Sayonara, sister!

I can’t believe I’m moving my baby sister in for her sophomore year today!! It feels like just yesterday I was saying goodbye as she started her freshman year. I am so lucky that I was able to be home with her all summer, and have so many fun adventures. It is going to feel so weird being the only child in the house! But before you know it, she’ll be back for her October break :D Love you Jo! Hope you have an amazing sophomore year.

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How do you deal with being apart from siblings?

 

Xo,

Poochie

 

PS. My sister also blogs! She plans on becoming a fashion stylist, and writes about her many fabulous outfits! Swing by her blog, and take a look!

Fashion Fridays

Happy Friday! Not only is it Friday, but it’s the beginning of a 3 day weekend, woohoo! Yesterday I had a fun day at work. The whole company was out of the office for an Amazing Race type of scavenger hunt. Afterwards we all celebrated at Battery Gardens. It was such a fun day, and a great way to celebrate the end of summer! It was also a great way for me to meet some people since that I’m new to the office :)

It was very hot this week, so my wardrobe consisted of a lot of dresses. Tuesday’s dress is probably one of my favorite dresses I own. My sister bought this dress in navy, and once I saw it on her I knew I had to buy it. Lucky for me, she works at Forever 21 and came home with it for me one day after work :D Thanks Jo! I made sure I wore a tank and shorts underneath, just in case I was caught in a subway breeze. I wore my denim jacket when I was cool in the morning, and wore my Kate Spade nude floral earrings from my lovely big, Kylie.

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The dress was so comfortable and perfect for a hot day! Being that my office is very casual, this was perfectly acceptable to wear.

 

What’s your go-to outfit for a hot summer day?

Xo,
Nicole

Zzz

Good morning! Another work day is here again. I think I’m finally getting used to this whole working girl thing. Rather than giving some of my own tips for early mornings, here’s some interesting reads I’ve found:

 

 

Have a great day!

 

Xo,

Nicole

Commuter Woes

Commuting. Gotta love to hate it. Commuting from Staten Island to Manhattan isn’t terrible, depending where you work and live. For me, it should take about an hour and 15 minutes to get to work. In the morning, not too much of a problem. Traffic isn’t heavy and without school, there is a lot less congestion during my travel time. 45 minutes on the island, 15 minutes through Brooklyn, and 15 minutes through the city.

Going home however, that’s a completely different story. Take tonight for example. I was out of the office and at the bus stop by 6:08. A bus was supposed to come at 6:11, 6:17, and 6:23. What time did a bus finally come for me? 6:26. That may not seem like a big deal to some, but almost 20 minutes where I could’ve been almost at the bridge already?! My time is precious people (sorry, diva moment). It’s just so frustrating when you finish a long work day and want to get home!

Anyway, thanks for listening to my rant, friends! Hope your Mondays have been going a little smoother!

Xo,
Nicole

Hanging in NYC || Our family staycation

Every summer, my family tries to take a small little vacation. Due to scheduling and vacation dates this year, the best we could do was just a weekend away. Instead of wasting time driving to a beach location, where there would be a possiblity of the weather not being the best, we decided to spend a weekend in New York City! Now you may think this sounds silly, as both my dad and I work in Manhattan, and my sister interned there all summer. But we’ve never spent time in NYC just like tourists! The best part of the weekend was all the deals I found! Groupon was my best friend while planning this trip.

Our weekend started Saturday morning when we got up and drove to the city. Before we left, I found a Groupon for a parking garage right near the hotel. It was much cheaper than paying to park in the hotel! We got to the city around 11, found the parking garage, grabbed our bags and began walking to the hotel. We were staying at the Marriott Marquis, right in Times Square! We requested early check-in, so we would be able to drop off our bags and enjoy the day (check-in is normally 4pm). The hotel staff was great, and gave us our key for our room on the 18th floor. We dropped off our bags, freshened up, then headed back downstairs for lunch at Crossroads American Kitchen and Bar, in the hotel. I chose the In-and-Out, and had a soup, salad, and sandwich of my choosing. Mom had a turkey burger, and my sister and dad both chose the buffet option.

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Lunch was pretty quick, which was perfect for us to walk around for a little bit and head to the Broadhurst Theater for a matinee of Mamma Mia! I found a Groupon offer and took full advantage. We had Orchestra seats, and surprisingly, all the seats around us were empty! My family and I loved all of the classic ABBA songs. When the show was over we walked back to the hotel, grabbed some Starbucks, and went to relax in the room before dinner.

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Dinner was at Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar, Guy Fieri’s restaurant! This restaurant was also very close to the hotel. Dinner was great, and we all enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant.  After dinner we walked to Bryant Park and explored a little there. Afterwards, we headed back near the hotel and to Juniors for some cheesecake and coffee! It was a great way to end the day :D

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We slept great in our nice comfy beds, and woke up the next morning and packed our things. I had purchased another Groupon offer for brunch at the Hudson Eatery, and made reservations for 11am. We checked out of our room, grabbed the car, and drove up to the restaurant. We loved our food at the restaurant! Unfortunately we couldn’t drink, because NY is not allowed to serve alcohol before 12 on Sundays, but the owner was kind and offered us more juice and coffee. After brunch we headed home, and we’re very happy with our staycation in NYC!

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I suggest signing up for  Groupon account, you never know what you’ll find! Also, plan a last minute summer trip. You won’t regret it!

 

Xo,

Nicole

Fashion Fridays

I’ve mentioned before that I really want to start getting into a posting routine. In the meantime, I’m going to try a few different posts out! Today I’ll be starting with Fashion Fridays, where I’ll post my favorite outfit from the week. Thoughts?

This post’s outfit was worn yesterday. Sometimes, I’ll put 110% into my outfit choice and then take the lazy route with my hair and glasses. Both my shirt and fancy pants are from Old Navy! I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I love SO MANY of their pieces. Even my work bag is from Old Navy! My sandals are from Target, and I have them in both nude and black. They are so comfortable, even when I’m walking around in the city!

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I also tried something different with my hair. I went with the classic sleek bun, but tried doing an underside French braid. This is just a rough first try, but I’m hoping to improve!

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Well happy Friday! Any fun plans for the weekend? My office has summer Fridays and I get out at 3pm! :D

Xo,
Nicole

New beginnings || Working in NYC!

I have become a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Most of the time it is extremely hard to accept in the moment, but ultimately it will all work out.

On Monday I began a full-time internship with a digital agency in Manhattan! I’ll be working in Community Management which has been my dream. The other interns welcomed me with open arms and I learned so much about the agency already. Let me just tell you, it’s a pretty cool place to work.

Anyway, back to why I’m posting. I’ve been taking the express bus home because the bus stop is very close to the office. Today I wanted to try the subway/ferry/train to see if I’d like it. However, I took a subway uptown instead of downtown and ended up further from home :( I was so upset. But in a turn of events, I ran into an old friend from school while I was walking to an express bus stop! Needless to say it completely changed my mood. Even though we only talked for a few minutes, this made my day better and showed there was a reason that I took the wrong train! Now I can go home with a smile on my face :)

I can’t wait to update you all as I take advantage of finally being in NYC!

Xo,
Nicole