Five date night must-haves!

Five date night must-haves

Five date night must-haves

The best night of the week? Date night. Whether you are going out with your significant other or with a gang of friends, nothing beats getting a little dressed up and cutting loose. Tonight my husband and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and I am prepared for a memorable night out with my five must-haves!

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress from @StitchFix

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress front and back from @StitchFix

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress from the side @StitchFix

1.  A kick-ass dress.  Wearing a dress makes everything a little more special, as long as the dress is also as comfy as a pair of pj’s. My favorite this summer is the Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress. It’s as soft as a favorite t-shirt and it doesn’t wrinkle. This dress looks good on almost every body shape.

I never would have picked it out at the store, though – all those stripes would have scared me away. I got mine through Stitch Fix, which is a fashion service that you really have to try. You can schedule a ‘fix’ anytime you want, and through a detailed questionnaire a stylist picks four to five items for you. Try them on, and if you don’t like them, send them back. If you keep all five, you get a killer discount. You can even create a Pinterest board of clothes you love and your stylist will look at it to help guide your picks. (If you want to check out my personal Stitch Fix board, it’s right HERE).

I am not an affiliate, but if you decide to try Stitch Fix and go through this link I’ll get credit for future boxes…and I’ll be forever grateful! Trust me on this one though…you WILL become addicted and your closet will become absolutely fabulous.

Whish Orange Cream Body Butter

Whish Orange Cream Body Butter

2.  A sweet smelling travel-size tube of hand/body lotion. I can’t stand dry hands or arms, so I always carry a small tube of hand/body cream. It’s a great way to ward of crepey skin and to also freshen up after an intense Wobble or Electric Slide session. I like Whish Body Butter in Orange Cream. It reminds me of the orange creamsicles of my youth and makes me happy every time I slather some on.

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

3.  An awesome manicure. I am all about holographic polishes these days. They look demure indoors, but get these babies under some lights and they are funkadelic. A favorite this season is KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?, the best blue polish I have ever had. It’s LE so get it before it’s gone!

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse – right leg after one hour of Cocoa Brown.

4.  A great faux-tan.  As soon as I apply a natural looking faux-tan I immediately feel more confident. A little color brightens me up, makes me look thinner, and people no longer shield their eyes at my glaringly white skin when I wear shorts. Cocoa Brown 1 hour Tan Mousse is the bomb. Easy to apply, doesn’t transfer to clothes, and they now have a Dark shade for when I want to really get crazy.

Kiss Safe


5.  A discreet breath spray.  Despite our best intentions, all kinds of chemical warfare can unknowingly explode in your mouth, leaving you with dragon breath. I always carry a small spray bottle of oral antiseptic and KissSafe is the perfect choice. I like how it assumes I am going to be kissing someone, not just blathering on whilst unknowingly invading someone’s personal space. KissSafe isn’t sharply minty, it’s gentle yet extremely effective. This little baby hides right in my purse. A quick discreet spray and no one will have to subtly offer me a breath mint.

With a great dress, soft skin, heart stopping nails, healthy tanned skin and oral antiseptic, my date night is bound to be a major success. Tonight our celebration is at an old-school Italian restaurant in downtown Detroit and I’ve got my action plan all in place. I am ready for some romance, some silliness, and some lighthearted reminiscing. What are some of your date night must-haves?  – Lisa

*except for Stitch Fix, all items received for editorial consideration

#StitchFix #KBShimmer #WhishBeauty #CocoaBrownTan  #KissSafe

The hottest beauty accessory this summer is a gorgeous smile with CloSYS

When you think of the hottest beauty accessory for the summer, you might think ‘colorful statement necklace’ or ‘turquoise drop earrings’. But the best accessory for any season is a gorgeous and healthy smile.

big smile

CloSYS, a line of oral health products including toothpaste, mouthwash and breath spray, sent us some products to try for the ultimate oral health. The breath spray is definitely a summer bag on-the-go essential. Plus, CloSYS offers a travel-size kit that is a must-have for the upcoming travel season.

In a nutshell, here is what makes CloSYS different:  the oral hygiene products contain stabilized chlorine dioxide, which stops plaque from forming and kills harmful bacteria (the nasty stuff that causes bad breath, inflammation, and gum disease). While it kills off the harmful stuff, it doesn’t kill the good bacteria that helps with digestion and mouth health.

The CloSYS Flouride Month Kit

The CloSYS Flouride Month Kit

The One Month Fluoride (or Flouride-free) Kit ($24.99) comes with:

  • One 32oz. Oral Rinse
  • One 3.4oz. Fluoride or Flouride-free Toothpaste
  • One Oral Breath Spray Cylinder
  • One Tongue Cleaner
  • One Toothbrush
  • In a Clear Plastic Drawstring Carry

It’s a great travel kit that has everything you need for a great smile and fresh breath. All of the products are alcohol-free, sulfate-free, naturally whiten and are pH balanced which helps protect mouths from being too acidic.

Closys toothpastes

CloSYS toothpastes

CloSYS has two kinds of toothpastes – Flouride and Flouride-free. There are no sulfates in these toothpastes, which can cause irritation. They have a very low amount of abrasiveness, so those with sensitive teeth or a tendency towards canker sores can use them with ease. CloSYS Fluoride Toothpaste is almost three times better at preventing cavities while using less fluoride than other leading brands. Plus, it fights plaque and neutralizes all the yucky things that cause bad breath.

I have a tendency to get canker sores from different foods (jalapenos are my enemy!) so when I have a flare-up I really like the Flouride-free toothpaste. My canker sores are typically gone within a day or two because this is such a gentle toothpaste that doesn’t further irritate my mouth.

CloSYS toothbrush

CloSYS toothbrush

Closys tongue cleaner

CloSYS tongue cleaner

another view of the tongue cleaner

another view of the tongue cleaner

The One Month Kit comes with a great soft-head toothbrush that has gum massagers and tongue cleaners on the handle. It also has a separate Tongue Cleaner (you can get a pack of 12 tongue cleaners for $19.99). Cleaning the tongue is absolutely essential for the best oral hygiene and this is a great tool with a ridge that quickly removes the bad stuff – also known as volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) – that cause bad breath.

Closys Mouth Wash

CloSYS Dental Rinse

Closys Flavor Concentrate

CloSYS Flavor Concentrate

Also included in the One Month Kit is the CloSYS Dental Rinse. I admit, I am not good about using mouthwash because I just can’t take the stinging and the intense flavoring. But the CloSYS Dental Rinse is a different story. It has Cloralstan™, a patented ingredient that kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria in 10 seconds, which is amazing. What sells me on this mouthwash, though, is that it’s alcohol-free and I can determine the amount of flavoring it has. With no alcohol, I get clean breath without that burning sensation. Plus, it comes unflavored with a separate bottle of Flavor Concentrate. I put in as many drops as I want for the flavor level that is pleasing to me.

Closys Breath Spray

CloSYS Breath Spray

The final product in the One Month Kit is the CloSYS Breath Spray. I have this in my purse at all times now. I talk to people all day long and we all know how tortuous it is to have a conversation with someone who has stale breath…or worse, Dorito breath. I definitely don’t want anyone to remember an interaction with me as something painful to live through.

This spray is pleasantly minty and it takes care of any breath issue in an instant. Plus, it’s sugar-free!

I have really enjoyed my CloSYS products and I highly recommend them, especially if you have sensitive teeth or are prone to canker sores. You can easily find this brand online at or in drugstores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart for the best summer accessory there is. – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration


CloSYS Sulfate-Free Fluoride Toothpaste sodium fluoride, water, hydrated silica, sorbitol, stabilized chlorine dioxide, cellulose gum, dibasic sodium phosphate, titanium dioxide, flavor, sodium phosphate, sucralose.

CloSYS Fluoride-Free Toothpaste water, hydrated silica, sorbitol, stabilized chlorine dioxide, cellulose gum, trisodium phosphate, titanium dioxide, flavor, sodium saccharin.

CloSYS Oral Health Rinse water, stabilized chlorine dioxide, trisodium phosphate, citric acid. Flavor dropper ingredient list: natural mineral oil and natural peppermint oil.

CloSYS Fresh Breath Oral Spray water, N&A flavor, polysorbate 20, glycerin, stabilized chlorine dioxide, sodium saccharin, methyl paraben, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate.