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Friday, October 4, 2019

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush Review & Giveaway





Hello and welcome back! 

Today I am sharing a review for a new product I have been using over the last few weeks. I enjoyed testing out Smile Brilliant's At Home Teeth Whitening System {blog post here} so much that when they reached out to ask if I would like to try their electric toothbrush, the cariPRO I happily agreed. Instead of solely reviewing this product on my own I asked my husband to help me out. When I received the tooth brush there were two toothbrush heads that came with it. That gave us both the opportunity to try it out and compare what we liked and disliked about the cariPRO toothbrush



What We Love:

We both agreed our favorite feature of the cariPRO toothbrush is the battery life. Once fully charged it can go up to 30 days without needing to be charged again. That coupled with the slim design of the toothbrush makes the cariPRO perfect for travel. 

We love the tongue scrubber on the back of the cariPRO's brush head. Neither of us have ever used a feature like that on an electric toothbrush so that was unique and functional. 

Shane's favorite's modes are "Clean" and "White" while mine is the "Sensitive" setting. We also love that there were so many different modes available. It definitely has something for everyone. 

The cariPRO is completely waterproof. Another great feature we didn't have on our old toothbrushes and makes multi-tasking even easier. We both love that you can brush while you shower. 

We also love that the cariPRO is affordable. For the set I received you would normally pay $119 compared to $180 an up for a Phillips Sonicare toothbrush without additional brush heads. If you are looking to try the cariPRO you can use my discount code - neapolitanblog20 - for 20% off! That would bring your total to under $100. An incredible value especially compared to the prices of other name brand toothbrushes. 



What We Didn't Love:

While there are definitely a lot of  qualities of the cariPRO that we enjoyed my husband did say that he prefers a more intense setting. He really liked the cariPRO but felt like it didn't brush "as hard" as his Sonicare. Now, I have the complete opposite opinion. I have sensitive gums and I preferred the cariPRO to my old toothbrush because the different settings were much more gentle but I still felt like my teeth were clean. 


Overall:

We both agreed that we would recommend this toothbrush to family and friends because of the many features we love. The long lasting battery, tongue scrubber, and waterproof design were all features we didn't currently have with our other electric toothbrushes. The price of the cariPRO is significantly better compared to other brands and for us that is always something we take into account. While it's important to have a quality toothbrush just because one brand cost more doesn't make it better.


GIVEAWAY:

Smile Brilliant was kind enough to offer to giveaway one cariPRO electric toothbrush to my readers. If you would like to enter the giveaway you can do at this LINK



I hope you found this review to be informative and if you have any questions please drop me a message! Don't forget to check out Smile Brilliant's cariPRO if you are in the market for a new  toothbrush. 


Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Alina










Monday, September 23, 2019

Fall at J. Crew





Blazer {c/o} // Blouse // Jeans // Shoes // Bracelet here and here // Ring



Hello everyone!
It has been a crazy Monday already but I wanted to make sure I uploaded all the details of my outfit from yesterdays blogger event at J. Crew at Coconut Point.

I had such a blast meeting a few followers, interacting with many of the J. Crew customers and chatting and styling with the saleswomen at the store. I missed styling women and picking out different outfits now that I no longer work in retail. I love to be creative and I have definitely missed that aspect in life and I so hope I can do another event like this one with J. Crew or other retailers in our area.

If you have followed me for awhile you know my style is very preppy, colorful {but I LOVEEEE black} and classic. I love timeless pieces that I can re-wear and style different ways throughout the years. I do dabble in trends from time to time but I tend to stick to my favorite, classic silhouettes.  Like right now I am totally on board with the sneakers and dresses trend and taking every opportunity to wear those pieces together.

Since I am a lover of classic clothing  J.Crew has always been a favorite of mine. I bought that stunning yellow, eyelet dress before our trip to Mexico and that is still a huge favorite. The quality of J.Crew's clothing is almost always excellent and will last you years if you take care of them properly. I have so many more amazing pieces from them and that I have had for years.

The idea behind this event was to showcase J. Crew's staple pieces {blazers, cashmere, colors} and add your own personal style to these pieces. As I mentioned above, I love classic silhouettes and I am huge fan of J.Crew's blazers. I absolutely love blazers and other items that add an equestrian vibe. I have loved that since I was in college. Once I even had a professor ask if I had come from riding. I told him that was the best compliment ever.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the way I styled these pieces and I cannot wait to show you how I re-style them with other pieces in my closet.

Thanks for stopping by!



xo, Alina



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mexico Paradise: Grand Velas Riviera Maya Review

{The view from our room}










{Hanging at the Zen pool}

{During our stay our conciege arranged a beach front BBQ for the entire family. The food was outstanding! Some of the best pulled pork I have ever had. This private, beachfront lunch was included in our stay.}

{Sunrise from our room}





Can you even believe this place is real?!?! Photos certainly do not do it justice but even still I can't stop looking at photos from our recent trip to Mexico. A few months ago my FIL suggested we all take a family vacation {he didn't need to do too much convincing} so Shane and I got started on planning. We knew with as many people as we had going {10 adults and 2 babies} we needed to enlist our favorite travel agent. We let him know our preferences and budget and away he went planning a trip of a lifetime. 

If you are in the Naples area I highly recommend Mad Travel. Lee {the owner} who we work with is amazing. He planned our honeymoon and our trip to Europe a few years ago. He has suggested so many great activities and excursions over the years including the private catamaran trip we did while in Mexico. Everyone had the best time on the boat trip and the crew made us the BEST shrimp ceviche ever! Lee really hit it out of the park with this trip!

When he first suggested Grand Velas Riviera Maya we were a bit unsure. It is an all-inclusive resort, which in our past experience can sometimes be lacking in food quality and service. We were BLOWN AWAY when we arrived. This resort is nothing less than 5-star for absolutely everything. Many of the restaurants have Michelin Star Head Chefs. The food, service and atmosphere is just heavenly and I am still depressed that we had to leave!

We stayed for 7 nights, which was a great amount of time to be at the resort. Shane and I agreed we could have definitely stayed 2 more nights. The resort is massive! There are three separate parts: The Ambassador Experience {where we stayed}, Grand Class Experience {adults only} and The Zen Grand Experience. We didn't get to check out the adults only area too much because we loved the Ambassador pool which was kid friendly but some of our other family went over there and that it was just as beautiful as the rest of the resort. We spent a lot of time at the Zen area as well as the Ambassador area where our rooms were. They have two amazing restaurants we ate at plus Koi Bar which is an insanely chic, modern bar where we all hung out in the evenings after dinner. They made a mean dirty martini and I was living for it!

Grand Velas is an extremely kid friendly resort {minus the Grand Class area}. They provide at no additional cost cribs, bumpers {similar to the one we use at home}, bottles, bottle sanitizer, strollers beach toys and so much more. They provided basically everything we needed for Lawson. We brought enough diapers for a few days and then Shane went to the nearby Walmart to grab more. Our concierge told us they would have went for us if we had asked. 

We had room service bring a small breakfast in the morning for Lawson and there were snacks and drinks restocked in the room daily at no additional charge. The room service was spectacular and probably the best room service I have ever had in my life. They have the BEST french toast I have ever tasted in my life! It was simply divine. 

We utilized their on-site babysitting services for both Lawson and our niece during our stay. The babysitters were incredible and the sweetest with both kids. We booked them to stay with Lawson during his nap time so we could enjoy the pool for a few hours kid free and then in the evening we had them come around 7:30 after we had put Lawson to sleep and off we went to dinner and drinks. This is allowed Shane and I to enjoy dinners with his parents and siblings but it also allowed us to enjoy a dinner to ourselves and pool time together. I would absolutely recommend to use the babysitting services while you are there. Every couple needs that time and it's so important to take it especially while on vacation. The babysitting cost is not included for children younger than three. Children three and up can be dropped off at their Kids Club and they have great babysitters there that play with the children. They had televisions, video games, crafts and so many different toys for kids to play with. The Kids Club is open daily from 9am-10:45pm. Shane and I agreed we would love to go back when Lawson is older and can be dropped off there. 

We also went to the spa while we were there and let me just tell you... it was perfection. Forbes rated this spa Top 30 in the WORLD! As soon as I heard that stat I booked a couples massage for Shane and I. We also did the water ceremony before our massage and it was incredible. The best and most luxurious spa I have ever stepped foot into!



I posted on my Instagram asking for questions people have about the resort and our trip and that I would answer them here so lets get started.

 Trip Cost

We stayed during their off season {Easter to December}, which means our cost for the trip was about half of what it cost to stay there during high season {December 20th to Easter week}. During the off season room prices start at $956.00 USD a night. I would not classify this as a "budget" resort but when we factored in the cost of food and beverages it was worth the money to us.
We flew directly from Ft. Lauderdale to Cancun and I thought what we paid for flights was very reasonable. Under $300 per person.
We had virtually no other costs once we arrived at the resort. As mentioned above, we did pay extra to use the babysitters. Once a child is over three, child care in the kid's club is free.


Transportation

Our transport to the resort from the airport and back was all included.


Weather

In late June, Mexico is hot and humid. Being from Florida we are used to this type of heat and humidity. We actually thought the weather in Mexico was nicer than it is currently at home. They have an amazing breeze that blows all day long. Here in Naples we have a light ocean breeze but nothing crazy. The wind absolutely helped us to stay comfortable during in the heat. I would definitely consider the heat during this time of year especially if you are bringing children. Even though Lawson is adapted to hot weather we made sure he stayed hydrated and even then one day he did get too hot and we left the pool. 



We are so thankful we were able to take this incredible trip with our family and it was the best seeing Lawson and his cousin together everyday. Shane and I were able to relax but still spend quality time with Lawson, which for us is the perfect vacation. We are planning another family vacation with Lee for next summer and we are hoping to visit the Wild West! Can't wait to see what they come up with for us.

Thanks so much for reading!

xo, Alina
















Monday, July 29, 2019

Yellow J.Crew Eyelet Dress




Dress // Shoes // Purse // Earrings // Bracelets here and here // Ring // Sunnies {Tortoise} // 


Hello hello! 

We went out to dinner with some friends a few weeks ago and I loved this outfit so much I thought I'd share the details here. I mentioned when I posted a photo of this outfit to Instagram that I rarely buy yellow clothing. In the past I haven't felt like it was a flattering color for my skin tone but I loved the style of this dress so much when I saw it on sale at Nordstrom and I thought "what the heck" let's get it. Luckily, I have a little tan still left over from Mexico and that really helps make the color even more flattering. This dress is still available at Nordstrom and it is on sale for $59 which is $20 less than the sale price I paid. The quality is incredible and definitely like some of my older J.Crew items that have lasted years. I think I may try to re-style this dress with a jean jacket or jean shirt tied at the waist.

Recently, I have been into mixing contrasting colors and I just LOVE the way these blue beaded earrings make the outfit pop. I found these earrings while searching for a specific pair on Etsy and came across THIS woman's shop. Her name is Valentina and her earrings are stunning. Needless to say I needed up with 4 pairs of earrings including this custom pair I had made from a design I couldn't find elsewhere. I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing from her shop. The quality it incredible and she is truly talented. 

How cute is this little wicker bag?? I saw one of my favorite bloggers Caitlin from Southern Curls and Pearls wearing it while traveling to Mexico and I legit purchased it right as our plane was taking off. I just had to have it. Topshop has a ton of really cute, moderately priced bags out right now. I love this one this one and this one

Last thing I wanted to talk about are my sunglasses. They are by Le Specs and they are the sunglasses Meghan Markle wore while in NYC for her baby shower. She wore the black which I also own but I am wearing the tortoise shade here. They do look black in the above pictures for whatever reason. I love these sunglasses! They are so chic, the lenses are the perfect size and I love that it is hard to see your eyes when you are wearing them. Makes for perfect people watching. They are also an amazing price point! 


Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

xo, Alina













Friday, July 19, 2019

Christmas in July with Basic Invite









Happy Friday everyone!

If you have followed me for awhile you know we do a Christmas card every single year and about my never ending love for fabulous stationary. Basic Invite reached out to me a few weeks ago to collaborate on a post with them and after doing a bit of my own research and hearing their ideas for this post I knew they were a company I would feel comfortable introducing y'all to.

From an early age my Momma ingrained in me the now {almost} lost art of a handwritten note. She would buy me stationary during her travels or we would pick some up at different stores we visited in our area. To this day we both "collect" so to speak beautiful, unique stationary and I love that we share this. She sends me cards every few weeks and I keep them tucked away for the day when those cards won't come anymore and I can look back on her words of wisdom.

I wanted to make sure I was able to see for myself the quality of their stationary before recommending them to my readers so I placed a small sample order. As you can see in the photos above I selected two styles of "Thank You" notes and one custom "Note Pad". The quality is superb and I love the customization I was able to do on their website. Most companies only allow you to view a digital rendering of your custom card but for a small fee you are able to actually order any amount you want, check them out in person and if they are to your liking, order more directly. Obviously that is best if you have ample time to order but you can choose to look at a digital sample if time is an issue.

While creating my custom samples I was shocked at the virtually, unlimited {over 180} color options with instant preview online. I was able to quickly select the exact color I wanted and preview how it would look. I have used many companies for Christmas cards, baby shower and birthday party invites over the last 5 years and I have never seen a company that offers so many different color options. A huge plus for me!

My other favorite "service" they offer is Address Capturing. They create a link you can share to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many other social media platforms to request friends and family's addresses which will be stored in your customer account and then the addresses can be selected during the design process. They also offer printing of recipient address at no cost on ALL card orders.

If you have an event coming up or want to purchase some high quality stationary Basic Invite is offering 15% off your order with code 15FF51 until the end of July. I have checked out their options for Christmas cards and Holiday Party Invitations and saved a few templates I really love for when we do our Christmas cards later year.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo, Alina





Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.