Does Oil Pulling Work?

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I’m one of those people who rolls their eyes when I hear about most of the crazy beauty trends people rave about. No, I will never put mayonnaise in my hair no matter how great you say it is. So when I heard all the hooplah about oil pulling last month, I figured it would be a fun experiment. My goal was to try it out for a month and report back with my honest results. I had high hopes that oil pulling would work mainly because the supposed benefits are awesome, but also secretly hoped it didn’t work so I could make fun of everyone who raved about it. I know, I’m a terrible person.

If you’re not familiar with oil pulling (which means you’re probably a dude or someone who doesn’t read Allure- no judgement here), I’ll give you a brief lowdown. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that is supposed to help improve your oral health. Basically swishing the oil around in your mouth helps to remove toxins from your body.

So you’re wondering how to oil pull? It’s simple. Take a tablespoon of your favorite coconut oil (you can find it at most grocery stores, health stores or the nearest Target) and put it in your mouth. “Bite” the oil so it’s less chunky and turns into a liquid. I don’t have a bad gag reflex, so this was fine for me, but many people can’t get past this point. I also enjoy the taste of coconut oil, so I didn’t mind the taste, either. Then swish the liquid around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes, as you would with a mouthwash. Yes, your jaw will hurt a little but you’ll get used to it. After the time is up, spit it out. You’ll notice the liquid is now milky after being swished around and mixed with the toxins. DO NOT SWALLOW IT.

What are the benefits of oil pulling? Everyone and their mother has their own list of the potential benefits, with some as weird as curing hangovers or eliminating migraines. Yeah… ok. Other, not-so-far-fetched benefits of oil pulling include whiter teeth, better overall oral health and digestion help.

So, does oil pulling work? After a month of oil pulling, I have found that my teeth are whiter. No, not crazy white like Crest White Strips would get them, but I did notice a change of a few shades. Overall I think my oral health is pretty good- I haven’t had any canker sores, sore gums or weird mouth issues since I started. As far as all the other supposed benefits? I think it’s too hard to trace those to swishing oil in your mouth, but that’s just me.

I’m curious to read other’s experiences with oil pulling, so spill! Would you ever try it? Have you tried it? What were your results?

Copycat: Olivia Palermo

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Gap Eyelet Peplum Top  |  Tory Burch Tortoise Sunglasses  |  Gap 1969 Legging Jeans in “Washed Ink”  |  Marc by Marc Jacobs ’Turnlock – Katie’ Large Bracelet  |  Sam Edelman ‘Felicia’ Flat in “New Nude Leopard”  |  Twin-Set Floral Crochet Tote Bag

Olivia Palermo is one of my style icons. She always dresses well without going overboard or being too boring. Plus a bunch of my co-workers tell me I look like her (I can only wish), so I pretty much try my hardest to be her. . She’s even made me contemplate chopping my hair off someday down the road. Maybe. I own almost identical items to this outfit (I’m more of a silver girl than gold, so I’d switch out the metal of the bangle) and plan on wearing it multiple times this spring and summer

This easy outfit is something I wear all the time- dark jeans, a simple top, minimal accessories, tortoise sunglasses and a feminine bag. In fact, the words on the graphic, “blue jeans, white shirt” are from my girl Lana Del Ray’s song “Blue Jeans”. There’s something timeless about the perfect pair of dark blue jeans and a white top- it never goes out of style and it’s one of James’ favorite looks on me. I’m sure the brands she’s wearing are high-end, but you can easily copy her look without breaking the bank with the pieces above. P.S. I own the Gap 1969 skinnies and they fit amazingly.

Old Navy’s Pixie Pant

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LOFT Dotted Blouse  |  Old Navy The Pixie Skinny Ankle Pants  |  Sam Edelman Felicia Flats  |  Black Satchel c/o Handbag Heaven  |  Alex and Ani Lucky Clover Charm Bangle  |   Beaded Evil Eye Bracelet

 Yesterday was abnormally nice and warm, so I celebrated it by wearing a spring outfit to work. No, I didn’t break out the maxi dress and sandals yet, but instead a pair of patterned ankle pants and my favorite comfortable flats. I’m not sure if it was the fact that it was over 70 degrees outside or the fact that I felt great in my outfit, but I had such a good day.

I’m also going to put this out there- these might be my new favorite pants. I generally don’t find much at Old Navy that fits well or that I like, but their line of Pixie ankle pants are perfection. They are a bit high-waisted, fit my legs perfectly and are the ideal length for spring and summer. I scooped them up in this pattern and khaki (those were the only 2 in my size at the store). I feel like they are going to sell out soon (or only odd sizes will be left), so get them now while you can!

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Shit I’m Getting Too Old For

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I know you’re all rolling your eyes as my 25-year-old self just referred to myself as “old” in the title of this post, but hear me out. At 25 my body and mind feel and act completely different than when I was in college- or even the first few years out of college. Friends my age are getting promoted, getting engaged and successfully making it through each day without the guide of their parents. I’m sure when I’m 30 I’ll look back at this post and laugh and how different life was at 25, but for now all I can do is reflect on my early 20′s and retell the differences I’ve encountered. Here are a few things I’ve realized that I’m getting too old for.

Going out. No longer can I stay awake past midnight on a Friday night- I’m lucky if I make it past a glass of wine and a full episode of Shark Tank. I simply just don’t have the energy to gallivant around the city, hopping from bar to bar and mixing alcohol like it’s my job. The last few times I’ve been to  bar I remember saying to myself- and others- “Is it just me, or is it too crowded in here?”, “Is this actually real music?” or “I never acted like that when I was 21, did I?”

Speaking of going out, drinking is something I’m getting too old for. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy alcoholic beverages on weekends and nights, but I can’t drink the amount that I used to. No longer are shots something I accept with a smile. The number of drinks I can have in one sitting without having a hangover the next day is closer to one than five. The quality of the alcohol I drink is higher, more expensive (by “expensive” I mean still cheap because I’m poor) and I prefer wine and fun drinks like margaritas over vodka-sodas or the cheapest beer on tap. How people my age can still party like it’s 2010, I’m still not sure of.

Drama. Being in a healthy relationship and surrounding myself with true friends has made me realized just how little I care about the stupid stuff. If a girl unfriends me on Facebook, no longer do I get upset or get my feelings hurt- it now makes me laugh. Because at age 25 if you still unfriend people on Facebook due to jealousy, you have no life. If I see that I’m the only one not invited to a weekend get-together, I don’t wish them any harm- I probably wouldn’t have wanted to go to the lame party anyway. The things that used to matter just really don’t anymore, mainly because I don’t have time to focus on them or even think about them. I’m too busy kicking ass on the Internet with my blog and writing, trying to make a name for myself at work and laughing my ass off with my boyfriend and friends.

Eating whatever I want. I’m genetically “blessed”, as some would say, with a petite frame. Thanks, Mom. I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound. Until recently. The 10+ pounds I gained since moving to NJ was definitely needed (I lost a bit due to anxiety- yuck), but the fat decided to deposit itself in new and exiting places, like my stomach and butt. I’ve heard it only gets worse as you get older. AWESOME!

What are some things that you feel like you’re getting too old for, no matter what your age is?!

Prosecco Recipes

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of La Marca Prosecco.  It is intended for an audience over 21 years of age.

When it comes to trying a new type of drink (alcoholic or not), I’m usually game. As I’ve gotten older and more “mature”, I’ve found that my taste tends to gravitate towards wine and margaritas rather than the good ol’ days of beer and vodka sodas. Oddly enough, I hadn’t had the opportunity to try prosecco until recently.

Prosecco is a type of sparkling wine that is made from the white grape, Glera. I find that it’s actually milder than wine but still has the fun bubbles of champagne, which makes it the perfect mix. It also isn’t too overpowering, so you can easily eat it with most foods (can you say “wine & cheese party?”) It’s commonly thought that in order to experience a luxurious experience with wine you have to spend a lot of money. At approximately $17 per bottle, La Marca Prosecco is a great alternative to higher-priced champagne or sparkling wines.

I enjoyed a glass by itself and then had another later mixed with some grapefruit juice and mint. Here are a few fun recipes that are easy to make using prosecco. These will come in handy for your next dinner party or when guests arrive unexpectedly.

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As I mentioned above, I really enjoyed the combination of sour grapefruit and the mint. I’m a big fan of drinks with mint in them (mojitos FTW), and the acidity in the grapefruit juice helped balance that out. For a traditional take on a fun summer drink, pair your prosecco with lemon juice and fresh raspberries. Or if you’re looking for a dessert option, add some vanilla ice cream and fresh muddled strawberries.

To find a store near you that carries La Marca Prosecco, visit their website here or visit them on Facebook here.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of La Marca Prosecco.  It is intended for an audience over 21 years of age.

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