather portfolio and business/credit card holder!

I felt so excited about this gift because not only is it a useful gift, but it is my absolute favorite kelly green color!!!!

Leatherology has lots of other gorgeous designs, colors, purses, and even diaper bags and I think I can speak for Beckett and say we both HIGHLY recommend this brand. He was absolutely glowing out of pride when I opened the gift and I can see why!

I wanted to post about these because 1) my husband is so thoughtful and I need to show him off and 2) this would make a great gift for a graduation, for someone making a career change, or for anyone who appreciates beautiful things.

Wolfie has been sick for the last few days and it’s been hard on me. He has had such a high fever that I ended up taking him to the Dr. today and all is fine now, but his fever was scary high (104.6 degrees). Seeing my child suffering like this is hard, especially when my only remedies are to try to keep him cool and give him medicine. 😦

Being a mom is draining and hard, but way more fulfilling than I would have ever guessed.

It’s now time for me to finally get some sleep (I barely got any last night because beckett was working today so he needed it more than I did). But now he has tomorrow off and I work all weekend so now it’s my turn to sleep– thank the Lord!

What are you doing for Labor Day weekend?! I’ll be working hard helping to design peoples’ kitchens!

Xo,

Kellie