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SMILE! It’s a Teeth Whitening Giveaway!

How many times in your life has someone said ‘Smile!’ to you?  I mean…. in the age of digital media and photographs being EVERYWHERE…’s in the thousands for sure.

And, when I’m looking back at my pictures…..I know one of the things I’m always checking are:  is there anything in my teeth (ha!) AND I hope they aren’t yellow!  Because, Mama loves her tea and her coffee, and let’s not forget my friend, RED WINE.  AM I RIGHT?????

So, when I heard about a super easy way to whiten my teeth at home (not to mention well-priced), I jumped on it.  Smile Brilliant is awesome.

The process is simple:

  1. order your kit online.  I have to mention – one of the things I was so happy to see with Smile Brilliant is that they are ALL ABOUT teeth sensitivity.  you get to choose ‘sensitive’ or ‘non-sensitive’ for you kit.  As I have crazy sensitive teeth, this was awesome to see as an option.
  2. when you get your kit, you make your own teeth molds.  it’s a very easy process with step by step instructions.  You get custom-fitted trays for both your top and bottom teeth that fit beautifully.  CUSTOM-FITTED!  Can I get an amen?  And you make it at home – no dentist required?  Okaaaaaaayyyyy!
  3. mail your molds back to Smile Brilliant with a prepaid label
  4. when your trays arrive……START WHITENING!


Here’s my BEFORE pic:


And here’s my AFTER:

(with my Derby hat on, I had to use THIS pic to show off the cute hat, LOL!)


This was such an easy experience –  wouldn’t it be fun to WIN your own whitening kit?  YESSSSS!!!!!

Well – here’s your chance!  All you have to do is:

  1.  Follow Style Spies on Facebook HERE
  2. Follow @smilebrilliant on Instagram
  3. Follow me @molliestylespies on Instagram and comment on my Smile Brilliant pic if you have sensitive or non-sensitive teeth

Then, go here to enter the giveaway:

-this giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit.  It’s open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.

-Smile Brilliant hosts the giveaway on their own website through an internal platform – so don’t worry about third party website selling your email addresses.  It’s all kosher, friends.  ;-).

I also have a 15% off coupon code for all ya’ll – so if you don’t win the giveaway, you can get your own kit for 15% off.  use STYLESPIES15 

*Contest begins Wednesday May 30, and ends Monday, June 4th at 11:59pm.  A winner will be drawn Tuesday June 5 and announced on Instagram!

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We Drink Our Youth!

 Collagen seems to be the ‘IT’ product these days, and we are all over it just like a trend off the runway.

As you may have seen us on our social media – we have been taking our “Liquid Gold” for a year now – and it is NO JOKE!

I personally used to take a powdered collagen and would mix in smoothies and had no complaints, however after a year of studying and putting it to the test – there is clearly a difference. Per the research –

Liquid BioCell is the only product with the liquid form of BioCell Collagen® on the market. Liquid dietary supplements are the preferred delivery system to the body, absorbed faster, and do not undergo the typical digestive steps required for tablets, capsules, or powders. In addition, dose compliance becomes difficult with solid dosage forms of supplements. Being a liquid, Liquid BioCell Life is convenient and easy to swallow, and highly effective.

From my perspective, what takes months to notice a subtle difference – we noticed BIG changes within the first month! I cannot make any medical claims – but can say between my husbands planters fasciitis and my bursitis – they seem to have disappeared! Coincidence? Hmmmm. I think not.

As for the ‘cherry on top’ of taking collagen – hair, nails, skin – is a game changer. I have documented the process and here is latest.

As we both enter in the next month another year in our 40’s – we are including a link with $10 off to try the collagen and start aging backwards.

“Invest in your skin. it’s going to represent you for a long time.”








Shop the #nsale with Style Spies

You all have been SO responsive on our Instagram feeds (@molliestylespies and @erinstylespies) to our #nsale posts, we HAD to put all of our favorites on the blog.  Keep in mind – Nordstrom refreshes their stock periodically on Anniversary sale items, so if there’s something you love but it’s out of your size today, check back tomorrow, they might get more in!

Shop the entire Anniversary Sale HERE, or browse through our picks below!

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Wear It Wednesday – The Ballet Wrap

Mollie and I are super excited about Peach’s new item, the ballet wrap!

We quickly discovered there are SO many ways to wear this item … and excited to show you how we both wore it differently.

A ballet wrap is great for all body types, it gives us definition where we need it and can be worn so many ways! This peach item is so yummy, you can’t get enough of it and it’s both dressy and casual, the perfect combination.

Here is how we decided to show this wrap – two different body types, same piece!

On Erin, knotted in the back with a  pair of wide leg pants to balance out this look:


And on Mollie, this is the ideal piece to tie over this perfect maxi dress for spring!


You could even leave this open to drop down over any fitted top as well – it is genius, just in time for spring!

The YUMMY material makes this a staple piece in your wardrobe and an essential item for this new weather!

If you know Mollie and I – you know we have a hard time not being silly and laughing when we are together, that’s what lifelong friends do!

Here’s an outtake to our fun day of shooting in Miami…


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Cheers to a new season and a new favorite item!

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A Fresh (And Quick) New Make Up Routine

Our friends at Sephora reached out to me and offered for me to come in and do a ‘make up tutorial’ – I wasn’t sure if I should cry or smile… I chose smile.


I will admit any day that I am great with hair lace wigs and clothing but when it comes to make-up, I am horrible! Mollie has always been amazingly talented with make-up and I loved watching, so I am trying to catch up!

We started from the very beginning – but I had some requirements:

*I am a ’10-minute gal’ – I need a routine from start to finish that is no more than 10 minutes.

*I don’t want to look like a ’10-minute gal’. Ha!

*I want a natural look (but come on, the older i get, who am I kidding?) I need products that do the trick without looking thick.

Here is my ‘before’ and ‘after’

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How did I get this look – and what products did I fall in love with??

Kyle, my amazing artist, educated me on products and gave me an amazing routine that I will start using immediately! He introduced me to Korres, an environmentally friendly product utilizing active natural extracts with antioxidant and skin-transforming benefits for clinically proven results. My ‘a-ha’ moment was the Greek Yoghurt 3 In 1 Cleansing, Toning and Make Up Remover.

I am sorry, did you say it does all 3 things at once? And get this, I don’t even have to wash after … it’s a moisturizer too. SOLD to the wardrobe stylist, mom, PTO chair. Oh, and it smells amazing! Oh, and it’s under $30. BAM! And that moisturizer next to it, it came home with me too (and the primer but now I am sounding a little Korres Crazy)! Welcome Korres into my life!


As for the other show stopper products that I am loving. The Dior BB Cream is heaven in a tube. I went in having a strong opinion of what BB Cream I wanted and he convinced me otherwise – I was wrong! It is subtly tinted cream conceals imperfections and reduces surface irregularities.


After a great moisturizer, primer, BB cream – he set my make up with the delicious Claudalie Beauty Elixir, so when I leave my house at 8am I still look put together at 4pm. A little of my favorite Marc Jacobs blush – and I was on my way!

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We did not do eyes (yet!) because that will be a day within itself.

A girl has to learn day vs night, smoky vs clean, brown vs nude. Eeeek! Stay tuned for that post!

Want to see all of the products I left with under $150, here you go:

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Thank you Sephora for this beautifying and education time together!

*This post was not sponsored by Sephora*

#fbf to Mexico – Part Two

If only we were back in Mexico at El Dorado Royale … what an amazing resort. I cannot say enough good things about it!

Packing for a weekend trip is never easy – especially when you are with friends and want to make the most of every minute (especially not being in ‘mom’ mode!). I brought everything from dressy to casual and I have to say – I packed just right (Am I the only one who comes home with a suitcase full of items you never touched?)!

Thanks to Rocksbox – I had plenty of amazing accessories for every outfit. Have your tried it yet? Unlimited designer jewelry for only $19 a month!

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From casual to dressy … here are some of my favorite outfits of the trip!




My favorite swimsuit bottoms went on sale for under $20!

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My absolute favorite beach bag – I fell in LOVE with it and had to have it…(you can’t see the adorable tassel).

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And who doesn’t need custom hats and sunglasses for a birthday weekend?


And last but not least … we decided to ‘ring in’ our friends 40th we would have our very own ‘White Night’!

Any excuse to dress up with a theme, right?!

And let me tell you – we visited the sushi restaurant Kampai for this special evening and it was out of this WORLD!!!!

We clean up well, right?

An amazing weekend spent with amazing friends.

Happy Birthday you lovebirds! Thanks for turning 40 … in Mexico!


Want to shop these looks and more from our #40inMexico trip? Here you go …

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#tbt to Mexico – Part One


If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that a group of us went to Playa del Carmen recently … and I am finally getting my act together to show you our amazing experience! Between getting the girls back to school and unpacking in our new house – I have fallen behind but I am back!


Thanks to El Dorado Royale, we had an unforgettable weekend between the food, accommodations, services and perfection from start to finish. If you have never stayed at a Karisma Hotel resort, you need to add it to your list! This is our 3rd visit to this particular resort and will be back for more … From the moment you enter the gorgeous property, you are in heaven!


Celebrating some of our two besties both turning 40 – it was a fashionable weekend to say the least! Here are some pictures to prove it …

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Our days were spent lounging by the beach, mingling at the pool, watching the hot husbands play volleyball and relaxing massages.

All dressed up for the evenings, we ate at the most amazing restaurants, danced the night away at seaside bars and we never even left the resort!

Friends and family mean everything  – we weren’t able to share this weekend with everyone near and far …but it was a sweet reminder just how lucky we all are!

Stay tuned for Part Two of this amazing trip … you don’t want to miss ‘white night’!

Want to know where all of these beautiful girls clothing came from? Visit below …

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Style Spies + Laura Mercier in Kansas City! {Nordstrom Anniversary Sale}

Style Spies is (Mollie) coming to Kansas City!

And — We’ve partnered with the Laura Mercier counter at Nordstrom in Overland Park to talk shop for a day.  I can’t wait.  My gorgeous friend Maria (see pic below) is the manager of the LM counter there, and she has turned me on to numerous favorites from LM.  In fact, i pretty much wear all LM, all the time.  Whoops!

Who: Style Spies (Mollie) + Laura Mercier + Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

When:  THIS Friday, July 24

Where:  Nordstrom in Overland Park, KS

When:  1-5 PM

What:  see me, discuss my Laura Mercier favs, shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale deals, and get a free gift just for showing up!

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This is Maria & I at our friend’s wedding in February. We had our make up done at the LM counter in Chicago…..I must admit, it looks amazing! Look at her eyes!


Not only will you get to see ME, (haha) there will be some fabulous treats for you as well.  LM will have one of their premier makeup artists there if you need a little make-over (who doesn’t want a makeover, i ask?), AND there is a little giftie for those of you who come and mention you follow my blog!  Oh – and if you spend over $125, there’s another gift.   You can’t NOT come.

Here are some of my favorite Anniversary sale deals from Laura Mercier:

The ultimate smoky eye kit. Seriously. Come see me on Friday and learn the 'how-to' with these essentials. Your eyes will look just as good as Maria's!
The ultimate smoky eye kit. Seriously. Come see me on Friday and learn the ‘how-to’ with these essentials. Your eyes will look just as good as Maria’s! It’s the Easy on the Eyes kit, for $53 (normally $77).
You literally can't go wrong with this palette. It's the Art of Colour eye and cheek collection. Normally $118, on sale for $79. You can do a brown or grey smoky eye with this, or just a clean everyday look.
You literally can’t go wrong with this palette. It’s the Art of Colour eye and cheek collection. Normally $118, on sale for $79. You can do a brown or grey smoky eye with this, or just a clean everyday look.
Here's the Flawless in a Flash trio. There's a face polish, make up primer, and tinted moisturizer (i live by this stuff), all for $39.50. Normally $55.
Here’s the Flawless in a Flash trio. There’s a face polish, make up primer, and tinted moisturizer (i live by this stuff), all for $39.50. Normally $55.


Shop all of Laura Mercier’s Anniversary Sale Deals here:

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We can’t wait to see you!

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Summer Brights

There are so many things to love about summer … and one of them is all of the bright colors!

And even better is wearing them all together for a ‘bright’ statement.


If you haven’t heard – Kohl’s did an ah-mazing collaboration with Milly for DesignNation – making some of our favorite collections available accessible and affordable for all!  We picked up a few favorites from Milly and they have definitely been summer staples (all on SALE right now for under $20)!

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Pairing this cute T-shirt with a dressier skirt, some fun heels, top it off with a FUN bag … this makes for the perfect summer ensemble. Day or Night.



Top, Skirt (sold out, similar), Sandals, Bag (sold out, similar), Nails, Sunglasses

We can’t wait to hear who the next designer will be … any guesses?

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Photos by Lauren Beatty

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