My Bridal Shower 4.28.18

June 20, 2018

It's hard to believe that my bridal shower was just about two months ago, and now our wedding is literally around the corner! Between work, wedding, home life, social commitments and trying to stay healthy, my blog has fallen to the bottom of the list. I do post on Instagram at least 3x/week, so definitely head over there and click the "Follow" button, if you haven't already.

I've been hoping to share my beautiful memories with you all for some time now. So, finally, after much anticipation, here we go...April 28, 2018

Venue: The Grand Oaks Country Club in Staten Island, New York
Invitations: Anna Soiree 
Photography: Mike Gloria Photograph
Event Coordinator: Fashionably Planned
Dress: JVN by Jovani (purchased at Ivory & Co. in Staten Island, for my local NYC readers)
Signature Game: "The Shoe Game"
~ There were, of course, many more pictures; however, in an effort to respect all my loved ones' privacy, I only included images of the decor, my mom, Will and my bridesmaids. Thank you for your understanding. ~

My mom worked tirelessly to make the day perfect. Her love and excitement shown through in every aspect of my shower, and celebrating such a special time with our friends and family meant the world to me. Our upcoming marriage certainly felt very real prior to this milestone event, but it really hit home afterward. There aren't many words that can accurately describe my joy on that incredible Saturday, and honestly, at this very moment. No matter what I've accomplished in life thus far, my greatest title will be Mrs. William Rivera. I'm truly #ReadyToBeRivera!

Up bachelorette weekend recap! Ideally, I'll get that up next week. Stay tuned, friends. I sincerely appreciate you being a part of our journey.

Lauren xo

Wedding Ready with Smile Brilliant: At-Home Teeth Whitening

March 15, 2018


As most of you know, our wedding is fast approaching and like most brides, I've assessed and re-assessed my beauty routine over the last several months. I updated a slew of things, from my skincare to my workout regime, but there was one aspect I hadn't surprisingly teeth! What you all might not realize is that my future hubby is a dentist, so teeth are a big part of our lives. Given his industry, he knows the best whitening systems on the market, whether they be professional grade or consumer level. So, when I was approached by Smile Brilliant to try their at-home whitening system, I had to get Will's input. From his initial review, he was very impressed with the active ingredients and two-part system, which included whitening and sensitivity gel components. I was immediately intrigued, and in desperate need of some whitening assistance, so I decided to give it a try!

Once I signed on, I received a kit to create my personalized whitening trays. Smile Brilliant will provide everything you need, and they make the process super simple. All you do is mix the mortar-like paste, fill the mouth guard with it and bite down. After holding for a few seconds, you'll have your molds! Those are then sent off to the lab, and in a few short weeks, you'll get a return package with your individualized trays. In my opinion, this is a key differentiator in the marketplace, and the custom trays really increase the efficacy of the whitening gel.

Now, I should share that my teeth were already relatively white (see "before"), so you may not find a huge difference in the pictures (see "after"). To me, however, I really saw an improvement, particularly with my lower teeth. More importantly, I have an increased sense of confidence, and you can't put a price on that. There's nothing more gratifying and anxiety-relieving them walking into a room (or down the aisle, in my case) and knowing that your smile is bright and white.
As I do with most of my reviews, let's break down my experience.

What I Loved - Ease of Use: The gels are held in little syringes, which makes the tray application process effortless.
- Quick and Effective: After about the 4th use, I could visibly notice a difference in my teeth.
- Affordable, yet offers Professional Results: The price of admission ranges from $139-$189, depending on the system you choose. That is a fraction of what you'd pay at the dentist's office. I received the T3 Sensitive Kit, and enjoyed it very much. I've been using the system for about two and a half months, and I still have plenty of product left!
- Non-Senstitve & Sensitive Options: The de-sensitizing gel is very unique, and is applied to the trays after you whiten. I have extreme tooth sensitivity, and this relieved most of the usual pain associated with whitening products.

What I Learned - I wasn't feeling like my results were lasting as long as I had hoped, but upon reflecting, my tea intake per day tripled and my water intake substantially decreased (a new job will do that to you!)...That's all to say, it wasn't a product-related issue, so I recommend that you be mindful of those  daily items that can cause stains if you decide to try Smile Brilliant. Remember, anything that could stain a white shirt, can stain your teeth. I simply started drinking water after each cup, and may results stopped fading.
- While the de-sensitzing gel worked wonders for me, in some instances, when I did not leave it on for as long as I whitened, I experienced sensitivity to hot and cold beverages the following day. That is totally normal, since it is a whitening product; however, it did not have a negative impact on my experience. I should also note, to provide more context, that the sensitivity was nothing compared to when I used to use Crest White Strips.

In summary, I really enjoyed this whitening system, and will continue to use it, even beyond our wedding. If you try it, I just know you'll feel the same! With that, Smile Brilliant is offering my readers a chance to enter an amazing giveaway, where you'll receive your own kit! Be sure to enter via the link below. A winner will be selected in 2 weeks from the date of today's post. If you prefer to place your order now, feel free to use my code "righttoremainfab" for 10% off.


Stay fab,
Lauren xo 
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