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One Woman’s Quest for the Whitest Teeth Ever, A Smile Brilliant Review + Giveaway

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I have been whitening my teeth sporadically (just doing a few days of white strips whenever I thought my teeth were starting to look yellow) for the past decade using Crest Whitestrips but have never been blown away by their effectiveness or ease of use. Unless you level up to the most expensive version, the strips slip around on your teeth and somehow my fingers always ended up bleached white from trying to align the strips to my teeth. So when I heard about Smile Brilliant and their custom whitening trays, my inner teeth whitening addict was intrigued. Read on to see me drool all over my kitchen and get my full Smile Brilliant review.

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Little Black Dresses + a Rent the Runway Referral Code for $30 off

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I have a gala to attend in February and like any good debt monster, I want a new dress. So, time to get busy with my favorite hobby: online shopping for literally anything. The event dress code is cocktail to formal and based on press photo stalking from last year’s gala, pretty much everyone was in cocktail dresses. I don’t love rewearing clothes to events that I’ll potentially be photographed at (diva status here) so I thought Rent the Runway would be a good option here. I’m a generous diva though, and there’s point in keeping all my hard work to myself, so here are my favorite Rent the Runway little black dresses.

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Fabric Dying 101: Indigo Dye and Shibori Folding Patterns

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If you went online in the summer of 2016, you’ve inevitably seen Shibori dye and the indigo everything as a result. Shibori is essentially tie-dye but using only indigo instead of the rainbow of colors. Which makes it pretty much foolproof since there is no risk of accidentally using too many colors and dying your shirt poop brown (we’ve all been there). The kits are easy to find online and the real fun comes in with trying all the different Shibori folding patterns to get one of a kind results.

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Last-Minute Cleveland Gift Guide

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Christmas is just one week away, so chances are anything you’re trying to get shipped won’t make it on time. Fear not, Clevelanders. You can pop into any of these shops and grab your last-minute gifts this week. These shops have a good variety of items, too, so you’ll be able to please everyone from your HBIC friend to your sock-loving dad.

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