Thursday, May 24, 2018

My Nordstrom Sale Picks!!!


Hey guys!! I decided to share some of my favorites from the Nordstrom sale!! They have a lot of great stuff 40% off... PLUS!!! they have free shipping and tons of brands!




Sweatshirt // Super soft & cute for a lazy day!


Tote //  Perfect little tote! Can't get over the print! 

Sandals // Rose gold and pearls!!!
Sandals // So cute for summer!


Bathing suit // I love this suit so much!! The print I have is sold out but it's so cute. Runs small


Tank // Love this tank!



Blush // the PERFECT peachy-pink


Top // Love this top! Runs big!

Earrings // Kendra Scott under $30!!!!


Cardigan //  So cute! Comes in 6 different colors!

PJs // Can't go wrong with Gingham! These are so cute!



Suit // Love this suit!! I didn't get the high waisted bottoms so it's not really a tankini but still adorable!


Dress // You can't ever have enough of these dresses!


Wedges // I'm a sucker for pink!!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Quick Trip: Charleston, South Carolina

If you've followed me on Instagram or known me for very long, you know that I frequent Charleston, South Carolina. It is literally one of my favorite places on Earth. There is so much to do and see (and eat 😉). It's beautiful really anytime of the year- even when its cold out! I love the old, historic, southern feel. 





















One of my favorite beaches is Isle of Palms. There are a couple little shops and restaurants (and ice cream!) so it's perfect to spend a whole day on! 

I'm also a big fan of Folly Beach! I like going to beaches that aren't always super crowded and touristy. Folly only has one hotel and the rest is residential so it's nice to layout and relax on without having a crazy amount of people around you. There is still food and ice cream and some surf shops to look around in so it's not totally isolated! 




......Now for the good stuff 😂

Food

1. Taco Boy

Oh. My. Gosh. If you like Mexican food, you'll love this place. Hands down the best I've ever had. Plus it's like a block from the beach (the one on Folly). There are two of them- one downtown and the other on Folly. I usually get the nachos or fish tacos. I had to opt for the nachos this time 😂.




2. Jack's

This little joint is right in the heart of downtown Charleston. (On George St.) They have breakfast all day and it is SO good. They also have lunch stuff too! I usually get an omelette, but they have all sorts of breakfast stuff!


3. Caviar & Bananas 

 This little market/coffee shop is absolutely delicious! They have all kinds of yummy gourmet pastries and coffee, but they also have sandwiches, salads, sweets, and much more!





4. Fleet Landing
This is my favorite seafood restaurant in Charleston! It's downtown right on the harbor so it makes for a nice meal on the water as well. I've eaten here multiple times and had different things- some seafood, some not- and it's all delicious! 


STYLE DETAILS

DRESS: Old Navy


My dress isn't maternity, but its super cute and light for summer! Plus it's on sale right now!


Shopping

1. King Street

The best shopping/variety of stores in Charleston is definitely downtown on King St. There is literally everything you could think of. They have designer stores like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, & Kate Spade, but they also have other great stores like Anthropologie, J Crew, Victoria's Secret, etc. 

2. Sassy Shortcake 

This little store is located on King Street downtown. You'd totally miss it if you weren't looking for it but it's totally worth the find! It's a cute little boutique on the top level of one of the buildings and they usually have a mannequin sitting outside the alleyway where you can find the stairs for the shop! 


 3. Kids on King

Oh my gosh!!! This store is adorable. If you loved smocked outfits and just a classic southern baby look, this shop is perfect! They have the cutest smocked items for literally anything you could think of! 

4. Outlets

They also have a really nice outlet center too! They have a TON of stores like J Crew, Saks off Fifth, Francesca's, and more!


Places to Stay


Image result for francis marion hotel

This hotel is located right in the heart of downtown and it is absolutely breathtaking. It can be kind of pricey depending on when you go (obviously holidays like the 4th of July and Labor Day are a lot more but that is the same for anywhere in Charleston). All in all, for the location and amenities, it's really not bad at all. 


Image result for tides folly beach

Now if you are like me, I like to stay right on the beach. I think it is just a lot easier to not have to get in the car and haul all your beach stuff with you every time you want to go down to the ocean. Tides is located right on Folly and they have TONS of rooms that overlook the ocean.


Image result for wild dunes resort charleston

Wild Dunes is another great place to stay right on the beach! It's located on Isle of Palms. It is a resort, so there are always lots of things to do and it's a great place to stay for families! 



Friday, May 18, 2018

Everyday Makeup

Hey guys! This post is all about my everyday makeup routine. I am by no means a professional 😂. I just do what I think looks/feels good!







Primer:

I NEVER used a primer for the longest time. I had never tried one so I didn't notice a difference until I tried it. Guys if you don't use one- I promise it will change your life. It's crazy how much of a difference it makes on how long your foundation lasts and how quickly it oxidizes.

I switch it up between three mainly. The first one is the Smashbox Photo Finish Reduce Redness. I have rosy cheeks and reddish skin so I love using this one if I'm using a medium-light coverage foundation because it really helps color correct your skin!

The second one I use is the Benefit POREfessional primer. This one really smoothes out any imperfections and lets your makeup stay all day. This one really prevents me from getting super oily throughout the day.

The last one is the Fenty primer. I recently had this one recommended to me the last time I was in Sephora and I absolutely love it. It is more of a lotion-type primer so it doesn't feel greasy when you put it on and it feels dry seconds after applying. It gives you a little glow under your foundation and I love it. I feel like this one does best out of all three for the summer just because it is lotion based and dries super quick.

***PRO TIP*** One of my Sephora gals told me to wait a few minutes after applying your face lotion, primer, and foundation in order to let each dry and soak in completely. I never thought of this before she told me (and maybe I'm just late to this trick) but it really does make a world of difference!

Foundation:

So like every other girl, I have used 1,000 different foundations. . . and I go back to the same 2 every time. My absolute all time favorite is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. It's super pricey but oh my gosh worth every penny. It gives a medium coverage but leaves your skin looking like skin...not cakey and gritty. If you want more of a full coverage you can still achieve it with this foundation by layering it and it still looks flawless!

The Estee Lauder Double Day Wear is one of the first foundations I ever used and I love it! It lasts forever- a little goes a long way with this one. This one is pretty light feeling which is good for summer!

I recently also tried the Estee Lauder Camouflage and its unbelievable if you like a very full coverage foundation. You could literally cover a tattoo with it! I have a lot of freckles and some days I just don't like them and want them covered up. I could never find a foundation that could do that without looking horribly cakey and coming off within a couple hours but the Camouflage is amazing!!

The Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation is another good medium-full coverage option. I hadn't tried it before but it actually works really well! The other thing I really like about this one is that they have a very wide variety of colors. I'm very picky about my makeup matching ( I hate having a neck line).

Brows:

Currently, I use this Lancome pencil on my brows. It's super soft so it makes your brows look more natural without the harsh line most pencils give.

I also use the NYX Micro Brow Pencil sometimes. It's a really good dupe for the Anastasia version. For some reason I go through brow pencils like crazy ( maybe because mine are so light or because it's the one thing I do every.single.day 😂 who knows).

Concealer:

I really don't use concealer that often- especially if I am just doing a quick throw on some makeup and go look. The Tarte Shape Tape is my favorite, though! I conceal around my brows after filling them in just to make them look cleaner. Other than that, I really only use it under my eyes to brighten them if I'm super tan or to coverup any blemishes I may have!

Setting Powder:

I have tried A MILLION of these and I absolutely swear by the NYX one. It gives your makeup a super soft flawless look without looking powdery. It lasts all day and its literally $10. You can't beat it.

Bronzer:

I love the Urban Decay beached bronzer for a matte look. I have always had a problem with bronzers looking too orangey on me but this one really has a deep brown color and I love it!

If I am going for a brighter look I use the bronzers in the Anastasia Sun dipped glow palette!

Highlighter:

For highlighter, I also use the Anastasia glow palette- it has two shades, one more of a tan color and a lighter one too! I also love the Champange Pop highlighter by Becca.

Blush:

Orgasm by Nars is my all time favorite. I like the peachy/pink tones for my skin personally. The Nars blushes are amazing! I also love Mac powder blushes. Modern Mandarin, Peachy Keen (it has some sparkle to it), and Pink Swoon. I have literally had them for years! They last forever!

Eyeshadow:

Normally, I don't wear eyeshadow on a daily basis. But for a normal look, I use the Naked Basics pallete! It's a blend of neutral colors that I use to add a simple smokey eye!


Setting Spray:

LOVE LOVE LOVE Urban Decay's All Nighter spray. I go a little crazy with setting sprays (because they really do work), so I use two. The other one is the NYX Matte Spray. I use setting spray usually a couple times a day too keep my makeup fresh - especially in the summer.

Eyelashes:

I wore fake eyelashes for the longest time and there are a couple that I absolutely love! However, I recently opted to get eyelash extensions and I absolutely love them! I can barely feel them and they look a little more natural than strip lashes without the upkeep of putting them on everyday! Plus it is so nice waking up in the morning and not worrying about makeup because you already look like you have some on! Mine usually last about 2-3 weeks (depending on how often you rub your eyes/mess with them). I HIGHLY recommend them- if you are debating it, definitely do it.

My fave strip lashes:

Demi

Wispies

Mascara:

I don't really have to use a lot of mascara both with the eyelash extensions or strip lashes. I'll put a little on my bottom lashes but that's about it! I love the Better Than Sex Mascara, though. It's what I always used before all the lashes! It makes your lashes super full and long. You can re apply as much as you want to build on for the look you want!

Lips:

I recently found an AMAZING lip plumper that works really well (it does burn a little) but I love the look it gives. It's by Dirty Works and smells like coconut (I literally love anything and everything coconut flavored/scented).

My everyday favorite lipstick is by Mac in the shade Faux!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Starbucks: What I Order & $$$ Saving Tips



STYLE DETAILS

TOP: J Crew (similar) SHORTS: Old Navy BAG: Tory Burch        



STYLE DETAILS

SPORTS BRA: Calvin Klein SWEATSHIRT: Nike LEGGINGS: Target

Some of you may know, but I am OBSESSED with Starbucks. I usually go there almost everyday- it's bad, I know. I usually post them on my snapchat and so many people ask me what I get so I thought I would make a post about it! I've gone so many years, so frequently that I have picked up some very helpful tricks and unique drinks that are my go-to orders!

Orders:

#1. Iced Caramel Macchiato with 1/2 Raspberry
     I'm 100% positive I am not the creator of this drink. One of my friends actually showed it to me when they still used the colored raspberry syrup (it looked way cooler back then) but it was waaaay to sweet with the vanilla and the raspberry syrup, so I usually opt for them to just do half and half. Ask for an Iced Caramel Macchiato with half vanilla half raspberry. (sometimes I add whip too)


#2. Iced Latte with 3 or 4 pumps of White Mocha (depending on the size)
I started getting this pretty recently but it has been one of my favorites lately. I love the taste of the White Mocha but I think the amount of syrup in it is way too much. It gives the drink a weird consistency and you can't taste the coffee. So if you like the White Mocha, but still want to taste your coffee, you can customize it with the amount of syrup! Plus its a little cheaper when you order it this way ;).  I ask for an Iced Latte with (2 pumps for tall, 3 pumps for grande, and 4 pumps for venti) of white mocha.                                                                                                       
#3. Pink Drink
Obviously not the creator of this one either! I tried it back before it was an actual menu item and I fell in love! If you want a break from coffee but still want some caffeine, this one is great! It's really light and tastes like the beach {in my opinion}.

#4. Raspberry Cheesecake Frappuccino 
Starbucks raspberry syrup is my favorite!! Order a cafe vanilla frappuccino with half vanilla half raspberry syrup.  

#5. Cafe Vanilla Frappucino Painted with Caramel Drizzle
This one is really just for looks as well. A lot of people I know didn't know that you could get the vanilla bean frappucino with coffee in it. You just order it as Cafe Vanilla instead of the vanilla bean. I always ask them to "paint my cup" {one of my friends works at Starbucks and they call it that} with the caramel drizzle and it just makes a cool design on your cup! 


#6. Iced or Hot Chai Tea Latte
I  absolutely love the chai tea! If you have never had it, you have to go try it! It tastes like Christmas in a cup. Also- if you have a sore throat, drinking this hot makes it feel SO much better. 

#7. Iced Coffee with caramel and room for cream
Light and perfect for summer! (But who am I kidding I get iced coffee sometimes even if it's snowing 😂) I ask for iced coffee with caramel and leave room for cream!

Tips/Tricks

#1. Definitely sign up for the Starbucks rewards program. It's super easy and free- plus they give you a free drink for signing up! You can earn points which eventually get you free drinks as well! They also do promos (BOGOs, 1/2 off, & happy hours) every now and then, but you will only get the invite if you are a rewards member!

#2. Download the Starbucks app! You also get exclusive deals/happy hours when using the app! I also like to order ahead so I can just run in and grab my drink (especially if they're busy). It shows you a wait time and you can locate stores closest to you!

#3. If you are a fan of specialty drinks (i.e. White Mochas, Iced Mochas, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, etc.), you can order them as a latte(hot or iced) or iced coffee and ask for the pumps of whichever flavor you desire. If you get iced coffee, you have to add your own milk at the bar or you can ask your barista to do it for you. This is also a good way to save on calories/sweetness as well as a couple bucks! I find that some of these drinks are overpowering with the syrups so I like to tone it down a bit so I can taste my coffee. 😉

#4. Me and my blonde self did not even realize that you can get espresso decaf.....but you totally can! Which is literally life-changing with being pregnant. I gave up Starbucks for the first 4 months of pregnancy except for once or twice on my way to work when I was a literal walking zombie. Aaaaaaand then I figured out you can get any of my favorite drinks decaf! 



XOXO, Olivia