Hey y’all, thanks for popping in! My guess is if you clicked on this blog post, then you are also pretty excited for Fall to be here in exactly one week! I’m not usually one to rush into the next season too quickly, so I’m recapping my favorite Fall looks from last year for now. I hope these outfits bring you some inspo for this season! Some of the items I’ve linked are exact items, and some are very similar items! I also linked at the bottom several pieces that I’ve added to my closet this year, as well as things that I have my eye on and haven’t pulled the trigger yet! Let me know what you are adding to your Fall wardrobe this year. ☺️
Items on my wish list // items I’ve recently ordered for this season:
One of my favorite accessories that I wear on the daily is a watch! That’s why when Jord reached out to me, I was immediately so excited. Whether I’m dressing up or staying casual, I love the element of sophistication/class/edge a watch can bring to an outfit. (Contest details will be at the end of this post!)
The Cassia watch by Jord, in my opinion, checks all of those boxes. I love the unique design and attention to detail of each watch on their site. The large, sleek face and thin, feminine band is the perfect balance for me on this watch. It’s bold without being bulky, which fits into my personal style so well.
I want to tell you a little bit more about the brand, since they have so many different styles of watches to choose from for men and women! They are a St. Louis brand, and their name is actually pronounced “Yode” (I was sorta bummed about this because my husband’s name is Jordan lol!).
Anyway, all of their watches are handcrafted and made from all different kinds of wood! When you order from Jord, you measure your wrist for the perfect fit, and you are able to make customizations like mixing and matching faces and woods or engraving (makes for a really special gift idea). They also have smartwatch bands! I’m so excited to partner with Jord for this blog post! As always, thank you so much or reading, and don’t forget to enter for a 10% discount and a chance to win $100 towards a watch!
Here is the contest link for you to enter to win $100 towards your own watch! Just by entering, you will also receive 10% off of your entire purchase!
Here are some other helpful links you may be interested in to help you shop:
I have had the same hair dresser for over 10 years in Cary!! She is so awesome and knows my hair so well now.She is the only person I trust to cut and color my hair! If you are local and want her info, just leave me a message on Instagram.
How often do you get your hair colored/cut?
This varies depending on my schedule.Usually, I go every 6-7 weeks, but sometimes I’ll only go 5 weeks. (It just depends on how long you’re happy going without freshening up! We definitely do not do my full head of hair every time—Just a partial every other time.I also get my hair trimmed every time I get it done! It is so much more manageable that way.(I am OCD about split ends.)
Do you wear extensions, and have you ever?
Nope! I get this question all the time.I have never gotten hair extensions put in. I have looked into youtube videos of other girls who have, and it just doesn’t seem like something that I’d like, plus it does cause a bit of breakage.My hair is also pretty thick and time consuming to style at times as it is.
Is your hair naturally blonde? How do you achieve the hair color/tone that you have?
My hair is naturally darker blonde! It continues to get a bit darker as I get older.It was much lighter when I was younger.Ashley highlights and lowlights my whole head.We try to keep it as natural-looking as possible.The lowlight she mixes up for me is usually a super cool tone mixed with another lowlight that has some warmth in it.It’ll be different with each person depending on the natural tone and darkness/lightness of your natural hair! Ever other time, Ashley puts a slight toner on my hair mixed with a glaze (makes my hair more ash, plus nourishes it and gives it added shine). Other times, she will put a hair glaze on without toner in it. I also use this purple shampoo about once a week to maintain my tone in between appointments.
How often do you wash your hair?
Every 3-4 days.My hair is pretty thick and has more of a coarse/dry texture. However, you can train your hair to go longer in between washes even if you have fine hair!
What tool do you use to curl your hair?
I have usedthis basic curling iron all through college, and I still use it.I took the clamp off with a screw driver several years ago, and voila! DIY hair wand.
Do you take hair vitamins?
I don’t! I have been looking into taking Nutrafol hair vitamins that Dani Austin and Olivia Rink have written about recently. However, they are pretty pricey and I’m not sure if they are worth it!
Products that help grow your hair longer and prevent breakage??
I swear by this product by Redken. I have used this product longer than any other hair product I own.There is no telling how many I have purchased over and over.So great to improve the strength of your hair!A more recent item that I love is this hair brush. It is so gentle, and gets out allll of my tangles wet or dry. I also love to use this while blow drying my hair!
Extra Hair Tips:
If you wash your hair every day, try to start going longer without washing it. Washing and styling more than you need to just increases the amount of mechanical and heat damage done to your hair. I used to hate doing this with working out/sweating ect.Something that really helps me is blow drying my hair on a cool setting after working out and spraying dry shampoo. Also, figure out hairstyles that work well with your second/third/fourth day hair.I really love watching this girl’s youtube channel for tips: Twist Me Pretty // Abby Smith
Let your hair air dry as much as possible. I usually wash my hair at night so I can sit and let it air dry to about 90% before a blow dry it.
Find a hair style you like that doesn’t require any heat, so you can give your hair a break sometimes.
Try to lessen the amount of hair spray you use—it builds up on your hair over time and causes breakage.Instead, I use this texture spray on my curls.
Be SUPER gentle with your hair when it’s wet.This is when it is most fragile.Blot your hair with a towel instead of rubbing, and use a gentle hair brush.
Sleep on a silk pillow case!!! I cannot recommend this enough. I love mine so so much. It is gentle on your hair and skin, as some fabrics can “rough up” your hair.
If there are any questions I didn’t answer, feel free to leave me a comment below or on my Instagram! Happy Sunday, y’all. 🙂
[Similar F.R.I.E.N.D.S shirt linked here, and exact Kate Spade mug linked here.]
My first ever home related post! I have to say, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing a post about home decor. Don’t get me wrong, I love home decor and it’s something I have a high appreciation of whenever I’m showing homes for work. (I’m a realtor for anyone new around here!) However, It has just been something that I’ve kept pretty simple in my own home. I really enjoy clean lines, contrast of light and dark colors, and a mix of modern edgy pieces with classic pieces. I hope you enjoy!
Now, onto the topic of this post–The makings of a chic, cozy bedroom! I want to first talk about comfort, because that is the most important, and always comes first for me. I am a terrible sleeper, and rarely sleep a full night without waking up several times. I think it is super important to invest in your sleep! Treat yourself: Buy the luxurious sheets, silk pillowcase, memory foam mattress pad, cooling pillow, etc. You won’t regret it! I’m linking the exact items I have on my bed below, and I swear they improve my sleep by a long shot.
Something that I simplified when we moved in January of this year was the amount of decorative pillows on our bed. I’ll admit, we had too many (My husband agrees lol). For someone who can’t leave the house without making the bed, it was a little much for every day haha. I decided to go for a sophisticated look by choosing less pillows and mixing different textures and colors. Simple, but not boring! I’m linking exact pillows, throw, and headboard below!
Complete the Vibe:
Thank you so much for reading! Feel free to leave me a comment–Let me know something that you have in your bedroom that expresses your personal style and adds coziness.
Hey hey beach bums! Since Jordan and I have been going to Ocean Isle together for over 10 years now, I thought it was about time I posted about some of or favorite spots! This place is so so special to us, and we continue to build more and more memories there together. It is crazzzzyy to think that the first time I went there, I was a freshman in high school. Fast forward several years later, and we got engaged on the inlet there as well. ♥️ Now, we love to go and bring Josie for our lil fam getaways. ☺️
Okay, I’ll start with coffee / breakfast:
OIB Surf and Java: Jordan loves to stop here on our way in or out, since it is actually located right off of the island! It’s in the same shopping center of Lowes Foods. They have really great coffee and a cute little gift shop as well!
Drift Coffee: This is my favorite spot to grab coffee because it is on the island and you can walk/ride bikes to it. They have outdoor seating too, so I walk there with Josie and drink my iced latte on the deck, which is SO delicious. I’ll admit that I haven’t actually eaten there, but the food look amazing too. They offer healthy options like avocado toast and smoothie bowls (sounds like a pretty millennial place I guess 😂.)
lunch / dinner :
Sharky’s: This has been one of our favorites for yearssss. They have been on the island for over 30 years! We love to come here for lunch or dinner. It is very casual, and they offer anything from burgers, wings, seafood, to pizza! (Pizza is actually what I recommend getting there–so so good!) You can sit indoors our outdoors here. Their outdoor seating overlooks the water, and you can watch boats go by.
Jinks Creek: This is my personal favorite place for dinner on the island. The views are so so gorgeous (located just past the bridge going onto the island). I recommend going here as close to sunset as possible so that you can enjoy the views with dinner. My suggestions on what to order here are the truffle fries and the cob salad with shrimp!!
Beaches Burgers: This is a little local secret located just off of the island. It is for sure a lunch spot! When you drive up, you will definitely underestimate it because it’s a tiny building with a small gravel parking lot and a drive-up window off of the road (you can eat inside too though). However, they have wonderful burgers and hot dogs. Jordan orders a burger and tater tots here, and I get a hotdog and fried okra! Keep in mind that there are no healthy options here lol.
One thing you have to do for dinner while you are visiting OIB is go to Calabash, which is about 15 minutes away. It is a small fishing town and known as the “Seafood Capital of the World.” Our 3 favorite restaurants in Calabash:
Boundary House: This is a nicer restaurant–We go here for special occasions or if we want a fancier meal one night! Jordan and I celebrated here with friends right after we got engaged. 💕 My dad and Jordan love the steak here, and I stick with the blackened shrimp and garlic cheddar mash. 😍
Captain John’s Seafood: If you want a truly classic Calabash-style fried seafood platter, look no further. They serve all the fried goodness along with a baked potato and yummy complimentary hushpuppies.
Oyster Rock: This is such a neat place! This is actually where we ate for Jordan’s bday this year (who doesn’t actually like seafood btw haha.) We absolutely love the decor in here (modern beachy vibes.). Order. the. crab. cakes. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Jordan ordered the spaghetti and meatballs and loved it also!
Okay, finally dessert & drinks:
Ocean Isle Creamery: This is a wonderful spot on the island to grab something sweet. It’s in a cute yellow building with “homemade icecream” written on the front. They have so many different unique flavors to choose from, and my fave is Reeses cheesecake. They also have smoothies, milkshakes, cookies, ect.
Tiki Bar: We don’t usually go out for drinks while we are on the Island, but this is a great place to go during peak season. It is outdoors and located at the top of Ocean Isle Fishing Center that overlooks the sound. The atmosphere is pretty great here, and you can order fun drinks!
I’m sure we will add to this list! Talk to you soon.
In today’s blog post, I’m linking my favvvvorite items that are ALWAYS in my beach bag! I will also go ahead and link my suit / outfit here 👇🏼 (I am so impressed by the quality of these bottoms btw. I will for sure be ordering more! Linking the matching top as well. )
If you know me and have been following along, you know that several of these products I have talked about before! I will not go into detail about each item, but I will say that I cannot go to the beach without them!
Let me know something that you do not go to the beach without on my last instagram post! Talk to y’all soon. ♥️
I have been doing a lot of work over here on the blog this past week, and I’m so excited to share with y’all how it just got better! After almost a year of blogging, so many of you have showed so much love, kind words and support, and I am SO thankful for that. I really did not know where I was going with my blog when I first started it. I just knew that I liked to produce content and share about things that I love.
Well, now that I am a part of the LikeToKnowIt fam, I am able to share looks with you that you can shop instantly without having to track down specific items! What is the LikeToKnowIt app? It is a platform for Influencers that is integrated with Instagram. It allows me to link every item in my Instagram posts for you to shop. Simply follow me on the app, and you can screenshot my Instagram photo, and an email will be directly sent to you with all of the outfit/makeup/home decor details. You can also shop directly within the LikeToKnowIt app by clicking on pictures, and all of the item details will pop up below. I have been using it on the consumer side for a while now, and I love how easy it is to use and find items. I will put some step by step photos on how to use the app at the end of this post! Don’t want to download the app? No worries, you can still shop my looks under the shop tab above.
**I do receive a small commission from you using my links that does NOT cost you as the consumer any extra money, so I really appreciate when you shop through my links!**
How to use the LikeToKnowIt app:
First, download the LIKEtoKNOW.it app from the App Store.
2. Once you download it, open it up, connect to Instagram, and go to the “Search” tab in the bottom right.
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.
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?)
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. )
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.
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!)
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. 🙂