Hello! I’ve taken quite the hiatus from blogging due to life, work and all the other things that come along with those two things, but I’d like to get back into regularly posting.

January was interesting. It was an interesting start to 2017, however I’m now ready to kick some ass and get into gear. That said, I’ve needed to get myself organized and I realized that I was missing my key organizational tools. There hasn’t been a year of my life that I haven’t had some sort of paper agenda. As much of a millennial as I am, I don’t like digital calendars. I find them unreliable and if I miss a notification, I’m screwed. I prefer to write things down in a datebook that I keep with me at all times. I find when I write something down I’m less likely to forget it, and I know for a fact that the information I’ve written is correct. I feel like my phone/email calendar has let me down so many times in the past that I just don’t trust it.

Anyways, I was at good ole Target about a week ago, and I was perusing the stationary aisle, when I came across this adorable little planner and baby pink legal pad holder.

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It’s by the brand Sugar Paper, which is located in Los Angeles. I loved how simple it was, and how detailed the pages were on the inside. Also, isn’t it pretty!?

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On the left hand side it’s got the “This Week” section, which contains areas to write lists for who to call, who to email, what you need to do, and what you may need to buy. The blank boxes towards the bottom are for things to not forget and to set a goal for the week. I love it! On the right hand side it’s just blank spaces for each day that week where you can write in anything that has a due date/meeting date etc.

The legal pad holder is pretty basic, but I loved the color because I thought it complimented the planner nicely!

 

Find the items:

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Sugar Paper

 

XOXO

Nic

 

For those who don’t know what “Adulting” is, here’s UD’s definition:

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In addition to the job you’re supposed to be holding, you should also be dressed appropriately; but that’s not always an easy task. Building a wardrobe that’s both professional  and adult-like takes time, so I’ve compiled 9 tips that I use when I shop to hopefully help anyone who needs some advice!

  • Find your go-to stores for certain categories of items:
    • Depending on your budget, you should be able to pin point what stores are your favourites and what categories of clothing items you can get where. For example, if you’re on a budget H&M actually has a really great business/professional section. Another example being that the only brand of jeans I wear are Express jeans, so that’s the only place I head to when in search of a new pair.
  • Prioritize, plan and conquer:

    • That really on trend velvet top is perfect and I feel like I need it in my wardrobe, but I have NOTHING to wear with it. Sound familiar? This is where you have to have a list for each shopping trip. Whether it be getting 2 full work outfits, or a proper pair of pumps, having a prioritized list of what you’re looking for while out and about will keep you on track and keep you from buying unnecessary items.
  •  Does it go with at least 2 items you already own?
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    For those who know me, this is dead on. Can’t go wrong with black!

    • Building a wardrobe is hard, so don’t make it harder on yourself by buying items that only match with one thing you own. Buy neutral colours so items will always match no matter what the pieces are. Having a wardrobe that works together is ideal for getting dressed quickly for those running late
      mornings, and for having a wide variety of outfits with just a handful of items. This doesn’t mean you can’t rock a statement top or pair of pants every so often, it just means your closet shouldn’t be filled with crazy patterns and colours that won’t go together, EVER.
  • Know your size at every store you shop at so you can skip fighting crowds:
    • This is by far my favourite tip. I like to shop, but quite honestly I’d much rather online shop over anything. Shopping can just be so exhausting, time consuming and frustrating! And I really hate fighting crowds or having to deal with salespeople in general when I shop. What I’ve done is take note of what size I wear in tops and bottoms at each store I shop at, and I order online! I don’t rely on this method for shoes though, they differ too much by brand and style to really get a good fit.screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-6-23-17-pm
  • Know when stores are having sales: 
    • Stores frequently have bi-yearly or quarterly sales, so take advantage of those! And don’t be scared to ask a salesperson when they hold their sales, they’ll just think you’re a professional shopper. Shopping online is also a great way to save money, because if you sign up/register with each store that you shop at, they’ll most likely send you emails when they’re having online sales and you’ll also get emails about in store sales. Additionally, it gives you flexibility to shop at midnight in your pjs while Netflix binging if that’s your thing (totally how I shop).
  • Decide what items you want to invest in:
    • $99 Leather Jacket, yeah I’ll splurge on that. $75 White Tee, not so much. I’m certainly more than thrilled when I can buy items for a relatively inexpensive price, but I also know when to spend real money on items that will last you forever. I personally like to spend money on jackets/work blouses/outerwear and shoes. Whereas casual t-shirts, tank tops, jeans, casual dresses and leggings I would rather buy cheaper and replace when need be.
  • Trends come and go, so don’t shop by them
    • Yeah, there are some trends that are pretty cool, but don’t spend money on a wardrobe that is geared towards being on trend for that year. Eventually the trends will change and your used to be “fashionable” outfit, now makes you look outdated. Shop for pieces that you know will never be out of fashion and will always seem timeless. To stay with trends buy the accessories to alter your outfit. Add a $10 choker or a super cute fedora to your outfit for a trend twist.. See what I’m saying?
  • If you aren’t in love with it, don’t even consider buying it
    • This may seem pretty straight forward, however I know how easy it can be to talk yourself into buying a piece of clothing that’s a bit outside of your comfort zone and then never wear it. Make sure with what you’re buying, whether it be a new style to you or one you’re used to, that you feel comfortable in it. Don’t buy clothes that make you feel self conscious in the dressing room, you’ll never wear it.screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-6-28-11-pm
  • Have fun with your style!
    • This is probably the most important tip. Don’t be scared to try new things, and don’t let other people dictate what you think you should and shouldn’t wear. Try new styles that you’ve been wanting to try but be comfortable rocking it. Fashion is a way to express yourself, so whether you have an all black wardrobe with like 3 white shirts (AKA me), or you have a different colour for every day of the week, you do you boo boo.

Those are my favourite tips to live by, and I frequently have to remind myself of the above when I’m online shopping. It’s SO EASY to get carried away and add all sorts of things to your cart that you “think you’ll wear for that one occasion that hasn’t come up yet” but in hindsight you may never get use out of whatever you buy.

I hope these tips helped not only those who are trying to “adult” like myself, but anyone who loves to shop too!

 

XO

Nic

 

I recently (May14-21, lagging on the blogging) went to Cabo San Lucas with friends as a graduation gift to one of my friends. I thought it’d be fun to share some of the awesome things we did, and document the trip here.

Enjoy!

XOXO

Nic

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I couldn’t get over how crystal clear the water was. This was right out front of our resort.

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This was the snorkeling lunch cruise we took! It was so much fun. I saw a few different eels, lots of gorgeous fish and some crabs! We all had such a blast with the rest of the people on the boat, and who doesn’t like an open bar?

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Pictured: Hannah on the left, Grace on the right

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We tried to wake up every morning to see the sunrise; it was breathtaking.

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I’m not sure if you can tell, but that rock right there is COVERED in sea lions. They were barking and snoozing and having a grand ole time. It smelled AWFUL though, lot’s of STANK.

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Pictured: Jackie on the left, Hannah on the right. This was the Cabo Arch that the Glass Bottom Boat Tour took us out to see! It was awesome!

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Looking nice and fluorescent in our life jackets on the Glass Bottom Boat Tour!

Pictured: Grace, Nic, Hannah, Jackie and Anthony

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Grace!

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And finally this is what our resort view looked like from our balcony.
We also went out to the popular bars downtown and Grace, Anthony and myself jet skied!

It was honestly such an amazing trip, and such a gift to be able to see some of my best friends in such a beautiful place. My first trip to Mexico definitely has me wanting to go back!

If you’re headed to Mexico anytime soon, I’d be happy to recommend places to go!

 

XOXO

Nic

Good Morning!

Today I wanted to show you guys this beautiful tray that I picked up at HomeSense with my mom! When I saw it in the store at just $20 Canadian dollars, which equates to $15.60 US dollars, I just had to have it. I have a couple of things in my room with gold accents and arrows in them, so I thought this would match my other pieces perfectly.

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Here’s a better shot of the detailing on the sides of the tray:

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I love it! I’ve decided to use it to display my makeup that I use on a regular basis, but you could use it for a bunch of things like organizing office supplies on your desk, jewelry, books, keeping items on your nightstand organized etc. I’ve found tons of uses for different kinds of trays like these, and I personally like them as a pretty organizational container, so leaving it out isn’t as drab to look at.

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Hope you enjoyed!

XO Nic

Happy Friday!

We’ve officially been in Canada for 2 whole weeks! Man, has the time flown.

One of the first pieces in my room that we picked up was this acrylic chair from Ikea. It’s surprisingly comfortable, and being that we are in a tight space, it’s great that it’s translucent for the illusion of more space.

Funny story about this chair: This was the first piece of furniture that we purchased, and for about 3 days, it was the only chair we owned, LOL! We took turns sitting in it, but for the most part resorted to the floor or sitting on our mattresses. We definitely got a kick out of only having one chair.

Anyway, I’ve seen this style all over Pinterest and I absolutely love it, so we recreated it for my new room!

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Totally posh, right?

This will be my desk chair, but I’ve yet to find a desk…we’ll get there.

Here are the two separate pieces:

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The fur piece is actually meant to be a small area rug, but it was the perfect size for the chair. It’s also really thin on the back side, so I personally think it works better on the chair than it would on the floor.

We’re continuing to add bits and pieces to our place as we’re able to find what we like. I can happily say that while it’s coming along slowly, I’m really loving how everything is looking!

Shop the look here:

Ikea Acrylic Chair

Small Fur Rug

Stay tuned for more!

 

XO Nic