Powder Room Refresh

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BEFORE

AFTER




It all started out with a simple vanity swap - we were just going to switch a pedestal sink for a cabinet option! To us, it would offer more storage and flexibility; however, that "simple" swap turned into a several week project. It was all well worth it in the end, but boy, were we agitated in the interim. Thankfully, we got some extra help from family and our new bestie, the plumber! The highlight of this project was truly seeing the transformation. Hope you enjoy the first official post on The Sassy Suburbs. 

Wall Color // "Modern Gray" by Sherwin Williams 
Vanity // Glacier Bay "Shaila" from Home Depot {FYI quality leaves something to be desired, but we needed a very specific depth size, and there were not many options}
Faucet // Bathfinesse Waterfall from Amazon
Decor // Ironwork Sconce, Boxwood Topiary, Soap {in store only, The Christmas Tree Store}
Wall Art  & Baskets // Home Goods
"Powder Room" Sign // Etsy

Lauren xo 

Winter Neutrals: Blush + Gray

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Original post dated January 17, 2018 on "The Right to Remain Fabulous" Blog.
Jeans // Long Sleeve T-Shirt // Boots {old, similar here and here} // Blanket Scarf {sold out, similar herehere and here} // Belt {old // similar here} // Layered Necklace

Now that the holidays are over, I have such a tendency to revert back to my favorite neutrals. The only trouble is, it's still frigid outside! So, my go-to weekend look during the month of January usually includes a blanket scarf. It really is the ideal winter accessory because it offers both style and functionality. Paired with some of my favorite basics, I felt chic and comfortable from Saturday brunch to football Sunday. Also, I highly recommend the newest addition to my BaubleBar collection... The rose gold and delicate layers go great with so many outfits! 

Sidebar: If you're looking for a way to make this look more office appropriate, style the scarf as a shawl, as shown in today's post, with a pair of dress pants and a long sleeve blouse. 

Hope you're all staying warm!! 

Lauren xo  

My Bridal Shower 4.28.18

Original post dated June 20, 2018.

It's hard to believe that my bridal shower was just about two months ago, and now our wedding is literally around the corner! Between work, wedding, home life, social commitments and trying to stay healthy, my blog has fallen to the bottom of the list. I do post on Instagram at least 3x/week, so definitely head over there and click the "Follow" button, if you haven't already.

I've been hoping to share my beautiful memories with you all for some time now. So, finally, after much anticipation, here we go...April 28, 2018



Venue: The Grand Oaks Country Club in Staten Island, New York
Invitations: Anna Soiree 
Photography: Mike Gloria Photograph
Event Coordinator: Fashionably Planned
Dress: JVN by Jovani (purchased at Ivory & Co. in Staten Island, for my local NYC readers)
Signature Game: "The Shoe Game"
~ There were, of course, many more pictures; however, in an effort to respect all my loved ones' privacy, I only included images of the decor, my mom, Will and my bridesmaids. Thank you for your understanding. ~

My mom worked tirelessly to make the day perfect. Her love and excitement shown through in every aspect of my shower, and celebrating such a special time with our friends and family meant the world to me. Our upcoming marriage certainly felt very real prior to this milestone event, but it really hit home afterward. There aren't many words that can accurately describe my joy on that incredible Saturday, and honestly, at this very moment. No matter what I've accomplished in life thus far, my greatest title will be Mrs. William Rivera. I'm truly #ReadyToBeRivera!

Up next...my bachelorette weekend recap! Ideally, I'll get that up next week. Stay tuned, friends. I sincerely appreciate you being a part of our journey.

Lauren xo

WEDDING READY WITH SMILE BRILLIANT: AT-HOME TEETH WHITENING

Original post dated March 15, 2018.
BEFORE

AFTER
As most of you know, our wedding is fast approaching and like most brides, I've assessed and re-assessed my beauty routine over the last several months. I updated a slew of things, from my skincare to my workout regime, but there was one aspect I hadn't surprisingly considered...my teeth! What you all might not realize is that my future hubby is a dentist, so teeth are a big part of our lives. Given his industry, he knows the best whitening systems on the market, whether they be professional grade or consumer level. So, when I was approached by Smile Brilliant to try their at-home whitening system, I had to get Will's input. From his initial review, he was very impressed with the active ingredients and two-part system, which included whitening and sensitivity gel components. I was immediately intrigued, and in desperate need of some whitening assistance, so I decided to give it a try!

Once I signed on, I received a kit to create my personalized whitening trays. Smile Brilliant will provide everything you need, and they make the process super simple. All you do is mix the mortar-like paste, fill the mouth guard with it and bite down. After holding for a few seconds, you'll have your molds! Those are then sent off to the lab, and in a few short weeks, you'll get a return package with your individualized trays. In my opinion, this is a key differentiator in the marketplace, and the custom trays really increase the efficacy of the whitening gel.

Now, I should share that my teeth were already relatively white (see "before"), so you may not find a huge difference in the pictures (see "after"). To me, however, I really saw an improvement, particularly with my lower teeth. More importantly, I have an increased sense of confidence, and you can't put a price on that. There's nothing more gratifying and anxiety-relieving them walking into a room (or down the aisle, in my case) and knowing that your smile is bright and white.
As I do with most of my reviews, let's break down my experience.

What I Loved - Ease of Use: The gels are held in little syringes, which makes the tray application process effortless.
- Quick and Effective: After about the 4th use, I could visibly notice a difference in my teeth.
- Affordable, yet offers Professional Results: The price of admission ranges from $139-$189, depending on the system you choose. That is a fraction of what you'd pay at the dentist's office. I received the T3 Sensitive Kit, and enjoyed it very much. I've been using the system for about two and a half months, and I still have plenty of product left!
- Non-Senstitve & Sensitive Options: The de-sensitizing gel is very unique, and is applied to the trays after you whiten. I have extreme tooth sensitivity, and this relieved most of the usual pain associated with whitening products.

What I Learned - I wasn't feeling like my results were lasting as long as I had hoped, but upon reflecting, my tea intake per day tripled and my water intake substantially decreased (a new job will do that to you!)...That's all to say, it wasn't a product-related issue, so I recommend that you be mindful of those  daily items that can cause stains if you decide to try Smile Brilliant. Remember, anything that could stain a white shirt, can stain your teeth. I simply started drinking water after each cup, and may results stopped fading.
- While the de-sensitzing gel worked wonders for me, in some instances, when I did not leave it on for as long as I whitened, I experienced sensitivity to hot and cold beverages the following day. That is totally normal, since it is a whitening product; however, it did not have a negative impact on my experience. I should also note, to provide more context, that the sensitivity was nothing compared to when I used to use Crest White Strips.

In summary, I really enjoyed this whitening system, and will continue to use it, even beyond our wedding. If you try it, I just know you'll feel the same! With that, Smile Brilliant is offering my readers a chance to enter an amazing giveaway, where you'll receive your own kit! Be sure to enter via the link below. A winner will be selected in 2 weeks from the date of today's post. If you prefer to place your order now, feel free to use my code "righttoremainfab" for 10% off.

GIVEAWAY LINK // ENTER HERE 






Lauren xo

Yankee Gone Southern: A New Yorker's Guide to Charleston

Original post dated September 13, 2016

In August, Will and I took a 5-day trip to Charleston, South Carolina. It was an absolutely amazing vacation. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a getaway with amazing food, great people, rich history and beautiful beaches. Below are my eat, play and stay recommendations!

EAT // To be frank, we ate our way through the city of Charleston...and we have no regrets. Seriously, the food was so incredible that we decided to look at three wedding venues while we were there. Talk about yankees gone southern!
Callie's Hot Little Biscuit - THIS IS A MUST! This tiny hole in the wall boasts the most mouth-watering biscuits and french-pressed coffee. You won't be disappointed. There's usually a line out the door, especially on a Friday, but the wait is so worth it. Confession: We ate there almost every morning.
Bubba Gump - Perfect for a quick, delicious bite and great drinks!


kudu - We aren't huge drinkers so the perfect after-dinner activity is a unique coffee shop. This spot is perfect if you're traveling with friends or family because it offers amazing teas, coffees and beer!

Southern General - Located on Kiawah Island. Even if you don't plan on going to the beaches, I'd recommend taking the 30 minute ride over there. If you're looking for true southern cooking, this is where you want to be. It's definitely a local hangout....and you must get the poutine! By the description, it does not sound appetizing, but it turned out to be my favorite meal of the trip.



Peace Pie - Sweet Lord have mercy...the Key Lime Pie one was heavenly! While $6 may seem a little steep for an ice cream sandwich, I'd buy them by the dozen if I could.

PLAY //
Kiawah Island - The public beach is not your typical Jersey shore option. It was seriously like a luxury, private beach. Super clean, inexpensive to park, powdery white sands...Could you ask for more?
Candlefish - I have a serious candle obsession. I'm not afraid to admit it. So, as soon as I found out that we could make our own candles, I was over the moon. It averaged about $45 per person with a BYOB. It was a fun night, and something we wouldn't have done back home. Even if you don't take the class, you should definitely check out the store. We got amazing prints for our apartment from 42 Pressed.

Fort Sumter - This was our last stop of the trip. Will is a huge history buff, so this was on the top of his list. I'm so happy we made time to go. It was a lovely ferry ride over the the fort with gorgeous views of the Ravenel Bridge.  

STAY //
King Charles Inn - We had a wonderful experience at this hotel, and it was central to everything. While we did rent a car, it isn't necessary if you plan to stay solely in the city itself. KCI is a moderately priced option with superior service. They gave us prosecco and a room upgrade since we were celebrating my completion of law school/bar exam and our one year engagement anniversary.

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email me at Lauren@TheSassySuburbs.com.

Thanks for reading!

Lauren xo

My Dip Powder Experience


Original post dated January 30, 2018.
August 2017
November 2017
December 2017
December 2017 // Original blog post with outfit details here
January 2017 // Sneak peak of my wedding band!!!!

Hi, friends! Today I'm looking forward to sharing my journey with SNS dip powder. It's such a hot topic in the beauty community right now, and I wanted to provide an honest perspective if any of you are considering it. To put it simply, it's awesome! My experience with SNS started in late summer. I had (stupidly) decided to go back to acrylics in July to see how I liked them for our wedding. My thought was that I'd have a year for my nails to get back on track if I hated them, because, to be frank, acrylics are terrible for your nails. Please know that I'm not trying to be judgmental in any way - I was an avid acrylics-wearer for years. I unfortunately learned the hard way the level of damage they can cause. My last experience was no different, but in an effort to look at the glass half-full, I did discover SNS because of it.

After two months of hating the acrylics, I was at a complete loss. I knew my natural nails never grew with regular manicures or gel, but I wanted beautiful nails for all the upcoming wedding festivities. Enter Emily Gemma of The Sweetest Thing, who thankfully was chatting about her "dip powder" experience on Snapchat or Instastories (I can't remember but I personally prefer Instastories, so be sure to follow along @RightToRemainFab). She's one of my absolute favorite bloggers, and I trust her judgment, so I was eager to get my acrylics soaked off and give it a try. For those of you are completely new to SNS, it's powder gel that requires no UV or LED light to cure. The process is as straightforward as it's name, they dip your nail into the powder about 2-3 times and wa-la! My favorite thing about SNS though is that, unlike traditional gel, it's packed with nutrients. There are really no words to describe how grateful I am to have found this technique because my nails have never been longer or healthier. It's like miracle! 

Here's the summary of SNS:
- No UV or LED exposure
- No dry time
- Shiny finish that lasts
- Depending on personal nail growth, can last up to 4 weeks
- Natural nail appears clean, polished and, with thicker application, just like acrylics (but way less bulky!)
- Around $45+ in NYC and Philadelphia
- Safe & healthy
- Wide-range of colors (numerical system)
- Takes about an hour to complete
    If you had any doubts, I hope my feedback has given you the push to test it for yourself. Let me know if you're an SNS gal like myself, and if so, what are your favorite colors? I'm partial to the nude collection but couldn't help myself with all the fun reads this holiday season. Also, if you're in the Philly suburbs, I go to Harvest Moon Nail Bar in Lafayette Hill. You won't be disappointed! 

    Lauren xo
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