Mental & Physical Self-Care Tips

Mental & Physical Self-Care Tips

Outfit details: Sports Bra // Leggings // Wine glasses // Marble Wine Cooler // Similar Yoga Mat // Similar Weights

Hey there, friend! I have seen a few posts about self-care recently, and I wanted to write a little post on my idea of self-care at the moment.  Here are some things that I have been doing during this quarantine that helps to clear my mind and maintain my physical health:

Enjoy a glass of wine! (with no guilt) I wanted to talk to you all about FitVitne. If you have been following along for a while now, you know I am a raving fan of this wine. They have significantly less sugar in their wines in comparison to others, which allows them to fit into your healthy lifestyle. I have tried almost all of their wines, and they taste so clean because they go through a special filtering process.  They are vegan and gluten free! My favorites for Spring and Summer are the Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Proseccó, and the Pinot Noir! They are all so full of flavor and light-tasting at the same time. I also really love the Cabernet during the colder months. (Already thinking about a glass of wine on the porch as I write this.)  You can find FitVine in several local stores around the area, but I’m going to link their website here. They are offering 10% off first time customers and free shipping on a case of wine! No need to leave your house. 🙂

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Treat your hair to a hair mask: I’m linking my favorite hair mask at the moment here (for some reason I can only find travel size) and the oil that I add in for a little extra boost here. I’ll link another full size mask option that I buy quite often here as well.  I let this mixture sit in my hair for a least 10 minutes before rinsing it out.  I usually use that time to shave or exfoliate, sit, and relax.

Whiten your teeth: This may seem silly, but I found that doing simple things like this has boosted my mood at home. I pulled out my whitening kit from Smile Brilliant just the other day and knocked out a whitening session. With all the time we have at home right now, why not come out of this quarantine with whiter teeth? (also not sponsored, I love their products! I use their electric toothbrush as well–more on that later.) You can use code oliviaccgreen20 on their website for 20% off. Linking my original teeth whitening post here with Smile Brilliant and their website here.

Bake something yummy! Linking my healthy banana bread recipe here, and my flourless almond butter cookies here. They are still recipes I make allll the time and they are cleaner ingredients that you don’t have to feel bad about (NO white sugar or butter in either recipe!) I’m waiting on some bananas to ripen right now so I can make banana bread!

Read a book or download and Audible! Linking my current read right here, and the next up on my list right here. I love books that keep my mindset in a positive place!

Take a walk around your neighborhood, or try an at home workout! Enjoy the Spring blooms and fresh air.  I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend! Praying for everyone’s health and happiness during this time. 🙂 Talk to you later.

Cheers,

Olivia

 

5 Work From Home Essentials

5 Work From Home Essentials

I know many of us are working from home for the foreseeable future, so I thought I would write a quick blog post on some essentials that really make my work from home experience better! These are all items that I have loved and used for a long time.

Weighted Blanket: Jordan got me this blanket for Christmas, and I have been in love with it.  If you stress out easily or are simply always cold, this throw blanket is so great! It gives you the perfect amount of pressure and eases anxiety. Perfect to throw over your lap while you work from home.

Blue Light Glasses: I know that most of us stare at screens for a significant chunk of the day. Jordan and I have really been loving these blue light glasses for work, scrolling our cellphones, and playing video games.  They come in a pack of two, so you can share with your significant other. ☺️

C-Shaped Computer Table: This is something that I have been using for years now, actually using it as I type out this blog post–a total game changer. (Linking a similar version of the one I have had for years). It allows you to use your computer comfortably while sitting on the couch, recliner, or wherever! Also, it’s a pretty cute addition to your living room. Jordan and I are constantly moving this around the house.  It can scoot right out of the way because of the way it is shaped. Linking it here.

The Best Coffee on Amazon Prime: Coffee is of course necessary during the work day, and in order to keep social distancing in effect, you should be avoiding coffee shops at the moment! We have probably ordered 10 bags of this coffee over the past year–We are hooked. Linking the whole bean option (the one we buy for our espresso machine) and the ground coffee option.

“The One Thing” by Gary Keller: A book beneficial for your mindset in your personal and business life! I’m reading it this week as a reminder of what is most important to me in my personal and business goals. There is also and audiobook option, and a podcast series.

BONUS: Since most of us are staying around the house, I thought I’d also share an app that I really have been loving that has several different brain training activities that you can personalize to your own liking. There are several different subjects for sharpening writing, reading, speaking, and math skills. It’s educational and a great distraction from all of the chaos going on right now.  I’ll link it here in case you are interested in checking it out. (Not sponsored.) I discovered this app on my own. 🙂

Let me know below what is helping you get through this ongoing work from home quarantine! I would love to hear from y’all!

 

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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

Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

Hey y’all!  Today, I sat down with Jordan and my brother to finish up this Men’s Gift Guide to help you shop! Therefore, it is man approved!! There are some really great items on this gift guide, many of the items are some that Jordan owns himself and has his stamp of approval.  I will not go too much into detail about each item, but if you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment down below or message me on Instagram.  I would love to help you out any way that I can!IMG_2263

Fleece Quarter Zip: Jordan and I just ordered this for someone on our list! It is a great price, and perfect for these colder months.

Cole Haan Boots: My brother has these on his Christmas list this year. He loves the look of these because they are winter boots that can be dressed up.

Tumi Backpack: Jordan LOVES his Tumi backpack. These are so perfect for someone who travels a lot for work. They are customizable (Jordan has his initials on his) and have a pocket for everything so that you can stay organized.

Vintage Mini Fridge: I think this is perfect for any man on your list.  You can keep your beer nice and close to you on game day, or add it to your office at work for your beverages.  Linking the smaller version here (would be cute on a side table next to the couch).

Glencairn Whiskey Glass: For the avid whiskey drinker.  My brother and Jordan both love theirs and use them all the time.  I’ve actually drank red wine out of one before because they are so comfortable and easy to hold. I love that you can personalize them too! If you haven’t heard of these, definitely check them out!

Ring Doorbell: We love our ring doorbell! These are great for anyone honestly!

Adidas Sweats: Currently on sale! Dale’s favorite pants right now.

MVMT Watch: Classic, great quality watch!

Dyson Handheld Vacuum: This is something that Jordan uses all the time to vacuum out his car. It comes in handy for so much more too.

Apple AirPods: I think these are on many people’s list this year! Definitely an easy no-brainer gift.

Ugg Slippers: Jordan wears his everyday during the colder months. High quality, and very warm!

NC Hat: The hat Jordan wears almost every day! You can customize these too with other states, patterns, and colors! Linking their product page on amazon here. 

Rocking Tailgating Chair: We have a set of two of these that we received as a gift last year, and we both love them!

Soundbar: A greats addition to your TV set up for watching sports/movies/etc.

Whiskey Decanter: Very masculine and perfect for any bachelor pad or man cave!

JBL Speaker: We love to bring this to the beach, tailgating, or on the porch. It’s water resistant and the battery lasts a long time.

Yeti Cooler: Jordan has a few different yeti coolers, but this is the most used one. Fits a whole case of beer and has a handle to carry it.

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T Shirt Set

Underwear Set

Sock Set

Hot Sauce Set

Yeti Coffee Mug

Bear Claws: For shredding BBQ

Meat Thermometer 

iPhone Charging Station/Organizer

Beer Shower Koozie! –My fav on this list lol.

Coffee Kult Coffee Beans: Jordan and my favorite coffee beans!

Qalo Silicone Ring

Carhartt Beanie

Flask and Card holder Set

 

I hope this gives y’all some ideas for what to get for the men on your lists this year! Thank y’all for using my links to shop. ☺️ It helps my blog and small business grow.

 

Merry Christmas,

Olivia

 

 

Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth

Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth

 

 

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.)

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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!

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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!

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The impressions only take a few minutes to make!

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!

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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  ♥️

GIVEAWAY LINK

 

 

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!

For HER:

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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

 

Momma’s Sweet Potato Soufflé Recipe

Momma’s Sweet Potato Soufflé Recipe

 

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

Topping:

  •  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)

Directions:

  •  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.
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(peel sweet potatoes and combine with butter before adding in other ingredients.)
  •  Add in the rest of the ingredients, mix well until combined.

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  •  Pour into a greased casserole dish (Momma uses more butter for this).

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  •  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

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ENJOY!! 😊 Thanks for reading. ♥️

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Link to Alan Jackson’s cookbook here, a true collectible!!

Affordable Fall Decor🍂

Pumpkins:

Wreaths:

Pillows:

Cups / Mugs:

 

My new favorite coffee beans:

This coffee is amazing. If you are a fan of making your own lattes, I highly recommend this!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this quick & happy lil blog post! Let me know how you’re celebrating the first day of Autumn.

Until next time,

Olivia 💕

Jord Watches

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(My watch linked here)

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!)

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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.

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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!).

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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:

Wooden watches
Watches for women 
Watches for men
Watch engraving

Talk to you soon,

Olivia

 
Mens Wooden Watches
Wooden Wrist Watch

Guide to a Chic, Cozy Bedroom

Guide to a Chic, Cozy Bedroom

 

[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!

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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.

Comfort Essentials:

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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.

Until next time,

Olivia ♥️