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

Photo-Shoot Tanning Routine

Hey y’all!  I’m excited to be writing this post in collaboration with Pink Magnolia!  You can find my post on their website along with other guest bloggers in the future. As many of you know, I have been the model for their website for the past year participating in weekly photoshoots.  We have had so much fun since the beginning, and we continue to learn more and more after each shoot.

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Shop Spring skirts and bottoms!

One thing that has been constantly part of my routine the past year is self tanning (I’ve tried several different types of products!).  After trial and error, I have found a couple of products that I really love and are pretty easy to use too.  I thought that some of you would appreciate me sharing my tips and tricks as the weather heats up, and we are ready to bust out our Spring wardrobes!  I always feel more confident with a little extra color before diving into Spring styles.

 

 

Tan Luxe Body Drops

Clarins Face Drops

I’ll start by talking about the type of tanner I use, which is tanning drops!  As opposed to tanning mousse, gradual lotions, sprays, etc, tanning drops allow for a more custom color that lasts over a week and fades nicely!  These drops also last me a lot longer than purchasing other kinds of self tanners, and no need to purchase a mitt along with it.

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How to use:

I use the Tan Luxe tanning drops and Clarins face drops with my favorite everyday lotion.  I simply mix a few drops in with my moisturizer for each section of my body.  The more drops you use, obviously the deeper your tan will be.  You can also build color over several days if you aren’t comfortable going in with so many drops the first time. That’s why I really love this style of tanning.  You can make it work for you whether you want to be bronzed or just slightly sun-kissed.  The best part of this product is that it does not smell.  I put it on right after I shower, and I’m good to go. There’s no need to rinse it off.  (If applying directly with your hands, be sure to wash your palms thoroughly–This is how I apply it).  You can apply it before bed or the beginning of your day and go about your business.  It slowly develops after several hours just like a spray tan would.

My Tips:

  •  Exfoliate and shave just like you would before any other type of tanner.  Add and emollient lotion to areas like knees, elbows, ankles to prevent dark patches before going in with the moisturizer/drop mixture.
  • Start with less the first time you use it to figure out your perfect amount, and to allow some error your first time applying!  (It’s always worse when you miss a spot and your tan is super dark).
  • Go with the dark drops and not the light-medium.  My skin is pretty fair, and I use the dark version.  I simply use less drops, and my bottle lasts longer!
  • Apply a generous amount of lotion on the back of your hands and less drops than you’d apply anywhere else.  Sometimes I even use the drops I use on my face for my hands.  Simply because the face drops are much more subtle.
  • Keep your skin moisturized each day after applying the tanner, and your color will last longer and fade nicely.

 

I hope this post helps y’all get ready for Spring and all the fun Spring styles coming out as well! I know I’m ready!  If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to my blog as well as following me on Instagram! Simply click on “About” from the menu, scroll to the bottom, and enter your email. I love to share everyday fashion, beauty & lifestyle favorites! ☺️

 

Cheers,

Olivia

Pink Magnolia Christmas Gift Guide

 

If you have missed out on online orders shipping before Christmas (like me), no worries! I have put together this gift guide, and you can purchase everything right from one of Pink Magnolia’s stores (Cary or Morrisville)!  There are certainly so many more options, however, these five items are my personal favorites and I highly recommend them! The best part of these gifts is that they are no brainers–You don’t have to worry about purchasing the right size! All of these items are so versatile for any age as well. I own and love several of these gift options, and my mom and grandmother do too.  Pink Magnolia makes shopping for all of the special ladies in your life easy. 🙂

I hope this helps spark some ideas for your Christmas shopping!

Cheers,

Olivia

Charleston– What I wore

I got a lot of questions about different items I wore on my Charleston trip, so I thought I would compile them all in a blog post for y’all!  A few of the items are older, and I added links to similar or newer versions of them! I’m working on a traveling guide of all the food and views that I love in Charleston as well! I’ll have it up by the end of the week! 🙂

I hope y’all enjoy!

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Leopard Skirt:   New Version — Express (Very few sizes left)  /  Another Option — Forever 21  / Midi Option — Zara

Black Turtleneck:   Exact Express Turtleneck  (wearing size xxs) On sale!

Over The Knee Boots:  New Version of My Steve Madden Boots — Currently 20% off!

Crossbody:  Exact Marc Jacobs Bag — Available in so many colors!

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Faux Fur Scarf: Exact Target Scarf –No longer available in grey! 🙁

Maroon Turtleneck:  Exact Express Turtleneck (same as above/also on sale, wearing size xxs)

Jeans:  Exact Madewell Jeans

Slides:  VERY Similar Marc Fisher Mules — only $40!

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Tie Waist Dress Coat:  Exact Calvin Klein Coat — Currently 30% off!

Boots:  Exact Marc Fisher Boots — Also 30% off!

Scarf:  Burberry Scarf

 

Cheers,

Olivia

 

Comfortable Jeans That Won’t Disappoint

Jeans are definitely my comfort item, and I have quite an abundance of them (My most purchased clothing item, and I never get rid of any lol).  Good, comfortable jeans are staples that everyone should have in their closet.  I’m sharing my favorite brands to buy jeans from in this post! These are all jeans that I truly love the fit and feel of.   I’ll link some of the specific styles with pictures below.

  1.  Express : I decided to list this one first because they are on sale! I catch these on sale pretty often, so I have several!  Particularly, my favorite are the mid-rise jeggings.

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Midrise Distressed Jegging

Regular Midrise Jegging    — (no distressing) I have these and love them as well.

2.  Madewell: These Jeans are the most expensive on my list, and by far the best quality. They are a thicker, true-denim fabric (but still have some stretch).   I  also think that these jeans have the most “classic” fit out of any that I own.  My favorite are the 9″ High rise skinny jean.

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9″ Skinny Raw Hem  (Note: the 10″ High rise means an extra inch higher in the waist, and  they actually fit a lot differently! I can wear the 9″ and not the 10″.)

3.  Articles of Society:  These jeans are the stretchiest jeans that I own. So, if you are looking for ultimate comfort and a more casual jean, look no further! You can also find this brand at Pink Magnolia!

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4.  Just Black Denim: I discovered this brand through Pink Magnolia, and omg they are so great!  They fit like a glove! I wear Just Black Denim in almost every photo on Pink Magnolia’s website that you see me in a pair of jeans. I get the most questions about these jeans when I wear them! Great brand- Born and made in U.S.A.

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Fray Hem Skinny Jean

Ripped Knee Jean

(Photos by @allisonvrhovac)

 

Thank y’all for reading! Cheers!

Olivia

Just Add Black–A Timeless Outfit for Fall

 

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Bringing y’all a classic and timeless outfit for fall today. 🙂 I hope you enjoy!  I am a fan of no-brainer outfits to put together. This plaid skirt goes perfect with the basics that you have in your closet already! Add a fitted black or white shirt and some booties, and you’re good to go! Also looks great with tights and flats, or over the knee boots. Truly so many options with this one.  Outfit details linked below. Have a wonderful Sunday, friends.

Plaid Skirt    wearing a S (Also can purchase in-store at Pink Magnolia!)

Black Turtleneck   wearing xxs

Similar Black Booties    also come in grey and red!!!

Similar Black Purse

Sunglasses — sold in-store at Pink Magnolia 🙂 Only $35!

Cheers,

Olivia

Our Wedding Video

 

Truly the most amazing day of my life.  Thinking back on this day, and so thankful to have a video that captured all of it.  Thank y’all for watching. 🙂

 

If you are ever interested in me posting more bridal related content on here, let me know! I absolutely love all things weddings.

 

Cheers,

Olivia

 

video by: Sugar Shack Films

Dress Raleigh

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There’s something satisfying about finding a unique piece of clothing/accessory that you know not everyone is going to have.  That’s why I love to pop in to Dress whenever I get the chance to browse around.  Dress is a local designer resale boutique where you can shop or consign high end bags, jewelry, shoes, clothes, and more.  Several pieces in my closet have come from Dress, and I frequently get questions on where I got them. This fringe jacket that I found is no exception–It is so fun and unique! It is certainly a special occasion piece, but I have found several staples at dress as well (work totes, purses, accessories.)

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I really appreciate having a boutique like this nearby where I can actually see the item in person before purchasing.  Sometimes purchasing high end items from others off of ebay/facebook is not as comforting in my opinion.  I like to have as little stress as possible when shopping, so that is a plus for me!

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Dress has two different locations in Raleigh, but they also have an instagram account that they update daily when they receive new arrivals!   (@dressraleigh)

I love sharing local places with y’all! If you have not checked them out yet, I recommend that you do! As always, thanks for reading.

Cheers,

Olivia

Local Date Night Spots

Hey there! I love talking about my favorite local spots, so here are a few of my favorite places for date night or for those nights that you simply want to get dressed up and grab a glass of wine and a great meal with the girls! I’ll be honest, Jordan and I don’t get dressed up for “date night” often, but we do enjoy the places below when we are wanting to escape to something a little more romantic and elegant.

 

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The Verandah

I’ll start with The Verandah, since that is where this first photo was taken!  This is located inside of the Mayton Inn in downtown Cary. First of all, The Mayton Inn is gorgeous, so of course the restaurant inside is also just as elegant.  Plus, it has a wonderful outdoor brick patio for those cool evenings that we are all waiting for here in the south lol.  The bar is also calm and classy if you want to pop in just for a drink. Order the truffle fries!

 

Peak City Grill

I personally love this place because of the history.  My family owns and runs a feed store that has been in business since 1885, so historic buildings are so special to me.  The building Peak City Grill is in has been all sorts of things in the past like a hardware and feed store as well.  This is a wonderful spot for a quiet, relaxed evening in downtown Apex.  I just love the interior brick walls and antique lighting.  It is for sure my kind of atmosphere.

 

Daniels

This is absolutely a local Italian favorite. Fun Fact: this building actually used to be a BBQ joint manyyy years ago! It has certainly changed, and they are booked up every single night pretty much. So, be sure to make a reservation! My favorite item on the menu is penne a la casa with shrimp, but honestly, I could eat the bread and marinara for my whole meal–it’s that good.

 

The Angus Barn

Okay, I HAD to include this (I did get married there after all).  There is honestly nothing that beats the atmosphere, service, experience, and food in my opinion.  There is simply no place else like The Angus Barn.  My family has always celebrated our most special events in life there.  This will always be my most favorite place to go.  If you have never been around Christmas time, make sure you go–They have the most incredible Christmas decor!

 

I could talk on and on about these places, but I prefer to keep my posts short and sweet! If you haven’t tried these places, I hope you are now inspired to do so!

As always, thanks for reading,

Olivia

 

Lulu’s Red Lace Dress (also comes in blue!)

My Custom Wedding Gown

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I don’t know about y’all, but my feed has been flooded with all kinds of beautiful engagements recently. So, I’m feeling inspired to write about something wedding related of course (My one year anniversary is coming up!).  Any excuse to reminisce on my big day! 🙂

Since I purchased my gown locally, I thought that it may be beneficial for all of those local brides out there to read! My gown came from Lana Addison (an adorable little bridal boutique) in Downtown Cary, and was originally in two pieces!  I picked out the top and the bottom separately to create my gown, which ended up being the best way for me to customize.  I was able to add a silk ribbon to the waist and delicate straps to the lace top.  I loved the mixture of textures between my top and bottom (Originally, I thought that I wanted a completely lace gown.) My top and bottom were both Martina Liana, and I’ll link both below!

Lana Addison was actually the very first place that I went when I began trying on gowns. I visited 4 other places after, and ended up right back where I started, because nothing could beat the combo that I tried on there.  I really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect gown! Good luck to those newly engaged brides out there hunting for their gowns. I hope that sharing my experience with you helped!

Thanks for reading,

Olivia

My Gown:

Carmen Lace Top

Sanja Crepe Bottom

Photographer: Les Atkins