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Hi friends!  I hope everyone had a fun Halloween!  My boyfriend Craig and I dressed up as Bugs and Lola from Space Jam.  If you wanna see the pics you can go look at my Twitter: NicoleLauren___  (it has three underscores).  Anyway,  I love this outfit because even though its sporty and casual, it still looks really put together in my opinion!

Funny thing about this look…that sweater isn’t actually cropped!  If you have a long sweater, and you want the shirt your wearing under it to peep out, try rolling it up a little!  I tried to make the gingham shirt pop wherever I could so i rolled it over the sweater sleeves and pulled the collar out.  

Sidenote…how gorgeous does the lake look with all those autumn colors??

Gingham shirt: Forever 21

Sweater: Forever 21

Jeans: Hollister Co.

Boots: Traffic

Necklace: H&M

Socks: Wetseal

Hat: Lids

Backpack: Forever 21

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoyed this post!   

Love,

Nicole 

{This month I linked up with The Spotlight Weekly Linkup}

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Hi!  In honor of Halloween being tomorrow, I wanted to do a quick DIY pumpkin painting post.  This is how I painted my pumpkins this year that I got when I went pumpkin picking.  See my pumpkin picking post here.

To paint these pumpkins all you will need is:

-Pumpkins

-Acrylic paint

-Paint brushes

-A surface to paint on (I used a paper plate)

For the gold painted pumpkin I used the Winsor & Newton acrylic paint in the color, “Antique Gold”.  Grab a paper plate and squeeze a decent amount of paint onto it.  Use your paintbrush to evenly coat your pumpkin.  Repeat once more for the most even and bold color.

For the black pumpkin, I used Liquitex High Viscosity Acrylic in the color, “Mars Black.  I recommend painting the pumpkin black before attempting to make the stem gold.  I found it was easy to keep the gold neat around the base of the stem with an outline of black as a guide.

For the last pumpkin, I wanted to make it look like an apple, because I didn’t get to go apple picking this year (don’t judge me :p).  Anyway, I used Liquitex Basic Acrylic Color in the color, "Alizarine Crimson Hue”.  For the stem, I used Winsor & Newton, “Permanent Green Light”.  Use the same technique for painting the stem as you did with the black pumpkin.  If you are having trouble keeping the paint solely on the stem, use painters tape.  Also, I love the bright green color of the stem.  You may need a third coat of red, because I found it was difficult to get the color even with just one or two coats.

Make sure you let all of these dry for several hours before moving them! 

(Sidenote: I used my Nana’s paints for this.  I’m sure any brand of each color will be just as good as the next for these pumpkins.  For example: for the gold pumpkin, just look for any kind of very shiny gold acrylic paint.)

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Happy Halloween!! (: 

Tweet me @NicoleLauren___ (that’s three underscores) and tell me what you’re being this year!

My boyfriend Craig and I are being Bugs and Lola from Space Jam! 

Love,

Nicole 

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Hi!  I find that sometimes a holiday seems so far away and then all of a sudden… its here!  If that’s the case with you too, you may not have given yourself enough time to make something cute and delicious for that Halloween party you’re throwing.  Maybe you just wanted to make something sugary for yourself while you watch Halloweentown, but didn’t find the time.  Either way, you want something fast that still looks cute enough to Instagram because Halloween is almost here!  

Here’s some ideas…

Dracula Donuts

Dunkin Donuts

-M&M’s

-Vampire teeth

This is so simple its practically self-explanatory.  Head over to Dunkin Donuts and grab yourself as many donuts as you will need.  I recommend going with the chocolate frosted, vanilla frosted, or plain glazed because they are basic colors. You can make them look a little more Halloween themed than some of the other donuts available.  Ex: pink frosted (doesn’t really scream Halloween).  Add some M&M’s for eyes by pushing them gently into the frosting of your choice.  I think the red M&M’s look particularly vampire-ish.  Last, we need the teeth.  Dollar Tree and Party City sell bundles of fake teeth for very low prices.  Dollar Tree has 10 for a dollar!

Vampire Kiss Floats

-Hawaiian Punch

-Vanilla Ice Cream

This float is so perfect for a last minute drink idea.  You only need two ingredients!  If you have it, this drink looks really cute in a mason jar.  You can purchase jars at Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Stop&Shop etc.  Start by filling your cup with some Hawaiian Punch.  Leave a good amount of space between the top of your cup and the Hawaiian Punch.  Take a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream (I used Friendly’s brand) and carefully put it on the top of your Hawaiian Punch.  When the ice cream starts to melt into your punch, it’s gonna taste so yummy!  Top it off with a paper straw and some vampire teeth and your set!  (You can get both at Dollar Tree or Micheals)

Hope you guys enjoyed these Halloween treat ideas and thank you for visiting my blog! (:

Love,

Nicole 

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Hi!  So, a few days ago I went pumpkin picking.  Let me just start off by saying I LOVE pumpkin picking.  However, the one thing that was disappointing about this trip was that we (as in my boyfriend Craig and I) were supposed to go apple picking too because this farm also has an apple orchard.  Well, we got there and all the apples were already all picked.  ):  It was a bummer, but it’s alright because we got some very pretty pumpkins to carve and paint.  (You’ll see those in a few days in my next DIY) (:

As for my outfit…

Pants: Who.A.U.

Shirt: Cotton On

Vest: Sear’s (Get it HERE)

Scarf: Forever21 (Forever 21 has the cutest scarves right now HERE)

Backpack: Forever21

Sunglasses: Q Clothing

Shoes: Target

A huge thank you for visiting my blog! (:

Love,

Nicole 

Hi!  For awhile now, I have been searching for a really nice matte red lip for the fall.  I really don’t often buy a bright red lip, and when I have in the past, I’ve found that some have more of an orange hue rather than that bold and rich red.  The MAC brand undeniably makes some beautiful lipstick shades, so I went on the hunt to find a less expensive brand with comparable color to MAC’s most popular red lipstick.

 NYX’s “Perfect Red” is such a great dupe for MAC’s “Russian Red”!  I cannot describe how amazing this color is.  It goes on so smoothy, and it has pretty good staying power as well.  I had this on the other day, and decided I didn’t want to go to class wearing such a loud lipstick, so I went to take it off to put on a more nude color and I actually had to really wipe my lips to get this stuff off (which is great)!  Highly recommend guys!

Also, apparently in The Devil Wears Prada, Anne Hathaway actually wore MAC’s Russian Red in one particular scene so I have a picture of that linked here just in case you wanted to compare the dupe for yourself (:

I hope this was helpful and thanks for visiting my blog! 

Love,

Nicole