Recent Favorites — Summer Edition

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Free People Basic Tanks:  I have always been a basics kinda girl when it comes to buying new clothes.  I love to fill my closet with neutral easy pieces that I can dress up or down, and wear with different types of accessories.  These Free People tanks have become a favorite of mine this year.  (I usually buy new tanks from Target each Summer and I still swear by them, however, these new tanks may take their place).  They are so light weight and great quality.

Free People Seamless Tank (The red is on sale for $15!)

Racer Back Cropped Tank (I want this in pink now)

 

Starbs Passion Tea and Egg Bites:  I don’t know what took me so long to order this tea. It is SO good and refreshing. It does not need sugar, so I order it without. I’ll take a venti please 🙋🏼‍♀️.  Also, the egg white egg bites are delicious and healthy.  When I don’t have time in the middle of the day for lunch, I grab them with my tea and they hold me over for a while! Definitely worth trying! (And perhaps they are keto-friendly for my keto folks out there?)

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Albums I’ve had on repeat:

 

 

 

Dove Body Polish: I picked this up before heading to the beach this past weekend because I like to use an exfoliator in the shower to remove excess sunscreen, and y’all, I think this is my fav body exfoliator I’ve ever used! I really hope that they do not discontinue this product. I specifically got the macadamia and rice milk scent, and it smells amazing.  The texture in my opinion is perfect. (Not super rough, but also gritty enough to remove sunscreen, excess self-tan, dry skin, etc. )

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Hair Scarves and Head Bands:  I wear my hair up a lot in the Summer, so hair accessories that dress up a ponytail or second day hair are definitely a go-to for me rececntly. And, they go great with basic pieces. 🙂 Both of these are from @Pink_Magnolia_Boutique !

Zuchini / Squash Recipes:  Okay, this one is a bit random. I guess all of these have been pretty random lol. We have a garden that Jordan and my brother, Dale, have worked so hard on, and one thing we have had an abundance of is zucchini and yellow squash! We have been cooking it different ways every single night for dinner. 🤣 I’ll link some recipes that we have tried and loved below.

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats (I used Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce instead of salsa.)

Zucchini Lasagna (I used ground turkey instead for this recipe)

Fried Squash (These are OMG so yummy.). Thanks, Julie for the recipe. ☺️

 

I hope you enjoyed this random list of favorites of mine for the Summer!  Let me know what y’all have been loving recently, and if you enjoy posts like this!

Talk to you soon,

Olivia

 

 

Summer Wedding Guest Looks

Summer wedding season is approaching SO quickly and, if you’re like me, you put a lot of pressure on what you’re going to wear.  I put together three different wedding guest looks with Lulu’s to give you some ideas for your next wedding or event you have this Summer. Lulu’s is an online boutique that I order from regularly, and I am never disappointed with the fit or quality. They are always consistent with their fabrics and sizing.  Whether your go-to style is neutral, classic black, or bold,  I hope that you find something that inspires you in this post. 🙂

**My red lace dress from my Instagram post is sold out, and here is a link to sign up for the waitlist. **   (I did include a similar option below that also comes in red as well as many other colors!)

Look #1 : Neutral with a Pop

Tie Front Midi Dress

Straw Bag

Pink Earrings

I have really been loving colorful earrings with neutral outfits lately. This look would also be great for a beach wedding! (Dress comes in yellow and blue as well.)

Look #2 : Classic Black

Black Jumpsuit

Choker Necklace

Black Beaded Clutch

This look is great for an evening wedding this Summer!  It’s a good twist on the classic LBD.  I have never worn a jumpsuit to any formal event, and I have this one in my shopping cart!

Look #3: Bright and Bold

Yellow Lace Dress

Tassel Clutch

Nude Heels

Yellow is usually out of my comfort zone, but this is actually my favorite color that this dress comes in! It of course comes in red too and so many other colors. I’m already brainstorming of an event I can wear this to!

 

I hope y’all enjoyed. Come back to my latest Instagram post and let me know which look was your favorite. 🙂

Cheers,

Olivia

Butterfly Bridal Shoot

This shoot was so much fun! Jordan and I truly had a wonderful time working with all of the vendors involved. Many aspects of this shoot were unique!  I’ll start by talking about the venue.  This shoot took place at the Museum of Life and Sciences in Durham, which includes a butterfly exhibit and garden. These components definitely create a romantic fairytale-like setting.

Venue: Museum of Life and Science-
Facebook: @lifeandscience

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I enjoyed getting ready for this shoot because it is a style completely different from what my personal wedding day was.  Also, the ladies that helped me get glammed up are so sweet and talented!  The theme of this shoot was “Boho,” which is far more trendy than my typical classic style. 🙈  Theresa and Renee did such an awesome job transforming me into a polished boho bride!

Makeup: Theresa Burden Makeup Artistry

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Hair: Styles by Renee Marie

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The photographer for this shoot was so fun to work with. He gives wonderful direction, as well as has a great imagination that captures the scene.  During some of the shots, he told Jordan to whisper different types of cereals in my ear to make me laugh, which was silly but totally worked! We loved working with him. 🙂

Photography: September Photos Photography
Instagram: @september_photos
Facebook: @septemberphotos

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One of the vendors that stood out to me was Barbox, which is a mobile-bar service you can have at your wedding! What a cool idea–Especially for venues that do not have a dedicated bar space. It creates a great photo-op as well.

Mobile Bar and Beer Garden: Barbox
Instagram: @barboxraleigh
Facebook: @barboxraleigh
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A little behind the scenes info–The dress in this shoot did not fit at all! We clipped the dress with some heavy duty clips either in the front or the back for every shot.  Besides that, I loved this style of dress. It fits the boho/trendy vibe, but it is timeless at the same time.

Suit and Dress: NY Bride & Groom
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I’m personally an all white flowers kinda girl for weddings, but the color scheme in this shoot was really fun. The yellow flowers really played off of the blue accents, and represented the venue space well.

Bouquet, Boutonnière, and Flower Crown: Sweets
Instagram: @sweetsandstemsnc
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Rentals: Southern Vintage Table
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Calligraphy: Leo Lettering
Instagram: @leo_lettering
Facebook: @leoletteringnc
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All of this of course wouldn’t have been accomplished without a wedding planner to fit the many moving pieces together.  Thank you, Hillary for organizing this shoot!  This created a wonderful opportunity to get so many different creative minds involved.

Planning, design, and decor florals: Sincerely Weddings Event Planning
Instagram: @sincerelyweddings
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I hope you enjoyed reading about this shoot! I plan do do more blog posts to add to my Bridal tab in the future!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Happy almost Friday. 🙂

Cheers,

Olivia

 

 

 

Youtubers That I Love To Watch!

 

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Recently, I’ve seen women sharing accounts they follow simply as an appreciation to that person’s content, and I love that!  I  love following certain people who I can truly see that they love and enjoy what they do.  I decided to share about 3 different YouTubers that I have followed for years and trust their opinions on products. Their recommendations have certainly brought value to me. Read about some of my very favorite items and brands I have discovered based off of their YouTube channels below. I’ll link all of their channels at the end of the post. 🙂

Shelbey Wison:

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This girl is so different from other beauty Youtubers. Her looks are always realistic and natural (looks that any woman at any age can wear on the daily).  She provides videos with makeup tips and tutorials, and they are never too complicated.  Personally, my favorite videos of hers are her powder foundation tips and tricks! Some products that I continuously purchase because of her are the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, and Ardell Demi Wispy lashes (I wore these on my wedding day and regularly for Pink Magnolia shoots).

Naomi Boyer:

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I follow Naomi mainly for her tips on styling work and casual outfits.  She keeps outfits chic and classy, and she also tells you where to find everything from basics to accessories.  Some of my favorite videos of hers are her tips to looking put together and where to find closet basics like camis, blazers, dress pants, and jeans!

Stephanie Ledda:

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Such a sweet and glamorous lady! I have purchased countless items based off of her recommendations.  Also, she introduced me to Lulu’s and Miranda Frye, which I have purchased several items from over the years now.  If you read my self tanning blog, then you already know about the Tan Luxe drops that I use–I can thank Stephanie for sharing these on her channel a couple years ago! Also, the Tarte eyeshadow palette that I have used everyday for the past 2 years was a wonderful recommendation from her. 🙂

 

Let me know of someone that you truly love to follow and brings you value! I would love to check them out!

Cheers,

Olivia

Here are the YouTube channels for the ladies listed above if you’d like to check them out!

Shelbey Wilson

Naomi Boyer

Stephanie Ledda