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Top: SheIn // Pants: Target (similar) // Shoes: Life Stride // Bag: H&M (similar) // Sunglasses: Target (similar)

OMG it has been way too long!  I am so sorry guys!  Things have been a little crazy since graduating from college and I needed to take a little blogging hiatus if you know what I mean.  Sometimes you just need to put a pause on everything and take a step back.  That being said, I have missed this so much and can’t wait to get back into making new and (hopefully better) posts for you all!

This top has been my obsession all summer.  I have worn it an embarrassing number of times and I honestly have to say the quality really is there on this piece.  After washing (and admittedly putting it in the dryer several times) it still looks brand new and fits perfectly!

Thanks again to all of you who have been patient the last few months and stuck around!  You guys are the best and I can’t wait for all the changes that are coming to theinspirationcloset.com in the next few months.  A new site makeover perhaps??  Stay tuned!

Love,

Nicole

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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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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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Coat: Old Navy (similar) // Sweater: Old Navy // Pants: H&M (similar) // Shoes: ALDO // Bag: Charming Charlie (similar) // Sunglasses: Target // Lipstick: MAC “Chatterbox”

I have to admit that black on blue is a combination I never thought I would grow to love, but this past year I realized what a power couple they truly are!  I think in particular, a royal blue like this one is so striking against the black.  I added a hot pink bag to bring some more color into the look and then finished it off with MAC’s “Chatterbox” on my lips.

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Whether you do just one, or many of these good holiday deeds, giving back is essential to not only help someone in need, but also to create a ripple effect and inspire others to take action as well.  After you’ve done something on this list, help to pass it on by pinning or tweeting this link so that someone else can get inspired to give back this holiday season too.

1.)  Help a U.S. teen go to college. For every $1 donated to possefoundation.org, $5 will go toward a full scholarship for a standout student.  

2.) Give aid to a struggling hospital. Donating $10 to projectcure.org sends $400 worth of medical supplies to doctors globally.  

3.) Feed a family. $25 to feedingamerica.org provides a whole month’s worth of meals for a family of three.

4.) Gift a toy to a child in need. Toys for Tots has locations in every state where toys can be dropped off for children in need.

5.) Help fight cervical cancer. 85 percent of deaths occur in places where women lack early screenings.  A donation of $10 to path.org covers the cost of a lifesaving test for someone.

6.) Give the gift of clean water.  The organization, Give Clean Water, helps to provide the people of Fiji with sustainable, clean drinking water.

7.) Donate your best skills. Catchafire.org uses your expertise for a cause that needs it.

8.) Fight pancreatic cancer. 100% of all donations go toward pancreatic research if you donate to lustgarten.org

9.) Donate clothes to the Salvation Army.

10.) Prevent AIDS. A donation of $50 to unaids.org treats a mother for six months and protects her baby.

11.) Bring a box of toys to a local children’s hospital.

12.) Write a cute note or send an email of appreciation to someone you care about.

13.) Keep the planet beautiful.  Keep America Beautiful builds public gardens. Donating $10 to kab.org pays for 25 flower bulbs.

14.) Make cards for hospitalized kids.  Donate your time and creativity to make handmade cards for the organization Cards for Hospitalized Kids.

15.) Donate a tree to a military family.  You can donate a Christmas tree to a military family through the organization, Trees for Troops.

16.) Bring treats to the office to share with your boss and coworkers.

17.) Make care bags for a homeless shelter.

18.) Collect cans of food and donate them to a food bank.

19.) Adopt a family.  Fulfill a family’s holiday wish list with the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program.

20.) Donate your airline miles. Help a soldier to see their family by donating your airline miles to fisherhouse.org.

21.) Take your old coats to Goodwill.

Love,

Nicole ♡