If you know me well, then you know I am an avid coffee and red wine lover. I drink at least 2 cups of coffee every morning and a glass of red wine most evenings. Even drinking colored drinks with a straw, will soak those colors into your teeth and stain them. Even though I love my cherry coke and coffee, I want to keep my teeth as white as possible. Therefore, starting from a young age I attempted the use of Crest white strips, so I could do my own teeth whitening at home. They are just so hard to use though, and teeth whitening at the dentist takes so much time and is way more costly. I have never had dentist teeth whitening done because I couldn’t afford it and I always felt there were more cost effective options. Due to this I have partnered with Smile Brilliant to bring all of you an amazing product that will give you whiter teeth and keep your wallet heavier.

Disclaimer: I am not a dentist and you should always check with your dentist first before trying something new on your teeth. You should also discontinue use of any other whitening products while using this kit. 

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What made this product so amazing for teeth whitening at home, is that they send you all the materials to make your own teeth whitening molds and then you simply have to fill out your information card and send them off in the mail. (Shipping both ways is included!)

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Smile Brilliant keeps you updated about your whitening trays throughout the entire process. You get an email when they receive them and when they are shipped. I received mine back about a week and a half after shipping them to Smile Brilliant.

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Most people need 7-14 applications once a day for about 1 to 3 hours for each application. This does depend on how severe the stains are on your teeth and how sensitive your teeth are. If you have sensitive teeth you may want to do shorter application times, but this will lengthen the time it will take for you to achieve stain free teeth. Each syringe also has 3 to 4 applications worth in it, which includes both the top and bottom trays.

Are you skeptical? I certainly was when I first decided to try this product. However, they really exceeded my expectations! I took both of my photos using my light ring for perfect even lighting that would be the same for both photos, that way you could see a real before and after effect. What do you think? Do my teeth look dramatically whiter?

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This was with 14 applications for 1 hour each time, except there were I think two times that I kept them in for 2 hours. I am so in love with this product and I know you will be too if you try it!!


Will whitening damage my teeth/gums?
No! Enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body and consists of tiny microscopic tubules or pores. Even though enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth, the layer of tissue beneath the enamel, called dentin, absorbs the majority of stains. During the whitening process, the pores open in order for the whitening gel to reach the inner tooth tissue and diffuse the stains.

Gum irritation is common when whitening, but there is an easy solution! If your gums are becoming irritated, you may need to use less whitening gel. If whitening gel does get on your gums, simply wipe it away with a Q-tip or tissue. Another solution: spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly or coconut oil on your gums prior to inserting your trays. This will act as a barrier between your gums and the whitening gel.

I have white spots on my teeth after whitening! Why?!
The whitening process temporarily dehydrates the teeth, which may appear as white spots or “patchiness”. Although it can take a very short time for teeth to become dehydrated, re-hydration of the teeth can take up to 48 hours. As the tooth becomes re-hydrated the white spots will disappear. The desensitizing gel actually speeds up this natural process, so be sure to use it!

If you go to the Smile Brilliant website, you can shop their products, read reviews, and check out their backed by science guarantee. It’s nice to deal with a company who has wonderful customer service.

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And now for the best part! Smile Brilliant is giving away a FREE teeth-whitening kit for one lucky reader domestic and internationally! Yay! This is an awesome opportunity (a $139 value!), so totally check it out and enter, using the instructions below! Plus here is a coupon code for 10% off your purchase: THEFASHIONABLEACCOUNTANT10

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*This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant, but as normal all opinions are completely my own. I want to bring you products that you will love and will save you money. 


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29 Facts About Me

It’s my party I can cry if I want to, cry if I want to…eeeek yah no crying here!!! Not quite 30 yet ya’ll. Today’s post is not a Fashion & Finance Friday post, but something a bit different in celebration with my birthday. Since my birthday falls on TODAY, I thought I would share 29 facts about me that you may not know. Right now I am headed off to spend some quality time with my momma, my sissy (aka my lil ball of sass), my two best boys and my partner. The plans for tonight are to catch up on long over due conversation, delicious drinks, and some sushi at CowFish, which I have never been to. Yay for new experiences. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday, it’s practically the weekend, and I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little bit more.

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  1. I am an Aries. “Well duh Nikki”, you say, “Your Birthday is on March 24th.” Well what you didn’t know is that my personality really aligns well with an Aries. I am super stubborn. Haha
  2. I moved around a lot growing up and ended up going to about 15 schools from Elementary school to High school.
  3. My favorite colors are blush and gold. Hmm probably couldn’t tell that from my website. 😉
  4. I have an evil orange kitty named Ted, who I have simply nicknamed at this point “fat boy”.
  5. If it has pineapples, or flamingos on it, then I probably want it, or already own it. These are two of my favorite things
  6. I have over 100 pairs of shoes and my clothing takes up 3 closets in the house.
  7. I finally settled into my forever home last year and up till then I moved at least every 18 months, yet always seemed to immediately make my house feel like home.
  8. I am a major coffee addict. My current favorite that my best friend Leah got me into, is Café Bustelo.
  9. If a restaurant doesn’t have cherry coke, I will convince the waiter, bar tender whoever, to make me one.
  10. I like my Chick-fil-A nuggets grilled with plenty of Polynesian sauce for my nuggets and my fries.
  11. I didn’t start college until I was 21 because I had my first son when I was 18 and my second when I was 22.
  12. I completed my Bachelor’s degree on campus and online all while working full time and raising two children as a single parent.
  13. My favorite foods are Sushi, Greek, and Thai.
  14. I taught myself how to do makeup completely from YouTube tutorials.
  15. My undergarments are almost always matching. (haha TMI)
  16. I always sneeze when I go out in the sun. I used to think I was allergic.
  17. When I hear myself talk in a recording, or video I swear I sound like I have a lisp. Am I the only one who thinks I sound completely different when recorded??
  18. Nikki is short for my middle name of Nicole. I never liked the name Brittany (my first name), so in 6th grade when I started a new school I just created my own nickname and it’s been my name ever since.
  19. I need glasses, but I always seem to forget them. I finally got contacts for the first time last year.
  20. My favorite cartoon character growing up was Sailor Moon. Heck, she still is!!
  21. I’m an avid list maker and budgeter, like I do it for fun. Yes I’m weird and proud of it!
  22. I can read a book like it’s going out of style. If I start one, then I don’t want to put it down until I’m finished.
  23. I don’t watch sports much, but my teams are the Orlando Magic for Basketball and Green Bay Packers for Football.
  24. My exercise and sport of choice is playing tennis. I take a lesson every other week with my sister-in-law.
  25. I can’t stand water unless it’s carbonated, or flavored.
  26. My favorite show, or movie is anything with Vampires in it. Were you sad when Vampire Diaries ended?? I was majorly disappointed.
  27. I am OCD and don’t have a lot of patience. This in the sense that I always want things to be clean and organized and I seem to always be singing, “If you want it done right, do it yourself,” to myself.
  28. I got accepted to three different fashion design schools, but I was too scared to take the leap and ended up going with the more practical path of accounting.
  29. I pick up new skills very quickly and always do my research to learn as much as I can. So far I have learned sewing, dancing, blogging, photography, web design, jewelry making, song writing, and I will never stop attempting to learn. If I want to do something, I do it and that’s the end of the discussion.

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*Photography by Gil Sturgis with CFM Magazine & Bodyscape Photography. The Fashionable Accountant was featured in the March Issue of CFM Magazine.

P.S. Check our my very first YouTube video!


I hope you enjoyed getting to know a bit about me and leave me a comment below with an interesting fact about yourself!!


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Olive Dress St. Patrick's Day

Whenever I think about St. Patrick’s Day, my mind wanders to corned beef and cabbage, leprechauns, and everything in a shamrock green color. However, I realized this year that I really don’t have much in green except for Olive green. I definitely wasn’t in the mood to be pinched, so I put together this casual Friday, St. Patrick’s Day appropriate look. I paired two shades of olive green with some wedges for spring and some gold accessories for that pot of gold you would hope to find at the end of the rainbow.

I felt super chic when I put this outfit all together and can you believe absolutely none of these items are considered “high-end”?!? My dress is old from Charlotte Russe and the jacket is from Forever 21. The earrings came in a set from Francesca’s and the necklace I got on clearance at Express. The Tommy Hilfiger purse I picked up at Ross for less than $20, the wedges are from DSW and I paid less than $30. The sunglasses are the only item I paid full price for and this brand by A.J. Morgan at Nordstrom goes for about $24 a pair.

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Are you dreaming about your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? I know that money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does give you a nice security blanket. It would be really nice to not always be stressing over money right? Buy that house you have wanted, send your kids to college, and save for a comfortable retirement. You can’t rely on luck to accomplish these things though. You need to create a plan instead.

Set Goals

You can’t wander around in the dark aimlessly and hope to get somewhere. The first step is create goals for your finances that you can work towards. This will help you realistically plan for where you want to see your savings and investments in 5 years. Then you will also have something to measure against and keep track of how you are doing.

Track Your Spending & Develop a Budget

If you know where your money is going then it is easier to create a budget to help you spend that money. Keep your receipts and divy them up by category at the end of the month. This is a great way to track your actual spending habits. From these spending habits you can create your monthly budget and move on to step 3!

Look Where You Can Save

Once you know where you are spending, then you can look for ways to cut back and save. Do you really need Starbucks every morning? Perhaps you can give yourself a set grocery budget to stick to. Little items can really add up, so try cutting out a few small things first.

Get Financial Advice

This may a hard one for you. Perhaps you don’t want to bring another person in on your finances, but it can really help have someone else take a look at your financial picture. You don’t need to go out and pay a ton of money for a financial planner, but look for people that may give you a free consultation, or a family member that is willing to help.

Doing all of these things may not help you find the leprechaun’s pot of gold, but it sure can help you create your own.



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