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Top: Zara (similar) // Skirt: H&M (a few years old and unavailable) (alternative) (animal print pencil skirt alternative that’s perfect for fall!) // Necklace: The Shopping Bag (similar) c/o // Bag: Aldo (similar) // Shoes: LifeStride // Sunglasses: Target // Earrings: Piercing Pagoda (similar)

Hi friends!  As much as I wish it wasn’t, summer is quickly coming to an end.  In a little over a week I’ll be in my last year of college, and although I’m looking forward to the new year, I’m really going to miss my summer wardrobe!  I’m taking every opportunity possible to wear my favorite warm weather skirts (like this one) while I still can.  This particular skirt from H&M is a few years old, but in general, I love bold patterns like this paired with a simple top and accessories during warm seasons like this one.

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Dress: New York & Company (unavailable online, but alternative style here) // Necklace: H&M (similar) // Pearls: (unsure, but similar here) // Sunglasses: Target // Purse: Francesca’s (similar) // Shoes: LifeStride // Lipstick: MAC “Pink Nouveau”

Hi friends!  You may have noticed that the majority of clothing that I blog about is budget friendly fashion.  Although sometimes, I like to splurge on something big, I am living on a college student’s budget and I usually try to stay within my spending limits.  That being said, quality is something that is equally important to me and my favorite place that combines the two of these things is New York & Company.  The dresses are so sophisticated and pretty.  I’ve been interning at a public relations company almost everyday this summer and I find that dresses  like these have been perfect for work.  I’ve gotten so many compliments on this dress from co-workers and it was only $25.00!  I highly recommend checking out New York & Company if you haven’t already.

Thanks for reading! (:

Love,

Nicole ♡

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Hi friends!  Something that you may not know about me is that I love to bake, so once and awhile I like to take a break from the usual fashion posts and throw in something a little different.  Now don’t let this fool you I’m a total amateur at baking (I mean c’mon I’m using boxed mix here), but when I saw these cute cupcake cones on Pinterest I just couldn’t resist trying them out.  I think they came out really awesome and I wanted to share how I made them with you all, so here goes…

You will need:

  • 1 box of cake mix + the water, eggs and vegetable oil called for on the box.  I used the Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme mix.
  • 1 box of ice cream cones
  • 1 container of frosting (I used the Pillsbury brand vanilla flavor)
  • sprinkles
  1. Heat your oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans).  I found that my cones did not need them, but if you would like you can place a muffin baking cup in each of the tins.  Place a cone in each muffin tin.
  2. Divide the batter among the cups, leaving some room towards the top.
  3. Bake anywhere from 16-22 minutes, but be sure to check your cupcakes with a toothpick frequently to make sure they aren’t over cooking.  When the toothpick comes out clean they are done.  Give a generous amount of time for the cupcakes to cool (about 30 minutes or so).
  4. Frost as desired, however for the neatest application I recommend using a frosting bag with a tip.
  5. Enjoy!

I hope you guys try this out – it’s really cute for the summer time, especially if you’re using it as a treat at a party or bringing some over to a friends.  (: 

Thanks for reading!

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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Bikini top: Macy’s // Sarong: H&M (similar pick from H&M) // Sunglasses: Target // Hat: Forever 21 (similar) // Necklace: Etsy // Cup: Target (similar) // Monogram: Etsy

If you’ve ever been a fan of beach or pool cover ups, then you’ll love the sarong.  It’s a total game changer.  In case you’ve never heard of it, a sarong is a long piece of cloth that is traditionally worn by the women in Southeast Asia and can be wrapped around the body in a variety of ways.  I had been pinning sarongs for months on Pinterest, so naturally when I received one as a gift for my birthday I used the first excuse to wear it when my sister and I went to the lake for the day.  The best thing about the sarong, is the crazy amount of ways you can wear it.  It can be tied into a dress, a long skirt, a short skirt, etc.  The options seem endless.  If you guys would like to see a tutorial post showing how to wear it a few ways, let me know in the comments!

Love,

Nicole ♡