December is sliding by quicker than I can keep up with it. I was actually thinking about taking a month-long hiatus from the blog so that I could focus on some other big projects and work deadlines, but I realized it would be more effective to just put more of an effort into my time management. I need to get better at juggling multiple things, and what better time to start than now? black velvet jumpsuit
Last night was Nashville Ladies Wine Club #6 hosted at my friend Carli & Julie‘s house and it was our biggest turnout yet. It’s always my favorite evening of the month and I’m so happy to see how it’s grown into something more than just drinking wine and eating snacks. I’ve met so many amazing girls in Nashville and every month gets more and more exciting. I was also gifted a selfie stick from my lovely friend Greta because she got a kick out of me trying to use hers for the first time last month. Watch out, world!

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I bought this black velvet jumpsuit right before the CMA Awards because I flirted with the idea of wearing a jumpsuit to the event. That was before I fell in love with the red wine colored crushed velvet dress I ended up wearing instead. So this little number became my go-to holiday party outfit. It’s so comfortable and festive.
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Jumpsuit- Blush Boutiques // Tan Suede Trench Coat– Lulu’s // Gold Necklace– Lulu’s // Gold Clutch- Lulu’s // Heels- Targetblack velvet jumpsuit
I love the simplicity of jumpsuits because I don’t have to put a whole lot of thought into piecing together an outfit at the last minute. I just throw on some jewelry and accessorize a one-piece outfit. It’s the best.
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Hope you all have a great weekend and safe travels this holiday season!

Last week while I was in Michigan with family for Thanksgiving, we made our traditional butter press cookies for the holidays. This is something we’ve been doing since my sister and I were just toddlers. It was even more special to do it this year with my 1-year-old niece, Elizabeth.

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We typically make at least 8 batches so that we have them for all holiday parties, friends and family. It becomes an all-night project, but we love it. These butter press cookies are also perfect for decorating and passing out as gifts. I love pairing them with coffee!

What You’ll Need:

2 Sticks of Butter
1 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Teaspoon Almond
3 and 1/2 Cups of Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
Cookie Press (We get a TON of use out of our Pampered Chef press)
Cookie decorations: sprinkles, M&M’s, colored sugars, etc.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

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Cream butter, sugar, eggs, almond and vanilla. Add the salt. Add enough flour to make dough that can be used in cookie press (not too sticky).
Decorate cookies on sheet; bake 8-10 minutes. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

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Enjoy!
laura

Teeth whitening has always been something I’ve contemplated in the past but was never sure which route to take. It seems like there are so many options available and it gets overwhelming on how to make the right choice. I’ve had little luck with different strips in the past and I feel like I’m always fighting an uphill battle trying to rid of my coffee-stained teeth. Luckily, I was introduced to Smile Brilliant, a teeth whitening company created by dental professionals that produces custom-fitted whitening trays here in the U.S. and delivers them to your door.

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About Smile Brilliant

The Smile Brilliant team is made up of dental professionals with more than 30 years of teeth whitening experience. Their experienced staff has created custom-fitted whitening trays for local dentists. They decided to develop a system that allows customers to make their own dental impressions from the comfort of their own home! By eliminating a trip to the dentist, it also eliminates time and cost.

How does it work?

Step 1: Order the complete package and make your dentaI impressions in less than 15 minutes. Send your impressions back to Smile Brilliant in prepaid envelope.

Step 2: The Smile Brilliant lab receives your dental impressions, crafts an exact model of your teeth, and hand finishes a truly custom-fitted tray.

Step 3: Simply add professional teeth whitening gel to your trays, wear them, and relax! Let Smile Brilliant do the work.

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I was super excited about the opportunity to use their product because of how streamlined and simple the entire preparation process was. I knew that if it was made easy enough for me to not have to visit the dentist or have someone poke around inside my mouth that it was worth the try.

My Teeth Whitening Journey:

Upon receiving my Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit, I tore open the envelope, read the directions, and immediately prepped to create my teeth molds right in my very own kitchen. I woke up the next morning to check on them, and they were perfectly firm and ready to be shipped back to the lab. I placed them into their pre-paid envelope and dropped them into the outgoing mailbox.

Just 5 days later, I received my whitening trays and was ready to get started!

Here are my before photos:

(Excuse the no makeup, dry skin look)

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Because of the decalcification on my front teeth (I also had braces ages ago), I was instructed to pre-treat my teeth with desensitizing gel, which replenished my teeth with minerals and hydration, which helped to re-calcify my teeth before beginning the regular whitening treatments. After day five of just using desensitizing gel, I began my regular whitening treatments. I started noticing a difference after just the third treatment! Every treatment after that continued to yield a whiter and brighter smile.

I’ve never been very confident when it comes to my smile. Between the decalcification, crooked bottom front teeth, and lack of brightness, I usually smile to conceal my teeth. I don’t feel like I have to do that anymore.

Here are my after photos:

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I’m still in disbelief at how successful this teeth whitening journey has been. Everything was made simple, comfortable, and fun. I also don’t suffer from any pain or teeth sensitivity after whitening because the treatments are complete with desensitizing gel that make the process pain-free. Now I can give myself a short whitening treatment any time I decide I want a touch-up!

Check out what others are saying about Smile Brilliant here.

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Now I’m giving away a FREE Smile Brilliant kit to one lucky reader! Here are the rules:
One winner will receive a $139.95 credit to Smile Brilliant which will cover the cost of the tray creation and 6 syringes of whitening gel and/or desensitizing gel (your choice). Giveaway ends December 1st!

Enter the giveaway here. 

Or, for 5% off your order, enter promo code breezyandbrazen at checkout.
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Keep smiling!
laura