Ways to keep your Skin Clean, Merry & Bright this Holiday Season

Hello Lovelies,

I enjoyed reading and looking at everyone’s Black Friday  purchases and experiences on Instagram.  Now that most of us have found that perfect dress, shoes, bag and mascara to rock for the upcoming holiday festivities, I am here to kindly remind you to not forget about your skin. What’s beneath your makeup matters, too!

The weather and the holiday season has not always been kind to my skin. But this season I am changing that, thanks to the Hydro Boost Body line.  I am partnering up with Neutrogena to give dry skin the cold shoulder.

I am loving the Hydro Boost Gel Cream, Whipped Body Balm and Hand Gel Cream.  At first I was unsure of the gel like feel because it reminded me of sticky hair gel. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I applied it to my skin. The lightweight body gel absorbed quickly into my skin leaving my skin soft, smooth and silky with no sticky residue.  These products are formulated with hyaluronic acid, so it boosts and locks in hydration. The added bonus for me is that fresh, clean after shower smell.  My husband noticed the difference in my skin after a week and now he’s hooked on the Hydro Boost Body line too 

Before I sign off here are my top 3 skin care tips to help you survive the holidays

Increase your glow before the party.

Start your morning off on a good foot by cleansing and moisturizing your skin.

Savor your glass of red wine.

But don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Do damage control after the party.

Have fun and enjoy yourself, but when you get home, take off your makeup and give your skin a little extra pampering.

* Sponsored by Neutrogena

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Sweater Weather

Like it or not sweater weather has arrived in Boston. I can tell you that I was not ready for the quick change of temps from 70’s to 40’s.  But luckily for me I was prepared with the perfect sweaters to keep me cozy, comfy and stylish.

Just because it’s sweater weather doesn’t mean you have to be buried in shapeless knits all season.  Checkout these fab sweaters from SHEIN. You can use coupon code “Andrew20” and get an extra 20% off any purchase.

For more sweater options check out DRESSHEAD.COM

Use Discount Code  “NIKKILIVINGLIFE15″ to take $15 off when purchasing your own MVMT watch or sunglasses.

 

*In Collaboration with SHEIN & MVMT

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Meet the Flexitarian Diet!

Happy October 1st Lovelies! Did you know that today is World Vegetarian Day?   Approximately 10% of the world’s population is vegetarian. In fact, currently 70% of the world’s vegetarians are Indians and there are more vegetarians in India than in any other country in the world.

Growing up in a Hindu household my family was not vegetarian however we observed a fast once every week where we abstained from consuming any meat products for the day. During certain months of the year the fast would last an entire week or longer. Without even realizing it I guess my family along with other  Indian South African households observed Meatless Mondays for generations before it became a movement in 2003.

Animal agriculture is an environmental disaster. The livestock sector generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all cars, trucks and automobiles combined. I recently read an article, which describes the aftermath from Hurricane Florence where 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 pigs drowned as a result of flooding in North Carolina. Animal waste spilled into the water system, which now poses possible contamination from E.coli, salmonella and insecticides.

Cutting down on the consumption of animal products is the absolute best way to reduce your carbon footprint. You don’t have to cut meat out completely or all at once to make a healthy change but reducing your intake and replacing it with some healthy veggies, fruits, and whole grains can have a wonderful impact on your health and the environment as a whole.

I am not 100% vegetarian or vegan, which makes me a Flexitarian. I do eat fish on occasion and treat myself to a grilled cheese sandwich every once in a while. There might be some compromise for example dinner at a friend’s house, or when traveling, but Andy and I do our very best to avoid animal products including milk, eggs and cheese. We both have made a conscious decision to make better lifestyle choices.

How do you feel about going meatless one day a week?

Wondering what to make for your next “Meatless Monday”?

Here are some of my favorite veggie burger brands:

  1.  Gardein
  2. Morning Star
  3. Field Roast
  4. Garden Burger

Happy Heritage Day

Our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our nation – Nelson Mandela.

Today, South Africa celebrates National Heritage Day. Heritage Day is an annual holiday that encourages South Africans to celebrate their roots. South Africa is a proud rainbow nation with 11 official languages and diverse cultures. This day reminds us to not only celebrate the diversity that exists in South Africa, but also individual heritage which is a very important part of our lives.

Although I now live in the States I still appreciate this day as it reminds me to think about who I am and where I come from.  It gives me a chance to archive stories of my roots and to reflect on the diverse cultural heritages that form part of my experiences. For me as a 4th generation Indian South African married to a 2nd generation American of Italian and English descent, heritage is dynamic and is constantly being added on. I am so fortunate to get to experience all the different cultural dynamics and learn from it all.

So, today I celebrate heritage day by embracing the spirit of Ubuntu, by remembering all the people who contributed to who I am today and I celebrate all those who continue to enrich my life with their love, wisdom, humility and compassion.

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people ~Mahatma Gandhi

Would love to read what  Heritage means to you, so please leave a comment. If you are from South Africa let me how you are celebrating this day? Have an awesome week Lovelies. ❤

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Falling for Florals

The calendar says September but the leaves on the trees are still green and the temperature for the most part is still warm. I am embracing the last end of season moments before I go running arms wide open into sweater weather.

To keep the fashion momentum going as the days get shorter and the weather cooler Violet Skye Boutique is helping me transition into Autumn. They sent me this gorgeous ruffle sleeve keyhole floral dress with a loose fit a-line silhouette. I can’t get enough of the bright floral print against the navy background. Light weight, fun, flirty and flowy it’s  the perfect dress to wear in-between seasons. I’ve worn it out to dinner twice in one week and I’ll be wearing it often during the cooler months ahead with booties and leggings.

The unofficial end of summer is here – what are you wearing to transition into Fall?

SHOP THE LOOK

                                                           

*In Collaboration with Violet Skye Boutique

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Favorite One Shoulder Ruffle Tops

Hello Lovelies,

Thank you for all the love shown for this  top  on Instagram. The one shoulder dot print layered ruffle top is from SHEIN. I really enjoyed styling this fun, flirty, feminine top. I have to admit that this was one of my favorite summer looks.

I would also like to share some of the one shoulder tops I found while browsing.  These tops make me wish that summer would never end. Click on images for details.

Do you have a favorite piece from this season that makes you want to hold onto summer a little longer? Looking forward to hearing from you.  Enjoy the rest of your week beauties.

Point Blanc

Feeling sticky in this humid summer weather is the worst. Maxi dresses are the breeziest way to beat the heat. So, I have been living in my dresses

White maxi dresses are so ethereal and easy to style.  I love pairing it with the season’s hottest bag trend the Hanoï Bamboo Bag.

These iconic summer  bags  have been taking over Instagram as you may have noticed. If you would like to snag one check out Frenetic Deals for some great bargains.

 

What are you lovelies doing to stay cool this summer? Would love to hear from you.

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

*In Collaboration with Frenetic Deals.

Espadrilles with Mediterranean Comfort and Style

Happy Monday Lovelies. It’s been a minute since my last blog post and the reason is I am in total summer vacay mode. This summer I planned a few mini getaways. Planning and going on vacation is always fun however packing for a trip …not so much. Something I always dread is deciding how many pairs of shoes to pack.

Luckily for me I’ve partnered with Viscata – maker of premium Spanish espadrilles for both women and men. Espadrilles are the perfect vacation shoe because they are lightweight and comfortable. They also save space in my suitcase because I don’t need to pack shoes for every occasion. The pair of Aro Canvas Wedges in navy I am wearing transitioned effortlessly from the beach, to brunch, to walking around town, to dinner. They definitely hit the sweet spot between casual and dress-up.

Viscata espadrilles are an easy solution to every summer outfit. Every pair is made in Spain and handcrafted by artisans. They capture the vibrant Mediterranean spirit beautifully through superior craftsmanship, comfort, and style for any occasion. Take a look for yourself and shop my picks below.

*In Collaboration with Viscata

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Spring Green

Hey Lovelies!! Can you believe it’s already June 1st? I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors enjoying all the lush greenery around me. All this green is inspiring me to wear the color more and its breathing freshness to my style choices.

It’s amazing how a color can change your outlook on life.  What’s your Spring color? Looking forward to seeing you beauties rock your favorite color of the season.

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Spring for Floral Dresses

After being bundled up all winter I always go a little crazy for those feminine statement floral pieces in spring. I am not the only one. It seems like we all can’t get enough of floral print dresses year after year.

I am having so much fun dressing up this stylish and versatile little dress I got last year with sweaters, blazers and cute shoes.

With Memorial Day Weekend coming up, there are sure to be some great sales.  If you are shopping for your perfect floral print dress remember to look for a piece that fits perfectly and compliments your skin tone. Pick a dress that you can enjoy for many years to come.

 Thank you for stopping by Lovelies. Hope you all have a great weekend.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine