2 Pieces You Need to Mix & Match Your Spring Wardrobe

As you fashionistas know the key to creating a versatile wardrobe is to stock your closet with basic pieces that you can mix and match  for any occasion.

I found the perfect 2 pieces from Violet Skye Boutique to get started on my mixing-and-matching Spring journey. The classic Luna Striped Pant with matching Luna Wrap Top adds effortless chic to these 3 looks I created.

Look 1:

For a put-together outfit that exudes sophistication I wore both the Luna Pants and Top together for a flattering silhouette.

Look 2:

Instead of a t-shirt  I threw on the Luna Wrap Top with my favorite pair of white jeans for a more polished weekend look.  This top isn’t just for pairing with pants. Wear it with a navy pencil skirt to achieve the same pulled-together.

Look 3:

Reworking the striped Luna Pants with a white lacy bodysuit.  I added some fun bright accents that really make the outfit pop.  A few simple additions like a bag or earrings to give this look a totally different vibe, even though it’s really just the same piece, revisited.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Spring Commencement Dress

Whether you’re approaching your own graduation or simply preparing to attend one, this dress from  Violete Skye Boutique will take the stress out of graduation season and leave behind only cause for celebration. From outdoor ceremonies to dresses that look good with any gown color, this dress has you covered.

I love the adjustable spaghetti straps and the a-line fitted midi silhouette.

How gorgeous is this floral lace appliques? Whatever your major, one thing’s for sure: wearing this dress will definitely make you feel like a master when it comes to style.

SHOP THE LOOK

                          

 

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Happy Earth Day World

Although it is not a national holiday, Earth Day is celebrated on 22 April each year. This modern environmental movement was first celebrated on April 22 in 1970. It began when Wisconsin Senator, Gaylord Nelson, suggested that April 22 be used for an environment education day. On Earth Day events are organized all around the world to help teach people how they can help our planet. It has been reported that over 1 billion people do something on or around Earth Day each year in an effort to help the environment. I will be doing my share by volunteering with various Earth Day community projects this weekend. One of which includes planting strawberry transplants into pvc pipes and hooking it up to an aquaponics system. I am totally geeking out!!! I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Happy Easter weekend as well. I know those chocolate Easter eggs are eggciting but don’t forget to enjoy the beauty and wonder of nature when you’re egg hunting. 

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Declutter & Consign with Covet Boston

Spring has sprung and it feels so good! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the flowers are blooming. It’s the perfect time to start spring cleaning your home, garage, yard and yes…the closet too. It may seem a bit daunting at first but I am sure you can all agree with me, that it feels so refreshing. Decluttering can also be rewarding too because you can make $$$$ for that much deserved spring break vacay you’ve been thinking about.

Last weekend I found a chic way to go green. I was invited by Covet Boston to have a look around their adorable store. Covet Boston is a consignment store located in South Boston. It is a perfect way to consign your clothing and be environmentally responsible, while making room in your closet for more fabulous finds!

Did you know the average American throws out about 82 pounds of textile waste per year? That’s 11 million tons of waste produced every year by just the United States alone. People worldwide now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. Sadly, the average consumer prefers shopping new, versus consigned items.

Consignment stores like Covet Boston are trying to change that mindset. When you consign your pre-owned items, like this Self Portrait dress I am wearing below, you give someone (me) the opportunity to love it as well. In turn, this helps reduce your carbon footprint and puts some extra $$$$ in your wallet.

Here are 4  Questions to ask yourself when deciding to part with items in your closet:

  1. Does it fit? If it’s too small or doesn’t seem like it’ll fit again, kiss it goodbye.
  2. Is it your style? Trends seem to shift so fast these days, it seems we have closets full of last season trendy clothes that we do not wear anymore. If you are not wearing it, let it go.
  3. Worn or used it in the last year? Research shows, that most of us use only 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. If you have clothing that still has tags on it and you have not worn it in the last year, chances are you never will. So its safe to say “Let it go”.
  4. Does it have brand power? Top brands can earn you some extra cash. Here is a list of brand names at Covet that will get you a competitive 60% of the final selling price.

Do you shop at consignment stores? What do you do with clothing you no longer wear?  Looking forward to reading your comments.

Let’s Get Consigning!

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Ladies, please let me know if you have any fashion questions, tips, fave brands, or style that you would like to share or have me feature on my blog!

Working It!

It’s hot then it’s cold. Temps are down then it’s up. Nothing flip-flops more than the weather this time of year. The key to surviving the work week during this awkward transitional period is through light layering. My favorite layering combination right now has to be lightweight pants or jeans with a blazer. If the right fabrics are combined it makes for a very chic look.

I like to pair a heavier fabric with a simple t-shirt and a pair of heels.

For a more casual take, I love styling my suit with a graphic or plain white tee and sneakers. This really modernizes the classic pantsuit and still looks polished.

A blazer can drastically dress up jeans and a t-shirt, totally transforming the outfit. Add some heels and a fun clutch for a casual Friday look. Or you can mix and match by dressing up your distressed jeans with a blazer, and some cute booties for a weekend look.

What are your transitional go to favorites this time of year?

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Animal Instinct

It’s a zoo out there! From leopard and snake prints to zebra and tiger stripes, it seems like all the trendsetters are going wild over animal prints. Why? Because it is the secret wardrobe weapon that adds easy drama and glamour to almost any outfit.

To be honest I was not always a fan of animal print. I thought it was too loud and felt intimidated trying to tame animal prints. However, my mom is a bit of an animal print addict. She always makes it look so chic and effortless. So, I got some styling tips from her. Mom told me to start small and “Experiment until you find what works for you, there’s really no wrong way to wear animal print”. Experiment I did and found the winning combo for me.

I’ve learned that a little bit of animal print can go a long way. The simpler and more monochromatic the rest of your look, the more the touch of print will pop. Accessorize with a narrow belt to draw attention to your waist, or maybe a scarf to draw the eye up toward your face or my current favorite a pair of animal print booties that adds just the right amount of ferociousness to an outfit.

Scroll through the ensembles I’ve created and let me know how you like to pay tribute to this trend.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

My Valentine’s Day Edit

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start prepping the ultimate date night (or day) outfit.

There’s no one right way to do Valentine’s Day. However, the one thing I do know is that you can never have enough red or pink. I decided not to shop for this holiday. I wanted to dress up some pieces that I have in my closet.

So, whether you’re staying in for a cozy night with your boo or catching a movie with your girlfriends, I hope these inspiration shots guarantee you a fashionable holiday.

1. Fancy Romantic

I am always up for a dressy romantic sit down dinner… or lunch. If you’re like me and love to get dressed up then this look is for you! Personally, I wanted a dress I could wear for Valentine’s Day and which could also easily transition into spring. That’s why I chose this floral dress paired with some red booties. I just adore the relaxed feminine silhouette and the filly sleeves.

The simplest ways to transform this Valentine’s Day look from day to night! ~ Add red pumps and a cute bag. I know you ladies have a floral dress somewhere in your closet just add red pumps, a cute bag some red lipstick and you’re good to go.

2. Girls Night Out

Valentine’s Day is not all about romantic relationships. Although your significant other is important so are the lovely ladies in your life. So, throw on something sassy like this pink and white slip dress, grab your crew of loving and lovable gal pals and hit the town for some drinks and dancing.

3. Netflix & Chill

No need to get sloppy in your sweats if you’re chilling at home. I love this oversized fuzzy sweater paired with leggings or jeans. The comfort level of this sweater suits any homebody activity. So turn on Netflix, order in the Thai food, and hunker down in utter coziness.

Gift for him or her

If you’re still stumped on a gift for your loved one. You need to check out these stunning watches by Danielle WellingtonYou will receive a free heart charm with any leather watch purchase, free Valentine’s Day gift wrapping and free worldwide shipping! Use my code “NikkiLiving” for 15% off your purchase 💕

Let me know how you’re celebrating the day of love this year! Whatever you do, I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Happy Valentine’s Day.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Happy Eco-friendly New Year

Hello Lovelies,

This week was back to the hustle and grind for most of us. Hope  it was a great start to your new year.  I am not good at New Year resolutions so I never make them. However, I have been thinking of how I can make this year better. If 2018 has taught me anything, it’s that we need to take better care of our environment and be mindful of our way of life. So, this year I am going to be more aware of my carbon footprint. I am going to take personal responsibility for my impact on the planet. No more finger pointing, no more blame game, no more waiting for the world to change or waiting on others to take action for a sustainable future.

It starts with me. By making some small changes like:

  1. Carrying my own shopping bags and water bottle
  2. Composting my food scraps
  3. Upcycling and recycling more
  4. Cooking from scratch and buying local ingredients
  5. Walking more or taking public transportation

 Doing something – even if it seems small and inconsequential – is better than doing nothing.

I am proud to share my first DIY upcycle project  I found on the Oui Yoplait website.

Have you thought about how you are going to make 2019 different? If you have any upcycle or DIY repurposing ideas, please share in the comments below. I would love to learn a new craft. Thank you

Happy Holidays

Hello Lovelies,

I can’t believe that Christmas is only a few short days away.  Andrew and I are getting ready to unplug and check out 🛎️ of the grind.  But before we do, we would like to take a moment to wish you and your family a very Merry Everything. May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love & laughter. And may the year ahead be full of happiness & bliss.

Love Always

– Nikki & Andrew

P.S. Allow yourself the time to indulge in your favourite holiday foods. Life is short…eat the cookie/s.

~Nikki

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