Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wedding Season, Meet the Perfect Dress























Dress C/O // Earrings (Sold Out) Similar Here // Handbag (Poshmark Find) Similar Here and Here // Sunglasses // Chain Bracelet //
Hello Friends!!!

Happy Tuesday!  My sister was off yesterday, so I wasn't able to get the Monday post published until today, but there will be regular posts resumed tomorrow and Friday! Both are a lot of fun, so be sure and check in for those too!

Today, I am so excited and I could not wait to share this stunning dress  from Ivy Staple boutique. First of all, it's perfect, and let me tell you why!!

I am 5'7 and the length is amazing. I wore this with 4 inch heels, so you may need to get it hemmed, but I am happy about that because most of the time I get maxi dresses from boutiques they are much too short, and there's nothing you can do when that happens. Luckily, when they are longer, you can hem them, and I've always liked to keep my maxi dresses a bit longer than they should be because I think a long flowing dress is so beautiful and romantic.  

Another thing is the quality of this dress is also fantastic. It sits beautifully on the frame. I felt it to be true to size. It has a stunning open back and a long sash that ties around the back of your neck for an added touch of character. I am obsessed. I've already had a few invites for friend's and family member's weddings come in, and I've already put this one aside for my cousin's wedding this spring. 

It's going to be extremely hard to do because I am obsessed with this dress.  So pretty!! AND BEST NEWS OF ALL , it's under $45 so great for every budget (especially wedding attire budgets since you'll more than likely be spending on transportation, a gift, and possibly even travel for an event like this!).

Now, with all of that said, I found this beauty at Ivy Staple Boutique.  It's called the "Elise" Maxi dress.  It comes highly recommended by me, and I cannot wait to wear it to events !

Okay, friends!! Thank you so much for stopping by!

XOXO,

Nicolette

Friday, January 5, 2018

Dressed Up in the Softest Sweater












Sweater C/O // Skirt (Similar Here)  // Handbag : Celine Phantom (Medium) // Booties C/O (Similar Here) // Earrings (Gift from my sister) Similar Here 
Okay girlfriends, if we're talking honestly and about silly things , then I would love to share this with you today... one of my fears when going out in public is trying new looks and being scared of the way people may take it in. Will they make fun of me, will they wonder what the heck I'm wearing, will they like it?? Gosh! Maybe that seems absolutely silly, but I was wondering if anyone also feels this way.

Like, so many times I love the new trends, or a certain outfit, and at the last minute, I sometimes change out of it to something more "neutral", so I blend in... the "whispers behind my back" may be completely in my head, but sometimes doesn't it feel like you get those "looks" and you can't tell if people are thinking that's weird , that's cool??  In the end, I would love to be that girl that says, "who the heck cares?!", but sometimes that is just so hard!!  However, this year, I want to practice that version of myself more.  I want to wear the outfits I love without second guessing how they will be received by strangers I've never met!  In fact, I read this meme the other day that said , "Do you want to feel attacked, wear ripped jeans to a family event." First of all, I laughed so hard because I can relate to that on the deepest level haha... and at the same time, I have never stopped wearing my fave ripped jeans when I go out despite all of the weird family members and strangers who have made flippant comments about them. Why?! Because I love them, they're comfortable, and whether someone thinks they're "weird" or a "waste of money", it's my own money and my own body which I am dressing, so what does it matter?! Right?!  I would love to apply this across the board!  Fearless fashion choices at all times.  What do you guys think?  Do any of you struggle with the same thing.
And once again, this is just a silly little issue, but I brought it up because I was wondering if anyone else felt the same way and/ or had some tips and tricks I could apply for this year while practicing this!  I would love you all if you did!!!! 

Going into today's look, I've been dying over leather skirts lately... they keep catching my eye, but they were one of those things I held back from because I was like... hmm, how will this work haha, you know what I mean?  However the instant I laid eyes on this ADORABLE sweater from She Is Boutique (one of my fave places!!!) I knew exactly how I wanted to style it. Don't you love when outfits come together like that, like instant inspo!?!? haha!

This sweater feels like a blanket, a literal blanket when you wear it!  I haven't felt so cozy in a top ever!  Also, the bright white color, omg, my favorite. I really love a good white top, they're so fun to style!  I could see this little cropped sweater with your favorite midi or mini skirt, a cute high waisted pair of bell bottoms (yes girl, doing these too! Love them , always have and always will!), and a pair of high waisted skinny jeans and your fave over the knee boots. I'm hoping to style these looks soon and share some snapshots with you all when I do!  With all that said, you girls have GOT TO try out this sweater: it'll keep you warm, it's so cute, and seriously you can lounge in it because it is unbelievably cozy. I also ADORE Megan, the owner of the boutique. I've worked with her a lot and she is an absolute doll. She also has a blog, you should definitely give it a follow! She dresses so, so cute!!  

I hope this post served as some good inspo for you! I'm so glad you took a little time to drop in today!  I really do appreciate your time !

XOXO,

Nicolette

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Going Out to See the World? Travel Style Inspo!



















Camisole // Denim Jacket (Old) Want this One // Joggers C/O // Beanie C/O // Converse // Handbag: Celine Phantom Medium (Similar Here and Here
Hey babes!!!

Got any travel plans this coming year?!  While I myself am a pretty nervous traveller, omg! planes seriously kill me haha, I still love the adventure of travelling new places.  Every January, Aaron and I sit down to plan our big annual trip.  With Aaron owning his own accounting business, it was very difficult for us to take any time together. Work never stops, and when you're a business owner, you can't shut down.  So, a few years ago we decided that we would force him to take a week off each year where he would excuse himself from the constant phone calls, emails and tasks, and just unwind.  So far, we have travelled to Miami, Hawaii, and Grenada (my fave!!).  I am very excited to see what we decide for this year!

With that said, I feel as if a lot of my friends are also starting to plan out their trips and travels for the year, so I was inspired to share this fun travel look with you all.  The minute I laid my eyes on these joggers from She Is Boutique I was swooning. They are too adorable (and so comfortable). I got them only a week ago, and have already found a way to wear them almost every day.  I've worn them as an outfit a few times out and about running errands, and then lounging around the house (and even to bed once, haha, I fell asleep in them on the couch and didn't want to change when I got back up).  They are THE BEST!!! 

When I travel, I want to be comfortable, I want to be able to move, I want things that are easy to wear and don't require adjusting and pushing and pulling to keep looking cute. Thankfully, with the athleisure trend in full force, outfits like this are perfect for these occasions.  My sister and I will be heading out on a fun road trip at the end of January, and I imagine this outfit being perfect for something like this. What is you go to travel style, girlfriends?!  

I'm so thankful you could stop by today.  I hope this outfit was good inspo for you!!

XOXO,

Nicolette


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year with Just Fab!























Top // Denim (Old) Same Brand Here // Booties C/O // Handbag // Earrings // Watch // Bar Necklace // Layered Necklace 
Wishing you all a very, very happy New Year! 

I'm so excited to start 2018 with a good fresh beginning, and while some may say that it's just another day, I think it's the inspiration of just having the idea of a new beginning, a place to give yourself that grace to set new goals, make new plans and do better.  Sometimes it can be so difficult to motivate yourself to try those new things, or make a change within yourself that you've been really wanting to. While I truly believe you can make a change at the start of any new day and can try new things at all times throughout the year, January 1st is just a great turning point to force yourself to make that jump and really make the effort to start again.  

I have a few new goals to work on throughout this year.  My main one being that my love for my blog is still just as strong as all those years ago when I started it. Last year was my worst year with keeping up with it.  I did have a lot going on with changing jobs and other things, but also I got slightly discouraged when I saw less engagement to the content I was producing. It takes a lot of time to plan, photograph, edit, link, write, publish, share and promote the posts you put together. I love interacting with readers and those who follow me, and I would love to spend more time this year producing the posts that people are most interested in and needing advice on.  I love forming that relationship almost as if it's one girlfriend sharing tips and tricks with another.  

If you ever have a suggestion or question or anything, I hope you leave it below, email me, DM me on Instagram, or whatever , and I would love to engage with one another on that ! Tell me what you like to read, what you want to see from me. I really do love my blog, I love sharing on Instagram and doing this for fun, so I want to bring back that initial spark I got from it when I first started! I want to take that time, no matter what, to produce!

Starting off the year right, I am sharing these fantastic little booties I scored from Just Fab!  I've been a member of Just Fab since 2013, I've loved their shoes since the day I joined, but what gets me is their prices!  I've found some of the absolute cutest styles, and they are so reasonably priced.  For instance, these booties are just $39.95 and when you're a VIP member, you will get free shipping at that price.  Also, you do have to become a member when you sign up, but if for some reason one month you do not choose to purchase a pair of shoes, clothing or accessories from them ( and yes they have it all!), you can log in before the 5th of the month and select "Skip this month".  It's as simple as that. I've had periods where I've skipped multiple months in a row before, and others where I've chosen not to skip the month so instead I was given a $39.95 credit, which I can use towards my next purchase!  So, either way, it's such a win, and I absolutely love the items I get from them!  Lately, I've been over the moon for their boots, I actually ordered yet another pair this week, and as soon as they come in, I will be sure a share a snap of them with you all!  

Ultimately, I highly recommend Just Fab, I wear their footwear  a lot, a lot!  Let me know if you've tried their service before, and how you've liked it.  Also, what do you think about using something like this?!

Okay friends, I've said a mouthful today! I love sharing with you guys, I love putting together fun looks and sharing all the places I shop, and I hope you enjoy this also.  On the other side of it, let me know what other things you're looking for , what other advice and tips and tricks you are wanting. I have a few really fun ideas planned for the next few months about different products, outfits, and posts. I cannot wait to put them together and share them with you guys!  

XOXO,

Nicolette