What’s NICCE?

I’m always looking for new and upcoming brands that people have not jumped all over yet so I was on the Asos website looking through some casual wear when I noticed this really cute but simple jogger pants and matching sweatshirt on sale (pictured below) with the brand Nicce (pronounced nee-chee) on the front. I had to know more about this brand so I did a little research online and was surprised to find out that the brand just started over three years ago.

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Nicce London Logo Joggers & Sweatshirt

Nicce Quick Summary:

  • Established 2013 in London
  • Started as a menswear brand and just started their womenswear line last year
  • The founder is Mitchel Galvin-Farnol
  • Described as simple casual streetwear
  • No physical stores yet. They sell the clothing online on their website www.nicceclothing.com as well as other retailers like Asos and Topman

Here are some of my favorite looks from the womenswear line:

What are your thoughts about this brand?

Thanks so much for reading!

Mini Black Friday Fashion Haul

This year I did things differently during Black Friday week. First, I did all of my shopping online. Second, I spent a little bit less because I purchased specific items that I knew I needed instead of buying everything that I liked. I have a Christmas trip planned and more christmas shopping to do so I had to stick to a very strict budget. Third, I started shopping long before Black Friday.

In my opinion, during Black Friday week if an item is not at least 50% off or more then it is not considered a good sale. So who got my money last week? Here are my favorite purchases:

Boohoo.com

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Boohoo had major sales all week long ranging from 50-60% off and free shipping codes. I spent my entire week shopping their site on my phone and it was rough because items were selling out in my size pretty fast. I did want a pair of booties that were not black so I found these cute grey booties. I got them half off ($22) and paid the shipping costs since they didn’t have free shipping going on 11/20 (yea I started shopping that early). Either way still a great price for a nice pair of trendy boots.

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Next I knew I wanted to buy another bomber jacket. Now this was sorta tough because they were selling out of a size large fast and every time I would go back to buy a bomber jacket in a color that I wanted it would pretty much disappear. I found this black jacket with the badges on it and thought it would be perfect to wear with everything so I jumped on it and got it for half off also ($22).

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H&M

H&M has amazing sales on basic items every year so I knew they would never disappoint. I have three different packages coming next week from them but I wanted to point out one particular item that I thought was a great deal. I knew this ankle length cardigan pictured below would be comfortable and perfect to wear when it’s 50 degrees outside so I ordered it immediately. It retails for $24.99 and I got it for $12.99. I also went back on the site and checked to see if it was still on sale and it is back at $24.99 and they are sold out of both the large and extra large size. Good decision to buy.

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I ordered it in the color grey but this is how it looks on the model

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Zoya Nail Polish

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Zoya is my favorite nail polish brand and the only brand that actually stays on my nails so I when I saw their Facebook post about a 70% off Black Friday sale I set my alarm clock to make sure I was first to buy at midnight. It was almost unbelievable. They said no minimum order amount was required, you could order any item, and there was no limit to how many nail polishes you can order. Are you serious?! So I went on the site, setup an account, and picked out the colors that I wanted. I wanted to order a lot more but honestly the only items I was going to use during the winter time was the black polish, a nude polish, and I needed a top coat so I put those items in the cart and I nearly shed a tear when I saw that $21 discount being applied. Mission accomplished.

Topshop

I love Topshop and I’m always looking for an excuse to shop their website so when I saw that 50% off banner I knew exactly what I wanted. I needed another pair of running leggings so I went straight to the Ivy Park section and ordered a pair of leggings for $30 (regular price $65).

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So based on my online experience so far, I don’t want to go back to shopping at the mall! 

I want to see what you guys purchased during Black Friday week!

Who do you think had the best sale?

And as always, thanks for checking out my blog!

 

Sunday Cooking 11.20

Cold weather is not really my scene so on the weekends sometimes I prefer to hang out at home with some good tv shows, candles, furry socks, faux fur blankets, and some good home cooking. Today I decided to pull out my favorite chili recipe and instead of making it with cornbread like I normally do I made pumpkin muffins.

 

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I use this Pinterest recipe: http://www.cookingclassy.com/slow-cooker-chili/ree-pumpkin-bread-muffin-baking-mix

I use these ingredients for my chili:

Lean Ground Turkey

Canned Tomato sauce & diced tomatoes

Rotel

Onions

Green & Red peppers

Garlic

Paprika

Cumin

Chili powder

Dark & Light Red kidney beans

Salt & Pepper

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I normally buy the beans from either Kroger or Trader Joes
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The muffins were easy to prepare since it just involves adding water, oil and eggs to the baking mix and throw them in the oven at 400 degrees.

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They are aboslutely delicious!!

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After slow cooking the chili for about 4-5 hours dinner is finally complete!!

What is your favorite meal to make when it’s cold outside?

Thanks for reading and stay warm!

Make Life Slightly Easier

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There’s plenty of talk on fashion blogs about bomber jackets and duster coats so before I get back to the fashion I wanted to do one more post this month talking about life in general. So last Sunday I wrote about what keeps me sane when life is going crazy and I wanted to do another similar post this time discussing how to make life slightly easier in a general sense. Life can be freakin hard. It’s great but it also has moments when it can be downright evil! When I think about my life I look at how it is much more peaceful now versus years ago. So how did I get to a place where I feel like my life is about 5% easier than before?

Preparation for every damn thing (and I do mean everything)

Everything you own in your life needs maintenance so if you take care of things before they break or wear out on you then you won’t have to worry about it happening at the worst possible time in your life. One of my pet peeves in life is having to refill or replace certain things (ex: a toothbrush, toilet paper, soap etc). I had to learn how to keep things minimal and take better care of things including myself because your mind and body need maintenance too. I like to use to use the calendar on my iPhone to schedule everything and give me at least two reminders to help plan and get things done ahead of schedule  (dental cleanings, oil changes, hair appointments, etc).

Accept that everything will NOT get done

There are days when something else will take top priority. That means you may have a day where you don’t have time to workout, do meal prep, or finish reading that book you started on. It’s ok. There is no such thing as a perfect life.

When things start to fall apart don’t dwell on it

A lot of things happen in life that we just have no control over. So no matter how much we get upset, overthink, and stress the situation will not change. So we have to breathe, relax, change our attitudes, and move on. Distress causes health problems like high blood pressure and migraines so when I learned that stress can be just as bad as smoking I learned to pray and do my very best to just let things go.

Stay away from avoidable and unnecessary drama

Many people live for drama but it is very much like a disease that can consume you and make your life a living hell. You can avoid drama that has nothing to do with you and doesn’t affect you directly. Most of the time if you have good intentions but you are very direct and communicate effectively then you can help avoid unnecessary drama in your life.

So what helps make your life slightly easier?

Comment below and thanks so much for reading!

 

What Keeps You Sane?

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I’m taking a quick break from all of the fashion and beauty blog posts to have a quick life discussion.

You are having a horrible, stressful, drama-filled, nothing is going right, fml kind of day. You can’t even. You are over it. So what keeps you sane? What helps you get back into the right positive frame of mind? How do you mentally bounce back from the insanity that goes on in your life? Here are my top list of things that keep me sane:

A Higher Power: Prayer and meditation provides me with closure and acceptance

Writing: Releasing emotional distress on paper (or laptop)

Hot Shower: To release tension and anxiety

Music: Because Twenty One Pilots knows me better than you do

Venting: To gain perspective

Television: The ultimate distraction from real life

Beauty rest: A wireless charger for the mind & body

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So tell me in the comment section below: what keeps you sane amidst all the chaos happening in your life or in the world?

Thanks for reading and stay sane.

October 2016 Favs

Happy Halloween people! It’s the end of October so I gathered up all my favs to share with the world. If you happen to see one of your favs listed in this post please don’t forget to like and comment what your favs are!

Lush Cosmetics key lime pie lip balm 

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I am absolutely obsessed with key lime pie so when I saw this online I made a note to stop in Lush and purchase this immediately. I didn’t care what ingredients were in it or how much it cost I just wanted it because it was key lime pie, and it smells exactly like the famous dessert! I did go back and look at the ingredients eventually and I was surprised to know that a featured ingredient is jojoba oil. So not only does this lip balm smell amazing it is actually moisturizing (not to sound like a sponsored ad but hey it’s the truth).

Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb perfume

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This perfume makes me feel like a floral goddess, and I have been spraying myself like crazy every morning before work and every evening before bed. The fragrance has hints of vanilla, patchouli, and a few different flowers mixed in.

LG Tone+ wireless stereo headset

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I started jogging with this headset about two weeks ago and they are amazing. The sound quality is decent, they don’t get in the way or annoy me when I’m trying to run, and I like being able to change to the next song without taking my phone out of my armband. The music time is up to 10 hours so I don’t have to charge the headset often and that’s a huge plus for me.

Marshmallow pumpkin latte candle

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This Bath & Body works candle smells heavenly so I purchased two during their in-store sale. I love that it has 3 wicks so it burns evenly and you can get about 45-50 hours of burn time out of these.

Zara glossy oversized bomber jacket 

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I love this color and it feels so soft! I was concerned about the oversized look but it fits well. On top of that, Zara has these priced at $29.90 and that is a great deal in my opinion.

Dooney & Bourke Florentine small satchel in dark green

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What I love the most about this bag is the gorgeous red interior! The quality is amazing, from the hardware to the saddle leather I love everything about it and I will be wearing it the entire fall and winter season.

What are your October favs?

Thanks for reading🙂