My Blog Just Got Better With LikeToKnowIT

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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.

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

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3.  Search for ” oliviaccgreen ”

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4.  Once you’re there, hit ” Follow ”

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5.  Get Ready to Shop!

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Recent Favorites — Summer Edition

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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.

Free People Seamless Tank (The red is on sale for $15!)

Racer Back Cropped Tank (I want this in pink now)

 

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?)

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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. )

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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.

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats (I used Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce instead of salsa.)

Zucchini Lasagna (I used ground turkey instead for this recipe)

Fried Squash (These are OMG so yummy.). Thanks, Julie for the recipe. ☺️

 

I hope you enjoyed this random list of favorites of mine for the Summer!  Let me know what y’all have been loving recently, and if you enjoy posts like this!

Talk to you soon,

Olivia

 

 

Summer Wedding Guest Looks

Summer wedding season is approaching SO quickly and, if you’re like me, you put a lot of pressure on what you’re going to wear.  I put together three different wedding guest looks with Lulu’s to give you some ideas for your next wedding or event you have this Summer. Lulu’s is an online boutique that I order from regularly, and I am never disappointed with the fit or quality. They are always consistent with their fabrics and sizing.  Whether your go-to style is neutral, classic black, or bold,  I hope that you find something that inspires you in this post. 🙂

**My red lace dress from my Instagram post is sold out, and here is a link to sign up for the waitlist. **   (I did include a similar option below that also comes in red as well as many other colors!)

Look #1 : Neutral with a Pop

Tie Front Midi Dress

Straw Bag

Pink Earrings

I have really been loving colorful earrings with neutral outfits lately. This look would also be great for a beach wedding! (Dress comes in yellow and blue as well.)

Look #2 : Classic Black

Black Jumpsuit

Choker Necklace

Black Beaded Clutch

This look is great for an evening wedding this Summer!  It’s a good twist on the classic LBD.  I have never worn a jumpsuit to any formal event, and I have this one in my shopping cart!

Look #3: Bright and Bold

Yellow Lace Dress

Tassel Clutch

Nude Heels

Yellow is usually out of my comfort zone, but this is actually my favorite color that this dress comes in! It of course comes in red too and so many other colors. I’m already brainstorming of an event I can wear this to!

 

I hope y’all enjoyed. Come back to my latest Instagram post and let me know which look was your favorite. 🙂

Cheers,

Olivia

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

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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

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Hair: Styles by Renee Marie

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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

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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
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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
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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
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Rentals: Southern Vintage Table
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Calligraphy: Leo Lettering
Instagram: @leo_lettering
Facebook: @leoletteringnc
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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
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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

 

 

 

Youtubers That I Love To Watch!

 

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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. 🙂

Shelbey Wison:

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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).

Naomi Boyer:

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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!

Stephanie Ledda:

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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!

Cheers,

Olivia

Here are the YouTube channels for the ladies listed above if you’d like to check them out!

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Naomi Boyer

Stephanie Ledda

Good Habits I’m Keeping Lately

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((Make yourself a priority.))

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!

 

Cheers,

Olivia

 

 

Trader Joe’s Must-Haves

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

Cheers,

Olivia

 

 

No Sugar, No Butter, Banana Bread

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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)
  • 2 eggs
  • 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!)

Optional:

  •  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!

Instructions:

  •  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.)
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Swirl before oven!

**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. 😋

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Eat as a side, snack, or dessert!

 

Be sure to tag me if you decide to make it–I wanna see! 🍌🍞🍯

Cheers,

Olivia

 

Photo-Shoot Tanning Routine

Hey y’all!  I’m excited to be writing this post in collaboration with Pink Magnolia!  You can find my post on their website along with other guest bloggers in the future. As many of you know, I have been the model for their website for the past year participating in weekly photoshoots.  We have had so much fun since the beginning, and we continue to learn more and more after each shoot.

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Shop Spring skirts and bottoms!

One thing that has been constantly part of my routine the past year is self tanning (I’ve tried several different types of products!).  After trial and error, I have found a couple of products that I really love and are pretty easy to use too.  I thought that some of you would appreciate me sharing my tips and tricks as the weather heats up, and we are ready to bust out our Spring wardrobes!  I always feel more confident with a little extra color before diving into Spring styles.

 

 

Tan Luxe Body Drops

Clarins Face Drops

I’ll start by talking about the type of tanner I use, which is tanning drops!  As opposed to tanning mousse, gradual lotions, sprays, etc, tanning drops allow for a more custom color that lasts over a week and fades nicely!  These drops also last me a lot longer than purchasing other kinds of self tanners, and no need to purchase a mitt along with it.

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How to use:

I use the Tan Luxe tanning drops and Clarins face drops with my favorite everyday lotion.  I simply mix a few drops in with my moisturizer for each section of my body.  The more drops you use, obviously the deeper your tan will be.  You can also build color over several days if you aren’t comfortable going in with so many drops the first time. That’s why I really love this style of tanning.  You can make it work for you whether you want to be bronzed or just slightly sun-kissed.  The best part of this product is that it does not smell.  I put it on right after I shower, and I’m good to go. There’s no need to rinse it off.  (If applying directly with your hands, be sure to wash your palms thoroughly–This is how I apply it).  You can apply it before bed or the beginning of your day and go about your business.  It slowly develops after several hours just like a spray tan would.

My Tips:

  •  Exfoliate and shave just like you would before any other type of tanner.  Add and emollient lotion to areas like knees, elbows, ankles to prevent dark patches before going in with the moisturizer/drop mixture.
  • Start with less the first time you use it to figure out your perfect amount, and to allow some error your first time applying!  (It’s always worse when you miss a spot and your tan is super dark).
  • Go with the dark drops and not the light-medium.  My skin is pretty fair, and I use the dark version.  I simply use less drops, and my bottle lasts longer!
  • Apply a generous amount of lotion on the back of your hands and less drops than you’d apply anywhere else.  Sometimes I even use the drops I use on my face for my hands.  Simply because the face drops are much more subtle.
  • Keep your skin moisturized each day after applying the tanner, and your color will last longer and fade nicely.

 

I hope this post helps y’all get ready for Spring and all the fun Spring styles coming out as well! I know I’m ready!  If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to my blog as well as following me on Instagram! Simply click on “About” from the menu, scroll to the bottom, and enter your email. I love to share everyday fashion, beauty & lifestyle favorites! ☺️

 

Cheers,

Olivia

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. 🙂

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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.

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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??

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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