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Hi everyone!  I wanted to share a few pictures from a recent outfit of the day.  This was just a casual daytime summer look I created with a few simple pieces.  I bought the maxi skirt from Forever21and I purchased it in-store.  For anyone looking for a maxi skirt, I think Forever21 has an amazing selection and they are very affordable.  Mine was about $12.00! I am currently loving the style of shirt I’m wearing.  I think shirts that tie in the front are amazing because the shape lets you pair them with anything (skirts, shorts, put over a dress, etc.).  So stock up!  You can find the one I’m wearing from Kohl’s.  My flower crown was purchased from H&M and my rose ring was handed down to me from my Nana.

Overview:

Maxi Skirt: Forever 21

Top: Kohl’s

Ring: From my Nana (:

Flower Crown: H&M

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Hi there!  I just wanted to do a quick review of the SENSATIONAIL color gel polish in the color, “White Lily”.  I have tried quite a few of the polishes from this brand and I have to say I am very impressed.  First of all, for those of you who have never tried an at home gel manicure, you are seriously missing out!  The final product never disappoints me.  My manicure always comes out professional looking and lasts for a week and a half to two weeks without a single chip.  On top of that, because it is a gel polish and can only dry with UV light, my polish never gets tacky, so it lasts much longer.  Additionally, since it is not drying half way through applying my polish, the result is a much smoother and more clean appearance.  One of my favorite parts about a gel manicure is that it doesn’t leave residue on your fingers when you mess up, because it can’t dry without the light.  Just wipe the polish right off!  You don’t even have to wait for it to dry.  As soon as the nails comes out of the lamp you are all set and can touch anything without ruining your nails.  The “White Lily” polish went on beautifully and with two coats was completely opaque.  It has great shine, and the color is nice and bright.  Happy painting! (:

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Hi everyone!  This is my first blog post to my new series called, “Get Inspired to Help”.  It is my hope that through this section of my blog, some of you will either become more aware of how to help in you community, or be inspired to create your own ways of giving back.  When I became aware that DoSomething.org and H&M had partnered together for a cause called, “Comeback Clothes”, I knew I had to help.

Being a fashion major in college, I have been educated in some of my classes on the danger that clothes can bring to our environment.  I learned that it takes an unbelievable amount of energy, and water to make textiles.  Not only so, but every year, 11.1 million tons of clothing that could be recycled ends up in landfills.  We need to be conserving energy and landfill space, and you guys can help!

When I came home for the summer from college, I grabbed a big box and I started sorting through my closet for clothes that were stained, ruined, bleached, etc.  Any kind of clothing that can no longer be worn is perfect for this campaign!  So feel free to grab that white shirt that you accidentally dyed pink in the wash and throw it in the box.  Next, go through your closet a second time and look for clothing that isn’t ruined, but you would no longer like to keep for whatever reason.  H&M and DoSomething will be donating clothing that is in good condition to people who need it!

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Before you go and drop those clothes off, snap a picture with yourself and your clothes and post it to DoSomething.org.  A person will be chosen at random to win a $10,000 dollar scholarship from submitted pictures!  Now go ahead and take that box to your nearest H&M drop-off location.  If you have a lot of clothes it might be a good idea to call before hand and give them a heads up!  This campaign is ending on June 20th so go through those clothes A.S.A.P.! ( :

You can also text DROP to 38383 for 15% off of your next H&M purchase and it is another way to enter for the scholarship!

If any of you decide to do this campaign because you saw my post, hashtag #GetInspiredWithNicole on either Instagram or Twitter!  I would love to see what you guys are up too ( :

Love,

Nicole ♡

tumblr_inline_n84h3cRzEQ1sop1mjHi everyone!  Sometimes when I go to make breakfast I want something that is cheery and uplifting in the morning that I can get excited about making.  You can make a few of these for a filling breakfast, or just one for a snack!

Okay, so let’s get into it!  All you will need for this idea is:

 A waffle maker

☼ Strawberries

☼ Bananas

☼ A cherry

Here is the recipe for your waffle: 

✿ 2 cups all-purpose flour

✿ 1 teaspoon salt

✿ 4 teaspoons baking powder

✿ 2 tablespoons white sugar

✿ 2 eggs

✿ 1 ½ cups warm milk

✿ 1/3 cup butter (melted)

✿ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and beat until well blended.

When you are done making your waffle batter…

1.) Preheat your waffle maker

2.) Pour your waffle batter into the waffle maker once it has finished preheating.  Use enough batter to fill the mold, making sure there aren’t any thin areas.

3.) When my waffle is done, the waffle maker makes a sound like a fire alarm, but your waffle makers will obviously vary.

4.) Okay, this is probably the hardest part even though it’s really not hard at all.  My waffle maker is shaped in hearts, so to make the cone I had to cut off the top part of the heart straight off leaving the triangle shape. Depending on what your waffle shape is, you may just have to freehand cut it.  Waffles are pretty simple to cut, so you probably won’t’ have too hard a time.  Additionally, the recipe makes a few waffles so if you mess up, you can just try again!

5.) Arrange your cone on the plate first.  Then cut one banana and about six strawberries into flat pieces.  Arrange them in whatever order you like!  I chose to make the strawberries the bottom scoop and the bananas the top.  Grab a maraschino cherry and dry it off so it doesn’t dye your waffles red.  Place the cherry at the top and you are done.  Have fun! (:

Love, 

Nicole ♡

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Hello everyone!  I am so glad to be back and blogging for you guys after a long few weeks of final exams! ♡ I don’t know about any of you, but my summer vacation has officially started now that my semester is over and I couldn’t be more relieved and excited.  It’s been a long semester of going out to eat and late night pizza runs with all my friends, but now that summer is here I’m ready to get back to a more healthy lifestyle.

Smoothies are my ideal healthy summer beverage.  They pack tons of nutrients, act really filling, and provide the perfect boost of energy.  My favorite thing to do with a smoothie is drink is before a workout because I find it really helps me get through some exhausting cardio.  Today, I’m going to show you guys how to make a smoothie that has a lot of different flavors in one.  (WARNING: If you hate the combination of peach, blueberries, and bananas, this probably isn’t for you!)

Ingredients:

✔ 1 cup Almond Breeze almond milk

✔ 1 Newman’s Own Greek peach yogurt

✔ ½ cup frozen bananas

✔ ½ cup frozen blueberries

✔ ½ tablespoon honey

Okay, so this is super simple from here!  Put all your ingredients in a blender.  The order of the ingredients really doesn’t matter other than the honey.  Personally, I would put the honey in last so it sits on top of your other ingredients and doesn’t get lost at the bottom of the blender. Put the top on the blender and blend everything on high.  When its all throughly blended take a spoon and taste it for sweetness.  If it’s not sweet enough add more honey.  Now pour your purple drink in a fun cup like my mason jar, get a cute straw, and your all set!  If desired throw some chia seeds and blueberries on top for some added protein and nutrients.  Enjoy ( :

Love,

Nicole ♡