Florals + Sunshine

Happy Friday!

I have recently discovered shein.com and it quickly made its way to the top of my favorites list (they are not paying me to say this- I actually just love them haha). They have so many cute things and tons of new arrivals all the time. Plus it. is. SO. affordable! This whole outfit was less than $25 (shirt + shorts)!!

I love the floral on this top for a pop of color, and the sheer material keeps it from looking too dark. You can dress it up or down – I kind of went for in between. You could also throw a lacey bralette underneath, instead of a tank, to make it a little sexier, depending where you’re going.

I loved shooting this look because it was the most beautiful day in Rosemary Beach. The week before had been super rainy and cloudy from the tropical storm, so enjoying a sunny day in a dreamy beach town was just what I needed! I realized, when the sun came back out after disappearing for a few days, that my mood had shifted with the weather. Everything seemed to be going wrong and I struggled to stay positive that week. I had let the gloominess get me down, even though in the grand scheme, things really weren’t that bad. The sun came back out and I felt like a weight had lifted. Maybe it was a coincidence, maybe not, but I think God was trying to remind me that He’s like the sun – you can’t always see Him but he’s always there waiting to shine when you need Him most! So don’t let the rainy days get you down – just take advantage of them and binge your favorite show or read your favorite book; whatever you gotta do to stay positive!

If you’re reading this, thank YOU. Have the best day ever!

XO beth

shirt – here // shorts – here // shoes – here // purse – here // shades – F21

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Smiling Fearlessly with Smile Brilliant

I have been so excited to post this for you guys. I want to share with you the experience I’ve had with my new favorite way to whiten teeth – Smile Brilliant!

Because I know many of you (if not ALL) are probably on your second cup of coffee by now, let’s be real.

So, let’s rewind a few years to when I was in college… back when my coffee addiction began. It was my junior year, I had just transferred and changed majors AND gotten a new job, so my life suddenly got REAL busy. My life became: eat, class, work, study, repeat. Notice how there is no “sleep” in that pattern… because I truly rarely slept! I turned to coffee. I had made it to 21 without HAVING to have coffee in my life. But y’all… that year I just couldn’t live without it! The addiction had begun. I drank it alllllll the time, several times a day most days.

Now, here I am, still in a committed relationship with coffee. I have tried to quit coffee numerous times. It just doesn’t work out! I even do decaf (ugh I just cringed at myself) sometimes, but never quitting coffee. And don’t get me started on wine!! I had recently tried Crest white strips, but wasn’t a huge fan of them because of how difficult they were to keep on. When I wore them, they slipped off my teeth almost every time, so I felt like it was a waste. I had finally accepted that my teeth will probably never reach their full, whiteness potential.

Being a blogger and all, it’s impossible not to want a fresher, whiter smile – it’s our biggest accessory! But we also want convenience, am I right? Enter Smile Brilliant! I’m so glad that I found a whitening kit that is EASY and that WORKS.

Here’s the rundown:

Smile Brilliant is an at home teeth whitening system that has really figured it out. They are recommended by more dentists than any other whitening product! And can whiten your teeth for 70% of your dentist’s cost, and over twice as fast! Amazing, right?!

After receiving your whitening kit, you send in your teeth molds (don’t worry – they pay for your shipping to send it back!). Then they send your custom-fitted trays straight to your door, and boom you can get started!

First of all, the step-by-step instructions are very user friendly and easy to understand! I loved this because when using a product with multiple steps, I need it all thoroughly described or I worry I’m doing it wrong. This seemed so easy!

Another thing I loved about this process, is the custom teeth trays. They actually stay in place, unlike most strips I’ve used that slide off your teeth when wearing them. I can actually do things and talk (just with a slight lisp haha) while I have them in without worrying about them messing up or slipping off my teeth. Because who has time to just sit there while you wait?!

Now for the question you’re probably already asking in your head – does it give you tooth sensitivity? While I definitely experienced some mild sensitivity while the trays were in, I hardly felt any once I was done using them. The only time I had any gum pain was during the whitening (because the gel was touching my gums slightly). It does burn a bit at first, and may be a bit uncomfortable, but nothing too crazy. Fortunately, they provide you with a desensitizing gel to use after the wwhitening gel! This seemed to help my gums a lot! I was so thankful for this, because I hate when my teeth get sensitive, and any other whitener I’ve used makes them sensitive. I’m sure everyone’s teeth/gums are different, but for me it was very minimal sensitivity. If you do experience some though, they have tips for helping ease it 🙂

My favorite thing about the custom whitening trays? THEY WORK! I noticed a difference within a couple times of using them. It’s honestly pretty amazing to watch your teeth change within a couple weeks’ time! I’ll share my before and after photos below so you can see for yourself.

I would 100% recommend Smile Brilliant if you’re looking to whiten your teeth. Not only does the product work, but the customer service is extremely helpful and kind. I even messed up one of my first molds I sent in for my trays, and they quickly sent me a second round so that I could try again! They were helpful in how to properly do it and were very patient. I also received everything in the mail promptly and quickly!

Before showing off my Before’s and After’s, let’s talk GIVEAWAY! I’m teaming with Smile Brilliant to give away a customized tray creation kit!! This is a $139 value, so you definitely don’t want to miss out on entering! The giveaway will be open for ONE week! Winner will be announced two weeks from now (June 19); be sure you’re following me on Instagram to keep up! (@bethtayreas)

Enter my giveaway HERE:

$15 off coupon code: bethanyreasoner15
Good luck!!

Before *unedited*:

After *unedited – just slightly more tan cause Florida*:

Smile Brilliant has changed the whitening game. Go check them out, and enter my giveaway! As always, thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

Thank you to Smile Brilliant for partnering with me on this post!

Monday Motivation

Hi guys! Hope your week is off to a lovely start. After having my family in town last week, this week already seems to be dragging and quite boring. I wish I could just keep them here with me, haha! We had so much fun. I’m already anxious for their next visit.

We spent most of the time at the beach, but when we weren’t on the beach we went out exploring some new places – shops, coffee/food places, etc. – and eating yummy food (my best hobby!). We shot these photos in Historic St. Andrews – one of my all time favorite spots in this whole area!

This outfit was perfect for covering up my sunburnt shoulders without making me sweat in the heat! I bought this shirt at Riffraff several years ago, and I’m so happy I have held onto it, because bell sleeves are making the biggest comeback! I will link the outfit details at the bottom of the post (linking similar shirts since this one is old)!

Anyways, let’s talk about getting OUT of your own head and letting positivity in!

One of my BIGGEST struggles this week, to be honest.

I have come a reeeally long way as far as self love and all that goes. Most days, I love myself regardless of what negative thoughts try to pop into my head and ruin my day… But some days, or weeks, just don’t come as easy. Some days, my negativity toward MYSELF saturates everything I do and affects my whole mood. Not cool, but it is what it is. So please know that you are not the only one struggling with this!

My husband said something very profound to me today, although to him it was probably a simple remark. But when I was complaining about something, I said to him, “Ugh, it’s fine. I’m fine.” And he replied with, “Fine, or good?” WOW this resonated so much for some reason. (Sorry babe for telling this 😘 but your wisdom must be shared!)

Maybe it’s just me, but that made me stop and think about how negative I was being for NO reason. I was acting like my world was going to end, when in reality, I am good and LIFE. IS. GOOD. God has given me this life and this purpose, and it is good and it is well. We aren’t put here to be average and “just fine” but to be happy and purpose-driven.

It’s like God is just really pushing for me to get my chin up ASAP because on top of the hubby’s encouragement, I was reading my devotional and it basically said, “You’re gonna get through today, no matter what, so you might as well take the happy route through today, by choosing Me.”

If you’re doubting yourself, whether it be your appearance, your financial situation, your job, whatever – please remember to choose Him, choose HAPPY! Being happy is a choice, and you’re the only one who can make it 🙂

I may only be preaching to myself today… but hey, I hope this helps you lift your chin a little like it did mine. Hope your week is fabulous! Thanks for stopping by

XO beth

Shoes – Target // Shirt (similar) – here // shorts – Forever21 // Purse – MK here // necklace – similar here

 

What Living on Base Has Taught Me About Decor

Hey friends! I hope your day rocks so far. I’m currently swooning over this cup of coffee… it’s some local coffee we picked up from the farmers market and I’m in love. It may or may not be my second cup of the day.

Today I’m giving you a (tiny) look into my home so that I can share what living on base has shown me about decorating my house! This may be helpful to any new military spouses who are about to move into base housing OR for anyone simply wondering how to efficiently (in my opinion) decorate. Or just for anyone wanting a little glimpse into my base housing experience. 🙂

I am only showing a couple of areas in my home, because as I’ll explain shortly, this is a PROCESS. And a slow one! Keep in mind we are still kind of newly weds soooo some areas of the house are just not decorated yet!

1. Use pops of color wherever you can! For those of you unfamiliar with the white walls club, typically base housing has all white walls in every room of the house. You are only allowed to paint them something else IF you paint them white again before you move out. This just sounds like a ton of work for a temporary home, so we chose to stick with the white walls. This means that you must add color any chance you get! I’m a huge sucker for neutrals (with decor AND my clothes!) so I have learned to add color. Add some bright flowers to a table, or a bright color picture on the wall. You may have some bright throw pillows you can add to your couch to brighten up the whole room. Just don’t be afraid to add bright colors where you can – as long as they match/coordinate the theme of the room! One of my favorite pops of color in my dining room is the peonies – in my table center piece and on the dream catcher. It’s a simple way to brighten the room!

2. Utilize all of the space you’re given! Here is a great example of this – my bar nook! When we first moved into this house, we were intrigued and honestly confused by the awkward, random nook in the dining room wall. We left it alone for several months because we couldn’t decide what to do with the space. Then one day it hit me – a bar nook! I searched Pinterest for all kinds of inspo, and thanks to my hubby’s willingness to spend hours in HomeGood’s with me, my bar area came to life within a week! I combined my love for chic/classic decor with his love for whiskey (the prints) and BAM a bar area we both love! So, don’t be scared to get creative with those random spaces in your house! Use the space you’re given efficiently and you’ll find it easier to decorate AND store things.

3. Simple is okay! I find myself often comparing my house to other peoples’ houses and how thoroughly decorated they are. But I have to remind myself that it’s okay to go for a simple look! One thing that drives me crazy is clutter – so having a simple theme is great if you get clutter anxiety like me! It makes the room look clean and tidy without having to try too hard. Plus, if you’re only going to be living there a year or two, then it’s just a few less things you have to take down when it comes time to PCS!

4. Decorating is a process! This is the biggest realization I have had since moving here! It may sound silly but when we first moved here and made a few friends, I would get so down on myself after seeing their houses. I felt like my house would never look as good as theirs or that I would never know how to decorate well enough. But then I realized, we JUST got married less than two years ago! We JUST moved here a year ago! We are still figuring out what our style is and letting it evolve into exactly what we want it to be. It takes some time to accumulate all of the pieces you need for your house to look whole! Not only time but money! It definitely takes MONEY. So what we have done is simply buy a few things here and there, every couple of months, and before you know it you’ll have a whole room complete! It just takes time (and patience). You gotta save up dat money to be able to replace the old, eclectic college hand-me-downs with your very own furniture.

Hope this helps you out, wherever you are in your home decor journey! Here is where my decor is from:

Dream catcher – HEREMy friend Kristi from back home has started an awesome business (Krafti Kristi) and her goal is to bring your Pinterest boards to life. How cool is that?! I know I’m guilty of pinning crafts and never following through with them, so having someone do it for you is pretty awesome. Check out her page!

Gold photos + ‘Kitchen’ sign + clock + succulents – Hobby Lobby! The photos and signs were incredibly affordable, and I made my own succulent displays! Just got the jar, stones, and plants from HL and assembled it how I wanted 🙂

Bar cart + chai candle – HomeGood’s! Seriously there are no words for how bad I want everything when I go in HomeGood’s. If you need a bar cart, they have lots of cute ones to choose from!

Large whiskey print – Amazon! 

Hanging wine rack – my talented husband! 🙂

Painted wine bottles – used from my wedding! Efficiency at its finest 🙂

Aztec rug + gold lights – Target! Linking the rug HERE. Lights were in the dollar section!