Sunday, August 4, 2019

What's In My Bag // Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Hi All & Happy Sunday!
The weather has been beautiful here in Vermont lately so we've been soaking up every second of it. We're headed out on vacation later this week so I was cleaning out my bag and thought it would be the perfect time to share what I carry in my bag as well as a little review of the purse itself. 

What's in my bag? //

  • Felt OrganizerIf you use a tote bag as your everyday bag you NEED one of these felt organizer inserts. The organizer has been such a game-changer in a bag this size. Tote bags are very practical as they can fit so much, but they can also turn into black holes fast- and there's nothing worse than frantically trying to find your keys in your black hole of a bag- that's why you need this organizer! Another benefit of using this organizer is that you can easily switch between bags as everything is organized within it. 
  • Mentos Gum- YUM, definitely a new favorite of mine. My Mom got me some a few months back and I love it, so if you're looking for some gum next time you're at the store try this one.
  •  Fresh Sugar Lip Balm- This is one of my favorite products! I have it in a few different shades. I love how hydrating it is and that it contains SPF. 
  • Baggu Reusable Bag- Vermont recently passed a single-use plastic ban which means starting in the new year stores will no longer give out plastic bags and paper bags will come with a 10 cent charge. I decided to get ahead of the game and start using my reusable bags now. I love these Baggu ones as they fold up into the little bags they come with. I always keep one in my handbag. 
  • Personalized Leather Keychain-  This keychain is great quality and a great price. I got it a few months ago and have loved it. It would also make the perfect gift!
  • Ray-Ban Sunglasses-  If you're going to get one pair of sunglasses these classic aviators are the ones to get. They come in a few different colors and are a decent price for designer shades. 
  • L'Oreal Lipstick- This is the best drugstore lipstick- I always have a tube of the shade 'Eva's Nude' in my bag. It's a great neutral that has some rosiness to it. 
Thoughts on the Neverfull // 
Kyle got me the Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM in Nashville while we were on vacation. I had been wanting one and when we went to look at it in-store (as we don't have any stores here) he got it for me (he's the best!). Anyways, I've had the bag for about 5 months now so I feel like I can give a pretty honest review. Do I think the bag is extremely expensive for a purse? Yes. Do I love it? Yes! You're either into designer bags or you're not and that's okay. I personally love designer pieces. If you love designer pieces I think this tote is a great investment. It's the perfect everyday bag that will last you for years. I also love that this bag comes with a clutch (pictured above) so it's an added bonus. I use the clutch to hold my cards and cash- this is perfect because if I don't feel like carrying the bag I can just grab the clutch out of it. The one drawback of this particular bag is the Vachetta leather- this leather starts off as an almost pink tone and gradually over time darkens to a honey color. The issue I have with this is that when you first get the bag the leather can easily become stained by water or lotions so you have to be careful unless those kinds of things don't bother you (I'm OCD about that). If you're wanting a more 'carefree' bag I would suggest getting a different color as the trim won't be the Vachetta leather. 

What's one must have item you carry in your handbag? 

I hope you've enjoyed!

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Vermont Date Night Idea

Hi All!
I'm so excited to be sharing with you the BEST Vermont date night! Kyle & I did this a few weeks ago and he was raving about it to everyone for the next week. What I'm talking about is the Champlain Valley Dinner Train. 

The Champlain Valley Dinner Train is, as the name indicates, a dinner train that runs from Burlington to Middlebury right along Lake Champlain. The train ride is about 3 hours long, departing at 5:30 and returning around 8:30. Your ticket on the train includes your train ride as well as a 3-course gourmet meal.

My Favorite Things: 

The Food // 
My meal was SO good, and I'm not just saying that! I would seriously ride the train again just to have the chef cook me that meal again. I believe I had some sort of white fish stuffed with a seafood stuffing and my goodness was it good. The flavor was incredible, I couldn't believe he made it on the tiny kitchen in one of the train cars.
The Views // 
One of the best things Vermont has to offer is its scenery and what better way to see it then on a train? It was so fun to ride through the rural farms and watch the sunset over Lake Champlain. It was a great reminder of how beautiful our state is. I also loved that the windows on the train opened so when we were going slower speeds we had the windows open to really take the view in. 

Customizable Experience //
In addition to your regular train ticket, you are able to add on different packages if you want. One of the packages was the romance package which included roses, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries- YUM! The other package we had included access to the lounge which had amazing live music and hor's d' oeuvres- so good! Having the ability to move from our table car to the lounge was really nice as it gave us the opportunity to move around vs. sitting at our table for the duration of the ride and the music was great!

Overall I can't say enough good things about our experience on the train. I think this would make the best birthday, wedding,  or anniversary gift for anyone. I love the idea of giving an experience vs. a typical gift. Kyle and I are excited to ride the train again. We were told they even do fun murder mystery train rides! 

Let me know if you take the train! I'd love to hear your thoughts.


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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Floral Wedding Invitations

Hi All!
I'm so excited to be sharing our wedding invitations from Basic Invite with you today. I shared our Unique Save the Dates earlier this year and you all loved them! 
The clock is ticking when it comes to our wedding- less than 100 days, ahh! I've begun to make sure all of the "big" items are crossed off our to-do list and wedding invitations was one of the big ones. 
I knew that I wanted to use Basic Invite again to do our invites as it was so easy to make our save the dates
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Affordable Deck Decor

Hi All! 
I'm so excited to be sharing our outdoor space with you today! We recently had a deck built in our backyard and it turned out better than I could have hoped! Prior to the deck, we had some concrete steps and a 5-foot wide concrete walkway- not very cute at all, and definitely not a usable outdoor space. My hope for this deck was to extend our living space and to create an area where we could enjoy the summer months in Vermont.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Everyday Jewelry With Marco Bicego

Hi All,
I'm so excited to be sharing this bracelet with you today!
 I remember when I was younger my mom had a beautiful gold necklace with her initial on it and she would wear it all of the time. When I got older she let me have the necklace and it became an everyday piece for me. This necklace is well over 30 years old now and looks as if I just bought it, yet it was my Moms and now mine. I want to at this point in my life, start building a collection of jewelry that I can pass on to my future daughter. The older I get, the more I see the importance of investing in quality jewelry pieces. These pieces will truly stand the test of time. This is why I am so excited to share with you this beautiful Marco Bicego Marrakech Bracelet, available at Perrywinkles Fine Jewelry. The second I picked up the Marrakech Bracelet I knew it would be an everyday piece for me. I love the beautiful rose gold and how "soft" it looks, even Kyle complimented it! 
There are so many gorgeous Marco Bicego pieces that I now have my eye on to add to my jewelry box! I really encourage you to invest in pieces you will wear forever, like this bracelet, or an initial necklace. It will be the best feeling in the world when you can pass those pieces on to your daughter, I know how much I cherish the pieces passed down from my Mom. 

For my Vermont readers- head over to Perrywinkles to receive 10% off any purchase of $500 or more for the next 30 days! Use code:  PW18Nicholle

I hope you've enjoyed!

* This post is sponsored by Perrywinkles Fine Jewelry and Marco Bicego. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Nicholle Sophia. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Best Place To Stay In Nashville

Hi All!
Kyle and I got back from Nashville this week and had the best time. We stayed at the CUTEST Airbnb. So cute in fact that I had to put a post together to share it with you!

If you're familiar with Nashville at all this cute carriage house is located in the 12 South area. We were able to walk to my favorite restaurant (Bar Taco) in under 10 minutes and the best shopping area. We were in Nashville last year as well and stayed closer to downtown/broadway and I have to say this location is SO much better! It was a quick walk to town and only a 10-15 minute drive to anywhere else we wanted to go including the main strip. 

Now onto this carriage house. This exceeded all of my expectations. I'm of course into very "cute" and "trendy" things and this house did not disappoint.  Kyle and I loved the outdoor fireplace and sat out there having drinks and watching movies a few nights. The whole vibe of this house was perfect, I especially loved the blue kitchen cabinets, the kitchen also had a Nespresso machine! My fave!

Staying in Nashville can be pretty pricey but we felt this home was reasonably priced. There are two options for renting this home. You can rent the entire place which provides more sleeping areas and a living room or you can rent the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and patio. Either way, you have the home completely to yourself, with the second option the other rooms are just closed off. 

Our favorite spot at the house
After seeing the bathroom I was ready to move in! How pretty are these floors!?
This was the comfiest bed ever, also loving the bed side lights. 
 How cute is this kitchen!? I want this faucet in my own home! 

 If you're headed to Nashville I highly recommend this house. It will not disappoint! I hope you've enjoyed.

Monday, April 15, 2019

How To Grow Sprouts

Hi All!
Recently I've been loving sprouts on my salads and sandwiches. I enjoy gardening and thought I might try growing my own sprouts & it turned out to be so easy! Today I'm going to share with you how you can grow your own sprouts with a few easy household materials. 

Materials //
* Water! 

Step 1 //
Place seeds in a mason jar, cover with the cheesecloth and secure the lid. Rinse the seeds 3 or 4 times and then fill the jar so the seeds are covered with water. Let the seeds soak overnight. 
Step 2 //
Drain seeds and rinse them. Continue to rinse seeds every morning and night in cold water. 
Step 3 // 
After 2 or so days you will notice the seeds beginning to sprout- continue to rinse them twice a day until they are at your desired length. In general, it takes about a week to grow them to a good length
Step 4 // 
Rinse a final time and store in a container that allows for air flow. I store mine in the fridge. 

My favorite sprouts are alfalfa (pictured above), I also love sprouting lentils. I generally purchase the seeds at our local gardening store. I recommend always thoroughly washing your seeds to ensure there is nothing on them before sprouting them. 

Let me know if you try to grow your own!
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wedding Wednesday

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

It just dawned on me the other day that we have less than six months until our wedding- ahh! I started frantically making a to-do list immediately, and after my minor freak out, I realized we don't have too many "big" things left to do. I thought today I would share with you what's left on my list.

To-Do List //

1. Find an Officiant
I've heard a lot of people pick a friend or a family member but I'm just not sure! I also have no clue where you seek out an officiant if you want to hire someone- help! If you've gotten married I would love to hear what you did.

2. Pick a Florist 
I feel like I'm the type of person who likes to put off things I deem as "easy" such as calling in a prescription or picking a florist as I always think "oh it will only take a minute" and continually put it off thus I never get it done! I have a few options in mind but I need to shop it out a bit more- who knew flowers could be so pricy! Not me! Someone suggested I look at a wooden flower bouquet which are actually so cool!

3. Seamstress
I have my wedding dress as well as my bridesmaids dresses, and they all need to be altered. I tried calling a few places but none of them returned my calls! If you are local and have any suggestions as to a great seamstress let me know.

4.  Finalize Music
We decided to have live music at our wedding and found a group we like. We're currently working out the details and making sure they will be able to accommodate some pre-recorded music. I really have my heart set on one specific song playing as I walk down the aisle & for my first dance so we shall see.

5. Order Invites
I used Basic Invite for our Save the Dates and I love how they turned out. I'm planning on using them for the invites as well. I didn't realize how many pieces go into an invite! You need RSVP cards and direction inserts and so much more. I'll be sure to share once I have them ordered.

I'm sure I've forgotten some things but this is my current to do list!
I hope you've enjoyed
Sunday, April 7, 2019

5 Must Have Beauty Products

Hi All!
Today I wanted to share with you some of my must-have beauty products, it was pretty hard to narrow it down to just 5 but I did it. See my favorites below!

1 // Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
I have found a magic potion and this is it! This is the first product I have found that can actually reduce and clear up blemishes fast. What I love about this drying lotion is that it doesn't overly dry out your skin. I've found that some acne products can really dry out an area causing a whole other issue; this one clears up blemishes without making your skin dry and red in the process. 
Living in a state with no sunshine for months leads to me missing that Vitamin D and of course being extra pale- not fun! I've been using this self-tanner for years now and I can say it's the best one I've tried. What I love about this product is that it gives you a truly natural looking tan. The color isn't orange and it doesn't make you look too tan- we all know how bad it looks if you're either orangey or way too dark in the middle of the winter! 
After finding this hairbrush I got rid of all of my other brushes- it's that good! I've been using this for a few years at this point and I can't recommend it enough. I have very fine long hair that gets so tangled and this gets all the snarls out with ease. My sister has very coarse curly hair and the brushes work wonders on her hair as well- definitely, a must have! 
If you live in a place that gets brutally cold November-March then you know the struggle with dry air and in turn extra dry skin. I felt like I just couldn't apply enough lotion to keep my skin moisturized until I found this! I love how this product leaves my skin feeling. It's moisturizing but not at all greasy- my hands instantly feel smoothe and nourished after using it. 
This foundation is a game changer! I have never used a foundation that works as well as this one. This is a true full coverage foundation. I use a little less than a full pump and apply it to my face using this buffing brush. This products stays put all day and leaves me with a velvet finish.

Let me know if you try or have used any of these products!
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dip Nails vs. Gel Nails

Hi All!
I recently tried out 'Dip Powder' nails after hearing much talk about them. Prior to trying Dip Nails, I had been getting Gel Polish manicures for the past 5 or so years every 2 weeks. After having the dip nails for a month I thought it would be a good time to give my thoughts on both.

Gel Polish //

* Fast to get done- takes around 30 minutes from start to finish including removal of previous gel
* Lasts for about 2 weeks- my appointments for the past 5 years have always been 2 weeks apart
* Can get a manicure- I love being able to get a manicure every once in a while & get my cuticles cleaned up
* Affordable - It's around $20 dollars at my salon to have just a gel polish color change

* Peels- this is the one thing that really drove me insane, sometimes it would last the full 2 weeks but often it would start peeling up on me all around the cuticle.
* Makes nails weak feeling - my nails were very weak when I would let them grow out so they would break really easily resulting in me having to cut my nails very short.
* Becomes "dull" looking- the shiny finish would wear off after the first week leaving a kind of scuffed look.

Dip Powder //

* Lasts 3+ weeks  - I love changing the color of my nails so I would never go longer than 3 weeks but this stuff lasts forever!
* Makes nails stronger - When the dip is on your nails it creates the same hardness as a fake nail which I love as I can't break my nails easily.
* Gives nails a great shape- They build up the product on your nails and then buff it into the perfect shape.
* Never peels or chips- this product has never come off my nails, it seems indestructible

* Takes 45 + minutes to have done- I have little patience and sitting in a nail salon for almost an hour is not my idea of fun! You have to sit for 10-15 minutes to let the product soak off and then they get your nails ready and begin to apply it, once it's applied they have to go back in and buff and shape your nails and then they add a final clear topcoat. It is quite the process!
* Can't get a manicure prior as your nail beds cannot have any moisture on them- as I mentioned previously I really enjoy manicures so it's a bummer you can't get a full manicure when getting the dip powder applied.
* Makes nails thicker- since the product is built upon your nails it does make your nails thicker, not as thick as fake nails but the same idea.

Final Thoughts //

After having both types I can honestly say I like both, that being said I do prefer the dip powder nails as I think they last longer, stay nicer overall and are much more durable! If you're going to spend the money to get your nails done that's the route to go! I felt like with gel nails mine were constantly peeling up on the edges prior to my 2-week appointment which was frustrating. The dip nails stay looking nice in between my appointments and I've yet to have any issues with peeling or breaking. I also love that it makes my nails feel "stronger" whereas, with the gel my nails were very bendy, this allows for me to grow my nails much longer without worrying about them breaking.

All of these opinions are my own- of course, everyone will have different experiences with products but these are mine. Let me know if you have any questions!


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Current Makeup Routine

Hi All!
It's been a while since I've shared my makeup routine & I've started using some amazing new products so I thought it would be a good time to share my routine with you.  All products will be linked at the bottom of this post. 
Sunday, February 10, 2019

My Sisters Closet Boutique

Hi All!

First off how cute is this sweater!? I love anything oversized and cozy for these cold winter months. I was recently introduced to the online boutique My Sisters Closet & I've fallen in love. There are so many great pieces at such great prices. 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Wedding Wednesday

Happy Wedding Wednesday!
I feel like I haven't shared many wedding things with you lately, besides my Unique Save the Dates last week. I've been busy planning out everything for the wedding and it honestly hasn't been as stressful as I had anticipated. I'm not generally a very laid back person but for some reason, this wedding stuff doesn't stress me out (thank god!).  Below I'm sharing what I've purchased so far for the wedding, the two things not pictured are of course my wedding dress & 6-foot wooden letters that spell out love (over the top I know!). 
I'm so excited about this hanger! I can't wait to see my dress hanging on it. 
I was on the hunt for a while to find flats for my wedding shoes. I definitely didn't want heels but it was difficult to find flats that felt dressy enough for a wedding. I'm so happy I found these- they're very comfy and definitely fancy enough for a wedding. 
 I purchased all of this rustic wedding decor for under $100- such a great deal. 
These table numbers & stands just came in yesterday! I found them on Amazon for such a great price.

I can't wait to share more of our wedding with you! There's still a lot to do.
I hope you've enjoyed!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Unique Save The Dates

Hi All!
I'm so excited to be sharing with you our save the date cards! I can't believe our wedding is less than a year away. I've been having so much fun picking everything out, from the decor and food menus to these unique save the dates. I had no trouble at all finding the perfect cards over on Basic Invite's site

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Current Skincare Routine

Hi All!
I've been meaning to share with you my current skincare routine as I've switched things up a bit and feel that it's really been helping my skin. I'm not sure if it's the switch of the seasons or lack of Vitamin D but every winter my skin takes a turn for the worst. This year I decided to do something about it and tried to nail down a routine that would combat some of the issues I generally face in the winter, like dryness and breakouts. Below I'm sharing the products I use from start to finish that have helped me to achieve a happy & clear complexion!

 First I use this pre-cleanse to remove all of my makeup. You use about one pump into the palm of your hand and then gently massage it onto your dry face. It will literally melt your makeup away (even stubborn eye makeup)!. Once your makeup starts to break up you can rinse your face and move onto step 2.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Home Decor Refresh

Happy 2019! 
I love the start of a New Year because I feel like it's a time to refresh my home. It felt so great last week to take down all of my Christmas decor and toss the tree out the back door (though it did make a HUGE mess!). I thought I'd share some of the new decor pieces I added throughout my home. To shop any of the items scroll to the bottom of the post.