Summer Smiles

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I am a member of the Invisalign Advisory Board, and am receiving complimentary treatment. All opinions are fully my own.

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I’m in total disbelief that summer is here. Oklahoma schools get out much earlier than California schools, and we’re wrapping up the school year this week. (Wita had her last day of class yesterday, and she’s just a tad bit excited, as you can see.)

Look at that smile, will ya? Summer or not, when it comes to year-round confidence, a glowing smile outshines everything. In a recent study of over 1,000 women*, nearly one in five said the most important feature to look the best at all times was their teeth. Women also ranked teeth as the #1 feature that most impacts a first impression, with one in four believing that straightening teeth could take five years off a woman’s appearance.

I know that I’ve gained more confidence in regards to my smile since I started Invisalign a year and a half ago. Virtually invisible braces are the way to go, folks. Especially if you are, you know, not 15 years old. I’m hoping to be completely done this fall, although I’ve recently switched orthodontists due to the move, and I’m waiting to hear if his plan meshes with the original one. Fingers crossed!

Thinking of straightening your teeth, but don’t want the hassle of metal brackets? Check out my Invisalign video and see if Invisalign could work for you!

*The Beauty Survey was conducted between March 11th and March 23rd among 1,038 nationally representative American women ages 18 and over, using an e-mail invitation and online survey. The survey was conducted by Kelton and commissioned by the makers of Invisalign clear aligners. 

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Odds and Ends

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1. OMG. These food cubes delight me on so many levels.

2. “Pinterest stirs beneath a quilt made of old T-shirts, a clever #lifehack that incorporates cherished memories of her past into the cozy comfort of her future. She looks at the ceiling. Breathe, it says. She does. Today feels like a gift. ‘I guess that’s why they call it the present,’ she thinks to herself.” Hahaaaa, a day in the life of Pinterest.

3. Everyday objects combined with illustrations. People be like real creative.

4. We’ve discussed Myers-Briggs personality types, but what about your type’s personal hell? Although I’m always a ISFJ, I think I might actually be a ENTJ because the scenario of “somebody is wrong, and they’re directing a large group of people! You can’t do anything about it and will have to obey whatever inefficient policies they decide to implement”  makes me want to kill.

5. How to win Rock Paper Scissors all the time. It’s SCIENCE.

6. Anyone want to head to Milan with me to see Wes Anderson’s new cafe?

7. Student is forced to bring baby with her at class. Baby freaks out and cries. Professor just scoops up baby and proceeds with class. Kind of adorable.

8. On the flip side, this asshole Russian teacher shaming an adorable young girl makes me want to knock his balls off. Good thing she sort of covered that for me. (The video still really angers me, though. How is that kind of teaching behavior acceptable?)

9. I bought these sunglasses last year and still get compliments all the dang time. Do you love sunglasses as much as I do? Maybe a roundup is in order…

Happy Friday!



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The Best Workout Clothing

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best workout capris leggings sport bras

Do you remember the days when only a very few workout apparel companies existed? And none of them were super exciting nor particularly attractive to wear? Yeah, well, those days are over, as it seems every week a new retailer jumps on the scene. I, for one, am thrilled about this since none of the workout clothes from the days of yore worked very well on me.

I decided to put together a list of my favorites, as well as reader favorites (via the Whoorl Facebook page) for your perusal. The ones denoted with asterisks are my can’t-live-without essentials.

C9 Champion® Women’s Enthusiast Seamless Sports Bra – C9 has been mentioned to me many times due to the excellent price point. Bonus that you can pick them up at Target!

Zella Stamina Sports Bra* – This is a personal favorite of mine – it’s great for walking, yoga, or low-impact activities, and the slightly deeper v-shape in the front is very pretty. I get pretty modest when it comes to cleavage in sports bras, so this one is as low as I go.

Under Armour Eclipse Sports Bra* – Another favorite, but for medium-impact activites. I like that this one doesn’t dip as low in the front for days that I want to feel completely covered in the chest department, and I like the adjustable straps on the back.

Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra – Many larger-chested women swear by this sports bra for keeping the chest situation intact.

Enell High Impact Sports Bra – I had never heard of this brand, but it was mentioned a few times by readers. It looks like they’re onto something – just check out the 700+ 4- and 5-star reviews!

Lucy Studio Cami Racerback* – Personally, this racerback replaced my Lululemon Power Y Tanks when the quality of those tanks started to decline. The Lucy tank has an internal shelf bra removable pads, which is a must for me. (Gotta keep the headlights under control, people.)

Zella Double Scoop Tank – The Zella brand at Nordstrom is a huge winner for me personally, as well as many readers. I haven’t tried this particular tank, but it’s been mentioned to me several times by friends.

Lululemon 105 F Singlet* – I don’t wear a ton of Lululemon anymore, but I do LOVE these singlets. They are super lightweight, and I personally love the deep armholes, exposing some of the mid-back and ribcage. I think I have about 4-5 colors.

Zella Z5 Tee – Once again, Zella can do no wrong. Plus, if you don’t have a Nordstrom near you (hello!), you get free shipping and returns.

Under Armour Twisted Tech Tee – Under Armour was another brand mentioned several times (besides my personal love for the above sports bra), and the brand has a great price point.

Nike Tempo Short – A huge winner in the running short department, according to readers. (Do you guys remember The Great Running Shorts Search of 2007? Nike Tempo shorts were a favorite back then too.)

Under Armour Perfect Pace Short – These look promising, however, I don’t run any longer so don’t listen to me.

Zella Live In 2 Capris* – Love these capris. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve disliked anything by Zella.

Under Armour Alpha HeatGear Stripe Capri Leggings – More Under Armour! You guys like this stuff!

Athleta Chaturanga Capri – Highly recommended my many, and I own two pairs myself. They don’t ride down and wear/wash well. Two thumbs up.

Alo Airbrushed Capri Leggings – You people like yourselves some Alo. I haven’t tried the capris, but I really want to try the Goddess leggings. (See below.)

Old Navy Compression Capris – Old Navy garnered some mentions – great price point!

Fabletics Salar Capri*** – Okay, I’m going to gush for a moment. I can’t get enough of the Fabletics Salar capris and leggings. They are, far and away, the best workout pants I own. Now, I haven’t had tons of luck with Fabletics tops and sports bras, but I LOVE THESE CAPRIS. They don’t stretch out or ride down, and the waistband is high enough that I feel nice and contained in the low abdominal region, if you know what I mean. These capris come in 20+ colors and patterns, and I seriously am smitten.

Fabletics Salar Leggings*** – The Salar leggings fit just like the capris, except full-length. 30+ colors and patterns, and they are on sale right now. DO IT. (It seems some are final sale, though, so double check!)

Zella Live In Leggings* – I own these in a few colors, and they fit very well. My only word of advice is make sure you get them in the right size. I ordered a small thinking they were very comfy for yoga and such, but they started to ride down over time. I think if I would have gone down a size (which was the size I should have bought – according to the size chart), it wouldn’t have been an issue.

Splits59 Nova Reef Capris – I don’t have these, but aren’t they super fun? This brand was mentioned a couple of times.

Alo Goddess Ribbed Leggings – I think these are the coolest leggings I’ve ever seen, but don’t have any myself. Such a fun and different take on leggings. Do you have a pair?

Alright, ladies, there you have it! Sorry if I didn’t mention all the recommendations I received, but I’m hoping this will be a great jumping-off point for your exercise apparel search. Also, if you have a favorite that wasn’t mentioned, please leave a comment. It will be much appreciated, as always.



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Odds and Ends

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1. Have you all tried this 7-minute workout? Frankly, I think I would die.

2. An experiment shows just how unique mothers are to their children. Prepare to sob, and perfect for Mother’s Day.

3. While you’re crying, you might as well read this. Makes me so sad.

4. Okay, enough crying. Jimmy Fallon + Jack Black + 90’s ballad = Perfection

5. I didn’t think anything could sway my love for beards, but this may have done it. (Thanks, dad, for raining on my parade.)

6. You’ve probably already read this, but it’s so good. SO DAMN GOOD. We’re almost to the end of the school year, moms. WE CAN DO IT. #sotired

7. These ducks are the cutest thing ever.

8. I’m unnaturally excited to report that Beautycounter finally heard the pleas for a tinted moisturizer with SPF, and it’s here. I tried it on last night and it’s perfection – dewy and lightweight, and it totally evens out my complexion. THANK YOU, BEAUTYCOUNTER.

9. Finally, the first time I read this title, the eye-rolling was intense and uncontrollable. However, I read the post and it really resonated with me…no, not so much the Korean-skincare-curing-depression thing specifically, but how creating a routine that focuses on the present and taking care of yourself helps immensely. It’s worth a read, methinks.

Happy weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!



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