Over 40 Beauty: Sensodyne True White Extra Fresh Toothpaste

Sensodyne True White Extra Fresh Toothpaste ReviewWhen I was a kid I dreaded going to the dentist. I could just look at a lollypop and get a cavity, and dealt with sealants, wisdom teeth, retainers, caps for chipped teeth, and more. But once I was an adult, I looked forward to going to the dentist. Other than needing an NTI to stop grinding while I slept, my 6-month visits were positive, with the hygienist complimenting me on my flossing and tooth care. I came to enjoy dental care, from flossing to mouthwash and brushing my teeth three times a day.

But once I hit 40 it’s like my mouth decided to get old. Suddenly I was experiencing the occasional bleeding when I brushed, and I was getting sensitivity to heat and cold. My dentist put some bonding on the most sensitive tooth, but that fell off almost instantly and left me with an even more sensitive tooth.

My dad had terrible teeth and used Sensodyne and I dreaded using it. He was a secret smoker and I think brushed his teeth to hide the smell of cigarettes and it didn’t work. It just made me think Sensodyne was crappy toothpaste. But I was sick of the electric twinges and eating strangely so I got a tube of Sensodyne Extra Whitening. I was using whitening toothpaste and didn’t want to lose that perk.

Sensodyne Extra Whitening did help with the sensitivity, but it didn’t help with breath freshening or whitening. It was… fine. I ended up using mouthwash with it because I didn’t feel fresh, and I saw my teeth get more yellow with the weeks I was using it.

Sensodyne True White Review

I have no idea what this image has to do with the toothpaste, I found it when looking for a product shot and it cracked me up so much I had to share!

Then I saw an ad on TV for Sensodyne True White Extra Fresh Toothpaste and was intrigued. Was this the same stuff just repackaged? It’s hard to tell even on the Sensodyne website; the Extra Whitening has the active ingredients of Potassium nitrate and Sodium fluoride w/v fluoride ion and the True White (not linking to their site for this because it has an auto-play video of their ad and it’s LOUD) had 5% Potassium nitrate and 5% Sodium fluoride. I figured it couldn’t hurt to try the new version.

I don’t know if it’s good marketing or a different formula, but I think it makes my teeth whiter, and it works just as well as sensitivity. Doesn’t make my teeth as white as with Crest 3D White but I believe more than with the Extra Whitening version. And it works just as well to reduce sensitivity. But the biggest plus is my mouth feels fresher after brushing; I missed that cool tingly “aaah” feeling after a session with my electric toothbrush and I have it again with the Extra Fresh formula (though not as strong as with standard toothpaste). If you have tooth sensitivity, don’t suck it up and don’t make weird faces to try to drink that water without it touching certain parts of your mouth. Sensodyne isn’t the same crap from decades ago, and a confident smile is far more chic than a white yet painful one!

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Memorial Day Sales – My Picks

Wardrobe Oxygen - Best Memorial Day Sales of Fashion and BeautyThere’s some fabulous sales going on this weekend – a great time to get that swimsuit, stock up on shorts, or find a frock for that summer wedding. The sales that caught my eye:

Nordstrom – Half Yearly Sale has up to 40% off. Sale ends June 5.

Boden – 30% off plus free shipping and returns on orders of at least $49. Promo code 2Z7C. Sale ends May 30.

JC Penney – 15% off your order. Promo code JCPSAV15. Sale ends June 1.

Lord & Taylor – 20% off almost everything.  Promo code MEMORIAL. Sale ends May 30.

ShoeBuy – 25% off everything and free shipping.  Promo code REWARD25. Sale ends May 31.

Banana Republic – Extra 40% off your entire purchase. Promo code BRTAKE40. Sale ends May 30.

Baublebar – No specific promo code, but they have hundreds of gorgeous items up to 50% off.

MODCLOTH – Up to 40% a lot of their selection; an additional 20% off sale merchandise.  Promo code SOHOT. Sale ends May 31.

Macy’s – 20% off your order. Promo code MEMDAY. Sale ends May 30.

JAG Jeans – 30% off the entire site.  No promo needed, discount will show at checkout. Sale ends May 30.

AMAZON – 20% off select women’s swimsuits and coverups.  Promo code 20SWIMWEAR. Sale ends June 3.

J. Crew – 30% off your entire order. Promo code WEEKEND. Sale ends May 31.

J. Crew Factory – 50% off plus an additional 40% off clearance. Promo code EXTRA40. Sale ends May 31.

Lands’ End – 50% off regularly priced swim and 30% off everything else. Promo code STARS with pin 9900. Sale ends May 30.

Ann Taylor – 50% off full price styles. Promo code SUMMER50. Sale ends May 31.

LOFT – 40% off new items, 60% off select summer faves and all sale merchandise. No code needed, sale ends May 30.

J.Jill – Additional 30% off all sale merchandise (no code needed); free shipping on orders over $100. Promo code MAYFS16. Promotion ends May 30.

Kiyonna – 25% off your order of $150 and more. Promo code SALE25.  Sale ends June 1.

Talbots – 40% off one sale item, 50% off two or more. They’ve listed a ton of new sale items too. Sale ends May 30.

ASOS – 20% off your purchase. Promo code HISUMMER. Sale ends May 31. I just ordered a bunch from here, they have a great selection of fun summer dresses!

Soma – No actual promo code, but a TON of items on sale up to 50% off just for the holiday. While supplies last.

Swimsuits for All – Free upgrade to 3-day shipping and up to 60% off merchandise. Promo code 16MDW5. No notification on the site when this promotion ends.

Dress Barn – Buy one, get one 50% off shorts, tees and tanks; same deal for dresses in the colors red, white, and blue.  Promo code SHOPFORMDW. Sale ends June 1.

Bare Necessities – No actual promo code, but they’re having a semi-annual sale with swimsuits up to 30% off and clearance up to 70% off. Also if you haven’t already, if you sign up for their emails you’ll get a code for 15% off your purchase.

Happy shopping!

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Marmi Shoes: Behind the Scenes

Last fall, Marmi Shoes reached out to me and offered a pair of shoes from their current selection. I had not heard of the company previously, and was impressed by their wide range of sizes and widths available, as well as shoe brands I knew and loved like VANELi. I chose a pair of black leather ankle booties from VANELi that had a slim heel and pointed toe. Those shoes are AMAZING; I wore them to death this past fall and winter and already got them polished and reheeled to be ready for the end of summer. It’s rare to find shoes that are stylish and comfortable, but these did both (you can see me wear them in this post, this post, and this post).

Marmi Shoes Westfield Montgomery Mall - Wardrobe OxygenThe Marmi Shoe Boutique at Westfield Montgomery Mall

This spring, Marmi Shoes invited me to host the grand opening of their boutique in Westfield Montgomery Mall. I was excited to get to know this brand better and understand why they stand out from other shoe boutiques. I learned that, and so much more that I became a mega Marmi Shoes fangirl.

Marmi is the retail division of Wolff Shoe Company a family-owned and operated business headquartered in St. Louis Missouri. Wolff Shoe has existed for almost 100 years and four generations have been a part of it. Since its inception in 1918, the St. Louis-based company began manufacturing shoes and over the decades, we have grown into one of the nation’s largest and most recognized footwear importers including VANELi and Sesto Meucci from sources all over the world. Yes, you read that correctly. The reason Marmi Shoes is such a special shoe store is because they make the shoes. That brand VANELi that you love from Zappos or Nordstrom? Wolff Shoe Company made them, and Marmi Shoes can provide the most variety and the largest selection of sizes and widths than any other retailer.

wolff shoe coWolff Shoe Company opened their first Marmi store in 1986. Positioned as an upscale woman’s boutique with an extensive selection of quality footwear, Marmi’s primary focus was built around providing exceptional service while fusing fashion with fit by offering an unprecedented size range from 4-13 and widths from slim to wide. Marmi currently operates over 20 specialty stores nationwide and steadily continues to grow its retail base today. Visiting the store, I was floored by the almost cult following Marmi Shoes has. Customers drove from hours away to visit the boutique. Many women had feet that aren’t easy to fit, but many came purely for the selection and the service.

The service was… unheard of in this day and age. I have retail roots, I worked in retail and apparel for a decade and considered myself a pretty great salesperson. I’m pretty picky when it comes to customer service and the staff at Marmi Shoes blew me away with their knowledge, their patience, their true love for the product and their customers. No one was rushed, no one was ignored, and their staff could accurately gauge size, width, and the specific shoes that would fit, flatter, and work with a customer’s lifestyle and personal style. Watching them work with the customers was a thing of beauty.

Marmi-Shoes-Saddle-Creek-Memphis-24Photo of Gary and Sherry Wolf by Kim Thomas of KPFUSION. Click this link to read her experience at the Marmi store opening in Memphis,TN.

Speaking of unheard of… Gary Wolff, Chairman and Owner of Wolff Shoe Company was at the opening. He and his wife Sherry were not just observing the event, but getting down on the floor, sizing customers’ feet, choosing merchandise, and working just as hard as the salespeople. Customers had no idea that the head of the company was sliding their tootsies into a pair of sandals! Gary told me that his son, Todd, was the 4th generation part of the company and wasn’t at the opening because he was in Italy sourcing materials for an upcoming shoe line. I had no idea that Marmi Shoes was such a fabulous company, dedicated to quality footwear, phenomenal customer service, and keeping it in the family.

This is not a sponsored post, this is me being super excited about a company that does it right, does it with heart, with quality, and is thriving. I’m so impressed, I wanted to share with you readers. I had a chance have Todd Wolff, President and 4th generation part of this company answer some questions about Marmi:

When I attended the Grand Opening for the Marmi Shoes in Westfield Montgomery Mall, I learned that Marmi doesn’t just sell shoes in hard to find sizes, but is a part of Wolff Shoe Co. and most of the shoes they sell are brands the company creates! Can you tell me what brands Wolff Shoe Co. creates?

We are the manufactures for VANELi, Sesto Meucci, and Eric Javits Footwear.

Wolff Shoe Co. is a family business, how many generations are involved in the company and in what capacity?

There are three current generations involved. My grandfather William is the chairman emeritus. My father Gary is the chairman of the board, and I (Todd) am the president.

Where do you get inspiration for each season?

We shop trends both here and abroad to keep in step with what is happening globally in fashion.

Where do you source your materials?

90% come from Italy, specifically around Tuscany where our Italian office and design team are located.

What are the top selling shoes this season?

We cover the spectrum for great flat sandals to fashion wedges and heavy heels. Also, we are selling espadrilles and anything that is in a fun or whimsical material.

I saw that Marmi boutiques carry other brands like Botkier and Hammett handbags; how do you decide which companies to feature?

Our buyer shops the market for emerging trends finds brands that are both on trend and appealing to our customer base to our customer. We also try to find brands that are not widely distributed, so that we can offer something special to our customers.

Since some of your brands like VANELi are sold at other retailers, what is the benefit of visiting a local Marmi boutique?

Selection of product (we carry more than any other retailer), customer service, sizes and perks [such as Marmi Perks].

I was so impressed by how passionate and knowledgeable the staff was at my local Marmi Shoes store. They could just look at my feet and know not just my size and width but which styles would likely fit and flatter best. Does your staff undergo specific training?

Many are experienced shoe sellers with years of knowledge under their belts. They, along with new sellers train in other Marmi stores to ensure that our sellers know our shoes, our fit and our level of customer service.

If one doesn’t live near a Marmi store, how can they shop Marmi?

Shop online at marmishoes.com or through our catalog 1.800.966.2764

I have a fab pair of VANELi sandals from Marmi Shoes that I got at the grand opening. They have been waiting patiently for sunnier skies. I’m glad to see the weather has improved, expect to see them in a future outfit post. And don’t be surprised to see me wearing more shoes from Marmi Shoes, they have made a lifelong fan out of me!

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