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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Bonus Items:

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

 

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!

 

 

 

Ocean Isle–Our Favorite Spots

 

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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 😂.)

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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.

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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.

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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:

  1.  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. 😍
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

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I’m sure we will add to this list!  Talk to you soon.

-LIV

 

 

What’s in my Beach Bag?

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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!

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Let me know something that you do not go to the beach without on my last instagram post! Talk to y’all soon. ♥️

 

Cheers,

OG

5 Items I ALWAYS Travel With

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!

Travel Mirror (currently on sale too)

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. 🙂

Nexxus Hair Mask

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.

Perfect Bar

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.

Satin Pillowcase (more affordable option)

Pure Silk Pillowcase

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??

Travel Wipes

 

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.

Cheers,

Olivia

 

 

Charleston Recommendations

Alright y’all, this will be a longer post.  Grab a snack, and stay a while. 🙂 I know that there are so many wonderful options of where to eat and what to do in Charleston, so I hope you enjoy reading about my personal favs! I had the pleasure of bringing my Meme to Charleston for her 70th bday, and showing her around–She absolutely adored it!  This is my favorite blog post yet, mainly because I am so in love with this wonderful place. I hope you enjoy my recommendations!

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Where to stay:

We stayed at the Francis Marion, the oldest hotel in Charleston, located on King Street. This was such an elegant, vintage hotel. You can feel that you are in a historic building the moment you walk in.  The grand lobby with crystal chandeliers, marble floors, and antique blue carpet was decorated in the classiest Christmas decor. (We enjoyed hanging out in the lobby in the mornings drinking coffee before our adventures!) Our hotel room had the same antique-feel as the lobby–It was lovely. 🙂

 

 

Another really great historic hotel is the Mills House–My mom and dad love to stay here when they come to Charleston. This is a smaller hotel than Francis Marion with a beautiful lobby as well.  It is pink on the outside with a gorgeous wrought iron balcony!

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We also got a tour of The Vendue, a more modern hotel. I am for sure staying here when I come back to Charleston with Jordan.  It is so chic and classy.  The rooms have exposed brick and lots of windows, which I love!  Also– There is live music in the “drawing room” at night.   The staff is also so wonderful, and we were treated like queens while we hung out there!

 

 

What to See:

Rainbow Row:  This is pretty much a given when coming to Charleston.  It is the most iconic and colorful street to walk down. The whole street of houses is just so charming to look at.

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The Battery: If you are going to walk down Rainbow Row, you may as well walk down the battery too–it is very close by! The Battery is a defensive sea wall, and also a landmark that stretches along the lower shores of Charleston.  Also a gorgeous scene with grande antebellum homes to view along the way.

 

 

 

King Street: The ultimate street for shopping! Tons of high end shops, and simply another  very pleasant street to walk down.  There really is no avoiding King Street when going to Charleston.

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The Historic City Market: Make sure to walk through the city market as well! (Another historic building of course).  Mostly open on the weekends–not sure about during the week.  So many local vendors come to the city market to sell their goods (paintings, historic tiles, snacks, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, etc). Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, it’s a neat part of Charleston to see.

Rooftop bars:  For sure go to a rooftop around sunset to get a view of the city!  My two favorite rooftop bars are the rooftop at the Market Pavilion Hotel (you can still go to this rooftop if you aren’t a guest at the hotel) and The Vendue Rooftop!

 

 

Plantation home:  I loveeee plantation homes, and I highly recommend going to see one if you have time while you are visiting.  My favorite one to visit is Boone Hall–The oak trees are so incredible to look at, and its a lovely spot for pictures! (It’s actually America’s most photographed plantation and featured as the backdrop in several movies).

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Okay, finally, where to eat!!

Breakfast/Lunch:

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit: You’ll eat a lot of biscuits in Charleston, but these are unique and a must.  It’s the cutest little shop on King Street, and always has a line out the door.  Since the place is so small, there is pretty much only standing room during peak season. I recommend grabbing some biscuits, and then walking down King Street to shop!

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Poogan’s Porch: Located in an old historic home. As classic as a southern breakfast gets. Biscuits, whipped honey butter, eggs, home fries (fried in duck fat), bacon, sausage, grits, and mimosas :).

Dinner:

Magnolias:  Very southern, charming upscale restaurant.  It’s a calm and quiet place to dine.  Order the down south egg roll and brussel sprout salad!

82 Queen: Lowcountry cuisine. This place felt the most private of any place that we ate at–wonderful for a special date night. Also the best filet I have ever had (a very bold statement, I know). You will not regret ordering it.

Revival: This place is only 5 months old!! It used to be a coffee shop, but now is a very modern restaurant (but still southern).  The only place that did not feed us biscuits before the meal lol! They serve an “edible terrarium” instead (olive paste base with an assortment of veggies to dip), which was delicious! See picture below. Order the lowcountry pirlou.  The service here is wonderful–We were served complimentary champagne and a custom dessert from the chef for Meme’s bday.

 

 

Husk Bar:  This bar also serves food, and it is such a cool place to have a few drinks after dinner as well–Go upstairs! Super cozy-feel, brick barn-looking building.  We walked over here from 82 queen to have a few drinks after dinner.

 

I hope that y’all try some of these places when you visit Charleston next! Let me know what you think of them! 🙂

Cheers,

Olivia