So Fun in SoHo

Friday night, my good friend Maddy and I had plans to meet after work. After lots of planning and throwing ideas around, we decided on going to the new Birchbox store in SoHo. Unfortunately, when we got there we realized it was Customer Appreciation day and they were giving away free goodies, so the line was all the way down the street! Needless to say, we were not willing to wait on a line wrapped around the store, so we went into some shops near by.

While walking into one store, we noticed a tapas place across the street called Boqueria. Maddy and I looked at each other and knew we had to try it! We went in and were seated at the chef’s counter, set up like a bar, with a full view of our food being cooked. We spoke with our waiter, and he helped us decide on what to order. I got a peach sangria and Maddy got a wine wine. We decided on 4 tapas: pan con tomato (Grilled bread rubbed with tomato, garlic and olive oil), Croquetas Cremosas (Creamy croquettes; three each of mushroom and Serrano ham), Coca de Calabacines (House made flatbread, caramelized onions, market zuchinni, cherry tomatoes, sheep’s milk cheese), and a meat and cheese plate (we chose aged Manchego & JamónSerrano). The food was AMAZING and the atmosphere of the restaurant was great. I will definitely be making my way back here in the future!

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After dinner and drinks, we were looking for something sweet. Laduree was nearby, so we went in for macarons. The store is the cutest! I chose the Ghana Chocolate macaron which was a dark chocolate, and Maddy got Salted Caramel, which was caramel with a salted butter cream inside. There is seating just for eating your treat and also a restaurant in the back! Maddy and I made a promise we’d come back here for tea and macarons one day.

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It was such a great catching up with a great friend and trying some new foods! Its funny how our original plans had changed, but we ended up having a great night!

Xo,
Nicole

Fashion Fridays

If you’re reading this, congrats! You’ve made it to Friday. Isn’t it crazy how much we long for this day? This week has been a busy one for me. Monday and Tuesday I worked at a summit for my company. Monday was a lot of setup and Tuesday we helped with whatever was needed so that the event could run smoothly. It was really great to have the chance to listen to so many great speakers. One of my favorite parts of the day? Getting to get my picture taken in a GIF booth during the cocktail party after the event!

This weeks Fashion Friday is brought to you by yesterday’s outfit. Wednesday night I was really struggling with finding something to wear. I wanted to look nice for work but still have fun with it. I’ve had both of these pieces for a bit, and never thought of pairing them together. My top is from Forever 21 and the jeans are from American Eagle. I always kept the jeans more for the summer months, but I realized they could definitely transition into fall. To dress the outfit up a bit, I added my black heels! Simple but stylish :)

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Any fun plans this weekend? I plan on meeting up after work today with one of my girlies from school and hopefully see some more of my friends this weekend! (And hopefully hit the gym at least once)

Xo,
Nicole

Fashion Fridays

Here we are, another Friday. I’ve had a lot of time to prepare for this post as my outfit is from last Sunday! I helped at my high school’s freshman tea, where new freshman get to come to school to mingle with other girls, chat with some teachers, and just have another welcome to the school. I was so excited to have the opportunity to volunteer as an alum, as I remember my freshman tea so fondly. I was able to see some of my old teachers and faculty, and meet some older alumni. We all shared memories we have from our time at our high school. I can’t believe I started my freshman year 8 years ago! Time truly does fly.
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Prior to this event, it had been so hot during the work week, that I didn’t have the chance to wear this new Ann Taylor Loft shirt that I picked up before I started working. I wore a pair of capris that I’ve had for about 2 years but don’t often wear. There a light Cotten material, but made to look like a fancier denim. I bought them at Target! I wore my nude heels, which I regretted later that night. Standing for a couple of hours definitely hurt my little toes!

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I started my day by going to mass at the church where I was baptized. After the freshman tea, I hit the gym for some cardio and stretching, and followed it with a quick manicure. I did not inherit the talent of being able to paint my own nails nicely, so I try to get them done every once in awhile so they look good for work! After my day out, I came home to dinner with my family and some tv & reading relaxation. It was the perfect Sunday, in my opinion!

What’s your perfect Sunday? Let me know in the comment section below!

Xoxo,
Nicole

Tuesday Thoughts

Ever just want to get home, and you feel like you’re never going to get there? That’s how I felt last night. I had a long day at work, nothing particularly bad, just pretty busy. Maybe I even had a case of the Mondays? I had plans of taking a yoga class at my gym, but once I got in my car after getting off the bus I just needed to go straight home. However, my mood completely changed when I got out of the car and saw this:
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Can you say beautiful? It completely turned my mood around.

Added bonus: when I got home I noticed my mom and I had similar styler outfits on. Had to take a picture of this! My 80 year-old grandmother actually took the picture! Didn’t she do a good job?

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Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!

Xo,
Nicole

Fashion Fridays

Happy Friday! Although this week was shorter it was so exhausting!  I was working non-stop at work with some longer hours, but I did manage to take a quick outfit picture. Pardon my appearance, this was after my work day!

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I wanted to be comfortable yesterday, as I knew I’d be doing a lot of social media monitoring and sitting at my desk. I wore jeans cuffed up because it is still hot out, and a tank. Instead of wearing a sweater over it I decided to grab my chambray shirt! It was something different and still gave me the coverage I wanted for the chilly bus.

What’s your go-to comfy outfit?

Xo,
Nicole

Weekend Recap!

Happy Wednesday friends! We’re halfway through the week, which is even shorter because of the lovely holiday weekend! How was your weekend? Mine was a perfect blend of busy and relaxing!

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Sam and I, commuting together!

Friday I got out of work at 3pm and so did one of my besties, Sam. I met her by the ferry and we traveled home together, where we met a few of our other friends for happy hour at Burrito Bar, a restaurant on Staten Island. Saturday as I mentioned, I moved my baby sister back to college for her sophomore year! I can’t believe she’s gone :(. After I got back home, me and my mom spent a few hours watching episodes of The City (we also made s’mores).

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Sister & me in her new room.

Sunday I met up with my sorority Big sister in the city where we went to lunch at Max Brenners! After we walked around for a bit at Washington Square Park. When I got home that night I started cleaning and reorganizing my room! I’ll be painting and changing it up soon so I decided to get started.

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My big and I in Washington Square Park!

I planned on cleaning and relaxing more on Sunday, but one of my friends invited me to a BBQ so of course I jumped at the opportunity! I went to a few stores in the morning for Labor Day sales and then headed to their house. It was SO HOT out Monday, but it was definitely nice to hang out with friends.

Now here we are, Wednesday! My Tuesday was super busy at work, catching up on the long weekend. After work, I stopped my the nail salon by my house and got a manicure and pedicure! It’s my favorite way to relax after a busy day.

 

Enjoy your Wednesday!

 

Xo,
Nicole

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!