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Sweater: Old Navy // Pants: H&M // Bag: Charming Charlie (similar) // Shoes: ALDO // Necklace: The Shopping Bag (similar) // Sunglasses: Target // Lipstick: MAC “Please Me”

When you’re in that awkward transitioning period between winter and spring it can really hard to come up with outfits to accommodate the weather.  Particularly in March and April I find that it’s common (in NJ) to have one day that’s really cold and the next day it can be 70 degrees or more.  We have been experiencing a lot of that in the past week.  It snowed on Monday and by Wednesday it was 78 degrees outside!

I find that it’s really easy to fall into the “what do I wear?” trap during these months because the temperature is just so inconsistent.  One of my go-to transitioning looks is to wear a sweater and jeans of the same color hue paired with bright spring-like accessories.  I love the way the pink bag and green necklace pop against the gray!  What’s your go-to spring transition outfit?

Love,

Nicole ♡

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I love a hairstyle that looks complicated, but is actually so easy to do.  This low rolled bun updo looks perfectly polished for work, a special event, or just everyday wear and takes under 5 minutes to do!

Products used:

-Bobby Pins

-Hair Tie

-L’Oreal Paris Studio Above It All Invisi Gel Volumizing Hair Gel

-Aussie Aussome Volume Hairspray

Prior to beginning: I straightened my hair in order to create a smooth and polished effect.  I find that it really helps to reduce frizziness and flyways to begin like this.  I then distributed a small dot of gel throughout my hair to create some hold.

Step 1:  Start by creating a low ponytail and secure with a hair tie.

Step 2:  Make a small opening in the center of the ponytail, splitting the hair into two even sections with your fingers.

Step 3:  Take the ponytail and pull it up and into the opening.  I found that this was easiest done when I put my thumb and pointer finger inside the opening, ready to grab it and pull it through instead of just trying to shove it down.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 one or two more times until the ponytail is a bun.

Step 5: Pin any remaining hair into the bun and hairspray to secure flyways.

Hope you are having a great Monday and thanks for reading! (:

Love,

Nicole ♡

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If there is one thing worth investing in, it’s your skin.  You only get one, and the way you take care of it in your 20′s and 30′s will directly affect how it appears in your 40′s, 50′s, and so on.

Over the years, I’ve focused most of my skin-care efforts on fighting breakouts, but over time many anti-acne products have left my skin very dry and unnourished.

Keeping skin hydrated is crucial for preventing fine lines, wrinkles, and retaining overall radiance in later life.  I knew that continuing my routine the way I was could ultimately damage my skin in the future.  That’s why I completely revamped my skin-care routine and wanted to share it with you all!

1.) Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Pads

Glycolic Acid is gentler than many other cleansers, but penetrates deeply making it the perfect exfoliant for those who are sensitive, while sloughing away dead skin and unclogging pores.

2.) Eye Cream

The skin around your eye area is very thin and should be given extra special attention, even as early as your 20′s.  I was recently given the opportunity to try Valentia’s True Glow Eye Cream and I love the way it tightens my eye area, de-puffs, and brightens up my dark circles.  It’s almost like an all in one- formulated with Vitamin C, Organic Rosehip Oil, and several antioxidants.  Upon application, I immediately notice how dewey and bright my under-eyes look.  Another thing that I love about this product is the price!  It’s exactly like a high-end product with natural and high quality ingredients, but half the price at only $25.00.

3.) Face Masks

Face masks are another really important part of any early 20′s skin-care routine.  I find that using my Valentia Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask once or twice a week really improves the overall moisture of my skin and makes it appear so radiant.  The product smells amazing and goes on almost like a watery jelly.  After a minute it starts to tingle and you can really feel it setting into your face.  Especially after waking up in the morning, the extra boost of hydration makes my makeup look so much better on.  I also love that the mask has natural oils in it, which I personally feel like have really helped to combat my acne prone skin.

4.) Sunscreen

If there is one secret to keeping skin youthful, it’s to sunscreen on the regular.  It sounds simple, but it’s actually one of the most overlooked things in many people’s skin-care routines.  Take into consideration that even when you are riding around in the car, your skin is being exposed to the sun.  Use a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it on your face and neck every morning before applying makeup in the morning.

5.) Oils and Nighttime Moisturizers

Applying a good moisturizer at night before bed is key to a healthy glow.  I rotate between using face oils such as Grapeseed Oil and Avocado Oil and a water gel moisturizer.

I hope this helps some of you who are looking to “up” your skin-care routine and as always thanks for reading! 

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Coat: Old Navy // Dress: Forever 21 (similar) // Pearls: Vintage (similar) // Tights: Target (similar) // Bag: Target //  Heels: ALDO (similar)

In the winter, it’s tempting to throw on a pair of sweatpants and order takeout, but sometimes a night out is exactly what you really need.  Make your favorite dress cold-weather ready with a pair of tights and a wool coat.  You can also take any coat from blah to fashion forward by draping it over your shoulders instead of wearing it the traditional way.

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Bandana: Amazon // Cardigan: Zara (similar) // Top: Talbot’s (similar) // Pants: H&M (similar) (only 12.00!) // Bag: ALDO (similar) // Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (alternative) // Sunglasses: Target // Lipstick: NYX “Perfect Red”

When the bandana neck tie trend emerged last fall I was immediately in love.  It’s so perfect the way it draws in all of your attention with the bright pop of color against a neutral outfit.  Not only so, but it also might be world’s most inexpensive accessory.  I purchased this one on Amazon for $2.00, but you can find bandanas at Walmart in every color for just $1.00.

Quick tying tutorial…

The simplest way to tie this is to fold the square in half into a triangle.  Tightly roll it so one end reaches the other.  Then, wrap it around your neck and make a knot in the front.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Nicole ♡