Wednesday, 30 August 2017


I've had yellow-tinted teeth since I can remember. I don't drink coffee or smoke, but somehow that's the colour they remained. Until, that is, I tried at-home teeth whitening with Smile Brilliant.

I didn't know when I'd be able to afford professional whitening - especially with New York City prices - but I couldn't bear my British smile in a sea of perfect pearly-whites. American's sure know how to take care of their teeth! So this alternative to dentist whitening was an absolute godsend.

Of course, teeth whitening strips and the likes have been on the supermarket shelves since forever. But they can be a little hit or miss: they aren't the easiest to use, and they don't always brighten the teeth evenly. What I love about the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit is that it fits your teeth perfectly - because the moulds are made from your own teeth! They'll send you clay and trays so you can make moulds and send it back to their lab. A few days later you can expect a package at your door with your new moulds, ready to go!

And then the whitening process begins! First, you apply a strip of the teeth whitening gel to your mouth moulds. You can wear these anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours. Veer on the side of caution first, especially if you have sensitive teeth, and try them for 45 minutes. Then you can increase the time you leave them on in increments of 30 minutes over the next few days of use. Luckily, I've never suffered from sensitive teeth, so after a few days I started wearing the gel for the full 3 hours for maximum whitening. I haven't had any noticeable increase in teeth sensitivity, so I'm thrilled!

After whitening, brush your teeth. Wash and dry the moulds and apply a strip of the teeth-desensitising gel. Wear this for a further 15-20 minutes. Do not skip this step! You do not want to risk making your teeth much more sensitive. Once you've done that, take out the moulds, and you're done!

I must admit, I was shocked at the taste of chemicals when I whitened my teeth the first day. I don't know what I was expecting! But after the first few days, I had gotten used to it, so that's not a problem any more.

And my results? Well see for yourself...

I could not be more pleased with the improvement. I can finally kiss my yellow teeth goodbye!

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017


Acorn Street in Beacon Hill is said to be America's most photographed street, so naturally I popped 'round and get a few snaps. Over on my photography Facebook page I've shared some photos I took of Louise Sweeney there, but I also got in a few photos myself...

Top, overall shorts and shoes: H&M // Bracelet: Vintage // Watch: JORD

It's clear to see why this little street in Boston has become so photographed. How could a place this picturesque not become a tourist attraction? Cobbled streets, a large American flag, and overgrown greenery all come together to make this the perfect picture spot. Obviously, you can expect a constant stream of tourists with phones in hand to get their pics. But ever committed to get the shot, Louise and I stayed put for a good 30 minutes to get pics without any unwanted bodies in the background!

It's not just Acorn Street that's Insta-worthy, the whole of Beacon Hill is charming. Mosey beyond the famous street and you'll find enough old-timey buildings, cute shops, and brunch spots to keep you busy. Speaking of brunch, Bin 26 Enoteca was where we got our fix, try the eggs Benedict!

If you're like me on a city break, and you love to simply stroll down streets to see what you find, Beacon Hill is a must-visit spot in Boston. I also found a few other great places to visit, but you'll have to wait for the next blog post to read about that... Until then, I'll see you on Instagram.