Something I’m wearing to allll the holiday parties coming up? A confident, white smile. 😁 Hey y’all! This is my first giveaway of the season, and I am so excited to share it with you! If you have been following along for a couple of months, you know that I have been testing a new teeth whitening system. As promised, I’m sharing the results with you all, and also giving away a FREE kit ($150 value) to one of you reading. (Details at the end of my post.)
I’ll start by telling you a bit about my teeth whitening history. Because I’m a frequent coffee, tea, and wine drinker, my teeth definitely experience staining as a result. I have used crest white strips, whitening toothpaste, professional whitening (after Invisalign), and while some gave me decent results, they all made my teeth so sensitive. Therefore, teeth sensitivity was a primary concern when I started the teeth whitening system from Smile Brilliant. I was so happy to learn about the desensitizing gel that comes with your teeth whitening kit from Smile Brilliant. You simply put on the desensitizing gel after your whitening session, and it soothes any sensitivity you may have encountered from the whitening gel. Something that I have found is that whitening before bed is the best for sensitivity because it allows your teeth to go untouched from food/drink for several hours. Also, if you know you are more sensitive, start off with a shorter whitening session. Just my bit of advice!
Something really awesome about this kit is that you don’t need a dentist appointment to begin! You don’t even have to leave your house. You make your own impressions right at home from the supplies that Smile Brilliant sends over. It is perfect for those of you who are so busy and always on the go!
I was very impressed with how much whiter my teeth were just after a few uses! My mom and my husband even noticed that my teeth were whiter after a couple sessions. I’m so happy to have a whiter smile going into the new year, and all of the events leading up! I am beyond happy with the results. Check out my before and after below: You can see that just the slightest surface staining I had is completely gone!
Enter to win your own teeth whitening kit (desensitizing gel included) by clicking on the giveaway link below and entering in your email! You can also get 15 % off with code OLIVIACCGREEN15 ♥️
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!
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.
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!
Alright, I haven’t shared a recipe on here in SO long! Currently eating sweet potato soufflé while writing about it on a Sunday afternoon, life is good. This one is sure to please, I promise. (Inspired by Alan Jackson’s recipe.). This is the only dish that I care about my mom making year after year to put on the table at Thanksgiving. Is it a side? Is it a dessert? I’ll leave that up to you. I eat it as both, and it is so delicious! 😆
Here’s what you’ll need:
3 Large Sweet Potatoes
1/2 tsp of Salt
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 stick of butter
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/3 stick of butter
1/4 cup of light brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans (I like to leave these whole, and the more the merrier)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Wash sweet potatoes and wrap with tin foil. Bake for 1.5 hrs. (You can also cook in crockpot on high for 4 hrs.)
Let potatoes cool down for 10 minutes or so. Peel potatoes and mash together with 1 stick of butter.
Add in the rest of the ingredients, mix well until combined.
Pour into a greased casserole dish (Momma uses more butter for this).
Bake for 30 min
Take dish out and add the topping. Spread the butter over the top and let it melt into the dish. Sprinkle brown sugar and pecans.
Bake for an additional 10-15 min
ENJOY!! 😊 Thanks for reading. ♥️
Link to Alan Jackson’s cookbook here, a true collectible!!
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:
[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. ♥️
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.
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. 🙂
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).
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!
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!
Here are the YouTube channels for the ladies listed above if you’d like to check them out!