Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Happy Thursday! I've been so busy lately I didn't even realize another week had flown by!

Things I did this week //

* Kyle surprised me for my birthday and took me to the sweetest little inn we had stayed at last summer. We then went to Kennebunkport and had the most delicious dinner at a place called David's KPT, I highly suggest this restaurant! If you go, order the open face Lobster Ravilio, yum! 

*Lots of meetings! As the start of the school year approaches my calendar has been filling up with all sorts of meetings from curriculum planning to parent/teacher meetings.

* Worked on setting up my classroom. I guess I underestimated how much time it really takes to prepare a classroom for the year, I've been there working almost every day!

Things I'm doing this weekend // 

* I really want to go to A&W to get a root beer float, there's one in Middlebury which is about an hour away so Kyle & I might drive up there on Saturday.

* On Sunday I'm headed to New York with my Mom to do some shopping! The stores in Vermont aren't the greatest, to say the least, so I either have to shop online or leave the state. A few times a year my Mom and I take a trip to go shopping! We've been doing this since I was in elementary school & it's something I really look forward to. We're also going to go to the Cheesecake Factory while we're there which I can't wait for!

What are your plans for the weekend?


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Maine Beach Outfit

Hi All! Happy Tuesday!

I just returned from a little vacation in Maine & I wanted to share an outfit I wore while there! This look is perfect for any beach vacation. While on vaca you want to look cute but also need to keep it practical for the conditions. I highly suggest packing a hat because you will not want to spend time fixing your hair. I always find it to be quite windy near the ocean so a hat makes the perfect accessory & helps to keep your hair tame. I threw on a simple white tank & this cute white/blue striped skirt. I love packing pieces that are easy to throw on without putting much thought into it! I paired my outfit with some simple silver slides which were both cute & practical for walking around!

I'm back to the real world today & off to some meetings for the school year!
Hope you've enjoyed!


Sunday, August 13, 2017

23 Things // Birthday

Today is my 23rd Birthday so I wanted to do a fun blog post! I'm going to share 23 things that happened during this past year slash things about me you may not know! This pic was snapped a few days ago from our room on the ocean! 

23 Things // 

1. I am OBSESSED with English Bulldogs like it's probably unhealthy. I think they are the cutest fattest dogs and I reaaaaalllly want one. 

2. I could eat tacos every night for dinner. I make them at minimum once a week #tacotuesday

3. I watched every single episode of Pretty Little Liars since I was in high school and I'm a little bit sad it's over :(

4.  I have over 60 pairs of shoes in my closet yet somehow I still feel there are gaps in my collection #help

5. I love cooking & baking. One of my favorite things to do is make Sunday night dinner at my parent's house. 

6. I refuse to go to sleep unless Kyle rubs my back #sorrykyle. He's rubbed my back every night for the past 3 1/2 lucky am I!!!

7. My favorite place in the world is Disney. Kyle took me there when we were in Florida in April and I was in heaven. Something about that place just makes all the bad things in the world disappear. 

8. Trader Joe's chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter filling are my weakness...If you haven't tried them you need to! 

9. When I was little I made my parents buy me the dog that American Girl dolls had ( a Westie), and subsequently, I named her the exact same name, Coconut. 

10. This past year I accepted my first full time teaching position! 

11.  I have an older sister Danielle who has special needs. I spend 90% of my free time with her. She's the best. 

12. I have a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. I am licensed to teach K-6.  

13.  All of my friends and family call me Niki and I rarely react if someone calls me Nicholle in public!

14. My favorite color is blue, more specifically turquoise blue.

15. I cannot watch scary movies because I legitimately will be too scared to get out of bed in the middle of the night to go pee! No thanks!!

16. I took dance for 7 years when I was younger and I pretty much sucked. I would dread dance performances because I had no clue what I was doing! Not sure why I continually begged to take more classes!

17.  I've gotten a perm twice in my life....I do not suggest it.

18. I've watched Princess Diaries & A Cinderella Story at least 50 times...this year :)

19. Kyle & I took a trip to Siesta Key this past April & it was one of the best vacations yet. The water there is incredible!

20. Birds freak me out. Seriously, I'm afraid they're going to charge me and peck me to death.

21. I love tutti frutti jelly beans #yum

22. Swimming in the ocean scares me because I'm afraid the little crabs will bite my toes.

23. I think this is going to be the best year yet :)

Hope you've enjoyed! I'm off to celebrate!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday Thoughts & Fall Picks

Boyfriend Cardigan  // Grey Mules // Dark Wash Denim

Happy Thursday! My family, Kyle & I are off in Maine for our annual summer vacation! This is my last hoorah before I head back to school for our first in-service on the 25th! The summer went by so fast! I put together a little collage of a few pieces I'm eyeing for fall! I'm still not quite ready for the seasons to change but I'm excited to do some shopping! 

Things I did this week //

* Packed! I spent Monday & Tuesday night trying to get things together for vacation. I'm the type of person who likes to have everything planned to a tee so packing can take quite a while. I insist on trying on all my outfits prior to packing them.

* Baked! I've been super into baking recently so I made a loaf of pumpkin bread & some chocolate chip cookies!

* Spent 2 HOURS on the phone with Apple Support! Someone hacked my dads Apple ID and of course, he did not understand how to deal with it #dadprobs so I was left to clean up the mess.

*Drove to Maine. This is about a 3 1/2 to 4-hour drive from our house. Kyle & I love to listen to the XM Comedy Stations or a podcast!

Things I'm doing this weekend // 

* Eating all the seafood. I loveeee seafood and it's pretty hard to get at restaurants in Vermont so I'm looking forward to eating lots of it in Maine.

*Spending time at the beach! Our hotel is right on the ocean- so close that if you throw something it will land on the beach!

* Celebrating my 23rd birthday! My birthday is on Sunday so I will be doing something fun for that! I'm not really sure what though as Kyle will not tell me!

* Enjoying time with my family! I love getting to spend time with my family, this is one of my favorite vacations to go on.

Do you have any fun plans for the remainder of the summer!?


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Nighttime Skincare Routine

Clarisonic Mia w/ Cleansing Gel // Biore Baking Soda Scrub // Pura Organics Moisturizer // Lash Serum

Raise your hand if you hate washing your face at night.....hands up people!! I always always wash my face at night because I can't imagine sleeping in makeup but lemme tell ya I don't like doing it. I think the reason I don't like it is that I'm sleepy & just want to lay in bed and watch Netflix :) Today I wanted to share my night time skincare routine, I do this every single night!

Step 1 // Makeup Wipe
I'm not too picky about makeup wipes, I just make sure to purchase one that is geared towards sensitive skin. Some of the wipes with fragrance really irritate my skin so I also stay away from those. I remove my contacts if I'm wearing them and then wipe off all of my face makeup & eye makeup.

Step 2 // Rinse With Water
I always rinse my face after using a makeup wipe to just get off all of the excess product.

Step 3 // Clarisonic or Face Wash
At this point, I either use my Clarisonic with a gentle cleanser or an exfoliating face wash. I can't use my Clarisonic every day as it will dry out my skin so I use it every other day. On the days I'm not using my Clarisonic I use the Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub. I love this scrub because it starts out as a dry powder & then you add water & it fizzes up. I find it really gets my skin clean without being overly aggressive.

Step 4 // Moisturize 
My biggest piece of advice when it comes to skincare is to never skip moisturizing! When you wash/exfoliate your face you are stripping all the oils from your skin, therefore, it will get very dry. You need to apply a moisturizer to plump your skin back up! I love the Pura Organics firming night moisturizer. There's no strong fragrance in it and its made with all natural ingredients which are perfect for my sensitive skin. I mentioned this product a few months back & have been using it ever since. I actually use this product morning & night and love how it makes my skin look & feel.

Step 5 // Lash Serum
I know this doesn't really have anything to do with skin care but it is something I've been doing every night for around 2 months now. I was so skeptical that lash serums would actually do anything but they do!! I had a bad encounter with a lash curler a few months back & my lashes were not looking good so I thought I would try a lash serum out. After using this product religiously for 2 months I can tell you I see a difference, my lashes are fuller & longer and I've also noticed they don't fall out as easily which is nice.

Are there any products you use every night? I would love to hear!


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Affordable Turquoise Bracelet DIY

Hi, All! Today I wanted to share with you an affordable DIY project for one of my favorite things: Bracelets! I've been looking everywhere for some new chunky Turquoise Bracelets but every one I found was just crazy overpriced! I knew there had to be a better option than spending $50 dollars on a bracelet. These four bracelets in total cost me under $15! & they're real stone! So they're great quality! 

Step 1 //  
Head to your local craft store & pick out some beads! I went to A.C.Moore and found these three strands of beads which were 3 for $10. This store is a great place to find good deals on beads, they're always having deals & there are always coupons available. I found Michaels to be pretty expensive in comparison as one strand of beads there was $8.99! While I was there I also picked up some clear Stretch Magic, I would suggest getting at least the .7 mm as the thicker it is the stronger it is, I ended up getting the 1mm which I really liked. The only other thing I bought was Bead Crimp Covers in the 14k gold plated. 

Step 2 // 
Plan your design! I kept these bracelets very simple as that was the look I was going for but make sure to have a plan before you start! It's really frustrating to have to back track and undo your beading! 

Step 3 // 

Cut the length of the string you will need. My rule of thumb is to do 2 & 1/2 the length of my bracelet. Don't go crazy and cut a ton of string off because you won't need it!

Step 4 // 
Tape off one end of your string! This is my biggest tip, I swear the worst thing that can happen to you when beading is to have an end slip and all your beads crash to the floor so tape off one end to prevent that disaster! 

Step 5 // 
Tie off your bracelet! I always do a double knot & then generally seal it with some clear nail polish, this helps to ensure the knot stays tied. To give the bracelet a more polished look I always add a crimp bead over the knot, that's the little gold bead you see below. You take the bead which is a U shape, place it over the knot and crimp it down with pliers! 

Voila! All Done! 

If you have any questions let me know! Do you have any DIY projects!?


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Taupe Bootie // Cognac Bootie

Happy Thursday & Happy August! Can you believe how fast this summer has flown by!? August is a pretty exciting month for me as it's my birthday month & we go back to school so I get to see all my little first graders soon! I wanted to quickly share with you two of my favorite pairs of booties I own that are still available at DSW!

Things I did this week //

* On Monday I headed down to the waterfront to enjoy the beautiful weather with my friend Annaliese from Southern Belle in Training . I had the best time just chatting about girly things, I love to just hang out and relax whenever I get the chance!

* On Tuesday Kyle & I went to Splash for dinner which is a restaurant down on the lake in Burlington. On Tuesdays, they have 'Taco Tuesday' from 5-7 which means $3 tacos! Such a great deal! I LOVE their fish tacos- they are so good. I also love that it's right on the dock on the water- such a good atmosphere.

* On Wednesday morning I got my hair done. Savannah from Full Spectrum Salon  has been doing my hair for about 3 years now and I promise you she is the BEST. If you're looking for a great colorist she is your girl. Other stylists use to leave me disappointed with my hair looking brassy but I'm happy to report my hair has zero brass and is the prettiest shades of blonde & brown!

* Thursday and Friday are going to be spent doing laundry & cleaning my house, YUCK!

Things I'm doing this weekend // 

* So far my weekend is looking like a lot of Rest & Relaxation. Kyle & I have been pretty busy lately so it will be nice to spend the weekend hanging around our house. Hopefully, it will be nice out so we can hang up the cutest new patio lights I picked up!

* I need to start packing for our trip to Maine- We leave next week so I need to make sure we have everything we will need. My family has been going to York, Maine since I was 8 so it's such a fun time for all of us to spend together.

* I must clean my car....Does anyone have any tips on keeping their car clean & organized!? Let a girl know!!

Do you have any plans for the weekend!?



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hair Care Routine

Raise your hand if you hate dealing with your hair...Me! I don't know why but I really dislike washing and brushing my hair, I think it's because I neglect to brush my hair properly so it always ends up in a large messy knot which is not fun to wash or brush out after. I wash my hair every-other day, sometimes I can go 3 days but that only happens in the drier winter months. In the summer I get hot and sweaty and there's no way around washing my hair- it needs to be done or else EW. 

Color Ion Shampoo & Conditioner // 
I've been using the Color Ion line for about a year now (I purchase mine at Sally's) and this product has kept my hair so nice. It reduces the chances of my hair going brassy which can happen pretty easily with my color. I've found that I'm able to go longer between hair color appointments by using this product which is great. I also love the scent of this as it's not too strong- just a nice feminine scent. 

Dove Dry Shampoo //
I'm a firm believer in dry shampoo. I have pretty straight thin hair so I use dry shampoo to give me some volume and texture. I love this one because it never feels like its caking up my hair or weighing it down. It really gives my hair some fullness and volume which I love- I generally spray this in my hair prior to styling. 

Wet Brush // 
This is the best hairbrush ever!! Seriously, if you don't have one of these you need one! It's designed to easily comb through long wet hair without ripping your hair out! After using this for over a year I can promise you this makes such a difference in your hairs health. It prevents your hair from being pulled out as well as preventing your hair from breaking at different points when brushing. I have way less broken baby hairs than a year ago!

What is your favorite hair product?


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Summer Work Look

As Summer Vaca winds down & the temps cool a little we're left in this weird limbo between Summer & Fall. It's definitely not the time for spaghetti straps but also not the time for a thick sweater, so what do we wear to work!? I love wearing a light chambray material during this weather as it keeps me cool but doesn't leave me looking like I'm under dressed. Pairing this type of top with white jeans will also help to make this look transition from the heat of summer to the cooler fall temps. I paired this look with some mule sandals, these are the perfect transitional piece to add to your wardrobe. Your feet are covered for the most part but you get a little glimpse of your fresh pedi, think of them as a mix between a closed bootie & a wedge sandal (perfect!).  I threw on my favorite pebbled leather bag with this look & was ready to head to work! 

What do you like to wear to work in the summer?