A Day in Bruge

Friday, September 22, 2017


Part of my time in Europe was spent in Bruge. Bruge is a small fishing city in Belgium. Its canal lined cobbled streets make it a perfect city for a spare day in Europe. My cousin and I were planning to go Amsterdam via train, so we figured "Why not stop in Belgium for lunch?" That quickly turned in to lets stay for the day, which of course meant were staying the night in Bruge. 


When we arrived to the hotel, I was so shocked by how quiet the city seemed. Maybe it was because it was mid-morning, or because it was going to rain, but as the day progressed the city grew more and more active. There was so much to see. There was a shop on every corner. 

As we set off in the city we found a bus tour for about 20 euros a person. We thought, "Why not?" and we hopped aboard. It was a 50 minute audio tour while the quirky driver navigated his way through the narrow streets and over the canals. We learned about the history of the city and its roots in chocolate, lace and its main export diamonds. Who knew so much would be packed in the this old city? What I also loved, was that there were swans everywhere! How beautiful, right? Legend has it that the swans were put there as punishment for eternity by Maximilian of Austria. Now to the people of Bruge, the idea of not having swans is considered ludicrous. 


As the day went on we met up with some friends of my cousin and they became our tour guides. We ate at wonderful restaurants, drank great beers, and of course stopped for waffles, chocolate, and candy! I was not about to leave this country without getting a waffle and chocolate! 


There was so much to see in the little city and I was a little bummed I didn't get to spend more time there. But this just means I have a totally legitimate reason to go back! 

Here is a list of the restaurants we dinned at while in Bruge. 
P.S. Did you know fries were created in Belgium and not France? I didn't! 








Ready for Fall

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dress: c/o ChicSoul//Boots: SMASH Shoes//Clutch: Forver21 (old) Similar Here//Watch: Michael Kors//Earrings: Banana Republic 

Now that we are officially in fall it is time to confess about the color schemes I have been eye-balling since summer. Maroon and Burgundy have been colors I saw coming from a mile away! I was trying to keep my eye out for new styles and trends, but I found myself coming right back to this color. It's sexy, chic, and can easily be paired with so many different options! For this post I wanted to  keep it simple (of course!) and pair it with these tan boots that I am absolutely obsessed with from SMASH Shoes. I plan on pairing this color with navy, army green, and even a mustard yellow. So stay tuned! 

I found this dress at ChicSoul which is another great on-line retailer. I have talked about how much I love on-line retailers before, but let me tell you why ChicSoul is especially wonderful. All of their pieces are very versatile. Which you know is a deal breaker for me. I need to dress it up and down! As I browsed through the site, I saw so many pieces that I could easily add to my closet. The pieces were right on trend. I saw florals, muted colors, in addition to all the pieces speaking to my inner bohemian child. Oh! I forgot to mention the price points! TOTALLY AFFORDABLE! 

I definitely plan on spending more time at the ChicSoul site! Head over and take a look. I can guarantee you will find something you like! AND use code GLAM20 for 20% off your order.
 
Tell them I sent you! 
XX, 
Courtney 







Easy Home Teeth Whitening

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


When I think about my smile I definitely think about how bright I like it to be. I am always laughing or smiling about something, so keeping my smile white and bright is important to me. I am probably the one person on the world who gets excited to go to the dentist for a cleaning. When the hygienist scrapes and polishes my teeth I feel like a new woman! 

When I decided to try Smile Brilliant I was hesitant at first because my smile is pretty white already.  But I figured that it couldn't hurt to have an even whiter smile...so I started the process.

Smile Brilliant sent me a package with everything I needed to create customized teeth whitening trays for my teeth.It was so simple. I used the base and catalyst to create the mold of my teeth, then sent it off to Smile Brilliant. They then sent back perfectly customized teeth trays for me to use for whitening. Each night for about 6 weeks I used 1/4 of the whitening gel for both the top and bottom trays. Depending on how my teeth felt I would also use the desensitizing gel to help with tooth sensitivity.  Honestly, at first my teeth were sensitive to temperature so I decided to use the trays every other night, but after week 3 I was absolutely fine. I didn't even need to use the desensitizing gel!It became a routine and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday I used the trays. I was on my way to my brightest smile. 

Now after 6 weeks of the teeth whitening process I am very satisfied with how white my teeth are! I wasn't shy to smile in the first place, but now I am looking for a reason to smile at any and everyone.

XX



 
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