November 2016

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!

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  • 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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