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!

 

Shop This Post:

 

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.

IMG_5844

 

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!

IMG_2288.png

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.

IMG_2268

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

 

 

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 💕

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!

IMG_9177 2

 

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:

IMG_9169.jpg

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 ♥️

 

 

 

 

 

Ocean Isle–Our Favorite Spots

 

IMG_7932

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 😂.)

IMG_9043.png

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.

IMG_9045.png

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.

IMG_9042.png

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!

IMG_7021

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

-LIV

 

 

My Blog Just Got Better With LikeToKnowIT

IMG_8507.JPG

I have been doing a lot of work over here on the blog this past week, and I’m so excited to share with y’all how it just got better!  After almost a year of blogging, so many of you have showed so much love, kind words and support, and I am SO thankful for that.  I really did not know where I was going with my blog when I first started it. I just knew that I liked to produce content and share about things that I love.

Well, now that I am a part of the LikeToKnowIt fam, I am able to share looks with you that you can shop instantly without having to track down specific items! What is the LikeToKnowIt app?  It is a platform for Influencers that is integrated with Instagram. It allows me to link every item in my Instagram posts for you to shop. Simply follow me on the app, and you can screenshot my Instagram photo, and an email will be directly sent to you with all of the outfit/makeup/home decor details.  You can also shop directly within the LikeToKnowIt app by clicking on pictures, and all of the item details will pop up below.  I have been using it on the consumer side for a while now, and I love how easy it is to use and find items.  I will put some step by step photos on how to use the app at the end of this post!  Don’t want to download the app? No worries, you can still shop my looks under the shop tab above.

**I do receive a small commission from you using my links that does NOT cost you as the consumer any extra money, so I really appreciate when you shop through my links!**

 

How to use the LikeToKnowIt app:

  1.  First, download the LIKEtoKNOW.it app from the App Store.

IMG_8534

2.  Once you download it, open it up, connect to Instagram, and go to the “Search” tab in the bottom right.

BCCC3998-245B-4521-9E07-8E1C39F91F47

 

3.  Search for ” oliviaccgreen ”

CE0BA44F-D537-4298-B351-5CAB76802626

 

4.  Once you’re there, hit ” Follow ”

37EF4937-A834-43B7-A2F5-6979CC7173C0

 

5.  Get Ready to Shop!

C1C4361D-A05D-4C9E-A417-78F4ACD77188

 

 

 

 

 

Butterfly Bridal Shoot

This shoot was so much fun! Jordan and I truly had a wonderful time working with all of the vendors involved. Many aspects of this shoot were unique!  I’ll start by talking about the venue.  This shoot took place at the Museum of Life and Sciences in Durham, which includes a butterfly exhibit and garden. These components definitely create a romantic fairytale-like setting.

Venue: Museum of Life and Science-
Facebook: @lifeandscience

SP2_2384

SP2_2298-Edit

I enjoyed getting ready for this shoot because it is a style completely different from what my personal wedding day was.  Also, the ladies that helped me get glammed up are so sweet and talented!  The theme of this shoot was “Boho,” which is far more trendy than my typical classic style. 🙈  Theresa and Renee did such an awesome job transforming me into a polished boho bride!

Makeup: Theresa Burden Makeup Artistry

SP2_2480-Edit-2

Hair: Styles by Renee Marie

SP2_1974-Edit

SP2_2002-Edit

The photographer for this shoot was so fun to work with. He gives wonderful direction, as well as has a great imagination that captures the scene.  During some of the shots, he told Jordan to whisper different types of cereals in my ear to make me laugh, which was silly but totally worked! We loved working with him. 🙂

Photography: September Photos Photography
Instagram: @september_photos
Facebook: @septemberphotos

SP2_2114-Edit

One of the vendors that stood out to me was Barbox, which is a mobile-bar service you can have at your wedding! What a cool idea–Especially for venues that do not have a dedicated bar space. It creates a great photo-op as well.

Mobile Bar and Beer Garden: Barbox
Instagram: @barboxraleigh
Facebook: @barboxraleigh
SP2_2167
SP2_2029

A little behind the scenes info–The dress in this shoot did not fit at all! We clipped the dress with some heavy duty clips either in the front or the back for every shot.  Besides that, I loved this style of dress. It fits the boho/trendy vibe, but it is timeless at the same time.

Suit and Dress: NY Bride & Groom
SP2_2305

 

I’m personally an all white flowers kinda girl for weddings, but the color scheme in this shoot was really fun. The yellow flowers really played off of the blue accents, and represented the venue space well.

Bouquet, Boutonnière, and Flower Crown: Sweets
Instagram: @sweetsandstemsnc
SP2_1944
Rentals: Southern Vintage Table
SP2_4928-Edit.jpg
SP2_5168.jpg
Calligraphy: Leo Lettering
Instagram: @leo_lettering
Facebook: @leoletteringnc
SP2_4978

All of this of course wouldn’t have been accomplished without a wedding planner to fit the many moving pieces together.  Thank you, Hillary for organizing this shoot!  This created a wonderful opportunity to get so many different creative minds involved.

Planning, design, and decor florals: Sincerely Weddings Event Planning
Instagram: @sincerelyweddings
SP2_2012-Edit

 

I hope you enjoyed reading about this shoot! I plan do do more blog posts to add to my Bridal tab in the future!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Happy almost Friday. 🙂

Cheers,

Olivia

 

 

 

My First Post!

StairsBLOGAug23

Thank y’all for stopping by!  I really appreciate the support (I know there are millions of blogs out there).  So, I appreciate you following along.  For my first post, I want to take the time to talk a little bit about why I started this blog in the first place and what kind of content I plan to put out!

Back in February, I had the wonderful opportunity to join the Pink Magnolia team modeling for their site.  At the time, I was working at a job that I was unsatisfied with, and photo-shoots were something I was able to look forward to each week. I have had the most fun and have learned so much about photography throughout the past several months working with Allison, Pink Magnolia’s photographer, and now a good friend of mine!  I quickly became inspired to produce my own content!

For a few more months, I continued to work my regular job in addition to the weekly photo-shoots for Pink Magnolia.  Then, in May, I came across another opportunity to work for myself as a real estate agent with Keller Williams.  I quit my job and dove right into a month full of training and networking.  I learned more in one month with my current job than I did in 11 months of my previous job. Needless to say, it has been an incredible and challenging experience so far!  I really enjoy working for myself, making my own schedule and staying busy.

You can expect anything from fashion to real estate posts from me in the future! I plan to keep my posts short and sweet, while sharing what I learn along the way.  Thank y’all so much for reading!

 

Talk to you soon 🙂

Olivia