2020 Summer Essentials

2020 Summer Essentials

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We are at the beach for the week, so I thought it would be a good time to share all of the Summer items I’ve purchased this year with the beach being on my mind 24/7. A lot of them are great prices, and all of them are excellent quality! Stay tuned for more beach content this week. I’ll be styling these items and posting more outfits on my Instagram page + linking them in the LikeToKnow.it app. Feel free to follow along over there if you aren’t already. Linking my LTK profile here.

Denim Shorts: I did NOT want to love these shorts as much as I do because of the price tag. They are the most expensive item on this list, as well as the most expensive denim shorts I’ve ever purchased.  What I love about them, is how flattering the fit is. They don’t hug your thighs or butt too tight at all, which is what I prefer. Most reviews say that these “run big,” however, I ordered my normal size and they are perfect. They are high wasted, so shirts tuck in nicely, and they also look really great with crop tops or swim suits.  I know I will continue to wear these into the Fall with booties and cardigans, so they are a great investment.

Straw Hat:  Another item that I have had my eye on for a solid two years, but continued to buy target hats instead (those are totally great as well, don’t get me wrong!).  However, this hat is amazing quality and you can order your correct size for a more custom fit (not a one size fits all). For someone who loves straw hats as much as I do, this one is the top on my list. And, I have a lot of straw hats y’all!

Pink Bikini Set:  Both the top and the bottom I linked are the same exact pink color, although they do not look like it online! I just want to note that I have never been disappointed with the quality of swimwear that Nordstrom has to offer.  I’m the type that doesn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a swimsuit, but I am also crazy picky about the fit and quality.  I could write a whole blog post on swimsuits alone with how many swimsuits I’ve ordered and sent back this year, let me tell ya. I am done with trying to “get a deal” on the “fast-fashion” sites for swimsuits.  This brand has my stamp of approval for sure.

Snakeprint Bottoms:  Some of you may think I’m crazy for this, but these bottoms were too loose on my hips when they came in, so I actually took them to the tailor because I loved the shape, coverage, texture, etc that much! I wanted to make them work. These are amazing quality and thank the lord for some cute bottoms with actual booty coverage lol.  They come in plain black and pink as well.  I ordered a small (my normal size in swimwear),  and they definitely run big.

Makeup Organizer: I can’t believe I have just thrown all my makeup and brushes in a bag whenever I traveled before ordering this this year.  Game changer for sure. There’s plenty of room for your compacts, palettes, and brushes.

Linen Boyfriend Shirt: This shirt ended up being exactly what I had in mind when I ordered it. I love the look of a linen shirt at the beach. So classic and timeless. This one is a great price too!

Beach Wrap: Y’all need this easy beach wrap from Amazon! I love the pom poms and it comes in multiple colors.

Daily SPF: This layers perfectly under makeup or by itself. This formula is actually for oily skin, so I just make sure I moisturize with another moisturizer beforehand, and I’m good! I love that it is a mineral sunscreen that isn’t greasy and doesn’t break me out. I’m going to order the glowy one next, and I’ll let y’all know how I like that one!

Hair Mask: This hair mask is so hydrating. I use a hair mask every time I wash my hair in place of regular conditioner, so I often try out new ones. I love this one ( I have dry/thick hair).  It smells amazing and makes my hair so so soft.

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I also never go to the beach without packing this scrub. It helps to really take off all of the sunscreen at the end of the day. It is also really great at scrubbing away leftover spray tan! Smells so good too.

My two favorite sunscreens for the body linked here and here.

I am still a total fan of the Billie Razor too! It is all I use (I used to be addicted to a much more expensive razor).  I love that I don’t have to think about it, and I get razors sent to me every two months for only $9! You can customize how often you want new razor heads sent. I simply use Dove body wash to shave with, and it works perfectly.

This post is *not* sponsored. All items linked are products that I have purchased with my own money and I genuinely use. 🙂 I hope that this post was helpful for those of you who have been on the search for some of these staples! Let me know something that you have purchased this year for Summer that you love. I’d love to hear from ya!

 

Cheers,

Olivia

 

All White LOOKBOOK

All White LOOKBOOK

Jeans // Hat // Sunglasses

Something I buy year after year when Spring comes around is crisp, white basics. There’s just something about classic white pieces. They are versatile, and can make your whole outfit look more fresh and put together.  That’s why I recommend buying new white pieces each year and replacing some of your older ones that maybe have seen better days.  It can really elevate your outfits and make your other pieces pop too. Old skirt? Add a fresh white crop top to it. Your fav pair of jeans? Add a new white t shirt and some jewelry.  Cute sundress? Add some white sneakers! Or, if you’re feeling the monochromatic trend, opt for an all white outfit. Super easy!

Here are some of my favorite white pieces + items that I have had my eye on / in my shopping cart. ☺️

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Casual Dresses

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I hope that y’all found this post helpful!  Let me know if you would like to see a post on dressier white dresses! Not sure how many 2020 brides I have out there, but that would be a fun post as well. Cheers to the weekend, ladies.  💕

Talk to you soon,

Olivia

 

The Perfect MOM Jeans

The Perfect MOM Jeans

Y’all… I found them. The most flattering and on-trend “Mom” jeans for this Spring and Summer. (and they are currently 25% off!) I have been so skeptical of this trend because I didn’t want to wear “baggy” jeans. Skinny jeans have always been my go to. However, these are fitted in the right places and just a little bit more roomy in the hip and thigh.  The best news: they come in regular, petite, and tall lengths + they have a curvy option that allows even more room if ya have a booty 😉.

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The FIT: I’m wearing a 25 regular length in both the light wash and white classic mom jeans here, which is my normal size. (I am 5″6). They are true to size in my opinion. I love that they still flatter your shape without being super skinny. I would describe the fit as a relaxed skinny jean.  They have a vintage stretch to them, which means they do not feel like leggings lol. So, if you are into suppperrr stretchy jeans, these aren’t it! They are 99% cotton and 1% elastane.

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I still find them to be quite comfortable, and I can’t wait to style them with my Spring/Summer tops and sandals! I am linking the exact pair I’m wearing in these pictures below as well as some of the other combinations that I love.

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The Classic High Rise Mom Jean:

The Curvy High Rise Mom Jean

 

Thanks for reading!

-Olivia

 

Vacay-Ready Jumpsuits to Transition into Spring

Vacay-Ready Jumpsuits to Transition into Spring

If you’re like me, this weather in NC right now has you dreaming about a Spring vacay and a littleeee bit of color in your wardrobe. Last week on my Instagram post, a ton of you told me you were going on trips this Spring!  I know I’ve had a trip to Charleston or Nashville on my mind when the weather warms up. Of course, planning for any sort of trip, it’s always fun to add a little something to your closet. 🙂  I have put together 10 different jumpsuits suitable for vacay or simply as transition pieces for the warmer weather ahead. 🌴☀️ Just add a denim jacket for now, and you’re all set.  Just click any jumpsuit below to instantly shop. I hope everyone is having a great week so far!

 

 

 

A Day in Midtown East + Gift Ideas

A Day in Midtown East + Gift Ideas

 

Hey y’all! Last week, I had the pleasure of exploring Raleigh’s newest shopping center, Midtown East, and I wanted to tell you about the places we went while we were there! Thank you, Regency Centers for having me! First of all, the shopping center is so gorgeous! It is all decorated for Christmas right now, so it is the perfect time to go check it out! They have so many wonderful businesses, shops, wall murals, and more to come.

We started out our day at DryBar, and I was treated to my very first blowout! I’m not going to lie, I’ve been pretty skeptical of this place (I didn’t want to love it 🙈), and I’m so glad I finally tried it out! It is so relaxing, and the ladies in there are incredibly friendly. You feel right at ease the entire time you’re there.  You can choose from their look book of what style blowout you want, and sip on a complementary mimosa while you are there! And, of course, I was obsessed with my hair when I left.  I have seen so many others who love DryBar and rave about it–I think a gift card for a blowout would be such a great gift for someone on your list, or one of their wonderful gift sets! I’ll link them here. Also, how cool is it that you have the chance of getting a free piece of jewelry from Kendra Scott when you book your blowout at DryBar?!

Our next stop was Waxing the City. First of all, I love how clean this place is! They are truly obsessed with cleanliness there.  They have a team of trained aestheticians who are waxing experts. They also have wonderful gift sets like these sugar scrubs that smell amazing! Linking their products that they offer here. New clients receive 50% off your first wax! That’s an awesome deal.

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From there, we went on to Beauty Co. They are Raleigh’s first ever micro-treatment beauty bar offering non-surgical restoration, enhancements, and state of the art skincare treatments.  Y’all, if you didn’t see my stories from last Thursday, they have this AMAZING relaxation room stocked with coffee, tea, and snacks that you can sit in while you wait to get your treatments.  I could honestly sit in there all day. They also have really great skincare goodies and more that make great gifts!

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We checked out Club Pilates as well. You can book your first Intro Class for FREE! Their studio is so beautiful, and they also have wonderful workout gear for sale.  I loved this set from their little shop below:

 

Midtown also has a New Balance store, which has allll your athletic shoes and gear needs covered! Here is a pic of my fav shoes in the store as well as this adorable sweatshirt that matches.  Would make an awesome gift!  Everyone appreciates a great athleisure outfit.

We ate lunch at Cava, and it was so dang good!  They are a Mediterranean restaurant where you can order salads, rice bowls, hummus ,and more! I also just learned that their spreads are sold at Whole Foods as well! They truly have something there for everyone to eat.  Make sure you try the Beet Lemonade–It’s delicious!

I’m sure if you live anywhere close to Raleigh, you’ve heard of the new Wegman’s as well. Boy oh boy was I not prepared for Wegman’s lol.  It’s basically a huge supermarket with a wonderful selection of wine, fresh prepared foods, fresh meats and cheeses, full bakery, full coffee shop, burger bar etc.  You could basically spend all day in there, but, since we only had an hour, we stuck to tasting some wine, grabbing a coffee, and walking around a bit.  I also left with some chocolate chip cookies that were wonderful. I totally rate all grocery stores on their bakeries, and Wegman’s totally wins in that category!  Definitely check if out if you haven’t already!

And lastly, I want to spotlight MyEyeDr! They have a beautiful space in Midtown East.  If you are interested in prescription eye glasses or sunglasses, definitely check them out! They also do eye exams (I go to the Cary location to get my eyes checked each year).  They were so kind to give away a pair of sunglasses with this blog post, so be sure to check out my instagram post for details!

 

I hope that this post brought you some new knowledge of Midtown East in Raleigh and possibly sparked some ideas for gifts this season! Let me know if you check out this shopping center! I would love to hear your thoughts. ☺️

You can shop my outfit below:

Cheers,

Olivia

Holiday Gift Guides for Her 2019

I can’t believe it is already December first as I’m writing this!  I am so excited to share this with y’all, as I have had so much fun putting it together. Last year, I remember thinking I was going to make some great gift guides for this year! All year long, I have kept an open note on my phone and computer to add to this list. I hope that this helps you with your shopping this year. I know that it can be stressful to find the perfect item for everyone on your list. I appreciate you using my links–I make a very small commission from these retailers, and it helps my small business grow!

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IT Cosmetics Brush Set: I actually received this same set a few years ago for Christmas, and I love them SO much! They feel so luxurious and soft on your skin, and hold up nicely. I also love that it comes with a cute quilted travel case!

MVMT Galla Watch: A wonderful quality watch that goes with everything! I wear mine almost every day! Comes in multiple colors (I have my eye on the black one for this year 😉 ).

Chanel Chance Perfume: This perfume smells soooo lovely. It is perfect for everyday. Sophisticated and not too heavy. I got a sample from this from Nordstrom, and it will for sure be my next perfume purchase.

Ugg Slippers: I have these in tan and black. Best slippers ever! I’ve had mine at least 5 years, and they are still looking great.

Slip Pillow Case: I treated myself to this last year for Christmas, and I don’t even travel without it now! There are so many benefits to sleeping on a silk pillowcase. Perfect gift for any lady in your life! (comes in multiple colors.)

Dyson Hair Dryer: I know, I know. This is insanely expensive. I received this as a gift 3 years ago, and it is the best dang hair dryer I have ever used. It cuts your drying time down, lessens the amount of frizz, and is much less damaging to your hair. I loveeee mine.

Travel Mirror: I couldn’t find my exact travel mirror that I have personally, but this one has great reviews! Perfect for someone who travels a lot, or simply someone who wants a smaller mirror for detailed makeup everyday. It has built in lights so you can do your makeup anywhere!

Metal Crossbody: I wasn’t going to include a purse on my gift guide, but this one is so unique and has become one of my favorite pieces this year. It adds some edge to any outfit. I’ll link the gold version here as well!

Chunky Hoops: We had these at Pink Magnolia a while back, and I missed out on buying them. They are so classic, yet trendy at the same time.  Perfect every day hoop for any lady!

Monogram Wine Glasses: These are such a great gift for any hostess or wine lover in your life! I love the shape of them, and personalized gifts are always so special!

Polaroid Camera: I think this is such a fun gift for someone who is an “in the moment” type of person. We had one of these cameras at our wedding, and we loved the special memories that it created.

Computer Side Table:  I wanted to include this item because it is something that I use almost every day, in fact, I’m using it right now as I type out this blog post.  It is so perfect for someone who works on their computer a lot at home. You can easily move it around the house, and sit anywhere with your computer! It also looks very stylish in whatever room you put it in!

Faux Fur Blanket:  One of the best purchases Jordan and I made after we got married. This blanked is the best quality and makes your bedroom/living room look so luxurious and cozy. It is heavy and very soft–We like to keep it at the foot of our bed.

EyeShadow Palette–I use this eyeshadow palette every single day. I even used it on my wedding day! Great quality, and very versatile palette for any gal.

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Central Perk Coffee Mug: So cute for the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. lover in your life, I’ve had my eye on this one. (hint hint Jordan).

iPhone Charger Organizer:  This is a great idea for your tech girl who has an Apple Watch and air pods! You can charge all of your things in one place in an organized fashion.

Cozy Plaid Scarf:  This is such a great quality scarf! So soft (80% cashmere). I have the cranberry colored one, and it comes in so many other color options!

Ear Huggie Earrings: I just ordered these! Very inexpensive, and highly rated on Amazon. Thanks, Dani Austin for sharing about these!

Daisy Perfume Set: Perfect little set of perfume to divide amongst multiple stockings!

Cozy Slippers: Also very highly rated on Amazon by so many bloggers. I have them in my cart. 😊  Multiple color options!

Adidas Relaxed Baseball Hat: This hat comes in so many colors, I have the pink and I love it. Linking pink, green, white, and red!

Mini Tarte Palette: Basically a mini version of the palette above! Perfect for travel.

Cozy Socks: I always love getting cozy socks in my stocking. These are wonderful.

Scrunchies: I have one scrunchie so far, and I love this color combination!

Voluspa Candles: Also perfect to split up amongst multiple people. They look beautiful and smell even better.

Recycled Glass Starbucks Cup: My daily coffee cup that I use on the go! Since it’s glass, it holds up so well, and does not get discolored.

Pom Hat:  Perfect for anyone. I love these fun hats!

Iphone Case: For that person that you know is getting a new phone for Christmas. This case is so cute!

Mario Bedescue Facial Sprays: These are the BEST! I use the green tea aloe spray every night before bed.

 

***Stay tuned for my men’s gift guide going up soon!

Merry Christmas y’all,

Olivia

 

Staple Boots For Fall

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If Fall boots have been on your mind, you are in the right place. I am always so excited to pull them out each year and add to the collection.  A different type of boot can change your outfit entirely.  I’m here to talk about Fall boots that I truly love to create outfits with, where to get them, and how to style them (I’ve narrowed it down to 5 different types).  I’ll be linking some exact boots from my pictures and some that are verryy similar if I’m unable to find the exact pair.  I hope you enjoy another Fall outfit themed blog post from me!  To shop these items, simply click the picture of the specific boot you want to shop below, and it will take you directly to that retailer.

IMG_1467I’ll start with my most recent addition to the fam: the Winona Bootie. I had my eye on these for almost two months before ordering them, and I am so glad that I did. They are so perfect.  I love the slight detail across them that make them different than all the other taupe, pointed toe, block-heel booties that you see everywhere on Instagram.  The quality is wonderful, and they are also pretty comfy being a lower heel!  They are still on sale for 40% off, and they come in so many colors! Linking all of the colors below:

 

IMG_1522.jpgSuede Block Heel Bootie:  This is a pair that I bought last year, and I am still loving! I love how sleek the covered block heel is. You can dress these up with skirts, dresses, or more casual with jeans and a leather jacket.  These also come in multiple colors and I’ll link them all below:

 

IMG_1625Black “Sock” Bootie:  These are what I put on when I want to add a bit of “sass” to my outfit, and also dress it up. I love the look of these with tights and a dress.  I was unable to find my exact boots, but I’m linking a very similar pair below under $100!

 

IMG_1600Fitted Over The Knee Boots: I am so glad that this trend is still going.  I love the added bit of warmth OTK boots add to your outfit.  These, in particular have been so great in my opinion. Last year, I walked around Charleston alllll day long in these, and my feet felt just fine at the end of the day. They don’t slide down too much either, which is great for a slip on boot with no ties!  I like the look of no ties or zippers especially if I’m wearing them with skirts. They take a little more work to get on and off, but I think it’s a more sleek look.  Linking the same exact pair below:

 

IMG_1506Tied Over the Knee Boots: Personally, I prefer to wear these over jeans.  OTK boots that are more adjustable tend to give you more room to fit jeans underneath, which is great for colder months.  I’m liking the most similar pair I could find below.  Mine are from Nordstrom Rack a couple years ago!

As always, thank you so much for reading! If you have any feedback for me, please comment below or head over to my latest instagram post. I’d love to hear from you. I hope that you found this post helpful in adding some staple boots to your closet this year!

Until next time,

Olivia

Activewear I’ve Been Loving Lately

***To shop any items in this post, simply click on the picture of the items below, and you will be taken directly to where I purchased them! ☺️***

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Hey there! Thanks for coming back to hang out! A couple weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about causal Fall outfits, and I got a really great response from it, so thank you! I’ve been thinking that I should also share some activewear/ athleisure since that is honestly what I wear half the time when I am working from home, walking Josie, or running around town (aka going to Target 🤣). All of these items in this blog post are items that I have purchased myself and truly love!  These pieces are from multiple different retailers including, Fabletics, Target, Nordstrom Rack, & Amazon!

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I will tell you a bit about Fabletics first (No, this post is not sponsored!), since I personally took forever to try it out!  I ordered my first pairs of leggings from Fabletics back in June, and I signed up for their VIP membership that allows you to get your first pairs for $24! I can honestly say now that I have been wearing several items from Fabletics over the past few months, that the quality is wonderful! I wear the leggings for pure barre, running errands, walking Josie, etc.  They hold up nicely, and they look/feel expensive! They have definitely become my go-to leggings.  Also, this monochromatic white camo tee is my one of my new favs! I wear with with jeans as well–It is so versatile.  Here is a link if you would like to try out Fabletics for yourself!

 

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So, if I’m not in leggings lately, I have been livingggg in these joggers! They are such great quality joggers (under $30!).  I am not afraid to wear these in public because they are so chic. They do not look like sweat pants, and I still feel put together in them.  They are almost like leggings, but even more comfortable in my opinion.  They come in green as well, and I may be ordering those because I love them that much.  They fit TTS and all sizes are in stock!

 

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Okay, these racer back tanks are an absolute steal! They come in packs of 3 for $23.99! I wear them mainly to pure barre. I have washed and dried mine several times. No shrinking or anything like that. They fit TTS.

These slides are also so cute and perfect for sliding on before and after going to pure barre!!

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Shop This Cozy Sweatshirt:

I just picked this up last weekend at Target! I swear the quality at Target just gets better and better.  This is one of the softest, easy pullovers I’ve ever worn (even softer than my aerie sweatshirts!) This is perfect for pairing with leggings or jeans. I love to wear it off the shoulder! I got my normal size (XS).

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Shop Adidas Cloudfoam Sneakers:

These Adidas sneaks are not new to me. I have had this pair for over a year now!  I love them because they are so comfortable, and when they get dirty, I simply throw them in a garment bag and toss them in the wash! I’ve probably washed this pair about 10 times, and they are still holding up nicely.  My mom has these too and loves them!  Linking multiple colors!

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Shop Cute Adidas Hats:

My lil Adidas hat has become the perfect accessory for bad hair days or beach days! Very cute and light weight. Comes in so many color options!!

Thank y’all so much for reading, and hanging out for a bit! Let me know what kind of blog posts you would like to see coming up! I would love to hear from you. 💕

If you would like to see more outfits from my Instagram, simply click the “shop” tab above. 

Cheers,

Olivia

 

 

Casual Fall Weekend Outfits

Welcome back, y’all and happy Friday! I am so excited about the weather this weekend. Finallllly we are getting some mild temps (bout time), and I was inspired to put together some looks for you all that I have been eyeing myself (all of these items are in stock too)! These outfits are perfect for casual Fall weekends, and you can wear these pieces multiple ways throughout the whole season! Definitely a lot of great staples included in this post.  As always, thank you for stopping by! I am so grateful for everyone who decides to pop in. 🙂

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Outfit #2

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Outfit #3

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As always, thank you SO much for reading! It means the world to me when people check out my blog posts! I’m linking similar outfit pieces from my Instagram post below as well!

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Last Year’s Fall Favs + New Items for This Year

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. ☺️

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Items on my wish list // items I’ve recently ordered for this season: