The Truth about Invisalign

I'm not sure if you ever noticed that I don't smile with my whole teeth showing in my outfit posts. I have spaces in between some of my teeth that I do not like. I haven't done anything about it because I know I don't want braces. I got an invitation to a talk by Invisalign and decided to attend and find out if Invisalign was an option. Yes it is! Invisalign is a great alternative to getting braces, especially for tweens, teens and adults like myself.

My daughter actually has braces right now to open up some space for her adult tooth to come in. One of the challenges with the braces is wire breakage and her not been able to eat different foods. With Invisalign, this is not a problem.

Invisalign Teen is especially geared towards tweens and teens. One of the benefits of Invisalign Teen are clear aligners which are removable and can straighten without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice. I love that Invisalign Teen includes up to six free replacement aligners and eliminates emergency ortho visits for broken wires and brackets (just as in my daughter's case).
I had always wondered about the effectiveness of Invisalign. Here are some facts about some of the different concerns:
  • Myth:Invisalign can only treat minor or cosmetic issues
  • Fact: Invisalign effectively treats a wide variety of orthodontic issues from severe bite issues to overly crowded to widely spaced (that's me). Advancements to Invisalign's patented technology continues to increase the complexity of issues that can be treated
  • Myth: Invisalign takes longer to complete than braces
  • Fact: The length of Invisalign treatments is comparable to braces.

Have you or someone you’ve known used Invisalign? And if so, what was their experience?
I have some more information about Invisalign so you can ask me via email or comment below and I may be able to answer them or you can learn how Invisalign works here. And don't forget to enter the giveaway below.

Invisalign help, questions about Invisalign, Invisalign Teen

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Navy Lace and Striped Ponte

This is what my face looks like after a long day at work and long drive home. Basically what I look like without makeup. 

Also, this is the time of the month when I gain about five to ten pounds and nothing seems to fit. I realized this a few months ago. I kept saying to myself that I had gained weight then all of a sudden after about a week my clothes fit again. This had gone on for a while before I realized that it had to do with my menstrual cycle. Duh! I also noticed that my cravings increase during this time. Anyone else experience these?

The only way I could wear this skirt was to wear a boxy top over it. I could have done better with the outfit but being comfortable and confident was key. The only thing wrong with the top is that is shows how heavy (heavier at this time of the month) I am on top. I wore it previously here and it looks a little better. Next time, I'm going to plan better and wear my tops that magically conceal my heavy top like this one. Printed tops also do the trick.

How to wear a ponte skirt, modest skirt for work
Blue Statement necklace, Tiny Dazzles Necklace
Striped skirt The Limited, Payless pumps, Brown wedge pumps for work
Lace Top - Target / Sleeveless Option for Layering 
Striped Skirt - The Limited / Similar / Black and White
Wedges - Payless / Similar
Necklace - Tiny Dazzles

Link ups: What I Wore to Work, The Tiny Heart, Three Fer Thursday, Fashion Friday


$200 Giveaway

Happy Tuesday Everyone. Let's start the week off with a giveaway.
I have teamed up with Nightchayde and friends to celebrate her birthday with this giveaway
One amazing follower will walk away with $200 paypal cash or a $200 visa gift card.

Nightchayde (host)


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Have a lovely weekend!



Cobalt and Black with a Touch of Floral

Here's a casual look from Sunday afternoon that I quickly put together after church for dinner at a nearby restaurant. I love the look of black with cobalt blue; and the scarf adds the perfect touch. T shirts are essential to any wardrobe for easy dressing and paring or layering with anything. I have several black ones in different fits and with different necklines. A black tee is also slimming and goes with anything. I talked about wardrobe essentials in a post from last week. Check it out to see more essentials for your summer wardrobe.

Black t shirt for heavy top, Black and blue, skinny jeans for curvy shape

floral scarf, loft scarves, Blue skinny jeans, mid rise skinny jeans
What to wear with cobalt, wear black and blue together

Tee Shirt - Target / Similar / Similar / Fitted
Cobalt Skinnies - Style and Co via Macy's / Similar / Similar
Ballet Flats - Old Navy / Similar
Bag - Style and Co
Floral Scarf - Loft / SimilarSimilar /Option

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Black Grey and White

I just noticed that I've been wearing a lot of greys lately. Here's a work outfit from last week. I don't see many bloggers wearing slacks and I mentioned before how I do not really post the pictures in which I wear pants and trousers for work. But some of you said you didn't mind. The nature of my job requires that I'm in pants for the most part so I own quite a few slacks (trousers), in addition to khaki's for those days where I don't want to look all fancy in the midst of all the guys I work with. Do you still wear slacks (trousers)?

grey leopard scarf, white t shirt, black pants for work, boot cut pants, grey purse

Cardigan - Old Navy / Similar /  Option / Option
Pants - Bar III via Macy's / Similar / Similar
White tee - The Limited / Option / Similar / V Neck
Bag - Nine West via TJ Maxx
Watch - c/o Timex
Gray Leopard Scarf - Gift / Option / Option 
Link ups: The Pleated Poppy

Grey and Black with a Pop of Red + A Giveaway

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was busy as usual. I spent 3 hours taking out my braids on Friday night (post with new hair coming soon) and on Saturday ran some quick errands, made some Avon deliveries, took the kids to the doctor's, missed choir rehearsal, got my hair done, went for a birthday party and ran into Target to get some things for my daughter's birthday which happened on Sunday. Yes, Sunday was busy too.

Here's an outfit from last week. I got the top from Target on clearance a few months ago and I've raved about these jeans before, here. They just fit. I added some red to make the outfit pop.

Target houndstooth top, Style and co skinny jeans, Nine West Rocha pumps, Skinny jeans for apple shape

Red Tote, Marc Fisher Tote, Nine West Regola, Comfortable pumps, Skinny jeans that fit

Top - Target / SimilarSimilar / Option
Red Tote - Marc Fisher / Similar / 
Red Pumps - Nine West / Similar / Similar
Watch - c/o Timex
Earrings and Necklace - Avon /  Earrings / Infinity Necklace (similar)

I'm teaming up with Alisha Nicole for her Hello May Giveaway. You can enter to win $20 in Avon Credit and other prizes. 


Alisha - Copy of #GIRLBOSS & large ad space | Kemi - $20 Avon Credit 
Rekita - $15 Target Gift Card
Ashley - 28 Neutral Color Eyeshadow Pallete from BH Cosmetics 
Nicole - Copy of "Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans"
Shane - Ad space & perks | Britt - Dreamchaser Ad Space

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Link ups: Mix it Monday, Monday Mingle, Monday Bloom, Personal Style Monday, Style Sessions
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Back to Basics:Essentials for your Summer Wardrobe

Many times we go shopping and forget to focus on basics in order to have a workable wardrobe. How many times do you look in your closet and tell yourself you have nothing to wear? I only started focusing on basics a few years ago. When you stock up on basics, you will always have something to wear and stretch your wardrobe for unlimited mixing and matching options.
I can actually create several outfits with these basics. Next time I'm going on a non business related trip, I might refer back to this and pack similar items to create different outfits.

best white tee, Tank, Gap, Old Navy, Slip on Sneakers, chevron maxi, open cardigan, cuffed jeans, bermuda shorts

1. Slip on Sneakers: These slip on sneakers are popular this season. They are great to wear with shorts    and cuffed jeans and more importantly, they are comfortable. I see myself wearing this every weekend in place of my flats.
2. Open Front Cardigan - This is great for chilly days and nights, layered over a tee or tank to add dimension to your outfit or balance your shape.
3. Maxi Skirt - Maxi skirts are comfortable and a change up from wearing pants. Wear with a knotted tee shirt layered with a jean jacket, or chambray top
4. White tee - The white tee is very versatile and can be worn alone or layered under a jean jacket, cardigan, or vest. It will also work great with colored pants and will pair well with a printed scarf or statement necklace.
5. Bermuda Shorts - Shorts are great for the hotter days of summer and for play. I actually bought the pair shown in February because last summer, I looked high and low for bermuda shorts and couldn't find any. 
6.  Comfortable Jeans - Everyone needs a pair or two of comfortable jeans. This pair looks comfortable yet stylish.
7.  Striped tee - Need I say more...everyone loves stripes. Wear with colored bottoms or tucked into a circle skirt.
8. Layering Tank - Wear alone or layered with anything
J Crew Factory, Gap and Old Navy are three stores where I shop for affordable basics.
Are you lacking any basics? Do you focus on buying basics?

Link ups: Look What I Got, Three fer Thursday, Style Elixir, Fashion Friday, Tres-Chic Fashion Link up

Baseball and Pencil

I've always wanted to wear this baseball tee with a pencil skirt and finally got the chance to do so as soon as the we got some warm weather. I'm a big fan of the raglan / baseball tee type t shirts. I just keep myself from buying more. I like this short sleeve version for the summer. Are you a fan of baseball tees?

Pencil skirt, black, Nine west grey bag
gap baseball tee, timex silver watch

blue and white

Ninewest caress pumps, grey pumps, navy and gray

Baseball T-shirt - Gap / Similar / Similar / Short Sleeves
Pencil Skirt - Macy's / Exact Stretch (slimming) / Similar
Bag - Nine West via TJ Maxx / Similar /  Option / Option (Splurge)
Pumps - Nine West / Similar / Similar

Few more hours to enter the Anthropologie $160 Giveaway. 

Link ups: Style Elixir, Because Shanna Said So, Pleated Poppy, I Feel Pretty, Lisa A la mode, Beautiful You,
What I wore to Work


Green and Grey Part 2 + a Houndstooth Remix

I'm trying another green and grey combo here and remixing this houndstooth sheath dress. I haven't been able to wear the dress on its own because it doesn't flatter my shape. So I layer it to minimize my heavy top and big mid section. I'm showing two ways to layer it; with a cardigan and with a belted long sleeve tee.  Have a great week

Sheath dress grey, houndstooth dress, nine west gray bag
merona green cardigan

merona espadrille, red belt, t shirt over a dress

Cardigan - Target / Similar
Dress - Macy's / Option / Option / Similar
Wedges - Target
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