Monthly Archives: February 2018

All The Feels

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-lou-and-grey-best-loungewear-cozy-joggers-stripe-sweatshirt-coffee-bed-bedroom-9What do you do to relax at home? As Blake and I are getting the hang of being dog parents, we’ve both found that lounging in bed has been a solid way to calm Watson down (…he instantly relaxes, it’s kind of amazing!) and gives us a little break from puppy training, too. We grab our books, pour some fresh coffee and soak up time with our cuddly pup! It’s become our weekend ritual lately (…and sometimes part of my daily routine when I need a sanity break, ha! Working from home means it’s tough to turn my brain off…!), and one of my very favorite things we do as a little family.
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UPSTATE SWEATPANTS (wearing xs) / STRIPED TOP (wearing xs)

A big thank you to Lou & Grey for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own.

Transition To Spring

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-sole-society-spring-transition-shoes-outfit-idea-4Ohh we are SO close to spring! It’s finally sunny in Austin today and I feel like my soul is revived a bit…over a week of miserable, rainy, cold, dark weather did quite a doozy on my mind…I’ve never experienced how deeply weather can effect my mood until this time around…and you can ask Blake, I was not a happy human to be around, haha ah! Anyone else feel the woes of grim weather? I feel like a lot of my friends have been feeling the same way lately.

In other (good!) news, spring fashion is HERE! If you’re an online shopper like me, you may have noticed all the winter goodies going on sale and fresh, spring picks hitting the “new arrivals” tabs. I’m excited to share this easy, season-to-season transitional look with y’all – you know I’m a sucker for mixing up neutrals (…and topping off with a bandana), so let’s get to it!

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Under $70 Denim

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-south-congress-avenue-austin-texas-fashion-life-style-blogger-bdg-high-waist-crop-flare-jeans-3livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-south-congress-avenue-austin-texas-fashion-life-style-blogger-bdg-high-waist-crop-flare-jeans-5Be still my heart. This pair of cropped flare denim is  e v e r y t h i n g . I watched Clueless over the weekend and since then, I’ve been a bit more valley girl-esque than usual. I guess what was “valley girl” in the 90s is now “basic” in the 2000s…either way, sometimes it’s fun to let your brain go to mush for a bit and use terminology that is mainstream girl code. In other words, when I say these jeans are “e v e r y t h i n g” = THESE PANTS ARE FREAKIN’ AMAZING!

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jeans – URBAN OUTFITTERS / top – (mine is old) similar TOPSHOP / handbag – BRAHMIN / booties – MADEWELL / belt – MADEWELL / sunglasses – RAY BAN / hat – BRIXTON

The Skincare Products I Can’t Live Without

Illustrations by Kimberlee Watson

Hey friends, how was your weekend? Blake and I had an especially relaxing couple of days…watched some Netflix shows (we got sucked into the Dirty Money vortex and it was SO. GOOD. Highly recommend!), enjoyed time with both of our families and spent lots of quality time with Watson. It was one of those much needed, therapeutic weekends over here! When the week feels overwhelming and hectic, it’s always so nice to step back, recenter and focus on what’s important in life…which for me is always my relationships (Blake, family, puppers).

Buuuut just like that, it’s back to Monday. A fresh week filled with a lengthy to-do list and I haven’t even finished my coffee yet…ah! In the midst of all the crazy, there is one thing I can rely on to feel at ease and even a little pampered…and that is my favorite skincare products.

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1. DermAppeal by Skinn Microdermabrasion Treatment / 2. Kiehl’s Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Masque / 3. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream / 4. La Mer Eye Concentrate / 5. Weleda Sensitive Skin Facial Oil / 6. Proactiv Skin Purifying Mask

Clogs for Spring

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Going back to my roots today! Which means…dressing in an ultra cozy, boho vibe. Growing up in Austin means it’s pretty much in my blood to dress casual for every occasion…and I’ve got no complaints there! It’s one of my favorite things about living here – you never feel pressured to get super dolled up. Barely-there makeup, second day hair (…that’s what hats are for! 😉 ), some free flowing layers and a fabulous pair of clogs…can you tell I am so ready for spring? Side note: it was 75 degrees when we shot this post, which makes me sooo happy! (Warm enough to order an iced beverage…#yaaas). Austin weather, you are totally CRAY but I sure do love you for providing a little sunshine this week.
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thermal top – UO (wearing xs) / jeans- MADEWELL / cardigan – SOLE SOCIETY  / hat- BRIXTON / shoes – SOLE SOCIETY / handbag – SOLE SOCIETY

The Ultimate Avocado Toast

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-ultimate-avocado-toast-recipe-best-avo-breakfast-idea-jessica-leeBy Jessica Lee

As we inch closer to the weekend, we’re craving everyone’s favorite trendy meal…avo toast. There’s a reason why it’s so popular, and LL food contributor Jessica Lee is spilling the details on her ultimate avocado toast recipe, plus why it’s about to be your new favorite (easy-to-make-at-home-meal), too…

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Camel Crush

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-fashion-style-blogger-free-people-oatmeal-knit-sweater-j-crew-camel-coat-chloe-faye-tobacco-handbag-1livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-fashion-style-blogger-free-people-oatmeal-knit-sweater-j-crew-camel-coat-chloe-faye-tobacco-handbag-3Ohh this camel coat…I just can’t get enough! I wasn’t so sure it’d be put to proper use living in Austin, however, it has proven to become a go-to in my wardrobe (…thanks to a rare, cold Texas winter!). While I am SO over the cold and very ready for spring everything (mostly sunshine…ohh how I miss that Vitamin D fix!), I am secretly still loving getting to wear all these beautiful layers. Needless to say, it’s been fun to enjoy winter styling this season!
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coat – J. CREW / jeans – LEVI’S / shoes – (old Forever21) similar FREE PEOPLE / handbag – CHLOE / sweater – FREE PEOPLE

Road Trip Through Iceland

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-travel-lifestyle-blogger-iceland-road-trip-what-to-do-pack-reykjavik-noken-travel-guide-arial-view-skylineHello friends! Ohh the long anticipated Iceland travel diary is finally HERE! In November, I partnered with the wonderful Noken to create a promo video for their OFFICIAL launch! In a nutshell, Noken curates incredible end-to-end trips through Iceland (…and now Colombia, too!) and yes…they do ALL the work (hotels, rental cars, itinerary) and you just get to soak up the magic of this stunning country. I grabbed my two best friends, Elissa & Ben (…y’all probably know them very well by now – my besties since age 15…the best travel trio!) and we ventured to Iceland for a week of road trip bliss starting in Reykjavik and through southern Iceland. To say this was the trip of a lifetime is truly an understatement…I have never seen SO much vast beauty in one country. From driving on an open road (…with no one in sight for miles!) and a changing terrain every 20 minutes (…one minute you’re in a white powdered snow globe, the next in a mossy green lava field) to hiking on a glacier and looking out on giant pieces of ice in the middle of a black sand beach…Noken curated the most magnificent trip!

Sharing more about what we did, as well as a Noken discount code for LL readers (jump on this one, y’all – they plan THE BEST trips!) and the video at the end of this post!
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Design Crush: Brushed Gold Bathroom Fixtures

The thing about moving into house is that you see (and can’t unsee!) all the nooks and crannies you want to change. Though the previous owners of our 1983 abode flipped the inside and did a fabulous job, there are still little elements here and there that aren’t exactly our taste or that could use some improving. Namely: the master bathroom! (…we’re not going to talk about the hallway bathroom juuust yet…that one needs a LOT of work, ha!). Our master bath is absolutely beautiful, BUT the fixtures are definitely funky and not something Blake or I would have chosen on our own. The more we think about what’s next on our list of home updates, the more we both seem to agree that updating the hardware in our bathroom is a must. That said, I’ve been researching (aka spending too much time on Pinterest lately haha) brushed gold bathroom fixtures and wanted to share a few of my faves providing some major inspo!
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My Valentine’s Day Top Picks

What’s on your Valentine’s Day wish list? Jewelry, candles, a silk pillowcase perhaps? (Psst, this pillowcase has amazing reviews and that color is TOO cute!). Blake and I generally keep things pretty simple to celebrate the day – we get each other a sweet gift and card, then make dinner together and cuddle up to a movie at home. He has never been one to love the gift shopping experience, so I make it extra easy and send him a few options (…and he does the same for me). At the top of my list? …Well, really any of these gorgeous goodies listed above! I’ve been eyeing that pretty necklace (#2) for over a year now, though…hey Blake, hint hint! 😉

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