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Trench Coat: Zara (similar)  // Jeans: Target (similar) // Bag: Charming Charlie (similar) // Sunglasses: Target // Lipstick: MAC “Please Me”

Happy Monday!  Things are finally starting to warm up around here which means that it’s time to break out the trench coat!  I got this one from Zara during one of their big sales and I love the way it curves to your figure rather than being boxy like some others that I’ve tried.

Tip: A quick fix for a trench coat with a long belt is to tuck it under itself.  it’s both functional and looks fashion forward!  Have a great week everyone!

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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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 ♡

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Blazer: Zara (similar) // Dress: Forever 21 // Purse: Charming Charlie (alternative) // Shoes: ALDO // Sunglasses: Target // Lipstick: MAC “Please Me” 

If I had to choose a favorite holiday solely based on colors, Valentine’s Day would definitely come out on top.  It doesn’t get any better than pink, pink, and more pink.  I took it up a notch for this look and added a sparkly sequin dress, which I think just screams romantic and flirty when paired with a fitted blazer.  Also, how beautiful are these roses that Craig picked up for me?  I was on the phone with him and mentioned that I should’ve gone out to get some flowers to go with the shoot.  Next thing I know he’s at my door with a bouquet of pink roses right before I left to take pictures.  What a guy right?

I’d love to see some of your Valentine’s Day looks!  Tag me on Instagram (@theinspirationcloset​) so we can be insta-friends!