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Pool Party Essentials for Stylish Girls

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

– Charles Bowden

I’m back after a short blogging hiatus! For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram , my boyfriend Adrian and I recently moved into a new apartment. If you’ve never had to deal with moving, you’re one lucky b*tch because moving sucks! It’s great once you’re all settled in (like we are now), but the actual moving part is THE worst. Anyways, I took a short break to focus on moving but now that my routine is back in motion, I’m excited to be back to what I love doing!

Who’s excited that summer is finally (unofficially) here? I know I am! This will always be absolute favorite time of the year. I’m a huge fan of hot weather, time spent in the sun and pool days! Just thinking about this right now with my glass of wine on a Sunday night makes me so excited to hit the pool again.

If you’re like me, you’ll be seeking out the next opportunity for a pool party so you can get your tan on, show off your cutest kini and hang with friends. Check out my below picks for the best pool party essentials for those stylish chicas out there!

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Cute Beach Towel

Ok if this isn’t on everyone’s list, you must be crazy! You’re probably thinking Well, no sh*t you need a towel to go to the pool. But why not find one that’s stylish too? I have a few at home that I love and I always feel that extra touch of style when I use them. Honestly, there are so many cute ones now so you have lots of options!

Chic Pair of Shades

Another obvious one but hey, sunglasses can make or break a look! I posted my prescription shades here (yes, I’m blind as a bat and need glasses to drive) because I wear them the most and they happen to be super cute. But you can find cheap and stylish ones at a lot of stores (Target and H&M, to name a couple). Plus you can keep your eyes protected while you’re laying out!

Delicious, Cold Beer

I’m a HUGE beer fan! I can never say no to a really great wheat, saison or helles (my fellow beer fans will know what I’m talking about). One of my favorites beers of all time is San Tan Brewery’s Mr. Pineapple wheat beer. It’s so perfect for summer and very light for non-beer drinkers (trust me, my friends who don’t like beer LOVE this one). Mr. Pineapple is the perfect pool party companion!

Stylish Swimsuit

I’ve always loved bikinis (or as I call them, kinis) but one pieces have become popular again, and there are some super cute ones out there! Whatever swimsuit you choose for your next pool party, pick something you feel confident in. This blue kini is one of my faves because it gives me an extra boost of confidence every time I wear it. Make sure you love how you look in the swimsuit…and of course look for a cute color or print that you’ll love!

Comfy Sandals

You definitely don’t need a pair of heels to go to a pool party, so opt for some comfy sandals or flip flops instead. I love these leopard print slides for the pool because they keep my feet cozy and I always get so many compliments when I wear them. I mean, who wouldn’t want some fun leopard print sandals for a pool party?


What are your pool party go to’s?


Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Review

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted a review here and I wanted to share my thoughts on the popular teeth whitening brand Smile Brilliant!

I’ve always been curious to try out a teeth whitening formula but was always a bit afraid to spend all that money for little to no results. Fortunately,  I was asked to test out the teeth whitening kit from Smile Brilliant a few months ago. Yay for brand collabs!

I’m going to break down Smile Brilliant’s process a bit below and of course sprinkle in my thoughts on the product, so here we go:

(DISCLAIMER: I am not being paid by Smile Brilliant. All of the opinions below are my own!)


So, what is Smile Brilliant?

Glad you asked! Smile Brilliant is a teeth whitening brand that has created a bunch of products for you to use at home. That’s right…you don’t have to head to your dentist to get whiter teeth when you have this brand on hand!

How does it work?

When you order from Smile Brilliant, they will send you a kit that includes clay and trays for making impressions. When making impressions, wear an apron or something because you will drool (umm EW). If you’ve ever had a retainer, you’ll know this feeling!

You then send your impressions back to their labs and soon enough they’ll send you your teeth whitening trays. What I love about this process is the trays are customized so they’ll actually fit your teeth. With your snazzy new trays, you’ll also get teeth whitening gel, desensitizing gel and instructions. Then you can of course start using your new teeth whitening products! I would definitely recommend doing all this before bed when you know you’re done eating. You don’t want to ruin all the great work with a cup of coffee!

Before you apply the teeth whitening gel, make sure you’ve brushed your teeth with water and then dry them off. I wore the trays with the gel for about an hour every night before rinsing them out and brushing my teeth again. Now this is important if you have sensitive teeth and/or gums: you should ABSOLUTELY use the desensitizing gel. My teeth aren’t really sensitive, so at first I wasn’t convinced I needed the second gel. But trust me: this teeth whitening gel is hella powerful, so get some of the desensitizer on for about 15-20 minutes.

Once you’ve done all of this, DON’T drink or eat anything for at least 30 minutes after. See why I did this before bed every night?

What do you think of Smile Brilliant?

I will be honest: I had great results for the first month and half but as I started running out of product, my teeth were not as amazing looking. I truly do think Smile Brilliant makes some great teeth whitening products that really do work. Unfortunately, you run out of the gels pretty quick. But hey, take a look for yourself at my results:

Before:                                                        After:

smile-brilliant             smile-brilliant                                                       

I am happy that Smile Brilliant helped make my teeth much whiter! My teeth weren’t awful before, but I think everyone can definitely benefit from a whitener like Smile Brilliant.

So if Smile Brilliant sounds like the right brand for you, you should absolutely enter this giveaway! All you have to is enter your name and email address here. The giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit and is open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents!

Didn’t win the giveaway and still want to give Smile Brilliant a try?! Use coupon code “rosesandrouge15” for 15% off your purchase!

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