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Welcome! I am Olivia, the author of Olivia May Bell blog and I am so glad you're here! Whether your here for fashion tips, mom/baby info, or maybe you just happened to stumble upon this, I am so happy you did! So let's get to know each other a little better!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Dream Baby Fan




Literally the best thing ever! I get so worried when we go on walks or would just be sitting outside by the pool. I didn't want him to get too hot! This fan is absolutely perfect. You can literally clip it on anywhere. I usually will clip it to his car seat handle or onto the arm of a chair wherever we are sitting. The neck of the fan is also adjustable so you can turn it any way you want! Liam absolutely loves it and it keeps him cool!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Liam James Adkins

Liam was finally born Saturday, June 16th at 11:23 pm! He was almost a Father’s Day baby. He was 8 lbs 2 oz and 22 & 1/4 inches long. My overall experience was absolutely amazing. I was so blessed to be in the hands of such wonderful doctors and nurses. 

This was my first child, so I had no idea what to expect. Of course everyone gives your their little pieces of advice/stories but every situation is different and no experience is ever the same. That being said, I had the easiest, most wonderful experience ever. When I first went into labor, it was rough. . . I had only dilated to 3 cm and because I wasn’t having much change, they wouldn’t admit me at first. After about 5 hours, they stripped my membranes (this was the most pain I was in the entire time) and admitted me! I was absolutely exhausted at this point and the pain was getting unbearable. (Props to all you mommas that labor naturally! I don’t know how you do it but it was not for me!). My epidural was amazing and I didn’t feel any pain or discomfort with it at all. You feel pressure of some of the stronger contractions but it wasn’t painful at all for me. They literally had to wake me up to tell me it was time to push! Pushing was tiring, but I still was in no pain at all. My nurse, Caleb, my mom, and I all carried on casual conversation the entire time. It was the best experience ever. When Liam was halfway out, he reached out for my on my stomach and they told me to grab him and pull him the rest of the way! It was the sweetest moment of my life. I am so thankful to have given birth to such a healthy, happy little boy! Caleb and I are truly blessed! 

XOXO,

Liv


















Thursday, June 7, 2018

Swimsuit Favorites

'Milan' Pink Palm Print Swimsuit






Goodnight Macaroon 'Janis' Ruffle Open Back One Piece Swimwear Front

 'Eve' Pink Feather Trim Swimsuit





Tularosa Ember One Piece in Hot Pink

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Cupshe Lush Leaves Print One-piece Swimsuit

Social Angel Women's Floral Ruffle Triangle Bikini Top - image 4 of 4

Striped Beach Babe Graphic One-Piece Swimsuit



J.Crew Lemon Print French Bikini Top,                        Main,                        color, Lemon Multi

J.Crew Lemon Print High Waist Bikini Bottoms,                        Main,                        color, Lemon Multi

Hey guys! ❤
Today I'm sharing some of my favorite swimsuits for this season!! I can't wait to be able to wear mine 😂. Just a few more weeks.... and then I'll slowly be able to fit into them! Anywayssss... swimwear is like my favorite type of clothing. I so wish I lived at the beach so it was acceptable to just run around in a bathing suit and coverup all day-because I so would. Here a couple of my faves for this year!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

All About Hair

Daily Routine

Natural




During the summer, or if I am feeling extra lazy, I'll wear my hair naturally curly. If its humid or rainy I definitely opt to just leave my hair natural because otherwise is gets curly on its own anyways! I start with my hair wet and spray in It's a 10 leave in conditioner. Then I will use a little bit of Ogx coconut oil and distribute throughout my hair and I just let it dry! If I am somewhere extremely humid or its raining out,  I'll use a little extra to prevent it from frizzing. No. 1 tip for curly hair: the less you touch it, the less it will frizz. 

Curled




I hardly EVER dry my hair. It makes my hair frizzy and I don't like the texture I get after I dry my hair. Also, my curls last so much longer if I don't dry my hair before curling it. I still use the It's a 10 and coconut oil on my hair when its wet and then I usually will let my hair air dry if I have time or I sleep with it in a braid. Next I'll brush out and section it in half. I use a 1 in barrel curling iron and curl about 2 in sections alternation to the front and to the back. I think this makes your curls look more natural and keeps them from sticking together. 


Favorite Products


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Olaplex 

If you are a blonde, have color treated, or damaged hair this product will change your life. It was first introduced to me after my hair experience a "chemical cut" and I had little destroyed pieces of hair all over my head. I was absolutely devastated. Then I was introduced to Olaplex and it completely change my life! It doesn't solve damage overnight but it makes it feel a whole lot better- even after just one use! It makes your hair so soft and shiny and fixes heat damage as well! It's best used when your hair is wet but has NOT been washed. You can either sleep with it on or leave it on for as long as you can and then wash it out. The best way to get ahold of this product is through your salon- I haven't been able to find it anywhere else. Step three is what you use at home. 

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It's a 10

This is a longtime favorite of mine. Having super naturally curly hair, my hair is extremely hard to brush through especially when its wet. This leave in conditioner works as a detangler for me and it leaves my hair soft without being greasy!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo- Tropical

Guys... this is literally the best dry shampoo ever. I have tried 1,000 different kinds and I absolutely swear by this stuff. I hate having my hair feel gunky or just heavy with product- which is what I got with every other brand of dry shampoo I tried. This stuff takes away the oil from your hair and leaves it feeling like you just washed it. It can get powdery/white if you use too much but I usually can just rub it with my fingers and it comes right out. The tropical scent is my favorite (go figure) but they have tons of different scents.