Comfortable Jeans That Won’t Disappoint

Jeans are definitely my comfort item, and I have quite an abundance of them (My most purchased clothing item, and I never get rid of any lol).  Good, comfortable jeans are staples that everyone should have in their closet.  I’m sharing my favorite brands to buy jeans from in this post! These are all jeans that I truly love the fit and feel of.   I’ll link some of the specific styles with pictures below.

  1.  Express : I decided to list this one first because they are on sale! I catch these on sale pretty often, so I have several!  Particularly, my favorite are the mid-rise jeggings.

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Midrise Distressed Jegging

Regular Midrise Jegging    — (no distressing) I have these and love them as well.

2.  Madewell: These Jeans are the most expensive on my list, and by far the best quality. They are a thicker, true-denim fabric (but still have some stretch).   I  also think that these jeans have the most “classic” fit out of any that I own.  My favorite are the 9″ High rise skinny jean.

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9″ Skinny Raw Hem  (Note: the 10″ High rise means an extra inch higher in the waist, and  they actually fit a lot differently! I can wear the 9″ and not the 10″.)

3.  Articles of Society:  These jeans are the stretchiest jeans that I own. So, if you are looking for ultimate comfort and a more casual jean, look no further! You can also find this brand at Pink Magnolia!

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AOS Sarah Skinny

4.  Just Black Denim: I discovered this brand through Pink Magnolia, and omg they are so great!  They fit like a glove! I wear Just Black Denim in almost every photo on Pink Magnolia’s website that you see me in a pair of jeans. I get the most questions about these jeans when I wear them! Great brand- Born and made in U.S.A.

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Fray Hem Skinny Jean

Ripped Knee Jean

(Photos by @allisonvrhovac)

 

Thank y’all for reading! Cheers!

Olivia

Just Add Black–A Timeless Outfit for Fall

 

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Bringing y’all a classic and timeless outfit for fall today. 🙂 I hope you enjoy!  I am a fan of no-brainer outfits to put together. This plaid skirt goes perfect with the basics that you have in your closet already! Add a fitted black or white shirt and some booties, and you’re good to go! Also looks great with tights and flats, or over the knee boots. Truly so many options with this one.  Outfit details linked below. Have a wonderful Sunday, friends.

Plaid Skirt    wearing a S (Also can purchase in-store at Pink Magnolia!)

Black Turtleneck   wearing xxs

Similar Black Booties    also come in grey and red!!!

Similar Black Purse

Sunglasses — sold in-store at Pink Magnolia 🙂 Only $35!

Cheers,

Olivia

Our Wedding Video

 

Truly the most amazing day of my life.  Thinking back on this day, and so thankful to have a video that captured all of it.  Thank y’all for watching. 🙂

 

If you are ever interested in me posting more bridal related content on here, let me know! I absolutely love all things weddings.

 

Cheers,

Olivia

 

video by: Sugar Shack Films

My Must-Have Products for Healthy Hair

I have gotten manyyy questions over the years of what I use on my hair, and I thought that this post might be helpful to those of you who are looking for products to help keep your hair healthy and manageable. Personally, I love talking about anything beauty product related (especially hair), so feel free to leave me a comment below of your favorite products as well! I’m sharing absolutely every product I use in my hair from hair masks to dry shampoo, and I’ll try to keep it short lol!

To start, a little bit about my hair: I have very thick, sort of coarse hair.  I do highlight my hair, so that adds to the dryness.  I tend to gravitate towards products that add moisture back into my hair.  So, if your hair is more on the oily side, some of these products may not be the best for you.

 

Shampoo:  I have used this shampoo for years. I love to buy the huge bottle from Ulta, and it lasts me months and months.  I like that it is still moisturizing, as some shampoos in the past have left my hair incredibly dull.

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Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo

 

 

Purple Shampoo:  This of course is for blondes, to neutralize brassy tones.  If you’re looking for something extreme that’s going to give you a super cool-toned effect, maybe try leaving this product in a bit longer.  Personally, I just like to have a more neutral tone, so I leave it in for the normal amount of time. I have used other purple shampoos in the past that were pretty harsh on my hair. This one is perfect, and I have been through multiple bottles of it.

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Matrix So Silver Shampoo

 

 

Hair Mask: My FAVORITE type of hair product.  I do not use regular conditioners ever–only hair masks.  This has certainly been my go to hair mask for years (and I have tried a lot).  It gives my hair back so much life and shine.   My other go to’s are by It’s a Ten and Nexxus (I switch off and use these every so often.)

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Macadamia Hair Mask       It’s a 10 Hair Mask          Nexxus Hair Mask

 

 

Leave-in Product:  (For all hair types!!!)  I can thank my hair dresser for this one.  When I first started coming to her 10 years ago, my hair was a hot mess–I was that 14 year old girl who experimented and abused my hair (why was I so obsessed with flat irons???).    She suggested this product to me, and I’ve used it ever since.  I put this in my damp hair every time I wash it.  I have gotten every single one of my friends to use this as well.

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Redken Anti-Snap

 

Heat Protectant:  This is my newest product that I have added to my must haves, and omggg where has this been all my life?? Thank you Birch Box for sending this to me! I am for sure purchasing the full size.  I never thought I could blow out my own hair until using this. It makes your hair sooooo smooth, and no frizz at all.  Plus, it protects from the heat!!!

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Briogeo Heat Protectant

 

 

Argan Oil:  I love this line of pure oils from Ulta! This is pure organ oil–nothing added.  I put it on my ends day to day if I need added moisture (especially in colder months coming up).

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Pure Argan Oil

Pure Coconut Oil: The one product from this list that you can also cook with lol.  I put this in my dry hair right BEFORE washing it.  Do not put this in your hair as a leave-in product. You will totally be a grease ball.  This helps keep the moisture in my hair balanced before going in with  regular shampoo + purple shampoo.  You can buy this at the grocery store of course, or TJ Maxx!

Dry Shampoo: I don’t like washing my hair more than I need to, so anything that will prolong my hair style is good for me.  I’ve tried many dry shampoos, and this one is the best for the price. I buy mine at TJ Maxx (cheaper than Ulta.)

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Batiste Dry Shampoo   (This size is only $8.99 at TJ Maxx)

I do not have a hair spray/texture spray that I swear by.  I don’t use hair spray often, so I’d love to hear your favorites on that!

If you got to the end of this post, thank you so much for reading! If you like posts like this, and want to see more like this in the future, please let me know!  Until next time, 🙂 .

 

-Olivia

Dress Raleigh

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There’s something satisfying about finding a unique piece of clothing/accessory that you know not everyone is going to have.  That’s why I love to pop in to Dress whenever I get the chance to browse around.  Dress is a local designer resale boutique where you can shop or consign high end bags, jewelry, shoes, clothes, and more.  Several pieces in my closet have come from Dress, and I frequently get questions on where I got them. This fringe jacket that I found is no exception–It is so fun and unique! It is certainly a special occasion piece, but I have found several staples at dress as well (work totes, purses, accessories.)

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I really appreciate having a boutique like this nearby where I can actually see the item in person before purchasing.  Sometimes purchasing high end items from others off of ebay/facebook is not as comforting in my opinion.  I like to have as little stress as possible when shopping, so that is a plus for me!

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Dress has two different locations in Raleigh, but they also have an instagram account that they update daily when they receive new arrivals!   (@dressraleigh)

I love sharing local places with y’all! If you have not checked them out yet, I recommend that you do! As always, thanks for reading.

Cheers,

Olivia

Local Date Night Spots

Hey there! I love talking about my favorite local spots, so here are a few of my favorite places for date night or for those nights that you simply want to get dressed up and grab a glass of wine and a great meal with the girls! I’ll be honest, Jordan and I don’t get dressed up for “date night” often, but we do enjoy the places below when we are wanting to escape to something a little more romantic and elegant.

 

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The Verandah

I’ll start with The Verandah, since that is where this first photo was taken!  This is located inside of the Mayton Inn in downtown Cary. First of all, The Mayton Inn is gorgeous, so of course the restaurant inside is also just as elegant.  Plus, it has a wonderful outdoor brick patio for those cool evenings that we are all waiting for here in the south lol.  The bar is also calm and classy if you want to pop in just for a drink. Order the truffle fries!

 

Peak City Grill

I personally love this place because of the history.  My family owns and runs a feed store that has been in business since 1885, so historic buildings are so special to me.  The building Peak City Grill is in has been all sorts of things in the past like a hardware and feed store as well.  This is a wonderful spot for a quiet, relaxed evening in downtown Apex.  I just love the interior brick walls and antique lighting.  It is for sure my kind of atmosphere.

 

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This is absolutely a local Italian favorite. Fun Fact: this building actually used to be a BBQ joint manyyy years ago! It has certainly changed, and they are booked up every single night pretty much. So, be sure to make a reservation! My favorite item on the menu is penne a la casa with shrimp, but honestly, I could eat the bread and marinara for my whole meal–it’s that good.

 

The Angus Barn

Okay, I HAD to include this (I did get married there after all).  There is honestly nothing that beats the atmosphere, service, experience, and food in my opinion.  There is simply no place else like The Angus Barn.  My family has always celebrated our most special events in life there.  This will always be my most favorite place to go.  If you have never been around Christmas time, make sure you go–They have the most incredible Christmas decor!

 

I could talk on and on about these places, but I prefer to keep my posts short and sweet! If you haven’t tried these places, I hope you are now inspired to do so!

As always, thanks for reading,

Olivia

 

Lulu’s Red Lace Dress (also comes in blue!)

My Custom Wedding Gown

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I don’t know about y’all, but my feed has been flooded with all kinds of beautiful engagements recently. So, I’m feeling inspired to write about something wedding related of course (My one year anniversary is coming up!).  Any excuse to reminisce on my big day! 🙂

Since I purchased my gown locally, I thought that it may be beneficial for all of those local brides out there to read! My gown came from Lana Addison (an adorable little bridal boutique) in Downtown Cary, and was originally in two pieces!  I picked out the top and the bottom separately to create my gown, which ended up being the best way for me to customize.  I was able to add a silk ribbon to the waist and delicate straps to the lace top.  I loved the mixture of textures between my top and bottom (Originally, I thought that I wanted a completely lace gown.) My top and bottom were both Martina Liana, and I’ll link both below!

Lana Addison was actually the very first place that I went when I began trying on gowns. I visited 4 other places after, and ended up right back where I started, because nothing could beat the combo that I tried on there.  I really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect gown! Good luck to those newly engaged brides out there hunting for their gowns. I hope that sharing my experience with you helped!

Thanks for reading,

Olivia

My Gown:

Carmen Lace Top

Sanja Crepe Bottom

Photographer: Les Atkins