As we are headed well into November, dreary fall days can seriously effect my mood. Who’s with me? Insert: seasonal depression. So to me, there’s nothing better than making little and easy updates to my apartment – and life in general – that can help brighten up my mood. Insert my latest partnership with Crest. When the brand asked me to take part in their Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit “2 Weeks to Your Whitest Smile” Challenge, I was all in.
Living in New York has taught me to operate on one speed – FAST. I’m always looking for ways on how to make my life easier or do things faster/smarter. I don’t have time to go to the grocery let alone find time to get my teeth professionally cleaned so this was the perfect opportunity to help brighten my mood AND smile. Plus this girl is on a budget, and these puppies can whiten as good as a $500 professional in-office treatment. #winning!
You can take a peek at my before picture here and I’ve included my after shots below! The best part about using Crest’s 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit ? I only needed to use them for two weeks to see maaaaajor improvements to my smile. What’s not to love about that?
I figured while I was brightening my smile, I should at least make a few updates to brighten up my apartment as well. It’s the little things in life, ya know?
Dresser Updates: Insert white hydrangeas. I repeat, a girl must always have white hydrangeas. Kate Spade inspired me when I noticed they always have fresh flowers placed throughout their store, particularly in a circle bubble vase so I picked up this one photographed above on Amazon for $12.99.
I swapped in new white lamp shades from Target to help brighten my room. Another one of my favorite interior design tricks, place books under lamps to help the lamps appear taller.
Bed Updates: I purchased this West Elm bedding over three years ago when I was still living in Chicago. I’m sure you’ve seen it all over the blogosphere so I’m kind of over it at this point. I decided in order to help brighten up my bed, I wanted to add some color. Have you ever seen Cynthia Rowley’s bedding collection for Marshall’s? She has some great options to choose form so I have since layered on a quilt and new pillows to the mix. Also, check out Michelle Dwight Designs. I blogged about her about two years ago on Girls of Lincoln Park and I still love her stuff! I also have the “Get It Girl” pillow.
Kitchen Updates: I took a cue from Pinterest and picked up Anthropologie’s Zinc Letters to spell out the word “EAT” in my kitchen. Anthro has an oversized version now that I’m also loving. Once I added the letters to my walls, I have been obsessed ever since. Something little but always refreshing – fresh fruit in a glass canister. Last but not least, I picked up some new dishware from Target which I have since displayed on my open shelf in my galley kitchen. You can never go wrong with white!
A big thanks to Crest for sponsoring this post! I now have a brighter smile + apartment. All is good. Xo. Lauren
*This post is brought to you as a part of my collaboration with Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support lauren-nelson.com!