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!
We often get caught up in the chaos life brings us, and it’s important to take time for our mental and physical health. Here are a few ways I’m reducing stress and improving my overall well being.
Hot Lemon Water –Hydrate before you Caffeinate (Thanks Shona Vertue). I have been drinking hot lemon water every single morning for the past month before drinking any coffee. I have read about the benefits of drinking lemon water in so many blogs, and I thought I would give it a try. It is a great way to get a jumpstart on your hydration for the day. It’ll also boost your vitamin C intake, aid in digestion, and provide other health benefits.
Sign up for work-out classes. I use an app on my phone called ClassPass to sign up for Pure Barre classes. I recently completed my 10th class, and I’m loving it! Scheduling a class on this app makes you have more of a commitment to working out, because you are penalized for skipping them or canceling less that 12 hours prior. You are always more likely to to follow through when you plan ahead! If you are interested in this app or pure barre, feel free to message me! I can invite you through the app for a free class. 🙂
Only drink alcohol on the weekends. Okay, so I don’t always follow this rule. BUT, if I do drink a glass of wine during the week, I drink one glass of FITVINE. This company makes wine that has significantly less sugar, carbs, and calories than your typical glass of wine. (A solution to all of our problems, right 😆). I’ll link their website here. Definitely worth trying!
Exercise your mind. — It’s easy to get home from work and sit on the couch watching meaningless T.V. and scrolling through social media until it’s time for bed. Try reading something productive, listening to a podcast, or write in a journal instead. Personally, I love reading other people’s blogs who are self-employed. I also like to read more specific real estate related books that help to further my knowledge in my career.
We all need a reminder to take care of ourselves sometimes. I hope you enjoyed reading!
Hey y’all 👋🏼, Trader Joe’s regular over here. I used to not understand the craze over this place, and now I’m there at least once every other week 🤣. Several items from there have become staples in our home! I know that there are countless items to try, so I thought I would share about the things that I have tried and continuously buy over and over. I’m always looking for good recommendations, so let me know your favorites too on my last Instagram post!
Fresh Flowers! : With Mother’s Day coming up, I figured this would be very appropriate! TJ’s has great prices on flowers. I love having fresh flowers around the house during the Spring/Summer, and I don’t want to pay a lot for them. Definitely the best priced flowers out of our other local grocery stores.
Chocolate Almond Granola: I sprinkle this on top of plain whole wheat cereal every morning! It is so so delicious. I hate running out of this stuff. I have gone to TJ’s two days in a row once because it was sold out, and now I buy two boxes at a time. 🤷🏼♀️Problem solved!
Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce: Better than any other store-bought brand sauce. I cook this for a couple hours and add ground turkey and red pepper flakes–For sure a regular dinner item for us.
Tortellini: Also a really easy dinner item, and much cheaper than other tortellini brands. Pair with the marinara sauce above for quick and easy dinner!
Frozen Sides: My two favorite frozen side items have to be the roasted potatoes and peppers and veggie fried rice. They are ready in minutes and go perfectly with so many things.
Turkey Corn Dogs: Yes, sometimes I eat like a 5 year old. 🙈 So easy and yummy! Perfect for a quick snack and a healthier alternative to normal corn dogs.
Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup: I usually eat this more in the colder months, but it is so good, so I’m going to share it too. Just put it in the microwave, and I add a bit of cayenne pepper–anddd done. Also wonderful with grilled cheese.
Dark Chocolate Almonds: No other brand tops these. I have tried buying chocolate covered almonds from other stores/brands, and none are as good as these in my opinion. Trader Joe’s has a special rich and unique taste to their dark chocolate, and the almonds are always crispy!
Dark Chocolate PB Cups: Also a really great option if you are into dark chocolate. (They have a milk chocolate version as well.) I keep these in the fridge and have a couple for dessert pretty regularly.
Joe-Joe’s: These are special because they have actual vanilla bean paste in them–Which is so much better IMO. Also, I think they are more crunchy than oreos (another plus).
Seasoning: I buy several different seasonings, but the two that I constantly have to restock on are the everything bagel seasoning and the chili lime seasoning. My favorite way to use the everything bagel seasoning is on top of eggs or roasted veggies! We use the chili lime seasoning on chicken for chicken tacos allll the time.
Laundry Detergent: Made with built in soy-based softeners and lavender oil, so no need to purchase an additional fabric softener. This product is also more natural and much cheaper than name brand detergents.
PB Banana Dog Treats: For all the dog owners out there–these are so great and all natural. Josie loves them! Great for training.
That wraps up my top picks! I hope y’all got some ideas for your next TJ visit!
I will get straight to the point on this one so that y’all don’t have to scroll forever to get to the recipe! 😉 Bottom line is this is the yummiest banana bread I have ever tasted, and it’s not bad for you (yay!). I have made this recipe based off of another recipe I found on pinterest, and this is my perfected version! I hope that you all enjoy! (Blue and white plate linked here. + similar cutting board here.)
What you will need:
1/3 c melted coconut oil
1/2 c pure maple syrup or honey (I use both–1/4 c syrup, 1/4 c honey)
3 medium ripe bananas (mashed)
1/4 c of milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus additional for swirl on top
1 3/4 c whole wheat flour
9×5 in loaf pan –Link to my loaf pan here (the best!)
peanut butter chips (I love this addition, I add about 1/4 c. Can be found in baking aisle), or dark chocolate chips
chopped pecans, walnuts, or slivered almonds on top!
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees, spray your loaf pan with non-stick spray (I use coconut oil spray.)
Melt your coconut oil in the microwave in 20 second increments until liquified, whisk honey/syrup with the oil thoroughly. Add eggs and beat until combined.
Next, add mashed bananas and milk, mix.
Mix in baking soda, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon.
Lastly, with a large spoon, stir in the flour. Also, if you are adding chocolate chips or nuts, mix those now as well.
Pour batter into your loaf pan, and sprinkle some more cinnamon on top. To add a swirl effect, run a fork across the top in a swirled pattern.
Bake for 55-60 min. (I like mine to be not as done, so I take it out at 55.)
**Note that this bread is very moist, so after a few days of sitting at room temperature, I recommend you put it in the fridge. If you’re like me, and the whole loaf is gone after a few days, this shouldn’t be an issue. 😋
Be sure to tag me if you decide to make it–I wanna see! 🍌🍞🍯
Hey Y’all! I haven’t written a blog post in quite some time, and I’m happy to be back! Thanks for stopping by to hang out for a bit. 🙂 In the total chaos of getting ready for our next trip (Leaving for Germany/Switzerland today!), I thought of this blog topic. Also–I find writing to be therapeutic, and it was nice to sit down for a few minutes to talk to y’all. I always enjoy hearing your feedback, so let me know in the comments of this post or my Instagram post of your must have items when you travel! If you are interested in hearing about mine, just keep reading!
Impressions Vanity Mirror: This little light-up mirror is so convenient–fits right in your makeup bag! It has both a regular mirror and magnified mirror on the other side. I actually received this as a Christmas gift in my stocking this past year (Thanks Mom!), and it goes with me on every trip! I don’t have to worry about sharing the bathroom mirror with someone, poor lighting, etc. I just sit wherever and whenever to put my makeup on with this handy little thing!
Nexxus Hair Masque: First of all, I love Nexxus hair masques. I always use a hair masque in place of regular conditioner, and this one is so moisturizing. Secondly, this takes up barely any space in your suitcase! Depending on how long my trip is, I will pack a couple of these (one pack usually lasts me a couple washes, and I have very thick hair.). If you care to hear more about hair products I love, I’ll link that here. 🙂
Perfect Bar: The BEST protein bar I have ever tasted hands down (with really great ingredients too). And let me tell you, I’ve tried a ton of protein bars. You can find these in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores including Aldi and Target. These can be out of the refrigerator for up to a week and can either be a meal replacement or a snack depending on the person. Breakfast is super important to me, so I always have these just in case something prevents me from making time for breakfast when traveling! For example, I know I will be on the plane for 9+ hours here shortly, so having these bars on hand has me covered.
Silk/Satin Pillowcase: This may seem like a “diva” item as my mom would say. However, if you know me, you know that I am a terrible sleeper! I started sleeping on a satin pillowcase last year, and recently splurged on a pure silk one. There are so many benefits of sleeping on silk, and I will not go into all the details. The bottom line is I sleep so much better with this, and I make sure I’m never without it! No one has time for sleep deprivation when traveling the world! I’ll link both the satin and silk pillowcases.
Travel Wet Wipes: Some of y’all are laughing at this one, that’s okay! Hey, I don’t like germs. If I’m going to spend enough time on an airplane to eat/sleep/relax, you can bet I’m wiping down my arm rests, tray table, etc. before getting too comfortable! No one has time to pick up nasty germs when traveling the world either, right??
I hope that you find some of these items helpful for your next trip! Stay tuned for a flood of photos for the next 10+ days of our trip to Germany/Switzerland! If you aren’t already following me on Instagram, my handle is oliviaccgreen.