Fashion / December 2, 2016

Small Outfit Roundup & Quick Life Update

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                                            How beautiful is Chicago during the holiday season?! I just had to share! 

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Thanksgiving has come and gone and now we welcome December! But does anyone else feel as if they need a week of recovery following Thanksgiving? Once Thanksgiving hits I am in complete holiday mode; so the work weeks leading up to Christmas seem to drag. Not to mention  we have been SO busy! In the midst of preparing for the holidays, decorating, traveling, gift shopping, organizing holiday parties, and finishing up last minute projects for the year- we decided to rescue a puppy.. Not just your average puppy either, we rescued a 5 week old puppy who truly needs more attention than an infant. As some of you may have seen from my Instagram photos, she is the sweetest little Siberian husky named Aspen 🙂 After hearing that her mama was no longer caring for her I knew we had to take her in and nurture her. It was not easy. The first few nights she was waking up every hour to go potty, she was on a strict feeding schedule, and we were still providing puppy formula for her so that she could receive all the necessary nutrients that she was no longer receiving from her mama’s milk. But we survived! She is sleeping almost entirely though the night now and solely eating puppy food– she still has not been vaccinated yet (due to her young age) so we cannot take her to public places yet and we need to be very careful when we take her outside to potty. It has all been worth it though because she is so sweet and adorable, I will provide more photos of her for y’all soon! Aside from being busy caring for TWO dogs now, Thomas and I are busy prepping for our holiday party that we are hosting next week. We decided on an ugly christmas sweater party, we think it’ll be fun to celebrate the holiday while getting a good laugh from the ugly sweaters that our friends wear and or make. 

I may have been busy the past few weeks but that did not stop me from shopping and taking advantage of  the great deals stores were having over the weekend and on Cyber Monday. Is it just me or did it feel as if the deals this year were incredible! I purchased so many great items, including this fun blue holiday sweater and plaid scarf. I am usually all about wearing neutrals (I can’t help it) but this gorgeous blue caught my eye and I am so glad I purchased it!  For sizing reference, the sweater does run small; so I suggest going one size up, this will also provides a more relaxed and cozy fit as well! 

I have linked my outfit details below along with a few other goodies I purchased over the weekend. PS; my sweater is currently on sale for $25!

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Lifestyle / November 10, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $50!

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It is that time of year again! 

As of today there are only 45 days left until Christmas… I cannot fathom how fast this year has gone. 45 days may seem as if you have all the time in the world to shop and mark everyone off your shopping list, but lets be honest those days will fly by and the absolute worst feeling is when you realize Christmas is only a week away and you have yet to begin your holiday shopping. When it comes to holiday shopping, one of my favorite aspects is when stores provide suggested gifts for the holidays, this provides an abundance of great ideas and truly does make the shopping process a bit more smooth. We all have that one lady on our list who we cannot seem to find the perfect gift for, either she has everything or you are worried that she will not enjoy any present that you give her. With that being said, I wanted to share with you a holiday gift guide to ensure that your holiday shopping goes smoothly, all these gifts are under $50 and each would make an amazing present for someone on your list! 

I will be sharing a ‘Holiday Gift Guide For Him’ later this week, so stay tuned 🙂  

Xoxo,

Nicole 

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Fashion / November 9, 2016

Pop of Red for the Holidays

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If you have been following along with my posts as of late then you already know that it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas within my home, I know it may seem too early for some- but I love the holidays and I become so excited about them the minute the last trick-or-treater stops by for candy. Decorating my home, listening to holiday music, baking cookies, and shopping for gifts are just a few of my favorite aspects of the holidays, but I also love incorporating holiday colors into my wardrobe; more specifically the color red. I enjoy taking my outfits to the next level during the holidays by adding pops of red through accessorizing, wearing a beautiful red top, and even sporting a red lip more than I usually would. This outfit captures the pop of red perfectly, I took a neutral outfit and added red with my scarf, my purse, and my lipstick color. Lets just say I am obsessed with this look! The key to successfully adding red to your outfit is to remember not to over do it, you do not want your outfit to be overwhelmed with red, but instead slightly rouged with red. I have recently purchased a handful of new red pieces that I cannot wait to add to my outfits over the next few weeks, I simply cannot resit when I am browsing a store and I see a beautiful red handbag or a classy red pump!

Below I am sharing my outfit details from above as well as a handful of red pieces that you can add to your outfits this holiday season.

Enjoy!

Sale Alert!

  • Express :$25 off a purchase of $100 or more and buy one item get another item 50% off! Now through November 10th.
  • J.Crew : 25% off your entire purchase- cardholders receive 30% off! Now through November 13th.
  • Nordstrom’s is having their Fall Clearance Sale, great items are up to 40% off

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Fashion / November 7, 2016

All Black With a Neutral Touch

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Happy Monday, loves! Can you believe that it is already November? This year is flying by and I am already getting excited for the holidays! Which is why I may or may not have put up our Christmas decorations yesterday against Thomas’ will. I love being able to enjoy the tree and decorations as long as possible, so I always decorate fairly early in November. I cannot wait to celebrate the holidays with all of you and I have an abundance of holiday related posts planned to share over the next two months, I am so excited! 🙂 Okay, aside from getting excited for the holidays and decorating the house; my weekend was fairly busy. On Friday Chicago held a parade and rally to celebrate the Chicago Cubs for winning the World Series, something that had previously not been done in Chicago for 108 years- you can only imagine how big the celebration was! More than 5 million fans showed up to cheer on the team, I read that it was the 7th largest human gathering in documented history, and oh man do I believe that. It was packed. We had to wake up at the crack of dawn just to make it downtown early enough to have a semi-decent view of the rally. It was totally worth it and it was so fun to be a part of! We had friends in town for the celebration, so afterwards we went to Homeslice to grab some much needed pizza. If you have never tried Chicago pizza you seriously need to do so at some point in your life, it is incredible. Then on Saturday I wore this outfit for a casual day of running some errands, I love this outfit and it has been perfect for the unusually warm weather we have been having here in Chicago. I love dressing for the fall weather so I refuse to wear short sleeves during the fall months, despite the weather reaching the mid 70s the past few weeks. My go-to outfit to semi dress for this weather has been a lightweight sweater topped with an oversized scarf, I am not torturing myself with layers, but I can easily add another layer for when the cool evening temperatures roll in. I purchased the sweater last week and I have quickly become obsessed with it, it is so soft and I love how it is a little longer in the back so that I can wear it with leggings. Also these faux leather leggings are AWESOME! They are shape fitting, which means they hold all the goodies in and are flattering on all body types, I have larger thighs and have never been able to find a faux leather legging that did not draw too much attention to that area. However I feel so comfortable and confident wearing these- I highly recommend trying them out. 

You can shop these leggings, as well as the rest of the outfit, by clicking on the images below. I also want to point out that I recently purchased my scarf from Target for $19.99- however, I could not find it on the website so I posted a similar one!

Enjoy!

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Beauty / October 26, 2016

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Earlier in the week I was out to dinner with a good friend, we were at Tuco & Blondie indulging on chips and guac, tacos, and margaritas. Pretty much my ideal night and it only got better as we were walking home and passed by a Lush store. It is no secret that I love a good product haul from Lush; all their products are made with wholesome and natural ingredients and the brand is 100% against testing their products on animals. I love knowing that I am supporting a positive brand that promotes amazing standards and amazing products. So of course we had to walk in and browse all the goodies, we were greeted by an exceptional sales associate and OMG was he wonderful! He convinced me that I basically needed everything in the store. 45 minutes later I walked out with  a bag full of goods and a significant hit to my bank account. Totally worth it. I have been using these products all week and many of them are quickly becoming some of my favorite products. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Lush products, new and old, that you should consider incorporating into your beauty routine, because who doesn’t love finding new must-have products?! 

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Cup O’ Coffee

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This product is my boo. I am Obsessed with this stuff! It is a stimulating mask that truly does it all. The fresh coffee grounds not only creates an irresistible scent but it also exfoliates to get rid of any dead skin, which helps to unclog your pores as well. The caffeine awakens the skin and reveals a naturally beautiful glow. I seriously use this mask 3-4 times a week, I have even gotten a few others hooked on it, so basically you need this in your life. 

Mask of Magnaminty 

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Since I began using this mask my pores have never felt so clear. No but seriously! I have large pores (*sigh*) and naturally they get clogged, especially on my nose. I cannot stand the appearance of black heads so I have always been on the hunt to find a product that will successfully eliminate the appearance of them and clear out my big ol’ pores. Well this here product is the one! It is a deep cleaning mask that reaches deep into the pores and clears any unwanted debris and buildup. Mask of Magnaminty smells like fresh peppermint and it tingles when it is working, so it is basically incredible. 

Sleepy

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Everything about this lotion is perfect. The smell is a delicate lavender scent, but it is not too fragrant making it overwhelming. I was originally attracted to this product because of the scent, but then I was informed that it is a relaxing lotion so I was sold. I use it all day long because I cannot get enough of the smell and how velvety-smooth the almond oils and coco butter make my skin feel. The comforting scent is also suppose to help you sleep a little better, I am sure it is a huge coincidence but I have actually been sleeping slightly better this week sin E I began using! 😉

Mr. Sandman

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I have been obsessing with Mr. Sandman as of late. This product is quickly becoming my fav. I hate when you apply hand lotion and you are left with that sticky residue feeling, Mr. Sandman nips that problem in the butt. All you have to do is dust the powder over your hands (or any area) after you have applied lotion, the powder will absorb that residue feeling, leaving your hands feeling like velvet. The powder is full of chamomile and lavender, which as you can imagine creates an exceptional smell AND the powder has a slight shimmer to it, so hello highlight! 😉 I have found that Mr. Sandman and Sleepy compliment each other extremely well, I have only been pairing these two together, but I do not doubt that Mr. Sandman will compliment any scented lotion. 

Damaged

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OMG- I kid you not, I have never loved a product as much as I love Damaged. I have very dry hair due to coloring it and trying to maintain my blond and I am always trying new hair products to make my hair feel soft and healthy. Well, this hot oil treatment does just that. Extra virgin olive oil, almond oil and organic avocado oil nourish dry and damaged hair, leaving it healthy, vibrant, and smooth. I especially recommend this product to anyone who dyes their hair and or has really dry hair during the winter months. You. Will. Love. It!

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Fashion / October 19, 2016

Swooning over Bell Sleeves.

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Happy Wednesday, loves! My schedule has been crazy-hectic this week between working, running errands, cleaning the house (I never seem to catch up), and packing for a weekend getaway. Thomas and I are heading to my brother and his wife’s alma mater to catch a football game and tailgate with our family, it will be a fun-filled weekend- but first things first, we need to get through the week and pack! Later this week I will be posting a blog post detailing a few tips for packing for a short weekend getaway and the must-have items that one should pack- I know I struggle big time when it comes to overpacking, so I always try to remember these tips. Alright, lets get to the details of this outfit, how awesome is this sweater?! I came across it when I was browsing the Nordstrom’s website and I usually stay away from online shopping, simply because I have slightly wider hips and If I wear a top that hits too low or right at the widest part, then it is super unflattering for my body type, so I prefer trying my clothes on before purchasing. However I could not resist this purchase. I bought it online, but picked it up in the store so that I could try it on right away, and I fell in love with it! The sweater hits right at the waistline, which makes it a super flattering piece for just about everyone, plus it has bell sleeves– my favorite! The quality is great AND it costs less than $60- score! Am I right? I have received a lot of questions about my boots as well, I have been so about over the knee boots this season and these ones are stunning, comfortable, and they are under $100. The calf also has a stretch to them, so if you struggle to find boots that fit your calf then I highly suggest trying these ones out. 

I attached the outfit details below, enjoy! 

Xoxo,

Nicole 

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