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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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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 ♡

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Dress: Who.A.U (alternative) // Shirt: Nordstrom Rack (similar) (similar) // Purse: Nordstrom (similar) // Necklace: vintage (similar) // Bracelets: Madeline (similar) // Watch: vintage (similar) // Booties: Nordstrom Rack (similar) // Sunglasses: Target // Lipstick: NYX “Perfect Red”

Who says you can’t wear white after labor day?  I don’t know who decided that was a thing, but I find myself breaking that rule all the time in the fall and winter.  In particular, I love the way white bottoms (pants, skirts, etc.) contrast with a plaid shirt.  Add some pearls, ankle booties, and a fall lipstick and you’re ready to go!

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Skirt: She In (same skirt sold by different retailer, only $20.00!) // Top: Wet Seal (similar style, only $4.00! ) // Purse: Francesca’s (alternative) // Shoes: Life Stride // Sunglasses: Target // Necklace: Charming Charlie’s (alternative) // Faux Pearls: unknown (similar style) // Pink Beaded Bracelet: Madeline (similar style)

Hi friends!  If you haven’t already noticed, I have a little bit of a thing for polka dots.  I don’t know how it happened, but I went from not owning a single thing with this print to having dresses, tops and skirts covered in dots.  Have you ever liked a shirt so much that you couldn’t resist buying three more in different colors?  I think that’s what is going on here with this dot obsession.  There’s just something about a print like this that adds a lot of life and fun into your wardrobe in my opinion.  I also like to take a lot of inspiration from vintage fashion and to me this screams 1950′s.  Did I mention it was only $20.00??

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Pants: Who.A.U. (purchased last year) Similar Similar // Sweater: Forever 21 Similar // Bag: Aldo Exact // Necklace: H&M Similar // Shoes: DSW Exact // Pearls: graduation gift (not sure from where) Similar // Sunglasses: Target Exact // Nails: Essie Nail Polish in “Fiji”

“Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.”  Name that movie!  I bought these pants last year, but I actually only had the chance to wear them once prior to this.  Spring is such a short season in the Northeast.  I couldn’t be more excited to finally break them in though!  If you haven’t visited the site Who.A.U. be sure to check them out.  I’ve purchased so many pretty pairs of pants there in the past year.  Also, I just have to mention my new DSW purchase!

These pumps are by the brand Life Stride and I can honestly say they are the most comfortable pair I’ve ever owned.  They have extra cushion on the inside, which is perfect when you’re especially TERRIBLE at walking in heels like I am.  Just by the way, the wind was crazy when we took these photos.  There was one picture where all of my hair was covering my whole face.  I’m thinking about putting together a bloopers post of all the photos throughout the year that have gone wrong so you guys can have a laugh at my expense.  Thanks for reading!  (:

Love,

Nicole ♡